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Comcast’s Head of Multicultural Services, Javier Garcia to Spotlight What’s Trending for Hispanic Cable Consumers at the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

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Comcast Cable's Javier Garcia to Spotlight What's Trending For Hispanic Cable Consumers at 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

NEW YORK, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — How the cable TV industry now offers more value and services for Hispanic subscribers than ever before will be the key topic of a special one-on-one discussion and presentation at the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit featuring Javier Garcia, Comcast Cable’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Multicultural Services.  Attendees of the Summit, presented by NewBay Media’s Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, will be treated to the unique perspective from the industry’s leader of what’s trending now, and what is on the horizon for Hispanic consumers of pay TV, video, phone and internet services.

Comcast Cable's Javier Garcia to Spotlight What's Trending For Hispanic Cable Consumers at 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

Comcast Cable serves some of the largest Hispanic markets in the U.S. and therefore reaches a significant percentage of Latino television and internet households in America.  The company has long been successful in its approach to attracting and retaining Latino consumers as their customers.  This one-on-one conversation and presentation will offer fresh perspectives on the company’s latest strategies and upcoming initiatives to serve its growing number of Hispanics in their customer base. 

Garcia is responsible for multicultural programming, as well as directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural services strategy across Xfinity’s Video, Internet, Voice and Home products.  He drives the long-term product vision and strategy and collaborates with various Comcast divisions to develop competitive pricing, positioning and marketing strategies.

“Javier is a great addition to our line-up of featured speakers at this year’s Hispanic Television Summit,” said Louis Hillelson, Group Publisher and Vice President of NewBay Media’s Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.  He continued, “Javier and his team at Comcast set the industry standard in so many ways.  Our attendees will be able to get the latest trend information, fresh ideas, pricing strategies, and hopefully some inspiration for serving Hispanics.”  

The 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, will be presented by NewBay Media’s Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Sheraton New York Hotel.  The Summit is the most popular, and longest running annual event for executives in the business of television and video for Hispanic audiences, worldwide.  It attracts nearly 500 executives from the U.S., Latin America and Europe.  The Summit was created fifteen years ago, by Joe Schramm and has been produced for Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News every year since by the Schramm Marketing Group.  This year, the Summit will be one of a series of conferences and events to be presented by NewBay Media during NYC Television Week, October 16-19, 2017.    

To enjoy the early bird rate for this Summit, register by Monday, September 11, 2017 at https://nbmedia.swoogo.com/TVWEEK2017.

To learn more about the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, visit www.hispanictvsummit.com.

About NEWBAY MEDIA

NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest B-to-B professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 35 print and digital publications, more than 35 integrated web and mobile applications, more than 60 e-newsletters, over 50 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com

About Schramm Marketing Group

Schramm is a marketing agency that specializes in multicultural and segmented marketing, ticket sales promotions, and producing conferences for the television and video industry. The company is recognized for its expertise in attracting large, sold-out crowds for international soccer and for driving pay TV subscription sales.  They recently launched Fantastico.nyc where Latinos buy tickets online in Spanish. Schramm created and produces the Hispanic Television Summit as well as other internationally-recognized conferences.  Schramm’s clients include the leading brands in sports, television, entertainment, telecommunications, and non-profits.  For more information, visit www.schrammnyc.com

Schramm Marketing Group
Navi Ramnarain
212.983.0219
navi@schrammnyc.com

NewBay Media
Chardia Christophe
212.378.0443
cchristophe@nbmedia.com 

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SOURCE Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News

Arlon Group Invests in CBL Alimentos SA

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SÃO PAULO, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Arlon Group (Arlon), a food and agriculture investment firm, announced that it has acquired a minority stake in CBL Alimentos SA (Betânia), based in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Betânia is the largest dairy company in the Northeast Region of Brazil, producing fluid milk, dairy drinks and yogurt, among other dairy products. As part of the investment, Bruno Martins Silva has joined the Company’s Board of Directors as Arlon’s representative.

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Bruno Girão, Betânia’s CEO and majority shareholder, will continue to lead the business. Commenting on Arlon, he said, “Arlon sets itself apart from other private equity firms. I am grateful to have a trusted partnership with Bruno Silva and the Arlon team and truly feel like I have gained close advisors that share the same values and will greatly help Betânia in this new phase.” He further added, “I appreciate the breadth and depth of Arlon’s excellent network in the food and agriculture industries in Brazil and globally. Their relationships and resources in retail, distribution and milk production will consolidate Betânia as the leading brand in the Northeast Region.” 

Speaking on behalf of Arlon, Bruno Silva said, “Betânia is well positioned in the growing milk industry as the leading regional dairy company. We are very excited to partner with Bruno Girão, who built and led the impressive growth and professionalization of the Company. Betânia has developed a value-added portfolio, good brand recognition and a strong supply chain. Bruno is a talented CEO who has significant experience in the industry, besides being a great partner. We are looking forward to supporting Bruno and the Company as it builds on its success.”

“I am very pleased that Arlon is partnering with Bruno Girão and Betânia. Betânia, with its growth and success, promotes dairy farming in the Northeast Region, and it is key for both social and economic development in the region”, said Roberto Rodrigues, a former Agriculture Minister of Brazil and a member of the Arlon Latin America Advisory Board.

About Arlon Group

Arlon Group is a food and agriculture investment firm with a global network that invests in middle-market businesses across the entire food supply chain in the Americas. Arlon’s team brings extensive investment expertise and deep, local industry contacts as they seek to partner with growth-oriented businesses in the food and agriculture sectors. Arlon’s investment professionals work collaboratively across geographies, and Arlon’s portfolio companies benefit from the team’s shared knowledge of regional and global trends. Arlon’s investment focus comes from its founding investor, Continental Grain Company, a 200-year-old leader in the food and agriculture space. Rabobank, a leading bank to the global food, beverage and agribusiness industries, is another key Arlon investor. In Latin America, Arlon also works in partnership with VR Investments, a family owned Brazilian investment company with broad experience in Brazilian businesses. Arlon Group has $1.5 billion in assets under management and is headquartered in New York with an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit www.arlongroup.com.

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This August ¡HOLA! TV will dedicate its programming to the unforgettable Princess Diana

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MIAMI, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This August marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Diana Princess of Wales, and  ¡HOLA! TV will pay homage to the People’s Princess via 4 spacial featuring her life, her iconic style, and all things dear to her and her legacy.

Hosted by Maria Jose Barraza, each Saturday Especiales ¡HOLA! TV will showcase all aspects related to the life of the woman who was fascinating not only because she was a princess, but also because she captured the hearts of many and became a worldwide celebrity. The specials will also feature testimony by those who knew her – friends, designers and close acquaintances who will give insight on the significance of this twentieth- century icon.

SATURDAY 5 · DIANA ETERNA: LA PRINCESA DEL PUEBLO (Eternal Diana: The People’s Princess)

SATURDAY 12 · DIANA ETERNA: ÍCONO DE ESTILO (Eternal Diana: Style Icon)

SATURDAY 19 · DIANA ETERNA: REINA DE CORAZONES (Eternal Diana: Queen of Hearts)

SATURDAY 26 · DIANA ETERNA: SUS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS (Eternal Diana: Her Last Days)

TIMES:
US
PT: 7:00 pm/ ET: 10:00 pm

Latin America
Col: 9:00 pm/ Mex: 9:00 pm/ Ven: 10:00 pm/ Arg: 11:00 pm

In addition, ¡HOLA! TV’s, original productions: LA HORA ¡HOLA!, ¡HOLA! Fashion and ¡HOLA! Cinema will present special segments dedicated to Princess Diana.

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About ¡HOLA! TV

¡HOLA! TV is a joint venture formed by ATRESMEDIA INTERNACIONAL and the magazine ¡HOLA!, the most respected and exclusive news source worldwide about celebrities, royalty, and the aristocracy. The programming of ¡HOLA! TV presents the best of the magazine ¡HOLA!, which publishes 31 editions for more than 120 countries, reinventing the magazine for television with news, exclusives, and special programming that reflect the style and philosophy of the ¡HOLA! brand. The channel’s coverage includes exclusive access to human interest stories, programs dedicated to the lifestyle of celebrities, and a special focus on news about royalty and the aristocracy all over the world. The main offices of ¡HOLA! TV are located in Miami, Florida, where original daily and weekly programs are also produced. Some of its other programs are produced by ¡HOLA! MEDIA and ATRESMEDIA, at its studios in Madrid, Spain.

Media contacts:

¡HOLA! TV

ATRESMEDIA INTERNACIONAL

Idemaris Díaz

Blanca Aguirre

idiaz@hola.tv

blanca.aguirre@atresmedia.com

Office: +1 (305) 777-1900 Ext. 9503

Office: +34 619 860 074

SOURCE Atresmedia Internacional

Flagship Logistics Group Earns Perfect Score in Maintenance Practices

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One of the Most Well-Known and Trusted Audit Firms Rates the Flagship Logistics Indianapolis Facility

DENVER, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — AIB International recently inspected Flagship Food Group’s Logistics Division in Indianapolis and presented the center with a score of 960 out of a possible 1000 points. The 600,000 square-foot facility, now 12 years old, earned an impressive perfect score in maintenance practices and overall cleanliness. Even more impressive is that they have reduced the typical internal costs of the annual audit by more by more $10,000 when compared to 5 years ago.

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Established in 1919, AIB International is one of the most well-respected audit firms in the industry. Its mission is to empower the global food industry to elevate food safety and grain-based production capabilities. Their scoring is based on 5 categories: Adequacy of Food Safety Program, Pest Control, Operational Methods & Personnel Practices, Maintenance for Food Safety, and Cleaning Practices.

Find more information about AIB International here: AIB International

Although Flagship Logistics undergoes several annual inspections by customers of its client, Ingredion, AIB International is the most critical inspection the distribution center receives. This is because companies must score 900 out of a possible 1000 points to pass AIB International’s annual audit in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.  

“The auditor we had this year was the same as we had last year, which is significant because she mentioned how improved our cleanliness and overall condition of the center was compared to last,” said Operations Manager Joe Brown. “This can be contributed to the new outstanding maintenance department that we created in January of 2016. Clearly, I have been blessed with a fantastic team.”

To learn more about the Flagship Logistics click here: Flagship Food Group – Logistics

Flagship Food Group
Flagship is a global, diversified food company serving the retail, club store, and food service channels across a broad array of product lines.  Its brands include TJ Farms®, Lilly B’s®, 505 Southwestern®, Chris & Pitts®, and Su Ming®.  It also serves as a valuable supplier to private label customers and provides industry services to food companies through its logistics and packaging divisions. Flagship is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado with more than 500 employees in key facilities and offices in or near Denver, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Boise, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis.

Contact: Kory Webber                                                             
kwebber@flagshipfood.com
303.420.6395

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SOURCE Flagship Food Group

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Adds More Spooky Fun than Ever Before with Expansion into Disney California Adventure Park, Sept. 15-Oct. 31, 2017

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HALLOWEEN TIME AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - Guests will get into the Haul-O-Ween spirit in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Radiator Springs residents Lighting McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be all dressed up to go “trunk-or-treating.” Attractions transform, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Halloween Time at the Disney

ANAHEIM, California, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A spell is cast during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as more spooky fun expands into Disney California Adventure Park this year, from Friday, Sept. 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

HALLOWEEN TIME AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will get into the Haul-O-Ween spirit in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Radiator Springs residents Lighting McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be all dressed up to go “trunk-or-treating.” Attractions transform, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. Halloween Time at the Disney

At Disney California Adventure Park

For the first time, Cars Land in Disney California Adventure will transform with a special Haul-O-Ween makeover as the citizens of Radiator Springs don Halloween costumes and decorate their respective homes for the season. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be all dressed up–as a super hero, a “van-pire,” a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, ready to go “trunk-or-treating.” Attractions transform, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Scary the Scarecar will stand guard over the entrance to Route 66, a preview to the Haul-O-Ween transformation awaiting guests in Cars Land. With Fillmore’s Jack-Oil Lanterns, the web spun over Flo’s by a Spider-Car, and the Cozy Cone dressed up in car-stumes, the townsfolk turn Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams.

Oogie Boogie appears for the first time at Disney California Adventure, too, taking over with his twisted tale of a forever Halloween, inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons guests through the main entrance of the park and he brings to life a swarm of bats around Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Disney California Adventure also will be featured for the first time as part of the pre-party mix-in for Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event that features special entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, and trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland. This year, a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party has even greater value as guests will be able to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland.

Tickets to the popular Mickey’s Halloween Party go on sale Monday, July 17 for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Card holders. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 24 for the general public. They may be purchased online and on mobile devices at http://Disneyland.com/party as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400

At Disneyland Park

At Disneyland, guests will enjoy frightfully fun thrills on popular Halloween attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, along with themed foods and merchandise, plus spooky décor that includes a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and a Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, U.S.A. 

Haunted Mansion Holiday celebrates the collision between Halloween and Christmas as Jack Skellington, from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” offers his unique take on the holidays. The annual Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house, presents a new design each year, and this year it’s the creepy Oogie Boogie in the form of a 7-foot-tall cookie on the table in the Mansion ballroom. He is peeling back the roof of a gingerbread Haunted Mansion, uncovering myriad gummy bugs and worms. 

Another Halloween Time favorite at Disneyland is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a reimagining of the popular thrill ride in Tomorrowland. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are surrounded by eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and menace the space travelers.

Disneyland will continue to offer its traditional Diá de los Muertos skeleton display in Frontierland for the Halloween season, through Nov. 2.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Guests are invited to dress in costume for Mickey’s Halloween Party where they will trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland for candy and healthy snacks. And this year, capturing memories during the party will be easier than ever as guests who have admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party will enjoy the added bonus of unlimited Disney PhotoPass.

Another extra-special treat is the Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, a Mickey’s Halloween Party tradition presented exclusively for party guests and hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.

Also exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party is the “Frightfully Fun Parade” led by The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”). The Horseman rides through the park on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-o’-lantern to usher in the parade featuring Jack Skellington followed by a procession of grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction. The creepy Dr. Facilier from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor. The mischievous Disney villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble.  The wicked gathering includes the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella.

Disney characters–villains as well as Mickey Mouse and friends–will appear at locations throughout the park, and the Cadaver Dans ghostly quartet will perform on the Rivers of America in New Orleans Square and Frontierland.

Another popular feature of the party, the opportunity for guests to “mix in” with regular park guests for three hours prior to the party’s opening time, now will allow visits between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

Beginning July 24, Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets* may be purchased by the public online and on mobile devices at http://Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 14 nights: Wednesday, Sept. 20; Friday, Sept. 22, Monday, Sept. 25; Wednesday, Sept. 27; Friday, Sept. 29; Tuesday, Oct. 3; Friday, Oct. 6; Tuesday, Oct. 10; Friday, Oct. 13; Tuesday, Oct. 17; Friday, Oct. 20; Tuesday, Oct. 24; Friday, Oct. 27; and Tuesday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.

Tickets purchased in advance to Mickey’s Halloween Party are available at a discount on select nights. All tickets purchased on the day of the event through Tuesday, Oct. 17 are $105 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 31, are $120 each. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event.

For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visit  http://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice.

*Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited. Advanced purchase savings available only for select party nights and only until one day prior to applicable event date. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. May not be combined with other discounts. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/ and should not be obstructive or offensive. Ages 2 and under: no ticket required. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**Disney PhotoPass service is subject to the PhotoPass terms found in https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Online registration required.  Disney PhotoPass Photos captured during the Mickey’s Halloween Party must be linked to your Disney account and may be downloaded pursuant to the expiration policy at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-expiration-policy/.  Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Downloads are restricted to personal use by Disney account holder only and may not be used for a commercial purpose.  Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Jack Skellington and Haunted Mansion Holiday are inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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Top Cancer Research Facilities Nationwide Fueled With $1.2 Million In New Slate Of Grants

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DALLAS, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From new cures to preventing and treating the disease, one thing is certain – cancer research saves lives.  For more than 20 years now, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has continued its steadfast mission of funding research of cancers affecting women by awarding annual research grants to top medical schools and research facilities nationwide.  This year, the Foundation awarded 12 highly-competitive grants totaling $1.2 million to some of the most respected institutions in the country. 

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The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee, composed of prominent medical scientists and doctors, meticulously reviewed 80 applicants before selecting 12 of the most promising research projects to receive grants in the amount of $100,000 each.  The 2017 slate of cancer grants brings the total investment in the fight against cancer by The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to more than $26 million since its inception in 1996. 

“We are proud to support promising research and medical scientists who are working on breakthrough cures and therapies that could help improve the lives of an untold number of cancer patients and their families,” said Michael Lunceford, Mary Kay Inc. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chairman of the Board for The Mary Kay Foundation℠.  “It is in our company DNA to give back and by continued support of top cancer research facilities nationwide each and every year through the cancer grant program, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ continues Mary Kay Ash’s mission and legacy of enriching women’s lives.”

The 2017 slate of grants includes a wide range of critical research areas.  At Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, medical scientists are investigating treatment for chemo-resistant ovarian cancer.  At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, therapies for basal-like breast cancer are the focus of research.  At the University of Arizona in Phoenix, innovative research is underway for endometrial cancer patients. 

“At the heart of the relentless pursuit to help prevent, detect and treat cancer is innovative and pioneering research,” said Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D., Chair of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Research Review Committee, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  “Without continued support through grants like these from The Mary Kay Foundation℠, medical scientists would not be able to pursue and discover potentially life-saving new therapies or early detection tools.  While the Foundation’s grant program is focused on cancers affecting women, the new discoveries will no doubt benefit research of all types of cancer.”

Click here for more information about The Mary Kay Foundation℠ cancer grants at work. 

About The Mary Kay Foundation
The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is twofold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $70.7 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737). 

Mary Kay Inc. Corporate Communications
marykay.com/newsroom
972.687.5332 or media@mkcorp.com

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SOURCE The Mary Kay Foundation

Royalton Luxury Resorts expands All-in Luxury® with Royalton Fit™, its professional fitness and wellness program

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TORONTO, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This year, as connoisseurs of the evolving all-inclusive model, Royalton Luxury Resorts is enhancing its award-winning All-in Luxury® concept to include Royalton Fit™, a program that brings guests a variety of fitness and wellness classes taught by professional and certified instructors.

Royalton Fit™ will offer over 500 fitness classes with nearly 120 each week at each resort in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.  Through fitness programming tailored to all levels of fitness, guests can look forward to classes that include Aqua Fit to Cross Fit, TRX, cycling, yoga and Zumba, and so much more. 

“Guests of Royalton Luxury Resorts have come to expect the best, and the fitness program should be no exception,” said Jordi Sole, Senior Director of Operations. “We have found a combination of fitness and health enhancing that our guests are very excited about.”

Developed by George and Belinda Kiriakou, Royalton’s award-winning team of fitness and health experts, Royalton Fit™ is dedicated to offering a premium health-promoting experience while on vacation. Since inception, Royalton’s signature All-in Luxury® has been offering guests a host of inclusions to support wellness that range from a dedicated gluten-free area in the buffet, to smoothie stations, and in-suite wellness features such as rain showers and custom handcrafted mattresses.  Wellness is undeniably an integral part of any guest’s Royalton experience.

“It’s wonderful to watch people of all ages and fitness levels embrace their health while on vacation,” said George Kiriakou, Sports & Fitness Director at Royalton Luxury Resorts.  “I’ve seen everyone from grandparents, to young children and their parents try out a single class, then keep it up for the rest of their stay. It’s the perfect way to change your routine and set yourself on a path to feeling great!”

For travellers ready to plan their 2018 Royalton Fit™ experience, save up to 50% off your All-in Luxury® stay if you book by July 30th! For more information about our early booking bonus visit our website.

To enjoy this new program on your next luxury all-inclusive vacation, visit www.royaltonresorts.com  or contact your travel agent.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts
Epitomizing modern elegance, award winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations in some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, All-In Connectivity™ with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room long distance calling, a Sports Event Guarantee™, and more.  Many of the resorts cater equally to families and couples alike, with industry-leading supervised kids and teen activities offered at no additional cost combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options. Royalton Luxury Resorts will expand its offering of upscale and elegant vacation experiences with the addition of two new resorts, Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana, scheduled to open late 2017 and Royalton Bavaro, scheduled to open this coming Winter 2017/2018.

For further information: Natalie Walsh, Corporate Public Relations Manager, Blue Diamond Resorts, +1-647-545-6926, nwalsh@bluediamondresorts.com

SOURCE Sunwing Vacations Inc.

Fresh and Furyous: New, Sporty and Feature Rich 2018 Honda Fit Goes on Sale Today

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Fresh and Furyous: New, Sporty and Feature Rich 2018 Honda Fit Goes on Sale Today

TORRANCE, California, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The sporty and versatile new 2018 Honda Fit will begin to arrive at Honda dealerships today with a stylish new look, updated technology, available safety features and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) starting at $16,190. The 2018 Honda Fit also adds a new Sport trim, as well as two new exterior colors, Helios Yellow and Orange Fury.

Fresh and Furyous: New, Sporty and Feature Rich 2018 Honda Fit Goes on Sale Today

The refresh of the third generation Honda Fit enhances the 5-door subcompact’s already best-in-class combination of passenger space, fuel efficiency, sophistication, practicality and affordability.

The all-new 2018 Fit Sport adds an extra dose of style and attitude thanks to an aggressive aero-form front spoiler and rear diffuser, bright orange pin-striping, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with gloss-black finish, chrome exhaust-pipe finisher and side sill garnishes. Inside, the Sport features a black interior with orange contrast stitching.

Among the upgraded features, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features is available on all 2018 Fit models and is standard on EX and above trims, a first for the Fit. The suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Brake Braking System™ (CMBS™) incorporating Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Also new for 2018, is a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, included on Fit Sport, EX and EX-L trims.

The 2018 Fit is equipped with a 1.5L DOHC direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC™ engine with Variable Cam Timing (VTC) delivering up to 130 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and up to 114 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm (both SAE net). The Fit’s top-of-segment driving dynamics have been improved for 2018 with retuned suspension dampers, a more rigid steering system and additional body reinforcements. In addition to dynamic improvements, Fit now benefits from increased cabin quietness with improved transmission and steering system mounting hardware, combined with the addition of acoustic-laminated glass and more insulation throughout the vehicle.

2018 Honda Fit Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model

Transmission

MSRP

EPA Rating2
City/Hwy/Combined MPG

Fit LX

6-Speed Manual

$16,190

29 / 36 / 31

Fit LX

CVT3

$16,990

33 / 40 / 36

Fit LX with Honda Sensing®

CVT

$17,990

33 / 40 / 36

Fit Sport

6-Speed Manual

$17,500

29 / 36 / 31

Fit Sport

CVT

$18,300

31 / 36 / 33

Fit Sport with Honda Sensing®

CVT

$19,300

31 / 36 / 33

Fit EX

6-Speed Manual

$18,160

29 / 36 / 31

Fit EX

CVT

$18,960

31 / 36 / 33

Fit EX-L

CVT

$20,520

31 / 36 / 33

Fit EX-L with Navi

CVT

$21,520

31 / 36 / 33

The 2018 Honda Fit for the U.S. market is manufactured in North America at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2018 Honda Fit is available at hondanews.com/channels/fit. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/fit. To join the Fit community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondafit.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $875 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 Continuously Variable Transmission

Honda Logo.

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New FYI Television Series “Kiki Mobile” to Premiere during Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, September 17 at 12pm ET

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LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Latin Hollywood Films, a full-service production company and creator of hit shows like Showtime Networks’ “Kiki Melendez Hot Tamales Live,” will be producing 13 one-hour episodes of the new series “Kiki Mobile” for A+E Networks’ lifestyle network FYI this fall. Premiering during Hispanic Heritage Month, “Kiki Mobile” will debut Sunday, September 17 at 12pm ET and new one-hour episodes will air weekly nationwide.

“Kiki Mobile” will bring the Hollywood studio to fans and viewers with a mobile talk show operating out of a custom designed RV. The RV will be outfitted as a studio and travel around California to cover events like film premieres, award shows, concerts, conduct one-on-one interviews and more.

“This is my ultimate dream gig, to create a launching pad for multi-cultural talent in America. This show will be all about discovering new faces, while celebrating those already embraced in Hollywood,” said Melendez.

Melendez has successfully proven herself on both English and Spanish language television networks. In Spanish television, Kiki hosted one of the first bilingual shows in the U.S., “Kiki Desde Hollywood,” which became the #1 entertainment show for Galavision National Cable Network. Her next project, “Kiki Melendez Hot Tamales Live” on Showtime was a bonafide hit and aired from 2009-2011. Her docu-comedy A Journey of A Female Comic enjoyed a theatrical release through AMC Theaters’ independent program and was Oscar qualified in 2015.

“Kiki Mobile” is produced by Latin Hollywood Films for FYI. Sarkis Semeryan and Arsen Pananyan (JEAR Entertainment), Julia Carias-Linares (“Married Life,” “Married at First Sight”) and Melendez serve as executive producers. Kukhautusha Croom (“2017 BET Awards Digital Red Carpet Live,” “2017 NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live”) is the showrunner. Talent Executive is Queenie Donaldson (Viacom Network). Pejman Partiyeli, Charo Toledo (5 Time Emmy Nominee “East Los HIGH,” Univision’s “La Reina De La Canción”), Lino Garcia and Cindy Cowan (Red Lights) serve as producers.

About FYI

For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI™ takes a modern spin on traditional lifestyle genres by embracing an adventurous and personalized approach to peoples’ taste, space, look, story and more. FYI covers a range of stories and experiences that reflect how people live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest. FYI has launched all-new genres, including trend-setting and brand-definitional series, such as Married at First Sight, Seven Year Switch, Tiny House Nation, He Shed She Shed and Food Porn hosted by Michael Chernow. FYI is a division of A+E Networks, a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. The network is available in nearly 65 million U.S. homes and is one of the most upscale entertainment brands in the media landscape. FYI has a young and affluent digital audience, including a robust social footprint that has recently tripled in size. The FYI website is located at fyi.tv, Twitter at twitter.com/fyi and Facebook at facebook.com/fyi. For additional press information and photography, please visit press.aenetworks.com.

Talent Booking:
Queenie Donaldson
queenie@queensentertainmentgroup.com

Brand Partnerships:
Pejman Partiyeli
Plus Entertainment, Inc.
pejman@plusent.com

Press Inquiries for Kiki Melendez:
Jessica Cohen
JCPR
Jessica@jc-pr.com 

For more information, please visit:
www.kikimobile.com
www.latinhollywoodfilms.tv
www.fyi.tv

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SOURCE Latin Hollywood Films

Dramatic Design of Reimagined 2018 Honda Accord Signals New Direction for America’s Retail Best-Selling Midsize Sedan

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The completely new 2018 Honda Accord was revealed to media in Detroit today. The dramatically restyled and re-imagined new Accord features an available new 2.0L turbo engine paired with either a new 10 speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission, and an upscale new interior with a host of desirable features. The new Accord goes on sale this fall.

DETROIT, July 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda today showcased a new direction for America’s retail best-selling midsize sedan1 with the world debut of a more stylish, sporty and premium 2018 Honda Accord that launches this fall. The world debut event held today in Detroit can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/honda.

The completely new 2018 Honda Accord was revealed to media in Detroit today. The dramatically restyled and re-imagined new Accord features an available new 2.0L turbo engine paired with either a new 10 speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission, and an upscale new interior with a host of desirable features. The new Accord goes on sale this fall.

The 10th-generation Accord is new from the ground up and features a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design, two all-new, high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology, along with a host of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies – all wrapped in a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design with top class interior space and comfort.

“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Even as we advance core values like great driving dynamics, safety performance and efficiency, the distinctive design of this all-new 2018 Honda Accord will help it appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”

Next-Generation Accord Design and Packaging
In reimagining the Accord for its 10th-generation rebirth, Honda designers and engineers went back to the fundamentals of proportion and stance with a sporting and athletic appearance, like a sprinter in the blocks. The approach reinvigorates classic Honda design principles, such as a low and wide body, expansive visibility and sporty seating position, and then translating them into a thoroughly modern, sporty and premium Accord sedan design. 

The new Accord features a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 inch) and wider (+0.39 inch) body, wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 inch) and lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 inch front and -0.79 inch back). A sweeping greenhouse positioned farther back on the body completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more dramatically from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward that contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord almost 2 extra inches of rear leg room to offer one of the most spacious rear seating areas in its class. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet to 105.7 (based on LX). Trunk space has also been increased by nearly one cubic foot on the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine powered Accords and by 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid to a top level 16.7 cubic feet (+0.9 cu.ft.).

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

Further, a new laser brazing process that joins the dramatically arching roof to the body side panels creates a clean appearance with no garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward relative to the driver’s seating position. The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side door sills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord’s newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved available rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements. 

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver’s meter and a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs and more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. The Accord also will offer the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.

Touring trims of both 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models also feature a new 6-inch driver’s Head Up Display with selectable information, including speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional new or improved connected-car technologies available on the 2018 Accord include wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

Audio systems vary by trim, starting with 4 speakers and 160 watts on LX,
8 speakers and 180 watts on Sport and EX trims, and 10 speakers and 450 watts on EX-L and Touring trims. All models feature USB charging ports (two 2.5-amp ports on EX and above) along with Bluetooth connectivity.

Accord Performance: Turbocharged and Electrified 
The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The 2018 Accord also features a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, and an available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbocharged engines.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) produces a peak 192 horsepower (HP) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. at 3,900 rpm on the existing, normally aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or, in Sport trim, to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).  

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6MT. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces. 

Both turbocharged engines utilize a host of new technologies, including high-efficiency low-inertia turbos, variable valve timing, low-pressure-loss air intake and high-accuracy direct injection, to deliver immediate and powerful response along while still anticipated to receive top level fuel economy ratings.  The two new automatic transmissions – the CVT for the 1.5-liter engine and new 10AT for the 2.0-liter engine – take greater advantage of available torque while maximizing quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11 percent lower ratio compared to the current version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 22 lbs. lighter, has a 68 percent wider overall ratio range with a 43 percent lower first gear, and a 17 percent taller top gear compared to the current Accord’s six-speed automatic.

Production of New Accord Hybrid Returns to Ohio
An all-new, even more refined and fuel efficient Accord Hybrid will be again built in Marysville, Ohio after a couple of years of production in Japan, and will be powered by the third-generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology, offering improved power delivery with no compromise to interior or cargo space and packaging.

The new hybrid powertrain will utilize a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with Honda-developed electric motors that are the first drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all models and trims. Detailed specifications on the 2018 Accord Hybrid, including power and fuel-economy ratings, will be release closer to launch.

New Approach to Body and Chassis Design
The 2018 Accord’s new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most extensive application of this weight-saving material in any current mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance. 

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord’s lighter chassis features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum control arms mounted to an all-aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities, and all new Accords also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations.

The new Accord has a 10 mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle’s moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 (front/rear). Accords with the new 2.0-liter i-VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39, a significant improvement versus the current V-6 and 6AT Accord.

All new Accords will now come equipped with a Two-Mode Driving System featuring Normal and Sport settings, allowing the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle’s sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers, which also aid aerodynamics, front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, three-microphone Active Noise Control system.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
For 2018, all Accords will feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims
More detailed information will be provided closer to launch, but the 1.5-liter powered Accord will be available in six trims – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2.0-liter model has four trims available, which are Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. And the new Accord Hybrid will be available in five trims – Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. Sport trims for both 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine variants will now feature available short-throw 6-speed manual transmissions.

Accord Manufacturing
All variants of the 2018 Accord will be produced at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant2, at which the company is investing with numerous enhancements to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of additional technologies and processes. Accord was the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at the Marysville Auto Plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years. 

The 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, and its CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant. 

The all-new, Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant2. Honda recently announced a combined $149 million investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT. Additional details concerning new manufacturing technology and investments will be announced closer to launch.

For More Information
Additional media information including high-resolution photography of the 2018 Accord is available at hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/accord.
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/accord.
To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondaaccord.

About the Honda Accord
Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have made Accord the best-selling car in America, purchasing more than 13 million Accords.

A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016)1. For the first six months of 2017, based on retail sales data, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic3. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine’s coveted 10Best award.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

  1. Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the Midsize car segment for individual calendar years 2013-2017CYTD June
  2. Using domestically and globally sourced parts.
  3. Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the Midsize car segment and for all models in the industry for 2017CYTD June

[PRELIMINARY] 2018 HONDA ACCORD SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES

NOTE: Information provided is preliminary and subject to change. Some equipment may not be available on certain trims. 

ENGINEERING

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Engine Type

In-Line 4-Cylinder with Mono-Scroll IHI RHF5 Turbo and Electric Wastegate

In-Line 4-Cylinder with Mono-Scroll IHI RHF5 Turbo and Electric Wastegate

In-Line 4 Cylinder

Engine Block/Cylinder Head

Aluminum-Alloy

Aluminum-Alloy

Aluminum-Alloy

Displacement

1498 cc

1996 cc

1993 cc

Horsepower (SAE net)

192 @ 5500 rpm

252 @ 6500 rpm

TBA

Torque (SAE net)

192 lb.-ft. @ 1500-5000 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1500-4000 rpm

TBA

Fuel Injection

Direct

Direct

Multi-Point

Bore and Stroke

73.0 mm / 89.5 mm

86.0 mm x 85.9 mm

81.0mm x 96.7mm

Valve Train

16-Valve DOHC

16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC®

16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC®

Hybrid Battery

Lithium Ion

TRANSMISSIONS

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

6-Speed Manual Transmission

Available

Available

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Paddle Shifters

Available

10-Speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters

Electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) with Shift-By-Wire

BODY/SUSPENSION/CHASSIS

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Adaptive Damper System

Available

Available

Available

MacPherson Strut Front Suspension

Multi-Link Rear Suspension

Dual-Pinion, Variable-Ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Standard Wheels / Tires

17 in. Alloy / 225/50R17

17 in. Alloy / 225/50R17

17 in. Alloys / 225/50R17

Available Wheels / Tires

19 in. Alloy / 235/40R19

19 in. Alloy / 235/40R19

EXTERIOR MEASUREMENTS

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Wheelbase

111.4 in.

111.4 in.

111.4 in.

Length

192.1 in.

192.1 in.

192.1 in.

Height

57.1 in.

57.1 in.

57.1 in.

Width

73.2 in.

73.2 in.

73.2 in.

INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS  

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Headroom (front/rear)

39.5 in. / 37.3 in.

37.5 in. / 37.2 in.

39.5 in. / 37.3 in.

Legroom (front/rear)

42.3 in. / 40.4 in.

42.3 in. / 40.4 in.

42.3 in. / 40.4 in.

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

58.3 in. / 56.5 in.

58.3 in. / 56.5 in.

58.3 in. / 56.5 in.

Hiproom (front/rear)

55.3 in. / 55.0 in.

55.3 in. / 55.0 in.

55.3 in. / 55.0 in.

Cargo Volume

16.7 cu. ft.

16.7 cu. ft.

16.7 cu. ft.

Passenger Volume

105.6 cu. ft.

102.7

105.6 cu. ft.

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Curb Weight

TBA

TBA

TBA

Weight Distribution (% front / rear)

60 / 40 (approx.)

61 / 39 (approx.)

61 / 39 (approx.)

FUEL CAPACITY

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Fuel Tank Capacity

14.8 gal.

14.8 gal.

12.8 gal.

Required Fuel

Regular Unleaded

Regular Unleaded

Regular Unleaded

SAFETY & DRIVER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM(ACETM) Body Structure

HondaSensing®Driver Assistive Suite

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) 

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) 

Traffic Sign Recognition

Low Speed Follow

CVT Only

10AT Only

Advanced Front Airbags, Front Side Airbags 

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Knee Airbags

Head-Up Display (HUD)

Available

Available

Available

Blind Spot Information System (BSI)16

Available

Available

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

EXTERIOR FEATURES

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Aluminum Hood

Active Shutter Grille

Available

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off (low beam)

Full LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off (low and high beam)

Available

Available

Available

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Available

Available

Available

Chrome Exhaust Finishers

Available

LED Fog Lights

Available

Available

LED Tail Lights

Smart Entry with Walk-Away Auto Lock®

Available

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature

Available

Available

Front/Rear Parking Sensors 

Available

Available

Available

Courtesy Lights

Available

Available

Available

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

1.5T

2.0T

Hybrid

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System

Driver & Passenger Front Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down

Sport Mode

Available

Available

Available

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek Announces Extraordinary Line-up of Experiences Coming to Disney Parks around the Globe

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ANAHEIM, Calif., July 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today at D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced an extraordinary line-up of brand new attractions and experiences coming to its parks and resorts around the world as it continues to revolutionize the guest experience, starting from before guests even arrive for a Disney vacation to the many memories that last a lifetime.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek welcomed nearly 7,000 fans as he unveiled more than a dozen new experiences coming to Disney parks and resorts and gave a sneak peek at much-anticipated projects in development. Several Imagineers joined the presentation by providing details of the creativity, imagination and innovation in development around the world. Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter also shared his enthusiasm for plans to include a larger Pixar presence at Disneyland Resort.

In addition to the announcement that Fantasmic! will return to Disneyland Park tonight, two nights early in honor of the Expo, fans were treated to a glimpse of the new “Beauty and the Beast” musical production coming to the Disney Dream on Disney Cruise Line, currently in production in Toronto, and a special one-night-only medley of nostalgic entertainment numbers showcasing the heritage of Disney Parks.

“On the heels of the many new and incredibly popular experiences that just debuted this year, the best is yet to come. We have ambitious plans for our parks and resorts around the world,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “We’re investing in the guest experience like never before, and we’re doing it all in way that is only possible at Disney!”

From new lodging and transportation options that make getting around more fun, to original storytelling and immersive experiences based on guests’ favorites, Disney continues to provide unparalleled vacation destinations for guests across the globe in even more exciting ways than ever before.

Immersive Theme Park Experiences and Attractions

An Unprecedented First Look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Fans were elated to hear their Star Wars stories will come to life in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newly announced name for the Star Wars-themed lands. Chapek shared exciting new details and a glimpse inside the two anchor attractions, including one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance where guests will feel like they are inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer. Guests will also have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, where each guest is critical to the mission’s success. Chapek also revealed many characters that guests will meet, including BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, with the first land debuting at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, then at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Timeless Transformation of Epcot Revealed
Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, there are grand plans to complete the transformation that started with the debut of New Fantasyland in 2014. Chapek announced exciting plans across Epcot to realize the original vision of the park while making it more timeless and relevant than ever before. Patterned after the number one family attraction at Disneyland Paris, Ratatouille will be added in an all-new space in the France pavilion at World Showcase. Epcot will also see the addition of a brand new E-ticket attraction based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy, the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at Walt Disney World Resort. In Future World, a new Green Mission at Mission: SPACE will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, and an updated Orange Mission will make the trip to Mars even more spectacular. Adjacent to Mission: Space will be a new restaurant that will invite guests to travel high above the earth for an unforgettable dining experience.

More Thrills than Ever Planned for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom
Disney remains at the cutting edge of deeply immersive, creative storytelling that draws guests into new worlds, and it is a legacy that lives on in every new Disney Parks experience. The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With a new original story and lovable attraction theme song, this new state-of-the-art ride-through attraction will take guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that transform the flat cartoon world into an incredible dimensional experience.

Chapek also announced that the highest rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is coming to Walt Disney World Resort. A thrilling, Tron-themed attraction will be added in a new area near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom. Additionally, a new live entertainment theater coming to Main Street, U.S.A., based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City, will bring world-class entertainment to the world’s most popular park.

Pixar Fun at the Happiest Place on Earth
In addition to announcing the summer 2018 opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Chapek was joined by Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter to unveil plans for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure, where the pier will take on a brand new look as more favorite Pixar characters and stories come to life, from The Incredibles, to Inside Out to even more Toy Story. Chapek also announced there is more Pixar in store during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort. Starting in 2018, this limited-time offering will include a new fireworks spectacular as well as special characters and entertainment moments.

As part of the celebration, the Pixar Play Parade will return to Disneyland Resort – this time at Disneyland Park – and the fan favorite Paint the Night Parade will move to Disney California Adventure, one of Disney’s longest parade routes.

Disney Cruise Line to Double the Size of its Fleet by 2023

Chapek surprised the crowd by announcing that Disney Cruise Line will add one more ship in its expansion to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level. Joining the other two new ships that were announced just last year, all three ships will be powered by one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, liquefied natural gas. When all three ships are completed by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have nearly doubled the size of the fleet.

Immersive Hotel Concepts

Among the announcements were projects that infuse even more exciting experiences for resort hotel guests in ways that are only possible at Disney. To the delight of fans, Chapek confirmed ambitious plans to create the most experiential concept ever in an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.

Adding to the immersive resort hotel slate, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris will transport guests to the action-packed world of Super Heroes, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more. Guests will be able to explore the Marvel Universe through its comic art, films, Super Hero costumes and more, displayed in the style of a contemporary art gallery.

Leading up to the July 17 opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, Chapek also announced the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney Riviera Resort, coming to Walt Disney World Resort near Epcot.

Seamless Transportation Options

Completing the immersion so guests never have to leave the story while on a Disney vacation, Chapek announced plans that will make getting around Walt Disney World Resort even more fun. An all-new Minnie Van service will provide a point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do, giving guests an even more seamless resort vacation from start to finish.

Additionally, a whole new transportation system called Disney Skyliner will give guests a birds-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort. This brand new system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, as well as the proposed new Disney Riviera Resort, with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.

Honoring the Heritage of Disney Parks

In a memorable tribute to the legacy of beloved attractions, entertainment and characters, fans enjoyed a special one-time-only performance of entertainment numbers from Disney Parks through the years. Following the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Chapek hinted there are even more fan favorites in store from Disney Parks’ storied past.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

Media Contacts:
Angela Bliss
Angela.R.Bliss@disney.com
818-560-4107

Rachel Green
Rachel.E.Green@disney.com
818-560-2218

SOURCE Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Cala Enterprises and Datos Group Present the Corporate Happiness Scale, an Index That Measures Happiness in Companies

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MIAMI, July 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cala Enterprises, the company headed by Ismael Cala, will develop the Corporate Happiness Scale, an index that measures happiness in companies, in partnership with the international research organization Datos Group.

Latin American and U.S. companies have already joined the survey, which allows for quantitatively identifying the level of happiness of employees, with variables such as emotions, commitment, stress, creativity and achievements.

“The Corporate Happiness Scale is part of our commitment to corporate wellbeing. At the dozens of conferences that I conduct every year in companies all over the region, I have insisted that motivation and happiness are key to personal growth and an increase in productivity,” said Ismael Cala.

It has been shown that happier employees are twice as productive, have 65% more energy, are twice as engaged with their company, manage to increase sales up to 37% and creativity by up to three times more, and produce on average 31% more.

“Theoreticians agree that corporate happiness is the optimum human functioning making it possible for an organization’s members to be more productive, creative and healthy. However, the Happiness Scale differs from other indexes in that it incorporates into traditional positive psychological indicators the measurement of behavioral motivation and intrinsic motivation elements”, explained Datos Group’s CEO Luis Maturén.

More information: http://www.escaladefelicidad.com/

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

Life and human development strategist, best-selling author and international speaker, for more than five years, Ismael Cala was the host of CALA on CNN en español.

He is currently the official contributor to the program “Despierta América” (Wake Up, America) on Univision, and writes a weekly column for more than 50 Latin American and U.S. publications. The New York Times has named him the “Latin Larry King”.

Author of the best-sellers “Despierta con Cala” (Wake Up with Cala), “La vida es una piñata” (Life Is a Pinata), “El analfabeto emocional” (The Emotional Illiterate), “El poder de escuchar” (The Power of Listening), “Un buen hijo de P…” (A Real Son of a B…) and “El secreto del bambú” (The Secret of Bamboo), Cala was born in Santiago, Cuba (1969), and holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Oriente University. He coauthored “Beat the Curve” with Brian Tracy. He is a graduate of the York University School of Communications in Toronto and has a diploma from Seneca in Television Production.

He has partnered with great mentors such as Deepak Chopra and John C. Maxwell and received training from coaches like Tony Robbins and Miguel Ruiz. Cala is part of the contributing faculty group at Atlantis University and Next University. He is the president of Cala Enterprises Corporation. Visit www.IsmaelCala.com

ABOUT DATOS GROUP

Since its founding in 1954, Datos Group seeks to understand and explore people’s knowledge, their relationship with their environment, markets and companies, by means of a holistic vision and with ever-present methodological precision. As a company specializing in information, it has distinguished itself by its passion in interpreting data, constantly managing innovative processes to understand realities and creating new opportunities.

 

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek Reveals Epic, Detailed Model of Star Wars-Themed Lands

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Today at D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the epic detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will remain on display throughout the weekend as part of "A Galaxy of Stories" pavilion.

ANAHEIM, California, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — During a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the epic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. This stunning exhibition, on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion at D23 Expo, is yet another example of the breathtaking new worlds, immersive storytelling and transformational guest experiences that set Disney apart.

Today at D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the epic detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will remain on display throughout the weekend as part of "A Galaxy of Stories" pavilion.

“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

Chapek plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 Presentation on Saturday. The model will remain on display at the pavilion throughout the weekend to give visitors an up-close look at what’s to come on this never-before seen planet. In addition, the pavilion will display models, artwork and media that provide a first-ever look at some of the locations, starships, creatures, and droids that guests will encounter when they visit this new planet.

At D23 Expo 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the Star Wars project to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. The jaw-dropping new lands will open with two anchor attractions – one that gives guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, the Star Wars-themed lands will open in 2019.

However, guests don’t need to wait until 2019 to be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy. From special character encounters to fan-favorite attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and interactive entertainment like Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, guests of all ages can experience Star Wars stories at Disney parks and resorts around the world. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2uj8WYV.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

Media Contacts:
Angela Bliss
Angela.R.Bliss@disney.com
818-560-4107

Rachel Green
Rachel.E.Green@disney.com
818-560-2218

 

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Honda Goes Fashion Forward with Debut Display of One-of-a-Kind “MINNIE VAN” – Custom-Designed Odyssey Created for Disney D23 Expo

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ANAHEIM, California, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Attendees at this year’s Disney D23 Expo: Ultimate Fan Event will get to enjoy Minnie’s polka dots in a whole new way when Honda unveils its one-of-a-kind 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan in Anaheim. Inspired by the magic of Disney and the iconic character Minnie Mouse, Honda has created the MINNIE VAN for display at the 2017 D23 Expo: (https://youtu.be/eFNlHybYDWg). The MINNIE VAN is a one-of-a-kind, pink-polka dot design inspired 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan celebrating Honda’s partnership with Disney-ABC and the “Disney Unlock the Magic Sweepstakes”: www.Disney.com/unlockthemagic.

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The sweepstakes and exclusive Mickey and the Roadster Racers custom content piece will air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior with special appearances by Disney characters and the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

“The all-new Odyssey was developed for modern families offering high-tech features, flexible seating and new styling, all aimed at keeping everyone in the family happy,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marketing. “In creating the MINNIE VAN that will be on display at the D23 Expo, we’re proud to partner with Disney-ABC and be inspired by the style of the most fashionable gal around – Minnie Mouse.”

The MINNIE VAN presented by Honda Odyssey

The MINNIE VAN is a unique collaboration between Honda and Disney-ABC to create a one-of-a-kind minivan inspired by Minnie Mouse; a truly custom creation that everyone in the family will love getting to see. For this exclusive display, one all-new Honda Odyssey was transformed through a pink-polka dot design inspired by Minnie’s iconic style, including her oversized bow and highly recognizable ears perched atop the vehicle.

The MINNIE VAN will be on display for fans July 14-16 at the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event (https://d23.com/d23-expo/) in Anaheim, Calif. The MINNIE VAN will be a part of the “Minnie’s Style: The Fashion House of Minnie Mouse” display presented by the all-new Odyssey, showcasing a selection of Minnie’s iconic dresses and accessories from throughout the years. Attendees may register at the Honda display to have their photo taken with the MINNIE VAN, and receive a special keepsake. The MINNIE VAN will be for display only and will not be for sale.

To introduce the 2018 Honda Odyssey to families across America, Honda’s partnership with Disney-ABC also features the “Disney Unlock the Magic Sweepstakes,” with one lucky winner receiving a grand prize vacation to Disneyland® Resort, plus an all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey. The campaign includes exclusive content that will feature the Odyssey minivan alongside Mickey Mouse, his pals and their personalized transforming vehicles from Disney Junior’s hit animated series Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

The Completely Redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey has been the best-selling minivan in America for the past seven years. The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey continues its evolution to meet the needs of changing American families, raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity in the minivan segment. The new Odyssey has a more powerful engine, advanced new transmission and extensive body redesign that combine to deliver class-leading performance and cabin quietness. The all-new Odyssey provides the ultimate in family flexibility and connectivity with available new Magic Slide™ second row seating, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinWatch™ and CabinTalk™ technologies, and Honda Sensing® technology, now standard on EX and above trims.

The Odyssey was developed by Honda R&D Americas in Ohio and California, and is produced exclusively at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama, auto and engine plant, alongside the Pilot and Ridgeline, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda and Disneyland® Resort

Honda has a long-standing alliance with the Disneyland® Resort which began in 2005, with Honda’s sponsorship of Disneyland® Park’s fireworks, Grad Nite events and an exhibit in Tomorrowland that featured ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the classic Disneyland® Resort Autopia attraction, which dates back to the opening day of Disneyland® Park in 1955, and allows guests to get behind the wheel of a car and cruise on a winding road trip. Honda’s sponsorship of Autopia is “Honda powered” and includes an update to the attraction’s look and storyline that went into effect in 2016.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity Series of passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About the Disneyland® Resort
Located on approximately 500 acres in Anaheim, California, the Disneyland® Resort includes the Disneyland® and Disney’s California Adventure™ theme parks, three hotels with a total of 2,238 rooms and the 310,000 square foot Downtown Disney® retail, restaurant and entertainment district. With 20,000 employees, the Disneyland® Resort is Orange County’s largest employer. In January 2004, the Resort welcomed its 500 millionth Guest since opening on July 17, 1955.

 

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Plotagraph+ For iPad Now Available in App Store, Easily Add Motion to Any Photo

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SANTA BARBARA, California, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Plotagraph, Inc. an image animation software company, is excited to announce Plotagraph+ for iPad, available Thursday July 13 on the App Store with the iPhone version soon to follow. Plotagraph+ easily allows users to animate any still photo into a seamlessly looping video or animated PNG for iMessage. The Plotagraph+ app takes full advantage of the fast processing power of the all-new iPad Pro as well as all iPads and iPhones with 64Bit processors and up. Plotagraph+ was created with Metal to unlock its full potential.

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As a limited-time offer, Plotagraph+ is discounted at 50% off and on sale for $4.99. Visit the app store to download Plotagraph+ now: https://appsto.re/us/HDcmkb.i

As the first image animation software of its kind, Plotagraph offers a uniquely dynamic photo animating experience. Plotagraph, Inc. Founders Troy Christopher Plota and Sascha Scheider said, “We created Plotagraph+ to help consumers animate their own photos in a fun and easy way, bringing their images and memories back to life.”

Plotagraph+ takes photos to the next level and can easily be shared to top social media platforms and to Plotagraph, Inc.’s very own social platform, Plotagraph Social (www.plotagraphs.com), dedicated to dynamic looping content that will auto-play and auto-loop on all devices. The Plotagraph technique is the perfect tool for businesses to bring their Facebook cover photos to life, as Facebook now accepts looping videos for cover photos.

Plotagraph+ for iPad is available exclusively on the App Store (https://appsto.re/us/HDcmkb.i).  

About Plotagraph, Inc.:

Plotagraph is a professional image animation software and sharing platform that is now available in a lite version for iOS with iPad and soon to launch on the iPhone. The Plotagraph technique allows users to add motion to any still image. This exciting new medium sits in-between a still image and a traditional video. The loops are created from a photo, illustration or painting that is animated using proprietary algorithms creating an endlessly looping video or APNG (Animated PNG). Plotagraph is the evolution of art and photography and pushes the envelope for the future of dynamic looping content.

This animation technique was created by Troy Christopher Plota in 2009. Plotagraph was founded by partners Troy Christopher Plota and Sascha Scheider. Plotagraph is a family-owned software company that launched their pro paid beta on 4th of July, 2016 and had their official launch in October, 2016 at the Photo Plus Expo in New York.

Plotagraph Pro for desktop is available for Mac/PC at www.plotagraphs.com

Contact:
Nadja Reichardt
+1-212-564-4264 x2
nadja@teamplotagraph.com

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Altice USA To Be Presented With The 2017 Award For Corporate Leadership In Hispanic Television & Video At The 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

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Altice USA To Be Presented With The 2017 Award For Corporate Leadership In Hispanic Television & Video At The 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

NEW YORK, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Altice USA, one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, will be presented with the 2017 Award for Corporate Leadership in Hispanic Television and Video by leading television business publications, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, during the luncheon awards ceremony scheduled from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., at the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Sheraton New York Hotel.

Altice USA To Be Presented With The 2017 Award For Corporate Leadership In Hispanic Television & Video At The 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit

Altice USA, which provides Optimum and Suddenlink-branded TV, phone and internet services in the U.S., is being recognized for its many products and packages for Hispanic customers.  These services include high-quality and attractively priced internet service, phone service with low rates for international calling, and TV packages that include a wide variety of Spanish-language channels as well as Spanish-language VOD content. The company is especially being acknowledged for their creative marketing approach, including a campaign that featured John Leguizamo, the well-known Latino actor / comedian, as well as a recently launched campaign featuring soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom are popular among Hispanic and general market consumers. In addition, Altice USA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizes the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans by administering a student essay contest across its footprint that asks students to write about a Latino, past or present, with whom they would like to spend the day. 

“Altice USA serves some of the most important Hispanic communities in our country. Their amazing commitment to Latino consumers sets an excellent example for all in the television and video industries. That’s why we are especially excited to honor them at this year’s Hispanic Television Summit.” said Louis Hillelson, NewBay Media’s Vice president and Group Publisher for Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. 

Another award will also be presented at the luncheon ceremony. The 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television honoree is actor/musician Rafael Amaya, star of hit Telemundo super series “El Señor de los Cielos.”

The Hispanic Television Summit is the most popular, and longest running annual event for executives in the business of television and video for Hispanic audiences, worldwide. It attracts nearly 500 executives from the U.S., Latin America and Europe. The Summit was created fifteen years ago by Joe Schramm, and has been produced every year since by Schramm Marketing Group for NewBay Media’s Broadcasting & Cable andMultichannel News. This year, the Summit will be one of a series of conferences and events to be presented by NewBay Media during NYC Television Week, October 16-19, 2017.    

To take advantage of the early bird rate for this Summit, register by Monday, September 11, 2017 at https://nbmedia.swoogo.com/TVWEEK2017.

To learn more about the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, visit www.hispanictvsummit.com.

About NEWBAY MEDIA
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest B-to-B professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 35 print and digital publications, more than 35 integrated web and mobile applications, more than 60 e-newsletters, over 50 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.

About Schramm Marketing Group
Schramm is a marketing agency that specializes in multicultural and segmented marketing, ticket sales promotions, and producing conferences for the television and video industry. The company is recognized for its expertise in attracting large, sold-out crowds for international soccer and for driving pay TV subscription sales. They recently launched Fantastico.nyc where Latinos buy tickets online in Spanish. Schramm created and produces the Hispanic Television Summit as well as other internationally-recognized conferences. Schramm’s clients include the leading brands in sports, television, entertainment, telecommunications, and non-profits. For more information, visit www.schrammnyc.com.

For more information, contact:

Schramm Marketing Group
Navi Ramnarain
212.983.0219
navi@schrammnyc.com

NewBay Media
Chardia Christophe
212.378.0443
cchristophe@nbmedia.com

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Latino Conservation Week Showcases Community’s Commitment to Protecting Public Lands, Kicks Off This Weekend (July 15 – 23)

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Latinos across the country are celebrating #LatinoConservationWeek with over 100 events nationwide.

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This weekend, the fourth annual Latino Conservation Week (#LatinoConservationWeek, #LCW2017) kicks off, continues through July 23 and will be celebrated with more than 100 events nationwide. The week is an opportunity for Latinos to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands through various outings, volunteer cleanups, educational events, roundtable discussions, film screenings and numerous other community activities in more than 15 states stretching from Massachusetts to California.

Latinos across the country are celebrating #LatinoConservationWeek with over 100 events nationwide.

“Latinos are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to protect it for future generations,” said Maite Arce, president of Hispanic Access Foundation, which launched Latino Conservation Week in 2014 in its effort to showcase this community’s commitment to the outdoors and provide opportunities for engagement. “The week’s events introduce Latinos to new opportunities, new locations and new ways to translate their passion for the outdoors into making a difference for our nation’s treasured natural resources.”

Historically, Latinos have not been actively engaged to participate in our nation’s public lands. Even with widely documented support, only eight percent of Latinos engaged in outdoor recreation in 2015, according to the Outdoor Foundation. Latino Conservation Week helps to break down barriers to the Latino population’s enjoyment of public lands, encourages new opportunities to experience these sites, creates a unique platform for groups to reach out to this community and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.

“As the largest minority group in America – one that is expected to grow to nearly one-third the population by 2050 – the Latino community’s engagement is critical to ensuring the future success and preservation of our nation’s public lands,” said Arce. “We appreciate the vast number of event partners and sponsors who recognize the importance of encouraging more Latinos to go outdoors and experiencing all that our nation’s public lands have to offer.”

Nearly 80 parks, organizations and community groups have joined Latino Conservation Week as sponsors and event partners. These include National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, Save the Redwoods League, George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Por la Creacion: Faith-based Alliance, Latino Outdoors, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Atlanta Audubon Society, Los Angeles Audubon Society, Conservation Lands Foundation, Houston Zoo, REI and Whole Foods Market. A full list of participating groups is available here.

“The growth in participation and interest of Latino Conservation Week has been tremendous. What started as 17 events in six states has grown – in just three years – to more than 100 events in as many as 15 states,” said Arce. “This is a national collaborative effort with the potential to positively impact the Latino community and our nation’s treasured spaces.”

The full list of confirmed events is available at http://bit.ly/2uSVhEV.

For media that would like to participate in any of these events, request interviews or need additional information, please contact Robert Fanger at Robert@hispanicaccess.org.

About Hispanic Access Foundation
Hispanic Access Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves the lives of Hispanics in the United States and promotes civic engagement by educating, motivating and helping them access trustworthy support systems. Our vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America. For more information visit www.hispanicaccess.org.

Contact: Robert Fanger
P: 317-410-7668
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Institute for Student Achievement Announces New President to Succeed Retiring Gerry House

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PRINCETON, New Jersey, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of ETS, announced today that Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Vice President for Policy to Practice at the Alliance for Excellent Education, has been appointed ISA’s next president. Wood-Garnett succeeds Dr. Gerry House who announced her retirement earlier this month after nearly two decades of leadership. Wood-Garnett assumes the presidency July 25.

Gerry House and ISA have done remarkable things for so many educators and young people in this country,” says ETS President Walt MacDonald. “We are fortunate to have had the benefit of Gerry’s skills, experience and passion for the ISA mission.” 

ISA, whose mission is to partner with schools and districts to transform public high schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college and careers, has been part of ETS since Jan. 1, 2013. House has been ISA’s president since 2000.

“My work at ISA has truly been the highlight of my professional life,” House says. “I am going to miss the work and the people, but I am so encouraged that Stephanie Wood-Garnett is taking over the leadership. The mission could not be better served.”

MacDonald adds, “For nearly 25 years, Dr. Wood-Garnett has helped teachers and school leaders support the academic, social and emotional needs of underserved students. Through her leadership in delivering systemic, programmatic and cultural change to underperforming schools and districts, Stephanie has opened new doors to learning and achievement. That’s an excellent description of ISA’s mission, which makes her the perfect successor.”

“I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Gerry House and ETS working on key education initiatives. The mission of ISA reflects my personal commitment and drive for equity and improved outcomes for underserved students. I’m honored to join the ETS team and the talented professionals at ISA,” says Wood-Garnett. “We have a solid institutional foundation to build on — I’m looking forward to the work!”

Wood-Garnett has been at the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education since August 2015. The Alliance is a national education policy, practice and advocacy organization. Its mission is to promote high school transformation so that students, particularly those from underserved groups, can graduate prepared for college, life and careers.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Wood-Garnett was a Managing Director at the NewSchools Venture Fund, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit that helps find, fund and support entrepreneurs committed to innovative practices in education. Before that, she served by appointment as the Assistant Commissioner of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the New York State Department of Education. Her additional roles in the field of education include: Associate Director/Director of Teacher and Principal Evaluation at the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership; Executive Director of Exemplary Programs for the Bellevue, Washington School District; and Executive Director for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Wood-Garnett earned a BA in English literature, with a minor in women’s studies, from Dartmouth College; an MA in education and human development, with a focus on higher education administration, from The George Washington University; and a doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has served on the ETS Advisory Committee on Equity in Student and Teacher Assessments.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About ISA
The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) partners with schools and districts to transform public high schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college. Through a close partnership, ISA provides the organizational and professional development supports that schools, principals and teachers need to succeed, giving students the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve to their fullest potential. To learn more about ISA, visit www.studentachievement.org/.

 

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Mary Kay’s “Suits for Shelters” Provides Clothing To Abuse Survivors

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DALLAS, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A blouse can mean more than cotton and thread to a domestic violence survivor. It symbolizes confidence, acing an interview, a new job and, ultimately, financial freedom from one’s abuser. Mary Kay Inc.’s ninth annual Suits for Shelters program will collect women’s professional attire to give women the ability to pursue lives full of independence and empty of violence.

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Through Aug. 4, Tootsies, located in the Plaza at Preston Center, will accept community donations. In return, those who donate items will receive a $25 Tootsies gift card. WFAA News Ch. 8 is airing a series of public service announcements to encourage community support and more donations for the annual clothing drive.

“Although it may seem simple, receiving a skirt or blouse truly does have the potential to change a domestic abuse survivor’s life and provide professional opportunities some women may never have thought possible,” said Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. “Mary Kay is a proven leader in the fight against domestic violence, and Suits for Shelters is a unique way to engage our community, introducing them to the issues domestic violence survivors face every day.”

A partnership between Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation(SM), Suits for Shelters supports domestic violence survivors with professional attire to help boost confidence as they start their lives free from abuse. Since 2009, Suits for Shelters has collected more than 17,000 pieces of professional clothing for women in need. 

“Suits for Shelters is just one way Mary Kay and our community can partner to offer domestic violence survivors a piece of hope as they take their next steps into a life free from their abuser,” said Ryan Rogers, Vice President of The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) and grandson of company founder Mary Kay Ash.  “Domestic violence is an epidemic that impacts 1 in 4 women regardless of age, race and socio economic status – it does not discriminate. Women’s shelters in our community and across the United States, provide life-saving services. Mary Kay’s support of these organizations is an important part of our commitment to ending domestic violence once and for all.”

Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence. Over the past 15 years, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) have donated more than $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs to women’s shelters across the country in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. 

“Suits for Shelters unites our community in providing a pathway out of abuse for survivors as they seek employment, which is essential to a life free of abuse,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “Empowering women and enriching their lives is part of our corporate fabric, and we know one of the first steps to an enriched life is feeling safe in your own home.”

About Mary Kay
At Mary Kay, success lies in our dedication to irresistible products, a rewarding opportunity and positive community impact.  For more than 53 years, Mary Kay has inspired women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in nearly 40 countries.  As a multibillion-dollar company, we offer the latest in cutting-edge skin care, bold color cosmetics and fragrances. Discover more reasons to love Mary Kay at marykay.com  

About The Mary Kay Foundation(SM)
The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) was created in 1996, and its mission is twofold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) has awarded $70.7 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation(SM), please visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737). 

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HBO Latino® To Premiere Exclusive Concert Film “PEDRO CAPÓ: EN LETRA DE OTRO” On August 11

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NEW YORK, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HBO LATINO® will premiere its first summer concert film, starring award-winning Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor Pedro Capó. PEDRO CAPÓ: EN LETRA DE OTRO premieres on Friday, August 11th at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT. The concert film honors leading Latin artists he grew up with by performing a selection of their hits – songs we know and love – in his own style. PEDRO CAPÓ: EN LETRA DE OTRO will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO GO, HBO NOW and affiliate portals.

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Set along a summer backdrop, PEDRO CAPÓ: EN LETRA DE OTRO features songs from his forthcoming album En Letra De Otro being released by Sony Music Latin on August 11th. Artists being covered include Selena, Chayanne, Jon Secada, Jerry Rivera, Luis Miguel, Calle 13, OV7, Fey, and Donato y Estefano. In between performances, Capó discusses his song choices and how the musicaility influences the artistic liberties he takes with each song. “HBO Latino is thrilled to be partnering with Sony Music Latin to bring Pedro’s new project dedicated to covering great songs from the 90s to life,” said Jackie Gagne, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing, HBO. “With this concert, we’re giving audiences an opportunity to reminesce in the nostalgia of the music, while giving Pedro’s fans something fun to watch.”

Born in San Juan, the grandson of international singer-songwriter Bobby Capó, Pedro Capó began his career in the 90s as part of the rock band Marka Registrada. Pedro Capó has had seven #1 radio singles in Puerto Rico, four Latin Grammy® nominations, won two ASCAP awards, and sold out Puerto Rico’s Coliseo. As a songwriter, Capó has written songs for award-winning international artists like Ricky Martin, Noel Scharjris, and Ednita Nazario.

In addition, Capó is an actor whose theater credits include “The Sweet Spot” at the Apollo and “Azucar! Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz,” which he won two acting awards for. His screen credits include: Shut Up and Do It! and Paraiso Travel (starring John Leguizamo) as well as the upcoming Sol de medianoche, for which he is the lead.

Pedro Capó now joins the elite group of HBO Latino Concerts special subjects, which include Carlos Santana (Live it to Believe it, Live From Mexico), Thalia (Viva Tour En Vivo), Romeo Santos (The King Stays King), Yandel (De Líder a Leyenda), Reik (En Vivo Desde El Auditorio Nacional), Carlos Varela (The Poet of Havana), Alejandro Sanz (Sirope Vivo), Victor Manuelle (Que Suenen Los Tambores), and Juanes (The Juanes Effect and Mis Planes Son Amarte) to bring the channel it’s first summer concert film.

 

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Goya Foods Named Title Sponsor Of The 2017 New York International Salsa Congress

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NEW YORK, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The New York International Salsa Congress (#goyaNYISC2017), a multi-day Latin music and dance festival, announces the title sponsorship of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, along with sponsorships by Spanish media giants Telemundo 47 and La Mega radio, T-Mobile and Burju Shoes.

Now in its 17th year, the #goyaNYISC2017 attracts over 8,000 attendees from around the world at The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square from Thursday, August 31, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017 with an official ‘La Clave’ kick-off party held at Iguanas, NYC on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

“Goya Foods has always been much more than a food company; we are about giving back to the community and honoring our Latin culture, roots and heritage,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. “Goya is proud to become the title sponsor of this great event while bringing together people from all over the world through music, dance and great food!”

Each year the #goyaNYISC2017 brings together people of all cultures, ages and backgrounds to participate in this multi-day celebration of Latin music and dance.  “We are so honored to have Goya, an iconic symbol of our Latin culture, take on title sponsorship of this year’s festival,” said Vilma and Manny Villavicencio and Luis Guerrero, owners of the NYISC. “Goya Foods, along with our sponsors Telemundo 47, La Mega, T-Mobile, and Burju Shoes, are invaluable to our success and ensures that we continue to stage one of the most anticipated events in New York City.”

From novice to professional dancers, the festival attracts people from all walks of life to establish a sense of community, to gain exposure to different styles of dance and to achieve a higher level of knowledge and expression while sharing the true passion for Latin music and dance.  “Telemundo 47 is proud to be the exclusive media partner for The New York International Salsa Congress which will bring thousands of fans from around the world right here to New York City. We look forward to offering our viewers coverage of this popular celebration of Latino culture,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and press coverage, please contact Natalie@retromedianyc.com or at 845.659.6506.

To purchase tickets & for more information about #goyaNYISC2017 please visit, www.newyorksalsacongress.com Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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Summer School for Entrepreneurs! Amway Education Offers 10 Video Courses for Existing and Aspiring Business Owners

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ADA, Michigan, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — School’s in for the summer. Amway, the world’s leading direct selling company*, is offering an Amway Education “summer school” for entrepreneurs. The “school,” available today through Labor Day, will provide all visitors access to content normally limited to Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs), including 10 videos that cover topics, ranging from how to use social media in their business to how to understand retail margins.

Amway Education has also released a complementary quiz, What’s Your Learning Personality?, providing a visual, interactive way for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to better understand their unique learning personalities. The quiz is also designed to encourage business owners to reflect on what personal traits have made them a successful entrepreneur and, ultimately, what their learning “persona” is in order to continue their professional and personal development.

“We are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs learn and acquire the skills they need to be in business for themselves,” said Suzie Fiore, Director of Training and Education at Amway North America. “These courses are a helpful way to hone practical business skills, and the quiz is a resource for entrepreneurs to better understand their unique learning styles and provide direction for leveraging their business ‘persona.'”

The five personas include:

  • The Seeker: For those with an abundant amount of curiosity and a constant need for new information and business strategies – given in a quick, concise way.
  • The Juggler: Entrepreneurs with little time to devote to any individual task, but who always complete a to-do list on time and in a professional fashion – organization is key!
  • The Cornerstone: Industry veterans with business skills that span the spectrum, and a knack for understanding that the small stuff matters for continued success in an evolving world.
  • The All-Star: For those who are hands-on and committed to seeing projects through, these are the kinds of entrepreneurs that believe sustained success is the only true success.
  • The Coach: Natural leaders looking to not only start their own business, but who have multiple colleagues who can independently spearhead important projects on their behalf – they love to be the sounding board!

Based on which persona is revealed, users will be directed to two relevant courses on Amway Education’s website to continue their learning experience. Users can choose to view the two videos recommended for them, or explore the remaining courses. The two courses related to each persona are as follows:

  • The Seeker
    • 1. Find the Need and Offer Product Solutions
    • 2. Retail Margin
  • The Juggler
    • 1. Reading Body Language
    • 2. Asking the Right Questions
  • The Cornerstone
    • 1. Creating a Product Testimonial
    • 2. Leveraging Social Media to Grow Your Business
  • The All-Star
    • 1. Customer Follow-Up
    • 2. Business Etiquette
  • The Coach
    • 1. Public Speaking
    • 2. Active Listening

However, with nearly 100 short videos in total on the Amway Education platform, there are helpful options for entrepreneurs at any stage.

“Continued education is critical to developing entrepreneurial skills to both start a new business and grow an already thriving venture,” said Dr. David B. Audretsch, an advisor to Amway Education, and a professor and director of the Institute for Development Strategies at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “The vast library of courses within Amway Education is relevant to those serious about starting a business – and the quiz is a good place to start for those who might just be curious to learn more.”

Amway Education is available in the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic and is available in five languages: Spanish, Mandarin, French, Korean and English.

For more information on Amway Education and to view the courses available via Summer School for Entrepreneurs, visit www.amway.com/amwayeducation.

To take the quiz, visit www.whatsyourlearningtype.com.

About Amway Education
Amway Education, designed to support the No. 1 direct selling business in the world, is built on Amway’s legacy of providing quality mentorship and business development support for its Independent Business Owners (IBOs) for nearly 60 years. Informed by IBOs for aspiring and current business owners, Amway Education provides best-in-class content and resources to support those who want to become their best selves – in business and in life.

About Amway
Amway is an $8.8 billion direct selling business based in Ada, Michigan, USA. Top-selling brands for Amway are Nutrilite™ vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, Artistry™ skincare and color cosmetics, eSpring™ water treatment systems and XS™ energy drinks – all sold exclusively by Amway Business Owners. Global sales in 2015 made Amway the No. 1 direct selling business in the world, according to the 2016 Direct Selling News Global 100. The company’s annual sales figure includes revenue from direct selling operations and other business holdings. For company news, visit globalnews.amway.com.

*According to the Direct Selling News 2017 Global 100.

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March of Dimes highlights drastically higher costs of having a baby under the Senate health care plan

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WHITE PLAINS, New York, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The March of Dimes and Avalere, a health care consulting firm, today released a new study highlighting both the financial and potential health implications that the Senate health care plan could have on moms and babies, especially those born too sick or too soon. 

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The analysis confirms that removing maternity coverage from plans could cause the cost of having a baby to skyrocket from $4,100 to $15,000 and also subject a new mother to unlimited out-of-pocket expenses if there are complications during birth; meanwhile, a maximum of only $10 a month in premiums would be realized. Women who do want to buy maternity coverage could see premiums increase by 25 percent to 70 percent if maternity care is no longer considered an essential health benefit.

“The March of Dimes believes all pregnant women need affordable health care to have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of the March of Dimes. “Our study shows that the cost of having a baby could escalate drastically under the changes proposed in the Senate health care bill — and that’s for having a healthy baby. If a woman has pregnancy complications, or the baby is born sick or prematurely, health care costs could skyrocket even further.”

The changes proposed by the Senate could return the individual health insurance market to the pre-2010 status quo, when maternity care was excluded from most plans or offered only as a costly rider.  Prior to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all plans cover maternity and newborn care, only 13 percent of plans did so routinely.

“We need to do more to prevent preterm birth because it’s the leading cause of death among babies in this country, and can lead to long-term health problems and lifelong disabilities,” Ms. Stewart says.  “But in fact, federal government data released in July show that preterm births actually are on the rise. There was an alarming 2 percent increase in the preterm birth rate between 2015 and 2016. Now is not the time to make it more expensive for a woman to get the prenatal care she needs for her own and her baby’s health.” 

“These policy issues being considered by Congress are a matter of life and death for millions of American families. The March of Dimes calls upon all U.S. Senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and go back to the drawing board to produce legislation that will support the needs of mothers, babies and families,” Ms. Stewart says.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.  For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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How to Experience the Great American Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Vision

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On Aug. 21, millions of people in the U.S. will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America. The last time this happened from coast to coast was 1918. Temperatures will drop rapidly as the moon completely covers the sun. You will be able to see the spectacular colors and light of the sun’s atmosphere, a sight revealed to us only during a total solar eclipse.

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While you cannot completely prepare yourself for the sight of a total solar eclipse, ophthalmologists — physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care — want you to be prepared with proper eye protection. Viewing even the smallest sliver of a crescent sun peeking out from behind the moon is enough to cause irreversible damage to your vision.

Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, Ph.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has treated patients who have lost vision to the sun.

“The complete solar eclipse is a wonderful and memorable phenomenon that should be experienced by everyone in the eclipse path,” said Dr. Van Gelder. “It is essential, however, that viewing is done safely. Viewing the sun directly, even for brief periods, can cause permanent damage to the retina and result in blindness. I have patients who viewed the sun 40 years ago, who remain without central vision in their affected eyes.”

Dr. Van Gelder explains that the lenses in your eyes act like a magnifying glass, one that is 5 times more powerful than a handheld magnifier. Think about how you can use that typical handheld magnifier to focus the sun to burn holes in paper. That’s what happens when you look at the sun without eye protection. You focus the sun’s light on the retina, burning holes in light-sensitive photoreceptor cells, causing blindness.

There is one exception to this rule. There is a brief phase during a total solar eclipse when it is safe to look directly at the sun. This phase is called totality, and it lasts about 2 minutes. It occurs when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face. But as soon as the sun begins to reappear, put the solar filters back on. The path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Outside the path of totality, sky watchers will see a partial solar eclipse. 

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There are no exceptions to the rules for safely viewing a partial solar eclipse. To make sure people have the facts, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has teamed up with the American Astronomical Society to offer these five tips:

  • Use specially designed solar eclipse glasses and viewers to block the sun’s harmful rays. Ordinary sunglasses, even dark ones, are not strong enough to protect your eyes. To date, only four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet international safety standards:
  • Inspect your solar filter before the eclipse, and don’t use it if it’s scratched or damaged.
  • Another option is to view the eclipse through #14 welder’s glass. That’s much darker than the shades arc welders typically wear.
  • Use solar filters on camera lenses, binoculars, and telescopes.
  • Do not use solar eclipse glasses to look through a camera, binoculars or a telescope. The sun can melt the filter and damage your eyes.

For more information on solar eclipse safety, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website. The American Astronomical Society also has resources on its website, including tips for how to shoot still images or video of a solar eclipse.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.

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Impressive National Results for Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 25th annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), held on Saturday, May 13, collected 75 million pounds, the third-highest total in the event’s history.

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Combined with last year’s record of 80.1 million pounds, that makes a two-year total of 155 million pounds – the highest back-to-back total in the drive’s history.

“It’s an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive. It is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Customers leave their donation of non-perishable goods in paper bags next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail that day. The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collect the food donations left and distribute them to local food agencies.

The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter-holidays and with summer looming, when most school meal programs are suspended.

Several national partners assisted the NALC in this year’s food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, AARP Foundation, AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

In the quarter-century since it began, the annual food drive has collected almost 1.6 billion pounds of food.

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The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

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