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The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association Appoints Jackie Lee of Taylor Construction Management to their Board of Directors

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DALLAS, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA) has announced Jackie Lee, North Texas Regional Operations Manager of Taylor Construction Management (TCM), as a member of their 2018-2020 Board Officers and Directors. Lee will be recognized at the Inauguration Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, Texas 75204).

During her tenure with TCM, Jackie has helped the Dallas market evolve through her dedication to the company and the various projects she has secured in the North Texas Region. Jackie manages over $300M in the education industry across North Texas with projects in higher education that range in complexity like the Dallas Agrilife Center in Richardson, Texas, and the Dental Educational Clinical Facility in Downtown Dallas, Texas, with Texas A&M University System.

“At TCM, Jackie Lee is an invaluable member of our team who constantly pushes the envelope so that we can foster better relationships with clients and achieve greater success,” said Kelley Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder of TCM. “We can’t wait to see how she draws upon these same strengths to grow the RHCA and further their purpose in her new board position.”

She utilizes these same qualities in her advocacy with the RHCA to serve as a resource for the community and address the financial and legal needs of Hispanic Contractors. In March, she celebrated her one-year membership with the organization and will continue to assist their Business Development Committee.

RHCA advocates for Hispanic Contractors in business and political spheres, while also engaging in community outreach. Their interventions have been instrumental to establishing fairness around bid awarding.

“This role is a commitment I embrace wholeheartedly alongside my strategic growth and operations responsibilities at TCM, especially considering how important it is that more women become visible in leadership positions,” said Lee.

A Dallas local, Jackie also mentors young women at the nonprofit Girls Inc. by sharing lessons learned from over 10 years as an industry leader. Jackie believes success depends primarily on the individual’s commitment to make it happen.

More information on Jackie Lee or Taylor Construction Management can be found at www.tcm-llc.com.

Media Contact:
Ashley Small
ashley@medley-inc.com
281-827-3419

SOURCE Taylor Construction Management

Olympusat is Premier Sponsor of the LA Screenings Independents Opening Night Party Featuring Chyno Miranda

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olympusat Inc., one of the largest independent media companies specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish and English-language networks, announced that it is the Premier Sponsor of a live performance by the internationally-known Latino superstar Chyno Miranda at the Opening Night Party of LA Screenings Independents 2018.

To kick-off the event, Olympusat will welcome TV and media professionals to a night of dance, music and entertainment, featuring an exciting live performance from one of the most recognizable and celebrated stars of the Hispanic music industry, Chyno Miranda. The LA Screenings Independents Opening Night Party will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Salon Ballroom at The InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

“We are delighted to take part in the opening night festivities at this year’s LA Screenings Independents. We have created a great event featuring tropical music, appetizers and refreshments for the enjoyment of some most influential names in the TV and media industry,” stated Carlos Lopez, VP of Marketing and Communications at Olympusat. “The Opening Night Party will be a must-attend event, not only for the networking opportunities, but for the world-class performance of Chyno Miranda.”

Critically-acclaimed throughout his career, Chyno Miranda has received multiple accolades as part of the duo Chino y Nacho, including one Latin Grammy, the Antorcha de Oro and Antorcha de Plata at the Viña del Mar Music Festival, four Billboard awards, five Premios Lo Nuestro, two Premios Tu Mundo, among other recognitions at Premios Juventud, Premios Heat and the BMI Latin Awards.

Now, as a solo artist, Chyno Miranda has conquered the top of the charts, offering an original repertoire that includes international hits, such as Tú Me Elevas¸ Bailar Contigo ft. 3BALLMTY & El Jova, and Vamo’ A La Calle Remix ft. Carlos Baute. His single Quédate Conmigo ft. Wisin and Gente de Zona, has over 72 million hits on YouTube, topping the popularity charts in multiple Latin American countries a week after its release.

LA Screenings Independents 2018 is produced in association with NATPE.

To learn more about Olympusat’s industry-leading efforts, please visit olympusat.com.

Olympusat – Editorial Contact:
Jesús Piñango
561-249-5228 
jesus@olympusat.com

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SOURCE Olympusat, Inc.

National Hispanic Medical Association partners with the All of Us Research Program to advance precision medicine

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All of Us Research Program: The Precision Medicine Initiative

Enrollment set to open nationwide for historic research effort

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On May 6, the National Institutes of Health will open national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program—a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds—in collaboration with National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and other partners. People ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, will be eligible to enroll. The official launch date will be marked by community events in cities across the country as well as an online event. The overall aim is to enroll 1 million or more volunteers and oversample communities that have been underrepresented in research to make the program the largest, most diverse resource of its kind.

All of Us Research Program: The Precision Medicine Initiative

“The time is now to transform how we conduct research—with participants as partners—to shed new light on how to stay healthy and manage disease in more personalized ways. This is what we can accomplish through All of Us,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers differences in people’s lifestyles, environments and biological makeup, including genes. By partnering with 1 million diverse people who share information about themselves over many years, the All of Us Research Program will enable research to more precisely prevent and treat a variety of health conditions.

“Given that by 2042, one out of four people living in our nation will be Latino, NHMA has joined as a partner to encourage the Latino community to join the All of Us Research Program,”  said NHMA president and CEO Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP. “Their participation will provide information on how to better develop health care prevention and treatment programs for generations to come.”

All of Us seeks to transform the relationship between researchers and participants, bringing them together as partners to inform the program’s directions, goals and responsible return of research information. Participants will be able to access their own health information, summary data about the entire participant community and information about studies and findings that come from All of Us.  

Participants are asked to share different types of health and lifestyle information, through online surveys and electronic health records (EHRs), which will continue to be collected over the course of the program. At different times over the coming months and years, some participants will be asked to visit a local partner site to provide blood and urine samples and to have basic physical measurements taken, such as height and weight, to ensure that the program gathers information from all types of people. This program is especially focused on those who have been underrepresented in research, but not everyone will be asked to give physical measures and samples. In the future, participants may be invited to share data through wearable devices and to join follow-up research studies, including clinical trials.

Also, in future phases of the program, children will be able to enroll, and the program will add more data types, such as genetic data. In addition, data from the program will be broadly accessible for research purposes. Ultimately, the All of Us Research program will be a rich and open data resource for traditional academic researchers as well as citizen scientists—and everyone in between.

People also may take part in social media activities (#JoinAllofUs) or tune in on May 6 at https://Launch.JoinAllofUs.org to watch speakers across the country talk about precision medicine and the power of volunteering for research.

To learn more about the program and how to join, please visit https://www.JoinAllofUs.org.

“All of Us” is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Services (HHS).

NHMA is a nonprofit association representing the interests of 50,000 Hispanic physicians with the mission to improve the health of Hispanics in the U.S.  For more information, please visit www.NHMAmd.org

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SOURCE National Hispanic Medical Association

HITN Relaunches Its Corporate Website

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BROOKLYN, New York, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the relaunch of its corporate website, www.HITN.org, in Spanish and in English. The new site is part of improvements to HITN’s digital strategy and brings Hispanic audiences new functionalities and interactive sections accessible via an integrated platform.

HITN Logo (PRNewsfoto/HITN)

“The relaunch of HITN’s corporate website is in line with the digital transformation and modernization of our network,” explained Michael D. Nieves, CEO and President of HITN. “The new site allows us to better serve the Hispanic community while emphasizing the important work we are doing alongside our partners and sponsors.”

“The redesign of HITN’s corporate site presents a unified image of all areas of our company, allowing audiences to become more familiar with the different services and tools we offer to improve the quality of life of Hispanic audiences in the United States,” said Maximiliano Vaccaro, the network’s Director de Digital Services. “The new site is fast and easy for users to navigate on mobile devices, making it simple for them to enjoy their favorite content and share their opinions on social media.”

Among the characteristics of HITN‘s new corporate site is a contemporary look and feel that integrates all of the company’s digital properties, along with attractive elements that invite users to enjoy smoother navigation while accessing information more quickly.

Also featured is a new corporate history section, accessible through the ‘About Us’ heading, that features a timeline of HITN’s more than three decades of service to the community.

The new site also offers direct access to HITN Wireless, a service that provides Internet connectivity to organizations and schools anywhere in the country.  It also lets visitors link to the network’s social media pages and look up HITN‘s channel number on different operators’ grids. Finally, visitors can consult bios and other information about top HITN executives.

For more information about HITN TV’s interactive website, please visit: www.hitn.org

ABOUT HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family.  It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Cablevision.  For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.

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SOURCE HITN

Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep at Mid-Ohio

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor combined to take their Acura ARX-05 to a commanding IMSA sports car victory Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Acura Team Penske completed a nearly perfect weekend for the manufacturer as major sports car racing returned to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor heading a 1-2 result at Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.

Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor combined to take their Acura ARX-05 to a commanding IMSA sports car victory Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In GTD, Alvaro Parente and Katherine Legge combined for a thrilling second-place result, finishing just 0.191 seconds away from a double win for Acura at the end of the two-hour, 40-minute contest.

Acura Team Penske Prototype
In a weekend-long command performance, the pair of Acura Team Penske prototypes ran 1-2 in every practice session, qualified first and second, and led the way from start to finish.  Castroneves and Taylor were at the point throughout, while teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron fought off an early-race challenge from the pair of Mazda prototypes to maintain second.

In the final 30 minutes, Castroneves and Taylor pulled away from the field, finishing a comfortable 8.4 seconds ahead of their teammates to go into the record books as the first winners with the new Acura ARX-05 prototype.  In addition, Taylor became the 50th different driver to win a race for Team Penske. 

Running second, Montoya and Cameron pulled another 26 seconds clear of the prototype field in a dominating result for Acura, completing the 1-2 sweep in front of an enthusiastic crowd that included Honda and Acura associates from the company’s several facilities in central Ohio.

Meyer Shank Racing GTD
In GTD, the #86 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge gained one position, to third, in the opening lap and remained in the thick of the battle for the class victory before handing over to co-driver Alvaro Parente.  Pit strategy from the Meyer Shank Racing team moved Parente to second after the final round of pit stops, and in the closing laps he chased down the leader, but came up just short of a double-class win for Acura at the checkers.

The second podium finish in three races for Parente and Legge moves them to second in the GTD Drivers’ Championship standings, and Acura to second in the GTD Manufacturers’ Championship with eight races remaining.

In the #93 MSR NSX GT3, Justin Marks moved from his sixth starting position to fifth, with co-driver Lawson Aschenbach moving up to fourth with just over an hour remaining.  Although balance issues cost them a position on the final lap, Aschenbach held on to finish fifth in GTD.

Next
The Motor City of Detroit is the next stop in the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, for the Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear.  The 100-minute contest, shortest on the 11-race schedule, takes place June 2 on the tight and bumpy Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit, with live television coverage on the Fox Sports 2 network.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura Motorsports activities at Mid-Ohio are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2018 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Quotes
Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on today’s inaugural victory for the Acura ARX-05 and 1-2 finish at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio: “Mid-Ohio is our second ‘home’, with all of our nearby facilities and thousands of associates.  So it is especially gratifying to take our first win in the Acura ARX-05 here.  Our NSX GT3 program did not disappoint either, as the Meyer Shank Racing #86 waged an exciting battle all the way to the checkers, coupled with a strong run for the #93 car.  Congratulations to all of our associates at HPD, Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing on an almost perfect weekend.”

Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, 50th driver to win a major race for Team Penske: “I’m driving with one of the best organizations in the world, and one of the best manufacturers in the world.  We visited Acura’s factory for the NSX on Thursday and really got to see all that goes into these beautiful cars, and it really gives you a good sense of pride.  On top of that, to win for the first time back for Mr. [Roger] Penske is outstanding and to start the month of May off for Helio [Castroneves] with a win is awesome.  There was so much pressure to get the car from him in the lead.  He did an awesome job, so I had to fight to make his efforts worth it.”

Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished second in GTD, second podium finish in three races, moves to second in the GTD Drivers’ Championship: “This feels pretty good.  We’ve really made very few mistakes all year and maximized every opportunity that has come our way.  The team has done a fantastic job preparing the car and in the pits, and [co-driver] Alvaro [Parente] is a top-class driver.  We have a lot of ‘fight’ in us.  This is the home race for both Meyer Shank Racing and for Acura, and we were all fighting hard all race long.  I’m very proud of the whole team.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio
Circuit:           Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio
Weather:        Mostly sunny, mild, 72 degrees F

 

Top-6 Prototype Results:

Ps.

Class

Drivers

Team

Chassis

Laps/Notes           

1.

Prototype

Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor

Acura Team Penske

Acura ARX-05

125 laps

2.

Prototype

Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya

Acura Team Penske

Acura ARX-05 

+8.464 seconds

3.

Prototype

Oliver Jarvis/Tristan Nunez

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda RT24-P

125 laps

4.

Prototype

Joao Barbosa / Filipe Albuquerque

Action Express

Cadillac DPi VR 

125 laps

5.

Prototype

Renger Van Der Zande/Jordan Taylor

Wayne Taylor Racing

Cadillac DPi VR    

125 laps

6.

Prototype

Sebastian Saavedra/Gustavo Yacaman

AFS/PR1 Motorsports

Ligier Gibson

125 laps 

Top-6 GTD Results:

Ps.

Class

Drivers

Team

Chassis

Laps/Notes

1.

GTD

Kyle Marcelli / Dominik Baumann

3 GT Racing

Lexus RC F GT3

116 laps

2.

GTD

Katherine Legge / Alvaro Parente

Meyer Shank Racing

Acura NSX GT3

+0.191 seconds

3.

GTD

Madison Snow / Bryan Sellers

Paul Miller Racing 

Lamborghini Huracan

116 laps

4.

GTD 

Jack Hawksworth / David H. Hansson

3 GT Racing

Lexus RC F GT3 

116 laps

5.

GTD

Justin Marks / Lawson Aschenbach

Meyer Shank Racing

Acura NSX GT3

116 laps

6.

GTD

Dillon Machavern / Bill Auberlen 

Turner Motorsports

BMW M6 GT3

116 laps

 

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SOURCE Acura Motorsports

American Honda Celebrates its Racing Spirit with #MayMotorsports Month

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American Honda Celebrates its Racing Spirit with #MayMotorsports Month

TORRANCE, California, May 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — May is a magical month for motorsports, headlined by iconic events including the Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. To celebrate the racing world’s biggest month and Honda’s own storied racing legacy, American Honda is launching a month-long social media campaign touting its past, present and future in motorsports through #MayMotorsports. The campaign will feature exclusive online content that will take fans behind the scenes both on and off the track.

American Honda Celebrates its Racing Spirit with #MayMotorsports Month

With perhaps the most expansive and diverse racing portfolio in all the automotive world, American Honda is participating in multiple racing series in May, from grassroots racing to pinnacle events like the IMSA Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio and SCORE Baja 500. Racing fans can follow all of the #MayMotorsports action across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, and engage with exclusive racing content including archival racing footage, video of the competition on the track and behind the scenes, images of classic races and GIFs. Additionally, Honda will tap race team members and racing fans to share their passion for racing throughout May via their social channels.

Acura Racing

Acura has been active in professional motorsports for 30 of the last 32 years. Both the Acura NSX GT3 and ARX-05 Daytona Prototype will compete in the IMSA Acura Sports Car Challenge, May 4-6 at Mid-Ohio, coming off a successful run in last month’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix in Long Beach, where Team Penske took the pole and carded a top-six finish. Racing fans can also drive the NSX GT3 themselves, as Acura put the vehicle on-sale last year.

To celebrate #MayMotorsports, Acura will be releasing a series of videos that trace the brand’s journey as a pioneering force in racing. The first episode airs this week, prior to the Mid-Ohio race and explores the roots of Acura racing and the events that led Acura into the racing world in 1987. Fans can view the first episode here, acura.us/MayMotorsports.

Throughout the month, additional episodes will delve into the world of Acura’s race teams, sharing never-before-seen Acura racing footage captured over the years at Pikes Peak, Sebring, Daytona and other events. The video series conclude with a focus on Acura’s return to the world of high-performance endurance racing with the Acura ARX-05 piloted by Team Penske.

Honda Racing

Honda is gearing up for a full month of competition, including the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, where Honda will look to earn its third straight victory and further cement its title as the winningest automaker of all time at the Greatest Spectacle of Racing. Indianapolis 500 testing began in late April, and Honda-powered IndyCar racing teams set to compete in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 include Andretti Autosport, winner of three of the past four ‘500s’; Chip Ganassi Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Dale Coyne Racing and Michael Shank Racing.

To kick start #MayMotorsports, the Honda brand is debuting the 2018 version of “Racing at Heart”: https://honda.us/MayMotorsports, which links Honda’s diverse, high-performance motorsports program to its production vehicles. The video highlights Honda racing programs – including the Verizon IndyCar Series, Rally America and SCORE desert truck racing – demonstrating how the brand’s deep roots in competition inspire the engineering of the Honda vehicles available to its customers. Visitors to Honda’s social pages will see posts on the brand’s historical involvement, including Rally America, the Indianapolis 500, and the Baja 500.

Race

Location

Date

IndyCar Grand Prix, Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)

May 12

Formula 4

Road Atlanta

May 13

IndyCar, Indy 500 Qualifying Round 1

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 19

IndyCar, Indy 500 Qualifying Round 2

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 20

Pirelli World Challenge

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Ontario, Canada

May 20

IndyCar, Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 27

Pirelli World Challenge

Lime Rock Park, CT

May 27

Baja 500 (Qualifying)

Baja California, Mexico

May 30

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 more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, 93% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Honda Logo.

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SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Live Nation Entertainment Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

Highlights (year-over-year):

  • Revenue Up 19% for the Quarter to $1.5 Billion
  • Operating Income Improves for the Quarter to $(6) Million
  • Adjusted Operating Income Up 24% for the Quarter to $114 Million
  • Event-Related Deferred Revenue Up 12% to $1.8 Billion as of March 31
  • Concert Tickets Sold for 2018 Shows Over 50 Million, Up 5% through April
  • Sponsorship & Advertising Committed Net Revenue Up 11% through April
  • Ticketmaster Fee-Bearing GTV Up 21% through April

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) today released financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

2018 is off to a great start, even better than expected when we had our full year earnings call in February.  The first quarter outperformed our projections as we delivered growth in revenue of 19%, operating income of 72%, adjusted operating income (“AOI”) of 24%, operating cash flow of 2%, and free cash flow – adjusted of 76%, with all of our divisions delivering double-digit operating income and AOI growth.

Even more importantly, we have now booked enough concerts, sold enough tickets and have enough sponsorship commitments to be confident that we will have a successful 2018, delivering double-digit operating income and AOI growth for the year.  We continue to benefit from a global concerts industry that is structurally growing, with strong tailwinds for both supply and demand.

Concerts Global Platform Growth

Starting with the concerts business, revenue is up 20%, operating income grew by 16% and AOI improved by 29% as we promoted 22% more shows for 15% more fans globally in the first quarter.  Looking towards the full year, through April, we have booked nearly 5,000 arena, stadium and amphitheater shows, up 21% over this point last year.  This growth is led by our amphitheaters, with show count up 27% to over 2,000 shows — growth that we will now further monetize through on-site fan spending.

At this point, we have even stronger expectations for growth in on-site spending at our amphitheaters than we did a few months ago.  Across the myriad of initiatives we are executing this year — enhancing our VIP offerings, adding points of sale and improving product selection — we now expect our average spend per fan to grow by at least $2.50 this summer.

We also continue to capture more value for the artists and Live Nation through pricing optimization, delivering more of the market value to the artists.  As a result, average ticket pricing is up double digits across each amphitheater, arena and stadium venue type, for tickets sold so far this year.

And while North America is expected to have a strong summer, we continue to see strong performance across the 40 countries around the world in which we promote shows, with tickets sold for international arena shows and festivals up double digits through April.  We are particularly encouraged by our progress in Latin America, with tickets sold for shows in the region more than tripling so far this year.  And, our recently announced acquisition of a stake in Rock in Rio, which will give us a controlling interest starting with the 2019 festival, provides us with a strong foundation for future growth in Latin America.

With our global concerts business looking strong again this year, the concerts segment continues to be the engine that powers the Live Nation flywheel strategy, growing the profitability of the concerts business while also driving our sponsorship and ticketing businesses.

Sponsorship & Advertising Delivered Continued Growth

With revenue up 17%, operating income up 18% and AOI up 17% for the quarter, our sponsorship business continues to demonstrate the value of directly connecting brands with approximately 90 million fans at our concerts this year.

Through April, we are pacing double digits ahead of last year in committed revenue, and have over 80% of our planned revenue for the year committed.  We expect our growth to again be driven by our festivals and large strategic sponsors, and we continue adding a number of new partners, including Frito Lay, Proctor & Gamble and Twitter.  As a result, we currently expect to deliver double-digit operating income and AOI growth in sponsorship & advertising again this year.

Ticketmaster Marketplace Growing

Ticketmaster had a very strong start to the year as well, growing revenue by 19%, operating income by 19% and AOI by 17% for the quarter, as it had its largest quarter in history, transacting almost 60 million tickets for 21% growth in global gross transaction value (“GTV”) to $5 billion.

At its core, Ticketmaster continues to be the most effective ticketing platform in the world, with the technology to serve venues, sports teams and artists, and with the marketplace to attract and convert ticket buyers.  Demonstrating our success, we signed 135 additional clients in the quarter, adding new clients across 19 countries.

Our strategic partnership with the NFL is off to a strong start, with substantial increases in both primary and secondary ticket sales in the few weeks since schedules were released.  And as our pioneer client for digital ticketing, the NFL has eliminated ticket PDFs for next season, positioning the teams to identify a much higher portion of fans attending their games.

Verified Fan, our artist program to help ensure tickets are sold to fans at the onsale, also continues to grow with major onsales including Pearl Jam, Elton John, Thirty Seconds to Mars and 5 Seconds of Summer rolling out campaigns in the first quarter.  We will continue investing in new technologies to further differentiate Ticketmaster from others in the ticketing business.  It is very notable that today we announce our partnership with, and investment in, Blink Identity which has cutting-edge facial recognition technology, enabling you to associate your digital ticket with your image, then just walk into the show.

In addition to building technologies to better serve our venues, sports teams and artist clients, we continue investing to make Ticketmaster an even better marketplace for fans to buy tickets.  To start, we have increased the number of events listed on Ticketmaster, up 16% for the quarter to over 195,000 events.  And along with this, we increased site visits by 9% while lowering our paid cost of acquisition by over 20% through continued marketing improvements.  Once we have customers visit our site, we further improved our conversion rates, particularly on mobile.  Following a redesigned purchase experience on mobile that we rolled out last year, mobile ticket sales are up 36% for the quarter, now accounting for almost 40% of all ticket sales, with conversion rates improved by over 20%.  With this strong start to the year, we expect another record year in ticketing.

Summary

2018 is on track to deliver double-digit operating income and AOI growth along with expected strong gains in revenue, operating cash flow, and free cash flow.  Our key leading indicators for our concerts, sponsorship & advertising and ticketing segments are ahead of last year, and we currently expect each of our businesses to deliver record revenue, operating income, and AOI this year.

Michael Rapino
President and Chief Executive Officer
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

The company will webcast a teleconference today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial performance. Interested parties should visit the Events & Webcasts section of the company’s website at investors.livenationentertainment.com to listen to the webcast. Supplemental statistical and financial information to be provided on the call, if any, will be available under the Reports section at the same link. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Live Nation website.

Notice Regarding Financial Statements

The company has provided certain unaudited financial statements at the end of this press release for reference.  These unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the full unaudited financial statements, and the notes thereto, set forth in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and available on the SEC’s website at sec.gov.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship.  For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS – 1st QUARTER

(unaudited; $ in millions)

Q1 2018
Reported

Q1 2017
Reported

Growth

Q1 2018
Constant
Currency

Growth at
Constant
Currency

Revenue

Concerts

$

1,038.9

$

863.3

20

%

$

1,003.6

16

%

Sponsorship & Advertising

74.6

64.0

17

%

71.9

12

%

Ticketing

372.4

312.8

19

%

365.8

17

%

Other and Eliminations

(3.5)

2.8

*

(3.5)

*

$

1,482.4

$

1,242.9

19

%

$

1,437.8

16

%

Operating Income (Loss)

Concerts

$

(63.9)

$

(75.8)

16

%

$

(63.0)

17

%

Sponsorship & Advertising

31.1

26.4

18

%

29.1

10

%

Ticketing

64.9

54.5

19

%

66.2

21

%

Other and Eliminations

(3.4)

0.2

*

(3.4)

*

Corporate

(34.7)

(26.7)

(30)

%

(34.7)

(30)

%

$

(6.0)

$

(21.4)

72

%

$

(5.8)

73

%

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)

Concerts

$

(15.6)

$

(22.1)

29

%

$

(16.7)

24

%

Sponsorship & Advertising

39.0

33.3

17

%

37.0

11

%

Ticketing

120.9

103.1

17

%

121.1

17

%

Other and Eliminations

(4.4)

(0.4)

*

(4.4)

*

Corporate

(26.2)

(21.9)

(20)

%

(26.2)

(20)

%

$

113.7

$

92.0

24

%

$

110.8

20

%

* percentages are not meaningful

 

  • As of March 31, 2018, total cash and cash equivalents were $2.9 billion, which includes $888 million in ticketing client cash and $718 million in free cash.
  • Event-related deferred revenue was $1.8 billion as of March 31, 2018, compared to $1.6 billion as of the same date in 2017.
  • For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, net cash provided by operating activities was $775 million and free cash flow – adjusted was $46 million.
  • We expect capital expenditures for the full year to be approximately $250 million, with approximately 50% to be revenue generating capital expenditures.
  • We currently expect the amortization of nonrecoupable ticketing contract advances for the full year 2018 to be approximately in line with the total amount in 2017.

 

KEY OPERATING METRICS

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

(in thousands except estimated events)

Concerts (1)

Events:

North America

4,867

3,748

International

2,395

2,208

Total estimated events

7,262

5,956

Fans:

North America

6,823

5,775

International

5,680

5,125

Total estimated fans

12,503

10,900

Ticketing (2)

Fee-bearing tickets

53,029

49,602

Non-fee-bearing tickets

64,497

67,333

Total estimated tickets

117,526

116,935

(1)

Events generally represent a single performance by an artist. Fans generally represent the number of people who attend an event. Festivals are counted as one event in the quarter in which the festival begins, but the number of fans is based on the days the fans were present at the festival and thus can be reported across multiple quarters. Events and fan attendance metrics are estimated each quarter.

(2)

The fee-bearing tickets estimated above include primary and secondary tickets that are sold using our Ticketmaster systems or that we issue through affiliates. This metric includes primary tickets sold during the period regardless of event timing, except for our own events where our concert promoters control ticketing and which are reported as the events occur. The non-fee-bearing tickets estimated above include primary tickets sold using our Ticketmaster systems, through season seat packages and our venue clients’ box offices, along with tickets sold on our ‘do it yourself’ platform.

Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures to Their Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow Adjusted to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

($ in millions)

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

775.5

$

761.7

Changes in operating assets and liabilities (working capital)

(691.7)

(698.6)

Free cash flow from earnings

$

83.8

$

63.1

Less: Maintenance capital expenditures

(17.9)

(24.5)

          Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(19.5)

(12.2)

Free cash flow — adjusted

$

46.4

$

26.4

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(88.7)

$

(75.0)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

$

404.2

$

(5.1)

Reconciliation of Free Cash to Cash and Cash Equivalents

($ in millions)

March 31,
 2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,942.4

Client cash

(887.7)

Deferred revenue — event-related

(1,774.7)

Accrued artist fees

(68.9)

Collections on behalf of others

(55.4)

Prepaid expenses — event-related

562.3

   Free cash

$

718.0

Forward-Looking Statements, Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliations:

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding anticipated double-digit operating income and adjusted operating income growth for the company in 2018, with expected strong gains in revenue, operating cash flow, and free cash flow, including expected double-digit operating income and adjusted operating income growth in sponsorship & advertising, driven by festivals and large strategic sponsors, as well as expected record revenue, operating income and adjusted operating income in both concerts and ticketing; the company’s strong expectations for growth in on-site spending at its amphitheaters, with average spend per fan expected to grow by at least $2.50 in the summer of 2018; the company’s prospects for future growth in Latin America; the anticipated strength of the company’s global concerts business in 2018; and planned investments in new technologies to further differentiate Ticketmaster from others in the ticketing business.  Live Nation wishes to caution you that there are some known and unknown factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to operational challenges in achieving strategic objectives and executing on the company’s plans, the risk that the company’s markets do not evolve as anticipated, the potential impact of any economic slowdown and operational challenges associated with selling tickets and staging events.

Live Nation refers you to the documents it files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, specifically the section titled “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of the company’s most recent Annual Report filed on Form 10-K, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K, which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the company’s projections or forward-looking statements.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements by or concerning Live Nation are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.  Live Nation does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G.  A reconciliation of each such measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, together with an explanation of why management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors, is provided herein.

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss), or AOI, is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as operating income (loss) before acquisition expenses (including transaction costs, changes in the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration obligations, and acquisition-related severance and compensation), depreciation and amortization (including goodwill impairment), amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances, loss (gain) on disposal of operating assets and certain stock-based compensation expense.  We use AOI to evaluate the performance of our operating segments.  We believe that information about AOI assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of our portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income (loss), thus providing insights into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results.  AOI is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP.  A limitation of the use of AOI as a performance measure is that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain amortizing assets used in generating revenue in our business.  Accordingly, AOI should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, operating income (loss), net income (loss), and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.  Furthermore, this measure may vary among other companies; thus, AOI as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure. We calculate currency impacts as the difference between current period activity translated using the current period’s currency exchange rates and the comparable prior period’s currency exchange rates.  We present constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations.

Free Cash Flow — Adjusted, or FCF, is a non-GAAP financial measure that the company defines as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less changes in operating assets and liabilities, less maintenance capital expenditures, less distributions to noncontrolling interest partners. The company uses FCF among other measures, to evaluate the ability of its operations to generate cash that is available for purposes other than maintenance capital expenditures.  The company believes that information about FCF provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to service debt, make acquisitions, and for revenue generating capital expenditures.  FCF is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP.  A limitation of the use of FCF as a performance measure is that it does not necessarily represent funds available for operations and is not necessarily a measure of the company’s ability to fund its cash needs.  Accordingly, FCF should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net cash provided by (used in) operating activities and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.  Furthermore, this measure may vary among other companies; thus, FCF as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Free Cash is a non-GAAP financial measure that the company defines as cash and cash equivalents less ticketing-related client funds, less event-related deferred revenue, less accrued expenses due to artists and cash collected on behalf of others, plus event-related prepaids.  The company uses free cash as a proxy for how much cash it has available to, among other things, optionally repay debt balances, make acquisitions and fund revenue generating capital expenditures.  Free cash is not calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP.  A limitation of the use of free cash as a performance measure is that it does not necessarily represent funds available from operations and it is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. Accordingly, free cash should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, cash and cash equivalents and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.  Furthermore, this measure may vary among other companies; thus, free cash as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Reconciliations of Certain Non-GAAP Measures to Their Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measures (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) to Operating Income (Loss)

($ in millions)

Operating
income
(loss)

Stock-based
compensation
expense

Loss
(gain) on
disposal
of
operating
assets

Depreciation
and

amortization

Amortization of
non-recoupable
ticketing
contract
advances

Acquisition
expenses

Adjusted
operating
income
(loss)
reported

Foreign
exchange
impact

Adjusted
operating
income
(loss)
constant
currency

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Concerts

$

(63.9)

$

1.9

$

$

45.6

$

$

0.8

$

(15.6)

$

(1.1)

$

(16.7)

Sponsorship & Advertising

31.1

0.3

7.6

39.0

(2.0)

37.0

Ticketing

64.9

1.1

33.6

21.1

0.2

120.9

0.2

121.1

Other and Eliminations

(3.4)

0.2

(1.2)

(4.4)

(4.4)

Corporate

(34.7)

7.6

0.9

(26.2)

(26.2)

Total Live Nation

$

(6.0)

$

10.9

$

$

87.9

$

19.9

$

1.0

$

113.7

$

(2.9)

$

110.8

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

Concerts

$

(75.8)

$

2.8

$

(0.7)

$

46.5

$

$

5.1

$

(22.1)

$

$

(22.1)

Sponsorship & Advertising

26.4

0.3

6.6

33.3

33.3

Ticketing

54.5

0.9

26.5

20.8

0.4

103.1

103.1

Other and Eliminations

0.2

0.1

(0.7)

(0.4)

(0.4)

Corporate

(26.7)

3.9

0.9

(21.9)

(21.9)

Total Live Nation

$

(21.4)

$

7.9

$

(0.7)

$

80.6

$

20.1

$

5.5

$

92.0

$

$

92.0

 

LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

March 31,
 2018

December 31,
 2017

(in thousands)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,942,407

$

1,825,322

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $31,429 and $32,755, respectively

783,807

725,304

Prepaid expenses

867,936

546,713

Restricted cash

6,376

3,500

Other current assets

44,164

51,903

Total current assets

4,644,690

3,152,742

Property, plant and equipment

Land, buildings and improvements

960,379

955,937

Computer equipment and capitalized software

672,828

610,924

Furniture and other equipment

314,419

312,962

Construction in progress

105,248

133,906

2,052,874

2,013,729

Less accumulated depreciation

1,165,973

1,127,793

886,901

885,936

Intangible assets

Definite-lived intangible assets, net

759,326

729,265

Indefinite-lived intangible assets

369,140

369,023

Goodwill

1,772,671

1,754,589

Other long-term assets

684,820

612,708

Total assets

$

9,117,548

$

7,504,263

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable, client accounts

$

1,121,424

$

948,637

Accounts payable

79,411

85,666

Accrued expenses

1,020,621

1,109,246

Deferred revenue

2,039,018

925,220

Current portion of long-term debt, net

119,414

347,593

Other current liabilities

58,825

160,638

Total current liabilities

4,438,713

3,577,000

Long-term debt, net

2,747,399

1,952,366

Deferred income taxes

138,517

137,635

Other long-term liabilities

155,998

174,391

Commitments and contingent liabilities

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

264,700

244,727

Stockholders’ equity

Common stock

2,076

2,069

Additional paid-in capital

2,348,118

2,374,006

Accumulated deficit

(1,113,378)

(1,079,472)

Cost of shares held in treasury

(6,865)

(6,865)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(92,280)

(108,542)

Total Live Nation stockholders’ equity

1,137,671

1,181,196

Noncontrolling interests

234,550

236,948

Total equity

1,372,221

1,418,144

Total liabilities and equity

$

9,117,548

$

7,504,263

 

LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
     March 31,

2018

2017

(as adjusted)

(in thousands except share and per
share data)

Revenue

$

1,482,384

$

1,242,879

Operating expenses:

Direct operating expenses

932,084

775,261

Selling, general and administrative expenses

434,611

383,308

Depreciation and amortization

87,871

80,532

Loss (gain) on disposal of operating assets

38

(659)

Corporate expenses

33,810

25,803

Operating loss

(6,030)

(21,366)

Interest expense

29,741

26,010

Loss on extinguishment of debt

2,943

Interest income

(1,183)

(945)

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated affiliates

(3,715)

(2,340)

Other expense (income), net

328

(2,842)

Loss before income taxes

(34,144)

(41,249)

Income tax expense

6,884

6,521

Net loss

(41,028)

(47,770)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(7,122)

(14,777)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders of Live Nation

$

(33,906)

$

(32,993)

Basic and diluted net loss per common share available to common stockholders of Live Nation

$

(0.24)

$

(0.22)

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

206,728,167

203,730,897

Reconciliation to net loss available to common stockholders of Live Nation:

Net loss attributable to common stockholders of Live Nation

$

(33,906)

$

(32,993)

Accretion of redeemable noncontrolling interests

(16,385)

(12,577)

Net loss available to common stockholders of Live Nation—basic and diluted

$

(50,291)

$

(45,570)

 

LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
     March 31,

2018

2017

(as adjusted)

(in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net loss

$

(41,028)

$

(47,770)

Reconciling items:

Depreciation

42,137

35,912

Amortization

45,734

44,620

Amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances

19,945

20,063

Non-cash compensation expense

10,870

7,936

Other, net

6,166

2,410

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and dispositions:

Increase in accounts receivable

(53,080)

(6,558)

Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets

(405,036)

(311,447)

Increase in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

52,318

56,600

Increase in deferred revenue

1,097,472

959,971

Net cash provided by operating activities

775,498

761,737

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Investments made in nonconsolidated affiliates

(2,997)

(10,608)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(45,125)

(58,881)

Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(20,222)

(4,700)

Purchases of intangible assets

(25,914)

(605)

Other, net

5,532

(233)

Net cash used in investing activities

(88,726)

(75,027)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs

856,660

932

Payments on long-term debt

(321,850)

(11,775)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(19,523)

(12,227)

Purchases and sales of noncontrolling interests, net

(104,233)

(5,098)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

7,922

21,628

Payments for deferred and contingent consideration

(11,780)

(1,074)

Other, net

(3,046)

2,547

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

404,150

(5,067)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

29,039

20,356

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

1,119,961

701,999

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

1,828,822

1,529,575

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

2,948,783

$

2,231,574

 

SOURCE Live Nation Entertainment

Allan C. Spradling Receives 2018 March of Dimes Prize for Pioneering Genetic Research

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TORONTO, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For his pioneering research into critical aspects of female reproductive health, Allan C. Spradling, Ph.D., of the Carnegie Institution for Science has received the 2018 March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr. MD Prize in Developmental Biology.

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Dr. Spradling, who is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 1988, is one of the world’s leading embryologists. He is best known for his pioneering work in characterizing the first stem cell “niche” – the special microenvironments within tissues that maintain and control stem cells. He and his team have also identified conserved genes, cells and mechanisms that act at multiple steps during female reproduction and are involved in both health and disease.

“Dr. Spradling’s groundbreaking work is not only crucial for understanding the basic science of early egg cell and embryo development, it also has exciting implications for the future,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of March of Dimes. “We can foresee a day when this research makes it possible for more women who want to have a baby to become moms, and to go on to have healthy pregnancies and healthy families.”

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dr. Spradling studied mathematics and physics at the University of Chicago. He then studied biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD. He did postdoctoral work at Indiana University before joining the faculty at Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology, located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as Director of the Department of Embryology for more than 20 years, beginning in 1994. Dr. Spradling is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He has been the President of the Genetics Society of America and of the Society of Developmental Biology. He has received multiple awards, including an honorary PhD from the University of Chicago.

He will deliver the 23rd annual March of Dimes Prize Lecture, “Using the Power of Evolution to Understand and Improve Female Reproductive Health” today at the Toronto Convention Center during the 2018 Pediatric Academy Societies annual meeting. He will receive the Prize at a ceremony this evening emceed by CBS sportscaster Greg Gumbel, a former member of the March of Dimes national Honorary Board of Trustees.

The March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology is awarded annually to an outstanding scientist who has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of prenatal development and pregnancy.  Shortly before Dr. Jonas Salk’s death in 1995, the March of Dimes created this Prize as a tribute to him.  Since 1996, the Prize has been awarded 22 times, nine times to a single individual and 13 times to a dyad working in the same area. A large number of recipients have subsequently garnered or previously earned other major prizes, including the Nobel Prize. 

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Statement of Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS on Launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program

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WASHINGTON, May 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “The key to unlocking the next great breakthroughs in science and medicine is understanding the diversity of our individual health experiences. Today, our nation takes a significant step forward in realizing the promise of precision medicine with the launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is proud to be a part of this ambitious effort to realize a future when disease treatment and prevention will be tailored to the individual.  With our partners across the country, the Alliance is fully committed to encouraging one million or more people to stand with us on this landmark in history and forge a healthier future for all of us.  Join with us at joinallofus.org/juntos,” encouraged Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance). The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the best health for all. For more information, about the Alliance please visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

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The Home Depot Foundation Reaches Quarter-Billion-Dollar Commitment to Veteran-Related Causes

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ATLANTA, May 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, The Home Depot® Foundation announced it has reached its goal of investing a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes by 2020 – two years early.

Since 2011, the Foundation’s mission has been to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans, with a focus on serving homeless, combat-wounded and senior veterans. In 2016, due to the growing needs of those who served, the Foundation pledged to give $250 million by 2020 to nonprofits serving veterans.

Through incredible partnerships with organizations including Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers of America and many others, The Home Depot Foundation has impacted the lives of veterans and their families across the United States. Since 2011, the Foundation has enhanced nearly 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in more than 2,500 cities. 

“Our veterans have sacrificed so we can have our freedom, so it’s a true honor to give back to them,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re fortunate to work with the best nonprofits in the veteran housing space and we’ll continue to partner together to serve those who have served us all.”

About The Home Depot Foundation 
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. 

Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and members of the Atlanta Westside community. 

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

 

 

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Vicente Quesada Joins Rokk3r Fuel Exo As General Partner

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MIAMI, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Former Santander Investment director Vicente Quesada has joined global venture capital fund Rokk3r Fuel ExO as a general partner. A noted entrepreneur and investor for the last 20 years, Quesada has founded and invested in more than 30 projects in Spain, Latin America and the U.S. across several sectors, such as: technology, e-learning, renewable energies, recycling, water treatment and import/export. He was the first investor in the Rokk3r Labs ecosystem.

“I am proud to join Rokk3r Fuel EXO,” Quesada said. “I am confident that my experience as both an entrepreneur and an investor will help assure the investments we make on behalf of our investors have a well-orchestrated plan to move through their life cycles effectively and efficiently.”    

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Quesada was High Yield Director in Santander Investments in London. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Economy Department of Harvard University, as well as a professor at EGADE Business School at the Tecnologico of Monterrey, and at IEB (Madrid Stock Exchange). He has a Ph.D. in Business and Economics UNED-Harvard University, and Owners/President Management OPM Harvard Business School, EDP at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an Industrial Engineer ICAI. Quesada is also the author of two books, including “When Tech Meets Finance: A Roadmap for Digital Banking Transformation.”

“We built this firm thoughtfully, knowing exponential technologies were changing the way all business is done bridging the Valley to the rest of the world,” Quesada said.

The Rokk3r Fuel ExO ecosystem has a portfolio of core exponential organizations, including AdMobilize, SoStereo, Taxfyle and HYP3R (ranked one of the 10 most innovative companies in 2018 by Fast Company).

“Vicente is the rare combination of extensive institutional financial experience and a strong entrepreneurial track record,” adds Jeff Ransdell, Rokk3r Fuel EXO Managing Director. “We are excited to have his intellectual firepower on board for those we serve. Technology has democratized information. As a result, creators and entrepreneurs are no longer making the journey to Silicon Valley like they once did. Instead, these creators are leaning into firms like Rokk3r’s idea-to-exist ecosystem and receiving the expertise and investments they need to continue their march to larger markets.”

ROKK3R FUEL EXO:
Rokk3r Fuel is a Miami-based, global venture capital firm that invests in exponential technologies on an international level, working with founders through a tested co-building strategy to help the next generation of innovators access the resources needed to grow. As the dedicated investment group connected to Rokk3r Labs, the firm uses a tested methodology of risk mitigated early stage investing by working with a global network of professional company builders and partners to incorporate venture intelligently into their investment portfolios. Rokk3r Fuel is committed to both early stage and later stage investing and is the largest exponential technology venture capital fund east of Silicon Valley. Visit http://www.rokk3rfuel.com.

For more information contact:  Jared Shapiro (917) 553-4542 jared@TheTagExperience.com

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People en Español names the 50 Most Beautiful Hispanic Celebrities of 2018

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NEW YORK, May 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Meredith Corporation’s People en Español, the leading Hispanic media brand, announced today its annual Los 50 Más Bellos50 Most Beautiful” – issue featuring cover stars singer Demi Lovato, reggaeton singer J Balvin, singer Amara La Negra and actress and singer Maite Perroni. One of the brand’s most beloved franchises, this year’s Bellos issue is honoring celebrities whose beauty extends beyond the physical through their philanthropy, social & political activism, charity, community service and more – from the worlds of music, movies, television and fashion. Notables from the list include: rapper/producer Daddy Yankee, actress Eva Longoria, model and actress Elsa Pataky and singer and actor Ricky Martin, among others.

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With the theme “Beautiful People Around The World,” the coveted issue features photos from celebrities shot exclusively with the iPhone X in countries including Mexico, Spain, Turkey, Australia and more.

“It’s not just about being beautiful on the outside, it’s about being beautiful on the inside and trying to make the world a better place,” says Demi Lovato in her cover story interview. “And the causes that are near and dear to my heart, I like to talk about mental health because it’s something that I’ve struggled with in the past… and the more you talk about it, the more people feel comfortable speaking out and asking for help.”

People en Español’s editor-in-chief Armando Correa unveiled the complete 2018 Los 50 Más Bellos list today during a one-hour television special on Univision’s El Gordo Y La Flaca. The celebration of the 2018 Bellos list will culminate with an intimate VIP reception, taking place during Upfront Week on May 15 in New York City.

To view the complete list, visit www.peopleenespanol.com or pick up a copy of the magazine on newsstands tomorrow, May 4.

Join the conversation @peopleenespanol #50MasBellos.

ABOUT MEREDITH CORPORATION
Meredith has been committed to service journalism for more than 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms — including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video — to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith’s National Media Group reaches 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month, including 80 percent of U.S. Millennial women.  Meredith’s Local Media Group includes 17 television stations reaching more than 11 percent of U.S. households.

ABOUT PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL
PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL was launched in 1996 as a special issue and today has become the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Published 11 times a year, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL reaches an audience of 7 million every month with its editorial mix of Hispanic and popular entertainment, fashion and beauty trends and compelling human interest stories. PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL delivers original editorial content that captures the values, contributions and impact of today’s Hispanics in the United States. The brand’s social media footprint includes 1,400,000 followers on Twitter, over 4,300,000 “Likes” on Facebook and 1,800,000 followers on Instagram. For daily news, photos, exclusive behind-the-scenes video and celebrity scoops, visit www.peopleenespanol.com and follow PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL on Twitter at @peopleenespanol.

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Under Armour and Misty Copeland Launch the Misty Copeland Signature Collection, Celebrating Strength and Style

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BALTIMORE, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, four years into her partnership with the athletic performance brand, Under Armour and Misty Copeland launch her revolutionary Signature Collection. Co-designed with the principal ballerina, the Misty Copeland Signature Collection embodies a stylistic story of poise and power, and is rooted in performance, which is synonymous with the Under Armour brand.

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The Misty Copeland Signature Collection was created with versatility in mind without compromising performance. The apparel was built on the foundation that while Misty is an athlete, she has an effortless, elevated feminine look outside of the studio where she’s able to express herself. Through hand-drawn sketches, inspiration and conversation, Misty’s vision of achieving an elegant and feminine, yet strong line came to fruition.

“Under Armour helped my vision become a reality and I’m so excited to share this collection with women everywhere. I wanted a line where we could feel fierce in the gym, and at the same time, feel confident wearing the same look out to dinner, running errands or living our everyday lives,” said Copeland. “As someone that appreciates style and fashion as much as I do, it has been a dream come true to be so intimately involved in the design process. I wanted to showcase the versatility of my own personal style, and together with Under Armour, we are bringing a beautiful collection to life.”

The Misty Copeland Signature Collection ranges from leggings and work out tanks, to bodysuits and trench coats. From the beginning, it was Misty’s priority to highlight the strength of a woman’s body in her collection, resulting in structured pieces that highlight curves while still feeling delicate. For example, she incorporated a feminine trend like lace and put it through a performance lens to make it feel modern and fresh in a bodysuit silhouette.

“We feel strongly that women should look and feel great in their clothing, and Misty’s Signature Collection truly embodies that, complete with feminine cuts and gorgeous fabrics,” said Morgan Goerke, General Manager of Women’s at Under Armour. “Under Armour celebrates the power of women, and Misty is the epitome of a powerful woman with the poise, command and grace she carries with her on and off the stage. Misty’s passion for lifting women up perfectly aligns with Under Armour’s platform and the result is this beautiful, collaborative collection.”

All of the pieces from the Misty Copeland Signature Collection have the ability to stand on their own or be paired together. Classic Under Armour cuts and technology are incorporated into each piece, making them durable, innovative and flattering. The collection uses UA Breathelux fabric, which is wicking with a silky smooth, lightweight finish, and several pieces have a perforated lace pattern for additional ventilation and subtle style. The collection pieces range from $60$550 and include unique items such as the Misty Copeland Signature trench coat, a leather bomber jacket, a dress with a detachable bodysuit, a matching lace crop top and legging set, and more.

The Misty Copeland Signature Collection will be available for purchase on UA.com/Misty-Copeland-Collection, in Under Armour Brand Houses, and in select Macy’s locations.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland is a leading innovator, marketer and distributor of branded performance athletic apparel, footwear and accessories. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to consumers with active lifestyles. The company’s Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digitally connected health and fitness community. For further information, please visit www.uabiz.com.

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Under Armour, Inc.
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2019 Mazda CX-3: Compact Dimensions, Big Ambitions

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2019 Mazda CX-3: Compact Dimensions, Big Ambitions

IRVINE, Calif., May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — No adventure is too big or too small for Mazda CX-3, Mazda’s award-winning subcompact crossover SUV. Mazda CX-3 has exceeded expectations by providing class-above and segment-above features in a package that makes it ideal for cityscapes.

2019 Mazda CX-3: Compact Dimensions, Big Ambitions

Introduced at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the updated 2019 Mazda CX-3 continues to impress. For the new model year, CX-3 has been retuned and refined to deliver a heightened feeling of elegance, driving performance and efficiency.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 incorporates improved materials, sound insulation, newly available full-leather seating surfaces and a standard electronic parking brake. As a result of adopting the electronic parking brake, CX-3’s center console and center armrest have been fully redesigned to accommodate significantly greater storage space. Other updates include fully redesigned front seats and new rear armrest with built-in cupholders. The 2019 CX-3 carries a new front grille design in addition to new tail lights and wheels.

For 2019, the entry Mazda CX-3 Sport comes standard with new Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, fabric-upholstered seats, power windows, power remote door locks, power mirrors, push-button start, two USB ports, 16-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio pairing, among a long list of other features. The standard MAZDA CONNECT™ features a 7-inch, full-color display that combines infotainment and diagnostic functions that can be controlled through voice command or the multi-function Commander control knob. Smart City Brake Support continues to be a standard safety feature on all CX-3 models.

Mazda CX-3’s new Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package adds Mazda’s full suite of safety technologies, including Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-lighting System, Active Driving Display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, automatic on/off LED headlights and LED combination tail lights.

The mid-level CX-3 Touring upgrades to 18-inch wheels and adds Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, heated side mirrors, automatic on/off LED headlights, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and new piano black pillar accents. CX-3 Touring features black leatherette seating surfaces with three-level heating adjustment for the front seats. The driver is also treated to a leather shift knob and steering wheel, while the front passenger seat adds a new manual seat lifter.

CX-3 Touring also receives a newly available Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package. This package adds Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-lighting System, Active Driving Display, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support, LED headlights and LED combination tail lights to the CX-3 Touring trim level. Also available is the Touring Preferred Equipment Package with BOSE® 7-speaker premium sound system, power glass moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio with a 4-month subscription, HD radio and a cargo cover.

Finally, the top-level CX-3 Grand Touring builds upon the all the available CX-3 Touring standard and available features and includes Parchment or black full-leather seating surfaces with high-gloss, pleated piping. Chrome accents on the front bumper and side sills, as well as the design of the LED combination taillights, complement its upmarket appeal. CX-3 Grand Touring comes with a full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, power moonroof, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights, Mazda Navigation and paddle shifters.

The Grand Touring Premium Package tops off CX-3 with 6-way power driver’s seat, power driver’s lumbar support, 2-position driver memory system, heated steering wheel, Traffic Sign Recognition and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

All 2019 CX-3 models come equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, paired with a SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and sport modes. The engine has been retuned for refinement and efficiency. For 2019, it is rated to deliver 148 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft torque at 2,800 RPM. Front-wheel drive standard; Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. Along with standard G-Vectoring Control vehicle dynamics enhancements, a retuned suspension for both improved and sportier ride, and recalibrated power steering and chassis setups contribute to a smoother, quieter and more enjoyable driving experience.

MSRP2 for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is as follows:

Front-Wheel Drive

i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive

Mazda CX-3 Sport

$20,390

$21,790

·   Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package

$1,100

$1,100

Mazda CX-3 Touring

$22,475

$23,875

·   Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package

$1,000

$1,000

·   Touring Preferred Equipment Package

$1,410

$1,410

Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

$25,745

$27,145

·   Grand Touring Premium Package  

$710

$710

Premium Paint Colors:

Soul Red Crystal

$595

Machine Gray Metallic

$300

Snowflake White Pearl Mica

$200

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 arrives at Mazda dealerships nationwide this month.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

1 MSRP does not include $975 for destination and handling ($1,020 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.
2 MSRP does not include $975 for destination and handling ($1,020 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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May 2018 Edition Of HOLA! USA Presents Latin Power Couple Eugenio Derbez And Alessandra Rosaldo: Their New Life In Los Angeles

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NEW YORK, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Eugenio Derbez and his wife Alessandra Rosaldo, one of the most influential couples in the world of Latin entertainment in the United States, grace the cover of the May issue of HOLA! USA magazine. The successful pair of actors tell us all about their love story, their beautiful family and the success they’ve achieved in the mecca of world cinema where they are rapidly creating a powerful dynasty.

“The parents of little Aitana posed exclusively for HOLA! USA and shared a sincere look into their new life in Los Angeles, and how fame has not changed their main priority: family. Eugenio, who is currently celebrating the release of his latest comedy “Overboard” – which he produced and also stars in alongside talented actresses Anna Faris and Eva Longoria – also has an important new role: he´s now grandfather to little Kailani, the precious first child of his daughter Aislinn and her husband, actor Mauricio Ochmann,” comments Miguel Sirgado, editor in chief of HOLA! USA.

This edition is also dedicated to the inspiring mothers in the entertainment world. Among them, HOLA! USA publishes an interview with Angelina Jolie from Paris in which she speaks in detail about her close relationship with her six children and her dedication to them, her memories of her deceased mother and her passion for philanthropic causes. Actress Naomi Watts speaks candidly about her childhood without a father by her side. In addition, another exemplary mother, Aracely Arámbula, reveals how she juggles her successful career as an actress, presenter and now as a businesswoman between Mexico and Miami, without compromising her daily life with her children, Daniel and Miguel. In addition, she confesses her thoughts about the new successful biographical tv show of Luis Miguel. Meanwhile, the beautiful Ana Patricia Gámez from Despierta América poses exclusively for HOLA! USA at her home, while expecting for her first baby boy. She confesses the ups and downs of her second pregnancy, with her daughter Giuletta and her husband Luis Carlos Martinez.

HOLA! USA also gives exclusive access to Alan Tacher´s home in Miami. The Univision host and his wife Cristina Bernal open the doors of their home for the first time. The couple also presents their second child together, Liam, who was born in February 16, just two days after their third marriage anniversary. Alan discusses the joys of having a large family, and together with the couple’s first-born, little Michelle, and the older children from his first marriage, Hannah, Nicole and Alex, they pose for the first time in exclusive for HOLA! USA.

This issue of HOLA! USA includes full details of the birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate. Also, just in time for “royal wedding season” and counting down to the long awaited “wedding of the century” between Harry of England and Meghan Markle on May 19th, this edition prepares our readers with full coverage of the sumptuous marriage of Christian of Hannover and Alessandra de Osma. The handsome prince (son of Ernesto Augusto de Hannover, ex-husband of Princess Carolina de Monaco) and the gorgeous fashion designer took their wedding vows in the bride’s native Perú, in a XVII century architectural jewel, during a three day celebration accompanied by European princesses and fashion queens.

And speaking of fashion, this edition of HOLA! USA includes an interview with Chriselle Lim, the powerful influencer who sets the bar on urban trends with her unique style. In an exclusive photo session, she shows us the art of dressing for any occasion during the hottest season of the year.

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About ¡HOLA! 

Founded in 1944, ¡HOLA! Magazine has become one of the world’s leaders in its field. Its long history publishing the best celebrity and royalty photographs has made it an international icon for glamour, informative accuracy and good quality. The Spanish company HELLO! & ¡HOLA! Media, Inc. publishes 30 international editions in 10 languages across five continents. ¡HOLA! reaches 25 million readers worldwide, engages with 24 million unique monthly visitors, has over 13 million social media followers, and is seen by 21.5 million on its broadcast channel, ¡HOLA! TV.

Follow HOLA! USA
Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest: @usahola
Facebook.com/RevistaHolaUSA 
Web: HOLA.com 
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Remezcla and EthniFacts Launch Strategic Partnership to Focus on the Underrepresented US-Born Latino Community

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Porcentaje de personas en E.E.U.U. que declaran doble identidad cultural; en su pasado, presente y futuro. Por generación.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. and DALLAS, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Remezcla, the leading and most influential Latino youth media brand, and EthniFacts, a leading consumer insights provider, today announced a partnership that will focus on insights and trends specific to Latinos born in the United States, with a focus on Ambicultural® Latinos.

For the first time since the early 90s immigration boom, U.S.-born Latinos command the majority of both total Latino workforce and household income. Through their partnership, Remezcla and EthniFacts intend to shift the attention of media agencies and marketers toward activating this underrepresented Ambicultural® segment – one that fully functions in more than one culture.

“For years we’ve been looking for a partner who could quantify behaviors that we have been intuitively identifying in our predominantly US-based audience,” said Andrew Herrera, CEO & Founder of Remezcla. “EthniFacts’ Ambicultural® model is an established method adopted by Nielsen and many Fortune 500 Companies, which allows us to push partners into efforts that reflect the perspective and experiences of young U.S. Latinos today.”

“Millennial and Generation Z Latinos have a strong desire to become fluent and functional in their root cultures while fully embracing mainstream American society,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner at EthniFacts. “Remezcla’s content and entertainment platform is proof that it’s not just about language, but about culture in the minds and hearts of these young Latinos. We’re thrilled to be partners with Remezcla, an innovative and influential media brand, in providing rich and actionable insights to activate this underrepresented community.”

Remezcla and EthniFacts are launching a series of data-supported cultural immersions starting in June in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas to preview key pillars driving the partnership. To secure an invitation or for more information, email insights@remezcla.com.

ABOUT REMEZCLA
Remezcla is a rapidly growing independent media brand. Founded in 2006, Remezcla was the first premium digital destination for young, multicultural Latinos. Today, it reaches an audience of 40 million. The brand has become the go-to, on-the-pulse source to discover fresh Latino culture. Remezcla is also the preferred partner for leading brands interested in creating relevant content and experiences for a new generation of Latinos. Remezcla and its best-in-class team have earned awards across several categories, including Cannes Lions, Clio, Ex Award, ANA Reggie Award and BizBash Awards, among others.

Certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise
In line with its mission to empower new Latino leaders, Remezcla was founded and remains led by Latino entrepreneurs.

ABOUT ETHNIFACTS
EthniFacts, LLC is a consumer insights provider focused on how culture drives consumer behavior. It applies expertise in psychological and statistical sciences, innovative demographic tools, and deep cultural observation and interpretation to deliver innovative and actionable understanding of today’s evolving consumer environment. For more information, visit www.ethnifacts.com.

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/UPDATE — National Association of Letter Carriers/

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National Association of Letter Carriers.

In the news release, Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Set for May 12 Throughout Nation, issued 02-May-2018 by National Association of Letter Carriers over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the numbers in the eighth and ninth paragraphs have been updated. The complete, corrected release follows:

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Set for May 12 Throughout Nation

26th Food Drive Will Help Feed Needy Families in All 50 States

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12.

National Association of Letter Carriers.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us to learn more.

The Letter Carriers’ food drive 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. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe that it is important to do what they can to help.

“Over its first quarter-century, the food drive has only grown in importance and in impact,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “It’s an honor to be able to help people in need all across the United States – and to do so in a way that brings out the best in so many Americans.”

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

Last year, letter carriers collected 75.3 million pounds of food, the third-highest amount since the food drive began in 1993. That brought the total over the past quarter-century to almost 1.6 billion pounds.

On May 12, as they deliver mail, the nation’s letter carriers will collect the donations that residents have left near their mail boxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters. Several national partners are assisting NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

This year’s effort includes a public service announcement with actor and director Edward James Olmos.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

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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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CVS Health Recognized By DiversityInc as Top 50 Company for Diversity For Second Year in a Row

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In recognition of its commitment to fostering a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it has been named to DiversityInc’s 2018 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for the second consecutive year. The company’s #40 ranking, up 10 spots from 2017, was announced last night during DiversityInc’s signature event in New York.

CVS Health

“Being named to DiversityInc’s Top 50 list is an honor for all of us at CVS Health. Addressing the country’s most pressing health care challenges requires the very best our company has to offer,” said Larry J. Merlo, President & Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. “Leveraging the diverse and unique talents of our colleagues is critical to meeting the needs of our customers and communities, and delivering on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

CVS Health moved up on the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list due in part to hiring and promoting more women and minorities into mid-level and senior-level leadership roles throughout the company, compared to other Top 50 companies. In a continuing effort to expand its diverse supply chain, CVS Health also strengthened its focus on minority and women-owned businesses this year and was named #10 in Top Companies for Supplier Diversity by DiversityInc.

“We work hard at building a diverse workforce and inclusive environment at CVS Health, knowing that it helps us attract and retain strong talent. We have found that true innovation is enhanced when we seek out and include the diverse experiences and ideas of our customers, colleagues and communities,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “We’ll continue to make even greater strides in building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive culture where all colleagues can contribute and succeed.”

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace, including: FORTUNE’S Most Admired Companies; Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Human Rights Campaign’s Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Military Times Best for Vets; the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and the Disability Equality Index’s Top Places to Work.

To learn more about CVS Health’s diversity management strategy, please visit cvshealth.com/diversity. To view the entire Top 50 list, visit www.diversityinc.com/top50.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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401-770-9820

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com
401-770-9811

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Fintech OneSource® Reaches its 500,000th Relationship Milestone

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TAMPA, Florida, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fintech, the leading resource for beverage alcohol management and regulatory information, announced the connection of its 500,000th distributor-to-retailer relationship this week, marking a major milestone. These business to business integrations, made through the Fintech platform, provide a seamless channel for the exchange and transformation of alcohol purchase data.

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Fintech has been facilitating business growth by connecting retailers across the nation to their local alcohol distributors for over two decades.  While processing 28 million invoices annually, representing $27 billion in payments, these relationship connections are instrumental in maintaining regulatory compliance for its 3,400 distributors and thousands of independent and chain clients nationwide.  Mandated compliance laws differ across all 50 states, adding to the complexity of managing beverage alcohol for many retailers with locations spanning across the country.  Fintech’s relationship infrastructure solves this industry issue by ensuring payment is delivered on time, and in accordance to the laws outlined by each individual state.

“Reaching a half million in relationship connections is an outstanding accomplishment, and we are so proud of what we have been able to achieve,” said Fintech President, Tad Phelps. “Our commitment to invest in both our people and our systems will continue to support our long-term plan for growth.”

About Fintech

Fintech, the leading resource for beverage alcohol management and regulatory information, offers a OneSource® solution with a suite of profit-building products and services for alcohol distributors and retailers.

With decades of industry experience offering unwavering dependability and trust, Fintech empowers users with information to increase margins and maximize operating efficiencies within their beverage alcohol category. By anticipating client needs, nurturing relationships, and growing partnerships within the industry, Fintech continues to deliver cutting-edge, strategic solutions that range from purchase order management, reconciliation, and data reporting, to pricing and promotion communication, compliance adherence, and regulatory resource connectivity.

Fintech manages over 500,000 industry relationships and services more than 3,400 distributors nationwide adding hundreds of clients every month. For more information on how Fintech can better your business, visit www.fintech.net and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Contact: Misha Hart, 800.572.0854 x 3827, mhart@fintech.net
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Starkist® Launches New Chicken Creations™ Pouches

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StarKist® Launches New Chicken Creations™ Pouches in four flavors, including StarKist® Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Ginger Soy, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Zesty Lemon Pepper and StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Chicken Salad

PITTSBURGH, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — America’s favorite tuna, StarKist®, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product innovation, Chicken Creations™ pouches, available nationwide this summer.  The launch of chicken pouches marks the brand’s first foray outside of the seafood space.  The line of premium white chicken is available in four flavors in the signature ready-to-eat pouches, including StarKist® Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Ginger Soy, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Zesty Lemon Pepper and StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Chicken Salad.   

“After 100 years in the tuna business, we proudly announce that StarKist is now a diversified healthy food company,” said Andy Mecs, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, StarKist Co. “It is our goal to provide convenient, healthy options that satisfy the palates and nutritional needs for all Americans.  Chicken Creations is a natural extension to our highly successful Tuna and Salmon Creations® as we already have the pouch expertise and consumer trust in our high quality flavored protein products.  We are pleased that consumers will now have even more to love as they can Tear, Eat, and Go®.”

The new, premium, white meat chicken pouches are made with chicken sourced from American farms – raised cage free and hormone free*. As protein snacking is on the rise, StarKist Chicken Creations pouches ensure that consumers are satisfied with great taste, while staying fueled with the protein they need. This exciting meal solution maintains a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, a necessity for those always on the move.

StarKist’s Favorite TV Mom Loves Chicken
Charlie the Tuna’s wingman (er, wingwoman) on this launch is StarKist spokesperson Candace Cameron Bure, star of “Full House and “Fuller House”.  She will help to launch the line of single-serve pouches as a new way to fuel her “go” as an actor, director, producer, author, exercise enthusiast and dedicated mom.

“I’ve loved working with StarKist over the past year.  Their delicious line of tuna and salmon pouches – especially BOLD Hot Buffalo Style – has become my go-to snack post-workout or on set,” said Candace Cameron Bure. “The launch of StarKist’s first ever chicken pouch line is big, and I’m thrilled I can enjoy the same convenience with this new protein option!”

The launch of Chicken Creations is part of a fully integrated marketing campaign, with TV commercials, print media, influencer outreach, social media promotions and couponing. Bure will be featured prominently in StarKist’s multimedia campaigns, including a 15-second television commercial.  In addition, Bure will be featured in a national public relations campaign, and digital and social media, where Bure will be sharing her own personal health tips including quick and easy recipes featuring her favorite StarKist products.

Chicken Flavors to Satisfy any Craving
StarKist’s current line of delicious, single-serve, seasoned Tuna and Salmon Creations pouches consist of 15 varieties, including six new BOLD flavors, to suit everyone’s craving and support the recommended two servings (8 oz.) of seafood weekly.

StarKist® Launches New Chicken Creations™ Pouches in four flavors, including StarKist® Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Ginger Soy, StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Zesty Lemon Pepper and StarKist® Chicken Creations™ Chicken Salad

The new line of Chicken Creations features four varieties including:

  • Chicken Creations: BOLD Buffalo StyleBuffalo Style delivers the BOLD taste consumers are looking for. Its delectable, Buffalo-style chicken, prepared with a dash of paprika, vinegar and fiery hot sauce.  It has 80 calories and 9 grams of protein. A lot like Buffalo wings, only better, because you can take this spicy deliciousness anywhere.
  • Chicken Creations: Ginger Soy:  Chefs around the world love ginger because it pairs with so many ingredients. StarKist’s premium chicken with vinegar and tangy Asian ginger soy seasoning has 90 calories and 10 grams of protein, making Ginger Soy perfect to enjoy in a lettuce wrap, over rice or as a quick snack right out of the pouch between errands. 
  • Chicken Creations: Zesty Lemon PepperPrepared with citrusy lemon and black pepper, this new gluten free, soy free chicken with 70 calories and 9 grams of protein per pouch can be enjoyed anywhere – on an energetic walk or as an afternoon snack.  It’s perfect on a Greek salad, cucumber slices or straight from the Pouch.
  • Chicken Creations: Chicken Salad: StarKist’s tasty chicken salad includes savory dill relish, crisp celery, red peppers and a unique ingredient – convenience. With 70 calories and 9 grams of protein, you can add the ready-to-eat premium white chicken salad to a sandwich, salad or enjoy straight from the pouch.

The lean, low fat protein retails for approximately $1.75 per pouch and will be found adjacent to tuna in the shelf-stable meat section at retailers nationwide and at your favorite e-tailers this summer.   While Chicken Creations can be enjoyed straight from the pouch, they are also a great addition to a variety of meals. Visit www.starkist.com to learn more about the brand, its products and to explore StarKist developed recipes such as the Weeknight Buffalo Chicken Tacos below:

Try the Weeknight Buffalo Chicken Tacos recipe featuring StarKist® Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style

Ingredients:

2, 2.6 oz. pouches StarKist® Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style

4 small whole wheat soft tortillas

1 cup shredded Bibb lettuce

½ cup diced tomatoes

1 avocado, diced

Directions:

  1. Place 2 tortillas or taco shells in taco stand or on a plate.  Repeat with the other 2.
  2. Fill with ¼ cup shredded lettuce, 2 Tbsp. diced tomatoes and ¼ of the avocado.
  3. Top each with ½ a pouch of Chicken Creations™.

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry products

About StarKist
StarKist Co. provides trusted, healthy, food products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations® and Salmon Creations®, and now Chicken Creations®.  As America’s favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist’s charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

About Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure is an American actress, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author, and former TV talk show host. She is best known to millions worldwide through her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” and continues to flourish in the entertainment industry. She is currently starring in the hit Netflix spinoff “Fuller House,” producing and acting in multiple movies with Hallmark Channel & Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and previously served as a co-host on ABC’s “The View”. While juggling her successful career, Bure is also a devoted wife and mother of three who is outspoken and passionate about her faith and family. She shares her family time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, California, and she enjoys eating healthy and being physically active. Candace hopes to inspire others through her work as well as her social media channels.

Media Contact:
Michelle Faist
412-323-7457
Michelle.Faist@StarKist.com

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¡HOLA! TV to Broadcast Live the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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MIAMI, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As with other important royalty events, ¡HOLA! TV will be keeping its appointment with its audience to offer the best information about what is being considered already the wedding of the year.

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On Saturday, May 19, HOLA! TV will broadcast live the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beginning one hour before the big moment. With all the thoroughness and professionalism for which the network is known, the channel’s correspondent will be on hand at the foot of Windsor Castle, along with experts back at ¡HOLA! TV studios, to describe every little detail as it happens.

Following the coverage of the event that day, in the evening LA HORA ¡HOLA! Special Edition will offer a complete analysis with experts and the day’s highlights.

The royal theme, however, will run throughout all of May on ¡HOLA! TV. Specials have been scheduled on other British royal weddings such as that of the current Queen Elizabeth II and the Dukes of Cambridge, or of other monarchies; programs spotlighting the couple’s lives — ‘Meghan Markle, a Wedding at Windsor and ‘Harry, a Prince of the 21th Century’— as well as specials about wedding-themed fashion and movies.

“We plan to surprise viewers with an offer they won’t find anywhere else. The royal wedding of Prince Harry and the actress Meghan Markle has turned into a world-wide phenomenon and we’ll be the best ones to tell others about it: live broadcast, analysis, experts, and, ultimately, the unique style of a brand that sets us apart. Our coverage is set to be the most reliable choice for those who cannot attend as guests of the big wedding of the year,” said Marcos Pérez, CEO and General Manager of ¡HOLA! TV.

BROADCAST TIMES:

SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Starting at 6:00AM/ ET
LATIN AMERICA: 5:00AM COL-MEX/ 6:00AM VEN/ 7:00AM ARG

LA HORA ¡HOLA! WEDDING SPECIAL!
10:00PM/ ET
LATIN AMERICA: 9:00PM COL-MEX/ 10:00PM VEN/ 11:00PM ARG

Media contacts:

¡HOLA! TV
Idemaris Díaz
idiaz@hola.tv
Office: +1 (305) 777-1900 Ext. 9503

ATRESMEDIA INTERNACIONAL
Blanca Aguirre
blanca.aguirre@atresmedia.com
Office: +34 619 860 074

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and Partners Celebrate Families this Spring

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This Spring, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and partners are making it easy for people across the country to support ­­­­the organization’s lifesaving mission of Finding Cures. Saving Children.® in a variety of ways including in-store activations, specialty product, online honors and memorials.  

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Kay® Jewelers, LOFT, Amazon, New York & Company, Carnival Cruise Line, Brooks Brothers, Thrivent Financial, DXL Men’s Apparel, The Melting Pot, eBay and Sbarro are just a few of the national brands providing unique ways for customers to help St. Jude families while honoring their own loved ones during Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“Spring is a special time of year and offers opportunities for enjoying moments with family and celebrating moms and dads,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “At St. Jude, these opportunities and holidays are particularly poignant for families battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through the commitment of our partners and the generosity of millions of donors, our families are better able to enjoy special moments knowing that they will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

Kay Jewelers is a long-time partner of St. Jude, celebrating 20 years of partnership in 2018. From now until May 13, Kay will be selling Mother’s Day cards with all profits, no less than $2.50 from each card, benefiting St. Jude.

“The Mother’s Day card program is one way we support the lifesaving work of St. Jude but it is also an opportunity to honor the mothers of St. Jude, whose love and devotion to their children is truly an inspiration,” said Seb Hobbs, president and chief customer officer, Kay Jewelers. “The Mother’s Day campaign also kicks off our 20th year in partnering in hope with St. Jude. Thanks to the passion and generosity of our customers and team members, we are proud to have raised $66 million in 19 years to assist St. Jude in their mission of finding cures and saving children.” 

In addition to Kay Jewelers, more than 25 companies are supporting the effort, including: 

  • LOFT – In addition to a Mother’s Day tea held at St. Jude for patient moms, LOFT will be selling a LOFT Cares Card decorated with patient art with 90 percent of the purchase price benefiting St. Jude, as well as a tote bag featuring patient art.
  • Amazon – Shop AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com, select St. Jude as the beneficiary, and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the eligible purchase price to St. Jude, at no cost to the customer; Amazon Alexa customers can also make a donation to St. Jude by saying, “Alexa, make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital” thanks to the recently launched feature, Alexa Donations.
  • New York & Company – Customers will be able to make a donation to St. Jude at check-out, and they can purchase limited edition product including a necklace, bracelet and t-shirt.
  • Carnival Cruise Line – St. Jude will be part of the inauguration of the Carnival Horizon, set to sail this month.
  • Brooks Brothers – In addition to donating at check-out, customers will be able to purchase a suite of products benefiting St. Jude.
  • Lord and Taylor – Customers will have the opportunity to purchase a charity day ticket where 100 percent of the ticket purchase price benefits St. Jude.
  • DXL Men’s Apparel – This Father’s Day, the company will encourage customers to make a donation to St. Jude at the register.
  • The Melting Pot – Starting May 22, the company will include St. Jude in its refreshed Kids Menu. Guests will also receive a piggy bank-shaped cup with the purchase of one of four children’s specialty drinks, with $0.50 from the sale of each benefiting St. Jude. 

People also have the ability to dedicate a brick in honor of a beloved family member. St. Jude patient families and staff will be able to read the words of support with every step as they walk along the engraved brick pathway leading to the Kay Research and Care Center, home of the cutting-edge St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center.

To learn more about St. Jude and how to get involved, visit stjude.org/family.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

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American Honda Reports April Sales Results

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Honda reported April 2018 sales results today, noting the Honda Odyssey gained 21.2% for the month and continues to lead the minivan segment for 2018.

TORRANCE, California, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

American Honda

 Honda

Acura 

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

Total

Cars

Trucks

125,701

59,456

66,245

113,813

55,354

58,459

11,888

4,102

7,786

-9.2%

-14.4%

-3.9

-8.4%

-12.3%

-4.3%

-15.9%

-34.8%

-0.8%

 

Honda reported April 2018 sales results today, noting the Honda Odyssey gained 21.2% for the month and continues to lead the minivan segment for 2018.

“Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and light-truck offerings for our customers,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division & general manager of Honda sales. “Our flexible manufacturing capabilities allow us to evolve our production mix in real-time to meet these continued shifts in consumer demand. Moreover, we recognize not all customers in the market want a truck or SUV, so growth opportunities still exist within the passenger car side of our business.” 

Honda

BRAND REPORT

Sales Highlights

Model Notes

Two fewer selling days and one less weekend in April 2018 vs. a year ago, impacted Honda car & truck sales like the rest of the auto industry. However, the brand’s core models performed strongly while Odyssey and Pilot were standouts for the month.

  • Odyssey posted a robust gain of 21.2% on sales of 8,464 units in April, further strengthening its 2018 sales leadership.
  • Pilot sales increased for the 8th straight month, rising 22% on sales of 11,891 units for the month.
  • Civic and CR-V sales topped 28,000 in April and Accord crested 21,000, to post strong results for Honda’s core models.

Odyssey is the #1 retail-selling minivan in America in 2018, leading with the lowest incentive spending as well.

The Honda Electrification Initiative just gained another player – the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, made in Marysville, Ohio, where the hybrid battery unit also is assembled. 

 Acura

BRAND REPORT

Sales Highlights

Model Notes

Looking forward to the upcoming launch of the all-new 2019 RDX, Acura displayed the still considerable strength of the current RDX as it made a solid gain in April. ILX and RLX also enjoyed sales increases for the month.

  • RDX gained 10.8 percent in April on sales of 4,201 units.  
  • The Acura ILX and RLX sedans also gained sales ground, with ILX up 21.6% and RLX up 61.3% in April.

Acura is strengthening its performance story with A-Spec grades for all core models, including the just-launched 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec, and upcoming RDX and MDX A-Spec models launching this summer.

Since its 2007 debut, the Acura RDX has outsold every compact luxury SUV in America, and is the only one to top 50K sales in each of the past three years.

American Honda Vehicle Sales for April 2018

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

April
2018

April
2017

DSR** %
Change

MoM %
Change

April
2018

April
2017

DSR** %
Change

YoY %
Change

American Honda Total

125,701

138,386

-1.6%

-9.2%

488,192

503,679

-3.1%

-3.1%

Total Car Sales

59,456

69,427

-7.2%

-14.4%

229,804

243,033

-5.4%

-5.4%

Total Truck Sales

66,245

68,959

4.1%

-3.9%

258,388

260,646

-0.9%

-0.9%

Honda

Total Car Sales

55,354

63,140

-5.0%

-12.3%

213,737

226,940

-5.8%

-5.8%

Honda

Total Truck Sales

58,459

61,114

3.6%

-4.3%

229,153

230,845

-0.7%

-0.7%

Acura

Total Car Sales

4,102

6,287

-29.3%

-34.8%

16,067

16,093

-0.2%

-0.2%

Acura

Total Truck Sales

7,786

7,845

7.5%

-0.8%

29,235

29,801

-1.9%

-1.9%

Total Domestic Car Sales

50,390

56,421

-3.2%

-10.7%

199,280

196,420

1.5%

1.5%

Honda Division

46,459

50,240

0.2%

-7.5%

183,847

180,726

1.7%

1.7%

Acura Division

3,931

6,181

-31.1%

-36.4%

15,433

15,694

-1.7%

-1.7%

Total Domestic Truck Sales

66,245

68,959

4.1%

-3.9%

258,388

260,646

-0.9%

-0.9%

Honda Division

58,459

61,114

3.6%

-4.3%

229,153

230,845

-0.7%

-0.7%

Acura Division

7,786

7,845

7.5%

-0.8%

29,235

29,801

-1.9%

-1.9%

Total Import Car Sales

9,066

13,006

-24.5%

-30.3%

30,524

46,613

-34.5%

-34.5%

Honda Division

8,895

12,900

-25.3%

-31.0%

29,890

46,214

-35.3%

-35.3%

Acura Division

171

106

74.8%

61.3%

634

399

58.9%

58.9%

Total Import Truck Sales

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Honda Division

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Acura Division

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

   MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION

Honda Division Total

113,813

124,254

-0.8%

-8.4%

442,890

457,785

-3.3%

-3.3%

* ACCORD

21,751

26,938

-12.5%

-19.3%

83,352

96,753

-13.9%

-13.9%

* CIVIC

28,399

31,211

-1.4%

-9.0%

110,548

112,865

-2.1%

-2.1%

  CLARITY

1,212

34

3,761.8%

3,464.7%

4,529

126

3,494.4%

3,494.4%

  CR-Z

5

85

-93.6%

-94.1%

30

421

-92.9%

-92.9%

* FIT

3,987

4,871

-11.3%

-18.1%

15,278

16,773

-8.9%

-8.9%

  INSIGHT

0

1

-100.0%

-100.0%

0

2

-100.0%

-100.0%

  CROSSTOUR

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

3

-100.0%

-100.0%

* CR-V

28,323

32,671

-6.1%

-13.3%

110,369

126,728

-12.9%

-12.9%

  HR-V

7,322

8,527

-7.0%

-14.1%

28,125

28,223

-0.3%

-0.3%

  ODYSSEY

8,464

6,984

31.3%

21.2%

31,471

28,011

12.4%

12.4%

  PILOT

11,891

9,746

32.2%

22.0%

49,724

34,970

42.2%

42.2%

  RIDGELINE

2,459

3,186

-16.4%

-22.8%

9,464

12,910

-26.7%

-26.7%

Acura Division Total

11,888

14,132

-8.9%

-15.9%

45,302

45,894

-1.3%

-1.3%

  ILX

1,012

832

31.8%

21.6%

3,484

3,088

12.8%

12.8%

  NSX

5

91

-94.0%

-94.5%

72

224

-67.9%

-67.9%

  RLX / RL

171

106

74.8%

61.3%

634

399

58.9%

58.9%

  TLX

2,914

5,258

-40.0%

-44.6%

11,877

12,382

-4.1%

-4.1%

  MDX

3,585

4,052

-4.2%

-11.5%

13,909

15,008

-7.3%

-7.3%

  RDX

4,201

3,793

20.0%

10.8%

15,326

14,793

3.6%

3.6%

Selling Days

24

26

101

101

*    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts

**   Daily Selling Rate

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MoneyGram to Release First Quarter 2018 Results

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DALLAS, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) will announce its first quarter 2018 financial results on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  Alex Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, and Larry Angelilli, chief financial officer, will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the financial results. The news release and the webcast will be available at ir.moneygram.com. Participants may join the call at the numbers below:

Toll Free:        

1-888-394-8218

International:  

1-323-701-0225

Replay:           

1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671

Replay ID:      

3322067

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health joins NIH in launching the All of Us Research Program with Event in Pasco, WA

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WASHINGTON, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “On May 6th, our nation takes a significant step forward in realizing the promise of precision medicine with the launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. “We are proud to join with Alliance member, Tri-Cities Community Health, to help launch All of Us by hosting a family health and wellness celebration as part of the City of Pasco’s Cinco de Mayo weekend to provide information on All of Us and demonstrate the central role Hispanic communities must play to usher in the future of health,” emphasized Dr. Delgado.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on May 6, 2018 is opening national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program—an ambitious effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. People ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, will be able to enroll. The official launch date will be marked by community events in cities across the country as well as an online event that will include live broadcasts from the Pasco, WA celebration.

“The time is now to transform how we conduct research—with participants as partners—to shed new light on how to stay healthy and manage disease in more personalized ways. This is what we can accomplish through All of Us,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers differences in people’s lifestyles, environments and biological makeup, including genes. By partnering with 1 million diverse people who share information about themselves over many years, the All of Us Research Program will enable research to more precisely prevent and treat a variety of health conditions.

“All of us are unique, but today we live mostly in an era of ‘one-size-fits-all’ medicine,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. “I’m alive today because of precision medicine and I think everyone deserves that same opportunity no matter the color of your skin, your economic status, your age or your sex or gender. In other words, it will truly take all of us.”

All of Us seeks to transform the relationship between researchers and participants, bringing them together as partners to inform the program’s directions, goals and responsible return of research information. Participants will be able to access their own health information, summary data about the entire participant community and information about studies and findings that come from All of Us.  

“The future of medicine will be treatment and prevention tailored to the individual. But that future will only be realized if more people in this country are a part of our national science base. It is the diversity of our individual health experiences that will drive the next great breakthroughs in science and health. That is why we are proud to be one of the cities hosting the national launch of All of Us,’ said Jim Davis, MBA, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Cities Community Health (TCCH)

To learn more about the program, please visit JoinAllofUs.org/juntos. People also may take part in social media (#JoinAllofUs) or tune in at https://Launch.JoinAllofUs.org to watch speakers across the country, including Pasco, Washington, talk about precision medicine and the power of volunteering for research.

Editor’s Note:  The Pasco Cinco de Mayo Family Health and Wellness Fair will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Pasco Farmer’s Market at the corner of West Lewis Street and South 3rd Avenue in Pasco, WA. The event will include an All of Us town hall broadcast online from 1pm to 2pm and a range of family sports and fun activities, free health screenings, farmers market and healthy cooking demonstrations, art experience, and community resources from over 30 exhibitors as well as music and demonstrations from the event stage.

“All of Us” is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 

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