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Colgate-Palmolive Honors Hispanic Heritage Month with Annual Haz la U™ Educational Grant Program for Latino Students

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NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In partnership with Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Colgate-Palmolive is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual Haz la U™ (Make the U ) educational grant program. Now in its ninth year, the initiative promotes the importance of higher education among Latinos. Through its community service category, Colgate will support the HHF’s Youth Awards Program honoring 31 community-minded high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership in 10 regions across the nation.

Eligible students can apply for grants via Colgate.com/HazLaU through October 15, 2017. Winners will be selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation based on their academic excellence and dedication and demonstration of leadership within their community.

While, Hispanic college enrollment continues to rise — more than tripling over the last 20 years — Latinos still lag behind other ethnic groups in degree attainment, according to Pew Research Center. Often reporting a lack of financial resources, Hispanics are less likely to enroll in four-year schools, opting instead for two-year community colleges or as a part-time student in order to maintain a paying job.

To encourage and inspire more Hispanic students to pursue a higher education with financial support, Colgate is featuring former Haz la U™ national grant recipient Henry Rosas in a new documentary video, available in English and Spanish, on Colgate’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/ColgateOralCare.

“Going to college has always been a dream of mine,” said Rosas, a first-year student at Yale University. “The Haz la U™ grant will be a huge relief, allowing me more time to focus on my studies instead of tuition payments.”

Henry is the first in his family lineage to attend college. A son of two immigrant parents from Mexico and growing up in West Phoenix, Henry struggled with expressing his culture. Embodying the Colgate culture of caring, teamwork and continuous improvement, Henry hopes to create a change in the world and be the voice for those who feel they can’t speak out for themselves.

More information about Haz la U™ and application guidelines are available at www.colgate.com/hazlau.

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com.

About HHF
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org).  

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CPSC Warns of Hidden In-Home Drowning Hazards for Children

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about hidden drowning hazards for small children in and around the home. In 2014*, more than 50 children younger than five fatally drowned in and around the home, excluding pools and spas. About 90% of these drowning deaths occurred in bathtubs.

In addition to bathtubs, five-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst.

Toilets are often also overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. Most incidents involve a child younger than three years of age falling headfirst into the toilet.

Childhood drowning deaths also occur in other containers with liquids, including pails, coolers, sinks, fish tanks and landscape ponds.

CPSC offers safety tips to help prevent children from drowning in and around the home.

  • Never leave a baby alone, or with young siblings, in a bathtub even for a second. Always keep baby within arm’s reach. Children can drown quickly and silently.
  • Keep the toilet lid down, and keep young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.
  • Be sure all containers with liquids are emptied immediately after use. Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children.
  • Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
  • Learn CPR. It can be a lifesaver.

For additional information, visit the CPSC’s in-home drowning information center.

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*The most recent year that reporting is considered complete.

For more lifesaving information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram @USCPSC and Twitter @USCPSC or sign up to receive our e-mail alerts. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call for product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

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StarKist® and Tapatío® Turn Up the Heat with the Launch of New StarKist Tuna Creations® Tapatío®

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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ StarKist Co. is proud to announce its most recent partnership with Tapatío, the world-renowned hot sauce made with authentic ingredients and flavors. This partnership is part of StarKist’s newest addition to its BOLD line of flavored tuna pouches: StarKist Tuna Creations® Tapatío. Paired with a touch of lime juice, the new Tuna Creations® BOLD Tapatío flavor offers an entirely different taste experience to premium tuna through a mixture of heat and sweetness; a unique combination with a kick. This perfect blend is ready to enjoy on corn chips, a salad, in a taco or straight from the pouch. This partnership was brokered by Tapatío’s licensing agency, Brand Central, LLC.

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“StarKist continuously strives to meet the needs of consumers, ensuring that we are providing them with the most in-demand flavors,” said Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation, StarKist Co. “For many, Tapatío Hot Sauce is an everyday staple to add extra flavor and kick to their meals, making it an ideal addition to our on-the-go BOLD pouches.”

Tapatío is the latest flavor that brings the heat to the growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations® line of single-serve pouches, which now consists of 15 varieties, including six BOLD flavors.  As protein snacking is on the rise, StarKist BOLD pouches ensure that consumers are satisfied with the flavoring, 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. In addition to the StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Thai Chili Style, Tuna Creations® BOLD Jalapeño and Tuna Creations® BOLD Hot Buffalo Style, the Tuna Creations® BOLD Tapatío flavor is another delicious, gluten-free option for all to enjoy.   

“We are delighted to partner with StarKist, a category leader, in offering a convenient, on-the-go meal that will help Tapatío fans enjoy their favorite hot sauce in new formats,” said Luis Saavedra, General Manager at Tapatío Hot Sauce. “This partnership is a natural fit for us as we continue to expand our licensing portfolio.”

This new, boldly seasoned premium tuna flavor retails for approximately $1.34 per pouch and can be found in the shelf-stable tuna section in retailers nationwide:

StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Tapatío Brings the Heat

StarKist is taking spiciness to the next level with this new Tapatío premium tuna. With 70 calories and 14g of lean protein per pouch, BOLD Tapatío Tuna will keep you fueled longer. It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, your favorite mix of veggies or straight from the pouch. 

In addition to the new BOLD offerings, StarKist’s current line of delicious, seasoned Tuna and Salmon Creations® pouches include a variety of flavor options to suit everyone’s cravings. Choose from Ranch, Lemon Pepper, Sweet & Spicy, Herb & Garlic, Bacon Ranch, Honey BBQ, Hickory Smoked and Salmon Creations Lemon Dill and Mango Chipotle. These convenient, single-serve tuna and salmon 2.6oz pouches make it easy to reach the recommended two servings (8oz.) of seafood weekly. 

While the BOLD flavors 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 Spicy Seven Layer Dip Cups below:

Ingredients:
2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Tapatío
1 cup black refried beans (or ½ cup smashed black beans)
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup small diced tomatoes
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco cheese (or ½ cup neufchatel cheese, room temperature)
1 cup small diced red onion
1 cup prepared guacamole
8, 8 oz. juice or martini glasses

Directions:

  1. Line up glasses on a work surface.  Place 2 Tbsp. of refried beans in the bottom of each glass and smooth out. 
  2. Top each with a layer of ~ 2 Tbsp. lettuce, followed by 2 Tbsp. tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. cheese, 2 Tbsp. red onion.
  3. Top the red onion with 3 Tbsp. guacamole and spread evenly over the onion.
  4. Top the guacamole with ~ 1-1/2 Tbsp. tuna.  Serve with hearty tortilla chips or vegetables on the side.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes

This new, boldly seasoned tuna flavor retails for approximately $1.34 per pouch and can be found in the shelf-stable tuna section in grocery stores nationwide:

About Tapatío:

Tapatío Foods, LLC started in 1971 from humble beginnings.  Over 40 years later Tapatío Foods is still a family run business and has grown to become a staple not only in Hispanic households but in most American households today. Tapatío is the #1 hot sauce in the west, and the #3 hot sauce in the country, and has built an extensive licensing portfolio with partners including Frito-Lay®, BIG’s sunflower seeds, Colorado Premium meats, and more. Now available in many different sizes, Tapatío is a sauce that can be used with everything! 

About StarKist:

StarKist Co. is a food company that provides trusted, healthy, and shelf-stable seafood 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®.  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.

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

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FIBRA Prologis to Host Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call October 25

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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, will host a webcast and conference call with senior management to discuss third quarter results, current market conditions and future outlook on Wednesday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET.

To access a live broadcast of the call, dial +1 877 256 7020 (toll-free from the United States and Canada), 01 800 926 9146 (toll-free from Mexico) or +1 973 409 9692 from all other countries and enter conference code  93296069. A live webcast can be accessed at www.fibraprologis.com in the Investor Relations section on October 25.

A telephonic replay will be available October 25November 1 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 93296069 and passcode 31833. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS
FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of June 30, 2017, FIBRA Prologis composed 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
The statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which FIBRA Prologis operates, management’s beliefs and assumptions made by management.  Such statements involve uncertainties that could significantly impact FIBRA Prologis financial results. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature.  All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to rent and occupancy growth, acquisition activity, development activity, disposition activity, general conditions in the geographic areas where we operate, our debt and financial position, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained and therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) national, international, regional and local economic climates, (ii) changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (iii) increased or unanticipated competition for our properties, (iv) risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions and development of properties, (v) maintenance of real estate investment trust (“FIBRA”) status and tax structuring, (vi) availability of financing and capital, the levels of debt that we maintain and our credit ratings, (vii) risks related to our investments (viii) environmental uncertainties, including risks of natural disasters, and (ix) those additional factors discussed in reports filed with the “Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores” and  the Mexican Stock Exchange by FIBRA Prologis under the heading “Risk Factors.” FIBRA Prologis undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements appearing in this release.

Non-Solicitation – Any securities discussed herein or in the accompanying presentations, if any, have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. Any such announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities discussed herein or in the presentations, if and as applicable.

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Teamster Volunteers Depart For Puerto Rico To Assist With Relief Efforts

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, 79 Teamster members from across the country departed on a flight out of Newark, N.J. as part of a humanitarian mission organized by labor unions to send volunteers to Puerto Rico to assist in the ongoing hurricane relief efforts. In addition to the 79 Teamsters on the flight, 12 more are flying to Puerto Rico separately from Kentucky and 30 sanitation members from New York are already on the ground.

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More than 200 volunteers from various labor unions traveled to the island on the flight donated by United Airlines and coordinated by the AFL-CIO. The volunteers will fill critical roles needed to advance the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The Teamsters on the flight, who all have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or a similar professional license, will primarily be utilized in supply delivery and sanitation support.

“The incredible outpouring of volunteerism that I have witnessed from our membership these past 72 hours is truly inspiring,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “We had hundreds of members reach out to us expressing their desire to donate their time and skills to the relief effort despite the challenges they will face in Puerto Rico due to the state of its infrastructure.”

Puerto Rico has slowly made progress recovering from Hurricane Maria, but the scale and enormity of the job ahead of them is daunting, and any assistance they receive from the mainland is welcome.

“I’m proud that the Teamsters and the labor movement are leaders in bringing relief to Puerto Rico,” said Jessica Yance, Teamsters Local 210 member and crane operator at Sims Municipal Recycling traveling to Puerto Rico today. “Many Teamsters have family on the island who were hurt by the hurricane. We will be putting our skills to work getting Puerto Rico back on its feet.”

Teamsters Joint Council 16, which has jurisdiction over Teamsters Local Union 901 in San Juan, spearheaded the effort to identify and select volunteers with the proper skill sets needed in Puerto Rico.

“Our members that volunteered have demonstrated what we can be at our best as Americans,” said Teamsters International Vice President and Joint Council 16 President George Miranda. “Without thought of personal hardship, these union men and women are doing whatever they can to help Puerto Rico recover. I am proud of them and proud of the labor movement.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

Contact:
Bret Caldwell (202) 624-6911
bcaldwell@teamster.org  

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CIOMA Members Continue Legacy of Community Service

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SACRAMENTO, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This year, CIOMA members have once again demonstrated their commitment to serving their communities through relief efforts in battling natural disasters across the state, and the country.

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Every year, CIOMA members go above and beyond the call of duty to give back to communities that need it most during times of hardship and disaster. This year was no different, with CIOMA members helping in all capacities from joining first-responders in wildfire-fighting and hurricane relief efforts. Heavy equipment needed in disaster response requires fuel to operate, often in settings where fuel is not immediately available.

“When firefighters battle blazes across the state, they are the first in line between us and disaster,” said Interstate Oil President Brent Andrews. “If we can assist them by providing them the fuel they need where they need it, then they can focus on keeping the rest of us safe, without worrying about the availability of crucial resources.”

CIOMA member efforts go even further than assistance close to home. Following the destruction felt across the nation left by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, CIOMA members were among the first responding with life-saving resources. Through the Fuel Relief Fund, CIOMA members have helped to generate tens of thousands of dollars in direct relief funding and are personally on the ground in the most heavily impacted areas, delivering emergency fuel to victims and relief agencies.  

“It is important for everyone in California and around the world to remember the fuel industry is one of the first called to help when disaster strikes, such as the recent hurricanes or the annual wildfires across our state,” said Ryan Hanretty, Executive Director of CIOMA. “These small, family- and minority-owned businesses are engrained in their communities and truly care about their neighbors and the surrounding environment. The fuel industry is proud to help protect and better its community whenever the need arises.”

CIOMA is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators.

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SOURCE California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA)

Ana G. Méndez University System Supports Students From Puerto Rico to Continue Their Careers

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MIAMI, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The universities of Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS)—Universidad del Turabo, Universidad del Este, Universidad Metropolitana and Universidad Ana G. Méndez- will allow students enrolled in any other university from Puerto Rico to continue their studies at any of their 5 campuses in the continental United States. It is of great importance that students know that AGMUS values their careers and would like them to consider their options for the remainder of the school year. “Ana G. Méndez University System is a big family and we want to help our brothers and sisters right away. Therefore, we have established an emergency response plan to help our students relocate to any of our U.S. campuses in the smoothest and fastest possible way so they can complete their semester on time,” said Luis Zayas, Vice-President for National Affairs.

AGMUS has put in effect a special assistance program for students that need to relocate to the continental United States during this emergency and time of need. Our mission is to provide personalized alternatives so that students can continue their academic and professional degrees. Students are encouraged to contact any of our campuses where staff have been dedicated to assist them and develop a personalized study plan that meet their needs. To contact any of our campuses and learn more about options to continue their studies, please contact:

Metro Orlando Campus: (407) 207- 3363
     Marlin Brignoni, ext. 1808 
     Rosa Valera, ext. 1814

South Florida Campus: (954) 885-5595 
     Nydia Bonilla, ext. 8507 
     Cinthia Tineo, ext. 8518

Tampa Bay Campus: (813) 932-7500
     Debbie Ortega, ext. 8714 
     Janet Pappalardo, ext. 8733

Capital Area Campus: (800) 854-8181 
     Marisabel Quiroga, ext. 8407 
     Carlos Ayala, ext. 8411

Dallas Area Campus: (469) 341-7300 
     Jessica Ruiz, ext. 5311 
     Ana Delgado, ext. 5305

The five AGMUS campuses offer students a variety of nearly 30 different bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Education, Social Work and others. Classes in the United States are taught one week in English and one week in Spanish as part of their distinguished Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model®, This gives students that need to relocate a unique opportunity to improve their English skills. Having a Dual-Language degree allows professionals to advance their careers and enhance their employment opportunities.

AGMUS has carried out relief efforts throughout their five campuses in the United States since last week to assist Puerto Rico in this time of need. The South Florida Campus collected over 350 pallets of supplies that have been sent to the island.

About the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS)

The Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS), has a trajectory of more than 65 years of history. It is the fastest growing private institution of higher education in Puerto Rico, with an enrollment of over 44,000 students in its main institutions and 18 university centers in Puerto Rico, Florida, Maryland and Texas. AGMUS also has a television station (Sistema TV), affiliated to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The AGMUS institutions are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and have gained immense recognition and a privileged position among higher education institutions for offering the first and only bilingual and accelerated adult program in the United States known as the AHORA Program; which is registered under the title Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model® and responds to the real needs of the Hispanic community.

Contact for the Media:
Natascha Otero-Santiago
Director of Digital Strategy & Senior Publicist
Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications
(W) 954-376-4800 (C) 305-401-7172
Natascha@latin2latin.com

SOURCE Ana G. Méndez University System

Daddy Yankee to raise $1.5 million for Habitat for Humanity’s hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

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ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In response to the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico native, rapper, producer and “Despacito” singer Daddy Yankee has pledged a personal donation of $250,000 and to raise an additional $1.5 million toward Habitat for Humanity’s plans to help Puerto Ricans repair and rebuild in the aftermath of the storm.

“Seeing the devastation first-hand, I know the reconstruction of my home island will require long-term solutions. I am committed to making sure the largest number of affected families have a safe roof,” said Yankee. “I am making a personal donation to Habitat, and ask you to join me by visiting habitat.org/daddyyankee to make a contribution today.”

With the help of its local office, Habitat is assessing the damage to homes on the island. Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico has been building and repairing homes in the U.S. territory since 1997.

Habitat’s long-term post-disaster recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes and construction of new affordable homes. Construction plans are determined after evaluations and are dependent on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

“We are grateful to Daddy Yankee for his generous donation and his support in raising awareness of the desperate need to help Puerto Ricans rebuild their homes and their lives,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Traditionally nearly 80 percent of disaster funds have gone to relief, while only 20 percent to long-term recovery. We are focused on that long-term component, as this will take years to fully recover.”

Habitat has been responding to disasters since 1997 and to date has helped more than 230,000 families in 52 countries through its disaster response work. Following Hurricane Katrina, Habitat organizations along the Gulf Coast built more than 6,000 homes and removed debris and cleaned more than 2,500 homes in preparation for rehabilitation. Habitat also mounted responses to Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes through the South and Midwest, and earthquakes and typhoons overseas.

Habitat’s ability to respond effectively to this disaster depends on available resources. To donate or learn more, visit habitat.org/daddyyankee.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

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Fintech Names Technology Veteran Tad Phelps as President

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TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fintech announced that Tad Phelps was promoted to president of Financial Information Technologies, LLC (Fintech) on October 1, 2017. As president, Tad will have responsibility for the company’s overall operations and report directly to Chief Executive Officer, Scott Riley
 
Tad will oversee all aspects of the company’s overall strategic priorities and is responsible for advancing Fintech’s position as the leading provider of technology, analytics and data for the alcohol industry. “I am excited and honored to be working with a company like Fintech, whose talented executive team has the passion and drive to guide this company’s vision and keep their clients’ needs as the main priority. I feel privileged to be chosen to maximize their success and lead them through a continued development of a diverse and growing portfolio of products that serve the alcohol distributor and retail industry.”
 
Scott Riley, Fintech’s CEO, said: “Tad is the perfect choice as Fintech’s president, and this move is coming at the right time. Fintech has found a need for enriched data and insight in this market and Tad’s extensive industry experience and uncanny ability to motivate, guide and enrich our teams, make him the leader we need to execute these visions and accelerate Fintech into a new chapter that will be even more impactful than its last.”
 
Prior to Fintech, Phelps was with NCR for 16+ years including the past 4+ years as the vice president & global general manager for NCR’s Hospitality, Travel & Entertainment Divisions. Preceding this role, he had the following positions at Radiant Systems which was acquired by NCR in late 2011: vice president of the Americas, vice president of sales & marketing and managing director of sales for North America.
 
Before joining Radiant Systems he spent 15 years in the food service industry with AFC Enterprises, General Mills and PepsiCo Food Service and holds a BSBA degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing and following his children’s many sporting activities.
 
Tad and his wife Barbara have been married for more than 18 years and have 3 children, TJ (16), Dylan (13), and Sydney (12). They have recently relocated from the Cumming, GA area to the Tampa Bay, FL area.

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For more information on Fintech’s OneSource solution, please visit www.fintech.net or contact 800.572.0854.
 
About Fintech
Fintech®, the leader in data and electronic payment for alcohol purchases, provides a OneSource® solution assisting retailers and distributors in managing their beverage alcohol business. With a comprehensive suite of products and services, Fintech provides insight into purchasing habits and product cost, resolution through reconciliation, purchase order and credit tools, and an avenue for the seamless exchange of data. Servicing over 470,000 relationships and 3,200 distributors, Fintech processes over 500,000 invoices weekly, representing $26 billion in payments annually.
For more information, visit www.fintech.net and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Contact: Misha Hart, 800.572.0854 x 3827, mhart@fintech.net
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Home Depot’s Top Picks for Product Innovation 2017

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ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Home Depot’s (NYSE: HD) merchants work tirelessly with vendors all year long to create innovative products – in other words, products that save customers time and money, making everyday tasks easier.

Here are the top 10 products leading the way in home improvement innovation.

The Home Depot 2017 Innovation Award Winners

Winner: LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring gives you the look of hardwood, with the benefits of vinyl. This highly engineered plank is water resistant, shock-absorbing and available in over 40 patterns. No need to hire an installer with drop-and-lock joints to connect each plank tool-free, laying over an existing surface. It’s also safe for kids and pets, as it’s phthalate and formaldehyde free.Available only at The Home Depot.First Runner-Up: Dewalt Max Flexvolt

Dewalt Max Flexvolt

Dewalt’s Max Flexvolt system delivers the power of corded tools, with the freedom and flexibility of going cordless. Get projects done quickly without having to wait for your tool recharge – Flexvolt is the world’s first battery that automatically changes voltage when you change tools, extending battery life. The brushless motor means less friction, extending the actual life of the tool.  

Second Runner-Up: Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring’s Floodlight Cam will make sure you don’t miss a thing with its bright lights and high-definition camera. Ensure maximum safety at home—as soon as motion happens, the built-in floodlights turn on, and the camera starts recording.  Customers can easily install this product while connecting it directly to their mobile device to monitor their property anytime, anywhere.

Honorable Mentions:

Petproof Carpet is the perfect carpet for families with children and pets because of its lifetime stain resistance, superior softness and extreme durability. It stands up to everyday messes and spills, and is easy to clean. Available only at The Home Depot.

Rio Daplendia is a beautiful, drought-resistant annual bloom that originates from the mountains above Rio de Janero. It’s suitable for all climates in the U.S. – being tolerant of both hot and cold temperatures – and will add a trendy, tropical look to your garden. Available only at The Home Depot.

Pure Safety is the world’s first certified asthma and allergy-friendly insulation that is mold and mildew resistant. You’ll breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep knowing it’s fire-resistant, sound-absorbing and can assist with energy bills. Available only at The Home Depot.

Milwaukee Outdoor Power Program – Yard work is done faster without a cord to trip you up outside. This outdoor power suite includes everything you need to maintain a gorgeous lawn – including a blower, trimmer and hedger – and uses Redlink Plus technology to talk between the tool, battery and charger, extending the life of all tools. Available only at The Home Depot.

Moen Press & Mark Bath – Get classic style with the ease and benefit of installing it yourself: a washable ink stamp will show you exactly where to drill, eliminating the need for a traditional paper template. Available only at The Home Depot.

Diablo 5″ SandNet Disc will help you get your sanding job done quicker, more efficiently, while needing less materials to do it. The most advanced sanding technology on the market with 10x longer life versus standard sanding discs – ideal for sanding wood, metal, plastic and solid surfaces. Available only at The Home Depot.

PPG Timeless – Trusted by pros and now available for your DIY exterior wood projects, PPG Timeless Stain will protectyour deck, fence or siding from UV damage, mold, mildew, warping, cracking – all while displaying the wood’s natural texture and delivering a rich, long-lasting color.

Click here to watch a video about the top 10 Innovation Award finalists.

Ron Jarvis, Home Depot’s vice president of environmental, recognized Kellogg Garden Products with the Environmental Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to remove the price barrier for customers to buy organics.

Kevin Hofmann, Home Depot’s president of online and chief marketing officer, recognized Samsung with the Marketing Innovation Award for their partnership with the launch of the Flexwash and Flexdry offering customers a clear value proposition to save time by having the capability to complete two loads at once.

Additionally, the following companies received Home Depot’s Supplier Partner of the Year Award:

Lumber: Alta Forest Products
Building Materials: US Gypsum
Flooring: Engineered Floors
Paint: Wooster
Hardware: Big Time Products
Tools: Geelong (Husky Workbenches)
Plumbing: TrueAire Industries
Electrical: Leviton
Lighting: Bright Industries  
Indoor Garden: Cub Cadet
Outdoor Garden: Altman Plants
Appliances: GE Appliances
Kitchen & Bath: Woodcrafters
Millworks: OrePac Building Products
Décor: Nien Made (Home Decorators Blinds)

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“ESTILISTA EN MANHATTAN”: A Hair Extension Empire In The Big Apple

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DISCOVERY FAMILIA'S “ESTILISTA EN MANHATTAN”: A HAIR EXTENSION EMPIRE IN THE BIG APPLE

MIAMI, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — New York stylist and entrepreneur Christina Oliva lands at Discovery Familia with ESTILISTA EN MANHATTAN, a new series that follows Christina and her family as they face the challenges of running a hair extensions business in the Big Apple. ESTILISTA EN MANHATTAN will air on Tuesdays at 10pm E/P starting October 17th.

DISCOVERY FAMILIA'S “ESTILISTA EN MANHATTAN”: A HAIR EXTENSION EMPIRE IN THE BIG APPLE

18-year-old Christina opened a hair salon in her home garage in Staten Island, and with a natural talent and unparalleled technique, she grew her clientele and moved to a new location. Her business continued to expand and now she runs another salon in the heart of Manhattan and has managed to turn her small company into a solid family business.

The six-episode series follows Christina and her Italian-American family as they face the challenges of running an expanding business. The delicate balance between personal and business life, financial worries, and employee conflicts will be some of the recurring themes. But the arrival of each new client reveals an exciting life story that ends with a surprising makeover.

Twins who want a new look to differentiate themselves, a mother undergoing chemotherapy hoping to recover her hair, and a transgender woman who believes extensions will give her more confidence, are some of the clients who visit Christina in her salon. This expert not only does incredible makeovers, but also helps people change the way they see themselves while boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

For more about network programming, please follow us facebook.com/discoveryfamilia, Instagram: @Discovery.familia, and Twitter @DiscoveryFam

About Discovery Familia
Part of Discovery Communications, Discovery Familia is the Spanish-language network dedicated to Hispanic women and the things that matter in their lives. During the day, the Discovery Kids block provides a safe environment for children aged 2-6 with entertaining, curriculum-based programming to prepare them for the world around them. In the evening, the channel offers programming for women, focusing on topics such as home décor, food, health, beauty and parenting. Discovery Familia also reaches audiences across screens on the ”Discovery Familia GO” TV Everywhere app. For more information, please follow us on facebook.com/discoveryfamilia, Instagram: @Discovery.familia, and Twitter @DiscoveryFam.

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The European Union and Olives from Spain Redesign the Latest Gastronomic Tendencies: Have an Olive Day Presents the Mediterranean Version of Ceviches, Baos and Makis

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NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olives from Spain explore a few recipes that can be enhanced by the unmistakable Mediterranean touch of olives. Olives from Spain bring a different taste to current popular dishes.                    

Olives are a fundamental element of the gastronomy of all Mediterranean countries. Thanks to olives’ great taste and versatility, they can also be part of other traditional dishes, such as ceviches, baos or makis.

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https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8194251-e-u-olives-from-spain-redesign-gastronomy/

The European Union and Interaceituna teach us to introduce all the flavor, aroma and color that table olives can bring to these cuisines. This can be seen as a new type of gastronomic fusion straight from the world leaders of production and quality, which becomes a differentiating element that allows North American foodies to prepare dishes from Japan, South America or China, with a marked Mediterranean  twist.

This is the base of fusion cuisine: to adapt food and amend to local tastes and habits. This new philosophy makes dishes and products from any corner of the world popular for both cultures. Here, olives have much to contribute. Olives enclose the four basic flavors (sweet, salty, bitter and acid), which opens up an immense horizon of possibilities when mixing them with other ingredients.

These are some of the examples you can find at www.haveanoliveday.eu that demonstrates how easy it is to succeed at home giving trending recipes a touch of color and Mediterranean flavor:

  •  Tuna and olives temaki

http://www.haveanoliveday.eu/index.php/videorecipes/new-trends/105-tuna-and-olives-temaki

  •  Olives ceviche, prawns and mango

http://www.haveanoliveday.eu/index.php/videorecipes/new-trends/106-olives-ceviche

  •  Lamb Bao with olives

http://www.haveanoliveday.eu/index.php/videorecipes/new-trends/33-lamb-bao-with-olives

Have a trendy day… Have an Olive Day!

About INTERACEITUNA and Olives from Spain

INTERACEITUNA is the Inter-Professional Table Olive Organization recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment that represents the entire production, processing and marketing sectors of table olives. Created to implement different general interest programs and activities, INTERACEITUNA promotes knowledge of the Spanish table olive and conducts research and development related to the product and production techniques.

@HaveanOliveDay 
haveanoliveday  
www.haveanoliveday.eu

Más información: 
Gabriela.Fernandez@tactics.es    
Ramon.Arias@tactics.es 

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Akaan and Aegon joint venture launches asset management company for Mexico

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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Aegon NV and its subsidiary Transamerica have joined forces with Administradora Akaan to create an asset management company named Akaan Transamerica.  Akaan Transamerica has recently received formal approval from the Mexican Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) to initiate operations and go to market. 

Akaan Transamerica will offer a wide variety of Mexican and International mutual funds as well as diversified global investment solutions. Akaan Transamerica has implemented Aladdin®, BlackRock’s trading and risk management system which combines leading-edge risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations on a single platform.

Akaan Transamerica will leverage the extensive investment knowledge and experience from a highly skilled team of investment management professionals.  Its product offering includes alternative investments, actively- and passively-managed funds, and bespoke investment strategies. In addition to the wide variety of investment products, Akaan Transamerica will offer integrated investment solutions for individuals and companies based on their financial needs. Akaan’s Chairman and Founder, Fernando Quiroz, was formerly CEO and Vice Chairman of Citigroup’s ICG Mexico and Latin America as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Banco De Chile.  Mr. Quiroz was also a Board member of Banamex, Grupo Financiero Banamex, Aeromexico and the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV).

Mark Mullin, President and CEO of Transamerica, commented, “We are thrilled to form this partnership with the highly respected firm of Akaan and to benefit from the tremendous expertise of Fernando Quiroz. We are determined to help individuals and corporations in Mexico pursue wealth accumulation and growth as they work toward securing a sound financial future.”

Fernando Quiroz, commented, “We are delighted to have formed a JV and a strategic alliance with Aegon and Transamerica. Our teams worked extremely hard to set up a new asset management company, with a state-of-the-art technological platform and the most innovative financial solutions for our clients.”

Kent Callahan, President and CEO of Transamerica Latin America, added, “This unique combination of experienced professionals and cutting edge technology sets a new bar for customer service excellence in the asset management business in Mexico.”

AEGON NV, based in The Netherlands, is one of the world´s leading providers of life insurance, pensions and asset management with €817b in revenue-generating assets. Administradora Akaan is a Mexico-based wealth management firm that provides best-in-class financial and wealth management solutions to Mexican individuals, families and institutions. In 2013, Aegon entered into a joint venture with Administradora Akaan S.A. de C.V. and created Akaan-Aegon S.A.P.I. de C.V. to explore financial services opportunities.

About Aegon/Transamerica
With a history that dates back more than 100 years, Transamerica is recognized as a leading provider of life insurance, retirement and investment solutions, serving millions of customers throughout the United States. Recognizing the necessity of health and wellness during peak working years in order to enhance the prospects for a lifetime of financial security, Transamerica’s dedicated professionals work to help people take the steps necessary to live better today so they can worry less about tomorrow. Transamerica serves nearly every customer segment, providing a broad range of quality life insurance and investment products, individual and group pension plans and asset management services. In 2016, Transamerica fulfilled its promises to customers, paying more than $7.2 billion in insurance and annuity benefits, including the return of annuity premiums paid by customers. Transamerica’s corporate headquarters is located in Baltimore, Maryland, with other major operations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Denver, Colorado. Transamerica is part of the Aegon group of companies.  For more information, please visit www.transamerica.com.  

About Akaan
Akaan is a Mexico-based wealth management firm that provides comprehensive financial and wealth management solutions to Mexican individuals, families and institutions. Akaan was founded by Fernando Quiroz in 2012. Akaan is a financial services group, with four major subsidiaries. An asset management company, Akaan Transamerica, is a 50-50 Joint Venture with Aegon and Transamerica. A broker-dealer, which was acquired from Itaú BBA in 2016. An insurance company (in authorization process with Mexican authorities), Akaan Lombard International, is a 50-50 Joint Venture with Lombard International, a leading global life insurance-based wealth solutions provider, combining the strength and expertise of two specialist life insurance companies with over 25 years’ experience and market leadership in their respective fields. Lombard International provides wealth structuring solutions using private placement life insurance and annuity products to high net worth individuals, their families and institutions around the globe. (Funds managed by Blackstone own Lombard International. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms with assets under management of over $367 billion.). Finally, Akaan’s Alternatives division offers custom investment solutions dedicated to Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate.

Akaan has one of the most experienced and professional banking teams in Latin America, and has a presence in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

Media inquiries:
Greg Tucker
+1 443 475 3017
greg.tucker@transamerica.com

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A New Epidemic: Digital Dating Abuse Widespread But Underreported Among Young Americans

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2017 Truth About Abuse Survey

DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– For young Americans in the dating scene, a new epidemic has emerged – digital dating abuse. Today, Mary Kay released data from its eighth annual Truth About Abuse Survey which reveals that more than 1 in 4 (27%) of young Americans report they have personally experienced digital dating abuse and another 39% know someone who has.  While the problem is widespread, it is also underreported, increasing the need for intervention and education.

2017 Truth About Abuse Survey

“As a corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, we know how important it is to educate and empower young people about warning signs before they happen,” said Kirsten Gappelberg, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Mary Kay Inc. “Through this year’s Truth About Abuse Survey, we’ve learned that young people have difficulty recognizing digital dating abuse. This tells us there’s an opportunity to raise awareness while helping to educate young people as they navigate the complex combination of today’s dating scene and the ever-changing world of technology.” 

According to the survey, warning signs of digital dating abuse young people have experienced include:

  • Significant other going through their phone (46%)
  • Texting, calling or emailing excessively to “check-in” (33%)
  • A partner sending unwanted, lewd texts or emails (18%)
  • Posting embarrassing or negative content about a significant other on social media (14%)

The survey also revealed surprising results about the widespread epidemic:

  • Gender gap: young women are at an even greater risk for abuse with 30% of girls compared to 24% of boys reporting that they have personally experienced digital dating abuse.
  • Social media danger: 75% of young people believe social media has become more of a tool for abusers than a resource for victims.
  • More education needed: 82% of young people said they need more information to talk to friends about digital dating abuse.

“It is disheartening to see abusive partners leverage technologies that are intended to mobilize our lives and bring us closer to our loved ones as a tool for controlling their partners,” said Cameka Crawford, Chief Communications Officer at loveisrespect. “As technology changes every day, our strategies to prevent and to end abuse must change and adapt as well. The results from Mary Kay’s survey further illustrate the need for more education, ensuring young adults and teens are building healthy relationships in all contexts and across all landscapes, including the digital world.”

The 2017 survey is part of Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away campaign which works to educate the public on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship, how to take action and to raise awareness for support services. In partnership with Wakefield Research, 1,000 young people ages 13-24 nationwide participated in the survey as a representation of America’s young population. To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have given $57 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. 

About Mary Kay
At Mary Kay, success lies in our dedication to irresistible products, a rewarding opportunity and positive community impact.  For more than 54 years, Mary Kay has inspired women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in nearly 40 countries. As a multibillion-dollar company, we offer the latest in cutting-edge skin care, bold color cosmetics and fragrances. Discover more reasons to love Mary Kay at marykay.com.

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

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Small And Mid-Size Business Leaders Curb Their Enthusiasm Somewhat, But Remain Optimistic About U.S. Economy

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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Optimism among business owners and leaders remains high, but has shifted significantly to a more moderate level according to the PNC Economic Outlook, a biannual telephone survey of small and medium-sized business owners, which began in 2003.

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The share of respondents who described their outlook for the U.S. economy as strongly optimistic dropped from 40 percent to 29 percent, balanced by those with a moderately optimistic outlook rising from 48 percent to 58 percent. Just 12 percent of business owners and leaders expressed pessimism, up slightly from an all-time low of 9 percent in the spring.

“Small businesses are a key source of economic activity and employment, and owners’ perceptions can be good indicators of what’s to come,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. “The overall findings from our survey confirm that the U.S. economic expansion, now more than eight years old and the third-longest in U.S. history, will continue into 2018.”

Further solidifying the anticipation of continued growth, more than half of business owners and leaders anticipate increases in sales (54 percent) and profits (51 percent) during the next six months, an increase over fall 2016, but a slight drop from post-election highs reported in spring 2017.

Key survey findings include:

Hiring Under Pressure: One in three (34 percent) say it’s harder to hire qualified employees than it was six months to a year ago. Specifically, manufacturing and construction sectors most frequently cited hiring difficulties. The top challenges in hiring cited were:

  • Inadequate skills and experience (44 percent)
  • Overall lack of applicants (18 percent)
  • Candidates requiring higher compensation than the business owner can afford (9 percent).

When offered as a response for the first time in the survey’s history, one in 20 (5 percent) cite issues with candidates’ abilities to pass required controlled substance screening.

“Hiring has become more difficult across all skill levels,” said Faucher. “Organizations even report that they have turned down business because of a lack of workers. That said, the one ongoing problem with the economic expansion remains persistently soft wage growth. Given the low unemployment rate and consistent complaints from firms about the difficulty in finding workers, wage growth should be stronger. Wage growth is likely to pick up as the job market continues to tighten.”

Wage Watchers: The proportion of employers anticipating to increase employee compensation continues to be relatively high, with 37 percent expecting to do so, a slight dip from 41 percent in the spring, but still well above the 28 percent from fall 2016. Among the majority (58 percent) who do not anticipate increasing pay, most believe their provided compensation is sufficient – either asserting that their current compensation level isn’t affecting hiring or retention (34 percent), or that the pay is competitive for the industry (32 percent).

Certainly Uncertain About Policy: Thirty-six percent of respondents expect policy changes from the new administration and Congress to have a positive impact on their business over the next year if they were to go into effect. One in eight (13 percent) anticipate a negative impact (a small increase over 9 percent in spring 2017), while 40 percent are unsure and 11 percent anticipate no effect.

A digital package containing national and regional survey results is available at http://pnc.mediaroom.com/digital-packages.                 

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

Methodology
The PNC Economic Outlook survey was conducted by telephone from July 6 to August 3, 2017, among 500 businesses within the United States with annual revenues of $100,000 to $250 million. Sampling error for the national results is +/- 4.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. The survey was conducted by Artemis Strategy Group (www.ArtemisSG.com), a communications strategy research firm specializing in brand positioning and policy issues. The firm, headquartered in Washington D.C., provides communications research and consulting to a range of public and private sector clients.

This report was prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as specific advice or recommendations. Any reliance upon this information is solely and exclusively at your own risk.      

CONTACT:

Amy Vargo
(412) 762-1535
amy.vargo@pnc.com 

SOURCE PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry’s Reach Groundbreaking Agreement to Implement New, Transformative Worker-Led Labor Initiative in Dairy Industry

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Ben & Jerry's and Migrant Justice sign Milk with Dignity Agreement on October 3, 2017 in Burlington, VT

BURLINGTON, Vermont, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ben & Jerry’s and Migrant Justice have reached an historic agreement to implement the worker-driven Milk with Dignity (MD) Program in Ben & Jerry’s Northeast dairy supply chain.  Over the past two years, the parties have worked tirelessly to accomplish their shared goal to bring together farmworkers, farmers, and dairy buyers to ensure just and dignified working conditions in Ben & Jerry’s northeast dairy supply chain. Now, farmworkers and Ben & Jerry’s are ready to go, pivoting to a new partnership to implement this groundbreaking, worker-led initiative. Work will begin this fall on a multi-year plan with the goal of eventually sourcing 100% of Ben & Jerry’s milk through the MD Program and a holistic dairy program that addresses all key aspects of dairy farming.

Ben & Jerry's and Migrant Justice sign Milk with Dignity Agreement on  October 3, 2017 in Burlington, VT

Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity Program, modeled after the world-renowned Fair Food Program, enlists the resources of food industry leaders, such as Ben & Jerry’s, to provide a premium for dairy ingredients to participating farmers who agree to work towards compliance with the labor standards in the Milk with Dignity Code of Conduct. The premium paid to farmers helps offset farms’ costs of compliance with the Code, rewards farms that comply, and allows farmers to pass-through a portion of the premium as a bonus paid to workers. In the Milk with Dignity Program, compliance on the farm is achieved through a unique partnership and problem-solving approach among farmers, farmworkers, and the Milk with Dignity Standards Council (MDSC). The MDSC is an independent non-profit that works with farmers and farmworkers to understand, participate in, and achieve compliance with labor standards in the Code. 

A group of farmworkers, supporters and Ben & Jerry’s employees stood outside the company’s flagship store on Vermont’s iconic Church Street, where farmworker organizer and former dairy worker Enrique Balcazar shared, “This is an historic day for dairy workers. We have worked tirelessly to get here, and now, we move forward towards a new day for us dairy workers.  This is a huge step forward for us and for all workers and we appreciate that Ben & Jerry’s has taken a leadership role to source its milk in a way that improves working and housing conditions on dairy farms.”

“This is a ground breaking, historic moment not only for two organizations, but most importantly for the hard working dairy farm workers who are a critical part of our community.” Solheim acknowledged how key the farmers and cooperative are to making the next steps of program implementation possible, sharing that this program will result in a win-win for all involved. “Vermont’s farmers can continue to set the tone for the dairy industry. Today, whether it is for animal care, environmentally sound operations, and now, enhanced labor practices, Vermont’s farming community will continue to lead the nation. We are proud of our partnership with the St. Albans Cooperative and these farmers have our full commitment. We recognize the many challenges facing the Vermont dairy farmers today, and we need to do what we can collectively to support the farmers moving forward. We can’t do this without them.”

Both organizations put pen to paper at the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop in their shared hometown of Burlington, Vermont. The plan now is to put the buyer’s agreement into practice by recruiting farmers from St. Albans Cooperative to join the Program as soon as possible.  Ben & Jerry’s has committed to work towards the goal of sourcing 100% of its dairy ingredients through the Milk with Dignity Program over a period of years.  Moving forward, The MD Program will be one of the focused “pillars” of Ben & Jerry’s new dairy sourcing to address the full farm ecosystem.

For more information about Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity, or Ben & Jerry’s follow the links below:
Migrant Justice: http://migrantjustice.net/ 
Milk with Dignity: https://migrantjustice.net/milk-with-dignity 
Ben & Jerry’s: www.benjerry.com/ 

About Migrant Justice

Our mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. We gather the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions. Through this ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen their skills in community education and organizing for long-term systemic change. From this basis our members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to: 1) Dignified Work and Quality Housing; 2) Freedom of Movement and Access to Transportation; 3) Freedom from discrimination; 4) Access to Health Care.

About Ben & Jerry’s

As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2016 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com.

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Ben & Jerry's and Migrant Justice sign Milk with Dignity Agreement on  October 3, 2017 in Burlington, VT

  

Ben & Jerry's and Migrant Justice sign Milk with Dignity Agreement on  October 3, 2017 in Burlington, VT

  

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Get a flu shot to help reduce risk of birth defects, March of Dimes says

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WHITE PLAINS, New York, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should protect their own health and that of their baby by getting their annual flu shots right away, the March of Dimes says.

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The March of Dimes notes that getting get sick with the flu early in pregnancy makes you twice as likely to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart as women who don’t catch the virus.

It’s unclear whether it’s the high fever associated with influenza, or the disease itself that contributes to the increased risk of birth defects, experts say. But reducing the risk of birth defects is an important reason why all pregnant women and women thinking of having a baby should get an annual flu shot.

Only half of all pregnant women in the United States get a flu shot each season, leaving thousands of moms-to-be and their babies at increased risk of serious illness.  

“The annual flu shot should be a top priority for women’s health this time of year,” says Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA. “Health care providers should offer all their female patients of childbearing age a flu shot. And if they don’t offer it, then women should seek it out.”

Pregnant women are in greater need of a flu shot because the normal changes to their immune system, heart and lungs put them at increased risk of the harmful effects of flu infection. Also, babies born to women who got their flu shots while pregnant are protected from serious illness from influenza during their first six months of life. Immunized women also have a lower risk of flu-related hospitalizations for chronic asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and other health-related problems.

Studies involving thousands of pregnant women who received the seasonal flu vaccine have shown that immunized women do not have a higher risk of preterm babies or babies with birth defects than unimmunized women.  Researchers also found that immunized women are less likely to experience a stillbirth. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age or older, including pregnant women, be vaccinated annually against the influenza virus.

In addition to getting their annual flu shots, pregnant women can lower their risks of catching the flu by limiting contact with others who are sick; not touching the eyes, nose and mouth; washing hands with soap and water before touching others; using hand sanitizers; using hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to wash the dishes and utensils; and not sharing dishes, glasses, utensils, or toothbrushes. Also, those who live with pregnant women, or who are in close contact with them, including children over six months old, should also get a flu shot each year.

Pregnant women who develop flu symptoms, such as sudden onset fever, muscle aches, and cough should contact their health care providers as soon as possible to discuss beginning an anti-viral treatment. 

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

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Both Cars and Trucks Drive Record September Sales for American Honda

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American Honda set new car and truck sales records in September, with the best-selling Honda Civic leading the charge as it jumped 25.8 percent en route to its own September record.

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported best-ever September total sales of 142,722 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 6.8 percent vs. September 2016. Honda Division also set a new September record, gaining 7.4 percent on sales of 129,776 units. Honda cars and trucks both set September records, with cars gaining 14.5 percent on sales of 69,407, and trucks up 0.2 percent on sales of 60,369 units, even as supplies of key truck models remain tight. Acura Division sales rose 1.0 percent on sales of 12,946 vehicles for the month, with trucks setting a new September record—gaining 2.4 percent on sales of 9,061 units.

American Honda set new car and truck sales records in September, with the best-selling Honda Civic leading the charge as it jumped 25.8 percent en route to its own September record.

Honda
Strong sales of both cars and trucks fired Honda brand sales gains in September, pushing the brand to new records for both. Civic stole the show, posting a 25.8 percent jump for a new September mark, while Accord gained nearly 10 percent for the month despite being at the end of its lifecycle. On the truck side, HR-V extended its streak of record sales months to nine, while Pilot enjoyed a double-digit gain helped by a recent increase in production volume. However, tight supplies of key models checked sales growth with the remainder of the Honda truck lineup.  

  • Civic sales jumped 25.8 percent on sales of 35,452 to smash its previous September best.
  • Accord posted a notable total 29,789 sales for the month, gaining 9.5 percent as it continues to buck industry sales trends even in its final days on the market.
  • HR-V also set a new September mark, extending its 2017 record streak to nine months with a gain of 17.1 percent on sales of 8,024 units.
  • Sales of Honda’s Pilot rose sharply in September, up 11.8 percent on sales of 10,295 while CR-V posted another strong month of 30,956 despite inventory issues.

“Honda is enjoying a sales situation that, while still favoring truck growth, has been punctuated by new strength on the car side of the equation,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda. “After a strong media launch of the 2018 Accord last week, we’re excited to see how this great new car contributes in the coming months.”   

Acura
Acura sales rose slightly in September, continuing a steady pace driven by the on-going strength of the Acura MDX and RDX and supplemented by continued recent gains by Acura’s gateway sedan, the ILX, which has performed well above the industry in the segment. Acura trucks set a new September best, driven by the MDX which also set a September record.

  • ILX sales gained for the fourth straight month, rising 33.4 percent on September sales of 1,222.
  • With production of the MDX now transferred completely to Ohio, production increases are already reaping benefits as MDX gained 8.9 percent on sales of 5,368 for a new September record.    

“Despite softened sales in several key segments where we compete, Acura was able to continue sales gains in September,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of the Acura division. “With production changes helping our MDX inventory, we will continue efforts to gain sales momentum.”

 

American Honda Vehicle Sales for September 2017

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

September 2017

September 2016

DSR** % Change

MoM % Change

September 2017

September 2016

DSR** % Change

YoY % Change

American Honda Total

142,722

133,655

2.7%

6.8%

1,231,603

1,228,380

-0.2%

0.3%

Total Car Sales

73,292

64,586

9.1%

13.5%

613,181

629,011

-2.9%

-2.5%

Total Truck Sales

69,430

69,069

-3.3%

0.5%

618,422

599,369

2.7%

3.2%

Honda

Total Car Sales

69,407

60,622

10.1%

14.5%

576,417

587,584

-2.3%

-1.9%

Honda

Total Truck Sales

60,369

60,220

-3.6%

0.2%

541,060

521,069

3.4%

3.8%

Acura

Total Car Sales

3,885

3,964

-5.8%

-2.0%

36,764

41,427

-11.6%

-11.3%

Acura

Total Truck Sales

9,061

8,849

-1.5%

2.4%

77,362

78,300

-1.6%

-1.2%

Total Domestic Car Sales

65,647

58,310

8.3%

12.6%

514,294

583,049

-12.2%

-11.8%

Honda Division

61,856

54,448

9.2%

13.6%

478,353

542,679

-12.2%

-11.9%

Acura Division

3,791

3,862

-5.6%

-1.8%

35,941

40,370

-11.4%

-11.0%

Total Domestic Truck Sales

69,430

69,069

-3.3%

0.5%

618,422

599,369

2.7%

3.2%

Honda Division

60,369

60,220

-3.6%

0.2%

541,060

521,069

3.4%

3.8%

Acura Division

9,061

8,849

-1.5%

2.4%

77,362

78,300

-1.6%

-1.2%

Total Import Car Sales

7,645

6,276

17.1%

21.8%

98,887

45,962

114.2%

115.1%

Honda Division

7,551

6,174

17.6%

22.3%

98,064

44,905

117.4%

118.4%

Acura Division

94

102

-11.4%

-7.8%

823

1,057

-22.5%

-22.1%

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

129,776

120,842

3.3%

7.4%

1,117,477

1,108,653

0.4%

0.8%

* ACCORD

29,789

27,204

5.3%

9.5%

250,802

258,619

-3.4%

-3.0%

* CIVIC

35,452

28,184

20.9%

25.8%

284,380

283,783

-0.2%

0.2%

  CLARITY

66

0

0.0%

0.0%

532

0

0.0%

0.0%

  CR-Z

27

165

-84.3%

-83.6%

651

1,864

-65.2%

-65.1%

* FIT

4,073

5,068

-22.7%

-19.6%

40,049

43,255

-7.8%

-7.4%

  INSIGHT

0

1

-100.0%

-100.0%

3

63

-95.3%

-95.2%

  CROSSTOUR

0

5

-100.0%

-100.0%

5

725

-99.3%

-99.3%

* CR-V

30,956

31,884

-6.6%

-2.9%

280,933

263,493

6.2%

6.6%

  HR-V

8,024

6,853

12.6%

17.1%

74,034

58,270

26.5%

27.1%

  ODYSSEY

8,310

8,954

-10.8%

-7.2%

75,309

94,835

-20.9%

-20.6%

  PILOT

10,295

9,206

7.5%

11.8%

84,203

90,999

-7.9%

-7.5%

  RIDGELINE

2,784

3,318

-19.3%

-16.1%

26,576

12,747

107.6%

108.5%

***

Memo: Accord FHEV

2,278

1,160

88.8%

96.4%

17,430

2,880

502.6%

505.2%

Memo: Civic Hybrid

2

38

-94.9%

-94.7%

60

855

-93.0%

-93.0%

Acura Division Total

12,946

12,813

-2.8%

1.0%

114,126

119,727

-5.1%

-4.7%

  ILX

1,222

916

28.3%

33.4%

9,073

11,747

-23.1%

-22.8%

  NSX

26

38

-34.2%

-31.6%

355

83

325.9%

327.7%

  RLX / RL

94

102

-11.4%

-7.8%

823

1,053

-22.2%

-21.8%

  TLX

2,543

2,908

-15.9%

-12.6%

26,513

28,540

-7.5%

-7.1%

  TSX

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

4

-100.0%

-100.0%

  MDX

5,368

4,930

4.7%

8.9%

38,182

39,578

-3.9%

-3.5%

  RDX

3,693

3,919

-9.4%

-5.8%

39,180

38,722

0.7%

1.2%

***

Memo: ILX Hybrid

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

1

-100.0%

-100.0%

Memo: RLX Hybrid

18

24

-27.9%

-25.0%

161

158

1.5%

1.9%

Memo: MDX Hybrid

239

0

0.0%

0.0%

1,075

0

0.0%

0.0%

Selling Days

26

25

230

229

  **** Hybrid

2,590

1,426

74.6%

81.6%

19,735

5,904

232.8%

234.3%

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

**   Daily Selling Rate

***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total

**** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, MDX Sport Hybrid and NSX

 

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Mazda Reports September Sales

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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.

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total September U.S. sales of 25,738 vehicles, representing an increase of 3.4 percent versus September of last year. With 26 selling days in September 2017, versus 25 the year prior, the company posted a decrease of 0.6 percent on a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis.

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.

Key September sales notes:

  • The Mazda CX-5 posted its best-ever month since going on sale in February of 2012, with 12,440 vehicles sold in the month of September. This number represents an increase of 32.6 percent versus September of last year, and marks its seventh best-ever month in CY2017.
  • Momentum around the Mazda MX-5 Miata continues, with the world’s best-selling two-seat roadster posting a year-over-year (YOY) increase of 12.5 percent in the month of September. Total sales, which includes both the MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF, reached 846 vehicles sold in the month of September.
  • Sales of the seven-passenger Mazda CX-9 rose 0.9 percent YOY with 1,850 vehicles sold in the month of September.
  • Total sales of Mazda’s CX crossover SUV line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, were up 23.6 percent YOY with 15,743 vehicles sold in the month of September. Among CX buyers, Mazda customers continue to choose the AWD option, with 62.2 percent of CX-line vehicles sold in September being equipped with i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive.
  • Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 3,580 vehicles, marking a YOY increase of 29.0 percent.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported September sales of 3,888 vehicles, marking a decrease of 17.9 percent versus September of last year.

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 600 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.

Month-To-Date

Year-To-Date

September

September

%

% MTD

September

September

%

% YTD

2017

2016

Change

DSR

2017

2016

Change

DSR

Mazda3

6,112

7,350

(16.8)%

(20.0)%

60,107

74,131

(18.9)%

(20.0)%

Mazda5

1

3

(66.7)%

(67.9)%

10

365

(97.3)%

(97.3)%

Mazda6

3,036

4,052

(25.1)%

(28.0)%

27,850

35,862

(22.3)%

(23.4)%

MX-5 Miata

846

752

12.5%

8.2%

9,717

7,840

23.9%

22.3%

CX-3

1,453

1,513

(4.0)%

(7.7)%

11,981

14,007

(14.5)%

(15.6)%

CX-5

12,440

9,385

32.6%

27.5%

92,550

82,439

12.3%

10.8%

CX-9

1,850

1,834

0.9%

(3.0)%

18,082

9,621

87.9%

85.5%

Total Vehicles

CARS

9,995

12,157

(17.8)%

(20.9)%

97,684

118,201

(17.4)%

(18.4)%

TRUCKS

15,743

12,732

23.6%

18.9%

122,613

106,067

15.6%

14.1%

TOTAL

25,738

24,889

3.4%

(0.6)%

220,297

224,267

(1.8)%

(3.1)%

Selling Days

26

25

230

227

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SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

Century 21 Real Estate, In Partnership With The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Provide Scholarship Opportunities To Latinas In Miami

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Century 21 Real Estate LLC

MADISON, N.J., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21® brand, announced today the launch of the “Empowering Latinas” program, an educational and business opportunity that will help Latina entrepreneurs in South Florida earn a real estate license. In partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Century 21 Real Estate will not only provide 70 scholarships but C21® affiliated brokers in the greater South Florida region will also mentor the scholarship awardees and offer them the opportunity to hone their craft with a local franchise affiliate.  

Century 21 Real Estate LLC

“Not only is the Latina population booming in the United States, the impact of the ambicultural Hispanic woman as the primary household income earner and purchasing decision maker makes her a mainstream powerhouse and a real estate industry catalyst for entrepreneurial growth,” said Cara Whitley, chief marketing officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “Empowering Latinas is an opportunity for Hispanic women to advance their educational and career goals with a global family of brokers and agents who share similar cultural foundations like family, traditions, and an amazing work ethic.”

The “Empowering Latinas” scholarships cover the 63-hour course tuition fees for the Gold Coast School in the metropolitan Miami and Fort Lauderdale area plus the fees to take the Florida real estate agent exam.

“When you become part of the CENTURY 21 System, you’ll have the flexibility and entrepreneurial opportunity of being independently owned and operated along with joining a global brand committed to your personal growth,” said Melva Garcia, director of the luxury division and affiliated agent at CENTURY 21 Yarlex International Realty.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, December 8, 2017. Go to the C21empoweringlatinas.com to find out more about the “Empowering Latinas” scholarship program, or to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to complete the scholarship applications in English, http://hispanicheritage.org/empoweringlatinas/, or in Spanish, http://hispanicheritage.org/empoweringlatinas-spa/.

About Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 79 countries and territories worldwide with more than 115,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and espanol.century21.com.

©2017 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. CENTURY 21® and the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Contact:
Peter Mosca
Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Phone: 973.407.5180
Email: peter.mosca@century21.com

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After Hurricane Irma, ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Brings Needed Services and Day of Family Fun to Kissimmee

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KISSIMMEE, Florida, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Hispanic Federation present the 2nd Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® in Kissimmee, Florida. The event promotes physical activity and good nutrition in the Hispanic family for better health and wellness for people of all ages and sizes.

“For eleven years ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!, has provided nutrition education, free health screenings and wellness activities to communities across the nation,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “We are grateful and proud of the work and energy of all our partners and hundreds of volunteers that make these events such a success and celebration of family, culture, and health.”

“It is an honor to work alongside teachers and students from Horizon Middle School in an event that, in addition to providing free health services to families in Osceola County, will promote our traditions as part of the nationwide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration,” said Rafael Palacio, Hispanic Federation Florida State Director. “We are excited to partner with organizations such as Orlando City Foundation, Florida Dairy Farmers, Hope and Help and many, many others, to bring this family-oriented event to Poinciana, Haines City, Davenport and Kissimmee residents,” added Palacio. He also highlighted that Hispanic Federation staff will be distributing information about their Hurricane Maria relief efforts. “We want to welcome families from Puerto Rico who have just moved to Central Florida because of the critical situation on the island. This will be a great opportunity to know about local resources and organizations.”

What: ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event featuring —

  • Health Screenings: Kidney, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, flu shot & dental
  • Fitness: Zumba, volleyball, tennis, soccer and martial arts clinics
  • Nutrition: Fresh fruits and healthy snacks, along with educational resources
  • Family fun: Live music, dance performances, prizes and giveaways

Where: 2020 Ham Brown Road, Kissimmee, FL – at Horizon Middle School
When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

“The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has a longstanding commitment to help create healthier communities. We are proud to contribute to their efforts through our continued support of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! events,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. The Foundation is marking its 8th year as a national sponsor of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series.

The events are also supported nationally by the Healthy Americas Foundation. This is the 11th anniversary of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series that in its first decade has been attended by over 175,000 people and provided over 85,000 free health screenings. 

 

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Ismael Cala Celebrates 40th Year of his Career by Presenting the Cala Speakers Agency

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MIAMI, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ismael Cala, best-selling author and life and business strategist, celebrated the 40th year of his professional career – having started on the radio at the age of eight – by inaugurating new offices, as well as radio and TV studios, and introducing the representation and promotional agency, Cala Speakers.

“My first thought is to send wishes of solidarity, compassion and support to Mexico and Puerto Rico, areas that have been severely affected by natural disasters,” Cala noted at the start of the event.

At the debut of Cala Speakers, Cala emphasized that “many voices are necessary to create a movement. Diverse voices, but in unity with a single purpose: to transform lives and improve our societies.”

Wendy Sayago, executive director of Cala Speakers, explained that her objective is to create a community of leaders with the best influencers, experts and coaches to offer events and training solutions to public and private organizations.

Among the first members are Colombian producer, composer and four time Grammy winner, Kike Santander; award-winning Venezuelan writer and presenter, Boris Izaguirre; Miss Universe 1986, Bárbara Palacios; renowned journalist Glenda Umaña, and psychologist, TV host and author, Dr. Nancy Álvarez.  

Additionally taking part are: Ingrid Macher, the most influential Hispanic woman in matters of health and wellbeing in the U.S. and Latin America; author and producer Luz María Doria; journalist and author Cecilia Ramírez Harris; physician and nutritionist Samar Yorde; and psychologist and presenter Tuti Furlán. Also joining are motivational speakers Laura Posada (U.S.A.), Maickel Melamed (Venezuela), Adriana Macías (Mexico), Juanpi Dolante (Panama), Elí Bravo (Venezuela), Felipe Viel (Chile), and Martín Llorens (Spain), among many other experts.

Two other important announcements were made at the event. Ismael Cala announced the addition of Rita Herrera de Ramírez as the new CEO of Cala Enterprises, and Ismael Cala Foundation ambassador Dilcia Ruán announced the next fundraising dinner, which will also feature an art auction, to be held on November 3, at 7PM, at Brickell Plaza in East Miami.

Event photos are available at: https://www.facebook.com/IsmaelCala/posts/1811661248861289

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

Life and business strategist; bestselling author on the topics of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development; ambassador for the concept of productive happiness in Latin America.

For more than five years, Cala hosted the primetime show “CALA” on CNN en EspañolThe New York Times has called him “the Latino Larry King.” He is currently considered one of most important communicators in the Americas, and his message of social entrepreneurship, mindfulness and wellbeing has impacted millions of people who follow his work in books, seminars, workshops and lectures.  

Author of the bestsellers Despierta con Cala (‘Wake up with Cala’), La vida es una piñata (‘Life is a Piñata’), El analfabeto emocional (‘The Emotional Illiterate’), El poder de escuchar (‘The Power of Listening’), Un buen hijo de P… (‘A Real Son of a B…’) and El secreto del bambú (‘The Secret of Bamboo’), Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1969, and holds a degree in Art History from the Universidad de Oriente. He is the co-author of the book “Beat the Curve,” with Brian Tracy. Ismael Cala graduated from the School of Communication at York University in Toronto and has a diploma from Seneca in Television Production.

Cala has worked with leading gurus Deepak Chopra y John C. Maxwell, and has studied with coaches such as Tony Robbins. He is President of Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation. For further information, visit: www.IsmaelCala.com.

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Avon And The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Celebrate Its 25 Year Legacy Of Fighting Breast Cancer

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NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon“), the leading social selling company in North America, announced its efforts to build on its 25 year legacy of raising breast cancer awareness. With the help of its woman to woman network of Avon Representatives, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed more than $800 million globally to breast cancer causes, educated 180 million about breast health, and funded more than 145 million people about breast health.

Avon has a long-standing commitment to women and we are proud of our Avon Breast Cancer Promise to ensure every woman, every day is breast health aware,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, New Avon LLC. “Connections and conversations between women are at the heart of Avon. Over the last 25 years, our Representatives have united as a force for good in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. Each pink ribbon product sold, each brochure distributed, and every conversation can be a valuable trigger for women to take action for their own wellbeing.”

“There is still much work to be done in raising awareness of breast cancer, particularly its signs, risks and how to act on concerns about it,” said Dr. Paul Goss, Chairman of the Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and Director of Breast Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Awareness is essential, since it increases the likelihood that breast cancer is detected at an early stage. Early detection is the most effective way of saving lives, it is crucial to tackling breast cancer.”

Avon and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade work year round to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Among the initiatives launching in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, include:

  • Shop for the Greater Goods,” an exclusive boutique featuring limited-edition Pink Hope fundraising products. Available through Avon Representatives, the collection offers unique products, including an official signature lipstick shade, Pure Pink, within the top-selling Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick line. Avon will donate 20% of net profits from these products – up to $1 million in 2017 – to the Avon Foundation for Women to support Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the country.
  • Thousands of walkers, including many Avon Representatives and employees, will take part in the AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer as they walk 39 miles to raise awareness and funds in New York City on October 14 and 15. This is the seventh and final walk of the 2017 season which has raised more than $600 million dollars since its inception in 2003.
  • Launch of the new Avon Breast Cancer Crusade website which features the 8 Simple Steps to Check Yourself. The site also highlights the efforts the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade is making to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates.

Funds raised from all Avon Breast Cancer initiatives go towards programs such as the Avon Access to Care Program, which has awarded more than 790 grants to 200 hospitals across the country through the end of 2016, totaling more than $235 million. Funding also supports seven Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Centers of Excellence, all located at major academic medical centers. Avon grants enable these Centers to develop new programs to reach and treat the underserved populations in the respective communities, providing them direct access to the cutting-edge advancements in treatment and care that are being developed at these same institutions.

To learn more about Avon, to purchase a product from the Shop for the Greater Goods, or to locate an Avon Representative, visit avon.com.

About New Avon LLC

New Avon LLC (“Avon“) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark.by Avon, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit www.avonbcc.org.

Contact: Sweta Shah; sweta.shah@civic-us.com

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Inspired by Wanderlust, Sherwin-Williams Names 2018 Color of the Year

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Inspired by Wanderlust, Sherwin-Williams Names 2018 Color of the Year

CLEVELAND, OCT. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A fusion of rich blue with jewel-toned green, the 2018 Color of the Year, Oceanside SW 6496, represents the growing desire for color that is both accessible and elusive. A complex, deep color, Oceanside offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, bridging between old and new, light and dark.  

Inspired by Wanderlust, Sherwin-Williams Names 2018 Color of the Year

“Green-blues in deep values, such as Oceanside, respond to changes in light, which is a quality that creates intense dimension,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It is a tremendously versatile color, and harmonizes with other diverse color groups.”

Bringing the Color of the Year into the home

Blues evoke a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, they are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide. Oceanside’s multi-dimensional look could create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. This green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection in bedrooms or reading nooks.

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes. We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents. Oceanside is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes,” says Wadden.

Oceanside’s versatility allows it to play well with many colors. It is a bright counterpart to equally eye-catching colors, such as Exuberant Pink SW 6840 or Honey Bees SW 9018, or it can rest relaxingly alongside other blues, such as In the Navy SW 9178.

It is also the ideal companion for corals and copper metallic tones. Oceanside is universally embraced by design styles from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, and traditional to ultra-contemporary.

The Color of the Year in commercial spaces

Oceanside offers familiar inroads to bold color for developers, builders and interior designers. As with other colors found in nature, Oceanside can channel healing and tranquil emotions, but also spur heightened levels of creativity—making for a peaceful first impression in an office or hotel lobby and a bright, imaginative environment in classrooms.

“Oceanside is reminiscent of the multi-tonal blues found in nature, offering a memorable, yet calming effect for public spaces,” says Wadden. “It is a new twist on navy, a common color for use in commercial spaces. When placed correctly, it is refreshing and offers dimension and depth as a statement color.”

Channeling the inspiration of indigenous patterns and artisan styles embraced by many community spaces, Oceanside pairs best in commercial settings with camel-colored neutrals such as Tatami Tan SW 6116 and Tamarind SW 7538. As a base color, it effortlessly accents pops of red, like Heartthrob SW 6866 or Borscht SW 7578.

About Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix Forecast

A part of the ‘Unity’ palette that was announced earlier this year, Oceanside is one of the colors in the 2018 Colormix Forecast. For more information on the annual Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast, visit swcolormix.com.

About Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Led by Director of Color Marketing Sue Wadden, the Sherwin-Williams global color and design team travels the world to research and identify key trends that influence the way we interact with color. From those findings, the team selects the strongest influence and then decides the Color of the Year. This is the eighth year Sherwin-Williams has named an official Color of the Year with the 2018 selection, Oceanside SW 6493. A list of colors selected includes: 2011: Indigo Batik SW 7602, 2012: Argyle SW 6747, 2013: Aloe SW 6464, 2014: Exclusive Plum SW 6263, 2015: Coral Reef SW 6606, 2016: Alabaster SW 7008, 2017: Poised Taupe SW 6039. For more information visit SWCOTY.com.

Ask Sherwin-Williams 
For more than 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,200 neighborhood stores across North America. For more information, visit sherwin-williams.com/hogar. Join Sherwin-Williams Latino on Facebook and Twitter. 

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CITGO Announces Donation of 50,000 Barrels of Diesel to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

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HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — CITGO Petroleum Corporation, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., announced today that it will donate up to 50,000 barrels of diesel to Puerto Rico. The donation is to assist the federal, state and local authorities in providing services to those afflicted by Hurricane Maria’s devastating path.

CITGO, in conjunction with the Government of Puerto Rico and the Municipality of San Juan, will direct the barrels of diesel produced from the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex to meet the pressing needs of public hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and other qualified organizations currently operating on diesel generators.

This donation is aligned with the company’s longstanding tradition of supporting disaster relief programs as part of social responsibility efforts in the communities in which it operates and beyond, such as the relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, for Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and most recently for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma which devastated Coastal Texas, Louisiana and Florida. In times of natural disasters, CITGO has made it a priority not only to help those affected but also to use the strength of its resources and operations to restore fuel supply to meet the energy needs in the region.

The hearts of the people of CITGO are with the people of Puerto Rico during this difficult time. CITGO hopes this donation will help alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable while electrical power is restored in the island.

About CITGO

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

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