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Having Recently Reached 60 Million Homes, Kabillion Launches “Kabillion En Español”, A Spanish-Language App On The Roku Platform

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Having recently surpassed the 60 million home mark, David Di Lorenzo, President of Kabillion®, announced today that Kabillion, the only independently owned VOD network ranked among the Top 10 Kids Free On Demand networks in the U.S., has recently launched its first Spanish-language app, Kabillion en Español, on the Roku platform.  The app is a children’s learning and entertainment channel in Spanish, featuring many of Kabillion’s top animated titles, including the popular Dive Olly Dive, The DaVincibles and ToddWorld.  Kabillion en Español is now available in North America and Mexico on Roku.

“Reaching the large Hispanic community in the U.S. is the next phase for us at Kabillion as we look to increase our audience,” stated Di Lorenzo. “Now with Kabillion en Español on the Roku platform, the premiere streaming service for TV, we are able to extend our reach and offer our great selection of children’s programming to a new viewing audience.”

About Kabillion
Kabillion® and Kabillion Girls Rule™!, a subsidiary of US based Splash Entertainment, is a ranked Top Ten U.S. Kids Free On Demand TV Networks, reaching over 60 million US households and available on Comcast, Time Warner & Charter, among others.  Kabillion is an ad supported network with pre-roll ads geared to kids and their families offering advertisers benefits such as increased ad durations, longer campaign flights, interstitials, and now dynamic ad insertion through their partnership with Canoe in a 24/7 On Demand Network. Kabillion’s reach extends across their multiple platforms, including Kabillion, Kabillion Girls Rule!, and the Kabillion YouTube channel which operates in direct partnership with YouTube.  The company has also launched Kabillion Jr., an SVOD mobile app, available on iOS, allowing parents the ability to stream their child’s favorite preschool shows.  For additional information please visit http://www.kabillion.com.

About Splash Entertainment
For additional information please visit http://www.splashentertainment.com.

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Genesis Virtual Guide Provides Convenient, Simple Ways To Become Familiar With Vehicle Capabilities

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California, Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Augmented reality (AR) has come to your luxury car. The Genesis Augmented Reality Manual (Genesis Virtual Guide) is now available for the 2017 Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 as a free download on the Apple® App Store and Google Play®. Genesis Virtual Guide is a modern take on the traditional owner’s manual, allowing consumers to use their smartphone or tablet to get how-to information for repairs, maintenance and vehicle features. Using 2-D and 3-D tracking technology, the Virtual Guide is able to deliver in-depth levels of information related to specific parts of Genesis vehicles. The manual will be compatible with 2018 models later this year.

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“As a new luxury brand we continue to focus our efforts on the continually evolving customer expectations and innovations,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. “Our mobile app strategy is designed around empowering our customers and helping them to save time and frustration. The Virtual Guide provides our owners with a new way to learn about and get to know their vehicles.”

To maximize on customer value, Genesis used quality and consumer survey results to determine the top features to incorporate into the Virtual Guide. The app contains a number of informational guides including: 135 how-to videos and 25 3-D overlay images that appear once users scan areas of their vehicle, like the engine bay. A complete owner’s manual is also included inside the app.

How it Works
Gone are the days of flipping through pages of novel length owner’s manuals. Users simply launch the Genesis Virtual Guide app on their device and select their vehicle. Once the Virtual Guide is open, the user can select engine, interior, exterior, instrument cluster or Genesis videos from the menu.

Users hold their smartphone or tablet camera in front of the area of the car when they need more information, then simple to understand visuals appear.

Engine
The engine section contains an AR manual and a pictorial index. Positioning a device camera over the engine bay gives AR maintenance instructions for each part of the engine. The engine pictorial index provides the same content without using the camera.

Interior
Inside the interior section there is a button scanner, 360 virtual reality (VR) and an additional pictorial index. The button scanner uses the device camera to identify interior button functions and educates owners about those buttons via video. The 360 VR tool generates a 360 degree virtual reality experience of the interior. The user simply moves the phone or tablet around or swipes to explore the interior and access how-to videos. The interior pictorial allows the user to tap all the same icons in the 360 VR without moving the device.

Instrument Cluster
The instrument cluster tool helps to educate owners on warning and indicator lights and pop-up LCD messages.

Exterior
On the outside, taking a picture of the front, rear or trunk with the AR capture brings to life important exterior features.

Genesis Videos
Finally, the videos section delivers information about the Genesis brand and new models.

“The Virtual Guide is going to wow our owners,” said Raphael. “It takes hundreds of pages of information and puts it on a device we know consumers touch all day long – their smartphone. And most of the content is in the form of videos, which we also know is the preferred method for consumers to digest information today.”

The Genesis Virtual Guide can virtually identify and provide convenient how-to information on the following features:

  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth® phone pairing
  • Warning indicators
  • Clock
  • Smart trunk
  • Engine oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Fuse box
  • Air filter
  • Battery jump start
  • Washer fluid
  • Spare tire installation

Virtual Guide joins a suite of innovative Genesis applications designed to provide the best customer experience possible, including the Genesis Intelligent Assistant mobile app, Genesis smartwatch apps and Amazon Alexa integration.

Genesis Motor America
Genesis Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., distributes, markets and services Genesis vehicles in the United States. Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. A total of six new Genesis models will launch by 2021 and will compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands. All Genesis vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by an industry-leading warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services.

For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury please visit www.genesis.com

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Community Briefing & First Look at The Wall Las Memorias Project AIDS Monument Renovation Project Renderings

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El proyecto The Wall Las Memorias, una organización local de salud y bienestar sin fines de lucro, reveló el primer vistazo de las renovaciones propuestas para el monumento al SIDA Las Memorias, ubicado en Lincoln Heights, Los Ángeles. (PRNewsfoto/The Wall Las Memorias Project)

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Well over fifty community members turned out on Thursday night for an update on the new architectural and landscape redesign of The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles.

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The Wall Las Memorias Project was founded in 1993 with the intent to build an AIDS monument to address cultural stigma around the epidemic and to support HIV prevention services in the Latino community of Los Angeles County.

Through the grassroots efforts led by the staff and volunteer support of The Wall Las Memorias Project under the leadership of Richard Zaldivar, the organization dedicated the monument in 2004.  Today the organization provides programs and services including HIV testing to the Men-who-have-Sex-with-Men (MSM) and Transgender community, substance abuse prevention, mental health prevention to LGBTQ transitioning-age youth, and provides health and wellness education to the Latino faith-based community.

“The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument has been a source for healing, spiritual growth and community engagement”, stated Rev. Kathy Cooper Ledesma, past board member and Pastor of the Hollywood United Methodist Church.

The monument contains eight wall panels of which six contain painted murals depicting life with AIDS in the community and two panels for names of people who died from AIDS.

The renovation project is funded through the efforts of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Funding will financially support new landscaping, LED lighting, and new pedestrian pathways that will provide an intimate setting for reflection and historical educational milestones.

“It was my dream to construct an AIDS Monument with beauty and serenity, and one that is engaging for all of our people,” said Richard Zaldivar, executive director and founder of The Wall Las Memorias Project.  “Those of us who lost our loved ones to this epidemic deserve the most beautiful setting as possible and this project will accomplish that,” Zaldivar further stated.

Following tonight’s meeting additional architectural renderings will be completed with a projected construction date of January 2018. The dedication of the refurbished monument is slated for the summer of 2018.

For more information visit our website: http://www.thewalllasmemorias.org/renovation_project or call (323) 257-1056.

CONTACT:        
Andres Magaña
(323) 257-1056 Ext. 28
Andres.Magana@twlmp.org

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Summer Forecast Calls for Clean, Boosted, Protected Skin; Nerium International Introduces Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash and Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield

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Nerium International Introduces Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash and Illumaboost(TM) Brightening & Shield

ADDISON, Texas, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — When the summer heat turns up the sweat, grime and environmental assaults that contribute to skin aging, Nerium International introduces two new products to help ease the burden: an oil-to-foam cleanser that takes it all away in one effortless step, and a customized radiance booster that delivers a targeted dose of vitamin C and niacinamide to any skincare product—from foundation to sunscreen.

Nerium International Introduces Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash and Illumaboost(TM) Brightening & Shield

Introducing Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash and Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield
Whereas cleansing one’s skin can be somewhat of a chore, an essential but often neglected first step—especially where eye makeup is concerned—Nerium International brings a refreshing, two-in-one approach to facial cleansers with new, Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash ($40). This lightweight facial cleanser transforms from a nourishing oil to a light lather with the addition of water, removing both makeup and impurities, leaving behind soft, smooth, comfortably clean and hydrated skin.  

Next, for those with uneven skin tone or brown spots from the onslaught of environmental stressors like pollution, Nerium International unveils a customized way to achieve an extra boost of radiance and urban pollution shielding. New Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield ($80) features an innovative delivery system that dispenses a fresh and potent dose of proprietary and proven ingredients to help brighten, hydrate and protect the look of skin by simply adding a few pumps to any skincare product, or directly to one’s face.

One-Two Cleanse
Featuring gentle, coconut-derived surfactants and a proprietary Sea3C™ blend of sea whip extract, betula water and raffinose, Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash combines the cleaning properties of oil with the fresh, lightweight feeling of foam to wash away the day, leaving skin feeling fresh – never dry or stripped. Because the oil and water phases are combined in one product, they work independently yet synergistically to thoroughly clean skin, without clogging pores. Applied to dry skin, the oil phase bonds to other oils on the skin to gently dissolve makeup, even non-waterproof mascara. Then, water transforms the oil into a soft, milky lather to remove other impurities. The formula is pH-balanced to work in harmony with skin and is gentle enough to use morning and evening.

“What I love about this cleanser is that the oil really pulls out pollutants from the pores, and the creamy lather feels great as a final step,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, New York City-based celebrity dermatologist. “It’s like the busy girl’s double cleanse in one step!” Other key ingredients include: glycerin for moisturization, rosemary leaf oil for skin conditioning and soothing benefits, niacinamide to help even skin tone, and clary oil for calming and soothing benefits.

About Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield
With cleansed skin as a backdrop, Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield works to fight discoloration and brighten the look and even skin’s appearance with a powerful, proven roster of age-fighting ingredients beginning with Nerium International’s proprietary PhytoLumina complex, an exclusive blend of plant-based ingredients, plus niacinamide and vitamin C. Vitamin C, a skin-brightening ingredient, is sensitive and degrades over time. However, Illumaboost’s unique dual-vial package seals the niacinamide and vitamin C blend in a separate chamber, preserving its freshness until use.  

“Still among the gold standard antioxidants for firming and brightening skin, vitamin C is having a major resurgence. However the downside is its fast degradation upon exposure to the elements. Nerium has developed a very clever way to preserve the activity of vitamin C which sets it apart from other formulas,” remarked Dr. Engelman.

With one pump, the chamber breaks to release and combine all ingredients including aloe vera leaf juice, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, which moisturizes and plumps the appearance of skin, while kombucha ferment, alteromonas ferment extract and green tea shield skin from environmental stressors. This product can be added to one’s current day or night cream, serum, foundation and/or sunscreen, or applied directly to skin after cleansing. 

“With Double-Cleansing Face Wash, we are at the forefront of the transformational texture trend that’s sweeping the skincare industry with one extremely efficient product that does what generally requires two. With Illumaboost, we found a way to preserve the efficacy of vitamin C ,and packaged it as a daily, topical supplement with ingredients that help boost the benefits of other products, allowing you to enhance your skincare regimen without adding another step,” said Amber Olson Rourke, Nerium International Chief Marketing Officer.

Availability & Pricing
Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash ($40) and Illumaboost™ Brightening & Shield ($80) will be available on August 1 at Nerium.com,and are also available for purchase from an Independent Brand Partner in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. On September 1, these products will also be available for purchase in Australia, New Zealand and Colombia.

To learn more about Nerium International’s newest products, view videos on the Face Wash and Illumaboost.

About Nerium International
Based in Addison, TX, Nerium International is a global relationship marketing company with Age-Defying products crafted from cutting-edge research and science. Founded in 2011, Nerium International has shattered industry sales records while developing a strong customer base in North American, Latin American and Asia-Pacific markets. This unprecedented success has allowed Nerium International to generate $1 billion in cumulative sales after just four years. Nerium International was recognized for its historic growth by ranking No.1 on the 2015 Inc. 500 List of fastest-growing private U.S. companies in consumer products and services and No. 12 in overall, as well as No. 38 on the 2016 Direct Selling News’ Global 100 List. Led by an executive leadership team with vast domestic and international experience, Nerium International is committed to providing an excellent product line based in real science and providing its Independent Brand Partners with a life-changing and outstanding business opportunity through relationship marketing. For more information, please visit: www.nerium.com.

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Contact: 
Megan Miller
212-886-6707
MMiller@kruppnyc.com

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LCLAA Announces Targeted Grassroots To Capitol Hill Strategy To Close The Latina Pay Gap

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Latina Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) announces its second National Latina Equal Pay Day Summit, along with a first of its kind Latina Gender Equity Fellows initiative, which will be comprised of skill-building training, grassroots mobilization and advocacy aimed at closing the Latina wage gap.  Latinas are among the most adversely affected by the gender pay gap, earning just 54 cents to the dollar earned by a white male yet according to the U.S. Census they are contributing to over half of the overall U.S. population growth.

Latina Equal Pay Day

“On average, Latinas will lose over a million dollars over the course of a 40 year career because of the gender wage gap,” said Mónica Ramírez, Deputy Director of LCLAA. “The wage gap that Latinas face is unacceptable and results in long-standing harm for Latinas and their families. The Latina Equal Pay campaign aims to empower workers, community members and national leaders across public and private sectors to focus on accountability and the solutions required to achieve Latina equity.”

This year’s Latina Equal Pay events will begin on November 1, 2017 with an intensive boot camp for the fellowship participants, followed by a solutions summit that will be open to the public on November 2, 2017, the day that Latinas finally catch up to what white male workers earned in the prior calendar year. The two-day event follows the success of last year’s pioneering national campaign which LCLAA led in collaboration with EqualPayToday!, AFL-CIO, and National Women’s Law Center, along with other women’s organizations, Latino civil rights groups, unions, and many other groups. Together the coalition of organizations and unions engaged millions of voices and generated over 40 million earned impressions in just one day. It is an empowerment platform and national campaign focused on Equality for Latinas, trending as #LatinaEqualPay.

LCLAA has been working for decades to advance the rights of Latino working families through grassroots mobilization and policy advocacy.  The Latina Gender Equity Fellowship program will further the goals of the LCLAA’s Trabajadoras (Latina worker) campaign, which was launched in 2012. Individuals will have the opportunity to apply to be selected as a LCLAA fellow from now until August 31, 2017. Participants will be selected based on a nomination process that will identify up to 25 trailblazing Latina leaders who will take part in a yearlong program aimed at advancing gender equity through engagement at the state and federal level.

“Latinas are the most oppressed group of workers,” said Hector Sanchez, Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), the largest coalition of Latino advocacy organizations in the nation and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). “This is not only a concerning issue affecting the Latino community but one that directly impacts the overall American economy.  We will continue organizing to achieve equity in the workplace for all of our sisters.”

To participate, volunteer or nominate trailblazing Latinas for the fellowship program, please visit www.latinaequalpay.org or email latinaequalpay@lclaa.us

About Latina Equal Pay Day – November 2 is Latina Equal Pay Day 2017, which marks the day in the calendar year that Hispanic women have earned as much as white men did in the previous year. According to a new analysis from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, Hispanic and Latina women will have to wait 232 more years for their earnings to catch up to white men if current trends continue. This day presents an opportunity to raise awareness of the gap and mobilize leaders across public and private sectors to drive increased accountability and take actions towards filling this gendered pay gap. For more information visit LatinaEqualPay.org.

About LCLAA – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, also known as LCLAA, was founded in 1972 by local Latino trade union committees to promote participation by Hispanic trade unionists in a more responsive labor movement. LCLAA builds political empowerment of the Latino family, supports economic and social justice for all workers, and promotes greater cultural diversity at the workplace. LCLAA provides a voice for Latino working families nationally. They also work in coalition with other leading Hispanic organizations to maximize support for economic and social policies that are essential to advancing the interests of Hispanics. For more information visit http://www.lclaa.org/.

 

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

 

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SCAM Alert – Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers cannot be used for Georgia Power bills

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ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Georgia Power has received reports of a new scam in which criminals sell Federal Reserve Bank routing numbers to customers with instructions to use the routing numbers to pay utility and other bills from nonexistent accounts. According to a news release from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: Federal Reserve routing numbers are used for sorting and processing payments between banks. Any video, text, email, phone call, flyer, or website that describes how to pay bills using a Federal Reserve Bank routing number or using an account at the Federal Reserve Bank is a scam.

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While Georgia Power’s system may initially accept a Federal Reserve Bank routing number to process a payment, the payment will eventually be rejected and the customer’s account could be subject to additional late fees or possibly disconnection.

Other reminders from Georgia Power to help avoid common scams and fraud:

  • Georgia Power will never ask for a credit card or pre-paid debit card number over the phone.
  • Employees are not sent into the field to collect payment in person and will not ask a customer to pay anywhere other than a business office or Authorized Payment Location.
  • Delete all emails that demand immediate payment or personal information or that are from a company that is not Georgia Power.
  • If a customer receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from Georgia Power and demanding payment to avoid disconnection, they should contact the company’s 24-hour customer service line at 888-660-5890.

Georgia Power continues to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to identify and prosecute criminals who pose as Georgia Power employees in order to defraud customers. The company encourages customers to report scams and fraud attempts to local law enforcement and to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/. Additional information about frequent scams and how the company works to protect customers is available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Scam.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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Toyota to Field Entry in Pirelli World Challenge

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The TMG 86 Cup Car will compete in Pirelli World Challenge’s Utah doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 12.

PLANO, Texas, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota Motorsport’s GmbH (TMG) 86 Cup Car will make its North American debut in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) racing series at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, August 11-13.

The TMG 86 Cup Car will compete in Pirelli World Challenge’s Utah doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Entered in the TCA class, the 86 Cup Car will do battle in the PWC’s double-header race weekend and is scheduled to compete only in the two Utah PWC events, taking place outside Salt Lake City.

“Bringing the TMG 86 Cup Car to Pirelli World Challenge presents an opportunity to test and showcase the ability of our Toyota 86 in a competitive racing series,” said Keith Dahl, motorsports general manager for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “The seasoned DG-Spec team won the PWC title for Scion in 2010 and we’re hopeful they can perform well with the 86. We have a great combination of team and driver with Craig Stanton to showcase the ability of this TMG-built 86, so we’re cautiously optimistic for solid results in the Utah double-header.”

The TMG 86 Cup Car will be driven by veteran road racer Craig Stanton, a former GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT and Continental Tire GS class champion with over 30 years of driving experience, and fielded by the Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec) Racing team. DG-Spec previously won the Pirelli World Challenge TC class championship with the Scion tC in 2010, and has also competed in GRAND-AM and other sports car and endurance series.

“It’s been a while since we raced in Pirelli World Challenge….but we’ve been at the track constantly over the last few years, testing, developing and racing in other venues,” said Dan Gardner, team owner and namesake of DG-Spec. “The team is really sharp and Craig is on his game. The Toyota 86 is ready to go and we hope to turn some heads in Utah.”

Gardner’s team recently won One Lap of America in the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned in 2016, and provides support for programs, such as the Land Speed Cruiser and Rally RAV4. The Rally RAV4 team of Ryan Millen and Rhianon Gelsomino recently clinched the American Rally Association’s 2WD championship.

The current 86 sees a return to Toyota’s history of sports cars and enthusiast motorsports. When the Corolla AE86 was launched in the United States in the 1980s, it earned a strong enthusiast following, while the car was simultaneously building a cult following in Japan as a drift vehicle. The 2017 Toyota 86 pays homage to the legendary car of the past, while proving itself to be an athletic force today.

“Our Toyota 86 is a potent car right out of the box, but it gets even hotter with a full lineup of TRD parts and accessories,” said Preston Dyer, national marketing manager of Parts and Accessories for TMNA.  “TRD gets its inspiration where it counts – on the track – and we couldn’t think of a better way to demonstrate that performance than by entering our TMG 86 Cup Car in Pirelli World Challenge.”

The decision to enter the TMG 86 Cup Car in PWC was birthed in the success of another Toyota 86. After a stock 86 with TRD parts and accessories bested the entire field at the local Spring Fling Autocross event in Southern California in March, Toyota officials began looking for additional opportunities to highlight the prowess of the Toyota sports car that also competes in Formula Drift.

The TMG 86 Cup Car, an enhanced, production model developed by TMG for the GT86 Cup, part of the VLN Series in Germany, had been making the auto show circuit as part of a Toyota 86 display when the idea was hatched to enter the nimble, stock race car in PWC’s TCA class. The TMG 86 Cup car is a production Toyota 86 prepared by TMG for racing competition. The TMG 86 Cup Car features a stock 86 engine and transmission, as well as TMG upgrades to the vehicle’s suspension, brakes and engine tuning, among other changes that include safety equipment for racing.

The PWC Utah event will mark the debut entry by a TMG 86 Cup Car in a North American competition. The TMG 86 Cup Car is only scheduled to compete in both PWC events at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Fans can watch the action live in person or via Motor Trend on Demand at https://www.motortrendondemand.com. The PWC races will also be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on August 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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You can follow Toyota Racing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online at www.toyotaracing.com.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.  

Contact (Golin for Toyota Racing):
Matthew Simmons, 310.709.1346, msimmons@golin.com

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All New Royalton Negril Offers Family-Friendly Savings of 55% and One Child Free This Fall!

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TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Royalton Luxury Resorts is giving families up to 55% off all-inclusive vacations at Royalton Negril, plus one child can stay, play and eat FREE on All-in Luxury® family-friendly holidays for all ages!  Guests that select a Luxury Family Suite or Luxury Presidential Suite between August and December will also receive resort credits of up to $150 or up to $300 with a Diamond Club™ upgrade.

Family getaways at Royalton Negril that are booked by August 31st, will offer a non-stop fun-filled stay where special savings make it easier for everyone to come along.  Siblings, cousins and friends are welcome to play all day at the on-site splash pad, or enjoy a host of non-motorized watersports like paddle boards and kayaks all included.  Younger children are sure to enjoy the safe and supervised Clubhouse Kids Club, where activities like face painting, arts & crafts and mini chef classes are always on the go. For more independent young guests, the Hangout Teens Lounge offers a variety of age appropriate activities like PlayStation duels, billiards, and beach Olympics.

For the whole family, a 2017 All-in Luxury® vacation is made perfect with a variety of premium amenities that include handcrafted DreamBed™ mattresses, high thread count sheets, double-headed rain shower, large soaker tub, and Diamond Club™ upgrades with butler service where travelers can enjoy an even more effortless stay. For those who prefer to stay online and share their holiday, All-in Connectivity™ features include unlimited free long distance calls to North America and parts of Europe as well as complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi for all devices, making it easier to stay connected with home.

Royalton Negril’s unique footprint sprawls along one of Negril’s famous beaches, offering three distinct vacation experiences: the fun-filled family-friendly resort, a Diamond Club™ area for superior service and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril. Groups, families or those who seek a more superior vacation are sure to select the Diamond Club™ Chairman’s Building for unparalleled waterfront views and an industry-leading four-bedroom oceanfront suite with separate butler entrance, ocean view bedrooms and a large terrace for delicious meals al fresco.

To take advantage of these great savings on your next family all-inclusive vacation, visit www.royaltonresorts.com or contact your travel agent.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts

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

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

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Cal/OSHA Stresses Importance of Monitoring Workers, Recognizing Early Symptoms of Heat Illness as Central Valley Swelters

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OAKLAND, California, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA is reminding employers to observe outdoor workers toiling in high heat for signs and symptoms of heat illness. The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerous heat for much of the Central Valley for the rest of this week.

Symptoms of overexposure to heat include headache, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, cramps, exhaustion, and fainting. Heat illness occurs when the body is unable to cool itself down when overheated.

“Exposure to heat while working outdoors can cause serious illness or death,” said Juliann Sum, Chief of Cal/OSHA. “It is important for those who work outdoors, especially during heat waves, to know how to protect themselves from heat illness.”

Cal/OSHA urges workers experiencing possible overheating to take a preventative cool-down rest in the shade until symptoms are gone. Workers who have existing health problems or medical conditions that reduce tolerance to heat, such as diabetes, need to be extra vigilant. Some high blood pressure and anti-inflammatory medications can also increase a worker’s risk for heat illness. 

Staying properly hydrated throughout the workday is one of the most effective heat illness prevention techniques. Cal/OSHA encourages all workers to drink at least one quart of water every hour, preferably sipping an 8-ounce cup of water every 15 minutes. Drinks such as soda, sports drinks, coffee, energy drinks or iced tea are not recommended for hydration. Also, the lingering effects of alcoholic beverages can contribute to quickly dehydrating the body in hot weather.

In addition to the basic steps outlined by California’s heat regulation for employers with outdoor workers, heat at or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit requires additional precautions. Among other measures, it is crucial that workers are actively monitored for early signs of heat illness. This helps ensure sick employees receive treatment immediately and that the symptoms do not develop into serious illness or death.

In case a worker does get sick, supervisors and coworkers must be trained on the emergency procedures required to ensure that the sick worker receives treatment immediately and serious illness does not develop.

Cal/OSHA inspects outdoor worksites in agriculture, construction, landscaping, and other operations throughout the heat season.   

Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention special emphasis program, the first of its kind in the nation, includes enforcement of heat regulations as well as multilingual outreach and training program for California’s employers and workers. Online information on heat illness prevention requirements and training materials are available on Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention web page and the Water. Rest. Shade. campaign site. A Heat Illness Prevention e-tool is also available on Cal/OSHA’s website.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424.

Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices. Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

Members of the press may contact Peter Melton or Paola Laverde at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Communications Call Center at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734) for help in locating the appropriate division or program in our department.

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Have an Olive Day – Interaceituna and the European Union Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olives give us that touch of flavor that we need to be able to turn any dish into something amazing. We can enjoy them just as we find them at our point of sale or we can test our imagination so that every day is an Olive Day.

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The amazing table olives have been the favorites of the towns that surround the Mediterranean Sea for more than 2,000 years. It is also the sea that unites three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, which has made it possible for a tradition like the Mediterranean Diet to continue today.

Everything that surrounds table olives of Spain, world leader in production and quality, is amazing. It is their way of picking the fruits of the olive grove, with great care not to damage them and that it reaches the consumer round and shiny. It is also the huge range of varieties throughout the Spanish olive grove, the largest in the world. Amazing for its diversity of presentations, whole, boned, sliced or being stuffed in over 140 different ways.

It is finally possible to enjoy the best of the Mediterranean pantry in the US by merely approaching your usual point of sale and choosing between the Queen, Manzanilla or Hojiblanca to take home the essence of a gastronomy that continues to seduce foodies around the world in the same way that it convinces the experts of nutrition.

Recipe proposals from the Ambassador of the olives in the US are also available on your mobile devices, computers and tablets. From the hand of the chef José Andrés, we can discover the reason why olives go well with everything: they are the only fruit that contains the four basic flavors that we find in all foods. An infinite number of possibilities in salt, of course, but also in acid and in bitter and … why not … in sweet! Four reasons to make amazing recipes like these:

  • Spanish omelet with olives
  • Spanish gazpacho with olives
  • Oliburguer

… or the ones you will find at www.haveanoliveday.eu.

 Have an amazing 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 producing sector, processing and marketing sector 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. INTERACEITUNA has partnered with the European Union to promote this product.

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center Launches New Research Tracks To Study Autonomous And Connected Vehicle Technologies

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced a sweeping set of new research programs studying the opportunities and addressing the challenges of emerging vehicle technologies. The eleven projects, launched in partnership with eight leading research institutions in North America, mark the first projects launched under CSRC Next, the Center’s new five-year program that continues to support a safer transition to the future of mobility.

The research projects will focus on the impact of advanced technology on broader road safety trends and the interaction between humans and machines. Specific research challenges include the integration of advanced active safety systems, like automatic emergency braking, and passive systems, human experience design for advanced technology vehicles, driver state detection, and using analytics to help improve the study of naturalistic driving data.

“Autonomous and connected vehicle technologies are only just beginning to transform the transportation landscape,” said Chuck Gulash, Director of CSRC. “By working together with world-renowned institutions and making our results public, we are proud to help realize the promise of advanced mobility solutions and a safe, convenient transportation future.”

Since its launch in 2011, CSRC has launched and completed 44 research projects with 23 partner universities, publishing more than 200 papers and presenting at multiple industry conferences. CSRC projects have made meaningful contributions to auto safety industrywide, including research into human factors on vehicle safety and the efficacy of active and passive safety systems, as well as the collection of driving data and development of new tools to analyze that data.

Launched in January 2017, CSRC Next builds upon the insights gained from the CSRC’s first five years and will direct $35 million towards safety research into advanced vehicle technologies, including both autonomous and connected systems. CSRC Next will continue to support ongoing research programs at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected (TC) to help accelerate the development of autonomous and connected driving technologies and services.

CSRC projects will follow four research tracks:

  1. The potential integration of advanced active safety systems and passive safety systems, using advanced pre-crash sensors to improve and personalize crash protection;
  2. Building research models to help understand and strengthen the driver-vehicle relationship, and to support the social acceptance of advanced vehicle technologies;
  3. Studying driver state detection, working to improve mobility using metrics for physiology and health;
  4. Applying big data and safety analytics techniques to develop algorithms and tools to study naturalistic driving data.

The full list of new CSRC Next research projects and partners includes:

Project Title

Description

Partner

Motion and Muscle Activation of Young Volunteers in Evasive Vehicle Maneuvers

Quantify key occupant responses (kinematics and muscle activity) to evasive swerving and emergency braking using both adult and child subjects on a test track.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Integrated Benefit Estimation for Comprehensive Active / Passive Systems

Estimate the Residual Safety Problem after Integrated Safety Systems (ISS) is deployed in the future. ISS consists of all active (auto braking for vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist, lane keeping, etc.) and passive safety systems (advanced airbag, curtain shield airbag, roof strength, pedestrian protection active hood, etc.).

Virginia Tech

Vehicle Occupant Dynamics During Crash Avoidance Maneuvers

Investigate kinematics of minimally aware adult occupants exposed to Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and evasive maneuvers on a test track.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Study for Developing an In-Vehicle Emergency Medical Condition Detection System

Develop a computational technique for noise tolerant robust detection and prediction of Myocardial Infarction and Myocardial Ischemia (MI) inside a vehicle. Machine learning models will be trained with ECG data collected from in-hospital and in-vehicle subjects to help detect and predict the in-vehicle occurrence of MI as well as other related severe cardiac arrests.

University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC)

Adaptive Headlamp System Benefit Estimation

Measure the response characteristics and estimated benefit with respect to reduction in injury/fatalities of adaptive headlamp system that highlights detected pedestrians and bicyclists using both driver and pedestrian/bicycle simulator study.

University of Iowa – National Advanced Driving Simulator

Naturalistic and Controlled Driving Studies – Transitions in Automated Driving

Provide a meaningful and useful dataset of driver behaviors when encountering situations where transfer of control between automation and the human is required.

University of Iowa – National Advanced Driving Simulator

Road Departure Test Method Development

Develop test scenarios and methods for the evaluation of vehicle road departure warning, assist and control systems on a test track.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI)

Analysis of Communication Between Drivers – The Language of Driving

Identify what kind of communication we have with other road users (e.g., pedestrians, other vehicles) with cutting-edge technology of computer vision.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab

Surrounding Environment Recognition Technology and Evaluation Metrics

Develop a deep learning based full-scene recognition of vehicle environment from a vision sensor. Examples are vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, traffic signs, buildings, curbs, etc.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab

Theory of Communication Between Drivers – Enhancing Social Interaction

Provide theoretical and mathematical framework of how drivers communicate at an intersection.

University of Wisconsin

Human Centered Automated Driving in the Real World: Holistic Perception and Performance Metrics

Provide a computational prediction model for a transfer of control between the automation and the human driver. The model has factors originated from human motor and perceptual behaviors as well as from scenarios and environments.

University of California, San Diego

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

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When Is The Best Time To Book Thanksgiving Travel? Skyscanner Has The Answer

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MIAMI, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The year’s most anticipated data is here. Skyscanner, the global travel search engine, has uncovered the best time to book Thanksgiving 2017 air travel. After carefully collating and analyzing historic data from Skyscanner’s more than 60 million monthly users, the results show savings can be found starting the week of September 4 all the way up to two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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“Projections year over year indicate that air travel over Thanksgiving is steadily growing – over 27 million passengers according to Airlines for America (A4A) – and as even more travelers are expected to take to the skies this season, travelers will be looking for ways to score a great deal,” said Randi Wolfson, Head of Communications for the Americas, Skyscanner. “As a comprehensive travel resource, Skyscanner wants to provide consumers with the highly coveted best time to book for savings on Thanksgiving travel, and take the guesswork out of booking holiday travel.”

This Fall will be filled with travel deals for both planners and procrastinators, who stand to find great savings not only on the heels of Labor Day, starting the week of September 4, where a traveler can find potential savings up to four percent, and also leading up to the week of November 6. In addition, Skyscanner has found that a round-trip domestic airline ticket around the holiday period will average around $300, offering an unprecedented booking window with more affordability and flexibility.

“We are seeing a trend in which the booking window for travelers to find greater savings is extending, even as we look at the 21-day Winter season covering Christmas and New Year’s, where travelers will be able save the most three to seven weeks before each holiday,” added Wolfson.

The best-time-to-book data appeals to every kind of traveler and is likely to contribute to another record-breaking year for Thanksgiving and end-of-year holiday travel as a whole. Skyscanner has compiled some hacks to help travelers with the booking process and find the best deals this holiday season:

  • By expanding flight searches to include other area airports, travelers may find more flight options as well as more affordable fares.  
  • Tweaking travel itinerary dates of departure and return may yield more results in line with travelers’ budgets.
  • Setting up price alerts allows travelers to track the cost of a desired flight route and purchase a fare once the price drops.

For more information, please visit: https://www.skyscanner.com/news/skyscanner-unveils-best-time-book-thanksgiving-flights

About Skyscanner
Skyscanner is a leading global travel search company providing free search of flights, hotels and car rental. Founded in 2003 Skyscanner helps to meet the travel planning needs of over 60 million people each month. Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages. Skyscanner’s highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 60 million times. The privately-owned company employs over 900 staff and has ten global offices in Edinburgh, Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen, Miami, Barcelona, Glasgow, Sofia, Budapest and London. For more information, please visit http://www.skyscanner.com and our news site.

Methodology:
Skyscanner holiday travel data is based on historic search and exit data collated over the past two years. US to US round-trip travel for one-adult ticket was analyzed.

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Chronicled Completes Technical Pilot Demonstrating Cryptographic Anonymous Transfer of SGTINs for Supply Chain Applications

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chronicled, Inc. today announced the completion of a technical pilot demonstrating a cryptographic method of anonymously transferring a Serialized Global Trade Item Number (SGTIN).  SGTINs identify individual items as they move through multi-stage supply chains, which can often involve multiple custodians and geographic locations.  Using an applied cryptographic verification model known as Zero Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge (zk-SNARK) developed by University researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT, the pilot allows multiple independent parties to verify an object’s identity and provenance without directly interacting with one another or a centralized database.  This enables secure and anonymous transfer of possession and/or ownership of SGTINs within multi-party supply chains.

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In addition to removing trust barriers and multi-party friction and bottlenecks, Chronicled’s technical pilot represents the first step towards full prevention and elimination of the entry of counterfeit products and components into the supply chain.  Within the cryptographic framework of the pilot, an SGTIN can be in the possession of only a single trading partner at any given time.  Any duplication will alert the network to the existence and location of a counterfeit asset.

The first market vertical that Chronicled is tackling with the methodology — in partnership with The LinkLab — is the pharmaceutical supply chain.  An FDA regulatory regime called the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) calls for full end-to-end track and trace of pharma products by 2023 on an interoperable platform.  However, under conventional approaches, the pharmaceutical industry fears the leakage of sensitive business intelligence that could tip-off their trading and financing partners about purchasing patterns and business volumes.

“Our team has been working hard on this key privacy issue, and as a result Chronicled is now the first to successfully demonstrate this cryptographically secure method of anonymous physical asset identity transfer,” said Chronicled CEO, Ryan Orr. “As an immediate next step, we plan to continue to work with industry partners to implement current supply chain workflows using this technology while optimizing for volume, aggregation, returns, recalls, and performance considerations.”  

“This is the first step in a longer-term plan to fundamentally improve the way assets move through supply chains by using blockchain technology to immutably track the provenance of any object with an SGTIN,” said Chronicled CTO, Maurizio Greco.

Data written to a blockchain are transparent and immutable and do not rely on central databases or human intermediaries.  Because of this, the zk-SNARK methodology is not susceptible to human error or conventional hacking.  The framework piloted by Chronicled prevents any leakage of company identity, shipment information, and transaction volumes and makes the usage of a blockchain ledger resistant to unwanted usage or analysis of data by an industry analyst or malicious third party.  Associated smart contracts allow a regulator to fully and reliably audit the provenance of an asset after the fact, without the need for prior knowledge, continuous monitoring, or the need for trust in the various organizations operating within the supply chain.  

“In early August, Chronicled will host a clean-room session with three experts in the field of applied cryptography to verify the robustness of the technical method and publish independent assessments in a public forum,” said Chronicled Engineer Maksym Petkus.

While the initial pilot is being implemented using a Parity client on Ethereum, it is compatible with other blockchain systems, including Quorum and Hyperledger, which Chronicled also supports.  When fully implemented, the system is expected to represent a major step towards eliminating much of the friction that exists under present regulatory and trade regimes, as data privacy is afforded while at the same time the record of custody and provenance is immutably and cryptographically secured.  This unique solution to solving the competing requirements of full privacy, and also item level provenance when requested by a regulator, will represent a major move toward digitalization, trust, and interoperability in global trade flows.  

More broadly, the pilot lays the foundation for the implementation of secure, automated business practices on blockchain systems. Follow-on use cases might include IoT-based verification of physical custody of a physical shipment as a precursor to being able to transfer custody of an SGTIN to the next trading partner in the chain; or, immediate, secure fulfillment of contractual obligations, including, for example, automated payment upon delivery of a shipment.

About Chronicled
Based in San Francisco, Chronicled is a technology company leveraging blockchain and IoT to power smart, secure supply chain solutions. Chronicled secures IoT device identities, data, and event logs and automates IoT-dependent business logic through smart contracts. Chronicled is also a founding member of the Trusted IoT Alliance, with the mission of creating open source tools and standards to connect IoT and blockchain ecosystems to deliver business value.

About The LinkLab
The LinkLab is a unique supply chain consulting group founded to provide life science companies guidance and support to meet world-wide serialization regulations. With deadlines fast approaching, we work to provide companies with innovative approaches to ensure gaps are identified, timelines are met, and business value is realized. The LinkLab formed from observing the Pharma industry’s progression in establishing electronic management of prescription medicines and seeing a need for improvements. With experience going back to 2008 in planning for California’s ePedigree law, The LinkLab principals have, for the last four years, focused on projects which support the packaging, distribution, and commercial requirements of serializing prescription medicines. To learn more, visit http://www.thelinklab.com/.

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Strong Sales of Core Models Drive American Honda July 2017 Auto Sales

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Honda Civic set a new sales record in July, gaining 11.3 percent on sales of 36,683, helping to cement its place as the top selling car in America.

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported total July sales of 150,980 Honda and Acura vehicles, driven by the success of core models even as tight supplies of certain products contributed to a slight decrease of 1.2 percent vs. July 2016. Combined sales of Honda and Acura cars were up 1.9 percent on sales of 76,468, while combined trucks decreased 4.2 percent on sales of 74,512. Total Honda Division sales decreased 1.7 percent on sales of 136,803. Honda Division cars gained 2.8 percent with 72,557 vehicles sold in July, and Honda trucks were down 6.2 percent on sales of 64,246 units due mostly to limited inventory. Acura Division sales were up 3.7 percent in July on sales of 14,177 vehicles, with trucks rising 11.3 percent on sales of 10,266 for a new July record, and cars down by 12.2 percent on sales of 3,911 units.

Honda Civic set a new sales record in July, gaining 11.3 percent on sales of 36,683, helping to cement its place as the top selling car in America.

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Well-balanced sales of both cars and trucks were a familiar theme for the Honda Division in July. Despite tight supplies of Odyssey and certain CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline models, Honda truck sales managed a solid showing against a record July 2016, with HR-V having its best month ever and CR-V surpassing 30,000 units for the month.  Civic and Accord continued to show strength with sales above 30,000 units, with the hot new Civic Type R and Si variants bringing renewed energy to the showroom, helping overall Civic sales to a new July record.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, gaining 32.3 percent on sales of 9,779.
  • Civic sales reached 36,683 for a new July record, rising 11.3 percent for the month.
  • Accord continued to show strength in July, surpassing 30K sales for the month.

“Honda is the outlier in the industry in that we see solid demand for our products rather than demand for incentives to buy them,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda. “With models like Civic, Accord, CR-V, HR-V and Odyssey, each number one in their segments in retail sales for the first half of 2017, our position continues to get stronger.”

Acura
Gateway models drove Acura’s success in July, with RDX setting a new July mark to lift Acura trucks to a new record for the month, and ILX gaining 10 percent for the month as Acura’s gateway sports sedan showed a second consecutive monthly increase.  TLX continued to sell well in July with the A-Spec model drawing showroom interest, but tight supplies due to strong sales the past two months limited total TLX sales in July.  

  • Acura trucks set new July mark, gaining 11.3 percent on sales of 10,266 vehicles.
  • RDX sales set a new July record with a 28.2 percent gain on sales of 5,539.
  • ILX sales rose for the second straight month, up 10.1 percent in July on sales of 1,322 units.

“In the face of increased fleet sales in the luxury market we continue to focus on the growing momentum of the Acura brand with retail customers,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of the Acura division. “We’re excited with the drawing power of our products and the sales success of our gateway models to millennial buyers shows that our product and marketing direction is beginning to pay dividends.”

 

American Honda Vehicle Sales for July 2017

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

July 2017

July 2016

DSR** %
Change

MoM %
Change

July 2017

July 2016

DSR** %
Change

YoY %
Change

American Honda Total

150,980

152,799

2.8%

-1.2%

942,866

945,154

0.3%

-0.2%

Total Car Sales

76,468

75,059

6.0%

1.9%

464,535

490,994

-4.9%

-5.4%

Total Truck Sales

74,512

77,740

-0.3%

-4.2%

478,331

454,160

5.9%

5.3%

     Honda Total Car Sales

72,557

70,607

6.9%

2.8%

435,577

458,439

-4.5%

-5.0%

     Honda Total Truck Sales

64,246

68,518

-2.5%

-6.2%

419,241

394,047

7.0%

6.4%

     Acura Total Car Sales

3,911

4,452

-8.6%

-12.2%

28,958

32,555

-10.5%

-11.0%

     Acura Total Truck Sales

10,266

9,222

15.8%

11.3%

59,090

60,113

-1.1%

-1.7%

Total Domestic Car Sales

65,976

69,017

-0.6%

-4.4%

382,502

457,685

-16.0%

-16.4%

Honda Division

62,129

64,671

-0.1%

-3.9%

354,163

425,966

-16.4%

-16.9%

Acura Division

3,847

4,346

-7.9%

-11.5%

28,339

31,719

-10.2%

-10.7%

Total Domestic Truck Sales

74,512

77,740

-0.3%

-4.2%

478,331

454,160

5.9%

5.3%

Honda Division

64,246

68,518

-2.5%

-6.2%

419,241

394,047

7.0%

6.4%

Acura Division

10,266

9,222

15.8%

11.3%

59,090

60,113

-1.1%

-1.7%

Total Import Car Sales

10,492

6,042

80.6%

73.7%

82,033

33,309

147.7%

146.3%

Honda Division

10,428

5,936

82.7%

75.7%

81,414

32,473

152.1%

150.7%

Acura Division

64

106

-37.2%

-39.6%

619

836

-25.5%

-26.0%

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

136,803

139,125

2.3%

-1.7%

854,818

852,486

0.8%

0.3%

* ACCORD

30,903

31,946

0.6%

-3.3%

190,994

201,300

-4.6%

-5.1%

* CIVIC

36,683

32,952

15.8%

11.3%

212,446

222,792

-4.1%

-4.6%

  CLARITY BEV

34

0

0.0%

0.0%

34

0

0.0%

0.0%

  CLARITY FCV

82

0

0.0%

0.0%

376

0

0.0%

0.0%

  CR-Z

50

272

-80.9%

-81.6%

598

1,477

-59.3%

-59.5%

* FIT

4,804

5,432

-8.0%

-11.6%

31,126

32,817

-4.6%

-5.2%

  INSIGHT

1

5

-79.2%

-80.0%

3

53

-94.3%

-94.3%

  CROSSTOUR

1

11

-90.5%

-90.9%

5

713

-99.3%

-99.3%

* CR-V

31,761

36,017

-8.3%

-11.8%

219,017

195,092

12.9%

12.3%

  HR-V

9,779

7,394

37.5%

32.3%

56,407

43,837

29.4%

28.7%

  ODYSSEY

10,134

11,228

-6.1%

-9.7%

58,290

75,889

-22.8%

-23.2%

  PILOT

9,985

10,350

0.3%

-3.5%

64,340

72,524

-10.8%

-11.3%

  RIDGELINE

2,586

3,518

-23.6%

-26.5%

21,182

5,992

255.5%

253.5%

***

Memo: Accord FHEV

2,007

565

269.4%

255.2%

12,990

830

1,473.9%

1,465.1%

Memo: Civic Hybrid

2

60

-96.5%

-96.7%

58

767

-92.4%

-92.4%

Acura Division Total

14,177

13,674

7.8%

3.7%

88,048

92,668

-4.4%

-5.0%

  ILX

1,322

1,201

14.5%

10.1%

6,471

9,659

-32.6%

-33.0%

  NSX

30

21

48.6%

42.9%

308

23

1,246.7%

1,239.1%

  RLX / RL

64

106

-37.2%

-39.6%

619

833

-25.3%

-25.7%

  TLX

2,495

3,124

-16.9%

-20.1%

21,560

22,037

-1.6%

-2.2%

  TSX

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

3

-100.0%

-100.0%

  MDX

4,727

4,902

0.3%

-3.6%

28,282

29,517

-3.6%

-4.2%

  RDX

5,539

4,320

33.3%

28.2%

30,808

30,596

1.3%

0.7%

***

Memo: ILX Hybrid

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0

1

-100.0%

-100.0%

Memo: RLX Hybrid

10

11

-5.5%

-9.1%

130

115

13.7%

13.0%

Memo: MDX Hybrid

251

0

0.0%

0.0%

619

0

0.0%

0.0%

Selling Days

25

26

177

178

  **** Hybrid

2,351

934

161.8%

151.7%

14,706

3,266

352.8%

350.3%

*    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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2017 Honda Clarity Electric Begins Arriving at California and Oregon Dealerships Today

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The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric begins arriving at California and Oregon dealerships today.

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda today announced the arrival of the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan at select dealerships in California and Oregon. With a competitive introductory lease price of $269 (plus tax) a month for 36 months, the lease terms include an attractive allowance of 20,000 miles per year and 24/7 roadside assistance. The lease, which reflects a federal tax credit built in, requires $1,730 down plus the first month’s lease payment due at signing (not including tax, registration or official fees).1 In addition, if they apply, California and Oregon customers may qualify for their state’s rebates of $2,500 once they become available.2

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric begins arriving at California and Oregon dealerships today.

The Clarity Electric sedan is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle can be fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System, it can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. The Clarity Electric has an EPA fuel economy rating of 126/103/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined)3 and an EPA range rating of 89 miles on a full charge.3  

The Clarity Electric is part of Honda’s Clarity series, which includes the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, and the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching nationally later this year. Clarity is the first ever vehicle series offering customers an array of electrified powertrain choices in one sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger sedan. The Clarity series is part of the Honda Electrification Initiative that sees Honda expand the number and types of electrified vehicles in its product lineup. This initiative also includes a new dedicated hybrid car launching next year and the expanded application of Honda’s two-motor hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to multiple car and light truck models in the future. This initiative contributes to Honda’s intention to have two-thirds of its global automobile sales come from electrified vehicles by 2030. 

Comfortable, Versatile and Smartly Equipped
The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric sedan is geared toward consumers who desire a spacious, comfortable and affordable sedan that suits their daily driving needs. It is offered in a premium Touring trim and is the only affordable 5-passenger EV sedan with all the technology features, safety features and premium features that consumers expect today.

Unique exterior design elements set the aerodynamic Clarity Electric apart from other Clarity models, including a model-exclusive Cobalt Blue Pearl exterior color, along with differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps, and unique 18-inch alloy wheel finish. Like other Clarity models, the Clarity Electric has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults and outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials, 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

For More Information
Additional media information, including high-resolution images of the 2017 Honda Clarity Electric, is available at http://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/Electric.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, registration, license and dealer fees. For well-qualified lessees. Subject to availability to California and Oregon residents on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. Closed end lease for 2017 Honda Clarity Electric for well-qualified lessees. Not all applicants will qualify. No purchase option at lease end. Total monthly payments $9,684. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear, and 20 cents per mile over 20,000 miles per year. Lease includes Roadside Assistance. Total due at lease signing is $1,999 plus tax and registration and includes first month’s payment and capitalized cost reduction of $1,730. Offer subject to change without notice.

2 The Oregon rebate program is anticipated to be operational in 2018, with a waitlist potentially established beforehand; please visit http://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/programs/Pages/ZEV-Rebate.aspx for more information. The California rebate program is anticipated to be funded for the 2017-2018 budget year; please visit https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng for more information.

3 Based on 2017 model-year EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition and other factors.

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Mazda Reports July 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. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported July U.S. sales of 27,089 vehicles, representing a decrease of 3 percent versus July of last year. Year-to-date (YTD) sales through July are down 2.6 percent versus last year, with 168,713 vehicles sold. With 25 selling days in July 2017, versus 26 the year prior, the company posted an increase of 0.9 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. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

In July, Mazda became the only full-line automaker to have every 2017 model year vehicle tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) be rated a “Top Safety Pick+,” when equipped with optional front crash-prevention and specific headlights.

Key July sales notes:

  • Achieving its fourth record-breaking sales month in a row, the Mazda CX-5 posted sales of 11,402 vehicles in the month of July. This number represents a YOY increase of 5.3 percent and is the best-ever July since the compact crossover SUV first went on sale in 2012.
  • Sales of the Mazda MX-5 Miata remained strong in the month of July, with the roadster posting a year-over-year (YOY) increase of 13.2 percent. Total sales, which includes both the MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF, reached 997 vehicles sold in the month of July.
  • The three-row Mazda CX-9 finished the month up 3.3 percent YOY, with 2,318 vehicles sold.
  • As crossover SUVs continue to dominate the market, sales of Mazda’s CX-line remain strong, with the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 collectively reaching 15,201 vehicles sold in the month of July. This number represents an increase of 4.3 percent YOY, and a YTD increase of 15.9 percent.
  • The i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive option continues to be a favorite among Mazda CX-line buyers, with 62.9 percent of customers choosing the AWD option in the month of July.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported July sales of 4,476 vehicles, up 8.8 percent versus July 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

July

July

%

% MTD

July

July

%

% YTD

2017

2016

Change

DSR

2017

2016

Change

DSR

Mazda2

N/A

N/A

3

(100.0)%

(100.0)%

Mazda3

7,407

8,103

(8.6)%

(4.9)%

47,241

59,484

(20.6)%

(21.0)%

Mazda5

2

17

(88.2)%

(87.8)%

9

346

(97.4)%

(97.4)%

Mazda6

3,482

4,341

(19.8)%

(16.6)%

21,491

27,804

(22.7)%

(23.1)%

MX-5 Miata

997

881

13.2%

17.7%

7,970

6,265

27.2%

26.5%

CX-3

1,481

1,499

(1.2)%

2.8%

9,092

11,002

(17.4)%

(17.8)%

CX-5

11,402

10,831

5.3%

9.5%

68,479

62,442

9.7%

9.0%

CX-9

2,318

2,243

3.3%

7.5%

14,431

5,924

143.6%

142.2%

Total Vehicles

CARS

11,888

13,342

(10.9)%

(7.3)%

76,711

93,902

(18.3)%

(18.8)%

TRUCKS

15,201

14,573

4.3%

8.5%

92,002

79,368

15.9%

15.3%

TOTAL

27,089

27,915

(3.0)%

0.9%

168,713

173,269

(2.6)%

(3.2)%

Selling Days

25

26

177

176

 

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NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Launches “Summer of No-Bake” Recipe Contest

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GLENDALE, California, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® announced today the kick-off of its “Summer of No-Bake” recipe contest. From now through August 15th, consumers across the U.S. can create their favorite no-bake dessert recipe and share on Instagram using the hashtag #LaLecheraNoBake. Participants can enter as many recipes as they want. Winners will be selected based on number of consumer votes and be notified on or around September 5th.

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“During the heat of summer, no one wants to spend their time in a sweltering kitchen preparing for a BBQ or cookout, however desserts play a key role in these family occasions,” said Ainoa Cuberos, Associate Brand Manager for Nestlé La Lechera.  “We launched the No-Bake Contest to inspire consumers to get creative and think of unique ways to delight their family and friends this summer, while creating long-lasting memories.”

No-bake recipes are a simple way of making summer sweeter and saving time as the family comes together to share these creations. To learn more about Nestlé La Lechera’s “Summer of No-Bake,” enter the contest, or browse through the latest recipes, visit La Lechera’s Summer of No-Bake page on HispanicKitchen.com. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM PST on August 15th. The top 10 recipes selected by La Lechera will be featured on the site and consumers will have a chance to vote on their favorite starting August 18th. First place includes $500 gift card, top of the line blender and a La Lechera product basket, second place includes a $300 gift card and a La Lechera product basket and third place includes a $200 gift card and a La Lechera product basket. 

To inspire participants, Nestlé La Lechera has developed three simple recipes that can be made and enjoyed by the entire family. Recipes available on the links below.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Piña Colada Gelatin

No-Bake Banana Split Cake

For more NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® recipe ideas consumers are invited to visit Nestle’s El Mejor Nido and follow La Lechera’s  Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.  

About NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® 
NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® is the #1 Sweetened Condensed Milk brand in the world and has been a key ingredient for delicious desserts since 1910. In the U.S.A., NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® offers a wide portfolio of products, including NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk can and squeeze bottle, NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Dulce de Leche can and squeeze bottle and other better-for-you products such as NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA Fat Free can and NESTLÉ® LA LECHERITA®.  NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® is the key ingredient and topping for a wide range of dessert favorites such as Flan, Fruit Salad, Tres Leches, Cheesecake and Gelatin.  NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® brings families together by creating everyday experiences and memorable moments. For product information, news and recipes, visit ElMejorNido.com, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.    

About Nestlé® USA 
Named one of “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for eighteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with Lean Cuisine® to baking traditions with Nestlé® Toll House®, Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverages that make good living possible. That’s what “Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Nestlé USA, with 2014 sales of $9.7 billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2014 sales of $100 billion.

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Xehar Launches a New Fashion Collection with Body Positive Mentor, Influencer and Model Laura Brioschi

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PLAYA VISTA, California, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Xehar announces the launch of the new Laura by Xehar Fashion Collection. Xehar International #AconfidentYou Ambassador Program works with global influencers to showcase a feel-good fashion while reinforcing the importance of positive self-image. The program’s most recent mentor is Laura Brioschi, a well-known curvy model from Europe.

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“Our core is to support a positive body image, helping women feel confident in fashionable and affordable clothes that fit,” says Hadari Oshri, founder and CEO of Xehar. “Laura is an inspiration to our curvy customers and is the quintessential confident woman.”

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According to Business Insider, there are more than one hundred million women in the US that are considered plus size. Traditional retailers have been slow to focus on this niche demographic. Brioschi feels that sharing her experiences as a Xehar Mentor will help others who are facing body image issues and who struggle to feel confident.

“I became a Xehar Body Positive Mentor this year, after deciding to publicly share my battle with bulimia,” says Brioschi. “Making my experiences public and working to create my own collection with Xehar will hopefully inspire others.”

For some time, influencer programs have existed but Xehar’s approach is unique because they are also building mobile technologies to enhance the interaction with influencers. The Xehar App, will not only give customers access to low priced fashion bundles at a set price, but will also give a special access to Xehar influencer fashion recommendations on demand.

If you are interested in viewing the new Laura by Xehar Collection, visit Xehar.com/LauraByXehar

To become a Xehar Body Positive Mentor, please apply and contact Haily Dahan 310-463-3788

About Xehar: Xehar is a fashion-tech company that was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer clothes at revolutionary prices, using technology and their mobile application to make buying decisions easier, all while building confidence in women through inspiring fashion collections. Xehar has two main divisions, an online store called the Xehar Marketplace and a mobile application called Xehar App. To learn more, visit xehar.com

Contact: Haily Dahan
310-463-3788
haily@xehar.com

 

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Cal/OSHA Cites Aircraft Parts Manufacturer for Willfully Failing to Notify Workers of Their Exposures to Chromium-6

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SANTA ANA, California, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA has cited an aircraft parts manufacturer $87,500 for numerous workplace safety and health violations including failure to provide workers with effective training on hazardous chemicals in their work area and willful failure to notify workers of their exposure to hexavalent chromium, a hazardous chemical known to cause cancer commonly referred to as chromium-6.

Cal/OSHA’s Santa Ana Office on January 20 inspected the Triumph Processing – Embee Division, Inc. plant in Santa Ana after receiving a complaint of workplace hazards. Inspectors found that the employer had previously determined through air monitoring that workers who sanded and spray-painted aircraft parts were exposed to high levels of chromium-6, in the form of dust and mist.

Cal/OSHA issued a willful regulatory violation to the employer for not posting or notifying affected workers of the air monitoring results, and for failing to advise the workers of how they would be protected from exposure.

“Triumph Processing knew its workers had been exposed to high levels of chromium-6 at their facility but failed to notify or effectively train them,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.

Chromium-6 is a toxic form of the element chromium used in many different industries. It is a known carcinogen and can cause irritation and damage to both the respiratory system when inhaled, and to the eyes and skin upon contact.

Cal/OSHA issued a total of 23 violations, including one willful-regulatory, six serious, six general and 10 regulatory in nature. A willful violation is issued where evidence shows that the employer committed an intentional and knowing violation, and the employer was conscious of the fact that what it was doing constituted a violation, or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to eliminate the hazard. A serious violation is cited when there was a realistic possibility that death or serious physical harm could result from the actual hazardous condition.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424.

Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices. Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Communications Call Center at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734) for help in locating the appropriate division or program in our department.

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Atlantis University Named a “2017 School of Excellence”

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MIAMI, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Atlantis University (AU), a Miami-based, higher-education institution, fostering premier learning with innovative curriculums in the fields of Business, Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health, has been recognized as a  “2017 School of Excellence” by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), the designated accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. This honor was bestowed to AU for the quality of its programs, dedication to excellence in education, demonstrating high levels of achievement among its students, and adherence to the accreditation process.

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This recognition arrives as AU prepares to open a new campus in September 2017, which will be located in the Miami Health District. The university will occupy three entire floors, and each classroom will be outfitted with the latest technologies to promote a ripe and pioneering learning environment. Additionally, students will have access to a variety of open spaces developed with the intention of promoting cross-collaboration and the exchange of ideas around multiple disciplines.

“We are proud and humbled to be honored as a 2017 School of Excellence, as it reinforces our superior offering and unparalleled student experience, with career-oriented programs that contribute to the development of a competitive workforce,” said Omar Palacios, President of Atlantis University. “Our new facilities will enable us to enhance our local footprint and further our commitment to deliver an advanced learning environment and innovative curriculums that are designed for aspiring professionals locally, nationally and internationally.”

About Atlantis University
Founded in 2009, Atlantis University (AU) is a Miami-based, higher-education institution, fostering premier learning with innovative curriculums. The university provides a variety of certifications, associates’, bachelors’ and masters’ degree programs in the fields of Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, and Health, and has been recognized as a “2017 School of Excellence” by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), the designated accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, please visit atlantisuniversity.edu.

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August Means Back-to-School, Time to Check Up on Immunizations

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LEAWOOD, Kansas, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Each year as summer begins to wind down, children prepare to go back to school. For many, that means getting a back-to-school haircut, shopping for some new clothes, and gathering school supplies. One thing that shouldn’t be missed: checking in with your family physician to make sure school-age children are up to date on all required vaccinations.

During August—which is National Immunization Awareness Month—family physicians are reminding parents that vaccines keep your own child healthy and provide protections for children whose health conditions prevent them from getting vaccines. “It’s critical to make sure that you and your children receive vaccinations according to the immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Becoming immunized is important not only for school-age children, but for babies and young children, pregnant women, teens and pre-teens, and adults.”

Each year, the AAFP and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices collaborate to develop recommendations for the routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents and adults in the United States. All states require children to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases in order to attend school. Information about recommended immunization schedules for people of all ages is available at familydoctor.org. In addition, the AAFP developed an interactive map of vaccine-specific coverage levels for each state.

The CDC lists vaccine recommendations for the prevention of 17 diseases across the lifespan, protecting the health of Americans from birth through old age. Data from the CDC show that vaccines are effective not only in preventing disease, but in lowering the cost of health care spending:

  • A 2009 analysis of 13 vaccines given as part of the childhood immunization schedule found that for each birth group vaccinated, the United States saved 42,000 lives, $13.5 billion in direct medical costs, and prevented 20 million cases of disease.
  • An estimated $10.20 is saved in societal costs (direct and indirect) for every $1 invested in vaccines for vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Without improvements to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rate, 50,000 girls will develop cervical cancer that would be prevented if immunization rates reached 80 percent.
  • Seasonal influenza causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations and costs more than $10 billion in direct medical costs in the United States each year.

“Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and they save lives,” notes Meigs. “To protect public health, the AAFP strongly recommends that patients receive all necessary vaccinations in their primary care physician’s office. Forgoing immunization is reckless and endangers not only the health of children but the health of the entire public.”

Visit familydoctor.org for patient education resources on specific immunizations.

About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits — that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org.

 

SOURCE American Academy of Family Physicians

Curso de Inglés AMERICA has launched a joint partnership between Smithsonian Institution, American Book Group and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

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MIAMI, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– American Book Group, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and the Smithsonian Institution have jointly launched the first in a series of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for Spanish-speakers. 

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The Curso de Inglés AMERICA course is designed to teach English in an integral, modern and accelerated manner with print and online materials that include a free App to practice pronunciation on the go.  The print materials are well-structured and easy to follow, and are accompanied by a dedicated website featuring interactive exercises and entertaining instructional and cultural content. 

Throughout the course the student learns not only English but is given a factual and informative tour of the history and culture of America with enriching content, via the Smithsonian Institution, in its role as educator of the heritage of the United States of America.

Also included is access to the Smithsonian Institution American Citizenship Course via the course’s website, as well as Inglés en tu Teléfono, which features English classes via your smartphone and make learning English easier and faster.  The Curso de Inglés America series includes print, video, audio and online materials.

About Smithsonian Institution:

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.  Its mission is “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and “shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.”

About Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial:

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial publishes books for readers of every age group and in every format- be it print, digital or audio- in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the United States. 

About American Book Group:

American Book Group (ABG) is a print & digital publisher and distributor that specializes in instructional content, with a focus on language courses.  Launched in 2004, the Inglés en 100 Días ESL for Spanish-speakers series has been a category leader (Nielsen) with 2,000,000+ units sold. Over 30 ESL for Spanish-speakers products have been created and distributed in partnership with Santillana USA Publishing and Penguin Random House.  ABG also partners with companies to create educational products that drive traffic, generate new revenue streams, and create loyalty. 

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The Home Depot to Host Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call on August 15

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ATLANTA, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it will hold its Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, August 15, at 9 a.m. ET.

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A webcast will be available by logging onto http://ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations and selecting the Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call icon. The webcast will be archived and available beginning at approximately noon on August 15.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,282 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Ahoy Matey! Pirates and Sand Dunes Abound as “Pastor Fish” Launch Party Delights Kids and their Grown-Ups

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SAN MATEO, California, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Last week the team of NHM Ministrants (a division of Elfenworks Productions, LLC) celebrated the launch of The Pastor Fish App. This free bi-lingual whimsical “Sunday School under the sea” is full of gospel songs and stories for children and the young at heart.

NHM Ministrants Celebrates New Pastor Fish App in English and Spanish with the Interfaith Community

In addition to having a tablet station set up for guests to test the app, the celebration included an impressive five ton sand sculpture by Sand Guys from the Travel Channel’s television series Sand Masters, two puppet show performances by Magic Circus, and a raffle with prizes including an iPad Air, former US President Jimmy Carter’s recorded sermons from Maranatha Baptist Church, and Air Swimmers flying fish.

Present at the event were the development team from Tip-Tok, singer Carmen Milagro, and many of the voices kids are already beginning to know and love. The app features an ocean full of fun characters Pastor Fish, Barni Barnacle, Wigbert the Whale and the minnows of the Sunday school of fish. Following along with the songs and stories, kids and the young at heart internalize positive messages, feeling a greater sense of God’s love and care for them.

NHM Ministrants Director, Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth said, “I love thinking about an app inspired by the radio shows of yesteryear. It’s looking backwards to look forward. That’s what we’re all about at NHM Ministrants: creating digital resources inspired by the loving, open-armed presence of Jesus, who came to show us the Way and the Truth and the Life over 2,000 years ago.”

The whole event space became an underwater world. One guest remarked that they felt like they got to really live and experience the app through the fun décor, ocean inspired food, and music. Even if you were unable to attend the event, you still can experience Pastor Fish. The app is available for download, with direct links available at www.ministrants.com/pastorfish.

Members of the press, please contact us for high-res event photos or other assistance. Educators and clergy – we’d love to hear from you. Thank you, everyone, for helping us spread the word about this free resource for kids!

NHM Ministrants
www.ministrants.com 

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Launching New Celia Cruz Brand

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MIAMI, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Omer Pardillo-Cid, executor of the The Celia Cruz Estate and director of The Celia Cruz Legacy Project, announced today the launch of the new Celia Cruz Brand which will include a new online store for the first time ever which will offer exciting merchandising that will feature the iconic entertainer, and the redesign of the Celia Cruz website. Celia Cruz, recognized worldwide as The Queen of Salsa, was one the 20th century’s most successful Latin entertainers, and since her passing in 2003, her popularity only seems to have grown.

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“Since Celia’s death fourteen years ago, my sole purpose has been to keep her legacy alive for future generations through a myriad of projects. For some time I have collaborated with different designers to bring to life a merchandising line that would capture the joy and vibrancy that Celia embodied,” says Pardillo-Cid who was her friend and manager for the last years of her career. “It is not until now that I have been completely satisfied by the product we are launching and I hope it meets with the approval of her fans.”

Marietta González and Abel Ferro, founders of Versal Studio, began working with Cruz’s image about three years ago, but it is now that they are ready to bring their designs to life through an interactive online store that will feature the beloved singer’s likeness on dozens of merchandising items and deliver what Cruz’s fans have been long asking for: a dignified, artistic, fun and colorful way of keeping their icon’s legend alive.

“The admiration we feel for undoubtedly the most important musical figure to come out of our country is only surpassed by the passion we feel for this project,” says Ferro, designer for the project. “Bringing to life Omer’s love for this woman and understanding what she meant to so many is at the core of each design.”

GlowShineWow, a boutique digital marketing agency, led by Jackie Small, a long-time US resident that moved to Miami in 2004 from Argentina, and also a devoted Celia Cruz fan, will lead the marketing efforts for the project.

The new Celia Cruz’s website (www.celiacruz.com) will feature a stylish and attractive design, new and exclusive content, news updates, and an incredible interactive store for the fan, the collector and the memorabilia aficionado. The site will also be supported by extended online marketing and social media presence serving over 1 million fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with updates, news and promotions throughout the year.

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SOURCE Celia Cruz Estate