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Loud And Live Studios and Celia Cruz Entertainment

“Celia Cruz En Vivo: 100 Años de Azúcar” Celebrates the Centennial of the Legendary Artist

MIAMI, May 24, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Loud And Live Studios and Celia Cruz Entertainment announced today the release of a new Commemorative LP in celebration of the centennial of Celia Cruz’s birth. It is a compilation of nine songs recorded at a concert in Miami, FL, by the Queen of Salsa during the years of 1986 and 1987 titled En Vivo: 100 Años de Azúcar (100 Years of Azúcar). These recordings have remained unreleased for almost four decades.

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“Looking for material in our archives, we found these recordings that we didn’t even know existed, made by radio personality Albertico Rodríguez in a nightclub in Miami in the mid-eighties. Celia only released one live album during her entire career, which makes these recordings even more valuable,” says Omer Pardillo-Cid, Celia Cruz’s last manager and universal executor of her legacy, in addition to being one of the album producers. “One of the great treasures of my life was accompanying Celia for so many years. After her death, I made it my mission to safeguard the work that she left us so that it would not be forgotten over time. This project is one more example that Celia is immortal. Now she is the one who accompanies me and will do so for eternity.”

The power of the music of the so-called La Guarachera de Cuba is inestimable. More than twenty years after her death, the iconic Cuban artist seems to be more alive than ever. In the two decades that have passed, the fame and affection for the artist continues to grow daily. Celia Cruz has become the most idolized Hispanic singer in history. This cultural icon, who received countless honors and awards during her lifetime, including three GRAMMY® Awards and four Latin GRAMMY® Awards, was commemorated by the United States Postal Service with a postage stamp featuring her image as part of the Latin Music Legends Forever series. Recently, her image was immortalized by the toy company Mattel® as a Barbie® doll in their Inspiring Women series, and in August 2024, the United States Mint, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, will honor the artist as one of four women selected to have their faces depicted on a United States 25-cent coin, as part of the American Women Quarters program.

This album, which features some of her most iconic songs such as Quimbara, Bemba Colorá, La Dicha Mía and Tu Voz, in completely unreleased versions, is produced by Loud And Live Studios and curated by multi-GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® award-winning producers Nelson Albareda and Omer Pardillo-Cid, and radio personality Albertico Rodríguez. The recordings were restored and remastered by engineer Pedro “Waldy D” Domínguez, also a GRAMMY® award winner.

This album will be available in several configurations, including a Limited-Edition Collector’s box set. The Limited-Edition set will feature unique packaging, one of its main attractions, adorned with authentic vintage sequined fabric from one of the textiles used in Cruz’s famous costumes. The Limited-Edition Collector’s set and the Deluxe box set edition will also include a hardcover book containing one hundred photographs celebrating each year of the legendary artist’s life, along with exclusive printed photos that are sure to become collector’s items. Additionally, the album will be released as standard vinyl and made available on all digital platforms.

“This album is very special to me for several reasons. First and foremost, Celia Cruz, Cuba’s most iconic artist was one of the first artists I worked with. Second, these are recordings of live concerts in the city I cherish, Miami. Third, I have always liked design, whether graphic or advertising, and I think the packaging of this album is unique and a true representation of Celia’s style,” says Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud And Live and executive producer of the album. “And finally, the music itself, my great passion. As a Cuban-American, this music celebrates my roots, my heritage, and my essence as a human being. An artist like Celia comes along every hundred years, and that is precisely what we are celebrating, 100 Años de Azucar.”

“En Vivo: 100 Años de Azúcar,” distributed by InnerCat, had its exclusive premiere on SiriusXM Caliente channel 158 and is now available on all digital platforms and in physical formats at www.celiacruz.com. The launch of this album marks the beginning of a series of celebrations organized by the Celia Cruz Foundation to honor the centennial of the iconic artist. These festivities will commence in October 2024 and continue through the end of 2025.

Celia Cruz En Vivo: 100 Años de Azúcar
All Album Configurations available: https://record-stop.com/collections/celia-cruz
Watch the Quimbara Music Video: https://youtu.be/nlGzLj8ZVfw
Link to Digital Platforms: https://pfl.ink/28fepnpx22

Connect With Celia Cruz:
Social Media: https://celiacruz.com/links/
Instagram: @celiacruz

Connect with Loud And Live:
Instagram: @loudliveentertainment and @loud_live

About Loud And Live Studios:
Loud And Live Studios, Loud And Live’s premier content development and production company, is a GRAMMY ® and Latin GRAMMY ® award-winning studio dedicated to creating culturally relevant content across its entertainment, brand marketing & lifestyle events platform, including livestreams, podcasts, short & long-form videos, music specials, documentaries & branded content. Headquartered in Miami, Loud And Live Studios is driven by its passion to bring compelling stories to life through authentic storytelling, ensuring a high-quality content experience for its global audiences. Loud And Live Studios also operates two Latin platform channels on SiriusXM, EnVivo (channel 154) and Latin Vault (channel 155).

About Celia Cruz Entertainment:
Celia Cruz Entertainment is responsible for the safeguarding, protection and maximizing the benefits accruable into and from all Celia Cruz intellectual property assets, including Celia Cruz copyrights, trademarks, URL, image rights, archives, performance rights, naming rights and together with Celia Cruz Legacy Project Archive and Research Center collects, safeguards and makes accessible materials, documents, photographs, video footage, stage dresses and pieces from Celia Cruz’s personal collection to keep the Legacy of Celia Cruz alive for generations to come. Visit celiacruz.com for more information.

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V&V Supremo Foods, Inc. Introduces Authentic Chicken Chorizo, Expanding Its Line of Traditional Mexican Favorites

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A Delicious Alternative to Pork and Beef Chorizo, Offering the Same Authentic Flavor, Texture, and Quality.

CHICAGO, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — V&V Supremo® Foods, Inc., a leading producer of authentic Mexican cheeses, cremas and chorizo, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product: chicken chorizo. This innovative addition to the company’s chorizo line offers consumers a delicious alternative to traditional pork and beef varieties while maintaining the same authentic flavor, texture, and quality that V&V Supremo® is known for.

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Since its founding in 1964, V&V Supremo Foods, Inc. has been dedicated to bringing the flavors of Mexico to tables across the United States. The introduction of chicken chorizo is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and its mission to provide high-quality, authentic Mexican products to both the retail and foodservice industries.

“Our commitment to innovation is reflected in every bite of our new chicken chorizo. It’s a product I’m excited to introduce to the world,” said Gilberto Villaseñor, Chief Visionary Officer of V&V Supremo®. “We strive to offer our customers a wide range of options that cater to their diverse tastes and preferences, and our chicken chorizo is a perfect example of that.”

The new chicken chorizo joins V&V Supremo’s existing line of chorizo products, which includes the original pork chorizo and beef chorizo. With its authentic taste and versatility, the chicken chorizo is sure to become a favorite among consumers looking for a leaner alternative to pork and beef without sacrificing flavor or texture.

As the nation’s oldest family-run Mexican American cheese manufacturer and marketer, V&V Supremo Foods, Inc. remains committed to its roots while embracing innovation and growth. The launch of chicken chorizo marks another milestone in the company’s history and solidifies its position as a leader in the Mexican food industry.

For more information about V&V Supremo Foods, Inc., and its products, please visit www.vvsupremo.com.

About V&V Supremo Foods, Inc.

V&V Supremo® is an award-winning producer of authentic Mexican cheeses, cremas and chorizo and maker of Chihuahua® brand quesadilla cheese. The company was founded in 1964 by Mexico natives Gilberto Villaseñor, Sr. and Ignacio Villaseñor. It is now the nation’s oldest family-owned and run Hispanic cheese company. V&V Supremo® serves both the retail and food service industries.

To learn more about V&V Supremo Foods, visit www.vvsupremo.com

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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.

Key Survey Data Points

  • One-in-four Americans consider themselves and their partner car-incompatible

  • 50% said they frequently have to readjust their car’s seat positions, mirrors, seatbacks and stereo volume

  • Mazda partnered with expert LMFT, Elizabeth Earnshaw, to share advice on how to address car-incompatibility conflict resolution and how features in the all-new 2025 CX-70 can help ease these disagreements

IRVINE, Calif., May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is revealing what could be driving arguments with couples when it comes to their vehicles. While infidelity and financials are frequently cited causes for riffs in relationships, a new culprit is creating turmoil in garages across the country: sharing a vehicle. A recent survey of 2,000 married or cohabiting couples, fielded online by Talker Research on behalf of Mazda, found surprising facts about what couples argue about when it comes to sharing a vehicle.

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.

The survey found that nearly half (45%) of married or cohabiting couples admit they argue over a shared vehicle monthly. Some of the items that participants cited as topics that they often argued about when it comes to sharing a vehicle are the need to frequently have to readjust seat positions (62%), mirrors (55%), seatbacks (51%) and stereo volume (50%) after their partner uses the vehicle. With this in mind, the 2025 CX-70, Mazda’s all-new two-row mid-size crossover SUV, was thoughtfully designed to bring harmony to the driving experience and to relationships across the country, through new technologies such as its available Driver Personalization System.

The Driver Personalization System uses the vehicle’s internal camera to scan facial features and converts them into numeric information creating a driver profile. The system then uses the driver profile to automatically restore over 250 personalized driver settings to their desired positions such as seat position, mirror position, driving display and stereo settings. This means that the next time the driver gets ready to hit the road after their spouse last drove the vehicle, all of their preferred settings will be adjusted with no extra effort on their part. The driver profile is secured locally on the vehicle only and is not subject to remote access. Saved driver profiles can be deleted at any time.

The Driver Personalization System within the CX-70 can help you focus on the things more important in life. In fact, 21% of those surveyed would reward their spouse for properly readjusting vehicle settings by taking them out on a romantic dinner date.

To address car-incompatibility issues, one in four Americans with long-term partners would completely clean the car once a week to avoid arguments about their shared vehicle.

In order to provide additional help for partners to feel less car-incompatible, Mazda is partnering with Elizabeth Earnshaw, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, founder of A Better Life Therapy, author of “I Want This To Work” and the upcoming “Till Stress Do Us Part” and influencer. Earnshaw, LMFT has developed tips for couples to address car-incompatibility while highlighting how features of the Mazda CX-70 can help mitigate these arguments.

“Many times in my sessions, I see arguments around vehicles causing deeper problems with couples in their marriages,” said Earnshaw. “Clear communication and understanding of your partner’s wants and needs is important to a healthy relationship and the Driver Personalization System within the Mazda CX-70 can help alleviate relationship pain points.”

Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT tips for dealing with car-incompatibility:

  • Understand your mental load: Couples should take time to sit down with their partner to make a list of all of the things that have to be remembered in a day in order to manage their relationship, home and car. Explore who tends to be responsible for the bulk of it. Discuss together whether this feels fair or if things need to be redistributed and work to redistribute as necessary.
  • Manage your stress: Too much stress makes it difficult to relate to others, even the people we love the most. To manage stress, partners should prevent the small stressors as much as they can, learn to self soothe by doing things like deep breathing and muscle relaxation and work together to solve big problems. When dealing with stress around a vehicle, make sure to take the time for deep breathing before addressing the issue.
  • Interdependent Relationship: Even though partners share their car, they still want to be able to be themselves. Interdependent Relationships are the gold star and means that as a couple, partners can integrate who they are as a unit and who they are as unique individuals. Couples who have the ability to make space for time together and time apart tend to be the happiest. Work together to understand each other’s needs for personal time and regularly schedule time to spend together and apart for relationship balance.
  • Practice Active Listening: Couples get stuck arguing about their differences in preference, especially with their vehicles, when they focus on who is right and who is wrong when they should be practicing active listening. Partners can practice active listening by putting their own agenda to the side so you can truly hear and understand their partners viewpoint. If they catch themselves starting to drift towards other thoughts, bring their attention back to what their partner is saying. After they’ve finished talking, summarize what they shared and then they should ask if they’ve missed anything before providing solutions or sharing their own point of view.

With its inspiring, yet sophisticated design with thoughtful cargo solutions paired with the latest technology and conveniences, couples can expect that the Mazda CX-70 will deliver peace and help you focus less on the little things, like adjusting settings, and more on the important points of life with your partner.

To learn more about the all-new Mazda CX-70 visit: www.mazdausa.com/vehicles/cx-70

About Mazda North American Operations
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, Canada, Mexico, and Colombia through approximately 795 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario; operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City; and operations in Colombia are managed by Mazda de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow @MazdaUSA on social media: Facebook, Instagram, X, YouTube, and Threads.

About Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT
Over the last decade, Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT has become one of today’s most trusted relationship teachers. Elizabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy. She founded A Better Life Therapy, where her team serves thousands of couples a year and is the creator of the Instagram Account @lizlistens where she shares relatable relationship advice. In addition to making couples therapy more accessible, she is the author of “I Want This To Work”. Elizabeth often contributes to publications like The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

*Survey Methodology
Survey was conducted by Talker Research on behalf of Mazda from Apr. 9 to Apr. 15, 2024, with a panel of 2,000 married or cohabitating Americans who have been in a relationship for at least five years and share a vehicle.

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Community Conversations Reduce Stigma and Reinforce Why Mental Health Matters


Montefiore Holds Series of Bronx Events in Recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month

BRONX, N.Y., May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — No longer a “silent struggle,” hundreds of Bronx residents and families impacted by a wide range of conditions that affect, mood, thinking and behaviors, participated in Montefiore Health System events held throughout the last two months in recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. Event topics were requested by community members and led by Montefiore’s department of Psychiatry and its Office of Community & Population Health (OCPH).


“These events were incredibly emotional and inspirational as each one was informed by individual neighborhoods expressing what was most important to them – ranging from mindfulness to distress to victimization and violence,” said Liz Spurrell-Huss, MPH, MSW director, Health Equity Programs, OCPH. “Each event was different, but every time we were moved by how open and engaged everyone was about topics that are often highly stigmatized and hard to discuss.”

The events were held in partnership with local community-based organizations, including:

  • Breaking Ground – Park House, La Central, Boston Road
  • Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA)
  • Pastoral Migratoria Saint Antony Of Padua Church
  • Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS) Life University
  • Regional Aid for Interim Needs (RAIN): Middletown Center, Gun Hill Senior Center, Tolentine Senior Center and Parkchester Senior Center
  • Riverdale Senior Services: Schervier Apartments, Marble Hill Senior Center
  • St. Luke Episcopal Church

“Hearing each person’s stories, struggles and triumphs out in the community is an honor – and it is an essential step in bringing people who need mental health support into treatment,” said Dr. Ana Ozdoba, director, Psychiatry Residency Training, Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “It was also an invaluable experience for our psychiatry residents, who are newer to the field, as it reinforces why we are here in the Bronx and the importance of community partnerships in addressing today’s mental health crisis.”

To close Mental Health Awareness Month, the Montefiore Child Outpatient Psychiatry Division led by Dr. Jenny Seham, partnered with HearYourSong, a nonprofit that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through songwriting, will present a concert featuring original songs about topics ranging from friendship to struggling with depression.

Seham, who serves as Director, Arts and Integrative Medicine and Montefiore Einstein’s Youth Empowerment Series (YES), expressed, “Children in our community are feeling unprecedented levels of sadness and hopelessness; students of color are at elevated risk for increased stress, anxiety and depression. YES highlights the strength, resilience, and creativity of local youth through arts performances and exhibits. Their songs have a powerful impact on themselves and the audience; the concert is a true community healing experience.”

Montefiore is a designated Behavioral Center of Excellence by the New York State Office of Mental Health and earlier this year, announced plans create a new pediatric inpatient psychiatry unit in the Bronx.

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This Hurricane Season Take Steps to Protect Your Family from CO Poisoning and Other Post-Storm Dangers


WASHINGTON, May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — June 1 marks the start of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, and it could be an extremely active one, according to some forecasts of 2024 hurricane activity. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, fires and electric shock after hurricanes and severe storms hit.

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“Hurricanes and major storms in the U.S. cause widespread damage that impacts millions of Americans each year,” said CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric. “This hurricane season, I urge consumers to follow CPSC’s safety tips to prepare ahead of storms and prevent loss of life in a storm’s aftermath.”

Consumers need to be especially careful when storms knock out electrical power. CO poisoning from portable generators can kill whole families in minutes. CO is called the invisible killer because it is colorless and odorless. CO poisoning from portable generators can happen so quickly that people can become unconscious before recognizing the symptoms of nausea, dizziness or weakness.

On average, more than 200 consumers die in the U.S. each year from CO poisoning related to consumer products, according to CPSC’s latest report on Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Deaths Associated with the Use of Consumer Products. About 92 of those deaths are linked to portable generators.

CPSC data show African Americans are at higher risk of death

Another CPSC report shows that from 2012 through 2022, where race was known, non-Hispanic Black or African Americans accounted for 23 percent of generator-related CO deaths, which is much higher than their share in the U.S. population.

Consumers should follow these safety tips to protect their families during hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from the beginning of June to the end of November.

Loss of Power—Using a Generator Safely

  • NEVER operate a portable generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or shed. Opening doors or windows does not provide enough ventilation to prevent the buildup of lethal levels of CO.
  • Operate portable generators outside only, at least 20 feet away from the house, and direct the generator’s exhaust away from the home and any other buildings that someone could enter. Close windows and seal off all other openings, such as soffit vents, dryer vents, and exhaust fan vents, that are near the generator or in the path of its exhaust. Do not operate a generator on an outside porch or in a carport. They are too close to the home.
  • Follow portable generator instructions about electrical shock hazards in inclement weather, which may include use of an NFPA-rated non-combustible generator tent or may state to wait until rain passes.
  • Check that portable generators have been maintained properly, and read and follow the labels, instructions, and warnings on the generator and in the owner’s manual.
  • Look for portable generators that have a CO shut-off safety feature, which is designed to shut the generator off automatically when high levels of CO are present around the generator. These models may be advertised as certified to the latest safety standards for portable generators–PGMA G300-2018 or G300-2023 and UL 2201–which are estimated to significantly reduce deaths from CO poisoning. UL 2201 certified models have reduced CO emissions in addition to the CO shut-off safety feature and are estimated to nearly eliminate the risk of death from CO poisoning.

Check CO and Smoke Alarms

  • Working smoke and CO alarms save lives! Install battery-operated smoke and CO alarms or smoke and CO alarms with battery backup on each level and outside separate sleeping areas at home. Interconnected combination smoke and CO alarms are best; when one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed on every level and inside each bedroom.
  • Make sure CO alarms are installed on every level and outside each bedroom.
  • Test smoke and CO alarms monthly to make sure they are working properly and replace batteries, if needed. Never ignore an alarm when it sounds. Get outside immediately. Then call 911.

Dangers with Charcoal and Candles

  • Never use charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal in an enclosed space can produce lethal levels of carbon monoxide. Do not cook on a charcoal grill in a garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Use caution when burning candles. Use flashlights or battery-operated candles instead. If using candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when leaving the room and before sleeping.

Dangers with Wet Appliances:

  • Look for signs that your appliances have gotten wet. To reduce the risk of shock or electrocution, do not touch wet appliances that are still plugged into an electrical source.
  • Before using your appliances, have a professional or your gas or electric company evaluate them for safety. Replace all gas control valves, electrical wiring, circuit breakers and fuses that have been under water.

Dangers with Gas Leaks:

  • If you smell or hear gas leaking, leave your home immediately and contact local gas authorities from outside the home. Do not operate any electronics, such as lights or phones, before leaving.

CPSC resources:

Carbon Monoxide Safety Center
PSA – Hurricane Safety Tips
PSA – Seguridad en caso de huracán
PSA – One portable generator produces the same amount of Carbon Monoxide as hundreds of cars
PSA – Una planta eléctrica produce la misma cantidad de monóxido de carbono como cientos de autos
Link to broadcast quality video for media:
Hurricane B-Roll – https://spaces.hightail.com/space/XtFQ7YqK0x

CPSC spokespeople are available for interviews. Email [email protected] or call 240-204-4410 to arrange for an interview.

Individual Commissioners may have statements related to this topic. Please visit www.cpsc.gov/commissioners to search for statements related to this or other topics.

About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.

Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.

For lifesaving information:
– Visit CPSC.gov.
– Sign up to receive our e-mail alerts.
– Follow us on Facebook, Instagram @USCPSC and Twitter @USCPSC.
– Report a dangerous product or a product-related injury on www.SaferProducts.gov.
– Call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054).
– Contact a media specialist.

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Dallas Bright Futures Announces Winners of the 2024 Monty J. and Sarah Z. Bennett Dallas Scholarship Fund

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DALLAS, May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Dallas Bright Futures is thrilled to announce this year’s recipients of the Monty J. and Sarah Z. Bennett scholarship fund. Selected from a diverse and talented pool from the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), the five scholarship recipients have shown remarkable dedication to academic excellence. Each will receive $5,000 to help support their tuition, books, or living expenses on their path to higher education.

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Scholarship recipients were selected through a comprehensive application and interview process, during which a selection committee evaluated their academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, community service, and leadership potential. Of note, the recipients attend multiple DISD schools including the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Irma Lerma Rangel Youth Women’s Leadership School, North Dallas High School, School for the Talented & Gifted at Townview, and Trinidad Garza Early College High School.

Sarah Z. Bennett commented, “Monty and I hold a deep love for education and our community. Our shared commitment to making a positive difference has always brought us together. Coming from humble beginnings myself, I know the profound impact of academic dedication and discipline. Equally important were the financial opportunities tied to academics that helped me along the way. I was excited to learn about all of our finalists’ passions and dreams, and I am optimistic about the bright futures awaiting each of them.”

This year’s recipients earned distinguished accolades throughout their high school journeys, including AP Scholar awards, National Honor Society members, Student Council memberships, a DISD Recognized Scholar, National African American Recognition Awards, a District Champion in girls’ singles tennis, an Outstanding Leadership Class Award, participation as an Academic Decathlete, and a Mr. Top Teen of America SDCD. Their extracurricular activities span from musical theatre, bowling, debate, robotics, peer mentoring and assistance programs, tennis, school clubs and part-time employment.

For more information about Dallas Bright Futures and its scholarship programs, please visit www.dallasbrightfutures.org.

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Empowering 1st Generation Homebuyers with a 1% Down Payment Loan Program

Panorama Mortgage Group

Panorama Mortgage Group continues to overcome barriers to homeownership for minority and underserved communities.

LAS VEGAS, May 8, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Panorama Mortgage Group, LLC (PMG), a leading nationwide independent mortgage bank headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, operating under the DBA’s Alterra Home Loans, Vision Mortgage Group, LEGACY Home Loans and Lone Peak Lending, announces the launch of an innovative and proprietary loan program that breaks down the barriers for first-generation, first-time homebuyers with its unique 1% down payment and 2% grant down payment assistance; known as the 1st Generation Homebuyer (1st Gen) loan program.

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“We believe in dismantling barriers to homeownership and fostering financial empowerment,” affirms Jason Madiedo, President, and CEO of Panorama Mortgage Group LLC. “Our 1st Gen loan program is a game-changer, designed to bridge the gap and pave the way for underserved communities to build generational wealth through homeownership.”

The 1st Gen program dovetails with overarching homeownership initiatives, and addresses certain challenges faced by borrowers pursuing their dreams of homeownership, which greatly differentiates 1st Gen from prior iterations of first-time homebuyer programs.  The program uniquely combines a more expansive definition of eligible borrowers. 1st Gen focuses on borrowers who are the first generation in their family to realize their homeownership dreams; something often seen as unobtainable by prior generations.  Another important feature of the program is the 2% grant does not have to repaid by the borrower.  Additionally, there are no property location or census tract constraints, which makes the program eligible within PMG’s nationwide footprint.

This first of its kind program heralds a significant shift for families entrenched in the cycle of renting, where current market trends and intrinsic barriers make the pride of homeownership feel out of reach.

For 1st Gen loan program questions please call our dedicated Hotline: (888) 704-1GEN (1436).
General information about PMG can be found at www.PMGLLC.com

About Panorama Mortgage Group, LLC:

Since 2007, Panorama Mortgage Group, LLC (PMG) is a nationwide minority led independent mortgage bank, licensed in forty-three states.  PMG focuses on providing innovative mortgage solutions to foster sustainable homeownership and building generational wealth in minority and underserved communities.

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Kassie Maroney Named Blue Shield of California Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Kassie Maroney Named Blue Shield of California Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Maroney is a senior healthcare executive with 20 years of finance and actuarial leadership experience

OAKLAND, Calif., May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kassie Maroney, an accomplished executive and manager with two decades of finance and actuarial leadership experience at major health plans, has been named senior vice president and chief actuary for Blue Shield of California.

Kassie Maroney Named Blue Shield of California Senior Vice Presidentand Chief Actuary

Maroney will oversee health plan financial performance at Blue Shield of California, a nonprofit health plan with $24 billion in annual revenue. She will also lead the actuarial, pricing, underwriting, and financial risk and analytics teams.

Kassie Maroney brings deep experience to this position,” said Mike Stuart, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blue Shield of California. “Her strong business acumen, along with well-aligned leadership abilities in finance and underwriting are integral to this role. Her expertise will help us deliver high-quality affordable health care to the members we serve, and her background closely aligns with our north star of creating a healthcare system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable.”

Maroney comes to Blue Shield of California from Health Care Service Corporation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. She previously held leadership and actuarial roles with Florida Blue and Aetna.

Maroney earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Actuarial Science from Drake University and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries.

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of its family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Shield Association with more than 4.8 million members, over 7,500 employees and more than $24 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $97 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation in the last three years to have an impact on California communities.

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Breakthrough New York Names Next Executive Director Nikki Thompson


NEW YORK, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Nikki began the role on May 15 and brings an extensive background in the social sector in NYC, with a focus on education. She started her career as an admissions officer at Barnard, then worked as a 7th grade social studies teacher in East New York, a senior leader at the NYC Department of Education, and then at Teach For America. The majority of her career was spent at One Goal, a national college access and success organization where was the founding Executive Director of the New York region and then as the first Chief Regional Operations Officer, overseeing six regions. Nikki joins Breakthrough from NYC KIDS Rise where she served as Head of Development.

Nikki expressed her connection to Breakthrough, “As a first-generation college student, Breakthrough’s mission to provide students from low-income backgrounds with the opportunities, resources, and relationships to succeed in rigorous schools and careers deeply resonates with my personal experience and my conviction that young people can accomplish anything, with the right support in their corner.”

Nikki succeeds Beth Onofry as Executive Director, who will step down at the end of June after six years in the role as her family moves to Buffalo. Under Beth’s leadership, Breakthrough continued to roll out its expansion to three sites in NYC and its evolution as a 10-year college access and success program, including providing services to students throughout COVID-19. Beth will end her tenure celebrating the college graduation of the first cohort of students who signed up for and completed the full 10-year program.

Expressing gratitude for her time at Breakthrough, Beth remarked, “It has been such an honor to lead this amazing organization over the last six years. We have lived through a time of incredible change and I am proud of how we have endured and what we have accomplished together. I am also excited about what the future holds for our organization and our students.”

David Sherman, Chair of the Board, commented, “On behalf of the Board, we want to thank Beth for everything she has done for Breakthrough over the past six years, and we wish her all the best in Buffalo. I also want to share how excited members of the Board are to welcome Nikki. With her experience and demonstrated track record of leadership, we are confident that Breakthrough will be in an excellent position to continue to enhance and strengthen the program.”

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Adron Carter
External Relations Manager
Breakthrough New York
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About Breakthrough New York:

Breakthrough is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing underserved students for success in college and beyond. Through innovative educational programs and mentorship, Breakthrough empowers students to realize their full potential and become leaders in their communities. For more information, visit https://btny.org/.

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Marylebone Cricket Club is the First Club to Offer Fully Accessible Interactions with Deaf British Sign Language Users, with SignVideo Partnership


Collaboration aims to improve real-time communication and assistance

LONDON, May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — SignVideo by Sorenson, the market leader in delivering on-demand video interpreting and community interpreting to the Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) community in the United Kingdom (UK), today announced it is providing sign language interpretation for the distinguished Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), founded in 1787 and today, the arbiter of laws relating to cricket globally and owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground.


“We are ecstatic to partner with Marylebone Cricket Club in creating social impact by removing language barriers for Deaf cricket fans in the UK. Our partnership provides communication access that is intended to enrich the experience for users of BSL,” said Jorge Rodriguez, CEO of Sorenson, parent company of SignVideo, which offers interpreting services in the UK. “This means Deaf and hearing fan journeys will be very similar – an exciting breakthrough in creating equivalent participation.” 

Whether Deaf people want to call to buy tickets for upcoming matches or discuss a membership package, SignVideo’s BSL video relay service, effective immediately, will offer Deaf people options to contact MCC the same way as hearing counterparts.

MCC staff and stewards will also be able to communicate on the spot with a Deaf person through an on-demand video BSL interpreter via a mobile or tablet device. This video remote interpreting service is especially useful when an interpreter is needed immediately, such as for ad-hoc Deaf spectators visiting on match days or for communicating with the ticket office or MCC club on non-match days. 

Stuart Dunlop, Sustainability and Accessibility Manager, MCC, said: “Partnering with SignVideo is a very important step for MCC, as we continue to look into ways of ensuring that Lord’s is a Ground for all.

“We are very pleased to become the first cricket venue to partner with SignVideo, whose service will make it easier for members of the BSL community to communicate with the Club’s staff. We hope this partnership will open up the experience of Lord’s to those who previously may not have considered visiting,” Dunlop noted.

Founded in 2004 to advance equality of Deaf and hearing communities, SignVideo introduced the first videophone to Deaf people in the UK, providing instant access to BSL/English interpreting through video conferencing. Today, SignVideo by Sorenson’s services include online video and face-to-face BSL and Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreting across the UK.

In 2020, SignVideo joined Sorenson, one of the world’s leading language services providers. Across all business lines, Sorenson connects more than 140 million conversations each year through a full suite of inclusive language services, combining patented technology with human-centric solutions. Learn more about SignVideo by Sorenson. To learn more about the full range of services Sorenson offers, visit www.sorenson.com

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MCC Communications Officer
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About SignVideo by Sorenson
Predominantly a BSL-led organisation dedicated to high quality, customer-focused services and standards, SignVideo delivers BSL interpreting 24/7 for Deaf and Deaf-Blind BSL users through Video Relay Service (VRS) solutions commissioned by public and private sectors which include, government, National Health Service, councils, banks, helplines, and telecommunications providers across the UK.

In 2020, SignVideo joined Sorenson, one of the world’s leading language services providers. Across all business lines, Sorenson connects more than 140 million conversations each year through a full suite of inclusive language services. Sorenson combines patented technology with human-centric solutions to deliver call captioning and video relay services, video remote and in-person sign language and spoken language interpreting, translation, real-time captioning, and post-production language services.

Sorenson strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for underrepresented people through communication solutions for all. Sorenson impact extends beyond the connections we support. Under Sorenson’s Impact and ESG Vision and Action Plan, we’re reviewing our carbon footprint, addressing accessibility and advancement barriers for Deaf employees, and implementing a supplier diversity program. Sorenson is a portfolio company of Ariel Alternatives LLC’s Project Black® fund, which aims to scale sustainable minority-owned businesses to serve as leading vendors to Fortune 500 companies—supporting supply chain diversity. For more information on how we advance human connection, visit sorenson.com or es.sorenson.com.

About Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
There are few clubs in the world that have made as big an impact on any sport as MCC has made on cricket. From its iconic ground in north-west London, MCC has led the game for over 200 years and helped take it from a national pastime to a global obsession.

At our heart is Lord’s, the Home of Cricket. Taking care over every detail, we’re dedicated to growing its reputation as the most celebrated and admired venue in cricket. Everything we do is for the good of the game; from working with local communities to growing cricket’s global influence.

Founded in 1787, MCC is recognised as the sole authority on the game’s Laws. There are approximately 18,350 Full and 6,000 Associate Members of MCC.

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National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program Mobile Tour Visits Kerrville, TX

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KERRVILLE, Texas, May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Starting May 28, Schreiner University, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and Doyle Community Center in Kerrville, TX will host the All of Us Journey, a traveling educational exhibit that brings the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program to communities across the United States. The Journey features interactive activities, videos, games, quizzes, and more—all designed to demonstrate the power of participation in health research. Interested attendees will learn how they can help shape the future of health for themselves, their families, and their communities for generations to come. Attendees will also have the opportunity to register for the All of Us Research Program during their visit.

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Kerrville is one stop on the All of Us Journey’s national tour. The public are invited to attend and learn how they can help change the future of health as participants in the All of Us Research Program.

Tuesday, May 28, to Friday, May 31, 2024
Schreiner University
2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028

Tuesday, June 4, to Friday, June 7, 2024
Doyle Community Center
110 W Barnett St
Kerrville, TX 78028

See the full list of events in Kerrville from May 28 to June 7 here.

The All of Us Research Program, led by the National Institutes of Health, aims to recruit at least one million participants that reflect the diversity of the United States. All of Us will help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. To learn more about the All of Us Research Program and upcoming events, visit https://www.joinallofus.org/drive.

About the All of Us Journey
All of Us is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Journey is managed by Montage Marketing Group in collaboration with Scripps Research Translational Institute, and funded by the National Institutes of Health award OT2OD035580.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Reyes, Outreach Engagement Manager
Phone: 703-454-9168 ext: 144
Email: [email protected]

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Kia’s all-electric three-row SUV also took top honors in the Performance SUV, Mid-size CUV and Electric Vehicle categories

IRVINE, Calif., May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Living up to the “everything’s bigger in Texas” adage, the Kia EV9 three-row SUV was named “Electric Vehicle of Texas” at the 2024 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Auto Roundup. In addition, Kia’s new flagship was deemed “Best in Class” in the Performance SUV, Mid-size CUV and Electric Vehicle categories by the attending TAWA members.

Kia EV9 SUV Named “2024 Electric Vehicle of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association

The annual competition saw more than 20 TAWA automotive journalist members from across the U.S. converge for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs. TAWA journalist members who attended the event evaluated participating vehicles across a wide variety of criteria.

“The Kia EV9’s trophy case continues to grow and being named the ‘Electric Vehicle of Texas’ from the 2024 TAWA Auto Roundup is further evidence that the first mainstream three-row EV SUV has wide appeal,” said Steven Center, CEO & EVP, Kia America. “Texans love their SUVs and the TAWA members are a discerning group who are well aware of that fact, which makes EV9’s recognition all the more significant for the Kia brand.”

After driving each vehicle on predetermined street courses, TAWA members voted on the top vehicles in a variety of categories. Journalists were encouraged to drive the vehicles as they would if they were simulating their own day-to-day driving conditions.

More information on the 2024 TAWA Auto Round-Up, including the full list of participating vehicles, can be found at www.texasautowriters.org.

Kia America – about us
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys. Kia is recognized as one of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies of 2023. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles sold through a network of over 775 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*.

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 * The Sportage (excludes HEV and PHEV models), Sorento (excludes HEV and PHEV models), and Telluride are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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VinciVR, New York Offshore Wind Developers, and NYC Colleges launch Immersive Education Week for Wind Careers

Student from McKee Technical Highschool in Staten Island receiving guidance from Vineyard Offshore during an Offshore Wind Technician VR career exploration simulation.

Working with the NYC Department of Education, the industry partnered with local post-secondary educational institutions to bring career exploration workshops using Virtual Reality to students

NEW YORK, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — VinciVR Inc., a leading provider of Virtual Reality (VR) green energy industry and career exploration technologies for students, launched the inaugural New York City (NYC) Offshore Wind Immersion Week in partnership with Offshore Wind developers and postsecondary educational institutions. Developers included Attentive Energy, Community Offshore Wind, Vineyard Offshore, and Equinor; institutions included CUNY Staten Island, Laguardia Community College, RETI Center, and City Tech College. Students from 5 Career & Technical Education schools in the New York Public Schools across Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island participated in day-long educational events about the nascent Offshore Wind Industry. Students received a 45 minute lecture followed by hands-on Virtual Reality simulations of an offshore wind technician’s job.

“I think this was a great experience. The students were excited about participating in the VR experience and had an opportunity to learn about Offshore Wind. They were provided great information on the many opportunities that it will possibly present in the future,” says Everett Kelley, teacher at George Westinghouse CTE High School.

VinciVR coordinated with the Offshore Wind Developers to partner with the education institutions to host students. VinciVR then worked with the NYC Department of Education to bring high school students from Ralph R. McKee CTE, Brooklyn Technical, STAR Early College School, Queens Technical, and George Westinghouse to the workshops. NYC Economic Development Corporation provided additional support. For future immersion events, VinciVR is looking to include unions and pre-apprenticeship programs.

“We were finding a wide gap between what students knew about Offshore Wind and the coming immense hiring needs of the industry,” says Eagle Wu, CEO of VinciVR. “We hope that this will be the first of many Immersion Events to help motivated students understand and access high paying jobs.”

“We’re excited to take part in the Offshore Wind Immersion week with Vinci VR, NYC EDC, NYC DOE, the Innovation Hub, and participating schools. We look forward to continuing to work together to build awareness among New York City students of existing and future opportunities in the offshore wind industry,” says Ashley Ball, Director of Community Affairs, Empire Wind 1, Equinor.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to participate in future events in and out of NY.

About VinciVR: VinciVR creates Virtual Reality industry education and workforce development tools for the green energy industry. Its tools provide students with hands-on immersive experiences to explore careers across multiple job sectors in an engaging and realistic way. Students from public and private schools, pre-apprenticeships, and workforce development organizations across the US use Vinci’s VR tools everyday to learn how they can participate in the clean energy transition. Learn more about Vinci at our website: www.vinci-vr.com.

News Media Contact: Eagle Wu, [email protected]

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Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center Celebrates

200 Outpatient Desensitization Procedures, Enabling Patients to Stay on Optimal Therapy

NEW YORK, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — What happens when you have cancer, but are allergic to the most effective medication to treat your disease?

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Approximately 10% of people diagnosed with cancer experience hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) to certain therapies—which range from a mild skin rash to anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)—even when they were pretreated with antihistamines and steroids. To address this issue, patients with HSRs are often referred for chemotherapy desensitization treatment that requires a series of overnight stays in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU).

The NCI-designated Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center (MECCC) offers a better approach: an outpatient cancer therapy desensitization program. The program—the only one in the New York City area—has completed 200 such procedures, allowing patients to complete optimal treatments within recommended timeframes and avoid the hospital.

“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the last thing they need to learn is that they are allergic to the medication that will best treat their disease,” says Jessica Oh, M.D., director, Montefiore Drug Allergy Center, assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a member of MECCC. “Every patient who has been referred to our program has successfully completed treatment, which is a testament to the close collaboration between allergy, oncology, pharmacy, nursing, and the medical ICU teams. I hope that hitting this milestone demonstrates that outpatient desensitization programs should become the new standard in comprehensive cancer care.”

Cancer Therapy Allergic Reactions & Treatment

Taxane-based chemotherapies that include Paclitaxel, Docetaxel, Abraxane, and Taxotere are among the most effective and commonly used therapies for several types of cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. They are also widely used to reduce secondary tumors from occurring. These treatments, however, cause allergic reactions in approximately 10% of people.

Platinum agents, like oxaliplatin, carboplatin, and cisplatin, are effective cancer therapies, used alone and in combination with other drugs. However, up to 25% of the time, people experience allergic reactions to their platinum chemotherapy, typically occurring between the six and ninth cycle of treatment. 

The chemotherapy desensitization process creates a temporary drug tolerance for each infusion treatment by slowly increasing the doses of drugs every 15 minutes over the course of five to seven hours, depending on the individual patient and the specific cancer drug. This procedure is closely overseen by Dr. Oh and a registered nurse who specializes in chemotherapy infusion treatments, ensuring the patient safely receives each full dose.

When a patient is identified as potentially having an allergic reaction to a chemotherapy drug, they are referred to the allergy desensitization program for an evaluation, which includes a skin test and a thorough medical history. If a patient is a potential candidate, treatment begins within approximately a week. The chemotherapy desensitization program is available to patients receiving cancer treatment at MECCC or at another treatment center.

“I had a bad anaphylactic allergic reaction when I started chemotherapy; my blood pressure dropped, my lips went numb, my tongue swelled, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” said Virginia Brehaut. “Even though I still had a reaction in the chemotherapy desensitization program, I didn’t think twice about it since I was able to get the cancer medicine I needed. I would do anything to fight for my life, and Dr. Oh was my miracle who helped me do that.”

About Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center (MECCC) is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center and a national leader in cancer research and clinical care located in the racially and ethnically diverse borough of the Bronx, N.Y. MECCC combines the exceptional science of Albert Einstein College of Medicine with the multidisciplinary and team-based approach to cancer clinical care at Montefiore Health System. Founded in 1971 and an NCI-designated cancer center since 1972, MECCC is redefining excellence in cancer research, clinical care, education and training, and community outreach and engagement. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cancer for all, especially people from historically underrepresented groups. 

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Target Will Help Consumers Save Big by Lowering Prices on 5,000 Frequently Shopped Items

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Shoppers will enjoy lower prices on food, beverages and household essentials

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today it will lower everyday regular prices on approximately 5,000 frequently shopped items across its assortment.1 The retailer has just reduced prices on about 1,500 items, with thousands more price cuts planned to take effect over the course of the summer. Consumers will enjoy savings on everyday items such as milk, meat, bread, soda, fresh fruit and vegetables, snacks, yogurt, peanut butter, coffee, diapers, paper towels, pet food and more. These price reductions will collectively save consumers millions of dollars this summer. Target routinely adjusts its prices to ensure it is competitive within the markets it does business. These new price reductions are on top of the retailer’s everyday low prices.

“We know consumers are feeling pressured to make the most of their budget, and Target is here to help them save more,” said Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief food, essentials and beauty officer, Target. “Our teams work hard to deliver great value every day, and these new lower prices across thousands of items will add up to additional big savings for the millions of consumers that shop Target each week for their everyday needs.”

New lower prices for Memorial Day and every day

Consumers will find reduced prices on everyday items needed to run their households and maximize their budgets, especially as they stock up for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and back-to-school and back-to-college season.

Examples of price reductions already in place at many Target locations and online ahead of Memorial Day include Good & Gather Frozen Chicken Breast, Prime Hydration Ice Pop Sports Drinks, Johnsonville Cheddar Smoked Sausages and Good & Gather Shredded Cheese.1

These lower everyday prices are in addition to the separate Memorial Day discounts across the assortment to help consumers celebrate the holiday.

Additional price reductions will be found across dozens of national brands consumers know and love, and popular Target owned brands like Good & Gather and Everspring in key departments such as food and beverage, household essentials, health and beauty products and more. New prices will be reflected in-store with easy-to-see red tags, as well as online at Target.com and the Target app.

For example, in markets such as Phoenix to Minneapolis to New Orleans to Baltimore, most stores and Target.com and the Target app will feature the following lower prices available now or coming this summer:

  • Good & Gather Unsalted Butter (1 lb) now $3.79 (was $3.99)
  • Good & Gather Organic Baby Spinach (5 oz) now $2.99 (was $3.29)
  • Prime Hydration Sports Drinks (16.9 fl oz) now $1.99 (was $2.19)
  • Jack’s Frozen Pepperoni Pizza (14.3 oz) now $3.99 (was $4.19)
  • Thomas’ Plain Bagels (20 oz) at $3.79 (from $4.19
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Flavor Blasted Crackers (6.6 oz) at $2.79 (from $2.99
  • Good & Gather Sea Salt Roasted Nuts (9.5 oz) now $5.29 (was $6.89)  
  • Clorox Scented Wipes (75 ct) now $4.99 (was $5.79)
  • Huggies Baby Wipes (16 ct) now $.99 (was $1.19
  • Aveeno SPF 50 Sunscreen (3 fl oz) now $13.19 (was $13.89
  • Persil Liquid Laundry Detergent (100 fl oz) now $12.99 (was $13.69
  • Purina One Chicken & Gravy Cat Food (13 oz) now $1.99 (was $2.39

More ways to save

These price reductions deliver even more value on top of what Target already offers with its quality products at low everyday prices. Shoppers also can save an extra 5% if they pay with Target Circle Card2, get Target Circle deals and more. Recently, the retailer reintroduced Target Circle, its free-to-join membership program. It now applies deals automatically at checkout, features member-exclusive sales throughout the year like Target Circle Week and includes Target Circle Bonuses, which are personalized deals to help members add extra savings or earn rewards.

Across its assortment, Target ensures consumers find compelling prices no matter their budget. For example, its owned brand portfolio includes new low-priced basics brand dealworthy, with prices starting at less than $1 and most items under $10, and Target recently relaunched and expanded its everyday essentials brand up&up, which includes more than 2,000 items, most under $15.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at nearly 2,000 stores and at Target.com, with the purpose of helping all families discover the joy of everyday life. Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. Additional company information can be found by visiting the corporate website and press center.

  1. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com. This program excludes Alaska and Hawaii. Products mentioned may not be available at Target.com or in all stores. Products mentioned may not be available at Target.com or in all stores.
  2. Restrictions apply. Subject to application approval and identity verification. See Target.com/CircleCard for program rules and details. 
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L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans Unveil New, Vibrant Community Resource Center in Panorama City with Array of Health-Focused Offerings

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Panorama City location is the latest addition to the network of 14 planned centers by year-end 2024 

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan today held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their Community Resource Center (CRC) in Panorama City, located at 7868 Van Nuys Blvd. in the Plant Shopping Center.  

L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans Unveil New, Vibrant Community Resource Center in Panorama City with Array of Health-Focused Offerings

The new Center relocated from its original home in the Zocalito of Pacoima shopping center, where it operated from 2014 through 2023. The Panorama City location opened its doors in February 2024 with a larger footprint.     

The Community Resource Center in Panorama City is the newest among the health plans’ jointly operated Centers throughout Los Angeles County, which are part of the two health plans’ five-year, $146 million commitment announced in 2019 to help address local health, behavioral, and social needs. The Center offers a wide range of free fitness and wellness classes, programs, and services that are open to health plan members and the public to enhance the community’s overall well-being. 

“We are delighted to offer our Community Resource Center as a one-stop hub for the diverse populations of the San Fernando Valley, helping them stay active, healthy and informed,” said John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care. “Our Center’s array of services is tailored to empower individuals with free classes, programs and readily available resources, all geared toward supporting health and social needs and enhancing overall quality of life.” 

Visitors to the Center will have access to various offerings, including:

  • Fitness classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga
  • Healthy cooking classes and group sessions with a registered dietitian
  • Multi-lingual assistance with healthcare coverage options, including Medi-Cal renewals

“We understand that for many people across Los Angeles County, accessing local health and social services can be a challenge, especially when they don’t understand how to navigate the healthcare system or know what services are available in their community,” said Kristen Cerf, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “The new Community Resource Center will be staffed by individuals who are bilingual and bicultural and will offer programs and services that address social determinants of health for people of all ages. We hope to break cultural and language barriers and positively impact the health and well-being of Panorama City residents and the surrounding communities we serve.”

The Center is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the Community Resource Centers, please visit CommunityResourceCenterLA.org or click here for specific information about the Panorama City location.

About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is the largest health plan in Los Angeles County serving more than one of every four Angelenos. It is also the largest publicly operated plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Medicare Plus and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County’s low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on X, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization, wholly owned by Blue Shield of California, offering Medi-Cal. It is led by healthcare professionals with a “members-first” philosophy and committed to building a quality network of providers and partnering with community organizations for more than 530,000 members across Los Angeles and San Diego counties. For more information about Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, please visit www.blueshieldca.com/promise. For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

Media Contacts: 
L.A. Care Health Plan
Penny Griego – (310) 613-8309
[email protected] 

Blue Shield Promise Health Plan
Olga Gallardo – (323) 537-6364
[email protected]  

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The Home Depot Declares First Quarter Dividend of $2.25

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ATLANTA, May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a first quarter cash dividend of $2.25 per share. The dividend is payable on June 13, 2024, to shareholders of record on the close of business on May 30, 2024. This is the 149th consecutive quarter the company has paid a cash dividend.

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The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer. At the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, the company operated a total of 2,337 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company employs approximately 465,000 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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Mazda CX-5 Earns Top Rating in IIHS’s Newest Crash Test

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.

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced the 2023-2024 Mazda CX-5 earned the highest rating in their newest crash test.

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.

IIHS recently updated its moderate front overlap crash test, where 40 percent of the driver side front end of a vehicle impacts a stationary barrier at 40 mph. The forces in this test are similar to those in a frontal offset crash between two vehicles.

In IIHS’s original version of this test, only a driver dummy was used. In 2022, to address the need for better rear occupant protection, a second dummy was added in the second-row seat behind the driver. The updated evaluation incorporates advanced criteria focused on preventing injuries to rear-seat occupants.

Along with most vehicles originally evaluated in this new, challenging test, the 2021-2022 model year Mazda CX-5 received a poor rating. Dedicated to continuous safety advancements and listening to data-driven guidance from valued partners like IIHS, Mazda quickly made improvements. Rear seat belt pretensioners and load limiters were added not just to Mazda’s CX-5, but to all new Mazda vehicles, helping to reduce forces to belted rear occupants in the event of a crash.

As a result, the 2023-2024 model year CX-5 has now earned a good rating in the IIHS updated moderate front overlap test. 2024 model year Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, CX-30, CX-90, and 2023-2024 model year CX-50 earned the same top, good rating in this test earlier this year. 

“Mazda is proud to make these improvements to better protect our customers and their passengers,” said Mazda North American President and CEO Tom Donnelly. “We will continue to listen, learn, and evolve, as we execute our safety vision for zero fatalities by 2040.”

To learn more about advanced safety at Mazda, please visit the MazdaUSA.com website –  https://www.mazdausa.com/why-mazda/safety.

The IIHS is an independent, non-governmental safety-testing organization, funded by the insurance industry. For more information, visit https://www.iihs.org/ratings/top-safety-picks.

About Mazda North American Operations

Proudly founded in Hiroshima, Japan, Mazda has a history of sophisticated craftsmanship and innovation, and a purpose to enrich life-in-motion for those it serves. By putting humans at the center of everything it does, Mazda aspires to create uplifting experiences with our vehicles and for people. 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, Canada, Mexico and Colombia through approximately 795 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario; operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City; and operations in Colombia are managed by Mazda de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at news.mazdausa.com. 

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Alex Amparo Appointed to Role of IEM’s Vice President of Critical Infrastructure

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MORRISVILLE, N.C., May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — IEM International, Inc., a global leader in emergency management, disaster recovery, homeland security, and digital citizen services, is proud to announce the appointment of Alex Amparo to the newly created position of Vice President of Critical Infrastructure.

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In this capacity, Amparo will oversee IEM’s infrastructure projects. His leadership will direct our assistance to federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, non-profit, and international partners as we guide them in building security, resilience, and continuity in the infrastructure sector. Leveraging his decades of federal and state experience, Amparo will drive these initiatives as an integral part of IEM’s mission to build a safe, secure, and resilient world.

“Alex’s impact on our mission and the team, particularly in Puerto Rico, continues to be invaluable,” stated Bryan Koon, IEM President and CEO. “Under his expert guidance, I feel confident IEM’s infrastructure security and resilience initiatives will continue to expand. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him as he joins the dynamic executive team shaping IEM’s future.”

Amparo, formerly Director of Puerto Rico Critical Infrastructure, joined IEM in 2023. He directed IEM’s support for Puerto Rico infrastructure operations in this role, working with LUMA Energy. His insightful leadership has driven recovery and resilience initiatives in the energy sector on the island, contributing to a strengthened system that can better serve the community and help it withstand disruptions.

“I feel incredibly honored to take this next step with IEM as I assume the new role of Vice President of Critical Infrastructure,” stated Amparo. “Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand how vital it is to strengthen the infrastructure we rely on daily. In this new position, I’m thrilled to work closely with IEM’s executive leadership and team of experts to bolster our presence in Puerto Rico and the industry and help communities build a more resilient future.”

Amparo’s appointment as Vice President marks another solid addition to IEM’s executive leadership team. With their collective experience, IEM is poised to continue its upward trajectory, reaching new heights, and expanding its services worldwide.

About Amparo
Amparo’s emergency management and disaster recovery career spans nearly three decades. He has been instrumental in Puerto Rico’s recovery during his time at IEM and in his previous roles through his dedication and expertise.

Before IEM, Alex served as Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and as Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico. In these capacities, Amparo was pivotal in supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria and the 2020 earthquakes. His significant contributions to FEMA and his dedication to rebuilding Puerto Rico were recognized with the 2021 Presidential Rank Award.

He held several additional roles in FEMA, including Acting Deputy Administrator for Resilience and Assistant Administrator of Recovery, where he managed over $90 billion in federal disaster aid disbursements. Before FEMA, he served as Director of Emergency Management for the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Service in the State of Florida and holds degrees from Florida State University and California State University.

About IEM
IEM: Building a safe, secure, and resilient world, one innovative solution at a time. Founded in 1985, IEM has grown to 1,100 dedicated consultants, becoming the world’s largest woman- and minority-owned consulting firm. Our comprehensive services cover emergency management, homeland security, disaster and economic recovery, grants management and compliance, logistics and transportation policy and operations, infrastructure security and resilience, public health policy and operations, digital citizen services, cutting-edge national security and law enforcement technologies, and public engagement and outreach. We leverage scientific expertise, technology, and practical experience to create meaningful client outcomes. From securing crucial funding and program implementation to empowering communities, IEM is a trusted partner for government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Visit iem.com to learn more.

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Join Us For Memorial Day Masses To Honor Our Veteran Heroes, Their Legacies

Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, D.D., Regional Bishop of Essex County, blesses the Eucharist during Memorial Day Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ in 2023. Bishop Cruz will be the main celebrant for Memorial Day Mass this year at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum in East Hanover, NJ.

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J., May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark invites you to honor the memories of fallen heroes and celebrate the service of veterans and active-duty military personnel at Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11:00 AM across various archdiocesan cemeteries.

Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, D.D., Regional Bishop of Essex County, blesses the Eucharist during Memorial Day Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ in 2023. Bishop Cruz will be the main celebrant for Memorial Day Mass this year at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum in East Hanover, NJ.

Join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, honors men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognizing both active duty military and veterans.

“Let us come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our nation with honor and sacrifice. We are called to cherish their memories, support their families, and celebrate their legacies,” says Joseph Heckel, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries, CCCE.

Most Masses will be held outdoors under large canopy tents, with seating provided. *Memorial Day Masses at Gate of Heaven and Maryrest cemeteries will be held inside their mausoleums.

This inspiring event promises to be a powerful experience of community and remembrance. His Eminence Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of Newark, will con-celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, which is currently constructing the stunning Open-Air Mausoleum of the Holy Spirit.

Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated simultaneously at various Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries locations with distinguished celebrants.

  • Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ – Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D.
  • *Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ – Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, D.D.
  • *Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ – Most Reverend Michael A. Saporito, D.D.
  • Saint Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, NJ – Most Reverend Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., D.D.
  • Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, NJ – Most Reverend Gregory J. Studerus, D.D.
  • Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes, NJ – Very Reverend John J. Chadwick, S.T.D.
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, NJ – Rev. Philip J. Waters, O.S.B.

Don’t miss this opportunity to honor our heroes and their families. Join us in person for Memorial Day Masses and be part of this special celebration of remembrance and gratitude.

Visit www.rcancem.org/memorial-day-mass for more information and location details.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark is committed to honoring and remembering veterans throughout the year during monthly Masses, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, and Memorial Day. Flags fly daily in designated areas across all Archdiocesan cemeteries, and over one thousand American flags are placed at the memorials of interred veterans for Memorial Day, remaining through Flag Day.

For more information about Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark and their ministry, contact a Memorial Planning Advisor at [email protected] or visit www.CatholicJourney.org.

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About Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark
The Ministry of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark exists to meet the needs of individuals and families before, at the time of death and burial, and throughout bereavement. They also provide Monthly Masses of Remembrance celebrated at Archdiocesan Catholic cemeteries throughout the year, typically during the first week of each month and on special days. Contact a caring and professional Memorial Planning Advisor at [email protected] or learn more at www.rcancem.org.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of Newark, concelebrates Memorial Day Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum in East Hanover, NJ in 2023. Cardinal Tobin will be the main celebrant at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ this year.


Catholic Cemeteries assist individuals and families before, during, and after losing a loved one. They also provide Monthly Masses of Remembrance celebrated at archdiocesan Catholic cemeteries throughout the year, typically during the first week of each month and on special days. Contact a caring and professional Memorial Planning Advisor at cemetery@rcan.org or learn more at www.CatholicJourney.org.

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PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, at an official launch event in Punta Cana, attended by the Vice Minister for Tourism and the Indonesian Ambassador, Archipelago International opened its first corporate office in the Dominican Republic and announced the signing of multiple management agreements in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Opening New Office at Punta Cana and New Signings

Indonesian headquartered Archipelago International, the largest privately owned hotel management group in Southeast Asia, today announced details of its expansion in the region and the roll out of its brands, management services and hospitality technology development company, Sentinel Tech, at the opening of its new corporate office in the Dominican Republic. In addition to senior representatives of the Indonesian and Dominican Republic governments, the opening ceremony was attended by leading investors and developers from the travel and tourism sector.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Archipelago International, Mr. Gerard Byrne, Managing Director, outlined the 27- year history of the company, from humble beginnings in Jakarta, Indonesia to a current position of managing over 270 operating hotels (45,000 rooms) and a pipeline of over 80 hotels (16,000 rooms) across 15 countries and 5 continents. He explained how a strong group wide ethos of ensuring a seamless customer experience from booking to review, high-level Asian service standards, Kaizen philosophy (continuous improvement) and long-term investment in technology solutions are major reasons for both its domestic success and international growth. In explaining the success story of Archipelago’s international expansion strategy, he said “We are providing owners, developers and investors with proven alternative branding and operational solutions for their hospitality assets at a price point that is well below other global brands. We have developed technology solutions which are made by hoteliers for hoteliers. Our renowned Asian service standards, leading technology solutions and flexibility as an independent company is setting us apart from the competition. In addition, we have changed the paradigm when it comes to the owner and operator relationship, by constructing new partnership operating models that reward the owner in a more equitable way than the traditional double digit fee structures of the past“.

Speaking after Mr. Byrne, Jose Luis Leonardo, Vice President – The Americas, outlined details of their existing operations in the Americas. “Since opening our first resort in the region in 2019, Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa, Cuba, we have grown to having five hotels (3,242 rooms) in operation today, all of them achieving No.1 positioning in their respective destinations. In the next twelve months, we will open one hotel in Cuba, four hotels and condotels in the Dominican Republic and two in Mexico. These are Aston Panorama Hotel, Havana (320 rooms), Reserva Real by Harper, Punta Cana (187 rooms), Aston Rubí City Suites, Santo Domingo (179 rooms), Grand Aston Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa (170 rooms), Aston Bocettos City Suites, Santo Domingo (126 rooms), Aston Puebla Hotel, Puebla (105 rooms) and IIk Tulum by Aston Tulum (104 rooms)“.

In terms of major new signings for the Dominican Republic Mr. Leonardo announced, Grand Aston Larimar City Golf Hotel & Residences, Punta Cana (228 rooms), Grand Aston Cáicu Coral Golf Hotel & Residences, Punta Cana (669 rooms), Riviera Bay by Aston, Cana Bay (110 rooms), Harbor Bay by Aston, Cap Cana (186 rooms), Juanillo Hills by Aston, Cap Cana (60 rooms), Aston Piantini Boutique Hotel, Santo Domingo (144 rooms), Aston Towers Larimar City, Punta Cana (432 rooms), Paradise Tower by Harper, Punta Cana (144 rooms), Harper Paradise Punta Cana (135 rooms), Aston Arts Hotel & Residences, Punta Cana (368 rooms) and The Alana Experience Punta Cana (530 rooms).

New signings in Mexico include Grand Aston Tulum (153 rooms), Aston Naomi Boutique Hotel & Residences, Playa Del Carmen (246 rooms), Zonna Beach Resort & Residences, Playa Del Carmen (257 rooms) and The Alana Hotel & Residences, Playa Del Carmen (376 rooms). He further commented “Aston hotels have long been referred to as ‘trusted’ hotels by our customers in Southeast Asia and we are delighted that owners, investors and developers in Latin America are not only excited about Aston coming to the Dominican Republic and Mexico but also that we are introducing new brands, technology and business model solutions for their hotels, resorts, condotels and branded residences in all segments. The government of the Dominican Republic has demonstrated commendable dedication to fostering a favorable business and economic climate that encourages growth in the travel and tourism sector. This commitment greatly influenced our decision to establish our second regional corporate office in Punta Cana. Furthermore, to enhance our operational capabilities, we are planning new corporate offices in Santo Domingo and Playa Del Carmen“. 

About Archipelago International

Archipelago International is Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned hotel management group, with over 45,000 rooms in 200+ locations across Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. It has a rapidly expanding portfolio in the Americas region with 5 operating hotels and resorts (3,242 rooms) and a development pipeline of 9,500+ rooms across 30+ upcoming projects. The company provides hospitality and advanced technology solutions for hotels, resorts and branded residences through its 12 award winning brands, Aston, Aston Collection, Huxley, Alana, Avanika, favehotel, Harper, Quest, Hotel Neo, Kamuela, Nordic and Powered by Archipelago. These brands are positioned in different market segments, from budget to luxury hotels, resorts and branded residences.

Its consistent technology and systems focus, flexibility and agility as an independent company and variety of hotel brands have been key factors in its success and expansion in the hotel industry.

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Medicare Fraud Prevention Week June 3-9 Teaches Everyone How to Prevent Fraud


ALBANY, N.Y., May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion per year according to the New York StateWide Senior Action Council.

It costs Medicare beneficiaries time, stress, their medical identities, and potentially their health. It costs families, friends, and caregivers in worry and lost work when helping their loved ones recover from falling victim to Medicare fraud.

“Medicare fraud has a devastating impact on both beneficiaries and the Medicare program,” said Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, New York StateWide Senior Action Council (StateWide), the administrator of New York’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program. “We inform the public how to avoid experiencing Medicare fraud. By preventing fraud from happening, this program helps individuals and protects the Medicare program for generations to come.”

Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones by joining the SMP and its partners for Medicare Fraud Prevention Week, June 3-9. This observance focuses on June 5, or “6-5,” because most people become eligible for Medicare when they turn 65 years old.

Examples of Medicare Fraud by healthcare providers include:

  • Charging for services or supplies that were not provided
  • Misrepresenting a diagnosis, a person’s identity, the service provided, or other facts to justify payment
  • Prescribing or providing excessive or unnecessary tests and services

Alvarez advises seniors and their care givers to follow these three steps to prevent Medicare Fraud:

  • PREVENT: Open and read your Medicare statements.
  • REPORT: Contact the NYS Senior Medicare Patrol if you suspect fraud, errors, or abuse.
  • DETECT: Look for provider names or services you don’t recognize.

Everyone plays a part in the fight against fraud. During Medicare Fraud Prevention Week:

  • Medicare beneficiaries can monitor their insurance statements to make sure products and services received match what is on the statements. They can request free My Health Care Trackers (an online resource to track and document all healthcare related products, services and treatments) from StateWide by calling its toll-free Helpline at 1-800-333-4374 or visiting StateWide at www.nysenior.org.
  • Caregivers can help by being on the lookout for items such as durable medical equipment (like boxes of knee braces) lying around the house that may have been shipped to the beneficiary without their or their doctor’s approval. They can remind their client or loved one to never give out their Medicare number or other personal information over the phone.
  • Families can help by talking to their loved ones about protecting their Medicare number just as they would a credit card number. They can help their loved ones create a Medicare.gov account to access their Medicare statements online or remind them to open and review them when they come in the mail. They can also register their phone number on “do not call” lists and go to optoutprescreen.com to opt out of mailings.
  • Partners and professionals can help by sharing SMP information on social media, referring clients and consumers to the SMP, and inviting the SMP to speak during a shared event.
  • Health care providers can help by talking to patients about health care-related scams such as those related to durable medical equipment and genetic testing schemes. They can remind them that products and services should only be ordered by physicians they regularly see. Needed medical items should never be ordered through TV ads or unsolicited calls.
  • Community members can help by looking out for older neighbors. When in public, they can be aware of older individuals purchasing gift cards in large amounts. They can encourage those they know to talk to a trusted source about their Medicare questions and tell neighbors about the most recent Medicare scams. They can even consider volunteering with StateWide’s SMP.

The NYS Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide information needed to PROTECT consumers from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. The NY SMP also provides information and educational presentations.

Please call the NY SMP toll free number: 1-800-333-4374 or visit www.nysenior.org for any questions regarding Medicare fraud. Certified counselors are ready to help regarding Medicare benefits, and issues as well as Medicare Fraud Prevention Week.

SOURCE New York StateWide Senior Action Council, Inc.

Paraguayan President Peña, Chairman Emeritus Diaz-Balart, Senator Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Malliotakis, Eduardo Arabu Honored at CHLI Annual Gala & Leadership Awards

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held its Annual Gala and Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C. The program celebrated the success of the U.S. Hispanic community and brought together an influential audience of elected and appointed officials, civic and corporate leaders, and diplomatic and international leaders to honor individuals who have had a profound impact on our community by empowering our values of family, community, and leadership.

This year’s honorees included His Excellency Mr. Santiago Peña, President of the Republic of Paraguay, the CHLI Founders International Leadership Award; Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Chairman Emeritus of CHLI, the CHLI Lifetime Leadership Award; U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) and U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis (NY), the CHLI Leadership in Public Service Award; and Eduardo Arabu, CEO of the National Hispanic Corporate Council and alumnus of the CHLI Class of 2010, the CHLI Ambassador Award.

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“CHLI was honored to recognize the extraordinary careers of President Peña, Chairman Emeritus Diaz-Balart, Senator Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Malliotakis, and Eduardo Arabu. They each personify CHLI’s reverence for freedom and the extraordinary strength of our values of family, community, and leadership,” said the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, CHLI Chairwoman.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute at their Annual Gala and Leadership Awards in the United States,” said His Excellency Mr. Santiago Peña, President of the Republic of Paraguay. “This recognition is a great achievement that honors all Paraguayans. As President of Paraguay, I will continue to promote the strengthening of the historically good relations between Paraguay and the United States, maintaining a strong bond with the Hispanic community. I am convinced that together we can achieve a more prosperous future for both our nations.”

“I am deeply honored by this award. The work of CHLI continues to serve as an extraordinary source of inspiration for me. My profound gratitude to the CHLI board for this gracious gesture. Special thanks to my brother, Jose, for kindly receiving the award on my behalf,” said the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Chairman Emeritus.

“There is no one more deserving of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s prestigious ‘Lifetime Leadership Award’ than my brother, my mentor, and my best friend, Chairman Emeritus, the Honorable Lincoln Díaz-Balart. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since my brother Lincoln, then-Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and I founded CHLI, the only bipartisan organization of its type in Washington, D.C. Together, we worked with our colleagues to open doors for the next generation of Hispanic leaders on Capitol Hill. We created opportunities to advance social mobility, diversity of thought, and global competitiveness, providing a bipartisan platform for many young minds from our communities. I extend my deepest congratulations, admiration, and gratitude to my brother, Lincoln, whom I look up to, as he receives its ‘Lifetime Leadership Award.’ I look forward to CHLI’s continued success in finding future leaders from the Hispanic community,” said Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (FL).

“I’m honored to receive the CHLI’s Leadership in Public Service Award. I’ve always put Nevadans first and worked across the aisle to deliver results for everyone, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and support our hardworking families and businesses,” said Senator Cortez Masto (NV). “I’m going to keep working to keep all of our communities safe and provide Nevadans with the tools they need to succeed.”

“Hispanic Americans are more engaged in politics and the legislative process than ever before, and just like many other Americans, they are concerned about inflation, crime and national security,” Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) said. “As the proud daughter of a Cuban refugee, it’s an honor to receive the Public Service Award from the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and I will continue my work in Congress to make sure the voices of the Hispanic community are represented through common sense policies that protect our freedoms and shared values.” 

“I am honored to receive this year’s CHLI Ambassador Award,” said Eduardo Arabu, CEO of the National Hispanic Corporate Council. “I’d like to thank the leadership for this tremendous honor! I appreciate CHLI’s commitment to access and public service leadership development. As a former President of the CHLI Alumni Association, I would like to also recognize the achievements of my fellow alumni.”

Thank you to all our sponsors and especially our Platinum and Gold sponsors of the 19th Annual Gala and Leadership Awards: Capital One, Comcast, Target, Altria, Amazon, Philip Morris International, Verizon, and Wells Fargo.

CHLI is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate leaders to advance the Hispanic community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. CHLI’s purpose is to prepare future leaders through internships, fellowships, scholarships, and leadership conferences. 

For more information about CHLI and its programs, please contact Emily Benavides at [email protected] 

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Kia America Announces Pricing for 2025 Sorento PHEV
  • 2025 Kia Sorento PHEV has a starting MSRP of $47,9901
  • Confident, refreshed exterior design imparts bolder character for Sorento
  • Tech-savvy and modern cabin elevates ownership experience

IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Kia announced pricing details for the 2025 Sorento PHEV, which receives a range of enhancements that lend the electrified SUV a more confident and modern appearance along with a newly added EX trim. Paired with a technology-rich interior, the updates aim to cater to the digital needs of today’s consumers.

Kia America Announces Pricing for 2025 Sorento PHEV

Trim Levels/Pricing – MSRP (excludes $1,375 destination)1



Sorento PHEV EX



Sorento PHEV SX Prestige



For the 2025 model year, the Sorento PHEV looks sleeker and more distinctive thanks to a host of new standard lighting elements including Kia’s signature Star Map lighting in the front and rear and amber daytime running lights. Emphasizing the Sorento PHEV’s updated appearance are new Cityscape Green, Mineral Blue, and Volcanic Sand exterior colors, plus a new Dust Blue interior color that provides an inviting ambiance. The Sorento PHEV also gets 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside is a standard panoramic instrument panel with a 4.3-inch TFT and 12.3-inch screen, while the SX-P trim upgrades to a curved panoramic panel with 12.3-inch dual screens. This display unlocks Kia’s ultramodern Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system with faster processing speeds and available Digital Features and Services2 Over The Air3 (OTA) update capability. Wireless Android Auto4 and Apple CarPlay5 are standard, as are USB-C ports conveniently located throughout all three rows. Stepping up to the SX-P trim also adds a standard suede headliner, ventilated front seats and Advanced Digital Key 2.06 to the roster of features.  

The Sorento PHEV uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI I-4 paired with a 66.9 kW electric motor and 13.8 kWh battery, which delivers power to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Sorento PHEV aims to minimize trips to the gas pump with an EPA-estimated 74 MPGe7 combined, and an EPA-estimated all-electric range (AER) of 30 miles8 for short jaunts around town. All-wheel drive9 is standard.

Notable driver convenience systems10 added to the 2025 Sorento models include available Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning (SCC-ML), designed to adapt to and match driving style with certain inputs; and available Highway Driving Assist 211 (HDA-2) with automatic lane change is designed to help the vehicle maintain a set distance from the vehicle detected ahead, stay within detected lane markers on select highways, and aid in lane changes under specific conditions.

Kia America – about us

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys. Kia is recognized as one of the TIME100 Most Influential Companies of 2023. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles sold through a network of over 775 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*. 

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* The Sportage (excludes HEV and PHEV models), Sorento (excludes HEV and PHEV models), and Telluride are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts. 

1 MSRP excludes destination and handling, taxes, title, license fees, options and retailer charges.  Actual prices set by retailer and may vary.
2 Digital Features and Services may require an additional cost and may vary by model, model year, and trim level. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. Kia Connect subscription is required and Kia Connect terms and conditions apply.
3 Over-the-Air features and updates may require an additional cost and may vary by model, model year, and trim level. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. Kia Connect subscription is required and Kia Connect terms and conditions apply.
4 Android Auto vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play store and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android, Android Auto, and Google Play are trademarks of Google LLC.
5 CarPlay runs on smartphone cellular data service. Normal data rates apply. Apple and CarPlay are trademarks of Apple.com.
6 Kia Digital Key requires an eligible Kia Connect subscription and a compatible smart device with an active data plan. Normal cellular service rates may apply when using a smart device.
7 EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge.  Actual MPGe will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on MPGe, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.
8 Based on combined (city/highway) EPA estimates on a full battery charge. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.
9 No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.
10 Advanced driver assistance systems are not substitutes for safe driving and may not detect all objects around the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
11 When engaged, Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle, and only function on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.

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The Civic 50 honors the nonprofit health plan’s commitment to Stand for What’s Right 

OAKLAND, Calif., May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Blue Shield of California has been named a 2024 honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to accelerating people-powered change.


For more than a decade, The Civic 50 has served as the national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how leading companies are moving social impact and community to the core of their business.

 “Expectations for companies to be leaders in civic engagement continue to increase,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Blue Shield of California demonstrates how to maximize the full range of their assets — from people power to policy to financial contributions — to meet pressing needs and create thriving communities where they live and work. We’re thrilled to uplift and celebrate them as an honoree of The Civic 50 2024.”

The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion and are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs: investment of resources and volunteerism, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies, and systems and impact measurement.

Blue Shield was also an honoree in 2021 and 2023, and this year, it was recognized for programs and initiatives that include: 

Investing in youth mental health

BlueSky is Blue Shield of California’s signature youth mental health initiative, dedicated to improving access, awareness, and advocacy, particularly for youth in marginalized communities. Now in its fifth year, the initiative has funded the growth of innovative programs, supported more than 21,000 individual, group, and family counseling sessions, and helped train more than 6,000 educators and caring adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

Preventing domestic violence and advancing health equity

In 2023, Blue Shield’s contribution to Blue Shield of California Foundation resulted in 70 grants to support programs that prevent domestic violence, strengthen economic security, and empower communities to achieve health equity.

Blue Shield recently celebrated year two of the Blue Shield of California Health Equity Fellowship program with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. This five-year collaboration will support about 100 master’s and Ph.D. candidates to help increase diversity among health professionals and make changes to create a more equitable healthcare system.

Engaging employees to give back

Blue Shield supported over 100 nonprofit groups across California in 2023, focused on driving positive change to address social inequities and injustices. In addition, Blue Shield employees set a record for community engagement, with 96% of employees participating in giving or volunteering in 2023. Employees donated $1.7 million (including company match) and volunteered more than 57,000 hours last year.

Advancing climate action

Recognizing that climate care is health care, Blue Shield is taking action to protect the environment and ensure that our healthcare system is climate resilient. In 2023, Blue Shield launched Virtual Blue, a health benefits plan that offers members high-quality, integrated virtual care, with in-person care when needed or preferred. Compared to fully in-person models of care, hybrid-virtual models can reduce emissions by 25%. Since 2020, Blue Shield’s environmental justice investments have supported nonprofits that address climate impacts on marginalized communities and 61% of Blue Shield members have also already opted for paperless communications — the equivalent of saving 25,000 trees.

In its third year, Blue Shield’s Supplier Sustainability Program engaged 41 suppliers, who account for 67% of our supply chain emissions. Of those, 90% reported to CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), an essential first step for decarbonization action.

Blue Shield of California is one of only a handful of health payer plans globally working to reduce our emissions by committing to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – the most rigorous and clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce their carbon footprint. By 2025, Blue Shield has committed to set near-term, companywide emissions reductions and submit to SBTi for validation. Operating in sustainable offices and working toward zero-waste operations by 2025 is also part of Blue Shield’s dedication to reducing emissions and advancing climate action.

Advocating for meaningful change

Blue Shield of California’s strategic health reform priorities are grounded in our mission to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality health care that’s sustainably affordable. Our priority areas for health reform – including improving affordability, increasing access to care, and bringing health care into the digital age – are now in implementation phase. 

“We’re committed to using our voice and continuing to take action on key issues that affect the health and well-being of our members, our planet, and our communities,” said Paul Markovich, president and CEO, Blue Shield of California. “We are very proud to be recognized for how we put our mission and values into action.”

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, and the results are analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate community engagement.

For more on The Civic 50, visit pointsoflight.org/the-civic-50/

Read more about Blue Shield of California’s citizenship efforts at citizenship.blueshieldca.com.

About Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of its family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Shield Association with over 4.8 million members, over 7,500 employees and more than $24 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $97 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation in the last three years to have an impact on California communities. For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

About Points of Light
Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 145 affiliates across 39 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 3.7 million people in 16.7 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit pointsoflight.org.

CONTACT: Mark Seelig
Blue Shield of California
[email protected]

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