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Zuniga Health’s unlimited Telehealth is a unique offering post-Covid

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MIAMI, May 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — During Covid telehealth became a key element for individuals to seek care, and telehealth utilization was at an all-time high. Post-Covid numerous health plans are ending or limiting their telehealth offerings, while other health plans still believe in the importance of telehealth. Zuniga Health LLC, an innovative health plan for small and medium-sized businesses has continued its commitment to free unlimited telehealth while most other health plans charge fees of $40+ for telehealth visits.

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Among telehealth’s many benefits is convenience: users don’t have to leave the house and can contact a doctor even outside regular office hours. These advantages are especially interesting for employees who work irregular hours or live in underserved locations, where access to facilities is limited. It is also a savior for many employees with families, who have little time to spend commuting to and waiting in a doctor’s office. Telehealth offers services like prescription refills, provider consultations for pain, fever, seasonal flu, UTI, skin infections, etc. Telepsychiatry services keep experiencing stark growth, as patients realize how convenient it is to conduct counseling and therapy from home.

Zuniga Health offers 24/7 unlimited telehealth and telepsychiatry on all plans, even the most basic ones. Services are offered in English and Spanish. Zuniga Health directly addresses the needs of Hispanic small businesses and their employees, as studies have shown that non-English speaking people often struggle using telehealth.

Zuniga Health is the only Hispanic-owned health plan in the US to address the Hispanic business market. Zuniga Health’s mission is to increase the number of Hispanic employees obtaining affordable and accessible health benefits, and telehealth plays a big role in it. Insurance premiums across the US are rising in double-digit percentages. These accelerating costs are a threat to the small businesses’ economic stability, and the worker’s access to healthcare. Zuniga Health’s plans are very affordable and customizable on a ‘pay-per-need’ basis.

Zuniga Health’s Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) and Minimum Value Plan (MVP) are designed to meet every employee’s budget. Besides unlimited telehealth, all plans have free preventative care and free preventative drugs. Employees choose the amount of doctor and lab visits they would like for the year and pay accordingly. MVP options include hospitalization days. All plans use a premier provider network with thousands of Spanish speaking providers.

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CONTACT: Sonja Reians, [email protected]

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CORE GROUP RESOURCES EXPANDS FOOTPRINT WITH NEW OPERATION IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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HOUSTON, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Core Group Resources, a leader in providing personnel to multiple industries by identifying, hiring, and growing the right talent, is pleased to announce the opening of Core Trinidad, Ltd. This strategic expansion is designed to better serve Core Group clients in the region, with a focus on serving energy, maritime, construction and related industries. The company will focus on maximizing Trinidadian content, meaning wherever possible, personnel will be local nationals supporting Trinidadian companies, contributing to a positive economic impact in Trinidad and Tobago.

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“We are excited to bring our decades of local experience and hiring expertise together with our network of skilled local professionals to meet the growing needs of our customers in the region,” said Matt Fuhrman, CEO of Core Group. “Establishing local operations will not only support the Trinidadian economy but also ensure the best possible service to our clients, under the experienced direction of Dan O’Connor, and create lasting career opportunities for our candidates.”

Dan O’Connor, Vice President of Core Group Caribbean, will manage the new operation in Trinidad. O’Connor has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate operations management and has established several companies in Trinidad since 2004, bringing deep relationships and expertise to Core Group’s venture.

As part of its global expansion strategy, Core Group is bringing its proprietary placement systems, software and processes to work closely with major E&P companies, independents, service contractors and locally owned businesses in the region to provide quality personnel in technical and non-technical, high-demand roles.

In line with the company’s commitment to safety and operational excellence, Core Trinidad, Ltd., will be STOW-TT Certified (Safe TO Work in Trinidad and Tobago) for high-risk environments. For candidates and customers interested in learning more about Core Trinidad’s services, please visit https://www.coregroupresources.com/core-trinidad.

About Core Group Resources:
Core Group Resources is a dynamic company specializing in the provision of personnel via executive search, recruiting, staffing, consulting, and contracting. Dedicated to connecting passionate professionals with leading organizations, they excel in various sectors, including maritime, healthcare, technology, renewable energy and more. Their commitment to excellence and tailored services makes Core Group a trusted partner in achieving business success. For additional information, please visit www.coregroupresources.com.

About Core Trinidad, Ltd. 
Core Trinidad, Ltd. was established in 2024 as a subsidiary of Core Group Resources, leveraging the parent company’s depth of expertise and ability to provide quality personnel via executive search, recruiting, staffing, consulting, and contracting. Core’s local operation serves major E&P companies, independents, service contractors and locally owned businesses in Trinidad and Tobago. For additional information, please visit: www.coregroupresources.com/core-trinidad.

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Lauren Blalock, on behalf of Core Group Resources
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Toyota Recognized in The Civic 50 For Second Consecutive Year

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Toyota Recognized in The Civic 50 For Second Consecutive Year

PLANO, Texas, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — When it comes to social impact, civic engagement, and keeping community at the core of its business, Toyota North America* is recognized by Points of Light as a top community-minded company. This is the second year both Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) have collectively ranked on The Civic 50 as a unified submission. Previously, TFS earned a spot on the list for seven consecutive years.

Toyota Recognized in The Civic 50 For Second Consecutive Year

Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, has included Toyota North America in its Civic 50, which sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and creates a roadmap for companies seeking to best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

“Growing and sustaining existing and new relationships in the community is embedded into everything we do,” said Tellis Bethel, chief diversity officer and group vice president of Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “We’d like to think of this recognition as a reminder that we’re on the right track.”

Toyota North America is committed to contributing its know-how, time, and resources to communities across the country. Through youth development, volunteer programs, and strong national and local partnerships, Toyota is helping drive positive change and create limitless possibilities for all. Notable contributions include (January 1, 2023December 31, 2023):

  • Toyota team members tracked approximately 50,000 volunteer hours.
  • More than $67 million contributed by Toyota to social causes, including by the Toyota USA Foundation.
  • Board of Director grants totaling approximately $1 million.
  • In 2023, The Way Forward Fund launched, supporting organizations focused on strengthening access to care and injury recovery support for individuals and families, initially focused on children with traumatic brain injuries.
  • Since June 2023, Driving Possibilities, Toyota’s career readiness and community engagement initiative, announced six new sites. Driving Possibilities is Toyota’s newest college-career readiness and community enrichment initiative designed to reduce barriers to education to help prepare students for the careers of tomorrow. It’s a long-term initiative of the Toyota USA Foundation, funded in part by Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Toyota Financial Services.

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.

“Expectations for companies to be leaders in civic engagement continue to increase,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Toyota North America 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 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 information on Toyota’s community engagement, visit www.ToyotaEffect.com.

*Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services moved to the Plano headquarters, the first time in the same location, in 2017 as part of the OneToyota initiative. The move made for faster decision making and created a better experience for customers and team members. Information from both companies was collected and submitted to Points of Light.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 63,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 47 million cars and trucks at our 12 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 13th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 28 electrified options.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.

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To date, Toyota has contributed more than $1 billion to American nonprofit groups. For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit http://www.toyotaeffect.com/impact.

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.

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THE HOME DEPOT LAUNCHES MILITARY MOVING HUB TO SUPPORT MILITARY RELOCATIONS

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Program offers exclusive shopping discounts and moving resources for U.S. Armed Forces and Military Spouses

ATLANTA, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In honor of Armed Forces Day, The Home Depot launched a new Military Moving hub designed to offer information tailored to military families to learn how to save time and money on their next Personally Procured Move (PPM), including a downloadable permanent change of station (PCS)  checklist and more to the hundreds of thousands of active-duty military families who relocate every year.

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Military families on average relocate every 2-3 years, with military retirees averaging six or more relocations over their military career. According to Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, active-duty service members and military spouses consistently rank frequent military relocations and rising cost of home ownership as top quality-of-life issues accompanying service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Home Depot’s new military moving hub is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all military relocation essentials. From moving truck rentals and boxes to décor and cleaning materials, the website is designed to help military families take the stress out of PCS. Families can discover how to save time and money on their next PPM with a downloadable military moving checklist, found at www.militarymoving.com.

“At The Home Depot, we hold a special place in our hearts for those who serve our country, and we appreciate the unique challenges and sacrifices military families face,” said Erin Izen, senior director of Military Relations for The Home Depot. “Moving is stressful, and each PCS is different. Our goal is to make these moves go a little smoother for our military families.” The Home Depot’s Military Moving hub offers exclusive resources and shopping discounts to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and military spouses, including:

New Military Movers Hub: www.militarymoving.com is a new resource and support hub with information tailored to military families to learn how to save time and money on their next PPM, including a downloadable PCS checklist and more.
Military Discount Benefit: Active military veterans and their spouses enjoy 10% off eligible purchases every day, year-round, in stores and online.
Penske Moving Truck Rentals: Active military and veterans receive 15% off moving truck rentals with proof of valid military ID or veteran status at pickup. Penske moving trucks can be found at nearly 650 Home Depot locations across the United States, conveniently located near many military installations.
Military Exchange Services Partnership: Eligible members of the military community, including veterans, can shop tax free online with special pricing on major appliances sold by The Home Depot through the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Navy Exchange.

The Home Depot employs approximately 465,000 associates, including tens of thousands of veterans and military spouses. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $500 million in veteran causes and pledged to invest $750 million by 2030. Learn more about The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s investments in military families and veterans at www.homedepot.com/military.

 About The Home Depot

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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Meijer Opens New Supercenter in Hillsdale

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Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 241 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Meijer opened a new 159,000-square-foot supercenter in Hillsdale, Mich. today, bringing its state-of-the-art, one-stop shopping experience to more Michigan customers.

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 241 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics

“As we celebrate our 90th anniversary this year, providing value and convenience to our customers is still our top priority as a family-owned company,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Not only will we bring those benefits to shoppers in Hillsdale, but we will also invest in the community to ensure we are more than just another retailer, but also a community partner.”

Located at 3600 W. Carleton Road in Hillsdale, the new store features convenient digital shopping solutions, including Shop & Scan, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop to make checkout convenient. The store also features deep discounts on surplus food via the Flashfood app, expanded areas for Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup services, and mPerks rewards to help customers earn on every dollar spent.

“Our team members have been working hard to prepare this new store, and we’re so thankful for their passion and energy,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We’re honored to welcome customers into our Hillsdale store today, and we are excited to serve this community for years to come.”

Meijer Hillsdale Store Director Kelli Quintana and her team welcomed customers into the store with a round of applause, which was later followed by a ribbon-cutting event attended by Executive Chairman Hank Meijer. Quintana and the store’s team members demonstrated their support of the community during the past week by making $25,000 in donations to local organizations, including $10,000 to Davis Middle School to help purchase new science lab equipment, and $10,000 to Key Opportunities, an experienced and skilled vocational rehabilitation organization that helps individuals develop work-related skills. Additionally, the store donated $5,000 to the Hillsdale Rotary to help build a public fitness park and playground in Hillsdale.

Meijer donates at least 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $86 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. The Hillsdale store selected St. Anthony Family Center as its first Simply Give pantry partner.

Continuing the retailer’s ongoing efforts to ensure accessibility for all customers, the stores feature new larger, height-adjustable changing tables in the family restrooms for the added convenience and dignity of customers with disabilities and their caregivers. As in all Meijer stores, the Hillsdale store also offers free access to Aira, an app-based service that provides live navigation assistance to blind and low-vision customers using the camera of their smartphones.

Known for grocery options like more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce, 150 USDA-certified organic items, and a deli and meat department, the new Meijer store also offers a pharmacy and general merchandise items. Additionally, it features expansive baby and pet departments, apparel, beauty care, a floral department, and garden center.

Meijer opened its first store in Michigan in 1934 and celebrates its 90th anniversary as a family-owned, Midwest retailer this summer.

About Meijer: Meijer is a privately owned, family-operated retailer that serves customers at more than 500 supercenters, grocery stores, neighborhood markets, and express locations throughout the Midwest. As the pioneer of the one-stop shopping concept, more than 70,000 Meijer team members work hard to deliver a friendly, seamless in-store and online shopping experience featuring an assortment of fresh foods, high-quality apparel, household essentials, and health and wellness products and services. Meijer is consistently recognized as a Great Place to Work and annually donates at least 6 percent of its profit to strengthen its communities. Additional information on the company can be found by visiting newsroom.meijer.com

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Meijer Opens New Supercenters in Alliance and North Canton

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Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 241 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Meijer opened two new 159,000-square-foot supercenters in Northeast Ohio today, bringing its state-of-the-art, one-stop shopping experience to customers in Alliance and North Canton.

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 241 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics.

“As we celebrate our 90th anniversary as a family-owned retailer, providing value and convenience to our customers is still our top priority,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We’re excited to bring our unique shopping experience to customers in North Canton and Alliance while also investing in these communities.”

Located at 2500 West State St. in Alliance and 1505 N. Main St. in North Canton, the new stores feature convenient digital shopping solutions, including Shop & Scan, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop to make checkout convenient. The stores also feature deep discounts on surplus food via the Flashfood app, expanded areas for Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup services, and mPerks rewards to help customers earn on every dollar spent.

Known for grocery options like more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce, 150 USDA-certified organic items, and a deli and meat department, the new Meijer stores also offer pharmacies and general merchandise items. Additionally, they feature expansive baby and pet departments, apparel, beauty care, floral departments, and garden centers.

Meijer opened its first store in Ohio in 1981. By the end of 2025, the retailer will have invested nearly half a billion dollars into the area by opening and remodeling nearly 20 stores, creating nearly 4,000 jobs, and contributing to the missions of local nonprofits. Meijer employs more than 11,000 team members statewide at 55 stores and its distribution and manufacturing facilities in Tipp City.

“We’re thankful for the energy and enthusiasm from our team members, who have worked so hard to prepare these new stores for opening,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We’re honored to welcome customers through our doors in North Canton and Alliance, and we are excited to serve these wonderful communities.”

Meijer Alliance Store Director Patrick Hughes and North Canton Store Director Sheila Dowgiert and their teams welcomed customers into the stores with a round of applause, later followed by a ribbon-cutting events attended by Keyes.

Prior to opening the new stores, Meijer demonstrated its support of both communities by making $50,000 in donations to local organizations. In Alliance, Hughes and the store’s team members donated $12,500 to both Clothed in Righteousness to support unhoused neighbors with food, clothing and supplies, and Legacy of Honor to provide mental health and housing assistance to veterans and first responders. In North Canton, Dowgiert and her team donated $15,000 to Local Hope, the Jackie Davison Foundation, to help local women struggling with cancer and other life-threatening medical challenges. In addition, the team donated $10,000 to Houston’s Lift Off to provide care baskets for families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Meijer donates at least 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $86 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. The Alliance store chose  Alliance Community Pantry, as its first Simply Give pantry partner and the North Canton store chose North Canton Cares Pantry 

Continuing the retailer’s ongoing efforts to ensure accessibility for all customers, the stores feature new larger, height-adjustable changing tables in the family restrooms for the added convenience and dignity of customers with disabilities and their caregivers. As in all Meijer stores, the Alliance and North Canton stores also offer free access to Aira, an app-based service that provides live navigation assistance to blind and low-vision customers using the camera of their smartphones.

About Meijer: Meijer is a privately owned, family-operated retailer that serves customers at more than 500 supercenters, grocery stores, neighborhood markets, and express locations throughout the Midwest. As the pioneer of the one-stop shopping concept, more than 70,000 Meijer team members work hard to deliver a friendly, seamless in-store and online shopping experience featuring an assortment of fresh foods, high-quality apparel, household essentials, and health and wellness products and services. Meijer is consistently recognized as a Great Place to Work and annually donates at least 6 percent of its profit to strengthen its communities. Additional information on the company can be found by visiting newsroom.meijer.com

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AFTER HIS ILLUSTRIOUS COLLABORATION WITH JLO PRESENTED AT THE ICONIC SUPER BOWL, “THE MASTER OF PERREO” NFASIS RELEASES A NEW PRODUCTION TITLED “A LA BIM BOM BAM”

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Nfasis "El Maestro del Perreo"

THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PHENOMENON WILL ARRIVE TO MIAMI IN JUNE FOR HIS PROMOTIONAL TOUR

Roylimar and Rogerlin “Las Gemelas del Free,” DJ Human Star, and Angel Fire are part of this new collaboration recorded in Medellín, Colombia.

MIAMI, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — @newconceptpr – The versatile and controversial urban music singer-songwriter and arranger from the Dominican Republic, NFASIS (Joel García Domínguez), is back with a new single that promises to make the dance floors vibrate, “A la Bim Bom Bam,” which is now available on all digital platforms. He continues his reign as the globally recognized “Master of Perreo” for his viral hits that have made the whole world “perrear”.

Nfasis "El Maestro del Perreo"

With the collaboration of Roylimar and Rogerlin “Las Gemelas del Free,” who have over 3.96 million followers on their YouTube channel, DJ Human Star, and Angel Fire, “A la Bim Bom Bam” is set to be a milestone in the urban music scene. Produced by DJ Megga and written by NFASIS along with Cristian Issa Pérez Feliz, this song was recorded in the Dominican Republic, and its music video was filmed in Medellín, Colombia with the aim of getting everyone up and moving.

NFASIS, winner of a platinum record and 6 gold records, is known for his ability to create “hits” and viral successes like “Lento,” “El Tra Tra,” and “Como Shakira,” which have reached hundreds of millions of views worldwide. Additionally, his notable collaborations with Bad Bunny on “Loco pero Millonario Remix,” Gianluca Vacchi, JonZ, and DJs like Hugel, Diplo, Blondish, among others, have established him as one of the most influential artists of the moment. His music transcends borders and languages, which even led him to the iconic Super Bowl, where his song “Lento” was performed in collaboration by the renowned singer Jennifer Lopez. Moreover, his music has been featured in 3 Netflix series, including “Guerra de Vecinos” and “Elite.”

NFASIS’s infectious style and catchy lyrics have won over millions of people worldwide, including celebrities like Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Charli D’Amelio, Howie Mandel, Rauw Alejandro, Ninel Conde, and Lele Pons, who participated in the famous “Ahi Challenge” that surpassed 1.5 billion views on TikTok. Even Oprah Winfrey highlighted the viral phenomenon in her magazine, explaining how to perform the popular dance.

“The song is a reggaeton with its dembow; I wanted it to be a happy track that gets everyone dancing. I want people to have fun and dance to my music, to feel the rhythm in their waist and hips,” commented the renowned singer, who is also known as the “Dominican anime of music” as he considers himself an Otaku, that is, a big fan of anime.

With the release of “A la Bim Bom Bam,” NFASIS continues to leave his mark on the music industry and prepares for an exciting international tour, his visit to Miami in June, and new projects that vows to take the world by storm.

Listen “A la Bim Bom Bam” in all digital platforms CLICK HERE

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Guaranteed Rate Hosts RateUniversity in Show of Local Support for Underserved Communities in Greater Chicago

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A dedicated program empowers participants through education and tools to become homeowners and start the journey toward generational wealth

CHICAGO, May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guaranteed Rate, a leader in mortgage lending and digital financial services, announced its first official “RateUniversity” event—a free financial education day for the local community. This unique event will take place at the historic Ramova Theatre in Chicago on May 19, 2024, reflecting Guaranteed Rate’s dedication to empowering local communities through education, direct engagement and celebrating culture. The company recently announced the launch of the next phase of its ongoing nationwide Community Engagement Initiative, designed to significantly improve funded volume in underserved communities nationwide. 

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As part of the next phase, beginning with the Chicago event, RateUniversity is designed to educate and prepare attendees for homeownership. The day provides an educational presentation on critical financial concepts like credit and the different mortgage products available, including Down Payment Assistance (DPA) for first-time homebuyers. In addition, mariachis, breakdancers and visual artists will be in the mix, as an upbeat reflection of culture throughout the event.

“We’re not just hosting a community event; we’re launching a movement toward informed, accessible homeownership,” said Camilo Escalante, Executive Director of Diverse Segments at Guaranteed Rate. “This level of comprehensive, bilingual financial education with such a fun, inclusive environment is something totally different than what these communities have seen. It changes their outlook, as it changes the game.”

The event is geared toward anyone who wants to achieve homeownership, from high school and college kids to adults and professionals, all invited to participate in fun activities throughout the day. Attendees can join bilingual workshops in both English and Spanish, ensuring accessibility for all attendees. Guaranteed Rate will provide free entertainment, giveaways, and snacks, providing the opportunity to meet bilingual loan officers and other community and business partners. An exclusive closing credit offer will be available to attendees who qualify.

Arlyn Kalinski, SVP of Fair & Equitable Lending Strategies, noted, “As we continue to expand our community engagements, we remain focused on breaking down barriers to homeownership. RateUniversity is a testament to our innovative and comprehensive approach to education and community support. We are here to support these communities’ entire journey to home ownership. We are here to help not only today with this incredible event but for the long term.”

This event marks the beginning of many more to come within the initiative, with plans to launch job fairs and other activations that support the mission. Guaranteed Rate is dedicated to ongoing community support and empowerment, aligning with key industry trends such as the rising homeownership rates among Latinos and other underserved, multicultural communities and the urgent need for affordable housing solutions, strategies, and support.

For more information about RateUniversity and other community engagement initiatives, please visit Guaranteed Rate’s Community Engagement page. Register for RateUniversity here.

About Guaranteed Rate:
Guaranteed Rate Companies is a leader in mortgage lending and digital financial services. Headquartered in Chicago, the Guaranteed Rate Companies is the #2 retail mortgage lender in the U.S., with over 850 branches across the U.S., serving all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its launch in 2000, Guaranteed Rate Companies have helped more than 2 million homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has cemented itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates, and delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include Best Mortgage Lender for First Time Homebuyers by NerdWallet for 2023; HousingWire’s Tech100 award for the company’s industry-leading FlashClose℠ in 2020, digital mortgage platform MyAccount in 2022, and Language Access Program in 2023; No. 2 ranking in Scotsman Guide’s 2022 list of Top Retail Mortgage Lenders; The most Scotsman Guide Top Originators for 11 consecutive years; Chicago Agent Magazine’s Lender of the Year for seven consecutive years; and Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years. Visit rate.com for more information.

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Black Oak Casino Resort Continues Commitment to Family Entertainment via Partnerships with Kids Quest, Cyber Quest, and The Charlie

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TUOLUMNE, Calif., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After 18 months of negotiation, Black Oak Casino Resort has announced a partnership with Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, the nation’s leading provider of safe, secure, and professionally supervised children’s entertainment centers. This collaboration will elevate the family-friendly atmosphere at Black Oak Casino Resort, offering an unparalleled experience for guests of all ages. In addition, Black Oak Casino Resort will be welcoming The Charlie, a pizza restaurant that is modeled after the beloved local pizza establishment, the St. Charles Saloon located in the nearby Columbia State Historic Park.

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This partnership with Kids Quest and Cyber Quest brands will bring the renowned brands to Black Oak Casino Resort, providing a dynamic range of entertainment options tailored to families.

Kids Quest offers a supervised play area filled with interactive games, creative activities, and exploration opportunities for children 30 months to 12 years old. Cyber Quest presents an exciting arcade experience with a wide variety of family-friendly games for kids and teens.

Black Oak Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians who are dedicated to creating a wholesome, family experience for the Tuolumne community.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, a leader in family entertainment,” said Ty Day Jr, Chair of the Tuolumne Economic Development Authority Board of Directors. “With this partnership, Black Oak Casino Resort reinforces its commitment to providing a welcoming environment for guests of all ages. The addition of Kids Quest and Cyber Quest facilities will complement the existing amenities at the casino, including world-class gaming, dining, and live entertainment options.”

Troy Dunkley, CEO of Kids Quest/Cyber Quest said, “We are thrilled that Kids Quest and Cyber Quest will be the next family attractions at Black Oak Casino Resort! Alongside Elevate and the upcoming kid’s pool upgrades, we’re confident that our addition will open up exciting new opportunities for family travelers. A combination of all of these amenities will make family travel more enjoyable.”

With an incredible history reaching back to 1851, the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park is a popular local institution that serves up some of the most sought-after pizzas in the entire county. Black Oak Casino Resort is pleased to partner with the owners of the St. Charles Saloon for a new venture, named The Charlie, which will feature some of the original pies that have become a staple here in the community and was voted the Best Pizza in Tuolumne County in 2023 by the Union Democrat’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Charlie is set to open its doors in June 2024.

“We are extremely excited to bring the amazing pizza St. Charles Saloon is known for to Black Oak Casino Resort,” added Day. “The Charlie will bring those same incredible creations to our guests, providing a delicious meal for the entire family.”

About Black Oak Casino Resort

Located in Tuolumne, Calif. in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills, Black Oak Casino Resort is owned and operated by The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. The resort encompasses 164,770 square feet of entertainment, including 1,100 slot machines, 22 table games, and high-limit and smoke-free gaming. Guests can enjoy casual and upscale dining, plus full bars with craft beer and cocktails, live entertainment, and 24-lane bowling alley. THE HOTEL features 148 luxury rooms and a full-service conference and event center. The RV Park offers 85 full-hookup sites, plus a clubhouse with pool and spa. blackoakcasino.com

About Kids Quest/Cyber Quest

Established in 1992, Kids Quest stands as the nation’s largest hourly childcare provider. This family-owned childcare has provided over 35 million hours of care throughout its 30-year history. Catering to children aged 30 months through 12 years, Kids Quest facilities boast a captivating array of age-appropriate activities. Whether belting out tunes on the karaoke stage, diving into the latest video games, or conquering the towering Quest play structure, there’s something to delight guests of every age.

Cyber Quest is a one-of-a-kind amenity designed exclusively for resort patrons and their little ones. Offering a safe haven from violent game content, Cyber Quest ensures arcade gameplay that’s both engaging and family-friendly. Our vibrant arcades offer skill-based games that promise thrills for guests of all ages. And let’s not forget the excitement of our Prize Zone, where tickets earned from gameplay lead to a treasure trove of rewards, from charming trinkets to cutting-edge electronics.

With the addition of Black Oak, the company will operate 34 facilities within 19 resort destinations across the United States. For more information or to review a listing of locations, visit kidsquest.com.

About St. Charles Saloon

With a noted history dating back to 1851, the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park. This original Gold Rush Saloon serves up hand-crafted pizza, delectable calzones, and delicious oven-baked sandwiches along with a selection of fine ales and beers.

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OLD PARR SCOTCH WHISKY AND BRAZILIAN FÚTBOL LEGEND ROBERTO CARLOS ARE OFFERING FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO MIAMI FOR THE BIGGEST FÚTBOL EVENT OF THE SUMMER

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Ahead of the most anticipated fútbol tournament of the year, the scotch whisky brand is celebrating the ‘Goalden Moments’ of the sport, pouring hometown pride both on and off the pitch across the U.S. with the ultimate finals weekend celebration.

NEW YORK, May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Old Parr Scotch Whisky is getting ready to celebrate one of the biggest South American fútbol events of the year by raising a glass to Latinos across the U.S. pouring the spirit of their home country with pride. In partnership with retired legend, Roberto Carlos, whose fútbol legacy spans a World Cup win, four La Liga titles and three Champions League medals, the brand is encouraging fans to root for their home team no matter where they’re tuning in from this summer.

Experience the full interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/9259951-old-parr-whisky-roberto-carlos-team-up-futbol-soccer-summer-contest-miami/

“I’m thrilled to partner with Old Parr Scotch Whisky to celebrate the fans that are pouring the spirit of their home countries when watching o jogo bonito and cheering on their team,” says Roberto Carlos. “Coming from Brazil, ‘o País do Futebol,‘ and moving to Spain, I’ve always carried my traditions with me and I’m excited to share them with fans in Miami.”

Kicking off with a national ‘Goalden Moments’ contest, Old Parr is inviting fútbol enthusiasts living in the U.S. to share how fans bring their hometown spirit alive, maintain traditions and celebrate when watching fútbol through photo and video submissions. Now through June 21, 2024, fans 25+ can enter HERE for the chance to fly two friends (21+) from the U.S. or select countries in Latin America * to Miami, Florida, for an unforgettable experience co-hosted by Roberto Carlos during a highly anticipated finals match weekend.†

Five additional lucky winners will be treated to a $1,000 gift card so they can create their own Goalden Moments at home and host the ultimate fútbol watch party with friends and family. 

With a rich history and popularity in Latin America, Old Parr has been loved and enjoyed by Latinos for generations, elevating countless moments to golden status and bringing people together over their shared customs, traditions, and cocktails. Similarly, fútbol unites people from all over the world as they share in their pride for the sport and countries the teams represent. That’s why Old Parr continues to champion the golden moments of the sport and those who love it through authentic partnerships and unique experiences that connect fans closer to their team and country. 

“Old Parr is a Scottish Whisky with a Latin Soul that toasts to the rich culture and heritage of the countries across Latin America,” says Meghan Redler, Old Parr Brand Manager. “We want to celebrate our consumers’ passion for fútbol by inspiring them to share more Goalden Moments with their friends and family during one of the most exciting fútbol occasions of the year.”

Beyond the contest, Old Parr will be bringing even more Goalden Moments to fans to get them in on the action both on and off the field, like:

  • Finals Weekend Miami Takeover: In July, Old Parr and Roberto Carlos will invite select fans to kick off the finals match with an exclusive event featuring Old Parr cocktails, music, curated food, interactive games and more.
  • Local Goalden Watch Parties: The brand will host local watch parties in select cities – Houston, Miami, Chicago and NYC – where consumers will be invited to experience giveaways, cocktails and special surprises at select bars and restaurants.
  • Goalden Recipes: For inspiration on hosting the ultimate watch party at home, look to our curated cocktails, such as the Old Parr Golden or the Old Parr Picoso, to bring the Goalden Moments to your guests wherever you celebrate.

Whether you’re hosting the designated fútbol watch party, crafting cocktails or ordering a glass of whisky at your favorite post-game bar, there’s an Old Parr offering and cocktail for everyone. Order your bottle today at TheBar.com.

Stay up to date with the latest news, whisky cocktails and exciting social content by following the conversation at @OldParrUS on Facebook, and @OldParr_US on Instagram. For additional information on Old Parr Whisky, please visit www.oldparrscotch.com

*Latin America includes Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Peru. For complete list of countries, see Exhibit A of Rules at spiritspromos.com/portfolio/old-parr-contest. Valid passport required for travel to U.S.; additional restrictions apply.

†NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Content of entry must be original and cannot violate 3rd party rights; entrant assigns rights in content to Sponsor.  Grand Prize trip must be taken to attend soccer match on 7/14. ALCOHOL NOT PART OF ANY PRIZE.  See Rules at spiritspromos.com/portfolio/old-parr-contest for details including judging criteria. Sponsor: Diageo Americas, Inc., New York, NY.  Please Drink Responsibly. OLD PARR Blended Scotch Whisky. 40% Alc/Vol. Imported by Diageo, New York, NY.

About Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky
OLD PARR Blended Scotch Whisky encourages you to celebrate the Golden Moments in life with others, whether you’re enjoying it on the rocks by the grill or mixing in a cocktail during a fútbol celebration. OLD PARR is the culmination of the finest flavors Scotland has to offer from the smooth, mellow Old Parr 12 to the complex, full-flavored and yet smooth. While it’s celebrated around the globe, Old Parr is widely loved by Latin Americans, which drives the success of the spirit across the U.S. Old Parr has more than 150 years of long history, representing James and Samuel Greenlees commitment to creating the finest blended Scotch Whiskies. For more information, visit OLDPARRScotch.com or connect with us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/oldparr_us.

About Diageo North America 
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Casamigos, DeLeon and Don Julio tequilas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and their products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, their people, brands, and performance, visit www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Follow us on X and Instagram for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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Toyota Ranks 4th on Fair360’s Top 50 Companies

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Toyota Ranks 4th on Fair360's Top 50 Companies

PLANO, Texas, May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fair360, formerly DiversityInc, has named Toyota North America* one of its 2024 Top 50 Companies, ranking fourth among the 160 companies participating in the survey. Toyota has maintained its position for the third year in a row and continues to be the only automotive manufacturer ranked in the Top 10.

Toyota Ranks 4th on Fair360's Top 50 Companies

“Everyone at Toyota plays a role in creating an inclusive culture where people belong and can contribute to their fullest potential,” said Tellis Bethel, chief diversity officer and group vice president of social innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “Representation from a variety of cultural backgrounds unlocks innovation, as well as opportunity for an equitable future. Together, we can create limitless possibilities for all.”

The Fair360 Top 50 survey has been the external validator for large U.S. employers that model fairness in their talent strategies, workplace and supplier diversity practices and philanthropic engagement since 2001.

Fair360 rankings are empirically driven, based on company-submitted data in six key areas: Leadership Accountability, Human Capital Diversity Metrics, Talent Programs, Workforce Practices, Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy.

Toyota also received special recognition in the following areas:

  • No. 2 Top Company for Black Executives
  • No. 2 Top Company for LGBTQ Employees
  • No. 3 Top Company for Philanthropy
  • No. 4 Top Company for Environmental, Social & Governance
  • No. 5 Top Company for Asian American Executives
  • No. 5 Top Company for NAPI
  • No. 5 Top Company for Board of Directors
  • No. 6 Top Company for Latino Executives
  • No. 11 Top Company for Sponsorship
  • No. 14 Top Company for Supplier Fairness
  • No. 17 Top Company for Mentoring

Toyota team members helped the organization achieve the movement up to #3 for Philanthropy through record levels of community involvement, monetary and in-kind donations. In 2023, nearly 50,000 volunteer hours were logged with 995 organizations across the US by team members. This is an increase of nearly 26% over the year prior for volunteer hours and nearly 13% increase in the number of organizations helped. This highlights the company culture of prioritizing connections within the community where team members live and work.   

For more information on Toyota’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts please visit ToyotaEffect.com.

*Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services moved the Plano headquarters, the first time in the same location, in 2017 as part of the OneToyota initiative. The move made for faster decision making and created a better experience for customers and team members. Information from both companies was collected and submitted to Fair360.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 63,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 47 million cars and trucks at our 12 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 13th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 28 electrified options.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.

Social Innovation
To date, Toyota has contributed more than $1 billion to American nonprofit groups. For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit http://www.toyotaeffect.com/impact.

About Fair360
Fair360, formerly known as DiversityInc, leverages comparative human capital data to help organizations develop fair and inclusive workplaces utilizing benchmarking and best practices. Its mission is to provide committed leaders with insights to drive an effective workforce planning strategy, ensuring equity for all employees. Fair360 is a VA-certified and veteran-owned business. It is certified by Disability:IN as a company owned by a person with a disability. For more information, visit the Fair360 website, X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and LinkedIn.

For more information about the overall model with a Cronbach Alpha Reliability score of .93, visit www.Fair360.com/Methodology

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Vision Mortgage Group Offers 1% Down Payment Loan Program for First-Generation, First-Time Homebuyers

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Dedicated Lender Offers Bilingual Support and Innovative Financing to Underserved Communities

PORTLAND, Ore., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vision Mortgage Group announces Legacy Builder, a proprietary loan program for first-generation, first-time homebuyers that features a 1% down payment and 2% grant down payment assistance.

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“Homeownership is all about helping families build a legacy and wealth, but most people don’t have the money for a down payment,” says Mark Charlton, President of Vision Mortgage Group. “With Legacy Builder, we’re providing underserved communities with down payment assistance, flexible mortgage terms, and other perks they won’t get with conventional loans to make homeownership more attainable than ever before.”

Addressing home ownership challenges with down payment assistance

Buying a home normally requires a significant upfront investment. According to research based on the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) data, median down payments range from $33,150 to $134,850, assuming a 15% down payment. Meanwhile, the average down payment for most home loans falls between 3.5-20% of a house’s purchase price.

Legacy Builder addresses down payment challenges that often keep underserved communities from buying homes. Qualified first-time, first-generation homebuyers receive a 1% down payment and 2% grant down payment assistance and do not have to repay the 2% grant. Additionally, buyers can shop for homes of all sizes, anywhere they choose. 

“The real estate market constantly fluctuates — if you’re waiting for home prices or mortgage rates to drop, you may miss your chance to buy your dream house,” Charlton points out. “Thanks to Legacy Builder, you don’t have to wait. Despite popular belief, the dream of homeownership isn’t dead, and renting isn’t always more cost-effective than owning a house. We’re here to guide you through the process. It’s time to take control of your future and start building your legacy.”

Supporting the diverse needs of homebuyers

Given that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States, with more than 41 million speaking it at home and over 57 million speakers overall, Vision Mortgage Group also offers bilingual support to ensure that Spanish-speaking clients can navigate the homebuying process.

“We respect the cultural diversity of our clients. That’s why we offer bilingual services, so we can educate and empower consumers to make informed decisions in the language they prefer. By doing so, we ensure that every client feels comfortable and supported throughout their homeownership journey,” said Charlton.

To learn more about Vision Mortgage Group’s Legacy Builder program, call (503) 440-2308 or go to https://legacybuilder.visionmtg.com/.

About Vision Mortgage Group

Vision Mortgage Group is a full-service mortgage lender and was created on the foundation of delivering exemplary service to everyone it serves. Its parent company, Panorama Mortgage Group, LLC (PMG), is a nationwide, minority-led independent mortgage bank licensed in 43 states. Founded in 2007, PMG focuses on providing innovative mortgage solutions to foster sustainable homeownership and building generational wealth in minority and underserved communities.

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The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results; Reaffirms Fiscal 2024 Guidance

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ATLANTA, May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $36.4 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2024, a decrease of 2.3% from the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 decreased 2.8%, and comparable sales in the U.S. decreased 3.2%. 

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Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 were $3.6 billion, or $3.63 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $3.9 billion, or $3.82 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2023. 

“The team executed at a high level in the quarter, and we continued to grow market share,” said Ted Decker, chair, president and CEO. “And while the quarter was impacted by a delayed start to spring and continued softness in certain larger discretionary projects, we feel great about our store readiness, our product assortment in stores and online, and our associate engagement.  Our associates are energized and ready to serve our customers as spring breaks across the country. I would like to thank them for their continued hard work and dedication to serving our customers and communities.”

Fiscal 2024 Guidance

The company reaffirms its fiscal 2024 guidance, which includes 53 weeks of operating results. In addition, in March, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SRS Distribution Inc. (SRS). Since the acquisition has not closed, the following guidance does not reflect any impacts from the SRS acquisition: 

  • Total sales growth of approximately 1.0%, including the 53rd week
    • 53rd week projected to add approximately $2.3 billion to total sales
  • Comparable sales to decline approximately 1.0% for the 52-week period
  • Approximately 12 new stores
  • Gross margin of approximately 33.9%
  • Operating margin of approximately 14.1%
  • Tax rate of approximately 24.5%
  • Net interest expense of approximately $1.8 billion
  • 53-week diluted earnings-per-share-percent growth of approximately 1.0%
    • 53rd week expected to contribute approximately $0.30 of diluted earnings per share

The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations.

At the end of the first quarter, 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.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services, including as a result of macroeconomic conditions; net sales growth; comparable sales; the effects of competition; our brand and reputation; implementation of interconnected retail, store, supply chain and technology initiatives; inventory and in-stock positions; the state of the economy; the state of the housing and home improvement markets; the state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans, and consumer credit; the impact of tariffs; issues related to the payment methods we accept; demand for credit offerings; management of relationships with our associates, potential associates, suppliers and service providers; cost and availability of labor; costs of fuel and other energy sources; events that could disrupt our business, supply chain, technology infrastructure, or demand for our products and services, such as international trade disputes, natural disasters, climate change, public health issues, cybersecurity events, geopolitical conflicts, military conflicts, or acts of war; our ability to maintain a safe and secure store environment; our ability to address expectations regarding environmental, social and governance matters and meet related goals; continuation or suspension of share repurchases; net earnings performance; earnings per share; future dividends; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; changes in interest rates; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; commodity or other price inflation and deflation; our ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims, and litigation, including compliance with related settlements; the challenges of operating in international markets; the adequacy of insurance coverage; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; the impact of legal and regulatory changes, including changes to tax laws and regulations; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2024 and beyond; financial outlook; the successful closing of the SRS acquisition; and the impact of acquired companies on our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of any acquisitions. 

Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control, dependent on the actions of third parties, or currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 28, 2024 and also as may be described from time to time in future reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There also may be other factors that we cannot anticipate or that are not described herein, generally because we do not currently perceive them to be material. Such factors could cause results to differ materially from our expectations. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in our other public statements. 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

in millions, except per share data

April 28,
2024

April 30,
2023

% Change

Net sales

$         36,418

$         37,257

(2.3) %

Cost of sales

23,985

24,700

(2.9)

 Gross profit

12,433

12,557

(1.0)

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

6,667

6,355

4.9

Depreciation and amortization

687

651

5.5

 Total operating expenses

7,354

7,006

5.0

Operating income

5,079

5,551

(8.5)

Interest and other (income) expense:

Interest income and other, net

(57)

(33)

72.7

Interest expense

485

474

2.3

 Interest and other, net

428

441

(2.9)

Earnings before provision for income taxes

4,651

5,110

(9.0)

Provision for income taxes

1,051

1,237

(15.0)

Net earnings

$           3,600

$           3,873

(7.0) %

Basic weighted average common shares

989

1,010

(2.1) %

Basic earnings per share

$             3.64

$             3.83

(5.0)

Diluted weighted average common shares

992

1,013

(2.1) %

Diluted earnings per share

$             3.63

$             3.82

(5.0)

Three Months Ended

Selected Sales Data (1)

April 28,
2024

April 30,
2023

% Change

Customer transactions (in millions)

386.8

390.9

(1.0) %

Average ticket

$           90.68

$           91.92

(1.3)

Sales per retail square foot

$         572.69

$         592.94

(3.4)

(1)   Selected Sales Data does not include results for HD Supply.

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

 

in millions

April 28,
2024

April 30,
2023

January 28,
2024

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$           4,264

$           1,260

$           3,760

Receivables, net

4,105

4,213

3,328

Merchandise inventories

22,416

25,371

20,976

Other current assets

1,837

1,579

1,711

Total current assets

32,622

32,423

29,775

Net property and equipment

25,997

25,674

26,154

Operating lease right-of-use assets

7,913

6,931

7,884

Goodwill

8,464

7,447

8,455

Other assets

4,234

3,911

4,262

Total assets

$         79,230

$         76,386

$         76,530

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

Short-term debt

$                  8

$                —

$                —

Accounts payable

12,563

12,630

10,037

Accrued salaries and related expenses

2,005

1,931

2,096

Current installments of long-term debt

763

1,338

1,368

Current operating lease liabilities

1,073

966

1,050

Other current liabilities

7,947

8,581

7,464

Total current liabilities

24,359

25,446

22,015

Long-term debt, excluding current installments

42,060

40,915

42,743

Long-term operating lease liabilities

7,107

6,209

7,082

Other long-term liabilities

3,884

3,454

3,646

Total liabilities

77,410

76,024

75,486

Total stockholders’ equity

1,820

362

1,044

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$         79,230

$         76,386

$         76,530

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

in millions

April 28,
2024

April 30,
2023

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net earnings

$           3,600

$           3,873

Reconciliation of net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

837

793

Stock-based compensation expense

124

124

Changes in working capital

842

809

Changes in deferred income taxes

83

(59)

Other operating activities

11

74

 Net cash provided by operating activities

5,497

5,614

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Capital expenditures

(847)

(905)

Other investing activities

17

2

 Net cash used in investing activities

(830)

(903)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Proceeds from short-term debt, net

8

Repayments of long-term debt

(1,172)

(1,063)

Repurchases of common stock

(649)

(2,887)

Proceeds from sales of common stock

62

15

Cash dividends

(2,229)

(2,118)

Other financing activities

(166)

(135)

 Net cash used in financing activities

(4,146)

(6,188)

Change in cash and cash equivalents

521

(1,477)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(17)

(20)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

3,760

2,757

 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$           4,264

$           1,260

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KIA AMERICA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2025 SORENTO HYBRID

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  • 2025 Kia Sorento Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $38,690
  • Confident, refreshed exterior design imparts bolder character to Sorento
  • Tech-savvy and futuristic cabin elevates interior

IRVINE, Calif., May 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Kia announced pricing for the 2025 Sorento Hybrid, which benefits from a host of updates that lend the electrified SUV a more confident and modern appearance, coupled with a tech-rich interior that aims to meet the digital demands of today’s consumers.

Kia America Announces Pricing for 2025 Sorento Hybrid

 

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

FWD

AWD

Sorento Hybrid EX

$38,690

$40,490

Sorento HybridSX Prestige

N/A

$46,890

 

For the 2025 model year, the Sorento Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s updated appearance are new Cityscape Green, Mineral Blue, Interstellar Grey and Volcanic Sand exterior colors, plus a new Dust Blue interior color palette that provides an inviting ambiance. Unique to the electrified variant are 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Sorento Hybrid gets 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.

Power in the Sorento Hybrid comes from a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gas Direct Injection (GDI) I-4, 1.5 kWh battery, and 44.2 kW electric motor that delivers 227 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque via a 6-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA-estimated 36 MPG combined7 (FWD models), the Sorento Hybrid is in it for the long haul. For adventures outside of city limits, all-wheel drive8 is available on the Sorento Hybrid EX trim and standard on the SX-P. 

Notable driver convenience systems9 added to the 2025 Sorento Hybrid includes available Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning (SCC-ML), designed to adapt to and match driving style with certain inputs; and available Highway Driving Assist 210 (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 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.
No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.
9 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.
10 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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Estrella MediaCo Introduces Two Dynamic Audio Shows to reVolver Podcasts Lineup: Al Chile and Bien y de Buenas

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DALLAS, May 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — revolver Podcasts announces the addition of two captivating podcasts from Estrella MediaCo, a leading Spanish-language multiplatform media company: Al Chile con Marlene Quinto and Bien y de Buenas.

Al Chile con Marlene Quinto: Get ready for unfiltered discussions on current affairs with host Marlene Quinto, DJ for the famed Que Buena Los Angeles radio station. Straight to the point and without reservation, Quinto fearlessly confronts stars, singers, and community figures in her unique style. Tune in for candid conversations that dive deep into the issues that matter most. Follow and download the show here.

Bien y de Buenas: Step into the world of friendly, funny, and entertaining conversations with Bien y de Buenas. Hosted by renowned DJ Rocío Sándoval, also from Que Buena Los Angeles and known as “La Peligrosa” (“The Dangerous”), this podcast features interviews, news, and information on a variety of life topics. Join the fun and stay informed with Bien y de Buenas. Follow and download the show here.

Jack Hobbs, President of reVolver Podcasts, expressed his excitement about the new podcasts, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Al Chile and Bien y de Buenas to the reVolver Podcasts lineup. These dynamic shows exemplify the quality and diversity of Spanish-language content that our platform is known for. We look forward to bringing these engaging conversations to our listeners nationwide.”

Estrella MediaCo has also partnered with reVolver with other popular podcasts on the platform, including Don Cheto Al Aire, Historias de Don Cheto, and El Interrogatorio. Join the conversation and experience the best in Spanish-language podcasting with Al Chile con Marlene Quinto, Bien y de Buenas, and other Estrella MediaCo podcasts, exclusively on reVolver Podcasts.

Top of FormreVolver Podcasts is a leading force in digital audio content, dedicated to providing diverse, innovative, and engaging podcasts across various genres. With a commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, reVolver Podcasts continues to shape the future of digital storytelling, programming is free to millions of listeners in the U.S. and around the world across Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Deezer, iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, available in the reVolver Podcasts App on Roku streaming devices and at www.revolverpodcasts.com.

About reVolver Podcasts
reVolver Podcasts is the leading multicultural, audio-on-demand content creator and distributor in the U.S. Home to Erazno y La Chokolata, El Show de Piolín, The Shoboy Show, Panda Show – Picante, and Don Cheto Al Aire, plus more than 70 additional programs spanning sports, music, finance, entertainment, lifestyle, health and wellness, inspiration, news, branded content and live events, distributed across Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer, Pandora, iHeart Radio app, Amazon Music, also available in the reVolver Podcasts App on Roku streaming devices and at reVolverPodcasts.com. For more information about the company visit www.revolverpodcasts.com

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GOYA CARES LAUNCHES NEW EDUCATIONAL VIDEO TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AMONG YOUTH

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Goya Foods launches Goya Cares, a global initiative dedicated to eliminating child trafficking both domestically and internationally.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., May 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Goya Cares, a global initiative dedicated to protecting children from the dangers of child trafficking and raising awareness for the prevention and education of mental health, announces the launch of its new educational video, #PressPause, in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.