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Manuel Rosario’s new book “Remembranzas del ayer” looks into the challenging yet moving journey of five children persevering and trying to get by in life.

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Remembranzas del ayer: Mi autobiografía

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y., Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recent release “Remembranzas del ayer” from Page Publishing author Manuel Rosario shares a heart-stirring account of the pain, tears, and happiness of children who have no one but one another—and God.

Manuel Rosario, a thirty-year Federal Agent at the Department of National Security, has completed his new book “Remembranzas del ayer”: a raw and real look into life where loss and pain don’t seem to end. From Puerto Rico to New York, a tale about a family of five kids unravels to show how they braved through their lowest extremes.

Rosario shares, “Remembranzas del ayer is a work to the delight of the general public. It was written to share with the reader, the sorrows, the joys, and the failures of a family of five children who are left alone at the right hand of God, Gloria being the eldest, who was only twelve years old.

A moving story worth reading to understand family values.

The marital separation caused physical and psychological havoc to a family that lived in extreme poverty; without a fixed roof, clean water and a lack of sanitation.

I urge you to enjoy this interesting story, which begins in Puerto Rico and ends in New York.

Enjoy!”

Published by Page Publishing, Manuel Rosario’s opus is an avenue of memories, both happy and not, yet has also brought much lessons and healing to him and many others. And here, the author willingly shares the journey that has turned him into the man that he is now.

Readers who wish to experience this riveting work can purchase “Remembranzas del ayer” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing: 

Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Héctor G. Aguililla’s new book “Misión y Escape durante la Guerra Fría” is a poignant memoir that covers some of the untold events of the Cold War.

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Misión y Escape durante la Guerra Fría

MIAMI, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recent release “Misión y Escape durante la Guerra Fría” from Page Publishing author Héctor G. Aguililla is a rich and amusing narrative of a Cuban ex diplomat’s official and covert activities that took place in the Cold War.

Héctor G. Aguililla, a notable ex diplomat of the Cuban government, a Bachelor of Internal Relations graduate, a small business owner, a naturalized US citizen, a dutiful head of the family; has completed his new book “Misión y Escape durante la Guerra Fría”: a contemplative journey of a man who was dispatched by the Cuban government as an agent diplomat during the Cold War. Here, the author recounts the intense years of his life while on a mission. He covers the cultural events, adventures, sacrifices, and some important parts of the history that were left untold or shrouded with mystery.

“In these fascinating personal memoirs of a high-ranking former Cuban diplomat, facts of international relations are revealed, which are often kept shrouded in a mystique hidden from the public. The use of diplomacy as a means to carry out covert special operations and, in particular, supplies of weapons and military training by Cuba to Latin American narcoguerrillas as well as its little-known military presence in Syria during the Yom Kippur war is exposed in 1973.

It recounts first-hand secret or little-known events that occurred during the cold war, where diplomacy, espionage, arms trafficking and military intervention were intertwined in the interference of the affairs of other states, mainly in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”

Published by Page Publishing, Héctor G. Aguililla’s interesting tale is a portrait of unforgettable memories that shapes not just the world’s history but as well as the author’s.

It is an informative, political, and interesting recollection of a man’s journey.

Readers who wish to experience this insightful work can purchase “Misión y Escape durante la Guerra Fría” online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing: 

Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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América Moreno’s new book “Bajo el mismo techo que mi verdugo” is an autobiography of a woman and her constant struggle against abuse and mistreatment that leaves a clear message

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The recent release of the book, “Bajo el mismo techo que mi verdugo”, written by the author América Moreno, and published by the publisher Page Publishing, presents us with a real story, narrated by its protagonist, that suffered abuse, pain, and trauma in a broken home.  And with whose experience she seeks to leave a precedent of support for those who are going through these same circumstances.

América Moreno, a loving mother of three, has completed her new book “Bajo el mismo techo que mi verdugo”: a closer look into the journey of América as she grew up with a terribly abusive father and a dying mom while taking care of her siblings. Her hellish life didn’t change even when she started her own family; she suffered a lot, running back and forth in never-ending pain.

“This is the sad story of a girl who was born in a very remote place of civilization where the most essential was lacking. Most of the people were very poor, illiterate, could not read or write. Her name América Moreno Morales was the third daughter of a marriage, formed by Eliza Morales and Samuel Moreno. Eliza was a very sick woman with asthma, and Samuel was an alcoholic, abusive, selfish man who only thought about himself.

It didn’t matter to him that his wife was so ill, she was dying and starving. On top of that he still mistreated, humiliated, and always acted jealous. In that home there was only bitterness and a lot of pain.

Eliza’s poor health did not give for more, leaving her children completely unprotected. At the mercy of a man who didn’t know what it was to be a father.

At the age of ten, América had to take care of her 3 little siblings. Being in the same hell that her mother lived, at the age of 14 an evil man fell in love with her, and since she was a child, she ignored him. He kidnapped her and did to her what he wanted. He raped her, humiliated her, beat her every day. A year later, someone murdered him and she fled. América fell in love and found her happiness. She soon woke up from that dream and would enter what would be her third hell. But it was no longer just her, but her little daughters as well.

They would accompany her to leave one hell to enter another. And this is how she spent much of her life. She came to United States to give her daughters a better lifestyle, and she met the devil himself. She couldn’t believe such bad luck and after 5 years, she had to return to Mexico. Her daughters were threatened with death and only in Mexico would they be safe. She kept meeting bad people and suffering a lot. Until 1995, her first treasure arrived and with it came peace, happiness and all the good things. Thank you, my God.”

Published by Page Publishing, América Moreno’s stirring life story may have been a downpour of hurts and a storm of traumatic events, yet in the end of it all is a life of peace and joy as God saved her.

This book is for those people who like to read stories with heartfelt narration, where the life experiences leave a message of encouragement and learning. Readers who wish to experience this great work can purchase “Bajo el mismo techo que mi verdugo” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing: 

Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Irma Sosa Pineda’s new book “Divine Intervention” is an awe-inspiring account of an immigrant whose faith helped her survive in a foreign country

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recent release “Divine Intervention” from Page Publishing author Irma Sosa Pineda is an informative personal journey encapsulating the joy, hope, sacrifices, and predicaments that immigrant families have faced in American society.

Irma Sosa Pineda, an immigrant from El Salvador, a resilient woman, a loving mother to two beautiful daughters; has completed her new book “Divine Intervention”: a gripping memoir of a godly woman who came from The Republic of El Salvador. Being born in a large family, Irma Sosa Pineda had a wonderful childhood surrounded by nature, love, and all the good things the world has to offer. Not until the country’s paradigm shifted in the 1980s, Irma decided to leave her home country and take a leap of faith in a land that is very much foreign to her.

Pineda shares, “Divine Intervention is the story of a humble person who was born in El Salvador, being the fourth daughter of nine brothers and sisters. She once lived the most amazing childhood surrounded by nature and love in a place of freedom and happiness where all the children have the freedom to play together in a secure environment.

During school time, I had a wonderful experience in learning in my humble public school. We, all the children of the community, walk together to the school with no fear; we walk in a safe environment. During 1980s, the country was having a social change. It was not safe anymore; I just looked at the chaos that was happening in our communities, with the families. The community was not safe anymore; what I saw was destruction and poverty, no job opportunities. I decided to migrate to the United States. I knew it would not be easy, but I took the risk of losing my life in the journey, by crossing the desert and getting on board of the train, The Beast, looking for my American dream. Like many immigrants who leave their loved ones to give them a better future, I also left my eighteen-month-old baby. I went through this pain that is hard to explain, and only the ones who had experienced the same journey can truly understand how hard it is to leave your loved ones behind. It was not easy to reach the American dream, and in this story, you will read all the danger and struggles that I went through and how I never gave up. I knew God was holding her hand the whole time and made her strong to survive in another country, another culture, another language, and another environment. This humble person became a lion to survive and reach her goal.”

Published by Page Publishing, Irma Sosa Pineda’s revealing story sheds new light on an immigrant experience. She ran into a series of obstacles upon chasing her American dream and luckily, she has her faith to hold onto when times get rough.

Irma’s story is a story of survival; an honest depiction of the immigrants’ plight.

Readers who wish to experience this potent work can purchase “Divine Intervention” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing: 
Page Publishing is a traditional, full-service publishing house that handles all the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create, not mired in logistics like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes, and so on. Page’s accomplished writers and publishing professionals allow authors to leave behind these complex and time-consuming issues and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at www.pagepublishing.com.

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Parkland expands food offer and accelerates convenience growth with acquisition of M&M Food Market

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CALGARY, AB, Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (“Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), a leading operator and consolidator of convenience retail and fuel marketing businesses, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire M&M Food Market (“M&M”) (“the Acquisition”). M&M is a premium, restaurant-quality frozen food retailer who brings high-quality, convenient food choices to Canadians. This acquisition represents one of many steps we are taking in our retail diversification strategy to expand our proprietary food offer, customer reach and innovation pipeline.

“This acquisition provides a platform to grow our food offer, expand our proprietary brands, and advance our digital and loyalty strategy,” said Ian White, SVP Strategic Marketing & Innovation. “Consistent with our commitment to create convenience destinations, M&M’s national store network, and innovative approach to food preparation and menu development positions us to offer high-quality food that complements our growing quick-serve restaurant offerings. We will grow these capabilities in all our operating regions and bolster our digital connection to customers by combining M&M and JOURNIE™ rewards programs. We look forward to bringing ON the RUN and M&M together to help customers make the most of every stop.”

The acquisition includes over 300 well-located standalone franchise and corporate owned stores, over 2,000 M&M Express locations, and a well-established rewards program with approximately two million active members. Led by an experienced management team who have a proven track record of growth and a food-first culture, M&M will create quality food options that our customers can consume fresh-from-frozen, both on site and on the go, and prepared from frozen at home. We will leverage these capabilities throughout our existing network and soon to be launched standalone ON the RUN convenience locations.

“Parkland’s ON the RUN brand is a convenience retail leader and we are excited to combine our two offerings,” said Andy O’Brien, CEO of M&M. “M&M and its franchise partners share Parkland’s customer focus and passion for quality food. The combination of our innovative food capabilities and Parkland’s more than 3,000 retail locations in 25 countries creates an immediate runway of growth and expansion opportunities.”

This Acquisition enables key elements of our strategy:

  • Advances our enterprise food strategy: Adds a proprietary brand, experienced team, franchisee network, and a scalable fresh and fresh-from-frozen food growth platform across all our markets. We will leverage M&M’s expertise and track record of developing successful menus in its innovation kitchen to evaluate and develop additional fresh and quick-serve food choices across our network.
  • Advances our digital strategy and creates a premier Canadian loyalty program: By combining JOURNIE and M&M’s reward programs which has two million active members, we will create extensive cross-promotional opportunities and form one of Canada’s premier loyalty programs.
  • Enhances our ON the RUN customer value proposition: M&M will be integral to our growing On the Run network, bolstering our in-store, e-commerce and home delivery offers, and supporting our standalone convenience concept.
  • Capital-light: M&M leverages a well-established, highly efficient food preparation and distribution network, requiring limited capital investment to efficiently serve its retail locations.
  • Ratable cash flow with significant growth potential: M&M’s royalty fee-based operating model creates a ratable stream of cash flow. We aim to grow M&M’s Canadian annual run rate Adjusted EBITDA to approximately $55 million in three years.

The total consideration for this transaction is approximately $322 million, which will be funded out of existing credit facility capacity. This Acquisition represents a valuation metric of less than 8.5x estimated 2021 Adjusted EBITDA. Subject to approval under the Competition Act (Canada) and other customary closing conditions, the Acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.

Acquisition Conference Call and Webcast Details
Parkland will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, January 18, at 4:00pm MDT (6:00pm EDT) to discuss the acquisition. To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1524874&tp_key=388fcb2af7

Analysts and institutional investors interested in participating in the question-and-answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 68511332). International participants can call 1-800-389-0704 (toll) (Conference ID: 68511332).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

About Parkland Corporation
Parkland’s purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities. We are a leading operator and consolidator of convenience retail and fuel marketing businesses. Through our portfolio of trusted and locally relevant convenience, retail, commercial and wholesale brands, we serve over one million customers per day across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and Central and South America. In addition to leveraging our supply and storage capabilities to provide the essential fuels that our diverse customers rely on, we are a leader in manufacturing low carbon fuels and are rapidly building a charging network to serve growing demand for convenient charging from electric vehicle drivers in select markets.

Parkland’s proven strategy is centered around growing organically, realizing a supply advantage, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. We are positioned to win through the energy transition and are focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, further diversifying our retail business into convenience, food, and EV charging, and helping our commercial customers decarbonize their operations. Our strategy is enabled and underpinned by our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

About M&M Food Market:
Founded in 1980, M&M Food Market is Canada’s leading retailer of frozen foods and has helped Canadians put delicious meals on the table by offering consumers products that were prepared with care using authentic recipes and high-quality ingredients along with personalized customer service, all within a uniquely convenient shopping environment. Following the beginning of a significant rebranding effort in 2016 – including the name change from M&M Meat Shops, a new store design, new products and packaging, a new website, and newly trained Meal Advisors – M&M Food Market has been focused on innovation across virtually every aspect of the business. It is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with locations in all ten provinces, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. M&M has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 11 years in a row. M&M products include delicious and convenient options across virtually every food category including appetizers, prepared meals, seafood, meats and poultry, vegetables, sides, bakery, and desserts and come in formats ranging from individual portions to family-sized options.

Forward Looking Statement
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, the successful completion of the Acquisition and the timing thereof; expected benefits of the acquisition, including: potential organic growth, creating convenience destinations; expanding Parkland’s food offerings throughout its existing network; creating a loyalty coalition between the M&M and JOURNIE™ rewards programs; expected future increase to the run rate Adjusted EBITDA of the M&M business and the timing thereof; and the launch of standalone ON the RUN convenience locations.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as may be required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure to complete the Acquisition; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the Acquisition; failure to realize all or any of the anticipated benefits of the Acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; competitive action by other companies; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 5, 2021, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2021 MD&A dated November 2, 2021 and the Q4 2020 MD&A dated March 4, 2021, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca.

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UNITED STATES POET LAUREATE JOY HARJO NAMED FIRST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT TULSA’S BOB DYLAN CENTER® IN ADVANCE OF GRAND OPENING ON MAY 10

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TULSA, Okla., Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo has been named the first Artist-In-Residence at the Bob Dylan Center (BDC), in advance of its much-anticipated grand opening on May 10.  Throughout the course of her six-year appointment, the Tulsa native and member of the Muscogee Nation will present educational programs and live performances, as well as curate special exhibitions, at the BDC.

According to Steve Higgins, Managing Director of the American Song Archives which overseas the BDC, Harjo’s tenure as Artist-In-Residence is integral to furthering the Center’s mission.  “As a poet, musician, playwright and author, Joy Harjo exemplifies artistry and brings light to the world through her work,” Higgins said.  “The BDC’s programs and exhibits will explore the creative process and inspire the next generations of artists, and we couldn’t be more honored that Joy is playing such an important role in helping us to fulfill our mission and establish our future legacy.”

In response to her appointment, Harjo said, “When Bob Dylan stepped forward and made his path of song making, poetry, and storytelling, a path that lit a generation, he opened a creative door for others to find their way to fresh invention and imagining. I am one of those who followed. My residency will allow this legacy to be extended to the community, to encourage and share creativity. I am honored to be part of this new venture.”

Images of Joy Harjo can be downloaded here:
https://bobdylancenter.box.com/s/kxck3hz5hmea299fv4rhtyiyrhwtsf0t

About Joy Harjo
Appointed in 2020 to a rare third term as 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs. Her honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. Her signature project as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words,” features an interactive story map developed in conjunction with the Library of Congress that maps 47 contemporary Native American poets across the country and connects to an online audio collection developed by Harjo and housed in the Library’s American Folklife Center.
https://www.joyharjo.com

About the Bob Dylan Center®
To be anchored by a permanent exhibit on the life and work of Bob Dylan, the Bob Dylan Center is committed to exploring the myriad forms of creativity that enrich the world around us. When it opens in the Tulsa Arts District in May 2022, the center will serve to educate, motivate and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. Through exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures, and publications, the center aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives.

As the primary public venue for the Bob Dylan Archive® collection, the center will curate and exhibit a priceless collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks, and correspondence; films, videos, photographs, and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments, and many other elements. More information at bobdylancenter.com.

About Bob Dylan
An up-to-date overview of Bob Dylan’s career can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/3n03F2I.

About the George Kaiser Family Foundation
The George Kaiser Family Foundation is a Tulsa-based charitable foundation dedicated to providing equal opportunity for children through investments in early childhood education, community health and civic enhancements. Part of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the American Song Archives operates the Woody Guthrie Center and the future Bob Dylan Center, and preserves and maintains the archives of these and other important American artists. More information at gkff.org.

Contact: Larry Jenkinslarry.jenkins@bobdylancenter.com

 

SOURCE The Bob Dylan Center

FIBRA Prologis Declares Quarterly Distribution

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MEXICO CITY, Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV:FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico, declared today a cash distribution of Ps. 469.6 million (US$ 23.0 million), or Ps. 0.5483 per Certificado Bursátil Fiduciario Inmobiliario (“CBFI”) (US$ 0.02688 per CBFI) related to the results of the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2021.

The distribution is payable February 2, 2022 to CBFI holders with an ex-dividend date of January 31, 2022, and a record date of February 1, 2022.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of December 31, 2021, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 224 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 42.6 million square feet (4.0 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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

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PRO MUJER NAMES CARMEN CORREA AS ITS CEO

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NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Pro Mujer, a social enterprise with more than 31 years working to advance gender equality in Latin America, announces Carmen Correa as its new CEO. Carmen succeeds Maria Cavalcanti, who led the organization since 2016 and will continue supporting and advising on strategic initiatives.

Carmen Correa

Correa joined Pro Mujer in 2017 as the Director of Alliances. She has served in several different leadership roles, including becoming Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In this most recent role, she supervised the operations and implementation of Pro Mujer’s social impact programs, which include expanding financial inclusion, providing health and well-being services and offering skill-building opportunities to women across Latin America.

Correa has more than 30 years of experience in operational management, strategic planning and program execution, focusing on sustainable development in Latin America. Before joining Pro Mujer, she led efforts at the National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII) in Uruguay, served as the Program Director at Fundación Avina, was the Director of Operations and, later, the Executive Director of Endeavor Uruguay, and held various positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Uruguay.

In her new role, Correa will lead Pro Mujer and expand the organization’s impact to bring it closer to its goal of achieving gender equality in Latin America.

Maria Cavalcanti will continue to be part of Pro Mujer, supporting and advising on strategic initiatives after six successful years as the CEO. During her tenure, María made valuable contributions to the organization, positioning it for growth.

About Pro Mujer:

Pro Mujer is a preeminent not-for-profit social enterprise that for over 31 years has empowered women in Latin America through a wide variety of services, enabling them to reach their full potential, provide for their families and play a critical role in the economic development of their communities.   

As an industry leader in financial inclusion, workforce reskilling and preventive healthcare, Pro Mujer engages the most vulnerable women, whose access to financial services, education, and healthcare is often the most tenuous.

Pro Mujer’s deep knowledge of the population it seeks to serve permits it to design innovative women-centered programs that address their most pressing needs, such as assistance to victims of gender based violence and digital skills training. In addition, Pro Mujer is a thought leader in gender lens investing in Latin America and plays an important role as an aggregator of blended capital, seeking to address the lack of funding for small and medium size women-led businesses in the region.    

Pro Mujer’s work is closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delivering tangible results in eight SDGs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 16.   

More information at  www.promujer.org  

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FIBRA Prologis Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Earnings Results

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MEXICO CITY, Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV:FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR:

  • Leases commenced were 5.6 million square feet.
  • Period-end occupancy was 97.9 percent.
  • Net effective rent on rollovers increased 8.8 percent.
  • Weighted average customer retention was 65.6 percent.
  • Same store cash NOI was 10 percent.
  • Acquired US$233 million of Class-A properties.

Net earnings per CBFI was Ps. 5.7144 (US$0.2758) for the quarter compared with Ps. 3.2891 (US$0.1576) for the same period in 2020. For the full year 2021, net earnings per CBFI was Ps. 11.7470 (US$0.5761) compared with Ps. 4.4111 (US$0.2091) for the same period in 2020.

Funds from operations (FFO), as modified by FIBRA Prologis per CBFI, was Ps. 0.8748 (US$0.0425) for the quarter compared with Ps. 0.8164 (US$0.0380) for the same period in 2020. For the full year 2021, FFO per CBFI was Ps.3.4606 (US$0.1708) compared with Ps.3.5937 (US$0.1663) for the same period in 2020.

SOLID OPERATING RESULTS

“The market had an exceptional year in 2021, setting new records globally in net absorption, rental prices and valuations. Our strong operational and financial results continue to demonstrate the resiliency of our strategic business model,” said Luis Gutiérrez, president, Latin America, Prologis. “During the year, we accomplished several accretive acquisitions, both from our sponsor, Prologis, and from third parties. We have enhanced our position in the markets where we have a presence and remain focused on delivering continued sustainable growth.”

Operating Portfolio

4Q21

4Q20

Notes

Period End Occupancy 

97.9%

97.1%

Our six markets are above 95%, the highest occupancy since IPO.

Leases Commenced

1.4 MSF

1.1 MSF

43% of 4Q21 activity was concentrated in Mexico City, followed by Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana.

Customer Retention

65.4%

72.7%

Some tenants left due to lack space or M&A.

Net Effective Rent Change

15.2%

10.5%

Led by Juarez and Reynosa.

Same Store Cash NOI

6.8%

-1.2%

Led by rent change, annual rent increases, fewer concessions and higher occupancy.

Same Store Net Effective NOI

3.0%

2.5%

Led by rent change and annual rent increases.

STRONG FINANCIAL POSITION

As of December 31, 2021, FIBRA Prologis’ leverage was 30.4 percent and liquidity was approximately Ps. 7.8 billion (US$382 million), which included Ps. 7.5 billion (US$365 million) of available capacity on its unsecured credit facility and Ps. 343 million (US$17 million) of unrestricted cash.

GUIDANCE ESTABLISHED FOR 2022

(US$ in million, except per CBFI amounts)

FX = Ps$21.0 per US$1.00

Low

High

Notes

FFO per CBFI

US$0.1750

US$0.1850

Excludes the impact of foreign exchange movements and any potential incentive fee.

Full Year 2022 Distributions per CBFI

US$0.1200

US$0.1200

An 11.6% increase vs 2021.

Year End Occupancy

96.0%

97.0%

Same Store Cash NOI

2.5%

4.0%

Based in U.S. dollars.

Annual Capital Expenditures as % of NOI

13.0%

14.0%

Asset Management and Professional Fees

US$30.0

US$35.0

Building Acquisitions

US$150

US$250

WEBCAST & CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

FIBRA Prologis will host a live webcast/conference call to discuss quarterly results, current market conditions and future outlook. Here are the event details:

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET.
  • Access the live webcast at www.fibraprologis.com, in the Investor Relations section, by clicking Events.
  • Dial in: +1 866 719-1816 or +1 778 560-2714 and enter Passcode 5283777.

A telephonic replay will be available January 20 – January 27 at +1 800 585-8367 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 416 621-4642 from all other countries using conference code 5283777. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of December 31, 2021, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 224 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 42.6 million square feet (4.0 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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

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MARCH OF DIMES ANNOUNCES 2022 MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™

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ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — March of Dimes today kicked off the 2022 March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement. After 52 years as the organization’s largest fundraiser—and the nation’s oldest charitable walk—this awareness and fundraising campaign is bigger than ever, and aims to support every family throughout their pregnancy journey and raise critical funds to help March of Dimes provide research, programs, education and advocacy so moms and babies get the best possible start. The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color. By joining the movement, people everywhere are fighting to make America a more equitable country to have a baby.

March for Babies

“March for Babies is a moment to step up for something big—to be part of a national movement,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes. “Our amazing community is coming together to end preventable preterm birth and maternal death as well as close the health equity gap. No matter where you live, you can join this movement on behalf of all moms and babies and help March of Dimes ensure we can be there for every family. This is a time to pay tribute to those we’ve lost, honor babies born preterm or with birth defects, and connect with others committed to advancing our mission. I invite everyone to join us by signing up today.”

This year, the March for Babies campaign will include both in-person and virtual events to help give every family the best possible start. Through the “Step Up Challenge,” people are encouraged to take as many steps as they can—at home, in their neighborhoods or at an organized walk event hosted by March of Dimes. By downloading the March of Dimes: Charity Cloud app from an app store, people can take action today to set up their challenge, get moving and encourage others to join as well. People can also join March for Babies by creating a unique DIY fundraiser or hosting their own community walk with a walk-in-a box kit from March of Dimes.  

The March of Dimes 2021 Report Card shows that for the first time in six years U.S. preterm births declined slightly from 10.2 percent to 10.1 percent, with the nation keeping its C- grade. Even with this slight decline, there are still unacceptable preterm birth rates in the U.S., particularly among communities of color where rates slightly increased for the Black and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The same disparities exist with infant death, which has slowly declined over the past several years, however, Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native babies are still twice as likely as White babies to die before their first birthdays.

“We’re in the midst of a maternal and infant health crisis that’s been particularly devastating for women of color. Black women are three times more likely to die than White women from pregnancy-related causes. That’s not acceptable and we must end this crisis for all women,” said U.S. Olympian and March of Dimes Celebrity Advocate Council member Allyson Felix. “That’s why I’m joining March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement, so together we can improve the health of every mom and baby.”

More than just a walk, March for Babies will lift up communities for health equity, open the door for every mom to have access to care and protect the health of families through advocacy. Through in-person and virtual experiences, March for Babies is a time to honor motherhood, babies and families and come together with thousands of others to share experiences while raising critical funds to help every mom and baby.

“I’m thrilled to be supporting March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement once again. It’s crucial that we work together as a community to protect the health of all moms and babies during these difficult times,” said actress, singer and Celebrity Advocate Council member Tatyana Ali. “By marching together across the country, we can help shine the spotlight on the need for more research and more solutions because every baby should have the best chance to start.”

The Color Street Foundation, the charitable arm of Color Street, an innovative beauty brand that manufactures and sells nail polish strips, is joining the fight for all moms and babies as a National Signature Partner with a $1 million pledge for March for Babies. As part of their support, Color Street is creating two limited edition nail strips to raise awareness of maternal and infant health and the need to support every family.

“Through the Color Street Foundation, I’m proud of what we do together to support so many important causes,” said Fa Park, Color Street Founder and CEO.  “We will now come together as a company and as a community to make a big difference in the lives of families, moms and babies with our biggest financial pledge to date. We’re proud to support March for Babies so that every mom and baby gets the best possible start.”

Join the Movement

March of Dimes invites everyone to step up and come together to end preventable preterm birth, end maternal death and close the health equity gap. There are a number of ways to get involved, including:

  1. Register for March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement | Register today at MarchforBabies.org or download the March of Dimes Charity Cloud app, which you can do at any time.
  2. Join the Step Up Challenge | While registering, sign up for the “Step Up Challenge” and be part of something big by pledging to take as many “steps” as you can to help moms and babies—at home, in your neighborhood, or at an organized walk event hosted by March of Dimes or one you host yourself! You have until May 16, 2022, to get in as many steps as possible.
  3. Last thing to do… Get Moving! | Look for an in-person event in your area, or simply get stepping on your own at home. Feeling like hosting a small gathering? Check out our DIY and Community Walk options. No matter what you choose to do, every step you take and every dollar you raise matters!

As an organization focused on public health, March of Dimes is committed to ensuring that event attendees come together safely during the pandemic. While all events will take place outdoors, the organization will be adhering to all safety protocols such as encouraging vaccination, masking and social distancing.

Check out our latest PSA, “Unspoken,” which showcases stories from diverse families that bring to life why each family is a part of the movement. Our social media press kit  also provides information on March for Babies to help energize public support. For more information on March for Babies, including how to sign up and find an event, go to marchforbabies.org and download the March of Dimes: Charity Cloud app from your favorite app store now to track progress against friends and family and encourage others to join as well. 

ABOUT MARCH OF DIMES

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every mom and baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we’re there for every family—those who had first-hand hardships, those celebrating their health and those just trying to start their families. For more information go to marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org, and visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Parkland clarifies details regarding a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00pm MDT (6:00pm EDT) to discuss its announced acquisition of M&M Food Market

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CALGARY, AB, Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (“Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00pm MDT (6:00pm EDT) to discuss its announced acquisition of M&M Food Market.  To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1524874&tp_key=388fcb2af7

Analysts and institutional investors interested in participating in the question-and-answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 68511332). International participants can call 1-800-389-0704 (toll) (Conference ID: 68511332).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

About Parkland Corporation
Parkland’s purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities. We are a leading operator and consolidator of convenience retail and fuel marketing businesses. Through our portfolio of trusted and locally relevant convenience, retail, commercial and wholesale brands, we serve over one million customers per day across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and Central and South America. In addition to leveraging our supply and storage capabilities to provide the essential fuels that our diverse customers rely on, we are a leader in manufacturing low carbon fuels and are rapidly building a charging network to serve growing demand for convenient charging from electric vehicle drivers in select markets.

Parkland’s proven strategy is centered around growing organically, realizing a supply advantage, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. We are positioned to win through the energy transition and are focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, further diversifying our retail business into convenience, food, and EV charging, and helping our commercial customers decarbonize their operations. Our strategy is enabled and underpinned by our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Investor and Media Inquiries: Investor Inquiries: Valerie Roberts, Director, Investor Relations, 403-956-9282, Valerie.Roberts@parkland.ca; Media Inquiries: Simon Scott, Director, Corporate Communications, 403-956-9272, Simon.Scott@parkland.ca

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Insurance Navy’s Spanish Website Launches

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CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Insurance Navy launched its Spanish-translated website. The site features a quote calculator, specialized coverage pages, location listings, and all the features of the original site. Spanish-speaking policyholders can also use the site to make payments, file claims, and handle renewals.

“Translating our site into Spanish and giving it its own web page was a move that was entirely inspired by our customer base,” says Insurance Navy CEO Fadi Sneineh, “Our locations in Little Village and Back of The Yards are the go-to places for insurance in those communities. Communities like these are driven by Spanish speakers and make up a huge part of our policyholders.”

Insurance Navy has been providing low-cost insurance all over the Chicagoland area for over a decade and has become the fastest-growing insurance agency in Illinois. They opened a new location in Berwyn. Insurance Navy’s bilingual agents have been at the forefront of helping Hispanic communities find affordable basic and SR22 coverage.

As previously mentioned, current policyholders will have 24-hour access to their auto, renters, motorcycle, or homeowners policy and premium payments. Interested visitors to the site can view their wide range of products beyond car insurance, like life, boat, Mexico travel. They can also stay informed with the Insurance Navy blog.

“Another aspect of a Spanish website is the abundance of content that our Spanish-speaker policyholders will now fully understand. Some customers using the map may be surprised to find out that they live close to one of our locations. It’s also all about communication, which is key in the insurance world so that everything goes smoothly,” Sneineh said.

You can visit the Insurance Navy Spanish Language website at https://www.insurancenavy.com/es/

About Insurance Navy:
Insurance Navy is a provider of non-standard auto insurance, selling products in over 30 storefronts, a call center, and online (www.insurancenavy.com) in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, and California. In addition to auto insurance, the company sells other financial products and services, including homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and roadside assistance.

 

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Meijer Commits to 50 Percent Carbon Emission Reduction Goal by 2025

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Midwestern retailer Meijer announced today an ambitious goal to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Midwestern retailer Meijer announced today an ambitious goal to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025. Rooted in the company’s mission to be a good neighbor, Meijer integrates environmental sustainability into daily operations and is committed to continual improvement through smart decisions and innovations that benefit customers and the broader community.

Midwestern retailer Meijer announced today an ambitious goal to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025.

“At Meijer, we believe in taking responsibility for the well-being of the world around us,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We are reducing carbon emissions not only because it makes good business sense, but because it aligns with our values and mission of enriching lives in the communities we serve.”

According to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, greenhouse gas emissions would need to be cut in half by 2030. Meijer has already managed to reduce emissions by 17 percent since 2014, even while opening 52 new stores and additional distribution center facilities. This is equal to a 30 percent reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per square foot.

As a leader in carbon management, Meijer is committed to cutting emissions faster than what science suggests is necessary and plans to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025. To meet this commitment, Meijer will build on existing energy and fleet efficiency programs by adding more renewable energy procurement and piloting new innovative technologies, such as energy-saving geothermal projects for refrigeration next year.

“Meijer has a longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship that leads back decades to when Fred Meijer spoke at the first Earth Day celebration in Grand Rapids in 1970,” said Vik Srinivasan, Senior Vice President of Properties and Real Estate. “We strive to be a good neighbor, which isn’t just about serving our communities today. It’s also about protecting our planet for tomorrow, and that’s more important than ever.”

Meijer has been recognized multiple times for achievements in sustainability. In 2020, for the third consecutive year, Meijer was recognized as a SmartWay® Excellence Award winner as a mixed carrier by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Meijer has also been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Program for its achievements in reducing refrigerant emissions across all its supercenters. The company has earned multiple GreenChill Superior Achievement awards for reaching its refrigerant leak rate goal by installing leak detection systems, following robust maintenance policies and by replacing end-of-life equipment at each of its stores.

Part of the commitment to being a good neighbor includes constructing environmentally responsible buildings, including using the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard as a guide to build efficient stores.

“Lessening our impact on the environment through a continued commitment in reducing carbon emissions is an issue that is important to us and our customers,” said Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer. “We’ve made significant progress over the years, but we look forward to continuing to do what is right for the world we live in.”

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores 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. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter at twitter.com/Meijer and twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer. 

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.

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PANDA EXPRESS® LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE GAMING EXPERIENCE TO SHARE GOOD FORTUNE IN CELEBRATION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR

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The American Chinese Trailblazer reveals retro-inspired game and the return of in-store red envelopes, inviting guests to unite over lucky foods and cultural traditions

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Panda Express, the largest family-owned and operated Asian dining concept in the U.S., introduces the Good Fortune Arcade, a unique online 8-bit game developed for guests to interact with the rich traditions of Lunar New Year. Available now through Feb. 15, 2022, guests can visit PandaLNY.com to play the Good Fortune Arcade and learn more about the origin story and food symbolism of Lunar New Year, while also receiving exclusive online offers at each level of the game. As part of its annual tradition, Panda is also bringing back in-store lucky red envelopes on the celebration day of Feb. 1, 2022, gifting guests with a limited time Family Meal promotion to share delicious food and good fortune with their family and friends.

Panda Express Family Meal

“Every year, we look forward to celebrating Lunar New Year with our guests, as this holiday universally signifies the importance of family and togetherness—the key values that also define us as a family-owned American Chinese restaurant,” said Andrea Cherng, Chief Brand Officer, Panda Express. “We are in a unique position to share culture and traditions through timeless and innovative experiences that both new and existing Lunar New Year celebrants can enjoy. With the Good Fortune Arcade, our goal is to create an authentic and inclusive way to bring people together over good fun and good food.”

A Cultural Experience Through Gaming
The Good Fortune Arcade aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia while introducing a modern way of telling the Lunar New Year story. It consists of four levels, and players are tasked with catching the legendary monster behind the holiday’s origin, Nian, who has stolen their lucky foods. In each level, players will work to collect these lucky dishes, while dodging obstacles along the way. After each completed level, players will unlock a fortune card containing a discount code for online ordering only on PandaExpress.com or the Panda Express app through Feb. 28, 2022.

Red Envelope Tradition for Good Luck
For nearly 40 years, Panda has invited guests to celebrate Lunar New Year with loved ones through good food and good fortune. Continuing a beloved tradition, Panda Express locations nationwide will be handing out over one million red envelopes on Feb. 1, 2022 only, with a coupon for $5 off a Family Meal* and a free 22 oz. Fountain Drink**, as well as a collectible fortune card inspired by Panda’s signature lucky dishes. Panda’s customizable Family Meal helps guests come together to experience their own combination of Lunar New Year dishes and personal favorites. From Orange Chicken (orange for prosperity) to Honey Walnut Shrimp (representing happiness), Chow Mein (symbolizing longevity) and Egg Rolls (resembling wealth), there are countless options sure to make everyone happy.

Lunar New Year Youth Program for Digital Learning 
As digital learning continues to be essential for educators and parents nationwide, Panda has made cultural learning easier and fun through its free interactive online program — Let’s Explore!: Lunar New Year – giving educators and parents the interactive tools they need to spark cultural curiosity in students. As a part of this curriculum, Panda introduces a new role-playing game (RPG) that teaches the different traditions practiced during the 15-day holiday. Educational institutions that have signed up their classrooms for Let’s Explore! Lunar New Year will receive limited-edition booklets full of Panda offers, stickers and other fun activities. To date, more than 180,000 students will be experiencing the magic and joy of Lunar New Year through this community resource from Panda.

For more information on Panda Express and its Lunar New Year campaign, visit pandaexpress.com or follow Panda Express on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

*$5 off Family Meal – $5 off Family Meal purchase. Taxes and premium entrée fee extra. One coupon per person per visit. Single-use coupon code. Coupon must be surrendered upon use in-store. Valid only at participating locations while supplies last. May not be combined with other promotions or discounts. Void if altered, reproduced, or where prohibited. Cash value 1/100 cent. Expires 4/1/22

**Free 22 oz. Fountain Drink – Single Serving. No purchase necessary. One coupon per person per visit. Single-use coupon code. Coupon must be surrendered upon use in-store. Valid only at participating locations while supplies last. May not be combined with other promotions or discounts. Void if altered, reproduced, or where prohibited. Cash value 1/100 cent. Expires 4/1/22.

About Panda Express 
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first +recipes, including its best seller The Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,200 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to 12 international countries. Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares®, Panda’s philanthropic arm, has raised more than $282 million and dedicated countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 13 million youths, as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2020, the organization established the Panda Cares Scholars Program to provide the necessary funding, academic support and leadership development to help high school and college students learn, lead and thrive towards a bright future. For more information about Panda, visit www.pandaexpress.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Tidal Basin Group Chief of Staff Appointed to The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Advisory Board

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James Joseph, Corporate Chief of Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — James K. Joseph, Corporate Chief of Staff of Tidal Basin Group, was appointed to the advisory board of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM).

James Joseph, Corporate Chief of Staff

“I firmly believe in I-DIEM’s mission and look forward to doing my part to promote the integration of social equity and the need for more women and minorities not only in our field of emergency management, but in leadership positions as well,” said Joseph.

Joseph has long been a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and helped spearhead initiatives while serving in the Federal government and has spoken at regional and national conferences on the subject, including testifying before Congress on DEI in 2021.

Joseph has more than 15 years of senior leadership in both the public and private sector, including former roles as FEMA Region V Administrator and Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Before his promotion to Chief of Staff, Joseph served as Vice President of Response for Tidal Basin. He oversaw growth strategies, operational deployments of personnel, and projects for response programs and represented the organization at national events.

“We are truly excited to have James join our Advisory Board as I-DIEM continues to advance the push for equity within the emergency management enterprise. He brings a unique perspective and tenured experience in emergency management, and we are honored by his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” says I-DIEM Chief Executive Officer Chauncia Willis.

About Tidal Basin 
Tidal Basin is the nation’s leading emergency and disaster management consulting firm providing programmatic and technical management experience and resources to governments, organizations, businesses, and communities. Our integrated disaster management solutions and expertise help our clients and partners achieve their disaster preparedness and recovery goals more effectively. Our understanding and ability to navigate all available funding sources enables us to provide maximum value by increasing the amount of funding our clients receive for programs that help improve their communities and businesses. To learn more about what we do and our team, visit tidalbasingroup.com

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management
The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management is a 501(c)3, global non-profit organization established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity, and our vision support the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle.

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Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute Awards Black and Latino Male Medical & Dental Student Mentoring Grant to The Institute of Medicine of Chicago

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CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute awarded the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) a two-year grant to develop and manage a Black and Latino Male Medical and Dental Student Mentoring Program.  The overall mentoring program’s objective is to elevate and support Black and Latino male medical and dental students for greater graduation success and foster their participation in caring for underserved communities now and upon graduation. We want to foster advocacy and action to reduce health inequities and disease prevention in Chicago. 

The Black and Latino Male Medical & Dental Student Mentoring and Networking Program is a relationship-based program for currently enrolled Black and Latino male medical or dental students in an accredited medical or dental program. This mentoring program intends to support these students specifically in the Chicago area. There has been an overall decline in graduation rates over the past five years in these respective groups.

President Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP, of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago stated, “IOMC is pleased to be part of this initiative to foster Black and Latino male medical and dental students. These future physicians and dentists can help solve the complex healthcare and public health problems facing Chicago and its communities.”

Look for more details soon.

The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute was founded in 1911 as a non-profit foundation with a mandate to pursue “the investigation of the cause of disease and the prevention and relief of human suffering in the City of Chicago. They have strong record of success.

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), since 1915, is an independent non-profit organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches, including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement. With the public’s health at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to meet better the needs of its members and the Chicago, Counties and the State of Illinois community. 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit www.iomc.org.  

For more information contact:
Institute of Medicine of Chicago
Deborah Hodges
312.709.2685
iomcstaff@iomc.org

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National Health Foundation Receives a $240,000 Grant in Collaboration with Providence Southern California and the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund to Build an Innovative Model of Care for Unhoused Older Adults in the San Fernando Valley

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — National Health Foundation (NHF), Providence Southern California, and the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund will further expand their collaboration by building an innovative model of care and community health collaborative benefitting older adults experiencing homelessness in the Arleta. The project will center around NHF’s upcoming Project Homekey site in Arleta, a 43,000 sq. ft. facility that will provide temporary, specialized housing and social services to unhoused older adults, ages 55+. 

An older adult guest in National Health Foundation's recuperative care program receives health and social services before transitioning to stable housing.

Funding to support the project was provided by the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, Providence’s strategic grant making foundation. National Health Foundation will spearhead the project, building contractual partnerships with key community-based organizations that will lay the groundwork for onsite initiatives, including 1) designing a medical and behavioral health clinic; (2) conducting a community-participatory environmental assessment of the Arleta neighborhood; and 3) building a congregate meal site catered to older adults. 

For over a decade, National Health Foundation has provided recuperative care services in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for individuals experiencing homelessness following their discharge from the hospital. In Arleta, with substantial support from its representative Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, NHF will tailor its Project Homekey to the complex needs of aging adults who have been living on the streets. The renovation of the facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

Providence’s support will allow us to explore solutions with local health experts and community organizations to build Los Angeles’s first care program that comprehensively addresses the specialized health needs of older adults experiencing homelessness,” said Kelly Bruno, President and CEO of National Health Foundation. “Our collaboration will create new opportunities to achieve better health for older adults and at-risk communities in and around Los Angeles City Council District 6.”

Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, with a 20% increase since 2017. Of those, 81% are unsheltered, living in their car, van, camper, tent or makeshift shelter. The need for immediate, but purposeful, housing solutions will only continue to grow in the coming years.

“We are excited to be working with National Health Foundation on this innovative project to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults. We are grateful for the expertise of NHF as we embark together on this exploration of how to address this emerging crisis of aged homelessness.” Gabriela Robles, Chief Executive of the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund. 

About National Health Foundation
For 50 years, National Health Foundation (NHF) has advanced wellness for communities across Southern California through research, programs, and services that address acute and long-term health needs. NHF operates four recuperative care centers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties to provide trauma-informed services and support to individuals experiencing health challenges including homelessness. These care centers also serve as hubs, connecting the surrounding neighborhood to resources that activate wellness and strengthen the overall community so every individual can be as healthy as possible. NHF believes every neighbor deserves to be safely housed and connected to community, with full and equitable access to resources that activate health and wellness. For more information, visit www.nationalhealthfoundation.org.

About the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund
The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund serves as Providence’s strategic grant making foundation for funding key system and regional initiatives in the areas of housing, education, disaster response and recovery, and nonprofit and community capacity building. Through the Fund we incubate and accelerate programs that create scalable impact in our communities to improve the health and wellbeing of the economically poor, utilize the strengths and diversity of our neighbors to build vibrant communities and leverage best practices and lessons learned from these investments to expand to communities across our geographical footprint. Through targeted investments and partnerships with inspiring organizations that make a measurable impact, the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund harnesses the power of our communities to advance equity and justice for healthier communities. For more, visit stjosephcpf.org.

About Providence Southern California
At Providence, we use our voice to advocate for vulnerable populations and needed reforms in health care. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in 52 hospitals, 1,085 clinics and a comprehensive range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Providence aligns the influence of our family of organizations to create stronger communities, raise awareness, and illuminate a pathway that inspires all to serve. For more, visit www.providence.org.

Contact:
Danielle Cameron
dcameron@nhfca.org
703.999.9423

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All-New Honda Civic Type R Arrives at Tokyo Auto Salon

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Fresh from testing at the Suzuka Circuit, the all-new Honda Civic Type R made its first public appearance in prototype at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s premiere high-performance and custom car show. The best performing Civic Type R ever will be officially unveiled this year. #HondaCivic #TypeR

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fresh from testing at the Suzuka Circuit, the all-new Honda Civic Type R made its first public appearance in prototype at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s premiere high-performance and custom car show. Wearing a special camouflage designed exclusively for Type R, the prototype is featured in a new action-packed test-driving video, so TAS visitors can go behind the scenes with Honda engineers and experience the development of Type R. The best performing Civic Type R ever will be officially unveiled this year.  #HondaCivic   #TypeR

Fresh from testing at the Suzuka Circuit, the all-new Honda Civic Type R made its first public appearance in prototype at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s premiere high-performance and custom car show. The best performing Civic Type R ever will be officially unveiled this year. #HondaCivic #TypeR

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Civic, Insight, and Accord passenger cars, along with the

HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, and Insight hybrid-electric sedan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 40 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2020, 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Love in Bloom: Postal Service Issues New Love Forever Stamps

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ROMEO, Mich., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Celebrate the joy that flowers bring with two new Love stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.

Released early in the year for use at Valentine’s Day, this year’s Love stamps are also perfect for adding floral flair to letters, birthday or graduation cards, baby shower invitations or notes of thanks. Their addition will bring charm, whimsy and a bit of romance to any correspondence.

News of the new Forever stamps is being shared on social media with the hashtag #LoveStamps.

The stamp dedication took place in the historic village of Romeo, MI. Romantic pictorial postmarks from Romeo will be available throughout the month of February.

“The joy I receive from flowers is similar to the joy I feel when I receive mail from a loved one,” said Shavon Keys, the Postal Service’s vice president of sales, who served as dedicating official for the ceremony. “The Postal Service has successfully captured the delight and exuberance of love since its first stamp in the Love series, issued in 1973.”

The newest additions to the series are now available at Post Office locations nationwide, and online at The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps.

Joining Keys for the ceremony were Christine Malzahn, president, village of Romeo; Kelley Stephens, executive director, Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce; and Alex Stubbs, who served as Romeo’s postmaster for 26 years.

Ruth Heidebreicht, owner of local media outlet TheMittTV.com, was master of ceremonies.

“For 28 consecutive years, the village of Romeo’s special postmark has brought customers from all over the country and around the world a little closer,” said Stubbs, who helped organize the Romeo cancellation program.

Stubbs noted that cancellations were requested by customers from more than 200 cities in 36 states, as well as by customers in France, Italy and Japan.

The stamps’ two designs feature graphic illustrations of flowers inspired by old European folk art on background fields of powder blue or coral pink. Both have three round, stylized blooms placed symmetrically along the top, with smaller round blossoms in each of the lower corners and vines interspersed throughout. The letters of “LOVE” are positioned among the decorative vines. “Forever USA” sits along the bottom of each stamp between the two small flowers.

Bailey Sullivan illustrated and designed the stamps. Greg Breeding was art director.

The Forever stamps will be issued in panes of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Postal Products 

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826 or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Please Note: For Postal Service media resources, including photo stills and broadcast-quality video and audio, visit the USPS Newsroom. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the USPS YouTube channel, like us on Facebook and enjoy our Postal Posts blog. For more information about the Postal Service, visit usps.com and facts.usps.com.

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martha.s.johnson@usps.gov
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Elizabeth Najduch
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Inflation Worries Hurt Consumer Confidence Among Hispanics

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The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels.

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — U.S. Hispanics are displaying less consumer confidence heading into 2022 as inflation not seen in decades continues to erode their purchasing power.

The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels.

The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index dropped to 86.7 in the fourth quarter of 2021 from 90.5 in the third quarter, but it remains well above the 79.3 during the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business.

Optimism declined in four of the five questions used to generate the index.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, 59 percent of Hispanics felt they are better off financially now than a year ago, down from 62 percent in the third quarter. When it comes to whether they expect to be better off financially in the next year, 70 percent felt that way, compared with 78 percent in the third quarter.

Hispanics also are less confident in the short-term and long-run economic outlooks. In the fourth quarter, 51 percent of respondents said they expect the U.S. to experience good business conditions in the upcoming year, down from 53 percent in the prior quarter. Meanwhile, 53 percent of respondents said they expect good economic conditions in the next five years, compared with 58 percent who felt that way in the third quarter.

Buying big-ticket items such as a house or car is the only area in which Hispanics showed increasing optimism, with 53 percent saying it’s a good time to make a major purchase, up from 48 percent in the third quarter. 

“Inflation adds to the financial strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of FAU BEPI. “Inflation is hurting Americans’ wallets as it hits a 40-year high in the United States, but certain demographic groups like Hispanics are feeling it the most.”

She referenced a report from Bank of America that shows households without college degrees, African Americans, Hispanics and those living in rural areas have been hurt more by inflation than other groups because on average they spend a bigger share of their income on goods and services with the highest levels of price increases.

The poll is based on a sampling of 666 Hispanic adults from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. The polling results and full cross-tabulations can be viewed here.

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Honda Teases All-New HR-V

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Honda kicks off its Year of the Crossover with a sneak peek at the all-new sporty and versatile 2023 HR-V. The new HR-V will launch in North America this year. #HondaHRV

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda kicks off its Year of the Crossover with a sneak peek at the all-new sporty and versatile 2023 HR-V. The all-new HRV will launch in North America this year. #HondaHRV

Honda kicks off its Year of the Crossover with a sneak peek at the all-new sporty and versatile 2023 HR-V. The new HR-V will launch in North America this year. #HondaHRV

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Civic, Insight, and Accord passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and Insight hybrid-electric sedan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 40 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2021, 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

More information about Honda is available in the Digital Fact Book

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Environmental Science Associates Acquires Sitka Technology Group

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Merger Facilitates Launch of New Technology Services Practice for Leading Environmental Consulting, Engineering, and Planning Firm

SAN FRANCISCO and PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is pleased to announce that it has merged Sitka Technology Group (Sitka) into its operations. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., the 36-person firm will join ESA’s new Technology Services practice that will serve clients throughout the United States and beyond. 

Founded in California in 1969, ESA has steadily grown into a team of more than 550 employee-owners who provide planning, design, permitting, mitigation, and habitat restoration services for projects serving communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands. Sitka, founded in 2008, develops and manages knowledge infrastructures for conservation, restoration, and sustainable development. The merger is a natural extension of ESA’s data management capabilities, providing accelerated strategic growth in a priority service area for its clients.  

“It is incredibly exciting to start a new year with this big step forward in ESA’s growth, which will greatly benefit our clients, communities, and employee-owners,” said Leslie Moulton-Post, ESA President and CEO. “We have long admired the Sitka team’s unparalleled experience and expertise in creating and implementing innovative technology services, and we look forward to working together to support our clients and communities in translating data into transparent decisions, powerful solutions, and effective action. These technology services are becoming increasingly integral to all community planning, resource management, and environmental compliance efforts, and will serve clients across all of our markets and growing geographic reach. We are committed to our common foundation of leveraging science and technology to conserve and enhance our natural resources and the health of our communities.”

Sitka cofounders Matt Deniston, Brian Knowles, and Keith Steele will assume leadership positions as Vice Presidents within ESA’s Technology Services practice, with Deniston serving as Practice Leader. Over the last three years, ESA and Sitka have partnered on projects for several key clients, including the California Department of Water Resources and Los Angeles World Airports. Services have included data management, visualization systems, and mitigation monitoring and reporting programs for these complex projects.

“Joining forces with ESA is a natural fit for the Sitka team, building on our shared values that include commitment to innovation, client service, taking care of our people, and making a positive difference in the world,” said Matt Deniston, ESA Sitka Vice President and Technology Services Practice Leader. “I want to thank and acknowledge my cofounders, colleagues, and clients who have supported our mission and vision from the beginning. We are thrilled to be able to continue to serve you in an enhanced capacity.”

“The ability to effectively use technology to capture and analyze large and complex sets of data is critical in helping our clients make decisions and communicate clearly with stakeholders,” said Mike Leech, ESA Vice President and Technology Services Director. “We have made significant strides in these areas, and the integration of Sitka greatly accelerates our goal of being a leader in this space. I know many of us at ESA have already had the pleasure of working with our new colleagues and share sentiments of enthusiasm and deep respect for their work.”

ESA’s history includes several notable mergers and acquisitions that have served to deepen the firm’s technical services capabilities. Read more about these here.

About Environmental Science Associates

ESA is a prominent environmental services firm, leading the industry in planning and design, environmental science, regulatory compliance, and restoration. ESA works to improve the sustainability and resilience of communities and the natural environment, providing responsive client service and tackling complex environmental challenges. A 100% employee-owned firm, growing thoughtfully and deliberately, ESA invests in its employee-owners across offices in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit: www.esassoc.com.

About Sitka Technology Group

Sitka combines people-focused consulting with systems design and software engineering services. Sitka partners with clients to create healthier and more sustainable ecologies, economies, and communities. Sitka has a long history of success in data systems assessment, design, development, implementation, and management. Knowledge infrastructures developed and managed by Sitka deliver optimized outcomes for projects including watershed partnerships and international programs. For more information, visit: www.sitkatech.com.

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Adrienne Centano

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707-477-6606  / 415-686-2338

206-576-3786

laura@studiopr.com / reilly@studiopr.com

acentano@esassoc.com 

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HITEC Announces Four Corporate Advisory Board Members and Names New Advisory Board Leadership

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CHICAGO, Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HITEC announced today a new co-chair of the HITEC Advisory Board as well as the addition of four new members to the HITEC Corporate Advisory Board.

Patricia Rios, Global Accounts Strategy and Marketing Director of KPMG will serve as the Corporate Advisory Board Co-chair. Rios has served on the Advisory Board since 2018. Rios was the HITEC Member of the Year in 2020. She will work alongside Advisory Board Co-Chair, David Morales, Client Partner for Local and State Government, Unqork.

“We’re excited to expand our Corporate Advisory Board with four new members who will bring diversity of thought and expertise to HITEC’s mission,” said HITEC President, Omar Duque. “The Corporate Advisory Board brings additional insight and perspective to the organization’s growth and direction. We are also excited about Patricia Rios’ leadership and look forward to collaborating with her and David Morales to expand HITEC’s work and impact.”

The new advisory board members begin their three-year terms with HITEC effective January 1, 2022 and can serve a maximum of two terms. The four new advisory board members are:

  • Katty Coulson, Vice President, Information Technology, Oracle NetSuite
  • James Loduca, Vice President – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibly (IDEA), Twitter
  • Jennifer Lopez, Vice President of Product Development, Capital One
  • Carlos Rojas, Global Head of Region Build Automation, AWS

“On behalf of the HITEC Board of Directors, I want to welcome the new members of the Corporate Advisory Board,” HITEC Board Chair, Guillermo Diaz, Jr. said. “HITEC is proud to partner with dedicated leaders committed to ensuring the future of our community is bright. With the leadership of Patricia Rios, partnered with David Morales and our four new advisory board members – Katty, James, Jennifer and Carlos – we definitely have a bright future ahead of us.”

HITEC is the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives.

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FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL EXECUTIVE MICHELE C. MEYER-SHIPP TO BECOME CEO OF LEADING GLOBAL NONPROFIT EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE ORGANIZATION, DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE

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NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Dress for Success Worldwide, the leading global nonprofit employment resource for women, announced today that Michele C. Meyer-Shipp is named CEO, succeeding Joi Gordon. Meyer-Shipp will lead the organization’s 145 affiliates in 23 countries as it continues its mission to help women achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to thrive in work and life. She will begin her new role on February 16th.

“I have spent my entire career focused on efforts to support women and other underrepresented groups with achieving equal access and opportunities in the workplace.  The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating impact on women globally to the tune of $800 billion in lost income and set women back more than a decade in gains achieved in the workplace” says Meyer-Shipp, newly appointed CEO of Dress for Success.

Meyer-Shipp adds, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization with a strong track record of providing women with a network of professional development resources, employment services, and suiting services that will set them up for success.  This work is more important now than ever before in our lifetime.  In collaboration with our longstanding corporate partners, and new partners, I hope to seize this pivotal moment in time to help women gain meaningful employment that allows them to thrive in work and in life.”

Meyer-Shipp joins Dress for Success from Major League Baseball, where she served as Chief People & Culture Officer. While at MLB, she led the human resources, diversity and inclusion, and office operations functions for the League Office with an emphasis on launching new programs and policies to recruit and develop talent, advancing diversity and inclusion efforts, and enhancing workplace culture.  Meyer-Shipp also served as a senior advisor to the Commissioner as well as leaders across 30 major league baseball teams and multiple Minor League teams.

Elena Hahn Kiam, Chair of Dress for Success’ Board of Directors said, “We are thrilled and proud to welcome Michele to this role at a pivotal time for both this organization and women in the global workforce. Michele’s talent, experience, and vision is equally matched by her deep understanding and expertise in the employment landscape, especially relating to women’s equity. She will be a driving force to Dress for Success’ next phase of growth and ability to serve even more women in need.”

Prior to MLB, Meyer-Shipp served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KPMG LLP, where she led programs and initiatives relating to talent recruitment, development and retention, supported the efforts of leaders across KPMG’s 85+ national offices, and managed a portfolio of external strategic partnerships.  Previously, she served as Global Chief Diversity Officer for both Prudential Financial and the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  Meyer-Shipp spent the first decade of her career practicing employment law in both the private and public sectors, where she advised clients on optimizing talent and equitable workplace initiatives.  Meyer-Shipp is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Meyer-Shipp comments, “I am so impressed with the work and impact Joi and the team have had on adapting the organization to meet the needs of women during the pandemic.  I am honored to be entrusted with this opportunity to build upon their work to make a positive difference for women around the world via our community-led nonprofit initiatives.  I cannot be more excited to bring my professional experience, energy, and passion to help complement all of the great work that Dress for Success has implemented over the past 25 years.”

A resident of New Jersey, mother of three, and an avid sports enthusiast, Meyer-Ship is the recipient of numerous awards including The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business” (2021), Core Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Blacks Today (2021), Black Enterprise’s “Portraits of Power” (2020) and Business Insider’s “38 Power Players of Consulting” (2020).  She is a member of the Boards of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) and the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

About Dress for Success®
Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has empowered more than 1.2 million women across 150 cities in 23 countries. Visit dressforsuccess.org

SOURCE Dress for Success Worldwide®

All-New Capstone Grade Elevates 2022 Toyota Tundra to New Heights

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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With enthusiasm for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra already at a fever pitch, full-sized trucks now have a new entry at the upper echelon of the segment. The new Tundra Capstone grade provides a premium collection of features and upgrades for those looking to elevate their truck experience. As the new halo grade in the Tundra lineup, Capstone builds on the already impressive features of Toyota’s all-new full-sized truck. Tundra Capstone will be arriving at dealerships this spring.

All-New 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

Capstone: Loaded with Luxury
The new flagship of the Tundra lineup seamlessly crafts together premium, plush and power into an exceptionally loaded package. Eyes will certainly be drawn to the largest wheels ever offered on Tundra thanks to the standard 22-inch chrome rims. At its ruggedly handsome front, Capstone’s unique grille features a color-keyed outer frame and a chrome inner mesh pattern complemented with subtle-yet-eye-catching chrome mirror caps, chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts and chrome trim accents.

Automatic running boards welcome everyone into the premium cabin experience that is no doubt highlighted by standard semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats. Not only are the seats luxury-grade, but they also tout stylish perforation and a Capstone-only black-and-white color combination. The center console and passenger-side dash are accented with authentic Dark American Walnut with an open-pore finish that highlights the wood grain. On the dash the Walnut inlay surrounds a Capstone logo which illuminates when the doors are opened. Speaking of letting a little light in, a panoramic moonroof is standard on Tundra Capstone. To help provide an even quieter cabin, Capstone is the only Tundra grade to feature acoustic glass on the front doors for more exterior sound deadening.

Drivers will appreciate the leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and large 12.3-inch digital Multi-Informational Display. The standard 10-inch color Head-Up Display provides an option that drivers can keep eyes in line with the road ahead.

The large, 14-inch multimedia touchscreen display comes standard on Capstone, controlling the all-new Toyota Audio Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technologies team. The new system offers an improved user experience thanks to new sight, touch and voice activation. With Intelligent Assistant available through Drive Connect*, simple phrases like “Hey Toyota” awakens the system for voice-activated commands to search for directions, find Places of Interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures and more. The cloud-based native navigation system, aptly named Cloud Navigation, offered through Drive Connect allows for real-time Over the Air updates for mapping and POI, and Google POI data is integrated to ensure up-to-date search capability. The new system also supports standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

The new Toyota Audio Multimedia allows for simultaneous dual Bluetooth phone connectivity. A Wi-Fi Connect subscription offers 4G connectivity for up to five devices by turning Tundra into an AT&T Hotspot* and also the ability to link your separate Apple Music® and Amazon Music subscriptions to the vehicle with Integrated Streaming. Speaking of audio, Capstone offers an impressive 12-speaker JBL Premium Audio system for auditory delight.

For ease of entry and exit, Capstone offers standard power running boards, and it also boasts a standard power bed step for ease of entry in the truck bed. Complementing the Tundra’s new multilink rear suspension system, Capstone offers available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and load-leveling rear height control air suspension.  

The 2022 Capstone grade will be offered in one body configuration: CrewMax with a 5.5-foot bed. Available colors include Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Supersonic Red and Blueprint.

Plush, But Still Tough
An elevated cabin and loaded-to-the-gills truck sitting on 22s doesn’t mean performance and toughness need to be sacrificed. Capstone is powered by the impressive new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque. i-FORCE MAX relies on a twin-turbo V6 engine but features a unique motor generator within the bell housing between the engine and 10-speed automatic transmission designed to provide maximum performance and maximum efficiency.

Resting on a new fully boxed, high-strength-steel frame, Capstone has a maximum towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. During towing applications, the hybrid system provides additional power and torque, while during city driving it focuses on a quiet ride with improved efficiency. For highway driving, responsive linear power delivery is the name of the game, and off-highway exploration is further enhanced thanks to peak torque performance being achieved early in the RPM range.

The new Sheet-Molded Compound (SMC) bed construction features reinforced aluminum cross members under the bed and offers added protection against dents, impact dings and rust compared to traditional steel decks. Maximum payload for Capstone is 1,485 pounds.

For added cushion for the crew, the cabin is mounted to the frame with hydraulic cab mounts. Drive Mode Select offers the driver the ability to select a driving mode depending upon preference, and standard features include settings for Eco, Normal and Sport. With available Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension settings expand to include Comfort, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom. For example, using the SPORT or SPORT+ settings i-FORCE MAX makes use of the electric motor’s instantaneous responsiveness. While the electric motor does the bulk of the work at lower speeds, once above 18 mph the gasoline engine assumes primary operation for excellent performance in the mid- and high-speed range. When in TOW/HAUL mode, the i-FORCE MAX system is constantly in tandem operation to provide impressive acceleration and torque for towing needs.

The view around this great looking truck is improved as well due to Tundra’s plethora of cameras, displaying multiple exterior angles that are viewable from the 14-inch touchscreen or the standard Digital Display Rearview Mirror. Whether pulling into a parking spot or trailering, drivers will appreciate Panoramic View Monitor that displays a top-down view of the truck. Views include the rear truck bed to check on cargo, a rear split view to show what’s nearby on each side of the trailer and a hitch view to assist with trailer connecting.

The Towing Technology Package comes standard on Capstone, and it includes Trailer Back Guidance, which aids in overall maneuvering of trailers, as well as the Straight Path Assist feature, which is designed to ensure your truck and trailer will back up in a straight line. The available 360-degree cameras aid with visibility and tough-to-see areas around the truck and trailer. When connected with Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Blind Spot Monitor can recognize blind spots for not just the truck but the trailer as well.

Toyota Safety Sense
Capstone, like all Tundra grades, comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, Toyota’s active safety system. It includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that features multiple enhancements over the previous generation, including not only detecting the vehicle ahead but also a pedestrian in low light, bicyclist in daytime, an oncoming vehicle and a pedestrian at intersections when making a turn. At intersections, the system is designed to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when performing a left-hand turn and provide audio/visual alerts and automatic braking in certain conditions. Emergency steering assist is an additional function designed to detect pedestrians and stabilize the driver’s emergency evasive steering maneuvers and help prevent lane departure.

Tundra will be equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Lane Departure Alert is designed to notify the driver via audible alert if it senses the vehicle is leaving the lane without engaging a turn signal. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist is designed to assist the driver by providing a slight steering force to help center the vehicle in its lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle.

Automatic High Beams are designed to detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high beam and low beam headlights. Road Sign Assist is designed to recognize certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and display them on the multi-information display (MID).

Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder comes standard on Capstone and all 2022 Tundras. The feature can note whether a rear door was opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being turned on, or at any time after the vehicle has been turned on, with a reminder message in the instrument cluster after the engine is turned off, accompanied by multitone chimes.

In addition to the TSS 2.5 system, other standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitor which is designed to help detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert can offer added peace of mind by helping to detect vehicles approaching from either side while backing out and alerting you with a visual and audible warning. The Parking Support Brake is designed to implement brake control when there’s a possibility of a collision with a stationary object, approaching vehicle, or while parking. 

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. Tundra also comes with ToyotaCare, a plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

*Certain features include a trial period at no extra cost upon original date of new vehicle purchase or lease. After the trial period ends, a paid subscription is required. More detail on trial periods and subscription-based features can be found at https://www.toyota.com/connected-services/.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands plus our 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 47,000 in North America. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks at our 15 manufacturing plants, including our joint venture in Alabama that began production in 2021.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible.

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