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Hot Summer Deal: Avelo Airlines Extends $19 Fare from Los Angeles to Phoenix

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28: Avelo Airlines takes off with first flight from Hollywood Burbank Airport on April 28, 2021 in Burbank, California.

LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Avelo Airlines, which launched in April to Inspire Travel through everyday low fares, is extending its introductory one-way $19 fare* between Los Angeles and Phoenix through the month of June.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28: Avelo Airlines takes off with first flight from Hollywood Burbank Airport on April 28, 2021 in Burbank, California.

“The championship golf courses, world-famous resorts and scenic landscape of this desert oasis have never been easier or more affordable to visit,” said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “With one-way fares starting at $19, a flight to Phoenix costs less than a round on the links, a poolside lunch or a relaxing massage. Visitors will return to LA relaxed and ready to book their next trip with the money they’ve saved.”

Avelo serves Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) — both more convenient, stress-free alternatives to the major international airports in each market. Flight XP109 departs BUR daily at 7:00 a.m. arriving AZA at 8:25 a.m. local time. Flight XP110 departs AZA at 9:05 a.m., arriving BUR at 10:40 a.m.

The route is served by 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, one of the most fuel-efficient commercial aircraft globally, providing Customers with a large, comfortable cabin with more room, more seats and more seating options than the regional aircraft typically serving the airports in Avelo’s network.

Whether Customers are departing or arriving, BUR offers a refreshingly hassle-free experience. Named the 2019 “Best U.S. Airport” by Fodor’s Travel, BUR features include seamless curbside pickup and drop-off, smaller crowds, shorter walking distances from curb to gate, unrivaled speed for plane-to-carousel bag delivery, and shorter TSA security lines. No airport is closer to downtown LA, Hollywood, Pasadena and other attractions throughout Southern California — making BUR the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater LA.

Flights between BUR and AZA can be booked on aveloair.com.

High-res media assets can be downloaded via the Avelo Newsroom.

About Avelo Airlines
Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers Customers time- and money-saving convenience, surprisingly low everyday fares, and a refreshingly smooth and caring experience through its “Avelo Soul of Service” culture. Operating a fleet of next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft, Avelo provides nonstop service between 11 destinations across the Western U.S. and its base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Later this year, Avelo will begin service to and from its first East Coast base at Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN). For more information visit aveloair.com.

*The introductory one-way $19 fare includes government taxes and fees. The fare is available on a limited number of seats and must be purchased for flights completed in June 2021. Additional fees for carry-on and checked bags, assigned seats and other optional services apply. For full terms and conditions see Avelo’s Contract of Carriage.

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ITF calls for regional cooperation to save jobs, tackle rising poverty and to lead economic recovery in the Caribbean

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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The economic impact of COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on the global tourism industry, especially in the Caribbean which could see an escalation of poverty for workers. Unions affiliated to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) from across the Caribbean held a virtual summit today to raise awareness of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on jobs and communities in the region.

The ITF and its 18 affiliated unions are calling on governments and employers to cooperate with trade unions to develop and implement a regional recovery plan that:

  • Prioritises employment security
  • Guarantees free, universal access to vaccines
  • Re-establishes safe travel corridors

Globally the tourism industry accounts for over 300 million jobs. Travel restrictions have had a devastating effect on economies reliant on tourists. Many countries in the Caribbean rely heavily on tourism as an essential pillar of their economies and major contributor to GDP, in turn generating much needed employment in the region.

Tourism generates over $59 billion per year for the region. An estimated $26.4 billion has been lost due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Estimates also suggest that over 1.2 million jobs have been lost.

Not only have the job losses hit hard, but also the spending power of workers has been significantly reduced leading to the risk of widespread poverty and a stagnation of economic growth. Long-term development and recovery plans in the region are critical.

ITF General Secretary, Stephen Cotton said that: “The Caribbean is too important to ignore, and we have a duty to protect the infrastructure and livelihoods of those workers who make visiting so appealing to millions of tourists each year. We need a tripartite plan from governments, employers and unions for recovery. Listening to the concerns of our leaders today, it’s clear that we need action now. Investment in developing regional transport infrastructure is a good place to start”.

ITF Tourism Chair, David Messiah added: “My concern is that women and young workers are bearing a disproportionate number of job losses. These are the very groups of workers so critical to eradicating poverty in the Caribbean and needed in the industry’s recovery. Our regional partners must work with us to re-establish safe travel corridors and assist in access to vaccines. We need a coordinated approach across the Caribbean and should not rely on individual nation states as this only adds to the confusion. We must develop a unified approach that pools our resources together.”

ITF Regional Secretary, Edgar Diaz said “It is vitally important that workers do not feel forced to have the vaccination, education and engagement is key if we are to encourage participation. That’s why establishing a tripartite approach is fundamental to success and not fear and intimidation of individual workers.” 

Trade union Leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St Lucia, Trinidad took part in the summit.

 

SOURCE International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

All-New Avengers Campus Unveiled in Epic Grand Opening Ceremony at Disney California Adventure Park, Previewing the Land’s Debut June 4, 2021, at Disneyland Resort

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Super Heroes assembled to celebrate the momentous dedication of Avengers Campus June 2, 2021, in an epic ceremony at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Disney CEO Bob Chapek was joined in front of Avengers Headquarters near the shining Quinjet by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Marvel Studios President/Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, along with Paul Rudd, star of the “Ant-Man” films, and Anthony Mackie from the hit Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Teaming up with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and more, they together unveiled the new land, which opens to the public at the Disneyland Resort on June 4, 2021. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Super Heroes assembled to celebrate the momentous dedication of Avengers Campus Wednesday night in an epic ceremony at Disney California Adventure Park. Teaming up with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and more, Disney CEO Bob Chapek unveiled the new land, which opens to the public at the Disneyland Resort on June 4, 2021.

Super Heroes assembled to celebrate the momentous dedication of Avengers Campus June 2, 2021, in an epic ceremony at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Disney CEO Bob Chapek was joined in front of Avengers Headquarters near the shining Quinjet by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Marvel Studios President/Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, along with Paul Rudd, star of the “Ant-Man” films, and Anthony Mackie from the hit Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Teaming up with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and more, they together unveiled the new land, which opens to the public at the Disneyland Resort on June 4, 2021. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

In a live-stream event to dedicate Avengers Campus, Chapek was joined in front of Avengers Headquarters near the shining Quinjet by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Marvel Studios President/Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, along with Paul Rudd, star of the “Ant-Man” films, Anthony Mackie from the hit Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and “Iron Man” director and actor Jon Favreau.

Invited guests were among the very first to create their own heroic experiences in the land, encountering Super Heroes and slinging webs just like Spider-Man on the new attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

“On behalf of our Cast of Super Heroes, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome our guests to this epic new land,” said Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort. “Just as Avengers come together for the common good, the Disneyland Resort is ready to power up with Anaheim and Southern California to drive tourism, rebuild businesses and strengthen our communities.”

An entirely new land, Avengers Campus is devoted to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Super Heroes. Guests are invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies to live out their Super Hero dreams in this fully immersive land that mixes innovation with storytelling, and fun for all ages. Once guests step into Avengers Campus, they will be part of the action as it unfolds around them and their interactions with the Avengers and their allies.

The new land was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the teams that guide the Avengers franchise. 

Avengers Campus brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the common good, and they’re calling all recruits to join the action: Team up with the Avengers and their allies; sling webs with Spider-Man, taste-test inventive food and drinks and become part of a bigger universe. Kids and guests of all ages will find their powers as they encounter some of their favorite Super Heroes, with a chance to live out their own heroic story.

Guests have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney park. That leads them to the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, which takes guests on an interactive escapade. And that’s just the beginning of the fun. Guests will train with Black Panther and Wakanda’s elite guards, the Dora Milaje; team up to save the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress; encounter Super Heroes (and villains), and experience the thrills as Avengers hold off their foes and save the day. Those seeking provisions for their next mission will find them at Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible™.

While exploring Avengers Campus, recruits may encounter Iron Man in his new armor, the Mark 80. Ant-Man and The Wasp, along with Okoye, appear for the first time at the Disneyland Resort and Doctor Strange will train recruits in the ways of the mystic arts at an Ancient Sanctum. Black Widow, Black Panther, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Captain Marvel are among those joining the action.

Step into a new place in the universe

The doors to Avengers Campus welcome all Avengers, their allies and new recruits. Tony Stark offered up the site, formerly one of his father’s Stark Industries complexes, as a place to train the next generation of Super Heroes.

The story of the land unfolds with authentic detail as Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations, each hosted by a different Avenger or their ally to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits. Optimistic and forward-looking, these represent galactic spaces, mystic places, modern architecture and sleek technology.

The first key address is the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as WEB, where bright innovators like Peter Parker have been assembled by Tony Stark to invent new technologies and equip everyday people to become heroes. WEB is home to WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring the iconic Super Hero.

Avengers Headquarters is at the heart of the land, an iconic building where guests may catch a glimpse of the Avengers springing into action ready to save the day. A shining Quinjet sits atop its roof as a beacon for the campus.

Sling webs with Spider-Man and unite with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker in the land’s new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. This new, action-packed adventure invites guests to put their web-slinging skills to the test, a feat accomplished with innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction. The mission: Team up with Spidey and help capture the out-of-control Spider-Bots before they wreak havoc on the Campus. During an open house at WEB, Peter Parker and aspiring inventors ask guests to wear 3D glasses and test drive their latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, which allows them to sling webs like Spider-Man and experience what it’s like to have super powers.

This family-friendly attraction blends physical sets and virtual environments to take new recruits on an interactive escapade. There is no height requirement for this attraction, allowing aspiring young heroes to join the fun. To experience WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, guests are required to join the virtual queue, only accessible via the Disneyland mobile app.*

Looming high above the land is the towering citadel of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, a fan-favorite that opened in 2017. Guests are the protagonists of this rockin’ adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits. Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. the Collector, has brought his unique collection of fantastical fauna, relics and species from across the cosmos to Earth. To their misfortune, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Groot were recently made a part of Tivan’s “collection” and are being held captive within his Fortress. It takes some raucous mayhem, music inspired by the soundtracks from the movies and thrilling free-fall drop sequences for this adventure to break out the Guardians.

For the first time: Ant-Man and The Wasp join a land full of heroes

Throughout Avengers Campus, Super Heroes team up in ways that are more exciting than ever.

At Avengers Headquarters, guests may have a chance to see some of their favorite heroes such as Captain America, Black Panther or Black Widow assemble to survey the campus. Or, they may see Spider-Man defying gravity as he flips 60 to 65 feet in the air above the rooftop of the WEB building. Following those stunning moves, Spider-Man will swing down off the building to ground level to wave and say hello to new recruits.

New recruits at Avengers Campus may have heroic encounters with Iron Man in his new armor, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Thor, some of whom are making their first appearances at the park.

Recruits can train with Black Panther’s loyal bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, to learn wisdom from Wakanda and what it’s like to be a member of this elite royal guard. Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, also debuts for the first time in a Disney park as she leads this training encounter.

Exploring the overgrown ruins of an Ancient Sanctum, guests can learn mysterious secrets from Doctor Strange and discover ancient, magical artifacts. Doctor Strange trains recruits in the ways of the mystic arts by bringing this Ancient Sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the Ancient Sanctum glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.

The villainous Taskmaster, who will have a role in the upcoming film “Black Widow,” will be seen for the first time at a Disney park at Avengers Campus. Taskmaster’s abilities include photographic reflexes, easily replicating a Super Heroes’ moves and fighting style, making this new villain a balanced foe for the Campus heroes. “Black Widow” will release simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one-time additional fee on July 9, 2021.

Pym Particles produce tiny treats and big bites

When it is time to take a break from the heroics, new dining spots will offer sustenance, and outdoor seating offers a great place to watch for Super Heroes. For recruits on the go, mobile ordering through the Disneyland app** will be available inside Avengers Campus. Menu items are subject to availability.

Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible™: Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp used “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, the Pym Test Kitchen applies this innovative science to the food creation. This unbound potential allows Pym Test Kitchen to showcase normal foods at unusual scales, including shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and tiny treats. As guests watch the Pym food scientists at work in the kitchen lab, they will see a regular-sized pretzel transform after going through a quantum tunnel – it comes out big or small!

Guests will savor foods like the Impossible™ plant-based meatballs, both large and micro and served with pasta in a super-sized spoon with a tiny fork. Another choice is the “Pym-ini,” a panini on toasted focaccia with meats, cheese and marinara dipping sauce, which can be served by the slice or as a long, family-sized sandwich. Those all go well with a glass of Pingo Doce, the distinctly green beverage from Avenger lore, now available at Avengers Campus.

Pym Tasting Lab: Adjacent to the Pym Test Kitchen, an oversized beer can overhead signals that grown-up beverages are available at Pym Tasting Lab. Guests may order a craft beer, ranging from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager. These are poured from a different kind of draft system which, thanks to the food scientists, fills the glass from the bottom up. Those thirsting for something unique can try one of the Pym Research Staff’s Pym-Particle infused cocktail experiments, along with bite-sized snacks.

Shawarma Palace: Fans may recall that after the Battle of New York, the exhausted Avengers went with Tony Stark to try the “shawarma joint” about two blocks from the battle zone. There at Shawarma Palace, the Avengers discovered their new favorite food. They loved the food so much, they invited the Shawarma Palace crew to open a second location at Avengers Campus. Now, guests and heroes on the go can enjoy shawarma-inspired wraps at this food cart, which is decked out with memorabilia for Avenger fans. This cart offers hand-held savory wraps with fragrant chicken shawarma and garlic sauce, plus the Impossible™ plant-based falafel wrap.

Terran Treats: Taneleer Tivan did not limit his collection to lovable misfits; he is also curating a weird and wonderful menu of intergalactic eats at this food cart near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Churro spirals with unique flavors, and a cosmic orb with an outer shell revealing a decadent creamy filling, are a few takes on the concoctions he has conceived to lure guests to his Fortress.

The latest in prototypes to take home 

At WEB Suppliers, a hot item is the WEB Power Band, a WEB Tech accessory that allows guests to customize their experience on WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and change their powers on the attraction. Guests may purchase this base band, which features a special mode that unlocks multi-fire webs aboard the attraction to customize the game play.

Guests will also find superhero swag, items to tinker with at home and something every hero needs – a friendly sidekick: Spider-Bots. Additional items at WEB Suppliers include a specially designed backpack to carry and show Spider-Bots, stylish Spider-Man goggles that light up and interact with their surroundings, Web-shooters that come to life with lights and sounds and Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.

The Campus Supply Pod is the place to power up with official Avengers Campus gear including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware and Super Hero supplies.

These popular items also may be found at the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop featuring Avengers Campus in Hollywood Land.

Disneyland Resort theme parks reopening

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure reopened to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity. To visit a theme park, guests (ages 3 and older) must purchase a valid ticket and make a theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit. Other important details are at Disneyland.com/update. Guests are encouraged to check the site for the latest updates as they become available.

The health and well-being of guests and cast members remain a top priority. Enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes will be in place at the theme parks based on guidance from health authorities and learnings from Disney parks around the world. Cast members throughout the resort will assist with questions, and guests may check Disneyland.com/update for current health and safety measures, including required face coverings for guests ages 2 and older.

Guests may learn more about Avengers Campus at Disneyland.com/AvengersCampus.

Distribution times for virtual queue enrollment are daily, 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM. To give as many Guests as possible the opportunity to sling webs alongside Spider-Man, each Guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day. Access to a virtual queue boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed. Joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience the attraction. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. To learn more about the virtual queue on WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, visit Disneyland.com.

**Message, data and roaming rates may apply for the Disneyland app. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, Calif., features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

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Avengers Campus, an all-new land at Disney California Adventure Park, opens June 4, 2021 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Guests of all ages are recruits to experience multiple heroic encounters with Avengers and their allies, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp and more.

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Hot Summer Deal: Avelo Airlines Extends $19 Fare from Phoenix to Los Angeles

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28: Avelo Airlines takes off with first flight from Hollywood Burbank Airport on April 28, 2021 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo Air)

PHOENIX, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Avelo Airlines, which launched in April to Inspire Travel through everyday low fares, is extending its introductory one-way $19 fare* between Phoenix and Los Angeles through the month of June.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28: Avelo Airlines takes off with first flight from Hollywood Burbank Airport on April 28, 2021 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo Air)

“Escaping the desert heat for Southern California’s majestic beaches and refreshing outdoor shopping, dining, entertainment and activities is more affordable than ever,” said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “As America opens back up, traveling is at the top of everyone’s list this summer, and there is no better destination than LA to cool your heels or get away with family and friends. With fares starting at $19, Southern California is more irresistible than ever.”

Avelo serves Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) — both more convenient, stress-free alternatives to the major international airports in each market. Flight XP110 departs AZA daily at 9:05 a.m., arriving BUR at 10:40 a.m. Flight XP109 departs BUR at 7:00 a.m. arriving AZA at 8:25 a.m. local time.

The route is served by 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, one of the most fuel-efficient commercial aircraft globally, providing Customers with a large, comfortable cabin with more room, more seats and more seating options than the regional aircraft typically serving the airports in Avelo’s network.

Whether Customers are departing or arriving, BUR offers a refreshingly hassle-free experience. Named the 2019 “Best U.S. Airport” by Fodor’s Travel, BUR features include seamless curbside pickup and drop-off, smaller crowds, shorter walking distances from curb to gate, unrivaled speed for plane-to-carousel bag delivery, and shorter TSA security lines. No airport is closer to downtown LA, Hollywood, Pasadena and other attractions throughout Southern California — making BUR the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater LA.

Flights between AZA and BUR can be booked on aveloair.com.

High-res media assets can be downloaded via the Avelo Newsroom.

About Avelo Airlines
Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers Customers time- and money-saving convenience, surprisingly low everyday fares, and a refreshingly smooth and caring experience through its “Avelo Soul of Service” culture. Operating a fleet of next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft, Avelo provides nonstop service between 11 destinations across the Western U.S. and its base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Later this year, Avelo will begin service to and from its first East Coast base at Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN). For more information visit aveloair.com.

*The introductory one-way $19 fare includes government taxes and fees. The fare is available on a limited number of seats and must be purchased for flights completed in June 2021. Additional fees for carry-on and checked bags, assigned seats and other optional services apply. For full terms and conditions see Avelo’s Contract of Carriage.

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Ardent Mills Completes Acquisition of Hinrichs Trading Company Assets

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DENVER, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hinrichs Trading Company (HTC), the North American leader in chickpea sourcing, cleaning and packaging.

As part of Ardent Mills’ strategic growth plan, the acquisition builds upon its existing specialty ingredient capabilities and close grower connections, and helps customers bring innovative products to market to meet growing consumer demand for pulse and plant-based ingredients.

“We are very pleased to reach today’s milestone and to welcome the talented Hinrichs Trading Company team to the Ardent Mills family,” said Dan Dye, CEO, Ardent Mills. “Together, we will bring nutritious grain-based and specialty ingredient solutions to our customers and help further nourish our communities.”

“Hinrichs Trading and the Hinrichs family feel that the Ardent Mills’ team will help move the pulse industry above and beyond all expectations we have had for our farmers and our customers,” said Phil Hinrichs, CEO, Hinrichs Trading Company. “The future is very exciting.” 

The acquisition enables Ardent Mills to leverage HTC’s strong connection to producers, expertise in seed varieties, and finished products processing, and combine it with Ardent Mills’ insights, risk management and R&D resources. With this addition, Ardent Mills can now offer complete field-to-formulation solutions for customers.

To learn more about how Ardent Mills is nourishing what’s next, please visit ardentmills.com.

About Ardent Mills 
Ardent Mills is the premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 35 flour mills, a specialty bakery, a gluten-free facility, five chickpea and pulse locations, and The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex), a dedicated team committed to cultivating the future of specialty grains and plant-based ingredients. The Annex has a broad portfolio that includes quinoa, ancient and heirloom grains, gluten-free, organic grains and flours, and pulses. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills’ operations are located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and the company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Ardent Mills employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com

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Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare awarded to Immigrant Cofounders of Pre-Health Dreamers

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Jirayut New Latthivongskorn and Denisse Rojas Marquez are the joint recipients of the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.

NEW YORK, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare is jointly awarded to Dr. Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn and Dr. Denisse Rojas Marquez. The Vilcek-Gold Award is a shared initiative of the Vilcek Foundation and the Gold Foundation that embodies the missions of both organizations: The award celebrates the contributions of outstanding immigrant healthcare professionals in the United States; the award also recognizes the positive impact that accessible, humanistic, and compassionate care has on public health. 

Jirayut New Latthivongskorn and Denisse Rojas Marquez are the joint recipients of the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.

Latthivongskorn and Rojas Marquez receive the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for their leadership in establishing Pre-Health Dreamers (PHDreamers) with Angel Ku. PHDreamers is a collective organization that provides information and resources to young immigrants who want to pursue higher education and careers in healthcare. They also receive the award in recognition of their advocacy in support of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Both have spoken publicly on the humanitarian impacts of immigration policy, and about the value of programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In 2017, Rojas Marquez provided testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the DACA program, and Latthivongskorn was a plaintiff in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California—the case that brought DACA before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2019.

Latthivongskorn is a resident physician at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; he completed his doctor of medicine degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and has a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Rojas Marquez is an incoming resident physician at Boston Medical Center and holds a doctor of medicine degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Latthivongskorn and Rojas Marquez‘ commitment to advocacy in support of undocumented immigrants is compelling and personal. Both Latthivongskorn and Rojas Marquez immigrated to the United States with their families when they were children—Latthivongskorn from Thailand when he was 9 and Rojas Marquez from Mexico when she was less than a year old. Due to their respective ages at the time of their arrival in the United States, both were eligible to apply for DACA; both are currently DACA recipients. As adolescents, they witnessed their families encounter obstacles to accessing healthcare as a result of their immigration status; as a result of these experiences, they sought careers in healthcare and public health so that they could provide the kind of care to others that their own families struggled to receive. 

“The advocacy of Jirayut ‘New’ Latthivongskorn and Denisse Rojas Marquez has offered immigrants greater access to education, opportunity, and representation,” said Dr. Jan Vilcek, CEO and chairman of the Vilcek Foundation. “As DACA recipients and young medical professionals, their leadership is grounded in their own experiences. We recognize New and Denisse as the joint recipients of the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare to highlight the outstanding contributions that immigrants are making to our communities, our healthcare system, and our country.”

Dr. Richard I. Levin, president and CEO of the Gold Foundation, said: “Humanism, like medicine itself as [William] Osler said, knows no boundaries or borders. We are honored to partner with the Vilcek Foundation to recognize the groundbreaking contributions of Jirayut ‘New’ Latthivongskorn and Denisse Rojas Marquez, both young doctors who have helped illuminate the way forward for so many others in advocating for a more fair, a more diverse, and thus a more humanistic healthcare system.”

The 2019 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare was presented to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha for her advocacy to address the lead-poisoning epidemic in Flint, Michigan. In 2020, the Vilcek-Gold Award was bestowed upon Dr. Vivek Murthy—19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States—for his multi-faceted approach to addressing the opioid crisis, and for his advocacy and support of human- and community-centered care. 

Hanna-Attisha reflected, “In a year like no other, our young healthcare leaders have bravely and tirelessly stood up for justice, equality, democracy, and opportunity. Leading the revolution, New and Denisse have paved the way for countless immigrants to not just dream, but to realize, a career in health care.” 

The Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare includes an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000, and a commemorative heart-shaped trophy. The award will be presented to Latthivongskorn and Rojas Marquez at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting in November 2021. 

Read more about the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare at the Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation for the arts and sciences. The foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The mission of the foundation was inspired by Jan and Marica’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded over $5.9 million in prizes to foreign-born individuals and has supported organizations with over $5.3 million in grants.

The Vilcek Foundation is a private operating foundation, a federally tax-exempt nonprofit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation was founded in 1988 with the vision that healthcare will be dramatically improved by placing the interests, values, and dignity of all people at the core of teaching and practice. The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which the foundation defines as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care; the foundation embraces all, and targets any barriers that prevent individuals or groups from accessing this standard of care. The Gold Foundation empowers experts, learners, and leaders to create systems and cultures that support humanistic care for all. 

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is a public not-for-profit organization, a federally tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Contact
Elizabeth Boylan
The Vilcek Foundation
212-472-2500
elizabeth.boylan@vilcek.org

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Mazda Reports Record-Breaking May Sales Results

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IRVINE, Calif., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total May sales of 42,187 vehicles, an increase of 69.2 percent compared to May 2020. Year-to-date sales totaled 156,562 vehicles; an increase of 58.4   percent compared to the same time last year. With 26 selling days in May, compared to the same number the year prior, the company posted an increase of 69.2  percent on a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis.

CPO sales totaled 6,846 vehicles in May, an increase of 10 percent compared to May 2020 and resulting in its best May ever.

Sales Highlights

  • All-time record high sales in the U.S. with 42,187 vehicles sold in May. (Previous record was set in March 1994 with 41,145 vehicles sold)
  • Best-ever sales of the CX-30 with 7,959 vehicles sold.
  • Best-ever sales of the CX-5 with 20,595 vehicles sold.
  • Best-ever sales of the CX-9 with 4,409 vehicles sold.
  • CPO sales achieved its best May ever with 6,846 vehicles sold.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported May sales of 3,867 vehicles, an increase of 66.4 percent compared to May last year. Year-to-date sales increased 22.8 percent, with 21,078 vehicles sold.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through approximately 620 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

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National Hispanic Public Relations Association Announces Call-For-Entries for the HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards

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NEW YORK, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) today announced the call-for-entries for the highest accolade in Hispanic communications – the 2021 HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards. For the past seven years, the ¡BRAVO! Awards have celebrated best in class within corporate, agency, and non-profit public relations (PR) teams, and the breakthrough work they have produced. Deadline for submissions is July 9, 2021. Winners will be announced on September 15, 2021 during the HPRA ¡BRAVO!  Awards “Powered by Unity & Purpose” Dinner at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City.

This year’s HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards program will mark the first time Hispanic industry leaders will come together to celebrate the outstanding campaigns that have impacted our communities. Recognizing the extraordinary way in which many teams had to pivot their communications strategies to address the global crises taking place, this year’s theme will be “Powered by Unity & Purpose,” and will feature three additional categories focused on elevating outstanding programs that were geared toward COVID response, social injustice issues, and virtual activations.

“As a leading professional organization advancing the practice of Hispanic public relations and its practitioners, we are thrilled to bring back our esteemed awards program which provides a recognition platform for the incredible Hispanic PR work produced within our industry,” said Sonia V. Diaz, HPRA National president and senior vice president at Miami-based Balsera Communications. “We wanted this year’s theme to not only drive HPRA’s mission of elevating Hispanic PR industry leaders and their work, but to reflect our community’s unparalleled contributions as both a consumer and a social force nationwide.”

2021 BRAVO! Awards Categories and How To Enter:

This year, there are 24 categories available to enter for the HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards. Entries will be judged by an unaffiliated panel of senior public relations professionals representing industry national organizations and trade publications. Entrants will be notified of results by August 16, 2021 and recognized at the 2021 HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards dinner at Lotte New York Palace Hotel on September 15, 2021.

The ¡BRAVO! 2021 categories include:

  1. Technology
  2. Healthcare/Nutrition
  3. Fashion & Beauty
  4. Food & Beverage
  5. Public Education
  6. Entertainment: Arts, Sports & Media
  7. New Product/Service Launch
  8. Media/Virtual Event
  9. Integrated Marketing Communications
  10. Non-Profit
  11. Influencer Engagement
  12. Digital PR Program (Social Media Campaign)
  13. Internal Communications
  14. Community Engagement
  15. CSR Communications
  16. COVID Response
  17. Social Injustice
  18. Public Affairs
  19. Latin America
  20. B2B
  21. Multicultural PR Program (Driven toward two or more groups)
  22. Campaign of the Year (Must enter in two or more categories)
  23. In-House Team of the Year
  24. Agency of the Year

All materials are required to be submitted digitally through the HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards platform. Awards categories are open to all public relations, advertising, and marketing agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations and/or practitioners who practice in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Work must have been implemented between August 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 9, 2021 ET. 

Entry fees and deadlines are as follows:
HPRA Member $225, Non-members $275

In addition to announcing winners, HPRA will also present the following awards to individuals making an impact in their respective careers. These include: “Pioneer of the Year” Award for public relations; “Journalist of the Year” Award, Diversity & Inclusion Award, and President’s Award. Nominees will be presented by the HPRA National Board of Directors who will also select the recipients of the prestigious awards. The honorees will be recognized during the 2021 HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards.

For more information about the awards program and to enter a submission, click here

For information about HPRA Bravo and sponsorship opportunities please visit our site or contact the HPRA National Office at info@hprausa.org.

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The Home Depot Recommends Shareholders Reject “Mini-Tender” Offer by Tutanota LLC

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ATLANTA, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot, Inc., the world’s largest home improvement retailer, has been notified that Tutanota LLC (“Tutanota”) has made an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer to purchase up to 1 million shares of Home Depot’s common stock, at an offer price of $360 per share. While this offer price is above the current market price of the company’s common stock, the offer is conditioned upon, among other things, the closing price of Home Depot’s common stock exceeding $360 per share on the last trading day before the offer expires. This means that shares tendered in the offer will only be accepted if the offer price is below the closing market price. In fact, the offer states that as of the date of the offer, Tutanota expects to extend the offer until the market price of Home Depot’s common stock exceeds the offer price.

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The Home Depot recommends that shareholders do not tender their shares in response to Tutanota’s offer because the offer requires that the closing stock price for the company’s common stock exceed the offer price, and it is subject to numerous additional conditions, including Tutanota obtaining financing for the offer, which Tutanota states it does not currently have. There is no guarantee the conditions of the offer will be satisfied. Under the terms of the offer, Tutanota can extend the offer and delay payment beyond the expiration date of the offer, currently scheduled for 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, June 18, 2021. The offer states that Tutanota intends either to extend the offer until the company’s stock price exceeds $360 per share or to terminate or amend the offer if the stock price has not exceeded that amount by May 17, 2022. Per the terms of the offer, any shareholders who tender (or have already tendered) their shares can withdraw them prior to the expiration of the offer, currently scheduled for June 18, 2021, in accordance with the offering documents.

The Home Depot does not endorse Tutanota’s unsolicited mini-tender offer and is not affiliated or associated in any way with Tutanota, its mini-tender offer, or its mini-tender offer documents.

Tutanota’s purported mini-tender offer seeks less than five percent of Home Depot’s outstanding common stock, thereby avoiding many disclosure and procedural requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that apply to offers for more than five percent of a company’s outstanding shares. As a result, mini-tender offers do not provide investors with the same level of protections as provided by larger tender offers under U.S. securities laws.

The SEC’s cautionary guidance to investors regarding mini-tenders is available at https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsminitendhtm.html. Tutanota has made similar unsolicited mini-tender offers for stock of other public companies. The Home Depot encourages brokers and dealers, as well as other market participants, to review the SEC’s letter regarding broker-dealer mini-tender offer dissemination and disclosure at https://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/minitenders/sia072401.htm.

As noted by the SEC, shareholders should obtain current market quotations for their shares, consult with their broker or financial advisor, and exercise caution with respect to Tutanota’s mini-tender offer.

The Home Depot requests that a copy of this press release be included with all distributions of materials related to Tutanota’s mini-tender offer related to Home Depot’s common stock.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer. The company operates a total of 2,298 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2020, The Home Depot had sales of $132.1 billion and earnings of $12.9 billion. The company employs approximately 500,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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The Home Depot Foundation and Home Builders Institute Partner with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to Provide Skilled Trades Training Opportunities for Youth in Underserved Communities

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ATLANTA, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot Foundation and its trades training nonprofit partner, Home Builders Institute (HBI), are launching a strategic partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to increase skilled trades training and career opportunities for Black youth.

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This fall, the three organizations will launch a pilot trades training program serving marginalized communities across Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The program will offer skill building workshops, work experience, internship opportunities and industry-recognized PACT certifications. The programs are set to prepare Black youth for meaningful careers and will be facilitated through 100 Black Men of America’s existing afterschool programs.

Additionally, The Home Depot Foundation activated a novel partnership with its hometown nonprofit partner, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE). RICE is driven by community impact and devoted to empowering Black entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Foundation will provide construction support for an outdoor creativity space at the RICE facility called, “The Yard.”

“As we work to fill the nearly 300,000 open career opportunities across the skilled trades industry, we have to continue advocating for the inclusion of diverse talent,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “The Foundation is energized to team up with Home Builders Institute, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs to focus on eliminating racial and social inequities through education and workforce development programs.” 

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2020 shows that skilled labor industries are dominated by white males, while Black people and women are disproportionately underrepresented. Black tradespeople represent only six percent of the construction, architecture and engineering workforces.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from Home Depot. This investment will help us expand our youth workforce and career readiness initiatives with a specific focus on the building trades that are so vital to the economic recovery,” said Chuck Baker, chairman of the board, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.

“The most important thing we will achieve through this partnership is to give young people a chance to work hard at work worth doing,” said Tadar Muhammad, HBI’s senior vice president for strategic partnerships and development. “We know that when our students acquire marketable trade skills, we give them a shot at improving every element of their lives and the lives around them.”

Recently, The Home Depot Foundation introduced its $250,000 Path to Pro scholarship program and granted $30,000 in scholarships to celebrate the students of SkillsUSA’s National Signing Day. Both efforts were established to train the next generations of skilled tradespeople. For more information on the Path to Pro scholarship program, visit https://www.myscholarship.app/home-depot-foundation.

About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $375 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025 and $50 million in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople through the Path to Pro program. 

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit HomeDepotFoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and on Facebook and Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.

About Home Builders Institute
The Home Builders Institute (HBI) trains skilled workers for the building industry. Through pre- apprenticeship training, certification programs and job placement services, HBI provides graduates with the skills and experience they need to build a career and change their lives. Visit www.hbi.org for more information on HBI and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Reckitt, The Maker Of Lysol®, Joins The Ad Council And COVID Collaborative’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative During Pivotal Time In The U.S. Pandemic Recovery

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PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Reckitt, the maker of Lysol®, has joined the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative in their efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccine awareness, releasing a new public service announcement (PSA) encouraging people to visit GetVaccineAnswers.org for information. The PSA – which focuses on the long-awaited moments of welcoming friends and family back into our homes – will help amplify the organizations’ historic “It’s Up To You” campaign, which educates people about COVID-19 vaccines and the role they play in helping us all get back to the moments we miss.

Lysol’s PSA, titled “Come On Over,” will be released on social and digital channels, including Lysol’s YouTube page, as well as on national television. It features groups of people inviting friends and family back into their homes as they greet and embrace each other, showcasing the moments when loved ones can safely reunite at home. Viewers are then directed to GetVaccineAnswers.org to find additional resources and information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.  

“For more than a century Lysol has been helping people protect their loved ones and prevent the spread of illness-causing germs,” said E. Yuri Hermida, EVP North America Hygiene for Reckitt. “We’re uniquely positioned to deliver on the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s goal to encourage people to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines to make informed decisions. We hope the promise of being able to re-open our homes will inspire people to seek out answers from trusted, scientifically-backed sources.”

“With the COVID-19 vaccines widely available, it’s critical that Americans with questions know where to turn for reliable answers,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We are thrilled that Lysol, a brand deeply trusted by consumers, is joining our initiative. Together, we can inspire individuals who are still hesitant to get the facts about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines.”

The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s “It’s Up To You” campaign represents one of the largest and most significant public health communications campaigns in U.S. history, convening hundreds of partners to help educate the public about COVID-19 vaccines. Created in close partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all “It’s Up To You” messaging is rigorously vetted and backed by science.

“Lysol has played an outsized role in keeping Americans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Bridgeland, Co-Founder and CEO of COVID Collaborative. “We are thrilled that they are joining our public service campaign with the Ad Council.”

Lysol’s partnership with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative represents the next step in its ongoing mission to educate individuals and communities and provide them with resources to make informed decisions about health and hygiene. In 2020, Lysol partnered with the CDC Foundation to create and distribute “Welcome Back Packs” – filled with educational resources on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – to hundreds of Title I schools across the country. Lysol has also lent its 100-plus years of germ-kill expertise to partnerships with national brands and organizations to provide disinfecting products and help strengthen disinfection protocols.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and the “It’s Up to You” campaign, visit GetVaccineAnswers.org.

ABOUT RECKITT
Reckitt** is driven by its purpose to protect, heal and nurture in a relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We fight to make access to the highest-quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right, not a privilege, for everyone. Reckitt is proud to have a stable of trusted household brands found in households in more than 190 countries. These include Enfamil, Nutramigen, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Cillit Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, Calgon, Woolite, Air Wick and more. 20 million Reckitt products a day are bought by consumers globally.

Reckitt’s passion to put consumers and people first, to seek out new opportunities, to strive for excellence in all that we do, and to build shared success with all our partners, while doing the right thing, always is what guides the work of our 40,000+ diverse and talented colleagues worldwide. For more information visit www.rb.com/us.

**Reckitt is the trading name of the Reckitt Benckiser group of companies

ABOUT THE AD COUNCIL
The Ad Council has a long history of creating life-saving public service communications in times of national crisis, starting in the organization’s earliest days during World War II to September 11th and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Its deep relationships with media outlets, the creative community, issue experts and government leaders make the organization uniquely poised to quickly distribute life-saving information to millions of Americans.

The Ad Council is where creativity and causes converge. The non-profit organization brings together the most creative minds in advertising, media, technology and marketing to address many of the nation’s most important causes. The Ad Council has created many of the most iconic campaigns in advertising history. Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Smokey Bear. Love Has No Labels.

The Ad Council’s innovative social good campaigns raise awareness, inspire action and save lives. To learn more, visit AdCouncil.org, follow the Ad Council’s communities on Facebook and Twitter, and view the creative on YouTube.

ABOUT COVID COLLABORATIVE
COVID Collaborative, a project of UNITE, is a national assembly of experts, leaders and institutions in health, education and the economy and associations representing the diversity of the country to turn the tide on the pandemic by supporting federal, state and local COVID-19 response efforts.

The COVID Collaborative is co-chaired by former Governor and U.S. Senator Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID) and former Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) and led by CEO John Bridgeland and President Gary Edson. COVID Collaborative includes expertise from across Republican and Democratic administrations at the federal, state and local levels, including former FDA commissioners, CDC directors, and U.S. surgeon generals; former U.S. secretaries of Education, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services; leading public health experts and institutions that span the country; the Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the NAACP, UnidosUS and the National Congress of American Indians; the Skoll Foundation, The Allstate Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation; and associations representing those on the front lines, from the American Public Health Association and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools. Tim Shriver is Chairman of UNITE.

To learn more, visit www.CovidCollaborative.us, and follow the COVID Collaborative on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars Giving Campaign runs now through June 30 to raise awareness, support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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MIAMI, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This summer is blasting off with the FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars Giving Campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® from now through June 30, with an online auction going live on June 10.

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Now in its 19th year, the campaign replaces the annual FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars gala in Miami to celebrate the momentous connection St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shares with Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian flight to space that is scheduled to depart from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

On board the flight will be Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor who now works for St. Jude as a physician assistant. She recently shared that she is grateful to be part of the space mission because it sends this important message to the kids at St. Jude: A cancer survivor can do things they never dreamed possible, even go to space.

Thanks to generous donors through giving campaigns like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 

“When people support this historic mission, they’re supporting the healing mission of St. Jude, to find cures for catastrophic diseases, and to treat some of the sickest children in the world, regardless of race or creed or their family’s ability to pay,” she said.

In addition to making a tax-deductible donation to St. Jude and participating in the online auction from June 10-24, participants may purchase a once-in-a-lifetime Inspiration4 launch package that includes a visit to Cape Canaveral, Florida. They will be treated to a private dinner surrounded by vintage planes in a local hangar with special guests, including famed artist Romero Britto. The next morning, they will visit the Apollo/Saturn 5 Center where there will be catering and a live video feed to watch the launch of Inspiration4.

Sponsors for the FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars Giving Campaign include: FedEx, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, UKG, Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Inc., Univision, Maestre, The Dream Team Agency and YO Creative and Marketing Consulting.

To learn more, visit stjude.org/angelsandstarsgala or contact Ligia Santos at (305) 537-1429.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on TwitterInstagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition Arrives

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IRVINE, Calif., June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — When Kia America unveiled the refreshed 2022 Stinger it teased something special: The Scorpion Special Edition. But little information about this vehicle was provided at the time. Now, just weeks later, the Scorpion is arriving in dealers. Offered in limited batches of just 250 units per month and built exclusively for the U.S. market. It is expected to sell out quickly and is available on the GT2 FWD and AWD variants in three colors – Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver.

2022 Kia Stinger Scorpion Special Edition arrives

“Stinger was a wake-up call to a segment long populated by European sport sedans when it debuted in 2017 (as a 2018 model). It redefined what enthusiast drivers thought about Kia and proved we could compete against the best vehicles in a hotly contested space,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. “Since then, Stinger has built a loyal following of those looking for something unique and the Scorpion is set to continue that approach.”

  • The Scorpion Special Edition features exclusive blacked out fender garnish, side mirror caps, and darkened exhaust tips
  • Unique body-colored rear spoiler
  • Distinctive 19-inch black wheels
  • Exclusive carbon fiber-pattern trim inside the cockpit  
  • Available with a Red Nappa Leather or Black Nappa Leather interior

Pricing for the Scorpion Special Edition is $52,585 for FWD and $54,785 for AWD, excluding $1,045 in destination charges.   

About Kia America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado Awarded Double Gold Medal From New York International Spirits Competition

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NEW YORK, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal is proud to share that Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado was awarded the Double Gold medal by the 2021 New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). Lobos 1707 is an independent spirits producer that blends heritage and innovation. Inspired by his ancestor of the same name, Founder and Chief Creative Officer Diego Osorio launched Lobos 1707 in 2020 with CEO and brand-builder Dia Simms and early backer, legendary athlete and cultural icon LeBron James.

Featuring unique and elevated flavor profiles influenced by both old and new world techniques, Lobos 1707 Tequilas and Mezcal are cultivated from 100% blue weber agave. Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado reaches its robust flavor by resting for over six slow months in American white oak barrels. The liquid is blended with a touch of Lobos 1707 Tequila, Extra Añejo and finished in the brand’s historic Pedro Ximénez (PX) wine barrels using the solera system method. The liquid is also additive free; both the color and flavor are natural results of the aging process and PX finish. Reposado revolutionizes any drink with spicy aromas and audacious flavor.

About New York International Spirits Competition

What sets the New York International Spirits Competition apart from other international beverage competitions is the trade only blind judging panel. The retail store buyer, sommelier, restaurant beverage director, hotelier, distributor and importer are the judges for the New York City competition. The NYISC team believes that these judges, whose livelihood rely upon their skill set, truly know what the consumer wants, as they receive on a daily basis the feedback from the consumer of what is good and what will sell.

About Lobos 1707

Lobos 1707 is an independent spirits producer that blends heritage and innovation. Inspired by his ancestor of the same name, Founder and Chief Creative Officer Diego Osorio launched Lobos 1707 in 2020 with CEO and brand-builder Dia Simms and legendary athlete and cultural icon LeBron James. James and Maverick Carter are part of Main Street Advisors’ (MSA) investment group, which co-led the investment in Lobos 1707 with Mezorio Spirits. Anthony Davis and Draymond Green are also investors through MSA along with Klutch Sports Group CEO and Founder, Rich Paul. Torch Capital rounds out the investment team. The portfolio includes Lobos 1707 Tequila, Extra Añejo, Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado, Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven and Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal, all premium products infused with history, culture and family legacy. Harvested, distilled and bottled in the Los Altos de Jalisco region of Mexico, Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal feature unique and elevated flavor profiles influenced by both old and new world techniques. Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal are cultivated from 100% blue weber agave and then finished in Pedro Ximénez (PX) wine barrels, using the solera method before bottling. Product design includes the Osorio Family Coat of Arms and the Agave Wind Rose Compass to represent the union of Spanish and Mexican cultures. A portion of proceeds will be donated to wolf sanctuaries in Mexico and the United States. Lobos 1707 supports the Barstool fund, which supports the hospitality industry impacted by COVID 19. Everyone has a seat at the table to stir, sip, savor and sin with Lobos 1707.

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Clinique Welcomes Melissa Barrera as Global Brand Ambassador

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NEW YORK, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Clinique, the #1 prestige beauty brand in the US*, looks to the future with a new Global Brand Ambassador, Melissa Barrera – the talented Mexican actress and singer and star of the upcoming film ‘In the Heights’. She is the first Global Ambassador from the Americas, and a proud Latina.

Clinique has always defined beauty with a sense of optimism. As the world enthusiastically reopens and returns to in-person activities, Melissa brings joy back to the big screen as she stars in “the movie of the summer,” playing Vanessa in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed, much-anticipated musical film, ‘In the Heights’. However, Melissa’s own vivacious personality and authentic voice are what make her perfect to represent Clinique around the world.

“As we look to the future, and the world begins to reopen, we are filled with a renewed feeling of positivity. Melissa is a talented, beautiful Latina that embodies this spirit of optimism. We are thrilled to bring her passion, energy, and point of view to life and celebrate her heritage that is such an important part of her identity,” states Michelle Freyre, Clinique Global General Manager.

Clinique redefined the beauty industry with its custom-fit skincare routines, which give confidence to people all over the world that they could find great skin. Known for its iconic product photography and witty headlines that speak to consumers with intelligence and respect, Clinique redefines what a Global Ambassador means for the 21st century. “We want people of substance to represent Clinique, more than just pretty faces and talking heads. We knew immediately that Melissa’s intelligence and passion are inextricable from what make her so beautiful,” says Elizabeth Nolan, Clinique Global Creative Director. 

Melissa herself adds, “I am thrilled to be a new Global Ambassador for Clinique – an iconic brand the women in my family have loved for generations. As a skincare lover, I’m enjoying discovering the Clinique of today, especially because their products are all good for skin…even the makeup! But Clinique is more than just beauty products – I am proud to be a part of a brand that is led primarily by women. I am also deeply honored to be the first Latina representing the brand globally. Our culture is so multidimensional that one face could never be representative of the entire breadth of Latina beauty, but I’m thrilled to add my voice to this conversation – in both Spanish and English!” 

Melissa’s talents span acting, singing, and dancing, and her career has taken her all over North America: studying in New York at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, returning home to Mexico to star in the telenovela ‘Siempre tuya Acapulco‘, then back to the US for the television drama ‘Vida’ and ‘In the Heights’. She grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Melissa joins Emilia Clarke in this new role, and both women reflect the values of Clinique – as talented, bright, humanitarian women with bold, brave voices. Clinique will debut new creative featuring Melissa Barrera starting in Fall 2021.

*Source: The NPD Group, Inc. / U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Total Beauty Sales, 12 months ending April 2021

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Next Level of Immediate Care Services is Just a Phone Call Away

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IMA’s ‘Dial-Me-First’ Program Provides Patients with Access to Immediate Physician Care

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — IMA Medical Group, a leading independent provider of high-quality primary care services in Central Florida, introduces Dial-Me-First, a convenient service offering patients access to immediate attention by first-class clinicians. The service enables IMA physicians to determine whether their patients can easily be treated over the phone or sent to the nearest IMA location for a consult. Patients that need immediate medical attention will be connected by their physician to the nearest hospital or advised to visit the nearest emergency department.

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“Dial-Me-First is another way of providing our patients with the next level of urgent care services virtually around the clock “, said Dr. Maria Vasquez, MD. “This service enables them to connect with someone from the comfort of their own home that can easily access their medical records and assess their immediate medical need oftentimes avoiding a trip to the emergency room.”

With Dial-Me-First, IMA patients will have on-demand access to IMA’s group of physicians. When needed, patients should call 1-855-DIALME1ST (1-855-342-5631) or their IMA office number to speak to an IMA physician for evaluation of their medical needs. Dial-Me-First phone service is available to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This service was designed to care for patients that are experiencing non-life-threatening conditions including high pressure, abdominal pain, dizziness, discomfort when urinating, low back pain, among other conditions.

What IMA Patients Can Expect:

  • Calls answered by doctors
  • Personalized VIP service
  • High-quality care that patients can trust
  • Access to care outside of regular business hours
  • Minimal wait time
  • Transportation if needed to nearest IMA Medical Center
  • Direct hospitalization if deemed necessary
  • Attention to respiratory, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular medical concerns
  • Pain management
  • Coordination of care including urgent labs, imaging and specialist appointments

“We are thrilled to serve our patients with an innovative way to address their immediate medical concerns, said Leo Perez Saba, VP of Medical Management. “Convenient access to our physicians when needed is now a phone call away no matter the time of day.”

*List of conditions not appropriate for Dial-Me-First include:  

  • Sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness.
  • Signs of a heart attack, such as sudden/severe chest pain or pressure.
  • Signs of a stroke, such as numbness of face, arm or leg on one side of the body; difficulty talking; sudden loss of vision.
  • Severe shortness of breath.
  • High fever with stiff neck, mental confusion and/or difficulty breathing.
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Cut or wound that won’t stop bleeding.
  • Possible broken bones.
  • Poisoning.
  • Stab wounds.
  • Sudden, severe abdominal pain.
  • Trauma to the head.
  • Suicidal feelings.
  • Partial or total amputation of the limb.

Patients experiencing any of these serious symptoms should call 911 immediately or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room.

About IMA Medical Group
IMA Medical Group provides high quality primary medical and wellness services focusing on improving patient care, reducing costs, and offering convenient services for patients, their

families, and caregivers. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, IMA serves patients in 20 medical centers across Central Florida including Lakeland, Davenport, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Clermont, Oviedo, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Tampa, where approximately 70 physicians provide comprehensive medical home services to over 40,000 members in partnership with all leading national managed care organizations. For more information, please visit www.imamedicalgroup.com.

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Goya Foods Honors Fallen Heroes And Veterans For Memorial Day

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Goya honored fallen heroes and veterans on Memorial Day by flying a new 30’ by 60’ American flag on a 125-foot flagpole and constructing a monument at Goya’s Texas location. Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, and Tawnee Gonzalez, widow of fallen soldier Marty Gonzalez paid tribute to all those who gave their lives to fight and defend our freedom.

BROOKSHIRE, Texas, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, commemorated Memorial Day by honoring our country’s courageous veterans and fallen heroes.  In dedication to all those who gave their lives to fight and defend our freedom, Goya flew a new 30′ by 60′ American flag on a 125-foot flagpole and constructed a monument at Goya’s Texas location in Brookshire, Texas.

Goya honored fallen heroes and veterans on Memorial Day by flying a new 30’ by 60’ American flag on a 125-foot flagpole and constructing a monument at Goya’s Texas location.  Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, and Tawnee Gonzalez, widow of fallen soldier Marty Gonzalez paid tribute to all those who gave their lives to fight and defend our freedom.

“We owe our lives, our liberty, our prosperity, and our democracy to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve one nation under God,” said Bob Unanue, President and CEO of Goya Foods.

Bob Unanue and Cassandra Garcia, Deputy State Director for US Senator Ted Cruz, honored the family of fallen soldier Marty Gonzalez and six other heroic veterans at a special event held at Goya’s Texas facility on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021.  Marty’s widow Tawnee and daughter were presented with a United States Flag that flew over The U.S. Capitol. Cassandra Garcia offered the flag along with a certificate recognizing USMC Sergeant Gonzalez‘s service “from a grateful Nation.”

Other honored Veterans included: 101-year old WWII U.S. Navy Officer Veteran Stewart Morris Senior; U.S. Army Corporal Veteran Sue Downes; 93-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Major Veteran Victor Lopez | Borinqueneers; and USMC; Honorable Commissioner and USMC Veteran Daniel P. Cortez; USMC Veteran Mark ¨Oz¨ Geist; USMC Veteran Bill Balleza.  Each was presented with a flag that flew over the United States Capital and framed certificates.  The event was attended by dignitaries, local veterans, the Mayor of Brookshire, Goya employees and local community members.

About the Honorees:

  • Fallen soldier USMC Sergeant Marty GonzalezMarty is a decorated warrior who served several tours of duty and received two bronze stars and three purple hearts. He played a key role in forming the veterans Court in Texas to help other veterans recover from PTSD. He was laid to rest with full military honors.  His widow Tawnee Gonzalez and her daughter attended to accept the award.  This was the first Memorial Day without him.
  • USMC Veteran Mark¨ Oz¨ Geist Shadow Warrior. A US Marine Corps Veteran, who also was a team member of the Annex Security Team that fought courageously during the attack on Benghazi, Libya and he is credited with saving 25 people.
  • 93-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Major Veteran Borinqueneer Victor Lopez.  Lopez was deployed several times during the Korean War and during peacetimes to Vietnam. He has earned various awards and citations for his service to our nation. 
  • U.S. Army Veteran Corporal Sue DownesCPL Downes was deployed to Afghanistan and injured when an antitank mine hit her Humvee.  She lost both her legs and her best friend in the blast.  She is a single mom with 2 children.
  • 101-year old WWII U.S. Navy Officer Veteran Stewart Morris Senior.  A true American Patriot, businessman and philanthropist, Stewart is a founding father of Houston Baptist University. 
  • Honorable Commissioner and USMC Veteran Daniel P. Cortez.  Cortez served in the Vietnam War.  He is one of five generations of veterans in his family to dedicate his life to serving his country.    
  • USMC Veteran Bill Balleza.  Bill is a former local Houston NBC affiliate anchor with 50 years of an impressive career.  Prior to his broadcasting career he served three years in the Marine Corps including 13 months in Vietnam where he was positioned as a scout/sniper.

For more information about Goya Foods, please visit: www.goya.com

About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; the combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com

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HITEC Announces 2021 HITEC 50 – Top Hispanic Tech Leaders In Latin America, Spain & Portugal

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CHICAGO, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HITEC, the globally recognized premier executive leadership organization of senior-level business and technology executives, announced today the award recipients of the 2021 HITEC 50.

“We’re very proud to recognize the top 50 technology leaders across the Ibero-America. This is an outstanding and diverse group of executives that is contributing to the digital transformation of the region,” said JC Gutierrez, HITEC Board Member and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee.

“During the incredible changes we have all experienced last year, these leaders have shown resilience to succeed and inspire the Hispanic community. We are honored in HITEC to recognize these global technology leaders,” Gutierrez said.

The HITEC 50 award program recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of the most influential and notable Hispanic executives and entrepreneurs in the technology industry across Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Honorees are evaluated on their accomplishments in the ever-changing global landscape of technology and for their mentoring and professional development activities.

Board Member and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, Lucia Soares stated, “Technology has been a critical part of business transformation in the last decade, but in the last year, we’ve seen digital initiatives accelerate and help businesses thrive through a critical period. These leaders motivate and realize technology value in their companies, and they are an inspiration to us all.”

“Being a leader is more than just a title. These 50 awardees represent technology leadership and innovation but also reflect the values of perseverance, determination and talent development. By recognizing these 50 outstanding leaders, we continue to push up and pull up talent in our communities,” adds Soares.

HITEC 50 – Latin America/Ibero-America Objectives:

  • Recognize talented individuals and highlight their achievements.
  • Foster business and professional growth for our members.
  • Build and develop strategic business relationships that will encourage growth within the industry globally.

Click here to view the full list of the HITEC 50.

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2022 Kia Seltos Arrives with New Nightfall Edition

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IRVINE, Calif., May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Since its February 2020 debut, Seltos has risen to be one of Kia’s strongest sellers in a highly competitive segment.  The 2022 Kia Seltos SUV arrives with more standard safety technology and brawny good looks with the new Turbo Nightfall Edition. 

2022 Kia Seltos arrives with new Nightfall Edition

 

  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection1, Lane Keeping Assist1, Lane Departure Warning1, Driver Attention Warning1, Lane Following Assist1 and High Beam Assist1 are now standard across the Seltos lineup.
  • S FWD and AWD trims are equipped with navigation with 10.25-inch display, UVO link connectivity, remote start added to key fob and auto climate control.
  • New Nightfall Edition AWD trim includes exclusive 18-inch matte black alloy wheels, unique black grill, rugged stand-up roof rails and rugged side sills.
  • SX AWD features flat-bottom steering wheel.  A Plum interior also is available.

Trim Levels/Pricing2 – MSRP (excludes $1,175 destination)

• LX AWD

2.0L

$22,490

• S FWD

2.0L

$22,690

• S AWD

2.0L

$24,190

• EX AWD

2.0L

$25,790

• Nightfall Edition AWD

1.6L Turbo

$26,690

• SX AWD

1.6L Turbo

$27,990

Powertrain: 

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, managed by an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
  • 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine outputting 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

Fuel Economy3 – EPA-est. MPG: (city/highway/combined):

• LX AWD: 

27/31/29

• S FWD:

29/35/31  

• S AWD:

27/31/29

• EX AWD:

27/31/29

• Nightfall Edition: 

25/30/27

• SX AWD

25/30/27

Available Drive Wise Driver Assistance Features1:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection
    • Std: LX AWD, S FWD, S AWD, Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
    • Std: LX AWD, S FWD, S AWD, Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
    • Std: LX AWD, S FWD, S AWD, Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
    • Std: LX AWD, S FWD, S AWD, Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
    • Std: LX AWD, S FWD, S AWD, Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Blindspot-Collision Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
    • Std: Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
    • Std:  Nightfall Edition, EX AWD, SX AWD
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
    • Std:  SX AWD
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Cyclist Detection
    • Std:  SX AWD
  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
    • Std:  SX AWD

Dimensions: 

• Overall Length:

172.0 in.

• Overall Width:

70.9 in.

• Overall Height:

63.6 in. (without roof rails)

64.2 in. (with roof rails)

• Wheelbase:

103.5 in.

• Cargo Capacity:

62.8 cu. ft (behind 1st row, lowered dual-level cargo floor)

26.6 (behind 2nd row, lowered dual-level cargo floor)

• Curb Weight, max: 

3,185 lbs. (LX, S, EX)

3,317 lbs. SX (Nightfall Edition and SX)

Kia America – about us

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 These systems are not substitutes for proper and safe driving, parking, and/or backing-up procedures. These systems may not detect every object behind or alongside the vehicle or in the vehicle’s blind spot or direction of travel. Always drive safely and use caution.

2 MSRP excludes destination and handling, taxes, title, license fees, options and retailer charges.  Actual prices set by retailer and may vary.

3 Based on EPA estimates.  Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

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New Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship Aims to Increase Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Next Generation of Science Journalists

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BOSTON, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — STAT, the nation’s leading health, science, and medicine publication, and the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced today the launch of the Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship, with the goal of diversifying the ranks of science and health journalists and fostering better coverage of science that is relevant to all people. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will provide $225,000 to support the first two years of the program, named in honor of Sharon Begley, an award-winning science writer for STAT, who died in January 2021 at 64, from complications of lung cancer.

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The nine-month fellowship is intended for early-career U.S. journalists from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the profession and will prepare them for a successful career in science journalism. It will combine a paid reporting position at STAT with an educational component provided through MIT’s prestigious Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) program. The fellowship is now accepting applications for the inaugural Begley Fellow to start in September 2021, with plans to select two additional fellows in 2022.

Science journalism reflects the structural and systemic inequities in our society, with Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous reporters often not getting the opportunities white reporters get to gain relevant experience. Roughly 80% of science journalists are white, according to the most recent membership data from two of the leading professional organizations, with 6% identifying as Asian or Pacific Islander, 1%-4% as Black, 3%-4% as Hispanic or Latinx, and 1% as Native American.

“The best way to make our profession and workplaces more diverse and inclusive is for news organizations to grow their own talent — and that’s exactly what Sharon aimed to do,” Gideon Gil, a STAT managing editor, said in explaining why STAT decided to create the fellowship. “Sharon relished mentoring younger science journalists, and her professional progeny work at news organizations across the U.S. So we could think of no more fitting way to honor her.”

The funding from CZI will enable STAT to pay fellows a full-time salary over the next two years. STAT is also kicking off a drive to raise additional funding to cover fellows’ reporting expenses and the program’s administrative costs, and to keep the fellowship operating in future years. Fellows will work at STAT’s Boston office alongside its team of experienced science and health reporters and editors to report and write articles, with additional opportunities for building connections, mentorship, and learning across teams. KSJ and MIT are also providing support for the university-based part of the program, which offers opportunities ranging from training seminars and other fellowship community events, university library access, and the chance to audit classes at MIT. The Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship aims to serve as a model for expanding racial diversity in science journalism that could be replicated at other publications.

“KSJ is honored to be a partner in this pioneering fellowship that honors the exceptional work of Sharon Begley and offers a new opportunity to support outstanding and inclusive science and health journalism,” said Deborah Blum, Director of the KSJ Program at MIT. “We appreciate the commitment of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to improving racial and ethnic diversity in our community, which we believe is essential to smarter and more inclusive coverage of scientific research. And we are delighted to be working with STAT, one of the best health news publications available today, in assuring the success of this project.”

Begley, STAT’s senior science writer, was one of the nation’s finest science journalists and was known for her enthusiasm for mentoring and teaching the next generation. She was especially eager to help other women advance in a profession that, when she began as a researcher at Newsweek in 1977, was unwelcoming. She later worked at the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, before joining STAT at its founding in 2015. Her legacy includes her powerful advocacy for people of color, exemplified by a series she wrote in 2016 and 2017 about the neglect by scientists, government funders, drug makers and hospitals of patients with sickle cell disease, who in the U.S. are predominantly Black. This fellowship pays tribute to her outstanding career while paving the way for the next generation of science journalists.

“Sharon loved working at STAT and did some of her best reporting there, and mentoring younger journalists was one of her talents and priorities,” said her husband, Ned Groth. “So, for there to be a Sharon Begley Fellow at STAT, honing their journalistic skills in association with and mentored by colleagues who were in turn mentored by Sharon, seems like a perfect tribute to her.”

“Supporting reporters from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in journalism will bring important perspectives to the newsroom and surface new narratives and stories relevant to more communities, which will not only make biomedical reporting better and more accurate, but also help encourage greater public trust in science among historically marginalized groups,” said CZI Science Communications Manager Leah Duran. “We’re proud to support STAT and MIT to stand up this exciting program to cultivate talent and expand representation in science journalism.” In 2019, CZI supported the University of California, Santa Cruz to increase diversity, inclusion, and representation in its science journalism program.

The Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship will accept applications from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time until June 30, 2021 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information and application instructions, please visit STAT and MIT’s online portal.

About STAT
Founded in 2015, STAT is a digital media company that focuses on delivering fast, deep, and tough-minded journalism about the life sciences to over 8 million monthly site visitors and an additional 20 million readers on the Apple News app. STAT takes readers inside academic labs, biotech boardrooms, and political backrooms, casting a critical eye on scientific discoveries, scrutinizing corporate strategies, and chronicling the roiling battles for talent, money, and market share. With an award-winning newsroom, STAT provides indispensable insights and exclusive stories on the technologies, personalities, power brokers, and political forces driving massive changes in the life sciences industry — and a revolution in human health. STAT’s main newsroom is located in Boston, and it also has reporters in Washington, D.C., New York City, Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

About MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program
The Knight Science Journalism Program, founded in 1983, is dedicated to advancing science journalism in the public interest. It has hosted more than 300 science journalism fellows from around the world; publishes Undark, an award-winning digital magazine; and offers training programs on topics ranging from science editing to fact-checking, with the goal of nurturing and enhancing the ability of journalists to accurately and thoughtfully illuminate science and its intersection with human culture.

About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit www.chanzuckerberg.com.

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AlEn USA Expands Ensueño® Brand Portfolio

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AlEn USA introduces Ensueño® Liquid Laundry Detergent and Ensueño™ Scent Booster Dryer Sheets to create a complete laundry care solution with its Ensueño® Liquid Fabric Softener. When used together in every step of the laundry process, consumers can expect better performance with higher aroma intensity for longer-lasting freshness in their clothes. Available at select retailers nationwide.

HOUSTON, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — AlEn USA is expanding its laundry care line by adding two new products: Ensueño® Liquid Laundry Detergent and Ensueño™ Scent Booster Dryer Sheets. These products join Ensueño® Liquid Fabric Softener to create a complete laundry care solution available at select retailers nationwide.

AlEn USA introduces Ensueño® Liquid Laundry Detergent and Ensueño™ Scent Booster Dryer Sheets to create a complete laundry care solution with its Ensueño® Liquid Fabric Softener. When used together in every step of the laundry process, consumers can expect better performance with higher aroma intensity for longer-lasting freshness in their clothes. Available at select retailers nationwide.

All of the Ensueño products are available in two floral-based scents: Spring Fresh and Violet Bouquet. When used together in every step of the laundry process, consumers can expect better performance with higher aroma intensity for longer-lasting freshness in their clothes.

“Never underestimate the power of scent,” said Greg Schwarz, Executive Vice President and U.S. Country Leader for AlEn USA. “Scent provides a powerful emotional connection for people, a sense of comfort and confidence and is also an important cue for cleanliness.”

AlEn recently conducted a national consumer survey and found the majority of respondents (63%) prefer scented products. In fact, a pleasant scent (46%) and odor removal (43%) are the attributes most sought after when buying laundry care products. The full Ensueño laundry care line is unique in delivering the same scents across all of the products.

“Laundry care products continue to experience growth in all categories, and we believe the newly expanded Ensueño laundry portfolio provides AlEn the opportunity to increase penetration in households by leveraging the credentials of the brand with both new and loyal consumers,” said Schwarz. “Ensueño has been a beloved brand among Hispanic consumers for many years, and we’re excited to reach new consumers who want to feel confident and ready to face the day with their freshly laundered and clean clothes.”

AlEn and the brand are also committed to building a cleaner and more sustainable world. AlEn uses recycled and naturally derived materials whenever possible and has proudly given plastic bottles a second life for more than 25 years. The laundry detergent and fabric softener are made with a biodegradable formula, and the softener contains plant-based softening extracts that lock in fragrance and make clothes bloom with scent.  AlEn recycles more plastic than it uses.

To learn more about the Ensueño line of products, visit https://ensueno.us/. To find retailers offering the products, visit https://ensueno.us/store-locator/.

About AlEn USA

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, AlEn USA is a subsidiary of Industrias AlEn, S.A. de C.V. (Grupo AlEn), a cleaning and laundry products company with presence in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. With more than 5,000 employees globally, Grupo AlEn has been striving for a cleaner and more sustainable world for more than 70 years.

In the U.S., AlEn’s portfolio of products includes bleach, cleaners, powder detergent, liquid laundry detergent and fabric softeners and brands ENSUEÑO®, CLORALEN®, PINALEN®, and ART OF GREEN®. One of the few consumer goods products companies based in Houston, AlEn USA is committed to continued growth and innovation of its products in the U.S., supporting a culturally diverse workforce and maintaining socially responsible and sustainable business practices. For more information, visit www.alenusa.com.

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Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda Win the Indianapolis 500

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Helio Castroneves piloted his Meyer Shank Racing Honda to victory Sunday in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was Honda's 14th win in the Memorial Day weekend classic in 27 races.

SPEEDWAY, Ind., May 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda notched their 14thIndianapolis 500 win, with Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves scoring the victory—his record-tying fourth win—at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Helio Castroneves piloted his Meyer Shank Racing Honda to victory Sunday in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was Honda's 14th win in the Memorial Day weekend classic in 27 races.

Starting in the eighth position for his 21st consecutive Indianapolis 500, Castroneves led just 20 laps en route to his fourth 500 historic victory, trading the lead several times with Honda powered Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the closing stages of the race. Palou would go on to finish second, less than half a second behind the victor.

The victory at the 2021 Indianapolis 500 is the first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win for Meyer Shank Racing since joining the series in 2017. In addition to their INDYCAR program, Jim Meyer and Mike Shank run an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi program with the Acura and ARX-05 prototype.

This win makes Helio Castroneves the first driver to win overall at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 in the same calendar year. The Brazilian racer previously won at Daytona in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 in January of 2021.

Second-place finisher Palou claims the point lead leaving Indy, overtaking his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, and Indy 500 polesitter, Scott Dixon 248-212. Honda also leads Chevrolet in the Manufacturers’ Championship, 476-472.

Indianapolis 500 Honda Race Results

1st Helio Castroneves 

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

2nd Alex Palou Chip

Ganassi Racing Honda

6th Santino Ferrucci

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

10th Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

11th Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

14th Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

16th Colton Herta

Andretti Autosport Honda

17th Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

18th Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

19th Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport Honda

21st James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport Honda

22nd Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport Honda

23rd Pietro Fittipaldi

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

28th Ed Jones

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda

29th Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport Honda

32nd Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

33rd Stefan Wilson

Andretti Autosport Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 6 rounds)

Honda

476 pts

Chevrolet

472

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 6 rounds)

1.

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    

248 points [1 win]

2.

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                            

212 [1 race win]

3.

Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP,                              

211 [1 race win]

4.

Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet                 

201

5.

Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet           

191 [1 race win]

Quotes
Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Racing Honda) 2021 Indianapolis 500 Winner: “Honda’s great. HPD, because I’ve worked with them for three years and now coming back here with Honda, it’s been absolutely incredible. They sat down with me and we’ve had many meetings. That’s what we need to have.

“When you have spent so many years with an incredible organization and have their experience and information, you can explore those things. We’re here in victory circle because they’ve done the right things for us.” 

Mike Shank (Meyer Shank Racing Honda team owner): “I don’t even know where to start. Helio drove an incredible race-his experience in this race was there for all to see. I’m so proud to have the partnerships that we’ve built to get to this point.

“That starts with Jim [Meyer], who has made such an impact on this organization since coming on board and goes to AutoNation and SiriusXM, and of course Honda and the folks at HPD have been just amazing. This is going to take a long time to soak in, but right now I just am a little at a loss for words to be standing here right now after winning the Indianapolis 500!”

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started sixth, finished second: “”Man the traffic, it was super close, Helio did an amazing job. I’m super proud of the NTTDATA car, I’m proud to be powered by Honda. Chip Ganassi Racing had the best cars today and I tried my best, we had a bit of traffic. Helio having that last clean lap, man, we’ll come back next year! I learned a lot today.”

Santino Ferrucci (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) Started 23rd, finished sixth: “It feels incredible, I’m so happy I can come back and drive for RLL and for this crew and be Honda-powered again. We had a great race! We were really quick, we just couldn’t get lucky on the starts and restarts. Strategy played a big part in this race, and we were able to save enough fuel to run as hard as we could at the end there. We were slowly reeling in the lead group, just needed a few more laps.

“This team worked all night long on Thursday night [after a crash in practice] to make sure the car was ready and fast for qualifying. They’ve been working on this car nonstop to repair it and make sure we had a car that could race in the top five. It’s so impressive and I’m so proud of them.”

David Salters (President and Technical Director, Honda Performance Development): “This is absolutely amazing. It’s great to see the world get back to normal, it was a great crowd at the speedway and they got to see a fairytale ending for Helio. I couldn’t be more pleased, I’m so proud of the team at HPD and everyone that represents Honda and everything they’ve achieved. The Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Indy 500, all out of HPD, in just one year—and all with Helio—it’s amazing. And, of course, massively well done to Mike [Shank]. This is an astonishing achievement and his team simply delivered.”

Fast Facts

  • The 2021 Indianapolis 500 was the largest sporting event worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 135,000 fans.
  • The race had only two yellows, neither of which were multi-car incidents.

Next
After an incredible “Month of May” at Indianapolis, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a week off before resuming with the June 11-13 double-header Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Indianapolis can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD).  Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

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Employ Prince George’s Launches Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Workforce Program To Connect Immigrant, Refugees, And English Language Learning Job Seekers To Careers

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LARGO, Md., May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Employ Prince George’s (EPG) is revolutionizing workforce development programs in the Maryland’s Capital Region by bringing its acclaimed customized program design to immigrants, refugees, asylees and English language learners in Prince George’s County, via the launch of it’s Career Pathways for All (CPFA) Program. This development introduces a new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) approach to economic development, while meeting the needs of the international talent pool in a local area. “The CPFA Program is an inclusive workforce development program designed to address and mitigate the barriers immigrants, refugees, asylees and English language learners, and those residing in those households, face when trying to achieve their piece of the American Dream,” said Walter L. Simmons, President & CEO of Employ Prince George’s. With free customized career counseling, occupational skills training/tuition assistance, and supportive services, connections to employment with local business, CPFA will provide a pathway for all Prince George’s County residents to obtain livable wage careers. CPFA aims to break language and cultural barriers by bridging the gap and by developing relationships within Prince George’s County’s immigrant and immigrant servicing communities.

According to the Maryland Department of Labor, 1 in 7 Marylanders were born in a country other than the United States, and more than half (51.2%) of Marylanders born in another country are U.S. citizens. In Prince George’s County, MD 21.7% of residents were born outside of the country, with the ethnic composition consisting primarily of Hispanic/Latino, Asian, two or more races, and those marked as other. Employ Prince George’s mission is to provide premier workforce development services and to contribute to the economic vitality of Prince George’s County by providing a demand-driven system that delivers qualified workers to businesses and provides job seekers with opportunities for careers in high demand/high growth industries.

“When reviewing the data,” states President & CEO, Walter L. Simmons, “we observed that even though a large percentage of immigrants were in low-paying jobs, a relatively small percentage of the people we served in our job centers were immigrants. Upon review, we realized that this huge population in Prince George’s County does not visit our American Job Centers due to discomfort communicating with staff who do not speak their language, the perception that our programs were not suited for their needs, and a strong attachment to the community and a location familiar to them,” states Simmons. To address this deficit, the Career Pathways For All Program will offer personalized career coaching, occupational skills training, evaluation of credentials obtained oversees, bi-lingual hiring events, language translation phone lines in every American Job Center in Prince George’s County, and access to English remediation classes.

“The competitive edge that our Career Pathways for All Program will provide to Prince George’s County’s immigrant population will empower this community with the ability to compete for more rewarding jobs in their chosen specialization and careers,” said President Walter L. Simmons. “A simple conversation with American Job Center Career Counselors can open a lot of doors. We’re happy to now be able to provide hard working residents in Prince George’s County the opportunity to earn a livable wage.”

If you are interested in enrolling in the Career Pathways For All Program or if you like more information regarding Employ Prince George’s services and offerings, please visit www.EmployPG.org/CPFA, call us at 301.618.8445, or email our staff at WSD@co.pg.md.us.

EMPLOY Prince George’s (EPG) provides workforce intelligence and solutions for the job seeker and business. EPG’s mission is to contribute to the economic vitality of Prince George’s County by providing a demand-driven system that delivers qualified workers to business and provides job seekers with opportunities for careers in high demand/high growth industries.

For more information, please visit www.employpg.org.

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MAOF Board Announces the Retirement of the Organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer Martin Castro

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Martin Castro

MONTEBELLO, Calif., May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Board of Directors of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) has announced the retirement of Martin Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Castro informed the board of his decision to retire during the May board meeting after 21 years as President of the organization.

Martin Castro

“Martin is an exceptional organizational leader who has transformed MAOF making it one of the most responsive and best-performing organizations serving the needs of California’s diverse communities,” said Anita Quiñonez-Gabrielian, MAOF Board Chair. “Martin’s vision, drive and performance focus, combined with his commitment to serving the best interests of the diverse communities we serve, have materially strengthened MAOF and made it one of the most admired non-profit organizations.  He leaves a more agile and resilient organization, well placed to expand to better serve our community. I’d like to thank him personally, and on behalf of the Board, for his many contributions to MAOF, and we look forward to his continued leadership as we commence our search for his replacement.”

Castro has been employed with MAOF since 1979 with a five-year break in service while he was working in Washington D.C. with the National Council of Senior Citizens. Since 2000, he has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. During his tenure MAOF grew from an annual budget of $33 million to $120 million, opened three preschools in San Bernardino County, expanded MAOF’s service area to seven Counties and increased the number of employees from 300 to 935 to expand services to low-income families. More importantly, he began operating services to seniors, including hot meals in congregate settings and home delivered hot meals to homebound seniors as well as started a transportation program.

Prior to 2000 Castro served as the Administrator and Director of the MAOF Kern County Programs, providing service to the entire county with a variety of programs, including computer training, medical worker training, bookkeeper training, basic skills training, foster grandparent program, senior citizens community service employment program, and literacy programs.

In 2003, he was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

“I am grateful for the privilege and honor to serve MAOF,” said Castro.  “I’d like to thank the Board for allowing me the opportunity to have made a contribution in serving my community and improving the quality of life for so many families. What has been achieved during my time as President and CEO of MAOF reflects a remarkable team effort—the thoughtful and dedicated work of a committed and caring staff. The best part of my job has been working with such good, talented, and committed people.  I feel good about playing a role in the success of MAOF and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way.”

Castro will continue as CEO for the foreseeable future while the search for his successor gets underway. To find an appropriate successor, the MAOF Board will engage an executive search firm to conduct a national search to find Castro’s replacement. He has committed to assisting with the transition and helping his successor become acclimated to the organization. Further inquiries may be sent to executiveoffice@maof.org.

About the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation:
The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is a non-profit, state-wide community-based organization that was established in 1963 by Founder Dionicio Morales to serve disadvantaged individuals and families in the Los Angeles area. MAOF is one of the largest family services organizations in the United States and has achieved this status by providing high quality social services and programs to diverse communities where the need is the greatest.  It currently operates in seven California counties with over 60 service locations and over 900 employees.  The annual budget exceeds $120,000,000.  MAOF Website; http://www.maof.org/

Contact:

Robert Alaniz

Milagro Strategy Group

(626) 437-3354

ralaniz@milagrosg.com

 

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

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Zeel’s Partnership with New York City Vaccine Command Center Expands In-Home Vaccinations to Anyone Over 75, All Disabled, and Under-Vaccinated Buildings

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Zeel wellness on the way

NEW YORK, May 27, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Zeel, a leading technology platform providing health and wellness services to the home and office, announces that it has expanded its partnership with the City of New York to provide for in-home vaccinations to thousands of individuals across the city.

Zeel wellness on the way

The in-home vaccination program is free to qualified individuals and their caregivers – and has now expanded to include anyone over the age of 75 and all disabled individuals, and under-vaccinated buildings. The initiative is supported entirely through the New York City Vaccine Command Center.

“We are thrilled to provide this critical service and honored to be working for our great city,” said Samer Hamadeh, CEO and co-founder, Zeel. “Vaccinating our city’s most vulnerable has inspired our entire team. We feel fortunate to be involved and will continue to dispatch the hard-working nurses on the Zeel platform to as many locations as possible. Our goal is to continue until every homebound, disabled, and elderly individual over the age of 75 in the city is fully vaccinated and then to return to them if a booster becomes necessary in the fall.”

Zeel dispatches up to 20 teams of three — a licensed nurse, a driver and an administrator — to each senior’s home and is capable of vaccinating up to 200 residents per day. The company expects to vaccinate up to 8,000 individuals between now and late summer. Zeel is one of several providers — which also include the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Doral Health & Wellness and SeniorCare Emergency Medical Services — selected to work with the Vaccine Command Center for the homebound program.

Raymond Estrada, a former Captain in the FDNY and nurse on the Zeel platform, said he has been personally moved by the outpouring of gratitude, “When we arrive at their door, they feel like there’s hope, a real light at the end of this terrible tunnel.”

Eligible residents are encouraged to sign up for the program at www.zeel.com/vaccine or by calling 646-586-3593.

About Zeel: 
Zeel is an in-home healthcare, wellness and medical testing company, providing medical services through ZP Medical Services, PC, a licensed medical practice, lab partners, and a nationwide network of health and wellness practitioners. These trusted, vetted providers offer on-location COVID-19 PCR testing, massage therapy, physical therapy, and nursing care. All services are booked safely and securely using Zeel’s industry-leading, HIPAA-compliant technology and award-winning customer service team.  For more information, visit www.zeel.com. 

Media Contact
Beth Amorosi
917-208-7489
beth.amorosi@zeel.com

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