Equifax Announces Comprehensive Consumer Settlement Arising From 2017 Cybersecurity Incident

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ATLANTA, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a comprehensive resolution of significant U.S. consumer-related litigation and regulatory matters facing the company related to its 2017 cybersecurity incident. 

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The $671 million resolution includes settlement agreements that would resolve the multi-district consumer class action litigation, as well as investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Attorneys General of 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).

If approved by the Court, a consumer restitution fund of up to $425 million will be available to pay for three-bureau credit monitoring for consumers whose information was impacted in the 2017 breach, actual out-of-pocket losses related to the breach, and other consumer benefits such as identity restoration services. Equifax has been providing free credit monitoring services to consumers since September 2017.

“This comprehensive settlement is a positive step for U.S. consumers and Equifax as we move forward from the 2017 cybersecurity incident and focus on our transformation investments in technology and security as a leading data, analytics, and technology company,” said Equifax Chief Executive Officer, Mark W. Begor. “The consumer fund of up to $425 million that we are announcing today reinforces our commitment to putting consumers first and safeguarding their data – and reflects the seriousness with which we take this matter. We have been committed to resolving this issue for consumers and have the financial capacity to manage the settlement while continuing our $1.25 billion EFX2020 technology and security investment program. We are focused on the future of Equifax and returning to market leadership and growth.”

As part of the resolution, Equifax has agreed to continue the significant steps it has taken in the wake of the cybersecurity incident to enhance its information security and technology program. It also has agreed to make payments totaling $290.5 million directly to certain state and federal regulatory agencies and to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in the multi-district litigation. Equifax recorded an accrual of $690 million in the first quarter of 2019 and expects to increase its accrual by approximately $11 million in the second quarter of 2019 principally related to the comprehensive consumer settlement, resulting in a total $701 million accrual related to the 2017 cybersecurity incident.

If the Court approves, members of the settlement class will receive notification of their rights and options as part of the multi-district litigation. More information can be found at www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com.

Additional detail on the terms of the proposed settlement in our Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Equifax CEO Mark Begor will provide details in the following conference calls:

  • 9:00 a.m. ET Conference call for investors, analysts and others
    U.S. and Canadian participants should dial: (888) 254-3590.
    International callers should dial: (786) 789-4797. 
    A replay of this conference call will be available beginning Monday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET and ending at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 29.  To access the replay, please register.
  • 9:30 a.m. ET Conference call for media
    U.S. and Canadian participants should dial: (800) 289-0438. International callers should dial: (786) 789-4783.

Please dial the appropriate number 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the calls to complete registration. Name and affiliation/company are required to join.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. These statements can be identified by expressions of belief, expectation or intention, as well as statements that are not historical fact. These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions. While the company believes these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect.

Several factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, potential adverse developments in new and pending legal proceedings or government investigations, including the failure to obtain final court approval of the agreements which make up the Consumer Settlement; uncertainties regarding the ultimate amount and timing of payments the Company may be required to make in connection with the Consumer Settlement; the cost of compliance with the Company’s non-monetary obligations associated with the Consumer Settlement; uncertainties regarding the outcome of the remaining legal proceedings or government investigations related to the 2017 cybersecurity incident; and limitations on the Company’s ability to access the capital markets and corresponding effects on the Company’s ability to finance its obligations. A summary of additional risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, including without limitation under the captions “Item 1. Business — Governmental Regulation” and “— Forward-Looking Statements” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” and in the Company’s other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are given only as at the date of this release and the company disclaims any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Equifax 
Equifax is a global data, analytics, and technology company and believes knowledge drives progress. The Company blends unique data, analytics, and technology with a passion for serving customers globally, to create insights that power decisions to move people forward. Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. It is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. Equifax employs approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit Equifax.com and follow the company’s news on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Amanda Rosseter
mediainquiries@equifax.com 

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It’s a Supra Kind of Day

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It’s a Supra day for sports car fans as the 2020 GR Supra is now on sale.

PLANO, Texas, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today’s the day sports car enthusiasts have been waiting for. After more than 20 years of eager anticipation, fans can now purchase the fifth-generation 2020 Toyota GR Supra at Toyota dealerships across the country. The all-new Supra features an exhilarating blend of power, precision, and agility. It pays homage to its predecessors with its twin-scroll turbo charged in-line six, rear-wheel-drive design, low center of gravity, and optimal weight balance.

It’s a Supra day for sports car fans as the 2020 GR Supra is now on sale.

The first 1,500 Supras will be Launch Edition models, which are based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Each will be uniquely numbered and have distinctive features signifying the exclusivity and excitement of Supra’s return.

The Supra Launch Edition is available in Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black, or Renaissance Red 2.0, each featuring high-contrast red mirror caps and 19-inch forged matte black alloy wheels.

The Absolute Zero White and Nocturnal Black Supra Launch Editions have a red interior. Each of the racing-inspired sport seats have red leather trim, with red leather-wrapped steering wheel grips, and a red center console with carbon-fiber accents.

The Renaissance Red 2.0 Supra Launch Edition features a black leather-trimmed interior, with black sport seats, a black steering wheel and black center console with carbon-fiber accents.

The Launch Edition Supras feature an individually numbered carbon-fiber badge on the passenger-side dashboard, complete with a graphic of Toyota Motor Corporation President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda’s signature. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Launch Edition Supra is $55,250.

Following the Launch Edition models, Supra will be available in 3.0 or 3.0 Premium versions.  The two grades feature the same 335 hp 3.0-liter engine with 365 lb.-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters launches the Supra from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. The Supra 3.0 has an MSRP of $49,990 while the MSRP of the Supra 3.0 Premium is $53,990. Prices do not include a delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $930.

The 3.0 grade has a 6.5-inch display with Bluetooth and iPod capability, as well as Alcantara seats. Navigation and JBL Audio will be an available option.

The 3.0 Premium grade features an upgraded 8.8-inch, wide-format touchscreen display with Navigation, Supra Connect telematics services, and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. It also includes a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, Qi-wireless phone charging, a color Head-Up Display and heated, leather-trimmed seats.

Both grades are equipped with a deft balance of function and premium comfort and convenience features. Keyless Smart Entry, dual automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, rear camera, rain sensing windshield wipers, garage door opener, power folding mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.

Standard safety features on both grades, as well as the Launch Edition, include pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams.

The Driver Assist Package brings additional features that will be optional on both grades. It includes full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and parking sensors.

Supra’s bold paint palette will include Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow, Downshift Blue, Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray, Nocturnal Black and Phantom Matte Gray.

For those who want to configure their dream Supra, the configurator is now up and running on Toyota.com.  The marketing campaign for Supra, “Getting to Know You,” also is underway and can be viewed on ToyotaNewsroom.com.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018.

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

Media Contacts:

Nancy Hubbell
469-292-4954
nancy.hubbell@toyota.com

Zachary Reed
469.292.3499
zachary.reed@toyota.com

For customer inquiries, please call: 800-331-4331

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Hindman Claims Pole for Acura at Lime Rock Park

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Trent Hindman and the Meyer Shank Racing team captured their third pole of the season this morning in qualifying at Lime Rock Park for this afternoon’s Northeast Grand Prix IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher lead the IMSA GTD championship in their Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut, July 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Trent Hindman took his Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo to his third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole of the season this morning, and will lead the GTD field to the green flag in today’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

Trent Hindman and the Meyer Shank Racing team captured their third pole of the season this morning in qualifying at Lime Rock Park for this afternoon’s Northeast Grand Prix IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher lead the IMSA GTD championship in their Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

HIndman’s lap record time of 51.456 seconds around the fast, but short, Lime Rock Park road course bested an extremely tight qualifying session, with just over seven-tenths of a second covering the full GTD field.

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No less than five different drivers topped the GTD time sheets in this morning’s 15-minute qualifying session, with Hindman finally claiming the pole on his eighth lap. It is the third pole of the season for the New Jersey native, who claims Lime Rock as his “home” track, following GTD pole runs at Sebring and Watkins Glen. Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher currently hole a 19-point lead in the GTD championship ahead of today’s sixth race of the season.

In the second MSR Acura, Christina Nielsen qualified 11th in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo she will share with co-driver Katherine Legge in today’s race, with her qualifying time of 52.059 seconds just six-tenths of a second slower than Hindman.

Acura Team Penske
As one of two races on the 2019 schedule to feature IMSA’s GT classes (GTD and GTLM), the Prototype category was not a part of the IMSA weekend at Lime Rock Park. The Acura Team Penske ARX-05s will return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the next race on the schedule, August 2-3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

Where to Watch
Same-day US Network television coverage from Lime Rock Park begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBCSports.com  and the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication, starting at 3 p.m. EDT.

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Trent Hindman (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) GTD class pole qualifier, his third IMSA GTD pole of 2019: “Big thanks to the Meyer Shank Racing guys.  I kind of put them through the wringer in the warmup [practice session prior to qualifying], just trying to get every last ounce of performance out of the car before qualifying. We got out of the warmup and everything felt really good so it was like ‘the pressure is on, I’ve got to get it done, there’s no excuse if we don’t’, so I’m glad we pulled through!  Again, this is all down to the work of the Meyer Shank Racing crew, HPD and Acura.  Everyone helped me get this one done today, and I’m really appreciative of want they did for me. I’m just grateful to be part of a great team.”

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50 Years And Still Driven: Mary Kay Celebrates Milestone Anniversary Of Its Iconic Pink Cadillac At U.S. Seminar

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Mary Kay unveiled the newest addition to its coveted career car fleet at the company’s annual U.S. Seminar--the pink Cadillac XT6.

DALLAS, July 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — To celebrate 50 years of an American icon – the Mary Kay® pink Cadillac – global cosmetics company Mary Kay unveiled the newest addition to its coveted career car fleet at the company’s annual U.S. Seminar. In a surprise announcement in front of thousands of attendees, the all-new Mary Kay® pink Cadillac XT6 was unveiled on stage at the top beauty brand’s convention in Dallas.

Mary Kay unveiled the newest addition to its coveted career car fleet at the company’s annual U.S. Seminar—the pink Cadillac XT6.

The new XT6 model offers top-performing, qualifying Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors a Cadillac with a third row seat.  The Mary Kay® pink Cadillac XT6 joins a fleet of Mary Kay career car options including the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, MINI Hardtop 4 Door and Mary Kay® pink Cadillac XT5.

Mary Kay is home to one of the largest and most successful car incentive programs in the world, and our U.S. Seminar is the perfect platform to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary with the unveiling of the all-new Mary Kay® pink Cadillac XT6,” said Laura Beitler, Vice President of Sales for Mary Kay Inc. “Production of the Cadillac XT6 just began in May 2019, so we are excited for our independent sales force to have the opportunity to earn this brand-new Cadillac model as we celebrate a milestone anniversary of the iconic Mary Kay® pink Cadillac.” 

In 1967, Mary Kay Ash ordered her first pink Cadillac from a Dallas dealership and asked to have it painted to match the pale pink Mary Kay® lip and eye palette she carried in her purse. The pink-mobile was such a hit that in 1969, she rewarded the top five independent sales force members with the use of their own pink 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille and in turn, launched the Mary Kay Career Car Program. 

Since the inception of the Mary Kay Career Car Program in the United States, more than 165,000 top-performing independent sales force members have qualified or re-qualified for the use of a Mary Kay career car with nearly 24,000 earning the use of a coveted Mary Kay® pink Cadillac.  Today, there are more than 4,000 Mary Kay career cars on the road nationwide. 

“The Mary Kay Career Car Program is an integral part of our company’s history and recognizes independent sales force members for their hard work and success,” said Nathan Moore, President of Mary Kay Inc.’s North America Region.  “As we welcome thousands of Mary Kay independent sales force members from every corner of the country to North Texas, we’re excited to celebrate the success of all Mary Kay entrepreneurs through recognition, education and motivation at our annual U.S. Seminar, the longest running event at the Dallas convention center.”

The new Mary Kay® pink Cadillac XT6 will be on display at the company’s Seminar held July 18 – Aug. 2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.  The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates Seminar 2019 will pump $37 million into the North Texas economy and support 3,464 jobs over the duration of the two-week event.  The convention is comprised of four back-to-back conferences and is one of the top five largest events in Dallas based on attendance, economic impact and hotel room nights. During this year’s event, Mary Kay will award approximately $8 million in recognition prizes. 

For more information about Mary Kay’s company timeline, positive community impact, rewarding opportunity and irresistible products, click here.

About Mary Kay
One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company more than 55 years ago with three goals: offer rewarding opportunities for women, manufacture irresistible products and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to researching the science behind beauty and to manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics and fragrances. Through the Mary Kay Foundation SM, the company has awarded more than $78 million to cancer research and domestic violence shelters. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time.

Mary Kay Ash with 1985 pink Cadillac.

   

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FIBRA Prologis Declares Quarterly Distribution

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MEXICO CITY, July 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL 14), one of the leading owners of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, today declared a cash distribution of Ps. 380.0 million (US$ 20.0 million), or Ps. 0.5895 per Certificado Bursátil Fiduciario Inmobiliario (“CBFI”) (US$ 0.0310 per CBFI) related to the results of the quarter ending June 30, 2019.

The distribution is payable July 30, 2019, to CBFI holders with an ex-dividend date of July 26, 2019, and a record date of July 29, 2019.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is one of the leading owners and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of June 30, 2019, FIBRA Prologis comprised 190 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.8 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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

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America’s Anglers Reach Record-Breaking Diversity

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America's Anglers Reach Record-Breaking Diversity

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — America’s anglers are more diverse than ever, a key finding of the 2019 Special Report on Fishing, released today by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). Both women and Hispanics are casting their lines in record-breaking numbers, with 17.7 million and 4.4 million participants, respectively.

America's Anglers Reach Record-Breaking Diversity

“It’s often assumed that all anglers look alike,” says Stephanie Vatalaro, RBFF’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our mission is to welcome everyone to the water — because if you want to learn to fish, you should have that opportunity no matter who you are. And while our work isn’t over, it’s clear from these results that the tides are changing.”

In addition to record-breaking diversity, other highlights from the Special Report on Fishing include:

  • 49.4 million Americans participate in fishing annually.
  • Americans go fishing a cumulative 883 million days annually, or 17.9 days each year per person.
  • More non-anglers than ever, 33.9 million people, are interested in trying fishing.
  • Parents are 45 percent more likely to go fishing than adults without children.
  • More than 3 in 4 anglers view fishing’s environmental benefits as one reason they participate in the activity.

RBFF’s diversity initiatives include its #WomenMakingWaves social media movement and its George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund.

Created in partnership with The Outdoor Foundation, the Special Report on Fishing provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the state of U.S. fishing and boating participation. The full report, along with an accompanying infographic, is available at the RBFF Resource Center.

About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan, and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action-oriented outreach and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit OutdoorFoundation.org.

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FIBRA Prologis Announces Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Results

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MEXICO CITY, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV:FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico, today reported results for the second quarter of 2019.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER:

  • Period-end occupancy was 96.6 percent.
  • Net effective rents on rollover increased 16.0 percent.
  • Weighted average customer retention was 85.1 percent.
  • Same store cash NOI grew 3.9 percent.
  • Completed net asset dispositions of US$10 million.

Net earnings per CBFI was Ps. 0.7487 (US$0.0395) for the second quarter compared with Ps. 1.3285 (US$0.0709) for the same period in 2018.

Funds from operations (FFO) per CBFI was Ps. 0.5647 (US$0.0298) for the second quarter compared with Ps. 0.4620 (US$0.0263) for the same period in 2018. The current period included an incentive fee paid to FIBRA Prologis’ sponsor of Ps. 0.2678 (US$0.0136) per CBFI. Excluding the incentive fee, FFO per CBFI was Ps. 0.8325 (US$0.0434).

STRONG RESULTS

“Our results in the second quarter are evidence that our investment strategy of focusing on the six most dynamic markets in Mexico is working,” said Luis Gutiérrez, CEO, Prologis Property Mexico. “Rent change on rollover was a record 16 percent, while occupancy remained elevated. This combination led to strong Cash Same Store NOI generation, demonstrating our internal growth capabilities.”

Operating Portfolio

2Q19

2Q18

Notes

Period End Occupancy 

96.6%

95.9%

Driven by declines in Juarez and Mexico City, partly offset by increases in Monterrey

Leases Commenced

2.0MSF

2.3MSF

82% of leasing activity related to renewals, led by Monterrey and Mexico City

Customer Retention

85.1%

87.1%

Net Effective Rent Change

16.0%

15.1%

Led by Mexico City and Monterrey

Cash Same Store NOI

3.9%

2.5%

Higher rent change on leases commenced and annual rent escalators, as well as increased average occupancy partly offset by higher bad debt and operating expenses

SOLID FINANCIAL POSITION

As of June 30, 2019, FIBRA Prologis’ leverage was 32.1 percent and liquidity was Ps. 6.6 billion (US$344.4 million), which included Ps. 6.2 billion (US$325.0 million) of available capacity on its unsecured credit facility and Ps. 372.4 million (US$19.4 million) of unrestricted cash.

GUIDANCE UPDATE

“We delivered solid operating and financial results in the first half of the year, which highlights, now more than ever, the importance of maintaining a focused investment strategy and adhering to a prudent approach to our balance sheet,” said Jorge Girault, senior vice president, Finance, Prologis Property Mexico. “Our updated guidance reflects this prudence in our balance sheet and capital, as well as the positive effect of our risk management strategy.”

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FX = Ps$20.0 per US$1.00

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High

Notes

FFO per CBFI excluding incentive fee

US$0.1600

US$0.1650

Excludes the impact of peso movements

FFO per CBFI including incentive fee

US$0.1425

US$0.1500

Full Year 2019 Distributions per CBFI

US$0.1240

US$0.1240

Year End Occupancy

96.0%

97.0%

Same Store NOI (Cash)

3.0%

4.0%

Based in U.S. dollars

Annual Capital Expenditures as % of NOI

14.0%

15.0%

Asset Management and Professional Fees

US$20.0

US$22.0

Excludes incentive fee

Building Dispositions

US$50.0

US$70.0

WEBCAST & CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

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

  • Friday, July 19, 2019, at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET
  • Live webcast at www.fibraprologis.com, in the Investor Relations section, by clicking Events
  • Dial in: +1 877 256 7020 or +1 973 409 9692 and enter Passcode 2336099.

A telephonic replay will be available July 19 – July 26 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 2336099. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of June 30, 2019, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 190 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.8 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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Jefferson Dental Opens Second Location in Garland

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GARLAND, Texas, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Jefferson Dental is bringing more smiles to DFW and opening a brand new, state-of-the-art office located at 5826 Broadway Blvd. In celebration of the 70th clinic opening, Jefferson Dental will host a free, carnival-themed celebration event for the public from 4-6pm on Saturday, July 20!

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The grand opening event will feature free dental screenings, clinic tours, giveaways and one lucky attendee will win $500 toward their next dental treatment.

DJ Layla “La Nena” Guerroro from 94.1 FM Que Buena will be hosting the event and giving out a variety of prizes throughout the day. The event will also feature free food truck refreshments, carnival-themed games for kids, face painting, a water slide and more!

“Patients can expect exceptional service, convenient hours and the most affordable prices guaranteed with our price-match guarantee policy,” says Adam Arnette, CMO Jefferson Dental Clinics.

The Garland office will serve patients with a full-service menu of general, cosmetic and specialty dentistry services to patients of all ages. The office will be open Monday through Saturday, and features convenient morning, afternoon, evening and weekend appointment times. For more information about hours of operation, services and to schedule an appointment, visit www.jeffersondentalclinics.com or call 844-2-SMILES.

Jefferson Dental Care, founded in 1967, is committed to providing the highest-quality, affordable dental and orthodontic care to the diverse communities we serve. We offer the lowest price guaranteed, convenient hours, and neighborhood locations.

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Tanger Outlets Celebrates Back-to-School Shopping Season With TangerSTYLE

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GREENSBORO, N.C., July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Tanger Outlets invites shoppers to kick off back-to-school shopping during the 2019 TangerSTYLE event. Tanger encourages shoppers to experience the fun and savings exclusively found at Tanger Outlets, while searching for today’s must-have styles for the classroom this season.

From July 19 through August 25, Tanger shoppers can find the best looks from top brand names and designer stores, with special savings and coupons. Starting this weekend, shoppers can access the deals before they shop at www.tangeroutlet.com/tangerstyle or on the Tanger website app.

“At Tanger Outlets, we take price out of the equation with our price match guarantee, giving customers the opportunity to enjoy their shopping experience,” said Steven B. Tanger, CEO of Tanger Outlets. “Our shoppers can buy confidently knowing they are shopping the best deals for the fall season.”

TangerSTYLE’s curated guide features back-to-school shopping trends, with tips on how to wear to suit your family’s lifestyle:

  • Textures & Patterns – Elevate your wardrobe with a pop of pattern and sophisticated textures this fall season. From floral and frills to denim and dainty details, Tanger Outlets has endless options from your favorite designer brands, for less.
  • Date Night Style – With the kids at dance class and soccer practice, weeknight date night has never looked better. Tanger offers exceptional savings on conversation-starting fall styles.
  • Statement Pieces That WOW! – From statement shoes to stylish sunnies, Tanger Outlets has the largest selection of fall accessories that can take your look from great to WOW!
  • A+ Back to School Styles – Shop at Tanger for back-to-school styles for kids of all ages. You’ll find trendy graphic tees, classic uniform staples and everything in between for the new school year.
  • The Great Outdoors – This fall, shop Tanger Outlets for all your outdoor adventures, including boots and backpacks for hiking and jackets and accessories for camping, for less.

For more style tips, tricks and fashionable savings, visit www.tangerstyle.com.

About Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT), is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that presently operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 39 upscale outlet shopping centers. Tanger’s operating properties are located in 20 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 14.3 million square feet, leased to over 2,900 stores which are operated by more than 510 different brand name companies. The Company has more than 38 years of experience in the outlet industry. Tanger Outlet Centers continue to attract more than 181 million shoppers annually. For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the Company’s website at www.tangeroutlets.com.

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Quentin Pell
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Entertainment Mogul Haim Saban Launches Saban Music Group With $500 Million Commitment

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Entertainment Mogul Haim Saban Launches Saban Music Group With $500 Million Commitment

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, announced today he will invest $500 million into the music industry and partner with seasoned music executive Gustavo Lopez to lead Saban Music Group.

Entertainment Mogul Haim Saban Launches Saban Music Group With $500 Million Commitment

Saban Music Group (SMG) is a global entertainment company that will focus on international A&R, artist development and strategically supporting a 360 model for their artists. SMG’s goal is to sign, work with, guide and provide resources to international artists while giving them an outlet to express their music to the world.  As part of its overall growth strategy, SMG will dedicate resources towards the acquisition of recording, publishing and management entities.

“Music has always been one of my life’s greatest passions—shaping, influencing and motivating me on a daily basis,” Mr. Saban said. “It is with great excitement that I re-enter the music business—not only as a businessman but as someone who is passionate about the art, dedicated to the development of worldwide artists and wants to provide world-class entertainment. I look forward to building this company with Gus and working with artists around the world to fully seize their international appeal.”

“Saban Music Group is a Los Angeles-based record label with a worldwide view of the music industry, looking to capture the globalization of music and work with artists who have an international appeal,” Mr. Lopez said. “This will be made possible with the help of Haim Saban, who truly understands the work and resources that go into fully developing artists and creating great music. I thank him for his support and partnership. The new Saban Music Group will have various pillars amongst them: Artists signed as partners to 360 models, an acquisitions arm and its own publishing entity.”

As part of Mr. Lopez joining Saban Music Group, the company acquired Talento Uno’s record label, management and publishing assets. Mr. Lopez founded Talento Uno Music in 2017 after serving as GM/EVP of Universal Music Latin Entertainment where he worked for 21 years.  While at Universal, Lopez founded leading Latin-urban label Machete Music and ran multiple labels including Fonovisa / Disa.

SMG also announced today the following artists have signed alliances with the company: Established hit making Israeli duo Static and Ben El; management of Colombian Reggaeton star Reykon who recently released “Latina” featuring Maluma; and French act Marie Monti, the label’s first female international act.

Haim Saban, a worldwide pioneer and leader in the entertainment industry, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group LLC (“SCG”). Spanning over 40 years, Mr. Saban’s career in the entertainment industry ranges from launching a chain of record labels in 1983, developing large scale publishing firms, forming an international television company that later merged with Fox Family Worldwide which sold to Disney for $5.3 billion to leading a group of investors to acquire Univision Communications, Inc. Mr. Saban’s passionate devotion to the philanthropic and political arenas reflects both his wide breadth of interests and his commitment to a strong relationship between the United States and Israel.

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PaySett Corporation expands its regional payment partnership with JMMB Group of Trinidad & Tobago

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ATLANTA and PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — PaySett Corporation, a global provider of ePayment solutions and JMMB Group, announced today an expansion of their partnership to continue to drive up electronic payments adoption in the Caribbean region.

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Jesus Garcia, VP of Business Development, commented, “Regional financial institutions like JMMB rely on PayBank® to process a large volume of electronic payments from multiple banking channels which creates efficiencies that reduce operational costs while providing more innovative services to their customer base.”  PayBank’s robust feature set and adaptability across payment systems in many different countries allows global and regional banks to standardize their payment processing in a global environment. These capabilities allow for fast deployment of new payment innovations on a global basis.  PayBank® is part of a suite of products from PaySett that allows for the processing of both consumer and corporate payments in a real time or batch environment.  Mr. Garcia further commented, “For over a decade, JMMB has relied on PaySett’s solutions for their payment processing needs and we look forward to further collaboration in the region.”

Lisa-Maria Alexander, Chief Marketing Officer at JMMB Group also commented, “We are really pleased to partner with PaySett in bringing increased efficiency and innovation to our clients here in Trinidad & Tobago.”

About PaySett Corporation

Atlanta, Georgia based PaySett Corporation is a global provider of payment software solutions. PaySett provides products/services to assist global financial entities to effectively manage the way money moves throughout their organizations and for their customers. PaySett’s two decades of experience moving payments through national and international payment networks has allowed for the development of advance payment software for assisting global banks with the capability to enhance their regional and global payment network processing capabilities.  Fifteen of the top twenty global banks process payments through PaySett software.

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David R. Pulido
E-mail: dpulido@paysett.com    
Tel: + 1 (404) 812-5367 
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Submissions Now Open For 2nd Annual Omni Cultural TV Fest 2020

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LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) in partnership with NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) announced today that submissions for 2020 are now open. 

Filmmakers who submit early will have a head start in getting their projects seen by industry executives. The festival acts as a bridge to merge content creators with industry professionals.

Produced by Kiki Melendez of Latin Hollywood Films and Cindy Cowan Entertainment, this unique multicultural platform for independent content producers provides an avenue for promoting new ideas in all genres for television and OTT platforms.

Thus far, the festival has been instrumental in getting five projects distributed through ShortsTV,  distribution deals through Maverick Entertainment, meetings with Abrams Artists Agency, pitch meetings with Cindy Cowan and All 3 Media, and requests for content from prominent networks and studios. OCTVF received support from Disney, Nickelodeon, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, The History Channel, The Nacelle Company, CBS Diversity, NBC/Telemundo, Spectrum TV1, WIF, NYWIFT, HRTS and Vimeo. NATPE has also designated an OCTVF tab on their website so that buyers will have easy access to view the 2019 selections and winners in all the categories.

In its inaugural event at the landmark Egyptian Theater in May 2019, OCTVF made an indelible impact on the industry, receiving 5-star ratings and garnering critical acclaim from filmmakers, sponsors, partners, executives and attendees.

This year, OCTVF will be going on tour through Miami, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, and LA to generate buzz prior to the grand event which is set for the first week of June 2020.

Submissions in all genres of television will be accepted: TV Pilots, TV sizzle reels (scripted and non-scripted), short form web series, TV movie trailers, foreign language TV sizzle reels, student submissions, animation and talk shows.

For more information on submissions please visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com or www.filmfreeway.com/omniculturaltvfestival.

Submission deadlines for the 2020 OCTVF are:
June 30, 2019 – Submissions Open
October 15, 2019 – Early Deadline
January 15, 2020 – Official Deadline
February 16, 2020 – Final Deadline

OCTVF is a subsidiary of Latin Hollywood Films Inc. and the festival has designated Kids in the Spotlight as its official charity.

 

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Meijer Pharmacy Gives Away 50 Million Free Prescriptions

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone this week in helping customers lower their healthcare costs. The Midwestern retailer’s Free Prescription Drug program reached 50 million prescriptions filled since its launch in 2006, saving customers more than $650 million.

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Meijer established the Free Prescription Drug Program to help lower healthcare costs for families by focusing on antibiotic medications most often filled for children. Through the years, as high costs of prescription drugs continued to rise, the program added other medications as well.

“This program allows us to provide families necessary medications that best manage their health,” said Jason Beauch, Vice President of Meijer Pharmacy. “We believe you can’t put a price on wellness, so it’s important for us to support local communities and do our part to help customers save on necessary medications and improve on their overall quality of life.”

Customers can participate in the program simply by bringing in a doctor’s prescription for the select medications that are currently part of the program. The prescriptions are then free, regardless of insurance or co-pay. In 2018, the Meijer free prescription program saved Meijer customers more than $50 million.

For more information about the Meijer Pharmacy or its Free Prescription program, please click here.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 245 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com or follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR, or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Food Safety Tips for Handling Raw Produce and Fresh-Squeezed Juices

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SILVER SPRING, Md., July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fresh fruits, vegetables, and juices are especially delicious in the summertime. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds you that safe handling of produce and fresh-squeezed juice is important because these foods are often consumed raw. Some foodborne disease-causing germs multiply faster in warm weather – making food safety more important as temperatures rise.

Learn more:
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/selecting-and-serving-produce-safely 
https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-juice-safety

To prevent food poisoning (also called foodborne illness) and keep nutritious produce and fresh-squeezed juices safe, follow these food safety tips:

Buy Right

  • Purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged.
  • When choosing pre-cut or fresh-cut produce (such as a half a watermelon or bagged salad greens that have been cut), choose items that are refrigerated or on ice.
  • Keep bagged produce separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood in your cart and shopping bags.

Wash Thoroughly

  • Wash produce under running water before eating, cutting, or cooking, and dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce disease-causing germs that may be present.
  • Even if you plan to peel a fruit or vegetable, wash it first so dirt and disease-causing germs aren’t transferred from the outside to the inside.
  • Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
  • For pre-packaged produce, read the label – if it says pre-washed and ready-to-eat, you can use it without further washing.

Prevent Cross Contamination 

  • Always wash hands before and after preparing food!
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with soap and hot water between the preparation of raw meat, poultry, and seafood and the preparation of produce that won’t be cooked.
  • When using plastic or non-porous cutting boards, wash them in the dishwasher after use.

Prepare Safely

  • Cut away damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing and/or eating.
  • Discard produce if it looks rotten.

Store Properly

  • Keep perishable fresh-cut produce in a clean refrigerator at 40° F or below.
  • In the refrigerator, store raw meat, poultry, and seafood so that their juices can’t leak onto produce. Always refrigerate produce that is bought pre-cut or peeled.

Check Your Juice

  • Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or diabetes) risk serious illnesses or even death from drinking juices that haven’t been pasteurized or otherwise treated to control disease-causing germs. 
  • Look for pasteurized or otherwise treated products in your grocers’ refrigerated sections, frozen food cases, or in non-refrigerated containers, such as juice boxes, bottles, or cans.
  • Untreated juices sold in refrigerated cases of grocery or health food stores, cider mills, and farmers’ markets must contain a warning label showing that the product has not been pasteurized. Warning labels are not required for juice or cider that is fresh-squeezed and sold by the glass. If you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized – be sure to ask!

Contact:  Media: 1-301-796-4540  Consumers: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free)

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Tatyana Ali to Host March of Dimes’ New Unspoken Stories Podcast

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ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, today launched their new podcast, Unspoken Stories: A March of Dimes Podcast, which highlights the real and honest stories of pregnancy, parenthood and loss that are too often left unshared.

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The United States is in the midst of a maternal and child health crisis with more than 380,000 babies born prematurely each year, as well as more than 50,000 women experiencing life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Our country is the most dangerous developed nation in which to give birth. March of Dimes is working in communities across the country to reduce the rising rates of premature birth, as well as maternal mortality and morbidity.

Hosted by mom, actress and advocate, Tatyana Ali, podcast listeners will hear stories ranging from the joys of parenting to the complexities of dealing with the current maternal and child health crisis. With interviews from actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, mom Petina Dixon-Jenkins who has experienced multiple premature births and loss, and Jay Richardson, a dad recounting his journey facing the realities of parenting a premature baby – the three episode series seeks to convene the amazing community of moms, dads, and families that understand the importance of sharing their experiences.

“Just knowing what other people go through, it just makes you feel exponentially better. And you don’t feel so isolated,” said Sigler. “You don’t feel so cursed. Other people that are good people have to go through it too.”

The podcast will play an integral role in the larger #UnspokenStories initiative launched by March of Dimes in April comprised of a community of parents, medical professionals, grandparents, would-be parents and friends who all want to connect and share with each other one story at a time.

“There is no perfect pregnancy, birth, or parent—and yet we rarely hear the REAL stories,” said Stacey D. Stewart, March of Dimes President and CEO. “This is why March of Dimes started the podcast showing that there are stories to share and people more than willing to share them. Each episode of the podcast features a parent’s honest story about the realities of starting a family. It only takes hearing one story like your own to know you are not alone.”

Unspoken Stories: A March of Dimes Podcast, will feature 30-minute episodes airing every Tuesday beginning July 16.

To listen to and download the podcast, visit: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. The podcast will also be available at UnspokenStories.org.

For more information about #UnspokenStories and to share your story, please visit UnspokenStories.org, upload your story and engage with others in our community. You can share on social media on your channels or March of Dimes’ Facebook and Instagram pages using #UnspokenStories.

About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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2020 Honda Insight Combines Head-Turning Style and Premium Driving Experience with Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

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Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,930 (excluding $930 destination and handling). With an EPA-rated 55 mpg city fuel economy (LX, EX) in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that’s easy on the wallet.

TORRANCE, Calif., July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $22,930 (excluding $930 destination and handling). With a an EPA-rated 55 mpg2 city fuel economy (LX, EX) in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that’s easy on the wallet. The 2020 Insight carries forward all the elements that have made it one of America’s top-selling compact hybrids.

Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,930 (excluding $930 destination and handling). With an EPA-rated 55 mpg city fuel economy (LX, EX) in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that’s easy on the wallet.

The 2020 Insight combines best-in-class passenger space, premium interior appointments, upscale styling, and a driving experience that far exceeds its hybrid competition. With 151 horsepower Insight offers brisk acceleration, yet its city fuel economy rating is among the best in its class. Additionally, its low starting price and generous level of standard equipment means Insight buyers don’t have to compromise to save fuel.

Available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, all Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Insight EX adds an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, while Insight Touring adds leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver’s seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. 

2020 Insight Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

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MSRP

MSRP Including $930
Destination Charges
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EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

(city / highway / combined)2

Insight LX

$22,930

$23,860

55/49/52

Insight EX

$24,310

$25,240

55/49/52

Insight Touring

$28,340

$29,270

51/45/48

The 2020 Honda Insight for the North American market is made exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana auto plant, alongside Civic and CR-V, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Its 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor hybrid powertrain is produced in Ohio.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

1 MSRP plus $930 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/condition, driving conditions and other factors.

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The New York Latino Film Festival, Presented By HBO, Kicks Off Opening Night With Award-winning Film ‘Princess of the Row’

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NEW YORK, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) kicks off on Monday, August 12th with more than 83 films representing 10 countries. The Festival will open with the New York premiere of the film Princess of the Row from director Van Maximilian Carlson and starring Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Ana Ortiz, Tayler Buck, Jacob Vargas, among others. Unflinching and emotional, Princess of the Row is the inspiring tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father… a homeless, mentally ill-veteran fighting to survive on the streets of LA’s skid row. 

The Festival returns with a star-studded line-up of screenings, including a special showcase of the beloved Bronx-set classic I Like It Like That. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the screening will be joined by the film’s cast — fully reunited for the first time since its premiere in 1994. In honor of the late Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton, NYLFF is honored to present an outdoor screening of Poetic Justice, with a special appearance by his daughter Justice Singleton. Returning to the Festival is FUTURO, a one-day digital conference featuring conversations with top thought-leaders, executives, and influencers in the Latino digital space. This year, in partnership with HBO Latino, NYLFF presents Latinos Stand-Up competition, in search of the best Latino stand-up comedians around the country. Aspiring comedians are asked to submit their entries no later than Friday, July 19th for a chance to win a paid opportunity to appear in an upcoming HBO Latino Entre Nos comedy special. Closing the Festival, NYLFF presents El Proyeccionista (The Projectionist), the first Dominican film to screen at Sundance presenting a genre-bending homage to the power of pre-digital cinema.

SPONSORS

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is presented by HBO. Major sponsors include American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo. Additional support provided by Hennessy VSOP Privilege, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, WarnerMedia, HBO Collabs, Google’s Hispanic Googler Network – HOLA, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), AMC Independent, Hispanic Federation, SAG-AFTRA, DGCine Dirección General de Cine República Dominicana, and Third World Newsreel. For sponsorship and brand partnership opportunities, please contact: Info@NYLatinoFilmFestival.com.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (NYLFF)

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the nation’s premier Urban Latino film event founded by Calixto Chinchilla. Since its inception in 1999, each year, the NYLFF brings together more than 20,000 movie fans and industry executives for a celebration of culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that aims to build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, the Futuro Digital Conference, NYLFF Summer Cinema series, as well as competition and community programs. For more information, visit www.NYLatinoFilmFestival.com.  

ABOUT HBO

HBO® is one of the most respected and innovative entertainment brands in the world, serving iconic, award-winning programming to 140 million subscribers globally. A subsidiary of WarnerMedia, HBO is the world’s most successful pay TV service with an extensive array of programming that includes some of the most notable titles to be on television including Game of Thrones®, Big Little Lies®, Westworld®, The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, Band of Brothers®, and The Wire®. In the United States, HBO® and sister network Cinemax® are available across multiple platforms including HBO On Demand®, Cinemax On Demand®, HBO GO® and MAX GO®, as well as HBO NOW®. Internationally, HBO branded services, including television networks and the standalone streaming product HBO GO®, are available in more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. HBO and Cinemax programming is also sold into more than 150 countries worldwide.

Media Contacts:

Rose Mary Cortes | Cortes Marketing Group for NYLFF
rosemary@cortesmg.com | (917) 634-0340

Mellony Torres | HBO
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MoneyGram to Release Second Quarter 2019 Results

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DALLAS, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) will announce its second quarter 2019 financial results on Friday, August 2, 2019. Alex Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Larry Angelilli, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the financial results. The news release and the webcast will be available at ir.moneygram.com. Participants may join the call and view the presentation at the numbers and link below:

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Toll Free:      1-800-263-0877
International: 1-646-828-8143
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Replay:  1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID:  2306000
Replay is available through Friday, August 9, 2019, 11:59pm ET

About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram is a global leader in omnichannel money transfer and payment services that enables friends and family to safely, affordably, and conveniently send money for life’s daily needs in over 200 countries and territories.

The innovative MoneyGram platform leverages its leading digital and physical network, global financial settlement engine, cloud-based infrastructure with integrated APIs, and its unparalleled compliance program that leads the industry in protecting consumers.

For more information, please visit www.MoneyGram.com.

MoneyGram Investor Relations:
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214-979-1400

MoneyGram Media Contact:
Noelle Whittington
media@moneygram.com
214-979-1402

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“MUROS” Presents Compelling Human Stories Behind The World’s Most Iconic Borders

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MIAMI, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Discovery presents MUROS, a compelling series that dives deeply into some of the world’s most iconic walls and borders. Shot in stunning 4K technology, the new production features the narration of renowned Mexican journalists Gabriela Warkentin, Enrique Hernández Alcazar, Martha DeBayle, Karla Iberia Sánchez, and Leonardo Kourchenko. MUROS premieres July 21 at 9pm E/P in the US on Discovery en Español, and July 24 at 10pm in Mexico on Discovery Channel.

The new documentary series features despairing and heavyhearted human stories behind the United States and Mexico border, the Korean DMZ, the walled communities in Northern Ireland, Cyprus’s Green Line, and the currently demolished Berlin Wall. 

The first MUROS episode is dedicated to the US-Mexico border. Stretching for almost 2,000 miles from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf of Mexico, this border cuts across cities, canyons, rivers, and deserts, including 750 miles covered by fences, concrete walls, and iron barriers. President Trump is determined to extend the wall along this boundary to keep out the hundreds of thousands who cross illegally into the United States each year.

Premiering a new episode every week, the series reveals the human stories that take place behind these walls and answers questions such as why they were built, how they affect people’s lives, and what happens when they come down. The new production presents powerful stories of individuals and communities whose lives have been transformed by these borders and shares the stories of those who support the building of walls and those who constantly fight to tear them down.

MUROS is a series of hope and unity in the face of division, about the triumph of the human spirit despite separation. The new production will also be available on the “Discovery en Español GO” app for the US Hispanic market. For more information, visit facebook @discoveryenespanol and @tudiscovery.

About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español connects Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S to the world and all its wonder and possibilities. It provides quality programming focusing on bold storytelling across core genres including adventure, ingenuity, natural history, investigation and current affairs. Created by Discovery Inc., Discovery en Español is widely distributed on Hispanic tier packages throughout the country. It also reaches audiences across screens on the “Discovery en Español GO” TV Everywhere app (Android: http://bit.ly/2w6Spod, iOS: http://apple.co/2fiMNE3Roku: https://bit.ly/2Js7LxZ and Fire TV: https://amzn.to/2JoGT1P). For more information, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

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Getting To Know The All-New 2020 Toyota GR Supra

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PLANO, Texas, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Performance, capability and style are on full display with today’s launch of the all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra campaign, “This Is Our Sport.” In a nod to Toyota’s sports car heritage, the campaign reflects how Supra drivers will feel the excitement of an iconic car designed with them in mind – a car that pushes the limits.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8565151-toyota-2020-gr-supra-this-is-our-sport-campaign/  

“The return of the Toyota Supra has been a long time coming, and it’s well worth the wait,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “The new campaign highlights the thrill of getting to know the 2020 GR Supra and a rediscovered appreciation for the simple joy of driving.”

Broadcast & Digital
The 30-second, 15-second and 6-second broadcast and digital spots were directed by Ozan Biron. These unique spots highlight the Supra’s exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility and inspire drivers to own the sports car they always dreamed about.

In “Track Day”, Julie Andrews’ “Getting to Know You” provides the soundtrack as driver and car glide harmoniously around the iconic Road Atlanta track, showcasing the Supra’s indisputable performance and style as they get to know each other.

The 6-second spots, appropriately titled “0 to 60”, “Balanced”, “Face Off”, “Joy”, “Ribbon”, “Sport Mode”, and “Walks On Water”, demonstrate the spirit of a new sports car – sleek, stylish, powerful and ready to command any road.

The campaign creative was led by Saatchi & Saatchi with Zenith Media responsible for TV and Outdoor media buying.

The return of the 2020 GR Supra was announced with a TV spot in February’s “Big Game”.  The high-energy spot, “Wizard“, set the stage for the return of Toyota’s iconic sports car after a 21-year hiatus.

Media Placements
“Track Day”, the 30-second spot from the new campaign, will air across motorsports TV programming; a custom long-form video called “Game Of Horsepower” will feature a unique twist on the classic game of H.O.R.S.E. and will appear on Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; additional custom brand integrations include GQ, Twitter’s @Marvel LIVE as well as exclusive auto partner of Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 event. Print media includes a custom French Door cover where Motor Trend and Road & Track subscribers will receive an exclusive pull-out poster tapping into the nostalgia of ’90s car posters. The Road & Track partnership also features a custom Augmented Reality (AR) integration, which will allow users to virtually see the Supra in their driveway or garage.

Digital partners include Google, Amazon, CBS, IGN and Fast Company with Amobee for programmatic. Social partners include Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and Instagram while audio extensions include Tune In and Gimlet. Out-of-home (OOH) will include high-impact billboards in 17 markets. Additionally, spots will air on national and digital radio as well as within select movie titles in theaters nationwide in conjunction with National CineMedia.

The broadcast and digital spots are available for viewing here. For images and credits, please click here.

About the All-New 2020 GR Supra

The all-new Supra is now on sale and available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which is based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Enthusiasts can get their 2020 Supra at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $49,990, with the Launch Edition models starting at $55,250. Both will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. For more information, visit: http://www.toyota.com/supra.

About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018.

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

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Black Mayors to Trump Admin: Do Not Circumvent the Supreme Court on the Census Citizenship Question

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The African American Mayors Association celebrates that the Supreme Court’s decision requiring the Department of Commerce to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census will not be challenged by the Trump Administration.

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African American mayors from across the country previously highlighted the danger of including a question like this in a letter to Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross; and director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Steven Dillingham. With the Trump Administration’s attempts to circumvent the Court’s ruling, AAMA cautions against any and all efforts to target vulnerable populations with citizenship data.

“We were happy to know that the highest Court in the land had struck down a flagrant attempt by the Trump Administration to undermine and undercount millions of people of color making their home in our country. The ruling reaffirmed the rule of law and the checks and balances that make our nation great,” said AAMA President, Mayor Hardie Davis, of Augusta, Georgia. “Now is the time for the Trump Administration to comply with the letter and spirit of the ruling to prevent disenfranchisement for the communities we lead.”

AAMA commends the advocates who are continuing to fight for a fair and accurate census. Latinos, Afro-Latinos, as well as those from the African and Asian Diasporas, deserve to have resources allocated fairly in their communities and have equitable representation in government. African American mayors will continue to fight to ensure we have an accurate census count and that citizenship data is not used to target vulnerable populations.

About AAMA

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing over 500 African-American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

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Alcohol Justice Reports: California Assembly GO Committee Ignores Frightening 4 A.M. Bar Bill Cost-Benefit Analysis, Passes SB 58

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SACRAMENTO, California, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Alcohol Justice and California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) are expressing extreme disappointment today with the members of the California State Assembly Governmental Organization Committee (GO) who voted in favor of SB 58 – the 4 a.m. bar bill. They chose to support marginal economic gains for nightlife businesses and ignore the extra harm and cost incurred if trading hours are extended two hours.

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The measure passed out of the GO committee by just one vote. The official tally was 11 ayes, 5 noes, and 5 not voting – less politically charged way of saying “no”. Here’s how they voted:
Voting Yes:
Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Berman (D-Palo Alto), Bonta (D-Alameda), Brough (R-Dana Point), Daly D-Anaheim), Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Gipson (D-Carson), Gray (D-Merced), Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Low (D-Campbell), Robert Rivas (D-Hollister)
Voting No:
Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Lackey (R-Palmdale), Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Salas (D-Bakersfield)
Not Voting:
Bigelow (R-O’Neals), Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Gallagher (R-Yuba City), Mathis (R-Visalia), Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park)

“I stand firmly against this bill,” stated Assemblymember Tom Lackey (r-Palmdale), GO Committee Member, Vice-Chair of the California Assembly Public Safety Committee, and 28-year veteran California Highway Patrol Officer.“The clear outcome of this particular bill will be putting countless lives in danger. Drunk driving increases as the night goes on. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that 54% of all traffic crashes occur because of alcohol impairment after 2 a.m. But there are other factors we must consider. Having spent 18 years as a CHP officer working these hours I have direct knowledge of the tragedy that’s associated when alcohol-impaired driving is coupled with the extreme fatigue that we also see in drivers between 2 and 4 a.m. Through this legislation we will extend the hours of most danger and that is terrible, reprehensible, abhorrent, scary and should be denounced. If this bill becomes law, we are going to see countless tragedies for the benefit of financial gain. Shame on us! If money has become that powerful in our society, we really need to re-evaluate what we are doing here.” 

The simple majority of the committee voted to approve the bill despite receiving new evidence of the massive net social harm the so-called “pilot project” would produce. They ignored the findings in an analysis released Tuesday at press events at Los Angeles City Hall and the state capitol steps in Sacramento, entitled the “High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill.”

This first of its kind cost-benefit analysis detailing the effects of changing state alcohol policy to allow later last call at bars, restaurants, and clubs was done by the nationally respected, 60 year-old, Oakland-based Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a project of the Public Health Institute. Alcohol Research Group found that should the bill become law the expected social costs generated annually in the City of Los Angeles alone would be $88–$354.5 million; while the additional revenue would only be $36.5–$146.1 million. the five-year trial period net social cost of harm in Los Angeles would minimally be $266.5 million. The analysis details the social costs in percentages, including: Lost productivity, illnesses, injuries and accidents – 72%; motor vehicle crashes, early mortality, and crime – 28%.

“While we want our local businesses to thrive, no good can come from serving alcohol until 4 a.m.  If this passes, we can expect more DUIs, more drunk driving injuries and more alcohol-related deaths both inside the permitted jurisdictions and their neighboring communities,” stated Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman. “The harms and costs will spread across all of our road ways and communities forcing all municipalities to pay the price for additional law enforcement, EMT and other costs. From the release of the cost-benefit analysis, we confirm that the revenue losses are much greater than gains to any city that participates.”

The “High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill”  was a response to the one-sided narrative of revenue to the state, and local nightlife economic development offered by Senator Scott Wiener, the author of SB 58. The bill, Wiener’s third attempt in three years to disrupt the protections of a statewide uniform last call, would allow 10 cities in a so-called “pilot program” the ability to extend hours of alcohol on sale until 4 a.m.

“The GO Committee failed the people of California just as SB 58 fails to protect the public health and safety of California residents and visitors by putting private and corporate interests first,” stated Veronica De Lara, Co-Chair of California Alcohol Policy Alliance. “This bill does not acknowledge that increases in alcohol-related harm will occur if hours of service are extended two additional hours. This bill ignores current costs of alcohol-related harm in the state of California and disregards the escalated costs of alcohol related harm to individuals, consumers, families, society and to the government.”    

“The author of SB 58 and other bill proponents are fond of declaring that the bill will align California with at least 15 other states where local jurisdictions have the authority to decide alcoholic beverage service hours,” stated Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director at Alcohol Justice. “This disingenuous argument ignores the fact that some of those local jurisdictions have actually rolled back last call times to reduce alcohol-related harms and costs.”

The “High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill” disturbingly documents the worst concerns of Alcohol Justice and CAPA that public health and safety would be severely compromised if SB 58 becomes law. Advocates for public health and safety throughout are convinces this change in policy will not benefit the community but does benefit private and corporate interests at great public expense.

“It’s a shame that the committee has chosen alcohol industry profits over the health and safety of all Californians,” stated Ramon Castellblanch, PhD., Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University. “What more proof do policy makers require to do the right thing?”  

The ‘High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill’ authors, Drs. Subbaraman and Kerr have shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that SB 58 hurts California economically and puts resident lives at risk,” said Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, Research Manager at Alcohol Justice. “They join dozens of peer-reviewed researchers showing the same thing. It’s maddening to see lawmakers refuse to listen to science.”

“Adding together the harms and revenue benefits for pilot programs in 10 cities statewide yields a very conservative estimate that over the five-year life of SB 58 California residents and government will suffer $701.2 million in net social cost. This is with a conservative estimate of 5% of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the ten pilot project cities moving to 4 a.m. The true cost of SB 58 is astronomical and the bill must be defeated,” said Brenda Villanueva, Co-Chair of Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (LADAPA).

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, added, “This bill ignores thousands of lives lost and families torn apart by drunk driving in order to squeeze a few more dollars out of our neighborhoods. There may be supporters of SB 58 in Sacramento, but I am not one of them. I applaud Alcohol Justice and Councilmember Paul Koretz for standing up for our communities and telling the truth about this terrible bill.” 

“Thanks to this report, we can put real numbers to SB 58’s public health and safety impact,” said Sarah Blanche, Co-Chair, Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Association (L.A.DAPA). “If the bill passes, the report projects there will be an additional 3,200 DUIs in the City of Los Angeles alone. Over 94 thousand additional ambulance trips will be necessary every year. This kind of cost is unacceptable. SB 58 is dangerous for L.A. and for the rest of California.”

“Why allow two more hours of on-site alcohol use if we already know the consequences? Pretending this policy is good for our community is Misleading. Unfair. Unjust,” stated LGBTQ+ Caucus Member Maurina Cintron. “The data shows that the LGBTQ community suffers disproportionately from alcohol abuse. Help me understand why policy would be written without any health concerns in mind. Why should we continue allowing Big Alcohol to prey on our vulnerable communities? This policy isn’t something anyone in the LGBTQ or straight communities will get a chance to vote on, so we need our local representatives to speak up on our behalf. “

“I am a mother and grandmother from Koreatown, Westlake and recently a resident of Pico Union,” stated Miriam Castro, Promotora. “As a pedestrian, those of us who walk are exposed to everything on these streets. I think that the social costs and loss of productivity from illnesses, vehicle crashes, early mortality and crime need to be acknowledged. The social cost of SB 58 will be more than the benefits. The ‘High Cost of the 4 A.M. Bar Bill’ needs to be carefully considered by our lawmakers. It clearly demonstrates that over the 5 year pilot project period of extended alcohol sales until 4 a.m., the costs could be between $266 million and $1 billion in Los Angeles alone!”

“As we sadly expected, Senator Wiener disrespected every argument in favor of public health and safety in the Assembly GO Committee hearing,” stated Sonny Skyhawk, actor, producer, citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, founder of the American Indians in Film and Television, and Alcohol Justice Board Member. “He discounted and denied the new cost-benefit analysis, and all the peer-reviewed science that exists. He did this to whitewash the extension of on-sale hours as something beneficial to his precious ‘nightlife.’ To that we continue to say all life is precious.”

According to Centers for Disease Control-reviewed reports, California already suffers $35 billion in alcohol-related harm every year, with 10,500 lives lost and hundreds of thousands of additional injuries. Local and state governments share of this grisly tab is a whopping $14.5 billion annually. 

“With this disappointing committee vote, the state is moving closer to creating a very dangerous policy change,” said Richard Zaldivar, founder and CEO of the Wall Las Memorias Project, co-chair of CAPA, spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ Caucus, and an Alcohol Justice Board Member. “This change will economically benefit alcohol sellers in the epicenter of nightlife entertainment districts while radiating increased harms and costs to surrounding communities including many people of color, the economically disadvantaged, and those identifying as LGBTQ.”

“SB 58, like last year’s SB 905, and 2017’s SB 384, is a clumsy attempt by Senator Scott Wiener to pull the wool over the eyes of the legislature by pitching this as a so-called ‘pilot project.’ But don’t be fooled,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO of Alcohol Justice. “SB 58 is nothing more than another greedy grab for more profits by promoting binge drinking in the wee hours of the morning. Alcohol Justice applauds those committee members who voted ‘NO’ and those who stayed off the bill. We urge the rest of the Assembly to do what the GO committee failed at and stop this dangerous experiment.”

The bill now faces an Appropriations Committee vote in August. The public is encouraged to TAKE ACTION to #STOP4amBarBill by texting JUSTICE to 313131

CONTACT: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
                   Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

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Sixth Annual Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off This Weekend (July 13 – 21), Breaks Down Barriers to the Outdoors and Inspires Tomorrow’s Stewards

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More than 200 organizations, parks and groups are holding as many as 150 events around the country to celebrate the 6th annual Latino Conservation Week, helps create opportunities for Latinos across the country to demonstrate their passion for enjoying the outdoors and to cultivate their role as environmental stewards. Find an event near you by visiting http://www.latinoconservationweek.com or following #LatinoConservationWeek and #LWC2019 on social media.

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Communities throughout the country will enjoy and connect with the great outdoors during the 6th annual Latino Conservation Week, which begins July 13 and runs through July 21. With as many as 150 events being celebrated nationwide, communities will camp under the stars, go canoeing, take sunset walks, and hike with family among other activities as they engage in the outdoors and learn about stewardship.

More than 200 organizations, parks and groups are holding as many as 150 events around the country to celebrate the 6th annual Latino Conservation Week, helps create opportunities for Latinos across the country to demonstrate their passion for enjoying the outdoors and to cultivate their role as environmental stewards. Find an event near you by visiting http://www.latinoconservationweek.com or following #LatinoConservationWeek and #LWC2019 on social media.

“Latino communities are passionate about the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards,” said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, which launched LCW in 2014. “Latino Conservation Week was established to break down barriers for Latino communities to access public lands, encourage new opportunities for and outreach to these communities to use public lands and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”

Latinos are the largest minority group in America, with over 52 million people making up 16.7 percent of the nation’s population and are projected to become nearly one-third of the population by 2050. By 2020, half of all youth in America will be of color and by 2043, a majority of our country’s residents will be people of color. Yet a 2018 Outdoor Industry Association report found that only 10 percent of Latinos were engaged in outdoor recreation activities. In simple terms, the future of public lands depends on engaging and welcoming our diverse youth and Latino communities, that already deeply care about our environment and feel a moral obligation to take care of it.

“Latino Conservation Week was purposely created to start bridging that gap through the engagement of new partners and connecting them with more members of this community,” said Arce. “What started as 17 events in six states has grown to more than 150 events in as many as 25 states,” said Arce. “This is a national collaborative effort with the potential to impact Latino communities in large urban settings, emerging Latino communities, and in rural communities that aim to celebrate our heritage, culture, spirituality, and stories around our nation’s treasured natural places.”

This year the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Wildlife Refuge System and Bureau of Land Management are joining forces with Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project and Conservation Program to provide programming at sites throughout the nation. More than 200 parks, organizations and community groups have joined Latino Conservation Week as partners and sponsors. Event partners include George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation,, REI, Por la Creacion Faith-based Alliance, Latino Outdoors, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Nature for All, COFEM, The Wilderness Society,, Latin American Youth Center, Frontera Land Alliance, Montgomery Parks, Sierra Club, numerous Audubon Society chapters, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Corazon Latino, and Centro de Adoración Familiar.

The activities span several states and a full listing of events is available at www.LatinoConservationWeek.com. Celebrate online by following #LatinoConservationWeek and #LCW2019 on social media.

About Hispanic Access Foundation
Hispanic Access Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connects Latinos with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. Our vision is that one day every Hispanic individual in America will enjoy good physical health and a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success, and civic engagement in their communities with the sum of improving the future of America. For more information visit www.hispanicaccess.org.

Contact: Robert Fanger
Phone: 317-410-7668
E-mail: robert@hispanicaccess.org

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Publix Named March of Dimes Top Partner; Grocer Raises More Than $5.3 Million to Support Moms and Babies

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ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For an impressive fourth year in a row, Publix Super Markets is the number one March of Dimes corporate partner. The grocery giant donated more than $5.3 million in 2019 through their support of March for Babies, bringing their total contribution to the organization to $86 million over the past 24 years.

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“Publix is a true champion for moms and babies and one of our most treasured and long-standing partners.  We are thankful to have the support of dedicated Publix associates and customers to help us empower families with the knowledge and tools they need to have healthier pregnancies and healthy babies,” says Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes.

Publix, based in Lakeland, Florida, with 1,221 retail stores in seven states — Alabama (72), Florida (800), Georgia (187), North Carolina (43), South Carolina (60), Tennessee (45), and Virginia (14) — has worked tirelessly alongside the March of Dimes as a champion for healthy families. Their annual in-store March for Babies campaign, which raises funds one dollar at time at the register, coupled with associate giving, has achieved remarkable results in support of healthy moms and strong babies.

“This incredible accomplishment was made possible by our generous customers and passionate associates. We are so proud of our more than 200,000 associates across our company who give of themselves every day in our stores and communities,” says Maria Brous, Director of Media and Community Relations for Publix. “Our Publix family truly makes the difference, and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this honor.”

March for Babies takes place during the spring in nearly 400 communities nationwide. It is Publix’s largest-grossing customer-facing campaign, and has the highest associate engagement, with thousands participating at March for Babies celebrations in their local communities.

Funds raised by Publix customers and associates directly support March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Key activities to further this goal include: advocacy for pregnant women, babies children and families across the country; the launch of My NICU Baby™ app, providing free, easy- to-use information for all NICU families; education for families to improve the NICU experience through NICU Family Support® programs across the U.S. and March of Dimes Training Institute for health care professionals; and funding scientific research focused on understanding preterm labor and birth at our network of six Prematurity Research Centers in the U.S. and Europe.

About Publix

Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism and a commitment to our market areas and beyond. Publix’s commitment to diversity has contributed to their success in being a great place to work and shop.

For more information visit their website publix.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Gov. Polis, Mayor Hancock and Colorado Soccer Communities Launch Effort to Confirm Denver Among Host Cities for FIFA Men’s World Cup Games in 2026

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) launched a community coalition to bring the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup to Denver at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Back row, from left: Matthew Payne, Executive Director, Denver Sports Commission; Padraig Smith, Executive Vice President and GM, Colorado Rapids; Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, Bid Committee Co-Chair; Governor Jared Polis; Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Nate Shotts, CEO, CSA.

DENVER, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s return from another FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship in France, the Colorado Soccer Association, which represents nearly 70,000 youth and adult soccer players across the state, is helping to mobilize a coalition of Colorado leaders and communities to ensure Denver is selected among final host cities for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2026.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) launched a community coalition to bring the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup to Denver at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Back row, from left: Matthew Payne, Executive Director, Denver Sports Commission; Padraig Smith, Executive Vice President and GM, Colorado Rapids; Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, Bid Committee Co-Chair; Governor Jared Polis; Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Nate Shotts, CEO, CSA.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined representatives from the Colorado Soccer Association, the Colorado Rapids, the Denver Sports Commission, VISIT DENVER and various other community leaders to unveil elements of the campaign designed to generate awareness and community support including a logo, hashtag and website.

“We’re excited to be considered because we have the experience and existing facilities to make this a tremendous success,” said Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, bid committee co-chair and former president of U.S. Soccer. “Denver is in an ideal position to be selected, based on feedback from World Cup organizers and initial support from our local soccer community.”

Already among the final U.S. cities in contention, Denver was identified as a possible site when the U.S., Canada and Mexico prepared a winning joint North American bid to host the 2026 games.

“We already have the world-class stadium and an electrifying city that World Cup organizers want to see,” said Nate Shotts, CEO of the Colorado Soccer Association. “The next step is to provide resources for our city, state and region to express support and enthusiasm by visiting our website, posting on social media and voicing a level of excitement that will ensure organizers and the world know that Denver is ready to be a host.”

Denver has hosted more than 30 high profile international soccer events including national teams from around the world, and most recently, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which brought more than 52,000 soccer fans to Broncos Stadium at Mile High in June for a double header that featured Cuba vs. Martinique and Mexico vs. Canada matchups.

“Denver for us for the Gold Cup and for CONCACAF, it’s worked great… and if it works for the Gold Cup, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for the World Cup,” said CONCACAF chief of football officer Manolo Zubiria. “It’s more than just a stadium. It’s training facilities, hotels, airports, public transportation to get to venues, and the quality of the field, the stadium itself, and everything that it has to offer … not just in Denver, but everything nearby.”

Denver has a demonstrated track record of hosting a variety of world-class sporting events, including the MLS, MLB, NBA and NHL All-Star games; MLB World Series games; NHL Stanley Cup games; the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Final Fours; the NCAA Frozen Four; and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, among others.

Cities hosting World Cup 2026 games can expect to see up to $360 million in economic impact, according to a recent Boston Consulting Group study. Denver, the state and the Rocky Mountain region also would benefit from residual economic activity resulting from the global media exposure associated with one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world.

Express your support by visiting Denver2026.com or by tagging the effort at #Denver2026.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Story – 720.984.2730
Amanda McConnell – 918.640.4148
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