Disruptive Media Producer Adam Kidron Releases “Nuestro Himno,” the 34th Installment of The Bad Seed, his hit online satire of the Trump Presidency.


BRONX, New York, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Influential disruptive media producer and early-stage investor Adam Kidron, who co-wrote and produced the seminal 2006 release of “Nuestro Himno” (“Our Anthem”), a Spanish-language version of the United States national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner;” today released the 34th chapter of his hit online novel The Bad Seed, which parallels and satire’s President Trump’s presidency, which Kidron and the novel’s tens of thousands of fans consider to be illegitimate.

The novel, which features extraordinary neo-noir illustrations by Catalan artist Ivan Cuadros, has already reached more than five million people online who share its insights and images on social media. Kidron sees the novel as a new front in the fight against Trump, by setting the stage for a “revolution” of sorts – a new style of resistance primarily driven by art and storytelling – sure to get under President Trump’s skin.

In chapter 34 of The Bad Seed, Elia Degas, a bold but disillusioned Bronx lawyer, who previously learned that he is the disinherited half-brother of the President (and is determined to take him down and “save us from ourselves”) is threatened by a direct message from President that terrible things will happen if his girlfriend, Joy Alicia Lopez continues to campaign to become a congresswoman, representing the Bronx and Queens. Degas tells his audience that we must confront creeping fascism by changing our resistance and by being agile:

“A few hundred air-traffic controllers can bring the entire country to a halt by having an extended coffee break. A few sanctuary cities can break ICE. And a few enlightened states can protect the environment as who wants to manufacture a car that cannot be sold in California or New York. Today, our rebellion is the macro sum of hundreds of thousands of micro acts of resistance; like the Warriors, brown skinned Red Sox, and Eagles refusing to meet and greet the President at one of his Big Mac orgies; the cast of Hamilton calling out the Vice President in person at the end of the show; Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, refusing to serve, the President’s misinformation director, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and asking her to leave. These small acts of resistance combined by our connectivity make us ungovernable”

Upon Kidron’s 2006 release of “Nuestro Himno”, the song was criticized by President George W. Bush, who said “I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English. And they ought to learn to sing the anthem in English.” With the re-release of “Nuestro Himno“, Kidron may once again provoke outrage – this time from President Trump himself – who will likely see the overall effort as more “fake news” and “presidential harassment.”

The Bad Seed is published weekly at BadSeedBook.com.

To find out what happens next, watch Nuestro Himno now.

Contact: Gerard Boucher, 1-212-390-1403, gerard.boucher@boucherco.com

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The Home Depot Declares First Quarter Dividend of $1.36

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ATLANTA, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a first quarter cash dividend of $1.36 per share. The dividend is payable on June 20, 2019, to shareholders of record on the close of business on June 6, 2019. This is the 129th consecutive quarter the company has paid a cash dividend.

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The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,290 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2018, The Home Depot had sales of $108.2 billion and earnings of $11.1 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Miami Fashion Week® Announces PORCELANOSA Group As Sponsor For 2019 MIAFW


MIAMI, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Miami Fashion Week® (MIAFW), recognized as the second largest fashion event in the United States, is proud to announce PORCELANOSA, a world benchmark in interior design and construction materials as a sponsor for MIAFW 2019.

This year, the 4th Annual MIAFW is kicking off on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 through Sunday, June 2, 2019, with dates officially recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) alongside New York, London, Paris and Milan, to an audience of A-list celebrities, global influencers and fashion leaders.

“It is a great honor to have this remarkable company as sponsor of our 2019 Miami Fashion Week,” said Antonio Banderas, Honorary President of MIAFW. “In addition to sponsoring, they will contribute their exquisite design and innovation to the creation of this year’s Miami Fashion Week.”

PORCELANOSA is number one in the use of innovative materials like KRION®, used in the interior design and building industry. The brand is highly committed to environmental issues and uses a sustainable approach within their creation of new materials, always looking for an eco-friendly approach to design.

“PORCELANOSA is proud to participate in this world-class event and to be a part of the entire design and décor of this iconic fashion event,” said a spokesperson for PORCELANOSA. “Design is the core of our company and we are excited to mark our footprint on the world of American fashion.”

PORCELANOSA has a strong presence of more than 30 retail shops in the US, including its flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, and more than 1,000 points of sale worldwide. In addition to being an official sponsor of Miami Fashion Week 2019, PORCELANOSA will be celebrating the re-opening of its Doral store on May 30, 2019.

In excitement of this 2019 sponsorship,  Miami Fashion Week runway show’s will return to Ice Palace Studios with never-before-seen Resort/Cruise collections by acclaimed designers from around the globe, while the second annual Miami Fashion Week Summit will take place at Miami Dade College. This year’s summit will welcome top rated keynote speakers who will focus their discussions on the ethical and sustainable issues facing the fashion industry. Additional events during the week will include several parties including Miami Fashion Week’s Benefit Gala hosted by Antonio Banderas benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as well as Mr. Banderas’ own foundation Lágrimas y Favores.               

ABOUT MIAMI FASHION WEEK                                                 
Relaunched in 2016 under new management, Miami Fashion Week® (MIAFW) is the second largest fashion event in the U.S. debuting resort collections of established and emerging international designers. With dates officially recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) alongside New York, London, Paris and Milan, MIAFW plays an integral role in the industry by continuing to be the first international platform for the resort season to an audience of A-list celebrities, global influencers and fashion leaders. Led by Honorary President, Antonio Banderas, the fourth annual fashion week will return to South Florida Wednesday, May 29, 2019 through Sunday, June 2, 2019 and will deliver high-caliber runway shows, a beneficiary gala, after parties and exclusive talks in the eco-friendly and sustainable during the Miami Fashion Week Summit. For more information, please visit www.miamifashionweek.com.

PORCELANOSA Group is a major reference in both the Spanish and the International market. Its consolidated position has been built up on values such as innovation and quality, but especially the trust placed in its large human capital, made up of almost 5,000 skilled professionals, and its concern for its stakeholders and the environment. Today, the Group’s eight firms offer a vast selection of products ranging from kitchen and bathroom equipment to high-tech materials and state-of-the-art building solutions for contemporary architecture. With over 45 years of experience, PORCELANOSA Group is present in almost 150 countries worldwide. This success is the result of a unique business model based on a strong corporate strategy. According to a study published by the consultancy Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Financial Times, PORCELANOSA is one of Spain’s most reputable companies in the international scene, and is also considered by consumers to be a strong and solid company, as reflected in a study carried out by the Reputation Institute. With more than 1,000 establishments located throughout the world and a distribution network that keeps growing every day in cities such as New York, London, Miami, Paris and Milan, PORCELANOSA stores ensure the presence of our firm on all five continents to show the final consumer the continuous progress in innovation and design of each of our products.

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A new multimedia campaign promotes the use of life jackets among Latino families


WASHINGTON, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For the third consecutive year, the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) of the United States launches in partnership with Hispanic Communications Network (HCN), a new edition of its successful multimedia educational campaign, to promote the use of life jackets among members of Latino families across the country.

With public service messages on radio and social networks, the campaign coincides with the completion of the National Week of Safe Navigation (NSBW), from May 24 to 31, which is part of an international effort focused on improving the safety of activities aquatic life through the use of a lifejacket at all times.

“The goal is to make the use of life jacket a habit, when doing aquatic activities. To emphasize that point, one of the visual messages shows Latino families wearing the life jacket at unique moments, such as a wedding or with the dentist. It’s a way of saying: always wear the life jacket …” said Jim Emmons, Non-Profit Outreach Grants Director of Water Sports Foundation (WSF)

Another of the activities of the NSBW includes going one day to work with life jackets, in order to highlight the importance of using the vest as other security elements that are already part of our daily life, such as the safety belt in cars.

Official statistics show that 8 out of 10 deaths during activities in the water have a tragic element in common: The victims did not wear a lifejacket. In the same way, many of the boats involved in accidents did carry the lifebuoy, but the occupants did not use it for different reasons. “Unfortunately, our Latino community has one of the highest percentages of people, especially children, who can not swim. It is proven that the use of vests saves lives. In the case of Latino families, that benefit is more important than among any other group,” said HCN President Alison Rodden.

But despite its positive impact on safety, many Latinos avoid using life jackets because they consider it uncomfortable, even when there is a new generation of less restrictive and more comfortable vests. The new campaign seeks to continue efforts to inspire a culture of maritime safety among the Spanish-speaking public, through Public Service Messages in the network of affiliated stations of HCN, in the programming of shows of the Hispanic Network, as well as messages multimedia on their sites on social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Experts in maritime safety will be available to the media, in order to provide detailed information on the benefits of the use of vests, how to choose the appropriate vest based on size and weight, and the appropriate way to use it to take advantage of its benefits of protection and security. The campaign will be broadcast from May 24 to 31 at the national level. To arrange interviews, call Mercy Padilla 202.360.4112.

About Hispanic Communications Network -La Red Hispana-

Hispanic Communications Network -HCN- is the leading communication service in the market, dedicated to the production and distribution of educational and informative content for the Hispanic community in the United States. HCN is positioned to provide its clients and government collaborators and non-profit organizations with effective solutions when producing and distributing media campaigns focused on the service and generation of well-being within Hispanic communities. To learn more visit: LaRedHispana.org and / or HCNmedia.com.

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The Pink Luminous Advocacy Project Launches first Multilingual Breast Awareness Application

Dr. Julio Hernandez, Marylin Dans, Lin Yang, Jennifer Dylewski , Dr. Moises Irizarry at Breast Awareness App Launch Party in Miami, FL.

MIAMI, May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Pink Luminous Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization supporting breast health in underprivileged communities, has announced the launch of its latest innovation in breast health awareness – the Breast Awareness app.  

Dr. Julio Hernandez, Marylin Dans, Lin Yang, Jennifer Dylewski , Dr. Moises Irizarry at Breast Awareness App Launch Party in Miami, FL.

Early diagnosis of breast cancer, when the tumor is small and  has not metastasized, is extremely important in successfully treating patients. As the first multilingual, unisex breast self-examination application, the Breast Awareness app increases accessibility to the life-altering power of early detection worldwide. Performing regular breast self-examinations, like the ones presented on the app, is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early.

“We’re thrilled to introduce the new Breast Awareness app as part of our diverse line of at-home breast health products,” said Marilyn Dans, CEO of Pink Luminous Advocacy Project. “Our hope for the Breast Awareness app is to make regular breast cancer examinations simple and convenient enough for men and women everywhere to perform them regularly and increase the early detection rate.”

The Breast Awareness app supports the likelihood of early detection by educating and enabling users to gain familiarity with their bodies. It empowers individuals with the tools needed to achieve routine breast health examinations in the comfort of their home and teaches them how to detect possible abnormalities that require immediate action.

For advocates interested in supporting the Pink Luminous Advocacy Project, the app also allows users to create a philanthropic channel and raise funds for the nonprofit. Funds donated support the expansion of donated Pink Luminous Breast devices, sonogram machines, dome health facilities, and more.

“The Pink Luminous Advocacy Project ensures men and women of all walks of life have access to advanced technology as a detection tool,” said Erick Cuesta, Pink Luminous Advocacy Project advocate and CNN and Univision journalist.

The Breast Awareness app will be available in all languages available on IOS or Android devices and can be downloaded beginning May 2.

About Pink Luminous Advocacy Project 
The Pink Luminous Advocacy Project is a non-profit organization that supports breast cancer awareness in locations where education and medical education is limited. Our vision is to potentially help build a future where breast cancer is no longer the second most common cancer in the world.

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2020 HITEC 100 Now Accepting Nominations


CHICAGO, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC), the premier global executive leadership organization of senior-level business and technology executives, is accepting nominations for its prestigious HITEC 100 Awards until July 23, 2019.

Nominate today! Click here to view the nomination criteria and nomination form.

Since 2008, HITEC has compiled an annual list recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanic executives and entrepreneurs in the technology industry. The mission of the HITEC 100 is to recognize outstanding executives who excel in the business of technology, inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and motivate professionals to continue to excel and connect with Hispanic communities across the globe.

The HITEC Awards Gala honoring the HITEC 100 will be held on October 24, 2019, in Silicon Valley.

View Past HITEC 100 Award Winners: Class of 2019 HITEC 100 Award Winners

About HITEC:

Founded to increase Hispanic representation in the diversity-challenged technology industry, HITEC (Hispanic Information Technolgy Executive Council) is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology-centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas. HITEC enables business and professional growth for its members and fills the executive pipeline with the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders.

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California State Senate ‘Under the Influence Votes’ 29-6 to Approve SB 58 – Senator Wiener’s Dangerous 4 a.m. Bar Bill Experiment

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Alcohol Justice, the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), and Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz condemned the California State Senate’s vote today that chose nightlife over all life and industry influence over public health and safety. The Senators voted 29-6 on SB 58, Sen. Scott Wiener’s third attempt in three years to disrupt the protections of a uniform closing time in California. SB 58 would allow 10 cities to extend drinking hours until 4 a.m. in party zones. If passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Newsom, the bill would allow a poorly conceived “pilot project” to turn 76% of the state’s population into “Splash Zone” lab animals.

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“Once again our state Senate has turned its back on common sense by approving this dangerous bill,” said Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO of Alcohol Justice. “A handful of greedy bars, night clubs, and hotels are driving this faulty policy that will extend violence, traffic deaths and nuisance into the early morning commute hours.”

“I’m truly disappointed in the California Senators who cast an AYE vote on SB 58, allowing alcohol service until 4 am, putting the revenue of a few alcohol establishments ahead of safeguarding human lives,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz who has been an active opponent of all versions of the 4 a.m. bar bill from the beginning.  “This bill has the potential to endanger millions of Californians who could be within harm’s way as drunk drivers make their way into commuter traffic.  I’m hoping that legislators in the State Assembly exercise more wisdom in protecting the lives of all Californians.”    

The Senate floor vote to approve SB 58 was not unanimous. 20% of the Senate did not support the measure. Kudos to Senators Bates, Chang, Jackson, Rubio, Umberg, and Wilk for voting no. They chose public health and safety over nightlife interests.

“Enacting SB 58 increases the potential for more drunk drivers on our roads and placing more lives at risk,” said Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who opposed SB 58. “At a time when the state is seeking ways to reduce drunk driving such as increasing the use of ignition interlock devices, it makes little sense to pass a measure like SB 58. I hope the Assembly will reject the bill.”

“The Senators voting yes on SB 58 failed to represent the best interests of all California residents,” stated Veronica De Lara, Co-Chair of the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA). “SB 58 continues to grow Statewide opposition and will be demonstrated in the Assembly. We urge Assembly members to listen to their constituency, which are firmly against SB 58.”

“Senate Wiener may be gloating over his ‘3rd times the charm’ victory today,” observed Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director at Alcohol Justice. “But there is nothing charming about a toxic public policy that benefits a select group of business owners at considerable cost to the state.”

Conservative estimates place state costs at around $3-4 million per year to administer SB 58, mitigate the harm, and clean the blood off the highway. Costs to surrounding “Splash Zone” cities and towns could be millions more.

Alcohol Justice urges concerned Californians to contact their Assemblymember and make it clear that 4 a.m. last call times will hurt the community. California politicians need to protect public health and safety, and stop subsidizing Big Alcohol. Nightlife is not more important than all life,” added Scippa.


  • Having failed to pass two previous 4 a.m. bar bills (SB 384 in 2017, SB 905 in 2018), State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) authored SB 58, a poorly conceived and inadequately funded ABC “pilot project” to extend last call to 4 a.m. in ten cities.
  • SB 58 disregards 40 years of peer-reviewed, public health research on the dangers of extending last call.
  • SB 58 will strip away uniform protections of the existing 2 a.m. last call, and spread additional alcohol overconsumption, loss of life, injury, and nuisance across the state.
  • According to California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), fatal DUI is a chronic, worsening problem for California.
  • The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force found that every 2-hour increase in last-call times results in greater vehicle crash injuries and E.R. admissions.
  • There is no such thing as “local control” in alcohol policy. The harm from one city’s decision to change last-call times “splashes” over every surrounding community.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), California already suffers over 10,500 alcohol-related deaths annually, $35 billion in total costs, and $14.5 billion in state costs.
  • SB 58 subsidizes and rewards late-night alcohol-sellers at tax-payer expense.


TAKE ACTION to STOP SB 58: https://bit.ly/2vuTUxF  or Text Justice to 313 131

Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336 (Spanish speaking)
Allison Simard (213) 473-7005 (Council Member Koretz’s office)

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March Of Dimes Recognizes Outstanding Graduate Nurses Dedicated To Mom And Baby Health

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ARLINGTON, Va., May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for the health of moms and babies, has awarded its 2019 March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships to three exceptional nurses for post-graduate and doctoral studies in the field of maternal-child nursing. The announcement was made today at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

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“Congratulations to these remarkable nurses for their outstanding commitment to the health of moms and babies in their communities,” says Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes. “March of Dimes is proud to help these nurses continue their education at this important stage of their careers. With our graduate nursing scholarships, we also help ensure that more moms and babies around the nation will get the highest quality care.”

Noelene Jeffers of Washington, DC, is a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife and is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Jeffers has worked in underserved communities in the DC area for many years. Her goal is to become a nurse-midwife scientist who utilizes research to understand the multifaceted nature of maternal and infant health disparities found in communities of color in the United States and improve them. Ms. Jeffers has received special designation as the recipient of the March of Dimes Margaret C. Freda Scholarship, established in 2016 to honor long-time March of Dimes National Nurse Advisory Council Chair Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. This designation is given to the highest scoring scholarship applicant.

Emily Johnson of Lakeside, Arizona, is a registered nurse pursuing a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of New Mexico, with a specialization in midwifery. Ms. Johnson served in the Peace Corp from 2011 to 2013, educating young women on health and advocating for women’s rights. She has spent time as a perinatal doula for underserved women in the Baltimore area, and as a labor and delivery nurse and lactation consultant on the Navajo and Fort Apache Reservations. Through her work and studies, she has developed an understanding of how intergenerational trauma, poverty, unresolved grief, and other stressors that Native American communities have faced predisposes them to increased rates of prematurity and poorer health outcomes.

Heidi Young-Blackgoat of Flagstaff, Arizona, is a registered nurse pursuing a Master of Science degree in nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with specializations in midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner. Ms. Young-Blackgoat has a vast range of experience with patients and families in the maternal health spectrum.  She has provided care for babies in the NICU affected by maternal prenatal substance use. She has also worked extensively with vulnerable populations such as teens and immigrants for whom English is not their first language. Most recently, she has focused on addressing the poor morbidity and mortality rates among women of color, including women in indigenous communities, by providing respectful and culturally-appropriate care. 

Qualified applicants for the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships are registered nurses currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master’s or doctoral level.  Applicants must be a member of the ACNM, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWONN), or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).  Applications for the 2020 scholarships will be available in September 2019 on the March of Dimes website, marchofdimes.org/scholarship.

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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“CalaMundos” special on Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, to air this Sunday on MegaTV in the U.S.


MIAMI, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This Sunday, May 26, will feature the prime time U.S. premiere on MegaTV of “CalaMundos,” Ismael Cala’s travel and adventure program. In Puerto Rico, the show will air on Saturday, May 25, at 9:00 p.m.

In this first episode, viewers will discover the natural and monumental beauty of the exotic destinations of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, as well as their legends, beliefs and daily life. 

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring to the screen the experience of traveling around the world, which enables us to expand our global vision and become richer in terms of diversity and acceptance. ‘CalaMundos’ is a practical guide for travel to exotic places.  We will provide a vehicle for discovering new worlds from a different point of view,” says Cala.  

“CalaMundos” will air on Sunday, May 26 on MegaTV at the following times:

Miami and U.S. national signal – 9:00 p.m.
Houston8:00 p.m.
California5:00 p.m.

In Puerto Rico, the broadcast will air on Saturday, May 25, at 9:00 p.m.

“We’re thrilled about this series of special programs of ‘CalaMundos’, which will allow our viewers to visit amazing destinations that Ismael and his crew of globetrotters visit on their famous theme journeys. Being a tourist in exotic places is something lots of people dream of, but very few of us actually get around to making it happen.  This is one grand opportunity to let your imagination take flight,” notes José R. Pérez, MegaTV’s Vice President for Programming. 

“CalaMundos” is a show produced by Cala Enterprises, which will soon be distributed in other countries in the Americas. 

Currently, Ismael Cala is also presenting on MegaTV the first season of his show, Cara a Cala (‘Face to face with Cala’), Monday to Friday at 6:00 p.m. in Miami, and 9:00 p.m. in Puerto Rico. Sundays there will be a special prime time broadcast.  

The distribution agreement with MegaTV for the U.S. and Puerto Rico comprises part of a larger project to broadcast the shows in various countries in the Americas.   

In Paraguay, Cara a Cala airs on Mondays at 8:00 p.m., on Ñandutí TV (channel 17 of Tigo Star), which reaches some 400,000 households all over the country by cable.

A life and business strategist, for five and a half years Ismael Cala was the prime time host of CALA on CNN en Español.  A businessman and social entrepreneur. Author of eight bestsellers on themes of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development, including El poder de escuchar (‘The power of listening’), and Despierta con Cala (‘Wake up with Cala’). Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1969, and holds a degree in Art History from Oriente University.  He is the co-author of the book “Beat the Curve,” with Brian Tracy.  He graduated from the School of Communication at York University in Toronto. He is President and founder of the Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation

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Casio G-SHOCK Announces Latest G-LIDE Model In Collaboration With Pro Surfer Kanoa Igarashi


DOVER, N.J., May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils an all-new, limited-edition G-LIDE timepiece, in collaboration with professional surfer and G-SHOCK athlete, Kanoa Igarashi. Boasting superior functionality in surf data tracking and performance, the GLX5600KI-7 arrives in a translucent case with silver accents and boasts Kanoa’s signature on the case back, face and band.

The new watch is based on the G-LIDE GLX5600 which features a tide graph, an indispensable tool for surfers. The thin, square shape of the watch ensures that it does not obstruct the wrist while surfing. The GLX5600KI-7 features a semi-transparent body that evokes the ocean and is paired with a mirror finish face that gives the watch a simple, cool look. Igarashi’s “Kanoa” signature is inscribed on the upper center of the watch face and on the strap keeper and case back, as well as in illumination when the backlight is turned on.

At just 21 years old, the Huntington Beach, CA native has been in the professional surf scene for over a decade. Kanoa was an instant talent from the time he first jumped in the water at the age of 3, and by the time he was 11 he set a new record for the most victories in a single season. He has gone on to win a number of major surfing competitions and is currently a world-class professional surfer competing on the World Surf League Championship Tour at the top of the sport.

The new model features technical capabilities to match with Kanoa’s impressive surf skills, including Tide & Moon graphs and a Moon Age data that anchors the face of the timepiece, for anticipating tide and surf swell of the rider’s current location.

A video highlighting the collaboration timepiece has been created – watch here: http://bit.ly/G-SHOCKxKanoa

The new model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:

  • 200M water resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • World time (29 time zones / 48 cities)
  • Auto EL backlight
  • Flash alert
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • 2 Multi function alarms

The GLX5600KI-7 will retail for $130 and will be available for purchase starting this July at select jewelers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casio.com/home

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Brazilian Biodiversity Leader and Benson Hill Expand Partnership to Advance Crop Breeding

Embrapa will Leverage and Enrich Benson Hill’s CropOS™ Platform to Accelerate Crop Improvement Across South America

ST. LOUIS and BRASILIA, Brazil, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural diversity of plants, and Embrapa, one of the world’s largest plant biodiversity and crop science research institutions, are extending their partnership to accelerate Embrapa’s breeding program and enrich Benson Hill’s CropOS™ crop development technology.

Embrapa will Leverage and Enrich Benson Hill’s CropOS™ Platform to Accelerate Crop Improvement Across South America

Under the new agreement, Embrapa will leverage CropOS™ to breed improved varieties of soybeans, maize, sorghum and other crops. Embrapa will also contribute its rich sets of crop-related data, enabling Benson Hill to further refine CropOS™.

“We are eager to expand our relationship with Benson Hill and use CropOS to advance breeding for farmers across Latin America,” said Cleber Soares, executive director for Innovation and Technology of Embrapa. “Our work together has demonstrated their commitment to collaboration and appreciation for the power of genetic diversity to help solve big global challenges in a sustainable way.”

Embrapa first partnered with Benson Hill in 2017 to access the company’s genome editing CRISPR nucleases. The new agreement expands to Breed, powered by CropOS, in which Embrapa will access Benson Hill’s AI-driven computational platform for predictive breeding capability and further enhance the platform with its rich data sets.

“The synergy of our technology platform and Embrapa’s research pipeline and data will enable both organizations to accelerate their efforts to improve crops,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill. “Given Embrapa’s work with seed companies across and well beyond Brazil, the impact of this partnership will be extraordinarily far-reaching. We are thrilled to expand our work together.”

Embrapa is a research, development and innovation corporation under the Brazilian Government committed to the advancement of a healthy food supply and conservation of natural biodiversity. Embrapa’s 2,500 researchers apply scientific knowledge and techniques to improve the productivity, nutrition, and sustainability of more than 20 crop species. Brazil represents 20% of the natural diversity on the planet.

Benson Hill’s CropOS™ brings together machine learning, big data analytics and biological knowledge to help plant researchers predict and control outcomes. It allows researchers to quickly predict, select and control desirable traits to bring crop and ingredient improvements to market faster.

About Embrapa

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) was founded on April 26, 1973 and is under the aegis of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply. Embrapa is a technological innovation enterprise focused on generating knowledge and technology for Brazilian agriculture. Since its foundation, and with partners from the National Agricultural Research System, Embrapa have taken on the challenge to develop a genuinely Brazilian model of tropical agriculture and livestock to overcome the barriers that limited the production of food, fiber, and fuel in the country.  This effort has helped to change Brazil. Nowadays, Brazilian agriculture is one of the most efficient and sustainable ones in the planet. Brazil has incorporated a wide area of formerly degraded Cerrado lands into production systems; a region that now accounts for nearly 50% of Brazilian grain production.  Brazil has quadrupled the beef and pork supply and increased the chicken supply 22-fold. These are some of the achievements that took the country from the condition of basic food importer to one of the world’s largest food producers and exporters.

About Benson Hill Biosystems

Benson Hill empowers innovators with a revolutionary crop design platform to develop healthier and more sustainable food and ingredients. Our CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with genome editing and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. More information can be found online at www.bensonhillbio.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillBio.

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Chase and Visa Provide an Easier Way to Get Around New York City with a Tap


NEW YORK, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chase customers can soon benefit from an easier way to get around town by tapping their Visa contactless cards to ride New York City’s subways and buses, removing the need to stand in line to purchase or load a separate transit card.

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Taking public transportation to get to and from work, school or home is a critical part of daily life but can often lead to friction for riders. More than two-thirds (67%) of riders have missed a train while waiting in line to reload a transit card, according to a recent Visa survey of more than 1,000 New Yorkers who take public transportation. Eight out of ten (83%) people surveyed said they have had trouble getting their transit card to work at the turnstile. And two-thirds (66%) have left or forgotten funds on a transit card, at an average of $35.10 lost. Customers can soon simply tap their Chase Visa contactless cards or mobile device at the turnstile to ride the subway or bus. Whether a local or visitor to New York City, the rider experience is the same – fast, easy and secure.

Today, about 20 million Chase customers have Visa contactless credit cards, and contactless debit cards are on track for this summer. That will also include debit cards for Chase Secure Banking customers, a low-cost bank account that opens Chase accounts to even more New Yorkers and public transit riders.

“Customers have been quick to adopt tap to pay and we’ve already seen it exceeding digital wallet use for customers who have contactless cards,” said Abeer Bhatia, president of Card Marketing, Pricing and Innovation at Chase. “Now they will be able to tap to pay for their daily transit needs, and experience how quick and easy it is to checkout thanks to contactless cards.”

Starting May 31, riders can tap to pay and ride at subway stations along the 4/5/6 lines between the Grand Central-42nd St. station and the Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center station, and on all Staten Island buses. Over time, all New York City subway lines and bus routes will accept contactless payments.

“Contactless payments have shaped the way consumers pay all over the world, saving valuable time and delivering a fast, easy and secure way to pay. We are excited to be working with Chase and the MTA to improve New Yorkers’ daily routines with an easier way to not only get around, but also pay for the things they buy every day,” said Dan Sanford, Global Head of Contactless Payments, Visa.

The Chase merchant services team also worked on the creation and implementation of a new payment system to help the MTA accept tap to pay for its new OMNY fare payment system. This allows consumers to use their own tap to pay cards and mobile wallets to travel, providing passengers a speedy experience at the turnstiles. The technology will be available to other transit systems.

The MTA is the first U.S. transit agency to implement contactless payments using Visa’s global transit framework, allowing riders to use any Visa credential – whether it be a Visa contactless card, mobile device or wearable – with the same trust and security as any other payment processed on Visa’s global payment network.

“This is another example of our sustained investment to help New Yorkers move around the city and find new ways of making it easier to get to where they want to go,” said Al Putre, OMNY Program Executive, MTA. “We’re happy Chase Visa customers can benefit from the new OMNY contactless fare payment system right away and look forward to delivering the new technology throughout New York.”

Visa and Chase showcased how riders can tap to ride using Chase Visa contactless cards at The Visa Tap Room, an interactive event featuring a special performance by Liam Payne and appearances by football stars Eli Manning and Sterling Shepard.

Chase customers can learn more and request a new contactless card by visiting TaptoRideNYC.com.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About VisaVisa Blog and @VisaNews.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.7 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: Nearly 5,000 branches, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to Chase.com.

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Seventy-Five Education Organizations Sign on to AAE Foundation’s Letter On Teacher Diversity


ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Association of American Educators Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation supporting the mission of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a national non-union professional association, has sent a letter signed by more than seventy-five education organizations to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and leaders in Congress calling for their help in addressing the lack of teacher diversity in our nation’s classrooms.

The letter, citing federal data and university studies, reports that 53 percent of public school students are children of color, while only 18 percent of teachers identify as a person of color. Studies reveal this disparity causes overall lower student achievement and outcomes, especially in populations of at-risk students and students of color.

The letter states, “We believe that increasing teacher diversity elevates the teaching profession and improves the lives and outcomes of all students,” and calls on all parties involved to play a role in addressing the problem and volunteers the services of the undersigned organizations to help Congress and the Department of Education determine how proposed regulations and legislation may increase or decrease teacher diversity.

“Our teaching population is not reflective of the students they serve, which is no fault of the good women and men in teaching today,” explains Colin Sharkey, Executive Director of AAE and AAE Foundation. “We know this lack of racial diversity can have a devastating effect on the academic achievement of students of color and it means countless persons of color are discouraged from choosing education, which has a negative impact on the profession.”

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, was the first to join the effort. UNCF Vice President of K-12 Advocacy Sekou Biddle, who co-signed the letter with Mr. Sharkey, stated, “UNCF is dedicated to improving outcomes for African-American students to ensure they are well-equipped to enter and succeed in college; and we are committed to working with AAE to develop sound and effective solutions to diversify the teacher workforce.”

Seventy-five education organizations representing teachers, preservice teachers, school counselors, education staff, principals, superintendents, charter school leaders, education reformers, tutors, and teacher educators have signed the letter. The list of signatories includes National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, Educators Rising, Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, National Council for the Social Studies, National Association of Special Education Teachers, Organization of American Historians, American Association for Employment in Education, Association of Teacher Educators, American Association of Physics Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Educators for Excellence.

Sharkey highlighted the variety of signatories, “That such a broad range of organizations can come together and endorse a single statement reflects the seriousness of the issue and the selfless commitment of the signatories to advocate for what is best for students.”

McKenzie Allen, AAE Foundation’s Director of Advocacy and an educator who taught at schools serving mostly students of color, reflected, “Sixty-five years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision we are still failing to provide an equitable education for all students, especially students of color. We can and must address this problem.”

“We believe the collective effort of these signatories and other organizations committed to this issue will lead to solutions improving pathways for the next generation of educators and addressing issues of morale, training, and support disproportionately impacting teachers of color but too commonplace for all teachers,” added Sharkey.

More information, including the full letter text, list of signatories, articles and studies cited in the letter, is available at aaeteachers.org/diversity.

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to educator empowerment and advocacy—promoting professionalism, collaboration, and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE is committed to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. AAE serves members in all fifty states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional resources and many other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for more information.

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FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala in Miami raises $800,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Television personalities Rodner Figueroa, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jessica Carillo and Jorge Bernal stop for a photo during the 17th FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Miami Gala

MIAMI, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 17th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® united philanthropists, influencers and celebrities who raised $800,000 for the fight to end childhood cancer on Saturday, May 18, at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Television personalities Rodner Figueroa, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jessica Carillo and Jorge Bernal stop for a photo during the 17th FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Miami Gala

Approximately 600 people attended the celebratory night of artistic expression hosted by television personality Pamela Silva Conde. There was fine dining, both silent and live auctions, and a special performance by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Luis Enrique. DJ Mauricio Parra kept guests on their feet with tunes inspired by the city.

Award-winning broadcast journalist, author, and television personality María Celeste Arrarás, who was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the “20 Most Powerful Women,” was recognized for her commitment to St. Jude patient families.

“I feel deeply honored to be given the opportunity to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Arrarás. “I can’t think of a better mission than opening the doors to children fighting for their lives, regardless of their race, religion or economic position. As a U.S. Hispanic, I was especially moved after learning that four of ten St. Jude patients are of Hispanic origin. Institutions like St. Jude give us hope in humanity. They make us better, and for that I am grateful.”

In addition to Arrarás, Miami-based philanthropist, mother and influencer Tracy Mourning was recognized for her outstanding citizenship to the community.

“I stand before you very clear in my understanding that God has a plan for all of us in every way and I would love to encourage every patient, every parent, every physician, everyone who pours their heart and soul into making St. Jude a place of hope and healing,” said Mourning. “Thank you. I accept this (honor) on behalf of my children, who are my greatest teachers and greatest supporters.”

Among the evening’s notable attendees were television and music personalities, including Giselle Blondet, Poncho de Anda, Alberto Sardiñas, Jorge Bernal, Karla Birbragher, Adriana Martin Carrillo, Roxana García, Sabrina Seara, Luis Alfonso Borrego and Rodner Figueroa.

Gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Univision Radio, Accenture, Claro Enterprises, Visa, Carnival Foundation, Morgan Law Group, Anthony Abraham Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Univista Insurance, Doctor’s Medical Centers, Inc, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Schneider, Telemundo, Nuage Designs, Casa Diris and The Dream Team Agency.

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

Univision's Pamela Silva with St. Jude patients Victoria, Mariangeles and Tina


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Life Fitness and Smart Fit celebrate partnership to equip 450 gyms in three years

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SAO PAULO, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Life Fitness will equip 450 Smart Fit gyms by the end of 2021 in the region. With more than 600 units distributed in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador, Smart Fit grew 34% last year, reaching 2 million customers.

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For the next three years, the company’s goal is to continue to grow in the region. Among the plans is the purchase of equipment for 600 units, between new facilities and refresh. “In order to continue to grow strongly, we needed a solid and robust company to be our partner in almost every unit of this Latam expansion. With Life Fitness, we have achieved the reliability to go through this process and fulfill our purpose of fitness’ democratization on high standards,” says Thiago Somera, Infrastructure director of the Bio Ritmo Group, of which the Smart Fit network is part.

“Smart Fit is one of our most important customers worldwide and I am sure that both sides will continue to put our best efforts to make this agreement an enduring and evolving partnership,” said Joel Pigott, vice president of Life Fitness for North and Latin America.

Considered as key accounts, the major fitness networks, such as Smart Fit, has a relevant representation on Life Fitness’ revenue. “It is a milestone in our partnership and we are delighted to be part of Bio Ritmo/Smart Fit group expansion, with great impact in the fitness industry in the entire Latin America,” says Pedro Goyn, general director of Life Fitness for Latin America.

About Life Fitness
A world leader in commercial fitness equipment, Life Fitness has for more than 50 years the mission of encouraging people to seek active lives. With its global headquarters in Chicago, Life Fitness manufactures and distributes cardiovascular, strength, group training, rehabilitation, billiard tables and accessories, and gaming furniture in more than 160 countries – in Brazil, it has a subsidiary since 1999 and already has stores in almost the entire country. Since 1968, when Lifecycle, the first electronic product of exercise equipment was invented, Life Fitness is dedicated to creating solutions that benefit both gyms and practitioners. Over the last few decades, concerns and innovations in the world of physical activity have completely changed, and Life Fitness has evolved together. Our family, made up of the brands Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group (ICG), SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards, understands that exercise is an important part of daily routine and the best way to know everything we can about our products and solutions Fitness is utilizing them every day. Helping people live healthier lives is what we do, and devotion to that goal begins with our co-workers. www.lifefitness.com.br

About Smart Fit
With 2 million customers in 10 years of activities, the Smart Fit Fitness Network has 600 units distributed throughout Brazil and Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. Created with the purpose of democratizing access to the practice of high-level physical activity, it offers accessible plans, with monthly fees starting at R$ 69.90, and facilitated membership. The brand is part of the Bio Ritmo Group, the 4th largest network in units in the last five years and the 5th in the ranking of the brands that most evolved in the same period, according to IHRSA’s 2017 global report. More information at www.smartfit.com.br

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Adolescent Sports Metrics Announces Free Full Protocol UIL Pre-Participation Evaluations for IRB (research)


DALLAS, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Adolescent Sports Metrics (ASM) is offering free in-office UIL Pre-Participation Physicals for IRB (research) for all student athletes planning to participate in a school sponsored sport activity during the 2019-2020 school year.

The pre-participation physical evaluation is a commonly requested physical for athletes of all ages. The overall goal is to promote the health of athletes and their safe participation in sports. Although studies have not found that the pre-participation physical evaluation prevents morbidity and mortality associated with sports, it can detect conditions that predispose the athlete to injury or illness and can provide ideas to prevent injuries.

ASM’s Full Protocol UIL Pre-Participation Physical for IRB (research) includes all the components of the standard UIL physical with the addition of a detailed concussion evaluation, digital spinal & extremity ROM, strength testing, EKG/ECG and baseline labs. All students that participate are de-identified, meaning none of the data collected can be connected to their identity which completely preserves participant privacy. The Full Protocol Pre-Participation Physical for IRB (research) requires 1 hour to complete and is entirely free when performed in the ASM office. Please visit the ASM website (www.AdolescentSportsMetrics.org) to learn more or schedule an appointment.

About Adolescent Sports Metrics
Adolescent Sports Metrics (ASM) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017. ASM’s mission is to collect data from young athletes during UIL Pre-Participation Evaluations in order to establish what “normal” looks like in this demographic group. “Normal” data ranges are not currently available for various reasons, primarily because this age group does not see healthcare providers unless ill. As a result, the data collected during sick visits do not improve diagnoses for providers or outcomes for patients. By allowing ASM to serve your children, you allow us to serve everyone’s in the future with better data, for better research and better futures.

Website: www.AdolescentSportsMetrics.org 
Facebook: @ASMetrics
Twitter: @ASportsMetrics

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Hot Topics In Deep-Dive Research Sessions At CMC Annual Summit: Microculturalism, Social Media Behavior And Technology Trends

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

FAIRFAX, Virginia, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Brands and multicultural marketing leaders expect business-building research and cultural insights from the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) upon which to base their culture-driven campaigns and grow market share. This year, the CMC will kick off its Annual Summit in Dallas on Monday, June 10, with a series of research deep dives to provide a knowledge framework for subsequent sessions throughout the conference. Kantar, Twitter and GroupM Multicultural tackle the phenomenon of microculturalism, culture-driven social media behaviors, and technology trends impacting effective marketing strategies today.

    It’s increasingly clear that societal fragmentation is at least partly driven by fragmentation in personal identity. The acceleration of lifestage fluidity, the rising multiracial population, the expanding gender spectrum, and a plethora of other identity markers intersect uniquely for everyone. The emergence of microculturalism is a major test for businesses seeking to understand, reach, and accurately depict consumers. This presentation is designed to help businesses find growth in a singularly uncomfortable place: a marketplace without an “average” consumer. Speaker: Valeria Piaggio, Senior Vice President, Head of Identity & Inclusion Insights, Kantar, Consulting Division
    Multicultural audiences are extremely active on Twitter, but how do they behave and what motivates them are questions we’ve begun to answer. Understanding the basics will help to develop content that’s relevant for these audiences. This session will uncover the behaviors of multicultural audiences on Twitter and how to craft shareable Tweets that make them feel recognized and respected. Speaker: Meghann Elrhoul, Head of Global Agency and Multicultural Research at Twitter 
    Shifts in consumer mindsets and behaviors are transforming the marketplace and impacting society at rapid pace. Through deep analysis, GroupM’s Multicultural Analytics division has identified that micro-audiences and communities are often those leading these changes. In their latest “culturePulse report” you’ll learn how identity is evolving and how trends around technology are taking shape. Speaker: LaToya Christian, Managing Partner, Marketing Strategy & Analytics, GroupM
AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

The CMC Annual Summit features high-caliber content thoughtfully curated by experts rather than sponsorships, breakthrough data and business-building best practices, and networking opportunities with the biggest players in the multicultural marketing industry. The registration fee is all-inclusive with sessions, awards gala, meals and cocktail hours covered. Space is limited so register here!

For more information, visit culturemarketingcouncil.org and follow the CMC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @cmchispanic using the conference hashtag #CultureDriven.

About CMC: Founded in 1996 as the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is the national trade organization of all marketing, communications and media firms with trusted Hispanic expertise.

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Atlanta Clenches Top Spot on Orkin’s 2019 Mosquito Cities List


Boston and Baltimore leap into the top 15, 11 new cities join the list

ATLANTA, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For the sixth year in a row, the Atlanta area tops pest control leader Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list, released today. Second on the list is the New York market, which moved up one spot from last year, followed by the Chicago and Houston-area markets. Boston and Baltimore rose 20 and 27 spots, respectively. Eleven new cities and metro areas were added to the list including Denver; Burlington, New York; Milwaukee; Cincinnati; Greensboro, N.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Baton Rouge; Amarillo, Texas; Madison, Wisc. and Charleston, S.C.

“Mosquitoes are more than annoying; they can be a major health threat,” said Dr. Mark Beavers, Orkin entomologist. “Mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitides, dengue, chikungunya and for those who may remember, Zika, threaten the safety of humans and pets.”

Mosquito season starts when spring temperatures arrive, and they are most active when temperatures rise above 80 degrees. Breeding season is usually July through September, while peak West Nile virus season is typically late August through September, and sometimes lasts through October. Mosquito activity usually drops when temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and stops when temperatures drop below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list ranks metro areas by the number of mosquito customers served from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

1.    Atlanta                       

26.  Tulsa, Okla. (+9)

2.    New York (+1)            

27.  Minneapolis (+5)

3.    Washington, D.C. (+1)  

28.  Albany, New York (-2)

4.    Chicago (+1)                 

29.  Grand Rapids, Mich. (-7)

5.    Houston (+2)                 

30.  Memphis (-18)

6.    Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas (-4)  

31.  Oklahoma City (+9)

7.    Detroit (+4)                           

32.  New Orleans (-3)

8.    Philadelphia (+9)                   

33.  Cleveland, Ohio (+14)

9.    Charlotte, N.C. (+1)               

34.  Lafayette, La. (-7)

10.  Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+5)     

35.  Burlington, New York (new to list)

11.  Phoenix (+14)                         

36.  Mobile, Ala. (-15)

12.  Los Angeles (+4)                     

37.  Milwaukee (new to list)

13.  Boston (+20)                           

38.  Austin (-18)

14.  Miami (-6)                              

39.  Knoxville, Tenn. (+7)

15.  Baltimore (+27)                    

40.  Cincinnati (new to list)

16.  Richmond, Va. (+14)           

41.  San Antonio (-5)

17.  Nashville (-4)                      

42.  West Palm Beach, Fla. (+6)

18.  Tampa (-4)                         

43.  Greensboro, N.C. (new to list)

19.  Indianapolis (+5)                 

44.  Hartford, Conn. (-8)

20.  St. Louis (-14)                      

45.  Savannah, Ga. (new to list)

21.  Norfolk, Va. (+2)                   

46.  Jacksonville, Fla. (new to list)

22.  Orlando (-3)                           

47.  Baton Rouge (new to list)

23.  Greenville, S.C. (+8)               

48.  Amarillo, Texas (new to list)

24.  Denver (new to list)                  

49.  Madison, Wisc. (new to list)

25.  Kansas City (-16)                       

50.  Charleston, S.C. (new to list)

With the presence of West Nile virus in the U.S., 2,544 cases in 2018, it remains a concern as there is no treatment, cure or vaccine for the virus. One of the best strategies for eliminating mosquito-borne diseases is to reduce populations of the mosquitoes that spread them.

Below are the most common types of mosquitoes in the U.S.:

  • Culex Mosquitoes: These mosquitoes are seen throughout the United States and can transmit West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and even bird malaria. They are mostly night biters but can also bite at dusk and dawn.
  • Aedes Mosquitoes: These are commonly known as floodwater mosquitoes, and they may live in a variety of habitats ranging from swamps to natural containers such as soda cans and pet water bowls. They can transmit several diseases including dengue, chikungunya, Zika and dog heartworm. Many of these are day-biters with the peak periods in the morning and afternoon.
  • Anopheles Mosquitoes: In addition to spreading malaria, which has been eradicated from the United States but is constantly reintroduced due to infected travelers from foreign countries, Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit dog heartworm as well as a few viruses. They have been found in most states and are most active at night.   

“Male adult mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, while females need a blood meal to support reproduction,” said Beavers. “Reducing items that attract mosquitoes, actively working to prevent them from breeding in their required water habitats, wearing insect repellent or moving inside the home during peak biting times are ways to protect one’s self from mosquito bites.”

After mating, females typically seek a blood meal to aid in egg production. Those eggs are laid in water or just above the edge of the waterline (for example, floodwater mosquitoes). Those water sources may be standing pools or stagnant water but can also be manmade sources such as bird baths, buckets and even mud puddles. Egg numbers vary from species to species but there can be more than 100 eggs in a single laying. And in as a little as four days, a single mosquito can multiply into as many as 400.

Orkin recommends the following tips to help residents protect against mosquitoes: 
Eliminate Mosquito-Friendly Conditions in and Around Your Yard

  • Any object that has the potential to hold water should be removed or cleaned out frequently, as mosquitoes can breed in just an inch of standing water.
  • Clean gutters to avoid rainwater build up. Be sure to check for puddles that form on the roof from rain water, leaking pipes or even condensation from air conditioners.
  • Change the water (at minimum) weekly in bird baths, fountains, potted plants and any containers that hold standing water, including wading pools.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.
  • Trim shrubbery, as adult mosquitoes like to rest in dark, protected areas with high humidity, such as under the leaves of lush vegetation.

Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting

  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.
  • Apply an EPA-registered mosquito repellent containing products such as DEET, picaridin or IR3535.

Eliminate Entry Points

  • Inspect doors and windows for drafts or openings around their perimeters and window air conditioning units. Install weather stripping around doors and utilize caulk around window frames. 
  • Ensure that window and door screens are securely in place and free of holes or tears.
  • Keep doors tightly closed. A propped-open door is a welcome mat for mosquitoes to enter your home.

For more mosquito information and prevention tips, visit Orkin.com.                             

About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at Orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL). Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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CDC’s Eight Tips for Safe and Healthy Summertime Work and Play


Digital info helps Americans avoid illness, injury

ATLANTA, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Whether you are planning an overseas vacation, getting ready for a staycation, or will be working outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest health tips, alerts, and social media updates include practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

“Summer is a great time to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s important to take simple, common-sense precautions,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. “From information about travel vaccinations to tips to prevent insect bites, CDC provides resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.”

Travel abroad safely

Before traveling abroad, check out health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water might be very different from what you’re used to and could make you sick. Get needed vaccinations at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to ensure you’re protected by the time you travel.

CDC’s Summer Travel Abroad site has health and safety tips for anyone traveling outside the United States. CDC’s latest traveler’s health updates include information about measles and malaria. Many countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Brazil, England, France, Israel, Japan and Ukraine. Check out CDC’s Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to get the latest information. New anti-malarial medications are available for travelers to parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed every year in U.S. travelers who go abroad.  

Swimming safety

Swimming, one of the most popular summer activities for children and adults, gets the spotlight May 20–26, when we observe Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

This year’s theme, “Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming,” highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

CDC recommends that everyone check out the latest inspection score of pools where you plan to swim. Look for inspection scores online or on site. Chemicals like chlorine are added to pool water to kill germs and stop them from spreading, helping to keep swimmers healthy. However, mishandling pool chemicals can cause injuries. Owners and operators of both public and privately owned pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds can take steps to prevent pool chemical injuries.

Young Worker Safety and Health

Young workers (ages 15–24) have higher rates of job-related injury compared to adult workers. To help keep young workers safe at their summer jobs, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is participating in the social media campaign, #MySafeSummerJob, to provide workplace safety and health information and resources to employers of youth, young workers, parents, and educators. My Safe Summer Job is a collaboration between government agencies—including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH—and numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including CareerSafe and the National Safety Council. The campaign is raising awareness about job-related hazards and how to address them, workers’ rights and responsibilities, voicing safety concerns on the job, and injury prevention.

Beat the heat and rays

Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year.  Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages, but extreme heat poses the greatest risk for people under age 4 and over 65, and anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition or who lives in a home without air conditioning. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrated, and informed: find air-conditioning during hot hours and wear cool clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and pay attention to heat advisories.  NIOSH offers several recommendations and tools that employers can incorporate into trainings, and workers can use in real-time, in order to help stay safe when working in heat.

Sunburn is a common summertime injury. Unprotected skin can be burned by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, but can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the damage. CDC recommends staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when its UV rays are at their highest level. Sunscreen is recommended for anyone working and playing outside in the summer, even on cloudy days. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves are also recommended for outdoors activities.

Children’s health and safety

Summer activities, such as riding a bike and playground time, are great for a child’s development. To keep kids healthy and safe all summer long, be sure children use helmets that fit well while riding their bikes and follow playground safety tips from CDC’s website. Parents should ensure children stay safe while traveling in cars. Children should be properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt —whichever is appropriate for their weight, height, and age — on every trip.  Properly buckling up reduces serious and fatal injuries by up to 80 percent. Children under age 13 are best protected in the back seat.  

Stay up to date on vaccines

Making sure your child is up to date on vaccines is key to protecting them against serious diseases throughout their life. The summer is a great time to make appointments for your child to get recommended vaccines or to catch up on vaccines they might have missed when they were younger. CDC’s recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella.  It’s based on how your child’s immune system responds to vaccines at various ages, and how likely your child is to be exposed to a particular disease. CDC also recommends three vaccines for all 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls to prevent infections that can cause meningitis, HPV cancers, and whooping cough.  More information about how vaccines work, where to find vaccines in your area, and what vaccines your child needs can be found on CDC vaccine website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Food safety

Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. CDC also has advice for food safety when grilling.

Insect protection

Protect yourself and your family from insect bites by using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET. Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing, as directed on the product label and always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.

CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

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2019 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards For Best Journalistic Coverage Of The United Nations And U.N. Agencies


Winners Will Be Honored At Gala Event By The U.N. Secretary-General H.E. António Guterres Friday, December 6th, 2019 At Cipriani Wall Street, New York.

NEW YORK, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 24th annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2019

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.  The Awards are:

  1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.
  2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004. 
  3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of climate change, biodiversity, and water.


Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2018 and August 2019.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists.  Special attention will be given to the originality of daily coverage and breaking news from U.N. Headquarters. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian), however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.

Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.


Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.

On the first page, please complete your personal information and upload your photo.
The following page is where you will submit your work electronically by uploading web links and/or files directly to the Entry Form.

** Electronic entries are mandatory **

All entries must be received by September 15th, 2019 

For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to uncaawards@unca.com  



UNCA Awards Committee: Valeria Robecco (UNCA President), Giampaolo Pioli (Awards Chairman), ), Jianguo Ma (UNCA Second Vice President), Luke Vargas (UNCA Third Vice President), Seana Magee (UNCA Secretary), Tuyet Nguyen (Awards Selections Coordinator), Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA Executive Member), Maria Khrenova (UNCA Executive Member), Betul Yuruk (UNCA Executive Member).

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Orlando Bravo Commits $100 Million to Bravo Family Foundation to Promote Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Puerto Rico


SAN FRANCISCO and MAYAGÜEZ, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Orlando Bravo, managing partner of private equity firm Thoma Bravo and founder of the Bravo Family Foundation, today announced he will personally contribute $100 million to his foundation to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in Puerto Rico, where Bravo was raised, and his family still lives.

Bravo will leverage his financial resources and professional relationships – including access to Thoma Bravo’s global network of investors, companies and senior executives – to establish, in perpetuity, on-the-ground initiatives focused on encouraging young entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico. Initial support will be dedicated to the Rising Entrepreneurs program. The Bravo Family Foundation has offices in San Francisco and Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s residents are plagued by narrow financial support and insufficient resources to create and sustain new business ventures, resulting in limited economic mobility and reinforcing a cycle of poverty, which was exacerbated by the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Bravo knows from personal experience that local entrepreneurial talent is being forced to find opportunities off the island. The poverty rate in Puerto Rico is 44%, compared to the national U.S. average of 14%. Puerto Rico ranks fifth among 187 countries in terms of income inequality, according to a 2016 study conducted by the United Nations. Bravo’s gift is dedicated to creating a more just society in Puerto Rico, in which youths of all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to personal growth and economic development opportunities.

“We want to foster entrepreneurship in individuals, particularly on the western coast of Puerto Rico where I grew up. I see the innate talent, skills and vitality of so many young people who thirst for opportunity but are held back by poverty and debilitating macroeconomic forces,” said Orlando Bravo. “Our objective is to fuse the talent and potential that abound in Puerto Rico with opportunity and hope. By identifying, funding and mentoring entrepreneurs, we will help lay the foundation for long-term economic success on the island.”

Bravo explained: “Our tactical, on-the-ground approach provides action-oriented entrepreneurs with genuine opportunities to help them attain their business goals, strengthen local communities and access a lifelong network of corporate mentors. Puerto Rico has a tremendous talent base and we are going to provide the funding, structure and support from Thoma Bravo volunteers and others in the business community. It will be a powerful combination.”

The Rising Entrepreneurs Program, launching in summer 2019, will support early to mid-stage tech entrepreneurs with the knowledge, access, and capital to create a more inclusive and sustainable ecosystem for tech companies in Puerto Rico. To promote business creation among recent graduates and young professionals of Puerto Rican heritage, living in or willing to move to Puerto Rico, the program will focus on tech service or product development and the fundamentals of how to run an effective business. The Foundation will invite annual applications in which those selected will receive a one-time seed grant, access to mentors and Bravo’s Mayagüez-based office hub throughout the 12-week curriculum and beyond, to get their business successfully launched.

“The devastating effects of Hurricane Maria are still being felt on the island a year and a half later. The median annual household income is $19,500, compared to a median income of $59,000 for the rest of the United States. And the extraordinarily high poverty rate is simply heartbreaking,” said Guiomar García Guerra, Executive Director of the Bravo Family Foundation. “There is a significant need for capital and mentorship. Orlando’s gift and personal involvement will create opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and committed youth to achieve their full potential and help Puerto Rico rebound and thrive. This is a journey and we are in it for the long haul.”

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, The Bravo Family Foundation, using a $10 million gift from Bravo, provided critical aid to isolated areas along Puerto Rico’s west coast, ultimately developing a supply chain model that ensured equipment and supplies were delivered directly to residents who were most in need. Bravo and his team deployed air and sea cargo operations to transport supplies to Puerto Rico.

About Orlando Bravo
Orlando Bravo is co-founder and managing partner of Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm. A pioneer in software investing, Bravo has spearheaded the firm’s strategy within the enterprise technology industry. He has led more than 200 acquisitions for the firm, representing more than $60 billion in enterprise value.

He is the founder of the Bravo Family Foundation and remains an active philanthropist and advisor dedicated to empowering the next generation. His $25 million gift to Brown University in April 2019 will establish two professorships and a center dedicated to economics research. Bravo serves on Brown University’s President’s Leadership Council and the UCSF Board of Overseers. He is a board member and founder of the Border Youth Tennis Exchange, a charitable organization created to enhance the lives of children and young adults on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Bravo was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Brown University.

About the Bravo Family Foundation
Guided by the belief that youths of all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to personal growth and economic development opportunities, the Bravo Family Foundation’s mission is to foster basic principles of social justice in Puerto Rico. Founded by Orlando Bravo, a native of Puerto Rico, and his wife Katy, the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts focus on individuals and groups who demonstrate strong leadership and a willingness to engage and grow along with the Foundation to achieve a shared set of goals. For more information visit www.bravofamilyfoundation.org

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SOURCE Bravo Family Foundation

MoneyGram Platform Now Connected to Consumer Bank Accounts in One of the Largest Remittance Markets

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DALLAS, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI) announced a new partnership to provide consumers with enhanced choice and convenience in Bangladesh – one of the largest remittance receiver markets in the world. Jamuna Bank seamlessly integrated with the API-driven MoneyGram platform to provide consumers in Bangladesh the ability to receive money straight into their bank accounts.

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“This partnership is another example of how MoneyGram continues to be focused on executing our strategy to deliver the industry’s best customer experience by providing unrivaled choice and convenience,” said MoneyGram Chairman and CEO Alex Holmes.

MoneyGram’s Chief Revenue Officer, Grant Lines, added: “As part of our Digital Transformation, MoneyGram has built a platform that is now connected to over 2 billion consumer bank accounts across the globe. Our exciting new partnership with Jamuna Bank will enable both parties to better serve our customers and grow together in the months and years ahead.”

Remittances contribute to over 5% of the country’s GDP, and they provide a critical source of funds to help pay for life’s daily needs such as food, healthcare, and education. MoneyGram is focused on providing the most secure, affordable, and convenient money transfer service in the industry to best serve the consumers in Bangladesh and around the world.

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 moneygram.com

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FlixLatino now available on Sling TV


MIAMI, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Starting today, FlixLatino, the US Hispanic subscription video on demand (SVOD) service of SOMOS Next, will be available as an à la carte channel on Sling TV! A cutting-edge online platform, Sling TV combines linear channels with on-demand content for the Latino market of the United States and Puerto Rico. Sling TV customers will now have the option to purchase FlixLatino as a standalone channel or as an addition to Sling’s base subscription services, and will have direct access to the best selection of movies, series and documentaries in Spanish for the price of $3 per month.

The addition of FlixLatino to Sling TV will strengthen the platform’s current Spanish-language content offering, satisfying the entertainment needs of Spanish language speaking communities in the U.S. (a market characterized by high consumption of online services). “Streaming” options, very popular with the new generation, offer flexibility as to when and where to enjoy the content, usually at a lower price when compared to traditional pay television. The changing habits of technology have created these new segments, and FlixLatino is the best option for those seeking quality Spanish content.

Luis Guillermo Villanueva, COO of SOMOS Next, expressed his satisfaction: “By teaming up with Sling TV, FlixLatino continues to enhance the growth we have experienced since our launch, with this leading online entertainment service. We have high expectations for our service and for this launch. Our idea has always been to deliver the best selection of audio visual content in Spanish, in high-definition, at a very modest price. Our catalog represents the top of contemporary cinema originally produced in Spanish, together with prestigious series and interesting documentaries. Making it accessible and available from a technological perspective and price point is what our audience demands and deserves. In terms of technology and features, we compete with the best the market has to offer.”

About FlixLatino: FlixLatino is an SVOD service offering more than 250 movies, series and documentaries originally produced in Spanish. FlixLatino’s movie catalog consists of contemporary theatrical releases from Latin America and Spain, displayed in HD quality. The service refreshes titles monthly, with weekly premieres, and continuously add new content to cater to subscriber’s demands. Enjoy a world of Spanish- language entertainment at your fingertips.

About SOMOS Next: SOMOS Next LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of SOMOTV LLC, focused on the development and commercialization of audiovisual Spanish content in the online environment through all currently available windows. Its lineup includes a robust film library together with dynamic children programs among other genres. Its distribution is directed through the premium digital distributors taking advantage of their applications and other technologies, with access to platforms, mobile or fixed electronic devices.

Contact: Lucia Pineda, lpineda@somostv.net

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SCAN Health Plan Honors Centenarians with the Launch of “stages: 100 Over 100”

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LONG BEACH, Calif., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In honor of May’s Older Americans Month, SCAN Health Plan®, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage health plans, today announced the launch of “stages: 100 Over 100,” a social media campaign that documents images and stories of seniors aged 100 and older. The digital docuseries spotlights SCAN’s centenarian members, and aims to raise awareness of older adults in our communities and break the stereotypes associated with aging.

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“Seniors are at the heart of what we at SCAN do every day, and we wanted to create something that would bring that senior focus to the community at large,” said Chris Wing, CEO of SCAN Health Plan. “We hope stages can serve as a call to action of sorts. All of us know a senior who deserves our time and attention – perhaps use this as an opportunity to connect, share and learn from and with them.”

Unveiled to coincide with the annual observance of Older American’s Month and in recognition of the more than 80,000 centenarians living in America today, stages will feature digital portraits and stories from some of the health plan’s members who have reached the milestone of living to the age of 100 and beyond. The images and stories will be featured on SCAN’s social channels throughout 2019.

“We have more than 300 members who are 100 or older, so we thought they would be the perfect start for this series. They really bring to life the beauty and diversity in aging,” continued Wing. “SCAN is committed to ensuring older adults have access to services and resources to remain healthy and independent, and we’re very proud to help celebrate these remarkable seniors.”

SCAN is collaborating with Los Angeles-based photographer, Robert Duron, to capture the images and stories of the centenarians. With over 25 years of experience spanning editorial and corporate campaigns, Duron brings a unique visual storytelling ability to stages. For the centenarian portraits and behind-the-scenes interviews, Duron accompanies SCAN Senior Advocates as they visit as many of the plan’s centenarians as possible on their birthdays.  

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with SCAN to elevate and recognize our seniors,” stated Duron. “The opportunity to publicly showcase portraits and stories of these unique and memorable people is a privilege.”

To learn more, please visit http://bit.ly/stages100over100, and follow the campaign on SCAN’s social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About SCAN Health Plan  
SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 200,000 members in California. Since its founding in 1977, SCAN has been a mission-driven organization dedicated to keeping seniors healthy and independent. Independence at Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and support to seniors and their caregivers. SCAN also offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities and other community services throughout our California service area. To learn more, visit scanhealthplan.com or facebook.com/scanhealthplan or follow us on Twitter @scanhealthplan. 

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National Leaders to Discuss The New Mainstream Economy at L’ATTITUDE


SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A world-class slate of CEOs, celebrities, economists, business leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and politicians will discuss the economic opportunities in America being made possible by The New Mainstream Economy, as part of the second annual L’ATTITUDE event September 26 – 29 in San Diego, California.


Sol Trujillo, co-founder of L’ATTITUDE, notes that some of the country’s most influential people will be participating because they have already recognized how critical it is for everyone to understand our economy is being driven by U.S. Latinos, the youngest cohort representing nearly 1 in 5 Americans and accounting for over $2.13 Trillion in GDP, roughly the size of India.

That GDP figure will be updated in the release of the 2019 Latino GDP Report from the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC). The event will also include an introduction of the first LDC Media Report, which will report on how many Latinos are in the new season TV shows and the top 25 movies of the season. This new feature of the event will include award recognition of those who are modeling media leadership in The New Mainstream Economy.

This four-day event includes 2020 Presidential Candidate Conversations; Match-up: Where LatinX Entrepreneurs and Capital Meet; Latinas with L’ATTITUDE: America’s New Economic Force; and the L’ATTITUDE Gala & Special Recognition.

Headliners who will be leading The New Mainstream Economy discussions, with more to be announced, include:

Oscar Munoz, CEO United Airlines 
Mary Dillion, CEO Ulta Beauty
Mary Mack, Senior Executive Vice President Wells Fargo Consumer Banking
William Lewis, CEO Dow Jones & Co
Cesar Conde, Chairman NBC Universal International Group
Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO AT&T Business Systems
Guillermo Diaz, CIO Cisco
Indra Nooyi, Former CEO Pepsi (to be confirmed)
Ralph De La Vega, Business Executive
David Stockman, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
Carlos Gutierrez, Former US Secretary of Commerce
Al Cardenas, Lawyer & Political Strategist
Mike Fernandez, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Emilio Estefan, Entrepreneur & Entertainer
Robert Rodriguez, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
Zoe Saldana, Actor & Entrepreneur
Eugenio Derbez, Actor, Comedian, Filmmaker
Ben Odell, Writer, Producer, Partner 3pas Studios
Tony Gonzalez, NFL Hall of Fame Player & Sports Analyst

The event will be covered live by CNBC and Telemundo, and reported on by the Wall Street Journal and Baron’s.

L’ATTITUDE will be hosted at San Diego’s Grand Hyatt. Registration information is available at www.lattitude.net.

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