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Second Successful Cohort Graduates as Part of the Woodforest Foundry in San Antonio, TX

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Woodforest Foundry graduated its second entrepreneurship cohort working with Maestro Entrepreneur Center and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recently, Woodforest Foundry, a small business growth initiative of Woodforest National Bank, graduated its second entrepreneurship cohort working with Maestro Entrepreneur Center and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Eighteen entrepreneurs (representing 14 small businesses) participated in a 10-week curriculum-based mindset and business development cohort program in San Antonio.

Woodforest Foundry graduated its second entrepreneurship cohort working with Maestro Entrepreneur Center and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Foundry strives to help entrepreneurs turn their passion into action and test their ideas and their ability to run a business. Overall, it’s a program to enhance local entrepreneurial ecosystems which revitalizes underserved communities and helps businesses grow. At its core, the Woodforest Foundry provides an action-oriented environment for entrepreneurs to create, collaborate, test, iterate, launch and grow ideas in a curated space supported by local Woodforest Bankers.

“It’s exciting to see our second cohort graduates learning about the Woodforest Foundry and how it gives them the tools and resources to start or scale their businesses. Participants who become part of the Foundry and join the cohort don’t just take classes; they become part of a growing and thriving local entrepreneurship ecosystem that gives back to other entrepreneurs and helps strengthen and sustain their city. The Foundry in San Antonio has been a successful prototype, and we are thrilled to expand the Foundry to new cities across the Bank’s footprint later this year,” said Doug Schaeffer, EVP, CRA Executive Director, Woodforest National Bank.

“The Foundry continues to inspire me. Small businesses that participate are getting stronger and becoming part of a special peer community. We are seeing huge results in such little time and we are so excited about it. Our small businesses are growing, hiring more employees and increasing their revenue. Having mentors and trusted guidance from successful business owners who face the same challenges and can share tools and lessons they’ve learned is invaluable,” said Julissa Carielo, Maestro’s President and Founder. “Many thanks to the Woodforest Foundry and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for their continued support. With partners like them, Maestro Entrepreneur Center will continue to make an impact in our community and build a better tomorrow.”

“The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner of the Maestro Entrepreneurship’s 10-week cohort for small-, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses along with Woodforest National Bank. The cohort helps accelerate business growth and provide these business owners with the support, resources and tools they need to scale up within the Woodforest Foundry at the Maestro Entrepreneur Center,” said Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo, Interim President & CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2017, over 40 entrepreneurs have participated in the cohort, providing trusted guidance to 20-plus small businesses, all of which have shown revenue growth from 10% to 75%. To date, 88 new jobs have been created in a historically underutilized (HUBZone) area of town, the poorest zip code in San Antonio. Plus, there have been 120-plus educational sessions held at Maestro since 2017, with over 2,200 entrepreneurs and other attendees.

About Woodforest
Celebrating 37 years of community banking service, Woodforest National Bank has successfully stood among the strongest community banks in the nation, proudly offering outstanding customer service since 1980. Woodforest currently operates over 700 branches in 17 states across the United States. For more information about Woodforest National Bank, please visit www.woodforest.com.

About Maestro Entrepreneur Center™
Maestro Entrepreneur Center™ is a nonprofit small business incubation and accelerator center founded in May 2016 in partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Located in a HUBZone, Maestro Entrepreneur Center™ serves small minority, women and veteran owned businesses in the City of San Antonio and metro area by offering unique Accelerator Program along with business to business mentoring and connecting our businesses to opportunities. Clients range from diverse industries such as the industrial, Construction, Businesses in Arts and Cultural, professional services and culinary catering services. Visit MaestroCenter.org for details.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Daniel Galindo | Senior Vice President, CRA and Strategy Director | Woodforest National Bank
210.862.0511 | dgalindo@woodforest.com

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Positioned to Continue Segment Leadership with Host of New Upgrades

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The 2020 Tacoma has more than 30 configurations in six model grades available.

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With competition in the midsize pickup segment heating up, the Toyota Tacoma says, “Bring it.” The Tacoma has been America’s best-selling midsize pickup for 14 years running, and the 2020 models introduced at the Chicago Auto Show are the best-equipped ever.

The 2020 Tacoma has more than 30 configurations in six model grades available.

A perennial award winner for segment-leading value, the Tacoma line boosts its appeal for 2020 with revised styling, expanded multimedia tech, added comfort and convenience features and, for the TRD Pro, additional off-road tech.

The third-generation Tacoma pickup, with a design inspired by Toyota’s legendary desert race trucks, continues the model’s tradition of working hard and playing hard. With more than 30 configurations in six model grades available, there’s a Tacoma for every need: work-ready SR; high-style, high-value SR5; athletic TRD Sport; adventurous TRD Off-Road; ultimate off-road TRD Pro; and top-of-the-line Limited.

Nearly all 2020 Tacomas debut a new front grille design and new or updated wheel, each tailored to the specific grade. Inside, a new 10-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support adds comfort on all grades SR5 and up. A new multimedia system now includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The SR will feature an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen, while SR5 grades and higher will feature a larger 8-inch touchscreen display. A new LED bed lamp is also available to brighten nighttime functionality while consuming less energy.

Changes Across the Board

While every Tacoma will receive the upgraded audio system and larger touchscreen display, specific changes unique to each grade are not to be overlooked.

The Tacoma SR workhorse gets its share of updates in 2020, including a new grille design and intermittent wiper. Out back, the taillights are revised with a new dark housing. The LED bed lamp is an available option. SR will feature a larger 7-inch touchscreen with new multimedia system that features Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Amazon Alexa and SiriusXM capability, and more.

Tacoma SR5 is fitted with a new grille design, a new 16-inch dark satin wheel color, darker taillight housings, and an updated fabric design on the seatback. SR5 will also offer an available LED bed lamp and DRL headlight option.

For Tacoma TRD Sport, a new grille and 17-inch wheel highlight the changes. It also adds Passenger Smart Key entry, chrome taillamp inserts, and new LED fog lamps. A new LED DRL and LED headlight is available, as is the new LED bed lamp. The new Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) is available on Sport grades, and it provides views around the truck for easier, safer maneuvering in tight situations.

Tacoma TRD Off-Road will feature a new front grille design, LED foglamp, chrome insert taillamp and Passenger Smart Key entry. To provide a better view of the terrain under the vehicle, Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) is available. A new LED DRL and LED headlight is an available upgrade, as is a LED bed lamp. TRD Off-Road also comes standard with TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Assist Control (HAC), Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control.

Tacoma Limited’s look is more premium than ever with a new grille design, 18-inch alloy wheels, standard LED DRL and LED headlamps, and chrome taillamp inserts. It also received the upgraded Smart Key operation on the passenger door. The new Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) is standard equipment on Limited-grade Tacomas.

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), standard on every Tacoma grade, includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Tacoma TRD Pro: More Trail-Capable Than Ever

For 2020, the Tacoma TRD Pro, one of a series of Toyota trucks and SUVs infused with ultimate capability by Toyota Racing Development, returns with a revised look and new features. New sequential LED/DRL headlamps, 16-inch wheel design and black-insert taillamps headline the exterior changes. Rigid Industries LED fog lights come standard for improved visibility on and off the highway. Newly available Army Green is the TRD Pro exclusive color for 2020, which will be offered along with Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic.

Inside TRD Pro, a new 10-way power seat adds comfort, and the multimedia system is upgraded with the new 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, among others. For added convenience, Smart Key functionality now extends to the front passenger door.

High-tech trail assistance comes to the fore with the new Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) + Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM). The driver can select front, side, or rear views for improved visibility. When the going really gets rough, under vehicle terrain view can help the driver avoid potential unseen obstacles.

In other respects, the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro continues with its roster of hardcore capability. A new 16-inch wheel is added to the mix, which is 4.188 lbs. lighter than the previous version. To complement the changes, TRD updated the tuning of the Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks and front and rear springs. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires stand up to rough terrain.

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes standard with 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. Automatic transmission-equipped Tacomas also further off-road capability and driver confidence with Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Multi-terrain Select, and Crawl Control.

With standard power moonroof and, on automatic transmission models, JBL Premium Audio, there’s no leaving luxury behind when the pavement ends.

Tacoma by the Numbers

Tacoma Access Cab models ride on a 127.4-inch wheelbase and have a 73.7-inch-long bed. The Tacoma Double Cab style is offered as a 127.4-inch wheelbase with a 60.5-inch bed or 140.6-inch wheelbase with the 73.7-inch bed. All models use an inner bed made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough, durable walls that are 10-percent lighter than steel.

The 2020 Tacoma offers a choice of two tough powertrains. The 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder with 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and an available 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both are teamed to a 6-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), and the V6 can also be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

V6-powered Tacomas come standard with the Tow Package – which includes Class IV receiver hitch, automatic transmission fluid cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4 & 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control. When properly equipped, the Tacoma can pull up to 6,800 lbs. (per the SAE J2807 tow standard).

The Tacoma is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX), in San Antonio and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC), in Baja California, Mexico.

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare

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

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.  

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

Media Contacts:

Josh Burns
469-292-6449
Joshua.Burns@toyota.com

Nicky Hamila
469-292-3596
Nicky.Hamila@toyota.com

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2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Opens Path to Family Adventures, Leads Charge for Updates on all TRD Pro Models

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The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro offers room for the whole family and an affinity for thrills.

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Outdoor adventure for seven is about to go farther off the beaten path than ever with the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show. With a chassis fortified by a TRD-tuned Fox shock absorber suspension, plus an array of proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by Toyota Racing Development engineers, the full-size Sequoia TRD Pro offers room for the whole family and an affinity for thrills.

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro offers room for the whole family and an affinity for thrills.

The 2020 Sequoia joins a roster of TRD Pro vehicles that includes the Tacoma mid-size and Tundra full-size pickups and 4Runner SUV. Introduced in 2014, the TRD Pro lineup emerged from Toyota’s rich off-road racing heritage. The TRD Pro badge signifies a vehicle that’s capable of going where ordinary pickups and SUVs fear to tread, while still retaining the comfort for daily driving.

With its robust body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance and powerful V8 engine, the Sequoia is already one of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market. The TRD Pro version comes standard with Multi-Mode 4WD, which is optional in other Sequoia grades.

Fox Shocks: Ready for the Rough Stuff

A preeminent maker of off-road suspension components, Fox has supplied off-road enthusiasts and racers with pavement-escaping options for decades. The aluminum-bodied internal bypass shocks employed on the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro, and all TRD Pro models, are tuned by TRD engineers specifically for each truck or SUV’s unique attributes.

Compared to external-bypass shocks used on off-road race vehicles, the Fox internal bypass shock compactly integrates bypass zones inside the shock body, which allows the shock’s fluid to bypass the piston through regulated ports as it moves through its travel. Providing a cushioned ride during typical driving, the Fox shock damping gets progressively firmer through the shock piston’s stroke to resist bottoming over rough trail surfaces.

The tuning on each TRD Pro’s shocks is unique, and the front 2.5-inch Fox shocks on Sequoia include 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones. TRD engineers reduced the front spring rate on Sequoia TRD Pro to improve its off-road compliance. The front shocks also provide an increase in rebound travel of 18mm.

For the rear suspension, Sequoia TRD Pro employs 2-inch-diameter Fox piggyback monotube shocks that feature bottom-out-control technology, which is designed to increase damping force for improved bottoming resistance in unforgiving terrain. Compared to the standard rear Sequoia shocks, the 2-inch Fox units feature larger 47mm pistons (15mm larger than original equipment) and beefier shock rods that are 3.2 mm larger in diameter. 

The Fox shock bodies are constructed of fully anodized aluminum to help reduce weight while also efficiently dissipating heat to reduce shock fade during off-road driving. A combination of high-temperature damper fluid and pressurized nitrogen gas are employed inside each Fox shock to improve bump compliance and help maximize seal life.

Standing Out on Dirt and Pavement

One could never lose the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro in the parking lot of an outdoor gear store. The TRD Pro “TOYOTA” grille leads the charge, flanked by LED headlights and, below, Rigid LED fog lights. The Sequoia TRD Pro rolls on TRD 18 x 8-in. black BBS forged aluminum wheels wearing P275/65 R18 tires.

In addition to TRD Pro-exclusive Army Green, other exterior color choices include Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic. Whichever color is chosen, black TRD Pro front door badges quickly identify this special model. A TRD front skid plate helps protect the front suspension and oil pan during trail driving, while cast aluminum running boards and a roof rack enhance function, convenience and the adventurous attitude.

Sequoia TRD Pro will also be available with a TRD cat-back exhaust. The single-outlet exhaust features a black chrome tip and TRD debossed logo, offering a bolder exhaust note that TRD engineers designed with a frequency-tuned sound cancellation device to improve in-cabin sound quality.

The TRD Pro cabin treatment mixes ready-to-get-dirty function with luxury, because there’s nothing wrong with a little comfort out on the trail. Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed seats with red contrast stitching and “TRD Pro” stitched into the front headrests are comfortable and durable, while TRD Pro all-weather floor mats add bring-it-on cabin protection.

Sequoia TRD Pro’s long roster of standard amenities include Smart Key with Push Button Start; 8-way power driver’s seat; power tilt/slide moonroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls. There’s no shortage of onboard music sources with the standard Premium Audio, which uses a high-resolution touchscreen display and includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility, AM/FM/HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, USB media port, plus Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming.

Power to Spare

Like all Sequoia models, the TRD Pro offers just one powertrain — emphasis on power. The DOHC 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8, which uses regular-grade gasoline, produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s teamed with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Notably, the big V8 produces 90 percent of its peak torque at a low 2,200 rpm, a boon to towing. Compliant with the SAE J2807 towing standard, the Sequoia TRD Pro can tow up to 7,100 lbs. and features an integrated tow hitch, Driver-selectable Tow/Haul transmission mode and Trailer Sway Control.

The standard Multi-Mode 4WD system uses a lockable TORSEN limited-slip center differential to apportion torque to the front and rear wheels, and a two-speed transfer case provides a low range ratio for tackling steep off-road trails. Low range is accessible on the fly via a rotary knob, while the center differential locks at the push of a button.

Room for Adventure

The 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro is available exclusively as a 7-seat model, featuring middle-row captain’s chairs and a three-across third-row seat with 60/40 split backs that also recline. And there’s plenty of room for all. Second-row legroom stretches 40.9 inches, while the third row offers adult-size 35.3 in. legroom.

Carry lots of gear? The Sequoia TRD Pro can handle it. With both third-row seat backs folded flat, there’s 66.6 cu. ft. of carrying space, enough to haul camping gear for four. With the second-row seatbacks also folded, the space increases to a cavernous 120.1 cu. ft., enough for a really long camping trip. The Sequoia can even carry objects up to 11 feet long, provided the maximum weight is not exceeded. The liftgate has a versatile separate power window, with auto up/down and jam protection. 

Toyota Safety Sense-P

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) is standard on every Sequoia grade. This advanced active safety suite bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full stop technology, plus Automatic High Beams. Sequoia gets even more safety with Standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

All Sequoia models are equipped with a dual-stage, advanced front air bag system, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, plus driver and front passenger knee airbags.

TRD Pro Upgrades All Around for 2020

The Sequoia TRD Pro leads a lot of “new” across the TRD Pro family for 2020. All TRD Pro models feature upgraded multimedia systems that include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pros will all rely on an 8-inch touchscreen, while the Sequoia TRD Pro will feature a 7-inch touchscreen. In addition, all grades of 2020 Sequoia, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will utilize this updated audio system, though screen size may vary between models.

The Sequoia and Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro are upgraded to feature the top-level multimedia system with JBL Premium Audio and Navigation, a feature still standard in both 4Runner and Tacoma TRD Pros.

Speaking of Tundra TRD Pro, for 2020 it will be offered in both Double Cab and CrewMax configurations.

The Tacoma TRD Pro shows the world an even tougher stance with unique sequential LED/DRL headlamps and LED foglamps, along with a new 16-inch wheel design and black-insert taillamps. The driver gets a new 10-way power seat, and Smart key function is added to the passenger door.

Toyota bolstered functionality for the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro, as well. Ever wished you could have seen a trail obstacle before it was too late? The Tacoma TRD Pro shows the way – quite literally. New for 2020, Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) + Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM) provides selectable front, side, or rear views for around and under the vehicle. An available LED bed lamp offers brighter illumination.

The 2020 4Runner TRD Pro is distinguished by a new grille design, as the lower section houses the radar sensor for Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P), which is standard for all 4Runner grades for the 2020 model year.

Just like Sequoia, Tundra and 4Runner TRD Pro models add Smart Key with Push Button Start for 2020, and the 4Runner also gains two additional rear-seat USB ports.

Limited Warranty

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

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.  

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

Media Contacts:

Josh Burns
469-292-6449
Joshua.Burns@toyota.com

Nicky Hamila
469-292-3596
Nicky.Hamila@toyota.com

 

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ATRESERIES premieres ‘Matadero,’ its new original series

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MADRID, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — 

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ATRESERIES is premiering its new original series, ‘Matadero’. With this thriller, ATRESMEDIA’s international channel is kicking off a year of exclusive premieres and, in the process,  cementing its standing as the best provider of Spanish series on the audiovisual market.

Produced by ATRESMEDIA, in collaboration with Diagonal TV, ‘Matadero’ features 10 episodes with a closed ending that tell a story of suspense with hints of dark humor, where the strength of its characters stands out above the plot.

The easygoing life in a small-town changes suddenly after the death of Francisco, the owner of a local slaughterhouse. The residents, completely normal people, will see how totally unexpected circumstances lead them to commit acts that will take them past the point of no return.

Featuring a cast starring Pepe Viyuela, Lucía Quintana, Carmen Ruíz, Tito Valverde, Ginés García Millán, Antonio Garrido, Miguel de Lira, Filipe Duarte, and others, ‘Matadero’ is directed by Jordi Frades – with episodes directed by Joan Noguera and Salvador García -, and written by Daniel Martín Sáez de Parayuelo (series creator and showrunner), Laura Sarmiento, Fernando Navarro, Nacho Cabana and Chus Vallejo.

A look at episode 1, ‘The ostrich’s secret’

Francisco runs an abattoir in Torrecillas, where he slaughters animals to sell the meat. He also buys low-quality hogs from Portugal to sell the meat on the cheap and drive down prices in the entire area. He does this with his brother-in-law Alfonso, a veterinarian who doesn’t want his little secret, which Francisco knows about, to be made public and ruin his nice married life with his wife, María José. And so Francisco keeps Alfonso in a constant state of blackmail for his own profit. And the thing is, it’s not the meat that interests Francisco: the animals he’s bringing in from Portugal are hiding something else.

The story begins when Don Julio, one of the drug traffickers in the area, finds out about Francisco, and sends his men, Teo and Pascual, to Torrecillas to deal with him.

AIR TIMES
Premiere – Monday, February 11

20:00hrs / México, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
21:00hrs / Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá y Perú
22:00hrs / Bolivia, Puerto Rico, R. Dominicana, Venezuela
23:00hrs / Argentina, Chile, Paragua, Uruguay

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21:00hrs / Costa Este (NY)
18:00hrs / Costa Oeste (LA)

Contact:
blanca.aguirre@atresmedia.com
+34 619 860 074

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Mazda Announces 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

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Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of the one millionth unit in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda  MX-5 30th Anniversary model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

MSRP** for all models is as follows:

MODEL

6MT

6AT

Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

$34,995

$35,494

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF 30th Anniversary

$37,595

$37,995

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

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*MSRP does not include $920 for destination and handling ($965 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.
**MSRP does not include $920 for destination and handling ($965 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.

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Toyota RAV4 Drivers Earn Trail Cred’ Thanks to New TRD Off-Road Treatment

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The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road model is the newest addition to the RAV4 family.

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The all-new, fifth-generation Toyota RAV4, which launched just two months ago, is already looking ahead with the unveiling of the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road model at the Chicago Auto Show. Arriving in the fall, the newest addition to the RAV4 family will be outfitted with a full array of special Toyota Racing Development engineering and design features for greater trail-driving capability and standout style.

The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road model is the newest addition to the RAV4 family.

The vehicle that started the segment 22 years ago is now the best-selling non-pickup truck in the U.S. With the latest generation, it is bringing even more sport and more utility. For 2020, the new TRD Off-Road is designed for customers who make the great outdoors a second home.

For the first time, the RAV4 will join a formidable team of Toyota TRD Off-Road SUVs and pickups inspired by the brand’s legendary off-road and desert racers. Beneath the new-generation RAV4’s bolder design, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform provides an ideal base for TRD’s renowned go-anywhere capability and style. Building on the 8.6-inch ground clearance and design features of the RAV4 Adventure grade, the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road goes above and beyond with suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for trail driving.

The Dynamic Force 2.5-liter, 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine, paired with an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission, provides get-up-and-go-anywhere performance and exemplary fuel efficiency. The driver can choose from Sport, Normal and Eco modes. To take more equipment along, such as personal watercraft, dirt bikes or a small enclosed trailer, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, as well as distribute torque to the left or right rear wheel to enhance handling on or off pavement. When AWD isn’t needed, such as on long highway stretches, Rear Driveline Disconnect optimizes fuel economy.

Using standard Multi-Terrain Select, the driver can maximize traction by matching the drive mode to the conditions — Mud & Sand mode for beach driving, or Rock & Dirt mode for trails, and Snow for wintery conditions, for example. The Multi-Information Display (MID) shows torque allocation and slip control data. The new-generation RAV4’s short front and rear overhangs enhance trail-driving capability. In addition, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road will include Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) for optimal on-road and off-road performance and safety.

Thoroughly TRD

The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road takes cues from Toyota’s rich off-road racing history. It shares high-rise roof rails, large over-fenders, and aggressive bumper, grille designs and fog light surrounds with the RAV4 Adventure grade, but with a uniquely TRD personality.

Inspired by TRD’s successful learnings with Ryan Millen’s Rally RAV4, TRD Off-Road suspension is engineered to enhance body control and small-bump isolation to help smooth out trails and rough city streets. Unique red coil springs are tuned for an off-road focus. The twin-tube shocks are re-valved and feature new internal rebound springs to improve rebound control. New bump stops maximize compression direction wheel travel and help improve body control over large bumps and dips.

The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road exclusively rolls on lighter and more rigid flow-formed 18×7-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires. These all-terrain tires mean business, with a unique tread pattern and compound developed to TRD technical requirements. A rugged square shoulder design helps protect against punctures, on or off road, and the tires are Severe Snow Rated with open shoulder grooving to shed debris, mud and snow.

Available in an exclusive two-tone Magnetic Gray Metallic w/Ice Edge Roof combination, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road is accented by dark gray front and rear lower fascias, and front LED fog lights are standard. TRD Off-Road is also available in Midnight Black or Lunar Rock, both of which are available with optional Ice Edge Roof. Other available colors include Ruby Flare Pearl and Super White.

Inside, striking red stitching and red trim accent the cabin. Seat surfaces are covered in comfortable SofTex, which is lighter than leather yet highly durable, and the front seats have “TRD” stitched into the headrests. Exclusive TRD all-weather floor mats and rear cargo mat capture the mud, sand and water dragged in from the outside and easily shake out for cleanup.

Next-Generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0)

Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), which is already standard on all 2019 RAV4 models, includes a long roster of active-safety technologies and capabilities:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system will also be standard on the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road.

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare

The 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty.

RAV4 also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.  

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

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Another Record-Breaking Year for Domino’s® Fundraising Campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) is proud to announce that thanks to customer generosity, the company raised more than $9.8 million for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during the 2018 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. This marks the seventh straight record-setting campaign for Domino’s franchise and corporate stores and brings the total amount raised for St. Jude over the last 15 years to more than $57 million.

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“Domino’s truly supports the mission of St. Jude and it’s amazing to see the impact we can have when we all join together in this campaign,” said Richard Allison, Domino’s chief executive officer. “These donations are absolutely lifesaving for the families of St. Jude and I want to thank our customers, franchise owners, and the team members at our franchised and company-owned stores who worked hard to make this record-setting donation possible.”

As a leader in digital ordering, Domino’s makes adding a donation through online ordering simple for customers. The opportunity for customers to also round up their change, online or in the store, resulted in $1.5 million in donations in 2018. In addition, customers could support the hospital by purchasing the St. Jude Meal Deal, which included two medium one-topping Hand Tossed pizzas, a 16-piece order of Parmesan Bread Bites, an eight-piece order of Cinnamon Bread Twists, a two-liter of Coca-Cola® and a $1 donation to St. Jude – all for $19.99. Customers could also donate by clicking on the St. Jude-themed Domino’s Tracker®.

Throughout the year Domino’s raised an additional $618,000 for St. Jude through nationwide participation in St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events across the country and various online digital tests during the summer. Combined with the funds raised during the Thanks and Giving campaign, Domino’s raised over $10.5 million dollars in donations in 2018 for the children of St. Jude. The funds raised in 2018 will apply to Domino’s commitment made in 2015 to raise $35 million over eight years for the Domino’s Event Center at the hospital. Domino’s has now raised more than $33 million towards that commitment.

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign – created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – asks people to “give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not” in order to help St. Jude continue its mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

About Domino’s Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, with a significant business in both delivery and carryout pizza. It ranks among the world’s top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of over 15,300 stores in over 85 markets. Domino’s had global retail sales of over $12.2 billion in 2017, with more than $5.9 billion in the U.S. and more than $6.3 billion internationally. In the third quarter of 2018, Domino’s had global retail sales of nearly $3.1 billion, with over $1.5 billion in the U.S. and nearly $1.6 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for over 97% of Domino’s stores as of the third quarter of 2018. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2017 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S., Domino’s generates over 60% of sales via digital channels and has produced several innovative ordering platforms, including Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Twitter and text message using a pizza emoji. In late 2017, Domino’s began an industry-first test of self-driving vehicle delivery with Ford Motor Company – and in April 2018, launched Domino’s HotSpots®, featuring over 200,000 non-traditional delivery locations including parks, beaches, local landmarks and other unique gathering spots.

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Honda Clarity Series Wins 2019 MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice Award” for Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle

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Honda Clarity Series Wins 2019 MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice Award” for Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle

TORRANCE, California, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The 2019 Honda Clarity series was voted as the Best Eco-Friendly vehicle by MotorWeek in its annual “Drivers’ Choice Awards.” For the awards, MotorWeek evaluates vehicles from a buyer’s perspective with considerations such as value and reliability while also factoring current trends and innovations. More information about the 2019 awards can be found at motorweek.org/reviews/drivers_choice_awards.

Honda Clarity Series Wins 2019 MotorWeek “Drivers’ Choice Award” for Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle

The Honda Clarity series of midsize five-passenger electrified vehicles is available as a plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, and battery electric vehicle on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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

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

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

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Acura Marks 30 Years Since Debut of Iconic NSX Supercar

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Acura celebrates the 30th anniversary of the NSX debut in Chicago.

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Acura this week marks 30 years since the shot heard ’round the automotive world — the 1989 global debut of the first-generation Acura NSX.  The first mid-engined exotic without European pedigree, NSX was a low slung, super light, high-revving machine sporting the world’s first all-aluminum monocoque, titanium connecting rods, a VTEC™ valvetrain and levels of quality and daily driving comfort unheard of in sports cars of the time.

Acura celebrates the 30th anniversary of the NSX debut in Chicago.

Introduced as the NS-X Concept, the precursor to the production NSX, Acura chose the Chicago Auto Show for the global debut, at a press conference held at the Drake Hotel on February 9, 1989. In celebrating this milestone event, Acura returns to the Chicago Auto Show, hosting a panel discussion to reflect on the car’s origins, its impact on the automotive landscape, and the role the next-generation NSX is playing in the renaissance of Acura today.

Joining the panel discussion are Jon Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura, whose 28-year career at Acura was catalyzed by the launch of NSX, and Csaba Csere, former editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine, who attended the 1989 reveal and was among the first journalists to drive both the original and second-generation NSX.

Released in conjunction with the Chicago Auto Show, Acura has published a new video featuring throwback footage of a first model year (1991) production NSX, and a current (2019) NSX, along with never before seen images from the original NS-X Concept reveal. 

Game Changer
Since its debut, NSX has made an indelible impression on the exotic and supercar world. Its all-aluminum construction and 270-horsepower VTEC V6 were as exotic as anything available at the time, but its conventionally comfortable and ergonomic cockpit and gentle road manners ran sharply counter to contemporary European exotics.

“Before NSX, it was always assumed that supercar performance came at the price of a comfortable interior and everyday drivability,” said Jon Ikeda. “NSX shattered those notions, and raised the bar on every other exotic and supercar maker, with the effects still felt today. NSX was a huge inspiration and one of the major reasons I was drawn to join Acura nearly 30 years ago.”

Like its predecessor, today’s second-generation NSX incorporates groundbreaking technology. The Acura NSX is the only supercar made in America and the only one utilizing electric motors to enhance every element of dynamic performance, seamlessly combining three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ with a bespoke twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted V6 engine to deliver an unparalleled range of driving experiences, from all-electric Quiet mode to the ultimate at-the-limit capability of Track mode.

Acura NSX: Did You Know?
Roots of NS-X
Honda R&D in Japan took the first steps toward what would become the first-generation NSX in January 1984 with basic research on a new drive system distinct from the “FF” (front-engine/front-wheel drive) vehicle type that had underpinned Honda’s success with such iconic models as Civic, Accord and the Acura Integra.

A year earlier, Honda had made its return to Formula 1 racing and its engineers were excited about the prospects of creating a sports car that would showcase the company’s deeply rooted racing spirit and high-performance design and engineering capabilities. Also, the R&D team had been contacted several times by the group at American Honda that was planning the launch of the Acura brand, indicating their interest in a pinnacle sports car for the new lineup.

The focus of the research was on an underfloor, midship-engine rear-wheel drive (UMR) format that could combine higher packaging efficiency along with the sport characteristics associated with rear drive. It was Honda’s first experience designing a passenger car with the engine in the rear half of the vehicle. In February 1984, the development team created a UMR test vehicle using a first-generation Honda City.

Formal development of what would become the Acura NSX began in the fall of 1985. More info here.

An Engine Roars, and Changes Follow
The prototype NS-X Concept introduced at the Drake Hotel in Chicago in February 1989 was shorter overall than the final production vehicle with a shorter wheelbase and less front and rear overhang. The evolution of the design from prototype to production would be impacted by a late change to the engine specification – from the prototype’s SOHC V6, shared with the Acura Legend sedan, to the production NSX’s bespoke DOHC V6 with VTEC valvetrain.

Prior to the press conference, the president of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Tadashi Kume, unexpectedly decided to fire up the prototype’s engine, a sound that could be heard in an adjacent room, where a competing automaker was holding its own press preview. While the noisy blast attracted media attention, Kume turned to the NSX engineering team and asked why the NS-X Concept didn’t use the new VTEC technology that had been recently developed at R&D. When told that it was only planned for a 4-cylinder engine application, Kume pushed the team for a VTEC V6 design.

The engineering team received similar input from a group of top enthusiast automotive journalists attending a “super long lead” driving event at Honda’s Tochigi R&D Center, prior to the prototype’s Chicago Auto Show debut. These included top testers from Car and Driver, Motor Trend and Road & Track. The reactions were generally very positive; however, there was also a feeling that the NSX could use more power.

Ultimately, the DOHC VTEC cylinder head was wider than the head on the prototype’s SOHC engine, with significant implications to the production NSX body. The wider engine resulted in a slightly longer wheelbase, along with increased front and rear overhang for the production NSX. All of these changes occurred rapidly, resulting in the longer production model.

Putting the NS-X Prototype to the Ultimate Test
New technology like the all-aluminum unibody and chassis and transverse V6 engine were critical to NSX’s capabilities, and challenged conventional wisdom of an exotic car. But key to the dynamic performance story was the human element, and one specific human in particular.

In the early stages of development, the R&D team spent an entire month at Honda’s Suzuka Circuit, where they conducted numerous evaluations with the test car. In February 1989, around the same time as the NS-X Concept model’s debut in Chicago, legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna was in Japan to test the new Honda F1 car. The engineering team asked Senna if he would evaluate the NSX prototype. Even though the production NSX targeted levels of rigidity equaling Porsche and Ferrari, Senna felt it could be better.

“I’m not sure I can really give you appropriate advice on a mass-production car,” Senna told the team, “but I feel it’s a little fragile.”

Based on Senna’s input, the team raised its targets for rigidity in April, 1989. They chose the famed Nürburgring for testing, believing that the course would reveal problems they couldn’t detect in their testing at Suzuka. They knew that an extremely difficult course like the Nürburgring would expose even a slight delay in the vehicle’s response to driver inputs. Sure enough, the “Green Hell” exposed that the flexing body was taking away the desired feel of an immediate and direct connection between the car and driver.

By the end of the Nürburgring tests, and over eight months of continuous effort to improve the body design, engineers had increased the car’s rigidity by 50 percent.

From NS-X to NSX – Naming Acura’s New Supercar
The NS-X development name was one of several created by the R&D team in Japan to represent the prototype supercar. In the view of the development team, the naming concept for NS-X was “New,” “Sportscar” and “unknown world” – with “X” being the mathematical symbol for a variable, or an unknown value. A team at American Honda, selected NS-X from the list of possible names, but chose to express the definition as “New Sports eXperimental.”

That said, NS-X was not originally intended as the go-to-market model name. It was considered as the name for the prototype to be revealed in Chicago and then to be used in subsequent promotional appearances. But the incredible attention the NS-X received around the world created virtually unstoppable momentum for the name. So, a decision was made to remove the hyphen from NS-X leading to NSX as the official model name for Acura’s first supercar.

NSX Today: A Common Thread
With its multi-material space frame body, groundbreaking three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system , today’s NSX pays homage to the groundbreaking nature of the original while exploring altogether new concepts in electrified supercar performance. Also, like the original, the next-gen NSX powertrain design evolved radically from its conceptual origins. 

The Acura NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show showcased a naturally-aspirated 60-degree V6 mounted transverse behind the seats in a layout similar to the original NSX; however, in the middle of development, the global R&D team decided to take a more challenging path – the creation of an all-new twin-turbocharged longitudinally mounted 75-degree V6. And, similar to the move to a DOHC V6 in the original, the adoption of a new powertrain concept had wide-ranging effects on the body proportions, aerodynamics package and overall design.

“Changing the powertrain design and layout was NOT an easy task,” said Ted Klaus, NSX Global Development Leader. “Frankly, it was like undergoing a heart transplant while running a marathon. But 10 seconds behind the wheel, and you understand why this power unit is key to delivering a New Sports Experience.”

Despite the major powertrain change, the development team maintained the original schedule – revealing the production version of the second-generation NSX just three years later at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Expands to 54 Days of Fun for All Ages, March 1 to April 23, 2019

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival takes place March 1 to April 23, 2019. Guests will explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, plus live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations. Kids can even join the fun with hands-on "cooking" experiences that end with a tasty surprise. (Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort March 1 to April 23, 2019, with flavors and fare inspired by the Golden State. Guests of all ages will discover the beauty and celebrate the bounty of California with unforgettable cuisine, beverages and entertainment at this culinary festival in Disney California Adventure Park. With experiences happening daily during the limited-time event,* guests will always find something tasty to try and fun to do as they explore the uniquely Disney festival.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival takes place March 1 to April 23, 2019. Guests will explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, plus live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations. Kids can even join the fun with hands-on "cooking" experiences that end with a tasty surprise. (Disneyland Resort)

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival features tempting items for the whole family to enjoy, including unique food and beverage offerings at 14 different Festival Marketplaces. Each location’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. Guests will also discover locally brewed craft beers, wine and spirits from all across the region. Guests may choose to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass** to get the best value as they taste their way through the Festival Marketplaces and participating locations.

On the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests will discover culinary demonstrations by some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry, who will share their go-to recipes and insider tips for preparing sensational dishes. Family-friendly seminars on these days are presented by Chef Daniella Malfitano, who will demonstrate how preparing and sharing a meal can be a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Guests of all ages will get inspired or even discover a new interest during these presentations.

Another guest-favorite returning to the festival daily is the Junior Chef experience, with hands-on fun led by Chef Goofy, for children ages 3 to 11. Aspiring young chefs follow a recipe and mix a variety of ingredients to create magical treats that end with a tasty surprise. The Junior Chef experience is open for fun several times daily on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land.

Live music, entertainment and special activities will also bring a “California vibe” to each day of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Guests looking for more palate-pleasing experiences will want to try the festival’s signature events, including new offerings such as the Dinner with Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Favorite signature events are also back this year, including Sweet Sundays. Additional signature events at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival include:

  • Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park (March 9)
  • MacMurray Ranch Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Kate MacMurray at Carthay Circle Restaurant (March 22)
  • Dinner with Disney Chefs at The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria (March 28)
  • Silverado Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Jonathan Emmerich at Carthay Circle Restaurant (April 19)

Many of the Disney California Food & Wine Festival events are included with admission to Disney California Adventure park. Special signature events, demonstrations and seminars will require a separate fee. Additional details and reservations for the select signature events and seminars can be made at Disneyland.com/FoodandWine. Guests may also check for the latest information and schedules as they become available, at Disneyland.com.

In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, making this an ideal time for guests to visit the park. Guests may find more information at Disneyland.com/offers.

*Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required. Additional fees for select events, demonstrations and seminars may be required. Space is limited for all such ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended. Full payment may be due at time of booking, and cancellation fees may apply.  No refunds, credit or date or time changes. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

**Sip and Savor Pass entitlements may only be redeemed during regular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival operating hours, and the Pass expires on April 23, 2019. A Pass has eight (8) coupons and each coupon may be redeemed for one (1) food or non-alcoholic beverage item at participating Festival locations. Excludes novelties including souvenir tumblers. No discounts apply. Nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash (in whole or in part), no substitutions and no change given. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required. 

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Colgate Revolutionizes Oral Care with New Breakthrough Colgate Total(SF)® Toothpaste

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NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The company that revolutionized the oral care market decades ago with the introduction of the world’s first multi-benefit toothpaste is doing it again. Colgate has announced the launch of a new Colgate TotalSF toothpaste with a new formula that does more for your mouth — once again raising the standard of everyday oral care.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8487151-colgate-total-toothpaste-new-formula/

Since the launch of the original Colgate Total, people’s view of health has evolved. What had been a focus on treating specific problems and individual parts of the body has become a desire for a holistic approach that enables a full and connected life. When it comes to toothpaste, people are seeking reassurance that they’ve done the most complete job possible, freeing them to get out there and connect with the world around them.

“General wellness is important to everyone, and total self-care means caring for the whole mouth, too,” said Dr. Patricia Verduin, Chief Technology Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Company. “We rely on healthy mouths to eat, drink, speak and laugh, but often neglect areas beyond teeth. Unlike ordinary fluoride toothpastes, the new Colgate TotalSF does more for your mouth. It fights harmful bacteria not just on teeth, but also on your tongue, cheeks and gums, providing multiple oral-health benefits.”

New Colgate TotalSF® delivers on the brand’s belief that everyone deserves a future they can smile about. It provides all the benefits of the original formula – excellent protection against plaque, gingivitis, stains, tartar and cavities, plus additional new benefits, including:

  • Sensitivity relief benefit across all variants
  • Instant neutralization of odors associated with bad breath
  • Enhanced enamel strength
  • New cooling flavors for lasting freshness

As part of the national product rollout, Colgate Total hosted a launch event on January 31 in New York City and featured the new product in a TV spot during Super Bowl® LIII on February 3, featuring actor Luke Wilson. The ongoing campaign includes digital, social media and PR elements to introduce this innovation to American audiences.

Colgate-Palmolive is the global toothpaste leader with a worldwide market share of more than 40 percent – more than double its nearest competitor. Colgate is replacing original Colgate Total following more than a decade of development, including dozens of laboratory and clinical studies. The breakthrough technology has 40 patents granted, and 86 pending patents globally.

“In our testing of the new formula, consumer feedback has been enthusiastic. People are thrilled to know that the new Colgate TotalSF works in all areas of the mouth, for improvement to their oral health,” said Vice President, Marketing North America Bill Van De Graaf. “While people love the taste of Colgate Total, they love the new flavor even more, expressing that it is refreshing and long-lasting.”

New Colgate TotalSF is currently available online at www.Colgate.com and in stores in the U.S.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-E  

SOURCE Colgate-Palmolive

Dove and Kelly Rowland Release New Single “Crown” to Inspire Girls’ Hair Confidence

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  Tyrelle Davis and Faith Fennidy, both 11-years old, made headlines when they were sent home from school because of their hair extensions. Eleven-year-old Jorja Orrick was bullied for having short hair, which prompted her sister Sarah to cut her own locks in solidarity. With real stories like these and a history of helping young girls build self-esteem, Dove was inspired to join forces with Kelly Rowland to write and produce an original song titled, “Crown” — a power anthem that aims to break down the narrow definition of beautiful hair and encourage girls to feel confident in wearing it how they choose. The resounding call: “Wear it proud. #MyHairMyCrown.”

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here:  https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8491351-dove-kelly-rowland-inspire-hair-confidence-with-new-single-crown/

“Growing up, I felt many of the pressures young girls face today when it comes to embracing their hair, but my mom would always tell me that your hair is your crowning glory and you should wear it proudly,” said Kelly Rowland. “This song is very personal to me and, having met many of the real girls who inspired it, I am incredibly proud to be partnering with Dove to spark this conversation and encourage girls everywhere to love their hair.”

Dove has long been committed to celebrating all hair types and styles through campaigns such as Love Your Curls and Love Your Hair. To further these efforts, the brand conducted a survey to better understand how to inspire hair confidence in young girls. The study found that 65 percent of young girls view their hair as a form of self-expression, however nearly 50 percent say their hair can make them feel self-conscious. The brand also discovered that 71 percent of girls look to music as an influential factor in their lives, which inspired the brand to reach girls through this medium with the creation of “Crown”.

“Dove wants all young girls, and women, to have the confidence to wear their hair anyway they choose, and to see their hair as a source of confidence, not anxiety,” said Piyush Jain, Unilever Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of Hair Care. “As a brand, we are committed to celebrating all hair types, especially for young girls who start thinking about their hair’s appearance as early as age 7. Working with Kelly Rowland to produce ‘Crown’ allows us to share that message in an exciting way that we believe will resonate with girls everywhere.”

To help spread the anthem’s inspiring message, the brand will make a cameo during “E! Live From The Red Carpet: The 2019 Grammy Awards” on February 10, 2019. The special two-minute, televised spot will feature clips from the music video for “Crown”, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, and a special message from Kelly Rowland to inspire people everywhere to join in the #MyHairMyCrown conversation. 

Additionally, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, Jess Weiner, and Dove Self-Esteem Educator, Dre Brown, will lead an impactful workshop specifically designed to address topics around expressing self-confidence through embracing and celebrating all hair types. Kelly Rowland will reveal the curriculum and serve as a mentor during the workshop with young people from a local Boys & Girls Club. Dove is the largest provider of self-esteem education in the world. Through the Dove Self-Esteem Project, we have reached 29 million young people with a goal to reach another 20 million by 2020.

Dove is encouraging young girls and women from all over to join in spreading this anthem far and wide. Head to YouTube and Vevo to watch and share the music video and exclusive behind the scenes content featuring the real girls who inspired the song. Debuting February 6, 2019, the single will be released on Universal Records and available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play.   

About Dove Hair
Dove Hair offers a wide range of solutions that provide deep nourishment and repair to meet women’s specific hair needs, whether it is dry, frizzy, in need of volume or damaged. The range includes shampoo, conditioners, treatments and styling products.

About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Love Beauty and Planet, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Pure Leaf, Q-tips, Schmidt’s Naturals, Seventh Generation, Simple, Sir Kensington’s, St. Ives, Suave, Sundial Brands, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TAZO, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2017.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. Globally, the company’s sustainable living brands grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 70% of the company’s growth in 2017.

For more information on Unilever U.S., its brands, and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan visit: www.unileverusa.com

Contact:
Jenni Evora / Edelman
212-277-3728
jenni.evora@edelman.com

SOURCE Dove

LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE “MEGAMEZCLA – ALEX SENSATION” AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

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LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE "MEGAMEZCLA - ALEX SENSATION" AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — LaMusica App, Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA) and Mega 97.9FM, New York’s #1 station regardless of language,  will once again celebrate across the nation with its signature concert “MEGAMEZCLA Alex Sensation”. The show will bring performances by some of the year’s biggest recording artists including Anuel AA, the leader of Latin Trap, who is sweeping away the charts. Mega Mezcla 2019 returns at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, April 21ST, 2019. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE "MEGAMEZCLA - ALEX SENSATION" AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

The first announced artist is Anuel AA, currently one of Latin music’s bestselling artists. He is hailed as the leader of the Latin trap movement and is known for his provocative lyrics and crude storytelling ability. Anuel AA’s debut album Real Hasta La Muerte landed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart and is certified Platinum by the RIAA. He has built a dedicated legion of 10.5M followers on social media.

His latest single “Secreto” has generated more than 155 million views on YouTube, 160 million combined streams on all digital platforms alongside Karol G and is certified 3x PLATINO in Peru, 2x PLATINO in Colombia and PLATINO in Ecuador, United States and Puerto Rico. Additionally, “Secreto” can currently be found on the Top 10 online in 17 countries and Top 10 on iTunes in 16 countries. The full artist line-up will be announced in the near future on Mega 97.9FM and across social media platforms. Make sure to tune in to Mega 97.9FM and LaMusica App for more these exciting lineup updates.

The “Mega Mezcla Alex Sensation” from Mega 97.9FM and LaMusica App promises to be a euphoric concert that will get fans moving to the music of their favorite artists. The concert will bring a spectacular set of scenery, lights and sound to allow these superstars to, as always, put on a masterful show.

Join the conversation on social networks using the hashtag #MegaMezcla2019. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @mega979nyc, on Facebook at Facebook.com/Mega979FM and online at http://lamega.lamusica.com.

“Our goal has always been to produce unprecedented events and on April 21st we will be bringing together these great figures at the iconic Prudential Center,” said Albert Rodriguez, COO of SBS.

“We are pleased to present this mega production with the best music and concert technology; So that the faithful audience of Mega 97.9FM could enjoy a show of the best quality possible,” said Maire Mason, VP of Sales and General Manager of SBS New York.

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#MEGAMEZCLA2019 April 21ST historic night at #PruCenter @mega979nyc @lamusica tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com.

*Artists and/or events subject to change or cancellation without notice.

MEDIA CONTACT SBS:
Vladimir Gomez
VP, Corporate Communications
vgomez@sbscorporate.com 
(786) 394-9000 Ext. 1144

LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE "MEGAMEZCLA - ALEX SENSATION" AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

 

LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE "MEGAMEZCLA - ALEX SENSATION" AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

 

LAMUSICA APP, MEGA 97.9FM ANNOUNCES ANUEL AA AT THE "MEGAMEZCLA - ALEX SENSATION" AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 21ST, 2019

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SOURCE Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS)

DWC Announces Free Online Access to Evidence-Based Treatment Guidelines for Medical Providers

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OAKLAND, California, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that medical providers who treat injured California workers can now have free online access to the State’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) guidelines.

“Medical providers in California should ensure that treatment decisions for injured workers are based on the best available evidence,” said George Parisotto, DWC Administrative Director. “By providing these guidelines free of charge, we are removing barriers that we expect will improve quality of care and reduce friction in the utilization review process.”

Licensed healthcare providers who treat California injured workers can use MDGuidelines: CA MTUS-ACOEM Edition to quickly search the latest evidence-based recommendations incorporated into the State’s MTUS. Providers who perform qualified medical evaluations, utilization review or independent medical review can also register to use the online tool free of charge.

The MTUS, a set of regulations based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, has adopted treatment guidelines developed by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). In most cases, medical treatment that is reasonable and necessary to cure or relieve an injured worker from the effects of injury means treatment that is based upon the ACOEM treatment guidelines.

Providers must register in order to gain access to the site administered by the Reed Group. The site includes online training webinars and instructions. Users can email MTUS@reedgroup.com for more information.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation monitors the administration of workers’ compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers’ compensation benefits.

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SOURCE California Department of Industrial Relations; California Division of Workers’ Compensation

The U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce (USMCC) Partners with the Federation of Central & Eastern European Chamber of Commerce (FCEECC) in the face of new global trade, investment and international cooperation opportunities

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MIAMI, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce (USMCC) announces a partnership with the Federation of Central & Eastern European Chamber of Commerce (FCEECC) where over 2 million of businesses will be connected to exchange their opportunities, and facilitate international trade, public-private partnership and foreign direct investment in both platforms.

The partnership between both chambers will help on new areas of cooperation, like cyber-security, aerospace, infrastructure, food, pharma, disaster management and agriculture. It will also provide access to its cultural links in a win-win cooperation, enhancing our solidarity and mutual trust, improving the lives of our peoples, and making our bond of interests and friendship even closer with mutual prosperity.

Doug Mayorga, CEO & Founder of the USMCC, said, “A key of the priorities of the USMCC is to expand their opportunities on a global scale. This Strategic Partnership Agreement between the USMCC and FCEECC from Central Europe will be a great development for businesses, investors and philanthropic organizations for a sustainable economic development in both side. It is a new generation agreement which aims to support the 2019 global agenda for Expansion Development for USMCC.”

The President of FCEECC, Mr. Leszek Ladowski, said, “This partnership with the U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most challenging collaborator agreements that our Chamber put a solid fundament to expand existing and create new trade, investment and exchange innovation. It will create a significant economic zone between the U.S. minority entrepreneurs and their counterparts in Central and Eastern Europe.”

One of the key elements of this initiative to be successful is the logistic sector, which has to be developed. Starting June 1st, 2019, Polish Airline LOT is starting direct flights connecting Miami “Gateway to the Americas” with Warsaw “Gateway to Central & Eastern Europe.”

About FCEECC: The Federation of Central & Eastern European Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (FedeCham) is a non-for-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization, representing the interest of chambers of commerce, business organizations as well as enterprises from all economic sectors and industries of Central & Eastern Europe with presence in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus and Albania.

About USMCC: MCC is a private organization dedicated to business development, education, networking, which facilitates global trade, international procurements, cooperation and investment through Public-Private Partnership. Established in 2000, the MCC has more than 25,000 members and over 250,000 connections globally. It services and supports participating U.S. minority businesses and focuses on the myriad challenges and concerns facing minority businesses every day. For more information: www.minoritychamber.net.

For interview:
Maria Loaisiga
Senior National Membership Director
director@minoritychambe.net 
786-406-2190

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SOURCE U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce

Acura to Assume Grand Prix of Long Beach Title Sponsorship

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Acura Assumes Grand Prix of Long Beach Title Sponsorship

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Acura to become title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2019.

The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14, 2019.

Launched in 1986 as the first Japanese luxury automotive brand, Acura is a leading nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. Both Acura and its American Honda parent have their U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California.

Last year, Acura made a successful return to the top level of sports car racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, fielding two entries in the Prototype class with Team Penske. The driver combinations of Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron and Helio Castroneves/Ricky Taylor finished fifth and seventh overall in the championship, with Montoya recording the first pole for the new Acura ARX-05 at Long Beach. Acura also continues to have entries in the series’ GTD class with the NSX GT3 Evo, and has accomplishments at all levels of sports car racing.

Honda has a long, winning history with Indy cars at Long Beach. Honda-powered drivers have won six of the last 10 Grands Prix – and 13 times in 19 appearances –  including last year with Alexander Rossi. Native Californian Jimmy Vasser scored Honda’s first Long Beach victory in 1996, with other Honda-powered winners including Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Michael Andretti (2002), Dario Franchitti (2009), Takuma Sato (2013) and James Hinchcliffe (2017).

“With our U.S. headquarters nearby in Torrance, this is a true ‘home’ event for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. “The Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of North America’s premier motorsports events, and an institution in Southern California. Acura is delighted and proud to be associated with the Grand Prix of Long Beach, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

“This is truly the start of a new era in the history of the Grand Prix,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “As we enter our 45th year of conducting America’s #1 street race, we are looking forward with great enthusiasm to this new partnership with a premium luxury brand like Acura. Together we will explore new ways to elevate the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to greater heights in the coming years.”

Featuring a wide variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, as well as the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition, the weekend will feature the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights, Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks, the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli GT4 America series and the Historic IMSA GTO Challenge.

Fans can select and pay for their Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach tickets, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com, or place orders by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333. A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information is also available.

Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @GPLongBeach and Instagram at GPLongBeach.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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SOURCE Acura

In “Cara a Cala,” the moving story of the transgender daughter of Dra. Amor

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Every Thursday, there’s a different interview on Ismael Cala’s weekly show. In February, in addition to Dra. Amor, Dra. Maritza Fuentes, Dr. Guillermo Navarrete and Dr. Camilo Cruz all speak with Ismael. The programs will be available on YouTube and affiliated stations.

MIAMI, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cara a Cala (‘Face to Face with Cala’), Ismael Cala’s weekly interview show, continues to appear in February with shows every Thursday through YouTube. They are all inspiring, thought-provoking shows, especially the interview with Cecilia Alegría, Dra. Amor, who tells the story of Alessia, her transgender daughter, as recounted in her latest book.

“This is the process of change for an extremely conservative Christian mother, who discovers something she never imagined possible: her oldest son, who is married, defines himself as a woman, and although he is aware of the possible consequences of his radical decision, he becomes the first person to undergo gender transition in a senior executive position in Chile,” Dra. Amor explains.

The show will air on February 14. Also speaking with Ismael this month:

-7 February: Dra. Maritza Fuentes, founder of the Instituto de Salud Integral (‘Whole Health Institute’) in Coral Gables and high-profile celebrity in the U.S.

-14 February: Cecilia Alegría (Dra. Amor), consultant and author of nine books on self-help

-21 February: Dr. Guillermo Navarrete (NutriGuillermo), author and publisher of various books on nutrition and an expert on the Mediterranean diet.

-28 February: Dr. Camilo Cruz, one of the leading figures in the field of personal development, business excellence and leadership.

To watch Cara a Cala each week, the showcase for ordinary people with extraordinary lives, subscribe to the channel:  https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=es&o=2366253-1&h=658538233&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Fismaelcala&a=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Fismaelcala

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

A life and business strategist, for five and a half years Ismael Cala was the host of CALA during prime time 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 with 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, and has a diploma from Seneca College in Television Production. He is President and founder of the Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation

SOURCE Cala Enterprises

Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019 Honored Nationwide

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — They’re supporting people with disabilities, kids experiencing homelessness and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. A few have made it their mission to focus attention on teen mental health. Others are raising money and awareness to help children with cancer.

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Those are just some stories of the 102 youth volunteers – two from each state and the District of Columbia – who today were named State Honorees by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service. Read the names and stories of this year’s honorees at http://spirit.prudential.com.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 24th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).    

Each of the 102 State Honorees will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2019. 

In addition to the State Honorees, the program’s judges recognized 234 students nationwide as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion. More than 450 other applicants were awarded Certificates of Excellence for their volunteer work. 

“These young volunteers learned and demonstrated that they can make meaningful contributions to individuals and communities through their service,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “It’s an honor to recognize their great work, and we hope that shining a spotlight on their service inspires others to consider how they might make a difference.”

“Each of these honorees is proof that students have the energy, creativity and unique perspectives to create positive change,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “We commend each of the 2019 honorees for their outstanding volunteer service, and for the invaluable example they’ve set for their peers.” 

About The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. 

While in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees – one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia – will tour the capital’s landmarks, meet top youth volunteers from other parts of the world, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. On May 6, 10 of the State Honorees – five middle level and five high school students – will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2019. Each of these National Honorees will receive:

  • a $5,000 award
  • a gold medallion
  • a crystal trophy for their nominating school or organization, and
  • a $5,000 Prudential Foundation grant for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice

Since the program began in 1995, more than 125,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil. In addition to granting its own awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program also distributes President’s Volunteer Service Awards to qualifying Local Honorees.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council. Learn more at www.nassp.org.

About Prudential Financial

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

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Spanish Broadcasting System Provides WC3 International With $50,000 In Advertising During The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange

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SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM PROVIDES WC3 INTERNATIONAL WITH $50,000 IN ADVERTISING DURING THE NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NMSDC) CONFERENCE & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA) since it was officially certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE),  participated in various events coordinated by the National Minority Development Council (NMSDC). At the annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, held in Austin, Texas, Spanish Broadcasting System conducted a promotional contest at their participating booth where Minority Business Enterprises registered for a prize of $50,000 in advertising that will run across its radio, television, and digital divisions in the first quarter of 2019.

SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM PROVIDES WC3 INTERNATIONAL WITH $50,000 IN ADVERTISING DURING THE NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NMSDC) CONFERENCE & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE

The winner of the $50,000.00 in advertising was randomly drawn at the NMSDC headquarters in New York by the President and CEO of the NMSDC Adrienne Trimble with executives representing Spanish Broadcasting System.

NMSDC President and CEO Adrienne Trimble commented “Spanish Broadcasting System lent key support to our 2018 Conference in Austin, Texas.  Welcoming SBS as a certified MBE was exciting news for NMSDC in 2018, and this great relationship will only grow in the New Year.  SBS is a fantastic new partner for us. We look forward to an even stronger collaboration going forward.”

The winner drawn was WC3 International.

“We are honored to win the advertising promotion from such a prestigious organization as Spanish Broadcasting System. We plan to utilize this promotion as a means to fuel the growth of our business within the Hispanic community,” stated Leon Woolford, Owner and Partner of WC3 International.

WC3 International is an information technology solutions partner providing top IT talent, along with hardware, software, cloud and IT security solutions that helps drive business success. WC3 utilizes innovative and proven approaches to help organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement advanced technology solutions. WC3 International key areas of expertise include hardware, software, cloud services, cyber security, internet, unified communications, mobility, systems integration, and custom application development solutions.

During the four days of the convention, more than 6,000 corporate CEO’s, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations, convened in Austin, Texas to re-energize their collectives efforts for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain. SBS Executives, talents and staff members participated with an exhibit booth that highlighted Spanish Broadcasting System’s MBE status and showcased its leading multi-media products, services and solutions.

Spanish Broadcasting System serves as the leading multimedia entertainment enterprise with owned and operated heritage radio stations in the largest U.S. markets (including the most-listened-to Hispanic station in the nation, WSKQ-FM in New York City), the MegaTV network, a staple of digital properties including LaMusica and Hitzmaker mobile apps, as well as the nation’s largest independent Hispanic concert and events promoter, SBS Entertainment.

Albert Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer of SBS, commented, “Leaders such as Leon Woolford and the WC3 International embody the overall mission of the MBE’S and NMSDC. We honor those leaders that advocate for the value that minority businesses bring to the global corporate supply chain, and for the vital role they play in our nation’s economic growth today and in the future.”

The MBE certification places SBS on an exclusive list of verified minority-owned firms offering their respective services to corporate, governmental, educational and charitable entities throughout the country.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.:

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) owns and operates radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Urbano format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform of over 250 affiliated stations reaching 94% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS also owns MegaTV, a network television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, produces a nationwide roster of live concerts and events, and owns a stable of digital properties, including LaMusica, a mobile app providing Latino-focused audio and video streaming content and HitzMaker, a new-talent destination for aspiring artists. For more information, visit us online at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

About NMSDC

The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of approximately 1,450 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit www.NMSDC.org.

MEDIA CONTACT SBS:

Vladimir Gomez
VP, Corporate Communications
vgomez@sbscorporate.com
(786) 394-9000 Ext. 1144

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Juan Almanzar
VP Supplier Diversity & Business Development
JAlmanzar@sbsnewyork.com
646-710-2613

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Great Minds® Unveils Geodes™, Groundbreaking Books for Emerging Readers

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Great Minds, developer of highly rated grades PK–12 curricula, today unveiled Geodes™, a groundbreaking new category of accessible, knowledge-building books for new and emerging readers.

Developed in collaboration with Wilson Language Training®, publisher of the evidence-based foundational reading and spelling program Fundations® for students in grades K–3, Geodes combine carefully selected language with highly engaging content and illustrations from top artists. These books build students’ confidence in their ability to read and inspire curiosity with knowledge-building topics.

“Each Geodes book is a gem. Students learn about topics as far-flung and fascinating as Icelandic winters, the origins of the Bolshoi ballet, the Badlands, and how to measure the strength of the wind—all while practicing their phonics. These books are so compelling, kids will not notice what sound-spelling pattern they are practicing,” said Lynne Munson, founder and CEO of Great Minds. “Geodes are an entirely new experience. Gone are the days of tedious, repetitive texts with minimal line drawings. New readers deserve better—they deserve Geodes. 

Barbara A. Wilson, the president and cofounder of Wilson Language Training, said, “All too often, books for emerging readers fail to provide the practice needed, while also lacking interest, complexity, beauty, and other qualities likely to compel readers of any age. We wanted to provide students the opportunity for a rich and rewarding reading experience while practicing the very decoding skills they are learning in the classroom. We tapped into our two organizations’ core strengths to do just that. Wilson Language Training’s expertise in foundational reading skills instruction and Great Minds’ experience at building students’ knowledge is a strong combination. We could not be prouder of the result.” 

Geodes are named for modest-looking rock formations that contain countless crystals inside. Each Great Minds’ Geodes book holds a surprising amount of knowledge in a slim volume. A Geodes library comes with a natural geode for teachers and students to examine together, as they build excitement for their reading experience. A video capturing students’ delight in unboxing a Geodes library collection for the first time is available here.

With Geodes, Great Minds introduces a new type of book—Readables™—into the marketplace. Unlike traditional decodables, which focus solely on the application of sound-spelling patterns, Readables give students opportunities to practice language while building and extending knowledge, vocabulary, and more. As a result, budding readers enjoy wonderfully accessible yet rich books.

Geodes align with the module topics in Great Minds’ grades K–8 English language arts curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®. They also align with the scope and sequence of Wilson Fundations®, a structured literacy program for grades K–3 that is supplemental to the core and provides a systematic approach to comprehensively address foundational skills as well as spelling and handwriting. Schools may use Geodes with any systematic, research-based phonics instruction program.

Geodes for Level 1 are available now. Geodes for Level 2 will be available in fall 2019. Geodes for Level K will be available in fall 2020.

Geodes join Wit & Wisdom, Eureka Math™, and PhD Science™ in the growing portfolio of offerings from Great Minds.

Learn more about Geodes and see a book preview here.

About Great Minds: The organization recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, evolving from a startup to a provider of the highest quality materials to schools nationwide. A group of educators founded Great Minds to define and encourage knowledge-rich, comprehensive education for all students. Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom both earned near-perfect scores from independent nonprofit reviewer EdReports.org. Great Minds is the only curriculum developer to have earned three Tier 1 ratings, the highest possible, for Wit & Wisdom, Eureka Math, and PhD Science, from the Louisiana Department of Education, which is widely respected for its curricula leadership. A RAND Corporation survey of teachers found Eureka Math is the most widely used math curriculum in the nation. Learn more at greatminds.org.

About Wilson Language Training: For over 30 years, Wilson Language Training (WLT) has been dedicated to “Literacy for All.” Wilson is a provider of multisensory, research-based reading and spelling programs addressing three tiers of instruction: Fundations®, a prevention and early intervention program for grades K–3; Just Words®, an intervention program for grades 4­–12; Wilson Reading System®, an intensive program for grade 2 through adult; and Wilson Fluency®/Basic, a supplemental fluency and comprehension program. Wilson Language Training empowers individual educators, schools, and districts to achieve literacy with all students in their care through its many quality professional learning offerings, working collaboratively with school districts to develop teacher-leaders and achieve sustainability plans. This work is in keeping with WLT’s goal to provide educators with the support they need to help all students become independent readers.

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SilkPro USA and Pink Luminous Breast Announce Launch of International Philanthropic efforts in Honor of World Cancer Day

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Fernanda Schwyter; Dr. Luis Fernando Correia, Dr. Giselle B. Ghurani; Marylin Dans, Dr. Jose Lutzky, Ana Quincoces, Dr. Moises Irizarry announce the launch of international philanthropic efforts in honor of World Cancer Day.

MIAMI, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In honor of World Cancer Day, SilkProUSA and Pink Luminous Breast announced the launch of the Pink Luminous Advocacy Project, a philanthropic  organization supporting breast cancer awareness efforts in places where access to education and medical services are not always prevalent. With cancer being the second-most deadly disease in the world, Founder and President of SilkPro USA, Marylin Dans, created this organization in hopes of providing access to potentially life-saving technology at low cost to economically-challenged communities in the US and abroad.

Fernanda Schwyter; Dr. Luis Fernando Correia, Dr. Giselle B. Ghurani; Marylin Dans, Dr. Jose Lutzky, Ana Quincoces, Dr. Moises Irizarry announce the launch of international philanthropic efforts in honor of World Cancer Day.

The announcement was officially made at a special brunch and medical panel event at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami on February 1, to honor breast cancer survivors, patients and advocates. Leading experts in cancer care discussed the latest in cancer findings and diagnostics. The panel event was moderated by Ana Quincoces, TV personality, chef, and media influencer.

“Empowering consumers to live an awareness lifestyle is part of our mission and events like this help to provide the education and awareness on breast cancer to women and men in our community,” said Marylin Dans, Founder and President of SilkPro USA. “Our ultimate goal is to make this knowledge and technology available to everyone, helping millions of women worldwide live longer.”

During the reception, guests heard from medical experts including Giselle Barreau Ghurani, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Luis Fernando Correia, MD, Health Correspondent and Project CURA Ambassador in Brazil; Moises Irizarry, MD, Board Certified Preventive Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician; and Jose Lutzky, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology Division, Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The panel discussed the challenges facing women in Latin America and the need for drastic resources to help those who have either no financial means of receiving medical care or the education to know they are at risk. The importance of health screening was also highlighted. Panelists spoke on the differences in awareness and accessibility in comparison to the United States, such as the laws being enacted in Brazil to further convince women to be tested for breast cancer.

For more information on the SilkProUSA family of products, please visit www.silkprousa.com, and on social media at www.facebook.com/silkprousa and www.instagram.com/pinkluminousbreast or email: info@silkprousa.com.

Media Contact:
Erika Mayor
erika@grupomayor.net 

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BOSS Revolution Launches BOSS Cares Video Series Through A Partnership With The League Of United Latin American Citizens

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NEWARK, New Jersey, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), a global provider of innovative communications and payment services, today announced the launch of its BOSS Cares Video Series initiative.  The initiative is designed to educate immigrants arriving in the United States about issues of high social impact including immigration, human rights and civic engagement. The videos were developed in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest and largest organization devoted to advancing the lives of Hispanics in the United States.

BOSS Revolution

“The BOSS Cares Video Series reflects our commitment to empower and prepare immigrants and immigrant communities to prosper. We assist first generation Americans both through our BOSS Revolution international long distance calling and money transfer services and by providing useful information and resources,” said Jessica Poverene, Vice President of Marketing for BOSS Revolution. “We’re thrilled to be working alongside LULAC to help immigrants and immigrant families.”

The BOSS Cares Video Series features Sindy Benavides, Chief Executive Officer of LULAC, sharing her expertise in current topics of interest to new immigrants in the U.S. including:

The two Spanish language videos can be watched through BOSS Revolution’s YouTube channel, as well as LULAC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“We are elated to be partnering with BOSS Revolution in such a worthwhile and important project that includes an education outreach component vital to millions of Latinos, particularly at this time in our country,” said Sindy Benavides, Chief Operating Officer for LULAC.

BOSS Revolution has also donated $10,000.00 to LULAC’s efforts to help support immigrant communities.

BOSS Revolution services are available at more than 40,000 retailers across the United States, through the BOSS Revolution Calling and BOSS Revolution Money apps (available free on iTunes and Google Play) and through the BOSS Revolution website https://www.bossrevolution.com/en-us/. Follow BOSS Revolution on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About IDT Corporation:  
IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT) provides communications and payment services to individuals and businesses primarily through its flagship BOSS Revolution® and net2phone® brands.  IDT’s wholesale Carrier Services business is a leading global carrier of international long-distance calls. For more information on IDT, visit www.idt.net.

About the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC):
The League of United Latin American Citizens is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/.

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TaxSlayer and MundoHispanico.com Announce Launch of TaxSlayer Latino, A Spanish-language Solution for Tax Filers

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ATLANTA, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, TaxSlayer and MundoHispanico.com announced the arrival of TaxSlayer Latino, making the highest rated online tax preparation technology for ease of use available in Spanish. A collaboration between financial technology company TaxSlayer and publisher MundoHispanico.com, TaxSlayer Latino gives tax return filers the opportunity to save time and money by completing their return online and selecting a preparation experience tailored to their needs. The #YoLoHice (I Did it Myself) campaign commemorates the empowerment this convenient DIY option brings to U.S. Hispanics.

“Our priority for forty years has been to serve the Hispanic community and to help it flourish,” said MundoHispanico.com president and CEO Rene Alegria. “We’re confident that bringing TaxSlayer’s excellent product to our audience will turn an often times overwhelming process into a triumphant rite of passage, and ‘I don’t know’ to #YoLoHice.”   

According to a national survey conducted by ThinkNow, only 28 percent of Spanish-dominant U.S. Hispanics who filed their tax return for 2017 completed their return online. The vast majority of U.S. Hispanics still rely on retail store tax preparation locations.  Also in the survey, nearly 4 out of 10 Spanish-dominant U.S. Hispanics said improving their knowledge of and simplifying taxes would help alleviate some of the stress surrounding tax time.  

Over the last two decades, TaxSlayer’s award-winning platform has helped fuel the migration from expensive retail tax preparation to an affordable and easy-to-use personalized tax filing experience.  “Providing the U.S. Hispanic community with the means to do the same, in the language of their choice, is long overdue,” claims Brian Rhodes, president and CEO of TaxSlayer.  “At TaxSlayer, we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with MundoHispanico.com for this game-changing launch.”  

Filers can find a start to finish guide and complete a fully featured U.S. tax return in Spanish at Latino.TaxSlayer.com. Additionally, MundoHispanico.com/taxes provides relevant answers to common tax prep questions and tips on how to confidently achieve a maximum refund.

About MundoHispanico.com
From its start in Atlanta, Ga. in 1979, Mundo Hispano Digital Network’s flagship media property MundoHispanico.com has quickly grown from the most-read Spanish language weekly newspaper in the Southeast to one of the largest Spanish-language news and information websites in the U.S. In addition to breaking news, MundoHispanico.com delivers exclusive content on passion topics, such as cars, money and sports through its lifestyle verticals.

About TaxSlayer
TaxSlayer makes life simpler and less stressful for millions of Americans with exceptional, easy-to-use technology. The company successfully completed more than 10 million state and federal e-filed tax returns in 2018 and processed $12 billion in refunds. TaxSlayer is highest rated for ease of use, speed of filing, best value and most trusted according to the 2017-18 American Online Tax Satisfaction Survey. Additionally, customers rate TaxSlayer’s TrustScore is an 8.5 out of 10 on Trustpilot.

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Gonzalo Del Fa Named Chair-Elect Of Culture Marketing Council

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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. (PRNewsfoto/AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Mar)

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced GroupM Multicultural President Gonzalo Del Fa has been named chair-elect of the organization. Del Fa will work closely with the CMC’s governing bodies, committees and the executive director to support the organization’s strategic plan, which champions the quality of Hispanic marketing in the U.S., focusing on the value of culture-driven segmentation and elevating the critical role of the culture marketing specialist.

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. (PRNewsfoto/AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Mar)

“Gonzalo is a media maven and world-class leader who has brought strategic vision, marketing best practices inclusivity and collaboration to the CMC long before he joined the board of directors,” said current CMC Chair Isaac Mizrahi, COO and co-president of Alma. “I look forward to working with him and continuing to build a stronger-than-ever CMC.”

As President of GroupM Multicultural, Del Fa plays a key role in all aspects of the multicultural media and marketing efforts initiated by all GroupM agencies: Mediacom, Mindshare, Wavemaker, Essence and m/Six. The goal of the division is to provide clients with a truly relevant and informative point of view of multicultural markets and audiences across the US, resulting in tailored communications strategies based on in-depth knowledge of consumers. Under Del Fa’s leadership, GroupM Multicultural handles $1B in billings from clients such as Unilever, Target, L’Oréal, General Mills, Universal Pictures, Church & Dwight, IKEA, AARP, Kimberly Clark and US Navy. Prior to GroupM, he spent time at MEC Argentina, launched MEC Bravo in 2006 and was instrumental in combining all agencies under the GroupM Multicultural banner in 2010. In 2014 Gonzalo was awarded Media Maven of the Year, in 2016 he was nominated for the Crain’s Visionary Award and in 2017 he won the Executive Leadership Award.

“I am honored and extremely excited to lead the CMC, grow the depth and breadth of our membership, and continue advocating for the strategic imperative of culture-driven marketing,” said Del Fa, who will begin his two-year term as chair in November.

For more information, visit culturemarketingcouncil.org and follow the CMC on Facebook and Twitter at @cmchispanic.

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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Unilever Unveils Deodorant and Antiperspirant Formats for Ultimate Freshness On the Go

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, New Jersey, Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Unilever – the global leader in deodorant and antiperspirant innovation – continues to meet the ever-changing needs of shoppers by expanding its portfolio to include formats designed for on-the-go lifestyles.

Introducing new deodorant wipes

Unilever’s new Deodorant Wipes – on shelves now – offer people a smart way to stay feeling fresh as they go from one activity to the next.  With 24-hour odor protection, the new Deodorant Wipes are available from five brands – Dove, Dove Men+Care, Degree® Women,  Degree® Men and AXE. Ideal for discreet touch-ups to freshen underarms, neck and chest, Unilever’s Deodorant Wipes are pre-moistened, alcohol-free and come packaged with built-in lids to ensure freshness down to the last wipe.

“Our research* shows that nearly 50% of people are applying their deodorant multiple times every single day,” said Dawn Hedgepeth, General Manager and Vice President of Unilever Deodorants, Men’s Grooming and Hand and Body Lotion.  She continued, “Our new Deodorant Wipes provide an easy-to-use format for wiping away sweat and freshening up. There are countless moments where these wipes can provide a fresh re-set – activities like working out, before a big meeting, during travel, on the way to meet up with friends or just running around the house.”

The wipes, which provide a superior and hygienic on-the-go experience, are also ideal for waterless activities like camping and hiking. In addition, the new wipes can be used alone or as a fresh complement to one’s antiperspirant or deodorant of choice.

Unilever’s Deodorant Wipes – currently offered in seven variants – are available in a 25-count pack, carry a suggested retail price of $4.98$5.99 and are on shelves at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Deodorant Wipes Brands and Fragrances:

All Deodorant Wipes offer 24-hour odor protection

  • Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Deodorant Wipes
    • Also available in a 10-count pack for $2.99
    • Contains 2% glycerin, providing moisturizing benefits with every swipe
    • 0% alcohol and non-irritating
  • Dove Men+Care Active + Fresh Deodorant Wipes
      • Contains 2% glycerin, providing moisturizing benefits with every swipe
      • 0% alcohol and non-irritating
  • Degree Women Stay Fresh White Flower & Lychee Deodorant Wipes
    • A light scent comprised of whitewoods, musk and amber
  • Degree Women Stay Fresh Citrus & Bergamot Deodorant Wipes
    • A fresh sparkling fragrance profile with citrus, clean florals and dry woods
  • Degree Men Cool Rush Deodorant Wipes
    • Invigorating scent contains a burst of crisp, green arctic freshness
  • Degree Men Overtime Deodorant Wipes
    •  A masculine scent of fresh citrus fragrance
  • AXE Apollo Deodorant Wipes
    • Crisp notes of green fruits and sage create a refreshing scent

In addition to Unilever’s new Deodorant Wipes, the beauty and personal care parent company now also offers mini, 1-oz. Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants by Dove, Dove Men+Care, Degree® Women and Degree® Men for on-the-go sweat protection. Based on best-selling fragrances, the new mini Dry Sprays are the perfect complement to travel carry-ons, gym bags and any place where an extra spray of sweat protection may be required.  The new mini Dry Sprays retail for $1.99 and are available at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide. 

Mini Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorants:

  • Degree Women & Degree Men UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant (1 oz.)
    • Offers ultimate freshness and 48-hour wetness protection
    • Formula keeps white clothes white and black clothes black
    • Infused with Degree’s® signature MotionSense® technology
      • Motion-activated sweat and odor protection that delivers bursts of fragrance with every move
  • Dove Cool Essential Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant (1 oz.)
    • Designed with a refreshing cucumber and green tea scent
    • Offers 48-hour antiperspirant protection
    • Contains ¼ moisturizers for soft and smooth underarms
    • 0% alcohol and non-irritating
  • Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant (1.oz)
    • Designed with a clean, crisp scent
    • Provides 48-hour sweat and odor protection
    • Contains ¼ moisturizers

Shoppers will see support for Unilever’s new Deodorant Wipes and mini Dry Sprays in-store as well as via social media, national advertising and sampling initiatives.

About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Personal Care, Food & Refreshment and Home Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Love Beauty and Planet, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Pure Leaf, Q-tips, Schmidt’s Naturals, Seventh Generation, Simple, Sir Kensington’s, St. Ives, Suave, Sundial Brands, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TAZO, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2017.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. Globally, the company’s sustainable living brands are growing 50% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 60% of the company’s growth in 2016.

For more information on Unilever U.S., its brands visit and the USLP visit: www.unileverusa.com

To connect with Unilever U.S. via Facebook visit: www.facebook.com/unileverusa

To connect with Unilever U.S. via Twitter follow: @unileverusa

* Source: Global Deodorant H& E (2017)

CONTACT:    

Ashley Johnson

Weber Shandwick

ajohnson@webershandwick.com

212-445-8743

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