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Kia Telluride Named Winner Among Automobile All-Stars

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IRVINE, California, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2020 Kia Telluride, the brand’s most decorated SUV ever, has been named a winner at the Automobile All-Stars, an annual evaluation held by leading publication Automobile, to determine the best new vehicles of the year.  This year’s event invited 21 vehicles across various segments to compete, each one considered among the “most interesting new or significantly revised” offerings available to consumers. Only eight of the 21 vehicles were named “All-Stars.”

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This win comes on the heels of Telluride becoming the first-ever SUV to claim the “Triple Crown” of the auto industry’s most prestigious honors: 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY)1; MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and a Car and Driver 10 Best.  

“The Telluride being named an All-Star by Automobile is an honor for the Kia brand and extends our popular SUV’s impressive marathon run of significant accolades,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA). “It is further validation that our eight-passenger SUV delivers on its promise of world-class design, quality and engineering to our customers.”

The editors of Automobile selected and tested 21 vehicles over multiple days of driving on various types of roads in and around the California high desert. After evaluating and scoring an array of criteria for each contender, the staff determined eight All-Stars winners as the best new cars of the year. 

“The fact the 2020 Kia Telluride impressed our test drivers so much is a testament to Kia’s execution of style, practicality and value,” said Automobile editor-in-chief Mac Morrison. “In an Automobile All-Stars field of contenders that included some of the best sports cars, luxury GTs and supercars on the market today, this three-row SUV still stood out easily as one of the best new cars of the year. Whether you’re talking about its exterior appearance, interior appointments, or the experience from behind the wheel or in one of the cushy passenger seats, it’s a winner in every way.”

In addition to collecting the most awards within its first year on the market in Kia history, the Telluride is also one of KMA’s best-selling vehicles. Since going on sale in early 2019, over 70,000 Tellurides have been sold and demand continues to quickly outpace supply. Conceived, designed, and developed in the U.S. specifically for the U.S. market, the Telluride is proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia, and is the first Kia vehicle to be exported from the United States.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest ranked mass market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power2 and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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2 Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

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2021 Honda Insight Adds Blind Spot and Cross-Traffic Assists to Roomy, Refined and Efficient Hybrid Package

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The 2021 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow featuring newly available blind spot information (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor along with a new exterior color--Radiant Red Metallic. With best-in-class passenger space, upscale interior appointments and a refined driving experience, the 2021 Insight is a premium compact sedan with EPA city fuel economy ratings up to 55 mpg. The 2021 Insight carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $22,930 (excluding destination).

TORRANCE, California, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2021 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow featuring newly available blind spot information (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor along with a new exterior color—Radiant Red Metallic. With best-in-class passenger space, upscale interior appointments and a refined driving experience, the 2021 Insight is a premium compact sedan with EPA city fuel economy rating up to 55 mpg2. The 2021 Insight carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $22,930 (excluding $955 destination and handling).

The 2021 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow featuring newly available blind spot information (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor along with a new exterior color—Radiant Red Metallic. With best-in-class passenger space, upscale interior appointments and a refined driving experience, the 2021 Insight is a premium compact sedan with EPA city fuel economy ratings up to 55 mpg. The 2021 Insight carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $22,930 (excluding destination).

The Honda Insight, with standard Honda Sensing® technology, is the only compact hybrid sedan to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2020. Also, the Insight recently received a top-five green score from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), beating out multiple plug-in and battery electric vehicles.

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

2021 Insight Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

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MSRP

MSRP Including $955
Destination Charges
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EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)2

Insight LX

$22,930

$23,885

55/49/52

Insight EX

$24,810

$25,765

55/49/52

Insight Touring

$28,840

$29,795

51/45/48

The 2021 Honda Insight for the North American market is made exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana, auto plant alongside Civic and CR-V, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Its hybrid powertrain, including the 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor system and intelligent power unit (IPU) containing the hybrid battery pack, is produced in Ohio.

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

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

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2020 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

1 MSRP plus $955 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/condition, driving conditions and other factors.

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Dr. Heberto J. Becerra’s New Book Gotas De Inspiración, Is A Work Of Poetry Reflecting The Vivid, Thought-Provoking Facets Of Life

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MIAMI, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Gotas de Inspiración was created by Dr. Heberto J. Becerra. Dr. Becerra is an author who hails from the province of Santa Clara, Cuba. He was a chairman of the CBC Occ, professor at the STBC, and currently serves as a pastor at Peters Road Baptist Church in Plantation, Florida.

Dr. Heberto J. Becerra said this about his book: “The content of this work is about walking through the pages of life—conversions, experiences, praises, transparencies, realities, exaltations, and connections of faith. All of this is here!

If you direct your eyes to the reading of this book, you will discover the profiles of its author. From the acute notes to the most serious, you will notice there is a mixture of arpeggios in verses that will help you to enter from the simplicity of a wave to the immense depth of the Creator.”

As the author expressed in the preface, there is a wide range of routes ranging from traditional verses to avant-garde notes. It is as if the brush of Pablo Picasso was taken to the canvas; even that of Joan Miró.

From the simple verses to the attempt to climb among the mountains of what is known in literature as a modernist movement, you will find it in those lines. If it seems to you that the author presumes to be a snake in literary poetry, it is not so. He qualifies among the archaeologists of the verse, only working with the hard rocks of that millenary discipline.

Published by Page Publishing, Dr. Heberto J. Becerra’s new book Gotas de Inspiración will intrigue readers with well-thought-out verses that impart love, passion, and renewal of faith.

Consumers who wish to be inspired with supernal juxtapositions ingrained within life can purchase Gotas de Inspiración in any bookstore, or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

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

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Ximena Cordova’s New Book Sueños Y Aspiraciones De Una Mujer, An Encouraging Story Of A Woman’s Daily Struggle And Ideologies Throughout Her Excursion In Life, And Her Goal To Succeed In This Society

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The book Sueños y Aspiraciones de una Mujer was created by Ximena Cordova. Ximena is an author who served as a Diplomat Consul of Ecuador in San Francisco. In 1980 she opened a travel agency and has proven herself to be a competent businesswoman, maintaining high prestige with all her hotels and clients.

This book is about the dreams and aspirations of a woman who was raised by pure adventure and the school of life. She is a very strong woman of character, so as not to fall into temptation of the corrupt world that she faced every day since she was a child. Then, as an adult and as an executive, fought against the masculine world in which every industry that set out to excel and stand out prevailed. She lived and traveled a lot in Europe, trying to learn and absorb many qualities that would help her in her future, believing and hoping to return to her country of origin: Ecuador. Seeing the reality of machismo, she became disillusioned and began to look for other horizons where she found an open window in San Francisco, California. There she settled, working day and night. She opened her future and stood out, with the only flaw that she didn’t give time: love. That is why Ximena has written this book to give a message to the new generation: ‘do not let your beautiful youth pass without enjoying it.’ Enjoy the present, and be good children, as your parents will help you develop and stand out, at least until you’re eighteen.

Ximena says, “I helped my daughters all my life. Today they are important professionals of twenty-nine and thirty years respectively. They went to study at a university in Europe, and they returned to what was and will be their home forever, and they still live with me without any shame.”

The purpose of this book is to tell readers about daily experiences not only from Ximena as the author, but also from many women who have identified with her but unfortunately do not dare to speak out of shame for fear that they will not be given credit and for the frustration that the authorities never helped to give continuity to the fact. Today, all these cases mentioned have improved, but there is still much more to do and work.

Published by Page Publishing, Ximena Cordova’s new book Sueños y Aspiraciones de una Mujer will impart a no-holds-barred depiction of a life fraught with anxiety leading up to victory and fulfillment of life’s purpose.

Consumers who wish to be encouraged to speak up of the injustices they have experienced can purchase Sueños y Aspiraciones de una Mujer in any bookstore, or online at Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries, you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

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

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Bright.md COVID-19 Screening Products Help Save Thousands of Provider Hours During Pandemic Crisis

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PORTLAND, Oregon, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As COVID-19 has spread to every state in the U.S. and increased testing reveals exponential growth in the number of infected patients, Bright.md has helped health systems evaluate and treat tens of thousands of patients with its virtual care delivery platform, SmartExam™. Allowing patients to be clinically managed from their own homes reduces the spread of the virus and, more importantly, gives valuable time back to providers to focus on the patients who need the most care.

As of Friday morning, Bright.md’s partner health systems have:

  • Screened more than 27,000 patients with possible COVID-19 infection.
  • Escalated more than 425 patients who have met Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria for further care or testing.
  • Saved providers more than 8,000 care delivery hours.

Using SmartExam, providers can deliver a diagnosis and treatment in less than two minutes, which means a single clinician can manage more than 200 patients each day. For comparison, in-person and video visits typically require more than 20 minutes of provider time, which means a single doctor has capacity for only 25 to 50 patient encounters each day, even when taking on exceptionally long shifts.

“Overwhelmed health workers on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic are working long hours to treat the growing number of patients who require screening and care for the virus,” said Dr. Ray Costantini, co-founder and CEO of Bright.md. “By enabling at-home online care automation, we are seeing the number of patients accessing our services multiply exponentially each day, which means fewer patients will expose others to the virus and providers have more time to address the most serious cases.”

Bright.md—recognized this week by CB Insights as one of 12 healthcare technology companies on the forefront of addressing the COVID-19 crisis—has also announced a suite of products to help systems manage the demand on their clinical resources:

  • Free COVID-19 Screening Tool: Last week, Bright.md made available a free COVID-19 screening tool based on its virtual care platform, SmartExam, which can be deployed in a few days, to hospitals nationwide.
  • SmartExam Light COVID-19 + URI Care: A streamlined version of SmartExam that includes the COVID-19 Screening Tool, as well as the Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) module, which allows hospitals to screen for COVID-19 and deliver care in the case of more common upper respiratory infections (e.g., flu). This tool can be deployed in one to two weeks.
  • SmartExam: Bright.md’s flagship virtual care tool that helps deliver remote care for more than 450 conditions that drive more than 60% of primary- and urgent-care volume first integrated the COVID-19 assessment into its URI module in late January. 

Dozens of health systems already overwhelmed with patients have contacted Bright.md to deploy these digital triage tools in the next two weeks. Bright.md’s dedicated COVID-19 team is continuously monitoring the evolving CDC guidelines about COVID-19 screening, updating all products within one business day.

Bright.md’s SmartExam is also still helping systems deliver care to people who have more mainstream medical issues, such as pink eye and bladder infections. “People have real concerns about going to the doctor right now, but non-acute conditions don’t just go away during a pandemic,” said Dr. Costantini. “If we can help healthcare systems keep those patients out of their doctors’ offices by offering them high-quality evidence-based virtual care, their clinicians can attend to the sickest patients. It’s a powerful way to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 impact.”

In addition to its recognition by CB Insights this week, Bright.md also banded together with nearly 40 other health tech companies to form the StartX Med COVID-19 Task Force, a group mobilized to provide government agencies, regulatory boards and healthcare systems with solutions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Costantini will be available for interviews and to share his insights with the industry on effectively deploying telehealth solutions and managing patient demand during global health crises.  

For more information, hospital systems can email covid19@bright.md or visit www.bright.md.

About SmartExam
SmartExam can support care for the conditions that account for up to 60% of the visit volume in primary care, urgent care, retail and non-emergent emergency department (ED) settings. The AI-powered asynchronous care automation tool helps providers achieve up to 20x improvements in efficiency, reducing a 20+ minute in-person or video-based appointment to under 90 seconds.

About Bright.md
Founded in 2014 and based in Portland, Oregon, Bright.md is a leading healthcare automation company dedicated to modernizing direct-to-patient telehealth for healthcare systems with its AI-powered virtual-care platform, SmartExam. Bright.md partners with premier healthcare organizations in North America, including three of the top five not-for-profit health systems and five of the top ten health systems in the United States. These partners offer SmartExam to more than 10 million patients who are seeking convenient urgent and primary care online. Bright.md has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Healthcare, a Vendor to Watch by Chilmark Research, and is the preferred choice of AVIA’s Virtual Access cohort. Bright.md is venture-backed by B Capital Group, Seven Peaks Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Oregon Venture Fund and the Stanford-StartX Fund. For more information, visit Bright.md.

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“Mexicali Resiste” Fights for Citizens to Choose Water over Beer and Corruption

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MEXICALI, Mexico, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Alcohol Justice is reporting that Mexicali Resiste and organized Mexicali residents will demonstrate opposition based upon corruption and human rights violations to the “consultation” vote on whether the U.S.-based alcohol corporation Constellation Brands is granted rights to continue operating in Mexicali, BC.

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What: Opposition Demonstration

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (DST)

Where: Mexicali, BC

Who: Mexicali Resiste, community residents, allies and activists

Why: Since January 2017, Mexicali Resiste has opposed the plans by Constellation Brands, a U.S. based alcohol corporation, to build a billion-dollar brewery to use local water to make beer for American consumers in a region already experiencing severe water scarcity. Constellation Brands is expected to consume 20 million cubic meters of water annually from the Valley of Mexicali. This desert region has an over-exploited aquifer that is fed by the Colorado River with serious water shortages and serious drought issues in Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito and Ensenada.

In February 2020, the National Human Rights Commission released a report that determined that the process of the approval and installation of the Constellation Brands Brewery violates the human right to water, which will lead to the detriment of the population and farmers of the Valley of Mexicali.

On March 9th Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suddenly announced a public “consultation” vote on March 21st and 22nd where residents of Mexicali will decide if the U.S. based alcohol corporation Constellation Brands can continue to produce beer while extracting essential water in Mexicali, BC. The official locations for the consultation vote were released on March 17th, only 4 days prior to the actual scheduled vote.

Concerned Mexicali Resiste and residents point out that such a short notice for a ‘consultation’ is a clear sign of corruption.  They believe this tactic will result in a vote in favor of Constellation Brands, allowing it to continue to produce beer while extracting essential water in Mexicali, BC.

“A human rights issue should not be voted on as a consultation,” said Rubén Albarrán, lead singer of the musical band Café Tacvba. “A corporation should not exploit a source of life that is limited and that is designated for use by the population for domestic and agricultural purposes and not meant for industry.”

Although the voting process is being promoted as “participatory” there is serious concern for the sudden vote which did not include public input and lacks transparency in the overall process. They also note that the vote ignores the corruption and human rights violations that have been documented since 2017.

“It’s important to expose the corruption of these multinational corporations because protecting human rights should be the global standard,” stated Mayra Jimenez advocacy manager at Alcohol Justice. “However, that is not always the case. Good for business doesn’t mean good for human rights and in this case, water rights. In Mexicali, Constellation Brands is a death sentence for the quality of life. Mexicali Resiste values community and life over profits and death. As one Mexicali Activist stated, “‘We don’t need beer to survive but we do need water.'” Water is life and when it is compromised the community stands up and fights back!”

CONTACT:

León Fierro +52 1-686-115-8338

Mayra Jimenez 323-683-4687

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Recovery Community Combats Isolation Of Social Distancing

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Online meetings are providing a life-line to addicts of all kinds, in this time of global pandemic

LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From Refuge Recovery: In the next 12 months, at least 158,000 people are expected to die in the United States, not from the coronavirus outbreak, but from the scourge of addiction. Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have reached 70,000 per year, while another 88,000 people are dying each year from alcohol abuse. Study after study shows that isolation and loneliness are among the main causes. It is not surprising then, that connection and community have been proven by most studies to be among the most critical factors in recovery.

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With the social distancing and isolation required by the onslaught of the coronavirus, addiction recovery organizations have been forced to adapt to the challenge, to try to avoid the death toll from addiction climbing much higher. Non-profit organizations such as Refuge Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, and others rapidly have moved most, if not all of their recovery meetings — the heart of the recovery process — to online platforms.

Peer-led Refuge Recovery meetings in particular, which are critical to that organization’s mindfulness meditation-based approach to recovery, are now available for free online, around the clock, at www.refugerecovery.org. In those meetings, as in all Refuge Recovery meetings, participants are offered guided meditation, a reading from the Harper Collins book, “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovery from Addiction,” and perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to share their personal accounts from the front lines of the battle for recovery. 

Smaller Refuge Recovery meetings are continuing in person, in compliance with government guidelines regarding social distancing. But many are too large, so they’ve gone online.

Ironically, by forcing thousands of recovery meetings online, the coronavirus might be opening the addiction recovery process to millions of people who, for whatever reason, did not or could not attend in-person meetings.

ABOUT REFUGE RECOVERY:

Refuge Recovery, a non-profit organization, is grounded in the belief, based on over a decade of its own experience, and 2,600 years of Buddhist practice in general, that Buddhist principles and practices can create a strong foundation for the addiction recovery process, especially for addicts who have difficulty with other programs. Wisdom and compassion enable those struggling with any form of addiction to become more mindful of their mental processes, while also developing a deep understanding of the suffering that addiction has created, and compassion for their own pain. We foster free-of-charge meetings and communities that practice regular meditation, offer mentorship, and use Refuge Recovery literature to educate and provide free, Buddhist-inspired guidance for anyone seeking recovery from addiction.

The international network of hundreds of Refuge Recovery meetings is strong and growing every week. More information is available on our website at www.refugerecovery.org, and on our two main Facebook pages with the @refugerecovery handle.

Press Contact:
Joseph Souhrada, Refuge Recovery World Services
Seattle, Washington
+1 (206) 913-9625
refugerecovery-pr@refugerecovery.org 

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Kia Telluride Named A Top Pick For Families By U.S. News & World Report

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Kia Telluride Named A Top Pick For Families By U.S. News & World Report

IRVINE, California, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — U.S. News & World Report awards the 2020 Kia Telluride its Best 3-Row SUV for Families accolade.

Kia Telluride Named A Top Pick For Families By U.S. News & World Report

“Telluride being named the Best 3-Row SUV for Families by U.S. News & World Report is the latest in a string of awards that have been bestowed on Telluride and is further validation of Kia’s relentless commitment to ‘Give It Everything’,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America.  “The flagship SUV’s rugged luxury and an abundance of tech combined with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers continues to exceed customer expectations.”

Winners were selected based on excellent professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, and the availability of family friendly features that keep occupants safe, connected and entertained. Vehicles with the highest composite score in their class were named the Best Car for Families in their respective categories.

U.S. News & World Report executive editor Jaime Page Deaton said, “Kia made the right choices when they loaded the Telluride up with family friendly options and plenty of cargo space. Safety features like a surround view camera, front automatic braking and lane keeping controls keep everyone safe.  Features like tri-zone climate control and heated and cooled front and rear seats keep everyone comfortable.  Kia’s UVO app is also impressive for how it helps parents coach their teens toward safe driving habits.”

For more information on the award, visit cars.usnews.com/cars-families.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest ranked mass market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power1 and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

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Media Statement From Southwest Gas

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LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — During these unprecedented times, Southwest Gas continues to be an essential part of the communities we serve. We remain committed to our two million-plus customers and will continue our normal hours of business operations during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a cornerstone of the community, the company provides the essential service of delivering energy to our customers, many of who are home-bound and rely on natural gas to cook, heat water and homes, and dry clothes, more now than ever before. That’s why we’ve also ceased disconnections indefinitely, until the COVID-19 situation improves, as we know that many of our customers will be affected by recent closures. In addition, we have adopted enhanced hygiene protocols, including mandating that our technicians wear safety glasses and gloves, as well as exercise social distancing and remain at least six feet away from customers in a home or business. We also want to remind customers that our public offices and payment kiosks remain open for customer business. Per the CDC’s recommendation, no more than ten people will be allowed inside the office at once. Customers can still manage their account from the comfort of their homes using our website swgas.com and our mobile app. We also provide assistance programs for income-qualified customers.  

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Full-Time or Part-Time, Domino’s® is Hiring

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Join Domino’s team in helping to feed America

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, and its franchisees are working hard to serve local communities and provide reliable, hot pizza to everyone looking for a meal. Staffing is critical at times like this. Open store positions generally include delivery experts, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers. Domino’s U.S supply chain centers are also hiring Class A CDL drivers.

“While many local, state, and federal rules are closing dine-in restaurants, the opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone,” said Richard Allison, Domino’s chief executive officer. “Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they’re not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry.”

Those who are interested in applying for a position should visit jobs.dominos.com.

All stores now have the ability to execute contactless delivery, while carryout remains open for those who prefer that option. For more information on what Domino’s is doing regarding COVID-19, please go to biz.dominos.com.  As always, for ordering, either use the website (dominos.com); Domino’s ordering apps for iPad®, iPhone® and Android; or Domino’s AnyWare ordering through Google Home, Alexa, Slack, and Facebook Messenger.

About Domino’s Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the largest pizza company in the world based on 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 more than 17,000 stores in over 90 markets. Domino’s had global retail sales of over $14.3 billion in 2019, with over $7.0 billion in the U.S. and nearly $7.3 billion internationally. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Domino’s had global retail sales of over $4.5 billion, with over $2.2 billion in the U.S. and over $2.3 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for 98% of Domino’s stores as of the fourth quarter of 2019. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2019 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S., Domino’s generates over 65% of sales via digital channels and has developed several innovative ordering platforms, including those developed for Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo and Twitter – as well as Domino’s Hotspots®, an ordering platform featuring over 200,000 unique, non-traditional delivery locations. In June 2019, through an announced partnership with Nuro, Domino’s furthered its exploration and testing of autonomous pizza delivery. In late 2019, Domino’s opened the Domino’s Innovation Garage adjacent to its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to fuel continued technology and operational innovation – while also launching its GPS technology, allowing customers to follow the progress of the delivery driver from store to doorstep.

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Please visit our Investor Relations website at biz.dominos.com to view news, announcements, investor presentations, earnings releases and conference webcasts.

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Blue Shield of California Offers Digital Hospital-Triage Tool to Network Health Systems to Help Handle Anticipated Surge of COVID-19 Patients

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OAKLAND, California, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Blue Shield of California is offering a new digital tool to its network hospitals at no additional cost to help them triage the influx of patients seeking advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) or other medical care.

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This is the latest effort by the nonprofit health plan to support public health during the ongoing coronavirus crisis by helping hospitals be more effective and efficient in caring for their patients.

The “COVID-19 Screener and Emergency Response Assistant” (COVID-19 SERA) is a tool that patients can access via Internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer on a participating hospital’s website. COVID-19 SERA can be customized for each health system’s emergency response plan, and it is updated in real-time with latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). GYANT, a San Francisco-based company providing virtual triage and patient navigation services, developed this tool.

Patients would access COVID-19 SERA on a hospital’s website, answer a few basic questions, and based on their reply, they would be directed to the appropriate medical settings for their health situation. The idea is to point patients in the most appropriate care setting so hospitals can better manage the inflow of patients.

The COVID-19 SERA service can be implemented on a hospital’s website within 48 hours. Blue Shield will cover the costs for its network hospitals to implement, update and be licensed to use COVID-19 SERA system for three months during the pandemic.

“The tool provides relief to hospitals’ overburdened call centers and front-desk resources. It can direct low-acuity cases to the appropriate medical settings and provide relevant information to patients affected by COVID-19 so that they can quickly receive medical care and help curb community transmission,” said Terry Gilliland, M.D., executive vice president, Healthcare Quality and Affordability at Blue Shield. “These are trying times for everyone and we believe this system can make a difference for hospitals as they do their best to provide medical care for patients.”

The COVID-19 SERA is developed by GYANT, a San Francisco-based company that uses artificial intelligence to provide digital services that help people access appropriate care.


About Blue Shield of California


Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with over 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com.

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About GYANT


GYANT, the patient engagement and care navigation company, drives more meaningful patient-doctor encounters while improving care utilization and pathways. Leveraging its customizable, artificial intelligence-enabled platform, which integrates into any EHR system, GYANT creates easy to navigate and enjoyable experiences for patients that equate to cost and time savings, and improved patient conversion rates for health systems. GYANT’s unique combination of deep intelligence, physician oversight and a human-driven, empathetic approach allows health systems to solve for traditional complex care issues, ensuring that patients receive the right care – anytime and anywhere, increasing engagement, trust and loyalty along their entire healthcare journey. PR Contact:  Abbey Clark, (631)-834-1070

CONTACT:

Matthew Yi

Blue Shield of California

510-607-2359


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The Home Depot Temporarily Adjusts Store Hours and Extends Paid Time Off in Response to COVID-19

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ATLANTA, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today it is temporarily adjusting store hours to better serve customers and communities in response to COVID-19. Beginning Thursday, March 19, stores  will now close daily at 6 p.m., while opening hours will remain unchanged.

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As an essential retailer to the communities it serves, The Home Depot is committed to keeping stores open just as it always does during times of crisis and natural disaster. Homeowners and businesses depend on The Home Depot for urgent needs such as hot water heaters, refrigerators, cleaning supplies, electrical and plumbing repairs, and harsh weather items like tarps, propane and batteries.

The adjusted hours will give stores the ability to staff appropriately and provide additional time to restock shelves and perform cleaning. As many items across our store are in high demand, the Company’s merchants and supply chain teams are prioritizing replenishment and restocking as quickly as possible.

The Home Depot is also expanding its paid time off policy to address the needs of hourly associates to help alleviate some of the challenges they may be facing as a result of COVID-19. Starting this week, all hourly full-time associates will receive an additional 80 hours of paid sick or personal time, and part-time hourly associates will receive an additional 40 hours of paid sick or personal time. These hours can be taken anytime from now until the end of the year. If associates are diagnosed with COVID-19 or advised by health or government officials to self-quarantine due to direct COVID-19 exposure, they will continue to be paid during that time.

“Our customers rely on us for urgent repairs, products, and materials, and we’ve always been committed to serving them during times of crisis and natural disaster,” said Craig Menear chairman, CEO and president. “I want to thank our associates and suppliers for their dedication and hard work to ensure we’re there for our communities during this challenging time.”

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,292 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2019, The Home Depot had sales of $110.2 billion and earnings of $11.2 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Now Introducing: FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Label

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Have you heard? The Nutrition Facts label has a fresh new look! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and drinks. This major update to the label, the first in over 20 years, is based on updated scientific information and input from the public. To help you understand how to use the updated label, FDA developed the education campaign, The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You?, as part of FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy. This information can make it easier for you to make informed food choices that contribute to lifelong healthy eating habits.

So, what’s new on the label?
The changes to the Nutrition Facts label make it easier for you to meet your nutrition goals and the recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Here’s what you need to know so you can make the most of the label the next time you go food shopping:

  • “Serving size” and “calories” are now in a larger, bolder font.
  • Serving sizes have been updated to better reflect the amount people typically eat and drink.
  • Daily Values for nutrients have been updated.
  • Added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium are now listed on the label.

What’s in it for you?
Using the Nutrition Facts label can help you make food choices that support a healthy diet. FDA’s Nutrition Facts label education campaign features a wealth of materials to help you understand and use the label and educate others on the changes. FDA’s website provides an overview of the campaign and links to materials for dietitians, physicians, health educators, and teachers. The social media toolkit contains newsletter text, social media messages, images, campaign videos, and fact sheets for social sharing. And the “What’s New” page can help you understand the label updates, and more.

FDA encourages you to use these campaign materials to help increase awareness, understanding, and use of the Nutrition Facts label. The next time you head to the store, look for the new Nutrition Facts label to help you make more informed food and beverage choices for you and your family.

To learn more about FDA’s refreshed Nutrition Facts label and Nutrition Facts Label Education Campaign, visit www.fda.gov/NewNutritionFactsLabel and watch this Q and A video with the Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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

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Blue Shield of California Offers Digital Hospital-Triage Tool to Network Health Systems to Help Handle Anticipated Surge of COVID-19 Patients

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OAKLAND, California, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Blue Shield of California is offering a new digital tool to its network hospitals at no additional cost to help them triage the influx of patients seeking advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) or other medical care.

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This is the latest effort by the nonprofit health plan to support public health during the ongoing coronavirus crisis by helping hospitals be more effective and efficient in caring for their patients.

The “COVID-19 Screener and Emergency Response Assistant” (COVID-19 SERA) is a tool that patients can access via Internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer on a participating hospital’s website. COVID-19 SERA can be customized for each health system’s emergency response plan, and it is updated in real-time with latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Patients would access COVID-19 SERA on a hospital’s websites, answer a few basic questions and based on their reply, they would be directed to the appropriate medical settings for their health situation. The idea is to point patients in the most appropriate care setting so hospitals can better manage inflow of patients.

The COVID-19 SERA service can be implemented on a hospital’s website within 48 hours. Blue Shield will cover the costs for its network hospitals to implement, update and be licensed to use COVID-19 SERA system for three months during the pandemic.

“The tool provides relief to hospitals’ overburdened call centers and front-desk resources. It can direct low-acuity cases to the appropriate medical settings and provide relevant information to patients affected by COVID-19 so that they can quickly receive medical care and help curb community transmission,” said Terry Gilliland, M.D., executive vice president, Healthcare Quality and Affordability at Blue Shield. “These are trying times for everyone and we believe this system can make a difference for hospitals as they do their best to provide medical care for patients.”

The COVID-19 SERA is developed by GYANT, a San Francisco-based company that uses artificial intelligence to provide digital services that help people access appropriate care.

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with over 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit news.blueshieldca.com.
Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

CONTACT:

Matthew Yi

Blue Shield of California         

510-607-2359                  

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Ismael Cala publishes seven free meditations on the app “Escala Meditando”

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MIAMI, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This Tuesday, communicator, strategist and best-selling author Ismael Cala published seven free meditations on his app Escala Meditando.

“We are experiencing a wave of uncertainty, fear and anxiety; but we can handle situations better if we learn how to manage fear. We must not let fear paralyze us. We must be proactive and get the best from ourselves,” Cala explained.

The free guided meditations available to everyone are: “Point of light,” “Be like bamboo,” “Handling stress,” “Life’s treasure,” “More love against intolerance,” “Calm from peace,” and “Feel, release and smile.”

Scientific investigations have shown that meditating is beneficial for physical and mental health, regardless of age. It increases self-esteem, helps with depression and lethargy, releases negative energy, alleviates suffering and combats stress.

Ismael Cala’s personal growth and mindfulness meditation app is completely in Spanish and is available for Android and iOS.

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

Life and business strategist. He presents and directs the interview show, CALA, which is broadcast in twenty countries. For five and a half years, Ismael Cala hosted the show CALA at prime time on CNN en Español. Businessman and social entrepreneur. Author of eight best-selling books in the areas of leadership, enterprise and personal development, including “El poder de escuchar,” (The Power of Listening), and “Despierta con Cala” (Awaken with Cala). Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba (1969) and has a degree in Art History from Universidad de Oriente. He is coauthor of the book “Beat the Curve,” with Brian Tracy. He graduated from the School of Communication at the University of York in Toronto, and has a diploma from Seneca College in Television Production. He is President and founder of Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation.

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Makita Raises The Bar With Impact XPS™, The Industry’s New Leading Line Of Bits And Fastening Accessories

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LA MIRADA, California, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Makita U.S.A., Inc., the innovation leader in power tools, outdoor power equipment and accessories, has released Impact XPS, the industry’s new leading line of bits and fastening accessories.

Impact XPS will shake up the fastening accessory category with insert bits and power bits engineered to last up to 90-times longer than standard bits. The entire Impact XPS line offers 117 skus, including insert bits, power bits, insert bit holders, magnetic nutsetters, sockets, and socket adapters.

“Standard bits are not keeping up with today’s higher torque fastening tools,” said Steve Relaz, product manager, accessories, Makita U.S.A., Inc. “Makita is the leading innovator of torsion zone technology in insert bits, and Impact XPS is the next generation of premium accessories engineered to withstand use with the hardest-hitting high-torque impact drivers. The Impact XPS line is the highest quality for exceptional product life, meaning less wasted time for contractors due to broken bits.”

Impact XPS Bits are expertly engineered to withstand the hardest hitting impact drivers, drills and screwdrivers. Three unique features help eliminate common pain points of bits:

  • Exact Fitment – Precision machined bit tips fit screws with minimal variance, thereby minimizing wear on the bit and screw. This helps prevent screw head stripping (cam-out).
  • Pulse Torsion Rings and Zone – Makita is the leading innovator of torsion zone technology in insert bits. The specially engineered pulse torsion rings and torsion zone help prevent the screwdriver bit from snapping.
    Pulse torsion rings disperse impact energy through the torsion zone and off the bit tip. The torsion zone has been optimized to flex under load to transfer impact energy for improved bit life. The length combined with diameter is a special formula to create an optimized torsion zone. This engineering works together for longer performance life.
  • Unique Steel Blend – The unique steel composition is engineered for increased durability to minimize stripping of screwdriver tips. The Impact XPS bits also feature a matte nickel surface for increased corrosion resistance.

These three unique features combined deliver a performance life of up to 90-times longer than standard bits. To demonstrate this advanced engineering, Makita created a hard-stop performance test that subjected a range of power bits to the full fastening force of a high-torque impact driver. Watch a video of this performance test at makitatools.com/impactxps

Insert Bits, Insert Bit Holders, and Power Bits
Impact XPS Insert Bits and Power Bits feature exact fitment, pulse torsion rings and zone, and a unique steel blend for up to 90-times longer performance life than standard bits. Impact XPS Insert Bits and Power Bits are available in Phillips #1, #2 and #3, Square #1, #2 and #3, and Torx T10, T15, T20, T25, T27 and T30. Impact XPS Power Bits are available in 2″, 3″ and 6″ lengths.

Impact XPS Magnetic Insert Bit Holders are ideal for use with Impact XPS Insert Bits. The bit holder is engineered to allow the torsion section of the bit holder to flex under load, taking pressure off the bit tip for increased durability in high torque applications. Impact XPS Insert Bit Holders are available in 2-3/8″, 3″, 6″ and 12″ lengths.

Nutsetters
Impact XPS Magnetic Nutsetters are designed to drive hex head nuts and self-tapping screws in a variety of applications. The hex shank allows for convenient use with high-torque impact drivers and driver-drills. Flat edges at the hex opening provide full contact with flanged hex head screws, and the lobular design is engineered to reduce stripping damage by driving fasteners on the sides, not the corners. The fixed magnet insert allows for easy one-handed operation. Impact XPS Nutsetters are available in 2-9/16″ and 6″ lengths in 1/4″, 5/16″, and 3/8″ sizes.

Sockets and Socket Adaptors
Impact XPS Sockets and Socket Adapters are designed to handle the fastening of automotive bolts and fasteners, lag bolts, threaded rod nuts, and more. The 6-point sockets feature a lobular design engineered to reduce stripping damage by driving fasteners on the sides, not the corners. Both metric and SAE socket sets are available, with 2″ socket adaptors for use with 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ sockets.  

For more information, please visit makitatools.com/impactxps

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics and power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network throughout the U.S.A. With 50 years in the United States and over 100 years worldwide, Makita utilizes experience and expertise to manufacture best-in-class solutions. For more information call Makita U.S.A. at (800)4-MAKITA or visit makitatools.com. Find Makita on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter @makitatools

MEDIA CONTACTS
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Consumer Inquiries:
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Cano Health issues guidance for its patients in response to Coronavirus; Urges those presenting symptoms to call the company’s 24×7 Support Line

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MIAMI, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cano Health, LLC, a leading population health management company and operator of 46 primary care medical centers throughout Florida, has announced several actions for its patients in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) policy, Cano Health is taking the following necessary steps to optimize care and reduce the risk and potential for infection of its mostly senior population:

–  Immediate Outreach Calls:  All Cano Health members will be receiving a call from the company’s member care unit to assess their immediate needs. High-risk members will be called first.
–  24×7 Urgency Support Line: Patients presenting any mild COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms are asked to STAY HOME (per CDC recommendations) and call Cano’s urgency lines, staffed by clinicians who will triage patients, as appropriate.  

The 24×7 Urgency Support numbers are listed below:

  • Miami-Dade: 786-355-3845
  • Broward/Palm Beach: 954-649-1213
  • West Florida (Tampa): 813-670-6768
  • Central Florida (Orlando): 407-901-4733

–  Cano at Home: The company’s proprietary population health platform (Cano Panorama) has increased clinical staff and the team is prepared to treat patients via telemedicine services and/or home visits, as medically necessary.
–  High-Risk Patient Home Visits:  All Cano Health members determined to be high-risk (due to age and comorbidities) will have the option to be visited by Cano clinicians to ensure that they have medication and educational materials.  Members will also have their vitals taken, undergo a brief examination, and be provided with basic personal equipment/supplies (such as masks). Cano clinicians will then follow-up with additional home visits, as needed.
–  Routine Care as Usual. Previously scheduled office visits at medical clinics, including transportation services, will continue as planned. A strict medical protocol has been activated for both clinical and transportation team members, should a patient present with possible symptoms.      
–  Telemedicine. Cano will be expanding its telemedicine services to provide routine care through the internet.  
–  90-Day Prescription Supply Delivered to Patient’s Home.  Through its pharmacy system, Cano Health members will have the option to have a 90-day supply of prescriptions and refills delivered at home. High-risk patients will be prioritized for medications and other protocol-related supplies such as masks and sanitation products.

“Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of our members,” said Dr. Richard Aguilar, Chief Clinical Officer. “Since early February, we have instituted strict clinical protocols in keeping with guidance from the Florida Department of Health, while continuing to deliver excellent quality of care to our patients. With our innovative telemedicine program, patients can be seen by their doctor from the comfort and safety of their home.”

“We want our members to know that we are here for them and will continue to serve them the Cano way—the highly personal and quality way to which they are accustomed,” added Dr. Marlow Hernandez-Cano, Chief Executive Officer. “We will not turn anyone away – that is at the heart of what we do. We will always comfort and take care of our patients.”

About Cano Health
Cano Health, LLC operates primary care centers and pharmacies in Florida that specialize in primary care for older adults. As part of its care coordination, the enterprise provides sophisticated, high-touch population health management programs including patient-centric programs such as home visits, telehealth, transition of care, and high-risk & complex care management. Cano Health’s personalized patient care and proactive approach to wellness and preventive care sets them apart. 

For more information visit www.canohealth.com.  

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CVS Pharmacy adjusts operational hours in Puerto Rico in response to COVID-19

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is adjusting the operational hours for all its locations across Puerto Rico, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. Effective Monday, March 16, all CVS Pharmacy locations in Puerto Rico will open at 5 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. CVS Pharmacy 24-hour locations will continue to provide drive-through prescription services after 9 p.m.  

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The following locations will offer drive through pharmacy service after 9 pm

  • 60 Ave. Los Dominicos, Toa Baja
  • Urb. Flamboyan Gardens, 600 Calle Marginal, Bayamón
  • PR3 & De Diego Ave/2500 Ave. De Diego, Carolina
  • Urb. Parkside C-1 C/Parkside 4, Guaynabo

In addition to restocking our stores, colleagues CVS colleagues are focused on ensuring our stores are properly cleaned and sanitized, frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces. For additional information and resources around COVID-19, please see the CVS Health website

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,900 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com 

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Five Signs to Know if Your Tax Preparer is a Fraud

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SACRAMENTO, California, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — It is a typical scenario. Your neighbor refers a tax preparer who helped him get a big tax refund. You go to the tax preparer. You tell him you’re not great at keeping records. The tax preparer says not to worry, he’ll estimate.

You get a big refund. You’re thrilled. The tax preparer says because he helped you get such a big refund, he’ll take 15 percent of it as part of his fee. You sign the return. You look at his signature line that only includes a business label. At least it’s not blank, right? Wrong. Below are common signs your tax preparer is a fraud.

Claims they are endorsed by the IRS – The Internal Revenue Service does not endorse tax preparers. It only recognizes certain credentials –  certified public accountants (CPAs), enrolled agents or attorneys. They have unlimited representation rights before the IRS. Some states have additional standards for other tax preparers. For example, California requires unlicensed tax preparers to complete tax courses and register with California Tax Education Council (CTEC).

Doesn’t have a PTIN — Anyone who prepares federal tax returns for a fee is required by the IRS to have an individual Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and include it on federal returns.

Signs with a label or as “self prepared” — Paid tax preparers are required to sign your returns. Beware it they sign it “self prepared” or use a business label.

Takes a percentage of your refund as payment — Beware of tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or claim they can obtain larger refunds than competitors. The fee should be based on the complexity of your return, not your refund.

Suggests you direct deposit your refund to an outside account — Questionable tax preparers may tell you it is more convenient; however, it is one of the most common ways scammers steal refunds. Your refund should always go directly to you.

CTEC is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1997 by the California State Legislature to protect taxpayers against fraud. Visit ctec.org.

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Moms Unite Through App To Help COVID-19 Childcare Crisis

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LEHI, Utah, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — While school districts across the nation continue to close, many parents still need to work in order to provide for their families. With more than 26 million children now home during regular school hours, the need for safe childcare is at an all-time high.

The Momni App offers a timely solution to the current childcare crisis caused by the impact of coronavirus closures. By helping parents get in contact with local families to offer or receive childcare services, parents are able to find childcare that will not expose children to large groups typically seen at traditional daycares and schools. In addition, Momni also provides work from home opportunities for those hourly and contracted employees who may be without work during coronavirus related closures.

Due to the seriousness of this issue, Momni will be waiving fees on the platform through April 30, 2020. They hope this will help parents find the childcare needed at an affordable price.

Those that sign up as hosts have the opportunity to earn income by providing childcare to users registered as guests. Those that sign up as guests can locate hosts, request childcare, and make payments directly through the Momni app. Both guests and hosts are required to go through an in-depth verification process and have the option to leave reviews after every booking.

Founded in Utah, by mother and entrepreneur Karmel Larson, Momni is a caresharing app that allows users to sign up as guests, hosts or both. “We hope that this situation will bring our communities together,” says Larson, “This is something we can do to help support one another and ensure childcare needs are met.”

To learn more and become a registered user, visit momni.com

You may access our press kit here.

For media inquiries, email us at PR@Momni.com.

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Kanal D Drama Tops Among Female Viewers Since Its Launch In The U.S.

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MIAMI, March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — THEMA América, a Canal+ group company, announced today that since its launch last November, Kanal D Drama’s Turkish series have achieved high viewership. Kanal D Drama is the product of a strategic alliance between THEMA and Kanal D International, world leaders in exporting Turkish productions. Kanal D Drama is the first and only channel that broadcasts the most renowned Turkish dramas worldwide.

Kanal D Drama was launched for the first time in the U.S. Hispanic market through Comcast’s Xfinity Latino TV package, reaching one million subscribers. In just a few months, Kanal D Drama ranks 8th in VOD views within all Hispanic networks which offer VOD content via Xfinity. Series such as ‘Mi último Deseo (Bidding Farewell), Hulya, y ¿Qué culpa tiene Fatmagul? (What Is Fatmagul’s Fault?) ranked top three amogst Kanal D Drama’s VOD offering on Xfinity.

“It is very gratifying to see the acceptance that this channel has had on different platforms in just a few months since its launch in the U.S.,” said Francheska León de la Barra, Marketing Director for THEMA America and responsible for the Kanal D Drama brand in the U.S. and LatAm. She added, “For Kanal D Drama’s launch in the U.S., we made a well curated selection of the most successful Kanal D International series, among which was the great audience success ¿Qué Culpa tiene Fatmagul? (What Is Fatmagul’s Fault?), and our Spanish-speaking audience quickly embraced it. People are tuning into this channel on more and more platforms and social networks, with a combined total of over 12 million impressions and engagement of almost three million.”

As of last January a report shows that 87% of the captive audience for Kanal D Drama in the U.S. are women, 26.1% between 35 to 44 years old, and 22.5% between 45 and 54. This is the same phenomenal in audience acceptance that Kanal D Drama has experienced in Latin America and throughout the world.

Currently, Kanal D Drama offers over 1,500 hours of entertainment, including among others, the successful Kanal D International series ¿Qué Culpa Tiene Fatmagul?, (What Is Fatmagul’s Fault?), Hulya, Chicas del Sol (Sunshine Girls), Guerra de las Rosas (War of the Roses), Kuzey Guney, Amanecer (Waiting for the Sun) which premieres on March 18, and Mi Último Deseo (Bidding Farewell), which has excellent audience metrics so far this year.

Kanal D Drama was launched in 2018 in Latin America, and since then has continued to experience the same rapid growth in countries such as Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Chile, and Argentina, among others. For example, the channel’s flagship series, ¿Qué Culpa Tiene Fatmagul?, became Chile’s most successful Turkish series, averaging 30 points per broadcast, and even reaching 35 points, according to IBOPE, a major media research firm. In Peru, the series outperformed stellar Peruvian programs that had never had any primetime competition.

¿Qué Culpa Tiene Fatmagul?, a series based on a real event, is also very popular also in other countries of the Arab world, where it even had such an impact that it caused an increase in tourism in Istanbul, as many tourists traveled to Turkey to visit some of the locations where it was shot, such as the restaurant where Fatmagul worked. In addition, in countries such as Spain, ¿Qué Culpa Tiene Fatmagul? has greatly increased its audience since its release, and its global hegemony continues.

¿Qué Culpa Tiene Fatmagul? airs Monday through Friday at 8:20 p.m. Eastern / 5:20 pm Pacific. The premiere of Amanecer airs on March 18, at 10:00 pm ET/ 7:00 pm PT on Kanal D Drama, Xfinity, and Xfinity On Demand.

About Thema America:
THEMA, a Canal+ group company, is a leading distributor of thematic and multicultural content on all platforms for MVPDs (Multichannel Video Programming Distributors). It has a varied portfolio of more than 180 channels worldwide. Its portfolio includes, among others, Kanal D Drama, in association with Kanal D International; CincoMAS, an international offering of Mediaset Spain; MEZZO Live HD, Canal+ International, Canal+’s first offering for the French-speaking community in the Americas; and serving Hispanic communities in the U.S., it offers Mexico’s leading channels, Once Mexico and Canal 22 International, and the Dominican Republic’s Telemicro Internacional, among others.

About Kanal D International:
Kanal D is the leading national TV channel of Turkey broadcasting under Demirören Media, Turkey’s leading and Europe’s fourth largest media organization, operating at television, newspaper, internet and magazine publishing and distribution industries. Kanal D is creating world class premium content as one of the top content providers in the world for 26 years. Kanal D International is the global distribution company of Kanal D, reaching to a wide profile of audience in more than 154 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, the Balkans, Europe, Latam, MENA and the Far East, by providing award winning content including series and programs.

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March of Dimes Welcomes Ariel Gonzalez as Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Relations

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ARLINGTON, Va., March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — March of Dimes, the leading organization fighting for the health of moms and babies, announced today the appointment of Ariel Gonzalez, Esq. as Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations. Gonzalez will lead the development and implementation of March of Dimes’ federal and state government affairs and public policy agenda. The Government and Policy Relations team is responsible for advancing March of Dimes’ legislative priorities that would improve health equity, reduce prematurity, preventable maternal mortality and make measurable strides for the health of moms and babies.

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“The U.S. is in the midst of a maternal and infant health crisis and our Policy and Government Relations team is instrumental in expanding much-needed protections for moms and babies,” said March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart. “I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ariel Gonzalez to lead the team and look forward to leaning on him and his years of experience as we advocate for commonsense policies.”

Gonzalez has more than 20 years of experience in government relations, advocacy and public health policy for membership associations and Fortune 500 companies. He has served in senior roles for major health advocacy groups like the American Psychiatric Association (APA), AARP, and the American College of Radiology. At APA, Gonzalez helped lead the passage of mental health and substance use disorder reform. Earlier at AARP, he served as chief Capitol Hill lobbyist and expert on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act among other issues. He holds a Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.  

“I’m excited to join March of Dimes at this pivotal moment, as Congress and state houses across the country consider critical legislation that promotes the health of women in their reproductive years, as well as their babies,” said Gonzalez.  “Time is of the essence, and I look forward to working with advocates, volunteers and partner organizations across the country to make a positive difference in the lives of moms and babies.”

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Goya Foods Donates 18,225 Meals To New York City Students And Families

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JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic owned food company, has a longstanding history of donating millions of pounds of food in times of disaster and desperate need through the company’s global program Goya Gives.  In anticipation of the financial impact caused by the Coronavirus epidemic, Goya donated 18,225 meals to students of six New York City high schools including Food and Finance High School, High School of Hospitality Management, Facing History High School, Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, Manhattan Bridges High School, and P.S. 138 District 75 School. 

As city schools begin to take precautions, New York City families are already starting to feel the burden at home.  “We understand that this is going to be a tough few weeks for many and we wanted to help support families and students during this time, who often only eat a healthy meal while attending school,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.  “We’re prepared to do our part and help in any way we can.”

Each student at all six high schools will receive a bag filled with a 5-pound bag of Goya rice, a 1-pound bag of Goya black beans, a 1-pound bag of Goya pink beans, and two 16.9-ounce tetra of Goya coconut water.  “Goya is providing comfort and sustenance in a time of great uncertainty for our students and their families. Goya’s generosity reminds us that in a time of crisis, we all have a role to play to address the needs of at-risk families,” said Nan Shipley, Board Chair of the Food Education Fund. 

Goya executives donated the first round of donations to all students at the Food and Finance High School on Friday, May 13, 2020.  The remainder of the food donation will be distributed over the next week to students. 

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

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

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Royal Caribbean Announces Global Suspension Of Cruising

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MIAMI, March 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to suspend the sailings of our fleet globally at midnight tonight.

We will conclude all current sailings as scheduled and assist our guests with their safe return home.

As with our announcement yesterday regarding U.S. sailings, we expect to return to service on April 11, 2020.

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In the news release, Royal Caribbean Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruising, issued 13-Mar-2020 by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the following addendum should be added to the release after the third paragraph: “Cruises that depart U.S. ports before midnight tonight and international cruises will operate their scheduled itineraries. U.S. ships already at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.” The complete, corrected release follows:

Royal Caribbean Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruising

MIAMI, March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it is suspending cruising in the United States for 30 days.

We understand the gravity of the public health crisis confronting the country. And this is our part to play. So, beginning at midnight tonight, we are pausing the fleet’s US sailings for 30 days. 

We are reaching out to our guests to help them work through this disruption to their vacations, and we are truly sorry for their inconvenience. We are also communicating with our crew to work out the issues this decision presents for them. We know this adds great stress to our guests, employees and crew, and we are working to minimize the disruption.

Cruises that depart U.S. ports before midnight tonight and international cruises will operate their scheduled itineraries. U.S. ships already at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.

Our business is providing great vacations and creating great memories. We look forward to getting back to work as soon as we can.

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