Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program Provides Musical Instruments to Not for Profits That Transform Them into Works of Art

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — To many, musical instruments are works of art in and of themselves. But what if they could be used as a medium to create an entirely new art form and raise money for Orange County not-for-profit organizations at the same time? The Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program does just that, and the first results of this initiative will be on display at the Able ARTS Work Gallery in Long Beach,…

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — To many, musical instruments are works of art in and of themselves. But what if they could be used as a medium to create an entirely new art form and raise money for Orange County not-for-profit organizations at the same time? The Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program does just that, and the first results of this initiative will be on display at the Able ARTS Work Gallery in Long Beach, beginning March 12.

Upcycling is a creative reuse of products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Buena Park, California-based Yamaha Corporation of America donated more than 200 «upcycled» musical instruments—slightly blemished guitars, cellos and violins—to four Orange County not-for profit organizations, which then collaborated with local artists and students to transform them into new works of art.

The organizations—Able ARTS Work, Anaheim Elementary School District, Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park and KatrinaKures/CHOC —are now putting their creations on full display at the Able ARTS Work Gallery, encouraging their supporters to purchase them, which raises funds for the organizations in new, innovative ways.

Upcycled guitars sent by Yamaha to the Anaheim Elementary School District were turned into new pieces of art by families, the Muzeo Art group, as well as teachers and employees. Some chose to paint scenes on the guitars, while others chose to transform and repurpose their guitars into other useful or decorative items.

One such Muzeo artist, Robert Holton, not only stepped up to create a beautiful Disney-themed guitar for the Anaheim Elementary School District, but he also crafted a commemorative Dodger-themed guitar for KatrinaKures/CHOC, which will be on display at the Able Arts Work Gallery.

«Instead of crushing these instruments, the Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program provides an innovative way for organizations to raise funds for their art and music programs,» says David Jewell, partnerships and alliances manager, Yamaha Corporation of America. «In addition to promoting and funding the arts and music education, part of our corporate social responsibility mission is to reduce the amount of waste that Yamaha sends to a land fill.»

Able ARTS Work artists will receive a 50 percent commission on any work they sell, with the other half supporting the organization’s «A Home of our Own» capital campaign, which plans to purchase a permanent building and gallery for its adult day program for adults with disabilities. The other three organizations will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales.

«Through this generous partnership with the Yamaha Cares UpCycle Program, we have been able to provide our Boys & Girls Club members with an opportunity to be creative individually, while involving their families in a collective art project,» said Todd Trout, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park. «Whether new to fine arts or steeped with artistic talent, these members have been brought into the endless world of art through UpCycle.»

«This program came at a time during the pandemic when parents and students really needed a creative outlet and allowed them to put their feelings and ideas into a meaningful project,» said Mark Anderson, curriculum specialist for Music, Anaheim Elementary School District. «We are always excited when there are opportunities for parents to engage in the student learning and this project brought so much joy from start to finish.»

«The medium of making art on a guitar allows people to identify a new and accessible experience in their journey of creative and personal expression,» says Able ARTS Work Founder and CEO Helen G. Dolas. «It’s a dynamic force. The pieces on display are created by students of our day programs. The Upcycle project gives them a productive purpose to create artwork for our gallery, while promoting and empowering marginalized artists.»

The Able ARTS Work Gallery is located in Suite 150 at 6420 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach beginning March 12. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of April. For more information about the Yamaha Cares Upcycle Program, please email David Jewell at yamahacares@yamaha.com

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

About Yamaha Cares
Yamaha Cares is an employee-based initiative dedicated to charitable works to promote education, arts, health and human services, and community development in the areas where its employees live and work, as well as to spread the gift of music to people throughout the U.S. For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHACARES.

About Able ARTS Work
The primary mission of Able ARTS Work is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages in environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion.

We believe music and art are vital tools to liberate and transform lives. Our guiding philosophy «Love before Learning» ensures that each and every one is welcomed and cherished as an individual, and has opportunities every day for self-expression, personal growth and joy.

About Anaheim Elementary School District
AESD is the 5th largest elementary district in the state, serving approximately 16,000 students at twenty-four schools. The district’s boundaries encompass most of the central portions of the City of Anaheim, an area that is demographically diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, economic status, and language. AESD’s 2019-20 student population was 85.4% Hispanic/Latino, 4.8% White,4.3% Asian, 1.3% African American, 0.9% Multi-racial, 0.3% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 1.4% Filipino, and 0.1% American Indian/Alaska Native. Over 83% of students are identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged, including those students that are eligible for Free/Reduced Meals 81%, identified as Foster Youth 0.6%, and/or identified as Homeless Youth 10%. The student population also includes 51.2% English Learners and 9% Students with Disabilities. Many AESD students speak a primary language other than English, with more than 50 different languages represented and Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Filipino among the most common.

About Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park
The Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park has been meeting the social, educational, and recreational needs of low-income, disadvantaged youth in our community for more than 70 years. Our mission is to enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The primary goal of the Club is to support all our members in remaining on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

About KatrinaKures/CHOC
KatrinaKures is a movement started by the Jewell family in 2007 after Katrina Jewell was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005. From the beginning, KatrinaKures has partnered with CHOC, a pediatric healthcare system in Orange County, California, to raise money for research to find a «Kure» for the disease. To date, the movement has raised over $200,000 for CHOC.

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NIH effort seeks to understand MIS-C, range of SARS-CoV-2 effects on children

BETHESDA, Maryland, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Institutes of Health has launched a new research effort to understand how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, affects children, who account for <a target="_blank"…

BETHESDA, Maryland, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Institutes of Health has launched a new research effort to understand how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, affects children, who account for roughly 13% of the total cases of COVID-19 in the United States. The effort is called the Collaboration to Assess Risk and Identify Long-term Outcomes for Children with COVID (CARING for Children with COVID). This research program is developing and funding studies to investigate why some children are at greater risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection than others, why symptoms vary among children who are infected, and how to identify children at risk for severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infection. Research on the latter question is focused particularly on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a life-threatening condition marked by severe inflammation of one or more parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal organs.

The program is led by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Research conducted through CARING for Children with COVID is supported in part by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

«This effort stems from NIH’s commitment to understanding the spectrum of risk that SARS-CoV-2 poses for children and to identifying interventions to improve their short- and long-term health outcomes,» said NICHD Director and CARING for Children with COVID co-chair Diana Bianchi, M.D.

Based on current data, most children with SARS-CoV-2 infection do not develop serious illness. However, those who do go on to develop MIS-C can experience prolonged fever and severe abdominal pain and may progress to shock. Although most children with MIS-C survive, its cause and long-term effects remain largely unknown. There is also early evidence that some children with asymptomatic or mild infection may go on to develop such long term symptoms as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and respiratory problems.

«While much of the devastation wrought by COVID-19 is on older and vulnerable populations, it is affecting children in ways we are just beginning to understand,» said Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the NHLBI and co-chair of CARING for Children with COVID. «That’s why this research and these networks are so critical.»

Specifically, the program developed new research protocols for three clinical networks with sites across the country, to include children with SARS-CoV-2 infection and related conditions, including MIS-C:

CARING for Children with COVID also includes Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds), a research funding program to encourage the development of approaches that identify children at high risk for developing MIS-C. PreVAIL kIds is funded by NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Radical (RADx-rad) program to support new, non-traditional approaches and reimagined uses of existing tools to address gaps in COVID-19 testing and surveillance.

Although the studies supported by CARING for Children with COVID have slightly different goals, all will collect data on a core set of health measures that can later be analyzed across studies. Data from CARING for Children with COVID activities will be made available on multiple NIH web platforms to allow researchers to conduct additional analyses and make more discoveries.

More information on the effort is available on the CARING for Children with COVID website at Caring4KidsWithCOVID.nih.gov.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. For more information, visit https://www.nichd.nih.gov.

About the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): NHLBI is the global leader in conducting and supporting research in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders that advances scientific knowledge, improves public health, and saves lives. For more information, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit https://www.nih.gov.  

 

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Direct Relief Establishes «Fund for Health Equity» with Initial $75 Million

Founding Partner AbbVie Foundation and Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott provide Anchoring Investments

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Direct Relief today announced the formation of its Fund for Health Equity with $75 million raised against a goal of $150 million. The Fund will be steered by an Advisory Council with deep connections and experience in communities in which the effects…

Founding Partner AbbVie Foundation and Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott provide Anchoring Investments

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Direct Relief today announced the formation of its Fund for Health Equity with $75 million raised against a goal of $150 million. The Fund will be steered by an Advisory Council with deep connections and experience in communities in which the effects of historic racism and socioeconomic disparities persist. The members are:

  • Co-Chair Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General of the United States, Founder BayouClinic, Inc.
  • Co-Chair Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its Medical Advisory Council
  • Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE, President and CEO President of the National Black Nurses Association, Associate Professor the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Jane Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
  • Gail Small, JD, Head Chief Woman, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

A key aim of the Fund over the initial five-year period is to provide financial support to community health centers and free & charitable clinics, as well as other community-based organizations and educational institutions that focus on non-clinical matters and circumstances that strongly affect a person’s health – physical environment and social, political, cultural, and economic factors – commonly known as the social determinants of health. The Fund will invite applications at a later date.

Initial anchoring support for the Fund has been provided by long-term partner AbbVie, which announced in December its contribution as part as part of its larger social investment, and by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This month the NBA also announced its support as part of NBA All-Star 2021, and the Fund welcomes others to join the efforts.

Direct Relief provides extensive, ongoing charitable support to over 2,000 such organizations across the U.S. with donations of essential medications for patients without insurance or means to pay, and also during emergencies. This experience has highlighted the lack of complementary philanthropic financial support in amounts and with flexibility that would enable groups with proven effectiveness and the earned trust of communities to build upon successful programs or try promising new ones – opportunities that the Fund will seek to fulfill.

«Direct Relief is profoundly grateful for the extraordinarily generous financial resources already provided to the Fund for Health Equity and for the guidance offered by distinguished members of the Advisory Council who have devoted their lives to promoting health equity,» said Direct Relief’s CEO Thomas Tighe. «This effort will in no way detract from the immediate, necessary work that remains to be done as the Covid pandemic rages, but it will help shape for the better what exists when we emerge from the pandemic by providing support to those who know best what can make a difference.»

About Direct Relief: A humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world to communities in need—without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Over the past year, Direct Relief’s stepped-up efforts in the U.S. have provided $350 million in assistance – $50 million in emergency financial assistance and $300 million in material aid in the form of PPE, medications, and essential supplies such as oxygen concentrators – to 2,841 organizations serving communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Those efforts remain ongoing. For more information, please visit https://www.DirectRelief.org.

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L’Oréal Paris Women Of Worth Launches Call For Everyday Heroes

NEW YORK, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — L’Oréal Paris, the #1 global beauty brand, is seeking the everyday heroes among us by announcing the call for its 2021 Women of Worth nominations. Now through April 30, consumers are invited to nominate a woman at <a target="_blank"…

NEW YORK, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — L’Oréal Paris, the #1 global beauty brand, is seeking the everyday heroes among us by announcing the call for its 2021 Women of Worth nominations. Now through April 30, consumers are invited to nominate a woman at LOrealParis.com who is selflessly giving back to their community through non-profit leadership for a chance to be named one of ten Honorees, receiving up to $45,000 for their cause.

L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth premiered its new campaign this past Sunday, February 28 during the height of Awards Season, calling on Americans across the nation to place their nominations for this year’s Honorees. Featuring the voice of Viola Davis, as well as images of last year’s National Honoree, Noelle Lambert and other alumnae, the new advertisement put the spotlight on incredible moments throughout the last 16 years of Women of Worth.

In 2021, the philanthropic program continues to bring to life the brand’s iconic tagline, «Because You’re Worth It,» championing women whose unwavering resilience, bravery and courage show the power of owning one’s worth. This year’s Honorees will join the multifaceted program’s alumnae network of 150 individuals, who champion a diverse range of causes that exemplify embracing their own worth and instilling worth within others.

«As we celebrate 50 years of our iconic ‘Because You’re Worth It’ tagline in 2021, we welcome stories that reflect not only the power of the Women of Worth who came before them, but individuals who demonstrate the intrinsic value and worth of women everywhere,» said Ali Goldstein, L’Oréal Paris USA President. «In this landmark year, we are proud to elevate the next 10 extraordinary women who find beauty in giving back, and we can’t wait to meet them.»

L’Oréal Paris will once more join forces with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to find it’s ten Honorees. In addition to receiving financial support for their organization, Women of Worth provides each Honoree with a national platform to tell their stories, and the opportunity to build a network that amplifies their cause to make an even greater impact in the lives of others.

«It is a privilege to help L’Oréal Paris recognize this year’s Women of Worth Honorees and highlight those who seek to ignite change in their communities and make the world a better place,» said Natalye Paquin, President and CEO of Points of Light. «The 2021 Women of Worth have touched countless lives through their important philanthropic work, and we believe they represent the best of humanity.»

Last year, Women of Worth launched its first-ever national television special, bringing together L’Oréal Paris’ notable roster of spokeswomen to highlight each Honoree’s unique mission.

In 2021, L’Oréal Paris will double its individual grants to $20,000 to create an even greater impact. One National Honoree, chosen by popular vote, will receive an additional $25,000 for her charitable work. Each of the 2021 Women of Worth will be recognized as a shining example of how giving back can truly change the world.

For more information about Women of Worth, to nominate a fearless woman making a difference in the world or to learn more about past Honorees, visit LOrealParis.com.

For more information on Points of Light’s innovative programs, campaigns and events, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

About L’Oréal Paris
The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care brand dedicated to empowering women by offering luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market.  The brand’s signature tagline, «Because I’m Worth It,» was born in the United States in 1973 to celebrate the beauty and intrinsic self-worth of women, and for more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has been providing women around the world with products in four major beauty categories: hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics. With L’Oréal’s invention of hair color in 1909, the brand continues to serve as a leading innovator of hair products across color, care, and styling with brands such as Superior Preference, Féria, Colorista, Elvive, the Ever Collection, and Elnett Satin Hairspray. L’Oréal Paris provides scientifically-advanced skincare products that are tested to address individual skin concerns through its renowned brands Revitalift, Pure-Sugar, Pure-Clay, Age Perfect, and Sublime Bronze. L’Oréal Paris’ iconic cosmetics include best-seller Voluminous Lash Paradise, as well as the Infallible, True Match, Colour Riche, Voluminous, and Visible Lift collections. For more information about L’Oréal Paris and to receive personalized advice, expert tips, and exclusive content, please visit www.lorealparisusa.com or follow on Instagram (@LOrealParis), Twitter (@LOrealParisUSA), Facebook (@LOrealParisUSA), and Pinterest (@LOrealParisUSA).

About Points of Light
Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

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Mazda Reports February Sales Results

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total February sales of 26,008 vehicles, a decrease of 8.4 percent compared to February 2020. Year-to-date sales totaled 51,267 vehicles, a decrease of 1.4 percent….

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total February sales of 26,008 vehicles, a decrease of 8.4 percent compared to February 2020. Year-to-date sales totaled 51,267 vehicles, a decrease of 1.4 percent. With 24 selling days in February, compared to 26 the year prior, the company posted an increase of 0.7 percent on a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis.

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.

Sales Highlights

  • Sales of the CX-30 totaled 5,005 in February, an increase of 33.3 percent compared to February 2020.
  • Sales of the CX-9 totaled 3,151 in February, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to February 2020.
  • Sales of the MX-5 Miata totaled 836 vehicles, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to February 2020.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported February sales of 4,240 vehicles, a decrease of 9.9 percent compared to February 2020.

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

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

Month-To-Date

Year-To-Date

February

February

YOY %

% MTD

February

February

YOY %

% MTD

2021

2020

Change

DSR

2021

2020

Change

DSR

Mazda3

3,083

3,759

(18.0)%

(11.1)%

6,129

6,255

(2.0)%

4.1%

Mazda6

1,327

1,730

(23.3)%

(16.9)%

2,725

3,485

(21.8)%

(16.9)%

MX-5 Miata

836

807

3.6%

12.2%

1,372

1,203

14.0%

21.2%

CX-3

519

947

(45.2)%

(40.6)%

893

2,093

(57.3)%

(54.7)%

CX-30

5,005

3,754

33.3%

44.4%

8,629

6,122

41.0%

49.8%

CX-5

12,087

14,462

(16.4)%

(9.5)%

25,670

27,370

(6.2)%

(0.3)%

CX-9

3,151

2,926

7.7%

16.7%

5,849

5,478

6.8%

13.4%

CARS

5,246

6,296

(16.7)%

(9.7)%

10,226

10,943

(6.6)%

(0.7)%

TRUCKS

20,762

22,089

(6.0)%

1.8%

41,041

41,063

(0.1)%

6.2%

TOTAL

26,008

28,385

(8.4)%

(0.7)%

51,267

52,006

(1.4)%

4.7%

*Selling Days

24

26

48

51

 

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Low-Code Development Platform Leader Veritran Announces Italbank International as Its First Client In U.S territory

MIAMI, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Veritran, a global company that facilitates digital transformation through its Enterprise Low-Code Platform, announced its first client in U.S territory: Italbank International, an American bank for Latin Americans.

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MIAMI, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Veritran, a global company that facilitates digital transformation through its Enterprise Low-Code Platform, announced its first client in U.S territory: Italbank International, an American bank for Latin Americans.

Press Contact: Nathaly Martinez, nathaly.martinez@bcw-global.com

Following its mission of facilitating access to accounts in dollars and/or euros for Latinos, Italbank chooses Veritran as its strategic partner to launch its first mobile application: «A Digital Wallet.» With this application, the bank will allow its clients to access their accounts with ease from a mobile device.

The application is available for bank customers in Google Play and Apple App Store. Set up for customers is quick and seamless: Customers must enter with their email registered with Italbank, validate a security code, answer their secret question, and generate their mobile credentials.

«We chose Veritran as our technology partner due to their experience in the market and their business proposal: to develop our first mobile application in four months,» said Rogelio Cardozo, Managing Director of Italbank International. «We achieved a product that exceeds our expectations, and we hope with the incorporation of this new digital channel to double our client portfolio within a year

Through this new channel, Italbank International customers will be able to make payments using QR codes and in express format (by email or cell phone). The digital wallet is multi-currency and allows users to check balances and movements in both Euros and U.S. Dollars, according to their associated accounts.

«We are very pleased with the trust that Italbank International has placed in us for the launch of its first mobile application,» said Omar Arab, EVP of Corporate Business at Veritran. «The transformation of the financial industry and user demands were boosted this year with COVID-19, and Italbank International instantly understood the need to join the digital world so that its customers around the globe receive the banking products they need.«

«Creating a mobile banking application was a great challenge for ItalBank, and today we can proudly say that our clients operate from anywhere in the world through our new channel,» added Cardozo. «This is only the starting point: we will continue working together with Veritran to optimize and incorporate new functionalities in the short term, such as digital onboarding for the registration of new clients and tokenization for greater security in transactions.«

Veritran implemented this project in partnership with TAG Solutions, an independent management consultancy that focuses on planning, designing and implementing IT services.

About Veritran

Veritran is a global company that speeds up and simplifies the development of digital solutions through its Enterprise Low-Code Platform. Focused on driving digital transformation, the company integrates exponential technologies into legacy systems, improving deployment times and delivery costs without writing a single line of code. Veritran’s Low-Code Platform is used by more than 50 clients, reaching 25 million users who safely run 25 billion transactions annually.

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About Italbank International

Italbank International is a bank registered in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, with a license issued in 2008 by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF) to operate as an International Banking Entity (IBE) under the provisions of the Law of the International Banking Center and the federal banking regulations of the United States. The bank’s services are focused on the Latin American market, operating in more than 20 countries.

Italbank International’s Products and Services Offerings

Current accounts in dollars or euros for natural and legal persons with the most attractive interests in the international market, Certificates of Deposit with terms from 60 days to 5 years, Commercial Loans, International Debit Card and AMEX Cards. Also, they have digital channels such as online banking and now the digital wallet, through which its clients can access their balances, details of account movements, request electronic transfers, and use the «Cash Management» application in the case of companies.

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New Market Research on the World Market for Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment – the Effect of Covid-19 (Vol. IRW-C) by Maxtech International, Inc.

SARASOTA, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2021 edition of its market research report on Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).

In 2021, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 29% in revenue driven mostly by demand for uncooled Elevated Skin Temperature (EST)/Fever systems for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, sales of thermal imaging…

SARASOTA, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2021 edition of its market research report on Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).

In 2021, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 29% in revenue driven mostly by demand for uncooled Elevated Skin Temperature (EST)/Fever systems for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, sales of thermal imaging systems for traditional infrared applications decreased. In 2021, the traditional applications are expected to bounce back and the infrared imaging market is expected to grow to over $8 billion by 2026 due to several market sub-segments.

The report forecasts market sizes for Infrared Imaging and Thermometry through 2026. Five-year forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in the following application areas: EST/Fever, Predictive Maintenance (condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement, Hunter’s Thermal Sights, Automotive Night Vision (including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous/Self-driving cars), Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS/EFVS), Firefighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones). Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Vehicle Sights, Microsensors, Airborne and Ground applications and others. However, strictly military systems (infrared missile seekers, targeting systems, etc.) are not covered in this report.

Market shares of leading supplier companies are provided and Company Profiles for 59 companies worldwide are detailed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of:

  • Commercial & Dual-Use Systems
  • Commercial-only Systems
  • Thermography
  • EST/Fever
  • Firefighting (for all types – handheld TiCs and SCBA-integrated TICs)
  • Firefighting (for handheld TICs only)
  • Security & Surveillance Systems
  • Uncooled FPAs/Modules
  • Uncooled InGaAs SWIR FPAs and Cameras
  • Enhanced SWIR (eSWIR)
  • Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) Cameras

What’s new in this report?

  • Recent changes in the market shares for suppliers of Security Systems, Uncooled FPAs/Modules and other applications.
  • Dramatic shifts expected in the EVS/EFVS market.
  • Expected growth in automotive night vision including ADAS and Pedestrian Detection
  • Detailed new analysis of the InGaAs market showing new players, their market shares, market growth and major application areas.
  • An update of new cooled detector technologies, including Type II Superlattice (T2SL) and nBn/XBn in commercial applications.

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Parkinson’s Foundation Adds University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to PD GENEration Research Study

MIAMI and NEW YORK, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a new site for <a target="_blank"…

MIAMI and NEW YORK, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a new site for PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease, a first-of-its-kind national initiative that offers genetic testing and counseling for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at no cost. The new testing site is made possible by a $1 million grant from the Sharron and Joseph Ashby Hubert Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward to support participation for Broward County residents. Genetic testing and counseling through PD GENEration are available in English and Spanish both in-person at the university’s medical school and online.  

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«We are truly grateful for the generosity shown by the Sharron and Joseph Ashby Hubert Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward to help us expand the PD GENEration program to better serve the Parkinson’s community in South Florida,» said John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. «This program will help people with PD better understand their diagnosis while improving Parkinson’s care by accelerating and supporting research.»

Scientists will use the genetic testing results obtained through this study for future research to develop improved treatments and personalized medicine for Parkinson’s. The study also aims to help people with PD and their physicians identify whether they may qualify for enrollment in certain clinical trials based on their test results. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, one of 33 designated medical centers in the U.S. with a specialized Parkinson’s care team that practices the latest treatments and research while providing the best care. The study is led by Dr. Carlos Singer, MD, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

«I’m participating in PD GENEration because I know that the more information we can gather about Parkinson’s disease, the closer we can get to finding better treatments and ultimately, a cure,» said Rick Friedland, patient research advocate. «This is also an opportunity for me to not just deal with symptoms, but also support real progress for the Parkinson’s community.»

PD GENEration is the first national initiative to offer genetic testing for clinically relevant Parkinson’s-related genes and genetic counseling at no cost for people with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The goal of PD GENEration is to improve Parkinson’s care by accelerating and supporting research to advance improved treatments and personalized medicine.

«With such a high concentration of people with Parkinson’s in South Florida, we are proud to fuel this vital and necessary research with a landmark grant from the Sharron and Joseph Ashby Hubert Fund,» said Amanda Kah, Charitable Funds Services Manager at the Community Foundation of Broward. «This cutting-edge research could potentially change the lives of so many people in our community.»

To learn more about PD GENEration, call 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or visit Parkinson.org/PDGENEration. For questions about enrollment, email Genetics@Parkinson.org.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation 
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease 
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Contact: Mona Clifton, mclifton@parkinson.org

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FREE Music Lessons to Celebrate 7th Annual Teach Music Week – 1000+ Locations

PHILADELPHIA, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The 7th Annual Teach Music Week will be celebrated Monday, March 15th through Sunday, March 21st. This annual week-long holiday invites musicians, music schools, music stores and other music organizations to offer a free lesson or class to new students (both kids & adults). This year, over 1,000 locations in fifteen countries will participate including…

PHILADELPHIA, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The 7th Annual Teach Music Week will be celebrated Monday, March 15th through Sunday, March 21st. This annual week-long holiday invites musicians, music schools, music stores and other music organizations to offer a free lesson or class to new students (both kids & adults). This year, over 1,000 locations in fifteen countries will participate including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, India, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Teach Music Week is celebrated annually during the 3rd week of March to coincide with national Music in Our Schools Month®. Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument is encouraged to seek out a participating location or musician friend to help get them started. Teach Music Week also invites public, private and charter schools to schedule activities that will encourage more students to sign up for music, band and chorus classes. 

Vincent James, co-founder of Keep Music Alive states: «We all know that the biggest hurdle to doing something is often just getting started. With Teach Music Week, we are hoping to inspire a new generation of musicians who will continue reaping the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music, long after the month of March is over

Keep Music Alive is honored to welcome the following music brands as partners for the 6th Annual Teach Music WeekAlfred Music, Casio, Conn-Selmer, D’Addario Foundation, Hungry For Music, Kala Brand Music, Music & Sounds Retailer, Musical U, Remo and Rock Out Loud LIVE.  Together, they are helping to share the Teach Music Week message, inspiring more children and adults to begin their musical journey. Music & Arts, the largest music lesson provider in the country, will participate in Teach Music Week by hosting two free Group lessons for Beginner and Intermediate Guitar on Saturday, March 20th at participating stores with over 220 locations nationwide (www.musicarts.com/openhouse).

Individual locations from additional chains participating this year include Long & McQuade, Kindermusik, Gymboree Play & Music, Music Together and the legendary School of Rock.  Keep Music Alive is also grateful for grant support received from the Les Paul Foundation and Music Nomad Equipment Care.  For more information or to find participating locations, please visit www.TeachMusicWeek.org or contact Vincent James at (610) 874-6312 and 304280@email4pr.com.

Keep Music Alive is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of music: educationally, therapeutically and overall making us a happier society. To support this mission, they created two international music holidays: Teach Music Week (3rd week in March) and Kids Music Day (1st Friday in October).  Each year, Keep Music Alive partners with hundreds of music school and retail locations to celebrate by offering free music lessons and holding numerous community events including open houses, student music performances, instrument petting zoos, community jams, instrument donation drives and more.  For more information, please visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org.

Rock Out Loud LIVE is the new Virtual Music Lesson Platform offering an interactive experience with signficant latency reduction compared to Zoom – Now being utilized by over 4,000 music teachers worldwide.

Music in Our Schools Month® is a registered trademark owned by the National Association for Music Education (www.NAfME.org).

 

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Solis Health Plans Earns National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation

MIAMI, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Solis Health Plans (Solis) is pleased to announce its accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. The accredited status applies to Solis’ Medicare Advantage HMO plans, indicating to members and providers that the plan is well managed, delivering high-quality care and service. Solis is currently the only new Medicare entrant based in <span…

MIAMI, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Solis Health Plans (Solis) is pleased to announce its accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. The accredited status applies to Solis’ Medicare Advantage HMO plans, indicating to members and providers that the plan is well managed, delivering high-quality care and service. Solis is currently the only new Medicare entrant based in South Florida with health plan accreditation (interim or otherwise) from NCQA.

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«NCQA is the gold standard of health care quality assessment and we are proud to achieve this rating,» said Solis CEO Daniel Hernandez. «The accreditation showcases our commitment to providing exceptional plans and service for our members, along with a dedication to continuous improvement.»

Simply stated, an NCQA accreditation is about achieving and maintaining excellence in the member health care experience. Accreditation confirms that standards of quality are met in supporting the health care needs of Solis’ at-risk population through a framework of standards. These standards certify the delivery of quality care and member connections, coordination of care, meeting members’ cultural and linguistic needs, and ensuring the member experience and access to care is of the highest standard.

NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS® (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans to evaluate their performance in terms of clinical quality and customer service. HEDIS is a set of standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and consumers have the information they need to reliably compare the healthcare quality.

NCQA Health Plan Accreditation is a widely recognized, evidence-based program dedicated to quality improvement and measurement. It provides a comprehensive framework for organizations to align and improve operations in areas that are most important to states, employers, and consumers. It’s the only evaluation program that bases results on actual measurement of clinical performance (HEDIS® measures) and consumer experience (CAHPS® measures).

About Solis Health Plans
Solis Health Plans is a community-focused Florida Medicare Advantage health plan delivering outstanding member experience and exceptional service to its members, providers, and brokers and offers competitive plans with expanded benefits in multiple counties. The company is locally based and self-identifies as the Un-Corporate Plan: personal as opposed to bureaucratic, innovative instead of risk-averse, and accountable rather than ambiguous. Solis Health Plans is committed to exceeding expectations and to being the plan of choice for the communities served, with the goal of achieving better healthcare outcomes.

For more information on Solis Health Plans, please visit www.solishealthplans.com.

Solis Health Plans is an HMO with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Florida Medicaid Program for dually-eligible beneficiaries. Enrollment in Solis Health Plans depends on contract renewal.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

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