News Article | May 9, 2017
Graj + Gustavsen (G+G), a full service strategic and creative brand and licensing consultancy firm has teamed up with IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, to extend the IRONMAN® brand globally to best-in-class manufacturers and retailers across all categories from apparel to healthy food alternatives. Through the agreement, G+G’s licensing division will develop a comprehensive execution strategy utilizing their 27 years of experience of building and extending brands. The agency will look to enhance IRONMAN athletes and casual fans relationship with the brand beyond its events. IRONMAN will expand the power of the brand to new audiences by tapping G+G to create and build new licensing opportunities. This will allow consumers to engage and be inspired in new ways through the association with a world-class and highly aspirational active brand that celebrates human achievement and a well-balanced lifestyle. “G+G is very excited and honored to have the opportunity to represent and build a strategic licensing program for such an iconic brand and work with the amazing team at IRONMAN,” said Scott Todd, SVP of Licensing at Graj + Gustavsen. Since the 1986 launch of the top-selling Timex IRONMAN watch, IRONMAN has developed an impressive licensing program that generates more than $500 million annually in global retail sales. The IRONKIDS® brand, which promotes healthy and active lifestyles among youth, also produces a successful licensing initiative – including the popular IRONKIDS Gummy Vitamins. Today, IRONMAN is the 72nd largest licensor in the world as reported by Global License Magazine. “IRONMAN is excited to begin working with the team at G+G, who are known for their outside the box thinking, strategic partnerships and tremendous creative capabilities,” said Nathalie Wolderling Bishman, Sr. Director of Global Licensing at IRONMAN. “As we continue to expand our brands globally and across product categories, we are looking for new and innovative ways to bring our brands to consumers across all athletic levels.” About Graj + Gustavsen G+G is a full-service strategic and creative brand consultancy that offers brand and business growth solutions by delivering vision and insight in the areas of strategy, design, brand extensions and consumer experience. For over 25 years, G+G has partnered with brand owners, investors and operators to maximize brand value, creating brand experiences and extensions that connect deeply with consumers. For licensing inquiries please contact Scott Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.GGNY.com. About IRONMAN A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 44 countries. For more information, visit http://www.ironman.com. IRONKIDS After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IRONKIDS® launched in 2009 with nine events. Since the inaugural year, IRONKIDS has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to over 80 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Further expansion is planned to for the launch of 100 new IRONKIDS events in China by 2020. The brand creates positive experiences for youth while fostering self-esteem through achievement. The IRONKIDS mission is to inspire and motivate through sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit http://www.ironkids.com. Iron Girl Launched in 2004 with just two events in the United States, the Iron Girl brand has gained popularity throughout the years garnering global appeal. The event series broadened over the past decade varying from 5Ks and 10Ks to half marathons, expanding and incorporating mother/daughter races, sprint triathlons and wellness initiatives. Iron Girl aspires to bring women of all ages together as a community by offering a supportive, energetic and empowering environment for females pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. For more information visit http://www.irongirl.com. About IRONMAN Consumer Products Licensing IRONMAN is a top 75 Global Licensor with retail revenues of licensed product exceeding USD$500 million per year. IRONMAN Licensed Products have been around since the inception of the brand and are manufactured and distributed through global, regional and local licensing partners across a variety of channels including food, drugstore, mass, and specialty as well as online and through IRONMAN owned retail channels. IRONMAN aims to create products that expand the brands exposure and enhances core and casual fans’ relationship with the brands beyond the mass participation event offerings. IRONMAN products span categories such as watches, eyewear, compression apparel, apparel accessories, fitness accessories, running strollers, fragrances, bags and luggage as well as wellness products to aid in an athlete’s nutrition and recovery. Most notably, the Timex IRONMAN Watch was launched in 1986 and continues to be the #1 selling sport watch in the world. For more information contact licensing(at)ironman.com.
News Article | May 12, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, is hosting its annual Upfront presentation on May 16 to unveil its 2017-2018 programming line-up and highlight how its portfolio offers deep engagement and unique opportunities for marketers to deliver results leveraging viewers’ passions. The presentation, titled “Proof of Passion,” will take place at the Lyric Theatre in New York City, and will be hosted by UCI’s President of Advertising Sales and Marketing Keith Turner, and EVP of Advertising Sales Steve Mandala, with special guest appearances and performances throughout the event. Displaying UCI’s full spectrum of media brands and how they are utilized to create result-driven opportunities for marketers, UCI’s presentation will center on the concept of “Proof of Passion” and highlight the five passion points driving audience engagement – Soccer, News, Family, Music, and Drama. UCI’s commitment to developing these key content verticals in order to drive passion and create connections between audiences and advertisers allows marketers collaborating with UCI to reach a valuable consumer group – U.S. Hispanics. UCI also reaches valuable young and diverse audiences through a powerful group of digital-first, consumer-driven brands organized under the umbrella of Fusion Media Group (FMG). The recognized sophistication of FMG’s branded content creation and distribution capabilities provides marketers with access beyond Spanish-language, as each brand uniquely serves a different facet of the American youth consumer. To date, the Company estimates its full portfolio reaches on average 108 million unduplicated media consumers each month – a 34% year-over-year improvement resulting from UCI’s continued evolution. “As Hispanic America’s most trusted media source, Univision knows best which passion points drive audience engagement and has the power to leverage those passion points for any brand not only looking to meaningfully connect with consumers across our multiple platforms but that delivers actionable results,” said Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Univision Communications. “From more catered programming to improved access to content, we have enhanced our diverse portfolio to meet the needs of not only the next generation of American youth, but also our valued clients. Our strategy continues to center around connecting and engaging with the audiences of the future and maintaining our unwavering commitment to authenticity and excellence.” “Passion for Univision’s content runs deep for Hispanic America and millennials, regardless of language. There’s no doubt that in media, content drives passion and creates connections between audiences and advertisers while delivering results,” said Turner. “Whether it’s news, soccer, drama, family or music content, we believe we are uniquely positioned to engage and capture the passion of our viewers and create enhanced growth opportunities for our partners. Our portfolio, combined with the unique passion within our content and among our audience, enables us to adapt and change as our audiences’ and partners’ needs evolve.” The presentation will highlight UCI’s portfolio across five key content verticals, which include: For additional information and assets, including pictures, please click here: Union of European Football Associations UEFA Champions League - Each year, from August to June, the top soccer teams from professional leagues across Europe compete in the world’s most prestigious club tournament, the UEFA Champions League. Featuring international powerhouses like Real Madrid FC (SPA), FC Barcelona (SPA), Chelsea (ENG), Manchester City (ENG), Bayern Munich (GER), Juventus (ITA), Benfica (POR), and global superstars such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Agüero, Luis Suarez, Garth Bale, and Neymar Jr., the UEFA Champions League has a new home, coming to Univision Deportes in August 2018. (Daytime and Primetime – Univision Network, UniMás & Univision Deportes Network) UEFA Europa League – In August 2018, one of the premier tournaments in the world will kick off on Univision Deportes with some of the greatest and most respected teams across Europe. These teams will face off to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Historic clubs participating include Manchester United (ENG), AS Roma (ITA), AFC Ajax (HOL), Athletic Bilbao (SPA), Olympique Lyonnais (FRA), featuring established soccer and rising talent from across Europe. The UEFA Europa League will be arriving to Univision Deportes in August 2018. (Daytime and Primetime – UniMás & Univision Deportes Network) UEFA Nations League – In the Fall of 2018, the greatest nations in Europe face off in this newly-created tournament. In the end, only one country will hold the trophy and be crowned as the champion of Europe. Among the nations competing in this prestigious tournament are the 2014 World Cup Champion Germany, 2010 World Cup Champion Spain, 2006 World Cup Champion Italy, as well as England and Portugal, featuring global soccer stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Garth Bale, Andres Iniesta, Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski. The UEFA Nations League launches on Univision Deportes in September 2018. (Daytime – Univision Network, UniMás & Univision Deportes Network) Coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup - Univision Deportes, the undisputed home of soccer, will bring extensive coverage of the much-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Complementing the live action on the field, fans can look to Univision Deportes for a unique primetime talk show, live multiplatform shows, a second-screen viewing option, and more. Univision Deportes will provide a dynamic slate of pre- and post-game expert analyses and complimentary programming across all Univision platforms. With many matches airing from Russia at off-peak viewing hours, Univision Deportes will air a unique primetime show that will not only recap that day’s action, but will merge the best of sports and entertainment, taking the viewers to Russia in the way only Univision Deportes knows how to do. (Primetime – Univision Network – Univision Deportes Network) “Aquí y Ahora” (Here & Now) - Univision’s weekly award-winning newsmagazine hosted by two of industry’s most respected and recognized journalists, Teresa Rodriguez and Maria Elena Salinas. The program features in-depth coverage, reporting and special editions about some of the most compelling news, investigative and human interest stories of our time. Airing in Sunday primetime, the new season of “Aquí y Ahora” brings audiences town halls with key leaders on issues of importance to Hispanics, celebrity interviews and specials that provide a deeper look into current events, trends and Entertainment. (Primetime – Univision Network) “Tu Cara me Suena” (Your Face “Sounds” Familiar) – “Tu Cara me Suena” is an international blockbuster format in which well-known celebrities accept the challenge of singing live while impersonating a music icon. With the support of the best make-up artists and vocal coaches in the industry, the contestants will re-create performances from a range of popular musical genres from rock en Español to Colombian cumbia to regional Mexican. (Primetime – Univision Studios – Endemol Shine) “A Jugar en Familia” (Keep it in the Family) – “A Jugar en Familia” is a family show where the kids are in charge. Three generations of two families go head-to-head in a series of games featuring the world’s biggest variety acts, well-known celebrities and hilarious challenges. The contestants vie for the opportunity to win money-can’t-buy prizes and the chance to win the vacation of a lifetime. (Primetime – Univision Studios – Syco Entertainment – ITV Studios) “NBL Belleza Total” (NBL Total Beauty) – “NBL Belleza Total” features U.S.-Hispanic women competing to break through society’s stereotypes of beauty. This Univision Studios production, which builds off the NBL franchise’s success, combines the excitement of a reality show with the glamour of a beauty contest. “NBL Belleza Total” is for all women and about all women; accompanying contestants on their inspiring journeys, and uncovering their fears and joys as they represent the real beauty of Latina, both inside and out. (Primetime – Univision Studios) “¡Mira Quién Baila! – 5ta Temporada” (Look Who’s Dancing! – Season 5) – Hosted by Chiquinquirá Delgado, “¡Mira Quién Baila!” pairs 10 beloved Hispanic celebrities with talented amateur dancers to compete in front of a live audience every week, dancing to a variety of different rhythms, all in the name of charity. A panel of well-known judges demands the best of contestants as they narrow the field, with the audience making the final decision and selecting the winner. The charity represented by the winning celebrity will receive a generous monetary prize. (Primetime – Univision Studios – Endemol Shine) “Pequeños Gigantes USA – 2da Temporada” (Little Giants U.S.A. – Season 2) - In this family-friendly reality show, groups of adorable and talented children from throughout the U.S. sing and dance with hopes of being recognized as the most gifted little entertainer. The children, ages 6 through 11, are divided into six teams of four, and mentored by a celebrity as they compete throughout the season, with the winner announced during the show’s season finale. (Primetime – Univision Studios – Televisa) “La Banda - 3ra Temporada” (The Band – Season 3) - The hit pop music competition franchise that discovered and launched CNCO returns in 2018. The show, from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, Saban Brands and Univision Studios, features contestants from across the country once again competing for a chance to win a recording contract with Sony Music. (Primetime – Univision Studios – Syco Entertainment – Saban Brands) Luis Miguel Bio-series – Univision and Pedro Torres, Luis Miguel’s long-time producer and one of his most trusted confidants, collaborate to bring viewers an unforgettable bio-series about one of the most successful and prestigious artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel, affectionately known as “El Sol de Mexico” (The Sun of Mexico). This series tells the story of the international icon and multi-platinum artist starting with his childhood, when he became a star under his father’s management and was dealing with his mother’s disappearance, to his adulthood and conflicting relationships. (Primetime – Univision Network – Curiosity Media) “Barrio Records” (Neighborhood Records) – Story House Entertainment brings to life the sounds that exploded in Puerto Rico and mixes the best of hip-hop with a Caribbean beat, reggaetón. “Barrio Records” is the tale of a reggaetón record label, its artists and the shady, cutthroat powerbrokers behind the scenes. (Primetime – Univision Network – Story House Entertainment) “El Chapo” - 2da Temporada (“El Chapo” – Season 2) – This is the continuing saga of one of the world’s most notorious criminals, whose story Hispanic America can’t get enough of. Combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers, “El Chapo” Season 2 continues to explore Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s rise to power in the Sinaloa Cartel and his ultimate downfall. (Primetime – Univision Network – Story House Entertainment) “Mi Marido Tiene Familia” (My Husband has a Family) – This dramedy pokes fun at traditional attitudes toward the extended family in a modern marriage. The main characters are blissfully happy and planning their future when a twist of fate lands them in a difficult and comical situation: their in-laws, who they thought lived abroad, are actually their new landlords. Riddled with lawsuits and laughter, the characters experience a whirlwind of emotions and adventures as they navigate their new reality and rediscover happiness. (Primetime – Univision Network – Televisa) “Papá a Toda Madre” – (The Mother of all Dads) – “Papá a Toda Madre” is the story of frivolous business owner Mauricio, played by Hispanic America’s beloved heartthrob Sebastian Rulli, who is forced to grow up when confronted with an unconventional situation: a 9-year old girl shows up claiming to be his daughter. The revelation throws off Mauricio’s plans to marry into wealth to save his family business, which his best friend has led into bankruptcy, and he enlists his ex-employee to help raise the girl. In the midst of a love story full of unexpected arcs, Mauricio discovers his best friend is actually the girl’s father, and he must choose between saving his company and fighting for his new family. (Primetime – Univision Network – Televisa) “Amar Después de Amar” (To Love After Loving) – In this thrilling tale, two families’ lives collide when a car accident reveals an unsettling affair. A father of twin boys who owns a fishing company and a well-off mother of two teenagers experience love at first sight at a school meeting, but fight their adulterous urges in order to save their marriages and protect their children. That is, until the accident reveals the two were in the car together – with the mother having gone missing, and the father falling into a coma. Dozens of questions arise and truths are revealed as the nail-biting drama unfolds. (Primetime – Univision Network – Televisa) “El Último Dragón” (The Last Dragon) – This crime drama spans the globe, with the main character, played by Kuno Becker, living in Japan and traveling through Asia, America and Europe to conduct business. The story begins by showing how he got there: as a boy, and a grandson of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is sent away by his grandfather after his parents are murdered in Mexico. Picking up in Japan 20 years later, the handsome and educated young man lives with simplicity and sobriety, unknowingly being prepared by his grandfather’s confidante—a member of Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, the Japanese Yakuza—to represent his family back home, as the heir of narcos. (Primetime – Univision Network – W Studios) Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 91% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 85% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 59 television stations and 64 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service. The Company also includes the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG includes two cable networks: news and lifestyle English-language network FUSION TV and UCI’s interest in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network; Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; as well as a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and social justice (FUSION.net), African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company’s interest in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Today's announcement builds on Qatar Airways' sponsorship strategy with major sporting clubs and events around the globe, which includes partnerships with FC Barcelona and Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC, as well as Formula E races in Paris and New York, and the UCI Road World Championship, most recently held in Doha, Qatar, alongside long-standing sponsorships of Qatar Total and ExxonMobil Tennis Tournaments. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "Qatar Airways understands the power of sport in bringing people together in the spirit of friendly competition. FIFA, as the governing body of the world's most popular sporting tournament, the FIFA World Cup, embodies the power of football's popularity, and as such is a natural partner for Qatar Airways. We look forward to celebrating wins with the fans, being inspired by the artistry of the players, and to the excitement of each match over the next two FIFA competition cycles, until the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be proudly held in our home country, the State of Qatar." Speaking about the new partnership FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: "FIFA is delighted to partner with the world's fastest-growing airline, Qatar Airways. Known for introducing industry firsts, Qatar Airways is an ideal partner for FIFA as we prepare for the first ever World Cup in the Gulf region, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. We look forward to working hand in hand with Qatar Airways to promote FIFA competitions and football around the world." The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 211 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football. Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 199 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Exciting new destinations being launched in 2017 include Nice, France; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina; and Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia. Qatar Airways, based in Doha's award-winning Hamad International Airport, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travelers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations plus 10 years of flying to the United States. The world's fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017; including, Auckland which began in February, Chiang Mai, Dublin, Nice, Skopje and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 199 aircraft. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. Oryx One, Qatar Airways' in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline's on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service. Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline's own brand message – Going Places Together. Qatar Airways Cargo, the world's third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 199 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter. Visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube. For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/qatar-airways-announced-as-official-partner-and-airline-of-fifa-until-2022-300453285.html
News Article | May 10, 2017
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica y DETROIT, 10 de mayo de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- GPM Global (GPM), la University for International Cooperation (UCI), Village Green Global Inc. (VGG) y la Comunidad de Río Gigante han firmado un Preámbulo de Acuerdo, y ya han comenzado los primeros financiamientos, con el fin de establecer el Instituto Internacional para la Paz y el Desarrollo Sostenible (International Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development, IIPSD).
News Article | May 10, 2017
IRVINE, Calif. & WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation and Base 11 today announced a workforce development initiative focused on training the next generation of engineers with the skills most in-demand by aerospace, high-tech and transportation industries. With a grant from The Foundation, the initiative will provide students with training in collaborative 3-D engineering design platforms used by many large employers including Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Honda, HP and IBM. “We are thrilled by the grant from The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation as it will accelerate our ability to empower our academic partners with the tools and resources they need to transform high-potential, low-resource students into 21st century STEM leaders,” said Landon Taylor, CEO of Base 11, a nonprofit STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator. The initiative will be piloted this summer at the University of California, Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering with community college students participating in the Base 11 summer fellowship program being the first to receive training on the collaborative 3-D design solutions. “This workforce development initiative by Base 11 speaks to the huge demand for trained talent that we’re hearing from employers,” said Al Bunshaft, President, The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation. “We are excited to support this innovative initiative that aims to create new educational content with the learning and discovery capabilities of 3D technology and virtual universes. This will offer a solution for employers, while simultaneously changing the lives of underserved students and their communities.” The Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy was based on a highly successful freshman engineering course at the Samueli School of Engineering featuring hands-on, project-based learning. In 2015, Base 11 funded an adaptation of the course as an 8-week residency based summer program geared toward high-potential, low-resource community college students. The inaugural cohort of that program was recruited from across the country and completed the program at UCI in the summer of 2016. (See video here.) The academy focuses around hands-on, interactive projects that encompass multiple engineering disciplines. Students learn the basics of aerospace design, computer aided design, 3-D printing, basic electronics and fabrication techniques through a series of mini projects. Each of those mini projects is a necessary component of the final capstone project, which is a fully operational unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. In the first phase of the initiative, funded by The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation, the process of designing the drone will be enhanced by access to and training on 3-D design platforms used by engineers at major corporations. Beginning January 2018, Base 11 will expand the ASEA curriculum into a full academic-year college credit-bearing engineering course at three community college campuses in Orange County, California, San Francisco and Phoenix including Orange Coast College, Skyline College and South Mountain Community College, with the potential to reach other markets in 2019. “The partnership with Base 11 and the financial support of The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation is helping us expand our reach into community colleges and high schools, advancing our mission to prepare future engineers for matriculation at UCI and on to successful STEM-based careers,” said Gregory Washington, Stacey Nicholas dean of engineering, Samueli School. About Base 11 Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development accelerator focused on solving the STEM talent pipeline crisis being fueled by the underrepresentation of women and minorities. Base 11 facilitates partnerships with industry, academia and philanthropy which deliver to employers a pre-recruitment pipeline of well-trained, highly skilled STEM talent. By establishing Innovation Centers integrated with hands-on project based learning and STEM entrepreneurship training, Base 11 and its partners set students on direct pathways to four-year STEM degrees, well paid STEM jobs, and the opportunity to launch their own STEM related business. For more information, please visit www.Base11.com. Base 11 is a DBA of the Center for Innovations in Education, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 – IRS exemption EIN# 26-4365936. About La Fondation Dassault Systèmes La Fondation Dassault Systèmes provides training and expertise about 3D virtual universe technologies to help schools, universities, research centers, museums and associations in Europe and the U.S. to push the limits of knowledge. Its mission is to inspire men and women with a passion for engineering, science and digital technology to create a better and more collaborative society. As part of this mission, it actively contributes to inventing new ways of sharing know-how and transforming learning practices that make it possible to detect new talents and help them achieve their dreams. For more information: lafondation.3ds.com
News Article | May 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--German speedster Marcel Kittel of Quick – Step Floors collected his first career Amgen Tour of California stage victory and the Visit California Sprint Jersey as the weeklong, 583-mile stage race began today in Sacramento, Calif. World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of BORA-hansgrohe, known as the “King of California” for his race record 15 stage wins, crossed the line in second today with Team Sky’s Elia Viviani (ITA) rounding out the podium in third. “It's a nice start to the [Amgen] Tour of California. Some teams tried to go for the crosswinds but the wind was not strong enough. I'm very happy with how my team handled the sprint,” said Kittel. “It gives us confidence for the races to come. We got rid of a lot of pressure today, and we can look forward to the rest of the race and go relaxed in the next days.” A breakaway of four rode out in front of the peloton for much of the 103.8-mile stage, including Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis’ Ben Wolfe (Greenville, SC), who took a turn at a solo lead and earned the Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey. Tomorrow’s Stage 2 presented by Visit California will stretch 89.5 miles from Modesto to 11-time Host City San Jose. With six King of the Mountain climbs, including the categorized climb up and over Mt. Hamilton, it will be clear after this stage which riders will be in contention for the overall win. The 583-mile race concludes in Pasadena May 20. Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Ben Wolfe (USA) – Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis Earlier in the day, the four-stage Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women's Race empowered with SRAM concluded with Boels-Dolmans’ 2016 Olympic Games road race gold medalist Anna van der Breggen (NED) taking the overall win. Van der Breggen rode into the final race day one second behind UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Katie Hall (Saratoga, Calif.) and earned valuable Sprint points during today’s Sacramento circuit race to take the overall race victory by one second. Today’s result also keeps Van der Breggen at the top of the UCI world rankings. “For me it was not a nice day, I mean I’m not a sprinter and I had to sprint for those seconds. And it was scary…of course the UnitedHealthcare team was really up for me not taking meter seconds and they tried hard to avoid it, so I’m really happy my team was with me and they gave me the confidence that I could sprint for seconds, and I got the seconds,” said Van der Breggen. “It was a really tough victory – we really fought for it. I needed my team so badly here this day … this is really one [a victory] from the team, and that makes this victory really special.” There were two important chances today for riders to earn time bonuses – the first three across the line at the intermediate Sprint during the 15th of 20 laps around the California Capitol Building, where Van der Breggen picked up time, as well as at the finish line. 24-year-old Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) placed third for the race overall after claiming a podium spot and the Visit California Sprint Jersey yesterday. Sierra will go home with the prestigious green jersey as well as the TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey. For today’s stage, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s sprinter Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) barreled over the finish line first today to close out the 2017 race after placing third in yesterday’s stage. Team Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.), who claimed the Stage 3 win in Sacramento yesterday, took second today (6th overall). Cylance Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild (NED) rounded out the stage podium in third place. “It’s really important because America is the biggest crowd ever, and I’m really proud to be here,” said Bronzini of her stage win. “I was a bit more confident today…I eventually found the left side which was also covered by the wind, and that gave me the right moment to go over. The sprint is just when you think it’s too late so you need to go by instinct, and instinct gave me a reason today.” At the conclusion of the 4-day, 256.6-mile race, Hall’s UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took top team honors for their spirited ride supporting her on the podium this week. Presented by Amgen, Stage 4 included 20 blazing fast circuit laps around the State Capitol Building. Today’s Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Most Courageous Rider Jersey went to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling’s Rushlee Buchanan (NZL), who led the field in the final three laps to protect teammate Hall, who will take home the Lexus Queen of the Mountain Jersey. Returning as title sponsor for the 12th consecutive year, Amgen, a biotechnology company in the race to dramatically improve patients’ lives, is proud to sponsor the Amgen Tour of California. “The Amgen Tour of California allows Amgen to raise awareness of some of the world’s most serious illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as connect with patients through programs running in tandem with the race,” said Laura Hamill, senior vice president, US Business Operations, Amgen. “Amgen is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, and we are proud to sponsor this event that promotes the beautiful state of California, encourages a healthy lifestyle and stimulates the local economy.” Leveraging its title sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, Amgen is raising awareness and connecting with patients through their Breakaway from Cancer® and Breakaway from Heart Disease™ initiatives. Breakaway from Cancer®, created by Amgen in 2005, is a national initiative to raise awareness of the important resources available to people impacted by cancer – from prevention to survivorship. Through its four independent, non-profit partner organizations – Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – Breakaway from Cancer® helps connect patients and caregivers to important resources. As part of the Breakaway from Cancer® initiative, Amgen will honor and celebrate cancer survivors and their support networks at each stage of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. Additionally, award-winning journalist Joan Lunden was back in her hometown, Sacramento, today to take part in the Breakaway from Cancer® activities. Throughout the week, cyclists will wear Breakaway “I Ride For” bibs recognizing someone in their life impacted by cancer or heart disease. Concluding a successful four days of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women's Race empowered with SRAM, Amgen’s newest initiative, Breakaway from Heart Disease™, encourages Americans to take charge of their risk of heart disease and represents a partnership between Amgen and the American Heart Association. The initiative is dedicated to empowering everyone to take action for good heart health through diagnostic screenings, courtesy of the American Heart Association, as well as providing information and tools related to physical activity and healthy eating. Amgen also has a partnership with the bike company Schwinn to encourage heart-healthy activities like bike riding. Visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com and www.breakawayfromheartdisease.com to learn more. About the Amgen Tour of California The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com. The first-ever U.S. UCI World Tour course will cover more than 583 miles through 12 Host Cities May 14-20, including Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena. The Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women's Race empowered with SRAM May 11-14 covered 256.6 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento. Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential. For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports venue and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world, including The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world's largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
News Article | May 11, 2017
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. & LIEDERBACH, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skechers Performance™ – a division of SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE: SKX) – announces its return as the Official Running Shoe sponsor of the 2017 IRONMAN® European Tour. This partnership continues to bring the award-winning brand to elite triathletes across Europe as they compete in some of the most challenging races in the world. Skechers Performance will be onsite at 35 events in 15 markets during the IRONMAN European Tour, selling the award-winning GOmeb Razor as well as the GOmeb Speed 4, GOrun Forza 2, and GOrun Ride 6 footwear styles. Skechers Performance footwear sales will be located in the Official IRONMAN Merchandise Tent. Additionally, Skechers Performance will have a second location for consumer engagement in the main expo area. Participating countries in the IRONMAN European Tour include Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, England, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands. “We are pleased to be partnering with IRONMAN for the second year in a row,” said Marvin Bernstein, managing partner of SKECHERS S.à.r.l. “Our continued partnership with IRONMAN is a testament to our continued support and commitment to the endurance sports community, and emphasizes to both serious and casual athletes across Europe that we continue to be a major player in the running category.” New for this year, IRONMAN will have a limited edition, co-branded Skechers Performance GOrun 5 style, which will be available exclusively at the IRONMAN merchandise booth. The lightweight, responsive running shoe will have the IRONMAN “M-Dot™” logo on the lateral heel of the shoe, as well as on the insole. “With the Skechers Performance mantra of ‘Go Like Never Before’ and their lightweight and innovative designs, we couldn’t find a more dynamic running shoe partner for our events in Europe than Skechers Performance,” says IRONMAN Head of Europe, Global Partnerships, Kim Smither. “We are thrilled to have them continue as a valued partner for our European Series.” The tour includes a variety of race types. Four stops will be 5150 Olympic distance races where athletes will swim 1.5km, bike 40km and then run for 10km; 18 events will be IRONMAN 70.3 triathlons, consisting of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21k, run; and 13 stops will be the full-distance ultimate single-day challenge IRONMAN triathlon, where athletes will swim for 3.8km, cycle for 180.2km and then run a full marathon. Skechers Performance was also recently announced as the Official Running Shoe for the 2017 IRONMAN Canadian Series and has also signed-on as the Official Footwear and Apparel sponsor for the IRONMAN South Africa Series. Skechers Performance continues to be a dominant player in the elite running space, attracting athletes such as world-class marathoner Meb, who recently raced in his fourth Olympic Games, U.S. elite marathoner, Kara Goucher and award-winning triathletes Lionel Sanders, Anja Beranek and Nils Frommhold. Stop by the Skechers Performance booth when at the 2017 IRONMAN European Tour to see the award-winning Skechers Performance footwear. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For more information on Skechers Performance, visit www.GOskechers.com. ABOUT SKECHERS USA, INC. SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 160 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 2,012 SKECHERS Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia and the Middle East, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA). This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future domestic and international growth, financial results and operations including expected net sales and earnings, its development of new products, future demand for its products, its planned domestic and international expansion and opening of new stores, and advertising and marketing initiatives. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international economic, political and market conditions including the uncertainty of sustained recovery in Europe; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers; decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers, especially in the highly competitive performance footwear market; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. About IRONMAN A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 44 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com. About Wanda Sports Holding Wanda Sports Holding is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.
News Article | May 12, 2017
Acerca de Univision Communications Inc. Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) es la principal empresa de medios de comunicación al servicio de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. La Compañía, creadora líder de contenido en el país, incluye la Cadena Univision, una de las principales cadenas televisivas de EE.UU., independientemente del idioma, y la cadena de televisión de habla hispana de mayor sintonía en el país, disponible en aproximadamente 91% de los hogares hispanos que ven televisión en EE.UU.; UniMás, una cadena líder de televisión en español disponible en aproximadamente 85% de los hogares hispanos que ven televisión en EE.UU.; Univision Cable Networks, que incluye Galavisión, el canal de entretenimiento por cable en español más visto del país, así como UDN (Univision Deportes Network), la cadena de deportes por cable en español de mayor sintonía en EE.UU.; Univision tlnovelas, una cadena de televisión por cable en español dedicada a transmitir telenovelas las 24 horas del día; ForoTV, una cadena de televisión por cable en español dedicada a transmitir noticias internacionales las 24 horas del día; y un conjunto adicional de señales de cable compuesto por De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson y Telehit; Medios Locales de Univision, división que es propietaria y opera 59 estaciones de televisión y 64 estaciones de radio en los principales mercados hispanos de EE.UU. y Puerto Rico; y Univision NOW, un servicio de suscripción de streaming en vivo y a pedido, directo al consumidor. La Compañía también incluye Fusion Media Group (FMG), una división enfocada en audiencias jóvenes y diversas. FMG tiene dos cadenas de cable: FUSION TV, una cadena en inglés que ofrece noticias y programas de estilo de vida, y la participación de UCI en El Rey Network, una cadena de cable en inglés que trasmite contenido de entretenimiento general;Univision.com, el sitio web en español más visitado por los hispanos en EE.UU.; Uforia, una aplicación de música que ofrece contenido musical en medios múltiples; así como una colección de reconocidas marcas digitales que abarcan una amplia gama de categorías: tecnología (Gizmodo), deportes (Deadspin), música (TrackRecord), estilo de vida (Lifehacker), intereses de la mujer moderna (Jezebel), noticias y justicia social (FUSION.net), cultura y noticias de la comunidad afroamericana (The Root), juegos digitales (Kotaku) y cultura automovilística (Jalopnik). FMG también incluye la participación de la Compañía en marcas de comedia y sátira noticiosa como The Onion, Clickhole y The A.V. Club. La sede corporativa de UCI está ubicada en la ciudad de Nueva York y cuenta con instalaciones de creación de contenido y oficinas de ventas en las principales ciudades de los Estados Unidos. Para más información, por favor visite corporate.univision.com.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Irvine, Calif., May 8, 2017 -- University of California, Irvine vector biologist Anthony James will lead a multimillion-dollar effort to cultivate new strains of mosquitoes to fight malaria in Africa. A world leader and pioneer in creating genetically altered mosquitoes, James will direct the UCI Malaria Initiative, which will bring together experts in molecular biology, entomology, public health, community engagement and regulatory control to further develop and one day test these insects in the field. To aid this endeavor, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $2 million for the generation of sustainable, genetics-based approaches to controlling malaria parasite transmission by the vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding sources will also support the highly collaborative work involving scientists from other University of California campuses. "Our goal is to see if prototype strains developed in partnership with UC San Diego geneticists Valentino Gantz and Ethan Bier can be refined into something appropriate for disrupting malaria transmission in Africa," James said. UC Davis vector biologist Greg Lanzaro, UC Berkeley mathematical modeler John Marshall and remote sensing expert Ziad Haddad of UCLA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-California Institute of Technology will focus on identifying field sites for a trial. They're following guidelines established by the World Health Organization, the National Academies and others in which a phased protocol is used to test both safety and efficacy of the strains as the work progresses. These phases include strict adherence to national and international regulations and involve stakeholders from the disease-endemic countries. "There must be a multifaceted approach to the eradication of malaria," said James, a Donald Bren Professor at UCI and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. "Working hand in hand with thought leaders, scientists, public health personnel and government officials, we expect to lay the foundation for eliminating a disease that affects hundreds of millions of people globally." In the most recent World Malaria Report, WHO estimates that there were 212 million cases of malaria and 429,000 malaria-related deaths in 2015, with more than 90 percent of the latter occurring in Africa. No effective transmission-blocking vaccine yet exists. Mosquito mitigation measures, such as insecticide-treated nets, have reduced malaria infections and mortality but aren't enough to achieve eradication. Among the more promising new tactics is genetic modification of mosquitoes in order to disrupt transmission of the disease. In 1998, James was the first to create a genetically modified mosquito model, and his laboratory pioneered the development of synthetic antimalarial genes based on antibodies that prevent mosquitoes from transmitting the disease-causing parasites. Along with Bier and Gantz from UC San Diego, he employed a revolutionary genome editing method called CRISPR/Cas9 to insert these genes into mosquitoes and in late 2015 showed in laboratory studies that the antimalarial trait was successfully passed on to an astonishing 99 percent of the progeny. Previous techniques explored by James and others resulted in only half the progeny inheriting the anti-disease trait. What this means is that the antimalarial DNA could spread through a large mosquito colony much more rapidly, making the use of these altered insects in wild populations potentially much more effective. James plans to utilize this approach to create strains of Anopheles gambiae, which are the malaria-spreading mosquitoes in many parts of Africa. He said that once the mosquitoes are released in the wild, it will require two to five seasons to measure their impact on malaria rates. He emphasized that the people living in affected regions will have the ultimate say in whether or not the strategy will be utilized. In addition to launching its Malaria Initiative, UCI is joining UC San Diego to form the Vector-Borne Disease Consortium to promote the discovery and development of novel science. Its objective is to eradicate mosquito-transmitted diseases in India and Africa by allowing faculty and others at both UCI and UC San Diego to participate in research conducted with funding from the UC San Diego-based Vector-Borne Disease Project in the Tata Institute for Active Genetics & Society and from the UCI Malaria Initiative. UCI resources will be focused on Africa-related efforts; UC San Diego resources will be focused on India-related efforts. About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit http://www. . Media access: Radio programs/stations may, for a fee, use an on-campus ISDN line to interview UCI faculty and experts, subject to availability and university approval. For more UCI news, visit news.uci.edu. Additional resources for journalists may be found at communications.uci.edu/for-journalists.