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World Dance Group culminates 2020 with LIKE$, the best digital contest for dance lovers

SAN JUAN, P.R. -- The Covid-19 Pandemic has almost entirely destroyed some sectors of the economy, such as hospitality, recreational activities and entertainment events. Musicians, dancers, and artists in general are part of those sectors that today see their economic opportunities reduced to almost zero, says World Dance Group.

Closed academies, concerts and competitions without a probable date for their celebrations, maximum reduction of closed interaction and high probability of contagion without these precautions are some of the causes that have put professional dancers and in training in red numbers, and at risk.

Desperate to regain their financial stability, thousands of dancers have made the difficult decision to sacrifice their passion, accepting other ways of life to make it to the end of the month. Today it is not strange to find dancers, world champions in their categories, working as food distributors, UBER drivers, collectors and sellers of renewable products, and as dependents in supermarkets. All respectable jobs and of great value to society, but far away from their true professions.

The World Dance Group, as an organization committed to supporting the thousands of musicians and dancers who bring so much joy to the audience, has decided to implement a whole range of activities to help the sector regain opportunities and revenue. The dance-challenge 2020 based on the LIKE$ innovative platform is their last major activity of 2020.

Converting likes into dollars is a kind of mirage for dancers, a dream that is fun to imagine, but that is not possible, or that was not possible until now, because that's what It's all about, uploading a video that you've recorded in 2020 with the routine of your choice and with the music genre you like the most, to the official LIKE$ website, to promote it among your friends, get a lot of likes, and make money based on how many votes (LIKE$) you can raise.

At the end of the year, the dancer with the video who has received the most votes (LIKE$), will get $2,020 as a prize, from the WDG. But not only will the dancer who has obtained the most votes be the winner, but each dancer will receive up to 50% prize money, based on the most popular video he or she has uploaded to the platform. What does this mean? That if your video got 500 votes or LIKE$, for example, even if it wasn't the most popular video of the contest, you'll still get $250 as a prize.

In short, the competition can be summarized in:

1. Record a video with a minimum of one-minute duration. (You can record it on your mobile, or with the device of your choice.)

2. Sign up for free on the website and post your videos, just like you do on social media.

3. Notify your loved ones, friends and followers to support your video with a vote (free or paid).

4. Wait until December 31 to find out how many dollars you have earned from the votes (LIKE$) you managed to get for as long as your material was posted.

5. If you are the author of the video with the most LIKE$ of the platform, you will be crowned as the Ultimate Champion of 2020 and be a special part of the next great dance documentary that is currently produced by WDG.

"LIKE$ is one of the most special ideas we developed in 2020. Taking the Likes of social media, which everyone knows, without regarding to where they are in the world, their culture, language, religion, and professions, and turning it into an income opportunity for dancers, has been absolutely great idea to support the dance community. Many contestants couldn't believe it at first. 'Will you guys pay for Likes? Doesn't it matter if I get 10, 000 or 100?' I was asked, because it sounds like something too good to be true, but LIKE$ is a reality. We feel the need to reward the talent and it's there for anyone who wants to contest and has a cell phone to record their videos," said Noel Roque, CEO of WDG.

The competition acts based on its objective of supporting the incredible resilience of dance and music professionals, who with great effort and talent have delighted the global audience for years.

With the World Dance Group, author of stages and initiatives like LIKE$, DanceMart, SalZOOM360 and 15 years path of the famous World Salsa Championships, the world's dancers have an institution committed to their success, safety and professional development.

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The World Salsa Championship Reinvents Itself with Its First Virtual Edition And $2,020 In Cash Prizes

SAN JUAN, P.R. -- In early 2020 the World Dance Group was preparing a new chapter of the World Salsa Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico; one of the world's special houses of salsa, and a historic city of humanity, rich in music and history. After celebrating previous editions in high-profile venues like Las Vegas, Disney, Miami and Atlanta, the company selected the new Distrito T-Mobile, a new entertainment complex soon to open in San Juan, as the venue for the 6th World Salsa Championships.

The Covid-19 and the need for social distance paralyzed the preparations for the 6th edition of the World Salsa Championship. Its creators, concerned about the consequences of the crisis in the thousands of professional dancers in the world, began a long series of activities and products to support dancers and musicians, such as LIKE$, a platform where artists can turn the famous likes of social media, into dollars.

In addition, the organization launched SalZOOM 360 app to connect the salsa community as well as introduced DanceMart, a revolutionary marketplace to connect dancers and instructors for on-line classes.

With the initiative to continue creating new platforms in times of pandemic and re-shaping the future of dance, which are a safe and special place for artistic creativity, the World Dance Group Team once again opened the door to resilience, adapting the event to the new circumstances, How? By creating their first major virtual edition, that will celebrate the 500th years of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"The World Salsa Championship reinvents itself through digital platforms. From December 2 to 6, a variety of special activities will take place in different areas important to artists fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic every day, such as Health, Nutrition, Technology and Culture," said Noel Roque, CEO of WDG. "Many will be completely free events, while others, through a crowdsourcing model, will serve for the world's magnificent dance professionals to gain a new source of income teaching on-line classes. We will be broadcasting virtually from Puerto Rico. There is an endless debate of where Salsa was born, but nobody can't argue that Puerto Rico does have the beat or 'Clave.' We are going to show the world how to dance 'En clave' so therefore, our theme for the conference is: 'Puerto Rico tiene la Clave.'"

From December 2nd, all interested persons will be able to attend and participate in up to 15 completely free events, such as streaming concerts, workshops and networking sessions. Attendees will even learn how to use emerging technology like augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to help dancers, musicians, and singers who are socially distanced. In addition, to close this tough year, WDG will gift up to $2,020 to the most popular dance video on social media of 2020. Participating is amazingly simple, whether you are a professional or amateur dancer, you can register for free in the Dance-Challenge contest, through the WDG and WSC websites. All dance genres all welcome.

The winner of the contest will also receive up to 50% of all LIKE$ (votes) who get their video, and will be featured as a special guest in the highly anticipated 15th anniversary TV documentary being produced by the WDG.

This Virtual edition of the World Salsa Championship promises to be a special, safe and highly interactive event, in which thousands of people around the world can attend and enjoy from the comfort of their home. As a bonus, the first 500 attendees of the WSC Virtual 2020 will have the chance to upload their picture in our 500th year of San Juan commemorative interactive mosaic of Tetuan street in Old San Juan.

"The 'Class of 2020' will be the most memorable and resilient dance class ever and we want Puerto Rico to be the venue to celebrate this important milestone," commented Roque.

Thanks to this, talent and dancing once again get in the WDG a window to enjoy the art that nourishes the hearts of millions of fans around the globe.

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Partnership Kicks Off 5G Tech Jobs and Research in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Celeres Capital, an investment and advisory firm based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced that the U.S. territory has secured a leadership role in communication technology with the Puerto Rico 5G Zone initiative. This laboratory is primed to enable companies, government entities, and academia to test applications and build new use cases for 5G networks, securing Puerto Rico's future success.

* 5G technology has now advanced to testbed applications.

* The Puerto Rico 5G Zone is a collaboration with Celeres Capital, the Indiana 5G Zone, public and private sectors, and academia.

Rear Admiral Peter Brown, President Trump's Special Representative for Puerto Rico's Disaster Recovery along with Eric Burger from the Office of Science Technology Policy offered their support for the Puerto Rico 5G Zone during today's conference.

Established through a memorandum of understanding between Celeres Capital and the Indiana 5G Zone, the new Puerto Rico 5G Zone represents a comparative advantage for early stakeholders, including XQ Message, a Silicon Valley-based cyber and communications security platform.

RADM. Peter Brown, stated that, "Improving the capability, reliability, and resiliency of Puerto Rico's communications infrastructure is critical to a number of economic sectors and the quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico. The Trump Administration is working hard to bring pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing back to Puerto Rico in larger scale, and communication connectivity is vital to those industries and many others.

"Attracting new businesses and technologies will also be enhanced with the innovations of new 5G networks and possibilities. Two additional areas where quality of life can be significantly improved for the people of Puerto Rico include distance learning and telemedicine, which have had significant access challenges for remote and rural communities. The 5G Zone shows great promise to more equally distribute access to information networks for all of the people of Puerto Rico, and I am pleased to be able to support the project from my role at the White House."

For his part, Randy Clark, Vice Chairman of the National Spectrum Consortium stated, "5G is the underpinning wireless platform that is going to usher in digital modernization and accelerate this nation's economic development while at the same time increasing the operational efficiency of our government."

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), reflected on the announcement, "I am proud to see Indiana partnering with Puerto Rico on this ongoing project to make America a leader in 5G. This decision not only validates Indiana's forward-looking approach in the race to 5G by founding the Zone in 2019 but further strengthens the state's position as national leader in this field. As Founder and Co-chair of the 5G caucus in The U.S. House of Representatives, I know that the U.S. must continue to innovate and lead in this space for Hoosiers, Americans, and the world as a whole. I look forward to seeing what innovations will be announced as a result of this valuable partnership."

Kurt Pfluger of Celeres Capital noted that the Puerto Rico 5G Zone stands to benefit from the expertise of the Indiana 5G Zone team, the first 5G public private partnership led by a state. The partnership between Indiana and Puerto Rico underscores a shared commitment to making the U.S. and its territories a leader in 5G tech. "Indiana has done great work in establishing best practices in different verticals deploying 5G services. We are excited to share those experiences with the Puerto Rico 5G Zone."

The Puerto Rico 5G Zone will attract companies and government entities by offering a secure lab and test-bed environment to de-risk 5G investment. Indiana's 5G experience provides Puerto Rico with a proven blueprint to follow in the development and operations of its program. Strategic 5G uses include advanced manufacturing, resilient energy, intelligent logistics, digital agriculture, national security, and public safety.

The Puerto Rico 5G lab will provide a secure network leveraging technology offered by XQ Message. This innovative company provides network security through quantum-safe based edge encryption, to secure communication and data in all network environments. Brian Wane, CEO of XQ Message, remarked "I am very excited that XQ has the opportunity to bring our expertise in modern quantum-safe encryption to the Puerto Rico 5G Zone initiative. We are looking forward to doing our part to bring secure connectivity for the people of Puerto Rico."

Rodrick Miller, CEO of Invest Puerto Rico (InvestPR), the island's official public-private partnership for economic development, noted, "That an undertaking of this magnitude is taking place in Puerto Rico speaks volumes of the island's capabilities to support businesses in a variety of sectors, including business, industry, academia, R&D, and others. The Puerto Rico 5G Zone not only validates our forward-looking approach to economic development, it also showcases our commitment to leveraging the power of strategic partnerships to create opportunities that really push the envelope in terms of the real-world applications of cutting-edge tech."

Celeres Capital is partnering with the stakeholders to create opportunities for 5G in Puerto Rico and LATAM where advanced manufacturing, energy resiliency and IoT are economic development priorities. The Puerto Rico 5G Zone will allow the island to better leverage its human capital and become a hub for tech in Latin America. According to the Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster, the island graduates 10,000 scientists, engineers, and IT professionals each year.

Founding Members include: Indiana 5G Zone, XQ Message, Wovenware and Palm.


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About Puerto Rico 5G Zone

The Puerto Rico 5G Zone is a public private partnership that is developing a 5G innovation center for test and development of next generation technologies leveraging 5G including Resilient Energy, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agriculture, Cybersecurity and National Security. Members of the PR 5 Zone will have the opportunity to de-risk their 5G investment in the lab and sponsorships are available by contacting or visit

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Account Director, MCCI (on behalf of InvestPR)

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Communications Manager, InvestPR
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The Everest Foundation Supports Puerto Rico’s Teaching Hospitals Post-Hurricane Maria

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- It's been nearly two years since the deadly impact of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that devastated Puerto Rico, Dominica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A vital part of the region's infrastructure, medical facilities, were among the hardest hit. The Everest Foundation was one of the only non-profit, private foundations focused on helping Puerto Rico's main University Teaching Hospital get back on its feet.

"There was a time right after Maria hit when weeks would pass and we couldn't get a hold of anyone at the hospital to even offer assistance," Greg Heffernan, Professor and Vice President of Foundation Relations at Everest Foundation, says. "Their communication infrastructure was decimated - cell phones and all."

Earlier that year, prior to Hurricane Maria, The Everest Foundation had sent an envoy to determine if the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine was a fit for its Everest Scholars and funding parameters.

"We had just come to an agreement with this institution, but Mother Nature hit," Heffernan says.

Soon after the one-two punch of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, medical students and graduates were fleeing the island and making their way to the mainland. The Everest Foundation quickly learned that medical school leadership was in dire need of volunteers to help take care of the population. It offered support - both professionally and financially. The Everest Foundation prepared its Everest Scholars to help the university-affiliated, Puerto Rico Children's Hospital, with material and practical support which were within the foundation's mission parameters and sphere of influence.

While the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations worked hard to help, they could only do so much. Puerto Rico teaching hospitals needed doctors that were committed to staying and helping. The staff at hospitals throughout the U.S. Territory were overworked, living in tough conditions with little or no electricity, and getting by with the basics while the infrastructure was rebuilt.

Dr. Sanah Ruhullah, one of The Everest Foundation Scholars who was sent, went on to accept a medical residency in Pediatrics where she has been part of helping the vulnerable population of Puerto Rico's children.

"It takes a special type of young doctor to leave the luxuries of home to help those in need," Heffernan says.

While choosing who to send, The Everest Foundation also had to take into consideration the need for bi-lingual doctors as Spanish is the region's primary language. There was only a very specific demographic that could go to assist. Dr. Ruhallah was one of the first Everest Foundation Scholars who volunteered her time and then was invited to interview for a residency spot.

Things are slowly getting back to normal in Puerto Rico, however, the doctor shortage is getting many times worse. Many young medical students, after graduating medical school, can't resist the temptation to find a medical residency in the lower 48. As a result, Puerto Rico needs individuals who want to train in Puerto Rico, and residents who, after training, will stay and build their practices and help the local economy and patient base.

The Everest Foundation continues to help Puerto Rico rebuild its Graduate Medical Education infrastructure, its teaching hospitals and is dedicated to doing so for many hurricane seasons to come.

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