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We Can and Shall Defeat Covid 19 – Here is How   

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Here we are, basically the entire world, deep in concern, worry and yes even depression over the ever- expanding Corona Virus pandemic.  While amidst these conditions, trying to find that light at the end of [...]
          

Requiring Women On Boards Seems Like A Good Idea. But Is It Constitutional?   

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In 2013, Tere Blanca became a board member for BankUnited, a publicly traded bank based out of Miami. Blanca, who established and continues to run Blanca Commercial Real Estate in the same city, was the bank's latest female board member.
          

Dolphins' Team Needs: Post Free Agency   

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Author | Michael Weitzner

The Miami Dolphins have been the most active team in free agency this season (not typically a good thing). However, last year’s Dolphins’ team was special. Even overlooking the fact that fans of the team used the mantra “Tank for Tua”, multiple starters were traded for draft capital and the rest of the team were below average/terrible. Needless to say, the Dolphins needed to completely reconstruct the roster.

Just from last season’s roster, the team is losing 17 (SEVENTEEN) players. Some were deliberately cut from the team—notably Reshad Jones and Daniel Kilgore—while others were outright free agents that the Dolphins are electing not to resign. And just to clarify, ZERO free agents who played for the Dolphins last season have been signed by another franchise since free agency started officially on March 18th.

So you made it to paragraph three and you want to know if I’m done crapping on your beloved Miami Dolphins. Well the rest of this article is recapping all of Miami’s signings to this point in time and a breakdown of what I think are the remaining team needs that should be addressed via trade or in the upcoming (and still happening) NFL Draft. Speaking of the Draft, if you want to see all of our Mock Drafts to this point click here for Mock Draft 3.0, here for Mock Draft 2.0, and here for Mock Draft 1.0.

In a previous article, I discussed what the Dolphins team needs were before free agency started (which you can check out by clicking here). But if you don’t want to read an old article that isn’t relevant today, here is a summary of what the team needs were:

Top Priority
1.     Quarterback
2.     Offensive tackle
3.     Edge rusher

Significant Need
4.    Safety
5.    Cornerback

Need
6.     Guard
7.     Center
8.     Running back
9.     Traditional 4-3 defensive end

Obviously after signing 11 new players in free agency, the Miami Dolphins’ team needs have dramatically changed. Of those 11 signings, cornerback Byron Jones, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah, guard Ereck Flowers, and running back Jordan Howard are the key signings that are likely starters when the season (hopefully) starting in September.

So this is what I’m going to do; I’m going to break the Dolphins’ team needs for the NFL Draft down into four categories: (1) top priority, (2) significant need, (3) could use, and (4) don’t draft. Top priority means that the Dolphins should seriously consider drafting in the 1st round. Significant need means maybe use a 1st or 2nd round pick or trading an equivalent pick for a player at that position. Could use means that the Dolphins could use a player at that position but shouldn’t over draft to get them. And finally, don’t draft is exactly what it sounds like: don’t waste a draft pick in the first 4 rounds on this position.

Here we go:

TOP PRIORITY
1.     Quarterback
2.     Left tackle
3.     Right tackle

These are the most apparent team needs. The current starting quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick. While he was exciting to watch last season, Fitzpatrick turn 38 years old before the season is over. He’s not the long term solution at quarterback and the Dolphins NEED to take a quarterback extremely early in the Draft, say at pick #5 (*cough cough* Tua Tagovailoa).

The next two needs in this category, left and right tackle, are just as pressing of a need because of the likely addition of a young quarterback (again, *cough cough* Tua Tagovailoa). Just to emphasis the frantic need for new tackles on both sides, the current projected starters are Julie’n Davenport at left tackle (with Pro Football Focus grade of 56.5) and Jesse Davis (who is more likely a guard and has a Pro Football Focus grade of 58.9). It’s unrealistic to expect Miami to draft two offensive tackles in the 1st round, but possibly trading a high draft pick to Washington for Trent Williams and then drafting another tackle in the 1st round would be much needed.

SIGNIFICANT NEED
4.    Safety
5.    Running back

With the signing of cornerback Byron Jones to a 5 year, $82,500,000 contract, the Dolphins should be looking to double down on the secondary and focus on making it an absolutely premier unit. But since the Dolphins release safety Reshad Jones, getting another safety to play alongside Eric Rowe is necessary to fulfil that goal. The draft—either late in the 1st round or with one of their two 2nd round picks—is likely the method to file the gap.

Similarly, the signing of running back Jordan Howard puts the Dolphins is a good spot as is. But if the Dolphins want an elite running back room, drafting (instead of trading for or signing) another running back would do it. This is an incredibly deep running back class in the draft, with D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Cam Akers, so Miami should easily be able to find one they like (and reports say Miami loves J.K. Dobbins).  


COULD USE
6.     Guard
7.     Edge rusher
8.     Center
9.     Wide receiver

These positions are ones that either aren’t pressing needs or could be solved by some players moving from other positions. For example, if the Dolphins successfully acquire two competent offensive tackles by the start of next season, Jesse Davis moves back to guard. This allows Michael Deiter (who should be playing center regardless) and Shaq Calhoun to be backup interior offensive lineman instead of starters, solidifying the entire interior of the offensive line.

The Dolphins simply aren’t clamoring at other positions as a result of free agency signings, such as edge rusher with the additions of Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah, or in some cases from the lack of cuts. Wide receiver is one of those groups. I fully expected receivers Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson to get the pink slip. According to www.overthecap.com, Miami would have freed up $11,633,000 in cap space with a little over $2,000,000 in dead cap. But alas, if the right wide receiver falls to Miami in this loaded class, they will make room for one more wide receiver.

DON’T DRAFT
Tight end
Defensive tackle
Inside linebacker
Cornerback

Finally, the four positions listed here are simply not places where the Dolphins should be using draft capital. That doesn’t mean the Dolphins couldn’t use players at these positions; it purely means that the Draft is not where they should be addressed. A better timeframe for adding these kinds of players are through trade down scenarios (which some might say are draft related but get off my back) or from camp cuts once the preseason starts.

          

ABD Türkiye’den daha kötü durumda mı?   

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Bu yazımda, ilk defa benzer kriz içinde olan iki ülkeyi, Türkiye ile ABD’yi karşılaştıracağım. Daha önce de İtalya ile Türkiye’yi karşılaştırmıştım. Battı dediğimiz İtalya tepeye vurdu ve ölüm oranları düşmeye başladı. Hani her zaman ABD’ye küfreder, ama her dakika ve her alanda, onları taklit ederiz ya. (Oysa biz Amerika’nın her numarasını taklit ederiz ya) İşte bu yüzden ABD ve Türkiye diyorum. Önce bizdeki gelişmelerden başlayalım isterseniz. Mesela bayılıyorum şu Türk TV kanallarına. Artık televizyonlarda rating, gazetelerde tiraj konusunda nal toplayan bu yalakalar, önlerine bir Corona belası fırsatı çıkınca şaşırdılar. Şimdilerde bastırıyorlar. Evde kapalı kalma sıkıntısıyla ben de onların Corona haberlerini bir başka dikkatle izlemeye başladım. İnanın bunlar, sağlam adamı hasta ederler. Mesela yandaş bu televizyon kanalları, şimdilerde bu fırsattan şaşkınlar demiştim. Nasıl olmasınlar uzun süredir Suriye krizine odaklandıkları için hastalık hem de bulaşıcı hastalık onlar için yeni bir alan. Bu nedenle ekrana çıkardıkları kendi taraftarı profesörler aracılığıyla işi götürmeye çalışıyorlar. (Yani savaş uzmanı profesörleri şimdilerde tıp alanına çevirenler bile var) Halkta şaşkın. Bir yanda yalaka bilim adamları (Onların bilim adamı olduğunu molla takımı öne sürüyor ben hiç birine inanmıyorum) krizin hafif olduğunu, hükümetin krizi gayet iyi idare ettiğini (Ve hatta dünyada bu krizi Reisin önderliğinde en iyi bizim götürdüğümüzü söyleyecek kadar ileri gidiyorlar). Her şeyin yolunda gittiğini falan vurguluyorlar. Bu söylediklerinin bir kısmı gerçekten doğru. Anlatıldığı kadarıyla (yani halkın bilmesine inandıkları kadarıyla) krizi en iyi onlar götürüyor. Şimdilik görünen o. İnşallah ta öyledir. Bu kriz ötekilere hiç benzemiyor. Ancak görünmeyen veya gösterilmeyen yani bu krizde bilinmeyenler yani anlatılmayanlar da daha çok gibi geliyor bana. Mesela en çok merak ettiğim Suriye’den ve öteki (Afganistan, Pakistan, Hindistan, Somali, Nijerya, Sudan ve öteki çer çöp Arap ülkeleri gibi) ülkelerden gelen ve de sayılarının 7 milyona ulaştığı söylenen Reisin kardeşleri mülteciler ne oldu? Onlardan daha hasta olan tek kişiyi bile duymadık. Aşı olmamış her türlü bela içinde olan bu gurup bizden sağlıklı mı ki ses seda yok. Peki, şu Türk Tabipler Birliği (TTB) Türkiye düşmanı mı ki, bir yerlerini yırtıyor, yanlış, yanlış diye. Hastanelere adam alınmadığı yalnızca parası olanların şimdilik özel hastanelerde tedavi edildiği anlaşılıyor. Ölen bazı gençlerin kapı kapı hastane dolaştırıldığı anlatılmadı mı? Sağlık görevlilerinin maskemiz eldivenimiz yok derken Reisin Somalili ve öteki Müslüman kardeşlerine binlerce maske ve eldiven hediye ettiğini külliye açıklamadı mı? Doktorlar maskeleri ve test kitleri olmadığını açıklıyor. Onlar öyle derken Sağlık bakanı çıkıyor, bizdeki kitlerden ABD’ye bile verdik diyor. ABD Sağlık bakanlığı ve öteki sağlık kuruluşları da Türkiye’den böyle bir şey almadıklarını söyleyerek anında yalanlıyorlar. (Yalanlayanda ABD’de görevli bir Türk profesör) Laf Amerika’dan açılınca değinmeden geçemeyeceğim. Bir kete nüfus 300 milyondan fazla ve koca bir kıta üzerine yayılmış. Bazı eyaletler ve kentlerde salgın hız kazanıyor. Mesela New York, mesela New Orleans, mesela Miami. Ama tepeye tırmanmada bir yavaşlama var. Giderek hızlanmıyor, yavaşta olsa yavaşlıyor. Unutmayın bu ülkede her yıl yalnız gripten 25 bin kişi ölüyor. Daha o seviye ye bile ulaşılamadı. Gerçi biliyorsunuz burada da iş başında Reis benzeri biri var ama nedense Türkiye’de herkes ölüyor diye haber yapsalar birilerinin gülleri yarılacak. Hele o yandaş TV’lerin muhabirlerinin yaptığı haberleri dinlerken ben başka bir gezegende yaşadığımı falan sanıyorum. Evet, kriz kötü vurdu ABD’yi. Evet, sağlık malzemeleri sıkıntısı çekiliyor. Evet, kriz ekonomiyi çok kötü vuracak. Evet, burada da aynı Türkiye’de olduğu gibi dışarı çıkmaması istenen ama plajlarda dolaşan taş kafalılar var. Tüm kötü şeylere rağmen ABD, bu krizden ne Türkiye kadar etkilenir ne de sağlık bakımından bu kadar dibe vuru. ABD’de olanları ben size anlatmaya çalışayım. Mesela ABD’nin Reisi 12 Nisan’a kadar krizin geçeceğine inanıyor ve hayatın normale döneceğini düşünüyor. (Doktorlar ve uzmanlar bunun imkânsız olduğunu söylemesine rağmen). Kriz için aynı bizim Reis gibi tedbir aldığını söyledi. (Yalan golf oynuyor bu kriz bize gelmez diyordu. Bizim ki de dünya üzerinde oyuncak uçağı ile soytarılarını alıp uçuyordu. Önlem falan almamıştı. Kriz beklediğinden daha şiddetli vurdu. Bizi nasıl vurduğunu bir Allah bir de Reis biliyor. Halkın bilmesine gerek yok. Sokaklar sanki atom bombası atılmış gibi bomboş. İşten sürekli adam çıkarıyorlar. Tüketim ekonomisinde tüketilenler sınırlı olunca barlar, lokantalar, jimnastik salonları, maçlar falan hep kapandı. (bu durum bizde de aynı olabileceği konusunda iddiaya hazırım. Çin’e çamur atmasına rağmen el altından Çin’den malzeme alımı yapılıyor. Bizde de İsrail’e sövüp saymaya rağmen İsrail’den sağlık malzemesi alımı gibi. Şimdilerde her yer harıl harıl solunum malzemesi ve maske üretiyor. Bizde de aynısı bildiğim kadarıyla. Aradaki fark, ABD kendi aşısını ve ilacını üretmek için araştırma yapıyor. Aynı bizde olduğu gibi (Bu konuda Diyanet gözetiminde tüm mollalar ilaç araştırması yapıyormuş) Hani Bakanın ABD’ye yolladık dediği test kiti de galiba Çin malı. Çünkü Amerikalılar ellerinde hiç Türk test kiti olmadığını açıkladı. Amerikalı Reis Trump halka para yardımı yapacağım dedi, patronlara yapacak. Ancak Amerikan Kongresi şimdilik Trump’ı frenliyor.  Oda aynı bizim Reis gibi zenginlere para vermeyi hedefliyordu. Amerika’nın yiyeceği dışardan geliyor. Meksika, Güney Amerika falan. Aynı bizim saman ithali hesabı. Ama Amerika’nın parası var teknoloji alt yapısı. Bizde Allah gücü ve dua var. İmam ordumuz var. Kıskanacak bir şey yok yanı. HABERVİS
          

Florida Mystery Diner Leaves $10,000 Tip At Naples Restaurant - CBS Miami   

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Florida Mystery Diner Leaves $10,000 Tip At Naples Restaurant  CBS Miami
          

LeBron James es demandado por un fotógrafo   

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LeBron James (23) entra al aro ante la marca de Bam Adebayo, del Heat, en el partido celebrado el 13 de diciembre de 2019 en Miami. DAVID SANTIAGO DSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM

MIAMI.--LeBron James trata de pasar la cuarentena como puede, rodeado de su familia y activo en laS redes sociales. King James James publicó una foto en su página de Facebook del partido entre los Lakers y Heat el 13 de diciembre, donde se le ve anotando una canasta sobre Meyers Leonard, al parecer algo muy normal.

Pero resulta que el fotógrafo que la tomó, llamando Steven Mitchell, ha demandado a LeBron por usar la foto sin su permiso o compensación. O sea que James publicó en su página de Facebook una foto donde él aparece sin darle crédito al fotógrafo, que por eso le está pidiendo $150,000 por infracción de derechos de autor.

En el pie de foto LeBron puso “What.A.Time.To.Be.Alive y estoy viviendo con alegría pura! Gracias Basquetbol”. “¡P.S. Miami siempre los amo a todos! Un corazón. Gran victoria anoche Gang Gang”.

Esto es una práctica frecuente de los jugadores, principalmente de James, y muchos fotógrafos la toman como una promoción, como publicidad de sus fotos, pero Mitchell prefirió tomar otro camino y puede crear un precedente.

LeBron ni caso le ha hecho y ha aprovechado este tiempo muerto para rememorar buenos momentos y no podía faltar los cuatro años que estuvo en Miami donde ganó sus dos primeros anillos con el Heat. Pero no fueron solo dos campeonatos sino cuatro temporadas donde se jugó tal vez el mejor basquetbol de todos los tiempos y donde además de ganar se divertía al máximo.

Junto a Dwyane Wade y Chris Bosh formó tal vez el mejor Big Three de la historia que disfrutaba del juego y que los señalaba como el equipo a vencer. No por gusto fueron cuatro años de modo consecutivo a las Finales de la NBA. Sin dudas resultaron años de gloria para Miami y para él. LeBron, a sus 35 años, estaba disfrutando de una de sus mejores temporadas de su carrera en la NBA, antes de que fuera postergada por el coronavirus, siendo un firme candidato al premio de Jugador más Valioso (MVP).

Sus 25.7 puntos, 7.9 rebotes y 10.6 asistencias así lo a atestiguan, con sus Lakers encaramados en lo alto de la Conferencia Oeste como favoritos al título. En el equipo de Los Ángeles fueron detectados dos positivos y al no revelar los nombres de los jugadores contagiados James ha entrado en el mismo saco.

Hace una semana LeBron compartió con los aficionados a través de un chat de Instagram y confesó lo ocurrido con el Heat en el importante Juego 6 contra los Celtics en el 2012, donde anotó 45 puntos para empatar la serie 3-3. “Mi mentalidad era que si perdíamos, Pat Riley podía separarnos a todos. Y [no] quería eso”, dijo James. “Podría ser la ruptura más rápida en la historia del basquetbol”.

LeBron ha confesado que terminará su carrera en los Lakers, pero sin duda guarda un gran recuerdo de su paso por Miami. Fue el momento más memorable de su carrera. Seguramente su camiseta ondeará en lo alto del American Airlines Arena cuando se retire.


          

News to Use - Spring Grant Deadlines Extended   

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News to Use - Spring Grant Deadlines Extended

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Grant Programs Update - Deadlines Extended


In an effort to assist our cultural community through this public health crisis, the Department of Cultural Affairs is extending the courtesy and technical review deadlines by one week for the following grant programs:


General Operating Support Programs:

Cultural Advancement Grant Program

Courtesy Review Deadline - Thursday, April 9, 2020, 11:59 PM

Technical Review Deadline – Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11:59 PM


Cultural Development Grant Program

Courtesy Review Deadline - Thursday, April 9, 2020, 11:59 PM

Technical Review Deadline – Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11:59 PM


Project-Based Programs:

Capital Development Grant Program

Deadline – Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11:59 PM


Please be assured that the timeline for the grant review process remains on schedule. Staff is committed to ensure the summer panel reviews are completed and proper approvals are obtained in time to forward the recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and Mayor for final approval.

The team remains committed to assist you throughout this process; we are open for business and available to help. If you have questions or need our assistance, the best way to contact us is through email. You can find a staff directory at  https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.miamidadearts.org/about/staff-councils.

 

Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP) Online Workshop

Mandatory Pre-Application Requirements


All applicants - new and returning - must attend one of the YEP specific workshops prior to submitting an application. The 2020-21 YEP pre-grant workshops will be presented in an online format. Please RSVP using the link below to receive access to the online, live-stream workshop. 

Click here to RSVP to a YEP Workshop


Workshop #1 - Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:30 AM - Noon

Workshop #2 - Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


For more information on the Youth Arts Enrichment (YEP), click this link to the home page  https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://miamidadearts.org/youth-arts-enrichment-yep-grants-program.


 

The Miami Foundation COVID-19 response:

The Community Recovery Fund


The Miami Foundation is mobilizing philanthropic, government and business partners to launch The Community Recovery Fund that will provide critical operating support to nonprofit organizations whose ability to serve our residents has been severely diminished by the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  The Miami Foundation has seeded the Fund with an initial $200,000 contribution.

Local nonprofit organizations have had to cancel revenue-generating events, absorb unexpected costs and shut their doors to clients, eliminating much-needed fees for their services. The Community Recovery Fund provides critical help to Miami-Dade nonprofits whose operations are severely impacted and supports their long-term recovery, resilience and financial stability. The Miami Foundation has seeded the Fund with a $200,000 contribution. To support Miami-Dade County’s vital network of nonprofit institutions and the residents they serve, click here to give now. Nonprofit staff members can read more and express interest for support by completing this form.

For detailed information visit  https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://miamifoundation.org/COVID19Response.

 

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Art in Public Places – Call to Artists

 

Terminal K Parking Garage - PortMiami

Deadline: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 11:59PM

Project Budget:  $485,000

Eligibility: Open to professional visual artists based in the United States

Submit at: https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.miamidadepublicart.org/#about-calls

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs through its Art in Public Places Program and PortMiami request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist led teams to commission an external artwork for Terminal K Parking Garage at PortMiami. For full details click here.

 

River Parc

Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020, 11:59PM

Project Budget $465,000 *2-4 commissions are envisioned *Construction credits for integrated artworks may enhance the total project budget.

Eligibility Open to professional visual artists based in South Florida

Submit at:  https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.miamidadepublicart.org/#about-calls

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs through its Art in Public Places Program andMiami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development with partners Related Urban and Modis Architects request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to commission artworks for the River Parc campus, incorporating the new construction of two housing facilities, Brisas Del Rio and The Gallery at River Parc, site work for the campus, and the construction of a linear park and riverwalk. For full details click here.

 

Gallery at Smathers Plaza

Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020, 11:59PM

Project Budget $210,000

Eligibility Open to professional visual artists or artist-led teams based in South Florida

Submit at:  https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.miamidadepublicart.org/#about-calls

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs through its Art in Public Places Program and Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to commission artworks for the new Gallery at Smathers Plaza (Smathers Phase 3) affordable housing for seniors.  For full details click here.

 

MAMP LAB2:  March 31 – Connecting with the Media

Join via video conference! Getting visibility in the media is constantly evolving. Local media leaders offer the inside scoop on how to get your group or business in the media spotlight. Explore how to think creatively and expansively about messaging to get your story told. Receive tips from experts on learning to build relationships with local reports, create strategies for press placement, fine-tune your message and pitch art stories to non-traditional media. All participants receive the MAMP Media List for the Arts. Your group might be eligible for a scholarship.  Miami Emerging Arts Leaders receive a discount price of $25 by using code MEAL20. Register today.

 

Coral Gables Cultural Development Board

Cultural Grants Webinar - April 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Participation in the webinar is mandatory for all cultural grant applicants. Cultural activities that qualify address visual and performing arts, history, historic preservation and folk life, international cultural exchanges and literary and media arts. Application deadline forthe City of Coral Gables Cultural Grant is April 24, 2020. To RSVP and receive a direct link email:  ccathers@coralgables.com. For updates visit: www.coralgables.com/culturalgrants.

 

Arts & Culture Survey: Cancellations, Closures and Postponements

We are working with the Greater Miami Conventions and Visitors Bureau to capture the impact COVID-19 is having on your ability to serve the public with great arts activities. We continue to encourage you to complete the following brief survey so that we may inventory the scope of arts and culture activities affected by this emergency via this link.

 

Census Day is April 1st

Miami-Dade County encourages every resident to participate in the United States census to ensure proper representation in Congress and a fair share of federal funds for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Respond online by April 1st. Shape our future!

It’s important – The census helps determine the distribution of federal funds and where to build new schools, hospitals and other important infrastructure projects for our community.

It’s confidential – Your responses are protected by federal law.

It’s easy – For the first time ever you will be able to respond by phone or online!

To get involved or find out more: https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/census2020/home.page

 

National Endowment for the Arts FY 2021 Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and application materials for four National Endowment for the Arts funding categories--Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America, Creative Writing Fellowships, and Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects--are available on the Arts Endowment's website. Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Click here  for an online presentation that gives an overview of the National Endowment for the Arts' funding opportunities.

The FY 2021 Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2021. Click the links in each section below for guidelines and application materials.

Grants for Arts Projects - Application Deadlines: July 9, 2020
These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

A Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020.

Please note that while the National Endowment for the Arts welcomes applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, projects that address any of the following activities below are encouraged to apply:

Celebrate America's creativity and/or cultural heritage.
Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
Tribal Colleges and Universities,
American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
African American Serving Institutions,
Hispanic Serving Institutions,
Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.


Challenge America - Application Deadline: April 9, 2020
These grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

A Challenge America Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020. In addition, there will be a separate presentation available for previous Challenge America applicants interested in applying for Grants for Arts Projects. NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Grants for Arts Projects AND the Challenge America categories.

 

Updates on COVID-19

Miami-Dade County officials continue to work with local, state and federal agencies in monitoring COVID-19, part of the coronavirus family. For the latest information visit   www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus. Click here to see past Cultural Updates.


          

Huidhonger door zelfisolatie: als je de knuffels van je matties mist   

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Het verplicht thuis zitten begint steeds meer effect te hebben op mensen. Niet alleen kunnen we onze matties, familieleden en collega's minder zien, we kunnen elkaar met die anderhalve meter regel ook niet meer aanraken. En dat kan voor sommige mensen zoveel effect hebben op hun gemoedstoestand, dat ze zich echt niet goed voelen. Als je dit hebt, voel je dan niet alleen. Want dit fenomeen heet huidhonger en jij bent niet de enige die dit heeft. 

Niet alleen seks

Huidhonger kun je als mens krijgen als je te weinig huid op huid contact hebt met andere mensen. Dit gaat niet meteen over seksuele intimiteit, maar juist over kleine aanrakingen. Een knuffel, een kus, elkaars handen vasthouden of een arm over je schouder. Door alle hygiënemaatregelen rondom het coronavirus, kunnen sommige mensen nu last hebben van een gebrek aan aanrakingen in hun leven. 

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baby's

En dat is niet zo gek. Het blijkt namelijk dat huid op huid contact een levensbehoefte is voor mensen. 'Voelen' is het eerste zintuig dat we ontwikkelen in de baarmoeder. Huidhonger komt het vaakst voor bij baby's die het na negen maanden in de baarmoeder moeilijk vinden om niet meer constant aangeraakt te worden. Maar ook volwassenen hebben er last van. 

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alleen wonen

Vaak wordt gedacht dat ouderen hier last van hebben, omdat zij veel alleen thuis zitten. Maar het is niet zo raar dat ook jonge mensen met deze quarantainemaatregelen elkaars aanrakingen missen. Uit cijfers van het CBS blijkt dat meer dan 25% van de Nederlandse jongeren tussen de 20 en 25 jaar oud alleen woont. Van de jongeren tussen de 25 en 30 jaar woont zelfs meer dan 27% zonder huisgenoten.

beter immuunsysteem

Het is slecht nieuws als al deze jongeren geen andere mensen kunnen zien. Want uit onderzoek blijkt dat knuffelen en aangeraakt worden, heel gezond is voor ons. Als je langer dan 20 seconden met iemand knuffelt, maak je al het knuffelhormoon aan. Dit maakt je weerbaarder tegen stress en je kunt er makkelijker door ontspannen. Volgens de Amerikaanse onderzoeker Tifanny Field, die het Touch Research Institute opzette, zorgen aanrakingen ervoor dat ons immuunsysteem er op vooruit gaat. Een goed immuunsysteem is net wat we nodig hebben met een virus dat de wereld over gaat. 

wat kun je er zelf aan doen?

Wat kun je doen als je echt behoefte hebt aan wat menselijke aanrakingen, maar het moeilijk is om die te krijgen? Marianne Verhoeff heeft een praktijk voor lichaamsgerichte psychotherapie en zij raadt aan om contact te maken met je eigen lijf. "Met de mensen uit mijn praktijk doe ik vaak een oefening waarbij je je eigen lichaam kneedt, wrijft of streelt." Ze vertelt dat je kunt beginnen bij je hoofd, en dan elk gedeelte van je lichaam bewust en langzaam wrijft.

"Het is natuurlijk niet hetzelfde als de aanraking van iemand anders, maar het kan wel helpen. Belangrijk is dat je bij deze oefening echt aanwezig bent als je jezelf aanraakt."

Marianne legt uit dat als je er even niet met je gedachten bij bent, je de aandacht weer terug moet brengen om de aanrakingen ook daadwerkelijk te beleven. "Een warme douche nemen met een harde straal op je huid, werkt ook", vertelt Marianne. Zij snapt dat mensen huidhonger kunnen ervaren in deze quarantainetijd.

"Veel mensen voelen zich onveilig op dit moment en met aanrakingen kun je worden getroost."

Film over huidhonger

Dat huidhonger een heel menselijk gevoel is, heeft documentairemaker Lieza Röben in beeld gebracht in haar film Huidhonger. Hierin kruipt ze dicht op de huid van mensen die in hun leven aanrakingen hebben gemist. Misschien helpt het om de film te kijken. Weet dat je niet de enige bent die in deze tijd extra veel behoefte heeft aan een goede knuffel. 


          

How AI might help us diagnose and track COVID-19   

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By now, we all know COVID-19 is spreading fast, infecting people at an exponential rate. “This is the defining global health crisis of our time,” says Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “The days, weeks, and months ahead will be a test of our resolve, a test of our science, and a […]

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Healthcare: Family Practice Opening Boca Raton, Florida (Physician #) - Boca Raton, Florida   

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Job #16029 - Family Practice Opening Boca Raton, Florida Join 3 Physicians and 2 other mid-level providers in a growing private practice in beautiful Boca Raton, FL Seeing a BC/BE Family Practice Physician looking for a permanent long term career, interested in living in the area and building the practice. Work Monday to Friday in the office from 8 to 5 See 20 - 25 patients per day 80% outpatient work 20% inpatient work The group follows their patients at only 1 hospital and the call will be 1 in 4 They also go to 2 local nursing homes Competitive salary plus bonus Partnership track opportunity Full benefits, malpractice, 401k Boca Raton is in Southern Palm Beach County and 30 minutes from West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and under an hour from Miami. Keyphrases: family medicine jobs, family practice jobs, family practitioner jobs, family medicine specialist jobs ()
          

IT / Software / Systems: Cloud Solution Architect/AWS - Miami, Florida   

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Title Cloud Solution ArchitectAWS Location Miami, FL Duration 12 months This is a C-C Opportunity. NO OPT. Remote work until the virus is over then on-site in Miami. Candidates can be Lead developers but they must have TOGAF experience. Candidates must be senior (10+ years) solution architectsCloud Developers (TOGAF Required) with experience working with Cloud Native architecture on AWS as well as Agile, Microservicescontainers, REST APIrsquos and NOSQL. This is a senior Architect role and must have 5+ years of Enterprise Architecture experience TOGAF. ()
          

Aerolíneas Argentinas ya logró repatriar a 27.000 argentinos   

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Este viernes 27 de diciembre, la Argentina cerró completamente sus fronteras, y ni siquiera sus propios ciudadanos (excepto los mayores de 65 años) pueden reingresar al territorio. Desde que comenzó la crisis y hasta ese entonces, Aerolíneas Argentinas logró repatriar a 27.000 argentinos, de los cuales 14.000 pudieron regresar en vuelos especiales, mientras que el resto lo hizo en regulares.


Aerolíneas Argentinas trasladó de regreso a su país a más de 14.000 argentinos varados, quienes fueron transportados en vuelos especiales desde las zonas de riesgo desde el 13 de marzo, fecha en que fuera anunciado el cierre de las operaciones regulares.

Dicha cifra fue alcanzada este viernes 27 tras el arribo de cuatro vuelos especiales: dos desde Miami; uno desde Madrid; y el cuarto, desde Cancún.

Si a este número se le suma la totalidad de argentinos que regresaron desde el exterior luego del 13 de marzo, en todas las operaciones realizadas por Aerolíneas Argentinas (regulares y especiales en toda su red de 21 destinos internacionales), el número supera los 27.000 pasajeros argentinos llevados de regreso a su tierra.

En total, Aerolíneas completó 42 operaciones especiales con vuelos desde Río de Janeiro, San Pablo, Florianópolis, San Salvador de Bahía, Porto Seguro, Bogotá, Lima, Cancún, Madrid y Miami.

“Tenemos un equipo absolutamente consciente de lo que significa trabajar en la línea aérea de bandera y de cuáles son las prioridades. Quiero felicitar a cada uno de los empleados de Aerolíneas Argentinas y Austral porque dejaron todo para que estos vuelos se pudieran hacer”, aseguró Pablo Ceriani, presidente de la compañía.

Asimismo, la empresa estatal recordó que se encuentra realizando una programación especial de vuelos de cabotaje, con el objetivo de asegurar la conectividad del país tras el cierre de las operaciones que rige actualmente, en el marco de la pandemia de coronavirus.


          

Brew Review – Mangolandia by Veza Sur @VezaSur   

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Love them or hate them, you have to admit that Veza Sur has an uncanny pulse on exactly what makes craft beer in Miami-Dade County tick. For those of you unaware, Veza Sur is the fourth, and currently newest, brewery in the Wynwood district of Miami. It was opened as the collaboration between two breweries … Continue reading Brew Review – Mangolandia by Veza Sur @VezaSur
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