Health, Uncategorized

Sleep, diet, exercise and cutting stress boost brain as you age


Gulliver Prep engineering students create system to fight malnutrition

After an intense year of brainstorming, researching and inventing a product to alleviate malnutrition around the world, seven students at Gulliver Preparatory School have won the Best Presentation Award at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

For the students at the Pinecrest school, their task at hand has just begun.

The award for presenting their project at Kennedy Space Center last week was just one achievement in a list of goals.

“Our goal with the actual presentation wasn’t to win the competition,” said Louis Hamilton, 16, one of the students who focused on producing the prototype. “It’s getting people to watch it from all over the world.”

Gulliver is part of Project Lead The Way, one of the nation’s leading providers of K-12 STEM programs. It serves more than 6,500 schools around the country.

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No action yet: A year later, Surfside still discussing sand removal from construction site

For Miami Herald.

About this time last year, Surfside residents were displeased to find a significant amount of new sand from a construction site dumped on their beach. Since then, the sand has been a hot topic and has yet to be removed.

Last March, Fort Capital, a real estate investment management company based in Miami, dug up sand from underneath the construction site on 9011 Collins Ave., the site of a hotel and condominium called the Surf Club.

Florida law says excavated sand must be placed near the site from which it came. As such, the developer spread the sand over Surfside’s public beach.

The state’s law also says the sand must be compatible with the existing sand, but residents believed the sand was completely different, even calling it dirt. They voiced their concerns about the toxicity of the sand during various town hall meetings and claim that they find debris like metal nails and concrete boulders on a daily basis, even after numerous sand sifting activities.

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Local, Uncategorized

Gobbling up bargains: Holiday shopping kicks into high gear in South Florida

For Miami Herald.


Hector Perez camped out for more than 29 hours at Best Buy, to be first in line to snag a 50-inch Panasonic TV for $199, speakers and a tablet.

“Between all that, I’ll save 500 bucks,” said Perez, 32, of Westchester, who arrived at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday to await the store’s 5 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving. “So it’s worth it.”

Nearby, Natalie Leon and her fiancé Leonardo Gonzalez had gotten in line at 6 a.m. on Thursday to get the same doorbuster TV and a GoPro camera.

“We’re getting married in June, so it’s the first TV for our new apartment, and the GoPro camera is for our honeymoon” — a weeklong cruise in the Caribbean, said Leon, 23, of Westchester.

Across South Florida, the holiday shopping season kicked into high gear on Thanksgiving Day, as many stores paraded their wares in a flurry of doorbusters, deals and discounts. At some stores, lines snaked around buildings hundreds-thick, as shoppers salivated — for deals.

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Uncategorized, Video

Get Engaged at FIU on the 1st National News Engagement Day on Oct. 7, 2014.

Raul Reis, dean of journalism and mass communication at Florida International University, discusses ways his school is adapting to the incorporation of technology on storytelling. Matias Ocner / South Florida News Service

For South Florida News Service. 

By Kathleen Devaney and Crystal Chew

Media Metamorphosis: The impact of technology on journalism today.

Students and professionals in the journalism and education fields discuss the ever-evolving nature of mass communications as technology changes the platform. Technology is playing a pivotal role in the way that journalists are reporting the news. As the Internet transforms mass media, the involvement of citizen journalists weighing in on stories through blogs and other social media is becoming more prevalent.

If one wants to succeed in this field, they have to constantly adapt and have a visual mindset when telling a story. Journalists today must be creative and evolve their stories to incorporate both a print and multimedia component that is interactive and engages the viewer.


Organization works to empower young people against bullying, violence, suicide

For Miami Herald.

Waking up at 4 a.m. on a Thursday morning, Dominic Quarles hopped on the Tri-Rail in Fort Lauderdale and took two buses to Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus for an experience that changed his life forever.

Quarles, 17, was among 100 other students who attended the National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment’s (NVEEE) inaugural peace ambassador leadership conference which took place July 17-20.

“It was really emotional,” said the aspiring fashion designer, who spoke about his identity struggles with his sexual orientation and being born HIV positive.

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