Miami Performance Series Kicks off

The Knight’s Foundation proudly presents the return of the Friday evening live musical performances. Part of the Miami Design District owned by entrepreneur Craig Robins and L Catterton Real Estate, the Miami Design District Performance Series is held at the Palm Court. The weekly Friday evening performances are being produced by Emilio Estefan, who has been a Grammy Award recipient nineteen times. These free performances have earned much notoriety since their inception in 2017. They provide entertainment for the communities and neighborhoods away from the traditional theaters. This series in brought to the people in collaboration with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Some of the talent that will be entertaining this year will be The Uprising, Julian Marley, Luis Enrique, Bernadette Peters, Thelma Houston, Emily Estefan, Nestor Torres, Frankie Marcos, El Micha, and Clouds featuring Carlos Oliva. Taylor Dayne, and The South Florida Youth Symphony are also scheduling as part of the performances. Great entertainment is guaranteed for every member of the family. This is a wonderful place to spend Friday evenings where the lack of expenses is no problem the best performances to grace a stage are waiting each Friday evening beginning in October. The Miami Design District also offers other features for a well-rounded blend of informative, educational, and entertainment pleasures.

Other features of the Miami Design District during the Performance Series include movie screenings, two museums, YogArt, guided art tours, family day, and lectures. Fridays will become the most anticipated day of the week for every family member. The performances will start in October and run through December fourteenth. Every genre of music will be represented for those who have a favorite music preference. This is the fourth season for the Performance Series, and the roster of diverse talent will provide Miami residents and visitors with eleven weeks of fun and excitement.

Besides having the best cultural experience, the Miami Design District is also a culinary destination that features world class offerings. Dinner and free entertainment do not get any better than what the Miami Design District provides during the Fall season. Your Friday can consist of food from multi vendors, and dishes inspired by many different cultures. Some eateries will off Friday happy hour specials beginning at five o’clock in the afternoon. The Fall of the year has just gotten better with the startup of the Miami Design District’s Performance Series. Many people will get into the holiday spirit with this Series which is the perfect prelude to the approaching holiday season.

Organization Receives $500,000 from The American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief

The American Red Cross has released a $495,294 grant to the Islamic Relief to help with the implementation of several home rebuilding projects for the victims of the 2017 Hurricane Harvey. Speaking about the event, Hani Hamwi, the Manager of the Islamic Response Disaster Management team, stated that the organization is eternally grateful for support they kept receiving from the ARC and that it is a sign that the Red Cross profoundly values the work they do.

Hamwi disclosed that the grant would go towards setting up a dorm for the volunteers to stay in during the entire home rebuilding project which is slated to kick off in Houston Texas. IRUSA hopes that they will manage to build between 15 and 20 homes each year, and they have partnered with SBP for the recovery project which will stretch for some years.

One of the enormous challenges that IRUSA has been facing is volunteers being unable to sign up for the rebuilding project because of lack of accommodation. With free housing in place, it will be easier to get volunteers to come and stay throughout the tenure of the rebuilding process. The presence of a dorm will also mean that all the volunteers operate from one point, which will ease the process of project management. The efforts that the organization is making are to honor a commitment which they made in January this year, after presenting a $50,000 check to the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and his relief fund.

About the Islamic Relief Association

The Islamic Relief USA was established in 1994 with the aim of helping people in need and creating a world free of poverty. The organization provides grants and relief to people in need regardless of their race, culture, religion or socioeconomic background. Their vision is to work together to create a world free of poverty while their mission is to empower individuals within the community and give them a voice in the world. The organization’s core values are to work for excellence, sincerity, compassion, custodianship, and social justice. Under the leadership of Sharif Aly, Azhar Azeez and others, their initiatives have spread to more than 40 countries around the globe with a focus on the war-torn third world countries and parts of the world where people are still living in extreme poverty. The initiative in Houston is just one of their many projects to give dignity back to communities that have lost it because of natural calamities, war, and other disasters.

Why It’s Important to Better U.S.-China Relations

Many people know the United States as the most developed country in the world owing to its economic stability and also being a leader in developments. On the other hand, China is famous for being the most populous nation with ever-increasing industries. This is a nation that is destined to become a force to reckon soon. The two countries have been continually improving their already prime statuses, and the competition regarding developments is intense. However, of great importance is the recent positive relationship between China and the United States that is growing stronger every new day. This relationship has been impactful on the other nations of the world. Also, the two countries have recently been interacting on a complementary aspect rather than being competitors as they were viewed in the past.

First, the interactions between China Focus CUSEF and the US in the recent times have seen trade between these countries improve immensely. For instance, the trade volumes of the two nations stood at $100 million in 1972. In 2016, the figure had increased to an astonishing $649 billion, and the values keep soaring each new day. Maintaining good relations for these superpowers will see more enormous figures being posted in the future. It is, therefore, imperative for the two nations to keep the close contact as the relationship is mutual for investors in both countries.

Another aspect that highlights the excellent partnership between China and the United States is the number of people from the two countries that keep interacting with each other. More Chinese students are visiting the United States to study in some of the most high profile institutions in the country. Tourists, professionals, and people from all walks of life visit the United States from China freely, and the good relations between the nations have facilitated this. Also, many US citizens are visiting China to experience a different culture and also work in the country. Therefore, the close relationship between the two nations is a blessing to their citizens as people of different professions can invest freely.

The complementary nature of the relationship cannot be undermined. China is highly populated but lacks resources such as oil. Also, most of the land in China is not suitable for crop farming. On the other hand, the United States has oil, and it also possesses enormous tracts of arable land. Therefore, the Chinese population is a ready market for products that are in abundance in the US. Strengthening the relations further is what should be the initiative of both nations as they complement each other perfectly.

Transforming today’s Miami

Craig Robins is truly transforming the landscape of Miami. Through his firm, Dacra, the legendary Chief Executive Officer has taken the real estate in Miami to a whole new level. He can create collaborative communities in the area through his innovations in the real estate sector. Through his work, Miami has been transformed into a culturally-driven city which has become a global icon. Dacra played a critical role in the transformation of South Beach more than twenty years ago. Its ambitions did not end there. It has directed its energies to Miami’s Design District. The CEO gives useful insights on how he has transformed the city to march its peers such as New York and Los Angeles.

Innovations are driving the city. With the changing items and technology, Miami has not been left behind. According to Craig, Miami is a host of culturally recognized facilities such as the Frost Science Museum. These attraction sites put the city high as a favorite site. That is not all. The town has strong ties with the Latin community making it unique from other American cities.

Miami has been transformed into a place of art and creativity. The overall effect is the inflow of international artists and designers into the city. They showcase and launch their latest innovations in this area. Miami Design district takes pride in having a lot of collections from the world’s leading artists. The center has collaborated with most of these artists who are seeing the value the center brings to them. It is one of the core mandates of this design center to build its place in America and the rest of the world.

Craig has that burning desire to create creative communities in art and design to radically uplift the urban life. Innovative public art programs serve to bring these communities together and create a city with its own unique identity. The overall effect is that designers of high-end watches and other exciting public art are finding this to be the perfect destination. The Miami Design District has redefined the artwork. It is the center of performances, design works, programs and public lectures from industry experts who inspire members of the community. According to Craig, his firm is in negotiations with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) to visit Miami and host its trade fair for its luxury watches in this destination. It will be an exciting opportunity to host such a powerhouse which will cement Miami’s place a world-class luxury destination.

Taking to the sea and sky for new opportunities

In March of 2018 EnTrustPermal announced an expansion of their blue Ocean maritime investment branch as well as the introduction of Blue Sky, an aviation division to match Blue Ocean. With $300,000,000 already invested in Blue Wave and an estimated $500,000,000 going in to Blue Wave in 2018 these sources of investment are poised to make waves.

Blue Ocean began in 2017 after two investment firms, EnTrust (founded in 1997) and Permal (founded in 1073), merged to form EnTrustPermal in 2016. For Blue Ocean they tapped longtime CTI Group expert Svein Engh who has over thirty years’ experience in investing in maritime businesses and founded CTI Groups’ maritime division as well as founding CTI Group’s Commercial Aircraft Leasing and Lending Platform as well as most recently being the Head of Financial Institutions at CTI Group. Blue Wave will be run by another former CTI Group expert, John Morabito, who has worked in aviation investment for nearly 20 years. They are supported by an experienced and knowledgeable staff in both endeavors.
The company aims to provide debt and capital through non-bank loans and investments in aviation and maritime industries including shipping.

They felt that there was a lack of capital in these areas and are seeking to turn a profit by stepping in to these industries and bring some capital with them. These industries offer low-risk returns and tend to be stable despite the apparent lack of large investors.

EnTrustPermal’s CEO Gregg Hymowitz says these news strategies and the people tapped to run will “provide a constant flow of relevant and proprietary ideas to our investors who seek new and attractive sources of return.” These investment strategies are designed to play a large role in EnTrustPermal’s future growth as an investment firm who can provide alternative strategies for their investors.

The Art Appreciator’s Guide to the United Arab Emirates

So, you’re thinking of a good spot to vacation and experience the fine arts. But, where to go? There are many great places with fine art exhibitions. and one of the best is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There are many places to visit in the UAE that are unique to the Emirates and will give you a one-of-a-kind look into UAE and Emirati culture and history.

One such places is Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Within the city of Abu Dhabi is the Heritage Village, which displays how life was in the Middle East prior to the discovery of oil.

Another is the Jebel Hafeet, the highest peak in Abu Dhabi and home to over five hundred discovered tombs. There is also the Emirates National Auto Museum, wherein lies Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s personal collection of automotive vehicles (some tanks included!!!) to feast your eyes upon. Another exhibition of note is the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Dedicated to the health and well-being of these majestic birds and highlighting their roles throughout the Emirates’ history.

And then there is the Formula Rossa, also known as, the world’s fastest roller coaster having a top speed of 149 mph which translates to 240 kph. Count me in!

Last, but certainly not least, is Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit where you can actually drive on the race track. The cars are even equipped with onboard cameras to capture your driving skills. And, oh yeah, you get a copy of the video to show off to all your friends and family!!!

Abu Dhabi is also planning on building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum. Though there is no set completion date, the Guggenheim Museum is to be built on Saadiyat Island and the scale of the museum is supposed to be 320,000 square feet (30,000 square meters). It is to feature all types of Middle Eastern exhibits including Islamic, UAE and Emirati culture.

This is just one example of what you can experience in the United Arab Emirates. Many others await you, traveler … are you ready for an experience of a lifetime?

How Washington, D.C. Is Getting into the Hamilton Spirit


As the Kennedy Center prepares for a 14-week run of T&C cover star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton beginning June 12, the nation’s capital is already getting into the spirit. Here’s how you can take part.

1. The Jefferson Hotel is organizing “Feud of the Founding Fathers,” a summer-long series of events and promotions that pit Thomas Jefferson against Alexander Hamilton.

There’s an itinerary in which guests get to choose a side, talks by in-house historian and Georgetown professor Susan Sullivan Lagon on the differences between Jefferson and Hamilton, and rival cocktails in Quill, which features North America’s only fully glass bar.

2. Have a Hamilton-themed cocktail or dessert for $10 at Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant.

The “Ten Dollar Menu,” whose price references the currency graced by the first Secretary of the Treasury, includes both drinks and dessert. According to Eater, there’s a “Raise a Glass to Freedom” beer cocktail made Port City porter, Captain Morgan spiced rum, lime, and brown sugar syrup along with a chocolate crunch choux puff with vanilla ice cream, which Hamilton is said to have enjoyed when he dined at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

3. Go to Mount Vernon for a Hamilton sing-along and an interactive exhibit where you can act out scenes from George Washington’s battles.

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Islamic Relief USA Plans Ramadan Food Boxes for Communities Around the U.S.

Islamic Relief USA is planning its annual food box packing event to prepare for Ramadan. The organization is hosting four food packing events. The events are planned to take place in Illinois, Virginia, Texas and New Jersey.

Volunteers will be packing boxes with nonperishable foods and then giving them out to those in need in the surrounding community. The stated goal is to create 5,000 packaged meals for the needy and the hungry right here in the United States.

This event is part of being Muslim and closely connected to the holiday of Ramadan. Yes, the holiday is about fasting from sunrise to sunset, but there is a component of giving back to the needy and the community. It is also a time to reflect on those in need and what can be done to alleviate their suffering.

Volunteers are needed to help package the food and put it into boxes. Some boxes will need to be broken down and others filled, sealed and then delivered. For each session there will be two shifts of volunteers to help package the food and get it ready to deliver to the community.

The food will be delivered to various food pantries, houses of worship and other locations that provide food for the poor and the hungry. Those interested in helping can check out Islamic Relief USA and find a location nearby. All are welcome to come and help and, of course, if you have nonperishable food items that can become part of the food packages, they are welcome, too.

This year marks the 25 anniversary of IRUSA and all of the good it does for communities across the country. Visit for more information about times, volunteering and other services offered.

How Miami’s Design District Brings Art, Design, and Culture Together

The Miami Design District is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida that is hailed as one of the most influential and swanky spots to visit. You’ll get a taste of the latest interior designs, art, and of course plenty of culture while there. You may even see some of your favorite celebrities. Here are the top attractions in each category to get you started if you’re planning a trip to Miami, and you want to take in this amazing neighborhood and all it has to offer.

Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA

The ICA is peppered with fine arts for you to explore that are contemporary and cutting edge. Anyone seeking design inspiration will be more than tickled when perusing the galleries. Exhibits and programs are like nothing you’ve experienced before and allow you to exchange ideas with like and unlike minded thinkers to fuel your creativity.


Whether you’re looking for home decor or wearable fashions, Craig Robins’s well designed Miami Design District has plenty to offer. Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vitton are just a few brands that attract tourists year-round. You can also find the perfect, iconic piece to place in your digs from shops like Kartell and Luminaire and Jonathan Adler to name just a couple favorites. You’ll be in awe at the well-known and original shops featured and can easily spend an entire day browsing.

Famous Dining Options

Estefan Kitchen offers delicious Cuban fare, Harry’s Pizzeria offers wood-fired options, and Sugarcane offers small plates and an artistic flair on their food choices to include the cocktails.

Buena Vista Deli featuring salads, sandwiches and amazing dessert is one of the most famous and affordable options in Miami and a favorite for many including celebrities. In fact, many celebrity sightings make this district a fun place to hang out. Kate Hudson during Art Basel, George Clooney, and even Beyonce have been spotted here simply walking the streets. Who will you see?

Truly the only way to understand how amazing this district is would be to visit. Stay nearby and take a day or three to take it all in as there is so much more to experience than what is listed here, even public art. You won’t regret one moment in this popular Miami neighborhood.

Panel appointed to help with hurricane relief

The devastating effects brought about by the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Virginia Islands has prompted Governor Kenneth E. to constitute an expert advisory committee which will spearhead the reconstruction process. The advisory committee which will be operating under the office of the Governor comprises of local officials, business, and environmental experts as well as community members. The announcement of the formation of the committee came on Monday from the office of the governor.

The group will have a clear-cut objective of assessing the damage brought about by the Hurricane and also point out future risks which face the USVI as a result of natural hazards with a vision spanning to over 30 years. The risks among others will include those that will come about due to climate change. Besides that, the committee will also be mandated with the task of coming up a roadmap for USV’s long-term recovery plan regarding economy and security. The team has a daunting task considering the damage which the two Hurricanes left behind. Most people were left homeless without basic need such as shelter.

The committee which has 18 members will specifically focus on the following issues.
Ø Development of and implement an economic recovery plan mainly focusing on tourism and other economic generating activities.
Ø Monitoring and tracking expenditure as well as the distribution of federal disaster aid funds
Ø The group will also be expected to come up with long-term mitigation measures that will shield USVI from future natural disasters such as the Hurricane.
Ø The Committee is also ensure that all those affected by the hurricane are provided with basic needs such as shelter, clothing, and food.

“We have brought together experts from different sectors to assist U.S Virgin Island to get back on its feet as soon as possible. The committee under my leadership of my office will ensure that the entire objective we have set is achieved” said Mapp.

Some of the members working with the committee include; Basil Ottley: a director at the office of Insular affairs in the Interior Department, Andrew Farkas: who serves as Chairman, CEO and President of Resource America, Inc., Anthony Hurley: who is an associate managing director at Witt O’Brien’s (an emergency and risk management company), Darryl Griffith: who is an acting executive director at V.I Housing Finance among others experts and professionals.

There is no doubt that the committee comprises of heavyweights from across different sectors of the economy and will live up to the set objectives.