Posted on March 14, 2017
Miami, long recognized as one of the leading beach tourist destinations in the nation, has so much more to offer visitors than warm, crystal-clear waters and pristine sandy beaches and George Lindemann. The city has also emerged as an internationally-renowned arts and cultural exhibition leader, with fantastic viewing opportunities in art museums, exhibitions, and shows spanning a wide variety of artistic mediums.
For devotees of contemporary art, there are an extraordinary number of museums and institutions in which they can go to. From local and emerging artists to world famous international artists and pieces, Miami has offerings to suit most everyone’s tastes and interests in this medium.
Contemporary art fans have a nice variety of viewing options if they wish to view collections of those individuals and families that have emerged as stars in the art world. Some very popular and prominent collections able to be seen in Miami include:
The Rubell Family Collection. One of the world’s largest and respected privately owned contemporary art collections, this collection was brought to its Miami home in 1993.
This collection, which is constantly expanding, is exhibited in a 40,000 square foot facility, and is publicly accessible for viewing. In addition to featuring well-known artists, they strive to exhibit and champion the efforts of emerging artists in the field of contemporary art. Don and Mera Rubell, along with their son Jason, created the Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) in 1994 to expand the Rubell Family Collection’s public mission to develop the paradigm of contemporary art museum efforts.
The de la Cruz Collection. This massive collection of contemporary art is housed in a 30,000 square foot extension of the home of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, and is free of charge for visitors to view.
The Collection, opened in 2009, features works of many prominent contemporary artists, and had Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz listed by ArtNews in 2016 in their worldwide survey of “Top 200 Collectors”.
Efforts by this foundation have been greatly instrumental in serving and educating local schools in Dade County. They hold a number of series of classes and workshops, serving both teachers and students. They go even further in their philanthropic pursuit, going on to sponsor annual travel programs for students to New York City, Europe, and China.
The de la Rosas, with their considerable resources and love for contemporary art, are striving to make Miami a capital of contemporary art. And as a result of their love and commitment to the promotion of this which is such a passion in their lives, it is now happening, much to the great joy of art lovers all throughout Miami.
Miami is the home to a number of celebrities with impressive art collections. American rapper, record and film producer Pharrell Williams is a huge contemporary art fan, and has a collection of over 700 pieces of art and sculpture in his Miami townhouse. Billionaire businessman Norman Braman, former owner of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, has an estimated $900 million of his $1.6 billion net worth tied up in his personal collection of artwork, which include Picasso, Andy Warhol, and others.
Posted on March 1, 2017
If you are a homeowner and you are unsure about what adjustments you may be needing to make within the premises of your home, then it’s highly recommended for you to ensure that you hire a proficient professional, or group of professionals, to help you in your goals of achieving the most optimal conditioned home that you can have ownership of. It is highly recommended for you to also ensure that you do a bit of research on the organization that may be providing their services on your property so that you’ll be made aware of whether you can expect good outcomes from the results.
Maryland home window companies may be some of the best window restoration, installation, and/or replacement organizations that are available in the market today. There are many companies that will make claims of providing great services that you’ll be able to rely on when they arrive at your home, however, you may realize that after they are finished with the job(s) and leave, you are left with something that is not functioning like it is meant to. This may be one of the negative aspects of acquiring services of home maintenance that are not necessarily going to work out in your favor in the long term. Please be sure to ensure that you’re doing your necessary amounts of due diligence of researching on home maintenance tasks prior to acquiring them as you don’t want to necessarily have to regret your decision in the future.
Some things you may want to look for in determining whether you want to have your property’s windows restored or replaced or not are to check to see whether it is difficult to open them. If you window is the type which slides open, as opposed to shutters, and you have difficulty sliding it open or closed, then it is possible that you will either need to have a repair conducted on it or have it replaced. A Maryland window company will be able to provide you with the services that you need to get that done. Other signs of needing to get your windows replaced may be obvious and if you think that you are right in making that determination then please feel free to contact Maryland Windows Company.
Some companies that specialize in working with windows in Maryland are:
1) Renewal By Anderson, which is located in Rockville, MD.
2) Thompson Creek, located in Maryland.
3) Medallion Security Door and Window Company, which is located in Forestville, MD.
Updated on February 22, 2017
Introduction to House Flipping
What is house flipping? Typically, a buyer finds a house that is sold at a good price and is in need of rehabbing, and buys and finances the home and the remodeling process. Once the remodeling process is complete, and the value of the home has consequently increased, the buyer then puts the house on the market.
Why are house flipping shows so popular? The genre gained a following just before and during the Great Recession. In fact one of the preeminent minds in House Flipping, Than Merrill of the Fortunebuilders started out on the show Flip this House in 2007.
Here are the top three house flipping shows. Two are currently on the air, and the third mentioned above concluded in 2009.
Fixer Upper follows Chip and Joanna Gaines, a husband-and-wife team, as they flip houses in and around Waco, TX. The show debuted in 2013. On each flip, Chip is the lead contractor and Joanna is the designer. Chip and Joanna also own Magnolia Market, which sells rustic home accessories in line with their design aesthetic.
The Gaines also own and rent out a B&B, the Magnolia House.
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop follows Tarek and Christina El Moussa, a husband-and-wife team, as they flip and sell houses in Southern California. Southern California is typically a very tough real estate market, and some of their flips are not successful. The show, which debuted in 2013, focuses on the El Moussas buying and flipping foreclosed, bank-owned, or short-sale homes.
Christina and Tarek work together to find, buy, and renovate these homes. The couple also owns a real estate agency, the El Moussa Group.
Flip this House
Flip this House was one of the first house flipping shows on TV. It premiered in 2005 on A&E and concluded its fifth and final season in 2009. It followed several groups of real estate brokers in different parts of the country (Charleston, San Antonio, Atlanta, and New Haven, CT). Over the course of the 5 yrs on-air, the teams flipped numerous homes and showed the ins-and-outs of buying distressed properties, rehabbing them and reselling them.
Updated on February 17, 2017
When a disaster happens the first thing of importance is to offer assistance to the people who have been affected. The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and United Way are examples of organizations that immediately come to mind when we think of disaster relief. What a lot of people do not realize many private, non-profit, public, and volunteer organizations offer disaster relief. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a community of organizations active in every phase of emergency assistance, VOAD provides a platform for these agencies to work together, through communication, collaboration, and coordination. VOAD, founded in 1970, has grown to over 100 member organizations dedicated to delivering hope in a time of need.
Many relief organizations are readily recognized; there are numerous lesser known, who do equally important work in disaster relief.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) and its staff of volunteers, partners, and supporters have been working together for almost 25 years to make the world a better place. Guided by the values and teachings of the Qur’an, Islamic Relief USA does not distinguish between gender, race, or religion in their mission to provide relief and development in a dignified manner. To raise funds for domestic and international projects IRUSA sponsors seminars holds banquets, and concerts and participates in public awareness programs throughout the United States. IRUSA has regional offices in several states, including California, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the disaster relief program of the Presbyterian Church USA; the program funded by donations from church members. Some of the disasters PDA has responded to are Southern Tornadoes, Tennessee Wildfires, Gulf Flooding in 2016, and West Virginia Floods, over 20 states have received relief from PDA. Internationally PDA has responded to the Ebola crisis, Nepal Earthquake 2015, European refugee crisis, and the Middle East disasters in Iraq and Syria. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provided in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a relief organization that works with churches, businesses, and other nonprofits to give help and hope to people who are impoverished, hungry and misfortunate. Founded in 1994 by a family who had received help after their father was killed by a drunk driver, to date this organization has helped almost 80 million people both domestically and internationally in 48 states and 114 countries.
The peoples of the world owe a debt of gratitude to organizations like VOAD, the few mentioned and the hundreds of others who are working to make the world a better place.
Posted on February 14, 2017
Undercover Colors is the revolutionary new product that people are using to prevent drug-assisted date-rape. Statistics show that close to 20% of all women in the US will be a victim of sexual assault during their lifetime. Some of those assaults are committed by incapacitating the victim with so-called ‘date rape’ drugs, like rohypnol or GHB.
To combat this situation, Undercover Colors invented a nail polish that reacts to the chemicals and changes colors if the drug is in the drink. A person merely needs to swirls a finger in the glass, and the polish will change colors if a drug is present.
Two of the inventors are bright young Ph.D. candidates at Duke University, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim. They founded the company back in their undergrad days at North Carolina State and had continued working on it since then. The two men have a unique background and are committed to making the product a staple in cosmetics supplies. Here are a few highlights of these young people.
Ankesh loved science and technology since he was a kid. He built a radio as a junior high student and focused on engineering and math during his high school years. He’s had a unique upbringing with strong family values
- Born in Thailand in 1993, lived in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to the US in 1999
- Studying for his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Duke
- Has always been interested in math and science
- Father was an engineer and manager. Ankesh learned both the technical and business side of technical fields
- Very goal oriented until he began the Undercover Colors business. Now he loves the process and has realized how science directly affects lives
Tasso Von Windheim
Tasso’s parents moved to Costa Rica for a year while his father pursued a business opportunity. He was motivated to be part of Undercover Colors because he knows women who have been victims of drug-assisted rape.
- Born in a small town in Canada but has spent most of his life in Raleigh, North Carolina
- He is a first year Ph.D. candidate in Eleclectrical Engineering and Computer Science at Duke
- Earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science
- Spent a year in a small village in Costa Rica
- His father was an entrepreneur and inspired Tasso
Posted on February 14, 2017
Stars and stripes were projected on the Beaux-Arts facade of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. The steps were lined with a green stream of Statue of Liberty impersonators. The rotunda was filled with an equally round proscenium, complete with drum set and keyboards waiting for The Kills to take the stage. The show was an hour late. Everyone was waiting for Madonna.
Not me. I left after it hadn’t started by 10 p.m., and I checked it out on my computer.
No one embraces their own terrible taste with as much unrepentant gusto as the German designer Philipp Plein, who usually shows in Milan but who on Monday night brought his P .T. Barnum fashion to New York for the first time, seemingly with no sense of how tone-deaf the whole display was — from bustier to thigh-high boots, from fire-and-brimstone embroidery to NASA puffer coats.
Read the entire piece here.
Updated on February 8, 2017
Sometimes home is in the middle of an area torn apart by war and fighting. Out of every 113 individuals in the world one has been forced out of their home. That adds up to sixty million people. These refugees need help and fortunately, there are organizations whose goal is to help them.
This organization focuses on helping refugees and IDP camps all over the world. They want the kids to have the option of learning so they can get out of the camps and have a life in regular society as quickly as possible. Their efforts make certain governments are providing the extra funds required to properly address the crisis of the refugees. They also ensure this money does not come from aid programs of critical importance.
Islamic Relief USA
One of these organizations is called Islamic Relief USA. They were founded 25 years ago and have been providing aid for refugees ever since. They have helped the Bosnian refugees in Europe, the Kosovars when they required help settling into the United States and the Syrians in multiple countries.
Islamic Relief USA gave aid to over 3 million refugees in 13 different countries in 2016. They gave water, food, supplies for the winter, medicine, sanitation supplies, medical supplies and care and provided education. For the refugees who were more stable training in job skills was supplied. They care enough to offer shelter and help refugees in any way they can. What they really want is to be able to do even more.
UNCR was founded in 1950 by the UN General Assembly. They are the coordinators and leaders of the actions taken internationally to protect refugees all over the world.
The Mercy Corps was established so Syrian refugees would have necessities. They provide supplies and food. They increase the refugees access to shelters, sanitation, and clean water, and also ensure the children have a safe place to go.
Save the Children
Save The Children helps Syrian kids by giving them emergency food. They also support their right to be educated in the refugee camps in Syria.
The world can be a scary place but for refugees who no longer have a home, it becomes a lot worse. With the help and backing of these organizations, these individuals have a chance to reclaim their lives and many children are no longer going hungry.
Posted on February 7, 2017
Everyone living in Maryland must take their time in choosing windows. The windows in the house will help ensure the weather does not penetrate the building, and windows will regulate air inside the structure. This article explains how anyone may purchase windows for their home from local companies, how to choose proper windows and what each window will do. Every family that has invested in proper windows will find it quite simple to ensure they are cutting back on energy bills every month.
#1: Choosing a Window Company
The window firm such as Thompson Creek prices or Wheaton will help the homeowner learn how to choose proper windows for the home. They will aid in the selection of each window, and they will find windows that are suited to the home’s construction. The windows must be measured for each section of the house, and they must be chosen for their energy-saving qualities. They may come with other features such as blinds or shading that make them more functional, and homeowners may choose any style they like.
#2: How Are Windows Installed?
Windows are installed using techniques that are honored by the industry, and they are installed one at a time to ensure quality. The company that arrives to install the windows must be given ample time to complete the job, and they will help the homeowner understand how each window was installed for the highest in quality. The window will be sealed up tight, and the windows will be more efficient as a result.
#3: Lowering Energy Bills
The window company knows the homeowner will begin to save money as soon as the windows are installed, and they will help the homeowner use windows that come with blinds or shading. The windows may come with heavy glass that is very quiet, or they may come with a special system that allows them to be opened vertically. Each window is chosen for the homeowner’s needs, and it is installed in a particular position because the homeowner needs maximum effect from each window.
There are quite a few windows that may be installed in a home, and each home must have their windows custom installed. The windows will sit in the positions where they are most-effective, and they will offer the cooling power and shade that is required. Call a local company to ensure the windows are chosen and installed with the greatest care.
Updated on February 7, 2017
Florida often gets a bad rap as a strange or even criminal. This is a very unfair reputation. This state, and particularly Miami, have become some of the most culturally interesting areas in the nation. One reason for this renaissance is the rise of the Miami Design District and the celebrities who have been flocking to the area to visit it.
The Miami Design District Is Transforming the City
Miami has always been one of the most promising and interesting cities in Florida. However the Miami Design District is quickly transforming it into one of the most stylish and celebrity-heavy cities. For example, this neighborhood is devoted to fashion, design, and offering high-quality dining experiences.
Just 10-15 years ago this area of the community was completely abandoned. Homelessness and crime were rampant here and people were afraid to walk the streets. With the help of various dedicated developer, the area has slowly, but surely, become a hub for Miami culture. There is art, there is shopping, there’s incredible fashion shows, and a variety of incredible businesses and cultures that make their home there.
Businesses in the Miami Design District
There are many different businesses that have made their name in this district. Each of them is a high-quality one that is top in their field. Just a few of these include Design Within Reach, Locust Projects, Louis Vuitton, Luminaire, Prada, Cartier, Marni, De La Cruz Collection, and many more.
Clearly, the Miami Design District has become the go-to place for high-quality Miami living. But what about the celebrities that either call the area home or visit it regularly? It’s worth knowing just who considered this area worthy of their lofty presence. This helps you understand why it is so worth visiting.
Celebrities Who Have Shown Up Here
There are many different celebrities who love the Miami Design District. For example, Laurie Lynn Stark has often showed up with Zoe Kravitz to showcase a variety of art projects and designs. Elle Macpherson and Craig Robins are also popular visitors who aren’t afraid to interact with tourists and other visitors.
Other celebrities who have showed up here include singer and musician Pharrell Williams, actress and designer Kate Hudson, and many more. These celebrities showcase just how popular the area has become. Visiting here not only surrounds you with many high-quality businesses, but puts you in an area where you are likely to meet some intriguing celebrities.
Posted on January 23, 2017
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency continues to make strides towards a mission to Mars. Having recently announced that they will be collaborating with NASA on the “Hope” Mars Mission, this relatively new space program has quickly become a key player in future space exploration. The collaboration between the two agencies is more than a one-time agreement. The arrangement will apply to future projects as both have goals for further exploration of Mars with NASA hoping to send a manned crew sometime in the 2030’s.
The UAE Space Agency plans to launch the Hope spacecraft in July of 2020. This not only marks another important step forward in future Mars missions but it will also be the first interplanetary spacecraft built by an Arab nation. Reminiscent of the race to the moon in the 1960’s, the Arab world has entered the space program at a pivotal point when scientists are making a push to reach past what were once thought to be impossible boundaries.
“This is the Arab world’s version of president Kennedy’s Moon shot – it’s a vision for the future that can engage and excite a new generation of Emirati and Arab youth,” says Yousef Al Otaiba (https://twitter.com/yousefalotaiba1?lang=en), the UAE Ambassador to the United States.
Hope presents an important opportunity for both the UAE Space Agency and NASA. Once establishing orbit, Hope will study the atmosphere, climate, and other weather patterns on Mars. Gathering this kind of information and relaying it back to Earth in a timely manner are crucial for future successful Mars missions. Communication between a manned crew and Earth will have to rely on communication equipment already orbiting Mars. Hope could potentially be part of the lifeline between future missions and Earth.
The UAE Space Agency has proved to be a key player in current space exploration with the successful development and management of an astronomical camera network that warns astronauts in space of dangerous debris. Promoting peaceful space exploration, they are leading not only Arab Islamic nations but the world of space exploration.
While some may believe that space exploration holds no practical merits, the UAE Space Agency, like many other national space organizations, realizes that future advances in technology often come when science reaches for what may seem impossible. Many technologies that further the space program can be used for national security, predicting and responding to natural disasters, and building the knowledge we have about the natural world.
Continued collaboration with NASA and other space organizations is the next step for the UAE Space Agency and the space exploration sector at large. As nations and space organizations continue to work together, their combined knowledge and technology will lead the way to new paths in space exploration. Read the press release from June 2016.