30 May 2013
Maybe you have a death wish. Maybe you actively seek danger. Maybe you recently saw Iron Man 3 and thought you could out–Downey Jr. Downey Jr. Either way... Jetpacks. Let's discuss you strapping one onto your back and stepping into the ocean. Sign a limited liability waiver for Aqua-Jet Miami, a South Beach outfit that's prepared to hook you up to a water-powered jet and send you soaring over the ocean, available now. Perhaps you've heard of this before. Or, if not, perhaps you've seen The Rocketeer. Basically, the idea here is that you put one of these rigs on. You hop into the Atlantic. You flip a switch. And you get hurled 30 feet above (or below) the waves on a 500-pound thrust of screaming water. So, yeah, it's a good time. You'll want to add this to your list of things to do this summer. Then, you'll want to call up these guys and book a session (or a private party). They'll take you out by boat. They'll give you 15 minutes' worth of training. You'll remark about how 15 minutes' worth of training doesn't seem sufficient. And then you'll be left to your own aqua-jet-powered devices for…
Includes a cocktail reception, light bites courtesy of The Hoxton and couture sweets by Ana Paz. Attire requested is "cocktail chic." Joey Mugica known locally to most as "The Color Queen" proudly announces that he is ready to unveil the "Power 20" at the second annual Color-A-Cause!   This year's Color-A-Cause will feature the Power 20 which will represent 20 of South Florida's most influential people. Mugica will "Color Queen" the honorees by adding his unique dose of color to original photos by Julio Martinez. The colorization effects of Mugica's images have become so recognizable that they are considered his unique art form. Proceeds of this year's Color-A-Cause benefits non for profit Neat Stuff for Kids which provides brand new clothing to neglected and underprivileged children.   To be "Color Queened" has become quite the honor as the talented Joey Mugica coined the term as he would photograph friends and local celebrities and then manipulate the colors to bring out a very stylized version of the original. His creations became the rage amongst the public which inspired him to create an annual event, Color-A-Cause where he could showcase his work while collaborating with a great charitable foundation.   This year…
17 Apr 2013
Miami's cultural renaissance could not be more apparent than when members of the local community come together to support a great cause. Or in this case, thirteen causes. President of The Young Associates of Coral Gables Museum Cristina Mas and Patrick Jeary will host a Night with Non-Profits; a large-scale philanthropic networking event to raise support for thirteen local non-profit organizations. The inaugural event will raise support for The Young Associates of Coral Gables Museum, Ponce Society of Young Professionals, Monica Bruguera Foundation, Miami Beach Rotary Club, Fairchild Palms, Save Our Sisters, Voices for Children, Radio Lollipop, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Miami Science Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society and Mas Family Scholarships. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about each non-profit organization and may add a gift to their food and beverage tab for the charity of their choice. And if the chance to give back to the community isn't enough, guests can mix and mingle while enjoying live music from Persons of Interest and late-night sounds from DJ Zak Mann. Complimentary passed hors d'oeuvres and half-off drink specials will cap off this exceptional night celebrating our community. Also, Macy's have teamed up with MAC to provide makeovers and…
South Floridians will have a chance to go back in time to the Renaissance during the next few weekends. The Florida Renaissance Festival will return to Miami’s Cauley Square Historic Village, 22400 Old Dixie Hwy, on Saturdays and Sundays March 30 through April 14. The show was in Deerfield Beach last month. Cauley Square has an authentic feel of a forest said president and founder of the festival Bobby Rodriguez. “That’s the beauty of the new show at Cauley Square Historic Village,” he wrote on an e-mail. “Most of the site is canopied with big beautiful trees. We love it there.” Those who attend the festival will get a feel of the days of yore and experience the renaissance period with entertainment, rides, games and food. Watch out for knights in full armor riding on giant draft horses with full contact jousting and more. The event is more than just entertainment, said Rodriguez. “The festival has always had a major cultural educational and economic impact on South Florida,” he said. “Together with 16th Century Inc., a non-profit sister organization, we not only offer historical re-enactments, encampments and demonstrations at the festival, but offer workshops throughout the year such as acting,…
22 Mar 2013
Miami MetroZoo is fast becoming one of the best zoos in the nation. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country. One of the first free-range zoos in the country, the exhibits are entirely cageless. Animals are grouped according to their geographic territory and animals that live together peacefully in the wild are placed in exhibits together. Other animals in the area are separated by moats. Looking out across the African plains, for example, you see the animals apparently co-mingling much as you would on a safari. The trees, foliage and even soil mimic as closely as possible the native habitat of the animals. Among the newest members of the zoo are the critically endangered baby addux "Abacus" and a critically endangered baby black rhino. You can also see white tigers, gibbons, Cuban crocodiles and a komodo dragon, as well as the regular lions, tigers and bears. The coolest animal stunt is the painting elephant- a real elephant, armed with a paintbrush and easel, creating a masterpiece! Feed a Giraffe The Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station (open daily from 11AM-4PM) allows you to climb up and…
Ferrari has unveiled its latest 'once a decade' hypercar - a £1million hybrid which is the fastest the firm have ever produced. The hotly-anticipated 'LaFerrari', is a road-going race car with a 6.3-litre V12 petrol engine which does 0-62mph in under three seconds. The super-sleek model was revealed after years of speculation at the Geneva Motor Show - and its performance figures have sent shockwaves through the car industry. LaFerrari will accelerate from 0-62mph in less than three seconds, 0-124mph in less than seven seconds and 0-186mph in 15 seconds. The 186mph time wipes the floor with its British rival, the McLaren P1, which takes a further two seconds to hit the same speed. But just like the McLaren, the Ferrari is limited to top speed of 217mph - the same as its predecessor, the Enzo.   Unveiling: The stunning 'LaFerrari' is shown off at the Geneva Motor Show   The car’s name, however, was met with confusion at Geneva but the boss of the Italian car maker insisted the monicker 'defines company'.   Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, said: "We chose to call this model LaFerrari because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company -…
Red hot lava flows down Mount Etna as it erupts. The Italian volcano erupted three times over a 36-hour period (Photo by Olycom SPA / Rex Features)   This adorable snail takes cover from the rain under a makeshift flower umbrella. The photo was snapped by Vyacheslav Mischenko, who specialises in this type of photography (Caters)   A violet and blood-red sky is the backdrop for trees encased in ice - a result of violent storms which caused the lake to thrash the shore. This dramatic photo shows the effect of sub-zero temperatures on a stretch of Lake Ontario between Whitby and Oshawa, Canada (Tim Corbin)   A woman is rescued from deadly floodwater by a man standing on top of her car during heavy rains in Athens, Greece. The storm is the worst to hit the Mediterranean country in 50 years (Reuters)   This golden tortoise beetle can change colour by altering the reflectivity of its outer layer. The close-up snap was taken by photographer Chime Tsetan in Mundgod, India (Chime Tsetan/Caters)   Traffic lights are covered in snow and ice in Yakutsk. The Oymyakon valley in the Republic of Sakha, north-east Russia is the coldest place in the…
Room Service Restaurant Lounge is a spectacular venue for one-of-a-kind dining and drinking experience in South Beach. Just a perfect and awesome destination for Barchelorettes where they can bid their singlehood adieu. The place mirrors the perception of checking-in to a luxury hotel, starting with "bellmen" escorting guests to their "private suite", a bottle service from French maidens and a personal “Butler” who brings awesome menu and dishes that embody American Cuisine with Latin Flair. Cocktails and desserts complete the dining experience with presentation on a "Room Service" carts.           Tamara Young and Richard Ford, Owners Tamara Young & Richard Ford's attempt to create a 5-Star luxury hotel vibe that is truely unique and elegant. Happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is offered at the bar and throughout the "Lobby” and is  dubbed as “Early Check-In”.  At 11pm, the restaurant transforms into a lounge complete with DJ and French maiden servers. Guests were seated by bellhopping hostesses. Diners choose bites from the menu’s divided sections: Check-In (appetizers), Enjoy Your Stay (entrees), and Stay A While (desserts). In addition, Chef Emmanuelli has designed a delectable food menu that includes both small and large plates, salads and signature homemade…
Worrying is something we can’t avoid. From niggles about our weight and appearance to fears about our career and relationship, on average Brits spend more than five years of their life doing it. But if your concerns are keeping you up at night and affecting your daily life, there are some key ways to manage anxiety and feel more in control. Psychologist Cheryl Rezek explains why it's so important you curb your anxiety and how to do it.  Worrying about appearance can be a big stress trigger    RECOGNITION   “The first thing is to recognise  if you are stressed or anxious. When you’re anxious you can have poor sleep, trouble concentrating, rifts in relationships, agitation and difficulty making decisions.“Some people turn to drugs, alcohol, or other risky behaviours such as inappropriate sex or driving too fast – generally just doing things that are out of character. “And it’s these things that are signs that you could be suffering from anxiety and stress and what we need to do is recognise that. It’s so important that we link the symptoms to what’s causing it, because often people don’t realise.“There are serious physical illnesses that are caused by stress - heart disease, stroke,…
A teenager feared dead after he went missing from home for nine weeks has been found exhausted and dehydrated after wandering in dense Australian bushland. Matthew Allen, 18, had lost half his body weight, was covered in leeches and insect bites and was suffering from exposure-related injuries when he was discovered by hikers who called police. Acting police inspector Glyn Baker said: "He was completely exhausted, completely dehydrated, suffered significant weight loss, somewhere up to 50%. "He was suffering from partial blindness and he had leeches all over him. "He was not living under any shelter and was exposed to the full conditions since reported being missing." According to The Australian newspaper Matthew told his rescuers he had survived by drinking from a nearby creek, and eating the small amount of food he had taken with him. Police said Matthew suffers from mental health issues. His mother Deborah Allen said the boy was receiving medical care in Hornsby Hospital north of Sydney. "We don't have any comment, other than that our priority is getting Matthew well," Mrs Allen said. A search by police and emergency services personnel located the teenager and he was winched out of the dense scrubland by…
If you like antiques, then you simply can't miss the Original Miami Beach Antique Show in Miami Beach Jan. 31 through Feb. 4. The world's largest indoor antique show has more than 800 established dealers from 22 countries, and is must-see for novices and serious collectors, museum curators, gallery owners, interior designers and anyone with an interest in antiques and history. Many of the items have amazing provenance with detail on previous ownership by dignitaries, royalty and celebrities. Items for sale include: 17th - 19th Century furniture Paintings American and European Silver Objects of Virtue Textiles and Rugs Art Deco/Modernism Porcelain Art Glass Bronze Sculptures Antique Jewelry & Watches This show truly has something for everyone. This show is a must see for novice and serious collectors, museum curators, gallery owners, interior designers and anyone with an interest in antiques and history. Many of the items on the show floor have amazing provenances which detail previous ownership by dignitaries, royalty and celebrities. Source: Visitflorida Miami Information
  Graffiti artists delight in the blank walls of the warehouses in the Wynwood section of Miami. The murals have become synonymous with the neighborhood, to the point where the attraction known as the Wynwood Walls draws thousands of people. Ski, a New York graffiti artist, swirled a can of spray paint, blasting a riot of neon in this once-forlorn slab of Miami called Wynwood. A few doors down, in a pop-up store, another artist, Asif Farooq, was selling an array of firearms — actually cardboard replicas for those who like everything about a gun except the shooting. Wandering past was the Art Basel mob, thousands of people moving from mural to mural, gallery to gallery, reveling in the neighborhood's nooks and crannies: looking, buying and, just as invaluable, creating word spreading the word. This 10-year-old December migration from the core of Basel, the prestigious four-day art show at South Beach that ends on Sunday, to Wynwood, one of Miami's grittier sections, has propelled the neighborhood onto the year-round must-see lists of intrepid visitors and locals. The newfound allure of Wynwood is the latest testament to how art — and creative developers, like Tony Goldman, who helped remake SoHo and…
Art Basel 2012 begins this Wednesday dont miss out on all the things to see Art of Basketball (Heat Wave) *Opening Day Art of Basketball is a collection of original artworks under license from the NBA, and this year its a celebration of the Miami Heat and their 2011-2012 Championship Season. The collection currently features unique works on official NBA backboards and sections of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game floor boards. This collection taps a select group of leading graffiti and street artists to re-imagine the most iconic symbols of this beloved game. Address: 2048 NW Miami Court, Miami, FL 33127 Date/Time: December 5 thru 9, 10am – 6pm Click here for info ————————————————— Bobbito Garcia & The Brass King @ Giant Step’s Armada Fania Club & Pop Up Store *Free with RSVP* The famed Latin music label Fania Records will be showcasing its music during the 2012 Art Basel weeklong event in Miami. The Armada Fania Club & Pop-Up Store is a four night event slated for PAX Miami and will feature eight top DJs from Miami, Boston and NYC, who will be playing the original and remix sounds the label that is often referred to as the “Motown”…
A giant waterspout has formed close to the shoreline at Batemans Bay in the Australian state of New South Wales. Local residents at Long Beach described it as "a giant twister" that was "swirling with water". Despite lasting about 15 minutes and having the potential to reach speeds of up to 160km/h, the giant funnel of cloud and water, which occurred about 225km south of Sydney, did not cause any damage. A meteorologist at Australia's Bureau of Meteorology told the Sydney Morning Herald that waterspouts, were impossible to forecast and could be dangerous to nearby swimmers or surfers. Forecasters warned of more severe conditions to come in the state, particularly in the north, after a weekend of wild weather. Thousands of lightning strikes and wind gusts of up to 100km/h were reported on Saturday and Sunday, causing power lines to come down and at least one home to collapse. Authorities advised residents to take precautions, such as moving cars under cover or away from trees, securing or putting away loose items around the house, and keeping clear of fallen power lines. Source: Yahoo News UK
21 Oct 2012
This dump truck became wedged under a bridge for five days in Lanzhou, in China's Gansu Province, after its driver claimed the loader 'suddenly flipped up' as he approached. (Rex) German photographer Anne Berlin captured this remarkable 'Alice in Wonderland' style rapeseed field in Luoping, China (Caters)     Pilot of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico in this October 14, 2012 handout photograph. REUTERS/Red Bull Stratos/Handout A daredevil surfer takes on a 60ft wall of water called The Cribbar, but nicknamed 'The Widow Maker' in Newquay as storms whipped up the surf on the south coast. (SWNS)     Treacherous: Miners in Indonesia brave acid lakes and toxic smoke while searching for sulphur on the Ijen volcano (Caters) Spectators take pictures from the roof of a building as the space shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets in Los Angeles (AP) Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama lock horns for a second time as they debated energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   A sailing boat makes its way along the Fylde Coast in…
Before this piece gets going, World of Sport will admit that it, like everyone else in the world, smiled in glee and disbelief at the awesome images of Felix Baumgartner skydiving to earth from 24 miles up on Sunday. It was a great show.   But since then WoS has had a nagging feeling that it has been had.   The whole thing was orchestrated so well by Red Bull's exquisitely oiled PR machine that WoS almost bought it hook, line and sinker. But now, looking back, there are just too many things which make it wonder if the whole thing wasn't really quite as magical as it first seemed.   So here are the five reasons why Baumgartner's jump was more about smoke and mirrors than balloons and parachutes. - - - 1. The fake mission control   Part of the appeal of the live show - watched by a record eight million people, apparently - was the sight of clever-looking people being pictured back in some sort of office, orchestrating every move. But they were doing no such thing, of course.   NASA's space shuttles needed mission controls with everyone shouting at each other via their headsets because…
Hollywood powerhouse Paramount Pictures has unveiled new plans to build a whopping £2billion theme park in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent.   According to reports, the Hollywood-themed park will feature Europe’s largest indoor water park, as well as cinemas, restaurants, attractions and hotels.   If the plans go ahead, the site will be double the size of the Olympic Park and bring 27,000 jobs to the area.   Paramount, who are behind blockbuster movies ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Face/Off’ seem keen to cash in on the lucrative travel industry. Film fans will have a long wait until they get to step inside the park though, as experts predict it will take around six years to build.   Tony Sefton, project leader for London Resort Company Holdings (the company behind the plans) announced that his vision is to “create a world-class entertainment destination, the first of its kind in the UK.”   A similar theme park to the £2bn Paramount project in Kent is set to be built in Spain and is due to open in 2015. Before 2006 there Paramount owned six theme parks in the United States but these were all subsequently sold-off.   Source: Yahoo Movies…
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