South Florida’s Rising Seas – Sea Level Rise Documentary

Published on Jan 17, 2014
Two SJMC faculty, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto, explore the narrative of a South Florida community under threat from sea level rise in this half-hour documentary.

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article source: http://www.southfloridabusinessworld.com/2015/03/south-floridas-rising-seas-sea-level-rise-documentary/

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A Travel Location – Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon today-Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon today

“THE AMERICAN WAR” IN VIETNAM

Having grown up in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States at a time when we were engaged in a military conflict in Vietnam, the Vietnam War (or as referred to in Vietnam as “The American War”) was overriding our daily lives. Whether we served in active duty in the military, we had family members serving our country, whether we were in college and excused from military service due to our college deferments, or whether we supported or protested the war, it consumed our minds and our lives every single day.

Each day did not go by that during the thirty minute evening newscasts on the major television networks, we would learn from Walter Cronkite and other network news anchors of the latest battles which had just occurred in Vietnam. We would hear of the gains and losses in territory, the number of deaths that day in lost American lives, North Vietnamese army regulars and Viet Cong soldiers. We would also witness videos of the battles, losses, atrocities committed, and the anti-war protests which were gaining in momentum at home following the 1968 TET offensive.

Following the loss of over 54,000 American servicemen and servicewomen in our military during the Vietnam engagement, many thousands of wounded soldiers and civilians, and those who remain missing in action today, it was a challenging, divisive and sad chapter of American history. Ultimately, American and Allied forces were withdrawn from South Vietnam, a peace treaty was signed in Paris in 1973, and history illustrates the eventual unification of both North and South Vietnam under the circumstances we all witnessed.

Although I did not serve in the military and was a college student during the war, I became so very aware of the country, its geography and the political and military landscape of Vietnam by watching these daily news presentations, speaking with those who had served overseas and returned home, discussing the issues with the “hawks” and “doves” of the 60’s and 70’s and listening to the protest songs of the Woodstock generation.

It was in 2012 when I had the first opportunity to extend a business trip in Macau and Hong Kong and to travel out and explore more of the region. Vietnam was always mystical to me as I had heard so much about the country and people for so many years and watched so many movies based upon the wartime experience. I felt the need and desire to connect the dots of the past to the reality of today. So, I decided to travel to Hanoi and immerse immediately myself into the former North Vietnam.

US Aircraft Wreckage - IMG_0210

US Aircraft Wreckage

Wartime poster at Lake B52 in Hanoi

Wartime poster at Lake B52 in Hanoi

War destruction in Quang Tri

War destruction in Quang Tri

I didn’t know what to expect upon arrival. How would the city look? Would there still be remnants of the war? Would there be a heavy military presence? Would the people remain resentful toward Americans and toward me personally? These were some of the first questions that I sought answers for.

How the opposing forces hid and then appeared in battle

How the opposing forces hid and then appeared in battle

Hidden soldiers

Hidden soldiers

DMZ Map

DMZ Map

This was my first of many visits to Vietnam and my first excursion was limited to three days in Hanoi and Haiphong province. During this first journey, I stayed in 4 star lodging facility located along the West Lake of Hanoi, the general location of where John McCain’s fighter jet was shot down during the war and where he was captured.

Air Force Survival Manual

Air Force Survival Manual

POW pajamas and personal items

POW pajamas and personal items

John McCain's flight suit and parachute at Hanoi Hilton

John McCain’s flight suit and parachute at Hanoi Hilton

When walking the streets of Hanoi, you do not sense or feel the presence of any war time era, nor do you sense any resentment towards yourself as an American. In fact, you are recognized as a Westerner rather than an American. The war ended over forty years ago, and the younger generation is more interested in business and development opportunities for their country than being held back into the history of war era. However, if you seek out remnants of the past, you can find them.

Hanoi Hilton

Hanoi Hilton

During my first brief visit to Hanoi, I visited the Hanoi Hilton where most of the US POW’s were held after their aircraft were downed over the North. You can see some of the prison that remains standing and also witness John McCain’s flight suit and deployed parachute which is on display there. You will also witness some framed photographs of captured US POW’s in prison with their staged smiles and expressions being very evident.

There are military museums in Hanoi which display captured US planes, tanks, helicopters and other military hardware. There is also a display of US aircraft wreckage which is presented in a court yard setting as a stoic reminder of the war time era in North Vietnam.

Captured US transport helicopter

Captured US transport helicopter

Captured US fighter jets

Captured US fighter jets

US Tank at Military Museum

US Tank at Military Museum

In a dense residential neighborhood of Hanoi is a small pond which is referred to as B52 Lake. It sits tightly within a courtyard of residential apartments located down a narrow street. When you arrive at the “lake” you immediately notice something that appears to be wreckage of a large metal object, which has rubber tires protruding from it above the water line. There is a small café nearby which reads “B52 Café.” The lake or pond is referred to as B52 Lake as it holds the wreckage of a B52 bomber which was shot down over Hanoi in or around 1972. There are propaganda posters displayed nearby which portray the military aviation battles of that day and era.

On future trips to Vietnam, I have traveled to the DMZ and to battle sites in and around Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. It was interesting to note that the international airport in Ho Chi Minh City is the former U.S. Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base. You can still see some military protective barriers and aircraft hangers which remain from the war.

Surface to Air Missle System

Surface to Air Missile System

Remnants of a B52 Bomber in a residential area of Hanoi

Remnants of a B52 Bomber in a residential area of Hanoi

Military Display of US Aircraft wreckage

Military Display of US Aircraft wreckage

At the Da Nang International Airport, works continues besides a tarmac area where work teams continue to decontaminate the soil from the remnants of Agent Orange. Da Nang Air Force Base was a staging area for deployment of Agent Orange which caused so many major medical challenges to both Americans and Vietnamese for current and future generations.

Vietnam Poster

Vietnam Poster

U.S. Helicopter on display

U.S. Helicopter on display

Tail Section of a B-52 Bomber in Hanoi

Tail Section of a B-52 Bomber in Hanoi

I ventured out to Tay Ninh province located near the Cambodian/Southern Vietnam border to witness the Cu Chi Tunnel system used by the Viet Cong during the wartime era. The shooting of AK-47 rifles by tourists on a nearby shooting range added to the realism of what this site represented. What impacted me most from a history and military reality check standpoint was taking an eight hour journey from Hue into the heart of the former Demilitarized Zone or DMZ.

Destroyed Structure in Quang Tri

Destroyed Structure in Quang Tri

Chu Chi Tunnels near Tay Ninh

Cu Chi Tunnels near Tay Ninh

Bridge over 17th Parallel

Bridge over 17th Parallel

The DMZ is located on both sides of the 17th Parallel which once separated North and South Vietnam. It was the site of many military battles and engagements, and due to the intense conflicts which occurred there, it is still unsafe to walk off of established roads and foot paths due to unexploded explosives and ordinances which remain today though out this region.
On a more recent visit with my daughter, I wanted to share some of the history of our country and what Vietnam represented to her father’s era and childhood. We traveled through the DMZ for many hours until we reached Khe Sanh near the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Khe Sanh is the site of one of the major military battles of the war between entrenched US ground forces and North Vietnamese Army Regulars who surrounded and attacked the compound for many weeks, and whose overlooking mountainside positions were targeted by US military aircraft, which combined caused countless casualties to both sides in the conflict.

Khe Sanh Military Site -IMG_0891

Khe Sanh Military Site

Khe Sanh military battle site in DMZ

Khe Sanh military battle site in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Khe Sanh in DMZ

Today, Khe Sanh is a military memorial battle site located in a quiet valley. You can still observe C130 transports remaining generally where they were left at the end of the battle and war. You can observe a US military helicopter, bunker positions, a museum and even remaining bomb casings which are displayed on the ground. The surrounding mountains are becoming more covered with vegetation following war time defoliants having been sprayed upon its former thick undergrowth. Khe Sanh is a somber place to visit for veterans and civilians alike.
When you visit Vietnam today you will witness an emerging nation of new young professionals and business people as you would anywhere else in the developing world economy. The focus in Vietnam today is on tomorrow, maintaining some important ancient traditions, while also quietly recognizing its past. You will not see any military presence and you will engage people to people with many people who want to learn about you and your culture and the history of your own nation.

It is a wonderful country to visit and to explore its culture, its history, its people and its vast and beautiful scenery and surroundings.

Glenn Wichinsky
Marketing Director, Silkstar Holidays
Hanoi, Vietnam
http://www.silkstarholidays.com/
https://www.facebook.com/silkstar.holidays/

 

Ha Long Bay -Vietnam-

Ha Long Bay -Vietnam-

Da Lat - Vietnam

Da Lat – Vietnam

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Spring Equinox & Quiet Sitting Class at White Crane

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices  NutritionHello Friends and Students,

The next Taoist Quiet Sitting Class is on Tuesday, March 24th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. We will continue to explore the energies of sinking (descending) and how to move these energies with great discernment into the dissolving process. Most of us find that when we start to observe, our minds are jumbled up into a mixture of thoughts, emotions and sensations; but we lack the skill to calm and integrate these experiences. Without clear discernment and the ability to feel the quality of energy that is occupying your mind at any given moment, it becomes increasingly difficult to quiet your being and deepen the experience of true inner space.

We will also begin a conversation about fear. The energy of fear creates one of the most fundamental blockages that can be encountered. Discussion will focus on the nature of fear and how it limits our growth at every level.

Beginners Welcome!

Location: White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W. Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319

Date Time: Tuesday, March 24th  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $10.00

phone: 954-721-7252
email: whitecrane.iborra@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.whitecranehealingarts.com

PS – Friday, March 20th is the spring equinox. The new moon will prevail and in that will be the energy of new beginnings. Day and Night will be equal; and therefore yin and yang will also be equal. The sun will rise directly in the east and set directly in the west. In Taoist cosmology, the equinox is considered a high energy day.

If desired, you can acknowledge this energy with incense, candles and/or invocations. The idea is to raise your consciousness and purify your energy; especially on the subtle spiritual plane. Other suggestions include meditation, prayer, a reading of something that inspires you deeply, spending time in nature watching a sunrise or sunset, visiting a beach, forest or mountain. Whatever you choose, it should be done with clear intent – you get the idea!

Good Journey,

Frank

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New Dyeing Process for Faded Pavers

NationalSealing-before-after-dyeingNational Sealing Co is the largest paver sealing Co in the US, with over 2M square feet of pavers protected. We recognized a need to develop a coloring process for properties that had not sealed pavers which resulted in fading.

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article source: http://www.southfloridabusinessworld.com/2015/03/dyeing-process-faded-pavers/

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Quiet Sitting Meditation – White Crane Healing Arts

White Crane Healing Arts - Holistic Family Healthcare - Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Qigong Classes, Self Cultivation Practices  NutritionFriends Students,

We had a great turnout for the last quiet sitting class. For those of you interested in going deeper into the nei gong practices, quiet sitting meditation is a necessary component. There are three prerequisites that are essential to developing skills. They are becoming present, Taoist Longevity breathing, and the dissolving process. In my experience I’ve noticed that sitting quietly for a length of time is the most difficult skill to develop for most students.

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly, our culture emphasizes activity, which activates the thinking process. Extreme activity creates rumination or over thinking, which, over time creates an imbalance in the digestive organs. Our ability to nourish ourselves then becomes greatly compromised. These practices are about observing the relationship between our inner world with the outer world; and discovering how to reconcile the imbalances we see to create greater harmony.

Most of us, since birth, have been conditioned to think and view things in a linear fashion; but when we delve into our inner worlds, which requires a shift to how our minds function, we discover a subtle infinite universe. If we look at a metaphor of waves above the ocean, we see the waves as the obvious observable experiences of life, but these waves are generated by currents of energy below the surface, and these currents are influenced by even more subtle and deeper currents.

This is why in our practices we try to feel below and behind the obvious. The descending flow of energy that permeates our world (earth) is the primary energy we want to recognize and stabilize within, especially in the beginning. Sinking energy deeply into the body helps to heal by cleansing and purifying what our body is unable to process; and most importantly, it repairs the nervous system.

Dropping the energy of the brain into the lower dan tien (belly area) initializes a sense of the inner currents that are pushing various body functions into stress mode. Within this process of sinking the various energies, we will try to make clear distinctions inside for the purpose of releasing, integrating and recognizing what truly nourishes us.

Good Journey,
Frank

Where: White Crane Healing Arts Center
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319
When: Tues. Feb. 24th.
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $10.00

PH. 954-721-7252 or 954-815-1235

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EcoSimplista celebrating a year of business at their Fort Lauderdale showroom location!

EcoSimplista will be celebrating a year of business at their FortLauderdale showroom location! They designed the showroom to provide inspiration to customers, and in return you’ve inspired them to host an anniversary celebration!

Friday March 27, 2015 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

More details sponsorship unveilings are soon to follow.

EcoSimplista - eco-friendly building supplies and home solutionsAs Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of EcoSimplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will update and enhance your home, while bettering our world. For us home design is a combination of functionality, style and endurance, combined with a moral, social and environmental responsibility. At EcoSimplista design is about creating solutions from natural elements. EcoSimplista is here to help you to live, create, and innovate an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

EcoSimplista – eco-friendly home improvements
619 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900
http://www.ecosimplista.com/

 

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Need Help with Your Taxes? Visit Liberty Tax Service in Pembroke Pines

Visit Liberty Tax Service – Pembroke Pines
Call for an appointment!  (954) 416-3126

Liberty Tax Service - Pembroke Pines, FloridaLiberty Tax Service
8943 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 416-3126

Providing Tax Service for the residents of Pembroke Pines, Davie and Cooper City

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Ocean Ridge Newsletter January 2015 – Panama

by The Panama Collection

Hello Ocean Ridge people (and honored family and friends);

This isn’t really a full blown newsletter, but I thought you might like some recent photos so you can see how the project is taking off.  First let’s start with the houses:

We just started on our seventh house, for Betty on lot 8. It was just started two weeks ago, and already the foundation is taking shape (photo below).  Hopefully Betty will be moving down from Texas later this year, and providing free dental care for all of her neighbors (okay, I’m kidding!). Yvette’s house on lot 15 is almost complete, and hopefully she also will be moving down sometime this year (photo below). Yvette, your wrap-around porch is getting rave reviews from everybody who sees it. Leo and Willy came in to visit, and did some major clearing around their guesthouse (photo below). Now they have fabulous views in all directions. Meanwhile Bob and Annie on lot 10 are right on schedule to finish their house in a few months (photo below). You might want to check out Annie’s interesting blog, which describes their life in Panama – it’s well done and quite entertaining (panmaniacs.wordpress.com).

Since smelling the roses is one of the core principles here in Paradise, there have been a number of pool gatherings in the last few weeks. Here is a typical afternoon with Leo, Willie, Bob and Annie (photo below). For those of you planning on a pool (which you all should be), we have found that the water temperature year-round is between 81 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit – cool, refreshing and perfect.

We continue to have new visitors from Mother Nature. For those of you who haven’t seen the pics, we have a couple of coatis that come around occasionally and mingle with the agoutis (2 photos below). When you come down you’ll have to learn all the names of the weird animals around here. Coco the squirrel has returned after a six month absence (photo below), and Loco and Twinky say hello to everybody (photo).

Last but not least (for those of you who care), the fishing/spearfishing continues to be outstanding (3 photos below). Last year was probably the best dorado year we’ve ever had, and when my brother Scott visited over the holidays I introduced him to spearfishing. Okay, I’ll say it – big brother big fish, little brother little fish……..  :)

That’s it for now; here’s hoping that everybody out there has a fabulous 2015.

Jay and Patricia

Jay and Scott spearfishing

Jay and Scott spearfishing

Lot 8 under construction

Lot 8 under construction

Lot 10 under construction

Lot 10 under construction

Lot 14 under construction

Lot 14 under construction

Lot 15 almost finished

Lot 15 almost finished

Patricia catches a beautiful dorado 2014

Patricia catches a beautiful dorado 2014

Panama Pool Party

Panama Pool Party

Waiting for Patricia

Waiting for Patricia

Coati Walking

Coati Walking

coati sniffing for something

coati sniffing for something

Coco2 Dec 2014

Coco2 Dec 2014

Jay caught a nice dorado 2014

Jay caught a nice dorado 2014

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FPL – 2015 Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate

Solar Water Heating by Broward SolarAs part of a five-year pilot program authorized by the Florida Public Service Commission, this rebate is available to any existing FPL residential customers with electric or gas water heating. The rebates are not available for new construction, pool heating systems or solar water heating systems that are already installed. Applicants must be current account holders of the premise where the solar water heating system is being installed.

The Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate is for solar thermal collectors, pumps, mounting hardware and water storage tanks. All systems must be approved and certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and have an FSEC system certification number. There is no minimum or maximum size limit. This program is for domestic water heating only. Solar pool heaters do not qualify. All products installed must be new, not refurbished or previously installed.

FPL will open a supplemental application period for Residential PV on Jan. 21, 2015

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, go to the Residential PV rebates program page.

Rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and funds are expected to run out quickly.

For more information, please visit –
http://www.fpl.com/landing/solar_rebate/residential_swh.shtml

Contact Broward Solar Inc. – Your choice for South Florida Solar Water Heating Services.
Broward – (954) 492-9939
Palm Beach (561) 347-0179
Toll Free: (800) 757-8414

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Infortrend Storage Solutions by AMT

Advanced Media Technologies, Inc. (AMT)Advanced Media Technologies, Inc – the performance leader providing high-end broadcast equipment solutions introduces the Infortrend Video Storage Solution product line. Infortrend’s video storage systems surpass the ever-growing demands of file storage, and incorporates a proven, secure file based platform. Infortrend’s file storage solutions can augment your existing platform allowing you to seamlessly grow your facility without disruption.

Infortrend-productsFeatures Include:

  • Workflow efficiency of multiple simultaneous HD and SD streams
  • Protection of valuable media content against logical and physical storage errors
  • Flexibility to expand storage and accommodate large-sized media files
  • Maximize storage investment to support rich media files
  • A/V-optimized, High fault-tolerance, Scalability

Infortrend Data Storage products to the Broadcast IndustryInfortrend – Storage Meets Solution

For more information on the Infortrend Video Storage Solution or to learn more about all of the Broadcast products that AMT offers, please visit www.amt.com

If you are looking to launch a new or expand an existing video file platform, Contact AMT today!

Advanced Media Technologies, Inc.
3150 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
954.427.5711 – www.amt.com

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