Christmas postcard, 1911

Christmas postcard, 1911 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bill Lara

Well hello folks! Every one on staff hopes you all had a wonderful thanksgiving feast and, are already preparing for Christmas! Here at IPC HQ we are already  looking past Santa’s work day and, are already preparing for the New Year!

In fact we are gearing for a fantastic party at one of our new favorite places, Juana M at 923 Brickell. This year we will starting the celebration with a five course meal fit by a King and prepared a Prince among Chefs who is simply known as …Gaston!

The night is going to be amazing, entertainment, five course meal, wine and champagne all for only $80 per person. They are preparing for two services, one for the  early birds with somewhere to go, and a second one for those who would rather enjoy the music, the food and the wine while watching the ball drop on one of their large screen Tv’s!

Well, we’ll be there along with the Florida Association Of Hispanic Journalists, World Press Services and the International Press club folks in Miami for the Holidays. Just don’t miss out, at those prices the tables will go very fast. You can contact them at either their web page at http://juanambrickell.com, their blog at juanammiami.wordpress.com or, through their FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/JuanaMBrickell?ref=br_tf.

Here are some images taken at our last adventure at the monthly Hot Topic VIP Networking event at Juana M.  Happy Holidays!

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Mr. Demetrius Smith, CEO Empower Market




“Premio “30 Aniversario” a Delicias de España”.
when Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
location Delicias de España. 4016 S Red Rd, Miami FL 33155
 MJPresidentFlorida Association of Hispanic Journalists, Since 1984 Asociación de la Florida de Periodistas Hispanos251 Valencia Avenue, # 253Coral Gables, FL 33114www.fahj.orgTelephone: (786) 286-3600on facebook: fahj/afphTwitter: @afph_fahj



Teen Court Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ishchaji Robertson, General Magistrate Carolyn Howard with Teen Court Youth Volunteer Victoria Urdaneta,

Teen Court Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ishchaji Robertson, General Magistrate Carolyn Howard with
Teen Court Youth Volunteer Victoria Urdaneta,

(MIAMI, December 2, 2013) – Miami-Dade County Teen Court, a program of the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, unveiled “Making the Connection” at its recent Juvenile Justice Forum. Making the Connection is a new initiative aimed at exposing students to various professional opportunities and environments.  Ten of Teen Court’s youth volunteers were paired with a variety of different industry professionals who participated in the Juvenile Justice Forum held in May.

Participants were exposed to new career paths and realities experienced by the professionals including:  day-to-day happenings, types of sacrifices made, and industry best practices.  These interactions gave students access and insights for their professional development.  This initiative is another example of Teen Court’s commitment to youth empowerment and development.

“Today’s teens need much guidance, especially when it comes to the reality of their desired professions, states John E. Dixon, Jr., Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Executive Director.  This initiative gave the youth an opportunity to expose them to a profession that they might be interested in and to see the profession in a realistic way.”

Judge Magistrate Carolyn Howard participated in the first batch of volunteers for Making the Connection.  She expressed, “Making the Connection initiative and the Teen Court program is an excellent experience for students to learn about the judicial system, and I enjoyed being a part of it.”

Teen Court Administrator LaVerne Dean, Captain Jeffrey Scott Dennis,  Teen Court Youth Volunteer Stephanie Palacios’ mom Martha Jiron and Stephanie

Teen Court Administrator LaVerne Dean, Captain Jeffrey Scott Dennis,
Teen Court Youth Volunteer Stephanie Palacios’ mom Martha Jiron and Stephanie

  For more information, visit www.miamidade.gov/economicadvocacytrust or contact Anthony D. Williams, Teen Court Youth Development Division Director, at 305-375-5661 or email awill1@miamidade.gov.

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At 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13 internationally acclaimed soprano, Yana Eminova returns to SoBe Arts to celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with an exquisite evening of his amazing music and that of Giacomo Puccini*. Ms. Eminova will be joined by tenor Casey Finnigan (Florida Grand Opera) and pianist Alexandra Naumenko (Metropolitan Opera and Florida Grand Opera).
“I was 24 years old when I sang Traviata on stage.
It was an unforgettable and life changing experience.”
Yana Eminova

VERDI – Ave MariaStornelloAddio del passato and Alfrefo and Violetta duet Parigi o cara from La Traviata; Duke’s aria La donna e mobile from Rigoletto; Oscar’s aria Volta la terrea from Un Ballo in Maschera and Ah la paterna mano from Macbeth.  MUSIC BY PUCCINI – Aria RodolfoAria Mimi and O soave fanciulla duet from La BohemeAvete Tortoand O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi 
Please join us for a post-concert reception and meet the artists.

FREE PARKING: Enter lot off Washington Ave. between the 21st Street Recreation Center and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Walk to NE pedestrian gate to enter SoBe Arts’ Little Stage Theater.

Tickets $25 (senior $15 and student $10 tickets available at the door) Seating is limited. To guarantee seating please purchase in advance. 20% discount for Miami Beach residents available at the door.)
* Puccini and his brother, Michele, walked 18.5 miles to see a performance of Verdi’s Aida in Pisa and he became entranced by opera. This experience inspired Puccini to become an opera composer.


SoBe Arts 2013/14 Season is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the City of Miami Beach, the Horowitz Family Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Neil and Carolina Rodin as well as our generous individual donors and volunteers.   Please make a tax-deductible donation of any amount:
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CALL OR EMAIL IVONA SHEDROFF 305.674.9220 info@sobearts.org


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2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Corey Feldman, the Author and Excelina At B&N in The Grove

 “I had no intention of making it a ‘Two Coreys’ story,” he writes. “But in the wake of his death, I felt like I had to do the one thing he was never able to do.” 

Miami Nov/7/2013-Corey Feldman, Director, Producer who starred in a number of  ’80s films including Stand by MeThe Goonies and License to Drive, has turned a new leaf (so to speak) and is now also an author. And, though the book does feature much of Feldman’s relationship with long time friend and tragic figure Corey Haim (with whom he starred in the relatively short lived but, intensely emotional reality show “The two Coreys“), it is much more than a recount of their friendship.

Feldman’s exploration of self as an author is most certainly pushed forward by Haim’s death  and, though a group of Haim fans tried to  demand that St. Martin’s Press remove the book from stores and online sales, Feldman’s conviction that he had to tell this story not only for him but, for the sake of his beloved friend, finally steeled his resolve to move on with the project.

Tonight, as this piece is being composed, the famed personality of the small and the large screen is arriving at top bookseller’s Barnes and Nobles beautiful facility at The Grove at Farmers Market at 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30 in Los Angeles, CA. Feldman is there with  Miami resident and star of hispanic film and video,  EXCELINA.

Featuring Exclusive Images From Tonight’s Book Release…

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Currently, Feldman is also directing the South Florida film DOUBLE EXPOSURE (sequel to last year’s EXPOSURE) where Excelina is featured in a significant co-starring role. Excelina comes from a strong background in television,video and film through a career who has taken her around the world. To find out more about this promising starlet, check out her web page at http://www.excelina.com

Tonight however, is Feldman’s night to enjoy the fruit of a tough journey into his dizzying past from the well earned center of his present. A dedicated family man, Feldman has now become the definition of a loving father and husband. A man who made it through the best  and the worst Hollywood had to offer,  only to shake it all off for the sake of his love of family and career.

“Perhaps almost as surprising as Coreyography’s revealing content is Feldman’s storytelling, which is refreshingly honest and clear. While the book ends on an positive note — the actor is now drug-free and a proud father — it’s impossible to shake his memories of an exploitive, damaging side of Hollywood that repeatedly valued power over the innocence of youth”.-USA TODAY

Honduras National Party Uses Consulate to Promote It’s Candidate

The Civic Destruction of Honduras

Undoubtedly triggered by a complete misunderstanding of the most basic empathy with the Honduran population, the sitting government of Porfirio Lobo Sosa continues to indulge in acts of blatant abuse to the office they so dearly defend.Setting up a fundraising operation at a federally sanctioned Honduran consulate on America sovereign soil (Miami, Fl) for the express benefit of the incumbent government’s National Party and candidate Juan Orlando Hernández, would seem like something right out of a “B” Hollywood movie where the government status quo was something akin to Woddy Allen’s “Moon over Parador”and, just two steps removed from the “Bunga-Bunga Party” mentality of late. (Photo left: MIami’s Consular body poses for AP while breaking the law…)When the security of the citizens of Honduras is set second to the feverish compulsion to “herd in” as many votes you can, the purpose and ethical guidelines that may exist are thrown aside. Imagine then, honduras.6.12.APall Honduran citizens coming in for daily consular matters in a a city such as Miami (Fl) who are there for something as relatively mundane as the processing the Id documents required for let’s say …voting from outside Honduras, then being asked by a consular representative (at the front desk of said consulate) whether or not they would like to support the government’s party candidate?Even as the question is followed by the just as odd clarification that they ask only because they are selling tickets to the National Party’s candidate fundraiser (which by the way could only be paid there or at the door and, could only be paid in cash), what do you think is passing through the minds of the Honduran citizens so questioned?

Is is so far of the mark to think that a good many of these honest , God fearing people who are ever so aware of the rampant

Current Honduran President  Lobo-Sosa

Current Honduran President Lobo-Sosa

violence and alleged corruption in their country would feel pressured to at least appear to favor the suggested political preference or, perhaps even contribute in fear of some sort of retaliation?

The very lady who called this story in happens to be of a different political affiliation than the National Party and, though she has been a long time U.S. resident who is well accustomed to our way of life and how our laws and civil liberties work was very concerned with her privacy. She had the courage to give us the story, return to with a witness to back her up and take names but, she was still fearful enough of retaliations to her self or her family that she begged we did not reveal her name unless it was absolutely necessary.

When was the last time you personally felt that way in the course of any election or government related project in the U.S. of A.? The constant political chatter of republicans Vs Democrats Vs Tea Party Vs everybody else show you ,if sometimes nothing else, how little anyone fears voicing their opinions (factual or not, for better or worse) in this great country of ours. taking it to the point where the honor of it’s institutions are wantonly trampled on as if overrun by the money changers at the temples of law in Biblical times.
Honduras and its people have endured and survived times of great duress, But, can the spirit of the country survive if the people and their laws are made a mockery of? And, without the trust of the people, can the country survive such abuse without breaking?
While daily reports of crimes in Honduras reach unprecedented heights:

Honduras – Murder capital – SFGate New Violence Hits Honduras | Americas Quarterly
(http://www.sfgate.com/world/slideshow/Honduras-Murder-capital-46228.php )
Violence turns deadly in Honduras – Video on NBCNews.com
Honduras Violence – Huffington Post
World Report 2013: Honduras | Human Rights Watch

juan-orlando-hernandez-partido-nacional-de-honduras-national-party…Honduran officials and career politicians of the National party are gritting their teeth and making an all out effort to have the people focus on the elections rather than on the sad state of affair in which the country has lingered for most of the last administration. And, so sure are the consular workers in their positions than they even pose for the Associated Press at one of these Miami fundraising events.

This was also covered by the prominent Honduran whistleblower blog who had a parallel investigation unknown to us at the time of our research. Here you can find all names and positions of the Honduran consular officers and their Washington D.C. counterparts as discovered by their investigation.:
(English summary here) http://quotha.net/node/2514
It is just too Ironic that we refer to governments such as these as ” administrations” since , most don’t administer anything very well. Particularly not their own ambition, egotism or arrogance when it comes to placing themselves above the needs of the people they are supposed to serve.


Mauricio Villeda en un rally en su honor…

Mauricio Villeda, the lead opposition candidate for the Liberal party has embarked in a quest through Honduras in what seems like an effort to turn the tide of violence and distrust almost one Honduran at a time. Villeda continues to widen his lead among Honduran residing in the U.S. This segment of the voting population has a much more “Americanized” view of social justice and, is much better informed (and more confident in their freedom of expression) than those residing in Honduran soil

Villeda’s closest competitor Xiomara Castro continues to struggle to define her final position though there is no doubt that being the wife of the very controversial former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya removed by a “coup” in 2009 (Manuel Zelaya Arrested: Honduras President Detained By Soldiers) will at some point also bear weight on this already tattered process.

Acknowledgement to / Reconocimiento a la Embajadora/Ambassador Mª Cristina Barrios y Almanzor Cónsul de España en Miami

Consul de espanaThe International Press Club of Miami and The Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists (www.fahj.org), recognized the work of Ambassador Maria Cristina Barrios and Almanzor, Consul of Spain to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, for the promotion Hispanic culture and our language in the U.S..

Ms. Barrios and Almanzor, who was special ambassador for the Reconstruction of Haiti and comply Special Mission for Climate Change (2007), after serving as Deputy Consul of Spain in Dusseldorf, was the first Deputy Chief of Protocol and the first introducer of Ambassadors and upper boss Protocol Department, Foreign Ministry and Orders.
In 1998 he was appointed ambassador to Spain in Sweden and Latvia with residence in Stockholm, and in 2003 was appointed ambassador to Mexico.
In the photo, from left to right, Humberto Estenoz, secretary general of the International Press Club in Miami (www.internationalpressclub-miami.org), the Consul and Peter A. Gonzalez, Jr, president of the AFPH.
The year 2013 will mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and in two years will be held the fourth centenary of the foundation by the Spanish also Menendez St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country.
Spanish is the most studied language in the United States while Spain is the tenth U.S. investor, with $ 50.000 billion.

El International Press Club of Miami y La Asociación de La Florida Periodistas Hispanos (www.fahj.org), reconoció el trabajo de la Embajadora Mª Cristina Barrios y Almanzor, Cónsul de España para la Florida, Carolina del Sur y Georgia, por la promoción de la cultura hispana y nuestra lengua en los EEUU.
La Sra. Barrios y Almanzor, quien fuera embajadora especial para la Reconstrucción de Haití y cumpliera Misión Especial para el Cambio Climático (2007), luego de desempeñarse como Cónsul adjunta de España en Dusseldorf, fue primera jefe adjunta de Protocolo y primera introductora de Embajadores y jefa superior de los Servicios de Protocolo, Cancillería y Órdenes.
En 1998 fue designada embajadora de España en Suecia y Letonia, con residencia en Estocolmo, y en 2003 fue nombrada embajadora en México.
En la foto, de izquierda a derecha, Humberto Estenoz, secretario general del Club Internacional de la Prensa de Miami (www.internationalpressclub-miami.org), la Cónsul y Pedro A. González, Jr, presidente de la AFPH.
Este año 2013 se cumplirá el 500 aniversario de la llegada del explorador español Ponce de León y en dos años se celebrará el cuarto centenario de la fundación por el también español Pedro Menéndez de Avilés de San Agustín, la ciudad más antigua del país.
El español es la lengua más estudiada en EEUU al tiempo que España es el décimo inversor en los EEUU, con $50,000 millones de dólares.

Margolis at City Hall

A new business speakers series has been inaugurated at famed City Hall Restaurant in downtown Miami. Where owner and long time area entrepreneur Steven Haas  agreed to host the Kotel Financial Speaker series created and produced by local high visibility promoter Tony Major.

Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (D)

On it’s first event of this sort, the restaurant, which is located at 2004 Biscayne blvd,just a couple of blocks from the venerable offices of the Miami Herald, The keynote speaker was State Senator Gwen Margolis who was brought to the podium by Hass after, he himself was introduced to the crowd by a representative of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalist and the International Press Club-Miami.

Margolis took to the podium with her polished open style and touted Miami’s new and rising real estate development surge as a joint community effort. And, in a few cases, a demonstration of how there can there can be bi-partisan progress in the state congress when the initiative is clear and well led. A

Margolis specifically noted business tourism as one of the major cause for this rise and, declared that her and her colleagues are trying to further procure the necessary regulations and funds to insure all possible advantages are given to this opportunity.

Sven H. Haas and his lovely wife with Miami’s top promoter Tony Major

Worthy of special mention is that, among the world class  local notables present there was also Master Chu-Fei Tsai, one os the most spiritually  influential  (yet  almost invisible to the locals)  women of her time.. Master Tsai is the Head of the Heart of Humanity Foundation and a direct representative of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Leader of the Buddhist faith who, she has helped bring to Miami for the last two visits.

Tsai is planning a series of community oriented fundraisers  and events starting in November of this year and, continuing through to June culminating with the Third Visit of the Dalai Lama to Miami. to  a third for next year.. Master Tsai is not only an accomplished PhD and Chinese Physician who sits in multiple academic board worldwide but, she is also based in Miami’s Coconut Grove’s Zen Village.

She and Senator Margolis happen to be neighbors in Coconut Grove so, it is expect they will further cooperate in the effort to attract business and pleasure visitors to our area. Among the many students of Master Tsai around the world are quite a few heads of State, International bankers of the first order and any other number of potential further sources of visitors.

Rick Romash, Master Chufei Tsai and Kotel Managing Partner Eli Mualin

While the Q & A that followed Senator Margolis’s words at the podium was generally focused on the details of  the specific incentives being offered now to help businesses and individuals take advantage of this economic surge, the opening question requested confirmation on the fact the in Florida, ex felons and and certain other that have completed their sentences may still not vote.  This is a very volatile issue at this time since i.e. the ACLU is currently suing Governor Scott to relax what they (the ACLU) considers are “voter suppression” efforts guided by party orientation. And, the rights of offenders that have already paid their debt to society in prison but, are still not allowed to vote are also a big past of the disagreement.

Jobvelin Escalona nd friend Maria with Master Tsai and Mr. Mualin

Fortunately the Senator managed to command the room and her session at the podium returned very quickly to the topic for which most of the attendees had come to hear. Eli Mualin of Kotel Financial services and Wealth Management actively made private  introductions during the lunch period since, as a title sponsor  of the speaker series, they are on a mission to enhance the changes of all new businesses and,or investors coming in to the area.  As part of which, Kotel Financial is currently sponsoring a series of events  to  promote the concept of credit protection,  Kotel’s strategy to help enhance the area  is to  advise companies trying to make a home base in Miami on how to safely,  effectively and expediently  finance their penetration instead of having to lay out  the currently scarce hard currency and, avoid catastrophic compromising of principal investments.

The Speaker series will continue monthly at City Hall Restaurant. Any local persons or corporations interested in participating either as guest or, for consideration as speakers should contact Tony Major  though the Kotel front desk at: 305-712 2060 or you can find his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194612913999334/

Breakfast with the ACLU

Howard Simon, Director ACLU Florida and ANA Vidalon of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

In the midst of the GOP and DNC national conventions, the trenches are filled with the local activists of one political persuasion or another clawing at the wheels within the wheels of local government politicking. TheACLU is right in the middle of the fight and, it has its hands full.

On the morning of September 5th , the ACLU hosted a breakfast for the Miami-area Hispanic media. The breakfast was organized by the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists and the International Press club-Miami.

On this occasion, the main objective was to muster some support for the ACLU’s legal and political battle against Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration, which they are suing to oppose number of amendments (5,6 & 8) and, specifically at this moment, what the organization calls the “Voter Suppression Law,” a.k.a. HB-1355.

After a brief but energetic video greeting from Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, Howard Simon, the Florida Director of the ACLU and most senior member of the entire organization, gave a brief introduction to the program and began to enumerate all the arenas the ACLU is involved in, but emphasized the current problem with the apparent intent of these laws to make it harder for minorities, elderly and students to exercise their right to vote.

Even though the challenges to the legislation are individual and will have to be disputed independently of each other, they all stem from one single set of basic facts — there is an almost insignificant amount of documented cases of voter fraud (1/4 of 1 percent in Florida and 81 out of 300 million voters nationwide). However, the laws the legislature is attempting to pass would deny the right of vote to hundreds of thousands of legitimate voters while trying to prevent a crime for which fewer 100 people have been accused in the past few years.

Voter fraud in Dade County is not “technically” happening in significant numbers and what is, is not being perpetrated by illegal aliens. Voter manipulation guided by the most respectable political campaigns runs rampant. It is a tried and true tactic to make a connection with any of the elderly medical service companies or homes and have them allow the politician to bus the little old ladies and gents to a “free” meal. Once there, the elderly voters are made to purposely wait while proxy ballots are distributed. After a good wait to enhance their appetite, they are told to just sign the proxy so food can be served. It is common to see tour buses by the dozen loaded with these elderly voters showing up for a “free” breakfast.

The other featured amendments singled out by the ACLU in Florida are even more politically complicated. According to the ALCU presentation and handout literature, Amendment Five gives elected officials more control over the courts making judges vulnerable to the influence of said politicians. Amendment Six allows politicians to get involved in decisions traditionally only between a private individual and his/her doctor. And finally, Amendment Eight would allow religious groups to get government financial support and yet keep their tax exempt status.

The funniest on this is that if you were to just say, in a normal conversation, that “government” is trying to do this, most (if not all) Republicans would tout it as proof of the evil things President Obama is doing. The really funny part being that this is a Republican legislature led by a Republican governor.

At least in this occasion, and fortunately for the organizers, the turnout was excellent and the interest in the subject matter was so strong that there was an extended discussion way past breakfast with lively participation from the guests. The attending media included the Editor of the very popular and long standing Diario Las Americas, Mexican Consul Juan Miguel Gutierrez Tinoco, the Hispanic Affairs Director for the Israeli consulate, and representatives of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists as well as for the International Press Club-Miami, to name a few.

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International Press Club-Miami News May 2012

European Union Hosts Discussion

and New Book on Immigration

Coral Gables, FL

The Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables was the setting for a European Union Center of Excellence immigration discussion and, Pilar Marrero‘s (author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles, CA,) release of her new book on the subject (El despertar del sueno americano (Waking Up from the American Dream) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]).  Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Miami, also hosted the event and discussion on the particular topics of immigration and it’s socioeconomic and political implications for the United States.

The relevance of the Hispanic /Latino population’s perception and voting reaction during the current presidential campaigns were, discussed in particular detail. Questions and commentary from attending media and the general audience reflected much concern that the current Democrat administration’s actions have been much more stern than the past  Republican one, at least  as far as deportations and legal actions against illegal immigrants go.

(left to right) Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Miami; Excel. Javier Pagalday Gastelrrutia, Consul General Adjunct of Spain, Pilar Marrero, author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles (CA), Leonardo Cesar Ferreira, Assistant Profesor of Journalism, University of Miami, Lic. Pedro A. González, Jr. President, FAHJ.

(left to right) Javier Pagalday Gastelrrutia, Consul General Adjunct of Spain, Pilar Marrero, author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles (CA), Leonardo Cesar Ferreira, Assistant Profesor of Journalism, University of Miami, Lic. Pedro A. González, Jr. President, FAHJ.

The point that the Hispanic/Latino national community would have to come to terms with it’s perceived preference of President Obama versus the actions of his administration was driven home by several of the panelists. It will be interesting to see the resolution this community will come too when they are at the voting booth.

(right to left) Tyson George, Liaison Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Ms. Cheryl Gaile Thompson, Deputy Consul General of Barbados, Mrs. Harriet Jordan-Terry and Mrs. Lolita Payne, Consulate General of Barbados and Mr. Joseph N. Hunte, Consul of Barbados.

Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Miami

Rebecca Friedman, Co director, European Union Center, FIU

Michele Pérez, European Union Center, FIU and Dina Molionkova European Union Center, UM.


More images courtesy of

Christine I. Caly-Sanchez

Associate Director


European Union Center of Excellence at:



El despertar del sueno americano (Waking Up from the American Dream) (Spanish Edition)






Please be advised…We have 6 guest spots left open for a media visit to the Miami Seaquarium to experience their new underwater attraction. Please let us know if you would like to attend! We must give them a date by Friday which we will share to coordinate the remaining spots based on publication relevance to the topic. .
There is no charge for this activity…

Su atencion por favor. El Maimi Seaquarium nos ha invitado a llevar 8 (quedan 6 puestos) personas a su nueva experiencia submarina. Necesitamos darles una fecha este Viernes asi, que coordinaremos los puestos restantes basados en la relevancia al topico de la visita.

Por favor avisar aqui si tiene Ud. interes en venir.
Esta actividad no tiene costo..

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Got Your Six

Los Angeles Times/Business Section: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/05/hollywood-takes-up-veteran-causes-with-got-your-6-effort.html

“A coalition of major media companies, talent agencies and unions are teaming up with two dozen nonprofit organizations as part of a campaign to build awareness for veteran issues such as employment, health, housing and education.

The wide-reaching initiative — dubbed “Got Your Six,” which is military speak for “I’ve got your back” — will include a celebrity-filled public service campaign as well as greater effort by Hollywood to incorporate positive portrayals of veterans in movies and television shows, giving greater visibility to the challenges they face after returning from active duty.

Companies participating include Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Time Warner Inc.’s HBO and Warner Bros., News Corp.’s Fox, Sony, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, as well as talent agencies Creative Artists Agency, United Talent and William Morris Endeavor. Also on board are the Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, West. “




Krypy Balze Artist, Friend & Patriot

 Continuing our series of events leading to the 4th of July convoy parade originally proposed by the Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade, the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists and, IPC-Miami, we are planning another small get together at Barrio Artspace Workshop this coming Memorial Day Monday.  Though we are still i n the planning stages and, had considered creating a third group to handle our new involvement with this venue, we have decided to continue as we had with only the three original organizations that started this project.

Furthermore, we have reached an agreement with Barrio Artspace founder, philanthropist and community activist Jose Fernandez (JFI properties to organize two months of  Friday night events at the Jose Marti Park in little Havana.  Due to this new commitment to help promote little Havana , we will be also assume the artistic management of the Artspace Workshop. 

For the Memorial day event we will be featuring the theme we began with (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)  as well as the ideals behind the just premiered “Got your 6” effort mentioned earlier in this issue.

Among the featured artists for the evening,we will also be debuting a very special  Scott Welliver’s “Scrappy Chihuahua” video podcast. Scrappy  began as a an audio podcast based on a Mafia Wars (Zynga) “living” “tiny but mighty” chihuahua and his gang of loyal mafia dogs. The characters created by Scott and his company of actors has become quite popular and,  has also evolved out of the strict Mafia Wars setting  into a full fledged super heroe canine
League of Paws”. To get a glimpse of the funny and often touching adventures of the Scrappy Chihuahua and his friends, please take a look at their recently created FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Da-Scrappy-Chihuahua-Podcast-Fan-Page/164708863596837

Though we would like to have some of our previously featured artists back (Such as Mercury Wolff, Marisbel Lavastida, Christian Bauman, Josh Lucy)  we are still working out some kinks in the planning. A full schedule and detailed event information will be posted as a special notice early next week. Resident Curator Frank Chinea and, Floyd “The Rock Artist” Heglichs are also expected to be represented.

Some of  the guests expected to attend will include cultural media , the Mexican,Dominican, Japanese, Chinese and Panamanian consulate and business missions. Representatives of Miami  Military Academy’s Alumni group, Florida International University, the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and representatives both local and federal government among others.

For images of the last event at Barrio Artspace we suggest you visit: http://barriogalleryartspace.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/bwa-news-and-updates/


CNN in Spanish introduced its new programming

From left to right: Isabel Bucaram (PR Manager for U.S. and VIP Planning CNNE Producer), Juan Carlos Lopez, Samuel Burke, Lucia Navarro, Maria Santana, Cynthia Hudson (Vice President and CEO of CNN in Spanish), Fernando del Rincon Eduardo Suarez (Vice President of Programming), Dr. Marisa Azaret, Adriana Hauser, Ismael Cala and Mercedes Soler.

CNN in Spanish organized an event that brought together its VIP clientele last night at the Hotel Gansevoort in New York City to present the achievements of last year and unveil its new programming. Cynthia Hudson, Vice President and CEO of CNN in Spanish, and Greg D’Alba, President of CNN News Networks & Digital Turner Ad Sales and Marketing, were accompanied by a talented group of CNN in Spanish that included Dr. Marisa Azaret, Ismael Cala, Fernando del Rincon, Juan Carlos Lopez, Lucia Navarro and Mercedes Soler.

Hudson welcomed the guests and highlighted the continuing evolution of CNN in Spanish: “We are pleased with the growth of the channel last year. We continue to invest in new talent and programming to ensure we provide our viewers with the more relevant and compelling news and information that is available in Spanish. “

Cukaj Katrina, Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for CNN, thanked the present advertising agencies for the support they have given to the channel recognizing the importance of the Hispanic market. He also said that demand for CNN in Spanish is healthy and that the channel upfront 2012-2013 forecast more strengthened.

During the event, CNN in Spanish offered its customers a sample of the latest additions to its lineup including The Influential, Trending Topics, Latin America Review, Travel and Oppenheimer Presenta.

The Influentials: Here presenter Claudia Palacios explores the events that are changing the history of Latin America, the U.S. and the world through the personalities who lead them.

Trending Topics: Weekly program hosted by Rene Solorio, featuring videos words, phrases and topics of the week labeled social networks.

Latin America Review: A virtual discussion that analyzes the current problems and relevant to American society, featuring analysts and protagonists of the daily events of the nation. With questions from the audience made weekly on the World Panorama program, Latin American Review will provide a constant digital interaction through social networks and the official website of the channel http://www. cnnespanol.com to channel the views and concerns of citizens, and will be the centerpiece of which will be discussed each week.

Destinations: With Claudia Palacios, explore beyond the borders, some of the most interesting cities in the world along with the audience entering the lifestyle and culture of the best the world has to offer.

Oppenheimer Presents: A program of analysis of the main themes of the political, economic and social development by journalist Andres Oppenheimer. This program airs Sundays at 9pm (ET).

CNN in Spanish

CNN in Spanish, the first television network CNN 24 hours of independently produced in a language other than English, was launched on March 17, 1997. It offers continuous coverage of the most relevant news of the region and the world with context and analysis, and programming that delves into topics such as economics, finance, healthcare, technology and entertainment. Since its launch, CNN in Spanish has increased its subscriber base to 28 million households and hotel rooms in Latin America and 7 million households in America. In its 15 years, the network has set the standard for credible news, relevant and up to the minute, with programming that offers its audience a unique connection with the world around them, including all the news and now they need to be informed and make sound decisions to secure their future.


Global Water Security: The Intelligence Community Assessment

“Each day, nearly 4,000 people – mostly children under five – die from preventable diseases caused by contaminated water. Not surprisingly, women and girls are impacted most.In addition to the health impacts, water will affect our ability to protect the environment, achieve food-and-energy security, and respond to climate change.

Competition for water and that lack of access to basic water and sanitation services may become a source of conflict.”

Maria Otero
Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Woodrow Wilson Center
Washington, DC
May 9, 2012

Arms Control and International Security: Middle East Issues

05/09/2012 02:45 PM EDT

Middle East Issues

“The United States fully supports the goal of a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction. This support is unequivocal and I can assure you that my government is prepared to take practical measures that can move us toward this goal. A Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction is an achievable goal, but a long-term goal. It will not occur overnight or without a concerted effort in the region and internationally to make it a reality. Just as our efforts to seek peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons will not be realized quickly, we understand that a WMD free zone in the Middle East can only be achieved once essential conditions are in place, most critically a comprehensive and durable peace and full compliance by all countries in the region with their nonproliferation obligations”

Thomas Countryman
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
First Session of the Preparatory Committee, 2015 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Vienna, Austria
May 8, 2012

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg Radio

05/09/2012 09:00 AM EDT


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Taj Palace Hotel
New Delhi, India
May 8, 2012

Interview With Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg Radio

QUESTION: I wanted to start out by asking you, last week in China you were involved in a roller coaster ride of backstage negotiations over a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng. Take us behind the scenes. Did your talks reach the highest levels of China’s government, and what leverage did you have to convince President Hu Jintao to let a dissident leave for the U.S.?SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, India, I’m not, at this point, going to be able to go into the details. Right now I’m focused on the here and now, which is, briefly stated, Mr. Chen remains in the hospital obtaining medical treatment, some of which was suggested as being necessary based on examinations that our doctors at the Embassy gave him. We remain in close contact with him. He is meeting with Chinese authorities in order to pursue the necessary steps to be able to leave to pursue his studies in the United States. And we’re also on our end expediting and making all the necessary preparations.

So my goal is to welcome him to the United States to pursue his studies. There’ll be plenty of time in the future for him and others to discuss how we got to the point where we are today.”


IPC-Miami, Honoring our Homecoming Troops and Vets


Image by Krypy Balze, an honored friend and patriot.


 We are taking over this convoy parade event for the ICCSD  (Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade)  as a gesture of our commitment to the community we so proudly belong to. And, to add our voice  as loudly as we can to a citizen salute to our homecoming troops and veterans.

IPC-Miami will take the position of organizing host for this historic event dubbed “The Freedom Convoy” Parade.

You can see most of the details through  the ICCSD page link on the Keg South Parade Kick off party teaser.

Finally, please make sure you subscribe to this blog so you can keep up with events, invites and, industry news!

Cheers!,  Bill Lara;)


This issue’s news sampler


Keeping travel industry pros in the know

Issue: 814



Puerto Rico Ready to Host Caribbean Hotel, Tourism Investment Conference
The 16th annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) is scheduled for April 24 to 26, 2012, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s conference will target need for stronger public and private sector partnerships.
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Neil Armstrong talking space planes & more

Monday morning, Professor Neil Armstrong (yes, that Neil Armstrong) gave a talk out here in California about his experiences in the X-15 suborbital flight program. The X-15 was America’s first dedicated high speed, high altitude, rocket-powered suborbital space plane, and back in the early 1960s it was busy paving the way for the commercial spaceflight development that’s one of the most exciting things happening in space today.

More Top Tech Stories:
Could these IDs replace your driver’s license?
Who needs a mouse to navigate?
Watch it in action.
Catch the video of this 110-pound metal sphere.
Apparently Apple is selling cooking appliances. Wait, no they aren’t.
Some of these definitely deserve to be made.



El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos invita a los medios a participar en su primera sesión de preguntas y respuestas por Twitter en español

El jueves 1 de marzo 2012, a las 2:00p.m., horario de Washington D.C., el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos estará lanzando su primera sesión de preguntas y respuestas por Twitter en español.  El sub secretario interino para asuntos de prensa, Mike Hammer, responderá a preguntas enviadas a través de la cuenta oficial de Twitter en español, @USAenEspanol.  Las preguntas pueden ser enviadas ahora a través de #AskState.

Mike Hammer responderá a las preguntas enviadas por Twitter desde el podio de la sala de prensa del Departamento de Estado.  El video de sus respuestas será disponible por el canal de You Tube del Departamento de Estado: http://www.youtube.com/user/statevideo.

@USAenEspanol  es una de las 11 cuentas oficiales de Twitter  del Departamento de Estado, que incluye @StateDept (inglés),@USAbilAraby (arabe), @USA_Zhongwen (chino), @USAdarFarsi  (farsi), @USAenFrancais (francés), @USAHindiMein (hindu),@USAemPortugues (portugues), @USApoRusski (ruso), @ABDTurk (turco), y @USAUrdu (urdu).  Estas cuentas permiten al Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos  a informar y  a dialogar con diversos públicos alrededor del mundo sobre temas de política extranjera.  También apoyan a los esfuerzos del Departamento de Estado de complementar la política extranjera tradicional a través de los recursos de las redes tecnológicas y digitales de un mundo interconectado.

Isabel Malowany

Deputy Director

Media Hub of the Americas

U.S. Department of State

Contractor IEA Corp.


IPC -Miami Events


Jazz Night at the Keg

Jennifer Bridgett Fumero ICCSD Events Vice-Chair

ICCSD Events Chair

The kick off event for our planned parade was amazing!

to ICCSD page with details 

The guys and gals from Occupy Miami made the night complete with their enthusiasm and support. What a really friendly bunch of people!

Mr. Houston Cypress, Executive Director of  Miccosukee Magazine (Saturdays at noon on WSVN Channel 7 ) honored us a the night’s Master of Ceremonies.

Link to ICCSD Page details 


Mixed images of the  last two IPC-Miami Evnts

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Also, make sure to check the little bit of mercury Wolf we managed to get on video. This girl is going places!!!

Mercury Wolff


Krypy Balze Artist, Friend & Patriot

The  Freedom Convoy Parade,…

a civilian homage to our returning troops.

Finally, we also raised a our first couple of hundred dollars towards our projected parade. In fact, here is where that stands right now:

We are going to hold a traffic cavalcade that requires no special permit to close any streets. We will just do  a drive along in caravan, vehicles will all move at the indicated speed limit but,will slow down for the pass in front of the honorees. All vehicles will park immediately after the pass at a legally designated spot.  And, the marching volunteers will assemble from the vehicles behind the pre-loaded volunteers leading the honor march

Link to ICCSD Page with details

Please share your ideas or, suggestions by leaving us a comment on this page!



Monica Rosales
DocMiami International Film Festival,
Executive Director ::
“Everything you dream is real”
Follow us @Twitter: http://twitter.com/docmiamiorg
Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend
Presented by DocMiami Film Fest
One night only
Thursday, March 15, 7pm

The Tower Theater – Miami Dade College
1508 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135

Ticket Price: $6.63
Purchase Tickets Online:
(seating is limited only 100)
Celebrate Miami Film Month with DocMiami International Film Festival and filmmaker/star of the documentary, Esther Anderson who will be present for a Q & A Session after the film. Special guest speaker, Maya Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones as well as Bob Marley’s cousin, singer Alex Marley and his nephew, Good Morning America – Chef, Charles Maddock Aston Barrett Jr. and his band “Reggae Force” will also contribute to this wonderful evening.

Through intimate scenes shot on a Sony video camera in the 1970s, Jamaican filmmaker Esther Anderson artfully constructed the union between Reggae and Rasta that launched the international career and renowned image of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Revisiting that formative time, she reveals to what degree her original vision set in motion the radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world. “DocMiami is incredibly honored to be able to present this documentary to South Florida in celebration of Miami Film Month.” said Monica Rosales DocMiami, Executive Director.

In 2011, DocMiami was Recognized in ProductionHub as  “Spiciest Film Festival”. DocMiami is an organization dedicated to promoting the best that documentary filmmaking has to offer worldwide. DocMiami seeks to provide filmmakers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the cultural arts within South Florida and within the entertainment industry as a whole.

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend screening followed by Q & A with Esther Anderson

Bob Marley the Making of A Legend is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the making of a legend. Through intimate scenes shot on a Sony video camera in 1970s Jamaica filmmaker Esther Anderson artfully constructed the union between Reggae and Rasta that launched the international career and renowned image of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Revisiting that formative time she reveals to what degree her original vision set in motion the radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world.

Special Screening presented by DocMiami International Film Festival in Partnership with MDC Tower Theater – MIFF and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors bureau in celebration of Miami Film Month.
One Love,

Debbie Allen

Entertainment Consultant

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Mobile: 954-562-2135

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Occupy, Journalists And Educators, A Three Part Harmony at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables…

By Bill Lara (EIC)

Members of Occupy Miami met last week with educators and, members of the International Press Club Miami to discuss aspects of the Occupy movement and, possible interactions between Occupy Miami members, Journalist and Teachers.

IPC-Miami President Pedro Gonzales Munne hosted the meeting at the Coral Gables Hyatt Regency where the group met last Friday at 9:30 am. Among the attendees wee a couple of educators, most prominent among them was Dr, Leonardo Ferreira PHD.  Dr, Ferreira wore the hats of Journalist and Educator as he is both a prominent international news professional  and a well respected Professor at  the University of Miami.

LR on this photo: Pedro Gozales Munne (IPC), Prem Lee Barbosa (Occupy), Ryan Williamson (Occupy), Gonzalo Vizcardo and, friend Haley Freeman(Occupy), Jennifer Fumero (Occupy-kneeling), Mary Roque (Neoterraquest), Melanie Watson (Occupy), Elizabeth Caicedo (ICCSD), Josh Lucy a.k.a. Donnie Danger (Occupy Street Medic), Stephanie Rae Garcia (Occupy Videographer) and, Vanessa Caicedo (ICCSD)

The participants exchanged views on the general concept of the local occupy movement. Among these perhaps the golden key to the heart of the movement is their desire to exemplify,as thoroughly as possible, the very image of a truly democratic body. This is a wonderful principle that the group members present had already learned  is rather difficult to crystallize into actionable reality. A salient example being for instance the fact that individual members are very careful not to generalize the expression of their personal views into the image of the “Occupy Movement”.

It bears to mention that the writer of this piece and organizer of this initial get together had the opportunity to meet with some of the attending occupy Miami members a a week or so earlier. At that meeting it became joyfully apparent that the core of the local movement was made up of some very clear minded individuals. Bright minds armed with a refreshing sense of camaraderie and  mission truly unexpected of these very young lions. Yes, …lions is the best image I can use to express the courage they seem to exude without even realizing the daring do of their actions. A truly, truly refreshing image of the youth in the movement.

Still, it is not all left to the young. Within the local Occupy movement there is also a core of perennial “true believers’ that span the age scales way beyond their teens. One  Melanie Watson in particular bears mention, she is a married and the busy mother of three great kids but, she still manages to find the time to lend her experience and care to her other  “kids” at Occupy Miami. That is another general theme in the group, they all seem to share a desire to take care of each other  (even if at times disagreements and, out right arguments may arise  between individuals).

Obviously,  “Occupy Miami” is not a utopia but, it is not an anarchist rabble either. Violence is not in their arsenal. Instead they look to reason and example. The group members present were well aware of their organizational short comings and, had that as another reason to attend the   meeting. They need advice and gentle non intrusive guidance. They don’t need someone to control them, take charge of leadership or, even act as a designated spokesperson. They need the experience and contacts of those of us who have  been around the block already. Particularly that of  those dedicated their live to truth and knowledge.

The group at the meeting has no specific demands, At least not in the way a politician or a business man would. They have started the conversation by their actions and, if pressed for a message, It is not so hard to hear it loud and clear, if you just listen. A fair shot at a good affordable education, a fair shake in the employment market, fair and honest representation by elected officials,  the simplest common denominator of their demands seems to be just that little word…, fairness.

L to R: Pedro G. Munne, Prem Lee Barbosa (Occupy) and Dr. Leonardo Ferreira (University of Miami).

So, this first meeting was held to see if there is a way by which journalist and educators, the preeminent bastions professions of fair representation and  accessible knowledge could  show this small force of nature, how to constructively develop into a force for effective, practical change without trying to alter in any way the purity of their ideals.

Dr. Ferreira, offered a great opportunity for a further step to this potentially symbiotic relationship by suggesting the possibility of helping members of occupy to apply for internships at news agencies (for example, since the majority of the member present were journalism students).  In light of that suggestion,  IPC Miami will include a section in it’s  scheduled newsletter for such opportunities and contacts.

Further more, IPC-Miami will start a local citizen journalism program where it will establish workshops and provide credentials for members of occupy with journalism majors or, media experience of some sort.  (certain basic parameters must be satisfied for IPC Miami to responsibly issue a press pass).

Some of the other initiatives include a visit to Dr. Ferreira’s classes by representatives of Occupy Miami so that students can further exchange ideas and co-examine the movement at large , though the experience of local members. Outreach to other professors both at FIU,  MDC, St, Thomas will also be sought.

Two last items also need mention. The first is that as IPC-Miami in coordination with the ICCSD (Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade), The Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists, Neoterraquest llc and Amsworldweb Corp prepare a parade to honor the military, a good number of the Occupy Miami movement have announced will also participate. Though, neither the movement not, the individual members at the meeting support war as a viable method for progress, they all agree that the commitment and suffering of our troops on behalf of our liberties must be recognized. In fact, many of the members of the movement either have family members and friends in active duty or, have lost them in action so, they are very sensitive to the subject.

Finally, ICCSD has made arrangements to organize a small jazz night for members of Occupy Miami at the Keg South of Kendall. The tentative date is Saturday February 25th at 8:30 but, details will be confirmed on our next issue. If you would like to participate either with parade, the jazz night, have comments /suggestions or, would like to help in any way, please fill the following form and, we will be in touch shortly.

For more information  or, to set up interviews with Occupy Miami, please contact John Noone at  Occupy Miami.

IPC~ Miami Meeting Reminder and Guest Speaker Mini-Bio

Monthly social at the Biltmore

this Thursday

September 1st at 5pm

This Thursday we will be meeting again for half price drinks at the Biltmore

bar lounge in Coral Gables. This time our guest is Princess and Zen Buddhist Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai.

Master Chufei Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1959. During her teenage years she Master Chu Fei Tsaiwas trained as a catholic nun and was greatly influenced by her Grand Mom, a great aboriginal healer, and her many artistic uncles. In 1978 she graduated from medical school as a Nurse and started to travel throughout Asia with her family. In 1985, she was appointed as a Master to teach others the Inner Practice from the Ancient Taoist Tradition, together with the Confucian and Buddhist philosophies for healing and well-being. Throughout the years she has traveled throughout Asia and Europe and trained many Masters to teach the Inner Practices in their own communities.

Between 1985 and 1995, she worked with orphanages in the remote areas of the Himalayas, providing education, hiring teachers, building schools and providing food and clothing. Master Tsai also provided medical resources and occupational training for the blind and physically challenged. Throughout the years she has always offered her services and help to assist those in great need.

In the area of healing, she was invited to work with hospitals and universities, researching the origins and treatment of obscure diseases. She treated terminally ill patients during her involvement, either by doing direct healing or devising self-healing programs for them.

Between 1996-2000, she traveled and continued her education in psychology and philosophy and worked with scientists in Russia, Germany and England. In 1997 the Taiwanese President asked Master Tsai to develop two programs for the Chinese Cultural Renaissance. The first focused on a spiritual renaissance. It included the idea of a spiritual revolution, an awakening of consciousness to the value of human life, which would bring more tranquility and peace to society. The second was a scientific research study of Chi or bio-energy. This was done in cooperation with the University of Taiwan.


In 1988, she met her Guru, His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche who provided private instruction to her until his death in an automobile accident in 1992. She carried the grief of losing her teacher but continued her studies with the world renowned great scholar and Yogi, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. At her teacher’s request and blessings, Master Tsai founded the first Zab Sang Institute in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993.

Zen Village
“ Master Chu Fei Tsai has a clear vision on how to teach others to empower themselves. Integrating eastern and western sciences as well as psychology and spirituality, has placed her on the leading edge of the mind-body revolution. ”
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Other guests will include Dr.Vicente Rodriguez of the Grupo Politico Economico del Presidente Hipolito Mejia and Angelo Maybin of Miami Military Academy.

As usual drinks are half price and, our area will be reserved for us. And an update on our invitation to participate in the  Miccosukee September celebrations will be forthcoming.

For questions, please contact Bill Lara @ 786-443-4854



You are Invited!

Monthly social at the Biltmore

this Thursday

September 1st at 5pm

This Thursday we will be meeting again for half price drinks at the Biltmore bar lounge in Coral Gables. This time our guest is Princess and Zen Buddhist Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai. Other guests include Dr.Vicente Rodriguez of the Grupo Politico Economico del Presidente Hipolito Mejia and Angelo Maybin of MMA.

As usual drinks are half price and, our area will be reserved for us. And an update on our invitation to participate in the  Miccosukee September celebrations will be forthcoming.



Other invitations


Media Events

(Some events may require registration for Press access)

True Blue Wednesdays at Blue Martini Brickell

For free VIP access, just ask for Tony Major and tell him Bill Lara of IPC Miami sent you .

Wednesday, August 31 at 10:00pm

Location: Blue Martini Brickell

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                          Projeect Zu y Alliance Francaise los invitan a

Noches de Poesía con Uva de Aragón

Jueves, 8 de septiembre, 7pm a 9pm

Alliance Francaise

 618 SW 8 St

Miami, FL 33130

Alliance Francaise

Para más información



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Uva de Aragón, (Cuba, l944), escritora, periodista y profesora. Ha publicado una docena de libros entre los que se destacan las colecciones de artículos Crónicas de la República de Cuba 1902-1958 (2009) y Morir de exilio (2006); los ensayos

El caimán ante el espejo. Un ensayo de interpretación de lo cubano (1993) y Alfonso Hernández- Catá. Un escritor cubano, salmantino y universal (1996); y la novela Memoria del silencio(2002), así como las colecciones de cuentos No puedo más(1989) y Ni verdad ni mentira (1976) y los poemarios Los nombres del amor (1996) y Versos de exilio (1974). Escribe una columna semanal para Diario Las Américas. Sus cuentos, poesías y una obra de teatro aparecen en antologías, en español o en traducción al inglés. Ha merecido premios literarios en Europa, Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos, y muy joven, en su Cuba natal. Se desempeñó por varios años, hasta su jubilación en 2011, como vice directora del Instituto de Investigaciones Cubanas de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU), donde también enseñaba. Ha participado en múltiples congresos académicos. Recibió su doctorado de la Universidad de Miami.


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Cathy Guerra

305-235-1668 ext. 244




(MIAMI, August 29, 2011) – In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Pyramids and the Old Kingdom
Presenter: Rene Rodriguez, Egyptologist and artist
Visitor Center Auditorium; Free & open to the public.

Rene Rodriguez, an Egyptologist and artist, will share a visual presentation on pyramids and their pharaohs. Rene has visited the most important sites in Egypt, and lived with its people outside the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. This lecture will include a visual presentation, “Question and Answers,” and an artifact presentation.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler: The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm with admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org




Meeting has been added in Liberty City

(MIAMI, August 29, 2011) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is hosting a series of Budget Town Hall Meetings, where residents will be able to ask Mayor Gimenez and staff about the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-2012 County budget,www.miamidade.gov/budget

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Location:  African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Avenue, Miami, FL 33142

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm


To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services

(7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-375-1545 at least five days in advance.


Stephen P. Clark Center

111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

(305) 375-5071


Friday, September 9, 2011

Commissioner Xavier Suarez,

Miami-Dade County, District 7

is our Special Guest Speaker

12 Noon Networking Reception

12:30 pm Lunch


3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove

$35 Chamber Members

$38 Non-Members

For reservations,




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Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricanes, Climate Disruption and “Canada’s Dirtiest Needle”: 140 Arrested at White House

Interviews Available

Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont stated this morning: “I find it extraordinary that so many political leaders won’t actually talk about the relationship between climate change, fossil fuels, our continuing irrational exuberance about burning fossil fuels, in light of these storm patterns that we’ve been experiencing.” http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/29/we_are_still_under_siege_vermont

For over a week, people from across the country have been gathering in Washington D.C. to oppose the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The group Tar Sands Action estimates about 140 people have been arrested so far today from a crowd that included 60 religious leaders and NASA’s Dr. James Hansen.

BILL MCKIBBEN [via Jamie Henn in D.C.], cell: (415) 601-9337bill.mckibben@gmail.com,http://www.tarsandaction.org

McKibben is the author of a dozen books on the environment, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and founder of 350.org

. He said today: “President Obama must decide whether or not to grant a ‘presidential permit’ for a Canadian company, TransCanada, to begin construction of the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.” McKibben argued against the pipeline this morning: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/29/bill_mckibben_will_hurricane_irene_be

DAPHNE WYSHAM, (202) 787-5208daphne@ips-dc.org, Skype: daphne.wysham, http://twitter.com/#!/daphnewysham


Wysham is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She said today: “Climate change has begun. And yet our press is not discussing extreme weather events — droughts, fires, flooding — in the context of climate change, so the populace is ill-informed. And our politicians are not connecting the dots between our continued reliance on carbon-intensive fuels — like tar sands — and the crazy weather that threatens us all. Both need to change.”

Background: James Hansen stated in a interview on Friday: “President George W. Bush said that the U.S. was addicted to oil. So what will the U.S. response to this situation be? Will it entail phasing out fossil fuels and moving to clean energy or borrowing the dirtiest needle from a fellow addict? That is the question facing President Obama.

“If he chooses the dirty needle [a reference to Canadian tar sands] it is game over because it will confirm that Obama was just greenwashing, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians with no real intention of solving the addiction. Canada is going to sell its dope, if it can find a buyer. So if the United States is buying the dirtiest stuff, it also surely will be going after oil in the deepest ocean, the Arctic, and shale deposits; and harvesting coal via mountaintop removal and long-wall mining. Obama will have decided he is a hopeless addict….

“In my first major paper on this topic, in Science in 1981, I listed the amount of carbon dioxide that would be introduced by each fossil fuel. I concluded that the world would recognize that it had to phase out coal without burning it all, and not develop unconventional fossil fuels such as tar sands. I was assuming that policymakers would be rational. I did not realize the power that fossil fuel special interests have over policymakers and the public….

“Turn on your television and listen to the advertisements that the fossil fuel companies are broadcasting. How can we compete against such enormously powerful moneyed interests? Look how difficult it was to fight against the tobacco companies. They are puny compared with the fossil fuel special interests, which permeate governments around the world. The dynamic can change and will change, but it requires a growing movement. I don’t know exactly how we can do it, but we must.”

Solve Climate News notes: “Before the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air measured about 280 parts per million (ppm), according to researchers. Today, it  measures about 390 ppm. That means, for example, that every million pints of air contained 390 pints of carbon dioxide. To keep climate disruption to a minimum, many scientists say ppm shouldn’t rise above 350.”http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110826/james-hansen-nasa-climate-change-scientist-keystone-xl-oil-sands-pipeline-protests-mckibben-white-house?page=show

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini (202) 347-0020(202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
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July’s Social at the Biltmore Hotel

This last Thursday,the IPC_ Miami held its second social event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The intimate event was hosted this time by IPC-Miami CEO Mr. Bill Lara Jr. guests included  Casa Y Hogar magazine,

Radio Miami, The Daily Post, Greenworld Magazine , Miccosukee Magazine and, the recently created  Miami Military Academy Alumni Association (the official name is still to be determined). Also in attendance were Juanito Ruby of the Dade County Court System and, Dade County Mayoral Candidate Gary Johnson.

Mr. Houston Cypress Executive Producer of addressed the gathering with much appreciated insight on the current state of The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida as it pertains to the tribe’s efforts to actively reach out to the community at large  culturally and emotionally.

The appeal of this new effort by the Miccosukee was such  that, the members in attendance pledged their support for the coming events at the Miccosukee embassy on Sept. 13th and Hotel on Sept. 24.

Also discussed were plans to get together with the MMA Alumni (represented at the “social” by Mr. Angelo Mabin) to generate a joint event possibly to benefit military families. A point to be further discussed. Mayoral Candidate Johnson also addressed the group briefly to confirm his support and express his understanding for the need of such a group as IPC-Miami in our ever developing county.

And, a further suggestion to provide job and work information links in this newsletter. Ana  of Casa Y Hogar volunteered to help in the development of these new features and, with the day-to-day management of it as well.

Finally, it was announced that our up and coming guest for our next social (last Thursday of August) will be Princess and  Confucian/Taoist Master Chu Fei Tsai. Master Tsai was responsible for originating the Dalai Lama’s last two visits to the U.S. and is the only woman of such rank in the world. Master Tsai is based at the Zen Village in Coconut Grove Florida from where she travels around the nation and the world to further her mission of peace.  Please r.s.v.p. early as seating will be very limited for that “social”. Please make all arrangements to attend through Mr. Ron Valme at 786-222-9989 (if he does not answer directly, please leave a message).

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IPCF Leadership Continues Expanding Relationships

Ambassador Excel. Juan Miguel Gutiérrez Tinoco, Consul General of Mexico in Miami; Miguel Oliva, from HBO Latino; Pedro A. González, Jr. President of FAHJ and Humberto O. Estenoz, General Secretary of the IPC of Miami at Talaveras restaurant in Coral Gables


Following the inaugural reception of the IPCF at the Biltmore, leadership continues to meet with key representatives of the international community to further promote the concept and, develop programs to improve relationships and access to these.

I.P.C.F. Holds Successful First Meeting @ Plush Biltmore Hotel

From left to right: Mr. Urs Lindenmann, Honorary Consul of Switzerland; Lic. Aleida Marín Pérez, correspondent of the Spanish magazine Mas Viajes in the US; Agustín Rangugni, Director of Radio Miami; Humberto O. Estenoz, president of the Organization Committee of the IPCF; professor Joseph B. Treaster Knight Chair Cross Cultural Communication at University of Miami; Ambassador James Cason, Mayor of the City of Coral Gables; Lic. Pedro A. González, Jr., president of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists; Dr. Vicente A. Rodríguez, Director of the Revolutionary Party of the Dominican Republic (PRD); Natalie C. French, from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Pedro Rodríguez Medina, former Cuban political prisoner, author and blogger and Gerald A. Vargas and Juan Carlos Suárez from Chase Manhattan bank. Also participants but not on the photo: Ronald W. Hall, Visiting European Fellow, University of Miami; Ambassador Juan Miguel Gutiérrez Tinoco, Consul General in Miami of Mexico; Gregory M. Adams of the US Department of State and, FAHJ V.P., World Press Svcs,/ Amsworldweb Bill Lara.


This last Thursday June 23rd , the foreign Press Club of Florida  was  re-named as the International Press Club of Florida and officially introduced to  members of the University of Miami, Chase Investment Bank, the Miami Dade County School Board among members of the international Press. Opening remarks were given by His Honor John Cason, Mayor of the City of Coral Gables and, the conversation extended into immediate future plans to develop this newsletter and, a possible collaboration between the University of Miami and, the Swiss consulate to bring a select lecturer to Miami. Please send in your comments via our facebook page (bottom of page).

About the IPCF…

Diplomats, foreign correspondents, national/local media, academics and a variety of multi ethnic guest members from around the world will constitute the basic make up of the IPCF.

Applications for membership will available shortly through our Facebook Fan page at:

If you need more information, please leave a message on our wall or reply with your questions and/or the best time to contact you.

Some of the goals proposed by members of the  IPCF include:

Centralized, targeted distribution of practical information to key developing areas in Central , South America and the Caribbean via non-traditional methods (i.e. A computer for every Child M.I.T. content initiative).

A professional(working Press) & Academic (student Press) summit on the future of Journalism and it’s evolving ethics

The integration of native/indigenous media to the world stage through IPCF designed opportunities.

Please bear in mind these are just a few of the items currently being discussed by the founding committee and, that your comments or,  suggestions are very much welcome as we give shape to this project.

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Elections For the Board of the International Press Club of Miami

Humberto Estenoz, President of IPC-Miami

Humberto Estenoz, President of IPC-Miami

The 16 founders of the International Press Club of Miami, elected January 31st in the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Coral Gables (FL) their first Board, with a total of 32% of ballots casted by mail.
The five member board elected is as follow: Humberto Estenoz and Pedro A. Gonzalez, Jr with 100% of votes, Bill Lara with 80%, Joseph B. Treaster with 60%, Natalie French, Vicente Rodríguez and Pedro Rodríguez Medina with 50% and Aleida Marin Perez and Agustin Rangugni with 20%.
The positions in the five member Board are: Humberto Estenoz, President; Pedro A. Gonzalez Jr, Vice-president; Bill Lara, Secretary and the Directors: Joseph B. Treaster and Vicente Rodriguez.

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