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-Over a hundred protestors marched east on 135th St in North Miami to demand that FIU not build a road through the Arch Creek East Environment Preserve.
-The city has opposed the plan to connect 135th St to the backside of the FIU North Campus for years because they say it would damage the preserve.
-North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin said that the city is preparing to sue in order to stop the project from going through.
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By Staff Report
Lawrence Patrick Sullivan seemingly had a rough day Wednesday after being arrested for waving a gun at cars in the Hammocks area of Miami-Dade County.
But if you hear him tell it, Sullivan was having a grand old-time in county lock up before bonding out.
In an interview with CBS Miami after getting out of jail, Sullivan said that he was “treated like a celebrity” by the guards.
He was kept on the psychiatric wing of the jail due to his history of mental illness.
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By Raphael Blet
Earlier this month, young activist and Umbrella Revolution leader Joshua Wong visited Washington as part of an event held by a US congressional panel co-chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio.
Not only was Wong’s picture with Rubio of very bad taste, it did also send a clear message to the world that Hong Kong’s pro-independence movements might be backed by the United States.
This is not good as it gives more credibility to those who previously accused Wong and his movement of being America’s puppet.
Such brainless actions provide more grounds justifying the controversial implementation of Article 23 of the Basic Law which would prohibit local political groups from establishing ties with foreign bodies.
Nevertheless, such a measure is unlikely to take place.
Isn’t it paradoxal to advocate ‘self determination’ when at the same time, you are flattering a warmonger who cares about anything but Hong Kong’s well being?
Isn’t it contradictory for a ‘self-determination’ advocate to pose with someone who supported America’s invasion of other countries?
Maybe did the sophomore politician saw in Rubio a figure of peace and unity, in other words: a progressive, a visionary (which Rubio obviously isn’t).
Why not instead meet with Elizabeth Warren, a sincere progressive who is for the people?
Joshua Wong should consider hiring an adviser or make background researches prior to his meetings so as not to come under fire.
The young activist might not know that, but Rubio as well as his fellow colleagues support anything but democracy and freedom: they support wars, conflicts and supranational submission.
Rubio’s only hope being to boost US military presence in the South China Sea by destabilizing the region, including Hong Kong.
One might argue that a photo isn’t necessarily representative.
Well, as we commonly say, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.
I am not attacking Wong’s person, I am instead attacking his action by pointing out his lack of political maturity which makes him easily manipulable and corruptible.
Some might perceive Wong’s visit to the US positively and see it as a way to put Hong Kong’s issues on the US agenda.
Alas, with or without Wong, Hong Kong is on the US agenda.
In other words, his visit to Washington will have no positive impact on Hong Kong’s future.
Moreover, most of us understand that foreign interferences of all sorts have led to anything but peace and democracy.
There is no more need for me to remind you about the number of crimes committed by the Bush administration under the name of ‘democracy’, thanks to local facilitators like Joshua Wong.
In addition to this, the panel recommended Congress to ‘seek its support to US non-governmental organisations operating in Hong Kong, which are assisting local civil society and political groups’.
The so called ‘conspiracy theory’ which consisted of saying that American organisations in Hong Kong were used as political and influential tools might be reality.
We have to assume that some American organisations such as the Fulbright Program have a strong influence in Hong Kong, particularly in education.
Since 2012, the US Fulbright program played an important role in the setting-up of university curriculums around the territory and came under criticism by some academics and members of the public, including myself.
Many Hong Kong citizens are aware and opposed to any kind of external interference in Hong Kong’s local affairs.
Unfortunately, it seems that making such a criticism is enough to case us on the other side of the political spectrum, thanks to double standards.
All this to say that YES, there is a US interference in Hong Kong and that it will only do more harm than good.
Joshua Wong should come back to rationalism and stop his nonsensical and harmful actions.
Only by looking at both sides of the coin can we improve the situation.
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By Nick Moncy
Secluded within the groves surrounding West Dixie Highway lies a Florida Heritage site you may not have heard of – the Ancient Spanish Monastery.
A North Miami Beach relic, it boasts historic structures containing Romanesque and pre-Gothic architecture. Stretching from as far back as the 12th century, conserved artifacts take visitors into the life of medieval monks in northern Spain.
It is now considered by many historians to be the oldest building in the whole of the Western Hemisphere.
But how this wonder ended up in Miami is a long story
Here’s the condensed version:
From 1133 to 1141 AD, the monastery and cloisters were constructed in Sacramenia, a city in the province of Segovia, Spain. Originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was renamed to recognize its renowned abbot Bernard of Clairvaux after his canonization.
The Cloisters housed Cisterian monks for seven centuries following, after which a social shift in the 1830s had the buildings converted into a simple granary and stable.
In 1925, famous publisher William Randolph Hearst acquired the Cloisters and the Refectory (the original Monastery section still stands overseas). Both were disassembled, numbered by part, packed into about 11,000 wooden boxes and shipped to the United States. After they lay in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York for almost a decade, most parts were sold at an auction after the Great Depression ruined Hearst financially; the remainders were sent back to storage.
In 1952, Ohio businessmen William Edgemon and Raymond Moss bought the remainder of the stones looking to create a tourist hotspot in Miami.
It proved to be a challenge because the workmen involved in the grand move thirty years ago did not replace the stones in their original numbered boxes. Reconstructing the Cloisters took 19 months and almost $1.5 million (surpassing $13 million in today’s currency). TIME magazine called the effort “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history”.
After financial struggles in 1964, the Cloisters were once again up for sale. Wealthy banker and Episcopal donor Col. Robert Pentland, Jr. swept in and purchased them for the Episcopal Bishop of Florida. The monastery now houses the Episcopal Church of St. Bernard de Clairveux.
Largely in thanks to Edgemon and Moss’ contribution, this story physically unravels across the space in several parts.
At the front of the property is a moderately-sized lobby area full of ancient artifacts. Though they are protected by glass cases and velvet rope, one can whiff a hint of rust. There are corbels used to support the weight of wall fixtures, a hearse that carried dead bodies, even a hymnarium propped on a refectory table that monks read from while gathered for meals. There are cabinets covered with fresco paintings by a student of Raphael’s done alla prima, a rapid style that required oil paintings to be completely finished before the first layer of paint dried. At the back of the room there is even a full suit of armor from the 1600s.
Double doors open to an outdoor path toward the monastery, an escape from the onslaught of outdated vocabulary. An iron gate introduces the spacious, elegantly-pruned garden, a nursery before the Monastery’s arrival. It resembles a maze: narrow, crunchy gravel paths lead visitors all over.
The Ram’s Head Pillar, Baptismal Font and donated statues of Jesus and Mary stand scattered throughout the garden. One shaded path at the back right goes to the refectory section of the Monastery, which holds the chapel in which North Miami Beach Anglicans congregate.
Getting back on the central path leads to the Cloisters’ foreboding wooden doors. Above them is a detailed relief of Mary’s crowning by angels; lions representing Leon and Castille are visible in the scene. A metal bell up above once clanged boisterously to summon monks for meals long ago, but these days there is only tranquil silence.
The atmosphere inside the Cloisters is still, accompanied only by echoed footsteps and occasional chanting. Its main area is composed of hallways and chambers bordering a roofless, central courtyard. The contrast between the illuminated patio and the dark columned hallways is an aesthetic phenomenon that illustrates the Cloisters’ harmony with Miami tropics. In the halls on opposite corners are life-size statues of both Alfonso VII, king of Leon and Castille during the Monastery’s construction, and his grandson Alfonso VIII. In all, this is certainly hallowed ground.
Though the Monastery is a masterpiece from the past, its history continues to grow today. The twenty-acre attraction alone contains about one thousand unique plant and tree species. Fifty-thousand people visit annually, with sixty-five percent of that crowd being tourists. It also draws in members of the northern Miami community: last year, nine hundred public, private and homeschooled students received educational programming that met Florida’s curricular standards. The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation non-profit recognizes local leaders and outstanding figures each year at its Legacy Gala and pours all its proceeds back toward the preservation efforts for the site.
If you stop by for a tour, one figure you’re sure to meet is Tania Witten. An employee at the Monastery since 1999, she organizes bridal events. “It gets crazy here sometimes,” Witten said in an interview. “This place is used for weddings, quinceñeras, and even yoga four times a week.” She also noted the intriguing fact that despite its prominence, the Monastery and Cloisters are hidden gems to most North Miami Beach natives. “No one knows about us, really, even people who’ve lived here for fifty years. They’d say, ‘I never knew this was here.’”
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