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Wednesday
Jul272016

55 Years Ago - THANK YOU AMERICA!!

Fifty five years ago, on a day like today, my sister Olga and I arrived in Miami on a plane from Cuba for what we believed to be temporary exile from the communist takeover of our island by the Castro regime and his vicious bearded rebels. One suitcase each, two pleated skirts and 4 blouses. Our house had been ransacked and all our belongings had been stolen by the savages and by our own neighbors. They were in that suitcase. Members of our family which all belonged to the Batista regime, had been shot and incarcerated.    Our Dad, who had fled the island in fear of his life early January through the Guatemalan Embassy, was here to great us and cried tears of joy when he saw us. I’ll never forget his words “in a few months we will be back to our island”. He died before seeing his beloved island and his birthplace Pinar del Rio. Today, the Suquet family has spread throughout the United States. We are business owners, professionals, contributing members of this society, and have raised our children and grandchildren in this great nation. We have never seen our island again. My sisters and I remain here in beautiful Miami. And so I ask myself - Why am I telling you this story?  I guess its tribute to my Dad, and his bravery during this plight. It’s also my shout out to the world:  We made it! Thank you!! We had the United States of America – the greatest nation in the world behind us. They told us “we got this, we stand by you” and extended their hand to welcome us and guide us in the right direction. This is what America stands for. Every day I pray for our government and politicians so that they can find a way to secure our borders and our economy, - while still welcoming and sheltering the homeless, tempest-tost and those yearning to be free.     

Friday
Jun102016

HOW SAFE ARE OUR CHILDREN?

The fields and courts in our schools are silent. No squeaks or whooshes, tackle thumps or pinging bats.  Our children are safe for the summer.  Sport season has ended, and with it the fear of seeing one of them collapse on those same fields or courts. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the No. 1 killer of student athletes in the United States, and the reason they are falling is due to undetected heart conditions.

Every year when summer arrives I take a deep sigh of relief for I know that during these three months the news of losing one of our young athletes takes a respite. They are safe and out of danger.  Why does it have to be this way? The solution is so simple.  It’s as simple as a test, an EKG which would detect many diseases of the heart. We would test our student-athletes just as we test their eyesight, hearing, speed, strength, and endurance.

This past month of May was horrific. I went to my Facebook page and read my posts. I counted Ten incidents. Some of them fatal and some lucky ones who were revived by the new wave of AED (external defibrillators) that are arriving at our schools - if you are one of the lucky 20 States to have had a law passed making EKG’s mandatory in all high schools.  Even then, some base this acquisition of AED’s on “funds being available” which cuts the list in half.  In any event, the answer is not to have the machine that can revive our young student athletes. The question precedes the answer, and it’s – Why were those student-athletes out there to begin with?  If they had cardiac conditions that would have been detected with proper cardiac tests they wouldn’t have had to rely on a machine to be properly charged and maintained so it could work and re-start their hearts. It sounds like total madness to me.

If you haven’t been watching the news, here are the cardiac arrests incidences of middle and high school student-athletes in the month of May alone.

May 1st – Soccer player,  Texas

May 13th – Basketball player, Indiana

May 13th – Volleyball player, Charlotte

May 17th – Football player, Utah

May 18th – Football player, California

May 18th – Football player, Alameda, Texas

May 19th –  Gymnastics, Averill Park, NY

May 21st – Gym, YSU Ohio

May 22 – Track and Field athlete, Fairbanks, Anchorage

May 31st Lacrosse player, Centerville, Ohio

My heart goes out to all those parents. I also have suffered the devastating consequences of losing my son to SCD.  We encourage our children to excel in academics and sports alike while they place their trust in us, therefore, we should make sure that their hearts are healthy.  The silent killer comes with no warning and we need to fight this epidemic by including this test in their yearly physicals, just like vaccines.  In Florida, even our prison inmates get and EKG every year.  At a cost of less than $15 our student athletes could have EKG’s an EKG done.  The fields and courts are empty now, our children are safe. But in late August they will be back filled with hopes of becoming the next MVP. The sounds will emerge, the intensive training will begin and my Facebook posts will resume. How many lives is it going to take to have this law passed?  I have one long summer of praying ahead of me.

 

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

GET READY FOR THE LARGEST BLOCK PARTY IN THE WORLD! CALLE OCHO

For the last 38 years, Calle Ocho Festival brings together the world's largest street party, as Miami hosts it's famed ethnic food and folklore extravaganza. You can be part of this "feast of the senses" - this Sunday, March 15th.  The festivities of Carnaval Miami wrap up with Calle Ocho, and the city resonates with over 30 stages of the world's best entertainers. Join Grammy winning Venezuelan sensation Chino and Nacho, who are the Kings of Carnaval 2015, and dance to their modern reggaeton and many more. You can read more about Miami's hottest festivals in "100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die".  See you there

Wednesday
Mar042015

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Roll out the Red Capet for the Best of the Film Industry

MOVIE AFICIONADOS:  FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS, THE BEST IN WORLD CINEMA COMES TO MIAMI.  FILMMAKERS FROM OVER 60 COUNTRIES WILL BE SHOWCASING THEIR FILMS AND TALENTS. STARTING THURSDAY MARCH 6 THROUGH MARCH 15. TICKETS ARE RUNNING OUT. PREMIERE NIGHT ON FRIDAY @ THE GUSMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.  CHECK OUT PAGE 37 OF "100 THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI BEFORE YOU DIE" FOR DETAILS.  SEE YOU THERE!

Tuesday
Feb102015

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW OPENS THIS THURSDAY - See Page 120 of "100 THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI BEFORE YOU DIE"

The largest boat show in the world is here!  Whether you are looking for a yacht, a houseboat or a dinghy, come and see it all. Venues and all over the city! Want to learn how to sail? Free seminars.