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    Mommy & Me Workout in Downtown Doral

     

     

    Mind Body Social has partnered up with Publix and some of the most popular influencers in town to create a month-long series, especially for moms, featuring FREE wellness events throughout the month of May at Downtown Doral, FL. The series was created to give mothers a variety of opportunities to connect with themselves and their kids through activities that exercise the mind and body, as well as provide easy solutions for healthy eating. “Having the support of a partner like Publix, allows us to amplify the message of Mind Body Social and reach deeper into the vibrant community of Downtown Doral. Their philosophy behind products like the ‘Greenwise’ line, online easy ordering system and ‘Ready To Cook’ chef inspired meal selections, is very much aligned with our mission of providing everyday people, practical tools for healthier living” said co-founders, Luis Sanabria & Jose Antonio Hernandez.

     

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    UM Students First In Real Estate Impact Investing Competition

     

     

    A team of University of Miami students took first place in the second annual Impact Investing in Commercial Real Estate competition hosted by the UM School of Business on Apr. 6 at the Conrad Miami. Brandon Sultanik, MBA ’18; Karl Thomson, MBA ’17, and Erin Sutherland, a graduate student in the School of Architecture, captured the $12,500 award for their innovative “NoBe Town Center” project for North Miami Beach. “All four finalist teams gave excellent presentations, including innovative approaches to public-private financing,” said Andrea Heuson, professor of finance, adding that a Cornell University team took the $7,500 second place award, a Rutgers University team received the $5,000 third place award and a New York University team took fourth place.

     

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    Missing Sharks Found Through DNA In Water Samples

     

     

    As sharks disappear from key locations, scientists are using environmental DNA to find a small number that may actually be hanging on. Years of visual surveys have left scientists worried that some species completely disappeared from areas where they were once abundant. An international team of researchers has used a revolutionary technology to retrieve fragments of DNA from shark skin, excretions and blood in the water to determine that somewhere in the area, these missing sharks still reside. The team detected the presence of more shark species in just 22 samples of seawater filtered for DNA fragments than observed during 3,000 dives and 400 baited videos in New Caledonia, a French South Pacific territory. The results were consistent in remote areas along pristine coral reefs and near more impacted areas where sharks are scarce.

     

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    Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Adds 24 Cardiologists To The Team

     

     

    Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, announces its integration with South Florida’s premier cardiology group, HeartWell, LLC. The strategic alignment includes the addition of 24 physicians to the Institute’s team of cardiovascular specialists and six practice sites to its portfolio of locations. “The integration of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and HeartWell accelerates the strategic development of the Institute’s clinical services,” said Jack A. Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “It brings together the best and brightest minds in medicine and science to provide our patients with the most comprehensive cardiovascular care.”

     

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    Craft Cafe Opens in South Beach With Indulgent Coffee Desserts

     

     

    Inside the Avalon Hotel, the upscale restaurant A Fish Called Avalon lures diners via local seafood married with Asian and Caribbean flavors. But for nearly 30 years, the space has remained empty during the day. Craft Café, a new java joint, now gives it life. Occupying the chic art deco locale, the concept brings artisanal brews and bites with European flair to South Beach. But what sets this shop apart from dozens of other Miami-based, international-style coffee outposts are its deconstructed coffee desserts — nicknamed “Café Extravaganza” — which transform ordinary java into decadent treats. They’re made by pouring a coffee base into an elegant glass and piling it with sweet toppings such as pillowy torched marshmallows, caramel popcorn, and chocolate-covered pretzels. “The way I see it is a cup of coffee isn’t just a cup of coffee,” says Pascal Pinault, Craft Café’s food and beverage director. “It’s a moment. We want to give guests memorable moments with every sip they take.”

     

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