It was so much fun because it's a part
of myself I don't allow to live since I'm in the public eye, smiling, being
nice to people. Somebody says something rude and I just smile and laugh. As
I've grown to become more successful and realizing some of my dreams I've sort
of confined myself comedically.
Was it your idea to make Hancock a Miami native because of your great
affinity with our city?
Miami is one of my favorite cities, if
not the favorite city in the world. I just love it here. My skin starts to get
clear, I get strong and I get that little sexy tan.
check out this video of him hammering out "Miami"
exports on pace for record
James Thorner, Times Staff Writer
You wouldn't know Florida
is in a recession based on the volume of the state's foreign trade. It will
be another record-breaking year for Florida exports. Through August, they exceed
last year's total by $7-billion, a gain of 24 percent. And the year isn't over.
Here are a few details of this little-heralded success story:
India: Two years ago India was Florida's
19th-biggest export destination. This year the country has moved up in rank
to sixth. The reason? India's insatiable hunger for phosphates to grow grain.
One main beneficiary has been the Mosaic Co., which runs phosphate mines east
of Tampa. January through August 2007, Florida exported $400-million worth of
goods to India. Through August this year, India had already imported $1.5-billion
worth of Florida stuff.
Florida's export of scrap metal — including iron and steel — has
skyrocketed in value as those commodities fetch higher prices. The astounding
growth has been in precious metals. So far this year, exports have passed $1-billion,
four times the pace of last year's $242-million. Switzerland has absorbed most
of it. The landlocked European nation was Florida's 35th-largest importer in
2006. It has moved up to seventh place this year.
of Lincoln loses:
With Florida prepared to send $55-billion worth of goods abroad this year —
up from $44-billion in 2007 — the state has passed Illinois to become
the nation's fifth-biggest exporting state. In the past two years, the Sunshine
State passed not just Illinois, but Ohio and Michigan. Small- and mid-sized
companies do most of the international trading in Florida. Sixty-one percent
of export volume comes from such companies, compared with 29 percent in the
rest of the United States.
high to Rio:
Brazil solidified its position as Florida's top export
destination, taking in $3.4-billion worth of goods so far this year, a jump
of 41 percent. It's probably no coincidence that Florida exports of jet and
other airplane engines have risen 45 percent. Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft
giant, ships aircraft parts back to its home country from its operations in
movie seen as a ‘powerful postcard' for Miami
| Nov 20, 2008
In a Mumbai theater last weekend, about 80 travel agents, tour operators and
travel writers sat down for a screening of Dostana, the latest blockbuster to
hit Indian movie screens. The night's sponsor: the Greater Miami Tourism Bureau,
headquartered some 9,000 miles away.
Dostana's opening scene explains why. Four of India's biggest movie stars vamp
for the camera with Miami's skyline and South Florida beaches as backdrops.
''It really is one big postcard -- it's a powerful postcard,'' Rolando Aedo,
the bureau's marketing chief, said of Dostana, the first ''Bollywood'' movie
shot entirely in South Florida.
That distinction, along with the Bollywood star power attached to the movie,
has tourism officials hoping real-life Indians will follow their silver-screen
idols to Miami. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has met with
Dostana producers in India and sponsored screenings for travel professionals
in Delhi as well as Mumbai. The movie, which applied for about $500,000 in state
production subsidies, certainly emphasizes the selling points Miami likes to
tout around the world.
Dostana centers around three young Indian professionals living in Miami. There's
the pristine oceanfront: Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood actress who gained Western
fame when a forceful embrace by Richard Gere sparked protests in India, danced
on Hollywood's lush white beach (doubling for Miami Beach) in a cameo during
the movie's opening scene. There's the nightlife: The three leads wind up dancing
on the bar at Mango's during one wild night out on South Beach's Ocean Drive,
arriving in a pink convertible. And there's the fashion: Chopra's character
works as an editor at a glossy women's magazine headquartered in downtown Miami.
''I think it portrayed Miami as a fun, bright, interesting place to be,'' said
Jeff Peel, head of Miami-Dade's film office. ``Miami could have been a fourth
character in the film. How bad could that be?''
Greater Miami & the Beaches ranked
No. 1 in the state for hotel room occupancy and No. 2 in room raste for ten
months of 2008
first ten months of 2008, Greater Miami and the Beaches ranked No.1 in occupancy
at 72.3% among the Top 5 Markets in Florida according to Smith Travel Research.
Miami ranked No.2 in Average Daily Room Rate (ADR) at $160.42. Smith Travel
Research compares and ranks the top markets in the United States based on Occupancy,
and Average Daily Room Rate.
Spain, declares war on unruly tourists, and we thought Miami Beach had problems!
Busy Summer day at Benidorm, Spain
| Nov 24, 2008
Beaches will be off-bounds between midnight and 7am in a bid to stop drunken
couples having sex in the sand after leaving the late night bars and discos.
Daytime beachgoers will be banned from playing ball games, urinating in the
sea and building sand castles, which are said to make overnight cleaning more
difficult. The measures also prevent sunbathers from laying out towels and erecting
parasols before they are ready to take their place on the sand, a practice for
which German holidaymakers have earned a reputation.
During the summer months the five kilometres of sandy beaches are packed with
sunbathers enjoying the "sun, sea and sangria" ethos of the high-rise
resort. By night sunburnt tourists flock to the many clubs lining the beachfront
to party into the early hours often ending their evening with a tryst on the
beach before passing out on the sand.
But authorities say that such behaviour is detrimental to the resort as a whole
and threatens to rob Benidorm of its European Blue Flag status, which denotes
the beaches as among the cleanest in Europe.
Last summer beach cleaners gathered more than five tonnes of rubbish from the
sand during July and August alone. "With the beach so busy during the night
it became very difficult to clean it properly and people were complaining,"
he said. "The machines (used for cleaning the beach early each morning)
came across so many obstacles that they couldn't do their job."
”It's a bit extreme,” said Evelyn Kelly, manager of BB's Bar in
Benidorm. ”No sandcastles? And trying to stop people from peeing in the
sea – how are they going to police that one?”
of the above rules are already in place on Miami Beach, you can still build
EVENTS IN GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES
Dec. 08 to 18th. Jan. 09
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Up to 28th.
du Soleil: Corteo
Up to 4th.
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Up to 25th. Jan. 09
The Eye of the Collector: Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka
Up to 1st. Mar. 09
Junior Orange Bowl Festival
31st. Dec, 08
Holiday Wonderland at the Deering Estate
7th. Dec. 08
Art Miami 2008
Tribute to the Sistema
6th. Dec. 08
14th. Dec. /08
Israel Film Festival
7th. Dec. 08
Art Basel Miami Beach
to 8th. Feb. 09
Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Jesus Adrian Romero in concert
Family Fest - First Saturdays at the Arsht Center
Concert Association of Florida presents: Michel Camilo
7th. Dec. 08
Holiday Music at Fairchild
Concert Association of Florida presents: Jose Feliciano
12th. Dec. 08
Jazz - Bossa Nova: The First 50 Years
13th. Dec. 08
Celebrity Chef Series: Alton Brown
13th. and 14th. Dec. 08
Paul Taylor Dance Company
14th. Dec. 08
Lil Wayne: I Am Music
19th. Dec. 08
Miami Gay Men's Chorus: The Nutcracker - Men in Tights
19th. Dec. 08
Miami Heat vs. L.A. Lakers
19th. Dec. 08
Seraphic Fire: Handel’s Messiah
19th. to 23rd. Dec. 08
Miami City Ballet:
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
20th. and 21st. Dec. 08
20th. Dec. to 4th. Jan. 09
Winter Nights & Lights
24th. Dec. to 1st. Jan. 09
Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival
31st. Dec. 08
Bayfront Park's New Year's Eve
31st. Dec. 08
City of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration
Enjoy free fireworks at midnight on the beach at Ocean Drive and 8th Street
as Miami Beach rings in the New Year.
31st. Dec. to 4th. Jan. 09
MORE GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES EVENTS, visit: www.MiamiandBeaches.com/Visitors/Calendar_of_Events.asp
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