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Miami-Dade Transit To Make Temporary Service Adjustments Due To Omicron Surge




MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County officials announced Friday that due to Omicron and an existing shortage in bus operators, they will be making temporary adjustments to certain transit routes.

They said the following routes will be suspended until further notice:

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Suspended Route Alternative Routes

• 39 Express 31 Busway Local and 38 Busway MAX

• 103/C 113/M

Additionally, the following routes will have adjustments in service until further notice.

95 Golden Glades Express

• Downtown northbound trips departing at 4:27 p.m., 4:47 p.m., 4:49 p.m., and 5:02 p.m. are being suspended. All other trips remain the same.

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836 Dolphin Express

• Eastbound trips departing at 6:20 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. are being suspended. All other trips remain the same.

• Westbound trips departing at 6:53 a.m., 8:13 a.m., 9:33 a.m., 11:03 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:40 p.m. 4:20 p.m., 5:40 p.m., and 6:20 p.m. are being suspended. All other trips remain the same.

“Like employers across the county and nation, we are experiencing higher than usual employee absences due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and residents as we continue to offer all the tools we have to stop the spread and curb the recent surge,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We are doing everything we can to minimize service interruptions while protecting our workforce and residents. We ask our residents for your patience and support as we deal with these unprecedented challenges.”

“As we continue to assess the current situation, we are taking a proactive approach to minimize service impacts to our riders. The situation remains fluid, and we’re monitoring staffing levels daily,” said Eulois Cleckley, Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works.

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Per federal mandate, face masks remain a requirement for any transit rider, both inside of a Miami-Dade Transit vehicle and at a Miami-Dade Transit facility (including at bus stops and on the platforms). Team

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Canes nab UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie




The Hurricanes add much-needed depth on the defensive line with the addition of UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie, who committed to UM Monday evening. He has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

Moultrie finished the 2021 season with 55 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks. His finale with the Blazers was especially productive, as Moultrie registered nine tackles and four tackles for loss in the Independence Bowl against No. 13 BYU.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound rising redshirt senior entered the transfer portal in late December and took an official visit to Miami on Jan. 11.

“On my visit to Miami they made it feel real fun,” Moultrie told the Miami Herald. “Everywhere we went, whoever we visited, it felt like home.”

“When we first got dropped off from breakfast at the hotel, all the coaches were standing by the dorms and began to applaud and cheer,” Moultrie continued. “They made me feel like a priority. Everything about Mario Cristobal and that staff is nice. That type of energy makes you want to play for coaches like that.”

A graduate of West Florida High School in 2016, Moultrie was ranked as the No. 61 player in Florida according to Max Preps. He then attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2017 before transferring to UAB.

Moultrie joins USC transfer Jacob Lichtenstein as the second defensive lineman to transfer to Miami this offseason.

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Miami International Ballet Competition Announces the Winners of its Fifth Edition




Founding Artistic Directors of the Miami International Ballet Competition, Vladimir Issaev and Yanis Pikieris are proud to announce the awarded dancers of their fifth edition. The event was hosted at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, from January 19 to January 23, 2022 and by virtue of the City of North Miami Beach, all competition rounds were free and open to the public.

MIBC awarded 10 individual participants and 2 ensembles with gold, silver and bronze medals and $10,000 in cash awards, as well as dance merchandise prizes sponsored by Russian Pointe, Capezio, Balletwear and DanceBuddy valued in more than $10,000. 

Additionally, awardees received about 80 international scholarships awards to important ballet schools in Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as scholarships to enter international ballet competitions in Asia and Europe, valued $68,000, approximately. 

For the Individual Category, the awarded dancers are as follows: Division 1 – 9 to 11 years old: Myla Goldberg, from Singapore (Cheng Ballet Academy) First Place – Gold Medal; Dana Chong, from Peru (Danzaria Escuela de Ballet) Second Place – Silver Medal; Emma Vallarino, from Panama (Ballet Academy by Maruja Herrera) Third Place – Bronze Medal. Division 2 – 12 to 14 years old: Fatima Bodden, from Panama (Conservatorio de Danzas Panamá) First Place – Silver Medal; Jacquelyn Ng, from USA (Dance Empire of Miami) Second Place – Silver Medal; Carol Navarro, from Panama (Ballet Academy by Maruja Herrera) Third Place – Silver Medal. Division 3 – 15 to 18 years old: Kyle Dyson, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School), First Place – Gold Medal; Marissa Mattingly, from USA (All American Classical Ballet School) Second Place – Gold Medal; Livia Childers, from USA (Ballet CNJ), Third Place – Silver Medal. Division 4 – 19 to 21 years old: Julieta Del Castillo, from Panama (Ballet Nacional de Panamá), First Place – Bronze Medal. For the Ensemble Category, the awarded dancers are as follows: First Division: Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet, Second Division: Miami Youth Ballet

Moreover, MIBC gave the Ewa Glowacka Award to Kylie Dyson, from Division 3; The Founders Directors’ Encouragement Award to Julieta Del Castillo, from Division 4; Best Choreographer Award to Michelle Chaviano, from USA (Ballet Elite Dance Studio); and the Best Ballet School Award to Steps Ballet School, from Panama.

All dancers and ensembles were be invited to perform at The Miami International Ballet Celebration, the closing gala performance that gave the event to an end.

The Miami International Ballet Competition will soon be announcing its dates for their international editions in Colombia, Paraguay, Denmark, and Hong Kong. 

This program was sponsored by the City of North Miami Beach, The State of Florida Department of State’s Division of Arts and Culture, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, South Dade Toyota and Kia. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @miamiibc.

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Florida Senate Bill Targets School Worker Shortages




TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Senate bill that would require school districts to identify shortages of school employees such as bus drivers and food service workers and take steps to fill vacant positions was approved in its first committee hearing Tuesday.

The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure (SB 1576) in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

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Sen. Tina Polsky, a Boca Raton Democrat who sponsored the bill, said a scarcity of school staff in Florida isn’t a new phenomenon.

“These individuals work every day to support our classroom teachers and other instructional personnel with student learning. Florida was already facing a shortage prior to COVID, but the pandemic has exacerbated it,” Polsky said.

There were 2,457 fewer education support staff working in public schools during the 2020-21 school year compared to the previous year, according to a Senate staff analysis of the bill. School support staff also includes positions such as janitors, teacher aides, secretaries, and clerical workers.

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Under the proposal, school district superintendents would be tasked with making a list of “critical employment shortages,” which the legislation defines as support-staff positions with a vacancy rate of more than 20 percent. Staffing deficiencies of paraprofessionals, or school employees who work under direct supervision of instructional staff, also would have to be documented.

Once staffing shortages are identified, the bill would require districts to “fund incentives that will help retain and recruit personnel for critical shortages or hard to staff positions or worksites in support staff positions as appropriated” by the state Legislature.

Superintendents would be required to report to the Senate president and House speaker how such funds were used.

A similar House proposal (HB 1017) is awaiting committee action.

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