Ping-Pong Diplomacy

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Ping-Pong Diplomacy
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The founder and current president of Main Street Engineering, located in Miami, Florida, William Pino was formerly the vice president of Power & Lighting Systems, Inc., also in Miami, where he worked for 14 years. In his free time, William Pino enjoys playing ping-pong.

Very few sports can boast to having created a diplomatic opening between hostile countries. In 1971, while the Cold War was continuing between the West and the communist powers, and the US was embroiled in the Vietnam War, an American ping-pong team was playing a tournament in Japan and was then invited by a Chinese squad to play an exhibition match in China.

These were the first Americans invited to China since the communist takeover in 1949. President Nixon considered this opening to be a great opportunity to thaw relations, and he sent Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to China after the ping-pong match to negotiate a presidential visit. Seven months later, Nixon made the trip, and the meetings were so successful that he called his visit “the week that changed the world.”

Three Tips for Learning a New Language

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Learning a New Language
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Longtime lighting professional William Pino served as president of Main Street Engineering and Municipal Lighting Systems in Miami, Florida. Outside of his work in lighting and engineering, William Pino enjoys learning new languages in his Miami-area home. He currently speaks English, Spanish, Greek, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Learning new languages can be fun, rewarding, and very useful. For some people, it can also be difficult. If you are working on a new language, consider the following tips.

1. Be consistent.

The most successful language learners find ways to make their learning a part of their everyday lives. Incorporate daily practices in ways that are fun to you, so you will want to keep trying.

2. Take advantage of technology.

Some people enjoy app-based language learning games such as Duolingo. Others find value in switching their personal electronics, web browser, or social media websites to the new language to help them along.

3. Be willing to make mistakes.

Some research suggests that part of children’s ability to learn new languages stems from their willingness to fail and make mistakes. Play around with your new language. By stepping outside of your linguistic comfort zone, you will advance more quickly.

AMA Warns About LED Street Lighting

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LED Street Lighting
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William Pino serves as president and CEO of Main Street Engineering, a Miami consulting firm of which he is also the founder. William Pino’s company has been involved in jmajor outdoor lighting projects, including a lighting upgrade at The City of Coral Springs, Florida.

LED lighting is now often used in municipal outdoor lighting applications but it is not always pleasant to the eyes, and lowering the “color temperature” can be a significant improvement. In June of 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced an official policy statement concerning street lighting – that lights need to be both “cooler” and dimmer. Since municipalities are replacing traditional bulbs with LEDs, the AMA recommends that the color temperature, or measure of spectral light, not exceed 3000K.

Several US cities adopted lighting systems in the 4000-5000K range, with a higher quantity of blue in the light spectrum. Residents of Davis, California, for example, found the high-temperature lights so disagreeable, they demanded their replacement. High-temperature illumination causes two problems: Glare and discomfort. If the blue light concentration is so high that glare is excessive, this can result in constriction of the pupils or even damage to the retina.

The AMA also cited the ill effects of high-temperature light on human circadian rhythms. White LED lights are estimated to suppress melatonin (the chemical responsible for sleep) five times more efficiently than the high-pressure sodium lamps they replace, so people subjected to this light are increasingly suffering from sleep disorders.