Prime Minister concludes successful trip to London

During his visit, Prime Minister Trudeau met with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, to grow the already strong economic and trade partnership between our two countries. The two leaders restated their commitment to a seamless transition on free trade as the UK exits the European Union.

They later participated in a security meeting, alongside the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, to discuss pressing international issues, including cybersecurity, the situation in Syria, and how we work together to keep our countries and communities safe.

While in London, the Prime Minister was received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where he thanked her personally for her continued dedication and service to Canada.

At an event hosted by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Aman Khan, and the Fawcett Society, Prime Minister Trudeau joined Mayor Khan, Prime Minister Ardern, and young people from across London to mark the 100th anniversary since the first women received the right to vote in the UK, and discuss the importance of gender equality.

At CHOGM, the Prime Minister underlined Canada’s commitment to address climate change, protect our oceans, and deliver economic growth that creates jobs and benefits everyone. He also reiterated the need to strengthen the Commonwealth’s role in protecting and promoting universal values of democracy, human rights – including LGBTQ2 rights – and the rule of law. Continue reading “Prime Minister concludes successful trip to London”

MYSTIC INDIA: MAGICAL, MUSICAL, MESMERIZING!

Ever so often, a great show that comes to town leaves an indelible impression on the audiences.  Recently, Cleveland witnessed “Mystic India: The World Tour” (“Mystic India”), a Bollywood dance spectacular.  The show, created and choreographed by Aatma Performing Arts’ founder Amit Shah, features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and nearly 1,000 opulent costumes.

Namaste Newsline team had an opportunity to watch the show at the Playhouse Square last weekend.  The show was promoted by AIPNO (Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio) for a charitable cause.  One could feel the heightened sense of excitement in the air that evening.

The entire experience right from the outset, till the way to the grand finale was amazing.  If you’ve   never been to India, watching this show, would give you a feel for all things Indian! The show engrossed   the audience into India’s diverse culture!

The opening number, which was spiritual in nature, at the “temple”, before taking the audience on a regional tour of India.  There were enjoyable dances from regions like Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu!   The production also showcased dances from the Mughal period as well, and needless to say, a segment was devoted to Bollywood.

The stage effects and lighting enhanced the ambience of the show.  Kudos to the production for focusing on every detail to create the Mystic India experience. The choreographers utilized every inch of the stage, presenting the all the scenes very creatively.  In addition, the story teller, did a great job with his diction, which enhanced the experience. The fusion of dance, theatre and stunning visual effects is a magical, mystical merger of the old and new! Continue reading “MYSTIC INDIA: MAGICAL, MUSICAL, MESMERIZING!”

Province greenlights new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton

Includes Sheridan College as academic partner, project to spark transformation

Political and business leaders from Brampton and around the GTHA gathered at a Brampton Board of Trade event today to celebrate the announcement of a significant education infrastructure project that will transform the city. The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, along with Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, announced the establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton.

Slated to open for classes in the Fall of 2022, the new campus will focus on providing students data-driven science and business programming paired with experiential learning. Plans include the new campus, a partnership for a National Centre for Cybersecurity, and a centre for innovation – a joint-use facility which will include public and academic libraries and an innovation zone. The new campus will be built adjacent to the downtown GO Station. The centre of innovation will be located on the land surrounding the existing Nelson Square parking garage.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Brampton, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions – Ryerson University and Sheridan College – in bringing a new campus and centre for innovation to downtown Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Today’s exciting announcement marks the start of transformation for Brampton, and new opportunities for our residents. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan to make Brampton a destination for learning and innovation.”

Bringing a new university to Brampton has been a key priority for the City. In September 2017, Brampton City Council made a historic commitment of up to $150 million for a new university and centre for innovation. Continue reading “Province greenlights new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton”

World’s First Diamond Trading on BlockChain Unveiled! Experience Unique Crypto-Assets!

AL KASIR GROUP LAUNCHES DIAMOND TRADING ON THE BLOCKCHAIN

On April 15th, at an event held at the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Members of the Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Obaid Al Maktoum – AL KASIR JEWELLERY TRADING L.L.C & AL KASIR PORTAL L.L.C announced the launch of Diamond Trading on the Blockchain with three Diamond backed Crypto Assets.

Al Kasir Group is a joint venture between Dr. Amit Lakhanpal and Private office of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Obaid Al Maktoum who belongs to the members of royal family of the ruler of Dubai.

Dr. Lakhanpal is an Indian entrepreneur, property developer and author. Dr. Lakhanpal is the founder and CEO of the Money Trade Coin Group. He is the author of the book “The World of Crypto Currency”. Dr. Lakhanpal is also called the Chief Managing Director of real estate development agency Flintstone Group and the founder of FlintBeats, an event agency founded in 2015.

Cryptocurrencies with their underlying Blockchain technology are increasingly popular amongst individuals, financial institutions and governments, however many of them view cryptocurrencies as objects of radical speculation and high volatility. Since they are subject to potentially huge price corrections, most cryptocurrencies are practically a poor store of value and means a barter-like exchange. This gives rise to a need for a more secure alternative.

For the first time ever, the world is about to experience a set of three crypto-assets by IGI certified real diamonds. Being backed by a real-world Asset, these three crypto-assets; AL, AL HAQEEK & AL FALAH are better capable to store and translate value due to a base measure or gauge around which their value revolves. Diamonds are an ideal asset backing for crypto-assets since they are rare, taking a billion years to develop, have several millennia of history as a recognized store of value, and are small and therefore easily stored and transported. Continue reading “World’s First Diamond Trading on BlockChain Unveiled! Experience Unique Crypto-Assets!”

The Chevrolet Bolt was named Overall Winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award

During this past weekend’s Green Living Show, The Chevrolet Bolt was  named Overall Winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award.

The Chevrolet Bolt was also named Overall Winner in 2017, marking the first time in the Award’s six-year history that a vehicle has won back to back.
A panel of 12 top Canadian automotive journalists selected the Bolt, a groundbreaking electric vehicle with a 383-kilometre range, from among four category winners as the vehicle that best combines environmental benefits and mass-market appeal.

“Chevrolet is honoured to accept the Canadian Green Car Award for the third consecutive year”, said Ester Bucci, brand, product and technology communications manager at Chevrolet Canada. “This award reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to offering an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses. Chevrolet is dedicated to continued innovation in electrification, that will bring the thrill of driving an electric vehicle to many more Canadians.”

The Chevrolet Volt was named overall winner in 2016.  Other previous overall winners include the Kia Soul EV (2015), the Honda Accord Hybrid (2014) and the Ford Fusion Hybrid (2013).

For this year’s Canadian Green Car Award, the Bolt had won the Zero Emissions category, in an earlier selection round, after extensive testing and assessments by the judges.

The category winners include:

1. Zero Emission                                                           –  Chevrolet Bolt
2. Plug-in Hybrid                                                           –  Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
3. Conventional Hybrid                                                  – Hyundai Ioniq
4. Efficient Internal Combustion                                    – Honda Civic

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Mississippi University offering yoga course to reduce anxiety of public performers

University of Mississippi (UM), a public research institution, is offering “Yoga for Performers” course in its Music Department.

Announcement for this one credit course says: “This class is designed to enhance the development of performers by employing yoga to maintain and promote physical and mental health. Yoga develops core strength, flexibility, coordination, and focus, while reducing anxiety and stress associated with performing in public.” According to reports, students have to create a 30-minute yoga program in the second semester.

Founded in 1848, UM (affectionately known as Ole Miss), Mississippi’s flagship and largest university, is included in the elite group of R-1. With more than 24,000 students and operating budget of $2.448 billion (FY 2016), its libraries house nearly 4.43 million volumes of books and journals. Jeffrey S. Vitter and Professor Robert D. Riggs are Chancellor and Music Department Chair respectively of UM, whose “philosophy” includes: “Nurtures excellence in teaching, learning, creativity, and research”.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

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Balanced Budget: Stimulates and Supports

Last week, the Finance Minister of Ontario, Mr. Charles Sousa and the Premier, presented the Budget 2018 to multicultural media. In several aspects, Budget 2018 is one which stimulates and supports growth and investments creating a plethora of opportunities.

Healthcare

First and foremost, they addressed what was meant by ‘A Plan for Care and Opportunity’ wherein the needs for accessible and affordable childcare, eldercare and long-term care for families that need these is the prime focus. Budget 2018 addresses these burning issues so that   extended health benefits, prescription drugs and dental care are made available to all families.

A caring government will enable many seniors to stay in their own homes, and also there will be long-term care beds which would include spaces for culturally approved. An increase of over 2 billion over the next four years to enhance the level of care and access for mental health and addiction services, including publicly funded psychotherapy and supportive housing.

Women Empowerment

Efforts to boost the economy include Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy which will invest in initiatives to support women’s access to opportunities. Support will be provided for female entrepreneurs and women’s corporate leadership. Equally important, it will develop a return-to-work program and continue to encourage sharing of caregiving responsibilities.

Education

Ontario is investing almost $16 billion in capital grants over 10 years for new and improved schools. This year alone, the Province is investing $784 million to build 39 schools and renovate 40 existing ones. The government is providing over $250 million in new funding over 3 years to eliminate waitlists for special education, ensuring that students with special needs have timely access to individualized needs and chart a path to success. Continue reading “Balanced Budget: Stimulates and Supports”

Bollywood meets Cricket – This is the Superstars Club for T20-2018

Eros Now comes on board as Title Sponsor for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eleventh season of T20

Mumbai, 5th April 2018: Eros Now, the cutting edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform of Eros International will be the Title Sponsor of Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the upcoming season of T20 commencing April 07, 2018. Leveraging the nation’s two biggest attractions – Bollywood and Cricket, Eros Now becomes one of the first OTT player to come on board as a sponsor of a league team at IPL 2018.

The collaboration is a part of the company’s endeavour to build a true digital video brand with the Indian users and provide the best of entertainment the country has to offer. At the heart of the association is the value Eros Now paid subscribers will get through the season of 2018 to win match tickets, exclusive merchandise and a centre field view with the captains at the coin toss. The thrilling, action-packed matches along with various social media and video content on Eros Now will keep fans engrossed through the T20 season.

Speaking on the announcement, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital, said, “The innovation with Royal Challengers Bangalore is a perfect mélange of sports and entertainment and enables our endeavour to connect with our youth and offer a consumer experience bringing stars from the cricketing and Bollywood world together. By integrating with RCB and T20, Eros Now is investing in other entertainment vehicles to share our vision and passion of presenting the best in entertainment. RCB have garnered tremendous support and confidence in their partners and fans and we wish the team good luck this season”.

 Amrit Thomas, Chairman, Royal Challengers Bangalore said, “We are delighted to have a leading entertainment entity like Eros Now on board as RCB’s title sponsor. Continue reading “Bollywood meets Cricket – This is the Superstars Club for T20-2018”

Jo Alcorn’s Top Spring Trends

by Jo Alcorn , Design Specialist, B.A. whitewash & co , @Jo_Alcorn  
I love spring! It’s a time to switch things up, refresh and renew your home and, more importantly, your backyard! I’ll be at the Backyard Living Expo coming up on April 6 for an on-stage presentation at 1:15pm and would love for you to join me to talk about all things backyard décor and design! As a sneak preview, here are my top 5 tips and trends for this season.

High Performance Outdoor Sound – I love music! I play it all day long and there’s no exception when I go outside to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. I love the high performance outdoor sound that Paradigm has to offer. Long gone are the days of the boom box or the huge speaker systems. This company offers discrete luxury speakers that can be wall mounted, deck mounted, faux rocks that can mix right into you garden and even garden oasis systems with an underground subwoofer for large areas.

Shading Style – While I love the outdoors, shade is of the utmost importance. This year I am obsessed with Pergolas. They have retractable systems that allow the light to shine in when you want a few rays, but you can also crank the roof closed when you need some shade. The great thing about these systems is that they can be built to spec for odd shapes, attached to an existing structure or they also have great stand alone units.

Grilling Galore – There is nothing Canadian’s love more than firing up the grill and as a designer when your grill can match your décor it’s even better! I love the new Weber Spirit ll series that comes in four bold colours so you can add the perfect barbeque to match your décor. My choice this year would be the gorgeous Ivory to add to my small space patio.  Spirit II gas grills are powered by Weber’s innovative GS4 grilling system to ensure every aspect of your grilling experience is easy and reliable. They are also iGrill 3 compatible and are backed by a 10-year 100% Weber Guarantee Warranty – from lid to wheels! Continue reading “Jo Alcorn’s Top Spring Trends”

Junior: big thoughts for growing minds

A new international children’s festival
 Harbourfront Centre, one of Canada’s leading presenters of contemporary arts and culture, is proud to announce Junior, a new international children’s festival that takes on the challenging questions facing youth today. Featuring Canadian premieres, acclaimed performances from as far away as Australia and Norway, to as near as Quebec and the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake, Junior is the perfect opportunity for youth to explore identity, growth, belonging and transformation.
Junior, which takes over the waterfront campus from May 19 to 25, offers children and their families an opportunity to experience original and inspiring performances through productions that redefine children’s cultural programming. Juniorbrings together performers and artists from around the world and across Canada under a core programming vision that not only entertains but also invites audiences to explore evocative themes ranging through identity, difference, growth, loss and transformation.
“Harbourfront Centre has always been the setting for relevant artistic, cultural, educational and recreational experiences,” says Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre, “We have a tradition of programming and fostering innovative creative expression in all artistic disciplines; naturally, that commitment applies to how we encourage children to experience and be inspired by theatre.”
“Kids have big thoughts. Who am I? Where do I fit in? And what do I stand for?” adds Junior Curator Mary Francis Moore. “We have carefully curated a week of performances with one thing in common – big thoughts for growing minds. Junioroffers young people and their families the chance to experience the arts from around the corner and around the world that explore these questions”. Continue reading “Junior: big thoughts for growing minds”