City of Toronto celebrates renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in honour of Sid Smith

On January 15th, 2018, City Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and City of Toronto staff officially renamed the skating rink at Christie Pits Park in honour of Sid Smith and Toronto’s hockey history. The renaming ceremony, a family-friendly event, gave the public an opportunity to celebrate the newly named Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and participate in free skating at Christie Pits Park.

In addition to skating, attendees were able to view a photo display of some of Smith’s memorable moments from his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who knew Smith included Dick Duff. Duff won two Stanley cups in 1962 and 1963 and is an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Smith was his team captain.

“It is my pleasure to name the rink in Christie Pits in honour of Sid Smith, the eighth captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sid Smith lived in the neighbourhood and would often return from practice with the Leafs to play shinny with his neighbours,” said Councillor Layton. “As a player, he exhibited many of the qualities all persons participating in sport should strive for. Generations of skaters and hockey fans will now have the opportunity to share the ice with Sid on Sid Smith Rink.”
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CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW PRESENTS  50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOT WHEELS

Celebration to feature Hot Wheels super track, six life-size Hot Wheels cars and a Collector’s Zone featuring more than 500 die-cast Hot Wheels models

The number one selling toy in the world is joining with the Canadian International AutoShow in presenting an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50thanniversary.

Developed by toy maker Mattel in 1968, Hot Wheels is one of the most iconic toys of all time making childhood — and adulthood — awesome for everyone.

The 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels will be a feature attraction of the 2018 AutoShow, being held Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre. While more than 1,000 conventionally powered cars and light trucks will be on display, the focus of this year’s show will be The New Movement. Manufacturers of 14 all-electric and hybrid vehicles will not only show them off but make them available for test drives.

There’s no doubt, however, that along with Art & the Automobile, Auto Exotica and Tuner Battlegrounds – AutoShow edition, the Hot Wheels anniversary will be a major attraction.

“Since 1968, we’ve made six billion cars that have contributed to the happiness of children and adults everywhere, Continue reading “CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW PRESENTS  50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOT WHEELS”

“Vishwa Hindi Divas” (World Hindi Day) celebrated at the Indian Consulate, Toronto

The Consulate General of India, Toronto celebrated “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” & “Vishwa Hindi Divas” (World Hindi Day)   on January 10, 2018, at the Consulate.  Both events were organized as part of efforts by the Consulate to strengthen the bonds with the Indian Diaspora and to further promote interest in the Hindi language especially among the children living in the Greater Toronto Area.

On this occasion, a lively programme was presented by the children who presented Hindi Bhajans.
About a dozen eminent Hindi lovers/writers residing in the GTA recited poems and songs.

In his address, Consul General, Dinesh Bhatia, acknowledged the support of the Indian community residing here in orgranising the Vishwa Hindi Diwas, also gave a brief details of the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas and the Pravasi Bharatiya Parliamentarian/Mayor Conference held in Delhi.  Information about the forthcoming  International Hindi Literary Conference 2018, being organized by  Vishva Hindi Sansthan Cultural Organization, in the month of April, 2018, in Toronto was also shared. All organizations promoting Hindi were requested to work together to make it a big success.

Event ended with distribution of Mementos to all participants by the Consul General.   Continue reading ““Vishwa Hindi Divas” (World Hindi Day) celebrated at the Indian Consulate, Toronto”

Hong Kong stock market sets the pace with 36% increase!

–Lachman Balani

Amongst the most watched stock market indices in the world, the tiny robust business and finance enclave of Hong Kong won out over all others by increasing a whopping 36% to stand out as the stock star of 2017!

Next followed Nasdaq in the US stumping many revered US economists who had at the outset claimed that despite the Trump-bump of 2016 after his election in November, 2017 would be subdued due to the uncertain nature of Trump and his socio-economic policies .However, not only did Nasdaq jump 28% but even the hallowed Dow Jones and S&P500 showed impressive double digit gains setting record after record and reaching new highs. The Dow experienced the most 1000 point leaps ever going from 19762 at the close of last year to 24719.22 at the close of 2017.

BRICS countries India and Brazil (despite its many economic woes)came in 3rd and 4th manifesting double digit gains.

Japan and South Korea, known for household brands like Sony, Toyota, Honda, Sharp, Samsung, Hyundai, Daewoo, KIA, LG and more also saw double digit gains.

The DAX and CAC in Europe and FTSE of UK also gained territory. Continue reading “Hong Kong stock market sets the pace with 36% increase!”

HYATT PLACE FRANKFURT AIRPORT OFFICIALLY OPENS

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, marking the introduction of the Hyatt Place brand to Germany. Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport joins six Hyatt Place hotels across Europe, including Hyatt Place London Heathrow AirportHyatt Place West London/HayesHyatt Place Amsterdam AirportHyatt Place Jermuk, and Hyatt Place Yerevan. The growth of the Hyatt Place brand in Europe highlights the growing importance of Hyatt’s select service properties across the region.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport,” said Ines Bruenn, General Manager of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport. “The hotel has been designed specifically with our guests in mind, blending comfort with convenience. Our guests are constantly on the move, and we want to make sure our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road. We are confident that Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport will help make our guests’ journey easier, more productive and successful.” Continue reading “HYATT PLACE FRANKFURT AIRPORT OFFICIALLY OPENS”

MEXICAN ADVENTURES, MAYAN TREASURES!

We’re going to a resort. Fantastic! We’re going to escape the extreme cold for a few days. Awesome!  
We’re going to enjoy tropical fruits and exotic drinks. Superb! We’re going to soak up the sun, sand and sea-breeze! Amazing!

Well, the party had just begun for our group of over 25 revelers, ranging from teens to seniors, celebrating New Year’s at Riviera Maya, Mexico. For thorough city-bred folks like us, this should have been sufficient to relax over the holidays. Flying to Cancun at this time of the year, laying on the beach was our dream, our well-planned vacation. Even before touchdown into the region, you can’t help but be wonderstruck at the miles of practically unpopulated dense, green tropical forest boundaries of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. As also Cancun’s extremely party-friendly Hotel Zone! The city line is dotted by beautiful, well-lit resorts as we drive into our very tastefully done all-inclusive beachfront paradise, which was going to be our home for the week.

The perfect white sand beaches, the flora and fauna native to Yucatan Peninsula played great hosts throughout our entire stay. The expanse of the jungle beckoned us to get more active on the trip and it offered plenty of opportunities to explore. So, even as we went to the most beautiful jewelry store with all kinds of lovely silver ornaments, we were more attracted towards the monkeys that were swinging on the trees outside! The treasures of the jungles seemed more precious, inspiring us to be more adventurous! Continue reading “MEXICAN ADVENTURES, MAYAN TREASURES!”

Toronto’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration to take place at Nathan Phillips Square

“Merry Christmas, Canada!”-P.M. Justin Trudeau

“In 2017, people across Canada gave us much reason to be proud, and showed us the strength in our diversity. Canadians are neighbours helping neighbours, sharing warmth, compassion, and generosity—not just at Christmas, but all year round.

“For Christians around the world, this season is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ and his message of compassion. For all of us, it is a chance to come together to give thanks for everything that unites us.

“As the 150th anniversary of Confederation draws to a close, all of us have a role to play in shaping our world for the better. In the New Year, and throughout the years to come, let’s commit to making a difference. Whether by lending a hand to a neighbour, or volunteering for a cause we believe in, let’s give generously, and live out the values that bring us together.

“Let’s also reach out and listen—to those next door, across the aisle, and at the dinner table. Building a better world starts where we work and live, in our communities, and at home.

“During the holidays, I also ask you take a moment to remember our brave servicewomen and men, and their families. They make extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe.

“From our family to yours, Hadrien, Ella-Grace, Xavier, Sophie, and I wish you joy, health, love, and peace this holiday season. Merry Christmas.”

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PM to inaugurate new metro line on December 25, reducing travel time between Noida and South Delhi 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will inaugurate a stretch of the new Magenta line of the Delhi Metro on 25th December. The line connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi. It will significantly reduce travel time between Noida and South Delhi. On this occasion, the Prime Minister will also address a public meeting in Noida.

The new line represents one more link in the Union Government’s push to modernize urban transport in the country. It represents the drive towards technology-centric, and environment-friendly mass rapid urban transport systems.

This is the third metro line to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in 2017. He had earlier dedicated the Kochi Metro to the nation in June, and the Hyderabad Metro in November. As on both those occasions, the Prime Minister will travel on a stretch of this new line, before arriving at the venue of the public meeting.

Shri Narendra Modi has often used the metro to travel for engagements in the National Capital Region. In January 2016, the Prime Minister, and the then French President Francois Hollande travelled from Delhi to Gurgaon, to jointly lay the foundation stone of the Headquarters of the International Solar Alliance. More recently, in April 2017, the Prime Minister, and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled by metro to the Akshardham Temple. Continue reading “PM to inaugurate new metro line on December 25, reducing travel time between Noida and South Delhi “

Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe

Hyatt Centric brand debuts two new hotels within France and Spain

CHICAGO (December 21, 2017) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced expansion of the Hyatt Centric brand with several consecutive international hotel openings in two of Europe’s most coveted destinations. Hyatt Centric La Rosière, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in France and first Hyatt ski resort in Europe, opened its doors on December 15, 2017. Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid opened its doors on December 20, 2017, marking the first Hyatt hotel in mainland Spain. Together, these anticipated openings continue to drive new momentum for the brand’s growth worldwide.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy and franchising for Hyatt. “The introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand to these European destinations marks a significant milestone for Hyatt, as we continue to increase our brand presence where our guests travel most and further connect with millennial-minded guests in the upper-upscale lifestyle segment.”

The Hyatt Centric brand currently has 19 properties at the center of some of the most unique destinations and plans to welcome additional hotels to the portfolio in both international and domestic destinations, with locations expected in Japan, Qatar, Australia, China, Peru, Barbados and U.S.; including Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami, Fla., Hyatt Centric Boston, Mass. and Hyatt Centric Mountain View, Calif.   Continue reading “Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe”