Month: January 2017


Kirsten Tan’s debut feature POP AYE won the World Cinema Dramatic Award (Screenplay) at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. A road movie set in Thailand, POP AYE tells the story of an over-the-hill architect and his attempt to bring his long-lost elephant back to their rural hometown.  Written and directed by Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan, who is currently based in New York, POP AYE was the opening night title in the World Dramatic section and gathered strong reviews since its debut on January 19. Ms. Tan is the first Singaporean to win a prize at Sundance.



Gripping new docu-series takes audiences to the frontlines of
global Indigenous resistance

Hot-on-the-heels of its Sundance premiere, TIFF presents a special two-episode screeningof the vibrant and immersive new documentary series, RISE, which profiles the protests against the building of the Dakota Access pipeline. From Standing Rock to Oak Flat, VICELAND Canada’s eight-part series travelled to Indigenous communities across the Americas to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization. Informed by her First Nations heritage, series host Sarain Carson-Fox takes viewers on a journey of discovery into Indigenous cultures to examine the social and political factors that threaten their liberation in the 21st century. RISE is both a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous peoples worldwide.

Following the screening, director and showrunner Michelle Latimer joins Jesse Wente, TIFF’s Director of Film Programmes, for an onstage conversation about the making of the series, Indigenous resistance, the fight for sovereignty, and the importance of documenting activism and protest. Latimer is a Métis-Algonquin filmmaker, programmer, actor and activist. Her short films include Choke (2010), for which she received a Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, The Underground (2014) and Nimmikaage (2015). She is currently adapting the bestselling novel The Inconvenient Indian (2013). Continue reading “STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK: TIFF PRESENTS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RISE”

New York to have parade on Hindu festival Phagwah

The 29th annual “Phagwah Parade 2017” will be held in Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens borough of New York City on March 12, to celebrate Hindu festival Phagwah, also known as Holi. It will include multiple floats playing religious music. Starting around ten am from Liberty Avenue & 133rd Street, it will end in Smokey Oval Park (Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park) at 125th Street.

After the parade, Phagwah festival celebrations will be held at Smokey Oval Park till six pm, which will include various cultural and musical performances. Sponsored by Federation of Hindu Mandirs and Arya Spiritual Center and supported by Hindu Parades & Festivals Committee; its leaders include Ram Lall, Rishi Misir, Herman Singh, Naro Balli, Roy D. Singh, Sagar Rajpal, etc.; according to reports. Continue reading “New York to have parade on Hindu festival Phagwah”

The Natural Solution to an Unhealthy Indoor Environment

We all know that the winter months are allergy, cold, and flu season. This is mainly because people are trapped inside their homes for long periods of time with numerous pathogens and irritants. What if there was a truly safe, natural, and effective way to remove these pathogens and irritants? Well now there is with the Sirena Total Home Cleaning System and the Twister air purifier/aroma diffuser by Sirena. These products harness the natural power of water to greatly improve indoor air quality and the cleanliness of your home. They would be perfect for any “Healthy Home” or “Winter Health” features that might be in the works.  Continue reading “The Natural Solution to an Unhealthy Indoor Environment”

Chair yoga may reduce pain in elderly

An 8-week chair yoga program was associated with reduction in pain, pain interference, and fatigue, and improvement in gait speed; concluded a study recently published in the online Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Sixty-six community-dwelling older adults with lower extremity Osteoarthritis were assigned to this controlled trial for eight weeks and observed by Dr. Juyoung Park of Florida Atlantic University and others from Florida Atlantic University and Atlanta’s Mercer University, to study “Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis”, who could not participate in standing exercise.

Chair yoga should be further explored, study authors wrote in the conclusion. Continue reading “Chair yoga may reduce pain in elderly”

Free Family Day fun at HarbourKIDS: North on February 20!

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the northern winter landscape with HarbourKIDS: North on Monday, February 20. With a plethora of activities offered onsite this Family Day, the festival invites the public to discover, examine and explore the mighty expanse of the North and its ever-changing terrain while considering conservation and respect for the environment.

HarbourKIDS, Harbourfront Centre’s family programming, aims to engage kids and their families to look at big ideas through the lens of arts and culture. The festival will feature multi-disciplinary artists Aria Evans, Susy Martins, Joe Pagnan and Richard Lee transform the Brigantine Room into a one-time only interactive play space emulating the Northern Tundra in Discover the Night. Local community advocates Jumblies Theatre present Northscapers where you can help build and place yourself in an imagined northern habitat. With Let’s Talk Science, further feed your curiosity with experiments and discussions about the impact of rising arctic temperatures and what this means for Northern wildlife. Jeunesses Musicales Canada also returns with Music with Bite: Giggle and Stomp!—an original music concert that introduces traditional instruments in a new and inventive way. You can also bring your skates or rent a pair and enjoy the ice on the Natrel Rink with our host Michaela Washburn to round out your Family Day. Continue reading “Free Family Day fun at HarbourKIDS: North on February 20!”

National Girl Child Day with the theme of BBBP celebrated in New Delhi

The Ministry of Women & Child Development, India celebrated the National Girl Child Day at a special function in New Delhi today. The theme of the program was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.

The National Plan of Action for Children, 2016 was also released followed by addresses by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of WCD; Secretary WCD, Ms. Leena Nair and Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Smt. Preeti Sudan. Special addresses were given by eminent speakers including Ms. Deepa Malik (Silver medalist at Rio Paralympics 2016), Ms Avani Chaturvedi (Women Fighter Pilot), Ms Arunima Sinha (First women amputee to climb Mount Everest) and Ms Shanno (former street girl and advisor of Balaknama newspaper, for and by street children). Continue reading “National Girl Child Day with the theme of BBBP celebrated in New Delhi”