Month: March 2017

Hindu arti worship held weekly at Harvard University

A weekly arti is reportedly held at Harvard University (HU), one of the world’s top and United States’ oldest institution of higher education established in 1636. Organized by Harvard Dharma (Harvard’s Hindu Students Association), it is held in Dharma Prayer Space at Canaday Basement in Harvard Yard of HU in Cambridge (Massachusetts) on Fridays at five pm, reports suggest.

Arti is a Hindu worship ceremony/offering performed in adoration/honor of deity/deities by circular movement of a lighted lamp accompanied by hymn singing and may include sounding of handbells and other instruments. Worshippers pass their hands over the flames of the lighted lamp and then touch their faces/heads with these hands, thus transferring the deity’s blessings. Continue reading “Hindu arti worship held weekly at Harvard University”


Filmmakers, media and esteemed industry professionals gathered at the AGO (317 Dundas St. W., Toronto) in Toronto with special guests Sundance Now curator George Schmalz and General Manager of Sundance Now and Sundance TV Jan Diedrichsen on the evening of March 22, to celebrate the official launch of AMC Networks’ ad-free streaming platform, Sundance Nowin Canada. As a special for the Canadian launch, Canadian filmmaker, Bruce McDonald curates a special collection including his favourite films, which have inspired his career.

“I’m thrilled that Sundance Now asked me to be part of their official Canadian launch. My collection is very special to me, as it represents a distinct voice in the independent and doc filmmaking scene,” McDonald says of his collaboration with Sundance Now. “Sundance Now has done an excellent job of representing Canadian filmmakers on their platform, and I’m thrilled that it is now available in Canada.” Continue reading “SUNDANCE NOW OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN CANADA”

Indian Navy Eyes the Third Pole

Indian Navy’s second expedition to Mount Everest was flagged off by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff this morning by handing over the Ceremonial Ice Axe to the climbers. These climbers have been selected from various Ships, Submarines, Aircraft Squadrons and Establishments of the Indian Navy.

The theme of the Expedition being “Sagar Tal se Sagar Matha (from Seabed to Summit)”, the Ceremonial Ice Axe with the Naval Ensign was taken to the bottom of sea by diving off the coast of Karwar and now it shall be taken to the highest point on Earth, thus depicting Navy’s efforts to soar from depths of Ocean to the Summit. Continue reading “Indian Navy Eyes the Third Pole”

Brampton shines a light on climate change for Earth Hour

The City of Brampton will join millions of individuals, businesses and governments around the world by turning off all non-essential lights for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join this global environmental campaign by switching off their lights during the designated time to send a message that they care about protecting our environment. The City will turn off non-essential lights at municipal facilities during Earth Hour. Lighting affecting public safety, security or service – such as streetlights, stoplights, park pathway lighting and parking lot lights at City facilities – will remain on. Continue reading “Brampton shines a light on climate change for Earth Hour”

Canada Blooms and City of Toronto celebrate 10 years of donations

At a celebration today, residents of Kipling Acres were joined by Councillor Michael Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) and celebrity gardener Denis Flanagan to accept more than 600 plants, flowers and bulbs donated by Canada Blooms and transported by Procter’s Cartage.

This is the 10th year that Canada Blooms has donated plants to a long-term care home owned and operated by the City of Toronto. It allows the many plants and flowers from the festival to continue to bring enjoyment to Torontonians. While many of the plants will remain in the home, some will be shared with clients of the adult day program at Kipling Acres and clients of the Kendleton Drive Supportive Housing site.

“I am so pleased that we have been able to carry on this tradition for a full decade,” said Terry Caddo, General Manager of Canada Blooms. “Every year, after the success of the Canada Blooms festival, I look forward to seeing the joy that this donation brings to the residents and clients in long-term care.”

“This is a wonderful event to attend,” said Councillor Ford. “The celebration today at Kipling Acres means that all 10 of the City’s long-term care homes have now had a chance to experience the beauty of this generous donation.” Continue reading “Canada Blooms and City of Toronto celebrate 10 years of donations”

Dublin Archdiocese host yoga in Kilcullen Parish Centre

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (Ireland) and its Kilcullen Parish are hosting yoga classes in Kilcullen Parish Centre.

These vinyasa flow yoga classes, suitable for all levels and everyone, will help participants strengthen, stretch, tone and relax; an announcement says. Janine Callaghan of This Is Yoga is the teacher. On her website, Janine, who says “yoga is for absolutely everyone”, seems to define yoga as: Rooting down and going deep inside without judgment to find a bit of peace and space in our lives.

Kilcullen is about 168 miles from Drumsurn (Northern Ireland), where a priest of Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry Father Reverend Roland Colhoun reportedly linked yoga to Satan in 2015. As reported by Derry Journal, Colhoun “warned parishioners against taking part in yoga” while saying mass in Drumsurn. “Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk”, Journal quoted him. The Independent of United Kingdom quoted him as saying “Yoga leads to Satan” and that he fears it could lead to “The Kingdom of Darkness”. “It’s a slippery slope from yoga to Satan”, RT channel said quoting him. Continue reading “Dublin Archdiocese host yoga in Kilcullen Parish Centre”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Toronto Paramedic Association and Toronto Paramedic Services donate to Daily Bread Food Bank

Today, representatives of Toronto Paramedic Services, the Toronto Paramedic Association and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society delivered an ambulance full of food and cash to be weighed at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.

The result was a donation of 1,516 pounds (687.65 kilograms) and $12,900 collected from employees of Toronto Paramedic Services and members of the Toronto Paramedic Association during the past eight weeks and from generous attendees at yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“Whether you’re measuring in dollars or pounds, this annual food drive was a success and we are thrilled with the results,” said Deputy Chief Michael Neill. “The momentum for this campaign grows every year and I want to thank our employees for their generous donations as well as the members of the public who helped us all achieve our goal.”
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