Month: July 2017

10 things you need to know about Toronto Island Park reopening

As announced earlier this week, Toronto Island Park, including Centre Island, Centreville Theme Park, Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point, will reopen to the public today, Monday, July 31. Here’s what you need to know about the park’s reopening to get the most out of your visit:

1. Services resume on Monday, July 31
Public access to the park, summer schedule ferry service and recreation programs such as summer camps will resume Monday morning. The first ferry will depart from the mainland to Ward’s Island at 6:30 a.m. and from the mainland to Centre Island at 8 a.m.

2. Get your ferry tickets in advance to avoid the lineups
Online ticket sales for the ferry service is available at Island visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lineups at the ticket kiosk at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Additional staff will be in place tomorrow to provide quicker service and help visitors navigate their way from ticketing to boarding.

3. Know when to go
The peak period for lineups at the terminal is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan your arrival at the ferry for outside these hours to avoid the crowds. Check with @TorontoPFR on Twitter for updates on wait times and ferry schedules.

4. Hit the beach, island-style!
All beaches on Toronto Island Park – Centre Island Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach and Ward’s Island Beach – will be open, however, some portions of beaches will be in a reduced state. Lifeguards will be on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (And remember, a portion of Hanlan’s Point Beach is clothing optional.)
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The home of Hogmanay and the place to celebrate New Year, Edinburgh today announces the programme for its 25thHogmanay festival.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is better than ever before with new events, including the family friendly Bairns Afore and a new look ceilidh at the foot of the city’s iconic castle, an extended fireworks display which will rival any other city in the world this New Year, and a revamped and animated Street Party that keeps the celebration going all evening.

The three-day festival opens on 30 December 2017 with the stunning traditional Torchlight Procession which this year blazes a new path seeing the river of light weave its way through the historic heart of the city around Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament before culminating in a stunning visual moment in Holyrood Park: #ScotWord project.

Marking the start of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will celebrate Scotland’s young citizens at the Torchlight Procession and give them the limelight on a Scottish and global stage. A Scotland wide engagement campaign co-designed and led by young people will seek to reach their peers in Scotland between the ages of 8 and 26 over the autumn/winter period this year in a quest to find #ScotWord. This one word will form the fiery finale of the popular Torchlight Procession on 30 December sharing with the world the answer of Scotland’s young people to the question “What makes you most proud to live in Scotland?”. Underbelly is working with Young Scot, the Scottish Government and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate to realise the project. Young Scottish singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt leads the engagement campaign.  Continue reading “EDINBURGH ANNOUNCES HOGMANAY FESTIVAL 2018”

BBBP scheme showing excellent results: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

104 out of 161 BBBP Districts have shown an increasing trend in SRB: WCD Minister

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi today said that the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme of the Government is doing extremely well and has shown very encouraging results. She was replying to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. Smt Maneka Gandhi said that in the first year of its launch, the BBBP scheme was taken up in 100 districts and at the end of the first year itself, 58 districts have shown an increasing trend in Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB). In the second year, the scheme was taken up in 161 districts, out of which 104 districts have shown an increasing trend in Sex Ratio at Birth. Some of the districts which have performed very well include North District in Sikkim, Karnal, Cuddalore, Ghaziabad, Mansa, Rewari among others. The States of Haryana and Rajasthan have shown the best result and have also been awarded, the Minister added.

In reply to a supplementary question, WCD Minister explained that performance of the scheme depends a great deal on the individual enthusiasm and ability of the District Collectors. 10 districts have been felicitated by the WCD Ministry for the outstanding work done by them including Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Kathua in Jammu & Kashmir, Jhunjhunun in Rajasthan, Osmanabad in Maharashtra, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Cuddalcore in Tamil Nadu, Raigarh in Chhatisgarh, Yamuna Nagar in Haryana, Mansa in Punjab.

In reply to another supplementary, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that all States except West Bengal have implemented the BBBP programme. She disclosed that some of the districts which have shown disappointing trend in SRB include Etawaha, Saharanpur, Bijnore, Pithoragarh, Haridwar, Kolkata among others. Continue reading “BBBP scheme showing excellent results: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi”

4,000 Yogis Unite for the Lolë White Yoga Tour 2017

Lolë White Tour Sunset Yoga

Presented by PANDORA Jewellery 
“Thousands of Bodies Breathing and Moving Together Feels Like a Prayer for Peace.” Colleen Saidman Yee, Yoga Instructor

Last night under the setting sun, 4,000 yogis united for peace as part of the Lolë White Tour at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Dressed all in white, a sea of yoga enthusiasts joined acclaimed instructors Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee as they led an inspiring evening of yoga after a relaxing meditation with Marla Meenakshi Joy, co-founder of Toronto’s Downward Dog Yoga Centre. The soothing sounds of Canadian singer-songwriter BEYRIES blanketed the evening, helping guests literally unwind.

“To be a part of a community that inspires peace and wholeness is my greatest joy and greatest service in life,” said Marla Meenakshi Joy. “The energy felt with so many people doing an intentional practice of “together we are One” contributes to global peace in such a potent and profound way.”

Launched in Montreal in 2012, The Lolë White Tour has since brought together over 65,000 participants, all dressed in white to promote peace, wellness and community. The Tour has taken place in locations including the Eifel Tower in Paris, Central Park in New York City, and the Old Port in Montreal.

“The Lole White Tour is an art installation and I love the poetry in motion.”Rodney Yee

Building on the success of The Lolë White Tour, The Lolë White Tour On The Road was started in 2016 as an initiative to bring community powered yoga sessions to people around the world. Continue reading “4,000 Yogis Unite for the Lolë White Yoga Tour 2017”

Cheetah Cubs growing well at Toronto Zoo!


Toronto Zoo’s five cheetah cubs, born on April 30, 2017 to first-time mom Laini, are growing by literal leaps and bounds in our off-exhibit cheetah breeding area!

The three male and two female cubs now weigh between 5.2 and 6.0 kg — over ten times their weight at birth. At twelve weeks of age, the cubs are now completely weaned from mom and have transitioned to eating solid food. Their principal food is the Toronto Zoo’s feline diet (meat with added vitamins and minerals), but they are slowly being introduced to new foods like whole prey items to expand their dietary diversity and provide enrichment. The cubs have already tried quail carcasses, and each nowreceives a dead day-old-chick daily. Every day the family also gets a large bone, which they all sit around and chew on together!

Laini, who is on loan from Parc Safari as part of a cooperative breeding program, has been an excellent first-time mom with her rambunctious cubs. They recently received their vaccine booster shots allowingthem to explore all of the sights, sounds, and smells in an outdoor yard for the first time. Even at this young age, keepers have noted that each cub is developing their own personality. One of the females and two of the males are more bold and curious, while the other two (one male and one female) are a bit more nervous if mom isn’t nearby. Two of the male cubs have been receiving medical attention for their small umbilical hernias.

Visitors to the new Windows on Wildlife Science (WOWS) gallery of the Wildlife Health Centre on July 12th or 18th had the opportunity to see both cubs undergoing these procedures! Although cheetahs all have individual spotting patterns, it can be challenging to tell the cubs apart because of their long fur and indistinct markings. Continue reading “Cheetah Cubs growing well at Toronto Zoo!”

AGO Photography Prize Announces 2017 Shortlist and 10 -Year Anniversary Celebration Program

Jury selects four international finalists; public vote for C$50,000 prize begins on September 6 

July 25, 2017 (Toronto, ON) — Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for this year’s Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, marking the 10th anniversary of Canada’s most significant award for photography. Co-presented by Aimia, the Canadian global leader in data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Prize awards C$50,000 to one winner who is chosen by public vote. The four finalists will present their work in an exhibition opening on Sept. 6, 2017 at the AGO in Toronto. Voting begins in person at the AGO after the exhibition opens and on the Prize’s website beginning on Sept. 13, 2017.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia)
  • Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada)
  • Hank Willis Thomas (USA)
  • Taisuke Koyama (Japan)

Thirteen international nominators selected a long list of 30 artists. From that list, a jury of three experts named the four finalists, each of whom have shown extraordinary potential. The jury was headed by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator of Photography and included Ken Lum, artist, professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Pennsylvania; and Eva Respini, the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA/Boston. Continue reading “AGO Photography Prize Announces 2017 Shortlist and 10 -Year Anniversary Celebration Program”

Forgiveness Can Heal You

Message to the world for Dada J.P Vaswani’s 99th birthday on Aug.2nd 2107.

A troubled conscience will never allow us to live in peace and quiet – and our conscience will continue to remain troubled unless we rid ourselves of the hatred and resentment that makes us unforgiving.

If we wish to achieve inner peace, there is only one way – release ourselves from anger and resentment, learn to let go of hatred, and practice forgiveness. The truth is, if you are unable to forgive and forget, you pay the price in emotional terms. What form this emotional, physical deprivation may take, it is difficult to predict.

Medical experts tell us that anger accelerates our ageing process. Anger is indeed a very natural human reaction. But if we let anger remain in the heart within, it ceases to be mature and natural — it festers into a grudge. When we refuse to forgive people, we are letting our grudge control our life.

We all know that stress causes insomnia — but so can bitterness! Research has even revealed a relationship between unresolved anger and cardiac arrest. People who hold grudges fall easy prey to illness and disease. When they make the conscious decision to cease hatred and resentment — they set themselves on the road to recovery. This is why hatred has been likened to cancer — it is the cancer of bitterness that destroys both body and soul.

A woman suffered from severe rheumatic pains in the knee joint. No medicines were of any avail. The pain went on increasing, until a holy man asked her, “Do you hold a grudge against anyone?” Continue reading “Forgiveness Can Heal You”