Month: February 2018

Malabari at Malibu: Ocean, Sun and Fun!

A  Malabari, like myself, hails from the West Coast! (India’s southwest coast, lying on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea). Known as God’s own country, Kerala boasts of gorgeous beaches and landscape that makes you fall in love at first sight. No words can do justice to the kind of natural beauty Kerala is home to.  Anyone planning a beach holiday or an escape to the mountains, should definitely consider visiting this quaint place.

However, now I want to talk about a different paradise, another west coast! Malibu by the Pacific Ocean, an escape to the fantasy world! We had a family gathering, a religious event which brought us to beautiful California yet again.  Given the time constraints, we skipped the glitz of Hollywood and the posh landmarks of Beverly Hills. We squeezed time for   L.A.’s most stunning natural wonders.

It’s true that if you don’t have much time to explore, all you need to do is cruise up to Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway for an amazing experience! We have driven the entirety of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through California multiple times and enjoyed it immensely every single time.

From the back sides of billionaire mansions on Carbon Beach   to Zuma Beach on the northern end of Malibu, the 21 mile shoreline that makes up Malibu is on the most exclusive places in the world.  The cliffs and Santa Monica Mountains terraced with massive mansions isolate Malibu from the sprawling madness of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Malabari at Malibu: Ocean, Sun and Fun!”

City and Ryerson University partner to create ShapeLab

The City of Toronto and Ryerson University have partnered to create ShapeLab: Toronto’s Innovation and Co-Creation Pilot. ShapeLab is a hands-on learning opportunity in which students, municipal staff, faculty members and other professionals co-create innovative solutions to Toronto’s pressing urban issues.

As a new pilot program, ShapeLab’s inaugural city-building initiative will be the King Street Transit Pilot area. The ShapeLab initiative encourages Ryerson students to shape public space along King Street through citizen engagement and by creating opportunities for a more interactive and vibrant streetscape. The resulting public space installations are meant to complement those that will be installed as a result of the already announced “Everyone is King” campaign.

“A partnership like this that provides academic and professional development for students while improving public space is a win-win for the city and for the neighbourhoods along King Street,” said Mayor John Tory. “The students will be challenged to create streetscape enhancements that encourage people to engage with and make good use of the public space along King, while at the same time understanding the real-life challenges of designing for Toronto’s streets.”

The initiative invites all Ryerson students and graduates to submit their ideas for public activations at a Design Challenge that takes place in March, in which four interdisciplinary student teams will be selected to participate in the 2018 ShapeLab and move their ideas into action. Continue reading “City and Ryerson University partner to create ShapeLab”

Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!

–by Lachman Balani

For the first time in Canada, the recently concluded annual Canadian International Auto Show showcased a car from Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg.

And they pulled out all the stops by bringing in not just any of their high-performance models but THE highest performance and fastest car in the world today- the Agera RS! It was definitely the show stopper! This beauty broke the world record in going from 0-400 km/h in 33.29 seconds! It also achieved the highest speed ever on a public road, namely 457.94 km/h!

The Canadian International auto show has in recent years accelerated in grandiosity by bringing not just everyday cars like the Civic  Honda, the Chevrolet Cruze or the ubiquitous SUVs , pickups, jeeps and trucks but has gone beyond by bringing in exotic cars, flashy cars and concept cars (yet to be manufactured ). Each year brings in more and more audience participation because of these snazzy hot rods pandering to the fancies of the public.

There were sports cars from McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari. Maserati, Mercedes and many others including Porsche which was this year’s feature occupying a whole room to itself by celebrating 70 years of wonder and telling its story from 1948, when their first road car was made, to today. Continue reading “Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!”

Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st

Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.

Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer’s home if the consumer has contacted the business ahead of time and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract. Contracts that are in violation of the new rules relating to door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void, and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.

The new rules will apply to:

  • Air cleaners
  • Air conditioners
  • Air purifiers
  • Duct cleaning services
  • Furnaces
  • Water filters
  • Water heaters
  • Water purifiers
  • Water softeners
  • Water treatment devices
  • Bundles of these goods and services

In addition, businesses will be required to keep a record of how contact with the consumer entering the contract was made, and all contracts signed in the home for these goods and services will also have a 10-day cooling-off period, allowing consumers to cancel the contract for any reason without penalty. Continue reading “Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st”

INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! 

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) announces the date for its 20th anniversary Gala Benefit Celebrations on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Notables from the art, film, fashion, academia, corporate, medical and entertainment industries will gather at Pier 81 to celebrate this special occasion. Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Madhur Jaffrey, Aasif Mandvi, Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin will be among the IAAC’s longtime supporters, proud to show their invaluable support for the IAAC and its artists.

Now in its 20th year, IAAC was founded by four individuals:  Late Gopal Raju (Editor India Abroad), Talat Ansari (Sr. Partner Kelly, Drye & Warren), Jonathan Hollander (Artistic Director, Battery Dance Co), and Aroon Shivdasani (Executive & Artistic Director IAAC). This presenting organization pioneered a movement that gave birth to myriad Indian arts organizations that have sprouted up all over the United States, in every artistic discipline.

“In 1998 Indian artists were invisible, unknown and unappreciated in North America. For well over 20 years, we have blazed a trail promoting, showcasing and building an awareness, in North America, of the hitherto invisible arts of India through presentations of Indian film, dance, art, music, theatre, literature & fashion. The IAAC has also raised money and awareness of social causes, natural disasters and other issues Continue reading “INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! “

Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1

The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”

Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.

Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.”  Continue reading “Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1”

The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports

 Motivates them to Focus on Olympics 2020

In an impressive ceremony organised by the Air Force Sports Control Board in New Delhi on 12 Feb 2018, sportspersons who have achieved laurels for the nation and for IAF were felicitated by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff.  The ceremony was attended by top IAF officials.

During his address, the CAS expressed his happiness on meeting with the achievers and advised them to keep the momentum going on.  He told that the strong will power and desire to succeed combined with the correct technique is the mantra of success at International level competitions.  He further emphasised on the importance of possessing high degree of fitness, zeal, enthusiasm and a strong will in order to sustain and achieve excellence in the field of sports in today’s competitive world. He praised the hard work of young achievers and motivated them to focus on Olympics 2020.   He said that world class sports infrastructure has been developed at many AF stations for utilisation by our sportspersons and promised that all the required support will be rendered by the IAF in their quest to clinch glory for the nation. Continue reading “The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports”