Category: Lifestyle

Authentically hilarious “Browntown Diaries” launches its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter

Browntown Diaries, the debut novel by teen author Imaan Gill, today officially launched its all or nothing crowdfunding campaign and started accepting pre-orders on Kickstarter at http://kck.st/2ZEchRE .

Browntown Diaries introduces us to the crazy, weird, and just plain funny life of Karan, a teenager trying to survive a summer with his brown family, in a brown town. He spends his summer on awkward family trips, learning Indian “negotiating” skills (aka: extortion), exploring his sister’s Martian roots, and keeping track of his grandpa’s gang activities.

Imaan explained that the character of Karan is loosely based on an exaggerated version of himself, and the overall story is based on his actual experiences from living in a South Asian family. Continue reading “Authentically hilarious “Browntown Diaries” launches its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter”

“Change Your Lifestyle, Make Fitness a daily Routine” – PM Modi urges India

“Fitness is part of our historic legacy:” PM of India
“A healthy Individual, a healthy family and a healthy society are the essentials to make New India a Fit India:” PM

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement at a ceremony in New Delhi today on the occasion of National Sports Day. The Prime Minister urged the people of the country to make fitness their life style.

Launching the people’s movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Major Dhyanchand, India’s sports icon who enthralled the world with his game and techniques. He also congratulated the young sportspersons of the country who are keeping the tricolor afloat on the world stage through their efforts.

“Their medals are a not only the result of their hard work but reflection of a new zeal and new confidence of a New India”, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said that ‘Fit India Movement’ should become a national goal and its aspiration. In an effort to inspire the nation, the Prime Minister said that Fit India Movement may have been started by the government but it is the people who have to lead it and make it a success.

“Success is related to fitness, success stories of all of our icons from any field of life have a common thread- most of them are fit, have a focus on fitness and are fond of fitness”, the PM added. Continue reading ““Change Your Lifestyle, Make Fitness a daily Routine” – PM Modi urges India”

10 New Properties Join Nat Geo Unique Lodges of the World

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has added 10 new handpicked lodges to its growing collection of world-class hotels in extraordinary destinations around the world. These new properties have each demonstrated their dedication to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage while simultaneously providing an intimate and exceptional guest experience.

From a safari camp in South Africa’s Madiwke Game Reserve to a 19th-century estate in Sicily and a remote island sanctuary in Vanuatu, the new additions epitomize National Geographic values of authenticity, enrichment, and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity.

Each of these properties has been chosen with sustainability in mind. A National Geographic sustainable tourism expert has spent time at each lodge ensuring that they incorporate innovative sustainability practices into their everyday operations, support natural and cultural heritage, and engage with the local community in tangible ways.

“We’re excited to expand our collection of Unique Lodges to these destinations that are truly making meaningful strides in sustainability. These new properties embrace National Geographic’s values and are making a positive impact on both a local and global scale.” -HeatherHeverling, Senior Vice President of Product Management, National Geographic Expeditions. Continue reading “10 New Properties Join Nat Geo Unique Lodges of the World”

Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet

Ontario’s tender fruit is in season now – enjoy a tasty treat

Summer is in full swing, and so are Ontario’s peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots and Coronation grapes. Pick up an array of these sweet treats while they are at their most ripe and flavourful at your local grocery stores, on-farm markets and farmers’ markets across the province.

“Our hardworking farmers are harvesting a bounty of healthy, delicious tender fruit for you to enjoy right now,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I invite everyone to eat, drink and be ‘cherry’ this summer with Ontario’s terrific tender fruits.”

“Summer is here, and that means consumers across Ontario can enjoy the sun and the wonderfully sweet tree-ripened fruit that farmers have nurtured over the spring,” said Sarah Marahall, Manager of Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. “We encourage everyone to overindulge in peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, apricots and pears before the trees and vines take a rest in the fall.”

Ontario’s tender fruit is delicious and nutritious. Peaches, nectarines and apricots are a good source of vitamin C, while pears are a great source of fibre. Plums are high in potassium, and cherries and grapes are high in antioxidants and folic acid.
Recipe: Plum Ginger Jam

You’ll need about 2 lbs (1 kg) of plums (about 15 medium) for this recipe.

To remove pits from plums, cut in half through the stem and twist to separate the halves. Repeat, cutting the half that still has the pit in half, then twisting the stone from the center. This technique helps a lot when the pits are tightly imbedded in slightly underripe fruit. Continue reading “Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet”

Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today singer and actress Sofia Carson will become a global ambassador for the Foundation. Carson’s role will include advocating, promoting, and increasing awareness of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s mission and educational programs.  She will also participate in events to help raise funds and promote the Latin GRAMMY Foundation’s primary charitable focus: to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music, grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres, and music education programs, including musical instrument donations to schools in need.

Since its establishment five years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has donated a remarkable $5 million USD in scholarships, grants, musical instrument donations, and educational events in the United States and Ibero-America.

“Sofia Carson is an exceptional role model for all”, said Becky Villaescusa, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Her education, discipline, and dedication inspire the music makers of tomorrow and we are incredibly thankful for her passion and generosity toward the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. We know she will be an outstanding ambassador, helping us make strides in our awareness efforts and growth.”

“I am immensely proud to be the first Global Ambassador for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, a foundation whose goal is to provide the Latin youth of the world with the precious gift of music education, and the priceless opportunity to share their music,” said Carson. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the incredible team behind its heart, offer life-changing opportunities to youth who are deeply committed to their art and are driven by their desire to leave behind a lasting musical legacy. I am deeply grateful. It is truly my privilege to be a part of this most worthy cause.”

In the world of entertainment, Carson is a force of nature, rising to the top of all she endeavors with grace and style. Carson was featured on the soundtrack to the Walt Disney film Descendants, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Continue reading “Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation”

BAPS Charities WalkGreen supports William Osler Hospital and helps plant 61,000 trees!

Over 1,300 people – from 6-year-old first-time fundraisers to senior citizens—came together to participate in the annual BAPS Charities Walk 2019 in Toronto on Sunday July 21, 2019. The walkathon was an event to bring awareness and raise funds for Environmental protection and Health Initiatives along with other charitable activities organized by BAPS Charities.

The BAPS Charities Walk in Canada nationally supports the life-saving work of the William Osler Health System. This year, the BAPS Charities walk is taking place in 11 cities across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor and Cambridge, just to name a few. These walks also support a variety of local causes including the Surrey Hospital Foundation in British Columbia, the Victoria General Hospital Foundation in Manitoba and the Scarborough Health Network in Ontario.

This year over 23,000 walkers in 76 cities in North America joined the walk to help us protect our environment – for our generation and for generations to come. The collective actions of the community have helped The Nature Conservancy plant 61,000 additional trees in 2019. During the last four years, from 2016 to 2019, BAPS Charities Walkathons have helped plant a total of 361,000 trees.

Hon. Kirsty Duncan, MP for Etobicoke North, Minister of Science and Sport said, “Thank you for the work of BAPS Charities. Thank you for the difference you’re making to William Osler and thank you for walking to plant trees to help our planet.”

Mr. Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor, City of Brampton, tweeted, ‘What a start to the morning! I attended the BAPS Charities walk. A job well done to the organizers, participants & sponsors for raising money to support @OslerHealth & the Plant a Billion Trees initiative. Community engagement at it’s best! #BAPSCharities’

Dr. Brian Klar, Corporate Chief of Family Medicine, William Osler Health Foundation said, “On behalf of Osler and myself, I would like to offer a truly heartfelt thank you for the incredible work you Continue reading “BAPS Charities WalkGreen supports William Osler Hospital and helps plant 61,000 trees!”

“Deeply moved by the movie-Super30”-Vice President of India

Education plays a key role in empowering people; Appreciates mathematician Shri Anand for starting Super30 to train underprivileged students for IIT-JEE entrance; 
Watches the Movie Super30 along with Shri Hrithik Roshan

The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that he was deeply moved by the movie- Super30 starring Hrithik Roshan in the lead role.

‘I was deeply moved by the inspirational story of Anand, who fought against all odds to provide a brighter future for impoverished children,’ he said after watching the special screening of the movie along with the lead actor of the film Shri. Hrithik Roshan, Producer Shri. Sajid Nadiadwala, Shri. Anand Kumar, and his family members at Upa Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi today.

The Vice President congratulated the makers of the movie Super30 for showcasing the dedication, commitment and the missionary zeal of a teacher who worked tirelessly to realize the dreams of scores of bright and talented students.

Shri Naidu also lauded the efforts of Shri Anand for starting Super 30 coaching center and appreciated his efforts in tracking the talented students from economically backward sections of the society and for honing their skills by providing training.

‘This noble gesture done by him is worthy of emulation by others,’ he added.

The movie- Super30 depicts the life and struggles of a brilliant mathematician Anand Kumar who coaches 30 underprivileged students for IIT-JEE entrance exam each year.

The Vice President said that education plays a key role in empowering people and development of the society and the nation.

Shri Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, Producers of Super30, Shri Madhu Mantena, Chairman of Prasar Bharati, Shri A. Surya Prakash, and others were present. Continue reading ““Deeply moved by the movie-Super30”-Vice President of India”