Toronto, Sep 15 (Canadian-Media): Manj Musik, well known as a songwriter and music producer for his Blockbuster Bollywood film soundtracks in Heropanti, Dr. Cabbie, Gabbar is Back, Singh Is Bling, Baaghi, Beiimaan Love is the former lead vocalist and music composer for the bhangra music group RDB.
“This has become the most sought-after event in the Halton Region. It is a sold-out event. We have planned a fun filled evening with energetic entertainment by Manj Musik, delectable foods, premium bar, silent auction, raffle and much more,” said Ms. Sona Khanna, Event Chair with a pride.
For the 4th consecutive year this event -- scheduled to be held on September 15, 2017 from 6:30 pm at the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6P8 -- is held every year by the Oakville community celebrate the Diwali Festival of Light and Joy as well as to support the initiatives of the Oakville Hospital foundation's beneficiary, the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
“The gala is expected to raise $200 hundred thousand which will help in securing state of the art equipment to assist our very best healthcare professionals. The community support and generosity would ensure that the work of our healthcare professionals remains the best in the world and our community efforts are recognized in making that happen,” adds Ms. Sona Khanna with confidence.
According to the United Way published report confirming the dominance of South Asian as a visible minority group in Oakville area, this event would also celebrate the South Asian stand united and its reciprocal contributions to the community.
“Cargojet proudly donates money to Oakville Hospital Foundation and creates an opportunity to meet new people who believe in the same causes that insp ire us. Charities are an integral part of every community that makes a real impact on bringing positive change and can infuse our everyday life with more meaning,” said Mr. Ajay Virmani, President & CEO of Cargojet.
The Oakville Hospital Foundation Gala is held to support The Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, well known for its care and medical services to the Oakville community and beyond.
Patient treatment and care in this hospital -- already 1.6 million square feet in size -- are expected to further increase this year due to the introduction of advanced technologies.
The contributions from the past galas have provided support for these advancements, and this year will be no different.
“Funds raised by the Foundation will support these urgent Hospital priorities as Government funding does not cover the cost of most medical equipment and technology. Through your generosity, OTMH can continue to invest in technology to detect illness earlier, reduce recovery time, and improve the patient experience,” explains Ms. Mary McPherson, CEO of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.
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“I wish there were better words to express my sincere thanks to all who made this evening possible for a very noble cause,” concludes Ms. Khanna.
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International Day for South-South Cooperation Promotes Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries
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New York, Sep 12 (Canadian-Media): Global observance of International Day for South-South Cooperation (IDSSC) on September 12 globally was proclaimed by United Nations (UN) General Assembly in honour of the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, media reports said.
While celebrating the recent development of economic, social and political in regions and countries in the south IDSSC reportedly
highlights UN's efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.
South-South cooperation signifies, according to official reports unity and contributions and collaboration by people and countries of the South working towards their national well-being, self-reliance enabling developing countries to share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources towards goal of attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Republic of Turkey, Middle East, will be hosting The Global South-South Development Expo 2017, said the reports from 27 to 30 November 2017 with its theme “South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40)”.
Amina Mohammed, United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General remarked on United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, in New York that while celebrating the achievements of South-South cooperation for sustainable development 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and said,
“The South-South and triangular cooperation offer a path to balancing growth and equity and leaving no one behind.”
She also added that it was thirty-nine years ago that Member States gathered in Buenos Aires and adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Technical Cooperation and Developing Countries, which “was an expression of the aspirations of developing countries to strengthen their economic, social and political interdependence,” said Mohammed.
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After the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, said Mohammed, leading to expansion in humanitarian work, climate change, mediation and conflict resolution -- by South-South cooperation and technical and economic cooperation -- have led to lasting results around the world.
“In addition, China’s South-South Climate Change Cooperation Fund is now operational and is funding climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
“India has announced a $10 billion concessional line of credit to Africa over the next five years. It is also leading the International Solar Alliance… promoted international cooperation in political and commercial areas…The recently established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will provide between 10 and 15 billion dollars in loans each year over the next 15 years, prioritizing sustainability and inclusive growth,” Mohammed was quoted by the media as saying.
Although across the globe there had been remarkable advances the progress had been uneven, said Mohammed.
According to the United Nations Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2.2 billion people still live in abject poverty, about 1.4 billion people, the majority in the South, lack reliable electricity, 900 million lack access to clean water and 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation.
“Together, we must identify and encourage the critical areas where South-South cooperation can be effective...policy coordination, regional and economic integration…development of national productive capacity through the exchange of knowledge and technology...encourage the countries of the South to further deepen their cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…accomplished with the support of the North… ensure shared prosperity and make sustainable development a reality,” Mohammed said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Irina Bokova: Twitter
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Toronto, Sep 9 (Canadian-Media): International Literacy Day (ILD) on September 8 had been officially proclaimed by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) -- United Nations’ special agency – at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966 to create awareness to the international community towards more literate individuals, societies and communities, media reports said.
This year, International Literacy Day was observed on September 8 across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’ as an occasion to reflect on ways to promote literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning within and beyond the 2030 Education Agenda
On International Literacy Day 2017, as UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the International Conference on International Literacy Day at Paris Headquarters, which focused on Literacy in a digital world said, “To be truly empowering, new technologies must stand on two pillars. First, they must be inclusive, bridging gaps, not deepening them. Second, they must be underpinned by respect for human rights and dignity. All this gives rise to new questions about the meaning of literacy today.”
Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Literacy Day,
“Digital technologies permeate all spheres of our lives, fundamentally shaping how we live, work, learn and socialize.
These new technologies are opening vast new opportunities to improve our lives and connect globally -- but they can also marginalize those who lack the essential skills, like literacy, needed to navigate them.
Traditionally, literacy has been considered a set of reading, writing and counting skills applied in a certain context. Digitally-mediated knowledge societies are changing what it means to be literate, calling for new and higher-level literacy skills. At the same time, in return, technology can work to improve literacy development.
This must be understood in the wider context. Worldwide, 750 million adults today still lack even the most basic literacy skills. Some 264 million children and youth are not benefiting from school education. Furthermore, international surveys show that a large share of adult and youth populations all over the world, including developed countries, are inadequately equipped with the basic digital skills required to function fully in today’s societies and workplace. Narrowing this skills gap is an educational and developmental imperative.
Information and communication technologies are creating opportunities to address this challenge. Digital tools can help expand access to learning and improve its quality. They have the power to reach the unreached, improve the monitoring of literacy progress, facilitate skills assessment, and make the management and governance of skills delivery systems more efficient.
To create and seize new opportunities to take forward Sustainable Development Goal on Education and lifelong learning for all, we need collective action. Partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector are essential today to promote literacy in a digital world. I see the Global Alliance for Literacy within a Lifelong Learning Framework as a model of the concerted efforts we need to advance the global agenda and support national literacy initiatives.
International Literacy Day offers a moment to review the progress and come together to tackle the challenges ahead. This year, the event is devoted to better understanding the type of literacy required in a digital world to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies. Everyone should be able to make the most of the benefits of the new digital age, for human rights, for dialogue and exchange, for more sustainable development.”
Due to global ‘digital divide’ in terms of access to digital technologies, where reportedly only around one in seven people is online in 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and world being home to 758 million illiterate adults and 263 million out-of-school children, people around the world were invited to avail of public services -- to benefit from information and services that are not available in their immediate environments -- offering opportunities of rapid transformation of digital technologies.
This year’s theme, ‘Literacy in a digital world’ hopes, says the report to raise awareness about the different literacy skills. Aligning with this theme, students at the Learning Co-op generated a literacy word list and imported these words into wordart.com, completed an ‘internet scavenger hunt’ and created their own literacy quotes banner to display throughout the school.
Digital technologies are reportedly changing the way people live, work, learn and socialise everywhere and improve all areas of their lives including access to information; knowledge management; networking; social services; industrial production, and mode of work.
However, said the reports, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalised in increasingly digitally driven societies.
Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology from the African Union Commission, emphasized the aspect of inclusion for sustainable development. “When we consider the digital means, we should also consider non-digital means that also enhance our living,” she said. “Therefore we must ensure inclusion and proper interventions in using ICT in building sustainable societies for all.”
There was also a session, according to reports, on ‘Rethinking literacy in a digital world’ to explore the understanding of the broad skills needed in the 21st century.
Promising programmes that advance literacy through an inclusive approach to technology were highlighted at the event. The 2017 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes winners from Canada Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan and South Africa, presented their programmes to illustrate how digital technologies can help promote literacy and create opportunities for lifelong learning.
Another topic discussed during the day was about risks and responses in a digital world where the increasing digitization is deepening the digital divide and risks to marginalize illiterate people further.
Presenters from the OECD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum examined the potential of digital technology to better monitor literacy learning and literacy levels.
At the end of the Day, the five laureates were officially awarded at the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes awards ceremony by the Director-General.
The two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize dedicated to mother-tongue literacy education and training, sponsored by the Republic of Korea, were given to:
Centre for the Study of Learning & Performance (CSLP) at Concordia University (Canada), for the Using Educational Technology to Develop Essential Educational Competencies in Sub-Saharan Africa project, which develops and distributes its material internationally free of charge.
We Love Reading (Jordan), a programme with a virtual community that offers online read-aloud trainings for parents, mobilizes volunteers to read aloud in community spaces to children and provides age-appropriate material through a digital library.
The three awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and rewarding work that benefits rural populations and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women, were given to:
AdulTICoProgram of the Secretariat of Information and Communications Technologies of the city of Armenia (Colombia), for teaching digital competencies to seniors.
The Citizens Foundation (Pakistan) for its Aagahi Literacy Programme for Women and Out-of-School Girls, which conducts digital educational needs assessments and provides teaching services to support the education of younger girls and older women.
FunDza (South Africa) for its readers and writers project to develop a culture of reading and writing for pleasure through an online platform connecting readers and writers.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Irina Bokova: Twitter
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Toronto, Sep 8 (Canadian-Media): International Literacy Day (ILD) on September 8 had been officially proclaimed by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) -- United Nations’ special agency – at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966 to create awareness to the international community towards more literate individuals, societies and communities, media reports said.
The theme of ILD 2017 is: "Literacy in a digital world".
Keeping with this theme Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said on ILD 2017, “Digital technologies permeate all spheres of our lives, fundamentally shaping how we live, work, learn and socialize...This year, the event is devoted to better understanding the type of literacy required in a digital world to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies. Everyone should be able to make the most of the benefits of the new digital age, for human rights, for dialogue and exchange, for more sustainable development.”
“Canadians with low literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed and poor, to suffer poorer health and to die earlier than Canadians with high levels of literacy,” says Tom Best, executive director of First Book Canada, a non-profit organization that provides new books to children in need, in partnership with McDonald’s Canada. Those with low literacy are also much less likely to vote or be engaged in community, Toronto Sun News reported.
With the main objective reportedly to provide literacy in growing digitally-mediated societies coordinated with development of policies and programmes for literacy skills, ILD aims to support digital technologies specially targeted on youth and adult literacy programs.
Literacy -- important to all Canadian citizens, immigrants and refugees – has a direct impact on every area of modern life including healthcare, civic engagement, education, employment and the economy.
Toronto Public Library (TPL), in Toronto, Ontario has reportedly come up with five literacy tips called the Five Es: Read Everyday, Explore, Expand, Educate and Enjoy., reported TPL
Although majority of Canadian residents reportedly have adequate literacy skills too many simply do not have these.
In British Columbia (B.C.) approximately 40 percent of adults reportedly have difficulty reading a newspaper, filling out forms, asking for information, or understanding the language.
During the observance of ILD, Leonne Beebe, Community Literacy Co-ordinator in Agassiz, B.C. invited everyone to wear purple to show their adherence to the community.
September 8, 2017-- observance of ILD -- was also officially proclaimed as Literacy Month in list of the communities in B.C.
Seabird Island Community School, a First Nations School in Agasizz, B.C. celebrated both International and Indigenous Literacy Day on September 8 of this year by starting their morning with a shared reading program for their students involving cross-age and cross-grade reading partners, followed by their traditional language classes.
The FVR Library, in Agasizz celebrated worldwide literacy with a drop-in activity throughout the day where drop-ins in library wrote messages on pre-addressed postcards, which will be sent to other libraries around the world.
“International Literacy Day really emphasizes what we are all about at the Learning Co-op …As this year’s theme suggests, literacy is a wide-ranging skill that impacts not only our ability to read books or the newspaper, but to be able to successfully navigate at work, at home and in society at large, said principal Joe Bitonti", at the Alternative and Continuing Education Campus of Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 1 (Canadian-Media): 4th Annual Oakville Diwali festival -- the Festival of Lights & Joy -- would be celebrated in Oakville Conference Centre situated at 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, Ontario on September 15 at 6:30 P.M., media reports said.
An anticipated 500 participants from across the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) would attend the festival of Diwali -- deeply rooted in cultural and spiritual values within the South Asian community -- signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Tickets for celebrations of Diwali festival would reportedly cost $200/ per head.
This event would be featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, silent auctions, henna art, raffle prizes, dance, music, DJ and more.
Manj Musik, Lead Vocalist & Music Composer from the group RDB (Rhythm, Dhol, Bass) -- formed in 1997 by three British Sikh brothers -- would provide entertainment this year to Oakville Diwali Gala guests.
RDB’s popularity is due to its western genres style blending with traditional Punjabi beats and vocals.
During the past three years, communities and sponsors had supported the Oakville Diwali Events in raising nearly half a million to support the needs of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
Dedicated healthcare professionals of the hospital always need to be equipped with modern equipment to help patients in need of life-changing care, but government funding and Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF) cannot provide for everything.
Sponsors and participants of the Oakville Hospital Diwali Gala come forward as a community to support growing and changing healthcare needs of the medical and healthcare professionals of OTMH.
“The Oakville Diwali Gala has become the most sought-after event in the Halton Region and is expected to raise $200,000, which will help in securing state of the art equipment to assist our very best healthcare professionals. The community support and generosity would ensure that the good work of our healthcare professionals remains the best in the world and our community efforts are recognized in making that happen,” Sona Khanna, the Event Chair was quoted by media.
An electronic tax receipt would be issued to anyone donating $20.00 CAD or greater.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
David Johnston with RCAF in Toronto
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Toronto, Sep 1 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory has proclaimed September 1 as Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Day in Toronto, media reports said.
David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada presented the RCAF with new Colours (special flags) during a ceremony held today at Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 p.m. today for the observance of RCAF.
In military terms, according to reports, the word “Colours” refers to sanctified ceremonial flags carried by certain Canadian Armed Forces combatant formations and units.
These unique flags -- presented personally by the Sovereign or by an individual acting on behalf of the Sovereign, usually the Governor General -- are a unit's most prized possession.
Colours marked and provided a supporting point for army regiments in the line of battle.
Although they continue to be visible symbols of pride, honour and devotion to Sovereign and country, but they are no longer carried today in action.
Toronto -- a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture -- is Canada's largest city and the fourth largest in North America with a diverse population of about 2.8 million people and consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
It is the third time the RCAF has received its stand of Colours. The two other times that RCAF received the stand of colours was in 1950 and 1982.
This afternoon a military parade took place on Nathan Phillips Square and RCAF aircraft performed flypasts over downtown as part of the official Colours ceremony.
Tory was quoted by media to say, "The City is honoured to host the Colours ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity for Torontonians to express the pride and gratitude we have for our air force, and to recognize the long history we have shared that dates back to the First World War. On behalf of our city, I offer congratulations to every member of the Royal Canadian Air Force on receiving your new Colours, and say thank you for your service and for bringing this significant and memorable event here for us to witness."
The RCAF flag was flown from the Queen Street flag pole at City Hall at 10 a.m. today.
The flag of the Governor General was flown from the courtesy flag pole on the podium roof at 12:15 p.m.
Later this evening Toronto sign was illuminated in the RCAF colours.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)