March is Women’s History Month — a fitting time to celebrate a pioneering investigative journalist featured in our Checkology® virtual classroom lesson “Democracy’s Watchdog.”
Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Nellie Bly (a pen name taken from a song by Stephen Foster) began her newspaper career when she was only 20, reporting on stories that shed light on injustices — and that often angered powerful people.
Most famously, Bly feigned insanity to go undercover as a patient at New York City’s notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum. She spent 10 days there, taking careful notes on what she witnessed, such as the staff’s treatment of patients, the food and clothing provided and the practices of the institution’s administrators.
Bly’s reports revealed mistreatment, neglect and unsanitary conditions. Some of the women, she found, were immigrants who had been committed simply because they could not speak English; others were physically ill, not mentally ill. Her reporting led to a grand jury investigation and a significant increase in state funding for, as she wrote in her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, “the benefit of the insane.”
She set a tremendous example for future generations of women in journalism who hold public officials and institutions accountable. The role of the press as democracy’s watchdog has never been more important, and reflecting on trailblazers such as Bly helps us understand why. To learn more about her, visit our website.
Thank you for your continued support of news literacy and the fight for facts.
The News Literacy Project Team
#permanentdaylightsavingtime; #DonaldTrump, #UniformTimeActof1966; #U.S.; #Floridastatelegislature; #Congressionalapproval; #MarcoRubio
Washington, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Donald Trump, president of United States (U.S.) said Monday that he would like to end an annual ritual of changing clocks twice a year and would be fine with a permanent daylight saving time, media reports said.
On the second Sunday in March the U.S. clocks leap forward by an hour from 2 a.m. and back an hour on the first Sunday in November, stated by federal law called Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Trump was in favour of the people who were confused and affected by this change in the clock are campaigning clocks on summer schedule should be unchanged permanently.
Trump wrote on his Twitter account that "Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me," joining those who supported the end of clock changes.
Bills were passed by the Florida state legislature to stay in summer schedule, but it required the Congressional approval to take effect.
Two American senators including Marco Rubio of Florida have filed bills to Congress to make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
Rubio's office argued that more sunlight at night in the daylight saving time would reduce the risk for cardiac issues, strokes and seasonal depression.
On the other hand, those supporting the clock changes cited the risks that would be caused by more darkness in the winter morning to school-goers if the summer schedule applies the whole year.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#PeriodicTable, #Chemistry, #UN
New York, Jan 30 (IBNS): International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) was launched yesterday United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris, media reports said.
Discovery of the Periodic System by Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev was done in 1869. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
IYPT is an opportunity for us to develop new resources and raise awareness, to inspire people of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
The Periodic Table of Elements is a great teaching tool and probably the most recognisable thing in chemistry.
In recognition of IYPT's importance of the periodic table as “one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science, reflecting the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, biology and other basic sciences disciplines,” United Nations (UN) General assembly two years back had decided to hold year-long events and activities all over the world.
The launch event, which was held in Paris, was inaugurated by UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay and was attended by many scientists and representatives of the private sector including notable persons such as Mikhail Kotyukov, Russia’s Minister of Science and Higher Education, Pierre Corvol, the President of the French Académie des Sciences, and Professor Ben Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
Among the notable activities organized throughout the year include, symposiums in Paris, France, and Murcia, Spain, and an online competition to test the knowledge of secondary education students on the subject as well as to stimulate their curiosity.
Other exciting and diverse activities that would be held throughout 2019, including public lectures, teacher resources, public outreach, grants to our member networks and communities to fund IYPT specific activities for their respective communities, themed journals and books.
International symposium “Women and the Periodic Table of Elements” would be held on 11-12 of February 2019 at University of Murcia, Murcia (Spain)
An interactive exhibit was also planned at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris until yesterday.
Over the course of the IYPT, our publications will be publishing themed collections of articles relating to specific elements or areas of the periodic table. We are also sharing a list of articles on some of the rarer elements.
UNESCO will present its educational initiative, 1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry, designed to help young people in schools all over the world improve their understanding of chemistry and its numerous uses.
Image Credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank
#indigenousPeople; #InternationalYearofIndigenousLanguages2019; #UnitedNationsEducationalScientificCulturalOrganization;
Ottawa, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 (IYIL2019) to raise global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages, media reports said.
IYIL2019 is being observed today all over the world to raise awareness this event's significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance and peacebuilding.
The theme of this year's IYIL is “Indigenous languages matter for sustainable development, peace building and reconciliation.”
2019 IYIL is globally being launched by United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France with support from other organizations like United Nations Department of economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the members of Steering Committee and the participation of other relevant stakeholders.
Official Global Launch Event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
Present during the official launch of this event would be high-level governmental officials, indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, media, United Nations agencies, public language harmonization and documentation institutions and private sector bodies.
With an aim to provide a global forum for a constructive debate, many speakers and experts would address new paradigms for safeguarding, promoting and providing access to knowledge and information for the indigenous languages’ users.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#InternationalHindiDay; #IHD, #Toronto; #Hindilanguage; #DineshBhatia, #ConsGenIndiaToronto; #NationalAnthem; # BharatKoJaniyeQuiz;
Toronto, Jan 12 (Canadian-Media): Dinesh Bhatia, Consular General of India Toronto, celebrated yesterday International Hindi Day (IHD) along with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in his office at Toronto in the presence of a large Indian gathering.
His office, said Bhatia in his speech, would be celebrating both IHD and PBD that day.
He said that the first International Hindi Conference was held on Jan 10, 1975 in Nagpur, India.
IHD is celebrated all over the world since then on Jan 10 each year.
Bhatia said his office also celebrates IHD on January 10 each year.
Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius.
Another event National Bhartiya Diwas (NHD), said Bhatia is also celebrated all over India on Sept 14.
PBD which is celebrated each year on Jan 9, is also being celebrated by Bhatia that day.
The significance of the celebration of PBD, said Bhatia, was that it was on Jan 9,1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest leaders of India had come back to India from South Africa.
This event is celebrated to give tribute to Mahatma Gandhi since, added Bhatia, there was no greater Indian man than him.
Bhatia said that his office had been celebrating PBD since 2003.
Till then, 14 PBD had been celebrated, continued Bhatia and the 15th PBD would be celebrated in Varanasi, India from Jan 19, 20 and 21, 2019.
Bhatia presented before the audience Prime minister of India's invitation to one and all to Varanasi, India, for celebration of the event, continued Bhatia and added that he hoped a large number of Indians from Canada would participate in it.
He also reminded all the people present that 10th was the last of registration for this event.
Bhatia then honored the Internationally renowned Hindi scholars and that Canada was a proud recipient of several such awards.
Bhatia said that till now 11 conferences of PBD had been held around the world most of them India. Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius, 12th PBD conference would reportedly be held in Devas city, India
For many years, said Bhatia that endless efforts had been made by Indians to introduce Hindi as one of its languages in the United Nations (UN) in addition to five other languages already present.
But India had reached a milestone in 2018, reported Bhatia, when UN weekly 10-minute bulletin started appearing in Hindi language in UN, their twitter account and in our twitter account.
This was followed by an announcement by Bhatia informing all present that on 26th January his office would be celebrating the National Republic day at 10 a.m.
He then added that due to limitation of space in his office, Republic Day would also be celebrated in on February 10 in Pearson Convention Centre in large scale to accommodate larger gathering.
The participants for Hindi poetry recitals were then invited on the stage for their recitals.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
A unique opportunity to learn about the journey of some of the most successful South Asians In Ontario
#SouthAsiansInOntario; #TelevisionSeries; #SONYPicturesInternational’sSouthAsianHindiChannel; #ATN-SONY
STORIES OF SUCCESSFUL LEADERS TO BE PRESENTED ON ATN-SONY TELEVISION
Toronto, Canada (Oct 15, 2018): Some of the biggest names from South Asian community in Ontario will be available for a photo op and interviews on one platform at a launch event of a TV series on October 15, 2018 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, near Pearson Airport in Mississauga, media reports said.
Pavi Binning, President of Wittington Investments, holding company of Weston Group that owns Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, PC Financials, Holt Renfrew and more;
Steve Gupta, President & CEO of Eastons Group of Hotels
Ali Kizilbash, President and CEO of TWI foods, which owns the famous Crispy brand of food products
Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance
Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Mary Ann (Domitrovic) Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada Raza Hasan, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC
Jai Kalra, Creator and Host of the Stories of Success, Kahaniyan Kaamyabi Ki, and a renowned actor from Indian Film and Television Industry who has appeared in Bollywood films and Indian television dramas, popularly known for playing the role of Vikram Shergill in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.
These leaders as well as other renowned names from the South Asian Diaspora will be part of a 14 episode Television Series on SONY Pictures International’s South Asian Hindi Channel, ATN-SONY.
The one hour episode on these leaders will broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.
WHAT: Launch Event of 14 episode Television Series on ATN-SONY
WHERE: Holiday Inn Toronto, International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 1J9.
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM– 6:30 PM
WHY: To gather on a single platform to launch the Television Series about their journey and success stories
ABOUT THE LEADERS:
1. Mr. Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Easton’s Group of Hotels operates 29 hotels in GTA under the flagship chains of hotels such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and many more.
2. Mr. Pavi Binning, President, Wittington Investments which is the holding company of Weston Family that own high street brands such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, Holt Renfrew and many more
3. Mr. Carl Rodrigues, Founder, President & CEO, SOTI Inc., an IT company based out of Mississauga with global operations in more than 100 countries
4. Mr. Ali Kizilbash, Founder, President, TWI Foods, owns the famous Crispy Brand. It is a front runner in ethnic markets with its product lines of Crispy Naan Breads, Cake Rusks, Flatbreads, cookies and many more. They have won many recognition including one of the best export companies of Ontario
5. Mr. Raj Kothari, Vice-Chair PwC Canada is one of the first partners of South Asian origins on Bay Street. In an illustrious career, Raj is the Vice Chair of PwC Canada and sits on prestigious boards likes Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto General and Western Hospital and many more
6. Ms. Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
7. Ms. Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance. She was also awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, an honor given to Oversees Citizens of India
8. Mr. Raman Dua, President & Founder of Savemax — Savemax is one o the leading real estate brokerages in Mississauga and Brampton area with sales of over $2 billion since their inception 9 years ago.
9. Mr. Gaurav Upadhya, Chief Actuary, Forestors Financials
10. Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, CEO & President, Institute of Corporate Director, Canada and ex-CEO of Toronto Foundation
11. Mr. Surjit Babra, CEO & Founder, Skylink Capital Corp. 12. Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), Spine Surgeon and Professor, University of Toronto, Divisions of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
About SONY SET TELEVISION:
• One of the most followed South Asian Network through Asian Television Network (ATN) amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Canada.
ATN SONY is currently available in more than 120,000* households in Canada through ATN (*estimates provided by the Network)
SONY Picture Television International and Channels include SONY Pictures Network (India), Animax, AXN, PIX, HBO Europe and SONY Movie Channel
• One of the leading channel networks with South Asian diaspora globally, especially the affluent South Asian community in American Geography. • One of the most watched channels in India and South Asian Diaspora
#InternationalDayOfTheGirl, #JustinTrudeau, #CanadaPM; #Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; #UnitedNations
Ottawa, Oct 11 (Canadian-Media): A letter written by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, to girls on International Day of the Girl Child said that it was a critical time for the girls of our world, media reports said.
The letter said that it was a time for the protection and assertion of rights of the girls and women to to pay close attention to their concerns.
The girls have to act together with men and boys to determine a lived equality for all and the ending of violence against women and girls so that they raise to defend their rights.
The letter said, "We are working to shift the burden of shame to those who commit the abuse...urge all institutions, public and private, to do the same...to call on them to put survivors at the centre, upholding the highest standards of respect, with zero impunity"
National and international movements like ‘#MeToo,’ ‘#TimesUp,’ ‘#BalanceTonPorc,’ ‘#NiUnaMenos and UN Women’s #HearMeToo, read the letter, have brought momentum and we must continue to end the impunity not only of individuals but also of institutions.
The letter concluded, "Ending violence against women and girls is at the heart of our work and a central part of fighting for gender equality. On this Day, we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. We celebrate the strength and the potential of the 1.1 billion girls in today’s world who are challenging the status quo, raising their voices against violence, innovating technology to solve global challenges, standing up for the environment, and preparing to lead."
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued today the following statement where he said: "In Canada and around the globe, girls are changing their communities and shaping their societies for the better. They show us that when girls have the support and opportunities to achieve their highest potential, they transform our world."
Today Trudeau shared an image of her daughter Ella-Grace Margaret on social media on the occasion of the international day of the girl where Ella is seen sitting on a chair, probably which belongs to her father, while Trudeau is standing at a corner.
Trudeau tweeted as follows:
"Yet even in 2018, girls across the board face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination, and other systemic barriers that hold them back. It’s long past time for that to change. The activists on the frontlines of that fight are girls – demanding their rights be respected and that their voices be heard."
Trudeau also emphasised how "women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades".
His statement reads, "In Canada, women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of growth in recent decades – but we need to do more to increase girls’ access to career guidance, mentorship, and networks they need to transition from school to work.
"The Government of Canada is expanding training and education programs for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and helping girls enter careers in skilled trades through the new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. These measures will help reduce gender gaps and build a more prosperous future for all Canadians."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): World Animal Day (WAD), observed annually on October 4, is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare, media reports said.
World Animal Day logo/Wikipedia
An atmosphere of new culture of respect and sensitivity towards animals, should be created through increased awareness and education, to make this world a fairer place for all animals.
World Animal Day idea was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog.
He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 in Berlin and moved it to 4 October for the first time in 1929.
Initially WAD was followed only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia.
After tirelessly advocating the promotion of WAD, finally in May 1931 at a congress of the world’s animal protection organizations in Florence Italy, Zimmermann's proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal, was unanimously accepted.
As publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog with new issues every two weeks and used the magazine to promote the welfare of animals under the general public and established a World Animal Day Committee.
WAD was chosen to be on 4 October as it is the day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, including animals and the founder of the Catholic Franciscan order.
According to legendary belief, Saint Francis was able to talk to animals. He died on the eve of 4 October, which became his patron saints day.
Observance of WAD, unites the animal welfare movement and mobilising it into a global force to embraces all animals in every country which feeds into legal reform and social progress in creating a world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and their welfare are fully cared for.
WAD has already brought about a significant and lasting contribution towards advancing animal welfare standards, and its influence will only continue to grow.
Heart-warming messages regularly from people keen to tell us about how they were able to motivate general public regarding awareness of animal welfare throughout the world.
There are other important days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March.
However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country.
In 2003, recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries.
On this day we can learn about animals through open days at sanctuaries.
This day is also an opportunity to remember that many animal species are in danger due to the cruelty of human beings.
Pandas, brown bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, dolphins, orang-utans, tigers and may more are having a very hard time right now and it is our duty to protect these endangered animals on every day of the week, and not just WAD.
Helping to enhance the visibility of WAD is the need of the hour.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ministers Bennett and Philpott Issue Joint Statement on Orange Shirt Day
From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 30, 2018) – The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, and the Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, issued the following statement today:
“On September 30th, we encourage all Canadians to participate in Orange Shirt Day and the events happening across Canada. We will be wearing orange to honour the thousands of survivors, and to encourage all Canadians to learn about the tragic legacy of the residential school system.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the childhood story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a residential school survivor. As a special gift for her first day at St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School, Phyllis’s grandmother bought her a new, bright-orange shirt to wear. When she arrived, her new shirt was forcibly taken from her as Indigenous children were not allowed to keep any clothes or keepsakes from home. Phyllis describes losing her sense of dignity and self-worth as a result of this unjust treatment. She recently published a book titled “The Orange Shirt Story” in which she shares her personal story to help further educate Canadians about the harsh truth of what took place at residential schools and how it has impacted generations of Indigenous children and their families.
Phyllis’ story is one of many examples of the harm inflicted upon the self-esteem and well-being of children who were forced to attend these schools. As we continue our journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, we must never forget the tragic impact of residential schools and we must learn from the stories that have been courageously shared by survivors.
Today we acknowledge the denial of rights and wrongdoings of the past, we recognize its present-day impacts, including the trauma carried by thousands of survivors and their families, and we commit to moving forward on the path to reconciliation.
All Canadians have a role to play in reconciliation. On September 30th, we encourage everyone to wear orange as a symbolic gesture and to also take the opportunity to learn more, and educate others, about the legacy of residential schools and its impacts on Indigenous communities today.
Reconciliation involves all Canadians joining together to learn about past injustices and to recognize the important contributions of Indigenous peoples in the future of Canada. It is only by working together that we will be able to make lasting change.”