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Aga Khan museum showcases Islamic art

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Prime Minister Stephen Harper stepped out of his limousine at the Ismaili Centre in Don Mills Friday afternoon and allowed himself a rare moment of unbuttoned candour.

“It’s a good day,” he said, smoothing his jacket as he greeted the Prince Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims worldwide and a force for benevolent change across the globe, with a familiarity reserved for an old friend.

The occasion for their meeting, the ceremonial opening of the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum, two remarkable new buildings that occupy nearly seven hectares alongside the Don Valley Parkway here, was very official.

The museum, which opened on Sept. 12th has been a long time coming, Toronto having been named its home 12 years ago this October by the prince.

Speaking to a crowd that included dignitaries, the architects of both buildings, and members of the local Ismaili community Friday, Harper praised the Aga Khan for his efforts in “demystifying Islam, throughout the world, by stressing its social traditions of peace, tolerance and of pluralism. This is a vision of Islam of which all Canadians can be proud,” he said, “especially when a contrary and violent distortion of that vision so regularly dominates the news.”

 Yet for all the waiting, the museum seems destined to become both major cultural destination and player in very short order. In fact, doesn’t its completion atop its seven-hectare site on the brow of the Don Valley Parkway seem almost … sudden? Perhaps this is because the 10,100-square-metre museum, with its elegant gardens, five reflecting pools and adjacent Ismaili Community Centre and mosque, seems to have unfolded in very slow motion, quietly, without hype, with the sort of discretion only a $300-million-plus budget can buy. Forty-odd years ago the British rock group Yes sang about how “mountains come out of the sky/And they stand there.” There’s something of that quality to the two graceful monoliths plunked serenely near the incessant riverrun of traffic up and down the Parkway.

The world, of course, has many museums and galleries with space devoted to Islamic art. Toronto’s own Royal Ontario Museum, for example, has a curator of Islamic decorative art and its Wirth Gallery of the Middle East contains Islamic artifacts. But the Aga Khan Museum is being touted as the only institution in North America dedicated solely to the panoply of Islamic art – painted illustrations, ceramics, weavings, calligraphy, scientific instruments, paintings, clothing, myriad editions of the Koran.

Artifacts are displayed on two floors, in large, high-ceilinged, discreetly lit white rooms with teak floors. The main-floor space prefaced by a corridor illuminated by an arresting series of video animations, has its treasures arranged chronologically on an L-shaped footprint, and is decidedly Catholic in its presentation. There are three large vitrines displaying Korans of varying degrees of calligraphic magnificence; a 10th-century inkwell carved from rock crystal; a marble fountain, with geometric mosaics, from a palatial courtyard in 15th-century Egypt; a tunic of beige brocaded silk worn by a horseman in 14th-century Iran; the oldest-known extant version of The Canon of Medicine, compiled in Persia in the 11th century; a bronze astrolabe with silver insets from 14th-century Spain, its surface inscribed in Arabic, Hebrew and Latin.

Bentley noted that to many Westerners, Islam is a stern theocratic monolith when, in reality, it’s been a multiplicity of dynasties and civilizations encompassing more than 1,000 years, its reach extending far beyond the Arabian Peninsula to Spain, Africa, Indonesia, the Indian subcontinent and the gates of China. “Our biggest message here really is diversity,” Bentley said, “and how Islam has always responded to local traditions.” Moreover, it’s “not true there is a prohibition against figurative images in Islamic art,” she said. Yes, there is no figuration in the Koran nor images in mosques but, as the Aga Khan Museum shows, figural motifs – human, animal, fanstastical (including dragons and harpies) – were a staple of Islamic artistic expression.

One of the finest examples of this is found in the museum’s second-floor gallery. It’s an illuminated folio called The Court of Keyomars, attributed to the 16th-century Iranian artist Soltan Mohammad, painted on paper in opaque watercolour, gold, silver and ink for Shah Tahmasp I. Astonishingly detailed, exquisitely executed (some of its strokes were reportedly made by a single squirrel hair), luminously lyrical, the scene depicts a seemingly levitating mythical king and his turbaned courtiers blissed out in a paradise of riotously coloured vegetation, rocks and water. Said Bentley: “It’s considered by many scholars to be the greatest masterpiece of Persian and Moghul painting.” The folio is one of dozens of works in In Search of the Artist, a themed show, culled from the Aga Khan’s permanent collection, highlighting recognized Iranian and Indian painters and drawers from the 16th through 18th centuries, artists largely unknown to Western eyes yet as hefty in their fashion as a Bruegel or Bellini. Included is an early 17th-century Moghul Indian painting, Son’s Lamentation at His Father’s Funeral, one of the few artifacts by a female artist, Sahifa Banu.

Another temporary exhibition, The Garden of Ideas, features work – in printmaking, video, rug-making and miniature painting, among other idioms – of six contemporary Pakistani artists. Assembled by the Sri Lankan curator Sharmini Pereira, the show’s a clear signal that the Aga Khan is not going to be just historical in focus, that Islamic art has both a present and a future. It’s also a riposte of sorts to the commonly held conception of Pakistan as “the most dangerous place in the world” where the only growth industry is jihadism.

The most famous of the six Pakistanis is Imran Qureshi, the Lahore-based miniature painter and teacher. Not only does Qureshi, 42, have nine gouaches on handmade paper hanging in The Garden of Ideas, he got the okay to paint, in acrylic and latex, a large site-specific work on the museum grounds. Titled The Garden Within, its roiling, predominantly green landscape of vegetal forms on cement recalls the huge, red-splattered installation Qureshi did last year on the rooftop garden of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. To these eyes, though, the most eye-popping contemporary work is found inside the museum, just outside the entrance to the main-floor gallery. Part tapestry, part sculpture, Your Way Begins on the Other Side by Aisha Khalid, another 42-year-old Lahorean, hangs more than six metres; one side, with its rich patterns and images of lions, leopards, dragons and deer, riffs on the Safavid carpets of 16th-century Persia, the other is a “lawn” made up of more than a million densely packed, brightly coloured metal pins.

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Pay attention!

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

People have started noticing signs of candidates running for mayoralty, regional council, council and school board trustee on the front lawns, sides of businesses, by the road side and so on. Many residents remain unaware that there are municipal elections to be held on Oct 27th. Even more do not know what the job of a mayor, a regional councillor, a councillor or a school board trustee is.

As citizens of a democratic country, we are privileged to have basic necessities of life, to have electricity, clean drinking water, food, roof over our heads and a system that we trust for the most part. From time to time, we are taken advantage of by people we have put in the office to lead and steer our cities, regions, provinces and country in the right direction.

Therefore, we cannot and should not take these privileges for granted. Power has a way to corrupt people. So on Oct 27th, choose the people for these powerful positions carefully. These elected officials should at all times be accountable to you, the citizenry. However if you, the citizenry forget or neglect your job and obligation to hold these public officials accountable, abuse can and will happen.

And it’s not as if it has not happened.

Brampton city council is under criminal investigation.

 Mayor of London Joe Fontana was charged by the RCMP last November with three offences: fraud under $5,000, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official.

Alberta’s Auditor-General had released a report that said that former Premier Allison Redford’s staff routinely booked passengers on some flights and cancelled them late so the premier could fly alone. It was revealed that Ms. Redford spent $45,000 to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Africa. She also spent $3,100 to have her daughter and a friend fly with her on different occasions.

We cited these examples as eye opening instances of misuse of public trust and funds. While these individuals have clearly been at fault. We, the citizens of an educated society are also at fault. We are guilty of not paying attention to what these elected officials do while they are in the office, whether they are just taking advantage of public funds at their disposal or are actually doing something worthwhile.

So, on Oct 27th, vote because that’s how these elected officials know that you care and so they will take care of our funds and our visions.

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Canada Welcomes Agreement on National Government in Afghanistan

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued the following statement on the national government in Afghanistan:

“Canada welcomes the agreement between Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to form a Government of National Unity.

“This peaceful agreement will bring additional stability and prosperity to Afghanistan by ensuring that all Afghan citizens will be represented by the new government, and by the historic transfer of power from one president to the next.

“We congratulate the Afghan people for their continued commitment to the democratic process as they patiently awaited this announcement. Canada recognizes that a vast majority of Afghans have chosen a path toward economic development, free of corruption and are determined to act in Afghanistan’s national interests.

“Afghanistan’s new leadership, including Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, will need to move quickly to address the range of economic and security challenges it faces in order to restore business and investor confidence.

“Canada looks forward to working with the new government to help it meet these challenges.”

 

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ANGUS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BACK PALLIATIVE CARE SUPPORT WITH ACTION

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

 Ottawa- With the Conservative government voting for NDP MP Charlie Angus’ motion for a Pan-Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care NDP MP Charlie Angus is calling for action.

 He has written to Health Minister Rona Ambrose asking her what steps the government will take to make the palliative care commitment a reality.

 “I was pleased to hear Minister Ambrose support the New Democratic Party’s vision for palliative care. But we need more than talk we need the government to make firm commitments to make this happen.”

 Ambrose has recently stated her commitment to a federal role in palliative care. But earlier this spring Minister Ambrose stated that while she ”supports the call for a palliative care strategy” she would not promise “to launch a formal effort to create such a strategy.”

 Angus has reached across party lines to Ambrose saying parliamentarians need to work together to make this a reality.

 “I think we would both agree that if Parliament does not follow through on this bi-partisan initiative, it would be a real failure for Canadians who look to us to put our partisan interests aside in pursuit of the greater good.”

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Ten hardware must-haves for entrepreneurs

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Other than your smartphone, what piece of hardware is a must-have for entrepreneurs?

1. Multiple monitors: We work with multiple monitors – usually our laptops plus a PC. When you work online, there’s no other way to efficiently bounce between dozens of web pages and files. I usually have two or three screens available in addition to my laptop. What it takes up in pure physical space, it makes up in saved time and patience. Plus, it makes me feel like an awesome, futuristic computer hacker!” -Manpreet Singh, Seva Call.

2. Old-school phone: Nothing is more frustrating than trying to have a conversation with someone who is using Google Voice and a cell phone in lieu of a landline. If you’re running a business, you need a landline phone. Period. Shell out the $15 or $20 per month, and save yourself (and your customers) endless frustration. -Brittany Hodak, ZinePak.

3. Extra battery: If every piece of hardware were a Greek hero, the iPhone would surely be Achilles. This is because it’s a mighty business tool with a fatal flaw: the unreliable battery life. Never leave home without an extra battery. You can find hundreds of iPhone batteries on Amazon. Although the mophie battery case is the best known, my favorite is the ZAGGsparq because it’s a charger and battery in one unit. -Gregory Galant, Sawhorse Media.

4. Mobile internet: I’ve lost count of the number of presentations I built, bugs I fixed or A/B tests I started from the backseat of a cab, a commuter train or the airport terminal between flights using my mobile Internet card and my laptop. You can bang out so many more emails with a proper keyboard. Before we had an office, employees or paying customers, we had mobile Internet cards.” -Richard White, UserVoice.

5. Apple TV: Bring videos, keynotes, and demonstrations off the small screens of your devices and onto a television using Apple TV. We use this daily for viewing our live streams and videos on YouTube as a team. -Jennifer Donogh, Ovaleye, LLC.

6. A Kindle: A Kindle is essential for reading business books on the go without breaking your back from a huge bag full of books. – Josh Weiss, Bluegala.

7. A Webcam: As an entrepreneur, you’ll need to connect with a lot of people, and sometimes you’ll need to be in more than one city in a day. With limited travel budgets and time resources, a webcam can help you stay well-connected while you try to interview new talent, network or raise money. -Ben Rubenstein, Yodle.

8. Bose headphones: Everyone should have Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Flying takes a toll on you, especially because of all of the noise. I feel a lot more rested after I use them. -Jared Reitzin, MobileStorm Inc.

9. Google Glass: Google Glass lets you stay informed about your customers, up to date with email and even tracks your business metrics. We use Google Glass both in and out of the office at Crushpath. -Matt Wilkinson, Crushpath.

10. A backup drive: Systems crash, and it takes tons of time and money to get lost data back. A few years ago we spent thousands of dollars and countless hours trying to recover what we lost. We will never let this happen again, and now we have a backup drive. -Jim Belosic, Pancakes Laboratories/ShortStack.

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AGITATION WEAKENS, PROBLEMS REMIAN UNRESOLVED

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

   Dr. Hasan Askari

  The joint session of the parliament ended on September 19, condemning the “dharanas” by Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri. However, the parliament did not suggest any solution of the political agitation that has been going on for the last five weeks. It seems that the federal government and the parliament are hoping that the two leaders would get tired of making speeches every evening and leave for Lahore on their own.

 The PMLN and its allies are describing the Islamabad crisis as a struggle between democracy and the military establishment and nondemocratic forces. They argue that the continuation of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister strengthens democracy. That anti-democratic and pro-establishment activists like Imran Khan and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri want to tear up democratic political system and return to an establishment-dominated political system.

  The present crisis has also increased religious polarization. The active role by Dr. Tahar-ul-Qadri which has given him eminence in the political field has triggered Islamic-sectarian reaction. Most religious parties and leaders question the role of Dr. Qadri and his religious followers belong to other Islamic sectarian groups because the sudden rise of an Islamic clergy in the politics is viewed negatively by competing Islamic-sectarian leaders in Pakistan.

 Another dimension of politics relates to the emergence of Imran Khan and Tahar-ul-Qadri as the new opposition leaders. The traditional opposition parties in the present day context are the PPP, the ANP and the MQM. Their leading role is now challenged by these two leaders engaged in the sit-in, especially Imran Khan, who has gradually emerged as the main opposition personality. If Imran gets some of his objectives realized in 2014-15, he is expected to push back the PPP, at least in the Punjab. The PPP already suffers from serious organizational problems in the Punjab and, in the context of the present political crisis, it is viewed as the PMLN ally. Therefore, all those alienated from the PMLN, are likely to view the PTI of Imran Khan (rather than the PPP) as the political alternative.

  The demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation is no longer taken seriously. If the federal government agrees to establishing a Judicial Commission with power to scrutinize voting in some selected constituencies, the two leaders sitting in Islamabad will have to return to Lahore.

  The support for Nawaz Sharif in the joint session of the parliament has helped to salvage his position. However, the joint session’s inability for political conflict resolution has been exposed. The attendance in the sessions, with the exception of the first two days or when the PTI leader resented his party’s point-of-view, has been poor. In a total joint house of 446 members, the attendance on average was 100, although lesser number of people sat in the house for the whole day.

 If the joint session strengthened the position of Nawaz Sharif, it has created two sets of problems. First, a large number of members belonging to the allied parties, especially the PPP, described the 2013 elections as rigged and manipulated. This eroded the moral basis of the PMLN’s election victory.

 Second, several members of the PMLN and their allies have made strong negative comments about the military and its intelligence agencies. Some of them openly argued that the protest by Imran Khan and Qadrri enjoyed the blessings of the military’s intelligence agencies. These speeches increased the distrust between the civilian government led by Nawaz Sharif and the military.

 When the present crisis in Islamabad ends, it should not be viewed as a victory for the PMLN. The Sharif government faces enormous challenges if it is thinking in terms of completing its five-year term.

One can disagree with the methods adopted by the two protesting leaders. The issues raised by them relate to the need of better governance and the addressing of the problems of the common people. This message appeals even to those who do not identify with these two leaders.

 Three issues are going to determine the future of the PMLN rule. First, the Sharif government should address the political fall-out of the agitation without any delay. It needs to agree to vote-scrutiny and audit by the proposed Judicial Commission so as to ensure fairness and transparency of the electoral process in the future. The required electoral reforms will have to be made.

 The recent floods have strengthened the demands for improving governance by the federal and provincial governments. The civilian government should assign the highest priority to addressing the socio-economic problems, especially the shortage of electricity and gas problems, price hike and internal security. This will enable the Sharif government to renew its mandate in any future election that is expected long before 2018.

  Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri succeeded through the courts to get two murder cases (FIR) registered in Lahore and Islamabad against the Prime Minister and several other people.

 One murder charge has been registered against Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. Tahir-ul-Qadri will pursue the murder case for the killing of his loyalists in Lahore very seriously. He insists that a proper inquiry cannot take place if Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif continue in their offices. There are two ways to deal with the situation. The murder charges report (FIR) can be sealed till these two people are in office and the inquiry can take place when they are out of office. The other option is to transfer the case to some other province. These issues will have to be addressed in a judicious manner.

 Second, good civil-military relation are a pre-requisite for political stability in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif should discourage his “hard line” loyalists from engaging in direct or indirect military bashing. He should make sure that the process of “mutual consultation” on foreign and security polices between the civil and the military is fully restored. As long as Pakistan faces internal terrorism and external security pressures, the civilian government alone cannot manage these issues on fancy and unrealistic notion of business-based considerations.

 Third, the federal government needs to disengage itself from unnecessary fights to protect its power interests. The selective use of Article 6 of the Constitution to prosecute only Pervez Musharraf will neither establish the rule of law nor civilian supremacy over the military. The military government should learn about dealing with ex-military rulers from the experience of other countries that experienced military rule.

 Democracy in Pakistan can be protected only if genuinely free and transparent elections are held and the civilian governments offer better governance for improving the quality of life for ordinary people. The opposition parties need to adopt political restraint and avoid long marches and long “dhranas”.

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One and only one

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

As the opposition takes a break from politics, the government tightens its grip

 THE Supreme Court of Bangladesh has just rejected appeals by a former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, over the appointment of a judge in a corruption case against her. The ruling clears the way for Mrs Zia to stand trial. Prosecutors accuse her of having siphoned off cash from charitable trusts set up in memory of her late husband, Ziaur Rahman, who was an army leader at independence and was later assassinated as president. If found guilty, the country’s second-most-powerful woman could face time in jail.

The court ruling reinforces the dominance enjoyed by the country’s most powerful woman, Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister. It comes eight months after she won an unprecedented second term in an election boycotted by Mrs Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Sheikh Hasina had put Mrs Zia under house arrest and barred the BNP’s electoral ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, from running. With no opposition, it was a shoo-in for Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League.

After a nervous start and amid calls for fresh polls, her government has hit its stride. Some sympathisers argue that Sheikh Hasina’s rule is justified, if only because of her success in developing the economy. Poverty has fallen rapidly since her return to power in 2009. The economy is now twice as big as when the kleptocratic and incompetent rule of Mrs Zia’s government ended in 2006—the moment the army locked up both battling begums.

After its coup, the army discovered that governing was less enjoyable than it had imagined. It has since taken a back seat. It earns a handy $500m a year from its UN peacekeeping missions, the arms budget has grown nicely, and new additions to the army’s business portfolio include yet another luxury hotel as well as a cattle ranch.

At the same time, Sheikh Hasina’s government has continued to capture the courts, silence media critics and tinker with the constitution to perpetuate its rule. It has a two-thirds majority in Parliament, and its ally, the Jatiya Party of a former dictator, Mohammad Ershad, acts as the loyal opposition. On September 17th Parliament passed a constitutional amendment to give it the authority to fire judges.

The BNP has little choice but to wait until the next general election, which need not take place until 2019. Its claim that the Awami League is imploding is wishful thinking. Although the economy has recently slowed, the banking sector is in bad shape and law and order is shaky, no full-blown crisis is in sight.

In some respects, the government has been shrewd. It has kept pending long-overdue verdicts by a controversial tribunal set up to look at charges of genocide and other crimes committed during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan. Almost all those charged are members of Jamaat-e-Islami. On September 17th the Supreme Court commuted a death sentence for Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a Jamaat leader. Mr Sayedee’s sentencing for war crimes last year triggered a wave of fatal street unrest. This latest ruling, along with, in effect, a suspension of the war-crimes trials, hints that they have outlived their usefulness as a political tool.

Perhaps surprisingly, the government is now considerably more popular than it was before the election, according to a recent opinion poll. The BNP says the poll is flawed; the party points out that it defeated the Awami League in mayoral elections last year (while accusing it of rigging local-government elections this year). Perhaps the opinion poll reflects a sense of fatalism: why flay the government when the opposition is not, for now, an alternative?

How the BNP climbs back into contention will remain unclear for some time. Out of parliament, its politicians rely on thugs for personal protection that was once provided by the state. Flanked by advisers who were once close to her husband, Mrs Zia insists that boycotting the general election was the right thing to do. She suggests that party reform is in the works and that her son, Tarique Rahman, in exile in London, will make a political comeback. Mrs Zia declares that she is not interested in revenge—unlike “that lady”.

Although Mr Rahman’s return would inject some younger blood into the party, his elevation would divide the BNP at home and isolate it abroad. In 2008 American diplomats judged in cables leaked by WikiLeaks that “much of what is wrong in Bangladesh can be blamed on Tarique and his cronies”. Mr Rahman’s defenders say that the corruption of which he is widely accused was in fact carried out by those who abused their connections with him.

Not relishing a return of the BNP’s mother-son duo—which, among other things, turned a blind eye to the Islamist fringe—foreign governments are content to do business with Sheikh Hasina. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has nothing like the close ties with Sheikh Hasina that were forged by the Gandhi dynasts of the country’s recently defeated Congress party. Still, he is keen for relations with Bangladesh to be solid, emphasising economic ties and a common front against Islamist militants. China has submitted an open-ended offer of aid so long as it gets a seaport. Japan has just pledged $6 billion in loans. Russia and Bangladesh are conducting a feasibility study for two nuclear power plants—though doubts exist about whether they will ever be built. Foreigners have put in bids to launch a Bangladeshi satellite, to be named after the prime minister’s father and the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

All, in other words, is set fair for Sheikh Hasina, despite a deeply flawed election. Without an effective opposition, she is under little pressure. Only if the prime minister feels that winning a third straight term in 2019 looks unlikely might she call an early poll in the hope of prolonging her dynasty’s rule. One begum is winning the endless battle—for the time being.

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SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES (SACHS) GRAND GALA EVENT

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

South Asian Community Health Services (SACHS) hosted a successful Grand Gala Event last Friday.

The gala was attended by members of Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, William Osler Hospital Foundation, Canada Pakistan Business Council, Peel Children’s Aid Society, RBC Insurance and many other organizations and individuals who came out in large numbers and made the event a success. It was star studded event with dignitaries who supported the South Asian Community Health Services (SACHS), Dr Maher Hussain, CEO, Nyna Petrov senior team member of SACHS, SACHS team members and volunteers.

The speakers endorsed the need to support organizations such as Asian Community Health Services (SACHS) to deal with the various health, community and social issues we face.

The Guests of Honour and the topics of their speeches were:

The Honourable Bal Ghosal, Minister of State (Sport) – Sports and Health in South Asian Community

The Honourable Senator, Dr Asha Seth-Health programs and services of Federal Govt, women’s health and mental health in South Asian community

The Honourable Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCall ion- Volunteering and donation

Asghar Ali Golo, Consul General of Pakistan- Health and South Asian community       

Naval Bajaj, Chair, Centre of Excellent and Past President, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce- Healthy Development of Youth              

Samir Dossal, President of Canada Pakistan Business Council- Healthy Food            

Satish Thakkar, CEO, Excelsior Financial Group and Past President, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce- Volunteers involvement in Health Care          

Maureen Sheahan, VP Philanthropy, William Osler Foundation- Health Services, Programs and Fundings        

Gurwinder Gill, Director, Equity And Volunteer Services, William Osler Health Systems, Brampton- Health Services for South Asian Population          

Harvinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale-Health Care Services          

Abu Becker, CEO , The Nrich Group, President of Airbond Travel and Philanthropist- Programs Of South Asian Community Health Services       

Iqbal Ali, Director of Financial Management, City Of Toronto & Member of Board of Directors, Peel CAS- Foster Care for Children from South Asian Community          

Michelle Shaw, Safe City, Brampton- Safe City

South Asian Community Health Services (SACHS) is a registered not for profit charity organization started in 2010, provides services such as Health Education, Health Promotion, Mental Health, Addiction, Stress Management, Anger Management, Community Eye Care, Women’s Health Services, and related Social issues and Social and Recreational programs. SACHS provides programs for men, women, seniors and youth. The main goals for this fund raising event are to expand the current programs and services, to establish and run residential services for clients with mental health issues, clients recovering from alcohol/drug abuse, troubled youth, women and seniors and foster home for children. SACHS offers its services at its centre and also provides outreach services in the community. SACHS provide free services.

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5 Ways to Indirectly Ask for a Date

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Although asking for a date directly can have a good chance of success, it can also be awkward and difficult. Therefore, some people prefer to take a more “indirect” approach to asking out a love interest (especially those who are shy or have some social anxiety). A less direct approach takes some of the risk and uncertainty out of the requesting. It can also make the process easier.

Indirect Compliance Gaining Strategies for Getting a Date

1) Suggest – This involves getting a date by making indirect suggestions. You get them to do what you want by proposing it subtly as an alternative.

Example:

• You: What do you have going on this weekend?

• Them: I was thinking about going bowling.

• You: That sounds fun. I’m going to the movies to see (movie title). Maybe you’d like to go too?

Or (stronger)…

• You: What do you have going on this weekend?

• Them: I was thinking about going bowling.

• You: That sounds fun. Or, we could go to the movies. The new one coming out looks cool…

2) Their Idea – This strategy makes someone think the request was their idea in the first place. They are left thinking they wanted to do it to begin with.

Example:

• You: Do you know any good places to get Italian food? I’d really like some.

• Them: Yea, I love the food at Mario’s. Go there.

• You: That is a great suggestion. Since you like it, maybe we could go together? Or (stronger)…

• You: Do you know any good places to get Italian food? I’d really like some.

• Them: Yea, I love the food at Mario’s. Go there.

• You: That’s a great suggestion. We should definitely go. When are you free?

3) Why Not? – This approach gets someone to do what you want by putting them on the defensive. It turns the tables and has them try to come up with reasons why they shouldn’t comply (which is difficult). Essentially, you’re asking them “why not”?

Example:

• You: This weekend is supposed to be nice and that new restaurant opened up downtown. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t go check it out. Or (stronger)…

• You: You’re single. I’m single. Why don’t we go out sometime?

4) Benefit – This technique gains compliance by explaining a benefit for the person you are trying to convince. It is telling them “what is in it for them”.

Example:

• You: They have great cappuccino at the coffee shop. You might want to try it some time.

• Them: That sounds good. I think I will.

• You: Great. I would love another cup myself. Maybe we could go together? I’m free on Tuesday after class. Or (stronger)…

• You: You should really check out that new coffee shop, they have great cappuccino.

• Them: That sounds good. I think I will.

• You: Great. I would love another cup myself. We can go on Tuesday after class.

5) Challenge – This strategy works by challenging others to do what you want them to do. Think of it like a fun “dare”, bet, or competition.

Example:

• You: I bet you can’t come up with a better first date than I can. I would… (explain your date). What would you do?

• Them: I would… (explains date).

• You: That sounds cool. Ok, you win. Actually, I’d really like to do that. Maybe we should really go? What do you think? Or (stronger)…

• You: I bet you can’t come up with a better first date than I can. I would…(explain your date). What would you do?

• Them: I would… (explains date).

• You: That sounds cool. Ok, you win. We’ll go on your date. What time should I meet you?

ConClusIon

These techniques are both indirect and effective. But, be cautious while using them. While they avoid the awkwardness of asking directly, they can be construed by some as a bit manipulative (especially the “stronger” versions). So, remember to use them with a smile, in a flirty, light-hearted way (like you’re trying to be cute, not trying to con them). Even so, you may still “turn off” some possible romantic partners who prefer a more direct and “authentic” approach. Others, however, find the same strategies clever, flirty, and attractive. Ultimately, it is your call (and your tradeoff) between the direct and indirect approach

 

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Box office: ‘Khoobsurat’ rakes in Rs 11.5 crore

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Both ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ and ‘Khoobsurat’ have not lived up to industry expectations In its first weekend, Daawate-Ishq has collected Rs 13.75 crore while Khoobsurat’s collections stand at Rs 11.5 crore.

Trade analyst Rajesh Thadani says that the collection of the former was higher than that of Khoobsurat in the first two days. `It also had an advantage in that it had a higher screen count. But Khoobsurat saw a jump in its collection on Sunday.” Vishal Anand of Fun Cinemas says that the food yatra that Daawat-e-Ishq’s cast went on has helped the film fare better.

Trade analysts are hoping that both films will do better in the coming week. Trade analyst Amod Mehra says, `Both films received a cold response. On Saturday, Khoobsurat clocked good numbers, but yes, it’s still less than what was expected.`

Meanwhile…

It may be pointed out that Khoobsurat has released across 47 screens in Pakistan while Daawat-e-Ishq has only bagged 27 screens in the neighbouring country. There is also buzz that Khoobsurat, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan opposite Sonam Kapoor, has garnered the ninth highest opening ever in Pakistan.

Pakistani distributor Amjad Rashid says, `Here the opening day collection of Khoobusurat was over Rs10 million while Daawat-e-Ishq has collected Rs 4million.” As per trade sources, Khoobsurat’s collection in Pakistan stands at around Rs 2.45 crore (Pakistani rupees).

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