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SLAM 2014 Vancouver Press Release

Sep 6,2014: SLAM The Tour is evoking tremendous interest in Canada and especially in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Arrangements are in full swing for the Sep 27th show at PNE Coliseum in Vancouver starting at 7.30 pm. DBR Entertainment, the promoters are very pleased to announce that the tickets are selling fast and people from as far as Montreal, Toronto and Halifax are coming to enjoy this extravaganza.
However some of the fans are complaining that during the TOIFA celebration last year, ticket prices were reduced at the last minute and people fear that this practice will be followed this time also. But Rana Atwal, one of the promoters of the show is assuring the fans that there will be no compromise on the ticket prices. " We promise that the ticket prices will not be reduced at any cost and fans should not wait to buy the tickets till the last minute in the hope that prices will be reduced. Price of the tickets will remain the same", Atwal emphasises.
Atwal further says the people will enjoy a spectacular production where Shah Rukh Khan will be on the stage for more than an hour , which is the longest time he has been ever on stage in any concert or world tour. "This will be the biggest ever live in Bollywood concert people have ever seen in North America", assures Atwal.

Understanding Negative Influences in Children

By Peggy Caruso

In today’s society, our children are faced with many negative influences, such as bullying, social media, Internet, divorce, depression and many others. So, how do we know if our children are experiencing difficulties? Are they being bullied or are they the bully? Do they have a dark side?

First, we need to comprehend the developmental stages of children. From birth to seven, they are in the imprint period. This is the level in which sensory information is constantly imprinted onto the subconscious mind — in other words, information that is being absorbed from the environment.
The next stage is from age seven to fourteen. It is known as the modelling period. This is when children model and imitate behaviour from parents, family, friends, celebrities, movies and videos.
You see, we were at times left with confusion, requiring us to figure out why we do certain things or think a particular way. As children, we observed our peers (that is, family, teachers, parents, and the like), and this is how our way of thinking was formed. We even drew on the negative outlooks in life if they were our parents’ point of view.

Sun Safety

By Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M, Co-founder and Chief Formulator at derma e®

Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer. The ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun produce harmful free radicals, which damage cell structures including DNA. This photo-oxidation accelerates the aging process, causing lines, wrinkles, even melanoma. Protecting your skin from the sun is essential for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
Reducing your exposure to the sun is truly the best defense against sun damage. If possible, avoid spending long hours in the sun. Do your outside activities in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. If you plan on being in the sun for long periods of time, wear protective clothing – a hat with a large brim, a lightweight scarf to protect your neck, a long-sleeve blouse to protect your arms and lightweight cotton pants to protect your legs. These will help shield skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, apply a natural broad-spectrum sunscreen made with nanoparticle-free Zinc Oxide as well as antioxidants. Apply skincare containing antioxidants after sun exposure to help skin recover more quickly from sun damage accumulated during the day.

Happy Mother's Day

By David McLauren, Ph.D.

A Spanish proverb captures the importance of Mother's Day: "An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." My mum passed away a few years ago and I miss her. When she was alive, I never connected with her. I wish I had more quality time to spend with her.

As South Asians, we cherish and are proud of our traditions. One of the languages I have been raised with in India is Hindi, in which the word for mother is “mata” and for father “pita”. That does not mean that you would call your mother mata or your father pita. Instead, your parents would always be addressed as mata ji or pita ji. Ji is a word showing honour and respect. I think it is about time that we honour our mothers and impart this truth to our mainline communities.

For many, their mothers have passed away and for others, they may not have a good relationship. There are many others who don't have any connection at all. As we celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, let us pray for and remember each other. Let us keep in mind those who, for various reasons, are not able to celebrate their mothers, and let us also keep in mind all those mothers whose children are not keeping any relationship with her. Finally, let us also remember and pray for those women who are unable to become mothers or who are struggling with fertility issues.

Vancouver Fashion Week 2014

Vancouver Fashion Week is once again returning to the catwalk and gearing up for its biggest season to date. They are delighted to inform everyone that they have now extended their program to seven days from the usual six (March 18th to 24th) and the event will take place at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Like always, Vancouver Fashion Week stays true to its mandate, which is to highlight emerging and award- winning talent from around the world.

This season’s designer lineup boasts talent hailing from a different array of backgrounds. Vancouver Fashion Week has confirmed designers coming from but not limited to Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Denmark, Peru, U.K., Australia and Zanzibar.
To give you a preview, VFW spotlight designer profiles include:

Martins Paulo from Brazil
His use of colours, prints and structured modeling are prominent in his creations along with cultural and artistic references. Having debuted his collection at Brazilian Fashion Week, Paulo was named as one of the upcoming talents in Brazilian fashion by critics and was the winner of the Premio Rio Moda Hype award.

Gabriel Lage from Argentina
Gabriel launched his career in 1990 using Haute Couture as the foundation of his work. His work showed close attention to detail and a predominant European style, inherited by his father and grandfather.

Simple Ways to Give This Valentine’s Day

By Kimberly Lock

February 14th, otherwise known as the “day of love” is almost here. During this time, we find the stores filled with cute little greeting cards, small boxes of neatly wrapped assortments of candy and balloons gingerly waving through the air like a cool summer breeze. But what is Valentine’s Day really all about if there isn’t a special “someone” to share it with? But oh, there is someone who would like to share this day and every day with you. And it starts with you!

The simple definition of love is that it gives and there are many ways to accomplish this:

Do Something Special for Yourself
You don’t have to be with a special someone to express love. Pampering is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to express love. It can be made affordable and does not require the first month’s rent to be handed over to the receptionist at the grandest of Spas. A nice warm bath with candles should do the trick. Why stress over dinner? Whoever said candlelight dinner required a 7-course meal? Pizza and a nice salad with all the trimmings, made by your personal chef (you), works just as well. At least you know the lettuce and trimmings have been washed and cleaned. And to end the evening’s festivities, unwind with your favorite cup of tea and one of the annual Lifetime Valentine’s Day movies that keep you glued to the television.

The 5 Gs to Having a Good (Virtuous) Holiday Season

By Kimberly Lock

The holiday season often brings out the best in people. It’s a time when we display more compassion and generosity to giving and caring for the less fortunate. However, it can also be a time that causes the most stress as we seek to find the “perfect” gift from our list of family members, the “secret Santa” holiday company event, best friends, organizations, club membership acquaintances, mail carrier… the family pet…the list goes on! Not to mention getting all the decorations up, all the baking done, attending holiday functions, etc…So then, how do you balance it all- retaining your sanity and happiness during this “wonderful time of the year?” Here are five steps to having a good (virtuous) holiday season:

It's time for ghosts, goblins... or just candy!

By Char Nair
What is it about this time of the year? Things get spooky, we get the chills over creaks and funny noises. We start hearing voices and seeing things that might not really be there. Oh yes! This is Halloween! Stock up on candy, pick out a spectacular costume, check out some of the hottest events that are going on, or cozy up on the couch with a scary movie! Whatever you're doing this Halloween, make it a fun one! I bet some of you may not even know where Halloween originated from. Let’s take a walk down memory lane; shall we?
Halloween, always celebrated on October 31, is actually the shortened version of All Hallows' Evening, which is also known as All Hallows' Eve and Hallowe'en. Halloween originated from Samhain, known to be a festival of Celtic lands. This festival celebrates the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture. The belief back then was that on October 31, the departed (dead) came back on to living ground to cause nuisance. Costumes were worn to mimic evil spirits and bonfires were lit to attract bats — these two things are big symbolizations of Halloween.

What's your colour?

By Char Nair

As the summer heat hit our city, I started noticing more and more people wearing bright fun colours. But the other day, a friend of mine was wearing all darks colours. I asked her why she wasn't in something bright to go with the breeze of summer and she told me that it was because she was feeling "gloomy." That's when a funny thought crossed my mind, "Do the colours you wear reflect on the mood you are in that day?

On days when I feel great, I'll wear bright colours like corals, yellows and pinks because they make feel lively, and I find I smile more. But on the down days, I do tend to put on the greys and blacks. Do you find you do that too? I decided to do some research to find out a little more on which colours tend to match which mood. I realized that colours make quite a difference in our lives, considering they have extensive power over our emotions. So it was interesting to learn which colours reflect which moods and the meaning behind it. I found a colour chart from the Urban Underglow website and here's what it said:

Sending Some Love on Mother's Day

By Char Nair

These women never put themselves first because they are always putting their family's needs first. They are super heroes who vow to protect their family and they go above and beyond to nurture their child. These strong women hold us in their arms when we feel sad and they calm us down with their words of wisdom when we have broken hearts. Without saying one word, these incredible women can look into their child's eyes and understand their whole story. They are the shelter when a storm hits and they are the guiding light in the darkest of times.

These brave, courageous woman that I am referring to are none other than our wonderful mothers. They carried us in their bodies for nine months and nurtured us into the individuals we are today. Being a woman, mothers dedicate most of their energy in taking care of their home, their children and working to help support the family. Mothers give so much and take so little; therefore, they deserve to be commended, not only today, but every day.

On this special day, I would like to say thank you to all the moms around the world for being the inspiring women that they are. Happy Mother's Day!

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