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Prominent figures endorse IAPC International Media Conference

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Report by: Teresa Tom, New York

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Indo-American Press Club to honor Daya Bai with Sathkarma Award

New York: Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), an organization of journalists and media professionals of Indian Origin in North America announced “Sathkarma Puraskar” Award to Daya Bai, a social activist from Kerala who is working for the upliftment of tribal people in central India.

The award will be presented during their first International Media Conference scheduled at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, (3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NewYork, 11779, US) from 9th to 12th October, 2015.

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Daya Bai (originally Mercy Mathew) hails from Pullat family- a prosperous family in Pala, Kerala. At present she lives in Barul village of Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh.

She went to Hazaribag in Bihar at age 16 to become a nun. She later gave it up to work for the tribal population in the midlands of India- Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Her inspiring speeches in a language that reaches out to her audience, her Satyagrahas and campaigns to press local authorities to open schools and her efforts to empower almost forgotten villages in interior and tribal Madhya Pradesh emphasize how Daya Bai has improved the life of the tribal community. She had been associated with Narmada Bachao Andolan and the Chengara agitation, apart from her solo struggles representing the forest dwellers and villagers in Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. She had also lent her services to the common folks in Bangladesh during the war there. Daya Bai, who practices the theology of liberation, has settled down among the Gonds of Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh. She had set up a school in the Barul village. Currently, she is teaching organic farming to the villagers of Barul. Her main goal is to try and maintain the tribal systems of knowledge by amalgamating them with contemporary ones. Her background in law aids the tribal in their disputes and argument without judicial involvement.

DAYA BAI – VIDEO

Daya Bai received the Vanitha Woman of the Year award in 2007, National Human Rights Award by Vigil India, Janani Jagrathee Award, Woman of the year Award by Keli, Switzerland, Surendranath Trust Award, Dharmabharathi Deshiya Puraskar (2001), The Spirit of Assissi National Award (2010), PKA Rahim memorial Award (2010) are the other few awards she received in recognition of her social work among the tribals. She was awarded with the Good Samaritan National Award (instituted by the Kottayam Social Service Society and Agape Movement, Chicago) in January 2012.

Ottayal or ‘One Woman-Alone,’ is an hour-long documentary on Daya Bai by Shiny Jacob Benjamin. Nandita Das, the film personality, has written a tribute to Daya Bai in 2005, as the one inspiration of her life.

For more info about Daya Bai and IAPC Sathkarma Award, contact: Cyriac Scaria (210.858.5023).

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAYA BAI

Indo- American Press Club (IAPC) is highly confident that the ensuing International Conference in October will attract much attention among the Indian American Media fraternity. In this Conference, there will be discussions and discourses on subjects such as Citizen Journalism, New Concepts in International Media, impact of Social Media in Journalism. Another highlight of the International Media Conference will be the Photo Exhibition depicting the history of Journalism.
Eminent journalists from US, Canada and India will be conducting seminars and workshops, for the benefit of our local fraternity aiming to reach out to the mainstream US media.

There will be interactive sessions on topics such as citizen journalism, latest trends in worldwide media, utilizing social media platforms etc.

Exhibition on journalism and media will be organized, that would be beneficial to all, particularly to the students of journalism.

SOUVENIR
IAPC is planning to publish a prestigious Souvenir during the International Media Conference. The Souvenir is being planned as a keepsake, that will be enriched with profound articles, stories, poems, profiles and photographs from eminent writers and journalists. The souvenir will also include select articles and photos that reveal the writing styles and expertise of IAPC members.

IAPC is inviting all those who are interested to be a part of this prestigious Souvenir, to send their literary articles or journalistic creations in Malayalam or English. The articles and stories shall be within 4 or 5 pages, and poems that will fit in a full-scale page.

Please ensure that your contributions are send via email: iapcsouvenir@gmail.com before July 20, 2015.

CONTESTS
IAPC will also be conducting news/feature writing contest, photography contest, caption contest etc, to encourage Citizen Journalists in North America and honor them with prizes at the International Media Conference.

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For  more information, contact: Ajay Ghosh (203.583.6750), Ginsmon Zacharia (516.776.7061), Fr.Johnson Punchakonam (770.310.9050), Vini Nair (732.874.3168)

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

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IAPC First International Media Conference from 9th to12th October, 2015

New York: The first International Media Conference organized by the Indo-American Press Club will be held from 9th to 12th October, 2015 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, (3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY, 11779, US.

Indo- American Press Club (IAPC), which is the largest joint collaboration of the independent media professionals and journalists in North America
will be conducting news/feature writing contest, photography contest, caption contest etc, to encourage Citizen Journalists in North America and honor them with prizes at the International Media Conference.

Eminent journalists from US, Canada and India will be conducting seminars and workshops, for the benefit of our local fraternity aiming to reach out to the mainstream US media.

There will be interactive sessions on topics such as citizen journalism, latest trends in worldwide media, utilizing social media platforms etc.

IAPC is highly confident that the ensuing International Conference in October will attract much attention among the Indian American Media fraternity. In this Conference, there will be discussions and discourses on subjects such as Citizen Journalism, New Concepts in International Media, impact of Social Media in Journalism. Another highlight of the International Media Conference will be the Photo Exhibition depicting the history of Journalism.Exhibition on journalism and media will be organized, that would be beneficial to all, particularly to the students of journalism.

IAPC is planning to publish a prestigious Souvenir during the International Media Conference. The Souvenir is being planned as a keepsake, that will be enriched with profound articles, stories, poems, profiles and photographs from eminent writers and journalists. The souvenir will also include select articles and photos that reveal the writing styles and expertise of IAPC members.

IAPC is inviting all those who are interested to be a part of this prestigious Souvenir, to send their literary articles or journalistic creations in Malayalam or English. The articles and stories shall be within 4 or 5 pages, and poems that will fit in a full-scale page.

Please ensure that your contributions are send via email: iapcsouvenir@gmail.com before July 20, 2015.

The Indo-American Press Club (IAPC) is committed to strive to be a common platform to raise the voice and explore the possibilities of helping shape the world to be world that is fair, just and equitable for the world today and future generations.

IAPC is committed to working towards maintaining the dignity we as media persons deserve. IAPC has emerged with the purpose to foster closer bond, cooperation among an extensive national network of journalist with professionalism and commitment towards community.

IAPC members are committed to working towards enhancing the standard and working conditions for journalists, while striving to work towards greater co-operation among journalists working across the nation, and thus “be the voice of the community of journalists.”

IAPC is committed to offer educational opportunities for its members in India and abroad with a view to enhance their skills and proficiency in this modern and digitalized world, which help Journalists to seek and find opportunities in main stream media, thus enhancing their own voice.

IAPC was formed with the lofty goal of realizing a long-felt need to bring together the media groups and the Indian American media persons across the United States under one umbrella to work together and support one another, and thus giving them a powerful voice in the media world and the larger society. IAPC members are dedicated to fulfill the vision of enhancing their own journalistic skills while striving to help fellow journalists and future generations to work towards the common cause of enhancing the well being and efficiency of all peoples of the world.

IAPC has also been strengthening its activities by forming chapters in various states of the US and Canada. This joint venture will not only nurture the cooperation among its members, but it will also enable them to share the new concepts and trends in the modern media with each other.

For Sponsorship and more information, contact: Ajay Ghosh (203.583.6750), Ginsmon Zacharia (516.776.7061), Fr.Johnson Punchakonam (770.310.9050), Vini Nair (732.874.3168)

About the Conference Venue: CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER
Get away from the hustle and bustle of NYC by staying at the Clarion Hotel® & Conference Center hotel in Ronkonkoma, NY near Fire Island.

Relax at Ronkonkoma, NY hotel near Lake Ronkonkoma and other attractions like Stony Brook University and Smith Haven Hall.

This hotel in Ronkonkoma, NY is less than a mile away from Long Island MacArthur Airport so you can kick your feet up as soon as you land with amenities like:
Free WiFi
Free airport transportation
Free weekday newspaper
Fitness center
Business center
All guest rooms include coffee makers, irons and ironing boards and flat-screen TVs. Select rooms also include refrigerators and microwaves.

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

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Jane Jomy and Uswa Zahoor MiWay Student Ambassadors 2015

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Glenforest Secondary School students Jane Jomy, centre left and Uswa Zahoor, centre right are flanked by Ward 3 Councillor, Chris Fonseca, far left, Acting Mayor, Matt Mahoney, behind, and George Carlson, Ward 11 Councillor.

Mississauga: Two Glenforest Secondary School students – Jane Jomy and Uswa Zahoor were named MiWay Student Ambassadors of the year 2015, today at the City Hall – for their innovative way of spreading the word about riding on MiWay.

“ Jane Jomy and Uswa Zahoor, successfully used peer-to-peer communication to promote MiWay as a great transportation option,” said Geoff Marinoff, director of Transit. “These two students creatively used verbal, digital and print to inform, engage and inspire students at Glenforest about MiWay.”

In its fifth year, 18 schools took part in the MiWay Student Ambassador Program.
Students are required to put together a fun and creative program to educate their school community about MiWay.

Jane and Uswa used: • School announcements • Social media (Facebook/Twitter)• An engaging video • A MiWay guide book • MiWay page on school website • MiWay information sessions • A MiWay bulletin board • Three informative tables with creative themes – “Muffins for MiWay”, “PRESTO Prizes” and “Taffy for Transitway” to intrigue students to drop by and learn more.

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The winning MiWay Student Ambassadors -Jane & Uswa addressing the City Council, Mississauga.

 

Jane and Uswa will each receive free transit for one year, an iPad mini and their school, Glenforest, will receive 100 free student MiWay tickets.

Watch for next year’s addition! Students will have a chance to design a bus wrap that will be used by MiWay at community events throughout Mississauga.

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Keep on the lookout for the MiWay Student Ambassador wrapped bus as it travels on routes around the city.

Jane Jomy  is a grade 10 student at Glenforest Secondary School. She is currently in the International Baccalaureate program planning on studying HL Biology and Psychology in grade 11 and 12. Jane currently has an average of 91% on school, as she is a very driven young individual. Some of Jane’s hobbies include art and dance. In fact one of her paintings is to be IMG_7643featured and published in the Ink Movement’s third volume of the Mississauga Youth Anthology. Jane started to take traditional dance lessons when she was 6 years old and continued that passion until she was 13. Now at 15, she is has performed a dance in the large scale production, Sargasandhya 2015 on June 6th, 2015.

She is also a very active volunteer in our community, as she spends a large amount of her time volunteering with various organizations and various events as well. As she is passionate about art, she volunteers as a studio assistant at the Living Arts Centre. She has volunteered at the LAC for 3 community courses over Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015. She plans on returning to the LAC for Fall 2015 as well. Additionally, she is volunteering with Trillium Health Partners every week and for a month during the summer. Jane enjoys spending time meeting new people, so she volunteers at Sheridan Villa Long Term Care Home on her weekends. She talks with the residents, takes them to the greenhouse, and keeps them company in her spare time.

In addition to being the 2014-15 MiWay Student Ambassador, Jane is also the Junior Vice President of the Glenforest STEM Speakers Bureau. Her and the STEM team motivate youth to enter the STEM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM are currently organizing and executing the province wide Xperience STEM Conference to take place in November. 1200 student delegates from grades 7-12 from around Ontario will be in attendance to learn about the possible careers they may be interested in having. As Junior Vice President, Jane’s responsibility was organizing the many businesses who were coming with representatives and speaking with the venue.

IMG_7681Jane’s dream and ambition of life is to become a family physician when she grows up. As the hardworker she is, at 15 years old she has a plan to how she is going to get there. She plans on going to McMaster University in Hamilton for Health Science and study to obtain her dream career.

Uswa Zahoor is a grade 10 student enrolled in the IB program at Glenforest Secondary School. She is honoured to have been a part of Mississauga’s MiWay program. Uswa views herself as a passionate individual who is highly motivated, determined, and dedicated to the work that she does. She possesses a strong passion for ethics and humanitarianism in and outside of school. She is a dedicated advocate in her community, which can be exemplified through her actions as a spoken word artist who presents to youth across Mississauga. Her desire to inspire and encourage the youth, as well as foster a positive relationship between the community has led her to join numerous amazing organizations, one of them being a MiWay ambassador. A fun fact about Uswa is that she is currently working on creating a beauty campaign, called Perfect Imperfections.

Learn about the MiWay Student Ambassador Program at miway.ca/ambassador

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

 

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