We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, the Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, has won the “2019 “Hall of Fame” award from the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA: www.medamd.com). MEDA is a highly respected and economic development organization of Maryland, USA. All EDOs, business leaders, consultants and economic development professionals belong to this state-wide organization.
Meda in its press release stated, “MEDA Hall of Fame: Pradeep Ganguly. A member of MEDA since 1984, Ganguly has more than 30 years of service in economic development. Ganguly was most recently the executive vice president of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a former director for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County. He spent 21 years with DBED, which is now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce. Through it all, Ganguly has given what time he has to MEDA while balancing the demands of a busy job. He also makes it a point to give back to the community. In 1988, Ganguly founded MKK-USA, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support and humanitarian aid.” https://www.medamd.com/
Dr. Ganguly is the only Indian-American in Maryland and the Washington, DC region of USA to have been bestowed this high recognition and honor. The award will be presented to Dr. Ganguly on April 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention of MEDA to be held at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, MD.
Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ganguly, with best wishes for continued success.
For further information, contact Mr. Asheesh Jain
Spaulding Youth Center’s Residential Program focuses on therapeutically supporting children while fostering the fundamental philosophies of a family unit. The grant presented by People’s United Community Foundation will support Spaulding’s goals of providing comfortable, welcoming and home-like environment for its residential students. Funds from this grant will help to cover the cost of new furnishings in three common areas of one of the organization’s five residential cottages.
“The generous support of People’s United Community Foundation will make an incredible impact in the lives of the children living on campus,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “Funding for this type of need can be difficult to come by and providing our children with a restful and relaxing common area to unwind after a school day is an important part of our residential students’ daily routines. At a time in life where these kids can be at their most vulnerable, providing them with a comfortable place to live shows them they are important, cared for and loved. We are truly grateful for People’s United’s support.”
Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”
Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”
The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics
Baltimore, Maryland. February 7, 2019. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, announced the winners of the 2018-19 MKK-USA scholarships:
1. Raghav Sharma, BA (Honors), 1st year
2. Shivani Badola, B.A Honors, 3rd Year
3. Vaishali Suchdeva, B.A. Honors, 3rd Year
All are students at Shivaji College, University of Delhi.
Dr. Ganguly founded MKK-USA in 1998 as a non-profit organization. The mission of MKK-USA is to provide educational support and humanitarian aid to needy and bright students – both in India and in the Washington, DC region. This non-profit organization also provides humanitarian aid.
Since its inception, MKK-USA has provided scholarships to students in New Delhi and Malda, India, as well as local students at Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Largo High School, Flowers High School. Other recipients of MKK-USA donations include the Children’s Inn at NIH, The National Geographic Afghan Girls Fund and ASHA for Education, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Rockville, and Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax, Virginia.
MKK stands for Manav Kalyan Kendra and translates to Center for Human Welfare. The primary goal of the organization is to provide quality educational support to deserving students through scholarships. They also provide economic support to educational programs in designated intermediate, vocational and higher education institutions in India, especially in New Delhi. The organization also has a good record of supporting humanitarian efforts and educational programs across the world.
MKK is also involved in medical and environmental clean-up efforts in the slums of New Delhi, India and has been instrumental in spreading the message of cleanliness and health among those who live in slums and shanties in this region.
MKK organizes high quality cultural events at regular intervals to help raise funds for their scholarship programs.
According to the spokesperson, they want to make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time. “We help needy children get quality education so that the can become self-supporting and independent. We also provide humanitarian aid in emergencies.”
In September 2018, Dr. Ganguly organized “Nrityanjali” – a dance program – in partnership with the KONARK Dance School.
Press contact: S. K. Yadav, 703-450-4291
Bruce Cialfi, co-owner of Acorn Holistics (https://acornholistics.com) Certified Consulting New Jersey hypnotist and meditation class instructor explains that the brain can be retrained simply through hypnosis.
In hypnosis, he simply speaks directly to the subconscious. The brain is like an iceberg. The conscious mind is the 10 % that can be seen above the water and comprises logical thinking, and memories. The subconscious mind is the 90% that cannot be seen below the water and comprises of beliefs, emotions, and imagination. A hypnotist taps into the subconscious mind to make real changes in your life.
Many people think that hypnosis is like a stage trick, waving a swinging pendulum in front of your eyes saying “you are feeling very sleepy” – this is NOT real hypnosis. Hypnosis can get a bad rap because of stage tricks and bad movies. Forget these stereotypes. Hypnosis is a real and powerful tool that rewires the brain to create positive habits - and this is how it works.
Bruce explains that at Acorn Holistics, "a client first receives a complimentary phone consultation to target what they have been trying to achieve or change. Then we would have a series of safe, confidential appointments where you would just sit in relaxation and comfort while either Deb or I speak to your subconscious mind. If you wanted to decrease your anxiety, we would guide you through hypnosis with positive statements and affirmations that are targeted to work on your specific anxiety and triggers. Once done with the session, you would go on with your life as you normally would, only you would find that you have less anxiety. You would also find you have tools that would transform your anxiety response to a calmer more focused way to react to your anxiety triggers."
Another positive way to deal with these responses is with meditation. In fact, hypnosis and meditation are powerful tools when used together to tackle a client’s problem. Studies have pointed to the fact that meditators are more attuned to their subconscious mind. Therefore, meditation can be another tool in the toolbox when trying to tackle problems such as anxiety, stress, smoking, or weight loss.
Debbie Cialfi New Jersey meditation class instructor and co-owner of Acorn Holistics explains that, "through meditation, a person can tap fully into the subconscious mind, just as a hypnotist does in Hypnosis. However, in meditation, the client is in the driver’s seat. Through instruction in meditation, you can learn to calm and focus your mind. The key difference between meditation and hypnosis is that you set aside a special time each day and make the conscious choice to meditate. Through that meditative time each day you have full access to the 90% of your mind that is subconscious. Once you achieve access to your subconscious during meditation, you feel a gentle shift. Your breathing slows, and you can feel the borders of the concrete world blur as you get closer to your center. Many people feel that meditation is not for them because the cannot “turn off their brains”. You will be happy to know that an active brain is perfect for meditation. You just need guidance to help to harness the power of your brain so that you can slip under the veil of meditation to become hyper-aware of your breathing and inner thoughts. If you sit to meditate with the intention of relieving anxiety, then you would simply focus on your breathing until it calms and slows, then turn inward to focus on the feeling of calm and peace. You can focus on being in a scenic and calm place and just rest in the expanse of its beauty and feel calm."
Accessing the full 100% of your mind is attainable through hypnosis and meditation. Both are tools that can be used to solve problems and overcome lifes obstacles.
Fins Attached, Marine Research and Conservation non-profit, is excited to announce a partnership with well-known Marine Biologist, Dr. Peter Klimley, a scientist known lovingly as Dr. Hammerhead. An educational marine biology course on sharks and rays will take place on Fins Attached expedition vessel, the Sharkwater in the Eastern Tropical Pacific in the summer of 2019.
Dr. A. Peter Klimley has studied sharks for over three decades and has written over 60 scientific articles on the behavior and ecology of sharks and rays. The topics of his studies have ranged from the complex social habits and keen navigational abilities of hammerhead sharks to the feeding tactics and communication behavior of white sharks. Dr. Klimley realizes that the partnership with Fins Attached is an ideal way to help students learn about sharks and rays, studying in their natural habitat.
"Although I am now retired from UC Davis, my passion for sharks and marine biology has not waned,” stated Dr. Klimley. “Partnering with Fins Attached is a way for me to continue to contribute to the study and conservation of sharks and rays." During his graduate career, he spent many a day free diving among hammerhead sharks, and placing electronic tags on sharks to follow their movements around a seamount and away into the surrounding depths. Dr. Klimley’s pioneering studies of sharks, which in a sense is a manual on how to study sharks, “Secret Life of Sharks,” is available for purchase on Amazon.
Fins Attached has had a busy year since April 2017, when Fins Attached, acquired and launched the vessel Sharkwater, named after the documentary Sharkwater in honor of friend and award-winning filmmaker, the late Rob Stewart. Since then, the Sharkwater has hosted a few private research expeditions and even hosted the remaining Sharkwater filming crew to finish shooting Sharkwater Extinction. Hosting a college-level course on the Sharkwater vessel is a natural next step for Fins Attached.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Klimley on board with us,” began Dr Alex Antoniou, founder of Fins Attached. “This will help fulfill a key mission for Fins Attached, to educate future marine scientist to ultimately help protect these vulnerable animals."
Another Dr. Klimley book, “Biology of Sharks and Rays,” is also available for purchase on Amazon.com and it is the textbook for the upcoming course. If the public would like to learn more about marine conservation, visit finsattached.org. Dr. Klimley will be in attendance at the annual Fins Attached Gala in Denver on February 9, 2019. Donate today and help save ocean wildlife by contributing to the fight against sharks being mercilessly finned. Sharks play a vital role to the health of the marine environment, which ultimately affects all life on earth. To become a sponsor of the course and support marine biology students to enroll, contact info(at)finsattached.org.
As Rob Stewart once put it, "Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth and that above all else is worth fighting for."
About Fins Attached
Fins Attached conducts research, promotes conservation and provides education for the protection of marine ecosystems. Fins Attached believes in the preservation of our world's precious resources and that through the protection of the ocean's apex predators marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth. Fins Attached is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit finsattached.org, or email info(at)finsattached.org. studysharks.org.