Service Members, Families & Communities Benefit from Outdoor Recreation

first_imgThe benefits of using nature contact or outdoor recreation with Service members are well documented, including contemplative, recreational, and hands-on habitat restoration activities.  In December 2015 MFLN Family Transitions hosted a webinar, Returning Warriors: Using Outdoor Recreation for Restoration & Resilience, that engaged military service providers to identify the value of transitioning service members’ participation in outdoor recreation;  analyze research related to using outdoor recreation; become familiar with formal and informal opportunities; and prepare to refer Service members to  recreational/outdoor opportunities. Facilitators for the webinar included Stacy Bare, Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and Keith Tidball, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University. Both are Veterans.Following the webinar MFLN Family Transitions connected with Stacy to learn more about the value of interacting with the outdoors and to seek advice for military service providers.MFLN Family Transitions (MFLN-FT): When you talk about ‘outdoor recreation’ what does that all involve?Stacy Bare (SB): Anything outdoors. Stop and take a look out your window into the backyard, take a walk around the block, cast a fly in your driveway or spend four months hiking the Appalachian Trail, a couple of days attempting to summit the Grand Teton or car camping with your family.MFLN-FT: Tell us about your favorite outdoor recreational activities and how you became involved.SB: I’m lucky enough to do a lot outdoors and have a lot of very kind friends who invite me on some really cool trips. Climbing saved my life and skiing sustains it, but what makes an activity great is the people you are with—and sometimes solo trips. My wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I’ve spent the last month doing a lot of cross country skiing because I’ve enjoyed the exercise and the easy nature of getting out into nature and on skis with a far shorter drive and far more spontaneously then I could go ski touring for example—so right now that’s my favorite.MFLN-FT: What are the benefits for service members and their families who participate in outdoor recreation?SB: The benefits are many, I’ll give you a short list here:Experiencing awe, which we’re learning through our partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at Cal-Berkeley and the Great Outdoors Lab has real physical and mental health benefitsCamaraderie and connecting with your friends and family, we also are learning it improves overall mental and family health resilienceSeeing the country you fought for—the actual physical countryLearning a new skill can be a benefitOften times a lot of laughterCreating a sense of purposeMFLN-FT: How might communities benefit when individuals become involved in outdoor recreation? SB: People who spend time outdoors we know are typically more empathetic and more curious, more willing to seek help and more willing to engage with strangers. That means if you have a community full of people who are engaging in outdoor recreation, they’re interested in meeting people, solving community problems, and they put themselves in the shoes of other folks. Who doesn’t want to live in an empathetic, caring community that’s working to help each other and find solutions to problems?MFLN-FT: Describe the Sierra Outdoors Program. SB: I like to think of us as the heart and soul of the Sierra Club. John Muir’s original vision of the Sierra Club was to get people outdoors to experience the beauty and joy of outdoor spaces. We still do that. We get out more than 250,000 people each year through three broad programs: Local Outings, which operate out of our 63 chapters nationwide, there are 400 plus groups doing everything from family picnics to movie nights to ski mountaineering, white water paddling, international trips, day hikes, etc. Inspiring Connections Outdoors works in 50+ communities nationwide to get people outside who otherwise may not have the opportunity. Finally, our newest program, started in 2006, is the Military Outdoors program which connects service members, veterans, and their families to the outdoors. I came to the Sierra Club in 2011 to redesign and relaunch the Military Outdoors program, which as a veteran of the war in Iraq, remains very close to my heart.MFLN-FT: How can military service providers connect service members & their families with your program or similar programs in their community?SB: Call us (385-209-5681), connect with us on Facebook, Twitter @SierraOutdoors, Instagram (stacyabare), or email stacy.bare@sierraclub.org. One of the things that is unique to our programs and that I’m most proud about is our volunteer leadership training. If we’re not doing something in your area or something you want to be doing, come get trained as a leader and we’ll have you leading a trip soon after that training. The thing to remember is that we don’t care what your background is or your current state of health—we will work with you so you can enjoy the outdoors how you want to under human power. There’s something for everyone outside.MFLN-FT: What advice do you have for service members who don’t want to participate in a formal program, but just want informal experiences? SB: We really hope that our program isn’t just getting people outside, but is inspiring folks to go out and do more and that people will leave our program and keep getting outside—so that’s a long way to say that I think most people get outside informally. You don’t have to use a lot of fancy gear, for most things jeans and good sneakers will work fine—Look first in your immediate community, where are the parks? If you’re active duty call the MWR office, see if you can rent gear, go talk to someone at your local outdoor store about where to go and what activities are available in the area and how to access them. Buy a guide book or watch a YouTube video about what you want to do, take a day class, go for a walk—just get outside!MFLN-FT: What is your vision related to military service members and their families related to outdoor recreation?SB: Long term I want every service member to be able to use at least a week of permissive TDY to get outside throughout the year. I’d love to see all mental health resiliency programs include an outdoor recreation component and outdoor recreation be a part of all mental health treatment programs vs. an alternative or elective treatment program.MFLN-FT: Please share any final thoughts (if any).SB: Go outside! Stacy Bare is a climber and skier, the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors (SCO), a brand ambassador for The North Face, Keen Shoes, and a veteran of the war in Iraq. SCO gets out 250,000+ people each year. Under his direction, SCO launched the Great Outdoors Lab with the University of California-Berkeley in 2014 to put scientifically defensible data behind the power of the outdoors to support improved mental, physical, and thereby public health with an emphasis on youth and military veterans. He is also the 2015 SHIFT Festival Adventure Athlete of the Year and a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He, his wife, and their new daughter live in Salt Lake City, UT.last_img read more

Indian American tween wins Delaware State Spelling Bee contest

first_imgAn Indian American tween, Maanvi Sarwadi, won the annual State Spelling Bee content in Delaware with the word “phyton,” according to a Delaware State News report.It took Sarwadi, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Caravel Academy, four hours and 25 straight correct spellings to get the winning trophy in her hands.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

a month agoCrystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves draw

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves drawby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace midfielder Cheikou Kouyate was lost for words after Sunday’s draw with Wolves.Palace were punished for not extending their 1-0 lead when Diogo Jota equalised five minutes into stoppage time.He said: “Sometimes we cannot score for 2-0 or 3-0. The goal came from nowhere. They crossed the ball. We don’t understand. It’s very, very hard today to lose.”Today we are very disappointed because we worked hard, dominated the second half. “Maybe we win this game two or three to zero but in the end we take one goal. It’s very, very hard to lose. What can we do? The game is finished, our focus is on the next one.” last_img read more

Japanese Owners Bid for GAIL’s LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Aside to South Korean shipbuilding majors, GAIL India’s USD 7 million tender for nine LNG carriers has reportedly sparked the interest of Japanese shipowners.Specifically, a consortium comprising Japanese shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Mitsui & Co Ltd and another group including Mitsubishi Corporation, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and GasLog Ltd submitted their bids to hire the LNG carriers intended to transport gas from the US, India’s newspaper Live Mint reports citing sources familiar with the matter.Gaslog is the only non-Japanese firm to enter the race.In March, India’s gas utility pushed back the tender deadline for the time-charter from February until March 31st.The decision to postpone the tender was attributed to bidders’ request to be given more time to finalize their offers.The tender is quoted in three lots of three ships each, out of which three ships are to be built in India to boost Indian shipbuilding capabilities.The LNG carriers ordered overseas are to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards should be delivered between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Gerry Post Named Executive Director of Accessibility

first_imgGerry Post, an advocate for persons with disabilities who worked to improve the province’s Accessibility Act, was named the first executive director of the Accessibility Directorate. The appointment was announced today, June 16, by Justice Minister Mark Furey. “Passing the Accessibility Act brought our province a big step forward in achieving our accessibility goals for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “Bringing Gerry onto the team is another significant step forward. He will bring a wealth of talent and the drive to accomplish an ambitious agenda.” The Accessibility Act was passed in April. It sets out goals for making Nova Scotia accessible in six areas, and allows more areas to be added. The goals are to be achieved by 2030. The Accessibility Directorate will be responsible for supporting accessibility initiatives, like the standards, and for advancing broader disability-related issues. “I am very pleased to accept this important challenge and work with the many stakeholders to establish Nova Scotia as a leader in accessibility,” said Mr. Post. Mr. Post was recently awarded the 2017 James McGregor Stewart Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement in spearheading the improvements to the Accessibility Act. The McGregor Stewart Society described Mr. Post as someone who “leads and excels regardless of boundaries” and as “a force of nature.” Under the Accessibility Act, government will work with persons with disabilities, municipalities, not-for-profits and business to create standards in the areas of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, employment, education, and the built environment, which includes buildings, rights-of-way and outdoor spaces. The legislation also puts in place a new Accessibility Advisory Board. More than half the board’s members will be persons with disabilities. In the first year, the Accessibility Advisory Board will review the current situation and begin planning for each standard on a priority basis.last_img read more

This Years Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

first_imgFor the third year in a row, William is Nova Scotians’ favourite baby name. According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, as of Dec. 28, Nova Scotia welcomed 61 babies named William. Of the 7,930 registered births in Nova Scotia up to Dec. 28, the top 10 names were William, Benjamin, Olivia, Sophia, Hunter, Lincoln, Charlotte, Emma, Jack and Noah. The most popular names usually remain fairly consistent over the years, however, there are a few new names gaining popularity such as Isla and Addison with some old favourites coming back like John and Henry. Nova Scotia began formally registering births on Aug. 1, 1864. The most popular names that year were Mary and John.last_img read more

Trump insider and National Enquirer exec leaving Postmedia board of directors

first_imgDonald Trump insider David Pecker is stepping down from the board of Canadian media giant Postmedia Network Canada Corp.The company that owns several of Canada’s biggest daily newspapers says Pecker tendered his resignation so that he can better focus on his other business interests.The CEO of American Media Inc., publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, was reported last week to have been granted immunity by U.S. federal prosecutors in return for information in their probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.“David noted that it is important for him to focus his efforts on ensuring that his businesses are best positioned for continued growth,” said Postmedia lead director Peter Sharpe in a news release.Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey thanked Pecker for his service since being appointed to the board of directors in October, 2016.According to a company regulatory filing, Pecker earned fees of $117,500 for about 11 months of service in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2017, and had perfect attendance for nine meetings of Postmedia’s board and five meetings of its compensation and pension committee.His departure is effective immediately.The Associated Press has reported that the Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:PNC)last_img read more

Police looking to identify men in Oakville armed robbery

Police are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying two suspects involved in an armed robbery in Oakville.It happened on Monday around 3:00 a.m. when two men with handguns entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 2501 Third Line in Oakville.The men told the pharmacist to fill a bag with drugs before taking off on foot.The suspects were seen getting into a burgundy SUV, possibly an older model Ford Escape, traveling southbound on Third Line.No injuries were reported during the robbery.One suspect is described as being 20 to 30 years old with a slight accent, wearing a black Adidas sweater with blue logo on front, a black baseball cap, a black and white bandana, dark pants, black gloves and white shoes with a dark stripe on the side.The other is described as being 20 to 30 years old, with tanned skin, a thin build, wearing a grey hooded zip up sweater, a yellow bandana, dark pants and black gloves with white logos.Anyone with information is asked to contact police. read more

Iowa State Is A Contender Finally

For most of the century-plus that Iowa State has been playing college football, the Cyclones have toiled in misery, the doormat of virtually every conference they’ve been a part of. That neighboring programs at the University of Iowa and University of Nebraska rose to national prominence, in part at the expense of the Cyclones, no doubt made this fact more painful for the faithful in Ames.But despite losing to Iowa in the first game of their season, the No. 16 Cyclones are the class of the region this year.At 6-3, Iowa State’s record doesn’t jump off the page, but coach Matt Campbell has turned the program around. In 2017, Campbell’s second season on the job, the Cyclones snapped a seven-year streak of losing records and capped the season with a win in the Liberty Bowl — just the fourth bowl victory in school history.Now currently on a five-game winning streak against conference foes,1A feat never before accomplished by the team. including two wins over ranked opponents, Iowa State has a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game if it beats Texas on Saturday and Kansas State next week, and West Virginia loses either to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. The Cyclones haven’t won a conference title since before the television was invented, last doing so when they were a part of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Even being ranked this late in the season has the Cyclones on the brink of another accomplishment: The team has finished a season in the Associated Press rankings only twice in school history — and never higher than 19th. By comparison, their rival to the west, Nebraska, has finished 48 seasons in the rankings.Iowa State is 12.89 points better than the average team this season, according to Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System. That would be the team’s third-best season of all time and the best mark since 1976. Not bad for a program that, through the 1990s — despite having a transcendent talent at running back — averaged an SRS of negative-4.7 and won less than 26 percent of its games.Campbell, at least at podiums, is hardly satisfied. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there,” he said after the team’s most recent win. Iowa State’s five-game winning streak coincides with Campbell’s decision in early October to play true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who spurned a scholarship offer from Alabama. Purdy’s Total Quarterback Rating of 85.0 trails only Shea Patterson of Michigan (85.2), Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (95.3) and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (95.8).Purdy has an elite target in Hakeem Butler, the successor to recently graduated star receiver Allen Lazard. At 6-foot-6, Butler is a ball-hawking skyscraper who ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.7) and share of receptions resulting in a first down or touchdown (86.1 percent). Add in a bruising tailback like David Montgomery — a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection from a season ago who has amassed 1,108 yards after contact over the past two seasons, the fifth most of any running back — and the Cyclones have a frightening offensive triumvirate. In the seven seasons under Paul Rhoads, Campbell’s predecessor, Iowa State never ranked in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, but the team is on track to crack it for the second season in a row.But the pulse of Iowa State’s success is in the dominant defense installed by Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock. This season, the Cyclones rank 13th in defensive efficiency at 79.22 — 8.79 points higher than any previous season in the previous 10 years and 30.62 points higher than their average over that stretch. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.1), opposing passer efficiency rating (125), yards allowed per play (4.94) and opponent drive score percentage (25.9 percent), among other metrics.The Cyclone defense displayed its chops on Oct. 13 against West Virginia, which touts a top-five passing offense (337.3 per contest) and top-10 scoring attack (40.89 per contest). Will Grier, a likely Heisman finalist, was held to a season-low 100 passing yards, and the Mountaineer offense managed just 7 points. (West Virginia finished with 14 total points, but 7 came by way of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.) “We didn’t do anything right,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said afterward.Iowa State’s toughest assignment left on the regular-season schedule comes Saturday against No. 15 Texas, before the Cyclones close with matchups against Kansas State and Incarnate Word.2The last game was added after Iowa State’s first scheduled game was canceled because of bad weather. But that last game, scheduled for Dec. 1, would be canceled if Iowa State can reach the conference championship.For decades, conference foes worked Iowa State like a speed bag on Saturdays, turning Jack Trice Stadium into a virtual burial ground. Opposing coaches like Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Hayden Fry at Iowa inflicted substantial punishment, year after year. But under Campbell, the cardinal and gold have shown that they won’t be pushed around. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating pegs the Cyclones higher than it does Central Florida, a team largely crowdsourcing its playoff candidacy but that does have the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win Saturday in Austin, a game some consider to be the program’s most significant in the past decade, wouldn’t vault Iowa State into the playoff conversation. But it would rubber-stamp a growing notion: The Cyclones — yes, those Cyclones — are finally ready to contend.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

Poland Round 12 Vive Kielce with highscoring win over Zaglebie Lubin

Kielcelubinmalchertomczak ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Sweden smashed by France – Only Norway with 4 points! Next Story → Battles for semi-finals begins: Hungary or Montenegro to get keys of “Kombank Arena”? Another high-scoring win for Vive Targi Kielce in the Polish Championship. Battle against Zagłębie Lubin showed that Polish Champions always approach to every game with full concentration. Since their first goal they were gradually increasing advantage and despite of Lubin’s goalie, Adam Malcher‘s good attitude, there wasn’t even one draw in this match. From 48. to 52-minutes Vive’s players scored six goals, with no response from the hosts! The meeting ended a goal from Bartłomiej Tomczak, raising the score to 44:29 for Kielce.Zagłębie Lubin: Malcher – Stankiewicz 8, Kozłowski 1, Szymyślik 6, Gumiński 2, Przysiek 3, Kużdeba 1, Przybylski 5, Bartczak 1Vive Targi Kielce: Losert, Szmal, Buchcic – Tkaczyk 2, Olafsson 4, Tomczak 6, Jurecki 6, Bielecki 4, Lijewski 1, Strlek 5, Stojković 4, Zorman 1, Cupić 6, Buntić 1, Musa 4″TEXT: Ida Baran read more

Woman killed in 4vehicle crash on SR 500 in east Orchards

first_imgPolice suspect an impaired driver may have caused a four-vehicle crash that killed a Vancouver woman Tuesday morning east of Orchards.The crash blocked both lanes on state Highway 500 for several hours.Washington State Patrol troopers were called to the crash on state Highway 500 near Northeast 182nd Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. and arrived to find four vehicles involved.According to the State Patrol, Pamela S. Alexander, 53, of Camas was heading west on Highway 500 around Milepost 9, about a mile east of the Vancouver city limits.Alexander’s SUV went over the center line, the State Patrol said, and hit the rear of an eastbound pickup driven by Maria D. Zepedachaparro, 38, of Vancouver.Alexander’s SUV then slammed head-on into another eastbound vehicle, an SUV driven by Jonna D. Porteous, 68, of Vancouver.The crash sent Zepedachaparro’s pickup over the center line, where it struck the fourth vehicle, a sedan driven by Eric M. Mazemke, 44, of Washougal, who was heading west.Porteous died after being taken to a hospital. Alexander and Mazemke were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for their injuries. Both had been treated and released Tuesday afternoon, according to the hospital. Zepedachaparro was hurt but not hospitalized.last_img read more

Forlan believes in Atletico Madrids advantage

first_imgDiego Forlan is in support of Atletico Madrid despite the star-studded Juventus side ahead of their last 16 Champions League first leg tie.Forlan once made a strong claim that Juve were poised to win the Champions League after they signed Ronaldo last summer.However, the 39-year-old – who won a Europa League with Atleti in 2010 made it clear he is backing the Spaniards to spring a surprise.“It’ll be a tough game for both sides,” he told Football Italia via Tuttojuve.com.“They are two very similar teams, equipped with strong squads and who never give up.“Today the difference is certainly represented by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Atletico Madrid also have great players like Griezmann, Morata, Diego Costa and their No 13, Jan Oblak.“This is why I have no doubt in regarding Atletico as favourites for the victory.”The former Uruguay striker spent the 2011-12 campaign with Juve’s rivals Inter but netted only two goals for the Serie A side.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…On this day in 2010, Diego Forlán single-handedly won the Europa League for Atlético Madrid with a brace vs. Fulham in the final. pic.twitter.com/KGTdGfk7CR— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) May 12, 2017“On balance, I’d have liked to play more for Nerazzurri,” he added.“Unfortunately, however, I had a lot of injuries, which limited my performance levels. As for Juventus, I remember the rumours but there was never anything concrete.“I never received an offer from the Bianconeri.”Juventus are still aiming to win their first Champions League title since 1996 and a win over the Rojiblancos will be a huge statement of intent.last_img read more

Car slams into Pembroke Pines nail salon no injuries

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a driver crashed into a nail salon in Pembroke Pines.Pictures shared by police on social media captured the driver’s white Kia Soul partially inside Lovely Nails, located in the area of Northwest 196th Avenue and Sheridan Street, Thursday afternoon. Officers are on scene at Lovely Nails (19511 Sheridan Street) regarding a traffic crash where a vehicle drove through the business’s front entrance. No one was injured inside of the business, and the driver has no injuries. pic.twitter.com/QaLoT52YQc— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 13, 2018No one was hurt.Officials said the building sustained structural damage, and the business will remain temporarily closed pending repairs.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. last_img read more

Cookbook project aims to get Alaska foods on school menus

first_imgA new cookbook intended for Alaska schools and other institutional kitchens is coming out soon.The cookbook is called “Make it Local: Recipes for Alaska’s Children.” It is a collaborative project involving the education and natural resource departments of the State of Alaska, along with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service.Download Audio(Chef Danielle Flaherty prepares some brussel sprouts at a recent cooking demonstration at the Galena Pool)The project was funded by a USDA grant, with a goal of getting more locally produced vegetables and proteins onto school menus.Cooperative Extension Research and Development Chef Danielle Flaherty developed the recipes for the new cookbook. She acknowledges that most institutional chefs are limited in their time and resources, so the recipes try to make it as easy as possible to cook from scratch with healthy, local ingredients.“There’s a fish stick recipe that really simplifies the process of breading fish. Instead of a very laborious process in which you have to touch every single piece of fish four or five times, this is more of a “dump” type recipe. Or there are some recipes that use kale, for example, which use a food processor. You just run it through with a slicing blade and it shreds it really fine. You don’t have to get it very well stemmed. So we have tried to think about the process of production cooking.”Using local meat and seafood donations in Alaska schools is a popular idea, but Flaherty says there are some financial considerations that might serve as a disincentive.“A lot of schools are being reimbursed for school lunches. Of course there are a lot of great things happening with that in feeding hungry kids in Alaska. But there are some technicalities that make it challenging to get reimbursed for meats caught with a game permit or a subsistence permit.”Chef Flaherty also wants to see Alaska fruits and vegetables used in new ways, which might extend their usage into the winter. For example, locally-grown zucchini can be shredded and frozen, and then added to a variety of dishes throughout the year, ranging from tacos to muffins.The “Make It Local” cookbook is being printed now, and is due to be distributed at the School Health and Wellness Institute in Anchorage at the end of the month.All school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program will be getting a copy, in addition to Head Start agencies and child care centers participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.last_img read more

Combo of psychological skills and magic sets Akshay Laxman apart from other

first_imgAkshay LaxmanPR HandoutAkshay Laxman, who is a graduate in psychology is one of most prominent magicians of India. The combination of his magic and mind reading skills sets him apart from the other magicians.Magic is the most exciting thing ever. Whenever we watch a magic show, it leaves us wondering how did they do it. Today we would like to tell you about Akshay Laxman who is arguably the most prominent magician of India.Akshay was born in the city of dreams Mumbai. Since his childhood, he had developed his interest in magic. He used some tricks when he was just a child. As he grew up, his interest in magic grew as well. He read and learned through the books about magic. Akshay also watched a lot of movies to learn the art of storytelling so that he can use it in his magic tricks and shows.At the age of 18 after finishing his school, he chose to graduate in Psychology so that he can mix the Psychology of human mind and magic to one and make it a an extraordinary art. That is how he became a mentalist who could read minds and perform magic.In the starting phase of his career, Akshay Laxman had to struggle a lot, he would perform at small shows in very less money just so that he can support his family expenses. He would travel and change three Mumbai local train each day to get the film city to give auditions for tv shows just to get a chance but it did not work. One day he got an opportunity to perform in India’s Got Talent, and he performed in front of Karan Johar, Malaika Arora, and Kiran Kher. Even though he didn’t go further in the show, his performance fascinated Karan Johar.One day he got a call asking him to perform for Amir Khan personally. He was shocked by how Amir Khan knew about him then he got to know that Karan Johar gave him Akshay’s number to Amir and praised his magic show.After performing the magic show for Amir Khan and his family personally, He received a standing ovation from Amir and his entire family. Amir Khan also made a testimonial video for him which changed Akshay Laxman’s life. He got famous, and then he was called for Sony TV show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega where we became the winner of the episode in which he performed and from then on his career took a rocket speed.Today Akshay Laxman has performed all over the world in countries like USA, UK, Myanmar, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, South Africa, Amsterdam, Thailand, Israel, etc. He is famous all over the world and lives a luxuries life. He has performed in front of many A list celebrities and billionaires like Shahrukh Khan, Neeta Ambani, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Dutt and many more. He majorly performs for corporate company events 60% of his shows take place outside India.Akshay Laxman is now a world-renown magician and is also considered the best magician in India. His Psychological skill of mind-reading and magic combination sets him apart from other magicians and makes him unique and best of his profession.last_img read more