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Pope calls for end to economic exploitation
Posted on November 11, 2015, 1:50 PM

Bishops and priests told to be 'nothing more' than shepherds.

Meeting workers and addressing a major gathering of the Catholic Church in Italy, Pope Francis demanded an end to economic exploitation, to clerics "obsessed" with power, to apathy among youth and to a cold, fearful church that forgets Christ is always by its side.


What We Know About Islamic State, Its Deadly Reach

FILE - In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop.

November 15, 2015 7:41 PM

The group behind the horrifying attacks in Paris has been spreading death and destruction in large parts of Iraq and Syria since 2013. The group, known alternately as Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings.


Tanzania miners rescued after 41 days underground

Five gold miners were freed in Tanzania after spending 41 days trapped in a underground cave, officials announced on Tuesday. The survivors said they survived by eating insects and frogs and drinking the muddy water that trickled down from above.


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Christianity always imbibed local culture, say intellectuals
By Team Herald | 16 Nov, 2015

Speakers at AICU symposium call for Church to be seen as supporting those fighting fundamentalism; Stress on need for informed leadership and spokespersons

Excerpt “The Church in its leadership becomes an instrument of power and control, using even pastoral instruments and sacraments as whips to bring the faithful in line….”

Panjim: Inculturation was the common theme which speakers picked upon during a symposium on the topic ‘Church and Political Discourse in India’, organized by the All India Catholic Union on Friday. They also called upon the Church to support those fighting fundamentalism.


Do parents really believe that Goa is the best state in education?
06 Nov, 2015

If there is a National Award being given for irony in governance and public life, Goa will be one of its top contenders. Here we have the Chief Minister of Goa flying off to Delhi, to collect yet another award for Goa being the best state in education conferred by the India Today group. On the other we recently had hundreds of parents taking to the streets again because the government is toying with the future of their little ones by refusing to convert its cabinet decision of giving grants for English medium schools to a notified policy.


Goan Overseas
Frederick Noronha

Since returning to Goa at the age of two (brought in as hand luggage by my parents, as one sometimes jokes), I've always been fascinated with understanding the Goan Diaspora. First, one started by reading on the subject, and collecting books related to it. But there were only a few books on Goa in general available in those times. And even fewer in English.


Why Youth Become Radicalized and How to Prevent It
by New Canadian Media Monday, 13 July 2015 04:58

When trying to prevent radicalization parents should keep an eye on the types of information their children are receiving online and encourage critical thinking around this material.

by Dr. Ghayda Hassan and Hicham Tiflati (@HTiflati) in Montreal

Due to the rise in youth radicalization in recent years, most governments are taking decisive measures to prevent youth recruitment by extremist groups.

People Places and Things

Young, Musically Gifted and In Charge: Jordan de Souza, conductor
By: Trish Crawford Music, Published on Thu Nov 12 2015

Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza's head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year. De Souza, who studied music at McGill University, has been on its teaching staff since 2011. He was still a teenager when he was named conductor of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal in 2008. Read the full article in the sidebar link, from the Toronto Star.

Published on : 12 Nov 2015

Young conductor Jordan de Souza having a breakout year ...


Prepare to see a lot more of the back of Jordan de Souza’s head: the young conductor is tackling some major Toronto assignments this upcoming year.

Christmas Comes Early For G.O.A(Toronto) Retirees
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Let there be no misunderstanding. Bringing forward Christmas in no way implies a condescending gesture towards aging members, or a way to avoid the vagaries of the weather. With banquet halls being in seasonal demand, clubs are left with no choice but to book anything available at a reasonable cost, as near to the big day as possible, without clashing with sister institutions. That explains why the G.O.A. (T) had its Xmas Fantasy Dance for retirees, on November 15, 2015. The occasion was at the Pearl Banquet Hall in Mississauga. It turned out to be a gorgeous day and the absence of snow for Christmas was of no consequence.


McMaster University Global Health Advisory Board member Dr. Luis Barreto

The Global Health program newsletter, Winter/Spring 2015, of McMaster University, highlights Global Health Advisory Board member Dr. Luis Barreto – one of the most influential figures in vaccinology, epidemiology and public health, both nationally and globally. Over the past 30 years, his work has helped to eradicate polio, dramatically reduce Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib) and whooping cough infections, and shape immunization policy in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Barreto is President of Luis Barreto & Associates, a consultancy focusing on vaccine development, immunization, science policy, global health and biotechnology. He is former Vice-President, Immunisation and Science Policy for Sanofi Pasteur, where he held a number of other senior management positions for over 23 years.

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World's second-largest economy seeks industrial rebirth
November 4, 2015 5:55 am JST | China's new 5-year plan
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BEIJING -- Realizing it can no longer rely on cheap labor and unrestrained infrastructure investment to sustain growth, China envisions building a high-tech economy that is less ruinous to nature than the industrial model that has served it thus far.

"The greatest challenge facing China is how to overcome the middle-income trap," Xu Shaoshi, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told reporters Tuesday.

New Low-cost Battery Could Help Store Renewable Energy
Published: November 4, 2015. | Released by American Chemical Society

Wind and solar energy projects are growing at a respectable clip. But storing electric power for days when the air is still or when the sun goes down remains a challenge, largely due to cost. Now researchers are developing a new battery that could bring the price of storage to more affordable levels. They report their new battery that uses low-cost materials -- sodium and magnesium -- in ACS' journal Chemistry of Materials.


Feni is to India what Tequila is to Mexico.
By Raif Karerat

Spirit of India Feni received a 94 rating by Taste Panel Magazine

Spirit of India Feni, an award winning craft-liquor from the Indian subcontinent, has announced a partnership with Wirtz Beverage Illinois that will see Feni reach American shores for the very first time.

Made from handpicked cashew Fruit, Feni can only be produced in Goa, India, three months out of the year due to an extreme perishable window of only four hours once harvested.

Feni has been distilled in Goa for over 400 years as a Portuguese tradition with no electricity used in the process.

News Clips from Goa

Goa Tourism to launch website for tourist services

Panaji, Nov 7: Tourists headed to Goa will soon be able to book a wide array of tourist services online to avoid the trouble of having to haggle with operators as a web portal is set to be launched for the same which officials claimed is the first—of—its—kind by a tourism body in India.

The e—commerce portal that is to be launched by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will allow tourists to “easily make their bookings in bed—and—breakfast units to starred hotels, heritage homes to watersports, music festivals to restaurant bookings, cooking classes to heritage sites, walking trails to river cruises“.

Goa: In the shadow of the past
By Naeem Sahoutara / Photo : Athar Khan / Creative: Sanober Ahmed
Published: November 8, 2015

Maria Helena Souza and her son Lloyd Souza sit in their 400-year-old house.

Lloyd Souza and Nadia Souza hold each other’s hands as they move their bodies to the beat of traditional Cuban music. The young couple step forward and backward in unison and in excitement, amid applause. “Everyone in India knows about Goa’s craze for parties,” explains Lloyd, a 40-year-old Catholic Christian. “Dance is an integral part of life in Goa.” Dances such as this one are almost a daily feature in Goa, home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This culture of celebration and dance is part the legacy of the Portuguese empire that ruled this part of the world for more than five centuries.


Discrimination still haunts some Goans even after death
NYOOOZ | Goa |Tue,03 Nov 2015

Summary: The idea that death brings equality is based on the fact that death makes no distinction between a wealthy man or a great man. Unfortunately, even after death, several socially-backward families across Goa face discrimination. Because of discrimination, several people are forced to openly cremate in private property or in the jungle. For 28 years, smaller Christian groups have been running from pillar-to-post pleading with the government for a small burial ground. The discrimination is worse in the event where a pregnant woman dies.


Newfound joy at Antonio da Costa’s ancestral home in Margao
Posted by: Navhind Times November 12, 2015 in Goa News | NT Network Margao

A view of Antonio da Costa’s ancestral house in Margao

With news of Antonio da Costa standing a chance to be the new prime minister of Portugal, there was newfound joy among his family members at his ancestral house in Margao on Wednesday.

“When he was small, he showed interest in politics. He used to talk a lot about politics. And there were enough opportunities for him, as his father Orlando da Costa, a Goan writer by profession, was a member of Communist party,” said Antonio’s aunty Sinikka da Costa at his Abade Faria Road residence in Margao.


Goa’s traditional Kunbi fabric sees a revival
Photo Kunbi sarees/sari from Goa:
Published: 15:10 November 18, 2015 | By Nilima PathakSpecial to Weekend Review

With the efforts of designer Wendell Rodricks, the Indian tribal weave has been given a new lease of life on an international fashion platform

Goa, famous for its beaches and carefree lifestyle, now has its space on the fashion map too, thanks to the efforts of designer Wendell Rodricks. He has given a fresh lease of life to the Kunbi saree, which was once looked down upon — albeit after a few modifications.

The traditional saree was worn by the Goan Kunbi tribal women before the advent of the Portuguese in the 16th century. It was a cotton-chequered red-and-white saree with a sturdy weave. Worn short above ankles with a knot over the shoulder, it was well-suited for working on farmlands.

The weave, however, disappeared during the Portuguese rule when sartorial tastes changed considerably. It wasn’t until 1961, the time the Portuguese left India, that the saree made a modest reappearance.

“As far as I know, one can’t say when the saree originated. It is certainly centuries — perhaps millennia — old. Weaving of this saree was stopped in the 20th century or possibly earlier. However, we cannot say it became extinct, it simply moved — from hand-woven to machine woven, that too outside the state [of Goa],” says Rodricks.

Kunbi weaving shifted to the adjoining state of Maharashtra. The sarees would be brought from outside Goa to be worn by dancers performing during state festivals.


Awareness meet to be held for Konkani-speaking Goan Catholics
Vijaykumar Patil

The Khanapur Deanery and Uzvadd magazine will organise an awareness meet for Konkani-speaking Goan Catholics, who have settled in Belagavi, Dharwad and Kolhapur districts, on Milagris High School premises in Khanapur on Sunday at 11 a.m.


According to a press release issued here on Friday, the Goans settled outside Goa were entitled to an annual revenue known as Zon yielded from the farms and properties of their ancestors in Goa. These settlers are therefore known as Zonkars or Gaonkars.

News Clips from India

Sacred and stunning: Church antiques on rare display
Mumbai Mirror | Nov 12, 2015, 12.00 AM IST

More than 130 artefacts from churches in Mumbai and Goa are on display at St Pius X College in Goregaon. The exhibition, titled 'Panis Angelicus' (the Bread of Angels), is part of the Eucharistic Congress, a gathering of priests and clergymen, that starts today, reports Jyoti Shelar. You can view the antiques from Nov 16 to Dec 31.

1 TABERNACLES A tabernacle is an ornamented cabinet usually placed in churches on or above the altar. Two city-based art collectors, RK Moorthy and his wife Jacintha, have loaned one made from giltwood and dating back to 1650-1700 to the exhibition. The tabernacle has ornate carvings of four acanthus leaves on the top with a pineapple at the centre. "In Christianity, the acanthus leaves and pineapple signify everlasting life," said Father Warner D'souza, head of the Archdiocesan Heritage Museum in Goregaon


90 pc Indian universities have outdated curriculum: CNR Rao
New Delhi, Nov 5, 2015 (PTI)

Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao believes that 90 per cent of the universities and higher educational institutions in the country have outdated curriculum, keeping them from making into the top institutes of the world.

"90 per cent of the universities in our country have outdated curriculum. We talk about increasing funds, increasing infrastructure but there is no improvement in the content we are teaching in our hi-tech classrooms," Rao said yesterday during the ongoing Visitor's Conference at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

"One of the major reasons behind why Indian institutions don't make it to the top 100 universities in the world. There are lot of Indian students abroad who want to study in our country and come back but there are no quality colleges to offer them the same kind of environment and education," he said.


'Rich Indian-Americans could dwarf official US aid to India'

From Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 10 (PTI) Indian-Americans, who have a combined annual income of a whopping USD 67.4 billion, can play a key role in philanthropy activities in India that could dwarf official US foreign aid to India by 10 times, according to new research.


India pips US to become No. 1 in global consumer confidence index: Nielsen
By PTI | 3 Nov, 2015,

WASHINGTON: India continues to lead the global consumer confidence index in the third quarter of this year, followed closely by the US and much ahead of China, a global report said today.


Pakistan presents danger to entire world: NYT editorial
By Web Desk | Published: November 8, 2015

Urging world powers to persuade Pakistan to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, The New York Times editorial board wrote on Sunday that the country presents a danger to the entire world.
“The fact that Pakistan is also home to a slew of extremist groups, some of which are backed by a paranoid security establishment obsessed with India, only adds to the dangers it presents for South Asia and, indeed, the entire world,” the editorial read.




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Health & Wellness

Where there is ‘Will’ there is a way
By VB Prabhu Verlekar | 16 Nov, 2015, 03:22AM IST

A person who does not execute a Will is doing great damage to the family as children could fight for their share

Will is a very sensitive topic in India which is rarely discussed in Indian households. If husband raises this topic wife thinks that he is indirectly telling that his end is near. Children will never open this topic else they may be accused of eyeing parents’ properties. However, Goan catholic community is more practical and pragmatic in this respect.


Canada's health-care system braces for hike in costs with influx of seniors
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Canada’s provinces and territories are under pressure to revamp their health-care systems and rein in costs as baby boomers age.


How brainpower can help you cheat old age

Why are well-educated, active people more able to fend off the symptoms of dementia and brain damage?

This New Scientist article, usually accessible only to subscribers, is made available for free by Philips

RICHARD WETHERILL was intolerably good at chess. Hardly surprising, for the retired university lecturer could think a mind-boggling eight moves ahead. But in recent months, his razor-sharp mind had started to dull. When he found he could no longer think five moves ahead, he was sure something was seriously wrong and arranged to meet neurologist Nick Fox at University College London’s Institute of Neurology. Though his wife dismissed his complaints, Wetherill was adamant that he needed help. Yet Fox’s battery of tests revealed nothing amiss: his patient sailed through every test designed to spot early dementia. Under a brain imager, his brain looked normal.

Who you are, where you live matter when it comes to getting the best primary care, Health Quality Ontario report shows

Toronto, Nov. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontarians are less likely to receive optimal primary care if they are immigrants, live in a low-income neighbourhood, or live in a rural, remote or northern area of the province, according to the new report, Quality in Primary Care: Setting a foundation for monitoring and reporting in Ontario.

Revera Appoints Hazel McCallion as Chief Elder Officer

Revera has appointed Hazel McCallion as Chief Elder Officer. (CNW Group/Revera Inc.)
New role reflects company's commitment to helping seniors live life to the fullest

Toronto, Nov. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Revera Inc., a leading owner, operator and investor in senior living, today announced the appointment of Ms. Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga, to the role of Chief Elder Officer. As Chief Elder Officer, Ms. McCallion will provide advice and counsel to Revera in support of fulfilling the company's vision to celebrate the ageless spirit of people through service and innovation. In her new role, Ms. McCallion will engage residents and families at Revera communities in an open dialogue about their experiences in senior living to help the company continue to improve its programs and services. She will also provide input and guidance to help shape Revera's innovation agenda to enrich the lives of older adults, and will participate in Revera's Age is More initiative to challenge ageism.

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