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Educators debate whether some math basics are 'a dead issue in the year 2016'
CBC | April 10, 2016

Educators debate whether some math basics are 'a dead issue in the year 2016'

When it comes to improving the math skills of Ontario students, the $60 million recently pledged by the province will likely just make matters worse, suggests University of Manitoba mathematics professor Robert Craigen.


Worldwide vocation boom expected to soon bring influx of priests to Canada
By Deborah Rankin, Catholic Register Special | April 17, 2016

Montreal – Vocations to the priesthood may be lagging in North America and Europe, but the ranks of Scalabrinian priests are swelling in other parts of the world, according to Fr. Joseph Fugolo.


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Pope Francis´full speech to citizens and Catholic community in Lesbos

Distinguished Authorities,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have wanted to visit Lesvos ever since migrants arrived here seeking peace and dignity. Today I give thanks to God who has granted me this wish. I express my appreciation to President Pavlopoulos for inviting me, together with Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos.


CNN's Zakaria Touts 'Transformational' Obama Vs. GOP 'Implosion'
By Brad Wilmouth | April 10, 2016

On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria began his show by touting what he viewed as President Barack Obama's accomplishments as evidence he has been a "transformational" President, while also giving some "passive" credit to Obama for a Republican party "implosion."


Will immigrants ever feel truly at home?
April 15th, 2016 | Sabrina Almeida

Mississauga, April 15 (CINEWS): The answer depends on your looks, colour and accent. You must be able to check off all three!

A well-spoken lady I met recently was saddened by her seemingly ‘alien status’ despite the fact that she was born and raised in Canada. She believed that her brown skin prevented her from being accepted as Canadian. Have fielded questions like ‘where are you from’ and ‘when did you come here’ for years, she concluded that she would never be able to blend in. This was compounded by the fact that she was asked if she was a refugee just because she worked with a refugee settlement program. Have spent all her life in a small rural Canadian community where she stood out like a sore thumb, she encouraged her kids to move to a more multi-cultural setting like the GTA.

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People Places and Things

The Bible is among 10 ‘most challenged’ books of 2015
By Emily McFarlan Miller , Religion News Service | April 17, 2016

What does the Bible have in common with Fifty Shades of Grey or one of John Green’s best-selling young adult novels?

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bible made the list of the American Library Association’s 10 most frequently challenged books last year.


On Affordable Internet Access, Everyone Can Help
By Michael Geist, Today,

Thousands of Canadians are still offline, owing to lack of access or affordability.

Beyond access, we need digital literacy programs for Canadians just starting out on the web. Senior selfie via Shutterstock.

The future of internet access in Canada takes centre stage this week at a major hearing focused on whether it's time to update the rules associated with universal access to communications services. Canada has long had regulations in place that ensure that basic telephone service is available to everyone, using a funding model that subsidizes higher costs in rural communities. For most Canadians, however, basic telephone service no longer adequately addresses their needs. Today the internet is widely recognized as the most indispensable communications tool, providing access to everything from electronic messaging to entertainment. While debates over broadband access have lingered for more than 15 years, there are still thousands of Canadians without service, owing to the lack of access or affordability.

Kigamboni Bridge opens in Dar es Salaam
Apolinary Tairo, eTN Tanzania Apr 17, 2016
Lead from Mervyn Lobo posted on

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New bridge set to open beach tourism in Tanzania’s business capital

Construction by China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) and China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (CRMBEG). ( see news item at end)

Set to open up new tourist corridor on the southern beaches of the Indian Ocean, a new bridge has been constructed to link up the once dormant beach areas of Kigamboni in southern part of Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam.


Project to Develop 100 Million Mile per Hour Mission to the Stars within a Generation
12:00 ET from Breakthrough Initiatives

$100 million research and engineering program will seek proof of concept for using light beam to propel gram-scale 'nanocraft' to 20 percent of light speed. A possible fly-by mission could reach Alpha Centauri within about 20 years of its launch.

Mark Zuckerberg is joining the board.

New York, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner was joined at One World Observatory today by renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking to announce a new Breakthrough Initiative focusing on space exploration and the search for life in the Universe.


Wi-Fi not a concern, county teachers' unions say
Orillia Today | By Frank Matys Apr 02, 2016

Teachers in Kingston want Wi-Fi in classrooms turned off, citing concerns over potential health risks associated with the wireless technology.

Unions representing public and Catholic teachers in Simcoe County have no plans to follow the lead of Kingston-area unions in calling for a ban on Wi-Fi in classrooms.

“As far as concerns that people express, it would be pretty far down the list,” said Karen Littlewood, president of the local bargaining unit for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. Teachers in Kingston want Wi-Fi in classrooms turned off, citing concerns over potential health risks associated with the wireless technology.


Persil® ProClean™ Premium Laundry Detergent Now in Canada
CNW Toronto, ON, March 23, 2016

The Persil brand’s long-awaited arrival in Canada is one of the most anticipated laundry care launches in decades
Henkel Canada is making a big splash in the Canadian laundry care market with the launch of its global flagship premium brand Persil. Henkel introduces five powerful stain-fighting formulas to Canada under the Persil ProClean banner led by its 2in1 formula which received the highest laundry detergent rating in recent rankings by a leading North American consumer testing publication. As part of the launch, Persil also created a new energy-efficient cold-water formula developed specifically for Canadian consumers. During its first month in Canada, more than 2 million wash loads of Persil ProClean laundry detergent were sold.

News Clips from Goa

Goa bracing itself for a #2017 and election
By Karsten Miranda | 10 Apr, 2016, 05:56AM IST

Goan politicians turning to social media to build base, recruit members; parties gearing up to tackle the force of social media and use it to their advantage
Margao: The 2014 Lok Sabha elections were known as the #TwitterElections on social media, and the winner of that election, BJP’s Narendra Modi, at the time of being sworn in as Prime Minister, was the second most followed politician on Facebook and the sixth most followed world leader on Twitter.


Goa, Dubai favourite short haul spots for Indians: Report
Economic Times
MUMBAI: With six long weekends and three extended weekends in 2016, Goa and Dubai have become the most searched destinations for Indians,

Goa bracing itself for a #2017 and election

While it takes time for trends in New Delhi and strategies used by national parties to be used in smaller states like Goa, the trickledown effect has

Quiet and disquiet in Goa
Chandigarh Tribune

Life moves at its own pace in Goa. There is nothing called the 'rush hour'; no one seems in a particular hurry. Even schools don't begin at an ungodly

The hunt for a Georgian queen's remains in Goa

Fragments of her body were thought to be in other places, but this much was known from contemporary accounts: her right arm had been taken to Goa ..


Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar invites investment to develop inland waterways
By Team Herald | 16 Apr, 2016,

Says it will help decongest road traffic, create jobs for locals

Panjim: In a major initiative, the State government has offered a red carpet to those willing to invest in the development of Goa’s 250km long inland waterways that will help decongest road traffic and create employment opportunities for locals, while attracting tourism.


State to prepare wetlands inventory for notification

MoEF drafts new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2016; new rules will supersede 2010 Wetland Rules once notified

Team Herald PANJIM: In a bid to conserve and manage wetlands, the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests ( MoEF) has drafted new Wetland ( Conservation and Management) Rules 2016, as per which State governments have to prepare a detailed inventory of wetlands and notify the same for their regulation. Goa has around 383 wetland areas covering 21,337 hectares.


Vedanta arm wins tender to redevelop Mormugao port in Goa
Fri, 15 Apr 2016-07:22pm , New Delhi , PTI

Vedanta is the largest exporter of iron ore from Goa. (Reuters)

Metals major Vedanta on Friday said its subsidiary Sterlite Ports will redevelop Mormugao port in Goa on Develop, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for 30 years.

News Clips from India

Why are India's housewives killing themselves?
Posted by: Robin Viegas

More than 20,000 housewives took their lives in India in 2014.

More than 20,000 housewives kill themselves in India every year, but this tragedy hardly makes news, writes Soutik Biswas.


Meet the three Indian-origin professionals featured in the ‘100 Most Connected Men in the UK’ list for 2016
Photos courtesy: Tom Stockill; YouTube, The Sunday Times, UK
April 13, 2016British Indians, UK

While Mumbai-born Sarosh Zaiwalla was the first Asian man to establish a London city law firm in 1982, Rishi Saha is the head of public policy at Facebook UK; Samir Desai is director at Funding Circle, a fintech ‘unicorn’

India At Large staff

Sarosh Zaiwalla

In 1982, Zaiwalla became the first Asian man to establish a London city law firm. Born and raised in Mumbai, the lawyer left India for London to become a solicitor, just like his father.

After qualifying, he trained at Stocken and Co, a maritime law firm in Fleet Street. Among Zaiwalla’s most renowned early interns was a young Tony Blair. Over the course of his illustrious career, Zaiwalla has represented a number high-profile names, including the Gandhi family, the Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, the ruler of Dubai, Tchenguiz brothers and the Chinese government, to name just a few.


RattanIndia arm wins 50 MW solar project in K'tka

New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) RattanIndia Solar arm Yarrow Infrastructure Ltd has won solar power project of 50 MW capacity at a tariffs of Rs 4.78 per unit in reverse e-auction conducted by NTPC Ltd.




St. Joseph Vaz Birthday (April 21), & Earth Day (April 22nd)
George Pinto

From the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute .....
April 21st is the Birthday of St. Joseph Vaz, born in 1656 | April 22nd is Earth Day.

Hence, we are inviting all followers of St. Joseph Vaz to celebrate these two significant dates this week.

The rain forests and biological diversity of the lands traversed by St. Joseph Vaz, namely Goa, Mangalore, and Sri Lanka are among the earth’s precious Nature areas. The Western Ghats have been designated World Heritage sites by the U.N. But precious agricultural, coastal, and wetland areas are being ravaged by mining and ecologically damaging development.

Portugal Week, Ontario. 2016

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Official Opening of the 29th Portugal Week 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Portuguese Pioneer Museum
960 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto


Meet the Author Event
Book: Beneath the African Sun | Author: Maria Lynch

Event took place:

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: IndigoSpirit Mount Sinai, 600 University Ave., Toronto
Speak with the author and participate in a draw for an eBook version of the novel.
Description: More than a history, it is a story about family, home, social justice, and what it means to truly belong somewhere.
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Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Doors Open 1.30 pm
Venue: Michael Power High School, 105 Eringate Dr., Etobicoke, ON M9C 3Z7

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Events for 2016





Saturday, June 25, 2016 – doors open 1.30 pm The Goan Theatre Konkani Tiatr “SUN”
Venue: Michael Power High School, 105 Eringate Dr., Etobicoke, ON M9C 3Z7
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Saturday, July 9, 2016 -11.00 am -10.00 pm Radio Mango
Konkani FM 101.3
Taste of The Konkan
Cuisine Styles of the Konkan Region
Anapilis Banquet Hall, Mississauga
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Sunday, July 17, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron
Saint Alex
St. Francis Xavier's Church
Mississauga Holy Mass at 1:30 P.M.
Flyer to follow
Saturday, August 20, 2016 CLR Association CLR Picnic
Venue: Erindale Park, Mississauga. 
Flyer to follow
Sunday, September 11, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Silver Jubilee
2016 Calangute Social
Europa Convention Centre
Mississauga at 11:30 A.M.
 Flyer to follow
Saturday, October 01, 2016 CLR Association CLR Social
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall
 3410 Semenyk Ct, Mississauga
Flyer to follow
Saturday, November 19, 2016 Union of Navelim Our Lady of Rosary Feast
Venue: Verdi Convention Centre
 3550 Derry Road East, Mississauga
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Health & Wellness

New law on assisted dying will be restricted to only competent adults

Expected next week, the legislation won't allow people diagnosed with conditions like dementia to ask for help in ending their lives.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government can meet a June deadline imposed by the Supreme Court for a new assisted dying law. Legislation is expected to be unveiled next week.
By: Joan Bryden The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Apr 08 2016

Ottawa—The Liberal government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically assisted dying in long-awaited new legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned.


Canadian Medical Association lauds historic federal law on assisted dying

Ottawa, April 14, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is very pleased that the federal government's proposed legislation on medical assistance in dying introduced in Parliament today closely follows the recommendations made by Canada's doctors.


Canada's Right-To-Die Bill Blocks 'Suicide Tourists'
By Katie Link | April 14, 2016

Canada's prime minister said the bill is about defending Canadians' choices.

Canadian lawmakers are considering a new assisted suicide bill that would legalize euthanasia and shut the door on so-called "suicide tourism."

The legislation, presented Thursday, would give residents and Canadians who are "suffering intolerably" and who face a "foreseeable" death the right to die.


Low-cost interventions could save people's limbs, lives, and millions of Ontario's health-care dollars

Toronto, Apr. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Each year, almost 2,000 Ontarians are forced to endure a diabetes-related amputation, 85 per cent of whom could be spared from this terrible suffering. In addition to the human cost is the direct health system cost of a diabetic foot amputation, estimated at about $70,000 per patient's limb. The overall annual cost to the health system is $140 million dollars. That's why nurses, doctors, other health professionals and patients are heading to Queen's Park today.


Boomers and Gen X Be Prepared: Higher Ed Ain't What it Used to Be

Students report high stress due to lack of funding for rent, food and transportation

Toronto, April 12, 2016 /CNW/ - College and university acceptance letters are rolling in and Grade 12 grads and their parents' focus is shifting to thoughts of cobbling together funds for deposits, tuition, rent/residence, meal plans, books and other seemingly endless higher education costs.

OEB Sets New Summer Electricity Prices for Households and Small Businesses

The TOU price periods change each May 1 and November 1 (the same day prices are adjusted) (CNW Group/Ontario Energy Board)

Toronto, April 14, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced new time-of-use (TOU) electricity prices for households and small businesses starting May 1. The price is increasing by approximately $3.13 per month on the "Electricity" line, and about 2.5% on the total bill, for a household that consumes 750 kWh per month.

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