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Ontario Premier Concludes Successful Trade Mission to India
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65 New Agreements Formalized During the Mission | February 5, 2016

Premier Kathleen Wynne, Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, R.K. Perindia

Premier Kathleen Wynne wrapped up her first mission to India today in Mumbai, where 16 new agreements between businesses and institutions from Ontario and India were announced, bringing the total number of agreements signed during the mission to 65. These agreements are valued at over $240 million and will create more than 150 high-value jobs in Ontario.


Barrack Obama takes credit for improved economic situation: Reports
By Press Trust of India @indiacom | February 06, 2016

Washington, Feb 5: As the unemployment rate dropped below 5 per cent in January to a eight-year low, President Barack Obama today said the US right now has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.


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Editorial - Lent thru’ the prism of Mercy
Feb 4, 2016, 11:43 AM | By Neil D'Souza [ updated Feb 5, 2016

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Connecting the Year of Mercy to Common practice of Penance in the Archdiocese of Bombay
posted Feb 4, 2016, 8:20 PM by Neil D'Souza [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 8:20 PM

This Year, Lent has a special significance as it enters into the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which focuses on the themes of compassion and forgiveness. Pope Francis himself pinpoints that "Lent during this Jubilee Year should be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy." Missionaries of Mercy will be sent out this Lent to bring the balm of mercy through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation to people throughout the world. The faithful need to be open to this touch of mercy that comes through the Sacrament.


Goa Positives
Frederick Noronha

Not long back, I was reading this work which was written almost six decades ago, by a lady who was obviously a very young student then. Olga Esther Baptista-Valladares made me open my eyes to how simple innovations in a community can have a huge impact over time.

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People Places and Things

New Ugandan postal stamps mark centenary of Sikhs in country

Coastweek -- The Uganda postal service Posta Uganda has commemorated 100 years of Sikh presence in the country by issuing four postage stamps releasing a book titled ‘The Human Rights of Women in Sikhism,’ by Justice AS Choudry, in a function held at Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe. The Uganda postal service Posta Uganda has commemorated 100 years of Sikh presence in the country by issuing four postage stamps releasing a book titled ‘The Human Rights of Women in Sikhism,’ by Justice AS Choudry, in a function held at Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe.


Chinese scientists find population outflow makes a city colder
Source: Xinhua 2016-02-06

BEIJING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The mass movement of people out of Beijing for the Chinese New Year (CNY) causes the temperature to drop, research shows. During the CNY holiday, people leave big cities and return to their hometowns. According to the institute of atmospheric physics (IAP) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the mass migration could affect the urban climate.


E-readers Help Thousands in Africa Learn to Read
by Deborah Block - February 05, 2016
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At the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy in Nairobi, 17-year-old Naima Hassan and her fellow high school students sit in class, using an e-reader instead of textbooks. The electronic device, known as the Worldreader, can be loaded with hundreds of books.

"I get to learn everything that I want," Hassan said.

On a continent where millions of people can't read, there's a chronic shortage of textbooks in many schools, including the girls' academy. "The textbooks that we have cannot be used by everyone in the school, so with the e-readers we now can learn at a comfortable pace," Hassan added.


Nairobi Goan Gymkhana Club hosts the first chess tournament of this year
By Brian Kidula | Jan. 27, 2016, 6:30 am

Solution: 1.Rc7+ Kb5 2.Bf1+ c4 3.Bxc4+ Ka4 4.Ra7+ Ra5 5.Bb3+ wins.

The first tournament of this year takes place this Saturday at Goan Gymkhana Club, Ngara road near the National Museum of Kenya roundabout, home to the oldest chess club in Kenya, Nairobi Chess Club (NCC).

Organised under the auspices of NCC by renowned chess events organiser and administrator Kim Bhari, who also doubles up as the chairman of NCC, the one day Peter Le Pelley Cup is in honour the former club’s chairman who was a very strong player.


Nairobi Taxi Drivers Say Uber Driving Them Out of Business
by Jill Craig February 05, 2016

Taxi drivers in Nairobi have become frustrated with Uber, the American app-based taxi service that came to the Kenyan capital in January 2015, which they say is undercutting fares and causing them to lose business. Taxi operators Wednesday asked Kenya’s government to stop Uber, a service that has risen in popularity here due to its cheaper fares. Fredrick Kyalo is one of those Nairobi taxi drivers who said Uber is responsible for his declining business.


Indian-origin family invests in India-UK project
PTI | Feb 2, 2016

London: A UK-based Indian-origin family with business interests across metals and renewable energy has invested in a multi-billion-pound tidal lagoon power project.

The Gupta family's SIMEC division has acquired a substantial stake in the UK's Tidal Lagoon Plc, a holding company established by Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, to finance the development of full-scale tidal lagoons in the UK and India.

"We are very pleased to invest in this ambitious and innovative enterprise that promises to provide low-carbon, baseload energy and drive economic renewal through the development of a high-value supply chain that will create thousands of new jobs. As a group, we are expanding internationally on several fronts and renewable energy is right at the heart of that expansion," said Sanjeev Gupta, chief executive of SIMEC's sister group firm Liberty House.

News Clips from Goa

Carnival 2016, Panaji Floats, video and pics
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Panaji Carnival King Momo Entourage

Once again, poorly managed Panjim Carnival floats

Was to start at 3pm but it started after 4.30pm (at Old Secretariat, VIP Lounge / Pavilion)

People were seen impatiently waiting to watch float parade since 3pm at around Panjim Ferry Viewing galley etc but they watched the first float around 5.15pm It takes about 2 hours from start to end.


Goa ushers in Carnival with pomp and gaiety
IANS | Panaji February 6, 2016 Last Updated at 18:40 IST

Keeping its date with its Portuguese cultural heritage, Goa on Saturday ushered in the Carnival with traditional float parades, King Momo's salutations and general merry-making on the chock-a-block streets of Panaji.

Goan Festive Art

Illustrative Artwork for Goan Brand of Feni ... Cazulo Feni during the famous Goan festivals.
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Government to focus on development in towns and coastal areas
By Team Herald | 09 Feb, 2016

Villages in hinterland to be kept green and environment friendly; will focus on vertical development with increase in Floor Area Ratio
Panjim: In a bid to keep the villages green and eco-friendly, rectifications in the Regional Plan 2021 (RP21) will focus on development in towns and coastal areas, while keeping the villages intact. Data from Census 2011, forest and agricultural cover will be considered while making corrections to the land plan.


Goa Amendment On Coconut Tree Wrong, Legally Untenable: Panel
Goa | Press Trust of India | Updated: February 07, 2016 02:38 IST

A Parliamentary panel on Saturday termed as "wrong" the Goa government's decision to classify coconut as 'palm' instead of 'tree'.

Panaji: A Parliamentary panel on Saturday termed as "wrong" the Goa government's decision to classify coconut as 'palm' instead of 'tree' and sought Centre's intervention in the matter even as it observed that the amendment to this effect won't stand legal scrutiny. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forest, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar, also noted that there was ambiguity in the legislation regarding the description of coconut tree and palm.


“Konkanis shy away from global issues, lack social commitment”

Konkani literature lacks social commitment because creative people in Konkani community shy away from the global issues confronting the society, says Anant Amembal, Maharashtra’s eminent music composer and researcher.

‘Creator’s social awareness and social commitment’ was discussed threadbare at the 30th session of All India Konkani Parishad today, chaired by eminent writer Damodar Mauzo. “We are busy singing our past legacy while turning a blind eye towards what is happening in front of our eyes. How can we then create art and literature with social commitment”, asked Amembal.


Portuguese civil code becomes accessible, is translated to English

Panaji: The Portuguese civil code has been an integral part of every Goan’s life since 1870, but it will be available for closer scrutiny in English, as a city-based lawyer has translated relevant provisions of it currently in force.


Govt slammed for ignoring overseas Goans
By Team Herald | 31 Jan, 2016, 06:07AM IST

Margao: At a largely attended launch of Goemkar Overseas’ Association in Chinchinim, the State BJP government came under heavy criticism for neglecting the Goans living overseas, despite them providing around Rs 600-800 crore annually to the State GDP.


Goa supervision mulling environment adult film city in state
Author by chimpu1911Posted on January 29, 2016

The Goa supervision is considering environment adult a film city or film heart in a state, that can emanate income during standard with a Tourism or Mining industry, a senior central pronounced now (January 29).

News Clips from India

Indian bus driver becomes the first person in recorded history to be killed by a falling meteorite, authorities say

The driver's death was initially blamed on an explosion, but the state chief minister later claimed it was caused by a meteorite

The first recorded case of someone being killed by a falling meteorite has occurred in India, according to local media. A bus driver, named only as Kamaraj, was reportedly killed on 6 February after a meteorite fell next to him on the campus of the Bharathidasan Engineering College in the town of Natrampalli, in the south of the country.

President Pranab Mukherjee calls for peace as India projects naval might
The Indian Express | 6 February 2016

View photos: President Pranab Mukherjee calls for peace as India projects naval might

As India projected its naval might along the eastern seaboard with nearly 75 Indian warships participating in the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called for using the seas to promote peace, cooperation and friendship. The review was attended by warships from China, Vietnam, US and Australia, among others.

Caritas program helps Indian farmers to better yields
Saji Thomas, Bhopal, India | February 5, 2016

Initiative helps farmers reclaim abandoned crops, pool information and resources

An Indian farmer tends to his crop in this AFP file photo. A Caritas-run program in Madhya Pradesh state is helping Indian farmers produce greater yields at lower costs. (Photo by AFP)

Some 750 small-scale farmers gathered in India's Madhya Pradesh state Feb. 3 to exhibit their produce and share knowledge as part of an initiative that a church agency spearheads to help in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Key India-Nepal border post open, trucks cross after 5 months | 6 February 2016 

Key India-Nepal border post open, trucks cross after 5 months

The Raxaul-Birgunj checkpost, that accounts for more than two-third supply of goods between India and Nepal, seemed to be back in business after a gap of five months as vehicles carrying goods found their entry smoothly into Nepal.


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) rated world’s most powerful brand in IT services
Published: February 4, 2016 00:00 IST

N. Chandrasekaran, CEO and Managing Director of TCS, says customer centricity lies at the heart of the organisation

India’s top multinational IT company Tata Consultancy Services has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in Information Technology Services by a leading global brand valuation firm, the company said on Wednesday.


Corporators with fake caste certificates under scanner
Manoj Badgeri | TNN | Feb 6, 2016

Thane: The issue of corporators allegedly submitting fake caste certificates for deriving political benefits in TMC has come to the fore once again after the divisional caste certificate verification committee recently nullified the caste certificate provided by a Shiv Sena leader.




From the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute - please help save a valuable life
Message from : George Pinto [goans_tanzanite]>
Feb 9 at 9:56 PM

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Fr. Olvin Veigas S.J.
Please help save a valuable life

Many of us from the Indian Catholic community in the S.F. Bay area met Fr. Olvin Veigas S.J. during the two years (2006-2008) he spent here, doing his Master’s and Licentiate in Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, and also at the University of Santa Clara. He then went to Oxford University to do his doctorate in Philosophy and Theology. Fr. Olvin was born in 1975 in the Badyar parish of the Mangalore diocese, near the miraculous Shrine of St. Joseph Vaz in Mudipu. He joined the Jesuits of the Karnataka province in 1993.


Goan Convention 2016 - Santa Ana CA July 2-4, 2016

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Events for 2016





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, September 24, 2016 CLR Association CLR Social
Venue: TBD
Flyer to follow

Health & Wellness

Over 30,000 Canadians Demand a Plan for seniors care

A Statement from Dr. Cindy Forbes, President of the Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa, Feb. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has engaged with over 70 organizations and the public to draw attention to a major problem in our health care system: it was created over half a century ago to meet the needs of a much younger population and has not adapted to meet the growing number of aging Canadians.


Domtar Develops 'PaperPal' Project to Link Senior Citizens, Students

Growing Amount of Research Shows that Both Groups Benefit from Handwriting; More Locations Can Join the Letter-Writing Effort that Connects Generations

MONTREAL, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - As more researchers and doctors recommend the benefits of handwriting for both children and senior citizens, Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) unveiled a new program today called PaperPal.


CSA Group Warns of Door-to-Door Inspection Scam

Toronto, Feb. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, notifies members of the public of a door-to-door inspection scam where the individual claims to represent CSA Group and requests to inspect the homeowner's furnace. CSA Group employees do not attend private residences to inspect anything within a home.


Canadians putting themselves at risk for osteoporosis: survey

New survey reveals Canadians are largely unaware about osteoporosis and the serious consequences it can have on their health

Toronto, Feb. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Snow and ice can make walking challenging, especially for those at risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. In fact, one in three Canadian women, and one in five Canadian men, will break a bone because of osteoporosis, a debilitating disease that can strike at any time, causing bones to become fragile and break.1 Each year in Canada, broken bones caused by osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined for women over the age of 50, despite the fact that if simple steps are taken in your 30s, the risk can be reduced.


Almost three quarters of Canadian doctors use electronic health records: survey
Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Published Thursday, January 28, 2016

TORONTO -- There was a time, says Sandra Wallace, when taking her daughter Camryn for multiple appointments at Ottawa's children's hospital meant having to wait for her paper-based medical chart to follow her from one specialist clinic to another. Camryn, who was born with Down syndrome, is seen about once a month at five different clinics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where doctors keep tabs on various aspects of the 10-year-old's health.

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