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Newsletter. Issue 11 - May 21, 2016


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Update puts buildings lost in Fort McMurray at 2,400, but 25,000 saved

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says 2,400 buildings were lost in the devastation caused when an "ocean of fire" surrounded Fort McMurray.

But she praised firefighters for saving 25,000 more from what at one point looked like certain destruction...


Pope Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic Church
Joshua J. McElwee | May. 12, 2016

Pope Francis gestures during an audience with the heads of women's religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 12. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church, signaling an historic openness to the possibility of ending the global institution's practice of an all-male clergy.

The pontiff indicated he would create such a commission during a meeting at the Vatican Thursday with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious, who asked him during a question-and-answer session why the church excludes women from serving as deacons.

The women religious, meeting with the pope as part of the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), told Francis that women had served as deacons in the early church and asked: "Why not construct an official commission that might study the question?"


US, Others Walk Out of Ugandan Inauguration
May 13, 2016

Yoweri Museveni has begun his fifth term as Uganda’s president.

United States, Canadian and European delegates walked out of the official swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. They left to protest Museveni’s comments about the International Criminal Court. The delegates also were protesting the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the inauguration.


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The wildfire at Fort McMurray in Alberta - An epic disaster
Editorial | Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB in

The wildfire at Fort McMurray in Alberta made news worldwide this past week. The city of 80,000 and several neighbouring towns were forced to evacuate, and quickly. Damage will run into the billions of dollars, it is estimated; life has been changed forever. Just a year ago, life looked good. Fort McMurray is at the heart of Alberta oil country. The future looked rosy. Fort McMurray was a destination, especially for people from the east looking for work.

Then the price of oil dropped. Jobs were cut. Suddenly, in the space of a week Mother Nature erupted in an uncontrolled and uncontrollable manner. Fire razed sections of the city and citizen were forced to flee. Many were able to take nothing with them. Highways north and south of the city were jammed with traffic.


Will India ever be a developed nation?
15 May, 2016, 08:19AM IST | By Jesuin George Fernandes

The dream merchants may have sold us a pipe dream, but India will never rise to the level of a developed nation if we don’t nurture a culture of discipline and accountability - hardly anything of which is left!

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People Places and Things

New York Indian Film Festival opens with tribute to 1960s Goan musicians

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The 16th New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) opened Saturday night at Skirball Center for Performing Arts with Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let’s Dance to the Rhythm), also the New York premiere of the 2015 Bardroy Baretto-directed Konkani-language film starring Vijay Maurya, Palomi Ghosh and Prince Jacob. Both the director and Ghosh were in attendance and participated in a Q&A with NYIFF festival director Aseem Chhabra following the screening.


The soul of Goan religious music... of another era
Goanet Reader | 9:46 AM | António Da Costa | Tempe, Arizona, USA

The several years I spent putting the contents of the book

*Songs of Praise* together provided me with exceptional insight into the roots of my faith, and offered me a nostalgic journey back to my formative years, from my childhood through young adulthood. It was then that I learned to sing these beautiful, soul-raising, prayer-inviting melodies and hymns to God, to Jesus and his mother Mary, and to our favorite saints.


Indian-origin appointed dean at Calgary University in Canada
PTI | Apr 24, 2016
Baljit Singh's appointment as dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. (Photo courtesy:

TORONTO: An Indian-origin veterinary medical expert has been appointed as the Dean of the prestigious University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Canada. Baljit Singh, will take over the position of Dean on September 1, provost and vice-president (Academic) of the university Dru Marshall said in a statement.

Singh is a highly accomplished researcher, educator and administrator in the field of veterinary medicine, with specific expertise in lung biology and anatomy, she said.


Drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labour
Chris Weller | May 12, 2016, 10:04 AM

A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labour and services across several industries. Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value — some $77.6 billion between them — including services like completing the last mile of delivery routes and spraying crops with laser-like precision.

Economists seem to agree that robot automation poses real threats to human labour within the next few decades. The best evidence suggests automated robots will replace 50% of all jobs by the 2030s. Some evidence even suggests that today’s technology could feasibly replace 45% of jobs right now


Religious life not business as usual
By James Buchok | 05/11/2016

Winnipeg — Religious life has a future, but it’s not going to be “business as usual” according to an American nun, attorney and canonist. “We can’t reinvent the past. We’re not going back to having a thousand members,” said Amy Hereford, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet from St. Louis, Mo.

But having fewer numbers is not a bad thing, said Hereford. “Smaller groups of men and women religious have more energy and ability to take what they have received and bring it forward.”

News Clips from Goa

Only non-Goans please: Goa likely to ban locals from entering casinos
May 07, 2016 15:56 IST | PTI, Panaji

After the rules come into force, only non-Goans will be allowed in casinos. HT photo

Goa government is in the process of issuing rules for the Gaming Commission, that is proposed to be set up to regulate the state casino industry, and one the rules would be to ban local citizens from entering casinos.


Fisheries Dept bans LED lights in fishing
11 May, 2016, Team Herald

Margao: In an order dated May 10, the Fisheries Department issued a government notification that was published in the official gazette banning LED lights among other such regulations. The order was signed by Director of Fisheries/Ex-Officio Joint Secretary Fisheries, Dr Sharmila Monteiro.


Traditional fishermen to ‘quit’ occupation
10 May, 2016, 07:02AM IST | Team Herald

To surrender equipment to Fisheries Dept on Wednesday, hold protests against govt’s inaction against ‘unnatural’ fishing methods

To protest against the failure of the State government to take action against the “unnatural” way of fishing, including using LED lights, China engine trawlers and bull trawling, hundreds of traditional fishermen from across Goa have decided to give up their fishing occupation by surrendering their canoes/boats, fishing nets and other fishing machineries/equipments before the Fisheries Dept in Panjim and other offices in south Goa on Wednesday.


Goa races to be nation’s first kerosene-free state

Panaji, May 7 (TOI): Goa can likely be the first state in India with 100% households owning a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) connection. Currently, 1.25 lakh families avail of the kerosene allocation from the department of civil supplies. Officials told TOI that in three months, they will be introduced to LPG and encouraged to continue its use.

"Goa could well be the first state in India to go kerosene-free in cooking," civil supplies director Vikas Gaunekar, said, adding, "This is possible not only because Goa is small but also because 64% of our population lives in the urban area and uses LPG, thus making it easier for us to penetrate into rural areas where LPG is not widely used."


St Cruz lake a hidden treasure for tourism
By Basuri Desai | 10 May, 2016,

Bondvol lake was built during the Portuguese regime and was a main source of irrigation for farmers; If beautified, the lake could be a prime tourist destination near the capital; Birdwatcher’s paradise all year through; Locals demand that property be acquired by govt for renovation

Though the Comunidade of Kalapur, St Cruz is fighting a legal battle in court to get back the Bondvol lake area, the locals of Kalapur have demanded that the entire property should be acquired by the government of Goa in view of developing it.


Suzuki Access 125 scooter unveiled in Goa

“Goa is the most important location for us because it is a scooter market and we sell a lot of our two-wheelers in the state,” said Satoshi Uchida, managing director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd., on Saturday. On a flying visit for the launch of the new Access 125 cc scooter, he said that because Goa is an important market the company is continuously trying to better its track record by pushing sales. “We look after our Goan customers very well,” he added. Suzuki’s share in Goa’s scooters market is 22 per cent and it is the highest among all states, he said.


Goa to get non-polluting electric rickshaws soon
13 May 2016

Panaji: The state is all set to launch electric rickshaws in Goa in a bid to spread awareness on pollution-free vehicles. In a joint collaboration, Goa-based firm Infra-Red and Delhi startup Green Valley Energy, will introduce e-rickshaws and electric vehicles in the state. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and minister of transport PWD and river navigation Ramakrishna Dhavalikar alias 'Sudin' will launch the electric vehicles on Saturday.

News Clips from India

Government of India - National Policy for Older Persons Year -1999 Publication

1. The Background

Demographic Trends

1. Demographic ageing, a global phenomenon has hit Indian shores as well. People are living longer. Expectation of life at birth for males has shown a steady rise from 42 years in 1951-60 to 58 years in 1986-90, it is projected to be 67 years in 2011-16, an increase of about 9 years in a twenty five year period (1986-90 to 2011-16). In the case of females, the increase in expectation of life has been higher-about 11 years during the same period, from 58 years in 1986-90 to 69 year in 2011-16. At age 60 too, the expectation of life shows a steady rise and is a little higher for women. In 1989-93, it was 15 years for males and 16 years for females.


Indian Government to hold all-state meet in Goa on mining issues
By PTI | 10 May, 2016, 12.42PM IST

Panaji: The Centre will hold a crucial meeting of all the states in Goa on May 27 to discuss issues like illegal mining and e-auctioning of mining blocks, a senior official said today. The meeting, which would be chaired by Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, will have all the states with mining as one of the economic activities participating in it.


Recruitment Drive to be Conducted in Goa Next Month by Indian Air Force

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has recently made it public that there will be a recruitment drive held in Goa from June 3 to June 6, 2016. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently announced the dates in which the recruitment drive from the Indian Air Force take place. Manohar Parrikar, who is presently the Union Defence Minister, was the former Chief Minister of Goa.

India ranks ninth in crony-capitalism index
The Economic Times › News › Economy › Indicators

May 8, 2016 - NEW YORK: India is ranked at ninth position in crony-capitalism with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic ...

Phase out old vessels, Par panel to.
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May 9, 2016 -
Parliamentary panel has recommended that Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) buy fuel-efficient ships, replacing the old stock...


Fr. Desmond De Sousa -- A Liberal, Caring and Justice-Driven Face of Goan Christianity‏
Goanet Obits ( | 11:49 PM

Future of Asian Theologies Amid Challenges of Globalization | Oct. 6th 2011  St. Benedict Retreat Center Modules3-Keynote Speech… (00:37:39 | Added on 20/10/2011| 59 views)
A Liberal, Caring and Justice-Driven Face of Goan Christianity - FN

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Someone reading him online once accused Desmond de Sousa of being an "angry young priest", possibly even a young upstart who was critical of the Church in Goa. But Demi, as he was known to his friends, clarified, without missing the irony: "Let me assure one and all, I'm 73 years old this September [2012], 54 years a Redemptorist and 46 years a priest.... Among my many illustrious students who have become my superiors over the years are bishops, including the present Archbishop of Goa, with whom I enjoy a very cordial relationship." []



Canada: ''Mangalorean Association of Canada Social' completes 15 years, gears up for gala evening on May 22
By Gerry D'Mello | Excerpts from: Daijiworld Media Network - Canada

Canada, May 11: Canada's premier Konkani Association 'Mangalorean Association of Canada' (MAC) will present the most spectacular evening of the year, 'MAC Social - 2016' on May 22 at The Payal Banquet and Convention Centre, Mississauga from 6.30 pm.

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It will be a night of entertainment brimming with lovely music, innovative games, lots of exciting prizes, Cha-Cha competition and above all, the May Queen 2016 contest. Undoubtedly MAC Social 2016 extravaganza will be a thrilling and most memorable event with the presence of the most popular live band, The Big Foot and renowned emcee Ivan D'Lima.


Memories of ‘Mombasa Goan High School’
19 May 2016

Dear Friends,

Project: Archiving Memories of ‘Mombasa Goan High School’

The ‘Goan Archives Canada’ Committee – negotiated with the ‘Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives’(PAMA) in Brampton, Ontario, to catalogue, store and preserve printed material relating to Goan cultural heritage. This phase is complete, but there are “leftover” items and further information, which need to be processed. ‘Goan Cultural Archives’ is continuing this work and plans to include in its collection, some background of the places from which many immigrated. Mombasa is one of these places. If there are alumni associations, who have compiled this information, ‘Goan Cultural Archives’, will be willing to receive a submission.


Goan Overseas Association of Toronto - G.O.A. Toronto


In times of need, our community has a strong tradition of coming together and doing everything we can to help other communities.

Let's stand together to show our support for Fort McMurray!! Click for Flyer


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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Kenya Nite 2016 Events
Save the dates…..

  • June 4 2016Mkutano (Pub nite- Brampton) Click for flyer

  • August 27 2016 Picnic –Save the date – Venue to be advised

  • The Grand finale will be the the 1st October 2016, an all-inclusive –open Bar event at the Lake Shore Convention Center in Mississauga . Click for flyer


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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Parra Association The Parra Social 2016 Click for Flyer
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

Arthritis sufferers worry about proposed acetaminophen restrictions
Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen | Published on: May 12, 2016

Extra Strength Tylenol delivers a 500 mg dose of acetaminophen. Steven Senne / The Associated Press

A Health Canada proposal that could result in Extra Strength Tylenol being taken off the market is causing alarm among some its biggest users — arthritis sufferers.

“Acetaminophen (commonly sold as Tylenol as well as in numerous other products) is one of the medications that many people with arthritis use,” said Joanne Simons, chief mission officer with the Arthritis Society of Canada. “It is one of their medications of choice, given that there isn’t a lot available.”


A long road to recovery for Fort McMurray requires special care and help: CIBC

Helping clients with what they need for them to emerge #AlbertaStrong

Toronto, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - To help displaced Fort McMurray residents in the long recovery ahead, CIBC (TSX: CM)(NYSE: CM) today announced it is expanding its financial support program to get clients back on their feet.


One large glass of wine a day spikes risk of stroke in middle age, study finds
Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph | January 30, 2015 9:15 AM ET
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Luis Hidalgo/AP filesWine? Yuck. Tastes like grapes.

Middle-aged drinkers who have just one large glass of wine a day increase their risk of stroke by a third, a study has suggested.

Mosquito-repellent Soap Invention Seeks to Fight Malaria in Africa
by Reuters | May 12, 2016

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Two former students from Burkina Faso have designed a mosquito-repellent soap, which they hope could be a simple and affordable solution in the fight to end malaria, but more funds are needed to test the idea, according to the startup behind it.


Tourism Week in Ontario Kicks off Marketing Campaign

Toronto, May 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Start your engines! The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is launching its spring/summer campaign with a new magazine, Ontario's Best Road Trips, featuring hundreds of vacation ideas to help travellers plan their perfect Ontario summer adventure.

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