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Newsline Canada

Pope announces 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Collins of Toronto
Excerpts from:
By John L Allen Jr | Created Jan 06, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI today announced the names of 22 new cardinals, including 18 under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote for the next pope. The list includes two Americans: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher and the former archbishop of Baltimore. The consistory, the event in which these nominees will formally enter the College of Cardinals, is set for Rome on Feb. 18.


Immigrants Better Qualified, But Underpaid
From Weekly Voice

Between the mainstream businesses that are always looking for cheap immigrant labour, and the immigrant run businesses that would prefer to pay as little as possible when it comes to their own people, and the government sector that is pretty much closed to the immigrants, there is room for improvement, a lot of room. In fact, if this situation is set right, there would be as much as $30 billion more coming into the Canadian economy.


Canadians' serious concern and worry about economy in 2012 greater than 2008, shows Economic Club of Canada/Pollara poll

Toronto, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadians are more worried than ever about the economy and its effects on them personally, with more believing their income will fall below the cost of living for the first time in 15 years. And in results from an Economic Club of Canada/Pollara Strategic Insights poll, 70% now believe Canada is already in a mild recession.

Ratna Omidvar, Order of Canada recipient
Toronto, Ontario

For her advocacy on behalf of immigrants and for her devotion to reducing inequality.

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Ratna Omidvar is President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs.


Pope Benedict creates Ordinariate in U.S.
03 January,2012

In response to numerous requests, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, January 1, established an ordinariate for Anglican groups and clergy in the United States who wish to become Catholic. It is only the second structure of its in the world. The Pope also has named a Houston professor and former Episcopal bishop, Reverend Jeffrey N. Steenson, to lead the ordinariate.


100 U.S. Anglican parishes petition to become Catholic
Under new Vatican provisions, they'll keep their liturgy, practices and music. Some Catholics thrilled

What would it mean if 100 Anglican parishes in the United States were to become Catholic virtually overnight? That question is not so speculative after the Anglican Church in America voted earlier this month to seek to join the Catholic Church under provisions set up late last year by Pope Benedict XVI.


English Soccer authorities unite to fight racism
Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:23am GMT

London (Reuters) - England's soccer and legal authorities appeared to be united in their fight against racism on Wednesday after the FA banned Liverpool's Luis Suarez for racial abuse and England captain John Terry was told he faced prosecution for the same offence.


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Art of Leading
Published on: January 1, 2012 in Opinion section of

The statement of the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat that it is not possible to take drastic decisions sometimes could cut both ways. It could reflect the weakness of democracy or be an excuse not to take the difficult path.


Liberation Blues
Jan 1, 2012,

Goa is its usual self this holiday. As you see the people on the beach or in the street market or in the posh hotels, it is hard to sense that there is a Golden Jubilee of Goa's Liberation being celebrated.


The secret to happiness
Robert Fulford, Dec 24, 2011 | Posted on Goanet by Albert Peres afperes at
Sat Dec 24 22:37:26 PST 2011

Robert Fulford on the secret to happiness: Sip it in small doses

Christmas week is the federally mandated Happy Time of Year, a period so charged with chirpy gladness that those who don’t share in the happiness may experience a mild form of guilt, as if failing in their civic duty to be joyful.

People Places and Things

Book Review A Kind of Absence Life in the shadow of history [Paperback]
Joao da Veiga Coutinho (Author)

This review is from: A kind of absence: Life in the shadow of history
An Exile from Paradise Lost, February 12, 2009
By Robert S. Newman "Bob Newman" (Marblehead, Massachusetts USA)
on behalf of Goanet Reader (
Sent: December-28-11 3:11:36 PM

Goa, now a bustling, overcrowded, tourist haven on the Arabian Sea coast of India south of Mumbai, used to be a sleepy backwater lost to the world in a Portuguese colonial empire that had forgotten to look at the clock.

Mystery buyer acquires web address
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:18pm GMT

Vatican City (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Wednesday an unknown buyer had snapped up the internet address, a domain combining its name with an extension reserved for pornographic content.


Portuguese Canadians take pride in community and culture in video project
Excerpt from article in Toronto Star | Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter | Published On Tue Jan 03 2012

Toronto art director Terry Costa has launched a "Pround To Be Portuguese Canadian" video contest as part of a campaign to revitalize a community he says has become invisible in Canada's multicultural mosaic.

Terry Costa wants Portuguese Canadians not to be afraid to say they are Portuguese and to make it known to the world they are proud of their heritage through YouTube.


Book Review You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself [Hardcover]

David McRaney (Author)

You Are Not So Smart is a book about all the wonderful ways you delude yourself everyday.
Book Description | Publication Date: October 27, 2011 | Price: $14.99

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.

You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.

News Clips from Goa

Goans still hope to preserve identity
Article printed from CathNews India:
Posted By cninewsletter On December 30, 2011

Goa recently marked 50 years since its liberation from Portuguese colonial rule and its merger with India.

[Goanet] Archbishop's Christmas Civic Reception
Photos from the Archbishop of Goa and Daman's traditional Christmas
Civic Reception held December 29, 2011 at Altinho, Panaji.

Traditional Christmas get-together hosted by Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri FerraoAltinho, Panaji December 29, 2011

Photo credit: Click here

Tomazinho Cardozo Goan of the Year 2011
Posted: 30 Dec 2011 05:10 AM PST

Tomazinho Cardozo, president of the World Konkani organization and the chairman of the Goa Tiatr Akademi has been declared ‘Goan of the Year-2011’ by the federation of Goan cultural, social and literary organizations which include the Goan Poets’ Forum, Janajagruti Manch of Margao, Saiyogam Kala Sangh of Headland Sada, , Konkonn Kala Vistar Kendra ,“Swarshree” of Vasco among others.

Panjim: Charles Correa Wins Gomant Vibhushan Award 2011

Panjim, Dec 19: Renowned architect, planner and activist Charles Correa was felicitated with the Gomant Vibhushan Award 2011 here at Kala Academy, Campal on Sunday December 18. The highest Goan civilian award, with scroll of honour was presented by Governor K Sankaranarayanan. Chief minister Digambar Kamat, who was also present at the occasion delivered message of the day. Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastav and secretary for art and culture T N Balakrishnan were also present among others.
Goa mining industry fears bleak future due to export duty hike
Posted: 04 Jan 2012 02:45 AM PST | Courtesy: ibnlive

The iron ore mining industry in Goa is wary of the 10 per cent hike in the export duty imposed by the Ministry of Commerce and said that this taxation would further “cripple the trade.” On December 30, the Ministry had announced a hike in the export duty from 20 per cent to 30 per cent on all types of iron ore grades. However, the industry feels that such a hike was unwarranted, especially, since it is currently going through tumultuous times.

Former Goa CM, Wilfred D’Souza, to join Trinamool Party

The base of the Trinamool Congress has solidly spread from the eastern part of the country to the furthest point in the western region.

Stories of the village
By: Supriya Nair | Posted: Fri, Dec 30 2011.

Goa’s recent arts and literary festival offers a glimpse of how change is managed and reflected in a region’s literature

Dusk had fallen by the time the inaugural ceremonies of the Goa Arts and Literary Festival began on the lawns of the International Centre Goa in Dona Paula, Panaji, when the acclaimed Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo stood to deliver his remarks on behalf of the Goa Writers Group. “To my respected audience, welcome,” Mauzo began in formal Konkani.

Stop mining to save Goa
Mining may have generated a few jobs in Goa, however, for every job in the mining sector, over 150 jobs are lost due to fields rendered infertile as a result of mining rejects, mineral toxicity to plants and a shortage of water since mining depletes ground, surface and underground water reservoirs. The over-dependence on mining is due to the fact that mine owners have destroyed water bodies, reservoirs, agricultural fields, forest cover, cashew and fruit plantations. Food and fruit-processing industrial growth can generate enough jobs to sustain drivers of trucks as well as owners of barges and allied persons involved in the "rape of Goa". [TOI]

Booze made at politicians’ liquor units seized
Over 400 liquor bottles of different manufacturers have been seized from various retailers in the state by the officials of the excise department since the beginning of the model code of conduct in the state in view of the elections to the Goa legislative assembly on March 3. The excise commissioner, Mr P S Reddy informed that the excise department has so far booked 14 cases against retailers since the beginning of the code of conduct and show-cause notices have been issued to them. He said that if the response of the retailers was found unsatisfactory then the department could suspend their licences. [NT]

Russian national booked for using satellite phone
Verna police on Monday registered an offence against a Russian national Bajichtnha Lietpobha alias Valentina, 63, a resident of Moscow, on charges of possessing a satellite phone 'Thuraya' which is banned in India. Police sources said that the accused was found to be using the satellite phone between December 22 and December 31, 2011, at a resort in Arossim where she was residing. While the satellite phone has been seized by the police, the Russian national has been booked under Section 6 of the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act and Section 20 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. [TOI]

Goa Dairy facing shortage of 6k litres per day
Though the period of April to November is always a lean season for milk production, last year, the shortage continued into December when milk was in acute short supply in the state. The dairy is facing a shortage of about 6,000 litres of milk on an average per day since the beginning of December. The milk shortage in Maharashtra is a reason behind the shortage in Goa. Goa's milk consumption per day is 1.25 lakh litres and the dairy was supplying between 80,000 and 85,000 litres per day. Presently, the dairy could procure only 70-75,000 litres per day, said managing director (MD) of Goa Dairy Sadanand Kulkarni. [TOI]

Marine fish catch has stabilised in Goa
The department of fisheries has informed that the annual marine fish catch in the state has stabilised over the years, while the exports of fish from Goa is steadily on the rise. The figures made available by the DoF informs that the yearly fish haul in Goa has stabilised between 85,000 and 90,000 tonne, while the annual fish exports have touched around 37,000 tonne valued at around `290 crore. The annual marine fish catch in Goa from 2001 to 2011 had reached its peak in the year 2005, with the fish haul that year standing at 1,03,087 tonne. [NT]

Cashew production on the decline in state
Though agriculture was one of the prime occupations of the people of Goa during the Portuguese regime, the scenario changed after liberation, especially over the last two decades as it has been abandoned by many. The reasons may be many but the youth today are shying away from traditional occupations as they are inclined towards white-collar jobs. If appropriate measures are not initiated, those Goan households who are still carrying on with traditional farming may also lose interest. Cashew is one of the largest plantation crops in Goa. It is grown on hilly areas, mixed with other vegetations or scattered on open pastures. [NT]

News Clips from India

Christians report attacks in Mangalore
Posted By cninewsletter On December 29,

Catholic authorities in Mangalore yesterday reported two separate attacks on Christian buildings in which a prayer hall was damaged and the crib of a nativity scene was burned.


We made a goof, we fixed it, says US on India map
PTI | Jan 5, 2012, 05.01PM IST

US acknowledges 'goof up' in its India maps

Washington: The US State Departmentt has posted on its website a new map of India reflecting its long- standing position on the country's geographical boundaries, acknowledging that it had earlier made a "goof up" that triggered strong protest from New Delhi.  "We made a goof up and we fixed it and we're now back in compliance with our own cartographical policy," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference on Wednesday evening. Her remarks came as she announced the posting of the new and corrected maps of India on the website of the State Department and its travel-related sites.


Skill training, job placements for 5 million urban poor in India’s 12th Plan
Mahendra K Singh, TNN | Jan 5, 2012,

New Delhi: The Centre is set to launch a National Urban Livelihood Mission during the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) to arrest poverty in cities and towns.


Bishop Welcomes Union Cabinet’s Decision to Grant 4.5% Reservation for Minorities
01 January,2012 | Bellary (

Bishop Henry D’Souza welcomed the Union Cabinet’s decision to provide 4.5 per cent sub-quota for the minorities within the 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes.