Newsletter. Issue 11. May 26, 2012


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National health organizations call on Minister Kenney to rescind planned cancellation of health benefits to refugee claimants

Ottawa, May 18, 2012 /CNW/ - A group of eight national health organizations representing various health practitioners today sent a joint letter to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Hon. Jason Kenney, asking the Minister to rescind the planned cancellation of supplemental health benefits to refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program. The cancellation of these health benefits is scheduled to occur June 30, 2012.


Bill C-38 shows us how far Parliament has fallen
Excerpt from National Post article | Andrew Coyne Apr 30, 2012

Bill C-38 is not remotely a budget bill, despite its name. It is what is known as an omnibus bill. If you want to know how far Parliament has fallen, how little real oversight it now exercises over government, this should give you a clue.


Non-white births outnumber whites for first time in America
Toronto Telegraph | Thursday 17th May, 2012

Washington - Is the US turning towards a major demographic shift? May be so, if the new data from the US Census Bureau is any indicator.


Africa must end hunger to sustain growth: UN
Tue May 15, 2012 | By Katy Migiro

Nairobi, May 15 (AlertNet) - Africa needs to boost agricultural productivity and address the debilitating hunger that affects 27 percent of its population if it is to sustain its economic boom, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday.


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Do We Amuse You?
By Sarah Khan | May 14, 2012, 10:34 am


After complex histories and struggles, certain races have become off-limits in comedy – blackface is almost certainly taboo – but Indians seem to be fair game. Perhaps we have become, as the comedian Hasan Minhaj declared in a particularly hilarious (and expletive-laden) rant about the ads “a clownable minority.”

Hume: G20 policing report an arresting document
May 18, 2012 | Column by Christopher Hume |Toronto Star

From Officer Bubbles all the way up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the G20 was a demonstration of just how stupid, arrogant and brutish official Canada has become.

People Places and Things

City Goans Indulge In Cottage Life‏
By Armand Rodrigues

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Canada is blessed with an abundance of lakes and rivers and this phenomenon is not lost on its inhabitants who seem to have a primordial lurge to populate their shores with getaway cottages. Many cottages are found in old-growth forest clearings, overlooking rocky outcrops, in pristine wilderness, with accentuated bird and animal sounds punctuating thetranquil setting, timeless grandeur of scenery, and reached mainly along dirt roads.

Local engineer lands top honours

Brampton engineer, Desmond Gomes, has earned top honours “for his diligent and enthusiastic service to the engineering profession.”

Brampton's Desmond Gomes was named a Member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour during a gala event held in Toronto May 11. The Order of Honour pays tribute to individuals who have rendered conspicuous service to the engineering profession. Pictured here (L-R) PEO Past President J. David Adams, Desmond Gomes, PEO Awards Committee Chair, Helen Wojcinski, and PEO Awards Committee member Michael Ball.

Desmond Gomes was named a Member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Order of Honour during a gala event held in Toronto May 11.

Seventeen-Year-Old Canadian student awarded $50,000 from the Intel Foundation at worldwide science fair

Nicholas Schiefer of Ontario Wins Young Scientist Award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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The world's largest high school science research competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jack Andraka of Crownsville, Md. received the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize named in honor of the Intel co-founder, retired chairman and CEO.
Two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards winners - Nicholas Schiefer of Pickering, Ontario, Canada and Ari Dyckovsky of Leesburg, Va. - each received prizes of $50,000 from the Intel Foundation.

Stray Thoughts and Distant Memories
Posted on GoaNet | By: Roland Francis roland.francis at  | Thu May 17 2012

Three news items caught my eye this morning.

Non-white births are now in the minority in the United States. Meaning that non-white babies being born have overtaken the births of white babies. I don' t pretend to know what implications this will have for the US in future years or whether it will make a difference at all. American culture is so overpowering that immigrants quickly adapt themselves not only in speech, but in thinking as well. For example the Italians in America don't speak Italian and don't have any Italian characteristics except the knowledge that they are of Italian heritage. In Canada it is quite the opposite. The Italian community clings to the 'old ways' and even the second and third generation speak the language to each other at home sometimes. They still retain the community feeling that their American counterparts quickly lose. That may be due to the US's 'melting pot' versus the Canadian 'unity in diversity' philosophies.

Jesuits celebrate 500th anniversary of Diego Laínez, successor to St. Ignatius of Loyola
Date: 2012-05-20
May 20, 2012. ( The religious community of the Jesuits has many well known members such as Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Borgia and Saint Francis Xavier. But few know the importance of Diego Laínez, the first successor of St. Ignatius as the head of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Joaquín Barrero
Assistant of Superior General, Society of Jesus

“Diego Laínez was a very intellectual person: he was reflective, more focused on the theological problems of the time. Only at the end of his life came in the role of government which were especially a part of the lives of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Borgia.”


U.K. Curry colleges start recruiting British trainees
11 May 2012 | By Catrin NyeBBC Asian Network

As UK curry houses struggle to staff their kitchens because of tougher immigration rules, the government wants them to accept graduates from new "Curry Colleges" training British workers in Asian cuisine.

Floyd Price, 18, places a naan bread in the Tandoor oven at Imli restaurant in central London. Although not quite as nimble-fingered with the traditional Indian bread as his colleagues, Floyd is certainly on his way.

News Clips from Goa

A summer's day: Goans flock to beaches for a mudans
TNN | May 15, 2012, 03.49AM IST

Calangute: It's summertime and Goans are headed to the beaches for a 'mudans' (change) from the routine of life.

Goa Monsoon: Rains likely to hit Goa by June 6
Posted: 20 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Goa which has been reeling under the sweltering heat will get a relief with South West monsoons likely to arrive in the state by June 6. It will be a normal monsoon, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted. It would also bring hope of a good crop to farmers with its arrival. In its annual notification which forecasts the time and strength of the monsoon’s arrival, the Monsoon Bhavan in New Delhi said that the South West monsoon will arrive on time and is likely to strike the coast of Kerala on June 1.

Goa to frame policy to relocate roadside religious structures
Press Trust of India / Panaji | May 23, 2012, 20:05

Goa government will soon formulate a policy to demolish or relocate roadside religious structures to comply with the directive of the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that a comprehensive policy would be framed and kept open for public suggestions by June 30. The state government, he clarified, is merely acting on the directives of the Supreme Court.

Goa tourism policy may lose its ‘fun’
Posted: 20 May 2012 08:21 AM PDT

A zero draft of the ‘Goa 2035 – Vision and Road map‘ submitted to the Goa government by a high-profile advisory council has rapped tourism officials for recklessly promoting a policy showcasing Goa as only a “fun” place.

The world of Mario Miranda
P.T.Jyothi Datta

Recently in Goa:
Long winding roads and lush green expanses lead to a red-stone structure that looks like a ship. And in it is the Museum ‘Houses of Goa'.

Located at Torda, the triangular-shaped building looks imposing from a distance, but is in fact personal, even homely, to tourists who have to buy their entry tickets into the museum from the solitary lady at the reception. On climbing the winding steps to the levels above, you get a glimpse into a variety of Goan arts — music, mosaic, furniture and, of course, Goa's very own Mario Miranda.


Children Walking Tall

Founded in 2004, Children Walking Tall is a registered UK charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and their families in India. At the present time we work in partnership with an Indian Trust of the same name based at Mango House in Goa to provide food, shelter, medical care and education to some of the most disadvantaged children in the area. The Indian Trust works directly with approximately 100 slum children and ensures that alongside formal schooling the children they help can enjoy a fun and safe environment to play, study and be creative. In addition we work together with other partners where we identify that they are best placed to deliver support to disadvantaged Goan children and their families in accordance with our objectives and standards.

The Mango House
The Mango House was a big project. See the before and after photos below to see the work which was carried out.
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Full-fledged campus for National Institute of Technology by 2015: Manohar Parrikar
May 21, 2012,

Panaji: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), currently functioning from Farmagudi, will have a full-fledged campus in the state by 2015.

Goa has legitimte case for High Court : Chidambaram
Posted: 17 May 2012

P Chidambaran, Union Minister for Home Affairs said in the Rajya Sabha that , “in my personal opinion ,there is a degree of legitimacy in demand for a separate High Courts for Goa and a separate High Court for Punjab and Haryana.”

Chidambaran, who was replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha on wednesday, on The North Eastern Areas (Reorganisation and other related Laws(Amendment) Bill 2012 said that “I share the concern of my good friend Shantaram Naik and added “ these questions should be resolved and the way to resolve them is known. The solution is also known. I think, it only requires a little determination and obtaining the consent of theChief Justices in order to resolve these issues.”

News Clips from India

India "could" withdraw regular troops from Pakistan border

New Delhi and Islamabad appeared to have reached an understanding during President Zardari's last visit to India. The decision is expected to be announced during the Indian PM's visit to Pakistan later this year. Troop redeployment would be the first overture since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.


Rupee breaches 55 mark against dollar, no RBI intervention to check slide
PTI Mumbai, May 21, 2012

With investors pressing panic button in the last hour of trade on rupee plunging to record lows, the Sensex lost initial momentum closing the day with a meagre 31 points gain.


The falling rupee, (now Rs 55 to the US$) -India Inc tries to second-guess Re movement
BS Reporters / Mumbai/ New Delhi May 24, 2012,

Most firms are hedged but not taking new hedge covers IT, pharma gain, sectors such as steel and auto bearing the brunt

India Inc is suddenly talking about the falling rupee, given the extent of its slide.

The depreciation is negatively affecting importers the most. For example, if an importer booked a product at, say, $1 in December when the rupee was at 51 to a dollar and made the payment at the time of delivery in May, when the rupee was at 55 to a dollar, he has incurred a loss of Rs 4, or about seven per cent.


New age engineering
Vatsala Shrangi, TNN | May 21, 2012

Engineering is one of the traditional disciplines, which a large number of students still aspire to get into as they complete +2. However, at present, the discipline is not just limited to its fundamental branches like civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. Rather, the fundamentals have fragmented into a number of modern concepts such as computer engineering , information technology, electronics and communication, among others.


Ambanis give first view inside 'world’s priciest house’ in Mumbai
By Rajini VaidyanathanBBC News, Mumbai

The Ambanis say they moved in last September. The first pictures have been released showing the inside of what is believed to be the world's most expensive house. Built by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, the 27-storey building towers over swanky Altamount Road in Mumbai. Named Antilia, after a mythical island, it cost more than $1bn, reports say.