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Newsletter. Issue 25. December 06, 2014


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Goa Catholics flock to St. Francis Xavier exposition
By Anto Akkara, Catholic News Service |
November 27, 2014

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GOA, INDIA - Expecting more than five million pilgrims for the once-a-decade exposition of the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa, the Catholic Church in the former Portuguese colony has worked to ensure the event is “spiritually nourishing” for the visitors. “This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith,” said Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao of Goa, the tiny Indian state on the Arabian Sea coast.


The Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors’ Quality of Life and Well-being

Release of National Seniors Council report on the social isolation of seniors

GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced today the release of the National Seniors Council's (NSC's) Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors - 2013-2014, which is now available online.


Pope Francis: Turning churches into 'businesses' is a scandal
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News) | By Elise Harris

Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive.


Auditor General Fall Report Points to Shortcomings at Library and Archives Canada
CP | By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted: 11/25/2014

Ottawa - Future generations may not be able to enjoy Canada's recorded heritage — including photos, maps and important documents — because Library and Archives Canada is not collecting all of the material it should from federal agencies, the auditor general says.


Immigrants are driving Toronto’s condo boon, says CIBC 
CanIndia News | November 20, 2014 | Toronto

Immigrants are sustaining Toronto’s condo boom and demand is fuelling supply so all those Cassandras predicting a glut of unsold condos in the city may be wrong after all.

Last year, there were 22,000 more non-permanent residents than there were the year before, driving the total to 774,000 in 2013, almost twice the number that came to Canada as recently as 2005. Immigrants already represent about 70 per cent of Canada’s population growth at the moment — and half of those who come to Canada are in the prime homebuying age range of between 20 and 45.


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Could a robot do your job?
MaryJo Webster, USA TODAY

By 2017, about 225,000 more maids, home health care workers, food service workers, retail salespeople and custodians are likely to be needed, making them among the fastest-growing jobs. But with wages around $10 per hour, it's hard to find good candidates.

People Places and Thingss

The Westend Seniors’ Club (Tor) Preempts Christmas
By Armand Rodrigues

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Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. The number of events in Toronto, leading up to December 25, poses a dilemma in deciding on which to attend. Attending all is not a practical proposition. After all, there are so many Goan, quasi-Goan or sports clubs in the area hosting parties. The reason why events are spread out is that all available banquet halls and bands get booked well in advance. The up-side is that the functions do not overlap each other and so are not competing for patronage.

Patrick Mendes: accomplished Goan Canadian Community Leader

It is time that many in our Goan community in Canada took justifiable pride in Patrick Mendes’ active role and stirring speech at the very start/launch of Bonnie Crombie's Mississauga Mayoralty campaign.

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Patrick certainly did a great job on this key occasion and deserves our acknowledgement and hearty congratulations.

Bonnie Crombie had a fine track record of an accomplished and successful businesswoman before she went on to take a leadership role in social causes – prior to entering politics. Bonnie became a Member of Parliament for Mississauga and a Mississauga Municipal Councillor - when she decided to run for Mayor of Mississauga, in the sixth largest city in Canada with a population now exceeding 750,000.

Bahrain Goans 'Xit-Koddi' - November 2014

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Falling Oil Prices Affect Nations Differently
From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report.

World oil prices have dropped by about 30 percent since June. That has helped many economies around the world. When people spend less on fuel, they can spend more on other goods. But lower oil prices also mean reduced profits for national oil companies. Privately-owned oil producers and companies that provide services to the oil industry are also affected.


Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence threatens mankind

Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence.

He told the BBC:"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate, which involves a basic form of AI. But others are less gloomy about AI's prospects. The theoretical physicist, who has the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is using a new system developed by Intel to speak.

Indonesian officials ordered to eat street food to trim budget

Snacks such as cassava, steamed corn and yam cakes should be served at official gatherings and the number of guests invited to high-ranking bureaucrats' parties should be limited to 400, a minister said.

An Indonesian street food vendor prepare meals in a Jakarta market.


Jakarta: Indonesia has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on bureaucratic excess.

Readings For Christmas 2014

South Asian short story writer launches new book, Frost Bites
New Book by Jude Fernandes launched Dec. 5

Jude Paul Fernandes comes from an Indian family of prolific creative people — painters, chefs and writers. Born in Kenya, and raised in India, Fernandes worked as a creative director in top advertising agencies in Mumbai. That is, until he decided to immigrate to Canada in 2003. He and his wife chose Toronto, and after facing challenges in returning to his career in advertising, he turned to writing short stories, which got published in Anokhi Magazine, and anthologies like Canadian Voices II and Indian Voices. Now he has published his first book of short stories, about South Asian immigrants living in Canada cleverly titled Frost Bites.

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Read Short Story by Jude Fernandes – Wishbone – Set in Goa

Stray Thoughts on Goan Exile
By Late Prof Eusebio L. Rodrigues
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Book: Goa : Continuity and Change/
Edited by Narendra K. Wagle and George Coehlo.
Toronto: University of Toronto, Centre for South Asian Studies, 1995.

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A Matter of Time - Brenda Coutinho ($10)
Charmingly narrated, A Matter of Time is a memoir, full of simple episodes that might have been experienced by any child who grew up in a Goan village in the 1980s. Yet, at another level, it gives a picture of the stark reality of how much the topography of most Goan villages has changed over the last few decades… how the lifestyle has changed from simple rural living to a ‘modern’ one.

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Hundreds of pilgrims set out on foot for Goa
By LOUIS RODRIGUES | 30 Nov, 2014, 12:07AM IST

Belgaum: Hundreds of pilgrims, including five-year-old kids, senior citizens and differently-abled persons, began the customary walking pilgrimage simultaneously from Belgaum and Khanapur on Saturday, as they are headed to participate in the Exposition at Old Goa.

About 350 pilgrims coming from Belgaum, Gokak, Khanapur, Sangargalli and other places and belonging to Christian and other faiths commenced their walking pilgrimage an initiative by octagenarian Jesuit Priest Swamy Prabhudhar since last 35 years.


Inter-religious prayer meeting held at Old Goa
Times of India

Old Goa: An inter-religious prayer meet organized in the pandal outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa on Thursday, called upon people of different faiths to live a life of unity and tolerance…

Goa airport gets visa-on-arrival facility for 43 countries
Economic Times-Nov 27, 2014

Panaji: The Centre has extended the visa-on-arrival facility at the Goa airport for tourists from 43 countries, which is expected to bring in 15 per ...

Goa voted as 'Favourite Leisure Destination'
Business Standard

"The fact that these awards have been endorsed by readers, who are or have been tourists in Goa, adds credibility to the fact that our state continues to be the destination of choice for travellers in and out of India," Goa Tourism...

Visa on arrival will bring 'achche din' for Goa Tourism
India Today-12 hours ago

Tourists in Goa.'Achche din' (good days) are here for Goa's travel and tourism industry, stakeholders claim, rubbing their hands in glee at the...

A rather strange affair: An insider's guide to Goa
Hindustan Times-Nov 30, 2014

December is a rather strange affair in Goa. The laid-back land finds itself invaded by an overzealous tribe of tourists, all of whom seem to have ...

Leviatha wins best film at IFF, Goa
The Hindu-Nov 30, 2014

Russian film “Leviathan” by Andrey Zvyagintsev won the best film award comprising Golden Peacock and Rs.40 lakh at the 45th International  ...


Bird hit: AAI asks Goa government to clean garbage heaps near airport
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 Agency: PTI

Days after a Delhi-bound Air India flight with 164 passengers on board had to abort its take-off due to a bird hit at Goa airport, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has asked the state government to remove garbage heaps lying around the facility. The litter lying strewn across several places near the airport attracts birds. AAI officials, who held emergency meeting with the state government at Vasco airport in Goa last week, identified several places where garbage is being dumped. Goa Airport Director KS Rao said on Tuesday that local Panchayat has been asked to clear a garbage heap lying in the funnel area (airspace used to take off or land). "It was not a garbage dump as such but people had thrown garbage on the roadside which turned into the heap. We have informed the local panchayat to clear it off," said Rao.

News Clips from India

This is best time for India to become superpower: KPMG CEO
Ahmedabad, Nov 28 , 2014, (PTI)

Global consultancy firm KPMG India's CEO Richard Rekhy today said that economic slowdown in many countries have provided a great opportunity for India to be at centre stage of world.

Addressing management students at 'Confluence-2014', held at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) here, Rekhy also listed several challenges which India needs to overcome to become the superpower. "Chinese economy is slowing down, while US economy is fluctuating. This is the best opportunity for India to get the centre stage. The new government (Centre) came into power at the time when we are having USD 300 billion in foreign reserves. There can't be a better time than this," he said. Rekhy also pointed out several challenges, which he called as 'global mega-trends' that India needs to face in the coming years.


Mere handshake not enough, hearts should meet: Rajnath on Indo-Pak ties
Last: Friday, November 28, 2014

Srinagar: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif shook hands during the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said it was not enough and efforts should be made to bring hearts together.

"Mere handshake is not enough as hearts should also meet," Singh said, while addressing public meetings in Uri, Kupwara and Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir through telephone from the city airport here.


Alankrita Sahai wins big at Miss Earth
TNN | Nov 26, 2014, 10.04AM

Miss India Earth Alankrita Sahai, wins big at the Miss Earth 2014 pageant held in Manila,Philippines . Alankrita bagged a silver medal in Miss Photogenic, she is now placed in the top 10 eco-beauty video winners. Alankrita bagged a bronze in National costume, that was designed by the very talented designer, Melvyn Noronha, special thanks to Devashish Majumdar, Carol Fernandes, Adney Gonsalves and Nikhil Franco for their efforts in putting together the national costume for India.

The national costume was themed around kamasutra and ayuveda celebrating india sculpture and affinity to nature. A high fashion hairstyle piece was created to represent the Qutub minar. The Silhouette of the outfit is a fusion of an Indian dhoti and a nude body. The dhoti represents the simplicity of people in their association with nature and hold an orange colour representing a spiced Indian curry.


Indo-Canadian Business Tycoon Prem Watsa To Invest $1 billion in India
(Nov 28 2014)

Unveiling his company's plans for Indian market, Indo-Canadian business tycoon Prem Watsa has announced that his company will invest $1 billion in India. Enthused by the economic opportunities he sees in the country, Watsa said he will invest at least $1 billion in India as part of a consortium. In a first for the 64-year-old Indian-origin businessman, Watsa is setting up a company specifically focused on a country to raise the funds and will make the investments, which may be announced in a week's time.


Mauritius inks Rs 100 crore deal with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for Dornier aircraft
By PTI | 28 Nov, 2014, 05.02PM IST

BENGALURU: The Mauritius government has signed a contract worth nearly Rs 100 crore with aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) here to acquire its Dornier aircraft for maritime surveillance.




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A celebration of “The People’s Saint of Peace”, Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mass of Thanksgiving organized by the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute, Berkeley, California.

Please save the Date - An Invitation

Please join our Joyous Celebration on Sunday, March 15, 2015, of the Canonization of St. Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) born in Goa. The “People’s Saint of Peace”, Joseph Vaz is now included in the Catholic calendar of Saints.


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Petition to expand Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

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Quebec Goan Association: Invitation to St. Francis Xavier's Feast on Saturday the 29/11/2014.
From  | Dear Friends,

Old man winter has come to visit us once again and as we look out at the snow covered landscape we are reminded that, Christmas is just around the corner. We Goans of course, know that at this time of the year, we celebrate our beloved St. Francis Xavier's Feast. This year we have planned a wonderful feast for you all.


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December 06, 2014
Friends of St.Francis Xavier (Toronto) 13th Annual Feast celebration 
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Health & Wellness

Canadians believe community sport can do good, but that unruly parents are a top threat, report finds

RBC Sports Day in Canada gives Canadians from coast to coast the opportunity to encourage and celebrate good sport

Toronto, Nov. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - New research shows 83 per cent of Canadians believe community sport can instill character in youth by teaching them values and positive life lessons. However, 60 per cent of Canadians see poor parental behavior as a threat to achieving this benefit.


Healthier lifestyles by Quebecers would ease the economic burden of chronic diseases

Without significant change the economic cost of six chronic diseases could rise from $8 billion at present to $13 billion annually in 2030.

Montreal, Nov. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Quebec could lower the economic burden of chronic diseases by billions of dollars over the next 20 years if Quebecers reduce the prevalence of six conditions, according to a Conference Board of Canada report, Improving Lifestyle Habits: Substantial Benefits for Quebec's Economy and the Health of Its Citizens, released today.


Funeral Professionals pleased to see Bill C-247 pass through the House of Commons

Ottawa, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, The Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) was pleased to see all party support at third reading for Bill C-247, the Main Point of Contact with the Government of Canada in case of Death Act This bill was introduced by Guelph MP Frank Valeriote, and will now move to the Senate for consideration.


Sleep vitally important for good health: Fitness guru
By Cary Castagna, QMI Agency | Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:00:00 EST AM

So you want to burn fat more efficiently, age more gracefully and become more resistant to all-too-common maladies such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer?


Officials release warning after five seniors killed by cars in two weeks
By NICK EAGLAND, The ProvinceDecember 4, 2014 11:55
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The gloomy weather has made it harder to see people at intersections.

The B.C. Coroners Service is warning pedestrians and drivers to use extra caution after five elderly pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles in the past two weeks. In four of the five cases, the pedestrians, aged 73 to 87, were struck by cars making left-hand turns, according to a news release from the coroner’s office. The pedestrian in the fifth case was struck by a vehicle going straight through an intersection.


CIBC's Wealth Management Group named "Best Wealth Management Provider - Canada - 2014" by World Finance Banking Awards

Recognized for its client centric approach, strong research teams and innovative investment solutions

Toronto, Dec. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) has been named Best Wealth Management Provider in Canada for 2014 by World Finance, a U.K.-based leading financial magazine.

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