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Pope Francis to Italian Media: People Are More Valuable Than ‘Hits’

Journalists, editors and technicians from TV2000, the Italian bishops’ conference broadcasting station, met with the Pope on Dec. 15.

Vatican City — Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people — not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

Reuniting more families

Parent and Grandparent program re-opening January 2, 2015

December 19, 2014 — Ottawa — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent program (PGP) will re-open on January 2, 2015.


Canadians annoyed at being denied Visa on Arrival to India
December 4, 2014

Toronto: The Indian diaspora south of the border are thrilled with the new Tourist Visa on Arrival program. The US is on the list of 43 countries, Canada is not. Naturally then, Canadian passport holders of Indian origin are disappointed.

So how exactly does this Tourist Visa work. It is valid for 30-and are for the purpose of “recreation, sightseeing, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit, or casual visit to meet friends and relatives” only and can be issued up to two times a year per person.


Express entry immigration system starts Jan. 1, leaving employers uncertain

The federal government's consultations on a new immigration system to give skilled workers "express entry" into Canada starting Jan. 1 included a nine-member group representing some of Canada's biggest employers — and at least two of those groups say they are taking a wait-and-see approach on the new system.


National job vacancy rate climbs in Q3 as unemployment drops

Data by county shows large variation across Canada

Toronto, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - An estimated 322,000 private sector jobs were awaiting qualified employees in Q3, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The nationwide openings in full-, part-time and temporary positions were up by 7,000 jobs compared to Q2 2014, the largest quarterly increase measured by CFIB in the past two years.


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Goan Archives Canada Chairman’s Christmas Message-2014

On behalf of the Goan Archives Canada Inc, (GAC), I wish all our sponsors and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2015.

My sincere gratitude to everyone involved in assisting us to reach our goals. The last 5 years have been productive and we are proud of our achievements in attaining our goals as set out in our first and second edition Brochures.

We wish to take this opportunity to convey our special thanks to our partners at Peel Archives, Museum and Arts, (PAMA), for their ongoing support.…click here


The Universal People’s Saint for Peace
By: George Pinto **

"Standing near God and next to Jesus (the Prince of Peace), with angels bowing in adoration, a Goan is soon to be the universal People's Saint for Peace"

On January 14, 2015, Pope Francis will canonize Goan-born Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thereafter he will be known as Saint Joseph Vaz. They are approximately 10,000 saints in the Catholic calendar - an official and exact number is not provided by the Vatican since record-keeping in these matters has not always been clear in centuries past. However, Saint Joseph Vaz, as he will be called, stands out as the universal People's Saint for Peace. If peace on earth is what we all aspire too, then Saint Joseph Vaz is first in the line of saints, a person admired and appreciated by people of other faiths and non-religious people too.

Peace is not merely the absence of war, but so many things as with the 2014 Nobel Peace prize. The winners received the prize for children’s rights and education and freeing children from bonded labor. Peace is humility and non-violence in the face of great adversity and hostility and Joseph Vaz exemplified those virtues in extremely trying circumstances in Sri Lanka, including Dutch persecution. He lived as a beggar, walked barefoot, was sometimes chained. Although he did not die a martyr's death, the strong case has been made by Filomena Saraswati Giese, President of the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute (Berkeley, California), that he lived a martyr's life.


The Beauty of the Season
December 16, AD 2014 | Jason Theobald

“This season is not about all the stuff, this season is about a promise that what God says God will do, He will do. Even if He says I’m gonna send a Savior – and it takes 700 years for that promise to come true – God is gonna do what God says He’s gonna do, and He’s gonna do that for every single one of us that puts our hope in Him. We can’t change the culture…but we are God’s people, and God’s people have to live at a different speed and rhythm than the speed of the world…If you feel burnt out with Christmas, say to God ‘okay, I’m done with Christmas. Can you birth Christmas again in my heart?'” - Louie Giglio

Those quotes above are from Protestant Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in an interview he recently gave which was focused on the season of Advent for Relevant Magazine’s Podcast. Giglio is spearheading a revival of the season of Advent in the Modern, Evangelical Christian community in the United States, and it is an incredibly moving and beautiful thing to hear. Even for many Catholics who have grown up with this tradition, it might be time that, together with our Evangelical brothers and sisters, we take a new look at this season and reflect on what it’s really about, allowing Christ to, as Giglio says, re-birth Christmas in our hearts, and letting Him truly be present in our lives this Christmas.


Crisply published books will hold their charms over reading on plastic... with or without social media
Goanet Reader | Dec 10 at 9:33 AM

This is the opening keynote at the Goa Art and Literary Festival 2014, delivered by noted fashion designer and author Wendell Rodricks on December 4, 2014 at Goa.

Wendell Rodricks

Last month, reading *Harper's Bazar*, Amy Molloy wrote an article on the Selfie and how she posted a naked photograph of herself on Instagram. This is what she would never do in real life. Social media, she claimed, has turned her 'other' self into a hussy.


Hindu Conversion - How Hinduism is Being Turned More Islamic and Christian
Jug Suraiya
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Hinduism is often described as a way of life. But the Sangh Parivar seems bent on turning it into a way of strife. The Dharama Jagran Samanvay Vibhag, an offshoot of the RSS, is reportedly going into the bounty-hunting business. It has been distributing pamphlets in and around Aligarh seeking donations from the public to help fund a `reconversion' ¬ `ghar wapsi' (homecoming) ¬ ceremony that the saffron outfit is planning to hold on Christmas Day and during which it will seek to bring Muslims and Christians back into the Hindu fold from which they have allegedly strayed.

People Places and Thingss

Mapping Goan presence in East Africa
By Eugene Correia | Published in the Herald 30 Nov, 2014,

Like many countries, the railway brought the land together by bringing closer distant places and, in the process, creating cities and towns near major junctions.

Look no further than to India itself. At major junctions small communities of Goans and Anglo-Indians sprung up. As such the lives of Goans who went to East Africa in search of a better life and better monetary gains were intertwined with the growth of the railway, which became one of the major employers, and gave rise to communities that founded clubs for their after-work recreation and social welfare.

Lord's Prayer will still open Mississauga council meetings
December 18, 2014 | By Ruane Remy, The Catholic Register

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - "Our Father" still has a place at Mississauga city council. On Dec. 17, council voted to keep the tradition of reciting the Lord's Prayer to open council meetings.

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The tradition that was started about 35 years ago by former Mayor Hazel McCallion, an Anglican, was put up for debate when local citizen Derek Gray, 36, filed a complaint with the city. He argued the Lord's Prayer showed favour to Christianity over other religions and its recitation violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Gray, who believes in the separation of church and state, is supported by the Canadian Secular Alliance.


China exposes 3,200 "naked officials" | 2014-12-15 20:14:08 | Editor: ying

Beijing, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China has found more than 3,200 "naked" officials at county-level or above.

"Naked" officials are generally senior officials who have sent their families abroad, often as a conduit transferring their ill-gotten assets abroad, and in preparation for their own flight.

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Celebrating the milestones of life - A Humanist Approach
Documentary on One - An Irish Radio Program

Celebrating the milestones of life the non-religious way, Humanist ceremonies are currently seeing a boom as Ireland's secular population grows. What does it take to become a Humanist celebrant and what are Humanist ceremonies are all about?


Put Down Your Smartphone

Survey: Checking Email in Meetings a Frequent Occurrence, but Managers Don't Like It

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Let's face it, we all check email during meetings. But it doesn't mean managers like it. While nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of managers recently surveyed by Robert Half Management Resources said it's at least somewhat common for professionals to read and respond to emails on mobile devices during business meetings, only four per cent of respondents said this is perfectly acceptable.

Readings For Christmas 2014

Stories of Belonging
On November 17, 2014 9:30 AM

Former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson has selected the winning stories in our “Stories of Belonging” challenge. Each winner will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ziyaad Mia has won in the adult category for “Homeland”—a retelling of his visit as a young boy to Johannesburg, the racially segregated city that he and his family fled after his birth.

Adrienne Clarkson's thoughts:
“This is a superb and graphic depiction of the difference between where you come from and where the life you live in Canada brings you. It is deeply moving and delightfully humorous. We are shown that home is where your hair can be cut by anyone, and that home is Canada. Hair is hair in Canada, not a political statement.”

Ziyaad Mia is a Toronto lawyer active in human rights, national security and animal welfare. He moved to Canada from South Africa in 1974 when he was nine years old. Ziyaad is also the founder of Give 30, a Ramadan-based initiative that encourages people of all faiths to help in the fight against hunger

[Goabookclub] 22,000 families fled Goa due to Portuguese conversions
Posted by Frederick Goa | To: The Third Thursday Goa Book Club
Goanews Desk, Panaji | 07 December 2014 20:04 IST

Swapn Saraswat, a Kannada novel written on the first exodus of Goans in 1560 as a result of religious conversions by the Portuguese has turned out to be the bestseller in Karnataka and is being now translated into five different languages.

Describing the whole history of this horrific exodus, Gopalkrishna Pai, the author and a retired bank employee, says he never thought that the novel would be such a great success. While narrating the whole story at the Goa Art and Literary Festival, Pai said the historic religious exodus took place in two years while there were 48 families from Verne and surrounding areas migrated to Karnataka in one day. Dr Kiran Budkuley, a Konkani writer and head of the English faculty and Goa University, was in conversation with Pai at the Festival. Around 22,000 Hindu families fled from Goa in in 1560 after Portuguese started conversions, said Pai, most of which settled in Karnataka and prospered there. He travelled 60 times from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra to Kochi in Kerala to get his facts right.

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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Republished with permission

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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Panjim Feast Vesper 7 12 14
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Mary Immaculate Conception feast
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Goa airport issues 357 visas on arrival within 10 days of commencement of facility
Times of India
Panaji: The Goa Airport at Dabolim has issued 357 Visas-on-Arrival (VoA) within ten days of the commencement of this facility, official said here...

Tastes like home 
The Hindu

What is a vegetarian to do in a seafood-laden place? E-hotel has brought the best of both worlds: a Goan vegetarian food festival by chefs from Goa...

'Gender sensitisation' part of training of State police: Goa IGP
The Hindu
The Goa police have decided to make human rights and gender sensitisation a part of permanent training for State police, both at the recruitment level ...

Ban bikini call may affect German tourist inflow to Goa

Panaji: Goa's ruling politicians calling for a ban on wearing bikinis on the state's beaches has not been received well in Germany. This might affect the ...

Iron ore mining mess - Goa Foundation wants ED probe enlarged
PTI reported that Goa Foundation, whose petition against illegal mining resulted in a ban on iron ore extraction in Goa, accused the Enforcement ...


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Losing one’s religion

A speaker at GALF 2014, Vishwas Mudagal tells Café about his experience with the art of storytelling through his first foray into writing

By Fernando Monte da Silva | 11 Dec, 2014, 11:05PM IST

Herald Café: They say that the art of storytelling is an innate tendency that is genetically ingrained. Is this true? Despite being a successful entrepreneur, you opted to move into fiction writing. Hence, the question is, was there always a need to recount the tales from the depths of your imagination?


25 kilometre ride to give cycling in Goa a boost
14 Dec, 2014, 12:14AM IST | Team Herald

Panjim: Cycling Association of Goa is having a non competitive 25-kilometre cycling event titled ‘Cyclone’ on December 19, in Mapusa, in association with Cycling Goa and Pro Pedalerz as partners, to increase awareness about cycling in the State.

News Clips from India

India's government advocates anti-proselytization law
Swati Deb, New Delhi, India | December 12, 2014
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Controversial legislation proposed amid forced-conversion scandal

India’s pro-Hindu ruling party on Friday called for laws banning religious conversion several days after 200 Muslims in Agra were reportedly forced to convert.


Good Governance Day on Christmas: Delhi Archbishop not happy
Monday, December 15, 2014 –

Archbishop Anil Couto on Monday expressed anguish over reports that CBSE-affiliated schools have been asked to observe 'Good Governance Day' on Christmas.


Anglo-Indian community urges PM to ensure naming nominate two representatives to the Lok Sabha
Press Trust of India | New Delhi December 15, 2014

Seven months after the forming of the new Lok Sabha, the NDA government is yet to nominate two Anglo-Indian representatives to the Lok Sabha with members of the community having now written to the Prime Minister urging him to "take necessary steps" in the matter.


US Senate to vote on Vivek Murthy as the youngest ever Surgeon General
Dec 15, 2014 | Niti PTI Bot | Lalit K Jha Washington, Dec 15 (PTI)

Ahead of a key Senate vote which could make Vivek Murthy the youngest ever Surgeon General of the US, Indian-Americans here have launched a nationwide campaign calling their Senators to support him.




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Information Update - Holiday Food Safety

Ottawa, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Food is an important part of holiday celebrations, but turkey, baked goods, eggnog and buffets can cause foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning) if they aren't prepared and handled safely. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.


Comprehensive New Analysis Calls for Improvements in End-of-Life Care

New report from provincial quality advisor, Health Quality Ontario, recommends expanded access to care for all Ontarians

Toronto, Dec. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Health Quality Ontario (HQO) unveils today a prescription for change to end-of-life care in Ontario. In a comprehensive new report, HQO calls for dramatic improvements in care for all people at the end of their lives.

ABC Life Literacy Canada pays tribute to milestone anniversary with 20 life literacy tips for Canadians

Non-profit celebrates 20 years of elevating life literacy cause at home, at work and in the community

(Toronto, ON – September 8, 2010) – In honour of the 20th anniversary being celebrated today, ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to offer 20 literacy tips that anyone can use in various aspects of their life.


Financial reform is essential but must not stifle innovation, says Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz

New York, Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Global financial reforms have made the financial system safer, but regulators must ensure that the new rules do not stifle innovation, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz said today in a speech in New York on the future of the financial industry.


Burlington home retrofitted to reduce the risk of basement flooding

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Toronto, Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) has retrofitted a Burlington, Ontario home to reduce the risk of basement flooding. More than 3,000 Burlington homeowners reported basement flooding to the city after a heavy rainfall event on August 4, 2014. However, Burlington is not alone in experiencing basement flooding, as many cities across Canada have been impacted by significant urban flooding events over the past few years. Indeed, in just the last year and a half alone, local governments in Canada experienced severe rainfall leading to urban flooding in southern Alberta and Toronto/Mississauga, as well as Burlington, leading to almost $3 billion in insured damage.

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