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Newsletter. Issue 01 January 03, 2015


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Saint Joseph Vaz – Canonization –Colombo, Sri Lanka – January 14, 2015  - Vatican Radio Broadcast

“For Sri Lanka has its own Saint – the Pride of Goa” - Cardinal Ranjith 500,000 attendance



Governor General of Canada's New Year's Message
December 29, 2014

Happy New Year, Canada!

This is a special time of year, when we pause, take stock of where we’ve been, and look ahead to the coming year.


Papal Visit - Sri Lanka 2015 Community
By Anto Akkara, Catholic News Service | December 23, 2014

Papal visit on schedule, say Sri Lankan church officials
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New Delhi - Sri Lankan church officials confirmed that Pope Francis' January trip to the country is on schedule, despite calls by Catholic clergy and organizations to postpone the visit because it is being politicized as the country prepares for a presidential election.


Record number of new citizens welcomed in 2014

More than 260,000 people became new Canadians; Backlog elimination on track

December 23, 2014 — Scarborough — Canada welcomed more than 260,000 new citizens this year, thanks to the government’s improvements to the citizenship program as well as recent reforms to the Citizenship Act, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. This is more new Canadians than in any year in Canada’s history and more than double the number from last year.


Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefit rates effective January 1, 2015

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Employment and Social Development Canada today announced the benefit amounts for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) effective January 1, 2015.


Report: US Job Market Gets A Little Better
by VOA News | December 24, 2014

The U.S. Labor Department said the number of layoffs have declined across the nation.

The number of people signing up for unemployment assistance dropped by 9,000 last week to a nationwide total of 280,000.


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Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity?
Dec 26, 2014 Ranee Mohamed Science & Technology

Imagine you’re the kind of person who worries about a future when robots become smart enough to threaten the very existence of the human race. For years you’ve been dismissed as a crackpot, consigned to the same category of people who see Elvis lurking in their waffles.

People Places and Thingss

The death of the tablet ? 

Adam Swimmer: It's likely overstating it a bit to say the tablet will cease to exist in 2015. I'm sure many companies will still release new devices in the year, but its heyday is clearly over.

Always somewhat of an acquired taste, tablets largely appealed to people who felt they needed some kind of bridge between their cellphone and laptop - or for people who wanted an e-reader that could do a bit more than just display digital books. But with the rise in larger smartphones (or phablets), such as the Nexus 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, there is less of a need for a tablet and desire for them has dropped. And so, over time, I see most of the company's abandoning the form factor.


Africa Prepares for Challenges, Transformation as Baby Boom Looms
by Anita Powell

One baby, many parents say, is a life-changer.
Two billion babies can change the world.

In the next 35 years, UNICEF predicts that Africa will see a massive baby boom -- so massive, that by the year 2050, four out of 10 people on this planet will be African. Between now and 2050, some 1.8 billion new Africans will be born.


Nairobi’s Mobile, Solar-Powered Computer Lab Helps Thousands
by Lenny Ruvaga | December 23, 2014

In Kawangware, one of Nairobi's poorest and fastest-growing slums, 20-year-old Allan Mideva intently goes through the digital paces. Just one of some 20 students being taught basic computer skills, he has attended the free daily lessons without fail for nearly three months.


NASA's ape-like robot to help in disasters
PTI | Dec 30, 2014

RobotSimian. (Representative Image)

WASHINGTON: NASA researchers have designed a new ape-like robot for disaster response that can navigate dangerous situations and carry out complex tasks such as lifting debris off survivors.

The RobotSimian has four identical limbs that act as arms and legs. They move the robot across rough terrain and rubble but can also pick up and manipulate objects.


DDN Correspondent Posted on 29 Dec, 2014

A 'thinking' robotic sea turtle has been developed by Indian-origin researchers which can perform complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting with ease.

The researchers expressed confidence that in future it is possible to produce a swarm of autonomous tiny robotic sea turtles and fishes to perform hazardous missions such as detecting nuclear wastes underwater or other tasks which are dangerous for humans.

News Clips from Goa

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Archbishop promises govt collaboration from Church
By TEAM HERALD | 30 Dec, 2014,

Panjim: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão Monday promised the government collaboration from the Church, “as far as we are allowed by the circumstances and, above all, by what we believe,” while addressing his audience at the Annual Civic Reception at Archbishop’s House Monday. He, however, pointed out that even as in Goa there was appreciation from the government for the role of the Church in education and health in other parts of the country there were signs that were causing grave concern, “particularly to the minorities, and which threaten to break down the fibre of our nation.”


Joy to the world but sorrow for Goan tourism
TNN | Dec 24, 2014, 01.23AM IST

Panaji/Calangute: After the stoppage of mining in September 2012, Goa's economy could still pull through thanks to a flourishing tourism industry. The industry, in fact, touched a new high last season when it received 1,128 charters with a maximum, 895, coming from Russia. But with the drop in Russian tourists, as also domestic tourists this month, the season that touches its zenith at this time of the year has industry stakeholders talking about probable retrenchment. A day before Christmas, the otherwise buzzing tourist-centric coastal belts of North and South Goa are almost quiet.


Salcete! The true soul of Goa's South
Newton Sequeira | Dec 21, 2014,

Salcete! Whether you like it or hate it, this charismatic taluka in South Goa has befuddled people in the past and continues to befuddle people today. Part of the Velhas conquistas (Portuguese Old Conquests), Salcete bears the marks of that period. But what makes a Xaxttikar?


No need for anti-conversion bill in Goa

Goa Deputy Chief Ministger Francis D’Souza has ruled out an anti-conversion law in the State.

Replying to a question from media on the sidelines of a Giants International function where he shared dais with Mohan Bhagvat, Sar Sanchalk of Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangh (RSS), here on Friday, Mr. D’Souza said that there was no issue of forced conversions or re-conversions in Goa and as such he did not feel there was any need for the legislation.


RSS reconversion of Goan Catholics is a pipe dream: Group
Printed from | TNN | Dec 30, 2014, 02

Margao: Goans for Goa, a South Goa-based organization, has condemned the statement of RSS office-bearer Sharad Kunte that the RSS is open to facilitating the ghar wapsi or reconversion of "willing" Goan Catholics, whose ancestors were "forcibly converted" during Portuguese rule.


Special train to start between Mumbai-Goa by year end: Prabhu
PTI [ Updated 20 Dec 2014,]

Panaji: A special train connecting Mumbai to Goa would start by end of this year, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said.

“The special train would be run in collaboration with Maharashtra and Goa governments. And it would be introduced to promote tourism between the two destinations,” Prabhu told reporters on board in a special train from Karmali railway station to Thivim.


Goa to benefit from Prabhu’s revamp of Konkan Railway
Govind Kamat Maad, TNN | Dec 22, 2014,

MARGAO: While union railway minister Suresh Prabhu goes about the task of turning around the fortunes of the Konkan Railway, the Goan flavor will carry its indelible mark on the makeover moves. Literally so, believe the sources in the know of things.

News Clips from India

10 challenges that will define India in 2015
By Rajiv Kumar | Mail Today

New Delhi: The year 2015 brings with it sky-high expectations from the Modi government, which should now be poised to make the breakthroughs that will re-ignite investments and take the economy back to eight per cent GDP growth, sooner rather than later.


2014: A politically eventful year for India
New Delhi: The year witnessed a change in India''s political guard with BJP unseating the Congress by notching up 281 of the 545 Lok Sabha seats. Narendra Modi was sworn is as the country''s 15th Prime Minister...

Dense fog hits air, trains in Delhi, cold continues
New Delhi: A massive blanket of fog settled over the city this morning, severely disrupting air and rail traffic with 27 flights delayed and nearly 90 trains running late....

Pak to soon get USD 532 mn in American assistance: envoy
Islamabad: The US is set to grant USD 532 million aid package to Pakistan to spur economic growth, community building and counter-terrorism efforts, the American envoy here has said...

Pak's tolerance against terrorism questionable: US
From Lalit K Jha Washington
Dec 30 (PTI) Pakistan's zero tolerance policy against terrorism is questionable given its reluctance to take action against Lashkar-e-Taiba and the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attack, a US expert has said...



+ Seby D'Souza
Wed Jan 14 12:00:00

8 Jan: Brampton, Canada. SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA. Born 1929. Ex Ex Tivim, Mumbai and Kampala, Uganda. Beloved husband of Vera, father of Alan, Lorraine (Bert), and a doting grandfather. Will be deeply missed by his wife, children and grandchildren. The funeral mass will be at 10.30 am on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at St.Anthony of Padua Church 940 North Park Dr., Brampton, ON L6S 3L5. Thereafter the....  Read more


Angelo Nazareth
Sat Jan 03 12:00:00

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Angelo Nazareth, known to all as Anjou, on December 28, 2014 at age 91 in Brampton, Ontar....  Read more



CLR 2015 Social Committee For 2015

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Health & Wellness

Public Health Reminder: Seasonal Flu
Ottawa, Dec 29, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Why You Should Take Note

Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a serious illness that infects millions of Canadians every year. It is a common infectious respiratory disease that begins in the nose and throat. It is highly contagious and can spread rapidly from person to person. Flu cases result in approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and, on average, 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.


Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps
By Christina Farr | Reuters – Sun 28 Dec, 2014

San Francisco (Reuters) - For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease.


Plan now to save in 2015: EY popular year-end tax guide available now

Year-end presents perfect opportunity to review and update plans

Toronto, Dec. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - With the new year quickly approaching, now is the time for individuals and business owners to consider options to help reduce tax balances in April, according to EY's publication, Top ten year-end tax conversations, in TaxMatters@EY.


Clinical Depression Is Pervasive Worldwide
by VOA News | December 24, 2014

Clinical depression is extremely common around the world, with an estimated 350 million cases reported by the World Health Organization. People of all ages suffer from depression, which is a leading cause of disability. The mental disorder, says the WHO, is linked to about 1 million deaths every year from suicide or some other cause, such as substance abuse.


Women Criticized for Weight Tend to Gain More
By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 20, 2014

When a woman is criticized by a loved one for her weight, she is likely to gain even more, according to a new study by the University of Waterloo in Canada.

On the other hand, those who feel unconditionally accepted are more likely to maintain or lose weight.

“When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones — families, friends, and romantic partners — for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think,” said Dr. Christine Logel, who teaches social development studies.


Catholic board trustees want report on possible health issues with wireless technology
Dec 19, 2014

Halton Catholic District School Board trustees have requested a report from staff about the potential health dangers of wireless technology. The request was made in response to a presentation at Tuesday night’s (Dec. 16) board meeting by the former president of Microsoft Canada.

Malcolm D’Souza of Wesley College receives grant for biomedical research programs
By Eli Chen | December 16, 2014

Malcolm D’Souza, professor of chemistry at Wesley College, says that the four-year grant will fund a number of areas of biomedical research.

Wesley College has been awarded a $1.7 million grant to help expand its biomedical research programs. The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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