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Newsletter. Issue 02 January 17, 2015


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New electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence

As of January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.


No country for old men
Jan 10th 2015 | OTTAWA | From the print edition

Canada used to prize immigrants who would make good citizens. Now people with job offers have jumped to the front of the queue

IN 1967 Canada invented a way to remove discrimination and prejudice from the process of choosing which immigrants to let in. The points system ignored an applicant’s race and country of origin (until then it helped to be white). Instead, it rewarded education, fluency in English or French and work experience. With the change, Asians supplanted white Europeans as the dominant immigrant group. The idea of basing admission to Canada on merit rather than on a bureaucrat’s whim was visionary at the time. Several countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, adopted Canadian-style points systems. In Europe even politicians hostile to “uncontrolled” immigration sing the praises of Canada’s selective approach.


A million jobs are expected to open up in B.C. — and here are the five most in demand
By Gordon McIntyre, The Province January 3, 2015

British Columbians can expect to see almost one million job openings in the next seven years as boomers retire, according to a provincial government report.

Two-thirds of the projected 985,100 job openings created between now and 2022 will be due to retirement, and one-third to economic growth — especially in skilled trades, according to the B.C. 2022 Labour Market Outlook, a forecast of labour demand and supply trends carried out by KPMG.
About four out of five of those job openings will require some form of post-secondary education, the report said, while 44 per cent of job openings will be in the skilled trades and technical occupations.


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Exposition: Manifestation of faith
HERALD looks at the spiritual gains from the event
05 Jan, 2015, Fr Victor Ferrao

The 17th Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier ended on Sunday. Lakhs of devotees, pilgrims and tourists venerated the relics that had been kept at the Se Cathedral for 44 days.

The 17th Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier brought us all under what could be described as the Francis effect. The Francis effect was visible in the preparation, execution and the closure of the great event. Once again Goans across all walks of life came together and in true spirit of peace and inter-faith harmony celebrated a great spiritual event.


Is Europe yesterday's continent?: Richard Gwyn Column
By: Richard Gwyn Columnist, Published on Mon Jan 05 2015

Several populist forces on the rise across Europe have contributed to a gloomy outlook for the continent.

Of all the speeches given during the season of Christmas and the New Year by authority figures such as the Queen, by assorted experts and by celebrities who managed to get themselves onto TV or radio, the most interesting by far was the one given by Pope Francis.

People Places and Thingss

Hello, Lorna

Konkani singer Lorna Cordeiro is back in the news with a controversy triggered by a film on her life. Reena Martins meets the reclusive crooner
Illustration: Sumitro Basak

It's late evening in old Mumbai's Dhobitalao area, a place that once bustled with Irani cafes and Goan musicians. The only rambling Irani cafe with dainty cream cakes on the shelf is winding down for the day, while the Goan musicians blow their horns in greener pastures.

A stone's throw away, in a tiny sparsely furnished apartment, lives a music legend - the Konkani singer, Lorna Cordeiro, now in her sixties. The woman with the golden voice who wowed listeners in Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai is back in the news with a controversy triggered by a Konkani film on her life.

Parklands School in Nairobi to be renamed Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School
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Parklands School Renaming Ceremony, Jan 16, 2015
In a ceremony scheduled for January 16, 2015, Parklands School will be renamed Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School.


Nun running two parishes in south of England
January 7, 2015

News - A religious sister who has taken charge of two Catholic parishes in the south of England has been "warmly welcomed" by her parishioners, according to the priest who says Sunday Mass there. Fr Paul Hardy said Sr Yvonne Pilarski, whose official title is “pastoral administrator” of Christ the King Church in Milton Keynes, had been universally accepted by the people.

“I’ve seen the congregation treating her exactly as if she was their parish priest,” he said. “They’ve taken it very well – she is obviously their resident person and that’s how she’s treated. If she wants something to happen, it happens.”


At only $29 meet the new Nokia 215, Microsoft's most affordable Internet-ready phone

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 5, 2015 /CNW/ -- Microsoft Devices Group on Monday announced the Nokia 215, its most affordable Internet-ready phone. The Nokia 215 is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the Internet and new digital experiences. Available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM models, the Nokia 215 will expand the reach of Microsoft services at more affordable prices.


Praj Industries bags order to build ethanol plant in Uganda

By PTI | 7 Jan, 2015, In a filing to the BSE, the company said the plant will produce ethanol and premium grade extra neutral alcohol (beverage alcohol).

New Delhi: Process solutions company Praj Industries today said it has bagged an order from Uganda's Kakira Sugar to build an ethanol plant with a capacity of 60,000 litres per day.

In a filing to the BSE, the company said the plant will produce ethanol and premium grade extra neutral alcohol (beverage alcohol).

News Clips from Goa

Last day of the Exposition 4.1.2014

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Saint’s sacred relics taken back to Basilica of Bom Jesus



‘Church must create more high-calibre edu institutions’ (Times Of India)
TNN | Jan 6, 2015,

Porvorim: Calling on the Church, especially the diocese of Goa, to prepare a vision 2030 for higher education in the state, educationist Newman Fernandes said that the Church must create more institutions of a high calibre in order to prepare students not just for Goa but for the whole world.


The Russians not going to Goa

For the past few years the Indian holiday state of Goa has been building its tourism industry around the demands of Russian visitors.

Until recently they have been fun-loving and free-spending, but the falling price of oil and Western sanctions have led to a real downturn in the Russian economy.

And the effect of all that is being felt in Goa, as the BBC's Sameer Hashmi found out for India Business Report.


Attempt to fill fields in Calangute foiled
09 Jan, 2015, 11:51PM IST | Team herald

Calangute: Calangute Comunidade foiled yet another attempt to fill low-lying areas and paddy fields in Calangute. The Calangute Comunidade team led by its President Agostinho Proenca, Attorney Suhas Naik and Registrar Ramesh Taluskar stopped a contractor from dumping mud in the open paddy fields at Agar Vaddo, Calangute.

The comunidade officials later called the Calangute police to detain the driver and attach the trucks of the contractor for filling the low-lying areas. A complaint was also lodged by Attorney Suhas Naik with Calangute police.

News Clips from India

Making 'Make in India' work
Kiran Sharma, Nikkei staff writer
January 3, 2015 10:00 pm JST

Modi says change in regulations, mindset are on the way

New Delhi -- Three months after launching his "Make in India" program, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government is ready to take concrete action toward turning the country into a manufacturing hub.

Addressing a daylong national workshop on the Make in India initiative in New Delhi on Dec. 29, the pro-business Modi said he wanted to change the government's culture of ABCD -- "avoid, bypass, confuse, delay" -- into the ROAD to success -- "responsibility, ownership, accountability, discipline."


For Obama, Indian parade may be a bit too breathtaking

New Delhi (Reuters) - It may not rain on President Barack Obama's parade when he comes to New Delhi this month for India's Republic Day celebrations at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Indian-American Kamala Harris to announce US Senate bid
By PTI | 13 Jan, 2015, 04.54PM IST

Washington: Indian-American Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California, is likely to announce her bid for the Senate seat from the State, media reports said today.


Indian MP says Hindu women must have four kids
January 7, 2015 3:27 AM

A lawmaker from India's ruling party has called for Hindu women to have at least four children to "protect" their religion, sparking calls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in his hardline supporters.


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.



Sanskrit scholar & historian Dr Jose Pereira passes away in USA
Tue Jan 27 05:23:30


Padmabhushan Dr Jose Pereira, eminent Sanskrit scholar, historian, musicologist, writer, linguist and artist, based in New York, USA passed away January 27  after prolonged illness.

He was 84.

Hailing from Curtorim in Salcete taluka of Goa, Dr Perei....  Read more


Tue Jan 20 12:00:00

17 Jan: Richmond Virginia. REVEREND CARLITO (CARL) DESOUZA. Ex Dar es Salaam. Beloved brother of late Felix (late Melita) ON, Canada; Fred (Florrie), ON Canada; Philip (Wendy) Maryland, USA. Passed away peacefully.  Condolences to  email

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+ Maxima Pury Viegas
Mon Jan 19 08:56:25

Formerly from Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania and Toronto passed away peacefully at Markham Stouffville hospital on Thursday January 15, 2015 in her 97th year.

Beloved wife of the late Romulus Viegas (1990) for 50 years. Caring and devoted mother of  Valentine (Sylvia), Winifred (Philip) Martin, Austin (Nilda) , Wilma (Conrad) De Souza, Phoebe (Ashley) Mendes and ....  Read more



Konkan Summer Track and Field‏

When: July 4, 2015
Where: ST. Marcellinus Secondary School
730 Courtney Park Drive

After a break of almost 18 years, track and field is back by popular demand. Members of the various Greater Toronto Area Goan associations have come on board determined to make this venture a success.


Feasts and Festivals in Goa in 2015
Frederick FN Noronha

January: Id e Milad (Jan 4). Bodgueshwar Zatra Mapusa (Jan 4). Chandor, Cansaulim, Reis Magos, Candolim Feasts (Jan 6). Ghateshwar Zatra Mapusa (Jan 13). Makar Sankranti (Jan 15). Rivona Feast (Jan 18). Pilar Feast (Jan 25). Hanuman Zatra Mala-Panjim, Jan 29.


2015 DRGS Alumni Memorial Mass and Reunion Sept 10 - Sept 14, 2015

The organizing committee for the 2015 DRGS Reunion in Toronto, Canada, is pleased to confirm the dates for our upcoming festivities. We take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to alumni in Toronto and around the globe, to join us in celebrating this Reunion. Included in our weekend, together with the traditional golf tournament, bus trip, and gala event, we will be hosting a Memorial Mass for the deceased alumni and faculty.


Events for 2015





February 14, 2015
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Saturday, August 22, 2015 CLR Association CLR Picnic
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Saturday, September 26, 2015 CLR Association CLR Social
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Health & Wellness

New online service gives Toronto students access to critical labour market information to help make post-secondary education decisions

George Brown College Career Coach provides GTA job prospects, salaries, and educational pathways for any career

Toronto, Jan. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - With today's launch of Career Coach at, Toronto students finally have access to the critical labour market information they need as they consider their career options and the educational paths to help them get there. Once hard-to-find job projections and salary expectations are now available on-demand for any field.


January - Alzheimer Awareness Month - "the 72%" campaign

Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies (CNW Group/Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies)

Montreal, Jan. 6, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Did you know that women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease? Perhaps you know one of these women! They could be your mother, wife, sister, grandmother or one of your friends.

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