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The night PM Modi electrified Toronto  
April 17, 2015 | Pradip Rodrigues

Toronto: The last time there were such enthusiastic crowds of South Asians was back in 2011 when the IIFA juggernaut rolled into town. PM Narendra Modi blew into town like a one-man Tsunami, his oratorical skills were on full display for over an hour as he swiveled around the stage at Ricoh Coliseum delivering his speech which received thunderous applause at regular intervals.He gave his speech in Hindi and spelled out his vision of India, clearly, precisely and exuded a swaggering confidence of a man with a mission.

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New Canadians Study: Immigrants Come to Canada With an Average of $47,000 in Savings
Published: Apr 15, 2015 6:31 a.m. ET

- After the initial costs of getting settled, immigrants have less than half of their savings left - Priorities: More than half use their remaining nest egg to save for retirement; two thirds send money back home to friends and family - Forty-six per cent reported choosing Canada because it is a safe place to live

Toronto, Ontario, Apr 15, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- According to a study issued today by BMO Wealth Management, immigrants arrive in Canada with an average of $47,000 in savings to help them get settled in their new country, while 19 per cent come with no savings at all.
The study is the first in a series, Making the Financial Transition, which examines a variety of financial issues related to New Canadians (those who have moved to Canada fewer than 10 years ago).


China: New bank to enhance int'l finance system

Washington, Apr 18 (AP) China's proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement and not replace existing lenders dominated by the US and Japan, a senior Chinese official said yesterday.


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China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Challenge: How Should America Respond?
Published on The National Interest ( | Robert Keatley

The well-worn advice that “if you can’t beat them, join them” may be the right counsel as Washington ponders what to do next about the new China-backed investment bank intended to finance Asian infrastructure needs while also promoting Chinese influence. And as they think about it, U.S. officials might also relax a bit.

People Places and Things

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As you may be aware, the highly regarded Me to We Awards Canada acknowledges Canadian youth who are doing extraordinary things to change the world. We are proud to announce that one of our very own, Daniel Sequeira, has been nominated by the 2015 selection committee for a Me to We Award under the 'In The Community’ category.

Daniel, a student at St Francis Xavier Secondary School, Mississauga, participated with the CGCG team at the Steubenville Toronto Conference in 2014. We applaud his efforts to live his Christian values in the public square while inspiring others and making positive contributions to his community. You can read his bio, which is at the end of this e-mail.


Indian-American Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General
Posted By: News Deskon: April 23, 2015

Virginia: Indian-American Vivek Murthy was today administered the oath for the top post of US Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremonial ceremony here, becoming the youngest-ever in charge of the country’s public health.

37-year-old Vivek Hallegere Murthy is now the highest ranking Indian-American in the Obama Administration.

“To have the opportunity to serve as Surgeon General is an extraordinary honour and a profound responsibility, and I want to thank President Obama for entrusting me with the stewardship of this office,” Murthy said in his address on the occasion.


Aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes enters Time’s most influential list
By TEAM HERALD | 17 Apr, 2015, 12:31AM IST

Others in the list of 100 are PM Narendra Modi, North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, US President Barack Obama, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai

Panjim: A person of Goan origin, Tony Fernandes the brain behind the budget airline Air Asia, made his way into the Time magazine’s 12th annual “Time 100 Most Influential People in the World” list released on Thursday. The list includes figures ranging from politicians to pop culture icons – 40 women among them – including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, US President Barack Obama, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton making her eighth appearance and Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, who is the youngest person on the list for the third straight year. The oldest is 88-year-old Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.


New Geological Analysis Greatly Bolsters Probability Tomb of Jesus has Been Found

Jerusalem, April 14, 2015 /CNW/ --A recently completed study by an Israeli geologist has greatly increased the probability that an ancient tomb on the outskirts of Jerusalem is the final resting place of Jesus of Nazareth and his family.


Book Review Margao: Dispelling misconceptions of the Holy Spirit Church
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Lisa Monteiro, TNN | Apr 15, 2015, 02.00AM IST |

Dispelling misconceptions of the Holy Spirit Church

In a bid to satiate the appetite of history lovers, Valmiki Faleiro, journalist, former municipal president of Margao and keen history student has written 'Soaring Spirit- 450 years of Margao's Espirito Santo Church (1565-2015)' with its focus on one of the grandest churches in Salcete.

The first church in Salcete, he writes, wasn't built in Verna where the first mass of the taluka was celebrated in 1519, nor in Cortalim which witnessed the first conversion to Christianity in Salcete in 1560 nor in the taluka's principal village Margao. It was built neither by the Franciscans nor by the Jesuits.

News Clips from Goa

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Music concert at Bom Jesus Basilica
By Team Herald | 18 Apr, 2015, 12:40AM IST

Panjim: The Santa Cecelia Choir of Rachol Seminary will host a religious classical music concert at Bom Jesus Basilica on April 18 at 6 pm.

The concert is dedicated to St Joseph Vaz at which 146 persons, ranging from school students to retired priests, would perform. The choir will perform pieces of acclaimed musicians like Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, besides compositions of local artists like Romeo Monteiro and Vinela Gomes. As a tribute to St Joseph Vaz, an original Singhalese composition by Fr Jacome Gonsalves, titled ‘Thri Eka Sura Jesune’ will be performed.

Goa, going, gone! Fun in the sunny state
by Prathap Nair | Updated: Saturday April 18, 2015 MYT 8:00:42 AM

Stunning sundown: Jet-skiiers at sundown in Varca Beach, Goa. This and other beaches in the south are relatively empty and peaceful, compared to those in the north. Photos: Prathap Nair

Riding through India’s beach state, the writer discovers well-kept Portuguese mansions, rustic villages and a relaxed way of life.

I STEPPED onto the beach as the bright orange November sun rose swiftly in the sky, dousing me in a golden light. But for a few fishermen ambling around and fidgeting with their nets, a few sparse crows cawing away and a bunch of playful dogs, the coconut palm-fringed Varca Beach (27km from Dabolim Airport) in south Goa was practically empty. And it was just a step away from, in the backyard of, the resort I was holed up at.


DKA to honour ‘Father of Konkani Cinema’
By Team herald | 18 Apr, 2015, 01:28AM IST

Panjim: Dalagado Konknni Akademi (DKA) will release a ‘special cover’ to honour A L Jerry Braganza, the ‘Father of Konkani Cinema’ at Hanuman theatre, Mapusa, on April 24 - Konkani Cinema Day.  DKA’s in-house magazine, Goycho Pormoll, will also be released. It will contain articles highlighting new and upcoming Konkani writers. The event will be followed by the screening of Swapnil Shetkar’s acclaimed Konkani film, 'Home Sweet Home.'


Mini-Print Goa 2015 Concludes
Posted by: Navhind Times April 16, 2015 in Buzz | By Naguesh Rao Sardessai

‘Mini-Print Goa 2015’, an exhibition of graphic prints, just concluded at the Department of Art and Culture’s Art Gallery, with over three hundred artists showcasing their works.

An effort that began, last year, from the deep south of Goa – Canacona – with the first ever mini-print show, curated by Rajendra Usapkar and Ryan Abreu, that elicited huge response – critical as well as commercial certainly enthused the artists community here to take a bigger leap.


Audi unveils Q5 in Goa
By Team Herald | 16 Apr, 2015

Panjim: The new offering from Audi, the Q5 is helping fuel the brand in the state. Audi is selling 15% more than competition in the state. This was revealed by the GM of Audi Goa Ashwin Sirsat in a press interaction.

The Q5 he said which was the highest selling model for the brand in the world and the second largest in its category in India was certainly fuelling the growth of Audi in the country. 90% of the sales came from the diesel variant. Now available on road for Rs 54 lakh and going up to Rs 65 lakh depending on the variants, the car had helped make the brand the number one in the state in its category. He said “earlier yes it was the mine operators who used to buy such vehicles but now we have opened up a new segment with professionals buying it. Doctors, dentists etc are now picking up the car. He said the company sells 12 to 15 cars a month with SUV’s more popular than sedans.


Kannadigas in Goa: State in touch with Goa govt
Published: April 15, 2015 | Firoz Rozindar | © The Hindu

C.S. Nadagouda, Karnataka’s special representative to New Delhi, has said that the State government is in touch with the Goa government for resolving the problem of Kannadigas living in Goa.


Central Government clearances halt launch of tourism projects
By Vibha Verma | 20 Apr, 2015, 12:28AM IST

Seaplanes, hot air balloons and amphibious vehicles’ projects delayed by a month for want of Central clearances; GTDC optimistic of starting the projects next month on trial and go full-fledge in the next season

Panjim: The launch of Goa Tourism’s three ambitious ventures – seaplanes, hot air balloons and amphibious vehicles – has been delayed by a month, thanks to the Central government’s failure to issue time bound clearances.

News Clips from India

Arun Jaitley says church attacks not political
Reuters – Wed 15 Apr, 2015

New Delhi: India's Hindu nationalist government has denied that "communal" politics were behind a series of attacks on churches and the rape of a nun in recent months, as it seeks to quell rising concerns among religious minorities.

"We have found that all these incidents were law and order problems. Not a single case was carried out by the majority community ... nor was it of political nature or communal," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the NDTV news channel late on Tuesday.


Christians stage protest against attacks on community
Press Trust of India | Lucknow April 23, 2015 Last Updated at 18:07 IST

Christian educational and health institutions in the state capital remained shut as the community members today staged a dharna to protest attacks on them across the country.

The community members held the dharna at GPO crossing in Hazrataganj to protest the atrocities being carried out on them and the recent attack on an Agra Church. They displayed placards that read "stop atrocities, against Christians" and "we have a right to worship and practice our faith".


Ghar Wapsi a 'natural retaliation' for organised conversion: BJP all India general secretary Muralidhar Rao
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 6:10pm IST Updated: Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 6:12pm IST | Place: Thiruvananthapuram | Agency: PTI

BJP's all India general secretary Muralidhar Rao on Thursday asserted that the party-led NDA government had nothing to do with Ghar Wapsi programmes being organised by Sangh Parivar outfits and it was a natural retaliation for organised conversions in the country.

BJP's all India general secretary Muralidhar Rao on Thursday asserted that the party-led NDA government had nothing to do with Ghar Wapsi programmes being organised by Sangh Parivar outfits and it was a natural retaliation for organised conversions in the country.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's model village scheme facing resistance from some MPs
By PTI | 19 Apr, 2015, 04.44PM IST

The model village scheme is facing tough resistance from a section of MPs who feel that there are "lacunae" in the programme.

Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "unique and transformative" model village scheme is facing tough resistance from a section of MPs who feel that there are "lacunae" in the programme which insist on them using the Rs 5 crore MPLADS fund for development of a particular village.

Ahead of the second half of the budget session, senior Congress MP and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament K V Thomas said MPs cutting across party lines will meet the Prime Minister, demanding enhancement of the MPLADS fund from Rs five crore to Rs 50 crore for implementation of the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.


Developed world have to walk the talk on climate change: India
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 13:30

Washington: The developed world would have to "walk the talk" on climate change and provide a green climate fund to the developing world, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, ahead of a crucial UN meet on the issue in Paris later this year.


Fiscal Weaknesses Make India Vulnerable: S&P
By PTI | Published: 13th April 2015 04:03 PM

New Delhi: Cautioning that fiscal weaknesses continue to make India's sovereign credit profile vulnerable, global rating firm S&P today said a financial or a commodity "shock" may unwind the improvements made so far.

Without further fiscal reforms the government may find it difficult to sustain the increase in public investment spending, it said.


Shiv Sena backs forced sterilisation ('nasbandi') for Muslims
By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Wed 15 Apr, 2015

Mumbai: In a potentially controversial statement, the Shiv Sena came out in support of forced sterilisation of Muslims in a bid to check their burgeoning population, here on Wednesday.

The party supported the recent call by All India Hindu Mahasabha vice-president Sadhvi Deva Thakur demanding forced 'nasbandi' (sterilisation) of Muslims and Christians to restrict their numbers in the country's population. "What she meant was family planning...She should not have uttered the word 'nasbandi'. But family planning and population control are one and the same thing," the Sena said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana on Wednesday on the sensitive issue.


Konkani film ‘Zor’ to be screened at US festival
By Team Herald | 19 Apr, 2015, 01:09AM IST

Margao: Konkani short film, Zor, will be screened on May 8 at the 15th New York Indian Film Festival held at Village East Cinema, New York City.

Shot entirely at Mashem, the plot revolves around Solomon Dessai, a shop-keeper who discovers his shadow has a fever. He feels the shadow has a mind of its own, and becomes obsessed with its well-being. The film is based on a Konkani short story by Goan author, Jose Lourencio. It was directed and written by Sarat Talluri Rao, and stars Vinay Kamat and Priyanka Naik.

The New York Indian Film Festival – running this year from May 4-9 – is organised by the Indo-American Arts Council, and is New York’s longest running showcase of films from South Asia and its diaspora. Zor was selected for screening from over 250 submissions. This will be the film’s first public screening.

RRP Infra Projects bags order to construct 2,071 toilet blocks
Press Trust of India | New Delhi April 13, 2015

RRP Infra Projects today said it has bagged a contract worth Rs 46.5 crore from state-run Hindustan Prefab for construction of prefabricated toilet blocks for government schools in Andhra Pradesh. "The company has recently been awarded a contract from Hindustan Prefab Ltd...For construction of 2,071 prefabricated toilet blocks for government schools in Andhra Pradesh," the company said in a regulatory filing.


Indian Billionaires end dominance of state-owned companies
April 17, 2015 | Neeta Lal, Contributing writer

New Delhi -- The recent foray by tycoon Anil Ambani into India's defense industry underscores the private sector's swift expansion in this hitherto strictly government-only sector. The Indian Navy's first Scorpene submarine being undocked at Mumbai's Mazagon Docks, a military shipyard, on April 6. © Reuters



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The first QGA board of directors meeting for the term 2015 - 2016 was held on 20 March 2015, and during which a calendar of events was established.

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Health & Wellness

Retiring? Why you will need less money than you think
By Jonathan Clements | Published: Apr 14, 2015 10:30 a.m. ET

Conventional wisdom says you need retirement income equal to 80% of your final salary. But there is a decent chance you could happily retire with far less. Let’s start with reality: Most of us don’t have a well-honed financial plan in which we set out to amass a specific sum and quit the workforce only when we hit our target. Instead, we save what we can and then make do.


Conference Board of Canada research shows need for national seniors strategy

Report shows "noticeable gaps" in seniors care across the country

Ottawa, April 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Governments must work together to address the numerous challenges facing seniors and their care in Canada, according to a new report released today by The Conference Board of Canada. The report – the most comprehensive examination of the current state of seniors care in Canada – presents the social and economic context of seniors' health in Canada; notes measures that are being or can be implemented to help individuals remain independent for as long as possible; looks at the services currently available; and explores challenges to seniors' care programs.


Ontario ranks among the best in Canada and internationally when it comes to certain measures of the coordination of care and communication between older patients and their health care providers - There is also room for improvement, report says
Health Quality Ontario (CNW Group/Health Quality Ontario)

Toronto, April 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario patients aged 55 and older often experience top-rated coordination of their health care, as well as communication with their health care providers, compared to people in other provinces and in other countries, according to Experiencing Integrated Care, the latest report from Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the provincial advisor on health care quality.

Report Calls for New, National Approach to Urinary Incontinence

The Canadian Continence Foundation launches a new report highlighting concerns related to social stigma, economic impact and access to treatment

The Canadian Reality of Incontinence
  • Over 3.5 million or 10 per cent of Canadians suffer from some form of urinary incontinence1
  • The economic impact of overactive bladder (OAB) and urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) is estimated at just under $1 billion CAD2
  • Patients with urinary incontinence often face embarrassment and social stigma negatively impacting their quality of life and potentially leading to depression and feelings of isolation3

PETERBOROUGH, ON, April 14, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) today unveiled a new report that places a spotlight on urinary incontinence, a condition including Over Active Bladder (OAB) and Urgency Urinary Incontinence (UUI) that impacts more than 3.5 million Canadians.4 The report entitled Equity in access to pharmaceutical treatments for overactive bladder and urgency urinary incontinence in Canada looks at regional disparities in access to treatment, the economic and productivity impact of the condition, and the significant stigma still plaguing many patients.


Peel seniors’ group launches a guide for facilitators wanting to engage community
The Brampton Guardian | Brampton Guardian | Apr 02, 2015

Peel — Based on a series of health workshops it hosted for Caribbean seniors in the region, Peel Fountain of Wisdom Senior Services (PFWSS) has put together a comprehensive guide for facilitators. The document will help new facilitators working with seniors in local communities to engage and deliver health workshops on various health issues impacting senior populations, said Leila Bridgewater, president, PFWSS.


Majority of Companies Plan to Hire Recent College Graduates, According to Survey

Toronto, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ -- For all of the celebrations around graduation season, it can also be a stressful time for college seniors, as many prepare to enter the workforce for the very first time. While this year's class will have ample job prospects, many may find a tougher transition to the working world than others.

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