Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (August 30 - September 5, 2015)

A quotation of Scott Adams on 'creativity and art,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A cotton print sari being dried in the sun at Rangamatia Village of Gazipur District, Bangladesh: January 11, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (August 23 - 29, 2015)

A quotation of Schiller on 'truth and beauty,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (An artwork on a wall at Toronto East General Hospital, Canada: Oct. 20, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (August 16 - 22, 2015)

A quotation of Confucius on 'a job one loves,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A village marriage band playing its tunes in Savar of Dhaka District, Bangladesh: January 8, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE CATHOLIC REGISTER: A Publication of Toronto

It's the official weekly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. It provides news, features and articles on different aspects of Catholic life and the Church -- local and global. 

It's online edition is available at: The Catholic Register

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Nunavut Gets Its First Mosque

A mosque under construction in  Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital city
 Photo courtesy: Toronto Star

Map of Nunavut, a Canadian territory
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Nunavut's first mosque in its capital city of Iqaluit, spearheaded by Syed Asif Ali, a Muslim immigrant engineer from Pakistan, is proceeding to its completion, reports the Toronto Star.
It will be the first mosque in the entire territory of Nunavut which has a Muslim population of about 100. These immigrant Muslims, coming from different countries, migrated to Iqluit from various Canadian provinces for job purposes. In the meantime, some of these Muslims married local women and a number of local people also embraced Islam as their religion. 

As the church is an integral part of any Christian community, so is the mosque for the Muslims. This need for a place of worship is being realized today through donations from Muslims as well as non-Muslims. 

Nunavut is a Canadian 'territory' -- not a province -- with an area of 2,093,190 sq. kilometres, and, according tot he 2011 census, its population is 31,906 -- of whom, 83.6% is Inuit ('Eskimo'), 14.96% non-aboriginals, 0.44% Metis, and 0.34% the First Nations people.

In each July, the average temperature in Nunavut varies from 4 to 11 degree Celsius, and in January it goes down to -21 to -33 degree Celsius.

For more on the mosque and the Muslims in Iqaluit, please read the following:

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Monday, August 10, 2015

7th-Grade UK School Girl Gets Higher IQ Scores Than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking

Nicole Barr with her Mensa IQ score
Photo courtesy: The Daily Mirror

Twelve-year-old Nicole Barr of Harlow in the Essex county scored 162 points on the Mensa IQ test, topping famous scientists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, reports the Daily Mirror. She, belonging to a humble migrant Roma or gypsy family, surpassed them by two points!

Expressing her pride, mother Dolly Buckland, 34, said of her daughter, "She's a hard, hard working child. She stays after school for homework club and never misses a day."

She further said, "From a young age she's been picking out mistakes in books and magazines. She's a happy, fun-loving girl who is always asking for extra homework. She's determined to finish school and go to college and university to be a paediatrician."

The average adult IQ score is 100, and 140 and up fall into the 'genius' category. 

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (August 9 - 15, 2015)

A quotation of Ivan Turgenev on 'holiness,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (The altar at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Scarborough, Toronto: Dec. 7, 2015) © Jerome D'Costa

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