Friday, April 20, 2018

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: A Publication of Toronto


The Globe and Mail -- a daily newspaper -- from Toronto
This broadsheet national daily covers Canada and world with news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, finance, business and investing, entertainment, environment, science and technology, education, health and fitness, food and drink, arts and culture, automobiles and driving, beauty and fashion, lifestyle, literature, aging and retirement, real estate and housing, law and order, immigration and multiculturalism, religion, personalities, sports, and more.

Email contact: newsroom@globeandmail.com

It's also available online at: The Globe and Mail



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Beauty of Snow in Toronto




The wintry snow makes Toronto a beautiful place. See some sample photos (taken on Dec. 15, 2010) below:
























Photos (Toronto: Dec. 15, 2010) © Jerome D'Costa


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BENTO BOX: A Publication of Toronto


Bento Box -- a monthly magazine from Toronto
This is a "Toronto-based Japanese New Concept Magazine...to provide fresh and exciting content for its readers." It provides latest news in Toronto of the rich Japanese culture, food and drinks, beauty, shopping ideas, travel ideas, health and fitness, media (music, movie, and videos), and more. 

Email contact: info@bentobox.ca

It's also available online at: BentoBoxMagazine



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Monday, April 16, 2018

BANGLA REPORTER: A Publication of Toronto


Bangla Reporter -- a weekly -- from Toronto
This Bengali-language weekly of Toronto is presently being published only online; its printed edition is not being brought out due to some "technological problems." It covers Bangladesh, Canada, and world with news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, business, finance, entertainment, science and technology, personalities, health and fitness, law and order, religion, literature, travel, sports, and more. 

Email contact: editor@banglareporter.com

It's available online at: Bangla Reporter



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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happy Bangla (Bengali) New Year 1425



Happy Bangla (Bengali) New Year 1425 To You All!






Bangla Noboborsho (Bengali New Year) designs with arts and crafts
 © Joachim Romeo D'Costa (April 14, 2018)


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The Quotation of the Week (April 15 - 21, 2018)


Quotations of Letitia Baldrige, Bindi Irwin, Arthur Wing Pinero, Boy George, and Phyllis Logan on 'drinking tea,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Cups of tea) © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (April 1, 2018)

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Midnight House Fire In Scarborough As I Saw It



A gentleman in his early 60's is in critical condition after his house was on fire in the midnight. Paramedics took him to a Toronto trauma centre. Three members of his family escaped the two-alarm fire with minor injuries. Toronto Fire department personnel put out the fire but the house incurred severe damages. Investigation on the cause of this fire is still on. 

My video record of the fire can be viewed below: 









Above videos by Jerome D'Costa (April 14, 2018)


(Updated on April 15, 2018)


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Friday, April 13, 2018

HERALD MONTHLY: A Publication of Toronto


Herald Monthly -- Chinese-language newspaper -- from Toronto
This family-oriented newspaper, published by Chinese Christian Herald Crusades of Canada, has Canada East and Canada West editions. It provides a forum for Chinese Canadians on social issues, gives inspiration and insight to face challenges and struggles in life, and helps to uphold the Christian world view of life as a viable alternative.

It covers news, features and articles on local and world news, social concerns, true life stories, arts, entertainment, family life, Christian faith, local community and Church news, food, health and fitness, and science and technology.

Email contact: toronto@cchc.org

It's also available online at: Herald Monthly






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Thursday, April 12, 2018

RENTALS4STUDENTS: A Publication of Toronto


Rentals4Students -- a half-yearly magazine -- from Toronto
This magazine helps about two dozen Canadian college and university students find rental apartments and properties in different towns and cities.

Email contact: info@mediaclassified.ca

It's also available online at: Rentals4Students

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

VLAMBARAM: A Publication of Toronto


Vlambaram -- a Tamil bi-weekly -- from Toronto
This Tamil-language bi-weekly, "Canada's Oldest Tamil Newspaper," for the Tamil community of Toronto, covers Sri Lanka, India, Canada, and world by publishing news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, business, finance, entertainment, health and fitness, real estate, environment, religion, education, science and technology, literature, travel, sports, puzzles, and more. 

Email contact: vlambaram@sympatico.ca (or info@vlambaram.com)

It's also available online at: Vlambaram



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Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (April 8 - 14, 2018)


Quotations on 'power and corruption and abuse of power,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa 
Image © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (2016)

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

CBN (Canadian Bangladeshi News): A Publication of Toronto


CBN -- a newspaper -- from Toronto
The CBN (Canadian Bangladeshi News) is a bilingual (Bengali and English) newspaper -- covering Bangladesh, Canada, and the world -- provides news, features, articles, and opinions on community events, arts and culture, politics, business and finance, immigration, entertainment, education, lifestyle, beauty and fashion, health and fitness, food, literature, sports and more. 

Email contact: cbn24.ca@gmail.com

It's also available online at: CBN



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Friday, April 6, 2018

ONTARIO REAL ESTATE ADVERTISER: A Publication of Toronto


Ontario Real Estate Advertiser -- a bi-weekly  --  from Toronto
It's a tabloid-size Greater Toronto Area (GTA) advertisement newspaper  on "new and resale real estate, cottages, tourism and investment opportunities" for buyers, sellers, investors, and relocators. 

This newspaper also has separate editions for the regions of Niagara, Windsor and Essex, London, and Ottawa.

Email contact: infor@realestatead.com

It's also available online at: Ontario Real Estate Advertiser



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Thursday, April 5, 2018

HOME AND LONGTERM CARE NEWS: A Publications of Toronto


Home and LongTerm Care News -- a monthly magazine -- from Toronto
This monthly magazine is "for consumers who are supporting and/or involved in home care or long term care." It deals with care, health, and services of the seniors, dementia (Alzheimer's disease) patients, diabetic patients, stroke patients, cultural sensitivity of patients, food and nutrition, health and fitness, science and technology related to these people. 

Email contact: info@longtermcarenews.ca

It's also available online at: Home and LongTerm Care News

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

THE VARSITY: A Publication of Toronto


The Varsity -- a weekly newspaper -- from Toronto
This tabloid-size weekly student newspaper of the University of Toronto, with a progressive stance, deals with student affairs, academic matters, relation between the university administration and students, science and technology, arts and culture, student governing council and its activities, weekly calendar of university events, student relations, student rights, student health, food, health and fitness, puzzles, sports, and more. 

Email contact: editor@thevarsity.ca

It's also available online at: The Varsity

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (April 1 - 7, 2018)


A quotation of Pope John Paul II on 'our despair and the hope that the Easter brings,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo courtesy: Messenger of St. Anthony (magazine)

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

PRIDE: A Publication of Toronto


Pride -- a newsmagazine -- from Toronto
It's a Canadian African and Caribbean community newsmagazine covering Canada, Africa,  Caribbean islands and the world, with news, features, articles, and opinions on politics, economy, business, entertainment, lifestyle, arts and culture, religion, focus on personalities, health and nutrition, food, real estate, poems, horoscopes, sports, and more.

Email contact: pridenews@bellnet.ca

It's daily online edition is available at: Pride

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

World-Renowned and Beloved Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking Dies


British Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking
Photo courtesy: www.hawking.org.uk/

British astrophysicist, author, and professor of Mathematics at the Cambridge University died on March 14 at home (Cambridge, England) at the age of 76.

In spite of suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- a type of motor neuron disease and its related difficulties from the age of 21, he has been active in teaching, writing, and moving with the help of a motorized wheelchair and electronic machines and computers.

His contributions are in the fields of singularities in gravitational collapse, black hole mechanics, vanishing of blackholes, rise of galaxies, and wave function of the universe.

Because of his profound contributions, he has received 13 honorary degrees, CBE award (1982), Companion of Honour (1989), and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009). 

To know more on him, please read the following:

Stephen Hawking's Death, Biography, and Appreciation of His Work:

His Membership with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences :


His Comments on Religion and God:


Miscellaneous Quotes of Stephen Hawking:


Books by Stephen Hawking:



Cartoons on Stephen Hawking:


Photos of Stephen Hawking:

Videos of Stephen Hawking:


Movie on Stephen Hawking:



(Updated on March 28, 2018)


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The Quotation of the Week (March 25 - 31, 2018)


A quotation of Dr. Stephen Peterson on 'sex abuse victims,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Above design by Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

VISION: A Publication of Toronto


Vision -- a bi-weekly newspaper  -- from Toronto
This community newspaper of the Caribbean diaspora people provides news, features, articles and opinions on politics, economy, business, finance, arts, culture, fashion, entertainment, beauty, health and fitness, education, travel and tourism, books, law and order, food, horoscopes, sports, and more. It mainly covers Caribbean islands, Britain, USA, and Canada -- where many Caribbeanese live.

Email contact: info@visionnewspaper.ca

It's also available online at: Vision


(Updated on April 2, 2o18)


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (March 18 - 24, 2018)


A quotation of Edgar Degas on 'art,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Ryan Andre D'Costa [4+ years old] (Feb. 18, 2018)

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (March 11 - 17, 2018)


A quotation of Jean Vanier on 'love and service,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Image courtesy: The Liguorian (monthly)

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (March 4 - 10, 2018)


A quotation of Martin Luther King, Jr., on 'true peace,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (A girl at the window: 2014) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fabulous, Fantastic and Funny Coffins of Ghana


Papaa Joe with his amazingly-carved wooden coffin in Ghana
Photo courtesy: www.theguardian.com/

Yes, death brings in sorrow, loss! Is it thinkable that death also can bring in mirth and amazement?  That's what is being made possible by the intricately carved fantasy coffins in Ghana.

 To know more, please visit the following sites:



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Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (February 25 - March 3, 2018)


A quotation on 'religious authoritarian culture breeds more child abuse and maltreatment,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Adrian D'Costa (Feb. 24, 2018)

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (February 18 - 24, 2018)


A quotation of Pope Francis on 'a priest carrying Christ's cross,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design by Adrian D'Costa (Feb. 18, 2018)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (February 11 - 17, 2018)


A quotation of Susan B. Anthony on 'rights of men and women,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Digital Edge Detection of Bangabandhu's Image Using Computer Vision Library



My son, Adrian D’Costa, implemented the code on Edge detection. The programme is written in C++ and Debian Gnu Linux OS is used.

It’s a video of how an Edge Detection Programme works. The programme will find the edges according to your need.


I hope you will like it.


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (February 4 - 10, 2018)


A quotation of E. L. Doctorow on 'historian and novelist,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design by Jerome D'Costa

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Some Traditionalist and Conservative Catholic Newspapers and Magazines


Catholic Family News

The Angelus magazine

These are some of the traditionalist and conservative newspapers and magazines that support and cling to old or traditional beliefs, customs, traditions, liturgical forms -- including Tridentine Latin Mass, public and private devotions, and teachings of the Catholic Church before the Second Vatican Council, held in 1962-1965. 

Some of them do not support the sweeping changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council in belief, liturgy, and practice and do not hesitate to criticize post-Second Vatican Council popes -- Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Francis -- except Pope Benedict XVI, who tried to reintroduce some old traditions back to the Church.  

  • Catholic Family News (founded in 1993, it’s a monthly tabloid newspaper) (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)
  • Christian Order (founded in 1960, it’s a monthly magazine) (London, U.K.)
  • Latin Mass Magazine (founded in 1999, it’s a quarterly magazine) (Ramsey, New Jersey, USA)
  • Present (founded in 1982, it’s a French-language daily newspaper) (Paris, France)
  • St. Austin Review (founded in 2001, it’s a bimonthly journal) (Chicago, USA)
  • The Angelus (founded in 1895, it’s a monthly magazine) (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
  • The Brandsma Review (founded in 1992, it’s a bimonthly magazine) (Dublin, Ireland)
  • The Remnant (founded in 1967, it’s a biweekly newspaper) (Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA)
  • The Wanderer (founded in 1867, it’s a weekly newspaper) (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (28January - 3 February, 2018)


A quotation of Althea Gibson on 'one's accomplishment,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Christmas trees in the Hudson's Bay Store at the Scarborough Town Centre Mall, Toronto: December 26, 2016) © Jerome D'Costa

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Some Independent Catholic News, Analysis, and Opinion Sources


There are hundreds of Roman Catholic news agencies, newspapers, magazines, and journals in the world. Among them, there are a few that are independent, in the sense that they have a critical outlook on issues and events that directly or indirectly affect the Church and its members. They also give greater emphasis on the open-minded and inclusive teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965). Excepting few, most of them are run and edited by Catholic laypersons.

We mention below some of them:



America magazine
Image courtesy: www.americamagazine.org/

America (A monthly Jesuit review) (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.):

Founded in 1909, this magazine is "one of the oldest periodicals in the United States today."

This magazine "is known across the Catholic world for its unique brand of opinion and analysis. From theology and spirituality to politics, international relations, arts and letters, and the economy and social justice."

It's also available online at: America 



Commonweal magazine
Image courtesy: www.commonwealmagazine.org/

Commonweal (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.):

Founded in 1924, this 20-times a year magazine, whose "mission is to provide a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture. Read by a passionate audience of educated, committed Catholics, as well as readers from many other faith traditions, Commonweal presents well-argued, respectful points of view from across the ideological spectrum. In an often contentiously divided Catholic church and secular culture, its status as an independent journal of opinion encourages conversations that can be difficult in other settings."

Edited by Catholic laypersons, it covers Catholic principles, American life, laypersons' voice within the church, sexual abuse scandal in the church, role of women in church, relationship between religion and politics, church teachings on sexuality, and more. 

Email contact: commonweal@cambaywest.com

It's also available online at: Commonweal



Crux 
Image courtesy: www.cruxnow.com/

Crux (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.):

Founded in 2014, it's "an independent Catholic news site, operated in partnership with the Knights of Columbus." 

"We have special editorial interests, such as religious freedom and anti-Christian persecution around the world, but we cover the whole Catholic story -- 'All things Catholic.'"

It's available online at: Crux



Independent Catholic News (ICN)
Image courtesy: www.indcatholicnews.com/

Independent Catholic News (ICN) (London, U.K.):

Founded in 2000, this website aims "to provide speedy and accurate news coverage of all subjects of interest to Catholics and the wider Christian community."

It deals with news and opinions on the Church in the U.K, Ireland and world, education, justice-peace-environment, young adults and youth, arts-events-exhibitions, books, catechists, films, letters, viewpoint, obituaries and tributes, poetry, prayer requests, travel, and more. 

Email contact: edit@indcatholicnews.com

It's available online at: Independent Catholic News (ICN)



LaCroix International daily
Image courtesy: www.international.la-croix.com/

LaCroix International (France):

Founded in 1883 in France, it's a daily newspaper terming itself as "the world's leading independent Catholic daily." Through its pay-based website and its daily editions, it provides enlightened insight into the world, politics, economy, culture, and religious matters.  

It's available online at: LaCroix International



National Catholic Reporter weekly
Image courtesy: www.ncronline.org/ 

 National Catholic Reporter  (Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.):

Founded in 1964, it's a bi-weekly newspaper "that covers the Roman Catholic Church for a national and international audience. It's independently owned and governed by a lay board of directors. 

It's a "religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic Church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions. We are concerned for all people and we are committed to shaping a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other characteristics. Throughout our history, we have been a voice for the disadvantaged and the marginalized and we have told the stories of injustice that others simply will not print."

It's core values are rooted in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, calling for social justice, human dignity, inclusiveness, and excellence. 

It's online edition is available daily at: National Catholic Reporter



The Tablet weekly

Image courtesy: www.thetablet.co.uk/

The Tablet (London, U.K.):

Founded in 1840, it's an international Catholic weekly, that "reports on religion, current affairs, politics, social issues, literature and the arts with special emphasis on Roman Catholicism while remaining ecumenical. It is committed to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council."

It's available online at: The Tablet



UCANews -- Asian Catholic news source
Image courtesy: www.ucanews.com/

UCANews (Hong Kong):

Founded in    , the UCA News (Union of Catholic Asian News) is "Asia's most trusted independent Catholic news source." 

This Catholic news agency provides "news, feature, commentary and analysis, and multimedia content on social, political and religious developments that related or are of interest to the Catholic Church in Asia." It also has its foreign language sites in China, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam. It also operates two sites that offer local and international English language content in India and the Philippines.

Presently, it has bureaus in Bangladesh, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. 

It's available at: UCANews



U.S. Catholic monthly
 Image courtesy: www.uscatholic.org/

U. S. Catholic (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.):

Founded in 1938, this monthly magazine "puts faith in the context of everyday life. With a strong focus on social justice, we offer a fresh and balanced take on the issues that matter most in our world, adding a faith perspective to such challenges as poverty, education, family life, and pop culture."

"Each month's issue is packed with comprehensive reporting, in-depth interviews, colorful opinion essays, cultural commentary, media reviews, and more."

Email contact: editors@claretians.org

It's also available online at: U.S. Catholic



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