Tuesday, April 7, 2020

PhotoSpeak


KAKA Restaurant in downtown Toronto
Photo (March 5, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

We don't know what 'KAKA' used in the name of this restaurant means. In the Maori language of New Zealand 'Kaka' is the name of a large parrot, in Hindi and Bengali languages, it means 'uncle,' and in an African language, it means 'King of Egypt.' Whatever, 'Kaka' is a good word. 


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Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (April 5 - 11, 2020)




A quotation of Abhishek Ratna on 'changes that will come
with the COVID-19 outbreak,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Flowers in Toronto: June 30, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (March 29 - April 4, 2020)


A quotation of Abraham Lincoln on 'marriage,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (2020)


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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (March 22 - 28, 2020)


A quotation of President Ronald Reagan on 'the greatest leader,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (Dec. 16, 2017)



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (March 15 - 21, 2020)


A quotation of Dr. Bruce Aylward on 'importance
of the right information for doing the right things 

during emergencies,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Power lines in Ontario) © Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Surviving the COVID-19 for the Sake of Survival (A poem)



Image courtesy: cityofroseville.com/


Surviving the COVID-19 for the Sake of Survival
By Adrian D’Costa

Streets that had the hustle and bustle
everywhere and the hubbub was frequent
is now empty.
Empty without the liveliness.
COVID-19 Coronavirus. The name it is.
The death. The Grim Reaper.
Everywhere you go.
Waiting to strike at 12 o’clock at night.
Not even the Canadian Prime Minister’s true love for his
wife could protect her from contracting this highly contagious
illness. Love. A word with four little letters.
Are given away and taken in by people
all around the world.

Evilness is subsiding.
What we have is asking for forgiveness
and the mentality of being changed.
From Prime Minister to President to healthcare professionals
to doctors to nurses to government officials
to public figures to people like you and me
are worried about death. Worried for the people around us.
Worried for the world.
For friends and family members.
For the world and the nation.
How many innocent people have to die?

Today our leader Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau urged the Canadians
not to tackle this as a primitive elementary
issue constricted within the boundary
of our border but as a global issue
by following the rules of battleground
of the medical field and by being a true Canuck
united to one Tough and Rough Ice Hockey Team.
Because in the past we have seen over and over again,
what Canadians did to outlast, to outmaneuver, and to outwit
every pestilence, every war, and every burning matter
of our lives by being the citizens of this world
and being united near the brunt of the fire.
Yes. We saw the Canadian
lives being lost unexpectedly.
But we will win this.
We will get through this.
Believe me, my fellow countrymen.
With our Technology and our Intelligence
we will be at the top of our game.
We will contribute to the world
as part of the approach of Humanity
to save the world.

Time is nigh.
Time is short.
Time is not on our side.
But we cannot and must not allow to
smudge off the last imprint of Homo Sapiens
from the caves of this earth.
We have to stop this deadly pandemic.
We have to come as one to work
to uphold our Human Element.
And make the impossible possible.
We stopped the Ebola.
We seized the SARS.
We vanished the Black Plague.
We sent a rocket to the moon and back.
We can’t back down now.
We have to survive
for the sake of survival.
That must be our motto now.


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus Now A Pandemic In The World


Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it looks under the microscope
Photo courtesy: cdc.gov/

Map showing countries affected by
COVID - 19 virus (as of March 11, 2020)
Map courtesy: cdc.gov/


The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations, on March 11, 2020, declared Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak a 'pandemic' (an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population). It spread to 114 countries on five continents, except Antarctica, so far. There have been 118,000 Covid-19 cases with more than 4,200 deaths.  

The WHO says Covid-19 is "a pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China, was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on December 31, 2019. On 30 January 2020, the outbreak of this disease was declared 'a Public Health Emergency of International concern on 30 January 2020."

On February 11, 2020, the WHO named the coronavirus disease "COVID-19." 

The WHO also said, "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death."


There are different types of coronaviruses. The WHO says, "We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time."


For details, please read the following:




(Updated on March 13, 2020)

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