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Elephants too can sing like humans

Elephants too can sing like humans
PTI | Aug 4, 2012,

LONDON: Rumble in the jungle! Elephants "sing" like humans but at a frequency so low we can't hear them, scientists have claimed.

Researchers have found that elephants use an ultrasound rumble, often too low for humans to hear, to keep the herd together and for males to find mates. It allows the animals to communicate over distances of up to six miles.

The low-pitched elephant calls, occupying a frequency range below 20 Hertz, may seem to have little in common with human singing.

But researchers have confirmed that both are produced in exactly the same way, the Daily Mail reported. Experts had wondered whether, like a cat's purr, elephant infrasound was generated by muscular 'twitching' movements of the vocal cords. This mechanism can produce 'arbitrarily low' frequencies, scientists said.

Instead, it turns out the elephant sounds are made purely by air being blown through the larynx, or voice box, as in the case of a human singer. The German team carried out laboratory tests on a larynx removed from a dead elephant.

UDUPI DIOCESE

Bishop Jerald Isaac Lobo appointed first Bishop of New Udupi Diocese

July 16, 2012: Long awaited new diocese of Udupi was announced today July 16th afternoon at 3.30 p.m. simultaneously at Kallianpur-Milagres Church, our Lady of Dolours Chapel of Bishops House of Mangalore Diocese, Nunciature New Delhi and Holy See Vatican (12 noon). This announcement was done today being the day of feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Most Rev. Dr Jerald Isaac Lobo of Shimoga Diocese is appointed as the first of new diocese by Pope Benedict XVI.

In Kallianpur – Milagros Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore announced the new Diocese. Vicar General Msgr Denis Prabhu and Chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira announced the same in Mangalore.

The new Diocese of Udupi is compressed of 48 parishes belonging to Karkal, Shirva, Udupi, Kallianpur and Kundapur deaneries.

According to Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore there is huge potential and leadership in diocese of Udupi towards the pastoral and social growth.

The Diocese of Mangalore has a history of more than 5 centuries. The faith of the people has grown ever since 1515. It has served in the initial years the faithful of the Dioceses of Calicut, Kannur, Gulbaga and six Syro Malabar- Malankara Dioceses before they were established.

SPIES ON YOUR COMPUTER & COOKIES

delete stored cookies and the browser history after every internet session. With Firefox, you can even set it so that the cookies are automatically deleted after every session. Firefox users should also consider the add-on Better Privacy, which can delete flash cookies and so-called DOM storage cookies.

if you’re going to do a lot of surfing with Facebook or Google+, but don’t want to be recognised everywhere, use two browsers, says Krause.

“You use the one for social networks, the other for all other internet sites.

No sooner have you purchased a new pair of shoes online than you’re suddenly seeing them everywhere — primarily in banner ads across other sites gracing your computer screen.

Are you being tracked? In a word: yes. But there are steps you can take to cover your internet tracks.

The fact of the matter is that there are entire lockers of data being gathered online by advertising agencies, from just about every web surfer, whether they consent or not.
This data tracking is a tool for creating a profile of a customer.
The more these ad agencies know about potential customers, the more effectively they can advertise to them.

As soon as a user is identified, and his movements start getting tracked through the net, it’s no longer a laughing matter.

bleeding Marian statue-Gaziabad India

July 16, 2012

Tears of blood rolled down the statue of St. Mary at the Carmelite Mary Immaculate (CMI) Bhavan in Marianagar, Ghaziabad, the satellite town of New Delhi, attracting Christians and people of other faiths Saturday 14th July.
Sunitha, the maid in the house, was the first to notice the event at 11:30 am when she came to came to clean the chapel.

“Today when I was about to clean the statue of Mother Mary, I found streams of blood flowing. I could not believe my eyes so I rubbed the blood from the statue but the flow was still there,” she said.

She said that she started shivering and held the statue. “I felt Mother Mary standing in front of me,” she added.

Fr. Joy Kizhakkayil, the priest in charge of the house, said he saw the maid holding the statue and praying and crying loud to Mother Mary.Tears of blood rolled down the statue of St. Mary at the Carmelite Mary Immaculate (CMI) Bhavan in Marianagar, Ghaziabad.

About 65 catholic families that live around the chapel rushed to see the event. Within no time the news spread and people started coming to the chapel. Around three thousand people visited the statue by evening, the bleeding continued for few hours.

The sample when tested shows that the blood group is O+ve.

nuns who took the church to court.

Kerala, July 23, 2012: The Little Flower convent nuns who took the church to court.

Do nuns and priests have civil rights? The canon law and the Catholic Church say the professed people have no right to sue the Church. Six brave sisters of Little Flower Convent, Narakkal, in Ernakulam district, created history of sorts when they sued a Syro-Malabar bishop of the Ernakulam diocese and the priest of St Mary’s Church for criminal intimidation and forgery.

Educated by the Salesians, Sangma, is he a ‘practicing Catholic’.

Two religious riots – both engineered by the unscrupulous right wing Hindu nationalist forces – have become agonizing symbols of what could happen to Muslims and Christians in India if these forces are overtly or covertly supported by the government.

These happened, as the whole world knows now, in Gujarat in 2002 and Kandhamal, Odisha in 2008. In Kandhamal, the helpless victims were, just like P.A. Sangma, both tribal and Christian. If he truly cared for the rights of tribals and Christians, how will he view the Kandhamal riots?

Recently when asked for his views on the riots, he responded, ‘Where is the proof that the BJP has done it? Don’t make wild allegations!’ Is he trying desperately to turn his face away from the truth because of selfish political compulsions.

After absolving the BJP of any responsibility, Sangma is reported to have said that forgiveness is the heart of Christianity. That is quite true. But in this context, whom should Indian Christians forgive? If, according to Sangma, there is no evidence to link the BJP to the riots, why do they need forgiveness? If someone is not guilty, why talk of forgiveness?

UNESCO recognises of the Bethlehem church to be the birthplace of Jesus

Tough battle, hard won

UNESCO’s recognition of the Bethlehem church believed to be the birthplace of Jesus could pave the way for securing and preserving other historical monuments in Palestine

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — the oldest Christian church in the world that is still in use, an important example of early church architecture, and believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus — was recently acknowledged as a monument of universal significance. It is for the first time that a Palestinian monument has been recognised as a World Heritage Site.

The recognition comes 40 years after UNESCO first adopted the World Heritage Convention in 1972. The delay had nothing to do with the rigorous process of selecting sites that qualify for the status but because of Israel’s determined opposition to any move that would strengthen Palestinian claim to nationhood or support its narrative of the past. It stiffly resisted attempts to confer World Heritage status, fearing that such acknowledgment would amount to recognising these monuments as an integral part of Palestine. Palestine’s struggle has been to rescue what is rightfully its heritage. While receiving World Heritage recognition may not radically alter its political position or change its abject condition, it certainly raises hopes for a better future.
Focus on Jerusalem

INDIA-Cars may soon come with telltale black boxes

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C.P. Joshi mooted the need for the induction of technology at his meeting with CEOs of automobile manufacturing to avoid controversies relating to insurance claims and misuse of power by those checking overloading, besides ensuring a better transportation system.

Such an initiative will be an unprecedented innovation as no other country has such equipment installed in vehicles. The need for it in India arises from cattle and pedestrians crossing the roads willy-nilly as well as the insensitivity of vehicle owners to allow them preferential treatment.

Similarly, vehicles will also get the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) chip so as to enable vehicles to pass through electronic toll collection plazas. The Ministry expects to bring all plazas under the ETC system to avoid congestion.

The idea of a black box will be to record whether the driver had applied the brakes and the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact in the case of an accident, among other details, and, thereby, help establish the cause (or culprit ) of the mishap.

It will help the insurance companies too in deciding whether or not to entertain insurance claims.

Some automakers said they had, in fact, designed and tested such a gadget and appreciated the move. They said it was possible to install it in each vehicle at an affordable cost.

Story: WHY READ THE BIBLE

Why should we read the BIBLE?

An old Farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson.

Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his BIBLE.

His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the BIBLE just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book.

What good does reading the BIBLE do?”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked Out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the River with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

Laity Synod

Who is afraid of the Laity Synod?

The Laity Synod should contextualize catholic faith in the modern world.
By Chhoteb
Was Jesus afraid, or reluctant to empower his disciples? Did he not rather say that anyone who believed in him would in fact “perform even greater works” (Jn 14:12) than himself?

Jesus empowered his disciples; he did not feel threatened by them. The explanation lies in the same farewell discourse, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me … it is the Father living in me who is doing his works” (Jn 14:10).

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