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SOPA - Big Business and Big Government in Your Computer
By Bedre Konja :: 41658 Views :: Article Rating :: Science & Technology

Many Chaldeans are well aware of how “Big Government” and “Big Businesses” use laws to pick their winners and losers rather than provide real justice.  “Saying laws are only intended for justice is a joke.  Most laws are meant to control the masses to submit to the will of Big Businesses,” says Kevin Shonea of Chula Vista, California. 

Shonea is the president of Web Logics and Analysis, an online company that evaluates the impact of online technology on a company’s bottom line.  “Politicians and big business lobbyists plan new laws and hatch talking points and scenarios to get the public to swallow new laws under the guise of justice or creating jobs.” 

{In this article Chaldean entrepreneur Kevin Shonea and legal Scholars Anne Bishu and Marvin Ammori tackle Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261}

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Research Proves that Being Multilingual is Better
By Huda Metti :: 141892 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Career & Education, Community & Culture, Science & Technology

Chaldeans who are bilingual or Multilingual have an advantage over the rest of us, and not just in terms of communication skills. The multilingual brain develops more densely, giving it an advantage in various abilities and skills, according to new research.

According to the 2002 U.S. Census, more than 7.5 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 (about 14 %) speak a language other than English at home and the number of bilingual speakers is expected to increase in the coming years.

Most children have the capacity and facility to learn two or more languages. Research suggests there are advantages to being bilingual, such as, linguistic and metalinguistic abilities and cognitive flexibility, such as, concept formation, divergent thinking and general reasoning and verbal abilities.

Researchers from the Department of Imaging Neuroscience and experts from the Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome researched brain densities of bilingual people. They recruited 25 people who speak one language, 25 who learned a second European language before age 5, and 33 who became bilingual between ages 10 and 15. 

All the participants spoke English as their primary language. Those who had learned a second language later in life had practiced it regularly for at least five years.

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Chaldeans Vote Their Top 6 FREE BlackBerry Downloads
By Bedre Konja :: 3 Views :: Article Rating :: Science & Technology
Chaldeans are known for being on the cutting edge of technology.  The entrepreneurial spirit burns along the same lines that drive Chaldeans to explore, innovate, and take charge.  So is it really a wonder that so many Chaldeans are early adopters of new technology.  Chaldean tinkering with the latest cell phones, poking at PDAs, or cruising with GPS systems is common place. 

The latest trend among Chaldeans is the growing number of BlackBerry users.  For Darlene Murad a day without her BlackBerry smartphone is disastrous.  “I can’t live without it,” she says.  “It keeps me connected and on top of things at work, at home, and with friends.  And I love all the programs I can download into my Berry.”

What appeals for Darlene seems to be one of the best things about Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones; the ability to download and install external applications. Every download adds a new level of value and customization to the devices, and BlackBerry users who don't take advantage of this functionality simply aren't getting the most out of their smartphones.

But like most things in life, the best BlackBerry downloads don't come free--with the exception of the following six applications.

They include a free mobile RSS reader that delivers whatever feeds you select in real time including www.chaldean.org; a super search application; an invaluable travel tool; a mapping application that provides satellite images; and two mobile applications that keep you connected to your favorite social networking sites anywhere you can fire up your BlackBerry.  All for Free….Check it out!
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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.