Sum of the coverage

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The trial of Father Abraham Joseph Azakathu mst, an Indian priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle who has been serving in the Archdiocese Grouard –McLennan, Alberta since 2009, continues to today.   Here is the media coverage, such as it is:

05 March 2015:  “Alberta Catholic priest denies sexually touching private parts of minor” & related articles

As you see, there is really no information as to what happened in court yesterday.  Yes, we know that he has denied “touching” the child, but that is all.  It seems the publication ban extends even to the gender of the child?

That alas is the sum of the coverage.  Perhaps there will be more in depth coverage after things wrap up today?

During my search for news I came across a September 2014 newsletter from the Archbishop  of Grourard-McLennan, Gerard Pettipas CSsR.  The Archbishop, “along with other priests and parishioners” attended Father Azakathu’s  preliminary hearing 21 August 2014 in Peace River.  I wonder, were they all back in court for the trial?

If you come across any more coverage please send along a a link.  And, as always. please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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As I said above, while searching for coverage of the trial I stumbled upon Archbishop Pettipas’ September 2014 newsletter.  Included in the newsletter is reference to the trial last July of a Father Abraham Chempottickal. Father Chempottickal entered a guilty plea in absentia.

Father Chempottickal, like  Father Azakathu , is a priest with Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle; he too was serving in the Archdiocese of  Grouard –McLennan.

I am going to see what I can find about this.  Will bring you up to date shortly

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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Trial

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There are two cases before the courts today, one of the two is day one of an Alberta trial scheduled for two days:

(1)   Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

 05 March 2015:  10 am, TRIAL booked for two days, Court of Queen’s Bench (Superior court), Peace River, Saskatchewan

Father Azhakathu is a priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas, a Syro-Malabar missionary order of priests based in India.  He had been serving in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta since around 2009.  The charges of sexual assault and sexual interference pertaining top a minor date to 2013

 There will be a publication ban on the name of the complainant, but other testimony should be in the public domain.  There should be media coverage of today’s testimony.    If you see any coverage please send a link.

Keep the complainant in your prayers.

(2)   Father Yvon Arsenault (Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick)

05 March 2015: 09:30 am, courtroom #2, “for election”, Miramichi Law Courts (673 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB)

This courtdate must relate to charges other than those from the Moncton area,  If you hear or see any news about this please pass it along.

As always. [please keep the complainants in your prayers.

*****

Yesterday was day 2 of my computer clean-up.  My friend arrived in the morning and was here into the late afternoon.  I now have, among other things,  an invaluable mirror copy of my hard drive, a new and highly recommended anti-virus program, and a new hard drive  more geared to computers which are up and running for hours upon hours every day.

This man is a genius!  I am in awe of his knowledge of computers.  And, yes, my computer is now humming along happy as a lark :)

Words truly fail to convey my gratitude!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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“Good” court news

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Some “good” news from the courts this week.  One trial date has been set, and one date set for a preliminary hearing.  Here then are the updates:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

A date for a Preliminary Hearing has been set:

21 December 2015: 10 am, courtroom #2, Preliminary Hearing, Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

As I said elsewhere, that is good news on the one hand, but, bad news on the other, at least bad for those who wold like to attend the hearing:  it is a mere four days before Christmas!  By Monday of Christmas week school is out and  most people are either on the road, or getting ready to travel, or busily cooking, baking, shopping and/or preparing for the arrival of family.

Anyway, that’s the day.

The court has been booked for one day.

And, yes, preliminary hearings are open to the public, but are generally always under a publication ban on all evidence and testimony.  The public can attend.  The media can attend.  No one, however,  can publicly report any of the evidence or testimony.

The hearing will be an opportunity for defence to see how witnesses stand up to cross-examination, and, yes, to a degree the same holds true for the Crown.

After the hearing the judge will decide if he/she believes their is sufficient evidence to go to trial and will rule accordingly.  Sometimes the decision is rendered right then and there, and sometimes the judge chooses to reserve the decision to a later date.

So, those who can make it to the Ottawa courthouse at that time of year, mark your calendar now!

(2)  Father Yvon Arsenault (Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick)

14 September 2015: TRIAL by judge and jury, Moncton Courthouse Moncton NB (45 Assumption Blvd)

Good news indeed! A trial date!  What a merciful relief for all.

Interesting, witness the following, there is also a courtdate for Father Arsenault in the Miramichi this coming Thursday (05 March), apparently on another charge or set of charges:

05 March 2015: 09:30 am, courtroom #2, “for election”, Miramichi Law Courts (673 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB)

As I said earlier, I will try over the next few days to find out what is happening here.We may find out on Thursday – he will be deciding  in the Miramichi court if wants trial by judge, or trial by judge and jury in relation to whatever charges he is facing from that law enforcement jurisdiction.   Whether or not these charges will proceed separately or be merged/married to the charges in Moncton and brought to trial with them in September I do not know.   I suspect the latter, but that is guesswork on my part.  Hopefully there will be media in court on Thursday so that we can find out.

And, speaking of media, has anyone seen any coverage of Father Arsesnault’s courtdate of yesterday (02 March) in Moncton?  I have looked around a bit, – could find nothing.

Keep the complainants in your prayers.

(3)  Father Gary Hoskins

01 June 2015: 10 am, “to set a trial date,” Corner Brook Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.), Corner Brook, Newfoundland

It’s lucky that things have moved along a little here.  The courthouse in Corner Brook was closed this morning because of weather.  As you know, Atlantic Canada has been hammered by one snow storm after the other this year.   It’s been quite a winter.  I am sure by now people are fed up digging out cars, doors and walkways.  One big storm is a bit exciting (as long as everyone is safe and warm), but one after the other like this is just a bit too much.

Anyway, the courthouse was open this afternoon, and life goes on…

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

(4)  Eric Dejaeger omi (ex Oblate Priest who is still an Oblate)

17 March 2015: 09:30 am, “to speak to,”  Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Will this be the day the plea bargain on the Edmonton charges is addressed?  the day Dejaeger enters a guilty plea to a sweet deal which whittled away the charges?

We shall see..

Keep the complainants in your prayers.

*****

Remember that the two-day trial of of Father Abraham Azhakathu mst starts on Thursday 05 March 2015 in Peace River Saskatchewan.

Father Azhakathu is a priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas, a Syro-Malabar missionary order of priests based in India.  He had been serving in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta.

I just realized that I don’t have a start time.  I shall try to get that.

Here are the details:

 05 March 2015:  10 am, TRIAL booked for two days, Court of Queen’s Bench (Superior court), Peace River, Saskatchewan

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

Despite what I had to say I ended up finding and adding a few more files and pictures to the  Nathan Labatt page.

Here are a few:

20-28 May 2014:  Part of Regina Archdiocese team conducting retreats in Swift Current and Moose Jaw)

21 April 2012:  (Creating Youth Friendly Parishes)

02 (?)-26 August 2011:  Madrid Spain for World Youth Day.  Nathan Labatt was one of 40 “young pilgrims” from the Archdiocese of Regina who attended the event.  That’s him with the tie in the front row:   Page from Arch- Nathan Labatt one of Archdiocese of Regina’s 40 “pilgrims”  to World Youth Day in Madrid Spain

Article on Archdiocese of Regina’s website re WYD:    Archdiocese of Regina World Youth Day Pilgrims

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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Embarrassingly busy in court

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An embarrassingly busy week in court for the Canadian bishops this week.  Here is the schedule for the week.  As always, I encourage those who can do so to attend.  And, as always, please keep the many complainants and victims in your prayers.

Monday, 02 February 2015

(1) Father Yvon Arsenault (Archdiocese of Moncton, new Brunswick)

02 March  2015:  to set trial date, Moncton Courthouse Moncton NB (45 Assumption Blvd)

(3) Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

02 March 2015:  08:30 am, courtroom #5, “to be spoken to,” Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.);

(3) Father Gary Hoskins (Diocese Saint George’s, Newfoundland (now Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador)

02 March 2015:  10 am, “to set a trial date,” Corner Brook Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.), Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

(1) Eric Dejaeger (ex-Oblate priest – still a member of the Oblates)

03 March 2015: 09:30 am, “to speak to,”  Iqaluit courthouse, Iqaluit, Nunavut

In light of the courtdate scheduled 06 March 2015 in Edmonton on the Edmonton charges and word that there is plea deal with a guilty plea on those charges I decided last week to double check on this Iqaluit courtdate to make sure the date hadn’t changed.  No, there has been no change (or wasn’t when I called).  Yes, there is still a courtdate scheduled for Dejaeger  in Iqaluit for Tuesday.

My guess is that there will be yet another Iqaluit courtdate after this.  The charges from Edmonton will have to be packed up, and then there will be the official plea with some sort of agreed upon statement of facts regarding the Edmonton charges.

Thursday, 05 March 2015

(1)  Father Abraham Azhakathu mst (Priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas, a Syro-Malabar missionary order of priests based in India – has been serving in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta

 05 March 2015:  TRIAL booked for two days, Court of Queen’s Bench (Superior court), Peace River, Saskatchewan

Friday, 06 March 2015

(1)  Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

DAY 2 of TRIAL (see above)

(2) Eric Dejaeger (ex-Oblate priest – still a member of the Oblates)

06 March 2015:  09:30 am, in arraignment court, Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench ( 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square , Edmonton, AB)

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A fair bit of information has been added to the Nathan Labatt page.  I managed to find and post some pictures from the April 2010 Archdiocesan Youth Rally (“The Fire of the Holy Spirit is in us GET FIRED UP”) held at Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Swift Current Saskatchewan.  Rather than try to recount all that has been added I will leave to each of you to work your way through it.

If anyone has further information on the dates and locations of various youth activities across the province of Saskatchewan or elsewhere in which Natghan Labatt was involved please pass it along so that parents who are wondering will know.

I am getting the impression that there have literally been hundreds of young people in this young man’s company  over the past few years, – at various camps, retreats, rallies and so on throughout and beyond Saskatchewan.  There were apparently over 60 young people who travelled to that one Saturday rally in Swift Current alone.  (I am thinking that it must have been an overnight or even weekend event for those who travelled from out-of town?  Does anyone know?)

There is more media coverage  to add, but I did want to get all of that other information posted first.  Now I will catch up on media coverage since the charges were announced and then keep abreast of new coverage as it comes along

Finally, a reminder  of the following appeal from the RCMP:

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saskatchewan RCMP General Investigation Section at 306-780-7127 Individuals who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through SaskTel at *8477, or submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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None of the above?

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First and very important.  Someone very recently contacted me regarding sex abuse as a child by a priest.  I had looked into the situation.   I was going to respond yesterday, however, I can not find that email anywhere.  I have searched high and low and it is nowhere to be found.  It must have disappeared somehow in the midst of my computer woes.  I ask that person to please contact me again.  I don’t want to say any more about location and name.

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As I noted elsewhere, the next court-date for Father Peter Groulx (Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario) is:

 07 April 2015 :  10:00 am, pre-trial hearing (NOT open to the public), Thunder Bay, Ontario courthouse (125 Brodie Street North. Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Note that the hearing is NOT open to the public.  There will be another courtdate set after this hearing.  When the time comes I will find out what it is and post it.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

A busy week coming up in court next week.  I will post on that later, meanwhile, click here to check the Legal Calendar so you can mark your calendars.

*****

I am still pulling together and getting it sorted out on the Nathan Labatt page.    When I took a break last evening I decided I had had enough for the day – just needed to leave it all for a spell and pick it up again today :)

This young man has had contact with countless young people.  Hundreds!

I won’t cover everything I have posted.  Keep checking the page.  When I am finished I will let you know.

One thing to note, however,  is that I came across yet another instance where the name of Nathan Labatt seems to have mysteriously disappeared from documents filed on the Archdiocese of Regina’s website.

It is well known that in the summer of 2014 Nathan Labatt was part of the archdiocesan contingent which travelled to the Philippines pn a “missions trip.”   And, in fact, if you google  “A Journey to the Philippines:  COUNTDOWN”  the results show Labatt’s name along with that of a few others .  Those are names which at one point were included somewhere in that page.  Look at the google result here:    google result for A  Journey to the Philippines… with Labatts name

However, if you click on the link,  the following Regina archdiocesan blogspot page opens,:  A Journey to the Philippines archdiocese blogspot . Note  that there is no mention of Nathan Labatt on that page.  The other names seen on the google result are there.  Nathan Labatt’s name is nowhere to be found.  Gone!  We know from the google search results that once upon a time it was there.  Now, well, poof – it’s gone!

Is this

(a)  a mystery?

(b)   a miracle?

(c)   sheer happenstance?

(d)  none of the above?

*****

A number of people are asking me what’s happening with the inquiry at St. Mary’s International School in Japan.  All has been quiet on that front.  Not a word.   I have sent an email off to Mr. Saburo Kagei, the Headmaster of the school who announced on Tuesday 19 November 2014 the appointment of “a panel of experts” to conduct an independent inquiry.  When I receive a response I will pass along the word.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Recycled to Archdiocese of Moncton

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Disgraced Ottawa priest Father Joe LeClair has been recycled to the Archdiocese of Moncton New Brunswick.

25 February 2015:  Father Joe LeClair now working in Moncton diocese

LeClair, out of jail  early November after serving 2/3 of his one year sentence for fraud, has been taken in by Archbishop Valery Vienneau and assigned to assist Father Phil Mulligan at Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish.

26 February 2015:  Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish website lists Father Joe LeClair as Assistant Priest, with accompanying picture ( Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish 26 March 2015 )

Father LeClair has been assisting Father Mulligan since some time in January.  He is listed in the 11 January 2015 bulletin as assistant.

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I will be adding more information and more media coverage to the new Nathan Labatt page.

And, yes, I have confirmed that Nathan Labatt was with the Archdiocese of Regina group which headed off to  the Philippines on that “missionary trip” last summer.

*****

A little later today I will get and post the next courtdate for Father Peter Groulx (Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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Youth minister charged

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24-year old Nathan Labatt of Regina Saskatchewan was charged 14 January 2015 with sexual exploitation, invitation to sexual touching and possession of child pornography.  For whatever reason the charges were just made public today.

Labatt was very active with the Archdiocese of Regina Youth Group.  He was also active with youth in the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Boys Scouts of Canada and various camps and retreats.

A page has been added.  I am working on it.  There is a lot of information to add. Anyone who has further information please contact me.

As you will see going through the material posted to date, it looks as though an attempt may have been made to purge Labatt’s name from some archdiocesan documents.

It’s supper time.  I must run.  Will carry on with this later.

Before I run, must say I cringe as a read through this young man’s constant interaction with children.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the complainants and their families.  I encourage those with any information to contact the RCMP at:  Saskatchewan RCMP General Investigation Section at 306-780-7127.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Fugitive Catholic teacher was in Tokyo

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Here is an update on next courtdates:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

02 March 2015:  08:30 am, courtroom #5, “to be spoken to,” Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

(2)  Father Ronald Leger (Viatorian priest in Archdiocese (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

23 March 2015:  1 pm, courtroom #301, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba )

(3) Deacon William Kokesch (Archdiocese of Montreal )

24 March 2015: 09:30 am, for sentencing, Montreal Quebec courthouse (1, rue Notre-Dame Est)

Can you believe it?  Kokesch entered a guilty plea back in February 2014!  Over a year, and still not sentenced.  I have heard that the Crown has been sick and a new Crown had to be brought in, but, even if that is fact, – surely a year from a “guilty” plea to sentencing is a bit much?

Let’s hope and pray that Kokesch will actually be sentenced this time.

A question.  I have been told that at some time William Kokesch was working with CBC in Sudbury, Ontario.  Does anyone know what years he was in Sudbury?

Please keep all the complainants and those affected by these men in your prayers.

*****

I have word that Frank Selas was back in Tokoyo in the mid 80s.  That was after his “Mr. Wonder” days – after he fled Louisiana when police came to question him about the goings on at a 1979 camping trip for boys.  His car was found at the Munroe airport.  Charges were laid related to sex abuse of six boys during that camping trip.  And Selas was gone.  Warrants were issued for his arrest.

And now we learn that Selas had hop-scotched over to Japan.  Well, at least he was there in the mid 80s.

My source has told me that Selas showed up in a Grade 4 SMIS classroom at SMIS one day.  He wasn’t a teacher on staff,  but allegedly popped into a Grade 4 class out of nowhere and proceeded to engage and charm the boys.

Selas was back in the States in perhaps late summer of 1985.  Whether  he was visiting or back permanently is unknown, but he was in States.

I shall try to find out more, but do want to ask if anyone has any recollection of Selas hanging around SMIS or somewhere in Tokypo in the mid 80s?

Oh yes, another thing:  his wife is from Argentina, and he had two daughters.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Computer revived

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There is one courtdate scheduled for tomorrow:

Father Peter Groulx (Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario):

24 February 2015 :  09:30 am, “to set a date,”    Thunder Bay, Ontario courthouse (125 Brodie Street North. Thunder Bay, Ontario)

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

*****

I have no word as yet on the outcome of the courtdates of today (Monday, 23 Feb.) for Fathers Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario) and  Ronald Leger (viatorian in Archdiocese (Winnipeg, Manitoba).  I will check on each tomorrow afternoon for the next courtdate.  I will also try to find out regarding the sentencing of Deacon William Kokesch (Archdiocese of Montreal )

*****

I do believe in miracles!

So, today I took up a generous friend on his offer to take a look at my dying computer.  He spent five hours fiddlig and fixing and cleaning and checking.  Yes, five full hours!!  And, …honest to goodness he has breathed new life into my dying machine :)  I can’t believe it.

At this moment I am  using my laptop.  We are just home a while ago and I am following orders to defrag the drive as soon as  the computer was set up again, and then to run it through another full clean up process, and then I can sit at the keyboard.

Right now it is defragging away.  Once that is done the clean up process will take up the evening for sure, so I will get this posted via laptop and then leave things alone until tomorrow.  There is a little more work to be done on the computer next week to bring it right up to snuff, but, it’s running.  By the time all is done it will be running better than it has for a long long time!

I hate to tell you what a mess that machine was inside (dirty +++),  and what a failure I’ve been at doing due diligence to defrag the drive .

Lessons learned.

Nor can I begin to say how thankful I am for my good samaritan.   I had headaches just thinking of the ordeal of uploading all my software on a new machine, and trying to sort out both email accounts, and over all that goes with getting a new computer up and running and equipped with all the files and software I need to function.  Most of you know exactly what I mean.  It’s no joy.  Right?  And of course it’s a given that the idea of purchasing a new computer right now was not something I relished or had planned.

All such a huge relief!  Thankful doesn’t begin to describe my sentiments right now.

God is good!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Postponed again?

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There are two courtdates tomorrow (Monday, 23 February 2015),  As lawys, keep all complianants in your prayers,  And, yes, if you have any news of the outcome please pass it along.  Here are the courtdates:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse (Archdiocese of Ottawa, Ontario)

23 February 2015:  08:30 am, “to be spoken to,” Ottawa Ontario courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

(2)  Father Ronald Leger csv (Viatorian priest in Archdiocese fo Winnipeg, Manitoba)

23 February 2015:  1 pm, courtroom #301, Winnipeg Provincial courthouse (408 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba )

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I have heard nothign regarding the sentencing of Deacon William Kokesch (Montreal) which was supposed t transpire last Thursday.  It must have been  postponed again.

I may have opportunity to try to find out what is happening now, but it may have to hold until Tuesday.  Tomorrow I will pack up my ailing computer and take it for a wee visit to someone who can tell me what the trouble is, and perhaps, just perhaps, get it up and running again.  So, cross fingers on that :)

The last couple of days were essentially committed to trying ot get the computer to co-operate while I squeezed out some much needed information and backups and so on.  I got a lot, but not by any means all that I was after.  Anyway, away I go tomorrow with fingers crossed hoping for the best.

For info to all who may be looking at purchase of new PC and don’t relish the thought of swtiching to Windows 8.  Due to present circumstances I have been looking into new computers.  My heart sank to my toes when I realized that everything I was looking at comes pre-loaded with Windows 8 – and then came relief beyond meaure when  a friend told me that it is in fact possible to get some computers with Windows 7 installed.  I looked in one computer shop today and was told that I will not be able to find any such beast in a  story anywhere.  True or false I have no idea, but I have found a number which are avaialble  online .  So, at least now I know that if that is the route I must go (ie new machine)   I will get by on this laptop for the the week it takes to have a new machine – with WIndows7 installed –  delivered  :)

Happiness is!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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