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Canada in 8th place has slipped below the United States, Australia and Belgium as the world's best place to live.
This year's Human Development Index, part of the U.N.'s Human Development Report 2003, ranks Canada as the 8th best country in the world in terms of living conditions. The ranking is based on 2001 data. The report cited an overall drop in Canada's GDP when compared with American numbers. Canada's GDP per capita is also down. In 2001, Canada reportedly had 186 doctors per 100,000 people. The U.S. had 276, Belgium 395 and Norway 413. See full article at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/jul/msg00024.html

Toronto in need of highly skilled immigrants to overcome labour shortage in 2010
Toronto - Toronto's economy could face a severe challenge in the near future if city officials fail to deal with a predicted labour shortage, says a report delivered to city council Monday.
The independent report for Toronto city council's Economic Development and Parks Committee, showed that by the year 2010 employment in the Toronto region will grow by 400,000 to just over 3 million, an increase of 13 per cent.
However the city will begin losing a major share of its workforce after 2008 as members of the "baby boomer" demographic begin to retire.
As a result the region will face labour shortages across all occupations and skill groups by the end of the decade.
In order to keep pace with this growth, the report concluded that more work needed to be done to attract highly skilled immigrants and major improvements were required for Toronto's skills training system.

Toronto's Goan Overseas Association joins Goans worldwide by designating the Viva Goa Celebrations held on July 26th as a celebration of Goa Day in Toronto.
See message from G.O.A. President Oscar Furtado -
See Viva Goa Flyer at:

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Goa is attracting a new class of people
Since 2000, the number of foreign visitors to Goa has dropped by 7 percent, to 272,000, while the number of ''domestic'' visitors has jumped by 36 percent, to 1.3 million. ''With all the publicity they made in India, Goa is attracting a new class of people,........ ''The British fellow counts his paise and argues over a 10-rupee bottle of water. The Indians come down from Bombay. They don't look at the price sheets. They just say they want this or that.''

Goa to be malaria-free within two years: Amonkar
PANAJI: Goa Health Minister Dr Suresh Amonkar on Thursday spelt out measures the government has taken in drive against malaria and called for people's participation to supplement the efforts to make Goa malaria free in two years time.
3. Goa - Goan Christians face shortage of burial land

“Appreciation is not for the person as such but is always about his work,” said Remo at a felicitation function wherein he was honoured by the Goa Cultural and Social Centre, at SFX Higher Secondary School, Siolim, yesterday morning, “in consideration of the tremendous contribution done in the field of music and song, and for being India’s greatest rockstar”. For more text click here
Remo Fernandes

Mopa on its way
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that the proposed Mopa airport in Pernem is already on its way and would be ready by 2007-09. Parrikar says that Goa being an international tourist destination, the State needed another airport to the handle the burgeoning international tourist traffic, which he expected to go beyond the 13-14 flights handled by Dabolim airport daily so far. Parrikar also disclosed on July 11 that the land acquisition for the proposed airport is underway. In this connection, the Chief Minister already had discussions with the Civil Aviation Minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, when he visited Goa recently. In the meanwhile, the work of the expansion of the Dabolim airport was also in progress.

Return of instability
Goans seem to be returning to familiar times with the instability factor returning to Goan politics after a somewhat long sabbatical. Obviously, there is pressure on the MGP and UGDP legislators, who have lent their support to Manohar Parrikar to remain in the Chief Minister’s chair, to join the BJP.
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In a rare act of courage, Range Forest Officer Prakash Salelkar along with one Amol Ashok Naik, caught a king cobra, 11 feet long, at Gouliwada, Satpal, Mollem, on Saturday. Later on Sunday the king cobra was released. The public can contact the Forest Department officials on 2612211 or 2605872 if they spot a snake in their residence.
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World-renowned book publishers Davis Healthcare International Publishing LLC, reputed for publishing house pharmaceutical and technology books and PDA, a world renowned “International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology” in USA, have jointly taken up four books written by Goan professional UG Barad (MPharm, PhD), for co-publication and for global sales. Dr Barad is the first Goan and first Indian to get such appreciation from DHI and PDA for his books.

People Places and Things

World Population Day was July 11
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day.
The Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues and the need to find solutions for these issues. In 2001, world population stood at 6.1 billion, and was growing by 77 million per year. For more text click here

Early Surrealism- The work of Toronto Artist, Alex Tavares  
see: http://alexjtavares.com
The Undertakers and the Dealers
"My paintings from Nairobi and the early years in Canada are reflections of powerful emotions. They are journeys on canvas to Goa, the place I love and where I wanted to die, but can never return without compromising personal or political integrity." ~ AJT

Source: Statistics Canada Cat. 11-010, 13-001, 15-001, 62-010; Bank of Canada. For more text click here


International Goan Women's Appreciation Day on Sunday Nov 16, 2003
Goa Sudharop is pleased to organize & host International Goan Women's Appreciation Day on Sunday Nov 16, 2003. Let us celebrate, honor, and thank Goan women for their achievements.
We invite your nominations for recognition of Goan women in all walks of life. All nominations will be acknowledged & honored at a function to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area (exact location & time to be announced).
See more at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/jul/msg00037.html

The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario)
July 5, 2003 Saturday
Joseph COELHO, Oswald (Ozzie) - Of Kitchener, suddenly at home, on Thursday, July 3, 2003, in his 74th year. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Josephine (Queenie) Coelho for 44 years. Devoted and loving father to Ruth and her husband Bob Morrison and Robert and his wife Anne Coelho, all of Kitchener. Loved dearly by his precious grandchildren, Tayler and Sierra Morrison, Madelaine, Emma and Robert Jr. Coelho. Also foster grandpa to Chris and Dan. Joe will be sadly missed by his beloved dog, Brandi. Survived by his brothers, Henry and Boskie and sisters, Gemma, Tessa, Zita and Pam. Also many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Predeceased by parents, Robert and Mary Coehlo; sister, Nina and brother, Clarence. Joe retired from Uniroyal-B.F. Goodrich after 26 years of service. Prior to emigrating to Canada in 1970 he worked at Air India where he travelled the world.


Margao: Archibald (Archie) Fernandes (ex Uganda) husband of Melita Gomes/Fernandes (Ex Kenya/Navelim/Dubai) now in Canada, Father of Kurt (Ex-Navelim) now in Toronto, Son of Late Alexandrina Silva Fernandes (Ex Velim/Uganda) and late Jose Fernandes, Brother of Late Aku, Auxilia/ Joe Faria (Wimbledon, England), Aureo (Margao/Mapusa) passed away at 11 pm at Shanti Avedna Ashram in Lotulim on July 4th.


Thursday July 17th , 2003
EVENT: Young Goans will be meeting at Lincoln Center in New York City

Young Goans will be meeting at Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, July 17 for a night of swing dancing. We will be meeting at the Josie Robertson Plaza which is at the center of the Lincoln Center campus at Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th Streets. Dance Lessons are from 6:30 to 7:15 and attendees will learn the rhumba, foxtrot, usette, and gypsy swing.

Afterwards we will dance to the delightful sounds of the Café Accordion Orchestra with Charlie Giordano and Will Holshouser. They describe their music as "The romantic music of Paris--with occasional Spanish spice." Tickets are $15 but if we get enough people we will qualify for a discount. If you plan to attend, send an email to .

Young Goans is an organization comprised of Goan Adults over 18. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities to meet and network with people of our background in an informal and congenial atmosphere.

Sunday July 20th , 2003
EVENT: Toronto ~Tanzanite Picnic & Dance

The Tanzanite Picnic is on Sunday July 20th, at Centennial Park, Area # 6, Etobicoke at 10:30 a.m. (more details to follow)

The Tanzanite Dance is on Saturday, October 11th, 2003 - details to follow

For details contact:

Saturday, August 2, 2003
EVENT: Annual Picnic - Princeton Country Club, West Windsor
Organized by: Goan Association of New Jersey (GOANJ)

For more information please contact Tony Barros at

DR. RIBEIRO GOAN SCHOOL - NAIROBI calling all ex-students and staff to reserve your table of 10 for the Dinner Dance at At the Crown Banquet Hall, Mississauga

Friday, September 12, 2003
Events: Golf Tournament for ex-Students

Ex-Students in Toronto Commemorating 75th Anniversary Dr. Ribeiro Goan School -Nairobi
Location :
At the Granite Ridge Golf Club
Milton, Ontario
Tee Off 12.30 p.m.
See details on Flier at :https://goanvoice.ca/2003/Flyer_dr_ribeiro/golf.htm

Saturday, September 13, 2003
EVENT: Gala Dance Commemorating 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance
Time From 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
See Flier at : https://goanvoice.ca/2003/Flyer_dr_ribeiro/dr_rebeiro_goan_school.htm
Sunday, September 14, 2003
EVENT: Picnic at the Centennial Park, Etobicoke 12:00 noon
Time 12:00 noon
Organized by: Nairobi Goan School Ex-students
For further details contact:
Roque Barreto 905-859-1942       Arthur Braganza 416-620-1553
Victor Cardozo 905-479-0254   Xavier Carvalho 905-794-0630
Norman D'Costa 905-452-1295   John J.D'souza 905-451-2527
Danny Fernandes 416-621-7942   Elsie Fernandes 416-286-8337
Tony/Vivien Fernandes 905-607-4564   Claude Gomes 416-299-0492
Bel Remedios 416-499-5354      
see more :http://merwin.dsouza.home.att.net/reunion.html

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