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Newsletter. Issue 2005-04. Feb. 19, 2005
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Sports Day
Seems like everyone [young & old] enjoyed the "Sports Day" on 5th February 2005. Nobody sang the "Winter Blues"as mother nature obliged us with milder temperatures. Thanks to Mervin and the Gang for the good times.- Felix D'Sa.

Canada: Darryl da Costa appointed Acting Chief of Edmonton Police.
From Goan Voice UK

Feb: 2005. Various Canadian sources. Darryl da Costa was appointed Acting Chief of Edmonton Police last week after Fred Rayner’s contract was terminated by the Edmonton Police Commission. The Edmonton Police Service, including Darryl da Costa subsequently mounted a major display of solidarity in support of their deposed chief. A new Chief of Edmonton Police is expected to be appointed soon.

Darryl da Costa was born in Kampala, the son of Louis and Gladys da Costa. The family moved to Canada in 1966 when he was eight years old. He joined the police force in 1977, intending to “try it out for a year.” He is married to Lory and they have four children, aged 16-21. For more information, check out the supplement at:

Laurier University Kinesiology Professor, Dr. Quincy Almeida's work on Parkinson's Disease
Excerpts from: http://www.wlu.ca/news_detail.php?grp_id=0&nws_id=423
Sent By: Uvy Lopes
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. It affects over 100,000 Canadians, and most often develops after the age of 50. It affects both men and women and is one of the most common neurologic disorders of the elderly.
The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are general slowness of movements, trembling and stiffness (rigidity) in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face and trunk and problems with balance. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but medication can help relieve some of the symptoms for a time. The disorder can eventually lead to total disability, often together with a general deterioration of all brain functions.

Parkinson’s is believed to be caused by damaged or degenerating dopamine neurons in a specific part of the brain called the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia is thought to be important in our ability to control balance and co-ordinate the activation of different muscle groups control of voluntary movement. As these dopamine-producing neurons degenerate, the lines of communication required for the control of movement between the brain and the body become progressively weaker.

Kinesiology professor Dr. Quincy Almeida, who studies Parkinson’s disease as well as other basal ganglia-related movement disorders, says the basal ganglia “might have a different function than what we currently believe, and hence the symptoms we actually see (in Parkinson’s patients) may not be caused by what we would normally think.”

Almeida, who last year received the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award, which is awarded to the top young Canadian scientist in motor control by the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, thinks it is possible that the basal ganglia doesn’t just control motor output, as is currently believed, but may be involved in processing of sensory information.

Quincy is the son of Anthony(Magneric) (Ex-Nairobi Kenya Police) & Odette Almeida of Mississauga. Quincy is married to Erin Almeida Magneric

For more details on Dr Quincy's work see:

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