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Immigrant talent being squandered
From Toronto Star
In the Greater Toronto Area — indeed, throughout Canada — we take so much pride in our acceptance of newcomers that we practically take them for granted. As a measure of tolerance, that is good.
But from the perspective of what new immigrants need from us, it is discouraging to them, and costly to all of us, because we are wasting so much talent. The Conference Board of Canada estimates this country loses $4 billion to $6 billion a year for one simple reason: our failure to take into account the skills and qualifications new immigrants bring to Canada.
Consider the facts. More than 40 per cent of immigrants to Canada in the 1990s had at least one university degree, nearly twice the Canadian average. Yet far too many of them are unemployed or under-employed.
For the university-educated population, the jobless rate for recent newcomers is at least three times the rate for Canadian-born citizens. When they get a job, six out of 10 immigrants end up working in areas other than those for which they are qualified. As a result, one in four new male immigrants with a university degree finds himself working in a low-education, low-wage job. For women the rate is worse, at almost 40 per cent.
Canada cannot afford such waste. In just six more years, this country will have to rely on immigration for all of its net labour force growth.

By: Netto Noronha
A thanksgiving Mass for togetherness and wellness of the members was held on March 3rd at the Commander Blvd. Arena. Rev Father Krzysztof Stabrawa, associate pastor at the Prince
of Peace, celebrated the mass. In his homily he mentioned it was a good time (lent) to give thanks and pray for family and friends. He wished the community well in all their endeavors.
Jerry and Eva lead the choir with great renditions of hymns in English and Konkani. The mass was followed by bingo and cards. Snacks with pop proved very popular and were all sold out.
The evening was well patronized by over 120 members and friends. For full text click here

Goan Overseas Association Annual Report for 2004
The G.O.A. announced in their Financial Report that they made a profit in excess of $60K last year. The outstanding principle balance for the 10 acre Kirby/Hwy 400 property, is expected to be fully paid off by the end of 2005.
At the next AGM the General Body will be presented with an appraisal on the value of the property, and request specific directions on next steps. The 7th Viva Goa Festival attracted 5000 people, with many out-of -town visitors planning their visit to Toronto to include this event. The New Year's Event "ran like clockwork" with an attendance approaching 1000 party goers of which 320 were young adults in an adjacent hall. The event raised $7500 for the Goan Charitable Organization's Tsunami Fund.
The Association seems to be well favoured in the Corporate world with more than 30% of it's total revenue of $75,000 derived from banks and financial institutions.
The next annual general meeting is to take place on April 24, 2005 For more information on G.O.A. visit http://www.goatoronto.com

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

Goa experiences tremors
PANAJI: While the epicentre of the earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was 190 kms away from Goa in Koyna, the tremors were also felt in parts of the State and triggered panic, specially among people in buildings and they either rushed out of doors or moved to safe places.
"The tremor can be classified as of moderate intensity and was recorded for a duration of 22 seconds in Panaji", he said, adding the possibility of further tremors could not be ruled out.

Goa's financial statement presented in Lok Sabha
Union Minister for Finance, P Chidambaram presented in the Lok Sabha the annual financial statement of Goa for the year 2005-2006 with a deficit of Rs.41.79 crore. The budget 2005-2006 was presented in the Lok Sabha as Goa is under President's Rule. The revised estimated 2004-05 indicate a reduction of Rs.688.41 crore in receipts under Revenue Account.

Top European football coach is a proud Goan
Mariano Barreto, who was born in Ribandar in 1957, went on to be Assistant Coach to Champions League Clubs in Europe like Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, Head Coach to the Ghana national team who qualified and participated in the Athens Olympics, 2004 in Greece. Currently, he is Head Coach with a Portuguese Super League team Clube Maritimo from the island of Madeira.

Lacklustre Zilla Polls
Congress-backed candidates virtually wept the South Goa Zilla Panchayat polls, with the party bagging as many as 14 of the 20 seats. BJP which ruled the State for the last four-and-a-half years suffered a major setback in the North Goa Zilla Panchayat elections as party-backed candidates could win only nine seats in the 30-member body. A total of 6,64,299 votes in two ZP constituencies went to the second Zilla Parishad polls held in Goa on January 13, with 197 candidates are in fray in both the North and South Goa Zilla Panchayats. Jennifer Monserrate, wife of former minister for Town and Country Planning Babush Monserrate was elected unopposed from Taleigao. So also Antonio Silveira, brother of St Andre MLA Francis Silveira, was elected unopposed from Agassaim. The elections evoked a lukewarm response with only about 50 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise but the poll process passed off most peacefully without any untoward incident in Goa.

Gomant Sharada Puraskar presented to Keni
Mr Justice (retd) Narendra Chapalgaonkar presented the prestigious Gomant Sharada Puraskar, the highest state award for literature to noted Konkani writer, Mr Chandrakant Keni, at the Kala Academy complex. The award has been instituted by Kala Academy. Mr Justice Chapalgaonkar said that the society had lost its faith in sublimity and humanity, and the same was responsible for lack of quality literature produced in modern times...Mr Chapalgaonkar also took note of Mr Keni's rich contribution in the field of journalism as well as his key role in giving a direction to the state, during its formative years, after Liberation. Earlier, he presented Mr Keni with an idol of Shree Sarawati, a sum of Rs.50,000, shawl and a scroll of honour.


In Remembrance
SEBY GOMES of Toronto & Mumbai and the 328 Victims of Air India Flight 182
Bombed June 23, 1985
Gone but not forgotten. - Justice will prevail.

Mapuca/Goa (ex-Kampala, Uganda) REMEDIOS ( REMY )BRITTO - . Beloved husband of Agnes and father /father-in-law of Wency/Aurora (UK), Alban/Theresa(UK), Wendy/Cajeatan (Canada) & Marie (UK) born on may 7, 1925 and passed away peacefully in Mapuca, Goa on Tuesday, March 15,2005. Funeral was held at St. Jerome's church Mapusa on Friday, March 18, 2005.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Easter Sunday March 27th, 2005
Event: Family Day
Organised by Goan Overseas Association Toronto
Entrance $3 dollars for members and $5 for non members..
At the Royal Banquet Hall Mississauga, 185 Statesman Blvd from 3 p.m. in the afternoon to 8.30 p.m. in the evening.
High Tea type of a get-together.
On Sale Bel puri, panipuri, frankies, dahi wada, other snacks like sauagepau and Goan sweets
There is a DJ too, bingo , children's Easter egg hunt and other activities.
Contact : Hema 905-502-6103 for further info or go online to www.goatoronto.com web page for further details or to book online ....

Saturday 23rd April 2005
Event: 30th Anniversary celebrations
Organised by Aldona Association 2005
Venue Maple Banquet hall Mississauga
Time 5.30pm.

Our email address is
For more information, please visit our website: www.users.cjb.net/aldona

Tickets Will be on sale from Feb 01, 2005.

Saturday, June 18th, 2005
Event: Father's Day Picnic
Organised by Quebec Goan Association
Please keep tuned to this site for further details.

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo Birkmeyer

Friday July 08th, 2005
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives and Friends
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
Time 7:30 p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Location: Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
Please contact one of the following committee members for further information.
Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira 416-292-1653
Tina Fernandes 905-294-8882
Leanne De Souza 905-828-0637
Tony Rodrigues 416-750-4469
John De Silva 416-283-5264

Saturday July 09th, 2005
Event: Picnic
We invite you and your friends to join us at our Picnic on Saturday July 09, 2005  
Please keep tuned to this site for further details.

Saturday, August 20th, 2005
Event: World Goa Day Picnic
Organised by Quebec Goan Association
Please keep tuned to this site for further details.

Sunday September 25th 2005
Event: 6th Annual Social

and our 6th Annual Social on Sunday September 25, 2005.

Please keep tuned to this site for further details.


Goan Overseas Association - Toronto - 2005 Events
March 27, 2005 * Easter Celebration
April 9, 2005 * Beach Blast - Volleyball Tournament
April 24, 2005 * Annual General Body Meeting
April 30, 2005 * 35th in TO
June 1, 2005 * GOA Picnic
June 11, 2005 * GOA Golf Tournament
June 24, 2005 * Summer Boat Cruise
July 23, 2005 * Viva Goa '05....LAND OF PARADISE
For Details See: http://www.goatoronto.com/index.php

Mr Test Equipment expands sales and service to India Through Demerg Engineering Services
Toronto, Canada: Mr Test Equipment
(http://www.mrtestequipment.com) has appointed Demerg Engineering Services, a division of Demerg Systems India, as official authorized distributor of Mr Test Equipment’s full product range of electronic test and measurement equipment in India.
Under the terms of the agreement, Demerg Engineering Services (http://www.demerg.com) will serve as the exclusive authorized distributor of Mr Test Equipment’s entire product range, offering quality used and refurbished electronic test and measurement equipment to clients throughout India.
Headquartered in Goa, India, Demerg Engineering Services is ideally situated to partner with Mr Test Equipment servicing the Indian market, specifically the electronics, RF, microwave and telecom markets in India. Demerg Engineering Services is one of India’s leading consultants in a broad array of engineering services including new capital investment projects.
Mr Test Equipment (http://www.mrtestequipment.com) is an international company that specializes in sales of refurbished (reconditioned with full warranty) electronic test and measurement equipment like oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators, logic analyzers, etc to Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

People Places and Things

Montreal News

Goan appointed Portugal's Minister of State, Internal Administration
PANAJI: A Goan, Antonio da Costa , was recently appointed to the number two position in the Portuguese government as Minister of State and Internal Administration. He was appointed to the post on 4 March by the newly appointed Portuguese Prime Minister, Jose Socrates.
Costa, 43, is the son of Goan author Orlando da Costa, and has previously served as Law Minister, besides other high profile positions in Portugal. He is reportedly the first Goan to reach such a high position in Portugal. A post-graduate in European Studies, Costa has worked as a lawyer and was involved for several years ins Portugal's Socialist movement. (WE-GT)

UK Elections : Leicester East: It is Suella Fernandes vs Keith Vaz
11 Mar. Trainee barrister Suella Fernandes, of London, will contest Leicester East against Keith Vaz. Suella, 24, is confident of making an impact on East Leicester voters: "Labour’s Keith Vaz is doing Leicester no favours," she says. Suella Fernandes has been an active member of her local community. Her father, Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class of '63 and Assagao, Goa) is a local activist. Uma Fernandes, her mother, is a nurse and a local Councillor and was a Parliamentary candidate. For a Goan Voice UK profile of Suella see GoanVoiceUK

Recipe for Good Friday
Fish Pakoras
( For more recipes go to http://www.goacom.com/cuisine/recipes/ )
500 gm fish-filleted and cut into desired sized pieces
For the batter
200 gm gram flour
5 gm red chilli powder
5 gm turmeric
3 gm crushed cumin
2 gm soda bi-carb
oil for deep frying
chaat masala
Make a thick batter with water, flour, red chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, salt and soda bi-carb.
Coat each slice with the batter and deep fry.
Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve with ketchup or chutney.

Health & Wellness

Canada: The Right Retirement Care (From Goan Voice - UK)
Toronto: See the five part Merella Fernandez's newserial "Suddenly Senior: Finding The Right Retirement Care" Follow the links at
For a profile of Merella Fernandez see

Health Headlines from Reuters
Tanzania wants 44,000 HIV patients on drugs by Dec
17 Mar 2005 13:53:16 GMT
By Helen Nyambura

DAR ES SALAAM, March 17 (Reuters) - Tanzania plans to sharply increase the number of HIV patients receiving life prolonging medicines by the end of this year with the help of donors, the health minister said on Thursday.
About 12 to 15 percent of Tanzanian adults are infected with HIV, while 200,000 of them are in acute need of antiretroviral therapy (ART) or medicines that slow the progress of AIDS, U.N. statistics show.

FEATURE-Bush pushes sexual abstinence for teens despite data
17 Mar 2005 13:00:11 GMT

By Alan Elsner

NEW MARKET, Md., March 17 (Reuters) - Half a dozen 13-year-old boys munch pizza and slurp soda as they watch a video on how to resist peer pressure.
Afterwards, a counselor asks them how they might be able to counteract social pressure to engage in sexual activity. But most of the boys aren't listening. Even after one of them is ejected from the Maryland classroom, they push and shove, make rude noises and insult the counselor and each other. Eventually, the session wraps up without any real discussion. Welcome to sexual abstinence-only education in 2005. In the past five years, President George W. Bush has more than doubled funding for such programs, which teach that abstinence from sexual activity until marriage is the only sure way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other health problems.

Anti-malaria use of DDT may be necessary evil
By Katherine Arie
02 Apr 2003
DDT is effective against malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
JOHANNESBURG (AlertNet) - Decades after DDT was banned by the United States and most Western countries, the notorious pesticide has made a comeback in the battle against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, which has 90 percent of the world's malaria cases and 80 percent of the deaths caused by the disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria kills an Afri 30 seconds. The disease also has debilitating effects on African economies. Economists estimate it is responsible for a drag on growth worth billions of dollars a year.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a handful of countries, including South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, and Madagascar, have reintroduced DDT, which remains the cheapest and most effective method for controlling mosquitoes, in their malaria-control programmes.
In November, African ministers and health experts at the Commonwealth Regional Health Ministers Conference in Kampala, Uganda, urged member states to use DDT to combat malaria. Afterwards, Uganda announced that it, too, would start spraying DDT to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes and gave South Africa as an example.

Ensuring seniors are cared for
MP GURBAX MALHI, Special to the Brampton Guardian
Ensuring that Canadian seniors are cared for in their later years is a priority for the Government of Canada.
By offering a Guaranteed Income Supplement to all seniors who meet the income requirements, we ensure every older Canadian can enjoy a reasonable annual income.
Social Development Canada administers three income support programs that provide benefits to seniors. They are Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Pension Plan. For full text click here

Information for Seniors
Division of Aging and Seniors
Canadian Association for the Fifty-Plus.
Healthy Ontario
Visit their Web site.
Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health
To promote the mental health of older persons/seniors by connecting people, ideas and resources.
Canadian Pensioners Concerned
Visit their Web site.
Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
Telephone: 416-750-1720
Toronto Community Care Access Centre
Telephone: 416-506-9888
The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging
The complete guide to well-being in your later years.
The Complete Canadian Health Guide
By June Engel, Ph.D.

Relevant Retirement External Links
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Retirement strategist P.J. Wade
Dr. Alan Roadburg has a "retirement program" you can do at home
Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Canada's association for the 50+.
For full text click here

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