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Commemorating Mahatma Gandhi

MUMBAI, India - India commemorated the 60th anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi's assassination Wednesday, January 30, 2008, with his great granddaughter scattering the peace icon's ashes in the sea off the country's most bustling metropolis. Gandhi, who led the nonviolent struggle for independence from Britain, is still revered as the moral conscience of the nation and pictures of his wizened, smiling face are everywhere in India, from the country's rupee notes to murals along the highway.

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Newcomer Strategy Group Nets $830,000 In Funding
Thursday January 24 2008 -
BY TINA DEPKO, Staff Writer
Excerpts from:  http://www.northpeel.com/printArticle/41768

A task group that is looking for ways to make it easier for new immigrants to settle in Peel has received a huge financial boost. The Peel Newcomer Strategy Group is getting $830,000 from the federal government. The money will be used over the next two years to develop a co-ordinated service delivery model to enhance social and economic integration of newcomers in the region.

The group consists of members from government, businesses and social service providers, such as United Way of Peel. "It is in the best interest for the community to have a strategy that makes Peel an attractive place because we need to get workers and when they do come here, to expedite their integration," said Evelyn Myrie, director of the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group. "When people come to Canada, they think they are going to come into employment in their chosen career field and they are very disappointed when that doesn't happen. I would like to see Peel region become a model in how it attracts newcomers and keeps them."

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Immigrants In Quebec And B.C. Starting To Do Better Than Those In Ontario
From: hrreporter.com,
January 21, 2008

Canada needs to overhaul its immigration policy to favour younger candidates like foreign students and temporary workers, according to a new study. One of the biggest barriers immigrants to Canada face is the inability to transfer foreign qualifications and work experience, but these are less of a barrier for younger immigrants and temporary foreign workers, according to the study by researchers at the Universite de Montreal.

"There is a serious lack of consistency between the government policy of wanting to attract qualified new immigrants to the labour market, and the reality that confronts those immigrants when employers refuse to recognize their experience and qualifications," states the study.

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Cholera Threatening Kenya, Warns Caritas
January 23, 2008

NAIROBI, Kenya (Zenit.org): Caritas is concerned that the delicate situation of refugees in Kenya could worsen to a cholera epidemic. After contested Dec. 27 presidential elections, some 250,000 people fled their homes amidst a wave of violence.

The situation is especially critical in the Archdiocese of Kisumu, where a cholera epidemic is most feared. For now, the aid organization affirmed, the refugees are receiving food and basic necessities. However, Caritas launched an appeal for $2.6 million to continue providing for the thousands currently depending on the organization for sustenance.


New Jesuit Superior To Focus On Service
January 23, 2008
- By Marta Lago

ROME (Zenit.org): As Jesuits, as Christians and as people of God, we are called to serve the Church, the world and the Gospel, the new superior-general of the Jesuits said in the Mass of thanksgiving for his election. Father Adolfo Nicolás, 71, was elected superior-general of the Society of Jesus on Saturday. The order is in Rome celebrating its 35th General Congregation.

The priest succeeds Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, 79, who presented his resignation after having led the order for nearly 25 years. Father Nicolás presided over the Sunday Eucharist and was received with applause from the countless faithful who participated in the celebration.

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Economic Turbulence Will Leave 5 Million Unemployed: ILO

GENEVA (ICNS) – Economic turbulence largely due to credit market turmoil and rising oil prices could spur an increase in global unemployment by an estimated 5 million persons in 2008, the International Labour Office (ILO) said Wednesday in its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET).

The new projection for 2008 is in contrast to 2007, a watershed year in which sound global GDP growth – of more than 5 per cent –, led to a “stabilization” of global labour markets with more people in work, a net increase of 45 million new jobs and only a slight increase in the number of people unemployed, to a total of 189.9 million persons worldwide, an ILP release noted.

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Pope Will Not Attend Quebec Eucharistic Congress
Canadian Catholic News Ottawa

Pope Benedict has sent his regrets he will not attend the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City June 15-22.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec, said the pope will send a representative to the congress that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec. Ouellet cited the pope's packed schedule and concerns about maintaining the health of the 81-year old pontiff.

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Roots Of Kenya's Crisis Lie In Its Colonial History
By Caroline Elkins - Sunday, January 6, 2008
Special to The Washington Post

As Big Ben struck midnight, Londoners welcomed in 2008 by cheering a blaze of fireworks above the Thames skyline. But the new year has been marked by far less happy conflagrations in several fledgling democracies that had once been part of Britain's empire. Days earlier, Pakistan had been rocked by the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Iraq seems trapped in a cycle of terror and counterterror. Afghanistan looks much the same. Zimbabwe squirms under Robert Mugabe's thumb.

Now Kenya, too, appears to be on the brink. The East African country -- widely seen as a model of economic and democratic progress since 2002, when the 24-year dictatorship of Daniel arap Moi was swept aside -- has been moving toward an ethnically charged civil war since a disputed election on Dec. 27. President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of a second term after a vote that opposition candidate Raila Odinga denounces as rigged and that European Union observers agree was seriously flawed. As tens of thousands of Kenyans flee their homes and hundreds lie dead, part of the blame rests with Britain and its imperial legacy.

The immediate cause of the crisis was Kenya's delicate ethnic balance. The incumbent president, Kibaki, is a member of Kenya's largest and probably most powerful ethnic group, the Kikuyu, who total about 22 percent of the population; his rival, Odinga, is a member of the Luo, who comprise some 13 percent of the populace and live predominantly in western Kenya. In their bitter contest, in which Odinga promised to end ethnic favoritism and spread the country's wealth more equitably, ethnicity was the deciding factor, and a marred victory on either side had always been likely to spark violence. Both men are rich, elitist African politicians who have far more in common with each other than they do with their supporters; in their struggle over power, both are using their followers as proxies in a smoldering war.

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News Clips from India

Indian Companies Have Surprised The World: Kamal Nath
Thursday, 24 January , 2008,

Davos: The global challenge posed by the emergence of companies from India and other rapidly developing economies has taken the world by surprise, Commerce and Industry Minister, Kamal Nath, said Thursday.

Speaking at a breakfast session organised by industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Boston Consulting Group in Davos, he said many of these companies had been taking advantage of India's burgeoning technology sector and large population of young people.

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Indian Economy Will Gallop Despite US Turmoil Says Indian Prime Minister
Friday, 25 January , 2008, 16:51

New Delhi: The Indian economy can sustain an economic growth of 9-9.5 per cent despite the global financial turmoil, even as it hopes for steps by the US to contain the damage, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday.

"We live in an increasingly interdependent world and therefore an international financial crisis could impact on the growth of emerging countries including our own," Manmohan Singh said.

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Sister Karuna Mary Braganza Among Padma Awards
January 26, 2008

NEW DELHI (ICNS): The Indian government has honoured Sister Karuna Mary Braganza, a former principal of Sophia College, Mumbai known for her selfless work among the poorest and socially deprived with Padma Shri. She and selected others are among the winners of Padma awards given by the Central government on the eve of Republic Day.

Among the other prominent Christians are sociologist Prof TK Oommen, who was a member of the Sachar Committee, and Kerala-based eye specialist Dr Tony Fernandez. Everest summiteer Edmund Hillary, who passed away a few days ago in New Zealand, is among the recipients of Padma Vibhushan.

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News Clips from Goa

Konkani Conquers

The Mangalore-based Konkani cultural organisation Mand Sobhann has taken Konkani into the Guinness Book of World Records, for the longest non-stop group singing session, lasting 40 hours. The effort broke the earlier record, set by Brazilian group Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo, which sang non-stop for 36 hours on 3 and 4 July 2004.The marathon singing session, which began at 6am on Saturday and ended at 10pm on Sunday, featured 44 troupes comprising 1,711 singers. They sang 645 songs during the session, without repeating a single composition. And, unfortunately, of the 44, just two troupes were from Goa. Surely an effort like this merited better participation. Congratulations, Mand Sobhann, you have made Konkani proud.


Sesa Goa Selected As Top Indian Company In Mining Sector
NT Business Desk

Panaji, Jan 21: Sesa Goa Ltd has been selected as the top Indian company in the mining sector for the Dun and Bradstreet – American Express Corporate Awards 2007.

Dun and Bradstreet publishes ‘India’s Top 500 Companies’, which includes India’s most well-respected and high performing companies on the basis of various financial parameters. The companies considered for the award were the top 500 companies as covered under the publication.

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Goa Plans Study On Out-Migration

Porvorim (Goa) : Goa is planning to have a migration monitoring study shortly, with the state having a long history of skilled as well as unskilled jobseekers moving out and settling overseas. The state's Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro, said Goa University's department of sociology was being approached for the study.

"Migration has long been important to the people of Goa. We need to adopt a scientific approach towards understanding migration," Faleiro said at a function held at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research here.

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Goa shivers in cold
NT Staff Reporter

Panaji Jan 28 The city yesterday recorded the lowest temperature in 63 years, with the mercury touching 15.5 degrees Celsius.

The Goa meteorological department sources informed that the severe cold wave being experienced by north India has travelled down to Goa and the state is in the grip of cold since last couple of days. It was also informed that the city had experienced a temperature of 15.8 degree Celsius in the winter of 1981, while it was all time low in 1945 when the mercury dropped down to 14.4 degrees Celsius.

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Vasco based V3 Entertainment and Event Management staged "Amche Anvdde", a Konkani musical event at the Baina beach from 6.30 pm onwards. The vast audience was treated with yet another signature event of wholesome entertainment in tune with the traditional Goan ethos. The show brought together for the first time Goan musicians who have excelled in the Bollywood Industry and famous singers who have enthralled Konkani music lovers all over the world.


Did 'Konkani heartland' betray Eric Ozario?
PANJIM: For Eric Ozario, who single-handedly catapulted Konkani into the Guinness Book of World Records, it was sheer hard work all the way. Instances abounds of how he faced bouquets and brickbats. And that too, unfortunately, from a section of Goan Konkaniwadis, he says. [Nilesh Khandeparkar, GT]


Meet challenges of demographic trends: state finance commission
PANAJI, Jan 28:
The second Goa State Finance Commission, headed by Mr Alban Couto, in its report and recommendations submitted to the Governor, Mr SC Jamir, at Raj Bhavan today morning, has called for strengthening the legal and institutional framework to meet challenges and pressures of demographic trends and to carry out priorities and programmes. [NT]


Konkani Flag Stands High on Global Scene
Mandd Sobhann Smashes Brazil Marathon Singing Record...

MANGALORE, Jan 27: History has been created today! Mandd Sobhann has done it! 'Konkani Nirantari', a singing marathon of multi singers, broke the existing record of 36 hours in the name of 'Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo' of Ulbra, Brazil, by singing for 40-hours non-stop in Konkani. In what can be called the most anxious, nail-biting time of the evening, the wait for Keith Pullin, the chief adjudicator of Guinness World Records to announce the record never seem to cease.

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Book 'Follow Me' to be released

Fr. Nascimento J. Mascarenhas is set to release his fourth book entitled ' Follow Me' on 30th, at the J.M.J. Hospital Hall, behind Clergy Home, Porvorim. The book is self published and will be released at the hands of Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop of Goa and Daman. "Follow Me" deals in two chapters, with the arrival of the Franciscans in Bardez, and their evangelisation of entire Bardez Taluka. The second part deals with the parish priests of the parishes of Bardez taluka.

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People Places and Things

World Alliance of Goan Overseas Association (WAGOA) Inaugural Meet In Goa
Excerpts from files by Cyril D’Cunha & Antonio Mascarenhas

“You can take a Goan out of Goa but it will be difficult to take Goa out of a Goan,” said Tony Colaco, the General Secretary, World Alliance, and President of the Goan Overseas Association in Sydney, Australia, pretty much summing up the essence of the theme "We still call Goa home", for the inaugural "Non-Resident Goans Reunion Nite" held at the Mandovi Riviera, Panaji, on January 19 , 2008

Colaco explained that World Alliance of Goan Overseas Association (WAGOA) was an umbrella body of Goan Associations worldwide, whose endeavour was to bring together overseas Goans to speak with one voice and unity and "Be proud to be Goans".

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Valentine's Day Web guide

Online now, just in time for Valentine's Day, is a new Web guide that can show any guy what he needs to know to use flowers to get, keep, impress or redeem himself with women. Savedbythebud.com is a free site that combines information, illustrations to show why flowers should be major weapons in any man's struggle to win the affections of the opposite sex. It was created by the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center (NFBIC), http://www.bulb.com , in Danby, Vt. The site shows the type of guy who might normally discount flower power exactly why and how he should use nature's chick magnets to his advantage. The idea is backed up by science.

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Fish Licence-Free On February Family Fishing Weekend
Local Events Highlight Staying Safe On Ice And Good Conservation Practices

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield is inviting Ontarians to bundle up and take part in the second annual winter Family Fishing Weekend on February 23 and 24.

"The licence-free family fishing weekend is an opportunity for both novice and experienced anglers to take part in local events where they can learn about ice fishing, ice safety and the importance of conservation," said Cansfield. "I am pleased to join the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and other partners in encouraging everyone to get outdoors and enjoy this popular winter sport with family and friends where ice conditions permit safe fishing."

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+ Writer Lino Leitao

24 Jan: Dorval, Quebec, Canada. LINO LEITAO (aged 77; ex-Uganda, born Varca, Goa Husband of Olga. Beloved father of Andrew/Lisa, Rodin/Nicola, and Sheila/Francis. Author of the Gift of the Holy Cross as well as many short stories. Funeral on Saturday, February 2nd at St. Veronica’s Parish, Dorval, Quebec. H9S 1M6. Visitation at 1:30 p.m. followed by funeral mass at 2:30 p.m. Condolences to

The following are excerpts from The Writer Union Website

Lino Leitao was born in Goa, a former Portuguese Colony in India. He studied in Portuguese and English schools and attended the University of Karnataka in India and Concordia University in Montreal. His stories have been published by Goa Today, Gulub, Gomantak Times (Goa); Afro-Asian Quarterly, Journal of Asian Litearature (Michigan State University), The Toronto South Asian Review, Massachusetts Review, Short Story International (New York),The Antigonish Review and others. His articles on Goan issues have been published in Herald, Gomantak Times, Navhin Times (Goa), and in South Asian Studies Papers, no. 9 - Goa: Continuity and Change - University of Toronto, Centre for South Asian Studies, 1995.

The Man and His Writings. English trans. Goa, India: Xavier Centre of Historical Research, 2000.
The Gift of the Holy Cross. Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 1999.
Six Tales. Cornwall, ON: Vesta Publications, 1980.
Goa Tales. Cornwall, ON: Vesta Publications, 1977.
Collected Short Tales. New York: Carleton Press, 1972.

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





February 2, 2008
Goan Overseas Association Toronto Goan Overseas Association Holds  Fundraiser Carnival Dance

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June 1st, 2008 Mass @ Noon / Social to follow
Aldona Association Toronto       The Feast of St. Thomas 33rd Annual Aldona Social

Payal Banquet Hall 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga
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July 21-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

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Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) – 2008 Events & Trips
Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

Toronto, TUESDAY, FEB. 05, 2008 – Return FEB.12, 2008



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Friday, February 8, 2009
Valentine’s Parade:
Dress in Red and bring along your dancing shoes
Bingo will follow.

Cost: $10.00 (Members)
         $14.00 (Guests)
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza:        (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:       (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva:        (416) 297-7218

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2008 (afternoon performance)
At Stagewest

Disney’s Musical extravaganza is filled with technical wizardry, special effects and illusions as well as a dazzling production number and memorable songs by Tim Rice. Don’t miss this unforgettable performance of Broadways classic musical and discover the child in you! GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER AND BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS!!!!

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Friday, February 29, 2008
Whist Drive
A Snack plate will be served
Cost: $6.00 (Members)
$8.00 (Guests)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes: (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva: (416) 297-7218

Friday, March 14, 2008
Further details will follow


Sunday, March 30, 2008
Annual General Meeting
2:00 p.m.
Commander Hall Arena

140 Commander Park Boulevard
Scarborough, ON

Please reserve this date in your calendars and plan to attend.
Light refreshments will be served.

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Health & Wellness

February is Heart Month

Every year, tens of thousands of people across Canada put their hearts into making a difference to the lives of others by participating in the Heart and Stroke Foundation's largest grassroots fundraising initiative - Heart Month.

Some demonstrate their generosity of spirit by donating to our worthy cause. Some experience the great satisfaction that comes with raising funds using our easy online fundraising tool. And others enjoy volunteering their time to meet with friends and neighbours as they rally support for our cause through door-to-door fundraising. Whether it's time or money you're able to contribute to Heart Month 2008, we invite you to experience the joy of giving by helping us raise funds for vital life-saving research. Great things happen when you put your heart into it. Make a difference, volunteer today!



New York Chain Eateries Must Post Calorie Counts
Tue Jan 22, 2008 
By Edith Honan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York again sought to force fast food chains to display calorie counts on their menu boards on Tuesday after a federal judge quashed a similar proposal last year.

The rule affects restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide such as fast-food chains Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's but also casual dining chains such as Ruby Tuesday and IHOP Corp's Applebee's. The city believes the new rule will be allowed because it subjects all restaurants with more than 15 locations to the same requirement while its previous rule only affected restaurants that were following voluntary federal nutritional labeling guidelines.

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US Doctors In India To Promote Vegetarianism ....
Thu Jan 24 21:10:55
Sent by Dr. Kevin Saldanha to

Studies are now finding that serious cardiac disease is reversible on a vegan diet http://www.gentleworld.org/health/cholesterol.htm 

A research conducted by the Doctors from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), USA, proved the efficacy of low-fat vegetarian diet in reversing blood sugar levels of people with type II diabetes. "The westernization of the diet has played a major role inthe diabetes epidemic. America should Easternize its own diet. If Americans learn to eat dal, rice, and palak, they would be slimmer and healthier," said Dr Neal Barnard president of CRM.

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Canadian Doctors Feel Overworked: Survey
From: hrreporter.com
January 22, 2008

35 per cent of physicians plan to cut back on their practice. Canadian doctors are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by their inability to properly serve their patients' health needs, according to a recent survey.

The survey of more than 20,000 doctors and doctors-in-training across the country found 75 per cent of respondents felt inadequate funding of the health-care system, paperwork, bureaucracy and an undersupply of doctors and other health professionals are curtailing the amount and level of care they are able to provide patients.

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Mobile Phone Radiation Disrupts Sleep, Causes Headaches

Researchers from the US and Sweden have found in a study, funded by some of the worlds biggest phone makers, that radiations emitting from mobile phones cause headaches and interrupt vital sleep patterns. The researchers - from Wayne State University in the US and Swedens Karolinska Institute - say that participants who were exposed to mobile radiation during the study were found to experience headaches, change of moods, confusion, and trouble in sleeping.

Sydney, January 21 : Researchers from the US and Sweden have found in a study, funded by some of the world's biggest phone makers, that radiations emitting from mobile phones cause headaches and interrupt vital sleep patterns. The researchers - from Wayne State University in the US and Sweden's Karolinska Institute - say that participants who were exposed to mobile radiation during the study were found to experience headaches, change of moods, confusion, and trouble in sleeping.

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