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Canadian Government Drops English Exam For New Immigrants

Ottawa has dropped its idea of making all immigrants take a rigorous British-made language test to get into the country. "They realized the ludicrousness of it," Alex Stojicevic, chair of the immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association, said yesterday.

"The optics of it were terrible. Telling Americans they need a language test to come to Canada makes us look silly." Stojicevic wrote to Immigration Minister Diane Finley three times to object to the rule change and Monday night got a call from Leah Olson, Finley's senior policy adviser, with the news the immigration lawyers had won.



Province Takes Control Of Toronto's Scandal-Plagued Catholic School Board


TORONTO — Toronto Catholic District school trustees, widely criticized for lavish expense account abuses, have lost control of the board's finances and administration to a provincial supervisor, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced Wednesday.

Supervisor Norbert Hartman was ordered to immediately take over control of the board after a report by a special investigation team sent in by the province concluded that trustees were still engaged in inappropriate spending.



Seniors Seek Equal Pension Rights
From: http://www.southasianfocus.ca/printArticle/50235
Thursday June 5 2008

A bill seeking to amend pension rights currently before the House of Commons has got seniors from South Asia actively advocating community members lobby their MPs to support the amendment.

The third reading of the seniors pension amendment bill has been fixed for June 20. Liberal MP Colleen Beaumier, Brampton West, had first moved the amendment bill, which has since been actively supported by Ruby Dhalla, MP, Brampton – Springdale. Bill C-362, which seeks to ensure all seniors qualify for pension at the same time, has the support of the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois, but not the Conservatives.



World Bank Studying Food Aid To Ease Crisis: Source

The World Bank is studying the creation of a special fund to help combat aspects of the global food crisis which is threatening an increasing number of developing nations, a source said Wednesday.

The source, who requested anonymity, but is familiar with the matter, said the issue was to be discussed by the board of the multilateral Washington-based institution on Thursday. Escalating global prices of foodstuffs such as corn, rice and wheat have sparked protests in many countries, particularly less developed states, and raised concerns that many of the world's poor will face increased hunger problems.



$500m Saudi aid for UN food fund
By Masood Haider

Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a contribution of $500 million to the United Nations World Food Programme in response to the urgent appeal made by the UN body.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed what he called a contribution of “unprecedented size and generosity” which, he said, came not a moment too soon given the needs of the millions of hungry people the world over. Making the announcement on Friday, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe also said the contribution by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz completed the target of raising $755 million in response to the hike in fuel and food prices.

GTA News

Toronto Gears Up for International Goan Convention in July 2008


Toronto will host Historic 2008 Goan International Convention at the lovely Mississauga University Of Toronto(UTM), from 23-27 July 2008.

For the first time Goa opens its doors to International visitors,scholars and groups as Goa stands at this critical crossroads to re-examine its identity.

It will be supported by performers from the homeland.

A Progressive Rock band Kixmet from Goa is slated to perform in the convention. http://www.kixmet.com



Taj Centre Brampton - New Indoor Shopping Centre

From: South Asian Focus http://www.southasianfocus.ca/community/article/50233

$70M S. Asian mall project launched
Thursday June 5 2008 By Sunil Rao, Staff Writer

Artist Rendering of Taj Centre in Brampton

What is being dubbed as one of North America’s largest South Asian mixed use shopping complexes will shortly adorn Brampton’s rapidly expanding east end, if Louis Fernandes has his way.



Experts to Examine Impact of Fewer Students
Ontario Government Supporting Boards with Shrinking Student Numbers

TORONTO, May 30 /CNW/ -
The province is establishing a Declining Enrolment Working Group to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister of Education on strategies to advance the province's priority goals for student achievement while addressing the impact of declining enrolment.

The group, led by co-chairs Brant MPP Dave Levac (http://www.davelevac.on.ca) and Eleanor Newman, Director of Education at Renfrew County District School Board, will begin work in June. A final report with recommendations will be submitted to the Minister of Education by the end of the year.



Catholic education makes religion fourth ‘R’ in local classrooms
The Brampton Guardian
By Roger Belgrave, Staff Writer


Rajavi Shah was nervous about the first day of high school. Grade 9 is an especially big step for a teenager new to the country, but she was also a Hindu headed to Catholic school. Despite the family's Hindu beliefs, Shah's parents viewed the Catholic school board as an ideal way to ensure their daughter's public education contained some proper discipline and appropriate moral guidance.

The 16-year-old, now in Grade 11 at St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School, has never felt unwelcome or ostracized in the Catholic school setting. She manages to be an active part of the school community as a member of the Spirit Council, still attends temple and maintains her Hindu beliefs. Studying the Catholic faith has helped build a stronger connection with her faith, the teenager confessed.



New Poll Says Almost A Quarter Of Canadians Don't Believe In Any God
Sat May 31, 12:49 PM
By Timothy Avery, The Canadian Press

Fewer than three-quarters of Canadians believe in a god, suggests a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey. "Religion in Canada today is not a particularly divisive subject and tolerance levels for different beliefs are high," said Harris-Decima president Bruce Anderson. "This is evident in the fact that one in four people feel comfortable saying they do not believe in a god."

The poll found 72 per cent of respondents said they believed in a god, while 23 per cent said they did not believe in any god. Six per cent did not offer an opinion. Results may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.



Humanitarian Aid
From: http://www.arabnews.com/services
28 May 2008

The (Saudi) Kingdom’s emergency donation of $500 million to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) to help combat the global food crisis should scotch the myth that Middle Eastern oil producers do nothing to help the world’s poor. The one-off donation — larger than that given by all other countries combined — is obviously not going to end the crisis but it has solved the immediate problem of finding the money to feed an estimated 73 million people in 78 countries at a time when the cost of food, so far this year, has gone up by a shocking 35 percent. That is not merely our view. It is the view of the WFP’s executive director Josette Sheeran: “The Saudi donation will keep many people from dying, others from slipping into malnutrition and disease, and will even help to stave off civil unrest,” she said on Saturday. For UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the grant comes not a moment too soon, given the scale of the crisis.



I Love My India
Pratibha Prashar, 22 May 2008, Thursday

I AM madly in love with my country. I have wanted to write something about India since long. But every time I started, I gave up because I would get confused about from where to start and what to write. There is so much I want to say about this wonderful piece of land on earth.

India is highly rich and deep in terms of culture, art, architecture, communities and religious values. One very important reason behind this is the long list of different empires and dynasties, which ruled over ancient India. Each kingdom that is enlisted in the Indian history has contributed towards the cultural richness of the country.



We need immigrants, not Bill C-50
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
THE EDITOR: -Abbotsford Times – B.C.

If there are not enough workers, who will pay for our old age security?

Stephen Harper wants to limit the backlog of immigration applications by focusing on immigrants with skills. Harper also wants to cap reunification of immigrant families. Harper will accomplish this through Bill C-50. This bill has reached the final committee stage and is poised to pass second reading.

Only the unelected Senate - our last best chance - can stop this legislation from passing. Bill C-50 is a little known piece of legislation and surprisingly, not hotly debated at the national level. Harper is selling C-50 as a way to reduce the backlog of immigrant applicants.


News Clips from India

Indian tortoise will win race among many Asian hares: Manmohan

New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said many sectors of the economy have now emerged stronger and more competitive, enabling India to grow faster despite a global slowdown.

"In these past 17 years, despite the many changes in the government with different political parties wielding power in Delhi and in the states, there has been no reversal of the processes of economic reforms and liberalisation," he said at the Assocham annual general meeting here.



Indiana (Indian ?)boy spells 'guerdon' to win national bee

Sameer Mishra, a 13-year-old from Indiana, won the annual U.S. spelling bee late yesterday,

Sidharth Chand, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, came in second. The 12-year-old seventh-grader lost the competition when he misspelled "prosopopoeia'' in round 15 at the Grand Hyatt in

The cheers took on an especially high pitch when Kavya Shivashankar, 12, buried her head in her father's shoulder on stage after she flubbed "ecrase.'' The seventh-grader from Olathe, Kansas, tied for fourth place after tying for 10th place in 2006 and 8th place last year.



Travel by Air India to cost more from June 3

Mumbai, May 31 (PTI) - Travel by Air India would cost Rs 300-550 more from June 3 following a hike in fuel surcharge in the wake of oil companies raising Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices by 18.5 per cent. An Air India spokesperson said the hike in fuel surcharge would be effective from June 3. For air travel upto 750-km, the hike in fuel charges would be Rs 300, and for the travel above 750-km, it would be Rs 550, the spokesperson of the state-owned carrier said.



Maruti to launch LPG variant of M800 soon

New Delhi (PTI): The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is planning to come out with LPG variant of its M800, the model that redefined personal transportation in India 25 years back.

According to vendor sources, the company will be launching the LPG variant of its flagship model M800, to be named 'M800 Duo', some time next week, which is expected to be priced about Rs 20,000 more than its petrol versions. The petrol variants of M800 standard is priced Rs 1,93,063 (ex-showroom Delhi), while the AC version comes for Rs 2,13,558 (ex-showroom Delhi).



Ford completes sale of Jaguar, Land Rover to Tata Motors

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has completed the sale of its storied Jaguar and Land Rover businesses to India's Tata Motors Ltd. Tata said Monday it has closed on the deal first announced on March 26. Tata is paying about $2.3 billion for the British brands, but Ford is paying about $600 million into the Jaguar-Land Rover pension fund. The sale nets the Dearborn-based automaker $1.7 billion — roughly a third of the price it paid for the two luxury brands.

Ford bought Jaguar for $2.5 billion in 1989 and Land Rover for $2.7 billion in 2000. The sale had been in the works for months as cash-strapped Ford sought money to fund its turnaround plan.



Indian copper firm in $2.6bn deal

Leading US copper firm Asarco plans to sell most of its operating assets to the Indian copper company Sterlite for $2.6bn (£1.3bn). Sterlite is a top Indian metal and mining firm and a unit of UK-listed firm Vedanta Resources. Sterlite bid the highest price for Asarco, which is selling off assets in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.

However, Grupo Mexico, which acquired Asarco in 1999, says it will try to stop the deal from going ahead. There is an ongoing disagreement over the ownership of Asarco between the Mexican firm and Asarco LLC, a group of creditors.


News Clips from Goa

Goa Summer Scene
Joel de Souza
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Pre-monsoon showers lash Goa
PANAJI: The pre-monsoon showers have started lashing the state, with the monsoon expected to arrive in Goa on June 4/5, coinciding with the opening of schools. The meteorological observatory sources have informed that the monsoon has already arrived in Kerala on May 31, delayed by two days. [NT]


Thanks to rains, mankurad prices take a nosedive
PANAJI: After remaining static for nearly over a month, the prices of Mankurad (king of mangoes) have taken a sudden nosedive. The king of mangoes was being sold at Rs.350 per dozen till about a week ago, but sudden availability of the fruit in the market in large quantity has pushed down its price to Rs.100 per dozen. Initially it was being sold for Rs.800-900 per dozen. [NT]

Goa Expects Normal Monsoons This Month
Panaji (PTI): After witnessing record rainfall last year, Goa expects to have normal monsoons this time which is likely to hit the state in the first week of June, a top meteorological officer said on Tuesday.

"Last season, the rainfall was 369 cm. It was highest since 1961, which had recorded 431 cm rains," Indian Meteorological Observatory Director K V singh told PTI. "This year, the monsoons are expected to be normal," he added.


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Faith - a central theme of this year's Pastoral Letter
PANJIM: The Pastoral Letter, addressed by Archbishop to priests, religious, lay faithful and people of goodwill, lays emphasis on faith in consonance with its theme: "Rooted in faith, Go, Spread the Jesus Glow". At the same time, it has touched upon issues like political responsibility and education. "Political responsibility comes from God. He calls people to make and follow suitable laws, but this should be at the service of the human family," says the letter while exercising caution in the following manner: "But should the citizens find it objectionable, those in authority should be open to hear the dissenting voice." [GT]


MARGAO: The Benaulim Villagers Action Committee led the village's gram sabha in passing a resolution demanding a vigilance enquiry by the government into the various plans that had been approved by the panchayat body during the past two terms till date.

The BVAC also wants the findings of this report be made public. At the adjourned Benaulim Gram Sabha meeting held on June 1, the BVAC also got a resolution passed demanding that all NOCs and other licences issued to the various housing projects be immediately revoked and scrutinsing committee, comprising of the BVAC and the village panchayat be set up to approve any housing proposal in the village.



Goa Land Purchase: Doe Serves Show-Cause Notices To Foreigners
Panaji (PTI): The Directorate of Enforcement has served show-cause notices to foreigners who have purchased properties in Goa allegedly in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

The notices, issued directly to the parties and also through the Goa government, has asked why their properties involved in the contravention of the FEMA should not be confiscated to the Central government account in terms of section 13 (2) of FEMA 1999.

Also, all the respondents (foreigners) have to appear in person or through legal practitioner at DoEs Mumbai office at different dates as mentioned in the notice. Goa, the erstwhile Portuguese colony, recently woke up to the grim reality of losing its large chunk of lands to the foreigners allegedly in violation of FEMA.



FDA begins drive for hygiene at roadside eateries
PANAJI: With monsoon round the corner, the Food and Drugs Administration has initiated a special drive to ensure that the hand carts, fast food stalls as well as eateries around the state maintain total hygiene and adhere to the FDA guidelines. [NT]


In a world of words
Author, historian, librarian and columnist Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues is particular that every name is given equal weightage. As a senior librarian of the 175-year-old Central Library, Maria for the last 28 years, has spent her days contentedly surrounded by her world of words and books. "You have to work hard and be a student always. Continuously upgrading your knowledge today is a must," she says. [Nicole Suares, TOI]


Benaulim sarpanch to resign today
MARGAO: Bowing to pressure from the people over the controversial housing projects in Benaulim, the Benaulim sarpanch, Ms Maria Fernandes, on June 1, said that she would resign from the post on Monday. She said that she would keep her promise to step down and expressed happiness that she could complete the gram sabha. [NT]


Churchill says no to Mopa airport
OLD GOA, June 2: PWD Minister Churchill Alemao on Monday stated that he was not in favour of airport at Mopa and would always oppose it tooth and nail. [H]


Dr. Sheela Basrur, former Medical Officer of Health 1956 - 2008

TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ -
Mayor David Miller today extended condolences to the family and friends of former Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sheela Basrur and expressed gratitude for her commitment to the health of the residents ofnToronto.

"We have lost an extraordinary Torontonian, a woman whose incredible wisdom and boundless compassion helped guide our city through some of its difficult periods in recent history," said Toronto Mayor David Miller.

"When SARS struck in 2003, the leadership of Sheela Basrur - our then Medical Officer of Health - calmed an anxious city by counselling residents to confront the outbreak with knowledge instead of fear. It was the ever-courageous Dr. Basrur who stepped forward to become both Toronto's face and its voice to a worried world."




Excerpt from Toronto Star
DA COSTA, Anthony ''Nanu'' Surrounded by his family at Brampton Civic Hospital on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at the age of 71 years. Nanu, beloved husband of Pamela Da Costa (nee Figueiredo). Loving father of Darren and Dwayne. Cherished ''Papa Nino'' of Alexia. Dear brother of Christina, Afra, Melita, Felix, Angelo, Joseph, Theresa and of the late Jaime. He will be greatly missed by Pamela's family Oliver (Phil), Orlando (Alda), Regina, and Lafira.

A Funeral Service was held May 31 at St. Mary's Church (62A Main St S., Brampton) followed by Interment at Assumption Cemetery.

Date Posted: 2008-05-28

People Places and Things

Goan Comedian at Club 54
Thu May 22 19:15:34 PDT 2008
Posting by Mervyn Lobo on GoaNet

Fos,Here is a video of Toronto based stand up comedian, Chrystal Gomes, at Club 54 in New York. Chrystal is the daughter of Danny Gomes. Danny Gomes was the General Sectary of the Dar Institute, Tanzania. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=x_NEJfJQv6Y 


Flashback - Forty Years Ago
Photo Credit: http://www.marionkaplan.com/lib/mkosm217.jpg

In Kenya, 1968, an Asian exodus was provoked by Britain's quota system on entry for British Asians.

( Click to view large )

Excerpts from:-

A Quest for Identity: The Asian Minority in Africa By: Nandini PATEL
Senior Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Chancellor College,University of Malawi - http://www.federalism.ch/files/documents//Patel_FINAL%20VERSION.pdf



Goan Welfare Society - Kuwait -May Ball 2008 - A Grand Event
Excerpts from http://www.kuwaitsamachar.com/Associations/GWS/gws_25.5.htm

In a display of sheer elegance and poise a large no of couples & singles attended the 15th May Queen Ball 08 organised by the Goan Welfare Society - Kuwait at the Grand Istiquilal Ball Room, Ramada Kuwait Hotel, Riggae, Kuwait, on the night of 8th May 2008.



Men Prefer Beer Over Sex... And The City
-- Rather walk the dog than see movie's premiere --

TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ -
As millions of women hotly anticipate the revival of their beloved Manolo Blahnik toting foursome, men in contrast, are not waiting with bated breath for the May 30th premiere of Sex and The City. In fact, according to a survey of 500 Canadian men commissioned by Moosehead Lager, only four per cent (voluntarily or not) plan to attend the movie's premiere.

Instead the majority (36%) will be drinking beer watching the hockey playoffs while 28 per cent plan to walk the dog and 12 per cent will reaffirm their masculinity by pumping some iron at the gym.


Green Chicken Curry

2 cups large boneless pieces of chicken cut in 2 inch cubes
To marinate the chicken:
2 tbsp fresh coconut
2–3 tbsp coriander leaves
4 green chillies
½ tsp garlic
½ tsp cumin seeds, roasted
3–4 tbsp curd
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
¾ tsp salt
8–10 whole black pepper
Blend all these together to make a fine paste and marinate the chicken cubes in it for half an hour.



Who Wants to be a Canadian Astronaut

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The Canadian Space Agency is seeking outstanding scientists, engineers and/or medical doctors with a wide variety of backgrounds. Creativity, diversity, teamwork, and a probing mind are qualities required to join the Canadian Space Agency's Astronaut Corps. To withstand the physical demands of training and space flight, candidates must also demonstrate a high level of fitness and a clean bill of health.

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Goan Overseas Association Discontinues VIVA GOA for 2008

The G.O.A .has hosted Viva Goa for the past 10 years with much success. We consider this event to be important in showcasing our culture and instrumental for visibility of our Goan people. Unfortunately, due to the rocketing costs associated with various venues, and logistical issues with alternatives this year, the executive committee has decided not to host Viva Goa in 2008.

Generally, Viva Goa takes place on July 26th. The committee will continue with the soccer tournament on July 26th without the cultural shows. If you wish to join in the tournament, kindly contact Seira.Furtado at

For further details please check our website -- http://www.goatoronto.com 


The OMG (Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa) Student Exchange Program
Excerpt: from:http://www.omgprogram.org/

A consortium of Ontario universities and a group of universities in two states in India, Maharashtra (maw-haa-raa-straw) and Goa, have initiated a collaborative university student exchange program which will enrich the quality of education of select students in Ontario and in Maharashtra and Goa. Maharashtra is the third largest state In India, with Mumbai (Bombay) as the seat of the government. There are a number of educational and research institutions of world repute in this state. There are 39 universities in Maharashtra.



Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa Memorial Konkani Literary Competition - 2008.
Thu May 29 06:39:51 PDT 2008

Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa Memorial Trust invites entries for its "Konkani Literary Competition" for the third consecutive year.

Participants shall be categorized into three Categories:
(A) Students of Stds. I to VII : An essay of not more than 300 words.
(B) Students of Stds. VIII to XII : An essay of not more than 450 words.
(C) Youths up to the age of 28 years: A short story of not more than 1000 words.

Topic for the entry is left to the discretion of the participant. The entry shall be written in Konkani in either the Roman or the Devanagari script.



United Church calls for unprecedented public attention to June 11 apology

TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ -
The United Church of Canada is calling on its own membership and all Canadians to stop whatever they are doing at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 11, to watch or listen to Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliver Canada's apology to residential school survivors and their families.

"We know that many First Nations communities are already planning gatherings to mark this historic event. But they should not be alone in recognizing that this is a significant moment in Canadian history," explains the United Church's Moderator, the Right Rev. David Giuliano. Giuliano says the words spoken by the Prime Minister on June 11 will carry far more weight and meaning if Canada's First Nations peoples can see that other Canadians are standing in solidarity with them on this day.


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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





Sunday July 13th, 2008 Aldona Association &
Moira Association
Aldona / Moira Picnic
Picnic Area # 6
Centennial Park
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Sunday, July 20 2008 Parra Association of GTA "2008" Parra Social For tickets call Felcy D'Mello Tel.905 569 8572

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex   Click for flyer
July 23-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

Goan Identity and Networking Today
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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada 2008 Calangute Social  Click for flyer
Sunday September 28, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Social

At Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga

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Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008 Casino Rama Trip

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Friday,October 17, 2008 Ladainha (Litany)
Friday November 7, 2008

Mass for deceased Members

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2008 Goan International Conference, Toronto

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For more information see: http://2008goanconvention.com/program2.php
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Wednesday July 23,

&  Thursday July 24 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

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Contestant's Registration Form

Goan Idol”- Thursday, July 24th evening contest in keeping with the traditional love of music that runs through the veins of all Goans. This is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their talents.

Please submit your entries at www.2008goanconvention.com/idol  

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Only a limited number of entries in each category.

Super Hit Tiatro,

Friday, July 25th evening ,to be held at the distinguished Living Arts Center in Mississauga

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The Convention Ball

Saturday, July 26th

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Health & Wellness

Dual Citizenship for Goans born in Goa

From: Miguel Reis
Date: Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 11:00 PM
Subject: Dual citizenship
Sent by Dr. Kevin Saldanha

Dear Sir:

We are a Portuguese law firm, who assists, in Portugal, lots of Goan persons, from all the world. Our lawyers have studied the problem of nationality concerning Goans and analyzed the difficulties posted by the Portuguese authorities.

We think that Portugal must respect their own laws and the compromises from the treaties. About these matter, I join you a small reference, because II think that this matter is interesting for all the Goans.



You May Never Look At Your Grandparents The Same Way Again

TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Today, The Globe and Mail launches "Senior High," a series that shatters stereotypical views of retirement homes as peaceful, quiet places where people go to spend their last days. As the series reveals, there is much more going on than meets the eye. While residents are elderly, they're still very much involved in the messy business of living. Retirement home living turns out to be a lot like going back to high school, complete with cliques, gossip and a dating scene.



Ontario Home Care Association welcomes home care funding announcement to address ER wait times

TORONTO, May 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA) applauds today's announcement to enhance home care coverage in order to reduce wait times in emergency rooms and improve patient satisfaction. Increased funding to the home care sector will mean that more Ontarians are able to receive care after leaving the ER; and through enhanced care prevent the need for emergency room presentation. It is vital that this increased funding be directly targeted to patient care and OHCA recommends that the McGuinty government encourage innovative and flexible approaches to home care programs, including expansion of the eligibility requirements and the increase of hours available to individuals.



South Asian Food Guide For Diabetics
Friday, 30 May 2008

AWIC Community and Social Services hosted the South Asian Diabetes Expo, held a free day long community event, on Saturday, May 24 at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic Secondary School, North York. This expo, hosted as part of AWIC's South Asian Diabetes Awareness Project, was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.



No Sleep 'Renders Brain Erratic'
Story from BBC NEWS

Scientists have shown relying on the sleep-deprived brain to perform well is potentially fraught with danger. They found that even after sleep deprivation, people have periods of near normal brain function in which they can finish tasks quickly.

However, this is mixed with periods of slow response and severe drops in visual processing and attention. The study, by Duke University and the National University of Singapore, appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.



Yes To Creative Accountants, No To Creative Accounting

MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - This week, the certified management accountants (CMA) launched a brand new media campaign whose theme is "creative accountants."

"We have to take back the word 'creative,' which is central to the training and role of CMAs and associate it in a positive way with our profession," says Richard Désy, FCMA, President of the Bureau of the CMA Order. "In other words, we must remind people of the true meaning of the word 'creative' when talking about accountants, who are in fact asked to show imagination, boldness and innovation in order to ensure the growth of their companies."


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