of IT Jobs Expected to Accelerate
closed their doors, sending their jobs to foreign shores
where labor is cheaper. Shoe manufactures did the same.
Then manufacturers started handing out pink slips to their
U.S. workers, sending the jobs, and the pay, offshore.
Today, the IT industry is the next one to fall.
call it 'globalization', but IT workers, especially programmers
and technicians in corporate call centers, will call it
unemployment. And it's coming in a time when the industry
is still reeling from the shattering of the dot-com boom,
several years of economic turbulence and a high-tech slump.
IT workers, who only a few years ago had the hottest jobs
on the market and raked in great money, are either unemployed
themselves or know people who are. For more text click
Geographic Size and Diversity of Peoples Tied for Canada's
Greatest Historic Challenge Say Canadians: ACS Year-End
MONTREAL, Dec. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - When asked about Canada's
Greatest Historic Challenge some 2000 Canadians were split
between the country's Great Geographic Size (31%) and Diversity
of its Peoples (30%). These results emerge from an October
2003 Environics survey commissioned by the Association for
Canadian Studies findings. While men were slightly more
inclined to say the principal challenge was geography women
opted more for diversity. While older Canadians felt that
geography (38% and diversity 28%) was the main historic
challenge the younger generation was far more inclined to
say it was diversity (33% and geography 19%). But equally
important gaps in opinion were between the most educated
and highest income earners 39% believing our geographic
size is Canada's greatest historic Challenge and the lowest
income and least educated that feel that it is the diversity
of our peoples (30% Diversity, 17% geography). ACS Executive
Director Jack Jedwab declared that: "in future the
geographic distance between Canadians is likely to be seen
as less of a challenge than the distance created by varying
expressions of identity". For full details of the survey
see the Association web site for October 31st History poll
at www.acs-aec.ca Poll
results are accurate to within plus or minus 3.5%, 19 times
out of 20.
for Canadian Studies - Minority of Canadians Admit to Past
Prejudice - Anti-Aboriginal and anti-Black Prejudice Most
MONTREAL, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Only 30% of Canadians
admit to having held racial/ethnic/religious or linguistic
prejudices when they were children. Still, among the Canadians
who do acknowledge past prejudice, it is most often directed
at two groups - aboriginals (24%) and blacks (20%). On the
basis of age, acknowledged prejudice against Arabs is highest
among the youngest cohort (18 to 29). Other results: English-speaking
Canadians cite Aboriginal and black prejudice most often,
while French-speaking Canadians cite Arab and black prejudice
most often. Western Canadians cite Aboriginal prejudice
far higher than any other prejudice. Anti-black prejudice
is highest in Atlantic Canada and in Ontario. Higher educated
Canadians reported more prejudice against Aboriginals, blacks
and Jews than did more poorly educated Canadians. For more
text click here.
50 Best Employers Announced Report on Business magazine
publishes fifth annual ranking
TORONTO, Dec. 29
/CNW/ - Today, Report on Business magazine released the
fifth annual list of The 50 Best Employers in Canada. The
full results of the ranking are published in the January
2004 issue of Report on Business magazine, Also in this
issue: profiles of Victor Li, Hong Kong businessman and
son of legendary billionaire Li Ka-shing, and Robert Lantos,
arguably Canada's most flamboyant, and perhaps only film
This year's 50 Best is a diverse group of companies in a
wide variety of industries that range in size from 300 to
more than 3,000 employees. For more text click
clamps down on visitors
6, 2004 - 10:50AM
The United States today began taking photographs and fingerprints
of most arriving foreigners as part of a heightened anti-terrorist
campaign but its demand for armed sky marshals on flights
stirred new international controversy.
Visitors arriving at US airports seemed resigned to the
new measures but they have been opposed by some countries,
such as Brazil, which has ordered that US visitors also
give fingerprints and have pictures taken.
But Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge insisted the precautions
The United States wants to ensure that "our borders
remain open to visitors but closed to terrorists,"
he said at Atlanta airport, one of 115 across the country
where the so-called "biometric" defences were
introduced. Fourteen ports are also involved.
An estimated 23 million people from countries where visas
are required for US visits will this year have to give a
digital fingerprint and have a photograph taken under the
United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology,
Only 28 countries are exempt, mainly European countries,
Japan and Australia.
Party of Canada: Bridge building
Meena Bhandari - Staff WriterCommunuty News
Date Published: 12/26/2003
Mississauga: "Conservative party of Canada invites
Canadians from all cultural background to be part of new
Conservative movement in political history of our great
country Canada,' said John Reynolds, MP and Official Opposition
House Leader. He said it is very important that all Canadians
get involved in the creation of the new political party
in Canada. Conservative party of Canada needs you to be
part of nation building through policy development and be
part of the democratic process of this country he added.
For more text click
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
fireworks usher in new year
Traditional dances, parties, mid-night Church services and
dazzling firework displays marked the celebrations which
were joined in by thousands of tourists to usher in the
New Year. The coastal belt was resounding with music till
the wee hours of the day as parties were organised on the
beach front by hotels and individuals to ring in the New
Year. Archbishop Patriarch Raul Gonsalves together with
Auxiliary Bishop Filipe Neri Ferrao wishes everyone a pleasant
and promising New Year 2004. Meanwhile, Governor Kidar Nath
Sahani and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar have also extended
warm greetings to the people of Goa on the occasion of the
New Year. Confusion continues to reign along the northern
coastal belt as police stations struggle to cope with the
huge inflow of tourists and revelers. The Calangute and
Candolim roads appeared to be beyond the scope of the law
even as the rich and famous sped by in their Mercedes Benz
cars competing with the jeeps driven by their not-so-well-to-do
countrymen. Domestic and foreign tourists were seen speeding
by on two-wheelers seemingly unmindful of the danger they
were causing to themselves and to other motorists.
Gomant Vishwa Sammelan got off to a fine start on
January 3 with the rendition of welcome song on Goa’s
unique identity of communal harmony. Governor Kidar
Nath Pandey delivered a speech in Hindi. There were
about 378 delegates, mostly 78 Mumbai and New Delhi
and around 28 NRIs and representatives of various
websites or Groups in the UK, USA, Bahrain, Kuwait
and Muscat. It must be admitted that there is wide
gap between the NRIs perception of Goa and the ground
realities in Goa.
can enroll names in voter list
Thousands of seafarers and other non-resident Indians can
heave a sight of relief as the Election Commission of India
has ruled that they are eligible to enroll their names in
the electoral list and cast their vote in the elections.
In a brief communiqué sent by the ECI Secretary,
SK Kaura, to the Chief Electoral Office, Goa, the Election
Commission clarified that NRIs are eligible for enrolment
in the electoral list as per sub-section (IA) of Section
20 of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1950.
Is Karachi Archbishop
Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Evarist Pinto, auxiliary
bishop of Karachi-Pakistan, as Metropolitan Archbishop of
the Karachi archdiocese. Hailing from Olaulim-Pomburpa,
he was brought up at his mother's place in Corjuem-Aldona
and studied at the St Thomas Boys School at Aldona.
The Catamaran service between Goa and Mumbai commenced after
about six year with 35 passengers arriving here on December
28 evening on a vessel of Samudra Link Ferry Shipping and
Cruise Services Pvt Ltd. The vessel departed for Mumbai
at 11 am after the inaugural ceremony at the jetty of the
Navigation Department. Of the 35 who arrived yesterday,
10 were foreigners, who visited the State for the first
time. Mohammed Isaac Kamkar was the captain on board. Till
January 2004 end the service will be available from Mumbai
at 9 am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while from
Goa at 9 am every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The travel
time is expected to be reduced to eight hours.
met in Panjim
At around noon on December 27, a group of GoaNetters assembled
informally at the Kala Academy, to exchange opinions or
to put a face to a name, and some of them later dropped
anchor at Quarter Deck for lunch. Eddie Fernandes (Goan
Voice, UK), Marlon and Aldila Menezes, Vivian D’Souza,
Basilio Monteiro, Fred Noronha, Jose Lourenco (Amazing Goa
Cards), Miguel Braganza (Editor, Mapusa Plus), Joel D’Souza,
Godfrey Gonsalves, Denzil Nazareth, Marina and Tony Correia
Afonso, Dr Santosh Helekar (Chimbelcho), Heta Pandit, Mrs
Goswami, etc were among those seen together.
Charles Faleiro - A Tribute
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
There he lay on the hospital bed, emaciated with two types
of cancers, a mere shadow of the running, active, enthusiastic
minister of the church that he was just 4 months ago. Beloved
of the Mississauga parish that he last served, a celebration
of mass was organized yesterday in the Trillium Hospital
ward prayer room to commemorate the golden jubilee of his
ordination to the priesthood. For full text click
Offshoring Leading to Lower US Salaries?
Monster Finance Career Expert
If you're in IT,
customer service, accounting or finance, should you worry
about offshoring -- the corporate practice of shifting US
jobs, and increasingly white-collar jobs, to low-cost, but
well-educated, employees in countries such as India?
Not yet, say the experts. The offshoring trend is real,
but its influence on American compensation levels is more
hype than fact.
"It's definitely something that's happening, but the
effect is not as great as people think," says Keith
Fortier, CCP, director of compensation for Salary.com. "It's
become an issue, because people have perceived that they've
lost pay because of offshoring." For more text click
on: Backlash - Offshore Outsourcing
Offshoring - Everything I am in total disbelief that no
one at the CEO/CIO level can see the endgame here. If you
ship all of the call center, programming and engineering
jobs overseas, then the very corporations that are doing
this will be unable to sell their goods and services in
this country because their customers will either be jobless
or working at Burger King. When do short-term fixes in corporations
to shore up the bottom-line reach a point of diminishing
returns? It also seems to be lost on governments that if
a person is unemployed and can no longer live in the state
or city, then they can't pay taxes. No tax-base, no government.
For more text click here.
enquiries to be offshored to India?
A union claims train operators have a "moral obligation"
to re-evaluate plans that could see up to 1,700 rail enquiry
call centre jobs outsourced to offshore locations such as
The Association for Train Operating Companies (ATOC) started
the re-tendering process for the rail enquiries service
earlier this year and said it expects to announce the winning
bids in early December.
The current service is run by BT, Serco, First Information
and ClientLogic with 1,700 staff in call centres in Newcastle,
Plymouth, Derby and Cardiff. But union Amicus claims ATOC
is proactively pushing for the work to be done in cheaper
offshore call centres. For more text click
Places and Things
resident (PR) card is a wallet-sized, plastic status
card that replaces the paper IMM 1000 Record of Landing
document. As of December 31, 2003, the PR card will
be the proof of status document required by permanent
residents seeking to re-enter Canada on a commercial
carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus). For more text
to make light trucks in Canada
TORONTO, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. today announced
that it would continue to be the lead plant in Honda's expansion
into the light truck market. The Honda manufacturing facility
in Alliston, Ontario, has been selected to build a new and
innovative sports utility truck. Since the opening of the
second facility in September of 1998, Honda of Canada Mfg.
the lead facility for Honda's entry into the light truck
"Honda of Canada Manufacturing produced the benchmark
Odyssey minivan in 1998, and this was followed by the Acura
MDX sports utility vehicle in 2000," said Shigeru Takagi,
President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. "Today's announcement
of production of the all-new sports utility truck further
reinforces the 'Spirited Independence' of Honda and its
Canada," said Takagi. For more text
Goan Fashion Embroidery House
from Michael D'Souza
We are an upcoming Goan Fashion Embroidery House,handling
"Made-to-Order" Handmade Haute Couture,
Hand Embroidery Patterns and Women's Fashion Accessories.
We are currently based in Mumbai, India, and have been in
business since 1992 catering to the Western Markets.
A snapshort preview of our work can be seen at... www.addyselitefashions.com
If you do see any future prospects with us, please feel
free to contact us at the following :
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone:91-22-25215320 Fax :91-22-25213246 Cell No. :9820077512
Parents of well educated Goan Catholic Spinster,35, 5'8",
slim,fair, attractive, green-card holder, good family background,
invite correspondence from professionals with similar background
and moral values.Email: email@example.com
In Vagator, Bardez. Prime Location for more details click
Ruth _ Peacefully, in her sleep, in Toronto, on
Friday, January 2, 2004. Ruth Ratos, dearly beloved wife
of the late Caetano Ratos. Beloved mother of Milton and
Anita, Melbern and Angela, Michael and Glynis, Mark and
Tina and the late Mario, and mother-in-law of Alba. Cherished
grandmother of her loving grandchildren. Resting at the
NEWEDIUK FUNERAL HOME, Kipling Chapel, 2104 Kipling Ave.
(two blocks north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Monday,
7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday,
leaving the Funeral Home 10 a.m. to Transfiguration of our
Lord Church, 45 Ludstone Dr. for Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Interment Glendale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.
From Toronto Star Date Posted:2004-01-04
31 Dec. Potters
Bar, UK. MOLLY D'SOUZA. (ex Parklands,
Nairobi.) died suddenly but peacefully. Sadly missed by
her husband, Alfie, her children and grandchildren, nieces
and nephews, her siblings and their spouses Oscar, Osie
and Evelyn, Olimphant and Tita, Osborne and Myra, Orwin
and Andrea, Muriel and Denis. Daughter of late Octo and
late Marie D'Souza (Nairobi and Tivim, Goa)
Funeral – Thu. 15 Jan. 12.00 at Our Lady of the Assumption,
243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts. EN6 2AT Condolences
Dec: Parra, Goa. MANUEL ZEFERINO PINTO (ex-Dar-es-Salaam,
Standard Chartered Bank). Husband of Effie, father
of Pascal/Sherryl Colaco, Loretta/Adv Aires Rodrigues,
Christie/Maclean Gonsalves; grandfather of Abigail
& Aaron, Evita, Leekerson, Schneina & Destiny,
brother/brother-in-law of late Ignatius/Felicia, late
Archangela/late Leon, Ornel/Avita, Barcel/Blandina.
Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
December 23, 2003
LUIS FERNANDES, husband of Florie, father
of Terrence and Warren, father-in-law of Christina and grandfather
of Christian. Luis passed away at the age of 76, having
suffered from colon cancer.
The Wake was held on Monday, December 29,and Funeral Mass
was be held at HOLY ANGELS CHURCH, CA 94014
On behalf of the members of the Goan Institute, San Francisco,
we offer our heartfelt condolences to Florie and the family.
Canadians need to identify stroke emergency
by CBC News Online staff
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 19:53:42
OTTAWA - Stroke is a leading killer, but a new survey shows
less than half of Canadian adults can recognize its signs.
A stroke is the sudden interruption of blood flow in or
to the brain. Of 1,537 people who were interviewed across
Canada, 50 per cent could describe it correctly.
John Anderson is a recovering stroke victim. He was 46 when
the disease struck suddenly during a family night out at
text click here.
government alerts public to fitness club scams
TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ - If your New Year's resolution is
to get fit, Minister of Consumer and Business Services Jim
Watson reminds you to "pump up"
your consumer skills before joining a fitness club. "If
you want to tighten your abs and keep your finances in shape,
you'll need to shop smart when you choose a fitness club,"
Watson suggests. For more text
10 Time Management Myths
We can manage time.
We cannot manage time. Nor can we save it. Time ticks away
relentlessly in spite of our efforts to control it. We are
provided with 24 hours of time each day to use as we like.
The key is in how we use that time. We can use it wisely,
or we can waste it, but we can never save it. At the end
of the day, it's gone. For more text click
the Myths about Alzheimer Disease
Educating Canadians a priority during Alzheimer Society's
Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Have you always thought that cooking with
aluminum pots and pans can cause Alzheimer Disease? Do you
believe Alzheimer Disease can be prevented by exercising
and maintaining a healthy diet? Are you ignoring excessive
memory loss because you think you are too young to have
Alzheimer Disease? Many Canadians think the same way, judging
from the questions the Alzheimer Society receives on a daily
basis. January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada and
this year's Awareness Campaign looks to dispel the myths
surrounding Alzheimer Disease. For more text click