Nations' annual Human Development Index
4th best place to live
York (VNA) - Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada [More...]
( comment !make this link active)and the Netherlands were
ranked as the best five countries to live in but Africa's
quality of life plummeted because of AIDS, said a UN report
released on Thursday.
In the report, the US was in eighth place, a drop of one
position from 2003.
The industrialised nations as usual were in the top 20.
At the bottom of the list for the seventh year was Sierra
In Africa, the AIDS crisis reduced the average life expectancy
in many countries to 40 years or less, making it the biggest
factor in the decline of overall human development indicators,
the report said.
In Latin American and Caribbean nations, Barbados again
headed the list, in 29th place. Cuba ranked 52nd and Brazil
dropped to 72nd place.In Asia, Hong Kong was in 23rd place
and Singapore, 25th. India is #127 For full text click
From the Catholic Register
The new loneliness - Turning a collection of individuals
into a community.
Canada is becoming a nation where the sum is not even equal
to -- let alone more than -- its parts. The recent election,
with its historic low turnout, suggests we are turning our
backs on working together to solve our common problems.For
full text click
in US working visas to hit India
a move that would hit Indians working in the United States,
the US government has introduced new procedures for revalidation
and renewal for working visas with effect from tomorrow.
The new procedures would affect Indian visa holders as they
would suffer hardships and financial loss in travelling
out of US to get their visas extended.
The holders of visas like E1/E2,H,I,O,L P residing in the
US will have to go back to their home country or any other
third country for revalidation/ renewal before they are
allowed to extend their stay.
"The procedure for grant of visa is a sovereign right
of the country issuing it." Minister of State for External
Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply in the
Organization in America
2004 Biennial Convention – July 3-5, 2004
from Guirish Sardesai
Antao - addressing
P S Ramani - addressing
on the photographs to enlarge
7th Biennial Convention of the Goan Organization in
America (GOA) was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and
Conference Centre in Burlington, Ontario, on July
3-5, 2004. More than 200 Goans participated in this
event, the majority of them coming from the USA. The
past Conventions of GOA were held in Pittsburgh, Chicago,
New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and Houston.
GOA Convention is essentially a family reunion of
Goan families who have settled in North America. They
reunite every two years with the sole purpose of keeping
alive the friendship and camaraderie. [Click
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United States Deputy Secretary, Mr. Richard Armitage apologizes
to George Fernandes for strip search
New Delhi July 14: The United States Deputy Secretary, Mr.
Richard Armitage today said he was "horrified"
at the incident of strip-searching done on Mr George Fernandes
during an official visit to US as defence minister and apologised
"On the way in the car here I had the opportunity to
telephone my old friend, George Fernandes and told him I
had heard about the problem he had.
I was horrified about it and I personally apologised to
him," he told reporters after he met the Leader of
the Opposition, Mr L K Advani here. For full text click
Charitable Organization - Walk-A-Thon
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Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
Francis Xavier on Celluloid
`Grace, Guts & Glory` is a short English feature film
based on the life of St Francis Xavier. The first ever feature
film on the life of St Francis Xavier is being shot on actual
locations and would recreate the exemplary life and mission
of `Goemcho Saib`. Produced by Arabian Films, a pioneer
digital film studio, the project has been supported by the
Jesuits and the Diocesan Society of Goa. Isabel Santa Rita
Vaz of the Mustard Seed Art Company is training the cast
of the film, which is being produced by Shamir and Kavita
Say on Dabolim Airport
Flag Officer Commanding of Goa Naval Area, Rear Admiral
Shekhar Sinha said that the Navy had realised the potential
of tourism in boosting Goa’s economy, and that it
has made constant efforts to increase facilities accorded
to civilian flights operating at Dabolim Airport. He referred
to the anti-navy sentiments from a section of the society
with respect to controlling the airfield, shifting of the
naval airbase from Dabolim and objections to the international
airport at Mopa. Rear Admiral Sinha said the Dabolim Airport,
handed over to the Indian Navy in 1962 and made
available for 24-hour operations of commercial flights since
September 1, 2003, remains underutilised especially during
the slots between 6 pm and 6 am. He said that most of the
commercial air traffic at the Dabolim Airport had been scheduled
from noon to afternoon, and that there was virtually no
operation of flights during the night time, except few chartered
Passports for NRIs
On July 10, India said it was considering the issue of granting
dual passports to NRIs as well as providing them with voting
rights. `We are in the process of looking at the issue of
dual passports for non-resident Indians. I think we will
be able to do something in this matter,` Union
Home Minister Shivraj Patil said interacting with participants
at the concluding session of a high-powered NRI summit in
The dry run of the Sky Bus will be conducted by the end
of July, according to KRC managing director B Rajaram. He
stated that 500 metres of the track is nearing completion
even as all allied work in this regard is being expedited
so as to complete the entire project in time. He also said
that `France has evinced keen interest in the whole project
while some corporate bodies are following suit.`
The Goan Overseas Association, the Goan Welfare Society
and other Indian organisations in Kuwait have voiced concern
over the decision of the Indian government to impose tax
on NRI deposits. Julio Cardozo, General Secretary of Goan
Overseas Association stated that his organisation in conjunction
with the Goan Welfare Society would hold a meeting to thrash
out the NRI tax issue at length, states a report in the
of the Saint Francis Xavier Goa Exposition in Toronto.
The 2004 Saint Francis Xavier Exposition Year in Goa
will be marked by special events in Toronto.
Monsignor Terence D'Souza, Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier
Parish, will lead the celebrations with a Solemn Procession
of the Relic of the Saint, followed by High Mass on
December 4th 2004 at 10:30 am. at the Church in Mississauga.
The Friends of SFX under President Francis Fernandes
will be organizing the events. Joining in the mass will
be the Sons and Daughters of the Goan Tailors Society,
the various Goan Seniors Groups, and Goan Village organizations.
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listing of events in 2004 please click
GOA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration,
the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
July 24th, 2004
Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)
Sunday July 25th - Saturday July 31st, 2004
Reunion of BMX
The St. Britto's, St. Mary's and St. Xaviers college
of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion in Toronto
, with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Austraila,
Spain, US, etc.
Schedule of our events:-
Welcome Day - Venue :Seneca College Conference Room
July 25th - Picnic - Venue: Centennial
July 26th - Trip to Niagara falls
July 27th - Trip To Canada's Wonderland
July 28th - Toronto by Day
July 29th - Trip to Casino Rama
July 31st - Grand Reunion Dance
(Sold Out-but will accept
any last minute bookings of overseas members)
For further info. please contact the President of
BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at email@example.com.
or check our web site - www.bmx2004.com
Friday, August 6th, 2004
Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members
p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Fr. Jose Antonio da Costa, Pastor of Navelim Church,
of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
contact one of following committee members for further
Friday August 06th- Sunday August 08th 2004
of South Asian culture at Harbourfront Centre. Phone
416-973-4000 for details
Taste of the Danforth, Greektown food and music extravaganza.
It will be special this year because of Greek's EURO
Saturday August 07th, 2004
CLAIREPORT PLACE BANQUET HALL
65 CLAIREPORT CRESCENT ETOBICOKE.
seating tables of ten. live band and DJ for all the
very best in music.
buffet dinner with seafood salads and meat dishes.
Prepared as continental and Asian fusion. Large dessert
to view flier
Sunday August 08th, 2004
MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.
to World Goa Day.
Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of
Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto
& Jr. Nelson and musician Norman.
Friday August 13th, 2004
East Goans Seniors Association - Seniors picnic
members of the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
are happy to announce that they will be holding a
PICNIC on Friday, August the 13th at the Milliken
Park, site B from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all members,
families and friends.
Millen Park is situated on the South East corner of
McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue East.
bring your own lunch and refreshments. Also, if
any member/friend plays a musical instrument please
bring it along so that we can have some singsong
and make it a Fun Day.
will be noted, the picnic is on a Friday. We regret
that we were unable to secure a recreational park
for use on a weekend despite concerted efforts made
by our social secretary. Apparently, all parks were
booked by January 31, 2004 by last years’
Picnickers. So please bear with us. Next time we
will have it on a weekend.
you need any further information or clarification
about the picnic Please do not hesitate to call
me at 416-755-3577 or better still send me an e-mail
. Kindly confirm if you will be coming. It will
be a good opportunity to meet and get to know the
members of the Association.
Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php
Saturday September 25th, 2004
Cortalim Association of Toronto Invites You To Celebrate
The Feast of St. Philip and St. James
Place: Banquet & Convention Center
65 Claireport Cr., Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/ Albion Rd)
Sunday October 03rd, 2004
East Goans Seniors Association - Fund raising
at Our Lady of Rosary Church 10am to 4pm.Details to
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
Click for details
Places and Things
New Canadian Cabinet - Some Names
Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health
South (British Columbia)
Ujjal Dosanjh was first elected to the House of Commons
in 2004. Mr. Dosanjh served as Premier of British
Columbia from February 2000 until May 2001. Prior
to this, he served as the Attorney General of British
Columbia from August 1995 until February 2000.
Dosanjh came to Canada in 1968 and joined the labour
force while taking evening classes at community college.
Eventually he attended Simon Fraser University, where
he graduated with honours. He went on to attend the
University of British Columbia Law School and graduated
in 1976 with his bachelor of laws degree.
Dosanjh currently practices law at Dosanjh Wolley
in Vancouver. He and his wife, Raminder, have three
Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Sgro was first elected to the House of Commons in
a by-election in November 1999 and was re-elected
in the 2000 and 2004 general elections. Most recently,
she was Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Previously,
she served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Public Works and Government Services, as Chair
of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban
Issues and as a member of the Standing Committee on
Sgro served on the North York City Council from 1987
to 1994, where she chaired the mayor’s task
force on drugs as well as the intergovernmental affairs
committee. In 1994, she was elected to Metropolitan
Toronto Council as a regional councillor. In 1998,
she served as vice-chair of the Toronto police services
board. Ms. Sgro is married and has three children.
Olympic athletes won't have to sweat the small stuff
July 20 /CNW/ - With temperatures expected to soar above
27 degrees this year in Athens, Canadian Olympic athletes
will stay in the Games by sporting Adidas deodorant products.
They will be able to stay cool, dry, and sweat-free during
the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Many Canadian
Olympic athletes could be wearing product from the Adidas
Personal Care line while competing for a gold medal for
As the Official Deodorant and Anti-Perspirant Supplier for
the Canadian Olympic Team, Adidas will help keep the athletes
cool during the Games by providing each member of Canadian
Team with products from the Adidas Personal Care collection.
Adidas has supplied a combination of deodorant products,
including 24hr Fragrance Deodorant Spray, ACTIVE Anti-perspirants
and ACTIVE deodorants, each in a variety of fresh scents
to each athlete.
July, Verna. OLGA COLACO E CALADO. Beloved
wife of late Luis Custodio Calado, mother/mother-in-law
of Esmeralda/Atonio Da Silva, Oscar/Ronna, Ivonne and
Maria do Ceu/Celso Mascarenhas (Canada). sister/sister-in-law
of late Joao, late Antonio/Laura & late Alberto. Sister-in-law
of later Estefania/late Antonio Nazare (Assagao). Grandmother
of Cheryl & Noel/Marjalisa, Alistair & Desiree,
Denora & Clint. Great grandmother of Chevanne.
YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE BANANAS
published in firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want a quick fix for flagging energy levels there's
no better snack than a banana. Containing three natural
sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose - combined with fiber;
a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost
of energy. Research has proved that just two bananas provide
enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder
the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading
athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help
us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial
number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add
to your daily diet. For full text click