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United Nations' annual Human Development Index
Canada 4th best place to live
New 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 Leone.
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 here.

Editorial
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 here.

Change in US working visas to hit India
In 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 Rajya Sabha.

Goan Organization in America
The 2004 Biennial Convention – July 3-5, 2004
Report from Guirish Sardesai  
Ben Antao - addressing
Ben-&-Guirish
Dr P S Ramani - addressing
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The 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.

The 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 to read more....]

The United States Deputy Secretary, Mr. Richard Armitage apologizes to George Fernandes for strip search
PTI 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 to him.
"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 here.


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Goan Charitable Organization - Walk-A-Thon
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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

St 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 Deniz.

Naval 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 and
delight flights.

Dual 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 Singapore.

The Sky-Bus Track
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.`

NRIs Worried
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 Arab Times.


 Announcements

Celebration 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. For full text click here.


Events
For listing of events in 2004 please click here

WORLD GOA DAY CELEBRATIONS
TORONTO-CANADA -VIVA GOA
Viva Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration, the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
Saturday July 24th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)

Sunday July 25th - Saturday July 31st, 2004
Event: Grand 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 park Etobioke
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 joe@conros.com. or check our web site - www.bmx2004.com


Friday, August 6th, 2004
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
Time:
7:30 p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Celebrant:
Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio da Costa, Pastor of Navelim Church, Goa
Location:
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
Please contact one of following committee members for further information.
Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira
416-292-1653
John Fernandes
416-510-8306
Tina Fernandes
905-294-8882
Leanne D’Souza
905-828-0637
Tony Rodrigues
416-750-4469

Friday August 06th- Sunday August 08th 2004
Event: Masala! Mehindi! Masti!
Feast of South Asian culture at Harbourfront Centre. Phone 416-973-4000 for details
August 6-8
Taste of the Danforth, Greektown food and music extravaganza.
It will be special this year because of Greek's EURO 2004 win.

Saturday August 07th, 2004
Event: 2004 CALANGUTE SOCIAL
Venue: AT CLAIREPORT PLACE BANQUET HALL
65 CLAIREPORT CRESCENT ETOBICOKE.
Time: AT 6.30 PM

Limited seating tables of ten. live band and DJ for all the very best in music.

Delicious buffet dinner with seafood salads and meat dishes. Prepared as continental and Asian fusion. Large dessert table.

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FOR TICKETS CONTACT:
Olavo Ferreira 905 845 6793
Pat Fernandes 905 823 3067
Charles Desouza 905 877 3355
Anton Mascarenhas 905 270 9773
Lino Desouza

416 724 5436


Sunday August 08th, 2004
Event: "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
Organised by Goan Heritage U.K
Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.
Dedicated 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.
For tickets:
Fr.Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102 Tony 020 8795 1121
Babit 020 8764 2268 Felix 020 8450 2129
Jimmy 020 8450 5623    

Friday August 13th, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goans Seniors Association - Seniors picnic
Committee 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.

Please 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.

As 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.

If 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 (Anthony Saldanha) . Kindly confirm if you will be coming. It will be a good opportunity to meet and get to know the members of the Association.


Goan Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php


Saturday September 25th, 2004
Event: The Cortalim Association of Toronto Invites You To Celebrate
The Feast of St. Philip and St. James
Place: Claireport Place: Banquet & Convention Center
65 Claireport Cr., Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/ Albion Rd)
Contact:
NAME
TELEPHONE
Adeline Fernandes
Clara Fernandes
Coney Pereira
Sue Maya
Anne Rodrigues
Manuel Coutinho
416-321-5910
416-621-7942
905-824-4388
905-305-0545
905-629-2695
416-281-0443

Sunday October 03rd, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goans Seniors Association - Fund raising
Event at Our Lady of Rosary Church 10am to 4pm.Details to follow

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Event: NAVELIM FEST
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
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People Places and Things

The New Canadian Cabinet - Some Names
Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health

Vancouver 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Dosanjh currently practices law at Dosanjh Wolley in Vancouver. He and his wife, Raminder, have three sons.


Judy Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
York West (Ontario)
Judy 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 Health.

Ms. 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.

Canadian Olympic athletes won't have to sweat the small stuff
TORONTO, 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 Canada.
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.


Obituary

19 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.

Health & Wellness

YES, YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE BANANAS
From: doreengomes@yahoo.com published in goans_tanzanite@yahoogroups.com
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 here.


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