OF NEW ARCHBISHOP ON 21 MARCH
Archdiocese of Goa and Daman is getting set for a
unique three-tier event: the installation of Rev Fr
Filipe Neri Ferrao as Archbishop of Goa and Daman,
send off to the outgoing Archbishop Patriarch, Rev
Fr Raul Gonsalves, and the maiden visit to this archdiocese
by the Apostolic Nuncio to India, Rev Pedro Lopez
Quintana. The celebration will be held at the Se Cathedral,
Old Goa, on 21 March, at 10
we live in an age of migration. People from every corner
of the globe are on the move in unprecedented numbers in
search of a better life for themselves and their families."
ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE JUDY SGRO, MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP
At the Ontario Immigration Roundtable Toronto, Ontario February
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ownership in Canada
will remain solid in 2004 as market continues to move into
TORONTO, Feb. 17
/CNW/ - Alberta's reign as one of the most affordable provinces
in Canada in which to own a home is expected to continue
through 2004, according to the new Housing Affordability
Index released today by RBC Economics.
RBC's Housing Affordability Index for Alberta -- which measures
the proportion of pre-tax household income needed to service
the costs of owning a home - remained unchanged from the
previous quarter at 27.3 per cent in the last quarter of
2003. This translates into an average monthly payment of
$1,231 for an average detached bungalow (principal, interest,
tax and utilities) and compares to a national average of
32.2 per cent or $1,283 per month for the final quarter
of 2003. For full text click
Canada fails to protect stakeholders
Corporate Directors warn more financial statement manipulation
ahead in 2004: KPMG Survey.
TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - In a survey sent to the directors
of 75 of Canada's largest corporations, 84 per cent said
that they think it is likely they will hear of a public
company in Canada that has been involved in financial statement
manipulation in 2004, according to this year's Survey of
the Risk of Manipulation of Financial Statements published
today by KPMG Forensic. A further 46 per cent thought it
possible that such manipulation could occur in the company
of the Board on which they themselves sit.
"It's illuminating that our survey results show that this
type of fraudulent behaviour carried out as a conspiracy
by a group of senior people to deceive corporate directors,
auditors, lenders and other stakeholders to line their own
pockets, has come to be seen as commonplace," says James
Hunter, President, KPMG Forensic. For full text click
future is going to depend even more on immigration" Citizenship
and Immigration Minister Judy Sgro
Star Feb. 10, 2004. 01:00 AM
Cities want immigration deal Talks with senior governments
But no cash from Ottawa forthcoming
NICHOLAS KEUNG IMMIGRATION/DIVERSITY REPORTER
While Ottawa hasn't promised additional funding for immigration
programs, some Ontario municipal leaders say they are pleased
to be part of federal-provincial talks for an immigration
Eight mayors and regional chairs from across the province
met with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Judy Sgro
and her provincial counterpart, Marie Bountrogianni, in
Toronto yesterday to come up with a framework to better
deliver immigrant settlement programs.For full text click
have until March 31 to file property assessment complaints
TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Property owners who disagree with
the property assessments they have received from the Municipal
Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) for tax purposes,
have until March 31, 2004 to file an annual assessment complaint
with the Assessment Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent,
adjudicative tribunal established under statute by the Province
of Ontario that hears property assessment complaints across
the province.For full text click
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
The first Iranian chartered flight this season arrived at
Dabolim airport on February 9. Leading tourism company,
travel Corporation of India, brought in the flight for the
second year in a row. According to A Gomes Pereira, the
passengers are clients of Tehran-based Mika Seir, one of
Iran’s leading travel agencies. The passengers were
put up at the Park Hyatt, Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Goa
Marriott Resort and Holiday Inn. During their four-night-five-day
stay the visitors, including the owner of Mika Seir, were
given a comprehensive look at what the State has to offer,
Gomes Pereira said.
A Canadian national, Mr Nathas Weles, was robbed of his
cash and valuables worth Rs.95,000 at the Kadamba Transport
Corporation bus terminus on Feb 7 afternoon. Mr Weles had
gone to answer nature’s call leaving his bag and baggage
at the mercy of his friend Mr Jarod. Both of them were standing
in a queue to buy tickets to go to Margao through shuttle
city mayor In Panjim
Feb 19, the Lord Mayor of the Birmingham and his wife,
paid a visit to the office of the City Corporation
of Panaji. The august couple were welcomed by City
Commissioner Sanjith Rodrigues, Corporation president
Ashok Naik and Councillors. Speaking about Birmingham,
the Mayor said that it was a "multi-cultural
city". He also said that this trip to India was
fascinating and that the hospitality of the people
here was great. For more text click
Goals In Two Matches!
Yesterday (Feb 16) it rained goals in Goa—118 in two
football matches which officials now believe were fixed.
A majority of the goals came in the second half of the matches
with a goal being scored every 45 to 50 seconds. In the
final play-off matches of Goa Football Association’s
Second Division Football League, Wilfred Leisure played
Dona Paula SC at Duler and recorded a 55-1 (half-time 7-0)
score while Curtorim Gymkhana took on Sangolda Lightning
at Chinchinim and registered a 61-1 verdict after taking
a 1-0 lead at the breather. The four teams including the
players and officials, have been suspended indefinitely
till the disciplinary committee decides on a future course
Saturday, February 21st, 2004
Carnaval Red & Black Dance Party in Maryland
the many and various feasts and festivals that are
celebrated in Goa, the Goa Carnaval is the most colorful
and joyfull event.
Goa United a newly formed soccer club in the DC area,
has decided to recreate some of the old Goan Carnival
nostalgia at their Red & Black dance party in
Maryland. This event organized for the friends and
families of the soccer players is open to all Goans.
The event would have King Momo and his charming Queen
leading a colorful parade followed by the special
Carnaval march, fancy dress competition and a great
collection of Carnaval music to have you tapping your
feet all night long.
Check out further details at, http://www.geocities.com/viva_goa_carnaval/invite.html
Saturday, February 28th, 2004
INSTITUTE "SENIORS GET-TOGETHER"
Bruno Recreation Center,
Crystal Springs Avenue (at Oak Ave..),
San Bruno, CA 94066
Senior Member (age 65 and over) FREE
All Other Members/Guests $8.00
FOR "SENIORS GET-TOGETHER"
your check payable to "GOAN INSTITUTE"
and mail to:
P. O. Box 26574
San Francisco, CA 94126
further information or if you have any questions, please
contact: Matilda Fernandes - (650) 952-2743 (evenings
Saturday & Sunday, March 06-07th, 2004
Convention – Goans of Kenya
Welfare Society was charged with this responsibility
of hosting the National Convention for the Kenyan
Goans in Nairobi.For more details:
Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Marian pilgramage to Our Lady of Velankani
Association of NJ
Association of NJ, Inc. is planning a Marian pilgramage
to Our Lady of Velankani at the Basilica of the
National Shrine in Washington, DC on Saturday, May
22. The pilgramage will include mass, rosary, a
tour of the Cathedral and its crypt and the adjoining
John Paul II Museum.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30
AM and return by 9 pm from Central New Jersey.
Pick up will also include Delaware residents.
Cost will be $24 per seat if all
49 seats are taken. The bus company needs to know
by March 8, 2004.
If you are interested, please send your check to
the Goan Association of New Jersey Inc, P.O. Box
335, Cranbury, NJ 08512, by March 1, 2004.
If the required seats to fill one or two buses are
not taken, we will still go on the pilgrimage, but
car pools will need to be organized. Lunch is available
at the Shrine cafeteria or can be brown bagged.
If you have never been on this pilgrimage or taken
the tours, they are well worth your investment in
time and money. So sign up and give your spiritual
side a lift.
For details call Mike Alvares at (302) 239-3147
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places and Things
Technology Changes the Canadian Real Estate Industry
HALIFAX, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - XstreamRealty.com announces the
official launch of their complete end-to-end online realty
solution, which marks the creation of a new eRealty industry
in Canada. XstreamRealty.com introduces new technology,
which provides Canadian homeowners with all the tools they
require to sell their property independently via the Internet.
By facilitating the negotiation process between Buyer(s)
and Seller(s), Xstream Realty's Web portal allows Buyer(s)
to inspect, tour, and purchase a property without needing
to leave the comfort of their home. "We are proud to
be the first in Canada to provide online realty negotiations
to the growing For Sale By Owner Market, and believe that
our services will bridge the gap between this new trend
and the traditional real estate industry." Says Amie
Walton, President of Xstream Realty Incorporated.
"Our goal is to enhance our product and provide a flexible,
easy to use, service for consumers so that Internet realty
transactions will become as common and convenient as online
banking and eCommerce." Inc.
D'Souza to be editor of THIS magazine.
National Post (Toronto). THIS Magazine announced that
Patricia D'Souza would be replacing Julie Crysler
as editor-in-chief at the 38-year old progressive
publication. D'Souza, currently managing editor of
Iqualuit's Nunatsiaq News, has previously worked as
a copy editor at the National Post and the managing
editor of Canadian Business.[Patricia was born in
Canada and is of Goan origin. Her parents were born
in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and moved to Canada
16 Feb. Velim-Baga.
ANTONIO FLORIANO (ALVITO) D'CRUZ. Beloved
husband of Bertha, Father of Albert/Tilla, Adv Adison/Molita,
Altinho/Anita. Grandfather ofTanishq, Trish, Aolani, Allan
and Allison. Brother of Walter/Priscilla, Late Gambetta/Flora,
Late Ivon Belarmino Antao/Blazia, Ben/ Marivella (Canada).
14 Feb. LUIS
H. PINTO (Lulu), beloved husband of Ethel father
of Eurita/Justino Gomes Pinto, Eloma/Wilson Soares, Etcilia/Mario
Botelho, Eurina/Xavier Sequeira and Loreto/Vandana Pinto
grandfather of Elston, Sheldon, Charlene, Nigelle, Sean,
Deon, Kendra, Kleona, Lovanio and Valonia passed away
at Centenary Hospital, Scarborough, ON, Canada.
year, Canada welcomes thousands of new residents. Coming
to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity, but
also a great challenge.
you are interested in immigrating to Canada, you have a
number of options when applying for permanent residence
status. Read about these programs and decide which class
suits you and your family best.
A Newcomer's Introduction to Canada
can help you plan your move to Canada. The guide
includes advice on such things as preparing to enter the
Canadian work force, choosing a place to live and learning
about life in Canada.
for the North
There is a shortage
of doctors in the North. Here is the person to contact if
you have time to help us.
Sandra Toback, Inuit Health Program,
J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit
Tel 204. 789- 3582 Fax: 204.789-3959 Toll Free 1.877-480-1999
National Network Supports Canadians Dealing with Death and
TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Canadians have a new source of information
and support about death and dying with today's launch of
the Canadian Virtual Hospice at www.virtualhospice.ca
The new bilingual website, launched at a news conference
at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg this morning, provides
high quality health information about death and dying, as
well as a forum for Canadians to share their experiences
with illness or grief. For full text click
to Avoid "Taxing" Headaches with T4s
"Knowing what information is included - and possibly
missing - on your T4 statement is crucial," says ADP
TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Approximately three in four working
Canadians have now received their annual T4 statement, setting
Canada's annual tax season in motion. According to ADP Canada,
the country's leader in outsourced employer services (including
payroll and T4 preparation), Canadians who don't bother
to check their T4 statement do so at their peril.
"It's important for every employee to understand and
check the information on their T4," said Don McGuire,
Vice President Client Services, ADP Canada. "Errors
in basic items such as your name, address and social insurance
number, or differences that you can't reconcile with the
year-to- date totals on your final pay stub in 2003 could
signal a problem that needs to be corrected." For full
text click here.
Power For Your Home
You rely on many appliances and systems in your home for
your health, comfort and security. Most depend completely
on utility-supplied electricity.
It makes sense to have a backup system that will keep your
family comfortable and your home safe in a power failure.
These Top Ten Tips are a brief guide to backup systems.
Six basic types of backup systems are described . For
details go to (part b)
and Stroke Foundation warns fat is the new tobacco
TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - According to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation's Annual Report Card on Canadians' Health, the
increasing number of overweight and obese Canadians now
poses one of the greatest threats ever to public health
in this country.
"The prevalence of this serious health risk is almost exactly
what we faced with tobacco use 30 years ago - when half
of Canadians smoked," says Dr. Anthony Graham, Heart and
Stroke Foundation spokesperson and cardiologist. Since that
time, smoking rates have dropped by half - but during those
same three decades, we've been losing ground in the area
of overweight and obesity. For full text click