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Bishop Alex Dias To Visit Toronto

Bishop Alex Dias
On Tuesday July 05th, 2005 a special holy mass will be celebrated at the Christ the King Roman Catholic church by Bishop Alex Dias for tsunami victims of Andaman & Nicobar islands.
Time: 6.30 P.M
Venue: 3495 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (corner of confederation and central pkwy.)
This will be an opportunity for Toronto Goans to meet Bishop Alex Dias SFX, who hails from Calangute, Goa. He is the First Bishop of Port Blair Diocese, consecrated on January 20, 1985. He is also the First Bishop of the Society of Missionaries of St.Francis Xavier, Pilar, Goa. For full text click here.

Health system safe despite court ruling
canadian Catholic News
The recent Supreme court of Canada ruling on private health insurance in Quebec will not result in the destruction of Canada's publicly funded system,says the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of Canada(CHAC).
General Lewis said Canadians have a deeply rooted tradition of looking after each other that will guarantee the survival of medicare,despite fears among some observers that the decision may mean the unraveling of Canada's public health care system.
"We have a system of Canadians helping Canadians." Lewis said."That's been what has made Canada what it is today."

In an interview June 10,Lewis said he was not worried that the June 9 decision would lead to an American-style health care system.

"We dont want to become like the Americans."he said."We want a system that continues to allow every Canadian to have access to health care regardless of their financial condition."

Remembering Victims of Air India Flight - 20th anniversary of 'Canadian tragedy'
Thu, 23 Jun 2005

Flags in Canada are at half-staff to honour the 329 victims of Air India Flight 182 which blew up over the Atlantic Ocean 20 years ago today.

About 500 people, including friends and families of the victims of the Air India bombing, gathered for a sombre service to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.For full text click here.

Invest in India, says ambassador to US physicians:-

Houston (Texas) | June 19, 2005 12:40:05 PM IST
Houston (Texas), June 19 : India's Ambassador to the United States Ronen Sen has urged physicians in the US to invest in India, especially in the growing health industry.
Addressing the 23rd annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) here, Sen said the potential for investing in the Indian healthcare industry was almost unlimited.

"In this changed environment, new avenues of cooperation are opening up. Please avail of the opportunities. And most important is your experience and expertise. We don't need handouts. What we need is investments.. and in the health sector... there are profitable investments," he said.

The highly influential AAPI has over 25,000 doctors as members.

"Today, several new opportunities exist. India has more FDA-approved (US Food & Drug Administration) pharma companies than any other country," said Sen, adding the introduction of the Patents Act had created new areas of investment and research, all of which would reduce the cost of drugs.

Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, during his US visit last week, had discussed numerous projects with Indian American physicians as well as with his counterpart in the US.
India and the US had also signed agreements relating to health security areas such as disease surveillance, tracking the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases.

See Special supplement in Goan Voice - UK
For photos see http://www.nicentenary.com/MainEvents/index.html

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Mickky Pacheco to be inducted
The Benaulim MLA, Mickky Pacheco, will be inducted in the Rane cabinet today. The three ministers of the erstwhile Manohar Parrikar government were already back to their old offices, while Deputy Chief Minister Dr Willy got back tourism (with environment), when Chief Minster Pratapsing Rane allocated on June 13. Former Chief Minster Luizinho Faleiro has been allocated industries, Dayanand Narvekar has been given Information Technology, law, judiciary and legislative affairs. Power and mines go to Digambar Kamat, Town and Country Planning and Provedoria has been retained with Atanasio Monserrate while Transport and River Navigation Department has been allotted to Pandurang Madkaikar. Atanasio Monserrate has been given an additional portfolio - Housing. Subhash Shirodkar is the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Agency minister while Joaquim Alemao gets urban development, non-conventional energy and fisheries. Sudin Dhavlikar has been given PWD and co-operation portfolios.

Rain reveals IFFI shoddines

Torrential rains that lashed the city almost throughout the day and late evening reduced parts of the city into mini lakes, disrupting movement of vehicles and pedestrians alike and leading to long and frustrating traffic jams for several hours. Roads across the city were flooded as traffic bottlenecks dotted the area even as pedestrians waded through muddy water that was almost knee-deep at places. The Dayanand Bandodkar Road, was perhaps the worst affected as stretches of this road, which were recently rebuilt by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, resembled a waterway. IFFI's showpiece Kala Academy was nearly submerged with water entering the Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir, the black box and the projection room. All this was renovated by the Parrikar government for the IFFI at a cost of Rs.25 crore. Cracks that have developed throughout the overhauled complex.

Viva Sao Joao
While in most of Goan villages people celebrated the feast of Sao Joao by jumping in the wells, the North Goa village of Siolim hosted its annual, colourful "Sao Joao Boat Parade". The rare monsoon event attracted thousands this evening in Siolim village. Six decorated boats with enthusiastic revellers wearing flower crowns and singing "Sao Joao, Sao Joao, ghunvta mure..." participated this year.
Tiatrists Joe Rose and Succorine kept the audience, among whom figured chief guest Mickky Pacheco, in high spirits. Backing up with scintillating music was Anjuna's "Pietros".The compere was continuously announcing spot prizes were prizes for people from the audience, with some special element in their dress, hair, ornaments, etc. Band "Pietros", a regular feature of the Siolim boat parade, released their first Konkani album "Goenchea Puta Re", with lyrics by Konknni writer-musician Bonaventure D'Pietro and music by his son Rabin. A dance group from Mapusa also put up an entertaining act.

SEZ Fear
While Union Finance Minister P Chidambaran has mooted the concept of a Special Economic Zone - a concept mooted for Goa which has been readily welcomed by the Goa government, people in South Goa are expressing their apprehensions of the move. They wonder at the ramifications, if any, on the local population of Verna, Nagoa, Loutulim, Cortalim and Quelosim bordering the Verna Industrial Estate, where the government has disclosed plans to set up the SEZ by acquiring an additional 65 lakh sq mts of land.

Ben Antao's "Blood & Nemesis"
James Fernandes, freedom fighter and author, released a novel based on the liberation struggle titled "Blood & Nemesis", written by Canada-based Goan, Ben Antao, at a function held at the International Centre here on Goa Revolution Day, June 18. Published by Goan Observer Pvt Ltd, "Blood & Nemesis" captures the drama of the liberation struggle with special focus on the persecution of freedom fighters by the Portuguese colonial regime.


Memorial Mass for the Late Camillo De Souza
Camillo De Souza

A Memorial Mass for the late Camillo De Souza, who passed away in England on June 4, 2005, will take place on July 20, 2005, 7:45 p.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Mississauga on Hurontario St.
Please check Web site closer to mass date for updates.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association A Taste of Goa GVC
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Reunion GVC
Saturday, July 02, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Dinner Dance GVC
Sunday, July 03, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Picnic and Tour Niagara Falls GVC
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 BISHOP ALEX DIAS SFX Special Holy Mass GVC
Friday, July 08, 2005 Villagers of Navelim Mass for Deceased GVC
Saturday, July 09, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Picnic GVC
Friday, July 15, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 The Toronto Parra Association The Feast of St. Anne GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005
D'Costa Financial Group
Konkani Musical-Goemcho Avaz
Saturday, July 23, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Viva Goa 2005 G.O.A
Saturday, July 23, 2005 D'Costa Financial Group Konkani Musical-Goemcho Avaz GVC
Sunday, August 14, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Annual Picnic GVC
Saturday, August 20, 2005 Quebec Goan Association World Goa Day Picnic GVC
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Villagers of Pilerne Picnic PULSE March
Sunday, September 25, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia 6th Annual Social GVC
Saturday, October 15, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Dinner Show GVC
Saturday, November 19, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 17, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance


Forthcoming Konkani Musical - "Goemcho Avaz"
A Konkani musical with performers direct from Goa, Bombay & England will be staged in Mississauga July 17 & July 24 by producer Francis D'Costa Click for details....

People Places and Things

Indian Air Buys $7 Billion in Airbus, Boeing Jets
Indian airlines grabbed the spotlight on Day 2 of the Paris Air Show on June 14, committing to buy about $7 billion in jets from Europe's Airbus and U.S. arch-rival Boeing Co.
The orders highlighted growing demand for air travel in India, China and the Middle East, which aerospace executives hope will power a rebound in global aircraft manufacturing that began last year.
They also helped to keep Airbus ahead in the battle for customers at the air show after Qatar Airways' whopping $10.6 billion plan to buy its planes on June 13. Airbus traditionally uses industry events to showcase deals, and Boeing remains poised to regain the lead in commercial jet orders this year.

Number of Catholic Religious in Canada
Clerical (priests and brothers)
Source: Booklet - The Changing Face of Religious Life - Published for Forum “Religious Life in the Emerging Universe” Montreal June 3-5

Claim to be a Refugee rather than a Pensioner.... you get more mullah
It is interesting that the(Canadian) federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can also get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00. This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of Canada for 40 to 50 years can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees! Lets send this to all Canadians, so we can all be ticked off and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470 00 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 years.

Health & Wellness

Perfect Siesta
It's called the post-lunch dip: that afternoon slump when it's hard to stay awake. Most of us know the feeling-that afternoon sleep when it's hard to concentrate as we struggle to stay awake. South Australian research has found a quick fix-and. It's the perfect siesta. (This was known in Goa long time ago) For full text click here.

Seniors and Drugs: Prescribed to death
CBC News Online
Drugs, not just age and disease, are killing Canadian seniors.
As many as 3,300 seniors die every year due to adverse drug reactions, according to a CBC estimate done by analyzing Health Canada's adverse drug reaction database (obtained under Access to Information).
It's an estimate that has been judged credible by a number of researchers who study pharmacology and adverse drug reactions.
"The 3,300 deaths number and the way it's been calculated by CBC I think is quite cautious and is realistic. It's likely to be higher than that, but nobody at the present time has a way of really getting a good measure of the seriousness of this matter," says Dr. Jim Wright, a clinical pharmacologist and the managing director of the Therapeutics Initiative at the University of British Columbia.
CBC found that seniors account for 44.4 per cent of all deaths reported to the adverse drug reaction database between 1999 and 2003, even though they make up just 13 per cent of the population.
For more information go to: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/seniorsdrugs/

Health Issue!!!
From: Bernard Ribeiro <bernardsrib03@yahoo.ca>
No water bottles in freezer.
No plastic wrap in micro
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters worth noting... This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer.
Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as this also releases dioxins in the plastic.
Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health hazard. (He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital.) He was talking about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. For full text click here.

Magic pill to get you to quit smoking!
OTTAWA, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - It's as easy as open, pop, swig, and swallow. Well, at least it will be. Yesterday, delegates at the 4th National Conference on Tobacco or Health heard that new pills, vaccines, and web- assisted cessation programs are in clinical trials and will soon be available to smokers looking to quit.
According Dr. Peter Selby, clinical director of the Addictions Program, at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, "Studies show 50 per cent of current smokers want to quit in the next six months. Additionally, 52 per cent of smokers have attempted to quit one to three times, and 18 per cent attempted to quit four or more times. It is clear the need for such remedies is essential." For full text click here.

Public prescription drug benefits for all seniors too expensive, unnecessary, and unfair
TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ -Universal,publicly-funded drug coverage for seniors would be unnecessarily expensive because only a few people actually need financial assistance for prescription drugs, accordin to Universal Drug Benefits for Seniors: Unnecessary,Unsustainable and Unfair, released today by The Fraser Institute.
Most provincial governments in Canada already have publicly funded programs that reimburse seniors for their spending on prescription drugs. However, the United States recently passed new federal legislation, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA 2003), granting universal eligibility to seniors for public funding of prescription drugs starting in 2006. For full text click here.

Fireworks Pose Serious Risks
TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - The Fire Marshal of Ontario is urging the public to attend fireworks displays hosted by their local municipalities to minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries in their own backyards on Canada Day weekend.
"We want everyone to enjoy the Canada Day weekend, and that includes staying safe," says Fire Marshal Bernard Moyle. "Fireworks can be extremely dangerous and for this reason we do not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Fireworks should be left to fireworks professionals who are qualified to handle and discharge them safely." For full text click here.

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