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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE IN SOUTH ASIA
Lahore, 12th October 2005 (Fifth Day)
"Letter from: Rt. Rev. Lawrence J. Saldanha Archbishop of Lahore & President of Pakistan Catholic Bishop’s Conference."

8th October 2005, a normal bright Saturday morning. Suddenly, at 8.52 a.m. my office began to shake and shudder, the whole building began to sway - an experience quite different from previous earthquakes. It was quite prolonged too, it seemed like two terrifying minutes. With unsteady steps I made my way out to the verandah and saw the birds flying in alarm. All my office staff ran out, numbed and dazed.

Soon the TV began to give the breaking news that a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale had happened, with its epicenter in Azad Kashmir, just 80 km north of Islamabad. The four towns worst hit were: Muzzafarabad (75% destroyed) (capital of Azad Kashmir) Abbotabad (40%), Mansehra (50%) and Balakot (90%).

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Economy needs workers past 65-Labour shortage worries businesses
Immigrants, more babies not solution
 

Getting people to work longer — not subsidizing more babies or bringing in more immigrants — is the best way to boost the labour force as the population ages, the Conference Board of Canada says.

Developed nations tend to choose among three policy options in response to the aging trend, but two of them don't work, the Conference Board says in its annual performance report card.

"France is subsidizing women to have more babies," board president and chief executive Anne Golden told a Star editorial board meeting yesterday. But the cost of raising and educating a child in a developed country far exceeds such subsidies, she said.

"We're not thinking through immigration," Golden also said. Even if Canada were to bring in immigrants at a rate of 1 per cent of the current population a year — an idea reiterated by Prime Minister Paul Martin last month — there still would not be enough new workers to meet demand, she added.

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Canada losing ground in global rankings, Conference Board says
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11:45 AM EDT Oct 23


TORONTO (CP) - Canada continues to slide down the ranks of the world's top economies and is a "chronic laggard in key areas, notably productivity and investment," according to the Conference Board of Canada's latest global report.

Dropping investment spending and sub-par productivity growth pulled Canada down to the No.12 spot from sixth place last year and third in 2003, the board said Tuesday.

"Canada runs the risk of squandering its abundant endowments and opportunities," Conference Board CEO Anne Golden said in a release.

"Our report card shows that Canada's relative performance continues to slip, and other countries are not standing still."

Canada earned top 12 rankings in all six categories of the board's global survey, but lost ground in four, including a decline to 12th from sixth in the economy category.

"Even in areas such as health and society, where we believe that we have created a strong social fabric, our public record does not measure up to our international brand," Golden said.


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Tourists Stranded By Wilma's Wrath
Oct. 22, 2005. 01:00 AM ?
"Our priority is safety," said Errol Francis, president of Conquest Vacations and chairman of the Canadian Association of Tour Operators.
Toronto Star JOHN GODDARD STAFF REPORTER


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Telephone service cut out as Hurricane Wilma bore down on a Toronto family of three yesterday at a beach resort in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

"I last spoke to my daughter at 3 p.m. Thursday," Mary Ann Gallacher said from Toronto, clearly worried for her daughter, son-in-law and their year-old child stranded in the path of the storm generating winds of more than 200 km/h.

"They're huddled in the bathroom. They said it would be the last call for 30 hours."

The hurricane tore into Mexico's Mayan Riviera yesterday with torrential rains and winds, filling the streets with water, shattered glass and debris. The storm shattered windows and downed trees on the island of Cozumel, a popular cruise-ship stop.

"Tin roofing is flying through the air everywhere. Palm trees are falling down. Signs are in the air and cables are snapping,'' Julio Torres told Associated Press by telephone from the Red Cross office in Cozumel.

Officials didn't expect to be able to reach Cozumel until late today to assess damage.

The Category 4 storm, which killed 13 people in Haiti and Jamaica, was expected to pummel the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula for two days. It is forecast to sideswipe Cuba before bearing down on Florida on Monday.

Goa Hospital's lack of counsellors blamed in the case of man who killed himself and pregnant wife
SHAIKH AZIZUR RAHMAN SPECIAL TO THE STAR, CHENNAI Oct. 23, 2005. 01:00 AM

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Srawan Gawas took two copper wires, tied one to an iron bangle on his pregnant wife's wrist and attached the other to his wedding ring.
 
He then twisted the wires together, stuck the unattached ends into an electric socket and committed murder-suicide.

The deaths of the 34-year-old taxi driver and his 22-year-old wife in the coastal town of Vasco da Gama in the southeastern state of Goa baffled relatives and neighbours and made newspaper headlines as police failed to find a motive.
 
The truth emerged when forensic specialists at Goa Medical College sent blood samples from the couple and the six-month-old fetus of their daughter for HIV tests.

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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

Sob story: Onions still dear
By Preetu Nair

PANAJI, Oct 24: The arrival of the train carrying 30 tonnes of onions from Pakistan to Amritsar in Punjab on October 23 has not made much difference in Goa, as the onion price is still ruling high at Rs.20-24 per kilo in the market. However, on Sunday, the price of the vegetable was the highest at Rs.28 a kilo and people were seen getting tear-eyed over onion at the Panaji market. "The sale of onions have decreased in the last few days by say around 40 to 50 per cent," opined a vegetable vendor at the Panaji market. (GT)

Awareness drive on bird flu launched in Goa

PANAJI, Oct 25: The department of animal husbandry and veterinary services and the forest department have started a joint awareness campaign on bird flue disease as precautionary measure. The task of collecting and checking the serum of different birds brought in the State has also begun. It has also been observed that the mechanism needed to control the disease is absent in the state and a panel of officers would leave for training at Pune on October 27. (NT)

The Mopa Airport
By Melson FM Louis

Goans should support the Citizen's Action Committee constituted under the South Goa MP, Mr Churchill Alemao, to oppose the new civilian airport at Mopa. The State government should ask the defence ministry to shift the naval air base from Dabolim, so that the present Dabolim civilian airport could be expanded and modernised to match international standards. The Dabolim airport is not a naval airport for it has not been classified as a defence aerodrome by the Government of India, ministry of Civil Aviation No.50988, dated January 1988. (My View, NT)

ALDONA PARK PROJECT: CREATIVE, COLOURFUL

ALDONA, Oct 26: At the children's park near the Aldona Church, the kids were at a different, colourful, creative game this morning. Tiny tots to near-teenagers, with brush and colour in their tiny hands, enthusiastically decorated the wall of the park, led and encouraged by their elders. The elders had earlier tidied up the park, removing all the weeds and bushes, clearing the garbage, etc.

In what they called the "Aldona Park Project", concerned Aldonkars set about cleaning the park and making it a place to visit regularly for "our children and their children". The wonderful "Colour Workshop" is something to be emulated by elders in most other villages and their children. (DGNC)
 


Padri: Good social entertainer

PANJIM, Oct 22: The screening of Prince Jacob's entertaining Konkani movie "Padri" took off today afternoon at Ashok cine theatre here. Sindhdurg Bishop Allwyn Barretto, Mandur parish priest Fr Conceicao D'Silva, Pundalik Naik, Tomazinho Cardozo and others figured among those who watched the inaugural screening of Prince Jacob's Rs.50-lakh venture, produced by Mangalore's Raymond Quadros, ably directed by Rajesh Fernandes and with thrilling music by Wilfy Rebimbus.
The Konkani film has already been running to packed houses in Mangalore for the last three weeks, reveals comedian-playwright Jacob, who appeared justifiably excited about the film, which takes him triumphantly from the Konkani tiatr to the silver screen. The entire cast has worked to make the movie memorable, however, none misses the brilliance that Newton breathes in the role of Fr Savio, the pivotal character of the engrossing narrative. Last week, "Padri" enjoyed the privilege of raising the curtains for the Goa State Film Festival 2005. (DGNC)
 


Obituary

D'SOUZA, Nelson
From Toronto Star

NELSON D'SOUZA Peacefully at the Scarborough General Hospital on Wednesday, October 26, 2005. Nelson was the loving husband for 50 years to Dolly. Loving father to Glenn (Sharon), Derrick (Sandra), Audrey (late Vincent), Debbie (Hubert), Karyn (Chris), Bert and Joe (Monica). Dear brother to Luzie, Violette and the late Arnold. Nelson will be sadly missed by his 13 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. from St. Dunstan Roman Catholic Church, 3152 Danforth Avenue (east of Victoria Park). Cremation to follow. A special thank you to all the staff at Oncology Tower at Scarborough General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Oncology Tower, Scarborough General Hospital would be appreciated.


Events

For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005 
Date Organization Event  
October 29, 2005 Breast Cancer Survivors Charity Dance GVC
Sunday,November  13th, 2005

The Canorient Christian Association

Food Fair/Bake Sale

GVC
Saturday, November 19th, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC

Saturday November 26th, 2005

Hamilton Goan Association

Christmas Dance

HGA

Saturday, November 26th, 2005 Q8Canada Annual Christmas Banquet GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 - 10:00am Friends of St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 Quebec Goan Association St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Sunday, December 4th, 2005 Villagers of Moira The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2005. Montreal GVC
Saturday, December 17th, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance
St. Clement of Ohid, 76 Overlea Blvd,
North York.
GVC
Mail
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 Fifty Five Plus Goan Seniors Group - West GTA Christmas Dinner & Get Together GVC
Flyer
December 31st  New Year's Eve Goan Overseas Association - Toronto New Year's Celebrations GVC
26th November to 3rd December Goa Heritage Action Group Fontainhas Festival GVC
2006
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
GVC
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


Announcements

Mass For The Faithful Departed Loved Ones

From: "Claude Fernandes" <fernandesclaude@yahoo.com>
To: "Tanzanite Goans" <goans_tanzanite@yahoogroups.com>;

The month of November being dedicated to Souls who passed away, You are invited to attend this year's 2nd Anniversary Mass to be held for all Tanzanians and others who died during the year. The Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Church, 3674 Lakeshore Road West, Etobicoke, (Toronto).
 

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2005. Montreal

From: "C. Felix D'Sa" <cfdsa2002@netscape.net>

All the villagers of Moira (and their friends) are requested to pledge their assistance and/or participation in celebrating the "Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2005".

Please contact me [ASAP]. A [first come first serve bases] LIST, will be made, for the function.

WHAT: Celebrating "The Feast of the Immaculate Conception"
WHEN: Sunday, 4 December 2005 [12.00 pm] NOON
WHERE: To be Announced shortly
WHY: To enjoy the "3rd Montreal Moira Social"
WHO: villagers of Moira and friends; [WHICH includes you too]

Thanks and Warm Regards to all,
C. Felix D'Sa, "Villager of Moira" Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Tel: 450-676-8560 e-mail:
: qga2002mtl@yahoo.com
 

An Indian & Irish Cultural Evening - in aid of earthquake victims in Pakistan & India.
From: "C. Felix D'Sa" <cfdsa2002@netscape.net>

Flora Marlow is organising a fund raising evening on 16 Dec. 2005, in aid of
earthquake victims in Pakistan & India.

[Refer to original email below].

In January this year Flora was instrumental in raising over $23.000 at the Tsunami Disaster, which she handed to the Canadian Red Cross. We can all make our contribution to the Pakistan and India earthquake victims, by assisting and /or supporting this event.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Felix D'Sa

From: Flora Marlow <floramarlow@yahoo.ca>

An Indian & Irish Cultural Evening
Featuring, music, song & dance
In Aid of the victims of the Kashmir Earthquake
( Pakistan & India ).
On Friday the 16th of December 2005
At 6:00 p.m.
In The Saint Ignatius of Loyala Church Hall
on 4455 West Broadway, Montreal.
( cross St. Sherbrooke )
Donation : 15$
* All proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross.
Disaster Relief fund.
Food & Drink will be provided.
For Information: Flora Marlow
Tel: (450) 477-9949.
 

Associação de Goa, Damão e Diu
Pessoa Colectiva de Utilidade Pública

Lisboa, 23rd September 2005

Dear René Barreto, coordinator of World Goa Day

It was a great pleasure to welcome you and Maria to Casa de Goa and to have  the opportunity to talk with you about the role we envisage for Casa de Goa in the  Portuguese society and our future plans.

We were also very happy to realise that we have a common goal  - a Convention  for the leaders of Goan associations all over the world to get together in order to share not only ideas and achievements, but also plans to involve 2nd and 3rd generation Goans in the effort to strengthen Goan identity and culture.

We will be glad to pursue the matter further thought in the near future, but a possible date for the Convention, to be held in Lisbon,  would be October next year.

I can assure you that Casa de Goa will provide all its support, not only from the organisational point of view but also in the definition of the Convention programme.

Kindest regards

Prof. Dr. Narana Coissoró, Ph.D
President of the Managing Committee

Email : casadegoa@sapo.pt

http://www.goacom.com/casa-de-goa


People Places and Things

GoaNetters Nite Out In Toronto

A group of GoaNetters met for dinner in Toronto to host Gabe Menezes, visiting from U.K., and otherwise have a good time.

The Venue was Dom's Kitchen - where the motto is dine like you do at home!

Besides Gabe, the party included active Toronto GoaNetters:
- Bosco D'S & Mervyn Lobo who drove all the way from the east end,
- Kevin Saldanha who has a vet clinic nearby
- Locals Tim & Jenny de Mello & John J. D'Souza from Brampton


 

And dine they did with all the Goan dishes including sorpotel. prawn curry and all the rest. Acquafeni was passed around in lieu of beers, and the party carried late into the evening long after the place closed with Mervyn picking up the dinner tab.

Thanks Mervyn!.

Soul Yatra-Indian jazz ambassadors

Jazz Goa <jazzgoa@yahoo.com>
Mumbai based jazz ensemble Soul Yatra is back after a very successful Asia-Pacific tour. Appointed as the Indian ambassadors of jazz by Hennessy XO, Soul Yatra has now been signed on as brand ambassadors and will perform several international events for Hennessy over the next two years. This is heartening news indeed for Indian jazz artistes who have been struggling for decades to find a voice in the international jazz arena. Jazz may have originated in America but today this form of improvised music is widely being accepted as the global sound of music. Jazz has always been alive and evolving drawing from worlwide cultures in it's journey towards global acceptance. Indian classical musicians in particular, have made a huge contribution to jazz since Indian classical music is all about improvisation-the keyword to jazz.

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IN GOA, CONCERN AND HELPLESSNESS MEET CHURCH THEFT TREND

By Pamela D'Mello
The Asian Age asianage at sancharnet.in Panaji: A spate of thefts in Christian chapels in the state have again focussed attention on a chronic problem --- the illegal trade in sacred art objects and antiques.

Last Monday, relic hunters reportedly ransacked a chapel in Pilerne, a quiet village in North Goa, stealing mainly sacred statues of Christian saints and gods, and pieces of ornate carved wood, initially estimated to be collectively worth Rs 1.5 million.

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A GREAT POEM !!!

Sent By: "Uvy Lopes" <unmlopes@sympatico.ca
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Professor Yusuf Kassam (previously Dar-es-salaam University & currently Toronto)was an outstanding student at King George VI Grammar School, Zanzibar, during the early 60s. He was among the first Zanzibaris/Tanzanians to have published poems in English.

His latest poem is:
Paradise Lost

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Health & Wellness

Cancer News from Johns Hopkins

This was received from a nursing supervisor at Greenville Memorial Hospital.It was sent to their staff.

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

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Cardiac patients uninformed about dangerous food and drug interactions

MONTREAL, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Cardiac medications mixed with certain foods and herbal supplements can endanger patients' health, especially in those taking multiple medications.

A paper by Nancy Chaytor presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2005, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, says there is a knowledge deficit in this area. Her presentation described many known food-drug interactions which clinicians should, but don't always, discuss with patients.

"It is vital that people taking cardiac medications are aware of these potentially dangerous interactions, and that they tell their doctor everything they are taking" says Dr. Beth Abramson, Heart and Stoke Foundation spokesperson. "Through my own research on complementary and alternative medicines I know that sharing that information is critical, but often doesn't happen."

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