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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE IN SOUTH
Lahore, 12th October 2005 (Fifth Day)
from: Rt. Rev.
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
workers past 65-Labour shortage worries businesses
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.
For full text
Canada losing ground in global
rankings, Conference Board says
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.
For full text
Tourists Stranded By
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
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
"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
AZIZUR RAHMAN SPECIAL TO THE STAR, CHENNAI Oct. 23,
2005. 01:00 AM
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
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
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Toronto East Goan
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News Clips from Goa
Sob story: Onions still
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
Awareness drive on bird
flu launched in Goa
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,
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
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)
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
For listing of events in 2005 please
Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005
October 29, 2005
Breast Cancer Survivors
Sunday,November 13th, 2005
Canorient Christian Association
Saturday November 26th, 2005
Hamilton Goan Association
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
Annual Christmas Banquet
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 - 10:00am
Friends of St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day
December 3rd, 2005
Francis Xavier's Feast Day
December 4th, 2005
The Feast of the Immaculate
Conception, 2005. Montreal
St. Clement of Ohid, 76 Overlea Blvd,
Wednesday, December 21st,
Five Plus Goan Seniors Group - West GTA
Dinner & Get Together
31st New Year's Eve
Overseas Association - Toronto
26th November to 3rd
Goa Heritage Action Group
School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto
2005 To December 3rd 2006.
Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
|Mass For The
Faithful Departed Loved Ones
From: "Claude Fernandes" <email@example.com>
To: "Tanzanite Goans" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
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"
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
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
Thanks and Warm Regards to all,
C. Felix D'Sa, "Villager of Moira" Montreal, Quebec,
Tel: 450-676-8560 e-mail:
|An Indian & Irish
Cultural Evening - in aid of earthquake victims in
Pakistan & India.
From: "C. Felix D'Sa"
Flora Marlow is organising a fund raising evening on 16
Dec. 2005, in aid of
earthquake victims in Pakistan & India.
original email below].
In January this year Flora was instrumental in raising
over $23.000 at the
Tsunami Disaster, which she handed to the Canadian Red
Cross. We can all
make our contribution to the Pakistan and India
earthquake victims, by
assisting and /or supporting this event.
Thanks and Best
From: Flora Marlow <email@example.com>
An Indian & Irish Cultural Evening
Featuring, music, song & dance
In Aid of the victims of the Kashmir Earthquake
( Pakistan & India ).
On Friday the 16th of December 2005
At 6:00 p.m.
In The Saint Ignatius of Loyala Church Hall
on 4455 West Broadway, Montreal.
( cross St. Sherbrooke )
Donation : 15$
* 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
and to have the opportunity to talk with you about the
envisage for Casa de Goa in the Portuguese society and
We were also very happy to realise that we have a common
- a Convention for the leaders of Goan associations
all over the
world to get together in order to share not only ideas
achievements, but also plans to involve 2nd and 3rd
Goans in the effort to strengthen Goan identity and
We will be glad to pursue the matter further thought in
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
not only from the organisational point of view but also
in the definition of
the Convention programme.
Prof. Dr. Narana Coissoró, Ph.D
President of the Managing Committee
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
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
- Kevin Saldanha who has a vet clinic nearby
- Locals Tim & Jenny de Mello & John J. D'Souza from
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.
Soul Yatra-Indian jazz ambassadors
Jazz Goa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
For full text
CONCERN AND HELPLESSNESS MEET CHURCH THEFT TREND
By Pamela D'Mello
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.
A GREAT POEM !!!
Sent By: "Uvy Lopes" <email@example.com
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:
Health & Wellness
Cancer News from Johns Hopkins
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.
For full text
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
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.
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
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