talent being squandered
In the Greater Toronto Area — indeed, throughout
Canada — we take so much pride in our acceptance
of newcomers that we practically take them for granted.
As a measure of tolerance, that is good.
But from the perspective of what new immigrants need
from us, it is discouraging to them, and costly to all
of us, because we are wasting so much talent. The Conference
Board of Canada estimates this country loses $4 billion
to $6 billion a year for one simple reason: our failure
to take into account the skills and qualifications new
immigrants bring to Canada.
Consider the facts. More than 40 per cent of immigrants
to Canada in the 1990s had at least one university degree,
nearly twice the Canadian average. Yet far too many
of them are unemployed or under-employed.
For the university-educated population, the jobless
rate for recent newcomers is at least three times the
rate for Canadian-born citizens. When they get a job,
six out of 10 immigrants end up working in areas other
than those for which they are qualified. As a result,
one in four new male immigrants with a university degree
finds himself working in a low-education, low-wage job.
For women the rate is worse, at almost 40 per cent.
Canada cannot afford such waste. In just six more years,
this country will have to rely on immigration for all
of its net labour force growth.
EAST GOAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION -Year end report
By: Netto Noronha
A thanksgiving Mass for togetherness and wellness of
the members was held on March 3rd at the Commander Blvd.
Arena. Rev Father Krzysztof Stabrawa, associate pastor
at the Prince
of Peace, celebrated the mass. In his homily he mentioned
it was a good time (lent) to give thanks and pray for
family and friends. He wished the community well in
all their endeavors.
Jerry and Eva lead the choir with great renditions of
hymns in English and Konkani. The mass was followed
by bingo and cards. Snacks with pop proved very popular
and were all sold out.
The evening was well patronized by over 120 members
and friends. For full text click
Overseas Association Annual Report for 2004
G.O.A. announced in their Financial Report that they
made a profit in excess of $60K last year. The outstanding
principle balance for the 10 acre Kirby/Hwy 400 property,
is expected to be fully paid off by the end of 2005.
At the next AGM the General Body will be presented with
an appraisal on the value of the property, and request
specific directions on next steps. The 7th Viva Goa
Festival attracted 5000 people, with many out-of -town
visitors planning their visit to Toronto to include
this event. The New Year's Event "ran like clockwork"
with an attendance approaching 1000 party goers of which
320 were young adults in an adjacent hall. The event
raised $7500 for the Goan Charitable Organization's
The Association seems to be well favoured in the Corporate
world with more than 30% of it's total revenue of $75,000
derived from banks and financial institutions.
The next annual general meeting is to take place on
April 24, 2005 For more information on G.O.A. visit
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
PANAJI: While the epicentre of the earthquake measuring
5.1 on the Richter scale was 190 kms away from Goa in Koyna,
the tremors were also felt in parts of the State and triggered
panic, specially among people in buildings and they either
rushed out of doors or moved to safe places.
"The tremor can be classified as of moderate intensity
and was recorded for a duration of 22 seconds in Panaji",
he said, adding the possibility of further tremors could
not be ruled out.
financial statement presented in Lok Sabha
Union Minister for Finance, P Chidambaram presented in the
Lok Sabha the annual financial statement of Goa for the
year 2005-2006 with a deficit of Rs.41.79 crore. The budget
2005-2006 was presented in the Lok Sabha as Goa is under
President's Rule. The revised estimated 2004-05 indicate
a reduction of Rs.688.41 crore in receipts under Revenue
European football coach is a proud Goan
Mariano Barreto, who was born in Ribandar in 1957, went
on to be Assistant Coach to Champions League Clubs in Europe
like Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia,
Head Coach to the Ghana national team who qualified and
participated in the Athens Olympics, 2004 in Greece. Currently,
he is Head Coach with a Portuguese Super League team Clube
Maritimo from the island of Madeira.
Congress-backed candidates virtually wept the South Goa
Zilla Panchayat polls, with the party bagging as many as
14 of the 20 seats. BJP which ruled the State for the last
four-and-a-half years suffered a major setback in the North
Goa Zilla Panchayat elections as party-backed candidates
could win only nine seats in the 30-member body. A total
of 6,64,299 votes in two ZP constituencies went to the second
Zilla Parishad polls held in Goa on January 13, with 197
candidates are in fray in both the North and South Goa Zilla
Panchayats. Jennifer Monserrate, wife of former minister
for Town and Country Planning Babush Monserrate was elected
unopposed from Taleigao. So also Antonio Silveira, brother
of St Andre MLA Francis Silveira, was elected unopposed
from Agassaim. The elections evoked a lukewarm response
with only about 50 per cent of the electorate exercising
their franchise but the poll process passed off most peacefully
without any untoward incident in Goa.
Sharada Puraskar presented to Keni
Mr Justice (retd) Narendra Chapalgaonkar presented the prestigious
Gomant Sharada Puraskar, the highest state award for literature
to noted Konkani writer, Mr Chandrakant Keni, at the Kala
Academy complex. The award has been instituted by Kala Academy.
Mr Justice Chapalgaonkar said that the society had lost
its faith in sublimity and humanity, and the same was responsible
for lack of quality literature produced in modern times...Mr
Chapalgaonkar also took note of Mr Keni's rich contribution
in the field of journalism as well as his key role in giving
a direction to the state, during its formative years, after
Liberation. Earlier, he presented Mr Keni with an idol of
Shree Sarawati, a sum of Rs.50,000, shawl and a scroll of
SEBY GOMES of Toronto & Mumbai and
the 328 Victims of Air India Flight 182
Bombed June 23, 1985
Gone but not forgotten. - Justice will prevail.
(ex-Kampala, Uganda) REMEDIOS ( REMY )BRITTO
- . Beloved husband of Agnes and father /father-in-law of
Wency/Aurora (UK), Alban/Theresa(UK), Wendy/Cajeatan (Canada)
& Marie (UK) born on may 7, 1925 and passed away peacefully
in Mapuca, Goa on Tuesday, March 15,2005.
Funeral was held at St. Jerome's church Mapusa on Friday,
March 18, 2005.
For listing of events in 2004 please click
Easter Sunday March 27th, 2005
Overseas Association Toronto
dollars for members and $5 for non members..
the Royal Banquet Hall Mississauga, 185 Statesman
Blvd from 3 p.m. in the afternoon to 8.30 p.m. in
High Tea type of a get-together.
On Sale Bel puri, panipuri, frankies, dahi wada, other
snacks like sauagepau and Goan sweets
There is a DJ too, bingo , children's Easter egg hunt
and other activities.
905-502-6103 for further info or go online to www.goatoronto.com
web page for further details or to book online ....
June 18th, 2005
keep tuned to this site for further details.
Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent
School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned
for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto,
Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on
Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of
Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto
Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like
to get on the mailing list please write to me asap.
Jo Birkmeyer email@example.com
July 08th, 2005
Mass for the Deceased Relatives and Friends
thereafter gathering in the church hall
of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
contact one of the following committee members for further
July 09th, 2005
invite you and your friends to join us at our Picnic
on Saturday July 09, 2005
keep tuned to this site for further details.
August 20th, 2005
Goa Day Picnic
keep tuned to this site for further details.
Sunday September 25th 2005
our 6th Annual Social on Sunday September 25, 2005.
keep tuned to this site for further details.
Overseas Association - Toronto - 2005 Events
Beach Blast - Volleyball Tournament
Annual General Body Meeting
35th in TO
GOA Golf Tournament
Summer Boat Cruise
Viva Goa '05....LAND OF PARADISE
Details See: http://www.goatoronto.com/index.php
Test Equipment expands sales and service to India Through
Demerg Engineering Services
Canada: Mr Test Equipment
has appointed Demerg Engineering Services, a division
of Demerg Systems India, as official authorized distributor
of Mr Test Equipment’s full product range of
electronic test and measurement equipment in India.
the terms of the agreement, Demerg Engineering Services
will serve as the exclusive authorized distributor
of Mr Test Equipment’s entire product range,
offering quality used and refurbished electronic test
and measurement equipment to clients throughout India.
in Goa, India, Demerg Engineering Services is ideally
situated to partner with Mr Test Equipment servicing
the Indian market, specifically the electronics, RF,
microwave and telecom markets in India. Demerg Engineering
Services is one of India’s leading consultants
in a broad array of engineering services including
new capital investment projects.
Mr Test Equipment (http://www.mrtestequipment.com)
is an international company that specializes in sales
of refurbished (reconditioned with full warranty)
electronic test and measurement equipment like oscilloscopes,
spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators,
logic analyzers, etc to Canada, the United States
of America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Places and Things
appointed Portugal's Minister of State, Internal Administration
A Goan, Antonio da Costa , was recently appointed to the
number two position in the Portuguese government as Minister
of State and Internal Administration. He was appointed to
the post on 4 March by the newly appointed Portuguese Prime
Minister, Jose Socrates.
Costa, 43, is the son of Goan author Orlando da Costa, and
has previously served as Law Minister, besides other high
profile positions in Portugal. He is reportedly the first
Goan to reach such a high position in Portugal. A post-graduate
in European Studies, Costa has worked as a lawyer and was
involved for several years ins Portugal's Socialist movement.
Elections : Leicester East: It is Suella Fernandes vs
Mar. Trainee barrister Suella Fernandes, of London,
will contest Leicester East against Keith Vaz. Suella,
24, is confident of making an impact on East Leicester
voters: "Labour’s Keith Vaz is doing Leicester
no favours," she says. Suella Fernandes has been
an active member of her local community. Her father,
Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School
- Class of '63 and Assagao, Goa) is a local activist.
Uma Fernandes, her mother, is a nurse and a local
Councillor and was a Parliamentary candidate. For
a Goan Voice UK profile of Suella see GoanVoiceUK
for Good Friday
For more recipes go to http://www.goacom.com/cuisine/recipes/
500 gm fish-filleted and cut into desired sized pieces
For the batter
200 gm gram flour
5 gm red chilli powder
5 gm turmeric
3 gm crushed cumin
2 gm soda bi-carb
oil for deep frying
Make a thick batter with water, flour, red chilli powder,
cumin, turmeric, salt and soda bi-carb.
Coat each slice with the batter and deep fry.
Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve with ketchup or chutney.
Headlines from Reuters
Tanzania wants 44,000 HIV patients on drugs by Dec
Mar 2005 13:53:16 GMT
By Helen Nyambura
DAR ES SALAAM, March 17 (Reuters) - Tanzania plans to sharply
increase the number of HIV patients receiving life prolonging
medicines by the end of this year with the help of donors,
the health minister said on Thursday.
About 12 to 15 percent of Tanzanian adults are infected
with HIV, while 200,000 of them are in acute need of antiretroviral
therapy (ART) or medicines that slow the progress of AIDS,
U.N. statistics show.
pushes sexual abstinence for teens despite data
Mar 2005 13:00:11 GMT
By Alan Elsner
NEW MARKET, Md., March 17 (Reuters) - Half a dozen 13-year-old
boys munch pizza and slurp soda as they watch a video on
how to resist peer pressure.
Afterwards, a counselor asks them how they might be able
to counteract social pressure to engage in sexual activity.
But most of the boys aren't listening. Even after one of
them is ejected from the Maryland classroom, they push and
shove, make rude noises and insult the counselor and each
other. Eventually, the session wraps up without any real
discussion. Welcome to sexual abstinence-only education
in 2005. In the past five years, President George W. Bush
has more than doubled funding for such programs, which teach
that abstinence from sexual activity until marriage is the
only sure way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually
transmitted diseases, and other health problems.
use of DDT may be necessary evil
By Katherine Arie
02 Apr 2003
DDT is effective against malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
JOHANNESBURG (AlertNet) - Decades after DDT was banned by
the United States and most Western countries, the notorious
pesticide has made a comeback in the battle against malaria
in sub-Saharan Africa, which has 90 percent of the world's
malaria cases and 80 percent of the deaths caused by the
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria
kills an Afri 30 seconds. The disease also has debilitating
effects on African economies. Economists estimate it is
responsible for a drag on growth worth billions of dollars
Perhaps not surprisingly, a handful of countries, including
South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, and Madagascar, have reintroduced
DDT, which remains the cheapest and most effective method
for controlling mosquitoes, in their malaria-control programmes.
In November, African ministers and health experts at the
Commonwealth Regional Health Ministers Conference in Kampala,
Uganda, urged member states to use DDT to combat malaria.
Afterwards, Uganda announced that it, too, would start spraying
DDT to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes and gave South
Africa as an example.
seniors are cared for
GURBAX MALHI, Special to the Brampton Guardian
that Canadian seniors are cared for in their later years
is a priority for the Government of Canada.
offering a Guaranteed Income Supplement to all seniors who
meet the income requirements, we ensure every older Canadian
can enjoy a reasonable annual income.
Development Canada administers three income support programs
that provide benefits to seniors. They are Old Age Security,
the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Pension
Plan. For full text click
RELATED RESOURCES Health
Division of Aging and Seniors
Canadian Association for the Fifty-Plus.
Visit their Web site.
Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental
To promote the mental health of older persons/seniors by
connecting people, ideas and resources.
Visit their Web site.
Ontario Association of Community Care Access
Toronto Community Care Access Centre
Encyclopedia of Health and Aging
The complete guide to well-being in your later years.
Complete Canadian Health Guide
By June Engel, Ph.D.
Retirement External Links
not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any
strategist P.J. Wade
Dr. Alan Roadburg has a "retirement
program" you can do at home
of Retired Persons, Canada's association for the 50+.
For full text click