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An Immigration Program Under Stress
22 Mar: Embassy, Canada.
Excerpted from a speech given by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg at the Public Policy Forum conference on immigration in Toronto, March 20.

Citizenship And Immigration Canada does some things very well. But I think it's safe to say that there are many areas where more work is needed. Today the immigration program is under stress. Newcomers wait too long to come here. Applications in many cases are not processed fast enough. Many newcomers have trouble finding work that allows them to fully use their skills and experience. Their unemployment and underemployment represent more than just a drag on Canada's productivity. It is a human tragedy and basic decency dictates that it not be allowed to continue.

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Pandemic influenza communications campaign:
Health Minister launches one-stop pandemic influenza web site and new information resources for Canadians

OTTAWA, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Minister Tony Clement today launched a new web-based resource on pandemic influenza that will give Canadians access to a one-stop source of information on pandemic influenza and Canada's preparedness. The Minister also unveiled public information materials to be distributed to doctors and pharmacists across the country to assist them in answering questions from the their patients and clients on pandemic influenza.

The web site brings together information from across the Government of Canada's departments and agencies, providing a central web site for information on Canada's pandemic influenza plan and other public health measures to protect Canadians.

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Canadian Doctors of Indian Heritage come together via New Association
By Lisa Darwen _ Medical Post

TORONTO | For the first time in its history the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) will hold their semi-annual meeting outside of the United States. It will be held in Toronto and that event also marks the inaugural conference of its new cousin, the Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (CAPIH). AAPI president Dr. Vijay Koli and Dr. Joseph Kurian (PhD), president and CEO of Alpha Laboratories of Toronto, thought Indian-Canadian physicians would benefit from an association like AAPI. A teleconference in October 2004 with Canadian colleagues, including past Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Sunil Patel, confirmed the idea had merit. On Nov. 2, 2005, CAPIH was constituted and incorporated.

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Commonwealth Games A Success

MELBOURNE, Australia (CP) - Canada took aim at winning 100 medals and finishing among the top three countries at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It hit half the target. After 11 days of competition in 16 sports, Canada ended up with 86 medals (26 gold, 29 silver, 31 bronze), good enough for third in the overall tally behind the powerhouse Australians and England.
Canadian chef de mission Ross Outerbridge admitted officials may have been overly optimistic with their three-digit medal expectations, especially when many Canadian athletes were just beginning their competitive seasons.

But he says the team's performance at the Games bodes well for the future.

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Australia rout Pakistan 3-0 to bag Commonwealth hockey gold medal

MELBOURNE: Olympic champions Australia won their third successive Commonwealth Games men’s field hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Pakistan here on Sunday. Liam De Young put the Kookaburras ahead in the 18th minute before Luke Doerner and Jamie Dwyer scored in the second half to seal their team’s emphatic win.

Malaysia, meanwhile, capped their rapid improvement through the Games by taking the bronze medal with a 2-0 win over England.

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Priests and Non-Catholics in Goa    
From: "George Pinto" <> 

To: "Tanzanite Goans" <>March 24, 2006

Basilio <> wrote:

Priests in Goa and in the rest of India do social work of all types, conduct  sports activities, build schools and community facilities, they run schools, dispensaries, they educate, assist the unemployed to get jobs by   putting a  good word or using their friendships, they mediate family disputes;   and you  name it, they do, besides burying the dead, baptizing the infants, marrying  the marriageable, celebrating the Eucharist, and feats, etc. etc....

 "George Pinto" < > responded

  The word 'priest' if I am not mistaken, derives from the Greek word meaning 'elder'. Christ often used the word priest as 'shepherd'. There have been approximately 15,000 Goan priests in the last 300 years, and approximately 2,000 nuns. Their work historically was understood in the context of elder and shepherd. However, in the last 40 years or so, some in Goa  have become active in social justice issues, reflecting a world-wide trend. Post-Vatican II, they have crossed the road and commune with the laity, a good thing. I could be very wrong, but in 50 years or so, I can see service and social justice as their primary role, with scholarship a very minor activity. I agree  with Basilio, Goan priests (and nuns) are an imperfect lot - just like the rest of us. Long Live Imperfection.

A New Foreign Policy Direction for Canada
 "DREAMLAND: How Canada's Pretend Foreign Policy Has Undermined Sovereignty" by Roy Rempel Presented by the Breakout Educational Network and the Queen'sUniversity School of Policy Studies

TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - Does the world need more "Canada"? Indeed, does the world really want more "Canada"? In his new book, Dreamland, Roy Rempel, author and policy advisor, asserts that Canada's international significance is declining and that Canadians have come to believe in a false global identity. He traces the roots of this fallacy through Canada's foreign policy and the fantasy world it has created for Canadians.

In the foreword to his Government's 2005 International Policy Statement, former Prime Minister Paul Martin noted that: "independent countries like Canada - countries with small populations - risk being swept aside,
their influence diminished, their ability to compete hampered. This may sound dramatic, but the stakes are that high".

 However, "the stakes are that high" because Canada's decline is about much more than a simple loss of influence. And the causes go beyond a general unwillingness to invest in international policy capabilities. Canadians have come to believe that "playing a role" or "expressing national values" is the raison d'etre of foreign policy and that foreign policy is solely about such things as peacekeeping, aid in Africa or diplomacy at the UN.

But while this may sound good to many, Rempel argues it has done Canada a great disservice. This ideological approach to foreign policy has neglected the country's real national interests. Rempel reasons that what Canada urgently requires is a foreign policy that puts the national interest first. For Canada, this means cultivating our relationship with the United States to ensure that we remain a partner, rather than becoming a protectorate in North America, where the U.S. would assume control over Canada's security.

Dreamland provides a blueprint for moving Canada's foreign policy in a new direction that advances the collective interests of all Canadians and ensures that Canada won't simply be "swept aside".

News Clips from Goa

Cartoon By Alexyz


Padma Shri conferred on Prasad Sawkar

NEW DELHI (UNI), Mar 29: The majestic Ashok Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan reverberated with thunderous applause as 53 eminent citizens including former chief justice of India, Mr Justice (retd) VN Khare, noted actor Konidala Chiranjeevi, well-known architect, Mr Charles Correa, herbal cosmetic queen Shahnaz Hussain, litterateur Dinesh Nandini Dalmia, Malayalam poetess Sugathakumari, Ghazal king Pankaj Udhas and Prasad Sawkar received the Padma awards today. While Mr Charles Correa got the Padma Vibhushan (science and engineering) Prasad Sawkar received the Padma Shri (art). (NT)

"New avenues for tourism in Goa".

PANJIM, Mar 29: Goa should focus on promoting planned medical tourism, according to the professionals in the tourism and health sector. Demerg System India, a company offering web-based solutions, today organised a convention at Panjim titled "New avenues for tourism in Goa". Tim D'Mello, Managing Director of Demerg Systems, said, "Goa needs to take the lead and show what health tourism means. Goa is a natural magnet for tourists from the West. However, in Goa, medical tourism is not at par with some of the metros, D'Mello felt. Pamela Mascarenhas, Deputy Director of Tourism said that during conferences in the UK, the department informed that Goa has the medical facilities. Demerg systems plan to organise a conference on health tourism in April 2007 to discuss various aspects of medical tourism in Goa. (H)
Shigmo in Panjim

My designs are a tribute to modern Dance: Wendell

MUMBAI (IANS), Mar 29: Ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks used the platform of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week here to pay tributes to Isadora Duncan - the pioneer of modern dance. Calling his presentation "Isadora in India", Rodricks showcased clothing that was reflective of the culture of dance in the country. "...My clothes are just that, clothing for dance - wearable and simple and yet dramatic." (NT)
Marna Catholics show the way

SIOLIM: While a huge and cry is being raised over the inconvenience cause by religious places lying by the roadside, a path-breaking decision taken by a section of the Siolim parishioners to relocate a quaint roadside chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows played an important role in strengthening the religiosity of the residents of Cruz Vaddo and Noronha Vaddo. Letting better sense prevail and inspired by the guidelines of the Synodal document, it was decided that the chapel be relocated in the same property. The new chapel, built on the same strip of donated property, is much more spacious and well away from the main road. The chapel was designed by Arch Agnelo D'Oliveira, while Alec Madeira executed the construction work. (GT)
PANJIM: Vaibhav Vaingakar, a police constable, allegedly shot himself to death, at Mary Immaculate High School in Panjim. The 28-year-old constable, who was attached to Bicholim police, was posted in the North District Reserve Line Force and was on duty at Std XII examination papers evaluation centre. According to Panjim town PI Mahesh Gaonkar, Vaibhav picked up his .303 service rifle, rested the handle on the wall and thrust its muzzle onto his chest. A wooden stick was used to pull the trigger. Vaibhav chose this extreme step because he felt he was a failure in life. The bullet passed through his body and zipped across the room and ricocheted off a pillar. Vaibhav left behind two notes: one addressed to his parents stating "I am extremely sorry and nobody is responsible for this. I have no right to live." The second note, addressed to his brother-in-law, said, "What have I thought and what am I living. Nothing came true and nothing I've got, but only dreams I had of the future. I'm lonely, I've nobody with me, only dreams." Early next morning at around 7 am, the school watchman, Ibrahim Khan, was shocked to see a policeman lying in a pool of blood. (GT)


Conceicao Maria Coutinho
March 20, 1921 – March 29, 2006

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Conceicao Maria Coutinho, our beloved mother and grandmother, on Wednesday March 29th, 2006. Devoted and loving wife of the late Sebastiao Coutinho. Dear mother of Manuel (Barbara) Coutinho; Leocadia (Joseph) Barreto; and Yolanda (Gildo) Fernandes. Cherished grandmother of the late Savio Barreto; Michelle (Jeremy) Pereira; Jude Fernandes; Neil Coutinho; and Elaine Fernandes.

Visitation will be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, (905-305-8508) on Sunday April 2nd, 2006, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Monday April 3rd, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 10 Washburn Way, Scarborough. Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery, 7241 Jane St., Concord.

To join her in her courageous fight against Asthma, Diabetes and Heart Disease, donations in her memory will gratefully be accepted by the Lung Association; Diabetes Foundation; and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Many thanks for the care and support provided by the staff at Peter and Paul Nursing Home over the past 3½ years and at the Rouge Valley Centenary hospital in her final days.


 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm FIFTY-FIVE PLUS GOAN  SENIORS GROUP - WEST GTA Easter Brunch Click for flier
Sunday, April, 23, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Annual General Meeting
April, 29, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Spring Fling – Anniversary Dance
Sunday, April, 30, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Building Special General Body Meeting
Sunday May 7, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Career Newworking Mixer
Sunday, May 7, 2006 Saligao Social Committee of Toronto Annual Saligao Social at International Banquet Hall,
5835 Kennedy Road, Mississauga (Kennedy & Brittania)
Mass at 12:00 noon followed by festivities
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May 12,6.15 pm Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA Ladies Dine & Pamper Nite
Mary Kay®Dinner & Makeover
You are cordially invited to a "Girlfriends Night Out"
Enjoy a great Buffet Dinner.
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Goan Seniors

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
St. Francis Xavier Senior's Club
The Canorient Christian Association of Metropolitan Toronto
The Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto
The Manglorean Association of Canada (MAC)
Food & Craft Fair
Brebeuf College School
211 Steeles Avenue East
(Near Bayview & Steeles)
Toronto, Ontario
Saturday, May 27th 2006 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association 3rd Anniversary Dance Click for Flier
June 3, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Golf Classic
Friday 9th, June 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany Schedule
Saturday June 10, 2006 Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
June 11, 2006 Goan Overseas Association St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic
June 11,2006    ‘LADIAN” refreshments, Video of “Mother Theresa’s Life.  
June 16, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Goan’ Overboard
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
For more information, please contact Marshal Fernandes or Sandra Menezes at (416) 503-0043
June 23rd, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA "First Annual" dinner dance at the renaissance banquet hall - Mississauga,ONT.  
Saturday July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter Summer Blast 2006 Click For Info

Saturday July 8, 2006 CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
See Flyer & Events Program
Ticket Forms
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada Annual Social GVC
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
November 25th, 2006 The Hamilton Goan Association Annual Christmas Dinner/Dance 25th Anniversary Celebration
Liuna Gardens, Stoney Creek, Ontario
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


TEGSA - Annual General Meeting -Baton Change.

The Toronto East Goan Seniors Association had all good news to report to the 59 members who attended the AGM on Sunday March 26, 2006

The Executive Committee Members for the 1st 2 year term were, Claude Gomes, Romero Dias, Bel Remedios, Anthony Saldanha, Elsie Fernandes, Uvy Lopes, Olga Madeira, Vivien Dias. & Netto Noronha,.

Highlights of reports from President Claude Gomes, Secretary Bel Remedios
& Treasurer Anthony Saldanha:

-Membership 430

-Finances in good shape. Not-for profit organization, hence only minimal operating
funds carried forward

-Christmas Dance and other event ticket prices kept low with subsidies from Asoociation's funds.

-Membership fee for current year to remain same as 2005 - no enrolment fee for new members

-Grant from City of Toronto helped to fund a wide range of social and cultutral events

-Minutes of last meeting and General Secretary's report approved without amendment

Click to read President Claude Gomes Address

The new 2006 - 2008 Executive Team :-

President :
Alpoim Andrade.
Vice President: Leo Braganza.
General Secretary: Carmelita D’Souza.
Treasurer: Valentine Viegas
Social Secretary: Victoria D’Souza.
Cultural Secretary: Zena Vaz
PR., Media & Communications Co-Ordinator: Uvy Lopes.

Trips Co-Ordinator: Hilda Vitor
Member: Charles Fernandes.

Auditors : Pelagio De Souza & John Barretto

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Fifty Five Plus Goan Seniors Group – West GTA
Easter Greetings

On behalf of our Executive Committee, I am pleased to send out special Easter greetings to all our members, especially those who have helped and supported us in achieving the formation of our Association since its inception 10 months ago.

Without the enthusiastic and ready support of all my co-coordinating committee and endless hours of planning for the last 10 months, nothing could have come to fruition. Therefore, I am proud to report that we started off with a ground zero base, then at the next general meeting, we had 65 members and now it has soared to at least 300+ and is still growing..!!

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Calling All Professionals…..Mentors Wanted For Career Networking Mixer!

Are you looking for a way to make a difference to a person starting out in their career? Would you like to help shape the career path of someone in the Goan community? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you. Join other working professionals for the G.O.A. Career Networking Mixer on Sunday May 7, 2006 at Eatonville Library from 1:30 - 5:00 pm. (430 Burnamthorpe Road, Mississauga -- Hwy 427 & Burnamthorpe) 

All it takes is a few hours to share your experience and knowledge about your career field. If you are a working professional in one of these sectors: arts, business, communications, engineering and technology, education, public sector, health services, law and public safety, manufacturing and science, you can help by giving advice to members of the Goan community on:

•    how to network and build contacts
•    where to get training and professional development
•    how to build skills and qualifications

To be a mentor in this forum, please contact Michelle Pereira, G.O.A. Career and Education Coordinator at
For more information go to and click on Career Networking Mixer under Latest Events.

Dear Saligaokars & Friends,



In keeping with the time honoured tradition of celebrating the feast of Mae De Deus, patroness of Saligao, we invite you to join us in Toronto for the annual celebration.


Date:        Sunday, May 7th , 2006
                Holy Mass is at 12 noon
                Followed by a hot buffet lunch, entertainment and dancing!

Place:      International Banquet Hall, 5835 Kennedy Road, Mississauga
               (Kennedy & Brittania, just off Hwy-401) Tel. No. (905) 568 1918

Music:      DJ FATZ

Tickets:     Adult: $ 25.00 Child (ages 4-12): $ 13.00 Toddler (3 and under): FREE
                 A prize for the first order received 
                 A prize for the most tickets ordered 
                No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tables:     10 people per table.

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Super Cities WALK for MS



Dear Family and Friends,

It's me...soliciting again...this time for a cause that I'm personally connected to.

This July, it will be 12 years since I first became ill and was subsequently diagnosed with Multiple

Instead of writing about the toll (visible and 'hidden') that MS has taken on me over the years, I would like
to measure time's passing with all that's positive in my life...such as the steadfast love and support of my dear family; treasured friendships both old and new; prayers said on my behalf; hope that faith has sustained; liberating laughter; and countless other blessings that have been bestowed on me and my life.

I am truly one of the lucky ones. But there are many with MS who have not been so fortunate. I am WALKing for them this year, because "There, but for the grace of God go...".

I understand that many of us have our favourite charities that we support and that no one can possibly support every worthy cause.

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People Places and Things

Goan Association (UK): New Website (insert of GAUK)

The Goan Association UK new website has just been released and is now operational but development work is on-going.
It can be accessed at:
Comments to

Take My Pulse !!!

The link below takes you to the Goan Overseas Association’s …the Pulse Newsletter in pdf format.  To view the document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program which can be downloaded from

New Business Serves In-Home Needs of Area Seniors
SeniorsGavin and Priscilla Fernandes


Gavin and Priscilla Fernandes
Gavin and Priscilla Fernandes

BRAMPTON- Home Instead Senior Care®, the world’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home services to seniors, is pleased to announce the opening of a new franchise in Brampton also serving Caledon, Halton Hills, Woodbridge, Milton and Vaughan. The franchise is independently owned and operated by Gavin and Priscilla Fernandes.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors wherever they might call home: private or rental residences, assisted-living facilities and care centers. Its employees, who are known as CAREGiversSM, help clients maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, laundry, shopping, light housekeeping – even providing companionship.
“Our services are designed for practically any living arrangement where an older adult simply needs human interaction or help with day-to-day activities,” Gavin Fernandes said. “Services are available from just a few hours a day up to 24 hours, seven days a week – including weekends and holidays.”

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A Passage To India
Paul Sullivan
(Paul Sullivan is a longtime Vancouver journalist and president of
Sullivan Media.)

VANCOUVER (GlobeinvestorGOLD) - The real estate market in India is hotter than a flame-throwing chicken vindaloo these days. It's the result of the natural demand fostered by the increase in software and call-centre business, combined with a shortage of office space. India has less total office space than Shanghai and Beijing, about 70-million square feet of A-grade space. Demand has doubled annually since 2002, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Real Estate report.

Then, there's a bit of a bubble. The sector is growing at the rate of 30 per cent annually, and already, in the first half of this year transactions have increased by 20 per cent over last year, according to Jones Lang Lasalles. That growth is mostly in the cities: Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Hyderabad. A typical example is Gurgaon, a suburb of Delhi, where property prices have increased by up to 50 per cent in the last 18 months.

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Health & Wellness

Go Mad For Mangoes

It's half-time, you're out of breath and in serious need of an energy boost. Time to tuck into the oranges.
Or is it?
It's been the footballer's food of choice for years, but it looks like our favourite citrus fruit could be in for a spell on the bench. On in its place comes an exotic new talent from the far east. Full of flair and bursting with energy, this fruit is certain to give its team-mates a lift.
And its name? Mangifera indica - the mango.
New research has found the tropical fruit to be the ultimate half-time reviver.
It has three times as much carbohydrate (the body's main energy source) as oranges and gets energy to the muscles a fifth faster.

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Good drinks, bad drinks
This is the print version of story]
by Peter Lavelle
Published 16/03/2006

A hundred thousand years ago, the choice was simple when it came to a drink ? there was no choice. It was water or nothing.

What a different world we live in today. Diet soft drinks, ice teas, fruit juices, coolers... Every year, about 1,000 new beverages come onto the market, targeting our rising incomes and our innate fondness for anything sweet.

And they're changing they way we get our nutrients. Over the past 20 years, we?ve added between 630 kilojoules (150 calories) and 1260 kilojoules (300 calories) to our daily diet ? and half of this additional amount is from drinks. About 20 per cent of our total energy intake now comes from beverages.

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Water the winner

Top of the list is water, they said. It has no kilojoules at all - though no nutrients either, but that's not a problem. Ideally, we'd drink only water and let the nutrients come from a balanced food diet. This was, after all, how our bodies naturally evolved.

How much water? There's no recommended amount. Drink when you feel thirsty, the researchers advise. It's almost impossible to drink too much ? the kidneys excrete the excess out almost straight away.

But water is also tasteless and it's not much of a reason to get together with those old friends. ?I know a great little garden tap? isn?t much of an invitation. What about the alternatives?
Next best, from the point of view of health is tea. Both black and green tea contain antioxidants and studies have shown them to lower the risk of heart disease and possibly cancer.

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Low fat milk

Next on the list are low fat milk products; low fat (1.5 per cent or 1 per cent) and skim milk. They're a good source of protein and of calcium and Vitamin D ? a high milk intake is associated with strong bones and is recommended for kids and for older women especially. Full cream milk on the other hand is high in calories and saturated fat and has been linked with heart disease and should be avoided, the researchers say.

Next comes diet soft drinks ? drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners rather than sugar. They do help people lose weight, compared to sugary soft drinks, the research suggests. There's no evidence these sweeteners are harmful, but there?s no evidence that they?re safe over the long term either.

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How to Lead a Stress Free Life

No matter what we do each day there is frequently something that we do that will cause us to become tense. That's what we commonly call 'stress'.

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Why Stress Makes You Sick

Scientists have confirmed what's been suspected for years: stress makes you sick, from the common cold to cancer.

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