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June 24

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Groundbreaking for Air India memorial
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and other sources
TORONTO (CP) June 23, 2006 - Families of the victims of the Air India bombing will soon have a place to go to remember their loved ones.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial was held today in Toronto at Commissioners Park, overlooking Lake Ontario.

The Government of Canada and the India Canada Association hosted the memorial service in honor of the victims who perished on Air India flight 182 on June 23, 1985.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Asia-Pacific and Africa); Her Excellency Mrs. Shyamala B. Cowsik, High Commissioner of India; His Worship Bob Chiarelli, Mayor of Ottawa; and members of the India Canada Association.

Jayashree Thampi, who lost her husband and daughter, says she's grateful for the support all levels of government have given for the memorial.

The groundbreaking ceremony comes exactly 21 years to the day of the Air India bombing.

There were 329 people, including 280 Canadians, killed when flight 182 was downed by a terrorist bomb on June 23, 1985, near the Irish coast.


Judge to sort out 'cowardly' Air India bombing
June 21, 2006

OTTAWA (CP) - Declaring the Air India bombing the most cowardly and inhuman act in Canadian history, former Supreme Court judge John Major is promising to do his best to bring belated solace to the families of the victims.

In an opening statement Wednesday at the public inquiry into the affair, Major said the probe is the "only route left" to find out exactly what happened, why it wasn't prevented and how to head off similar attacks in future.

He candidly admitted the justice system has so far failed those who lost loved ones when Air India Flight 182 was downed by a terrorist bomb off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985.



Canadian Employers Struggle to Attract and Retain Employees
Hewitt Associates Survey Reveals Flexibility Key to Addressing Labour Shortage

TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Canadian organizations of all sizes, in all parts of the country, and in all industries are finding it challenging to attract and retain employees, according to an extensive survey conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company. As a result, a majority of the 232 survey respondents are implementing new programs focused on flexibility to address the problem.

Hewitt's survey reveals that three-quarters of organizations are having problems attracting or retaining new employees. Forty-four per cent are struggling with both attraction and retention. The problem is most acute in Alberta, where finding or keeping workers is an issue for 97 per cent of respondents, and almost two-thirds indicated that both are challenges. The problem is only expected to worsen, with half of the employees currently working at respondent organizations being baby boomers or older (age 40 or older). Employers indicated they anticipate close to 43 per cent of their employees will take early retirement and less than 11 per cent will work age 65.


Time To Open Our Eyes To Elder Abuse
Public Service Announcements Unveiled on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Initiative for ending mandatory retirement for workers aged 65 or older by
December 31, 2006.

TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government is supporting a public awareness campaign that will shed light on the problem of elder abuse, Jim Bradley, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Seniors, announced today.

"We are on the side of Ontario seniors, and are committed to helping them live in safety, with dignity and independence," said Bradley. "That's why the McGuinty Government is supporting community efforts to combat elder abuse, and is making sure people get the message that the abuse and neglect of seniors will not be tolerated in Ontario."



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By: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <>

By Pratap Naik, S.J.

PRATAP NAIK is a Jesuit and head of the Thomas Stevens Konknni Kendr.

Those who care for Konknni should be open to the ground reality and not be led by mere theoretical idealism or language and script chauvinism. In a democracy, mutual respect, understanding and unity in multiplicity these and other values must guide any action.

Pre-liberation Goa: During Goa's pre-liberation period, members of the majority community and common folks of the minority community, for their oral communication, used Konknni. The majority community used Marathi for primary education, for popular religion, accounts, written communication, theatre and other spheres of their lives.

The elite of the minority community used Portuguese at home and for education. They used Konknni to converse with the majority community and common folks of the minority community who did not know Portuguese language. Portuguese was considered the language of the cultured. The elite of the minority community looked down on Konknni as a language of the servants and the socio-economically backward commonfolk.

Konknni in the Roman script was used for popular religious practices and by the mass media. Konknni written in the Devanagari script hardly existed during this period. It had practically no influence over the members of the majority community too......

The Church contributed to standardize Konknni in the Roman script, which had its roots in sixteenth century. Let us call this dialect as Roman Script Standard Konknni (RSSK). After the liberation of Goa, Konknni language suffered a number of setbacks. This happened due to partly lack of vision and leadership on the part of the minority community, and partly due to the manipulative tactics used by self-proclaimed protectors of Konknni.

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Is Common Courtesy a Thing of the Past?
The Great Reader's Digest Global Courtesy Test Toronto ranks third out of 36 cities around the globe

MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/
- It's a question most of us have probably asked at one time or another - "whatever happened to common courtesy." We live in such a fast-paced world it may seem that few people have time for "niceties" such as holding open a door for someone. Is it just an illusion, or is common courtesy really a thing of the past? To answer the question How Polite Are We? Reader's Digest devised the Global Courtesy Test.

That's right - global! From Toronto, New York and London, to Johannesburg, Mumbai and Moscow - we've been around the globe and back again, thanks to our 50 international editions. While not a strict scientific survey, The Great Reader's Digest Global Courtesy Test is the world's biggest real-life test of common courtesy, with more than 2,000 tests of actual behaviour, and it provides a fascinating snapshot of behaviour in the countries tested. We sent out undercover reporters - half of them men, half women - from Reader's Digest editions in 35 countries to assess the citizens of their most populous cities (in Canada we conducted the test in both Toronto and Montreal). In each location we carried out the following three tests:

- We walked into public buildings 20 times behind people to see if they would hold the door open for us.
- We bought small items from 20 stores and recorded whether the sales assistants said thank you.
- We dropped a folder full of papers in 20 busy locations to see if anyone would help pick them up.

And the resultsare quite eye-opening! Our Global Courtesy Test found that New York, Zurich and Toronto rated as the Top Three cities worldwide (Montreal came in 21st - just below the global median). Sao Paulo, Zagreb and Berlin tied for fourth place. Our test showed that, beneath that gruff exterior, New Yorkers really are a polite bunch (particularly when it came to holding doors open).

It seems for many Torontonians, courtesy is just second nature. In the trendy Queen Street West area, Mike Parsons, a 28-year-old artist, helped researchers with a dropped folder. "I sit out here doing drawings all day, and I find people to be really good and cheerful. Toronto is very tolerant, very polite," he said.

Lawyer Mark Ellis, 48, agreed. "I've seen more politeness in Canada than in many other places I've been, particularly Europe," he said to a male reporter after holding the door open in the financial district.

The region that most lacked courtesy was Asia, where eight out of nine cities finished in the bottom 11. In Europe, Moscow and Bucharest ranked as the least polite cities. When a woman failed to hold a door in Moscow, she replied, "I'm not a doorman. It's not my job to hold doors. If someone gets hurt, they should be quicker on their feet."

While older generations may complain that today's youth aren't known for their courteous behaviour, it turns out that, by a small margin, the under-40s were the most helpful of all age groups. Toronto takes the No.2 position in the global ranking for courtesy among the young; Montreal came in tenth overall. When it came to the battle of the sexes, women were slightly more courteous than men, and interestingly both groups were significantly more polite towards their own sex.

Toronto and Montreal were the two Canadian targets for the Global Courtesy Test, but the rest of the country's not off the hook just yet. The results of our global test made us curious about how other Canadian cities would fare. We may be coming to your hometown soon, so be nice... and don't forget to hold the door open for people (they may not be Reader's Digest researchers, but they'll definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness)!


News Clips from Goa

Sao Joao feast on June 24
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PANJIM: Panaji Traditional Festival Committee is all set to celebrate traditional Sao Joao feast on June 24 in honour of St John the Baptist. According to committee president Joaquim Telles, they will visit villages of Siridao, Goa Velha, Santa Cruz, Caranzalem, Patto with a brass band and recorded music to boost up the morale of revellers and will culminate at Ribandar where the final celebration will take place. The motto of these functions is to revive the long forgotten festivals, traditions and culture and is open for all communities to participate. (GT)
No more sunny skies for Goa
PANJIM: The state and its people can finally heave a sight of relief, as the rains are here again, and that too, to stay. After a week long of incandescent heat and sunny skies, the monsoons have finally returned to bring us some respite. (GT)

Veteran footballer who played for Sesa Goa and now an Officer at Bank of Baroda. Fierce competition is expected from even lesser teams like Ghana and Tunisia to South American and European giants. Eventually, Brazil and Argentina are expected to reach the finals. However, England may spring up a surprise and even snatch the World Cup. (GoaNewsClips Special) ZUARI BRIDGE TO BE CLOSED FOR HEAVY VEHICLES FROM June 19.

PANJIM: The Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd yesterday conducted a trial turn of its 167 shuttle services kept on either side of the Zuari bridge even as some private bus owners offered to give their mini buses to the KTC management on hire basis to tide over the crisis. The Zuari bridge, which has developed stress, will be closed for heavy vehicles (above six tons) from June 19 from 7 am onwards. (GT 'UP duo killed priest over unfulfilled job promise'

MARGAO, June 18: The police have reiterated that the two UP natives - Amit Shukla and Manish Dhubey - had killed Fr Eusebio Ferrao over the unfulfilled promise of providing job to Manish by the deceased. "Both Amit and Manish alleged killed the priest over an altercation on the promise of providing job," maintained Superintendent of Police, South, Shekar Prabhudessai. (H)
'Goa plans convention center, world class golf course'
Dated 02-05-2006

A25-acre tract of land at Dona Paula, near the Goa University, has been finalised for the convention center, and the golf course will be located at Betul, in South Goa. The proposal for the golf course is in the nascent stages currently.
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Konkani Book

ASSAGAO, June 18: While Goan Christians all over the world celebrate the feast of their favourite saint - Sant Anton - particularly in Siolim, Fr John D'Silva has written and published a Konkani book in the Roman script "Sant Anton Milagrincho Bhokt". The 156-page book is a compendium of everything that a Konkani reader wants to know about Sant Anton, including the famous 13 miracles, very popular folksongs like "Sant Anton man'chea bettan, pavs ghal soglea xetan...", parishes, chapels and schools dedicated to the saint all over Goa and even various legends and strange practices his devotees resort to in times of need - like tying up the statue, soaking it in water, etc. With a number of beautiful photographs in colour and black white, besides the endearing narrative of Fr John, a popular preacher from Muddavaddi in Saligao, a former Capuchin and now serving at Kaklutivont Mariechem Kopel in Cuncolim.(DailyGoaNews)


Peggy Ann Vaz
Message from Romero Dias

Died: June 17, 2006

Peggy-Ann, wife of Arnold Vaz, and mother of Andrea and Robert. She is the daughter of the late Lawrie D'Costa and is survived by her mother May D'Costa, her brother Errol D'Costa (wife Louisa, children Dianne and Vanessa) and sister Gayle D'Costa.

Funeral Mass held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, on Saturday, June 24, 2006



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter Summer Blast 2006


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July 8, 2006
CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
July 9th 2006 Horse Racing & Dining at the famous Woodbine Racetrack Woodbine Racetrack, July 09, 2006, cost $37.00 per person, includes buffet luncheon, tax , gratuity and free race program. Own transportation (car pool) . 30 spaces available , info? Contact Vivien
Fernandes at 905-607-4564. deadline is June 15th. Cheque to be made to: Fifty Five Plus Goan Association., Mail to: Vivien Fernandes, #95, 2199 Burnhamthorpe Rd.W.,Mississauga, ON. L5L 5M7
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July 16, 2006 Villagers of Moira and Aldona Moira/Aldona Picnic at Centennial Park, Etobicoke moirasocial


July 18, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon
Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
Sunday, July 23, 2006 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. TEGSA & 55 + Goan Association members
Joint PICNIC Click for detail
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006
August 15, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Saturday, 19 Aug, Time: 10.00am Quebec Goan Association, Montreal You are invited to the World Goa Day 2006 picnic.
Venue:Parc Agrignon, Lasalle. [Entrance near METRO station]
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Saturday, September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
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September 19, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click to view flier & download ticket reservation form
September 23 2006 "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Flyer with further details to follow. So get set to put on your "Western Gear" and have an evening of fun and entertainment We will have a "kick-off" start with a home-cooked / home-style meal.!! Come ready to polish up on yr line-dancing skills!
Contact: Vivien Fernandes, Tel: 905 - 607-
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada GOAN EVENTS IN CANADA - 2006 Click for Flier
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
October 17, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
October 22, 2006 Villagers of Moira, Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception moirasocial
November 14, 2006 General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
- Name our
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November 18, 2006

Navelim Association of Toronto

Navelim Social
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)

Details to follow:
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December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
December 12, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier


Toronto East Goan Seniors Association ( TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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The 13th of June marked another year of Global celebrations on St Anthony’s feast day!! Our Fifty Five Plus Goan Association held a “ Ladahina” at the Malta Band Club on this special day! Our loyal members turned out in support of this event with a “pot-luck” contribution – A delightful feast for all.!!

Credit for putting it all together goes out to our Social Secretary Juliet Rebello and her organizing committee and our Treasurer Francis Fernandes and wife Lucy.



Dr. Quincy Almeida to head Parkinson's research/rehabilitation centre
at Wilfrid Laurier University
Excerpt from

WATERLOO - In a Waterloo community-based clinic, a Laurier professor  is fighting a disease that affects 100,000 Canadians, and local  patients are reaping the benefits.

Dr. Quincy Almeida, an assistant professor and researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University, is establishing the Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC), the first and only facility in Canada designed to focus on treatment strategies for Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders.



Summer Reading
We left in dhows and came in the steamers
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By: "Benegal Pereira" <>
Wed, 7 Jun 2006 22:05:11 -0400
By Urmila Jhaveri - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Urmila writes
I have written this travelogue about our "dhow safari" from East Africa to India during the Second World War when I was a kid. Due to the subject matter it has become longer than intended.


ODD NEWS: Mumbai is the world's rudest city!
This was rated by the Readers Digest, which tested whether anyone would help when papers were dropped in a busy street, whether shop assistants said 'thank you', and counting how often someone held a door open. (GT)


Health & Welfare

Canadian Diabetes Association releases consumer's meal planning and lifestyle guide

TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association today launched a new publication, Beyond the Basics Resource, designed to help people with diabetes - or those at risk for the disease - choose the right foods and portion sizes to maintain a healthy body weight and manage blood glucose levels. This important tool provides an additional resource for people with diabetes to learn from and discuss with their diabetes health-care team.

Beyond the Basics: Meal Planning for Healthy Eating, Diabetes Prevention and Management is a new consumer-friendly meal planning guide that organizes foods into two main categories - food groups that contain carbohydrates and therefore raise blood glucose levels (Grains and Starches, Fruits, Milk and Alternatives and offer choices for snacks or sweet foods) and food groups that contain little or no carbohydrate (Vegetables, Meat and Meat Alternatives, Fats and 'Extras' such as sugar-free foods and beverages, herbs, spices and condiments). This will assist those with diabetes to manage their blood glucose.



Helping Ontario Families Become Healthier
Ontario Government Launches Action Plan For Healthy Eating And Active Living

TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Ontario is setting a strong foundation for healthier families with a comprehensive action plan to promote healthy eating and active living across this province, Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson announced today.

"For the first time in Ontario's history, we are combining healthy eating and active living as a means of improving people's health," Watson said. "Good health is a shared responsibility and I call on our partners to join us in taking action towards building a healthier Ontario."

Ontario's Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living responds to key findings in the November 2004 report by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health entitled Healthy Weights, Healthy Lives. The report called for a broad, province-wide effort across sectors and communities to combat obesity.



A.ffluent D.iseases
New Type 2 Diabetes Cases Have Doubled in 30 Years
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
Jun 19, 2006, 19:05

MONDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- The number of new cases of type 2 diabetes among middle-aged Americans has doubled over the past 30 years,
researchers report.

"There has been tremendous concern, but probably not enough concern, about the emerging epidemic of diabetes," said Dr. Robert Rizza, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and president of the American Diabetes Association. "It doesn't take long to be doubling before the numbers are simply too great to be even conceived of."



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