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2006 XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Needs Hard Dose Of Reality
Prime Minister should make life-and-death decisions based on evidence, not ideology, says Legal Network…"The Canadian government's head is in the sand on the problem of HIVamong people who use drugs and prisoners," said Joanne Csete. Click for full article (a)

The ABCs of Kenya's war on AIDS.. The HIV/AIDS strategy of the government of Kenya emphasizes an evidence-based approach rooted in "ABC": abstain, be faithful, and the correct and consistent use of condoms. Americans, through President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, support Kenya's prevention strategy. Click for full article (b)

Why is Uganda Interesting Uganda is one of the few African countries where rates of HIV infection have declined, and it is seen as a rare example of success in a continent facing a severe AIDS crisis. Uganda's policies are credited with helping to bring adult HIV prevalence (the proportion of adults living with HIV) down from around 15% in the early 1990s to around 5% in 2001. At the end of 2005, UNAIDS estimates that 6.7% of adults had the virus. The country is seen as having implemented a well-timed and successful public education campaign. Click for full article (c)

Dr. Alex Coutinho, a Ugandan-born public health physician, has been working with HIV since 1983. From 1989–2001, he worked in various capacities in Swaziland and was involved in setting up the early responses to the HIV epidemic there. From 2001 to present, he has served as the Executive Director of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), the largest HIV care and treatment organization in Africa. Click for interview (d)

What exactly is the ABC approach?
     "Avoiding AIDS as easy as...                       A bstain
                                                                      B e faithful
                                                                      C ondomise"


Canadian Internet Use Survey
Excerpts from Stats Canada Survey ~2005

Two-thirds of adult Canadians surfed the Internet in 2005, and those living in larger cities were much more likely to have done so than those in rural areas and small towns, according to the new Canadian Internet Use Survey.

An estimated 16.8 million adult Canadians, or 68%, used the Internet for personal non-business reasons during the 12 months prior to the survey.

Only 58% of residents living in small towns or rural areas accessed the World Wide Web, well below the national average. In contrast, rates in Canada's largest census metropolitan areas ranged from 68% in Montréal to 77% in both Ottawa–Gatineau and Calgary.



Canada not doing enough to help poor: study

Canada is not doing enough to help the world's poor -- thanks in part to its miserly foreign aid -- a new study released Sunday says.

Canada ranks 10th among the world's 21 richest countries, thanks in part to its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and miserly foreign aid, said the study, published in Centre for Global Development and Foreign Policy magazine.

The Netherlands came out top, but even that country wasn't doing a particularly good job of improving life for the 2.7 billion people who subsist on less than $2 a day, said David Roodman, lead author of the third annual Commitment to Development Index.

"Indeed, the main reason the Netherlands came out on top is because others stumbled," Roodman states in the report.

Japan, which came bottom in the ranking, is described as the most inward-looking nation in the group.

It offers the least aid for its size, imposes high tariffs on imports, does little peacekeeping and welcomes few immigrants, the report says.



Housing Starts Will Slow in 2007

OTTAWA, August 14, 2006 — Housing starts will register another strong year in 2006, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) third quarter Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition report. Starts will reach 227,900 units in 2006, before decreasing to 209,100 units next year. Although residential construction will ease, 2007 will mark the sixth consecutive year in which housing starts exceed 200,000 units.

“Housing starts this year will be stronger than previously forecast, mainly due to persistent strong demand in Alberta where starts will increase by 20 per cent in 2006,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC.“Higher mortgage carrying costs, due to modest increases in mortgage rates and rising house prices, will temper housing demand in Canada in the latter part of this year and next.”

Existing home sales, as measured by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®), will register their second best year on record with 481,700 units in 2006, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. A rising supply of listings will give home buyers more choice thereby reducing the spillover effect into the new home market. The level of MLS® sales will remain high in 2007 at 462,200 units, their third highest level on record.However, marginally higher mortgage carrying costs will ease demand for existing homes in many centres across Canada.

Strong MLS® price growth in the western provinces will push the Canadian average price increase to a 17-year high of 12.0 per cent in 2006. In 2007, higher listings and lower MLS® sales will move the resale market toward more balanced conditions, and growth in average MLS® prices will slow to 6.4 per cent.


On Pope Benedict’s visit to his homeland in September
Excerpts from pre-visit interview

In an exclusive interview with German media conducted last week, Pope Benedict XVI addressed issues of marriage and family, world peace and intercultural dialogue as well as the future of the Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI: "We Have a Positive Idea to Offer"
See full text at :,2144,2129951,00.html

The purpose of the visit is precisely because I want to see again the places where I grew up, the people who touched and shaped my life. I want to thank these people. Naturally I also want to express a message that goes beyond my country, just as my ministry calls me to do. I simply let the liturgical recurrences suggest the themes to me. The basic theme is that we have to rediscover God, not just any God, but the God that has a human face, because when we see Jesus Christ we see God. Starting from this point we must find the way to meet each other in the family, among generations, and then among cultures and peoples as well. We must find the way to reconciliation and to peaceful coexistence in this world, the ways that lead to the future.

Today there are Indian and African priests in Europe, even in Canada, where many African priests work in a very interesting way. There's this reciprocal give and take.

It's become more difficult to believe because the world in which we find ourselves is completely made up of ourselves and God, so to speak, doesn't appear directly anymore. We don't drink from the source anymore, but from the vessel which is offered to us already full, and so on. Humanity has rebuilt the world by itself and finding God inside this world has become more difficult.



From Independence to Good Governance

Excerpts from Editorial from Goa Herald newspaper August 15, 2006

It has taken 59 years for India to transform itself from agrarian economy into a nuclear power. In that time, it has also become a global centre for Information Technology and a leader in drug research, satellite technology and super computing.

Though India completes 59 years of Independence on August 15, 2006, Goa sees Indian flag flown on the Independence Day for 45th time, as it joined national mainstream fourteen years latter. Goa’s march forward began on joining the mother country in a democratic and independent polity. The independence brought to Goans an opportunity of self rule after a long time of suppression from all sides. Our founding fathers of Constitution choose democracy not to please any one, but because Indians believed that democracy would enable India to stay united and make progress in the modern world. Democracy is valuable to us more than any other system as it facilitates the involvement of all sections of the people and gives inner strength. It is said : “democracy is the most demanding of all forms of Government in terms of energy, imagination and public spirit required of the individual. If any nation wishes to survive in the modern struggle, if it wishes to recover or maintain Swaraj it must awaken the people and bring them into the concious life of the nation, so that every man may feel that in the nation he lives, with prosperity of the nation he prospers, in the freedom of the nation he is free”.

When, rest of India completes 59 years and enjoys the position of world’s fifth largest economy, the Goa State in its 45th year has been ranked as No. 1 State in the country on account of its impressive socio economic indicators. It has not only the highest per capita income but also a very high rate of literacy besides a very good network of health care with the result it has been able to achieve an overall growth rate of 10%, something which other states in the country cannot boast of.

Goa is considered as an advanced State of the country due to its all round development and growth.

After Independence in 1947, India developed a model referred to as the planned economy. Key sectors were reserved for government monopolies, and private companies operated under a restricted licensing policy. While many achievements were possible in the planned economy, consumers did not get the benefits of competition. After 1991, licensing was abolished and most sectors thrown open to competition and the economic growth rate was accelerated. The Independence also gave an opportunity to lift the people who had remained oppressed for centuries and also because we had to fight and vanquish the evils that had crept in due to feudalism, casteism and superstitions and were responsible for our backwardness.

The planned development process was started in Goa only in 1963, twelve years after the planning process commenced in the country. The state thereafter had to make special efforts to keep up with the expectations.

In the democratic Goa for the last 45 years, the successive Governments have made efforts to wipe out every tear from the eyes of the people. Compassion, kindness, charity, benevolence and concern for peoples’ welfare are reflected in our policies for socio economic development. Freedom and self Government imparted a scientific temper to the welfare programmes. In fact, true to ritual meaning of Independence, development is reflected in the measures taken to protect underprivileged, eliminate poverty, remove social and economic disparities and provide employment to the people.....Today we find the justice - social, economic and political - has been realised and benefits of our economic growth are reaching to the people particularly because the government is working towards a secular and prosperous Goa.

(*The writer is Director of Information & Publicity, Govt. of Goa)


News Clips from Goa

The Rains in Goa
Daijiworld News Network - Goa
Report and pics by Rajtilak Naik in Panaji

Panaji, Aug 9: Goa has been literally caught in whirlwind of the ongoing Because of the heavy gusty monsoon winds, many huge trees were uprooted.

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Nut-break: Two contestants fighting it out in the finals of the Coconut Breaking competition held at Caranzalem on Independence Day. (Pic: Long Johni)

Goa airport turns a fortress
VASCO, Aug 11: With the introduction of closed circuit TV cameras, added CISF personnel, armed patrol teams, a new security drill that includes biometric measures and frisking of passengers, international and domestic passengers may find Dabolim airport turned into a fortress. With an average of 56 flights arriving and departing from Dabolim airport each day, about 8,000 passengers will have to contend with the new security measures. The numbers are expected to swell due to the prolonged holiday spell from August 12 to August 16. (H)

GOACAN exposes fake electrical appliance
GOACAN consumer activists managed to put a stop to the sale of a fake electrical appliance called 'Roti Maker' being sold to consumers at the Pretty Home Exhibition held at BPS club grounds on Tuesday by confronting salespersons of Sunrise Associates from Chennai. (GT)

Setting up of new architecture college opposed
PANJIM: The setting up of a new architecture college (in Benaulim) has been opposed by a section of the architects on the ground that there is no need for another institution at the cost of the 25-year-old Goa Architecture College amidst claims of a decline in demand for this discipline during the last five years. The Goa Architecture College had 22 seats at the outset and the intake capacity was later increased to 40, but was brought down to 30 in view of the dwindling admissions during the past few years, according to sources. (GT)

CEE ranking eludes Goans
PANJIM, Aug 13: In what may be seen as another classic example of Goan students lagging behind in the educational field nationally, not a single Goan has secured a place on the national level Combined Entrance Examination (CEE) in the last 15 years. The Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi conducts the CEE. Nearly 21,000 students from India appear for the CEE each year. (H)

Service with a smile
In Vasco, among the oldest electronic shops, Preeti Electronics has completed almost 25 years of existence. It was in 1982 that the Asian Games were being held in New Delhi. The business-minded husband wife duo - Simon and Felicity D'Souza - could not have started the business at a more lucrative period. Television was making its presence felt, the Asiad was being held in India, and people made a beeline to buy television sets... Simon D'Souza is an ex-MLA and ex-deputy speaker of the Goa assembly. He is also an active social worker. Felicity too does her part in social work and she has also been the ex-councillor of Mormugao Municipal Council. Simon has now added a spiritual angle to his activities by helping people travel for a retreat to Potta in Kerala. (Adelmo Fernandes, GT)



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
August 22, 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]
Click for Flier
Friday September 8, 2006 TEGSA Fish Curry Nite at Commander Park Arena Click for Flier
Saturday September 9, 2006 Parra Association Parra Feast 2006 Shingar Banquet Hall
2084 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton (STEELES & TORBRAM)
Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner & Dance
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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 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
September 23 2006 55PGA "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Timothy Hall, ,-6655 Glen Erin Drive-Mississauga
Near Meadowvale Town Centre.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL… ....$20.00 (till Sep10)
$25.00(after Sep 10)
Dress Code: Casual Western – Meals Inclusive
See flier . 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-
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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
September 29, 2006
TIME 7:00 P.M.
(Martingrove & Ludstone)
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 7, 2006 Toronto Tanzanities 24th Annual Tanzanite Dinner Dance Click for Flier
October 17, 2006 55PGA - 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 22, 2006 55PGA - General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
- Name our

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 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Friday December 15, 2006 55PGA Mark your Calendar for Grand Christmas Dance Details to follow
Sunday, June 3rd,
Aldona Association Toronto The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga Details to Follow




Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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Kenya Picnic
Inviting all Ex Kenyans and friends to a Family Picnic
Sunday, September 3, 2006 --- 10: 00 a. m. to 9: 00 p. m.
Fologers Country Club and Park
2026 Lower Baseline, Oakville ( 905 878 1030)

Click flier for details and directions.


Airline Seat Sale - KLM Toronto to Nairobi
KLM has a seat sale from Toronto to Nairobi for the month of
November 2006, for CAD1400 including taxes. Seats are limited and the sale ends soon.

Contact Richard D'Souza at


Goa Sudharop: Goan Seniors E-book - update
Message from George Pinto -
August 11, 2006

Dear all,

By request, a third category is being added to the GOAN Senior E-book to be published by Goa Sudharop. The third category is "Tribute to Seniors". See complete details below.

Goa Sudharop Community Development Inc., a USA-based non-profit, volunteer NGO working for the betterment of Goa and Goans worldwide, is celebrating 2006 as the YEAR OF THE SENIOR. We intend to honour Goan seniors by publishing a Seniors E-Book for which Goa Sudharop invites essays from Goans on any of the following topics:

1. "Reminiscences of my Goan Youth" (essay to be written by Goan Seniors, ages 60+).
2. "Giving back to Goa and Goans" (essay to be written by Goan Seniors, ages 60+).
3. "Tribute to Goan Seniors" (essay to be written by Goans, any age).


People Places and Things

Unproductive Employees Costing German Companies,2144,2124422,00.html

A new study indicated that lack of productivity in German companies is costing billions each year. While some amount of chatting can be good for business, the endless cigarette breaks and useless meetings add up.

A recent study may have shattered the long-standing stereotype of Germany being a country of hard-workers. One-third of the labor time spent in German companies is unproductive, according to a report by Proudfoot Consulting.

The lost time, consumed by cigarette breaks, chatting and useless meetings, added up to a national loss of 219 billion euros ($282 billion) in 2004 -- nearly 10 percent of the gross domestic product.

"The concept of economizing has got a bad rap in Germany," said Friedrich Kerker, a professor from the Institute for Applied Innovation Research at the Ruhr University in Bochum.

In Germany, a country poor in natural resources, the economy runs on information and ideas, which makes the employee, and interpersonal communication between employees, even more important.

The communicative coffee break, then, may contribute more to productivity when practiced in moderation than if it were to be eliminated altogether.


Chinese Canadian youth lag behind in leadership
August 11, 2006
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A research study conducted in the former Toronto Board of Education shows that Chinese Canadian youth were 20% more likely to get into university than their non-Chinese peers. 41% of Chinese Canadian youth were high achievers, compared to 26% among other youth. However, the same study also shows Chinese Canadian youth lagged far behind their non-Chinese peers in the other areas, which are important ingredients for effective leadership. Chinese Canadian youth rated 55% in social skills, 32% in oral skills, 46% in problem-solving skills, and 32% in leadership skills, while non-Chinese youth rated 74%, 58%, 57% and 54% respectively. Ms. Maria Yau, one of the principal investigators of the study, presented the findings.

Dr. Ernest Cheng, the Managing Director of Canadian Test Centre (CTC) and the publisher of the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT) series points out that the immigrant parents of Chinese Canadian youth have a significant influence on their academic decision and career choice. Professor Wilfred Fong, the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) reminds us to look at the leadership roles that many of Chinese Canadian youths will take in the future, especially in a multicultural and hi-tech society that we are living in. He believes that leaders are made, not born.


Health & Wellness

(a) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Needs Hard Dose Of Reality
Prime Minister should make life-and-death decisions based on evidence, not ideology, says Legal Network

TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network called today on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make evidence-based and potentially life-saving decisions to keep Vancouver's safe injection site open and to implement needle exchange programs in Canadian prisons.



The HIV- AIDS Conference in Toronto
Why is Uganda interesting?

Excerpts from :

Uganda is one of the few African countries where rates of HIV infection have declined, and it is seen as a rare example of success in a continent facing a severe AIDS crisis. Uganda's policies are credited with helping to bring adult HIV prevalence (the proportion of adults living with HIV) down from around 15% in the early 1990s to around 5% in 2001. At the end of 2005, UNAIDS estimates that 6.7% of adults had the virus. The country is seen as having implemented a well-timed and successful public education campaign.1

Gradually, more and more countries around the world are starting to realise that they must take decisive action if they are to avert a major AIDS crisis. More and more money is being channelled into Africa, especially by the US which has pledged $15 billion to fight AIDS in resource-poor countries. Uganda is lucky enough to be one of the countries on President Bush's list and, given the decline that has been seen in its HIV prevalence, is being held up as an example of good planning and action that others should emulate.



The ABCs of Kenya's war on AIDS
Aug. 16, 2006. 01:00 AM

More details

The challenges of HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world are daunting. To turn back the rising tide of infection, we need a public health approach that respects the people we serve so they can make their own decisions.
The HIV/AIDS strategy of the government of Kenya emphasizes an evidence-based approach rooted in "ABC": abstain, be faithful, and the correct and consistent use of condoms. Americans, through President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, support Kenya's prevention strategy.
In much of Africa, HIV/AIDS is a generalized epidemic affecting all age groups and segments of society.
A comprehensive approach is needed to combat a generalized epidemic.



Alerts from Health Canada
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Canada's pioneering law to get cheap AIDS drugs to poor nations ... - Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
... Then APO-TriAvir had to be submitted to Health Canada for a safety and efficacy review, which took six months. This step was not ...
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Health Canada Endorsed Important Safety Information on Lamictal ...
DG News - USA
MISSISSAUGA, CANADA -- August 8, 2006 -- GlaxoSmithKline Inc., following discussions with Health Canada, is informing patients of new safety information ...

Health Canada issues warning on 'natural' sex enhancer
Waterloo Record - Waterloo,Ontario,Canada
Health Canada has warned consumers not to use a product called Neophase Formula for Men, which is marketed as a natural sex enhancer, saying the product would ...

Health Canada Warns Consumers Not To Use Neophase Formula For Men ...
Medical News Today (press release) - UK
Health Canada is warning consumers not to use the product Neophase Formula for Men, which has been found to contain an undeclared ingredient similar to the ...


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