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Canadians Nearing Record-Breaking Winter For Snow
By Jonathan Spicer and Randall Palmer Mon Mar 10,

TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Eastern Canada closed in on record snowfall levels this weekend, after a late-season storm dumped up to half a meter (20 inches) of snow on a region that has already been battered by a series of winter storms.

Toronto was among the first hit late on Friday as the storm pushed up from the U.S. Midwest. By Sunday, about 30 cm (12 inches) of snow had accumulated, leading to hundreds of traffic accidents, scores of flight cancellations and buried any expectations of spring. It also left the country's biggest city only about 21 cm (8 inches) shy of its 69-year-old annual snowfall record.

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Canada - Ethnic diversity and immigration

Over the past 100 years, more than 13 million immigrants have arrived to forge a new life here, making Canada one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries. Most came from Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. Later on, non-Europeans started arriving in larger numbers as economic immigrants or refugees, or as family members of previous immigrants.

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Ontario Left With Labour Shortages As Workers Move
March 9, 2008
Call of the West

By drips and drabs, by the dozen and the hundreds, skilled Ontario workers are pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere. Long-term skilled job vacancy numbers and federal labour mobility statistics show Ontario is increasingly losing talent and experience to other jurisdictions -- and to Western Canada in particular.

Ontario will be short more than 360,000 skilled workers by 2025 and this can escalate to 560,000 jobs by 2030, according to the Conference Board of Canada. "We aren't producing the numbers of highly skilled graduates needed to replace an aging workforce," said Dr. Rick Miner, past chairman of Colleges Ontario and now president of Seneca College.

And for the first time in this country's history, half the workers are over 40. The impending retirement of tens of thousands of baby boomers will leave a massive hole in this province's labour force.


"Starve Your Neighbor" Policy Roils Food Trade
Wed Mar 5, 2008
By Missy Ryan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many nations are turning to export restrictions to ease soaring food prices, but such interventions may aggravate turmoil on world commodity markets, a leading research center has warned.

"If one country after the other adopts a 'starve your neighbor' policy, then eventually you trade smaller shares of total world production of agricultural products, and that in turn makes the prices more volatile," said Joachim von Braun, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, or IFPRI.

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Indian migrants challenge Britain on visa rules
Friday, 07 March , 2008,

London: A challenge to changes made to Britain's visa rules, mounted by 49,000 mostly Indian migrants, reached the British courts on Wednesday with the government accused of breaching race relations and human rights acts.

The migrants are challenging retrospective changes made by the British government to its Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) visas. Launched in 2002, the scheme was aimed at attracting doctors, engineers, accountants and IT specialists to fill a skills gap in Britain.

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U.S.A. Immigration
Immigrant Advocates want to see a change in who controls the debate

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the failure last year of a bill that seemed so close to passing that people started planning how to implement it, supporters of comprehensive immigration reform are regrouping, preparing to take on their opponents who have been dominating public debate on the issue.

Frank Sharry, a leader of the comprehensive reform movement and longtime director of the National Immigration Forum, is leaving that organization to launch a new one, America's Voice, with the goal of "taking off the gloves" in responding to opponents of comprehensive reform.

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Kirpan barred, so Sikh group to skip meeting with Pope

A Sikh organisation in the US will skip a scheduled meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Washington, DC, next month because its representatives have been been asked not to carry kirpans to the event.

The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) decided against attending the April 17 inter-religious meeting with the visiting pope because the US Secret Service refused to allow the kirpan, the ceremonial dagger that is one of the five articles of faith for Sikhs. "We have to respect the sanctity of the kirpan, especially at such inter-religious gatherings. We cannot undermine the rights and freedoms of religion in the name of security," said Anahat Kaur, secretary general of the WSC-AR, in a press release Friday.

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Retirement Income of Canadian Seniors

Statistics Canada Government of Canada
Monday, March 10, 2008
Study: Income security in retirement among the working population
1983 to 2004

On average, Canadian workers had family disposable incomes at age 75, when most are retired, that were 80% of their incomes at age 55, when they were working, according to a new study. However, the extent to which they maintained their income in retirement varied with their level of income.

Disposable incomes for wealthier Canadian workers declined significantly after they headed into the retirement years, but those with low incomes encountered relatively little change.

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Vatican Lists "New Sins," Including Pollution
By Philip Pullella Mon Mar 10, 8:46 AM ET

Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out on social issues throughout his three-year papacy. He backs a current political initiative to outlaw abortions after 90 days and encouraged Catholics to abstain from a 2005 referendum on easing restrictive laws on fertility treatments, which failed to achieve the 50 percent participation level to make the vote to change the law binding.
The seven social sins are:

  1. "Bioethical' violations such as birth control

  2. "Morally dubious'' experiments such as stem cell research

  3. Drug abuse

  4. Polluting the environment

  5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

  6. Excessive wealth

  7. Creating poverty

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“Christ made Himself poor for you” (2 Cor 8,9)

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

  1.  Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. For this year’s Lenten Message, I wish to spend some time reflecting on the practice of almsgiving, which represents a specific way to assist those in need and, at the same time, an exercise in self-denial to free us from attachment to worldly goods. The force of attraction to material riches and just how categorical our decision must be not to make of them an idol, Jesus confirms in a resolute way: “You cannot serve God and mammon” (Lk 16,13). Almsgiving helps us to overcome this constant temptation, teaching us to respond to our neighbor’s needs and to share with others whatever we possess through divine goodness. This is the aim of the special collections in favor of the poor, which are promoted during Lent in many parts of the world. In this way, inward cleansing is accompanied by a gesture of ecclesial communion, mirroring what already took place in the early Church. In his Letters, Saint Paul speaks of this in regard to the collection for the Jerusalem community (cf. 2 Cor 8-9; Rm 15, 25-27).

  2. According to the teaching of the Gospel, we are not owners but rather administrators of the goods we possess: these, then, are not to be considered as our exclusive possession, but means through which the Lord calls each one of us to act as a steward of His providence for our neighbor. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, material goods bear a social value, according to the principle of their universal destination (cf. n. 2404)

News Clips from India

'Buy a boat in Mumbai and park it in Goa'
2 Mar, 2008,


PTI- MUMBAI: Mumbai, which is host to the International Boat Show, could be a great place to buy a yacht but its waterfront may not be the best place to park it, feel experts. The best yacht harbour closer home could be Goa or down south in Kochi or Chennai.

"Mumbai doesn't have good water quality, the sea is choppy and the tide strong, making it difficult to build a marina or a yacht harbour," says Shakeel Kudrolli, MD of Aquasail, a company offering complete sailing solutions. Robin Walters, Chariman of Walcon Marine Ltd, which has built about 80,000 marinas worldwide, agrees.

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'Lost' Indian prisoner comes home

An Indian man released from a Pakistani prison after spending 35 years on death row has been reunited with his family in India.


Kashmir Singh, sentenced to death for spying in 1973, was released on Monday. He was discovered by Ansar Burney, a social worker who tracks people lost in Pakistan's jail system. Hundreds of servicemen and civilians were imprisoned by India and Pakistan during hostilities between the two sides in 1965 and 1971.

Mr Singh's wife and son were among hundreds of people who had gathered to greet him at the Wagah border in the northern Indian state of Punjab. Mr Singh was re-united with his family after basic medical tests and checks at the border.

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US warning on India nuclear deal

The US secretary of state for South Asia has again urged India speedily to complete all the steps required to conclude a civilian nuclear deal. Richard Boucher warned that "time is tight" if the deal is to be signed off by the American Congress before presidential polls in November. Objections from the Indian government's communist allies have delayed the deal. Under the terms of the controversial deal, India would get access to US civilian nuclear technology and fuel.

In return, Delhi would open its civilian nuclear facilities to inspection - its nuclear weapons sites would remain off-limits. The deal has been vigorously resisted by India's communist parties, who argue that it would give the US undue influence over India's foreign and nuclear policy.

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Indian-Americans Ready To Have Political Voice

Having excelled in almost every field, Indian-Americans are now preparing to flex their muscles in the US politics, the area where they continue to be under-represented.

This sentiment was echoed in Silicon Valley, where Indo-American community leaders joined technology experts, venture capitalists, elected officials, aspiring politicians, doctors, academicians and film personalities at the inaugural conference of the Indo-American Council (IAC) on Saturday.

Addressing the conference, Vinod Dham, often referred to as the father of the Intel Pentium, said it was important for the community to get more active in politics and become an important political force to and have a voice at the table.

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Mumbai, Delhi Among World's Dirtiest Cities

Mumbai and Delhi are among the 25 dirtiest cities in the world while the four Indian metros and Bangalore are among the 20 densest cities, according to the Forbes magazine. The US business magazine also lists Sukinda in Orissa and Vapi in Gujarat among the 10 most polluted places globally.

While listing Mumbai as the seventh dirtiest, the magazine also cites a recent private sector proposal, Vision Mumbai, which seeks $1 billion government aid for infrastructure, pollution control and economic growth strategy.

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News Clips from Goa

"Santanchem Pursanv" at Goa Velha
Goa – Annual Procession of Saints
Photos by Joel D’Souza

GOA VELHA: The annual procession of saints popularly known as "Santanchem Pursanv" was held at the church of St Andrew here on Monday, March 10. www.goacom.com 
has a few pictures of the traditional procession at http://www.flickr.com/photos/52243088@N00/


Police Launch Murder Probe In Goa
By Lita Barretto in Panaji, India

March 09, 2008 09:30pm

POLICE in the popular Indian resort state of Goa have launched a murder investigation after the partially naked body of a British teenager was found last month on a beach. The announcement came after doctors conducted a fresh autopsy and concluded 15-year-old Scarlette Keeling was murdered, and did not drown as local police had initially insisted. "We are investigating it as a murder case," senior Goa state police official Kishan Kumar said, after a panel of three doctors conducted a six-hour examination of the body. "There will be detentions now," he said, without providing details, though sources say the owner of a cafe on popular Anjuna beach where Ms Keeling was last seen alive is likely to be questioned.

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Why More Tourists Are Breathing Their Last In Goa
Saturday, 08 March , 2008, 15:42
Last Updated: Saturday, 08 March , 2008, 15:57

Goa: Death of foreign tourists visiting Goa has been on a rise with 17 cases already been registered in just two months this year in the state. With Goa increasingly becoming a hot spot for drug abuse, the involvement of tourists is evident from the fact that nearly half of the people arrested in narcotics cases were foreigners.

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The Traditional (Goan) Arts And Crafts
Innjoy opens in Anjuna
Panaji, March 6

Innjoy, a melting pot of diverse Goan culture encompassing traditional Goan cuisine and arts and crafts has been thrown open at Chivar, near Flushing Meadows, Anjuna.

Situated in a picturesque hillock, it is aimed at being unique tourist attraction with focus on uniqueness and diverseness of Goa, keeping it as simple and natural as possible.

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India, sixth 'Wonder' of Americans
WASHINGTON (Agencies): India is the sixth most popular country in the US, with 69 per cent of the Americans having a positive image about it, while Pakistan finds itself among the 10 most unpopular nations, according to a new poll. Of 22 countries rated in Gallup's 2008 World Affairs survey, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Japan win favour with at least 80 per cent of Americans. The top four is followed by Israel at 71 per cent. India ties with France at the sixth spot for the positive image. [GT]


Agriculture still a major occupation in Pernem
MAPUSA, Mar 8: Agriculture is still a major occupation in Pernem, however, it is yet to witness any major development, most of its fields are always seen 'green' clearly indicating that the agriculture is still prevalent in a major way despite of constraints. Cultivation of paddy, groundnuts, bananas and different vegetables is done in a big way so much so that these crops are even grown in a commercial manner. The famed Thursday market in Pernem offers a 'small' platform for these farmers to sell their produce. [Erwin Fonseca, NT]


Victor Rangel talk on "Hiding Places, Rigged Elections and a Rane Murdered on a Hill"
MAPUSA: The Xavier Centre of Historical Research will organise a talk on "Hiding Places, Rigged Elections and a Rane Murdered on a Hill" by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim, on March 13, at 5.30 pm. Rangel Ribeiro draws on his own family's oral traditions, his grandfather's newspapers and his father's memoirs to paint a vivid picture of Goa we no longer know. His varied professional career includes working on a freelance basis for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press as well as teaching both public and private New York schools. [GT]

People Places and Things

Physicists Successfully Store and Retrieve Nothing
By Adrian Cho
ScienceNOW Daily News - 29 February 2008

It sounds like a headline from the spoof newspaper The Onion, but for physicists, this is actually an achievement: Two teams have stored nothing in a puff of gas and then retrieved it a split second later. Storing a strange form of vacuum builds on previous efforts in which researchers stopped light in its tracks (ScienceNOW, 22 January 2001) and may mark a significant step toward new quantum information and telecommunication technologies.

To stop light, researchers first shine an intense and continuous beam of laser light into a gas of atoms. That "control beam" tickles the atoms to allow a pulse of laser light of another wavelength to enter the gas. To trap the pulse, researchers turn off the control beam, which causes the pulse to imprint itself on the atoms. To release it again, they turn on the control laser.

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Transport Canada wants anti-skid vehicles starting after 2011

Technology helps prevent crashes after control lost

Nicolas Van Praet, Financial Post Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Transport Canada said yesterday it is working on regulations requiring all new passenger vehicles to have anti-skid technology within three years, part of a wider push by the Harper government to integrate the country's auto industry with its Nafta partners.

The department will mandate that manufacturers selling in Canada put a feature called electronic stability control, or ESC, on all new light cars and trucks built after Sept.1, 2011, according to its Web site.


Transport Canada Releases New Video on Vehicle Safety Benefits of Electronic Stability Control

OTTAWA — As part of the department's mandate to promote the safety of Canadians and to promote awareness of important life-saving technology related to transportation, Transport Canada today released video footage that demonstrates the benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on dry, snow-covered and wet pavement. A description of the video is available below.
The video is available at: http://ram.canadacast.ca/asxgen/transport/ESC_english.wmv.


Cholera Threatens Arusha's Reputation
Arusha Times (Arusha)

9 March 2008 By Stanley Daniel Arusha

Arusha Municipal authorities say cholera epidemic is still prevalent in the city and its environs mainly because of poor hygienic conditions. This was sounded in Arusha by the Arusha Municipality Mayor Lawrence Heddi when he was speaking to the media last week.

Heddi told news reporters that the water-borne disease was still a very serious epidemic in Arusha as 160 people were admitted over the period of January-February this year. The mayor gave the break down of victims as follows: 64 males and 30 females came from Sokon I, Muriet and Sombetini wards.

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Weather No Bar For Goan Seniors Attending

An unexpected snow storm that even the meteorologists didn’t forecast tried to put a damper on our whist event. But TEGSA members true to form made a determined effort to brave the weather and not disappoint the organizers. Some 70 whist enthusiasts did attend. Not bad at all! By all accounts everyone had a good time.

Guests were treated to a “Fisherman’s Platter”, a snack box full of patties, croquets, sandwiches, samosas and desert. A meal so tasty that the remaining boxes for those who did not show up were sold off with little trouble.

Joe Lobo as expected did a great job at organizing the whist. Our sincere thanks to Joe. Many, many prizes were awarded to both winners and some losers.


Dogs to Sniff Out DVD Piracy in Malaysia
By Vincent Thian (AP)

Malaysian authorities said Monday they hope two specially trained dogs will help police sniff out pirated DVDs and clean up the country's reputation as an abuser of intellectual property rights.

Two male Labradors from Northern Ireland, named Paddy and Manny and trained to smell chemicals used in DVD production, will become the world's first permanent canine national anti-piracy unit when they go into action next month, according to Malaysia's Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
The dogs can't distinguish between real and pirated DVDs



The pope arrives in Washington April 15. On the morning of April 16, he will meet with President George Bush at the White House. In the evening he will meet with the U.S. bishops at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday he will offer Mass at the new Nationals Park, address the heads of all U.S. Catholic colleges and diocesan education departments at Catholic University and lead an interreligious meeting at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

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Formation of Bardez Village Associations of Canada proposed

Antonio Mascarenhas, Chairman of Alliance of Overseas Goan Village Associations of Canada, said, "Calangute Church is one of the 15 deaneries (Vicariates Foranea) of the Archdiocese of Goa and has under its jurisdiction seven parishes in addition to its own, which includes: Condolim, Nagoa, Nerul, Pilerne, Reis Magos (Verem), Saligao, Sinquerim (Linhares).

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Oberammergau Passion Play 2010

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the "Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680. The only time it was not performed, was during World War II. This time the play will open on May 15, 2010 and ends on October 3, 2010.

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





April 5th, 2008 Knights of Columbus 10th Anniversary Dance (Band in Attendance :Goa Amigos and DJ Smart Sound) Click for Link
April 18th, 2008 Goa Amigos www.goaamigos.com Salsa N Spice Nite (Free Salsa Dance Lessons and an informal Nite with the one and only  Goa Amigos Click for Link
May 11th, 2008 Salcete Association Of Canada (Toronto)

Come Join us in Celebrating the 29th Annual Salcete Social

(Feast Of The Holy Spirit)

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June 1st, 2008 Mass @ Noon / Social to follow
Aldona Association Toronto       The Feast of St. Thomas 33rd Annual Aldona Social

Payal Banquet Hall 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga
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Saturday July 5, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Picnic

Erindale Park-Mississauga
Contact: monize2@sympatico.ca

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Sunday, July 20 2008 Parra Association of GTA "2008" Parra Social For tickets call Felcy D'Mello Tel.905 569 8572

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex  Click the Flyer
July 21-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada 2008 Calangute Social Click the Flyer
Sunday September 28, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Social

At Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga
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Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) – 2008 Events & Trips
Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.


Sunday, March 30, 2008
Annual General Meeting
2:00 p.m.
Commander Hall Arena

140 Commander Park Boulevard
Scarborough, ON

Please reserve this date in your calendars and plan to attend.
Light refreshments will be served.

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Pursuant to the TEGSA Constitution, members are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting of the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association, will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2008, @ 1:30 p.m. at Commander Hall, 140 Commander Blvd. Scarborough .


  1. President's Opening Address

  2. To confirm minutes of the last Annual General Body Meeting held on March 25th 2007.

  3. Matters arising therefrom.

  4. To adopt the Executive Committee's Annual Report for 2007.

  5. To adopt the Statement of Accounts for the year 2007.

  6. Proposal from the Executive to include the following in the constitution:

    - the number of members on the executive is increased to 10. the additional portfolio will be that of Assistant Treasurer whose primary duties will be to look after the membership

    - a minimum of 30 members be required to form a quorum to hold the AGM.

  7. Appointment of Auditors for 2008/2009

  8. Election of Executive Committee for 2008/2009

  9.  Any other business, provided notice is given in writing addressed to the General Secretary at e-mail address tutsdsouza@yahoo.ca no later than March 15, 2008.

    Carmelita D’Souza
    General Secretary

Health & Wellness

Some Good News For Goan Men !
Alcohol 'quickly' cuts heart risk


Middle-aged non-drinkers can quickly reduce their risk of heart disease by introducing a daily tipple to their diet, South Carolina researchers say.

New moderate drinkers were 38% less likely to develop heart disease than those who stayed tee-total, a four-year study involving 7,500 people found. Those who drank only wine showed the most benefit, the researchers reported in the American Medical Journal. But cardiac experts warned alcohol was not a panacea for good heart health. The results came from a study of 7,500 people taking part in a trial to look at risk factors for atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries.

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Cancer: The facts
One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life.

The disease tends to affect older people - but can strike at any time. Excluding certain skin cancers, there were more than 270,000 new cases of the disease in 2001 - and the rate is increasing by about 1% a year.

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Why flu strikes in cold weather

Scientists believe they have uncovered a key reason why flu viruses tend to strike in cold weather. They found the viruses coat themselves in fatty material that hardens to a gel, protecting them in the cold.

This coating melts in the higher temperatures of the respiratory tract, allowing the virus to infect cells. The US National Institutes of Health team hope their study, which features in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, could lead to new treatments. However, a UK expert said the discovery did not explain why some flu viruses also thrived in tropical climates. The hard rubbery coating around the virus which forms in colder temperatures gives it the protection it needs to pass from person to person. The coating is so robust it can even resist to certain detergents.

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Older Canadians More Prepared For Dying Than For Living

Survey says: Seniors a study in contradictions
- Majority want to avoid nursing homes, but few planning for independent living -


TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - A survey designed to provide a 'snapshot' of Canadians aged 65 to 85 released today provided some surprising results to those working on the frontlines with aging Canadians.

According to the recent Living for Today - Ready for Tomorrow survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid, nine out of ten Canadians between the ages of 65 and 85 have a will, half already have a cemetery plot and 44% have a pre-arranged funeral. At the same time, much fewer are actually planning or taking the necessary steps to help ensure they're leading independent lives for as long as possible.

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Don't Leave Your Vision to Chance on World Glaucoma Day

- Leading Glaucoma Experts Act to Help Prevent Vision Loss as 50 Percent of Patients Remain Undiagnosed

LONDON, March 5 /CNW/ - On the first World Glaucoma Day (March 6, 2008), leading glaucoma experts globally are asking those who may be at risk of the condition not to leave their vision to chance - with a clear message that 50 percent of people with open-angle glaucoma and more than 50 percent of people with angle-closure glaucoma are unaware they have it.(1),(2) In addition, 50 percent remain untreated until a large amount of irreversible vision loss has already occurred.(1) During World Glaucoma Day, experts are encouraging patients at risk for glaucoma to utilize resources from sources like the All Eyes on Glaucoma(TM) campaign, which aims to help people recognize and understand the devastatingconsequences of glaucoma - the world's second leading cause of blindness. The All Eyes on Glaucoma campaign also seeks to increase public awareness of risk factors for glaucoma and reinforce the critical importance of having regular, complete eye examinations. One key component of the campaign is the interactive consumer website, http://www.AllEyesonGlaucoma.com,, which offers tools such as an "Am I at Risk" quiz and a "Conversation Starter" on important questions to ask at the eye doctor.

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Tax Tips For Students

TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - - Post-secondary students attending college or university full-time are eligible for the Textbook Tax Credit. A student can claim $65 for every month they qualify for the education amount. Part-time students can claim $20 per qualifying month. The credit does not depend on how many textbooks you purchase - it is standard for every student who qualifies.

  • Under the old tax rules, only the first $3,000 of a scholarship or bursary was tax free. Recent changes have exempted all scholarships and bursary amounts from being taxed if the related program qualifies for the education amount. This includes scholarships at the elementary and secondary school level.

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