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The logo of the 2008 International Goan Convention has been unveiled.
The design is the creation of Rudi Rodrigues of Toronto and playfully suggests two “gs” (Goans !) conversing with the Maple Leaf as a background, rendered in brown tones reminiscent of the soil of the Goan homeland.
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Newsline Canada

Canada Will Not Escape Economic Malaise Of The US: TD Economics
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2008/19/c5480.html?view=print

Excerpts

  • U.S. economy slated for a recession in 2008

  • Real GDP growth expected to be a dismal 1.1 percent in both years, 2008 and 2009

  • Canada will produce equally soft headline GDP growth of just 1.1 percent in 2008 but rebound modestly to 1.8 percent in 2009

  • Provinces - particularly Ontario - with a heavier manufacturing base and, in particular, low net exports of high-demand resource products, will be hit hardest.

TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - Canada will not escape the economic malaise that is underway in the United States according to the March issue of the TD Quarterly Economic Forecast. And, the American contraction will widen regional divides in Canada. According to Chief Economist, Don Drummond: "The west will remain in the best shape to weather the economic headwinds, while central Canada - and notably Ontario - will be in the worst."

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Recession Call Interview - Link
22-March-2008

(CNN) - ECRI's managing director, Lakshman Achuthan, on CNN’s Your $$$$$ with Ali Velshi and Christine Romans discussing ECRI’s first recession call since early 2001, why it didn’t have to be this way, and how the recession affects people differently.
http://www.businesscycle.com/news/press/1482/

 

IMF Chief Says Global Outlook Dims, To Cut Forecasts
http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSL1719810520080317?sp=true
Mon Mar 17, 2008


Excerpts
PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) - The global economic outlook is worsening and the risk of contagion from a financial markets crisis that began in the United States is now very high, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Monday.

At a news conference in Paris, he welcomed the overnight steps taken by the U.S. central bank and said the International Monetary Fund would be cutting its growth forecasts again soon.

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Canada may face snap poll on immigration changes
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/category/tech-news
March 24th, 2008 - 10:48 am ICT by admin -


Toronto, March 24 (IANS) A proposed amendment to Canada’s immigration policies has triggered the possibility of fresh elections in the country. Though China is the top source of immigration to Canada, India is likely to overtake it this year. The amendment, which will give the government sweeping powers to regulate immigration, is included in the budget implementation bill. Parliament will vote on it early next month.

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Commentary

Clean Up Goa –Times of India Editorial
15 Mar 2008,
Printed from
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-2867196,prtpage-1.cms

It's a famed beach-holiday destination, easy-going and affordable. With its rich cultural and religious traditions, Goa offers a heady mix of the old and the new. However, over the years, it has also become an attractive hang-out for socially dysfunctional people. Easy availability of drugs and its reputation as a tourist paradise where liquor flows uninterruptedly seem to have perpetuated its image as a permissive haven, away from the rough and tumble of the outside world. The idyll is shattered when something goes horribly wrong as it did with 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, on holiday with her family from Britain.

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Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao’s Easter Message

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao (Archbishop of Goa and Daman)

On the occasion of yet another Feast of Easter, I am pleased to convey my cordial and warm greetings to the Christian community and to all people of goodwill in the State of Goa. Christ died on Good Friday and the hearts of those who loved him became, all of a sudden, very heavy. The thought of his lifeless body in the tomb filled them with a great sense of emptiness. But on Easter Sunday his tomb was found to be empty … and the empty hearts were filled. Christ rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples, filling them with a new strength and a new light. This was an entirely new beginning to a people who saw nothing but the end of all their hopes. Easter indeed celebrates the triumph of Christ over death, which is the victory of God’s Love over human hatred and of Truth over deceit, signalling the emergence of a new life, of a new society, indeed of a new world order. We are called to take up the challenge of Easter and actively engage ourselves in the building of a new society wherein the most valuable and cherished human values will be upheld, nurtured and lived forth. May all of us, regardless of creed or race, join together in the building of such a society, where peace, mutual respect and frank collaboration will be the hallmarks.

+ Filipe Neri Ferrão
Archbishop of Goa and Daman

 

Obama Urges Americans To Help Heal Racial Divide
Transcript Of Obama's Speech

click to read entire speech

March 19, 2008 -- Updated 0734 GMT (1534 HKT)
The following is a transcript of Sen. Barack Obama's speech, as provided by Obama's campaign.

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

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News Clips from India

Tata to buy Jaguar, Land Rover for $US2.3b
Reuters | Thursday, 27 March 2008

ON THE BLOCK: India's Tata Motors has announced a $US2.3 billion deal to buy Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Co.

India's Tata Motors has announced a $US2.3 billion deal to buy Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Co, a transaction that gives the Indian automaker a line-up ranging from the world's cheapest car to some of its more expensive.

For Tata, which plans to launch the ultra-cheap $US2,500 ($NZ3135) Nano or "People's Car," the addition of the profitable Land Rover brand provides an edge against Indian rival Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, which had also pursued a deal with Ford.

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India Tops The Table For Migrant Remittances,
Which is the amount of money Indians working abroad send home.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7305667.stm

In 2007, Indian workers sent back $27bn (£13.6bn), according to new figures from the World Bank. The other countries in the top five were China with $25.7bn, Mexico's $25bn, the Philippines at $17bn and France with $12.5bn. The top country from which money was sent was the US with $42bn in recorded outward flows.

It was followed by Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Germany.

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Smart Homes Go Hot
http://infotech.indiatimes.com/Personal_Tech/Digital_Home/Smart_homes_go_hot/


NEW DELHI: Imagine being able to dim the lights according to your mood, put on some great music and cut off the world through remote-controlled curtains -- all without getting off your comfortable couch.

If there is one thing that a smart home spells, it is ultimate luxury -- the luxury of controlling your environment at the touch of a button.

Architects say that while smart homes are not particularly different in terms of design from other, more conventional homes, it is in the detailing that they differ. Of course, the comfort they provide is unmatched.

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Goan Beauty Rocks Tollywood
Mar 23, 2008, 18:50
www.tamilstar.com


Ileana D’cruz the slim Goan beauty who made her presence felt in the Mahesh Babu starrer Pokkiri (Telugu) is currently rocking the Tollywood. Like most of the stars, she too started her modeling career before she shifted gears to film acting. She was seen in more than five Telugu films with popular stars and is committed to two other films which are in the making. In Tamil, she was last seen in Kedi with Ravi Krishna and Tamanna where she played the docile love interest of the hero.

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Aar-em Electronics lights up rural India
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/lifestyle/
March 24th, 2008 - 6:44 pm ICT by admin -


Pune, Mar 24 (ANI/Business Wire India): Aar-em Electronics Pvt. Ltd. a Pune based firm known for its champion brand of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) now has entered the field of providing uninterruptible light source for villages after sunset by providing them lights and other utilities powered by solar energy.

“Mohri” a village situated at 100 kms from Pune, having 27 houses and a population of 160 of which 75 are children today boasts of having electricity which has been provided by Aar-em Electronics Pvt. Ltd. Where once life practically came to a standstill at sundown are now abuzz with activities.

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News Clips from Goa

Goa: Govt Bans Foreigners From Buying Land
http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx
Sujoy Gupta
Friday, March 28, 2008 (Mumbai)


Goa is for Goans, that's the message of the state government, which has decided to ban foreigners from buying land for personal purposes. The government announced this in the state assembly on Friday and also passed the Goa Registration Amendment Bill.

The government has also appealed to Goans not to sell land to foreigners and preserve their land.

Foreigners can now buy land only for business purposes but only after following specific and stringent conditions such as a business visa plus an explicit clearance from the RBI.

Now foreigners on tourist visa can not buy land.

 

Goan With The Wind

Rajdeep SardesaiIn the early 1990s, Air India printed a calendar showcasing people from different states in their traditional costumes. The Goa portrait had a couple at a church wedding in bridal finery: the lady in a flowing gown, her partner in a jacket and tie. The publication sparked off protests within the Goan community, who accused the national carrier of portraying a flawed image of the state. In a state where over sixty per cent is Hindu, the calendar was seen to reinforce the stereotype of Goa as a "westernised" Portuguese enclave. Ironically, the protests were led, among others, by the redoubtable architect Charles Correa, a Goan Catholic proud of his Saraswat Brahmin heritage, someone who was perfectly comfortable in his kurta pajama and Kolhapuri chappals. The protestors were successful enough to force a change in the calendar.

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‘Goa is going down the drain ’
Remo Fernandes talks to AJIT SAHI about how his land has changed

Drugs, sex and crime have become the landscape of Goa. Where is all this headed?
Remo FernandesDown the drain.

Who is responsible for this mess?
The politicians, ministers, sarpanchs, municipalities. In short, everyone in power. Because everyone in power in India is corrupt. Especially in places where there’s money to be made from every square inch of land.

How can we end the nightmare?
As a country we’ve reached the last stage of corruption: the people themselves prefer to elect the corrupt candidate rather than the honest one, because the corrupt one will do their ‘job’ for them, such as give them licences for illegal construction, with illegal electricity and water connections to boot.

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GOA DRENCHES
For second day, rains disrupt normal life

PANJIM: Unseasonal rain continued to lash the state for the second day yesterday, (March 22) throwing normal life out of gear in many parts. Mapusa market and many low-lying areas across the state were inundated even as people preferred to stay at home, yesterday being a holiday on account of Holi. Meteorologist in-charge of the Indian Meteorology Observatory, Panjim, KV Singh, told GT-Weekender that the unseasonal rainfall was due to low pressure area in south-east Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshwadeep area and off Karnataka and Kerala coasts. "The situation is well marked low and rainfall is likely to continue. If the rains intensify it could cause depression in the Arabian Sea. The rains may be accompanied by gusty winds in some areas," Singh said. The IMO recorded 5.6 mm rainfall up to 5.30 pm yesterday. [WE-GT]

 

Shigmo floats parade at Mapusa
MAPUSA: The Shigmo floats parade at Mapusa will be held on Sunday, March 23 from 4.00 pm. The procession will start from Alankar theatre, take a right turn opposite Comunidad Ghor and conclude at the open fields at Bodginim. [WE-GT]

 

This ain't Holi, folks
VASCO: A group of youth celebrating Holi at Vasco on Saturday morning went overboard and threw coloured water and powder on a decently dressed lady (Flory Fernandes, a Goan residing in London) and her father (Gestor Fernandes) when they were on their way to attend a religious programme. [WE-GT]

 

298 land deals violate FEMA
PANJIM , Mar 25: The Goa Assembly on Tuesday was informed that nearly 298 cases of land deals by foreign nationals have been found in contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act and have been referred to the Enforcement Directorate for necessary action. [H]

 

Konkani course in Roman script
PANJIM, Mar 24: The Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr will conduct a crash Konknni course from April 16 to May 15 in Roman script for those who are familiar with spoken Konknni and know to read Konknni in Roman script at TSKK premises at Alto-Porvorim. Admissions are based on first come basis. Tel: 2415857, 2415864. [H]

 

Politicians, outstation scribes in drug nexus!
PANJIM: Home Minister Ravi Naik dropped a bombshell yesterday when he said in the Goa Assembly that some politicians and outstation media persons had a nexus with drug peddlers even as he revealed that the government was ready to hand over the investigations of the British teenage Scarlett Keeling's murder case to the CBI, for an impartial inquiry. Participating in the discussion and voting on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address delivered on January 10, Ravi said the police was probing the nexus between some politicians, outstation media persons and the drug trade in the coastal areas. However, he did not reveal the names of the suspected politicians and media persons.

 

Dr Sapeco suspended
PANJIM :
The state government, on March 24, suspended Dr Silvano Dias Sapeco, professor and head of the Forensic Medicine Department at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, with immediate effect for his alleged "acts of commission and omission" in respect of the 15-year-old British girl Scarlet Keeling's death case reported at Anjuna beach on February 18. [GT]

 

Remo to be honoured in Egypt
PANJIM, Mar 24: Pop singer Remo Fernandes is to be honoured with the 'Golden Key to Alexandria' at the Sixth Alexandria International Music and Song Festival, to be held between 20 and 26 July in Egypt's historical city of Alexandria. Remo will be part of the International Jury which decides the winners of the festival to be held in the Alexandria Opera House. He is being honoured for his "valuable contribution to the world of music and humanity". [H]

 

Where have the nakabandis gone?
The recent serial robberies in the coastal parts of Salcete have created a sea of panic and insecurity among villagers.The villages of the area now are increasingly people by settlers from all over India, and the original villagers are left to fend for themselves against ever-increasing robberies. Migrants, hailing from neighbouring Karwar, Hubli, Belgaum and even Uttar Pradesh have of late settled in Goa villages. While most of these are honest, hardworking folk, a small section that has infiltrated their ranks seems to have thoroughly scanned the localities in which they are staying. [Edit, Herald]

 

Conference on Indian expatriates in Gulf
PANJIM:
The Department of NRI Affairs will hold a conference of Indian expatriates in the Gulf countries on March 29 at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim, at 3 pm. Union Minister for NRI Affairs, Vyalar Ravi, will inaugurate the conference. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest. Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro, will preside over the conference. On the occasion, Community Service Leadership Awards will be presented to some leaders of the Goan community in the Gulf countries. The Handbook for NRGS, containing information useful to the emigrants and facilities available to them will be released at the conference. Action taken Reports on memoranda submitted to the NRI Commissioner during his recent visit to the Gulf countries will also be circulated at the conference. [WE-GT]

 

Miraculous Cobra Saves Lord Ganesh-Shaped Tree
NT News Service
Canacona, March 18
http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=031955


In a rare incident that occurred in Canacona, a black cobra appeared from nowhere when an ancient tree resembling a Lord Ganesha idol was being trimmed in Karmalghat-Ghat forest area.
One Mr Velip while cleaning bushes and trimming trees in his cashew plantations was taken aback to see a golden shinning cobra while he was trying to trim a huge root of an already half-cut tree. The cobra started to instantaneously move its hood as if it was signalling to stop the chopping process.

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People Places and Things

New Book on Portuguese Immigrant Experience in Toronto

Published: March 18, 2008

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.85 x 8.54 x 0.86 in

Published By: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 0385664362

From the Publisher
Like Wayson Choy and David Bezmozgis before him, Anthony De Sa captures, in stories brimming with life, the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience.

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Short People Are Most Prone To Jealousy, Say Scientists
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080312/od_afp/sciencepsychologysexoffbeat&printer=1

Short people should pray for a return to the Seventies fashion of stack heels, for the power of jealousy depends on how tall you are, the British weekly New Scientist says.

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and University of Valencia in Spain asked 549 Dutch and Spanish men and women to rate how jealous they felt, and to list the qualities in a romantic competitor that were most likely to make them ill at ease. Men generally felt most nervous about attractive, rich and strong rivals.

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Florida State passes droopy pants law
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080314/od_nm/saggy_odd_dc&printer=1


Fri Mar 14,
The Florida Senate wants public school students to pull up their pants. Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that could mean suspensions for students with droopy britches.

It won't become law unless the House of Representatives passes a companion measure.

Florida could join several southern U.S. towns and cities that have passed "saggy pants" laws aimed at outlawing what some teenagers consider a fashion statement -- wearing pants half way down their buttocks, exposing flesh or underwear.

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Now, 3D cameras
IANS[ SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2008 12:23:22 PM]
Surf 'N' Earn -Sign innow


WASHINGTON: Imagine a camera that sees the world through thousands of tiny lenses, each a miniature camera unto itself. Now stop imagining and start imaging.

Researchers at Stanford University already have the prototype of just such a gadget: a 3-megapixel chip, with all its micro-lenses adding up to a staggering 12,616 cameras.

The multi-aperture camera looks and feels like a small cell phone camera. And the final product may cost less than a digital camera, the researchers say, because the quality of its main lens is no longer of paramount importance.

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 Obituary

+DIAS, John

DIAS, John 1943 - 2008 . Passed away peacefully on April 2nd at North York General Hospital. Loving husband of Maria and loving father of Vernon and Nancy. Loving Grandpa of Emma. Brother of Jane/Salus, Bertha/Dominic, Cecilia/Cajetan, Liz/Tony, Estella, Jeffery/Mamie and Teresa.

Greatly missed by family and friends. Friends may call on Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and April 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church (3220 Bayview Avenue). Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences www.rskane.ca

 

Eulogy – Lawrence D’Souza

Lawrence D’SouzaLawrence D’Souza of Mississauga was on vacation in Goa, where he passed away. His funeral took places on Fri. 7 Mar in Navelim, Goa. The following is the eulogy delivered by his grandson, Mark Gonsalves.
 


FAREWELL TO OUR PAPA – LAWRENCE D’SOUZA – March 7, 2008 by Mark Gonsalves at Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim, Goa, India.

Thank you for coming to celebrate our Papa’s - Lawrence D’Souza’s journey to heaven. We really appreciate all of you taking time from your busy schedules and limited vacation time, and coming from all over Goa to be with us this afternoon at this Eucharistic celebration. Your presence this afternoon as we try to deal with our loss, our sorrow and vulnerability at a time when the relationship with the one we’ve cherished – our Papa, is severed through death, provides a source of great comfort to our family. We’ve all gathered here this afternoon at this Mass during the Lenten season to celebrate the Resurrection to new life of Jesus Christ, and how that mystery continues to affect the everlasting life of Our Papa.

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Announcements

Association Goanaise du Quebec
http://www.flickr.com/photos/qga/2305522119/

The Quebec Goan Association/Association Goanaise du Quebec held its 31st Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Goan Association at Forest Village Community Hall in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec on March 2, 2008 to elect a new President and a committee. QGA is a non-profit community organization bringing together peoples of Goan origin in Quebec.

Rose De Souza was re-elected President of the QGA and selected a team of young and experienced committee from members of the Goan community in Quebec.

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The Goanetters Association of Toronto (GNAT)

The Goanetters Association of Toronto (GNAT) will sponsor the 2008 International Goan Convention at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus during the week of July 23-27.

The convention theme is Goan Identity and Networking Today. [GIANT]

The aims of the convention are two-fold:

  1. To foster a sense of Goan identity in the diaspora, with emphasis on second and third generation of Goans removed from Goa.

  2. To create an awareness for the state of affairs in Goa today and to explore ways on how the diaspora may help in the growth and development at home.

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OPEN LETTER TO ALL OVERSEAS GOANS ORGANIZATIONS

Dear Overseas Goans Organisations,

There are many Goan Organisations worldwide involved in many goodwill services to our Community. To each Organisation; we need to address a priority on a urgent basis i.e. to mobilise a mass awareness among overseas Goans to protect Goa's Identity; else we will no longer have a place to call home. The time to act is now!!

This awareness programme needs to be well planned & co-ordinated to spread the facts; This is very important as many Overseas Goans are unaware of the facts threatening our identity. People will only act if they are aware.

Goans generally appear to have resigned themselves to loosing their Identity. If this is the case, then we should stop creating/having Goan organisations/Forums, as in my view what is the point; if we carry on as we are; soon without a Goa with Goan Identity, all these organisations/forums will not be relevant!!

I request each Overseas Goan Organisation to initiate spreading the said awareness amongst as many Goans as possible, in their respective country/region.

Arwin Mesquita,

Abu Dhabi, UAE.

arwinmesquita@gmail.com


Events

Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008

Date

Organization

Event

Links

April 5th, 2008 Knights of Columbus 10th Anniversary Dance (Band in Attendance :Goa Amigos and DJ Smart Sound) Click for Link
Friday, April 11th, 2008 CLR 2008 Committee First Traditional Ladainha All details in the attached flyer

 Click the Flyer
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)

Click for Link
Sunday,
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
Click the Flyer
Saturday July 5, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Picnic

Erindale Park-Mississauga
Contact: monize2@sympatico.ca

Flyer to follow
Sunday July 13th, 2008 Aldona Association &
Moira Association
Aldona / Moira Picnic
Picnic Area # 6
Centennial Park
Etobicoke
Stay tuned for Flyer details
Sunday, July 20 2008 Parra Association of GTA "2008" Parra Social For tickets call Felcy D'Mello Tel.905 569 8572

Click for Details
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex  Click the Flyer
July 23-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

Theme:
Goan Identity and Networking Today
Contact :
416-510-1347
or
416-208-9304

Click for Details

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
Contact: monize2@sympatico.ca 

Flyer to follow
 

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.


AGM

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.

Click to Download TEGSA membership form for 2008..

 

TORONTO EAST GOAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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 .

AGENDA

  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

Ontario Government Launches Campaign to Encourage Ontarians To Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer

Home Screening Kit Available in April

TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - When caught early through regular screening, there is a 90 per cent chance colorectal cancer can be cured. That's the message behind a new public awareness campaign called ColonCancerCheck that will educate Ontarians about the importance of early screening and detection of colorectal cancer. Starting in April, Ontarians age 50 and over will be able to get a take-home colorectal cancer screening kit, called a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), from their health care provider. People who have an increased risk of colorectal cancer because of a family history of the disease and those who have a positive home-screening test will receive a colonoscopy.

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Falls in Seniors - A Growing Concern
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2008/18/c4704.html?view=print

Self-Help Program Aims To Keep Seniors On Their Feet

TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - One in every three Canadians over 65 are just a step away from falling, and that slip, trip or stumble often has serious and costly consequences. Older Canadians are nine times more likely to suffer an injury from a fall leading to hospitalization and even death. That is why the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) and its provincial member associations are launching Best Foot Forward, a public education program aimed at preventing falls in seniors. The program follows a Public Health Agency of Canada report detailing the debilitating and even deadly consequences of seniors' falls.

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Green fuel may increase asthma rates
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/business/
March 24th, 2008 - 6:18 pm ICT by admin -

London, Mar 24 (ANI): Green fuels used in school buses may increase asthma rates, warn experts.
American experts believe that the bio fuels made from corn, sugar cane and rapeseed can cause more damage to quality of air than normal fuels.

They found that when diesel was mixed with bio-fuels to power school buses it released 80 per cent more dangerous particles into the air that can lead to asthma.

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Tackling Obesity Needs Action
By Terri Coles
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080321/hl_nm/obesity_dc_2&printer=1

Excerpts:

  • Biological factors like genetics or diet play a key role. Genetics help to determine where we gain weight, said Dr. Jean-Pierre Despres, a professor at Universite Laval in Quebec.

  • North America is facing an epidemic of diabetes due to increases in obesity rates,

  • Poor sleep is another factor that may affect the body's ability to control appetite,

  • For someone who discovers that his or her waist is too large, and wants to lose weight to reduce the measurement, the solution would seem to be easy: eat less and move more.

TORONTO (Reuters) -- There is little debate that obesity presents a public health issue in North America -- obesity rates have more than doubled over a generation in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the causes of obesity -- and therefore, the solutions -- are not as obvious, according to research presented this week at a media workshop run by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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