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Canada Heads For Recession
Oct 17, 2008

MONTREAL - The Canadian economy is headed for a recession that will nevertheless not be as severe as in the United States, the chief economist of BMO Capital Markets said on Thursday.

In a brief commentary on the global financial crisis, Sherry Cooper said falling stock markets, a slowdown in housing markets, and falling international demand for commodities would all take their toll.

'The boom has turned to bust,' she wrote.



Bank Of Canada Warns Of Slumping Economy, Cuts Interest Rate One-Quarter Point
By Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press
Excerpts from: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/081021/business/interest_rates

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada trimmed its trend setting interest rate by a quarter percentage point Tuesday, saying Canada needs the stimulus to ward off the headwinds from a global recession.

The reduction, following a surprise 50 basis point reduction two weeks ago, drops the overnight interest rate to 2.25 per cent, a hair above the record low two per cent level reached in 2004. But the bank's failure to chop by at least half-a-point left economists disappointed given the gloomy prospects for the Canadian economy.



Obama: 'change is coming'
Oct 19, 2008

MISSOURI - DEMOCRAT Barack Obama said on Saturday the winds of change were blowing across America as he roused monster crowds totaling more than 175,000 in the Republican 'red' state of Missouri.

Republican John McCain, fighting a rearguard offensive before the Nov 4 presidential election, insisted that Mr Obama's economic plan would 'kill' job creation as the United States weathers its worst financial crisis in decades. 'At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,' he said in his weekly radio address. But the Democrat, who is riding high in national and state polls, said Mr McCain was positing false arguments including via automated 'robo-calls' to voters that portray Mr Obama as a secret radical bent on subverting democracy.



Peel Police - Police Make Arrests in Street Racing Fatal Collision
October 15, 2008

Photo from Mississauga News

Mississauga – Officers from the Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau have made three arrests in the investigation into a fatal collision, alleged to have been caused by a street race.



Britain To Limit Immigration: Minister

LONDON (AFP) — Britain will impose tougher restrictions on immigration as the global financial crisis lifts unemployment to the highest rate in nearly a decade, the country's new immigration minister said Saturday.

"If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny," Phil Woolas told The Times newspaper. "It's been too easy to get into this country in the past and it's going to get harder," he added in an interview. In a dramatic change of policy, the Labour government intends placing a limit on immigration, according to the daily. "There has to be a balance between the number of people coming in and the number of people leaving," said Woolas.



Business Visitors To UK To Face Strict New Rules
http://www.ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/7530B9A739BD4C40652574E400551DDF?  OpenDocument
H S Rao

London, Oct 16(PTI) Britain today announced strict new rules for the business visitors to the country. Under the new rules, those wishing to come to UK on business for up to six months must apply for a dedicated new Business Visa and prove they will be engaged in certain business related activities like attending meetings or conferences. The visitors have to prove that they would be arranging deals, negotiating or signing trade agreement or contracts, undertaking fact-finding missions, checking details or goods and conducting site visits and promotional activities.



The statements, opinions, or views in the following articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.


Concentrate On Being Grateful
From: TheStar.com - Opinion
October 19, 2008

Excerpts: http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/519705
Dow Marmur

"Radical gratitude begins when we stop taking life for granted." So writes Mary Jo Leddy, teacher, author and social activist, in her book Radical Gratitude. She adds: "It arises in the astonishment at the miracle of creation and of our own creation."

Her standpoint is religious: "Gratitude is the foundation of faith in God as the Creator of all beginnings." But it's also relevant to those who describe themselves as non-believers, because to be grateful for who one is and for what one has is to say yes to life as is and not as one would like it to be, irrespective of one's religious orientation.



Dynamics of Goa's "low intensity civil war"
If you treat the Goan like a crab, why complain when he acts like one?

By Jason Keith Fernandes

Excerpts from post on GoaNet
How entirely predictable are the ways of the world. For the longest time the Goan print media was controlled by the Big Business interests of Goa and any form of social dissent firmly muzzled.

This began to change as external business muscled its way into Goa and challenged the supremacy of Goan business over the creation of Goan news. Technology came to the support of the Goan Big Business however; and the Goan TV channels saw the light of day. Through this media once more the stage is open for Goan big business (namely mining) to mask the real issues and divert us to debating non-issues.


News Clips from India

Attack Stink In Church Blaze
Excerpt from: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081014/jsp/nation/story_9964355.jsp

Bangalore, Oct. 13: Flames leapt out of a church here early today, raising suspicion it had been attacked as police came under fire for trying to pass off the blaze as an accident. Church representatives in Karnataka denounced the attempts to register a case of accidental fire at St Anthony’s Church in Attibele, 22km away on Hosur Road. Religious books, furniture and statues were burnt.



Despite best brains, poverty a shame on India: UN

Oct 17, 2008 New Delhi, October 17: Noting that one-third of the poor people in the world resides in South Asia, a senior UN Millennium Campaign official on Friday said existing poverty is a “shame” on the face of India and efforts should be expedited to erase it. Addressing a function organised by Amnesty International in New Delhi, UN Millennium Campaign Global Director Sahil Shetty said that if India and South Asia cannot achieve poverty alleviation, it cannot be erased from the earth.



Credit Crunch Hits Diwali Festivities In UK
13 Oct 2008,PTI

LONDON: Credit crunch and economic downturn here has affected Diwali festivities with people of Indian origin buying less gold and jewellery for the occasion as compared to previous years. The festivities here are reputed to be the largest outside India.

Yesterday, Indian-origin Lord Mayor Manjula Sood led the switching-on ceremony of Diwali lights along the Belgrave Road in Leicester, a hub of Asian cultural and business activity. The road is also called the Golden Mile due to a large number of shops selling gold and jewellery, mainly to an Asian clientele. However, this year the shops have recorded almost a 50 per cent drop in sales.



China To Help Pakistan Build Nuke Plants
Oct 19, 2008

ISLAMABAD - PAKISTAN said China will help build two more nuclear power plants in the energy-starved Muslim nation, tightening its bonds with Beijing as rising militant violence strains its anti-terror alliance with the United States. The nuclear agreement was among a dozen economic cooperation accords signed during President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit to Beijing, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday.



Govt Formulating Policy On Naval Deployment In Gulf Of Aden
Statesman News Service

NEW DELHI, Oct. 18: India is formulating a policy on the issue of deploying naval ships to the Gulf of Aden in the wake of growing piracy in the region and the threat to Indian merchant shipping, the minister of state for defence, Mr M M Pallam Raju, said here today.  The Indian Navy has already dispatched a warship to the region where Indian seamen on board a Japanese ship registered in Hong Kong are being held by pirates and the deadline for the ransom to release the crew is running out.



North Indian (Punjab) Government to help Canadian probe

CHANDIGARH, India — The government of a north Indian state will assist Canadian officials investigating the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight that killed 329 people, most of them Canadian citizens, a top official said.

Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister of Punjab state, made the pledge at a news conference Thursday in the state capital, Chandigarh. "Whatever assistance the Canadian police need from the Punjab police in their probe into the crash would be provided," Badal said in response to a question. He gave no further details. While no one is currently before the courts in connection with the bombing, the RCMP has maintained that the investigation remains active and that charges would be laid if new evidence is found.


News Clips from Goa

This doesn't look like Diwali'
22 Oct 2008,
Gauree Malkarnekar, TNN

PANAJI: The ripples of the global economic slowdown have hit Goan shores, dampening the Diwali spirit. Despite this being the season when consumers usually splurge on durables, sales are down considerably—around 50% less than last year—and festive discounts have failed to appeal.



Goa The Land Of Sun, Sand And Surgeries
Excerpt from:

Goa the land of sun, sand and surgeries Samriti Grover Tuesday, September 23, 2008, (Mumbai/Goa) Sun, sea and surgeries - medical tourism has been steadily adding to international tourist arrivals in the holiday state Goa for close to five years now.



Ravi: Politicians shielding goons
Despite coming under intense pressure and criticism from cabinet colleagues for "using" the police force against his peers in politics, Home Minister Ravi Naik seems intent on catching the bull by its horns. "Goons are being shielded by elected representatives in the state. This has to be completely eradicated," Naik said, while speaking as chief guest at the workshop. [GT]


Sarpanch battles for life, blame it on Goa bandh
An electricity pole laid across the road by supporters of Goa bandh at Britona on Sunday night was the cause of the accident that has left Penha de franca sarpanch, Eknath Narvekar, battling for life at the Goa Medical College Hospital, Bambolim. Narvekar collided against the electricity pole while he was returning home on his scooter from his night duty. [GT]


Police falter on bullfight again
Colva police have once again faltered in catching the fighter bulls by their horns. Despite the banned bullfights under the High Court scanner, a bull fight took place on the Benaulim-Sernabatim border, putting the cops in an embarrassing situation, with the men-in-uniform as usual descending at the venue at the fag end, around the time when one of the bull emerged victorious. [H]


Police put brakes on Navelim bull fight
A 4,000-strong crowd of bull fight lovers were treated to a bout of ‘dhirio’ at Telaulim, Navelim on October 19, before the arrival of the police towards the fag end of the fight, led to its disruption. Two persons were arrested for organizing the sport. Sunday’s fight, it is reliably learnt, was organized by a close relative of a police sub inspector, on the occasion of the village feast, with the paddy field serving as the arena. The swelling crowd of onlookers cheered lustily as the two bulls - Moti and Samsung - locked horns and aggressively charged at each other. People were seen perched on coconut trees and compound walls to get a better view of the fight, that appeared to get more exciting as it progressed. [TOI]


Rs 4 crore spent on renovation of churches
The Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Ms Ambika Soni, informed Mr Shantaram Naik, in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, that during the last five years, an amount of Rs 400.68 lakh has been incurred by Goa Circle of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), on renovation and up gradation of churches and convents in Goa, which are under World Heritage. [NT]


Rock-cut cave discovered in Ganje
A team of Vivekanand Itihas Sanshodhan Mandal, Keri recently brought to light a new rockcut cave in Ganje village of Ponda taluka. Near the main temple of Ganjeshwari, there is a hillock on top of which is a single-cell cave without pillars and verandah. This single cell measures 58 cm in width and 65 cm in length. There is no possibility of entering the cave. This cave is about 2 km away from Ganje on the way of Valpoi-Usgao. [Rajendra P Kerkar]


Ethel's `Eve's Revenge' launched
"Eve's Revenge, Stories of Nemesis", a book of poems by acknowledged Goan writer, columnist and radio personality Ms Ethel Da Costa was released recently at a heritage home in the city in the midst of a glittering evening of jazz, cocktails and a large gathering of prominent personalities from Goa and outside.

Eminent Goan cardiologist Dr. Francisco Colašo welcomed the gathering and introduced the author, while Sapna Sardessai of Printer's Devil described the book and its making.



Drastic drop in Goa rentals
A month ago, it would have been nothing but a dream to get a single-bedroom fully furnished apartment at Miramar for a monthly rent of Rs 7,000. Today it is a reality. “A 3BHK in a prime locality like Dona Paula which cost Rs 30,000 per month till recently is now finding it difficult to get even Rs 18,000,” said Robert Fernandes of Ferns Real Estates, Tonca. Desperate landlords are ready to let out their properties at low rentals instead of keeping them empty, he said. [Gauree Malkarnekar, TOI]


Goa's three Great "V"s
Modern Goa has lost two of its great sons in the death of Vishwasrao Dattajirao Chowgule and Praful Priolkar... Goans have reason to salute the memory of the triumvirates - Vassantrao S Dempo, Vishwasrao Chowgule and Vassudevrao M Salgaocar - all of whom made Goa what it is today, though Vishwasrao was always the leader so far as launching new ventures was concerned. All of them have bid adieu to this mortal world but not without leaving a rich legacy for the new generations to emulate. The first to pass away was Vassudevrao. He was followed by Vassantrao and now, finally, Vishwasrao. [Pramod Khandeparker, GT]


Heineken to set up brewery in Goa
The maker of Tiger beer, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd, the Singapore-based joint venture between Dutch brewer Heineken NV and Singapore's Fraser and Neave Ltd, has fixed Goa as the location for one of its two new breweries in India. The company has also appointed a new chief executive for South Asian operations. [H]

People Places and Things

Canadian Elections
Riding - Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)

Troy DeSouza comes close to winning seat - loses by 68 votes (0.1 %)

Source: http://642blog.ca/2008/10/15/keith-martin-defeats-troy-DeSouza-by-68-votes-for-now
15 October, 2008
Filed under: Community, Sooke — TimAyres

You know it’s close when all the news coverage is over and you are still unsure of a winner. That’s exactly what happened last night in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, the federal electoral riding which covers from Port Renfrew to Sooke, into Langford, View Royal, Esquimalt, and parts of Saanich and the Highlands. It was back and forth all night, with DeSouza and Martin at times ahead by margins of a few hundred votes. Just after 11:00 pm, it was reported that Martin had won by a mere 68 seats. Election rules state that a race this close is subject to an automatic recount, so technically, we still don’t know.



Moon mission launches India's modern-day power status
Posted Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:00pm AEDT
Excerpt from:

(AFP : Dibyangshu Sarkar)

See also: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/10/21/india.space/index.html

India has joined the space race with the successful launch of its first rocket mission to the moon. The unmanned satellite will orbit the moon for two years studying its mineral composition and searching for ice and a new energy source called helium-3.



Portugal Power
The little nation that could go green - and is

Excerpts from: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/10/16/rfa-durham.html
Wednesday, October 22,
By Nancy Durham,
CBC News

Francisco Aleixo runs the Amareleja Photovoltaic Power Plant in the Moura region of southern Portugal, the largest solar plant of its kind in the world. (Nancy Durham/CBC)

Who would have thought a dictator inspired a renewable energy campaign? That's one explanation for how Portugal has come to embrace clean energy so enthusiastically.



Living the past in the present
At Calizz (Which means ‘HEART’ in Konkani’) you will discover the soul of Goa.


More than 200 locks with their keys, over 30 old cameras, around 100 ceramic bottles in which the Portuguese got their wines, a Shivlingam surrounded by old brass lamps, sex toys of olden days… all this under one roof ? Hard to believe, but yes… not under one roof, but at one place - a museum at Candolim.



Indian-born Neel Kashkari launches US financial rescue
20 Oct 2008, 1605 hrs IST, REUTERS


WASHINGTON: Neel Kashkari, the man charged with launching the US government's unprecedented $700 billion bank rescue, knows a thing or two about getting complex apparatus off the ground.

After all, he could be considered a former rocket scientist. Before he went to work in high finance, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker worked in research and development at TRW Inc, a contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, designing parts for a space telescope.




The TEGSA community is both a fun-loving and a prayerful community. On October 17, 2008 the TEGSA community lived up to both these traits. The evening started with a candlelight procession led by our very own President, Charles Fernandes, to venerate Our Blessed Mother.

The procession was followed by the recitation of the Holy Rosary which was done by some TEGSA members in 5 different languages being, English, Portuguese, Swaheli, Konkani and Hindi. The TEGSA community is so rich in talent whether it be languages, drama, singing or dancing. The Holy Rosary was immediately followed by the Litany which was led by Bruno.



Line Dancing Classes……at Commander Hall
by Juliet Matkar

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The announcement by TEGSA of having line dancing Classes was greeted with much enthusiasm by members. As Natty said “It was Uvy’s idea that has now become a reality!”



19th Oct,2008
by MuL

The Markham Bowling Centre was the "Hot Spot" venue reserved exclusively to a team of "Hot Shots" -i.e. "TEGSA" members who took full advantage of the lounge facilities, including the cash bar, the free shoes and of course, bowling, to muster up a "Hot Sizzilin' session - before the cold blistering winter sets in!! The atmosphere was electrifying as an enthusiastic & exuberant crowd gathered at TEGSA's annual Bowling event for its "MEMBERS ONLY" sold out extravaganza.

72 players - minus Uvy - participated in a 5 Pin - 12 Lane - 6 in each lane - 3 games of 10 frames bowling competition.




16th Oct. 2008. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. LOVET LUIS FURTADO (ex Nairobi, Royal College & London University). Husband of Immaculata. Father of Fabio and Bruno. Brother of Ivor/Cecilia (San Diego), Cynthia/Manuel (Toronto), Eda/Richard (Ottawa), Mervy/Kennie (Calgary).

Condolences to: Ivor Furtado - furtados@cox.net  or Mervy Furtado- furtadom@telus.net  or  Cynthia Castelino - cynthia_castelino@hotmail.com  or  Edda Caldeira- edda.caldeira@sympatico.ca


+ Francis Assis Fernandes

Sadly, the family wishes to announce his peaceful passing on Thursday October 16th at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga at the age of 66. He will be missed by his sons Vernon, Vance, and Vaylon (Keri) and their mother Angela. His siblings Patricia, Francis (Lucy), Georgina (Richard), and his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service took place on Monday Oct. 20, 2008 at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.


Mrs. Rose Nazareth

passed away 18th October 2008, In Mombasa Kenya. She was the wife of the late Arthur Nazareth. Mother of the late Alfred (Tinky) Nazareth, Late Priscilla, Late Conrad Nazareth, Danny Nazareth (Msa), Rosemary Daniels (UK) and Jacquelin Tomaschko (Msa) Sister in law to Barbara Rooke (Msa) Aunty to Marie De Souza(UK), Blanche Lobo (UK), Myrna Nazareth (Canada), Belinda De Souza (Canada) Alvit Abreu (Canada), Jennifer de Souza(Msa), Andrew Abreu (Msa), Vivian Lobo (USA), Peter Abreu (Canada), Wilma de Souza (Nbi), Johnny Rooke (Msa), Cliff Rooke (South Africa), Susan Duff (nbi), Charlotte Roser (Nbi) and Ruth Jensen (Denmark)

From: maureenpdsouza@hotmail.com


Quebec Goan Association – St. Francis Xavier Feast Celebration

The QGA is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for the feast of our "Goencho Saib", Saint Francis Xavier. The event is sponsored this year by the family of Tony and Jane Fernandes.

Date: Saturday, November 29th, 2008
Location: Saint Suzanne Church, 9501 Gouin Boulevard West, Pierrefonds, QC, H8Y 1T7

Mass will start at 6:30 PM sharp. As per tradition, a social gathering will follow in the parish hall.

Dinner tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Sunday, November 16th, 2008.



Mark Your Calendars
Toronto- Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion– September 26, 2009

The 11th Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion will take place in Toronto on Sept. 26, 2009. There will be a week of festivities leading up to the Grand Ball on that night at the picturesque Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton. We are planning a Pub Night; trip to Niagara Falls, a golf tournament and a picnic on Sept. 27. Individual classes will also have a day set aside to hold their own mini-reunions during the week.

So please go ahead and make your travel arrangements and, in the coming weeks, we will list the names of the committee members and their email addresses to answer any questions you may have.



The Railway Goan Institute, Nairobi Kenya
Founded 1909 ~ Incorporated into the Railway Institute 1967

See: http://www.goacom.com/culture/biographies/rgi/rgi.htm

Members of the Railway Goan Institute and those who worked for the Railways or whose parents were employed there, or lived in the Railway neighbourhood, are planning a “Homecoming” in Toronto to celebrate the Centenary of this famed institution. This event will take place in conjunction with the Ex-Students Reunion as noted in the announcement above, in September 2009.

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further information..


Life Lease Housing Project Information Meetings for the Goan and Indo Christian Community

The Goan and Canorient Seniors’ Clubs, the GOA and the GCO, invite you to an information meeting, to learn about a Life Lease Housing Project, for the Goan and Indo Christian (Manglorean, East and Anglo Indian,etc.) Community Seniors’ in the GTA.

Dates of Meetings:


Sunday, October 26,2008, from 3 to 6 pm:

Burnhamthorpe Community Centre,

Forest Glen Roomm
(Off Burnhamthorpe Road, East of Dixie Rd)

For more on the Life Lease Project Click here to download information sheet

Download and Review this Important Document


Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 Navelim Union _Toronto 33rd Navelim Fest

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre
Mass to be celebrated in the Hall at 5.00 p.m.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008 @ 10.00.a.m. Friends of
St. Francis Xavier

Friends of St. Francis Xavier Celebration of
the Feast of St. Francis Xavier

At St. Francis Xavier Church 5650 Mavis Road (Mavis & Matheson) GTA- Mississauga

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for details of event
and to reserve stalls for Food Fair that follows.

Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

November 14 & 28 Fri Line Dancing with Natty

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Sunday October 19th,2008 Mixed Bowling Extravananza @ Markham Bowling Centre  (Sold Out)

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Friday November 7, 2008 Mass for deceased Members

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Saurday, December, 13, 2008 Christmas Dance

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Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2008

Health & Wellness

Simple Hygiene Steps Can Prevent Flu, Food-Borne Illnesses, Experts Say
Oct 8, 2008

TORONTO — With flu and cold season just around the corner, public health experts are trying to get Canadians to lessen their chances of getting sick by adopting some simple hygiene practices to keep disease-causing germs at bay.

The Health and Hygiene Council of Canada says an international survey suggests that overall, Canadians have the best understanding in the world of the role that good hygiene plays in preventing infection. But there are gaps between the knowing and the doing, the recently formed council says.



Some Cold Medications Not For Kids Under Four
Warning Labels To Come

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

As drug companies in the United States put new warning labels on cold and flu medication for children under four years old, a Canadian manufacturer of children's medicine, said it would not follow suit.

Major U.S. pharmaceutical companies announced Tuesday they would change labels on cough and cold medicines to warn consumers not to give the products to children under four, said the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a group representing the American producers of over-the-counter kids medicine.



Depression, Healthcare Services and Heart Attacks - What's the Connection?
New data points to psychosocial factors impacting how often cardiac patients seek further care

TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Depression symptoms are associated with significantly higher use of healthcare services following a heart attack, according to a new study released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). With approximately 70,000 Canadians experiencing a heart attack each year, this new data may help thousands of people get the care they need and reduce hospital visits.



Moderate drinking could increase dementia risks: study
Sharon Kirkey
Canwest News Service
Monday, October 13, 2008

Moderate drinking that can be good for the heart is bad for the brain, a recent study by a team of researchers at Wellesley College found. The day after a long weekend of food and drink comes sobering news: the same kind of moderate drinking that can be good for the heart is bad for the brain. And the effect is even more profound in women.



EU warns youth: turn your MP3 players down!
Mon Oct 13, 3:32 PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Millions of youngsters across Europe could suffer permanent hearing loss after five years if they listen to MP3 players at too high a volume for more than five hours a week, EU scientists warned Monday.


The scientists' study, requested by the European Commission, attacked the concept of "leisure noise," saying children and teenagers should be protected from increasingly high sound levels -- with loud mobile phones also coming in for criticism.



Towering Disturbance - Signals From Cell Phone Towers Affect Pacemakers
Your Health

Dr Gita Mathai is a paediatrician with a family practice at Vellore. Questions on health issues may be emailed to her at yourhealthgm@yahoo.co.in
Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080818/jsp/knowhow/story_9704648.jsp

Signals from cell phone towers affect pacemakers
Q: I own a flat on the third (top) floor of a building. The residents’ association has leased out the terrace to a cell phone company which has erected a tower there. I have a pacemaker and am worried about the impact of the signals from the tower on my heart. What should I do?


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