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
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
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.
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.
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
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,"
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.
"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.
longest time the Goan print media was controlled by
Business interests of Goa and any form of social
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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]
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]
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.
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
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
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.
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]
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.
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
People Places and Things
Riding - Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
SPOT" - MIXED BOWLING NITE OF NIGHTS!!
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
Oct. 2008. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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).
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.
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)
Mark Your Calendars
Toronto- Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion– September 26, 2009
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.
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
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:
26,2008, from 3 to 6 pm:
Forest Glen Roomm
Road, East of Dixie Rd)
more on the Life Lease Project
Click here to download information sheet
Download and Review
this Important Document
in World Wide & Canada - 2008
November 22nd, 2008
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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?