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Be optimistic about 2009: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Thursday, December 25, 2008
CBC News

The coming year will be a difficult one for Canadians, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who steered away from directly addressing the global economic turmoil in his holiday address. "As we face the difficult year ahead, always remember that ours is perhaps the most peaceful and prosperous society on Earth," Harper said in the prerecorded statement.



Canadian Chamber of Commerce predicts Ont., Que. to be hardest hit in recession; Sask to perform best

OTTAWA — The manufacturing-based provinces of Ontario and Quebec will be hardest hit in the current recession, while Saskatchewan will outperform the rest of the country thanks to its well-diversified mix of natural resources, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says.



Immigrants with a University Degree in jobs as taxi drivers

Statscan Study: Immigrants' education and required job skills
1991 to 2006

Established immigrants—those who had lived in Canada for between 11 and 15 years—had more difficulty finding jobs reflecting their educational attainment in 2006 than they did in 1991.

During this 15-year period, the proportion of long-term immigrants with a university degree in jobs with low education requirements, such as clerks, truck drivers, salespeople, cashiers and taxi drivers, rose steadily. In 1991, about 12% of long-term male immigrants with a university degree had jobs with low educational requirements. By 2006, this proportion had increased to 21%.



Scotiabank Offers Canadians Five Financial Strategies To Bolster Their Bottom Line In Uncertain Times

TORONTO, Dec. 29 /CNW/ - With holiday shopping and gift giving behind us and the New Year just ahead, now is the perfect time for people to take stock of their financial situation. While current economic conditions are challenging many Canadians to re-think their budget, Scotiabank has some practical suggestions to help households shore up their financial position.



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


How is 2009 going to be?

2008 is now behind us, and for many, best forgotten:

  • On the weather scene Ontario and Quebec endured one of the longest and snowiest winters in years. At times, even snow enthusiasts had had enough and were desperate for spring. Every winter sees snow on the ground for weeks at a time, but not every winter has snow falling almost every day. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin registered its third-wettest winter in 61 years, with most of the precipitation falling as the white stuff.



US $ 1456 Billion stashed away in Swiss banks by Indians !…and our Government does not want to know who they are !

Of course we always knew this….that many Indians have been stashing away black monies in Swiss banks for decades…but when one hears the Quantum from the Horse’s Mouth itself it has to invoke anger

Just read today’s Express Buzz coverage of the Swiss Banking Association Report of 2006 that reveals that India topped the List of Countries with it’s citizens having deposits of US $ 1456 Billion in Swiss banks…Russia came in second at US $ 470 billion In fact Indians have stashed away more funds in Swiss Banks than those from all other nations put together!


People Places and Things

Christmas and New Year Celebrations Around The World – 2008

Kuwait: 'Twinkling Stars' win 'GULAB' Carol Singing Competition
The tradition of Christmas carols hails back as far as the thirteenth century, although carols were originally folk songs sung during celebrations like harvest, tide or Christmas. It was only later that carols begun to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas. It is for the very first time in Kuwait that a Goan organization took up the challenge to present 'Carol singing competition' as part of the third and final event of the GULAB Konkani magazine's Silver Jubilee celebrations that commenced in June 2008..


Goan Overseas Association – Bringing in the New Year

Photograph by Albert Fernandes


Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada
December 30, 2008

OTTAWA — Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced today 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 4 Companions (C.C.), 14 Officers (O.C.), and 42 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada.
Notable Persons:
Arvind Koshal, O.C.
Edmonton, Alberta
Officer of the Order of Canada
For his contributions to the field of cardiac surgery in Canada, notably in performing several innovative techniques, and for his leadership in developing one of the leading cardiac care programs in the country.

Lata Pada, C.M.
Mississauga, Ontario
Member of the Order of Canada
For her contributions to the development of South Asian dance as a choreographer, teacher, dancer and artistic director, as well as for her commitment and support of the Indian community in Canada.



The Doyen Of Goan Writing In English
(Interview With Victor Rangel-Ribeiro)

Sent: December 30, 2008

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro is a name closely connected with the resurgence that Goan writing in English has seen in recent years. An octogenarian, what's admirable about him is not just the high-energy levels with which he works on his craft, but also his generosity in sharing his skills and mentoring others keen to enter the world of writing books and more. Excerpts from an interview with Frederick 'FN' Noronha, as Rangel-Ribeiro returns to Goa for this annual sojourn. This time, to be based in Altinho (Panjim) while his ancestral home at Alto Porvorim gets a facelift.



New snow blower for Christmas? Take care, it is not a toy
Provided by Anne-Marie Tobin,

TORONTO - If you find a snow blower under the Christmas tree, or a note from Santa to check for one in the garage, take care as you proceed to use this new piece of equipment, experts advise.

By mid-December, Dr. William Andrade, a plastic surgeon in Newmarket, Ont., had already seen four snow blower injuries to the hand at his hospital, compared to five last year for the whole winter.



Notebook computers overtake desktop PCs: study
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Associated Press

Shipments of notebook computers edged past desktop sales in the third quarter for the first time, according to data from the research firm iSuppli. Preliminary figures for the quarter show notebook PC shipments shot up about 40 per cent from the same period a year ago to 38.6 million, iSuppli said Tuesday. Meanwhile desktop shipments fell about 1.3 per cent to 38.5 million.


News Clips from Goa

Goa Governor, CM and Archbishop extend New Year greetings
Governor Dr SS Sidhu and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat have extended heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa on the joyous occasion of the New Year. In his new Year message, the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, said, "Expectations and concerns mark the beginning of every new Year. And this year will not be different. Our concerns, in fact, will be all the more grave since the year that went by was punctuated by violence, which took so much toll on human life and left the entire population traumatized. [GT]


NRGs demand control over influx of migrants
On the eve of the New Year, Non-Resident Goans from United Arab Emirates presented a wish list to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the form of a memorandum signed by over 600 Goans living in Dubai and Kuwait. The memorandum comprises of 10 demands aimed at protecting Goa and Goan identity and makes a very forceful demand for controlling the influx of migrants in the State which is diluting the Goan identity. (Among other issues) the Non-Resident Goans have also demanded that the State government strongly pursue with the Centre for voting rights to Non-Resident Goans. [GT]


Air fares to Goa plummet this new year
Flying in to Goa from Mumbai on New Year's eve was cheaper for revellers than entering a night club in the state to party into the New Year. With hordes of Indian tourists descending on the state to ring in the year's first moments, nightclubs anticipated a windfall in earning and hiked their rates ten-fold. [TOI]


One month course in Konkani for government servants
All government employees will have to compulsorily undergo classes in Konkani so as to equip themselves with minimum knowledge of the language. Training for the purpose wills tart soon and in Devanagari script… Konkani stalwart, Mr Tomazinho Cardozo stressed: “Whatever the government does should be beneficial to all sections. So training should be both in Devanagari as well as Romi scripts.” [NT]


Goa may miss revenue target by Rs.250 cr
Goa is staring at a revenue deficit of at least Rs.250 crore this financial year. “There is already a shortfall of around Rs.150 crore in the last three months even as we were assuming it as a boom year,” Vallabh Kamat, commissioner, commercial taxes, told TOI. [Raju Nayak, TOI]


Netter Domnic’s new house
Popular netter Domnic Fernandes (Aichea Disak Chintop) weaved in more fun, festivity and happiness this festive season with the inauguration of his new house on December 29 evening at the hands of Fr Agapito D'Cunha, the parish priest of St Michael Church, Anjuna, in the presence of relatives, neighbours and a few close friends. The lovely house in red, chiselled laterite walls at Gaumvaddi’ sharp turn in coastal Anjuna, adds Anjuna’s present-day glamorous landmarks. We greet Domnic, Jyothi and their children on the happy occasion. May God Bless their new home abundantly. Incidentally, the new home comes almost on the heels of Domnic starting a lovely Mongines outlet near Starco in Anjuna. If the progidious writer is not much on the net nowadays, it’s becuase the busy venture keeps him engaged throughout the day. [DailyGoaNewsClips]


Digitised “Faxi Mogachi”
C Alvares, the late thespian and innovative tiatr director, who shone brightly in the early Konkani movies “Amchem Noxib” and “Nirmon”, went on to produce “Faxi Mogachi”, and released it on a very small scale. His daughter Capucina produced his play “Atancheo Sunom” and her own first film “Disson Kurddo Aikon Bhero”, followed by “Ghutt” with which her father was toying before he passed away.

Capucina, to perpetuate C Alvares’ rich legacy under the banner of C. Alvares Films, partnered by Ashterwayne Productions, eventually produced the digitized version of “Faxi Mogachi”, which was released recently. [I. Dantas]


'Charge non-Goan patients for hospital services’
Demands to levy fees on patients from across the border availing medical facilities in the state and offer high remuneration for medical consultant in government hospitals has gained support from Goa Assembly Speaker, Pratapsing Rane, and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. [H]


Convert Hospicio into museum
Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane has called upon the government to convert the Hospicio hospital into a museum after the commissioning of the 556-bedded district hospital. Saying that the Hospicio building is a heritage structure and needs to be pr
otected for posterity, Rane suggested that the imposing structure be converted into a museum. [H]


Goa Waits For Tourists
Ketki Angre
Saturday, December 27, 2008 

Goa is waiting for tourists though, December is usually the peak tourist season for the coastal state. But this year after the terror strike in Mumbai and rising tension between India and Pakistan it is the tourism industry which has been affected.

Says Nisha Tupkar, a shopkeeper: "This year there are definitely fewer tourists. There were many cancellations but I think now gradually things are improving."



Goa’s Iron Ore Exports May Fall As China Demand Seen As Temporary
30 Dec 2008,
Smitha Venkateswaran, ET Bureau,prtpage-1.cms

PANAJI: Iron ore exports may be on the rise - thanks to a spurt in demand from China - but the slump is far from over, fear Goa’s iron ore exporters. The country’s exports to China in November rose to 8.74 million tonne (MT) as compared with 4.13 MT in October after the central government announced a slew of measures, which included a reduction in the export duty to 0% on iron ore while duty on lumps was cut by 10 percentage points to 5%. However, according to industrialists, this boom is likely to fade soon.



Goa - '1 In 100 Women Attempt Suicide'
31 Dec 2008,
Preetu Nair, TNN,prtpage-1.cms

PANAJI: A study has found that nearly one in every 100 women, aged between 18 and 50 years, attempted suicide in the last 12 months in Goa. The frequency of suicide attempts is higher in young adults aged between 16 and 24 years. The study on suicidal behaviour in the state was conducted by Sangath, an NGO working in health care. It was recently published in leading international medical journals.


News Clips from India

War is a media hype, says Jairam Ramesh

Jaipur, Dec 26 (PTI) Indian, Pakistani and American media are responsible for creating a hype about an imminent war between India and Pakistan, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh alleged here today. "If the Prime Minister and Defence Minister met behind close doors, it does not mean that they were discussing anything about war," Ramesh, minister of state for power, told reporters adding the media, therefore, should not interpret any such thing.



Services Chiefs Meet PM, Brief On Defence Preparedness

New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Amid reports of a military build-up across the borders in Pakistan, chiefs of the three armed forces today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him on the country's defence preparedness. During the meeting, which took place at the Prime Minister's office, Singh took stock of the possible conventional military threat scenarios and the counter- measures that the Army, Navy and the Air Force had put in place along the borders, Defence Ministry sources said.



Indian politicians wearing bangles, says Thackeray
Agencies Posted: Dec 27, 2008

Pune Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday asked politicians to stop glorifying the resilient spirit of Mumbai in the aftermath of the November 26 terror attack and show ‘the iron will’ to engage the Indian armed forces in a decisive battle to crush the hostile neighbour.

"Let us not forget the fact that ten Pakistan-trained terrorists who attacked the commercial capital of India taking the sea route killed over 200 innocent civilians and 16 uniformed men in the country," Thackeray said an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.



Perpetrators of the Mumbai mayhem could be Pakistani nationals …... says Pakistan at last

New Delhi, Dec 30: After weeks of denial, Pakistan today said for the first time that the perpetrators of the Mumbai mayhem could be Pakistani nationals.

"Could be... could be ~ that's all I will say as of now, while the investigations are still being completed," Pakistan's national security adviser Mr Mahmud Ali Durrani told CNN-IBN channel in an interview from Islamabad.



Air India slashes fares on domestic sectors 
Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: Bringing cheer to air passengers on the New Year eve, Air India on Tuesday slashed its basic fares in the domestic sectors, ranging from 35-82 per cent. The cut comes into effect from Tuesday, according to an official statement here.



+Victor Mascarenhas

Mascarenhas Victor - 1928 - 2009 Passed away peacefully at his residence in Mississauga on Monday January 5th 2009. Loving husband of Dora, dear father of Ian (Suzanne), and Lilian D'Souza (Shannon). Caring grandpa of Charlene, Michelle and Michael. Survived by his brothers Jacinto and Sylvester Mascarenhas.

Visitation will take place at the Glen Oaks Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (at Dundas) Oakville on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Merciful Redeemer 2775 Erin Centre Blvd Mississauga on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.


+ Normand Berault

NORMAND BREAULT. 26 Dec: Glendale, Los Angeles. Worked for many years, from the early sixties, for the Tanzania Missionary Press in Tabora, Tanzania, as a member of the USA Lay Mission Helpers Group. He had many Goan friends in Tabora, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Mombasa, Goa and the UK. [Photograph by Albert Fernandes].


Calling Nairobi Goans Re. Preservation Of Nairobi South Cemetery
Sunday December 21, 2008
Goanet Posts

From: Mervyn & Elsie Maciel

I've just had a request from an English historian friend of mine in Nairobi, asking if someone in the Goan community in Nairobi could join the "Friends of Nairobi South Cemetery Group. Here is the background to his request:"When the cemetery opened in January 1900, only a matter of six months after the rails reached the spot to be the future Nairobi, there were many Goans employed in the clerical side of the Uganda Railways. To start with, those who died were put adjacent to the Europeans, with some very fine headstones and monuments. As time went by, a type of segregation started, and the Goans were given their own rows, and eventually, a complete corner of the cemetery.



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Health & Wellness

Video Game Improves Mental Skills In Older Adults

ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2008) — A desire to rule the world may be a good thing if you're over 60 and worried about losing your mental faculties. A new study found that adults in their 60s and 70s can improve a number of cognitive functions by playing a strategic video game that rewards nation-building and territorial expansion.



Taking a Brrrr-eak? OMA Says Keep Your Butts Outside!

TORONTO, Dec. 26 /CNW/ - As the temperature drops, Ontario's doctors are asking smokers to refrain from smoking indoors to avoid exposing children and other family and friends to harmful second-hand smoke. "With the cold winter weather, doctors are concerned that smokers will be tempted to take it inside," said Dr. Ken Arnold, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). "We want to remind smokers about the danger this poses to their children and other family members."



Benefits of Celery

  1. Eating celery will reduce high blood pressure and give the effect of calmness.

  2. Celery clears uric acid from painful joints and may help the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic probl



Sleep disorder may be marker for neurodegenerative diseases: researchers
Friday, December 26, 2008
CBC News

Individuals with a deep-sleep disorder are more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or dementia, a new Canadian study reports.

The study, by Dr. Ronald Postuma from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Dr. Jacques Montplaisir from the University of Montreal, suggests 52.4 per cent of patients with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder will develop a neurodegenerative disease within 12 years of the initial diagnosis.



'Painful legacy' of heart attack

One in five people recovering from a heart attack is still having chest pain a year afterwards, a US study suggests. The journal Archives of Internal Medicine reported some suffered angina every day, despite bypass surgery.

A Colorado University-led team, which quizzed nearly 2,000 patients, said it was linked to smoking or depression in some cases. A spokesman for the British Heart Foundation the study could help doctors spot who was at highest risk.


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