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Canada's CAs give federal budget a B-plus grade

TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Chartered Accountants of Canada give the federal budget a B-plus rating as the government attempts to navigate through unsettled economic times. Canada's CAs welcome the budget's provision of economic stimulus through targeted spending and new tax initiatives along with a continued commitment to previously announced corporate tax cuts. "Canada's economy needs lifeboats now," stressed Kevin Dancey, FCA, President and CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). "A flotilla of lifeboats arriving too late will help no one." The CA profession is encouraged by the fact that most of the government's stimulus spending is to take place over the next two years and is to be phased out when the economy recovers.

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Canada budget to help home renovations
Tue Jan 27, 2009

Canada's federal budget on Tuesday will include incentives for home renovations and a promise of relief for credit-card borrowers as well as tax breaks for middle- and lower-income Canadians, the Globe and Mail reported.

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty plans modest but permanent tax breaks for people in middle- and lower-income tax brackets, with one senior official saying the cuts will apply to those earning up to C$80,000 a year, the paper said. Money will also be provided for home renovations, although it is unclear how much the program will be worth, the paper said.

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Downturn Accelerates As It Circles The Globe
Economies Worse Off Than Predicted Just Weeks Ago
By Anthony Faiola - Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 24, 2009; A01

The world economy is deteriorating more quickly than leading economists predicted only weeks ago, with Britain yesterday becoming the latest nation to surprise analysts with the depth of its economic pain. Britain posted its worst quarterly contraction since 1980 on the heels of sharper than expected slowdowns reported from Germany to China to South Korea. The grim data, analysts said, underscores how the burst of the biggest credit bubble in history is seeping into the real economies around the world, silencing construction cranes, bankrupting businesses and throwing millions of people out of work.

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Statement by Mark Carney Governor of the Bank of Canada
on release of the Monetary Policy Report Update
22 January 2009

The outlook for the global economy has deteriorated since the October Monetary Policy Report, with the intensifying financial crisis spilling over into real economic activity. Heightened uncertainty is undermining business and household confidence worldwide and further eroding domestic demand. Major advanced economies, including Canada's, are now in recession, and emerging-market economies are increasingly affected. Commodity prices – especially energy prices – have fallen as a result of substantially weaker global demand.

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For Businesses Big and Small, It's Lights Out
Instead of Restructuring, More Are Quick to Liquidate
By Annys Shin - Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 18, 2009; A01

With the economy in the tank, companies are doing all they can to stay afloat. For many, though, even the most desperate measures have not been enough. Former giants in American business have recently tilted into extinction. Circuit City announced Friday it would follow Linens 'n Things and Sharper Image into liquidation and sell its assets. Over the next two years, analysts say, countless other businesses will simply fade away.

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Canadian bishop slams oil sands development
By Scott Haggett
Tue Jan 27, 1:29 pm ET

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The rapid-fire development of Canada's oil sands region has garnered a new critic -- the Catholic bishop whose diocese extends over the world's second-largest oil reserves .

Luc Bouchard, bishop of the diocese of St. Paul, which covers nearly 156,000 square km (60,000 square miles) of northeastern Alberta and includes the massive oil sands developments near Fort McMurray, said this week that "the integrity of creation in the Athabasca oil sands is clearly being sacrificed for economic gain". In a pastoral letter to the region's 55,000 Catholics, the bishop wrote that the exploitation of the huge resource is environmentally unsound, challenging the "moral legitimacy of oil sands production".

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Over 100 partners announce their support for DiverseCity project
Private, public and non-profit partners commit to taking Toronto from a "diversity deficit" to a "diversity dividend"

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Maytree and the Toronto City Summit Alliance  today announced the first wave of over 100 partners that have committed their support to "DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project". Partners include private, non-profit and public organizations that are committed to more diverse leadership in the Greater Toronto Area (a full list can be found online at

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


India, Indians permeate everywhere
By: Fakir Hassen

I am now convinced that India, Indians and all things Indian permeate almost every corner of the globe, influencing everyone and everything.

Statements by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at the inaugural session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2009 in Chennai reaffirmed to me earlier thoughts as I paged through Sawubona, the in-flight magazine of South African Airways, on a nine-hour flight from Johannesburg to Mumbai. I was en route Chennai to attend the latest edition of the annual meet that brings together persons from the Indian diaspora - this time 1,500 of them.



What Explains the Stunning Success of Slumdog Millionaire?
26 January 2009 - George Abraham
Khaleej Times Online - News - OPINION

It is not the poverty in Mumbai or the realism of the rags-to-riches story. It is not about the venality so brazenly on display in the movie. It is not about the 665m “public defecators” whose everyday lives are accurately portrayed in Slumdog 
Millionaire. And, finally, it is not 
about the obvious paradox in the film’s title.



Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address
By The Associated Press
Tue Jan 20, 5:04 pm ET

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered.

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.


People Places and Things

Between The Earth And Sky

Goan architect Dean D’Cruz creates a riot of colour, bends steel bars to make unfathomable shapes and uses materials sumptuously in his designs.

My preference has been projects that adhere to or wish to explore the green ideas

Photos: Dinesh Mehta
Free spirit: D’Cruz can get adventurous with forms and structures.



Finger length may predict financial success
January 14,2009 Print
Source: AP

The length of a man's ring finger may predict his success as a financial trader. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England report that men with longer ring fingers, compared to their index fingers, tended to be more successful in the frantic high-frequency trading in the London financial district.



Victor Rangel Ribeiro Conducts The Goa State Strings Orchestra

By Joel D’Souza

See Clip on youtube:

Flute and bassoon duet from Macau

Scintillating performance by soprano Joanne Marie D'Mello backed by the GSO, under Victor Rangel-Ribeiro's baton.

Maestro Victor Rangel Ribeiro conducting the Goa String Orchestra

A section of the mesmerised audience at the Monte Chapel in Old Goa on Sunday, January 25



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T’was on a cold Sunday afternoon, the 25th of January, but that did’nt deter the 110 enthusiastic TEGSA Seniors, who put on a brave front and headed towards the Commander Hall, for their first Games session in 2009.



America's Youngest Indian CEO
January 16, 2009
PTI Article.

At 39 years, Francisco D'Souza, the India-origin chief executive of software firm Cognizant Technology Solutions, is one of the youngest CEOs in America, running an American public company that is worth at least $5.7 billion. The latest among a slew of honours for this young business honcho is a mention in business magazine Forbes' updated list of '21 youngest CEOs at USA's biggest companies.' 'Francisco D'Souza, 39, heads what is now the largest public company run by a 40-or-under CEO, though his $5.7-billion Cognizant Technology Solutions is dwarfed by the $16.9-billion Yahoo!.' Forbes said. 'D'Souza has been an officer at Cognizant for 11 years now, chief executive since 2007, and chief operating officer since 2003, when he was a mere 33.'

All the chief executives named in the list are in the age group of 34 to 40 years. 'They are the youngest people running the biggest companies in America. As they have gotten this far already, keep an eye on them in the future,' Forbes said in an accompanying report. D'Souza took over from Lakshmi Narayanan, who became vice-chairman of the board. At the time, D'Souza was also inducted into the board.

In an interview he gave before he became CEO, he shared his views on how businesses become and remain profitable. "Cognizant choose the customer-centric, relationship-driven model right from our founding and we have built upon it. The outcome of this model is that we service a limited number of customers and provide increasing value as we grow those relationships. The fact that we serve our customers deeply is reflected in the ratio of relationship managers and client partner to be higher than our sales professionals," he said


News Clips from Goa

Body of UK Goan boy found in canal

A schoolboy’s body found in Fobney Lock, in Whitley, near Reading, is believed to be that of a missing UK Goan boy Jonathan Marques. His family were inconsolable yesterday after a team of divers from the Thames Valley Police Specialist Search and Recovery Team found the body, nearly three weeks after the boy went missing.



Goans richer than other Indians
17 Jan 2009, 0723 hrs IST, TNN,prtpage-1.cms

PANAJI: Goans have more wealth than their counterparts in other states. This was discovered by the National Family Health Survey 3, which reveals that the state handsomely meets the three essential requirements of roti, kapda aur makaan. The report states that over 55% of Goan households are in the highest wealth quintile (a fifth of a given amount). Only 23% of Goa's households are in the three lowest wealth quintiles as compared to about 60% in the rest of the country. In Goa only 3% of the households fall in the lowest wealth quintile, of which 1% are in urban areas and 5% in rural areas.



Commercialisation of State worries Goan Bishop in Pakistan
22 Jan 2009, 0029 hrs IST,
Paul Fernandes, TNN

PANAJI: It was a quiet homecoming to his mother's house' in Ucassaim after eight years for the Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese in Pakistan. But the street near his ancestral house is already abuzz. "He celebrated mass for aged persons today," a senior citizen said, pointing to the bishop's house.




NON-RESIDENT Indians (NRIs) from Goa will soon be able to get back possession of their homes or buildings from tenants,
From Goanet

A large number of Goans settled abroad, who've rented out their ancestral homes, have been left stranded, unable to get the tenants evicted. VITHALDAS HEGDE in the Weekend tracks the progress on the legislation aimed at making it easier to get homes back for these non-resident Goans and finds out that it could be enacted very soon.



Future generations should not be deprived of a quality life:
says NRI affairs Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro

24 Jan 2009,,prtpage-1.cms

PANAJI: Commissioner for NRI affairs Eduardo Faleiro has said that the principle of sustainable development requires a long term and cautious approach to development so that future generations are not deprived of a quality life. Faleiro was speaking at a seminar organised by Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), in association with the International Goan Organization of Toronto, on sustainable tourism development' at the Surendrababu Timblo hall, Panaji, on Friday.



'Goa fishing jetty used to illegally land Pakistan nationals'
Thursday, 22 January , 2009, 19:58

Panaji: In a sensational disclosure, the Chairman of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has alleged fishermen working out of a jetty located within the port premises often illegally ferried Pakistani nationals from international merchant ships to the Goan shores and vice versa.



Schools of Controversy
From a state which had a wide choice of rural-and-urban schools, we are now creating an artificial scarcity in Goa. Thanks to the ill-conceived, opportunistic (from varied angles) and badly motivated approach, primary education in Goa is being segregated on class lines. While the few, pricey English-medium primary schools are being avidly sought, a wide range of (mostly Church-run) schools are seeing better-off students leave them. Instead of studying in their own villages, young kids are forced to go to urban and semi-ruban areas. [Frederick Noronha, Herald]


'Registering "kudds' as trusts important'
Registering Goan clubs or 'kudds' as they are popularly known, as charitable trusts under the Societies Registration ACt 1860 in Mumbai, is a first step towards safeguarding the existence of these unique and more than 150-year-old institutions, speakers told stakeholders at meetings in Navelim and Mapusa on January 25. "This has to be done on priority basis so that steps to constitute a federation of registered clubs, which will help us fight for our rights collectively, can then be taken," Jose D'Costa, a member of the newly formed group tentatively called Federation of Goan Clubs in Mumbai, said. [TOI]


Real food for new Goa
Today the rice is rarely red, and a return by Goa's growers to the 22 varieties which existed even 40 years ago will be a tonic for moribund comunidades and farmers who have become enslaved to industrially planned agricultural systems. The pallid white and cream rice that populate our paddy fields are crippled by limitations of the robust red rices, full of character and flavour, which the Konkan was long known for. But even so, rice in Goa forms part of a cycle of crop-biomass-soil protein-energy which has been interrupted for too long. As this rabi harvest came to a close, fields all over Goa were being fired and every evening, the air was thick and blue with smoke. [Rahul Goswami, GT]


VASCO: Union Defence Minister AK Antony, on January 21, said the need to beef up coastal security would prompt the Centre to extend more support to governments of coastal states. Speaking with journalists after commissioning of an advanced offshore patrol vessel for the Coast Guard, at Goa Shipyard, Vasco, Antony also clarified that according to the Indian Coast Guard, an agency responsible for maritime security in Indian territorial waters, has just 30% of its actual requirements such as vessels/ships, aircrafts and manpower.. to man the country's 7,516-km coastline. [GT]


Arpora, Nagoa locals oppose farmhouses, massage parlours
Residents of Arpora-Nagoa-Baga have opposed farmhouses and massage parlours in the village. At a recent gram sabha, residents rejected outright the regularisation of the farmhouse in the village, when Panchayat secretary said they were in receipt of a court order directing the panchayat to regularise the farmhouse. [H]


Vintage Camera makes owner proud
Mr Olencio Coutinho, who runs the Hollywood Studio in Panjim, is not an old, artifact collect in the true sense of the term. It is an ancient Bellow Plate camera that has fortuitously come down to the photographer from his family. Lovingly preserved, this vintage camera now occupies place of pride at home, while being proudly displayed only on special occasions. Says Mr Coutinho, “For sure, this camera is at least 100 years old.” [Shoma Patnaik, NT]


RP 2021: Villagers want government to listen to them
Raising a legal issue regarding the enforcement of the Regional Plan 2021 after it is finalised, a speaker at a people's assembly to share experiences about the ongoing planning process, questioned whether the town and country planning department will honour the villagers blueprint for the future. Fr Bismarque Dias of St Estevam asked, "Will the resolutions of the gram sabha on planning (questionnaires) be binding on government and have legal sanctity or is it a mere consultative process?" [TOI]

News Clips from India

India-Canada to begin free trade pact talks
January 21,2009 Print
Source: PTI

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI) With an aim to enhance the bilateral trade of about 3.23 billion dollar, India and Canada will explore the possibilities of a market opening Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The two countries have agreed to start exploratory talks towards CEPA.



Canada's n-industry sees deals worth billions with India

Toronto (IANS): The Canadian nuclear industry has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India to resume nuclear trade between the two countries after three decades, saying it could result in deals worth billions of dollars.  The MoU was signed by the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and India's Larson & Toubro earlier this week during the visit of Canadian international trade minister Stockwell Day to India.



India’s President calls for strong international action against terrorism
January 25th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS - Send to a friend:

Pratibha Patil- New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Sunday said India was located in a region that harboured the epicentre of terrorism, and appealed to the international community to take decisive and united action against the scourge.”As a responsible nation, the conduct of our foreign relations since Independence has been to promote peace and development. We are, however, located in a region which harbours the epicentre of terrorism,” the president said in her address to the nation Sunday on the eve of Republic Day.



India knocking on Canada's door
'We're ready to do business' message loud and clear to B.C.

Lena Sin, The Province
Monday, January 26, 2009

Ashok Das, India's consul general to Vancouver, says B.C. should think of collaboration with India on infrastructure projects and clean technologies.

CREDIT: Jon Murray, The Province Ashok Das, India's consul general to Vancouver, says B.C. should think of collaboration with India on infrastructure projects and clean technologies.



US drone attacks kill 14 in Waziristan(Pakistan):
First Obama-era strikes in tribal areas
From The Dawn (Karachi)

MIRAMSHAH / WANA, Jan 23: Missiles fired by suspected US drones killed at least 14 people, including some Arabs, in the tribal areas of North and South Waziristan on Friday. (AP news agency quoted security officials as saying that 18 people had been killed and at least five foreign militants were among them).

The attacks came three days after US President Barack Obama took office and a day after he had appointed a veteran diplomat as his special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.



+ Henry Price
23 Jan: Melbourne, Aus. HENRY PRICE (ex East African Railways & Harbours, Nairobi). Passed away peacefully in a Melbourne hospital after a short illness bravely borne. Beloved husband of Alma (nee Moniz). Loving Dad of Leslie and Lincoln. Funeral takes place in Melbourne on 29th Jan. Condolences to:


Obama attained the Impossible Dream
Warren Lobo in play featuring the song.

Well known actor, Warren Lobo, of Newmarket, Ontario, will play the role of Barber in Man of La Mancha. Details below.

Warren writes….
Often described as a drama-with-music rather than a musical, "Man of La Mancha" is an intensely emotional and moving story of hope and courage in the bleakest of times, as experienced in the mind of an optimistic and slightly eccentric poet, Miguel de Cervantes (later Don Quixote) while imprisoned in a dungeon in 16th century Seville at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. His poignant story is revealed with drama and comedy, using words and beautiful music that come together in familiar songs such as "Dulcinea", "I'm Only Thinking Of Him", the ubiquitous title song, and of course "The Impossible Dream" which has become a classic among Broadway standards.




The Goan Overseas Association is once again dedicating this year’s Carnival Dance as an event that will help support ill Goan children in need within our community. The children are the future of our community. As a proud Goan Community we need to stand united in helping those in need. To assist these Goan children in need, the GOA is establishing a target of raising $15,000 for a fund that will be used solely for Goan children in need of financial assistance as they face burdening medical expenses, etc.



"International Strathmore-Kianda Alumni Reunion, in London,”

For a number of years in the 1960's and 1970's students from various cities in East Africa went to Strathmore College and Kianda College in Nairobi. In conjunction with Professor David Sperling, the alumni are holding the "International Strathmore-Kianda Alumni Reunion, in London, 24th – 25th April 2009". The organizers are trying to get in touch with as many of these Alumni as possible.

For more information please contact Ives Mascarenhas (


Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





Saturday, 14th February 2009 Goa Amigos The Red & Black Carnival Xtravaganza 2009

Payal Banquets, Mississauga.

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Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
Friday, February, 13th 2009 Valentine’s Day

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Friday, March 6th 2009 Evening of Entertainment with Education
Sunday, March 15th 2009
from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Annual General Meeting
April or May  The Anniversary dance

21st February 2009

Casino Rama

10th or 16th April 2009 Scarborough Theatre
23rd May 2009 Woodbine Racetrack
20th June 2009 Fallsview Casino
August  2009 Washington/Atlantic City
September or October  2009 Agawa Canyon
14th November 2009 Fallsview Casino, Magnotta and Festival of Lights

Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2009

Health & Wellness

Battling the winter blues - Canadian Physiotherapy Association recommends exercise to prevent and treat depression

TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - This time of year is not always easy for Canadians. It's cold and dark, the Christmas decorations are down, the credit card bills are piling up, and some of us may be feeling anxious or depressed. Canadians facing job losses because of the economic downturn may be particularly vulnerable to mental health problems.



Canada celebrates Family Literacy Day

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Families and communities across Canada will be participating in literacy-related events on and around January 27 for Family Literacy Day, Education ministers Kelly Lamrock and Shirley Bond announced today on behalf of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).



Canadians Experiencing Early Morning Sugar Shock

Study Shows Average Canadian Consumes Half their Recommended Daily Sugar Intake at Breakfast

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Canadians consume, on average, more than six teaspoons of added sugar in the morning, which is half the World Health Organization's daily maximum estimate of 12 teaspoons a day(1). The results come from a national survey commissioned by SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener that looked into Canadians' morning eating habits and the potential impact on their overall health and well-being.



Vitamin D for people over 50: Background
From Health Canada -"

  1. Issue
    The amount of vitamin D provided by the food intake pattern recommended in the revised Food Guide does not meet the Adequate Intake (AI) established by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for individuals over 50 years of age. Meeting the Adequate Intake for those 51 years and over through food sources alone is almost impossible without recommending unrealistic daily amounts of some foods. Thus, Health Canada recommends that in addition to following Canada's Food Guide, all adults over the age of 50 should take a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (400 IU).


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