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Inflation Risks Loom Down The Road As Money Is Printed To Battle Recession: CIBC

Threat is higher for the U.S. than for Canada

TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) - Canada appears likely to adopt a much milder version of the U.S. and U.K. strategy of printing more money to fight the recession, a tricky measure that risks high inflation, or even hyperinflation down the road, notes a new report from CIBC's wholesale banking arm. "Printing money looks to be a key ingredient in preventing a global recession from tipping into a lasting depression," says Avery Shenfeld, chief economist, in his latest report.

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Ontario - Profs Blast Lazy First-Year University Students,
Says (they) expect success without the requisite effort
Excerpts from Toronto Star
April 06, 2009 | Kristin Rushowy | Education Reporter

University professors feel their first-year students are less mature, rely too much on Wikipedia and "expect success without the requisite effort," says a province-wide survey to be released today.

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Even as economy tanks, immigrants continue to flood in
Wednesday April 1 2009

Even as Canada's economy was stalling fourth-quarter 2008, new immigrants were making a beeline for our shores. Statistics Canada reported our population grew 0.19 per cent during the period, the fastest fourth-quarter growth rate since 1992.

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Pope Benedict Prays for Refugees on Palm Sunday 
By Sabina Castelfranco | Rome 05 April 2009

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square. He also prayed for the many African victims that every year embark on a dangerous sea crossing of the Mediterranean to reach Europe, but fail to reach their destination.

Pope Benedict's thoughts on Palm Sunday were for the thousands of illegal immigrants who every year attempt a perilous journey from Africa to Europe in search of a better life.

During the Angelus prayer, he recalled Africans who just days ago lost their life in the Mediterranean. "We cannot resign ourselves to such tragedies," he said, "which unfortunately, have been taking place for some time." The head of the Roman Catholic Church said the scope of the problem calls for increasingly urgent strategies coordinated by the European Union and African states. He said it also calls for the adoption of adequate humanitarian measures so immigrants are not compelled to turn to unscrupulous human traffickers.

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150,000 People To Join Catholic Church In America
Published : April 02 2009,000-people-to-join

WASHINGTON ( Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, became Catholic on Sunday, the first of thousands that will join the Church at Easter.  The U.S. bishops' conference reported Tuesday that around 150,000 are scheduled to join the Catholic Church this Easter.

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Why Kofi Annan is a worried man
By Bernard Namunane | The Daily Nation - Nairobi | Posted Saturday, April 4 2009

Is Kenya still on the road to reform? Kofi Annan, who presided over the mediation talks that gave birth to the National Accord, says it is.

Mr Annan, who hosted a delegation of government and civil society officials in Geneva, Switzerland, to conduct an audit of the grand coalition government, praised President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga for saving Kenya.

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A Nation Without Moral Values Is Equal To Chaos
Published : April 01 2009

Fr Sunny Jacob, SJ

Values are those things that really matter to each of us ... the ideas and beliefs we hold as special. Caring for others, always upholding truth, standing for justice etc. are values; so is the freedom to express our opinions. Most of us learned our values - or morals, from at home, at church, Sunday classes, or at school. But, today where are our children learning their values? Maybe from parents, teachers and religious leaders, but society has changed. Too often young people today are most influenced by what they see and hear on television or on the street. They learn a lot of counter values from the electronic media, Internet and many other external sources.



Put Yourself In The Service Of Neighbours: Pope
Published : March 30 2009

VATICAN CITY ( Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the community of a poor immigrant parish in Rome to have faith that even though God can't be seen, he is near to those in need.

"We know that the 'sun,' although hidden, exists, that God is near, that he helps us and accompanies us," the Pontiff said today upon addressing the small parish of The Holy Face of Jesus at Magliana, which is located on the outskirts of the city. "So, in this sense we want to journey toward Easter knowing that there are suffering and difficulties in our life but with the awareness that behind it there is the sun of divine Goodness," he added.



Whose Blood is This?
Mourning the Death of Gregory Fernandes

By R. Benedito Ferrao on behalf of Goanet Reader
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Gregory Fernandes was murdered because he was Goan. His killers received sentence in March 2009, but the Goan sailor's slaying still leaves a lot to consider.

Reporting on the incident, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) states in headlines: "Sailor Attacked 'Because of Race'" (October 23, 2007; online) and "Seven Held Over 'Racist' Killing" (October 26, 2007; online).

Perhaps the impression the BBC wishes to give by placing the reason for the attack in quotes is that a sense of neutrality is required; that one's opinion should not be clouded by such incendiary terms as 'race' and 'racist' until the true course of justice has been followed.


People Places and Things

By Muriel Lucas.


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Well! This time around, TEGSA’S “Hot Shots” sprung into action, FULL SCALE, adorned with ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ and stormed into the Commander Park Hall, in Scarborough, on Friday 27th. March 2009, HAULING in a ‘SCHOOL’ of their favourite “catch” of the day – “KING FISH”! A sensible choice indeed - from the Ocean’s deep!



‘Goans sucked into British colonialism’

Fitz de Souza, former Deputy Speaker of the Kenyan parliament, says Goans formed the “backbone” of British colonial administration in East Africa, and suggested they could have been more critical of White colonialism in the ‘dark continent’. Speaking in Panjim during a function last weekend, the Kenyan lawyer and ex-politician, said, “You may not like what I’m going to say. But Goans, in fact, were the backbone of the British administration” in East Africa.



Dahlia FernandesDahlia Fernandes -- Musical Artist

25 year old Dahlia Fernandes is influenced by a range of artists and musicians from Norah Jones to Patsy Cline to Toni Braxton and Jewel. Dahlia has performed at the Brandy Tree Lounge in the Westin Prince Hotel singing Jazz and R&B as well as Alleycatz Bar & Grill with band, Lady Kane. She is currently working on her original material. To hear her music visit:


News Clips from Goa

Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Mr Eduardo Faleiro urges expats to act as bridges
Posted on 2009-04-05 | NT NETWORK

PANAJI - The Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Mr Eduardo Faleiro urged Goans based abroad to act as bridges between India and their home countries, even while being loyal to their country of adoption.Mr Faleiro said expat Goans had a crucial role to play in this regard and reminded them of the approach taken by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.



Lent: Unique procession of Saints in Goa
Published : April 06 2009

The traditional "Procession of Saints" held on the Monday preceding the Holy Week, at Goa Velha, in Goa-India. Statue of St Peter and devotees seen going under the "cherol" carried by the Confraria members. Started by the Fransciscans (1614-1617) with 65 life-size imags of Saints of the Franciscan Order. Probably unique, except the one held in Rome.


New Chief Secretary Appointed in Goa

PANAJI- Mr Hauzel Haukhum, an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1974 batch of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre, will take over as the new Chief Secretary of the Goa government on Wednesday. Mr Hauzel will arrive on Wednesday afternoon from Delhi and soon thereafter will assume charge of the post. He was financial commissioner of National Capital Territory of Delhi before his transfer to Goa.



Political instability leading to job loss, says Goa Chamber of Commerce,prtpage-1.cms
6 Apr 2009, 0453 hrs IST, IANS

PANAJI: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that growing political instability and a 15% drop in the tourism sector have led to nearly 100,000 people in the state losing their jobs. Alongside, according to chamber president Nitin Kunkolienkar, "rising civic unrest" was proving to be a deterrent for setting up new industries in this picturesque state.



Legislators in Goa’s ruling alliance continue feud
April 4th, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS

Panaji, April 3 (IANS) Even as the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have joined hands to field consensus candidates from Goa for the Lok Sabha polls, a running feud between two state ministers and a legislator of the ruling combine shows no sign of abating. Tourism Minister and NCP legislator Francisco Pacheco, who has been gunning for the disqualification of two Congress legislators over their questionable entry into the party, said that a recent Election Commission order in this regard had “vindicated” him.


Lent procession, Goa
From: Joel's Goa Pics' photostream


Sonia Gandhi to visit Goa April16
The All-India Congress Committee president, Ms Sonia Gandhi would visit the state on April 16 or 17 for campaigning in favour of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party nominees, Mr Francisco Sardinha and Mr Jitendra Deshprabhu. Ms Gandhi would address a rally at Margao during her visit to the state. She would be accompanied by the AICC general-secretary in-charge of Goa desk, Mr B K Hariprasad and some other Congress leaders. [NT]


Bodyguards for lifeguards
While lifeguards on Goa's beaches will have their eyes on the surf, bouncers will be watching their backs. Shaken up after lifeguards were bashed by rowdy domestic tourists at Baga beach on Saturday, beach management company Drishti will employ musclemen to protect them. The bouncers will also be beach safety patrol drivers who will double up as first-aid helpers. "If tourists try to harm our lifeguards, the bouncers will step in and diffuse the situation. The same goes for any misbehaviour by antisocial elements on the beach," said Ankit Somani, Drishti vice president. [TOI]


84% Goa primary schools without headmasters
Of the 1,121 primary and middle government and aided schools in Goa, 949 or 84.65% operate without a headmaster or a head teacher. This was revealed by data collected by the National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) central government programme through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).


Dhempe student invents bacteria-powered battery
Research by Natalie D'Silva, a student of Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar, has led to the discovery of a means of power generation which will also help clean up cities. The research is based on the method of harvesting electricity with the help of microbes, generally bacteria, which feed on biomass for their respiration. This is referred to as Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) also known as Bacterial Battery'. The bacterial battery was carried out by Natalie, a student of the Miramar college's biotechnology department under the guidance of Arina Frank, lecturer department of biotechnology, sponsored by Dhempe's Charities Trust. [TOI]


Yellow pages on mobiles for free!
Bluefrog Mobile Technologies Pvt Ltd, Goa, has released a ‘city contact’ mobile application completely free to mobile phone users in the State. City Contacts is a pre-loaded free software for mobile phones, which stores 5,000 telephone numbers and contact details of business information in the State on a mobile phone database.The service is completely free to the users,” added Pratap. The service is also available at its office at G1, Bldg I, Alcon Estates, Miramar-Panjim or through download at [H]


Rural Goa’s wood-fuel truth
A headload of wood being carried home is once again become a familiar sight in rural Goa… The truth about fuel substitution in rural Goa places the state squarely amongst all the states in India – large or small – whose rural populations do not use LPG if their monthly per capita expenditure is low… And that is why rural families in Goa send so much of their productive time finding fuelwood to cook with, and that is the cycle that keeps them poor and invisible. It is much about LPG as it is about deliberate neglect. [Rahul Goswami, GT]


College lecturer ends life
A lecturer from St Xavier’s college, Mapusa, committed suicide by hanging herself with a nylon rope at her maternal home in Ribandar around midnight on April 5, apparently due to domestic woes. Old Goa DySP Gajanan Prabhudesai said that Fatima Barreto, 35, was found hanging on the terrace of her mother’s home. Police said that Fatima had married one Julio Barreto from Santa Cruz in 2008. [TOI]


Woman held for cheating 10 husbands
MUMBAI: The Sion police, on April 4, arrested Kausar Begam, a 32-year-old woman from Bangalore, for allegedly marrying and divorcing 10 Mumbai businessmen in 18 years, and blackmailing and threatening them. Her parents - father Iqbal Pasha and mother Gulnaz - who supported her in duping her husbands of lakhs of rupees, were also arrested. The matter came to light when a 35-year-old exporter from Powai, Sayyed Ahmed, complained to the Sion police that his wife and her parents had been blackmailing him for two years. [TOI]


Overstaying, nudity at Palolem beach
Environmentalist in Canacona taluka have requested the authorities to make immediate inquiries into foreigners who are allegedly over-staying at Canacona coastal and municipality areas. Sources at Palolem and Patnem-Colomb have informed that night parties are arranged on every alternate night at the beaches, allegedly by the foreigners with the help of the local businessmen, but local police do not take any action in spite of information. They further alleged that sixty per cent of the restaurant in the coastal areas of Canacona municipality areas, are being run by the foreigners. [NT]

News Clips from India

India's Alternate Energy Pioneer To Be Honoured In Toronto
Written by The Weekly Voice |Sunday, 05 April 2009

Toronto: Close on the heels of Canada's largest province, Ontario, proposing the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the Canada India Foundation (CIF) is all set to recognize the "hero of the environment", as he is described by TIME magazine. Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director of Suzlon Energy Limited, widely known as the "wind man of India", will be the proud recipient of this year's CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to be held on April 18.



India's balance of payments looking up: Goldman Sachs$All/B7562A93B5C6AF74652575900050BAC7

New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Global financial firm Goldman Sachs today said it expects India's basic balance of payments (BBOP) to turn positive in the fiscal 2009-10 on anticipations of narrowing of current account deficit and higher inflows.

"Notwithstanding the weakness in trade credit and foreign portfolio inflows, we expect the basic balance of payments (BBOP) to move to positive in FY'10," Goldman Sachs economists Pranjul Bhandari and Tushar Poddar said in a note today. BBOP includes current account balance (the widest measure of trade in good and services), foreign direct investment (FDI) and portfolio investment.



India Plans To Add 78,700 Megawatts Of Generation Capacity In The Five Years
Bharat Heavy 4th-Quarter Profit Rises on Generators, Turbines
By Gaurav Singh

April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., India’s biggest power-equipment maker, posted a 13 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit on orders for turbines and generators.

Net income rose to 12.5 billion rupees ($248 million) in the quarter ended March 31 from 11.1 billion rupees a year earlier. The figures were derived from deducting nine-month numbers from preliminary annual earnings reported today by the New Delhi-based company.



Natural Gas Production From Its Deep-Sea Fields Bound To Help India Save $9 Billion In Oil Imports Per Annum.

Reliance begins gas production from Krishna Godavari basin


The Reliance Group, founded by Dhirubhai H. Ambani (1932-2002), is a Fortune Global 500 company and is the largest private-sector company in India.417

A Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO; also called a "unit" and a "system") is a type of floating tank system used by the offshore oil and gas industry and designed to take all of the oil or gas produced from a nearby platform (s) or templates, process it, and store it until the oil or gas can be offloaded onto waiting tankers, or sent through a pipeline.



+ R.I.P. +

May 1959 - April 2009

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Basil Thomas, son of Walter and Philomena Thomas.

Details for Basil Thomas
Visitation: Tuesday 14 April, 2009 , 7.00 to 9.00 PM
Wednesday 15 April, 2009 , 2.00 to 4.00 Pm & 6.00 to 9.00 PM.

Place : Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas St. East. Mississauga.
(closest main intersection is Dundas/Cawthra Rd )

Funeral Mass: Thursday 16 April, 2009 10.30 AM St. Francis Assisi Church, 2473 Thorne Lodge Dr., Mississauga.

Interment GLEN OAKS MEMORIAL GDNS, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (Ninth line/Dundas)


+Fr. Leslie Almeida S.J.

ALMEIDA, Fr. Leslie, S.J. - Son of Mr. and Mrs. X.E. Almeida (deceased), passed away in Pune, India, on April 3, 2009, at the age of 68. Fr. Leslie will be lovingly remembered by his sisters Elaine, Enid (Armand), Greta (George), and his brothers Tony (Zulema), Jos and Fr. Hector Almeida, S.J. After obtaining his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Microbiology) degrees at St. Xavier's University, Bombay (Mumbai), Leslie entered the seminary joining the Order of the Society of Jesus. He served in various positions, including Teacher, Headmaster, Rector, and Provincial. His funeral took place in Pune on April 4. May his soul rest in peace.

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Saturday, 23rd. May Woodbine Race Track
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September or October  2009 Agawa Canyon
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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





2nd May 2009
 6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m
Goan Overseas Association – Toronto 39th Anniversary
“An Elegant Affair”

Capitol Banquet Hall
Dixie Road - Mississauga
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Sunday May 3, 2009, noon Saligao Social Committee - 2009 Event 34th Annual Social celebrating Feast of Mae De Deus

Satkar Palace Banquet Hall
7089 Torbram Rd.
(Corner of Torbram & Derry Rd.)Brampton, ON L4T 1G7

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Felix & Yvonne Remedios -
Sunday May 31, 2009 The Salcete Association "Festa De Sashtikars"
The 30th Annual Salcete Social

at Payal Banquets, Mississauga.
Mass @ 11:30 am

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Saturday, June 13th 2009
6.00 p.m.
Siolim Social 2009 Siolim Social 2009
Celebration the Feast of St. Anthony

Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Claireport Cres.
Etobicoke, ONM9W6V5
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Friday July 3rd 2009 , 6.00-8.00 p.m.

in association with G.O.A, West-End Seniors Assn, Toronto East  Goan Seniors Assn, Can-Orient Seniors Assn & St. Francis Xavier Seniors Club


Christ The King Church3495 Confederation Parkway

Mississauga (South of Square One Mall)

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Saturday, July 11th 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) Picnic

Thompson Memorial Park - Area C
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Saturday, October 3rd 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) 10th Annual Social Flyer to follow
Saturday October 24, 2009
 6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m


Cortalim Association Toronto Celebrating The Feast of Saints Phillip & James  
CLAIREPORT Banquet Place 65 Claireport Cres, Etobicoke
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Sailing February 12, 2010 ( 9 Nights)

Ex Students in Toronto of  ST. TERESA’s Boys’ & Girls’ School, Eastleigh

St. Teresa’s School

First Global Reunion Caribbean Cruise from  Miami, Florida

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Health & Wellness

Job-hunting in a tough market?
5 ways to make it easier

In this economy, the thoughtful bird gets the worm, says expert

TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - With unemployment rates headed for 8% and organizations scaling back hiring plans, job hunting can seem harder than ever. But you'd be surprised at how easy it is to improve your chances. "The trick is to raise your profile and look like a 'perfect fit' - without looking desperate," says Maureen Carroll, Recruiting Manager at Head2Head, an innovative recruiting solutions company headquartered in Toronto. "It's not about standing at the corner of Yonge and Bloor wearing a sandwich board; it's about networking and thoughtful responses." Carroll, 36, knows what great candidates look like: she interviews more than 400 annually, and the Head2Head recruiting team is responsible for more than 13,000 hires every year.



Cholesterol Drug Cuts Vein Clot Risk By 40 Percent

ORLANDO, Florida (AFP) - The cholesterol-fighting drug rosuvastatin, marketed as Crestor to help fight high cholesterol, can help cut the risk of blood clots dramatically, according to research released Sunday.

The study dubbed Jupiter -- Justification for the Use of Statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin -- found that taking the British lab AstraZeneca's Crestor reduced the clot risk in the veins by as much as 40 percent and more.



You're Fooling Yourself If You Think Heart Disease And Stroke Is Just A Man's Disease

TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - This is no April Fool's Day joke. In fact, in Canada, the number of male deaths from heart disease and stroke actually dropped by 19 per cent for men between 1973 and 2003, while the number increased in women by five per cent. And while heart disease and stroke arestill important health concerns for men, they are now the number one killer of women in Canada...and yet only one in eight women is aware that this is her biggest health risk.



New Program Makes It Easier To Recycle Electronic Waste In Ont.
CBC News | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new electronics recycling program was launched in Ontario on Tuesday with the aim of greatly increasing the number of old computers, television sets and fax machines diverted from landfills over the next five years.



Bumper Rice Harvest Could Bring Down Consumer Prices

But economic slowdown will affect the poor and their access to basic foods

25 February 2009, Rome - The 2008 rice bumper harvest is coming to a close with better-than-expected production that could help ease consumer prices, FAO said in its February Rice Market Monitor. But the agency warned that the global economic slowdown could outweigh the gains for the poorest of the world's rice consumers, because of falling incomes and rising job insecurity.


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