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Canadian Finance Minister says serious recession persists 
By Ros Krasny

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister James Flaherty said on Monday he is seeing "some small encouraging signs" for the country's economy, but that Canada remains in a "serious recession."

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Bank of Canada Slashes Interest Rates to All Time Low
Recession in Canada will be deeper than anticipated
21 April 2009

Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target by 1/4 percentage point to 1/4 per cent and, conditional on the inflation outlook, commits to hold current policy rate until the end of the second quarter of 2010

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada today announced that it is lowering its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of a percentage point to 1/4 per cent, which the Bank judges to be the effective lower bound for that rate. The Bank Rate is correspondingly lowered to 1/2 per cent. The deposit rate - the rate paid on deposits held by financial institutions at the Bank of Canada - is left unchanged at 1/4 per cent and provides the floor for the overnight rate.

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Recession making homes more affordable:RBC. 
Excerpt from: Canwest News Service; Financial Post April 16, 2009

OTTAWA - A recession-driven decline in home prices and sales is making housing more affordable, according to a report released Thursday by RBC Economics.

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Urban Sprawl Linked to Obesity
Peel Region report links urban sprawl to obesity
Monday April 13 2009

A newly released report by region health officials suggests the growing number of overweight and obese residents in Peel is partially linked to urban sprawl.

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Two Thirds (65%) of Ontario Homeowners Oppose
Proposed Mandatory Home Energy Audit Program

Principal Residence Homeowners Overwhelmingly Support Voluntary (92%), Not Mandatory (8%), Audits

TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - A poll released today by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) indicates that two-thirds (65%) of Ontario's principal residence homeowners oppose the recently proposed McGuinty government mandatory home energy audit program and instead overwhelmingly favor voluntary audits (92%).

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Passport rush predicted as U.S. land and sea border deadline looms

BCAA recommends travellers don't leave passport application until the last minute

BURNABY, BC, April 9 /CNW/ - With less than 60 days before the new requirement to show a passport when entering the U.S. by land and sea, BCAA is recommending travellers needing a passport apply as soon as possible to avoid potential inconvenience and disappointment. Starting June 1, 2009 Canadians travelling to, from or via the U.S. by land and sea must present a passport at U.S. Customs.

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The Dance And Decadence Of Indian Democracy
By Adolf Washington 07-04-2008 | By SARNEWS

BANGALORE, Karnataka(SAR NEWS) --The dance of Indian democracy is missing its steps. What are we making of a nation where film stars, religious fanatics, school dropouts and even under-trials and confirmed criminals contest elections! We are making our nation a perfect combo of drama, communalism, crime and socio-economic stagnation.



A Weekly Visit To A Nursing Home Can Be An Act Of Love
Our vulnerable elders need the voice of a concerned advocate

My Glass is Half Full | By Mark Pickup

In 1979, the Protestant theologian, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, and paediatric surgeon, Dr. Everett Koop, made a film called Whatever Happened to the Human Race? It was a courageous production that dealt with abortion, infanticide and the eventual acceptance of euthanasia.



Digital Darwinism: Today's reality
Article by Samiha Nettikkara

Darwin's theory of the 'survival of the fittest' applies to the present era where those who need to be economically and socially progressive, cannot afford to be technologically backward.

In today’s terms, Charles Darwin should be writing about bandwidth-hungry megapolises, in which wired humans try to eke out a cyber living. Some of them, obviously, would tire out in the evening or be another’s food. Some will cease to exist, as did their forefathers whose muscles waned and thence lost wars, women and land.


People Places and Things

TEGSA's 3rd Mixed Bowling Extravaganza 19th April, 2009.
Great Competition ! Terrific Atmosphere !
Lots of Excitement ! Fun Galore !

by Muriel Lucas

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From down the street, across the country and around the world, bowling is a popular indoor sport, enjoyed by several groups year round!.. And there was nothing to stop TEGSA from doing just that!



Jackie de Souza appointed Canada’s Commonwealth Games media services head
Source: roque cardoso (

Jackie de Souza will be the leader of Canada’s communications and media services. The director of communications and public affairs for Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, de Souza was formally the communications chief for the Canadian Olympic Committee for two Olympic Games, two Pan American Games and Olympic bid missions. She was born in Shinyanga, Tanzania, and is the daughter of Felix and Vicky de Souza and two sisters Connie and Natalia.



Book Review: The Immigrant,,9780571244065,00.html 

Manju Kapur - Author
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An engrossing portrait of an arranged marriage, from the prize-winning storyteller of Home and Difficult Daughters

Nina is a thirty-year-old English lecturer in New Delhi, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her widowed mother. She feels increasingly worried: What prospects does an impoverished girl have without a father to marry her off? Then, unexpectedly, a proposal arrives. Ananda is a dentist in Halifax, Canada. He has spent his twenties painstakingly building his career, and has had no time to get married. The two start to write to each other, then talk on the phone, and finally Ananda arrives to propose; at first uncertain, Nina eventually agrees.



Time Erodes Memories: Rediscovering The Goa We All Forgot
By Victor-Hugo Gomes
| From: on behalf of Goanet Reader ( | Sent: April 12, 2009 12:04:31 PM

The author is in the process of setting up a new museum in Benaulim, called the Goa Chitra. It looks at the Goa of the yesteryears, and what made it so different.



One of Planet Earth’s Eco-Warriors
Excerpt from
Amanda Wills

Dr. Vandana Shiva physicist, environmental activist, feminist, ecologist and author
Over the past three decades I have tried to be change I want to see. As Gandhi had reminded us: “The earth has enough for everyone’s needs, but not for some people’s greed.”
— Vandana Shiva


News Clips from Goa

Sonia Gandhi takes on Advani, BJP in speech at Goa
Printed from:,prtpage-1.cms
16 Apr 2009

PANAJI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi campaigning for the party in Goa on Wednesday was scathing in her attack of the BJP, whose agenda, she said, was to polarize society and divide people on communal lines. "You are aware of what they did in Orissa, Gujarat and Karnataka. The atmosphere of communal poison created by them is causing every citizen to live in fear. Everything comes to a standstill. Can a Central government led by such a party whose ideology threatens our unity lead the country?" Gandhi asked.



Ad featuring Goan regional party leader kicks off row
April 21st, 2009 - by IANS Tell a Friend -

Bharatiya Janata Party Panaji, April 21 (IANS) A controversial advertisement published in a local English daily Tuesday, showing a Goan regional party candidate with a cross above his head, being beheaded by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader with a scissor, has created a sensation in the Goan political and media circles.



Rise in sea level will hit India badly: Scientist
A renowned scientist on oceanographic studies, Dr Simon Boxall, who is a lecturer at Southampton University, has warned that India would be badly hit by the rise in sea level. “The country has a very small tidal range and so a lot of areas are prone to flooding,” Dr Boxall said while delivering a lecture on “Climate Change from Arctic to India,” organised in association with British Council, at NIO auditorium, Dona Paula. [H]


Climate change brings cheer to coconut growers
If we have reason to complain about the adverse climatic condition, the coconut growers in the state have a reason to smile. The agricultural department claims that the devastating Eriophyid Mite that has been affecting coconut has been substantially reduced to climatic variation. As per the agricultural department, the production has increased to 127.57 million nuts in 2007-08 as against 126.68 million nuts in 2006-07. [H]


Noted Civil Engineer Anthony P Remedios Dies
India’s leading civil engineering consultant and trainer, Tony Remedios, hailing from Divar, passed away in Mumbai on April 18. He was 78 and survived by three sons and one daughter. He was consulted for different types of engineering works like tunnels, chimney, silos and nuclear reactors too. Remedios will be remembered as a prominent engineer who opted out from being a consultant to the Konkan Railway over policies which he saw as being unhelpful to the eco-sensitive areas of Goa. [H]


Liberation festivities lack lustre in villages
20 Dec 2008, 0001 hrs IST, Paul Fernandes, TNN
See Article in Times of India

PANAJI: Liberation day parades, flag hoisting and cultural programmes are supposed to be big events in Goa's towns, but the scene appears to be rather quiet even in the nearest villages. "We have got our liberation, why don't we celebrate it?" asks Mumbai-based civil engineerAnthony P Remedios.



Arch Dean D'Cruz, an important member of the Task Force of the Regional Plan 2021, explains the various aspects of RP in a special interview with click here


Mango season still gloomy as low yield causes prices to soar
The bleak mango season and simultaneous hike in its prices, has kept the common man out of the reach of this common and popular fruit, thereby depriving them of its taste. The mango fruit is used at various stages of development. The raw fruits are used for preparing pickles and chutneys, while the ripe fruits are delicious. They are also processed into jams, squashes, mango nectar etc, Canacona Zonal Agriculture Officer, Mr Rajesh Desai said. [Albert Fernandes, NT]


Eco friendly store opens in Porvorim
Earthworm, an eco store conceptualized and created by two Goan entrepreneurs, who believe in bridging the gap between thinking and living a sustainable lifestyle and promoting nature-friendly ways for a greener environment, opened on April 18 at Green Valley, Porvorim, Roopa Bandekar, a nature love, and Nirmal Kulkarni, together have conceptualized and started Earthworm, a green store that aims to provide environment-friendly products and promote local crafts under one roof. [H]


TSKK to honour Fr Almir
Veteran Konkani writer of religious literature, Fr Almir de Souza, will be honoured by Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr as the 19th recipient of Kendra’s prestigious Antonio Pereira Konkani Puroskar 2009 for his valuable contribution to Konknni literature in Roman script. The award consists a shawl, a memento and cash Rs.25,000. Fr Almir, who was born on 17th January 1934 in Saligao, has written and edited 25 Konkani books including Magnneancho Turo, Somiachem Jevon, Mis and Konkani Catechism


New book on education in Goa, gives an alumnae-eye view
Experts and policy-planners speak on the world of education. Teachers have their associations to do so. But now comes a book which sees ex-students narrate their experiences of days spent in a prominent Goan school. 'Girls in Green' is a book of informal memoirs, put together by alumnae of the prominent Mapusa-based girls school, St Mary's. It emerged from an online network which is active in cyberspace.


News Clips from India

'Slumdog' filmmakers give Mumbai charity $747,000
16 Apr 2009,

MUMBAI: The makers of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire'' have donated $747,500 to a charity devoted to improving the lives of street children in Mumbai, the filmmakers said Thursday. The money will be given to Plan, an international children's charity that has been working in India since 1979. The aim is to help educate 5,000 slum kids over the next five years.



'Slumdogs' of India’s IT hub log in to bridge digital divide
Apr 7th, 2009 | By Sindh Today

Bangalore, April 7 (IANS) A technology revolution of a different kind is quietly under way in India’s IT hub, where slum children log into computers to bridge the digital divide that separates them from the privileged few.



Fewer takers for H1B visas in recession-hit US economy
Apr 9th, 2009 | By Sindh Today

Washington, April 10 (IANS) With the demand for jobs going down in a recession hit economy, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) has received only 42,000 applications for H-1B visas for skilled workers against the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap.



Book on 'Indian Saris' launched in London
Tue-Apr 21, 2009 | London / Press Trust of India

A book on the journey of the traditional sari which has enamored Indian women down the ages and is now becoming popular in the foreign shores was recently launched in Britain.

The book Design for India: Indian Saris celebrates the meaningful engagement of contemporary Indian design in saris with the traditional handloom industry of India. Author Vijai Singh Katiyar, Senior Faculty, National Institute of Designs, Ahmedabad researched for two decades on the visually delightful book which rediscovers the handwoven sari, an iconic traditional product of India for its conceptual strengths that are relevant to the contemporary scenario.



Indian nurses must improve their English

Bruce Osborne, the Director of New Zealand's Universal College of Learning, reveals the requirement, procedure and eligibility for Indian nurses to get a desired job in New Zealand, while RMS Atwal quizzes him for further details....



Anthony P Remedios Dies

India’s leading civil engineering consultant and trainer, Tony Remedios, hailing from Divar, passed away in Mumbai on April 18. He was 78 and survived by three sons and one daughter. He was consulted for different types of engineering works like tunnels, chimney, silos and nuclear reactors too. Remedios will be remembered as a prominent engineer who opted out from being a consultant to the Konkan Railway over policies which he saw as being unhelpful to the eco-sensitive areas of Goa. [H]


Railway Goans Centenary -2009

Railways played a prominent role in the creation of the nations of East Africa. Members of the Goan Community played a part in their development. They worked on the building and operation of the Railways over six decades.

The Railway Goan Institute founded in 1909 was one of the most popular sporting and social clubs in Nairobi. It’s membership was open to all, irrespective of employment in the Railways. The centenary celebration of the RGI will be held in Toronto on September 20, 2009. Those who worked for the railway, trained there, or were members of the RGI, or raised in any of the Railway neighborhoods are welcome to attend.

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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.
Fridays, 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June & 19th June. Line Dancing:  5 Lessons
for $10
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Fridays, 17th April, 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June & 19th June.
Yoga Classes for Members & Guests
 140 Commander Blvd
Time: 6:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cost: $3 per lesson

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Friday, 1st. May DECLUTTER Seminar and Entertainment. 

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Friday 15th May, 2009 TEGSA's Got Talent

At 140 Commander Blvd, Scar

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Saturday, 23rd. May Woodbine Race Track
Place of Pickup: Agincourt Mall
Time: 10:00 AM Cost: $18.00

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Friday, 29th. May Smile Theatre

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23rd May 2009 Woodbine Racetrack

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20th June 2009 Fallsview Casino
September or October  2009 Agawa Canyon
14th November 2009 Fallsview Casino, Magnotta and Festival of Lights

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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
Flyer to follow
Sunday September 20, 2009 –12.00 noon-6.30 p.m. Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration

Payal Banquet Hall

3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, On L6C 4P8
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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
Flyer to follow

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

Diabetes 'impact on brain power'

Failure to control type 2 diabetes may have a long-term impact on the brain, research has suggested.
Severe hypoglycaemic episodes - hypos - occur when blood sugar levels drop dangerously low. A University of Edinburgh team found they may lead to poorer memory and diminished brain power. The study, based on 1,066 people with type 2 diabetes aged between 60 and 75, was presented at a conference of the charity Diabetes UK.



Losing the Last Ten Pounds is the Hardest Part of any Diet Confirms Weight-Loss

South Florida physician Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., explains why the Law of Diminishing Returns applies to weight loss and reveals how to overcome this obstacle to reaching a normal weight

MIAMI, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Sanford Siegal, Medical Director of Miami, Florida-based weight-loss practice, Siegal Medical Group, today confirmed the widely held suspicion among dieters that the most challenging part of reaching a healthful weight is shedding the last ten pounds.



Health Worries May Keep Aging Adults On The Couch
Excerpt From:

Older adults who worry about their health often opt out of physical activity -- and as a result, they may have greater trouble walking and getting around as they age, new research suggests. Older adults who worry about their health often opt out of physical activity -- and as a result, they may have greater trouble walking and getting around as they age, new research suggests.
Photograph by: Sergio Perez, Reuters



Music eases severe stress, anxiety in heart patients
Apr 11th, 2009 | By
Sindh Today |

Washington, April 11 (IANS) Music eases severe stress and anxiety in patients who are undergoing treatment for coronary heart disease (CHD).  A Cochrane Systematic Review found that listening to music could decrease blood pressure (BP), heart rate, and levels of anxiety in heart patients.


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