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Fragile days ahead as economies climb out of recession: Ernst & Young

Lessons from change report outlines eight key performance goals to assess now

TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - The economic recovery will be gradual for most companies, fragile for many, and largely dependent on the ability to learn from past mistakes, Ernst & Young says in a new report, Lessons from change.


US set to pay Taliban members to switch sides
Oct 29 2009

Washington: US President Barack Obama has signed a $680 billion defence appropriations bill with one provision giving commanders the ability to pay Taliban members to switch sides, but some experts feel the programme may buy only temporary loyalty.


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Protect yourself againt Swine Flu
Friday, 30 October 2009 | Written by Catholic Register Staff

Vaccination as the great procrastinator Hamlet might have put it: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question.


Proposed Harmonized Sales Tax Will Fuel Economy
The Orillia Packet & Times | Posted By FRED LARSEN

The rationale behind the proposed harmonized sales tax (HST) is that it will help industry and business, thereby improving the job creation picture for Ontario.

People Places and Things

Wanna stay hale and hearty? Make some friends
From CBC Radio | Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 | 06:00 AM AT

0700 Wanna stay hale and hearty? Make some friends. That's what Mike Evans says. Dr. Evans is the founder and director of the Health, Media and Innovation Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He's also a professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He came by to tell Mary about the medical benefits of social networks. Listen (runs 8:33) to their chat. Click here


Bishop Alex Dias had an audience with Pope Benedict – October 28
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Konkani play brings the house down with laughter
by Silviano Barbosa

Fans of Konkani Tiatr who attended "CHUK KONNACHI" on October 24, 2009, rate it to be the one of the best performance seen the Greater Toronto in recent times. A review by Silvano Barbosa is linked below. They also praised the prompt timing in terms of start - finish and transitions of sets, which enhanced the entertainment value of the performance.


Konkani music compendium sells out
Oct 30 2009

Toronto: The Konkani music compendium (Song Book & DVD movie) international bestseller "Greatest Konkani Song Hits" made its Canadian debut on Oct 24, and repeated its continuing success abroad, by selling out all copies available. The compendium was briefly on at the Konkani play, Chuk Konnachi? A magnificent compilation of previously unavailable sheet-music, lyrics, chords, tab, liner-notes of great Konkani hits (arranged by Toronto-based Francis Rodrigues), supplemented by a stunning 2-hour DVD movie of the songs performed live by piano virtuoso Victor Martin, the compendium was briefly on sale at Marshall Fernandes' "Chuk Konnachi" Konkani Tiatro (stage drama) Saturday 24th October, at the Michael Power auditorium in Etobicoke.


Halloween at TEGSA's
November 2, 2009.
Carmelita D'Souza

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The Observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and goblins. This was the scene on Friday October 30th at TEGSA's first Halloween celebration. Members came out all very sportingly dressed up in scary disguises or ones that brought on smiles to many a face. The crowd was not as large as we hoped, however everyone had a great time. After a sumptuous meal, the witches, vampires, movie stars and super heroes took to the floor to be sure they were voted as NUMBER 1

News Clips from Goa

Pensao: A tradition wrapped in myth
TNN 2 November 2009,

On Monday, as Catholics observe All Soul's Day and make their annual visit to cemeteries, many will be regretting having forgotten to offer a mass for the eternal repose of their ancestor's souls. That is something most Goan Catholics unfailingly do every year. Many even offer masses for the repose of souls of people who have never been associated with the family.


Goa’s financial situation is improving: Kamat
The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat on Friday said that though the state suffered a fall of around 20 per cent in its revenue collection in the first half of the current financial year, Goa’s financial situation is improving since October. Interacting with the pressmen, Friday evening, the Chief Minister said that when the finance department took stock of the state’s financial status from April to September 2009, it learnt that the state had received many benefits, last year, such as selling of a vessel constructed at the Goa Shipyard and so on, which brought lump sum revenue for the state. [NT]


Goa has country’s lowest infant mortality rate
Goa has the country’s lowest infant mortality rate (IMR), at 10 deaths per thousand live births. Kerala’s IMR is 12, while Manipur’s is 14. The average IMR for the country as a whole has gone down marginally, from 55 per thousand live births to 53, over the last one year, say the latest figures released by the Registrar General of India (RGI). [H]


Narcotics business thriving in coastal areas
Goa, the smallest state of the country, which was once famous for its pristine beaches is now also known for drug peddling even as the government said it is helpless in eliminating the crime completely. While the State has been trying to get tough with gambling (casinos) due to protests from the locals, the business of drugs and prostitution has been thriving in the coastal areas. From the year 2002 till 2008 drugs worth Rs 4.35 crore has been seized from the coastal areas and the residents of the locality say it is just the tip of an iceberg. [H]


Italian tourists prefer Kerala to Goa
The honorary consul of Italy in Goa and chairman of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr A Dal Negro on Saturday said that during the 1980s all major Italian tour operators included Goa in their itineraries. However, today if they offer a beach holiday in India then they prefer Kerala to Goa. “The fact is that in spite of the golden beaches, in spite of historical sites, Goa is no more in the maps of the Italian tourism,” he added, stating that this is a matter of study and introspection, which Goa should carry out because Italy, apart from being one of the first tourist destinations in the world, is also one of the biggest source of tourists for other countries. [NT]


Guests will have to provide ID proof for accommodation
As part of government’s efforts to keep an eye on suspicious persons visiting the State in view of security concerns, the North Goa district authorities have made it compulsory for all those offering accommodation facilities to collect photo identity proof of all their guests. The order has been issued by the North Goa District Collector Mihir Vardhan following a communication received from Superintendent of Police, North Goa. [H]


Hotel staff learning Russian to keep tourist inflow high
The sudden spurt of Russian tourists has given the Goan tourism industry some reasons to smile about and the inflow of the Russians is expected to continue to come till the end of the season. The industry appeared to be trying hard to cope with the emergent situation that of language barrier and using various means to meet the needs of their newfound guests. [NT]


Modern arms for Goa police stuck in red-tape
Procedural delays by the police department and the lackadaisical attitude of the Central government towards the State seem to have delayed Goa Police’s plans to get equipped with sophisticated modern weapons and protective gears. In the aftermath of the 26/11 and the consistent terror threat to the coastal State, the Goa Police had decided to equip themselves with sophisticated weapons like AK series rifles, SLRs, bulletproof jackets and Door Frame Metal Detectors (Multi zone – DFMD). [H]


Fishermen to vacate houses only if properly rehabilitated
The Khariwada firshermen have decided not to vacate their houses till the MPT gives them a proper rehabilitation package which includes a permanent fishing jetty. This was decided at meeting organised by the Goa Fishing Boat Owners Association (GFBOA), Vasco at a meeting organised at their office at Khariwada on Sunday morning. The meeting was attended by Revenue Minister, Mr Jose Philip D’Souza, GFBOA president, Mr Simon Pereira, vice-president, Mr Jose D’Souza, Mr Rocha Barretto, general secretary, Mr Edwin Carvalho, organizing secretary, Mr Philip Sequeira and other members of the association and fishing community members at large. [NT]


Goa Chitra Museum to open on Nov 2
Goa Chitra, an ethnographical Museum in Benaulim, will open its doors to the public on Monday, November 2, providing a rare opportunity to showcase Goa’s rich ancestry and way of life. The museum will be coming alive with the ribbon being cut by India’s eminent cartoonist Mario the Miranda and the lighting of the traditional lamp by a senior representative of the artisan’s community. [GT]


Leopard sighted in Canacona
Residents of Chaudi in Canacona claim to have sighted a leopard on the prowl in their locality and have requested the forest department to capture the animal before it causes further loss of life. [H]


Parrikar releases music CD of ‘jaagor’ film
Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar yesterday released the audio CD of Konkani film ‘Jaagor’ under the banner of Shree Dambabalem Ghodem Production by Fatorda MLA Damodar (Damu) Naik. The music for the CD is composed by Sidhanath U Buyao, Lyrics by Damu and Songs sung by Swapnil Bandodkar, Nephie Rod and Avdhoot Gupte. [GT]

News Clips from India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveils vision of India 2020 and new South Asia

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS): Underlining that the challenges lie ''primarily at home'', Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday unveiled his vision of India in 2020 revolving around the three pillars of inclusive growth, composite culture and a peaceful, forward-looking neighbourhood.


Indian Economy can grow 9-10 percent in near future: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country's economic growth rate could touch 9-10 percent in the near future even though it faced challenges with regards to social and physical infrastructure.


Church in Pakistan faced with big security bill for its schools

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Church education administrators in Punjab province say their schools face huge additional security costs as the security situation in country deteriorates.


Salesians seek relevance, integration

Salesians heading social communication centers in India came together to evaluate their work and seek ways for integration and collaborative action.


Clefron Almeida (Cliff)

ALMEIDA, Clefron (Cliff)- Dear son of the late Hector Almeida and the late Delpha Almeida; dear brother of Maureen (Mathew) Rodrigues, Marilyn Johnston and Brian (Greta) Almeida. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral Mass held at St. Francis Xavier Church, 5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga, on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.


Amavel Luciano Leitao

LEITAO, Amavel Luciano Segifredo- Peacefully at the Dorothy Ley Hospice, Etobicoke on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the age of 90 years. Beloved husband of Delia. Loving father of Maria and Carlos (Louise Sirisko). Dear grandfather of Nathaniel and Emma. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga Funeral service held in the chapel on Thursday, November 5, 2009


+ Mrs Anne Fernandes

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of MRS. ANNE FERNANDES wife of the late FRANCIS FERNANDES. She will be sadly missed by her children Alvito/Olga, Edward/Violet, Mira/Araugo, Edwin/Shirley, her 10 grand-children, and great grand children.

Details for the late Anne Fernandes

VISITATION: Sunday, November 1st, 2009, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TURNER & PORTER, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga

ST PETER & PAUL CHURCH. 4070 CENTRAL PARKWAY EAST, Monday, November 2nd, 2009 AT 9:30 am


+ Mrs. Mary Borges

We are sad to announce the passing of Mrs. Mary Borges (wife of the late Joseph Borges, ex Barclays Bank Kampala) this morning, November 4, 2009 in Davis, California. Mary was born on August 26, 1918 and died peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 91, after an enjoyable evening of bridge. She is survived by her two sons Edwin and Sal (Salvador), daughter-in-law Sally, and grandchildren Brian, Colin and Julia.


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Goan Archives Project – Open House & Collection Drive
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When: Wednesday, November 11, 10.00 am – 12 noon
Where: Our Lady of the Rosary Church Hall
2850 Midland Avenue (Midland & Finch )
Who: Volunteers will be present to receive your donated items.
What: Please bring your donated items, or just drop-in to find out more about the project. Light refreshments provided.


Villagers of Navelim Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

The villagers of Navelim, would like to invite all their fellow villagers, friends, and well-wishers to come and celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary  on Sunday, November 29th, 2009, for the 10.00 am Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, at the intersection of Finch and Midland, in Scarborough , followed by a get-together in the church hall. All are welcome.

For further information please contact: Marcus Rodrigues, (905- 209-9119),  Bridget D'Souza (416-292-7633), or Tina Fernandes (905-294-8882).

55PGA -Goan Short Story Contest - invitation to participate

Deadline For Receiving Entries Is Dec.01/2009.

It is often that we hear about people we know who are keen on ensuring that their stories are somehow captured so that these gems can be shared with friends and family over time. Now members of our community have an opportunity to do what they hoped to accomplish but did not have the resources to translate their desires into actionable next steps.






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December 4, 2009 Friday Christmas Gala
The Renaissance  Banquet Hall.
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55PGA -Goan Short Story Contest - invitation to participate

It is often that we hear about people we know who are keen on ensuring that their stories are somehow captured so that these gems can be shared with friends and family over time. Now members of our community have an opportunity to do what they hoped to accomplish but did not have the resources to translate their desires into actionable next steps.


Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
Friday, November 13,27
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Line Dancing with Natty

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Saturday, November 14, 2009 Fallsview Casino

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Saturday, December 12, 2009 Christmas Dance
The Metropolitan Banquet Hall
3840 Finch Ave E, (Finch / West of Kennedy)

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Thursday, December 31, 2009
From 6:30 pm to 1:30 am
New Year's Eve Dance
Qssis Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Rd (at Marham Rd)

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Saturday, 14th November 2009 Casino, Racetrack, Winery & Festival of Lights

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2010





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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JUNE 26, 2010 KGI - 100th Anniversary Committee Kampala (Goan) Institute

100th anniversary - Global Reunion in Toronto, Canada
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Christmas & New Years’ Eve Goan Events in Canada





Sunday, November 22, 2009
Noon to 6 pm
Goan Overseas Association Toronto The Children's Christmas Tree Party
Swagat Banquet Hall, 6991 Mill Creek Dr. Mississauga
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Sunday, November 29, 2009 Goan Overseas Association The Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of Goa
Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga
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December 4, 2009 Friday 55PGA Christmas Gala
The Renaissance  Banquet Hall.
Cost $50.00 For Members
$55.00 For Guests See Flyer For Details.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009 @ 10.00.a.m. Friends of St. Francis Xavier Friends of St. Francis Xavier Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis Xavier
 St. Francis Xavier Church 5650 Mavis Road (Mavis & Matheson) GTA- Mississauga
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for details of event
and to reserve stalls for Food Fair that follows.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance
The Metropolitan Banquet Hall
3840 Finch Ave E, (Finch / West of Kennedy)
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Thursday, December 31, 2009
From 6:30 pm to 1:30 am
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association New Year's Eve Dance
Qssis Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Rd (at Marham Rd)
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December 31, 2009 Goan Overseas Association New Years Eve Gala 2010
Capitol Banquet Hall
6435 Dixie Road
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December 31, 2009 Goan Overseas Association New Years Eve 2010
Young Adult Soiree
Capitol Banquet Hall
6435 Dixie Road
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Health & Wellness

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Smoking gun: just one cigarette has harmful effect on the arteries of young healthy adults

EDMONTON, Oct. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Even one cigarette has serious adverse effects on young adults, according to research presented by Dr. Stella Daskalopoulou at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.


Washington: 'No pain, no gain' adage applies to happiness too, according to new research
Friday, October 30, 2009

People who work hard at improving a skill or ability, such as mastering a math problem or learning to drive, may experience stress in the moment, but experience greater happiness on a daily basis and longer term, a study suggests.


New vaccine offers hope in Africa's malaria battle

SIAYA, Kenya - A mother watched with dread as a nurse inserted a tube in her baby's head. Blood streamed into the anemic 4-month-old who already has malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills a million African children every year.


Sent by: Roque Cardoso (

  1. No Breakfast: People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

  2. Overeating=2 0: It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

  3. Smoking: It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.


Book Review
Article in Toronto Star
October 13, 2009 | Stuart Laidlaw

Eternal Life: A New Vision
Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell
By John Shelby Spong

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There is no God, there is no heaven and there is no afterlife. At least, not in the way we have traditionally thought of such things. These days, with atheist arguments topping bestseller lists, such statements might not seem all that contentious. But when a retired bishop says it, it's worth noting.

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