Newsletter. Issue 24. November 19, 2011


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Majority of Americans think top business managers earn too much
Posted Nov 11, 2011 by
Mike Lapointe

A recent poll finds that a majority of Americans believe that top business managers in the United States make too much money.

The American Flag on Wall Street
According to research from The Harris Poll, a large number of Americans think that top business managers make more money than they deserve in salaries and benefits. Approximately seven in ten Americans believe top managers make too much, three in ten believe they make about what they deserve, and two percent of respondents believe they do not make enough.


Vatican calls for reform of global finance
Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011

Cardinal Turkson
This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a note from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace entitled: "Towards reforming the international financial and monetary systems in the context of a global public authority".

The document was presented by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso SDB, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and by Leonardo Becchetti, professor of political economy at the Roman University of "Tor Vergata".


Foreign PhD Students Eligible For Permanent Residency
November 7th, 2011

By Binoy Thomas Ottawa: First the good news – Canada intends to accept up to 1,000 international PhD students per year as permanent residents through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The announcement this week came from the Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister.
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Vancouver bids to host IIFA in 2013
India Today Online | New Delhi, November 14, 2011

Vancouver in Canada is in the running to host in 2013 the Bollywood extravaganza -- the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards.

Christy Clark, the premier of British Columbia, has invited Wizcraft International Entertainment-owned property IIFA to hold its 14th edition in Vancouver. The 12th edition took place in Toronto this year.


Québec’s family programs are touted as a great success.
But low fertility and high debt rates spell unsustainability – News Release

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November 7, 2011 (Ottawa) – Today the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada is pleased to release a new report, A Québec Family Portrait. This report provides a comprehensive picture of family-related statistics in Québec, particularly as they pertain to the Québec economy. The report examines such diverse areas as the economy, taxation, education, family-related government programs (including the provincial daycare system), fertility, marriage, divorce and cohabitation rates.


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

Score one for the Occupy movement
November 14, 2011 | Richard Gwyn Column in the Toronto Star

According to the Paris-based OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), a tougher crackdown on tax evasion by wealthy individuals who stash their money abroad could bring in up to $100 billion in fresh revenues to countries now struggling to eliminate their budget deficits.

People Places and Things

Just Matata takes on Kenya Goans
Received via the Goa Book Club
A review by Ben Antao

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Just Matata by Braz Menezes of Toronto is an autobiographical novel that blends an impressive mix of memoir, travel and social history of what life was like in British colonial Kenya. Since this is not a novel in the traditional sense and form of fiction, my review will depart from commenting on its fictional structure, plot or conflict. Instead, I will pick and choose, as though I were at a buffet table, what has excited my curiosity and whetted my appetite. At the outset the author has supplied a map of colonial East Africa and an introduction as follows:


South Asian Focus Interviews Staff Superintendent Cyril Fernandes

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Immigrants losing permanent residency for not spending enough time in Canada
By Nicholas Keung | November 11, 2011

In happier times, Sergey Popkov, right, was able to spend time in Toronto with wife Zuleykha, left, and daughters Veronika and Alina. But the Russian immigrant lost his resident status in 2009 for failing to spend enough time in Canada and now can't even get a visitor's visa. Sergey Popkov immigrated to Canada from Russia in 2004 and had travelled between the two countries marketing for a Brampton trading company.


Supporting Occupy Toronto

Omar Ha-Redeye (Professor of Law & Ethics, Ryerson University)
It is almost one month since Occupy Toronto protesters set up camp in downtown Toronto. While not everyone may agree with all or even most of Occupy's demands or sentiments, lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye says these individuals might be the impetus we need for further change. He sits down with Steve Paikin to tell him why.


Daily Mail: Thousands of British Indians heading to the land of their ancestors (by Edna Fernandes) and even Goans!
Link from UK Daily Mail Posted on GoaNet by: Con Menezes | Mon Nov 14 2011

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At a time when Britain is grappling with its worst economic crisis since the Thirties, India is firmly on course to become the world’s third- biggest economy.

News Clips from Goa

Ban likely on ore exports from Goa
Posted: 13 Nov 2011  | From: Goa Blog

The Shah Commission report on illegal mining is likely to recommend a ban on iron ore exports from Goa due to flagrant violations and also name a few politicians for their alleged involvement in the activity, sources said. “The report will be ready in 3-4 days and will be in public domain soon,” a commission source in Ahmedabad said. The much-awaited conclusion to the probe into illegal mining, which has kicked off much heat and dust, will be submitted to the union ministry of mines soon.


India: Report alleges illegal iron ore mining in Goa
13 November 2011 | Andrew North reports.

Another huge corruption scandal is looming in India over its mining industry.  Exports of iron ore have been stopped in the state of Karnataka, amid allegations that corrupt officials allowed widespread illegal mining. A government inquiry is looking into claims of even more serious violations by iron ore producers in the tourist paradise of Goa.

Church Slams Govt Over IFFI Dates, Threat to Old Goa
From Goa Blog | Posted: 11 Nov 2011

Bom Jesus Basilica rector Fr Savio Baretto on Friday lashed out at the state government for allowing illegalities around the church complex at Old Goa and for holding IIFFI during the novena period and feast of St Francis Xavier.

Goa Barge Owners seek ceiling on barges operating in Goa waters
Posted: 11 Nov 2011 07:03 AM PST

A body of ship owners carrying Iron Ore from jetties to local ports has demanded that no more barges should be allowed to be registered in Goa. In a letter to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, the All Goa Barge Owners Association (AGBOA) has sought complete ceiling on number of barges allowed to operate in the inland waterways of the state. AGBOA Secretary William D’Costa claimed there is no space for more barges considering the quantum of Iron ore allowed to be extracted in the state.

News Clips from India

India to topple Japan as world's 3rd-largest economy
Rishi Shah, ET Bureau Sep 20, 2011, 07.00am IST

New Delhi: India might become the world's third largest economy in 2011 by overtaking Japan in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) measured according to the domestic purchasing power of the rupee, otherwise called purchasing power parity.


Sr Goretti awarded outstanding woman of the year award
Published Date: November 10, 2011

Sr Maria Goretti, Mother General of the Queens of the Apostles (SRA) congregation, has been selected for the Rachana award for outstanding woman of the year. Sr Goretti was coordinator of Dharmajyothi Social Centre in Vamanjoor in Karnataka which built over 900 houses for the poor and the marginalized. The Mother General has established a host of children’s homes, schools/ colleges for nursing and technical training centres for physically challenged at various places in Karantaka.


Indian Governmnet to launch nutrition campaign
Published on: November 14, 2011 - 23:31

New Delhi: The government will soon launch a campaign to promote nutrition on the lines of the polio vaccination programme, an official said on Monday.


Are we too many?
The population growth rate in the country has been declining
Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi November 11, 2011

The seven billionth baby has many in India worried about our burgeoning population and poor family planning. A look at the numbers reveals something else.


Floods hit Catholic institutions in Thailand
On November 9, 2011

Many Catholic institutions hit by the flood crisis in central Thailand have ceased activities and evacuated their residents, but some are also doing what they can to help badly affected people. Floods have caused weeks of chaotic uncertainty about inundation of the capital Bangkok and left surrounding provinces covered in stagnant and dirty water


16 die in Haridwar stampede, celebrations cancelled
November 9, 2011

Sixteen people, including 14 women, were killed and 50 injured in a stampede during a religious ceremony held on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar yesterday.


Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi raises PLA's presence in PoK with Chinese leaders
Press Trust Of India | Beijing, November 09, 2011

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held candid talks with Chinese leaders, specially on contentious issues like presence of PLA troops in PoK, terrorist training camps in Pakistan and prolonged detention of 22 diamond merchants from Gujarat on charges of smuggling. Briefing the media in Beijing about his talks with Wang Gang, vice chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Modi said he raised concerns over reports of presence of Chinese troops in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) as well as terrorist training camps which has security implications for Gujarat which is a border state with Pakistan.