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 Newsletter. Issue 2002-4. Dec.13, 2002 

Glory to God in the highest heaven
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Merry Christmas
Marilyn Abreu     Joel D'Souza
Eddie Fernandes     John J. D'Souza

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Abstracted from "FRANKLY SPEAKING".
Collected Writings Of Prof. Frank D'Souza
Editor-in-Chief Mgr. Benny Aguiar.

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Audiences are flocking to London's West End to see the outlandish and flamboyant Bombay Dreams.

What's revolutionary about the show is that it's the first big Bollywood musical to reach the stage in the western world, and it is drawing crowds of South Asians who don't usually go to the theatre. Given the nature of the show and the audience and the population of Canada's showbiz capital, Bombay Dreams could be a huge hit in Toronto.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is involved in producing the show. The score is composed by A.R. Rahman, celebrated in India for his film music

The provincial government has to add more than $1.8 billion to education funding, the man charged with reviewing the Ontario funding formula said Tuesday.
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The emergency room at Toronto General Hospital was shut down Monday night following an outbreak of what appears to be the Norwalk virus.
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Members of Parliament on the federal immigration committee say Ottawa is giving in to U.S. pressure by building a "prison" near Canada's largest airport.
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SOURCE: The Hamilton Spectator
BYLINE: Carmelina Prete

A new report on Hamilton seniors paints a dismal picture of high poverty, inadequate housing, poor health care and increasing isolation for this city's fastest growing population.

"It's not good at all," said Winston Tinglin, CEO for the United Way of Burlington Hamilton-Wentworth, which paid for the report.

"We really have ... to move now or the situation is going to be way worse as we go down the road."

The news is worse for women, who are more likely than men to be poor, regardless of age. For example, in Hamilton, 50 per cent of female seniors who live independent from their family fall below the poverty line, compared to 18 per cent of men. The report, released yesterday, defined poverty using Statistics Canada's low income cutoffs, based on family size and the population size of the community of residence.

Basically, the older a person is, the more likely it is that they are poor and female. But poverty is just one part of other problems, such as inadequate housing, that seniors face.

Seniors made up 15.3 per cent (70,255 people) of Hamilton's population last year. About three-quarters of them live in the old city, but that is expected to drop to 69 per cent by 2009.

The former suburbs will probably make up the difference. We can expect 74 per cent more seniors in Flamborough, 52 per cent more in Ancaster and 53 per cent more in Glanbrook.

This matters because only 4 per cent of Hamilton's subsidized housing for seniors is in the former suburbs.

Thelma McGillivray, president of the Hamilton and District Council of Women, said it's crucial that seniors speak out about their inequalities.

cprete@thespec.com or 905-526-2487.


Copyright 2002 Canada NewsWire Ltd. Canada NewsWire
December 6, 2002, Friday

The Investment Dealers Association of Canada announced that a hearing date has been set regarding Jayanth Noronha and relates to matters for which he may be disciplined by the Association. The conduct of Mr. Noronha, that is the subject of the hearing, occurred during the period between January and May 2000 when Mr. Noronha was a registered representative at the office of Berkshire Securities Inc. located in North York, Ontario. The proceeding is open to the public and is scheduled to commence on December 18th, 2002.

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Letter from Goa


A very large number of devotees, estimated to be in the region of 15,000, attended Goa's most popular feast, the feast of Goemcho Saib St Francis Xavier, on December 3 at the Bom Jesus Basilica campus at Old Goa.

In the first homily the Archbishop Patriarch appealed to the Catholic community to shun all sorts of discrimination, particularly, when it comes to religion, so as to bear a true testimony of Christ and be an example for the society at large. In a second homily, Archbishop Abraham of Nagpur and the chairman of Western Region Bishops Council, said that the 450th death anniversary of St Francis is a historic moment not only for Goans, but for everyone all over the world, who revere St Francis Xavier. He referred to the fact that all the Bishops and the two Cardinals from the western region comprising Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, were here "not by accident" but for the important two-day Bishops conference at Pilar.

The security around the Bom Jesus Basilica at Old Goa, taking note of the sea of devotees expected and the recent spate of bomb hoaxes (one including the Bom Jesus Basilica), was tightened by the Goa police, even to the extent of installing of metal detectors at the main entrances to the campus.

Most devotees, however, believed that the presence of the sacred remains Goemcho Saib suffices to keep Goa save. Here we may also recollect an important statement by Nandkumar Kamat in his article in "The Navhind Times": (St Francis Xavier) has influenced generations of Goans from all the communities and castes. No vicious and communal tirade against his name is ever going to change this social and cultural reality." Another relevant statement in connection with communal harmony comes from Marathi writer Dr A H Salunke: "The increase in communalism in today's world is largely due to a lack of unity among intellectuals…" At the fourth Samajik Parishad held on December 1 at the Bhagwati hall in Pernem, Salunke also said, "We should respect all religions and one should not despise other religions."

Those who could not attend the festival heard the running commentary of the solemn high mass broadcast b7 the FM service of All India Radio, Panjim, on 105.4 MHz.

Virtually on the eve of the feast, the Goa government announced that along with four other holidays, the feast on December 3 would be struck off from the list of holidays for 2003. However, finding everyone disgusted with the of-the-cuff decree, Chief Manohar Parrikar said the decision would be held in abeyance. Cortalim MLA Matanhy Saldanha welcomed the restoration of status quo and urged the government not to hurt the sensibilities of any section of the Goan society.

Another irritation was the drying up of the taps for most of the day at Old Goa on the feast day. How much authorities really care for people, tourism, etc, became quite evident when complaints to some ministers and even the chief minister's office failed to elicit a positive action. By the way, one could hardly notice any minister or politico at the High Mass, except for Saligao MLA Dr Wilfred de Souza.

The biography of St Francis Xavier will soon be published in cartoon form in ten languages, including English. Mensajero Publishers of Spain have entrusted the job of doing the sketches to Miguel Berzosa, who specializes in religious comics.


Writing about the two days WRCC meet, Fr Peter Raposo, editor of Konkani Weekly "Ixtt", quotes Bishop Agnelo Gracias of Bombay, "Enhancing support structures for married people, their involvement in small Christian communities and finding support structures to accommodate mixed marriages, inter-religious marriage and broken families, are some of the priorities of the meeting." As many as 87 representatives of 14 dioceses of the WRCC attended the conference. Empowerment of the family, in order to have a vibrant Church, has been the vision statement that highlighted the concluding day of the recent two-day Western Region Catholic Council at Pilar on December 2.

In Porvorim, as many as 20 eminent scholars from all over the country will participate in a two-day seminar on "In the footsteps of Francis Xavier, Jesuits in India", at the Xavier Centre, from December 7, to mark the 450th death anniversary of St Francis Xavier.


Another conspicuous function was the month-long exhibition, at the Pilar Seminary, of the exquisite work of the great Goan artist Angelo da Fonseca, to mark his birth centenary. Born on 6 December, 1902, the last of seventeen children, Angelo ventured into medicine and then into agriculture but finally discovered his true vocation-to be an artist. As Nandkumar Kamat wrote in NT: "Angelo da Fonseca, an illustrious son of Santo Estevam, is to Indian Christian art what Mother Teresa was to Christian charitable work. He was a multi-media artist and used water colours, murals, oil, woodwork and slate to express his artistic vision of Christianity following the neo-Bengali school of Abanindranath Tagore, Haldar and Nandlal Bose." The Pilar Seminary rounded up the exhibition with a very interesting symposium on "Art and Spirituality" on December 6. Fonseca's wife was present at the symposium.


Dressed up to usher in a fresh tourist season and please every guest, Goa has been fortunate that the inflow of foreign tourists has increased quite a bit this month, and hotels appear to be booked well for the Christmas-New Year peak period. The fears of the hospitality industry have eased somewhat with the arrivals. Charter tourists from Tel Aviv and Israel are awaited whereas Russians have already arrived via six flights. The arrival figures indicate, so far, nearly 19,000 foreigners, largely charter-borne and from the UK. Goa has 71 charter flights, 14 per week on an average.

This appears to be a significant signal to dispel the fears in the minds of intending tourists that Goa is a sufficiently safe and still an attractive eastern destination. The international tourist seems to be unnerved by the border tension, the Gujarat riots, the violence in Kashmir and even the bomb blast in Mumbai.

In the meanwhile, the smarter hotels have been unrolling the red carpet for the non-resident Indians (NRIs), who return to ancestral Goa, drawn by their natural instinct or to visit their families and acquaintances, fairly frequently.


The regular Goa-specific tourist attractions like the popular beach shacks and "Anjuna flea market" have upped shutters with their respective offerings. Of course, the foreign tourists don't sell their things at the flea market in Anjuna anymore, because most of the things they require are available in India nowadays. So they need not bring everything nor worry about what to do with the leftovers. The Europeans are, however, lured to the flea market by the surfeit of up-country stuff they prefer to see and purchase.

A two-month long exhibition-cum-sale opened at the EDC Patto Plaza in Panjim on 6 December, and the grand "Goa Gate" Handloom Handicrafts National Exhibition the following day. The first international Goa Kite Carnival at the idyllic Vagator beach on 18 and 19 January next year, will organised jointly by Nomad Travels, Goa Tourism Department and the Nomad Heritage Trust. Over 30 participants from USA, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa are expected to participate along with the Indian teams.

Valentino Vaz, who pioneered the idea of bottling Goa's famed feni and taking it from the taverna to the five-star resort table, has suggested the idea of setting up a dolphin show project. Vaz, who was fascinated after watching dolphin shows abroad, has collected sufficient data on dolphins and has handed it over to the State authorities to study the feasibility of setting up such a project in Goa.

Niraj Naik, writing in the "Herald" said that Mr P Shridhar, the CEO of India's fastest growing electronic design company operating from Goa-Controlnet (I) Pvt Ltd, claims that the quality of life and environment was what brought the company to Goa. The international tourists would be enthused to know that as per Controlnet's boss, the quality and the environment here is conducive to creative minds.

Well, Goa has been attracting all sorts of visitors down the centuries. The earliest ones came in quest of trade and spices, followed by conquerors and converters. Much later came those who were enthralled by the immense beauty of Goa's virgin beaches and pristine countryside. To accommodate them, mushroomed the hospitality industry. Visitors came to conduct trade and commerce, film Goa's celebrated beauty. Some came to spend their honeymoons, others to celebrate their weddings in oriental style.

And gradually, couples began coming and booking in hotel rooms to end their lives. The latest episode is: In a suicide pact, a VM Mahesh and MV Parvati of Tamil Nadu, aged around 30, booked accommodation in the Calangute Residency, last week. The husband hanged from the ceiling fan with his wife's sari, while the young wife gulped down 14 tablets to end her life. Parvati, however, survived.


Just recently, we enjoyed a lovely fashion show by six Indian designers, including Goa's upcoming designer Saviojon, at the Taj Holiday Resort. Goa's fashion guru, Wendell Rodricks, who is engrossed in the work of setting up a Period Costume Museum, is also likely to come up with his own show on the fashion front soon.

In the meanwhile, India's rock-star Remo Fernandes had the privilege to be invited to represent the Western Region of India at the opening ceremony of the 32nd National Games to be held in Hyderabad on 13 December. For the special occasion, Remo has composed and produced a unique nine-minute folk-song medley, which takes in its stride the music from Goa, Maharashtra and Kerala.


With the grand Christmas celebration almost at our umbro (doorstep), everyone will soon be busy with neureos, kolkol, bibik, pinagr, and all those irresistibly delicious things, besides posting the cards and doing all other things for the Season.

Right then…I have run out of matter for this letter. Wish netters elsewhere in the world could send in some small notes to be included in the forthcoming issues. The weather, of course, is just about 29 deg C at noon, which is "very pleasant by local standards" and will last in that "fine" version upto February at least.

Editor: Joel D'Souza

In the Goan Voice UK [Selected excerpts from GoaNet-UK]
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7 Dec. Bristol Evening Post. The Gold Star Awards are given to honour local people who have shown exceptional bravery and courage in the most testing times. One of the 11 winners this year was Ted Moreman who has raised more than £30,000 to buy a new home for 45 orphans in Goa, India. He said: "When I heard that a group of children were having to sleep on dried cow dung because they were being evicted from their house, I just knew I
had to do something.

7 Dec. The Times (London). The ultimate festive menu. Pipers Farm's Goan pork. Inspired by the flavours of this Indian region, originally colonised by the Portuguese. Spicy, but not too hot. Cubes of pork cooked with onion, garlic and fresh ginger, fresh parsley, aromatic spices and a hint of "sweet and sour" provided by a little brown sugar and white wine vinegar. Prepared and cooked by us. 2 servings at £6.50 a tub, plus delivery. http://www.pipersfarm.com/xmas2002/ReadyCooked.html

8 Dec. Hindustan Times. In Bombay 'Mac' was the one-slur-fits-all term for any Christian, whether East Indian, Goan, Manglorean or pure Bandra. They were called 'Macs' not because they hungered after the global burger (of which more anon), but because they preferred their local bun. 'Mac' was the abbreviation of 'Maka-pao', a reference to the maska-ed loaf that the frock-wearers preferred to roti. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_115956,00300004.htm

16 Dec. Time. The bombs in Mombasa and Bali threaten the best example of global community. The tens of thousands of young Australians, Germans, Britons, Americans and others who wander the globe, flitting from Goa to Costa Rica, from Thailand to Tasmania, are building what may be the only example of a truly global community. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101021216-397505,00.html

From Goan Voice UK (formerly Goanet-UK)
Editor: Eddie Fernandes



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Dec 14 - Goan Association of New Jersey, Inc., Somerset, NJ, USA
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Dec 21 - GOA-LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA, goa_la@yahoo.com
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Toronto Ex-Students to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi

The Ex-Students are proud to announce that the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi, will be held in Toronto on Saturday 13th September 2003. Former Staff and Students from around the world are welcome to attend. Watch out for further details in the events section of www.goanvoice.ca Messages to the organizing group can be sent to Roque Barreto through goanexstudents@goacom.com


From the Los Angeles G.O.A. The annual Christmas dance is December 21. See details at http://www.goacom.com/goa-la

People Places and Things

By Tina Lobo (Toronto)
Tina lobo taught in Zanzibar and Dar from 1954 to 2000. She is now retired and lives in Toronto.

In the 1950s there was an influx of Goans into Tanganyika. In order to accommodate the increase in members, the Goan Institute in Dar-es-salaam decided to build a new and larger clubhouse.

A well-known Goan architect, Anthony Almeida, designed the clubhouse in the shape of a G (for Goans,) and it had an outdoor sunken dance floor in the shape of an I. The G.I. has got to be one of the most beautiful clubhouses in the world. The building was opened in the late 1950s by Archbishop Edgar Maranta and the British Governor, Richard Turnbull.

The social highlight of the Goan/Dar Institute was the anniversary dance held every December 31st. The dance was under the stars and the organizers made sure the club was well decorated for the occasion. The music was always provided by the most popular Goan band that over the years included The Jazz Swingers, Tony Ferns, Demello Brothers, Harbor Lights, Moderniars, Revolutions, etc.

December was always a great time for functions at the club. The Xmas program usually started on December 9th and ran till the first week of January. The most popular functions were the children's Xmas tree party and the children's fancy dress competition. We also had carol singing, traditional sweet's contest, treasure hunts, etc. The after mid-night mass dance was a popular event for the youngsters to meet. And of course, the Christmas Dance was where you got the opportunity to meet and wish all your friends and relatives.

Social activities during the year included the weekly tombola. Lardis was a popular game for the not so active while sportsmen and women played tennis, badminton, table tennis and darts on the premises.

The Bachelors vs. Married competition was a week to look forward to. Members competed in fishing, hockey, soccer, badminton, tug-of-war and beer drinking. The week ended with a dinner dance where the Sidon Lopez trophy was presented to the winning captain.

The other memories I have are of the sports visits from the sister institutions. In the early days, the Zanzibar Institute visits were the most popular. Later on it was the sports visits from Tanga and Arusha that brought in the most visitors and guests. At times we also had visits from the Nairobi and Mombasa Institutes. Great friendships were developed during these visits and many of those friendships ended up in marriages.

We do have to remember in out prayers those who had the fore sight to start the Institute. We also have to express our gratitude to those who took up committee positions and who volunteered at the Goan Institutes. The Institutes gave us a home away from home. A place to meet and socialize. People are still enjoying the fruits of the first Trustees' foresight.

Source: Hindustan Times 8 Dec.
By: Bachi Karkaria
Posted of GoaNet by Eddie Fernandes

Extract: In those days, Bombay also had another generic 'M'-word, equally undistinguished by region or community. 'Mac' was the one-slur-fits-all term for any Christian, whether East Indian, Goan, Manglorean or pure Bandra. They were called 'Macs' not because they hungered after the global burger but because they preferred their local bun. 'Mac' was the abbreviation of 'Maka-pao', a reference to the maska-ed loaf that the frock-wearers preferred to roti. When they converted, they were in bigger trouble.

Full text at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_115956,00300004.htm


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