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F.X. Feast in Mississauga, Canada
By: Tim de Mello
December 4th 2004 saw the celebration of the St. Francis
Xavier Feast at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Mississauga.
This is the fourth year that the Friends of St. Francis
Xavier have hosted this celebration. The hard work of the
President, Francis (Frank) Fernandes and his wife Lucy together
with the whole committee paid off. The whole event was well
organized. For full text click
Goan Seniors Holds Their Inaugural Christmas Dinner
on the picture to enlarge
Toronto East Goan Seniors Assn. held their first ever
Christmas dinner dance on December 4th. It was a resounding
success with about 200 members in attendance.
president, Claude Gomes, in his speech stated "what
began as a somewhat tentative concept has, in seven
short months, blossomed to a splendid reality. Todayover
280 of our members are now bound by a common vision
…and we stand ready to individually bring forth
our gifts, talents and our dreams so that our new
born Assn. can emerge as the vital, vibrant institution
we all know it can be.". For full text click
Star To Present South Asian Entertainment Trade Show
Publication Date: Saturday December 4, 2004
The first annual South Asian Arts & Entertainment Industry
Trade Show presented by Toronto Star will take place on
May 1, 2005, as a kick off to South Asian Heritage Month
at the Marriot Airport Hotel.
"It has been born out of a need to create a professional
space for those affiliated with the arts and entertainment
industry to network and connect with each other," says
one of its main architects Abhishek Mathur. He says very
often, he has been approached by a mainstream band to find
a tablachi or an actor trying to breakthrough into mainstrea.
"There is a need for us to connect the people in the
creative field and this would be one place they can meet,"
he says. He feels that as South Asians make rapid strides
in mainstream and ethno-specific areas of the arts, their
representation, and presentation needs to take on a professional
image thus allowing for better knowledge creation, evaluation
and assimilation in these very competitive industries. For
full text click here.
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
Amod Kant relieved
November 25, the government relieved Director General
of Police, Amod Kanth, and directed DIG Muktesh Chander
to take charge as the head of the police department.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government
was not interested in the service of Kant had virtually
challenged the government authority and in such a
situation the government was not prepared to take
any chance since the prestigious IFFI was just two
days ahead. The outgoing DGP expressed his sadness
at how his tenure was prematurely cut short.
9 signalled curtains for the ten-day IFFI Goa 2004,
with the official concluding ceremony held at the
Kala Academy auditorium at 5.30 pm for which the Union
Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Jaipal
Reddy, was the chief guest. The highlight was the
awards (Golden Peacock, Silver Peacock and Special
Jury Award) presentation ceremony. For full text click
death of Dempo player
lovers in Goa were shocked to hear of the tragic end
to the Federation Cup football tournament, when 25-year-old
Brazilian striker Cristiano de Lima Junior (24) died
on December 5 soon after helping Dempo Sports Club
record their maiden title victory with a 2-0 victory
against Mohun Bagan in Bangalore. After putting the
ball past the Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Paul, Junior
leapt in the air and Bagan goalie Subrata Paul also
leapt apparently to thwart the Brazilian.For full
colorful three-day Goa Kite Carnival was inaugurated
by Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha at Panjim’s
Miramar Beach, on December 10 evening. The Kite Festival,
organised and conceptualized by Ajay Prakash, CEO
of Nomad Travels and the Nomad Heritage Trust, has
been very popular since the last two years. Kite fliers
from the US, the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Austria, Singapore, Germany and Australia, besides
from several states from across India are participating
in the event which will last till December 12.
pilgrims visit Old Goa
Massive crowds of pilgrims thronged Old Goa to pay homage
to St Francis Xavier throughout the day on Sunday. According
to Exposition Commission, Bosco George, around 70,000 pilgrims
attended the masses both, in the morning and evening. More
than 50,000 of them stood in a queue to kiss the sacred
relics, which have been kept for veneration at Se Cathedral.
A large number of pilgrims had also come from other states.
(Filomeno) (Toronto) - Passed away suddenly on Tuesday,
December 7, 2004, in his 67th year. Tony will be dearly
missed by his loving wife Clara, son Harold, daughter Shirley,
daughter Sandra and her husband Donald Coy. It is through
our grief that we understand the true blessings of love.
Tony was born in Nairobi, Kenya and since that time he has
been blessed with many experiences and friendships with
people from around the world. Funeral Mass took place on
Friday, December 10, 2004 at St.Thomas the Apostle Church,
followed by interment at Christ the King Cemetery .
"Tony was a true member and a generous friend of the
Toronto East Seniors Goan Association. We offer our sincere
condolences to his family. Claude Gomes, President"
For listing of events in 2004 please click
Friday, December 31, 2004
Year’s Eve 2004
The San Francisco
Hall, Hayward, California
Formal Attire (Jacket and Neck Tie Essential)
What to expect: Loads of Fun, Gourmet Buffet Dinner,
Lots of Excitement, plenty of Nostalgia and Unique
For information on rates etc. Go:
Council - San Francisco
YEAR'S EVE DINNER DANCE
Tony & Pat
the Splendid & Majestic "65 Claireport Place"
Cocktails 6 p.m. - Dinner 8 P.M. (Indian & European
Midnight table- 2 Wines at each table - Free Champagne
Sensational Band + D.J.
Absolutely open bar (all booze included - Name it,
we have it!)
Lots of fun & excitement.
& Pat Fernandes - 905-823-3067
Cynthia & Mike Fernandes - 905-471-0924
Shannon Fernandes - 905-855-2748
Joanne Fernandes - 416-994-6574
For Cocktails/Dinner Menu, pls contact: Cynthia_Fernandes@Atlantic.ca
Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent
School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned
for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto,
Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on
Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of
Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto
Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like
to get on the mailing list please write to me asap.
Jo Birkmeyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Places and Things
Showing – Images from Goa Tuesday, Dec 7th in
variety of photographs were on display from the works
of three different photographers, including a series
of beautiful images from Goa by photographer and film
maker Matt Marek. Matt spent the first four month's
of 2004 in South India shooting films. He traveled
parts of Kerala, Andra Pradsesh, Chennai and Goa.
His time spent in Goa was the most meaningful. A majority
of this photo essay comes from that area.
Monsoons Cry; Stories (Black Words Press)
Trade Paper/240 pp
Like a Bombay version of John Updike, poet and scientist
Lalita Noronha has crafted a debut short story collection,
that blends elements of Indian traditions with the
complexities of American culture. For full text click
Claus Live on the Web!
Santa Webcasts LIVE Daily from the North Pole
NORTH POLE and BURNABY, BC, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - Interactive Netcasting
Systems Inc. (INSINC) today announced the provisioning of
FREE live broadband video access via the Internet to Santa
Claus on location at the North Pole.
Effective immediately, Santa will be appearing on the web
daily to personally take Christmas requests from around
the world. Using the latest in satellite and Internet technologies,
Santa will be brought to Internet computers where he will
tell stories, take phone calls, play games and interact
with children in the comfort of their own home. The live
webcast site is located at http://www.chatwithsanta.com
Claus expressed his delight at being able to be beamed down
from the North Pole. "Ho, Ho, Ho I can't wait to chat
with all the little boys and girls around the world, Ho,
The North Pole webcasts will be held daily right up until
A schedule is posted on the website.
Kills Malaria Parasite
Here's good news in the fight against malaria, a disease
that puts 40 percent of the world's population at risk and
kills up to 3000 children each day. Australian scientists
have developed a drug which can kill the malaria parasite.
approach to the scourge that is Malaria comes from Australian
and Indonesian researchers who are conducting trials of
a "natural" medicine that could help malaria victims
recover faster from the deadly disease.
Seniors To Get $85 Million In Tax Credits
government is taking steps to increase tax credits for seniors
with low and moderate incomes for the first time in more
than 10 years, John Gerretsen, Minister Responsible for
Seniors, said. For full text click
and driving a priority social issue but millions still do
it, poll finds Impaired driving by teens a serious problem
but relatively few do it
OTTAWA, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - The majority of Canadian drivers
believe that drinking and driving is a priority social issue
and the most serious road safety issue they face, yet nearly
one in five (18%) admit to driving after drinking in the
previous month, according to the findings of the Road Safety
Monitor (RSM) released today by the Traffic Injury Research
Foundation (TIRF). For full text click
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