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arrival of Spring has resurrected the Goan Community with
a full programme of social and cultural events taking place
over the next few months.
Here are a few:-
April 17 - Easter Dance organized by the
Friends Club in Mississauga with dancing to the sounds of
PAVE CONNECTION & DJ FATZ
April 23 - A new Seniors
serving the East Toronto area will be holding their first
meeting for enrolment of members and election of an executive
committee. This will be the first of many events planned
for 2004. A similar group will soon be formed in the West
Toronto area covering Mississauga and Brampton, the fastest
growing suburbs in Canada.
April 24 - "THAT'S
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR" will be holding
a fund raising dinner-dance for Alison De Silva (now in
recovery from a rare medical disorder) to help in much-needed
equipment and home care.Alison herself will be attending
the event in the Brampton area which will feature a band,
DJ, and live entertainment.
April 25- G.O.A.
AGM . Usually a "Ho Hum" event,
but this year expect high praise for the executive for paring
down "the property debt" to less than $100K. The
unspoken issue - "to sell, or not to sell, the property"
will receive the fale, fale, treatment, with attention turning
to the 34th Anniversary Dance on May 1st where members will
pay half the going rate for a sit-down dinner/dance.
May 22 - Make no mistake, Konkani Tiatr
is still around. The entire cast of "Chukh"
popular Konkanni drama staged thrice to rave reviews in
London, England, will be flying in to perform at the Stephen
Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. Producer is
Francis D'Costa with MC Jr. Menezes.
The usual Village Feasts - Margao –Saligao - Aldona
- Siolim will continue to be celebrated.
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Canadians realize their dream of home ownership sooner
- Immigrants are more likely to be planning to move or purchase
a new home in the next year than their Canadian-born counterparts
TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Immigrants who came to Canada
after 1980 are able to purchase their first home here faster
than their predecessors could, according to a recent CIBC
telephone poll conducted by Decima Research. For full text
of foreign credentials given a boost
TORONTO, April 13, 2004 -- An important step was taken today
to improve the recognition of foreign credentials in Canada.
The Honourable Jean Augustine, Minister of State (Multiculturalism
and Status of Women), announced Government of Canada funding
of $977,876 for two projects that will help immigrants to
Canada, and Canadians trained abroad, find work in their
field of expertise.
"Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the
world. We need to take full advantage of the skills and
knowledge that immigrants and foreign-trained Canadians
bring to the table," said Minister of State Augustine."This
is not just an issue for immigrants or foreign-trained Canadians;
it affects all Canadians. Our entire country suffers when
skilled people are prevented from working and participating
in our economy and our society."
further information see: http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/newsroom/news_e.cfm
found work faster than most other countries in 2003
Job search will take longer in 2004
TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - A new global study says unemployed
workers in Canada found new employment faster than in most
other countries during 2003.
The study's authors warn it will take Canadians longer to
find a new job this year as the pace of job creation slows.
For full text click here.
and British Columbia Sign New Immigration Agreement
VANCOUVER, April 5 /CNW/ - Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration, and Murray Coell, Minister of Community,
Aboriginal and Women's Services for British Columbia, signed
a new immigration agreement today.
agreement establishes a framework for the governments of
Canada and British Columbia to develop new initiatives to
meet regional immigration needs, improve the integration
of immigrants, encourage foreign students to choose British
Columbia and address barriers to the recognition of foreign
credentials. Key elements of the original agreement signed
in 1998 remain, including a commitment by British Columbia
to design and deliver settlement services and participate
in the Provincial Nominee Program, which gives provinces
and territories the authority to identify and nominate immigrants
to fill their specific regional and local needs.
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
cliff crumbling into the sea
has marked out a slice of the magnificent cliff at
the Anjuna coast, with a commanding view of the sea,
for erosion this monsoon. The process which began
half-a-dozen years ago, is progressing gradually at
the St Anthony Praias Vaddo, just a few metres away
from Menino Fernandes’ Victor Guest House at
St Anthony Praias Vaddo, which overlooks the cliff.
For full text click
needs further improvement
The president of the Goa Konkani Akademi, Mr Pundalik Naik,
while addressing the participants of one-day workshop on
‘Tiatr Script Writing’ said that while tiatr
is the most popular dramatic form of Goa and has developed
tremendously in its 112-year history, it still needs to
improve to come on par with other stages of the country.
“In order to achieve this, the tiatr artistes have
to first improve the standard of tiatr scripts, “Mr
Naik said. According to a press note, the “Tiatr Script
Writing” workshop was organised by Kala Mogi of Candolim,
as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations in collaboration
with Kala Academy, recently.
To Earth Jazz Festival”
To commemorate World Earth Day, at three-day “Down
to Earth Jazz Festival”, with an intriguing mix of
food, art and opinion thrown in, is to take place from April
22 to 24 at Campal, Panjim. Think Geek brings Jazz music
to Goa and the event is being co-ordinated by journalist
Ethel da Costa.
flays Naidu's church outburst
The President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC),
Luizinho Faleiro, has strongly condemned the outburst of
Venkaiah Naidu, National President of BJP, against the Goa
Church for urging people to vote for secular parties. Addressing
a press conference on Thursday here, Mr. Faleiro said, “I
can understand such an outburst in other parts of India,
because that is BJP’s culture’’. But perhaps
Naidu, he said, has forgotten that he was on Goan soil where
communal and religious harmony and friendship is hallmark
awarded 13th rank by top CEO’s
Notwithstanding the relentless criticism he is subjected
to from certain quarters back home in Goa, Manohar Parrikar
has done Goa proud. In a survey carried out by research
firm TNS India for the daily ‘Economic Times’
which polled 100 CEO’s from the top ET-500 list of
India’s largest companies, Goa Chief Minister scored
13th rank and has joined the ranks with such politicians
like Chief Ministers Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh,
SM Krishna of Karnataka and Sheila Dixit of Delhi, who are
ranked 9th in the list.
listing of events in 2004 please click
Saturday April 17th 2004
Club Social Committee
- 1:00 a.m.
5835 Kennedy Rd. Mississauga
(East of Kennedy/South of Britannia)
Children 5-12 yrs $15; Children 4 and under FREE
Club Social Committee invites you, your family and
friends to the Easter Celebration Dinner/Dance
Dance to the sounds of PAVE CONNECTION & DJ
April 23rd 2004
(note change in date)
for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee
55+SENIORS GROUP FOR GREATER TORONTO AREA -EAST
||Our Lady of
the Rosary Church (parish hall) 2950 Midland Ave,Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
meeting was held on Wednesday November 26,2003,
to form a seniors group (55+) serving the Scarborough/Pickering/Ajax/Markham/Thornhill/North
York /Richmond Hill and York Region
Committee resulting from the meeting will be holding
an enrolment/election meeting on April, 23rd, 2004
@ 7.30 p.m for the following:
to review and comment on the constitution of the
to elect the first Executive Committee
plan activities and events.
members have to pay a fee to be eligible to vote.
The figure decided was $10 per person as an entrance
fee and it will be non-refundable. A membership fee
will also be charged and the membership year for 2004
will be from the Spring meeting to December.
forms can be downloaded by clicking the Forms image
below or go to http://www.goanvoice.ca/2004/issue6/fiftyfive_plus.doc
bring the completed enrolment form and the $10 enrolment
fee to the meeting to be eligible for participating
in the election of the new executive.
are unable to attend can send the completed form
and cash with a friend or relative to the meeting,
while others, who cannot access a computer, can
fill the form at the meeting.
Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Raising Dinner Dance for Alison De Silva (now in recovery
from a rare medical disorder)
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR"
raising dinner-dance for this amazing 17-year-old
is the daughter of John and Rolina and sister to
Caroline. In July 2000, at the age of 14, she contracted
and was stricken with a rare disorder. She was rushed
to the Hospital for Sick Kids on January 19, 2003
in critical condition. She has made miraculous progress
and was discharged February 23, 2004. She is not
completely "out of the woods" and is determined
to fight this illness. Proceeds from this function
will help in much needed equipment and home care.Alison
will be attending to personally thanks everyone
for your kindness and support.
LA SUHAAG BANQUET HALL75 HEDGEDALE ROAD, BRAMPTON,
Time: 6:00 P.M-1: 00 A.M
Cocktails :6:30 P.M
Dinner :7:30 P.M
Music by Naked Flame & DJ Carlito k&Live
Entertainment Door and raffle prizes (Donations
& prizes are welcome)
Cost: $30 per person (tables of
Book early to avoid disappointment
For Tickets contact:
Delfine or Norman Da Costa 905-452-1295
For flier see http://www.goanvoice.ca/2004/issue5/miracles.htm
Saturday May 01st, 2004
Goan Overseas Association
at Strates Banquet Hall
Reception at 6:30pm
Sit-Down Dinner served at 7:30pm
Music supplied by the popular band: Goa Amigos
Tickets: MEMBERS $ 15, GUESTS $30
For tickets or additional information please call:
Saturday May 08th, 2004
May Ball 2004
Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
1730 S, Elmhurst Road,
Des Plaines, IL 60018
invites you to its first function of the year.
6:30 P.m to Midnight
Paid membership is
for the calendar year.To give potential members a
chance to take advantage of the special rate, the
committee has extended the deadline to pay membership
due to saturday, May 1, 2004.
President GOA Chicagoa.
Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Marian pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankani
Association of NJ
Association of NJ, Inc. is planning a Marian pilgrimage
to Our Lady of Velankani at the Basilica of the
National Shrine in Washington, DC on Saturday, May
22. The pilgrimage will include mass, rosary, a
tour of the Cathedral and its crypt and the adjoining
John Paul II Museum.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30
AM and return by 9 pm from Central New Jersey.
Pick up will also include Delaware residents.
Cost will be $24 per seat if all
49 seats are taken. The bus company needs to know
by March 8, 2004.
If you are interested, please send your check to
the Goan Association of New Jersey Inc, P.O. Box
335, Cranbury, NJ 08512, by March 1, 2004.
If the required seats to fill one or two buses are
not taken, we will still go on the pilgrimage, but
car pools will need to be organized. Lunch is available
at the Shrine cafeteria or can be brown bagged.
If you have never been on this pilgrimage or taken
the tours, they are well worth your investment in
time and money. So sign up and give your spiritual
For details call Mike Alvares at (302) 239-3147
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday June 13rd, 2004
Feast of St. Thomas 29th Annual Aldona Social
Place Banquet & Convention Centre65 Claireport Crescent,
Etobicoke, OntarioMass: 12:00 p.m. sharpDance to the
music of DJ Fatz
before May 27)
4 -12) $10.00 (3 and under free )
after May 28)
4 -12) $15.00
Verde SoupVeal ParmagianShrimp MasalaHot &
Spicy Chili Chicken Singapore Style NoodlesVegetable
Fried RicePlain RiceEggplant Curry Tossed SaladRoast
PotatoesItalian Mixed VegetablesVegetable TrayDinner
Fruit Platter Caramel Pudding Pineapple Pluf
Assorted Cakes Jello Coffee & Tea
Places and Things
Institute Centenary Website
Nairobi Institute Centenary Website, www.nicentenary.com
has been launched to provide you with all the necessary
information for June 11, 2005. The site will be
updated on a weekly basis. Please forward the details
to as many interested parties as you know.
WELFARE SOCIETY Newsletter
"The Goan Community in Kenya continues to shrink
and it is estimated that the Kenyan Goan population is
approximately 1000 persons. It is therefore important
we share closer links within our community in Kenya and
also work with other members of other communities to optimize
living in Kenya."
2004, Margao. MARIA JOSEFINA AUGUSTA FERNANDES.
Wife of late Jose,mother of Agnelo/Neeta, Maria Treza/Augustine,
Grandmother of Allan (USA), Alisha, Lawry/Joanita (Canada),
John, Aurville/Trisca, Marvin (USA), Sharon/Dr Edgar, Dr
Great-grandmother of Logan, Sasha, Lauryn, Jason, cousin
of H.T Goes and Rosemarie.
Apr 2004, Pomburpa. JOAO PAULO RODRIGUES.
Beloved husband of Luciana, father of Margaret/Charles (Canada),
Clothilda/Jacinto (Canada), Jessie/Urbano(Mapusa, Bernadette/
Benny, and Cruz (Canada).
April. Eltham, London, England. ERMILA FERNANDES
(ex-Nairobi)- born 23 May 1923. Wife of late Robert Fernandes
( Head teacher of Parklands/Goan School, Nairobi, Kenya).
Mother of Luke/Yolanda, Ollie/Perla, Vasco/Roseanne, Esther/Matthew.
Grandmother of Annette, Carl, Elroy, Clare and Mark.
She is sadly missed by her beloved sons, daughter and other
members of the family
Announcement regarding funeral arrangements will follow.Condolence
messages by email to: email@example.com
St Michaels Church Anjuna Goa will be holding their annual
two days Fest to be know as " Parish Summer Fest",
and invite all of you to the event, so anyone being present
in Goa on this two days that is on the 1st and the 2nd of
May please do make it a point to spend sometime with the
parishioners, take part in the dance, various food stall,
local stage programs, bingo etc. You will also be helping
in our fund raising campaign to help our Sacred Heart school
which is in urgent need to replace the asbestos sheets which
is a definite health hazard to the students and staff of
the school, and other renovation works.
Those not being able to attend it would be most welcome
gesture if you could make a cheque or draft favouring St
Michael Church of any amount that your generous heart speaks
to you. The address is as below
St Michaels Church
Anjuna 403 509
Bardez - Goa
e-mail :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel :- 0832 2274358
Employment shrinks .... Young people are also leaving the
work force in large numbers,"
April 8 /CNW/ - The distress of young workers is the most
striking feature of this month's Labour Force Survey from
Statistics Canada. "It's not just the fact that jobs
for youth are down 1.6% from a year ago or that youth employment
shrunk in the first three months of 2004 (workers aged 15
to 24 lost 36,000 jobs), it is mostly the realization that
young people are also leaving the work force in large numbers,"
says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress,
inviting policy makers to add to the unemployment numbers
the 38,000 young workers who gave up on the job market this
year. For full text click
When It's Time to Give up Your Job Search - When to Say
TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - For those who have been unemployed
for a long time, there inevitably comes a point when one
wonders if they should just give up, stop looking and pursue
an entirely different career path.
"It's devastating to be out of work for any length
of time, but it's even more stressful when a job seeker
realizes that he/she may never find a comparable position
in his/her chosen field," said Jerry Weinger, Chairman
of Bernard Haldane Associates, the international career
management firm. For full text click