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The fund raiser for Alison DeSilva, held on April 24, was
supported by a sold-out attendance of more than 700 persons,
which included Alison herself and her parents.
Spearheading this event were Delfine & Norman Da Costa,
Clara & Danny Fernandes, and Sara & Raymond Ferrao
New Seniors Group
The new seniors group formed for the East Greater Toronto
Area took off with a flying start. About 130 seniors showed
up, paid the enrolment fee, and elected the executive committee
with Claude Gomes as the first president. A full program
of events is planned for the summer. See the Announcements
section for contact details.
Overseas Association –Toronto – AGM Highlights.
membership 962, down 30 from 2002
The financial situation was much healthier with a surplus
of $66,000 of which more than 50% came from the popular
Viva Goa Festival where the turnout exceeded 4000.
The bank mortgage for the 10-acre property in Vaughan, the
City above Toronto, will be virtually wiped out in 2005,
leaving $360K owed in debentures and interest payment to
Founder members, Roque Barreto and Aloysius Vaz were re-elected
for a second two-year term on the Board of Trustees.
The 2003 Annual Report is expected to be on display on the
G.O.A. web site.
Goan Charitable Organization
Barreto is the President, with Aloysius Vaz as the Secretary/Treasurer.
Elma De Souza and Paul Faleiro were elected to serve as
members for 2004/2005.
The GCO raised more funds than ever before most of the amount
from the now annual walk-a-thon. At least 40 families received
financial support, or food vouchers, or help for funeral
The Goan Charitable Organization is registered with the
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a charity with registration
# 11923-5315-RR001. This number can be used for those making
United Way Donations, which will then be sent to the GCO.
The GCO walk-a-thon is being held on June 5 this year. See
the events section for details.
Soccer in Toronto
Fernandes will be doing the honours promoting soccer through
the Goan Soccer League. (See Events section for link)
Teams from Dubai and the U.K. are expected to take part
in the Viva Goa Indoor Soccer Tournament.
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Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
polling in Goa
the second phase of India’s 14th Lok Sabha elections,
Goa went to the polls on April 26 to elect their representatives
for the Panjim and Mormugao seats. The elections,
which passed off peacefully, witnessed a voter turn-out
of 59.29 per cent in North Goa and 56.97 per cent
in the south bringing the overall total to 58.13 per
cent. For full text click
To Earth” Jazz fest
three-day “Down to Earth Jazz Fest” took
off at the Campal garden in Panjim on April 22, in
the presence of Norma Alvares, Devika Sequeira, Patricia
Pinto, Pamela Cabral, Suvarna Fonseca, Wendell Rodricks
and Pallavi Dempo. A jazz bands that played on the
inaugural day were UK’s “Louise Jones
Quartet” and “Right Line”, while
Rahul Alvares gave the audience a closer view of the
animal kingdom. For full text click
his recent visit to Goa, British MP of Goan origin,
Keith Vaz, opined that Goa can be a model for the
entire world in these times of class, creed and racial
conflicts that afflict human society. “Goa can
be a classic example for the world, where the people
can perfectly live with each other,” he said
during his talk on the improving relations between
India and UK. Vaz said the decision to host the International
Film Festival venue in Goa is a good thing to happen
in the state since it will boost to tourism in the
feast” in Mapusa
feast of “Milagr Saibinn” (Our Lady of
Miracles) was celebrated at the church of St Jerome
in Mapusa on March 26. For the entire taluka of Mapusa,
“Milgarichem Fest” is a major event. Not
only the Catholics, but a large section of the Hindu
community also visits the Mapusa church to pay homage
to Our Lady. On the day following the feast, one sees
long queues of Hindu devotees, particularly women
with small children or with wax offerings, in thanksgiving
for favours received or to make vows.For full text
Goa mango show
The Directorate of Agriculture will organise an “All
Goa Mango Show” from 15 to 17 May, 2004, at Menezes
Braganza hall, Panaji, Goa. The main objective of the exhibition
is to bring the awareness among the unemployed youth, students,
the farming community and the public in general, and to
expose them to the latest development in the field of mango
cultivation and also to bring competitiveness among farmers
to increase production and productivity of the mango crop.
listing of events in 2004 please click
Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php
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 email@example.com.
Saturday June 05th, 2004
Walk A Thon"
a great time and help your brothers and sisters
in need in our community
More on the Goan Charitable Organization click
Please make a pledge : send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with you name & pledged amount
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
New Karachi Archbishop Stresses Church Renewal, Role
Pakistan (UCAN) -- Archbishop
Evarist Pinto, who was installed as head of
the archdiocese Feb. 22, emphasized renewal when he
later held a "meet the people" program at
St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi, 1,150 kilometers
south of Islamabad.
"The times call for a renewal of the Church at
all levels -- in the liturgy, catechesis, communications,
common life, parish communities and family life,"
said Archbishop Pinto. He also spoke of a common vision
for the archdiocese aimed at renewal "in our
apostolate, education, interreligious dialogue, media
and so forth." For full text
Canada: Dr. Colin D'Cunha
Falls From Grace
21 Apr. Toronto Star. Headline: Scathing report
blasts health chiefs. Judge singles out Dr. Colin
Poor leadership, petty bickering and a lack of planning,
money and expertise badly hampered Ontario's ability
to stop last year's deadly SARS outbreak, according
to a new report… The then-chief medical officer
of health Dr. Colin D'Cunha is called "the
wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Tory health minister Tony Clement, who was the political
face of much of the SARS battle last year, confirmed
he was well aware of D'Cunha's failings in dealing
with the crisis, but feared that firing him would
send the wrong message to the public when it came
to having confidence in their health care. Full
text, 1385 words click
USA: Victor Menezes
to step down
21 Apr. The American Banker. Headline: Citigroup
Exec Menezes to Retire. Victor Menezes, a senior
vice chairman of Citigroup is to retire at yearend.
Mr. Menezes, 54, has spent 32 years at Citigroup
and worked in various posts in Asia, Latin America,
and Europe before coming to the United States as
Citicorp's chief financial officer in 1995. He was
head of the emerging markets business. But Citigroup
stumbled in Argentina in late 2001 and 2002 and
Mr. Menezes was shifted out with Sir Deryck Maughan,
a vice chairman, appointed to run it. He will act
as the chairman of a new Asian Advisory Board. For
a profile of Victor Menezes click
Apr. London (East Finchley). LEONIE LOBO
(ex Nairobi). Wife of T. J. .Lobo. Mother of Mavis, Maureen/Alvito
(Nairobi) Betty/Trevor (Toronto) Neil/Lesely (London). Grandmother
of Alton, Alvito Jr, Ailis, Giles, Caitlin and Erin. Condolences
to and funeral details from email@example.com
Apr. Moira/Ex-Aden/Miramar, JULIUS ALBERT NAZARETH.
Beloved husband of late Lira Veronica, father of late Dr
Melwyn/Dr (Prof) Marilyn, Fr Oscar, OP, Frederick/Patricia
(Canada), Dr Brenda/Cosme Menezes, Dr Sarita. Doting grandfather
of Merwyn, Mousinho & Marissa, Catherine, Pascol &
Andre, Maryann, Christine, Carmen & Peter Mark. Funeral
on 17 Apr at 4.30 pm at St Inez Church, Panjim.
Apr: Assagao-Socolvaddo: DOMINGOS F FARIA
(Ex-Nakuru): Born: 31-1-1917: husband of Preciosa, father
of Maria/Alfred Varela (St Estevam), Philo/Donald Dourado
(Essex-UK), Johnny (ex-Iraq)/Lia, Raymond (Carnival Cruises)/Lina;
grandfather of Eliza, Averil, Lorraine, Delcy, Loyd, Roshiel
SENIORS GROUP FOR GREATER TORONTO AREA -EAST
The enrolment/election meeting held on April, 23rd,
2004 elected the following:
forms can still be downloaded at
information on next event call:or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools Celebrate System's Spiritual and Moral Focus During
Catholic Education Week May 2-7, 2004
TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - From May 2 -7, 2004 Ontario's
Catholic schools will celebrate the distinctive nature of
Catholic education. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees'
Association (OCSTA) annually coordinates this promotional
event to raise awareness about the unique dimension of Catholic
education in Ontario. For full text click
History Society (MHSO) is pleased to announce that it has
been chosen to pilot an innovative interactive public history
project called Telling Lives, developed by the American
History Workshop with grants from the Institute of Museum
and Library Services and the University of Toronto. For
full text click here.
For further information contact : Zulema De Souza e-mail:
Memories of My Homeland
book published by Tony Fernandes of Ontario, Canada.
contains 18 nostalgic English poems, 5 English Short Stories,
12 illustrations, a 10-page Goa in Pictures section, 150
Goan Proverbs and Sayings, and a glossary of Portuguese,
Latin and Konkani words used in the book. For full text
agree: love, not money, conquers all
NEW YORK, April 19 /CNW/ - Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston
have spent more time on the gossip pages than in the music
charts due to their numerous brushes with addiction. Whitney
is now back in Bobby's arms after a stint in rehab. Based
on this scenario Date.com, a leading online dating site,
asked its members: Why would you stay with a mate who was
'troubled'? For full text click
more click here