Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
9.0 earthquake has unleashed devastating tidal waves leaving
more than 150,000 dead and millions affected. Help is
needed urgently in the coastal areas of many Asian countries
including India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and
Thailand. In India, more than 15,000 people are feared
dead and hundreds of thousands are homeless across Tamil
Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
the G.O.A New Year’s Eve Dance, the Goan community
in Toronto, known for their generosity and compassion,
came forward in this hour of need. Oscar Furtado and Roque
Barreto encouraged the audience to make cash and cheque
contributions during the event. A report of received contributions
will be made available in the January edition of the Pulse
contributions (cheques are to be made out to the Goan
Charitable Organization (GCO) and please identify at the
bottom of the cheque towards the "Tsunami Relief
Fund") are welcome via mail in a self-addressed envelope
to the following address by latest January 7, 2005
Charitable Organization (Tsunami Relief Fund)
P.O. Box 5667, Station A
M5W 1N8, Canada
hundred percent of your tax deductible donation will go
to the Red Cross, and will help this organization provide
essential relief items such as food, clean water, medicines,
tents, and blankets. Thank you for your generous support!
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
A Tale of Woe
The world’s biggest earthquake in 40 years hit southern
Asia on December 26 unleashing a tsunami that crashed into
Sri Lanka and India, drowning thousands and swamping tourist
isles in Thailand and the Maldives killing thousands of
people. The tidal waves had an impact on Goa’s shores
too towards midnight with the touristy beaches of Palolem
and Patnem in South Goa being the worst affected areas.
The surging waters kept fishermen, trawler-owners and shack
owners awake. The terror-stricken villagers in Patnem, Colomb,
Talpona and Palolem stretches vacated their houses and fled
to safety, some even climbing hillocks and at the KTC bus
stand after the sea level rose dangerously, sweeping the
shacks and other structures on the beaches. Nearly 100 trawlers
were in deep sea but fortunately they came ashore safely.
Dr Satish Shetye from the National Institute of Oceanography,
Dona Paula, pointed out that the event took place at 6.30
am IST when the strong shallow earthquake measuring around
8.5 to 8.9 on the Richter scale hit the Indonesian island
of Sumatra. For full text click
Thousands of devotees tried to catch a last glimpse of St
Francis Xavier as his sacred relics were carried in a ceremonial
procession from the Se Cathedral to their resting place
in the Basilica of Bom Jesus on January 2. The devotees
stood rapt in prayerful attention, a few had tears in their
eyes while others bowed in reverence as the representatives
of the deaneries carried the relics in turn. After an eventful
43-day period, in which over 22 lakh of pilgrims of different
faiths from all over the world venerated the relics, the
16th Exposition came to an end after the simple but touching
ceremony, which lasted nearly four hours. For the organizers
and volunteers, what seemed like an insurmountable task
three months ago, went of peacefully. And for all the pilgrims
and devotees the magic of seeing Goencho Saib wiped out
all the hardships of standing in the sun and in long queues.
Churches sources at Old Goa claimed that the Exposition
was a total success “as it was geared to deepen the
faith of our people. The response was manifested in the
large attendance during the masses and the veneration.”
At least 1,000 priests attended and celebrated masses in
different languages during the 43-day event. People stood
up in queues from one hour to four hours for the veneration
of the Sacred Relics.
A Safe Destination
While the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the industries
of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign
tour operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While
an estimated 200 foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone,
similar figures were projected from Thailand, another popular
charter tourist destination, which receives several times
the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in
those countries struggle to return home, cancellations are
expected to severely affect their tourism industries. In
an attempt to minimize loses, travel companies are looking
to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has placed
the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough
rooms to offer. There were charter flights from Holland
and Belgium that landed both at Goa and Thailand. “They
wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of Thailand
as an alternative destination,” says travel and Tourism
Association of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza.
of NRI Goan Facilitation Centre Chandrakant Keni had
appealed to Goans to participate in the Gomant Vishwa
Sammelan, a convention of worldwide Goans, to avail
of the opportunity to establish contact and promote
cooperation with their brethren living beyond Goa.
The three-day event began at Kala Academy Complex
on 3 January 2005 and concluded on 5th afternoon.
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of Pilar Fathers
“No parish and no church remains. All churches, schools,
convents in Nicobar Island have been washed off completely.
In Car Nicobar, there is even no evidence of the church
foundation. It is so bad….We are looking after five
parishes, plus our own house. We had 13 priests posted there,
and thanks to God, all are safe. In fact, all religious
working in Andaman and Nicobar, including the Salesians
and Jesuits are safe. For full text click
citizens want withdrawal of CD
What was the intention of the present BJP government to
screen the documentary "Goa Freedom Struggle"
to young school children? Was it to teach the history of
Goa or to spread the ideology of hate? Was it to unite the
communities or to divide them along communal lies? These
were the most repeatedly asked questions by some scholars
and concerned citizens gathered on January 6 to view the
documentary at the Xavier Centre for Historical Research
wherein the overwhelming consensus was the government should
withdraw the documentary and destroy it. The government
script committee member, Mr Flaviano Dias, who was present
for the screening, drew much flak from the audience that
wanted to know how the committee okayed the film despite
the glaring errors.
Amario Xavier Mascarenhas
Jan 15, 1918 - Jan 5, 2005
Born January 15th 1918 in Jamkhandi, India and passed away
peacefully in his 87th year January 5th 2005 in Hamilton,
surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Anne
Melwyn for 54 years and father of seven devoted children,
Ruth (Tony), Jude (Brigitte) Merl (Toddy), Mark (Clarerose),
Hazel (Bob), Denzil (Yhuela), Nigel (Lysandra), and cherished
grandfather to Michelle, Ryan, Darrell, Rachael, Daniel,
Michael, Melissa, Tanya, Samantha, Kyle, Tyler, and Emma.
Predeceased by his parents Rosario and Estrelina, brothers
and sisters Olive, Alfred, Timothy, Joe, Hilda, and survived
by Gabriel, Felix, and Sonny.
William was a World War II veteran who traveled widely and
saw action in many countries including Burma, Ceylon, Abyssinia,
Egypt, and East Africa where he settled after the war, working
as an accountant for the Ministry of Health, Uganda Government.
He married in Sangolda,Goa, where he was raised and together
with Anne and the family lived in Uganda, England, and Canada
where he moved to in 1978 and enjoyed many years of wonderful
retirement. He was proudest most of his wife, children,
and his grandchildren who knew him as "Papa".
William loved nothing better than a good gathering of family
and friends who he enriched immeasurably with his quiet
gentle spirit, generosity, selfless love, and concern. A
faithful servant of the Lord, he will be sadly missed by
family and friends around the world.
Visitation at the P.X. DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, 796 Upper Gage
Avenue (between Fennell and Mohawk) on Friday from 5-9 p.m.
Parish Prayers at 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated
at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Saturday January
8, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery. On-line
Toronto, Canada. SOCCOR CARVALHO (ex-Dar
es Salaam) Husband of Anita. Father of Maria Funeral mass
on Sat. 8 Jan. at the Merciful Redeemer Church, located
at Erin Centre/Glen Erin Drive, in Mississauga. Time of
the Mass is yet to be established due to another funeral
mass already scheduled. Enquiries to Patricia Pereira 905-569-2423
3, 2004, BERTHA D'SOUZA, Former teacher
at St. Isabelle's School (Mazagon), Canossa School (Mahim),
passed away in Mumbai, India. A Memorial Service will be
held on Saturday, January 8 at 9 a.m. at St. Bonaventure
Church, 1300 Leslie, Toronto. Please contact 416-424-4984
for more information.
Places and Things
new face of diversity in Dufferin-Peel.
By Tess Kalinowski
Jan. 1, 2005. 09:07 AM
D'Souza knew some people would have a problem with him before
he took the job as equity officer of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic
District School Board in June 2003.
Because of his brown skin, some people have had a problem
with D'Souza since he was born in Toronto 39 years ago.
He's never let his experience of racism steer his life.
Still, he hadn't expected to find opposition to diversity
policies among senior teachers.
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Bharatiya Diwas 2005
You are well aware of the PBD 2005 in Mumbai in January.
Attached are photo's of two Youth delegates [Rhys Lobo and
Roger Martin] from Vancouver who have been selected as part
of the 50 Youth worldwide to be delegates at the conference.
They will be representing the Indian Youth Diaspora of Canada
and I believe this is quite an achievement. Given the undesirable
publicity our Indian youth have been getting in the areas
of gang violence and drugs I believe it would not hurt to
publicise some of the positive side too!
I have also attached an itinerary from the Govt of India
which describes how these Youth interns will be made aware
of their cultural and business heritage and groomed to be
spokespersons of India upon their return to their country
The entire cost [other than the airfare] for this 18 day
Internship is borne by the Government of India.
For more information on the PBD please see the web site
For listing of events in 2004 please click
Saturday 08th Jan 2005
Dance In Aid Of The Victims Of The Tsunami Disaster
In South Asia.
Indian Community of Quebec.
Ignatius of Loyola Church Hall,4455 West Broadway, Montreal,
(cross St. Sherbrooke),Featuring JND Band
All money collected will be donated
to the Red Cross.
:Flora Marlow ( President )
National Association of Canadians of Origins In India
( NACOI )
855 Des Roses,Mascouche, Quebec J7L-2Z8
Tel: (450) 477-9949
Saturday 23rd April 2005
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sale from Feb 01, 2005.
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
'may slow Alzheimer's'
A spicy ingredient of many curries
may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease,
A team from the University of California at Los Angeles
believes that turmeric may play a role in slowing
down the progression of the neurodegenerative disease.
finding may help to explain why rates of Alzheimer's
are much lower among the elderly in India than in
their Western peers. For full text click
is the crucial ingredient
is cancer fighter'
A key ingredient of curries could
help prevent or manage colon cancer, according to
research being carried out in Leicester.
news comes just days after cold and flu experts recommended
a spicy dish as the perfect antidote to winter sniffles.
at the oncology department of Leicester University
noticed that, out of 500 patients diagnosed with colon
cancer, only two were Asian, despite 20% of the city's
population being Asian. For full text click
and rice: could be healthy