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Best Wishes to the Nairobi Institute
(formerly The Goan Institute)
- Nairobi, Kenya,
on the occasion of their Centenary

From: The Goan Voice Canada

Visit www.nicentenary.com
June 11, 2005 celebrations
From Goa, a Portuguese overseas province, the bold and the beautiful came to Nairobi. Some came as adventurers while others came as fortune hunters and did what they did back home, which is play, eat, drink and be merry. In 1890, they formed a Portuguese Cricket Club, which was the birth cell of the Goan Institute. For full text click here.

The Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) celebrated their first anniversary dance to a sold out crowd of over 200 members.
The exuberant crowd danced and sang to the tunes of our very own “yester melodies”.
A newly formed seven piece band that took us back to the nostalgic years of our youth.
We were very proud to note that five of them belonged to our seniors club. It was unanimously agreed that they did a fantastic job. For full text click here.

Canadian PM meets families of Kanishka bombing victims
Toronto | June 08, 2005

Toronto, June 8 : Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has met the families of passengers killed in the 1985 bombing of an Air-India flight mid-air and described the encounter as a "very emotional moment".
Martin and Bob Rae, Ontario's former premier who heads a one-man commission advising the Canadian government on what is popularly known as the Kanishka blast case, spent over two hours Tuesday evening with the families.
Martin will travel to the Irish village of Ahakista, west of Cork, for a 20th anniversary memorial service of the tragedy June 23.
He said Canadians would be asked to lower flags to half-mast on that date. For full text click here.

Instead of Fish Curry & Rice, it could be Fish & Chips in Goa !
FLORENCEVILLE, N.B. - McCain Foods Limited will construct an C$18 million potato processing plant north of Ahmedabad, Gujarat Province, India. President and CEO Dale F. Morrison said in making the announcement, "Our new production facility in India will help supply our business in the country and across the Indian Subcontinent. This factory is designed to expand as we build our business and grow the market for frozen potato products." For full text click here.

Goan Welfare Society - Nairobi - Newsletter April- May 2005 . Click to read.

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

PJ's sad demise
Goa's Pharmaceutical-cum-Cosmetics tycoon Pascoal Jose Menezes passed away on May 29 at the age of 95, at his residence in Altinho, Panjim. "PJ" played a crucial rule in Goa's industrial development in the private sector, particularly during the post-Liberation period, by pioneering the setting up of industrial estates in Ponda. A titan passes away. For full text click here.

Heavy rains hit normal life
May 30: Heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed several parts of Goa on Monday evening causing inconvenience to commuters. The thunder showers and gusty winds are a pre-monsoon phenomenon, according to KV Singh, Meteorologist (in-charge) of India Metereological Observatory, Altinho-Panjim. According to weather reports of IMO, Goa will experience thunder showers and gusty winds during the next twenty-four hours.

Congress & allies sweep June 2 bye-polls
June 5: The prospects of the Congress Party and its allies forming the new government in Goa brightened with the June 2 bye-polls results going in their favour 4-1. In the results declared this morning Atanasio "Babush" Monserrate (Taleigao), Digamber Kamat (Margao), Pandurang Madkaikar (Cumbharjua) and Mickky Pacheco (Benaulim) emerged victorious. The Congress and allies only had one drawback in the defeat of Poinguinim Congress candidate Isidore Fernandes, who lost to Ramesh Tawadkar of the BJP. There were expectations that Independent candidate Nirmala Sawant could create an upset win against the official Congress candidate in the Cumbharjua constituency, but she could poll only 7,713 against Pandurang Maidkaikar's 8,468. There were huge celebration rallies in Panjim to felicitate Babush and Madkaikar on their success. It was virtually a Carnival with colours, music and the supporters of the victorious candidates celebrating wildly.

T-Bush strikes gold in London
The Nagoa Verna-born filmmaker, T-Bush, figures among the few who strive to make their dreams a reality. Recently, T-Bush did a star turn when he bagged the 'Best Director' award at the Pancio Film Festival in London, for his latest project "The Letter", a short English film. Shot entirely in Kuwait last fall, is the directorial debut of this talented young film-maker. It is the moving story of a father who desires to recreate a lost relationship with his daughter.

High-level Portuguese delegation in Goa
PANAJI: A high-level delegation of rom one of Portugal's renowned universities - Universidade Catolica Portuguesa - is presently in Goa to offer an MBA programme. "Our students are the best and are known in the best universities in the US. We are interested in attracting students from all over the world and I now ask myself why it took so long for me to discover Goa," said Prof Fatima Barros, Dean of the School of Economics and Management, while addressing the press at the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on June 7.


From Goan Voice UK
Tuesday 07 Jun, 2005 4th June: Wimbledon, London. CAMILLO DE SOUZA (ex-Saligao, Kampala & Mombasa and past Chairman of Council of Management, GOA UK). Partner of Romy Cordeiro. Beloved Father of Shirley, Vincent, late Seby (former GOA UK President) and Sushila. The funeral was held at St Boniface Church, Tooting on Thursday 9 June followed by a private cremation service.
An Appreciation
The late Camillo De Souza was a pioneer leader of the Goan Community in the U.K. The London of the early 1960's & 70's was an unwelcoming place to the many Goan youth who went there from Kenya, and rented dingy "bed sitters" in North London. Camillo took the initiative, and with a group of young men living in the Catholic Hostel, organized the first "Goan Dance" in the Manor House area in 1966. He and the late Amorito Nazareth, went on to found the East African Catholic Society, whose events allowed the scattered community meet and connect with each other.
Later a group of others founded the Goan Overseas Association. Camillo accepted this situation with grace, supported the new organization, and became one of it's leading lights.
I along with the Cardoso brothers, Roque, Calisto, and Francis, were part of Camillo's troops organizing the events, collecting tickets, serving at the bar, and all the rest.
Camillo was the only one who had a car at that time and it was fun travelling packed in his Ford Cortina to get home late after the Tubes closed. He was there when the community needed leadership, and we shall miss him.

John J. D'Souza

The Pereira and Noronha family
GERTRUDE NORONHA, aged 85, died in Goa after a short illness. Gertie was the wife of the late Aloysius Noronha; mother of Fiona (George) Pereira, Fatima Noronha, Ronald (Kipson) Noronha and Goretti Noronha. Grandmother of Deidre, Penny (Paul), Shane, Aaron Pereira and Nigel, Adrian Noronha.

A Tribute to Shafiq Arain
By: Aloysius Mathias (Mississauga - Ontario)

This is a tribute we wrote when Shafiq Arain, who lived in the UK, recently passed away while on holiday in Spain. Shafiq was an ex Minister of the East African Telecommunications in Nairobi and also an ex Uganda High Commissioner to Britain. He was well known in East African circles and to
nearly all the Goans in Uganda.
It is with a heavy heart that I begin to reminisce about a dear friend, a schoolmate, a teammate and a colleague. For full text click here.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday June 11, 2005 The Villagers of Siolim
St. Anthony's Feast
Saturday, June 11, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Golf Tournament G.O.A
Saturday, June 11, 2005 Goan Charitable Organization ANNUAL WALK-A-THON PULSE March
Saturday, June 11, 2005 Monte De Guirim ­ Toronto Chapter
Summer Blast 2005 GVC
Saturday, June 18, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Father's Day Picnic GVC
Saturday, June 18, 2005 Tiatro in Toronto “DEV NITH KORTOLO” GVC
Friday, June 24, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Summer Boat Crusie G.O.A
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association A Taste of Goa GVC
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Reunion GVC
Saturday, July 02, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Dinner Dance GVC
Sunday, July 03, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Picnic and Tour Niagara Falls GVC
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 BISHOP ALEX DIAS SFX Special Holy Mass GVC
Friday, July 08, 2005 Villagers of Navelim Mass for Deceased GVC
Saturday, July 09, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Picnic GVC
Friday, July 15, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 The Toronto Parra Association The Feast of St. Anne GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 23, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Viva Goa 2005 G.O.A
Sunday, August 14, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Annual Picnic GVC
Saturday, August 20, 2005 Quebec Goan Association World Goa Day Picnic GVC
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Villagers of Pilerne Picnic PULSE March
Sunday, September 25, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia 6th Annual Social GVC
Saturday, October 15, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Dinner Show GVC
Saturday, November 19, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 17, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance GVC


Special Toronto Events
Sunday June 26, 2005
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
A Taste of Goa
All welcome - Details at: http://www.goanvoice.ca/2005/issue11/TasteofGoa.html

Bishop Alex Dias will be in Toronto July 5th
See... details at: http://www.goanvoice.ca/2005/issue12/SPECIAL_HOLY_MASS.doc

A heroic undertaking - A Plea For A Kidney Donation
Monday, 30 May 2005

I am a 28 year-old goan girl who has been active in the Toronto Goan community for a number of years and am in desperate need of a kidney. I go by the alias of Mary.

I was diagnosed in 2000 with IgA Nephritis, which in essence means that my immune system started attacking my kidneys. By 2002, both my kidneys were not working and I received the call on June 25th, 2002, my birthday, that I would have to start dialysis permanently three times a week for four hours each treatment or until I received a kidney. I have tried all means of dialysis and methods of accessing my veins, however, nothing is working. For full text click here.

Goanet C Y B E R - M A T R I M O N I A L S
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People Places and Things

Jake Dheer – Mississauga’s 2005 Citizen of the Year
On May 26, 2005, Jake Dheer, a Station Manager at Rogers Community TV was named Mississauga's Citizen of the Year for 2005.
Jake is a well known and much liked member of the Mississauga community. He is a sterling example who works hard for the welfare of others first.
I first got to meet him when he interviewed me for the position of Director for the Carassauga Festival. Jake was one of the founding members of this festival and his hard work paid off in large measure. We have just concluded our 20th annual Festival and it was, by all measures, the best ever. Jake can take a lot of credit for its success. For full text click here.

No UK visa if single and Marriageable ?
Are you Indian, single and of marriageable age? Then give up your idea of visiting Britain, because you will not be allowed in. That is, reportedly, the illegal policy which has been operated by the British Immigration staff based in India and Jamaica, according to the independent watchdog which monitors issuing of UK visas. Immigration lawyer Fiona Lindsley, who discovered this practice, has called for a stop to it. She has told ministers that it no more than an illegal attempt to limit the opportunities for Indians and Jamaicans to meet British citizens, as it might lead to a marriage, according to The Guardian. (UNI)

Sight Research
A breakthrough treatment to cure blindness in dogs will soon begin trials on humans. Australian scientists are excited by the results so far of gene therapy.
Visit www.nicentenary.com web site for June 11, 2005 celebrations

Personal Tile Heater - VersaTile
When IT consultant Matthew Pallett visited workplaces and noticed that many employees were operating electric blow heaters to warm their feet while seated at their computers, he decided there had to be a more efficient way.
Visit www.nicentenary.com web site for June 11, 2005 celebrations

Health & Wellness

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Lactic Acid
Does lactic acid really cause burning pain and hinder sports performance
BLANCH : Well, to find out ABC TV’s “Catalyst” reporter, Christopher Zinn takes on some of Australia’s Olympic heroes in the pool. Our swimming champions like the rest of us believe lactic acid blunts sporting performance. But a stroke of genius has led researchers in Victoria to overturn that idea. http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1380130.htm

Health Canada Launches Online Health Product Database
By Health Canada
May 25, 2005, 10:48
OTTAWA - Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh today announced the launch of a searchable online database that will, for the first time, allow Canadians immediate, direct access to the latest reported adverse reactions to health products as recorded in Health Canada's Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Information System (CADRIS).
The database can be consulted at
For full text click here

Ontario Government Introduces Province wide Walking Campaign
Grants Support Toronto's "Get Your Move On" Campaign
TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - As part of the province's campaign to get more people fit and healthy, the Ontario government is investing over half a million dollars in the City of Toronto's physical activity program, Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley announced today.
"These grants will help the city get tens of thousands of residents - many in low-income neighbourhoods - active and healthy," Bradley said. For full text click here

Expert: Soy can lower cholesterol
LEXINGTON, Ky. | June 08, 2005

University of Kentucky physician James Anderson has found that soy beans can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Writing in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Anderson, also a noted nutritionist, says most people in the United States only have vague idea that soy is a healthy food. For full text click here

Elephants to get chilies welcome
GUWAHATI, India | June 08, 2005

Marauding elephants of Assam in east India are in for a hot surprise the next time they decide to go on a killing spree in nearby villages.
The pachyderms, which have killed about 800 people since 1990 as they go in search of easy food, will now be greeted by an early warning system. For full text click here

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