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GOACOM's Tenth Anniversary
Goa's premier website GOACOM, www.goacom.com is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.To mark this event, GOACOM has revamped it's website which reflects the fresh artistic talent in its Goa Office, combined with the latest advances in web technology. Please pay us a visit at www.goacom.com

GOACOM will continue to be the website of choice for Goan abroad and visitors to Goa.The news section, with its popular newsclips ,will keep readers informed of the daily news in Goa.This section has links to the national media and Goa related websites. The new archives with its ten years of content and search engine, is a time capsule for those looking for more on the culture and history of Goa.

GOACOM is also pleased to announce the launch of a new website www.goagroove.com.This will complement GOACOM by focusing on the social scene in Goa. This will be of special interest to youth around the world who are drawn to Goa in ever increasing numbers each year. The social scene in Goa is exciting and evolving in a unique way by its naturally fun-loving people blending the best of the East with the best of the West. Goa attracts some of the best musicians, fashion designers and Night Clubs in the world. It is also the centre of the International Film Festival of India.

A visit to www.goacom.com and www.goagroove.com will help plan your stay in Goa and give you a fresh perspective on this Jewel of India – once called the "Rome of the East".

John J. D'Souza -- Tim de Mello -- Marlon Menezes

Ten Years Ago – the Genesis of www.goacom.com
By Tim de Mello
GOACOM had its genesis in Toronto, Canada when a group of Goans got together ten years ago for a seminar on the internet. The meeting was held in the Board Room of Dr. A.J. de Mello’s medical building.

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For full text click here.

GOA INTERNET SEMINAR, Goa Internet Community-Ontario Chapter, The Emerging Economy of India/Goa
click here for edited excerpts from the talk given by Maurice Gracias August 17, 1995

Goan Soccer in Toronto
Gaudencio Fernandes Inter-village Soccer League

Message From: E Fernandes [efernandes@rogers.com]
Gaudencio Fernandes Inter-village Soccer league started in May, 2005 with eleven (11) teams, divided into two divisions: The Salcete Division and the Bardez Division. For full text click here.

2005/2006 Guide to university and college costs in Canada
TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Excerpts
Highlights from this year's Guide to university and college costs in Canada:

  • For the first time, the Guide includes Colleges
  • The cost of post-secondary education increased 1.8 per cent this year
  • The national average for one year of an undergraduate program,
    including residence, is $14,377
  • For a child born today, a 4-year, undergraduate degree including
    residence, could cost as much as $122,013
  • Nova Scotia has the highest post secondary fees, and Newfoundland has
    the lowest
  • Two out of three new jobs created today require a post-secondary
  • University graduates will earn upwards of $1 million more in their lifetime than those with only a high school education( Source: Statistics Canada, 2001 Census)

    With residence
    Without residence
    National average for university costs 2005/2006

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

UGDP condemns 'HASTY' EC Move; to stand by Matanhy
MARGAO, Aug 20: Uproar marked Saturday's presidium meeting of the United Goans Democratic party with a section of members questioning senior leaders, Secretary General Anacleto Viegas and vice-president, Radharao Gracias, for issuing a whip to Matanhy Saldanha which resulted in the latter's disqualification. While the duo maintained that the whip was issued to Saldanha after discussing the matter threadbare at the party fora, members demanded that the minutes be produced forthwith for their perusal.

Colourful Bonderam celebrations at Malar
DIVAR, Aug 21: Pomp and gaiety marked the celebrations of the Malar Bonderam organised by Sao Mathias Sports Club in Malar (Divar) on Sunday. The Bonderam march-past comprising national flags of eleven nations including the Indian national tricolour and the flag of the Republic of Portugal, first went around the boundaries of the village carried by the flag bearers to the accompaniment of Goan music played by the brass band.

Delhi experts' report on removal of "River Princess" soon: Willy
PANAJI: Deputy Chief minister Dr Wilfred de Souza on Aug 22 stated that the officials of the National Institute of Shipbuilding and Designs, Delhi, would study and submit a report by next month to re-float new tenders to remove the grounded "River Princess" off Sinquerim beach. Replying to the Demands for Grants for tourism in the Goa Assembly, Dr de Souza said that he had already received a legal opinion from the Advocate General stating that the tenders awarded to UK-based Crosschem Company be scrapped and that a new tender be invited by the government to remove the vessel.

Wipro may set up base in Goa
Our Regional Bureau / Panaji August 31, 2005
Goa may soon figure prominently on the national IT map with Wipro expressing desire to set up shop in the state. Its chairman Azim Premji, who was in Goa last weekend, also had a meeting 45-minute meeting with Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane on Saturday.

The Chief Minister told the media that Wipro is interested in coming to Goa, but refused to divulge further details and added that no specific project was discussed during the meeting. Rane said that industrialists are showing interest in IT sector in the state. The minister said that many IT firms in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai are increasingly looking at Goa as an ideal location for their units.

Rane also said a single-window system was necessary. He said the government can help the entrepreneurs by offering them land. He said the state's IT policy would be ready by September 15.

Once the policy is put in place the government will push aggressively to get more business to set up units in state, Narvekar said.

On September 5, top players in the IT field will have an interaction with state government officials at a day-long programme to be organised by the CII in New Delhi, he said.

He stressed that the state government's effort was to get IT firms to Goa and develop it into a knowledge industry hub. He said Goa has the potential skilled manpower to become such a hub.

'Garbage problem will be solved within a year'
PANAJI: Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao said that the State Urban Development Agency would take up garbage management in the State with technical assistance from World Bank and assured that the problem would be solved within a year. Replying to viewers who called up Panaji Doordarshan as part of a 'Phone-In' programme on Aug 22 evening, Alemao said the garbage collection, treatment and disposal in Goa would be entrusted to private parties.


In Memoriam
VICTOR ANTHONY CARDOZO, (March 1939 - August 26, 2004).

1st Death Anniversary speech by KOHS - SK Pat Rodrigues
A year ago, we heard the lamentable tune of the last post by the bugler, at St Francis Xavier's Church in Mississauga. The sound of that tune resonates very vividly in our mind today. For it was on that day we bid our last farewell to a loving husband, a loving father and a grand father, a fellow confrere of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Brother Knight, a Sir Knight and most of all a noble gentleman who was a friend to all. For full text click here.

26 Aug. Toronto. "REMY" MARIA De SOUZA (aged 81). Wife of the late Justin. Mother of Meena (Fabian Correia), Joe (Joyce), Sylvia (Gabriel Mascarenhas), and Stephen (Martha). Sister of Nasci Caldeira (Australia).

25 Aug. 2005. Colva. FRANCISCO DA SILVA(F.X.). Beloved husband of Ivy,Son of late Alexio(Alsu)/Maria Antonia, brother/brother-in-law of Diogomarian/late Apolonia(Portugal), Carlota/late Antonio(Hubli), late Carmelo/Jovita(Portugal), Gaudencio/late piedade(Madel-Colva), Carolina/late Jhn(Verna), Filomena/AnthonyTellis(Chicalim), brother-in-law of Iria/Angelo(Belgaum), late oswald/Cynthia(Canada),Celina/late Johnnie(Canada),Clifford/late Carmen(Chicalim),late Ronnie/Tecla, late Mimi and families.

25 Aug. 2005. Ranoi-Aldona. JULIETA MORAES (Ex-Jt. Mamlatdar, S.L.A.O(Irrigation) Secretary to state Election Commissioner Administrator of Communidade(Bardez)). Beloved Sister/Sister-in-law of late Dominic/Eulalia, Xavier/Sally, Braz/Mary (All in Canada) & Lydia Moares (Goa).

24 Aug. 2005. Mauke Cook Islands. ARTHUR. FORTES.(ex Moshi-Tanzania) passed away after a short illness. son of Lucia/late Placido Fortes. Husband of Victoria. Father of Joyce(USA), Charlene/Dominica(New Zealand) and Des(Cook Islands). Brother of Desiderio (Cambodia) and Herbert(Canada).
Condolences to kazingumu@hotmail.com

Herbert Fortes, his brother writes,
My brother Arthur was a mechanic and joined the United Nations whereby he was sent to train the people of Cook Islands on how to repair their machinery in the late 70s. He loved the people and the place so much that he decided to quit the UN and live the Cook Islands. He married a local girl and had three girls and a son. He never left the Cook Islands.

22 Aug. 2005. Panjim. MARIA TEREZA PEREIRA E FERNANDES. W/o of late Luis S. Fernandes, Loving mother & Mother-in-law of Esperance Fernandes(G.M.C)/Joquaim Jack Rodrigues(Alcon Victor Group of Company). Anna Maria Fernandes/late Danny Gomes, Santana Braganza/Isidore Braganza(U.K.) Milagrina Braganza/late Leo Braganza(ex-employee Goa University), Son and mother-in-law of Joquaim Fernandes(Smart Card) joao Fernandes(Dubai)/Laura Fernandes, Grandmother of Rudolf Gomes, Manuel Gomes, Ivan Braganza(U.K.) Joel Rodrigues, Irene Braganza, Meena Gomes, Leo Fernandes & Joy Fernandes.

18 Aug: Hanwell, London W7. DOMINGOES S FERNANDES (Aged 82, Ex Nanyuki, Kenya, born in Goa). Husband of Lourdes Fernandes. Father of Prisca, Gracie/Alan (Toronto), Maria, Anthony/Rosy. Grandfather of Christopher (Toronto), Antonia and Carla.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday, September 4, 2005   2005 Kenya Picnic GVC
September 7, 2005
Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke Goan Seniors Steering Group Inaugural Meeting to Form New 55+ Goan Seniors Group GVC
Saturday, September 17, 2005 The Villagers of Calangute (Toronto) Feast of St. Alexius GVC
Sunday, September 25, 2005 CurtorimLoutolimRaia ASSOCIATION Curtorim-Loutolim-Raia Social GVC
Saturday, October 8, 2005   Toronto Tanzanite Dance - 2005 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
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


Inaugural Meeting to Form New 55+ Goan Seniors Group
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Organized by: Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke Goan Seniors Steering Group
University of Toronto at Mississauga,(Erindale Campus) The Faculty
Club, South Building, on Mississauga Rd. (between Burnhamthorpe Rd and
Dundas St.W Room 3140.
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 7.30 p.m
All seniors are invited to participate in forming a seniors group
(55+) serving the Etobicoke/Mississauga/Oakville/Brampton Area.
The group is expected to be similar in it's organization and activities to
the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association. For Information: Contact Tony & Vivien Fernandes-(905)607-4564
To register your interest please send e-mail giving name(s) and phone number to goanseniors@goanvoice.ca

Young Goans International and Goan Observer present:
To make Goan youth in and outside Goa Think, Write & Act


Ben Antao (Canada)
Ethel da Costa (Goa)
Lino Leitao (Canada)
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro (USA)
Wendell Rodricks (Goa)


  • you have to be not less than 15 and not more than 21 by 20th October 2005
  • write in English on the above theme in maximum 1000 words
  • send as ".doc" attachment to younggoansint@yahoo.com with full name + birth dates + e-mail and phone contacts + your parents' names
  • last date for submission is 20th October

The jury members are donating great incentives for the best two contestants from Goa and for the best two living outside Goa.

Announcement: 19/11/2005.
1st prizes (2): 150 USD + Essay publication in Goan Observer + Original shirt or blouse designed by W Rodricks
2nd prizes (2): 100 USD + Essay publication in Goan Observer + Original shirt or blouse designed by W Rodricks

Contact: Constantino Xavier (coordinator) younggoansint@yahoo.com
Mailing-list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/younggoansinternational

People Places and Things

Mr Gorgonio Lobo celebrates his 100th birthday
Mr. G . L of Parra, Goa born in Entebbe, Uganda celebrates his 100th
birthday Saturday, September 10th 2005
www.goanvoice.ca sends him our best wishes.
Read more about Mr. Lobo at:
Send him greetings at:

Goanet's 11th Anniversary - August 25, 2005
Message From:
Herman Carneiro(Goanet Admin)
Dear Goanetters,
Goanet celebrates its 11th anniversary today -- August 25, 2005.On behalf of the Goanet Admin team, I'd like to thank all our members for making this possible.

Goanet had a humble beginning in 1994 with only 20 members. Today, Goanet is *the* public forum of choice for Goans worldwide for addressing important issues. I'd like to thank you, our members, for your role in making this possible. You've posted interesting articles and shared your opinions making Goanet an interesting and vibrant forum. Indeed, Goanet has a great wealth of information in its archives. We hope that you will continue to do the same in the future.For full text click here

Mayor Hazel McCallion appointed to Order of Canada

Mass Celebrant, the late Cardinal Cordeiro, Archbishop of Karachi, with Monsignor Terence D'Souza & Mayor of Mississauga, Mrs. Hazel McCalion
For full text click here.

Health & Wellness

Peel Regional Police - "Back-to-School" safety blitz
TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/
With students returning to school on Tuesday, September 6th, Peel Regional Police will be implementing a "Back to School" traffic safety enforcement program. Commencing September 6th, uniform officers from both Brampton and Mississauga Divisions, assisted by members of Traffic Services, will commence a back-to-school educational and enforcement program directed towards the safety of children.
For full text click here.

Storm preparedness tips for Toronto residents
TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/
As a precaution in the event of heavier than expected rainfall caused by the remnants of Hurricane Katrina, the following tips and information are provided for Toronto residents. For full text click here.

Film on Memory a "must see" for anyone who works in long-term care sector
-- World Premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/
Canadian documentary filmmaker Allan King's latest actuality drama about eight ordinary seniors who share their humour, anger and fear about losing their memory is a powerful "teaching tool" for the long-term care sector and virtually anyone who interacts with aging adults. Filmed over several months at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care last fall and winter, "Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and company" has its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13.

"Dementia is such a frightening, dehumanizing and unfair label," says Nancy Webb, Baycrest's vice-president of Public Affairs. "Allan King's film deconstructs that crippling label to reveal through the words of eight feisty residents in our nursing home that cognitive change does not mean we lose our identity, our feelings or our desire to feel connected to others."

"This film is about seeing the whole person behind the pathology. Once we can make that leap in perspective, it completely changes the way we communicate and interact with that person and the way they respond to us," adds Dr. Michael Gordon, vice-president of Medical Services at Baycrest.

Canadians Say Pollution is Making Them Sick and It's Getting Worse
Health survey by IBM Business Consulting Services also finds support for Kyoto Accord and increased government involvement
TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/
Almost four in 10 Canadians surveyed say their health has been adversely affected by air pollution and a majority said they expect it will be, according to HealthInsider, a national survey of 2,500 Canadians conducted by IBM Business Consulting Services.

More than 60 per cent of respondents identified air pollution and emissions as the most important environmental issue facing Canadians. Fifty-three per cent said they thought it likely air pollution would negatively impact their health, up by 12 percent from 2001, and 37 per cent
believed their health had already been adversely affected.

"With the increasing number of smog alerts in Canadian cities, Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of the air they breathe and about its effect on their health," said Neil Stuart, a partner in IBM Business Consulting Services' healthcare practice. "They are worried and as a result they are increasingly supportive of action to reduce air pollution, whether through increased government funding or personal changes."

The survey found 97 per cent of Canadians were willing to reduce the amount of air pollution or emissions they create by conserving energy. Eighty-six per cent said they have tried to reduce the effects of pollution in their homes, 59 per cent have spoken to others about the problem and 29 percent belonged to or donated to an environmental organization. Increased government spending on public transit was supported by 71 per cent of respondents, while 23 per cent were willing to support increased gasoline prices.

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