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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganesh, God of Success. He is invoked at the beginning of new undertakings. Ganesh is also worshipped as Vighneshvara, the destroyer of obstacles

The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message said, “In the name of the Catholic community of Goa and in my own, I am glad to send cordial greetings and best wishes to all our Hindu brethren who celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, praying for God’s generous blessings to fall on every concerned household and individual. May the spiritual and material gifts that the deity is believed to bring along with it be theirs in abundance.” “As we, followers of a different faith, share in the joy of these brothers and sisters of ours on the occasion of their annual festival, I raise an earnest prayer that we may all imbibe the perennial values this festivity celebrates,” he said. "Above all, may this occasion once again strengthen the bonds of friendship that have always existed among people of diverse religious traditions in our state of Goa,” he added.


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McGuinty Government Helping Students Succeed
New Investments To Help Young People Be First In Family To Pursue Higher Education

TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced new investments to build opportunity for young people by helping students become the first in their family to attend college or university or become an apprentice.

"We're on the side of Ontario families who are working hard to build opportunity for their children," said Premier McGuinty. "By providing young people with the information and financial support they need to pursue higher education, we're creating a highly skilled workforce that will attract jobs and investment and help all Ontarians prosper."

The McGuinty government is investing $5 million in programs run by colleges, universities and community organizations that will help potential first generation students - young people whose parents did not attend college or university. These partners will encourage young people to pursue postsecondary education and apprenticeships by offering valuable information and advice.

The government is also investing $1 million in Ontario First Generation Student Bursaries that will be distributed by colleges and universities to eligible students in the 2006-07 academic year. The bursary program was established last year to assist students facing financial obstacles to higher education.


Ontarians Shouldn't Rely on Government After Disaster: Officials
Josh Pringle
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ontario emergency officials say citizens will likely have to rely on themselves for at least a few days if a disaster hits the province. Emergency Management Commissioner Julian Fantino says one of the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina is that residents can't necessarily count on government and relief agencies for immediate help in disasters.

Fantino says "people should be prepared to look after themselves for at least three days. In New Orleans, people were left to their own devices for a long time."

Officials say you should prepare a home survival kit, including at least four litres of water per person per day; non-perishable and canned food and a can opener; and essential tools like a pocket knife, flashlight, batteries, radio, first-aid kit, and waterproof matches


Breaking news!!! Bill Gates Challenged by an Indian!!!
From: "Charles De Souza" <>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 11:34 PM
Subject: New Computer Genius has arrived from India.

Just one INDIAN is challenging Bill Gates...... This is not only ground breaking news; it's space-breaking news indeed.

Ramlal Bhagat, a XII std. student from Haryana, has developed a 32-bit operating system demonstrated to be far superior to any of the desktop operating systems on the market today.

The program has been named "O-Yes". O-Yes provides operating system services on any Pentium-based Personal computer (PC) and does not require MS- DOS as a base operating system.


Labour Day Brings Back-to-Work Butterflies
Workopolis Poll Finds Working Canadians Wish Laid Back Summer Atmosphere Could Continue All Year Long

TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Labour Day holiday, an international tradition with roots in Canada, marks the unofficial end of summer and is a significant transition point for many employed Canadians. According to Workopolis' annual Labour Day poll, almost half (41 per cent) of working Canadians say they feel a marked difference in the atmosphere at work before and after the Labour Day long weekend. Many would like to continue the more casual, relaxed feel of summer all year long.

According to the poll of employed Canadian adults, one quarter (26 per cent) feel more refreshed and ready to be productive after summer, while 15 per cent experience feelings of either dread or anxiety. These feelings of dread or anxiety are particularly strong among the youngest workers (18-24 year olds).




The Catholic Church in Tanzania asks Vatican to declare Nyerere, the nation's first president, a saint- by Arthur Wille, M.M. ©2006 Maryknoll
From: "DeSouza, Stanley" <>

Jul 31, 2006 - Bestowing sainthood on one of our modern presidents at home or abroad defies credulity. Yet, without qualms, the bishops of Tanzania are pressing the cause of canonization for Julius Nyerere, founding president of Tanzania, who died in 1999. He was 77.

The former president and pan-African political leader was renowned for his honesty, humility and intelligence. During the 24 years of his presidency, he accepted an annual salary of $8,000, and his office was never accused of corruption or bribery.

A faithful Catholic and daily communicant, Nyerere would locate the nearest church, even when traveling, so that he could worship at Mass and receive the Eucharist. "Without daily Mass it would be impossible for me to do my work," he once told Bishop Justin Samba of Musoma. Nyerere's wife, Maria, told me that her husband would choose a Scripture passage for his daily meditation.

The first step in the sainthood process took place last January in the crowded church in Butiama, Nyerere's home village near Lake Victoria, where Cardinal Polycarp Pengo announced the Vatican's approval that Julius Kambarage Nyerere be called "Servant of God." The Church now goes though an investigation process, and if found above reproach, the servant of God is "beatified" and public veneration is allowed. The final step is the official "canonization," declaring the person a "saint."

In his homily at the Mass, attended by Nyerere's widow and Maryknoll missioners, many of whom knew the late president personally, Pengo said, "We are presenting his cause based on his life as a Christian and how his faith influenced his entire political career."

A prime mover in the country's struggle for independence, Nyerere served as the new nation's first prime minister and then president in 1961 after he joined the island of Zanzibar to Tanganyika to form the Republic of Tanzania. "We the people," he said, "would like to light a candle and put it on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro that would shine beyond our borders, giving hope where there is despair, love where there is hate and dignity where before was humiliation."

We missioners are often blessed to come into contact with individuals who influence us profoundly and enrich us greatly. Julius K. Nyerere was such a person.

I first met Nyerer e in 1955 in Butiama. The British protectorate of Tanganyika had just forced him to choose between his post as a teacher in St. Francis Catholic Secondary School outside of Dar es Salaam and his organizing role as a leader in the Tanganyika African National Union to bring about independence from Great Britain. Nyerere resigned from the school even though he loved teaching. He was best known to the Tanzanian people as Mwalimu, teacher in Swahili.

At our meeting, I hired him to teach me Zanaki, the tribal language of the local people. He was delighted, and the salary enabled him to support Maria and their children, Andrew and Anna. Years later, he would humbly introduce me to others, saying, "Father Wille was my boss." In addition to teaching, he composed an English-Zanaki grammar book and dictionary. He also translated catechetical materials and hymnals, as well as the Sunday Scripture readings for the year.

After our lessons, as we enjoyed a cup of tea together, Nyerere would explain how he wanted to build a system of government based on the culture of the Tanzanian people, not one inherited from colonial powers. He called his Tanzanian system ujamaa, the Swahili word for extended family. All rural land, he explained, is tribally owned, and people share resources. It is incomprehensible, for example, for anyone with a spring near his or her home to claim ownership of the water.

When I asked who his heroes were, Nyerere replied, "Mohandas Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. They have taught the world essential values that will always be meaningful-non-violence by Gandhi and equality by Lincoln." He lived those values and fiercely opposed discrimination, whether racial, tribal, religious or economic.

Those of us who had the privilege of working with Julius Nyerere were inspired by him. While we are doing al l we can to aid his anonization process, we already believe he is a saint.


News Clips from Goa

Serve others, archbishop urges students
PANJIM, Aug 30: The challenge before us is to give ourselves joyfully for others, reminded Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao while formally inaugurating the new academic year 2006-07 at St Xavier’s College. He was reflecting on the theme of the inaugural mass ‘Jesus our treasure, knowledge and power’. Speaking further he advised the faculty, staff and students to be witnesses to the values of Jesus. In his introductory remarks Principal Prof Newman Fernandes congratulated effusively the students and the faculty for their strong motivation and unmeasurable commitment towards higher achievement orientation to make education more productive as well as a high level of performance. Joanne D’Mello (SYBSc) then enthralled the audience with a soul moving English solo and an instrumental piece followed by a beautiful rendition of a choral piece by college students. [H]
Around 2 lakh foreign tourists expected to visit Goa
PANAJI, Aug 30: Around 850 charter flights are expected to land in Goa in the ensuing tourist season bringing in nearly 2 lakh foreign tourists. Over 700 charter flights landed in the state last year bringing in around 1.5 lakh tourists. The vice-president (North) of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, Mr Ernest Dias told The Navhind Times that charter flights from two more countries (Czech Republic and Latvia) would also bring in tourists from those countries. Mr Dias said that the charters would start arriving in the state in mid-October and the first flights to land at the Dabolim airport would bring in tourists from the United Kingdom and Russia. Sources (in the industry) said that Air Lanka would also operate flights from Colombo to Goa. The state has been receiving tourists from the UK, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Spain. [NT
MOMBASSA: To celebrate World Goa Day, the Goan Community of Mombasa organised a Goan Food Festival on 26 August 2006 under the chairmanship of Angelo Pereira, on the lawns of the Mombassa Institute. People from all walks of life attended and joined in the colourful celebrations, happily dining, drinking and dancing under a beautiful moonlit sky. Ten stalls, erected and effectively decorated with flowers and palm leaves, served authentic Goan cuisine just to mention a few dishes like Sorpotel, Shakuti, Ambotik, saanas, pickles followed by an array of delicious Goan desserts. The youth performed a Portuguese dance followed by "Mandos" sung by members of the Goan Community after which our guests were invited on the floor to dance and make merry in Goan traditional style. Music for the evening was provided by our Goan musicians Tony Remedios and Jam Sounds who gave us popular Goan tunes. [Brenda Abranches]
‘State soft target for terrorists’
PANJIM, Aug 29: Not ruling out a Bali (Indonesia)-like threat perception for Goa, the “State is a most-likely canvas where terrorists could paint their picture” looking at its bustling tourism industry. This was pointed out by Dr Dayanand M S, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management Studies, Goa University, at a programme - Terrorism and Civilization Threats to Peace and Stability in Goa - held at the International Centre, Dona Paula, on Tuesday. Speaking on ‘Terrorism and its Impact on Society’, Dr Dayanand informed, “In 2004-05, 2.4 million tourists visited Goa and the figure is set to grow considerably by 2009. In the last five years, the State has witnessed an average growth rate of 14% in the tourism sector.” [H]
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Goa policemen to patrol on bicycles (NDTV)
The friendly neighbourhood cop in Goa will now be doing his duty on the good old bicycles. The moves seems surprising, especially when the police force across the country is going high-tech to cope with rising crime.

Gay marriages on the rise in Goa (IBN live)
As the number of gays entering into wedlock in Goa rises, NGOs are demanding legal cover for such marriages.
Goa CM hands over Rs 1 cr for victims of July 11 serial blasts (New Kerala)
Mumbai, Aug 25: Goa Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane today handed over a cheque of Rs one crore towards financial assistance for
victims of the July 11 serial train blasts in Mumbai.

Kotawala India acquires beach resort in Goa (New Kerala)
Goa to face acute water shortage: GCCI (The Economic Times)
PANAJI: Goa will suffer an acute water shortage as its demand is expected to touch 575 mld as against the current 415 mld in few years, according to an apex industrial body report.
Govt is fooling people, says Goa minister (The Times of India)
The state BJP have alleged that a new bridge was being built in Goa to generate funds for the ensuing assembly elections.


Philip Gracias, beloved husband of Pamela, father of Celina and Terry Telles, Douglas and Wendy Gracias and Gerard Gracias, Grandfather of Jade, Laura, Daniel and Natasha, brother of Maurice and Angela Gracias, Clara and the late A.R. d'Costa, Bridget Gracias and the late Dolly and Mario Carvalho, peacefully at Dartford, Kent on September 4.

Funeral arrangements to be announce later.
Condolences to


 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
Friday September 8, 2006 TEGSA Fish Curry Nite at Commander Park Arena Click for Flier
Saturday September 9, 2006 Parra Association Parra Feast 2006 Shingar Banquet Hall
2084 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton (STEELES & TORBRAM)
Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner & Dance
Click for Flier
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Time: 1:45 p.m. to
         4:00 p.m.
International Goan Organization (IGO) Toronto, in partnership with The Forum of Overseas Goans/Indians of Goa (FOGI), Meeting to identify and discuss critical issues and problems in Goa, faced by non-resident Goans (NRGs).

Venue: Eatonville Library Meeting Room, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke.
(Burnhamthorpe/East Mall)
Saturday, September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Click for Flier
September 19, 2006 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
September 22 2006 TEGSA Karaoke Night Click for Flier
September 23 2006 55PGA "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Timothy Hall, ,-6655 Glen Erin Drive-Mississauga
Near Meadowvale Town Centre.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL… ....$20.00 (till Sep10)
$25.00(after Sep 10)
Dress Code: Casual Western – Meals Inclusive
See flier . So get set to put on your "Western Gear" and have an evening of fun and entertainment We will have a "kick-off" start with a home-cooked / home-style meal.!! Come ready to polish up on yr line-dancing skills!
Contact: Vivien Fernandes, Tel: 905 - 607-
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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada GOAN EVENTS IN CANADA - 2006 Click for Flier
September 29, 2006
TIME 7:00 P.M.
(Martingrove & Ludstone)
Click for Flier
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
October 7, 2006 Toronto Tanzanities 24th Annual Tanzanite Dinner Dance Click for Flier
October 17, 2006 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
October 22, 2006 Villagers of Moira, Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception moirasocial
November 07, 2006
@ 7:00 p.m.
  Memorial Mass for 55PGA members at St. Francis Xaviers Church Mavis Road Click for Flier
November 18, 2006

Navelim Association of Toronto

Navelim Social
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)

Details to follow:
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November 22, 2006 55PGA - General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
- Name our
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
December 12, 2006 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Friday December 15, 2006 55PGA Mark your Calendar for Grand Christmas Dance Details to follow
Sunday, June 3rd,
Aldona Association Toronto The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga Details to Follow



Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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You're Invited... to A THINK-TANK MEETING
To look after the interests and welfare in Goa of Non-Resident Goans

Date: Sunday- September 10, 2006
Time: 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Eatonville Library Meeting Room, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke.
(Burnhamthorpe/East Mall)

The International Goan Organization (IGO) Toronto, in partnership with The Forum of Overseas Goans/Indians of Goa (FOGI), invites you to a meeting to identify and discuss critical issues and problems in Goa, faced by non-resident Goans (NRGs).

The output from this meeting will be provided to Mr. Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI Affairs in Goa, who was appointed in March 2006 with Cabinet Minister's rank by Goa Government with the following mandate:
* Provide single window clearance to expedite investment projects for NRI's in Goa
* Establish Office of the Protector of Emigrants in Goa

This meeting will offer us in Toronto an opportunity to seriously engage ourselves in various critical issues/projects. We invite you to participate in this brainstorming meeting with your ideas and suggestions.

To facilitate seating, a Sign-up Sheet is available at the Goan Charitable Organization booth at VIVA Goa 2006, courtesy of the GCO. Alternatively,
Please confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail with your Name, Email address and telephone number to any one of the following:

Lamberto Gomes: 416-588-3175)
Zulema DeSouza
Al Mathias:

People Places and Things
A small Canadian university has sparked controversy with its recruitment drive by using posters and a website mocking US President George W Bush.
Lakehead University in northern Ontario set up the website in a bid to attract potential new students.
It shows a picture of Yale graduate Mr Bush with the caption: "Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart."

For further details of the story, you can go to:

If you want to express support for the university's slogan, you can go to: and click where it says "If you agree, click here."


Bombay Calling brings a human element to the ongoing outsourcing debate and introduces the world to the new generation driving the Indian economy and navigating the ever-narrowing divide between East and West. The feature-length documentary features clips from Bollywood and a soundtrack by renowned DJ and composer Ramachandra Borcar (DJ Ram, Ramasutra), with additional music by LCD Soundsystem. Written and directed by filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal and produced by Adam Symansky (NFB).

"A vibrant, insightful look at young people employed in India's bustling call-centre an East Asian companion piece to" Eye Weekly


Health & Wellness

Websites Offers One-Stop Access to Senior's Services

The Ontario government, with its federal and municipal partners, has launched making it easier for older adults to access information, programs and services from all levels from all levels of government Ontario Minister responsible for seniors, Jim Bradley announced this week. Currently though, it is not available for communities in GTA.

" is a terrific website for seniors who want a convenient way to access information about all the programs and services available in their home town", said Bradley. " was designed with input from seniors. I encourage seniors and their families and caregivers to log on to get answers to their questions."



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Are you getting ready to retire? There are some things you need to know:

•You need to apply at least six months prior to retirement for most government pensions.

•You will need original copies of identification documents to apply for pensions and services. If you need to replace any identification, check out our Losing Your Wallet Web site.

•Get an overview of Canada's Retirement Income System and find out what you are entitled to.

•If you require information about planning your finances you may want to contact a financial advisor.


Expanding waistlines: Only a tip of the iceberg?

Expanding waistlines has been a burgeoning healthcare problem, which has tickled the curiosity of researchers. To add to the growing obesity rates, is also the increasing numbers of myths doing the rounds. To dispel the myths, extensive research on the subject of obesity has been conducted from time to time.

A government study conducted in Britain has painted a dismal scenario of obesity rates by 2010, where one in five girls between the ages of 2 and 10, could be battling obesity. Adult men will not be spared, research says.

The Canadian Medical Association revealed their research findings, showing that nine per cent of Canadian parents did not have a very good opinion about their children’s weight- supporting the figures by Stats Canada, that 26 per cent of children are obese or overweight.

The problems of obesity hover around a simple yet elusive truth. We don’t have a true account of what we take in, but tend to overestimate the calories burnt through exercise. A simple calculation is all it needs - balancing the intake of calories and calorie utilization, is the clue to warding of obesity. Words of wisdom, indeed!



Medindia on Obesity
Obesity may be defined as a condition in which there is an excessive amount of body fat. This is one of the most common disease found all over the world.


OPP advises: "Be patient be prepared!" this Labour Day Weekend
ORILLIA, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police reminds motorists that the Labour Day Weekend is typically one of the busiest long weekends of the year. Students head back to school, there are many special events planned across the province and cottagers will be making end of season trips.

From August 1 through August 23, 2006 there were 41 people killed in motor vehicle collisions on Ontario's highways. This is a 25 percent increase compared to same time period in 2005, however driver behavior or causation factors remain consistent. Excessive speed, improper lane change, improper passing, losing control and alcohol consumption caused approximately 60 percent of the fatal collisions. Aggressive driving may get you to your destination faster but it may also get you or a loved one killed.

In 40 percent of these collisions the deceased was not wearing their seatbelt and in the majority of instances they were ejected from the vehicle. The simple act of wearing a seatbelt quite possibly could have saved 16 lives in the month of August, 2006 alone.

The OPP urges drivers to take extra time when behind the wheel. It will be a busy weekend on the roads, so expect delays and be prepared. That means focussing your attention on driving, expecting changeable weather and putting safety first.


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