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UN: Kenya in desperate need of food aid
Written By:Claire Wanja/AP |  Posted: Wed, Aug 19, 2009

More than 1 million Kenyans affected by a prolonged drought are not getting the food aid they desperately need, the U.N.'s World Food Program has said.



Catholic Schools In Greater Toronto Areas Get “A” Ratings
Thursday August 20 2009 | Torstar News Service

He calls it the Catholic effect; that when you screen out the family differences that can give some schools an edge – which parents have more education, how long they have lived in Canada etc. – Ontario’s Catholic schools still come out on top.


Discrimination in rental housing key focus of Ont. Human Rights Commission report
By Diana Mehta (CP)

TORONTO — Subtle discrimination in Ontario's rental housing sector over race, age or social standing will be among the problem areas targeted in a new housing policy this fall from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the chief commissioner said Wednesday. In its first annual report released since widening its mandate to focus on broader societal issues rather than just individual complaints, the commission found that the "issue of discrimination in housing kept coming up," said Barbara Hall.


Nobel Economist Says Asia's Economies in 'Remarkable' Recovery
By Ron Corben Bangkok, 21 August 2009

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says Asia's economies are on the way to recovery after the most severe downturn in a decade. But he sees the need for greater regulation and monitoring of global financial markets.


Behaviour profiling' at Canadian airports
(Aug 14 2009)

Toronto, Aug 14: Canada will deploy 'behaviour detection officers' at its airports soon to spot terrorists and criminals. These officers in plainclothes will watch air passengers for physiological or bodily hints of any hostile intent in their behaviour as they pass through concourses and departure lounges.


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Dangers in proposed Canadian legislation that would legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia
Written by Catholic Register Staff | Thursday, 06 August 2009

With a contentious debate looming on the parliamentary horizon, Archbishop James Weisgerber is urging his fellow bishops to awaken Canadian Catholics to the dangers in proposed legislation that would legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.


Goan Overseas Association in London
Posting on | Gabe Menezes | Sun Aug 2009

The founders of the G.O.A. U.K., in 1965, who have passed away, must be turning in their graves. It was not what they envisaged, I was there at the inception as a teenager.

People Places and Things

ALEXYZ – Tribute to Rene Barreto


Book Review: Golden Goa Is Really A Romanticised Myth -- Teotonio de Souza
Excerpt from Joel D’Souza

[Goanet-News] INTERVIEW: Golden Goa Is Really A Romanticised Myth -- Teotonio de Souza (Maria de Lima Pereira)‏

The second revised English edition of Dr Teotonio de Souza's popular book "Medieval Goa - A socio-economic history" was released by NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro at the GCCI Hall in Panjim on August 21, 2009. L-R: Guest of honour Dr Deobagkar, Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Faleiro and author Dr Teotonio R de Souza (based in Portugal, and head of the department of history, at Universidade Lusofona, Lisbon).


'Lonely' hi-tech generation reflects on faith and community in Church summer camp

SHANGHAI, China: A recent weeklong summer camp received a big thumbs up from Catholic university students in Shanghai after they were able to get closer to God and reflect on their spiritual side away from high-tech gadgetry.


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News Clips from Goa

Church calls for a field day
TNN 25 August 2009,

… Homilies delivered at churches across the state dealt with the awkward issue of Goans shying away from agriculture

PANAJI: The 7 am mass at St Mathew‘s Church, Azossim, was in progress on Monday when the parish priest posed a rather uncomfortable question to the congregation. How many of you are still carrying on agriculture and getting your fields tilled? I would like you to raise your hands, Fr Miguel Pereira said.


One-day Ganesh idols immersed
It was bye-bye Ganesha on Monday evening for the one-and-half-day idols placed in various homes, even as sarvajanik mandals across the State are celebrating the festival. Panjim city saw people carrying their idols to some of the traditional Ganesh visarjan (immersion) points at the ferry wharf, Miramar sea front and Patto. Earlier, the bhats (Hindu priests) were kept busy with ‘artis’ and ‘pujas’of the Lord. [H]


Ganesh idols of laterite stones!
If Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols are banned and clay idols are only too common, a teacher from Sattari now has a third alternative – laterite stone idols. Navso Parwar, a teacher by profession and a resident of Saleli-Sattari, has sculpted several Ganesh idols from laterite stones. He is popular in Sattari for his art and craft works, including clay moulding and woodcarving. “I thought of doing different sort of work this time, so I carved Ganesh idols from laterite stones,” said Parwar, who also prepared one idol of lord Ganesh from pebbles. “I took seven days to do all these work,” said Parwar, while referring to the six Ganesh idols and one mouse carved by him. [H]


Corlim celebrates konsachem fest
The harvest festival, popularly known as konsachem fest, was celebrated in Corlim on Monday with traditional fervour. St Joao Facundo Church Parish Priest Fr Assis Dourado was the main celebrant for the feast, who along with the villagers led a procession to Calvaddo towards konsachi kongi and blessed the first paddy corn. [H]


Success without hardwork is like harvesting without planting: Desai
The president of Centro Promoter de Instucao of Canacona, Mr. Vikas V Desai , Said "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest when you havent planted. Mr. Desai was speaking at the inauguration of the students council of Dnyan Probodhini Mandal's Shree Mallikarjun College of Arts and Commerce, Delem, Canacona, recently. [NT]


CM invites sarpanchas for talks on powers bestowed to p’yat secretaries
With the agitation launched by the Sarpanchas and other NGOs gaining momentum across the State, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has invited the Sarpanchas for discussions on the government’s Bill Amending the Goa Panchayat Raj Act bestowing powers to the secretaries. [H]


CM releases tigers at Bondla enclosure
The Bondla mini zoo yesterday received two new guest – Sandhya and Rana who enthralled the visitors with their appearance and charm. Yes, the pair of Royal Bengal tigers who are originally from Vishakhapatnam Zoo are now part of Bondla zoo. [GT]


Goa gets first Nano
The much awaited Nano has finally hit Goan with the keys of the first cars handed over to Ms Nanda Kare and Mr Narciva Khandeparker on Friday morning by the Managing director of Auto industries, Mr Bba Naik in the presence of dealer accounts manager, Tata Motors, Mr Vishal Sharma, Mr D N Naik, Chairman of Auto Industries Mr Santosh Ghodge, general Manager, sales, among others. [NT]


Renewable energy park by May 2010
The Rs 2.25 crore Renewable Energy Education Park will finally become a reality by May 2010. Rechristened as the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Education Park (RGREEP), the project is expected to give a boost to students as well as tourism in the state. [H]


Ojem is more of a social tradition
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TNN 25 August 2009,

MARGAO: Times may change, but the tradition of ojem, a basket of sweets and fruits, sent to married daughters by their parents” is still practised during Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa.

News Clips from India

More Indians Are Poor: New Study

India has some 390 million poor people, government committee said after it used a new methodology for estimating poverty. The new figure is 10 percent higher than the previous estimate.


High Literacy In Kerala Is Because Of Catholic Church, Says Eminent Historian
AHMEDABAD, Gujarat, Aug. 20, 2009, 15.10 Hrs (SAR News):

There are historical records of Christians in Kerala from the 8th century onwards. The high per cent of literacy in Kerala is due to the Catholic Church which started universal education from the 18th century, said Dr. M.G.S. Narayanan, a renowned historian, author and former chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR).


India will import food, if required: Finance Minister

New Delhi, Aug 21: India will not hesitate to import food as and when the need arises to deal with this year's drought, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here Friday, adding that stocks of grain with state-run agencies were healthy now.


Church leader says placement on US watch list a wake-up call for India

NEW DELHI (CNS) -- An Indian Catholic leader said the decision by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to place India on a watch list for its poor record of protecting religious minorities is a wake-up call for the country.


Religion, science need each other, Indian archbishop tells conference

PUNE, India (CNS) -- Science and religion are allies and partners, not competitors, and true science opens an exciting path to God, an Indian archbishop told a national conference. 'Science that studies the universe is an exciting path to God,' Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati told a national gathering on 'Christian Faith in a World of Science and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities,' reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency. The Salesian prelate is also chairman of the Commission for Education and Culture under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.


India Begins Trials to Select Air Force Combat Jets
By Anjana Pasricha New Delhi21 August 2009

In India, trials have begun to select a fighter aircraft for the country's air force. Six aircraft manufacturers are in the race to win what will be one of the world's biggest defense contracts worth billions of dollars.

In the southern city of Bangalore, Indian air force pilots have carried out sorties of two F 18 "Super hornet" fighter jets manufactured by U.S. based Boeing. The trials began Monday. This marked the start of trials of six combat jets short listed by India, which plans to buy 126 new aircraft to modernize its air force.


+ Gil Flores
Flores, Gil H.A., Ph.D.

Gil Flores (ex-Margao, Goa, and Kampala, Uganda) passed away peacefully at Milton District Hospital on Monday, August 31, 2009 at the age of 66, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Loretta. Loving father of Carlos, Karen, Michelle and her husband Neville. Condolences to He will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Suzanne Trudel for her dedicated care. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of QEW) on Tuesday & Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 4070 Central Pkwy E., Mississauga, North of Burnhamthorpe on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mississauga.



Separated in the 66th year of marriage on August 16th, 2009. Bella peacefully joined her devoted husband and soul mate, Custodio, on Thursday August 27, 2009 in her 87th year. She will be fondly remembered by her sons Rev. Martin Pereira (Pastor, St. Pius X Church, Toronto), Manuel (Lydia) and Maurice (Fatima). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Anastasia, Terence, Leon and Glynis. The family would like to thank all those who cared for Bella especially the staff at Trillium Health Centre for the wonderful care they provided. Vigil for Bella - friends may call at the Turner & Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Sunday August 30th. Funeral Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, 4070 Central Parkway East, Mississauga at 10 a.m. on Monday August 31. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to St. Pius X Renovation Fund (2305 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M6S 1P1) would be greatly appreciated by the family as your expression of sympathy.

Above excerpt from the Globe & Mail.


+Ninfa de Souza 

Passed away peacefully on August 12,2009, in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Jovita. Beloved mother of Robert (Isabel) and Grandmother of Filipe and Sonia. Sister of the late Rufino (Nina), Idilho and Crispo (Celina) Sister-in-law of the late Francisco (Palmira), Florence, and Mario. Funeral services and interment were held on August 24, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

Lt Gen EA Vas (1923-2009)
From: | Sent: August 18, 2009 12:40:33 PM
To: Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!

Lt Gen E.A Vas (b. May 15, 1923) passed away last night at his home in Pune. Vas, PVSM, was from Saligao, and commissioned in the Infantry in August 1942. A graduate from the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, he had commanded the 1st Battalion, 9th Gorkha rifles. He served in various training and staff appointments, and held active command assignments all over South Asia, from the Indo-Afghan frontier (pre-Partition) and along the Sino-Indian, Indo-Park, Burma and Bangladesh borders.


A new website dedicated to Goan Institute Nairobi Memorabilia can be viewed at

The goals of this collaborative undertaking are to:

  • salvage cherished items of interest that are probably deteriorating due to age, humidity, etc;
  • attempt to restore these items, where necessary;
  • create a repository of GI memorabilia for posterity at a single location
  • and make it easily accessible on the web for all to share and enjoy.



by Muriel Lucas

Jumbo, Karibu:

The present Railway Goan Institute, (RGI), Committee members are proud and privileged in announcing this 100 year Centennial Celebration, which is being held at the Payal Banquet Hall, on Sunday 20th September, 2009.


Goanet 15th Anniversary 25.08.2009‏
Message from: Herman Carneiro ( | August 28, 2009 4:17:34 AM

Dear Goanetters,

Today, Goanet reaches a landmark 15 years in service. Goanet had a humble beginning 15 years ago with a group of 20 or so young students across the globe joining together to form the first Goan network online. The network has now grown to over 12,000 members worldwide.





55PLUS GOAN ASSOCIATION- WEST GTA INC is pleased to share with you some of the highlights of our summer achievements.....

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All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
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6 Anniversary Dance

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October 5th to October 7th, 2009 Agawa Canyon

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14th November 2009 Fallsview Casino, Magnotta and Festival of Lights

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





Sunday, September 13th 2009 A.V.C Committee A.V.C 35th Anniversary Social

Payal Banquet Hall
3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, ON L5C 4PS
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Sunday September 20, 2009 –12.00 noon-6.30 p.m. Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration

Payal Banquet Hall

3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, On L6C 4P8
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Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11.30 am Parra Association  Canada

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Parra Social - 2009
Celebrating the Feast of St. Anne
Mass at 11.30 am

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Saturday, October 3rd 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) 10th Annual Social Click for Flyer
Saturday October 17, 2009
 5:30 p.m. to 1.00 a.m
Cortalim Association Toronto

Celebrating The Feast of Saints Phillip & James  
CLAIREPORT Banquet Place 65 Claireport Cres, Etobicoke

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Saturday, October 24th, 2009 SAM Productions Konkani TIATR "CHUK KONNACHI"

An award winning Play full of COMEDY, LOVE, TRAGEDY & DECEIT

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2010





Sailing February 12, 2010 ( 9 Nights) Ex Students in Toronto of  ST. TERESA’s Boys’ & Girls’ School, Eastleigh St. Teresa’s School

First Global Reunion Caribbean Cruise from  Miami, Florida
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JUNE 26, 2010 KGI - 100th Anniversary Committee Kampala (Goan) Institute

100th anniversary - Global Reunion in Toronto, Canada
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