Newsletter. Issue 19. September 12, 2009


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Canadian Economy starts to create jobs again
Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Fri Sep 4

OTTAWA - The Canadian economy rose from the ashes last month, creating thousands of new jobs in a surprisingly strong result that defied economist expectations and strengthened the Canadian dollar.



In Unemployment Report, Signs of a Jobless Recovery
By PETER S. GOODMAN And JACK HEALY | September 5, 2009

John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros, economists, RDQ Economics note: “This is a mixed report that, while consistent with the view that the recession has ended, suggests that the slightly smaller-than-expected decline in payrolls exaggerates the improvement in the labor market.”


Help Wanted: Student Unemployment Still Rising

OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The unemployment rate for students aged 15-24 reached 16.4% in August, up 5.0 percentage points compared with the same month last year, according to a report released today by Statistics Canada.


Government of Canada to prevent immigration fraud through international cooperation

Ottawa, August 21, 2009 — A new international initiative puts Canada at the forefront of worldwide efforts to identify and combat immigration fraud, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan announced today.


US Criticizes Kenyan President Over Anti-Graft Chief Reappointment
By VOA News | 03 September 2009

The United States has joined critics condemning Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's reappointment of the head of the country's anti-corruption agency without seeking parliamentary approval. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger said Thursday that Mr. Kibaki's decision raises "profoundly troubling questions," given the agency's poor record over the past five years.


Goan shot dead in US robbery

PANJIM, SEPT 7: It was the first day of work for 54-year-old Joe Fernandes at The Siesta Food Mart in North Houston, USA. He came face-to-face with three gunmen who robbed him and then murdered him. The entire incident was caught on the surveillance video, but the three gunmen were masked and covered from head to toe to avoid recognition.


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Pope: "The Earth is a precious gift of the Creator"
Published : August 27 2009

Castel Gandolfo: Creation, "matter intelligently structured by God", is gifted to all men so they may benefit from its fruits and govern it, sharing its wealth and concerning themselves so that even generations to come may enjoy it. This principle reaffirmed by the Church inspired Benedict XVI’s call to "international leaders" so they " to act jointly respecting the law and promoting solidarity with the weakest regions of the planet (cf. Caritas in veritate, 50) . This requires, he told the 4 thousand people in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo for the general audience, "integral human development for the benefit of generations, present and future, a development inspired by the values of love in truth. For this to happen it is essential to convert the current pattern of global development towards greater and shared accountability for creation: this is demanded not only by environmental emergencies, but also the scandal of hunger and misery”


Gambling Away Our Future
First published in Herald.

Goans are being forced to accept a problematic industry that has been rejected elsewhere in India, says VIVEK MENEZES

It was a curious set of demonstrators who clogged the open space of Azad Maidan this Wednesday, September 9. They were almost all young men, under the age of 35. They were almost
all Hindi speakers, with a rare Goan sprinkled in between. And instead of gathering together in one large group and listening to speakers -- as most demonstrations in Azad Maidan play out -- these young people stuck to their individual groups, milling around one or two people of authority, laughing and giggling among themselves like it was a company picnic.

People Places and Things

Mr. Joaquim Fernandes celebrates his 90th Birthday

On behalf of the Goan Overseas Association Community Members, congratulations Mr. Joaquim Fernandes on your 90th Birthday.

Joaquim Fernandes celebrates his 90th Birthday, 16th August

Joaquim was born in Ahmandriagar, India August 16, 1919, lived in Nairobi, Kenya and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Joaquim’s family (Childrens, In-Laws & Grand Children), spent the weekend (14, 15 & 16 August, 2009), in a Collingwood Resort. All family members participated and contributed to mark this special occasion.


100 Not Out!

Thomas Joaquim Lobo, known to many as ‘TJ’ or ‘Tom’, will be celebrating his 100th Birthday on 22nd September, 2009, in North London UK.

If you would like to send a birthday greeting or memory about TJ Lobo, please send it to Neil Lobo via email address:

Click Here to access a biography of TJ


Kuwait: History in the making - Tiatro 'Kuwait Soddun Vetana'
Printed from | By Gasper Crasto & A. Veronica Fernandes, Kuwait
Photos: Rosary Ferns and Bernard Fernandes

Kuwait, Sept 6, 2009: Renowned Goan Tiatrist Rosary Ferns is heading to create a history when his Konkani Drama "KUWAIT SODDUN VETANA" is going to be staged at American International School Auditorium, Maidan Hawally, on 25th September 2009 starting at 4.30 pm. The drama is to be staged by the Mangalorean Konkani followers.


An Immigrant’s Story – Editorial Page National Post
Article by Fr. Raymond J. De Souza, on September 10, 2009

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News Clips from Goa

The Emergence Of A New Goan Identity,prtpage-1.cms
TNN 6 September 2009, 04:30am IST

Goa is undergoing drastic demographic changes, the consequences of which a majority of Goans have not realized. When Goa was liberated in 1961, its population was just six lakh. Today the state's population has more than doubled that. As per the 2001 census, Goa has a population of 14.5 lakh. What is surprising is that almost 40% of this population consists of people who have come from other parts of the country and settled in the state. There are some people who migrated to Goa over 30 years back and have made Goa their second home. They have contributed to Goa's development in different ways and at the same time earned their livelihood. In spite of this, they are often branded as "voile", "bhaile", "ghantti" or "non-Goans".


Decreased farming worries Goa Church

Some Catholic priests in Goa have expressed concern as more people in this western Indian state are giving up agriculture for desk jobs.


Govt thrust to encourage reading habit in Goa
By: Village Tinto

Panjim will see a modern central library in 4 to 5 months. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat made this announcement while inaugurating an e-library in Margao.


Paddy fields turn over a new leaf with rains
The revived onslaught of the monsoon has spelt good news for the State as it has virtually given a new life to paddy cultivation and more importantly the main dams have shown resurgence – a positive sign for supply of potable water. The second phase of the monsoon has brought much-needed respite to the farmers, who have been anxious about their crops following a partial dry spell last month, are ecstatic in particular. [H]


Rains result in water logging of low – lying areas of Panaji
Goa received over 97.6 mm of rain during the last 24 hours resulting in water logging in low – lying areas of Panaji and other places. The capital city on Thursday witnessed heavy showers during most parts of the day and as such traffic moved at a slow pace due to the poor visibility. Goa has received a total of 2310.9 mm of rain this monsoon so far and is facing a marginal deficit of about 50 mm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed. [NT]


Goa’s handicrafts on display at Greek fair
Goa’s stall at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair in Greece got off to a rousing start on Saturday 5 September. It is a part of the Indian Pavilion at the fair. The Goa stall drew large crowds. Goa Handicrafts Rural Small Scale Industries Development Corp (GHRSSIDC) MD Nikhil Desai said the handicrafts were being purchased by Greek art lovers. [H]


Air India offers low fares from US
Air India is offering low, low fares for flights from New York's JFK airport or Newark to cities across India, including Goa. Round-trip fares to Goa cost between $339 and $433 (Rs16,300 to Rs21,000), depending on the departure date. [H]


Women play vital role in nurturing healthy families: Naik
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Mr Ravi Naik heaped praises on women for the important role played by them in nurturing healthy families and a healthy society. Comparing women with potters, he said, as a potter gives beautiful and attractive shapes to clay, women, in the role of mother, sister and daughter, infuse culture, health and education in children and make them capable of doing big things. [NT]


Sea link project
State wants Rs 1000 cr, Centre will help Chief Minister Digambar Kamat yesterday said that the Planning Commission had assured the government of financial and technical assistance for the ambitious Dona Paula – Vasco Sealink, provided it is linked to the National Highway – 17. The government has sought financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore for the project. [GT]


A well documented prestigious Mando book , a compilation of rare engravings depicting "Ancient Goa's" cultural aspect and historic journey, coupled with poetic songs composed and harmonised by our ansestors and compiled by Shri C. M. Estibeiro will be released at the hands of Shri Tomazinho Cardozo, President of Tiatr Academy, Goa in the presence of Fr. Domnic Alvares, Nephew of late C. Alvares at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa on Septemebr 6, 2009 at 12.00 noon. [Joel D'Souza]


Incessant rains posing threat to Arecanut yield
The cloudy weather and incessant rains in the last two days has posed a threat to the 4,300 – odd arecanut farmers registered with the agriculture department in Ponda. Heavy rains have led to the Arecanuts prematurely dropping from the palms. Ponda taluka has the largest number of farmers who cultivate Arecanuts in the state and this lot is presently worried about the yield. [NT]

News Clips from India

Church mourns after Christian Chief Minister dies in air crash

Hyderabad: The death of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, leaves India without words. A 60 year old Christian and leading member of Congress, Reddy was considered one of the most influential long standing politicians of the country. The discovery of the wreckage of the helicopter in which he was travelling with four other people has removed all illusions for those who hoped that the news of the disappearance of the aircraft, relayed on the afternoon of September 2, would be denied.


Rice prices zoom 13 percent

New Delhi: Wholesale prices of rice rose more than 13 percent in the past one year due to a demand-supply mismatch, says the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).


US Bollywood Theater Offers Immigrants a Connection to Home
By Anna King | Kirkland, Washington | 03 September 2009

Microsoft and other high-tech companies in the American Northwest have attracted thousands of employees from South Asia. It's natural on the weekend that they and their families want to relax Bollywood style.


Ford India on track to launch small car

Chennai: Ford India Pvt Ltd's proposed small car will be fitted with 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines in order to satisfy the Indian government's definition of a small car, company officials said today.


Manu Fernandes
Brother Anthony/Marfie - TEGSA member

Manu Fernandes (TEGSA member)
Manu Fernandes

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7 Sep: Stamford Hill London. MANOEL (Manu) FERNANDES (aged 68). Loving husband to Maria. Father to Melvyn and Mark. Father in law to Vercilia and Grandfather to Adam. Brother to Anthony and Marfie; Rosie and Teotonio (Deceased); Luiza (Deceased) and Seby (Deceased). He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral service on Monday 21st Sep. at 11 am. St Ignatius Church, 27 High Road, Stamford Hill, N15 6ND followed by burial at Wood Green Cemetery, Wolves Lane, N22 and gathering at St. Edmunds Church Hall, 115 Hertford Road, N9 7EN. The family have kindly requested if attendees do not bring any flowers, but if you would use the money to make a donation to our chosen charity “The British Heart Foundation” (An envelope will be provided in the Order of Service)


Gil Flores passed at Milton District Hospital (Ontario, Canada) on Monday, August 31, 2009 at the age of 66. His Funeral Mass was held at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Mississauga, on September 3, 2009

The following Eulogy was delivered by Aloysius Lobo at the Funeral Mass.


55PGA -Goan Short Story Contest - invitation to participate

It is often that we hear about people we know who are keen on ensuring that their stories are somehow captured so that these gems can be shared with friends and family over time. Now members of our community have an opportunity to do what they hoped to accomplish but did not have the resources to translate their desires into actionable next steps.


Travel Advisory
Your Overseas Citizen Of India Card Is Not A Visa Substitute

When coming to India always consider yourself a foreigner and bring your visa with you, there will be no exceptions. Your OCI card is not a visa substitute.

Advice given to Canadian Passport holder with OCI Card:

When I arrived at Mumbai airport this time, the Immigration Officer noticed that my Canadian Passport (with my OCI endorsement) expires in May 2010. He told me that when I renew my Canadian Passport, I should keep the old one (with the OCI endorsement) together with the OCI card; otherwise the OCI card on its own will not be valid. It pays to know the law. See Also


Konkani Film at Toronto International Film Festival
Posted: 08 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT | Source TIFF: Sent by

The Man Beyond the Bridge
Paltadacho Munis
by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar

Drawing together a keen environmental sensitivity with a nuanced view of village dynamics, The Man Beyond the Bridge is a rare find from rural India. Unfolding in Konkani – a language with no unique script that almost never appears in films – this is a gentle romance set against the lovely forest setting of Goa's Western Ghats.

Dr Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Announcements
Sent: September 3, 2009 | From: Andrew George (
  1. 2009 Toronto Ex-students Reunion, September 23 –27

    21 Days to go to the first Toronto Reunion event. If you have already purchased your tickets for the Reunion Gala Ball kindly ignore this, in the event you haven' can find the latest reunion information here:






Date Event Details
December 4, 2009 Friday Christmas Gala
The Renaissance  Banquet Hall.
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Sunday, September 13th, 2009
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Friday, September 25th, 2009
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Nothing But - Bingo

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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

Premium Banquet Hall
2360 Lucknow Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5S 1H3
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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

DO NOT MISS the Opening Chorus on M.BOYER
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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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Health & Wellness

5 Simple Measures to Help Protect from Swine Flu
By Lisa Schlein | Geneva 04 September 2009

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is launching a global information campaign to help communities deal with the Swine Flu virus. The Red Cross says its main focus will be on the developing countries, which do not have the same level of medical and monitoring facilities as the developed countries.


Move it! Physiotherapists urge parents to get active with their children and keep them moving this school year

TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - It's the start of another school year and Canadian physiotherapists are taking this opportunity to talk tough about the epidemic of overweight and inactive children in this country. According to Statistics Canada about 25 percent of Canadian children are overweight. The Active Healthy Kids Canada 2009 Report Card found that only 13 percent of children and youth are getting the 90 minutes of physical activity recommended by Canada's Physical Activity Guide. As primary health practitioners, physiotherapists regularly treat children and youth with injuries and disease that are directly related to a lack of physical activity or obesity. They are deeply concerned that so few children and youth are meeting the minimum daily requirements of activity to allow for healthy growth and development. Physiotherapists say parents must act now to help turn back the tide on childhood obesity and inactivity by making this the year they get their kids into after school sports or other less formal physical activities.


Perspectives on a Girl - Short Films Created by women... Inspired by Guides

TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - In today's dynamic and complicated world, Canadian girls are at risk. Growing up is fun, but young girls also face extreme pressure. To illustrate the increased relevance of and need for Girl Guides, Girl Guides of Canada is proud to present their first annual online film festival - Perspectives on a Girl.


Permanent resident card has new look, enhanced security features

Ottawa, August 24, 2009 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the implementation of the redesigned permanent resident card, which will be in circulation beginning today.

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