Newsletter. Issue 10. May 08, 2010


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We have just received a fresh shipment from Goa - limited quantities - of :
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Newsline Canada

Canada warns of ‘imminent’ terror threat in New Delhi
May 01, 2010 | Rick Westhead – Toronto Star

NEW DELHI - The Canadian government believes there is an “imminent” threat of a terrorist attack in India’s capital city. In an email circulated Saturday morning to registered Canadians living in India, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade wrote “while there is a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout India at all times, credible and specific reporting indicates that a terrorist attack could be carried in the following days or weeks, in market areas of Delhi frequented by foreigners.”


British government apologizes to Pope over insulting memo
David Stringer, the Associated Press | April 25, 2010 11:43 a.m.

LONDON - Britain's Foreign Office issued a hasty apology Sunday to Pope Benedict after publication of an internal memo in which officials joked he could open an abortion clinic, launch a range of condoms or sing a duet with the Queen during a four-day visit in September.


The UK General Elections – How did the Goan Candidates Fare

Keith Vaz –Labour- Leicester East
Keith Vaz wins Leicester East for Labour, votes 25,804 % 53.8 majority 14,082

Valerie Vaz –Labour- Walsall South
Valerie Vaz wins Walsall South for Labour , votes 16,211 % 39.7 majority 1,755

Brendan D’Cruz – Castle Point
Brendan D'Cruz - Liberal Democrat Came 4th. votes 4,232 % 9.4

Rabi Martins Liberal Democrat – Luton North
Rabi Martins Liberal Democrat came 3rd votes 4,784 %11.1

Goan Overseas Association – Ruby Anniversary
Photo: Eugene Correia

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Click Here for article on Ruby Anniversary Celebrations and Photos.


Goan Brother & Sister in UK Parliament‏
Excerpt of Letter of Congratulations sent by G.O.A. Toronto

From: Al Mathias (
Sent: May 7, 2010 10:40:29 PM

Dear Keith,

The Goan Community in Toronto, Canada is very proud to learn of your re- election to the House of Commons for the riding of Leicester East! We are also excited to learn that your sister, Valerie, was elected in the riding of Walsall South.


The statements, opinions, or views in the articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.


The Changing faces of Goa
Alda Figueiredo ~ A discontented daughter of Goa
Posted on Goanet | Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:58:03 -0700

Dear Readers,

I am sending this article to all Goans living abroad to make them aware what is happening in Goa today. If anyone who have had similar experiences as I have had should write to the authorities concened and may be something will be done to improve the present situation in Goa.

A discontented daughter of Goa

The Changing Face of Goa

I am a proud Goan by birth, living abroad for the past 48 years. I love my motherland and visit every year religiously, spending on average three months a year. I have many relatives and friends in this beautiful place. During my youth (all of it spent here in Goa) I came to see Goans as sincere and God-fearing individuals. This was my real experience. This image has now become rather distorted and I feel that each year I return Goa is getting from bad to worse. Once upon a time, Goa was considered to be so safe that people would sleep at night with doors and windows open. But not today, our houses are like oppressive cages, where burglaries still occur, often taking place in broad daylight.


Keep kids moving
April 30, 2010

The 2010 report card from Active Healthy Kids Canada, released Tuesday, reveals we are raising a baby nation of couch potatoes. The findings were part of the group’s sixth annual report card, which draws on a range of data and is produced in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

People Places and Things

Goan Archives Canada -Phase I Report On Web

The Goan Archives Project Phase I report is now online

The 25 page report is in colour, with file size approximately 17 Mb. A complete file can be downloaded as a .pdf document. Click here

Please allow sufficient time for the document to download and display. Use the scroll bars to view the pages. A few printed copies of the document, in colour are also available at cost on a first come first save basis.

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Konkani Rosary Website Update

The April 10 issue of Goan Voice Canada carried an interview with Michael Pinto on the “Pray the Rosary – Service in the Greater Toronto Area”

The following is an update:

  1. Michael Pinto,can you tell us more about the status of Is it in the Beta (testing) Phase
    Our site is active as of 4th May with limited features; video and singing will be added in near future.
    Yes, it is in Beta state for various features that were planned like:
    a) Identify on the world map which cities are praying simultaneously
    b) Separate page to enter “Intentions”
    c) Start Individual Rosary
    d) Join Worldwide Rosary
    e) Show Goan Churches and Holy Land pictures etc


San Francisco Bay Area holds “Come Pray the Rosary in Konkani”

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, at 2pm, the Goan community in the San Francisco Bay Area will be gathering at the Church of St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito, California, to recite the rosary in Konkani and sing the litany. There is no cost to attend and all are invited to attend this "once-in-a-lifetime experience".


An Evening in Goa

TEGSA MEET ‘N’ GREET event held on April 30, 2010 was a resounding success despite the fact that it was the first cultural event by the new committee. Barring the initial hiccups, the committee achieved a well-deserved praise and outstanding reputation for bringing fresh, pure and exceptionally entertaining value to our evening – the Goa Day. The professionalism of the Master of Ceremonies, Sheilah D’Souza, was spell binding as well as exhilarating from the beginning to end. With her eloquence and charm she kept the crowd on their toes well entertained all evening.


Book Review -The Sting of Peppercorns
Goanet Reader | Sat, 01 May 2010 11:37:53 -0700 | Review by By Ben Antao
Category: Book, Reviews | The Goan Observer

The Sting of Peppercorns,
By Antonio Gomes,
Goa, 1556 and Broadway Book Centre,
Rs.395 (paperback); 266 pp.

ARE FIRST novels set in Goa destined to be romantic? Let me see now. Sorrowing Lies My Land by Lambert Mascarenhas, 95, first published in 1955, carries a romantic aura of freedom from colonial rule. Tivolem by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, 84, published in 1998, has a love story blossoming in a place called Tivolem, a fictitious place in Goa situated in Porvorim. SKIN by Margaret Mascarenhas, forty-something, published in 2001, exposes love and seduction amidst magic realism and a quest for identity. And my own novel The Tailor's Daughter (first written in 1997 although the third one to be published in 2007) focuses on caste, love and marriage, a story happening mostly in Margao, Goa in the early 50s.


Tide of Fortune: A Family Tale:

by Manubhai Madhvani (Author), Giles Foden (Author)

A Family Tale
Manubhai Madhvani with Giles Foden
Random House India
X + 270 pages; Rs 395

A spoonful of sugar...

By Rrishi Raote / New Delhi April 29, 2010.

Before Idi Amin grabbed the presidency of Uganda from Milton Obote in 1971, the country’s Asian-origin citizens had already begun to suffer expropriation. Anti-Asian rhetoric was rising, and large businesses were being part-nationalised. Among them was the giant Kakira Sugar Works of the Madhvani family, located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria in one of Uganda’s most beautiful and fertile regions.


Proper dress for Mass
By Ron Stang | Catholic Register Special | January 19, 2003

"I think people dress pretty casually in the summertime and sometimes too casually,"

WINDSOR, Ont. dress in your "Sunday best"? That term might have been tossed aside as the casual dress code came more and more into effect and what many say is declining sartorial standards in recent years.

News Clips from Goa

Unseasonal Rain in Goa 

Panaji, April 28 - Many parts of Goa has suffered loss of lakhs of rupees on account of unseasonal rain which slashed the state on Wednesday night.


Earthenware still in demand Earthenware still in demand
By Ervin Fonseca

Pottery, which once thrived in the state, has been on the decline as number of potters has been dwindling..

MAPUSA: Despite the flood of modern cooking appliances, potters or Kumbhars from Bardez taluka selling their wares at Mapusa are optimistic about their trade and refuse to be edged out by people's craze for hi-fi cooking appliances. Pottery, which once thrived in the state, has been on the decline as number of potters has been dwindling though the demand for the earthenware is still there. These Kumbhars were earlier concentrated in certain wards of villages but today just a few of them are to be found in Socorro in Bardez and some in Sanquelim.


Destination Goa for a Healthy You
By: Isidore Domnick Mendis | Posted on Goanet

Travelers have always preferred Goa as a famous destination for fun and relaxation but of late another type of tourists is making a beeline to Goa. These international tourists are coming to get treated in the State’s super specialty health centres. Western Europeans and North Americans along with NRIs are coming in large numbers to get cured for myriad health problems ranging from cataract to obesity.


Plan for conserving marine turtle nesting sites

Panaji, April 29 - Goa government may send a plan for conserving three marine beach turtle nesting sites in the state to the World Wildlife Institute of India.

News Clips from India

Catholic bishops in India likely to set new guidelines on handling sex abuse complaints
Muneeza Naqvi, The Associated Press | April 25, 2010

NEW DELHI - Roman Catholic archbishops in India are likely to set final guidelines to be followed in cases of sexual abuse complaints against priests, church officials said Sunday.


Prime Ministers of India, Pakistan talk in possible sign of thaw in relations
The Associated Press | 29 April 2010 07:01

THIMPHU, Bhutan - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, held their first meeting in more than nine months on Thursday, signalling a thaw in icy relations since the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.


Sanskrit mantras to open Yuba City Council meet in California
May 3rd, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by ANI -

Nevada (US), May 3 (ANI): City Council of Yuba City, known as ‘Prune Capital of the World’, will open with Sanskrit shlokas from ancient Hindu scriptures on May four.


Indian banks, financial service firms using Dubai as base for regional expansion
May 3rd, 2010

Dubai, May 3 (ANI): Indian banks and financial services companies are once again making their presence felt at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

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