Newsletter. Issue 18. August 28, 2010


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Newsline Canada

Floods in Pakistan affect millions; U.N.-led relief effort lacks financial support
By Colum Lynch and Griff Witte | Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 19, 2010; A07

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations will convene a high-level donors meeting Thursday to prod frugal governments to contribute more to relief efforts in Pakistan, where massive flooding has affected nearly 20 million people but where aid contributions have paled in comparison with previous large-scale disasters.


Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha launches appeal to aid Pakistan flood victims
Lahore, Pakistan, Aug 20, 2010 | (EWTN News)

In the wake of catastrophic floods in Pakistan which have reportedly submerged one fifth of the country under water, the country's bishops have launched a joint appeal for Pakistani Catholics to contribute to relief efforts.

Floods in Pakistan calling Goans…
By Menin Rodrigues, Karachi, Pakistan

August 24, 2010 - God’s wrath has befallen Pakistan. We are in the midst of a catastrophic disaster, one of the biggest natural calamities in recent human history. The devastation is so extensive that it has taken away an estimated 2000 plus lives, swept away a million homes, made 2.5 million people homeless and left more than 3 million hungry!


NDM-1 'superbug' found in Brampton hospital

Cases have so far turned up in three Canadian provinces.

Toronto (24 Aug. 2010) - Ontario has recorded its first case of the so-called superbug NDM-1, an enzyme that is extremely resistant to antibiotics. It was identified at the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton.

Kenya has squandered 50 years, but there is still hope, Obama, Clinton tell youth
By KEVIN J. KELLEY  | Posted Monday, August 16 2010 

Kenya was much on the minds of both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their remarks at an African youth leaders forum in Washington on Tuesday.

World Goa Day

Konkani Rocks At World Goa Day Fete
TNN, Aug 21, 2010,

PANAJI: Thirteen years after it was recognized as the official language of Goa, Konkani through its tiatr and its 'nightingale' Lorna ruled a 'World Goa Day' celebration in Panaji - one of many in Goan pockets across the world - on Friday.

Patoieanche Fest -Salvador do mundo - "World Goa Day Celebrations"
Sunday, August 22, 2010

The World Goa Day celebration in Goa. This time it was the Patoieanche Fest which was held today i.e. 22nd August, 2010 at Salvador Do Mundo, Paitona in the court yard of the Majestic Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, which was built in the year 20-10-1767.


VIDEO: the incomparable Lorna takes the stage. Konkani Rocks! Live in Campal, August 20, 2010
tambdi mati | Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:20:31 -0700

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UK Goans to mark World Goa Day with a Goan Pilgrimage-Picnic at The Friars, Aylesford, Kent

Mon. 30 Aug. [Bank Holiday]. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of World Goa Day with a Goan Pilgrimage-Picnic at The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX. Rosary at 10:30 and Mass at 11am followed by Benediction. Then a picnic, in the grounds with games, sing songs, a Konkani speaking session, workshops, bingo, line-dancing and more. Sheltered facilities also available. Organised transport to and from Aylesford to cover North, South, East and West London. Contact: Lara Pereira; Tel: 07792 446 486;  or Fiona Lobo; Tel: 07796 238 009;  Click here for flyer.*

Goan Review Art Foundation celebrates World Konkani Day in Mumbai
Posted on | Fausto Da Costa | Mon, 23 Aug 2010
"World Konkani Day - 2010"

Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) the cultural body of the popular Konkani-English bi-monthly The Goan Review celebrates the World Konkani Day 2010 at Antonio D'Souza High School Hall, Byculla, Mumbai on Sunday 29th August, 2010 at 7.00 p.m.


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


Protecting Goa and the Goan Identity
TNN, Aug 22, 2010, 06.06am IST

Every Goa-loving Goan is disgusted by the way Goa is being 'developed'. Every Goan politician who is involved in this 'development' has lost the respect of the people. This is because people today have come to know how in the guise of 'development' Goa's forests, hills, fields and ecology are being destroyed by the so-called 'developers'.

Emotional Integration of Goans Necessary: Simon D’Souza - Former Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly
Saturday, August 21, 2010 

Vasco, Aug 21: Falling in line with over 60 world wide organizations of the Community of Goans, Goa Day was observed in Vasco expressing bonds of unity and resolving to rededicate for collective growth and progress.

Places and Things

GOA Float wins first prize for Indian Independance Day Celebration

Play India's Independence Day Video
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Message from Fr. Pat Coldricks sj | Wed, 25 Aug 2010

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The FIRST GOAN PILGRIMAGE DAY here at the Martyrs Shrine, will take place on Sunday the 29th of August. As you may know, that for many years, a lot of pilgrims from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds have been coming here regularly to congregate, pray and celebrate their Pilgrimage day at the Shrine here.  However, not many people are even aware of the existence of a considerable size of a Goan Community existing in Canada today. Although a lot of Goans would visit the Shrine now and then, normally on a Weekend, but it looked liked a lost crowd with no identity for them.


Make Blessed Joseph Vaz a Saint

View and sign the online petition to make Blessed Joseph Vaz a Saint

Go to the following site and sign the petition

Blessed Joseph Vaz is patron of the Archdiocese of Goa

For more on Blessed Joseph Vaz see
A Third World Saint for the Third Millennium

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The 1960s were a turbulent time for Kenya’s South Asian community.
Excerpt from article by Zarina Patel

How Asian (including many Goan) journalists contributed to covering the formative years of Kenya as an independent country

When Kenya became independent, Asian journalists reported how the community joined the Africans in hailing the new era.

New Book on Uganda Asians

The book tells the story of Asian settlement in Uganda and expulsion in their “own words” and of resilience in foreign lands and hesitant return to a country still loved. Of course not all Asians were duka-owners. There were the Punjabis who worked side-by-side with Africans on construction sites and drank together in the evenings. Goans manned an honest civil service.


Kodak Introduces Latest Digital Camera for the Socially Savvy

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TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Kodak Canada today introduced the new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera, the ultimate social networking accessory for people who love to share their pictures. With Kodak's exclusive Share Button, consumers can tag pictures and videos directly on the camera for effortless uploading to popular social networking sites including Facebook, KODAK Gallery, Flickr and YouTube. Pictures can also be tagged to email and to send to any KODAK PULSE Digital Frame.

Cannabis electric car to be made in Canada
August 23, 2010 | By Emily Chung, CBC News

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The Kestrel electric car will have room for a driver and three passengers and have a top speed of 90 kilometres an hour. The Kestrel electric car will have room for a driver and three passengers and have a top speed of 90 kilometres an hour. (Motive Industries Inc.)An electric car made of hemp is being developed by a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation.

News Clips from Goa

Gaunkars urge Guv to save Communidade land
Keeping up with tradition, the nine ‘Gaunkar’ families constituting the Taleigao Communidade presented the first corn of rice to Goa Governor S S Siddhu on Tuesday, the last day of the annual Harvest Feast (Konsanchem Fest), celebrations for which began on August 21. This year, the Gaunkars of Taleigao celebrated 500 years of the privilege of presenting the first sheaf of corn to the Portuguese Governor General. Taleigao was the first village to have been given this privilege by the erstwhile rulers in recognition of help the villagers gave to their troops when they were starving for food after being temporarily defeated by Adilshah in 1510. [H]
Agnel Ashram inaugurated in Assagao
The Agnel Ashram Technical Education Complex set foot in the pristine valley of Assagao, Goa, India, on 23rd August 2010 morning. The first block of the Complex was inaugurated by the local sarpanch Pradeep Naik and blessed by Rt Rev Alex Dias, Bishop of Port Blair, on the Assagao hill, setting the base for converting the tiny village in an educational hub. The village has already the DMC College, Palotti Seminary, Assagao Union High School, Palotti Sisters, El Shaddai, etc operating here.
Panchayats to get Rs 90 cr( $20 million Canadian)
Goa has been allotted a whopping Rs 90 crore for panchayats and zilla panchayats under the 13th Finance Commission award for a period of five years and the first installment amounting to Rs 4.2 crore has been received by the Directorate of Panchayats. However, all efforts made to obtain the pending installment of over Rs 5 crore under the 12th Finance Commission award from the Centre have proved futile. The director of Panchayats, Mr Menino D’souza informed that the 13th Finance Commission has recommended a percentage of divisible pool of resources for the local bodies with two components - a basic grant and a performance grant - instead of a lumpsum grant. [NT]
Eroded stretches of Betalbatim, Keri, Talpona beaches to be restored soon
The water resources department (WRD) will soon take up restoration work of the beaches at Betalbatim, Keri and Talpona at an estimated cost of Rs 13.1 crore, following recommendations from the Central Water and Power Research Centre. The WRD had earlier submitted names of 20 beaches to the Central Water and Power Research Centre for conducting a study to arrest seashore erosion. Over 20-25 km of Goa’s coastline has already been eroded. A senior official in the know said that the WRD will take up restoration of around 2.3 km of the affected coastline. The beaches earlier submitted by the WRD to the Central Water and Power Research Centre, which is the research and development unit of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, included Anjuna, Candolim, Arambol, Keri, Betalbatim, Kanaguinim, Talpona, Galgibag and Utorda among others. [NT]
Jose Philip tells officers to be courteous to people
Revenue Minister and state NCP president, Mr Jose Philip D’Souza, who on Wednesday visited the Bardez Collectorate office at Mapusa, asked officers and government employees to be courteous to people and attend to people’s works and solve them at the earliest. Mr D’Souza, who was upset with complaints from people that staff were rude and sending them back for not bringing required documents told the officers and the employees to give in writing to the people what were the additional documents required which were not produced at that time so that people did not have to repeatedly come for their work. [NT]
Leopard trapped in Cuncolim much to relief of residents
A male leopard fell into the trap laid by the Forest department at Cancnamodi-Cuncolim in the wee hours of Tuesday, giving relief to the local residents. The presence of leopards had given sleepless nights to the residents of Cancanamodi, with the wild cats devouring around 28 pigs and 11 dogs in the last two months. Forest officials have laid another trap in the locality after residents sighted three more leopards since the last three days.

Goan helping hand in Pakistan flood relief work
2010-08-26 10:40:00

Panaji: As help pours in for Pakistan's flood-affected areas, a small group of Pakistanis of Goan origin is networking to bring hope to some 20 million people affected by the calamity.

Right to productive living denied in Goa: Church
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Panaji, Aug 21 (IANS) The Church in Goa Saturday said rights of residents to carve out a productive living was being forcibly denied in the state, where nearly 26 percent of the population is Roman Catholic. It also said Goa’s fragile, life-sustaining environment was in peril in view of sustained pillage of its ecology in the guise of development.

Goa - Let Us Protect Our Natural Heritage
Published on: August 22, 2010 - 02:33 | By Dr Kasturi Desai

Two decades ago, Sunday mornings during the month of Shravan used to be great fun for Goan children. It was then that the kids were asked to go and fetch different types of leaves for their mothers. These leaves were used in the Aitar Pooja.

BJP wants to shed communal image, eyes Christian votes in Goa
Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:29 AM PDT

In a bid to shed its communal image and boost its minority vote base, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will interact with Christian religious leaders, including the archbishop of Goa, the party announced Sunday. Addressing a press conference, BJP national secretary and in charge of Goa Arti Mehra, said: ‘The party feels there is a concious need to reach out to the Christian community in the state and increase its minority vote base by at least five percent.’

Goa Medical College Students arrested for ragging
Posted: 21 Aug 2010 01:20 AM PDT

Even as nine students of the Goa Medical College arrested for ragging were released on bail, Agassaim police on Friday recorded statements of all seven witnesses. Speaking to Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar, told Herald that a chargesheet against the alleged accused MBBS students will be filed shortly. He did not specify any date to filing the chargesheet, though. “We have already quizzed the accused students and also completed recording statements of the seven junior students who were ragged. A charge sheet will soon be filed after we record statements of Goa Medical College Dean Dr V N Jindal and warden of the hostel Dr C P Das,” said the officer.

News Clips from India

Manmohan Singh, the leader other leaders love: Newsweek
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Washington, Aug 18 (IANS) India figures way down at a lowly 78th place in the Newsweek magazine’s list of best countries in the world, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gets the pride of place.

Hailing him among “The Leaders Other Leaders Love”, the US magazine in its latest cover story notes how “Manmohan Singh, a sophisticated former economist, has played a key role in the country’s emergence as one of the rising powers of the 21st century”.

Rajya Sabha Passes Bill to Regulate Foreign Funds

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS): A bill seeking to frame stricter regulations for foreign contributions in form of gifts, funds and other forms to individuals and organisations in social fields was passed by the Rajya Sabha Thursday.

Govt. moves Bill to provide voting rights to NRIs
Saturday, August 21, 2010 6:11:29 AM

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily moved a Representation of People (Amendment) Bill 2010 in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, which seeks to provide voting rights to Indians living abroad.

“Weed out” comment: Archbishop appeals
Posted By cninewsletter On August 20, 2010

Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore has urged Karnataka governor and chief minister to direct ministers and legislators not to make inflammatory and derogatory statements. The appeal to governor H. R. Bhardwaj and Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa comes after the Aug. 15 remarks of BJP MLA Prahlad Remane, who asked to “weed out” Christians from the state. Remane reportedly said this while addressing the Independence Day rally in Belgaum district.

Bangladeshi nurse becomes first with PhD
Posted By jessy On August 20, 2010

A Catholic woman has become the first government nurse and only the second Bangladeshi to obtain a doctorate in the field of nursing. Jacinta Olympia Gomes, 49, a Catholic from northwestern Bonpara parish recently obtained the PhD in June from Victoria University in the United States. Gomes, an executive board member of the Nursing Association Bangladesh (NAB) was awarded the doctorate following her thesis on “Prevention and Control of Breast Cancer, an approach to develop nursing support.” Gomes is one of Bangladesh’s top nurses and serves on the Bangladesh Catholic Nurses Guild (BCNG) and is a teacher at the Bangladesh Nursing School (BNS).