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Global Goans Convention-Kuwait- A grand success
By Gasper Almeida, Kuwait

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Kuwait November 28, 2010: Prominent Goan personalities from the four corners of the globe converged in the oil rich emirate of Kuwait for the 5th Global Goans Convention. The two day convention was celebrated at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kuwait on 16 & 17 Nov. 2010. The annual Goan Convention is organized to focus, interact and exchange ideas with various delegates on the subject of preservation of Goan identity and other matters beneficial to Goans. The theme of this year’s Global Goans Convention was NRI GOAN.

New case brings hope for Venerable Agnelo D’Souza’s beatification

Devotees of Venerable Agnelo D’Souza are excited after sending to Rome a report of a miracle attributed to the Goan priest.

Venerable Agnelo Gustavo Adolfo de Souza, a member of the indigenous Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, died in 1927 and his canonization process began 20 years later. Rome declared him venerable, the second stage in the canonization process, in 1986.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture to invest in capital projects undertaken by ethnocultural associations.
(Nov 20 2010) | By A Staff Reporter

Brampton: The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture will invest 50 per cent in capital projects undertaken by ethnocultural associations. Chief Executive Office Robin Cardozo of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) informed that the ministry has launched the Community Capital Fund (CCF) which will be administered by his organization.

He said that the government has committed a one-time funding program of $50 million that would help infrastructure initiatives by community-based association across Ontario. Not-for-profit associations and registered charities that serve diverse cultural communities made up of newcomers or visible minorities will be entitled to apply for funding, he added.

New Catholic missal has major changes
Posted By The Underground Staff On November 5, 2010 @ 4:09 pm In Arts & Culture

For the first time since 1970 the Vatican has published a new Roman Missal - the book that is used by Catholics every Sunday for mass–with major revisions in its translation.

Too many visible, the minorities in 'special' school?
Wednesday November 24 2010 | By SUNIL RAO

Is the number of visible minority students enrolled in Special Education courses disproportionately high?

Do they all truly belong there?

Do their parents understand what it means to be placed in special ed - that their children are in effect being banned from going on to any form of higher studies? And so might effectively be consigned to only some form of labour job for the rest of their lives?

More people flunking citizenship tests
The Canadian Press | 28 November 2010 01:03

OTTAWA - Immigrants who have to write a tougher Canadian citizenship test that was introduced last March are flunking out in record numbers.

America's revival will take years: Fed Reserve
The Economic Times

WASHINGTON: America's central bank has slashed its outlook for the US economy projecting that jobless rate could exceed 8 percent for two more years and it could take several years for the economy to return to health.


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


Christ is alive in His Church
From The Catholic Register | Written by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 13:57

At the recent consistory of cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to his red-robed brethren about the “logic of the Cross” which should animate their leadership in the Church.

A shattered dream
An immigrant shares his struggles in Canada
K. M. Nasir | October 09, 2010

Canada is a country with no jobs for new immigrants, regardless of however suitably qualified they are, young or senior. Even the simple blue-collar jobs are hard to find. But most of the immigrants are highly educated in their respective fields. They have migrated to Canada with the hope of being able to land at least something close to their white-collar professions left behind. They did not spend their time and money to do menial or manual works in Canada. They had never been prepared for such works for which vocationally trained skilled labour would have been enough. The result, at least in short term, has been disastrous for the new immigrants, leaving them with a sense of disorienting trauma, a deep indelible scar on their mental psyche.

China the loadstone of Asia
2010-11-24 14:30 | By LIM SUE GOAN | Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

China won 51 gold medals and surpassed the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At the ongoing Asian Games, China has so far gained more gold metals than the total gold metals gained by Japan and South Korea combined. It is clear therefore that China is now the prominent loadstone of Asia.

People Places and Things

Cheryl Ann Madeira – awarded Doctor of Philosophy

Cheryl Ann Madeira has graduated her degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto. (Title: The development of pedagogical content knowledge in science teachers: New opportunities through technology-mediated reflection and peer-exchange ).

Book tracing 3,000 years of Christianity wins top Canadian award
November 19, 2010

A book on the history of the first 3,000 years of Christianity won recently Canada’s top literary nonfiction award, besting over 180 competitors from around the globe.

A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by British historian Diarmaid MacCulloch won $75,000 and the Cundill Prize in History from McGill University, The Globe and Mail reported. The Cundill Prize was established in 2008 by Peter Cundill, an investment manager and McGill alumnus. The competition is open to writers worldwide, according to The Globe and Mail.

Into the 'Light': Pope Benedict comes into clearer focus in new book
Written by John Thavis, Catholic News Service Friday, 26 November 2010 07:35

Light of the world VATICAN CITY - In the middle of Pope Benedict XVI's new book is a story about a hat, and it sheds light on the trials and tribulations of the modern papacy.

The book's interviewer, German journalist Peter Seewald, recalled a public appearance one winter day when the Pope donned the "camauro," a red velvet cap trimmed with ermine that was last worn by Pope John XXIII. Seewald suggested this was one of those subtle signals that marked a return to the old ways of the Church.


Largest Sikh temple outside of India opens in Gravesend Kent (UK)
Story from BBC NEWS:
Saturday, 20 November 2010

November 19, 2010 was the formal opening of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship. This incredible building, off Saddington Street in Gravesend, Kent, is believed to be one of the largest Gurdwaras in the UK and perhaps outside of India.

Celebrating the holidays in Canada

The holiday season is quickly approaching and this can cause anxiety for newcomers about how to properly celebrate a Canadian Christmas.

There are no hard and fast rules about seasonal traditions. Every family chooses their own way to celebrate the holidays that can range from family outings to taking part in community events like local parades and fairs. Some may opt out of participating due to religious reasons. For those who take part in the festivities the important thing to always remember is to make it a joyous affair by including your own customs.

News Clips from Goa

Pope raises Pilar Society to status of Pontifical Right
In a significant decision, Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to the Goa-based Society of Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, Pilar (Society of Pilar) as a Society of Apostolic Life for mission Ad Gentes of Pontifical Right.

Immaculate Conception feast
Parishioners of Calangute will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on December 8.

No high rise buildings in rural Goa
Now, no scope for high rise buildings in rural Goa The opponents of mega projects have a reason to smile as the height restrictions of 9 metres for new buildings imposed in the newly notified policies of the Regional Plan Goa 2021 would prevent the springing up of mega projects in the villages in the state. Besides, the Floor Area Ratio of 80 and 60 in cases of plots of land of up to 4,000 square metres in VP-I and VP-II areas, respectively would also help in protecting the identity of the villages. [NT]
Proposed commercial project at Canca generates heat
Verla-Canca gram sabha that was held, on Sunday, witnessed turmoil over a proposed commercial project that is to come up at D’Mello Waddo, Canca. Secretary surrendering to the demand of the villagers adopted a resolution seeking revocation of the licence issued to undertake the project. On Sunday morning, as scheduled, a large number of people turned up for the gram sabha. The villagers, after gathering at the panchayat hall, expressed resentment over the fact that the huge crowd was being squeezed in a small hall. [NT]
Crib Competition
Connect Goa will hold its First Pan South Goa Crib Competition, which is open to top prize winner of village level crib competition from South Goa only. Entry forms for this competition can be collected from Blueline Advertising and General Publicity, Horizon Beach Road, Buttem, Cansualim (For details contact ph. 9325351047, email: blueline _blueline@ The last date for the receiving entries is Jan 1st 2010, as this competition is open only to Winners of village level Crib Competition.
Goan-origin businessman in India power list
Vito Gomes, a Goan by origin, has featured in the Indian Power List 2010 released by featuring among the top hundred with reference to his expanding aviation business in the Middle East. Gomes, who runs Aviation Services Management, is placed 78th in the list alongside other prominent businessman from the country of their origin – India. Headquartered in Dubai, ASM with its rich aviation experience specialises in all flight support services. [H]
Wild animals destroy crops worth Rs 80 lakh in Canacona
Troops of monkeys and herds of some other wild animals have destroyed crops worth around ` 80 lakh at Poinginium in the Canacona taluka in the last six months. Speaking to this daily, Mr Ramesh Gauns, Deputy Conservator of Forest, South Goa, said that around 150 applications have been received from the farmers of Poinginium that different kinds of crop were damaged by the wild animals. [NT]
Out of Goa
December 2010 | By: Selma Carvalho

[Selma Carvalho is the author of 'Into The Diaspora Wilderness'. click here]

'There is no phenomenon more permanent in the history of mankind than the migration of men from place to place in quest of easier labour and more abundant means of subsistence.’ An editor at The Times of London wrote that in 1864, when Europeans were heading en masse to North America. The reason why human beings migrate almost invariably boils down to simple economics. Yet more fascinating are the forces that enable and, indeed, empower certain societies to be particularly migratory, and create a mindset that lends itself to migration.

The Parallels Between Afghanistan and Goa
By: Rohan O. Nazareth

Rohan Nazareth attended St. Britto’s High School, Mapusa and did his bachelors in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College – Mapusa. He went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s Bangalore, in March 2010. He is currently working in Afghanistan with a refugee service which predominantly focuses on the education of children (returnee refugees and IDP’s) and the training of teachers.

Goa Hindus take aim at Portuguese record
Article printed from CathNews India:
Posted By jessy On November 26, 2010 @ 4:46 pm In Indian News

A Hindu-based “patriotic citizens” group in Goa has sought local archbishop’s support to condemn Portuguese, who ruled the western Indian state for 451 years.

Some 400 people rallied in the state capital of Panaji on yesterday, the 500th anniversary of Portuguese conquest of Goa. They carried placards and shouted slogans condemning imperialism.

E-waste recycling for Goa
Posted on | Ashley Delaney| Thu, 25 Nov 2010 07:05:09 -0800

Dear friends,

We are pleased to inform you that Goa finally has its own e-waste solution. Due to rapid technological advancement, many electronic products are becoming obsolete within a very short period of time, creating a large surplus of unwanted electronic products, or "e-waste." This is a looming problem, which Goa has no clue about. The union government has got into the act and is set to follow the footsteps of Europe and Japan. The ministry of Environment in September 2010 announced draft rules for handling of e-waste, due to come out shortly, fixing the responsibility on all stake-holders.

News Clips from India

India's rich have been cheating country of billions, for six decades
Goanet News Service | Sun, 28 Nov 2010 23:58:24 -0800 | By | Created 18 Nov 2010 - 00:00

India has lost hundreds of billions of dollars over the past six decades as companies and the rich stashed cash overseas to avoid taxes and hide ill-gotten gains, widening inequality and depriving the poor of crucial resources, a new report shows.

The plunder of India
The Economic Times | 27 Nov, 2010, 07.01AM IST, V RAGHUNATHAN,

India has always been plundered — first by medieval warlords; then by the British; and now by ourselves , which, like a self-goal , is by far the most hurtful. What else can you call it but plunder when our former four-star generals are accused of appropriating apartment spaces intended for war widows? Or when judges are accused of stealing from the provident funds of class IV employees? Or when academic regulators are arrested for graft?

Black Money In India Estimated At $462 Bn
Friday, November 19th, 2010 | Posted by The Weekly Voice

India has lost hundreds of billions of dollars over the past six decades as companies and the rich stashed cash overseas to avoid taxes and hide ill-gotten gains, widening inequality and depriving the poor of crucial resources, a new report shows.

A house-warming party for the world's costliest home
By Hannah Godfrey | Sunday, 28 November 2010

It needs 600 staff to run it – and September's electricity bill was £98,000

A multi-storey house which has a monthly electricity bill of £98,000, needs a staff of 600 to run it, and looks like it was designed by a blindfolded architect may not be most people's idea of home, sweet, home, but it is for Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani. And, to celebrate moving into this, the world's most expensive home, the man who paid £630m for it to be built threw a housewarming party on Friday.

India wants more action from Pakistan on Mumbai
Nirmala George, | The Associated Press | 25 November 2010 07:12

NEW DELHI - India rebuked Pakistan again Thursday for not punishing the masterminds of the 2008 assault on the Indian financial capital that killed 166 people.

Pratibha launches Indian Workers Resource Centre‏
Smita Gupta | | Sent: November 26, 2010 4:24:05 AM
To: Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!

Low wages, delayed salary payments, isolation, combined with a lack of knowledge of the laws under which they can seek redress have, only too often, turned the dreams of Indian blue collar workers living abroad into a nightmare.