Newsletter. Issue 02. January 15, 2011


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The Canadian economy will grow more quickly in 2011
Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

The Canadian economy will grow more quickly than expected, with the jobless rate declining and the loonie climbing as high as $1.05 (U.S.) in 2011, according to an updated forecast from Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs.

Pope Begins New Year With Call For Religious Freedom, End To Violence
Written by Carol Glatz Monday, 03 January 2011 09:57

VATICAN CITY - Opening 2011 with a strong call for religious liberty, Pope Benedict XVI condemned deadly attacks against Christians and announced a new interfaith meeting next fall in Assisi, Italy.

Harper to UAE: “Give me a break”
By David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief
| January 8, 2011 6:25pm


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper hopes Canada never does to any of its allies what the United Arab Emirates is doing to Canada.

Kenya-Uganda oil pipeline tender put on suspension | 2006-05-30 18:17:37

KAMPALA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The tender process for the extension of an oil pipeline from Kenya to Uganda has been suspended due to a petition against the process, state-owned The New Vision reported on Tuesday.


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


What ails Goa?
on behalf of Goanet Reader
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There is little unanimity about the source of Goa's woes, says
Frederick Noronha

A spectre of pessimism is overtaking Goa these days. Actually, it has been hovering around for long, but is now reaching wider numbers and finding more takers more easily.

Wheat from Chaff -The Catholic Bigot, the Hindu Right and Goan Citizenship
By Jason Keith Fernandes
(A version of this essay wasfirst published in the GomantakTimes 5 Jan 2011)

'Ghar ki murgi dal barabar' (the gravy of the home-bred chicken tastes like lentil soup) and 'the grass is greener on the other side of the fence' in addition to the obvious, also seem to capture perfectly a widespread social tendency.

The times our legislators insulted Goans in 2010
By Nisser Dias | Goanet COLUMN | Fri, 07 Jan 2011

As I reminded the readers in my last article of the chief minister Digambar Kamat’s words to niz Goenkars, “I don’t depend on your votes, go ahead and do whatever you want”. But he was not alone in degrading and insulting Goans. PWD minister and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao went a step ahead and called Goans ‘squealing pigs’ for objecting to a mega housing project in his constituency. It was very obvious that he was acting on behalf of the promoters and inspite of his directives to the authorities to sanction the plans, nothing was moving forward as a PIL was filed in the High Court against the project by Carmona panch Orlando D’silva. Churchill’s frustration came out in his words. However it was not the first time that the strong man from Varca has been abusive to Goans. It is pertinent to remind that he was caught on camera calling Goans ungrateful when he was a parliamentarian.

People Places and Things

Blessed Joseph Vaz - a hero for our times
Posted on GoaNet | George Pinto | Wed, 12 Jan 2011

Jan 16, 2011 is the 300th death anniversary of Blessed Joseph Vaz (Patron of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman). See more information at

A man who worked with different religious faiths, he is a role-model for inter-faith peace and justice. In 2010, the Vatican was petitioned (including 1,200+ signatures) by the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute to canonize Blessed Vaz.

'Exchange bandit' battles gambling demons
Sunday, January 9, 2011 | 11:59 PM ET | CBC News

A former Bay Street financier serving time for robbing banks to fund his gambling habits says he still has to fight the urge to place bets.

Kevin John Pinto, 39, says his compulsion to gamble was so dire the first call he made at the police station after he was initially arrested wasn't to a lawyer or a loved one — it was to his bookie to place a bet.


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The New G.O.A. 2011 - 2012 Committee
(From left) Onecia Ribeiro (Editor), Rowena D'Souza (Vice President), Roque Viegas (Treasurer), Maria Paes (Secretary), Sheila Ribeiro (President)

Pope's book “Light of the World” makes best-seller list

January 11, 2011. “Light of the World”, the book which contains an exclusive interview with the Pope, was a hot item this Christmas. Translated into 16 languages, the book was the 7th most-sold book in Spain and in Italy, it ranked number 15 on the best-seller list. Some 200, 000 copies were sold in German, and about 75,000 in English and French.
How the Earth will look in the year 3000
Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | 09 January 2011 01:02

CALGARY - A study predicts there will be havoc akin to a big-budget Hollywood disaster movie in the next 1,000 years even if people stop emitting all carbon dioxide into the atmosphere now.

News Clips from Goa

Mercury drops to 17 degree Celsius on Wednesday January 12, 2011 in Goa
As the temperature dropped late Tuesday evening, it was no surprise that the mercury registered a low of 17 degrees Celsius, the lowest this season, on Wednesday morning.

Goa looks to tap US tourist market in Feb
Posted: 11 Jan 2011 09:18 PM PST

Goa has announced its plans to tap the American tourist market this year even as a delegation of US hotel owners are down in the state exploring business potential. Goa’s plans were announced by tourism director Swapnil Naik during an interaction with the hotel owners at a four-star resort in Candolim on Monday evening. “We have plans to hold a series of shows and press conferences in the US in February,” Naik said. A delegation of 30 hotel owners from the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) are currently here to explore the tourism potential between Goa and America. Also at Monday’s interaction were tourism minister Nilkanth Halarnkar who assured all help to the investors in the tourism sector.

Govt to document Goan artisans, handicrafts
TNN, Jan 9, 2011, 05.09am IST

PANAJI: Goan artisans and their handicrafts will soon be documented by the state government for socio-economic and tourism purposes.

Catching crabs with shark fins and chicken guts in rural Goa

According to popular social lore, a 'Goan crab' is that person who is jealous of his peer's success and does his best to pull him down. ...

Varca (Goa), Jan 5 (IANS) Away from Goa's sun-kissed beaches, trance parties and neon lit coastal streets, young boys dressed in shorts are still happy wading shin-deep in muddy, smelly water armed with shark fins or rotten chicken entrails to hunt crabs.

Goa Grape Escape Must Go On 
07 January 2011

The annual Goan wine festival known as the Food and Lifestyle Festival Goa, must go on despite protests by misinformed, well-meaning women during the 4-day private visit on Monday by the Honourable President of India, Shrimati Pratibha Patil, urging her to put a stop to the wine festival to be held for the seventh year in State’s Capital Panjim, writes Subhash Arora .


Fertilizers for Goa Mango Trees
By Suzanne Richmond, eHow Contributor |
October 26, 2010

  1. More than 77 varieties of mango have their origin in Goa, India. It is the birthplace of the art of grafting mangoes, which has resulted in some of the finest tasting varieties in the world, according to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research of Old Goa. Fertilizer applications to the tree as a young seedling result in strong growth and good production in later years .

News Clips from India

PM announces merging of OCI, PIO cards
New Delhi, Jan 8, (PTI)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced merging of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards into a single facility to simplify visa-free entry and participation of Indian diaspora in business and other activities here.


India will be 2nd biggest economy in 2050: says PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
Monday, 10 January 2011

LONDON: The Indian economy will register the second fastest growth between now and 2050 and emerge as the second biggest economy in the world by the middle of this century, according to a forecast by the consultancy group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, released on Friday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister open for discussion on 9000 MW N-plant Complex
New Delhi January 9, 2011

With the ambitious Jaitapur atomic power project getting mired in a controversy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said he has called an 'open house' on the subject on January 18 to clear doubts on the issue. "I have called a meeting of all MLAs, Leaders of the Opposition, top scientists from Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), green activists, social scientists from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences on January 18," he told reporters in New Delhi.

The Chief Minister said the meeting, to be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai, would be his attempt to clear all doubts related to the 9900 MW nuclear power project being developed by the DAE in collaboration with French company Areva.

India's provocateur releases 'last' book
By Tim Sullivan | Associated Press | Published: Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 8:47 a.m. MST

New Delhi - This book, he insists, will be his last.

It's a novel about two old men, written by a 96-year-old who says he can't have much time left. So after this one, the man who has been a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, a famously grumpy writer known for everything from beautifully wrought novels to fart jokes, vows to go silent.