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


Canada The landed ‘refugee’: A new immigrant class?
December 2, 2012 | By Pradip Rodrigues

Back in 2000 I was a new immigrant at a bus shelter one day when a fellow South Asian I was talking to enquired if I came to this country as a tourist or refugee. I was taken aback, did I look that rough? Had my clothing seen better days? I recovered quickly and confessed I was a landed immigrant who qualified under the point system. He had no clue what I was talking about, but by then I was curious to know his status, which he revealed to me quite proudly- he was a landed tourist who changed his status to refugee. He said it as if it was a choice that was offered to anyone.


One Giant Leap for Humanity
By Vivek Wadhwa

In 1990, when my team started a software company, we estimated that we would need $20 million in financing to get off the ground. For my second startup, in 1997, we budgeted for $3 million. If I were starting a similar enterprise-software company today, I would probably seek $500,000. Mobile- and social-app developers often make do by maxing out their credit cards. That is how much things have changed. And as computing continues its exponential march, the cost of developing sophisticated systems will drop even further.

People Places and Things

Toronto’s Goan Overseas Association Brings in the New Year in Style
Excerpts from:
Thursday, 03 January 2013 18:06

G.O.A. Brings In the New Year With Pizzazz
Photos courtesy of Albert Fernandes

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The hall was colourful and the food was scrumptious but even more exciting was the fact that everyone in attendance was there to have a good time. With the hall filled with about 500 people, the smiles, the laughter, the joy and the high spirits lit up room with a joyful and warm feeling that was hard to miss and even if your mood was not quite there when you walked in, it changed instantly as each one was enveloped in the fuzzy feeling!


Goan Association Calgary (GAC) “Chimes” in the New Year by going out full circle

The Goan Association Calgary (GAC) set the stage to ring out the old, and “Chime” in the New, by going out full circle with a Bang, Style and Pizzaz, as they celebrated their New Year’s Eve Dance, supported by a full house with members and guests, who filed in at the Radisson Hotel, to help celebrate the past year and welcome 2013.

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Father Edwin Gonsalves: What I learned about the beauty of life
From the Toronto Star | Jim Coyle | Feature Writer
Published on Friday December 28, 2012

Father Edwin Gonsalves, pastor at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church

Father Edwin Gonsalves at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in Scarborough. "You look at tragic events of 2012 and it was people after that who came together and helped each other."

The Star asked some prominent people what they learned in 2012.

Father Edwin Gonsalves is a clerical-collared hoot. The pastor at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church on Washburn Way near Scarborough’s Malvern neighbourhood is a lithe, 47-year-old, Mumbai-born “Seinfeld junkie” in a black Tommy Hilfiger sweater, with a collection of Toronto Maple Leafs memorabilia in the corner of his office — just beneath the figure of the Virgin Mary.


Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts
Author Brian J. D’Souza

Book Description
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Respected, Revered--and Expendable 

Pain. Getting ripped off. Watching your potential wither on the vine due to contractual disputes that arise when people view you as their property. More pain. For the upper echelon of professional athletes in mixed martial arts, life can resemble the nightmare, described by Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, of a snail traversing the edge of a razorblade.


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Mombasa: One Square Mile of Kenya
By Kevin Mwachiro BBC News, Nairobi

Pressed up against the shoreline of the Old Town in Mombasa, not far from the imposing Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, is a large, well-maintained house with a beautiful entrance.


Insight: From cakes to tech, bold startups defy Portugal crisis
Fri, Dec 21 2012 | By Andrei Khalip

Lisbon (Reuters) - Few things encapsulate Portugal better than its bakeries, where people from all walks of life mingle over coffee and cake. So when a whole new chain emerges in the depths of an economic crisis, it sends a glimmer of hope.

"It's almost like a hideout from the crisis. I was really happy to learn that they are opening more stores, it dispels the gloom a bit," said Ana Justina, a freelance designer and a regular at two of the 12 cosy outlets of A Padaria Portuguesa (The Portuguese Bakery) in Lisbon.


Android cell phones calling the shots in market
By He Wei in Shanghai

Beijing, Dec. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Two-thirds of the cell phones sold in China in 2012 run on Google Inc's Android operating system, making the country the largest market for the system in the world, a recent study said.

News Clips from Goa

Three big issues dominated Goa in 2012
Posted: 29 Dec 2012 05:21 AM PST

A radical political shift, cheap petrol and the ban on mining ensured that Goa remained in the limelight in 2012.

The year’s first big surprise was the manner in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) romped to power, trouncing the Congress-led coalition government whose ministers were battling severe corruption allegations. Even Chief Minister Digmabar Kamat was found desperately staving off allegations of corruption and papering over illegalities in the mining sector. This gave the BJP an opportunity to return to power after a hiatus of eight years.

Goa to move resolution demanding special status
Sunday, 30 December 2012 23:34

Goa will move a resolution demanding special status for the tiny State, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

Members debate importance of special status for Goa at youth convention
TNN Dec 30, 2012,

Margao: Stressing on the importance of Goa acquiring special status, advocate Radharao Gracias questioned the seriousness of the BJP-led state government in carrying forward this demand of the people.

Goa to achieve 100 % sanitation coverage by 2014
Posted: 24 Dec 2012 10:32 PM PST

Goa aims to achieve 100% sanitation coverage and 100% open defecation free to become Nirmal Goa by the year 2014, PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar said on Monday.

Briefing the media, Dhavalikar said that to achieve this the government had declared the year 2013 as ‘Goa State Year of Sanitation’ with a preparatory phase from October 2012 to December 2012. “We have already taken up active awareness campaign at the block level and successfully completed eight blocks out of 12 blocks and I am personally attending the block level awareness campaign,”

Goa hopeful of being allowed to issue Visa on Arrival (VoA ) 
Posted: 24 Dec 2012 10:33 PM PST

While welcoming the decision of the Indian government to ease restrictions on tourist visas that mandated a two-month gap between consecutive visits by foreign nationals to India, the tourist trade in Goa hopes that the Centre will heed Goa’s request to be allowed to issue Visas on Arrival (VoA).

News Clips from India

Lavasa - India’s New Eco-Friendly City
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January 2010 By Karrie Jacobs | Photo: Courtesy of Lavasa

Not far from Mumbai, one man is creating what may be the green city of the future.

A view of Warasgaon Lake, in Lavasa, India, 130 miles southeast of Mumbai.

Indian industrialist Ajit Gulabchand has spent the past eight years developing a hill station, a leafy mountain retreat of the sort that India hasn’t built since the British departed in 1947. An imposing man of 61, with a full head of gray hair, Gulabchand—whose Hindustan Construction Company is best known for the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a 3 1/2-mile-long bridge joining Mumbai to its western suburbs—habitually talks about the fledgling city, Lavasa, in the jargon of New Urbanism, a planning movement that has its roots in 1980’s Florida. “The idea is a Transect model, where it’s very high density,” he explains, using a term coined by Miami-based architect (and New Urbanist icon) Andrés Duany. “Seventy percent of our population would be in walking distance from one another.”


Cyrus Mistry takes over reins of Tata Group
December 29, 2012 | Mumbai

Bombay House, headquarters of the Tata Group, braced for a change of guard at the top with its chairman of 21 years, Ratan Tata, retiring on his 75th birthday to make way for his appointed successor, Cyrus Mistry. From Saturday, when 44-year-old Mr. Mistry takes over, Mr. Tata will be Chairman `Emeritus’ of the Tata Group. Even as Mr. Mistry entered Bombay House on Friday morning amid a huge media presence, Mr. Tata was on a visit to Pune, Tata Group sources said.


Indian math genius Ramanujan's theory finally proved right
Daily News & Analysis
IANS / Saturday, December 29, 2012 19:03 IST

Mathematicians from a US university have finally solved a cryptic puzzle renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan claimed came to him in his dreams while he was on his deathbed.

While on his death-bed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, British mathematician GH Hardy, outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of, along with a hunch about how they worked, the Daily Mail reported.



Michael Paul Teixeira - 1918 to 2013
Wed Jan 16 12:00:00

It is with deep sadnes that we announce the death of Michael Texeira ex Uganda and Kenya, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 15, 2013 surrounded by all his family. Beloved husband of Anne. Loving and devoted father of Christopher (Audrey), Terence and Heather & grandfather of Sacha-Rae, Shaun, Micah, Devohn, Stephen, Stacey and Scott. 

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In Memory of Peter Azavedo- 1936 - 2013
Thu Jan 10 12:00:00

Peter Azavedo, formerly of Nairobi, Kenya, passed away suddenly in Ajax, Canada, on January 6th, 2013.  He will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife Violet of 44 years, his sons Clifford / Michelle, Christopher / Christina, and Clinton and his cherished grandchildren  Anthony, Gabriela, and Cayin. He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters Cynthia / late Tom, Maura / John....  Read more


Tue Jan 08 01:41:30

Passed away peacefully on January 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer, at his residence in Port Perry, Ontario, with his family by his side.

 Beloved husband of Eileen and devoted father to Michelle (David) and Jason (Nicole).  Adored "Pop-Pop" to his grandchildren Rowan, Merrick, Easton & Mavic.

 Predeceased by his father Honorato, deeply missed by ....  Read more



Project on Toronto's Goan Catholic immigrant community from Bombay

Roselle M. Gonsalves, a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary is writing her doctoral dissertation on Toronto's Goan Catholic immigrant community from Bombay (Mumbai). Her project focuses on the immigrant experiences of Goan Catholics in Toronto, and how this community forms its identity in the new place.


Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni Memorial Mass (Goa) Scheduled for 10:00 AM. Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 in Old Goa

The Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni Memorial Mass has been scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at the Basilica Bom Jesus, Old Goa, Goa 403402. Former student, Rev. Fr. Ayres Fernandes, will preside at the Memorial Mass.

Light refreshments will be served after the mass.  Further details can be found on our DRGS web site:


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Health & Wellness

New Year, New Job? Survey Identifies Greatest Challenges When Starting a New Job

Toronto, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Workers who ring in the new year with a new job may find learning the ropes to be their biggest challenge, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nearly half (49 per cent) of employees and 39 per cent of managers interviewed said mastering new processes and procedures tops their list of concerns when joining a company. Twenty-three per cent from each group cited getting to know a new boss and colleagues as the greatest hurdle.


Letter published in Toronto Star
Re: Health Canada brushes off reports of serious side effects - Oct 29

From: Rudy Fernandes <>
Subject: Re: Health Canada brushes off reports of serious side effects - Oct 29
Date: 29 October, 2012 12:03:35 PM EDT | To:

Click here to read response from Minister of Health, the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq.

It is very disconcerting to learn from this candid Star investigation that Health Canada is not investigating individual reports of serious side effects of prescription drugs. One can easily detect a pattern of indifference at Health Canada to the very serious developments that are very disturbing indeed.


The End of Family?

About the video:
Author Joel Kotkin says that the notion of family, as we know it, is no longer a central tenet of society. People are choosing not to have children, or to delay marriage - if they marry at all. Does this spell the end of family, or is it just a re-imagining of what we've come to know?


The Rise of Post-Familialism: Humanity's Future?
By Joel Kotkin | Created 10/12/2012 - 05:42
Published on Joel Kotkin (

This piece is the introduction to a new report on post-familialism from Civil Service College in Singapore, Chapman University, and Fieldstead and Company and authored by Joel Kotkin.

For most of human history, the family — defined by parents, children and extended kin — has stood as the central unit of society. In Europe, Asia, Africa and, later, the Americas and Oceania, people lived, and frequently worked, as family units.


Computers can bypass lab experiments: Indian scientist

Kolkata, Jan 4 (IANS) Computational chemistry can bypass lab experiments to predict properties of materials for further application, a leading scientist said at the 100th Indian Science Congress here Friday.

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