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Newsletter. Issue 08. April 12, 2014


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Newsline Canada

Canada welcomes more new Canadians
Press Release - Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

New Canadian citizens in March 2014 almost double compared to one year ago

April 1, 2014 — Ottawa — Approximately 33,700 people from 199 countries became Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies held across Canada in March 2014. This is almost twice as many compared to March 2013 when 17,089 people were granted citizenship across Canada.


Offering “Express Entry” to Qualified Economic Immigrants
News Release from: Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Actively Recruiting Talented Newcomers For the Benefit of Canada’s Economy

April 8, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada’s active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called “Express Entry.” Set to launch in January 2015, “Express Entry” is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s economic and labour needs.


Hanley lecturer speaks on Vatican II - Learning from Recognizing Other Christian Churches.
By James Buchok

WINNIPEG — Before the Second Vatican Council, Catholics were prohibited from participating in any way in non-Catholic religious functions. Protestants were viewed as fallen away Catholics whose only hope was to rejoin the fold.


Each Canadian taxpayer owes $243,476 as their Governments go on spending

Vancouver: Government liabilities include much more than direct debt, and when all federal, provincial, and local government liabilities are combined, each Canadian taxpayer owes $243,476, notes a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.


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


Church and politics should not mix in India
Posted on April 3, 2014, 11:46 AM | By John Dayal

Catholics should work for democratic development before party politics.

New Delhi: It was expected, but many have still been surprised by the extent to which the Church has entered the political arena ahead of India’s most bitterly fought general election in decades. Has the Church gone beyond its duty as an ethics and morality watchdog, its responsibility to the poor and wider society by intervening like never before in the country’s political processes?


Goa's unique brand of 'vibrant secularism'
TNN | Apr 2, 2014, 01.57AM IST
Robert Castellino

With the writing on the wall staring in the face of the Congress, Union defence minister A K Antony hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh 'secular front' to keep the BJP out of power. Addressing an election meeting in Kerala, Antony said that after the elections several parties which are not ready to join hands with the Congress will have to rethink to avoid the danger of bringing BJP to power. Antony will be pleased to note that in south Goa a 'secular front' within the Congress party, has come into existence, even before the elections! With so many candidates having secular credentials contesting for one seat, secular minded voters will have a wide choice before them. Even Modi will have to admire this brand of 'vibrant secularism'!


Konkdi, Konklish - hilarious observations by Sheela Jaywant in Navhind Times‏

Sheela Jaywant believes the world is fun(ny); she has been writing about that fun(niness) since 1983... and before she came to settle in the land of her ancestors, in previous avatars, she worked as a hospital administrator, in a hotel, as a teacher and librarian.
- By Sheela Jaywant

This happened in the hotel where I worked. One of the staff had returned after a week of absence without leave. The manager asked him in Hindi, “Kyaa hua?” The worker replied: “Mere ko zore aayaa thaa.” Zore in Konkani means fever, but in Hindi it means strength. The manager’s response: “Zor aayaa thaa toh kaam pey kyoon nahin aayaa?” evoked hysterical giggles from those of us who witnessed the absurdity of the whole thing.

People Places and Thingss


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The 2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards was held on Tuesday, April 15th at the Brighton Convention and Event Centre in Scarborough. The ceremony honoured over 300 recipients with awards for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years of continuous service to an organization and was very well attended by over 600 people.

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) Meet and Greet – April 4th, 2014
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The newly elected executive kicked off their term with a buzz of fresh ideas. Members were greeted at the door by Bel Remedios, TEGSA’s new President and his wife Melba  and each member received a lindt chocolate to sweeten their palate. Name tags were handed out and members were assigned to tables, a novel idea for members to meet and get to know their fellow Tegsarians.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuttles in to visit Mississauga Seniors' Badminton Club
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a surprise visit to the Cawthra Seniors' Badminton Club, on Thursday, April 3. He is seen here with a small group of players, four of whom are Goans (Olav Joanes, Ronnie Fernandes,Paul Menezes & Armand Rodrigues).

Goan Overseas Association – Toronto – PULSE Newsletter April 2014


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Dispose of old Windows XP PCs more safely and securely in three easy ways

REDMOND, Wash., April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The ways that people use technology for work and in their personal lives has changed significantly during the past decade. With the emergence of tablets and smarter mobile phones, work gets done faster and content gets consumed on-the-go. And as technology evolves, the older machines get left behind.


Booklet helps South Asians understand Christianity

The South Asian Forum has launched a new booklet to dispel some of the myths surrounding Christianity. The booklet, Jesus Through Asian Eyes, contains answers to 15 questions about the faith that are frequently asked questions by South Asians.


Angolan millionaire offers bid for Portugal's Miro art collection 2014-04-04 08:01:42

LISBON, April 3 (Xinhua) -- An Angolan millionaire has offered the Portuguese government a proposal to buy the country's Joan Miro art collection for 44 million euros (60 million U.S. dollars).

News Clips from Goa

'Goa should bid goodbye to mass tourism'
IANS | Panaji April 03, 2014

It's time for Goa to bid goodbye to mass tourism and focus on specific sectors, a top official has said. Francis Braganza who heads the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), was speaking at the inauguration of the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) in Panaji Wednesday evening that was attended by hundreds of foreign and Indian delegates.


'Goa needs to look beyond beach tourism to attract tourists'
TNN | Apr 7, 2014, 01.08 AM IST

Panaji: Goa tourism will have to look beyond the current mantra of 'sun, sea and sand' if it wants to attract tourists from other countries besides Russian and Europe - this eye-opening suggestion was offered by many buyers at the Goa International Travel Mart 2014.


'Cong manifesto is tailor-made for Goa'
TNN | Apr 7, 2014, 01.22 AM IST

Claiming to have made inroads in the two constituencies of Canacona and Benaulim which were considered to be with BJP, the campaign for Congress South Goa candidate Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco received massive support in Margao and Quepem. While Congress's Quepem MLA Babu Kavlekar appealed to the people to stand united like they stood by him during the last election and give a huge margin to Lourenco, Congress Margao MLA Digambar Kamat carried out an exhaustive door-to-door campaign canvassing support for 'the best choice for South Goa'.


Lok Sabha polls: Candidates in Goa urge voters to exercise their franchise
ANI | Panaji April 02, 2014

In a bid to increase awareness among people for greater participation in the upcoming general elections, a non-governmental organisation in Goa organised a direct interaction between people and candidates from different parties to encourage people to exercise their voting right.


A quiet revolution: Goa University embraces the 21st century
Vivek Menezes,TNN | Mar 30, 2014

Leaving aside the venerable Medical College - the first in Asia - there has never been worthwhile university education in Goa. The state has produced academic stars in every discipline far out of proportion to its miniscule population, but every single one has made a name through institutions elsewhere.


Women's group slams Goa government over liquor notification
Posted on April 4, 2014,

The decision is expected to give a boost to tourism in the state that prides its night life.

Panaji: The Goa government's decision to allow bars and retail liquor outlets to remain open until 4 a.m. was criticized Thursday by a leading women's rights organisation. Bailancho Saad, an NGO, condemned the government, in a statement issued here, for issuing the notification allowing bars to remain open till 4 am. It said this will badly impact the lives of women whose husbands and other members of the family have taken to drinking.


Cleanliness drive in Goa by Indian Navy
TNN | Mar 31, 2014,

Panaji: Over 800 personnel from INS Hansa, the air station of the Indian Navy, carried out a cleanliness drive on March 29 along the road from Bogmalo junction till Bogmalo beach at Vasco. The event consisted of a 6km walkathon followed by a cleanliness drive. The event was flagged off by commodore Deepak Bajpai NM, commanding officer of INS Hansa at 6am. During the cleanliness drive of over two hours, the naval personnel collected non-biodegradable materials along the road from the Bogmalo junction till the beach. The village sarpanch of Bogmalo was also present during this event.

News Clips from India

Two Indians move closer to canonization
Posted on April 4, 2014,

Both Blessed Chavara and Blessed Euphrasias belonged to Kerala-based Syro Malabar Church, from which Saint Alphonsa also hailed.

Vatican City: Two saintly people from Kerala—Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Blessed Euphrasia—have moved a step closer to canonization when Pope Francis today approved miracles attributed to them. Pope authorized Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate decrees accepting the miracles attributed to them, Vatican information service said on Thursday.

Get Rid of Your Old Currency Notes: RBI

An illustration of the currency bills printed before and after 2005.

India’s central bank on Wednesday said it wants to withdraw from circulation all rupee currency notes issued before 2005.


India puts second navigation satellite into orbit
Published on Friday, April 04, 2014 | IANS

India Friday moved a step closer to setting up its own satellite navigation system when in a copy-book style it successfully placed into orbit a satellite using its own rocket.

With the successful launch of the second of the planned seven satellites under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), India moved nearer to a select group of nations that have such a space-based system. President Pranab Mukherjee said the launch was "an important landmark in our space programme and demonstrates, yet again, India's capabilities in space launch technology".


Kuwait Ban on visa on Pakistanis and other nationalities may end

A ban on visa issuance for citizens of six countries could be lifted next month after Kuwait announces new rules to regulate this process, a local daily reported yesterday, quoting a Migration General Department official.




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Please join us on our fifth consecutive Safari to Kenya & Tanzania.  This year we have added an extra night at the Ngorongoro Crater and in Nairobi prior to our return flight. We will also experience the Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camps for the first time in Masai Mara.

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Message from CLR Association
CLR Young Adults Bowling Event - Saturday April 12th, 2014 @ 6pm‏

The CLR Social 2014 President together with its enterprising committee are hosting a Bowling Event for Young Adults an evening of bowling fun and games at Planet Bowl at 6:00 pm on Saturday April 12th, 2014!

While this event is geared towards Young Adults, all age groups are more than welcome to join!


  • Date & Time: Saturday April 12, 2014, 6-8pm

  • Location: Planet Bowl, 5555 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON

  • Ticket: $30/person (Paypal/Credit Card) (Online sales open Monday, March 3) Ticket is non-refundable after April 4, 2014

Goa Retirees - Keep the Dates Free‏
  • June 22, 2014: Chill and Chat
  • August 10, 2014: Speakers Corner
  • September 21, 2014: Casino Night
  • October 5, 2014: Urban Turban Lunch Extravaganza
  • December 12, 2014: Retirees Christmas Fest

Events for 2014





May 31, 2014‏ The Goan Theatre

Toronto - Konkani TIATR

"Gharachem Sukh"
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July 18-26, 2014 BMX Alumni Association 2014 Reunion – 10th Anniversary Celebrations Click for Flyer
July 19, 2014
CLR Association

CLR Picnic
Venue: Erindale Park, Mississauga.

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 Saturday, September 27, 2014

CLR Association

CLR Social
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall. Mississauga

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Health & Wellness

Canadian Diabetes Association unveils first-ever Diabetes Charter for Canada
Diabetes Charter for Canada (CNW Group/Canadian Diabetes Association)

A vision for Canadians with diabetes to live to their full potential

Ottawa, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) released the Diabetes Charter for Canada (Charter) across the country, today, on World Health Day. The Charter aims to empower Canadians with diabetes and their caregivers, while also providing governments with a standard of care to ensure there is comparable support for people living with diabetes across the country.


Beware of the chair: break up long periods of sitting time for optimal health

ParticipACTION's third annual Sneak It In Week inspires Canadians to move more at work

Toronto, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian adults spend 9.5 hours per day – almost 70 per cent of their waking hours – being sedentary. Much of this time is spent sitting at work, or in cars commuting to and from work. But, it's time to beware of the chair. Excessive time spent sitting increases the risk of diabetes and heart attack, and causes high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, sore backs and foggy brains.

Planning a funeral
By Jeannette Timmerman

A surprising comment from my husband, Peter, a few years ago, and some advice given by our lawyer this winter when we were updating our wills made me turn to the topic of dying and funeral rites.

Protein May Help People with Celiac Disease
by Jessica Berman

A molecule found in healthy people may help those with celiac disease. The newly identified molecule, a protein called elafin, tames an enzyme that plays a role in inflammation of the small bowel caused by eating certain grains.


Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows
April 04, 2014

FILE - Vehicles move past Pakistani day laborers sleeping under a mosquito net in the middle of a road in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Geneva — The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing threat of vector borne diseases. In advance of World Health Day, the agencies are urging nations to act to contain these often fatal, debilitating diseases.

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