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Newsletter. Issue 16. August 02, 2014


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Radio Mango Toronto Brings 2 Konkani Legends Together for the Very First Time in Canada! - 28th September, 2014

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They say ‘legends come and go’. However, true legends are here to stay. And no 2 legends are bigger than Lorna and Henry D’Sousa in the world of Konkani music. And when 2 legends perform together on one stage, it is much bigger than a concert, it is a phenomenon.


Ontario looks for alternate care options for aging seniors, says Dipika Damerla, Ontario’s newly-appointed Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
By Nouman Khalil Staff Writer – Southasian Focus

PEEL — With Ontario’s over-65 demographic booming, particularly in Brampton and Mississauga, the Wynne government is looking to options other than long term-care facilities to provide quality care for seniors. “We’re focusing on our ‘aging-at-home’ strategy,” said Dipika Damerla, Ontario’s newly-appointed Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Mississauga East-Cooksville MPP. “We want seniors to live in their own homes with their own families, as long as they want to, and we will provide services so they don’t have to move to a long-term facility.”


Foreign credentials to be fast tracked for 10 more occupations
By Giuseppe Valiante ,National Bureau | Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

Ottawa — Canada is going to make it a "priority" to recognize foreign credentials in 10 additional job fields to help employers choose domestic talent instead of resorting to temporary foreign workers, the government said.


What BrandSpark Canadian Ethnic Shopper Study says about South Asians 
CI News Service | July 25, 2014

Toronto: BrandSpark International, a marketing and product innovation research company recently released its Canadian Ethnic Shopper Study a study which simply reinforced what is already known about South Asian shopping habits, it also compared it shopping habits of mainstream Canada. The study was based on a survey of 8,800 Canadians of Chinese, South Asian and East Asian backgrounds and it showed that value for money was an important when making a purchase and it ranked higher than when compared to the general Canadian shopper more so when it came to over-the-counter health and household care products. Needless to say Walmart emerged as the top shopping destination for South Asian Consumers


Holy Land Christians: The next generation

Bethlehem - Regina Mousalam is adamant that Palestinians are not leaving and will not leave the country of their birth, the land of their ancestry and the culture that is their pride. Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and other Christian Palestinian towns and villages were built around their churches. The homes Palestinian Christians live in, the streets they walk and the extended families surrounding them keep Palestinians wedded to this hard, dry land.

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Canada a top country for "good quality jobs for youth" - EY report

Supporting entrepreneurship key to curbing youth unemployment

Toronto, July 22, 2014 /CNW/ - According to a new EY report, Actions to avoid a lost generation, Canada is a top country for "good quality jobs for youth." But supporting entrepreneurship is key to realizing the potential of these jobs, the firm says.


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


Dignity for all
By Catholic Register Editorial | July 11, 2014

Providing care and showing compassion for society’s most vulnerable members is not an option. It’s an obligation. So says Pope Francis and the Federal Court of Canada.


A 'culture of well-being' has anesthetized us to suffering
Cristian Martini Grimaldi, Seoul International July 25, 2014

We live in a world made numb by the reality and consequences of violence and deprivation.A cursory look at the headlines in any news report this week would reveal a catalogue of attempts by one group of people to abuse and impoverish another.


The Jesuits You Don't Know
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Fr Myron Pereira sj |

Today (July 31, 2014 !) is the feast of St Ignatius Loyola.... the second Jesuit school in the world was incidentally started in Goa. The Jesuits, who are known worldwide for their schools, their writings, their missionary work, and much else besides, have a founder who's one of the great 'unknowns' in church history: Ignatius Loyola. Whenever he is mentioned, people seem to remember that he was a soldier, that he was wounded in battle, that he changed his life... and then stop.


-Fr. Cedric Prakash sj* | Posted by Robin Viegas on [gulf-goans]

‘Fascism’ is best described as a kind of “radical authoritarian nationalism” which saw its roots in the early 20th century of Europe. It thrives on ‘majoritarianism’, where the more powerful (either with numbers or with resources) genuinely feel that there is no place for the weaker or for the minority sections. In the wake of neo-fascist trends emerging in several parts of the world today, it is good to take a close look at some of the characteristics which are embodied in this ideology; these include:

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Mervyn Maciel’s ‘ From Mtoto to Mzee’-An African memoir
London Post – By Selma Carvalho

A memoir can be a tricky little book to write. Who, after all, would care about an anonymous life? Its very ordinariness would make it insignificant. Yet, every year, hundreds of memoirs are published, so many in fact, that mainstream publishers, unless terribly noteworthy, refuse to publish them, thus relegating them to the heap of self- publishing. But even memoirs, not quite weighty, can have their place in literary and historical writing. They are that tiny microcosm of humanity which intimately informs of larger issues. In these small lives, hidden beneath the minutiae of where one schooled or was nursed during an illness, is a wealth of information about cultures, societies, the peccadilloes of everyday people, and the events that shape them.

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“Goenchea Saibak Okman”
An Audio CD Review by – Silviano Barbosa | July 18, 2014 | Sent by Mary Silveira

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Goan Voice Canada Note: The statements, opinions, or views in this article do not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada. Edwin D’Costa lives up to the apt title conferred on him as “The Master Composer” in this latest CD offering of his, “Goenchea Saibak Okman” .

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Edwin’s composition of all songs on this album speaks greatly of his talent in bringing out his caustic social commentary, “zupattyo”on what’s happening in Goa and of its politics today.


The history of early Goan emigration needs to be written (Eduardo Faleiro)
Goanet Reader goanetreader at | Thu Jul 17 14:02:42 PDT 2014
By Eduardo Faleiro | loksevagoa at

Sometime ago, I visited several villages and towns in the neighbouring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka to meet people of Goan origin settled there. During the 16th and 17th centuries thousands of Goans, both Hindus and Christians, left Goa to escape religious and cultural persecution.


Too much time wasted in front of a computer or on cell phones, too little to read the Bible

Beijing - Among the various initiatives related to the spread of the Bible and the promotion of knowledge in mainland China, we report what is called "transmission of the Holy Scriptures in the family", which is promoted by 4 mission stations in the southern suburbs of Beijing. It began on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2015, to celebrate 5 years of their foundation.


Letter from Lisbon: Lessons for Goa
V M vmingoa at | Thu Jul 17 02:10:09 PDT 2014

The news from Portugal is full of doom-and-gloom on its foundering economy, but you would not know it from walking the streets of Lisbon.


Costa Concordia completes final journey before dismantling

Cruise ship hit a reef and capsized two and half years ago, killing 32 people

The Associated Press Posted: Jul 27, 2014

One of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations ended successfully on Sunday with the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner entering a northern Italian port just outside Genoa, after a four-day journey through the Mediterranean sea. The luxury liner was slowly towed away from the tiny Italian island of Giglio where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.

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Dubai: Living life larger but not necessarily better
July 24, 2014|  | By Sabrina Almeida

“Dubai promises money but Canada offers quality of life”.

From the Burj Khalifa to the Atlantis on the Palm Jumeira, the humongous malls and even the supermarkets Dubai dishes out more than the usual. If you have any preconceived notions of this sizzling hot emirate be prepared for it to exceed your wildest expectations. It literally takes the ceiling off “opulence” which often caused me one to wonder if life here could get any more extravagant. As a tourist destination it offers limitless amounts of culture and luxury spoiling you in ways you probably never imagined. The attempt to out-do is strikingly obvious. Whether it is a commercial building, a tourist spot or shopping, if it is in Dubai it must be bigger and better than the rest. The Dubai Mall, for instance, is one of the largest in the world yet the emirate has plans to build an even bigger one. (If you remember, the plan for the Burj was to make it taller than the CN Tower.)

Book Reviews

The Uses and Abuses of History [Paperback]
Professor Margaret MacMillan (Author)

Review By | Junius (London, Middlesex United Kingdom)
This review is from: The Uses and Abuses of History (Paperback)

This is a useful book to be read by the general public or by those beginning to study history at university/A Level. It shows how 'history' can be used to justify policies pursued by governments and pressure groups, as a prop to their arguments. Examples are taken chiefly from the 20th and 21st centuries. So we have Hitler appealing to the myth of the Germany army being betrayed by Communists and Jews in WWI, Bush junior referring back to appeasement in the 1930s, etc.

However, although briefly referred to, the author neglects popular culture. Most people will 'soak up' 'history' from films, TV dramas, novels and so forth. These products aim to entertain, not to educate, so we have such films as Titanic and Braveheart in recent times, to the Errol Flynn films of the 1930s and 1940s. As entertaining as all these are, they shouldn't be taken too seriously, but these misleading stories are equally an abuse of history as a politician's manipulation of it. Some chapters on this aspect of abuse would have been welcome.

A new Bombay book is about a bygone era
Source: Goanet News | Today at 5:55 AM | Goan connection
To Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!

“Look at what’s become of Bombay today — it’s a wonder we even survive!” exclaimed Reena Martins, looking up from her laptop which was buzzing every other minute with a new email. In a conversation with Time Out Mumbai, Martins, the author of the self-published Bomoicar, reminisced about a Bombay “in which people had time for each other. People could come over and you would cook for them; no one said, ‘I don’t have the time’.” Martins, in a slim volume of stories, gives us a peek into Bombay during the twentieth century, with stories spanning from 1920 to 1980. Bomoicar is the Konkani word for Goans from Bombay, and the 31 short stories in the 154-page book take us back to the Bombay that used to be, through the eyes of Goan immigrants.
Martins, a journalist by profession, started working on the book nearly a decade ago, in 2004. She was part of a mailing list called Goanet whose members comprised of Goans living in different parts of the world. Using it as her only source, she crowd-sourced from members and got an overwhelming response. “The idea was to talk about the everyday Goan — not the rich upper crust,” said Martins. The book, which was released in May this year, gives us stories about a city that existed a century ago. The tales take you back to the days of the Prohibition when the Goan Aunty thrived, “big fat” pomfrets cost eight annas each, ladies knitted and chatted on the local to Thane, and Goans needed a visa to come to Bombay.

Stanislaus Cool
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This is an extract from the book 'Bomoicar' (edited and compiled by Reena Martins) goa1556 at

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Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto: review
Toronto Star-Jul 4, 2014

Illustration by Raffi Anderian/Toronto Star ... Jerry Pinto's debut novel, Em and the Big Hoom, is one of those rare books that ... They are the parents of this mesmerizing novel's young unnamed narrator, who bears a striking closeness to the author. ... He is a frequent contributor to the Star's book pages.

By: Dimitri Nasrallah Published on Fri Jul 04 2014

Jerry Pinto’s debut novel, Em and the Big Hoom, is one of those rare books that reads as though the author had no choice but to write it. A coming-of-age story set in a contemporary India, it tells the simultaneously harrowing and uplifting story of growing up in a family anchored down by a suicidal, bipolar mother. Originally published in India in 2012, it collected a few national literary prizes and was shortlisted for the short-lived Commonwealth Book Prize.

Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal: review
Tasneem Jamal | By: Christine Sismondo Published on Thu Jul 10 2014

A perfect summer read that could tempt even the most stalwart non-fiction devotee back into novel territory.
The Story

In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were forced to flee in 90 days as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.

In the ongoing debate as to whether or not literary fiction is dead, its champions argue that indulging in fiction is a precious chance to simultaneously immerse ourselves in an alternate reality, engage with another mind, heighten our capacity for empathy and exercise our imagination. All while soaking up the rays on the patio.

News Clips from Goa

Goa Exposition 2014 site‏
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Goa appoints KPMG, T&L to prepare 'Tourism Master Plan'
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

To focus on right tourism products and to identify the potential tourists visiting the state, the Goa government has appointed a consortium of KPMG Advisory Services and Spanish consultants Tourism and Leisure Advisory Services SL (T&L) to prepare a 25-year master plan.


Goa: NIO's research ship dedicated to the country
Press Trust of India | Panaji July 12, 2014

Research vessel 'Sindhu Sadhana', acquired recently by the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography(NIO), was dedicated to the country today at Vasco.

Union minister of state for science and technology Dr Jitendra Singh dedicated the ship to the country at a ceremony in the presence of Dr P S Ahuja, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Dr S W A Naqvi, Director, NIO.


One fourth of Goa's coastline affected by erosion
IANS | Panaji July 18, 2014

Nearly one-fourth of Goa's 105-km long coastline is affected by erosion, the Rajya Sabha has been told. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Jitendra Singh said in his written reply Thursday that the problem of erosion along Goa, which has some of the most popular beaches in the country, has "accelerated" over the years.


'Goa BJP going soft on Mutalik is cause for worry for minorities'
TNN | Jul 23, 2014,

Porvorim: The Goa BJP government's language has changed since the BJP came to power at the Centre and minorities in Goa are feeling insecure about its soft stance towards Ram Sene chief Pramod Mutalik's planned entry into Goa, Fatorda independent MLA Vijai Sardesai said on Tuesday.


'No one will be allowed to disturb peace in Goa'
TNN | Jul 24, 2014,

Porvorim: "I assure the Goan people that no person, be it Pramod Mutalik or Cedric Prakash, will be allowed to disturb the peace in the state," chief minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday.


Rs 10 crore scheme to boost black pepper cultivation
TNN | Jul 17, 2014,

Panaji: The crunchy Goan cashewnuts are almost synonymous with the state, their flavour was unmatched until now. The Goan black pepper is now set to give a tough competition to the cashewnuts' delicious flavour.


Wife of engineer stranded in Iran says Goa CM has assured help
Press Trust of India | Vadodara | July 27, 2014

Wife of one of the two engineers stranded in Iran since December last has claimed to have received an assurance of help from Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for her husband's safe return.


GOABOOKCLUB- Of Goa and Literature: Unexpected Growth + Dividends‏
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Meena Kandasamy had many suitable places to choose for her book launch last month. The brave, brilliant poet, translator and activist's first novel was already garnering serious acclaim in the UK—where she spends much of her time—and her hometown is Chennai, while India's publishing capital remains New Delhi.

News Clips from India

Indian Government rejects Goa's special status demand
TNN | Jul 31, 2014,

Panaji: The central government has rejected Goa's demand for special status for the state, Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju stated. In a written reply to a question raised by Goa Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik, the minister said that the demand for grant of special status to Goa "has not been found justifiable and hence not agreed to".


Religious violence increases in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow – Violence based on religion and hatred disseminated by Hindu extremist groups are increasing in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. This is denounced to Fides Agency by the Commission on Religious Freedom of the "Evangelical Fellowship of India", condemning the recent incidents that have seen Christians as victims of violent acts of intolerance.


Indian farmers' suicide rate causes alarm
Ritu Sharma, New Delhi India, July 24, 2014

Debt and pressures caused more than 300,000 in past 10 years

'If only I could read his mind, I would have stopped him,' says Sashikala, of her husband, an Indian farmer who killed himself six months ago. (Photo by Ritu Sharma)

Burdened with debts, agricultural losses and increasing pressure from moneylenders, Indian farmer Gajanan Gatkawar followed a path too many Indian farmers before him have chosen: he killed himself.

He was found six months ago hanging from a tree on his farm.

"My husband had a loan of some 300,000 rupees [US$5,000]. He mortgaged his land for cultivation but the yield was lower than what he owed. He had no money to repay the loans and support the family," his wife Sashikala Gatkawar told


A Shot of Good Health. CRY India's Immunization Campaign

Toronto, July 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Gopika was born against all the odds in an area of India where foeticide is prevalent. Hailing from Ponamalai Nagar, a village in the Salem district of Andhra Pradesh, her family cherished their daughter, taking the utmost care in her health and development. Yet before long the harsh reality of extreme poverty set in and the family was forced to migrate to a remote brick kiln where they ended up in bonded labour. From the moment she was born, administering the necessary vaccines proved to be a huge challenge and for the first three months of her life Gopika received only intermittent vaccinations, due to the irregularity of her Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) visits. Once the family had migrated to the brick kiln, these visits disappeared altogether. Now, with the help of CRY India's partner SPT, ANMs are gaining access to remote areas such as these in order to immunize young and vulnerable children.





+Dolorosa Santiago nee Fernandes
Thu Aug 07 12:00:00

Dolorosa (Dolly) Santiago‏ passed away peacefully on August, 4, 2014 in Toronto.   Dolly was born in Karachi, Pakistan,(formerly of Saddar, Frere Road). Beloved wife of Mel, mother of Roland, Ronald,  & Melissa. Cherished grandmother to Keenan. Loving sister of Lionel, Tony, Mary, Domnic (Late), Ralph and Bernadette.

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+Juliao (Julius) D'Costa
Thu Aug 07 01:59:03

Sunday, August 3, 2014: Toronto. Feliciano Juliao (Julius) D'Costa (Ex Nairobi) Husband of Philomena D'Costa. Father of the late Alan, Patricia, Evelyn (Jonathan) and Julia. Brother to John (Veronica), Anthony (Tony), (the late Alice D'Costa), Andrew and the late Helen D'Costa

Visitation - Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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+ Claudine Fernandes
Tue Aug 05 12:00:00

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Claudine Fernandes, wife of the late Walter Fernandes. Claudine passed away peacefully in the presence of her family, at 3:30am on August 4th, just a few days shy of her 90th Birthday.

She will be fondly remembered by her loving daughters, Ramona (Chris) and Joan (Clement), her grandchildren, Elaine, Christopher, Monique, and Kris....  Read more



7th Know Goa Programme 2014

The Government of Goa, Department of NRI Affairs presents compliments and seeks support and assistance of the Indian Missions and the Goan Overseas Associations to promote the “Know Goa Programme (KGP)” formulated for the benefit of Goan Diaspora Youth who are not Indian Nationals but whose parents and/or grandparents are of Indian origin, and have had no opportunity to discover their roots in India in general and Goa in particular.

The 7th Know Goa Programme 2014 is scheduled to be held from November 30 to December 14, 2014. It is intended for students and young professionals in the age group of 18 to 28 years who have distinguished themselves in various fields and who have shown an abiding interest in Goa and in India. The participants will get an opportunity to visit premier educational, cultural, historical and industrial places of interest, besides interacting with local youth and elected representatives at the grass root level, and meet State and Central Government dignitaries.

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  • 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





Sunday, August 24, 2014 Martyrs Shrine, Midland Goan Pilgrimage Click for Flyer(s)

 Saturday, September 27, 2014

CLR Association

CLR Social
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Sunday,   September 28, 2014 – 2.00 pm Radio Mango & Sponsors Rose Theatre Brampton
2 Legends live in Concert
Lorna & Henry
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Sunday, October 26, 2014 Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (UK) Alumni Memorial Mass & Reunion
Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, Surrey.
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November 22, 2014
Navelim Union - Toronto 39th Navelim Feast
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall
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Health & Wellness

Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'
By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website

Sweaty palms, vice-like grips or the insufferable limp hand may be the least of your hand-shaking worries.

Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that a shake transfers more bacteria than other forms of hand-on-hand action.


Guess what women seniors worry about most?

Yes, it's money and the fear of running out of funds in retirement

Toronto, July 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Although retirement is meant to be a time to enjoy friends and family it's finances that typically derail what can be a special time – especially for women seniors.
That's because this segment of Canada's population was raised in a time when most men were expected to control the finances, explains Trevor Van Nest, Owner and Founder of York Region Money Coaches.


Harper government invests in innovative project to combat social isolation among seniors

Vancouver, July 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) announced today New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding of $50,000 to the First United Church for its Seniors' Social Club project.

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