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Newsletter. Issue 17. August 16, 2014


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Essay for World Goa Day 2014
By: Eusebio L. Rodrigues – Professor Emeritus of English Literature- Washington DC
Nostalgia and a Lament of a Goan Exile or in Search of Goan Self
Republished with permission of Editor, from:

Goa: Continuity and Change, by Narendra .K. Wagle and George Coehlo (Editors), South Asian Studies Papers,No.9, University of Toronto, 1995.

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Newsline Canada

Canadian economy added 42,000 jobs in July, not 200 as Statistics Canada originally said
By Gordon Isfeld, Financial Post August 15, 2014

Statistics Canada, which has run into criticism in recent years over the quality of its data, on Friday said an “isolated incident” due to “human error” was responsible for the wonky numbers.

OTTAWA — Turns out, Canada’s employment picture isn’t as bleak as it first appeared. After an unprecedented and massive revision, Statistics Canada said on Friday 42,000 jobs were created in July — not the measly 200 originally reported by the federal agency only a week earlier.


5 years after recession, quarter of Americans ‘just getting by’
Friday August 8, 2014 6:40 AM

Washington — A quarter of U.S. households say they’re “just getting by” financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.


US Takes Different Approach to Africa than China
by Luis Ramirez| August 06, 2014

President Barack Obama's effort to engage Africa brought together the largest summit of African leaders ever held in Washington. But China has hosted such summits before, and the U.S. gathering highlights what some see as a belated U.S. effort to catch up and expand its economic ties with Africa.


Seniors home project marks milestone for Vietnamese Canadian community
By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Toronto Star- Published on Tue Aug 12 2014

Four decades after arriving as “boat people,” Vietnamese Canadians are planning an elderly care facility where linguistic, cultural and dietary needs are met.

If founding an ethnocultural-specific senior home is a reflection of an immigrant community’s coming of age, Vietnamese Canadians have just reached a milestone.


Brampton hit with a new wave of anti-third world immigration flyers
August 8, 2014 | CI News Service


Brampton is known nationally and internationally at having one of the greatest concentration of South Asians outside of India and as the demographics of the city changes, other immigrant groups, notably White are shrinking dramatically. A few months ago, Immigration Watch Canada sent out thousands of anti-immigrant flyers in Brampton that set off a storm. Earlier this week, another batch of anti-immigrant flyers went out leading people to believe them to be sent off by Immigration Watch Canada. However, when contacted, Dan Murray, a spokesperson of the group said they had nothing to do with these flyers leading people to believe that a copycat is at work.


Hindu priests screened from female border guards at Toronto airport

Female customs officer feels accommodation of Hindu priests travelling to Canada given priority over her own rights
A female border guard has come forward with a complaint that Hindu priests were granted a request to avoid being screened by female guards at Canada’s largest airport.


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


Please support a Goan ....
From: George Pinto [goans_tanzanite] |
To Goans Tanzanite | Aug 6 2014
From the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute, Berkeley, California

Make your support for the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz in 2015 felt and heard in Rome! The people’s support will generally be taken into account by the Pope and the Sacred Congregation for the Saints when they reach a final decision about calling him “Saint” and enrolling him in the Catholic Calendar of Saints. We are cautiously optimistic and hopeful of a positive outcome and that a canonization will occur. Your support is needed now.


India - A flailing society
By Aakar Patel | 09 Aug, 2014, 08:23PM IST

Another Independence Day is round the corner. What should we hope for from our government? I once attended a talk by Harvard University's Lant Pritchett, author of the thesis that India is a "flailing state".
Another Independence Day is round the corner. What should we hope for from our government? I once attended a talk by Harvard University's Lant Pritchett, author of the thesis that India is a "flailing state". Pritchett means that the head (central government and its policy apparatus) is improperly connected to its limbs (execution on the ground), and so instead of coordinated motion, India flails about.


The Indian nation is built, not just born
Source: Goanet Reader
For Independence Day, a reminder that India is still in the making
Author: Fr Myron Pereira- Mumbai India

August 14, 2014 In politics we recognize the principle of 'one man, one vote', and 'one vote, one value'. But by reason of our social and economic structure, we continue to deny the principle of 'one man, one value.' How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? – B. R. Ambedkar, 1949

Every August 15, the people of India celebrate Independence Day and recall with nostalgia the birth of our nation into freedom. But nations are not just born, they are also constructed. True, the citizens of a nation usually have a common ethnic background and origin, but they also share common values.


Should Canadian citizens be ‘celebrating’ India’s Independence Day? 
August 7, 2014 | By Pradip Rodrigues

Following a column I wrote last year about how inappropriate it was for South Asians holding Canadian citizenship to be ‘celebrating’ India’s Independence Day in a passionate display of nationalistic fervor, I received scathing rebuke from some South Asians who were offended by my reasoning. “Aren’t you proud to be an Indian?” one of them asked me. That person’s pride certainly didn’t stop him from trading his Indian citizenship. A more appropriate question to me would be, “weren’t you proud to be an Indian?” I was until about the time I made a decision to immigrate.


India's most vulnerable face adversity alone
Widespread apathy to violence against minority faiths, tribals and Dalits
John Dayal, New Delhi | India- August 4, 2014

India’s several religious minorities weep alone when they are in pain. So to do the Dalits and the Indigenous people, called Tribals or Adivasis. There are a few vibrant human rights groups, who organize factfinding missions, go to the media and demonstrate before parliament. But there has seldom been a national outrage, cutting across ethnicities, languages and caste barriers, which would force policy and judicial reforms, or change the mindset that has fueled so much violence since independence.

People Places and Thingss

Golden Milestones at Westend Seniors Club
By: Judy Lopes

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Anyone who might think getting older means slowing down has not met the Westend Seniors. Vibrant, Enthusiastic, Impressive, Talented and Amazing are members of this Club. They are family and an inspiration to each other and remarkable pillars of our community.

The Survival Of Memory
Nayanjot Lahiri | Outlook Magazine | Aug 11, 2014

Dharmanand Kosambi and other Goa saints

Sancoale Ashram of the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation

Sancoale seemed similar yet different from many other villages in Goa. Spread across a couple of hills, its traditional houses nestling near the edges of forested tracts were like those that grace the rural landscape elsewhere. Mercifully, because of its interior loc¬ation, far from the sand and surf, the fluorescent yellow flats that have come up in many Goan villages were missing here.


Is Portugal the new 'India of Europe?'

Portugal is one of the eurozone's poorest countries. But there's one bright spot: the outsourcing industry. Multinational companies are increasingly turning to Portugal as a base.

Filipa Neves speaks five languages but still couldn't find steady work in her native Portugal. So she was about to move to Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa, where the economy is booming.


Canadian Citizenship Requirements
First Posted on September 25, 2012 by Michelle Kary

In order to take the next big step in Canadian immigration and apply for citizenship you will have to meet certain requirements before filling out any forms. The requirements are relatively easy to understand and this article addresses them all. First of all, you must be of age to apply for citizenship and be a permanent resident as well. People wishing to become Canadian citizens under the age of 18 must have a parent, an adoptive parent or legal guardian apply for them. This guardian must be a citizen or also applying for citizenship simultaneously. (Note: children less than 18 years do not need to meet the residential time requirement.) Both the guardian and the child must be permanent residents. However, if your permanent resident status is contested you will be ineligible for citizenship.

News Clips from Goa

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At 8.23%, Goa sees lowest population growth in 40 years –
Times of India

Panaji: In the two decades that followed Goa's liberation, the state's population growth gained speed with a rise by 34% in the '70s and 26% in the '80s. But it has only been a downward trend, since. According to the latest data released under census ...

Govt helpless in foreigners' illegal stay at Goa: CM
- Times of India

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday expressed helplessness over the illegal stay of foreigners as the law did not give the state too many powers, either in controlling their entry or in forcing their deportation or detention by police. ...

Hospitality, healthcare and alternate healthcare will be our focus, asserts Victor Albuquerque of Alcon Victor Group
02 Aug, 2014,

• Certain sections of people in Goa whip up emotions and create a negative atmosphere for business; hope it changes.
• Local Goans do not work, they have a crab mentality. Well I hope it changes.

A fixture on the economic landscape of the state since 1971, the Alcon Victor group has made its mark in sectors as diverse as hospitality, healthcare and construction. Ajit John met with the chairman and managing director Victor Albuquerque to discuss the challenges and the plans of the group in the years ahead.

Herald: What are the challenges ahead for you as a businessman in Goa?
Victor Albuquerque: we face several challenges. Our businesses are in sensitive areas like tourism and we have healthcare tourism and alternate healthcare. As far as tourism is concerned we have charters and we face problems. The international scenario being what it is it, is tough. We sign contracts for a year and the dollar fluctuates and fuel prices go up which means everything escalates, but the contract stands. Now we have problems in Ukraine and we have rooms booked for the charter flights that come from Ukraine and other Russian cities.


Goa tourism: 5 million visitors by 2016

Panaji, India - The number of tourists coming to Goa has increased during the past two years and the state tourism department is targeting 5 million tourists in Goa by 2016.


Bird sounds from Goa delight enthusiasts all over the world
TNN | Aug 7, 2014,

Panaji: Birds chirping in trees and the wild in Goa can be happily heard in any corner of the world, as a team of local sound recordists has linked the state to an international website. Birders are not exactly a dime a dozen. Their fraternity in Goa, considered a bird paradise with 450 documented species, has shown an increase only in the past couple of years. They can be seen near lakes, wetlands and birding spots carrying binoculars and spotting scopes, but only six of them carry equipment to record bird sounds, and they have put Goa on the world audio map.


Goa iron ore mining might resume soon

Iron ore mining to start soon with rapid clearance of procedural delays

Iron ore mining in Goa is likely to resume soon. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said a new mineral policy is to be presented to the legislature by the end of this month.


Thrice as many Goan teens are drinking alcohol compared with 30 years ago
By Saptarishi Dutta @saptarishidutta August 8, 2014

The number of Goan teens drinking alcohol has increased by three times in the last three decades, according to recent research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Findings of the research done by Dr Aravind Pillai from School of Public Health at Columbia University along with four other researchers show that while 19.5% of male teens born between 1956 and 1960 consumed alcohol, this figure rose to 74.3% for those who were born between 1981-1985.

News Clips from India

Delhi Archbishop calls for justice after new attacks on Christians
Vandalism of church buses in Haryana latest case of violence
Ritu Sharma, New Delhi India August 8, 2014

The archbishop of New Delhi has urged authorities to take more effective measures in combating religiously motivated violence in the wake of an attack on a Christian church in the north Indian state of Haryana.


US Seeks to Expand Defense Ties With India
by VOA News - August 07, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he wants to build on past progress in strengthening military ties with India, as he arrived in New Delhi Thursday for a two-day visit.


Dhoti making way in Indian men's fashion: Raghuvendra Rathore
Aug 8, 2014 13:29 IST | PTI

New Delhi: Fashion designer Raghuvendra Rathore, who is known for experimenting with the traditional silhouettes, has now given a face-lift to men's dhoti. Rathore is set to introduce his bridal collection today at the India Bridal Fashi on Week (IBFW). He feels dhoti is making its way back into Indian men's wardrobe.


Welcome growth in Sikh, Indian communities in Victoria Australia: Denis Napthine
By PTI | 8 Aug, 2014

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today paid his first-ever visit to a gurdwara here and acknowledged the growing role and contributions made by the Punjabi community in the key Australian state.

Melbourne: Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today paid his first-ever visit to a gurdwara here and acknowledged the growing role and contributions made by the Punjabi community in the key Australian state. Wearing a headgear as mark of respect in the Blackburn Gurdwara, Napthine walked across the premises along with his Multicultural Affairs minister Matthew Guy and Amita Gill, the first Sikh woman to stand for the state polls as a Liberal Party candidate.




Iraqi Christians - Humanitarian Relief

This request comes from the Canadian Goan Christian Group (CGCG) . Please feel free to circulate

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There is urgent need to support persecuted Iraqi Christians who have been forced from their homes, stripped of their possessions and subjected to extreme violence and persecution. Many Christian martyrs are literally laying down their lives for their faith.


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  • 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

Study confirms link between dementia and Vitamin D

Too little vitamin D has been conclusively connected with dementia, although more research is needed to establish cause and effect. Experts say preventing dementia would improve many lives and save billions.

A new study has confirmed a link between a lack of vitamin D and development of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Elderly people with a severe vitamin D deficiency are more than twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the research.


Vitamin D May Help Avert Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia
by Jessica Berman | August 06, 2014

Simply taking a daily vitamin D supplement may be enough to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to medical experts.


Health Canada offers tips on proper use of topical antiseptics to reduce infections
Published on July 26, 2014

Health Canada is reminding healthcare professionals, caregivers and consumers of the safe use of topical antiseptics used to clean the skin before an operation (preoperative) or before an injection (preinjection). These products can be considered safe and effective; however, if proper care is not taken when using them, they can become contaminated and cause serious, subsequent infections.

Tata AIG launches three new health products
Sunday, August 10, 2014 | Press Trust Of India | Mumbai, August 10, 2014

Tata AIG General Insurance Company has launched three new health insurance products — MediPlus, MediSenior and MediRaksha.


Part of human brain stays 'youthful' into older age
Staff Reporter | Melbourne Aug 8

At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to a new study.

The research conducted at the University of Adelaide compared the ability of 60 older and younger people to respond to visual and non-visual stimuli in order to measure their "spatial attention" skills.
Spatial attention is critical for many aspects of life, from driving, to walking, to picking up and using objects.

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