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Newsletter. Issue 03 January 31, 2015


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Brampton councillors feel wrath over decision to drop Lord’s Prayer
Peter Criscione | Jan 28, 2015

Brampton resident Greta Archer presented city councillors Jan. 28 with thousands of signatures from residents opposed to council’s decision to drop the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer before every meeting.


UK parliament debates massive corruption in Goa

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ED threatens to sue media, British nationals over graft charges
Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London

A debate in the Westminster Hall of the House of Commons on Tuesday highlighted the problems faced by hundreds of British citizens who had acquired property in Goa legitimately and had started businesses, but were now at the centre of demands for bribery and inquiries.


Pope Francis, the climate advocate
Anna Abad, Manila | Philippines | January 23, 2015
Pope Francis greets the people of Tacloban (Photo by Joe Torres)

Pontiff's comments on global warming are a boost for those campaigning to protect the planet

The recent visit by His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines served as an inspiration and a re-awakening of faith. Countless testimonials bring to light how he invigorated and touched the lives of millions of Filipinos who braved heavy rains and tuned in for his homilies and speeches.

Central to the pope’s message was caring for the poor. The highlight was his trip to Tacloban in Leyte province, underscoring his desire to be in solidarity with victims of Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) who continue to experience social injustice.


Retired life going exactly as planned for most Canadians

Over three quarters of retirees are enjoying the lifestyle they always imagined

Toronto, Jan. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - With RRSP season now in full swing, it seems Canadians would be wise to listen to their elders when planning for retirement. According to a new survey by Tangerine, 90 per cent of retired Canadians say they were able to retire at the age they planned, and 77 per cent are now living the retirement lifestyle they envisioned.*


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Republic day marks the birth of our nation
By Adv Celvi Fernandes Tellis | 26 Jan, 2015, 12:54AM IST

For a long period our Motherland India was under the British Government. During this period India was governed by the law made by the British People. On the 15 August 1947 India got her independence.

The free people of India wished to make their own Constitution. The Constituent Assembly of India took two years eleven months and eighteen days to make a Constitution for India.

The consideration of the Draft Constitution took 114 days. The Constituent Assembly finished it on the 26th November 1949. This new Constitution of India came into force on the 26th January 1950. According to it India became a Sovereign Democratic Republic. Since then the 26th January in every year is observed as our Republic day. Republic means a state having a Government of the people, by the people and for the people. People are the real function-head of all power.


The migrants who just don't belong, by the Archbishop of York
By Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail | 14 January 2009

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says migrants have failed to integrate into British society over the past 40 years Immigrants to Britain in the past five decades have been treated like hotel guests who 'do not belong', the Archbishop of York said yesterday.


Business faces a seismic digital shift
January 14, 2015 1:00 pm JST | Satya Ramaswamy

Nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies for the year 2000 are no longer on the list of the biggest U.S. businesses. Some have fallen from their perches due to business and economic trends beyond their control. Others made strategic mistakes that led to their demise. None, however, has remained untouched by the emergence of the Internet at the beginning of the millennium.

We are at a similar pivot point now: the need to understand and harness the power of digital technology, which is manifesting itself in seismic changes to organizations' fortunes. It is a sink-or-swim moment, in which companies that get it right can leapfrog the competition. But it is far more than a question of adapting to new digital marketing tools, or a passing digital fad in social media. It is something that is fundamental to how businesses operate, behave and think.

People Places and Things

Hindujas - only Britons in world's top billionaires list
  • Eight of the top ten wealthiest billionaires in the world are American
  • By 2016 top 80 richest people will have more than 50% of global wealth
  • Indian-born British siblings Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja ranked 66
  • Briton Gerald Grosvenor - 6th Duke of Westminster - ranked at 94
  • At 119 on the list are British property moguls David and Simon Reuben
  • Oxfam say 'explosion in inequality' is holding back fight against poverty
  • More than a billion people still live on less than $1.25 (83p) a day

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'Xit-Koddi' - January 2015 Bahrain Goans E-Newsletter

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Exemplary case of religious and political harmony in Goa. Handwritten passports to be phased out.
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Mon Sheong Foundation Celebrates 50 Years With Gift to University of Toronto

Souvenir book set charts history of multicultural community in Toronto

Toronto, Jan. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto has changed a lot over the last 50 years. It's gotten bigger. It's gotten more sophisticated. It's become more culturally diverse. And it's found increasingly creative ways to provide social services to its rapidly growing number of citizens.


WhatSim is Here! The First WhatsApp Sim That Makes You Chat With WhatsApp
Absolutely Free of Charge and With No Limits. Even Without Wi-Fi Connection

MILAN and LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - WhatSim connects WhatsApp in about 150 countries with more than 400 operators. The inventor of the Sim card is Manuel Zanella, who also happens to be the founder of Zeromobile and the first mover of wearable technology with his i'm Watch, the world's first smartwatch.


Canadian and US flight schedule change set to boost connectivity with Indian Subcontinent

Toronto, Jan. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Etihad Airways has announced a number of schedule changes to the airline's flights between its Abu Dhabi hub and Toronto, New York, and Chicago, which will start on Sunday, March 29, 2015.


Indian-American kid has world at fingertips
January 17,2015, 11.49 AM IST | | PTI \

New York: A three-year-old Indian-American child can identify all 202 countries, some dependencies and territories on the world map in a jiffy, a media report said.

News Clips from Goa

Tourists Responsible For Social Diseases In Goa, says Goa’s Governor
PTI | Posted: 26/01/2015 13:43 IST

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today warned people against the onslaught of certain "social diseases" in the coastal state brought in by tourists and asked citizens to exercise caution against the possible excesses of their culture. "The tourists who come here bring with them some kind of culture. We welcome all good things which they bring in. But there are some things which they bring and our youth get attracted to them," said the Governor, addressing state level function on 66th Republic Day.  "I can say there are some social diseases which are happening which needs to be controlled. We should know what to accept and what not to accept from them," she said. The Governor's statement comes days after State Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had blamed tourists for bringing in drugs in the state.


Tunnel on Mumbai-Goa highway to shave off travel time
Daily News & Analysis

The state government is planning the construction of a tunnel at the Kashedi Ghat on the Mumbai-Goa highway to cut travel time and traffic jams on the ... Click here to read more

Goa govt in quandary over 50000 job opportunities
Times of India

Panaji: The state government's promise of creating 50,000 job opportunities before 2017 seems unattainable with the industries minister, Mahadev ...Click here to read more

Blindly copying 'Gujarat model' will destroy Goa: Vijai
Times of India

"With no regional plan or land use policy in Goa, and land being scarce here unlike Gujarat or Bengal, coupled with no infrastructure like roads, water ...Click here to read more


Why the church must revive the Christian Gawda Mand
By Adv Joao Fernandes | Published on: September 21, 2013 - 23:36

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The concept of “mand” may be alien to the other communities of Goa, but it is cherished and valued by the Gawda community. Mand was and still remains one of the best somudai (community) of Gawdas


Mormugao port in Goa lines up Rs 3,141 crore projects
PTI Jan 4, 2015,

New Delhi: As part of its expansion plans, the Centre-owned major port at Goa, Mormugao, has lined up ambitious Rs 3,141 crore projects that include capacity augmentation schemes.

Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has plans to award nine major projects for expansion, entailing an investment of Rs 3,141 crore, its Chairman Cyril C George told PTI. "These projects shall have to be implemented on approval from Ministry (Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping) and awarded through PPP (public private partnership) mode, he said.


They voyaged across seas to get to your plate
Andrew Pereira | Jan 25, 2015,

The next time you tuck into that scrumptious bhaji, or the tantalizing humonn swirls around your taste buds, your mind will drift off to a journey of how these very food items, so dear to the Goan palate, have made it to the Goan plate.


Golden spoon award 2015 for Goa
Sent by Tim de Mello

Panjim: The Golden Spoon award 2015, sponsored by Coca-Cola Company India, was awarded for the best performing retail hypermarket outlets in different states. In all, five supermarkets received the award in this category. Oxford Arcade that started in Mazal Vaddo way back in 1985, was the beginning of its meteoric rise. The date of its inaugural was on 20 October.

News Clips from India

Republic Day Parade - 26th January 2015

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In India, Obama Elevates the Nation’s Self-Esteem
Headline in NY Times

New Delhi — India’s military forces marched past President Obama and India’s president and prime minister in great waves of color on Monday morning.

Float representing Goa - 66th Republic Day Parade


Modi, Gujarat-based conglomerates growing stronger
January 18, 2015 7:00 am JST | India's business community | TAKAFUMI HOTTA, Nikkei staff writer

Exhibit-goers walk by The Reliance Pavilion, an entire building given over to Reliance Industries, during Vibrant Gujarat in Gandhinagar, the Gujarat state capital.

MUMBAI -- The seventh Vibrant Gujarat conference was held earlier this month, this time with Narendra Modi serving as India's prime minister, rather than as the state of Gujarat's chief minister. The three-day event is meant to lure investors to the western state. Besides Modi, government and business leaders from 120 countries showed up. Noticeable among the attendees were the executives of Indian conglomerates hailing from Gujarat.


'Modinomics' needs a budget boost
GO YAMADA, Nikkei senior staff writer | January 6, 2015

Tokyo -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first eight months in office have been mixed for the economy. Metropolitan areas have seen growth surge, but rural regions are lagging behind.


India on cusp of breaking out, says Suzuki chief
January 14, 2015 | TAKAFUMI HOTTA, Nikkei staff writer

Mumbai -- Enormous changes are about to take place in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheads economic reforms and promotes manufacturing in the country, according to the head of Japan's Suzuki Motor.


32 years on, IAF gets first Tejas light combat aircraft
January 17, 2015 19:53 IST

Thirty-two years after the project was sanctioned, the first indigenously-built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft was on Saturday handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to the Indian Air Force, a red letter day for Indian defence and aerospace sector.

The handover signals the start of a process of induction of the fighters being built at home under a project which has already cost the exchequer nearly Rs 8,000 crore.




+ Terence Pereira
Thu Feb 12 08:27:53

Terence Pereira formerly from Belgaum, Dar-Es-Salaam and Toronto, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2015 with his family by his side following a brief illness.

Beloved husband of 55 years to Blasia; loving father to Fiona (Eric), Kevin (Rowena) and Jeremy (Michelle); doting grandfather to Mikaela, Alexis, Kristen, Isabella and Sydney.

Predeceased by his sister Isobel (Charli....  Read more


'Goa's Michaelangelo' passes away... A Tribute
Fri Jan 30 12:00:00

Posted on Goanet by Frederick Noronha

The Goan Michelangelo

We have fond memories of Dr Jose Pereira, the the multi-faceted scholar and author, among the tallest Goan intellectuals of this generation, who passed away in the United States earlier this morning (our time). ....  Read more



Saint Joseph Vaz - Celebration of Canonization
Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman,
Apostle of Sri Lanka, Patron Saint of Sri Lanka,

Saint Joseph Vaz was canonized by Pope Francis in Sri Lanka on January 14, 2015. To mark this historic event, the Goan Community in the Greater Toronto Area will be holding a celebration:

Holy Mass Will be Celebrated
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church



Konkan Summer Track and Field‏

When: July 4, 2015
Where: ST. Marcellinus Secondary School
730 Courtney Park Drive

After a break of almost 18 years, track and field is back by popular demand. Members of the various Greater Toronto Area Goan associations have come on board determined to make this venture a success.


Feasts and Festivals in Goa in 2015
Frederick FN Noronha

January: Id e Milad (Jan 4). Bodgueshwar Zatra Mapusa (Jan 4). Chandor, Cansaulim, Reis Magos, Candolim Feasts (Jan 6). Ghateshwar Zatra Mapusa (Jan 13). Makar Sankranti (Jan 15). Rivona Feast (Jan 18). Pilar Feast (Jan 25). Hanuman Zatra Mala-Panjim, Jan 29.


2015 DRGS Alumni Memorial Mass and Reunion Sept 10 - Sept 14, 2015

The organizing committee for the 2015 DRGS Reunion in Toronto, Canada, is pleased to confirm the dates for our upcoming festivities. We take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to alumni in Toronto and around the globe, to join us in celebrating this Reunion. Included in our weekend, together with the traditional golf tournament, bus trip, and gala event, we will be hosting a Memorial Mass for the deceased alumni and faculty.


Events for 2015





Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6.00 pm Goa Amgios Red & Black Carnival Extravaganza Click for Flyer
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11.00 am. GTA Goan Community Saint Joseph Vaz Canonization
Holy Mass

St. Francis of Assisi Church
2473 Thorn Lodge
Dr., Mississauga, ON.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015 CLR Association CLR Picnic
Centennial Park, Etobicoke
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Saturday, September 26, 2015 CLR Association CLR Social
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Health & Wellness

Feeling blah? Tips to weather the winter blues

Survey from The Weather Network shows 43% of Canadians experience winter blues

Oakville, ON, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadians have a love-hate relationship with winter and national survey results released today, Blue Monday, reveal 43 per cent of Canadians have experienced or are currently experiencing winter blues. The survey, commissioned by The Weather Network, found that from January to March, Canadians are more likely to report feeling tired (54 per cent), lethargic (35 per cent) and depressed (24 per cent) rather than energetic (seven per cent) and happy (19 per cent). To help Canadians combat the winter blues, The Weather Network has partnered with Master Life Coach Bruno LoGreco to provide practical tips to get us to spring.


Canadian Snowbird Association Clarifies U.S. Travel Rules

Toronto, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - In a recent article which appeared on CBC News' British Columbia website, it was suggested that Canadian citizens are only allowed to spend 120 days in the United States each year. For clarification purposes, the Canadian Snowbird Association would like to remind travellers to the U.S. that this information is incorrect.


Applications still pouring in to Ontario universities, despite continuing demographic downturn in university-age population

Toronto, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Despite a demographic shift that is resulting in a smaller university-age population, the latest university application figures show high school students are continuing to apply to Ontario universities in great numbers.


Majority of younger Canadians say they owe parents a comfortable retirement, parents say "no thanks": RBC poll

Boomer generation wants to be financially independent in retirement

Toronto, Jan. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - While a majority (72 per cent) of younger Canadians aged 18 to 34 say they owe it to their parents to keep them comfortable in retirement, a higher majority (76 per cent) of their parents' Boomer generation (aged 50-69) doesn't want this "IOU", according to the 2015 RBC Financial Independence in Retirement Poll.


Unblocking Blood Vessels - Heat and a drug do the trick
Yusuke Yagi, Nikkei staff writer

Tokyo -- A Keio University team has developed what it says is an improved method of opening blood vessels that have narrowed and become clogged. Such blockages result from conditions like arteriosclerosis. This device, developed at Keio University, widens blood vessels by heating them and applying a drug.  With the new technique, blood vessels are first softened by warming them up. They are then dilated by inserting a drug-coated balloon. The medicine prevents the vessels from narrowing again. The angioplasty procedure has been successfully tested on animals; according to the team, led by professor Tsunenori Arai, it does no damage to blood vessels.

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