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Newsletter. Issue 20 - September 26, 2015


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Faster help for Syrian and Iraqi refugees without compromising Canadian security

SCARBOROUGH, ON, Sept. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today announced additional measures to deal with the humanitarian crisis emanating from Syria and Iraq. It is also making it easier for Canadians to take action.


Meeting media, pope defends his teaching on social issues

'Maybe I have given an impression of being a little bit to the left,' pope says
Pope Francis speaks to media aboard his flight from Cuba to the United States on Sept. 22. (Photo by Paul Haring/CNS)

Pope Francis defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine


Only one-third of Canadians are optimistic about the economy

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Toronto, Sept. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Four in five Canadian investors (82%) believe the domestic economy will grow by two per cent or less in 2016, according to the 2015 Investor Sentiment Report by Sun Life Global Investments. Looking further out, just one-third of Canadians have an optimistic view of the domestic economy over the next five years.


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What does a Goan want?
20 Sep, 2015, | By Fr Victor Ferrao

The question does not any one answer but it is for Goans to discern and nurture those desires that will celebrate and save Goa and Goan-ness.

“What does a woman want?” was a question raised by Sigmund Freud to discern the primacy of desire in his work. Though Freud expressed is inability to answer the question that he raised, one might object to the sexist overtones of his language. Staying away from the sexist problems in the question, we can rephrase the question to discern the desires that we are riding today in our society by asking: ‘what does a Goan want?’


Overseas priests 'not answer' to vocations crisis in Church
Fri, Sep 18, 2015, 01:00

Priests are not like footballers who can be transferred for a fee, says Fr Brendan Hoban

Fr Brendan Hoban of the Association of Catholic Priests warned that bringing in priests from abroad could “empty our emptying churches in a decade”.

Bringing Catholic priests from abroad to minister in Ireland is not a workable solution to the vocations crisis, Fr Brendan Hoban of the Association of Catholic Priests has said. “They could empty our emptying churches in a decade,” he warned.


Pope Francis: We all risk being hypocrites including me
Posted by : Robin Viegas [gulf-goans] |Sep 12 2015

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that we must learn to not judge others or we all risk becoming hypocrites including the Pope himself. At the same time, he said, we need to have the courage to acknowledge our own faults in order to become merciful towards others. The Pope’s comments came during his homily on Friday (11th September) at the morning Mass in the Santa Marta residence.

People Places and Things

“The Rosary Path at Marylake” is well underway to fulfilling Mary’s wishes.

All 59 Rosary Beads have been Donated.
Note: The GTA Goan Catholic Community has sponsored beads #37 & #45
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The Rosary Path at Marylake has made great strides this past month. We now have the foundation piers in place to accept the 18’Crucifix. The Beautiful Bronze 11’ Corpus arrived from the foundry on August 5th and will be mounted to a stainless steel Cross. Then, delivered and installed on the Piers on a 20 degree angle. The Crucifix will be Dedicated/Blessed in late September or early October this year. Many other expenditures are required to establish this Rosary and Pathway for initial use starting this fall. Also, the first five Beads are in place on the Chapel Hill. And thirty Beads in the upper field. We have installed a work tent and facilities for the work people and have fenced off the entire construction area…..for your safety. The Chapel Hill roadway is almost complete. A separate Fund Drive is planned to help pay for the Corpus.

The 2015 Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Toronto Reunion

The Memorial Mass and Reunion Gala, Sept. 13, 2015 afternoon to remember by Raymond De Mello

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We did it our way.....and in a way that would strike awe in most! The success of the main event at the Renaissance Hall in Mississauga, Ontario spoke to the outstanding dedication and organization skills of the Reunion Committee. Our predecessors who were instrumental in handing this legacy to us must surely be smiling down on us with favour as we collectively continue to perpetuate their tremendous vision.

One Goan’s journey from childhood to realm of elders
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mervyn Maciel with Rendille warriors in Marsabit. INSET Cover of Maciel’s books Bwana Karani and From Mtoto to Mzee. PHOTO| COURTESY

At the heart of American writer Lois Lowry’s futuristic children’s novel The Giver are two central characters: the Receiver and the Giver. They have lived in a community where there is no war, suffering, colour, sex, music or love.


From refugees to Parliament: The Goan experience
Vivek Menezes | Sep 13, 2015, 02.00 AM IST | From TOI

Suella Fernandes knew exactly how she wanted to start her British Parliamentary career. The newly-elected 35-year-old Conservative MP for Fareham began her maiden speech recalling "a cold February morning in 1968" when "a young man, not yet 21, stepped off a plane at Heathrow airport, nervously folding away his one-way ticket from Kenya. He had no family, no friends... his homeland was in political turmoil. Kenya had kicked him out..." Christie Fernandes of Nairobi (and Assagao) was part of a wave of Goans and other Indians forced out of Africa to begin life again in an unfamiliar country.


Indian-Americans form group to support Republican candidates
International PTI Author: Niti PTI Bot - September 20, 2015

Chicago, Sep 20 (PTI) A number of conservative-minded Indian-Americans have formed a group to mobilise their large and powerful community for supporting Republican candidates in their White House run, saying this is a "very important time in history."


The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity has its Gala World Premiered on Thursday 17 September at Roy Thompson Hall. Jeremy was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Q program. Listen here –> Jeremy Irons on his brainy ‘bromance’ with Dev Patel


Five South Asians bag Schulich Leader Scholarships

Toronto, September 11 (CINEWS): There are five South Asian students among the 50 Canadian high school graduates who were awarded prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships given to those pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM courses).


News Clips from Goa

Goa: Small population rise fails to shake Christian faith
Robin Viegas [gulf-goans] | Sep 12 at 9:48 AM

Margao: From 359,568 in 2001 to 366,130 in 2011, Goa’s Christian population has registered only a marginal increase in a decade, Census figures released recently reveal. Is this a cause for concern for the Church?


Property disputes plague Catholic families in Goa
(Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP) | Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji | India

Breakdown of extended families has fatal consequences
An Indian fisherwoman walks near a beach in Goa in February 2009. Observers say there is a growing divide among Catholic families with longstanding roots in the former Portuguese colony.

A man stabs his mother and sister over a family property dispute. Another bludgeons his brother and sister-in-law with a spade. Yet another kills his younger brother while arguing over property. In another case this month, an obituary announcement asked family members who had opposed inventory proceedings of the deceased, not to attend the funeral.


Guv calls for joint effort on ‘clean Goa’
September 08, 2015 11:36:03 AM (IST)

Panaji, Sep 8 (TOI): If Goa has to achieve high levels of cleanliness, local institutions like panchayats, municipalities, NGOs and other institutions have to help in generating awareness, governor Mridula Sinha said at a meeting of coordination committee members on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Raj Bhavan on Monday.

Deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza, who was also present, agreed with Sinha. "It is the responsibility of every citizen to maintain cleanliness which will result in attracting more tourists," he said.


Goa 19th on World Bank’s ‘easy states for business’ list
Posted by: Navhind Times September 15, 2015 in National News | PTI

New Delhi: Gujarat was ranked on the top on Monday, among states, on the ease of doing business index prepared by the World Bank, while Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand were placed at the second and third positions, respectively. Goa has occupied the 19th slot in the list.


Illegal structures rise in North Goa coastal belt
Bindiya Chari,TNN | Sep 14, 2015,

Pernem/Mandrem: With the start of the tourist season less than a month away, most of the people, who are in tourism business, in coastal villages of Arambol, Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem, are busy either repairing, refurnishing, or adding a floor or two to the existing structures.


Building the nation through stories
Posted by: Navhind Times September 17, 2015 in Buzz | NT Buzz

Writer, activist and cultural commentator Githa Hariharan, who is part of Goa University’s Visiting Research Professors Programme under the Kavivarya Bakibaab Borkar Chair in Literature, delivered two public lectures in the city. The lectures gave insight into not only the writers she spoke about, but also into society as a whole thereby showing how some issues fail to fade away.

At her first talk at ICG she spoke on the topic ‘Reading Nation Through Fiction.’ She elaborated on the topic by giving example of Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto and his works, particularly those that spoke about partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.


Goa spreads its 'wings' to attract more tourists
Thursday 17 September 2015

Panaji: Home to 400 of India's 1,100-odd avian species, Goa, in a fresh initiative, is now banking on the birds in the hope it can spur the arrival of high-end tourists in the state.

Avi-tourism, according to Goa tourism ministry officials, will help the state attract high-end tourists through an inherent strength the tropical state always had, but never capitalized on. "Goa accounts for 400 out of the 1,100-odd bird species in India. This is a fact which is not known to many. We are in the process of promoting birding as a tourism activity in order to attract high-spending tourists to the state. Avi-tourism is generally associated with family tourism, a concept Goa wants to promote," Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told IANS.

News Clips from India

India’s chaotic lesson in letting go
By Eric Weiner | 15 September 2015

If the point of travel is to challenge ourselves, then naturally we should seek out the most “difficult” destinations, like India. Not to change them – but to change ourselves.

I first stepped on Indian soil some 20 years ago, determined to change the place. I didn’t want to change everything about India, of course, just the parts that I found exceedingly frustrating: the Darwinian scramble at bus stops and train stations, the freestyle driving, the liberal interpretation of a scheduled appointment, the noncommittal answers that were more than a “no” yet less than a “yes”. Determined to change all this, I considered myself a Reformer, and I went about my mission with the gusto of the naļve and misguided.


Ahead of Modi's visit, India set to buy choppers worth $3bn from US
Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Updated: Sep 19, 2015 11:19 IST
India is set to acquire 22 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. (Photo: US Army)

The finance ministry has finally given a green signal to acquisition of 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy deployment helicopters worth $3.1 billion from US defence major Boeing after a delay of nearly three years and 13 price extensions. The deal is expected to cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) next Tuesday, before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his United Nations General Assembly visit to New York. With Boeing and US Army Security Assistance Command threatening to escalate the price after September 30 by nearly 40% after holding it steady since 2009, finance minister Arun Jaitley, defence minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval put their heads together this week.


India charts naval expansion with eye toward rising China
Yuji Kuronuma, Nikkei staff writer | September 20, 2015 10:04 pm JST

India aims to increase domestic development of its defense equipment.

New Delhi -- India is accelerating efforts to bolster its naval capabilities, wary of China's growing influence in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.

A top naval official told the media that India plans to expand its navy by roughly 40%, from 137 vessels to about 200, by 2027. It will increase active aircraft carriers from two to three and submarines from 13 to at least 20, a naval source told The Nikkei.


‘Aerobic’ rice cultivation reduces water usage
Published: September 13, 2015 23:04 IST | Updated: September 13, 2015 | Printable version
A. AnandanS. K. Pradhan &O. N. Singh

The suitable areas include irrigated lowlands, where rainfall is insufficient to sustain rice production.
Present day conventional method of rice cultivation utilises 5,000 litres of water for producing one kg of rice than its actual requirement of 3,000 litres. About 2,000 litres is lost due to flooding and seepage losses. Further, decline in water table necessitates the need for improved water-use efficiency and water productivity in agriculture, particularly in rice cultivation. Thus, the newly upcoming approach of rice cultivation called aerobic rice cultivation reduces water use in rice production and increases the water use efficiency. In simple words, growing rice plant as irrigated crop like cultivating maize and wheat in aerobic condition, where oxygen is plenty in soil.


British telecom major BT to close call centres in India
Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London | Sep 19, 2015
British telecom major BT has announced plans to answer more than 80 per cent of its consumer calls by the end of 2016 in Britain, which involves closing Indian call centres that have been handling most of the consumer calls so far.


Pakistan to generate 40,000 MW nuclear power
PTI/Islamabad | September 17, 2015

The PAEC will help overcome the energy crises in the country as it is making important contributions to the socio-economic sector. (Express Tribune file photo)

Installing nuclear power generation capacity of 40,000 MW was part of Nuclear Energy Vision-2050, Radio Pakistan quoted Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission as saying.

Pakistan will produce 40,000 MW of electricity through nuclear power plants by 2050, helping the energy-starved country overcome frequent outages.


Indian-American businessmen charged with tax evasion
Source IANS: 19th September 2015 01:15 PM

Seven Indian-origin liquor store operators in Chicago have been charged with sales tax evasion and could be jailed for three to 15 years, a media report said.

Law enforcement authorities filed charges against Cherag Patel, Dipakkumar Patel, Jiggarkumar Patel, Mukesh Patel, Nishant Patel, Rajanikant Patel and Vishal Patel following a two-year criminal tax investigation, NBC Chicago reported on Friday citing a statement from the attorney general's office.



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Action Required: E-mail TTC to Remove Offensive Christian Ad
Message from Canadian Goan Catholic Group (CGCG) | | 20/09/2015

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Here is a call to action that needs your attention!

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The attached two pictures are advertisements in TTC subway stations. The 2nd picture was taken out last week at the Dundas TTC station. It states...“The Messiah son of Mary (no more than) a messenger of Allah...Indeed, Allah is but one God exalted is he above having a son.”

Goan Overseas Association presents: Konkan Nite 2015 on October 10, 2015

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For the first time in the history of USA, a Konkani performer from Mangaluru -a well known singer and emerging actress, Ester Noronha will perform in four cities with four shows across North America, along with Goa’s Evergreen Nightingale, Lorna. The show in Toronto-Canada is organized by the “Goan Overseas Association” in alliance with Invictus Films of New York.

Goan Soccer League -20th Anniversary Championship Game‏

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

Lamport Stadium – 1151 King Street W. Toronto – M6K 1E9

After a hard fought summer of 2015, the final game has been decided to be played between


The first 50 paying fans will get a free Commemorative T Shirt. These commemorative T-shirts will be available at the field for $10.00 Which gives free admission to the game.


Events for 2015





Saturday, September 26, 2015 CLR Association CLR 16th Annual Social
Capitol Banquet Centre - Mississauga
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Saturday, November 21, 2015 Navelim Association Our Lady of the Rosary
40th Navelim Feast
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Health & Wellness

New Report Lists 15 Things That Should Never Happen in a Canadian Hospital
September 19, 2015 By Nick Waddell

Surgery on the wrong body part. Foreign objects left in patients after surgery. The wrong blood type given to a patient.

These things should never happen in Canada, but they do. And a new report aims to shine a light on them so they happen less often.

Health Quality Ontario, with input from the Atlantic Health Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative, the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council, and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Friday released a report called Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada. The document aims to bring attention to gaffes that can be prevented using using organizational checks and balances.


Superior health care in Canada is a myth
Times Colonist | September 8, 2015 03:56 PM

Re: “Private surgery is troubling,” editorial, Sept. 6.

Your editorial perpetuates the debilitating myth that we enjoy one of the best health-care systems in the world relative to dollars spent. Although we spend about 12 per cent of GDP on health, our outcomes are often mediocre.


More than the bare bones for elderly with fractures: Osteoporosis Canada Launches New Long-Term Care Guideline

First Canadian long-term care guideline for the prevention and treatment of fragility fractures in residents at long-term care homes now available

Toronto, Sept. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Osteoporosis Canada today released the first-ever national guideline on preventing fractures in long-term care homes, where fractures are significantly more common than among seniors in the community. The guideline, entitled Recommendations for Preventing Fracture in Long-Term Care, offers healthcare professionals, residents of long-term care homes and their families, guidance to help take measures to reduce immobility, pain, hospital transfers and improve the quality of life for residents at long-term care homes.


Where Americans might learn from Canada
Ramachandra Guha | Sep 12, 2015 21:06 IST
Bernie Sanders praised Canada’s health system

The president of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. This is why every presidential campaign attracts such wide attention, both the primaries of the two main parties and then the election itself.

What you haven't been told about acetaminophen
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Health Canada and the makers of Tylenol know how many Canadians die every year from acetaminophen, Canada's most commonly used painkiller...

Health Canada proposes new liver damage labeling for acetaminophen

Health Canada announced it is requesting input from clinicians and other healthcare professionals on proposed revisions to the labeling standard for ...


What Really Matters at the End of Life
Sent by Kevin Saldanha

A difficult concept to comprehend in our clinically sterile world which is considered by many to be just a preparation for the "Great Beyond".

Paliative care physician and Zen Hospice Project founder BJ Miller on what really matters at the end of life – one of the most moving and important TED talks of all time.

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