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Canadians (Vancouver) Edge Panjim In 'City Of Tomorrow' Contest
From Times of India AP[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 04, 2003 09:21:29 PM ] TOKYO: A vision of 22nd-century Vancouver, Canada - complete with hydrogen-powered neighbourhoods and kilometres of interlocking "greenway" parks - won an international competition to design the city of tomorrow, while a model from Goa emerged joint winner of the second prize.

Pursue Portuguese Passports as an Entree to Europe
Posted on Goanet by Eddie Fernandes
By JAMES BROOKE Source: New York Times, Sunday, 8 June 2003
VASCO DA GAMA, India. On the highway to the international airport here, atravel agency uses billboards to hawk one of Goa's most popular products:Portuguese passports.

Canada - Report says Skilled immigrants left in lurch - education ends up wasted
From Toronto Star... Jun. 6, 2003. 06:12 PM
OTTAWA-Canada recruits more and more highly skilled immigrants and then leaves many to virtually fend for themselves, a parliamentary committee reported yesterday.
In a report on the federal government's settlement program for new immigrants, the House of Commons immigration committee said newcomers are increasingly falling through the cracks because of a policy that recruits highly educated and skilled immigrants, but lacks adequate programs to help them adapt.
The committee lamented the situation of immigrants who don't know enough about Canada and its job market before they get here and sometimes see their dreams of a new life fade.

Ontario Court of Appeal approves same sex marriages
From www.toronto.cbc.ca - Jun 10 2003 12:03 PM EDT
Toronto - The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional, potentially paving the way for gay weddings in the province.
"The existing common law definition of marriage violates the couple's equality rights on the basis of sexual orientation under [the Charter of Rights]," read the decision released Tuesday.
However, the decision doesn't mean that Ontario will automatically begin to register the marriages. Premier Ernie Eves said that he personally has no objections to the unions, but said the decision would ultimately be made in Ottawa.

GOAN WELFARE SOCIETY` NAIROBI, Newsletter January-June 2003
See text version at http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/jun/msg00030.html

Excerpt about Sambau
Sambau, pronounced sam-au, means security in our mother tongue, Konkani. The Sambau sub-committee of the GWS was formed in September 2002 to look after the security and safety needs of the Goan community during the general elections that took place in December 2002. At the Annual General Meeting held on April 14, 2003, the Sambau Committee received approval from the General Body to continue its operations for a period of 5 years. The Sambau Committee would like to sincerely thank all the members who were present and gave the Sambau Committee this new lease of life. The Control room at the Goan Gymkhana became operational on June 03, 2003. Initially, the Control room will be manned for three days every week from 19.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs. Should the need arise, and with your support, we will run the program on a daily basis. The telephone contacts of the Control room are 0733-312416 and 0722-925806. Please keep these numbers handy for use in an emergency situation.

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Water, Water
The water shortage: In recent years the government has initiated umpteen schemes to augment the water supply, to tide over the perennial water shortage. However, due to increased urbanization and other factors, Goans have not been able to receive adequate water supply, and the water shortage could not have been more acute than this year for man, animal and plants. The acute shortage faced by the Opa Water Works has compelled the government to implement a scheme to pump water from the Selaulim irrigation project into the Kalay river. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assures us that the water works taken up presently, to the tune of Rs.47 crore, will augment the water resources within the next two years.

Advent of the monsoons
Goa generally gets the first taste of the rains with the pre-monsoon showers in April and May, followed by the full blast of the monsoons by the second week of June. For the 2003 monsoon to show up and relieve us of the sweltering heat, we had to wait until June 10. But even two days later Goa has not witnessed the expected, heavy downpour despite all the thunder and lightning, (particularly in the early hours of June 12). Faced with dried up wells and PWD taps, people in several areas in Goa have to rely entirely on PWD water supplied through tankers. The earlier the proper showers ensue, the better if would be for all, the agriculturist included. According to K V Singh, Meteorologist, Government of India, if the trend observed over the last couple of years persists, Goa will once again experience below normal rainfall.

Back to school

Many of them wearing smart, new uniforms the students of about 1,267 primary schools, 443 middle schools and 367 secondary schools in Goa resumed their daily chore on June 9, after a long, 43-day summer break. There were rumours that the re-opening date for schools would be postponed due to the delayed monsoons. But this did not happen. The school student community (from Class I to X) in Goa is nearly 2.30 lakh strong.

SSC Results
In all, 10,257 students were successful in clearing the SSC exams of March-April 2003, registering a pass percentage of 61.99 percent. Of late, the girls seem to be consistently recording a higher pass percentage than boys. For more text click here.

Film Festival Centre
The latest in the happy series of good news for Goa is the decision of the Central government to locate permanently the International Film Festival of India centre in the State. For more text click here.

People Places and Things

Toronto Goan Pioneer, Neves Menezes, 45th Wedding Anniversary Celebration.
by Uvy Lopes
Twice president of the Goan Overseas Association (GOA) and twice chairperson of its Board of Trustees, Neves Menezes and wife Mabel, were toasted to a grand 45th wedding anniversary at the Lions Club Mississauga, by family and friends on June 8th, 2003.
Formerly of Nairobi, Menezes is one of the founders of the GOA - 1970. Since the birth of the association, Menezes has been playing an active part in its affairs.
His latest involvement was as chair of the board and President of Goan Charitable Organization for two terms, from 1998 to 2002. He also served as first chair of the building committee and then helped in securing the property owned by the GOA.
In his toast, his cousin and best man at his wedding, Dr. Horace Vaz, took a nostalgic trip to the day of the wedding and life in East Africa. Following him was Dr. Lorna DSilva, Mabels niece, who said very special things about her aunt and how the Menezes family helped Lornas family and others when they first migrated to this new country.
Chair of the board, Roque Barreto, outlined how he and Menezes, along with other friends, worked hard to get the GOA off the ground. Barreto punctuated his toast with wisecracks against Menezes.
Barreto remarked that GOA, also known as Gift Of Almighty, remains carved on Nevess heart as Menezes holds the record of attending 32 of the 33 annual general meetings of the GOA.
It was a surprise party given by their son Norbert and his wife Valerie and daughter Jacqueline. More than 200 people joined to cheer the happy couple and dance to the music of Henry & the Moonrakers.
The event was videoed by Shooting Stars & Images.


Verna's Shri Mahalasa figured among most important, largest, richest and most exquisitely embellished Hindu temples in Goa. The temple noted especially noted for providing shelter to the Hindu widows escaping the dreaded Sati custom, was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1567. After Liberation, the number of devotees visiting the sacred site went on increasing, leading to a strong desire to reconstruct the once magnificent temple. The Temple-Reconstruction Committee was formed. Though the foundation stone was laid by Shri Shakaracharya of Shringeri Mutt on 18th December 1975, the reconstruction work came to a halt for inexplicable reasons. However, the reformed Temple Reconstruction Committee has
earnestly undertaken the work again. A Master Plan has been prepared by Architect Abhijit Sadhale. Though the raising of the Rs.3 crore needed for the project appears to be a Himalayan task, the Committee appeals to everyone to come forward and help reconstruct the magnificent Mahalasa temple.

For more information go to the web site at http://www.shrimahalasa.com/facts.htm
(Thanks to Jerome Mendes for providing this link)

Grandma's Sorpotel and other Recipes


Job Opportunity in Toronto - Mississauga Area
Wanted Machine Operator to run automatic labelling machine (pressure sensitive labelling)
Location: Mississauga. Shift work involved. Hourly rate to be negotiated.
Contact: Joseph D'Souza, e-mail:

Tanzanites have new website
The website address is http://www.webapptron.com/tanz2003

Looking For
By Rene Baretto.
I am trying to trace relatives of mine...most probably living in Canada. They lived most of their lives in Assansol, West Bengal. They later lived in Bandra, Bombay for a few years before following their daughters to Canada, around 20 years ago. The husband had a spinster sister living in Assansol, in a convent or similar institution.
-- John & Ruby Mascarenhas , + 2 daughters.Eldest daughter's name is Carol
-- John's spinster sister's name is Winnie Mascarenhas and used to live in a convent or similar institution in Assansol.
-- John's parents were Jack Mascarenhas (Arrarim, Saligao) and Blandinha Machado (Tabravaddo, Saligao).
-- John, also fondly called *Sanu*, is my mother's first cousin.
I would be grateful for the email, postal, residential addresses, telephone, cell phone or FAX numbers of John & Ruby, their daughters and John's sister Winnie Mascarenhas.

Goan Youth Appreciation Day
From Goa Sudharop, www.goasudharop.org. GOA SUDHAROP is organizing a Goan Youth Appreciation Day later this year. We invite your nominations for recognition for our raduating High School and College Seniors as well as for young Goans doing volunteer work. Currently, plans are to have a lunch for these young Goans in the San Francisco Bay area and their families. Please send your nominations to: Goa Sudharop, c/o Acaria Almeida or email her at 18 Wimpole St., Moraga, Ca, 94556, (Phone: 925-376-2737) or email her at or Filomena Giese at .
From the North American Goan Reunion: Final preparations are underway for the grand event in Long Beach, California from July 3-6. A few tickets remain, get yours fast and avoid disappointment. Visit www.goacom.com/goa-la.

31 May. Gillingham, Kent, UK (Mungul, Goa). LAURENCE REBELLO (ex-Nairobi Heroes). Husband of Philomena. Father of Stephen and Theresa. Brother of Lino/late Annie, Arcanjo/late Benjimita, Lourdes/Alex Da Cruz.
Funeral held on Friday 13th June at 10.00 a.m. at Our Lady of Gillingham Church, Ingram Road, Gillingham, Kent.


Saturday, June 14, 2003
EVENT: Siolim Social ~ Toronto
Location : The Forum Banquet Hall, 1771 Albion Road, Rexdale - SW corner of
Albion Rd and Hwy 27.
The Siolim Social committee would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the feast of our Patron saint - St. Anthony.
The evening will begin with a Mass @ 5:30pm followed by an evening of fun!
There will be dancing to the tunes of "The New Illusions" and a scrumptious buffet of snacks and dinner.
What more could you ask for than celebrate two events for the price of one - St. Anthony's feast and Father's day.
Tickets are priced at $18.00 per adult and $9:00 per child between the ages 6-12
We look forward to meeting you, your family and friends on Saturday, June 14th
For Tickets contact:
Melanie Lawrence
@ home 416-283-5569 -

Saturday, June 14, 2003
EVENT: Stanley Pereira Memorial Cup ~ Field Hockey festival and Picnic.
Hosted by : The Toronto Rovers Field Hockey Club
Time: 10:00 am onwards.
Tentative Location: Sunny Brook Park - Hockey Field # 2 & 3, Leslie & Eglington.
Program Event Details:
Prayer in memory Of Stanley Pereira - 10:00 am
Field Hockey Festival -
Pot Luck Picnic
Entertainment and Games for Children U12 yrs
Card Games, Board Games and Bingo for Seniors
Charges:Field Hockey Players only - $5.00 for Adults &> $2.00 for U12 yrs.

Directions: Hwy 401 - South on Leslie - park on your right before Eglinton.
Registration : Deadline June 07, 2003
Contacts: West End : Jonathan Gorjao - 905 275 4852 Augusto Antao - 905 785 2285

Friday June 20 th , 2003
G.O.A. Young / Senior AdultsCommittee

Boat Cruise
Friday June 20 th , 2003

Boarding Time 9:00 p.m.

Returning Time 2:00 a.m.

Members - $25 Guests - $35

Featuring the sounds of DJ Kamran & DJ Kaya

For Further Information Please contact:

Joanne Lobo (416) 948-6573 Andrea DGuerra (905) 566-4451

Natasha DSouza (416) 629-8064 Troy De Souza (905) 270-9165

Tanya Aguiar (905) 824-2945

Friday July 20th , 2003
EVENT: Toronto ~Tanzanite Picnic & Dance

The Tanzanite Picnic is on Sunday July 20th, at Centennial Park, Area # 6, Etobicoke at 10:30 a.m. (more details to follow)

The Tanzanite Dance is on Saturday, October 11th, 2003 - details to follow

For details contact:

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