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Masala, Mehndi, Masti,
Toronto Mastifies South Asians - Goan cultural show thrills the audience at MMM!
By: Silviano Barbosa
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I had a great time today at Toronto Harbourfront after attending the annual Massala!Mehndi!Masti festival, which presents some of South Asia's best cultural heroes in almost all fields. For full text click here.

Lorna arrived in Toronto
O n 9 August 2004, the date of her birth anniversary. Present at the welcoming ceremony at the Lester Pearson Airport were the President of Goan Heritage Canada, Mr. Agnelo Rodrigues and other members of the organisation as well as well wishers. The celebratory reception took place at the residence of Everest Fernandes, President of Goan Soccer Association, where Lorna cut the birthday cake. Also present at the celebrations, were comedians Ben Evangelisto and Dominic and Music Maestro Norman Cardozo. [Photo received from John D’Souza, Goan Voice Canada].

Ontario housing slightly less affordable, says RBC Economics
First time buyer demand to be impacted by weaker affordability

TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The cost of owning a home in Ontario was slightly higher in the second quarter of 2004 than it was the previous quarter, according to the Housing Affordability Index released today by RBC Economics. For full text click here.

Bibles banned from citizenship ceremonies
CBC News
SASKATOON - Citizenship and Immigration Canada has banned the Canadian Bible Society from giving out Bibles at citizenship ceremonies, saying the practice is not consistent with the federal government's secular nature.
"We find that allowing holy books to be made available at citizenship ceremonies detracts from this message and could be construed as a tacit endorsement of certain religions," the citizenship department told the society in a recent letter.
See also: Becoming Canadian http://www.cbc.ca/news/becomingcanadian/

Ontario invites public debate on mandatory retirement
TORONTO - Ontario will move quickly to end mandatory retirement at age 65, Labour Minister Chris Bentley said on Wednesday as he announced a series of public hearings on the issue.
"We are determined to end the practice of mandatory retirement without undermining existing rights to retire, to retire early, or undermining current pension plans," Bentley told a news conference in Toronto.
"Ontarians are healthier and living longer so it is unfair to insist that they stop working simply because they reach age 65."
Some labour groups have complained the proposed change is a cost-saving move by business and governments.

Slower, lower, weaker: India at the Olympic Games
CBC News Viewpoint | August 18, 2004 | More from Jeremy Copeland
A commentator on the local TV coverage of the first day of the Olympics summed up India's shortcomings at the Games. After his colleague speculated about Michael Phelps's chances of setting a record for winning the most gold medals at one Games the commentator said: "Isn't it amazing that here we are talking about the possibility of one athlete taking seven gold medals and our country of one billion people may not even win a single bronze medal?"
India's performance in past Olympics has been, to put it mildly, disappointing. At the Sydney Games four years ago India won just one bronze medal. That was in weightlifting. Tennis provided India with its only medal of the 1996 Atlanta Games, that one also a bronze. Before Athens, the only other medal India had ever won in an individual sport at the Olympics was also a bronze in wrestling at the 1952 Games in Helsinki. More at ...

CBC Launches Exclusive South Asian VideoOn Demand Channel
By Binoy Thomas
CBC, Canada's national broadcaster always in tune with its multicultural communities, has taken the lead in launching a South Asian channel that will now be available on Rogers Cable as a Video on Demand (VOD) service. This is the first community specific channel in Canada. For full text click here.

Happy Goa Day - August 20
Listen to music for Goa Day "Proud to be Goan"
Words and Music by Basilio Magno from Spain.
To download MP3 file http://www.goasudharop.org/goaday/proudgoa.mp3

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

Govt gears up for exposition
The state government has proposed to arrange accommodation to 7,500 pilgrims daily during the exposition of the sacred relics of Goa's patrol saint, St Francis Xavier. The 42-day exposition will begin on November 21 and culminate on January 2, 2005. Official sources indicated that nearly 3 million people - both pilgrims and tourists - are expected to visit Goa during the exposition period.

IFFI work gains momentum
With Goa signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre on the staging of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the process to get the state ready for the big show has started picking up. The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which is the parent body for IFFI-Goa will hold its governing body meeting on August 14 at the old GMC complex, to finalise the arrangements for the festival. The IFFI executive committee meeting will be held on August 19 to okay the arrangements finalised by the ESG. The ESG meeting will be chaired by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar who is also the ESG chairman.The IFFI executive committee meeting will also be attended by Ms Kapoor, film makers, Mr Subhash Ghai, Mr Shekhar Kapoor, Mr S Chopra, principal of Goa College of Art, Mr Mahesh Vegurlekar, Mr Rajendra Talak, Mr Rajiv Shinde, Mr Tomazinho Cardozo, Ms Madhavi Dessai, Mr Anil Samant, Mr Lucio Miranda, Goa CII representative, Mr Caesar Menezes and IFFI's nodal officer, Mr Sanjit Rodrigues.

Uniting goans across the world
Rene Barreto acknowledged as the Father of World Goa Day, swings into action once again, exhorting Goans of the world to celebrate being Goan. An UK-based Goan NRI proves that while you can take the Goan out of Goa, it's not easy to take Goa out of the Goan. Non-Resident Goans of all shapes, sizes and vintage jumped at his idea of a World Goa Day in 2000. Resident Goans are lukewarm about a World Goa Day but a fever is already building up among the Goan clubs in India and abroad. This is a day to celebrate quintessential Goa - traditions, heritage, culture, cuisine, music, literature, poetry - anything and everything that is truly Goan

Hell breaks loose over helmets
Mapusa came to a standstill yesterday over the move of the traffic police to implement the helmet rule within the city limits with two-wheelers owners protesting against this decision of the cops. Thousands of two-wheeler owners resorted to a traffic blockade at the Hanuman Chowk on August 16 evening demanding return of their money paid by way of challans issued by the traffic police and documents confiscated in the process. Caught in the traffic jam was the Law Minister, Adv Francis D' Souza, who was forced to alight from his vehicle and subjected to a barrage of questions by the residents of Mapusa. Bowing to pressure, D'Souza concurred with the views of the protestors that the helmet rule needs to be enforced only on highways and not within the city limits.

New rules threaten charter flights
The Indian Navy is all set to play nemesis to the tourism industry's ambitions for the third time in less than a decade. This time, however, the problem has reached serious proportions and threatens to halve the number of charter flights landing in the state during the upcoming season. Allotment of landing and take-off slots to foreign charter flights at Dabolim airport has once again become the centre of controversy only months after Rear Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Goa Area, assured the state that the airport was open for civilian operation 24-hour-a-day.


Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Celebrating the Saint Francis Xavier Exposition in Toronto
Venue : At St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, (Mavis & Matheson),
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
The Friends of Saint Francis Xavier invites all to come and join in the celebration of the feast of St. Francis Xavier
The solemn procession will start at 10.00 a.m. with the relic of St. Francis Xavier and Choir. Joining in the celebrations will be the many Goan Groups covering Cultural, Social, Seniors, and Sports activities. The procession will be followed by solemn high mass.Celebrant : Monsignor Terence D'Souza
Thereafter the congregation is invited to a Family Fair in the Church Hall, with food stalls, gift tables, etc..
Everyone is invited (Admission is Free)

For further information on participation, contact
Lazarus Pereira (416) 292-1653 or fax: (416) 292-07 Francis Fernandes 905 629 0277

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At a time when there seems to be more of individualism and egocentric tendencies in today's world, the Goan community is being challenged from many angles and proud to observe it especially by our very own youth, to prove that we can indeed be united. For full text click here.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Saturday August 21th, 2004
Event: LORNA in Toronto
Venue: At Sir John Macdonald C.I. Auditorium, 2300 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough.
Time : 1:00 p.m.
Luiza D'Sa (450-676-8560 / )
Joan Paes (514-733-3330)

Live in Concert - The Nightingale of Goa in "GOENCHO MONTRI"
Produced by Goan Heritage Canada
Lorna will be performing with Dominic, Ben Evangelisto and Music Maestro Norman from Goa.
                                                     Click to see flier.
For tickets : $20

Winnie Crasto 905 890 2725 Loretta Flower 905 270 8686 ext 347
Marshal Fernandes 416 242 5618 Everest Fernandes 416 242 5022
Agnelo Rodrigues 416 292 9059 Lewis Gomes 416 298 0437
Joe Vaz 416 724 5386    

Saturday August 21st, 2004
Event: World Goa Day 2004 - Picnic
Organised by : Quebec Goan Association, Montreal
Venue: Parc Agrignon, Lasalle
Time : 10.00 am
Please bring a dish {Goan if possible), your drinks, chairs, umbrellers, etc. etc. [all your picnic stuff].
There will be a Pot-Luck Lunch and and lots of fun and games. A sing-a-long is planned for those interested.
The entries for the youth essay competition will be accepted befoe 2.00pm.
Luiza D'Sa (450-676-8560 / ) Joan Paes (514-733-3330)
Rose De Souza 514-744-1905
Austin de Souza 514-626-8516
Phyl Gomes 450-466-4469 Maria de Souza 514-626-8516
Theo Da Silva 514-630-3845 Lucita Gonsalves 514-482-3040
Leticia Rodrigues 514-631-9920 -
Flora Marlow 450-477-9949
Adrian De Souza 514-744-1905
Venue: Parc Agrignon, Lasalle
(De la Verendre entrance)
Date: Saturday, 21 August 2004
Time: 10.00am - sunset
Rules:- "YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION" [9 years - 20 years]

The essay competition is for our youth between the ages of 9 and 20 years. Prizes will be awarded to the best essay in various age groups.

1. Each youth can choose to write on any one of the following topics:
a) Why do I call myself Goan.
b) What does it mean to be Goan.
c) How does it feel to be a Goan living abroad.
d) What do I like about Goa and Goans.

2. The article should be about 100 words, with the chosen topic clearly indicated at the beginning of the essay and the persons name at the end.

3. The contestants Name, Age, Address and Phone number must be provided on a separate sheet.

4. All essays must be submitted by 2.00pm at the Montreal WGD_2004 picnic on August 21, 2004.

5. The essays will be judged by a panel and their decision will be final. The winners will be announced and the Prizes will be awarded at the NIGHT IN GOA, on October 16, 2004. These essays will then be posted at our site and could be posted on Goan forums on the net.

Sunday August 29th, 2004
Event: The Weekend to End Breast Cancer - Charity Lunch
Organised by : Gwen and Steve Colaco, Jessica D'Silva
Venue: Crown Banquet Hall
6835 Professional Court
Tel: 905-678-2222
Time : 11:00 a.m. onwards
Tickets: $25 pp or $200 for a table of 10
Children 4 and under free
Music By:
Freddy - The One-Man-Band
All funds raised at this event will be donated towards research at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Please check out our flyer and be a part of this fun-filled event and help find a cure.

Friday September 11th, 2004
Event: For Natalia
Location: St. Marguerite D’Youville Church
2490 Sandalwood Parkway E.
Brampton, Ont (905) 792-7497
Northwest corner of Sandalwood Parkway E. & Torbram Road North of Bovaird
Information: (905) 793-5734 or 793-8333 or 793-9637 or (416) 604-2622
Tickets: $20.00 each
Enjoy an evening of fun, famous Italian and Spanish classical music
A major portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation www.childrenswish.ca/chapters/ontario/events/php www.brampton.com www.CatchTheSpiritBrampton.com

Goan Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php

Saturday September 25th, 2004
Event: The Cortalim Association of Toronto Invites You To Celebrate
The Feast of St. Philip and St. James
Place: Claireport Place: Banquet & Convention Center
65 Claireport Cr., Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/ Albion Rd)
Adeline Fernandes
Clara Fernandes
Coney Pereira
Sue Maya
Anne Rodrigues
Manuel Coutinho

Sunday October 03rd, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goans Seniors Association - Fund raising
Event at Our Lady of Rosary Church 10am to 4pm.Details to follow

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
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People Places and Things

US: Reuters Outsourcing Journalists
by Jacques Steinberg, New York Times
Outsourcing has become all the rage in recent years, and India has become a favorite destination for Western companies that want to send jobs to cheaper markets. Companies as different as Delta Air Lines and Dell Computer have hired workers or subcontractors to perform customer service, data entry or other computer-related jobs once done in the United States. For full text click here.

By Joseph Zuzarte
[email protected]
From: Goanet

F N Souza Funeral
The generally unmourned death of Dom Moraes recently one again highlights the unconcern in Goa towards eminent sons of the soil who shine in other lands. Similarly last year with F. N. Souza.
According to many, Dom was the greatest living writer of English in this country. He never won the Booker or anything of that sort. He was not that kind of wrier, a novelist. He occupied a more rarer realm; he was a writer's writer. He also possibly peaked too early, and then went steadily downhill.For full text click here.

Indian engineers to save UK rail network
Goanet by:Eustaquio Santimano
Faced with acute shortage of skill, Britain has imported a dozen Indian engineers to carry out urgent work on its crumbling rail network and refurbish signal boxes dating back to the Victorian era.
The emergency mission to upgrade the outdated Victorian signal boxes was launched when desperate bosses realised there were not enough experts here to do the job, Daily Express tabloid reported.
More than 150 years after Britain first built tracks in India, Network Rail chiefs have been forced to spend around £40,000 to fly in the 12 Indian workers because of the skills shortage.
see full article at : http://www.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet/2004-August/108578.html

How the Tate Family conducts business
News Release By: Mili Tate
There is Dick Tate who wants to run everything. Ro Tate tries to change everything. Agi Tate stirs up trouble whenever possible and Irri Tate always lends a hand.
Whenever new ideas are suggested, Hesi Tate and Vegi Tate pour cold water on them. Imi Tate tries to mimic everyone, Devas Tate loves to be disruptive and Poten Tate wants to be a big shot. But it is Facili Tate, Cogi Tate, and Medi Tate who always save the day by getting everyone to pull together.


August 12, 2004, BERTIE CARVALHO passed away in Dar es Salaam. Bertie will be missed by his wife Lurdina(Lulu) Carvalho and all his family and friends. Condolence messages may be sent to

10 Aug. Montreal, Canada. ARTHUR FERNANDES. Husband of Marie-Claire [nee Martyres]. Father of Clinton, and Kenneth. Brother of Jimmy and Dennis. Visitation will be held at Kane and Fetterly, 5301 Decarie [corner Isabella] on August 21st & 22nd from 2:00 - 5:00pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The Funeral [mass] will be held on Monday Aug. 23rd at St. Malachy's Church [corner Isabella & Clanrandal] at 11am. Details in Thursday / Friday "Montreal Gazette".

Health & Wellness

India can generate $5 billion through health tourism
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) :
India has the potential to attract one million health tourists every year and this will contribute up to $5 billion to the economy, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said Sunday.
India must leverage its competitive edge, especially its cost advantage, to attract a large number of medical tourists to the country, the CII study report said. For full text click here.

Transport Canada warning.
Warning from Transport Canada. Imagine if you walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. Then you lock all your doors, start the engine, shift into REVERSE, and you look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space. You notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into PARK, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper or whatever it is that is obstructing your view. For full text click here.

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