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On the Social Scene

Your Community ..Your Friend
The fund raiser for Alison DeSilva, held on April 24, was supported by a sold-out attendance of more than 700 persons, which included Alison herself and her parents.
Spearheading this event were Delfine & Norman Da Costa, Clara & Danny Fernandes, and Sara & Raymond Ferrao

New Seniors Group
The new seniors group formed for the East Greater Toronto Area took off with a flying start. About 130 seniors showed up, paid the enrolment fee, and elected the executive committee with Claude Gomes as the first president. A full program of events is planned for the summer. See the Announcements section for contact details.

Goan Overseas Association –Toronto – AGM Highlights.
Current membership 962, down 30 from 2002
The financial situation was much healthier with a surplus of $66,000 of which more than 50% came from the popular Viva Goa Festival where the turnout exceeded 4000.
The bank mortgage for the 10-acre property in Vaughan, the City above Toronto, will be virtually wiped out in 2005, leaving $360K owed in debentures and interest payment to members.
Founder members, Roque Barreto and Aloysius Vaz were re-elected for a second two-year term on the Board of Trustees.
The 2003 Annual Report is expected to be on display on the G.O.A. web site.

The Goan Charitable Organization
Roque Barreto is the President, with Aloysius Vaz as the Secretary/Treasurer. Elma De Souza and Paul Faleiro were elected to serve as members for 2004/2005.
The GCO raised more funds than ever before most of the amount from the now annual walk-a-thon. At least 40 families received financial support, or food vouchers, or help for funeral expenses.
The Goan Charitable Organization is registered with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a charity with registration # 11923-5315-RR001. This number can be used for those making United Way Donations, which will then be sent to the GCO.
The GCO walk-a-thon is being held on June 5 this year. See the events section for details.

Goan Soccer in Toronto
Evarist Fernandes will be doing the honours promoting soccer through the Goan Soccer League. (See Events section for link)
Teams from Dubai and the U.K. are expected to take part in the Viva Goa Indoor Soccer Tournament.

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

58% polling in Goa
In the second phase of India’s 14th Lok Sabha elections, Goa went to the polls on April 26 to elect their representatives for the Panjim and Mormugao seats. The elections, which passed off peacefully, witnessed a voter turn-out of 59.29 per cent in North Goa and 56.97 per cent in the south bringing the overall total to 58.13 per cent. For full text click here.

“Down To Earth” Jazz fest
The three-day “Down to Earth Jazz Fest” took off at the Campal garden in Panjim on April 22, in the presence of Norma Alvares, Devika Sequeira, Patricia Pinto, Pamela Cabral, Suvarna Fonseca, Wendell Rodricks and Pallavi Dempo. A jazz bands that played on the inaugural day were UK’s “Louise Jones Quartet” and “Right Line”, while Rahul Alvares gave the audience a closer view of the animal kingdom. For full text click here.

Thus spake Keith
During his recent visit to Goa, British MP of Goan origin, Keith Vaz, opined that Goa can be a model for the entire world in these times of class, creed and racial conflicts that afflict human society. “Goa can be a classic example for the world, where the people can perfectly live with each other,” he said during his talk on the improving relations between India and UK. Vaz said the decision to host the International Film Festival venue in Goa is a good thing to happen in the state since it will boost to tourism in the state.

“Milagres feast” in Mapusa
The feast of “Milagr Saibinn” (Our Lady of Miracles) was celebrated at the church of St Jerome in Mapusa on March 26. For the entire taluka of Mapusa, “Milgarichem Fest” is a major event. Not only the Catholics, but a large section of the Hindu community also visits the Mapusa church to pay homage to Our Lady. On the day following the feast, one sees long queues of Hindu devotees, particularly women with small children or with wax offerings, in thanksgiving for favours received or to make vows.For full text click here.

All Goa mango show
The Directorate of Agriculture will organise an “All Goa Mango Show” from 15 to 17 May, 2004, at Menezes Braganza hall, Panaji, Goa. The main objective of the exhibition is to bring the awareness among the unemployed youth, students, the farming community and the public in general, and to expose them to the latest development in the field of mango cultivation and also to bring competitiveness among farmers to increase production and productivity of the mango crop.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

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

Saturday May 08th, 2004
Event: May Ball 2004
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Venue Crown Jewel
1730 S, Elmhurst Road,
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 758-8225
Cordinally invites you to its first function of the year.
Time : 6:30 P.m to Midnight Entertainment  
Appetizers : 7:00 - 8:00 Dinner : Buffet Style
Dinner : 8:30- 9:30 Attire : Appropriate
Dancing : 9:30- Midnight Parking : Free
Cash Bar  
Tickets (Admission Per Person.)
Members   Non Members  
Adult $25.00 Adults $40.00
Juniors(9-18) $15.00 Juniors (9-18)
Children: (0-8) Free Children (0-8) Free

Paid membership is for the calendar year.To give potential members a chance to take advantage of the special rate, the committee has extended the deadline to pay membership due to saturday, May 1, 2004.
Lee Gonsalves,
President GOA Chicagoa.

Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Event: A Marian pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankani
Organised by Goan Association of NJ

The Goan Association of NJ, Inc. is planning a Marian pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankani at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 22. The pilgrimage will include mass, rosary, a tour of the Cathedral and its crypt and the adjoining John Paul II Museum.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30 AM and return by 9 pm from Central New Jersey.
Pick up will also include Delaware residents.
Cost will be $24 per seat if all 49 seats are taken. The bus company needs to know by March 8, 2004.
If you are interested, please send your check to the Goan Association of New Jersey Inc, P.O. Box 335, Cranbury, NJ 08512, by March 1, 2004.
If the required seats to fill one or two buses are not taken, we will still go on the pilgrimage, but car pools will need to be organized. Lunch is available at the Shrine cafeteria or can be brown bagged. If you have never been on this pilgrimage or taken the tours, they are well worth your investment in time and money. So sign up and give your spiritual side a
For details call Mike Alvares at (302) 239-3147 or email

Saturday June 05th, 2004
Event: "Annual Walk A Thon"
9:00 a.m.
Lakeshore Promenade
(in Mississauga)
click here to view the map.
  • Free BBQ
  • Free refreshment
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Have a great time and help your brothers and sisters in need in our community

For More on the Goan Charitable Organization click here
Please make a pledge : send e-mail to with you name & pledged amount

Sunday June 13rd, 2004
Event: The Feast of St. Thomas 29th Annual Aldona Social
Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke, OntarioMass: 12:00 p.m. sharpDance to the music of DJ Fatz
Tickets: (Purchased before May 27)  
Adults: $27.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $10.00 (3 and under free )
Tickets: (Purchased after May 28)  
Adults: $37.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $15.00
Appetizers Onion Bhajias/ Pakoras
Caldo Verde SoupVeal ParmagianShrimp MasalaHot & Spicy Chili Chicken Singapore Style NoodlesVegetable Fried RicePlain RiceEggplant Curry Tossed SaladRoast PotatoesItalian Mixed VegetablesVegetable TrayDinner rolls
Assorted Fruit Platter Caramel Pudding Pineapple Pluf Assorted Cakes Jello Coffee & Tea
Children's menu
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Fiona Pinto-De Souza - President 905-278-1403
Trevor De Souza - Treasurer 416-497-4386
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People Places and Things

PAKISTAN New Karachi Archbishop Stresses Church Renewal, Role Of Laity
KARACHI, Pakistan (UCAN) -- Archbishop Evarist Pinto, who was installed as head of the archdiocese Feb. 22, emphasized renewal when he later held a "meet the people" program at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi, 1,150 kilometers south of Islamabad.
"The times call for a renewal of the Church at all levels -- in the liturgy, catechesis, communications, common life, parish communities and family life," said Archbishop Pinto. He also spoke of a common vision for the archdiocese aimed at renewal "in our apostolate, education, interreligious dialogue, media and so forth." For full text click here.

Canada: Dr. Colin D'Cunha Falls From Grace
From http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/
21 Apr. Toronto Star. Headline: Scathing report blasts health chiefs. Judge singles out Dr. Colin D'Cunha. Excerpts:
Poor leadership, petty bickering and a lack of planning, money and expertise badly hampered Ontario's ability to stop last year's deadly SARS outbreak, according to a new report… The then-chief medical officer of health Dr. Colin D'Cunha is called "the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Former Tory health minister Tony Clement, who was the political face of much of the SARS battle last year, confirmed he was well aware of D'Cunha's failings in dealing with the crisis, but feared that firing him would send the wrong message to the public when it came to having confidence in their health care. Full text, 1385 words click here.

USA: Victor Menezes to step down
From http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/
21 Apr. The American Banker. Headline: Citigroup Exec Menezes to Retire. Victor Menezes, a senior vice chairman of Citigroup is to retire at yearend. Mr. Menezes, 54, has spent 32 years at Citigroup and worked in various posts in Asia, Latin America, and Europe before coming to the United States as Citicorp's chief financial officer in 1995. He was head of the emerging markets business. But Citigroup stumbled in Argentina in late 2001 and 2002 and Mr. Menezes was shifted out with Sir Deryck Maughan, a vice chairman, appointed to run it. He will act as the chairman of a new Asian Advisory Board. For a profile of Victor Menezes click here


19 Apr. London (East Finchley). LEONIE LOBO (ex Nairobi). Wife of T. J. .Lobo. Mother of Mavis, Maureen/Alvito (Nairobi) Betty/Trevor (Toronto) Neil/Lesely (London). Grandmother of Alton, Alvito Jr, Ailis, Giles, Caitlin and Erin. Condolences to and funeral details from

13 Apr. Moira/Ex-Aden/Miramar, JULIUS ALBERT NAZARETH. Beloved husband of late Lira Veronica, father of late Dr Melwyn/Dr (Prof) Marilyn, Fr Oscar, OP, Frederick/Patricia (Canada), Dr Brenda/Cosme Menezes, Dr Sarita. Doting grandfather of Merwyn, Mousinho & Marissa, Catherine, Pascol & Andre, Maryann, Christine, Carmen & Peter Mark. Funeral on 17 Apr at 4.30 pm at St Inez Church, Panjim.

08 Apr: Assagao-Socolvaddo: DOMINGOS F FARIA (Ex-Nakuru): Born: 31-1-1917: husband of Preciosa, father of Maria/Alfred Varela (St Estevam), Philo/Donald Dourado (Essex-UK), Johnny (ex-Iraq)/Lia, Raymond (Carnival Cruises)/Lina; grandfather of Eliza, Averil, Lorraine, Delcy, Loyd, Roshiel and Juela.



The enrolment/election meeting held on April, 23rd, 2004 elected the following:
President: Claude Gomes Cultural Secretary: Olga Madeira
Vice President: Romero Dias Welfare Secretary: Vivien Dias
General Secretary: Bel Remedios Member: Uvy Lopes
Treasurer: Anthony Saldanha Member: Netto Noronha
Social Secretary: Elsie Fernandes    

Enrolment forms can still be downloaded at

For information on next event call:or send e-mail to
Romero Dias 905-884-9688 Elsie Fernandes 416 286 8337
Claude Gomes 416 299 0492    

Catholic Schools Celebrate System's Spiritual and Moral Focus During Catholic Education Week May 2-7, 2004
TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - From May 2 -7, 2004 Ontario's Catholic schools will celebrate the distinctive nature of Catholic education. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) annually coordinates this promotional event to raise awareness about the unique dimension of Catholic education in Ontario. For full text click here.

The Multicultural History Society (MHSO) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to pilot an innovative interactive public history project called Telling Lives, developed by the American History Workshop with grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the University of Toronto. For full text click here.
For further information contact : Zulema De Souza e-mail:

Goa: Memories of My Homeland
New book published by Tony Fernandes of Ontario, Canada.
It contains 18 nostalgic English poems, 5 English Short Stories, 12 illustrations, a 10-page Goa in Pictures section, 150 Goan Proverbs and Sayings, and a glossary of Portuguese, Latin and Konkani words used in the book. For full text click here.

Health & Wellness

Singles agree: love, not money, conquers all
NEW YORK, April 19 /CNW/ - Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston have spent more time on the gossip pages than in the music charts due to their numerous brushes with addiction. Whitney is now back in Bobby's arms after a stint in rehab. Based on this scenario Date.com, a leading online dating site, asked its members: Why would you stay with a mate who was 'troubled'? For full text click here.

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