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I Have A Dream: Cardinal Ivan Dias
Michael Gonsalves
The sprawling grounds of St Stanislaus High School, Bandra reverberated with a unique celebration and joy of the multitude at the grand warm farewell ceremony accorded to the committed shepherd of the flock. Prelates, representing their dioceses, regional and national conferences, bishops of Orthodox Churches, priests, nuns, prominent Hindu leaders and representatives of 118 parishes comprising about 600,000 Catholics of the Archdiocese of Bombay paid rich tributes to one of India’s distinguished prelates.

Undoubtedly, the June 25th event was an Archdiocesan thanksgiving day for the 10 years of dedicated service not only to the Church and people of Mumbai but also to the Church in India and the country. With Cardinal Dias’ appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on May 20 as the 37th Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Vatican’s crucial dicastery, the Church in India has come of age. The man of prayer who led the dynamic Archdiocese of Bombay, which is looked upon for leadership and inspiration by 158 Catholic dioceses in the country, to become a Light to the nation is a man of God building bridges and cementing ties with various faith communities.

Melodious choirs, hymns, prayer dances and the celebration of the Eucharist preceded the blueprint of the dream of Cardinal Dias for Mumbai and India from his heart. An emotional leader observed that what has been sown has been well received and reaped. Admiring the zeal and enthusiasm of the priests and the people of the megapolis and making a fervent appeal for their faith to flow into action and gather momentum individually and community-wise, he painted his dream for his flock as he proceeded to take charge of his new appointment in the Vatican.

“I have a dream”, said the Cardinal, “that India may have an abundance not only of political parties and politicians but, above all, of statesmen and women, who will place the well-being of the whole nation before their personal, party and petty interests...

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Study: Fertility Among Visible Minority Women 1996 To 2001 to 2001

Fertility during the late 1990s was higher for visible minority women in Canada than it was for other Canadian women, according to a new report. Still, fertility for these women declined between 1996 and 2001 and remained below what is known as the replacement level, 2.1 children per woman.

The report showed that the fertility of all Canadian women declined from 1996 to 2001, yet it dropped faster for visible minority women.

It found that in 1996, the total fertility rate among visible minority groups was 1.94 children per woman; by 2001, it had decreased to 1.70 per woman. Among Aboriginal women, the fertility rate edge down from 2.86 to 2.60 children per women, while in the rest of the population, it slipped from 1.63 to 1.51.



Goan Troupe Leave Lasting Impression On Seychellois Audience
The visiting 13-member Indian dance and music troupe Kepemchim Kirnnam from the State of Goa leave Seychelles Thursday July 6 following several scintillating performances of music and dance.

The troupe's 8-day visit here was at the request of the Government of Seychelles to partake in the celebrations marking Seychelles 30th Independence anniversary.

During their stay they enthralled the local audience with scintillating performances of music and dance at the Stad Lanmizik on June 30 and participated in the float carnival and musical night on July 1 on Mahe.

The group then headed to Praslin and made a lasting impression on Praslinois with an hour and a half long performance during a musical evening on July 2.

The director of the group, Goes Evaristo Cirilo alias Elvis Goes, has expressed complete satisfaction with the result of their performances.

He stated that similarities between the Goan dance and music with that of Seychelles were one of the reasons for the appreciation of their work.

After performing at the Coral Strand Hotel on July 3, the group were expected to make their last performance last night at the Coco D’or Hotel at Beau Vallon.

The entire visit of the group has been sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Canada's housing market shows strength and momentum in the second quarter

Average house price expected to increase by 9.2 % this year -
Housing values in the Royal LePage Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts. Historical data is available for some areas back to the early 1970s.

TORONTO, July 5 /CNW/ - Canada's housing market continued to make advances from coast to coast in the second quarter. The pace of growth varied greatly by region, with activity levels and price increases in the Western provinces far outpacing that in the rest of the country. Compared to the same period last year, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada maintained similar high sales volumes, with moderate price increases, while extraordinary demand and limited inventory drove double digit price increases in the west, according to a report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services.

Of the housing types surveyed, the highest average price appreciation occurred in detached bungalows, which rose to $292,237 (+15.6%) year-over-year, followed by standard condominiums, which rose to $208,403 (+14.2%), and standard two-storey properties, which increased to $351,367 (+13.3%).


55+ Goan Association – West GTA

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It is hard to believe that one year has passed so quickly since the formation of our organization. Hence, on behalf of our Executive Committee, I am pleased to share the outcome of our very first Anniversary dance details.

Our 55 Plus Goan Association hosted our very first “Gala Anniversary Dance” on the 23rd of June 2006 ,at the Renaissance Convention Centre in Mississauga. We had a great turn out of 165 loyal supporters consisting of members with a few non-members who graced the occasion with their presence. Needless to say, the venue, the delectable meal, which was served to perfection, was excellent and enjoyed by everyone.

The event started off with a ‘bang’, and after the formalities and introductions were over, the D.J. Dave Gaudet, (Music Dee-Lite), got everyone on the floor to dance the nite away until 1 a.m. to the theme of the 50’s & 60’s & a variety of assorted dances for the “young and old. “!! - (Many thanks go to Vivien & Tony for their recommendation of this Disc Jockey)!!



Goan Dreams For Sale

Savio Pinto, Nagoa“The fall of the Zuari Bridge will be eminent and will be celebrated shortly with pomp and gaiety. Dates are yet to be finalized, delay due to on going busy schedule of World Cup Finals. There will be open air dances organized on the river banks and also in the ferries, with special guests and invitees being the tourists who will arrive by charters shortly. The daily commuters or the office goers who wish to cross the river Zuari will be provided with latest fishing equipment, so that they may make the best use of their time lost, never mind of reaching their homes late.

By the time the new Zuari Bridge is ready, the second Mandovi Bridge will be showing stress and cry foul, and will be allowed to go on long leave. The plans for the third bridge across river Mandovi will be readied only after the next Congress or BJP government comes to power. Till such time, the peoples’ power will be left high and dry to fulfill whims and fancies of our beloved, most pampered politicians.

And by the time all the bridges in Goa are decorated and illuminated, Goa’s local language will be converted into Kannada, as it will be easy to find Kannada speaking people than Konkani.

In the next decade Goa will witness the unprecedented deforestation and all the hillocks marginalized by the Builders or so called GOA DEVELOPERS. The real estate agents would be mushrooming in every village, and will provide the only solace to the locals who will in turn have to sell the residential areas to make way for the Colonies. Alas! Goa is bleeding for want of CARE. God forbid and forgive Goans who have made this happen.


News Clips from Goa

Guides 'evicted' from Basilica

OLD GOA, July 3: Guided tours inside the Bom Jesus Basilica at Old Goa would now be a thing of the past. In a drastic move, tourist guiding activities inside the Bom Jesus Basilica have now been banned with immediate effect. The move comes in the backdrop of severe criticism voiced by the Catholic community that tourists were barging into the Basilica during religious services... "These restrictions in the churches at Old Goa were long overdue. Most of the tourists visit the churches at Old Goa without proper attire and without maintaining proper decorum," said Carambolim sarpanch Wilson Valladares. (H)
Rains in State above normal

PANJIM, July 2: Although earlier reports claim that this year's rainfall could be below normal, Goa can heave a sigh of relief as its annual total rainfall recorded till July 2 is above normal. According to the IMO office, the annual total rainfall till July 2 is 176.1 mm more than last year. (H)
Working in govt hospital for 5 years mandatory for docs

PANJIM: The government pressed the alarm bells in the wake of shortage of manpower to work in hospitals and decided to make it mandatory for all doctors passing out from Goa Medical College and Goa Dental College to work in a government hospital for 5 years or pay the bond money of Rs.3 lakh. In a Cabinet decision on July 4, it was decided to take measures to sustain the required strength in maintaining health and medical care services to people in government hospitals, especially in the rural areas to ensure that doctors joining GMC and GDC stay on for five years or in lie invoke the bond signed by them. (GT)
Morjim tenants up in arms over sale of land to Russian national

MAPUSA, July 4: Notices sent to right persons at wrong addresses, notices sent to persons dead for over 25 years, forged signatures on acknowledgements of mutation notices and such alleged irregularities in the surreptitious sale of land to a Russian national has shocked and angered tenants of a beachside property at Tembvaddo in Morjim village. (NT)

PANJIM: In a gruesome and baffling murder barely a few yards from the Calangute police station, a restaurateur, Anuj Joshi, 43, was found lying dead on the first floor bedroom of his hillside bungalow with his throat badly slashed on July 2 morning. A spanner, a knife and a jacket with a small radio set was found by the police but the victim's mobile was missing. Joshi had returned home around 3.30 am after closing "The Bar", a very popular pub and watering hole for tourists as well as locals. According to the watchman, who had opened the gate for him, Joshi received a call soon after on his mobile and he was heard chatting jovially with the caller. Joshi was a smiling face in the business and very popular. (GT)
Goa Consumer Network joins 'drive against bribe'

PANJIM, July 2: Goa Civic and Consumer ACtion Network ha sjoined the 'drive against bribe' using the Right to Information Act 2005 as part of the national campaign launched on July 1. GOACAN has completed training sessions with Consumer Forum volunteers who will undertake the campaign in their respective villages over a period of 45 days ending August 15. (H)
Plans afoot to market surplus fruit products

PANJIM, July 2: Plans are afoot to market surplus fruit and fruit products of Goa. A pilot project will be taken up in Ponda, from where local fruit and fruit products will be exported to other parts of the country under a common brand name. "It will be taken up under its new scheme 'sphurti', which was designed two years ago to boost small-scale industries," stated HD Mashelkar, Managing Director of Goa, Daman and Diu Khadi and Village Industries Board. (H)
Villagers told not to oppose 'Goa Energy' project

BICHOLIM: Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane called upon the Amona villagers not to oppose 'Goa Energy' project, which will create employment for the residents of Amona-Bicholim. (GT)



From The Toronto Star
ROSADA FERNANDES April 11, 1915 - June 24, 2006 Peacefully passed away at Woodhaven Nursing Home, surrounded by the love of her children. Beloved wife of more than 60 years to the late John Fernandes. Cherished and much loved mother of Tony (Tina), Julie (Pobre Barretto), Fatima (Eugen Fernandes) and Francis (Aramita). Proud ''Mai'' of Melissa (Lee Ferrao), Lisa, Felicity (Asif Khan), Laureen (Mike Makrevski), Barry, Jason, Kevin, Malcolm, James and Vanessa.
Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church on Friday, June 30, 2006



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter Summer Blast 2006


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July 8, 2006
CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
July 9th 2006 Horse Racing & Dining at the famous Woodbine Racetrack Woodbine Racetrack, July 09, 2006, cost $37.00 per person, includes buffet luncheon, tax , gratuity and free race program. Own transportation (car pool) . 30 spaces available , info? Contact Vivien
Fernandes at 905-607-4564. deadline is June 15th. Cheque to be made to: Fifty Five Plus Goan Association., Mail to: Vivien Fernandes, #95, 2199 Burnhamthorpe Rd.W.,Mississauga, ON. L5L 5M7
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July 16, 2006 Villagers of Moira and Aldona Moira/Aldona Picnic at Centennial Park, Etobicoke moirasocial


July 18, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association  Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon
Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex Click for Flier
Sunday, July 23, 2006 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. TEGSA & 55 + Goan Association members
Joint PICNIC Click for details
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006
August 15, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Saturday, 19 Aug, Time: 10.00am Quebec Goan Association, Montreal You are invited to the World Goa Day 2006 picnic.
Venue:Parc Agrignon, Lasalle. [Entrance near METRO station]
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Saturday September 9, 2006 Parra Association Parra Feast 2006 Shingar Banquet Hall
2084 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton (STEELES & TORBRAM)
Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner & Dance
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Saturday, September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
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September 19, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games GVC
September 23 2006 "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Flyer with further details to follow. So get set to put on your "Western Gear" and have an evening of fun and entertainment We will have a "kick-off" start with a home-cooked / home-style meal.!! Come ready to polish up on yr line-dancing skills!
Contact: Vivien Fernandes, Tel: 905 - 607-
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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada GOAN EVENTS IN CANADA - 2006 Click for Flier
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
October 17, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
October 22, 2006 Villagers of Moira, Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception moirasocial
November 14, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association
General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club
Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
- Name our
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November 18, 2006

Navelim Association of Toronto

Navelim Social
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)

Details to follow:
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December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
December 12, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier


Toronto East Goan Seniors Association ( TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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Looking for Lost Friends
Message from Joan D'Souza

I am looking for the Lobo family that lived in Mbarara Uganda , especially Bertha (Lobos daughter) who got married to Fernandes, She called me once but I have lost her number. Her brother Stanley also called me but I have no number either.

I am Maria Joan D'Souza daughter of the late Bernard Dominic Dsouza who worked for Uganda Electricity Board in Kikagati -Mbarara. I will be grateful if you can find them ` Regards Joan Dsouza


The Calangute Association, Canada serves the Villagers of Calangute, living in and around Canada. Membership is free and open to all sons and daughters of the Village of Calangute, Goa.

The objects of the Association is to promote social, cultural, physical, educational and economic activities for the welfare of its members. Also to co-operate with other organizations with similar objects and foster friendly relations with all residents of Canada.

The Association is a nonprofit organization, with an all volunteer committee. The aim is to meet socially at least twice a year and celebrate the Feast of Patron Saint Alex in July and the Annual Social in September, to maintain our culture, heritage and provide monetary contributions to the needy people in Goa.


Konkani Music now available in Canada
V.P. Sinaris & Sons* have been synonymous with Konkani music for decades.They now want a presence in Canada in order to market their music to N. America and Europe.

Before they can establish a full presence here they want to ascertain the popularity of Konkani music in the West. They know that when Goans visit Goa, they always buy a few CDs to remind them of their stay in Goa. But they also know that many Goans do not visit Goa that frequently and have to rely on their friends and relations to do them the favour of buying some nostalgic music for them.


People Places and Things

Honda to grow in India
Japanese auto giant Honda Motor Co. plans to double its production capacity in India by next year, set up a fully owned subsidiary and invest about $650 million over the next 10 years to expand its business, the company's chief executive said Monday.
President and CEO Takeo Fukui said Honda sees India as a more important market than China, and the growth potential in India is the highest.
Expanding business in India is "one of Honda's three key global strategies, together with strengthening the foundation of our business in the U.S. and Japan, and enhancing Honda's leadership commitment to protect the environment," Fukui told reporters after meetings with Indian partners.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006 -

He saved Nissan Motor Co. in Japan from bankruptcy. He is guiding a revival of France's Renault SA. Now Carlos Ghosn has set his sights on General Motors Corp. in Detroit. As chief executive officer at Renault and its partner Nissan, Mr. Ghosn (pronounced Goan) travels tens of thousands of kilometres a year and divides his time between Japan, Europe and the United States. - Toronto Globe And Mail. See full article at :

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Konkani plays to be staged in Dubai

Dubai: Goan playwright John D'Silva will stage two Konkani plays Jinn (Sketches of Life) and Vaitt (Bad) at Al Nasr Leisureland on July 13 and 14. Tickets priced at Dh50 are available with William Belem (050-2919028) and Tony (050-4998541).


At the Goan Clubs, football no longer rules!
BY INDIRA RODERICKS | Tuesday, June 13, 2006

It's cricket and tennis now, and the World Cup is just another event

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Ten years ago, the Goan Clubs in and around Dhobi Talao and Mazagaon were synonymous with football. Every year a tournament was held where each club played against the other and during major events (such as the World Cup), the members of each club thought of nothing else than to stay glued to the television rooting for their favourite team. But now, that is no longer the case. Football no longer rules and the interests have moved to cricket and tennis. Even the ournaments are no longer held. Although the clubs do exist, membership has gone down drastically.

Each club now has a mere 10 members and most of them opt for careers on cruise liners or cargo ships. You'd find just a handful of people at these clubs now (most of the boys are just passing through), with just a lone caretaker looking after the place.

The biggest advantage that these clubs have is the space. All of them have been founded during the early part of the last century and they occupy huge, lofty rooms in the old buildings at Dhobi Talao and Mazagaon. Of course, there is nothing grand about the area they occupy. Common toilets and bathing areas, common kitchens, a common hall with a television and a huge altar (a rosary is recited every evening by the club members) filled with religious statues and icons. Notices about the rules and regulations about each club are pasted on the shabby walls together with information about the members.

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Health & Wellness

Good planning means peace of mind while you're on vacation

QUEBEC, July 5 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec reminds thousands of Quebeckers who are preparing to head off on vacation that by following a few simple rules, they can leave for a prolonged time without worrying that their home will become a target for thieves or that they will come back to find that damage has occurred during their absence.

"It isn't enough to check that the doors and windows are locked before going on vacation. Your home must also look lived in while you are away so that thieves stay away. Over 150,000 break-ins occur each year in Canadian homes, and summer is the favourite season for burglars, so it is important to take these security measures very seriously," noted Ms. Sophie Gagnon, Director, Public and Government Relations, CAA-Quebec. "What's more, taking a few simple steps can help avoid serious problems, such as fire or flooding," added Ms. Gagnon.



Health Canada warning
Fountain Pen - Guelph,Ontario,Canada

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Advisory - Health Canada reminds women not to use ACE inhibitors ...
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse) - Canada

OTTAWA, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Canada is advising women not to use blood pressure medication known as ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors ..


Health Canada welcomes final report from Trans Fat Task Force
Canada NewsWire (press release) - Canada

."Health Canada has already taken steps to help Canadians reduce their trans fat consumption following the interim report by the task force." Health Canada has ...


Health Canada Reminds Canadians About The Importance Of Food ...
Medical News Today (press release) - UK

Now that summer is here, and picnics, summer-camp lunches and barbeques are being enjoyed across the country, Health Canada would like to remind Canadians of ...


Health Canada warns against tap water on flights - Canada

The new Health Canada advisory follows a series of random tests that revealed both total coliform and E. coli bacteria in some airline water systems. ...
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