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CIC Success Story: Dr. Rodrigues

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Dr. Hilary Rodrigues of Markland was born in Tanzania and moved to Newfoundland in 1975.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of his new home, Dr. Rodrigues saw the potential of Newfoundland and Labrador’s wild fruits and berries. He was inspired to resurrect the local wine-making tradition and transformed an old, rural cottage into Newfoundland’s first berry winery. His first batch of three hundred cases sold out in a week. Before long, the company could produce 25,000 cases a year. Now, the winery is looking at exporting overseas. Tours of the facility are already available in seven languages: Italian, Swahili, Bulgarian, Gujaradi, Hindi and Canada’s two official languages.

Dr. Hilary’s business is a testament not only to the multicultural nature of Canada, but also to the potential that this country offers to newcomers. His wines have won many awards and his dedication and entrepreneurship have won him success. Recently, Dr. Rodrigues founded a new company called Natural Newfoundland Nutraceuticals, which will produce wellness products and power juices from nothing other than Newfoundland and Labrador berries. He is also adding 60 new jobs to the local community.


2006 Corruption Perceptions Index


The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched in November 2006 by Transparency International (TI), points to a strong correlation between corruption and poverty, with a concentration of impoverished states at the bottom of the ranking.

The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index is a composite index that draws on multiple expert opinion surveys that poll perceptions of public sector corruption in 163 countries around the world, the greatest scope of any CPI to date. It scores countries on a scale from zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and ten indicating low levels of perceived corruption.

Selected Scores

  Country Rank Country 2006 CPI Score
1 1 Finland 9.6
2 1 Iceland 9.6
3 1 New Zealand 9.6
4 9 Australia 8.7
5 11 United Kingdom 8.6
6 14 Canada 8.5
7 20 USA 7.3
8 31 United Arab Emirates 6.2
9 46 Kuwait 4.8
10 51 South Africa 4.6
11 70 India 3.3
12 121 Russia 2.5
13 142 Kenya 2.2
14 142 Pakistan 2.2
15 156 Bangladesh 2
16 163 Haiti 1.8

Mixed Bowling Extravaganza – October 29, 2006

Great Atmosphere!

These and similar sentiments echoed the feelings of 60 enthusiastic bowlers as they enjoyed the first Mixed Bowling Extravaganza organized for TEGSA members.

It was a “members only” sold out event as 60 players participated in a 5 Pin -12 Lane – 3 games of 10 frames each – Bowling Competition.

MARKHAM BOWLING CENTRE was rented exclusively to TEGSA, and members took full advantage of the lounge facilities, the cash bar, the intermingling and teasing, the delicious Haka Chinese Dinner, the Halloween chocolates and of course, the bowling.

Winners of the Tournament were: Tony Fernandes, Doreen Mendes, George Siqueira, Flavia DeSouza and Audrey Pereira and each was presented with a bottle of wine. A prize was also awarded to Rose Fernandes, the highest lady scorer. Random lucky members were drawn and winners were given gifts. But in fact, all of us were winners as we all wound up having a most enjoyable evening.

Gloria Remedios was surprised when the whole arena stopped & began singing “Happy Birthday” to her. The birthday girl was presented with a Markham Bowling T-shirt.

Markham Bowling also presented a collectors cap to the first two bowlers who made a strike after our little birthday celebration. The winners of the cap were Doug Fernandes and Anthony D’Souza.

Our sincere thanks to the many donors of gifts, to those who arranged the food, to the official scorer with his laptop computer and most importantly to Charles Fernandes who organized this exciting event.

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On Sunday, Oct15, 06 Thirty Nine enthusiastic TEGSA Members and Guests boarded Skyservice for Las Vegas, to paint the town red!

Our first taste of Las Vegas on arrival at the Imperial Palace Hotel was VOW……….
Everyone soon got used to the waiting and huge crowds everywhere we went. The hotel was indeed in a great location on the strip. From then on it was Viva Las Vegas !

Despite the fact that everyone did their own thing during the 4 nights, 5 days stay, there was that “group” concept as people shared information whether they discovered sights, bargains for shows, dining etc. when they bumped into each other. One group discovered that a café off the strip at Ellis Island served up a delicious soup or salad along with a great tasting meat entrée of beef, lamb or fish with potatoes and a vegetable for $4.95! The next day two more groups ate there! Another group was well pleased with the Seafood Buffet at the Rio and the little parisienne-style café at the Paris Hotel.

There was certainly lots of entertainment to be found. The beautiful hotels along the strip provided an eyeful. Of special mention were the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Venetian, New-York- New York, Wynn, Luxor, Mirage, Aladdin and Paris. Where else can you visit so many cities on one day and really feel you are there! The outdoor “free” shows of the Dancing Fountains (Bellagio) Volcano (Mirage), the Talking Statues (Caesars) and the Pirates battle at Treasure Island were breathtaking! A lot of our men had a great time posing for photographs with Vegas Showgirls thus experiencing the “feel” of Vegas as well!

Our group enjoyed many shows, such as Cirque du Soleil, while others discovered bargains and got 2 for 1 shows such as Jubilee , The Platters, Coasters and Drifters, and the Rat Pack. Imperial had the Legends in Concert, with a free preview at night in the Casino.

The majority of the group went to the Grand Canyon. There was consensus that this was the highlight of the trip. The Grand Canyon, despite its 3 seasons weather in one day (we had rain, snow, sunshine) and the long drive was worth every minute we spent viewing it. Its shapes and colors were awesome and no photographs can do it justice. You had to be there!

Some folks even managed to shop, discovering Freemont street (downtown Vegas) and other shopping malls where they got great bargains, such as a $99 jacket for $20!

What would a trip to Las Vegas be without the GAMBLING!!! One could meet many a bleary-eyed fellow member in the casino at 3 am playing the slots or the tables! Although we did not have any big winners, everyone had a great time playing their favourite machines such as the Penny Wheel of Fortune, Fort Knox, Lucky 7’s, to name a few, while some of the men stuck to the Black-Jack tables.

It was quite a trip! The only real complaint was that there was not enough time to take in all the sounds and sights of Vegas. The Trip Coordinator would like to sincerely thank all those who joined this trip for their co-operation, companionship and positive attitude. Thanks to the CEO of Conquest Vacations.


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