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A New Program Aimed At Helping Foreign Students And Other Temporary Residents Working In Canada Become Permanent Residents
Last update: 10:48 a.m. EDT Aug. 12, 2008

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Aug 12, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced the details of the Canadian Experience Class, a proposed new avenue for immigration for certain temporary foreign workers and foreign student graduates with Canadian work experience. Unlike other existing programs, this proposal will allow an applicant's Canadian experience to be considered a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada.



Canada's housing market cools in face of sharply slower economic growth

TORONTO — Canada's housing market lost some steam in July as the fevered pace of new home and condo construction cooled, especially in Ontario, after prices rose at their slowest pace in over six years in June in the face of sharply slower economic growth. Canada's national economy "is flat on its back" after two straight monthly declines in employment, Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said Monday. As a result, he said, people are "anxious and worried about the economic outlook," (and) "are not inclined to make big-ticket purchases like homes."



Economists Say Drop in Canadian Housing Starts Overstated, but Trend Is Clear
Mon Aug 11, 2008 09:28am

(CEP News) Ottawa - Housing starts fell much more than expected in July due to a disproportionate decline in Ontario, but economists say the report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is likely overstated, possibly from weather-related reasons. Canada's annual rate of housing starts fell to 186,500 in July, falling from a downwardly revised 215,900 in the previous month. Single-unit housing starts dropped 6.6% to 69,800, while multi-unit starts fell sharply by 20.2% to a pace of 91,600.



The Archdiocese of Cincinnati's new Decree on Child Protection
Archdiocese: Pat a child's back, but no kisses
By Dan Horn - August 11, 2008

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati's new Decree on Child Protection includes the most detailed rules yet for how priests, employees and volunteers should interact with children. The latest version of the decree, which is updated every five years, lists for the first time examples of physical contact that would be appropriate or inappropriate under church rules.

Handshakes, pats on the back, high-fives, side hugs or shoulder-to-shoulder hugs all are acceptable. But bear hugs, lengthy embraces, lap-sitting, kisses, wrestling, tickling, massages or piggy-back rides are off limits. Church officials say the list should help eliminate any confusion staff members or volunteers might have about contact with kids.



Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper apologizes in B.C. for 1914 Komagata Maru incident
August 3, 2008 | CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized Sunday for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident in which hundreds of Indians seeking a better life in Canada were turned away. Harper was speaking to a crowd of about 8,000 people in Surrey, B.C., which has a large Indian community. But as soon as he left the stage members of the Sikh community rushed to the podium denouncing the apology and said they wanted it made on the floor of the House of Commons.


2008 International Goan Convention-Aftermath

Where have the Toronto Goans gone?

Goans from the US, Australia and Goa attended the Goan International Convention in Toronto. Despite the small group, there was a buzz of activities and bonds of friendships renewed
Victor Rangel Ribeiro Times News Network

Consider this paradox: A Goan International Convention is held in Toronto, Canada, a city that with its suburbs claims a Goan population of 20,000, and is home to the Goan Overseas Association. You would expect attendance in the hundreds, if not the thousands, right?

TO GOA WITH LOVE: Goan writers Ben Antao, Marinella Proenca, Victor Rangel Ribeiro, Cheryl A Xavier and Alexyz



2008 International Goan Convention: We Came, We GNAT-ed, We Conquered!
by Filomena Saraswati Giese
Posted on

Part I

Having just participated in the very successful bi-ennial GOA 2008 Convention in San Jose organized by the Hindu Goans of North America, Goa Sudharop Board members, Filomena Giese (President), George Pinto, and Acaria Almeida came to Toronto with an open and even skeptical mind: would there be new and positive outcomes from yet another Goan Convention?
Here's a run down of our impressions and what we learned:

  1. First of all, kudos to the very small Committee of GNAT-ters who undertook the planning of a Convention within less than a year! While we cannot name all the volunteers and helpers, special thanks are due to Kevin and Lisette Saldanha, Francis and Clara Rodrigues, Ben Antao, Mervyn Lobo, Bosco and Pamela D'Mello.



Toronto Goan Convention- A short perspective
Sent: Sat 09/08/08 6:24 PM
Toronto Goan Convention

From: George Pinto
To: Gulf Goans , Goa-Goans ,  Tanzanite Goans

A short perspective
by Mrs. Acaria Almeida, Treasurer, Goa Sudharop

A reflective question as a delegate who attended the convention: What were our take aways from this convention? My hope is that all delegates ought to have left the convention with more food for thought which will translate into fruitful action. What can each of us, either individually or as a group, from every nook and corner of the Globe, do for Goa? First we must begin with ourselves, then our families, then the immediate communities we live in, and then of course Goa. This ought to be the expat focus.



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Posted on :
August 15, 2008

I was in Toronto (Canada) from July 25-31. The purpose of my visit was to inaugurate the annual Global Goans Convention. You may recall that we had decided that this yearly event should be held by rotation in different countries where there is a significant population of Goan expatriates so that it may permit participation of all those who for different reasons are not able to come to Goa and also provide for greater involvement of our expatriates on this occasion. Last year the Convention was held in Portugal.



The statements, opinions, or views in the following articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.


Solzhenitsyn Left Enduring Legacy Of Freedom
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Written by Ian Hunter, Catholic Register Special

LONDON, Ont. - It will take years, even decades, to comprehend fully the impact of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died of heart failure Aug. 2 at the age of 89 in his home near Moscow.

In an astonishingly prophetic essay (From Under the Rubble) Solzhenitsyn made it clear that the alternative he foresaw to Communist tyranny was not Western democracy but rather a spiritual reawakening:

“Authoritarian regimes are not terrible in themselves, only those which are not answerable to God or their own conscience. Russia will most likely move from one authoritarian form of government to another. This will be the most natural and least painful path of development. Our present system is terrible not because it is undemocratic and based on force ? a man may still live without harm to his soul under such regimes. What makes ours uniquely horrible is that it demands total surrender of the soul. What we need is not political liberation, but liberation of the soul from participation in the lies forced upon us.”

I shall always be personally indebted to Solzhenitsyn because in an era of political correctness run amok and Stalinist human rights commissions, he articulated a succinct credo to live by, the best I have yet discovered. In another brilliant essay (Live not by the Lie), he wrote:

“The main thing is never to act against your conscience, not to put your signature on documents you do not believe in, not to vote for those who you think should not be elected, not to approve decisions, not to applaud, not to pass on lies, not to broadcast them, not to write them, not to put them down on paper, not to pretend. . . . Let your creed be ? Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph ? but not through me.”


Overseas Goans Are "Naal and Void"

Following article was published under title of Overseas Goans Are "Null and Void"
By: Roland Francis - Sat Aug 2, 2008

in www.goanet.org 


A message to the Goans in Goa, if you didn't already know.

Diaspora Goans are a pretty useless lot as far as the political problems in Goa are concerned. We huff and we puff and we pretend that we have to be kept informed of what happens. We give all sort of opinions and comments but the truth is we don't know any of the ground realities of modern day Goa. We are really like the grand father of the family gathering. We sit in an armchair, bow our head and acknowledge the respect and awe of the younger relatives. But since we are circumstantially inactive, we have no leadership to give.

The only place we can make a marginal difference is to support social causes. We can put our shoulders (or rather our dollars) to the wheels of a Goa Sudharop or to help out a small individual that arises and is brought to our attention. The publicity we get for this is far more than we deserve.



Call to Action

The following article is from www.goanet.org
By :Lola Rafearo*
Sent: August 11, 2008 3:06:36 AM

In the past few weeks there have been many comments – spoken and written – about the recent convention. The following is not an attempt to enter into any existing debates. It is intended as a commentary on our Goan Community and a plea for change. Hearing the recent comments, I am reminded of the 1988 International Goan Convention and the words of Herculano Dourado: "Our Goans are like a basket of crabs. When one starts to climb out of the basket, the others try to drag him back in." Although his words were met with much laughter, as a young lady, I had yet to learn the true meaning of these words. The 1988 Convention was a huge success and it is this kind of success that gets the crabs going.


News Clips from India

Terrorism emerging as a global problem: President Patil
August 14th, 2008 - 11:07 pm

New Delhi , August 14 (ANI): On the eve of the 61 st Independence Day of India, President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil termed terrorism as an emerging global problem, posing a threat to national as well as international peace and security. She said unfortunately, terrorist groups continue to receive support and sanctuary.

India has been the target of terrorist attacks for several decades, and in more recent times so have many countries across the globe. We must stand united against the threats emanating from terrorism, President Patil added.



Young Goans impress at Independence Day festival
Eugene Correia
Wed Aug 13 08:

The Goan Overseas Association (GOA), with president Oscar Furtado, took part in the 61st anniversary celebrations of India's Independence held at Dundas Square in Toronto. Raindrops kept falling throughout the time of the parade and also during the showcase of dances by different groups, some representing states of India.



India’s annual inflation rate breaches 12-percent mark
Aug 7th, 2008 | By Sindh Today | Category: Business, India

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) India’s annual rate of inflation overshot the 12-percent mark at 12.01 percent for the week ended July 26 amid a promise by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that bringing down prices will be his government’s top priority. Data on wholesale prices released by the commerce ministry Thursday showed that the inflation rate had risen to this level from 11.98 percent for the week ended July 19 and 11.89 percent the week before. At the present level, the inflation rate is at the highest level since May 1994. The finance ministry, however, in a statement said: ‘Inflation, on a week-on-week basis, has continued to remain stable.’



Better Technology in Fishing Industry
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (RD/CN)

Udupi, Aug 4: The technology to increase the quantum of fishing at sea should be developed and the fishermen should concentrate their energies on enhancing the fisheries stock, said Oscar Fernandes, union minister of state for labour and employment, on Sunday, August 3.

Fernandes was speaking after inaugurating the newly-built Matsyaraj Ice Plant, situated at Malpe fisheries port here. He said that fishing is an ancient profession and was once very popular along the western coast. The fisheries stock has been depleting over the years because of foreign deep sea trawlers and native mechanized boats, especially during the monsoons when there is a ban on fishing, and this calls for the revision of the law in this regard, he added.



Tata Steel to set up $5-bn plant in Vietnam
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Delhi: Steel major Tata steel today signed a joint venture agreement with Vietnam Steel Corporation, Vietnam's largest steel company, and Vietnam Cement Industries Corporation to set up a steel plant in Vietnam, it said in a statement. Tata Steel will hold 65 per cent stake, with Vietnam Steel holding 30 per cent and Vietnam Cement owning 5 per cent. The integrated steel plant, with an annual capacity of 4.5 million tonnes, will be built in three phases at an estimated cost of $5 billion. The first phase of the plant envisages setting up a cold rolling mill, to be commissioned by 2010-end.  The memorandum of understanding was signed on May 29, 2007. The definitive agreements were signed today after completion of detailed feasibility studies.


News Clips from Goa

Rains slow down traffic in Goa
PANAJI: Aug 12: The rains accompanied with squally winds continued to lash Goa on Monday especially during the morning and as the day progressed traffic in the city was almost normal. The city bus stand that wore a deserted look in the morning saw normal rush in the evening. The bus traffic that was disrupted at Patem, five km before Quepem, due to water logging led to diversion of busses and delay in many cases but the afternoon saw the resumption of services.



“World Konkani Day - 2008”
Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF), the cultural body of the Konkani-English bi-monthly The Goan Review is celebrating the World Konkani event - WORLD KONKANI DAY 2008 at the Goan Institute Hall, Thakurdwar, Dabul, Mumbai 400 002 on 23rd. August 2008, commencing at 6.30 p.m. World Konkani Day is being celebrated in recognition of Konkani as one of the national languages of the country. This year, August 20, commemorated the 16th anniversary of inclusion of Konkani in the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution. This great day will be celebrated with a talk on the Konkani language by J B Moraes renowned Konkani litterateur and Sahitya Akademi award winner, followed by cultural items highlighting rich traditional culture of the Konkan, consisting of Mando-dulpods, song, mimicry & music. GRAF will also conduct a Konkani Seminar on 24th. August 2008, commencing at 3.30 p.m. at Victoria School Hall, Mahim, Mumbai 400 016.


NRIs could become directors of corporations in country
PANAJI, Aug 13: Non resident Indians could become directors of corporations in the country if a suggestion made to the NRI Commissioner, Mr Eduardo Faleiro, during his recent visit to Toronto is taken note of by the Union and state governments. A proposal to link Goans abroad through a network based in Goa is also on the cards. A proposal to unite all Goan organisations outside Goa, whether in India or abroad, under one global network based in Goa is also on the cards. [NT]


Global Goans office by 2010: Faleiro
PANAJI: The government intends to set up a Global Goans office in Panaji by December 2009 to unite all Goan organisations outside Goa, whether elsewhere in India, or abroad to redress the grievances of non-resident Goans. Announcing this at a press conference on Tuesday, the commissioner for NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro, said the Global Goans office in Panaji will be the apex organisation for all Goan organisations abroad.[TOI]


Celebrating 50 years of priesthood on Sunday
Celebrating 50 years of priesthood on Sunday, Goa’s own management guru Fr Romuald D’Souza has already launched his fourth management institute, the Marian Institute of Healthcare Management in Goa. This is his third management institute in Goa. Ordained priest in Belgium, where he also did his postgraduate studies, Fr Romuald says his career has been mostly in the field of education. Eldest of 5 siblings, including former Goa chief minister Dr Wilfred de Souza, Fr Romuald’s latest initiative, the Marian Institute of Healthcare Management, will be built at Saligao. [Joaquim Fernandes, TOI]


“Merlincholic” Keyboard Genius
Her fingers fly over the keys and there’s a magical quality to the music she produces that weaves a spell over the audience. That’s Bandra based keyboard player, Merlin D’Souza, who produces music that has been described as, “mystical, mercurial with parts of soulful seductiveness, poetic genius, feminine intuitiveness and occasionally ‘merlincholic’.” She has played in Goa for the Great Jazz Revival Concert along with Jazzy Joe, Chris Perry and others. Hailing from Colvale, Merlin has strong recollections of the early years in Goa. “My village was dense with foliage and huge teak trees. Almost jungle-like and I lived there for while as a toddler,” recalls Merlin, now settled in Mumbai. [Alexandre Moniz Barbosa, TOI]


Goa’s traditional pancakes
Polles are sweetened or unsweetened pancakes prepared on the fourth Sunday of the sacred month of Shravan by the Catholics, Hindus and Muslims in Goa. Since it is considered to be the week of the newborn, mothers have to be cared for so that they in turn take care of their newborns. There are some polles specially meant for lactating women. The basic preparation is from soaked udid dal and rice called fugiche polle. In this preparation rice should be double the quantity of udid dal to prevent sticking to the pan. Soaked raw rice, parboiled rice, fenugreek seeds, udid dal, coconut, a pinch of turmeric are ground to a very fine paste. The amount of fenugreek seeds used in any polle should always be less - that is 1 tsp for 1 cup of rice or else it tastes bitter. These polles are fried with coconut oil to a golden brown colour called sunollyo and are then soaked in coconut milk, cardamom powder and jaggery (ross). [Melinda Pereira Kamat, TOI]


+ D'SOUZA, Dolly

DOLLY D'SOUZA Passed away peacefully at Rouge Valley Health Centre, Ajax Site on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Dolly was the loving wife of the late Nelson. Loving mother to Glenn (Sharon), Derrick (Sandra), Audrey (late Vincent), Debbie (Hubert), Karyn (Chris), Bert (Leonie) and Joe (Monica). Dolly will be sadly missed by her family, Mary Gonsalves, Glen and Gail (Kevin). Dolly will always be remembered by her 13 grandchildren. Friends and family may visit at THE SIMPLE ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL CENTRE, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering, 905-686-5589 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at HOLY REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 796 Eyer Drive, Pickering. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Durham Cancer Centre would be appreciated. A special thank you to all the staff and doctors at Lakeridge - Oshawa and Bowmanville, and Rouge Valley Ajax. From Toronto Star


+ Maxie Rodrigues

Rodrigues passed away August 11, 2008. She is the mother of Mathew (Maureen), Bernard (Georgina), Nelson, Isabella (Terry) Barretto. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Francis Xavier Church, 5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga, on Thursday, August 14, 2008 followed by Interment at Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation.

People Places and Things

UTM Boss, Ray de Souza, Heading To Abu Dhabi
2008-08-05 13:17:24.000

University of Toronto Mississauga's chief administrative officer has been named vice-chancellor at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates. Ray de Souza, who has overseen UTM's enrolment growth and recent expansion, which includes some $50 million in various projects, is leaving in September for the new job. He spent the past four years at the Mississauga Rd. campus, and has been at U of T for 20 years. At Abu Dhabi University, de Souza will oversee that campus' anticipated growth, from 4,000 students to 15,000, by 2013.



Goans Representing Canada At 2008 Summer Olympics
Source: http://www.goatoronto.com

From left to right: Wayne Fernandes, John DeSouza, Louis Mendonca & Ken Pereira


Goan Overseas Association NSW – Australia, Celebrates WORLD GOA DAY in Style

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Dear All

http://worldgoaday2008.blogspot.com/ is the WGD report by Noel G de Souza in the latest issue of the Indian Link newspaper dated 1st August. You can see a full report on WGD 08 plus lots of photos by visiting us at www.goansw.com

Kind regards
Tony Colaco - President



On behalf of :Goanet Reader ()
Sent: August 12, 2008 3:13:36 PM
By: Victor Rangel-Ribeiro

It is relevant to the theme of this essay that the very first novel by a Goan to see the light of day was written and published when the author was overseas and far from home. Francisco Luis Gomes pulled off this feat in Lisbon in 1866, while representing our forefathers in the Portuguese
parliament. Since world literature was already two millennia old by then, that was a very late start for Goan literature; it could therefore be described as one tiny step for mankind, but a truly giant step for our people.



Treasure from Goa

Goa stone container with stone and sand, late 17th–early 18th century India (Goa or western India)
Container and stand; worked gold; Goa stone: organic and inorganic material, gilded; H. container 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm); H. stone 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 2004 (2004.244a–c)

Goa stones, named for the place where they were manufactured by Jesuits in the late seventeenth century, were manmade versions of bezoars (gallstones from ruminants). Both types were used for their medicinal and talismanic powers. These treasured objects were encased in elaborate containers of gold and silver and often exported to Europe.



S K Shetty : Mangalorean Billionaire Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs
Excerpt from www.daijiworld.com

Shashi Kiran Shetty’s Mantras of Success:

  • Risk is an important factor in business, and without risk, hardly will you have gained.

  • Be sincere in what you do. You surely achieve a success

  • Be transparent always, be accountable to whatever you do. Transparency brings the confidence and it will help you to grow.

  • Long-term vision is a must. Don't look for short-cut success..though sometimes you may get success, but it may not last long. Keep a broader vision and march towards what you dream.


Worlds fastest search engine Cuil launched www.cuil.com
Jul 28th, 2008 | By Sindh Today | Category: Latest News, Technology

New York, July 28 (IANS) Pitched as the worlds latest, largest and swiftest search engine, Cuil was launched Monday with 120 billion pages or thrice the volume of the Google index. Click here

Described as a super-stealth search project, it has been founded and developed by the highly respected husband-wife duo of Stanford professor Tom Costello and former Google search architect Anna Patterson. Originally Cuill, pronounced as cool, Irish for knowledge, has now been named Cuil. A report on the web quoting the founders claimed that it is bigger, faster and better than Googles flagship search engine in pretty much every way.



Recipe For Crab Cakes
Recipe By Diana Rattray, About.com

Serve these flavorful crab cakes with remoulade or tartar sauce.


  • 8 ounces lump crab meat

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1/2 small clove garlic, finely minced, or dash garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper

  • 1 egg



World Goa Day Main Website


World Goa Day Celebrations - Nairobi

Dear Members and Friends,
The executive committee of the Goan Welfare Society will be celebrating the World Goa Day on Sunday 31st August 2008.

Venue : Goan Institute, Nairobi
Mass: 11.30 am followed by Lunch. at the GI
Charges Adult members- 500/- per person
Adult Non- Members- 700/- per person Children under 12 - 300/- per child

The organizing committee make this humble appeal to friends and members to kindly make donations towards this function in Kind or cash. We will try to keep our charges as low as possible to enable families and every one to attend , hence the need to subsidise the function.

We shall be having a Tinto with home produce and Goan goodies for sale and we welcome any products donated for us to sell. ( cakes, Goan sweets, pickles, masalas , canned products etc) We also have a raffle on sale and we request for prizes towards this- wines, spirits, meal vouchers, air tickets, hotel vouchers etc or cash donatons.

If you have anything you would like to contribute contact the following below to collect or leave at the Goan Gym or Goan Institute labelled for GWS

Message from
Dr.Joyce D'Souza Shamshudin


World Goa Day Celebrations in Brisbane, Australia
Tue Aug 12 05:14:33 PDT 2008

" Tumkaan sogleank Aamontron ditaun aamchea Bazaar Disaak yeopaak: " (We invite you all to come for our Market Day. ) held on the fourth Sunday Club day on 24 August 2008 to celebrate World Goa day and Bazaar Dis held at Warrigal Road State School from 2pm to 5pm In addition to regular sporting activities that is, badminton, table tennis and carrom - we will be staging a short TIATR ('Theatre" followed by Goan music and Goan songs.

For the bazaar you are invited to bring along anything that you may like to sell - such as food (pickles, jams, biscuits, cakes, samosas) craft items (paintings / beads and earrings) , childrens' toys and the like. Full proceeds of the sale go to the seller; the seller does not have to give any percentage of the sales proceeds to the club. The Club will provide tea and coffee. Please bring a plate of 'afternoon tea' to share.

Joy de Souza Brisbane


Quebec Goan Association Committee
"Night in Goa"

The Quebec Goan Association Committee would like to invite all members and friends of the community to an evening of Goan culture, food, entertainment and dance, entitled "Night in Goa".

Here are the important details for the event:
Date: Saturday, September 20th, 2008.
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre
1945 Parkfield Avenue, Dorval, Quebec
H9P 1T8
(514) 633-4001
Tickets: Adults - $20.00
Children (Ages 7 – 12) - $10.00

This Goan Folklore Extravaganza will be complete with a meal (including entrée, main course and dessert), as well as a Ballroom Dance Competition.

Reserve your tickets asap (before the September 7th 2008 deadline), by contacting Mary Silveira (514) 685-2563 or Rose De Souza (514) 744-1905.

Kind Regards and we look forward to seeing all of you in September,
The QGA Committee



To: All President's and Villagers of the Goan Overseas Village Associations of Canada.

I wish to inform you all that the Goan Overseas Association, Toronto and the Alliance of Overseas Goan Village Associations of Canada along with our sister associations from around the World, will be celebrating "WORLD GOA DAY"on Saturday, August 16th, 2008 by hosting a "PICNIC" at Coronation Park, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Lets showcase our rich and unique Goan culture and heritage. Request Villages to come up with unique ways to represent their Village. Be proud to be a Goan. .

Come one - Come all! Proud Villages of Goa: Salcete - Bardez - Ilhas Calangute, Parra, Moira, Curtorim, Loutolim, Raia, Navelim, Cortalim, Aldona, Siolim, Saligao, Mapuca, Panjim, Santa Cruz, Colva,Margao, Colvale, Condolim, Arpora, Tivim, Divar, Pilerne, Majorda ,Cansaulim , Pilerne, Carmona etc.

We can assure that it will be a day of fun and entertainment.Your support will be our Goan success! We "R" Goans. Please forward this e-mail to all your family and friends and be a proud Goan.

" World Goa Day was a dream which became a reality on the 20th August 2000 when the first ever World Goa Day took place. Let's keep that dream alive"

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Best wishes to all Goans around the World

Antonio Mascarenhas
Alliance of Overseas Goan Village Associations of Canada.



The Goan and Canorient Seniors’ Clubs, the GOA and the GCO, invite you to an information meeting, to learn about a Life Lease Housing Project, for the Goan and Indo Christian (Manglorean, East and Anglo Indian,etc.) Community Seniors’ in the GTA.

Dates of Meetings:



Sunday, October 26,2008, from 3 to 6 pm: Sunday, September 7,2008, from 2 to 5 pm
Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, Commander Park Hall
Forest Glen Room 140 Commander Blvd
1500 Gulleden Drive (off McCowan Road, North of the 401)
(Off Burnhamthorpe Road, East of Dixie Rd) Scarborough.

For more on the Life Lease Project Click here to download information sheet


Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





Saturday, September 13th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada 2008 Calangute Social  Click for Flyer
Sunday September 28, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Social

At Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga

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Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

TEGSA is off on a summer Holiday
We wish all members an eventful and safe summer with your family and friends
See you in September - Click for Events


Message from TEGSA Social Secretary

T E G S A …. O my …. TEGSA.

Had it not been for you where would TEGSA be? Yes, we have Fun Fridays at Commander Blvd. but you the members are in Command. We all have bright ideas and I am sure you do to – maybe brighter. So why don’t you help us with some of the upcoming events. Just look at the list our TEGSA Committee has come up with. By the time you receive this communiqué the Picnic would have been blessed with showers or maybe even struck by lightning. But who cares, there is always Casino Rama to recover your losses or let me quote what most gamblers say “I broke even” The key word here is BROKE.

Next we have Masala Chow Patty. Now is this Indian, Chinese or just Tegsalicious?

In September come to Bollywood then go on to enjoy Autumn delight and Line dancing. Ladainha in October and Mass for Deceased Members in November and again Line Dancing. After all this is over maybe we can enter a TEGSA team for the Canadian Idol. Bowling – now that’s by far the most popular event of the year. Can you imagine – just 3 balls to knock out 5 pins – ridiculous? Come and enjoy the Goan Fish Curry October 3, 2008. Of course how can you forget our Halloween Party? All Ghosts welcome. The Christmas Dance on December 13th, unlucky for some, maybe, but please do come you may get lucky that night.

Friday Sept 5, 2008 Bollywood

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Friday Sept 19, 2008 Autumn Delight and Line Dancing

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Friday October 3, 2008 Goan Fish Curry Night
Friday,October 17, 2008 Ladainha (Litany)
October 10 & 24
November 14 & 28 Fri
Line Dancing with Natty

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Sunday October 19th,2008 Mixed Bowling Extravananza @ Markham Bowling Centre  (Sold Out)

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Friday November 7, 2008 Mass for deceased Members
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Health & Wellness

Understanding the Health Impacts of Climate Change

Most scientists now agree that climate change is having far-reaching effects on human health, and will pose even greater risks in the future. Because of its large land mass, Canadians can expect a wide range of impacts which can vary from one region to another.


Source: NRCan


New Brunswick

The extent of these effects depends on how quickly our climate changes, and on how well we adapt to the new environmental conditions and risks to health.

Learn More on:

  • What is climate change?

  • Why is the climate changing?

  • How does climate change affect the health of Canadians?

  • Who will be most affected by a changing climate?


A Portrait of Seniors in Canada: Introduction
By Martin Turcotte and Grant Schellenberg

Aging of the population is probably one of the most discussed and debated subjects in Canada today. While some analysts forecast the worst in terms of costs to public services and labour market shortages, others argue that Canada is well-equipped to face this social and demographic phenomenon - and that people shouldn't worry that much about the growing percentage of seniors in the population. (For an introduction to these debates, see for example Chapell et al., 2003; Cheal et al. 2002; Gee, 2000).



Alzheimer's Breakthrough Recorded Using Brain Stimulation Exercises

Ashby Memory Method "like taking your brain to the gym"

CALGARY, July 31 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer's Innovation Institute Inc. of Calgary unveiled an innovative brain exercise discovery at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease ending today in Chicago. Preliminary trials show the Ashby Memory Method improves memory in people with early and mid Alzheimer's disease by stimulating neuronal activity in several areas of the brain. Early results show the non-drug treatment could outstrip the best Alzheimer's medications on the market.

"The brain is a very complex organ and we've shown that our comprehensive brain fitness approach can return function once you've started to lose your memory," said John Ashby, the lead researcher. "It's much like taking your brain to the gym with a personal trainer.



Socializing with Youth Improves the Elderly's Health, Life Span
A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease may play a role

By Erica Westly

“Youth is a wonderful thing,” George Bernard Shaw once said. “What a crime to waste it on children.” Humor aside, recent research suggests that youthful energy may not be “wasted” after all. Through social interactions alone, the young can pass some of their vigor on to the elderly, improving the older generation’s cognitive abilities and vascular health and even increasing their life span. Although researchers have documented these benefits in mammals, such as rats, guinea pigs and nonhuman primates, the reason for the effect has remained unclear. Now biologist Chun-Fang Wu of the University of Iowa offers a genetic explanation in the May 27 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



Vitamin C: Cancer patients' friend or foe?
Article in New Scientist – August 2008 Issue


  • 06 August 2008

  • Peter Aldhous

  • Magazine issue 2668

COULD injecting vitamin C into the blood help to treat cancer?
That's what a study in mice suggests - and trials are already under way to test such injections in people. But the preliminary result could prompt desperate patients to take large doses of the vitamin, which some cancer specialists fear may interfere with standard cancer drugs and radiation therapy, reducing their effectiveness.



Obese Men, Unwitting Victims Of Aggressive Cancers
Aug 8th, 2008 | By Sindh Today | Category: Health

Washington, Aug 8 (IANS) Testing for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen may be biased against obese men whose PSA levels tend to be deceptively low. This bias may be creating more aggressive cancers in this population by delaying diagnosis, according to a new study led by Duke Prostate Centre and Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center investigators.

‘We know that obese men tend to have lower PSA values than their normal-weight counterparts, possibly caused by larger blood volumes which dilute the readings,’ said Stephen Freedland, urologist at Duke and the Durham VA and lead investigator on this study. ‘Now we know some of the real implications of this — that these men are at a disadvantage in terms of prognosis compared to normal-weight men.’



Climate Change Equals Stronger Rains
Tracking El Niño with satellites reveals that a warming world means not only heavier downpours--but drier deserts
By David Biello

As the globe continues to warm, the rainiest parts of the world are very likely to get wetter, according to a new study in Science. Desert dwellers, however, are likely to see what little rain they receive dry up, as the rain becomes even more concentrated in high-precipitation areas. Atmospheric scientists Richard Allan of the University of Reading in England and Brian Soden of the University of Miami looked at satellite records of daily rainfall stretching back to 1987 to see how warmer temperatures had affected precipitation. That's one of the key climate changes expected from rising greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. The researchers specifically focused on El Niño, the warming of the waters of the tropical Pacific that raises air pressure, changes winds, and recurs every few years.


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