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"These Were Truly Exceptional Games,"
A Victory for China
Spectacularly Successful Games May Empower Communist Leaders


By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, August 25, 2008; A01

BEIJING, Aug. 24 -- The 2008 Summer Olympics closed Sunday night in a display of tightly scripted merriment and lavish fireworks, a final burst of pomp ending 17 days of sports and celebration that Chinese authorities organized with flawless precision and an unbending security clampdown.



After Slow Start, Canada Finishes Olympics With A Flourish
The Canadian Press

BEIJING - Canada hit the gas after a sluggish start in Beijing to produce one of the country's best performances at a Summer Olympiad. But team officials say if the country aspires to have more than a bit part on the biggest sports stage on the planet, Canadians have to care more about their Olympians with their hearts and wallets.

Eighteen medals - three gold, nine silver, six bronze - ties Canada's second-best performance at a non-boycotted Games. The country collected 22 in Atlanta in 1996 and 18 four years prior in Barcelona.


Olympic Field Hockey
Germany men win Gold in Beijing
23 Aug 2008 05:32

An early penalty corner goal from Christopher Zeller was enough to take the German men to a 1-0 win over Spain and put the Gold around their necks in the final match of the Olympic hockey tournament in Beijing.



Canada falls to Belgium, finishes 10th

The Canadian men's Olympic field hockey team lost their final match of the Game 3-0 to Team Belgium in the 9-10 Classification Match. The Olympic team matches their best ever Olympic result with a 10th place finish. Belgium's Jerome Dekeyser stunned the Canadian defense in the 2nd minute with a deflection from close range on a free hit for the first goal of the game.



London Calling As 2008 Olympic Games Close

The 2008 Olympic Summer Games are in the history books, with Canada winning 18 medals in Beijing. The Olympic flame returns in 2010 for the Winter Games in Vancouver, and again in 2012 for the Summer Games in London. Full Story.


Indian Girl Shines At Olympic Closing
25 Aug 2008,

LONDON: A little Indian-origin girl who starred in the spectacular Olympic closing ceremony in Beijing said she was more excited about meeting footballer David Beckham than appearing in front of 90,000 people. Tayyiba Dudhwala, 10, won the heart of the world Sunday when she hopped off a red London bus to kick off an eight-minute show put up by organisers of the 2012 London Olympics.



Pope Urges Fight Against Racism
By David Willey BBC News, Rome

Pope Benedict XVI has urged Christians to help society combat intolerance to foreigners amid a row over criticism of the government by Roman Catholics. An article in the country's biggest circulation Catholic weekly magazine criticised the government's crackdown on illegal immigrants. Talking at his summer residence near Rome, the Pope spoke of worrying displays of racism in some countries.While he did not name them, he clearly intended to include Italy.



International Goan Convention - Toronto 2008
Posting on www.goanet.org
By Herman Carneiro – Founder of Goanet
Wed Aug 20 12:55:08 PDT 2008

As a community it’s sad to see that we’re largely unsupportive of each other. I was disappointed to hear what the attendance was given that convention was organized in Toronto, which is meant to have the highest population of Goans outside of Goa. I’m ashamed, too, that to a large extent we’re so critical as a community. I was disappointed not to attend the International Goan Convention (IGC) in Toronto held earlier this year. I’ve been reading the exchanges about the convention and feel compelled to express my thoughts on it.



Goan Identity & the 2008 Goan Convention
Excerpts from posting on
August 21 2008, by Lisette Saldanha

As a Goan who has lived outside of Goa, but has an affection for her homeland, I must confess that I had always heard of the Goan crab mentality. I can see that in addition to such valid questions as Goan identity, this forum has also spent much time questioning "crab mentality.' To me it appears that both interpretations are based on personal experiences. For example to identify with Goa, one has to have knowledge of its history, culture, traditions and language amongst other indicators.

To have a Goan identity is more personal and will differ individually. For example, I am told that even the spoken Konkani language differs between Bardez and Salcette Goans. This does not make one category more Goan than the other, even though each may claim their Konkani is more pristine and better sounding, and represents the real Konkani.


News Clips from India

Overseas Citizens Of India Nearing 300,000
Friday, 08 August 2008

New Delhi: It has been a hugely popular measure first initiated by the BJP led government three years ago. The number of India's Overseas Citizens today is nearing the three hundred thousand mark. Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) facilitates life-long visa-free travel to India and certain economic, educational and cultural benefits.



Inflation spirals to 16-yr high, touches 12.63%
22 Aug, 2008, 0114 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Costlier food items, such as fruits, vegetables and milk, pushed the wholesale price-based inflation to 12.63% for the week-ended August 9, from 12.44% in the previous week. The inflation stood at 4.24% in the corresponding week of the previous year.



Church Groups Condemn Slaying Of Hindu Religious Leader
By Dibakar Parichha
August 25, 2008

BHUBANESWAR, India (UCAN) -- Church groups have condemned the killing of an 85-year-old Hindu religious leader and five of his associates in Orissa state. However, panic spread among local Christians following the killings as Hindu radicals blamed the Church for murdering Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and the others on Aug. 23 night at his ashram in Tumudibandha, Kandhamal district.



India’s Oil & Natural Gas Commission to buy UK’s Imperial for $2.6 bn
New Delhi, August 26, 2008


Steel, software, luxury cars and now, oil. Corporate India’s overseas shopping binge in the land of its former colonial masters is finding new shades. State-run oil exploration major ONGC’s overseas arm on Tuesday sealed its $2.6 billion deal to take a majority stake in Britain’s petroleum-rich Imperial Energy Corporation Plc, after having beaten Asian rival China in an Olympian tussle a day after the Games ended in Beijing. Hindustan Times first reported about the likely deal last week.


News Clips from Goa

Church Cautious About Laws To Protect Old Goa, Ancient Mission Center
Fear the complex will be removed from the list of World Heritage sites
On 2008-8-8

OLD GOA, India (UCAN) -- Church people in Goa have taken a cautious stand on a government proposal to protect Old Goa, the onetime Portuguese colonial base and center of Catholic mission in Asia. Government officials of this western Indian state discussed a new master plan for Old Goa at a July 17 meeting. It reportedly aims to check encroachment in the vicinity of Old Goa's church complex. The proposal would ban new construction within two kilometers of the complex and restrict construction within a wider radius.




NOT TOO MANY on a single scooter...Are we?


Story-telling Digitally
SIOLIM: A group of students of Holy Cross High School here learning the technique to tell their own stories through small films, at a week-long Digital Storytelling Workshop organised by GoCreat volunteers. [Joel]


Colourful pageantry at the traditional Bonderam festival celebrate in every August at the beautiful island of Divar.


Plant Festival begins in Siolim
SIOLIM, Aug 23: The traditional Festival of Plants and Flowers began at the SFX Higher Secondary School here today. Organised by the Green Heritage Eco Club, the interesting event has put on show hundreds of plants and several presentations including those on Indian spices, which form the theme of this year's festival. The creativity of numerous school children is also on display in the form of different, beautiful items prepared by them. There are stalls selling plants, seeds, farming implements and also related books. [GoaNewsClips]


Tourism dept now targeting NRIs
PANJIM: The Department of Tourism has embarked upon a unique initiative to evoke interest about Goa among the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) settled abroad, in view of the approaching tourist season. Director of Tourism, Elvis Gomes, back to the state after his recent tour to South Africa, spoke about his project of promoting Goa’s tourism among Indians settled abroad, including Goans. [GT]


What really ails Goa?
The other day, while on a visit to a friend’s home, the point hit home with vengeance. An elderly mother was alone there; her son was out. A neighbour too was likewise afraid to open the door and offer instructions on how to find the place. Goa seems to be growing into a lonely, isolated, fragmented society, where each one cares for himself or herself, and is fearful of everyone else. This just makes on think: So what are the main 0problems that Goa faces today? [Frederick Noronha, Herald]


Charters up, but will they all land?
PANAJI: Around 827 charters have booked landing slots at Dabolim airport for the coming tourist season, but rooms to accommodate as many passengers have not been booked. While the figure of 827 flights beats last season’s number of 758 charters, the tourism industry is being cautious and says this is a projected figure that need not necessarily translate into landings. Subhash Phegade of Aircon Aviation Services and station manager of Monarch Airlines said that the bookings were tentative. “They have asked for slots. However, bookings this year are not even 50% of last year’s. An airline could book four landing slots per week. If there is a fall in bookings, they transfer the passengers and cancel slots.” [Andrew Pereira, TOI]


CM urges mining firms to show social responsibility
PANAJI, Aug 22: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, on Thursday said that the draft mining policy would be available to public scrutiny and for submitting objections and suggestion till December 31, 2008, and called upon the members of the House to come forward with their views so that the issue could be settled once for all to the satisfaction of everybody concerned. The Chief Minister said that mining was not his creation and that it existed even before he became a minister and that time has come to fix parameters for its operation. He also said that mine owners have to come forward and show their corporate social responsibility by ploughing back some percentage of their earning in to the villages from where they carry out mining activities. [NT]


North Zone administrator seals Mapusa Comunidade office
MAPUSA, Aug 20: The Administrator of North Zone Communidades, Mr Narayan Gaad, Tuesday sealed the office of the Mapusa Communidade here. According to the Administrator, rampant irregularities have been taking place in the Mapusa Communidade that included misappropriation of funds, selling of 151 Communidade plots illegally, allotment of kiosks illegally on Communidade land and various other irregularities. [NT]


Licences to mega projects challenged
MARGAO: The Benaulim panchayat on Tuesday went in appeal against the orders of the deputy director of panchayats that had earlier granted permission for the issuance of licences to two mega projects opposed by the gram sabha. Byron Rodrigues, advocate for the panchayat, said the appeal is based on the resolution passed by the gram sabha in 2008, not to allow construction on more than 800 square metres of land. He said that the resolution was never challenged by builders or interested parties within 30 days before the director of panchayats and hence the resolution was binding. [TOI]


Agriculture a dying profession amongst youth
BICHOLIM, Aug 19:- Agriculture has been one of the main occupations of the state but lately the increasing inclinations of the younger generation towards white collared jobs in the new tech savvy world has rendered it to figure last on the priority list of Goans as a career option. Among the many reasons that cause farmers to shy away from extensive agriculture is the non-profitability in the field. The continuous decline in the profit margin on agricultural products like coconut, arecanut, banana and other crops of various fruits has left the producers helpless. [NT]


Issue of illegal constructions dominates Anjuna gram sabha
The issue of illegal constructions dominated the gram sabha of Anjuna village panchayat held on Sunday. While the residents held the sarpanch responsible for patronising these structures, sarpanch Mr Chimulkar denied his involvement saying that these structures had mushroomed even before he could be a panch member and sarpanch. The issue of Lamanis on the beaches also figured during the meeting and the sarpanch informed the gathering that all possible steps would be taken to stop these people from frequenting the beach. [NT]


Drizzle ends Anjuna gram sabha midway
CALANGUTE, Aug 18: The Anjuna gram sabha on Sunday came to an abrupt end due to a drizzle, pushing aside some of the major issues to be discussed at the meet. [H]


Crocodile turns up at Karapur residence
BICHOLIM: Namrata Naik was surprised when she saw an unusual guest outside her hours at Kothiwada-Karapur on August 25 midnight. When she opened the door for her father, who had returned from bhajan at midnight, she was shocked to see a six-ft long crocodile outside her house almost ready to pounce upon her. The frightened family immediately contacted animal lover Amritsingh whose timely arrival helped the entire family heave a sigh of relief. [GT]


+ James Cajetan D’Souza

James Cajetan D’Souza passed away in Badem-Assagao, Goa on August 24, 2008. Beloved husband of Anne, father of Katie, and brother of Bertha (Vasco Da Gama). His funeral took place at Our Lady of Miracles Church, Badem, August 25. James, born in Arusha, Tanzania, was the son of the late Salu and Ann, and worked for British Telecom in UK before retiring to Goa. Sadly mourned in Toronto by uncles Bonny (Rose) and Walter (Theresa) as well as cousins Ludovic, Barbara, Genevieve, Joseph, and Leonard, and in Bandra, Julia wife of late cousin Geraldo.

People Places and Things

Diverse Roots, Varied Challenges: The Goan Diaspora In The U.K.
By Eddie D'Sa

Posted on
- August 25, 2008

This essay is from the book 'Goa: Aparanta -- Land Beyond the End', edited by Victor Rangel Ribeiro , and reflects Dr Eddie D'Sa's analysis of Goans in Britain, and how their attitudes towards Goa have changed generation by generation. "In Britain, Feeling a Weaker Pull" (pages 210-12) is a very wise bit of writing, commented the editor of this book. Goans who have settled in the UK are not a homogeneous group, but the product of three different migration streams -- from India, Pakistan, and East Africa. Small batches of Goans came from India in the 1950s and early 1960s -- some were students who stayed on, others just sought a new life in Britain after India's independence in 1947.



Churches In Goa Rate As Treasures
Goa - a former colony of Portugal - rates as the locale of World Heritage Sites, designated by the UN.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
By Desmond de Sousa


‘Bom Pastor’ (The Good Sheppard), Ivory, Goa –, 17th Century



Clara D’Souza Celebrates Centenary
The Brampton Guardian
Wednesday August 27 2008
Photo by Bryon Johnson

BRAMPTON - Clara D'Souza, 100 years young (centre) surrounded by her children, from left: Joan Menezes, Elfredia D'Souza, Elaine Fernandes, and Ignatius D'Souza. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on Aug. 25, 1908. Her daughter Elfredia, a nun at the Christ the King convent in Karachi, came in from Pakistan for the occasion. Clara is the first resident at Tall Pines Long Term Care Centre in Brampton to have reached this milestone.


Book Review - Ethnography of Goa, Daman, and Diu

For English-speaking Indians unfamiliar with Goa, this little colonial anachronism seems as quaint as we ourselves must appear to historically ignorant Englishmen. Such is the condemned fate of all descendents of colonialism who have to repeatedly explain themselves to a world that keeps forgetting, inventing, or mythifying history every minute.



'Humanae Vitae' gains traction
Encyclical's positive message strikes chord in sex-drenched culture
Catholic News Service


Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Pope Paul VI's encyclical on artificial contraception and the role of procreation in marriage, turned 40 on July 25 and seems to be finding new life across the United States. From natural family planning initiatives to sexual abstinence programs for teenagers, parishes and dioceses are increasingly adopting Pope Paul's vision for a world built on fidelity in marriage.



Is Cleverness The Cause Of Spelling Errors?
PTI London, August 27, 2008

Can’t spell supersede correctly? If you think you’re stupid, you may be wrong. The consensus is that you are too clever, according to a new study. A team of researchers for the Collins dictionary in Britain has carried out the study and found that people often misspelt a number of ‘confusing’ words as they are actually too clever.

According to them, the most commonly misspelt English word is supersede — many come up with ‘supercede’ because of their knowledge of other words including intercede or precede, the Daily Mail reported.



The Song Sung By The Goan Duo Reminded Me Of An Old Goan Joke.
Stephen Pinto , UAE Aug 17, 2008

A boat docked in a tiny Goan village. A tourist from Mumbai complimented the Goan fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

'Not very long,' answered the fisherman.
'But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?' asked the Mumbaite.



Listeria Investigation and Recall - 2008
List of recalled products
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Listen to this Hockey Night in Canada Entry

By Bret Menezes

Click image to hear a leading Hockey Night in Canada contest entry
Play it a few times, rate it, and post a comment if you wish.
Voting starts Oct 4


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


Life Lease Housing Project Information Meetings for the Goan and Indo Christian Community

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
Saurday, December, 13, 2008 Christmas Dance

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Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2008

Health & Wellness

Staying Healthy While You Travel

Preventing illness or injury is a big part of making your trip relaxing and enjoyable. Because some destinations have environments that may be very different from the area you live in, and, particularly, travel to developing countries pose certain risks, it is important to take certain precautions.

Healthy preparations before you travel:
If you are planning to travel outside the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you:

  • prepare a complete travel itinerary, listing each destination, length of stay, and types of activities planned.

  • contact your travel agent to obtain local health information, including food and beverage precautions, information regarding insects and other pests, and the availability of emergency medical care.



"Walk this Way" for a safe back to school, says Safe Kids Canada

TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - With kids across the country heading back to class, Safe Kids Canada is reminding everyone to ensure children can walk safely to and from school on our neighbourhood streets. Child pedestrian incidents are a leading cause of death for Canadian children under the age of 14. Every year more than 30 children are killed and 2,400 are seriously injured. Most incidents happen between 3 - 6 p.m., when drivers are coming home from work, and children may be walking home from school.



Survey says: Back-to-school need not be back-to-stress

Desjardins Financial Security's National Health is Cool Survey shows parents are stressed by overloaded academic and family calendars

TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - With only one weekend left in the summer holidays, parents are likely sharing their kids' anxiety leading up to the new school year. Desjardins Financial Security's 2008 Health is Cool survey results show that parents experience added stress due to the social pressures of providing as much hands-on parenting as possible. The majority of survey respondents with children said that they were generally enjoying good mental and physical health, financial security and an overall reduction in stress compared to the previous year.



Life is a misery for “Married Bachelors” in UAE
Sat Aug 16 07:47 2008

Life is a misery for “Married Bachelors” in UAE Leaving their families and children in their home countries, a large number of expatriates are forced to live a bachelor’s life in the UAE. They are unable to bring their families here because of high rents and the spiralling cost of living.They miss their children as much as their children miss them back home. The suffering is part of their deal for a better future as they try their best to cope with the situation, which is not always possible.



Number of Employees Working Off-site Expected to Increase, Executives Say
"High fuel prices are causing people to look for alternatives to lengthy commutes….”

TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - A growing number of Canadian workers will be dialling, rather than driving, into work, according to a recent survey. More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of executives polled said it is common for their companies' employees to work off-site. Moreover, 74 per cent of managers said they expect the number of employees who work remotely to increase in the next five years.



Critical Thinking Skills

The goal of critical thinking is to evaluate in a reasoned and unbiased way what you read, hear, or observe in order to judge its validity or worth.

Reasoning Processes | Reasoned Judgements | Critical Reading | Critical Writing

What are Critical Thinking Skills?
Critical thinking skills and habits are life skills. Learning to use them on a consistent basis can help you become more actively involved and more effective in your studies. It may even make what you're learning more stimulating and enjoyable.


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