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Newsletter. Issue 18. August 28, 2010

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GOA Float wins first prize for Indian Independance Day Celebration

Play India's Independence Day Video
Pictures of India's Independence Day celebration have been loaded on G.O.A. website.

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Festive Goa: Presented by - Goan Overseas Association (GOA). Choreographed by - Joyce Desouza, Marcelina Dias.Preformed by - Lynette D’Mello, Sabina DSouza, Jolyn Mascarenhas, Glynis Viegas, Valerie DSouza, Jessy Fernandes, Marcelina Dias

Toronto -GOA Float wins first prize for Indian Independance Day Celebration

Message from Fr. Pat Coldricks sj | Wed, 25 Aug 2010

See also: http://www.martyrs-shrine.com
For flyer and details of event
Click here

The FIRST GOAN PILGRIMAGE DAY here at the Martyrs Shrine, will take place on Sunday the 29th of August. As you may know, that for many years, a lot of pilgrims from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds have been coming here regularly to congregate, pray and celebrate their Pilgrimage day at the Shrine here.  However, not many people are even aware of the existence of a considerable size of a Goan Community existing in Canada today. Although a lot of Goans would visit the Shrine now and then, normally on a Weekend, but it looked liked a lost crowd with no identity for them.

The first Goan Pilgrimage at the Shrine this year on Sunday the 29th of August will be one Big Occasion designed to give us Goans not only an Identity for ourselves, but to share our rich culture to the various ethnic communities of all walks of life visiting the Shrine on that day. Hence this a real good occasion to also know that our 'Goanche Saiba' St. Francis Xavier sj. was the forefather of the Canadian Martyrs of the Society of Jesus who came to this Mission Land in the early 1600's. There is a rich history that connects us Goans to the Canadian Martyrs and the Jesuits of that era. We look forward to see a lot more of us Goans making this event a success through the coming years, and giving us the opportunity to come together to pray and to celebrate. Regards to self and all with you there. Fr. Pat. C. sj.


Make Blessed Joseph Vaz a Saint

View and sign the online petition to make Blessed Joseph Vaz a Saint

Go to the following site and sign the petition

Blessed Joseph Vaz is patron of the Archdiocese of Goa

For more on Blessed Joseph Vaz see
A Third World Saint for the Third Millennium

See also: http://www.josephnaikvaz.org/index.html

Excerpt from:

Making Saints
In official Church procedures there are three steps to sainthood: a candidate becomes
“Venerable,” then “Blessed” and then “Saint.” Venerable is the title given to a deceased person recognized formally by the pope as having lived heroic virtues. To be beatified and recognized as a Blessed, one miracle acquired through the candidate’s intercession is required in addition to recognition of heroic virtue or martyrdom. Canonization requires a second miracle after beatification, though a pope may waive these requirements. (A miracle is not required prior to a martyr’s beatification, but one is required before canonization.)

For canonization another miracle is needed, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed and having occurred after his beatification. The methods for affirming the miracle are the same as those followed for beatification. Canonization is understood as the concession and requirement of public veneration in the Universal Church. With canonization, the Blessed acquires the title of Saint.

Graphic from www.goacom.com


The 1960s were a turbulent time for Kenya’s South Asian community.
Excerpt from article by Zarina Patel

How Asian (including many Goan) journalists contributed to covering the formative years of Kenya as an independent country

When Kenya became independent, Asian journalists reported how the community joined the Africans in hailing the new era.

Statements from Kanu treasurer KP Shah always made good copy.

The fact that Joseph Murumbi was the vice president; FRS De Souza the deputy speaker of parliament; Jan Mohamed an assistant minister for Tourism and Chanan Singh a judge of the High Court, boosted Asian confidence in their future in independent Kenya.

The Nation needed to win new readers, including those who had never bought a newspaper as well as those who would switch over or buy both - an uphill task.

Since a newspaper is more than the sum of the initiative and hard work of its staffers, the South Asian journalists gave the best years of their lives and their talents to help The Nation to flourish and overtake The Standard.

At various times over the quarter century from 1960 to 1985, more than 20 full-time Asian journalists held senior positions at the newspaper.

These key posts included the editor in chief, managing editor, chief sub editor, business editor, sports editor, chief reporter/foreign editor, features editor and chief courts reporter. In addition, three chief photographers and two senior photographers were also Asians.

Immediately after the paper was launched, three Asian journalists - Joe Rodrigues as sub-editor; Chottu Karadia as a reporter and Cyprian Fernandes as a sports reporter - came on board. Rodrigues rose rapidly to become chief sub editor, assistant editor, managing editor and finally, editor in chief.

During his tenure as editor in chief, he was elected president of the International Press Institute, the global organisation of editors and publishers. Karadia resigned after a few years to study in Britain while Fernandes moved up to become chief reporter and to travel as a roving correspondent, specialising in Commonwealth and UN affairs.

More full time South Asian journalists joined as the years went by.

This group included chief court reporter Billy Chibber, reporter Karim Hudani, sports reporter Polly Fernandes, sports reporter Norman da Costa, reporter Monte Vianna, reporter Sultan Jessa, sub editor Chander Mehra and three young women feature writers: Gayatri Syal-Saggar, Olinda Fernandes and Lorraine Saldanha-Alvarez.

oe Rodrigues, Kul Bhushan and Cyprian Fernandes were picked up by the notorious Special Branch for questioning time and time again.

Fernandes, especially, pulled off many scoops, including the Cabora Basa Dam in Mozambique, interviewing Milton Obote after his overthrow and Idi Amin after the coup, not to mention covering the arrest of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu after the 1969 riots.

Fernandes was perceived to be close to Foreign Minister Njoroge Mungai.

After one particular report in 1974 stung somebody in power, his wife was told by a Special Branch officer, “We have a bullet for your husband.”

Within three months, the couple had left Kenya.

Thus, in no small measure, Asian journalists contributed to covering the formative years of Kenya as an independent country.


New Book on Uganda Asians

The book tells the story of Asian settlement in Uganda and expulsion in their “own words” and of resilience in foreign lands and hesitant return to a country still loved. Of course not all Asians were duka-owners. There were the Punjabis who worked side-by-side with Africans on construction sites and drank together in the evenings. Goans manned an honest civil service.

Parsis went into land development. Truth to tell, there never was a monolithic “Asian community” and by the time of the expulsion most of Asian wealth was generated from services and industry rather than trade. There were tycoons amongst them who were expelled too. Some had monies stashed away in foreign countries. That didn’t justify the expulsion either. Click here to read More


Kodak Introduces Latest Digital Camera for the Socially Savvy

KODAK EASYSHARE M590 is World's Thinnest* 5X Optical Zoom Digital Camera;

TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Kodak Canada today introduced the new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera, the ultimate social networking accessory for people who love to share their pictures. With Kodak's exclusive Share Button, consumers can tag pictures and videos directly on the camera for effortless uploading to popular social networking sites including Facebook, KODAK Gallery, Flickr and YouTube. Pictures can also be tagged to email and to send to any KODAK PULSE Digital Frame.

The new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera is the world's thinnest* 5X optical zoom digital camera. On top of its sleek, modern and stylish design, the camera also boasts advanced features including Kodak's Face Recognition feature that makes it simple for consumers to find and share the pictures they want, and Kodak's Smart Capture feature that helps them take better pictures automatically.

"We are thrilled to see how consumers have embraced Kodak's Share Button, sharing close to 8 million pictures using this button over the past few months alone," said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. "With the new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera, we are continuing our commitment to bring to market innovative, intuitive and stylish products that make it fun and easy for today's socially savvy crowd to share all their favorite moments."

Kodak's Share Button gives consumers the ability to share pictures to multiple destinations at once; when they connect the camera to their computer, their pictures are automatically sent to the tagged destinations, saving valuable time and effort.

KODAK M590 Digital Camera Features:

  • Share Button for easy upload to KODAK Gallery, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube sites, as well as email

  • World's thinnest* 5X optical zoom digital camera (uses SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON lens)

  • Built-in image stabilization

  • Kodak's Face Recognition feature

  • Kodak's Smart Capture feature

  • 2.7-inch bright LCD with KODAK Colour Science technology

  • Li-Ion rechargeable batteries and in-camera charging

  • HD picture and video capture


The KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera will be available this fall for $199.95 CDN MSRP in silver, red, purple and blue at major retailers(xx) and Kodak.ca.


Cannabis electric car to be made in Canada
August 23, 2010 | By Emily Chung, CBC News

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The Kestrel electric car will have room for a driver and three passengers and have a top speed of 90 kilometres an hour. The Kestrel electric car will have room for a driver and three passengers and have a top speed of 90 kilometres an hour. (Motive Industries Inc.)An electric car made of hemp is being developed by a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation.

The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, the company announced.

The compact car, which will hold a driver and up to three passengers, will have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery, the company said in an email to CBC News Monday.

It will be powered by a motor made by Boucherville, Que.-based TM4 Electrodynamic Systems, said Motive Industries president Nathan Armstrong.

'As a structural material, hemp is about the best.'— Nathan Armstrong, Motive Industries Inc.

The car's body will be made of an impact-resistant composite material produced from mats of hemp, a plant from the cannabis family. The material is being supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, a provincial Crown corporation that provides technical services and funding to help commercialize new technologies. The hemp is being grown in Vegreville, Alta.

The Kestrel is one of five electric vehicles being developed by Project Eve, an automotive industry collaboration founded by Motive and Toronto Electric, an Ontario material handling and electric motor company, to boost the production of electric vehicles and electric vehicle components in Canada.


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