Earth Hour-2014 In Saligao


Dear Earth Lovers,
For the 5th year running in Saligao
:

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Saturday,
29 March 2014,
8:30-9:30 pm.
Make it a date!

Have you signed the Saligao Garbage Struggle online petition...
…HERE?!

Aadhar Cards: The Truth…Finally-1

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Makeover In A Village Hamlet – Passion Provides The Punch

From Goa.me: GoaNoLimits on 20 September 2013

Muddavaddi, Saligao:  From a demure salwar-khamiz to a gym suit in one minute. That’s the time taken for the transformation of Kanika, a young lady who entered a newly-renovated first storey in this residential hamlet of narrow lanes on a Tuesday afternoon.

In one monsoon, meanwhile, Ramesh Ghadi has converted a significant part of the mind-set of his village of Saligao (Goa) into a surprisingly fitness-conscious one.

Ghadi returned after 16 years from the Gulf, and spent some time managing health-clubs in five-starred deluxe hotels back in Goa. But, quickly enough, he shed the security of a job in favour of launching out on his own dream.

Late in the Summer 2013 he launched Ghadi Fitness, at Muddavaddi, tucked a little distance off the CHOGM Road. Now, he already has over two hundred persons on his rolls, and with his cool approach takes the message of staying fit to the average middle-class Goan village.

His diversity bulges like his muscle. A Konkani poet himself, Ramesh has staged Konkani plays in the locality temple. His story is typical of the Goan youth with much talent, hidden and waiting for long to be tapped.

On the Saligao-Net group on Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/groups/saligaonet] he’s also known for charming posts about the Goa of the 1970s that he grew up in, often accompanied by a photo clicked on his mobile phone’s camera. He describes the humble folk in a charming style through the simple ways of his writings.

But ‘passion’ is a concept that Ramesh repeatedly talks about. And believes in.

He builds his gym with this emotion; and how! Not just does he attract young men with bulging biceps, but he has lured many first-timers from Saligao and its neighbourhood to think of keeping fit by sweating it out four or more times a week.

From all signs, they’re taking to it with enthusiasm.

“We do hear noise from the gym,” says Ramesh’s wife Anushka with a smile, herself in a black track suit, but seemingly enjoying the near-celebrity status her hubby has gained in his locality with his unusual approach. The gym is a floor about their traditional home, done up with earnings from the overseas stints of Ramesh and his brother Digambar (Diga).

Once you’re in, you get the idea that this is not just about any gym. It a village club. Together with his personal training, Ramesh offers personal talk. If he sees a journalist in you, the focus will go on interesting aspects of a Goa which don’t get written about.

The village sarpanch (council chief) joins in exercises here on some days. So do others whom one might not link with being fitness freaks. You can meet your schoolmate Mark, whom you didn’t spot in decades, and some mums sneak off to don their gym shoes after the kiddies pack off for school.

Don’t be surprised to see Facebook posts of the 50-something Ramesh, telling you what one gymmie has just achieved in the field of fashion. “Everyone says our police are unfit. Meet Manoj,” he says, pointing to a muscular cop who comes to work-out with Sandeep and Suwanand, who are also policemen by day. Or night, depending on their shift, I guess.

Ramesh has the gift of the written word too. He told me, in his soft-spoken and quiet manner, of an essay he wrote in the village school, Mater Dei, that a generation ago struck his teachers as unusual and outstanding even then. He’s still a man with a hundred-and-one stories to narrate. From local lore, to focussing on the village footballers of the 1970s, and even ghost stories from Saligao, he can tell it all.

But there’s a story behind the Ramesh Ghadis of Saligao too.

In the 1970s, a retired Army employee from South India — whom everyone called “Joseph Sir” — settled in Saligao with his family. He then set up a rudimentary village gym, with the rough and ready equipment available in those days of scarcity. As a result, at least four to five village boys gained life-long careers from that initiative — often working at top health clubs and as swimming coaches in the Gulf.

Today, many of them are back home. Contributing to their village in their own unique ways.

Ramesh was himself at the Ramada’s there. “I know enough Arabic to discuss gym topics,” he says with a smile.

It’s not that Saligao didn’t have a gym earlier; but that was seen as meant for more hard-core training for serious-minded young men. Now you see people in their “sweet sixties” (Ramesh’s term) to young women coming in after work. The former to stay fit, some of the latter to gain weight!

Ramesh says of his long stint in the Gulf. “Once, when visiting home for the Ganesh festival, I looked around at the village pond (the site where the festival ending culminates) and realised I didn’t recognise 60% of the people present. That was when I decided it was time to come home,” he says.

“With my writing in cyberspace, people now know I’m not just a toughie with muscle,” Ramesh told me recently. But then, you can’t blame those who meet him for noticing the bulge on his arms, chest and more at first glance!

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Location: Muddavaddi, Behind St. Anne’s Chapel.
Phone : 9850450055
Timings : 6 am to 10 am. 4 pm to 10 pm.
Charges : Rs 1,000/- for entry. Rs 500/- per month.

Denzil Franco: Another Tale!

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muriel & mario,
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Rider – Narendra Parsekar of Mollembhat – Dies In Saligao…

Dear Saligaokaram,

For over a quarter of a century, sections of Saligao, especially those living along the infamous ChogM Road, have been pleading for speed breakers there, from Mollembhat to the Calangute Police Station.

Political interference has kept this from happening.  Because we lived there for over 20 years, we have seen our Saligaokars, our pets and our cattle mowed down by speeding traffic, often in front of our eyes.  Drugged and drunk tourists, as well as those visitors rushing to catch a chunk of the often sleazy coastal action, ride like there is no tomorrow.  Those Saligaokars who have come under their frenzied wheels have already reached their tomorrow, in the next world.

“This is a highway on which we cannot have speed breakers”, we were told by erstwhile politicos.

First, this is not a highway.  Second, even on National Highway 17 between Goa and Mumbai, there are speed breakers at every village.  Alto Porvorim, Sangolda and Saligao are densely populated villages on this road.  This is a village road and village life in these areas need to be protected.

We cannot have our ‘honoured guests’ barging into our hospitality and then expressing their gratitude, by regularly battering a few of us into the next life…like 2 motorcycle-borne tourists did to Narendra Parsekar, on the same ChogM Road death trap, a mere 20 mts. away from his home in Mollembhat.

So, as one of the items on the list that some of us are putting together, can we include safety features on our roads?

Warm regards and solidarity.

M&M.

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Saligao Is Proud of Denzil Franco!

Denzil, youngest son of Joe and Avelina Franco of Muddavaddi: Saligao is proud of you…

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Disciplining Democracy

Dear Saligaokaram,

If we let go of grassroots democracy, we are headed into an autocratic, near totalitarian and almost fascist state.  We have already seen the trends in the recent dictatorial behaviour of the government.  And now, the threat of an impending religious nationalism looms large, at the national level.Against this backdrop, Brig. Ian D’Costa asks the right questions…Inline images 1Inline images 2

Wait For Rickshaw, Bike Stand Continues In Saligao.

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16th September is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

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Dear Saligaokaram,

So often, walking down our winding roads in Saligao, a car or bike breezes past, with a powerful blast of the latest masculine or feminine perfume that lingers on in the whole area for quite a while.

The chances are, the stronger the perfume, the more damage to the ozone layer from the aerosol spray-can that contained the smelly substance.  It is not only aerosol cannisters.  It could be our refrigerators, foam cushions and mattresses,  fire extinguishers, or adhesives we use daily.

Read on…

The Main Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
    • The most widely used ODS, accounting for over 80% of total stratospheric ozone depletion.
    • Used as coolants in refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners in buildings and cars manufactured before 1995.
    • Found in industrial solvents, dry-cleaning agents and hospital sterilants.
    • Also used in foam products — such as soft-foam padding (e.g. cushions and mattresses) and rigid foam (e.g. home insulation).
  • Halons
    • Used in some fire extinguishers, in cases where materials and equipment would be destroyed by water or other fire extinguisher chemicals. In B.C., halons cause greater damage to the ozone layer than do CFCs from automobile air conditioners.
  • Methyl Chloroform
    • Used mainly in industry — for vapour degreasing, some aerosols, cold cleaning, adhesives and chemical processing.
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
    • Used in solvents and some fire extinguishers.
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
    • HCFCs have become major, “transitional” substitutes for CFCs. They are much less harmful to stratospheric ozone than CFCs are. But HCFCs they still cause some ozone destruction and are potent greenhouse gases.

More at:
http://www.bcairquality.ca/101/ozone-depletion-causes.html

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