Newsletter. Issue 2003-6. Feb. 07, 2003
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The Achilles Athletic Club, Mombasa, 1956.
(Back row, from left) Albert Castanha, Pascoal Antao, Laura Ramos, Ray Batchelor (coach), Phila Fernandes, Juanita Noronha, Alfred Vianna, Seraphino Antao. (Front row, from left) Joe Faria, Alcino Rodrigues, Jack Fernandes, Bruno D'Souza. Photo: Courtesy Jack Fernandes [from Coastweek]

WELCOME HOME SERAPHINO ANTAO! ran the banner headline across the front page of Coastweek, 31 Jan.
Headline: Seraphino Antao - Super Sprinter Of The Sixties. Interview by Anjum Asodia. Photographs and text, 1262 words. Quote: Seraphino Antao leaves Kenya today to go back to the U.K. but a part of him will always remain here with us, in our minds, hearts and our glorious history.
1 Feb. East African Standard. Headline: Antao put Kenya on world map. 642 words. Quote: Antao became the first flag bearer when the team went to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
1 Feb. East African Standard. Headline: Antao interviewed by Gilbert Wandera. 1060 words. Quote: I would like to see a trust fund to help retired athletes. I personally kick off the project by donating Sh 30,000. Click here for the full text of these articles.

Applications are invited from Black and Asian students for the Windsor Fellowships Undergraduate Programme. The 2-3 year programme is aimed at equipping talented full-time students with personal, managerial and professional skills and includes paid internships. You must be a Final Year 'A'-Level student or 1st year Undergraduate and apply by 15 March 2003. Mature students are encouraged to apply. Further details and an application form or by contacting Kevin Coutinho at

1 Feb Sunday Times (South Africa). Diane Nalini, a physicist by day and a professional singer by night is visiting South Africa. With a Belgian father and a mother who is from Goa Nalini's musical influences are diverse. She said, "While I was in England I released two albums and they sold quite well. It was something I did for pleasure and I didn't have time to market or promote them. But now I'd like to release the albums in Canada and I'm writing material for my third album." Full text at The Diane Nalini home page is at

4 Feb. This is Blackburn. Retired Blackburn GP Dr Alan Rebello and his wife Maisie celebrated their golden wedding with a mass at Sacred Heart church followed by a meal for family and close friends. The couple married in Bombay in 1953 and moved to the UK in 1954. They have four sons, Louis, Andre, Tony and Alfred and three grandchildren. [Andre Rebello is the outspoken Coroner for the City of Liverpool]


29 Jan. Hatfield, (UK). JOHN FRANCIS NORONHA, (ex-G.I Nairobi, originally Cuncolim, Goa). Father of Derek, (Yolanda, Michelle); Keith (Barbara/ Tanya) and Brian. Condolences to, Tel. 01462 672878. Funeral Mass at Mary Church, Old Hatfield, Herts at 10.30 on Thur. 6th Feb.

30 Jan. Seattle. CIRIACO ANTONIO DE QUADROS (Ex Dar-Es-Salaam and Raia, Goa.). Age 58. Son of the late Miguel Francisco de Quadros and the late Clarina Pereira Quadros. Brother of Tereza, Felix, Melicio, Joseph, Celina, Ciril (London) and Yvonne. Condolences to

3 Feb. Toronto. LUIZA MARIA DE ALBUQUERQUE. (ex-Mombasa). Mother of Lucy/Felix Pires, Wilma/Manny Ortiz. Grandmother of Charlene and Richard Pires. Funeral was on 5 Feb. Info. from Lazarus Pereira, Toronto.

4 Feb. Toronto. Dr ALBERT DA COSTA. ( Ex-Nairobi) Husband of the late Angela da Costa (nee Fonseca). Father of Marlene, Noelle/Vincent, Rowena/Basil, Melanie/Charles, Lilian/Huw and Charmaine/Alex. Funeral Mass on Friday, February 7th, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of The World Catholic Church, 10411 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill. Full details: Toronto Star. 5 Feb.


1 Feb. Belfast Telegraph. Check out the latest holiday offers: First Choice: Goa, March 30, two weeks, named accommodation, flights from Gatwick, £399. Tel: 0870 750 0001.

2 Feb. The Observer. Headline: Goan, enjoy it. Goa offers sand, sun and saints (of the Catholic variety) in unequal measure. Eclipse Holidays (08705 010203) offers 14 nights for £473 (seven nights costs £422), including flights, transfers and B&B at Baga. This offer is available for departures from 16 February to 26 March, with similar prices available for late autumn/winter departures.

mainly from Joel D'Souza in Goa, courtesy of GOACOM

When the non-resident Goan or for that matter a resident Indian comes to Goa with the desire to start a venture in Goa everyone in the political establishment and the bureaucracy does everything possible to discourage if not disgust him or her… The experience of those who have taken the Chief Minister at his word and have dropped in to see him has been horrendous… Goans are fatalistically resigned to the fact that it will take days if not months to get anything done in Goa. But non-resident Goans are utterly and totally frustrated by the endless waiting. Herald 1 Feb. Full text at:

Joel has captured some scenes from the Fontainhas Festival of the Arts at
Also, Fontainhas festival takes Goa back to art. By Pamela D'Mello. Asian Age 6 Feb.

From Fred Noronha's posting on GoaNet: Tests conducted by the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) reveal disturbing of pollutants in bottled drinking water. 20 samples available in Delhi and Mumbai were analysed. Top seller Bisleri was third from the bottom, with pesticide concentration levels 79 times higher than the stipulated limits. Kinley had concentration levels 14.6 times above the maximum permissible amounts. For the complete Down To Earth magazine story, visit:


26 Jan. The Seattle Times. Book review of A Girl From Zanzibar. Marcella D'Souza can best be described as a Goan Indian Portuguese Arab African of Catholic Moslem parentage. Marcella begins her public life at 21 when she borrows money to buy a taxicab in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania…In London Marcella ingratiates herself to the large immigrant community in her neighbourhood…Then comes the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. For full text, 428 words, click here....

26 Jan. Calgary Herald. A poem published in a recent edition of Calgary's Good Morning News perpetuates negative stereotypes of immigrants in Canada, say some members of the city's ethnic community. Written as a satirical first-person account by an immigrant, the poem describes the ease of an immigrant's life living off welfare, having bills paid for him, and bringing 14 families to Canada, all in broken English. However, Suneel D'Souza said the poem was intended to be light-hearted, and not meant to offend anyone. "My parents came here from India with very little and I'd like to consider that they've made it," he said.

1 Feb. Evening Herald (Plymouth). The Goa Inn, a new restaurant above the Three Crowns pub in the Barbican (Plymouth), is holding a charity 'all you can eat' buffet evening on Monday, February 10. Diners can eat all they like for just £7.95. All profits from the day will go to charity.

2 Feb. The Peninsula (Doha). Help for Goans in obtaining Portuguese passport. The Goan Overseas Association (GOA), an organisation of Goan expatriates in Qatar, is offering assistance to people of Goan origin seeking Portuguese citizenship. Details of the scheme are available at [This is the site maintained by Paulo Colaco Dias of London]. For text of article, 328 words, Click here...

4 Feb. The Sydney Morning Herald. Headline: Partners Can't Make A Goa Of It. The fab Pyrmont eatery Kokum - Taste of Goa has been good enough in its short life to make The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Alas, it has fallen victim to a partnership dispute. Co-owner Anil Ashokan says he doesn't know when it will re-open. "If I'm not able to do it in the same venue, I'd like to do it elsewhere," he says. His partner, chef Walter Fernandes, says he plans on doing the same.

5. Feb. Economic Times. Article on the inroads being made by Indian IT companies in the UK and European markets. 684 words.

5 Feb. Cyber India Online. Carnegie Mellon University of the U.S.A., in alliance with eight partners in India, including Goa University has embarked upon an ambitious project to digitize 10 million books. 538 words.

(for a list of events scheduled for the next 12 months, see:

Fri. 7 Feb. 23:10. (30 mins). TV programme. Channel: BBC1. Ruby Wax travels to Bombay.

Sat. 8 Feb. Goan Association (UK) Youth Disco at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 7pm. Music by Nite Life. Entrance £3. Bring your own drinks. Food available. Contact: Lily/Tony D'Souza 020-8644 5310, Wilma/Cedric D'Cruz 020-8954 1596, Leanne Rodrigues 020-8349 3844, Monica Lobo 020-8672 9509, Diego Pinto 020-8767 0663.

Fri. 14 Feb. 7-11pm. Valentine's Disco at the Goan Community Centre, Keston Rd. N17 for the youth aged 13-19.Dance to the sensational DJDEX, sound system by 'Say One Do One' Just £2 inc. food . Great Fun! For tickets contact Dexter 8376 1068/07986 658 0460/Sarita 07961 044 079 email or

Sat. 15 Feb. From 7pm.Valentine's Night at the Goan Community Centre. Live band 'Nuvel Vision' playing your old tyme favourites remembering 'them good ole days'. Relive that night! Come & join in the game of Mr & Mrs to reveal how well you know (or don't know) your partner! Tickets £5. No objection to bringing your own food & drink. Contact or Josephine 8967 7471 or Maria 8376 1609.

Sun. 23 Feb. 2.00p.m. Goan Heritage (U.K), formerly Youth Of Goa (U.K). By public demand, second show of the Tiatr "Asro" (Shelter). At Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey. For tickets please contact Felix Gonsalves on 020 8450 2129,Jimmy Braganza on 020 8450 5623, Fr. Oliver Antao on 020 8563 9102.

Sun 2 Mar. 12.30 pm Mungul Feast. 25th Anniversary Celebrations at White Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane (Opp New River Sports Centre) Wood Green, London N22. Holy Mass followed by a Social, Music by Breakthru and the Sounds Of Nitelife ( Disco). For Tickets and further details please contact: Rosalind - 0208 767 8652, Rosy - 0208 352 9450 or Lucas - 0209 967 7471. Map at

Sun 2 Mar. 12.30 pm. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Spring Gala Dance in aid of St Michael's Parish Hall, Mitcham. Music Maz and Co. Tickets £12 inc. meal. Contact Norma Rodrigues, 0208 764 3664.

Sat. 15 Mar. 7 pm- Saligao Association Rockin' Spring Nite at the David Lloyd Centre, Bushey Road, Raynes Park. (5 mins from Wimbledon Chase Station). Music by 'Life is Good'. Buffet included. Tickets £10 (members and guests) or £15 for tickets plus the use of the David Lloyd Centre all day. Contact Nathan DeSouza, , Serge Coelho 0208 543 4681 or Selina de Sa, 10 Penshurst Way, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 6HR. Full details from

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