Newsletter. Issue 2004-17. April 29, 2004
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28 Apr. Toronto Star. Rewarding excellence with a slap in the face. By Joe Fiorito. Excerpts: Executive assistant Ligia Van Rosi [nee Dias,] has just lost her job after 17 years. “In my 35 years of work, I have never been let go. It was such a blow to my pride," she says. She trained for office work in Kenya. "In 1986, the president of Kenya said education would be preferential for Kenyans of African origin." Ligia's background is Goan. Her first job in Canada was as a copy-typist. She is currently co-president of the Toronto chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
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Her personal life remains busy. She plays keyboards and sings pop and country tunes in a six-piece band on weekends. For text of article click here
[Ligia is the wife of Jimmy; daughter of Mario & Beryl Dias; sister of Audrey D’Souza and Lorna Dias; mother of Zena/Warren Fernandes; grandmother of Leila-Ann. She attended Catholic Parochial Primary School, St. Teresa’s Girls Secondary School and Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School. The Band she performs in is Shade and she sings in Dr Lucina Pinto’s Mando group. She is on the Committees of both the Margao & Saligao groups in Toronto. She traces her ancestral roots to these two villages.]

24 Apr. Goan Observer. By Tara Narayan. Keith Vaz is visiting Goa with his wife Maria and two children. Maria has been shopping for masala, especially her favourite recheado masala. Oh yes, she would like a home for holidays in Goa and is giving it some serious thought. Maria Vaz is an advocate in London specializing in immigrant cases and from all accounts is a lot more eloquent than her husband when she wants to be. For some of the Press coverage of the Vaz Goa trip click here.

Ex Students and Teachers of the Nairobi Catholic Parochial and St Teresas Boys and Girls Schools gathered for their 5th Reunion in Streatham on Sunday 25 April. Canada, S Francisco, Kenya, Dublin, Manchester & Leicester joined the Londoners to reminisce and go down memory lane. The years spanned from Class of 1943 – 1972. Pulsating to the sounds of Maz & Co who provided not only music of that era, the Swahili hits reached the heights.
The Organising Committee have done themselves proud and appreciation must be recorded for the planning and hard work put in by all the Team, they are none other than Crescent Fernandes, Dorothy D’Costa, Aires Fernandes, Tonyjo Fernandes, Uniece Barros and Norma Menezes Rahim

26 Apr. Express Hotelier & Caterer. Antonio Fernandes (Chairman HCIMA London Branch Committee) and member (HCIMA International Development Group) initiated and started the HCIMA Goa International Group when he visited Goa recently. HCIMA is the Hotel & Catering International Management Association.
[Antonio Fernandes, (Colva and Ex-Uganda) is Manager (Food Production) for Alpha Flight Services, Heathrow Airport].

21 Apr. Aberdeen Press and Journal. The staffing crisis at Caithness General Hospital has resulted in the suspension of maternity admissions at Caithness General Hospital and forcing mothers to make 100-mile-plus trips to alternative hospitals. The crisis was provoked when Dr Eugene D’Silva went on holiday to India at the same time as Dr Thomas, took sick leave. Dr D’Silva is expected back on Monday but suspension on deliveries would remain in force. A spokesman said, “It would be unacceptable for us to expect the doctor to provide a 24-hour-a-day service seven days a week without back-up or respite." For full text click here.

22 Apr. Barnet Times. Anti-abortion activist Fiona Pinto featured in a groundbreaking TV programme on Channel 4 which showed footage of an abortion being performed. 232 words. click here.

22 Apr. Kent Messenger. The winners for the first week of the new Kent Air Ambulance Trust lottery were drawn by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Morel D'Souza. For the Morel D’Souza supplement check here.

29 Apr. Navhind Times. Constantino D’Souza is a popular chef in “Jewel in the Crown” restaurant in [Swindon]. After catering college in Povorim, he was at Delmon Hotel Panaji followed by Swimsea Resort in Caranzalem, Cidade de Goa, Taj Holiday Village and Mariott Resort. He also has a knack in fruit and ice carving.
From 30 Oct. 2003. Swindon Business News. Constantino d’Souza, a 27-year-old chef specialities will be Goan Sausage, backed up by Lamb Xacuti and Chicken Cafreal…


25 Apr. Moira, Goa. JOE DIAS (ex-Kampala). Husband of late Effie. Father of Brenda/Cajie (UK), Clarice/Brian and Lynette/Trevor. Funeral on 30 April in Moira.

23 Apr. Aldona, Goa. PETER ALOYSIUS DUNBAR. Husband of late Dr Antoinette Paulina. Brother of John M Dunbar (Glasgow) and late Bernard. Uncle of Monag/James (Glasgow), Peter James (Glasgow), Elizabeth (Glasgow), Bernard (Glasgow), James/Lorna (Australia), Melcom/Sheela (Australia), Arlene Dunbar (Australia), Christine/Joe D'Costa, Wilfred/Jeanne, Winston/Celeste, Valerian/Bernadetta (Australia).

20 Apr. Goa Velha. CONCEICAO GONSALVES E D'COSTA. Relict of Manuel, Mother of Anthony/Zenitha (Bernadeth) (London), late Robert, Rita/Alwyn, Simon/Gracy (London) and John.

16 Apr. South Croydon. REMISE MARY BARROS (Ex- Nairobi). Sister of John, Philomina, Max, Angela and Irene .Funeral on Fri. 30th April at 10 am at St. Gertrudes Church, 46 Purley Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EY.


23 Apr. The Evening Standard (London). Demand for holidays in India is on the increase, according to Kuoni. Bookings, apparently, have shot up by 60 per cent since last year. Somak has also introduced an India-only brochure for holidays this autumn/winter, with charter flights on Excel to Goa and Delhi. There is the added advantage of three classes of seat - economy, premium and Excel One. Upgrades to the top-class cost an extra £349.

24 Apr. The Mirror. Goa For Just £99. You can get a one-way flight to Goa on April 30 from Gatwick or April 29 from Manchester for just £99. Return flights from Bombay or Delhi any time in 2004 start at pounds 200. tel. 20 7258 7800


24 Apr. Bernadette D'Souza and Gregory D'Costa are working on combating the evil of the now notorious Goan crisis: paedophilia. ... Photos and text at

26 Apr. Navhind Times. Life in Old Age. Excerpt: Nowadays many homes for the aged have been started. I know some of my friends proudly saying that they have sent their parents to such shelter homes for which they are paying not less than Rs 10,000 per month.

27 Apr. Times of India. In a testament to Goan's peace-loving nature and in sharp contrast to other parts of the country, the state police on Monday said that no preventive arrests had been made before and during voting. [The results will be declared on 13 May]

A statement of the Church Diocesan Service Centre for Social Action published close to the national elections has become a matter of concern for the BJP party. The statement says, ''The Indian society is flooded with advertisements saying 'India is Shining' and that there is a 'Feel Good' atmosphere around. The above is not a reality for over 26.24 crore people living below the poverty line. They are human beings, citizens of democratic India. Isn't the claim 'Feel Good' and 'India Shining' an affront to their miserable existence?''


23 Apr. Evening Standard (London). Goa Travel Guide. For full text click here.

24 Apr. Sydney Morning Herald. Excerpt: In front of them and on the beach itself are rows of restaurants serving every kind of cuisine imaginable: Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indian, steak and chips. The crowd in Palolem is a bit like backpacker Byron Bay, if you can imagine Byron without any council restrictions or local objectors.

24 Apr. Washington Times. The peaceful, fun-loving and tourist-friendly image of India's western beach state of Goa has suffered a major blow after a new police report pointed to at least 59 "mysterious deaths" of foreign tourists in the past 15 months. 1462 words.

24 Apr. Washington Times. Portugal ruled Indian state for 4-1/2 centuries. 513 words.

24 Apr. Herald Sun (Melbourne). Clever name, Indian Tukka restaurant, a jewel in the crown of Collingwood. It sounds like something Jamie Oliver might have a finger in, but in fact is run by Brenda and Alban Pereira. This is Indian home cooking in the style that I recall growing up in Bombay. Better still, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. I took some Sydney friends -- real foodies -- along and they raved about the food.

24 Apr. Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia). Headline: Beauty, serenity is a Goa. By Len Coates. Excerpts: …part of Goa's magic is its friendly people so it is nice to get out and about…Margao, a miniature Delhi, is not for the faint hearted. It is noisy, busy and dirty 876 words.

25. Apr. Times of India. "Diners don't want generic Indian cuisine anymore, they are now demanding authentic and speciality regional food like Goan or Rajasthani," says Andy Varma, co-owner of Vama - The Indian Room, one of London's top restaurant.

25 Apr. The Observer. Crisis, what midlife crisis? By Paul Simon. Excerpt “I know what midlife crisis trips are all about. I turned 40 a few months ago and decided to mark the occasion with a two-week Blazing Trails tour round Goa and Karnataka on a classic Royal Enfield Bullet motorbike.” Read the account of the trip at the link below.,6903,1202464,00.html

26 Apr. BBC News. Goa votes in large numbers. By Frederick Noronha. "I'm glad to see people want to come out and vote. said London-based Joe O'Conner, 57, an engineer, on holiday in Goa, taking in the scene outside a polling booth in the seaside village of Calangute. Text and photos at

26 Apr. Asians in Media. The Government agency says you don't have to use Asian media. An explosive new study by a British government agency published last week says that advertisers trying to reach 2nd & 3rd generations Asians don't have to use ethnic media outlets. Is it the end of the 'brown pound'?

27 Apr. Lloyds List. Archie D’Cruz is editor of the online Bahrain Guide. His Canadian company, A Type of Magic set up the site in partnership with Bahrain's Arab World Tours. He says, "While most traffic to the site was driven by search engines like Yahoo and Google, a significant percentage of people were visiting through links on Bahrain's official Formula-1 website." For a profile of him visit

27 Apr. Environmental News Service. North Goa Coast Strives to Bear Its Tourist Burden. By Frederick Noronha. Excerpt: For the two million visitors who land on its shores each year, India's beach tourism capital of Goa is just a good holiday. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, a small region of 3,700 square kilometers with a population of just 1.4 million. But scientific studies now show that the impact of mass tourism is pressuring North Goa, where tourism first took root in the 1960s with disaffected Western youth fleeing the materialism of their own societies. Full text at:

28 Apr. New York Times. Headline: Charoli Nuts Flavor the Dishes, and Memories, of Indian Chefs. Floyd Cardoz of Tabla, at 11 Madison Avenue (25th Street), (212) 889-0667, grew up eating charoli-laced sweets in Goa. Mr. Cardoz currently sprinkles them over a springtime fricassee of morels and ramps, scented with black cumin.

28 Apr. Hindustan Times. Shortage of Christian priests? Outsource to India. Outsourcing has crossed one more frontier - religion. Now Christian priests in India are conducting ceremonies for the West!,00430005.htm


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 2 May. 12:30pm- 8pm. Cortalim Union (UK). Feast of St Philip and St. James. White Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane, London, N22. Mass followed by Social. Music by BreakThru and Nitelife Disco. Ticket: £8 (Adults); £4 (11-16); £2 (under 10) Mark Fernandes - 020 8443 1282; More info:

Mon. 3 May. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. Second Performance. Archbishop's Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez - 02087632606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.

Sat 8 May. 15:45 (135 mins). Channel 4. Film: Sea Wolves. Factually based World War II action drama about a mission to knock out a German radio transmitter aboard a ship docked in neutral Goa which is devastating Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean. Starring: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Trevor Howard etc. 1980.

Sun. 9 May 1pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 16 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament. Further details from Rocky 020 - 7274 3585

Sun 30 May. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 30 May. 7 pm. G.O.A. May Ball & 38th Anniversary celebrations and Crowning of Miss G.O.A. May Queen at Lola Jones Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre. Music by Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress theme Black/White jacket and tie essential (bow-tie preferable). Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun 6 Jun. 2pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Feast of Our Patron Saints at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU followed by multicultural programme.

Sun. 13 Jun Siolim Union (London) will be celebrating the Feast of their Patron Saint, St. Anthony at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by dancing, to the music of Maz & Co. Tickets £12.00 including snacks and meal. Children under 12 free admission. Contact: Loretta Fernandes 020-8696-9886; Eugene Fernandes 020-8240-0818; Tony Fernandes 020-8540-3566; Edwin Athayde 020-8679-5514.


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