Newsletter. Issue 2004-29. Aug 05, 2004
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29 Jul. Leicester Mercury. Dr Leon Lobo is the development engineer at Laser Optical Engineering (LOE) that has produced infra-red cameras which automatically count the number of people in moving cars. This is set to become a key feature on motorways worldwide. The product is to be launched commercially early next year.
LOE, which employs around 10 people, is an independent spin-out company from Loughborough University. It specialises in laser safety consultancy, non-destructive testing and optical metrology. Full text, 417 words, at click here.
See also: 28 Jul. ITV. Scientists Test New Hi-Tech Camera. click here
Dr Leon Lobo, was born in Bombay, the son of Oscar & Fatima; brother of Wendy & Tanya. The family moved to Mombasa in 1992 and he completed his PhD at Loughborough University in 2002. Leon last visited Goa in 1997 and traces his Goan links to Calangute (Dad) and Moira (Mum). His hobbies are robotics and music. Leon's parents currently produce the Mombasa Community Newsletter. Check out the Leon Lobo's home page at Take a peek at the Pics section for images of Goa, Mombasa and more

21 Jul. Keith Vaz MP launched Deva, a Konkani DVD at the House of Commons, Westminster. Shown in the photograph are Comedian Domnic Coelho; Jr. Nelson; Comedian Ben Evangelisto; Caetano Braganca; Keith Vaz MP; Lorna; Fr. Oliver Antao (Behind Lorna); Lucinda Pereira; Rosita Pereira; Rosy Gonsalves; Musician Norman Cardozo; Felix Gonsalves and Lans Pereira (front).
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20 Jul. Brimbank Leader (Australia). Federal Elections: Excerpts: The Liberals have chosen West Footscray doctor Conrad D'Souza to contest the Maribyrnong seat. Dr D'Souza's background includes researching and teaching medicine at Melbourne University. He is a resident of West Footscray, suburb of Melbourne and contested the State Assembly Seat of Footscray on the Liberal ticket in 2002.
Dr Conrad D’Souza, the son of Antonio [Gaurro Vaddo, Calangute] and Anna Clementina (nee Pinto) [Mapuca], was born in Dadar, Bombay. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School, Bombay. PhD - Medicine University of Melbourne. His last visits to Goa were in 1996 and 2001. For his bio and election flyer, click here

28 Jul. Time Out (London). Page 100. Headline: Amancio D'Silva 'Integration' Universal. Music: Preview: The biggest surprise in the pile is by Goan guitarist Amancio D'Silva. He's not a name you'll find in any jazz reference books. He was a fan of Charlie Christian, he played for the jazz-loving Maharani of Goa, had an Irish wife, came to London in 1967 and was a lifelong vegan. He died in 1996, aged 60. To order a copy, click here. To read the text of the Time Out review click here.

2 Aug. The Advertiser. (Adelaide). The St Vincent de Paul Society yesterday commissioned its 15th president in 120 years. John D'Souza officially was commissioned as State president at a mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, city, by Archbishop Philip Wilson.
Days after John D’Souza migrated with his young family to Australia from India, he went to buy meat for the evening meal and got chatting to the local butcher in Mount Gambier, who promised to help him find a job. In exchange, John had to promise to go to a meeting of the local conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society with his new friend the very next Monday. For full text click here.

3 Aug. Reuters News. Francis Fernandes has been recruited as head of actuarial in Netherlands-based ABN AMRO (AAH.AS) in its newly created life & pensions advisory group. He was formerly a partner and head of pensions research at consulting actuaries Lane, Clark and Peacock. See:

Calling Birmingham/Leicester (UK) Goans. West Midlands and Leicester Goans are celebrating World Goa Day on 21 Aug. 2004. Please forward this message to all the Goans you know who live in the area. The venue will be decided by the numbers who respond. Contact Jennifer Lewes, by 10 Aug. For a worldwide list of Goa Day events see:

Fr Bosco Lobo. The link quoted in the 23 Jul. 2004 issue of Wiltshire Gazette & Herald is no longer valid. For the supplement which has been created see:

5 Aug. Navhind Times. UK Goan family sustain grievous burn injuries in Goa blast. Ms Gilda Cotta (50), her three sons, Carl (20), Lian (17), Chelvin (22), her sister, Ms Celma Veira Velho and a rickshaw driver, Mr Subhash Gaundar (38) were seriously injured. The Cottas had been in Goa on a holiday trip from the UK for the last 10 days and had been staying in the Goa flat subjected to a blast caused suspectedly by the leakage of a gas cylinder. See: [It is believed that the family affected are Mrs Guilda Cotta, her three sons Karl, Sherwin and Lincoln of Grand Union Close, London W 9, as well as Mrs Cotta’s sister, Dr.Selma Velho, ex Head of Dept for Portuguese at Goa University. Two of the injured are believed to be in a critical condition. The blast was evidently triggered when the rickshaw driver rang the doorbell].

FROM GOAN VOICE CANADA: Viva Goa (Toronto), July 24, 2004 was Canada's way of celebrating World Goa Day. The event attracted more 6000 persons. Check out the 45 photographs at


4 Aug. Toronto. ARTHUR J. M. TAVARES. (ex-Kenya). Husband of Leonora. Father of Lynette/Noel D'Mello, Lynda /Karim, Savio/Stephanie. Grand father of Kyle, Karlen, Braeden and Tashelle. Brother of Alex, Alwin, John and Lourdes. Visitation on 13 Aug. (tel 905-828- 8000). Funeral at 10 am Sat. 14 Aug. at Merciful Redeemer Parish Mississauga. Donations to Credit Valley Oncology Department or Hospice Of Peel in lieu of flowers. Condolences and details:

2 Aug. Streatham, London. MRS RAFAELA MARIA FERNANDES (Ex-Malawi, born Cansaulim 1920). Wife of Remedios. Mother of Bertha,( Portugal); Celis/Mary-Ann; Pio/Mena; Lisa/Joe; Late Martha/Chris. Grandmother of Greta, Steven, Gerry, Vera, Jolyne, Olivia, Sarah-Anne, Gareth and Daniel, Heilder, David, Sylvia, Maria, and Jody.
Funeral on Tue. 17 Aug. at 11.00 am. St. Bartholomew's Church Norbury 159 Ellison Road, London SW 16. No flowers. Donations towards Fr Agnelo's in Pilar and Uplands Homecare in Streatham. Condolences to

2 Aug. Saligao(Cotula), Goa. JOSEPH LOUIS PINTO. Husband of Rosemary. Father of Trevor, late Kevin, Colin/Sunita. Grandfather of Nicole. Brother of Raul/Celia(UK), Prisca/Late Francis(UK).

29 Jul. Mapusa, Goa. ARTHUR TITO DE SOUZA. (aged 88, ex-Moira/Nairobi). Husband of Mary Borges. Father of Kenneth / Fatima Sequeira, Sabrina / Ashok da Cruz, Maureen /Anselmo Crasto, James/Geraldine Gibson (Mapusa), Charles/Yoka De Souza. Condolences to


Win A Fantastic Trip to Naples, Berlin, Munich, Moscow and Goa. To celebrate the release of The Bourne Supremacy on 13th August, UIP are giving someone a fantastic trip. No purchase necessary. Answer the following question:
The Jason Bourne series of books was written by which author? [Answer: Robert Ludlum] Contributed by Colin de Almeida. Details at,,80006-13170410,00.html


STOP PRESS (From Fred Noronha): India's path-breaking Internet/weekly media organisation TEHELKA announced on Thurs. afternoon plans to break "an extremely important story" related to Goa later today. The 40-minute investigative documentary called 'The Nexus of Silence' is about how the government turns a blind eye to the brazen violation of human rights. About foreigners fearlessly subverting the Indian law. About how the government, in the quest for increasing revenues, looks the other way and colludes to facilitate a shocking crime. [Check for updates.

29 Jul. Asia News (Italy). The life of St. Francis Xavier is to be made into a documentary. The first screening is expected in November on the occasion of relics exposition.

30 Jul. New Kerala .com. Francisco ‘Micky’ Pacheco withdrew his support to the Manohar Parrikar government in Goa. Pacheco, a former guitarist, famous for his flamboyance and funky sartorial style, was the state tourism minister until a month ago. Now with Pacheco's move the Parrikar government is left with 22 legislators in the 40-member assembly. Click here
31 Jul. Times of India. Goa BJP government in crisis. Click here.
31 Jul, India Abroad, India BJP's Goa govt on shaky ground. Click here.
31 Jul.: Chennai Online, Goa govt on the brink of falling. Click here.
31 July. Rediff. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday blamed the national media, especially the electronic media, for spreading rumours that his government might fall. Click here.

31 Jul. The Indian Minister for Overseas Indians, Mr Jagdish Tytler, has said his department is preparing an ambitious plan to attract investments from non-resident Indians (NRIs) and provide them opportunities to share their expertise and knowledge for the larger interest of the country.

2 Aug. Navhind Times. Nandkumar Kamat profiles Dr Jose Francis Martins, (84), popularly known as ‘dotor’ or ‘papa’ who died last week. He was jailed by the Portuguese for his part in the campaign for Goa’s independence. Text at
3 Aug. The Goa legislative assembly pays rich tributes to Dr Martins.

3 Aug. Union of Catholic Asian News. Goa: Navy relents on access to Anjediva Church.
Catholics in Goa say their successful struggle with the Indian Navy over access to an ancient island church [Anjediva] has been a learning experience. Click here for full text.

4 Aug. Navhind Times. The Tourism Minister, Mr Mathany Saldanha has said that the private sector would be encouraged to diversify tourism in Goa such as eco-tourism, hinterland development, cultural heritage tourism, business tourism, adventure tourism and healthcare tourism.

4 Aug. Gomantak Times. By Reuven Proenca. Goa: Child Sex Tourism. An increasing number of paedophiles are still heading to Goa, says a new report 'A Situational Analysis of Child Sex Tourism in India (Kerala and Goa)', commissioned by the Bangkok-based End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT). It was conducted by the Bangalore-based Equations.


Israel-India Cultural Association. Headline: Is Goa part of India? By Prof. Dennis Kurzon. Excerpts: Goa is one of the favourite haunts of young Israelis getting away from it all. However, Goa had been virtually cut off from India for about 450 years. The experience that Goa and the Goans have gone through over this long period of time may have had an effect on the Goan way of life.
Let us look at this question from two perspectives – firstly, a survey of the history of Goa and secondly, impressions that I have from Goa compared to other places I have been to on the sub-continent.1696 words.
Dennis Kurzon’s Web Site is at

May/June 2004. British Commercial News. Three UK doctors visited Goa as part of the 'Saving Lives" project for India and in a partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Goa and Birmingham (UK). “The Goa Institute for Pre-hospital Care, Trauma and Disaster Management” was launched in 2002. Earlier this year, the West Midlands Fire Service deputed two senior trainers with trauma and disaster skills to Goa. More at the link below. [Sent in by Jennifer Lewis]. For full text click here.

30 Jul. Spike Online. Breaking the waves. By Peter Sammonds, Professor of geophysics at University College London. Excerpts: Cities can be transformed in decades…Old Goa in India is even more remarkable: as you wander around the huge cathedrals set in open fields, it is impossible to imagine that this was once one of the most populous cities in the world.

31 Jul. Bahrain Tribune. Homeless Young Goans Club struggles to keep afloat. The Young Goans Club has been homeless for four months since it was ordered by the authorities to vacate its headquarters in Gudaibiya. Check the link for text and photo of President Cassius Pereira

31 Jul. Gulf Daily News. Funeral in Canada for ex-resident of Bahrain. Hundreds of former Bahrain residents are expected to attend a funeral in Mississauga, Canada, today to pay their last respects to Charles Alvares, who died on Monday.

31 Jul. New California Media (USA). Headline: Goa Gets Co-Starring Role in 'Bourne Supremacy.’ Excerpts: The folks at the Taj Mahal must be jealous: Panjim and Palolem Beach in Goa. is getting all the attention this summer… A review in the San Francisco Chronicle wonders with a withering tone where Jason Bourne could possibly find a place to get his hair cut in such a presumably backward and uncivilized locale. And the Washington Post dubs Panaji, home to a million-and-a-half people, a "hidden, sleepy corner of India." 501 words. Click here.

31 Jul. Arab Times (Kuwait). Goans forced into Iraq by Kuwaiti employers: report.

31 Jul. New California Media (USA). Goa Gets Co-Starring Role in 'Bourne Supremacy'. Excerpts: The folks at the Taj Mahal must be jealous: Panjim and Palolem Beach in Goa. is getting all the attention this summer… A review in the San Francisco Chronicle wonders with a withering tone where Jason Bourne could possibly find a place to get his hair cut in such a presumably backward and uncivilized locale. And the Washington Post dubs Panaji, home to a million-and-a-half people, a "hidden, sleepy corner of India." 501 words. Click here.

1 Aug. Folio (USA). Headline: A Passage to India. Excerpts: The Time Out Group will introduce Time Out Mumbai on August 26 as a biweekly. Editor-in-Chief will be Naresh Fernandes, who worked at The Wall Street Journal in New York for five years before moving back to Mumbai in 2001 to work with The Times of India. [Naresh Fernandes is half-Goan. His grandfather left Saligao for Bombay around 1905]. Read his profile at:
See also: 24 Nov. 2003. MidDay (Mumbai). Pigs, priests and Pereiras. After a five year spell in New York Naresh Fernandes returns to Bandra and asks if the community had reached a new level of maturity: Even though people still know their neighbours’ business, they have stopped poking their noses into it. 1536 words.

2 Aug. Los Angeles Times. Indian Call Centers catering to the USA market. Excerpts: Call Center workers in India can fake being American pretty well, now they are called upon to be assertive. The Indians are made to change their names. Dexter Fernandes, was allowed to keep his real name, because it sounded American. The starting pay in call centers is about $350 a month, "Call centers have put money into hands that were too young to handle it," says Angelo, who is studying to become a social worker. 2035 words.,1,4374833.story?coll=la-home-business

5 Aug. The Peninsula (Qatar). A Doha-based Goan businessman, John Desa is organising a presentation tomorrow on investment opportunities in Goa. For details click here.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 8 Aug. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman. Venue Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Dedicated to World Goa Day. For tickets: Fr. Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121, Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix 020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Sun. 15 Aug. 00:30 (18 mins). BBC Radio 4. Play. Auntie Shar's Reasoning, by Gee Williams. A Goan mail-order bride drops in at a women's centre - not to seek refuge but to offer assistance.

Sun 22 Aug. G.O.A. Six-A-Side Football Tournament. 10am to 5pm. Coldharbour Leisure Centre, Chapel Farm Road, New Eltham, London SE9 3LX. Contact: Val Nunes 01322 445743 or Darren Fernandes 07956 117703.

Sun 29 Aug. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Mon. 30 Aug. G.O.A. SPORTS DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. For offers of help: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457

Sun. 12 Sep. TROOK TOURNAMENT at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sun. 12 Sep. Feast of Mount Mary at St Agnes Catholic Church, 35 Cricklewood Lane, London NW2 1HR. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by Social with the “Jolly Boys” in attendance. Contact Zeferin Silveira 020 8795 1256 / 4796 0023 696 OR Tony Gonsalves 020 8795 1121 /0771 1681 473.

Sun. 26 Sep. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex


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