Newsletter. Issue 2004-30. Aug 12, 2004
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10 Aug. Personnel Today. Headline: Total ban for man obsessed with going to tribunal. Text: A man has been banned from bringing claims to employment tribunals. Donald D'Souza brought seven cases against the London Borough of Lambeth between 1987 and 1989. One of his claims reached the House of Lords in June 2003, but was rejected on the facts.
He brought eight more cases between 1997 and 2004, and the Attorney General argued that this second series rendered D'Souza a vexatious litigant. The EAT has agreed and made a 'restriction of proceedings' order against him. For a profile of some of the cases go to the special supplement

Aileen Gonsalves’ short play, Two Cars One Family is one of three items at the Bridewell Theatre (Fleet St) 12-15 Aug. – for more information. Aileen Gonsalves' photo and bio are at

5 Aug. BBC News: The funerals of the first unidentified babies whose remains were found during the organ retention scandal at Alder Hey Hospital have taken place. The bodies are mainly those of stillborn babies and foetal tissue samples predating 1980, the Liverpool hospital said. For the BBC report on the role of Liverpool Coroner Andre Rebello’s role in probing the scandal, see

6 Aug. Times of India. Goa-born Bernadette D'Souza is running for judgeship in Louisiana and has promised to create a family court in New Orleans if elected. D'Souza, who was brought up in Mumbai and came to the U.S. in 1978, has been Managing Attorney with the Domestic Violence Unit of New Orleans Legal Assistance. See:

7 Aug. Navhind Times. De Selma Vieira Velho (58) succumbed to burn injuries at the GMC hospital at Bambolim. Ms Guilda Cotta is not in a position to give her statement. The other four persons Carl Cotta (17), Leon Cotta (22) and Sherwin Cotta (24) and Mr Subhash Govender (38) are responding well to treatment. See:

8 Aug. GoaNet. Silviano Barbosa describes the Toronto annual Massala!Mehndi!Masti festival. This year this festival included The Goan Folk Dances programme presented by a newly formed group called "GOVANA". For text click here. For Tim D’Mello’s photos, click here.

9 Aug. The Globe and Mail. (Canada): Olympic gymnasts could run off to join the circus. Jackie DeSouza, Canadian Olympic Committee communications director, says the committee is “very supportive of companies that wish to recruit athletes for career opportunities following their competitive careers.” And, she says, the Olympics “are the place to be for a company wishing to recruit the best athletes in the world.” For text click here. For a profile of her, click here.

10 Aug. (USA). The Second Reason Why Customers Don't Buy. By Sean D'Souza. If ... easy. Sean D'Souza uses age-old psychology, marrying it to modern technology, on his Web site.

Lorna arrived in Toronto on 9 August 2004, the date of her birth anniversary. Present at the welcoming ceremony at the Lester Pearson Airport were the President of Goan Heritage Canada, Mr. Agnelo Rodrigues and other members of the organisation as well as well wishers. The celebratory reception took place at the residence of Everest Fernandes, President of Goan Soccer Association, where Lorna cut the birthday cake. Also present at the celebrations, were comedians Ben Evangelisto and Dominic and Music Maestro Norman Cardozo. [Photo received from John D’Souza, Goan Voice Canada].

A circular was sent out this week to all mailing list members, indicating that, from 1 Sept. 2004. this newsletter will only be sent out to those who pay the annual subscription of £20 per year (or part of). Access to the website will continue to be free but subscribing is a way of supporting the service and ensuring that donors are rewarded. Your comments welcome. If you are a web surfer or failed to get the circular and wish to find out more, click here.

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8 Aug. VERRUELLA JOSINA AGUSTO (OLINDA) AFONSO. Mother of Dr Gloria (London). Grandmother of Dr Savio (London). Daughter of late Antonio Francisco/late Mariquinha Afonso.

7 Aug. Enfield, Middlesex, UK. GREGORY (GREG) AUGUSTINE LOBO (ex African Marine, Mombasa). Husband of Blanche (Abreu). Father of Brian/Irene and Corinne/David Woods. Brother of Marie/late Gerald D'Souza ( UK ), Alvito /Luda Abreu (Canada), Myrna/ Tony Nazareth (Canada), Joan /Felix da Costa ( Canada), Vera/late Victor Abreu (Canada), Belinda /Tony D'Souza ( Canada), Jennifer /Agnelo (Sana) D'Souza ( Mombasa), Vivian /Alpin Lobo ( USA), Andrew /Zita Abreu ( Mombasa), Rico / late Judith D'Costa and Peter / Rayna Abreu (Canada).
Funeral service on Mon., 16 Aug. 2004 at 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, London, N9 7EN 9 ( followed by cremation at Enfield Crematorium.


6 Aug. The Guardian. No smiles please, we're British. Under guidelines released yesterday, people will have to keep their mouths shut on passport photographs. The UK Passport Service said photos showing travellers with their lips apart could confuse the new biometric security scanners being introduced to measure facial parameters.,3604,1277601,00.html

9 Aug. Asia in Focus. India's Jet Airways impatient to extend routes overseas. Jet Airways is set to spread its wings overseas as soon as it receives government permission to do so. Jet has already approached major airports in the UK, Singapore and Bangkok for landing rights. The airline was also planning to launch new services to Kerala and Goa

12 Aug. The Peninsula (Qatar). Air India is offering special direct flights from Doha to Goa via Mumbai in December after a request made by the Goan Welfare Association in Qatar. For full text, 317 words, click here.


6 Aug, Times of India. Goa expects more than two million tourists.

8 Aug. Mid-Day. Helmets are a pain for Goan motorbike pilots.

8 Aug. India Daily. India will play a major role for Microsoft’s cost control mechanisms. The software giant is eyeing Goa, Kolkata and Chennai for future expansions. These areas provide real value in comparison to Bangalore and Hyderabad, says Microsoft.

9 Aug. Economic Times. NRIs are prematurely withdrawing their deposits from banks in India following the Budget proposal to scrap tax exemption on the interest earned on all their rupee and foreign currency deposits.

Goa: The Film Festival controversy.
10 Aug. Business Standard. Film festival to give a boost to Goa tourism. Click here.
10-Aug. Keralanext. Goa's 'Cannes of the East' dream threatened. Click here.
10 Aug. Times of India. Goa signs MoU for IFFI. Click here.

11 Aug. Deepika. A new Naval Academy near Cannanore in Kerala will be ready in another 18 months. Vice Admiral Bangara said as soon as the new academy is ready, the Goa Naval Academy will be shifted there permanently.

11 Aug. Goa will soon have more to offer to tourists, apart from its renowned golden beaches and swaying palms. According to a survey, around 3500 houses in the state can be converted into heritage hotels, showcasing Portuguese art and culture.

12 Aug. Good News India. Enfolding the lost ones in Goa.Bernadette D'Souza and Gregory D'Costa strive for the dignity of immigrants who built today's shining Goa - and, are abandoned on its streets to their own devices.


Jul. 2004. Goa & Zanzibar. Excerpt: The Goan presence in Zanzibar is now hundreds of years old . Though always small in numbers the enduring presence of talented Goan merchants, teachers and craftsmen allowed them to leave quite a mark on Zanzibar history and society. For text and photos check the link below.

5 Aug. Gulf News. Kuwait to Goa Air India flight is grounded at Dubai Airport.

9 Aug. The Independent. Health; If you needed an operation, would you rather join the queue here in Britain - or get the job done in India and make a holiday of it? … 55-year-old Alex Cooperwhite, flew to Goa for surgery to heal a back complaint the NHS told him was incurable. He paid just £1,500 for surgery, intensive care and physiotherapy - and his "incurable" problem was cured… Full text, 1546 words click here.
Important Links:
Med de Tour: Click here.
Thomas Cook, India: 00 91 22 2288 3143; Click here.
Cox and Kings, India: 00 91 22 2207 4470; Click here.
Apollo Hospitals: e-mail Click here.

9 Aug. The Guardian. UK: TV Soap: EastEnders: The Ferreira family. Ferreiras should be axed, say Asians. Excerpts: The five-strong Ferreira family, who are apparently from Goa. But their arrival has not been welcomed by some young British Asians …they have a Portuguese surname, so why aren't they Catholic," said the barrister, Rehna Azim, who conducted the survey. 894 words. Click here.
9 Aug. The Guardian What British Asians said about the Ferreiras. 695 words. Click here. [Registration required, (free) to access the Guardian site]. To meet the Ferreiras, click here.

10 Aug. The Courier Mail (Brisbane). Check out the deli at Harveys in James St, Fortitude Valley … what I keep harping about, the Goan Cuisine items from Bobby d'Souza in Western Australia. [For the Goan Cuisine website go to]

11 Aug. Coventry Evening Telegraph. The Homes Overseas exhibition returns to Birmingham's NEC 3-5 Sept. Visitors will be able to view a wide range of properties that are currently on the market in places like Goa. For full text click here.

11 Aug. Parramatta Advertiser (Australia). Discover India at a new exhibition that opens at The Parramatta Heritage Centre this Friday. Members of western Sydney's Goan community will share information about their food, national dress and living in Australia. The exhibition runs from August 13 to October 10.

12 Aug. The Yorkshire Post. Excerpts: The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (MYCCI), will hold a trade mission to India from November 29 to December 3, which includes meetings with senior Bollywood figures at the Goa Film Festival.
Raza Mallal is in talks with a Bollywood-based company to set up a post-production base and possibly a film school in Kampala, Uganda.

12 Aug. Indian Express. In its centenary year, the Poona Goan Institute (PGI) has much to offer Goans in the city over the next three months. Full text at

12 Aug. The Guardian. This week, EastEnders' Ferreira family was criticised by respondents in a survey of young British Asians, who said the characters were poorly researched. One of those surveyed complained that the BBC did not seem to recognise the extent of the mistake it had committed by giving one character, Tariq, a Muslim name and another, Kareena, a Hindu name. Respondents added that, with their Portuguese surname, the family should have been from Goa and Catholic.,3604,1281143,00.html

Tehelka Sting: Sex Tourism In Goa Exposed: TV Special 5 Aug

Sin in Paradise. Excerpts: A five-month undercover investigation has revealed that hundreds of Europeans visit Goa to seek children for sexual gratification. They come to Goa because it is easy, and cheap, to sexually abuse a child here. Goa has made an alarming transition from being a laid-back resort to a paedophile's paradise.
In 2001, the UK government commissioned a top-notch former police investigator, Ric Wood, to map the extent of tourism-related paedophilia in Goa. Over a two-week period, Wood compiled 37 case histories showing the extent of paedophilia. The report suggests that it is virtually impossible to quantify how many paedophiles visit Goa every year. It's been almost a decade since Interpol declared Goa as the upcoming paedophile destination. Yet the government of India has slipped into deep slumber For a fuller summary click here.

6 Aug. Times Of India. Tehelka exposes Goa sex racket. Click here.
6 Aug. Hindustan Times. Goa police detain two in abuse of children by foreigners. Click here.

7 Aug. Navhind Times. Goa’s Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar today observed that the news on rise in paedophilia activities in Goa by a private news channel on Thursday was an attempt to exaggerate the situation. He even did not rule out to call the report as part of a campaign to malign the image of Goa. Click here.
7 Aug. The Peninsular (Qatar). Media sting exposes foreign paedophiles. Click here

8 Aug. Navhind Times. Paedophilia not yet threat to Goan society: police. Click here
9 Aug. Navhind Times. Foreign paedophiles are “running a shelter house for children in Goa” Click here
9 Aug. Navhind Times. No Excuses. Editorial. Click here

10 Aug. Times of India. The Goa police served a 'leave India' notice to a German who was one among the several shown on the film by a news weekly on the existence of paedophilia in Goa. Click here.
10 Aug. Economic Times. Goa's Children's Act lacks teeth to check paedophiles. Click here

11. Aug. (UK). Weekly Exposes Child Sex Tourism Boom in India. By Frederick Noronha.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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. Feast of St Jacinto. St Michael’s Hall, 37 Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. Mass at 1.30 followed by social gathering with Nite Life in attendance. Tickets – Adults: £8; 12-16: £4; 3-11: £2. For tickets contact Regina 020 8808 7091; Felicity 020 8245 4897; Agnelo 020 8577 8528.

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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