Newsletter. Issue 2004-05. February 05, 2004
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2 Feb. Vancouver, Canada. JULIO ABREU (Ex-Kenya Police, Ex-Mombasa, born 1927). Husband of Dora (Vancouver). Father of Genevieve/Afrodision (Toronto), Astrida/Victor (Vancouver), Elaine/Julius (California), Conrad (Vancouver). Brother-in-law of Caesar/Margaret and Wilfred (all UK). Funeral was on Feb 5. Condolences to

2 Feb. Dodoma, Tanzania. JOANNA MARIA D'MELLO. Daughter of the late Manuel & Agnes D'Mello. Sister of Luiza & Pascali (Dodoma), Rosa (Italy), Vicky (Ireland), Maggie (Denmark), Lucy (Germany), Cathy (Dar Es Salaam); Niece of: Iggie Gomes( Arusha), Carmina Rathod, Anna Gomes, Agnelo Gomes (Tanga), Dominic Gomes, Dorothy D'Souza (Dar Es Salaam), the late Helena Gomes, Candy de Souza (UK), Anthony Gomes (UK), Elizabeth (Canada), Late Josephine Fernandes, Late Valerianna Affonso. Condolences to

31 Jan. Siridao, Goa. MARIA DE SOUZA E RODRIGUES. Wife of late Joao. Mother of Francis/Clara (Paris), Joaquim/Maria, Pedro/Ana Maria (Paris), Dioguinho/Maria Antonia (Paris), Adelina/Victor. Grandmother of Mariazita, Valery (Paris), John, Lourdine, Lucy/Victor, Salvador (Salu) (England), Clara (Celine), Laura, Akima; Christopher, Samantha, Cyntia and Crystelle (Paris).

28 Jan. Toronto. DOUGLAS ''Dougie'' DIAS. Husband of Daphne. Father of Denise Bacon, Douglas Jr., Danielle Giggie, Denzil, Dianne and David. Brother of Emma Gamma-Pinto (Ottawa), and Joyce Mendoza (London, England). Funeral was on 3 Feb.


1 Feb. Sunday Mirror. Go for Goa and have a unique Valentines break. Avion Holidays have 14 nights at the 5-star Hotel Ramada Carvela in South Goa at £849pp (saving £186) based on two sharing. Details: 0870 835 4531 or website at


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Win a trip to Goa by buying any Always product from any Superdrug store. Proof of purchase required. Closing date 12 Mar 2004


Jan 2004. Goa Messenger. Zena Costa profiles Ethel Da Costa. “Passionate, gutsy, in-your-face, savvy journo, columnist, founder-editor of Herald Insight, Editor of Goa Plus, Bureau Chief - Femina (Goa), single mother, firebrand supporter of causes she believes in. This lady with masses of curls cascading down her back makes you sit up and take notice.” 1228 words. See: For a selection of Ethel Da Costa’s articles see:

1 Feb. Navhind Times. The Goa government has floated tenders for construction of a 196-metre long parallel bridge along the Ribandar-Patto causeway. The work is scheduled to begin in the last week of March 2004, and it is expected to be completed in eight months.

2 Feb. Indian Express. Goa Police claim that the recent rape of a Swede national in Goa is the handiwork of a notorious criminal called Palami Swami who had escaped from Aguda jail in 2000 and has been staying in Goa for the last three months. The police said foreigners should avoid secluded beaches, a point raised by the government sometime back after countries like Britain advised its citizens to avoid India following frequent cases of rape in Goa. The number of rape cases in Goa in the last month has risen to four - two of the victims were foreign tourists. See:

2 Feb. Navhind Times Preparations on for Konkani music festival to be held in Goa on February 7 and 8. See:

3 Feb. Navhind Times. Govt for major boost to medicare in state. Excerpts: CM Parrikar while inaugurating the super-speciality Apollo Victor Hospital at Margao said that the Government was contemplating to launch a scheme for hundred per cent insurance for Goans to avail medical facilities. Mr Victor Albuquerque, chairman and managing director, Alcon Victor Group informed that Apollo hospital will offer world class facilities to the patients. The 150-bed hospital, built with an investment of Rs 28 crore, will provide round-the-clock services in emergencies besides facilities in cardiology, orthopedics, endocrinology among others. See:

3 Feb. Rediff. India's Finance Minister said in his Budget speech, "Government has now decided upon the venues for four global standard international convention centres, to be established through private-public partnership. I am glad that two of these will be located in the metropolitan cities of Delhi and Mumbai, and one each in Goa and Rajasthan. Both Goa and Rajasthan have great tourism potential, but need more infrastructural facilities. Goa will thus also be enabled to provide suitable facilities for holding international film festivals." See:


19 Jan. The Guardian. Britain is set to get its own version of a spice island, a "Coriander Street" complex of greenhouses, restaurants and shops in the centre of Bradford, devoted to smelling, seeing, feeling and eating the taste of the East. See:,3604,1125939,00.html

22 Jan. Hospital Doctor. BMA is racist gentlemen's club, claims one of its own. One of the most senior members of the BMA has launched an astonishing attack on the organisation, claiming it fails to represent its members and is run more like a gentlemen's club than a professional body.

25 Jan. The Observer. Despite the economic reforms piloted by Vajpayee's government since the early Nineties, India's expatriates have not been coming home, and neither has their money. See:,6903,1130403,00.html

29 Jan. San Jose Mercury News. Karen D'Souza reviews Yellowman performing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley to 7 Mar. Excerpt: ``Yellowman'' is a bracing look at shades of racism in the black community. It's not a perfectly crafted play, but Orlandersmith acutely has captured the stinging truth about racism, how it corrodes people from the inside out and passes from one generation to another like a family heirloom. For this and other reviews by Karen D'Souza click here.

29 Jan. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Treasures from the Vatican exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center to 18 April 2004 includes a Reliquary of St. Francis Xavier made from gilt metal, wood, precious stones and velvet. Crafted by an artisan of India (Goa), this representation of St. Francis Xavier's tomb is crafted in silvered metal fretwork inset with gems and colored glass. The red and green color of the stones refer to faith and charity the virtues the saint embodied. The paste diamonds on the cross represent spiritual purity and eternity. The center stone, a real diamond, suggests this cross symbolizes not only death but salvation. As with all reliquaries, the "tomb" holds relics from the saint.

30 Jan Evening Echo (Essex). An Ingatestone firefighter helped save a plane full of passengers from disaster following a terrifying air-rage incident on a packed jet. Station commander Calvin Goody, 41, intervened while returning from a two-week holiday in the Indian resort of Goa, when a male passenger sitting nearby reportedly assaulted his girlfriend. See:

31 Jan. The Express. Headline: Scot survived bombings, but dies in Goa accident. By Myra Philp. Excerpt: Peter Smith, 33, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Goa last week. A former Kirkcaldy High School pupil, he spent most of his life travelling around the world. A spokeswoman from the Foreign Office said: "We first received a report of the death of a British national in Goa on January 26. We can now confirm he was 33-year-old Peter Smith and he died in a motorcycle accident. The next of kin have been informed and we are trying to find out more about what happened from local authorities." For the Hindustan Times reprint see:,00050003.htm

1 Feb. The Observer. The British Medical Association, which represents Britain's doctors, has been rocked by allegations that it is racist and operates along the lines of a Victorian gentlemen's club. See:,11374,1136392,00.html

1 Feb. Independent on Sunday. If you think Goa is just palm-fringed shores, you're missing the point. The sun blazes from azure skies. Gentle waves lap golden sands shaded by nodding palms. A wandering hawker unfurls dazzling tie-dyed sheets and vivid printed cloth. The papayas are huge, the pineapples sweet and, in the teeth of a British winter, sprawling on a Goan beach seems fine karma.
Many visitors never stray outside their resort gardens nor look beyond the brilliant sunsets tingeing the Arabian Sea. Yet Goa is an ideal springboard for the interior. Here, within a day's travel of parasols and paragliding, stand some of the south's most compelling sights. . Full text, 1750 words at

2 Feb. New Zealand Herald. Headline: Leander Paes shrugs off illness to reignite career. For full text, 618 words, click here

2 Feb. Football Asia, Hong Kong. American-born Ebbie Kodiattu has been considered by India coach Stephen Constantine for the upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Singapore. Constantine offered Kodiattu the chance to prove his class at the selection trials in Goa. Kodiattu, who plays for the New Hampshire Phantoms in the US A-League is currently in Goa to iron out the possibilities.

3 Feb. Channel News Asia, Singapore. Headline: Goa cashes in on cashew nut industry. Excerpts: Currently, there is high demand for Goa's famous cashew known as the 'King Nut'…Much of it is exported overseas, the bulk to the United States, Britain and Japan. See:

4 Feb. Transparency International. New platform to fight against corruption. The 'Nitoll Jinn Trust', is a newly formed body to act as a watchdog for prevention of corrupt practices in the state. Describing Goa as one of the most corrupt states in the country, Mr Arvind Bhatikar said that the one-day workshop to be held on February 7 on 'Curbing Corruption', jointly by the trust and International Centre, Goa (ICG) will focus on countering corruption in government institutions, public sector undertakings as well as the private sector. [Reprinted from The Navhind Times]. See

4 Feb. Gulf News (Dubai). UAE teams start Mini World Cup on a winning note. The tournament was earlier inaugurated by Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum in the presence of Major General Mohammed Hussain Ali and chief organiser Raul Fernandes [ex-Nairobi]. See:

4. Dec. Khaleej Times (Dubai). Gulf International Promotions of Dubai are organising the first mini `Indian' world cup soccer tournament. Six overseas sides namely the Goan Overseas Association, Kuwait, AVC, Kuwait, Muscat United, Navelim Youth Centre Kuwait, Bahrain Young Goans, and Curtorcares United Kuwait are in Dubai now for the tournament. For full text, click here.

4 Feb. Agence France Presse. Headline: British EU lawmaker seeks action over French ban on religious clothing.
Excerpts: MEP Claude Moraes expressed particular concern over how the ban would affect Sikh males, who say they are obliged by tradition to wear turbans. Moraes, a member of the British Labour Party who oversees immigration issues in the European Parliament, said he had asked both the EU Council of Ministers and European Commission to rule on the controversial French legislation. The planned law could contravene EU laws on race equality and religious tolerance in employment, he told AFP. For a profile of Claude Moraes see:


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Sun. 22 Feb. The Mungul Union (UK). Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel at White Hart Lane School. Mass at 12.30 pm followed by a social. Band Maz & Co. and disco Fantasy. For tickets contact: Rosy D’Silva 0208 352 9450; Robert Fernandes 0208 524 1762 or Rosalind Rebello 0208 767 8652

Sun 29 Feb. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun 28 Mar. 4pm - 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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