Newsletter. Issue 2004-07. February 19, 2004
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18 Feb. BBC News. Football. chiefs have suspended rival teams who scored 61 and 55 goals in their last game of the season - and the opponents who let them do it. Curtorim Gym routed Sangolda Lightning 61-1, scoring all but one of their goals in the second half, while fellow promotion challengers Wilfred Leisure beat Dona Paula Sports Club 55-1. The rivals were level on points before the games, played at the same time, and goal difference was vital in winning promotion from the second division of a league in Goa. Team officials kept the players informed of the other club's progress - and a crazy scoring spree ensued
Savio Messias, Secretary of the Goa Football Association said, "This is a case of an intense village rivalry which has spilled on to the football field and has been taken to absurd levels." [Savio Messias (ex-Mombasa) had only just returned to Goa after a visit to Nairobi]. Full text at
A few of the many other headlines:
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia: Bribe claim sends teams from Goa to whoa.
Servihoo, Mauritius: Indian football clubs face ban after 116-goal spree
Reuters, UK. Crazy goal spree rebounds on clubs
Evening Standard: Bans after 118-goal spree
World Soccer News: Indian football clubs face ban after 116-goal spree
Hobart Mercury: Goals galore, but clubs in fix over foul play
The Times (UK), Two games, 118 goals: Gym'll fix it

18 Feb. PR Newswire (U.S.). ISABEL, the award-winning, web-based clinical diagnosis system, will be launched to the U.S. healthcare market at the annual HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida next week. According to Dr. Joseph Britto M.D, "The ISABEL system is an online, instant second opinion and safety net. We believe it can make a major contribution to reducing diagnostic errors, improving the quality of care and reducing costs."
The system will be on display at booth 4372 at the HIMSS Conference. Founders Jason Maude and Dr. Joseph Britto M.D. will be at the conference. For full text, 466 words click here

19 Feb. Croydon Guardian. Hockey results: Croydon MO 3 ; Goan 1.


15 Feb. Xeldem. Goa. JOAQUIM MANUEL FERNANDES . Husband of Rosa. Father of Domnic (Ex-Law Minister), Luisa, Peter (Sarpanch of Xeldem)/Maria, Cruzinha/Cajetan (London).

14 Feb. Scarborough, Canada. LUIS PINTO . Husband of Ethel (Baizinha). Father of Eurita/Justino Gomes Pinto, Elma/Wilson Soares, Etcilia/Mario Botelho, Eurina/Xavier Sequeira and Loretto/Vandana Pinto. Funeral was on 17th Feb.

10 Feb. Mtwara, Tanzania. FRANCIS (SOXY) FERNANDES. Funeral was on 16 Feb.

9 Feb. Bounds Green, London. MRS FRANCISCA ALFONSO (ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late Tome Jose Alfonso. Mother of Joaquim / Greta. Grandmother of Natalie and Sara. Funeral Friday 20th February, 2004 at St Paul the Apostle Church, Station Road, Wood Green at 9.30am. Condolences to

? Feb. Mombasa, Kenya. JULIET D'SOUZA (ex-teacher Star of the Sea School).


14 Feb. The Guardian. India: Departing selected dates February 5-28, Goaway (020-7224 7070, is offering 14 nights at the Alphaville Resort Hotel in Goa for £399pp. Price includes flights and taxes.

14 Feb. The Daily Telegraph. Great new train rides. Deccan Odyssey has finally taken to the rails. With a spa, conference hall, plasma screens, library and two restaurants, the Odyssey is as luxurious as train travel gets. Starting from Mumbai, passengers are taken to the forts of Jaigad and Sindhudurg, the beaches of Tarkali and Goa and the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Cox and Kings (0207 7873 5000) offers 10-day packages, including return flight and full board, from £3,000.

17 Feb. Manchester Evening News. Go to Goa for less with Odyssey Worldwide. £569 - a saving of £90 - is the cost for a week at the four-star Coconut Grove Hotel at Betalbatim. Included are return flights departing Manchester 6 March, transfers and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast. For reservations call 0870 429 4242, or check out


13 Feb. Off Licence News. Greene King's "biggest ever" promotion will run throughout March on 66cl bottles of IPA and give consumers the chance to win a holiday for two to Goa. Special neck collars are designed to alert consumers to the offer.

17 Feb. Daily Record. Win A Romantic Leap Year Holiday. Girls: Undertake to propose marriage to your partner in Goa on 29 Feb. and both of you can have a free holiday there. Entries to by 20 Feb. For details click here.


13 Feb. Times of India. Goa Plus. Valentine Couple. Antonietta and Sylvester Fernandes of Betalbatim, Goa. Sharing 51 years together. They married in St Anthony's Church, Tanga, Tanzania in 1952. Theirs was an arranged marriage.

13 Feb. Times of India. Sanjay Bhati, a 32-year-old discotheque owner from Goa was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman, a US national of Indian origin, in Andheri on Wednesday night.

15 Feb. Deccan Herald. Goa's gray market in prescription drugs goes unchecked. By Devika Sequeira. Excerpt: The easy access to a cocktail of cheap prescription drugs like Ketamine, Mephentamine and Fortwin is edging out the expensive and more elusive narcotics like LSD, ecstasy and marijuana. See:

16 Feb. Navhind Times. M/s Hok International, a Canada-based consulting firm, having rich expertise in building infra-structural projects in various countries, has been appointed as the lead architect-cum-consultant to build infra-structural facilities for the International Film Festival in India scheduled to be held in the city in November. See:

19 Feb. Economic Times. In the last two decades, Goa's bank deposits have increased 28 times, with non-residents accounting for about 30% of Rs 10,662 crore deposits. See:

19 Feb. Times of India. Mario Miranda interviewed. Excerpts: Goa isn't what it used to be... It's gradually losing its Indo-Portuguese character, the Latin flavour. There isn't much to do, and not too many cinemas. People and places inspire me... I love visiting new places. I've returned from Cuba and Brazil , and found a great similarity with Goa . I took my book of Goan drawings, and the Cubans were surprised. They couldn't believe the guitar-paying culture was Indian too! See

23 Feb. India Today. London gave Goan artist Francis Newton Souza his muse. When he discarded some of his drawings in the communal dustbin, his neighbours complained that they were "not quite nice". Souza was flattered. It was the first time anyone in England had noticed his work. During the prolific decades he spent in London, he made portraits of Christian subjects, essentially defrocked saints, that looked like caricatures of Byzantine icons. Even two years after his death Souza, the tortured genius, is still painting murals in the sky. "Souza in London", an exhibition of his works, is on at the British Council, Delhi. Till February 28.


10 Feb. Daily Nebraskan. Matthew D'Souza, a freshman business administration major at UNL, arrived in Lincoln this year after living in Kuwait his whole life. After experiencing numerous difficulties getting into the United States, D'Souza says he is still adjusting to American mannerisms.

During his first class, he learned students don't have to stand up when the professor enters the classroom. He learned students could chew gum in class, even eat food and drink soda, juice and coffee. Professors say cuss words and talk about sex. Students even slump in their seats and sleep in class. The weather, D'Souza said, also took some getting used to. "I can't take the cold here. My ears freeze and my nose freezes. I think it might just fall off."

"Kuwait is a sad place," D'Souza said. "Here, though, people enjoy life. You can express your views and opinions, go out and have fun." D'Souza said he didn't know if he would want to return to Kuwait after school. Full text, 1075 words, at

11 Feb. The Evening Standard. Ma Goa is one of the 60 restaurants short listed for the poll to find London's best bargain. To vote, go

12 Feb. Hamilton Spectator (Canada). Dr. Michael Pinto. 49, was found guilty of professional misconduct and ordered him to repay $200,000 in fraudulent billings. He was sentenced to a prison term. Pinto, who ran a practice on Harvester Road in Burlington, was arrested Oct. 18, 2000, by Ontario Provincial Police at his Oakville home after a year-long probe.

12 Feb. Stourbridge News. Headline: Big-hearted Black Country band The Trojans are jetting off to Goa to help stray dogs. For full text click here.

12 Feb. Houston Chronicle. The Canadian Billy Talent band plays the 610 Arena on Tuesday. "Things are looking good for Canadian music that's a little harder," Billy Talent guitarist Ian D'Sa says. "We're this Canadian band, and we love Seattle because we grew up with bands like Soundgarden, and the place was packed. This group has been the same guys for over a decade. It was just amazing." Look out. Seattle has fallen for Billy Talent. After Tuesday, Houston may, too. [Check out their site, for sound clips, bio, photos, video, news, tour dates etc.]

13 Feb. The Times. Headline: Tour operators to offer cut-price surgery in India. 879 words.

13 Feb. National Post (Toronto). THIS Magazine announced that Patricia D'Souza would be replacing Julie Crysler as editor-in-chief at the 38-year old progressive publication. D'Souza, currently managing editor of Iqualuit's Nunatsiaq News, has previously worked as a copy editor at the National Post and the managing editor of Canadian Business.[Patricia was born in Canada and is of Goan origin. Her parents were born in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and moved to Canada in 1972.]

14 Feb. Oxford Mail. Anil Rozario, 35, of the Aziz Indian restaurant in Cowley Road, Oxford, beat thousands of chefs from around the world to gain third place in the International Indian Chef of the Year competition. He said: "I enjoyed the competition and am very happy to have won third place." Kapil Kaushik, of Edinburgh restaurant Oloroso, came first. Jabeen Fatema, of the Royal International Hotel of Bangladesh, gained second place. See:

14 Feb. The Hamilton Spectator (Canada). Brian Colaco is the owner of Sinful Desserts. "The whole market is saturated with low-quality, frozen desserts," he says. Here, he says, everything is made from scratch, with Belgian chocolate and real liqueurs, fresh-whipped cream and toasted nuts.
Colaco has been a pastry chef 17 years. He trained in Bombay, India, and worked his way around the world. Literally. For several years he worked as a pastry chef for a cruise line. Eight years ago he bought this pastry business and settled in Burlington. They also make wedding cakes, fill custom orders, and do a small amount of retail sales at wholesale prices from the location at 3504 Mainway (open weekdays 9-5, Saturdays 9-1). The article runs to 668 words and has a photograph of Brian Colaco.

15 Feb. The Independent. Book review: The Jesuits by Jonathan Wright. 2004. ISBN: 0002571803. Reviewing the book, Cal McCrystal reveals that a report on the condition body of St Francis Xavier claims that a miracle has falsely been attributed . It is alleged that soon after his death the entrails and brain had been removed and stuffed with spices to preserve it rendering the condition a natural one. See

16 Feb. Time magazine. In the southern state of Goa, average annual salaries are between $514 and $700; in northern areas such as Bihar, they are less than a sixth of that and decreasing. See:,13673,501040223-591347,00.html

18 Feb. The Straits Times. (Singapore). Headline: In Goa, Baichung, not Sachin, is king. Excerpts: Football is king in Goa, a sleepy but football-crazy beach city….'Football begins and ends in Goa,' said Lornie Fernandes, 40… Goa is about four times Singapore's size but its population is only a quarter …About 1.4 million people live in the city, which resembles how Singapore looked like 50 years ago. The average Goan's monthly salary is about 3,500 rupees. See:,4386,235768,00.html

19 Feb. The Budapest Sun. Excerpts: Goa is a trendy Budapest shop, selling all manner of exotic artifacts from the subcontinent and now has a successful restaurant as well. It has become instantly fashionable. It is a few minutes walk from the fleshpots of Liszt Ferenc tér, a perfect place to spend the rest of the evening after a Goanese dinner. Booking a table at Goa is now near compulsory, as the city's young and beautiful flock there. 806 words. For photo and full text click here


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sold Out! Sun. 22 Feb. The Mungul Union (UK). Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel. Sold Out!

Sat 28 Feb. YLGS.

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

Sun. 28 Mar. G.O.A. FAMILY DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School.

Sun 28 Mar. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.


Sun. 25 Apr. Ex-students Reunion. Nairobi Catholic Parochial and St Teresa's Schools. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham. Mass at 1 pm followed by Social. Band Maz & Co. For tickets call Norma 020 8771 4457 Crescent 020 8952 0435 Tonyjo 01895 259947 Aires 020 8488 0194.


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