Newsletter. Issue 2004-02. January 15, 2004
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From Eddie Fernandes. I will be in Goa till 30 Jan. and I will try to maintain continuity of newsletter service during the period. You can e-mail me as before at In case of urgency please contact Bernie Gracias at tel 020-8723-1322.


Herman Carneiro, (ex-Nairobi), founder of Goa Net is currently visiting Goa. For a videoclip of the GoaNetters meet with him, see: Also in the clip Rene Barreto is seen celebrating his birthday. For the Fred Noronha interview with Herman, see:

13 Jan. Herald. Acting: The best job in the world says UK’s Aileen Gonsalves. “I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1973 where my family had been settled for many years. I come from a very musical family. My mum’s mum, Mabel Moniz, is a wonderful singer and her sister, Hilda, was a renowned singer across Kenya. My dad’s dad, Joe Gonsalves, was a composer and played the violin and mandolin beautifully. Full text at For the Aileen Gonsalves home page go to

Fitz De Souza was honoured at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Indian Diaspora Day), Delhi, Jan 9-11, 2004. The citation reads: B.Sc. in Economics, Ph.D. and Barrister-at-Law from London. Active in student politics at the London School Of Economics, the London Majlis, the E.A. Students Union and the Labour Party. Returned to Kenya in 1952.

He was also active in Indian Politics in the Indian Congress and the Kenya League trying to persuade the largely Indian business community to support the National Movement. He was elected to Parliament of Kenya in 1960 on a Kenya African Union (KANU) ticket. Later elected as the M.P. for Nairobi Parklands and unanimously elected as the Deputy Speaker of the new Parliament. Retired from Parliament in March 1970, keeping close to the present leadership in the second liberation and believes in the achievement of a genuinely democratic Kenya.
Lambert Mascarenhas writes in Gomantak Times, 15 Jan. "Fitz De Souza , apart from his involvement in the freedom of Goa, was one of founder of the Goa League in Nairobi, along with Barrister J M Nazareth, Barrister Moraes, Dr Eclito D'Souza (now residing in Assolna) and Rosarion Gama Pinto, espousing the cause of freedom of Goa."

8 Jan. Gomantak Times. Gomant Vishwa awards were presented to four NRIs by CM Parrikar on 5 Jan. The recipients were Sarto Antao, Prabhakar Narvekar, Maria Correia and Rui de Figueiredo.
Sarto Antao, received world recognition as a top biologist for his extraordinary research in biological chemistry, immunology and clinical medicine. A Government of Kenya scholar, he was awarded the United Nations Fellowship followed by scholarship from the Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

12 Dec. Croydon Advertiser. Daryl Desa died of a stroke in March 2003 at age 16. Daryl's former school St Joseph's College in Upper Norwood has added his name, in their chapel, to students who died whilst schooling. In addition, at the opening of a new wing to their college, the Board announced the creation of an annual prize in memory of Daryl Desa to be awarded to a student excelling in Information Communication Technology (ICT). For text of article click here.
Daryl was the only child of Edelbert (Joe) and Grace Desa Norbury London and the grandson of the late Joe (ex Nairobi) and Maria De Sa (ex Nairobi, Norbury UK, and now Calgary, Canada) and Blaise and Celine D'Cunha (ex Nairobi & cricketer Pakistan, Kenya, E. Africa) of Norbury, UK.

10 Jan. Leicester Mercury. The Office for National Statistics found nine out of 10 young people from ethnic minority communities saw themselves as British. Their grandparents, however, maintained stronger links with their countries of origin and were less likely to label themselves Brits, researchers found.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz said the findings reflected the sense of Britishness among black and Asian people who were born in the UK. Mr Vaz said: "This survey is an accurate reflection of what my constituents say to me. "It is partly generational. Those who came to this country as first-generation immigrants felt they should have ties with the sub-continent, whereas black and Asian people who were maybe born in the UK feel strong and irreversible ties to this country and like to call themselves British. This is to be welcomed and it proves the community is settled, happy and very much a part of society."
See also: 7 Jan. Independent. Ethnic minorities feel strong sense of identity with Britain.

7 Jan. BBC News. Most minorities 'think British'
8 Jan. Indian Express. Indians face identity crisis in UK

12 Jan. The Scotsman. Headline: Vaz Calls for Deal to Save BCCI Cash. Labour MP Keith Vaz called on the Government today to intervene to broker a deal between the liquidators of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the Bank of England before the start of a major legal case tomorrow.


14 Jan: Navelim. PAULINA ALFREDINA GENOVENA PEREIRA (JANE) Ex: Uganda. Wife of Joaquim Floriano Pereira (Jack). Mother of Brian, Brenda/Levon (Australia). Grandmother of Erica.

12 Jan. Mississauga, Canada, Rev. CHARLES FALEIRO. Brother of Adv C. Lurenco/Antonieta, Late Aurelia/ Late Armando, Joaquim, Olivia/ Late Jose. Friday. Funeral on Sat. 17 Jan. at 10:30 a.m.
Friends may call at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, 3495 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. Entombment Assumption Mausoleum. Donations of remembrance to ShareLife or the Shepherds' Trust. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Turner & Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, Mississauga, 905-279-7663.

12 Jan. Brampton, Canada. NATALIA MARIA RODRIGUES. Husband of Martin. Mother of Catherine and Iris. Funeral on Sat. 17 Jan. leaving the funeral home 9:45 a.m. to St. Marguerite d'Youville Church, 2490 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton for Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the William Osler Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care Unit (Brampton) would be appreciated by the family. (The family will receive their friends in the funeral home Thursday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.). For further information please call 416-745-7555.

11 Jan. London. ROSARIO FERNANDES. Husband of Sacramenta (Sacky). Brother of the late Joe, Neves, Montez, Michael and Esmy.
The funeral Mass will be held at 9.30am on Thu. 22 Jan. at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph,8a Battersea Park Rd.London SW8 4BH followed by cremation at the Lambeth Cemetry,Blackshaw Rd.Tooting SW17.Condolences to

8 Jan. Plumstead/Welling, UK. MARIA JOAQUINA FERNANDES [aka Helen] (ex-Kenya). Wife of late Jacob John Fernandes, Mother of Yvonne/Damaciano, Jovit/Kim, Victor/Bernadette, Manuel/Marina, Joseph/Rina, Brian/Vivien. Grandmother of: Tatayana, Joanna, Anjali, Jason, Jodie, Vanessa, Brendan, Gemma, Alex, Kane, Reiss and Sophie.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Moore Church, Long Lane, Bexleyheath on 16 Jan. at 11a.m. Condolences to

8 Jan. Calne, Wiltshire, UK. AUGUSTINE DIAS (ex Kampala). Husband of Lydia. Father of Hubert/Antoinette, Dorothy/Bruce, Dominic/Marlene and Melba/Paul.
Funeral Mass on Friday 16 Jan. at 2.30 pm at St Edmunds Church, Calne, Wiltshire. Reception afterwards at the Town Hall in Calne. Family flowers only. Donations to the Richard Bright Kidney Unit at Southmead Bristol will be collected by the Funeral Directors E. Wotten & Son 1 North Street Calne Wiltshire SN11 0HQ. Condolences to

7 Jan: Margao, Goa. MARIA MAGDALENA FERNANDES (born 1913. ex-Tanga, Tanzania). Wife of late Filipe. Mother of Theresa, Tony/Mary, Peter/Antoneta, Regina/Vincy. Grandmother of Hazel, Mark, Trevor and Sheldon.

4 Jan: Mumbai. DOMINIC R. PAES beloved husband of Livia (Miriam K.G. Land), loving father of Ameeta /Ben Saldanha (Canada), Reshma/ Nigel D’Souza, grandfather of Kyle, Keshia, Kieran and Nioka,


10 Jan. Mirror. Goa from Manchester on 16 January. Seven nights B&B at Summerville guesthouse for £429 per person. Call Manos on 08707 582 519 quoting MG or request a brochure at

10 Jan. Mirror. Goa. Depart Gatwick on Jan 15 for 14 nights B&B at the five-star Hotel Ramada Caravela, costs £996pp based on two sharing. Avion Holidays: 0870 835 4531

11 Jan. Independent on Sunday. Odyssey Worldwide (0870 429 4242) is offering seven nights at the Coconut Grove in Betalbatim, Goa. Departing 31 January, the deal includes return flights, transfers and b&b. £455


Bonhams Auction. Knightsbridge, London. 15 Jan 2004. Lot 185. An ivory overlaid tortoishell wood Writing Box. Goa, late 19th Century. The box with domed lid, with openwork ivory panels with figural and floral decoration, the tray with compartments 26 x 15 x 16 cm. Estimate: £250 to 350


7 Jan. Navhind Times. Some Gomant Vishwa Sammelan participants irked with govt.

8 Jan. Indian Television, India. Paedophilia has taken root in Goa. It just made me angry and I realised I had to do something about it," that's Venita Coelho for you.

9 Jan. Deepika. The second international Goa Kite Carnival will be held in Goa from January 16

9 Jan. Navhind Times. Crimes against women on the rise: DGP

9 Jan. Indian Express. From the Rough Guide to Goa: ‘‘Indian condoms are less reliable than those in the West, so stock up at duty free.’’ In a section called Women and Sexual Harassment? ‘‘Spending time with Goan women can be a delight... On the beach you’ll find yourself frequently mobbed by women hawkers from Karnataka and Rajasthan. Such encounters are of course motivated primarily by commercial interests, but can be rewarding nonetheless.’’

12 Jan. New Kerala. Shaikh Khalifa, Bahrain’s prime minister, will spend two days in Jaipur and three days in Goa before returning home on January 19.

12 Jan. Indian Express. At a time when the country is celebrating the success of its diaspora, Goa - a showpiece of India’s own cosmopolitanism—is seeing friction growing between foreigners, who have made the coastal state their permanent home, and local businessmen who resent their increasing influence. See:

13 Jan. Times of India Restaurant and shack owners along northen Goa coastal belt, who have been protesting against foreigners doing business along the beaches, have found some support from the state government, which has decided to ban such illegal business. Stating that the Goa government would welcome any large-scale investment in the state by foreigners, Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco said running of shacks and restaurants was best left to locals. See:


6 Jan. Los Angeles Times. Put that mango chutney back in the cupboard. The new trend is crossover chutneys -- blends of Indian spices and Western ingredients. In Northern California, a sandwich "with everything" at Amelia's Deli/Bistro and Catering in Pleasanton, includes a thin, green layer of, you guessed it, chutney. "It's the chutney my mother made when we were young," says co-owner Annabelle Rodrigues. That makes it authentically Indian, because the family is from Goa, on India's west coast.

7 Jan. Yahoo News. Authorities here have decided to remove all roadside hoardings in Goa as a part of the drive to preserve the natural scenic beauty. Authorities estimate that Goa has more than 1200 hoardings on the national highway.

9 Jan. New York Post. Sightings: Jade Jagger roughing it in a $2-a-night beach hut with her boyfriend and young daughter in the Indian resort town of Goa.

9 Jan. Townsville Bulletin (Australia). Book review. Indian Interiors, written by Sunil Sethi and sumptuously photographed by Deidi von Schaewen (Taschen, rrp $44.95), combines the delights of armchair travel with fascinating glimpses into a wide range of abodes. One of the most intriguing entries is that of a disposable Goan beach shack made of bamboo and plaited palm. This is occupied by an English couple for three months a year, and after each annual sojurn, the shack's contents are left at the hut next door -- the local teashop.

10 Jan. BBC. 'Disbelief' at Goa murder. Adrian Duggan and Catherine Campbell had been together for about five months A close friend of a mother-of-four from south Wales stabbed to death while on holiday in India has said he is mystified by the arrest of her boyfriend. Catherine Campbell, 43, was found with stab wounds to her neck and chest in a guest house in Goa on Christmas Day.

11 Jan. Independent On Sunday. Property - Hot Houses. Baga Beach, Goa, India. Choose from a selection of low-rise, spacious and well-designed apartments and villas set within lush, tropical gardens which all have access to a swimming pool and gym. All development are set around Goa's beautiful northern beach areas of Anjuna, Arpora, Baga and Candolim-Sinquerim. All resorts have shops, bars, restaurants, banks and medical facilities within walking distance and the airport at Dabolim is just 28 miles away.
Ups With living expenses as low as £500 per month, you can afford to stay and stay.
Downs Should you sell, Goan laws forbid you to take the proceeds out of the country.
Price £7,800 to £28,200, Acron, 020 8405 8455, For other Press reports about Acron, click here.

12 Jan.. Daily Mail (UK). Headline: Heiress marries stranger on shore, by Richard Kay. Goa has been the paradise for many British tourists, but now has become the wedding venue for the rich and famous. The heiress of one of Britain's grand aristocratic families chose the beach paradise for her wedding vows. The 17-year-old Laura Fraser, the niece of the Earl of Warwick, exchanged marriage vows with her Israeli sweetheart of two weeks at the beach resort. Reproduced by Hindustan Times on 13 Jan. For full text, see:,00430005.htm

16 Jan. Forward, (New York). Headline: Om-Shalomers Come of Age. Children of Jewish and Hindu Parents Are Emerging as a New Cultural Subset. Excerpt: Last month, Sara Mishra celebrated her bat mitzvah. The party started with some traditional klezmer tunes and Israeli folk dances, followed by an Indian feast, complete with Goan fish curry, lamb vindaloo and an array of spicy (nonkosher) Indian delicacies. See:

Dec. 2003. Burns. Vol. 29, Issue 8 , Pages 866-867. Temporary henna tattooing [in Goa] - a risky procedure: Case report and literature review By M. Jindal and B. Davis.

Solid Waste Disposal in Goa in Solid waste management - current status and strategies for future. Edited by Munnoli, P.; Bhosale, S. ISBN: 8177643851


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 18 Jan. Commemoration Mass in honour of the Birth Anniversary of Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at 1.45pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wellesley Road, West Croydon followed by light refreshments in the Parish Hall. Please contact Felix De Souza for further details on 020 8686 1876.

Sat. 24 Jan. Join 'Say One Do One Disco' in playing R&B, Garage and latest tunes. All welcome, free entry. Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1 6BS from 7 till late. Nearest tube Chancery Lane or 10mins walk from Holborn tube. For details call Paul on 07956 496190 or Nigel 07956 984532 or email:

Sun 25 Jan. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Fri. 30 Jan: YLGS (Young London Goans Society) MONTHLY MEET UP: 6pm till 3am. Free membership [18+] at WAX BAR, 4 Winsley Street, London, W1N 7AR Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus. New Members Welcome! For more Info, Contact: Alison 07799 586793 or

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.


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