Newsletter. Issue 2004-27. Jul 22, 2004
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It is that time of the year again! Goan Voice UK launches the annual Donations appeal to coincide with the UK Goan Festival as many of you prefer to hand contributions personally from yourselves and on behalf of friends and relatives.
The enhancements to the newsletter and website - photographs, graphics, supplements, daily news service etc. has increased costs substantially and it is gratifying that these services are much appreciated. £20 is therefore the suggested annual contribution.
This year PayPal facility has been introduced to make it easier for those from abroad to contribute. The options are:
1. PayPal for secure credit card transactions click here.
2. By post to Eddie Fernandes, 1 Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JT. Please make cheques payable to Goan Voice UK
3. In person to the Goan Voice UK stall at the UK Goan Festival, 25 July 2004. Do let us have your comments about the service whether you choose to donate or not.

The G.O.A. Goan Festival Sun. on 25 July 2004 at Archbishop Lanfranc School is the premiere UK Goan event with around 3.000 attending. Note: Admission £1.50, children under 15 free. Car Parking £2. (It would save delays if you brought the exact money).. Personal food or drink not allowed to the premises. The Chief Guest is Dr Agnelo Fernandes. For his profile, click here. Unfortunately Lorna is unable to attend. The Nairobi Institute have booked a stall here and at the Viva Goa in Toronto to promote their forthcoming Centenary Celebrations - June 2005. Ani, arre! Do call at the Goan Voice UK stall with your suggestions to enhance the service.

From Don Mills Camera Club (Toronto) website: Diana Astrid Fernandes, a Kenya-born Goan, took her first trip back to East Africa in 1983, 14 years after first arriving in Canada. To check out some of Astrid’s photographs, click here.
Astrid, is the daughter of the late Lazarus and Late Lourdinha (ex-Nairobi); Mother of Ivan D'Souza; Sister of Joana Lobo, Mitelia Paul, Yasmin Fernandes and Dr. Lactancio Fernandes, Mississippi, USA. She attended Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi. She is a passionate photographer who particularly enjoys wildlife, nature and creative photography. She designs and co-ordinates escorted and unescorted safaris to Africa. Astrid was the first woman president of the Don Mills Camera Club. Currently she runs a fulfilling photography business specialising in commercial, wedding, portrait and fine art photography.

4 Jul. 2004. Antonio (Tony) D'Mello, was ordained Permanent Deacon by the Bishop of Portsmouth. Antonio was born in Nyeri, Kenya and later his family moved to Kisumu. In December 1964 he went to Goa to complete his education at Guardian Angel High School in Sanvordem. Later he worked at a High School Cortalim. In April 1974 he migrated to England. In London he and the late Mr. Francis Sequeira started the Cortalim Union.
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He is married to Mina, and they have two sons Vincent and Ansel. He moved to Aldershot in 1985 where his calling to do Gods work grew stronger. He belongs to St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Aldershot.

17 Jul. The Australian. Excerpt: Pilates Institute of Australasia director Allan Menezes is concerned about the myriad pilates classes now available in Australia. "I call it podium pilates, where there is one instructor and many participants," Menezes says. Text, 1002 words, click here. For a photograph and profile of Allan Menezes, click here

19 Jul. GoodNewsIndia. Indian villages in global carbon trading. Excerpt: Mr Emmanuel D'Silva, a former World Bank staffer has been working extensively among Andhra Pradesh villages creating awareness about this market opportunity that awaits them. See:

20 Jul. Computer Weekly (UK). Headline: Cranfield-led industry group will investigate why IT projects fail. Excerpts: Ashley Braganza is the director of Nexus, a think tank that aims to learn from IT project failures. For full text, 331 words, click here. Bio of Ashley Braganza at:
[Ashley Braganza, traces his Goan roots to Mapuca. He grew up in Calcutta, Ottawa & London.]

The Canadian, is a mammoth collection of free resources for Canadian Teachers. The site owners are Laura and Quentin D’Souza, They have a son, Darcy, who is two months old. Quentin is a Goan, the son of Angela and Bryan and brother of Gwendolyn and Darryl. The family have attended events organised by the Goan Overseas Association, Toronto and Quentin is a past winner of the Victor Abreu Award for most outstanding Goan student back in his university days. Quentin’s hobbies include repairing and building computers, web programming, and playing slo-pitch baseball.

Odette Gonsalves is exhibiting her work from 6-31 July 2004 at Headmasters Gallery & Restaurant, Sydney, Australia.
She is an internationally renowned artist having previously exhibited in Goa, Bombay, Toronto, Europe and USA. You can view some of her work and biodata at:
Read more about Odette at: [Based on report by the G.O.A. NSW, Sydney]


19 Jul. Saligao, Goa. HIGINO GEOFRAI (GEOFFREY) CONCEICAO D`SOUZA (Geoff`s Ltd., Ex-Uganda). Husband of Lizzie. Brother of late Muriel D`Souza.

8 June. London (Tooting/Earlsfield). LAWRENCE D’SOUZA. Mass at 10.30am 27 July at St Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 followed by interment at 11.30am at Mitcham Cemetry. Enquiries to Mrs Nina Pinto, Tel. 020 8767 0663.
Lawrence D’Souza was employed by Securicor in Kampala and St George’s Hospital in London. He traced his Goan roots to Saligao.


eBay has Jan 2004 issue of Maxim. Cover photograph is of Collien Fernandes. Auction expires 31 Jul. 2004. For details, click here.
Collien’s parents are Goan and Hungarian. She lives in Hamburg and has a sister Elaine. She has a regular TV slot on German TV on Thursdays at 22.15. For details click here.
There are masses of sites featuring her. The main site (with over 100 photos) seems to be It is in German. For a machine translation of the site, click here


Maxwell House Entertaining Makeover Contest. Five winners will get a trip for two to New York City to learn from entertaining expert Susie Coelho on Oct. 21. Entrants must be 18 or older and describe in 200 words or less why you (or your loved one, if you nominate someone else) need holiday help from Coelho. Complete rules are at Closing date 30 Aug. 2004. [Susie Coelho, ex-UK, has her scrapbook at]


17 Jul. Herald. The shooting of `Grace, Guts & Glory`, a short English feature film on the life of St Francis Xavier began recently in Goa. It will be the first feature film on the life of St Francis Xavier.

18 Jul. Financial Express. Alcohol abuse in the workforce. Some years back, Goa Shipping Ltd (GSL) was plagued with the problem of alcohol abuse among its employees.

18 Jul. Sunday Express. Actor Om Puri has been approached by a new film-maker to make a movie based on Goa’s Dominic D’Souza, who was held under armed guard in a medical facility when he was diagnosed as one of the first cases of AIDS in India in 1989.

18 Jul. Asian Age. In Goa, shack up with naughty cocktails. Excerpts: If naughty cocktails are your poison, then Kentuckee in Colva Beach is the place where you want to head for. Mathew Diniz who trained in the UK is the owner of Kentuckee, which boasts more than 200 cocktails and mocktails. For full text click here.

19 Jul. Business Standard. Is Goa the country’s most affluent market in terms of the purchasing power of its citizens? Certainly it would appear so if you go by the very recent “Guide to Urban Markets” For full text click here.

19 Jul. Indian Express. Sacru’s Kitchen. At Ballard Pier, hockey and xacuti came together to cook up Mumbai’s oldest Goan eatery.

19 Jul. Times of India. Demand to change Portuguese named roads increasing. Goa's Portuguese legacy, which has been the source of much pride for most denizens of the state, now finds itself mired in controversy, with demands for renaming roads with Portuguese origins becoming increasingly vocal, and the government lending it tacit support.

20 Jul. Times of India. Suicides on the rise in Goa. There have been as many as 123 suicide deaths within four months this year in Goa.

22 Jul. New Goa coffin-makers face hard times.


10 Jul. Gulf News. More than 1,000 nurses working in the Gulf migrated to the US last year, a healthcare consultant has revealed.Half of those migrated after passing a US national council examination are Indians.

15 Jul. South Wales Argus News. Headline: Plea over Goa death trial. Adrian Duggan, 36, from Blaina, is in jail, accused of killing girlfriend Catherine Campbell in Goa, after a Christmas Eve party last year. Mrs Duggan said: "We now believe the trial may be starting later this month but the Indian authorities keep giving us dates and then cancelling them. 367 words.
See also 22 Jul. Western Mail. Foreign Office rapped over case details. By Tryst Williams. For text click here

15 Jul. Inter Press Service. 15th International AIDS Conference, Bangkok. India's National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) says HIV/ AIDS is gradually spreading into rural areas and the general population. In Gujurat and Goa, HIV prevalence among populations with high-risk behaviour is 5 percent.

16 Jul. Bath Chronicle. A Continental Wedding Day. Julie, 27, is from Bath, while her 32-year-old husband comes from Thionville in eastern France. The couple met in Swindon and now work in international banking in Luxembourg. The newly-weds are honey-mooning in Goa. For full text click here.

16 Jul. Catholic News Service (USA). Vatican conference underscores universal issues of tourism industry. The congress was held July 5-8 in Bangkok, Thailand. Excerpt: Retired Indian Archbishop Raul N. Gonsalves of Goa and Daman identified a lack of modesty as one of the chief offences of individual tourists visiting his diocese's famed beaches. Too often, he said, "the permissive lifestyle of foreign tourists, nudity, massages on the beaches, infatuations and drug use induce local youths to experiment with drugs and sex."

16 Jul. Lloyd's List. A look at the archives. 13 Jul. 1911. At Bow Street [Magistrate’s Court] yesterday. Francisco Godinho, alias Reuben Almeida, an Indian bath attendant of the P and O steamship China, was charged with the wilful murder of Miss Alice Emily Brewster, a first-saloon stewardess of the same vessel. Mr William Lewis, who represented the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that Miss Brewster’s dead body was found in one of the cabins on the main deck. The prisoner was the first to make the discovery. Just before the prisoner was brought into court last week he made a statement to Detective-sergeant Mitchell as follows: “If I say my fault will they pardon me? Is King George here? It was his Coronation ten days ago. If he no relieve me will they put me in gaol or hang me up?”

17 Jul. Hull Daily Mail. Doug Perry, 55, paid £500 for an operation after a shoulder injury from a bike crash in Goa left him with one arm an inch longer than the other. An equivalent private operation in the UK would have cost him £4,000. Mr Perry was so happy with his treatment that in future he would opt for India rather than the NHS. He sees the irony of someone from the developed world travelling to India for medical treatment. Mr Perry has a PhD in health administration. 638 words click here. See also 19 July. The Mirror (UK). click here.

17 Jul. Herald Express. (Torquay, Devon). Cilla Taylor and Sandie Morley visited Goa in April to look after rescued children in the El Shaddai homes and admit that part of their hearts remain there. Said Sandy: "From the moment we landed at Dabolim airport and saw the baggage handlers' beaming smiles, we knew this was going to be a mission trip to remember!” They also plan a month-long trip to Nakuru, Kenya for April 2005. Anyone who would like to find out more about The Puppet People's ministry and donate urgently needed finance please ring 01803 554151 or email For a photo of them see: Text of article, 502 words at click here

18 Jul. Daily Variety (USA). Film Review of The Bourne Supremacy starring Matt Damon. Excerpts: Bourne is first seen decompressing on the beach at Goa, with his companion Marie. Right off the bat, a tough assassin sent by a Russian oil tycoon chases Bourne and Marie through Goa's teeming streets. For text of the review click here.
The film releases in USA on 23 Jul. However, has a free clip showing the Goa chase. Select Surveillance >Clips >India Chase

19 Jul. Gulf Daily News. The Young Goans Club, formed in 1952, has been closed temporarily following complaints from residents. Neighbours had complained that the bar in the club was not a good thing near the mosque. The Young Goans Club was formed in 1952 and has more than 600 members. For full text click here.
See also; 22 Jul. Gulf Daily News. The closure of the Young Goans Club has brought to an end the saga of one of the glorious days of the Goan community in Bahrain. By Michael D'Souza.

19 Jul. The Guardian. More than nine out of 10 white Britons have no or hardly any ethnic minority friends, according to a poll that reveals the continuing gulf between races and religions more than 40 years after the UK became a multicultural society.,11374,1264179,00.html

20 Jul. Fleet News and Mail (UK). Peter and Perminder Rahal have celebrated the opening of the new Snip discount store in Fleet by donating £5,000 to the El Shaddai Street Child Rescue Charity in Goa. “I went there a few years ago and what they have achieved is amazing,” said Peter. “It started off looking after a few children but now looks after about 450.” Text and photo at

20 Jul. Pacific News Service (USA). Outsourcing God to India. For full text click here.

20 Jul. The Independent (UK). Nurses from overseas are 'held back by NHS racism'. 546 words.

21 Jul. New York Times. Boston, Mass. Restaurant Review. Excerpt: Choose as you wish from costly, visually stunning places like Mantra, where Thomas John, a chef from southwest India, serves rousing Goan chili prawns …

22 Jul. Hindustan Times. “Second generation Asians in London are ghettoised in a way.” 1309 words.,00430005.htm

22 Jul. Basingstoke Gazette. Sharon Vickery, a Basingstoke businesswoman has launched a campaign to raise £20,000 to buy a night shelter for street children in Goa. She is raising money for The El Shaddai Charitable Trust. She visited Goa in March of this year and was very impressed with the Charity. She plans to go back to Goa in October for six months. Anyone who wishes to volunteer can contact Miss Vickery on 01256 364198. For photo & text, 358 words, click here.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 25 July G.O.A. GOAN FESTIVAL in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. Note: Admission £1.50, children under 15 free. Car Parking £2. (It would save delays if you brought the exact money).

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 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.

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.


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