Newsletter. Issue 2004-23. Jun 17, 2004
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From Eddie Fernandes: Please note that I shall be out of station from 20 – 28 June inc. I hope to be able to access my email in the period but surfing for news will not be possible. Therefore there will be no issue of this newsletter next week. Important news items will be added to the website but please copy urgent messages to Bernie Gracias,

12 Jun. 10 Downing Street. Queens Birthday Honours List. Excerpt: MBE: Miss Theodolina Pinto, Senior Executive Officer, Office of Government Commerce (Sidcup, Kent). See:
Our congratulations to Theo Pinto (ex-Kampala) on the award. She is active in the Community and a supporter of Goan Voice UK. She is one of the organisers and points of contact of next month's Norman Godinho School Reunion/Teacher Alice celebration, for example.

28 May. The Times Higher Education Supplement. Headline: Why I... Believe Universities Need Theology And Theology Needs Faith. By Gavin D'Costa. Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Bristol University. 669 words.
Gregory A. Boyd wrote: “Born of Indian parents, raised in Kenya, and educated in England, Gavin D’Costa combines his orthodox Catholic faith with strong multicultural sensitivities.” Extract from
For a brief profile and more photographs of Dr Gavin D’Costa check the Goan Voice supplement at

11 Jun. MidDay. Cartoonist Alexyz Fernandes flits between his home in Goa and his daughter’s home in Mount Mary. He has faced censure because of his work. He says, “In 1999 I was invited by Goan MP Keith Vaz to England where I caricatured and met John Major. I was also given an award for humour in Portugal in 1996.” For the text of the MidDay article, 349 words, click here. For a report of the Alexyz London visit click here

12 Jun. Times of India. Dom Moraes. Obituary by Rahul Singh. Excerpt: In 1961, when Indian troops marched into Goa, he publicly renounced his Indian citizenship in protest, though it was not very clear if he was an Indian citizen in the first place. 431 words.

14 Jun. Barnet Times. The Labour party returned three London MEPs to Brussels - Claude Moraes, Mary Honeyball and Robert Evans.

15 Jun. British Vogue. Hindus in Uttar Pradesh have been burning Union Jacks and Italian flags in protest at Roberto Cavalli's use of Hindu religious imagery on his latest swimwear line…Indian supermodel Nina Manuel was in trouble with right-wing groups for openly saying that she never wore religious images as such, she simply liked them because "they are colourful".
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15 Jun. Indian Express. Model Nina Manuel: “My mom is a Goan and a great cook. Her list of specials is endless: prawn curry, prawn pulao, beef steaks, sausages.”

15 Jun. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Bernadette D'Souza, 50, a lawyer and a longtime advocate for domestic violence victims has announced her candidacy for a judgeship of Orleans Civil District Court. D'Souza got a degree from Tulane Law School in 1993. She had opted to stay home with her and her husband's three children when they were young and to enter law school later.
In 2000, D'Souza was standing outside the Jefferson Parish court complex in Gretna with a client, Jacquelene Seal Gersfeld, when Gersfeld was fatally shot by her estranged husband, after winning an injunction against him. The experience only strengthened her commitment to domestic violence victims, D'Souza said. 327 words.

The Goan Overseas Association, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia launched its website, this week: Check out the newsletter archives, photographs, etc.

Lisbon. 17 Jun. at 18:30 Inauguração da exposição "Uma essência de Goa", de Nuno Mendonça. Até dia 30. Auditório do Instituto Camões.


17 Jun. Nairobi, Kenya. VALERIE REBECCA NUNES. Daughter of Dolly and Richard Nunes. Sister of Vanessa/Charles De Souza. Aunt of Calvin and Gavin De Souza. Funeral Arrangements will be announced later. (Info. from Sylvia Pires, GWS, Nairobi)

16 Jun. Fatorda, Goa. TEREZA MARIA SABINA D'COSTA. Wife of late Sebastian. Mother of Sybil/Joseph Cardoz and Rose/Alleluia. Grandmother of Ryan, Karen, Larisa and Lizelle (Travel Pack-London).

12 Jun. Panjim, Goa. STALIN D'SOUZA. Husband of Mona. Father of Halona and Edsel, Brother of Dr Leena/Dr Rajendra (USA), Agnes/Benedict, Lenin/Lidwin, Fatima/Octavio, Menino/Lena, Gorretty/John, Melwyn/Dr Cynthia (UK).

11 Jun. Dar es salaam, Tanzania MRS. ELIZA GOES. Wife of the late Camilo Goes. Mother of Martha/Franklin De Mello, Philo/Leslie Carvalho, Divina/Joe Pereira and Anthony/Rita Goes of Dar es salaam. Grand Mother to Freddie/Faith (Zanzibar), Mary(Dar es salaam), Floyd (Edmonton), Cheryl (Dar es salaam), Priscilla (Dar es salaam), Savio(Melbourne, Australia), Mark(Florida, US), Reid(Nairobi/Dar es salaam), Charlton (Dar es salaam), Aidan (Dar es salaam), & Allvyn (Dar es salaam). Funeral was on 14th June 2004. Condolences to

8 Jun. Portland, Ore. USA. BERNARDO JOSE RODRIGUES. Survivors include his wife; sons, Lester, Mousinho and Anthony; daughters, Dolreich Vaz and Vilalbi Dias; sisters, Maria Mascarenhas and Adelina Rodrigues; brother, the Rev. Amancio; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Rodrigues was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Cavelossim, Goa, India. He immigrated in 1989 to Portland, where he was a clerk for U.S. Bank, mail room sorter for Blue Cross & Blue Shield and cashier for Multnomah Kennel Club. In 1968, he married Edviges B. Pereira. (From The Oregonian (Portland, Ore., USA), 10 June 2004)


14 Jun. Travel Weekly. Excel Airways is heading east for the winter. The twice-weekly Gatwick flight will operate from October to Delhi on Sundays and Tuesdays, and to Goa on Fridays and Saturdays. A separate Gatwick-Manchester service to Goa will operate on Thursdays.

PRIZE COMPETITION in conjunction with On The Go Tours are offering a holiday for two to Goa. No purchase necessary. Closing date June 29 2004.


11 June. Times of India. A large number of tourists flock to Goa to witness the heavy rains. Visitors say that Goa is at its romantic best during the monsoon as they could laze around, listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops on the thatched roofs of huts made especially for the tourists. 351 words.

11 June. Economic Times. Studying abroad. Of the total number of Indian students that head to the United Kingdom every year for higher studies just 25% are female.

11 June. Economic Times. Goa is looking to yet another big leap in tourist arrivals for the coming season, having ended the last season with a record arrival of 532 charters, bringing in 140,000 foreign tourists.

13 Jun. Deccan Herald. Football: Euro 2004. Goa geared up for big kick-off. It may be the off-season for tourism in Goa but Euro 2004 is here and the Goan clubs, restaurants, hotels and liquor companies plan to make the most of it. Large indoor screens have been propped up for the Saturday opening between hosts Portugal and Greece in Porto.

13 Jun. Times of India. Matanhy Saldanha in; (Micky) Pacheco out. [Evidently Pacheco heard the news in London, en route to Florida]

14 Jun. Times of India. Goa CM cracks down on red light area. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has razed to the ground the 40-year-old Baina brothel in the port town of Vasco.

16 Jun. Navhind Times. Vasco residents heaved a sigh of relief and are happy that Baina has been cleaned and the sex-workers have been evicted. But nobody is bothered of the sex-racket going on in other parts of the state.


17 May. BBC Wales. Cliff and Eveline Rundle found a last minute break to Goa on offer and took it at a cost of £1776. When they arrived at Goa airport they were not able to produce visas since they had not been advised to get them. The immigration officials “escorted us away like we were proper criminals." Eveline started to cry. Eventually they were told that, under special circumstances, they could buy a 2 week visa for £48. Full text, 671 words, at

9 Jun. Die Zeit. Sun, Sand and Shiva. In Arambol North Goa the Hippies may be still Hippies. 1339 words. For the German original, click here.
For a machine translation, click here

11 June. Daily Star. [UK: TV Soap]. EastEnders boss Louise Berridge admitted last night: "I've lost it." Berridge, who is feeling the heat as the show's ratings slump, confessed that the soap's storylines had not "sparkled" this year. And she conceded that the introduction of the Ferreira family had been a disaster.

11 Jun. The Wall Street Journal Europe. Lisbon. Art. "Goa and the Great Mogul" examines the relationship between the Portugal and 16th-18th century Mogul Empire of India. It was of great importance for both cultures and is reflected through paintings from imperial workshops, jewels, precious objects, fabrics, porcelain and furniture. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian; Avenida de Berna 45 A; Until Sept. 5. For the exhibition website click here
For some of the reviews:
8 Jun. Correio de Manha. (Portugal). Exposição - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, em Lisboa Portugal E O Império Mogol. 343 words. Click here
9 Jun. Publico. Exposição na Gulbenkian Sobre Goa e o Império Mogol. 388 words. Click here
11 Jun. Diário Económico. Estranhos em Goa. Click here. 370 words.,2458,495710,00.html

11 Jun. Village Voice. (NY). Excerpt: Of course, the mother of all spicy concoctions is vindaloo, originating in the Portuguese-Indian colony of Goa. It was first made with pork and red wine—ingredients that are anathema to most Indians—but a teetotaling lamb recipe spread throughout India, eventually becoming a code word for hotness.

12 Jun. Herald Express (Devon, UK). Headline: Anita Steps In To Save More Kids. Excerpts: Anita Edgar went on a fortnight's holiday to Goa in 1996 and founded El Shaddai, an international charity that runs four children's homes each with 70 children; a rescue centre open 24 hours a day; a day centre where slum children can get a meal and attend lessons and a school where over 200 traumatised children receive a non-formal education.
The charity has just bought a five acre site in Goa where it will build cottages for teenagers to live in after the age of 16. "We are looking for 150 sponsors to help us raise £500 a month to keep it going," explains Anita.
Anita divides her time between Devon and India and has just finished a UK fund raising tour Anyone wishing further information can contact her on 01626 356438. For text, 241 words, click here.
For comprehensive information about the charity go to
YLGS (Young London Goans Society) has scheduled a Fundraiser Dance on 26 Sept. 2004 in support of El Shaddai.

12 Jun. The Guardian. Interview with actress Sophiya Haque who has been transformed from a Lloyd Webber starlet in stage hit Bombay Dreams into a fully-fledged TV personality following Channel 4's invitation to join the panel of Pop Idol lookalike show Bollywood Star. Born in Portsmouth, Sophiya has lived much of her life in London. "But I always feel that India is my home. I miss my dog. He's in Goa and his name's PD. He travels around on the front of an Enfield motorbike and if you see him coming from the front it looks like he's steering. He's half Dalmatian, half husky but he looks like a black lab and he hasn't got spots. He's made appearances in movies with me."

13 Jun. New York Times. U.S. Catholics Outsource Prayers to Indian Clergy. Excerpt: With Roman Catholic clergy in short supply in the United States, Indian priests are picking up some of their work,

14 Jun. Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Cajetan Silveira, 53, drowned at Al Jazair beach, Bahrain when Swimming with friends. Mr Silveira, had been in Bahrain for 25 years and was a member of the Young Goans Club for 22 years. Club president Cassius Pereira said his death was a great loss to the community.

14 June. Catering UK. Between 24th June and 7th July, OriginAsia restaurant in Kew, Surrey will offer Ambari beer brewed in Goa and Goa-style street food.

14 Jun. The Vancouver Sun. Headline: Students face daily racism struggle: Report finds adults aren't helping city schools deal with widespread racism. For full text click here.

15 Jun., UK: 'Asian parents have lost control', Police chief urges action. Britain's top Asian policeman, Tarique Ghaffur said that London has plans to set up a special unit to tackle crime in the British South Asian communities. He warned that some communities were in danger of becoming 'crime ridden ghettos'. The programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 15 June and will be repeated on Sunday 20 June at 5pm. You can listen to it (40 minutes) on the internet this week by going to

15 Jun. Mid Day. Indu Antao’s body was found on the campus of Sophia College, Bombay, in 1998. Indu Anto’s diary reveals she was being harassed by hostel seniors. A CID inquiry indicated possible murder implicating two students Melissa D’Silva and Greta Colaco. Text at

16 Jun. Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia. At least 20 people were killed and about 100 injured today when a passenger train plunged off a bridge in after hitting a boulder on the tracks, officials said. The accident occurred early morning on the Mangalore – Goa – Bombay line. See:,5478,9866597%255E1702,00.html

16 Jun. National Post (Canada). Groups of enraged Hindu activists protested over screenings of Girlfriend, a movie about an intense and steamy friendship between two women. The film is played out against a backdrop of high life in Bombay, Goa and Mauritius. 542 words. For full text click here.

July 2004. Christianity Today (USA). Christians Fear Some Backlash After India Elections.

Goa – does it still deserve its legendary status?
Travelquest. Rodney Appleyard and Dan Thory set out to discover if Goa still has its appeal. 1069 words.
Goa – a personal view
Travelquest. Allan Austin is known as Parva in Goa. He runs his own para-gliding business on top of the hill of Anjuna beach and spends most of his time taking people on tandem flights over the sea and hanging out in the 'The Shore Bar' with his friends. He has been visiting Goa since the 60s and living there since 1988. 753 words.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 27 Jun. G.O.A. FAMILY DAY and Youth Football Tournament (registration at 10.30am, kick-off 11 am sharp). Thanksgiving Mass at 12 noon. Archbishop Lanfranc School.

Sun. 27 Jun. Benaulim Feast. Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, London N17 (Nearest train station White Hart Lane) Mass at 12.30 pm followed by a Social. Music by Maz & Co. Tickets Members £7; Guests £8; Children 10-16 £2; under 10 free. Tickets and further details Josephine 0208 967 7471; Mary 0208 803 9752; Santan 0208 952 9365.

Sun 27 Jun. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sat. 3 July. YLGS (Young London Goans Society) Family & Friends Summer Ball at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham from 7pm-11pm. Music by Maz & Co with Guava Groove. Tickets: £12 Adults & £5 Children (5-12yrs). Strictly Limited Tickets from Alison Braganza on 07799 586793 or

SOLD OUT! Sun. 11 July. Norman Godinho School Reunion & celebration of Teacher Alice’s 85th birthday. SOLD OUT!

Sun 11 Jul. 3.00pm. Tiatr, Tiatr. “BHOGSONNEM” written and directed by renowned and popular, award winning singer and composer “Young Perry.” At St Monica’s Hall, Green Lanes, Palmers Green. All songs originally composed. Tickets: Bella Fernandes 020 8352 0373 or Rosy D’Silva 020 8352 9450.

Sun. 11 July. G.O.A OPEN 2004 - London Golf Tournament at Downshire Golf Complex, Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3DH. Contact: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832, Orlando Braganza 01932 269476.

Sun. 11 Jul. Tivim Carnival. Bishop Thomas Grant School Belltrees Grove Streatham. Mass 12.30 P.M. Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress Code Fancy Dress. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 0208 771 4457; Marina Viegas 0208 656 4217; Valerie D'lima 07748 914743; Elu Pires 0208 654 1281; Ronald Fernandes 0208 303 3386.

Sun. 11 Jul. Aldona Association. Feast of St. Thomas at the White Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22. Mass at 12 noon followed by get together. Music by Say One do One and live band. Tickets - Members £7; Guest £8; Children 5-12 years £5; under 5 years free. Contact Nigel Moniz 020 8441 9075; Lana Moniz 020 8931 2323; Jude Carvalho 020 8360 4102.

Sat 17 Jul. 3.00pm. Tiatr, Tiatr. “BHOGSONNEM” written and directed by renowned and popular, award winning singer and composer “Young Perry.” At Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. All songs originally composed. Tickets: Bella Fernandes 020 8352 0373 or Rosy D’Silva 020 8352 9450.

Sun 18 Jul. 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 Copland School Hall, High Road (Cecil Ave. corner), Wembley at 2.P.M. 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 18 Jul. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

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. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

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.


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