Newsletter. Issue 2004-10. March 11, 2004
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There will be no e-mail delivery of the Goan Voice UK newsletter next Thursday as I will be occupied updating the revised website, The new home page will feature a daily news summary so do bookmark it now and check it from next Thursday. Next week please do not swamp me with complaints that you have failed to receive your weekly newsletter. The service will resume on 25 March but try the daily news summary for the period from 18 Mar. 2004.

8 Mar. Reuters News. Aires Barreto, vice president and board member of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, offered his resignation, citing "family reasons" following the death of his father. "This has forced me to attend to family matters that limit my ability to fully carry out my obligations." Barreto said in an e-mail sent to Reuters from Goa, India.
Energy Minster Rafael Ramirez had denied recent press reports that Barreto was stepping down for political reasons. Local media reports suggested he may have resigned after a friend was killed during one of the violent protests. Barreto came to Venezuela in the 1970s. He returned to his native India earlier this year when his father became ill. Full text at
Aires Barreto graduated in Chemistry from the University of Bombay, (1963) and Chemical Engineering in Sarría, Spain (1966) and Master in Petroleum Economics and Administration from the University of Loughborough, England (1967).

Ivan M. Menezes, 44, has been appointed the President and Chief Operating Officer of the North American operation of Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company. Diageo produces brands like Guinness, Harp Lager, Johnnie Walker Smirnoff vodka, Captain Morgan, Seagram's etc.
Before joining Diageo, Menezes worked for Nestle in India, Booz Allen & Hamilton in Chicago and Whirlpool Europe in Milan. Victor Menezes, Ivan’s brother is Citigroup vice-chairman. [Ivan was born July 1959 and is married with 2 children]. For another photo and bio click here

9 Mar. Computer Weekly. Ashley Braganza: Know what the company wants to achieve before automating business processes. [Ashley Braganza is senior lecturer in information systems at Cranfield School of Management. Bio at
For text of article click here.

Ashley Braganza, traces his Goan roots to Mapuca. He grew up in Calcutta, Ottawa & London. He is a prolific author and Director of the Achieving Strategy through Business Process Change programme at Cranfield - see:

10 Mar. Time Out (London). Theatre: Fringe; Lunchtime The Bridewell 020 7936 3456 Bride Lane, Fleet St, EC4. m Blackfriars/St Paul's or Holborn Viaduct rail. Torches Directed by Aileen Gonsalves, presented by Lunchbox Theatre. Tue-Fri1pm. £5, concs £4, inc. free tea or coffee. Runs 45mins. To April 2. For the Aileen Gonsalves site go to:

Tues. 23 Mar. 8-9pm. BBC2 TV Programme: Living The Dream: GOAN BONKERS. The programme follows Ken and Jackie Johnson who abandon Manchester and move to Goa to run a pub in Candolim. For details click here.


5 Mar. Phoenix, Arizona. BISHOP WILLIAM GOMES (Ex-Bishop of Poona): brother of late Edward, late Tiburtius/Lorna and Elfreda/late Peter. Uncle of Corinne/Gregory, Malcolm/Alison, Carlisle/Cheryl, Ingrid/Steve.

3 Mar. Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. EDMOND J.CORDEIRO ex-teacher Goan School, Mombasa. Survived by Jane, his beloved wife of 44 years and loving daughter Lorna.

21 Feb. Southend, Essex. ADOLPH SERAFEAO FIGUEIREDO. (Ex- Grindlays Bank, Nairobi, born 1929). Husband of Sybil. Father of Savio/Annalisa ( UK), Dr Kenny/Corrine (USA), Alison/Justin Watson (UK). Funeral was on 5 Mar.


7 Mar. Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). Until the end of March anyone who orders a pint of Greene King IPA in one of the 1,850 participating pubs will receive a scratchcard and the chance to win tens of thousands of Indian-themed prizes nationwide. And for one lucky couple, there'll be a fabulous two-week trip to Goa.


Check out the daily Video News from Goa by going to: Recent highlights have included International Women’s Day and the Shigmo Festival.

6 Mar. The Hindu. Will encouraging beach tourism inevitably result in sex tourism? A report, titled "Study of Coastal Sex Tourism and Gender," profiles the problem in Goa. Police have cases of foreign tourists exploiting mostly migrant children for sex. See

6 Mar. Navhind Times. Vegetarian Fiesta in Panaji.

6 Mar. Navhind Times. Touched by the Toe, a novel by Alexandre Moniz Barbosa was released on March 8. The story set in the mid-sixteenth century, revolves around the incident of a Portuguese noble lady biting off a toe from the body of St Francis Xavier.

7 Mar. Gomantak Times. 'Sorpotel' redefined. By Franky Gracias. O'Coqueiro's restaurant in Porvorim is serving "Veg Sorpotel" which is a hit. It is cooked in red Goan masala with carrots, corn, peas and paneer, by chef Peter Fernandes. The paneer makes up for pork pieces. They also have Vegetarian Xacuti, Caldin and Vindaloo especially for the Lent period. These have been introduced by 35-year-old Peter Fernandes. [O'Coqueiro's founder, the late Gines Viegas, ex-Tanzania, is credited with having introduced chicken cafreal to Goa].

9 Mar. The Statesman. Excerpts: Mr Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, has been pushing for holding the International Film Festival of India in his state this year. Just to see what Cannes is really like, possibly to help recreate one in Goa, Mr Parrikar is likely to visit the Cannes Festival this year. However, whether the festival moves to Goa is still uncertain, ministry sources said. See:

11 Mar. Times of India. USS Boxer, the largest Amphibious helicopter carrier, of the United States Navy docked in Goa on Wednesday for a 'Recreational Halt'. Given Goa 's great maritime reputation, we were very keen to come here", its commanding officer Capt Thomas Crowley said. See:


17 Feb. India Newsweek (USA) Edgar Furtado of Boston Mass. (ex-Panjim) was among the first U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers to successfully complete an integrated training module by U.S Customs and Border Protection Academy. Full text and photo at:

5 Mar. Chicago Sun-Times. Pat Pourri By Pat Bruno. Vindaloo is a spicy dish from Goa in southwest India that is seasoned with vinegar (in fact, the name implies that the meat is cooked with vinegar) and garlic. Vindaloos are made, classically, with pork (Hindus and Muslims of India do not generally eat pork, but Indian Christians do). The proper heat, as in spicy, relates to the use of red chillies. Other spices important to Goanese sauce are cardamom, cumin, ginger, coriander and turmeric.

6. Mar. The Independent. Nelly Furtado says she loves the vagabond lifestyle' and hopes to visit Goa. Nelly Furtado interviewed by Aoife O'Riordain.
Question: Where would be your trip of a lifetime?
Answer: Going to the rainforest in Brazil. My partner and I also dream of going to Goa - the combination of the Portuguese and the Indian fascinates me. My daughter is also a quarter Indian and Portuguese, so Goa's the place for her. See:

6 Mar. Daily Mail. Goan back. Excerpts: Is Goa, in southern India, still a hippy colony, or is it suitable for family holidays? After a gap of 20 years, Alice Douglas and the friend she met there returned - and this time they took their children. Excerpts: At the airport retrieving luggage was impossible because the porters had taken everything off the carousel and were storing it in piles.
The 'kitchens' were overrun with ants, I'm sure we ate a few of those, too. We stayed at the Silver Sands, with a loo that might once have had a working flush. It was now ineffective, and a bucket of water had to be used instead…We were soon firm friends with many locals…We found a new beach, Velsao, with only one shack run by a charming family. 1399 words.

6 Mar. National Post (Canada). Dr. Sheela Basrur has little time to relax since she replaced Dr. Colin D'Cunha as Ontario's chief medical officer of health and assistant deputy minister in the public health division last month. The provincial Liberal government chose Dr. Basrur, in part for her reputation for being outspoken and independent-minded, something Dr. D'Cunha did not appear to be.

6 Mar. National Post (Canada). Eric Levine, 48, is co-founder of the world's largest fitness chain -- 24 Hour Fitness Network -- which boasts 350 clubs in North America and Europe. He reveals that at the age of 13 he had dropped out of school, withdrawn $3,600 from his piggybank, run away from home and gone to India. He wanted to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Beatles mentor and founder of transcendental meditation) at his ashram in Rishikesh. He fetched up instead in Goa, a hippie haunt. He returned to Canada when his parents agreed he didn't have to return to school.

7 Mar. The Observer. Hippie paradise taken over by UK traffickers. Goa's innocent, fun-loving reputation has been blown away by a spate of drugs deaths. By: Jason Burke. Excerpts: In the past three months at least a dozen foreign tourists, including two Britons, have been found dead. Some have been the victims of super-strength heroin, but many have been killed using powerful hallucinogens such as ketamine readily available from pharmacists in India. Relatives of the dead tourists have accused the local authorities in Goa of a cover-up. But Seva Dass, Goa's police chief, said that there was 'no heroin' in Goa. Long-term residents say the government is playing down the problem to protect the tourist trade One forensic science specialist said the majority of post-mortems he conducts 'show a reasonable suspicion of drug overdose'. Full text, 728 words at:,6903,1163797,00.html

7 Mar. Contra Costa Times (California). Feature article on Roger King, author of "A Girl From Zanzibar," (Books & Co., 320 pages, $14.95) the Times Book Club's current selection. [The central character of the book, Marcella D'Souza is a Goan and much of the book is about the Zanzibar Goan Community and Marcella in London and USA]. Marcella, he says, truly is a compilation of people he knows. One woman called and asked him, "How did you know my life story?" It turns out there is a Goan community in Amherst, Mass., near where his home is now. "I didn't know this until the book came out. They've taken me into their hearts. They've invited me to dinner."
King believes his heroine was a smart woman who was desperate to make a go of it in London. "Her real blind spot was local politics and racism. She was blindsided by that. She thought globally, not locally. What brought her down in the end was her good heart." For the article, see: For details of the book, click here

7 Mar. Sunday Mirror. Drunken Brits Goa Berserk On Holiday Jet. Excerpts: Two British men were arrested by armed police after going on a drunken rampage during a flight to Goa. If they are found guilty of putting an aircraft in danger, they could face a lengthy jail sentence in one of Goa's notoriously squalid prisons, where inmates are fed on maggot-infested food. For full text click here.

9 Mar. The Independent. Holidaymakers will soon be offered protection against Delhi Belly, the bug which causes diarrhoea in half of visitors to remote parts of the world . Scientists have developed Dukoral, a vaccine against the condition which is expected to be on the market within a year. A study published in The Lancet showed just over half of all visitors to Kenya and India fell victim to diarrhoea during their visits with the British most likely to suffer. Experts said the reason for the difference was personal hygiene - the failure of British tourists to wash their hands. Full text at

10 Mar. The Courier Mail (Australia). Shipworks One a new ($24.3 million) yacht will be making her maiden voyage next week to Cannes via Hong Kong, Singapore, Goa and on through the Suez.

10 Mar. Middle East Online. (UK). Around Muslim world's attractions Islamic Tourism's March issue takes reader to wonders of Sudan, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Brunei and Goa. Excerpts: It's serenity and the hospitable Goan people make a visit to Goa the experience of a life-time. Goa is rightly called the pearl of the orient and has become the most preferred holiday destination in Asia.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Fri. 12 Mar. India Club, 143 Strand, Aldwych -London. Meeting with Bevinda Collaco from Goa who is here to promote three books on Goa. Details from Rene Barreto, Tel. 0208 445 2126. Goan International Writers Workshop _UK Chapter.

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

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


Mon. 12 Apr. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. First Performance, Saint Monica's Hall, Palmers Green, North London. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez – 0208763 2606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.

Sat. 24 Apr. YLGS. School Disco

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.

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

Mon. 3 May. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. Second Performance. Archbishop's Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez - 02087632606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.


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