Newsletter. Issue 2004-11. March 23, 2004
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This issue was prepared for the archives. We did not intend to send it to subscribers but there have been a signicant number of requests for it from those who failed to read or remember the announcement in issue 2004-10.


On 18 March 2004 Goan Voice UK evolved from a weekly newsletter to a 24 hour daily service and website which will gradually grow. Your continued support has demonstrated the need for such a step.
The Goan Voice was a weekly East African newspaper founded by Dr A.C.L. DeSousa who died on 18 July 1958. Bonifacio Colaco wrote at the time: “throughout East Africa the ‘Goan Voice’ is a household word and it should be our earnest desire to keep evergreen the memory of its founder and to serve the Goan cause to the greater glory of Goa and Goans.”
Some issues of The Goan Voice are available at the British Newspaper Library, Colindale, London and at the Library of Congress, Washington.
This site is dedicated to the late Dr A.C.L. DeSousa
Finally, my grateful thanks to Savita Torney of GoaCom for having designed the website.

John J. D'Souza has written a short biography of Dr A.C.L. DeSousa which can be found at

14 Mar. East African Standard. Hall Of Fame: Antao foresees Kenya regaining sports glory. By Omulo Okoth. Excerpts: He electrified the local sprinting scene four decades ago. Yet, a cursory look at him today makes one feel he still can take on the current athletes on an equal footing. Seraphino Antao, now aged 67, was the first Kenyan to win a sprint gold medal at a major global event, when he grabbed a double in 100 and 220 yards at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia … 1107 words. See:

11 Mar. Leicester Mercury. The most recent landmark in our community is the recently-built Merlyn Vaz Sports Centre, in the grounds of Hamilton Community College.


16 Mar: Chicalim, Goa. JULIETA THELMA FERNANDES (JULIE): sister of late Willy/late Mary, late Dolly/late Bruno, late Piety/Zulema, Delfina, Henry (UK).

11 Mar. London. MAUREEN FERNANDIS (ex-Malawi). Wife of Stanley. Mother of Llewelly, Guy, Yvonne, Joanne and Judy. Funeral details: Tuesday, March 23, 2003 at 12:00 Noon at St. Mary & St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, 216 Dollis Hill Lane, London NW2. Family flowers only. Donations, if so desired, to St. Luke's Hospice Charity, Kenton Grange, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 0YG. Condolences to

7 Mar. Purley, Surrey, UK. MICHAEL GOES (ex Kenya & Goa). Husband of Karen. Father of Steven and Christopher. Son of Antonette. Brother of Rosy DeSouza and Peter Goes. Died after a short battle with cancer. Condolences to


8 Mar. Travel Trade Gazette UK anonymously tested the efficency of selected travel agents in providing advice regarding a two week holiday in Goa. 1048 words.

13 Mar. The Guardian. Departing March 18, Avion Holidays (0870 8354531, has seven nights' B&B at the five-star Hotel Ramada Caravela in South Goa from £595pp (saving £181) including Gatwick flights and transfers.

14 Mar. Sunday Telegraph. Eclipse Direct (0870 501 0203; offers two weeks' b & b at the Victor Exotica on Candolim Beach in Goa for £349 (saving £196) per person. Flights depart from Gatwick on March 21.

15 Mar. Travel Weekly. Excel has been chartered by Somak and Travelpack to operate services to Delhi and Goa for the winter programme. Goa flights will operate three times a week, twice from Gatwick and once from Manchester. Delhi is a twice-weekly service, operating from Gatwick between October 17 and April 31.The operators will split the capacity equally. 154 words.


Fr Hector D'Souza (ex-Tanzania), has been appointed Jesuit Provincial of India. The appointment was made by Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Fr Peter-Hans Kolvebach.

10 Mar. Deccan Herald. Viagra ‘fever’ grips Goa. By Devika Sequeira.

12 Mar. Mid-Day. (Gomantak Times). Actors Matt Damon and Franka Potente are currently in Goa shooting for The Bourne Supremacy which is based on the Robert Ludlum novel. A mixed Indian and international crew has been in Goa for over a month. The film has been shot in the Fontainhas heritage precinct and Panjim Church Square, on the Nerul Bridge and on a south Goa beach.
Producer Frank Marshall said he was last in Goa in the ’60s as a hippie, “and I always wanted to shoot here”. Damon is on his first visit to India and said he “loves Goa”. He added, “I wish I had more time to explore and would definitely love to return.”

15 Mar. Hundreds celebrate anti-conversion festival in Cuncolim, Goa

17 Mar. GoaNet. Killer cocktail of prescription drugs, narcotics haunts Goa coastline. By Frederick Noronha & Ashley do Rosario. A deadly cocktail of drugs, politics and crime have combined to kill 32 foreigners in December-February alone. Police play down the role of drugs in these deaths. A senior official said, "Many of them are low-budget tourists and live in extremely un-hygienic and unhealthy conditions."

17 Mar. Herald. In a major raid yesterday the Goa Food and Drugs Administration seized a stock of prescription drugs worth about £2,000 from an alleged unlicenced chemist based at Calangute. A huge stock of drugs like Sidenafil, Mephentermine tablets, Ketamine injections and Nitrezepam tablets, were seized in the raid.

18 Mar. Asian Age. Big crackdown on illicit drug trade across Goa. By Pamela D’Mello. For full text click here.


Druglink. (UK) Vol.19 pt.2, 2004. Headline: Goa deaths buried in sand. Excerpts: At least 11 tourists, two of them British, died within six weeks of each other after buying heroin at the popular Indian holiday spot over the Christmas period. Goa's Director General of Police, Seva Dass, denied the heroin link. He said "You cannot say for certain. A lot of them don't eat adequate food and are very poor.”

10 Mar. The News Journal (Delaware, USA). Jalsaa Bar & Restaurant in Newark's College Square. Head Chef Antonio Marques interviewed. Q. Is Marques an Indian name? A. It's Latin because Goa was a colony of the Portuguese. [On the menu is Shrimp vindaloo and Goan fish curry]. Full text at

11 Mar. The Economist. Tony Fernandes is proving that there is a market for budget airlines in Asia. Excerpt: When Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's chief executive, Just 38, he sports a trademark red baseball cap, fondness for playing drums and an unconventional background—he is part Goan, part Malay-Portuguese and he used to make music videos for Virgin. 1054 words.

11 Mar. The Express. “The mystery of Dan Ferreira's disappearance from EastEnders has been solved… Mr Tahil was suspended from the show when it was determined that the BBC had not applied for a work permit for him. That was in November and an appeal by the actor is continuing, but there is no resolution in sight.” 316 words

12 Mar. Albuquerque Journal (USA). Linda Vanzi, 47, a civil rights attorney whose diverse background includes being a restaurant owner, a federal law clerk and safety director for a border steel mill, was appointed Thursday to serve as a Bernalillo County District Court judge. Vanzi was born in Pakistan to a mother from Goa, India, and a journalist father from San Francisco. She said she spent the early years of her life in countries that do not enjoy the freedoms found in the United States. Text, 268 words and photo of Vanzi on website but only available to subscribers.

12 Mar. ANSA. Film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori has unveiled plans for a movie on Matteo Ricci, the Italian academic and Jesuit priest, who spent most of his adult life living and working in China. In 1578 at the age of 26 he spent four years in Goa on the western coast of India before travelling to China. 717 words.

16 Mar. Western Mail. Police are continuing to hold Adrian Duggan after the violent death of his girlfriend in Goa nearly three months ago. Under Indian law, he can be held for up to 90 days before being charged or released. For full text click here.

16 Mar. Navy News Stand. USS Boxer, the first U.S. ship to visit Goa held a reception on March 9 during the first night of a four-day visit. U.S. Ambassador to India, Dr. David C. Mulford, advised the U.S. crew, "You will find Goa a place of great charm and also of great interest. I recommend you check it out."

17 Mar. Navy News Stand. USS Boxer Sailors shopped for exotic treasures, dined on good food and visited five-star resorts with beautiful beaches while visiting Goa, India, March 9-13. 420 words.

22 Mar. 2004. Canada Western Catholic Reporter. Father Alfredo Pereira was about 10 years old when he entered a seminary in Goa. Then in 1993, at the height of his priestly career, Pereira took off for Canada to raise some money to help his dying father build a house before he died. Now he is the chaplain of the charismatic renewal movement in Calgary and pastor of St. Bernard's and Our Lady of Assumption parishes in the city. 847 words.

22 Mar. Newsweek. – “A new generation of South Asians is transforming the cultural landscape of America. They bring together the best of the East and the best of the West. [Here are two]
Floyd Cardoz, 43. As executive chef at New York's Tabla, Cardoz created a culinary sensation by infusing haute cuisine with the vibrant flavors and spices of Goa, India, his family's home state.”
Watch the webcasts in the Culinary Masterclass series of Floyd cooking Seared Snapper with Maple Tamarind Glaze and Seared Hudson Valley Duck with Orange, Date & Raisin Chutney -
Also featured is Dinesh D'souza, 42. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza, author of the best seller "What's So Great About America," is a leading neocon thinker. Text at:


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Tue. 23 Mar. 20:00 (50 mins). BBC2 TV Programme. Title: Living the Dream: Goan Bonkers. Description: Series following people who set up their dream businesses. A couple who left the country to open a pub in Goa, India run into chaos - they arrive in monsoon season, do battle with Indian bureaucrats, must learn to cope with the vagaries of the local workforce and find their feet in the expat community

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.

17 Apr. 8-2am. Calling all young goan clubbers! @ E-Bar 20 South End, South Croydon. Dress code smart/Casual (no caps) 18+ Entry £6 in advance. DJ's Mixbreed, 2Face and Sparkz playing R'N'B, Hip-Hop, Old-skool and Goan Rare Groove! Contact: Darren 07956 117 703; Aaron 07956 953 311; Leon 07956 923 689; Louise 07958 376872

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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