Newsletter. Issue 2004-18. May 06, 2004
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From Eddie Fernandes: I will be out of station from 9 -16 May inclusive and without internet facilities. Therefore there will no newsletter published next week. However, please send any urgent messages to Bernie Gracias, tel. 020 8723 1322 as she has volunteered to arrange to have them published on the website So please bookmark the site and check it. The next issue of the newsletter will appear on 20 May.

30 Apr. 10 Downing Street Press Release. The Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life upon Dr Frances Gertrude Claire D'SOUZA CMG, lately Executive Director, International Centre Against Censorship. See:
Frances D’Souza is married to Stanley D’Souza and they have two daughters Christa and Heloise. Christa D’Souza is a freelance journalist who specialises in interviewing showbiz celebrities.
Last year Christa wrote about her parents. They split up when she was five. Last year, aged 58 and 73, they remarried. Excerpts of what she wrote about their romance: My father, Stanley, who was born in Bombay, came to this country in 1957, when he was 26. A self-described drifter, he first caught sight of my mother, Frances, as she walked up Highgate Hill. They fell in love at first sight but because it was the Fifties, because he was quite shy and Indian (let's not forget that inter-racial relationships in those days were a far bigger deal than they are now), and because my mother was only 13, they couldn't do very much about it. Three years later they eloped and got married in Toronto and again in New York and London. Full text, 1.812 words article is at :


3 May. Raia, Goa. MARY PEREIRA (Ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Wife of late Antonio Rosario (Antu). Mother of Vladimir/Maria (Dar-es-Salaam), Rosario/Rosy (Canada), Santano/Sally (Nagpur) and Lenny (Ex-GMC).

3 May. Nairobi, Kenya. ALICE DA COSTA. Wife of Tony. Mother of Marion/Hector Deniz, Marise-Marie and Donna-Michele. Sister of Eddie Caldeira, Assis (Caldie) Caldeira, Doreen De Souza and Alzira Fernandes. [Info from Sylvia Pires, Nairobi].

2 May: Edgware, Middlesex, UK. STEPHEN FERROS (ex Mombasa, Goan School class of '57). Husband of Dina. Father of Jason, Kevin, Desmond and Trevor. Son of the late Fedelis and Mary Ferros. Brother of Peter/Clara, Nita/Custa Correia, Rev. Sr. Eulalia, Aurelia/Mark Mendes; Angelica/Mike Fernandes. Son-in-law of Irene D'Souza. Brother-in-law of Eugenia/Orlando D'Souza. Condolences to and funeral details from

1 May: Aldona, Goa. TOME ANGELO (TOMMY) MENDES (Ex-Grindlays Bank, Kampala): Born 1922. Husband of Mary, Father of Theresa/late Tony D'Cunha, late Melinda/Conrad D'Souza, Monica, Kevin/Ana Paula.

1 May: Benaulim: MARIA PURIFICACAO FERNANDES (ex-Mombasa, born 1911): wife of late Gregorio Joao Fernandes. Mother of Virginia, Umbelina/Januario, Leonldes/Jose, late Sabina/Paul, Tony/Aurea, Tereza/Sam and Gemma/Erico.

1 May: Aldona, Goa. MARIAN FELIX SANTA RITA D'SOUZA. Brother of Thomas /Agatha (UK), Patrick/Fatima (Kuwait); Philomena/Peter Pereira, Angela/Hillary D'Souza (UK).

29 Apr. Penha De Franca, Goa. ELVIDO CARVALHO (Ex Royal Navy). Husband of late Maria Caitana and Fatima. Father of Antonette, Savio, Maria/Raymond.

29 Apr. Parra, Goa. LEANDRO (LEO) D. PINTO. (Ex-Kenya Police, Nairobi). Husband of Carmen. Father of Candy / Suzie (London), Lavi / Jerry Braganza (Mapusa).

28 Apr. Hemel Hempstead, Herts, UK. JOHN BEDE ARCHIBALD (ARCHIE) D'SOUZA (ex-Nairobi). Husband of Yvonne. Father of Philip, Craig and Yasmin/Kevin Burrows. Funeral at St Mary and St Josephs Church, 186 St Johns Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 1NR on 10 May at 11.15 am Flowers or donations to J Worley Funeral Directors, 48 Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 9HL. Condolences to


5 May. Time Out (London). Designer Group Sale. Up to 70 per cent off Mikai Fukai's patchwork tracksuit tops as well as stuff by London star Warren Noronha. Designer Group Sale, Regent Studios, Unit 62, 6th Floor, 8 Andrews Rd, E8 (020 7923 1711). Open Fri 2-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12noon-5pm.

5 May. The Publican (London). RSG International has released Ambari Premium Lager, a five per cent ABV imported lager from India. This lager, unlike competitors Kingfisher and Cobra, is actually brewed in India – at the Impala Distillery & Brewery in Goa to be precise. For full text click here.

Feni is the inner spirit of the Cashew Apple. The fruit is crushed with feet to extract the juice. Fermentation takes place in copper pots and lasts for three days. The fermented juice is then pot distilled. Feni, also known as Cajel, is a good base for cocktails. $19.99 at Wine Globe Store #25, 43rd Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403


29 Apr. Rediff. Wendell Rodricks' Baga Goa show had kids, teenagers, models and the elderly on the ramp showing his designs. Check out the photographs at

30 Apr. Indian Express. Maria Aurora Couto tells the mellow tale of putting together Goa: A Daughter’s Story. The 66-year-old author was born in Goa but spent much of her life in Karnataka, Delhi and London. Text and photo at

1 May. Times of India. Non-Resident Indians holding British passports will soon be entitled to dual citizenship as the Citizenship Act was being amended to get regulations changed, Ronen Sen, Indian High Commissioner, has said.

2 May. Deccan Herald. Saffronising Goa’s official propaganda machine. By Devika Sequeira.

4 May. Navhind Times. Goa has approximately 200 pathological laboratories, but surprisingly, there are only 12 qualified pathologists in these laboratories.

6 May. Financial Express. Travel Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd (TCI) and Coxs & Kings are promoting their ‘gift a holiday’ schemes for the extra special holiday. The Mother’s Day packages include a four day Goa spa break which includes accommodation at a five star resort, two pampering Spa treatments, daily yoga sessions and more for Rs 12,250.

6 May. Navhind Times. Seeking Online Opportunities. By Alan Andrews. If a call center were to be opened in Goa many Goan youth would opt to work in Goa as Goans in general prefer to stay in Goa.


29 Apr. Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph. Paul Needham was only three days into his holiday to Goa when the accident happened. His father said that Paul could have been out to enjoy a curry and a couple of beers when he stumbled and fell into the pool. He was pulled out of the water, someone resuscitated him but he died a week later. 736 words. For full text click here

30 Apr. Toronto Star. Headline: Peel Catholic schools recruit early. Excerpts: Chris D'Souza, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board's equity officer says, "We need more role models, more ethnic teachers, not only for the cultural groups but especially for the white students." 582 words. [Chris D’Souza invites applications from Catholics at home and abroad. Write to him at Chris.D’ For text of article click here.

1 May. Manly Daily (Australia). The BBC2 travel show Get a New Life follows the exploits of families packed off to far-flung corners of the globe. As well as Australia, adventurous Brits are sent to France, Italy, Spain, the Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Goa, Canada and Costa Rica. [The series broadcasts at 8 pm on Tuesdays].

1 May. Guelph Mercury (Canada). This week in religion history. On 6 May 1542, St. Francis Xavier arrived in Goa, India in his quest to bring the faith to the Far East.

1 May. Gulf Daily News. To mark Labour Day Bahrain is having an honour ceremony for outstanding workers. An expatriate is being included in the awards for the first time. He is Bahrain Centre for Human Rights Migrant Workers Group vice-president Alfredo D'Souza.

2 May Sunday Mirror. Headline: Kate Moss Goas For It. She bares up well on hol. Excerpts: The supermodel was lapping up the sun by the pool at her holiday hotel after flying to Goa. She stayed at the exclusive Nilaya Hermitage Hotel with her new lover Daniel Craig, daughter Lila Grace, mother Linda Collman, pal Sadie Frost 37, Sadie's lover Jackson Scott, 22 and Sadie’s two children.
Kate wrote in the hotel's guest book: "Thank you for a truly wonderful time. We'd love to be back soon." Former guests at the stunning 12-room hilltop hotel include Mick Jagger and Beatle George Harrison. For full text click here.

2 May. The News of the World. Excerpts: After a holiday in the Caribbean with on-off boyfriend Jefferson Hack, Kate Moss was straight on a plane to India-currying favour with new love Daniel Craig in the romantic resort of Goa. A fellow guest at the resort said: "Daniel and Kate looked extremely close, chatting and laughing-and they couldn't keep their hands to themselves!" Friends say that as the couple have only been dating a short while, this break was their first chance to get to know each other better. Report and photos at

2 May. The Sunday Mirror. Lord Lucan vanished after murdering his family's nanny Sandra Rivett in November 1974. He was believed to be dead but last year it was claimed he had lived for years in Goa where he grew a beard and was known as Jungly Barry.

2 May. Calgary Herald. Government shows totalitarian impulse. By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza. Excerpt: Gay marriage is not the only issue eroding religious liberty in Canada. But the gay activist agenda has succeeded on many fronts. [Fr D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary]. For full text click here.

2 May. Times of Oman. The Konkani-speaking community of Muscat is in for a grand treat with the staging of the first-ever unique Konkani musical show in Oman.

2 May. The Peninsula (Qatar). Direct flight to Goa sought. The Goan Welfare Association is seeking support from the Goan government to pursue its demand for direct flights to Goa from Qatar. The association was formed in December last year, under the initiative of prominent community leaders after dismantling all the five Goan community organisations in Qatar. For full text click here.

3 May. Economic Times. Indian MBAs facing job crunch in US. Excerpt: "About 50% of the international students are still looking for summer internships," says Denis Neal D'Souza, a first year student at Olin. He admits, though that there are a plethora of options this year, "but only a few offer either great experience or good companies."

4 May. National Post (Canada). Minorities have little hope of being hired, advancing, equal treatment, Conservative argues.

4 May. BBC News. Five Indian doctors accuse BMA of racism.

4 May. The East African Standard. Hockey. Headline: Mombasa Institute Run Riot. Excerpts: Mombasa Institute over the weekend collected maximum six points after winning both of their national men's Division One league duels in Mombasa. On Sunday, the Mombasa side beat their sister club, Nairobi Institute 3-0 with Angelo Pereira (18th), Andrew Mole (29th) and Peter Obalo (57th) scoring. 121 words.
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Sat 8 May. 15:45 (135 mins). Channel 4. Film: Sea Wolves. Factually based World War II action drama about a mission to knock out a German radio transmitter aboard a ship docked in neutral Goa which is devastating Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean. Starring: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Trevor Howard etc. 1980.

Sun. 9 May 1pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 16 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament. Further details from Rocky 020 - 7274 3585

Sun 30 May. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 30 May. 7 pm. G.O.A. May Ball & 38th Anniversary celebrations and Crowning of May Queen/King at Lola Jones Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre. Music by Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress theme Black/White jacket and tie essential (bow-tie preferable). Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun 6 Jun. 2pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Feast of Our Patron Saints at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU followed by multicultural programme.

Sun. 13 Jun Siolim Union (London) will be celebrating the Feast of their Patron Saint, St. Anthony at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by dancing, to the music of Maz & Co. Tickets £12.00 including snacks and meal. Children under 12 free admission. Contact: Loretta Fernandes 020-8696-9886; Eugene Fernandes 020-8240-0818; Tony Fernandes 020-8540-3566; Edwin Athayde 020-8679-5514.


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