Newsletter. Issue 2004-43. Nov 10, 2004
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YLGS Party
30 Oct. Over 130 young Goans and friends attended the YLGS Bling Bling Halloween Party. Many members made a great effort with their weird and wonderful costumes!. To check out the scores of photographs, see

Nairobi: Public Relations: Joan Fernandes
1 Nov. New Vision (Uganda). Ayton Young and Rubicam (AYR), one of the region's oldest advertising and public relations agency, has formed an alliance with MCL Uganda, to create the first fully-integrated communications agency in East Africa (EA). The media operations at MCL Uganda fall under the command of Joan Fernandes, an AY&R director and one of Kenya's most successful media strategists. Full text click here
Joan been involved with media since 1978 and her expertise extends to East Africa. She is a very active member of the Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital fund raising committee, a unique specialist children’s hospital in Nairobi. Her interests include bridge, theatre and cinema and exploring all the unusual places in East Africa.

London: Success and the City: Amanda Menezes
4 Nov. The Independent. The Cedar Centre, an educational charity for asylum-seekers, refugees and socially disadvantaged people, is right in the heart of Docklands, yet it could be on another planet. Amanda Menezes, a trainer and employment officer at Cedar said, "Last week, a Vietnamese student, who had completed an English-language course with us, phoned up a Docklands company to enquire about a cleaning job.
As soon as they heard her accent, she was told they were no longer recruiting. A minute later, I called and I was offered an interview. I slammed the phone down. It happens all the time. There’s no point in complaining - what can you do? Yes, there is racism at play here." Full text of article click here. For the Cedar Centre website see:
For a brief profile of Amanda Menezes click here. Do get in touch with her <> if you know anyone who needs help.

Cassian D’Cruz: Eulogy
Cassian D’Cruz’s funeral took place on 5 Nov. 2004. £1000 was collected for Cancer Research in lieu of flowers. The Eulogy by Flavio Gracias is published at'Cruz.html

Goan delegation for London’s World Travel Mart
6 Nov: Navhind Times. A delegation of representatives of the government and members of the tourism trade in Goa will leave for London tomorrow to participate in the World Travel Mart to be held from November 8 to 11. The delegation includes the Minister for Tourism, Mr Mathany Saldanha, secretary tourism, Mr R Raghuraman, deputy director of tourism, Ms Pamela Mascarenhas and hoteliers, tour operators and travel agents. For text of article click here. For a profile of Mathany Saldanha, click here.

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro in The Newark Star Ledger, NJ, USA
7 Nov. The Newark Star Ledger, NJ. Diwali. Often overlooked are the Indian Christians, many of whom are Catholics from the beach-lined western state of Goa. "Perhaps because of our Christian names, that to Western eyes and ears do not seem to be at all Indian ... we Christian Indians become submerged in the bulk of the population," said Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, an award-winning novelist living in Princeton, who emigrated in 1956.
He often sets his stories in India to keep it alive in his mind and occasionally speaks his native language at home. "We speak English, but if we don't want the grandchildren to understand we will speak Konkani," he said. Full text click here
For a brief profile of Rangel-Ribeiro click here.

G.O.A. Toronto Has A Blast!
The G.O.A. Toronto organized a '50S - '60S Blast From The Past Dance on Saturday, October 30th, 2004. For Tim D’Mello’s description of the event click here. For the photographs, click here.

UK: Smoke alarms fitted free
Simply call your local fire station, the vast majority of local services will come to your home at your request and fit 2 standard smoke alarms - free of charge. Excerpt from Govt. website: Asian families are three times less likely to own a working smoke alarm than white families. See:

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Solve that shopping problem. For £20 your chosen one will get email delivery of the newsletter for the whole of 2005 commencing with the 2004 Xmas edition. Write to For details see


5 Nov. Assagao, Goa. CONCEICAO MARIA D'SOUZA. Wife of late Theofilo D'Souza (Ex-Eldoret, Kenya). Mother of late Especiosa, Joel (Joseph)/Lena Dias (Ex-Mombasa), Maria/Salvador Mascarenhas (Corjuem), Anne/Romanus Lobo (Pune/Siolim). Grandmother of Sharon/Melwyn Gonsalves (Dubai), Selima/Francis Pereira (Vagator), Roussel, Michael, Clive, Aloma, Ralph and Carl; great-grandmother of Daniel (Dubai) and Crisel (Vagator).
Condolences to her son Joel (who provided us with the Goa News),

4 Nov. Orlim, Goa. ANTONIO FORTES (PAPA). Husband of Bielina. Father of Fuzer/Filomena, Ilidio/Mina (Greenford UK), Oswelt/Dorothy, Fatima/Filomeno, Ivette/Anselmo(USA), Rene, Carma, Filipe Neri/Luella, Edwin/Bernadette, Elvis/Savila.

24 Oct. London. WALTER ALMEIDA (aged 47). Son of Geoffrey & Greta. Brother of Henry & Marilyn. Nephew of Oscar & Melba Fernandes. Arrangements are being made to fly the body to Bombay where Funeral arrangements will be made.


20 Nov: Gatwick/Goa. £229 for either 1 or 2 weeks. Contact: Bobby DeSouza, Benz Travel. 020 7462 0022

eBay Goa Holiday auctions
3 week holiday inc. flights, for 2 people. Dep Gatwick 20 Nov. Auction ends 13 Nov. Click here.
2 week holiday inc flights for 2 people. Dep Manchester 27 Nov. Auction ends 12 Nov. Click here.

5 Nov. Manchester Evening News. Far-flung destinations like Goa are now threatening the Canaries as the most popular winter destinations for Mancunians. Travel agent Thomas Cook, say the Indian coastal destination Goa, once a hippy hangout but now increasingly on the beaten track, is the sixth most popular destination compared with 12th last year. Geoff Dykes, of the independent Peregrination Travel said: "The Canaries will always be top because it's easy to get to and there are lots of flights, but places like Goa and Egypt are giving them a run for their money. For full text, click the link below
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7 Nov. The Observer: Julia Taylor asks: A friend and I will be visiting Goa for two weeks in February, and we wonder whether it would be feasible to make a short trip on to Mumbai for a couple of nights. What are the cheapest and quickest transport options, and what good quality, reasonably priced hotels are available? For the answer see:,6903,1345263,00.html

7 Nov. The Sunday Telegraph. Long haul. Goa. Sun rating **** With lots of sun, virtually no rain, pleasantly hot temperatures rising to an average maximum of 83F and good-value prices you get more winter sun for your money here than many places (around 10 hours per day). You also find some of India's most glorious beaches and best resort hotels. Specialist operator Avion Holidays (020 8492 3531; can organise spa, wildlife and beach holidays.


Win a holiday for 2 to Goa
All you have to do is to login and fill in the questionnaire for a chance to win. For full text click here.

Win a Patak's Indian holiday
Patak's is offering 3 readers and their friends a fantastic 15-day gastronomic tour of India, (including Goa), taking in all the classic sights of India together with the chance to sample a wide variety of Indian regional cuisine. Closes Fri. 12 Nov. See:

UK: Prize Competition: Win a 14-night honeymoon in Goa
Sunpride is running a promotion on juice drinks packaged by Tetra Pak which gives consumers the chance to win a 14-night honeymoon in Goa. The promotion features on Tropical Juice Drink packed in Tetra Brik 1-litre cartons.


Cartoonist, Alexyz to get award
5 Oct: Navhind Times. The Vincent Xavier Verodiano award for the year 2004 will be presented to the noted cartoonist, Alexyz by the Vincent Xavier Verodiano Foundation on 5 Nov.

Displacement of Kannadigas: delegation to visit Goa
5 Nov. NewIndPress.Com A delegation of Karnataka leaders led by Industries Minister P G R Sindhia will visit Goa again to study the plight of Kannadiga families displaced from Baina Beach in Vasco and whether the Goan government has taken necessary steps to rehabilitate the families. For full text click here

Goan greens promote waste management
6 Nov: Times of India. If protests, petitioning and campaigns covering decades don't seem to bring in the desired results, what does a group of environmentalists do? In Goa, they form a company. Green Goa Works is a private firm set up here by prominent individuals who have long been associated with environmental causes.

A talent hunt at Goa film festival
7 Nov. The Hindu. The International Film Festival of India is this year hoping to not just rope in the big stars to Goa but also help discover some. An ambitious attempt to give wannabe film aficionados the best 24 hours of their life, the Goa festival will unfold an extraordinary talent hunt that would give cinema lovers the chance to make their own movie and get it premiered at the weeklong festival that takes off on November 29. There is, of course, a catch. The participants have to be below 24 years of age and most importantly shoot and edit their film in Goa in just 24 hours.

Xapai, Sai Paranjpye’s new film
8 Nov. Indian Express. Paranjpye breaks away from her current inclination towards children’s film with her next project Xapai (loosely meaning grandfather in Portuguese). This one’s to be set in Goa and is a ‘‘black comedy about a Catholic family that comes together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the grandfather.

Goa breaks into UK holiday charts
9 Nov. The Telegraph (Calcutta).

Gen Rodrigues appointed new Punjab Governor
9 Nov. Navhind Times. The former Army chief, General (retd) Sunith Francis Rodrigues was today named the new governor of Punjab. Gen Rodrigues is the first Goan to be appointed as governor of any state in the country. After his retirement from the Army, Gen Rodrigues, not surprisingly, chose to settle down in Goa, the place he is originally from.

"Findall Goa" Info Magazine
9 Nov: Herald. A new monthly magazine, "FindAll Goa" was launched in Goa recently.

Goa: Christian Art Museum moves from Rachol to Old Goa
9 Nov. Kerala Next. India's first museum of Christian art is gearing up to welcome millions of pilgrims who will gather at the exposition of the remains 16th century Basque missionary Francis Xavier in Old Goa later this month. The Christian Art Museum was earlier located at the 17th Seminary of Rachol in Salcete but is now housed in a portion of the Chapel of the Weeping Cross in Old Goa, eight km from here, after it was felt that it was not attracting enough visitors.

Cine watching a wholesome treat in Goa
9 Nov. Times of India.

Konkani film Aalisha to be screened at film festival
10 Nov: Navhind Times.

Exposition preparations almost over
10 Nov: Navhind Times. With 11 days to go for the 16th Solemn Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier, preparations continue on war-footing and almost 75 per cent of the work is complete. The remaining work is on schedule, authorities said.


Goanet items of interest in recent postings

The posts to Goanet were thoroughly dominated by the excitement aroused, among many, about the recent American Presidential Election. On balance, there were many more pro Kerry posts than for Bush. Even though the results have been declared, there are those who hope that evidence of vote rigging and other forms of chicanery will surface very soon. The posts are worth reading because so many alternative views have been expressed, but also, there is an opportunity to fathom why the American elections became pretty central to Goanet readers. Is this because of the widespread Goan Diaspora or is it because what goes on in the USA impinges, in different ways on the lives of the rest of mankind?

Arundati Roy’s speech at the Sydney Peace Foundation when she was awarded the Peace Prize received less attention than might have been expected. However, there is likely to be more reference to it now that the ‘heat’ of the Presidential elections in the USA is passed.

Reference to India’s occupation of the Andaman Islands came up yet again and it would be useful to receive, via Goanet posts, more details of this issue for a wider readership.

Please visit the Goanet archives at To subscribe to Goanet sent an email to


Goa bound Excel plane in Manchester airport accident
5 Nov. Manchester Evening News. Shocked travellers described how the Excel Boeing 767 shook from side to side as its wing ripped off a tail fin from the smaller aircraft. They said that it may have been travelling too quickly before the crash. The Goa flight, which had been delayed for an hour, had 263 passengers on board. They were taken to a hotel to await a flight to Goa later today. For photographs and full text, 793 words, click here.
5 Nov. Manchester Evening News. Headline: Probe launched into runway collision. For full text, 501 words, click here.
5 Manchester Evening News. Runway collision one week after warning. For full text click here

Indian farmers eye Uganda land in cash crisis
5 Nov. Daily Mail. [UK]. Hundreds of debt-ridden farmers in southern India want to make a new start in Uganda after 500 of their colleagues committed suicide in seven months because of financial woes, an official has said. It is part of a wider scheme to acquire land leases in Kenya and Tanzania also. For full text click here.

Ugly Story: Paedophile Profile
5 Nov: Lanka Business Online. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) identifies Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Goa in India as the most popular destinations for paedophiles in all parts of the world. For full text click here

Guinness commercial shot in Goa airs on UK TV
5 Nov. Mirror. The latest multi-million euro Guinness ad to hit TV screens - and at £300,000 a second it has to be one of the most expensive. Third in the Knowing What Matters campaign, the 50-second, £15million, Watchers is set in Goa, India, where a football fan braves a monsoon to grab a game - and a pint of plain.

Dinesh D'Souza speaks on 'The End of Racism'
5 Nov. The John Hopkins Newsletter. The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium hosted its sixth speaker of the year last week, Dinesh D'Souza, who discussed "The End of Racism." D'Souza is a best selling author, conservative television commentator and former White House policy analyst who currently teaches at Stanford. "I want to talk about the race debate, but I want to situate it in a discussion of how the world has shifted in the last 10 to 15 years," D'Souza said early on.
"Today the race issue has been somewhat sidelined," For his website containing his bio, videoclips, publications etc. see

UK: TV: Race and Eastenders
5 Nov. Broadcast. The Ferreira family is being evicted from EastEnders amid accusations of "bad acting". But that's not the truth - and the real cause of their problems is soapland's inability to create convincing ethnic minority characters. The script editor thought they were supposed to be Muslims, but at some point they became Goan Catholics. The BBC workshopped that family for over a year, tried out different scenarios, consulted Asian writers - they were given lots of advice and good storylines but in the end they seem to have ignored it.

The Birth of Toronto Style
6 Nov, The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Much ink has been spilled over the superstar architects called to arms to rebrand Toronto. And now new international stars are being added to the roster: the great Indian architect Charles Correa has just been commissioned to design the Ismaili Centre in Don Mills. For the Charles Correa website see

Toronto: Indian Sweets
6 Nov. The Globe and Mail. By Judith Pereira. Friday is the start of Diwali, the four-day Hindu festival of lights. Celebrations include candles, firecrackers and a serious binge of sweets. These five shops carry the best in Indian indulgences… For full text click here

Restaurant Review: Edinburgh: Nine Cellars
6 Nov: The Scotsman. By Gillian Glover. Excerpts: …A waiter from Goa who should clearly run the Indian High Commission and probably set the arts faculty exam papers for Oxford entrance…the Imperious Highness (otherwise known as the waiter) addressed [only my male companion]. Some things may have changed in India, but the invisibility of the female certainly has not…Unfortunately, I had listened too carefully to the Imperious Highness’s tales of his Goan ancestry, and hence ordered the Goan fish curry - a signature dish of the restaurant, he assured me…

EU leaders opposed to naming and shaming out-of-line states
6 Nov: The Irish Examiner. Bertie Ahern said comparing Europe's countries against one another was not very useful. "When we are fighting through the IDA for projects we are rarely fighting against other European countries. For low-tech business, it's usually against Porto Rica; for hi-tech its Beijing, Singapore or Shanghai and soon it will be Bombay and Goa. That is where the competition is," he said. Other leaders, including German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac agreed.

Paying guests in Goa.
6 Nov. The Times (UK). Stephen McClarence recounts his experiences of being a paying guest in the Miranda household of Loutulim.

Speculation abounds on next pontiff
7 Nov: Chicago Tribune. To the Vatican's dismay, a Web site is taking bets on the touchy issue of the pope's replacement… Marco Politi, the veteran Vatican watcher at La Repubblica newspaper, leans toward candidates from the developing world, home to more than half the world's Catholics. He would not rule out an Asian pope, such as Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay. For full text click here.

Book Review: Bassein: The Portuguese Interlude
8 Nov: The Peninsula. A new coffee table book, Bassein: The Portuguese Interlude by Goan historian Teresa Albuquerque seeks to put the spotlight on that chapter of largely forgotten history that links ancient Egypt and Babylon with modern day Mumbai. For full text click here

Curtain to go up in Goa on India's major international film festival
8 Nov. Yahoo News (US). For full text click here

Christie’s Auction: Paris: Nov 10, 2004
Lot Number 146 Sale Number 5090. An 18th Century Goanese carved ivory figure of Christ. Height: 28 cm. (11 in.). Estimate 3,000 - 5,000 Euros. For full text click here


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 14 Nov Union of Navelim. Feast of Our Lady of Holy Rosary at Bishop Thomas Grant RC School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16 from 12pm - 8pm, commencing with mass. Music by Breakthru. Tickets from: Sandra Fernandes-Allen 020 8395 5462 Antonetta Fernandes 020 8 298 0804 Selwyn Ferrao 020 8 933 8362 Gabe Menezes 020 8 947 0290. For the flyer see:

Sun. 21 Nov. 11.30am. G.O.A. (UK) Carrom Doubles Tournament at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent. Entry £ 3.00 each. Bar food available. For entry to tournament contact Richard Fernandes 0208 3005347 or Viju D’Souza 01784 430547. If you do not have a partner we will make the effort to get you one. Ladies, numbers permitting, we hope to have a singles tournament.

Sun. 21 Nov. Ven. Fr. Agnelo's Day 77th Commemoration Mass at 2.30pm, at St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark. Contact: Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sun. 28 Nov. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 5 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon starting with Mass at 12.30 pm. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sat. 11 Dec. Grand Christmas Dance at Jasmin's Club, 202 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TG. (entrance via Hebdon Road) 7.30pm – Late. Music by Mustang. Tickets (incl. meal) Adults £10.00, Children (2 – 12) £5.00. Tickets and further information from: Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528; Reg Da Cunha 020 7732 2659 e-mail; Theo Pinto 020 8302 5385, Anthony Lobo 020 8764 1856.

Sun. 12 Dec. G.O.A. Children's Christmas Party at Archbishop Lanfranc School commencing at 2pm. Members £6, Guests £8. For further details contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.

Sat. 18 Dec. YLGS Christmas Party – Thames Boat Cruise. (New Members 18+ welcome!) 8pm-12am. Licensed Bar & Disco on Board. Leaving from Festival Pier. Tickets on sale until 1st Dec @ £12. Strictly only 120 tickets! For further details contact: Alison Braganza, Events Manager on 07799 586793 or

Sun. 19 Dec. G.O.A. (UK) Annual/Extraordinary General Meeting at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Open to members only.

Sun.19 Dec. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Fri. 31 Dec. New Year’s Eve Gala Ball – Harrow Leisure Centre, Harrow. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Music by LOW LEVEL & DARK STAR. Tickets: Adults £15 before 15th December, £19 thereafter. Children: £10 under 10 years. For tickets call Hazel Rodrigues: 020-8357 6776 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For a Ticket Application Form or other information, email Don’t miss another SELL-OUT night to remember! For the flyer click here.

Sat. 8 Jan. G.O.A. GOAN EXTRAVAGANZA at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7.00 pm. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322



Thu. 11 Nov. 8pm Radio Programme. BBC Radio 4: “It’s my story: Black, Muslim and Gay. Three people describe coming to terms with being gay in minority UK communities that reject homosexuality.
Thu. 11 Nov. 9pm TV Programme. BBC 2: Screws: Inside Belmarsh. Fly on the wall documentary…Cameras following new prison officers recruits form ethnic minorities inside HM Prison Belmarsh in SE London. The Prison Service often accused of institutionalised racism is keen to recruit from ethnic minorities. The documentary follows one Hindu woman, a Moroccan bus driver and a young black woman in this unfamiliar and intimidating environment, to gain fast track officer recruitment.

13 & 14 Nov. 6am – 12am TV Programme. UK Style Bombay Banquet Weekend: Asian Cuisine Flavours of Kerala, Goa, Bombay & Delhi (Floyd and Madhur Jaffrey).

Sat. 13 Nov. 09:30 (30 mins) TV Programme. UK Food: Floyd's India: Goa. Culinary travel series with bon vivant Keith Floyd as he travels to Goa.

Sat. 13 Nov. BBC Radio 4 10.30am: Unfinished Business. 30 years ago Portugal was freed from dictatorship in an apparently almost bloodless coup. But beneath the euphoria, lies the troubled story of the wars in its former colonies of Angola and Mozambique. James Maw tries to find out what happened and how Portugal and its former colonies have been transformed in the aftermath of the revolution.

Sun. 14 Nov. 10:00 (30 mins) TV Programme. Sky Travel: Clive Anderson: Our Man in Goa.

Sun. 14 Nov. 17:00 (30 mins) TV Programme. UK Food: Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India Goa

Sun 14 Nov. BBC 4 9.50pm TV Programme. India: Final solution
The simmering conflict between Hindus, Muslims in Gujarat burst into intercommunal warfare in 2002. Rare insight into the violent undercurrents in the world’s largest democracy.

Wed. 17 Nov. BBC 4. 9pm: TV Programme. Malaria Fever Road. The search for a vaccine for malaria, beginning tonight in Kenya.

Fri. 19 Nov. BBC 2. 9pm: TV Programme. Empire Warriors: Ugly scenes of British troops clubbing Arabs in Aden 40 yrs. ago starts a series on Britain’s own “war on terror” in the Middle East.

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