Newsletter. Issue 2004-40. Oct 21, 2004
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UK: Aggie De Souza [ex-Nakuru] in Flats for Cash scandal
13 Oct. The Stormfront. An Official who helps give council homes to asylum seekers is secretly offering to rent flats to illegal immigrants for cash, The Sun can reveal. Crooked Aggie De’Souza, 65, drew up a tenancy agreement using a bogus name for The Sun’s undercover reporter. He then offered advice on how to dodge immigration officials.

1 Oct. Campaign. Advertising agency Naked has officially opened in Oslo and Sydney, complementing offices in London and Amsterdam. Naked in North America is under way and rumours about Naked Paris are circulating. The Oslo agency launched in August this year and is headed by Eddie D'Sa.
[Eddie D’Sa, was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK, in 1970. He is the son of Robert & Shanti. His grandfather was Anthony D’Sa, a tiatr actor and musician from Cuncolim in Goa. For a brief profile of him see:]

Toronto: Cesar Correia resigns from Infolink.
20 Oct. Canada Stockwatch. Cesar Correia, the current president and chief executive officer of Infolink, agreed to resign both as an officer and director of Infolink, effective immediately. For full details of report click here
For a brief profile of Cesar Correia see GVUK issue 2004-25 at

Florida: Aubrey Ferrao President of Gulf Bay Group valued at $5 billion
20 Oct: Naples Daily News (Florida). Aubrey Ferrao, a native of Goa, India, is president of the Gulf Bay Group, developer of luxury residences including Fiddler's Creek, Marco Beach Ocean Resort and 14 condominiums in and around Naples. Build-out value of the group's properties exceeds $5 billion. Now Ferrao wants to see youngsters make something of themselves and be successful. He announced a program providing $300,000 in three years to local schools.
"I, too, moved to this country and I know how difficult it was to learn a new language and a new culture," he said. "The United States of America continues to be a land of opportunities. But without education, there are no opportunities." Full text, 628 words, click here
For a profile of the Gulf Bay Group, see

UK: Rural racism

21 Oct. The Times (UK). Letter from Mr Claude Ajit Moraes, MEP for London Region (Labour) on rural racism. Full text of letter at:
For the Claude Moraes home page with bio etc. see:

G.O.A. (UK) set to realise £300,000 from property sale
The G.O.A. (UK) Board has announced that a buyer has been found for the Ravensbourne property at the asking price of £300,000. Contracts have been exchanged and completion is expected in mid-November. The Board has thanked Cornelius Monteiro, Ferdie Rodrigues and Oscar Fernandes for serving on the Committee that was given responsibility to handle the sale. The Association can now consider the purchase of appropriate premises. For a brief profile of Cornelius, see

Goa Animal Welfare Trust
From Graeme Cree, My wife and I spend 5 months each year in South Goa (Betalbatim) and do voluntary work with the Goa Animal Welfare Trust (GAWT) whilst over there. The purpose of this note is to ask whether you could publicise GAWT and encourage your readers to visit our website We can take donations from virtually anywhere in the world and details on how to do this are on the site.
You'll know how a very small sterling / euro / whatever donation can go a long way in Goa. If anyone wants to join our e-mail list to receive occasional Newsletters then all they have to do is e-mail us via the site.

Kampala: Christ the King Church
Agnelo Fernandes reports on his recent visit to Kampala. Christ the King Church, will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary, in November 2005. The Parish Priest would like photographs and any other memorabilia for the forthcoming publication about the history of the Parish. Check the link for Agnelo’s account of his visit and for a copy of the letter the Parish Priest would like all former parishioners to read.


13 Oct: Assagao, Goa. JOSE RUMALDO SISTO PINTO (born 1946). Husband of Eva. Father of Garry, Floyd and Krowen. Brother of Fatima/Sisto Alvares (UK).

15 Oct. Navelim, Goa. POLICENA SOUSA E MERGULHAO. Relict of Vito. Mother of Flavia/late Crisostomo Souza, Iolanda/Everett Telles, late Jose Antonio, Maria dos Anjos/Olavo Dias and Terezinha/Michael Colaco. Grandmother of Dr Jose (UK)/Dr Jessica, Jacinta/Colin Coelho, Joao, Enid, Elphin, Rahul, Rochelle, Elson and Angelina.

15 Oct. Mombasa, Kenya. ROBERT PETER D’SOUZA. Husband of late Rosy. Father of Rupert/Sue (UK), Reg/Sabina (Mombasa), Richard/Sarah (UK) and Ruth (UK). Grandfather of Tina, Laura, Tyrell, Tremayne, Bethany, Christopher, Mathew, Robin and Jacob. The funeral was on 20 Oct. Condolences to


UK to Goa Charter Flight Bargains
1. Teletext (ITV) facility has a dedicated Goa Section – check page 581.
3. Select the flight and then the charter flight option. Often though the packages are sold for less than the flight only price If you know of any other useful resource, share it with us.

Goa (and Mombasa) Going for a song
Somak Special Offers: Goa. MAN or LGW Departure. 21-29 Oct. 2 weeks from £299 rtn. Also, Mombasa. Dep 25 Oct. 2 weeks. £179 rtn. Details at or Call 020 8423 3000.

eBay has 1 ticket Frankfurt/Goa. Dep 7 Dec. Rtn 11 Jan. Auction ends 26 Oct. [Price on 21 Oct.: EUR 140.00 - approx US $176.18] Details at:

Goa: Tourist season begins today.
15 Oct Navhind Times. The arrival of a chartered plane of Excel Airlines early tomorrow morning will usher in tourist season in Goa. The plane, carrying 300 passengers from London, will be followed by another chartered plane owned by the Monarch Airlines in the evening.

15 Oct. Travel Trade Gazette. 4 articles on Goa.
1. India: How's It Selling? Susie Brand of Audley Travel: “Goa is doing exceptionally well.”
Stuart Britton, managing director, Somak Holidays: “We have strong bookings for Goa this winter.”
2. Hippy hangout or bamboo hut? 400 words
3. Beaches, baltis and bargains - it's heaven. 667 words
4. Travel Trade Gazette asked four travel agencies in Durham for advice on booking a holiday in Goa for four adults in December. 1070 words.

Some of Goa's architectural gems have reinvented themselves as 'heritage' hotels.
16 Oct. The Guardian. Independent travellers prepared to pay a little more for luxuries (not just air-conditioning, but empty beaches, unspoilt countryside, solitude, real Goan culture), should head for one of the boutique or "heritage" hotels, the majority of which are in the more populated areas of northern Goa … the quality and variety of the accommodation restored my faith in the old Goan magic. 1,305 words.,8922,1328253,00.html

Excel voted Best Charter Airline.
16 Oct. Daily Telegraph. Clearly, Telegraph readers voted the three-year-old carrier Excel Airways, which flies to Greece, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and Goa, as the Best Charter Airline.


Goa film festival to be a colourful event
16 Oct. Times of India.

Art: FN Souza: auction prices
17 Oct: Financial Express. At the New Delhi auction of 15 Oct, the total value of sales of just one artist, FN Souza has risen from Rs 4,248,967 in 1997 to Rs 41,392,040 in 2004. In the same period, the average value of his works has increased from Rs 157,369 in 1997 to Rs 1,655,682 in 2004. The average square inch rate has grown from Rs 203.69 in 1997 to Rs 1,505.83 in 2004. In this period, the average canvas value of Souza has gone up from Rs 165,078 to Rs 2,344,295 in 2004, while the price of his average paper work has gone up from Rs 61,011 to Rs 198,755.

Govt gears up for exposition of sacred relics of St Xavier
17 Oct: Navhind Times. The state government has spent Rs 40 crore on creating infrastructure for the proposed exposition of sacred relic of Goa’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier, from the state fund, which includes Merces-Old Goa bypass.

A convincing win for Isidore in Poinguinim
17 Oct: Navhind Times. Mr Isidore Fernandes of the BJP defeated his Congress rival, Mr Jagdish Acharya in the Poinguinim by-election.
People’ verdict in favour of BJP govt, claims CM.
Money and muscle power decisive factor claims Congress.

Victor Menezes to head investment commission
18 Oct. The Economic Times. The government is considering Victor Menezes, former global head of Citigroup, as a possible candidate to head the investment commission. Mr Menezes, a non-resident Indian, was seen as the most prominent American CEO of Indian origin during the late 1990s. 352 words.

Goa: shack licenses.
19 Oct: Gomantak Times. The Goa Tourism Department held a draw of lots to determine the issue of shack licenses. 473 applications were received for the 228 shacks. The Department's new scheme is designed to train shack workers as lifeguards.

Goa prepares for the tourist season
20 Oct: Authorities in Goa are worried about the increase of paedophilic activities during tourist seasons. Goa authorities must seek help and co-operation from national and international agencies.

Goa’s cinema houses thrive on soft porn
21 Oct. Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. That the film festival is shifting to Goa permanently is of little consequence to owners of theatres here where there is hardly any “filmy” culture. 405 words.

Video Clip: Heritage Jazz Yatra
Produced by Clive D’Souza. Duration: 4:20. Video Clip from Goa on the first Session of Heritage Jazz Yatra organised by Armando Gonsalves of Trancemedia at Rebelo Mansion at Betalbatim on October 10, 2004. Yatra 1.wvx


The incidence of malaria in Goa and the consequent deaths of some prominent individuals led to detailed discussion on fighting malaria and a call on Goan doctors in Goa and in the Goan Diaspora for advice on combating the disease.

Cecil Pinto provoked a debate about women drivers, depicting them as ‘dangerous’. Strong reaction was inevitable from Melinda Coutinho Powell and many others. Neither side seems ready to concede on the positions taken so far.

Discussion on the merits or demerits of the visit by naval ships of the USA to Goa aroused a surprising amount of passion from different sources around the globe.

Domnic Fernandes contributed a substantial article on the versatility of the domestic pig in Goa. The fascinating article also provided recipes for pork dishes, which are definitely well worth trying out.

Nostalgia for music of yesteryear prompted many individuals to present lists of their favourite romantic tunes and lyrics.

A very lively debate has begun on caste practice among Catholic Goans. This one is likely to go on for some time and is not to be missed. The debate has been fairly sophisticated with barely any mudslinging to date.

To view the discussions see:


US Navy enjoys the unique culture of Goa
14 Oct Navy News Stand. US sailors took some time before and after the Naval Exercise to enjoy the unique culture of Goa. 694 words.

US Sailors Pitch in at Community Service Project
14 Oct Navy News Stand. Sailors put smiles on the faces of the students of The Trust of Nanu Nagle School for the Poor in Margao when they donated medical supplies, sewing machines and books, and painted two classrooms and playground equipment for a community service project Oct. 10. 679 words. Full text at:

The Clubber's Dictionary: Goa Trance
15 Oct. Belfast Telegraph.

Canada: Ontario: Deal with doctors to cost extra $1 billion
15 Oct. The Toronto Star. The controversy over Ontario's new deal with doctors widened yesterday with duelling figures on how big their pay hike will be - an average of 17 per cent or 24 per cent - and how much it will cost taxpayers. "Money is not the only motivation," Joseph D'Cruz said. "The government is on the right path but they need to be cautious of how effective this will be. They're being overly ambitious in how rapidly they are going to see changes in physician behaviour."

UK shores recede for immigrants
16 Oct. Times of India. New rules to tighten immigration laws came into effect in the UK on October 1, making it difficult for a number of categories of temporary migrants in the UK to switch over to permanent employment.,curpg-1.cms

Dubai: Goans to stage villages’ football event
16 Oct. Khaleej Times (Dubai). For full text click here.

UK: Vindaloo helps men win lovers, says survey
17 Oct. Asian Times. According to National Curry Week survey, more than 20 per cent Lancashire men had vindaloo curry to impress a lady or their friends.,00430005.htm

Australia: Pilates: Allan Menezes
17 Oct. Sunday Mail (Australia). Even though it was developed over 80 years ago, Pilates is an exercise for this millennium… Allan Menezes is the founder and managing director of the Pilates Institute of Australasia and combines his knowledge of physiology with a love of Pilates. Menezes stresses the benefits of Pilates spilling over into life and says that it's about more than just an hour-long class, "The main benefit of Pilates is to your spine," he says.
"As Joseph Pilates said, "You're only as old as your spine". 1,168 words. The article also appears in other Australian newspapers: Sunday Herald Sun and The Sunday Telegraph. For full text click here.
For a profile of Allan Menezes, click here

Readers flush with loo tales
19 Oct: New Zealand Herald. Barry Buckley offers a perspective on why many people refuse to eat pork. ``Travelling in South India last year my wife and I met an English girl who had been renting a cottage at a seaside village in Goa. She advised us not to eat the local pork. She told us the toilet for her cottage was some sort of communal affair and that she had a take a stick with her to beat off the pigs so she could finish her business. They were called toilet pigs.'' For full text click here.

Wine & Warhol: Artist Kahini Arte Merchant
19 Oct: Indian Express. A bottle of Goa red [wine], salted almonds and several canvases—covered with international icons whose eyes watch you throughout the evening. That’s how Kahini Arte Merchant likes to spend her evening. She says, “I love hot food, I think that comes from my Goan genes. I adore my mom’s spicy prawn curry”

Britain celebrates World Curry Week
19 Dec: Hindustan Times.,00430005.htm

Tahil’s London dreams turn sour
19 Oct. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Dalip Tahil, who played Dan Ferreira, the head of a Goan family with a brood of unruly children, is appealing against the home office decision to refuse him a work permit. The BBC made a retrospective application to home office agency Work Permits UK, but was unsuccessful. The appeal was heard this week and the tribunal will give its ruling in two weeks.

Washington: Cruel twist for Goan expat
21 Oct. Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Washington-based Quentin Coelho (46), who traces his roots to Saligao, had a mix of fortunes after he first learnt that he had stomach cancer and then won a one million dollar prize. Quentin is a father of two and a night-shift worker at a store. He called a radio station and as the 100th caller in its Hurricane Cash contest, he had won $1 million. For the family, the money could not have come at a better time. For full text click here

Air Raiders: Budget airlines are taking over Asia's skies
25 Oct: Time (US edition). Profile of Tony Fernandes of AirAsia. 1,533 words.,9171,1101041025-725098,00.html


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 24 Oct. Colva Union. 31st Anniversary Feast of Infant Jesus, Bishop Thomas Grant School, Beltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Mass at 12.30 p.m. Music by ‘Say One Do One’ Tickets includes meal: Adults £10; Children £3 (up to 12 years). For tickets contact Bento Fernandes 020 8672 0283; Ames Fernandes 020 8672 4753; Arlene Fernandes 020 8930 7679 or email

Sun. 24 Oct. 2.30pm Croydon/Thornton Heath Novena Mass for the Beatification of Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at St Mary's Catholic Church, Wellesley Road, West Croydon. For details please contact Felix Tel: 020 8686 1876, Anthony Tel: 020 8689 6447 and Simon Tel; 020 8240 0148.

Sat. 30 Oct. G.O.A. Trip to Belgium and France. £25 each. Bruges for sightseeing and lunch then Calais for shopping. Further details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sat 30 Oct. 15:30 (30 mins) Radio programme. BBC Radio 4. Title: Blyton in Bombay. Enid Blyton is a household name in India. But although her books are universally known among the English-speaking classes, she is by no means universally loved. Bombay-born Shebana Coelho investigates.

Sun 31 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Venue: The Royal Surrey Snooker Club, 1/9 Abbotsbury Road, Morden, Surrey (Opposite Woolworths). LIST CLOSED.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Uganda Reunion is celebrating its 31st Anniversary. Social from 1pm till 7pm. Music provided by Maz &Co. Location: Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU Ticket Prices -Adults: £15, Children Under 13 : £5 (All Prices Include A Meal and Snacks) Please Contact Christine De Souza 020 8310 2332 For Tickets. All Welcome.

Sun.7 Nov. G.O.A. MASS FOR DECEASED at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon followed by a 3-COURSE MEAL. Contacts: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun 14 Nov. The Board of GOA (UK) Limited has decided to move the date of the AGM to Sunday 19th December 2004, in order to avoid a clash with the Navelim Feast. A Notice and Agenda for the meeting will be sent to members in due course.

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. 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


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