Newsletter. Issue 2004-34. Sep 09, 2004
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The Goan Association (UK) held its 25th Annual Sports Day on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th Aug 2004. The 1979 inaugural GOA Sports Day was the brainchild of Peter Rodrigues, who was then the Sports Secretary. It was therefore fitting for Flavio Gracias, President, to award him a memento - an inscribed tankard. The Chief Guest was Seraphino Antao (a former gold medallist of the Commonwealth Games).
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Dr. Wilfred De Souza, the ex-Chief Minister of Goa, together with his wife Grace, were also present. For an account and photographs of the event which attracted a record turnout go to

VICTOR ANTHONY CARDOZO, (Ex-Nairobi) died in Toronto on 26 Aug. 2004. For a brief biography by Dwen Anthony Cardozo and the eulogy by Tony Fonseca, go to

5 Sept. Mid-Day. Reynold D’Silva is returning to his native Bombay later this month for his first trip in 15 years. Reynold is managing director of the Silva Screen Records Group, which records and sells CDs of western film scores as well as DVDs of singers, such as Petula Clark, in concert. He is also offering a variety of ring sounds for mobile telephones in India.
He is happily married to Avita [nee Gomes, ex-Kampala] and his three young daughters, Kirsty, Olivia, and Annabelle tolerate his presence at their pop concerts. Full text at: [The Silva Screen website is at] For a Jan. 2003 article about Reynold click here.

7 Sep. GoaNet. Cybermatrimonials. Fred Noronha presents another collection from UK, Kuwait, US, Canada, Goa, Mumbai, etc...

From Essex FM Radio: Relations between Essex and Iceland could be hotting up! One of their sexy singers has travelled to Leigh-on-Sea. "Icy Spicy" Leoncie reckons her name's got the same ring to it as our town. (Leoncie... Leigh-on-Sea... get it?) And she's told Essex FM she's so pleased with the connection, she might even buy a house here. For now the busty star's planning to shoot a music video here to promote her new album.
From her website, Her father taught her to play classical and jazz music. She started playing the electric organ and singing in the Catholic church choir in Goa for masses and weddings. etc. Leoncie likes the Fiery Sauce of Ripe Goan Chillies and the Exciting kick of Strong -Goan- Cashew Feni.
Leoncie can be contacted at

4 Sep. The Western Mail (UK). Fiona Pinto, from Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Core), said, "The new buzz word in reproductive technology is family balancing - trying to create a virtue out of a practice which is if anything more reprehensible and frivolous than the sex selection practices in countries, such as China and India, which find themselves enslaved by deeply-entrenched policies of gender bias. The question to ask the UK, is that if we were to endorse sex selection for social reasons how could we then with any integrity oppose the barbaric sex discrimination that goes on in other parts of the world? We would be moral accomplices to the very practices we condemn." For full text click here. For a profile of Fiona Pinto click here

16 Jul. 2004. Croydon Advertiser. Talented writer Edmund de Souza has won the Independent Schools’ Association national essay competition. The pupil from Elmhurst School, Croydon took first place in his age group with an entry called The Field. [Edmund, aged 11 is the son of Conrad (ex-Mombasa), and Amala (ex-Mumbai). He has since been awarded the All Round Scholarship at Whitgift School, Croydon - where he is following the International Bacclaureate programme]

From Val Nunes: G.O.A. Six- A-Side Football 22 August 2004
This year was yet again another hugely successful tournament. We had 14 teams competing in the two groups of seven, with the top four in each group progressing to the knockout stages. After some exciting and gruelling games and knockout stages, the final was between Lizarb 'A' captained by Sean Rodrigues and R'N'B captained by Darryl Confait. In a thrilling final, with both sides creating chances, it was finally decided by one goal scored by Sean Rodrigues for Lizarb 'A'. Congratulations to Lizarb 'A' for a superb performance throughout the tournament (they did not concede a goal in the entire tournament). The player of the tournament went to Ross Carvalho from Slough who played well throughout. The organisers Darren Fernandes and Val Nunes would like to thank all the teams and referees for taking part and to the hundred or so spectators who came to support their teams. We would also like to thank our band of helpers James Fernandes, Plino Lucy and Lynsey Martins. Thanks again and see you all next year.

Man who bought street laptop got onions
27 Aug. Croydon Advertiser. Swindlers sold Mr De'Souza a laptop on the street - and then switched the computer for a bag of onions. The 60-year-old thought he was getting the gadget for the bargain price of £250, but when he got home he unzipped the bag to find enough of the pungent vegetables to bring a tear to his eye. For full text click here.

The Goan Voice website daily news service provided advance notification of the 6 Sep. 2004 Inaugural Champagne Reception at which Sachin Tendulkar launched The Sachin Trust. Sachin, (Support A Child In Need) is building a Training School and Residential Home for disadvantaged street children in Goa. For details about Sachin Trust visit

Donations/subscriptions received.
£30: Sally Fernandes. £25: Diana Freemantle; P.A. Nunes. £20: Agnelo Fernandes; Alan De Souza (Montreal); Anton DeSouza; Avril De Souza (Vancouver); Caetano De Menezes (Calgary); Chris de Lima; Digui Mascarenhas; Eileen Rankin; Philomena D'Cunha; R.J.L. Fernandes (Costa Rica); Yvonne Doskar. The final list of subscribers will be published next week. Subsequently, only donors (those contributing more than £20, will be listed periodically).


Fri 10 Sep. The funeral service for FLORENCE DIAS (ex-Nairobi), who passed away on 29 Aug. will be held at St. Thomas More Church, Long Lane, Bexleyheath at 12.00 noon on Fri. 10 Sep. (Bus B.11 from Bexleyheath Station.) No floral tributes - instead, contributions to the Diabetic Society may be made in the collection box at the Church. Enquiries/Condolences:

7 Sep. Taleigao, Goa. MENINO JN DE ALMEIDA. Husband of Maria. Father of Rosa/Reginaldo, Arlette/Francis (London), Anthony/Celina, Conceicao/Cyril, Egit/Fiona.

3 Sep. Colva, Goa. ELVIRA PACHECO. Wife of late Antonio. Mother of Maria/Guy (Canada), Custodio/Judy (London), Mona/Pradeep, John/Margaret, Agnelo/Imogen.

2 Sep. Margao, Goa. CARMO DO ROSARIO. Brother of Suzette/Michael (UK), Erlick/Janet (USA), Roy/Carole (Sydney), Celeste/Henry, Lenie (Lenz)/Jacqueline, Mylra/Anacleto, Alden/Kitchelle (USA).


2 Sep. The Hindu. Tourism Minister, Matanhy Saldanha, has urged local bodies and people to cooperate with the department in maintaining cleanliness at beaches and other places that attract tourists to Goa.

3 Sep. Mid Day (Mumbai). If you are a Goan and need to get back to basics, you can now join the Language Lab and learn Portuguese. Says Willy Pinto, a 52-year-old student and resident of Peter Dias Road, “I am learning that language so that I can get a Portuguese passport easily. I want to migrate and it will help my family gain access to the European Union nations.”

5 Sep. The Hindu. Student traffic volunteers inducted in Goa. UDV India Ltd, makers of Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Baileys, J & B, Captain Morgan, etc. has allocated one per cent of its net profit to road safety and provides scholarships to Student Traffic Volunteers.

5 Sep. Hindustan Times. With Goa all set to become the permanent venue for International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the state is also in the process of formulating a film policy that will help celluloid industry in the state get an impetus, with the festival serving as the ideal backdrop.,000900040002.htm

6 Sep. Navhind Times. Child sex tourism in India has assumed "serious dimensions" according to a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report. While Goa has been the "sex destination" of foreign tourists for a long time, a growing number of cases have been reported from other parts of India.

6 Sep. SAR News. Goa Church Laments Abuse Of Media Freedom After Priest Is Charged With Child Abuse.

7 Sep. Navhind Times. Goa police will be setting up women and children protection unit.

7 Sep. Navhind Times. Plans finalised for St Xavier exposition. 1.3 million devotees and tourists are expected to visit Goa during exposition period.

7 Sep. Times Of India. No lesson learnt from Goa. Ashley D'Mello reports on the scepticism in Goa ten years ago regarding reports of paedophilia in Goa.

7 Sep. The Navhind Times. No flats despite full payment. Are you buying property in Goa? Doing so without acquiring the title certificate and the nil-encumbrance certificate on the property would cost you dearly. This has happened to about 24 persons who bought flats in Diyana Holiday Homes at Calangute. The builder had mortgaged the property but concealed the fact.

8 Sep. Reuters. India's mobile carriers launch bruising price war. For full text click here.

8 Sep. The Hindu. Goa Govt. blamed for `flight of capital'. Christopher Fonseca, General Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has said that Goa was experiencing a drought in industrial investments. He said the poor infrastructure in the State, right from industrial estates up to road, railway and port networks besides lack of power and water had become a stumbling block for investors.

8 Sep. The Hindu. Parrikar hits out at Congress. The Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar alleged that the recent desecration of two idols of Hindu Gods in remote Sanguem villages were instigated by the words of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President, Luizinho Faleiro.

9 Sep. Navhind Times. The Archbishop Patriarch of Goa and Daman, Rev Felipe Neri Ferrao inaugurated the official website of the archdiocese of Goa and Daman with the domain name of A link that will provide much information about the exposition of the relics of St Francis Xavier though the website is still in its initial stage and more information will be added subsequently. The website has been designed and hosted by

9. Sep. Indian Express. A 100-year-old Virgin inspires the masses. The Centenary of the Bandra Feast.

3 Sep. Business Standard. Mobile phone operators in Goa are in a quandary as they are facing a unique problem. Goans are not enamoured of mobile services companies putting up base station towers, antennas, for receiving and emitting signals, in short, their lifeline. For full text click here.
23 Aug. Leicester Mercury. Keith Vaz is to make a fresh attempt to change the laws on the siting of mobile phone masts. For full text click here.


24 August 2004. Chemical Weekly (USA). Vol. 50 No. 0045-6500. The Zuari group, as part of its diversification process, has built a vast oil storage terminal at Goa to supply oil to the PSUs and private sector refineries. The facility, set up in a joint venture between Zuari group and Indian Oiltanking Ltd, has storing capacity of 64,000 kl.

31 Aug. The Canadian Press. Of the 210,000 immigrants who came to Canada last year, fewer than one per cent chose to head for Nova Scotia. Hector Jacques, a successful businessman who came to Nova Scotia from India in the late 1960s, said the key to getting more immigrants to stay is simple: jobs. "Let's cut to the chase folks. It is 80 per cent economic," said the owner of geotechnology company Jacques Whitford.
The standard of life and all those touchy-feely things that we all like to talk about don't matter one iota when you're worried about being secure." Full text at

31 Aug. The Times Picayune (New Orleans, USA). Profile of Bernadette D'Souza who is contesting the Sept. 18 election as Judge in the Civil District Court.

31 Aug. Modern Power Systems (UK). The world's first ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) unit is now in operation off India's west coast and producing 1 MW of electrical power. The project has been jointly conceived and developed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology, in Chennai, and Dempo Shipbuilding and Engineering of Goa. The plant was built by Dempo at its Bainguinim shipyard in Goa. 353 words.

2 Sep The Economist (UK). Outsourcing to India: Safety matters.

3 Sep. Mid Day (Mumbai). If you are a Goan and need to get back to basics, you can now join the Language Lab and learn Portuguese. Says Willy Pinto, a 52-year-old student and resident of Peter Dias Road, “I am learning that language so that I can get a Portuguese passport easily. I want to migrate and it will help my family gain access to the European Union nations.”

4 Sept. The Financial Express. Austrian Air is planning a weekly charter flight to Goa.

4 Sep. Daily Telegraph (Australia). Australia: NSW: Wyoming. Yellow Piano was launched three years ago by Trevor D'Mello and Yolanta Green, and is currently booked out through to December for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant combines modern Australian food, cooked by a top Indian chef, with popular music dating from the '50s -- sung by Mr D'Mello himself. "I find [that] people are not coming for quiet dining," said Mr D'Mello, who also plays the saxophone and guitar.

4 Sep. Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Problems with Passwords. Math professor Alfred Menezes is director of cryptography and coding theory at the department of combinatorics and optimization at the University of Waterloo. Even he has trouble remembering passwords. Now he uses a software program that remembers his computer passwords for him. For a profile of Alfred Menezes click here

4 Sep. The Toronto Star. How to get off a telemarketer's 'voicecasting' list
Excerpt: Cesar Correia, president and chief executive of Infolink Communications Inc. in Toronto, argues that only a small minority of customers don't like voicecasting. "The annoyance factor is insignificant," he told us. "We at Infolink send millions of messages per month. We report a .003 per cent complaint rate." For full text click here.
For a profile of Cesar Correia, click here.

5 Sept. Winnipeg Free Press. Book Review by Irene D'Souza of Brahama's Dream By Shree Ghatage. For a profile of Irene D’Souza [ex-Uganda, click here]

4 Sep. The Australian. Travel article on riding the Enfield Bullet in Goa. By Robert Wilson. As the airport bus took us to our honeymoon accommodation in Goa, I saw brawny motorcycles upon which straight-backed Goankar youths cleaved through shoals of scooters. They were Enfield Bullets -- a living fossil in automotive evolution, the coelacanth of motorcycling -- and I wanted one. Full text. 628 words.

5 Sep. The Observer. Stephen McClarence previews the Deccan Odyssey, a new luxury rail tour of southern India. A couple booking the full seven-night package can expect to pay £2,700, which doesn't include travel to India. It is aimed at tourists who earn more than “£4,000 a month.” The tour includes a day in Goa.,6903,1297324,00.html

6 Sep. PR Web. (Los Angeles, Ca) Monsoon Heritage has just arrived on the West Coast in Santa Monica and is already the hypest designer hot spot in town. The original must-visit showroom is in Goa. [Sangolda]. Their website is at Full text of article is at

6 Sep. TAZ (Germany). The tiny State of Goa resembles a Mars landscape with open mining fields. The poor quality iron ore of Goa is in demand for the construction activity in China for the 2008 Olympic Games. However the mines are creating an ecological disaster. Text in German, 1623 words.

6 Sep. Economic Times. The mayor of Los Angeles James K Hahn plans to visit Mumbai, which is the sister city of LA. He is also likely to visit Goa for the International Film Festival to be held between November 29 and Dec 9 this year, with an Indian American business delegation.

7 Sep. Gulf News. Mumbai: The Bandra Feast - 8 Sep. The grand old Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount has already started to sparkle for the big occasion to celebrate the annual feast on September 8 as well as its centenary year.

7 Sep. BBC News. Allan John Waters, from Hampstead, London, has appeared before a court in Bombay accused of sexually and physically abusing children at an orphanage in India. Fellow Briton Duncan Grant, who set up the orphanage was arrested in Tanzania last week and efforts are now being made to extradite him to Bombay as well. The orphanage was managed by an Indian man William D'Souza who was also arrested on similar charges, which he denies.

8 Sep. Contra Costa Times (San Francisco). Recipe: "THISRI" Serves 4 This Goan specialty is generally eaten with rice. I use Manila clams, about 1 inch in length. Use whatever is small, good, and fresh in your area. 320 words.
8 Sep. Contra Costa Times (San Francisco) Recipe: Spicy Konkani Chicken Curry. 251 words.

9 Sept. The West Australian. Two years after Paul de Souza was viciously attacked, the alleged culprits are still free in England. The victim required seven screws and 55 plates in his face. Mr de Souza's mother, Liz, said she couldn't believe the extradition application had moved so slowly. Paul de Souza, 29, has been awarded compensation, but is appealing over the size of the payout. 450 words. For the background to the case click here.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Thu. 9 Sep. 21:00 (30 mins). TV Programme. UK Food. Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey. Rick Stein looks at the places and flavours that have influenced his cookery over the years. In this programme, Rick travels to Goa where he prepares famous prawn caldene and spicy Goan lobster.

Sat. 11 Sept. 2004. 1.00 pm. Goans in the British Merchant Navy. A free guided 45 minute talk featuring displays at the National Maritime Museum relating to the role of Goans in the British Merchant Navy is to be conducted by researcher Cliff Pereira. The venue is the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. If you intend to come along, please email or phone 020 8306 2067 indicating the numbers attending. Note: Free entry to talk, museum and the observatory.

Sun. 12 Sep. TROOK TOURNAMENT at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sun. 12 Sep. Feast of Mount Mary at St Agnes Catholic Church, 35 Cricklewood Lane, London NW2 1HR. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by Social with the “Jolly Boys” in attendance. Contact Zeferin Silveira 020 8795 1256 / 4796 0023 696 OR Tony Gonsalves 020 8795 1121 /0771 1681 473.

Mon. 13 Sep. 19:00 (30 mins) TV Programme. Sky Travel. Clive Anderson: Our Man in Goa. Clive Anderson travels the world, reporting on the real issues affecting countries known for their great natural beauty. This edition looks at Goa where locals are in conflict with the powerful forces of the tourist industry.

Mon. 13 Sep. to Fri. 17 Sep. 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. 5 day Evangelistic and Healing Retreat. Led by Fr Augustine Vallooran VC of Potta. St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Road (opp Imperial War Museum), London SE1. Call, after 6.30 pm 020 8472 3967 or 020 8286 0203.

Sun. 19 Sep. 11 am onwards. Picnic in Hyde Park. Weather Permitting. Goans and their Friends are invited. Free entrance. Bring your own ...and some extra too : - ) Location: Hyde Park opposite the Albert Hall and next to the Queen Victoria Monument. Enquiries to Rene Barreto, Tel. No 0208 445 2126 e-mail:

Sun. 26 Sep. Feast of St Jacinto. St Michael’s Hall, 37 Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. Mass at 1.30 followed by social gathering with Nite Life in attendance. Tickets – Adults: £8; 12-16: £4; 3-11: £2. For tickets contact Regina 020 8808 7091; Felicity 020 8245 4897; Agnelo 020 8577 8528.

Sun. 26 Sep. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sat. 9 Oct. G.O.A. TRIP TO FRANCE. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

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. 31 Oct. G.O.A. SNOOKER TOURNAMENT at Archbishop Lanfranc School. contacts: Felix Pereira 0208 - 640 4151 Glyn Albuquerque 0208 680 2401

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


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