Newsletter. Issue 2005-15. Apr 14, 2005
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East Africa: CBA Positions Itself for Regional Expansion
6 Apr: The East African. The decision by Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd (CBA) to purchase the entire equity of First American Bank of Kenya Ltd has confirmed the bank's strategic intentions to position itself regionally. "First American's associate relationship with UBAL in Tanzania gives CBA a bigger geographical presence in East Africa," says CBA chairman Mirabeau Da Gama Rose. "This is an important step in the development of the CBA franchise and brand. CBA will have a larger asset base and our stronger capabilities will enable us to participate more actively in bigger transactions."

Tories take up station on issues

7 Apr: Leicester Mercury. Excerpts: Tory candidates have taken their campaign to commuters. Suella Fernandes is challenging the Labour MP for Leicester East, Keith Vaz. Suella Fernandes said: "We offer more money in people's pockets at the end of the month, cleaner hospitals, better school discipline, more police.

We don't believe Leicester's MPs are standing up for these priorities. We will be holding them to account."
Conservative leader Michael Howard has said he wants a serious campaign in cities such as Leicester.

Remembering the Pope
8 Apr. Bucks Free Press (UK). Luis Dias, of Amersham Hill, is a doctor who met the Pope in his native country of Goa back in 1989. He said: “I was a newly qualified doctor and I was part of the Red Cross looking after people at the mass in an open air church in the holy city of Old Goa. He only had time to shake hands with us, but it was quite an experience.” For full text click here

Ottawa Archbishop: Government Wants to Normalize Sodomy and We Say No
11 Apr: Lifesite. Canada. Religious leaders speaking at the March included Monsignor Terence D'Souza of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Mississauga. He told the assembled crowd that he could see that that the government in imposing homosexual marriage was following a "logical course" since the government already took away the right to life for the unborn and this follows the same path.

Council has to reclaim wages from employee
14 Apr: Gazette & Herald. Excerpts: A part-time Council employee who left his job last month was paid in error for roughly four extra days, although the sum is now being reclaimed. The issue came up when councillor Edmund Dias revealed the mistakes after checking the accounts. Coun Dias praised Mr Rice for identifying the problem and informing the council. He said, "We are a small council and not a high-flying company. The council has not come to a standstill. Mr Rice is new in the job and there is a learning curve." For full text click here.

London Marathon: Owen Pires.
Not the first and certainly not the last, but Owen Pires has decided to run the London Marathon to support the Down's Syndrome Association - a charity that struggles to raise funds. Having pledged a minimum of £1,500 and trying to train to cover twenty-six and a half miles at fifty plus is no mean feat. So donations would be most welcome by mailing

New Zealand: Ruth DeSouza
Ruth DeSouza is the new Co-ordinator/Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Asian and Migrant Health (part of the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research) hopes to develop research partnerships and collaboration across Auckland University.

Canadian Seniors of the East Montreal
From Felix D’Sa: A new Board of Directors of the Canadian Seniors of the East [CSoE] Montreal was elected at the special general meeting held on 13 March 2005. The new directors are Leslie Vas, Marie Pereira, Ferman Gonsalves, Robert Correa, Deidre Lawrence, Luiza D'Sa and Joyce Correa. For photographs and more details see


12 Apr. Panjim, Goa. PROF. LORNA BARRETT (born 1943 in Kericho, Kenya; ex-Dar-es-Salaam; she was living in Bombay and teaching at St Andrew's College). Wife of Horace. Mother of Gavin/Leah (Toronto), Fr Nigel, Russell/Janice. Grandmother of Faith, April & Samuel. Daughter of late Julietta Pinto and Venancio Joao Correia. Funeral in Bombay on 14 Apr.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 16 Lockwood Rd., Toronto. Condolences may be sent to C-8 Benmar, Rajaramwadi, Hill Road, Bandra, Mumbai 400 050 India.

12 Apr: Assolna, Goa. NENNIE PINHEIRO E ALMEIDA (Ex-Zambia). Wife of Leandro. Mother of Leslie/Edith. Grandmother of Leo, Stephanie and Ian.

10 Apr. Forest Gate, London. UK. JERRY FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi). Husband of Helen. Father of Larry/Brenda, Mafalda/Steve, Fenelon/Louella, Mervyn/Anita, Leonie/Chris. Grandfather of Carolyn/Joe, Clare, Richard/Katie, Clifton/Sonia, Melissa, Michael, Elena, Daniel, Andrew, Laura, Alex, David and Rachael. For more photographs of him at his 90th birthday celebration last year click here.
Funeral on Wed. 20 Apr. at 12.30pm at St Anthony's Church, 58 St Anthony's Road, Forest Gate, London E7. Burial at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DQ. Messages of condolence to: or
A coach from Tooting/Croydon has been arranged. To book a seat, please contact one of the following by Sun. 17 Apr. at the latest: Nina Pinto (Tooting) 020 8767 0663; Josephine/Aires Fernandes (Tooting) 020 8488 0194 or Cornelius Monteiro (Croydon) 020 8681 8716.

7 Apr. Seraulim, Goa. JOAO MARIANO VALES. Husband of Circacia. Father of Bosco/Antonetta, Savio/Ema, Edgar (Eddie)/Flora (U.K).

5 Apr: Merces, Goa. MRS. FILOMENA F. C. GOMES. Wife of late Carmo J. Gomes. Mother of Maria/Thomas, Fatima/Joseph (London), Manuel/Monica , Cryzol/Mafalda. Rui/Angela, Antoneta/Abel, Helen/Charles. Grandmother of Seby, Mafalda, Stephen/Rochelle, Royston, Afra, Albino, Cheryl, Cavin. Great grandmother of Veronica, Jordan & Monica.

3 Apr: Calangute, Goa. ANAMARIA FERNANDES (MARY) (ex-Dar-es-Saalam). Wife of late Francisco. Mother of Bernard (London), Luiza/Francis, Elizabeth/Benny, Sister Julietta, Rufina/Benny, Remy/Agnelo.

3 Apr: Goa Velha. MANUEL CRASTO. Husband of Ana Rita. Brother of Natalina/Andre, John/Maria, Severo/Lucia, Menino/Ivy (all in London). Uncle of Manuel/Georgina, Sunita/Tony, Carmina/Neville, Jain, Cipriano, Netelina, Glancy, Stacy, Crisilda, Valinnie (all in London).

3 Apr. Surrey, UK. DOMINIC LOUIS DE SOUZA (ex Tivim, Goa). Husband of Antonieta. Father of Isabella, Joseph, Margaret and Christina. Funeral was on 12 Apr.

1 Apr. Houghton Regis. Herts, UK. JOSEPH MICHEAL RODRIGUES (ex- Namasagali, Uganda & Kisumu, Kenya). Son of the late Amaro Salvador Gilbert and Limita Procura D'Maria Rodrigues. Brother of MILLA/ Blasco Goes, London, YVONNE/ Wally Vaz, Sydney, Australia, Father of Carlos and Matthew, Uncle of Melissa, Blasco Junior & Krystle Goes.
Funeral to be held on Thursday 14th April at 9am at St Thomas More Church, Long Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent and thereafter at Eltham Crematorium. Condolence to


Hooray for Bollywood
9 Apr: The Mirror. Iain Mayhew Explores Life On Bombay Streets. For full text click here

Chartered flight diverted to Mumbai
11 Apr. Hindustan Times. A chartered Boeing 767 plane with 293 passengers and crew had an emergency landing at Mumbai as the plane developed some technical snag. The chartered flight of Excel Airways was on its way to London from Goa, when the Commander decided to divert the flight to Mumbai due to a technical problem in one of its engine and undercarriage, an airport official said.,000600010004.htm

Now a 'Star' cruise from Mumbai to Goa!
14 Apr. Rediff. Star Cruises plan to start Mumbai-Lakshadweep-Goa service from September. The ship will have a capacity of 1500 persons on board for the cruise and the cost for four days will be Rs 20,300 per person including breakfast, two meals and Las Vegas-style dances. Star Cruises would also operate one-night cruise into the high seas from Mumbai, he said.


Deal will double UK-India flights
13, Apr. Reuters. Britain and India agreed to more than double air flights on existing routes between the two nations on Wednesday and open up lucrative new services to Indian cities. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air India and other airlines are expected to increase sought-after Britain-India flights following the deal. For full text click here.


Goans pay rich tributes to Pope
9 Apr. Navhind Times.

Water, sanitation in Goa needs radical improvement’
9 Apr. Navhind Times. A workshop on the ‘Water and sanitation sector in Goa’ today concluded that “no matter how much money is pumped into the augmentation of the state water supply system, there will be no improvement in the system unless and until, the management and institutional structure change.”

Goa Govt. turns to World Bank for solutions on water & sanitation
9 Apr. Navhind Times.

Parrikar sure of return to power
10 Apr. The Hindu. Ousted Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has claimed that he would stage a comeback irrespective of whether elections are held to all 40 seats or just byelections to five seats.

Mismanagement of Goa’s Water Resources. By Nandkumar Kamat
11 Apr. Navhind Times. On paper Goa has a per capita freshwater availability of 1,645 litres per day. But it is difficult to get even 100 litres from public supply.

Elvis Presley clones revive singer's popularity in Goa
10 Apr: Channel NewsAsia. The Elvis Presley craze is making a comeback in Goa, a popular tourist destination in western India. At restaurants and nightclubs, a motley mix of chubby and middle-aged Elvis Presley look-alikes belt out hits from the 1950s and 60s.

Oil pollution hits tourism in Goa:
13 Apr: Kerala Next. Goa, a state famous for its Sun-kissed beaches, is facing a crisis as leftover of an oil slick off the coast is keeping tourists away from the sand and the surf.

Some Recent Items of Interest on Goanet - By Bosco D’Mello

The Pope's passing continued to draw messages. Members shared thoughts on why the Catholic Church as an institution has to change and evolve to meet the challenges of the future. In a related thread of the practice of the caste system in the Catholic Church in India, George Pinto introduced a few links to the Dalit Catholic websites.

Silviano Barbosa initiated a thread called "Ek Don Tin Khapri Agustin! - reminiscing on the ditties sung in his younger days. Cecil Pinto chipped in with a few "Nouro Bostianv (smartly dressed male)", "Chatni Mary (similar to Jackin Mana)", "Pandu Havaladar (dopey low-level cop)", "Jackin Mana (crabbity spinster)". This resulted in Lino Dourado and Domnic Fernandes writing small skits to elucidate these ditties.

That precious resource - water, is always an issue in Goa this time of the year. It was reported that water problems in parts of Goa - Chimbel, Dona Paula have surfaced due to sewage seeping into the water pipeline.

A request was made by Peu De for the recipe of kokum water offered in some restaurants after meals (in Goa). A number of suggestions followed.

A number of other messages on activities of Goans in Goa and in the Diaspora are always found on Goanet and of course the news from Goa - Daily!

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‘Goa For All Seasons’
8 Apr: Express Travel & Tourism. Goa is slowly emerging as a destination for not just beaches alone. Elvis Gomes, MD, Goa Tourism talks to Savio Rodrigues on the focus of Goa tourism and the state’s future plans.

Gay-Themed Film Tests Sensibilities in India
6 Apr: New York Times. Late last month, a low-budget drama called "My Brother Nikhil" opened in movie theaters across India, telling the story of a gay man's struggle with his family and his country after contracting the virus that causes AIDS… One of the most disturbing episodes in the film was lifted from real life… the first Indian to be diagnosed with H.I.V., a young man in Goa named Dominic D'Souza, was confined and isolated in the late 1980's.

Mark Twain In Malabar Hill
9 Apr. Outlook India. Book review by Edward Luce of India In Mind: An Anthology. by Pankaj Mishra. Picador India. Pages: 335; Rs 275. Excerpt: From Somerset Maugham, we have a cheerful account of how Catholics in Goa are more than mere Catholics. "I got the feeling that even though there were 400 years of Catholicism behind him, he was still at heart a Vedantist," said Maugham of a (Brahmin) pastor.

Going great guns at 90
9 Apr. Indian Express. Excerpts: Dr Renato Gracias, 93, a general practitioner and microbiologist . Former president of Poona Goan Institute "My day begins at 7 and I make tea and breakfast myself. This is followed by afternoon lunch with my wife, Prudence. On occasion, we host a dinner for our close friends with a glass of wine and Goan food, "he adds.
Brother John Alphonso, SJ, 91 Instrumental in establishing many Jesuit educational institutions in Goa, Belguam and other parts of India, Br Alphonso also served as a supervisor when St Vincent Night College was started in 1981. Full text at:

Casting couch fears cross over to London
11 Apr: Indian Express. British Asian actresses have ripped the lid off Bollywood’s casting couch by alleging that they were harassed and lured into extending sexual favours to help make their dreams of stardom a reality.

Goan seafood soup
12 Apr. Readers Digest (UK). For the recipe click here.

Kitchen detective: Chicken vindaloo is great at home
13 Apr: Somerville Journal, MA, USA. Vindaloo is a signature dish of the longtime Portuguese stronghold Goa so it is a hybrid dish, part Indian and part Portuguese. [Includes recipe]

Call for Air India bomb inquiry
13 Apr. BBC: Canada's parliament has passed a motion calling for a public inquiry into the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people, most of them Canadians.

Our Cardinal in the Vatican
13 Apr: Indian Express. 68-year old Cardinal Ivan Dias is one of the contenders for ‘Shepherd of the Catholic Church’. His friends call him a ‘sweet holy guy’…The man Time magazine has described as ‘‘Asia’s best chance’’ for the Papacy, the man that bookies are placing odds on as a long shot for the post, has been curiously inaccessible to the media ever since the Pope’s demise.

Liz Hurley launches own swimwear line
13 Apr. Hello Magazine. Britain's beaches will certainly be sizzling this summer if Elizabeth Hurley has anything to do with it. The sexy model-actress has turned her attentions to design, coming up with a red-hot range of beachwear that is as glamorous as she is. Elizabeth had a hand in all aspects of the design process, from choosing fabrics to attending final fittings, and it looks like jaunts to her beau's home country have had an influence on her view of fashion. Her simple yet seductive beachwear incorporates intricate Indian embroidery and hand-beading with semi-precious stones. Photos and text at

World gathers at churches, TVs during pope's funeral
14 Apr. Tidings - Southern California’s Catholic Weekly. At the end of a two-and-a-half-hour Mass in the west Indian state of Goa, more than 4,000 people listened to a replay of a six-minute speech Pope John Paul delivered in the local Konkani language during a 1986 visit. After the service, most of the congregation remained to watch a live telecast of the papal funeral.

Actor escapes jail term for air rage attack
14 Apr: The Argus (Brighton). A young actor has escaped a jail term for an air rage attack on a flight attendant. Freddie Cunliffe who has the autistic disorder Aspergers Syndrome, lashed out and swore at cabin crew on a flight from Goa to Gatwick, Hove Crown Court heard yesterday. The flight was forced to divert to Cyprus, where Cunliffe was removed from the Monarch Airlines Airbus. Recorder Vivian Ramsey QC said that Cunliffe's autistic disorder amounted to exceptional circumstance which allowed him to suspend a prison term.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Trolley Dollies
Thursday 14 Apr 05, 7:00 p.m. (30 mins). Channel: Living. Docusoap following the exploits of the cabin crew on board Excel Airlines. Michael heads for Goa for a much-needed break, but an unfortunate incident on the way reminds him how unglamorous his job really is.

Get a New Life
Thursday 14 Apr 05, 8:00 p.m. (60 mins). Channel: UK Style. Series offering advice on how to set up a new life abroad, with professional relocators Scott Huggins and Melissa Porter. Jo and Trevor Whyley want to swap Birmingham for the more tropical climes of Goa in India. Builder Trevor is dreaming of retirement but office manager Jo wants to set up a guesthouse. However, can she cut through Indian bureaucracy? They have a month to decide whether to make the move permanent. Repeat - originally broadcast Aug. 2004.

The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown
Saturday 16 Apr 05. 9.00 p.m. (60 mins.) BBC Radio 4. 1/9. A first radio dramatisation of Paul Scott's quartet of novels, which details the last years of the tortured love-hate relationship between Britain and India through personal stories set against the political backdrop of the last days of the British Raj (1942-1947). Part 2 is on Sunday at 3.00 pm. Those not in the UK can access the programme by logging in at

My Enemy, my Friend
Monday 18 Apr 05, 8:00 p.m. (30 mins). BBC Radio 4. Fifty years ago British forces were engaged in a brutal and terrifying battle against the Mau Mau in Kenya. This programme tells the story of Eric Holyoak, a white European settler who developed new counter-insurgency techniques in the dense forests of the Aberdare mountains which were to change the entire course of the war. Those not in the UK can access the programme by logging in at


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 17 Apr. YLGS El Shaddai Fundraising Dance. at Bishop Thomas Grant School. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.00 followed by Dancing & Slave/Talent Auction. Music provided by Breakthru, Maz & Co and Guava Groove! Food & Drink will be on Sale. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Vaz MP. Contact Alison Braganza at or on 07799 586793. For Tickets, Info & updates check the flyer at

Sun. 24 Apr. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun 1 May. Saligao Association Feast of Mae De Deus at Bishop Thomas Grant School.

Sun 1 May. Cortalim Feast & May Queen. 12.30pm mass & social until 10pm at the Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, off White Hart Lane. London N17. Nearest BR- White Hart Lane. Nearest Bus-W3, 149, 259. 279, 349. Tickets: adults£10; 11-16 years old £5; 2-10 year olds £2.50 (including meal, complimentary snacks & drink). Call: Maria 0208-803-5148; Leocadia—0208-444-1096;
Assumption Gomes-0208-8641-5995.

Sun 1 May. 12.30pm-5pm. The Goan Musical Society, supported by GOA UK, presents a Jam Session. Enjoy the fabulous sounds of talented musicians plus special guests, Lavine DaCosta (violin) and Ian Rebello (sax). We particularly welcome participation from young students with their musical instruments. ATC Hall, Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Call 020 8337 8022 (Anita) for more details.

Sun 8 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament at Jessie Duffet Hall (Formerly Wyndham Hall), Wyndham Road, London SE5. Please contact Rocky on 020 7274 3585

Sun. 8 May 12:15pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine + excellent raffle prizes. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 15 May. Margao Union UK celebrates the Feast of the Holy Spirit at St. Edmund’s Church Hall, Croyland Road, Edmonton, N9. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a get-together. Music by Nitelife. Limited tickets. First come first served. Contact: Bella - 020 8372 1253, Rosalind – 020 8767 8652, Lucas – 020 8967 7471, Xavy – 020 803 5146. Tickets £ 10 (including snacks and buffet).

Sun 22 May 2.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy 20th Annual Festival of our Patron Saints - Multicultural Mass followed by Multicultural Social at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU

Sun 22 May. TIATR – Goan Cultural Society proudly presents, Larryboy’s “UTT BOS”, at St. John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 at 3.00 p. m sharp. For details and tickets contact: Bella – 020 8372 1253, Rosy 020 8352 9450, Camilo 0208 801 3637 or see

Sun. 29 May. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 29 May. G.O.A. May Ball/Anniversary Ball including the Crowning of the May King and Queen. Say One Do One in attendance. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun 29 May 1.00pm - 8.30pm 5th. Bakuli Reunion (Uganda) at Archibishop Lanfranc School Croydon. Music by Mustang. Disco by "DJO" Adult £12.00: child (2 - 12)£ 6.00 (includes meal). Tickets and further information: Tony Lobo 0208 542 0528, Reg Da Cunha 0207 732 2659, e-mail Ms Theo Pinto 0208 302 5385.

Mon. 30 May. TIATR – Goan Cultural Society proudly presents, Larryboy’s “UTT BOS”, at Archbishop LanFranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 3.00 p. m sharp. For details and tickets contact: Bella – 020 8372 1253, Rosy 020 8352 9450, Camilo 0208 801 3637 or see


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