Newsletter. Issue 2005-17. Apr 28, 2005
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Twende Safari…Nairobi Institute Presents...The Party Of The Century

From Paloma Fernandes: The Nairobi Institute, formerly the Goan Institute, Nairobi, will be celebrating its 100 years anniversary on 11 June 2005. The celebrations will feature a week of fun filled festivities, sport and adventure culminating in the Grand Anniversary Ball on the 11 June 2005. All members, ex-members and friends of the Nairobi Institute are welcome to attend. Goans from all over the world are expected from as far and wide as Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, England and India.

The details of the events are at The website also has articles on the history of the NI, photos, newsletters, an enthusiastic message board, etc. If you are interested in attending THE PARTY, contact Paloma IMMEDIATELY.
[From Eddie Fernandes: My wife Lira and I will be in Kenya 3-17 June and there will be some interruption in the newsletter service. Please send details of events etc. before this period. Thank you.]

22 Apr: Science. Vol. 308: 545-547. Warming of the Eurasian Landmass Is Making the Arabian Sea More Productive. By Joaquim I. Goes, Prasad G. Thoppil, Helga do R Gomes, and John T. Fasullo.
Joaquim Goes and Helga Gomes are the husband and wife team who have previously featured in this newsletter. They have now combined to publish an article on Global warming in Science, the world's most prestigious scientific publication.
Both Joaquim and Helga were born in Nairobi, Kenya. Joaquim is the son of late Octaviano Goes and Idalina dos Merces Goes and studied at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Cortalim, Goa. Helga is the daughter of Jacinto Gomes and Aida Rocha Gomes and was raised in Verna, Goa. For further details and a link to the full text of the article see

Mark Antony Da Gama Rose
29 Mar. Technology Bulletin. Hagerman & Co. Inc. Mt. Zion, IL, USA. Mark Antony da Gama Rose has joined the firm as AEC Applications Engineer. Mark is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. Educated in British schools there and at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated in 2002, he has studied and been employed in various civil engineering disciplines including urban planning, mapping, GIS, and land use.

Most recently he has been employed as an Autodesk software instructor at ITT Technical Institute in St. Louis, teaching Architectural Desktop and Map. Mark will be working from our Nashville office facility. [Info received from Gabe Menezes]
Mark, is the son of Rommel and Marilyn Da Gama Rose

6 Apr: Enfield Independent. John F.T. Fernandes of Enfield, London won the Middlesex County Golf Union Under 13 scratch championship at Hampstead Golf Club.
John is the son of Dores and Agnelo Fernandes ( ex Eastleigh, Nairobi and brother of Thomas and Isabella). Agnelo, his main coach and mentor was a top footballer with Simba FC of London in the eighties. For a profile of John Fernandes see

M&T Bank names Michael Pinto mid-Atlantic CEO
21 Apr: Reuters. M&T Bank Corp. (MTB.N), one of the 20 largest U.S. banks, on Thursday named Michael Pinto chairman and chief executive of its mid-Atlantic division. Pinto will relocate to the Baltimore area and replace Eugene Sheehy. A native of India, Pinto joined M&T in 1985, and became CFO in 1996.

Nordics get Naked
22 Apr: Campaign. Excerpts: In the summer of last year, the communications planning agency Naked launched an office in Scandinavia under the leadership of one of the region's star performers, Eddie D'Sa. His success at OMD Ignition in Denmark, when the agency won more than one Cannes Media Lion, helped to blaze a trail for Nordic clients to demand more creative thinking from an agency with a reputation for innovation. The company has pulled in a number of clients through its Norwegian office.
For a brief profile of Eddie D’Sa see
18 Apr: Kreativt Forum. Interview with Eddie D’Sa. See

Media Invitation In Ottawa - Living well with MS: Chrystal Gomes
25 Apr: Canada NewsWire. Media representatives are invited to attend a two-hour education session specifically designed for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and depression, their families and caregivers. This event will feature MS patient & stand-up comedian Chrystal Gomes who will help all understand what they have been struggling with and how to better cope in day-to-day life at home and in the workplace. Date: Sunday, May 1, 2005.Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Tel. (514) 602-1455, ext. 244.
Chrystal Gomes is the daughter of Danny Gomes, past President of the Dar-es-Salaam Institute and G.O.A. Toronto. For a profile of her see:

Case of the swing voter: An electoral mystery Letter from Britain
27 Apr: International Herald Tribune. Early in Britain's election campaign, Suella Fernandes, a candidate for the Conservative opposition, leapt to the microphone and promised an audience that "Leicester Woman" from her constituency in central England was about to stun the nation. "In 1997, Leicester Woman put her trust in Mr. Blair," she said, referring to the British prime minister's first electoral triumph. "In 2001 she decided to give him a second chance." But come election day on May 5, "Leicester Woman is going to give Mr. Blair a big surprise that will wipe the smile off his face and put a smile on everybody else's." … "It's not a case of flinging the crockery at him," Fernandes said, in what seemed a triumph of hope over probability, "She's going to kick him out of the house."
For a profile of Suella Fernandes see:

My Apartment: The joys of undergrad activism
28 Apr: Toronto Eye Weekly. Andrew Pinto, 24, medical student is one of seven sharing a three-storey Victorian house. Pinto attributes the cohesiveness to the house theme, which is vegetarianism, even though not all of them are veggie. They don't bring in meat and arrange their lifestyles around social awareness and progressive politics. "It's something that has brought us together," Pinto says. "It's just such a beautiful house and neighbourhood. Living here makes me so happy." Text and photo at

BBC Radio Interview: Dr Joel Almeida.
Goan Voice UK web surfers received advance notice that Dr Joel Almeida was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on 24 April and the programme featured some of his Goan-Celtic music. Dr Joel Almeida had flown to Vailankanni within hours of the Tsunami disaster. His experiences were widely reported in the UK media. He is also a musician. For his website which reflects his passions see

Meryl Fernandes in The Far Pavilions – London’s West End
Meryl Fernandes, daughter of Ghislaine & Harold Fernandes of London (ex-Nairobi) is currently appearing in The Far Pavilions - The Musical - Shaftesbury Theatre, in London's West End. Based on the best selling novel by M. M. Kaye, The Far Pavilions, set in 19th century India at the time of the British Raj, follows the passionate and enduring love story of two star-crossed lovers. Meryl is also the understudy to the lead of 'Princess Anjuli'.
After her A-Levels Meryl trained for three years full time at 'Millennium Dance 2000' in Hampstead and gained a professional diploma in Musical Theatre in July 2004. After leaving college she was a featured dancer in a Dannii Minogue pop video,' You won't forget about me' that reached number 7 in the charts. [Info from Mafalda D’Sa]

AVC Dance: 8 May: Win two return flights to Canada
Newsflash! Just confirmed 1st prize for the Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union dance, 2 return flight tickets to Toronto Canada, in addition to other spectacular prizes. So come and join in the fun and try your luck at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham on Sunday 8th May 2005, with Music by Mariano & Co - Plus excellent Goan buffet meal & snacks included in the price. For further information contact: Uniece Barros 020 86720807, Alba Fernandes 020 86563305 or Colin Almeida 020 86871470


24 Apr. Aldona, Goa. JOAO JOSE LOBO. Husband of late Maria Piedade Cabral e Lobo. Father of Fr. Norbert Lobo (Montfort Fathers, Bangalore), Nina/Jose Caridade Fernandes, late Norman/Umelia (U.K.), Ida/Luz Castellino, Elizabeth/Nat Pinto (Canada).


UK-India air deal is anti-EU’
24 Apr. The Financial Express. After altering some 180 aviation treaties that European nations had across the world, the European Union is demanding that the rights India and UK gave each other must apply to all EU nations.

India gives its image problem an airing. By Amelia Gentleman
25 Apr: International Herald Tribune. The personal hygiene of taxi drivers has been central to a government debate over how to lure more tourists to India. Convinced that the body odors of many drivers were far from inviting, the tourism minister, Renuka Chowdhury, has started an advertising campaign aimed at persuading those who work in the tourism sector to clean up their act.
The initiative, called "The Guest is God," has been implemented nationwide and offers free training to everyone who comes in regular contact with foreign visitors - taxi drivers, tour guides, shop owners, waiters and customs officials. The message is simple: behave nicely, and tourists will return with their money.


India: Church robberies
20 Apr: The Press Trust of India Limited. Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a native of Goa in connection with the fire at the altar of Pattoor Church here on September 29 last year. The arrested has been identified as Pascal (53). Pascal was involved in 16 cases of robbery in churches and convicted in three cases. He had set fire to the altar and scribbled names of some political parties on the window of the church to divert the investigation.

Goa lost over Rs 10 cr in squall
22 Apr: The Navhind Times. The state administration has started assessing the damage caused in Wednesday’s squall in the state, though rough estimates of the damage peg it to be over Rs 10 crore.

Goa by-elections likely between May 28 - June 5
23 Apr. Indian Express. The by-elections to five Assembly seats in Goa are likely to be held between May 28 and June 5, sources said here. The seats fell vacant after five MLAs of the BJP resigned from the party, resulting in the ouster of the Manohar Parrikar government in February.

Village culture thriving in Goa: Benegal
24 Apr. Navhind Times. Noted film maker, Mr Shyam Benegal today said that Goa is different from the rest of the country in many ways especially because it has managed to preserve its rich village culture, the people’s culture, though this aspect has disappeared in other parts of the country. He was speaking after releasing the book, Kaleidoscope Goa — A Cultural Atlas.

Queen’s remains are still elusive. By Devika Sequeira
24 Apr: Deccan Herald. The Archaeological Survey of India’s 20-year search for the relics of Queen Ketevan in Old Goa has ended in disappointment. But the excavations offer an intriguing and significant insight into 16th century Goa.

Garbage disposal raises a stink in Calangute
24 Apr: Navhind Times. The prolonged failure of state governments to satisfactorily address the garbage disposal problem in Goa is now reflecting in the busy tourism belt of Calangute. Recently, a section of villagers from Saligao prevented garbage trucks from passing through Saligao on their way to the Calangute hill where the Calangute panchayat has been dumping its garbage since 1994. The problem reached a flashpoint on April 17 when a group of Saligao villagers, led by Saligao panch member, Mr Roland D’souza, waylaid one of the garbage trucks and allegedly assaulted the truck driver and helpers.

‘Most women drug abusers are young adults’
25 Jul: Indian Express. Heroin, propoxyphene, alcohol and minor tranquilisers are the major drugs that are commonly abused by women in India. Goa had the smallest proportion of married women drug abusers in India (25%) and the highest percentage of graduates (37%).

Goa govt. to conduct IT literacy and penetration survey
25 Apr: Cyber India Online Ltd. (CIOL). In what may be the first attempt in the country, the Goa government has embarked on a massive exercise to conduct an IT literacy survey as a part of the larger education survey throughout the state.

Goa: Cong-NCP alliance in disarray
25 Apr. The Pioneer. For full text click here.

Writers uphold literary works free from market demands
25 Apr. Navhind Times. A round-table discussion on ‘Living the Literary Life: Writing, Reward and Rejection’, organised by Fundacao Oriente, at its city headquarters, today observed that it is more important for a literary person to write what he or she believes in, rather than succumb to the demands of the publishing market and fall for the appetite of the readers. The event was participated by the Goan writers, Margaret Mascarenhas, Maria Aurora Couto, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro and poet, Manohar Shetty.

Football: Dempo join three-horse race in India
27 Apr. FootballAsia. Dempo defeated JCT Mills 1-0 on Tuesday to move within one point of front-runners Sporting Clube de Goa and East Bengal with just three rounds of matches remaining in the Indian National Football League season. Text and league table at

Luizinho Faleiro resigns as Goa Congress Party Chief
27 Apr. Navhind Times. The all-India Congress committee president, Ms Sonia Gandhi has accepted the resignation of the Goa pradesh Congress committee president, Mr Luizinho Faleiro. No successor has been appointed so far by the Congress high command.

Ravi Naik likely to be new Goa Cong president
27 Apr: Indian Express.

Delectable Alphonso getting cheaper
27 Apr: Business Standard. Consumers can afford to have a larger slice of the King of fruits, the alphonso mango, this summer with prices declining as the markets begin to be flooded with new arrivals. Wholesale prices have come down to the range of Rs 80-200 per dozen from Rs 150 to Rs 400 per dozen two weeks ago. India’s largest export market is the Middle-East, which accounts for over 60 per cent of the total exports. This is followed by the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, United States and other European nations. For full text click here.

Recent items of interest on Goanet. By Cornel DaCosta

A substantial discussion has taken place following the recent appointment of Pope Benedict XVI. Inevitably, issues around how the new Papacy would shape-up has taken place. Many posts indicated that doctrinal policies and practices of the previous Pope would continue as the new incumbent was similar in outlook to the previous one.

The above discussion led to another debate on Cafeteria Catholics. Several definitions were provided for this term and readers of the Goan Voice (UK) would be truly fascinated by not only discovering exactly what the term means but also in testing out for themselves if they would fit the definition. This is important if for no other reason than for the claim made that Benedict XVI is indeed a Cafeteria Catholic himself!

Another 'heated' theme has centered on whether women should be able to join the priesthood within the Catholic Church. The opinions on this issue have been very wide ranging indeed.

Two substantial articles submitted by Domnic were well written and highly informative. One was on the fruit called Zamblam and its many uses. The second was on the use of salt in Goa in the diet and for other purposes.

Several inputs by Philip Thomas indicated the potential development of many new airports in Asia and how this will help such development in Goa/India. We can now envisage many more direct flights between Goa and foreign cities including European ones which will facilitate so much more travel.

The Nairobi Institute is offering the party of the century, celebrating 100 years of its existence from 11th June 2006. It is anticipated that many wellwishers from all over the world will attend the festivities which will go on for a week.

A long poem by Tony Fernandes provides vivid details of the "Little Odyessy" whereby Mumbai Goans have made annual trips to Goa for generations to renew their attachments to Goa.

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


Wendell Rodricks' deluge of oceanic art
22 Apr: Hindustan Times. Goan Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks' collection at Lakme India Fashion Week 2005 Friday saw models recreating real-life scenes from the marketplace, with animated conversation, laughter and some mock-shopping. Besides his two flagship stores in Goa, Rodricks also retails at major Indian cities and at Saaya (Tokyo) and Satoosh (Miami Beach, US).
For another 12 photos from his show see

Mombasa Cathedral – Glimpse Into The Distant Past
22 Apr. Coastweek (Mombasa). Fr. Correa traces the history of the Mombasa Catholic Church. The Holy Ghost Fathers completed the first permanent church building, in the present plot, in 1889. The present cathedral was consecrated in 1923. The church seated about four hundred people, and had a "gallery".

Book Review: The House of God, by Edward Norman
22 Apr: The Independent. Published by Thames & Hudson. £18.95. Good value given how sumptuous it is, this bumper picture book tells the story of the church from its earliest days. We learn that the world's "best concentration of Baroque ecclesiastical buildings" is to be found in Goa.

Dublin: Goa photographic exhibition
24 Apr. The Sunday Independent (Ireland). Anyone planning to travel to India should visit the Goa photographic exhibition being held in The American College, 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 until the 29th of April 2005. This exhibition brings alive the richness and grandeur of the culture of Old Goa through a selection of 83 photographs.

Lads grow up and find their mild side.
25 Apr: Western Mail (Cardiff). Lads are no longer inspired by loutish, beer swillers, but are looking up to clean-living, successful men, according to Loaded the men's mag that inspired the 'Lad Generation'. Ten years ago men aged 18 to 24 liked Levis, Ibiza, Oasis and curries. Fast-forward a decade and the young men are more likely to be wearing Versace, holidaying in Goa, listening to Coldplay and eating sushi. For full text click here.

The Big Interview - Nina Lockwood
26 Apr. Lancashire Evening Post. Nina Lockwood and her husband Tony have set up the Stroll Group, UK's leading specialist recruitment consultancies. They were holidaying in Goa, when the idea to start a recruitment consultancy of their own formed in their minds: "We went for a stroll along the beach and talked it through," she recalls. "By the time we got back to the hotel we had the business plan in our heads." That stroll, Nina smiles, is a plausible enough explanation for the name of their company, now in its sixth year of trading and expected to turn over £4m this year.

Pakistan: Goan area in Saddar in grip of drug addicts, encroachers
26 Apr: Pakistan Press International Information Services. The Catholic Association has appealed to Sindh Governor and City Nazim to look into the dirty surrounding in and around the Federal Catholic Cooperative Housing Society Limited, Saddar, which holds half the Goan population in the Saddar are…The Association appealed for initiating cleanliness steps on war footings to give relief to the Goan community. For full text, 235 words write to

A Meal For The Price Of A Fortnight In Goa. By Fay Maschler
27 Apr: The Evening Standard (London). Restaurant Review of The Ledbury, “…the bill was £324. Someone remarked that you could have a fortnight in Goa for that. Comparisons were invidious, I said. But I did think about grilled prawns on the beach.”

India's Iranian cafes fading out
27 Apr: BBC. The Iranian cafes in the western Indian city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) have long stood out from other city eateries - but their days could be numbered. Text and photos at

Anger over two rupee tsunami aid
28 Apr: BBC. Villagers in India's Andamans and Nicobar Islands have denounced 'paltry' tsunami compensation relief they have received from the local government.

Couple in appeal to help Tsunami village
28 Apr. The Comet (Hitchin, Herts. UK). Valerie and Michael Morriss got to know Pratima Chibbs in Goa four years ago. They became good friends and now the Morrisses want to help her appeal to buy boats for a small fishing village devastated by the Tsunami. To help, call Valerie on 01462 630491. For the full text click here.

Scam 'mastermind' left in lurch
28 Apr: Sydney Morning Herald. Marylin Fernandes, the woman accused of being the mastermind behind the recent Citibank sting has herself been defrauded of some of her allegedly ill-gotten gains. More than $US400,000 was taken from the accounts of US customers of Citibank. For full text click here.

World Englishes. Volume 24 Issue 1 Page 104. 2005
ENGLISH IN GOA. Book review by Jean D'Souza of Where East Looks West: Success in English in Goa and on the Konkan Coast. Dennis Kurzon.

UK General Election
For a summary of the latest Opinion Polls see


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Fri 29 Apr. YLGS Monthly Meet Up @ the Lounge Bar in Sugar Reef, from 6.30pm onwards. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly. New Members 18+ Welcome! Free Entrance B4 10pm; £7 after 10pm. For more info contact Alison Braganza, Events & PR Manager at or on 07799 586793

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. Details at

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. Newsflash! Just confirmed 1st prize for the AVC dance, 2 return flight tickets to Toronto Canada, in addition to other spectacular prizes. So come and join in the fun and try your luck at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham on Sunday 8th May 2005, with Music by Mariano & Co - Plus excellent Goan buffet meal & snacks included in the price. For further information contact: Uniece Barros 020 86720807, Alba Fernandes 020 86563305 or Colin Almeida 020 86871470

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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