Newsletter. Issue 2005-29. Aug 04, 2005
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Diabetes - The Quiet Epidemic
31 Jul: Ottawa Citizen. Excerpts: More than 100 million people worldwide are diabetic and that figure is expected to double within five years …"These fantastic insulin's can mimic what's going on in humans without diabetes," says Brian Rodrigues, chair of the Canadian Diabetes Association's National Research Council …Rodrigues, a professor at the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of British Columbia, is trying to understand how people with diabetes die from heart disease … In North America, for example, ethnicity plays a big role.
Americans and Canadians of African, Asian, Indian and Hispanic backgrounds appear to have a genetic propensity toward diabetes. 3998 words. For full text click here.
Prof Brian Rodrigues was born in Karachi and is a “proud Goan.” His father is from Corlim and mother from Candolim. He has been in Canada since 1982. For his bio click here.

Father Anthony da Silva (ex-Uganda) to head Goa Jesuits
28 Jul: SAR News. Excerpts: Jesuit Father Anthony da Silva has been appointed Provincial for the 140-odd Jesuits of the Goa Province. He said, “Unfortunately, Goa has become mired in political instability and deep-rooted corruption. It is here that I see some role for the Church and the Jesuits to act as “leaven in the dough,” a catalyst bringing growth.
[Born of Goan parents in Uganda in 1945, Father da Silva did his Philosophy in Munich, Germany, and Theology in Pune. He obtained first rank in M.A. Psychology from Pune University and completed his doctorate in psychology with distinction from the University of Michigan, USA.] 609 words. Posted by Fred Noronha on GoaNet. For full text click here.

Ian de Souza Quits Universal Instruments Corp
29 Jul: Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY). Ian DeSouza is out as president of Universal Instruments Corp., one of the region's largest employers. DeSouza was president of Universal for little more than a year. He was hand-picked for the top role at the company that produces automation equipment for the electronics industry. DeSouza had been with the company for 12 years. The company said deSouza will "pursue other interests." For text click here.
Ian deSouza grew up in Kenya and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in England. For his bio click here.

Toronto: Temporary Cease and Desist issued against David Braganza
29 Jul: Financial Services, Ontario. A temporary Cease and Desist Order has been issued against David Braganza, who operates an investment business in the Toronto area. Members of the public are cautioned that it is believed that Mr. Braganza has been receiving funds from individuals on the understanding that he will reinvest the money and repay them on a specified date and at a high rate of interest … Mr. Braganza is believed to operate his business under the names "Financial Link", "Financial Traders" and "Capital Traders Plus." For full text click here.

Violinist Sanya Cotta: 2 Aug German performance.
30 Jul. Ostsee-Zeitung. Sanya Cotta (violin) and Roger Carpenter (guitar) perform on 2 Aug. at the Petri church, Lubmin … Sanya Cotta is a very well-known violinist. She won the David Menezes National Violin Competition in Goa in March 2005. Since May 2005 she lives in Germany, in order to continue her study of the violin. [article in German].
Sanya, aged 18 was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Schubert and Mecxy Cotta. She started playing the violin at the age of four.

World Goa Day celebrated in US
1 Aug: Herald. The Goan Association of New Jersey (GOANJ) celebrated the World Goa Day during its annual picnic last Saturday. The event — which is brain-child of London-based Rene Barretto — is celebrated every year during the picnic. Meanwhile, the Goan community from Toronto-Canada will celebrate ‘Goa Day’ on August 20.

New Susie Coelho Style Collection
2 Aug: PR Newswire: Mervyns introduces an exclusive line of casual, modern home basics and decor called Susie Coelho Style(TM). 1060 words. For full text click here.

Goan Voice UK Donations/Subscriptions
Almost all the contributions received in the first week have been renewals. Whilst this is encouraging, I would like to appeal to those who value the newsletter and have not subscribed in the past to try the email delivery service (£20 p.a.) as a token of their appreciation. Write to for details.


3 Aug: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. BARTOLOMEW PAULO XAVIER ANTAO. Husband of Effie. Father of Pulqueria, Thelma, Nelvy and Remedios. Funeral Mass will take place on Friday 5th August at St. Joseph Cathedral at 4:00pm and thereafter at the Kinondoni Cemetery. Condolence to or

1 Aug: Corlim, Goa. MARIA JULIA PEREIRA. (nee Rodrigues). Wife of late Antoninho Pereira (Babit). Mother of Victor/Anisha(Sharjah), Loyola, Bernadette/Elvis Fernandes, Nandinha/Gregory. Sister of Alcino/Jane (Toronto). Aunt of Domnic/Chantal(Kashmira & Sheridan (Las Vegas, USA). Grandmother of Elber and Elrich Viana. Daughter of Maria Leonora Viana Rodrigues & Fortunato Joaquim Rodrigues. Condolences to

1 Aug: Tivim, Goa. JOSEPH NATIVITY (J.N) DE SOUZA. (born 1911, ex-Mombasa). Husband of late Stella Maria. Father of Basil/Glynis (Toronto), Charles/Wilma (Dubai), Ann /Max.

30 Jul: Vancouver. PETER (BOB) ZUZARTE (aged 85. ex E. Africa: Kampala, Mombasa, Nairobi) Married for 59 years to his loving wife Stella, passed away peacefully of an aneurysm in hospital. Loving father of the late Pamela, late Kevin and late Mary Elizabeth, Josephine, Bryan, Audrey, MaryLou, John, Dorothy, Hyacinth, Bernadette, Marcellus and their spouses. Loving Grandfather to 24 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Viewing on Thu, 4 Aug. at 7.p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Surrey, British Columbia. Funeral Mass on Friday, 5 Aug. at 11.10.a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Surrey, British Columbia. Condolences to: [info from Ed & Isabel Pereira]

27 Jul: Toronto. MAUDE LAURENTE (aged 92, ex-Mombasa). Wife of the late John Delfin Laurente. Mother of Greta (Lino), Meldrita (Menino), Stafford (Bella) and Lauriette. With 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Sister of Francis D'Costa (U. K.). Funeral was on 30 Jul. For full details click here.

Note alterations to previous announcement - shown in red.
24 Jul: Wimbledon, London. DOMINICA CONCEICAO FERNANDES (aged 84; ex-Saligao, Goa; Kampala, Uganda and Portugal). Wife of late Durante Rafael Fernandes. Mother of Lawrence/Monika, Ursula, Roslyn/Tony, Jenny/Kwame and with 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Sister of Mickey and Marie Francis. Sister-in-law of Joaquina and family.
Funeral Mass, Friday 5th August, 10:00am, St Winefrides RC Church, Latimer Road, Wimbledon. Burial London Road Cemetery, Figges Marsh, Mitcham. Reception Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. Transport - coach will be available from church to burial to reception.
Further information email:, or tel Lawrence Fernandes on (0208) 878 3052 or Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528. (Please note there was a technical fault with the previous email address for R.Lobo in last week’s Goan Voice Newsletter. Please resend to Apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.
For full details of the funeral etc. see the supplement at:


Goa to Bombay day-trip.
30 Jul: The Guardian. Libby Swann Beesley wants to take a day-trip from Goa to Bombay.
David Lyons wrote: The bus takes 12 hours and costs Rs650-Rs1,200 depending on the type of bus. The train takes eight hours and costs Rs350 -Rs1,200 depending on the class, but unfortunately you must book in advance as trains are often booked up. Flying is the quickest - two hours - and costs Rs1,500-Rs3,000 with low-cost carriers such as and

Softly down the Sal
31 Jul: The Pioneer. Roque Barretto can take you to see Goa as she really is - when she's not all tattooed and tarted up. He takes you up the Sal in a traditional 45 feet wooden boat. For the trip, set aside five hours, a receptive mood and an empty stomach - and you shall be filled. Everything you need is on board - food, drinks, a toilet and a roguish charmer called Xavier. On your table are a pair of good binoculars and a bird book, for there are birds aplenty along the river. 1194 words. For full text click here.


Goa: Football: Oratory’s Jonathan for London
28 Jul: Navhind Times. Don Bosco Oratory’s Jonathan Menezes topped the Under-21 ‘Nike’s Play to Win’ contest and earned a ticket to London where he will be interacting with Manchester United and Chelsea teams in mid-August. For full text click here.

Heavy Rains disrupt BSNL`s services in Goa
29 Jul: Business Standard. Heavy rains have badly affected the rail, air traffic and mobile services in Goa. Over 700,000 landline phones of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) were snapped. Around 200,000 mobile subscribers also suffered. The fibre optical cable, which provides Internet connectivity, has been washed away and subscribers to the service are facing problems. For full text click here.

Explosives found in a rescued foreign vessel off Goa coast
29 Jul: Deepika Global. Customs authorities have detected about 300 tonnes of armaments besides huge quantity of explosives and a variety of military hardware in a Jakarta-bound foreign vessel that was saved from sinking off Mormugao Port in Goa two days back.

Panjim Garbage: Conflicting Views.
29 Jul. Indian Express. … people in various parts of the country are joining hands to combat the menace of household garbage and ensure zero waste colonies. Panjim in Goa has already accomplished this feat … Initially the project served 70 households but today, the service caters to 24,500 households of the entire city.
29 Jul. Herald. The stench still lingers in the air and with the problem of garbage collection still festering in Panjim, the residents of the capital are wondering as what they are to do with their accumulated garbage.

Private sector can help promote Goa as health tourism spot: Luizinho
31 Jul. Navhind Times. The Industries Minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro, has said Goa’s position as a tourist destination could be exploited further by adding state-of-art medical facilities to promote it as a prime global health tourism destination. For full text click here.

Garbage: Every Goan’s problem
31 Jul: Herald. By Wendell Rodericks. The problem of Goa’s garbage is a matter of concern to us all …The Government’s plans, for Goa’s garbage, is short-sighted and simplistic. They want to create a dumping site and settle this issue once and for all, in a hasty manner. Is a dumping site the only solution? Is it fair to use two or three villages to solve a problem that will affect so many villages en route to the site? 668 words.

Goa: Man convicted for outraging modesty of a woman
2 Aug: Navhind Times. A British travel agent complained to the Goa Police that she had been raped by Sajji Kumar whilst receiving an ayurvedic massage. The Trial Court found him guilty of rape and sentenced him to 7 years rigorous imprisonment. He appealed and the High Court found him not guilty of rape but of outraging the modesty of a woman and reduced the sentence to two years. At the same time the High Court has expressed dissatisfaction on the manner in which investigation had been carried out in this case. 605 words. For full text click here.

Goa: Mopa airport approved by Centre
2 Aug: Press Information Bureau. The government has approved construction of a new greenfield airport at MOPA in Goa for which the state government has got a technical feasibility report prepared, civil aviation minister Praful Patel said today. For full text click here.

Centre agrees to give more funds for holding IFFI in Goa
2 Aug: Navhind Times: With the Planning Commission providing additional funds to Goa, the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane today said the government will consider holding the 36th International Film Festival of India in Goa, and added that he would take a decision on it after consulting party colleagues within three days. For full text click here.


The floods in Goa and subsequently in Mumbai made news on Goanet. Sharon Mascarenhas newspaper article re the floods drew responses on her self-assertion of being 'a pure blooded Goan' in Mumbai.

With Goa's Garbage handling woes front and center, there were a number of suggestions from Goans in the diaspora as to how garbage should be handled. There was also a post from Goa's eminent fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks.

The novel, Bloody Foreigners, published in Britain in 2004 but reissued this year in paperback created some debate with regard to the 7/7 events earlier last month in London. Feedback on social ills like racial discrimination and prejudice were discussed. There is also an ongoing discussion re Goan emigration in comparison to Sikhs and how they support each other as a community. This discussion is certain to generate opinions from across the spectrum.

There have been some ideas floated about demanding for a Konkani TV channel in Goa.

Besides the above, daily news updates from Goa and updates from fellow Goanetters from across the globe keeps Goanet vibrant and community connected.

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Attacks on Asians 'rise after UK bombs'
28 Jul: BBC. The attacks, across the whole of the UK, covered "everything" from verbal abuse and spitting to arson. Nine mosques had been attacked, a garage firebombed, people assaulted in the street, and homes had had their windows broken. [The British police have confirmed the escalating number of attacks against Asians, although officials declined to give any definite figures]

Rise in UK hate crimes seen
29 Jul: Boston Globe. Attacks on Asians and religious minorities in London have increased by more than 500 percent since the suicide bomb attacks on the capital three weeks ago, according to Muslim groups. For full text click here.

UK: Hate crimes soar after bombings
2 Aug: BBC. Attacks on Muslims have soared in London since the 7 July bombings. Police figures show there were 269 "religious hate" crimes, compared with 40 in the same period last year.
2 Aug: BBC. Ethnic groups not 'search target' Police should not rule anyone out when using stop and search powers to prevent further bomb attacks, Home Office minister Hazel Blears has said. She spoke after British Transport Police suggested young ethnic minority men were more likely to be stopped.

UK: Police log 1,000 racist incidents a week
3 Aug: The Telegraph (UK). Racist incidents recorded by police are running at around 1,000 a week in England and Wales, according to Home Office figures. For text click here.

UK Charity: Children Walking Tall
28 Jul. Retford Times. Excerpts: Robert Lyon and Denise Ganatra, began a charity, Children Walking Tall, to run in Goa. The Charity aims to provide nourishing food, fun, exciting and useful education, showers, medical care plus clothes and footwear. You can find out more about the charity and make donations by visiting. For details of the charity click here or phoning (01623) 450944.

Snap happy
29 Jul: The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle. Danny Brannigan, of Haltwhistle, was named June monthly winner of the People category in the Panasonic Batteries Amateur Photographer of the Year Award 2005 for his photo entitled "Goan Boy" The photo can be viewed at:

Academy to observe `Konkani Day' on August 20
29 Jul. The Hindu. The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy is celebrating `Konkani Day' on August 20 in association with other organisations. August 20 is celebrated every year to mark the inclusion of Konkani in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
[Aug. 20 is also selected by UK’s Rene Barreto to marks the World Goa Day]

UK: Rajah Curry Powder Recalled Again
29 Jul: Daily Mail. Batches of curry powder have been withdrawn from sale after they were found to contain the banned dye Sudan 1 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said today. Rajah Premium Hot Curry Powder and Rajah Premium Mild Curry Powder have been taken off the shelves at Somerfield, Budgens and Kwik Save supermarkets. It is not the first time that Rajah has been implicated in the food scare. Eight of its products were found to contain Sudan 1 in 2003 and withdrawn from sale. For full text click here.

Foreign visitors to India are unaware of rabies risk
30 Jul: British Medical Journal. Be sensitised to the persistence of rabies as a serious public health problem in India, doctors said last week. A British woman died last Saturday of rabies contracted during a trip to Goa earlier this year … community survey by the Association for the Prevention and Control of Rabies, which covers 21 towns across India, two years ago showed that 20 000 people in the country die from rabies each year. India’s efforts to eliminate stray dogs received a setback four years ago when animal rights activists influenced the government to pass the Animal Birth Control Rules, which prohibit municipal authorities from killing stray animals. For full text click here.

Govt may allow NRIs with Indian passports to vote
30 Jul: Hindustan Times.,0008.htm

Ujjwala Raut’s secret’s out
31 Jul: Indian Express. India’s most fashionable export after the kurta, supermodel Ujjwala Raut, has had a visit from the stork. The New York-based 26-year-old married her boyfriend Maxwell last year. ‘‘It’s still a secret,’’ says the mom-to-be. Raut and husband are currently in Goa, building a dream home in the popular beach state. The baby is due in December and Raut still has another month of work left.
‘‘I’m going to France to finish off some shoots next week, then I’ll be back in Goa for the house.” … And now Raut’s the face of YSL cosmetics in the US—her face is plastered on posters across New York. For full text click here.
You can see more of Raut at the link below.

India is a favourite destination with tourists looking for medical care
1 Aug: Indo-Asian News Service. Excerpts: People are getting to know that India offers world class medical treatments and facilities at extremely low rates as compared to developed countries … The NHS in Britain has about a million patients on its waitlist for a year, and the NHS does not cover treatment at any place that is more than a three-hour flight away. India has been seeking to persuade NHS to allow outsourcing of patients to India. … the medical procedures most often sought by foreign patients are treatments for cardiac, gastroenterological, cancer-related and orthopedic problems, especially hip and knee replacements, as well as infertility, neurosurgery, organ transplants and plastic surgery, said Roy Fernandez, vice president, International Marketing, Apollo group of hospitals. 1439 words. For full text click here.
For a comprehensive look at health tourism, click here.

India launches its first cheap PC
1 Aug: BBC News: India's first low-cost personal computer has been launched in Madras. Designed by IT firm HCL Infosystems, it is priced at 9,990 rupees ($225) and includes all the basic features required for a first-time user.

Dubai: Record 16 teams for Goan soccer
2 Aug: Khaleej Times. For full text click here.

Holiday couple's gift to a Goa dad
3 Aug: Stroud News and Journal (UK). In 1995 Jill and Barry Woods met newspaper seller Shiva Mandre on Colva beach who asked them where they were from. "When we said near Stroud we didn't think he would know it, but he said is that GL5 or GL6 - he knew every postal code in the UK." Jill, 66, and Barry, 71, said they thought Shiva was the most intelligent man they had ever met. Jill and Barry decided to help him move to a house with running water, by paying his rent of £200 a year.
[Shiva Mandre’s prowess has been noted in a number of other UK Press reports] Text and photo at

UK: Ethnic addicts shun support
3 Aug: Hendon & Finchley Times (UK). Drug and alcohol addicts from Barnet's minority ethnic groups are living with their afflictions rather than seeking help. Taboos, tight-knit communities, denial and peer pressure play a part in this failure, but the experts themselves have also been found wanting … Alcohol is a big problem with young Asian women triggered by depression and mental illness … One addict first came into contact with heroin on a holiday to Goa. There he met four men from Cornwall who had come there specifically to do heroin. He tried it and thought that after India he would not touch it. But he did. For full text, 1207 words, click here.

India: No toilet, no seat, says minister
3 Aug: BBC. Village council candidates in India should be allowed to stand for election only if they have a toilet at home, the rural development minister says. In a letter to all chief ministers, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the toilet rule should be set out in law. He said too many elected members "do not have toilet facilities in their own houses and defecate in the open".

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Tues. 9/8: BBC 4: 12.15am (40mins) The Race Age
An impression of the black experience in Britain in the “decade of love” (the 60’s)

Tues. 9/8: BBC 2: 9.50pm (40mins) My Life as a Child
Documentary: Tonight’s little stars are Persis, India and Yasmine, merciless interviewers of their family members. We see Yasmine, whose Mum is Bangladeshi, interrogate her (white) dad on whether he prefers white or brown women, to which he says he prefers brown. “So how come you always look at blonde people on TV?” she asks, at which point he may have started to regret the whole giving-a kid-a camera experiment. Pure joy.

Thur. 11/8: UK Food: 9.30pm (30mins). Madhur Jaffrey: Goa.
Madhur Jaffrey visits the state of Goa, where the marriage of Portuguese and Indian food is one of the happiest in the world, as the authentic vindaloo demonstrates. Fishing is Goa's most important industry, and seafood is central to the cuisine. Repeat – last shown Nov.04.

Thurs. 11/8: Channel 4: 10.50pm (105mins) Yasmin
(repeat) Compelling, topical and hard hitting drama assessing the impact of 9/11 on a multicultural northern town. Starring Archie Panjabi as a young British Pakistani Muslim, who is radicalised by the prejudice and suspicion that shatters the uneasy truce between insular communities. (contains swearing, sex scenes and drug abuse).


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 7 Aug: 2pm. Archbishop Lanfranc School (Music Room), Mitcham Road, Croydon. Professor of Music, Matthew Mendes from Moira, Goa is currently visiting London and has very kindly offered to do a couple of performances to help members of the Goan community to develop memory and concentration techniques. His music is also therapeutic for those who feel stressed. No entrance charge but limited availability. To book a place, please contact - Nina Pinto on 020 8767 0663 or Alfred Rebello on 020 8337 8022.

Sun. 14 Aug. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association, UK presents a Konkani Musical Show "Goencho Avaz". Top Comedians and Singers from Goa will be touring UK, Canada, France, Portugal and USA. For further information contact Domacian Moniz: 0208 376 1609 / 07940 501196. Or email at:

Sun. 21 Aug. G.O.A. Six-A-Side Football Tournament from 9.30am at Coldharbour Leisure Centre, Chapel Farm Road, New Eltham, London SE9 3LX. £44 per team. Draw will take place on 15th August 2005. Contact: Val Nunes 01322 445743; Darren Fernandes 07956 117703.

Sun. 28 Aug. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 28 Aug. G. O.A. SPORTS DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Contact: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457

Sat. 10 Sep. G.O.A. EXCURSION TO BRUGES. Sightseeing and shopping trip to this lovely Belgian town. Planned pick-up points – Greenford, Tooting Broadway and Norbury. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 18 Sep. G.O.A. Trook Tournament at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663, Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342.


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