Newsletter. Issue 2005-25. July 07, 2005
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UK: Pilar Fathers and Asian Chaplaincy to move to Mitcham
The Pilar Fathers have run the Deptford Parish. London, for six years. In Sept. this year they (Fr Joseph Rodrigues, Fr James Pereira and Fr Oliver Antao) are taking over the running of St Peter & St Paul Church in 21 Church Road Mitcham. In the same month the Asian Chaplaincy will move from Hammersmith to the hall of the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic School, Commonside East, Mitcham. They will be close to the Goan stamping grounds of Croydon, Tooting, and Wimbledon.

Sonia Noronha Mykletun: Executive Director of the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation
June 2005. Fulbright Norway. The U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchanges has named Ms. Sonia Noronha Mykletun as the new Executive Director of the Foundation. Ms. Mykletun was selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates. A Norwegian citizen, Ms. Mykletun was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and received her B.A. from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and her M.A. from the University of Minnesota. She will join the Fulbright Foundation on August 15, 2005. For full text click here.
Sonia is the daughter of the late Felix and Delphine Noronha and the sister of June Noronha whose appointment, from Aug 2005, as strategic planning officer for the Bush Foundation was announced in the last issue of this newsletter.

Karate: Gavin and Karissa strike Gold.
19 Jun: GKR Karate. Karissa and Gavin Fernandes of Heston, UK and students of Rosary R.C. School Heston have won Gold and other medals in their respective age groups at the GKR Japanese Style Karate London Regional tournament. Gavin won in Age Group 5-7 years 8-7th kyu Gold Medal (Kumite) and Silver (Kata) and Karissa won in age group 10-11 years 6-4th kyu Gold Medal (Kumite) and Bronze Medal(Junior Team).Their parents are Antonio (ex-Uganda)and Shila Fernandes both hailing from Colva in Goa

Trevor D'Souza: Helping to grow little companies
27 Jun: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Trevor D'Souza is a computer science expert with an MBA who ran a biotech software company, lives in the city and wears perfectly ironed shirts with well-chosen ties. He is part of the engine that creates more high-paying jobs in Wisconsin. Milwaukee-based Mason Wells hired D'Souza five years ago as managing director of its first venture capital fund, Biomedical Fund 1. For full text click here.
For a profile of Trevor D’Souza see'Souza

New York: Allan DeSouza exhibition
1 Jul: The New York Times. Allan DeSouza: 'The Lost Pictures' New pictures by this conceptualist photographer meditate on the photograph as a memorial object. Mr. DeSouza placed prints made from old family slides around his home, allowing them to become faded and abraded and to accumulate hair, dust and other debris. He then turned them into large, glossy digital prints in which the ghosts of the original images haunt the new, busily textured, semi-abstract surfaces. Talwar, 108 East 16th Street, Union Square, (212) 673-3096, through July 15.
Allan deSouza was born in Nairobi in 1958, raised in England. He was educated at the Bath Academy of Art in England and at Goldsmiths College in London. In 1992 he moved to the United States and lives in Los Angeles.
For a photo, bio, CV etc of Allan see

Pinto's wife speaks out 40 years on
2 Jul: The Nation (Kenya). For the first time in 40 years, Emma Pinto, wife of slain, celebrated and revered Kenyan freedom fighter Pio Gama Pinto has broken her silence, speaking in Nairobi last Thursday during a ceremony to launch lawyer Wanyiri Kihoro's book, The Price of Freedom: The story of Political Resistance in Kenya, in Nairobi on Thursday night,,, Even in her late 60s, Emma is still stunning. Accompanied by her elder daughter Linda Gama Pinto Emma was excited about being back in Kenya once again. 1633 words. For photo and full text click here.

Nationalist Who Inspired Others Even in Detention Camps.
2 Jul: The Nation (Kenya). Pio Gamma Pinto was a hero of Kenya's independence struggle … Pinto, whose parents were from Goa, India, was largely seen by the British establishment as the financier of the African movement agitating for independence. For text click here.

4th of July has special meaning for Angela
3 Jul: Record-Eagle (Michigan, USA). On 4th July Angela Barnes' heart will likely be soaring. "This Independence Day is special," said Barnes, who recently became a naturalized U.S. citizen. "I'm going to finally be part of this great country." Barnes, 36, was born Angela Fernandes in Goa, made famous in the opening scene of "The Bourne Supremacy." She grew up in Kuwait,
where her father worked for an oil company, and learned to supplement her native English with bits of Hindi, Arabic, French and Konkani, the original Goa language. After coming to the U.S. on a family holiday in 1985, she set her sights on returning someday. "I just fell in love with it here," she said, "all the freedoms that people have, and the opportunities here. There just aren't the opportunities in Kuwait or even in India. Life is so much more difficult." 672 words.

UK: University chiefs attack visa plans.
4 Jul. Financial Times. For university chiefs, the removal of international students' right of appeal against visa rejections included in the immigration and asylum bill that comes before the Commons today is a classic example of the government shooting itself in the foot … Keith Vaz, the former Foreign Office minister who describes himself as a "serial loyalist" said he was intending to vote against the bill in the Commons on Tuesday. "It is being sold as a tidying up exercise. But once you take away a right of appeal, you don't give it back."

Canada: Prepare for higher interest rates
5 Jul. The Globe and Mail. … the Canadian bond market got the message loud and clear: Prepare for higher interest rates … Steve Saldanha, a fixed-income trader at TD Securities, said the day began with a selling bias after U.S. bond yields had spiked during the Canadian holiday on Friday in light of a bullish Institute for Supply Management manufacturing survey, which strengthened the case for more rate hikes south of the border. The Bank of Canada's outlook survey “fuelled the fire,” Mr. Saldanha said. … “There's probably more to come,” he predicted. He said that even with yesterday's pullback in bonds, a Bank of Canada rate increase isn't anywhere near priced into the market.
[Steve Saldanha was born in Toronto, the son of Anthony & Elsa Saldanha (ex-Dar es Salaam) and brother of Errol & Maria. For a photo see issue 2005-20]

I'm the Boss, And I Say No Bananas
6 Jul: The New York Times. … Floyd Cardoz of Tabla has refused to eat bananas since he was 10. When he was named executive chef a little over three years ago, banana desserts were banned from his kitchen. ''Growing up in India, the only fruit we'd have year-round is bananas,'' he said. ''Banana fritters, bananas in cream, bananas, bananas, bananas.'' For a profile of Floyd Cardoz see

Kevin digs deep to help the children
6 Jul. Birmingham Post. Kevin D’Souza a Midlands businessman has just returned from a visit to Africa aimed at highlighting the plight of child labourers. He was shocked to see children as young as six working in extremely hazardous conditions in gold and other mineral mines. Kevin is the Principal consulting mining engineer with consultants Wardell Armstrong.
His detailed report will now be used in preparation for a proposed International Programme for Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) programme. Mr D’Souza, an authority on mining in Africa, has carried out a number of internationally-funded missions in over 25 African countries to assess how conditions can be improved for the continent’s poorest and most vulnerable mine workers and their communities. 542 words. For full text click here.
Kevin, is the son of John and Angela (born in Kisumu, nee Martyres) ex-Nairobi and now in Stanmore, Middx., UK. His sister, Vanessa is also in Stanmore. Kevin was born in the UK, gained his degree at the Royal School of Mines and now lives in Nantwich. He is married to Melanie and they have two children, Jamie and Jenny. For a profile of him see

UK: Discount telephone calls
Dialwise are currently offering calls to landlines (rates per min. inc VAT) India 3p. USA, Kenya, Canada, Australia, etc. 1p. UK mobiles 4p. See:


3 Jul. Calangute, Goa. MARIA (MILLY) LEOCADIA DE SOUZA (ex Jinja/Kampala, Uganda). Wife of the late Gregory. Mother of Bonilla/Joe and Leslie/Hilda. Grandmother of Judith, Belinda, Lavinia, Vanessa and Tanya. Condolences to

30 Jun: Mississauga, Canada. OSWALD LUCIO D’MELLO ( aged 61, ex-Mombasa). Husband of Brizila. Father of Mark and Phillip. Father-in-law of Helen. Brother of Priscilla/Ravi and Zita/Sidney. The funeral was on Sat 2 July. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Credit Valley Hospital – Oncology Department would be appreciated. Condolences to

29 Jun: Failsworth, Manchester, UK. BENNET (BEN) DIAS (ex UEB, Kampala). Husband of May. Father of Anthony/Victoria Dias and Fiona/Steve Ellis. Grandfather of Joseph, Benjamin and George. Brother of Sylvia/Alec Nunes and Dorothy Tecla/Joe D’Cruz. Funeral on Wed. 6 Jul, 12.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, Failsworth. Condolences to

27 Jun: Uxbridge, UK MAUREEN CARVALHO-QUINN (born 1950, ex-Nairobi). Wife of Steve Quinn.Sister of Ronald and late Leslie Carvalho. Daughter of Late Alexander and Clara Carvalho. She will be greatly missed by her immediate family, friends and neighbours.
Funeral on Wed 6 Jul. Mass at 10.00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael, Osborn Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1UE. Followed by burial at approx 11.00 am at Carpenders Park Cemetery, Oxhey Lane, Watford WD19 5RL. Condolences to


Goa to set up two special economic zones (SEZ)
1 Jul: Business Standard. The Goa government is planning to apply for establishing special economic zones (SEZ) under a new Act passed by the parliament in May. The move comes in the wake of a suggestion made by the Union finance minister P Chidambaram during his recent visit to the state.
For full text click here.

Goa: Government cries for frogs
1 Jul: Times of India. The Goa government has warned against killing of frogs. Frogs are protected under Wildlife(Protection) Act,1972. Sources said that the meat is sold as jumping chicken and fetches a high price. The Government claims that the consumption of frogs over a period of time could trigger paralytic strokes, cancers, kidney failures and other deformities.For full text click here.

Was Elvis Gomes sacrificed by politics?
3 Jul: Herald (Goa). Goa’s former Director of Tourism Elvis Gomes was suspended by Governor S C Jamir on 4 June 2005 for allegedly misguiding the people of Goa over the removal of the M V River Princess. Thirty days have passed and still no sign of any inquiry - was he really misguiding the Governor or was he a pawn in a bigger game?

Goa police to launch digitised mapping
6 Jul: Business Standard. As part of its modernisation plan, the Goa Police will soon have digitised maps of the entire state, charting out all the villages, towns and cities. The map will store minute details right down to the smallest by lane. For full text click here.

Industrialist Chowgule passes away
6 Jul: Herald (Goa). Noted industrialist and vice chairman of Chowgule group of companies Yeshwantrao Dattajirao Chowgule died on Tuesday at 4 am after a brief illness. He was 84.
For a profile of the Company see

Goa likely to get a new architecture college
7 Jul: Herald (Goa).


A new book, Mother Teresa, The Media and Sainthood, by Gezim Alpion, a British academic, will be published by the end of 2005. It is expected to examine many facts and myths about the famous nun who worked for many years among the poor in Calcutta (Kolkata).

Did you know that airlines within India suffer a significant shortage of pilots? The extent of the shortage and how this is dealt with is explored in some depth by Philip Thomas. Do feel assured however that it is perfectly safe to fly in India.

The next time GV(UK) readers visit their ancestral homes in Goa, they may be keen to purchase plants from a number of nurseries listed on Goanet. Expertise from Miguel Braganza and several others is also available on all kinds of plants and fruit bearing trees and when these should be planted.

If GV(UK) readers want a taste of Portugal in London, then clearly, they need to head to Stockwell on the Northern (tube) Line. They would undoubtedly feel the distinctive flavour of the Douro in Portugal and be able to dine at the many Portuguese restaurants in the area.

From recently de-classified documents in the USA, one can note the intrigue engaged by senior American politicians in the 1970s against India. Some survivors of that era like Henry Kissinger do not come out in a favourable light at all.

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Pereiras, Gonsalves make it to Bollywood
24 Jun: MidDay. Bandra’s aspiring young Catholics have caught the interest of film director E Niwas. His new film, My Name is Anthony Gonsalves, is about two Catholics who live there. Shooting is scheduled to start in August and it is expected to hit the theatres by April 2006. 487 words. [Sent by Tony Pereira of Croydon]

Paedophile suspect: the Goa connection
30 Jun: Yahoo News. Duncan Grant, a British national was remanded in police custody yesterday by a Bombay court. He faces charges of sexual abuse of children and child trafficking. "He ran a racket of similar kind in Goa and we want to investigate that angle too," said Inspector Jaywant Shelar. Media reports said Grant had run shelters for homeless children in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. For full text click here.

A literal feast of tastes and colours for week
30 Jun: Cornish Guardian (UK). Hundreds of people flocked to Mevagissey on Sunday for the village Feast Week … amateur chef David Hunkin and his cousin Ginny serving Goan Mackerel in pitta bread.

Kenya-born, Indian origin man gets UK citizenship
1 Jul: International Herald Tribune. After nearly 13 months at Nairobi’s International airport, Sanjai Shah can safely drop his protest and leave. He was born in Kenya the year before it achieved independence from Britain in 1963. The British deemed him a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies. In 2003 a new British law enabled him to upgrade to full-fledged British citizen and in June 2004 Shah headed off to London with his new passport.
Immigration authorities at Heathrow Airport denied him access to the country, declared him a “Prohibited Immigrant" and sent him back to Nairobi. Kenyan officials put him in detention at the airport since his Kenya passport had been cut by the British authorities. On Wednesday, the British High Commission finally agreed to give me a new passport with the right of abode in the UK. "It's been so long," he said, "But it's been worth it." 1018 words.

Diane Buzul gets whisked off to Goa
1 Jul: Health & Beauty Salon (UK). Little did Diane Buzul know that when she began re-training for a new career in the beauty and holistic industry, she would also be whisked off to Goa in India. Diane is attending Mid Cheshire College in Northwich, As well as undertaking training in St Tropez tanning and Jessica nails, reiki and Chinese herbal medicine, the students went on an educational trip to Goa. "The purpose of the visit was three-fold," explained Diane. "First the students sampled and learned some of the beauty therapies available, comparing them to western treatments. Second, it was an opportunity to meet the Goan people and learn about their culture and lifestyle. And third, we visited a local children's orphanage and took desperately needed items such as clothing and toiletries. The whole experience was fantastic."

Footloose massage
2 Jul: The Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia). Someone we all know, soaking up the delights of Goa, booked in for a massage at her international hotel. She got a rude shock when the masseur ushered her into a room with a mattress on the floor and a gallows-like rope hanging from the ceiling. He invited her to strip and lie on her tummy. Not sure whether to flee or not, she did as she was told. The masseur then hitched himself by one leg to the massage rope and proceeded to swing backwards and forwards across the room, massaging her body with his free foot. She swears it was very relaxing even though she felt the need to keep her eyes tightly closed.

You've got mail
3 Jul: The Malta Independent. By Andrew Sultana. Goa taught me this lesson in one of its uniquely bizarre situations. We had decided to have dinner in one of these restaurants where they show you a movie on a big screen. When the meal arrived my plate had more cutlery on it than food. I had seven forks, two spoons and a knife. The waiter must have produced a piece of cutlery with every item.

‘Portuguese Food Is Non-veg and Complimented With Wine’
4 Jul: Express Hotelier & Caterer. Chef Vasco Silveira, owner of The Horse Shoe restaurant in Goa was in Mumbai to organise a Portuguese Food Festival at Hotel Marine Plaza. In conversation with Express Hotelier & Caterer, he talks about the gastronomy and tradition of Portugal. Photo and text at

Fr. Anthony Barreto appointed Bishop
5 Jul: Vatican Information Service. Fr. Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto of the clergy of Poona has been appointed bishop of the new diocese of Sindhudurg. The bishop- elect was born in Goa in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1979. For full text click here.

Flying Bombay to Sharjah cheaper than Bombay to Goa
5 Jul. Indian Express. It is cheaper now to fly from Mumbai to Sharjah than to Goa with Air Arabia announcing a one-way fare, exclusive of taxes, at Rs 2,410. A one-way ticket to Goa by IA is Rs 4,180, inclusive of taxes.

Bombay: Master Willie dies at 102
5 Jul: Cybernoon (Bombay). Master Willie D'Souza, perhaps Mumbai's oldest citizen and teacher, passed away at his residence in Bandra yesterday. The 102-year-old former maths teacher. Master Willie called himself the quintessential 'lay Jesuit'. He studied at St. Stanislaus School, then moved to St. Xavier's College and finally returned to his old school where he taught for 40 years. For full text click here

Poppy will be laid to rest in India
6 Jul: Lancashire Evening Post. The family of disabled campaigner Poppy Tanna are to make an emotional pilgrimage to scatter her ashes in India. She wanted to go to Bangalore and Goa. Now her ashes will be taken to India and scattered there. For full text click here.

Philip's Goan and done it
6 Jul. York Evening News (UK). Philip Roe is an ex merchant navy man now retired at Stamford Bridge. He worked on the Brocklebank Line of Calcutta Steamers travelling to East India. He says, "I prepared my curry, a Goan vindaloo. Anybody who has been East of Suez will confirm the following fact: vindaloo is a pork curry and not some outrageously hot concoction, as favoured by the lager-louts of this country, which has you wishing you had put a toilet-roll in the fridge the following morning!”

Patron saint of lost things stolen
6 Jul: Peterborough Evening Telegraph. A mean-spirited thief has stolen a 109-year-old statue of St Anthony of Padua from All Souls Church, in Park Road, Peterborough. Father David Jennings, of All Souls, said the statue was particularly popular with the church's Italian and Goan Indian members. For full text click here.

Fairchild festival struts mango's stuff
7 Jul: Miami Herald. Mango season in South Florida means the annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild. This year's focus is the incredible mangoes of India .Mangophiles will not want to miss the 1 p.m. Saturday workshop by Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey . Jaffrey's favorite mango is the plump Alphonsefrom Konkan coast, near Goa.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 9/7: BBC 2: 2.30pm (140mins). Film: A Passage to India
Lavish period drama by David Lean. Story about an English girl visiting India to meet her prospective bridegroom. During her stay she is introduced to Dr Aziz, a Muslim surgeon who organises a trip where events take a tragic turn.

Sat. 9/7: Discovery Channel: 7.00pm (120minms) The Real Da Vinci Code
Tony Robinson tries to track down the truth behind the best selling book about the Holy Grail, a book that caused the Catholic Church concern.

Wed. 13/7: BBC 1: 7.00pm (60mins) Undercover Hospital Cleaner – A Panorama Special
Shabnam Grewal undercover reporter got a job as a cleaner and presents a disturbing report on one of Britain’s biggest three star hospitals. “We recruited a nurse to film the care of the elderly and I got a job as a cleaner, both to look at the conditions and to film the nurse,” says Grewal who had no difficulty getting a job.

Thurs. 14/7: BBC2: 8.00pm (60mins) Bank of Mum and Dad
Hiten Patel dreams of establishing a successful recording studio in London and has racked up thousands of pounds of debt in his bid to produce the hits of tomorrow. Parents Suresh and Hansa have been bailing him out for years so now it’s time for financial adviser Laurence Gold to come to their aid. Can he help Hiten’s long suffering parents stop their retirement nest egg from vanishing down the drain?


Thurs. 14/7: BBC Radio 4: 11.30am (35mins) Political Bollywood
Indian movies are the most viewed films in the world, reaching well beyond the billion-strong audience in India itself. Forget the kitsch, gaudy stereotypes. Ever since the beginning, Hindi films have been about social and political engineering, social mores and moral principles. This programme deals with the Indian film industry up to Independence. Presented by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.


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Sat 9 Jul. Swindon. 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 10 Jul. G.O.A OPEN 2005 - London Golf Tournament at Whitney Lakes near Oxford. GOA UK members £17.50, Overseas GOA Affiliations £30.00, Guests £35.00. Applications on a first come first served basis. Closing date for entries: 5th June 2005. Contact: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832, Cedric D'Cruz 020 - 8954 1596

Sun 10 Jul. Tivim Feast "Taste of Africa" at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road Croydon. Mass at 12.30 p.m. Nite Life and Mellow Tones. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457

Sun. 10 Jul. Copland Hall, Wembley. 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:

Fri. 15 Jul. 7pm until midnight. Midsummer Fund Raising Dance @ Bottwell Hall, Botwell Lane, Hayes, Music by the band "Mustang" and disco by "Nite Life." Tickets advance only £10:00 children under 10 yrs £5:00. For tickets: Sean Almeida 07841 383709; George Hillier 020 8908 1039; Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528; Alison Braganza 07799 586793.

Sat. 16 Jul. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School (Nairobi) Reunion. 5.00 - 11.30 p.m. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Contact Donald & Alvira 0208 300 6154; Viv & Reggie Remedios 0208 204 1912; Lambert Pereira 0208 570 2347; Cornelius Monteiro 0208 681 8716

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

Sun 31 Jul: G. O.A. GOAN FESTIVAL in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322

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:


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