Newsletter. Issue 2005-28. July 28, 2005
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It is that time of the year again! Goan Voice UK launches the annual Donations appeal to coincide with the UK Goan Festival as many of you prefer to hand contributions personally from yourselves and on behalf of friends and relatives.

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UK Goan Festival: 31 July 2005

(Pic by Joel D’Souza)
The G.O.A. Goan Festival on Sunday 31 July 2005 at Archbishop Lanfranc School, is the premiere UK Goan event with around 3.000 attending. Note: Admission £2, children under 16 free. Car Parking £2. (It would save delays if you brought the exact money).. Personal food or drink not allowed to the premises. The Chief Guest is 'Melody Queen' Antonette Mendes, star of Konkani Stage and Screen. The programme will start with Mass at 12.15pm, principal celebrant: Bishop Alex Dias from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Do call at the Goan Voice UK stall with your suggestions to enhance the service.

Eastern promise for charity from a belly dancing diva
21 Jul: Coventry Evening Telegraph. Belly dancer Maria D'Silva, who is a Goan, appears at a fundraising dinner in Coventry tonight. Maria is a professional with an international reputation who has performed in Cairo and Luxor. With her will be her tabla player, Joe Fernandes. For text, 227 words, click here.
Maria, was born in Mombasa and also lived in Nairobi where she attended Catholic Parochial School. Her parents are Sebastian and late Philomena D’Silva. For more info and photos check out her website:
Joe is ex Eastleigh, Nairobi, the son of Caridade and Sylvia (Baby) Fernandes.

Art leaps from the suburbs to centre stage
20 Jul: Parramatta Advertiser (Sydney). A collection by artists such as … Indira Fernandes [ex-Mombasa] … is at Parramatta Heritage Centre, until Sunday, July 31.

Gregory Antao on "London Terrorist Bombings: Coping Strategies For Victims"

20 Jul: PR Web: Hypnotherapist Gregory Antao has written an article entitled "Strategies to cope with acute stress and trauma" published by the Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM). For text see
For the PR Web article see

Greg Antao is the son of the late Norton Antao, (ex-Mombasa). For more info about him check his website,

Harshitha D'Souza spells out success
22 Jul. Hull Daily Mail. Twelve-year-old Harshitha D'Souza from west Hull has won a place in a national spelling contest, despite English being her second language. She moved to England from India with her parents eight months ago. They come from the Bangalore region of India and speak Kannada as their first language. On September 18, Harshitha will compete against hundreds of children from across the country in the BBC Hard Spell competition. 326 words. For full text click here.

Book Review - Silviano C. Barbosa's The Sixth Night
27 Jul: Epoch Times (Canada). By Zoe Ackah. Excerpts: The Sixth Night is a scaled down, James A. Michener-style historical fiction set mainly in colonial Goa … The book chronicles Linda's trials and tribulations as a woman, a shudra, and a Catholic … She travels through Europe, ending up in Toronto … Having a child fathered by a Portuguese diplomat, Linda's story is the notable personal conflict in the novel. For more information take a look at the Sixth Night's website,
For Epoch Times article, 516 words, see
For Cornel Da Costa’s review of the book click here.

London post 7/7 from inside a cab
28 Jul. Indian Express. Mr Alvares Almeida, a Goan taxi driver, who has spent 25 years in London with fresh fish and meat cooked daily by his agreeable wife, vents his spleen against the Muslims. 737 words.

Canada: Tanzanite Picnic
For photographs taken by Susie Pereira of the recent Tanzanite Picnic held on July 10, 2005. click here.


25 Jul: Margao, Goa. ALEXIO FERNANDES Husband of Ester. Father of Query/Agnelo, Patrick, Janet/Felix (U.K), Jeoffery.

25 Jul: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PETER CORREIA (ex-Dar-esSalaam/Arusha) Husband of Marie Correia. Father to Romalino (Arusha), Milton (Arusha) and Vivian (Dar). Brother-in-law of Rufine Dourado, Angela/Bellarmine Dourado (Pittsburgh) and Lira/Julius DeMello (Calgary).
Condolences to [info from Claude Fernandes].

25 Jul: Mombasa, Kenya. MRS MARIA SEQUEIRA. Wife of late J. R. Sequeira. Mother of Bertilla, Eddie and Culan.

25 Jul: Curtorim, Goa. ESPERANCA MERECIANA BARRETO E FERNANDES. Relcit of Marcos Pascoal F. Fernandes. Mother of Socorinha/Edviges Barretto (London) and Celina/Ivor Tellis.

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, 9.30, St Winefrides RC Church, Latimer Road, Wimbledon. Burial London Road Cemetery, Figgs Marsh, Mitcham. Reception Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. Transport - coach will be available from church to burial to reception. Condolences to
Further information tel. Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528 or

24 Jul: Varca, Goa. TEODOZIO M. GOMES. Husband of late Artimizia. Father of Violet/Carlos, Savio (Kuwait)/ Eufemia. Brother of late Antu / Edwardina (Tanzania), late Julieta/ late Domaciano, Gracinda/late Constancio, Stephen (London), Albert/ Yvette.

24 Jul: Panaji, Goa, MICHAEL (MIKE) F. VICTOR. Husband of Lalita. Father of Antonio. Mike was Manager, Operations, Goacom Insys Pvt Ltd, Panjim.

24 Jul: Cavelossim, Goa. CARMELITO L. RODRIGUES. Husband of Lekha. Father of Shamina/Antonio (U.K), Shelton (USA). Grandfather of Asher (UK).

23 July: Margao, Goa: ALEX FERNANDES. Husband of Ester. Father of Query/Agnelo, Jeanet/Felix (UK), Geoffrey

22 Jul: Miramar, Goa. GEOFFREY MASCARENHAS (born 1917, ex-Nairobi & Saligao). Husband of Indinha. Father of Ives, Amyas/Blanche and Ovid/Judy.


Monsoon Magic In Goa
Jul 2005: Business Traveller. Traditional feasts high on native revelry, fantastic hotel packages and lush green landscape makes Goa an endearing destination in the rains, writes Sigmund de Souza.

Goa In The Rains - Best Hotels Deals
Jul: 2005: Business Traveller.

SpiceJet Launches Rs 999 fare for Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai route
21 Jul: New Kerala .com. SpiceJet Limited has launched Rs 999 fares for the Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai route from tomorrow over the next one month. For full text click here.

Kingfisher Starts Planning For International Flights
26 Jul: Aviation Week. Kingfisher Airlines is to launch international operations. Chairman Vijay Mallya [who also owns Kingfisher beer] said the carrier is several years away from launching international flights. The airline also announced plans to start two daily flights from Mumbai to Goa on Aug. 11. For full text click here.


Crosses desecrated in Goa
21 Jul: Asia News (Italy). Four crosses were desecrated in seven days in Ponda Parish, in the state of Goa. “Desecrating the crosses conceals an ulterior motive, namely sowing the seeds of communal suspicion and unrest in Goa,” said Father Loiola, secretary to the Archbishop.

Goans worried over London attacks
22 Jul: Herald (Goa) Excerpts: Fifteen days after London was rocked by serial bomb blasts, Goa once again was on tenterhooks after news flashed that four bombs had exploded in various London tube stations … Francis Quadros, brother of Xavier Quadros who is a doctor working in London and resident of Russell Street, cannot comprehend as to why this is happening. According to him, “it was such a nice peaceful place with all communities living together. Now everyone lives in fear.”

Govt urged to promote Konkani in Roman script
22 Jul: Navhind Times. The literary and cultural institutions working for the promotion of Konkani in Roman script, at a meeting held recently at Pilar, unanimously resolved to fight for the right of Konkani in Roman script. For full text click here.

Goa govt to seek special fund for international airport
23 Jul: The Goa government will seek a special fund from the Planning Commission for the proposed International Airport at Mopa in North Goa. For full text click here.

Samir Kelekar: Goa can be IT hub like Bangalore with political will
23 Jul: Touted merely as a tourist destination, Goa can become one of the most favoured international information technology (IT) hubs on the lines of Bangalore if there is political will and stability besides suitable strategies by all stake holders, says Dr Samir Kelekar, an IT expert.

11 killed in Goa landslide
26 Jul: Indian Express. Heavy Downpour: Parts of Panjim flooded for fourth day, more than 100 families moved from Margao and Panjim. For full text click here.

Former Goa star footballer forced to beg for a living
26 Jul: New Menino Caldeira, who today suffers from Gangrene, was recently picked up from the streets by the Goa Football association. At the peak of his career in the 70’s and early 80’s he was even named as the “Goan Pele”. Now, deserted by family and friends, Caldeira is compelled to beg in the streets of Goa even for managing two square meals. 213 words.

Elvis Gomes’ suspension revoked
27 Jul: Herald. The Goa government has revoked the June 4, 2005 order suspending from service Director of Tourism Elvis Gomes.

Task-force formed to remove oil balls
28 Jul: Navhind Times. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of oily lumps in large quantities along the South Goa coast which could cause “irreparable” damage to ecology, marine life and environment besides harming the tourism industry, the government has formed a task force to remove the oil balls and clean the affected beaches. For full text click here.

Goa's famous beaches hit by tarballs
28 Jul: Hindustan Times.,001100020013.htm

Oily beach leaves Goa vexed
28 Jul. The Hindu. Photo and text at :

Major sex racket busted in Parra
28 Jul: Herald. In a swift raid, the local villagers with the help of Mapusa police on Tuesday night, raided a house at Parra and arrested seven young girls and nine youth suspected to be involved in a sex racket.

50 years ago
28 Jul. 1955. The Hindu. PM Nehru explains Goa policy.


Recent discussion has centred on the 250th birth anniversary of Abbe Faria whose fame in the field of hypnosis has been well established internationally. Suggestions have emerged that the Indian postal authorities should issue postage stamps to commemorate the historical contribution of a Goan icon.

Within Goa, transport as a pillion rider on a motorcycle is widely available. Now, the origins and extent of this mode of transport have been explored in some depth.

The monsoon rains at this time of year can be incredibly heavy in Goa and while these are so valuable for agriculture, they can cause considerable chaos on roads and even in the fields when they get flooded out. Recent Goanet articles have spelt out some of the difficulties caused recently by this year's heavy rainfall.

There has been much discussion on the need for postal codes in Goa. Different versions of postal codes have come under scrutiny with a view to ensure that Goa can adopt what is best from the experience of other countries.

A Jesuit researcher in Goa has claimed that the current Language Bill is taking the Catholic population for "a jolly ride". This is a controversial issue which receives detailed explanation on Goanet. Do have a say on this subject.

Finally, is it incidental, or is it not, that Science and Religion share similar discourses and modes of addressing each other? Find out about this intriguing topic from the report of a lecture given by Prof. Alito Sequeira.

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


Overseas Indians to get cards with multi-entry permanent visas
21 Jul: NewIndiaPress. The government is considering giving overseas Indians a special smart card that will enable them to come to India at any time and stay here as long as they wish without going through the usual legal and security wrangles. For full text click here.

UK: Terror Attacks: Polls
22 Jul: Sky News. Radical clerics who preach violence are not out of touch with mainstream Muslim views, according to nearly half of British Muslims questioned in a poll. The opinion poll for Sky News revealed that roughly the same number thought of themselves as Muslims first and British second.,,30100-13391671,00.html
23 July: The Telegraph. The group portrait of British Muslims painted by YouGov's survey for The Daily Telegraph is at once reassuring and disturbing, in some ways even alarming. One in four Muslims sympathises with motives of terrorists. For full text click here.

Australia to send back 'paedophile'
22 Jul. Times of India. Australia has allowed the extradition of Werner Wulf Ingo, one of the six accused in the Goa child prostitution racket, to India to face trial in the case being investigated by CBI.

Rabies kills holiday woman bitten by dog in Goa
22 Jul: BBC. A 33-year-old British woman has died after contracting rabies while holidaying in Goa. For full text see
There has been widespread UK Press coverage since. The victim has since been named as Alison Dwerryhouse, a shop assistant from Bury She was bitten on April 9. According to the Times: “Goa is well known as a pocket of rabies infection on the Indian subcontinent, where around 30,000 die from the disease each year.”
Woman dies after rabies bite. The Daily Mail. For full text click here.
Brit victim of rabies. The Sun.
Rabies kills Goa holiday woman. Telegraph. For full text click here.
Rabies victim dies. Guardian. For full text click here.
British woman dies of rabies. The Independent 23 Jul. For full text click here.
Bitten holidaymaker dies of rabies. The Times 23 Jul.
Tourist Dies Of Rabies. The Mirror. 23 Jul. For full text click here.

Goa: Restaurant Review: ‘O’ Coqueiro’
23 Jul: Deccan Herald. By Marianne de Nazareth. The restaurant was founded by Gines Viegas [ex Tanzania] who expired two years ago. It has been bought over by the Alcon group and refurbished. 553 words. For full text click here.

Left to rot in a hellhole
24 Jul. Wales on Sunday. By Nathan Bevan. Excerpts: Concerns are growing for Adrian Duggan, 37, left to rot for more than 18 months in a Goa prison as he waits to go on trial for murder. He was arrested in Vagator in Goa on Christmas Day 2003 after his girlfriend, Catherine Campbell, was stabbed to death. Duggan, who also suffered injuries, was charged with murdering her.
Now Pauline Crowe of the campaign group Prisoners says, "It may seem like paradise, but falling foul of the law in these places can mean being subjected to very harsh, potentially life-threatening conditions.” Both Mr Duggan's mother and brother are believed to be in Goa, providing support. 467 words click here.
8 Apr. 2004. BBC. Lover charged over Goa murder. BBC. For full text click here.
22 Jul 2004. Western Mail. Foreign Office rapped over case details. For full text click here.

A Clear vision
26 Jul: Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, UK). Businesswoman Marie Cunningham is to embark on a career in the sun and set up a number of retreats abroad where people on a budget are able to get teachings for various therapies. The first retreat will go ahead in November in Goa where people can do yoga and meditation as well as have various therapies such as crystal therapy, Reiki and metaphysics. For full text click here.

'Blatant racism' in Canada
27 Jul: Ottawa Sun. Internationally trained tradespeople and professionals face racism and other unfair hurdles as they seek recognition in Ontario's workforce, an immigrants lobby charged yesterday. A lawyer and doctor of engineering, both educated in U.K. universities, said they are among thousands of immigrants who face unclear rules and requirements that limit their career prospects once they arrive in Canada. For full text click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Mon.1/8: FilmFour: 6.00pm (120mins) The Householder
Honest drama about a troubled Indian marriage. A James Ivory production in English. (1963)

Tues.2/8: FilmFour: 6.00pm (120mins) Bombay Talkie
Another James Ivory production: a mediocre melodrama starring Jennifer Kendall and Shashi Kapoor (970).

Wed.3/8: TCM: 1.10am (120mins) Bhowani Junction
Set in British India, prior to independence, a romantic drama between an Anglo-_Indian girl pulled between her love for a British Officer and coming to terms with her own identity. Starring James Stewart and Ava Gardner.

Sat.6/8: BBC 4: 2.45am (60mins) The African Rock n’ Roll Years
Portugal’s musical legacy to its former African colonies, Angola and Mozambique.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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:

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


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