Newsletter. Issue 2005-24. June 30, 2005
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Bindiya Phadte of GoaCom's Goa office has been web master of Goan Voice UK for several years. She was responsible for the production and distribution of this newsletter and has also provided me with invaluable assistance in dealing with the Goan Voice UK email, subscription requests, production of supplements, etc. Sadly she leaves on 2 July 2005 for alternative employment. She will be greatly missed even though she has kindly agreed to monitor arrangements during the transitional period after her departure.

Bindiya's successor is Clive D'Souza, son of Joel (of Joel's Goa newsclips). Clive has already proved to be a dab hand at providing us with video news.

Thank you and goodbye Bindiya! Welcome aboard Clive!


June Noronha’s Bush Foundation appointment
1 Jun: Bush Foundation. June Noronha [ex-Nairobi], a College of St. Catherine (Minnesota) associate dean, has been named strategic planning officer for the Bush Foundation. She brings to the Foundation expertise in organizational development and management, as well as a deep understanding of intercultural issues.
The Bush Foundation is a grantmaking organization that improves the quality of life in its communities by supporting individuals and organizations that strengthen communities. It was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Full text at
[June is the daughter of the late Felix Noronha and Delphine Noronha. She attended St. Teresa's Girls and then the Duchess of Gloucester Schools in Nairobi. It is believed that she is currently on a visit to Nairobi]

Mervyns and Lifestyle Expert Susie Coelho team up
21 Jun: Homeworld. Lifestyle expert, HGTV host and best-selling author Susie Coelho has been tapped by Mervyns to design her first collection of casual, modern home basics and décor created exclusively for Mervyns, under the name Susie Coelho Style. The line debuts in all stores on August 1, 2005 and features moderately priced bedding, bath and tabletop collections.
[Susie Coelho was born in England of Goan parents, was one of the hot models in America in the 1980s and had adorned the cover of many mass-circulated magazines. She married Sonny Bono (who was previously married to Cher). Check out the Susie Coelho scrapbook at

Canada: Rev. Raymond J. de Souza on Gay Marriage
23 Jun: LifeSiteNews, Rev. Raymond J. de Souza has challenged Liberal Cabinet Ministers ordered by Prime Minister Martin to toe the party line on same-sex “marriage” to not yield in the “battle between ambition and principle.” In a captivating editorial appearing in the National Post today, he encouraged lawmakers to follow the example of St. Thomas More. For the National Post article For full text click here.
See also: 29 Jun: Marriage Now Just a Sexual Relationship
[Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary].

Jason Lobo, former PC, accuses bosses of race discrimination
24 Jun: Burnley Express. A former police officer has accused his bosses of racial discrimination after his fraud trial collapsed. PC Jason Lobo (36), who now lives in Blackburn and has competed for his country in the Commonwealth Games, denied 12 charges of false accounting and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The prosecution offered no evidence against him on the first day of his trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
He has been suspended from duty for 18 months following the allegations, made when he was working on secondment at Salford's immigration service. PC Lobo believes that his bosses treated him differently because he is mixed race. For full text click here.
See also 20 June. Blackburn Shopping. For full text click here.
Jason Lobo is the son of Augustus Lobo (born in Goa) and Maureen Picken. Jason Lobo has represented Great Britain at both 800 and 1500 metres, in particular as AAA champion and as a member of the World Championship Team in Seville in 1999. In 1999 he was ranked in 39th in the world in the 800m. He is listed in: UK Top Performers 1980-2004: (800m in 1:45.82) See:

Errol De Souza: Winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
24 Jun: Business Wire. Ernst & Young LLP announced the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards 2005. Winner: Emerging Biotechnology: Errol De Souza, Ph.D, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Archemix Corporation. For a profile of Errol De Souza see

Five Questions with Francisco D'Souza
24 Jun: VARBusiness. Cognizant Technology Solutions is on a roll. With sales of $586.7 million, the Teaneck, N.J.-based offshorin' IT outsourcer (No. 75 on the 2005 VARBusiness 500) has been building organically and through acquisitions. Stateside, COO Francisco D'Souza, No. 2 on Cognizant's executive ladder, shares his thoughts about the company's growth. For full text click here.
For a photo and profile of Nairobi-born Francisco D'Souza click here.

At your service
25 Jun: the Times (UK). Greg Watts writes about the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Deptford, London. The three priests who run the parish are from Goa … In his homily, Father James Pereira gently chides parishioners who arrived late. … There seems to have been scant acknowledgement of the rapidly changing ethnicity and culture of congregations such as this one at Deptford.
For unless these new ethnic communities are fully integrated into the life of the Church, as the Irish were, there is a danger that they may seek spiritual sustenance elsewhere. For full text, 609 words, search the archives at the link below.

Wimbledon: Men’s Doubles: Paes-Zimonjic reach quarters
28 Jun: Leander Paes and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Montenegro came up with a clinical performance to storm into the quarterfinals of the men's doubles event in the Wimbledon Grand Slam championship in London on Tuesday. The fifth seed pair defeated Karol Beck of Slovakia and Jaroslav Levinsky of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to move into the last eight.
Leander Paes was born in Goa on 17 June 1973. Leander’s father, Dr. Vece Paes had won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics at Munich as a member of the Indian Hockey team. In an India Express interview, Leander said, “Grandpa actually designed this home [in Velim] for us. He was quite a man. He came over from Arusha, in Tanzania. He was a great doctor and when the Indians were asked to leave from there, he got a boat with his brother and sailed to Goa.” For the text of the interview see Update 29 Jun: Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett bt Leander Paes/Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (10/8)

My bump's neater
30 Jun. The Sydney Morning Herald. Comparing bellies is a popular pastime at online chat forums where women discuss their pregnancies and compare photos … Mums-to-be aren't only comparing the sizes of their tummies. They're also getting personal trainers and hitting yoga and Pilates studios. Allan Menezes, director of the Pilates Institute of Australasia, says more instructors are getting trained in Pilates for pregnancy to meet a growing demand. He says there's been a recent "unheard of" spate of pregnant women coming to the institute's studios. Menezes says health is the prime motivation but the desire to look good also plays a role.
For a profile of Allan Menezes, see

Ryan D'Souza: Tesco must wait until last minute
19 Jun: Epping Forest Guardian. A decision on whether to grant Waltham Abbey's new Tesco superstore round-the-clock opening times will have to wait until the 11th hour … Councillor Ryan D'Souza said: "This is such a big issue we should be allowed more time to have a look at it and consult with all the residents who are affected." For full text click here.
Ryan, 23, is a Barrister, the brother of Warren and son of Roger (Nanyuki, Kenya) & Nicolette and grandson of Richard & Theresa (Nairobi and Machakos). He read Law at the University of Essex. Ryan was elected as a District Councillor for Waltham Abbey Southwest Ward in June 2004. Away from work, Ryan, like his brother, also plays hockey in the National League.

Warren D’Souza: Hockey: England U21 World Cup Squad Announcement
13 Jun: England Hockey (UK). Team Manager Peter Nicholson has announced the squad for the Junior Men’s World Cup in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 29 June – 10 July … Warren D’Souza will join the squad in Rotterdam after completing his A levels on the 28 June. For full text click here.
Warren D’Souza, 18, brother of Ryan (above) has been featured in these columns several times before. He has previously represented England U16 and U18, winning gold in the European U18 Champioships in 2004, in which tournament, the England coaching staff awarded him a prize for the most influential player in the tournament. Warren plays club hockey in the National Premier League for Old Loughtonians

Warren faces an international test
30 Jun: Waltham Forest Guardian. Excerpt: Warren D'Souza will complete his final A-level exam before flying off to Rotterdam to represent the England U-21 hockey team in the Junior World Cup. 201 words. For photo and full text click here.


29 Jun: Quebec, Canada. JOAQUIM D'SILVA. Viewing at: Maison Darache Funeral Home, [Tel: 450 676-6257], 7679 Boul. Taschsreau, Brossard, Quebec, Canada on Sat. and Sun (July 1-2) from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm and Mon (July 4) from 8.30am to 9.30am
Funeral Service at St. Mary's Parish, 735 Miller Street, Greenfield Park, on Mon July 4 at 10:00am. [Info from Felix D’Sa]

27 Jun: Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. XAVIER JAMES BARRETO. Son of late Joseph and Marianna Barreto (Zanzibar), Husband of Alison Alphonso e Barreto. Father of Jerry and Lavina. Brother of Custodio, Orlando and Rosalina.
Funeral 30th June, 2005 at St Joseph's Cathedral (Dar-es-Salaam) at 4 pm
Condolences to or

25 Jun: Edinburgh, Scotland: RAJARAM SARDESAI, aged 72. Husband of Anna. Father of Davi, Gaby and Aaron.

24 Jun. Varca, Salcete, Goa. MARIA MATILDA ROSA (aged 90). Wife of late M.A. Rosa (formerly of Nairobi). Mother to Philomena, late Sinhorina, late Edward, Josephine (UK), Rosario & Sr. Raquel. Passed away peacefully. Funeral on 25 June at Varca. Messages of condolences for Josephine and Aires to

22 June: Thornton Heath, UK: VICTOR DE LIMA (aged 85, ex-Nairobi & Kampala). Husband of Melezinha. Father of Philomena, Joaquim, Arzilia and Olga. Funeral on Tue 28 Jun. 10:00am at St Andrews Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath. Burial at 11.30 at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Wallington, Surrey. Condolences to

19 Jun: Streatham, London. BRUNO DIAS (ex-Nairobi West; Standard Bank), aged 73. Beloved husband of Esther. Father to Brian, Elaine and Michelle. The funeral service will be at 12:30pm Thu 30 June at the English Martyrs Church, 2 Mitcham Lane, London SW16 6NN. The burial will be at Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Road at 2:00pm. Parking is available near the Church at Tooting Lido. In lieu of flowers donations to the Diabetic Association, Condolence messages to


The Hip Hols
26 Jun: Sunday Mirror. Goa: Holidaymakers shopping for a long-haul bargain will be scrambling to buy packages to Goa later this year as prices plummet. That's because the Indian government has relaxed its restrictions on cheap flights and now operates an open-skies policy. The real impact will be felt in packages later in the season - so wait until October to explore this exotic coast. For text, click here.

Tourism & Goa
26 Jun: Indian Express. One of the biggest magnets for Indian and international tourists is beautiful Goa. Did you know that Goa does not even have a civilian airport (despite landing so many international charters and domestic flights)? The Navy runs the airport and places a number of restrictions on its use … The obvious question is, shouldn’t the Goa airport be freed for civilians …

India worried over air fare wars
29 Jun: BBC News. A fierce fare price battle in India's start-up budget airlines market is worrying aviation authorities. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told the BBC he was concerned by "indiscriminate" fare wars. India worried over air fare wars


Monsoon rain drowns Goa film fest venue
25 Jun: Deccan Herald. Revamped at an exorbitant cost of Rs 23.5 crore, the infrastructural projects built for the international film festival in Goa have already been damaged by the monsoon.

Pacheco sworn in as minister in Rane Govt
25 Jun: NDTV: NCP MLA Francisco `Mikky' Pacheco was today sworn in as a minister in the Congress-led Goa government ending the deadlock between the two alliance partners over the issue. For full text click here.

Goa: Laws on consumers’ rights to be strengthened
26 Jun: Navhind Times. The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane said that Goa, which has one of the highest per capita savings in the country, unfortunately witnessed a large number of cases pertaining to duping of investors by non-banking financial companies. “The government would strengthen the existing legislations to protect the rights of consumers, especially in financial sector,” he assured.

Supreme Court unseats two Goa BJP MLAs
27 Jun: Hindustan Times. Two BJP legislators on Monday ceased to be members of the Goa assembly, with the Supreme Court refusing to extend a stay on their disqualification order.,000900040002.htm


The contrast between crime in Goa in earlier decades, and today, is provided by an interesting account by Tomazinho Cardozo

Who exactly were the Freedom Fighters who liberated Goa from the Portuguese in 1961? There has been much debate on this issue, including the view that Goa was not liberated but occupied by Indian forces in 1961.

Frogs, or more precisely, frog legs have always been a delicacy in French restaurants. But this is also true in Goa for private consumption which is illegal but rampant in the monsoon season. There is now a risk that the frogs are disappearing in Goa because of the high demand for them. A small movement on 'Saving the Frogs' has begun to counter the poachers in the fields of Goa.

An unusual brief account alerts us to the risk of purchasing fake designer goods on the Italian Riviera. Apparently, there are on-the -spot fines for such purchases as part of a police crack-down on illegal street trading.

Another particularly important warning to travellers to India alerts us to of some unscrupulous airport officials who ask for our passports at airline desks and then tear out a crucial page from the document without us becoming aware of what is happening when we take our eyes off the airline official. Moments later, on entering the airport security zone, an official there, involved in the racket, notes that there is a missing passport page and one is detained for having a fake or incomplete passport in one's possession. Clearly, one needs to be acutely aware of this possibility happening to us.

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India Urged to Protect Church Personnel
22 Jun: CathNews (Aus). The Catholic bishops' conference of India urged the central and state governments to take serious note of the recent outbreaks of violence against the Church and its personnel.

How secure are India's call centres?
24 Jun: BBC. Is information security becoming a casualty in India's booming call centres as they drive down costs to keep themselves competitive for foreign clients?

Portland, OR, USA: New Restaurant.
24 Jun: Portland Tribune, OR, USA. David Machado, owner of Lauro Kitchen is working on a new restaurant at the corner of Southeast 21st Avenue and Clinton Street. Called Vindalho (Portuguese for “wine of garlic”), the restaurant will feature Southeast Asian cuisine, specifically the cuisine of Goa, the Indian port that was a Portuguese colony until 1987. Readers can follow every stage of the new restaurant development on Machado’s blog at He’s shooting for a mid September opening.

Tongue in a Twist
24 Jun: Outlook. Kannada or Devanagari? The dialect-rich Konkani sets off furious debate on the choice of script in Karnataka. For full text click here.

UK: Patak offers ethnic tastes
25 Jun: The Grocer. Patak’s is targeting growing consumer interest in food provenance with a range of sauces inspired by different Indian regions. Regional sauces featured includes Goan 7 Spice Masala (rsp: £1.99 for a 425g jar).

Culinary Crossover
26 Jun: Sunday Independent (South Africa). Classic Mozambican dishes manifest the diversity of influences. In caril de galinha, the coconut milk chicken curry and piri-piri hot sauce reflect the legacy left by Goanese spice traders and administrators. Pre-colonial tastes are manifested in okra-based dishes such as siga de candja com camarao, the shrimp and okra stew. For full text click here.

Adele Silva interviewed in Goa.
26 Jun: The Sunday Mirror. Emmerdale’s Adele Silva, 24, interviewed in Goa by Lara Kilner. Her boyfriend, Antony Costa, from boyband Blue, was with her in Goa … Later it’ll be time for curry and a trip to a bar in the local town (‘It ain’t exactly Ibiza, is it?’ is Antony’s view of the small Goan fishing village). 1503 words.

'Watch Your Step' vs. 'Step Right In'
26 Jun: The New York Times. …two years ago concerns about terrorist activity in Kenya prompted travel warnings from the United States and Britain urging visitors to defer nonessential travel there … The British government has since cancelled its warning but as of press time Kenya remained on the State Department's list … Many tour operators are baffled as to why the Kenya warning is there at all. ''One has to accept that the State Department may know more than the rest of us,'' said Dennis Pinto, managing director of Micato Safaris, which operates trips into Kenya's game parks. ''But after all the steps that have been taken to beef up security, it seems there is no valid reason for continuing it.''

On HIV, a few positive notes
27 Jun: Indian Express. Celina is petite, middle aged and has amazing confidence for someone who is HIV positive. She was still coping with the death of her husband in Goa when the media carried her picture and story. Her in-laws immediately threw her out. The excuses given ranged from “your brother-in-law will not be able to get married if you are in this house” to “mosquito bites and shared toilets will lead to others in the family contracting the virus”.

India’s new PC dubbed 'world’s cheapest'
27 Jun: Contractor UK. A new paperback-sized PC running open-source software is making a bid to become one of the world’s cheapest computers at just $200 (£110). Developed by a small Indian company, Encore, and backed by the national government, the machine is billed as offering conventional features of a normal PC but at an affordable price.

Canada: Racism remains real in Ontario: rights commissioner
28 Jun: Globe and Mail. Ontario's human-rights commissioner is calling on organizations and institutions to acknowledge that racism is a real issue. For full text click here.

'Breakthrough' in skin treatment
28 Jun: Daily Mail. Scientists at Newcastle University claim a breakthrough in the treatment for psoriasis which affects up to a million people in the UK alone. Psoriasis is a genetic condition which leads to a thickening of the skin, resulting in raised red, scaly patches. Professor Nick Reynolds and Dr Mark Birch-Machin studied the effects of dithranol, an ointment applied to the surface of the skin. The ointment is derived from the araroba tree found in the rain forests of the Amazon. In India, the same substance is known as Goa powder. For full text click here.

Bombay: Thousands mob beach in 'diamond' rush
29 Jun: Reuters. Thousands of people have been flocking to Juhu beach, Bombay in a manic diamond rush, but police said that the stones were fakes and warned them to stay away after one treasure hunter was drowned. For full text click here.

Golf: Training range inaugurated in Goan Gymkhana, Nairobi
29 Jun: The Nation (Kenya) A new practising facility has been inaugurated at the Goan Gymkhana Club, Created around the Goan Gymkhana grounds, the range has all sorts of facilities including a chipping bunker. It will be open to players as well as aspiring golfers who may not necessarily be members of any club. For full text click here.

Holiday in India for good health
30 Jun: Times of India. Excerpt: A bone marrow transplant in the US costs over $250,000. In India, the bill would hardly cross $26,000. While an uncemented hip surgery in UK would require nearly £10,000, the same would cost not more than £1,500 in India. The Tourism ministry has decided to ask tour operators and Indian tourist bureaus abroad to aggressively market and promote India as a leading destination for the unhealthy.

British Paedophile Suspect to Surrender to Indian Court
30 Jun: The Scotsman. British charity worker and paedophile suspect Duncan Grant has returned to India and was set to surrender to a Bombay court today. Indian police had issued an international warrant for Grant’s arrest, fellow Briton Allan Waters and an Indian citizen, William D’Souza, on sexually abuse at a home Grant ran for street children in Bombay. Grant also ran children’s charities in Tanzania. He was arrested last year in Dar es Salaam and later released on bail.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

City Cabs: Nairobi
Wed 6 Jul Discovery Travel & Adventure. 11pm (30 mins)
Series looking at the cities of the world through the eyes of taxi drivers travels to Nairobi, where Michael wants to do an urban safari in the infamous city but takes some time to convince the driver to take him into the non-tourist areas of the city. Repeat.

Floyd's India: Goa
Thu 7 Jul, Sky Travel. 6 pm (30 mins)
Culinary travel series with bon vivant Keith Floyd as he travels around India sampling the diversity of the country's cuisine. In the state of Goa - remarkably popular as a holiday destination for us these days - he visits the capital, Panjim, cooking crayfish curry and seeing how spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are grown. Repeat.

Rageh Omaar's Tsunami Journey
Thu 7 Jul 05, ITV1. 11pm (60 mins)
Six months after the Indian Ocean tsunami claimed 300,000 lives, distinguished war reporter Rageh Omaar presents a special documentary which asks the question - where was God? The wave affected believers from all the world's great religions who wondered how a loving God could have allowed it to happen. This is his report on the devastating results on the faith and lives of the millions who lost their loved ones and livelihoods

The AfriCANs: Taxi Girl
Fri 8 Jul Community Channel 9:50pm (15 mins)
Charting the life of the first woman to drive taxis in Kampala. Repeat.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 3rd July Aldona Association - Celebration of St Thomas' feast at White Hart Lane School, White Hart Lane N22. Mass 12pm. Music by Revival and Say One Do One. Tickets- Members £7, Non Members £8 and Children £5. Contact Alfred Louzado 020 8737 7786, Marilyn Moniz 020 8441 9075, Caroline Fernandes 020 8952 0435.

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


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