Newsletter. Issue 2005-09. Mar 03, 2005
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Circuit City drops
2 Mar. Seattle Post Intelligencer. Excerpts: Fiona Dias, president of Circuit City Direct, said "We have been pleased with customer response to our own Web site and have elected to focus on growing the business through our own channel."… Recently Circuit City was the target of a $3.25 billion takeover bid by Highfields Capital Management. Text at
Excerpts from: A native of Kenya, Fiona Dias joined Circuit City in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and was appointed President of Circuit City Direct in 2003…She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and began her career as a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch. Prior to serving as a marketing executive with various consumer brand companies, Fiona earned her MBA at Stanford University.
Fiona Dias will be speaking at the Internet Retailer 2005 Conference, Chicago, 7-8 June, 2005.

Remembering Pio Gama Pinto 40 Years On
25 Feb: The Nation (Nairobi). Zarina Patel, the deputy editor of the Awaaz Magazine, Nairobi, presented a moving tribute in the Nation, to Pio Gama Pinto on the 40th death anniversary of his death on 25th February 1965. She described the scene of the brutal assassination at the front gate of Pio's home in Nairobi and provided an insightful account of his short life (born 1927) as a political activist in Goa and in Kenya, and then his role as a Kenyan MP.
A brief account of the circumstances which led to the assassination are provided and followed up by details of Pio's work for those Africans in need consequent to the colonial war against the Mau Mau. Several quotations from prominent members of the Kenya Government indicate the high esteem in which Pio was held. Full text at
The above, is a summary by Cornel DaCosta, London, who is working on a biography of Pio Gama Pinto. He would be most grateful for any contributions readers and their friends might make on any aspects of Pio's life. These would be fully acknowledged in the biography.

USA: Maine: Allan deSouza to give lecture on Wednesday
27 Feb. Portland Press Herald. (Maine, USA). Allan deSouza, visiting artist in residence at the University of Southern Maine, will give a lecture at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday [2 Mar.] in the Room 10 of Bailey Hall. DeSouza assembles vistas from household materials, found objects and cast-offs of the artist's body, including eyelashes, earwax and nail clippings. His resulting photographs are patently make-believe and strangely convincing. Based in Los Angeles, he is widely exhibited, is a published author, and teaches in the MFA art program at Vermont College. The event is free. For information, call 780-5008. [A photo of Allan deSouza, ex-Nairobi and UK appeared in last week’s issue].

UK: Goans and Jazz -- a brief exposition. By Michael Costa Correa.
28 Feb. GoaNet. Michael Costa Correa (ex-Mombasa, ) digs into the Goan scene at the time of the first wave of Goan emigration from East Africa to the UK. He cites prominent leaders in the UK such as Jovito Dias, Gerald D'Cruz, Oboe Noronha and others who set about rekindling musical interest.
The dance band is plain to see, whether in London or Leicester. Church choirs in most local churches abound with our singers, violinists and keyboard accompanists…Jazz musicians include Olaf Vaz, Auggie Alvares and Amancio D'Silva. Do not miss the full text, 1009 words click here!

Sculpture with a lively look
2 Mar. Huddersfield Examiner. A vibrant new exhibition open at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park this month. Ceramics: Articulated Forms by York-based Loretta Braganza, is in the Garden Gallery. The ceramics are arranged in groups. They are fired in vibrant colours and are strongly influenced by dance and textiles. The sculpture park is open daily from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. [Loretta is the wife of a Goan and loves Sorpotel. Do these count as being Goan, she would like to know]

To see more of her work click the link below


2 Mar. Tanga, Tanzania. CLARA REBELLO passed away unexpectedly at 7.15 this morning. She was the beloved wife of Menino Rebello. Mother of Lazarus, Roland, Debra and Yvette Rebello. Funeral mass will be at 3.00 pm on 3rd March at St Anthony's Church, (Chumbageni) Condolences to

26 Feb: Paignton, Devon, UK. MAX (MAXIMO) ALFONSO. Age: 63. Partner of Margo Han. Son of the late John and late Christina Alfonso. Brother of Fabiola (Sydney) Machado, Delphine (Norman) Da Costa of Brampton, Canada; Rufina (Cyprian) Fernandes of Sydney and Mervyn (Patsy) Alfonso of Melbourne; Teresa (Mike) Tucker, Adolf (Becky) Alfonso of England and late Lolita. Funeral service was on 1 Mar. Condolences to [DaCosta, Norm]
Max was a star field hockey player who was on two Railway Goan Institute (RGI) Gold Cup winning teams, and was an accomplished mouth organist with the Scorpions and other bands in Nairobi. For a Tribute by Tim de Mello see

25 Feb: Germany. YVONNE DE SOUSA. Wife of Dr Anthony de Sousa. Sister of Milena/Pio D'Souza. The funeral will take place on 5th Mar. in Germany. There will be a mass for the repose of her soul, at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Tudor, Mombasa, on Saturday, 5th Mar. at 5pm.

24 Feb. Margao, Goa. OLIVE DIAS. (ex Tanganika Standard & ex Dar-es-Salaam bookshop). Wife of Albert. Mother of Anthony/Myrna and Dr. Andrew/Dr.Hazel. Grand mother of Andre, Loving daughter of Prof. Tito Sousa/ Late Florinda Lourenco, Late Manoel Francisco/Late Fermina. Sister of Luiza/Lorry, Irene/Josico & Dr. Jose Sousa, Maria Luis.


The Special Session of the Goa Legislative Assembly which met at the New Assembly Complex, Porvorim on Feb 28, 2005.

BJP faces Goa setback - By Pamela D’Mello
25 Feb: The Asian Age. Digambar Kamat, the BJP’s seniormost MLA and number two man in its erstwhile government, tendered his resignation as MLA to the Speaker’s office and to Raj Bhavan, causing a major jolt to the party just four days before the February 28 vote of confidence.

Parrikar topple planned in advance, says Dr Willy
26 Feb. The Statesman. Claiming that destabilisation of the Manohar Parrikar government was planned well in advance by the NCP, the party’s Goa unit chief and deputy chief minister Mr Wilfred D’Souza today said their only motive was to destabilise the government and were not hankering after power. For full text click here.

Goa Speaker resigns, sparks latest crisis
28 Feb: NDTV. Minutes before the vote of confidence was to take place, the Speaker resigned and adjourned the House creating a tie in a contest the Congress was set to win. Now both parties have 17 MLAs each and there seems to be a constitutional crisis. The Governor has to either appoint an interim Speaker, who will not have a vote or dissolve the House – which will suit the BJP. For full text click here.

No Goa floor test as speaker quits. By Pamela D’Mello
1 Mar. Asian Age. For full text click here.

Speaker, deputy’s resignations scuttle Rane trust vote. By Devika Sequeira.
1 Mar. Deccan Herald.

Sardinha is pro-tem Speaker
1 Mar: Navhind Times. In a swift political development, the Curtorim Congress MLA, Mr Francisco Sardinha was sworn in as the pro-tem Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly by the Governor, Mr S C Jamir at Raj Bhavan late today evening. [The account of the Assembly proceedings is here].

Stand-off in Goa rocks Indian Parliament
1 Mar: NDTV. Both houses of Parliament had to be adjourned on Tuesday after the Speaker refused to allow an adjournment motion to discuss the Governor's role in dismissing the BJP government in Goa. For full text click here.

We won trust vote, claims Congress
1 Mar. Navhind Times. The Congress party has claimed victory in today’s vote of confidence stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party, fearing cross-voting from their MLAs and the MLA of the United Goans Democratic Party, had “run away” by adjourning the House.

Police raid houses of BJP leaders in Goa
1 Mar. Hindustan Times. The Goa Police on Tuesday raided the houses of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Sadanand Thanawade, party general-secretary Satish Dhond and Rajendra Janu in connection with a case of forgery.,000900040002.htm

Neri disqualification file goes missing from Speaker’s chamber
2 Mar. Navhind Times.

Goa's vote of confidence on Friday 4th Mar.
2 Mar. Times of India.

Goa Governor seeks Deputy CM's removal
2 Mar. Hindustan Times.,000900040002.htm

Goa Deputy CM resigns
3 Mar. The Hindu.

Disqualification plea filed against Mathany Saldanha
3 Mar. Navhind Times.


Grounded ship in Goa stripped, vandalised
24 Feb: Deccan Herald. Goa’s tourism minister blames the earlier Parrikar government for turning a blind eye to the illegalities involving the M V River Princess… CrossChem will pay the state government Rs 85.41 lakh for the vessel whose scrap value is estimate at Rs 18 crore. The company is expected to spend Rs 15 crore to refloat and tow away the ship.

Goa Shipyard: full steam ahead
28 Feb. Express Computers. Goa Shipyard is building ships much faster after it deployed an enterprise resource planning system.

How sinful is 'Sins'?
26 Feb: Afternoon (Mumbai). Film is in bad taste, hurts religious sentiments, say Catholics after watching the film. Said Nicholas Almeida, former Congress corporator, "I have watched the film and am very hurt by the depiction of the religious symbols like the rosary and the cross. The actress who is nude in most parts of the film, is shown wearing a cross around her neck, with nothing to cover her body. While the actor can be seen holding a rosary in his hand that covers her breasts. The use of rosary and cross is totally objectionable. For full text click here

Popping pills new party rage
1 Mar: Times of India. Designer drugs have caught on with the swinging youth.

Indian Budget: Interest on NRI deposits to remain tax-free
1 Mar: Business Standard. Finance minister P Chidambaram has accepted the popular demand and said that the government would continue to exempt NRI deposits from tax. For full text click here.

Goa needs centre for environmental studies, says ex-WHO consultant
25 Feb: Navhind Times. Former World Health Organisation consultant, Mr Vitorino Pinto has said that Goa needs a centre for environmental studies He stated, “We have so much water, particularly rain water. But it beats me that we do not have 24 hour running water.”

German national held at airport
A German passenger was detained by the Customs officials on his arrival at the Goa Airport. Feix Wolf Gang (64), a retired German defence official who is presently working for a private agency, had been reportedly detained under the National Security Act and the Customs Act, sources said…Photographs were again taken, as the aircraft was about to land at the Goa Airport and then after the aircraft taxied to the parking bay…Advanced cameras, two powerful lenses and a technological gadget called travel translator were seized from him.
[Passengers arriving in Goa are warned not to take photographs of Goa airport since it is a military establishment as well. Yet, last week a Goa newspaper carried a photo of the airport terminal. See:

Simplified form for dual citizenship soon
27 Feb: Navhind Times. Indian missions abroad will soon circulate a simplified one-page form to facilitate trouble-free grant of dual citizenship to qualifying members of its 25-million diaspora in 110 countries, a top official has said. “The earlier cumbersome procedures for dual citizenship stand withdrawn. We will soon have a one-page form for applicants that has been vastly simplified,” said Mr S Krishna Kumar, secretary in the ministry of external affairs.

Recent Items of Interest on Goanet by Cornel DaCosta

There has been much about local politics in Goa with strong views expressed about different parties and respective politicians. Reading such posts allows one to get a good picture of the political dynamics which influence governance in Goa.

Venantius presented an unusual article on the artist Moebuis, and a piece called Congeries of Lust. We learn that Moebuis is a phenomenal comic book artist who is known for his work on science fantasy. We also learn that Congeries of Lust relates to drawings concerned with attacks on Christians in India in the late 1990s.

An account of scams that tourists have to face in Goa informs us, in particular, about the awful experience of those who have had to be hospitalised. There seem to be exorbitant charges for minimal services. Also, customs officers at Dabolim airport seem to have clever ways of taking items from tourist baggage such as trinkets, pens, and cigarette lighters. These experiences must give many a tourist a jaundiced view about the Paradise that is Goa.

If a crescendo can be reached it is perhaps now about the issue of caste among Catholic Goans. When there is such a crescendo, it is often an indication that the discussion will soon move on to another major topic. Therefore it is worth making sure that one does not miss this most lively of debates.

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


Man, 51, dies on India trip
26 Feb: Shropshire Star. John Russell Beynon-Thomas of Wales has died in Goa India after flying there to undergo treatment for arthritis. Mystery surrounds the cause of the former rat breeder's death, but it is believed it may have been due to kidney failure.

Wings and curry flee the Corner
27 Feb: The Hook (Charlottesville VA). The Wertland Marahaja in Zan road is now under new ownership. Jonathan De Costa bought it three months ago. De Costa is no stranger to Indian cuisine. This 27-year-old from Goa has been the chef at Maharaja for four years. Before that, he worked for the Taj hotels in India and also with Celebrity cruises. Durve discovered De Costa in Orlando and lured him to Charlottesville. "I'd never be a restaurant owner if I'd stayed in Florida," he admits. "I was having too much fun there." More on his plans next week.

27 Feb: Sunday Times. Mark Hodson describes the revamped First Choice Boeing 767 flight from Gatwick to Goa offering more legroom, wider seats and individual entertainment systems.

Canada: There's no racism here, eh?
27 Feb: Toronto Star. Cecil Foster once denounced Canada for its racism. Now he's got a new message, one he makes in far less convincing style, says Lawrence Hill. For full text click here.

Britain's very spicy affair that is long lasting
28 Feb. Birmingham Post. Once upon a time we may have just wanted something cheap to mop up the beer but, the initial primal lust for spice has matured into a cultured appreciation. Consequently, Britain is seeing the emergence of specialist regional cuisines - Keralan, Gujurati and Goan restaurants are now common in bigger towns - and it is clear the Brits are still in love with curry.

Coach Otieno Tanks 'Big Name' Concept in Favour of Team Play
28 Feb. The Nation (Nairobi) … Otieno attended Goan School in Kisumu where he showed a talent in hockey. This saw him represent Kisumu Municipality as a centre forward…

Nairobi: Golf: Jacob’s Cup
1 Mar. East African Standard. The Jacob’s Cup matchplay final was clinched by Veteran Kabete player Henry D’Souza who beat his son Richard D’Souza by one hole.

Piggies begin to disappear, By Frances Kitchin
2 Mar. SouthWestFarmer (Falmouth, Cornwall). Excerpts: I've just returned from Goa …What I did miss were the piggies as in the past we saw lots of them in the Goan villages… The pigs play an important part in their lives of the country folk here… They are known as "Bog Hogs". As Goa is still part of the third world such luxuries as flushing loos are few, and non-existent in the depth of the countryside. Here an area is set aside as a public convenience and the pigs are the attendants who clean up any waste that has been left behind. Full text 1,182 words click here.

UK: Immigrant abuse claims examined
2 Mar. BBC News. The Home Office has asked to see BBC undercover evidence of alleged racism and violence by security staff at an asylum seeker detention centre. For the link to videoclips from the undercover TV report see:

Forthcoming Auction
Mar 24, 2005. Christie’s Auction. Paris Sale. Goa, 19th century ivory sculpture of Christ. Height: 17.5 cm. (6 7/8 in.) Estimate 300 - 500 Euros.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sat.5 Mar. BBC 2: 9.15pm (110mins) Pakistani, Actually. An evening of programmes, as detailed below, offering insights into the contemporary lives of British Pakistanis.
9.15pm; British, Paki and Proud: Exploring issues of belonging and identity and the use and abuse of the word “paki”. Among the contributors to the documentary are Imran Khan, Lord Tebbit, Hanif Kureshi, Bernard Manning.
9.50pm: Luton, Actually: Writer Sarfraz Manzoor tells of his arrival with his family in Britain, as a child in the 1970’s and what life was like growing up in a town, that was a butt of national jokes.
10.25: Atta Boy: A profile of actor Atta Yaqub, and his efforts to balance his career with his faith and his family.
10.45: Who wants to be a Mullah: British born Pakistani Muslim, Navid Akhtar, embarks on a personal quest to challenge the demonising image of the “mad mullah” and asks whether current Imams can connect with young British Muslims.

Mon.7 Mar BBC 2: 11.50pm (70mins) Ebony Towers- the Black Intelligentsia. How top American universities have benefited from the brain drain of black academics from Britain.

Mon.7/3 Channel 4:8.00pm (60mins) Let ‘Em All In. In the first of this weeks two Unwelcome Britain? documentaries, reporter Kenan Malik argues that without immigrants to bolster the workforce, the British economy would collapse.

Tues.8/3 BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA. Football stars of the future, aspiring Asian MP’s and a preview of the new TV drama based on Meera Syal’s novel.

Thurs.10/3 Channel 4: 9.00pm (60mins) Immigration Is a Time Bomb. In the second of this week’s Unwelcome Britain? documentaries, journalist Rod Liddle takes a critical look at what he believes is the Government’s “open door” policy.

Fri.11/3 BBC 2: 7.00pm (30mins) Pensions Panic: Any Way Out? What’s gone wrong with the British pension system?


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 5 Mar. 10.00am-4.00pm Bexley Local History Fair. Cliff Pereira will have a stand displaying material on Amche Historr - the Goan Oral History Project. The address is Hall Place, just off the A2 Black Prince roundabout, Bexley.

Sun. 13 Mar. From 12 till 8pm. Fund Raising Dance for Children's Hospitals. Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW20. Adults £12, Child (5-10 years) £7.50 Meal inc. Music by Say One Do One. Tickets: Suzy 01753 675072, Milo 0118 957 4937; Jane 0208 543 5454, Felix 0208 640 4151 Dress Formal. Donations Welcome.

Sun. 13 Mar. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun 20 Mar G.O.A. Singles Carrom Tournament - Men’s & Ladies Singles: (Entry fee 3.00) Children: 7-12 Singles: (No entry fee) Venue: HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, New Beckenham BR3 1QW. (Time: 10.30 am) - Contacts: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Assumption Gomes 020 – 8641 5995, Viju DeSouza 01784 – 430547, Desmond Britto 020 – 8543 4352, Lazarus Rato 020 - 8767 0342.

Sun. (Easter) 27 Mar. G.O.A. Strictly Come Dancing at Lola Jones Hall, Greaves Place, Tooting. Jive and Freestyle Disco Competition. Dark Star in attendance. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 17 Apr. YLGS El Shaddai Fundraising Dance. at Bishop Thomas Grant School. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.00 followed by Dancing & Slave/Talent Auction. Music provided by Breakthru, Maz & Co and Guava Groove! Food & Drink will be on Sale. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Vaz MP. Contact Alison Braganza at or on 07799 586793. For Tickets, Info & updates check the flyer at


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