Newsletter. Issue 2005-13. Mar 31, 2005
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From Eddie Fernandes: I will be on holiday from 5-12 April inc. During the period please send any urgent announcements to Mrs Bernie Gracias, tel. 020 8723 1322 and she will have them displayed on the website –
The next issues of the weekly newsletters will appear on 4th Apr and 14th Apr.

Report: GOA UK : Easter function
From Norma Menezes-Rahim (G.O.A.UK Social Director) "Strictly Dance Fever" hit Lola Jones Suite, Tooting London on Easter Sunday at the Goan Association Social. Competition dances in Jive, Waltz and Freestyle saw contestants from all age groups, delighting the spectators with their enthusiasm, style and expertise. Salsa dancers, Valerie D'Lima and Dominic Blaqueare engaged the crowd in their exhibition dance and all enjoyed dancing to the sounds of Dark Star. All raffle proceeds will be donated to the ongoing Tsunami fundraising.

Kelle Bryan of Eternal talks of her ordeal of being ill with Lupus
29 Mar. Daily Mail (UK). As part of girl band Eternal, Kelle Bryan spent the Nineties touring the world. But in 1999, she became seriously ill with Lupus and was told she could be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Kelle, now 30, refused to accept such a dismal prognosis and, over five years on, believes she has beaten the auto-immune disease. She writes how her doctor and a Harley Street specialist did not diagnose the disease but Dr David D'Cruz, Consultant Rheumatologist at The Royal London Hospital, did and had her admitted to hospital. For full text of the Daily Mail article see:
Dr David D'Cruz, david.d' was born in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Joe & Tina; brother of Christopher (Sydney) and Leonard (London). He lived in Muthaiga and attended St Mary's School there before arriving in the UK in 1972 and qualifying in Medicine from St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London in 1983. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Autoimmune Diseases and a Managing Editor of the international journal LUPUS. For more about him and another photograph see

Racist attacks on the rise in rural Britain
27 Mar: The Observer. Ethnic minorities living in parts of Britain are now four times more likely to have suffered from racism than they were before the last general election, according to one of the most exhaustive studies of race and crime, undertaken by The Observer. For the full text see:,6903,1446260,00.html
For the map showing the geographical distribution of racist incidents click here.

Australia: Attempt to extradite Paul de Souza’s alleged attackers
28 Mar. Manchester Evening News. Manchester based Philip Johnson, 25, and his brother Simon, 26 were charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Paul de Souza in a pub in Western Australia. Mr de Souza had to have seven plates and 55 screws in his face but the brothers were able to fly home after blundering officials handed back their passports. The Australian authorities said in April 2003 they would not be seeking extradition. But after a review of the case they have made a U-turn.
The mother of the accused attributes this to “pressure from the Australian media and the mother of the man that was injured.” 452 words. For the background to the case see:

Meals On Wheels for Anita's 'Children'

30 Mar: Devon Herald Express. Anita Edgar’s mission to ease poverty and suffering in Goa has grown with the addition of a meals on wheels project for street children. Nine years ago she founded the El Shaddai Charitable Trust – it now has 1,000 children in its care. El Shaddai's aim is to take 100,000 children under its wing over the next 10 years. A couple from Surrey have donated their ancestral home in Goa to start a refuge and it is currently being renovated.
For the El Shaddai website see:
For details of the Sun. 17 Apr. 2005 YLGS El Shaddai Fundraising Dance check out the Forthcoming Events section.
For full text, 592 words of the Herald Express article click here.

Charles Correa appointed chairman of DUAC
30 Mar: Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies. World famous architect Charles Correa was Wednesday appointed Chairman of the five-member Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), a body which is responsible for planning and developing of India's capital. A contemporary architect of international fame, Correa studied at the University of Michigan and at MIT. In 1980 Correa was awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of Michigan, and in 1984 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects from H.R.H. Prince Charles.
He also received Praemium Imperiale from Japan in 1994 and The Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. For the Charles Correa website select the link below.

Gangs To Face New Penalties
31 Mar: The Wharf. Tough new police powers to break-up troublesome gangs on the Isle of Dogs and help residents ``reclaim the streets'' have been given the go-ahead…But community centre director Helen Menezes was concerned that the new powers would victimise young people. The Cedar Centre director said she was also unsure about how effective youth workers would be in turning children away from crime. ``The root of a lot of the trouble is that adults just don't trust kids and we have to start taking more of an interest” she said. For text click here.
Helen Menezes is the daughter of Dr George Menezes (Retired GP) and Diana Menezes (ex-nurse); sister of Amanda and Simon. Her aunt, Anne Menezes now retired, was Professor of English at St Xavier's College, Mapusa. The Cedar Centre website is at

UK: Free info on recent local property sales.
Go to and enter your full postcode. You can also try omitting the last letter of the postcode for a wider search.


27 Mar. Mombasa, Kenya. ANA CARVALHO. Widow of Menino Carvalho. Mother of Francis/Warda (Mombasa), Rosa & Theresa.

25 Mar. Lisbon, Portugal. MARIA IRENE FERREIRA E MOREIRA. Relict of late Arturo. Mother of Maria de Lourdes/Rui, Elisabeth/Karl, Gabriela/Humberto and Victor (all in Portugal). Sister of Flavia/Antonio (Portugal), Aida/late John, Alvaro/Satya, Rui/Julia (Portugal).


Dollar dreams of corrupt officials
26 March. Gomantak Times. Immigration officers and airline staff at Dabolim International Airport work hand in glove at extorting money from charter tourists who stay in Goa longer than the four week maximum allowed under the new regulations. For full text of the article see

India is Magic. By Daphne Gordon
26 Mar: Toronto Star. Feature article, 1710 words based on a stay at Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa. Excerpt: At YogaMagic, a luxurious tent hotel in this magical part of India, there's no need to wear a watch; you can tell what time it is simply by listening. For full text click here

Holiday Hotspots
27 Mar: People (UK). Goa (7nts, b/b) Apr 16, Gatwick, £484, Odyssey (0870 429 5090);
Goa (14nts, b/b) Apr 9, Gatwick, £339, Cosmos (0870 443 1823).


Goa: Maundy Thursday 2005: Archbishop Mgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao
24 Mar. Archbishop Patriarch of Goa Mgr. Filipe Neri Ferrao is seen washing the feet as a symbolic gesture for washing of feet of disciples by Jesus Christ on the occasion of Maundy Thursday observed in Goa on Mar 24, 2005 at Se Cathedral, Old Goa. For full text click here.
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Goa at risk of overtaking Bangkok as Asia’s main sex resort
25 Mar. Financial Express. “Goa, the former Portuguese colony and one-time hippie paradise, is at risk of overtaking Bangkok as Asia’s main sex resort, as pedophiles prey in increasing numbers on Indian children,” reports a reputed news agency.

Goa: 4 urban areas to get 24 hr water supply
25 Mar: Navhind Times.

Goa: Holi - the festival of colours
25 Mar: Children Walking Tall, the registered British Charity joined in during a party with children on the occasion of Holi, the festival of colour. See other photos at

Goa: By-elections likely before May end
27 Mar: Navhind Times. A decision on holding by-elections in five assembly seats of Goa, which was brought under President’s rule early this month, is likely to be taken by the Election Commission in a week’s time.

Goa Medical College undertakes successful hip replacement operation.
27 Mar: Navhind Times. The head of the orthopaedic department of the Goa Medical College, Dr S M Bandekar has successfully performed the revision hip replacement on a 64-year old patient recently. This kind of operation costs up to Rs 4 lakh in Mumbai. At the GMC, the patient paid Rs 1.2 lakh.

HIV/AIDS feature film set in Goa.
27 Mar: Medical News Today (UK). "My Brother Nikhil" is set in Goa and tells the story of a swimmer who is loved by everyone in his family until they learn that he is HIV-positive. When they discover his HIV status, his family, friends and colleagues abandon him, but his sister offers him "unwavering support."

Goa: By-elections bring to fore friction in Goa Congress Party.
28 Mar: Economic Times.

Slipping on oil: Editorial
28 Mar: Indian Express. India has a coastline that is 7,600 km long, yet it conspires to appear clueless about the dangers of oil spills on the high seas…it took a full 11 hours for the Goa government, the Coast Guard and the Marmagoa Port Trust to even react to the major oil spill caused by a collision off the Candolim-Sinquerim beach last Wednesday.

Goa: Study reveals that groundwater is severely contaminated
29 Mar. Navhind Times. A recent report on water and sanitation in Goa has revealed highly contamination with bacteria and metallic elements like cadmium. The presence of the coliform bacilli bacteria ranged from 64 to more than 1600 MNP per 100 ml of water - the allowable limit is 10 MNP. The presence of cadmium in the well water ranged from 0.33 ppm to 0.46 ppm. The upper limit for this type of contamination is 0.05 ppm. The study also maintained that 30 per cent of the water samples showed high nitrate content. Apathy of the general public towards sewerage system network in the state has been responsible for pollution of drinking water in few of the areas, the report has observed. 553 words.

Goa: Unsafe Water
30 Mar. Navhind Times.

‘Guest is God,’ tourism’s new mantra
30 Mar: Navhind Times. Foreign tourists in India will soon be greeted by polite, English-speaking and smartly dressed taxi drivers and tourist guides if the Tourism Minister has her way.

Beauty basics
30 Mar. The Telegraph (Calcutta). La Lossa, a specially-crafted skincare product line from Goa, has been launched in Calcutta. “The innovative range of products has put to use French formulae coupled with traditional Indian recipes, suited for the Indian skin type,” explained a spokesperson. The lavender, almond and sandalwood lotions are meant to replenish ageing skin, while the mint-based gels and creams are suited for fairness purposes.

'Charas' most popular drug smoked in Goa
31 Mar: Times of India. Charas , smuggled from Manali and Nepal, is the most favourite drug smoked in Goa. The police have had a rich haul of some 42kg of charas during the first three months of the current year.

Recent Items of Interest on Goanet by Cornel DaCosta

Goanet often has one-liners or short accounts about a great variety of things. However, it also provides excellent lengthy articles and these have appeared recently as though I was genuinely looking for them. This really made my day!

Gabe Menezes submitted a fascinating article by Ethirajan Anbarasan, titled Tsunami unites Sri Lanka Burghers. The Burghers, we are told, are descendants of the Dutch and Portuguese who colonised Sri Lanka in the 16th Century. Also, Gabe provided material on how best to judge a mutual fund by Sunil Nayar. Well, here were many tips on where to invest wisely.

Armstrong Vaz provided, from the Goa Messenger, 1-15 February 2005 a fascinating account titled Umbrellas, Vangores, Bunds. This was very insightful of village life in Goa.

Not to be missed was Joseph Zuzarte's article--Acid Parties, Anjuna and the Alt (sic) Tourists.

A very insightful and excellent article was by Frederick Noronha on Goa: Green, greying or gone?

I can't wait for more of such quality articles. Can you?

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


Govt Lauds AirAsia's Expansion into China
24 Mar. Bernama Daily Malaysian News. Air Asia’s chief executive officer, Tony Fernandes, announced that AirAsia has secured approvals for six new destinations to China this year. As for India, Fernandes said though AirAsia is eyeing the lucrative market, the flights are not going to take place in the near future. However, he said any flight to India would be from its Thailand operations.

Toronto's Indian community responds to the tsunami tragedy
24 Mar: CBC News (Canada). Excerpt: "All merchants collected money along Gerard St. We wanted to go there in person to help but with a business it's hard. I am a social worker who worked in Mother Teresa's mission in Mumbai and I understand hardship. We donated money but have no idea what happened to it," said Percy D'mello, an owner of an Indian restaurant on Gerard.

Nairobi: Sister Mary Regina
24 Mar. Charity Sister Mary Regina prays at the Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi, during the Maundy Thursday service.

25 Mar: The New York Times. Talwar Gallery, 108 East 16th Street, Manhattan. Through April 30. ''Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India'' a small group show of eight artists from Talwar's stable. …Allan deSouza is Indian by descent but was born elsewhere… [Allan deSouza was born in Kenya in 1958, raised in England and now lives in Los Angeles. For his bio see his photo see GVUK issue 2005-8

India: special packages to attract medical tourists
25 Mar. Financial Express. Doctors, advertising professionals, and public relations people from across the world quietly come into India, get cosmetic surgery done, and go away discreetly. They all want to look good while interacting with people. And India offers the services cheap, good and it’s mostly anonymous.

Mumbai: Good Friday march: Alan D'Souza portrays Jesus Christ
26 Mar: Deccan Herald. Alan D'Souza, a Christian portraying Jesus Christ marches in a residential area of Santacruz during a re-enactment of the Good Friday march through the streets of Mumbai on Friday.
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The holiday makers.
26 Mar: Irish Times. Trade your desk for a deckchair, and make a living, too. Meet some Irish people who have set up travel businesses abroad. Excerpt: Jennifer Keegan, Yoga teacher in Ibiza. “I've been doing yoga for about 11 years - I studied it abroad - originally in India, which I keep going back to. I go to India quite a lot. I was there last Christmas - in Goa - and looked around to see if it would be suitable, so I'm considering doing one there next Christmas.”

Something's Fishy in Bombay: restaurant review: Goa Portuguesa
27 Mar. Washington Post. For full text click here.

Indo-Canadians demand Air India inquiry
27 Mar. Montreal Gazette. For full text click here.

Raving Israelis Want the Right to Party
27 Mar: Los Angeles Times. Excerpt: In the 1990s, upward of 10,000 young Israelis would gather on an open beach and dance for days to trance-style music. These rave parties were the inspiration of young people who, fresh from two years of required army service, had traveled to Goa, India. Partying in such exotic, tranquil surroundings left a deep impression, and the raves they put on after coming home attracted perhaps 200,000 young Israelis overall, and put Israel on the global youth map. Tel Aviv became as important a stop as Ibiza, Amsterdam and Berlin. 820 words click here.

Real Estate Desk: Life Above Their Store
27 Mar: The New York Times. Mary Vaughn Williams and Rudy Huston's first house together was a stone-and-mortar number clinging to a cliff in Goa that rented for 62 cents a day. To be sure, that was 19 years ago, and they did have to haul their own water from a well 40 yards away. The wildlife was parrots and monkeys, as well as some serious French and German junkies, Ms. Williams said -- and their more frivolous and sporty American counterparts, who would play paddleball naked on the beach.

Vailankanni: a throng becomes a trickle
27 Mar: BBC News. For the pilgrims descending upon Vailankanni, this Easter weekend is both a celebration of Christ's resurrection and a remembrance of the victims who died when last this seafront community came together to mark a Christian festival.

Frost & Sullivan's Conference on Global Life Science Molecules
29 Mar. PR Newswire. Frost & Sullivan is hosting a three-day international conference titled "Global Life Science Molecules: Emerging Opportunities," from 3-5 June, 2005, in Goa, one of the most exotic and multicultural states in India…A scenic location such as Goa would be an ideal venue for a conference of such magnitude. It provides the much-needed blend of business interactions in a relaxed setting. The last day of the conference would involve informal meetings, interactive sessions, and golf. For full text click here.

Award for novel of love and racism
30 Mar. The Guardian. A novel hailed as finding "shimmering love" among the bigotries and injustices of the Asian area of an English town yesterday won a share of a £16,000 international literary prize. Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam dramatises both white and Asian racism.,11374,1447895,00.html

UK: Census aims to tackle NHS racism
30 Mar: BBC News. Mental health hospitals in England and Wales are being asked to record the ethnicity of users in a drive to make these NHS services more equitable.

Canadian Radio Station Rapped for Racist Insults
30 Mar. Metro Toronto. A Canadian radio station was formally reprimanded on Wednesday after one of its presenters insulted immigrants to Canada and then said the Sikhs of northern India were "a gang of bozos"…CKAC-FM presenter Pierre Mailloux told listeners that immigrants who came to Canada should abandon their habits and traditions. "You cultural communities come from a wacko country. You live a wacko culture. Don't bring it with you. That's the message to convey," he said.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 2/4: UK Style: 16:00 (60 mins). Living the Dream: Goan Bonkers
Series following people who set up their dream businesses. A couple who left the country to open a pub in Goa, India run into chaos - they arrive in monsoon season, do battle with Indian bureaucrats, must learn to cope with the vagaries of the local workforce and find their feet in the expat community. Repeat of programme originally broadcast in Mar 2004. For the synopsis and reviews see:

Sun.3/4: BBC 2:8.00pm (60mins) Ray Mears Bushcraft
African safari. Safari is the Swahili word for a journey and for Ray Mears the only way to get a true feeling for the world around you is to tackle a safari on foot. Teaming up with a Masai warrior in Tanzania, he sets off to explore the bush.

Mon. 4/4: BBC2: 11:10am (20 mins). Focus - Citizenship
Three children from different minority groups in London discuss their experiences of racial abuse

Wed. 6/4: Living: 7:00pm (30 mins) Trolley Dollies
Docusoap following the exploits of the cabin crew on board Excel airlines. A gang of tired Trolley Dollies head for Goa

Thu. 7/4: Living: 7:00pm (30 mins) Trolley Dollies
The gang are in for a surprise when they visit a Goan market

Fri.8/4: UKTV Food: 9.00pm (60mins) Joy of Curry
Actor Neil Morrissey celebrates Britain’s love of spicy curries.


Thurs.7/4: BBC Radio 4: 3.00pm (27mins) Check Up
Arrhythmia is the disturbance of the normal rhythm of the heart. The heart rate can become abnormally rapid, slow and/or irregular, producing unpleasant symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness and chest pain. Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, joins Barbara Myers in the studio to offer advice.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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

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

Sun 1 May. Saligao Association Feast of Mae De Deus at Bishop Thomas Grant School.

Sun 1 May. Cortalim Feast/May Ball at the Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, London N17. Contact: Maria Dourado-Alfonso 020 - 8803 5146

Sun 1 May. 12.30pm-5pm. The Goan Musical Society, supported by GOA UK, presents a Jam Session. Enjoy the fabulous sounds of talented musicians plus special guests, Lavine DaCosta (violin) and Ian Rebello (sax). We particularly welcome participation from young students with their musical instruments. ATC Hall, Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Call 020 8337 8022 (Anita) for more details.

Sun 8 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament at Jessie Duffet Hall (Formerly Wyndham Hall), Wyndham Road, London SE5. Please contact Rocky on 020 7274 3585

Sun. 8 May 12:15pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine + excellent raffle prizes. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 15 May. Margao Union UK celebrates the Feast of the Holy Spirit at St. Edmund’s Church Hall, Croyland Road, Edmonton, N9. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a get-together. Music by Nitelife. Limited tickets. First come first served. Contact: Bella - 020 8372 1253, Rosalind – 020 8767 8652, Lucas – 020 8967 7471, Xavy – 020 803 5146. Tickets £ 10 (including snacks and buffet).


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