|My late wife Olympia, a Goan
from Kenya. By Vince Cable, MP
30 Oct. The Sunday
Times. Headline: Married to the multiculture.
Excerpts: I grew up in York, a city which was
then almost entirely white … Then in the
1960s came the university bringing overseas students
of which the first (literally) was my late wife
Olympia, a Goan from Kenya whose arrival in the
city, wearing a salwar kameez, merited front-page
coverage in the local press. We met and fell in
love and then married in her home town of Nairobi…
We initially faced
rejection by Olympia's father whose judgment of
suitable boys did not include Englishmen, although
feelings soon mellowed … My father’s
reaction to Olympia progressed from puzzled politeness
to anger once it became apparent that he was to
have an Asian daughter-in-law. When we came home
as a married couple his rage and her pride fuelled
a row of epic proportions. We did not communicate
again for many years. Much later, when our children
were growing up, he wrote and asked to see us
again … He came to love our children and
found a deep and genuine friendship with his daughter-in-law,
who shared his love of music and belief in discipline.
This engagement co-existed with his lingering
distaste for foreigners in general and coloured
immigrants in particular …
Olympia had to endure rejection
or patronising banter from middle-class women
who could not cope with an articulate, argumentative,
educated Asian in their midst … About a
decade ago Olympia at last acknowledged, without
disowning her Indian origins, that she felt a
British identity … While she was alive Olympia
embodied that search for a positive, multiple
identity that included Britishness …
My late wife was British, Indian, Goan, Kenyan,
a Catholic by upbringing and a Brahmin by distant
caste. Full text, 1263 words at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1848868,00.html
Vince Cable married Olympia Rebelo,
now deceased, in 1968. They have two sons, one
daughter. She died in May 2001. The Peaceful Garden
at the Shooting Star Trust Hospice for Children,
Hampton, Middlesex, is dedicated to the memory
of Olympia Cable. In recent years a memorial concert
for Olympia Cable has been held at All Hallows
Church Twickenham in January. The Vince Cable
website is at http://www.vincentcable.org.uk/
Abandon multiculturalism to foster
UK immigration should be managed by 'Green Card'
system, says Vincent Cable and Demos Click
Title: Multiple Identities: Living
with the new politics of identity
Authors: Vincent Cable
Cost:£10.00. Download the full text as a
PDF (462 KB) from http://www.demos.co.uk/media/pressreleases/multipleidentitiesrelease/
|Laura D’Souza, a 'Miss India
UK -2005' Finalist
[Alert by Daijiworld.com].
Laura D’Souza, 24, of Southampton is one of the
24 Miss India UK 2005 finalists. She was born in Bedford,
graduated in Marketing and won the Chartered Institute
of Marketing award for the highest grade in her subject
area at the University. In the future she would like
to own her own event management company. Her favourite
food is cheese and her hobbies include keeping fit and
travelling. For more info & photographs check out
her page at http://www.missindiaukevent.com/html/laura_d__souza.html
The MissIndiaUK contest
takes place on Sat: 5 Nov. in Leicester. For full details
Tickets available – from £20. Get to it!
Laura’s grandfather, Robert D’Souza emigrated
to Kenya in 1947. He was with ICI at the Magadi Soda
Company and later in Nairobi and then Mombasa. Laura’s
father Rio came to the UK from Nairobi in 1965 at the
age of 18 and married Susan from Dorset, England.
|Leoncie relocates to UK
14 Oct: Evening
Echo (Essex). Headline: Leoncie can't afford to
live in Leigh-on-Sea. Excerpts: An Icelandic singer
who dreamed of living in the town which sounds
like her name, moved hundreds of miles only to
find she couldn't afford Leigh-on-Sea's property
prices! Leoncie, who sings in five different languages
and has produced several CDs, has been fascinated
with the south Essex fishing town since she heard
about it a few years ago. But trendy Leigh has
seen property prices boom and when she packed
her bags to come to Essex, Leoncie found neighbouring
Westcliff more within her budget. For full text
From her website,
Her father taught her to play classical and jazz
music. She started playing the electric organ
and singing in the Catholic church choir in Goa
for masses and weddings. etc. Leoncie likes the
Fiery Sauce of Ripe Goan Chillies and the Exciting
kick of Strong -Goan- Cashew Feni.
Leoncie appeared on UK TV –
Channel 4 – Eurotrash Series 16, Show 2,
which was repeated in July 2005. She was billed
as “Iceland's answer to Shirley Bassey.”
For more photos of Leoncie,
To listen to tracks from her latest (2005) CD,
Invisible Girl, click
Do get in touch with her, firstname.lastname@example.org
if you know of any agents, contacts or events
to get her started in the UK.
|Sybil Braganza: Good nutrition habits
important at any age
27 Oct: Calgary Herald.
Excerpts: Exercise and proper nutrition are two important
ways to maintain good health … Two special events
on Nov. 2 and 22 will cover the same ground, although
the second event will also involve a number of Calgary's
ethnic communities, says Sybil Braganza, a community
social worker with the City's Community & Neighbourhood
Services. "Our main focus is to get people to eat
well, live well, and take care of themselves,"
Sybil Braganza immigrated
to Canada from Karachi, Pakistan in 1981. She graduated
from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Social
Work (1997) and Masters in Social Worker (1998). For
her bio click here. Select the link at the bottom of
the page for her moving account of her experiences immigrating
to Canada. Click
For more info on Sybil Braganza click
UK: Patricia Rozario
28 Oct: Herald Express (Devon, UK). Four Songs for the Virgin
of Guadalupe will be sung by soprano Patricia Rozario, who
critics rate as one of the great sopranos in the world today.
Keith Vaz: Leicester flair.
29 Oct: Estates Gazette Supplement. Excerpts: Keith Vaz is
front-bench calibre but must, for now, wait for another chance
to shine … Vaz explains that he is suffering from ear
problems and cannot hear very well … Four years on,
and ear condition notwithstanding, the MP for Leicester East
is looking decidedly healthy … his website is keithvaz.labour.co.uk…The
happily married father-of-two, who turns 49 next month, is
keen to convey that he is content with his lot … His
parents were from Goa, India, and the family arrived in London,
from Aden in 1965… Vaz was re-elected as MP for Leicester
East for the fifth time in May this year, achieving a 2.69%
swing in his favour -- one of the largest in the country …
Vaz's wife is named Maria, and they have two children -- Luke,
aged 10, and Anjali, aged 8. Full text 1,766 words.
Laila Rouass for new James Bond film?
30 Oct: The News of the World. Laila
Rouass, 30, who plays Amber Gates in the Footballers Wives
has had three screen tests for the part of one of James Bond's
sultry bedroom conquests. It will be Daniel Craig's first
outing as Bond in the movie Casino Royale.
Edinburgh: Herman Rodrigues: Determined
to break barriers. By Michael Klimes.
31 Oct: The Hindu. Photographer, cook, history teacher...
Meet Herman Rodrigues, who was in the city to showcase his
works at the British Council. Excerpts: Rodrigues is a photographer
with a deep passion for the camera and the `Asian community'
in Scotland … he makes his living as a chef …
Herman also observes the unique position of the `Asian community'
in Scotland. France, Britain and the United States Rodrigues,
apart from being a cook and owning two restaurants in Scotland's
capital. 585 words. For photo and full text click
For Herman Rodrigues’ restaurant website see http://suruchirestaurant.co.uk/
|GOA (UK) Doubles Carrom Tournament
From Richard Fernandes: Once again
this tournament proved to be a popular event with over
25 players turning up. The finals proved to be an exciting
affair. It was between Proto Carvalho and Viju Desouza
who triumphed over Marciano Desouza & Vivian Coutinho.
The GOA Sports Director Lazarus Rato proposed a vote
of thanks and the trophies were presented by Yvonne
Coutinho, a former GOA Ladies Champion. A special praise
goes to 7 year old Chandon D’Mello for participating
and putting up an excellent performance. A big thank
you to Vivian DeSouza for handling the score sheets
and to Viju for organising this well supported event.
For a detailed report click
30 Oct. Toronto. EUSTAQUIO
(EUSTACE) De SOUZA
(age 73, ex-Nachinola /Goa;
Jinja/Uganda & Montreal/Canada). Husband of Laura
(nee Cota). Father of Edwiges /Frazer, Elsa /Robert,
Vincent /Louisa, Judith /Placido, Venat /Elizabeth and
June. Grandfather of Robyn, Jamie, Alexandra, Megan,
Tyler, Andrew and Lucas. Condolences: email@example.com
Viewing at: Simple
Alternative Center, (Tel: 416-441-1580), 275 Lesmill
Road, Toronto on Thu Nov 3, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
This will be followed by a short service. [Info from
Felix D’Sa, Montreal] For full details click
13 Oct: Wimbledon, London, UK. MOLLIE
DE SOUZA (nee Ferrao, age 83, ex-Uganda & Nairobi).
Wife of the late Vincent De Souza. Mother of Iris, Marian
Funeral Service was on 28 October at the Sacred Heart Church,
Edge Hill, Wimbledon followed by burial service at Sutton
Cemetery. Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Braganza, of New York, email@example.com
is trying to locate an old friend, Joe Lobo who is originally
from Saligao but lived in Dharwar and Bombay before moving
to England He had a brother called Freddy Lobo who may have
Somak – Goa: all Dormhouse Accom. & 14
ex GATWICK. 18Nov: £239; 25Nov: £259; 02Dec:
ex MANCHESTER.04Nov: £199; 11& 18 Nov: £239;
25Nov: £259; 02Dec. £229.
No surcharges. Book online www.somak.co.uk
or call 020 8423 3000.
Mumbai & Goa offers visitors stay-with-family
27 Oct: Gulf News (UAE). Stay with an Indian Family Concept
is being introduced for domestic and international tourists
said Renuka Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Tourism.
Sprawling old guest houses will be revived, traditional
home owners will be invited to participate in the home stay
concept, they will be trained in modern etiquette and housekeeping,
their homes spruced and their cultural background highlighted,
she said. "The idea has already picked up in Goa where
banks are giving loans to home owners to renovate their
properties." While Goa and Sindhudurg district in the
picturesque Konkan coast have already caught up with this
idea of letting out homes to visitors, Mumbai will test
the idea at this festival. Click
29 Oct: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Goa: Great value, fantastic
white sand, reliable weather and excellent service make
Goa hard to beat for winter sun. How hot? Very hot (29C),
very dry (9mm rain) and very sunny (nine hours). Few one-week
packages remain in December, though there is availability
for two-week breaks. Click
Feature Travel article: Give it a Goa. By Lara
30 Oct: Sunday Mirror. Excerpts: Follow the old hippie trail
for some winter sunshine.. and the prices are cool too …
retaining the spirit of laid-back, traditional Goa …
Ayurvedic doctors also have stalls in the village, to restore
your sense of wellbeing … For breakfast, try the German
Bakery, which serves healthy morning fare and Western-style
cakes … 1155 words. Click
Locals oppose shifting of bazaar to Assagao hill
31 Oct: Navhind Times. Strong objections were raised
by the villagers of Assagao to the proposal to move Ingo’s
Saturday Night Bazaar from Arpora. Click
Goa Holiday flight delayed 48 hours
31 Oct: Manchester Evening News. Excerpts: More than 350
holidaymakers were stranded at Manchester Airport for nearly
48 hours when their inbound jet was hit by engine trouble.
They were due to fly to Goa in India with Monarch on Saturday
night, but did not take off until 8pm yesterday. It meant
dozens of Hindu passengers were a day late for their Diwali
celebrations. Others were left furious after missing two
days of their trip - some had booked for a week and will
be jetting back in five days. Click
Silly season and the selfish south. By Cecil Pinto
3 Nov: Gomantak Times. Silly season, as a certain newspaper
editor calls it, is upon us. People on the beach belt and
in the cities can see it. The non-tourist villages can read
the newspapers. Every year we see the cycle. First come
the reports about how many charters are booked for the season.
Then the statistics of Indian versus overseas tourists.
Following this, the debates: whether miserly plumbers from
UK are preferable to Trax full of alcohol imbibing Biharis
or big spending Russian mafia brutes with their sexy molls.
A minor false scare or two for the foreign tourists - stray
dog bites, contaminated water, molestation, planting of
drugs...this year we can add 'garbage' to the list. The
River Princess has become so entrenched in our collective
memory, that it is no longer considered a threat. Next the
advertisements by hotels for Continental and Tandoori cooks,
musicians, waiters, activities coordinators, vegetable and
poultry suppliers and masseurs. (Summary from Joel’s
Free Competition: Win A Trip To
30 Oct: October. Sunday Mirror (UK). The Sunday Mirror and
Goaway have teamed up to give two people the holiday of a
lifetime in beautiful Goa … all you need to do is answer
this simple question: What continent is Goa in? a. Europe.
b. Africa. c. Asia. Lines close midnight Saturday November
5, 2005. For full details and enter online click
Goanet has launched a new mailing list Goanet-careers which
is intended to be a platform where Goans can reach out to
assist other Goans by way of career guidance, counselling,
job searches, posting jobs, job placement assistance, immigration,
accommodation, settling anew... and more. For further details
check the link below.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
|Goa: Eleven Dainty Dames Do the Catwalk for
'Miss Goa' Crown. By Sanjay Borkar.
28 Oct Daijiworld News Network.
The third Miss Goa contest, to be held on October 29,
at Colva. Eleven girls will be vying for the crown.
They are Cristabel Rocha, Flet Dias, Amanda Pereira,
Janice Sobti, Steffi Alvares, Aakriti Bisaria, Karene
Dias, Miriam Gracias, Jammie Gonsalves, Jesina Pereira
and Sneha Desai. Pic Sagun Gawade Click
|Goa: Janice Sobti Crowned Miss Goa
2005. By Sanjay Borkar.
30 Oct: Daijiworld.
On 29 Oct. Janice Sobti, an 18-year-old profession singer
from Vasco, was crowned Miss Goa, while Steffi Alvares
was chosen as 1st runner up … the contestants
showcased themselves in the 'Ghagra choli', then in
formal wear and swimming suits … It was followed
by a Question & Answer segment, “God was with
me, that’s why I could win the Miss Goa- 2005
crown. The best always wins and that’s me who
is the best. I would like to make my career in modeling,”
said Miss Goa 2005 Janice Sobti … the jury consisted
of Vivek Singh (MD of Proclaim Sports), Corina Ferns,
Ruchika Chowgule (MD of Chowgule Real Estate), Ranjit
Thakur (Trend TV) and Simple Caul. 7 photos and 648
words. Pic Sagun Gawade.
|Goa: Football: The ZeeBras
26 Oct: Hindustan
Times. Zee TV are sponsoring India’s premier
football tournament, the Federation Cup, which
is currently under way in Goa. They have seven
sexy babes — The ZeeBras — take the
field and hope their short skirts and pom-poms
draw spectators to the desi football scene. The
girls dance to music whenever a goal is scored
and entertain the crowd at half time. They’re
such a hit in Goa that a scuffle broke out during
a match, when the crowd demanded more ZeeBra action
… Two out of the seven girls are from abroad
(Tel Aviv and London). Click
Zee Sports ropes in John Helm
& Russell Osman as commentators
14 Oct: Indiantelevision.com. Zee Sports has signed
one of England's top football voices John Helm and former
England international football player Russell Osman
as commentators Federation Cup to be played in Goa.
FA Cup, but not as we know
it! By John Helm.
27 Oct: Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Excerpts: I'm out
here for 12 days commentating on the Federation Cup
- the Indian equivalent of the FA Cup … there
are just 16 clubs involved and every match is played
in the 30,000-capacity Nehru Stadium here in Goa …
The weather is fantastic … the people pleasantly
hospitable … One of my colleagues here, Noel da
Lima Leitao, who studied accountancy at Huddersfield
University, told me: "The referees don't like to
give penalties or send players off for fear of upsetting
the players and the fans!" One of Zee Sports presenters
looks like Catherine Zeta-Jones - but calls me sir!
805 words. Click
One for the waves: Goa lifts bars
28 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. Lounging in a shack beside
the sea along Goa’s 105km coastline guzzling pints of
beer – the image of the perfect holiday that brings
thousands of tourists from all over the world to Goa. This
season, the idyll will get better with the government deciding
to grant hard liquor licences to the 262 shacks along the
Congress rules out replacing Chief
Minister in Goa
29 Oct: The Hindu. Agriculture Minister Francisco alias Micky
Pacheco, the disgruntled Nationalist Congress Party Minister
in the Pratapsinh Rane Ministry, who had launched a tirade
against him, ended up consolidating Mr. Rane's position. Click
Security beefed up in Goa
29 OCT: PTI. Security has been tightened and high alert has
been sounded in Goa after a series of bomb explosions rocked
New Delhi today, police said. Click
Cricket: England to play India in
Goa (subject to BCCI approval).
30 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). England is scheduled to play
seven one-dayers in April 2006. Goa depends on the local association
being exonerated from a charge of alleged malpractices. Click
Rane plans to make panchayats e-savvy
30 Oct: Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane said that panchayats
in the State should be the nuclei for e governance and for
that purpose the government would provide to all panchayats
to usher direct link with the government and people staying
Under another programme TV sets will be given to all panchayats,
registered clubs, old age homes and charitable organizations
Locals oppose shifting of bazaar
to Assagao hill
31 Oct: Navhind Times. Strong objections were raised by the
villagers of Assagao to the proposal to move Ingo’s
Saturday Night Bazaar from Arpora. Click
Cricket: England ask India to rethink
1 Nov: The Guardian. England are seeking an urgent rethink
by the Indian cricket board of the itinerary for next spring's
tour amid fears it will prove too gruelling for players and
supporters … Goa is the only city with a reputation
for tourism among the seven one-day international venues …
The first one-day international will be staged in Goa only
if the venue is cleared after an investigation into duplicate
ticket selling at a one-day match between India and Australia
in 2001. Click
"Goa warned about possible terror
1 Nov: The Hindu. An international intelligence agency has
sounded Goa's Tourism Minister Wilfred de Souza about a possible
terrorist strike in Goa. Refusing to name the agency, Mr.
Wilfred de Souza said some intelligence agencies were doing
"routine scouting" in Goa. Click
Goa village bans Biharis following
2 Nov. The Hindu. Click
Government of Goa to get rid of stranded
3 Nov: The Hindu.
RECENT ITEMS OF PARTICULAR
INTEREST ON GOANET. BY CORNEL DACOSTA
As a weekly volunteer to Goan Voice (UK), I have often
wondered if there was much interest in this specific material.
Last Sunday however, at a Goan gathering, I was pleasantly
surprised to hear from several people that they do read
the Goan Voice avidly and that they were keen for more material
on Goanet. Well, this is welcome encouragement and I intend
to contribute a little more than I have done recently.
Rahul Goswami provides an explanation for the continuing
shortages of water and electricity in Goa. While those on
holiday in hotels may not be unduly inconvenienced, we should
spare a thought for those permanently at the receiving end
of this major problem, and where possible, help to bring
pressure to bear on the authorities.
The bomb attacks in Delhi have been widely publicised and
Goanet posts have expressed concern as well as commentary.
As Goa receives holidaymakers from all over the world, a
Bali style attack is a possibility. However, do read about
the safety assurances provided by the police authorities
on this matter.
The issue of whether the teaching of English is widely available
in schools in Goa gets renewed consideration. Many parents
are clearly concerned about the inadequacy of available
provision and Goan Voice (UK) readers are encouraged to
express their views on this important theme on Goanet and
The adoption of babies in Goa, and elsewhere in India, is
a cause for concern when so many rackets operate to 'steal'
children. An informative article titled Cradle Snatchers
provides readers a clear understanding of this complex issue.
The legal issues are also well spelt out for those who may
wish to adopt a child.
Autism as a wide spectrum in children, is much better understood
today worldwide. In Goa, this issue is of concern too and
offers of help, of all kinds, are welcomed through Goanet,
for a new project aiming to help many children in real need.
Finally, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) who intend to go
to Goa in the new holiday season will be able to find out
where live entertainment and other festivities will take
place. Goanet News Bytes can be especially helpful for this
and for an abundance of other details provided clearly and
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at http://www.goanet.org
Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE NEWS
Uganda’s Vice President in
Oct. 05. Hotels Magazine. The vice president of Uganda, Prof.
Gilbert B. Bukenya enjoyed his brief stay in Goa and upon
his departure wrote a word of thanks in the hotel's VIP book:
"What a wonderful paradise and hospitality you offer
UK: Where is the Asian outrage over
a racist murder?
27 Oct: Asians in Media. On Monday, Asian Network's Sonia
Deol held a lively debate on the Birmingham riots. One after
the other community leaders said they had the situation under
control. Fat chance. The BBC Asian Network has always had
a soft spot for community leaders. Click
2046: A boomer odyssey. By Marco
R. della Cava.
27 Oct: USA Today. Cover Story: 2046: A boomer odyssey. Excerpts:
In 2046, 79 million baby boomers will be 82 to 100 years old
… So just what kind of America will be forged by this
crowd of geriatric goliaths? … There are ways to diffuse
this "social dynamite," says Paul Saffo, director
of the think tank Institute for the Future … Some boomers
might simply leave the country, making room for the next generation
to blossom … "I'm waiting for the first retirement
cities to pop up in places like Goa, India," he says.
"The weather's great, people speak English, and it's
cheap. What more do you want?" Full text, 1,959 words
Low Calorie Tips on Festive Indian
28 Oct: Rediff.com. Festivals are a time for celebration.
It can be a trying occasion for the health conscious, as they
battle between indulging and abstaining from the array of
festive treats. The good news is, there is no need to feel
deprived. For tips by Rohini Cardoso Diniz, a consultant dietician,
is based in Goa, click
DPP savaged in London court
28 Oct: The West Australian (Perth). Director of Public Prosecutions
Robert Cock has been accused of misleading London's Bow Street
Magistrate's Court in order to cover blunders he made over
an English backpacker suspected of bashing Paul de Souza in
Broome, Perth … The court heard details of the brawl
which left Mr de Souza needing 23 screws and seven plates
in his skull … The case was adjourned and a decision
on extradition of the suspect will be made on November 17.
Savio D'Souza: Mumbai’s International
28 Oct: MidDay. Before the Mumbai Marathon movement gained
momentum, Savio D’Souza, Mumbai’s first international
marathon winner, was a forgotten hero - without a proper home,
struggling to make ends meet. Post marathon, he owns a flat
in Borivali allotted to him by the Government of Maharashtra;
is a well-known figure with a flourishing coaching career.
Photo and text at http://web.mid-day.com/sports/national/2005/october/122043.htm
UK: Wandsworth: Asian cancer patients
28 Oct: Ealing Times. A programme designed to help
and meet the needs of Wandsworth's Asian residents living
with cancer starts on Monday, November 7. Click
The new colour of British racism
30 Oct: The Observer. Behind the riots lies vicious
hostility between the Asian and African-Caribbean communities
in Birmingham. Click
Clare Davies: writing for the BBC
31 Oct: Asians in Media. The BBC's Clare Davies provides advice
on how to get into and ahead in the media industry. 508 words.
Canada opens door for 700,000.
31 Oct: Globe and Mail. Ottawa to unveil revamped immigration
rules to cut backlogs. Ottawa plans to unveil sweeping changes
to immigration, starting today with an increase in the annual
intake of new Canadians, and a promise to increase much-needed
temporary workers and tackle the enormous backlog of 700,000
prospective immigrants. Click
31 Oct: The Ottawa Citizen. Poll finds nearly two-thirds of
Canadians think our peaceable country is increasingly threatened
by ethnic problems imported by immigrant groups. Click
British Citizenship test
31 Oct: BBC News. Britain now has a compulsory citizenship
test. For text click here. Follow the link on the page for
a video clip. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4393172.stm
How Canada' s heart beats for India
31 Oct. Hindustan Times. Considering that Canada had imposed
sanctions on India after the May 1998 nuclear blasts which
now the nation sits pretty high on the antenna in Ottawa.
Look how many top Canadian leaders and delegations have visited
India this year alone. Seems like every Canadian heart beats
for India. Click
Asian doctors in Britain face daily
1 Nov: Navhind Times. Doctors from the Indian sub-continent
working in Britain’s National Health Service faced discrimination
on a daily basis, according to the Commission of Racial Equality.
Meet diversity targets or risk cut
in bonuses, civil servants warned
1 Nov. The Guardian. The annual bonuses of top civil servants
could suffer if they fail to meet targets for hiring and promoting
women and people from ethnic minorities, the government's
chief diversity adviser, Waqar Azmi, announced yesterday.
Britain's only Asian permanent secretary, Suma Chakrabarti,
and a former minister, Keith Vaz, welcomed the announcement.
Goa: Jumbo at Couple's Exotic Wedding
1 Nov: Herald Express (Devon, UK). A spectacular wedding with
a difference was enjoyed by Emma Smith and Simon Curtis when
they were married on an exotic beach in Goa. The bride chose
to travel on an elephant to the ceremony which was held at
the stunning Taj Exotica Hotel. The hotel constructed a flower
bedecked altar on the beach and the ceremony took place with
a backdrop of the sea, the elephant and the setting sun. The
36 guests from South Devon and Australia enjoyed a superb
banquet. For a photograph and full text click
Indian men go tall, fair and handsome
2 Nov: BBC News. Excerpts: An Indian cosmetics company that
has launched a new skin-lightening cream exclusively for men
… Editor of men's magazine, Man's World, Jerry Pinto,
says most dark-skinned men are as insecure as women and go
to equal lengths, albeit secretly, to achieve lighter skin.
"I don't think men share this notion of tall dark and
handsome," he says. "In India, it's tall, fair and
handsome. A look at the matrimonial section, which is a very
good way of seeing how men look at themselves, they just say
we are wheatish and fair. So there is just not one dark-skinned
person in this country, they are all rolling wheat fields
of masculinity." Photograph of Jerry Pinto and full text
Qatar: Goan family asked to pay QR50,000
3 Nov: The Peninsula (Doha). Excerpts: An Indian family of
five has been asked to pay QR50,000 [approx £7,700]
as fine for visa rule violation … The family which comes
from Goa, has been facing financial hardship for sometime
as its head lost a government job and began running a small
eatery. The venture did not do well and at the same time his
wife took ill. At 57, he has been busy looking for a job and
has not succeeded so far … The community is now thinking
of ways to help the family raise the amount. Click
UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa
Sat. 5/11: BBC 2: 7.25pm (65mins) Who Do You Think
Actor and writer Meera Syal travels to India seeking answers
to her parents’ unconventional ideas. It’s a quest
that leads straight to her grandfather’s part in the
struggle for independence. Repeat.
Tues. 8/11: BBC 2: 9.00pm (60mins)
Arena: The Princess and Panorama
Ten years on from the seminal interview of Diana by Martin
Bashir, the tension, secrecy and the impact it had on the
House of Windsor are revealed. The interview itself can be
seen at 11.20pm.
Tues. 8/11: BBC 2: 11.20pm (55mins)
To tie in with the above documentary another chance to see
the landmark interview between Diana Princess of Wales and
Martin Bashir from 1995.
Wed. 9/11: Channel 4: 1.00pm (90mins)
Raid on Entebbe
Historical drama based on the true story of an Israeli commando
mission in Uganda in 1976 to save the passengers of a plane
hijacked by Palestinian terrorists.
Wed. 9/11: BBC 2: 8.00pm (50mins)
The King Cobra and I. The world’s largest venomous snake
can rear up to a height of 6ft. and emit enough venom to kill
an elephant. To the relief of many the species is on the decline
yet Romulus Whitaker is fighting its corner as he tries to
set up a sanctuary in India.
Fri. 11/11: Channel 4: 12.55am (210mins)
Dil Chahta Hai
Romantic Drama. The romantic escapades of three well-heeled
young men in Mumbai show their different attitudes to women,
despite their apparent similarities. In Hindi with English
Sun. 6/11: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins)
Tales from Firozha Baag
2/5. Condolence visit part 2. A series of stories based in
a Bombay apartment building. A young man comes to call to
the consternation of the assembled mourners.
Mon. 7/11: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins)
India-Lite. In 1993 the teenage Sonali was taken on a family
holiday to India. Here she joins a local rowdy tour group,
to a sanitised ashram, with caucasian devotees drinking café
lattes and practicing “Zennis”. Sonali is played
by Michelle Lobo: Dad by Nicholas Khan.
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Sun. 6 Nov. G.O.A. MASS
FOR DECEASED MEMBERS at 1pm at ATC Hall, 192 Merton
Road, South Wimbledon. Advance booking by 2nd November 2005
for the three course lunch (£6.50). Contacts: Alfred
Rebello 020 - 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663
Sun. 6 Nov. Nuvem Feast.
White Hart Lane School, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London
N22 (opp the New River Sports Centre). Call Greg Carvalho
01245 261302 or Johnson Carvalho 020 8303 5822.
Sun. 20 Nov. Charity
Dance (in aid of Osteoporosis Bone Disease) at Archbishop
Lanfranc School from 12.30pm to 8.30pm. Music by: Mustang
& Say One Do One. Admission: Adults £12 including
food, Children 4 – 10 years £5. Contact: Irene
Mendonca 020 - 8767 2762, Derrick Pereira 020 –8 952
8899, Cornelius Monteiro 020 – 8681 8716.
SOLD OUT! Sun. 20 Nov. Navelim
Union Feast of Lady of Rosary - 25th Anniversary. The
Silver Jubilee SOLD OUT!
Sun 20 Nov. 2.30p.m. 78th Commemoration Mass
for Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza
at St. George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark.
For details please contact Nina Pinto on 020 8767 0663.
Sun. 27 Nov. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy.
Konkani Mass will be celebrated
at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High
Street, Cranford, Middlesex
Sun. 4 Dec. G.O.A.
FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER. Our Lady of the Visitation
Church, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex. Mass at 1.30pm,
followed by a social in the Parish Centre. Tickets for social
only £3 single £5 couple. Contacts: Diego Pinto
020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. A coach is
being organised from Croydon, with a pick-up in Tooting, cost
£5 per person. Contact: Cornelius Monteiro on 020-8681
Sun. 11 Dec. G.O.A.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY at Archbishop Lanfranc School.
Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457
Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322
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