Newsletter. Issue 2005-36. Sep. 22, 2005
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Hurricane Katrina: A great escape for this Goan family
19 Sep: Herald. By Ronita Torcato. Excerpts: Goan expats Bernadette and Dr Terence D’Souza were among the fortunate ones who escaped in time from the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. They are presently in Virginia with D’Souza’s sister Trudy. Quepem-born Bernadette grew up in Mumbai, went to the US in 1978, and works as Managing Attorney with the Domestic Violence Unit of New Orleans Legal Assistance. Terence, whose parents hail from Cuncolim and Velim, is a neurologist with an office in Kenner, New Orleans … the area they lived did not suffer as much water damage as the rest of the city. 662 words.

Bernadette D’Souza has featured many times before in GVUK. In 2000, she had been standing outside the court with a client, Jacquelene Gersfeld, when Gersfeld was fatally shot by her estranged husband, after winning an injunction against him.
On 1 Nov. 2002 it was reported that she was honoured as a role model at a YWCA luncheon.
The issue of 17 June 2004 reported that she got her law degree only in 1993 as she had opted to stay home with her and her husband's three children when they were young.
On 8 Sep 2004 GVUK revealed that Bernadette D'Souza was contesting the election as Judge in the Civil District Court.

As part of the rebuilding process Dr. Terence D’Souza has been asked to return to New Orleans and reopen his medical practice. They do not have a family photograph to hand but it is hoped to publish one before long.

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18 Sep: The Telegraph. Lisa Ray looked exceptionally glamorous at the premiere of Deepa Mehta’s Water which was selected to open the Toronto Film Festival. Lisa has the starring role in the film. For text and photos click here.
22 Sep: Toronto Star. The Globe spread pictured Lisa Ray, a star of Deepa Mehta's Water, with the caption, ``Toga-chic by Goa-based Wendell Rodrick'' — the designer — ``uncovers a new erogenous zone: the hip.'' Text here

Toronto: Charles Correa
22 Sep: The Globe and Mail (Canada). Excerpts: Charles Correa, the great contemporary architect believes in architecture that opens to the sky, and the power of empty space to free the mind. His designs are meant to humanize. … Correa's client, the Aga Khan, has pledged of $200-million for an Ismaili Centre in Toronto…Correa needs to be welcomed to Toronto … the Ismailis are a community-in-exile that fled to Toronto from eastern Africa. About 35,000 Ismailis now live in Toronto, with another 50,000 spread across Canada. 1286 words. For the text of the article click here.
For the Charles Correa home page see
For an account of his Goan connections (ex-Moira), see:

Women in Byzantium featuring Patricia Rozario
Portland: Fri, 21 Oct; Seattle: Sat, 22 Oct. Patricia Rozario OBE (Order of the British Empire) appears by arrangement with Stafford Law, the agency who has guided the careers of such artists as Arleen Auger, Renata Scotto, and Placido Domingo. For details see

Canada: Rebecca Pinto
16 Sep: University of Alberta Express News. Excerpts: Rebecca Pinto, a second-year chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta, has won the C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation Engineering Scholarship. This scholarship is both prestigious and profitable for Pinto, providing $7,500 per year for her next three years of study. Academics is only one of Pinto's pursuits.
She's also an active volunteer, playing piano at a senior citizen's residence, working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters local chapter, organizing students' blood donations for Canadian Blood Services and mentoring in WISEST. Recognizing that her future career will be in a global economy, Pinto is pursuing studies in Spanish and French. 544 words. [Alert by Dr Cedric de Souza]
Rebecca was born in Edmonton, Canada. Her parents are Rosie (Cottarbhatt, Aldona) & Manuel (Corjuem, Aldona) Pinto though they lived in Mumbai prior to emigrating to Canada in 1982.
All Life is Sacred
17 May 2004: Western Catholic Reporter. Rebecca Pinto, a student at St. Francis Xavier High School in Edmonton, is this year's winner of the Alberta-Northwest Territories Respect for Life Oratorical Contest. Rebecca delivered her speech, All Life is Sacred, at the annual K of C convention April 24. For the text of the speech see

Toronto communities take steps in the fight against breast cancer
13 Sep: Canadian News Wire. The Canadian Cancer Society has designed four events. 24 Sep. to 1 Oct. to make it easy for members of the various Toronto communities to participate in the fight against breast cancer. Mark D'Souza, President, Toronto Region says, "It's an ideal event for those who want to get involved and support breast cancer research but can't spare a lot of time." To join register online at For full text click here.
For a profile of Mark D’Souza click here.
Mark D’Souza, was born in Mumbai, the son of Frank and Lena D'souza. He moved to Canada in 1998, is married to Nina and is currently Vice President, Hedge Fund Services, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Dressing up for charity
16 Sep. Kent & Sussex Courier (UK). When Emily Page who works as an Ann Summers rep decided to dress up for charity in a sexy outfit, she had plenty to choose from. She spent the day at work dressed as a masseuse and also dug out a nurse's outfit for her colleague Maddison D'Souza. The girls' efforts raised about £150 for the special care baby unit at Pembury Hospital.

UK: Hockey: Warren D’Souza
22 Sep: Barking & Dagenham Recorder, UK. In their first match of the weekend, Old Loughts had the best of the early exchanges against Canterbury culminating in a goal from England under-21 international Warren D'Souza who slotted home through the keeper's legs following a slick move down the left. Click here.
For a photo and brief profile of Warren see GVUK issue 2005-24


18 Sep: Dartford, Kent, UK. MARIA BERTHA PEREIRA (nee ALFONSO, ex-Uganda & Mombasa and from Carmona/Cortalim, Goa). Beloved wife of Gustavo and mum to Rowena/Robin and Edgar. Daughter of Sabina/late Remedios Alfonso. Sister of Tony, Ophelia, Edward and Christi.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10.00am on Friday 30 September at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, Mallard Close, Dartford DA1 5SU. Interment at Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Lions Hospice, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent. Condolences to

17 Sep: Neasden, London NW2. FLORIANO CARVALHO (ex Nakuru, Kenya). Died while on holiday in Algarve, Portugal). Husband of Rita. Father of Anthony. Funeral details will be announced here later. Condolences/enquiries to

17 Sep: Batim, Goa. VITTORINO FERNANDES; Husband of Generosa Vas. Father of Conceicao/late Lawrence Braganza, A Salvador/Monica (UK), Anthony/Rosa (UK), Ana Maria/Xavier Dias (Israel).

16 Sep: Nairobi, Kenya. MARIANA SEQUEIRA (nee Gonsalves, formerly of Nakuru, Kenya). Wife of late Andre Franklin Sequeira. Mother of Tony, Rennie, Lina and Alzira. Funeral Service on Tue. 20 Sept. at Holy Trinity Church, Kileleshwa. Mass at 2.00 p.m followed by the burial service at Langata Cemetery. Condolences to [Info from Maureen De Souza Mombasa]


UK employment sought for 33 yr old Goan Male (Chandor) with 9 years experience as waiter/bar steward in a 5* Hotel. Employment in Restaurant/Hotel or elsewhere considered. In the first instance please contact Andy Norman, for CV and further details.
[Note: the GVUK rate for personal classified adverts is £10 per insertion (max 60 words)]


Garbage: a bomb ready to explode
18 Sep: Herald. With rising opposition from people for locating dumping sites in their vicinities, and complacency of the government in finding solution to the problem, it appears, that Goans will have to wait for an epidemic to break, to realise importance of having stable machinery for treating garbage.

18 Sep. The Goa Forum. Finally, two great Goan stalwarts, Margaret Mascarenhas and Wendell Rodricks have decided to campaign about the Garbage crisis. Please join them and help make our beloved Goa clean again.

Dear Friends of Goa,
The lack of waste management infrastructure for both hazardous and ordinary waste in Goa is shocking, shameful and, quite simply, inexcusable. Successive Goa governments have yet to take the problem seriously, and it is now reaching crisis proportions even as the tourism department continues to lure unsuspecting tourists for the upcoming season, and the government proceeds with plans to host IFFI, which will only compound the problem. Goa can no longer sustain this assault.
For the full text and suggestions regarding what YOU can do, see

Raising a stink: Goa celebrities decry garbage problem
20 Sep: NDTV. By Frankey Fernandes. Local celebrities in Goa have launched a campaign against the stinking mounds of garbage lying uncollected in the residential colonies and bylanes. They say that if garbage collection is not made a priority, they will highlight the health hazard it poses and ask tourists, especially foreigners, to stay away. For full text click here.


India’s Air route war fuels tourism boost
15 Sep: Travel Daily News (Greece). Increasing competition on India’s international air routes means that inbound tour operator exhibitors at London’s World Travel Market in November this year will be pointing to a new boom in tourism to the region over the next two years. Click here.

17 Sep: The Guardian. In Goa you can have a pair of bifocals/varifocals made for about the equivalent of £25, and have a wonderful holiday.

How would you spend £1,000?
17 Sept: The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle (UK). Ronnie Bowles, 30, chef, Blyth: I would go on holiday, probably to Goa. My mum went earlier this year and I was jealous.

Goa Goes From Hippy To Hip
18 Sep: Mail on Sunday (London). Excerpts: Everything was pointing to the former Portuguese colony of Goa on the west coast … a number of stylish villas and quirky heritage hotels have sprung up to cater for a clientele more hip than hippy. Queen of the boutique bunch is the Nilaya Hermitage on the Arpora hillside … we were staying in Kate Moss's favourite room … Only three things are important: football, fish and feni …1039 words. [Alert by Lorna D’Silva]

Yoga in Goa
18 Sep: Sunday Mail (Australia). The latest STA Travel Live & Learn experience is a yoga haven at Yogamagic Canvas Ecotel in Goa. Surrounded by paddy fields, visitors can practise yoga among the trees or take a five-minute walk to the Purple Valley Drop-In Centre. Details

Tip please!
17 Sep: Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Excerpts: The last thing you want after a 10-hour flight is someone pretending they're from your tour company and walking off with your suitcases, but that's exactly what awaited us on arrival in Goa. All the men in brown tunics wanted is baksheesh - a tip … The people are very friendly … rather lethal local alcoholic feni drink … a local speciality is fish or chicken cafreal - fried chicken or fish in mint marsala. Vindalhao is another delicacy, pork marinated in vinegar, garlic and chillies … Whatever dishes you choose to eat, enjoy them because they'll be the last curries you have in quite a while. Once you're back home you won't venture near an Indian restaurant for weeks - you simply won't be able to better the ones you had on holiday. 775 words. Click here.

Indian airspace buzzes with first-time flyers as budget airlines stage a revolution
20 Sep: The Guardian. Passengers leave the trains behind for fast, cheap but polluting travel by plane.,12559,1573940,00.html


Mopa airport project runs into rough weather
15 Sep: Business Line. A major controversy has developed over Goa's proposed international airport coming up at Mopa in North Goa with opposition building up from within the ruling Congress-led coalition. The issue assumes significance as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a Canada-based United Nations civil aviation body, consultants for the project, will submit its final techno-economic report by the month-end. 758 words. Click here.

‘Tourism hampered in Goa by defence curbs’
17 Sep: Deccan Herald. Goa’s Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred De Souza says the state is set for a 10 per cent increase in foreign chartered traffic this coming tourist season, but the expansion of charter operations is being hindered by defence restrictions. Click here.

Indo-Latin American meet to be held in Goa
18 Sep: The Hindu. Representatives of several prominent Latin American and Caribbean countries will attend a three-day seminar in Goa from Oct. 7 to 9. The seminar will debate issues of bilateral trade and economic co-operation and explore Goa's potential as a destination for tourists from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

Reclaiming Abbe Faria (1756 – 1819).
20 Sep: Herald. By V. M. de Malar. Today is a big day for Goa. It heralds the public return of a great son of the soil back into our collective consciousness … Abbe Faria is back in the limelight with an evening’s celebration planned at the foot of his iconic monument in Panjim … Faria’s achievements defy belief … We Goans were fully globalized, seamlessly both Eastern and Western, centuries before the rest of India and the world and Abbe Faria must be acknowledged as the first exemplar in a distinguished line of what we now call NRI’s. 738 words.

Optimum use of Dabolim airfield sought
21 Sep: Herald. The Navy has said that the Dabolim airfield has not been utilised by chartered/scheduled flight operators beyond 6 pm, thus leaving ample scope for accommodating large number of commercial flights in the time slot between 6pm to 6 am (12 hrs).
On the issue of shifting of naval base to Karwar, the press release states that there is no airfield at the Karwar naval base.


Oil balls resurface in South Goa
16 Sep. Herald. Oily substance began to haunt the authorities again right on the eve of the tourism season, with tiny oil balls - in the initial stage of its formation - re-surfacing along the Mormugao coast in South Goa throughout Thursday. 893 words.

Oil and tar tarnish Goa’s beaches
19 Sep: The Statesman. Massive pollution of Goa’s coastline by tar balls washing up on the shores is threatening to ruin not only the picturesque state’s once pristine beaches, but also the new tourist season which begins in October … Goa’s new tourism minister, Dr Willy D’Souza, has vowed to tackle the latest menace on a “war footing”. For full text click here.

Ecoterrorism on Goan Beaches
21 Sep: Navhind Times. By Dr Nandkumar Kamat. Excerpts: I have collected some sample tarballs from the Goa beaches for studies … my conclusion is that this was not an usual oil spill or an accident. It is carefully planned ecoterrorist attack on Goan beaches to break the backbone of tourism industry this year … This is an unprecedented attack to give a bad publicity to the famous beaches in Goa … Only Goa’s competitors stand to gain from tourist booking cancellations … A few more ecoterrorist attacks, and then it is the end of Goan beach tourism. 1059 words. Click here.

Oil balls on beaches: Willy suspects sabotage
21 Sep: Navhind Times. The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Wilfred de Souza has said that he suspected that the appearance of oily substance on the Goan beaches was sabotage by vested interests and said that the Coast Guard has been asked to find out the source from where this substance was appearing on the Goan beaches and polluting them.


Goanet has much information about Abbe Faria, the world famous Goan hypnotist. The related news is also about interesting events taking place in Goa to celebrate Abbe Faria's 250th birthday on 20th September 2005.

Goan Voice (UK) readers are invited to find out about fellow Goans who were in Burma when Japan invaded that country in WW2. Readers may also be able to help in providing information to Yvonne Vaz Ezdani who is working on a project to find out about how and when Goans went and settled there, what kinds of work they may have engaged in and the pattern of their lives.

On a different issue, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) could also help to determine the route of the proposed monorail across Goa.

There is much available on the themes of rainwater harvesting and the problem of garbage disposal among many other varied issues.

Finally, was Portuguese rule in Goa a historic necessity? Do read about this intriguing question addressed by Neil Rangel on Goanet.

More details can be found at the Goanet archives at Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to


Mistaken identity
5 Sep: The Guardian. Since the July 7 bombings much attention has been focused on the Muslim community, while attacks on non-Muslim Asians have been largely ignored.,11374,617115,00.html

Wine Choice
16 Sep: Coventry Evening Telegraph. … Portuguese wines like Dão and Bairrada made with the Baga grape go with Indian food. Portugal colonised Goa and their red and white wines, especially Vinho Verde (right) have an affinity with Goanese dishes. Vindaloos scream for fruitier styles; a sweet German riesling, perhaps, or if the dish gives off scorching heat and contains lots of chilli then a Southern Italian red … However the one wine that really does the business across the whole range of the sub-continent’s cuisine surprisingly is Champagne.

Nairobi: Olga Marlin: The dream that made history
17 Sep: East African Standard. Olga Marlin is a founder member of the Kianda Foundation — the pioneer in setting up a multi-racial secretarial school at the height of the liberation struggle in Kenya. Her first non-white student was a Goan and the city council would not register the school since it was in a white area. Photo and text, 1710 words.

Trace Your Heritage Back Through Thousands of Years for £300
18 Sep: The Observer. Private DNA tests are being launched in Britain to cash in on a seemingly insatiable desire to search for our ancestors … The firms marketing the new DNA tests claim the genetic code in a small amount of saliva can reveal traces of African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Chinese blood that might have entered a person's DNA thousands of years ago as tribal groups roamed across the world … Anushka Asthana discovered that although her immediate roots are Indian, her DNA is at least 12 per cent white northern European …1917 words. click here.

Racial ghettos 'may appear in UK'
18 Sep: BBC. Trevor Phillips, Britain's race equality chief says Britain's races are becoming more segregated and some areas may turn into "fully-fledged ghettos".

Creating leaders, decision-makers
19 Sept. The Hindu. Sonali Wayal has in her a burning desire to work for the HIV/AIDS affected and contribute her bit to the issues related to mental health, especially of the vulnerable women in Goa. She is glad that the one year course in Master of Science and Public Health Research that she is to take up at the University of Edinburgh will give her ample scope to work for the cause. Her dreams have come true with the scholarship provided by Shell.

India Orders Revamp of Railway Cleanliness
19 Sep: The Guardian. From killing cockroaches to cleaning toilets, India's government has ordered the state railway to get rid of the bugs, rats, filth and surly workers. Laloo Prasad Yadav, the railway minister got a firsthand glimpse of the conditions when he took a train ride this month. ``My God, it was hellish," he was quoted as saying. ``The toilet is so dirty that I can still feel the stench.'' Click here.

Kuwait may raise foreigners' pay
19 Sep: BBC. Kuwait is considering proposals to improve the lives of nearly a million expatriate workers, most of them from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Non-Kuwaitis hired by private companies contracted by the government should get at least $170 a month it is proposed.

Reliving the Portuguese terror in Goa
19 Sep: Rediff. An exclusive extract from Richard Zimler's compelling look at the Inquisition in Goa.

San Francisco: Goa photo exhibition
21 Sep: Sacramento State University. An exhibit at the Sacramento State Anthropology Museum highlighting Goa will be opened on Friday, Sept. 23 in the museum in Mendocino Hall 1000. The photos will be on display until Dec. 9. Renowned art historian and photographer Benoy K Behl has photographed and documented the churches and culture of Goa over the past 23 years. This exhibition brings alive the richness and grandeur of the culture of Old Goa through a selection of 83 photographs taken by him. Behl will discuss the exhibit in a talk at 3 p.m., Oct. 20. The exhibition can be previewed at For full details click here.

Goa features in London Property Exhibition.
21 Sep: Evening Standard. A Place in the Sun Live exhibition will take place at ExCeL London from September 30 - October 2, 2005. If you are thinking of buying abroad, this is the must-visit show - everything you could possibly need to know about buying abroad all under one roof. The choice of destinations represented is even wider than before including Goa. For full text click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sat. 24/9: Channel: Sky Travel: 4.30pm (30mins) Goa and Maldives Deals
Experience the romance of the Maldives and the culture of Goa, through a selection of exclusive holiday deals to the Indian Ocean.

Mon. 26/9: Channel 4: 11.35am (25mins) Tricky Business
Documentary. Twenty-five-year-old Ash was destined to run the family corner shop when his dad retired. But an entrepreneurial seminar in his final year at university gave him the inspiration to go into business for himself. He set up his own web design company targeting the Asian business community where online trade is booming. Ash is selling web sites like cakes - but there's a catch. The Asian market is very price driven so he's desperate to break into mainstream markets where he reckons he can become a millionaire. But without any major contacts - can he do it?

Mon. 26/9: Channel CBBC: 12.40pm (20mins) Focus – Citizenship
Minorities - Black and British. Three children from different minority groups in London discuss their experiences of racial abuse.

Fri. 30/9: BBC 1: 7.00pm (60mins) Departure Lounge
Among the holiday spots covered is India, where Nick Knowles aims for a champagne lifestyle on beer money in India.

Tues. 27/9: BBC Radio 4: 9.30am (15mins) Africa's Fourth Estate
Tanzanian journalist Adam Lusekelo meets the movers and shakers of Africa's communications revolution. Businessman Reginald Mengi owns or controls two thirds of Tanzania's media, which was under government control a decade ago. What are the implications of this dramatic shift and what effect will it have on the country's emerging democracy?


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 25 Sep. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sat 1 Oct. HELP A POOR CHILD. 25th Anniversary Gala Ball - Harrow Leisure Centre, 7.00p.m. to 3.00a.m. Music by Mustang, Dark Star, Say One Do One and other entertaining artists. Visit the HAPC web site for more details

Sun 2 Oct. 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm. Whist Drive. St Ignatius Church, 27 High Road, Stamford Hill, London N15 6ND. Event repeats on the first Sunday of every month and no reminders will be published. Contact Regina 020 8808 7091

Sat 8 Oct. Ballroom Dancing Bow Tie Charity Ball at Polish White Eagle Club, Balham, London SW17. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 – 8542 5427

Sun 16 Oct. Uganda Reunion. 32nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion from noon to 7.00pm at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees, Grove, Streatham, SW16. Music by Maz N Co & fantasy Disco. Children's Magic Show, Raffle &Novelty Dances. Contact Christine De Souza Tel no: 0208 310 2332.

Sun 16 Oct. G.O.A. DOUBLES CARROM TOURNAMENT. (Ladies, Men & Children) Venue to be advised. Contacts: Richard Fernandes 020 - 8300 5347, Viju De Souza, 01784 430547, Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342.

Sun 23 Oct: Colva Union, 32nd Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. Mass at 12.30pm. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Tickets: Adults £12.00; Children 12 and under £4.00. Contact: Bento Fernandes (020) 8672 0283; Arlene Fernandes (020) 8930 7679; Fiona Fernandes (01279) 432325 (after 9.00pm)

Sun 23 Oct. Amche Historr Children’s Workshop at Archbishop Lanfranc School. 12 noon to 6pm. For further details Contact: Shirley Gonsalves 01634 – 843510

Sun 23 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. Entries by email to: Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342


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