Newsletter. Issue 2006-17. Apr. 27, 2006
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From Eddie Fernandes: I will be on holiday, visiting Mombasa & Zanzibar, from 30 Apr to 13 May. During this period there will be a reduced service on the website and newsletter. Please send messages to me as normal but copy any urgent message to Bernie Gracias, tel 020 8723 1322. Thank you.


Fr Carl DeSouza’s 40th Anniversary as a Priest
From Eddie Fernandes: In Apr 1955 the peace of the Goan Institute Reading Room, Mombasa, was shattered by animated discussions at the bar. A passenger liner had just arrived at the port from Dar-es-Salaam en route to Bombay. The rumour was that Carlito DeSouza was on board and someone had claimed that he was on his way to join a seminary.
At the time Carlito was reputed to be East Africa’s most eligible Goan bachelor. The maidens of the land deserved to know the truth so a posse of cars and scooters set off for the docks and I found myself swept along. We located Carlito and he gave credence to the rumour.
This month Carlito celebrated his 40th year of priesthood.
For a report of the event, click here.
For another photograph of him (with an implanted bishop’s skull cap!) click here.
You can congratulate him at

Toronto: Ian D’Sa Returns With "Billy Talent II"
20 Apr: ENP Newswire. Atlantic recording group Billy Talent has announced details of their eagerly awaited new album, dubbed "Billy Talent II," … it was produced by Gavin Brown with co-production from guitarist Ian D'Sa … Billy Talent are currently in England …
Venues are: 29 Apr: Earls Court, London; 30 Apr: Arena, Manchester; 10 Jun: Download Festival, Donington Park.
Photos, Bios, Sample tracks, Full details at

Dr Belinda Colaco: 'Let down by UK'
21 Apr: Hundreds of young foreign doctors have protested outside the Department of Health in London over a sudden change in visa rules which effectively bars them completing training in the NHS. Excerpts: Dr Belinda Colaco, 32, from Goa has been in the UK for approximately a year. She completed her graduate medical training in India but wanted to follow the traditional path of many of her peers and complete her final training placements in the UK.
"I borrowed a lot of money back home because I wanted to come here to get British qualifications before going into practice back home … But since I arrived I have been unemployed.” 883 words. Click here.

Canada: Changes make it easier for foreign doctors to practise here
17 Apr: Toronto Star. Excerpts: Residency rules anger MDs. But Canadian grads say new way makes it hard to compete
As the province looks for new ways to enable foreign-trained doctors to practise medicine here, critics say the latest move could drive Ontario's own medical graduates out of the country. At issue is a new rule allowing foreign doctors to apply for residency or on-the-job training spots previously reserved for Canadian graduates. [From Lisa DeSouza]. 751 words. Click here.

Leander Paes - setting the standard
21 Apr: BBC News. Paes has always risen to the occasion. He'll go one day, but we won't forget, we can't, we shouldn't. For photographs and text, 1088 words click here.
Leander Paes was born in Goa. His father and grandfather came over from Arusha, Tanzania.

Artist Lucy D'Souza-Krone’s Exhibition in Germany

21 Apr: Wiesbadener Tagblatt. Lucy D’Souza’s exhibition of painting of Biblical women opened in Wiesbaden last Thursday and runs to the end of May. She was born in Siolim, Goa in 1949, trained as a teacher and has lived in Germany since 1996. She is married to an Evangelist minister. For full text, 476 words, in German, click here.
For more about her click here.
For some of her paintings click here.

A tribute to Msgr Carmo da Silva. By Zito Almeida
24 Apr: Navhind Times. Rev Msgr Carmo da Silva who died on April 7 was born in Nairobi in 1921, his parents being late Camilo da Silva and late Chagarina Pereira Silva … as Fr Carmo da Silva was a brilliant student, he was sent to Rome for further studies, where he did a doctorate in theology in the Gregorian University …
Msgr. Carmo was ex-rector of Saligao Seminary and Rachol Seminary. 691 words. Click here.

Two Goans Appear at The Old Bailey on Terrorism Charges
25 Apr: BBC. Dominic Martins, 45, of Stanmore, London, Roque Fernandes, 44 of Edgware. London and Abdurahman Kanyare are charged with conspiring to possess red mercury and conspiracy to provide funds for terrorism. … banker Mr Martins and bank security guard Mr Fernandes joined forces to locate red mercury … Mr Martins' former brother-in-law had turned to his newspaper after being disappointed with the response he received after reporting Mr Martins to police … Mr Martins and Mr Fernandes had £10,000 worth of debts and had tried various schemes to try to make money. For full text, 671 words, click here.
For links to the earlier reports click here.

‘Bomb bankers’ appear in court
27 Apr: Barnet Times. … Roque Fernandes, 44, from De Havilland Road … and Dominic Martins, 45, from Du Cros Drive, Stanmore have appeared in Court. The prosecution claims that Fernandes and Martins tried to buy red mercury … The pair, who worked at Deutsche Bank and the Queen's Bank Coutts respectively, had debts of more than £10,000 between them. 385 words. Click here.

Tobias Regner and Collien Fernandes are partners
25 Apr: Chart King. German “superstar" Tobias Regner is no longer single … his new flame is TV presenter, Collien Fernandes, of Viva TV. For text click here.
For the Collien Fernandes website see

UK: Playground 'racist' case dropped
27 Apr: The Guardian (UK). The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped the case against a 10-year-old boy taken to court over an alleged racist playground dispute. District Judge Jonathon Finestein sparked a national debate earlier this month when he branded the decision to bring the youngster to Salford youth court "political correctness gone mad". 552 words. Click here.

New Book by Susan Rodrigues: A Collection of Goan Voices
This is a collection of stories by people of Goan descent. Stories within this text are by: Alvira Almeida, Donald Almeida, Claude Almeida, Alvaro Collaco, James Collaco, Selma Cotta, Louis Mascarenhas, Max D’Mello, Ivy D’Souza, Judith Fernandes, Rebecca Morito, Cliff Pereira Antoinette Rodrigues, Armand Rodrigues, Blanche Rodrigues, Ferdinand Rodrigues, Rene Rodrigues, Savio Rodrigues, Tensing Rodrigues, Bella Vaz. [Info from Ruth DeSouza]
$6.27 Print; FREE Download. Full details at
For a profile of Susan Rodrigues, click here.

A Preview of the GOA UK Cultural (Nostalgia) Show Sunday 7 May 2006
Traditional Goan music, dance, a fashion show and a play form a celebration of Goan immigration to the UK. The play reflects the cultural changes that have affected Goans and show the interaction between the various generations and their English neighbours. Five organisations (GMS, GCS, KDA, YLGS and GOA) have pooled their resources. The play has been scripted in an upbeat style by the talented Fr Lucas Rodrigues.
Come and support this initiative and be entertained! Doors open at 2pm. Tickets from: Alfred Rebello (020 8337 8022), Nina Pinto (020 8767 0663) and Norma Menezes-Rahim (020 8771 4457). Adults: £5, Children: 8-13 yrs £2. For full details click here.


26 Apr. Toronto. MARCELINO FERNANDES (age 92, Past President of the Goan Institute, Nairobi). Loving husband of 57 years to Tita. Dear father to Zemira, Avin, Anna and Mervyn. Cherished grandfather of Claudette, Jeffrey, Michael, Kimberley, Lisa, Matthew, Lauren and Kyle. Marcelino.
Visitation on April 28th at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham. Funeral Mass on Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 p.m. from St.Gabriel's Parish, 650 Sheppard Avenue East. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Flowers or donations in Marcelino's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. For full details click here.

24 Apr: Nairobi, Kenya. FRANCIS FERNANDES. Husband of Pascoela. Father of Primrose, Petunia, Feo and Flavius. Father in law of Shamla and Brent. Grandfather of Chrispie-Rose, Micah, Maya, Lian and Aaron. [Info from Maureen de Souza].

22 Apr. Southampton, UK. JOSEPH T PEREIRA (ex Mombasa/Nairobi & Lisbon). Passed away suddenly. Husband of Zelia (nee Gracias) and father of Joanne/Claus, Lucille & Colin. Brother of the late Josephine, late Alu, Cissy & Florrie. Brother-in-law of Zita Fernandes, Bishop Agnelo (Mumbai) & Flavio Gracias (President of the Goan Association (UK). Funeral details to follow. Condolences to
Funeral Mass at 11.30am at St John Vianney Church, 21 Heathfield Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8NP followed by cremation at Lewisham Crematorium, Verdant Lane, London SE6 1TP. Thereafter at St John Vianney Church Hall. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired to, "Oxfam, East Africa Appeal" can be placed in the collection basket at the Church or sent to 76 Middleton Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 8BS.

20 Apr: Nakuru, Kenya. ANGELO P.J. D’CUNHA (Born 1935). Husband of the late Usha Rani and Cynthia. Father of Geeta, Sandhya and Sanjana. Son of the late Jane and Calisto D’Cunha of Mombasa. Brother of late Pamela and late Winifred D’Cunha. Funeral on 21 Apr at the Hindu crematorium in Nakuru. Light a candle in his memory.


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Goa plans convention center and world class golf course
20 Apr: Express Travel & Tourism. In a conscious move to establish itself as a year-round tourist destination, Goa Tourism has zeroed in on locations to set up a state-of-the-art convention center and a world-class golf course. The 25-acre tract of land at Dona Paula, near the Goa University, has been finalised for the convention center, and the golf course will be located at Betul, in south Goa. Click here.

Give it a Goa
22 Apr: The Sun (UK). If you fancy a sizzling break this winter, the hot tip for this year has to be Goa. Forget winter breaks where there’s a good chance of a shower — Goa guarantees a winter warmer and a chance to explore the Indian subcontinent without the dreaded Delhi belly … If you really want to get away from it all try Morjim or Mandrem beaches — reminiscent of the Caribbean with just a sprinkling of sun worshippers … Goa is also a fabulous place to take children. Local kids will play football and cricket with young tourists for hours. 481 words. Click here.

Having a ball
23 Apr: The News of the World (UK). Indian dancing keeps you supple and is becoming increasingly popular. The beach resorts of Goa offer a fusion of Western and Eastern rhythms. Many hotels there have displays and invite guests to learn some of the secrets. Seven nights B&B is Pounds 479pp including flights to North Goa next winter.

If You Go To Goa
23 Apr: Mercury News (San Jose, USA). [A brief travel guide to Goa]. 591 words. Click here.

Indian airlines joins price war with 10-35% fare cut
24 Apr: The Economic Times. Airlines are sweating it out with low fare offerings even as they head into the peak travel season for this summer … Fares on the much-in-demand Mumbai-Goa route have been cut to Rs 1,704 compared to the previous low of Rs 2,209. Click here.

We need a world map to plot hols for the next few years
24 Apr. Derby Evening Telegraph (UK). Lorraine Chapman and her 40-year-old partner Kevin Slater are really into travelling the world … The couple will soon be jetting off to Goa for the second time. "We love it there," said Lorraine. "It's really cheap. The weather's good and the people are lovely and friendly."


Salesians Highlight 60 Years of Cultivating Sports Culture in Goa
21 Apr: UCAN. By Bosco de Souza Eremita. When three Italian Salesian priests began playing soccer with local youths in Goa 60 years ago, they did not know their sporting venture would help them achieve new goals in the western Indian state. 720 words. Click here.

Sell Goa’s tourism properly: Portugal envoy
22 Apr: Navhind Times. The ambassador of Portugal to India, Dr Joaquim Ferreira Marques today lamented that India has failed to successfully sell its tourism abroad, especially in Portugal, and as a result of which is losing out lot of tourists, in spite of having a potential to handle large number of visitors. Click here.

Reality Check for the Portuguese Ambassador. By V. M. de Malar
25 Apr: Herald. V.M. Malar questions the claim by Dr. Joaquim Marques, the Ambassador of Portugal to India that “India has failed to successfully sell its tourism abroad, especially in Portugal, and as a result of which is losing out on a lot of tourists in spite of having a potential to handle large numbers.” 686 words.

Goa: House renting under scanner
22 Apr: Navhind Times. In a bid to counter terrorists and anti-social elements seeking hide-outs in the residential areas, the North Goa district magistrate has debarred house owners from the district from giving out their houses on rent, sub-letting them to the strangers and tourists without giving prior information of the tenants to the concerned police station. Click here.

Heavy influx of bar girls from M'rashtra to Goa
22 Apr: Hindustan Times. … Varsha Kale, Honorary President of Bhartiya Bar Girls Union said, "We feel that there are around 600 dance bar girls in Goa but their number could be more." Several girls were also indulging in prostitution, Kale said … a few hotels dotting the coastal belt have introduced 'floor show' employing the bar girls. These girls were also performing for some private parties, she stated. Click here.

Group Files Case Challenging Zanzibar Union
24 Apr: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks. On Saturday, during the launch of a book titled "Zanzibar and the Union Question", a section of Zanzibaris said the union should be nullified as it was of little importance to Zanzibar's economic development. The new book is a compilation of papers about the union, written by renowned Tanzanian writers including … Wolfgang Dourado, Zanzibar's first attorney-general after 1964 revolution, who was detained after questioning the union's formation. The majority of the speakers at the book launch expressed displeasure with the union. For full text, 683 words, click here.

Passion knows no borders in India
24 Apr: Times of India. ... In Goa’s Anjuna beach, it is not uncommon to see local boys walking hand in hand with foreign women. Motorbiking along the coastline, swimming in the sea, being each other’s massage partners, drinking in cosy bars—intimate relationships grow fast … "It’s all about trust," says a middle-aged tourist in Goa, Ann … Yet, many opt for the routine: some for fun, others because a wedding could also mean a ticket to First World. 744 words. Click here.

Goa: Books, Creative Icons of Human Culture. By Nandkumar Kamat
24 Apr: Navhind Times. … Almost all the famous Goan intellectuals were great admirers and collectors of books … The Library movement is a mockery in Goa … We need a vibrant book culture in Goa if we intend to invest in the future of the new generation. 1119 words. Click here.

Goa, where criminals play hide-and-seek
24 Apr: Herald. Going by the arrest of a terrorist in March and then the case of another staying for around two months in North Goa and finally the arrest of a scamster couple from Nagpur on Friday night, it seems like Goa has become a safe hideout for criminals.

Go Goa! But is it at risk of terror?
25 Apr: CNN-IBN. The bombings in Egypt's famous tourist resort Dahab have once again brought holiday destinations to the spotlight as prime targets of terror. India's own tourist hotspot Goa could well be the one potential target on the hit list of terrorists. Click here.

Panaji Real Estate Booming
26 Apr: Infoprod. A growing number of people are purchasing property along India's Panaji coastal areas … The trend has led to a significant rise in real estate prices in the alluring areas. Click here.

Digital meters to be mandatory for taxis
26 Apr: Navhind Times. The state government has decided to make the use of digital meters mandatory for auto-rickshaws and taxis from June 1, 2006. Click here.


Family key to restaurants' success
20 Apr. The Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia). Regan Vaz, who comes from Goa, puts his Masters studies in Business Management aside to run the service section. He does so most efficiently and politely, displaying a high degree of ability in hospitality. [Delhi Darbar Indian Restaurant, Unit 1, 2309 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach.]

Canada: Father Raymond J. de Souza on Hugh Hefner of Playboy
20 Apr: National Post. Headline: Smut's savvy peddler. 1350 words. Click here.
Letter in the National Post of 21 Apr: A Catholic priest opining on the merits of Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine is akin to the Trailer Park Boys leading a seminar on proper dining etiquette or classical music appreciation.

Catch me if you tan
21 Apr: Times of India. Excerpts: … A tan gets you more attention than a diamond necklace … Indians have finally realised that they no longer have to be fair to look beautiful … We Indians don't need to get an artificial tan. We've got sunshine in our country. All you need to do is head to Goa or lie on a beach chair on your terrace … Click here.

Women's Lib just Lip Service ?
25 Apr. The Gulf Today. Excerpts: Lisa Fernandes is a teacher at Jumeirah International Nursery … She is also the quintessential juggler, a working woman who does a lot of household chores. "At times I do feel the pressure, juggling home and a career. I spent time driving my kids to after school activities, doing the marketing and getting delayed by traffic.” … She says: "My mother was a housewife who had no say in financial matters and had to live within her means. She used to run out of money at times and even borrow from friends …"Terry, my husband, handles the finances and takes all major decisions after consulting me." … "I feel that in Dubai there is a lot of freedom for women." Click here.

Bomb blasts kill dozens at Egypt tourist resort
25 Apr: The Times (UK). Dahab (in Egypt) is known as the Goa of the Red Sea due to its bohemian lifestyle, multi-cultural beach restaurants, relaxed attitude to cannabis use and growing tourist trade.

Who let the pigs out?
26 Apr: Femina. Eco-friendliness can sometimes take on bizarre forms like animals doubling as disposal squads ... A pig waits to hog crap! Yes, the ‘kumanv’ or the pig toilet is an age-old waste disposal system in Goa, where pigs double-time as media for excreta disposal! The ‘khazi’ (a hut with a hole on the sandy ground) is a toilet (in many areas) in Goa, where pigs lie in wait (in a pit under you) to devour the human waste!

Obituary: Michael O'Donnell
26 Apr: The Guardian. Excerpt: In 1997 the plight of Romanies in the former Czechoslovakia led many families to flee across Europe. Many ended up in Dover, and the barrister Michael O'Donnell, who has died, aged 38, in a cycling accident in Goa, was one of the first in his profession to offer help. [Michael O’Donnell died 17th December 2005, Palolem, Goa]. Click here.

Attracting NRI & FII in real estate
26 Apr: Economic Times. To attract NRI and foreign investors in country's real estate sector there will be an exhibition at Hong Kong in May … It would feature properties and projects from various cities of the country in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai … Click here.


The debate on the appalling Road Sense one encounters while driving in Goa continues. Valmiki Faleiro's column in the Herald carries several opinions of Goanetters. Valmiki has introduced some statistics to elucidate the problem. Part two of his article will arrive at Goanet this weekend.

With the Govt of India considering introducing legislation to enforce seat reservation at professional institutes and possibly even forcing private sector companies to employ people of Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe and Other Backward Classes, there were several opinionated but reasoned exchanges. While most people disagree with the need to reserve seats at professional colleges there were some that thought it was the only way to uplift the Dalits and other backward classes. Several variations of the same analogy were introduced in the debate.

Manuel Caldeira's dilemma of dealing with bureaucracy in Goa was highlighted vis-à-vis his "fight" to maintain his small-scale industries business, manufacturing ceramic tiles, in Moira. Having returned from Canada to settle in Goa, Manuel has found himself in an unfriendly neighbourhood with neighbours filing false claims with government authorities about him.

Tony Correia-Afonso wrote in about the cliché terms used to address judges in India - "My Lord" and "Your Lordship". He would prefer we follow the US system of addressing judges as "Your Excellency"

Tony Barros and Mervyn Lobo exchanged messages on East African Goan Hockey players. Some names that were dropped were, Moraes, Alu Mendonca, Edgar and Egbert, brothers- Hilary and Leo Fernandes, Alban Fernandes, Armand "Chic" Saldanha, Gangy Almeida and Auggie Fernandes and many more.

Domnic Fernandes continues to send in Lyrics to Oldie Konkani songs besides his regular articles from his "antique shelf" and his daily self-composed, 'Thought for the Day' in Konkani.

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

29/4: Channel 4: 7.35pm (90mins) a World without Water
BAFTA winning producer Brian Woods compelling documentary about the world’s water shortages will shock you, sadden you, anger you and especially if you have a bottle of mineral water at your elbow, make you feel very uncomfortable about living in such a water-rich country. To make the point crystal clear families in India and Tanzania describe their personal struggle to survive without it.

Tues. 2/5: BBC 2: 6.30pm (30mins) The Great British Menu
On the menu: Indian Spiced Halibut with Southport Shrimp Biryani,

Thurs. 4/5: Channel 4: 9.00pm (90mins) Bradford Riots
Drama examining the riots of July 2001 in the Manningham area of Bradford, where deep tensions grew between the Asian community and far-right sympathizers.

Sat. 6/5: BBC 4 10.00pm (55mins) India’s Monsoon Railway
First of two films by director Gerry Troyna, painting an affectionate portrait of the Indian railway culture. Indian Railways is a vast organisation, employing 1,500,000 people and catering for every aspect of their lives from cradle to grave. The documentary follows three typical employees as they face the annual battle to keep trains running during the monsoon season.

Sun. 7/5: BBC 4 10.00pm (55mins) India’s Monsoon Railway
Second of two films by director Gerry Troyna, as above listing


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 30 Apr. G.O.A. Ruby Singles Snooker Tournament. Entries by email to: Felix Pereira

Sun. 7 May. G.O.A. RUBY GOAN NOSTALGIA - Cultural Show at Archbishop Lanfranc School at 3pm (gates will open at 2pm). Tickets: £5 adults, £2 children 8-13yrs. Food & drink will be on sale. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022

Sun. 14 May. G.O.A. RUBY SINGLES CARROM TOURNAMENT at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1QW. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 - 8300 5347

Sun. 21 May. G.O.A. RUBY THANKSGIVING MASS at 2.30pm at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, followed by a Cocktail Reception in the Amigo Hall. For catering purposes, entrance to Reception by ticket only. Members – Free, Guests - £2. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 or any member of the Social Committee

Sun. 28 May. Cortalim Union celebrate the Feast of Saints of Philip and James, and the May Queen at the Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, London N17. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social to 10pm. Music by Nite Life. Tickets: adults £10 (inc meal and a complimentary drink) 11-18 years £5 (inc. meal and a complimentery drink) and 2-10 year olds (meal only) £2.50, call Maria-0208-803-5146,

Mon. 29 May. G.O.A.Ruby Outdoor Sports Festival. (incorporating Junior Football Tournament and Volleyball) at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1QW. Teams from Goan Organisations welcome. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Vincent Fernandes 020 - 8764 8780 / 020 - 8251 2737, Ian Remedios 020 - 8658 7769, Lloyd Lobo 020 - 8856 6018, Plino Martins 020 – 8657 8951

Sat. 3 Jun. G.O.A. Ruby Anniversary Ball at Wandsworth Civic Suite from 7.00 pm. Musical entertainment by Calibre and Say One Do One. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 or any member of the Social Committee


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