UK: Leicester: Michelle Lobo in Charity
Concert 5 Feb.
2 Feb. Leicester Mercury. Music-lovers are invited for An
Afternoon at the Musicals, with Leicester singer Michelle
Lobo and her friends. The concert will feature songs
from musicals and takes place at 3pm, on 2 Feb. at St Joseph's
Church, in Uppingham Road, Leicester. Michelle said: "I
have friends and family who have cancer so I am really committed
to helping Cancer Research UK beat cancer." To book tickets,
call 07759 418661.
Michelle grew up in St. Joseph's Parish and studied music
in Cardiff. For photographs of Michelle click
The Concert raised over £2000 for Cancer Research UK.
|Counting the Cost of Piracy
2 Feb. BBC. Capt
Neale Rodrigues had to take over a ship after
its former captain and chief officer had been killed
by pirates … When Capt Rodrigues took over the
helm he had a new crew as the other men were too traumatised
to return … Capt Rodrigues, who now works for
the Standard P&I Club.
If ships are hijacked it is the job of Alex
Pinto to help track them down on behalf of shipping
companies and insurers … Mr Pinto warned speed
is crucial in combating a trade worth hundreds of millions
of dollars a year …
He said the success
rate of getting ships back had improved since the introduction
of tracking devices. For full text, 1021 words, click
Capt. Neale Rodrigues, is the son of General Sunith
Francis Rodrigues (retd.), currently Governor of Punjab
and Chandigarh UT Administrator. For a photo and brief
bio of him click
Based in Singapore and Bombay, Alex Pinto is a Director
of Charles Taylor Consulting’s Marine Risk &
Consultancy Division. He traces his Goan roots to Assagao.
For a brief bio see http://www.taylorrisk.com/people.asp
|Prince Charles, Ethnic Diversity
and Steven D’Souza
3 Feb: 24dash.com.
UK. A drive to promote ethnic diversity in the workplace
is about straightforward ideas, rather than political
correctness, the Prince of Wales said today …
Charles chatted to Steven D'Souza
who works for Merrill Lynch. The 30-year-old from Bounds
Green, North London, presented him with a copy of his
book Made In Britain, about inspirational figures from
ethnic minorities … 400 words. Click
was born in London and is the son of Christine (Moira)
and Silo (Saligao) D'Souza. He is also a nephew of Prof
Teotonio R. de Souza.
For details of the book click
|Karachi: St Patrick’s High
5 Feb: The Statesman
(India). Anthony de Mello, the godfather of modern Indian
cricket and sport is well remembered at his alma mater
St Patrick’s High School, Karachi … St Patrick’s
has been home to some of the biggest names in both Pakistan
and Indian society and polity - a President and Prime
Minister of Pakistan, chief ministers, politicians,
generals, judges, administrators, sportspersons, cardinals
prominent sportspersons includes … Jack
(1952 Olympics) … St Patrick’s
school is also inextricably linked to the history of
Goan migration to Karachi as most of them were settled
in and around the school and nearby cathedral of the
same name. For full text, 746 words, click
Last week Mafalda de’Sa wrote: Jack Britto continued
his Hockey in Malawi and played Cricket & Badminton
for Malawi as well. He is now an octogenarian, lives
in Wimbledon, UK and still plays Badminton. Mafalda
has provided a photograph of Jack at the 2004 G.O.A.
Snooker tournament. Jack Britto can be reached through
his son at email@example.com
Keith Vaz to award British scholarship
to Goan teacher
5 Feb: Herald. The longest serving British Asian MP, Keith
Vaz, will be visiting Goa in April 2006 to award a
teacher from Goa, a scholarship to teach in the United Kingdom
with all expenses paid. The scholarship is in memory of Vaz’s
mother, Merlyn Verona Vaz, who died in October 2003. Merlyn
Vaz was a teacher and the first Goan to be elected councillor
of Leicester. Her family lived in Calangute … The deadline
for applications is Feb. 28 … Keith Vaz said “My
mother loved Goa. She was a great teacher … If it is
successful the scholarship will be awarded every year.”
232 words. See http://oheraldo.in/node/9446
For a GVUK profile of Merlyn Verona Vaz click
Caji DeSouza: Grand Gesture
7 Feb: The Courier-Mail (Australia). Excerpts: Caji
DeSouza, Metway Bank's chief finance man when it merged
with Suncorp, has spent a bit of time lately completing some
unfinished business …Caji left Uganda in 1972 but he
didn't come empty handed, however. He brought with him the
perpetual Ugandan Open Squash trophy. … when former
Ugandan hockey and tennis international Al Mathias visited
in September, he suggested it should go to Austin Malcolm
… Caji passed the trophy on to Austin's grandson Zak,
nine. [For a photo of Caji see last week’s issue].
Melbourne: Goan Carnival Dinner Dance
9 Feb: Herald Sun ( Melbourne). Book tickets for
cultural event. Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin.
Feb 25. $18/$32. Ph: 0404 848 345.
|Jazz: Amancio D'Silva: Konkan Dance.
UK release 10 Feb
Konkan Dance, will
be released on 10 Feb. on the British Vocalion label.
It will be available from usual stores and online, http://www.amazon.co.uk
etc. The price is around £9.00. Also available
is Integration, his 2004 CD.
For the GVUK Profile of Amancio
For the Amancio D'Silva site with full details of the
albums etc see http://www.amanciodsilva.com/
To listen to excerpts from Jaipur and Streets of Bombay
|G.O.A. (UK) Ruby Extravaganza -7
A hand painted silk
banner by Francis Gomes “40th Anniversary G.O.A.
(UK) 1966 – 2006” graced the opening celebration
at Wandsworth Civic Suite.
Maz & Co and Dark Star, relived music memories of
yesteryears when Jovito Dias & Alta Mira entertained.
Catering by Shirley’s Kitchen and Greg Carvalho’s
Bar completed the charm and character of all things
Goan, while a Bollywood dancers’ cabaret enhanced
President Flavio Gracias
after a minute’s silence, for deceased members
and friends, presented his annual award to Raymond &
Rose Lobo for their community spirit.
Well done to our raffle team, Sally & Chloe de Mendonca,
Rosy de’Souza, Monique Fernandes and Martin Gracias.
Our thanks to Plino Martins who donated a raffle prize
in memory of his late wife Lucy. Finally, hats off to
Norma Menezes–Rahim, Social Director, who presented
a champagne event at beer prices.
Compiled by Melvyn Fernandes
For the identities of the Intrepid Trio and other photographs
of the event, click
8 Feb: Socorro, Goa. MARGARET D'SOUZA
(Born 1916, Ex-Mombasa). Relict of late Jules D'Souza, MBE.
Sister of Domnic/Mary, Hortencia/late Otholino and Peter/Romana
7 Feb: Toronto. ANNA (BERTHA) DeCOSTA.
(ex Dar-es-Salaam). Wife of the late Joseph DeCosta. Partner
of Milburn D'Silva. Loving mother of Michelle, Jesse/Sandra.
Cherished grandmother of Sabrina and Robin. Sister of Tony/Dora
D'Silva (U.K.), Joe (Sanu) D'Silva (U.K.) and Nello D'Silva
(U.K.). Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
[Info from Brendan Abreu]
For a photograph and details of the Visitations on 9 Feb &
Funeral at Scarborough on Fri.10 Feb click
6 Feb: Mombasa. LUCY REGINA D'SOUZA
(age 79). Mother of Jacinta/late Peter George, (Mombasa),
Francisco/Delilah (Canada), Cedric/Suzanne (Sweden) and late
Dominic. Grandmother of Georgina, Lucia & Ryan, Stephanie
& Candice, and Rebecca & Alex. The funeral mass will
be held on Thu. 9 Feb. at 4 pm at The Little Sisters of the
Poor. The cortege will then proceed to the Mbaraki Cemetery.
Condolences to email@example.com
[Info from Oscar Lobo, Mombasa]
6 Feb: Siridao, Goa. INACIO RODRIGUES.
Husband of Eugenia. Father of Mathias/Ana (UK), Jose/Lucia
(UK), Duarte/Romaldina (UK), Eusebio/Daisy (UK), Clarina/Anthony
5 Feb: Velim, Goa. FELICIA D'COSTA
(FELIZMIN) (Born 1929, ex-Mombasa/Tanga/Nairobi).
Wife of late Napoleon. Mother of late Winston, Nelson, Noella/Ayesha,
Ramesh/Greta, Joe/Sunia, Bruno/Vesta and Frankie.
5 Feb: Navelim: MARIA ROSINHA COLACO
(ROSY). ( Born 1929, ex-East Africa [Nairobi?]) Wife
of late Carmo, mother of Flavio/Aurora, Wilson/Cheryl and
5 Feb: Goa Velha: BERNARDO DE SOUZA.
Husband of Juana. Father of Isabel/Inacio (UK), Vincent/Julia
(UK), Victor/Lydia (UK), Angela/Rumaldo.
4 Feb: Clevedon, Somerset,
UK. GRACE SEQUEIRA
of late Joe. Mother of Millie/Reis. Grandmother of Neil,
Charlene & Glyn. Condolences/enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the GVUK supplement on Joe & Gracie Sequeira
Funeral mass on Mon.
20 Feb at 12.00 noon at the Franciscan Parish of Immaculate
Conception, Marine Hill, Clevedon, North Somerset. This
will be followed by the burial at Clevedon cemetery.
There will be a reception following this at Greyfriars
Hall, Marine Hill (adjoining the church).
4 Feb. Agassaim, Goa. PAULO CAMELO.
Husband of Severina. Father of Grace/Braz, Paulo Silveira
3 Feb: Navelim. JOSE REBELO.
Husband of Natividade. Father of Seby/Vicentinha (Scotland),
Milu/Anthony Costa (UK), Wency/Francis Fernandes (UK).
31 Jan. Chatham, Kent,
UK. ANACLETO DE SOUZA
(ex Kenya Breweries Ltd. Mombasa). Husband of Ruby.
Brother of Salus/Lilly (Goa), Infanta/Felix (Goa), Sr.
Lawrence, Sylvia/Walter (Mumbai), Late Joaquim/Phylis
Funeral was on 8 Feb. at St. Michael's Church, Chatham,
Kent. Condolences to email@example.com
|First Death Anniversary
In ever-loving and
cherished memory of DAMIAN SANTOS (of
Brent Cross, London; ex-Dar-es-Salaam) who died on 12
Feb. 2005. Deeply missed by his beloved wife Mabel and
loving children and daughter-in-law: Dawn, David, Derek/Natasha.
From Leola Pinto: I work at Coventry Older Peoples Forum and
we are collecting Second World War II stories for the BBC
website. I wonder if any of your readers of the Goanvoice
newsletter could send any stories they may have to my email
or to Coventry Older Peoples Forum, Harp Place, 2 Sandy Lane,
Coventry CV1 4DX. Thank you.
Hilton will roll out Scandic hotels chain
1 Feb. Express Hotelier & Caterer (India). US-based
Hilton International Hotels is planning to launch its Scandic
brand of hotels in the country. Lenny Menezes, country manager-India,
Hilton Inter-national Hotels, said, "We believe there
are over 50 potential cities in the country which are apt
for mid-market hotels …” The group is also opening
properties in Hyderabad and Goa … the Goa one is a
100-villa eco-resort. Work on both the properties has started
and is expected to get operational by 2007-08. Click
A Passage to India's Future
4 Feb. The Wall Street Journal. … Indians, armed with
more disposable income, are now discovering their own country
as tourists. This is helping to reshape places like Goa
… Shops offering Indian designer clothing and furnishings
are springing up everywhere. … The attractions of
Goa are considerable. Goans are known as some of the friendliest
people in India and almost everyone speaks English. The
isolated beach resorts are magnificent, and a bargain compared
with many other tourist destinations in India. But Goa can
be a downer at the same time. The narrow, potholed main
road running along the beach towns of northern Goa is filled
with horn-honking, bumper-to-bumper traffic, including beefy
tattooed Europeans on motorbikes, riding past miles of schlocky
souvenir shops and snack bars.
5 Dec: Sunday Times (UK). Gerry Coyle of Glasgow writes.
“ My daughter flew to Goa with Monarch Airlines in
November, on a honeymoon package. Although she and her new
husband checked in early, they were not seated together.
On the return, my daughter responded to a call for a nurse
to assist with a passenger who had become ill. When she
returned to her seat, she asked for a cup of tea —
and was charged for it.”
Monarch Airlines replies: “Staff try to seat as many
families and couples together as possible. Inevitably, this
becomes increasingly difficult as check-in nears completion.
This couple travelled with Thomas Cook, which offers the
facility to prebook seats. If they had taken advantage of
this service, they would have been together. With regard
to refreshments, two meals are offered in the ticket price
to Goa, including complimentary tea or coffee.”
Overseas Property. Where are the Next Hot Spots?
5 Feb: The Sunday Times (UK). Goa: Ageing baby-boomers are
heading back to their Swinging Sixties haunt -and they are
snapping up big new-build villas for between £ 40,000
and £ 100,000 while they are there. "You can
get all the comforts of home, for a fraction of the price,"
says Stuart Law, managing director of property investment
specialist Assetz. "It's early retirees in particular
who are buying there. And for that price, these properties
are also lock-up-and-leave." It's that winter sun again:
temperatures from October to February are between 25C-30C.
And the more adventurous people become, the less irritating
a 10-hour flight to this jewel on India's west coast becomes.
World’s Best Train Journey: Konkan Railway
5 Feb: The Observer. Built in 1998, the Konkan travels from
Bombay to Cochin. In the days of empire, the British had
considered, and rejected, the idea of running a railway
down the Konkan coast - too wild, too hilly, too many rivers.
But the Indians thought otherwise. The 760km route took
seven years to build and includes 92 tunnels and 1,998 bridges.
Celebs put 'Behind Bars' for drinking
7 Feb: IBN Live. Goa was the place to be last weekend as
Mumbai's Page 3 descended here for the launch of two new
watering holes. A quite cheekily 'Behind Bars,' the latest
discotheque in south Goa, flew in some of Bollywood's well-known
faces to endorse the new place … The launch of On
the Rocks’ at Baga witnessed an impromptu fashion
show … Click
World's Most Luxurious Villas
8 Feb The Evening Standard (London). Hippy happy in India.
Sleeps 6. … The traditional Portuguese villa, with
shuttered windows and period furniture … Eat breakfast
under an ancient Banyan and listen to jazz with a glass
of wine under the stars. It's the ultimate stress reliever.
Costs: from £550 per person a week, excluding flights.
Contact: i-escape (020 7652 4625, www.i-escape.com).
Great Indian wedding heads to Goa
9 Feb: Times of India. Goa is now proving to be one of the
hottest wedding destinations in the country with the rich
and famous celebrating in one of the many five star resorts
in the state for an "exclusive" wedding affair.
"The trend of having a small, exclusive wedding for
close family and friends is slowly picking up. People prefer
to come to a holiday destination and get married, a trend
that is already popular in the west. It saves the hassle
of organizing a huge event and guests can also combine a
holiday with it," says Neeraj Chaddha, General Manager
of the Goa Marriott Resort. 612 words. Click
Kenya Airways Safari for Two
Volcanoes and Kenya Airways have partnered to offer a fantastic
opportunity for a visit Rwanda and Uganda on a gorilla tracking
safari. Closing date Feb. 28. For details click
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Remo Fernandes: ‘I’m
a lazy Goan’
2 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. Music guru talks on his
new album, returning to Bollywood and jamming with Jethro
Hindu fundamentalists desecrate Cross
3. Feb: Asia News (Italy). By Nirmala Carvalho. Hindu fundamentalists
broke a wayside cross in Carmona, a hamlet in Aldona, a well-known
tourist resort in the state of Goa. The desecration occurred
overnight January 30 … 410 words. Click
Goan women at greater risk of breast
4 Feb: Navhind Times. The fast changing lifestyle among young
women in Goa is directly responsible for increase in women-related
cancer cases such as breast cancer and cervical cancer, according
to a study which showed that at least 250 women in the state
were found to be suffering from cancer annually, in a total
of female population of 600,000. 736 words. Click
4 Feb: Business Standard. By Arati Menon Carroll. A recent
trip to Goa left me with a plaguing reflection: When it comes
to the conduct of kids on holiday, what is kosher and what
is not? … 590 words. Click
Romancing food : A wonderful journey
into Italian cuisine.
5 Feb: The Hindu. Book Review of Food Is Home: The Little
Book of Italian Cooking. By Sarjano; Penguin, Rs.250. Excerpts:
Master chef Sarjano is not only an extensively travelled photographer
and journalist but he also conducts the International Academy
of Italian Cooking Art at his restaurant "My Place"
in Vagator, Bardez in Goa. 532 words. Click
Goa also wants infrastructure action
7 Feb: Economic Times. Goa, which is no doubt the most sought-after
tourist destination in the country, plans to develop world-class
infrastructure to attract industry. 330 words. Click
Cricket: Only 12,000 tickets for
India vs UK match on Apr 3 in Goa
7 Feb: WebIndia123.com. The Goa Cricket Association (GCA)
has decided to sell only 12,000 tickets for the second tie
between India and England one-day international (ODI) to be
played at Nehru stadium Fatorda though the stadium capacity
is of 27,000. 358 words. Click
Police in all states should have
7 Feb: PTI. Every state police force should set up anti-piracy
cells for audio-visual medium said former Mumbai Police Commissioner
Julio Ribeiro … Ribeiro is here in Goa to educate Goa
police on the issue. He heads the Intellectual Property Right
(IPR) unit of Indian Music Industry (IMI), which has booked
8,000 cases of music piracy since 1998 … Indian music
industry is valued at Rs 600 crore to Rs 700 crore while piracy
is worth Rs 450 crore, said Savio D'souza, General Secretary,
IMI … In Goa, the Association intends to take up special
drive on the Valentine's Day to ensure that the music played
at various function was not pirated.
The British Are Coming. By V. M.
7 Feb. Herald. Excerpts: The British are coming, the British
are already here … we’ve got the Brits spilling
right into the heart of our homeland … Dozens of Brit-run
restaurants dot our coastal strip; there’s a couple
of typical pubs, a host of fry-up joints … and mounting
scores of British real estate consultants and agents, and
Brit charity workers and dog rescuers and lounge singers and
yoga teachers … Today, there are at least 50,000 Goans
in the UK … and now we see the reverse happening, for
the first time in India’s millennia of history, there
are tens of thousands of Brits who have moved here as a deep-felt
lifestyle choice, who are having children here and have no
plans to go back. … It’s not all positives; there
are plenty of things we Goans need to watch out for…
The British are coming, join the party. 710 words. http://oheraldo.in/node/9494
Goa: About 40 foreigners to be deported
for undesirable acts
8 Feb: Navhind Times. Some of the regular foreigners visiting
Goa for the past several years are being identified for deportation
as their activities were found to be “undesirable”
and the state police through home department have initiated
the process to ban them from being issuing fresh visas to
re-enter the country through Indian missions aboard …
The police are also collecting evidence of some of the foreigners
who are suspected to be involved in money laundering, accumulating
property, drug peddling and other illegal activities …
Besides there are 2,414 registered foreigners staying in Goa
for a period of over six months. Many of them are stated to
be of Goan origin, holding passport of different countries.
725 words. Click
Roman script supporters to boycott
8 Feb: Navhind Times. The Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) today
gave a call to the “real followers” of Konkani
language to boycott the silver jubilee literary conference
of the Akhil Bharatiya Konkani Parishad, scheduled to be held
at Kala Academy complex, here, from February 10 to 12, bringing
to the fore the sharp divide between the supporters of Konkani
in Devnagri and Roman scripts. Click
British Telecom Fights Child Porn
8 Feb. Techtree. Of late an increasing number of cases of
child sexual abuse have been reported by newspapers and other
information sources. A recent report is cause enough for alarm
as it puts the spotlight on how the country - especially places
like Goa and Kerala - is fast becoming a child sex tourism
Airtel to roll out Edge service in
9 Feb: Business Standard. Airtel, mobile service provider
is planning to introduce the advanced Edge service in Goa
and Konkan region next month. The Edge service provides customers
with enhanced data download rates of up to 100 kbps. 297 words.
[On my last visit to Goa I used the Airtel service of free
airtime via mobile to laptop. It proved remarkably useful]
Govt begins steps to patent Goa's
9 Feb: Hindustan Times. After Basmati rice and Darjeeling
tea, the government has now initiated the process for granting
Geographical Indications to 10 more goods and commodities,
including Goa's famous Feni with a view to protecting country's
trade interests in international markets. Click
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|The Goa 4x4
30 Jan: Autopista Online,
Spain. Mahindra Motors is to export 4x4 Goa model to
Review: Lisbon: St Francis Xavier
2 Feb: Agência Ecclesia (Portuguese). Exhibition on
“St Francis Xavier – his Life and Times”
as part of programme to mark the 5th centenary of the birth
of the Saint. The exhibition will run in Lisbon till 17 Apr.
2006 and will have 250 items.
For text of article, 512 words, click
India: Nuns Say They Suffer Gender
Inequality In Church
2 Feb: UCAN. Catholic nuns in India say they experience gender
discrimination within the Church, although they admit that
they themselves bear much of the blame for the situation …
several superiors of women's congregations said the Church
in India treats nuns as subordinate to priests … Sister
Marie Noronha, provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart,
laments that some priests play up the "patriarchal stereotype
concept." 853 words. Click
Alex hitting charity bike trail
2 Feb: Falkirk Today (UK). Alex Pirie (42), managing director
of Grapevine Communications, will travel to Goa next month
and begin his 14-day, 2500km trip to raise money for the Mother
Theresa's children's charity the Rainbow Trust and the World
Wildlife Fund. He will join a team of 30 and spend each day
clocking up the miles on his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle
… Alex has raised £5000 so far and individuals
or companies wishing to help can phone (01324) 887888. For
photo and full text click
Restaurant Review: London: Imli
4 Feb. The Guardian. Small food is becoming big business,
as illustrated by this new venture from the boys at Michelin-starred
Tamarind. The idea is informal, all-day dining on Indian "tapas"
in a cafeteria-style expanse … Goan pork in vinegar
and onions is a superb dish with real personality. Indian
caramel custard, made with coconut milk, jaggery and cardamom,
is the best thing here. 167-169 Wardour Street, London W1
Can curry be healthy? By Cyrus Todiwala
5 Feb: Independent on Sunday (UK). Surprisingly, curry can
be the cornerstone of a healthy diet, says chef Cyrus Todiwala.
He shows Bill Knott how he uses ancient techniques to create
novel (and delicious) dishes.
Also featured is his recipe for Scallops with ginger and garlic.
Excerpts: This is a classic Goan-style dish … Goans,
thanks to their Portuguese heritage, might well eat this dish
in a toasted pão roll with salad leaves… Click
Game of two halves
5 Feb: The Observer. Celebrities be warned: slighted picture
editors can exact terrible revenge. Photos of Footballers'
Wives star Laila Rouass are circulating after Rouass came
over all Mariah Carey at a shoot. One depicts her as nature
intended and the second after the application of the airbrush
- and the former doesn't portray Rouass in a flattering light.
Well, if you will flaunt your wares in a lads' mag. For text
For the Laila Rouass GVUK supplement click
Nairobi Institute has reverted to
its former name, Goan Institute.
7 Feb: The Standard (Nairobi). Mombasa Sports Club (MSC) men’s
team have been readmitted to the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU)
National Division League … The league will also feature
a new team in Strathmore University. At the same time, Nairobi
Institute has reverted to its former name, Goan Institute.
Medical tourism booms in India
7 Feb: Rediff. Medical tourism has got a shot in the arm with
number of overseas patients touching 100,000 mark last year
as against 10,000 patients in 2000 … RD, a Canada-based
company, facilitates and organises quality medical services
at affordable prices for customers seeking medical treatment
abroad … The company is currently, doing business in
Mumbai, Kolkata, Nagpur and Goa … 487 words. Click
The vin end of a curry combo
7 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). Warren Edwardes, chief executive
of Delphi Risk Management, also sells wines that go well with
curries. Inspired by the Henk Potts duck/venison combo mentioned
here yesterday, he suggests (naturally) his own brand - a
sweet muscat/cava blend because "my granny in Goa always
added a bit of sugar to curry''. .
'O Sorriso de Satya' by Secuntala
7 Feb: Diario dos Açores. The recently released poetry
book by Secuntala de Miranda (aged 72) born of a Goan father
and Açoriana mother is her first in this genre. The
book has illustrations by António Eduardo and Mário
Miranda and one of the three parts deals with Goa. Between
1960-75 Secuntala de Miranda was exiled in London where she
graduated in Sociology and actively took part in the fight
against the dictatorship of Salazar and in the Trade Union
movement in the UK. [English summary provided by Bernardo
Colaço] Full text at http://da.online.pt/news.php?id=94593
Bahrain: Musical treat for Konkanis
8 Feb. Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). A Konkani cultural show,
featuring Indian singers based in the Gulf, will be held on
February 23 at the Sacred Heart Church's Bishop Trinanzi Auditorium
in Manama. The show, entitled Dabazo 2006, is being organised
by the Young Goans Club, in association with Karavali Konkans
DJ: I expected to die
8 Feb. Blackpool Today (UK). Steve Martell, a Blackpool DJ
today told how he was 45 minutes away from death when his
appendix burst while on holiday in Goa. He underwent emergency
surgery after falling dangerously ill. Mr Martell became poorly
three days into his trip but was initially misdiagnosed with
food poisoning. He underwent surgery in what they say was
a dirty, poorly-equipped hospital in Mapusa. 462 words. Click
Indian doctors in Britain battle
9 Feb: NewIndPress.com. They came, they saw, they became depressed
- that, in short, is the story of thousands of young unemployed
doctors from the Indian subcontinent in Britain, hoping against
hope to get a job in the National Health Service (NHS). Living
almost in poverty, the doctors - estimated to be nearly 6,000
- have been reduced to partaking free meals in temples and
gurdwaras across Britain. Some have been forced to take up
whatever work they can find: in petrol stations or fast-food
chains or as supermarket attendants. 685 words. Click
It's simple to get UK visas for students
9 Feb: Economic Times. Applying for and obtaining a UK visa
is probably the simplest of all developed country visas. The
British High Commission in Mumbai does not require an interview
with all visa applicants. Click
RECENT ITEMS OF PARTICULAR
INTEREST ON GOANET. BY CORNEL DACOSTA
Goanet has a report of a paper on Medical Palmistry and
its purported scientific use in medicine. This initially
appeared in a lead article in the Goan Observer. A critique
of the paper is also provided. Sceptics and believers in
palmistry should find this unusual material of considerable
Rampant piracy of recorded music is estimated to cost the
industry Rs 100 crores per year in Goa itself. Find out
why there has been relatively little success in countering
To what extent is unbecoming tourist behaviour, by the hotel
swimming pool, or on the beach a source of irritation to
others? An insightful piece by Arati Menon Carroll spells
out some tribulations arising from mass tourism in Goa.
Among several suggestions, Dr Jose Colaco made this helpful
one to promote cleanliness at the Goa Medical College. "The
Dean and all the heads of department must be prepared to
handle a broom and clean up if there is no-one else around
to do it at the time...this attitude must percolate through
the lower levels as well." The good doctor acknowledges
that, this might initially create an union issue. However,
would Goan Voice (UK) readers consider this suggestion as
one which crosses the borders to a bridge too far? Would
the cleaners risk redundancy in time, and more importantly,
would medical personnel have the necessary well honed cleaning
skills without proper training for the task? Helpful responses
would be very welcome to Goanet!
The late Fr John Correia-Afonso "was an illustrious
academician and historian" according to Alban Couto,
in a substantial tribute to this great son of Goa from Benaulim.
For most Goans who love their socials to continue to the
early hours, a new shock directive from the authorities
requires that all functions end by 10 p.m. Is this kill
joy acceptable to our Goan late night revellers? Do find
out about this recent directive, the reasons for it and
the manner of its implementation.
Finally, a fascinating piece by Thalman Pereira, titled
"When a priest's story says something about Society"
indicates how the upper classes of Goa's Catholic population
did not look kindly to the spread of education among the
lower classes. This theme is closely linked to the vision
and work of a "liberating education" provided
by Fr Saturino Antao in Salcete, Goa. For such work, "Fr
Antao was forever in conflict with the upper class Catholics,
and thereby, with the official Catholic hierarchy in Goa
to the point where he was relieved of his priestly ministry."
This 'must read' piece ends with some restitution for the
priest after many years of endeavour. It is also excellent
in highlighting tensions arising from class and caste animosity
among local Goan people.
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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa
Mon. 13/2: Discovery Channel: 10.30pm
(30mins) The Great Outdoors
Series on outdoor pursuits: .A treasure trove of secrets uncovered
in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tues. 14/2: Sky Travel: 6.00pm (60mins)
The World's 20 Best...
Travel series. In this edition, the countdown turns to romance,
when we overflow with passion in some incredible places like
Goa, the Maldives and Florence.
Tues. 14/2: Sky Travel: 7:30pm (30mins)
Agra, Kerala, Goa and Melas
Magazine style show travelling the length and breadth of India
explores Goa, famous for its wonderful beaches and Portuguese-inspired
Tues. 14/2: Adventure One Channel:
8.00pm (60mins) Mumbai.
India's economic nerve centre pulsates day and night. Explore
the seven islands and harbour of this historic city with the
help of unique access to its vital organs.
Wed. 15/2: BBC 2: 9.00pm (60mins)
Who Do You Think You Are?
Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend It Like Beckham, grew up
in Southall in West London, but tracing her ancestors takes
her from her dad’s life in Kenya to her grandmother’s
experiences during the partition of India. She tries to uncover
a family secret and a mystery African cousin.
Wed. 15/2: BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins)
Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Reports include a look
at violence between Blacks and Asians in Handsworth, Birmingham,
and architect Zaha Hadid unveils her latest building in Germany
and describes her design plans for the 2012 Olympics. There's
music from Parisian Bollywood singer Pascal.
Fri. 17/2: E4 Channel: 9.00pm (60mins) Supernanny
This week's half Indian, half English family consists of mum
Caroline, dad Sunil and children Jaimin, Jasmine, Jenna and
Sun.12/2: BBC Radio Four: 7.15pm
(30mins) Go 4 It.
Barney Harwood interviews some British children who have recently
visited their country of origin, including Morocco, Bulgaria
and West India, to find out more about their heritage and
how things might have been if they had grown up there.
Wed. 15/2: BBC Radio 4: 2.15pm (45mins)
Afternoon Play: Curry Tales
Three plays, each centered around one woman who makes a curry
and tells us about her passions, dreams and tragedy: “mood-fusion”
curries for New Delhi society: all garnished with ironic comedy.
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Sat. 25 Feb. 4 pm to 10:30 pm at Archbishop
Lanfranc School, Croydon. Traditional Red
& Black evening to celebrate Goan carnival, partly
in aid of PEACE HAVEN. Enliven yourself with live bands -
Level 4 and Chicco. Dress - Red & Black combination. Tickets
(inc. Buffet & snacks) adults £15.00, children 4-12
years £5.00. contact- 0208 932 9375, 0208 640 6589,
0208 681 8716 or email: email@example.com,
Sun. 26 Feb. Mungul Union (UK)
celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at White
Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane, London N22. Live music
by "MAZ & CO" and Disco by "FANTASY".
Mass at 12.30 pm. For tickets and details, contact by email,
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