Newsletter. Issue 2006-08. Feb. 22, 2006
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Warren Noronha’s Creation at the Baftas

19 Feb: Mail on Sunday (UK). Actress Thandie Newton is on a mission to help designer Warren Noronha. Thandie, 33, wore a pea green outfit of his at last week's Harper's Bazaar bash. 'He's my favourite designer and a huge talent, but he's gone bankrupt,' she told me over a Belvedere cocktail. 'I want to do all I can to keep his business afloat. I planned to wear his dress to the Oscars, but didn't get nominated.' There's always today's Baftas - Newton is up for an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Crash. For a GVUK profile of Warren Noronha (ex-Nairobi), click here.

20 Feb. The Independent (UK). Headline: Thandie Newton crashes to Bafta win. Click here.
Many newspapers and TV news programmes around the world featured Thandie Newton in the Warren Noronha gown.

Isabel helps docs come up with diagnosis
17 Feb: The Times of India. "Isabel, the web-based diagnostic decision support, has information on more than 10,000 diseases that a doctor is otherwise supposed to cram into his head," said Dr Joseph Britto, who studied in JJ Hospital, Byculla before moving to a London hospital as a paediatric intensivist. It was during his stint in St Mary's Hospital, London that he came across Isabel, a three-year-old girl, whose condition took weeks to diagnose … 526 words. Click here.

Why Doctors So Often Get It Wrong

22 Feb. The New York Times. … Joseph Britto, a former intensive-care doctor, likes to compare medicine's attitude toward mistakes with the airline industry's. At the insistence of pilots, who have the ultimate incentive not to mess up, airlines have studied their errors and nearly eliminated crashes. ''Unlike pilots,'' Dr. Britto said, ''doctors don't go down with their planes.'' Click here.
For a GVUK profile of Dr Britto click here.

The worthy 30: Toronto's most eligible bachelors
18 Feb: National Post (Canada). … Stephen Lobo Age 32. Sign "I'm on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius." His beat: Actor. Drink of choice: Rye on the rocks. In a nutshell: We'll have what he's cookin'! Stephen, who plays chef Ramir -- a ladle-carrying ladies' man on the Bravo/CityTV dramedy Godiva's -- is very crush-worthy. Maybe it's the puppy-dog eyes or the Joliesque sting or just the quiet confidence, but he's got the sort of presence that makes even the most determined channel-surfer pause. Back and forth between Toronto and Vancouver (where the series is shot), this thespian claims to know the Grease script by heart. Word for word. His dream date "There has to be chocolate gelato." For a photo and profile of him click here.

Herman focuses on integration
18 Feb. Evening News – Scotland. The New Scots exhibition of Scotland's Asian community will showcase the photographic talents of Herman Rodrigues, director of Suruchi Indian restaurants. Mr Rodrigues has spent much of his time since coming to Scotland in recording the lives of the Asian community across the country, and in Edinburgh in particular.
The show comes fresh from a tour of Indian cities where it was exhibited courtesy of the British Council … New Scots will be on show at the National Library of Scotland from March 10 until May 22. 567 words.

Paintings By FN Souza Go On Sale
22 Feb: In 1965 FN Souza outraged public opinion in Britain when at the age of 40 he married his third wife, 17-year-old Barbara Zinkant. He and his new bride were forced to flee the country after negative press coverage and they settled in New York where Souza fell on hard times and was declared bankrupt.
Over the years he gave away many of his paintings to friends, pictures which are now fetching six figure sums and more. Today Britain is belatedly waking up to the fact that it lost one of its greatest 20th century artists.
The painting shown is expected to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000. For full text, 838 words, click here.

Toronto: Poor John's Cafe could have a rich future
23 Feb: Now (Toronto). Poor John's Café (1610 Queen West, at Callender, 647-435-2688). … Don't feel sorry for John Silva. The first-time restaurateur and his partner, Kristine Remedios, have just launched Poor John's Café on the westernmost front of Queen and are doing very well, thank you. …"Make that seven Brie and avocado," Silva barks to his sister-in-law Denise Moraes, who's busily assembling sandwiches …
Masala Frittata is a lightly curried scramble wrapped in a chapati and dolloped with raita … PJ's Goan Breakfast ($8.75) - more charitable types would describe this dish as pulled curried pork on rye toast. 783 words.


19 Feb: Toronto. STEPHANIE FERNANDES (ex Kericho, Nairobi, Kenya; Dindira, Tanzania and Chorao, Goa). Wife of Daniel. Mother of Danny/Christine, John/Jacinta and Senen/Teresa. Grandmother of Joanne, Sean, Lance and Lester. Viewing at Benisasia Funeral Home, 3263 Derry Road East, Mississauga on February 22, 2006 from 5:30 to 8:30pm (tel:905-678-0464)
Mass at Our Lady of the Airways in Malton, 7411 Darcel at 10:00 a.m. Thu. Feb. 23. Burial at Assumption Cemetery. (Derry & Tomken Rd). Condolences to [Info from Stephen de Souza].

18 Feb: Bandra, Mumbai. HILARIO JOANES of Lisbon. Beloved husband of Petra. Loving father of Anya/Manuel (London), Lena/Frederic (London). (Death followed a car accident in Goa). [Info from Gabe Menezes]

13 Feb. Aquem, Goa. ROLLY COLACO. Husband of Corinne. Father of Conroy. Brother of Elavia/late Meyrellis Morenas (UK), Roosevelt/Myra (Canada), Isalita/Orceth Gomes (India). Uncle of Reynella/Kenwyn, Ransley/Rama, Riscenda (UK), Raechelle/Shelton, Charmaine, Charles (Canada), Shawn/Suzy, Shelton/Sherna, Shannon, Silvestre (India), Great Uncle of Isabelle, Niara (UK), Ethan (Canada), Shianne (India).

In Memoriam: CONRAD MONTEIRO. Month’s Mind
Brenda & Caruso wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support received from the numerous friends & relatives on the recent parting of our much-loved Dad, Conrad Monteiro in London, (aged 83, ex-Customs Mombasa & husband of the late Blandina). Your prayers, Mass offerings, messages of sympathy have been a great source of comfort and consolation to us. Dad left us on 24th January 2006 after suffering from Aspiration Pneumonia and Myocardial Infarction following a successful routine hip operation. As a token of appreciation, a holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all your intentions.


Gatwick - Goa 2 weeks £199
Goaway has 2 weeks Dep Gatwick 9 Mar. for £199. Click here.

Videoclip: Goa: Celebs put 'Behind Bars' for drinking
16 Feb: CNN-IBN. Goa was the place to be last weekend as Mumbai's Page 3 descended here for the launch of two new watering holes. To access the videoclip, 2m 17s. click here.

Visit Goa for the first-ever salsa holiday. By Pamela D’Mello
17 Feb: Asian Age. A first-ever salsa dance holiday concept is taking shape in Goa, with some fifty salseros from India and abroad beginning a salsa weekend on Friday. The "all stars" salsa weekend launches at a Latin speciality restaurant "Havana" on Candolim beach on Friday, followed by a day of workshops, beach games and a closing celebration of the this Cuban and Puerto Rican dance style … Click here.

Far out of the purple haze. By Gavin Bell
18 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). Goa, long known as a charming but shambolic hippie haven, also does a nice line in refinement for the discerning visitor … amiable chaos of arguably the most laid-back and charming people in the whole of India … the thing that really strikes you in Goa is that people smile all the time - easily and unaffectedly, signalling a happy disposition best summed up by the concept of socegado. 1934 words. Click here.

Stumped for choice. Mark Rowe
18 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). Mark Rowe offers travelling cricket fans a guide to England's unorthodox spin around the subcontinent. The article includes guides to Cricket Test Match package tours from the UK. Click here.

Hot spot; Sun World
18 Feb: The Sun. Goa is 31DegreesC. Two weeks B&B at the Alagoa Guest House costs from £349pp with flight from Gatwick on March 5. See or call 0870 514 3301.

‘TTAG is a partner in Goa's progress’
19 Feb: Express Travel World. Charles Bonifacio, president, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) speaks about how the association is helping to promote tourism in the state. 554 words. Click here.

Dancing in a sea of dust and chaos
19 Feb: Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia). It was once a hippie haven but a hunger for dollars has corrupted this tiny Indian state, Kate Hamilton writes. 1507 words. Click here.

Goa Maps on the Internet
20 Feb: There are a number of good maps of Goa available on the Internet. For a Guide with links click here.

Goa, Goa, gone
21 Feb: The Guardian. Once an idyllic hideaway, Goa is now straining under the pressure of a tourist invasion. But parts of this paradise haven't been lost, writes David Jenkins. Excerpts: From Vagator southwards is, in season, as populous as Torremolinos on a torrid August day. Palolem, famously the most beautiful beach in the south, pullulates with people. Colva and Calangute are alive with the sound of package tours … La Plage is one of the most stylish beach restaurants on the globe … the Russian presence is large and rowdy … The Russian mafia is said to be moving in on western-owned businesses in Goa; one restaurateur is alleged to have been slapped around; another had a gun shown to him on his premises … 1526 words. Click here.


Win a holiday for 2 to Canada
Closing date 28 Feb. Click here.


“Goans, the most-cultured people”
17 Feb: Navhind Times. Swami Ramdevji Maharaj today said that Goans should be lauded for their discipline and dedication as evident from their response and behaviour … He said that he had been given an erroneous impression about Goans before his arrival in the state. “I was told that Goans consume alcoholic drinks and go to sleep,” he added. 306 words. Click here.

Goa: Football: Churchill earn FIFA’S wrath
18 Feb: The Telegraph, (Calcutta). Fifa has pulled up the Goan club for duping a Nigerian footballer and not paying his salary … Fifa has directed Churchill to pay $4,800 to Nigerian footballer John Kingsley, but has also said that the Indian club has made false and contradictory statements to cover up for their own faults. The Nigerian footballer had lodged a complaint to Fifa against Churchill. Click here.

Goa: No welcome, no meeting: Clinton to CM
18 Feb: MidDay. Former US President Bill Clinton failed to receive a formal welcome as per the state protocol, when he landed at the Dabolim International Airport, Goa, yesterday evening … A 35-member armed-security force has flown in from the US. Besides, the Goa police have also provided tight security around the Leela Resort in Varca, where Clinton and his delegates are stationed.

However, Goa’s Protocol Department spokesperson said, “We have no information on his visit to Goa.” Click here.
19 Feb: Los Angeles Times. Clinton Urges Help for Kids With AIDS. By Pamela D’Mello. Click here

Goa: No Aid For HIV Positive 'Outsiders'. By Preetu Nair
18 Feb. Words hurt more that the disease. The article lists a sample of how insensitive medical professionals in government hospitals are when they deal with HIV positive patients. 552 words. Click here.

Goa: Fundação Oriente to launch Conservation Plan
19 Feb. Agência Lusa. Plans include the setting up of a Museum, art gallery and meeting room. Expenditure is estimated to be 20 – 30 million Euros. For text, in Portuguese, 495 words click here & here.

Goa cracks chicken, egg dilemma
21 Feb. The Pioneer. The Goa Government on Monday said it has an action plan in place to face any eventuality in the wake of the bird flu scare. Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane said that the State borders are sealed for poultry and related products from neighbouring States and animal husbandry officials are inspecting all the farms in the state. … Stating that the tourism industry need not panic, the chief Minister said there was no single case of bird flu reported in the State. 190 words. Click here.

Goa Woos Call Centre Cos
22 Feb: Business Line. Goa’s Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane, has said the Government is encouraging IT industries and also providing required infrastructure for setting up such industries in the State. Mr Rane was addressing the delegates at the `Goa BPO destination annual seminar, 2006' organised by Mike Jackson BPO, a call centre business company at Agassaim in South Goa. Click here.


World Goa Day Cruise.
13 – 20 Aug. 2006. Join the International Celebration. Departing Long Beach, Los Angeles, Calif. From $1026 per person (not including fares to/from L.A.). For full details see Reserve your places by 28 Feb. 2006. Enquiries to

Portugal: Immigrants And Their Children Can Become Citizens
16 Feb: IPS-Inter Press Service. By Mario de Queiroz. A new law approved today by the Portuguese Parliament which extends the right of nationality to second and third generation immigrants … The previous law was not based on children's place of birth, but on the origin and nationality of their parents. Click here.

Ann's Emotional Goa Trip
16 Feb: Cornish Guardian (UK). Cllr Ann Lister spent three weeks in Goa helping families with everyday life and teaching the locals English. Ann visited the country last year and was so touched by the people and the friendships she made that she decided to return, this time with a suitcase of clothes taken from her own wardrobes, her children's cast-offs and brand new items kindly donated by Cobweb children's clothes shop in Fore Street, Newquay … She said: “I will be taking more books and clothes next time …” If anyone would like to donate items for Ann to take on her next trip they can contact the Cornish Guardian's Newquay office on 01637 873461. 349 words. Click here.

Goan Crab Soup
19 Feb. Daily News (New York). … Along the southwestern coast of India, fish soup is all about fusion: Gary Walia, the general manager at Tamarind, says the Goan crab soup served at the restaurant is typical of this region, where there is a big Portuguese influence. He describes the rich, silky mix of crabmeat, cream and curry leaf, ginger and saffron as "Portuguese with Indian spices." For the recipe click here.

UK: New ethnic media trade body aims to lure advertisers
19 Feb: Asians in the Media. A trade body seeking to bring ethnic media owners under one banner was unveiled at Westminster this week. The launch for Multi Ethnic Media Owners (MEMOA) was hosted by culture minister David Lammy and Keith Vaz MP. Click here.

UK: Leicester: Church Petition Taken to the Top
20 Feb: Leicester Mercury. A petition with 900 names opposing a ban on flowers and mementos being left on graves has been handed in to the House of Commons. The decision by St Mary's Church in Humberstone, Leicester, to prevent people leaving items on ground where ashes are buried has enraged people whose loved ones are interred there. The document was handed to Deputy House of Commons Speaker by Leicester East MP Keith Vaz. St Mary's church council says it needs to keep the site tidy. 416 words. Click here.

UK: Ethnic groups 'fear police more'
20 Feb: BBC News. Almost one third of Asian and black people in England and Wales fear police harassment if they make a complaint against their force, a study suggests.

Pakistan: Christians Easy Target for Mobs
20 Feb: Asia News (Rome). The Catholic Church condemns yesterday’s attack against two Christian churches in Sukkur, ostensibly motivated by allegations of blasphemy … What is happening is really worrying Archbishop Pinto. “Things are really tense for the Christian community in Pakistan,” he said. “We are easily targeted by angry mobs and the authorities do nothing to calm our fears.” 681 words.

India: Badminton: Richard Vaz is BAI vice-president
21 Feb: Herald. Excerpts: Richard Vaz became the first Goan to be elected on the Badminton Association of India panel. … Goan badminton has survived for long due to the magnanimity of Richard, ever since he was elected secretary of the GBA in 1984. He said , “I haven’t yet realised the dream I have for Goan badminton … Efforts of the players, parental support and government backing is a must.” Richard has also been named as the Chairman of BAI’s Development Committee. For full text click here.
Congratulations to Goan Voice UK sponsor Richard Vaz of Rich(ard) Builders in Goa. His is married to Lafira (nee Louzardo, ex-Mombasa). To check out his website click here.

India: Teachers looking for people to sterilise
21 Feb: Asia News (Rome). Public school teachers are now required to promote sterilisation among students and their families. Such a policy has come into place in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after a district judge issued an order forcing teachers, public servants and village leaders to fulfil a “sterilisation” quota by March 31 on pains of dismissal, suspension or transfer. Click here.

Jana Stanfield to perform in Kisumu & Goa
21 Feb: Eworldwire (NJ, USA). Jana Stanfield, an inspirational humorist and accomplished singer-songwriter who achieved multi-platinum success with her songs being recorded by such artists as Reba McEntire and Andy Williams is going on a World Tour … Stanfield will travel to Haifa, Israel; Salvador, Brazil; Kisumu, Africa; Goa, India and Sydney, Australia. Click here.

Chicken Cull in India

22 Feb: Globe & Mail (Canada). [Photo by Sebastian D'Souza shows an Indian government health worker gingerly wringing the neck of a chicken in India. The health worker is not wearing gloves or mask!]

Abuse rattles Indian call centre staff
22 Feb: BBC News. Many call centre workers in India resent being abused. Recently Shane Fernandes in Mumbai was speaking with a customer in the US about a credit card scheme but just at the last minute the American learnt the young, sweet-talking agent was calling from a call centre in India. "He just refused to deal with me because he found out I was an Indian," recollects Mr Fernandes … tantrums by customers in the services industry are not uncommon in any country. But it is the racial overtones that worry young professionals in India's multi-billion-dollar Business Processing Outsourcing industry. Click here.


The Shroud in Turin (Torino) has been discussed and debated extensively on Goanet with respect to its authenticity. Readers of the Goan Voice (UK) may well have seen the Shroud for themselves, and hopefully, will contribute to the discussion on this theme on Goanet. Likewise, there has been a lot of in-depth debate about the authenticity, or not, of the remains of Saint Francis Xavier in Goa.

Bill Clinton's visit to Goa to help non governmental organisations to advance his international health mission on HIV/AIDS appeared to have been quite successful, especially, the planned visit to the CIPA pharma plant at Verna. Mr Clinton praised India's substantial output of doctors as well as his sheer enjoyment of the hotel facilities in South Goa, including the superb cuisine. I did wonder however, if he had any time to play his tenor saxophone, which he so much enjoys, with some of our outstanding Goan jazz musicians? He had done this, not too long ago, on a visit to Bombay.

Is there a fear that, the Goans are likely to be minorities in their own land? This is indeed what MLA Mathany Saldanha believes and he provides an explanation for his fears. Find out more about this theme from Goanet.

The issue of avian flu is of much concern to many in Goa and the authorities appear to have established strict controls over the import of birds into the state. However, in the many markets in Goa, it is business as usual over the availability of poultry including English breeds.

Finally, for those interested in obtaining Indian and Portuguese passports there is extensive detail provided on Goanet about the current regulations which are in place to obtain such documents. But do hurry!

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


Travel Programme on Goa
23 Feb. 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Travel: Earthwalkers: Goa. Travel Channel (148)

Drama: Footballers' Wives with Laila Rouass
23 Feb. 9:00 – 10:00 pm. ITV1. Series Broadcasting same time every Thursday, Repeated on ITV2 on Wednesdays at 10:30 pm

Film: The Ascent. World War II Drama set in Kenya
24 Feb. 3:00 – 5:00. Channel: Hallmark. Cast includes Rachel Ward and Ben Cross. 1994

Music: Ravi Shankar in Concert
25 Feb: 8:30 – 9:30 pm. Channel: Artsworld (157)

Documentary: Children visit their roots
26 Feb: 12:00 – 12:30 pm Channel: five 105. Eleven-year-old Hemali from Leicester discovers a side of India she's never seen before.

Talk Show: Thinking Allowed: Sati
1 Mar. 4:00 – 4:30 pm. BBC Radio Four Longwave. Laurie Taylor looks at the Indian custom of Sati or widow burning.

Travel Programme on Goa
1 Mar. 8:30 – 9:00 pm. Travel: Earthwalkers: Goa. Travel Channel (148)

Entertainment: Desi DNA
1 Mar: 11:20 – 11:50 pm. BBC 2. Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Includes the growth of male grooming and a look at Brick Lane.

Documentary: A Very British Bollywood
2 Mar: 9:00 – 10:00 pm. BBC 2. Documentary looking at how the Indian movie industry has begun to make films in the UK and a look at the making of Private Moments, an erotic comedy that revolves around the sex lives of four young women in London.

Film: Bollywood/Hollywood
3 Mar: 01:55 – 03:45 am. Channel 4 Canadian-Indian director Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood comedy/love story.


See 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: or

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,

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

Sun. 7 May. G.O.A. Ruby Goan Nostalgia - Cultural Show at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022


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