Newsletter. Issue 2006-23. Jun. 08, 2006
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Colour us proud!

8 Jun: The Toronto Star. Do you recognize these rising-to-stardom names like Francis D'Souza from CityPulse … These names are becoming more and more familiar in North America. What do they all have in common? They're all brown … Francis D'Souza from CityPulse is also a recognizable face. Every time you need to know what's happening in the GTA, turn on your television and let Francis inform you.

TV journalist Francis D'Souza, was born in Canada. His parents, who used to live in Nairobi, are Colleen (nee Dantas) and Oswald (ex-East African Airways). He traces his Goan roots to Saligao (mother) and Moira (father). For a GVUK profile of Francis D'Souza click here.

Obituary: His Honour John da Cunha
1 Jun: The Times (UK). His Honour John da Cunha, Circuit Judge, 1970-92, was born on September 6, 1922. He died on May 12, 2006, aged 83. He was Circuit Judge and investigator for the Ravensbruck war crimes trial … J da C, as he was known, was brought up in Manchester. His father was a respected GP of Portuguese and Goan descent … He is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Savatard), whom he married in 1953, and by a son and four daughters. 835 words. Click here.

Nuanced detail, daring flavors make Junnoon a contender
4 Jun: The San Francisco Chronicle. When Floyd Cardoz opened Tabla in New York several years ago, he focused a national spotlight on creative, upscale Indian food. Now that the concept has flourished, he's helping to nurture this refined style of dining on the West Coast, acting as consulting chef to Junnoon, a restaurant that opened in February in downtown Palo Alto. Anyone who has been to Tabla will recognize Cardoz's hand at Junnoon.

Play it again, Gavin!
5 Jun: Afternoon Dispatch & Courier (Mumbai). At 12, winning a scholarship of 10,000 euros and performing in Paris would sound like a dream. But for young Gavin Fernandes, this is the chance of a lifetime. Being a student of Std VIII of Don Bosco's School, Matunga, Gavin has won a scholarship to play the violin in Paris this month at the World Philharmonic Orchestra (WPO). Click here.

Goan Association UK: Ruby Anniversary. By Gabe Menezes.
6 Jun: GoaNet. On Saturday, 3rd June 2006, the Goan Association U.K. Celebrated their Ruby Anniversary. The tickets were deliberately priced as a give away, to entice and give back to the faithful membership. The Board of Directors went to a lot of effort to have a memorable event, the decorations complimented the event. The food was sumptuous and everyone got their fill. The Band played well and kept all on their toes. Norma Menezes Rahim, announced that Rabi Martins ( ex President G.O.A.) had recently been appointed as Mayor of Watford. 838 words. Click here.


Goa wants expats to leave
3 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. The foreign expats have helped to build brand Goa, fell in love with it and decided to stay on forever. But it seems that they have worn out their welcome. ... Foreigners who helped make Goa what it is today are no longer welcome to stay. 'Spend your Euros and return home', is the clear message that is being sent out to the expatriates — especially the predominant British population. This message also extends to the French, German and Italian populace, among others, who have made Goa their home and run some of its most successful restaurants … Surprisingly, the first objection was raised by the Nationalist Congress party, whose president Dr Wilfred de Souza is married to a UK national … 445 words. Click here.

Steps to regulate property purchases by foreigners. By Pamela D’ Mello
3 Jun: Taking cognisance of the complaints and newspaper reports on lax implementation of Fema guidelines, regulating purchase of immovable property and business startups by foreign nationals in Goa, the state administration has initiated steps to tighten the process. After a high level meeting on Thursday with RBI, foreign exchange office local office head, registration of property purchase and sale deeds, including company registrations by foreign nationals are to be routed through the state home department. 329 words. Click here.

Goa to confiscate property bought by foreigners on tourist visa
4 June. The Hindu. Continuing its drive to tackle the problem of foreigners on tourist visas illegally buying property and running businesses in the State, the Goa Government on Friday decided to initiate a series of steps, including confiscating the land purchased by such foreigners … Click here.


7 June: LEONARD GABRIEL ANGELO MASCARENHAS (EX.GULU, UGANDA/SANGOLDA/MIRAMAR). Husband of late Evarista., father/father-in-law of Pamela/Christopher, Norman/Blanche, Avril/Ashley and Joel. Grandfather of Coralee, Kim, Kevin, Fallan, Bradley and Stacy. Son of late Ricardo and Estrelina/Mascarenhas. Brother/ brother-in-law of late Olive/late Philip, late Alfred/late Mary, late Timothy/late Dorothy, late William/Anne, late Joe, Felix/Elizabeth, late Hilda and Santana (Sonny).

6 Jun: Siolim, Goa. JOAO JOSE MARIA A. BARROS (born 1918, ex-East Africa Railways & Harbours). Husband of late Liberia Barros. Father/Father-in-law of Leo/Irene (U.K), Terry and Michael/Flory.

5 June: Cujira, Santa-Cruz, Goa. ABEL CRESCENCIO PEREIRA (1966-2006, Panch of Village Panchayat of Santa-Cruz). Son of Jose C. Pereira & Santaninha Fernandes e Pereira, Brother/Brother-in-law of Fatima (Govt. Printing Press)/Santan Araujo (U.K.), Betty & Jhon Mergulhao, Ubaldo Anthony Pereira (Lawrence & Mayo), Uncle of Faisal, Fenny and Jenifer.

5 June: Ratvaddo - Navelim, Goa. MARIA FELICIANA REBELLO (1924-2006). Wife of late Remedios Piedade Rebello, mother/mother-in-law of Vency/Iggy Fernandes, Teotonio/ Rosy, Milagrina/Santan Carasco (Mumbai). late Florencio. Grandmother of Elvina/Remmy (Bahrain), Diana/Nicholas (U.S.A.), Anthony/Reshma, Christopher (Bahrain), Remmy, Florence, Marilyn, Joseph/Mona (Iraq), Sarina/Bobby (Uganda), Maxcy (Uganda). Great grandmother of Declan.

4 June: Tarchi Bhatt, Siolim-Goa. ANTONIO NASIMENTO FERNANDES (Ex-Tanga, Tanzania). Husband of late Verodiana, Father/Father-in-law of Pascoal/Maria, Joaquim, Daniel/Joyce, Joseph/Piedade, Bento/Zina & Maria/Alex, Grandpa of Samantha, Sergio, Joel, Dion, Josie, Janessa & Veron. Brother of late Reginaldo, late Domingo Mariano & Petornila.

28 May: Goa Velha, Goa. JOAO(JOHN) CARDOSO (1933-2006, Ex Marmugao Port Trust). Husband of Rita Cardoso, Father/Father-in-law of Franskin Pereira/late Terence Pereira, Ivy/Pascal Fernandes(London), Edwin/Neelma Cardoso(Goa Velha), Grandfather of Crystal Pereira & Sheena Fernandes.


Obese foreigners choose India for cheap doc-holiday combo
2 Jun. Asian Age. Click here.

Launchpad: Avion Holidays
2 Jun: Travel Trade Gazette UK. The Goa and Kerala specialist is expanding in southern India to take advantage of an increase in flights to the area. It has released three pamphlets, focusing on southern India, Sri Lanka and Karnataka, alongside its main brochure, which also includes the Maldives and Thailand. Prices start at £799 for 14 nights' bed and breakfast at Nizmar Resort in Goa, including flights. 73 words.

Key places on the hippy trail
3 Jun: The Guardian (UK). Goa: When the Portuguese colonists left in 1961, travellers transformed Goa into a trippy winter retreat on the Arabian Sea. Beach houses could be rented for a few dollars a week. Fish were bought fresh out of the sea. Thousands copulated on Calangute Beach. No one ever thought they'd want to leave. Click here.

Recent and Forthcoming Goa Guide Books
Jul 2006. Goa Berlitz Pocket Guide. Publisher: Berlitz Publishing Price: £ 4.99 ISBN 13: 978-981-246-793-5
Aug 2006. Time Out Mumbai and Goa. Author: Time Out Staff et al. Publisher: Random House Price: £ 12.99 ISBN 13: 978-1-904978-71-8
Sep 2006. Goa. Author: McAdam, Marika Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications Price: £ 12.99. ISBN 13: 978-1-74059-976-4
Nov 2006. Travellers Goa. Author: Thomas Cook Publishing Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing Price: $ 12.95 ISBN 13: 978-1-84157-695-4
Already published:
Nov 2005. The Rough Guide to Goa. Author: Abram, David Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited Price: £ 11.99 ISBN 13: 978-1-84353-507-2
Oct 2004. Goa. Author: Annie Dare. Footprint. £12.99. ISBN:1 904777 22 8


Flexing mussels.
1 Jun: The Statesman. Anti-malarial drug from shellfish green mussels (Perna viridis), found commonly in the Goa seawater, can yield malaria drugs, according to scientists. Two active molecules have been isolated from the mussel by researchers from the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, the National Centre for Cell Science in Pune, and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Delhi.

Early monsoon in Goa fails to dampen tourists' spirits
2 Jun: Hindustan Times. The early onset of southwest monsoon in the coastal state of Goa has also brought in scores of tourists eager to enjoy its rain-drenched beaches. 259 words.

Goa tourism body chief spells out agenda
3 Jun. Business Line (The Hindu). "The tourism industry in the State has decided to bear social responsibility and implement a strict self-regulatory code to ensure that Goa's growing reputation as a family destination is not allowed to be sullied by shady activities like child abuse," says Mr Ralph de Souza, President-elect of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa.

Alemao threatens to stop screening of 'Da Vinci Code' in Goa
4 Jun. The Hindu. With a multiplex in Goa starting to show the controversial film "The Da Vinci Code", Congress MP Churchill Alemao has threatened to "forcibly" stop the screenings from today. 269 words. Click here.

Goa: Cinema withdraws 'The Da Vinci Code'
4 Jun. Zee News. Apparently bowing to pressure from some quarters of "forcibly" stopping the screening of the controversial film 'The Da Vinci Code', a leading multiplex in the city today withdrew the movie from its theatres … The spokesperson refused to comment whether the withdrawal followed a warning by south Goa MP Churchill Alemao to forcibly stop its screening. 212 words. Click here.

Oil spills make Goan beaches slippery
6 Jun. Mumbai Mirror. Constant oil spills in the Arabian Sea is fast becoming a major cause for concern for the coastal state of Goa, whose economy is largely dependent on beach tourism. Last Monday, Ocean Seraya, a Singapore-registered vessel, hit the rocks due to rough weather off the coast of northern Karnataka and reported an oil spill. The spill started drifting towards Goa.

Oil slick threatens tourist beaches in India's Goa
6 Jun: Reuters via Yahoo! Singapore News. An oil slick from a cargo ship that sank off India's coast is threatening popular tourist beaches in the southern resort state of Goa, environmentalists said on Tuesday.

Malaysian firm offers to set up waste management plant in Goa
8 Jun: The Hindu. The Goa Government is studying a proposal from a Malaysian company to set up an integrated solid-waste management and energy generation plant by investing Rs. 430 crore. 345 words. Click here.


UK: Folk musicians tune up for concert to help Goan orphanage
30 May: Coventry Evening Telegraph. Some of the best folk musicians in Coventry and Warwickshire are tuning up their guitars and fiddles to help children living at the Valentina's Little Heaven orphanage in Goa. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 10, and among those who have already agreed to perform are blues guitarist Mick Stuart and the four-piece folk and blues line-up Little Mountain. Tickets cost £5 on the door. For more information call Pete Willow on 01788 832608.

Tikka look at Mahindra's bargain SUV
30 May. Auto Express (UK). It's all go for the Goa! British buyers in the market for a budget off-roader will soon have a new model to consider - from Indian car maker Mahindra. The automotive giant chose the Madrid Motor Show to take the wraps off its latest model, a large 2.6-litre diesel SUV called the Goa. With prices starting at £13,000 and a generous amount of standard kit, Mahindra is hoping there'll be plenty of no-frills buyers queuing up. Click here.

Metcalf Fellowship opens path
1 Jun: The Providence Journal, Rhode Island USA. Bethany Vaccaro a University of Rhode Island student is combining her talents and her desire to experience different cultures thanks to a $4,500 Metcalf Fellowship … she is to spend eight weeks in India, six of them in Goa, India, helping educate orphaned children who have been rescued from the streets. Click here.

UK: Doctor banned for six months
3 Jun. Bucks Free Press (UK). Dr Peter Riley who has a drink problem has been banned from practising for six months after turning up for his first day of work at a care centre in Wycombe "smelling like a brewery" … Riley has admitted to having a drink problem, but did not attend the hearing last Friday at the Old Bailey as he is thought to be living in Goa. 377 words. Click here.

A wood-clad urban kitchen full of equatorial warmth.
3 Jun: New York Magazine. … the real inspiration for this Union Square kitchen (part of a 2,000-square-foot loft) comes from south of the equator, and halfway around the world. Owner Ananda Ellis’s mother is from Goa; Ellis wanted her home to reflect that heritage. For full text and photo click here.

Brakes Premiere authentic Indian dishes
4 Jun. The Publican (UK). … Now that we're open later, I don't see any reason why our regulars need to slope off to the Bengal Tiger takeaway down the road after a few pints. We're stocking these lovely new Premiere Indian dishes, which have been developed exclusively for Brakes by experienced Indian chefs using authentic recipes. They can be microwaved or oven baked, and the range includes King Prawn Balchao Curry, Chicken Goan Curry … Brakes:

Africans have been dealing in `party drugs'
4 Jun. The Hindu. … the Narcotics Control Bureau has noticed a gradual increase in cocaine consumption in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and even Goa, where late night and "rave" parties are becoming a routine in high society. The consignments are smuggled into the country mostly by Nigerian nationals …

In this Goan city, it's paper only
5 Jun: Toronto Star. Vasco da Gama, a town in the tiny Indian state of Goa, has banned plastic shopping bags in an effort to deal with overflowing landfills. The Toronto Star emailed Elvis Gomes, chief executive of the Mormugao Municipal Council about the ban. 348 words. Click here.

Xavier Volunteer Programme Team in Goa
5 Jun: Independent Catholic News. After five months in Manvi, the XVP team, Rebecca, Clare and Freddie have a two-week break in Goa … they were able to stay in a very well located hotel with sea views, swimming pool and ­ best of all ­ 24 hour electricity, all for only 2 pounds a night!
Rebecca Forrester & Clare Wallace, former students of St Aloysius College (SJ) in Glasgow, and Freddie Leclercq, former student of Wimbledon College (SJ) London, are serving on the Xavier Volunteer Programme with Indian Jesuits at a school and mission for Dalit (Untouchable) people in Karnataka, India.

The close-up. Dennis Rollins, jazz musician
5 Jun. The Guardian (UK). Question: What are you wearing today? Answer: This particular outfit is from Goa. I bought it while I was on holiday there the January before last. I came back with quite a few outfits and this is probably my favourite. It's made from Indian cotton … in Goa all men dress like this. It comes out selectively when I'm at home in Doncaster - I wouldn't say it's a Doncaster outfit. I wear it if I'm at home chilling out or if I'm out for a nice meal with some friends. Some things you that buy on holiday, and really like don't translate at all well back at home. With this, the colour alone throws people. I think it's the pink. Some people still don't know how to accept pink on a man. I think that it takes some confidence, but it's great when you feel that you can stand up and be counted and say, "Yes, I'm wearing this." Click here.

Freedom of Religion. By Eduardo Faleiro
6 Jun: The Milli Gazette Online. Pope Benedict XVI is reported to have raised the question of religious freedom at a recent meeting with our Ambassador to the Vatican. At this meeting the Pope praised India’s traditions of freedom and inter-religious harmony … The Catholic Church condemns proselytizing activities … The issue of conversions has became a major socio religious and political issue in India. In some tribal areas, Christian and Hindu missionaries confront each other on this subject … Organized drives for conversion and reconversion should stop. They violate the Constitution of India. (The writer is a former Union Minister and holds presently a cabinet rank in the Government of Goa. He may be contacted at 1251 words. Click here.

My knees are a disaster area and I can't stand up
6 Jun: The Daily Express (UK). Ian Black, 46, a complementary therapist, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, had a nightmare when he travelled to India for surgery on his knees. After reading about medical treatment in India I contacted the Apollo group. I did some research and spoke to patients who were happy with their treatment.
Two years ago, I travelled to one of Apollo's private hospitals, in Goa, where I was told I needed surgery on both knees. I was initially quoted £2,500 but the eventual bill was £7,000. I now believe I was misdiagnosed and had unnecessary treatment. A consultant who examined my knees when I got home described them as a "disaster area". It has been impossible to get medical notes from India and, when I complained about my treatment, I either got cursory replies or was ignored. [Apollo did not respond when contacted by the Daily Express]. For full text, 321 words, click here.

Tamarind Tango
7 Jun: Femina India) . In Victorian times, the British in Goa kept a tamarind in one ear when venturing into the native quarter to keep themselves free from harassment by the locals because they believed that fresh tamarind pods were inhabited by malevolent demons. This earned the colonials the nickname 'Lugimlee' or 'tamarind heads', and it has stuck to this day.


Apologies are due to George Menezies, a well known writer from Goa, who was mistakenly referred, in last week's Items of Particular Interest as George Mendes.

Is the decision to ban the film--The Da Vinci Code, in Goa, akin to the Taliban form of closed thinking? Do read an interesting view about this matter on Goanet by Cecil Pinto.

New controversy has arisen about tourists who overstay in Goa and open businesses and purchase real estate. Find out about the law when this happens. Clearly, this would include those of Goan/Indian origin who overstay in India.

Is Goa importing poverty when large numbers of poor people from outside Goa seek work in Goa? An intriguing discussion has emerged on this issue. Some of it relates to the major difficulty in obtaining local labour in Goa. This has resulted in a greater need to obtain labour from outside Goa and to use people who increasingly avail themselves to the labour market.

Finally, how closely linked is religion to morality? What do Goan Voice (UK) readers feel about the following statement from a poster on Goanet? "No religion, ideology or faith of any kind provides a rock-solid moral compass. Religious texts are full of immoral advice, which if taken literally, could wreak havoc in the modern world governed by humanitarian ethics and rational morality." Readers' views would be most welcome on Goanet.

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Fri. 16/6: BBC 1: 9.00pm (60mins) New Tricks
Police Drama: The ageing coppers hunt for the attacker of a young Asian woman who is left in a coma after a vicious beating.


Mon. 12/6: BBC Radio 4: 11.00am (30mins) The Last Taboo
Interracial romance is no longer taboo. Unless, that is, it's between Asians and African-Caribbeans - then it can spark a wave of hostility from both communities. Tanya Dutt tracks down couples who have challenged their families and traditions to be together.

Mon. 12/6: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle
India - Dominion or Not Dominion. By the 1920's the need to resolve the future of India became even more urgent.

Tues. 13/6: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle
Gandhi or Jinnah. India, the sheer size of the country and marked religious differences meant that the move to independence had to resolve huge and complex problems.

Thurs. 15/6: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle
India-Independence. Midnight 14th August 1947. The British Empire was now effectively at an end, but the transition in India was far from peaceful.

Fri. 16/6: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mins) This Sceptred Isle
What happened Next? Britain was the only power to give up its Empire voluntarily. The wind of change had finally come. Last in this series.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 18 Jun. Siolim Union (London) celebrates the feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commences with Holy Mass at 12 noon followed by dancing to the music of Maz & Co. For tickets and further information please contact Eugene Fernandes on 0208 2400818, Edwin Athayde on 0208 6795514 or Derick Fernandes on 0208 3951084.

Sun 25 Jun. Benaulim Association (London) celebrates the feast of St. John the Baptist at Earlham Primary School, Earlham Grove, Wood Green London N22, (off the Green Lanes) commences with Holy Mass at 12.30 followed by dancing to the music of Maz & Co. Members £8.00; Non-members £9.00; Children (10– 16) £ 4.00. under 10s FREE. Members £8.00; Non-members £9.00; Children (10– 16) £ 4.00. under 10s FREE. For tickets and further information please contact Felipe on 0208 368 9663, Mary 0208 803 9752 and Josephine 0208 967 7471

Sat. 1 Jul. G.O.A. Ruby Golf Open 2006 – Golf Tournament at Traditions Golf Club, Pyrford Road, Woking, Surrey. First tee off at 12 noon. Further details from: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832

Sun. 2 Jul. 30th Anniversary. Aldona Association (UK) celebrates the feast of St Thomas at Haringey Irish Centre, Pretoria Road, N17. Mass at 1.00pm. Music by Maz & Co. Fun for all: mandos, games for kids. Members £10.00; Non-members £12.00; Children (5 – 12) £ 5.00. Alfred Louzado 020 8737 7786; Kelvin Fernandes 020 8931 2943; Caroline Fernandes 020 8952 0435


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