Newsletter. Issue 2006-24. Jun. 15, 2006
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UK: Rabi Martins to focus on youths
30 May: Watford Observer. Watford Borough Council's new chairman has decided to focus on celebrating the youth of the town during his year in office. Councillor Rabi Martins, who represents Central ward, was unanimously elected as chairman by his fellow members last week. Elected to the council in 1994, Councillor Martins spoke of his concerns over intolerance in younger members of society. Councillor Sheila Smillie was elected as his consort and will attend official events with him. For full text, 218 words click here.
For a GVUK profile of Rabi Martins (ex-Tanzania) click here.

Ian Fernandes: New Television Station to Be Launched in Kampala
2 Jun: The Monitor (Uganda). A new TV channel is set to be launched in Kampala in the fourth quarter of 2006 … “We promise to change the lives of the Ugandan television viewer by providing quality entertainment and information. We will also provide the advertiser with an ideal medium to sell and market their products," the NTV Managing Director, Ian Fernandes, said … Fernandes said the programming content in Uganda will be strong on local content and talk shows. 258 words. Click here.
For a photograph and profile of Ian Fernandes (Nairobi) click here.

Malaysia’s wealthiest. No. 15. Tony Fernandes
5 Jun: Forbes Asia. Worth: $205 million. Age 42, Married. Spent 14 years as music industry executive, lastly running all of Warner Music's operations in Southeast Asia before quitting to launch what is now Asia's biggest discount airline, AirAsia. Starting to offer cheap car rentals and a referral service to hostels.

Tony Fernandes: Malaysia's AirAsia expansion plans
11 Jun: Forbes. Low-cost carrier AirAsia may finance the purchase of 27 Airbus aircraft in the local market, officials and analysts said … AirAsia's chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said AirAsia's long-term plan is to acquire up to 500 aircraft and fly up to 60 mln people around Asia. 'We will push the limits. We are determined to be Asia's top low-cost carrier,' he said. Click here.

Canada: Aurelio Fernandes will join thousands of soccer fans in Germany
7 Jun: The Edmonton Journal. Aurelio Fernandes, Portugal's honorary consul in Edmonton is taking a big risk. He is flying to Germany without game tickets in hand, in hope of seeing Portugal play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fernandes isn't concerned if he can't get a match ticket. He will stay with family in Nuremberg instead. 612 words. Click here.
For a profile & photo of Aurelio Fernandes click here.

Canada: Carl Gomez appointed Vice-President, Research of Bentall Capital.
8 Jun: Globe & Mail. Bentall Capital is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Gomez as Vice-President, Research. A nationally recognized economist with extensive business and academic experience, Carl heads Bentall’s research group … Prior to joining Bentall, Carl was a senior economist at two leading Canadian financial institutions and a real estate economist with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
He has been a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University and a frequent media commentator on economic issues. For full text see
Carl is the son of Silvano & Dolores (Dola) Gomez both ex Nairobi Goans, now resident in Canada. [Info via Mafalda de’Sa]

Leicester: Keith Fernandes cleared after underage bar sale
8 Jun: Leicester Mercury. Keith Fernandes (28) was cleared of any wrongdoing after a 14-year-old girl was served alcohol during a police sting. Fernandes of Knighton Road East, Leicester and deputy manager of Yates’s Wine Lodge, in Belvoir Street, Leicester, had pleaded not guilty. 329 words. Click here.

Montreal: Glenda Braganza: Cheerleaders get ready to shake a leg
8 Jun: Montreal Gazette. Every festival needs a troupe of cheerleaders to herald their spectacle. The Fringe has the Montreal All-Star Cheerleaders … Their new play The Sum of All Cheers is at the Fringe … "Everything went well until Jesus showed up and started complaining it was his holiday, not Santa's," Cheerleader Glenda Braganza says. "We had to tell him: 'Suck it up, Jesus. Get into the spirit. It's Christmas.'
We like to think people smile at us because we exude the spirit of cheerleading - and not the fact we're in real short skirts." For full text click here.
For a GVUK profile of Glenda Braganza, click here.

Manuel Mascarenhas: tie-up
9 Jun: Travel Weekly. has signed an exclusive partnership with home broadband provider Tiscali to run during the FIFA World Cup, including live coverage of football matches over the Internet … Thomas Cook head of online marketing Manuel Mascarenhas, said: “Tiscali is a great fit for the Thomas Cook brand and we’re anticipating good results as well as fantastic exposure for our brand in the run-up to the main holiday season.”
For a photo and GVUK profile of Manuel Mascarenhas (ex-Uganda) click here.

Keith Vaz: Labour Task Force to Stop Asian Voters Defecting
9 Jun: The Evening Standard (London). Labour has launched a task force after finding that Asian and black supporters are drifting to David Cameron's Conservatives … Former Europe Minister Keith Vaz, a seasoned inner-city campaigner as well as being the longest serving Asian MP, has been commissioned to head the operation … Labour's experts believe up to 25 MPs could be at risk if there is a significant drop in black and minority ethnic (BME) support. 623 words.

Australia: Clarence Da Gama Pinto: India Emerges
9 Jun: The Age. According to Clarence Da Gama Pinto, an expert in cross-cultural management from the Melbourne Business School, Australia and India have traditionally been somewhat indifferent to each other. "Most Australians have not really looked at India as part of Asia," Da Gama Pinto says. "Asia for them stopped at Burma and India was seen as part of Africa. There haven't been any strong links between the countries, aside from cricket and the Commonwealth." But Da Gama Pinto also believes much work has been done to help break down ignorance of Indian society. 530 words. Click here.
Clarence Da Gama Pinto was born in Nairobi and graduated at the London School of Economics. He lived in London for 20 years before emigrating to Melbourne about 17 years ago. For a photo and information about him click here.

UK: Warren Noronha: New boss at CCDK.
10 Jun: Drapers Record (UK). CCDK is preparing a spring 07 turnaround with a new UK boss and a 20% reduction in prices. The Danish womenswear brand's head office has taken the brand in-house and appointed LFW designer Warren Noronha as creative director. For photographs and a GVUK profile of Warren Noronha (ex-Nairobi) click here.

Remo still rocks
10 Jun: The Hindu. Fifty-plus singer Remo Fernandes has moved from pop to serious music. When on stage, Goa-based singer Remo Fernandes is magic. And his energy is enough to give many younger stars a complex. At 53, where does this spirit come from? "My music," pat comes the reply. "I leave it to the music and the audience to give me that high," says Remo … he has decided to stay away from Bollywood and make some serious music. For photo and text, 429 words, click here.
For a GVUK profile of Remo click here.

Gulf: Ralph Lobo has the last word

11 Jun: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). With a distinct air of déjà vu, the 16th Gulf Scrabble Tournament (GST) ended with the same champion and runner-up as last year. Ralph Lobo (Oman) had 12 wins and a 1,080 winning margin to retake the Gulf Scrabble Cup in a 14-round closed competition this week featuring 36 top players from all six Gulf States. Mr Lobo of Oman is a 42-year-old financial controller. Click here.

Canada: Darryl da Costa: RCMP probed free Oilers tickets
11 Jun: The Edmonton Journal. Former acting Edmonton police chief Darryl da Costa was under RCMP investigation for accepting perks from a photo-radar company when he was a finalist for the chief's job last year, according to court documents obtained by The Journal. Da Costa, who is now deputy chief, was not charged with any criminal offence as a result of the investigation. For photo and text, 1076 words, click here.
For a profile of Darryl da Costa (ex-Kampala), click here.

UK: Joy Fernandes: Market forces soaked in sex
11 Jun: the Observer (UK). Tim Supple's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is being performed at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon. … Though earthbound, Joy Fernandes moves with elastic ease even when, in ass mode, he sports a penis like a jumbo aubergine. The difference between mortal and sprite, daily life and dream, dissolves for a while. It's enough to make you believe in fairies. Click here.
For more reviews click here.
A graduate in chemistry and a postgraduate in English Literature, Joy recently founded Mumbai’s Attic Salt Theatre - a group that specialises in the serious business of comedy. He is also a regular on television and in films.

Tagore Almeida: Bollywood gets UAE input
15 Jun: 7Days (UAE). The Indian Film Festival running in here this week includes a touch of Dubai in Tagore Almeida’s film “Alag.” His websites are … his scriptwriting and the philosophy behind it derive from north London. “In Goa you grow up on the beach. I’d never been exposed to the problems of the world until I went to London to study. Once I started working I went to a film-makers’ co-operative in Camden, where I wanted to use film for peace,” he says … 481 words. Click here.
Tagore Almeida lived in London from 1986 to 93.


13 Jun: London & Tanga, Tanzania. Ms. ANNA GOMES (aged 51, she died in London while visiting family). Daughter of Late Menino & Victoria Gomes. Sister of Late Agnes D'Mello (Dodoma), Late Helena Gomes (Dar Es Salaam), Candy D’Souza (UK), Iggie Gomes (Arusha), Carmina Rathod (Tanga), Tony Gomes (UK), Eliza Conceicao (Canada), Dorothy D'Souza: (Dar Es Salaam), Agnelo & Domnic Gomes (Tanga). Further details and funeral arrangements will be announced later. Condolences to or [info from]

12 Jun: Anjuna, Goa. ZULMIRA D'SA. (ex-Nairobi). Wife of Joe. Mother of Sandra/Theo & Shirley.

8 Jun: Vasco, Goa. EUJENA CARVALHO. Wife of late Rodolf Carvalho, father of Anthon/Perpetua, Francis/Perpetua, Juliana/Jose Philipe. Mrs Severina, Gelermina, Petorina, Henriquita, Felicia, Jemmy. Grandmother of Rodolf, Elcy (London), Malin, Regan, Ryan and Valancy.

7 Jun: Ontario, Canada, DUANE PETER LEWIS SOARES. Husband of Brigit. Son of Denis and Belinda. Brother of Sharon. Funeral was 12 Jun. in Thornhill. (From Goan Voice Canada).

6 Jun: Luton, Beds. UK. AGNELO SUCCORRO FERNANDES. (ex Kisumu, Kenya). Husband of Ella Fernandes. Father of Priscilla, Tanya and Mark. Son of the late Mathias and Anna Fernandes (Ex Cortalim Goa and Kisumu)
Funeral at 10am on Friday 16 Jun. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church (Castle Street Luton Beds - Next To Matalan). Condolences to

6 Jun: Caranzalem, Goa. JOELDRINE JOHN FERNANDES (aged 25). Son of Joseph Peter Fernandes / Jamina (Jeromim) Fernandes. Brother of Joelson and Joellan … Nephew of Fr. Andrew Fernandes, SFX (UK) … etc.

4 Jun: Etobicoke, Canada. MARSHALL FERNANDES. Husband of Anne. Funeral was on 7 June. (From Goan Voice Canada).

2 Jun: Boston, USA. SUSAN MARIA (LOBO) PINTO. (Age 44). Wife of Anthony. Mother of Leon A. Daughter of Abel and Rosy (DeSouza) Lobo. Sister of Ralph and Douglas. Mrs. Pinto was a legal associate and worked at Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association in Boston. She came to the United States in 2001. She earned a law degree from Salgaoncars Law School in Panaji, India. [Source: The Patriot Ledger, 6 Jun.]


London: The Goan Food Festival is on till 30 June.
Special Festival Menu till end of June 2006 with a 3 course meal for £10 at Cuisines of India, 24 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19 1RX. Open from 6pm daily. Serenade to the music of the Goan Duo – Derek and Daniel every Friday & Saturday. Takeaway service available. Catering for outside events and private parties also undertaken. Visit our website For reservations call Paul Barreto, 020 8761 1515 or 020 8761 4161


London-Lisbon flights: £64 return
Travel dates: Sep-Oct. Monarch Airlines. Click here.


Imli, the restaurant run by the same company that operates the first ever Indian restaurant to gain a coveted Michelin star (Tamarind), has a free draw offering a two week holiday in Goa for two persons in a five star hotel. Check out


Goa to expedite settlement procedure of Kuwait war victims
9 Jun: New Kerala. Facing a deadline of September, the Goa NRI Commissionerate has decided to expedite the procedure of settlement of claims of Goan victims of Iraq-Kuwait war. Click here.

Oberoi group may open a luxury hotel in Goa
9 Jun: The Economic Times. The Oberoi group is planning to make an entry to Goa through the launch a luxury hotel … Goa is going to witness development of 12 new hotels over a period of 3-5 years … four are 5 and 4-star hotels … Currently there are more than 3,600 rooms in Goa. In '04-05 Goa registered average occupancy rate of 61% and the average room rate for the same year stood at Rs 3,764. 354 words. Click here.

Goa to set up overseas employment agency
9 Jun: Times of India. The Goa government would have its own overseas employment agency by next month to save people belonging to the state seeking employment abroad from being exploited by agents, NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro said. Click here.

Football craze: Goa gears up to view World Cup
9 Jun: NDTV. Football mania is all set to catch the late night fever as Goa gears up for the sporting spectacle in style. From football graffiti to special sports bars and even waitresses dressed in football jerseys it will all be there for soccer fans in the former Portuguese colony … Click here.

Goan lifestyle vulnerable to AIDS, says Governor
9 Jun: Navhind Times. The Governor, Mr S C Jamir today observed that Goa, by way of its lifestyle, is vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, and the large number of tourists as well as influx of labourers possibly carrying infections with them may further compound the situation. Click here.

Tourism contributes over £200m to Goa’s exchequer
10 Jun: Herald. The Tourism sector is the highest tax payer in the State through luxury tax, VAT, excise and other levies, according to the President of Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) Ralph de Sousa … He said the tourism industry is paying the bills of the education department and also those of health department, Dayanand Social Security scheme, Cyberage scheme, Women & Child and other departments. He further said the hospitality sector employees around 200,000 people directly and an equal number indirectly through multiplier effect. Ralph strongly urged the government to look into the infrastructure of the state especially electricity, water and sanitation besides airport and convention Centre. 448 words.

Rethinking Mining. By V. M. de Malar
12 Jun: Herald (Goa). … Nearly 40 million tones of iron ore were hacked out from our precious hinterland last year – that’s nearly half of the country’s export total … the mining companies earn close to forty crores each day in exports from Goa, and they’re all looking to expand operations while the going remains good. Their profit margins virtually doubled last year … it has led to even hastier destruction of our environment and multiplication of all the health and social costs that follow … we should completely rethink and reconsider the costs and benefits of mining in a place like Goa … It would be hard to find a single place in the world that is worse served by the extraction industry than Goa. 696 words.

Mining frenzy
12 Jun: Frontline. The terrible consequences of uncontrolled iron ore mining in Bellary district prompts a demand for its curtailment. 2271 words. Click here.

Goa to launch website to attract funds from non-residents
12 Jun: Hindustan Times. A website on the lines of Punjab would be launched within a month by the State NRI Commissionerate, to provide information and opportunity to NRGs for investment in Goa. There are a large number of people, who want to help their village … NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro is personally pursuing the file … Click here.

Zuari bridge damaged; traffic to be restricted
13 Jun: Rediff. Traffic will be restricted on the Zuari bridge, a vital link between north and south Goa, as it has developed a crack, Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane said on Tuesday … Only light motor vehicles will be allowed to ply and even they will be stopped once the repair of the bridge starts. Alternative arrangements like ferry boat services will be provided to people. Click here.

Goa's hot on tourist radar
14 Jun: Economic Times. Goa tourism is on a roll with tourism numbers hitting an all-time high with 220,000 people visiting the state in the October '05 to May '06 period, a 30% increase over the previous year. About 180,000 Indians were among the visitors who come to the state for a quick break. Over the years, Goa has also grown as the hot destination for the monsoons. Even the corporate sector has always found Goa's rains lucrative for business conferences. And for, families, college-goers and young couples, it's an ideal season for holidays or weddings.

Croatian drug firm Pliva opens research facility in Goa
14 Jun: domain-B – India. Croatian drug maker Pliva, the largest East European pharmaceutical firm by sales, has opened a research facility at Corlim in Goa. Click here.

Goa Medical College a haven for strays and beggars
15 Jun: Herald. While Goa Medical College, Bambolim is awaiting full-fledged medical super-specialities Herald has stumbled upon very interesting non-medical ‘super-specialities’ — begging, hawking, animal rearing and non-bio-degradable garbage taking firm roots at the hospital. 461 words.


Oh Happy Days in Yatton
8 Jun: Weston & Somerset Mercury, UK. A talented group of nine singers and a pianist will combine classic and popular music at a performance in Yatton on Saturday night … Admission to the concert is free and a collection will be taken in aid of El Shaddai Orphanages for street children in Goa. For full text click here.

Buying up Paradise.
10 Jun: Indian Express With indications that an international mafia could be buying up land in Goa, politicians here have started opposing the purchase of properties by foreigners, especially those staying on long-term visas. 614 words

Canada: Operation colour-blind. Special Report
10 Jun: The Globe and Mail. Canadian schools are on the front line of our diversity dreams, breaking down racial, ethnic and religious barriers. Yet several of the suspected Islamic terrorists arrested last week are the product of those schools. How well is the great experiment doing? Oakwood Collegiate is one of the more ethnically diverse high schools in Canada in the heart of Toronto, which prides itself as being one of the world's more ethnically diverse cities. And yet, for as long as people can remember, students here have observed an unspoken protocol that divides the school's four entrances along lines of race and culture. As well as black and white, Oakwood has a “Mediterranean door” and a fourth door that's a bit of a catch-all but generally agreed to be for academic overachievers and the socially awkward — some call it the “nerd door,” others the “Asian escape.” And yet the school claims to be a model of tolerance and inclusion … “It's not about the doors,” says principal Renata Gonsalves. “It's more complicated than that. These kids get along. When a student walks through these doors, they enter a situation where they all have an equal chance to succeed.” 4173 words. Click here.

A taste of the real Macau
10 Jun: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Eating out in Macau is always a good bet – it is home to countless superb restaurants, and three of the most remarkable food cuisines in the region … The most famous Macanese dish is African Chicken (also popular in ex-Portuguese Goa, where it is known as Chicken Cafreal), which seems to have been conjured up by a team of cooks from all corners of the old empire. So-named because until the political convulsions of 1966 soldiers from the former Portuguese possession of Angola guarded key city landmarks, it was they who introduced an early version of the dish to this corner of Asia. Subsequently, the dish has been substantially modified. Nevertheless its cooking is a fairly labour-intensive process. A whole chicken is drenched in a marinade of crushed chillies, garlic, shallots, olive oil, sesame oil, grated coconut, tomato paste, paprika, crushed peanuts, cayenne pepper, red wine, and a splash of soy sauce, before being roasted and then served with potatoes, olives and preferably a bottle of something reasonably light and fruity from Portugal's vineyards.

An SUV all the way from India, it's a Goa
10 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). Mahindra, of Mumbai, India, and will relaunch in Britain next year with the Goa. It's a seven or eight-seat full-sized off-roader with a 2.6-litre 115bhp common-rail turbodiesel engine. It's likely there will be just one trim level, GLX, with central locking, air-con, power windows, two airbags and optional leather upholstery. Bosses hope to sell up to 1,000 SUVs a year in Britain. The car has just gone on sale in Spain for €21,000 (£14,300). For photo and text click here.

Kenya: Hockey. University of Nairobi hammer Goan Institute
12 Jun: Kenya Times. University of Nairobi yesterday whitewashed Goan Institute 6-1 in a one sided at the Nairobi Simba Union as the Vaisakhi hockey tournament continued in various venues. Click here.

Go to Goa and get healthy
12 Jun: Telegraph & Argus (Bradford, UK). … Patients aiming to dodge waiting lists and get cheaper private operations can head to Goa - thanks to a deal between a Bradford business and a hospital in Goa. Going to Goa is offering all-inclusive' packages including flights, luxury lodgings and surgery. Director Jan Bostock said clients stood to save thousands of pounds on procedures ranging from a hair transplant to a heart bypass operation … a private heart bypass operation costing more than £15,000 in the UK could be had for £5,000 at the partner Victor Apollo Hospital. Flights and accommodation cost about an extra £1,000 for a three-week stay … clients are able to speak to the surgeon by phone or communicate by e-mail before going ahead. The company is also aiming to set up video-conferencing … But Telegraph & Argus columnist Dr Tom Smith warned potential patients to demand facts before committing to a procedure. For full text, 676 words, click here.

Break abroad now includes an operation
13 Jun: Yorkshire Post. Going to Goa was launched yesterday to offer its clients flights, luxury accommodation and surgery for a third of the cost of an operation in England … Jan Bostock, a director of the company is moving to Goa with his family to run the company from there. 477 words. Click here.

Apollo Victor — changing the face of health care in Goa
14 Jun: Herald. The 150 bed Apollo Victor Hospital, Margao is part of the largest private healthcare network in India. … The Orthopaedics Department has seen an increase in the number of inquiries from overseas patients … The Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Department undertakes face lifts, Augmentation and Reduction of the breast, Rhinoplasties, Liposuction, Botox and Restylane. 669 words.

Pentair launches water treatment plants in India
13 Jun: Asia Times. US-based water management company Pentair Inc has launched a range of water treatment systems for industrial, institutional and commercial segments in India … Initially, Pentair would launch six different reverse osmosis water treatment systems in India with capacities ranging from 100 liters per hour to 10,000 liters per hour. Pentair, which has its largest manufacturing facility in Goa, exports 65% of its products worldwide. Click here.

Man electrocuted in Goa
13 Jun: BBC. Matthew MacLean, 29, was electrocuted while walking towards his guest house near a beach in Goa on 30 May. It is understood he was walking with a female companion at the Anjuna resort when they saw a broken electricity cable lying on the path. Unaware that it was live, Mr MacLean picked it up and was electrocuted. His body is being returned to Scotland for a funeral service this weekend. Click here.

Mumbai’s Goan Clubs
13 Jun: Cybernoon. … Membership has gone down drastically. Each club now has a mere 10 members … The biggest advantage that these clubs have is the space. All of them have been founded during the early part of the last century and they occupy huge, lofty rooms in the old buildings at Dhobi Talao and Mazagaon … Each member pays around Rs 100 (at some clubs, it is even less) as monthly rent, and with an amount as paltry as this, it's not as easy as it seems. For photos and text, 1,140 words, click here.


Communidades in Goa have a long history and a range of functions. Now, the role of the taken-for-granted communidades are being explored and studied systematically by scholars.

Avelino D'Souza has provided Goanet an interesting account of some Goan clubs in Bombay and their long history. Clearly, they were well established in the past and have retained real estate which has now fallen into disuse. The strange thing is that such clubs have declined.

While at least one patient recently bemoaned a wrong diagnosis and treatment on his painful knees in Goa, others extol the virtues of seeking treatment through UK businesses that make all-inclusive arrangements with Indian hospitals.

Discussion on the 'Talibanisation of Goa' has raised an unusual discussion not to be missed. Likewise, there has been a lot of continuing discussion on the destruction of religious sites by some of other religious groups so as to construct their own religious shrines over those which were destroyed.

When Angola played Portugal in the current Football World Cup, few could have imagined that this would raise so many unexpected observations on fraternalization. Readers just mustn't miss some of the humour that emerged from this topic.

Finally, holiday makers to Goa will have noted the growing trend in using a single musician to provide entertainment in hotels and restaurants with the use of sophisticated electronic equipment. All kinds of sounds are generated this way. However, increasingly, the synthetic music sounds so much alike. Now, a chorus of discontent has been sounded by musicians unable to provide live music in groups. Strong feelings have been expressed that not only are good musicians losing a livelihood but that the very essence of live music is being eradicated.

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Thurs. 15/6: Channel 4: 9:00pm (60mins). My New Home.
Charting the lives of three immigrant children as they make a new life in Britain.

Sat. 17/6: Sky Travel: 10.00om (55 mins) Taboo
Spirit Worlds. A look at how different cultures connect with the spiritual, from Hindus who pierce their flesh with skewers to Indian exorcists who beat demons out of those possessed.

Mon. 19/6: BBC 1 10.45pm (45mins) You Can't Fire Me I'm Famous
Series in which Piers Morgan explores the career of Faria Alam, the secretary at the centre of Sven-Gate, the scandal that rocked the FA.

Tues. 20/6: Community Channel: 5.30pm (60mins) The New Heroes
Dreams of Sanctuary. A daring raid to free India's child slaves. For more on the series click here.


Sun. 18/6: BBC Radio 4: 4.00pm (30mins) Open Book
Kathryn Hughes talks to novelist Bali Rai about his new book The Last Taboo, the story of an Asian teenage girl and a black boy falling in love and the opposition they face from their families. (Repeated Thursday)

Wed. 21/6: BBC World Service Radio: 8.05pm (25mins) Slumming It
Emma Josephs visits slums in India and the US to explore the day to day reality of living in a slum. The UN says 32 per cent of the global urban population - one billion people - now live in slums and the number could double in the next 30 years.

Thurs. 22/6: BBC Radio Four: 8.30pm (30mins) In Business
Hive of Innovation: The Honeybee network is one of the most creative enterprises on earth, helping village inventors in India to share their ideas with a global audience. But now it is forging an alliance with one of the USA's brainiest universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter Day reports on a project which could change the world. (Repeated Sunday)


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

Sat. 15 Jul. G.O.A. Ruby Summer Bash for 13 to 17 year olds. 7 pm to 11pm at ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Disco – Say One Do One. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Alison Braganza 07799 586793, Rosy De Souza 020 - 8677 0390 or any member of the Social Committee.

Sat. 15 Jul. 3.30 P.M. Archbishop Lanfranc High School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "TUMCHEA MOGA PASSOT" Written and Directed by the King of Tiatr, Rose Ferns. Producer Xavier Soares de Swindon. First European tour, with artistes from Goa. For tickets please telephone Judy on 0208 7632606 or 07949403741, Nina Pinto 0208 7670663 or Cornelius Monteiro 0208 6818716.

Sun. 23 Jul. G.O.A. Goan Festival in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 – 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322


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