Newsletter. Issue 2006-11. Mar. 16, 2006
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Glynis D'Souza: Ontario Police Officer

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17 Feb: Ontario Mirror Guardian, A crash on Highway 400 is being blamed on bad weather. Ontario Provincial Police Const. Glynis D'Souza said firefighters cut off the car's roof to get the vehicle out from under the tanker ... D'Souza said the car's driver told police she lost control due to icy road conditions. Click here.
Glynis was born in Nairobi, the daughter of Myra (AVC) and Osbourne (Tivim). Lily Jacques who taught generations at the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School in Nairobi was one of her grandmothers. Glynis’ sisters are Hayley Abreo and Oriel Noronha and she spends all her free time babysitting for their four children. She has been a police officer for 13 years and loves the work.
For a brief bio click here.

Karachi: Saint Patrick's High School bids farewell to Mrs D'Mello
3 Mar: Daily Times (Pakistan). Saint Patrick's High School paid its last respects to Romaniha D'Mello who passed away at the age of 94 on February 28. Her funeral was held at the Saint Patrick's Cathedral, which is a stone's throw away from the school. D'Mello was married to the late Mario D'Mello, who had died some years ago. She taught at Saint Patrick's School for 62 years, from 1930 till her retirement in 1992. 282 words. Click here.

Australia: You'll Enjoy Goan Out
9 Mar: Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate (NSW, Australia). The Copper Kettle at Hornsby is a good advertisement for why people should eat close to home rather than head into the city for a night out. Owner Peter Rodrigues used to own restaurants at Mosman and Crows Nest but has decided to try his luck "in the suburbs" with his new business … The Copper Kettle specialises in Goan Indian cuisine. "Nowhere else in India do they use red wine in combination with spices," Rodrigues said. Rodrigues selected some of his signature dishes … chilli octopus ($9) garlic prawns ($9.50) sizzling prawns, chicken xacuti ($13.50) … lamb shanks ($13.50) … Click here.
Peter Rodrigues was born in Tanga, Tanzania, and left there in 1968 for Goa and the Middle East. He emigrated to Australia in 1987.

Ian DeSouza: Alstom's new site managing director
10 Mar: Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY) Alstom Transportation Inc. announced Friday Ian DeSouza will man the rudder of the company's Hornell operations, effective immediately. He was most recently president of Binghamton-based Universal Instruments . Alstom employs approximately 1,100 at the Hornell facilities. 366 words. Click here.
Ian deSouza grew up in Kenya and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in England. For his bio Click here.

Claude Moraes: Racist Football Matches
11 Mar: The Telegraph (UK). Broadcasters should cut the sound or switch to black and white if a serious racist incident happens during a football match, a cross-party group of European politicians will urge next week. The idea is the brainchild of Claude Moraes, a British Asian and Labour MEP for London, who suffered racist taunts at matches as a child …
Mr Moraes, who is president of the parliament's "anti-racism and diversity inter-group", said German police had told him of concerns about racist abuse from fans and extreme Right-wing groups, especially from EU states in eastern and central Europe, but also from Spain and Italy. Click here.
The Claude Moraes website is at

Scotland: Herman Rodrigues: Indian images on the menu
11 Mar: The Scotsman. Many people know Herman Rodrigues as the amiable proprietor of Edinburgh's two Suruchi Indian restaurants but he is also an accomplished amateur photographer. Rodrigues's photography is showcased in an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh until 22 May … Rodrigues (his name is a relic of Portuguese colonialism in India) recalls going into an Edinburgh newsagent some years ago and asking for 15 copies of The Scotsman, which had carried an article about his photography. "What are you trying to do," the news vendor asked him. "Buy from my shop and sell it from yours?"

Cyprian D’Souza: Kanbay Lands In Ireland
13 Mar: EFY News. Kanbay International, Inc. has set up a facility in Dublin … the Company specialises in IT services for securities and investment firms… Cyprian D’Souza is MD India and director operations for Europe, Asia-Pacific and the emerging markets … Click here.
Cyprian D'Souza joined Kanbay in 1991 to help set up Kanbay’s operations in India which now has approximately 3,900 associates there. Prior to joining Kanbay, he owned a management consulting practice, LENS Services, where he worked with the leadership of a number of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Hong Kong and Australia. His previous assignments include a 14-year tenure with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), headquartered in Brussels, where he was a Member of the Global Executive council. Kanbay is at

Kenya Has Come a Long Way in the Commonwealth Games
14 Mar: The East African Standard . In the 1962 Games in Perth, Australia, Kenya made history when she got her first Commonwealth gold medals. This feat fell on Seraphino Antao, then known as the 'Cheetah'. Antao won both the 100 yards and 200 yards event to put Kenya firmly on the athletics map.For full text click here.
The Athletics Drought. By V. M. de Malar
17 Mar: Herald. … Goa has produced other champions, most notably Kenya’s famous ”Gazelle”, Seraphino Antao. In 1962, the Mombasa-born Goan dominated the Commonwealth Games at Perth, winning a “golden double” of 100 and 200 metres short sprints. Along with Kipchoge (Kip) Keino, Antao laid the foundations for a magnificent Kenyan running tradition. It’s interesting to note that Kenya now completely dominates distance running on the world stage, but our Goan lad’s medals remain the only ones ever won by a Kenyan for the shorter sprints, and the first ever in international competition.
For the GVUK Seraphino Antao profile click here.

Dr Russell D'Souza: A softer disaster imprint
15 Mar: Preston Leader. (Vic. Australia). The Northern Psychiatric Research Centre is becoming a giant in the medical world through its relief efforts in South-East Asia's disaster zones. The Centre's research program director, Dr Russell D'Souza said the year-old centre had been training psychiatrists and counsellors in ravaged areas.
Dr D'Souza said staff had noticed survivors of the South-East Asian tsunami had turned to alcohol because of a lack of counselling services. He said they had trained several psychiatrists in Sri Lanka to try to combat the problem. "There are only 26 psychiatrists in Sri Lanka, but 350 Sri Lankan psychiatrists in the UK alone."

Mike Fernandes: London to Goa by car
16 Mar: GoaNet. By Armstrong Vaz. Michael Fernandes is holidaying in Goa after driving from London to Goa in his 1992 Citroen Bx Diesel. "People whom you meet on your travel make the trip interesting" says 34 year old London based Michael Fernandes, an adventure sport freak and London based car and property dealer. He has done the Mexico to Artic circle road trip and England to Shanghai by train. Click here.


13 Mar. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. MARTHA SOARES. Beloved wife of Agnelo Soares. Loving mother of Johnny. Sister of late Joseph (Tony)/Stella, Felix, Cajetan/Loretta, Philo/Christopher Rodrigues and Dominic. Aunty of Joseph (Joey) & James (Jimmy), Eric, Brenda and Sharon. Funeral is being held in Dar on Thursday, 16th Mar. Condolence messages may be sent to [Info from Evelyn De Souza]

12 Mar: Toronto. SEBASTIAN FERNANDES (Seby, born 1930, ex Mapusa, Dar-es-Salaam). Beloved husband of Heroina. Loving father of Lindsay, Loretta/Sean, Larsen and Luke (Toronto).

12 Mar. Arusha, Tanzania. JOSEPH ANTHONY DEMELLO. Husband of Stella DeMello. Father of Joseph (Joey-USA) and James (Jimmy); grandfather of Clinton and Anthony. Brother of Philo/Christopher Rodrigues, late Martha/Agnelo Soares, Felix, Cajetan/Loretta and Dominic - all of Dar es Salaam. Condolences to [Info from Fay D'Souza].

11 Mar. Nerul, Goa. ANICETA BRITTO (aged 88, ex Nairobi, Kenya). Wife of late Serva Britto. Mother of Irene/Hector (Canada), Christy/Sheila (London) and Lumina (Goa). Grandmother of Rachel, Reuven, Raun, Lisa and Sarah. Condolences to

10 Mar: Santa Cruz: VICTOR DE MENDONCA (born 1914, ex Ruiru, Kenya). Husband of late Agatha Rosa. Father of Allan/Ming (Dallas), Fatima/Hugh (Vancouver), Ivo/Maggie. Grandfather of Stephen, Trevor, Sarah, Christine, Naomi. Brother of late Susan, late Lily and late Milton. Brother-in-law of late Dr. Assiz, late Aninha and Aurita. Condolences to [Info from Richard Vaz, Goa].

10 Mar. Mitcham, Surrey, UK: BESMITA ESTAQUIA MIRANDA É GOÉS ex (Kericho) Kenya, Cortalim & Verna. Wife of late Joaquim Rosario Goès (Jackru's Inn, Cortalim). Mother of Marie/late Louis (UK), Rosie/Tony, late Carmine/Nessy, Elizabeth/Adrian, Johnny/Estella (UK), late Justin/Juliet, Cajetan/Pauline (UK), Richard/Maria, Sr Santana, Luiza (UK)/Mathias, Teresa /late Steven.
Grandmother of Socorine/Bernard, Natalina, Anastasia, Rita, Rosie/Jeffrey, Elaine, Regie/Antonetta, Espy/Agnelo, Sophie/Fredrick, Effie, Wencila, Cyndalia, Marlene, Jubal, Jules, Delicia, Rousel, Valerie, Valetta, Vanessa, Meagan, Jubert. Great-grandmother of Nikita, Chanel, Volney, Flana, Becca, Issac. Sister of late Maria Concesao Mendes & late Joaquim Santan Miranda.
Funeral at 10am on Wed. 22 Mar at St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, Cramer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD. Burial at London Road Cemetery (opp. Figgs Marsh), London Road, Mitcham,Surrey,CR4 followed by wake at St Barnabas Community Centre, Thirsk Road,Mitcham,Surrey,CR4. Condolences to Johnny Goes at or Cajetan Goes at

9 Mar. Thornton Heath, Surrey, UK. CONCEICAO BARRETO (ex Kisumu/Thornton Heath). Wife of the late Vincent Barreto. Mother of Ida Antao, Ann D'Souza, Joe Barreto, Filu Fernandes and Rosa Vaz. Funeral at 10am.on Thursday 16 Mar. at St Andrews Catholic Church, 45 Brook Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7RD, Surrey. Condolences to

1 Mar: Kenton. MONICA FITZMAURICE (nee D’Souza, ex-Nairobi). Wife of John. Mother of Christina. Daughter of Janet & late John (EAR&H Nairobi). Sister of Cleo. Funeral was on 14 Mar. Condolences to John Fitzmaurice, 28 Clitheroe Ave., Rayners Lane, Harrow. Middlesex, HA2 9UX [Info from Nina Pinto]


Gatwick – Goa. 16 Mar. 2 weeks. £199. Manchester £149
Also: Manchester 23 Mar £159. Click here.

Travel: Way to Goa. By Paul Gallagher
11 Mar: Daily Mirror. Don't get stuck on the beaches, India's tropical region has so much more to charm and delight … I certainly appreciated the friendliness of the Goans … Today, 30 per cent of Goans are Catholic and Christian images are everywhere you look. … There were also the embalmed remains of 16th-century Saint Francis Xavier. 1597 words. Click here.
[Could this have been written by the same person who did the Sunday Mirror article of 25 Feb. – Click here.

Travel: Beauty and the Beasts. By Fionnuala Bourke.
12 Mar: Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, UK). Holiday hotspots described are Kerala and Goa. The beasts refer to elephants. Excerpt: “Goa seemed a lot more geared up to tourists but, as a result, was more commercialised than Kerala.” 1265 words. Click here.


Terrorist held in Goa
11 Mar: Tribune. Goa came face to face with terrorism this evening with the arrest of Tariq Anwar, a resident of Srinagar, with huge quantities of explosives … He told the police that an explosive expert from a Kashmir-based terrorist group would arrive in Goa in the next few days and help set off explosions in Goa. 181 words. Click here.

Goa: Terrorist with Explosives Held.
11 Mar: Herald. In a successful operation, the Margao police nabbed a 28-year old youth from Srinagar, Tariq Anwar at the Margao railway station late Friday evening. A kilogram of suspected RDX explosives, two hand grenades and as many detonators were allegedly recovered from the possession of the accused.

Terrorist reveals plans to bomb Goa
12 Mar: Mid-Day. Tariq Anwar, member of the Pakistan-based militant group Tehrique-ul-Mujahiddin, was arrested by the Goa police … Interrogation revealed that a Pakistan-based militant outfit was planning to strike at tourist and pilgrimage sites, including world heritage monument, Basilica of Bom Jesus. Police recovered two kg of RDX, two Russian-made hand grenades, two electronic detonators, two cameras, two mobile phones and a compact disc (CD) from his possession after his arrest. Click here.

Terrorist had plans to target vital facilities: DGP
13 Mar. Navhind Times. The Director-General of Police, Mr Neeraj Kumar today informed that Tariq Ahmed Battlo alias Tariq Anwar, the arrested terrorist who belongs to Tehriq-ul-Mujahideen, had plans to target vital installations in Vasco city like the Mormugao Port Trust, airport, railway station and oil dumps. Click here.

How India avoided a Bali bombing in Goa
16 Mar: Daily News & Analysis. Central Intelligence agencies are celebrating the arrest of a Kashmiri terrorist in Goa last week as a major success against terrorism in recent times. Click here.

Videoclip: Vintage VW's Steal The Show in Goa. 1m.59s.
11 Mar: Reuters. A vintage Volkswagen car rally steals the show at Nuvem in Goa. Click here

Goa to get 8 Dixy Chicken Outlets
1-15 Mar: Express Hotelier. Goa is likely to receive 8 Dixy Chicken outlets within the next year … Dixy Chicken has over 110 outlets worldwide currently in countries including UK, USA, France, Pakistan and Brunei. Click here.

Goa: Mobile Catholic school steers slum children to better future
10 Mar: Catholic Online International News. The Don Bosco Mobile School for slum and street children in Goa is managed by the Salesians. The children squat on the floor of the bus. 821 words. Click here.

Goa Govt to apply for fenni patent
12 Mar: Herald. Goa Govt may soon have exclusive right for distilling cashew fenni if government succeeds in its attempt to get ‘patent’ for this special brew … fenni was first brewed in Goa by a Jesuit priest, in 1889 … “To apply for patent we have to identify a standard distilling process, ” an officer said.

Panjim selected under urban renewal scheme
13 Mar: Herald. The central government has awarded a bonanza for Panjim city with the allocation of Rs 60 crore …

Goa: Vacancy for judges lead to huge backlog of cases
13 Mar: Herald. The backlog of cases in various courts in Goa is 34,315 with 17 posts of judges vacant.

BSNL To Give Optical Fibre Network in Five Cities
13 Mar: The Hindu. BSNL has begun implementation of an ambitious plan, to be completed by 2007, connecting five cities of the State. The cities to be networked are Panaji, Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Verna. Click here.

Bottoms up: Feni to scale new heights
13 Mar: The Economic Times. Goa could be on its way to attain Geographical Identification (GI) for 'Cashew Feni'. A GI will ensure that the term 'Goan Cashew Feni' remains with Goa, avoiding duplication. Last year about 40,000 cases were exported mainly to US, UAE, Canada, Germany and UK. Click here .

Scientists find anti-malarial properties in Goan delicacy
14 Mar: Times of India. One of Goa's most exotic delicacies could soon lead India's fight against malaria. Scientists have isolated molecules from the Indian green mussel that kills the malaria parasite very effectively. The molecules, named NIO-1 and NIO-2 will be develop into an anti-malaria drug. Clinical trials will begin in two months. Click here.


Maureen Walks Tall with Kids in the Slums of Goa
9 Mar: North Devon Journal. Maureen Charters of Barnstaple spent several weeks working in and around the slums of Goa with the charity Children Walking Tall. Its main aim is to provide a drop in-centre for children living on the streets, to give them shelter, good food and education … The charity urgently needs a scooter to do the medical run to the slums and Maureen is now focusing her efforts on raising the £1,000 needed to pay for it. If you can help ring Maureen on 01271 342068 or 07779 764135. 438 words. Click here.
Children Walking Tall is at

One worker in three has experienced bullying
10 Mar: National Business Review (New Zealand). Workplace bullying is four times more prevalent than sexual harassment … Andrew Rodrigues (from Auckland, and not his real name), an experienced accountant from India, is thinking of returning home because his work environment has become insufferable. "If I am five minutes late to work, I have committed an unpardonable crime. Others can arrive 30 minutes behind schedule every other day because the boss believes they have a hard time finding a place to park their cars."

The Heat is on for UK Curry Houses
10 Mar: Oldham Chronicle. With tens of thousands of new workers needed every year to staff Britain’s 20,000 Indian and Chinese restaurants and takeaways, the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill could put the multi-billion pound industry in peril. The bill, currently going through the House of Lords, would bar low-skilled workers from settling in this country and remove the right of appeal for workers refused visas. 897 words. Click here.

Child Sex Tourism
11 Mar: The Times (UK). The case of disgraced pop star Gary Glitter, last week given a three-year jail sentence for molesting two 11-year-old girls in Vietnam, has thrown the spotlight on a particularly nasty industry: child sex tourism. Now some of our biggest tour operators have launched a training programme to help its reps understand the issues. The ten holiday destinations where child sex tourism is of growing concern includes Goa. Click here.

The real English rose: Cornwall a horticultural hot spot
11 Mar: The Globe and Mail (Canada). … In nearby Padstow, British TV chef Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant serves such dishes as monkfish Goan curry with cucumber and lime salad. Things are going so well for Stein that he has opened a patisserie, a deli, a bistro, a hotel, a café and a seafood cooking school in the classic Cornish harbour town.

Indian women snap at gropers
12 Mar: Sunday Times (UK). The teenage daughter of a senior British diplomat was on a rickshaw in Delhi when a young man ran up and, in front of her mother and friends, grabbed one of her breasts. She was shocked and angry but there was nothing she could do about it. She was just another victim of “eve teasing”, a coy term used in India to describe being molested in public by a stranger. The practice is increasing, according to police. Campaigners claim the government does not take the problem seriously and have called for a new law. 336 words. Click here.

California: Celebrate Goa: March 19
13 Mar: Mercury News ( San Jose, California). Celebrate Goa. Carnival, dance and cultural performances by Goan organizations and a traditional Goan lunch. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19. India Community Center Milpitas, 555 Los Coches St. Free, $5 lunch. (408) 934-1130.

Indians find information too costly
13 Mar: BBC News. The landmark new freedom of information law gives Indians the right to access information held by the government but providing the information can costs thousands of £. 644 words. Click here.

Upfront: Review - Culture clashes
14 Mar: RIBA Journal. [Royal Institution of British Architects]. Deyan Sudjic reviews The Destruction of Memory. By Robert Bevan. Reaktion Books, £19.95. He writes: Robert Bevan's book is remorselessly bleak. It portrays humanity as a monstrously brutal, malevolent species, that throughout its history has constantly resorted to mass murder and policies of deliberate extermination to allow one group to dominate another . It's a spirit that is present even in the Portuguese baroque churches of Goa which were carved by Hindu craftsmen, a heritage that can be traced in the detail of the apparently Christian imagery on the column capitals. It's this impurity and miscegenation that is the creative response to the fanaticism and madness of architectural ethnic cleansing.

The sleeping giant of India awakens to the world
14 Mar: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario). Excerpt: The world has now set its eyes on India. It is the fastest growing free-market democracy in our global economy. 756 words. Horace A. Coelho is a Kitchener real estate agent. For text click here.
For the photo and brief bio of Horace Coelho in GVUK issue 2005-3 click here.


Not yet in Goa but true in Hawaii, where a woman has grown the world's heaviest mango of 4.96 lb and roughly the size of a human head. But not to be beaten, do read about the specific variety of mangoes to be found in Goa, including the Fernandin, Mankurad and Alphonso. Interesting details are also provided about the great variety of mangoes to be found in 14 regions of India.

In an absolutely fascinating article, Kevin Saldanha provides a lot of detail about the Lenten period prior to Easter in the Christian calendar. He tells us of to its existence in Babylonian times, in devil-worship in Koordistan, among pagan Mexicans and also in Egypt among other places.

According to Sam Pitroda, Chairman of the Knowledge Commission of India (KCI), the time is ripe for a maritime university in Goa. He takes this view from Goa's historic links with the maritime world and the current quest for a knowledge based economy. In a recent lecture, he also stressed that, "India with a population of one billion ought to have at least 2000 universities of which 100 ought to be of international standard." He further said that, "the quality of education is poor and the quantity too, is not adequate." Would GV(UK) readers agree with such views? Do tell Goanet what you think.

According to Eduardo Faleiro, a former Union Minister, "the Konkani speaking population that writes in the roman script constitutes a very substantial percentage of the total Konkani population of our State. They are entitled to the same safeguards and protection available to those who write Konkani in devanagri. This is their constitutional right and it flows from Article 29(1) and several other provisions of the Constitution. Goan Voice(UK) readers will find much on the script controversy in several posts on Goanet.

Finally, a brief reference to yet another of Domnic Fernandes' quotes: "Life is like an onion. You peel off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Fri. 17/3: Channel 4: 10:55am (35mins). Tricky Business
Twenty-five-year-old Ash is determined to set up his own web design company targeting the Asian business community where online trade is booming.

Sat. 18/3: Bollywood 4U: 4:00pm (210 mins). Film: Josh
A Goan reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story with Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai

Mon. 20/3: Channel 4: 9.00pm (60mins) The Seven-Year-Old Surgeon:
Akrit Jasal performed his last surgical operation at seven years old. Now at age 12 he visits Imperial College London, to put his remarkable intelligence to the test.

Wed. 22/3: BBC 2: 11.25pm (30mins) Desi DNA
A look at the Religious Hatred Bill, stunning architecture of a mosque in Lahore and music from Deeyah, the singer dubbed the Muslim Madonna.


Mon. 20/3: BBC Radio 4: 4.30pm (30mins) Beyond Belief
Are faith schools a good idea or is it better that children from different religious traditions mix together and learn from each other?

Thurs. 23/3: BBC Radio 4: 11.00am (30mins) Crossing Continents
Kolkata: Known formerly as Calcutta, Kolkata is booming.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 9 Apr. (Provisional). Ruby Hockey Tournament at HSBC Club. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Glyn Albuquerque 020 – 8680 2401

Sun. 16 Apr. Easter Dinner Dance. 6.00 to 11.00 pm. St Mary’s Church Hall. Welling DA16 3QU. Disco by the fabulous Music Mania. Catering by Potbor Ha. Adults £12.50 Children (6 to 12) £5 Children below 5 – free. Includes snack, meal, dessert and free soft drink. Raffles and novelty games galore! Details Tony 020 8265 9644/077 4811 2667. Paul 020 8311 1195. Vincent 020 8244 5598

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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