Newsletter. Issue 2006-12. Mar. 23, 2006
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North America: The DeSouzas of Mentor Properties Inc.
13 Mar: The Business Journal of Phoenix. Headline: Canadian companies plan 40-story condos downtown. Excerpt: Pointe of View Developments of Calgary and Mentor Properties of Toronto are proposing the granddaddy of all condo projects - three 40-story buildings near downtown Phoenix … Mentor Properties is owned by brothers Cal and Frank [and Rodney] DeSouza, who have been converting Valley apartments into condos since 1991. Text at
The Mentor DeSouzas left Uganda in 1971. Frank (1959), sister Vivienne (1960) and Cal (1964) were born in Kampala, Uganda. Rod was born in Belgaum (1962). Their parents are Olga and Dominic who “were traditional hard working Goans” The brothers started the business with $5K and with the emotional support of their parents and sister. For a dramatic summary of their fortunes see
Cal is now based in Arizona where they are currently converting 3 apartment buildings to condominiums totalling 727 units valued at $175m. The Toronto operations can be seen at
For the GVUK profile of the Mentor DeSouzas click here.

Winnipeg, Canada: Arnold D'Souza: Establishing Field Hockey
16 Mar: Winnipeg Sun. Field hockey is wildly popular all over the world but the men’s game hasn't caught on in Manitoba. People like Arnold D'Souza are trying to change that. D'Souza played for Manitoba's provincial senior men's team in the 1980s but left the sport due to family commitments. He came back when his 16-year-old son Daniel decided to give the sport a try … Field Hockey Manitoba is making a concerted effort to reach out to immigrants from countries where the sport is popular such as Malaysia, India and Pakistan said D'Souza, a member of the FHM Board in charge of Promotions and Fundraising. 522 words.
[Arnold D’Souza, 43, began playing the game when he was five years old in Nairobi] Click here.

UK: Steven D’Souza: Business stresses need to engage more with ethnic minorities
16 Mar: Business in the Community. Diversity was on the agenda at a responsible business practice debate held in central London on 28 February … Discussion among the group was facilitated by Steven D'Souza, a diversity and operational change manager at global banking giant Merrill Lynch who last autumn published acclaimed book 'Made in Britain', a collection of interviews with british role models of black and ethnic origin. Click here.
For a photo and brief profile of Steven D’Souza see GVUK issue 2005-37

Commonwealth Games: Canada’s Goans
18 Mar. Ken Pereira has his shoelaces caught in the stick of Australia's Brent Livermore during men's field hockey at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia March 19, 2006. Canada lost to Australia 5-1.
21 Mar: Mississauga News: Mississauga's Wayne Fernandes scored the lone goal for Canada as they dropped a 4-1 decision to New Zealand in their field hockey opener … Fernandes 27 is a key members of Canada's field …

Francis Newton Souza
19 Mar: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). When the Indian painter Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002) exhibited his paintings in Bond Street he used to visit the gallery every day. He would then go up to Hampstead Heath and cry. He was sad, he said, because he wasn't as good a painter as Picasso … When he died four years ago his paintings were selling for as little as pounds 500. Now they fetch upwards of pounds 100,000 …
Last year one of his paintings sold for a record-breaking pounds 800,000 … The Islamic and Indian Art sale on April 6 includes paintings by Souza; and Drawings by Francis Newton Souza on May 3, both at Bonhams, New Bond St, London … A new book about Souza, published by his estate - 'F.N. Souza, Religion and Erotica' - is available online from for £25. For sample drawings click here.
22 Mar: Mumbai Mirror. Will the late F N Souza's macabre crucifixion be the next big thing at the auctions? Click here.

Videoclip: Seraphino Antao Wins Commonwealth Games Gold
6 Dec 1962. Perth, Australia. Seraphino Antao. Commonwealth Games. “They say that Antao of Kenya is one of the greatest sprinters of all time.” For the Pathe Newsreel videoclip, in colour, click here and select VIEW THIS STORY
The image on the right shows the Goan Voice editorial of the time.


17 Mar. Mombasa, Kenya. HORMEL RIBEIRO (died in Goa following an operation). Wife of Ninfa (nee Carvalho). Father of Neil (Nairobi), Nuala/Faheem (Mombasa) and Nigel (UK). Funeral to take place in Goa. Condolences to [Info from Jennifer de Souza, Mombasa]

SEBASTIAN FERNANDES (ex-Dar-es-salaam). Funeral was on Monday, March 20. Condolences to:


Travel: Good to Goa. By Alison Smith
18 Mar: the Scotsman. Excerpts: My previous visit to Goa was as a wide-eyed teen in 1990 - a five-day stopover stretched into three months … Now the place had the same character of wild and woolly Bohemia … organic cafés run by smiley, shaven-headed health nuts offer mung bean salads, tempeh and cashew nut curries and fresh juices … Anyone disturbed by the sight of rum-soaked Brits doing exactly what they do at home should avoid central Calangute's bars. 1605 words.

Most unusual hostels
18 Mar: Ottawa Citizen. Villa Rivercat: North Goa, India. "Nestled behind the sand dunes of the sleepy Goan fishing village of Mandrem, between ocean and river … Double-bed privates/ensuites from about $28. Click here.

Travel: Diu. By Rolf Potts
19 Mar: San Francisco Chronicle. India's isle of ghosts: Former Portuguese outpost brims with history's phantoms. 2980 words. Click here.

UK: Holiday Deals of the Week
19 Mar: Sunday Mirror (UK). £299 Leave Manchester on March 28 for sunny Goa. Seven nights B&B at the two-star Resort de Tio Carmino Hotel. Details: 0870 514 3301,
19 Mar. Sunday Times (UK). Want a real cheapie? Go to Goa, where a week's B&B, at the two-star Colonia de Braganza in Calangute, costs £ 399 (children £ 299), including flights from Manchester (April 13) or Gatwick (April 14), with Goa Way (0870 890 7800,
19 Mar: Sunday Times (UK). Citrus Travel (0870 950 1001, has 14 nights, B&B, at the five-star Leela Palace for £ 1,499pp (saving £ 200), based on two sharing, departing from Gatwick on April 8.

The New Spa Capital?
19 Mar: Business Standard. Goa has become the new Kerala when it comes to spas and massage centres … Ten years ago, there were no massage centres, good, bad or dodgy … Goa alone is now home to spa treatments from every corner of the globe. You want Swedish massage? An enterprising European woman who has made Goa her home advertises Swedish … Park Hyatt’s Goa Resort has received the prestigious Conde Nast Best Spa of the Year award. 876 words. Click here.

GO GOA 365 - The Complete Insight on Goa Tourism
March 2006: Express Travelworld. Special Feature on Goa. Article include:
Goa Tourism Meet 2006
Goan heritage hotels are a big tourist attraction
On holiday, 365 days
Leading the eco-trail

Tourist arrivals in Goa drop
22 Mar: Herald. Tourist arrivals in Goa last year dropped by 9.9 per cent over the previous year, official statistics have revealed.
From January to December 2005, Goa received 2,206,351 tourists of which 1,879,000 were domestic and 326,00 were foreign tourists. In 2004, there was a sudden surge with 2,448,000 tourists visiting the State showing a growth rate of 20.1 per cent …
Goa receives tourists from more than 20 different countries. Around 40 per cent come from UK followed by Russia, Germany and Finland. The number of charter flights has increased from 24 in 1985-86 to 425 last year. 305 words.

To The Manor Born
23 Mar: India Business Insight. Goa's Indo-Portuguese mansions are now being exhibited or let out to tourists as a part of heritage tourism. Click here.


Priest found murdered in Goa
20 Mar. Catholic World News (USA), The church in Goa has been stunned by the murder of a Catholic parish priest. The murder came to light when Father Eusebio Ferrao, pastor of Macasana Parish in southern Goa, did not turn up for the early morning mass on Saturday. Parishioners eventually investigated, and parishioners found him dead in his room, evidently smothered with a pillow.

Goa: Two held for killing Christian priest. By Pamela D’Mello
22 Mar: The Asian Age. Two men suspected of killing a Christian priest were arrested on Tuesday morning at Nagpur. Amit Shukla and Manish Dubey were picked up by Police on Monday night. The suspects, who were friends of the priest, had arrived on Friday evening, shared dinner with the priest and stayed over at the pastoral house. Click here.

What Led To The Murder
22 Mar: Herald. [An account of the circumstances which led to the murder]

Thousands Bid Farewell to Slain Priest
23 Mar: Catholic Online (USA). About 8,000 mourners joined Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman March 21 to pay homage to a slain Catholic priest. 618 words. Click here.

For links to the latest developments click here.

Goa to celebrate anniversary of St Xavier
16 Mar: Mid-Day. Goa will celebrate the 500th birth anniversary of its patron saint, St Francis Xavier, with a special mass being planned on April 7 at the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Around 10,000 people from across the globe are expected. Click here.

“Implacable” violence against Goa Christians, says Archbishop
17 Mar: Asia News (Italy). By Nirmala Carvalho. Mgr Filipe Neri Ferrao slams cross desecration and church burglaries in Goa calling on the authorities to do something. Council for Justice and Peace director says such acts are politically motivated. 450 words. Click here.

HIV test to be made mandatory for marriage registration in Goa
17 Mar: Indian Express. The Goa government today decided to make HIV test mandatory for registration of marriage. Click here.

Goans Say HIV Check-Up Before Marriage Should be Voluntary
18 Mar: Gulf News (UAE). By Randolph Barros. Goa plans to make the HIV test mandatory for the registration of marriage … Goans who are known for their broad-minded approach to life were very touchy on the planned amendment, especially about the fact that tests would be mandatory … Fr Simplicio D'Souza, a lecturer at the Rachol Seminary in south Goa, said, "The government cannot force an HIV test on people planning to get married. Confidentiality is paramount. I welcome the move as regards public health and safety of the spouse." … Goan expatriates in Dubai expressed mixed feelings. 600 words.

Goa: the Local Dimensions of Global Terrorism. By Nandkumar Kamat
21 Mar: Navhind Times. … Goa has emerged as international conduit for drugs. … The image of the local police in the eyes of the foreigner’s cuts a very sorry figure of the law and order machinery in the state of Goa … there are rumours of the entry of the Russian mafia into Goa … a foreign website mentions “laws only exist so that the police can make a living extorting those who break them. In Goa there are fortunes to be made by taking bribes …” Thousands of such websites indicate that it is a “free for all’ situation in Goa. 1116 words. Click here.

Special scheme for Goan film makers
22 Mar: The Hindu. The Goa Government has notified special scheme for providing financial assistance to Goan film-makers, who produce films in the state … It envisages grant of financial assistance upto 50 per cent of the cost of the production of a film … the producer shall have to do at least 50 per cent of the shooting within Goa and films should have relevance to Goa, the notification said. 241 words. Click here.

Goa Budget Day 22 March
23 Mar: Herald. Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane presented Rs 4160 crore Goa budget making almost all sections of the society ‘feel good’ with sops to the industry, tourism, agriculture sectors … the government has decided to impose a cess of Rs 100 per foreign tourist either on charter arrivals or through hotel bookings … stamp duty on property transactions has been reduced from 4 per cent to 2.5 per cent. 524 words.

Goa’s coastline under tourism assault
23 Mar: Daily News & Analysis. Goa’s famed 105-km long coastline, which brings in lakhs of tourists to its beaches year after year, has resulted in more than 300 blatant violations of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules in the state, according to tourism minister Dr Wilfred De Souza. 375 words. Click here.

Goa cracks down on paedophiles
23 Mar: NDTV. Goa is every tourist's dream vacation. But there is a darker side. Cases after cases of paedophilia involving tourists have been reported from the state. An alarmed Goa government has now passed a Children's Act … But activists say this is not enough and that the state is in denial. "There is utter denial because you want tourism to flourish. Children are at the state's mercy," said Bernie D'Souza, Founder Member, Jan Ugahi … 671 words.Click here.


Videoclip: Goan Fish Curry.
UKTV Food: Enjoy a taste of Goa with Monisha Bharadwaj's flavourful recipe for a coconut milk-flavoured fish curry. 7m.55s Click here.

Scholarship watch
13 Mar: Economic Times. Young Indian men and women, born of Goan parents or those who have been living and working in Goa for the past ten years, can apply for the De Souza Trust Goa Scholarship to fund part or the entire cost of their tuition fees in a UK institution. Click here.

Medical Tourism: Goa: Back in Good Shape
15 Mar: The Daily Mail (UK). From Christine Bennett (Excerpts). Like Alex Cooperwhite, who went to Goa for an operation, I've just returned from Goa where I had a back operation … The care, which I received, was excellent … The whole 21 days cost me £1,400. For that I received treatment and care which is now sadly lacking in England. For full text and also the Alex Cooperwhite experience check the end section of the GVUK supplement after clicking here.

21 Mar: The Daily Mail (UK).
I gave 33 Years to the NHS but had to fly to India to Cure my Back Pain.
Daily Mail, 21 March 2006, 484 Words. Excerpt: Mrs Bennett contacted Dr Edwin Araujo, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Nusi Hospital in Goa … He operated on her for three hours. Dr Araujo added yesterday: 'It was quite a routine operation which was a complete success.' Full text and another photograph click here.

The nurse denied an op by the NHS
21 Mar: The Daily Express (UK). Excerpt: Dr Edwin Araujo said in Goa: “I was amazed the NHS did not carry out the procedure. I have no idea why Mrs Bennett was not operated on by doctors in England.” For full text (539 words) and photograph (showing Mrs Bennett holding the Lonely Planet Goa guide), click here.

London: Restaurant Review: Top 5 for Indian. By Fay Maschler
16 Mar: Evening Standard (London). Amaya. 15 Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, SW1 Average meal for one: £65. Karunesh Khanna, chef of the latest Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star (making a total of only three), formerly head chef of Taj Holiday Village in Goa, has had formative experience at top hotels in London. Lightness of touch, complexity of spicing and most of the calories spent on the décor have changed the face of eating Indian. Click here.

US: Teen to face trial in killing of Kevin D’Souza
17 Mar: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA. Joshua “Smoke” Bradshaw charged with stabbing Kevin D’Souza during botched drug buy told a friend he “stabbed a guy” because he and his cousin wanted to “get” the man for snitching …D’Souza was stabbed more than 20 times after a controlled buy of $300 in cocaine went bad. The buy was under surveillance by police, but officers lost sight of the men. Click here.

Delhi - Goa - Delhi
17 Mar. Outlook. Sudeep Chakravarti on relocating from Delhi to Goa and his impressions on revisiting Delhi. Click here.

Gallows humour
17 Mar. Hindustan Times. The Goans have an excellent sense of humour. Michael Pinto, Mumbai's Mahim-based undertaker, is not always dead serious about his business. He always advertises his services with goofy ads. After catchlines like, "When you drop dead, drop in" and "Hey smoker! You are the next guy coffin in," his latest one reads: "We are the last ones to let you down."

Pensioners: Rent-A-Paradise in Goa. By Renée Zucker
18 Mar: Der Spiegel [text in German]. Goa is the ideal place for the “denture brigade” to retire to for the winter. 1094 words. For the original text click here.
For a machine translation click here.

No reservations
18 Mar. The Economic Times. Review of Odette Mascarenhas' book on her father-in-law, the famous 'Masci', presiding chef at the Taj in Bombay in the '50s when it was the most glamorous hotel in India. 1300 words. Click here.

Toronto: Kathy Colaço: Feeding Frenzy
18 Mar: The Globe and Mail. (page M1) Imported Pakistani guavas are highly prized in Toronto in their short season between mid-January and the end of March. But there is also an emotional connection that draws people to the fruit. “I feel I'm back home,” says Kathy Colaço, recalling her earlier life in Goa, India. “When we were kids, we went up the tree. We have a lot of them back home.” 508 words.

UK: Segregation Warning as Whites Face Being Minority in Cities
19 Mar: Sunday Times (UK). Whites will soon become a minority in Birmingham and other major British cities, posing a "critical" challenge to social stability, the CRE, Britain's race relations watchdog has warned … But Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, said the city was a "model of integration" … 353 words. click here.

No entry for pedophiles
19 Mar. Daily News & Analysis. The judgment in the Anchorage shelter case where two foreigners, Duncan Grant and Allen Walters, were sentenced for pedophilia crimes, is a strong indictment of this heinous crime and also an unambiguous signal that India will not become another spot on the world sex tourism map … A decade or so ago, Interpol has listed Goa as an organised hub of such activities … This case is particularly disturbing because of its sheer audacity. The duo operated a registered orphanage and a lot of this was run on money sent in by well-meaning foreign donors. Click here.

Sex abuse Brits jailed in India
20 Mar: The Telegraph (UK). Two British men, Allan Waters and Duncan Grant have been jailed for six years in India for sexually abusing boys at a homeless children's shelter (Bombay). The shelter's Indian manager William D'souza was found guilty of aiding and abetting the men and given three years … the boys frequently went to Goa "on holiday" with Grant's friends … Grant also ran children's charities in Tanzania. 1342 words. Click here.
For a fuller account of the allegations click here and follow the “Related Links” Click here.

British Couples Travel to India in Search of Surrogates
20 Mar: The Guardian (UK). Ethics under scrutiny as would-be parents are enticed by lower costs and relaxed laws. 1280 words. Click here.

India’s Call-Centre Staff Tune in to Decadence
20 Mar: Sunday Times (UK) … According to senior police officers and pollsters Indian call centre staff are also leading a social revolution against traditional Indian values by having extramarital affairs and taking party drugs. Click here.

India to Unveil Steps on Rupee Convertibility Within Days
20 Mar. Reuters. India said on Monday its central bank would announce steps on rupee convertibility within days, in what could lead to the country's biggest economic development since embarking on reforms in the early 1990s. Greater convertibility would cut delays in foreign exchange transactions. It could also lift restrictions on how much private individuals can take abroad, allow the rupee greater freedom of movement and enhance foreign investors' access to India's banks and debt market. 756 words. Click here.

India launches hand-washing campaign
22 Mar: Times of India. India has launched a hand-washing campaign to motivate people to adopt "better cleanliness practices" and avoid diseases like diarrhoea that claims thousands of lives every year … Click here.

DSK to undertake real estate projects in the United States & Goa
23 Mar: New Real estate player D S Kulkarni Developers Limited would build up 40 condominiums and 32 bungalows in the New Jersey and New York … the condominiums and bungalows would be aimed at migrated people … The company is also looking at United Arab Emirates, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa, sources said. Click here.

India: TV channels asked to apologise for sleazy songs
23 Mar: NewIndPress. TV channels in India may have to run apology scrolls on the lines of school punishments. Channel V, B4U Music, Balle Balle Music, MTV Music, iTV Music and MH1 were pulled up for broadcasting what were deemed as sleazy songs … Click here.


Readers of the Goan Voice (UK) who have watched recent TV programmes like Planet Earth will find articles on Goanet by Rahul Alvares equally fascinating. This environmentalist edits the Creepy Times and illustrates his fearless disposition towards some pretty deadly creatures as though they were his pets.

The murder of Fr Eusebio Ferrao at his official residence in Macazana has been reported and commented on in considerable detail. Two men have now been charged with the murder to which they seem to have confessed but the motive for the crime is very much a mystery.

A fascinating account titled Memories of Another Panjim: The Old Town had a Charm by Isabel da Santa Rita Vaz is well worth reading. Apart from the article itself, there are favourable responses to the article.

The Lusitanian Impact by Antonio Menezes provides many historical insights during the Portuguese presence of 451 years in Goa. Readers are provided many details of unusual historical practices and events over the period.

A film on London's Bengali Diaspora is discussed in some detail on Goanet. The film aims to make other communities more aware of the Bengali cultural heritage and the history of the Bengali contribution on national and international platforms.

Is there really an athletics drought in India as claimed by V.M. de Malar on Goanet? Find out why this writer appears to be so despondent about the prospects of Indian sportspersons in international events like the current Commonwealth Games.

Finally, for a truly adventurous story, read about the journey by road from the UK to India by Mike Fernandes and his friend Vince Vela. The journey took 37 days and there are fascinating details of the many exciting encounters on the road. A travel book by Mike is likely to be produced soon.

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Sat. 25/3: BBC2: 9.10pm (65mins) A Night on Brick lane
Double bill of programmes about the culturally dynamic Brick Lane area of London’s East End. Engaging documentary that tells the story of a district that for 500 years has attracted successive waves of immigrants seeking a place of refuge, but which also has been a place of intolerance.

Sat. 25/3: BBC 2: 10.05pm (65mins) Banglatown Banquet
Touching and humourous drama about a Bangladeshi woman in her 50’s who annoys her husband by taking self -improvement classes and is then left with the prospect of divorce when he brings home a new and very pregnant wife.

Sat.25/3: BBC 4: 11.20pm (50mins ) Bollywood Shorts
Four films interpreting modern British life in an innovative Bollywood style.

Sat. 25/3: UKTV Food: 9.00pm (60mins)
How to prepare a tiffin box.

Mon. 27/3: Channel 4: 8.00pm (60mins) Dispatches: Living With Illegals.
With the Government announcing a further toughening-up of our immigration laws, filmmaker Sorious Samura goes undercover and lives alongside people who are prepared to undertake perilous journeys and scavenge to survive, in the pursuit of a better way of life in the UK.

Wed. 29/3: BBC 3 12.30am (55mins) Stick Thin in India.
Documentary about the rise of anorexia in India. Amanda Burrell travels to Mumbai to find out why and sees if there are lessons we can learn from India about eating disorders in Britain.

Wed. 29/3: BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA
Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Saira Khan (ex -Apprentice) tries her hand at being an Asian club promoter, plus behind the scenes at Miss India UK and a look at the work of two authors writing about erotic literature. Music from electro-pop band Freeform Five.

Fri. 31/3: BBC1: 9.00pm (60mins) Hustle
Drama series. Sweat shop owner Kulvinder has been a constant source of misery in the Asian community. In this colourfully complex case with the glamorous grifters, can the team use his love of Bollywood films to gain revenge on behalf of a team member’s friend?

Fri. 31/3: Channel 5: 9.00pm (60mins) The 1970’s: That Was The Decade That Was
Documentary looks at the atmosphere of the 1970s: how Britain went bust; society became divided; and racism was on the rise.

Fri. 31/3: UKTV Bright Ideas: 4:00pm (30mins), Delhi Belly
Indian party food.


Sun. 26/3: BBC Radio 4: 3.00pm (60mins) Classic serial: A House for Mr. Biswas.
V.S. Naipaul’s masterpiece, set in Trinidad, depicts the life of an ordinary Hindu man struggling to overcome circumstances and fulfill his destiny – his main obstacle, being his formidable mother in law.


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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