Newsletter. Issue 2006-13. Mar. 30, 2006
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Cyrila Pereira: Best Party Organiser Award
14 Feb: The Stage. Excerpt: Stage Party organiser and editorial office manager Cyrila Pereira was among the winners at this year's Fringe Report Awards, picking up the prize for Best Party Organiser. She collected the prize from Fringe Report editor John Park for her work on the new year event, held annually at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. For full text and another photograph click here.
Cyrila was born in Mombasa, the daughter of Maria Josephina Da Silva and the late Rosario Da Silva. She was a teacher at the Star of the Sea School before the entire family (she has 7 sisters and 4 brothers) moved to London. She is married to Tony Pereira and they live in Croydon

UK: Ashley Braganza: Too many IT projects neglecting end users
22 Mar: IT Week. Ashley Braganza reckons too many IT projects are ignoring change management issues. 937 words. Click here.
Ashley Braganza, is a senior lecturer at the Cranfield School of Management. He is also the director of Nexus, a forum for senior managers to talk about project, process, knowledge and change management issues. He traces his Goan roots to Mapuca. He grew up in Calcutta, Ottawa & London.

Toronto: 25 March: Tabla Ensemble with Joanna de Souza
24 Mar: The Globe and Mail. M-DO/Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Maryem Tollar and Friends in Concert. Toronto's own brilliant Arabic/jazz chanteuse creates South Asian fusion with Ritesh Das (tabla) and Joanna de Souza (kathak dance). Tomorrow, 8 p.m. $15. M-DO/Toronto Tabla Ensemble Centre for World Music and Dance, 416-306-0332.
For the Toronto Tabla Ensemble website with stills, videoclips and more, see
Joanna de Souza is married to Ian, the son of Norbert and brother of Kevin (Montreal), all from the distinguished Kampala musical family.

Toronto: Hamilton Dias: Standing up to racial bullying
24 Mar: Toronto Star. Students must get involved when they see other kids being taunted or bullied at school about their race said Hamilton Dias and four fellow students who won awards for their essays on how to prevent racial harassment. …
"Some people think bullying is just part of growing up and a way for young people to learn to stick up for themselves," Dias, 16, a Grade 11 Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School student, wrote in his essay. Dias, whose family moved to Canada from India when he was 14, later said he didn't seek help to deal with the schoolyard bullies who mocked his accent and clothing. "Now I would never let it happen to other people...when more students start getting involved, the bullies will go away." 626 words. Click here.

What was it worth 10 years ago?
25 Mar: Financial Times … Works by Francis Newton Souza - who died a pauper - now easily fetch £50,000, more than 10 times their 2000 prices …

Souza at Sotheby’s New York Sale
30 Mar: Daily News & Analysis. Sotheby's New York spring sale on 29 Mar. set new records … a 1960's canvas by F.N. Souza, "The Pope and his Nephews", sold for $508,000. The painting was estimated at $200,000-300,000. Click here.

Souza to feature at Singapore art auction
30 Mar: … Souza's 1951 head done in the quasi-cubist semi-Picasso style. Estimated at $125,000-150,000, this work echoes a single series that Souza had done of a number of heads. Click here.

Frank Bruno: KO'd by a manic mind
26 Mar: Sunday Herald Sun (Australia). Excerpts: Britain's former world heavyweight champion, Frank Bruno tells how the end of his career marked the beginning of a slide into a terrifying mental illness … The man in charge of helping me recover was Dr Stephen Pereira, one of the best psychiatrists in the country. He tried to explain to me how ill I was … "You can stay here, Frank," Dr Pereira said. "I want you to get well and I want you to help us to do that." 2321 words.
For a photograph and brief details of Dr Pereira click here.

Manuel D’Souza and the Mystery of Tanzanite Discoverers
26 March 2006. Sunday News (Tanzania). Excerpts: A ‘discoverer’, frequently mentioned by mineral dealers is that of Manuel D’Souza … Confusing the matter even further are those people who claim that Manuel D’Souza, a tailor, was led to a deposit of blue stones by Maasai tribesmen … Tanzania Mineral Dealers Association national chairman, Mr Sammy Mollel, says credit should go to D’Souza … Mr Daniel Saitore Kaaya who was a village leader for the area at that time swears that it was Mr. Juu ya Watu who made the discovery, with Mr D’Souza exposing it to Mr John Saul, who then took it to Mr Henry Platt of Tiffany and Co, the US company which named the new gem ‘tanzanite’. Full text, 827 words at
For a Goan Voice UK profile of Manuel D’Souza click here.

Kenya: The DeSouzas of Visit Africa Ltd.
29 Mar: Kenya Times. Michio and Masayo Hiraiwa are the renowned Japanese wildlife photographer team are father and daughter who visit Kenya many times every year and publish their work annually … The managing director of Visit Africa Limited, Lewis DeSouza, the firm’s sales and marketing director, Antoinette DeSouza, and the director of operations, Heather DeSouza say of the Hiraiwas: “It is our great pleasure to welcome such wonderful friends to Kenya … ” And Michio and Masayo say. “Mr DeSouza and his team have always accorded us a perfect welcome … They are real professional.” For a photograph of the DeSouzas and full text click here.

Scotland Yard & CBI Investigate al-Qaeda Links of 2 UK Goans
30 Mar: Mumbai Mirror. Scotland Yard sleuths are in India investigating two Indians found trying to sell innovative explosive materials to al-Qaeda operatives in London. … According to them, Dominique Martins and Roque Fernandes, two Goans had met one Bishop Rodrigues and Abdurahman Kanyare and were discussing a transaction of an explosive material called ‘Red Mercury’ … Unknown to them, British intelligence MI 6 had been tapping their phones and the police arrested them. Initially, the police suspected that Martin and Fernandes were Portuguese nationals, but soon learnt that they were originally Indians from Goa who had obtained Portuguese citizenship. 637 words. Click here.
At the time of their arrest they were described as Roque Flaviano Fernandes, 43, of De Havilland Road, Edgware, London, Dominic Agnelo Martins, 44, of Du Cros Drive, Stanmore, London and Abdurahman Kanyare, 52, of Milling Road, Edgware, London. For further information click here.

UK: New Event Listings
Sun. 2 Jul. Aldona Association (UK)
Sat. 15 Jul: Croydon. Sat. 29 Jul: Swindon. Sun. 30 Jul. Wembley, Konkani Dramatic Association Tiatr "Tumchea Moga Passot"
For full details of these and other events see


29 Mar: Bexleyheath, Kent. JOSEPH PEREIRA (ex Mombasa). Brother of Anthony/late Josephine. Funeral details to follow.

29 Mar: Nuvem, Goa. ROSALIA QUADROS ALBUQUERQUE (Born 1921). Wife of late Faustino. Mother of Olivia/Kamal, Zita/Edmundo, Christopher/Matuzinha, Newton/Sally (UK), Aurita/late Victor, Branca/Mathias, Morris/Bela Jenny, late Wilma/late Shyam, Rocky/Conceicao, Willy/Doreen.

28 Mar: Panjim, Goa. EMIRA MENEZES. (nee Carvalho, ex-Mombasa). Wife of Angelo. Mother of Norvin. Sister of Ninfa Ribeiro (Mombasa), Milas Maidens (UK) and Maura Carvalho (UK). Condolences to Info from Maureen de Souza, Mombasa. Info from Maureen de Souza, Mombasa.

28 Mar: Velim, Goa. PHILIP NERY ANDRADE. (born 1921) Husband of Rubina. Father of Ramesh/Judy (UK), Pamela/Edgar, Tessy/Gurudutt, Selva/Willy.

25 Mar. Karachi. DR. ARCHE DE SOUZA (ex-Vicar General). Dr. de Souza struggled for the welfare of the Roman Catholic Community, [Info from Pakistan Press International Information Services]

25 Mar: Vasco, Goa. BRIGIDA BIBIANA DIAS (born 1930). Wife of late Jose Antonio. Mother of Caitano/Violet, Conceicao/Helen (Ireland), Augusto/late Milagrina, Peter/Natasha (London), Adolf, Teofilo and Inacio.

21 Mar. London. JULIO SEVERO SEQUEIRA NAZARETH. Beloved husband of Carmita. Loving father of Oscar. Son/son-in-law of late Alfredo/Palmira Borges, late Carlos Noronha/Filomena. Brother/brother-in-law of Luis/Nina, Carlos/Michelle, Jose Manuel/Mayalin, Augusta/Fernando Monte da Silva & Armando. Uncle of Elodie, Carlos, Cyrus, Ana Paula, Alexandra, Ashlesha, Fernando, Gabriella & David.


Looking for Mrs. Carmelina Pereira-Fernandes, wife of late Jeronimo Fernandes (ex Nairobi) who left for UK in the 1970’s. Sister of Rosada Pereira, (ex Mimhambale, Mozambique). If anyone knows Carmelina or her children, please contact Joaquim Ferreira-Fernandes (Rosada’s son) at tel 0208 459 8356 (evenings).

Looking For: The Salvation Army is seeking to locate John Robert D'Silva, born on 27 December 1944 in Coonor, Nilgiris, South India. In 1960 he moved to the UK, was an Aeronautical Engineer and a Senior at Cambridge. He married Winn Margaret Myers and worked as ground staff for an Airline company. He is the father of Andrea, 33, and Steven, 36. If you have any info please contact


London to Mumbai or Delhi for £309 rtn
Depart 16 Apr to 30 Jun. For details click here.

You've got to get Goan
25 Mar. Daily Star (UK). Excerpts: Goa is a soft option for visiting India. There's everything you would expect (wildly driven taxis, spicy scents and bargains) without the poverty or endemic Delhi belly … The beaches come alive at night with dancing and partying going on well into the early hours. There's something for everyone in Goa. Good beaches, good food, amazing wildlife at a laid-back pace and for half the price of staying in Europe. No wonder so many go to Goa. 920 words. Click here.

Holiday Bargains
25 Mar: The Mirror (UK). For a sunnier spot try Goa. There are direct flights from Manchester or Gatwick on April 13 and 14 for a seven-night stay at the two-star Colonia de Braganza. Rooms have a bedroom and living room with beds for the children. Only £399pp adults and £299 per child. Contact Goa Away on 0870 890 7800 or visit
Holiday Hot Spots
26 Mar: The People (UK). Goa, 14nts, r/o, Apr 19, £344, Gatwick, Cosmos, 0870 443 1823 or
30 Mar. The Times (UK). An all-inclusive on the other side of the world is available with Odyssey Holidays. Fly from Gatwick on April 22 and a week at the four-star Resort Sun Village near the popular town of Baga, Goa, costs Pounds 469, a saving of Pounds 305. Tel 0870 4295090

Govt. finalises tourism master plan
27 Mar: The Hindu. A piece of good news for Goa lovers. It is no more a State of just beaches, temples and churches. Soon, the Government will enter into a tie-up with private sector to add water sports, adventure sports and eco-tourism to tourist packages. 407 words. Click here.


Budweiser to acquire Arlem Breweries in Goa?
24 Mar. St. Louis Business Journal. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., manufacturer of Budweiser is engaged in formal negotiations with Crown Breweries in Hyderabad and is also speaking with Arlem Breweries in Goa and other brewers in India. Click here.

Priest’s murder: More questions crop up
26 Mar: Herald. It’s a week now since the Parish Priest of Macazana, Fr Eusebio Ferrao was done to death brutally, but the story forwarded by the police over the dastardly killing has thrown up more questions than answers. 367 words.
For the latest developments click here.

Kashmiris in Goa being maltreated
27 Mar: Kashmiri Media Services. Goa is not friendly to Kashmiris, who are here to earn their livelihoods, after migrating from occupied Kashmir in the wake of Indian troops heightened state-terrorism in the held territory. Kashmiris' businesses in Goa range from carpet vendors to jewelers. They are looked down upon and kept under constant watch of the police. Click here.

India to abandon all currency controls
27 Mar: Irish Sun: As India's economy grows strongly, the government says it is planning to end all controls on its currency. The move is expected to boost confidence and increase investment in the country … In July, a central bank panel will unveil a road map to end controls on the rupee. Officials say it will be done in phases and complete convertibility may still be three years away. Click here.

Is Goa a safe haven for criminals?
27 Mar: Herald. Is Goa — more particularly the cosmopolitan Margao — a safe hideout for criminals? Yes indeed, remarked a Kerala police officer who was here to take custody of the six contract killers taking shelter in the State after committing two murders back home. A glance at the crime chart of the last fortnight of the current month is enough indication that Margao and its neighbourhood do offer a sanctuary for criminals without coming under the scanner of the law enforcing agencies.

UN urges Goa to end plans for HIV tests on couples
28 Mar: Financial Times (UK). The head of the United Nations Aids programme in India on Monday urged the state of Goa to abandon controversial plans to force marrying couples to undergo compulsory testing for HIV. The legislation would make Goa the first state in India, which is estimated to have more than 5m people with HIV/Aids, to require premarital testing. Dayanand Narvekar, the state’s health minister, has said the law would be amended in the July session. 622 words. Click here.

Clinton calls for mandatory AIDS testing while UN discourages Goa
29 Mar. News Medical Net (Australia). Bill Clinton is suggesting that mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS be used in countries with high infection rates and the means to provide lifesaving drugs … Meanwhile the United Nations is urging the state of Goa to abandon controversial plans to force marrying couples to undergo compulsory testing for HIV. 608 words. Click here.

Don Bosco to celebrate 60 yrs in Goa
28 Mar: Herald. Don Bosco’s, Panjim is arguably Goa’s best educational campus. The progress of the Salesians since they first set foot here in 1946 can at the least be described as historic. And, reason enough to call for a celebration.

Cong MP fans stir against Goa airport
30 Mar: Business Standard. Former Goa Chief Minister Churchill Alemao has taken it upon himself to mobilise people against proposed Mopa airport in north Goa … Alemao has been arguing that the greenfield airport in (north) Goa will cause closure of the airport in Dabolin. He is said to have the support of hoteliers from south Goa. Click here.

Cricket ODI: Water bottles banned
30 Mar: Herald. In this scorching heat the Goa Cricket Association has banned the water bottles and food being taken into the stadium by spectators during the third India-England One-Day International, to be played on Monday April 3.


Kenya: Makhan Singh: The man who refused to keep quiet
24 Mar. Nation. Few, if any, will recall the massive contribution to the independence struggle made by Makhan Singh … Few, if any, modern Kenyans will recall members of the South Asian community such as … FRS DeSouza, Pio Gama Pinto and others who made huge sacrifices and personal contributions to the struggle for independence. With the launch of her biography of Makhan Singh a week ago, Zarina Patel took a significant step towards righting this wrong… 2659 words. Click here.

A Moment With…Claudia Roden
24 Mar: Moment Magazine (USA). Cairo-born Claudia Roden’s first cookbook, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, published in 1968, was described by James Beard as a “landmark in the field of cookery.” … Question: Have you come across anything that surprises you about Jewish cooking? Answer: In Goa, I found Jewish dishes from Syria and Iraq that were mixed with Indian and Portuguese traditions! As it turned out, they were influenced by Jews from Portugal who arrived during the Inquisition. I have learned that for every recipe there are sometimes two or three cultures that have come together to create it. Click here.

Pillow talk Graham Norton, the Weekend's agony aunt
25 Mar. The Daily Telegraph (UK). “X” writes. I am a 35-year-old single man, born and brought up in the UK. Both my parents emigrated from Goa in the 1960s … My sisters are happily married … My parents, who are Catholic, are desperate for me to get married … The problem is: I am gay.
Graham advises: … Coming out is never easy, no matter what culture you have grown up in, but you are 35 years old and live in an urban area. Everyone deserves to live with the truth … Click here.

Jean Ames: In search of her Goan connection. By Franky Gracias.
26 Mar: Herald. It took Jean Ames, 64, from England over 20 years to know why her skin is brown … she discovered that her Irish grandmother had been forced to marry a Goan by the nuns of a convent in Agra … Jean learnt of her Goan origin from her mother who revealed to her that her real surname was Gonsalves …
In 1994, Jean visited Goa for the first time and launched her search. Yesterday she was handed the baptism certificate of her grandfather. Jean’s perseverance has finally paid off. 511 words.

Our baby joy, by test-tube tourists who flew to India. By Amelia Gentleman
26 Mar: The Observer. Excerpts: After 18 years of trying for a child Wendy and Brian Duncan flew to Mumbai and came back pregnant with an Indian baby. She had asked doctors in India to implant four donated embryos … Websites advertising Indian clinics have enticed couples to India where treatment is cheaper, quicker and less tightly governed than in the UK … At his Assisted Conception Unit, Hrishikeh Pai said his foreign clientele was growing so fast he planned to open a second clinic in Goa, so Europeans could take a beach holiday during treatment. Medical tourism of all kinds is forecast to become a $2.3bn business in India by 2012 … 948 words. Click here.

Videoclip: India: Female foeticide
29 Mar: BBC News. Why many baby girls are unwanted in India. 2m.59s. Click here.

London: Cheap Eats 2006
29 Mar: Time Out (London). Chowki. This 'Indian Wagamama' in central London showcases three regional cuisines every month. In April, prepare to navigate your way around Goa, Lucknow and India's north-west frontier. Chowki, 2-3 Denman St, W1D 7HA (020 7439 1330). Open Mon-Sun 12noon-11.30pm.

Hong Kong: Veda is serving the cuisine of Goa
30 Mar: South China Morning Post. Veda on Arbuthnot Road is serving the cuisine of Goa until the end of next month. The menu includes Goan vegetable and lime broth, pan-fried prawn piri-piri with chilli and toddy vinegar, seasonal vegetable vindaloo pie, and warm bibinca coconut and jaggery cake. Bookings: 2868 5885.

Travel Snaps
30 Mar: The Sydney Morning Herald. India … On the train to Goa we met a local couple who took us to Verushka's, a restaurant serving traditional Goan cuisine, such as seafood, frogs and ox tongue.

Gerard da Cunha Builds Steel Company Town as an Oasis. By Frederick Noronha
30 Mar: Environment News Service. Some 30 kilometers from Hampi, architect Gerard da Cunha has moulded a piece of arid soil into a scenic township. 973 words. Click here.

Surgical Operation in India end misery
30 Mar: Redditch Advertiser (Worcs, UK). David Rogers, 62, was told by the NHS he was too overweight for the double hip and knee replacements he desperately needed has had life-changing surgery in India. 548 words. Click here.

Promote health tourism in Goa
30 Mar: Herald. Goa should focus on promoting planned medical tourism according to the professionals in the tourism and health sector. Demerg Systems India, a company offering web-based solutions, today organised a convention at Panjim titled 'New avenues for tourism in Goa'. 399 words.


Further to the reported murder of Fr Eusebio and the apprehension of two suspects, Goanet has had a profusion of reactions to the murder. A few have wanted to be 'judge, jury and executioner' including "public execution by crucifixion upside down, stoning and harvesting of vital organs." Indeed the Old Testament was used to justify this bizarre proposal. Others took the view that the matter was entirely for the courts to determine. At the same time, a lot of discussion has taken place on the death penalty.

Controversy has emerged on proposed legislation in Goa, to make HIV/AIDS testing compulsory for those planning to get married. Do visit Goanet to note the range of opinions on this issue. If the legislation were to be enacted, apparently, Goa would be the first Indian state to legislate in this manner.

Goan Voice (UK) readers are probably aware of the extent of home-schooling in the UK and the USA. However, several inquiries on Goanet have asked how prevalent home-schooling is in Goa.

For those GV(UK) readers keen to know about protocols and customs at the time of marriage, an interesting account by Domnic Fernandes spells out the fascinating ritual in considerable detail.

What does "Kokno" really mean? Is it a derogatory term or an endearing one in Konkani usage for a Hindu? Find out more about this matter on Goanet.

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Fri. 31/4. Channel 5: 9.00pm. (60 mins). That Was The Decade That Was
Documentary about the 1970s … how Britain went bust; society became divided; and racism was on the rise.

Mon. 3/4: Sky Sports 1: 6.00am LIVE (390mins) International One Day Cricket
India v England in Margao Goa, at the Nehru Stadium..

Tue. 4/4. Travel Channel 5:00pm (30mins). Seychelles.
A look at the Seychelles which have been attractive long-distance destinations for many years.

Wed. 5/4: BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA
Reports on high fashion in Pakistan and the story of an exiled king of Punjab. Music from Karen David


2/4. BBC Radio 4: 3.00pm (60mins) Afternoon Play: A House for Mr Biswas
Concluding V.S.Naipaul's masterpiece about a Hindu man trying to overcome circumstances and fulfil his destiny.

3/4 BBC Radio 4 (LW) and BBC Radio Five Live. 04:29am (466mins) Cricket from Goa
Ball-by-ball coverage from the third one day international between India and England in Goa.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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

Sat. 22 Apr. Ruby Hockey Tournament at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1QW. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Glyn Albuquerque 020 – 8680 2401

Sun. 23 Apr. G.O.A. Forum. Meeting to discuss the Future Direction of the Association at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 2.00pm

Sun. 30 Apr. Ruby Singles Snooker Tournament. Entries by email to: Felix Pereira

Sun.7 May. . Ruby Goan Nostalgia - Cultural Show at Archbishop Lanfranc School at 3pm (gates will open at 2pm). Tickets: £5 adults, £2 children 8-13yrs. Food & drink will be on sale. contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022


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