Newsletter. Issue 2007-23. Jun. 07, 2007
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From Eddie Fernandes. I will be away from base from 11-18 June inclusive and do not expect to be able to check email or the Internet. Urgent messages can be sent to Bernie Gracias, who will arrange for them to be posted on the website.
The next issue of the newsletter will be short and sent out on Thursday 14 June 2007.


Micato: The Pinto Family
27 May: The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois, USA. Liz Wheeler is now chief operations officer for Micato Safaris … Felix Pinto, who founded Micato Safaris in 1966, is a Kenyan of Indian descent. He also is a highly regarded businessman. His wife, Jane, is a well-known sports figure, having represented Kenya in table tennis championships around the world. Their children, Dennis and Anastasia, are accomplished as well, and are strong assets to the company, Wheeler says, as is Dennis' wife, Joy Phelan-Pinto. Dennis and Joy live in New York … For information on Micato Safaris, visit
For a link to the text of the article, 1059 words, click here.
For a photograph of the Pinto family click here.
For a brief profile of Dennis Pinto click here.

Portland, OR, USA: Fr Agnelo Gomes
31 May: Catholic Sentinel, OR, USA. The Archdiocese of Portland has announced new assignments to take effect July 2. Pilar Father Agnelo Gomes is leaving the archdiocese after serving as pastor at St. Charles in Northeast Portland … He was born in 1965 in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended seminary high school and seminary in Goa, India, where he was ordained in 1994. Father Gomes arrived in the Portland Archdiocese in 1997.

Portland, OR, USA: Fr Maxy D’Costa
… Pilar Father Maxy D’Costa has accepted assignment as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie. He was ordained a priest of the Society of Pilar in 1996 … He has been serving as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Parish, Milwaukie since July of 2005.

UK: Keith Noronha: Reynolds is pedalling back to the glory days
31 May: Birmingham Post, UK. Bicycle manufacturing has fallen foul of the rise in cheap foreign labour … Reynolds Cycle Technology has manufactured bicycle tubing in Birmingham since 1898 … Managing director Keith Noronha said: "Reynolds 953 is such an advanced material, not even the aircraft industry has started working with it yet … Mr Noronha said bicycles made from the firm's Birmingham-made tubing retail at between £2,000 to £4,000. 815 words.
Click here.

[Keith Noronha was born in Nairobi (1955) studied at St Mary's School Nairobi and Queen Mary College London 1975-78. He married Barbara in 1982 and they have one daughter, Tanya. Keith is the son of John Francis (died 2003) and Marcia (died 1986).

UK: Vanessa Fernandes: Wimbledon pupils are rocketing to success
1 Jun: Wimbledon Guardian. Olivia Edwards, Sophie Garrett and Vanessa Fernandes of Wimbledon High School were given the chance to build and launch a rocket, as part of their technology day. For a photograph of them, click here.

UK: Neil D’Souza’s Small Miracle Transfers to Tricycle Theatre
1 Jun: Broadway World, NY. Neil D’Souza’s new play Small Miracle, which receives its world premiere at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre on 1 June, will transfer to the Tricycle Theatre from Tuesday 19 June (press night). When Sadie, her mother, Hindu step-father and grandmother arrive at the caravan park of a religious shrine in rural Ireland, a series of increasingly weird events take place. 564 words. Click here.

Hockey: Nairobi: Goan Inst 0 Parklands 0
2 Jun: Daily Nation. Goan Institute athletic form was of no value to their players as they were forced to a goalless draw by Parklands Sports Club. Goan Institute made numerous chances but they will have to blame for not converting them. Click here.

Mississauga, Canada: Learning about Mangalore
3 Jun: The Mississauga News. The culture, history and food of the Indian city of Mangalore were on display yesterday at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School, is reporting … The event began with the Canadian and Indian national anthems while Carol Lobo, Jason D’Souza, Leandra Pinto and Michelle Fernandes emceed. Click here.

Ontario: Jeremy Dias honoured For Outstanding Leadership and Initiative
4 Jun: Canada NewsWire. Role Models for Tomorrow's Community Leaders. Eleven young people will receive Ontario's most prestigious award for young volunteers on June 9. The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers was created in 1998 to recognize the outstanding contributions of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 to improve the quality of life in Ontario and internationally through volunteer activities. The recipients of the award are … Jeremy Dias of Ottawa who has set up a scholarship awarded for combating discrimination, especially those affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered communities … Click here.
For a brief profile of Jeremy Dias and to check his website, click here.

UK: Swindon: Jasmina Fernandez: We're not a bunch of silly burgers
5 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. … More than 3,500 people are employed in restaurants in Swindon, and for some of them the job was their first point of contact with British culture. Jasmina Fernandez arrived in Swindon five years ago when her family came here from Goa. The 23-year-old shift manager at McDonald’s spoke little English when she took on a job as a crew member. Jasmina, from Ferndale Road, said: "The job really helped me to integrate here and I learned to improve my English through daily contact with customers. There was regular training and I found plenty of opportunities to move upwards and get more management qualifications." For text, 460 words and photograph click here.

UK: Mignon Johnson: Goan Pork Vindalho for Harrods?
6 Jun: Economic Times, India. Somerset-based caterer Mignon Johnson says she’s “very excited” about inquiries from top retailers like Harrods for her bottled pickles and chutneys after her Goan pork vindalho recipe shot to fame … Text, 900 words, Click here.
Mignon Johnson (nee Pinto) traces her Goan roots to Porvorim. Check out her website, for details of her catering services and photograph.

Video: Want to settle in the UK? Earn it!
7 Jun: CNN-IBN, India. The British government plans to introduce a point-based system for migrants and the country wants to simplify the immigration and citizenship law … Says Member of Parliament, Leicester East, Keith Vaz, "I can't quite understand it … But after all, these are only proposals, these are his views and we all have a chance to comment on these proposals over the next few months, before the government finally comes to a conclusion." 1m. 32s. Click here.

Halifax, Canada: Patricia Rozario adds voice to contemporary composers
7 Jun: The Halifax Herald … Rozario was born in Bombay but her cultural roots are European, as is Portuguese society in Goa where her father comes from. The fact that her father worked for Alitalia Airlines gave him and his immediate family ready access to England … At 18 her father wanted her to come home and settle down. "But after a year with my singing teacher he said to my father, ‘You can’t take her back. You have to let her say to study and make a career.’ … Then, as fate would have it, I met my future husband — pianist Mark Troop. The family gave him thumbs down." … At tonight’s sixth Highlight Concert, she will sing Part’s L’abbe Agathon for Soprano and Eight Cellos. On the fourth and last Music Room Recital Saturday (June 9), Rozario sings lieder by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Henri Duparc, Jonathan Dove and Benjamin Britten, with pianist Charles Owen. For text, 593 words and photo click here.
For the GVUK Patricia Rozario supplement click here.

Tony Fernandes: Proletariat Capitalist
18 Jun: Forbes. Volume 179 Issue 13. Tony Fernandes revolutionized Asia's airline industry by introducing the region's first low-cost carrier. Now he's plotting more insurgencies in hostelry and banking … Born in Malaysia, Fernandes spent most of his childhood in the U.K., where he lived near an airport. After graduating from the London School of Economics he worked for two years as an accountant for Richard Branson's Virgin Records … 1532 words. Click here.


28 May: Margao, Goa. VINCENTINA BAPTISTA (Born 1923). Wife of late Miguel. Mother of Antonetta/late Jose Francisco, Clara/Diogo, Noemi, Alberto/Conchita (Canada), Succorina/Olympio (Canada), Alecin/Erlito (Canada).

1 Jun: Nairobi, Kenya. FRED DESOUZA. ( ex Caltex Oil). Uncle of Suria DeSouza (Dubai) & Julie DeCosta of Salcette, Goa.
Funeral will take place on Sat 2 Jun. Mass at Chapel of the Little Sisters at 7.30 am followed by burial at the Langata cemetery at 12.00. [Info from Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]

4 Jun: Parra, Goa. LIBORIO BAPTISTA DE SOUZA (Ex Beira, Mocambique). Husband of Jane. Father of Reginaldo (Rico) / Ena (Saudi) and Roberto/Anita. Brother of late Claudina/late Basil, Marta/late Emanuel (Portugal), Lourdes/late Edwin (Portugal), Romana/late William (England).

4 Jun: Bombay. CYNTHIA PINTO. Wife of late Dr Ivan Pinto. Mother of Ralph/Susan; Dr Robin/Cheryl; Maya/Viren. Sister of Julio, Edgar and George Rebeiro.

5 Jun: Saligao, Goa. EMILY LUIZA SEQUEIRA. (Prop. Green House Bar, Saligao). Wife of Anton Caitan. Mother of Anita / Frank D’Souza, Amfrid / Jovita, Atila / Glen Ebnett, Arnold / Amelia.

UK: Francis Menezes Memorial Mass: Sat. 9 June
A memorial Mass for FRANCIS MENEZES will be held on Sat 9 June, at St. Ignatius Church, 27 High Road, Stamford Hill, London N15 6ND at 2 p.m. (Note revised time). The Mass will be followed by a reception at the Church hall to celebrate Frank's life and share memories. The church is at the corner of St. Ann's Road, N.15 and the High Road, and there is very limited parking. The nearest Underground station is Seven Sisters (Victoria Line). Stamford Hill and Seven Sisters main line stations are on the Liverpool Street to Enfield Town and within walking distance of the church. Enquiries to: Alexandra at
For the website of the Church click here.


Video: Russian mafia hijacks FDI norms to grab Goa land
31 May: CNN-IBN, India. The blatant misuse of the FDI route by Russian nationals to snap up prime land in Goa has become a cause of concern and even a security threat. CNN-IBN uncovers how, for a price, Goan politicians and lawyers are allowing the Russian mafia to break the law and breach national security. 2m. 11s. Click here.

Melbourne: This is going for Goa
2 Jun: Herald-Sun, Melbourne. Indian studies professors Marika Vicziany and Oliver Mendelsohn are giving up their house in Armadale for one in Goa. "I've been working on Goa for 33 years and Oliver for even longer. We will buy something central and smaller in Melbourne as well.” 231 words.

Treat us fair, say foreigners settled in Goa
2 Jun: Daily News & Analysis, India. Foreigners in Goa, watchful and bemused during election time, feel that while the polls in the state are free but not very fair, all they want is for the political parties who come to power to leave them alone … the grouse is over the continuous backlash of foreigners for buying property … Indians have settled all over the planet and own property in most countries the world … “Goa is beautiful and friendly, but being hassled for buying a house makes me feel very unwelcome.” 487 words.

Now your dream house comes with fancy interiors
2 Jun: Rediff, India. Rosedale NRI Complex, coming up in Kolkata, is a unique project. Built by NRIs, for NRIs (only 25 per cent of the flats are up for sale to locals), all 504 apartments at Rosedale come fitted out with modular kitchens, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, chimney, air-conditioners and wardrobes in the bedroom … Realtech's two soon-to-be-launched developments in Goa, which again will be fully furnished, will fall in this segment. These condominiums will be projected as holiday homes in Goa for Delhiites, making them fall in the same part-hospitality segment as Rosedale. Click here.

Sunshine or profit?
2 Jun: The Northern Echo, UK. Over two-fifths of Britons are interested in buying a property abroad … Developing countries outside Europe can also offer good investment opportunities. The beach haven of Goa in India, for instance, has great promise. Goa has toned down its hedonistic party reputation to appeal to international investors. Properties there rose by 25 per cent between 2004-2006 and are expected to rise 15-20 annually (check) per cent in the next five years. Where else in the world can you buy a quality property for less than six thousand pounds? The rental returns are set to be very strong, making it a great location for investors wanting to build themselves a property nest egg.

Old hippy haunt is the New Riviera
3 Jun: Mail on Sunday, UK. Double page photo spread. Excerpts: Estate agent Chantel Halai says foreign investors are rushing to buy property in Goa … Stanley D'Costa of Claremont Group says, “We had one British woman of Indian origin and she brought all her cousins and extended family with her and they bought 20 units.” … The Before you buy your holiday hideway section had advice for foreigners … Michaela Callaghan, 38, a British-born fashion executive who works in Kuwait, bought in Goa partly because of the soaring cost of property in London … “I have even thought about doing a bit of fashion business there,” she says. For full text, 1711 words click here.

Video: Goa, sold for a song
3 Jun: CNN-IBN. With Goa going to polls, CNN-IBN goes undercover to discover the danger Goa is in. Its land is being sold for a song. 5m.17s. Click here.

Go Goa!
3 Jun: The Economic Times. India. Nature is doing for Goa what IT did for places such as Bangalore and Hyderabad - send land prices soaring! This tiny coastal state has in recent years attracted lot of investment for holiday homes both by non-resident Goans (NRGs), NRIs and domestic buyers mainly from north India … According to real estate developers, nearly 75% of investments in Goa are by Indians living outside the state, looking for a holiday home. NRIs and PIOs constitute 15% of the demand, while remaining is from within Goa. 719 words. Click here.

BJP or Cong, Regional Plan to stage comeback
4 Jun: Indian Express. Regardless of which party comes to power in Goa after Saturday’s election, the state hopes to see large-scale urbanisation in the coming years as both the BJP and the Congress have broadly decided to implement the controversial Regional Plan 2011 …The Regional Plan, which allows complete opening up of Goa’s rural hinterland and even protected forests to real estate developers, was put on the backburner following large-scale protests … However, legal observers in Goa note that the Plan has never been scrapped, only delayed till an opportunity presented itself. 601 words. Click here.

Democracy Goan crazy. By Peter Ronald DeSouza
Prof DeSouza
6 Jun: Indian Express. … this election takes place at a crucial juncture in the history of Goa. All the land of Goa is at stake, not just because of the interests of big real estate developers in Goa, or even bigger national real estate groups, but also from the international mafia … the Goa that we know, where the time is always right for a siesta, is soon to be consigned to history … 752 words.

Claremont's founder up for award
7 Jun: Birmingham Post, UK. Perm Saini, founder of Birmingham-based property investment company Claremont Group, has been shortlisted in the First Women Awards … the winner will also be announced on June 12. Ms Saini, aged 42, broke through the property industry's traditional male monopoly after racking up a portfolio of 45 investment properties while she was actually on maternity leave … Claremont Group's most recent project is First Goa - a £100 million holiday resort in south Goa - which is its first development. It will include a five-star hotel with up to 500 villas and apartments, all offered for sale. 444 words.

Realty companies scout for JV overseas
7 Jun: The Economic Times, India. … Through its joint venture with Nakheel, India's largest real estate developer DLF is planning to invest $10 billion in two integrated townships spread across 40,000 acres. One of the townships will be located in Gurgaon while Goa has been identified as the location for the other. In the past three weeks, top DLF representatives have been meeting real estate firms in Thailand, Singapore and Germany to explore alliances. 365 words.


Dubai: Aerovista summer packages to Goa
30 May. Dubai-based charter operator Aerovista Group will be running fixed departure holiday flights for two months this summer from end-June. Flights go to Salalah, Aqaba, Antalya and Goa. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

If it rains, it’s gotta be Goa!
1 Jun: Daily News & Analysis, India. Lush green landscape, gurgling springs and fantastic hotel packages make a tempting proposition to head for the land of fun for a wet, wild weekend … The monsoon experience in Goa is unparalleled anywhere else in the country. There is something romantic about the rains in Goa - it's the cool climate, smell of nature, and the swaying coconut palms … 315 words.

Thomson in for the long haul
2 Jun: Daily Star, UK. Budget airline Thomsonfly is going for quality rather than quantity on its long-haul flights. Thirty-six seats have been removed from each of its Boeing 767s so passengers in economy will have 33 inches of legroom with 37 inches for Premium passengers … The new planes will fly to Goa from Gatwick and Manchester.

UAE: i2 offers summer travel package
3 Jun: AME. i2, the mobile phone provider is giving away round trip airline tickets [including Goa] to anyone buying a Nokia mobile phone bundle from them …The promotion will be rolled out in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. 344 words. See

Whatever happened to the hippies in Goa?
6 Jun: Gulf Weekly (Bahrain). The locals are still sometimes irked at what they see as the inconsiderate behaviour of some younger visitors … Francis Vaz, who works in a restaurant in Colva, explains how these people manage to make ends meet. “If a foreigner plays his cards right he can get by in the off-season with paying as little as the equivalent of $300 for the use of a little house with a garden and a moped.” … “We used to be poor and hippies brought us money so we were willing to put up with a lot,” said Celestino de Souza. 725 words. click here.


The company of bad men
2 Jun: New Indian Express, India. Traveling sex offenders are very much on the prowl at Indian tourist destinations. On May 9, Richard Borodig, a British national was arrested at Anjuna Beach, Goa … “Spend a night on the town with kids from Britain and Bombay in Baga” is a line in Lonely Planet, a travel guide shows how openly (or subtly) the state is being projected as a child sex tourism destination … According to sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation, “children’s homes” in Goa “are a classic case” of how funding the ‘have-nots’ is a cover up for suspected-paedophile activities … Roughly around 10,000 paedophiles come to Goa each year and 1000 children are at risk in a single area in Goa. 1978 words. Click here.

British couple ordered to leave country
7 Jun: Herald, Goa. The Bombay High Court at Goa has ordered a British couple, Dean and Gillian Latimer to leave India following their unsuccessful appeal against a deportation order issued by the Goa Government. They had claimed to have visas valid to 30 Aug. 2007 issued by the Indian Govt and contended that the Goa authorities had no power to deport them. However the Court heard this week that the Latimers did not have a current visa though they had applied for an extension. They had come to India on employment Visas (Type X) in September 2004 and had purchased property in Goa in 1999. 317 words.


Goa Elections Results
Of the 40 seats, the final tally is: Congress 16, BJP 14, NCP 3, MGP 2, SGF 2, Independent 2, UGDP 1. Some of the prominent losers: Dr Wilfred, Sardinha and Jitendra. The Congress-NCP alliance is likely to form the new Government with the support of the Independents. For full details of the results see

Video: Goa heading for hung House?
1 Jun: CNN-IBN, India. It's been a colourful lineup of parties and politicians before voters in Goa. But as the state goes to polls on Saturday, what's being asked is whether the election would throw up another hung house. 1m. 52s. Click here.

Video: Goa votes in state election
2 Jun: NDTV, India. The state of Goa votes in legislative elections Saturday and it is expected to be a close race... 2m 12s. Click here.

Video: The future of Goa [Important].
2 Jun: CNN-IBN, India. On a special show on CNN-IBN, Eye on Goa, experts and the people of Goa debated whether economic development was destroying cultural identity and the ecological beauty of the state. On the panel to discuss the issues were Shantaram Naik from the Congress, BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, singer Remo Fernandes and convener of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan Oscar Rebello. For a synopsis and to link to the 5 videoclips of the programme, click here.

Goa Elections: Survey predicts hung assembly
4 Jun: Navhind Times, Goa. The post poll survey conducted in 40 constituencies of Goa by Pune-based Doba Marketing Rural Communication predicts a hung assembly with the national parties, the BJP and the Congress gaining 13-17 seats each. Click here.

War of words marks Goa's 2007 elections this month. By Frederick Noronha
4 Jun: IANS. Goa's weekend elections, now awaiting results to emerge on June 5, has been among the most-bitterly fought since first post-colonial elections here in 1963. Much of that polarisation got reflected in the media … another battle for the hearts and minds of voters was fought in cyberspace. 669 words. Click here.

Goa’s politicians are nothing if not entertaining
4 Jun: NewInd Press. Goa may be a tourist’s delight, but it is certainly a psephologist’s nightmare. It will be hazardous in the extreme to attempt a guess as to which party gets to form the next government in the state, given the size of Goa’s assembly — just 40 seats — and the wafer thin margins by which politicians have won in the past. 336 words. Click here.

Video: Congress celebrates Goa victory
6 Jun: CNN-IBN. In the 40-member Goa assembly, the Congress alliance has won 19 seats, 2 short of a majority while the BJP won 14. The smaller parties won 7 seats, but these included 2 independents that are ready to support the Congress. 1m 48s. Click here.
Video: NDTV. Parrikar blames money power. Click here.
Video: NDTV. Goa polls: Babush Monserrate interviewed. Click here.

Cash won, but Goa dumps bigotry. By Pushpa Iyengar

6 Jun: Daily News & Analysis, India. Did Goa vote against the BJP? Was the regional plan that has been denotified a non-issue? Or does the verdict represent a vote for status quo, considering that many old faces are back in the eleventh assembly? Poll pundits were confused, but everyone agreed that money power had played a big role in many cases. And in other instances, such as the one involving Churchill Alemao, it is the Robin Hood image that will see him back in the assembly. Alexio Sequeira [ex-Mombasa], the triumphant three-time winner from Loutolim for the Congress, told DNA, "Human issues are what counted." 470 words.

Congress MLAs meet to elect next Goa CM
7 Jun: PTI. The next chief minister of Goa is expected to be elected at the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party, which meets here again today … Incumbent Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane and Goa Congress chief Ravi Naik are prime contenders for the top post and the CLP, in its meeting on Tuesday, had authorised Gandhi to choose the next Chief Minister for the state. 245 words. Click here.


UK: Desmond Hope’s ordeal in Goa
31 May: Bexley Times. Desmond Hope, 33, from Basildon, Essex claims he was forced to sleep in urine and shared cells with murderers. He is waiting to hear if he has to return to Goa and face charges of engaging in gay sex - a claim he says is utterly false. His ordeal began on February 18 after he was stopped by police while driving a rented scooter in Colva with a friend. After telling the officers that he had no licence they asked him for a bribe. When he refused to pay he was they took him to the police station where he was beaten … Two months later the High Court allowed him to fly home on the understanding that he would return for the trial and pay a bond of 50,000 rupees. 677 words. Click here.

Washington, DC: Film: The Lady of Chandor: Sun June 10, 1 pm
31 May: Washington City Paper. At the Freer Gallery of Art's Meyer Auditorium next weekend … Catarina Mourão’s The Lady of Chandor is a documentary film about an 82-year-old woman who’s trying to maintain a grand old mansion—and thus European colonial culture—in Goa, an Indian state that was a Portuguese colony until 1961 … see for a complete list of films and times. Free. (202) 633-4880. Click here.

Vancouver: Restaurant Review: Bombay Se
31 May: The Vancouver Province. … We were instantly mesmerized by the table placemats that feature a cartoon scene of bustling Bombay streets, rendered by famed Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda. Between the placemats and the Bollywood stars, this place is kind of a crash course in East Indian pop culture … 552 words.

Dennis Thatcher; Goa, 1981
1 Jun: The Independent (UK). During a Commonwealth summit in Goa, an electrical blackout caught him out halfway through shaving with an electric razor. In a typically subtle reaction he was reportedly heard roaring: "The buggeration factor is high and growing in this part of the world!" Click here.

Video: Indian Christians Demand Protection
1 Jun: Christian Broadcasting Network, USA. India’s Christian minority said it is time their government protect them from a surge of attacks by Hindu extremists … For text and video clip click here.

International Nurse Recruitment in India
1 Jun: Health Services Research. USA. Vol.42 (3p2), pages: 1429–1436. This paper describes the practice of international recruitment of Indian nurses in the model of a ‘‘business process outsourcing’’ of comprehensive training-cum-recruitment-cum-placement for popular destinations like the United Kingdom and United States through an agency system that has acquired growing intensity in India. Click here.

UK: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Nowhere to Belong
2 Jun: Respected (and often controversial) political commentator Yasmin Alibhai Brown explores a life-long love of Shakespeare and details how her own personal experience of playing Juliet as a teenager in 60's Uganda sent shockwaves through her family and helped to shape the emotional and political landscape of her life. She embarks on a nationwide tour of her poignant and impassioned one-woman show Nowhere to Belong. Tour schedule: 11 Jun: London Arts Theatre, etc. For further information visit

Airline Blues: Do foreign airlines treat Indians like second class citizens?
4 Jun: MidDay, Mumbai. As outbound air traffic from India reaches new highs, more and more travelers are noticing the distinct difference in service offered on flights out of India, compared to other parts of the world. The Air Passengers Association of India gets one complaint everyday of shoddy treatment of passengers flying to Europe or America. Click here.

Pamela Bordes finds Goa too resortish
4 Jun: Deccan Chronicle, India. Former Miss India, Pamela Bordes who made headlines as an alleged consort of many high profile men is considering settling down in Hyderabad for good. She has zeroed down to Goa but found it too resortish.
Pamela Bordes, (born 1961) briefly hit the headlines in UK in 1988 and 1989 as the mistress and escort of several notable individuals, including billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. She had been known in society columns as a social companion of then Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil and of junior minister Colin Moynihan.

USA: Why diversity doesn't matter. By Dinesh D'Souza
4 Jun: Town Hall, DC. The current issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education has an article defending affirmative action by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. The article is called "Why Diversity Matters" and most of it consists of the usual platitudes: diversity is good, we need diversity, America has become more diverse, diversity enhances education, blah, blah, blah. 889 words. Click here.

Casa de Goa promove este mês convenção em Lisboa
4 Jun: Diário Digital. A Casa de Goa que funciona em Lisboa vai promover aqui, de 15 a 17 deste mês, sob a coordenação do respectivo presidente, Narana Coissoró, uma convenção da diáspora daquele estado indiano, com o objectivo de reunir os que estejam interessados em trocar ideias sobre a sua integração nas diferentes comunidades onde hoje vivem … São aguardadas as presenças de goeses especialmente vindos de Angola, Índia, Alemanha, Quénia, Espanha, Suécia, Suíça, Tanzânia, Reino Unido e Estados Unidos, de modo a reforçar os chamados traços de «goanidade». Click here.

UK: Rules to make migrants integrate
5 Jun: The Guardian. Ministers say citizenship should depend on good behaviour, passing English tests and knowledge of UK. Under the plans to be unveiled this week, every teenager in the UK would be given a citizenship pack when they became eligible to vote, and migrants would only be able to become British citizens if they could demonstrate good behaviour and a willingness to integrate. 935 words. Click here.

UK: Forthcoming Art sales
5 Jun: The Telegraph. The Art and Antiques Summer Fair at Olympia opens on Thursday, boasting an array of wonderful things … An eye-catcher for the serious collector is a rare ivory carving of St George and the Dragon. Made by a 17th-century Indian craftsman for a Portuguese client in Goa, it measures about 30cm high, and is priced between £35,000 and £40,000 on the stand of London dealer Amir Mohtashemi. Click here.

Living in the UK Makes South Asians Unhealthier
5 Jun: Medical News Today. A review in the June issue of the Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine ( suggests that people from South Asia may develop a greater risk of diseases (such as certain cancers) when they live in the UK. Lack of awareness of their risk may mean they are missing out on ways to prevent disease or receive early treatment. 484 words. Click here.


Following the State elections in Goa on 2, June 2007, an incredible amount of discussion has emerged with detailed analyses about the outcome. Do obtain an excellent overview of the overall result of Congress 19, BJP 14 and others 7, of the 40 seats contested. Clearly, fellow Goans have been as argumentative as ever about the political landscape in Goa and understandably, this theme dominated Goanet considerably. However, what particularly caught my eye was an excellent commentary by F. Noronha titled War of Words makes Goa's 2007 Elections this Month. It was also reassuring to hear Valmiki Faleiro say that, "Excellent was the manner the central and state poll apparatus conducted the Goa--2007 election. For the first time ever, we witnessed a severe clampdown on at least the visible display of money power and on several ills that [previously] ailed the election process."

Has Gilbert Lawrence got a valid point in saying that "Goans should move away from their 'tight group' (family, village, Diaspora links, "old friends", educational groups etc) and make it a point to meet, share useful information and experiences with other Goans/groups." Or, is this rather a tautological comment? Please let Goanet know by way of a response.

The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao will have inaugurated on 3/6/07, the New Pastoral Year at a Eucharistic celebration in Benaulim. The theme for the New Pastoral Year is "Deva Utra Onnbhavan, Jezu Dixa Jivittant" (Express God's Word, Radiate Jesus in Life). Three books in English and Konknii are now available arising from this Pastoral celebration, comprising a Pastoral Letter, other Prayers and a document on the Second Vatican Council on the Word of God. These are available from the DCBA office, Pastoral Institute, Old Goa. Tel: 0832 2284296.

In relation to foreigners on holiday purchasing off-plan flats in Goa, with barely a second thought, because they believe they are excellent value for money even with a two-year wait for completion, an interesting post from Gabe Menezes carefully 'tracks' one purchaser from the UK and then poignantly asks, "Is Goa the new Costa del Sol?" Well, perhaps it already is. However, on reflection, for those from Goa itself, faced with the foreign rush for property, even a small flat for themselves really must painfully feel like calling it 'Costapacket'!

Depending on Central Government approval, India may soon have its first central university run by the Jesuits. This is a project to incorporate some 30 leading Jesuit higher education institutions under the umbrella of a central university in India. Some educationalists have reservations regarding a university with a religious affiliation but a spokesperson, Fr Francis De Mello has stated that, “we have made it clear that the university will not be overtly religious and will cater for a multi-religious community like all our institutions. Goanet also has useful information about highly reputed Jesuit universities in different parts of the world.

Some Goan Voice (UK) readers may be interested to discover their genetic (or DNA ) journey over the centuries. In this respect, Sunith Velho's post is informative that, National Geographic and IBM run the Genographic Project which aims to map our entire genetic journey to date. For 99 US dollars one can obtain a kit to send our DNA for analysis. Results arrive back in a few weeks. Find out more at:

Finally, sincere apologies on GV(UK) Highlights are due to Preetu Nair who last week, in an article about TB in Goa, was mistakenly assumed to be male rather than female.

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FILM: Two Daughters. Artsworld
Sat. 9 Jun. 09:55 to 11:45. Satyajit Ray film (1961). A young orphan is drawn to the postmaster who she is nursing. A student rejects his mother's choice of wife and marries a tomboy.

TRAVEL: Dom Joly's Happy Hour. Sky Two
Sat 9 Jun. 23:00 to 00:00. India. Dom and Pete visit Goa and learn the original value of alcohol in India: to bring you closer to the gods. Strong languge. [Repeat]

DOCUMENTARY. Cooking in the Danger Zone. BBC2
Sun.10 Jun. 19:30 to 20:30. Superpower Food. The huge divide in what the people of China and India eat. In India a look at the untouchables and the higher castes.

ARTS: The Essay. BBC Radio Three
Mon 11 Jun. 23:00 to 23:15 No Particular Place to Go: William Dalrymple pays homage to Fanny Parkes, for her 18th century chronicle of her travels in India.

ARTS: Paradise Lost. BBC Radio Four Longwave
Thu. 14th Jun. 20:00 to 20:30. The Story of the Chagos Islands. The people were forced to leave their idyllic homeland in the Indian Ocean in the 60s to make way for a military base.

ENTERTAINMENT: Lost World of the Raj. BBC 2
Fri 15 Jun. 21:00 to 22:00. Home from Home. To coincide with the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence, this three-part documentary series goes on a journey behind the scenes of British India under the Raj. The first episode recreates the era of the 1930.

COMEDY: Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes off to Tanzania. BBC 7 (Radio)
Fri. 15 Jun. 22:30 to 23:00. Tanzania (Part 1 of 6). Comedy with Marcus Brigstocke as Giles Wemmbley-Hogg - traveller, backpacker and investigator of cultural diversity.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun.10 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commences with Holy Mass at 12 noon followed by social and dancing to the music of Maz 'n' Co. Tickets which includes snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children under 12 Free Admission. Licenced Bar. For tickets please call Tony Fernandes on 0208 540 3566, Edwin Athayde on 0208 679 5514 or Eugene Fernandes on 0208 665 4773

Sun 24 Jun. G.O.A. Summer Bash at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent commencing at 11am. Activates to include hockey, junior football, volleyball, whist drive. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 – 8771 4457, Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Fidelis D'Mello 020 - 8698 9678, Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322. See GOA website for further details. (Due to logistical reasons, the planned event for past office bearers and helpers has been postponed).

Sun 24 Jun Benaulim Association(UK) We are celebrating the our 25th Anniversary Feast of St John the Baptist at St Ignatius College Hall, Turkey Street, Enfield, EN1 4NP commences with Holy Mass at 12.30pm followed by dancing to the Music of "Breakthru" and disco by Nite- Life. Members £8.00, non-members £10.00, Children (10 -16) £4.00, Children under 10 FREE. For tickets contact Felipe on 0208 368 9663, Mary 0208 803 9752 and Josephine 0208 967 7471. Public transport to Hall: Buses 217 from Turnpike Lane or the overhead train from Liverpool St. Station to Turkey St.

Sun 1 July. Aldona Association - Celebration of St Thomas’ feast at the Irish Centre, Pretoria Road London N17 8DX... Mass 1.00pm, music by Maz ‘n’ Co. We have some great raffle prizes including two prizes of 7 nights BB hotel accommodation in Goa. Application form can be obtained from our website or email For more information contact Jude-020 83604102, Tino-01628 680529 or Les-0208 4408832.

Sun. 01 July. G.O.A. Golf Open at Blue Mountain Golf Course, Bracknell. Further details from: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832

Sun. 15 July. Tivim 30th Anniversary Celebrations. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove Streatham, London. Commencing with Mass at 12.30. Dancing to the sounds of Maz & Co and Nite Life. Tickets available from: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457; Elu Pires 020 8654 1281; Helen De Souza 020 8304 5585; Ronald De Souza 020 7485 7878; Ronnie Fernandes 020 303 3386 or Ingrid De Souza 020 8905 3872.

Sat. 15 Jul. 3.30 P.M. Archbishop Lanfranc High School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "GOODBYE LONDON" Written and Directed by Jr. Nelson. First show in U.K. with talented artistes from Goa. Heartthrob, Olga Vaz, Singer and actor Menino Mario, Jet speed singer William de Curtorim, Master Comedian Ben Evangelisto, Comedian superstar Philip, Multi-talented Rosita and Topmost Maestro Josinho. For tickets please telephone Judy on 0208 7632606 or 07949403741, Nina Pinto 0208 7670663 or Cornelius Monteiro 0208 6818716.

Sat. 21 Jul. 6.30 P.M. in Swindon. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "GOODBYE LONDON" Written and Directed by Jr. Nelson. First show in U.K. with talented artistes from Goa. Heartthrob, Olga Vaz, Singer and actor Menino Mario, Master Comedian Ben Evangelisto, Jet speed singer William de Curtorim. Comedian superstar Philip, Multi-talented Rosita and Topmost Maestro Josinho. For tickets phone Xavier Soares on 01793322 661/ 07961560935.


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