Newsletter. Issue 2008-32. August. 07, 2008
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Victor Rangel Ribeiro: Where have the Toronto Goans gone?
7 Aug: Times of India. Consider this paradox: A Goan International Convention is held in Toronto which claims a Goan population of 20,000… There were 80 or so registrants. Thirty-nine were from outside Canada, six were from such distant Canadian cities…Of the remaining 35, only a handful were from Toronto itself…The guiding spirits Kevin and Lisette Saldanha, along with Ben Antao, Francis and Clare Rodrigues, Bosco De Mello, Mervyn Lobo, and Walter Tavares kept things flowing… Photographs and text, 555 words. Click here.

Eugene Correia: Notes from the Goan Convention, Toronto
31 Jul. GoaNet. Eugene Correia gives us his idiosyncratic views of the Convention.
Part 1: Excerpts: …Of all the presentations and workshops, I found two of them far below expectations…the panellists were not "experts" or even very knowledgeable in "identity" issues… 1415 words. Click here.
Part 2: Excerpts: …When the first speaker, Oscar Furtado, president of the Goan Overseas Association, began to speak Lisette Saldanha, the Events Coordinator, left the hall… The invisible gulf that existed between Kevin Saldanha and Francis Rodrigues was what made a mockery of the intent and purpose of the Convention…1403 words. Click here.
Part 3. Excerpts: Eugene Correia claims that GOA Toronto was not party to the decision to host the 2008 Convention in Canada. This may explain why arrangements started to go wrong. 1331 words. Click here.

Scotland: Bosco Santimano: Aromatic Cuisine
6 Jul: Scotland on Sunday. Bosco Santimano is originally from Goa and now based in Peebles, Scotland. He is a Personal Chef and will cook a Goan feast for you. All you have to do is provide the venue, the drinks and atmosphere. Santimano says he does it because he loves it... For full text and photos click here.
Bosco Santimano traces his Goan roots to the village of Sarzora. He also offers cookery classes. For his website with more photos, bio and more click here. [Alert by Albano Fernandes]

Uganda: Marise Fernandes. Speech Therapy Students seek funding
29 Jul: New Vision (Uganda). Marise Fernandes, one of three VSO therapists at the Speech and Language Therapy course at Mulago Hospital, Kampala is appealing for funds… For further info email For full text of the article, 828 words, click here.
Marise Fernandes has been in Uganda for three years. She was born in Bombay, and attended Chatham Grammar School, Kent and qualified at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the daughter of Raynah and the late Dr Michael of Gillingham, Kent. Marise has worked on similar projects in Fiji and Philippines.

Ontario: No lawn suits couple just fine
31 Jul: Georgina Advocate (York, Ont.). Debra D’Souza’s house in Keswick is the only one in the neighbourhood without a lawn. Ms D’Souza and husband Don Fernandes have managed to lower their water bill, eliminated air and noise pollution from the gas mower, eliminated the use of pesticides and herbicides and saved time and energy…“Now, we come home, have a glass of wine, put our feet up and enjoy our property,” Ms D’Souza, a banker, said…397 words. Click here.
For the Debra D’Souza Breast Cancer experience click here.

Video: Flavia Dias, ex London, found dead in Goa
1 Aug. Goa 365. Last week the body of Flavia Dias was discovered in mysterious circumstances in Santa Cruz, Goa. She had been living in Goa for about a year overseeing the construction of a house whilst her husband, Braz Dias and daughters live in London. Braz was unable to contact her by phone so he alerted neighbours who called the police who discovered her body with reported head injuries. Her death is being investigated. Click here.

Flavia Dias “Died of Heart Failure”
6 Aug: Herald. The autopsy on the body of Flavia Dias has revealed that the deceased had died due to heart failure…the police had found the body lying on the floor in a pool of blood half naked at her residence in St Cruz…. The incident had come to light after her husband, Braz Dias had tried to call his wife from England and failed to get a response. The couple have two daughters who are working in England. 258 words. Click here.

Sharmila Samant brings international flair to Mississauga
1 Aug: Mississauga News. Sharmila Samant will spend three weeks in town interviewing and researching the migrant experiences of Indians living in Canada who originally hail from the states of Goa and Maharashtra…she's interested in exploring the stories of Indians who have left their home country as youths for life in the Western world…Samant will make a presentation on Thu. Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. For a photo and full text, 389 words, click here.

Cayman Islands: Francisco Coelho
1 Aug: Cayman Net News. Sports Person of the Week, Francisco “Seby” Coelho has been on the Island for three and a half years, working for the Ritz-Carlton in engineering. He was a professional soccer player and represented India for a pre-World Cup qualifier in 1996 in Qatar…. He has also played for MPT Sports Council, Vasco Sports Club, MRF Football Club, Sesa GOA Sports Club, Salgaokar Sports Club and Churchill Brother Sports Club… 238 words. Click here.

Sydney, Aus. Goans Celebrate 'World Goa Day'
1 Aug: Indian Link (Aus). By Noel G. de Souza. The NSW Goa Association celebrated World Goa Day 2008 on 27 July. Mr Tony Colaco President of the Association welcomed the audience and spoke of what this day signifies…. For photos and text click here.

Francisco D’Souza: Cognizant cuts outlook
2 Aug: The Telegraph. Cognizant Technology Solutions has cut its revenue growth outlook to 32 per cent from 38 per cent …Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza said, “Due to the continued deterioration in the macroeconomic environment and sagging consumer and business confidence we are adopting a more conservative stance for the remainder of the year.”… Click here.
Francisco D’Souza born in Nairobi when his father, Placido, was a diplomat with the Indian Foreign Services. For a Wikipedia profile of Francisco, click here.

Toronto: Amancio Dos Santos: Eating Behind the Scenes
2 Aug: Toronto Star. Staff meals, virtually unknown outside the restaurant industry, are a strong custom within… Perigee restaurant in the Distillery District …Amancio Dos Santos, the restaurant's 21-year-old garde-manger from Dubai by way of Goa, is especially busy. He has made the day's staff meal using sausage and beef scraps…He added plenty of jalapeño, paprika and salt and pepper to his pot pie creation… Click here.

Xavier Fernandes: Artist chopping locks for cancer
2 Aug: Orillia Packet Times (Canada). Xavier Fernandes, co-ordinator of Zephyr Art Gallery has hair which is more than 20 inches long…friends told him they'd pay him to cut his hair so he is asking the public to pay to see it happen. All the money will go to the Orillia branch of the Canadian Cancer Society…The haircut -- being dubbed The "Mane" Event -- will take place Aug. 22… Anyone who donates $20 or more will have their names entered into a draw for a limited- edition print by Fernandes. Contact Zephyr at 326-0480. 342 words. Click here.

New York: A Hindu – Catholic Union
3 Aug: The New York Times. Dr. Anu Lala, 27, and Dr. Arvind Trindade, 28 first met as medical students in New Jersey… she thought that Dr. Trindade, whose family is from Goa, might be the ''Hindu dude'' she had imagined marrying. When she found out that he was a Christian, she thought it was over…they continued to be friends but before long were in a relationship… On July 19, the couple were married … Text, 1252 words and 8 photos. Click here.

Canadian Premiere - 'When Kiran Met Karen'
4 Aug: Chriselle Almeida has the lead role in the film, When Kiran Met Karen which has its Canadian Premiere at 9:30PM on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tickets $10 per person. Bold and engaging, this Sapphic love story is set in New York City… Click here.
For the Chriselle Almeida website with links to her resume, video clips, film trailers, GVUK profile, etc. see

UK: Attempted murder of Carlos De Souza
4 Aug: Bucks Free Press. Harvey Turner, 43, from Everest Close, High Wycombe appeared in court today charged with the attempted murder of Carlos De Souza, 48, last Wednesday… Mr De Souza, who was shot in the stomach and is, "no longer in a life threatening condition and making good progress." 122 words. Click here.

Cal DeSouza: Condo developers market to Canadian buyers
6 Aug: The Arizona Republic. Anybody want to buy a condo conversion? …Cal DeSouza, managing partner of Belleview Communities, said buyers are nervous but are out there. Belleview is marketing its condos to Canadian buyers, primarily in Alberta… Cal grew up in Toronto and lived in Calgary before coming to Arizona in 1992…More than 30 percent of recent sales have been to Canadians, DeSouza said…431 words. Click here.
For a photo and GVUK profile of Cal DeSouza & family (ex Uganda), click here.

New Event Listing
Sat 9 Aug. 11:00 am onwards. Southall Goans: Kids Sports Day. Spikes Bridge Park, Southall Broadway, UB1 2AR. Alexandra Avenue (Opp. Woolworths and next to Somerfield). Breaking the balloons; breaking the pot; spoon and lemon race, musical hat and many other contests will be held. Tie breaker winner get £500, runners up £200. There will also be free refreshments and many more prizes and surprises. Enquiries to Michael, 0798 872 1561. For Directions, Map etc. Click here.

Donations £20 & over received
£20: Campos, Armand & Dolly; Colaco, Annette & Cleto; Coutinho, John; D'Silva, George & Dina; De Souza, Leslie; Fernandes, Antonio; Fernandes, Elia; Fernandes, Elva; Fernandes, Ignatius; Gracias, Luis; Lobo, Diana & Olaf; Menezes, Gabe; Monteiro, Nelson; Pinto, Sylvano; Saldanha, Bosco; Santos, Lucy Mabel; Vaz, Richard (Goa).
£25: Barros, Uniece; Carvalho, Greg; De Mendonca, Paul; Dourado, Justin; D’Silva, Lorna & Raymond; Gomes, Joe (Aus); Maciel, Mervyn; Mascarenhas, Leonard; Menezes-Rahim, Norma; Pereira, Felix; Pinto, Eddie; Rebello, Anita & Alfred; Tellis, Monica.
£35: Soares, Terry.
For payment options and the complete list of 2008 Donations click here.


Sun: 17 Aug 2008 at 12:00 pm. ANA SEVERINA FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi). First Year Death Anniversary Mass at St. Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road Tooting SW17 9PG. Followed by blessing of the grave at Morden Cemetery, Lower Morden Lane.
Mother of Hillary/Ruby, Seby/Carmen, Eusebio/Valerie and Bob. Grandmother to Cheryl, Linette, Rosalie, Angelo, Laura, Gyles and Karl. Enquiries to

4 Aug: Matol, Verna, Goa. INACIA MARIA DIAS E BRAGANZA. Wife of late Joao Antonio. Mother of Natalina/Oscar Fernandes (Velsao/UK).

2 Aug. Hemel Hempstead, England. CESSNA VAZ (MARIA) [Ex-Nairobi]. Wife of Avito. Mother of Melissa and Adrian (UK). Daughter of late Mario/Lena Fernandes (Goa). Sister of Late Vincent/Aurea (Goa), Ramal/Sandra (Goa). Aunt of late Danica, Darren and Rachel, Daughter in law of Alipio and Olga Vaz (Goa). Funeral to take place at West Hertfordshire Crematorium, Garston on Wed. 13 Aug. at 1.20pm followed by refreshments at the Parish Hall of St Mary and Joseph, St Johns Road, Boxmoor, till 5.00pm. No flowers. However, donations can be made to Hospice of St Francis. Condolences to

31 July: Alto Porvorim, Goa. FRANCISCO XAVIER FILIPE DO ROSARIO (Born 1920). Husband of late Marta. Father of Maria Luiza, Bulu/Lino, Tony/Odette (UK). Grandfather of Lucio (UK), Louella, Michelle/Danny (UK), Rogy/Sandra (UK).

28 July: Sion, Bombay. MARGARET PEREIRA. (Born 1937). Wife of late Gilbert. Mother of Gilchirst/Zenia and Rufus (Canada).

Santa Cruz, Goa. ESTEVAM NICOLAU FERNANDES. Husband of Idalina. Father of Generosa/Caetano (London). Grandfather of Carlon and Leoncy.


Editorial: A Positive Gain
1 Aug: The Navhind Times. …The Tourism Master Plan indicated that foreign tourists arriving by air spend as much as 5 times the average amount compared to domestic tourists. With the growth of the number of tourist lodgings average tourist expenditures are likely to rise faster than average prices…by 2014 expenditures of foreign arrivals will rise to 6.5 per cent and to 7 per cent by 2024 as hotels and other tourist facilities refurbish to attract up market travellers…. Click here.

Seminar on Tourism in Goa on Aug 8
2 Aug: UNI. Goa Tourism organisations have organised a seminar on Tourism on August 8. The seminar will discuss the roadmap for development of tourism industry in Goa, given the adverse publicity it had received in the recent times. The focus areas of the seminar will be prospects for development of eco and heritage tourism. Click here.

“Terrorists eyeing Goa to hit at tourism” Goa’s Home Minister
3 Aug. Navhind Times. The State Home minister, Mr Ravi Naik said that terrorists are eyeing Goa in order to create fear and affect flourishing tourism in the state. He said that to counter such an attack a high level police meeting was held at the Panaji headquarters recently. 261 words. Click here.

Goa as a Wedding Destination
3 Aug: Times of India. Meet the new economy class of Goa's tourists—matrimonial candidates. Instead of a bank-breaking wedding at home in Europe or America, and a honeymoon after on a tropical beach, they cut expenses three times and bring the vows to the breakers. 952 words. Click here.

UK tourists to Goa down due to visa and safely issues
4 Aug: UNI. Tourism contributes 33 per cent to Goa’s economy…. occupancy rate in hotels is down 15 and 20 per cent… The decrease in number of tourists from Britain is significant this time because of inordinate visa problems and bad international media publicity regarding safety of foreigners in Goa… the industry was pleading with the Indian Embassy to issue tourist visas valid for two years instead of the current six months to encourage the British to visit India in a big way… 438 words. Click here.

To avoid malaria, use a bed net
4 Aug: Herald. Buoyed by the decline in malaria cases at nine construction sites where insecticide-treated nets were used as a pilot study, the Directorate of Health Services of Goa is gearing up to make statewide use of these nets in their fight against the menace. 400 words. Click here.

Goa way on a languid journey
5 Aug: The Post (South Africa). …I am in windblown heaven, soaking up the sunshine, the throbbing heat, the sheer, easy-rider indolence of my aimless journey through the backroads of northern Goa… The architectural flourishes of colonnades and wrought iron gates, the churches and even the surnames on the houses - Fernandes, Gomes, Da Souza - give the game away… 723 words. Click here.

Everyone suddenly wants to leave Britain
6 Aug: The Guardian. By Mohsin Hamid: Now that I've finally been admitted to Britain it seems that everyone else suddenly wants to leave…I was reading about British expatriates in Goa, on the BBC website. Apparently these people were confronting all sorts of problems. Their visas were not being renewed. Their sales and purchases of properties were being interfered with. In short, they were being treated as immigrants are routinely treated all over the world…my reaction was to feel a bond of empathy with these pink-skinned people of North Atlantic origin chasing their dreams of new lives in a place far away… 963 words. Click here.

Russian refuses to leave Goa
6 Aug: Times of India. A 28-year-old Russian has the Russian consulate and the Goa government in a quandary as he “refuses to leave Goa because he loves India”. However, his Goa junket may just be cut short as his visa has expired and the Russian consulate plans to pack him off to Russia for psychiatric treatment…407 words. Click here.


Lawrence of Indian football
1 Aug: Hindustan Times. When Climax Lawrence’s uncle named him Climax 29 years ago, he would have never thought that the kid would one day come up with something special to avoid an anti-climax. On Wednesday, the midfielder came up with his first international goal in three years to save India the ignominy of dropping two points in their first match of the AFC Challenge Cup against minnows Afghanistan….The Navelim-born Lawrence credits his first coach Mickdom Rebello for all his success…. Click here.

Police ill-equipped to fight terror
1 Aug: Times of India. The recent blasts in Gujarat and Bangalore demonstrated how the new age terrorist is using technology to wreck havoc. Click here.

Dr Oscar Rebello resigns as convenor of GBA
2 Aug: Times of India. Dr Oscar Rebello stepped down as convenor of Goa Bachao Abhiyan on Friday following a ‘lack of consensus’ among members over the issue of a model for people’s participation in the planning process…The task force was expected to submit the draft regional plan on July 15, but it has been now extended to August 15. 400 words. Click here.

Why did Oscar, Patricia and Ritu resign?
5 Aug: Herald. What were the issues that caused Dr Oscar Rebello and his colleagues Patricia Pinto and Ritu Prasad to step down from the GBA?… a strong campaign of accusations against the three – a number of them being personal slurs on their character – was being conducted over e-mail, and even being posted on public forums like the Goanet, a large e-group. What disheartened them further was that some members of the GBA core group were leading participants in this campaign. 1114 words. Click here.

Traditional Goan diet for pregnant and lactating women
2 Aug: Times of India. By Melinda Pereira Kamat. This is a specially researched article to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 to 7) focused on the traditional Goan diet for pregnant (gurvar) and lactating women (balantini). 861 words. Click here.

Family uses internet to seek justice for kin's death
3 Aug: PTI. Family members of Domnic Coutinho, a 30-year-old man, who was found dead in Canacona, Goa, have commissioned a website seeking justice for their kin, after police refused to register the case as a 'murder'…The website is devoted to the murder mystery of Domnic …The family is not satisfied with the police probe and want it to be handed over to the crime branch. 241 words. Click here.

Goa Congress Party wants finance minister Narvekar to step down
3 Aug. Times of India. On a day of intense negotiations, the Congress high command has asked Goa finance minister Dayanand Narvekar to step down to make way for Taleigao legislator Atanasio Monseratte's induction into the Cabinet. Narvekar, however, has so far refused, senior Congress sources said. 347 words. Click here.

Goa: Minister Narvekar resigns to make way for Monserrate
5 Aug: PTI. Goa Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar resigned from the Cabinet to pave way for the induction of Atanasio Monserrate… Besides Finance, Narvekar, was also looking after Law and Information Technology portfolios. Click here.

Pomburpa spring in for a major facelift
4 Aug: Times of India. Traditionally known for its famed medicinal waters, the Pomburpa spring will soon be a place where families can spend their leisure time…by the end of this year the Pomburpa beautification programme worth Rs one crore, undertaken by the tourism department will be completed. 476 words. Click here.

Goa: Grandmothers Live life to the hilt
5 Aug: Times of India… St Anne’s Club aka the grandmother’s club is for women above 60 who live in and around Miramar, Panaji…Meetings on first Thursday of every month and a visit five times a year to people in need of support and cheer…728 words. Click here.

Goa: Minister Narvekar resigns to make way for Monserrate
5 Aug: PTI. Goa Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar resigned from the Cabinet to pave way for the induction of Atanasio Monserrate… Besides Finance, Narvekar, was also looking after Law and Information Technology portfolios. Click here.

Anti-diabetes project for Goa soon
5 Aug: Times of India. The signing of an MoU between the directorate of health services and a private company, Novo Nordisk, for the diagnosis, control and prevention of diabetes in Goa was approved by the cabinet on Monday…deaths in Goa due to diabetes have grown from 8.5% in 2005 to 12.2% in 2007. 296 words. Click here.

Video: Magazine Goa Contacto
5 Aug: RTP (Portugal). Programme dealing with the traditional Goan house. Interviews with Gerald Da Cunha and Dean D’Cruz. 31m. 29s. Click here.

Weekly Update
7 Aug: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 26.5; Min = 23.0. Humidity 96% to 98%
Exchange rates £= 82.19; $ =42.07 ; Euro = 65.07


Corryn Rayney: Police hope review will bring leads on murder
2 Aug: West Australian. Police hope to get new leads on the murder of Corryn Rayney from an independent review of the case but will not re-interview her husband Lloyd Rayney as part of the review…Police believe Mrs Rayney was murdered in the family’s Como home…It is understood that Mrs Rayney’s family have asked police not to highlight the anniversary of her disappearance on Thursday. For Photo and text, 485 words, click here.

Corryn Rayney: No new suspects
2 Aug: Perth Now…Sources inside the inquiry confirmed today that a report in The West Australian that there was a new, “fourth”, suspect was wrong…It is believed the police are attempting to find the owners of each fingerprint in Mrs Rayney’s car...225 words. Click here.

I didn't kill Corryn Rayney' - new 'suspect'
3 Aug: The Sunday Times (Perth). The man claimed to be ``the new suspect'' in the Corryn Rayney murder case says he is shocked and bemused by the false allegation. The single father, who did not want to be named, knew Mrs Rayney through their daughters' friendship at school… Click here.

Corryn Rayney: Police win document seizure
3 Aug: Sunday Times. Police investigating the murder of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney have been granted access to materials seized from her husband's legal offices. Lloyd Rayney has been fighting in the Magistrates Court to prevent the major crime squad from examining material seized last October from his offices and home…391 words. Click here.

Video: Rayney's daughters speak out
4 Aug: Channel 7 Today Tonight. Caitlyn Rayney said she had spoken to police about the night of her disappearance on several occasions. “We have spoken to them. We spoke to them every day for ages and ages…” she said. 4m: 96s. Click here.
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Angry Rayney girls deny dad stopped them talking to police
5 Aug. West Australian. The daughters of Corryn Rayney launched an angry attack on police over allegations their father was preventing them from giving the authorities vital evidence about the murder. Caitlyn Rayney, 14, spoke to Channel 7’s Today Tonight...Sister Sarah, 11, only nodded in agreement…She rejected suggestions that she was being pressured not to have any contact with her mother’s family, including Corryn Rayney’s father Ernest Da Silva and sister Sharon Coutinho. 748 words. Click here.

Rayney agreed to girls' interview
6 Aug: Perth Now. Lloyd Rayney, controversially named by police as a suspect in his wife's murder, invited television cameras to film his daughters on Sunday, Channel 7 says. The Today Tonight interview, broadcast last night, was conducted as the family walked down several roads towards church, with Mr Rayney carrying what appeared to be a Bible. 326 words. Click here.

Rayney girls' TV interview 'not arranged' – lawyers
6 Aug: Lawyers for murder suspect Lloyd Rayney have denied that he set up an interview with his daughters for Channel 7 this week. 420 words. Click here.

Police swoop on Seven interview with Rayney
6 Aug: The West Australian. Major crime detectives investigating the murder of Corryn Rayney yesterday seized footage of a Channel 7 interview with her husband Lloyd and the couple’s daughters…Police were privately cynical yesterday about Monday night’s program…425 words. Click here.


Scarlett's mother to meet Indian investigators
1 Aug: Western Daily News (UK). The mother of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling will return to Goa towards the end of August when she will meet officers of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to back her claim that she had been drugged, raped and murdered… Meanwhile, she has been invited to meet film producer Pixel, which is involved in a Bollywood production about the case…188 words.

Scarlett Keeling: Need for restraint
3 Aug: The Hindu…No angle was left unexplored in the Scarlett Keeling murder case. All sorts of theories were floated; that it was a conspiracy to malign the tourist destination, that it was a plot to sully the fair name of the people and contrary to popular perception, Goan society was deeply conservative and resented the tourists’ insensitivity to local mores…the girl’s mother, Fiona should be held singularly responsible for the tragic happening. Then the media thought it necessary to unleash a collective outrage against the “irresponsible” mother. Click here.

NGO files complaint against Scarlett's mother
5 Aug: Rediff... Utt Goenkara, a Goa-based non-governmental organisation has filed a complaint against Fiona Mackeown, mother of deceased British girl Scarlett Eden Keeling, with a local court in Panaji, for neglecting her daughter… Advocate Aires Rodrigues, the NGO's spokesman has demanded that Fiona be made primary accused in the case leading to Scarlett's death… Click here.

Scarlett Keeling: Mother accused of neglect
5 Aug: UNI. The Children's Court of Goa has issued a notice on a complaint filed by Utt Goenkara spokesman Adv Aires Rodrigues against Fiona Mackeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling. The matter will be heard on August 11. Adv Rodrigues has questioned the role of Ms Mackeown in leaving her 15-year-old minor girl in the company of a stranger and that she is made a primary accused in the case leading to Scarlett's death. 398 words. Click here.

Order on foreigners' panchanamas flouted
7 Aug: Times of India. Shocked by the manner in which a police officer carried out the inquest panchanama of the body of a foreign national in 1997, the Goa police passed an order stating that in such cases the panchanama had to be only handled a police officer not below the rank of police inspector. However, till date, the instructions have only remained on paper and have not been followed… the circular has gained significance, following the alleged rape and murder of Scarlett Keeling at Anjuna… Nerlon Albuquerque sent a probationary PSI to conduct the inquest panchnama of Scarlett's body. 535 words. Click here.

Scarlett's mother delays visit to India
7 Aug: PTI. Fiona Mackeown has decided to hold back her visit to India awaiting the lower court's observation in a petition filed against her by an NGO. 190 words. Click here.


Missing youth delegates work on New Zealand farms
1 Aug: Indian Catholic. Church officials say the young Indians who went missing in New Zealand before the recent World Youth Day (WYD) program in Australia are all Catholics and are now working on farms there…220 Indians stayed with families in New Zealand for a week prior to the July 15-20 WYD celebrations in Sydney, Australia. Organizers realized 39 of them went missing in NZ hoping to live in New Zealand as migrants…636 words. Click here.

London: Restaurant Review - Joanna's
1 Aug: Croydon Advertiser. Joanna's, 56 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 1RX… The restaurant also does Sunday dinners, breakfasts involving bellinis and an original brunch menu with choices like Goan fish curry… Click here.

Nuns seek justice for Britisher jailed for drug trafficking
1 Aug: Indian Catholic. Church people have joined international groups seeking justice for Patrick Maluzzo, a young British Catholic in jail in India for drug trafficking… According to Sister Aurora Braganza, a lawyer who has visited Maluzzo several times in prison he was falsely implicated and was convicted because the lawyer botched the case…713 words. Click here.

NRI investors in real estate in India
2 Aug: Economic Times. The government has liberalised investment norms for NRIs to invest in real estate in India. At the same time there is a need of adhering to ground realities before plunging into investment. We provide some of the frequently answered questions answered recently by the Reserve Bank of India… 571 words. Click here.

UK: Catherine Dhargalkar: Barrow's festival of culture
4 Aug: North West Evening Mail. An exquisite feast of tastes, smells, songs and traditions from around the world was brought to our doorstep during the weekend’s Festival of Culture… Stallholder Catherine Dhargalkar was selling hand-beaded and hand-carved necklaces, made by the street children of Goa. She teaches English to orphans in Goa and will be heading back soon… For text click here.
For a photograph of Catherine and the necklaces, click here.

Create roll of honour for NRI Olympians
4 Aug: IANS. Some non-resident Indians have excelled in sports and achieved a berth in Olympic teams …Field hockey was one of the first such sports in which NRIs represented their countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malaysia, among others. During the 1960s and 1970s, when India played in Kenya, it was difficult to tell the two teams…Some of these young sportsmen were part of the migration of East African NRIs to Britain, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand… Click here.

NRIs bullish on Indian real estate market
4 Aug, Economic Times. While home turf may not look as lucrative to resident Indians in times of a sluggish real estate market, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are still betting big on the realty sector. 466 words. Click here.

UK meltdown sends Indian students packing
5 Aug: Hindustan Times. …with the UK on the brink of one of the worst recessions in decades and with no jobs on offer, they are heading home before their student visas expire. About 20,000 Indians are on student visas in the UK, according to British Government statistics… 413 words. Click here.


Averthanus L. D'Souza presented a critical article on Patriarchal Socialization on Goanet. He focused on key concepts like 'equal rights', 'empowerment of women', 'equality of sex', 'Patriarchy', and 'Gender' to explore their impact on Goan society. His conclusion is that, we now have a confusing conundrum in many societies arising, in particular, from 'radical feminism'.

There are several posts on Goanet on the theme of 'United in Division'. The main point made appears to be that the Goans are an incredibly divided lot. From earliest times, apparently, we have bickered with each other and invariably failed to take collective action in our general interests. However, others suggest, with examples, of the manifestation of unity in division among the Goans and that there has been much progress made. Do find out more about this controversy and do make a contribution on this theme to Goanet.
The ongoing discussion about the success or not of the recent Goan Convention in Toronto is one illustration of much seeming Goan disunity and so is the issue about the recent resignation of Dr Oscar Rebello, the Convenor of Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) (but not as a member of the core group of GBA). To find out more about this issue from an editorial in the Navhind Times, Goa, click here.

According to Dr Ferdinand dos Reis Falcao the construction work on MOPA airport in North Goa is "another white elephant like the SKY BUS." His brief article is linked to the controversy about the development of "non-metro airports". To find out more about this issue, click here.

Finally, a search has begun on Goanet for the Greatest Goan ever. To date, at least three names have emerged--Abbe Faria, Dr D.D. Kossambi and Jack Sequeira. Goan Voice (UK) readers are welcomed to make their own nominations to this quest.

Please visit the Goanet archives at To subscribe to Goanet send an email to


TRAVEL: The Travel Bug. Travel Channel
Sat 9th Aug. 17:00 to 17:30. Kenya. Kevin Greening in Mombasa, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara.

Sun 10th Aug. 10:05 to 10:30. France: le monde à Paris -10e arrondissement, Bollywood débarque. 13e arrondissement au Little India

DOCUMENTARY: Rags to Rhapsody. UKTV People
Sun.10th Aug. 16:00 to 17:00. A stunning, musical documentary of the Golden Pride Children's Choir, a group of 42 children from a remote village in Tanzania.

DOCUMENTARY: The John Akii-Bua Story. BBC 2
Sun 10th Aug. 22:30 to 00:00. Documentary about athlete John Akii Bua, who won gold at the Munich Olympics of 1972. He had to flee his native Uganda and headed for Kenya.

SERIES: A Dollar a Day. BBC Radio Four
Wed 13th Aug. 15:45 to 16:00. The tradition in India of younger family members caring for the elderly can no longer be relied on.

DOCUMENTARY: Crossing Continents. BBC Radio Four
Thu. 14th Aug. 11:00 to 11:30. India: A Model Slum Clearance in Mumbai?

CONSUMER: Rogue Restaurants. BBC 1
Thu. 14th Aug. 20:30 to 21:00. The team goes undercover in two Indian restaurants in London. They watch as kitchen staff wash their feet, blow their noses and spit in sinks used to wash customers' cutlery.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 10 Aug. 12 noon. Wembley. Konkani Dramatic Association UK presents John D'Silva's 25th Silver Jubilee production tiatr, "NATTOK" Charlie Chaplin from Goa coming to London with his best performance artistes. Plus artistes from UK. Copland High School, Cecil Avenue, Wembley. North London. Ticket: £12.00 or £10.00 in advance. Contact: Damacian 02083761609// 07940501196, Francis 07908591759, Anthony 02084529406// 07988896904. For the flyer click here.

Sun. 17 Aug. 3 pm. Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association UK presents John D'Silva's 25th Silver Jubilee production tiatr, "NATTOK" Charlie Chaplin from Goa coming to London with his best performance artistes. Plus artistes from UK. Archbishop Lanfranc High School, Mitcham Rd. Croydon. Ticket: £12.00 or £10.00 in advance. Contact Judy Pacheco 02087632606// 07949403741. For the flyer click here.

Sun.17 Aug. G.O.A. Family Fun at HSBC Sports Club, Beckenham, Kent. Contact: Richard Fernandes - 020 8300 5347, Vince Fernandes - 020 8764 8780

Sun. 17 Aug: G.O.A. Junior Football Tournament at HSBC Sports Ground, Lennard Road, New Beckenham, BR3 1QW.
Age Groups: Under 11s, 11 to under 13, 13 to under 15 - 5-a-side (maximum 7 players per team). Proof of age will be required. Cost - £1 per player. Registration 10am, kick off 10.30am. Any individual or teams wishing to participate in this annual tournament, please contact Bernie Gracias on 020 8723 1322. Closing date for applications – Wed. 13 Aug. 2008.

Sun. 17 Aug. G.O.A. Men’s Football Tournament at HSBC Sports Club, Beckenham, Kent. Contact: Darren Fernandes - 07956 117703

Mon. 25 Aug. G.O.A. Sports Day at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Contact: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457

Sun. 31 Aug. SE Goans Summer Festival at Hurstmere School, Hurst Rd, Sidcup, DA15 9AW. Starts at 1pm. Music, food stalls, side stalls, entertainment. If you require a stall at £30 contact Chris Pinto 01322400732 or Dominic 07854490617

Sun. 31 Aug. World Goa Day at the Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX. Open-air mass at 12.30pm followed by a picnic in the extensive grounds. Please arrive by 12.00pm for a prompt start. Contact Fiona Lobo on 020 8656 3317 for further details or Rose Fernandes on 020 8409 8388 for car sharing arrangements (both drivers and passengers).

Sun. 7 Sep: Ex-Aden and Friends Get Together. Archbishop Lanfranc School Mitcham Road, Croydon. 1pm to 7pm. Tickets, includes meal: Adults £10; children (age 3-10) £5. Bring Your Own Drinks. Music by Yemeni. For tickets and info: Tony 0208 281 0460. Frank 0208 653 8642. Sarto 0208 670 3059. Thomas 0208 768 0565. Bosco 0208 684 9154. Chris 0208 679 8703. Gloria 0208 656 3994. Dress Smart Casual – no jeans or trainers). Donations of prizes gratefully received.

Sun. 7 Sep. G.O.A. Volleyball Tournament at HSBC Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 8300 5347

10 -15 Sep. On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Our Lady of Lourdes the Goan Chaplaincy has organised a Pilgrimage to Lourdes/Nevers for 5 days by Luxury Coach - 3 star Hotel - 3 mins from Grotto. (Full Board at Hotel) All Masses at Lourdes/ Bartres/ Nevers; Walking Tour of St. Bernadette. £ 250. Please Contact:- Cilla Hermann On 020 8684 7671 for further details. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sat. 27 Sep. SE Goans Belgium day trip. Shopping, seaside, site seeing. Contact Sharon Pinto 01322400732


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