Newsletter. Issue 2008-30. July. 24, 2008
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Goan Voice UK Annual Donation Appeal

Goan Voice UK is a Community service funded by the world-wide Community. The annual Donations appeal is launched this week to coincide with the UK Goan Festival as many of you prefer to hand contributions personally from yourselves and on behalf of friends and relatives.

Donations to cover running costs of this Newsletter are more than welcome and it is hoped that all recipients of the weekly newsletter will choose to do so. Amounts of £10 and over will be displayed at the website – for the 2007 donations list click here.. Donations of £20 and over, received by 31 August 2008 will also be acknowledged in this newsletter.

The payment options are:
1. In person to the Goan Voice UK stall at the UK Goan Festival on 27 July 2008.
2. By cheque made payable to Goan Voice UK. Please post to Eddie Fernandes, I Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JT
3. By PayPal. See the link at (top right corner)
4. By credit transfer. Bank: Barclays. Account: Goan Voice UK. Sort Code: 20-10-62. Account 80105082. Please also send confirmation email to

Please take time to consider the part you wish to play in sustaining and enhancing the Goan Voice UK service.


UK Goan Festival on Sunday 27 July
UK’s premiere Goan event, the UK Goan Festival takes place this Sunday (27 Jul) at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. 5,000 attended the event last year which features Goan food stalls, organisations, entertainment and more. ENTRANCE: Adults £2.50, Children under 16 free. Car Parking: £2.50 per car. For details see the Forthcoming Events section. Goan Voice UK will have a stall too – do drop by with your suggestions for improving the service. For directions to the site, click here.

Fr. Francisco John Rosario: UK’s Goan Chaplain

24 Jul: Fr Rosario was ordained in Goa in Nov 2001 and served in Mumbai and Nagpur before being appointed as UK’s Goan Chaplain. For the GVUK supplement with a brief bio and contact information click here.
The Goan Chaplaincy website is at and has photographs of recent events, details of forthcoming Konkani masses, etc.
Contact is a quarterly magazine published by the Goan Chaplaincy and edited by Cecil de Melo. It carries feature articles and has a popular matrimonial section. Subscription is £7 p.a. Enquiries to

Canada/US: Economist Conrad DeQuadros
15 Jul: PBS Nightly Business Report (TV Programme). Conrad DeQuadros appeared on the programme about the controversial rescue plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, focusing on the inflation-wage spiral. Conrad was born in Vancouver, the son of Novarro and Sybil (nee Lobo) DeQuadros (ex-Uganda) and brother of Keith. Conrad lives in New York but his parents and brother are in Toronto. Conrad DeQuadros is a renowned economic analyst. It was widely reported last month that he and John Ryding left Bear Stearns to form their own Company, RDQ Economics. For a profile of him click here. [Alert by Gabe Menezes]

London: Clint D’Mello in court over stabbing
18 Jul: The Sun (UK). A man appeared in court today charged with stabbing a 20-year-old man to death. Adnan Patel was knifed in the chest after a confrontation with a gang in east London on July 10. Clint D’Mello, 23, of Ashlin Road, Stratford, East London, was remanded in custody at Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court to appear at the Old Bailey on October 20… 182 words. Click here.

Toronto: Graham D'Souza: Kids easy prey to gangs
19 Jul: The Toronto Star. Graham D'Souza grew up in Toronto after his parents and twin brother moved here from Kuwait in the mid-'90s…He spent the better part of his youth running with a street gang. He carried a gun, sold crack and was busted for robbery. By his early 20s, he had a bullet lodged in his heart…a friend told him about Youth Employment Local Leadership (YELL) program…"That kind of changed my life around," says D'Souza… 2416 words. Click here.

Australia: John D'Souza: Joy in lending helping hand to needy
19 Jul. The Advertiser (Adelaide). Since moving to Australia from India more than 30 years ago, John D'Souza has held roles with charities in the South-East, including his latest volunteer position as St Vincent de Paul Society state president...he has been nominated for a Pride of Australia award. Describing the nomination as "very humbling" he paid tribute to all volunteers. 310 words. Click here.

Video: Joanne D’Mello: BBC2 Songs of Praise
20 Jul. BBC2. Songs of Praise from St Mary's Church Ealing. Joanne D’Mello is a member of All Soul’s Church Choir which was featured in Songs of Praise at 4.25 pm on Sunday (20th July 2008). For the video clip, available until Sat. 26 July, click here.

Marinella Proenca: International Goan Convention
21 Jul: Marinella lives in Calangute with her husband Agostinho. She a dynamic woman who has been the brains behind and has recently published a book of poems that brings alive the memories of the Goa that we all know and remember. More than that, her aim is to help the young people of Goa to help themselves. The Proencas are attending the Toronto Convention which Marinella will be addressing on 24 July following on from the 6th July launch at Vancouver hosted by the GOA there.. For details about her book and her project see

Eduardo Faleiro to open global Goans Convention in Toronto on Jul 23
21 Jul: UNI. Goa's Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro will inaugurate the Global Goans Convention in Toronto, Canada on July 23…The Convention is being organised by Goanetters Association of Toronto along with the Goans Overseas Association and other organisations of Goan expatriates in Canada… Mr Faleiro will also visit Brazil…125 words. Click here.
Final Registration for the Convention closes today, 20 July 2008. Check out the website,

Swindon: Doyle Afonso and Jason Marques
21 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. Hundreds of children lit up Faringdon Road Park with beaming smiles as they enjoyed the town's biggest summer fete… A mini football tournament got pulses racing…Goa FC was one of the squads who took part. "It's nice to be involved in a team," said player Jason Marques, 13, "We're having a good time and hoping for a good result."… Click here.

Sydney: World Goa Day follows World Youth festivities
21 Jul: Malaysia Sun. Having attended the World Youth festivities in Sydney, Father Olavo Caiado, director of the Diocesan Youth Centre in Panaji and Father Xavier Pinto of Porvorim will remain there until the weekend to celebrate World Goa Day - a celebration of Goan heritage, culture and cuisine, with the 1,000-odd members of the Goan diaspora here…said Tony Colaco, president of the Goan Overseas Association, New South Wales: "The local Indian Christian community opened their hearts and homes to accommodate the visiting youth from all over the world, including India…” 734 words. Click here.

Video: Contacto Goa: The Negative Portrayal of Goa and Goans
22 Jul: RTP: A look at the negative image of Goa and Goans both in India and Internationally. The dialogue mainly in English and with some Portuguese with subtitles. To read the subtitles you will have to increase the image size to full screen – place mouse pointer on image, right click, zoom, full screen. 30m. 16s. To view the programme, click here.

James Noronha: Teens trek to Tanzania
23 Jul: Inside Toronto. James Noronha and members of the St. George’s On-The-Hill youth group are traveling to Tanzania Sunday… they will spend a month in a village there …The group's leader, James Noronha, said he is thrilled at how hard the kids have worked to get there… Noronha, who works a day job with the Special Olympics, has worked with this group for seven years…687 words. Click here.
James was born in Canada and is the son of Assumption (born in Goa) and Frances Maria (born in Nairobi, nee Almeida). For more information of the project and to contribute to it, click here.

London’s Aldona Association donates £1000
23 Jul: Herald. The Aldona Association in London has donated £1000 pounds (Rs 82, 000) to the Home for the Aged in the village ..The decision was taken at the Feast Social in London on July 6 and its treasurer Les Moniz intimated the Managing Committee of the Home for the Aged of the donation. The Aldona Association London has regularly assisting the Home for the Aged over the years. Click here.

Toronto: Meeting on 24 July regarding Goa Property Issues
24 Jul: The I.G.O. invites all interested parties to meet the Hon. Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI Affairs, at Cawthra Senior Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road South (South of the QEW) on Thursday July 24 from 7pm to 9pm. At the I.G.O. meetings on July 6th and 13th, many Goans expressed their extreme disappointment with regard to their ancestral properties in Goa and about opportunities for investing in the motherland. Enquiries to Myra Tavares at and copy

Kuwait: Navelim crowned league champions
24 Jul: Arab Times (Kuwait). The Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) League football tournament is named after the late Jerome Pascoal D’Mello (popularly known as J.P. D’Mello), Goa’s first international football referee and consisted of 18 registered teams. The league which commenced in October last ended on July 18 with Navelim Youth Centre emerging champions in the final match. Navelim beat Kerala Challengers, Kuwait Goan Association and AVC in their last 3 encounters…607 words. Click here.

Brixton: Stephano D'Silva Quartet: 31 July
31 Jul: Ritzy Cinema Cafe, Brixton. Free entry starts around 8 p.m. The music of Stephano’s dad (Amancio D'Silva), who originally recorded back in the late 1960s early 1970s, was recently re-issued by Gilles Peterson on his label. This is a rare chance to hear it played live by a fine band exploring the hard-hitting and exotic themes. It is heavily influenced by one of the world’s oldest and richest forms of music, the Karnatic style of Southern India. Click here.


21 Jul: Toronto. ISABELLA (BELLA) DeSOUZA. (Aged 86, nee Pinto, ex-Nakuru, Kenya). Wife of late Gerald. Mother of Hilda (Mark), Zelia (Alex) and Susan. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, Markham July 23rd. Funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 14 Highgate Dr., Markham on Thu. July 24th at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery. For full details click here.

20 Jul: Benaulim, Goa. ANTONIO T. PINTO. (ex-Nairobi & UK - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). Husband of late Flora. Father of Michelle. Brother of Evelyn/Andrew Willis (UK), Augusto/Bibian Pinto (Moira). Funeral on 24 July at 4.30 pm at Moira.

20 Jul: Boston, Massachusetts. DR. JOAO SALES BARRETO (Aged 71, ex Goa Medical College and Saudi Arabia). Husband of Yvonne (Menezes). Father of Dr. Lisa Maria Barreto-D’Silva/Dr. Karl D’Silva (Swampscott) Grandfather of Gabriel and Leonardo. Brother of Maria Lourdes Moniz of Canada, Dr. Suzette Mascarenhas of Pennsylvania, late Fatima Pimenta Pereira and late Dr. Filomena Silva. Visitation on July 23. Funeral Mass on July 24, Interment will be private. For the obituary click here.

17 Jul: Toronto. ISABEL DeSOUZA (Born 1929, ex-Aldona, Goa and Mombasa, Kenya). Wife of late Simon. Mother of Anthony (Kimlin), Ninette (Rudi), Vasco (Blossom), and Conrad (Eva). She also leaves behind twelve grandchildren. Visitation at Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas St. East, Mississauga on July 19-20. Funeral Mass at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 480 Rathburn Rd. Etobicoke, on Monday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. Burial to be at Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Canadian Food for Children, Canadian Cancer Society or World Vision. Click here.

17 Jul: Panjim, Goa. PHYLLIS MAUD FERNANDEZ. (Born 1910). Wife of late Herbert Victor. Mother of Denzil/Renate (UK), George, Phil/Rhys (Wales). Grandmother of Dominic/Jane and Nadine/Simon.

17 Jul: Sarzora, Goa. JOAQUIM FRANCISCO LEPOCIANO DIAS: Husband of Almira Braganca e Dias. Father of Berta/Stanley D'Costa (UK), Olavo/Sonia, Edwin/Flancy (Bahrain), Prima/Leslie Fernandes, Blanche/Radij Pereira (Bahrain). Brother of late Fr Lourenco, Fr Saturnino, Flora/Amarante Gracias, late Linda, Viola and Josefa Braganca.

16 Jul: Vancouver, Canada. JOSE FELICIANO (FELIX) DE QUADROS. (Born 1938. Ex. EAR&H Dar Es Salaam, Tabora, Mwanza and Mtwara). Husband of Bernadette nee Gonsalves. Father of Michael and James. Grandfather of Edwina. Brother of Tereza (Vancouver), Celina (Seattle), Yvonne (Seattle), Melecio/Alba (Toronto), Joseph/Alcina (Vancouver) and Ciril/Anna (England) Funeral service on Fri July 25 at 11 am at the Holy Trinity Parish Church, 2725 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3J2 followed by a reception in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Lymphoma Foundation of Canada. Condolences to

16 Jul: London. NATY FERNANDES. Wife of Cyril. Mother of Gloria. Armando and Martin. Sister of Angela and Maria.

15 Jul: Richmond, BC, Canada. MARIA ANGELA COUTINHO (Born 1917, nee Britto, ex-Uganda & Mombasa). Wife of the late Sebastiao Lamartine. Mother of Richard, Edmund (France), Dulcie (Pat) and Jocelyn (Jean-Claude). Grandmother of Eric, Katherine, Sean, Meagan, Madison, Cassidy and Diego. Prayers will be offered at 7:30pm Monday, July 21, 2008 at Saint Joseph the Worker, 4451 Williams Rd, Richmond. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am Tuesday, July 22, 2008 with interment to follow at Gethsemani Cemetery, Surrey. Condolences to
For full details and a photograph click here.

15 Jul: Toronto. JOSEPH MICHAEL PEREIRA (aged 66, ex- Karachi). Husband of Flaxy Elizabeth. Father of Trevor (Sharon), and Reggie (Nisha). Grandfather of Natalie, Julia, and Ajay. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, Markham on 20 July. Funeral Mass on Monday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Parish, Markham. Interment at Christ The King Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Don Bosco Home in Karachi, Pakistan. For photograph and full details click here.


Shopping for a holiday in Goa
13 Jun: Travel Weekly. This week Mystery Shopper was seeking a suitable holiday in Goa… To stay safe in Goa, female travellers are advised not to dress provocatively or sunbathe topless…When driving, tourists should carry an international driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents as some holidaymakers have reported cases of police harassment…972 words. Click here.

UK: Visa Woes
19 July: The Telegraph (UK). The Taj Mahal is a beautiful site but is it worth the hassle to get there? Marcus Pugh, Wrexham writes, “I asked VFS Global why it had not replied to phone calls or the many emails I had sent in the past month and was told that it receives 1,500 email inquiries a day and can’t cope, so it doesn’t try…This experience has put me off visiting India again…” Gill Charlton of the Telegraph replies, “The manager admitted that its Indian visa application offices in London are overwhelmed … a new office will open in Hayes for postal applications, the call centre will answer calls and emails will be answered within 24 hours…my advice is to allow at least 15 working days for a tourist visa if using the postal application service…688 words + comments. Click here.

How to do India with kids in tow
19 Jul: The Times. Janice Turner loved India as a backpacker, but nothing beats seeing it again with her pre-teen sons…1435 words. Click here.
Related Link: Taking a toddler to Goa. 894 words. Click here.

Goa Tourism creates blue print for Regional Plan 2021
20 Jul: Hospitality Biz Goa Tourism has decided to tap into the lucrative rich Indo-Portuguese culture of the state.. the Government will grant financial assistance to heritage houses with an aim to preserve them and put them into use as ‘Heritage Home Stays’… about 51 village mansions will be converted into heritage villas …The state is also looking to promote the destination in Scandinavian countries… 324 words. Click here.

Get up and Goa
20 Jul: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). Once rave-party central, India's smallest state is emerging as a spiritual destination, writes Oryana Angel…currently the talk of the town is Patrick, the Indian healer who runs a clinic out of Baga. You can even bring a picture of someone who needs healing and he will "work on them" from afar…1260 words. Click here.

Goa must develop world class tourism brand: Governor.
21 Jul: UNI. Goa Governor S S Sidhu today asked the state authorities to promote its own brand of world-class tourism … In his maiden press conference immediately after being sworn in as the 14th Governor of the state. Dr Sidhu favoured ''sustainable, community-oriented and responsible tourism'' in the state. 227 words. Click here.

Stay in India for free via blogger Web site
21 Jul: Vancouver Sun: Hotel rooms in India tend to be expensive and hard to find, but a new Web site is helping visitors find a bed, with a warm conversation thrown in, all for free. While most hosts on offer a spare bed and an Internet connection, some offer sightseeing tours, endless cups of coffee or even a game of Scrabble to add that personal touch… 598 words. Click here.

New standard of luxury
23 July: Al-Bawaba News (Dubai). The Sunland Group is causing a stir with its Palazzo Versace luxury residential developments in Dubai … Sunland Group’s Soheil Abedian comments “We are targeting a combination of new growth and tourism regions such as Abu Dhabi and Goa, and established gateway cities such as London and New York following thorough research and feasibility studies of any new destination.” Click here.
Will Goa to get a Palazzo Versace next year?
Dubai prices are $3.67 to $23.8 million … L N Mittal is rumoured to be among the Goa buyers… Click here.

Goa may see less of Brits, Russians!
24 Jul: Herald. Foreign tour operators have already set the anxiety pangs for local allies in the State reporting a 20 per cent drop in sales for holiday packages to Goa from the United Kingdom…Goa may lose out to South East Asian countries with Malaysia offering cheaper and attractive holiday packages…354 words. Click here.

Flavours of Goa to lure tourists
24 Jul: Herald. Goa’s delectable but fiery-hot fish curry may become a secret weapon in luring tourists to Indian shores. The Union Tourism Ministry believes that one way to a traveller’s heart is through the stomach. It has great plans to attract visitors to India through its cuisine…296 words. Click here.

The Leery Weed
28 Jul: Outlook. The one all-season weed that flourishes through the year is the gangs of Indian men who hang out on the beaches to leer at the white bikini-clad women. They usually hunt in pairs—one of the two guys first gets very close to her while his mate waits with his camera to click just that moment when his friend appears to be in an intimate situation with her… Click here.


Karen Pirie: British Property in Goa Threatened
17 Jul: BBC. By Karen Pirie. …Chief Minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat says that as long as buyers adhere to the law, nobody has anything to fear…But critics say that the Goa government has amended and reinterpreted existing property legislation … Advocate Vikram Varma is representing about 15 of the threatened people…He says he will go to the Indian Supreme Court if necessary … For full text, 984 words, click here.
Karen Pirie interviewed Goa’s Minister, Churchill Alemao when he was in London recently and visited Goa as Producer of the programme to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 12.30pm on Fri 18 July.

Enforcement Directorate: British Property in Goa Threatened
18 Jul: Herald. …officials in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the illegal purchase of properties by foreigners have disclosed that the government does not look to be serious about investigating the matter as it is yet to provide vital information on bigger dealings involving 18 Russian companies… “The details provided to the ED are of small land dealings by people who may cause no harm to the State as they have settled there post retirement,” the official said… “The government’s decision to ban sale of land to foreigners is just eyewash,” it is claimed. 468 words. Click here.

Officials ordered to freeze four properties
18 Jul: Herald. Acting on the directions of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), instructions have been issued to freeze four properties in Morjim of Russian company M/s True Axiz Resorts Pvt Ltd for violation of FEMA Act 1999…281 words. Click here.

Recording: BBC Radio 4: British Property in Goa Threatened
18 Jul: BBC Radio 4: Face the Facts. John Waite meets British house owners in Goa who fear they may lose their homes in a backlash against foreign investment. 27 minutes.
To listen to the programme click here.
To comment on the programme email or to post something on the Radio 4 message board click here.

British Life in Goa India Threatened by Clampdowns
18 Jul: Global Visas. Life for foreigners wishing to live in Goa, could be in jeopardy…There are an estimated 3,000 foreigners on long term visas in Goa and a third of these own property in this area…In the past it was relatively easy to obtain five year visas but now UK citizens are currently been issued visas for just 6 months to one year…322 words. Click here.

Editorial: Stop the crooks, not all the ‘foreigners’
19 Jul: Herald. Out of all the foreigners who have bought properties in Goa over the last few years, the vast majority are straightforward, honest retirees…They are an asset to Goa. But there is a small minority of foreigners whom we are better off without. These are people who promote huge mega-projects in small villages… allegations made by NGOs about the whole administration being ‘bought’ by these Mafias suddenly start to ring true...573 words. Click here.

Over 400 foreigners likely to lose Goa properties
20 Jul: Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Foreigners who have bought properties in Goa in contravention of FEMA are in for a bitter lesson…lawyers who helped ink the land deals were also liable for action if a client lodged a complaint. Despite government action and media blitz in the UK on the issue, real estate dealers in Goa continue to do business with foreigners on tourist visas …340 words. Click here.

Goa: Move to Limit Foreigners Buying Land
21 Jul: OhMy News. By Armstrong Vaz (armie)…A large chunk of the English tourists who bought property in Goa face the threat of having it confiscated…some people are hell-bent on protecting the big sharks at the cost of the small fish…”The politicians must be having a parallel racket of their own. Some pay-up-and-we-register-at-a-price kind of scam," said Wilson Coutinho, a Goan…will the government sing to the tune of the smaller budget tourists or the big land sharks? 881 words. Click here.

Trouble in paradise?
22 Jul: Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK). Steve Wood, who runs Goa Property Sales, hit out at “misleading” claims by the BBC that the property market in India was in danger of collapse…Mr Wood is adamant that the problem is being exaggerated… 406 words. Click here.

My English neighbours in Goa
22 Jul: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz. Mike and Chrissie Shepherd, a British couple bought a house in Cuncolim in south Goa, decades ago and have made it their second home. Their message to the law makers is that tourists are not a threat to Goa's environment but it is the big land sharks… 827 words. Click here.

Brits care for Goa
23 Jul: Herald. By Geoff Pond, UK. … BBC radio4 programme have been in Goa and their very forthright programme was broadcast few days back. Many British newspapers including the excellent on-line UK Goan Voice are carrying features with regards to the problems in Goa… 251 words. Click here.


Goa traffic police gets a taste of Mumbai
14 Jul: MidDay. A contingent of 25 Goan traffic police officers, are in Mumbai to train under their Mumbai counterparts… S Naik, Assistant Sub Inspector, Goa Police said, "The traffic conditions in Goa are not so hectic as compared to Mumbai; so we will get a better knowledge of dealing with traffic in Goa."…222 words. Click here.

Goa to host Portuguese fest in Nov.
18 Jul: Asian Age. The Portuguese consular office in Goa, announced a week-long cultural festival from November 7 to 15 which will end with a Portuguese food festival, buffets, food stalls, and skit competition. Click here.

Four Uzbek women released on bail
18 Jul: Navhind Times. The four Uzbek women allegedly a part of an international sex racket who were trapped in a sting operation were released on bail. The police are still on the lookout for a woman named Gulnova Jureau who was running the operation. 208 words. Click here.

Delhi rushes malaria experts to Goa
18 Jul: Times of India. Alarmed by suspected malaria deaths caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite, the Union health ministry on Thursday rushed a team of experts in vector-borne diseases to Goa. 443 words. Click here.

Case against son for abandoning mother
18 Jul: Times of India. The Panaji police registered a complaint against a man who abandoned his elderly mother and locked her out of the house, forcing her to live in a public pay toilet…303 words. Click here.

Hockey: Goan lads make their mark in Lisbon
19 Jul: Navhind Times. Goa-India edged out Lisbon Selection 2-1 in the first Lusofonia international hockey tournament in Lisbon yesterday…This victory warmed the cockles of the hearts of the small Goan community members present for the game…a greater attendance of the Goan community members is expected at the next match when Goa-India play Portugal on July 19. 407 words. Click here.

Woman gets life imprisonment for husbands murder
19 Jul: Navhind Times. Angela Diniz has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her husband, Floriano in 2003…The case was initially registered as unnatural death by sub inspector Nerlon Albuquerque and the initial post-mortem conducted by Mr Silvano Sapeco stated that there were no injuries on his body. After strong protests by the locals another post-mortem was ordered which showed that there were injuries to the deceased… the accused was said to have pressed the private parts of her husband subsequently killing him… Click here.

Editorial: The Knowledge Goose
19 Jul: Navhind Times. …it is imperative that Goa should create a world-class infrastructure in education, health services, power, roads, ports, airports, communication, water supply, sanitation etc. Ironically, the vigilante groups are opposing creation of infrastructure in these sectors, saying it will bring in more migrants and make Goans a minority in their homeland…516 words. Click here.

Bullfight in Betim

19 Jul. Herald. Onlookers get a glimpse of a rare bullfight as bulls lock horns in the middle of the road at Betim, blocking the smooth flow of traffic along the route. Photo by Franky Gracias.

Goa may go into forced recession
20 Jul: Navhind Times. The captains of industry in the state predicted that Goa would be drawn into aforced recession within the next five years due to the negative approach of the natives towards industrial development at the local level, and this in turn would reduce the availability of jobs in the state to nil. 1057 words. Click here.

Elephant Hell: Battle to save Indian beasts
20 Jul: The People (UK)…Thousands of captive elephants are ill treated… Volunteers from UK-based International Animal Rescue are battling to help more beasts in Goa. 296 words. Click here.
UK TV programme: Travel Channel: Wed. 23 Jul: 05:30 to 06:00. Goan Wild - International Animal Rescue. Repeated 18 Aug. at 18:30.
For the International Animal Rescue website click here.

Sidhu sworn in as new Goa Governor
21 Jul: The Hindu. Shivinder Singh Sidhu was sworn in as Goa Governor on Monday…Sidhu replaces S C Jamir, who has been transferred to the post of Governor of Maharashtra. Sidhu was born in 1929. He has authored several books including "Steel Industry in India: Problems & Perspective," "Aviation and Sustainable Tourism: Emerging Trends," "New Horizons in Travel" and "Tourism: Asian Approach." Click here.

Builders offer personal touch to woo buyers
21 Jul: Economic Times. Faced with a slowdown and increased competition, real estate players are offering incentives…Dubai-based Phoenix Group has also given a ‘personalised’ touch to the upcoming villa and apartment project in Goa. The company is designing interiors according to the choice of the customers … The Group had organised fireworks display, fashion shows and had gifted wine bottles to visitors. 610 words + Comments. Click here.

Road accidents in Goa on a high
21 Jul: Times of India. Goa is on the top of the list of states, when it comes to road accidents. More than 300 fatal accidents occur every year in Goa. 324 words. Click here.

Hockey. Portugal: 5. Goa: 2
22 Jul: Desporto na Linha. Portugal defeated Goa by 5-2 in the final of the first Fernando Pessoa Championship which was played at the National Stadium. This new initiative of the Portuguese Hockey Federation aims to link Portuguese speaking communities who play hockey. The next Championship will take place in Lisbon in July 2009 simultaneously with the Lusofonia Games,… Click here.

Senior citizens suffer in silence in Goa
22 Jul: Times of India. The recent case of a 75-year-old mother who was forced to live in a public pay toilet as her son allegedly abandoned her, has brought to the fore the problems and pain faced by senior citizens in society…Suhas Sardessai, who runs two old age homes in North Goa, one for the poor and another for the well-to-do senior citizens said, "Sometimes the children's difficulties are genuine. They go abroad for work and are forced to keep their parents at an old age home. But some children refuse to take responsibility for their parents and find them a burden, who intrude into their privacy." 368 words, Click here.

Goans migrating for better jobs, salaries
22 Jul: Times of India. Vijay B Saxena, deputy director of Planning and Statistics, says, “Goa has a population of the very young and the very old. These two age groups are well taken care of by the government through welfare schemes. The age group in between — the productive working population — has nothing."… 717 words. Click here.

Sesa Goa Net Profit 6.33 Billion Vs 1.31 Billion
23 Jul: Wall Street Journal. India's Sesa Goa Ltd. (500295.BY) Wednesday said consolidated net profit for the fiscal first quarter rose nearly five-fold on year on the back of sharply higher sales revenue. Consolidated net profit for the iron-ore producer rose to INR6.33 billion in the quarter ended June 30 from INR1.31 billion a year earlier…. Click here.

Football: Dempo Won't Host AFC Cup Quarters In Goa
24 Jul: Dempo SC won’t host their home game AFC Cup quarterfinals against Singapore’s Home United on September 16 due to the delay in installing floodlights at the Nehru Stadium, Goa. Goa Football Association’s (GFA) secretary Mr. Savio Messias claimed to have approached the Goan Sports Ministry two years back to install floodlights but the issue has been pending ever since. He said, “If Gurgaon and Barasat Stadiums can do it in some 45 days why can’t we”? 405 words. Click here.

Goa & Portugal: Hands in friendship
24 Jul: Times of India. How do Goans feel about the Portuguese-Goan connection? Is there a cultural exchange, or is it merely one sided? Goa has a unique cultural texture. The language, the mannerisms, the architecture all contribute to make the state special. Most foreigners are more comfortable in Goa than any other place in the country. Its Portuguese culture has a lot to do with this...592 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
24 Jul: Times of India – Goa edition. Exchange rates £=84.16; $ =42.06; Euro = 66.22
Weather: Max =30.4; Min = 22.9. Humidity 82% to 93%.


Scarlett Keeling Murder: Nerlon Albuquerque files anticipatory bail
19 Jul: Navhind Times. Mr Nerlon Albuquerque, the police sub inspector who was suspended and dismissed for lapses in the death of Scarlett Keeling has filed an anticipatory bail stating that he was under the apprehension that the Central Bureau Investigation wanted to arrest him…the hearing will take place on July 21…Mr Mike Mannion the star witness in the Scarlett case, has applied for extension of his visa. 191 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling still not buried
20 Jul: MidDay. Three months after Scarlett Keeling's mortal remains reached UK, she still awaits burial. Her body is in the Exeter mortuary in Devon...The coroner won't release the body until he receives toxicology test reports and the missing organs from India. Scarlett’s mother, Fiona Mackeown said… She claims that the coroner's office has made an official complaint with regard to the 'lethargic' attitude of Indian authorities. 170 words. Click here.

Teenager found dead at Anjuna shack
24 Jul: Times of India. A teenager working at Curlies shack, Anjuna was found dead in the shack staff room on Tuesday morning…the autopsy report notes an injury in the form of red contusion on the head of the deceased…Curlies shack had come under the spotlight during investigation into the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling. Click here.


Cardinal Dias: Pope urges Anglicans to "avoid schism"
16 Jul: The Times (UK)…In an unprecedented step, Benedict XVI has sent three Cardinals to the three-week gathering in Canterbury. They include Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay, a rising star in Vatican circles invited for his expertise on evangelization, a key theme of the 2008 conference… Click here.

Audio: Neelima Pratap: Grace Educational Trust
16 Jul: RCI (Radio Canada International). Indo Canadian Report. Neelima Pratap talks about her project aimed at helping street children in the Betim Namnagar community of Goa to stay in school. Pratap talks about how they started, and the 40 children that the Trust now helps. 8m. 27s. Click here.

Goan Feni to delight South Africans
18 Jul: Deccan Herald. …Many South Africans will get their first whiff of feni, Goa's favoured drink, as the Goan Food Festival kicks off Aug 23 at the renowned restaurant Beverley Hills on the Durban coastline and then continues at the equally renowned Le Canard in September… Click here.

California: Celine & Joe Correa: Flying Angels Help Stranded Students
18 Jul: India-West Staff Reporter. As many as 50 former students of the failed American School of Aviation are stranded after each prepaid over $40,000 for their training… Most are now studying at Flying Vikings, Inc., a school in the San Francisco Bay Area…The school is owned by Joe Correa, originally from Goa; his wife, Celine, and son-in-law, pilot Mats Salomonsson, 778 words. Click here.

Mando Mogi to perform in Canada
18 Jul: Navhind Times, Mando Mogi, a well known cultural folklore group from Margao led by Mr Pervis Gomes has been invited by the Goa Netters Association, Canada to perform at the 2008 Goan International Convention at Toronto, Canada. The group will perform two shows on July 23 and 24 at Mississuaga University. 123 words. Click here.

New Zealand: Indian community wants "pilgrims" sent home
18 Jul: News Talk (NZ). New Zealand's Indian community wants the missing "pilgrims" to catch the next plane home. In all, 36 Indian nationals who arrived in the country under the guise of being Catholic pilgrims remain on the run…Indian Association general secretary Veer Khar does not believe the Indian nationals are even Catholics and is not buying their immigration scam story….257 words. Click here.

New Zealand: 20 missing “Catholic” Indian pilgrims traced
21 Jul: New Zealand Press Assoc. The Department of Labour has spoken to half the Indian pilgrims who went missing in New Zealand while supposedly en route to World Youth Day in Sydney… The men, aged 18 and 20, were leaving voluntarily rather than being deported… 461 words. Click here.

Keeping Fit During Your Vacations in Goa
18 Jul: American Chronicle. A Goa vacation can be made even more memorable and meaningful by treating your body with a wide range of sports, wellness treatments and therapies that are offered by the numerous resorts. 553 words. Click here.

Goa Govt to advise Brit tourists not to hire bikes
19 Jul: Herald. With tourists three times more likely to be involved in road accidents than locals, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is targeting two-wheelers as part of ‘Steer clear of trouble’ campaign… Shilpa Caldeira, Consular Head in Goa, says: “… there was even a couple who were not wearing helmets because they were worried about ruining their hairstyles.” 302 words. Click here.

Goa drug lords killed West tourist says grieving sister
19 Jul: Western Daily Press. Stephen Bennett was murdered in India as a warning to drug runners who owed a large debt to a Goan drug lord, his sister has claimed. Amanda Bennett made the startling revelation after months of private investigations. “We know now that Stephen was sacrificed as a warning to other Brits who owed money to a drug baron in Goa”, she says…Now she is pressing to bring a case against Indian police who she claims are corrupt and covered up the murder…895 words + Comments Click here.

Shrimp Temperado Recipe
20 Jul: Bella Online. … Goan food is a delicious combination of exotic Indian spices and traditional Portuguese cooking styles. This dish is a perfect example…397 words. Click here.

Love in the time of the Inquisition
20 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. Book review of Guardian Of The Dawn. Richard Zimler appears to have made a career of riveting historical mystery. With the highly acclaimed The Last Kabbalist Of Lisbon and Hunting Midnight tucked securely under his belt, he thrusts into the literary arena another sweeping tale. Set in 16th century colonial India, in the Portuguese colony of Goa, Guardian Of The Dawn scrutinises the Catholic Inquisition…370 words. Click here.

Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India
21 Jul: The Evening Standard (London). Book Review: Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India. By Anita Jain. Bloomsbury £12.99.With its cheesy title this book might be disregarded as another piece of girl-seeks-boy junk. I hope not. Jain’s memoir of leaving New York to find an Indian husband is a moving portrait of a woman between two cultures and also the holy grail of women’s writing an entertaining work of chick-lit that is meaningful and important… Click here.

By 2017, Indians might own large chunks of London
23 Jul: Times of India. Globe-trotting Indians could spend as much as £15 billion on residential property in the UK in the next decade, one of the world’s leading real estate companies has predicted in the first tabulation of its kind. 557 words. Click here.

Mississauga: Multi-media Artist Sharmila Samant in Art Residency
23 Jul: City of Mississauga (press release). Internationally-renowned artist Sharmila Samant will be undertaking a three week residency from July 26 to Aug 18 in Mississauga… Samant will explore migrant experiences of Mississauga's South Asian community in particular, the Goan and Maharashtran communities…Residents are invited to meet Samant on July 31… For details click here. For a photo and bip of Samant, click here.

Cardinal Ivan Dias: Anglican Church suffering spiritual Alzheimer's
23 Jul: The Guardian (UK). Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay, who is the most senior Catholic delegate invited to the Lambeth Conference described the turmoil in the Anglican Communion as "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "ecclesial Parkinson's"…Dias is highly regarded in Rome and was one of the cardinals considered papabile - worthy of being elected pope - at the 2005 conclave… 450 words. Click here.
For the full text of the Cardinal Dias message click here.

British nationals acquitted in Mumbai paedophilia case
23 Jul: Zee News. Bombay High Court on Wednesday acquitted the three accused, two Brits and one Indian, in Anchorage paedophilia case. British nationals Duncan Grant and Allan Waters and Indian citizen William D’Souza were convicted and sentenced to six years each in March 2006 by a Sessions Court for sexually abusing five street children. 188 words. Click here.

UK: Carrom
29- 30 Jul: Carrom Test Series between India and UK. Sutton High School, Surrey SM1 2AX. Starting time at 11 a.m.
1st to 3rd Aug: UK Carrom Federation 12th Carrom Euro Cup at the same venue Starting time 9 a.m. For information: or contact Assumption Gomes on Tel: 020 8641 5995


Much controversy has emerged over proposals that Goa University, a state institution, becomes a Central(Indian) University. Several posters have provided arguments for and against the proposal and one interesting comment was from Miguel Braganza who said "I would be glad if a Central University is established in Goa in addition to the Goa University." Of particular concern among many seems to be that the extensive property of the university may be lost in the proposed change of status and also worries have been expressed that, admission opportunities for students from Goa may be diminished if a change comes about. The odd thing however, is that such concerns are seemingly dismissed by a poster who simply said, "During its reign of 22 years, it has managed to produce more cooks on board ships, more packers in Swindon, more houseboys in Kuwait and more illegal waiters in the US than any other university." Whether such a statement was said with tongue in cheek is unclear but with the likelihood that some Goan Voice(UK) readers are alumni of Goa University, here is an opportunity to contribute to this lively and controversial issue.

A book on the internationally renowned cartoonist Mario de Miranda was released recently in Goa. This was the first book about the life of the 82 year-old cartoonist but GVUK readers will probably be familiar with books containing Miranda's cartoons. To find out more about this story click here.

Goan surnames have been discussed on the GVUK often but what is perhaps new on Goanet is Olga Maciel's details of Mangalorean/Goan Surnames. Hopefully there will be greater detail from such a source later but a visit now will be worthwhile. Click here.

We may be surprised to learn that "the mango and cashew are botanical cousins." This statement comes from Valmiki Faleiro's knowledgeable and informative article on Goanet, titled 'Goa's Mango'. The article first appeared in the Herald newspaper, Goa, on July 20, 2008.

Finally, for those keen to understand what lies behind the complexities in the inheritance laws in Goa, consequent to both, Portuguese and Hindu practises, one could do no better than read a substantial article provided by Goanet Reader titled 'Yesterday's Goa: Communidades, Landlords, Desais and Inheritance'. This is from a translation from Portuguese to English by Maria Aurora Couto of a book by A.B. Braganca Pereira, titled Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu. The book is available from Penguin Books, India.

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Monday 28th July. 09:00 to 09:30. Indian Summer. Demonstration of exercises designed to promote weight loss and a balanced, healthy soul.

DOCUMENTARY: A Failure to Provide? BBC Radio Four
Monday 28th July. 11:00 to 11:30. Second and third generation British Asians are facing a new problem of how to care for their elderly parents now that the extended family has split up and become more Anglicised and less traditional.

DOCUMENTARY: Holiday Homes Hard Sell. ITV1
Monday 28th July. 20:00 to 20:30. Does not deal with Goa but in an undercover investigation, Jonathan Maitland explores the marketing of homes abroad and meets British buyers who fear they will lose their hard-earned cash.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: What the Ancients Did for Us. UKTV History
Tuesday 29th July. 08:00 to 09:00. The Indians. Examining the innovations and inventions of ancient civilisations.

COOKERY: Delhi Belly. UKTV Food
Wednesday 30th July. 05:00 to 05:30. Samosas. Sanjeev Bhasker and Reza Mahammad on all kinds of mouthwatering, easy-to-prepare recipes.

DOCUMENTARY: Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld. Dave
Wednesday 30th July. 16:30 to 17:00. India. Jeremy Clarkson investigates the motoring culture of India, one of the most dangerous places on earth to drive.

DOCUMENTARY: Living in the Sun. UKTV Style 2
Friday 1st Aug. 16:00 to 17:00. Kristian Digby follows the fortunes of a couple who are risking everything to open an Indian restaurant in Spain.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 27 Jul. G.O.A. Goan Festival in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. ENTRANCE: Adults £2.50, Children under 16 free. Car Parking: £2.50 per car. Contact: Herbert Fernandes 01277 651052, Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322.

Sat. 2 Aug. 7 pm. Swindon. 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. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Ticket: £12.00 or £10.00 in advance. Contact: Xavier 0179 3325686/ 07961560935. For the flyer click here.

SOLD OUT Sat. 2 Aug. G.O.A. Senior Citizens Trip to Bournemouth

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


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