Newsletter. Issue 2008-31. July. 31, 2008
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UK Annual Goan Festival. By Selma Carvalho
Selma at the Festival
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27 Jul: GVUK. Selma Carvalho who relocated to the UK recently from the USA describes her first Goan gathering in the UK … “the smells wafting in the air and the m/c and band on stage sounded comfortingly familiar…The young boy selling me the chorizos spoke English with a very British accent…I sat with a group of Goan East Afrikanders…Seraphino Antao, the Gazelle of Kenya, chatted away breezily…I could almost be sitting at a country club in Mombasa…Later, I met up with a group that had come from Swindon. In diaspora we seek the familiar; a familiar face, food, music. But we are forced by circumstance to live with the unfamiliar…For full text, 520 words, click here.

UK: 320 photographs of the UK Goan Festival
30 July. Maaike Vlam and Alex Rocha have superb, professional quality photographs of the 27 July 2008 UK Goan Festival. They are in four albums – Cultural programme, Mass, People and Stalls. To check one or all click here.

Toronto Goan International Convention. By Dr Cornel DaCosta
29 Jul: GoaNet. Cornel DaCosta made a late decision to travel from London to the Convention only after his daughter, Joanna, expressed an interest in attending it. Cornel writes, “We both had open minds about what we might expect and were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the entire programme… I want to congratulate Kevin Saldanha and his team of hard working organisers who generated this innovative, successful and satisfying event…I only hope that the UK Goans will be able to reciprocate just as well when the Goan Convention is held in London… 537 words. Click here.
For a profile of Cornel D’Costa, click here.

Goan Convention offers connection to culture
24 Jul: Mississauga News: The 2008 International Goan Convention runs until Sunday at venues in and around Mississauga…The convention includes networking opportunities, theatre performances, cultural and musical evening, workshops and other activities…The event is organised by Goanetters Association of Toronto (GNAT)…GNAT came into existence a year ago as a result of an online mailing group comprising of more than 1,200 Goans worldwide. 348 words. Click here.

Traditional Goan theatre comes to Mississauga
25 July: Mississauga News. A story of two young lovers will be told in the traditional Goan style tonight at 7 p.m. at the Living Arts Centre. It is being presented in Konkani… Using super-titles, the English translation will be simulcast on a screen above the main stage for the audience to follow along. 288 words. Click here.

Toronto: 2008 International Goan Convention
26 Jul: 6:30 pm. The GRAND BALL of the 2008 International Goan Convention. All the happening crowd's gonna be there! Live TV coverage by ATN and Rogers Cable! Besides the great show lined up, with the Convention Queen (and Miss India Canada), the great Mando Mogi group from Goa will be performing specially LIVE at the Ball! Last minute tickets:
Click here.

Toronto: Photographs from the 2008 Goan International Convention
Bosco D’Mello: 144 photos. Click here.
Edgar Silveira: 123 photos. Click here.
Nasci Caldeira: 92 photos. Click here.
Mervyn Lobo 22 Jul. 22 photos. Click here.
Mervyn Lobo 23 Jul. 13 photos. Click here.

Michigan: Michelle D'Souza wins 2008 Enterprising Women of the Year Award
19 Jul: PR Com. Enterprising Women magazine (, has named Michelle D’Souza winner of the 2008 Enterprising Women of the Year Award to the National Advisory Board… D’Souza owns Unified Business Technologies, Inc., ( a staffing company specializing in information technology job placement…Click here.
Michelle D’Souza was born in Bombay, the daughter of Felix Heredia and Rosalina D’Souza and traces her Goan roots to Salvador-do-Mundo, & Chorao. She finds time to get involved in several charities for children and working women. Her company recruits for both the private and public sectors and is always looking to hire suitable people. Enquiries to

London: Visit of Cardinal Ivan Dias
Cardinal Dias &
GA (UK) Board
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21 Jul: Goan Association (UK) website, Cardinal Ivan Dias was visiting London to attend he Lambeth Conference and agreed to a request from the Goan Association (UK) to offer Mass for the Goan community at St Boniface Catholic Church in Tooting in 21st July 2008. The service was packed to capacity. For full text click here.
For 80 photographs, by Alex Rocha, of the event, click here.

UK: Davinia Monteiro triumphs in Toronto
21 Jul. Richmond & Twickenham Times. Wallington's Davinia Monteiro celebrated lifting the inaugural Women U20s Nations Cup with a try in her side's 30-7 final triumph over Canada in Toronto. The 19-year-old Bath University student opened the scoring to help ensure England Women remained undefeated in the four-game competition…187 words. Click here.
Davinia is the daughter of Colin and Delfina (ex-Nairobi) and was born in London.

Stan Gonsalves: First Nissan GT-R delivered in Canada
24 Jul: Autos Canada. Stanislaus Gonsalves of Oakville, ON, was the first customer to drive away in his new GT-R, which he ordered in July, 2007…Mr. Gonsalves has been a loyal customer of Alta Nissan since 1996…The 2009 Nissan GT-R has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $81,900 for one well-equipped model… 441 words. Click here.
6 Jun: Sunday Times. UK Review of the car. Click here.

Scottsdale condo conversion market hits wall
25 Jul: The Arizona Republic. …Condo buyers are wary. Cal DeSouza, managing partner of Belleview Communities has been doing real estate development for more than 15 years in the Valley… Belleview is marketing its condos to Canadian buyers …DeSouza grew up in Toronto and lived in Calgary before coming to Arizona in 1992… 573 words + comments. Click here.
For a GVUK profile of Cal DeSouza & family (ex Uganda), click here.

Goa to appoint NRIs to state boards
25 Jul: Economic Times. Goa is set to become the first state in India to appoint non-resident Indians (NRIs) to various boards and corporations…about 500,000 people of Goan origin live abroad… Click here.

USA: D’Souza brothers achieve scouting’s highest honor together
26 Jul: Plympton Reporter, Halifax, MA. Brothers Trevor D’Souza, 21, and Kyle D’Souza, 18 have achieved the Eagle Scout award together. They have been active members of the Boy Scouts for several years now with the troop 39 located here in Halifax…The next stop for Kyle will be Boston, where he plans to attend Wentworth College to pursue a degree in architecture… Photo of the D’Souza family, mom Elfreda, sons Kyle and Trevor, and dad Denzil. 432 words. Click here.

USA: Virginia: Dr Francis Saldanha: A taste of India
26 Jul: Gazette Mail. When Charleston resident Francis Saldanha decided to bring India's under-16 national soccer team to West Virginia for a 26-day training and exhibition tour, every attempt was made to give the visitors challenging opponents. The Indian team won all six games handily by a combined margin of 44-2… The Indian U-16 lives, trains and is privately schooled at a facility in Goa… 495 words. Click here.
For an earlier article (2 Jul. 2008) about Dr Francis Saldanha and this project, click here.

Tanzania Goans Newsletter: Kylie D’Souza
26 July: Newsy. From Michelle Furtado: The second edition (July 2008) of NEWSY from the St Xaviers Society Tanzania Newsletter team is out. My personal thanks to all those who gave us feedback on our first edition.
The newsletter has articles and photos Kylie, aged 18 modelling the kanga; ordination of yet another local Goan to priesthood; photos of the May Picnic and June Family Day; etc. etc. For your copy write to or click here.

Ed Antao (ex-Zanzibar) in Davenport, Iowa, USA
26 Jul: Quad City Times (Davenport IA). When Edith Masai traveled to Davenport from Kenya to run the Quad-City Times Bix 7, she and several other representatives of the Kenyan contingent shared food, fun and fellowship at a festive party held at the Davenport home of Ed Antao, who has been throwing a bash for the African runners for more than 20 years… Click here.

Goan family values. By Aires Rodrigues
29 Jul: Times of India. …The first generation immigrant has had to work hard to build a strong economic base for the family. The younger generation is faced with pressures to conform to an alien culture in order not to stick out like a sore thumb…Women have to combine the duties of running a household with the demands of pursuing a career…There is a crying need for an internet TV station with programmes in Konkani while allowing the viewer to select subtitles in English or Konkani, either in Devanagari or the Roman script…959 words. Click here.
Aires Rodrigues is ex-Toronto and ex-Goa. For a profile of him click here.

Lloyd Rayney denies phone tapping
30 Jul: WA Today. Lawyer Lloyd Rayney will face a higher court later this year on a charge of tapping his murdered wife's phone, which he has denied… Rayney's estranged wife Corryn's body was found in a bush grave at Kings Park last year…Corryn's sister Sharon Coutinho said every week was difficult for her family without real answers…439 words. Click here.

Rayney remains a person of interest: police
31 Jul: WA Today (Perth, Aus.). Lawyer Lloyd Rayney remains a person of interest in his estranged wife Corryn's murder nearly a year ago, WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said today. Ms Rayney went missing on August 7 after a bootscooting class in Bentley. Her body was found in a bush grave in Kings Park on August 16…398 words. Click here.

Basilio Magno pens anthem on Goa
30 Jul: Times of India…Settled in Torre Del Mar, Spain, Basilio Magno is well known among overseas Goans, especially for the World Goa day anthem he composed at the request of Rene Barreto…Born in Goa, Basilio spent his youth in Bombay…In Germany, Basilio formed an association of Goans living there…he is married to Spanish Rosa Maria…Now 85, age keeps Basilio from visiting Goa but cyber friends keeps his links with Goa… 652 words. Click here.
Video: Basilio Magno sings Proud To be a Goan 4m. 24s. Click here.

Canada: Looking for summer hockey glory
30 Jul: CBC Sports. Canadian sports fans won’t be surprised to learn that their Olympic hockey team has been built on grit and determination. It’s no surprise to Louis Mendonca, either. The head coach of the Canadian men’s field hockey team says, “We’re a pretty gritty group, just like other Canadian teams.” … Click here.

Indians at prominent positions in Portugal
31 Jul: Economic Times. Portugal has about 70,000 non-resident Indians and PIOs…Goan Catholics in Lisbon have done very well in professions such as medicine and law…Increasingly, many younger members leave Lisbon to migrate to other European countries such as UK. In fact, there is pressure within the EU countries to decline visas to these immigrants some of whom are being seen as a threat to the domestic labour markets…1383 words. Click here.


26 July: Tivim, Goa. ANNIE LOBO (ex-Kampala, Uganda). Wife of late Isidoro Epiphanio. Mother of Walter/Margaret (UK), Fr Clifton (Mumbai), late Lloyd/Trudi, Eleanor/Felix and Juliana/Connie. Funeral service 28th July at Tivim

25 Jul: Mombasa, Kenya. Fr. TOM BARRON, CSSp. (born 1931; Holy Ghost Father). He had ministered in the Archdiocese of Mombasa for 47 years. Funeral service on Fri. 1 Aug. at 10:00 am in Holy Ghost Cathedral, Mombasa.

25 Jun. Perth (Aus). BALTAZAR PINTO (Aged 90, ex Porvorim & Bombay). Father of Belita/Tony (Aus) and Sandra/Lynton (Aus). Brother of late Aplonio/late Carmen (Karachi), Carlos/Julia (Kalyan), Agnes/late Ciprian (UK), late Nelson/Ignatia (Goa). Interred in Perth on 2nd July.

25 Jul. Brazil. EDUARDO JUDAS BARROS. (Born 1944; set up a Centre of Afro-Asian Studies at Londrina University in 1985). Cibele Candeo Leite. Tel. (43) 9143.0555. Dirce Meneguelli de Sá. Tel. (43) 3327.2739. [Info from GoaNet]. For more about him click here.

23 Jul: Toronto. FELIX D'CRUZ (born Aldona, Goa; ex Karachi & Middle East). Husband of Auroliana for 63 years. Father of Lydia (Francis) D'Souza of Montreal, Cecilia (Michael) Mendes of Toronto, Edwin (Christine) D'Cruz of Mississauga and late George. Visitation at Highland Funeral Home on Friday. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Sat. July 26th at St. Joseph's Church, 200 Morrish Rd. Toronto. Interment Christ the King Cemetery, Markham. Donations to Seven Oaks Home for the Aged or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences to For full details click here.

20 Jul: Eulogy: Antonio (Tate) Pinto. Died 20 July 2008
From Augusto Pinto, My brother Tertuliano Antonio Pinto, or Tate as we called him then, and Tony now, was born in Nairobi... He was educated at Dr Ribeiro's Goan School, Nairobi (Class of ’64)and married the late Flora Mascarenhas and had a daughter Michelle…He went to England to join the British Armed Forces, first with the RAF and then the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers… After he retired from the army at the age of 40, he went to Goa …he was instrumental in setting up a Senior Citizen's Organisation for Goans. For full text, 1357 words, click here.

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


Skegness: Wendy Rayment: My kind of holiday
19 Jul. Leicester Mercury. Skegness is a town that so enjoyed the 1970s, it decided to stay there. Leicester ex-pat Wendy Rayment owns the Lakeside Diner…She slaves over a hot griddle pan for two-thirds of the year and spends two months of the winter spread-eagled on a beach in Goa … "That's my kind of holiday," she says. "A lot of us do it… " Click here.

'Etiquette classes' for Brits heading to India
23 Jul: The Times (UK)… the UK-India Business Council has set up new 'Indian etiquette classes'… the key mistakes are in method for greeting people, opening gifts in the presence of the hosts, being patronising or pompous…The first etiquette session will take place on July 28 in London and those interested should visit 730 words + comments. Click here.

Editorial: Foreigner fallout
25 Jul: Herald. Bookings of holiday packages to Goa by British tourists have dropped 20 per cent this year…widespread negative publicity of the Scarlet Keeling case, followed by stopping registration of property transactions involving foreigners has had a massive fallout…Churchill Alemao made baseless but dramatic statements that properties of foreigners will be ‘seized’ and ‘auctioned’, it causes outrage…general feeling of disenchantment among those who were Goa’s most ardent champions in Britain…462 words. Click here.

Book Review: Mumbai and Goa, Time Out, £12.99
26 Jul: Irish Times. Mumbai is where India meets the west, a clash of cultures that crackles with energy; Goa has long been the party paradise for the backpacking tourist, a laid-back oasis in a country of bustle…The pages are dripping with colour and packed sections hustle and harry the reader, pulling at your sleeves and leading you down back alleys with promises of a vibrant Indian experience. Very appetising stuff indeed. Click here.

Guardian Review Pages
26 Jul: The Guardian. By Sue Arnold. This week's begging letter (I get one a month) came from a student asking me to sponsor his charity motorbike ride from Gloucester to Goa for the World Wildlife Fund. It would be a dangerous, rugged trip, he wrote, though they would be staying for free in Hilton hotels en route. I sent him £20…

Scuba diving to get new demarcated area
27 Jul: Times of India. Scuba diving in Goa, perhaps the only mainland state in India with facilities for this underwater sport, is set to receive a boost with the tourism department toying with a proposal to demarcate an exclusive area around the islands of St George and Grande Island to promote this activity… 372 words. Click here.

Cosmetic Surgery Packages in Goa
27 Jul: PR Log. The medical treatment centers in India for cosmetic surgery are at Goa, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore…The low cost of treatment and the availability of advanced treatment facilities attracts more patients to India…651 words. Click here.

Irish Property firm returns deposits on units in India
27 Jul: Sunday Business Post (Ireland). Overseas property company Larionovo has returned deposits to a number of its clients who bought units in Mumbai and the Cape Corinth project in Goa. Prices ranged from €29,250 for a studio at Hill View to €52,000 for a one-bedroom unit in Cape Corinth… Some other property companies are pressing ahead with sales of Indian properties to Irish investors…Earlier this year authorities in Goa moved to ban the sale of land to foreigners amid concerns about the amount of property being purchased by non-Indians. 578 words. Click here.

Belfast Company in scheme to build homes in India
27 Jul: Sunday Business Post (Ireland). Paul McGlade, the Belfast entrepreneur and property investor is developing 100 ‘celebrity-style’ multimillion-euro mansions in India. He has joined forces with a project partner in India, which is overseeing the development in Mumbai and Goa…the houses would range in price from €1 million to €10million, “They are for wealthy Indians and we are building on the beaches of Goa and in Mumbai," he said. 237 words. Click here.

Joeanna Rebello: When the party is in your head
27 Jul: Times of India. They’re famously called Headphone Parties after the only accessory you need to tap into the FM frequency playing the music. They’re also called Silent Discos, for the music only rolls inside your head with not a beat breaking out of a loudspeaker…finally found a way to jump their city’s sound embargo… 762 words. Click here.

Aid to conserve heritage houses
28 Jul: Times of India. Heritage houses in Goa could get a new lease of life courtesy tourism. In a move that could serve two purposes, the government has announced financial assistance to owners of heritage houses in a bid to augment room capacity while also conserving heritage homes in the state. 490 words. Click here.

Bazaar arises in Indian hippie-era holdover
29 Jul: The Washington Post. The tie-dyed billboard states in swirled paint: "Welcome to the Mother of All Indian Night Markets." … A graying, ponytailed disc jockey interrupts the tune and calls out: "All you lucky hippies, shop well. We are here to rock India, baby." 347 words. Click here.

Grape escape to India
30 Jul: Otago Daily Times (New Zealand). The Grape Escapade was a surreal experience - on one side a floodlit colonial Portuguese town hall, on the other a modern multiplex entertainment centre; at one end a stage featuring Indofusion music and Bollywood-style dancing, and in the courtyard between, tables and chairs and wine and food stalls…this was in India, in Panjii the capital of Goa… Click here.

Malarial deaths giving doctors the shivers
30 Jul: Livemint. The most common strain of malarial parasite found in India may be beginning to turn lethal … two recent cases in Goa confirmed the cause was p. vivax…this indicates a looming problem from an unexpected quarter… 624 words. Click here.

Police worried by use of stolen cars for bombs
30 Jul: The Asian Age. The link between the stolen vehicles and terror modules is worrying the police …Pakistan-trained terrorist Raziuddin Nasir had reportedly confessed that he was stealing two-wheelers to later use them in explosions…He also said that vehicles were meant to target westerners and Israeli nationals in Goa… 388 words. Click here.

Uncertain Times for Foreign Property Owners in Goa
30 Jul: Overseas Property Mall. We just read an interesting radio interview transcript between BBC presenter John Waite and some expat UK property buyers in Goa…one little word can potentially cost hundreds of them their home. The word in question is “uncertain” and it was the hook needed by the Goan government to change a perfect existing law into one that is causing disbelief, upheaval and costly court cases in the future for sure…In recent months the mood in the state of Goa has changed for the worse…What do you think? Do you know anybody who is being affected by this crisis? 696 words. Click here.
To read BBC radio interview transcript, click here.

The fertility tourists
30 Jul: The Guardian (UK). The ads are brazen: 'healthy young women - superovulated exclusively for you!'. The fees are half those of UK clinics ('flights and hotel included!'). And the industry is unregulated, leaving doctors free of legal and ethical constraints. No wonder more and more Europeans are going to India for fertility treatment…3373 words. Click here.


Football: Manchester United target India Paul Kelso and Randeep Ramesh
25 Jul: The Guardian (UK). Manchester United will turn their attention to India …United's chief executive, David Gill said that the club would be making a concerted effort to capitalise on the popularity of the Premier League on the subcontinent…United have already held scouting tournaments in Goa…1177 words.

Football: Goan team delighted at Manchester United Soccer School
25 Jul: Navhind Times. The MUSS educated the Goan selection on various aspects of training so that they would not only emerge as better players but also as better citizens. “We were all looked after so well. It was an amazing experience,” described coach Avinash Johnson from Benaulim…404 words. Click here.

Bid to con Arab student foiled
26 Jul: Herald. A Qatari student’s plan to fly to Goa to learn English has been put on hold, thanks to the timely information furnished by the Chairman of the NRI Cell, Goa, John de Silva and the initiative taken by the Indian Embassy in Qatar …The conmen seem to be preying on the educational market, to swindle oil-rich Arab nationals in the new internet-savvy age…427 words. Click here.

Coutinho's kin calls for a second autopsy
26 Jul: Times of India. The family of Dominic Savio Coutinho, whose naked body was found at his farm house in Canacona last Monday, has asked for a second post mortem. The 33-year-old Dominic was found dead with injuries on the back of his head and drops of blood in his house…The first post mortem report has not certified the cause of death…the family said the circumstances in which Dominic's body was found were rather mysterious and a pointer that he was murdered. 184 words. Click here.

Some Goa schools still trust the rod
26 Jul: Times of India. Corporal punishment in schools, banned under the Goa Children's Act 2003, continues to an extent. When TOI, in a random survey visited Santa Cruz High School, we were met with the sight of a student kneeling outside the classroom. 249 words. Click here.

Swears by Life
27 Jul: Herald. Consulting architect for the Reis Magos Fort, Gerard Cunha vowed he and Mario Miranda would both commit suicide if any hotel project came up in the precincts of the Reis Magos Fort at Verem… The Shiv Sena Party objected to Lady Helen Hamlyn from the UK funding the project and claimed that a hotel was being developed on the site. 236 words. Click here.

Licence to thrill
27 Jul: Times of India. At Goa's Dirty Dancing Club near Calangute, you can learn ‘how to wiggle and do lapdance'. If you want more, you could even do the strip tease here. This is Goa's exotic dancing club, where you can learn and do dances which you'd see at bars and burlesque shows while on a trip abroad. Women lap dance on chairs and do pelvic thrusts to fastpaced beats with varying degrees of suggestiveness. Some even throw up their clothes, a la Demi Moore! 899 words. Click here.

Touxeamchem fest: where faith draws thousands
28 Jul: Herald. Parish priest Fr Lourdinho Pereira of the St Anne’s Church at Talaulim, Tiswadi, which celebrates Goa’s famed feast on Sunday, Touxeamchem fest (cucumber feast), is gearing up for a busy weekend of festivities. The feast is associated with fertility for childless couples. Bachelors and spinsters, who are seeking life partners, also come to invoke blessings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 448 words. Click here.

Editorial: The Drug Trade in Goa
29 Jul: Navhind Times. Earlier drug peddlers in Goa catered to the needs of foreign tourist-addicts. But in recent years, Goa has become a transit point for drugs to be sold to other parts of the globe. For some Goa is now a production centre…It is intriguing how the state police remain ignorant of and ineffective against drug operators…the International Narcotics Control Board in 2005 had released a list of 248 major operators active in Goa… 533 words. Click here.

‘All offences against children have been made non-bailable’
29 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. Child Rights in Goa is one of the NGOs which was instrumental in drafting the Goa Children’s Act (GCA) in 2003, the first state legislation against paedophilia and sex tourism. The NGO is now working towards the implementation of the act. GCA case co-ordinator Audrey Pinto speaks to DNA about the Act and how it has helped in bringing down crimes against children. 726 words. Click here.

Dean D'Cruz: Master Plan for Old Goa
30 Jul: Times of India. A consortium of architects, led by Dean D'Cruz is to formulate a master plan to enhance the heritage value of the Old Goa site…a heritage park, interpretation centre, museum and restaurants are likely to be set up as part of a master plan…474 words. Click here.

Shut in Mumbai, sex museum heads to Goa
30 Jul: MidDay. Dr Prakash Sarang created Antarang, the sex museum in Mumbai but the site housing it is being redeveloped. He has set his sights on moving Goa and wants it to be bigger and bolder. The museum will feature interpretive dance videos, which will tell the story of a man and his various emotions as he goes through the various stages of his sexuality. 377 words. Click here.

Rose Ferns: ‘Goa gives me nightmares!'
31 Jul: Times of India. “We can no longer call our land golden Goa, land of dreams… Now, it’s a land of nightmares,” says the veteran tiatrist and Gulab Award winner, Rose Ferns, whose heart aches for a Goa fast losing its identity…From the humble Goan stage to Wembley Hall in the UK, Rose Ferns has captivated audiences for years together…542 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
31 Jul: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 29.3; Min = 25.3. Humidity 89% to 90% Possibility of heavy rain.
Exchange rates £= 83.86; $ = 42.35; Euro = 66.02


British crackdown on teenage foreign brides
23 Jul: The Times (UK). The minimum age at which British citizens can sponsor a foreigner to enter the country as a spouse is to rise from 18 to 21, as is the minimum age at which a bride or groom can themselves enter on a marriage visa. But proposals to force foreign spouses to learn English before they arrive have been watered down after running into opposition. Instead, spouses will be required to promise to take basic English lessons within six months of arriving in the UK … 1016 words + comments. Click here.

Father Raymond J. de Souza on World Youth Day
24 Jul: National Post (Canada). "It was beautiful!” More than anything else, that’s what I heard from the pilgrims who came here last week for World Youth Day (WYD), the massive Catholic pilgrimage which Toronto hosted in 2002. 779 words + comments. Click here.

San Francisco: Israeli soldiers start ‘Flipping Out’
24 Jul: Jewish News Weekly (California). The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival next week includes “Flipping Out” which screens 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the JCC in San Francisco and Aug. 3 at the Roda Theatre. According to the film, male soldiers are given a discharge bonus at the end of their three-year term, and a large number spend the money by going to India and getting drunk in the beach towns in the state of Goa…414 words. Click here.

Curry debal --- How curry made its way from Goa to Malacca
25 Jul: The Wall Street Journal Asia. The Malaysian city of Malacca maintains a unique culture and cuisine that blends Portuguese, Malay, Chinese and Indian elements…curry debal, or devil's curry is a vinegar-soured spicy stew of meat and potatoes which probably originated from the Goan vindaloo. 958 words.

Want to spice up your sex life? Try hot curry
25 Jul: Times of India. Want to make your bedroom life more adventurous? Well, in that case, turn to Thai green curry, which has been found to give a person's libido that much needed boost... Hot and spicy pizza topped with tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, olives, meatballs and chillis grabbed the second position, according to research for takeaway website… 275 words. Click here.

Jazz a theatrical tribute to Bollywood’s unsung musicians
25 Jul: IANS…The idea of this play came from Goan musicians contribution to Bollywood and their lack of recognition…Some of the stalwarts among them included Anthony Gonsalves, Chic Chocolate alias India’s Louis Armstrong, Sebastian DSouza, Mickey Correa and Frank Fernand…574 words. Click here.

Fish At Its Best. Fish Balchao recipe By Gilda Mendonsa
26 Jul: Times of India. Fish is considered to be the ‘fruit of the sea’ and is rightfully included in the staple diet of every Goan… Here is a mouth-watering fish balchao for you! 789 words. Click here.

The Chick Lit Brigade Grows
27 Jul: Times of India. She’s hip, humorous, candid, sassy...and she’s making readers fall head over stiletto heels in love with chick lit. Meet the new breed of female authors whose light-hearted tales of singletons looking for love, job satisfaction and the perfect pair of shoes are dominating Indian bookstores these days. 1142 words. Click here.

Goan Fish Curry at WOMAD
28 Jul: Metro (London). Britain's summer officially turned scorching this weekend thanks to a scorching international bill at 2008's Womad festival at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Now in its 18th year, this annual celebration of global music and dance has settled in beautifully … Not to mention an enticing array of stalls – from Goan fish curry to vintage … Click here.

Catholics join to fight land sharks in Mumbai
30 Jul: Indian Catholic. A Catholic forum in Mumbai plans to have a public meeting to expose what it calls a nexus between land developers, politicians and the bureaucrats in the city. The Bombay Catholic Sabha and Carmel Civic and Political Cell plan the meeting July 31… 213 words. Click here.

Cleared sex case Britons released
30 Jul: BBC. Two Britons jailed in India for sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter have been released after being cleared on appeal. Charity worker Duncan Grant and retired naval officer Allan Waters were acquitted at the High Court in Mumbai last week, due to lack of evidence…William D'souza, an Indian citizen who managed the shelter and was convicted of aiding and abetting the men, was also cleared by the judges. Click here.

Dallas: GEMs Texas to Festival on Aug 16
30 Jul: Daiji World. GEMs of Texas, an organization of Goan, East Indian and Mangalorean Christians in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas is hosting a Festival on Saturday August 16… 310 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling’s mother to depose before CBI next week
30 Jul: PTI. Fiona Mackeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling will be arriving in India next week as the CBI had required her presence to investigate the Scarlett case, Vikram Varma, Fiona's legal counsel, told PTI… Michael Mannion, a British national, who had seen Scarlett with one of the accused little before her body was found on the beach, was interrogated on Tuesday… 273 words. Click here.


Dr Leo Rebello, provided Goanet a very interesting account of his extensive visit to the USA and Mexico. His material provides an insightful account of what is taking place in the USA from the perspective of an Indian citizen. In my humble opinion, Goan Voice (UK) readers should not miss reading this excellent article.

From time to time, we hear of tensions in India arising from alleged forced conversions to Christianity. Now however, we have a seemingly authoritative article titled India: State admits few complaints of 'forced' conversions. This information stems from Compass Direct News, New Delhi, of 17/7/08. It provides much factual information and will be a source of comfort to those who have invariably been at the receiving end of 'bad' news about 'forced' conversions.

Do Catholic Goan parents go for exotic names for their children? An interesting discussion has arisen on Goanet on this issue. For instance, one poster asks how we might explain names like Churchill Alemao, Stetson Fernandes, Jackson Figueiredo, Windsor Barreto, Vancouver Sequeira and Galveston Rodrigues? We were of course, informed previously, of forenames like Hitler, Roosevelt and Stalin in Goanet posts. But have we got a Mao, Mugabe or Pol(Pot) amongst us? Please let us know.

Finally, in July and August each year there are many large Goan meetings/festivals in the northern hemisphere during the summer. Goanet has a record number of details of successful and happy Goan events held in places as far apart as Karachi, London and Toronto. Do read the details and perhaps consider participating in such events in the near future.

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COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. UKTV Food
Sun 3rd August 11:00 to 11:30. Food writer and chef Anjum Anand demonstrates how to cook simple yet delicious Indian food.

MUSIC: Vision Of Music - World Jazz. Performance Mainstreet
Sun 3rd August 19:30 to 20:00. Indian Affairs. Showing the enormous impact traditional Indian music had on contemporary jazz.

FILM: Dragon: Bruce Lee Story. BBC 1
Sun 3rd August 23:00 to 00:55. Biography of martial arts exponent Bruce Lee, who rose to superstardom while battling racism.

MUSIC: The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. BBC Radio Three
Wed. – Fri. 6th – 8th August. 13:00 to 14:00. Highlights from the 2008 Mananan Festival, held on the Isle of Man. Includes Patricia Rozario (soprano)

FILM: Earth. Sky Movies Indie
Wed. 6th August. 20:10 to 21:52. A Parsi family in Lahore see their Muslim and Hindu friends violently divided as partition follows British withdrawal from India. 1998.

TRAVEL: Taste Takes Off. Travel Channel
Fri 8th August 2008. Time: 13:30 to 14:00. Peta Mathias travels to Delhi and Rajasthan.

CONSUMER: Rogue Restaurants. BBC 1
Thu 7th August. Time: 20:30 to 21:00. Consumer series presented by Matt Allwright and Anita Rani. The team exposes the employment of illegal immigrants and exploiting them. They infiltrate the illegals who are paid rates as low as half the minimum wage…


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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. 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


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