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Zanzibar: John da Silva – Artist and Conservationist
3 Jan: Der Spiegel (Germany). Zanzibar has a turbulent past.
John da Silva is concerned about its future … He has
lived there for more than 60 years having arrived
there from Goa. He knew the last Sultan for whom
his father made clothes. He became an artist,
toured Europe and became one of the most famous
residents of the island. “Tourism has corrupted
the youth. Nobody now wants a real job,” he says … 1158 words.
For the German original
For an English machine translation,
[Ed: Two years ago I was on a cruise that included a
two day visit to Zanzibar. Having heard of the
legendary John da Silva, I rounded up a few of my
fellow passengers to help to track him down and prevail
on him to give us a guided tour of the Stone Town. It was
by far the most memorable guided tour I have ever had.
The photograph is one I took of him]
UK: Gregory Fernandes death still a mystery
4 Jan: Daily Echo (Southampton) …The
delay in pinpointing the cause of death is preventing
Mr Fernandes' family from claiming his body and
returning it to Goa … His uncle, Father Diogo Fernandes
revealed that his nephew had been due to return home
to attend the Christmas wedding of his cousin in Bombay.
"There will have been no Christmas for his parents -
they are in such agony," he said… For full text,
429 words and discussion
For details of the G.O.A. (UK) Gregory Fernandes
Cayman Islands: Goans Celebrate Feast
of St Francis Xavier
4 Jan: Cayman Net News. In a show of solidarity,
more than 500 Goans came together in celebration of Goa’s patron saint,
St Francis Xavier on Sunday, 2 December at the St Ignatius
Loyola Hall … for the very first time in Cayman, a special
mass was celebrated by Fr Alex Crasto in Konkani … The event
culminated with a Konkani drama entitled Mhozo Ugdass Korat,
which was written and directed by Rafael Noel … 266 words.
Emmanuel D'Silva: You can offset your carbon footprint
4 Jan: The Times of India. …Take
a cue from what Emmanuel D'Silva has done to get a
zero-carbon footprint … He has calculated his carbon
footprint and offset this by donating money to a cause
of growing trees whose seeds can generate biofuel …
D’Silva who is an environmental economist and has
previously worked at World Bank in Washington, DC
has a chock-a-block travel schedule throughout the
year. His total carbon footprint is 25 tonne of CO2
per annum. To offset this, he donates Rs 10,000 to a
village to plant trees … He has set up a vermicompost
pit in his housing complex in Mahim. Mumbai, where he
recycles about 1.5 tonne of waste every two months …
Full text at the link below.
[ED: Emmanuel D’Silva was a frequent visitor to London
in the 1990’s and the promoter of the Computers
for Goa Schools project].
Corryn Rayney Murder: Police raid the Rayney home again
5 Jan: The West Australian. Detectives
raided the home of murder victim Corryn Rayney yesterday
for the third time in 4 1/2 months, employing scientists
to collect plant samples from the front garden … Mr
Rayney is believed to be in England visiting family with
his two daughters … Ernest da Silva, Mrs Rayney’s father
recently broke his silence about her murder, saying
his family still hoped police would catch her killer.
He would not say whether he wanted Lloyd Rayney to let
police re-interview his daughters. He said he did not
want to put any pressure on the girls. For full text,
For links to video clips with background to the case,
UK: Video: BE MY MAN by Sophia de Souza
5 Jan: You Tube. Sophia de Souza, a
New Artist Creating a Sensation in Manchester UK
Sophia de Souza, 25, was born in Goa … She writes,
“It was written for all those Sexy Ladies around
the world who are looking for their special MAN”
For the video clip
The Sophia de Souza website is at
Australia: David Sequeira: Adored abroad, ignored at home
5 Jan: The Canberra Times … Canberra
artist David Sequeira told ABC Radio recently that while
he could exhibit and sell elsewhere, he didn't sell in
Canberra and had given up trying. Instead he makes art
here but shows and sells interstate and overseas …
The David Sequeira home page is at
New York: Talwar Gallery: Allan deSouza Recent Works
6 Jan: India Art News. Jan 11 to Feb. 23, 2008 at Talwar
Gallery, 108 East 16 Street, New York, NY 10003.
Allan deSouza is a professor of New Genres at the San
Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. He was
born in 1958 in Nairobi and raised in England. For text
For a photograph of him and links to his works
Scotland: Harry Fernandes: My View
6 Jan: Scotland on Sunday. Harry Fernandes, Resident
manager at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh interviewed says,
“I never came to Scotland for the weather. Why would you
if you are from the west coast of India? I have grown to
like it and the cold does not bother me. I cycle to work
so it does not matter if it is raining, snowing or windy … 276 words.
UK: Dr Jayant Vaidya: Smoking age 'should rise to 21'
7 Jan: BBC. Dr Jayant Vaidya is calling for the age at
which people can buy cigarettes to be raised to 21. He
also wants the tax on cigarettes to rise … He said that
in Goa where he was born, raising the smoking age to 21
has led to a considerable drop in the number of
tobacco-related diseases. 265 words.
For the GVUK Dr Vaidya supplement,
Swindon: Holy Rood School has 85 Goan students
8 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. Holy Rood Junior School
is today celebrating 40 years at its Upham Road base.
The Catholic school first opened in 1899 on
Groundwell Road but was found to be too small …
It has a wide mix of children from all over the world.
To reflect that, the school has teaching assistants
who are Goan, Italian and Polish and also has six Polish
students and 85 Goan students …
Whozzat guy with Madonna? It’s James D’Silva!
10 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. The tall, well built
man kissing Madonna is James D’Silva and he’s a
London-based Pilates instructor … James, who trained
as a ballet dancer in his native Goa, went to England 21
years ago. He turned a yoga instructor and later discovered
Gyrotonics … James has been accompanying Madonna to all
her outings … There are unconfirmed reports that Madonna
might make a trip to Goa to meet James’ mother. For full text
For the GVUK James D’Silva supplement
Canada: Diane Nalini on CBC TV
on Thurs. 10 Jan
10 Jan: CBC TV. 8pm EST repeated CBC Newsworld at
10pm EST. Diane Nalini is to appear on “The Nature
of Things.” The programme focuses on how we perceive
music and Diane will be featured at the beginning and
end of the programme accompanied by Vanessa Rodrigues
and Tim Nolan, and also singing with Dan Levitin.
Diane Nalini’s mother is a Goan. Her website is at
7 Jan: Mapusa, Goa. CATHERINE
PIRES. Wife of late Adolph. Sister of
Gabriel Alphonso (UK), Joaquim Alphonso and
6 Jan: Toronto. IVAN ST.
CLAIR SEQUEIRA, LL.B., Q.C. (age 80).
Husband of Doreen. Father of Neil (Phillipa),
Denise (David) and Donovan. Grandfather of Danielle,
Ivan and Cameron. The family would like to welcome
you to visit the home on Friday, January 18th, 2008,
from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ivan St. Clair Sequeira (ex-Uganda [Chief Magistrate]
& UK; Moira, Goa). Emigrated to Canada in 1967. He
was appointed Queens Counsel in 1981; was Legal
Advisor to Goan Overseas Association, Toronto.
For full details
6 Jan: Toronto. ALFRED
GEORGE MICHAEL DE SOUZA. (Aged 87; ex-Santa Cruz, Bombay.
Died after a
courageous fight with cancer and after having
just celebrated his sixty-first wedding anniversary
on 5 Jan). He is survived by his wife Mildred,
daughters Deirdre (Arzheimer), Sharon (Bradwell),
Shauna (Whitehead), and Tara, son Brad, grandchildren
Jessica and Trevor Whitehead, and Sisters Mabel
(Oliveira) and Yvonne (Gonsalves). Predeceased by
brothers Deryck and Brian, sister Joy (Pereira),
son-in-law Tim Whitehead and granddaughter Sian
Bradwell. Following cremation, a memorial Mass
will be held at St. Martin De Porres church at 2
p.m. on Fri. January 11. Published in the Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star and Times of India.
6 Jan: Agassaim, Goa. MARIANA
RODRIGUES. Wife of late Domingos. Mother of
Santan/Francis (Piquen) (UK), Joao (UK)/Izabel,
Francisco (Abul)/Rosy (UK), Conceicao Rodrigues.
Grandmother of Michael/Elsie, Bella/Phillip,
William/Vellan, Zelia/Mario, Molwin, Domnic,
Sweedle, Frazer, Meliza, Royfer (all UK).
4 Jan: Vancouver, Canada.
LORRAINE MIRIAM ANTOINETTE PEREIRA (Born
1944). She will be missed by family, friends and
colleagues all over the world, touching so many
lives with her vivacious spirit and exceptional
talents … A private memorial service will be held
at a later date … For photo and text
4 Jan: Agassaim, Goa. JOAO
ALVARO DIAS DO ROSARIO (Saiba). Husband of Francisca.
Father of Bradley (Celebrity Cruises)/Sunita, Jacklin.
Brother of Cruz/Bella (UK), Esperanca/Nicolau,
4 Jan: Australia. JOSEPH
FERNANDES. Husband of late Anita Rangel. Father
of late Milagres. Brother of late Aninha,
Jack/Therezine. Uncle of Lucy, Linda, Olga.
3 Jan: Merton Park, London. CYRIL
FRANCIS JOHN MONTEIRO (ex-Nairobi).
Super husband to Virginia Cacilda Monteiro
(nee D’Souza). His three sons Clifford, Colin
and Clive and their families love and miss him.
The funeral is on Fri. 25 Jan. at 10am in St
John Fisher Church, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, London
SW 20. The family request no floral tributes, but
if you would like to make a donation this would
be much appreciated and will be sent to the Pilar
Seminary, a cause very close to Cyril’s heart.
Please send the donations to: Canute d’Aguiar:-
52 Monkleigh Road , Morden, Surrey, SW20 4EW UK
email@example.com Condolences to
3 Jan: Velim, Goa. ETELVINA ASSUMPTA D’SILVA. (Aged 81, Ex-Morogoro, Tanzania). Beloved wife of
Late Joseph Liborio D’Silva. Loving Mother of Late
Frankie/Alba, Romeo/Marie, Edwin/Yolanda, Bryan/Goretti.
Loving Grandmother of Sandra/Jesse, Aubrey-Ann/Christopher,
Genevieve, Alvin, Ashton, Daniel and Lisa-Marie.
Great-Grandmother of Sabrina and Robin. Condolences to:
2 Jan: Parra, Goa. FANQUITO (FRANCISCO) BENEDITO
DE SANTA TERESA DO CARMO QUITERIO SOUZA.
Husband of Melba (Ex-Kenya). Father of Marina/Wilson,
Zita, Selwyn and Glenn/Elvina. Grandfather of Zara,
Andrea, Elton, Serena and Krysla. Brother of
late Antonio, Celine/late Philip. Brother-in-law
of Chris/Uma (UK), Rev Dr Ayres, Yolanda/Derek
and late Roland.
19 Dec: Mumbai. ANASTACIO GERONIMO
EDUARDO (Gerry/Jeronimo) COUTINHO (Born 1930;
ex-Nerul-Bastora (Goa); Hubli (India); Nairobi (Kenya);
Southampton and London (UK). Died after brief illness
in Mumbai, en route to Goa. Ex-Husband to Cecelia
Mascarenhas and father to a large family of children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Son of late
Luis David Coutinho and late Joquina Claudina D'Souza
(Belgaum and Hubli). Brother to Natividade (Natty)
Rodrigues (ex-Uganda, Southampton) and Felicia Coutinho
de Noronha (Goa), late Elizabeth and the long-missed
George (Georgie). Brother-in-law to Marshall Rodrigues
(Southampton), Tony Noronha (Goa), Felix Mascarenhas
(London), Romeo Mascarenhas (Southampton), and the
late Victor Mascarenhas. Uncle to Milton Rodrigues
(London), Jude Rodrigues (Leeds), Americo Noronha
and Frederick Noronha (Goa). Remains to be interred
at Hubli cemetery later in January 2008. Condolences to
UK: Noel D’Costa: First Year Death Anniversary Mass
22 Feb 2008 at 7:30 pm. First Year Death Anniversary
Mass at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 401/403 Ewell Road.
Tolworth. Surrey KT6 7DG (
Noel Salvador D’Costa [ex-Nairobi] was the son of Bertha
D’Costa and the late Joseph D’Costa. Brother to Tony,
Jason, Victor, Thelma and Norbert. Father to Joseph and
Emily. Enquiries to Thelma,
New kids on the block
1 Jan: Express Hospitality. The Alcon Victor Group
recently launched Devaaya Ayurveda Retreat in
Dewar, Goa … Phoenix Group Global recently launched
a Portuguese-themed resort called Country Inns
& Suites at Benaulim, Goa …
Nordic tourists cancel Kenya holidays and opt for Goa
4 Jan: Earth Times (UK). Leading travel operators
in the Nordic region have suspended charter flights
to Kenya in the wake of violence sparked by disputed
elections … Tourists due to leave for Kenya next week
were offered compensation or rebooked to alternative
destinations. "Many selected Thailand, Gambia or Goa"
Damn all bliss
5 Jan: Deer Spiegel. The Coast from Goa to Kerala
is a Wellness Centre. Thousands go there to combine
a holiday with spirituality … For the German
click here. 1284 words.
For an English language machine translation
5 Jan: The Guardian (UK). Guide to 50 hotels under £50 …
Goa, India. Combining Portuguese colonial grandeur with
traditional Goan design, the Vivenda Dos Palhaços is a
100-yearold mansion in the quiet village of Majorda in
south Goa. The specialties of Jibby, the Keralan chef,
include iced gazpacho topped with lobster and drizzled in
paprika oil. Guests can hitch a lift in their customised
tuk-tuk to the longest beach in Goa. • 0091 832 322 1119,
vivendagoa.com, doubles from £49.70 B&B.
Bring me (winter) sunshine
6 Jan: The Sunday Times (UK) … there are thousands
of winter-sun holidays waiting to be sold, and that’s
why they’re slashing prices by as much as 45% … In Goa
hotel rates tumble after the peak new-year period. At the
four-star Club Mahindra hotel, on Varca Beach, a week, B&B,
departing on January 12, has been reduced from £840 to
£629 by Jewel in the Crown Holidays (0870 067 2352).
Two-star packages start at £369.
Goa: Featured Holidays
6 Jan: Sunday Sun (Newcastle, UK). Goa . . . £759:
Seven nights relaxing at the four-star Majorda Beach
hotel on a bed and breakfast basis with return flights
from Manchester airport departing January 25. To book,
www.lastminute.com. Goa . . . £909: Stay at
Coconut Grove, a delightful and modern property just
250m from Betalbatim Beach, which is locally referred
to as Sunset Beach. Depart on March 7, 2008. Prices
start from £909 per person for 14 nights on a bed
and breakfast basis and include return flights from
Manchester with Monarch Airlines. For more information
or to book, go to
www.somak.co.uk or call 0208-423 3000.
6 Jan: The News of the World (UK). Goa £539, eight
nights half-board at the three-star Hotel Estuary
Island in Poover, from Gatwick, Feb 15. See www. thomascook.com
or call 08450 70 25 30.
Overpriced Goa suffers slump in peak season
6 Jan: Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Hit by a
20% slump in arrivals, the New Year party ended in
a damp squib for thousands of hotels and tourism
stakeholders in Goa this season … The confusion over
visa processing in India’s High Commission in London,
overpriced accommodation and air fares and the anti-SEZ
agitation all combined for a negative impact on
Goa’s tourism industry. Charters from the UK
registered a drop of nearly 10% because of the visa problem …
Russian tourists stranded in Goa to return home
7 Jan: ITAR-TASS (Russia). A large group of Russian
tourists stranded in Goa, India, because of a charter
flight delay is returning home … They had hoped to get back
home by Christmas Eve but repairs to the plane took longer
than expected … The flight might be on the way to Russia any time now.
Indian Ocean Cruises: Infrastructure inroads
8 Jan: The Economic Times. The London-based Foresight group
promoted by London-based NRI, Ravi Mehrotra is to operate
luxury cruises in the Arabian Sea around the Lakshadweep
Archipelago … This season started in October and will
continue until mid-May … the company may have to cease
cruise operations in India due to the lack of infrastructure
at Indian ports … Meanwhile, Foresight's proposal to the
government of Goa to develop a yacht marina on build operate
and transfer basis is also on the back-burner. The government
has not given the clearance so far owing to bureaucratic in-fighting.
It appears that the central government, although they like
the project, are not able to push it through in Goa government
circles, a frustrated Mr Mehrotra said. 667 words.
THE KENYA ELECTION CRISIS:
Violence and Cynical Foreign News Crews
5 Jan: the Nation (Kenya). As a Canadian, Arno
Kopecky gives his impression of what he has seen in
Nairobi during the riots this week.
NRIs in Kenya: shaken but safe
6 Jan: IANS. … Kenyan Indians have not been targeted
directly, injured or killed except by accident or being
on the fringes of action … Most Kenyan Indians hold
Kenyan passports and so they cannot just leave the
country to settle abroad … lots of Kenyan Indians go
abroad on 'holidays' just before the elections to avoid
the tension … Goans and South Indians are found in
smaller numbers …Kenyan Indians prefer to go to Britain,
Canada or the US where they have their children or
relatives and very few come to India … Kenyan Indians
are estimated to be around 100,000 today but were three
or four times this number when the country became independent. 852 words.
Gujaratis lose Rs 500 crore in Kenya violence
6 Jan: Times of India. Kenya-based Indian business
community, mostly Gujaratis, is estimated to have
suffered losses worth about Rs 500 crore or one billion
shillings in the ongoing ethnic violence there,
which is reported to be ebbing now. Business
establishments owned by Indians were looted and
charred by the rioters, particularly in Kisumu.
According to the officials at the Indian high commission
office in Kenya, Indians businesses have suffered
the most in Kisumu. 479 words.
Keith Vaz wants Britain to create haven for Asians fleeing Kenya
8 Jan: Indo-Asian News Service. Keith Vaz, Britain's
senior-most Asian lawmaker, Tuesday urged the British
government to ensure that Britain keeps its doors
open to Asians fleeing the violence in Kenya. His
call to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband came
amid the first evidence that large numbers of Asians
have either left or are in the process of leaving
strife-torn Kenya, where business establishments owned
by them have been torched and looted … Kenyan newspapers
say many Asians have fled in chartered flights to the
capital Nairobi and to neighbouring Uganda - ironically,
the very country that expelled its thriving Asian community
in the early 1970s - some en route to Europe or the US. 974 words.
Ian Fernandes: Kenyan media choose peace
The Times (South Africa). Kenya’s media has
been careful to avoid inflaming tensions during the
national crisis … "Our focus was first on peace … “
said NTV managing director Ian Fernandes whose
channel is part of the Nation media, the largest
private media group in the region … “We refrained
from mentioning the ethnicity of either the victims or
the culprits,” he added … 649 words.
For more about Ian Fernandes,
GOA – THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (SEZ) OPPOSITION:
Video: Centre can review all Goa SEZs
3 Jan: CNN-IBN. The Centre vs State tussle on
SEZ's in Goa, seems to be going in favour of the
state for the time being. 0m. 54s.
Left in Cong lurch, Cipla SEZ begins
packing up in Goa
5 Jan: Indian Express. The SEZ planned by Cipla
is a deserted place now. While the security
officer in charge denies entry inside the complex,
citing an ongoing court case, virtually no work
is on inside … “It is sad that other states are
wooing industries and Goa does not want them.” 991 words.
Now, Congress defends SEZs in Goa
5 Jan: Times of India. A Congress Party spokesman
has justified the Centre's policy on SEZs claiming
it had been a response to the growth impulses of
the economy … Coming in the wake of Kamat's
successful pressure on the Union commerce ministry
to review the cases of the already approved three
SEZs in the face of popular protests in the state,
the Congress statement appears to be an effort to
reconcile the positions of the Centre and the state.
Goa CM refuse to comment on
the Cogness stand of SEZ
5 Jan: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat,
whose government has scrapped all SEZs in the
state, today declined to comment comment on the
Congress stand that the industrial enclaves were
meant to provide employment to local people.
Mad Goan mandate
6 Jan: Indian Express. It is more than a little
strange, one would think, to reverse a policy
that is drawing investments to your state that
others are envious of. But in Goa, it seems,
anything goes. Witness the Goan government's sudden
rejection of special economic zones (SEZs) … 403 words.
Resist anti-SEZ pressures in Goa
7 Jan: Business Standard. The New Year gift from
Goa was the decision not to allow any Special
Economic Zones (SEZ) to come up in the state. The
Commerce Secretary responded by pointing out that
there is no provision under the law to denotify SEZs.
The Commerce Minister, however, said that the Centre
can review all SEZs in Goa … 546 words.
How Goa CM persuaded Centre to halt SEZ plans
8 Jan: Business Standard. When Goa Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat came to Delhi last week, he was in a
“dangerous” mood and threatened to resign … “I can
quit and return home. But I will not fight my own
people,” he had said. 526 words.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Corporate giant to set up Football Academy in Goa
4 Jan: Indiantelevision.com. Bharti Enterprises and All
India Football Federation (AIFF) have signed a
"Memorandum of Understanding" to launch the first
major public-private partnership to establish a world-class
football academy in Goa … AIFF secretary Albero Colaco
said two state governments - Haryana and Goa – had offered
land for setting up the academy. But ''it has been decided
to set up Bharti-AIFF academy at Goa,'' he added. The academy,
which will be built on the lines of club academies in
Western Europe, will be a residential cum educational academy. 543 words.
Photographer gives image makeover to Konkani 'tiatr'
4 Jan: Earth News (UK), By Frederick Noronha. … the
minority Catholic elite in Goa look down on tiatr as being
too plebeian for their tastes. Now, a portrait
photographer is attempting to change that image. Literally.
Alex Fernandes, a photographer of Goan origin who grew
up in Mumbai and worked in the Gulf, has taken it upon
himself to exhibit the portraits of some of the best
tiatrists. Fernandes, 44, is showcasing his portraits of
tiatrists at a bookshop in north Goa this week … US-based
scholar Pramod Kale has written about the Konkani stage,
explaining the relevance of the tiatr in Goa's cultural
and historical evolution. 467 words.
For a sample of some of the photographs
Supreme Court allows 16 Goa iron ore mines to restart
4 Jan: Reuters. The Supreme Court on Friday allowed
16 out of 18 iron ore mines in Goa to restart after
stopping about a month ago because of doubts over work permits.
Goa: Over 2000 protest renewal of mining licence at Velim
4 Jan: Navhind Times. Thousands of residents thronged
the Church complex at Velim and prevented the Goa
State Pollution Control Board officials from carrying
out the scheduled public hearing over the renewal of
licence for bauxite mining lease to a private concern.
Mental disorders in adolescents in Goa
4 Jan: The British Journal of Psychiatry vol.192:
pages 45-51. The study relates to adolescents aged
between 12 and 16 years old in Goa … Adolescents
from urban areas and girls who faced gender discrimination
had higher prevalence. There was also a link with
‘non-traditional’ lifestyle (frequent partying, going
to the cinema, shopping for fun and having a boyfriend
or girlfriend), difficulties with studies, lack of
safety in the neighbourhood, a history of physical or
verbal abuse and tobacco use. Having one’s family as
the primary source of social support was associated
with lower prevalence of mental disorders.
Conclusions: The current prevalence of mental
disorders in adolescents in our study was very low
compared with studies in other countries. Strong
family support was a critical factor associated with
low prevalence of mental disorders, while factors
indicative of adoption of a non-traditional lifestyle
were associated with an increased prevalence.
For a summary or full text, including discussion,
select the link below.
Netted up for the new year
4 Jan: Goa Plus. Goa will become the first state
in the country to be fully connected with a high
bandwidth. But what does this mean to the people of
Goa? … The fourth phase will be a wireless connectivity …
Text, 396 words at the link below.
Goa the new destination for Paedophiles
5 Jan: Schweizmagazin (Switzerland). The organization
"Childrens Rights in Goa" has reported hundreds cases
of paedophilia and sexual exploitation of children by
tourists. The problem has been ignored by the Goa
government. 580 words. German text.
Orlando Noronha: Creating wonders
with little polished tiles
6 Jan: Navhind Times. Orlando Noronha won a scholarship
from Fundacao Oriente and left Goa for Portugal to
learn the Portuguese guitar. There he got interested
in tile painting and today he is the leading tile
painter in Goa. 795 words.
Goa's Kaju Feni in the process of getting patent.
7 Jan: Indian Express. The efforts to get patent
rights for the famed Kaju Feni seems to be finally
bearing fruit. A team of officials visited various
distilleries in Goa last week … Goa today has a
roaring business of feni with more than 2,000
distillation outlets and a handful of modern
factories working overtime … The Government expects
certification by first week of May. 363 words.
Feast of Reis Magos
8 Jan: Herald. The small, sleepy hamlet of Reis
Magos is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River
across Campal in Panjim … The quiet and sleepy
village comes alive on January 6 every year, It is
one of only three places in Goa, where the unique
feast of the three kings is held, the other two being
Chandor and Cansaulim, legend of the Three Kings.
Pilot project to develop municipal areas in Goa
8 Jan: The Hindu. Goa is all set to undertake a pilot
project to chalk out a model development plan for six
villages and three municipal areas of the State.
It will be a ‘dry test’ for the State Regional Plan
2021. It will empower people through local self-governance.
The Project expected to be ready by April 2008 … 413 words.
After the New Year Celebrations…
8 Jan: Navhind Times. … Across cities - in Mumbai,
Delhi or Kolkata, women had a tough time in crowds,
with men behaving sickeningly. In streets, private
bashes, nightclubs and even celebrity events they were
touched, groped or stroked by inebriated men in a
celebratory mode. Comparatively, the feminine sex had
an easier time in Goa … 521 words.
Winds of political change blow over Goa
9 Jan: Herald. Goa’s political scenario suddenly
seems to be hotting up again as moves are reportedly
on to destabilise the 7-month-old Digambar Kamat government.
Asian schools chess championship: Double
Gold for Goa
10 Jan: Navhind Times. Double world Under-8 champ Ivana
Maria Furtado claimed the gold jointly with Sri Lankan
Jayaranthna … Another Goan, Cyrus Pereira of Guirim,
also won the gold jointly with Mirzaie Saleh in the
boys Under-11 category … It was a historic day for Goa,
as for the first time in the annals of chess, two
players had been declared champions in an Asian schools event.
Goans Fishing in Stagnant Waters
10 Jan: Navhind Times. It is one of our traditional
occupations that is gradually losing its place in our
overall economy. Each year brings more and more grim news
to the fishing community as rampant over-fishing or pollution
takes its toll on the catch. The consequence: A sharp
increase in fish prices, in recent months, with the nutritional
food going out of the reach of the common man.
Craftsmen display exquisite art
at Panaji expo
10 Jan: Fibre2Fashion. Panaji is ready for a handicraft
and handloom exhibition at Gasper Dias Club … artisans
from all over the country will be displaying their art and
craft. Over hundred stalls would be under one roof.
IN THE NEWS
'India needs greater NRI participation'
3 Jan: Times of India. India is seeking a greater
engagement of NRIs in the country's development
process so as to boost its economic growth and
strengthen the bonds of the overseas Indians with
their mother nation.
Tony D'Souza Explains How to Publicize Your Book
3 Jan: Publishing Spot. What happens after you
publish your first book? Not much, unless you're
willing to do a lot of work Novelist Tony D'Souza
told us something similar when he stopped by for an
interview. He single-handedly arranged a book tour,
dinners with magazine editors, and interviews with
bloggers. Nobody magically publicized his book and the
majority of the work fell on his shoulders.
UK: Call India – Free 200 minutes
Reliance India Call now offers UK to India call
service for 3.9 p per min on weekdays and 3.7p per
min at weekends from UK landlines. Register for the
service by 31 Jan. 2008 and get 200 minutes call to
India free. You can also use the service from call
boxes and to other parts of the world. For details
call 0-800-373-9636 or check the link below.
Portugal: New Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Leiria
4 Jan: Leiria Economica. A new restaurant, Cardamomo,
has been opened in Leiria. It is run by Nuno Sequeira
who was raised in Goa and Patricia Rodrigues. Lunch
is 8 Euros and Dinner 15 Euros. Photo and text
UK row on Indian doctors returns to centre-stage
5 Jan: Times of India. Senior British Indian doctors
have accused the UK government of unfairly whipping
up a fear psychosis of a sort once again by portraying
Indian medics as poised to take away thousands of
specialist medical training jobs from locals. The
new row comes as 9,000 highly-prized specialist jobs
are advertised by Britain's department of health,
with the gloomy caveat that at least half of them may
go to non-European Union doctors, most of whom belong to India.
The birth of the Australian Indian: Goan boys network in Canada
5 Jan: NewIndPress. The Australia Indian Solidarity
Group Incorporated (AISG), organised a forum on
‘political consciousness amongst Australian Indians’
in Melbourne … The trigger was apparently the recent
Federal elections in which all of the dozen Australian
Indians and those boasting Indian ancestry who contested,
lost … A medical practitioner, who unsuccessfully
contested the November election in a constituency from
Victoria, pointed out that the lack of barriers forced
the independent Indian to live in isolation and eschew the
ghetto-mentality of the other ethnicities … Another
candidate said that none of the Indian publications took
note of his candidature but he was interviewed by a
Goan boys network in Canada, forcing an observant to
recount with great relish, the oft-heard story of the
Indian crabs in a basket that kept pulling each other down. 1044 words.
Insulting calls from Britons make Indian operators sick
6 Jan: British callers may be infuriated when they
discover that the company they are telephoning has
moved its customer service centre to India. But their
frustration is as nothing compared with the heart
attacks, ulcers and insomnia afflicting those on the
other end of the line … 729 words.
UK: Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims
6 Jan: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). Islamic extremists
have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is
too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the
Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.
The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester
and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people
of a different race or faith face physical attack if
they live or work in communities dominated by a strict
Muslim ideology …
The £1,290 car delights Indians but horrifies the green lobby
6 Jan: The Observer (UK). After years of secret
preparation, the world's cheapest car will be
unveiled in Delhi this week - delighting millions
of Indians as much as it is horrifying environmentalists.
At 100,000 rupees (£1,290), the People's Car, designed
and manufactured by Tata, is being marketed as a safer
way of travelling for those who until now have had
to transport their families balanced on the back of
their motorbikes. Photo and text.
Jesuits to vote for 'Black Pope'
7 Jan: The Telegraph. A conclave to elect the new
"Black Pope" begins in Rome on Monday, with Jesuits
from around the world gathering to choose a leader.
The nickname refers to the simple black vestments
worn by the Jesuits and to the power the leader
holds. The new head could be from the developing
world as of the 218 voters, only 64 are from Europe …
Father Lisbert D'Souza of India is one possibility …
The leader should be named this month. 219 words.
Gigolos speak out in conservative India
7 Jan: BBC. Male sex workers or gigolos comprise a
shadowy group of people in India.
Bonhams holds first Middle East auction
8 Jan: AME Info (UAE). Bonhams, the international
fine art auction house established in the UK since
1793, will hold its first Middle East auction sale
in Dubai this March and including India's Francis
Newton Souza … Founder of India's Progressive Artists'
movement in 1947, Francis Newton Souza is
internationally-renowned as an articulate genius,
augmenting his disturbing and powerful canvases with
his sharp, stylish and provocative prose. His 1955 work
'The Elder' - with an estimated value of US $240,000-300,000 -
will be a highlight of the Bonhams Dubai auction.
India: Real estate sector seeks special residential zones
8 Jan: Sify. The real estate industry seeks
introduction of special residential zones (on the
lines of Special Economic Zones), to ensure
affordable housing in the country. “We need SRZs
across India with these zones patterned on the lines
of SEZ Act entailing similar approvals, the board
structure, and monitoring and execution, and also
similar concessions in terms of direct, indirect taxes
and octroi, amongst others,” Kumar Gera, Chairman of
Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association
of India (CREDAI), said …
Orissa violence 'worst ever in India's history'
8 Jan: Religious Intelligence (UK). The recent
violence in Orissa, India, is the worst ever to
occur against the country’s Christian community
in the history of democratic India, a report from
the All India Christian Council (AICC) has claimed.
To view the entire Fact Finding Report,
The Brits Abroad...
8 Jan: Around Town. According to one major tour
operator in the UK, some holidaymakers are just
never satisfied. Here are the most bizarre and
customer complaints received: 1. "On my holiday to
Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost
every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."
Donna's mission helps to bring joy to children
9 Jan: Northants Evening Telegraph (UK). As her
50th birthday present Donna Wilder was taken to
Goa but her holiday turned into a mission to help
the children there. She now plans to visit it twice
a year to help tackle poverty. She said: "I would
recommend anybody to go to Goa. It opened my eyes
and eight weeks later we were back. It has changed
my way of thinking and stopped me wasting money. I
appreciate everything I have now.” She is appealing
for anyone with mobile phones and football clothing
to donate to call her. If you have anything to donate
please call Mrs Wilder on 07737267714. Photo and text, 357 words.
`Stop violence against Christians'
rally on 10 Jan, in Orissa
9 Jan: Indian Catholic. A “Stop Violence Against Christians
Rally” is being held in on January 10, 2008 … The violence
allegedly began when Christians in a village in Orissa
began to celebrate Christmas Eve. The next day a Vishwa
Hindu Parishad (VHP)-affiliated group called for a strike
and VHP members began attacking Christians across the state … 264 words.
Couple to start new life abroad after attack
10 Jan: Middleton Guardian. Terry Malone who had every bone
in his face broken has vowed to start a new life in India –
helping others. Brave was beaten to a pulp when he went
to the aid of a woman attacked outside a pub but he is
now hoping to start again working with poor youngsters
in India … Mr Malone and long-term partner Joan Roberts,
50, now plan to take a trip to Goa to visit some of his
family. For photo and text
Football: National Coach Houghton Impressed By New Faces
10 Jan: News Post India. Impressed by many of the new faces
in the I-League, Indian coach Bob Houghton is set to include
some of them among the probables for the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup … He returned to Goa
after an extended holiday back home in South Africa …
Houghton, a former midfielder with English Premier League
club Fulham, has attached huge importance to the tournament, …
“We will have an exposure trip to Portugal in July to prepare
for the championship”, said Houghton.
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
The annual Mando Festival ("a colourful
form of Konkani music") gets underway at
5 p.m. at the Kala Academy in Panjim, Goa
on Jan 7, 2008 and at the Narcinva Damodar
Naik Hall in Margao on Jan, 9, 2008 also at
5.p.m. For further information, please visit
Tourism in Goa is clearly a mixed blessing
and Goanet posts illustrate this point very
well. For an account of protests about the
worst effects of tourism in Goa, do read an
article by Cecil Pinto titled United Goa Tourists'
Association. This article first appeared in the
Gomantak Times on Jan 3, 2008. Part of the charm
with Cecil's article is the humour when
describing the various tourist groups in Goa.
Carnival 2008 is not so far away with all
the varied festivities during the last three
days before the start of Lent. However, an unusual
article by Miguel Braganza traces the political
issues that have faced Carnival over the past years.
According to F. Noronha, Konkani tiatr is
"financially lucrative and vibrantly popular,
but the century-old traditional Konkani drama form
of tiatr is still looked down upon by those who
matter. Post-colonial culture in Goa has given
step-motherly treatment to art forms influenced by
the West. Even the minority Catholic elite here
looks down on tiatr as being too plebian for their
tastes." However, this state of affairs is going
to be rectified by portrait photographer, Alex
Fernandes. Find out more about F. Noronha's 'thesis'
and excellent analysis regarding Konkani tiatr.
Finally, many Goan Voice(UK) readers have lived
in East Africa before settling in the UK and are
clearly horrified by the news and images of
violence in Kenya on our TV screens. There is
much need for help and appeals for such help have
already appeared in the media. One such appeal
from Dr Joyce Shamshudin appears on Goanet and
offers of all kinds of assistance are welcomed by her.
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at http://lists.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet-goanet.org/
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UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
DOCUMENTARY: Arrange Me a Marriage. BBC 1
Sat: 12th Jan. 02:05 to 03:05. Traditional
Indian matchmaker Aneela Rahman helps Brits find
love in just four weeks. Sally Cox, 40, is the
original 80s power woman who is set up on a blind
DOCUMENTARY: A Day For Nature. Travel Channel
Sat. 12th Jan: 11:00 to 11:30. Goan Wild.
Richard Hall meets John Hicks who is solely
responsible for cleaning up Goa's stray dog population.
TRAVEL: A Fork in Africa. Travel Channel
Mon: 14 Jan: 18:30 to 19:00. Zanzibar.
SERIES: Clash of the Worlds. BBC 4
Mon: 14 Jan: 20:00 to 21:00. Mutiny. The
story of the Indian uprising in which both
sides committed atrocities in the name of
DOCUMENTARY: Moguls of the
Taj Mahal. Discovery Knowledge
Mon: 14 Jan: 20:00 to 21:00. The remarkable
story of the Moguls who reigned over India
for nearly 200 years, including the illiterate
Akbar the Great, who declared himself a god.
COOKERY: Coconut Coast. UKTV Food
Wed: 16 Jan: 05:00 to 05:30. East Meets West.
Reza Mahammad spends the day in Cochin with a
European couple who run a very stylish boutique hotel.
COOKERY: The Best... UKTV Food
Wed: 16 Jan: 17:00 to 17:30. This show
focuses on pork dishes including pork vindaloo.
From the programme notes, “This one definitely
not a traditional Indian meal, but doesn't
it sound interesting?”
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Sun. 20 Jan. 2:00 pm. Mass
for Fr Agnelo at St John Fisher Church, 207
Cannon Hill Lane, London SW20 7DB, followed
by tea/coffee in the hall next door. Nearest
Sun. 3 Feb. VIVA GOA
Traditional RED & BLACK
evening in WEST London -
Old Actonian Assoc. Sports Club, Gunnersbury
Drive, Ealing, W5 4LL. Music by – “LEVEL 4” and
"CHICO." Doors open 2.30 onwards. Limited admittance;
tickets £10/adults & £3/child. Contact Francis/Norman
on 0208 932 9375/ 07957206169/ 0208 647 1887
Sun: 3 Feb: Mungul Union
(UK). 30th Anniversary.
Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel at St Ignatius
College, Turkey Street, Enfield, EN1 4NP. Band:
"Rainbow's End". Disco "Nite Life". For tickets
and details, please contact Rosy D'Silva - 0208
352 9450 or Rosalind Rebello on 0208 767 8652;
email@example.com. Members note
cut-off date 13 Jan. Public transport to Hall:
Buses 217 from Turnpike Lane or 121 from Wood Green.
Overhead train from Liverpool St. Station to Turkey St.
Sat 6 Apr. 1pm – 8.30pm. Charity Dance in
aid of Osteoporosis Brittle Bone Disease.
Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road,
Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. All proceeds will go to St.
George’s Hospital Tooting. Featuring Music by
Dimensions Band. Disco by ‘Say One Do One’. Plus
Cabaret shows. Admission: Adults - £13 with food;
Children (4-10 yrs) - £5 with food. For tickets,
please contact: Derrick Pereira – 020 8952 8899;
Clare D’Souza – 020 8543 5454;
Irene Mendonca – 020 8767 2762; Hazel Rodrigues – 020 8367 6776.
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