Making the Canadian dream come true. By Cheryl Antao-Xavier.
18 Jan: Confidence Bound (Toronto). For many highly-skilled new
immigrants, the road to success is uphill and long. Some who made
it to the top share their secrets … [Among them are] Dr Colin
Saldanha, now a physician with a busy family practice and a
recipient of the federal ‘Canada 125’ Commemorative Medal for
services to the community … John Menezes, president and CEO of
Cyberklix Inc, an IT company he founded to package managed security
systems … It took him two decades of hard core training in the
trenches of IT networking and security before he was able to realize
his entrepreneurial dream … 2237 words.
World’s Sexiest Asian Women – No. 5: Laila Rouass
18 Jan: Eastern Eye (UK). It’s no surprise that Laila is once
again the highest-placed Brit in the list again. Like fine wine,
the sultry siren looks better as she gets older. Thankfully for
her legion of male admirers, she got back into shape in
super-quick time after having her first baby earlier this year.
Laila Rouass’ father is Moroccan and mother a Goan. For the GVUK Laila Rouass supplement
Morel D’Souza: Clever ideas
18 Jan: Kent Messenger (UK). On the back of the BBC’s popular
Dragons’ Den, Oakwood Park Grammar School stages its own
version in which pupils pitch business ideas to a team of
experts … One of the judges, Maidstone councillor Morel D’Souza
said: “There were some fantastic ideas - I don’t know how
they dreamed up the things they produced. It’s really
encouraging that young people can think for themselves.” …
The photo shows Morel D’Souza [ex-Nairobi] in the foreground. For
more photos of him and his bio in the GVUK supplement
Issues faced by NRIs
18 Jan: Goa Plus. By Cyril D’Cunha. Tony Colaco, the General
Secretary, World Alliance, and President of the Goan Overseas
Association in Sydney, Australia, spoke about some of the
issues faced by the NRIs and plans to address them … A Goan
Youth Day would be held in Sydney some time in July/August
this year … to spread Konkani language among the uninitiated
in Australia, MelGoans from Melbourne, are publishing a
magazine ’Gosali’, which translates English words to Konkani,
to help the readers … The organisers of the ’Reunion Nite’ on
January 19, which include Antonio Mascarenhas (Canada), Benito
D’Souza (UK), Rene Barreto (UK) and Vivian D’Souza (USA),
disclosed that around 500 NRGs will be attending the event … 433 words.
Goa Card released for Expatriates
19 Jan: Navhind Times. The Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Mr
Eduardo Faleiro said that to ensure that Goan expatriates were
given faster access and attention by the government departments
during their short stay in Goa, the office of the Commissioner
for NRI Affairs decided to issue them ‘Goa Card.’ … 26 cards
were disbursed to the expatriates, which include 15 from Kuwait,
5 from United Kingdom, 4 from Canada, and one each from Bahrain
and Australia. 310 words.
To download the application form
Francisco D'Souza: For Cognizant, Two's Company
19 Jan: Business Week. The tech-services provider found an
approach, called "two in a box," that eased the headaches
of managing—and being managed—from afar … 694 words.
Francisco D’Souza was born in Nairobi in 1968, the son of
Sushila and Placido D'Souza; brother of Jacinta, Lucia and Maria
For links to more information about Francisco D’Souza check out
the Wikipedia entry on him –
Nairobi: Ian Fernandes: Poghisio to push for media rights
20 Jan: Daily Nation (Kenya). Information Minister Samuel
Poghisio is reaching out to the media as he settles in his new role.
Nation Digital Division managing director Mr Ian Fernandes explained
the workings of the division to Information minister Mr Samuel Poghisio
who visited Nation Centre on Friday. Photo and text, 433 words.
Canada: Dr John Fernandes: Doctors charging fees for uninsured services
20 Jan: Calgary Herald. A growing number of local physicians are
charging patients for services like sick notes and some are even
offering the option of paying an upfront annual fee for such
services … Dr. John Fernandes, for example, said he's offering
patients the option of paying a $60 annual fee, adding this helps
him plan his office administration for the year …
Chriselle Almeida: ‘Safe is no fun,' says actress portraying lesbian
21 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. Chriselle Almeida plays a lesbian
in the film "When Kiran met Karen." Playing a character that is
slightly "daring, unsafe and not a stereotype" is fun, explained
the actress, a Goan who was born in Mumbai and raised in New York
where she moved at the age of 14 and earned a full scholarship for
the acting programme at the University of California at Los Angeles. 689 words.
For a video clip of the film trailer (2m. 55s.)
Very recently while on vacation in Goa, Chriselle was inspired to transform
one of her favorite books, Skin, into a screenplay. She spoke with
the author, Margaret Mascarenhas, and was delighted to be granted
permission to take on this challenging new project.
For Chriselle’s website with links to her bio, photos, more video clips etc.
Fasten Your Seat Belts
21 Jan. Gomantak Times [via GoaNet]. By Lionel Messias (ex-Mombasa,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Goa's flying circus
will never let you down because they don't suffer from jet lag. They just keep flying …
The NRI Commissioner's office spent Rs 464,011 to fly in seven non-resident Goans, who
wouldn't care a fig if Goa disappeared from the face of the earth, except to moan over
the loss of their ancestral homes and properties which they abandoned for greener
pastures, to attend the Global Goans Convention, 2007…
Swindon: Young footballers prepared to break down barriers
23 Jan: Swindon Advertiser (UK). Swindon is home to all kinds of ethnic groups -
many of which do not mix. But now hopes are high that barriers between Muslim and
Goan teenagers will be brought down - through a football match this weekend … "I
think the game will help break the ice," said 19-year-old Ansar Miah. "The Goans
tend to keep themselves to themselves so this is a way of getting together.” … Doug
Imrie, a community sports coach said: "These groups don't tend to mix, whether that
be down to peer pressure or the area itself, so I hope this makes a difference."
Kick off is on Sunday at 1.45pm on the extended pitch at the County Ground. 209 words + Photo + Discussion. Click here.
Herman Rodrigues: Restaurant boss too sick for court
Govt mulls benefits for NRIs with ‘Goa Card’
23 Jan. Evening News (Scotland). … Herman Rodrigues, 47, was due to appear at Edinburgh
Sheriff Court yesterday to face the ten charges being brought against himself regarding
Suruchi restaurant in Constitution Street, which he formerly owned. The case was
adjourned until May 30 after Rodrigues was unable to attend the hearing. Lawyers
for Rodrigues said later that he was currently in India and was so unwell with
food poisoning that he could not travel. Text, 425 words,
For a photograph and brief profile of Herman Rodrigues
24 Jan: Arab Times (Kuwait). In a move aimed at giving faster access and
attention to Goan expatriates at government departments, the office of the
Commissioner for NRI Affairs is issuing them what is termed as “Goa Card” …
“Goa Card” can be obtained upon a payment of Rs 250/- … 520 words. Click here.
Leela Alvares to honour sister by climbing Kilimanjaro
24 Jan: Gulf News (Dubai). Leela Alvares, a 33-year-old copywriter plans to conquer the world’s fourth-highest peak in memory of her sister, who died from rheumatoid arthritis … Leela is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on February 10 with three other friends to honour her sister, Preeti Fernandes’s, memory, whose death in 2005 from complications related to her arthritis came as a shock. 193 words and photo. Click here.
21 Jan: Ribandar, Goa. JOAO FRANCISCO DE ASSIS
PLACIDO LOPES. Husband of late Maria Lina. Father of Stockler Alex/Filomena
and late Sharmila. Brother of Xaverito (Brazil)/Maria Augusta (Brazil).Uncle of
Raj Alex (Brazil)/Retchielly (Brazil).
21 Jan: Taleigao, Goa. MARIA VIEGAS.
Relict of late Jose Viegas. Loving mother of Elizabeth /
Herbert Fernandes (Siolim), Lugia / Nolasco Pereira (Ribandar).
21 Jan: Cuncolim, Goa. MARIA SANTANA GAMA:
Wife of late Pedro Salvodor. Mother of Betty/Bonny
Moraes, Horacio/Bessey Gama (Canada), Christopher/Norma (Canada).
20 Jan. Bandra, Mumbai. GAYL ALMEIDA (aged 36). Wife of Jason Almeida (Kenya Airways). Expired
in tragic accident –for details
20 Jan: Mhow (Madhya Pradesh, India).
BERTHA ELIZABETH GUERRA: Relict of Dr (Capt) Jerome Guerra.
Mother of Dr Phoebe/Aubert Pereira (Canada), Gwen/Cyprian
Lobo (Mhow), late Vernon, Avril/Bismarck Lobo (Canada),
Valerie/John Rodrigues. Grandmother of Raoul/Dr Bina
Pereira (Canada), Dr Suresh/Emmanuella (France), Mark/Liz
Lobo (Canada), Denzil, Kavita (Canada), Fabian.
20 Jan: Socorro, Goa. DR ANTONIO CELESTINO DO ROSARIO PINTO
(ex/Angola/Portugal). Husband of Laura, father of Cristina/Paulo/Lara, Elizabeth/James Cohen, Paulo/Claudia Dias and Natalia.
18 Jan: Mumbai. FR. JOHN PIMENTA SJ. Funeral
Mass & Burial St Peters Church, Bandra on 19 Jan. at 4.15 pm
3 Jan: San Francisco. YOSEF PATEL. (age 70). Born in Goa.
Minority/Small Business Advocate. Retired Associate Director U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Memorial services will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco. For Obituary
and photo in Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2008
GREGORY FERNANDES MURDER :
Family anxious over probe delays
18 Jan: BBC. The parents of Gregory Fernandes killed in a racist attack in Hampshire
have said they are "frustrated" with setbacks in the police investigation … His
mother Angelina Fernandes said: "I'm crying every day, my son has gone... three
months have passed by." ,,, Det Ch Insp Scott Chilton, of Hampshire Constabulary,
said extensive medical enquiries were ongoing to establish the cause of death … In
a similar case, where Stephen Lawrence, 18, was stabbed to death in 1993 by a gang
of white youths in London, no-one was prosecuted … Flavio Gracias, of the Goan
Association UK, said: “We hope that history will not repeat itself …” 336 words. Click here.
The photograph shows Goan Association Board members who attended the tribute to
Gregory at Southampton last month.
Video: Flavio Gracias: BBC Interview
18 Jan: 6:30pm GMT. BBC TV News carried a segment about the Gregory Fernandes
murder with interviews of his parents, uncle, the Police, high profile lawyer
Imran Khan and Flavio Gracias, President of the Goan Association (UK).The photograph is from the interview. 6m. 31s. To view it
Body can go home to family
19 Jan: Daily Echo (UK). Police have finally released the body of Indian
sailor Gregory Fernandes, who died after being attacked by about 20 youths in
the centre of Fawley. His remains are being returned to his home village in
Goa, where he was a popular and respected figure. Detectives are awaiting the
outcome of "final medical tests" conducted on the sailor's body. 306 words. Click here.
Body reaches Goa after 3 months
20 Jan: Herald. The body of Gregory Fernandes who was killed in an unprovoked
racist attack in the UK arrived in Goa on Saturday evening, ending the three-month
agony for the bereaved family … “British authorities had completed their investigation
and were ready to send the body to India, but they were helpless due to the
indifferent attitude of the Indian High Commission in London, government
authorities in New Delhi and the NRI Commission in Goa,” said Fr Diogo Fernandes,
a Florida-based priest and uncle of the late Gregory Fernandes …
Hundred's attend funeral
21 Jan: Daily Echo. Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Gregory
Fernandes who died after being attacked by race-hate thugs in Hampshire … the
funeral took place at a church close to his parents' home in Agonda.
For details of the G.O.A. (UK) Gregory Fernandes Memorial Fund
Goa: India world's rape capital?
19 Nov: Central Chronicle (India). Two more rape cases of foreign
tourists has forced all the States and Union Territories to sit up and apply
stringent measures, including increased policing to curb this most heinous of crimes.
Is Goa gaining notoriety as the world's rape capital? Two women, one British
and the other Russian, were raped in just under a week in the lush tourist paradise
of Goa. At the rate matters are deteriorating, the State will fast lose its title from a popular tourist country to a forbidding rape centre.
19 Jan: Expressen (Sweden) Two page travel feature in Swedish.
Western tourists are easy targets in Goa
20 Jan: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. … According to sources,
unreported date rape, sedatives slipped into party drinks are not
entirely uncommon. Goa’s beach belt additionally has developed an
entire brand of voyeur tourists — busloads of males who drive into the
state to catch tourists sunbathing … Authorities in the state are particularly
defensive about tourist safety issues, acting swiftly when cases have been reported,
to contain bad press and the state’s reputation internationally. 465 words.
This Week's Deals Just Go!
20 Jan: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). India 7 nights £499. Cosmos
(0871 423 8560; www.cosmos.co.uk ) offers b & b at the two-star Alor Grand
Holiday Resort in Candolim, Goa, including a return flight departing from Gatwick on February 2.
Sad but Imprudent
20 Jan: Navhind Times. Mario Cabral e Sá assesses the traumatic story of
the 32-year-old Briton raped on January 11. Click here.
Goa: Police Alone Cannot Stop Crimes Against Women
20 Jan: Navhind Times. The Inspector General of Police, Mr Kishan Kumar,
asserts that the recent rape of a British woman in Goa is an isolated incident
and that otherwise Goa is absolutely safe. He offers advice to tourists an
interview with Joaquim Fernandes. Click here.
Holidays: where money goes further
20 Jan: Sunday Telegraph (UK). Goa: Package £684; meal £3.25. If you can face
the long charterflight, the combination of reliable climate, superb white-sand
beaches and good service coupled with a high standard of hotel makes this region
of India one of the best value long-haul destinations.
Tourists not safe in incredible India
21 Jan: Hindustan Times. Rising Incidents of crimes against foreign tourists
has pushed the Tourism Ministry to send a communication to all states asking
them to speed up the process of creating a special tourist police force.
All Goa’s Old Charm Not Gone
22 Jan: Manawatu Standard (New Zealand). Travel feature with photographs.
Last Minute Deals: Flight Deals
23 Jan: Birmingham Post: … A two-week flight to Goa, from Olympic Holidays, costs £389
departing Manchester on February 23
Goa Govt taking steps to ensure tourists’ safety
24 Jan: Navhind Times. The Goa government has initiated many steps for ensuring safety
and security of tourists. In this respect, tourist police has been deployed at 19
places in North Goa and 10 places in South Goa.
Win a trip to India for two
17 Jan: TNT magazine. Imaginative Traveller has teamed up with Gulf Air to
give away a spectacular 16-day Rajasthan Explorer tour, complete with flights.
Entries close 3pm, Fri Feb. 15.
GOA POLITICAL CRISIS:
Goa govt averts threat to survival
17 Jan: 2008, 19:48 IST. Sify News. Reduced to a minority, the Congress-led
coalition government in Goa on Tuesday appeared to have averted an immediate
threat to its survival postponing a crucial Assembly vote while Central
leaders of Congress and NCP were locked in parleys to defuse the political crisis.
Land mafia behind Goa's political woes
17 Jan: IANS. By Frederic Noronha. Goa is again in the news for all the wrong
reasons. The political crisis that has gripped the coastal state's seven-month-old
Digambar Kamat government with the resignation of three ministers had been waiting
to happen. Political analysts say the state was pushed into political instability
by the leaders' lust for power and money, the land mafias and the bitter rivalry
between the two major players - Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 573 words.
Goa crisis: Defiant NCP MLAs not to attend Delhi meeting
18 Jan: Rediff News. Defiant Nationalist Congress Party Legislative Assembly
Members in Goa who withdrew support to the Congress-led government in the state
reducing it to a minority, on Thursday decided not to attend Friday's talks,
convened by the party's central leadership in Delhi in a bid to persuade them
to retrace their steps. Click here.
Video: Sonia steps in for damage control in Goa
18 Jan: CNN-IBN. Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat arrived in New Delhi on Friday
morning even as the political crisis in his state continues. Kamat will hold
consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday evening …
NCP rebels want to form govt in Goa, Kamat invokes 'God
18 Jan: CNN-IBN. Click here.
A string of political frauds
19 Jan: The Hindu. Editorial. The last time he survived a confidence vote in the Assembly,
in July 2007, Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat needed extra-constitutional help from
Speaker Pratapsinh Rane. This time he has turned to Governor S.C. Jamir for help beyond
the provisions of the Constitution … the Governor’s blatantly partisan decision is
cause for serious concern … the Governor remains a potential instrument for political
mischief … the Congress-led government is putting the Constitution and legislative
procedures continually to test in Goa. 433 words. Click here.
Goa crisis ends
20 Jan: PTI. The crisis in the Congress-led coalition in Goa appeared to have
blown over amid hints that chief minister Digambar Kamat would make some changes
in his cabinet to satisfy the allies. The chief minister will announce the formula
to solve the issues on his return to Goa on Sunday.
Goa Ministers rush to New Delhi
21 Jan: The Hindu. The Congress-led coalition is poised to witness a re-alignment
as a consequence of the crisis-resolution formula mooted by the NCP. The proposed
formula has caused panic reactions, and several senior Congress Ministers have sought
the help of other alliance partners to counter it. Click here.
Committee formed to resolve Goa crisis
21 Jan: NDTV. Just a couple of days after the Goa crisis was averted Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat met Sonia Gandhi on Monday. All the state coalition parties,
including the Save Goa front, which has merged with the Congress, have decided
to form a coordination committee to resolve all pending issues.
Goa Chief Minister leaves it to God
23 Jan: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said on Tuesday he was leaving
it to God on how long he would be Chief Minister.“ I will continue to be the
Chief Minister till God wants me to be,” he told reporters. Click here.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Paedophilia in Goa: Justice delayed justice denied
18 Jan: Mangalorean.com. By Armstrong Vaz. In 1991 seven men were accused of sexually
abusing downtrodden children at an orphanage run by co-accused Freddy Peats
in south Goa. Of them, five are yet to stand trial in the case as Indian law
enforcing agencies have been battling against all odds to get the accused
extradited and to stand trial in India. The abuse had international links
with the accused hailing from countries like Australia, New Zealand, England,
Sweden, France and Germany. 847 words. Click here.
Wedding in Goa ends in tragedy
18 Jan: Press TV. (Tehran, Iran). At least 12 people were charred to death
and 10 others seriously burnt in Goa when their tourist bus collided with a
tanker filled with acid. Among the dead were 10 non-resident Indians (NRIs)
mostly from Britain and France, who were accompanying a newly-wed couple just
married on January 10. The young couple also perished. The group had chartered
the luxury bus for a brief holiday to Goa, before a scheduled return to their
adopted countries on January 24.
Video: Goa University honours Lata Mangeshkar
19 Jan: CNN-IBN. Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar received her latest honor - a D Lit from the Goa University … Mangeshkar
says, “Goa is special for me because it is the birthplace of my father, Mangeshi village.”
For the video click here.
For the Wikipedia profile of Lata Mangeshkar click here.
Govt directed to comply with order on stray dog menace
21 Jan: Herald (Goa). The Goa Government does not seem to be serious about
curbing stray dog menace. It has even failed to comply with the directions
given by the Bombay High Court for removal of stray dogs from streets …
Any citizen bitten by a rabid dog is to be compensated and provided with
anti-rabies injections at Rs 50.
443 words. Click here.
Goa SEZs issue referred to Law Ministry
21 Jan: Zee News. The Commerce Ministry has sought Law Ministry's opinion on
Goa government's proposal to scrap Special Economic Zones, especially those
that have already been notified. Click here.
Goa SEZs on legal terrain
22 Jan: Economic Times. The Goa government does not want any SEZs in the state,
but three zones have already been notified. A final decision on Goa SEZs is
likely to be taken next month but sources say it is not possible to evict
developers from land they already own. Click here.
High Court: Probe Goa Minister
22 Jan: The High Court has directed the police to investigate the complaint
filed by Utt Goenkara against Minister Dayanand Narvekar and others in
connection with land allotment under the controversial IT habitat project.
Utt Goenkara spokesman Aires Rodrigues claims that 180,000 sq. m. of prime
land was sold by a group headed by Mr. Narvekar, at an average rate of Rs.
4,500 per sq. m., much below the ruling price, Rs. 20,000-35,000. Click here.
Youth opting for money, exposure
23 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa’s youth prefer to leave their homes and rush
overseas, in search for greener pastures. Lack of opportunities and better
financial package beckons most of the Goa’s young brigade to look out for
jobs abroad … Click here.
Fundação Oriente promove festival de música na Índia
23 Jan: Diário Digital (Portugal). Click here.
Goa Inspires Opponents to Land Deals
23 Jan: Voice of America. By Steve Herman. The tiny coastal state of Goa has become
the first state in India to rescind the creation of special economic zones - putting
it into conflict with the central government and powerful developers across the country.
Environmentalists and other opponents argue the zones only enrich land speculators
and are of dubious economic value to the public … "We're rated nine on the ecological
scale, which is just a little behind the Brazilian rain forest. There is a realization
that we need to protect this heritage. If we lose it, we've lost the basic
charm of Goa," said Dean D'Cruz … 950 words. Click here.
SEZs: A broken promise
23 Jan: Business Line (India). Opinion. The decision of the Goa Government to
scrap SEZs is unreasonable and an abuse of power vested in the Government. It has
cast a shadow on the future of SEZs, not only those situated in Goa but also in the
northern States which have taken unilateral, populist measures against the industry’s interest.
Why Goa does not need SEZs
23 Jan: Business Line (India). By Matahny Saldanha. How can 18 SEZs be allowed within
the dot-sized Goa? Development has to be totally based on the needs of the State,
with a vision for growth and not for the sake of so-called development.
IN THE NEWS
London: 10 Top bargain bites
12 Jan: The Times (UK). Masala Zone. 25 Parkway, NW1. The fifth link in the
Masala Zone chain opened at the end of 2007… There are noodle bowls (prawns
in coconut and coriander sauce with egg noodles), meats grilled in the tandoor,
and a range of curries such as chicken Madras and Goan prawns. These are best
sampled as part of a thali (platter) … It's cheap, ungreasy (though flavours
can be a little muted) and great for kids or a quick bite before the cinema or a gig.
German adoptee look for Indian roots
16 Jan: NDTV. A couple from German is planning to knock the doors of the courts
to know the roots of their adopted Indian children … Andrea the mother said,
"The agency says biological parents don't want to give any information, the
Missionaries of Charity don't want us to get any information." Click here.
World’s Envy, India’s Worry
17 Jan: The Telegraph (Calcutta) … what happened to Indians in Kenya, Uganda
and Myanmar in the Fifties and Sixties and what is sporadically happening in
the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia and elsewhere today
are only attacks that a potentially powerful nation should expect to face from
those who feel threatened by its economic growth, employment opportunities
and other livelihood options. As India marches ahead with a potential 10 per
cent growth rate, it should also be aware of the dangers of ethnic violence
from time to time against people of Indian origin living in alien lands. 681 words.
Kenya: A cracked nation holds its breath
17 Jan: The Economist (UK) … Asian Kenyans are especially jittery. Many in the
western city of Kisumu, Mr Odinga's provincial capital, have fled to Uganda.
Some in Mombasa say they want to leave Kenya for good. An exodus of Asians would
badly hurt Kenya's economy … Click here.
All is worthwhile in Lisbon
18 Jan: The Calgary Herald. By Matthew Mallon. Where to Eat: My favourite: a tiny,
very reasonable Goan restaurant in atmospheric Mouraria called Tentações de Goa
(23 Rua S. Pedro Mártir, tel. 218-875-824). You'll need to make reservations,
and you might have to ask for directions on the way, but it's worth it.
Abusive NRI beaten up at airport
18 Jan Times of India. It was a never-before-witnessed scene: an NRI being beaten
up by immigration authorities at the international terminal of the Mumbai airport … 376 words.Click here.
Stephen Bennett Murder: Meeting with MP has given new hope
19 Jan: Daily Echo (UK). Relatives of Stephen Bennett, the Cheltenham man murdered on
holiday in India, have met with a Foreign Office minister in their fight to bring
his killers to justice. Stephen's sister Amanda and mum Maureen made a direct plea
to Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the minister with responsibility for Asia … The family
have been fighting to get Indian police to agree that Stephen didn't commit suicide,
but was murdered. 420 words. Click here.
Stephen Bennett Murder: New probe demand
20 Jan: The Observer (UK). The Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown has
agreed to press for a CBI inquiry into Stephen Bennett's murder following a
meeting last week with his family. The bureau has the power to arrest police
officers on corruption claims as well as order fresh DNA tests to solve
suspicious cases … The intrigue over Mr Bennett's death comes amid mounting
concern over the number of unsolved crimes concerning tourists in Goa. 327 words.
Are you rich? Come, settle in UK
21 Jan. Times of India. Rich foreigners willing to invest a minimum of one
million pounds can get a residency permit in the UK from April 1, even if
they lack proficiency in English language, hitherto considered essential.
Uganda: More city schools to go
21 Jan: Daily Monitor (Uganda). It is now a general policy that schools
in the city center be relocated to the outskirts, not only in Kampala
but also in Jinja and Masaka … The minister's revelation comes at a
time when many city schools' land has been gifted to investors and
others repossessed by Asians … Buganda Road Primary School is only one
out of several schools in Kampala that will be affected under the new policy.
Jade Jagger: Goa Connection
22 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. Jade Jagger keeps a low profile in Goa where
she owns a place of her own. She went there in early December and stayed
on to celebrate the New Year. She bought a place in Goa recently after she
fell head over heels in love with the place a year ago. She was accompanied
by the musician boyfriend Daniel who was very impressed with Goa …
London: Quilon awared Michelin star
23 Jan: The Evening Standard (London). Five London restaurants have been awarded
their first Michelin stars in the new guide published today. Another Michelin
debutante is Quilon in Victoria. Under head chef Aylur V Sriram, it specialises
in cuisine from the Indian states of Kerala, Goa and Karnataka.
23 Jan: Asian News (UK). Football and rugby shirts from Rochdale scored
high with boys in a children’s home in Goa. The shirts and other sports
kit were hand-delivered to the home by Darren Tyson and Karen Mercer. They
returned last Friday having spent two weeks in Goa during which they made
several visits to the youngsters at the St Joseph’s home. Around 80 boys,
many of them orphans, live in the Catholic-run home. Photo and text, 457 words.
Drama over pilot's upset stomach
23 Jan: Manchester Evening News. An airline captain declared an emergency at
Manchester Airport because he had an upset stomach flying in from Goa on
First Choice Airways flight FCA175 which was carrying 255 passengers. A
spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said a man was taken to
hospital from the airport suffering from suspected food poisoning.
Asian nations adopt action plan for overseas workers’ welfare
24 Jan: Navhind Times. Twenty-one Asian countries, including India, have
decided to launch a new collaborative approach to ensure welfare of overseas
workers and prevent illegal recruitment practices.
Schools' link-up proves a real Goa
24 Jan: Nottingham Post (UK). Penpal letters from Notts schoolchildren will be taken to Goa by their teachers in a bid to develop educational links.
Children at Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery School are writing the letters for students at St Antony's High School in Mapusa, Goa. Alex Gregory, 11, said: "We have been drawing pictures of India which started off as mud huts but now we've realised some of the houses are just like those on Coppice Road.” 419 words.
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
Do read a critical commentary about the Global Goan Convention
of 2007. Stemming from an article originally in the Gomantak Times of 21/01/08, by
Lionel Messias, the Goanet article says "Apparently, the NRI Commissioner's Office
in Goa spent Rs 4,64,011 to fly in seven non-resident Goans who would not care a
fig if Goa disappeared from the face of the earth, except to moan over the loss of
their ancestral homes and properties which they abandoned for greener pastures..."
In addition, there were references to the costs for accommodation at the five star hotel,
Cidade de Goa, in Panjim.
In contrast to the above, Plastino DCosta provides a well-crafted argument about
the tremendous value of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who have vast experience in
many fields that would be beneficial to Goa. He illustrates with many examples,
how NRIs in different parts of the world have a range of skills and expertise
which could directly feed into meeting specific needs in Goa. This has of course,
echoes of the views of the Indian Government that is ever so keen to harness the
wealth and expertise of NRIs to the benefit of India.
George Pinto from California, USA and a long-time Goanetter reminds us on Martin
Luther King Day (21/01/08) about the tremendous work done by King and the many
African Americans who made so many sacrifices during the Civil Rights Movement
in the 1950s and 1960s. George further states that, "Goan prosperity owes a great
deal to the opportunities and freedoms created by the Civil Rights Act but wonders
if US Goans stop to reflect on their good fortune following the earlier
efforts of so many African Americans."
Macao is invariably linked to casinos in many people's imaginations but an unusual
article tells us about the origins, growth and decline of adherence to Catholicism
in the tiny 'province' that is now part of China. The article is titled Crisis of
Faith for Catholics in Macao and informs us how Macao became the birthplace of
Catholicism in China and East Asia and how it had thrived in the past with the help of many Goan priests.
Finally, for yet another great touch of humour, do read Cecil Pinto's article on
Sex, Lice and Boochie Combs. It first appeared in the Gomantak Times on 17/01/08.
It departs from the theme of the title initially but then beautifully weaves its
way through innumerable 'corridors' to keep one amused throughout.
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UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
DRAMA: The Elephant God. BBC World Service Radio
Sat 26th Jan. 20:00 to 21:00. Acclaimed film-maker Satyajit Ray's famous Bengali sleuth Feluda returns.
FILM: Something of Value. TCM
Sun 27th Jan. 08:50 to 10:50. Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier star as boyhood friends in colonial Kenya. 1957.
TRAVEL: Earthwalkers. Travel Channel Plus
Wed 30 Jan. 08:30 to 09:00. Goa. David from England and Annemarie from the Netherlands hire mopeds and explore the region's heritage attractions.
DOCUMENTARY: Always Coca Cola. The Business Channel
Wed. 30th Jan. 16:30 to 17:00. The Coca-Cola corporation is coming under increasing fire over it's activities in rural India.
ASIAN MAGAZINE: Desi DNA. BBC2
Wed. 30 Jan. 23:20 to 23:50. Includes a look at the new British film, Shoot on Sight (with Laila Rouass).
DOCUMENTARY: Masterpieces of the East. BBC 4
Thu: 31st Jan. 19:30 to 20:00. Series revealing the stories behind iconic artefacts from the Indian subcontinent.
COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4
Fri. 1st Feb. 12:30 to 13:00. Chef Ishrat Gazala vows that she'll make her food hot enough to burn the house down …
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;
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Sun 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 – 01784 421421;
Irene Mendonca – 020 8767 2762; Hazel Rodrigues –
020 8357 6776; Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.
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