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"Cruz was born in Trivandrum, India, and immigrated to Canada in 1994."
Her maiden name was Fernandez.

It is truly disgraceful how little it takes now for Americans to show their
true colours. This is not the only case I have heard of. This one just got
more profile.

It is red-neck time now in the USA.

Tim de Mello
timdemello at hotmail.com
Ontario, CANADA
From: "Neal Pinto" Reply-To: goanet at goanet.org To: goanet at goanet.org
Subject: [Goanet] ??INS-deported Canadian a Goan?? Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003
18:35:22 -0500 (EST)
The following article (attached below) is about a Canadian woman by the
name of Berna Cruz who INS officials deported to India. Is she a Goan?
Neal Pinto GoA-BoY at excite.com http://www.nealpinto.com
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Friday it would press Washington to probe
the case of a Canadian citizen who said U.S. officials destroyed her
passport at Chicago's O'Hare Airport and put her on a plane to India.
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between the house and the public domain, the verandas - a feature
added only in the early 20th century, windows traditionally made
of oyster shells and later of glass and yes, doors wide enough
for a horse and in some cases even elephants to pass through with
ease, traditional Goan homes have varied facets.

It is indeed fascinating to uncover the various influences that
went into the making of the homes we live in today, sometimes
without even a second thought. But, what is even more fascinating
is the lives of those who reside in these 'palacios' of the past.

The coastal villages of Calangute and Candolim boast of a large
number of old-style heritage houses. Standing almost serenely,
more than 500 years after it was built, is the Proenca House
tucked away near the busy Calangute market junction. It is not
easy to miss this two-storied house, painted a bright yellow and
rust. With its Hindu-style inner courtyard, this house pre-dates
the Portuguese invasion. Magnificent frescos still adorn the
walls of the first floor landing. There is even undocumented
belief that the warrior-king Shivaji once stayed at this house.
The well-maintained voluptuous furniture is a testament of the
history living within the regal rooms and the current inmates, Dr
Alex Porenca and his three brothers.

If history oozes out of the Proenca House, the 200-year old Casa
Voiz Alex in is an imposing structure, along the
Calangute-Candolim main road and a regular in films and books.
Its current owner, Ms ___ Gomes is a fine example of a gritty old
lady who, single-handedly, spares no means to see to it that her
home still reflects the glory days of its past.

The house used to receive a stream of tourists including those
from the nearby Taj Aguada. However, being alone in the huge
mansion, Ms Gomes has now stopped the practice, following a
robbery that resulted in the loss of an exquisite ivory
statuette. In true blue-blooded nature, the good lady shows great
pride in owning the magnificent structure. She speaks of the time
when a foreign tourist, awed by its magnificence, recreated the
structure in oil paint, presenting her with a copy. "Never leave
a room closed," she warns. "That would spell the doom of the
house." In the absence of sunlight, termites hold sway over the
antique wood, she explains.

Living in the busy state capital, surprisingly, can also be a
thrill as Mr Wali de Lima Fernandes learnt. Originally from
Charao, he moved into his present two-storied home in the quaint
Latin quarter of Fontainhas in Panaji before his schooling days.
Now, he possesses an almost living bond with the house and one
can see the pride in his eyes as he speaks of his ancestral home
two rooms of which were used to exhibit paintings of prominent
Indian artists during the recently held Fontainhas Festival of

...the complete story at
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Panaji, Feb 19: Tourist brochures declare it an emerald paradise, but
fluttering polythene and the ubiquitous plastic bottles littering the
state's countryside bespeak a mounting problem.

In a bid to control the menace, authorities have declared a ban on the sale
of polythene bags below 40 microns, declared some plastic free zones and
recently contracted out waste plastic collection from the state's highways.

But NGOs insist that much more needs to be done. They want three
multinational mineral water and soft drink companies resposible for
distrubuting 50 % of all PET bottles in the state, to fund a recollection
and crushing programme.

"We estimate it would cost the companies a mere Rs 3 lakh annually, but they
are not cooperating" complains Dr Claude Alvares of the Goa Foundation.

Plastic bottle usage has escalated with tourism bringing in 14
lakh annual visitors in addition to the consumption patterns of its equal
number of residents. NGO led campaigns to clear beaches of plastic litter, a
solitary crushing and collection centre still fall far short of an effective

Meanwhile, growing urbanisation is also turning garbage management into a
nightmare, pitting villages against urban municipalities, spawning protests
and endless litigation.

Last week, MLAs of at least two constitutencies wrangled over location of
dumping grounds, as the not-in-my-backyard syndrome has scores of villages

Goa's five major cities generate around 100 truckloads of garbage
daily, 50-60 % of which is estimated to be plastic and non-degradable
waste.Outlying villages are loathe to lend their space and environment for
urban garbage, while municipalities have failed to find workable solutions.

Outlying dump sites for Panaji, Mapusa and Margao cities all face hostility.
Residents of Saligao likewise are protesting dumping mainly from the
booming touristic township of Calangute which houses over 600 hotels and
restaurants, but has no garbage management plan.

The only city (Vasco da Gama) which seperates and decomposes garbage using
microbes, generates 600 tonnes of compost. Environmentalists however are
angered that the state's agriculture department is importing compost from
SAngli and Miraj, putting the city's scheme into jeopardy.

Last week they pulled out of a government committee, when authorities
reallowed manufacture of polythene bags below 20 microns, after persistent
lobbying from small scale manufacturers.

In Goa's 183 villages, livestock and natural decomposition take care of
organic waste. But plastic poses the perennial problem, with only a few
villages managing to collect it seperately, in the absence of enforced
household segregation.(ends)
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hand-woven fabric, wood carving and other souvenirs, backwater holidays, and
a lot more... Kerala is hawking its wares on the tourism front.

It recently chose to showcase its many faces in Goa -- a destination which
has probably been through it all, and where tourism 'happened' quite by
chance or accidents of history.

Goa's beach-destination rivals, both coastal Maharashtra and Kerala, have
been talking about avoiding the pitfalls this state has seen in the tourism
image it has created over the years.

Haphazard cluttered growth in some areas, damage to the environment, erosion
of natural resources, the 'sand-surf-sex' image, and hostility to tourism
from a section of the population are realities Goa cannot shrug off easily.

"Kerala gives importance to sustainable development of tourism and is home
to some of the best eco-tourism projects of the world," said Kerala
department of tourism director Alkesh Kumar Sharma.

Kerala claims to have fared well despite the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade
Centre that impacted tourism worldwide. Official statistics claim a "record
growth rate" of 11.37% growth in international tourist arrivals in 2002,
touching 232,000 foreign visitors.

Many tourists from Goa -- specially charter-tourists from UK and elsewhere
in Europe -- have been visiting Kerala. But some hoteliers here argue that
charter companies are deliberately opening up other markets in India, so
that they could further hammer down local prices, as witnessed in Goa.

In Goa, political instability causing conflicting policies, the powerful
hotel lobby that has served its own interests rather than build a common
brand, and short-sighted politicians and officials more interested in
foreign junkets have all probably conspired to stunt the growth of tourism
to its true potential and in a healthy direction.

BJP chief minister Manohar Parrikar, while carrying on many of the former
Congress policies even on contentious issues like casinos, has been careful
over which 'face' of Goa has been projected.

This reflects in reorienting the Republic Day float at Delhi; or similarly
re-writing the projection in a set of series of CDs on Goan tourism.

In Goa, tourism got launched almost by accident, as it were, just when
Portuguese colonial rule ended in a highly publicised military action in
1961, the hippies were beginning to launch their flower-power protest in the
late 'sixties, and Bollywood soon projected a certain image of Goa.

Charters came to Goa in 1987, though some see it as having brought in 'cheap'
tourists. The Taj group's siting of the state's first luxury hotel in 1973
also boosted Goa's profile somewhat, while the hosting of the CHOGM in 1983
added to Goa's profile.

But, despite official attempts to claim credit, much of the attraction here
has been the friendly nature of this small state, which is open to both East
and West and deal with the world in a friendly manner.

Kerala cites other studies which shows that it gets "just about as many
(international) tourists" as Goa and that "price is very much a part of the
equation, but not all of it as it almost invariably is in Goa's case".

Comparing its product with Goa it also argues that the "global Kerala brand"
may be "younger than its Goan counterpart, but it is likely to be far more
resilient". (ENDS)
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more likely to appear on the Amway list of promises is
promotional cassettes and books rather than more products. The
promotional material is designed to help an Amway distributor
?sell, sell, sell.? The basis for this activity is propounded by
American, Bill Britt. He and another American, Dexter Yager, run
two of the most successful ?systems? under the Amway banner. It
is said that about 90% of Amway?s products move through these two

In India, what is being discussed is the Bill Britt system. The
Advocate newspaper in the USA reported that to follow Britt?s
system is to spend hundred of dollars a year on motivational
tapes. Amway distributors are told that ?spending money to buy
these tapes is the key to building a large successful Amway
business.? Therefore, it is likely that new products peddled by
Amway distributors will not be more soap but more hope in the
form of these motivational materials.

One USA based distributor, an Indian (who has since left the
business), told me that these tapes were meaningless and were
sold to people by convincing them that they weren?t doing well
enough. He said that the tapes would become an item for sale and
Amway distributors will be selling them to each other in a self
feeding frenzy. I asked a Bangalore salesperson about this. He
said : ?Yeah, we?ve got that covered. We will buy one set and
make many copies of it an pass it around for free. This is
India, man.?

Exactly. That is exactly my problem with a business which makes
people hand over their savings to Amway to buy themselves a dream
and then try to create parallels between the growth of Amway and
the growth of the church to justify themselves. Bill Britt is
reported to be unashamed to use God to promote the Amway trade.
He reportedly said once that he sponsors a system
set in place by Jesus. ?There was a man that sponsored twelve
people 2000 years ago and I?m in his group. Because he sponsored
twelve and he taught us sponsoring, he now has one-and-a
half-billion people in his organisation. So I think we have a
pretty good precedent of what sponsoring is all about.? (All we
have is the Shankaracharya who keeps to himself most of the
time.) Even with all the two-paise philosophy that foreign Amway
distributors can throw at Indians, it falls to the sensible ones
to try and understand the hidden agenda and separate the lure of
lucre from the realities of returns. That may happen, if not
immediately, then later. After all, this is India, man.

And What Of Products
Most Amway salespeople agree that the present range of six
products is not sufficient to generate usage of Rs. 1500 a month.
They expect more products will be added. I asked the Amway
officials when they would release more products, what products
and at what price. One employee said he had absolutely no idea
and wouldn?t tell me anything even in the vaguest detail because
he hadn?t been told anything himself.

I mentioned this to a distributor. It distressed him
considerably and he told me that he would call Amway ?and give
them a royal bollocking?. How could he be made to wait to earn
his PVs? According to the Bill Britt system, he should soon
retire to his counting house.

Steven Beddoe contradicted his Bangalore office. He said that
Amway plans to launch new products every three months. By
August, a laundry detergent. By October, a hand cream soap. By
December, a toothpaste. (Bye, Bye Colgate Palmolive?)

Another Mathematical Conundrum
In the course of conversation, Beddoe mentioned that Amway
maintains Rs. 28 crores worth of product stock. I asked him how
many months worth of inventory that represented. He consulted
with his finance man said, nine months. That works out to a sale
of Rs. 3.1 crores per month. At the stated average of Rs. 1500
per Amway distributor per month, it works out to 20,667 users. A
mere 20,667 Amway users for the whole of India? With many more
people than that having paid up the Rs.4200?

If all Amway did was to manufacture and sell their products
through door-to-door salespeople there would be no problem. The
choice of purchase is left up to the individual. By asking for
deposits from buyers in the beginning and again every year, it
looks like Amway seeks to build a captive consumer base. Once
someone has paid Rs. 4200 to Amway, he is naturally disinclined
to buy Nivea hand cream instead of Amway Gly-Honey hand lotion.
The element of personal choice is thus prejudiced.

By involving their ?distributors? in a complicated system of
down-the-line commissions (which most of them showed no signs of
comprehending), they are given the impression that there is a
limitless market for Amway products. The truth is that the
market share for Amway is as limited as the market share for any
other product. Traditional retail trade is not about to
collapse. And because of the expensive price structure, the
growth of the market is restricted to the very wealthy.

Calling this ?an opportunity to use world class products? is a
bit like calling the purchase of a Mercedes Benz for Rs. 25 lakhs
an ?opportunity?, when an efficient Maruti 800 for one-tenth of
that price will do nicely. With all these constraints, telling
people of profit mechanisms tied into several thousand people
buying Rs. 1500 worth of Amway soaps every month seems laughable
in a country where entire families lead their lives on less

Transplanting an American operation into India is downright
dangerous under the circumstances. The per capita GDP in the US
is $26,980. The per capital GDP of India is US$ 340. (Source :
Barclay?s Bank Economics Department.)

The cost of becoming an Amway distributor in the USA is US$ 120.
In India, they have simply multiplied this by 35 and made it Rs.

I Have Seen The Light ?
And If You Haven?t, You?re Not My Friend
The parallel with an evangelist (with the light in his eyes who
gives you unsolicited advice about Jesus, equally, the
all-American Hare Krishna selling you the Bhagavad Gita) is
inescapable. You can recognise him in a minute. His opening
lines run something like this : ?I have a wonderful way for you
to make a lot of money with little effort.? : Tell such a person
: ?Oh, you?re talking about Amway, aren?t you?? And watch his
expressions fail him immediately. He squares his shoulders and
gives you his complete attention.

He is the Amway distributor. He is in your face. He looks
directly in your eyes and gesticulates in your peripheral vision.
You can?t look anywhere but at him. Nothing matters to him but
you. You are the next cog in his wheel of fortune. He expects
that you will be lured into his web of promises. The promise
that he has the ability to make you a millionaire. The promise
that you will not just get a life, but a lifestyle. That your
good fortune can be willed to your children and that you and your
progeny will live off what he will describe to you as ?residual
income?. His evangelism is complete.

I overheard one distributor tell his wife : ?I think so-and-so
will soon become a convert?. His ability to make money depends
on your signing up. Your ability to make money depends on who
you can get to sign up and thus the web expands.

In Bangalore, the growing tribe of Amway salespeople have
inspired all kinds of emotions in non-Amway distributors. The
?I-have-seen-the-light? evangelism is all but alien to our
society and it inspires dread in many.

Writer Ajit Saldanha said : ?When I see an Amway sales guy, I
leap like a nimble mountain deer out of his path.?

Hotelier Rishad Minocher said : ?I laugh at them. At least a few
dozen people have tried to ?convert? me.?

A fashion designer said of her friends : They get very excited
about this whole thing. But it?s not for me. I will not be seen
selling detergents.?

Another lady working for a media relations company complained
that one of her colleagues has stopped doing any office work :
?He uses the office phones to prospect for Amway business and
ties up al the lines. Normally a very dumb fellow, he is
emotional about Amway and his own livelihood matters to him no

US$ 120 does not represent anything close to a risk even for the
lower income American. Rs.4200 exceeds the monthly income of
most Indians. And a 250 ml shampoo for Rs. 315 is unspeakable
for all except the richest among us. One Amway employee said
that they did not want the Indian middle class to get hurt but
that Amway could not possibly check into the economic background
of every sign up. Bullshit. Even small finance companies in
India have the mechanism to look into the backgrounds of their
borrowers. That is because they themselves would get hurt if the
borrowers failed. The reason Amway does not look into the
background of their distributors is because Amway will not get
hurt if the distributor fails. (They are taking his money up

Quite correctly, I think, Amway should not worry itself about the
fate of people who willingly sell the family silver to become
Amway distributors. After all, who is anyone to say that the
Indian middle class knows not what is does. (Steven Beddoe made
the gratuitous offering that he felt Indians are not dumb
people.) And what Amway is doing is to tell all their prospects
that they could make pots of money. But with the full knowledge
that many of them will not. The Latin phrase, ?caveat emptor?
simply means ?let the buyer beware?.

But what if nobody is a buyer and everybody is a seller ? with
soap in their hands and hope in their hearts?
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. . . .

Could someone suggest to the University authorities that instead of calling
our University by the name "Goa University", it should be called "University
of Goa".

I think the acronym "U of G" sounds better than "GU" - for obvious reasons.

Am I too sensitive???

Tim de Mello
timdemello at hotmail.com
Ontario, CANADA

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Ranchi, Feb 25 (IANS) As five rebel ministers turn the screws on Chief
Minister Babulal Marandi, his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working
overtime to split an opposition group to save the coalition government.

Marandi is focusing all his energies on trying to lure away three
legislators of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Party sources said if Marandi succeeded in his mission to engineer
defections from the RJD, his government would not be reduced to a minority
even if the five rebel ministers from the Samata Party and Janata Dal-United
(JD-U) walked out.

At present Marandi's BJP-led Nationa