2008-02-28 10:55:03 UTC
Peter Nazareth Enlivens Classes with His Multi-cultural Heritage
Feb 2008. The Iowa Source (via GoaNet) ? On a cool night during the
dry season in Uganda, Peter Nazareth had a dream. He awoke, wrote it
down, and included it in his first novel. Days after its release,
Nazareth's dream became reality and the Asians were expelled from
Uganda ? Today he is a professor of English at the University of Iowa
? Nazareth's mother is the eldest of 14 children. Nazareth's
grandfather, Mathias Francis Gomes, had three children with his first
wife. Most of Gomes's 17 offspring are now married to people of
different cultures ? 1588 words. [Feedback to pnazareth05 at msn.com].
For full text click here.
Canada: Stephen Lobo: Little Mosque on the Prairie
13 Feb: Mervyn Lobo wrote to Goans Tanzanite group that Stephen Lobo
(ex-Tanga, Tanzania) appears in the new series of Little Mosque on the
Prairie (Wed 8pm on CBC). The photograph is a still from the first
episode broadcast on 13 Feb.
For more about him check out the Stephen Lobo Goan Voice UK
supplement. Click here.
For the Stephen Lobo website with filmography, demo reel, photo
gallery, press clippings and contact details see www.stephenlobo.net/
The demo reel is compulsive viewing! Click here.
Thomas Pereira: Norway: Football: Viking
14 Feb. Rogalands Avis (Norway). Viking FC is in training. Thomas
Pereira and Maurice Ross will be in the team playing on Friday. Click
Thomas is the son of Kirstin and Austin Pereira (ex Masaka, Uganda).
He is married to Hanne and they have three sons. For his profile click
For the Thomas Pereira Wikipedia entry click here.
For the Times of India article ? Norway's Soccer Goan Viking click here.
Anil de Sequeira: Pupils learn all ingredients for good health
14 Feb. Bath Chronicle (UK). Hundreds of children from 20 schools and
colleges were served up with healthy eating messages last week at Bath
Spa University ? Subject leader Dr Anil de Sequeira said: "The
university has a long tradition of providing vocationally- orientated
food and nutrition courses that train tomorrow's food and nutrition
professionals. "We see our role in the broader scheme of education in
the industry, providing advice and support to food businesses, as well
as high-calibre graduates to work in them." 174 words. Click here.
Dr Anil de Sequeira is the son of the late Erasmo (MP from 1967-77)
and Maureen de Sequeira (Moira, and grandson of Goa's legendary
politician, Jack de Sequeira). He has been in the UK since 1990 and is
currently Subject Leader: Food Studies at Bath Spa University. For a
profile of him click here.
Carol Vaz returns to Dubai
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15 Feb: Khaleej Times (UAE). Dubai is regarded a materialistic haven,
a shopper's paradise. But Carol Vaz, a wheelchair-bound young woman's
story proves that Dubai cares ? Six years ago she left Dubai in a
coma, at 15, the innocent victim of a horrific car accident ? Her
distraught parents quit their jobs and took her to Mumbai ? a miracle
did happen, and Carol slowly emerged from her deep slumber ? She was
now confined to the house and bound to the wheelchair. But she has
come back to Dubai! 1675 words. Click here.
Dr. Francis J. Pinto: Pharming Announces Annual Results 2007
15 Feb. PharmaLive. Biotech company Pharming Group NV announced its
financial results for the year ending 31 December, 2007 ? * Cash
position of ? 65.3 million compared to ? 31.3 million in 2006 ? "In
2007, the Company made good progress on the development of several
products and developed new research initiatives," said Dr. Francis J.
Pinto, CEO of Pharming ? Click here.
Dr Francis Pinto was a Director of Glaxo when based in London. India
Business Insight, Aug 22, 2000 reported that "he has planned to devote
his time to a non-profit organisation in Goa. He has proposed to start
a children's museum. He is engaged in a big teaching programme and
healthcare activity in Goa"
Mississauga: Chris D'Souza: It's not how it looks, students hear
15 Feb: Mississauga News. More than 1,000 Grade 7 students from the
Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board attended a Diversity
Forum today at the John Paul ll Cultural Centre ? The diversity forum
was initiated four years ago after Les Storey, principal of Christ the
King school, along with Chris D'Souza, the Equity and Diversity
officer at DPCSB ? The Board-wide initiative mirrors the fact
Mississauga is one of the most diverse cities in the world, said
D'Souza. "We live in neighbourhoods that are different ethnically,
different faith groups and have different immigrant status," D'Souza
said. Click here.
For a photo and profile of Chris D'Souza and family click here.
Collien Fernandes @ 2008 "Echo" Music Awards
15 Feb: Berlin, Germany. Collien Fernandes received rapturous media
attention when she arrived at the "Echo" Music Awards. To check the
links click here.http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/pageview.aspx?bookmarkId=AGCTASRVT52
For the Collien Fernandes Wikipedia profile click here.
For the Collien Fernandes official website with photos, video clips,
news, music downloads click here.
Australia beckons Indian youth
16 Feb: Merinews. By Armstrong Vaz. The USA has been the dream
destination for Indians for decades. But with the falling US dollar,
Indians have been exploring other countries to study and settle in the
long run, and Australia is one country, which is enticing Indians in
recent years ? 1093 words. Click here.
Eva Fernandes: Having a Baby? Relax
16 Feb: Bristol Evening Post. Eight years ago Eva Fernandes launched a
shop called Born (www.borndirect.com) in Bristol. It is, she says, an
"all natural, one-stop centre for babies and mums". Now, Eva is
throwing her weight behind a new project which claims to give women a
more rounded approach to their pregnancy by offering holistic
antenatal support. The Relaxed Birth and Parenting course has a team
of experts ? For more information, click here. ?
For text of article, 715 words click
Born has shops in London, Bristol, New Zealand and online. Eva was
born in North London, the third daughter of East African refugees who
fled Idi Amin's dictatorship in 1970. She writes, "The first home I
remember was a bedsit with 1 room for all 5 of us to sleep in with a
kitchen attached and shared bathroom/toilet ? Her parents, Glorio and
Antoinette Fernandes live in London and are ex-Nairobi
(Eastleigh/Pangani) They trace their Goan roots to Verna (father) and
Benaulim (mother). For more about Eva click here.
Canada: Troy DeSouza: The chickens are cock-a-doodling all the time
17 Feb: Times Colonist (Canada). Elizabeth Cooper is packing up about
35 live chickens to head for the provincial Interior after losing a
court battle over the roosters' crowing ? Troy DeSouza, the lawyer
acting for the Capital Regional District, said the roosters crow all
day, creating a real disturbance. "They are cock-a-doodling all the
time ? It's one of those things: You have to live with your
neighbours," he said. Click here.
For a photograph and profile of Troy DeSouza click here.
Sylvia Fernandes: VisitBritain hosts road shows in India
18 Feb. 2008: Express TravelWorld. The tourism agency of Britain,
VisitBritain hosted its annual roadshow in Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and
Goa. Says Sylvia Fernandes, the board's representative, "We want to
extend our reach to less serviced regions and create more awareness
about the United Kingdom ? Fernandes added that the aim of the
workshop was to sell more of British products to the travel trade ?
For full text,184 words, click here.
Sylvia Fernandes, 28, traces her Goan roots to Saligao. Her hobbies
include dancing, swimming and reading
Desmond Fernandes: The Kurdish and Armenian genocides
18 Feb: Europe News. Turkey's repression of the Kurds has been widely
documented - and is acknowledged as a major obstacle to Turkey's
accession to the European Union. But what lies behind such repression?
Fernandes confronts the issue head on ? The book is an exceptionally
important read for anyone with a broad interest in human rights and
social justice ? In this important book, he exposes the details of the
sordid and largely hidden role of Israel and the US Israel Lobby in
preventing Congress from recognizing the Turkish genocide of the
Armenians ? Click here.
For details of the book click here.
Desmond Fernandes is a policy analyst and former Senior Lecturer in
Human Geography and Genocide Studies at De Montfort University,
Goans explore Europe through Portuguese citizenship
19 Feb: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz. Thousands of Indians from the
Portuguese colonies have gone to Europe and settled there after
acquiring Portuguese citizenship. A Portuguese citizenship, gives them
passage to work and settle anywhere in Europe as European citizens ?
For most Goans the most favoured destination is UK. Rough estimates
indicate that there are more than 50,000 Portuguese Goans in England ?
858 words ? Click here.
Illegal migration to USA - its pitfalls
19 Feb: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz ?if there are a few Indians
trickling in through the legal channels there are thousands who slip
into USA through dubious means ? For the Indians jumping ship the
first job in the US is working at a gas station owned by Indians or
Bangladeshis or in a motel ? 1047 words. Click here.
Uganda: Cricket: Texeira
20 Feb: The Monitor (Uganda). By Vali Jamal. A fortnight ago, the Aga
Khan and Muslim XI cricket hero Guste came into my restaurant to do an
interview of his memories of cricket then for a magazine I am doing on
Ugandan Asians. We remembered the names of famous players from
different sides like John McAdam of the Europeans, Texeira of the
Goans ? Click here.
Liz Hurley pays Violet D'Souza 'slave-wage'
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20 Feb: The Mirror (UK). Liz Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar have
gagged Violet D'Souza, 31, who was brought over from India and paid as
little as ?1.20 an hour. Violet was due to make the slave-wage
allegations at an employment tribunal tomorrow but she was understood
to have been offered a five-figure settlement ? they allegedly paid
Violet just 8,000 rupees a week ? after working for four years, she
was fired without notice last August ? she was given shelter in London
by her aunt, Fermina D'Souza, who works for another family in London ?
Nayar is believed to have brought Violet over from Mumbai, where she
already worked for his wealthy textiles family. 738 words. Click here.
Liz, the servant and a tricky legal claim
20 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). Elizabeth Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar
have been at the centre of a racial discrimination claim from their
former housekeeper ? Click here.
For links to other reports of this case
16 Feb: Santa Cruz, Goa. MARIA PALMIRA CARMINA DO REGO (Born 1926).
Relict of Braz. Mother of late Agnelo/Martha, Anja/Luis (Canada) and
Auta/Diogo (Canada). Grandmother of Reagan, Rachel, Norbert, Trevor,
Darlene, Charlotte, Brian and Edwin.
15 Feb: Corlim, Mapusa, Goa. ROSA FLORINDA BARRETTO VAZ (MAI). Wife of
late Pedro Vincent Vaz. Beloved Mother of Valentino/Delia,
Thomas/Juliet, Lawrence, Siprosa/Amyot Da Costa (UK).
15 Feb: Toronto. CHARLES "STAN" PINTO. (Born 1918, ex Air India).
Beloved husband of Joyce of 60 years. Loving father of Sandra and
Michael Abrahams (Toronto) and Patricia and Nigel Chaves (Melbourne).
Greatly loved grandfather of Nadia (Rohit), Karina (Tim), Rohana,
Joshua and Tanya. Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law, Molly and
sisters Audrey, Melba, Ludy, Joan, Gloria and brothers Burvy and
Austin and their families. Visitation on Feb 19 at the Highland
Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Thornhill,
on Wed. Feb. 20 at 12 noon. Click here
14 Feb: Toronto. ENID BARBARA MIRANDA. (Age 82). Loving wife of
Michael. Mother to Michael/Lynne and Richard.
Grandmother of Christopher, Brittany, Jonathan and Michelle.
Visitation on Feb 18 at the Highland Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at 10
a.m. on Tuesday at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic
Church, Scarborough. For photograph and full text click here.
Death: Dr Tony deSouza: Journey from El Alamein to Juhu
14 Feb: Juhu, Mumbai. DR. TONY DESOUZA (aged 93). Beloved husband of
Dr Marie. Father of Crystal/Mario, Charmaine/Derrick, Derek/Sheila.
Funeral was on 16 Feb.
19 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. ? Tony deSouza led a remarkable life.
He was part of the battle of El Alamein, where the Germans, under
Erwin Rommel, were defeated. Under British Field Marshal Montgomery he
fought in Sicily; his final posting, before returning to Mumbai, was
in Burma where he fought against the Japanese ? Dedication to his
patients and the community did not stop the doctor from enjoying life
? 636 words. Click here.
14 Feb: Navelim, Goa. JOAQUIM ROSARIO GOMES (Born 1918, Ex-Nairobi).
Husband of late Erodiana D'Silva. Father of Sienna/late Phillip Nunes,
Winnie, late Helen, Patrick/Cynthia, Prexedes/Celia, Monica/Venino
Furtado. Brother of Veneziana/late Sebastiao, late Anselmo/Juliana,
13 Feb: Pomburpa, Goa. JOAQUIN VICTOR PEREIRA. (Born 1949). Husband of
Mirelle. Father of Maria and Chantal (Holland). Brother of Rosy and
Luis Fernandes, Agadina and Franklyn Pereira (UK).
7 Feb: London. UK. CAITANO FRANCISCO MASCARENHAS (ERNEST). (Born
1930). Husband of Flora. Father of Mathew/Presley and Libia. Funeral
service 4 pm on 18 Feb to Our Lady of Assumption Church, Sarzora, Goa.
16 Feb: The Nation (Nairobi). Big gap to be filled. Top honours may
have eluded JOSEPH GEORGE as an outstanding football and hockey player
or an athlete of note, but his death, recently, has left quite a big
gap in the fraternities of the three sports in Kenya and United
Kingdom. As a young promising player, George, who died last week aged
67, played football for Goan Institute against English professionals,
stationed in Kenya in the early 1950s and twice featured in Kenya's
hockey squad. George, a qualified civil engineer, played hockey for
Loughborough College in Britain and was a fine defender. He
represented his college team in the game for several years. In Kenya,
George and his elder brother Saude, a sports journalist, represented
the country in hockey for many years. Saude later played hockey for
Kenya at the Olympic Games in Rome and Tokyo. Click here.
Max, 19, hits the road
14 Feb. The Guardian (UK). ? I fly into Mumbai today, but will move
down to Goa pretty sharpish and chill there for a few days - a nice,
slow introduction hopefully ? I have already experienced my first
taste of India [when I applied for my visa] - and I only had to go as
far as Aldwych. The Indian High Commission (London) is a funny place ?
689 words + comments. Click here.
Colva Beach Stalemate
14 Feb: Herald. A stinking creek; clogged drains, stray dogs and
cattle loitering on the beach and complaints of tourists about the
mess welcomed Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco to Colva beach as he
conducted an inspection on Wednesday noon. However, he was quick to
blame the Finance Minister for the ugly situation ? 410 words. Click
A Goa vacation with initial complications
14 Feb: NGZ Online (Germany). Goa was my dream goal since my childhood
after reading of Heinz Helfgen adventures there, on a bicycle in the
50's. Now I had the chance of a short holiday there ? Click here.
Hotels to display 'appeal' for identity proof from tourists
15 Feb: Herald. Hotels all over Goa will now display an appeal or
advisory formulated by Goa Police at their reception counters
requesting guests to furnish an identity proof or some native
reference before checking in. 452 words. Click here.
Visas to India: The electronic bureaucrat
16 Feb. The Economist (UK). At 6.15 am outside the Indian High
Commission 109 people are sleepily waiting for the visa section to
open ? the passport and its owner must be physically present. The ?30
($60) fee must be in cash; the visa form must be filled in by hand and
authenticated with a signature and a photograph. The procedure has
scarcely changed in 60 years. The 500 people waiting at 8.30am, when
the visa office opens, should get their visas by noon, though on busy
days stragglers may be told to collect it the next day. Applying by
post is possible, but may take weeks ? 1460 words. Click here.
Goa's Second Boom
16 Feb: Berliner Zeitung. The former hippie stronghold is on the way
to a high-quality mass destination for the Indian middle class ? 1246
words. Click here.
Indian mission in UK to outsource visa process
16 Feb: Times of India. With a rising number of people from Britain
queuing up to visit India, the Indian High Commission will outsource
the Visa Application Process from May this year. VFS Global, the
company that handles the Visa applications for the British High
Commission in India will handle applications said Acting High
Commissioner Asoke Mukerji. On an average the High Commission issued
500,000 visas in a year, the same as the British High Commission
issues to Indians wishing to visit the UK. 267 words. Click here.
16 Feb: South Wales Echo. Goa: Kuoni (01306 747 008) offers seven
nights' B&B in a four star hotel from ?579 from Apr 19, with other
reduced prices on deps Mar 8-April 19.
16 Feb: The Sun (UK). Goa is 35oC - 14 nights' B&B at the three-star
Hotel Palmarinha, Calangute, is from ?519pp, leaving Manchester on Feb
23. See cosmos.co.uk or call 0871 423 8560.
Goa is a real goer
17 Feb: Sunday Times (Perth) ? Goa was impressive. It did not appear
so busy, noisy and jammed with people, and you could even see the
clear, blue sky ? Goa still has its fair share of poverty, traffic
problems, half-finished roads, open-air urinals, etc. However, all
this is compensated for by the apparent spaciousness and a general
pleasant holiday atmosphere which would easily assist in acclimatising
travellers to India ? 645 words.
Rob Da Bank: Me and my travels
17 Feb: The Observer (UK). Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser
writes: My idea of paradise is a guesthouse in Palolem in Goa called
Bhakti Kutir. It's a wicked place run by a German couple, half in the
jungle, half by the beach. They have a healthy wholefood ethos and a
swami who does meditation every day. We went a couple of years ago and
it was just brilliant. Click here.
Goodbye Goa. By David Jenkins (UK)
18 Feb: Herald. This letter is from a very sad tourist. My wife and I
have been coming to Goa for 10 years every winter. But this will be
the last time we spend our money or our time in Goa. 317 words. Click
Competition: A week for two in Kerala
18 Feb. The Guardian. Vote for your best trip and enter our ?25,000
prize draw. What were the highs and lows of your travels last year?
The Observer Travel Awards honour the best in the business, based
entirely on your verdicts ? The prize includes breakfast, transfers
and flights, and must be taken between 1 April and 30 June or 1 August
and 30 September. Value: ?2,250. Click here.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES:
Goa gets ?156m from the Central Government
14 Feb: Navhind Times. The central government today allocated Rs 1,220
crore (approx ?156m) for the development of infrastructure in Goa to
host the National Games to be held in 2011 and also for construction
of internal roads. 297 words. Click here.
Captivating music video on Amchem Goem
14 Feb: Navhind Times. Goa with its beaches, backwaters, greenery,
temples, churches, mosques, Shigmotsav, Carnival, traditional dances,
various art forms and achievers who made their mark in various fields
thus taking the state to a new height, came alive in 'Sobit Amchem
Goem' music video released on 13 Feb. The CD presents a visual musical
rendering of Goa's secular fabric ? For text, 483 words, click here.
For a videoclip (1m. 57s) of the trailer, click here.
High incidence of breast cancer in Goa worries doctors
15 Feb: The Hindu. Medicos in Goa have expressed the need to
commission a study on high incidence of breast cancer in the state and
work out a strategy to curb the disease ? Goa has an average of 1000
cancer patients every year, and 70 cases per lakh population, which is
much higher than the national average of 50 cases per lakh ? 256
words. Click here.
Goa: Not immune to 'hate-outsider' syndrome
15 Feb: Indian Express. Goa's local population is slowly turning
against the influx of "outsiders" who threaten the local way of life.
In fact, it is not the short-term visitor from the West who is facing
the cold shoulder, but people from other parts of the country.
"Bhaile" is the mildly derisive term employed by Hindus and Catholics
alike on "outsiders" who are unable to fit in ? 653 words. Click here.
Unseasonal rain takes Goa by surprise
16 Feb: Herald. The unseasonal rain in some parts of the State and a
sudden rise in the temperatures in the last two days is due to the
cloudy weather conditions and the trough formed in the upper level of
the region, says the Meteorological Observatory of Goa, Altinho. Click
Deprived of jobs, Goan youths log out for greener pastures
16 Feb: Economic Times. Growing public protests that have stalled many
development projects in Goa now seem to be taking a heavy toll on its
economy. With no new industry setting up shop here, the Goan political
class is worried about increasing unemployment that has triggered a
talent exodus from the state. 411 words. Click here.
Goa to have 40 knowledge centres
16 Feb: The Hindu. The Goa Government has decided to make knowledge of
information technology (IT) mandatory for government employment and
proposed to set up 40 knowledge centres in towns and villages cross
the State to impart training in information technology. Click here.
Goa's Corrupt Sub-Registries
17 Feb. Herald (via GoaNet). Valmiki Faleiro writes about his
experiences regarding the Government officials who are responsible for
the registration of property documents ? "There is this latest spin in
the hands of Goa's Sub-Registrars. In the face of the purchase of land
by foreigners, the government has issued a caution circular to
Sub-Registrars. Even if a foreigner of Indian origin is party to a
deed Sub-Registrars now ask for a copy of the PIO (Person of Indian
Origin) Card. This is patently bad. PIOs from only a few select
countries are entitled to PIO Cards ? What happens if you never found
the need to apply for one? ? 775 words. Click here.
Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues: The Goa That Was
17 Feb: Navhind Times. Remembering Goa,' authored by Maria de Lourdes
Bravo da Costa Rodrigues, is a compilation of thought-provoking
articles, Reflections on feasts, festivals and fairs in `amchem Goem'
of yesterdays, the summer holidays, the picnics, the urge to visit the
beauty saloons, the jardim slide, the travel by ferry, the Goan
cuisine and several aspects related to Goa, leave a tinge of
disappointment in the mind of the reader about the present ? 474
words. Click here.
The photo shows Maria who is the Circulation Librarian at Panjim
Central Library and is from the album by Rajan Parrikar of the
Library. To check out the other photographs in this breathtaking
album, click here.
Remo: Concert sans loud music
17 Feb: PTI. By Rupesh Samant. Advocating the need to enjoy concerts
and music without disturbing the locality, renowned pop singer, Remo
Fernandes, will hold a concert in Goa on Feb. 19, on a small sound
system ? The concert titled "Goa: Keep Heaven Clean" aims to promote
cleanliness on Goan beaches and to respect neighbouring people's sound
privacy ? Nostalgic about the past, Remo said "our parents generation
danced all night long to Johnson and His Jolly Boys without a single
microphone or loudspeaker. Unfortunately of late our hearing and
sensitivity for music as been jaded by excessively and unnecessarily
loud sound systems." 426 words. Click here.
17 Feb: NDTV. Govt may issue postage stamps on Remo Fernandes ? Click here.
For the GVUK Remo Fernandes supplement click here.
India is irresistible!
17 Feb. Daily News & Analysis. Francesca Smith, Model. She says, "My
family moved to Goa six years back and almost three years back, I came
to Mumbai with my boyfriend. Living here has been a great experience."
? She doesn't let stress get the better of her. "When I am not
working, I am off to Goa. I feel that's very important considering
life in Mumbai can get hectic at times when your body asks for that
much-needed break," she says. Click here.
Locals thrash Russian for desecrating cross
19 Feb: Herald. Vitaly Golabovsky, a Russian in his mid-thirties was
brutally assaulted by locals at Arambol on Monday, after he allegedly
desecrated a cross near the beach. He was mercilessly beaten by a mob
and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital ? no arrests have
been made so far. 151 words. Click here.
Japanese expats in Goa on terror hit list
19 Feb: Deccan Herald. Along with the Americans in Karnataka and Goa,
Japanese expats were also reportedly on the hitlist of the terrorists
suspects arrested last month. 398 words. Click here.
Video: Goa MLA held for attempted murder
20 Feb:16:03 IST. CNN-IBN. Monserrate was seen arguing with police
officers and instigating the crowd. Former Goa minister and MLA Babush
Monserrate has been arrested for attempted murder after his supporters
attacked a police station on Tuesday night ? 1m.22s. Select the link
below Click here.
Taleigao MLA and wife arrested in Goa
21 Feb: The Hindu. Atanasio Monserrate and his Jennifer Monserrate
were remanded to police custody for seven days on Wednesday following
their arrests in the violent mob attack on the Panaji police station
on Tuesday night. Police have registered FIRs against 524 people
including 24 known persons and the search was on for the accused
allegedly involved in the attack ? Around 32 policemen were injured,
six of them seriously ? The village of Taleigao on the outskirts of
the city continued to be tense but peaceful on Wednesday ? the Police
claimed that a mob of over 700, led by Monserrate, gathered at the
police station after two rival gangs clashed on Tuesday. 338 words.
Editorial: Atanasio Monserrate: A Pampered Superman
21 Feb: Navhind Times. The mob violence at the Panaji police station
was a show of strength by Mr Atanasio Monserrate, MLA from Taleigao.
Or, we may be wrong: it was a show of power ? power over everything.
It was aimed at sending a message out to the world that Mr Monserrate
is the most powerful man in Goa ? 608 words. Click here.
IN THE NEWS
Flipping Out at the Berlin Film fest
14 Feb: The Jerusalem Post. The Berlin International Film Festival,
which began yesterday and which will run until February 17, will have
a strong Israeli presence. An Israeli documentary being shown in the
Forum section is Yoav Shamir's Flipping Out which looks at the
phenomenon of burned-out soldiers who head to the drug-rave scene in
Goa and northern India after their discharge ? Click here.
Bar girls turned escorts enjoy life kingsize
14 Feb: Sify News. They used to entertain at Mumbai's dance bars. But
after the government clamped down on these home-grown pubs three years
ago, many bar girls have taken to playing business companions and
wives for a fee ? Bankers, business executives, doctors, cricketers
and even senior police officials are among the people taking bar girls
as companions to places like Goa ? The girls said business companions
are charged anything between Rs.30,000 and Rs.45,000 as payment for
one month of "outside assignments". Perks like gold and silver
jewellery, saris, dresses and sweet packets also are there ? 635
words. Click here.
Should Leicester have a Statue of Gandhi?
14 Feb: Leicester Mercury. ? Leicester East MP Keith Vaz wants to
erect a statue of former Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in
Leicester ? He wants a 7ft to 9ft-tall bronzed statue of the Indian
leader on a patch of green land near Friends Tandoori, at the corner
of Belgrave Road and Donaldson Road ? The majority of people writing
to the Leicester Mercury Mailbox page seem to prefer a statue of
someone who was from Leicester, rather than a great Indian leader with
no link to the city ? The campaign, meanwhile, rolls on. No planning
application has been submitted to the city council yet but the search
has begun for a sculptor. 1333 words. Click here.
Kenya: James Kanyotu buried with the country's most kept secrets
14 Feb: Nation (Kenya). Kenya's longest serving spy master James
Kanyotu has passed on at 71, taking with him Kenya's best-kept secrets
about some of the most gruesome and trying moments in the nation's
history ? Kanyotu oversaw the organisation play its hidden hand in
some of Kenya's most critical and trying historical moments such as
the assassination of leading politicians like Pio Gama Pinto ? Photo
and text. Click here.
Valentines Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra 'caught' in Goa!
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15 Feb: Herald. There was definitely love in the air all over the
country today and Goa was no exception. Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra
were caught by journalists at the Dabolim airport on the morning of
Valentine's Day, onboard a flight from Mumbai. When they stepped out
of the terminal they were rattled on being confronted by the media and
scooted back inside. Shilpa has recently acknowledged that she is
dating Raj Kundra, a small time producer and her business manager of
sorts, after having denied it for a long time. Click here.
Britain rejects former generals' view on multiculturalism
15 Feb: IANS. The British government and senior Asian MP Keith Vaz
have strongly rejected a report that is said to reflect consensus by a
group of retired generals that Britain's multicultural society is to
blame for problems of terrorism and extremism. The report by the Royal
United Services International, the country's oldest military think
tank, says Britain is becoming a soft touch and a "fragmenting,
post-Christian society" with a "misplaced deference to
multiculturalism", all of which undermined the fight against
extremists ? Goan-origin Vaz, who came to Britain at the age of 14,
said the retired generals did not appear to have examined
multiculturalism and "see what benefits it has given the country" ?
549 words. Click here.
'Indian caste system created by British"
15 Feb: India Interacts. The Hindu Council UK (HCUK) has claimed that
caste discrimination does not exist in Britain - and that caste, in
any case, was created by the British in India ? The Council claims
that Labour Party MPs Rob Marris and Jeremy Corbyn, "who are lobbying
the Department of Communities and Local Government to legislate
against caste discrimination, may have been misled by Christian groups
who want, quite simply, to "save" people from the 'falsehood" of
Hinduism and convert people to Christianity." 424 words. Click here.
How did Sanjay Dutt buy Goa house?
15 Feb. There has been much media attention in India given to the
wedding in Goa last week of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt and his
partner Manayata. Mid-Day, 15 Feb. carries photographs of the two
properties in Gogol and Aquem that they claim to have lived in for the
last six months. It has been reported that the marriage certificate
has been revoked ? Click here.
For a Wikipedia profile of Sanjay Dutt click here.
Sanjay Dutt's marriage in trouble
19 Feb: Times of India. All is not well in Sanjay Dutt's married life.
Close friends of the actor say that he has now realized why Manyata
wanted to marry him in Goa ? as per the marriage laws of Goa, if a
Goan female domicile certificate holder gets married in Goa, 50 % of
the property of the male member is attributed to her name ? 285 words.
UK, Canada & Tanzania: Healthy passage to India
15 Feb: New Statesman (UK). Britain has been in high-level discussions
with India about the possibility of flying NHS patients there for
treatment to cut waiting times ? Last year, some 150,000 foreigners
travelled to India and paid for their own treatment. But the health
services of some countries do send patients considerable distances for
treatment. Tanzania is one. In the past five years, nearly 200
Tanzanians have travelled to India for heart surgery. Canada is
another. Patients can be reimbursed for treatment abroad, provided
they have approval from the provincial authority. 689 words. Click
India: Banda sisters
15 Feb: The Guardian (UK). In one of India's poorest regions, hundreds
of pink-clad female vigilantes are challenging male violence and
corruption ? The Gulabi Gang was formed two years ago. Gulabi means
pink, and refers to the electric shade of the uniform worn by the
500-plus members, who hail from Banda's arid villages. The women have
become folk heroes, winning public support for a series of Robin
Hood-style operations ? The gang has stopped child marriages, forced
police officers to register cases of domestic violence and got roads
built by dragging the official responsible from his desk on to the
dust track in question. 1224 words. click here.
16 Feb: Irish Times. It's hardly the first country you think of for
wine, but India has a growing number of reliable producers ?
Portuguese settlers also played a role in Goa. They kept their meat in
barrels of wine that was heavily doused with mashed garlic and spices,
a style they referred to as vin d'alho, or garlic wine - later more
widely known as vindaloo ? Click here.
Online: Short Film: Where's Sandra?
16 Feb: From the Director, Paromita Vohra: It is a film about a
stereotypical figure of the Indian Catholic woman - Sandra from Bandra
? At the most literal level, this film is about the Christian women of
Bombay who created a certain space for women in general. They were the
earliest women in Bombay to enter the workforce, which was part of the
reason for the unease around them and for the sexual stereotyping that
they received. But they also embodied a certain spirit - of fun, of
pleasure and a certain chutzpah ? The film includes comments by Jerry
Pinto and Eunice de Souza, etc 18 minutes. To watch the film, click
Boris Johnson wants to be Mayor of London
16 Feb: The Globe and Mail (Canada). The atmosphere at Cadogan Hall
had rapidly descended the staircase of civility ? Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown, a journalist also on the panel at Cadogan Hall who says
she was abused by the audience for criticizing Mr. Johnson, sees
something more sinister beneath the exterior. "There's a very serious
right-winger under this man's charm and buffoonery and it needs to be
seriously examined." ? 2644 words.
For video clips of the debate click here.
USA: Rahul Shrivastav: Worked his way through the ranks
17 Feb: Centre Daily Times (PA, USA). Rahul Shrivastav got his first
job as a butler in Goa ? Aged 30, he is now banquet manager at The
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. He has been in State College a
little more than two years, having obtained a bachelor's degree in
hospitality at schools in India and Australia. "I had hospitality in
my heart and I wanted to serve people," he said. 790 words. Click
Migrants face hard choices in Canada. By Meena Menezes
17 Feb: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). A once proud man hangs up his
business suit to clean lavatories, to feed his family. A successful
journalist trains for a job in a supermarket, while others from
skilled or senior posts do anything from driving cabs to working in
factories, to make ends meet. The first taste of life in Canada can be
bitter, as new arrivals must take any job they can get to support
their families. 2489 words. Click here.
Mumbai: 10,000 march against Gorai SEZ
18 Feb: Times of India. Over 10,000 people marched to the gates of
Essel World at Gorai to protest against the Special Economic Zone
coming up in the area ? The government has initiated plans to acquire
over 5,000 acres of land for the SEZ ? Gordon D'Souza, vice-president
of Mumbai Catholic Sabha, said the demonstration symbolised the
feelings of the people in the area and more protests were being
planned in the coming months. "We are talking to other organisations
in the state and will come up with a combined protest shortly,'' he
said. 327 words. Click here.
Easter opening for Qatar's first church
18 Feb: The Peninsula (Qatar). The consecration of Qatar's first
church will be celebrated on March 14. Cardinal Ivan Dias from Vatican
will lead the consecration ceremonies ? Meanwhile, a debate has been
raging in several Arab dailies in Qatar ? Photos and text 487 words.
Oscar Lobo: Live, Streaming - Konkani Music from Melbourne
18 Feb: From Oscar Lobo (Melbourne) via GoaNet. Konkani music will be
played on Thu. 21 Feb. between 11.00 am and 11.30 am (Midnight to
00:30 GMT) on the respected 3CR Community Radio 85.5 AM. Konkani songs
are also expected to be played on Tuesdays (starting 19 Feb.) between
12 to 2.00 pm (subject to schedule of songs for that day) as part of
the programme, "Music Sans Frontieres". You can access the broadcasts
via the internet ? live streaming or podcast. Go to www.3cr.org.au/
Print-On-Demand Publishing Service Launched in India
18 Feb: PTI. CinnamonTeal Print & Publishing Services [Margao Goa] has
successfully launched India's first Print-On-Demand (POD) service ?
Self-publishing now becomes unbelievably simple ? Queenie Fernandes
and Leonard Fernandes, the co-founders of CinnamonTeal are very
enthusiastic about their prospects ? 568 words. Click here.
Anglican Archbishop Embraces Sharia Law. By Dinesh D'Souza
18 Feb: TownHall.com. Atheists can break out the champagne: there
really are some wacky religious people out there. One of them seems to
be Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury ? 931 words. Click
Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza's new book What's So Great About
Christianity has just been released.
For the Wikipedia profile of him "D'Souza was born in Bombay to
parents from the state of Goa ?" Click here.
For the Dinesh D'Souza website click here. http://www.dineshdsouza.com/
Book Review: The Konkans
19 Feb: Christian Science Monitor (USA) ? The Konkans, the second
novel by Tony D'Souza (author of award-winning "Whiteman") is less a
novel and more a series of interconnected short stories, set in India
and Chicago in the 1960s and '70s, that pivot around three central
characters: Francisco's mother and father, and his uncle Sam. 879
words. Click here.
21 Feb: The New York Times. 308 pages. Harcourt. $25. Like
''Whiteman,'' Tony D'Souza's first novel, ''The Konkans'' has a whiff
of memoir to it ? Settling into the suburbs of Chicago, they confront
the tangled relationships of race, class and especially family. When
asked the stock questions about Hinduism, Sam, for one, is fond of
saying, ''I'm not that kind of Indian.'' ? Click here.
Keith Vaz MP hosts special reception in honour of restaurateur Sanjay Anand
19 Feb: Asian News. A special celebration was held at the House of
Commons by Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP in recognition of the MBE that was
awarded to restaurant aficionado, Sanjay Anand ? 'The Brilliant Hotel'
in Nairobi was where Sanjay's late father made his name with his
exceptional and unmatchable cooking talent. Madhu's Brilliant
restaurant opened in the UK in 1980 ? The rest as they say is history
? The chefs cook some of the Anand signature dishes, Punjabi cuisine
with a unique Kenyan Asian twist. Photo and text, 917 words. Click
A New Role for Bollywood's Bardot
20 Feb: New York Times. Mallika Sherawat, the actress known in some
circles as Bollywood's Bardot, has been cast as an ascetic who
befriends Jesus of Nazareth in "The Aquarian Gospel," a Hollywood film
based on the legend that Jesus visited India, Reuters reported. Click
For the Mallika Sherawat website click here.
Migrants must pay a tax to enter UK
20 Feb: The Telegraph (UK). Foreigners coming to Britain are to face a
new "immigrant tax" under Government plans to try to make them help
pay for the schools and hospitals they use, ministers are to announce.
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will announce the plans which
include a 'points system' for those seeking British citizenship ? 922
words. Click here.
Hong Kong: Godfrey Fernandes: Knifing charge reduced over 'psychosis'
20 Feb: South China Morning Post. Godfrey Fernandes, 25, a steward
with a shipping company, was charged with wounding a 77-year-old woman
at the Prince Margaret Hospital. His defence counsel briefed the court
about the findings of psychiatrists, who said Godfrey was psychotic
and could not control his actions ? Fernandes had worked for four
years as a steward in a shipping company and was diagnosed with
psychiatric problems when aboard a ship to Hong Kong. His company sent
him to the hospital's emergency unit. His workmates helped him pack
his belongings, which included a fruit knife. 402 words. Click here.
Mumbai: The Jazz files
21 Feb: Express India. A new play explores the plight of Mumbai's long
forgotten Goan musicians ? set against the backdrop of the late 40's,
it breaks barriers of time and space and traces the lives of composers
and musicians like Mickey Correa, Chic Chocolate, Anthony Gonsalves,
Lucila and George Pacheco, who created and sustained Mumbai's jazz era
from the 1930s until the 1960s. 519 words. Click here.
Britain to woo young Indians away from US
21 Feb: Zee News. The UK-India Business Council (UKIBC), the lead
group promoting bilateral trade between India and Britain, on
Wednesday launched an initiative aimed at wooing young Indian business
executives who are looking at America rather than Britain as their
preferred business partners. 345 words. Click here.
Nuns launch plans to fight trafficking of women
22 Feb: National Catholic Reporter (USA). Superiors general of about
35 women's congregations based in India have drafted a plan to fight
the trafficking of women and children ? The meeting on trafficking
followed the four-day annual plenary of the women's section of the
Conference of Religious India. At the annual meeting, several
participants expressed concern over gender discrimination within the
church. Some said women religious are treated as "just decorators," ?
Chavanod Sr. Evelyn Monteiro, a theologian, observed that one reason
for male domination in the church has been women's lack of competence
in theology ?
Sr. Jyothi Fernandes, who directs Mater Dei theological institute in
Old Goa, wrote a position paper on the subject ? 598 words. Click
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
The State of Goa, a location for relatively 'small' daily English
newspapers is abuzz to the news that, a substantial long established
daily paper---the Times of India (ToI), will enter the Goa market.
This is seen by some as a mixed blessing. At one level, it could lead
to the demise of papers like the Navhind Times, the Herald, and the
Gomantak Times among others. On the other hand, the ToI may provide a
major boost to Goa. This is what one Goa journalist (Frederick
Noronha) had to say in his substantial Open Letter to the ToI..."one
only hopes that the arrival of the Times of India to Goa could be an
opportunity for the local media to wake-up to the possibilities of
reader-driven, truth-driven journalism...but then, the experiences of
other cities where the ToI has set up shop (Bangalore, Pune,
Chandigarh) hasn't been a happy one." Find out more about this issue
and perhaps even convey our views as readers of the electronic Goan
Voice (UK) that is now increasingly read worldwide.
The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa provides a relatively safe
habitat for many wild animals. While much wildlife the world over
faces destruction by man to the point of extinction, it is good to
know that leopards in the vicinity of Bicholim (that do cause some
havoc to the locals from time to time), have been regularly trapped by
the Forest Department and then released in Bondla.
How seriously do the 5 star hotels along the Goa beach take their
responsibility for cleaning up the mess left by their tourist clients?
Lionel Messias states that apart from a photo-opportunity at the start
of the tourist season, Goa's beaches are dirty 24/7 throughout the
tourist season. This is despite the millions of taxpayers' rupees
allocated for cleaning the beaches from Pernem to Canacona.
Frederick Noronha (as above), is keen to discover as much as possible
about recent Goan migration to Swindon in England and would
particularly like to hear about this from UK Goans. Hopefully, our
readers will contribute further to the excellent GV(UK) Swindon
supplement available at click here.
Oil rich Qatar is in the throes of a controversy about the building of
Christian churches on its territory where an estimated 100,000
residents are Christian workers from abroad, and further, that only
200,000 are native Qataris in a population of 900,000. According to
Simon D'Silva, "while some indigenous traditionalists quote Prophet
Mohammed as saying that, no two religions will come together in the
[Islamic] Arabian Peninsula, others argue that this injunction applied
specifically to Mecca and Medina---Islam's holiest cities in Saudi
Arabia." Indeed, two points are worth noting: a) that places of
worship for various religions are a fundamental human right guaranteed
by Islam and, b) once Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church opens in
Qatar at Easter in 2008, Saudi Arabia will be the only Arab nation in
the Arabian Peninsula that bans Christian churches.
Finally, Goanet informs us that, there will be 40 Knowledge Centres
established in Goa soon. The Goa Government has "decided that,
knowledge of Information Technology (IT) will be mandatory for
government employment." These IT Centres will be located in towns and
villages across the State.
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at
http://lists.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet-goanet.org/ Or to subscribe
to Goanet, send an email to subscribe at goanet.org
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
RELIGIOUS: Faith and Music. ITV1
Mon 25th Feb. 00:15 to 00:50. Cliff Richard tells how he put his
career on the line to profess his faith in God. Born Harry Webb in
India, Cliff arrived in the UK with his parents at the age of eight,
and as a teenager was determined to become the British Elvis.
DRAMA: Afternoon Play. BBC Radio Four
Mon. 25th Feb. 14:15 to 15:00. Jess and Sandeep's friendship crosses
the racial divide in Bristol. Jess is black and Sandeep is Asian. When
Sandeep's father's shop is burnt down by two masked black men,
community tensions rise and their friendship is put to the test.
NEWS: Desi Pubs. BBC Radio Asian Network
Mon 25th Feb. 18:30 to 19:00. Two Pints of Lager and a Plate of
Chicken. Bobby Friction goes on a personal journey to see how and why
Asian-owned 'desi' pubs make such an impact on the community and what
it is that makes them so different.
CHAT SHOW: Night Waves. BBC Radio Three
Mon. 25th Feb. 21:45 to 22:30. David Edgar talks about Testing the
Echo, his play about a group of immigrants preparing to take the new
British citizenship exam.
MAGAZINE PROGRAMME: Desi DNA. BBC 2
Wed. 27th Feb. 23:20 to 23:50. Asian arts and lifestyle magazine.
DOCUMENTARY: Indian School. BBC 2
Wed. 27th Feb. 23:50 to 00:20. Spiritual Journey. The students of the
two schools are preparing to celebrate Diwali.
DOCUMENTARY: Analysis. BBC Radio Four
Thu. 28th Feb. Time: 20:30 to 21:00. Is the prosperity in India
filtering down to the mass of the population or simply creating a
larger gulf between the rich and poor.
DOCUMENTARY: A Race Apart. BBC Radio Four
Fri. 29th Feb. 11:00 to 11:30. Sarfraz Manzoor talks to American
students from two different universities who have opted for a racially
segregated education, whether black or white.
See http://www.lanfranc.com/lanfranc_location_2000.pdf for help in
locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Sun. 23 Mar. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents 'Easter
Dance' at St John's Church Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, London
N13 4DA. From: 2.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Music provided by Nite Life.
Tickets, (includes buffet meal): adults ?10.00 Children ?5 (5-16,
under 5 free). Dress: Formal (Strictly NO Jeans or Trainers). For
tickets & further details call the following: Antonio - 0208 4529406 /
07988896904; Judy - 0208 76302606 / 07949403741; Domacian - 0208
3761609 / 07940501196; Rosy - 0208 8352 9450; Johnny - 0208 7693168
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
Sat 31 May. 7pm. GOA Anniversary and May Ball. Wandsworth Town Hall
Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim Telephone 020 8771 4457.
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