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8 May. Estates Gazette (UK). Headline: Prepare To Be Persuasive. By Melville
Rodrigues. PIF consultation Property fund managers must convince the
Treasury to expand PIF treatment to a wider range of investment vehicles.
773 words. [Melville Rodrigues is a partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP]
10 May. The Nation (Thailand). Tony Fernandes Interviewed. Excerpts: As
AirAsia spreads its wings chief executive Tony Fernandes has taken the
aviation industry by storm. His long-distance targets include India, the
country he traces his roots to. My Mum used to play the piano, jam with
musicians. For text, 670 words, click here.
11 May. National Post (Canada). Headline: Professors trumpet complaints over
hiring: Foreigners favoured? Excerpts: Victor Anand Coelho, the
Canadian-born musicologist was turned down by McGill University for a job
that went to a foreigner last year. Dr. Coelho is one of seven professors
who are bringing attention to what they believe has been unfair treatment by
"They may not have liked me, but it would be unusual to say I was
unqualified," said Dr. Coelho, a specialist in 16th and 17th century music
whose accolades includes a mention in MacLean's magazine as one of the
University of Calgary's most popular professors. 714 words. Victor is the
son of George Coelho. Check his contribution at the International Conference
on Goa and Portugal at http://www.goacom.com/community/xchr/
13 May. Gloucestershire Echo. Sebastian Fernandes, 33, admitted being drunk
and disorderly with a bus driver a court heard. Alison Fielden, defending,
said Fernandes, an alcoholic, had lost his labouring job before he got on
the bus and it had made him nervous. Magistrates imposed a six-month
conditional discharge and ordered Fernandes, of Swindon, to pay ?43 costs.
119 words click here.
15 May. Leicester Mercury. Experts urge patients to take diabetes test. Dr
Azhar Farooqi said, "People of South Asian origin have five or six times the
risk of developing diabetes and one in three of those over the age of 40 has
it." Leicester East MP Keith Vaz had a test for the disease after being told
his family history meant he had a high risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes
sufferer Sal Rodrigues, 60, of East Leicester, also backed the pilot scheme,
saying anything that raised the profile of the illness was a positive thing.
He said: "I became aware I was diabetic through such high-profile campaigns
and it has helped me. "Both my parents were diabetic and I saw how my mum
had to go through using insulin. For me it hasn't come to that, and that's
possibly because I was diagnosed early." Text, 315 words and photograph
15 May. The Hamilton Spectator. The sari is a thing of comfort, beauty. By
Suzanne Bourret. Excerpts: The sari follows the body shape and apparently
flatters its imperfections. If that doesn't work magic, the amazing colours
of Indian fabrics will for sure. For more than five years, social activist
Carolann Fernandes has wanted to have a festive event to share her culture.
Last Saturday Women for Women of India, the organization she formed nearly
two years ago presented its first cultural event.
The 300 who came, including Anne Pearson of Dundas, a granddaughter of late
prime minister Lester B. Pearson, had a wonderful time dining on Indian
food, listening to Indian music and enjoying fashion storytelling. 704
words. For a profile of Carolann Fernandes see:
17 May. The Guardian (London). 20 years ago today, the Prince of Wales
famously opened his attack on modern British architecture. The occasion was
to present the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to the Indian architect
Charles Correa. He was expected to do little more than raise a glass of
champagne and ask the winner how far he had come. This is exactly what the
prince did not do. 1305 words.
BBC Asian Network launches Silver Street - the nation's first Asian radio
soap on 24 May 2004 and continues Monday to Friday, with a weekend omnibus.
For the synopsis of the first week's programmes click here.
7 May. Nairobi, Kenya. Mrs. PHILOMENA D'SOUZA. Wife of the late Mr. Wilfred
D'Souza. Mother of Sr. Andrea, Ossie, the late Eric, Wilma, Fr. Pelin,
Lavina, Ivan, Kenneth & Placy. Funeral was on 17th May.
6 May. Panjim. Goa. ERNESTO TEOTONIO SANTIMANO DE SOUZA. Husband of Placida
Regina. Father of Edgar/Loretta, Milena/Michael, Olavo/Sylvia, Alirio/Judy,
Osvald/Sandra, Maria do Ceu/Micky: Uncle of Stella, Peter, Paul, Myra,
Belinda (all in Nairobi), Connie (Canada).
3 May. Raia, Goa. MARY PEREIRA (Ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Wife of late Antonio
Rosario (Antu). Mother of Vladimir/Maria (Dar-es-Salaam), Rosario/Rosy
(Canada), Santano/Sally (Nagpur) and Lenny.
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GOA NEWS HEADLINES
5 May. Deccan Herald. Preparations for the film festival have been hit by a
string of snags that the state government will find hard to overcome by
year-end. By Devika Sequeira.
6 May. Deccan Herald. Football. Goa Football Association (GFA) suspended
four sports clubs - Dona Paula, Wilfred Leisure, Sangolda Lighting and
Curtorim Gymkhana for one year from football related activities and also
demoted them to the third division. The clubs were found guilty of not
playing their Second Division league matches on February 16, 2004 in good
spirit and for indulging in unfair play. The farce attracted widespread
International Press coverage at the time.
7 May. Deepika Global. Goa: Christians Have Poor Representation in Civil,
Police Services. Former Union Minister and sitting Member of Parliament, Mr.
Eduardo Faleiro, has underlined the need for Christians to involve
themselves in mainstream politics, the media and civil Services.
9 May. Navhind Times. Portugal's President to visit India with Goa included
in the tour.
13 May. The Congress Party swept to power in the Indian National Elections.
The former scenario was a BJP led National Government as well as in the
State of Goa. BJP will continue to rule in Goa. Goa has two seats in the
National Elections. Shripad Naik (BJP) defeated Dr Willy in the North Goa
whilst Churchill Alemao (Congress) beat Ramakant Angle (BJP) in South Goa.
For details of the results see:
15 May. Navhind Times. Farming Oysters and Mussels in Goa.
15 May. Navhind Times. Over 70 writers of Roman-script Konkani unanimously
resolved to reactivate the Dalgado Konkani Akademi, formed in the 1980s to
further the cause of Roman-script Konkani.
19 May. Navhind Times. In a horrific tragedy, Fr Freddy J da Costa (50) and
Felicio Cardozo (71), two towering pillars of the Konkani movement died on
the spot when their car collided head-on with a lorry at Haveri, near Hubli.
See: http://www.navhindtimes.com/stories.php?part=news&Story_ID=051816 For a
pictorial tribute to them see:
20 May. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Headline: Cannes curtain-raiser for Goa
festival debut. By Amit Roy. Excerpts: Seven multiplex cinemas, will be
built in Goa to host its first Indian International Film Festival starting
on Nov 29 this year, it was announced in Cannes last night to an audience of
700 guests at a "Goa-themed" Indian reception at the Carlton Beach.
Not everyone is happy with the decision. A group of senior film activists,
led by Uma da Cunha, a Goan herself, attacked the decision to make Goa the
permanent site for the festival. She claimed there was not enough time to
mount a festival this year and added, scathingly, that "Goa does not have a
film culture at all".
She accused the Goa government of rushing the festival. "There's no
infrastructure to run the festival, they are not equipped with the latest
technology. This will take two to three years. Local people have protested
at the waste of money on the festival. This is a very sensitive issue."
The Goa government surprised some people at Cannes by first booking a
separate stall in the all-important market but then not bothering to turn
up. Jayshree Raghuraman for the Goa government disclosed that Goa "may get
funding from the central government because we have already been promised
financial assistance of Rs 50 crore". She denied that the festival was
diverting funds needed by local people for education, health and other
There is an onerous responsibility to ensure that India does not become the
laughing stock of the cinema world. Full text, 717 words at
IN THE NEWS
7 May. Edmonton Journal (Canada). Headline: Portuguese consul takes on
city's classiest gala during centennial year. Excerpts: Aurelio Fernandes is
the Edmonton-based honorary consul of Portugal and his job includes
facilitating the sale of Portuguese products and encouraging Albertans to
visit his native country. A sideline Fernandes has taken on is the
organization of this year's May 15 Consular Ball.
India is where Fernandes began his journey to Alberta. "I was born in Goa,
the former Portuguese colony off the coast of Bombay," says the consul. "I
had just finished high school in 1961 when India seized the island. I
studied geology in Lisbon before coming to work as a technologist for
Syncrude in Fort McMurray."
On June 10 Portugal's National Day, Edmonton's "Portuguese Multicultural
Society will make sure everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to
taste barbecued sardines and hear Portuguese music."
7 May. Swindon Evening Advertiser. Letter from Andy Newman. Excerpt: We all
benefit from the cultural contribution made by immigrants as well. Swindon
would be a far poorer place to live without the communities from Italy,
Poland, Pakistan, Goa and elsewhere. For full text click here.
7 May. Manorama. Foreign women have a rollicking time in India. Excerpt:
Twins Roxette and Francesca Smith are more familiar with India. Their family
moved to Goa shortly after the girls finished school in Britain. 'We were
too young to consider modelling back home," says Francesca. After doing ads
for Emami and Bacardi, Francesca is currently on air in the ads for White
Mischief and Himalaya Waters. Unlike her sister, who moved to Los Angeles
after a short stint in the industry, she stayed back, her boyfriend,
ex-model Romeo, being one of the main reasons. For full text click here.
8 May. The Independent (UK). Patsy Kensit in an interview said, "when I go
somewhere like Goa, I like to walk around and visit churches."
8 May. The Peninsula (Qatar). Menino De Bandar, a well-known Konkani singer,
will perform at musical shows in Qatar, Kuwait and Dubai. A team of about 15
artistes from Goa will accompany him. For full text click here.
8 May. Gloucestershire Echo. Cricket. Donwill Rodrigues arrived last week
from Goa. As a batsman he will add attacking flair. He can bowl fast or
leg-spinners, to give Cirencester's attack variety. For full text click
8 May. West Australian. Travel Book Review: Point of Departure, by Pam
Hardy. Excerpt: In Goa, she paid for a room with a shower but the shower
didn't work. Her complaints fell on deaf ears. "I am very sorry. Madam has a
shower, madam has what she had paid for. There is nothing I can do," was the
8 May. Daily Mail. (London). Thomas Cook is set to offer frustrated back
pain sufferers the chance of a quick cure in India with cut-price 'sun and
surgery' package deals. The move comes only weeks after the Scottish Daily
Mail told the story of 55-year- old Alex Cooperwhite who flew out to Goa,
had a scan and was offered an immediate operation which he says has cured
the problem. The total cost of his surgery, intensive care and physiotherapy
was only ?1,500. His story sparked a phenomenal response from Daily Mail
readers from around the country, desperate to know more about the 32-bed
Apollo NUSI hospital where he was treated. Travel firms now believe such
'medical tourism' could become big business.
9 May. The People (UK). Headline: Holiday Hot Spots. Excerpts: A new star
setting is the Indian State of Goa. Matt Damon filmed scenes for the Bourne
Identity sequel just last month and is spreading the word among his showbiz
friends. It was lights, camera, and action in the busy capital of Panjim
too, guaranteeing an Oscar-worthy setting.. By celebrity standards, those
who visit Goa regularly prefer to 'rough it' - which means our latest
pin-ups could be ditching their Dior in favour of a rucksack.
10 May. St Petersburg Times (Russia). The tastes of Russians changes.
Several years ago everyone wanted to go to Thailand but it quickly went out
of fashion, and people began to fancy Goa.
11 May. Mid Devon Gazette. Excerpts: Poor children at an orphanage in Goa,
India, have been given a big boost thanks to inspired Crediton youngsters
after playworker Naomi Bircham showed them a video of the orphanage. Naomi
went personally to Goa to buy such things as shampoos, toothbrushes, washing
jugs, and buckets from an Indian supermarket. There are now plans to hold
another video night and Naomi says she will probably go back to the
orphanage next year. For full text click here.
12 May. The Spoof (UK). Billy Ocean Makes A Comeback. The world is rejoicing
because Billy "Caribbean Queen" Ocean is making a comeback. He is slated to
appear at the Cyprus music festival next month in a duet with George Michael
and Boy George. After that, Billy's going to tour Burkina Faso, Guam, Goa
and Borneo in the "World Islands" tour. Photo and text at:
13 May. North Wales Chronicle. Bangor climber and birdwatcher, Clive
Stephenson aged 62 died of a heart attack while on holiday in Goa with his
partner, Kay Hilton. She said, "He loved travelling. We used to go to Goa
every year." Photo and text click here.
13 May. The Cornishman (UK). A Cornish couple on holiday in Goa were
astounded to see Wilson Fernandes of Palolem reading a copy of The
Cornishman. Photos and text click here.
13 May. Napa Valley Register (California). Headline: India tries electronic
voting machines. Excerpts: "A myth has been created that this machine is
totally tested and beyond human manipulation," said Frederick Noronha, a
founder of Bytesforall.Org, a South Asian organization that campaigns for
using technology to benefit the poor. Noronha noted that a small group of
people within the government could change the coding at any time. He also
said there was no way to answer a dispute over vote tallies, because there
is no paper trail or similar proof for each vote. "When nobody knows what's
inside, it's scary," Noronha said. For full text click here.
14 May. Asia News (Italy). Hindus and Catholic celebrate feast of Our Lady
of Milagres (Miracles) in Mapusa, Goa.
14 May. The Scotsman. Danny McLennan, who has died aged 79, enjoyed one of
the most remarkable careers in world football. After playing for East Fife
and Dundee, he came into his own as a coach, and by the time he finally
retired four years ago he had been in charge of innumerable national sides
and clubs. At club level, he held posts in Africa, Scandinavia and the
Middle East, and ended up in Goa, with a club called the Churchill Brothers.
14 May. Christianity Today (USA). Indian Churches Hail the Defeat of
Hindu-Nationalist Government. Joseph D'Souza, President of the All India
Christian Council, told the German evangelical news agency Idea, "In a
surprise spontaneous move of public anger, the masses, the downtrodden, the
poor, the Dalits and even the urban unemployed all joined together to throw
out the BJP led alliance." The Rev. Donald De Souza, spokesperson of the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), said: "The election result
shows beyond doubt that democracy is very much alive and deeply rooted in
the secular ethos of the country."
15 May. The West Australian (Perth). Headline: Laid back in Goa. Travel
article by Stephen Scourfield. Excerpts: "Goa is not like anywhere else in
India," a Panaji shopkeeper tells me. "Velly laid back." . Old Goa was so
architecturally and culturally and scenically spectacular - that if you saw
this, you would no longer need to go to Lisbon or Paris. India is a place of
smells as much as colours - smells that remind you of the organic nature of
the planet and often of humans themselves. 1366 words.
16 May. Variety (USA). Goa will host the 35th Intl. Film Festival of India
in November. The site chosen for the main festival auditorium complex has
run into trouble, however. The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority claims
the semi-permanent constructions planned will violate environmental rules.
The matter has been handed to the Environment Ministry to review; the Goa
government is already looking for an alternative location for this year
while the matter is resolved. India is strongly promoting Goa as a
destination for filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival.
17 May. Bristol Evening Post. 81-year-old Ted Moreman who raised cash to
build an orphanage for street children in Goa now hopes to help build them a
village. He raised UKP35,000 which paid for the purchase of the orphanage,
named The House of Kathleen - in memory of his wife who died in 1997. For
full text click here.
17 May. Globe and Mail (Canada) Headline: Canada's streets no longer paved
with gold. Excerpts: Canadian immigrants from Africa, Asia and Eastern
Europe are earning less than those from other nations, according to a study
released by Statistics Canada. Male immigrants who came to Canada between
1995 and 1999 earned an average of 24 per cent less than those who arrived
between 1965 and 1969 - after adjusting for inflation. For full text click
18 May Globe and Mail Editorial: Stuck at the starting gate. For full text
19 May. Evening Mail (Birmingham, UK). Football. Darren Moore (West Bromwich
Albion) has flown out for an eight-day tour of India to try and boost
football among youngsters. He said: "I'll be going to Bombay, Goa and
Bangalore to coach the kids football. It will be a pretty hectic schedule
but worthwhile." For full text click here.
19 May. The Independent (London). Property. Headline: Many People Are Buying
Abroad Because They Can't Afford The UK By Ginetta Vedrickas. Excerpts: The
Homes Overseas exhibition is at Earl's Court, from 21 to 23 May. At the last
property exhibition I attended, it struck me that many people are now buying
overseas as they can't comfortably afford to stay in the UK. A sprightly OAP
was hovering at the Goa stand and confided that they were hoping to buy
somewhere where they could enjoy a cheaper cost of living and avoid another
winter in a freezing house. 480 words.
See http://www.lanfranc.com/publications/location/directions.htm for help in
locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Tue. 25 May. 19:00 (30 mins). TV Programme. BBC 1. Title: Call Centres. Matt
Allwright looks at call centres. Matt also visits India to see whether UK
customers will end up with better service.
Tue. 25 May. 22:35 (40 mins). TV Programme. BBC1. Bindis and Beauty Queens.
Documentary following the trials and tribulations of a group of young women
as they compete against each other and occasional family reservations to
represent their culture in the UK and win the coveted title of Miss India UK
Wed. 26 May. 22:00 (30 mins). TV Programme. BBC2. World Weddings. Series on
unusual weddings tells the powerful story of a Hindu woman and a Muslim man
Fri. 28 May. 19:30 (60 mins). TV Programme. Channel Five. Title: Travel -
The World's 20 Best? Episode: Romances. This week the countdown turns to
Romance, when we overflow with passion in some incredible places like Goa,
the Maldives and Florence.
Sun 30 May. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St
Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.
Sun. 30 May. 7 pm. G.O.A. May Ball & 38th Anniversary celebrations and
Crowning of May Queen/King at Lola Jones Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre. Music
by Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress theme Black/White jacket and tie
essential (bow-tie preferable). Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim
020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.
Sat. 5 June. 1.00pm. Bastora Union London AGM at St. Boniface Church Club,
185 Mitcham Road, Tooting. Contact: Peter DeSouza - tel: 0208 672 3232 or
e-mail Dolores Taylor, taylor_at_home at talk21.com
Sun 6 Jun. 2pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Feast of Our Patron Saints at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU followed by
Sun. 13 Jun Siolim Union (London) will be celebrating the Feast of their
Patron Saint, St. Anthony at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham. Mass at
12:00 noon followed by dancing, to the music of Maz & Co. Tickets ?12.00
including snacks and meal. Children under 12 free admission. Contact:
Loretta Fernandes 020-8696-9886; Eugene Fernandes 020-8240-0818; Tony
Fernandes 020-8540-3566; Edwin Athayde 020-8679-5514.
Sun. 27 Jun. G.O.A. FAMILY DAY and Youth Football Tournament at Archbishop
Sun. 27 Jun. Benaulim Feast.
Sun 27 Jun. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St
Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.
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