Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Melbourne Goan girl in the Victorian State Girls Cricket team

Melbourne Goan Girl in the Victorian State Girls Cricket team

Yolanne Amor Carvalho, 13, a school girl from Good Samaritan Catholic School, Roxburgh Park, Victoria, Australia, secured her place in the Victorian state girls U-13 cricket team 2009.

Proud to be the first Goan to be selected in the squad of 16 and cricket being her passion, Yolanne is also a great admirer of Lorna and Sachin Tendulkar and had met both at their residence in Bombay during her Christmas holidays 2008/2009.

Being part of a large Goan community here in Melbourne and making all Goans feel proud in Goa and around the world, Yolanne is a daughter of well known personality Mario Carvalho & Cherylanne (Chinky) Carvalho, from Madel Pequeno, Margao Goa and also a cousin of Valerie Carvalho who represented Goa Juniors Girl Soccer team 2009.

Though her season bowling career best is 5/5 and winning the coaches award while performing for the Roxburgh Park Cricket club boys U-12 which lost the Grand final by one run this year, hopes of being the best all rounder for the current state cricket tournament which is held at Brisbane and also dreams of representing the Australia female Cricket team in the near future.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Noel, we will miss you"

Goa FA Secretary Savio Messias pays a touching tribute to his close friend Noel da Lima Leitao.

Tribute to Noel da Lima Leitao

On Sunday, when a friend called up to inform me about Noel's death in Kolkata, it took me quite some time before I could really believe his words. I met him only the other day in Goa and found him as energetic as he was when he first decided to get involved in football in 1991. He showed absolutely no sign of any illness and sounded more concerned about the general health of Indian football.

Today, as I sit down to write on Noel, my memory goes back to 1991 when I dragged him into football administration. Vasco Sports Club were in total doldrums during that period and the club management desperately wanted some young blood in the administration to revive the institution. That was the time when I approached him with a request to join the club.

Initially, Noel was reluctant as he had never been associated with football before. “Why me?” he asked, but after little persuasion, he agreed to be associated with Vasco Sports Club. In a short time, he proved to be an asset for the club.

Those who were closely associated with Vasco Sports Club during that time are aware of the important role Noel played in reviving the fortunes of the club. Over the next few years, Vasco once again became a force to reckon with in Indian football. Noel led from the front as Vasco became one of the first Goan clubs to recruit foreign players and even appoint a foreign coach.

To the present generation, Noel was mostly known as a television commentator. But to me, he was a multi-faceted personality who was able to display his silken skills in administration also.

Having tasted success at the club level, Noel rose to be the Vice-President of the Goa Football Association (GFA) in 1993-95 and then the Treasurer from 1995-99. Given his ability and instant success as an administrator, he would have easily continued in important positions in the GFA till date but Noel was not one of those who always wanted to cling to power. After two terms, he simply stepped down from the GFA.

Even in the GFA, Noel was able to bring in a lot of changes. He brought sponsors for the association and played a crucial role in developing the Duler Stadium. In between, he edited a highly informative book on Goan football (The Grass is Green in Goa) during the 40th anniversary of the GFA.

Noel's untimely death, I personally feel, is a big blow to Indian football. A man of great business acumen, Noel was one of those rare football administrators in India who was vastly educated, knowledgeable and well acquainted with the game's global development both at the administrative and the technical level.

Even though Noel distanced himself from the GFA administration, he retained huge popularity among the members. Till the last day, he was a member of the Jury of Appeal of the GFA. Last July, he was re-elected to the same post with a thumping majority.

A few hours before Noel breathed his last in his hotel room in Kolkata, his deep and sonorous voice was heard on television during the IFA Shield final. Pity he will not talk to me again in his familiar and friendly voice when he returns to Goa on Monday.

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Monday, 14. September 2009 - Savio Messias (GW)


Tuesday, September 15, 2009 team Congratulates the Government of Goa

Goa to get 2 edu estates: Kamat

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday said that an integrated education policy for Goa is in the final stage of formulation. He also said the government proposes to establish two educational estates for each district of Goa under the educational estates policy, an official press release said.

Kamat was making a presentation on the initiatives offered by the Goa government in higher and technical education in Goa during the panel discussion on the session on “Educational Reforms: Making the system deliver” at a function in Delhi.
The chief minister highlighted the Goa Scholar Scheme through which a one-time award of upto 15,000 USD are given for pursuing education abroad or Rs 2 lakh per annum for two years for perusing education in India. Kamat also highlighted the interest-free education loan scheme for higher education for pursuing the same abroad and in India.
Kamat said an interest-free loan of Rs 40,000 given to teachers to purchase laptops was repayable over a period of 10 years. Under the infrastructure development scheme for higher education, the state government sanctions a maximum of Rs 50 lakh. Of this, Rs 25 lakh is in the form of loan to be repaid over 15 years. The balance Rs 25 lakhs is sanctioned as subsidy. Kamat said Rs 6 crore have been spent so far. He also said that MoU has been signed with IIT, Mumbai for upgradation of Goa Engineering College

Goa Conferred Best State Awards

India Today has awarded the best state awards to the different states of the union for achieving outstanding success in various areas of the development.
The function was held today in New Delhi.
The State of Goa has been conferred with BEST STATE AWARDS in HEALTH, INVESTMENTS and MACRO ECONOMICS.

The awards are received by the Chief Minister of Goa Shri.Digambar Kamat. team Congratulates the Government of Goa for this excellent recognition.

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Marg Jagruti Exhibition at Vasco


A six day Marg Jagruti Exhibition was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Vasantbab Anna Joshi opposite the Municipal Council Building, Vasco today morning in the presence of Shri Gurunath Kelekar, convenor of MARG, Dr. Uday Nagarseker President of Vasco Marg Jagruti Parishad and Chairman of Vasco Welfare Forum and Freedom fighter and MARG director Shri Madhukar Murdekar. The exhibition is organised by MARG (Movement for Amity Towards Roads in Goa)in collaboration with the Vasco Welfare Forum and is housed in a specially erected pandal.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of late Sara & Froilano Machado. It may be recalled that Sara Machado died in a tragic road accident a few years back.

The exhibition of visual photos depicts the grim reality of the horrible and fearful road accidents on the Goan roads. This exhibition of telling photographs is surely going to create a lasting impression on the viewer and change his/her attitude in observing road discipline.

The organisers look forward that the citizens of Vasco will visit the exhibition and get inspired to inculcate good road discipline and awareness, specially so among the student community. In the recent past Vasco has seen several road accidents many of which resulted in fatalities within the city limits.

The exhibition will continue till 20th Sept 2009 (Sunday) from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the evening. On the first day iself after the inaugural ceremony till late in the evening the exhibition had nearly 600 visitors several of whom were students.

MARG is distributing free literature, posters and other printed material imparting education in road discipline and overall awareness in avoiding accidents on Goan roads.

The exhibition will conclude with a two day conference at Sheikh Mohindin Nagar, i.e. Vasco Residency, on 19th and 20th Sept 2009 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. were issues relating to roads, accidents, environmental pollution,will be debated by prominent citizens of Vasco together with the concerned Government Agencies. A poetry session 'EK Shyam MARG ke Nam' specially centered on road accidents is slated on the first day in the afternoon. Poets from Vasco and all over Goa are expected to attend and recite their poems.

College and higher secondary school students are also invited to take part in the two day conference and a special session 'Road Culture Goa's Gift to India' will be centered on the views expressed by the youth.

Daniel F de Souza