Sunday, November 29, 2009

A very happy 80th Birthday - Mr. Assumption D'Sa

Goan Overseas Association (Goa Maroons)-Kuwait wishes its founder member and team manager, Mr. Assumption D’Sa,
a very happy 80th birthday.

Here’s wishing you all the best in the year to come. May your days be filled with sunshine and beautiful colors, and may your nights be filled with comforting dreams and wishes to come!!!
You have been an inspiration to all !!!!!!

Assumption D’sa
• Born 27th November 1929, New Delhi.
• Studied at St. Joseph High School Arpora, Goa.

Football Career: Played for:
Goa: NAB Union (Nagoa-Arpora-Baga) - St. Joseph School, Arpora
Bombay: NAB Union (Nagoa-Arpora-Baga), Fr. Agnel Sporting Club, Rashid XI, Globe XI and Goan Sporting Club.
Karachi:NAB Union (Nagoa-Arpora-Baga).
Kuwait: Blue Wizard and Young Goans Club.

Work Career Span:
• Arrived Kuwait on 13th November 1957.
• Worked for M/s. Yacoub Yousef Behbehani & Sons for 52 years.

* He is one of the founder members of Goan Overseas Association – (GOA Maroons) Kuwait.
• Was an ex-committee member of Kuwait Indian Football Federation – (KIFF) Kuwait.
• Currently team manager of Goan Overseas Association (Goa Maroons).

Pictures courtesy: G.O.A.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Colva adopts 3 public interest resolutions

Colva adopts 3 public interest resolutions
Written by NT Network
Monday, 23 November 2009

In a rare show of unity, members at the gram sabha of Colva panchayat, passed three resolutions, unanimously. The gram sabha was held in front of the Colva panchayat building and the three resolutions passed were pertaining to the proposal of construction of water channels and de-silting of two lakes, Daktem Tollem and Vodlem Tollem, and building of sluice gates; the construction of 24-hour Health Centre promoted by NRI office and Colva United Centre, based in Kuwait; and the third was construction of an electricity power sub-station.

While the first resolution was moved on behalf of Tenants Association of Teleband and Socklivand of Sernabatim by Mr Jovek Cardozo, the second resolution was jointly moved by Alexandre M Fernandes, the former president of Colva United Centre, Kuwait and Dr Robinson Costa, while the third resolution was moved by Mr Carmo Rodrigues. The panchayat body as well as the gram sabha unanimously adopted these public interest resolutions and in fact congratulated the gram sabha members for bringing in good proposals that will help in upliftment and progress of Colva village.

Speaking at length while moving the resolution for the construction of water channels and desilting of lakes and also some ponds in Sernabatim area, Mr Cardozo said that the Sernabatim ward has two lakes with sluice gates connected to the narrow water channels to supply water to all the fields in the area. He said the farmers use the sluice gates to regulate and control the flow of water.

It was pointed out that rain water is stored in these lakes with the help of the sluice gates, and later utilised for irrigation for the summer crop.

It was further pointed out that the water channels are supported by thick mounds of mud on either side, which at times collapse, causing water logging which in turn leads to the rotting of the crop. It was therefore pleaded to construct concrete water channels and also protect the sluice gates.

Similarly, the second proposal of 24-hour health center, moved jointly by Dr Costa and Mr Fernandes also received large acceptance, keeping in view the need to take care of the heath of the villagers. Mr Fernandes was publicly congratulated for even making arrangements of funds for this project. This project will be managed and run by the Health Department, provided the panchayat allots proper land for the construction of this project. Mr Fernandes asked the panchayat to allot any land available at the panchayat’s disposal.

The third resolution of having a power sub-station at Colva was also accepted, though a lady gram sabha member tried to belittle the need of such a substation, saying that such sub-station would be of no use until and unless, the panchayat knows how much electricity (power) is needed for the entire state and Colva in particular. Her objections were however overruled and the resolution was adopted, so that Colva has its own power sub-station, as is the case in Majorda and other coastal areas.

A gram sabha member named Jack, who was the former panchayat representative, wanted information on how the BPL allotments are made, and how much revenue the panchayat earns on sopo tax, and also wanted to know what steps the panchayat has taken to save some of the century old residences which are situated on the beach side, as these are said to be under the CRZ scanner.

Garbage issue was also discussed at length and the chairperson, Mr
Anthony Fernandes was heard telling that whatever needs to be done will be done in this respect, adding that the matter is now before the High Court and a discussion was not encouraged as the matter
is sub judice.

- Team adds:
Alexandre Menino Fernandes is a shining example of how you can do community work while at home as well as abroad. His love for Colva as a son of the soil speaks volumes about him, not unlike others who retire peacefully in their balcony or migrate to the West..... While in Kuwait, Alexandre, together with Tome Gracias and Mario Rebello, has done a lot of spade work to re-register the Goan Welfare Society-Kuwait and has assured his full cooperation with GWS managing committee, of which he was the Treasurer. Keep up the good work and God bless.
Is the Goa NRI Commissioner and the Director for NRI Affairs taking note?
- Gaspar Almeida.

Photo by: Rewon Gomes

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lament for Goenkarponn

Lament for Goenkarponn

Goa is known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage worldwide. But there was also another quality of a Goan which was known all over the world. It is ‘Goenkarponn’ – in other words, ‘humanity’.
In olden times, if a person was in need of help, all the people of the village used to come to his aid. If a person had a fall on the road or anywhere else, Goans used to come immediately and lift him up. But today, in most of the cases, the situation has become such that if a person falls, Goans will not come to his aid. Some will stand and silently laugh, but won’t care to give a helping hand.
At least 70 per cent of the Goan people have lost their Goenkarponn. The concept and value of a Good Samaritan is diminishing day by day.

Lasdun D’Souza, Nachinola

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feast of Our Lady of Rosary

Dear Parishioners of Navelim,

Wishing you all a very happy feast of our Lady of Rosary,

With prayerfull wishes,

Brazil Diniz
antonio at

Every year, Our Lady of Rosary feast is celebrated in Goa on the 3rd
Wednesday of November.

According to legend, the Navelim church was built in mud similar to the
other churches in Salcete Taluka, between the year 1594 to 1598. The
builders were Jesuits and it was financed by the villagers.
The first parish priest of Navelim Church was a French Jesuit named Fr. John
Sena. (Mitras Lusitanas no Oriente).
As time passed, the church became small for the growing population. Later on
it was reconstructed with laterite stones on a larger scale. The
reconstruction was apparently financed by a local merchant "Barreto" who was
saved from bankruptcy through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary. He
financed the entire reconstruction, not only of the church but he also
renewed the statue of our Lady of Rosary.


The celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Rosary begins every third
Wednesday in November. This devotion of Our Lady comprises of an extensive


According to legend, in earliest times, this fair consisted mainly of three
or four sheds and lasted only for a day.
DR. FRANCISCO SALVADOR GOMES, father of Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes, who was
the administrator of Salcete, encouraged some of the owners of the sheds to
extend the fair for three days. This was done, and the fair gained in
prominence. Today it is one of the most popular fairs in Goa.


Navelim is rapidly expanding to become Goa's fastest growing villages. Some
of Navelim's famous landmarks include the Margao Central Railway Station and
the infamous Sky Bus.

Anjuna International Group lift Goan Community of Oman Cup

Anjuna International Group lift Goan Community of Oman Cup

Team AIG (Anjuna International Group) emerged the proud winners of the GCO Football Tournament organized by the Goan Community of Oman on 13th November 2009, edging out Saligao Sporting in an exciting final played at the Oman Club grounds, Al Khuwair.

The tournament opened with a colourful march past by all the participating teams. It was a grand spectacle organized by the tournament committee, in a real professional manner. The sportsman prayer was read by master Noel Vas. The “Beach Boys” was adjudged the best dressed team. The tournament was officially declared open by Flynn de Lima, GCO President by releasing balloons along with the chief guest, Brahmanand Shankwalkar, ex Indian team captain and goalkeeper.

During the league matches, there were major upsets: Favourites like Navelim and CBD boys made early exits. AIG defeated the Beach Boys and FC Siolim in the semis via the tie breaker, while Saligao trounced St. Anne’s and then beat the fancied Black n white Kerala team in the semis, also via the tie breaker. The highlight of the tournament was a fine hatrick by Savio of Saligao against St. Anne’s.

In the evening a tie-breaker tournament for ladies was held, which along with the tug-of-war for women and men, elicited much excitement. Many spot prizes, sponsored by Nawras, were given throughout the day. Brahmanand shared some tips with budding footballers and met each of the participating teams in their respective tents. The band “Cross Connections” kept the crowd in a dancing mood with great music during the evening break.

The finals was a see-saw battle between AIG and Saligao, with both teams exhibiting great soccer with Noel Fernandes as the referee. The game had to be finally decided via a tie-breaker, which went into the second set. Moin of AIG was declared best player of the finals while Sibon Soares of FC Siolim won the player of the tournament award. The best goalkeeper of the tournament was awarded to Azad of B&W Kerala, while the best upcoming player went to Ryan of CBD Boys. Chinchinim won the best disciplined team.

There was a large turnout of Goans, all of whom were in a festive mood. The guests for the finals and prize-distribution ceremony included Brahmanand Shankwalkar, Arjuna Awardee, Flynn de Lima, Celso Fernandes, Dr. Mario de Souza, Baltazar Fernandes and others GCO managing committee members. Brahmanand Shankwalkar was presented with a memento on behalf of the GCO. During the vote of thanks, Mr. Anthony Lourence appreciated the leadership taken by Dominic Fernandes in organizing this tournament and the support extended by other GCO football enthusiasts. He thanked the sponsors Profab/Vanguard, Pepsi, Majan Hotel, Talentz, Techrock Muna Noor, Michael and Selwyn.

The next day Brahmanand held sessions with young aspiring football players of the Indian Schools, Muscat and Al Ghubra. He answered their queries and gave them tips and advice about football. Brahmanand, who himself played for Salgaocar in the club championships in Muscat in 1990, was delighted to be back in Muscat after 20 years, and thanked the organizers for their support.

Goan Community of Oman

Pic: GCO.

Monday, November 16, 2009

British School of Kuwait (BSK) students visit Goa to care for orphans

BSK students visit Goa to care for orphans

Valuable 'life skills' learned

- By Oliver Millar
SCC Geography, International Award Coordinator

IT WAS the first objective, the first test of character, the beginning of a long road ahead, as the Gold International Award Participants from The British School of Kuwait (BSK) departed for Goa. Here they would spend a week in a foreign, unknown, yet intriguing environment; caring for orphans at the Al Shaddai orphanages in Goa, India. Prior to departure, there was a lot of planning and preparation for the trip. This year, the young adults wanted to donate old clothes, toys and books as gifts for the orphans which the BSK school community had given so generously. Thanks to the sponsorship of Jet Airways 500kg in excess baggage was delivered free of charge to the needy children at the orphanage.

On arrival it was comforting to witness the International Award spirit radiate as every-one got straight to work.

Throughout the week, the students under took several tasks such as cleaning, painting and decorating in many of the homes which were located around Goa, from the middle of the jungle, to the heart of the slums. Some students taught at the school. It was a joyous experience for the BSK group and many were overcome by the joy emanating from those who had experienced (and continued to experience) great pain and poverty in their lives. "It is beautiful to see how people can have so little yet enjoy life so much" said Cyrus Moosavinia, a Gold Award Participant at BSK.

The week proved to be an interesting and enjoyable experience for all with so many valuable 'life skills' learned. For all who visited Goa, the trip changed their perspective on the world around us; it has made them see the world differently and see how a small act of kindness can change a person's life forever, even something as simple as a smile or a conversation.

[As published in Kuwait's English Daily "ARAB TIMES" of today (16/11/2009)]

Sunday, November 15, 2009




Husband of Caitana, Father/Father-in-law of Milafres/Janice, Lucy/John(Kuwait), Jacinto/Joanita, Joseph/Elsa, Francis (SHAHU)/Clemmie (Kuwait). Grandfather of Bryce, Levi, Jeff, Joybert, Cia, Aerosmith (Kuwait) and Acacia (Kuwait).
Expired on 14/11/2009, Funeral cortege will leave his residence TODAY, 16/11/2009 at 4 p.m. to St. Francis Xavier Church, Macazana - Goa

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

National Book Week to be celebrated at Institute Menezes Braganza

National Book Week to be celebrated at Institute Menezes Braganza

NT Network

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The week from November 14 to November 20 will be celebrated as the National Book Week all over the country. Institute Menezes Braganza has also arranged a book exhibition from November 14 to 20 at the Menezes Braganza Hall.

Apart from the book exhibition other programmes like kavi sammelans, reading competitions, lectures, etc, have been arranged and readers, poets and writers are invited to participate in the programme.
On November 14 at 4.30 p.m. the Chief Secretary, Government of Goa and Chairman (IMB), Mr Sanjay Shrivastav will inaugurate the exhibition. In this book exhibition, the National Book Trust of India and about 15 other booksellers from Goa and outside will participate. After the inauguration Mr Anil Samant will deliver a lecture on the topic ‘Vachakachi Badalti Abhiruchi’.
On November 15 at 4.30 p.m. there will be a programme on the views of the Bal Shree Awardees. On November 16 at 4.30 p.m. Adv Uday Bhembre will deliver a lecture on Dr Rammanohar Lohiya on the topic ‘Lohiyancho Samajik Drishticon’.
On November 17 at 4.30 p.m. there will be a Konkani Poetry Recital. The participants for the same being Ms Guwaldaloop Dias, Mr Gauraj G Talaulikar, Ms Srinisha Eknath Naik, Ms Tejshri G Prabhudessai, Ms Rupa Kosambe, Mr Shahikant Punaji, Mr Hanumant Chopdekar, Mr Mahesh Parkar, Ms Shoba Fulkar, Mr Ashok Shilkar, etc.
Prof Yeshwant Suman from Puna will deliver a lecture on Dr Rammanohar Lohiya on the topic `Samakalin Bahujan Vadache Swarup ani Lohiyanche Rajakiya Vichar’ on November 18 at 4:30 p.m.
There will be a reading competition for students of the higher secondary on November 19 at 10 a.m.
On November 20 at 4.30 p.m. there will be Marathi poetry recitals. Dr Y B Sutar (Chitrasenshabab) will be the president of the function. Participants for the function are Ms Sapana Dhupkar, Ms Shanta Lagu, Ms Poornima Kerkar, Ms Radha Bhave, Mr Nilesh Bude, Mr Arun Naik, Mr Prakash Dhumal, Mr Suresh Bhandari, Mr Avdhut Kurtarkar and Mr Shambu B Bandekar. This will be followed by the valedictory function.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Annual GCO cup 8-a-side football tournament in Oman

GCO CUP 2009

The draw for the annual GCO cup 8-a-side football tournament, to be played on coming Friday, 13th Nov 2009 at the Oman Club grounds, Al Khuwair, was held at the Majan Intercontinental Hotel on 9th November, 2009. The draw for the tournament was well attended by the team captains and players, and conducted by the members of the GCO (Goan Community of Oman). In all twelve teams will participate in the day-long fun-filled event. The teams have been divided into four groups, who will play on a round-robin and knock-out basis. Group A comprises of Saligao, FC siolim, St. Francis Xavier, Group B : CBD boys, AIG, Black & White Kerala Group C : Ave Maria, St. Anne's, Navelim & Group D : Chinchinim, Beach Boys & Curtorim. The draw was held in the presence of the Mr. Flynn de Lima, (President), Mr. Celso Fernandes (Vice President), Dr. Mario de Souza (General Secretary) and other GCO members.

The football tournament will be a whole day affair, packed with surprises and spot prizes for children and spectators. In the evening there will be ladies 3-a-side tie-breaker. All Goans in Oman and football lovers are invited to join in the fun, along with their families.

The most special feature of this year's event will be the presence of Goa's and India's ace goalkeeper, Mr. Brahmanand Shankwalkar who will be the chief guest of the day. Recipient of the Arjuna Award, Brahmanand has represented India from 1976 to 1986, and as captain from 1983 to 1986. Specially flown in from Goa by the GCO, Brahmanand is very keen to share his experiences with the football lovers in Oman, especially the Youth. All efforts are being made by the organizers to hold special sessions for the students of the Indian Schools in Oman. The tournament will begin with a colourful march past at 8 a.m. prior to the kick off, and the final match is scheduled at 8 p.m.

Domnic Fernandes
GCO Sports Co-ordinator

(The above photo shows the organising committe along with other members at Majan Hotel after the draw in Muscat).

Courtesy: CSC