Wednesday, 26 December 2007


Tell you what guys... some folk just don't realise this... When you talk too much, you finally run out of words. Rather, words run away from you.
The inevitable finally caught up with Juino De Souza, the bearded activist, columnist from Porvorim who sprung up on the scene in Porvorim about a decade ago and has never left newsprint since. Some almost mistook him for a long hidden malnurished twin of Dr Sushrut Martin who also hails from the foothills of Porvorim.
A prolific columnist in the recent times and a high profile secretary of the Porvorim Residents Welfare Association (PRWA), Juino has stitched together this article -- which was published on the Christmas day issue of The Navhind Times -- with the skill of a darner. Four articles have been worked open and Juino has lifted and masked a few lines from each article to stitch this Christmas suit for the readers of The Navhind Times... Right here, we have Juino's article... The lines in bold are the plagiarised parts.

Make Christmas a celebration of peace
by Juino De Souza
And the angels said unto them, fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men" (Luke 2:8-14, KJV).
7 Jesus, has come into our world like a brilliant sunrise, changing darkness into light, bringing healing love and peace into our lives.7
1 The beautiful thing about Christmas is that it is a wonderful reminder of the fact that God loved us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to be the light of the world to show us the way out of evil's darkness to God. He made that way possible by becoming a man, so he could pay the penalty of mankind's sin - death on the cross - and thereby grant mankind the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Such is the power of Christmas and the good news of God's salvation for a lost world. 1
During the past few weeks, there has been a battle raging against the SEZs and the IT Park. We are threatened by outside influx, growing economic inequality and environmental catastrophe. The issue has attracted much of public, political and press attention and there have been mass public meetings, demonstrations and show-downs all over the state. The crusade has seen the creation of numerous NGOs, youth groups, social and political outfits; each trying to outsmart the other. Where are we heading?
We cannot allow the situation to flare up and get out of hand. We will not tolerate human right abuses and acts of violence. 3There is no reason why the Goan should fight his fellow Goan.3 The dignity of life must be respected and there is need for building a massive movement for peace and goodwill. There is also need for introspection, whether our political, social and economic beliefs are reflective of our true and correct actions.
4 It is our right to protect the land of our ancestors as sons of the soil. However we have to do away with our negative thinking and crab mentality. We must learn to drive out hatred, rivalry and jealousy. 2 Too often we try to hide the ugly side of conflict, fearing that the truth will shake our resolve for violent retaliation and this is a tragic mistake. It is by speaking the truth that we can earn trust. 2 We have to 4 learn to settle our petty squabbles amicably 4.
5 We as a society that is moving forward, cannot afford to be caught lagging behind and we must pursue new challenges.5
Peace begins with those who are peaceful and then spreads to neighbours, friends and society as a whole. As a state, we must gain the confidence and trust of all peace-making groups from all sides of the conflict. We must start a dialogue with those with whom we may not feel comfortable, and with those with a different perspective and belief. We must talk to and listen to every side of the conflict and try to understand the 'other sides' point of view.
6 Talking, listening and understanding are not signs of weakness, they are natural human resources for resolving conflict.6 When both sides are listening, opportunities for peace often reveal themselves. Understanding and listening does not mean 'agreement,' and talking must take place at all levels, not merely among the leaders, as there are many leaders in positions of power who are opposed to taking a step forward towards peace. When people feel listened to, they are more likely to lower their defences, and listen to those whom they fear and despise.
As we welcome Jesus, our Savior, let us make this Christmas a celebration of peace. Let us light a candle as a sign of guiding light and sing in our heart a Christmas song for love and peace in Goa.
A Merry Christmas from me to you!

Now please find below -- in finer fonts -- the articles and their links from where Juino stole a lot of the text from...
The Light of Christmas
1 The beautiful thing about Christmas is that it is a wonderful reminder of the fact that God loved us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to be the light of the world to show us the way out of evil's darkness to God. He made that way possible by becoming a man so he could pay the penalty of mankind's sin—death on the cross—and thereby grant mankind the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Such is the power of Christmas and the good news of God's salvation for a lost world. 1
You can receive God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life by admitting that you are a sinner, by confessing your sins to God, by thanking Jesus Christ for dying in your place, and by inviting him to come into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is God's Christmas love gift to you and me. Have you received his gift? If you would like help to do this, click on the God's Invitation button link below.
We Must Observe, Monitor and Report what is actually happening on the ground. Secrecy is an ally of War and an enemy of Peace. 2 Too often our own Nation hides the ugly side of War, fearing that the truth will shake our resolve for violent retaliation. This is a tragic mistake. Only by witnessing and speaking the truth can we earn the trust necessary for peace. 2
All of us must monitor the human rights abuses, and acts of violence committed against all sides in the conflict and report what we see to to a worldwide network of friends, concerned people, synagogues, churches and mosques. Observation and reporting is key to awakening the conscious of voters, politicians, and supporters on all sides. Peace Keeper Arthur Gish, in his book Hebron Journal, calls this “The Grandmother Effect”. “There are things no one will do if their grandmother, or anyone else is watching. ”Many leaders in positions of Power forcefully oppose this important step toward Peace. They tell us that: “We will not negotiate with Terrorists”, or that “We will not turn our backs on our allies” or that “We will not talk with them until they recognise us”.
This approach wrongly confuses being human with being weak. 6Talking, listening, and understanding are not signs of weakness; they are natural human resources for resolving conflict. 6
As Peace Makers, we must insist that our leaders begin talking with and listening to all sides of the conflict. This simple step often requires training, focus, and determination. It also requires leadership.
Konkani Identity Of A True Goan?
Goa seems to get caught up in one controversy after the other that keeps raging, we have had the VCD on freedom struggle, Konkani V/s Marathi language issue, the opinion poll, Mopa Airport and now the battle between Konkani v/s Konkani is over its script. Prima facie the confusion created over the script seems to be a ploy by politicians to strike the sensitive nerve by whipping up passions and arousing sentiments for vote bank politics well before the ensuing assembly elections. The controversy is also due to vested interest
promoters of the konkani language who are making every attempt to exert pressure on Government to secure large funds for financing their own konkani Academies, Mandals, Kendra's, Parishads and which is why the issue has suddenly erupted and is taking an ugly turn. No doubt Konkani (with devnagiri script) has been included in the eight schedule of our constitution having an official language status that has enabled us maintain our identity, but the moot question is whether it would be worthwhile for one official language to have two different scripts incorporated at this stage through an amendment in the Goa, Daman and Diu official language act, 1987 and whether it will need the approval of the Central Government / Parliament and would it not expose our own divisive misdeeds is a matter that needs introspection and contemplation. The saying goes that one has to strike when the iron is hot, why were the Roman script protagonist sleeping over the issue and why was no action was taken to correct the anomaly since last nineteen years? Konkani in the Devnagiri script was accepted as the official state language of Goa since 1987 on the assumption that the learner already has knowledge of that script which is common to Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, and Sanskrit, besides the Government of India (Department Of Hindi) had brought out a book and cassette for the purpose of learning Konkani through Hindi and vice-versa. Our school and college students are taught Konkani through the Devnagiri and have by now become familiar and acquainted with this commonly accepted script, therefore making a loud noise now for equal status will only aggravate the situation and cause further confusion without serving any purpose. We are all aware that the Roman script is very popular and widely used among the catholic community in their correspondence and has the backing of the church as religious services are conducted in Konkani using this script and it is
rather surprising that our powerful catholic politicians and ministers have failed to address this burning issue for equal recognition on the floor of the legislative assembly all these past years and such a situation would never have arisen. Although 4 it is our right to protect our mother -tongue being sons of the soil, we have to do away with negative thinking and crab mentality and learn to settle our petty squabbles and iron out the creases amicably 4 for the common good of Goa. 5 Can we as a society that is moving forward, afford to remain mired in prejudices of the language of the people?5 A language and its script cannot be forced on the people and it should be left open for the Goan to choose the script he prefers and any interference or involvement with the language controversy by government, political parties, individual politicians and other interested parties may turn the tables and have a reverse effect, which may not be able to correct itself. The Government must refrain for taking sides and should distance itself completely from the language issue, there should be a total stop to funding and financing any organization or group that thrives under the garb of promoting the language its art and culture which should be left entirely to the lovers of the language devoid of political and government interference.
Today the scene is all together different. We are still struggling for a good quality of education, freedom from corruption and other related freedoms that are being denied and it is imperative for government to stress on how to prepare the Goan to take up new challenges on strength of self rather then the strength of language. We have a cosmopolitan populace in Goa who speak different languages. The outside influx is growing and controlling Goa and we goans are heavily dependent on them. Be it the fishermen at the Betim jetty, the barber, podeiro (baker/bread man), carpenters, masons, labourers, waiters and motorcycle pilots, are also outsiders doing roaring business. The outsiders have become sarpanchas and municipal counselors and very soon may even contest the assembly elections and become ministers, most white collared jobs in the
private sector are filled with these hardworking outsiders who have built fortunes, married our pretty goan girls and made Goa their homes. Our NRI's have become rich and famous, these Goans are educated to the hilt and are proud to communicate in konkani to preserve the Goan identity. Goa has a rich cultural heritage, ethos, tradition and most of all the Goan spirit of unity in diversity, the inseparable bond of
harmony that exists between Hindus and Catholics for hundreds of years, the unconditional love a goan has for his fellow Goan. Why are we then looking for a diversion through the language issue to destroy the peace of Goa? 3There is no reason why the Goan should fight with his own fellow Goan.3 Let us concentrate and capitalize on the positive side of peaceful co-existence that will strengthen the future of our children and our people instead wasting our productive time, energy and money
creating divisions in the name of konkani. It is high time that we bury the language issue once and for all and divert our energy towards preserving our sweet and versatile Konkani.
Respond to God's Word

7 Jesus, our Savior, has come into our world like a brilliant sunrise, changing darkness into light, bringing healing love and peace into our lives. 7


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arun Sinha sharam karo
Sharam na ho to dub maro
Translation: Have some sense of shame Arun Sinha or else commit suicide.
He He He - The Newspaper(?)(Toilet Paper) you can trust(?)(Discard)

27 December 2007 at 14:25  
Anonymous grass is green said...

Jesus Christ! This is blashphemy of the highest order. Not only is it taking the name of God in vain but it is also violating one of the fundamental commandments given by God to man.
In the 10 commandments, one express commandment is "thou shall not steal". And dear Mr Juino De Souza has violated it while attempting to connect the divine with the mortals.
There are a few more commandments like 'thou shall not covet' etc, all of which have been trampled upon by Juino in his devilish zeal and attempt to grab some limelight.
If Juino needed some inspiration, then he should called upon Jesus or his angels to bestow the divine light that was witnessed by the ordinary shepherds when Jesus was born.
By Juino's own admission, Jesus, has come into our world like a brilliant sunrise, changing darkness into light.
Certainly if Juino had invoked that tiny bit of that divine candle, it would have pierced Juino's dead and darkened gray cells to bring out some creativity and would have prevented him from becoming a cheap copy cat scratching and scrounging at the neighbour's door for some christmas crumbs.
This is certainly a crime and I wonder if God is looking down from heaven at Juino and working out a plan to take His vengeance. But then God is merciful, so the plagiariser may get the pardon!!??
It is by speaking the truth that we can earn trust and not by borrowing words from someone else, eh Juino!!
All said and done, Penpricks deserve a nice christmas pat on the back. If only I knew who you guys were, I would have sent a Christmas gift to you.

27 December 2007 at 14:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curses have befallen on Arun Sinha and Navhind Times for having protected and promoted a columnist who is also a notorious molestor. And what about Sinha himself?

27 December 2007 at 14:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penpricks so gaya kya?

29 December 2007 at 17:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penpricks, usually at the end of an article u provide a small para for those who want to contact the respective newspapers.

Does Juino have an e-mail?
How is he to be contacted?

29 December 2007 at 23:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Penpricks. Got the latest info ..... Ashwin Tombat to join Herald as Edior.
Penpricks has finally claimed its victim ....Robin Abreu. Now, how about taking a hard look at a paedophile maning top spot on Goa's editoral circuit?
Samajhnewale ko Ishara Kaafi Hai!

1 January 2008 at 13:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Herald, purportedly Goa's leading English newspaper by its publishers will shortly undergo a change of guard in the

coming months. February 1 will not only witness the top end of the newspaper's editorial hierachy being occupied by a new

incumbent but will mark the end of an epoch of plagiarism, lewd pictures and the conclusion of one of the biggest bluffs ever

to be pulled on the newspaper's owner, who also doubles up as its managing director. By perhaps the most incompetent editor

the publication has ever recruited.
In economic parlance of return on investment, Herald's investment on keeping Robin Abreu content in his high perch, was a

colossal waste. For Rs 40,000 plus perks in monthly remuneration, the much touted Mid-Day business editor's contribution to

Herald's progress was pathetic. Robin's biyearly tenure saw the edition change from an anti-establishment to a coloured

government gazette. He even knew what hues these colours were to take to serve his own vested interests. He had the Herald

management hoodwinked hook line and sinker.
To gain prominence in a government approved press committee he splashed an excessively adulatory article on Director of

Information Menino Peres at the latter's behest. His notoriety extended well beyond selling editorial space to affluent

advertisers and land sharks.
Other than his daily drab editorials, Robin never wrote an analytical business or political

piece that could prove his literary prowess. But Robin was adept in the art of buttering bread. To appeal to the plump

managing director Raul Fernandes penny wise and pound foolish sensibilities, all he had to do was to convince him that he

could simultaneously run two errands for him at a fraction of the price. To impress his boss, Robin would deliberately strut

back and forth from the top floor housing Herald's ridiculous visual media channel, HCN to its paper rag's editorial section.

He would even stay back to see that everything in HCN went according to schedule.
Excess buttering, however, made relations between Robin and Raul get increasingly slippery. It was just a matter of time before the inevitable could happen.
These days, Robin's demeanour is like that of a condemned prisoner on death row. He confines himself mostly to his cell (read cabin) awaiting execution day, the day when he will be shunted off to Belgaum to run the Herald's fictitious operations there. Robin is getting a taste of his own Siberia posting that he himself created to eliminate his detractors. But Robin's vanity runs so deep that even after being stripped to his underwear, he appears unwilling to quit. Then again through his own follies, he has curtailed all available options.
With the exception of a few of his apostles like Melvyn Mesquita, Alvaro Colaco, Anthony Marcus Mergulhao,and Lawrence Stevens, no one else either in HCN or Herald is mourning the unholy crucifixion of Robin. He never took any of the editorial staff into confidence and relied mostly on the distorted versions of his trusted lieutenants, Joel Afonso and Sergio Caldeira who simply did his bidding not out of admiration for him but to secure their own positions.He clandestinely saw to it that these two stooges repeatedly got their annual and monthly raises, including one implemented just recently. Ironically Joel and Sergio occupy presitigous editorial positions when neither of them has ever written an edit. The rest of the staff including some disillusioned reporters and subeditors who have been toiling overtime to bring out the daily have been left to wallow in misery. Whoever slurped water from Robin's cupped palms was in line for a promotion or some goodie or another, seniority or merit be damned.
Both within and outside the Herald Robin's departure is eagerly awaited.When the good riddance to bad rubbish phase is over by the end of this month, Ashwin Tombat former Gomantak Times editor is expected to step in from February 1 and give the decaying newspaper a much needed revamp. This at a time when the Goan newspaper industry becomes increasingly competitive this leap year with the Times of India and Loksatta launching their Goa debut editions. Tombat's greatest challenge lies in persuading the adamant Raul that a newspaper's worth does not rest in increasing the quantity of its pages but in improvising the quality of its content.
Note: Penpricks in keeping with your determination to expose the rot taking place in newspapers, please do not truncate any part of this message or abruptly abbreviate names, unless of course there is ample evidence proving that the names mentioned above and the acts attributed to them are false or personally derogatory. Thanks.

2 January 2008 at 05:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Prick...

What happened boys. Have you run out of fuel or has given up in the New Year on Robin, Arun and Naik.

I hope you have not started an agency for making a fast buck.

Joel runs Digital Advertising. Don't pick up the idea of having DIGINEWS or DIGUNEWS.

Waiting for something new from you guys. Something very exceptional.

Pedro Naik (my pen name)

3 January 2008 at 18:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the pricks? No news on SEZ protests?

3 January 2008 at 20:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

penpricks, wake up!

3 January 2008 at 22:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One prick has this to say about Penpricks' absence for more than a week....
Why will Penpricks write now? Their purpose is served.
Got it Penpricks?

4 January 2008 at 13:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penpricksbhai kya hua? Bahut intezar karvate ho yaar.

5 January 2008 at 12:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pricks,

We know that your MISSION has been ACCOMPLISHED and u'll r basking in your win.... but its been some time now since we dont see you hitting out at anyone.... so tell us who is your next enemy on the line of fire.....

6 January 2008 at 17:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An editor is as strong as the management!

I think Sandesh Prabhudesai would have been a good editor for the Herald.

Canacona, is no Siberia for him, cause he is a Siberian himself.

7 January 2008 at 18:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes of course, I agree with the last comment on Sandesh. If he is a Siberian, then what is he doing here? His place is in Siberia.
Nevertheless, excellent comment, in any case.

8 January 2008 at 14:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commentor No. 1 is behaving like a sadist. Don't hatch the eggs before they are layed or else you will be floored.
Cool guys at Penpricks...
In Robin's words you'll are better known as wicked guys.
Finally the day has dawned for Robin to taste his own medicine. Sources told me that a few guys celebrated Robin's exist at Corina's.
The Hatya Narayan Pooja at Herald resulted in the exit of Sunita and Cool Abreu.
Sources also say that Raul was very angry and upset with Robin for lauching the sub-standard at Lua Lawns when infact the illegal floor of Herald was available or perhaps Garden View Hotel Conference Hall.
(comment edited -- PP)

8 January 2008 at 14:32  

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