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Stop Press: Lambert Mascarenhas to feature on radio - Live 13:30 UK time today
15 Sep: Times of India. The centenarian journalist Lambert Mascarenhas will feature on All India Radio's FM Rainbow channel on September 15 at 6pm in an interview with Oscar de Noronha, associate professor of English, government college, Pernem. The tete-a-tete titled 'The Living Legend called Lambert' will cover some little-known aspects of Mascarenhas' life and work as an editor, broadcaster, author, freedom fighter and family man… Click here.

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Death: Elvidio Diniz

5 Sep: Mullavaddo, Assolna, Goa: ELVIDIO OLAVO VIDALITO BERNADO DINIZ. Born 1946. (Ex Tanzania &USA). He is survived by Sara Otto-Diniz, wife of 39 years; children Cecilia Diniz Behn (Kurtis Diniz Behn) of Golden, CO and Gabriel Bernard Diniz of Los Angeles, CA; mother Argentina C. Diniz of Goa, India; sisters Lia Diniz Pocrnich and Elzimira Diniz Mackenzie (David Mackenzie) … Elvidio grew up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. In 1964, he came to the United States to attend Catholic University in Washington, DC where he majored in civil engineering… In 1981, Elvidio launched his own water resources engineering firm, Resource Technology Inc. He loved fishing on a lake in Ontario. He was a soccer player, coach, and indiscriminate fan of the beautiful game. Elvidio was buried on September 6, 2014 in Goa. A memorial Mass will be held at Risen Savior Catholic Community on September 20, 2014 at 10:00 am. The New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has set up a scholarship in his name and will match all donations. The checks should be written to: ASCE Memorial Fund and sent to 5030 Justin Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114. [Summary from Albuquerque Journal, 14 Sep 2014, page B4. For full text,  For further details click here
For Elvidio Diniz’s professional profile, click here.

News Summary

Selma Carvalho examines the latest sex exploitation case in Rotherham, UK

14 Sep. Herald. This is not the first scandal of this nature to rock Britain. In fact, grooming and sexual exploitation by gangs of Asian Muslim men, mostly of Pakistani descent, in various parts of the country is becoming common place. It has lost the ability to shock us in its depravity... And one of the reason, perhaps the most shameful reason, police and social welfare authorities failed to address the situation was for fear of being thought racist and ‘concern that the ethnic element could damage community cohesion… The very idea of the white women as available and dispensable is entrenched in the Asian male psyche… 1045 words  click here
For the Rotherham report,  click here

Supermarket at your fingertips
14 Sep: Navhind Times. Shopping as an everyday chore can often be a mundane and tiresome experience, especially for those who have a day job. But what if someone could do this for you and deliver all your shopping requirements right at your doorstep at your convenience and put an end to all your troubles? Well, that’s exactly what Goa’s first online supermarket ‘Urbanration’ specialises in and therefore it is aptly called the ‘supermarket for busy people’… 1143 words.  click here
For the Urbanration website,  click here

Gail Da Silva stands as First Runner Up at Miss United Continent 2014!

14 Sep: World News Report. The vivacious Gail Nicole Da Silva won all the hearts in Ecuador while contesting for Miss United Continent 2014. She is placed as the first runner up. Miss Dominican Republic Geisha Montes de Oca won the title … Gail has had a very successful pageant, with the National Costume win days ago. At the finale the Miss Photogenic title too was conferred upon Gail! If the aim of the pageant is to unite people from different parts of the world, Gail has certainly done a great job as she has made friends with a lot of people from all over. With her charming personality and warm heart, Gail has reflected India in the best light, and India is proud of her! …  click here
Video: Miss Continentes Unidos 2014 - Momento de Coronación. Gail is crowned at 2m. 21s.  click here
For a profile of Gail, click here.

Prompt help from airport staff saves cardiac arrest patient
14 Sep: Times of India. Goan resident Steven Fernandes' family will never complain about Mumbai's don't-care attitude and infamous traffic. On September 5, when 75-year-old Fernandes collapsed at the city's new international Terminal 2, the airport medical team revived him two times before transporting him to a hospital for a bypass surgery within the golden hour… Fernandes, who had a stent fitted in one of his arteries a decade ago had returned from the US after a month-long break via Frankfurt…  click here

Girl stabs lover while sitting pillion on his motorbike

12 Sep: InGoaNews. In a bizarre case of a love story gone tragic early Friday morning, a Ponda girl allegedly stabbed her lover in his back while riding pillion on his motorbike. The girl, Sarita Govekar, however managed to abscond from the site while the victim boy turned to the Ponda police station for help. Later in the day she was arrested by the police. He mustered the strength and drove to the Ponda police station where policemen were shocked at his condition and rushed him to the district hospital at Ponda where the doctors administered preliminary treatment and rushed him to the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim. The boy was stabbed just below his neck in the back, Ponda police who are investigating the case said… 1m. 22s.  click here

2nd rabies survivor in country
14 Sep. Hindustan Times. In what doctors claim to be only the second case in the country where a rabies patient has survived, the Command Hospital has managed to bring back a comatose 16-year-old suffering from the disease to consciousness… The first case of a survivor was reported in April this year at the Goa Medical College. The research paper regarding it was published in the Journal of Clinical Sciences by Dr Aaron de Souza and Professor SN Madhusudana … .  click here
15 Apr. 2014: Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Survival from rabies encephalitis. By Aaron de Souza, Shampur Narayan Madhusudana  click here

Football: Brandon Fernandes is expected to play in the I-League this season

14 Sep: Goal. Brandon Fernandes is close to signing for Sporting Clube de Goa after the midfielder has begun training with the Goan club for the last couple of days… Having trained at South Africa’s ASD Capetown Academy for two years, Fernandes also appeared for trials with at least English clubs, namely Reading, Leicester City and Sunderland… .  click here
14 Sep: Times of India. Brandon Fernandes checks in …  click here
15 Sep: Times of India ASD (South Africa) object to Brandon’s move to Goa click here.

Clube Nacional roof, wall collapses
15 Sep: Herald. A major portion of the roof and a wall of Clube Nacional, the oldest social club in Goa collapsed on Sunday afternoon damaging three shops on the ground floor. No casualties were reported in the incident at the Clube which otherwise is always teeming with visitors. The Clube, incidentally, is also shut on Sunday… The loss is estimated to be around several lakhs of rupees…  click here

Auctions: Boxes – 17 – 18 Sep: UK



17 Sep: Jefferys, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, UK. Lot 187 – Ivory Casket, 19th Century. Finely engraved Indo-Portuguese foliate engraved rectangular needlework casket, (requiring restoration) 12`` width.  click here
18 Sep: Bamfords, Bakewell. UK. Lot 1111 – An Indo-Portuguese hardwood and ebonised rectangular lace box, hinged moulded top, pierced brass escutcheon and carrying handles, skirted base, 62cm wide. Estimate: £300 - £400.  click here
18 Sep: Mellors & Kirk, Nottingham, UK. Lot 1066 – An Indo Portuguese ivory inlaid wood box with penwork detail, the lid inlaid with floral centre and spandrels in trailing borders, the sides with upright stylised leaves to all four corners, iron lock and strap hinges, applied brass rosettes, 33.5cm w, c1700. Estimate: £400 - £600. click here.

Retaining wall collapses, road caves in at Dona Paula
14 Sep: Herald. Friday night Dona Paula residents had a miraculous escape as the retaining wall of the National Institute of Oceanography to Dona Paula Jetty road collapsed due to the massive road and sewerage works undertaken by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation. Till Saturday evening, work was going on with JCB machines loading the mud into trucks to try and clear the debris. However, due to the digging, the retaining walls in other parts have considerably weakened and could collapse, given the rains over the past 10 days…  click here
Video: Goa 365.  click here


News Summary

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The Light House managers may have made some mistakes here
14 Sep: Herald. Head of El-Shaddai where the couple worked says they were ‘stressed and wanted to get out’ … Children of Light House came to them after they left, because they knew them … Contrary to the version of Light House on their website, El-Shaddai claims they aren’t associated with Light House, UK …  click here

Childrens Homes: Does Goa care about them?

13 Sep: The Goan. … Goa still hasn’t learned a lesson from the paedophilia scandals of the 90s … There have been media reports regarding the illegal children’s houses and NGOs have been crying themselves hoarse for a while now, but yet the department concerned, women and child development, has not yet woken up to the fact that this is a serious issue… a few of them are operated by foreign nationals, especially in the northern coastal belt… 1338 words.  click here

82 cases of child abuse registered in three months across Goa
13 Sep: Times of India. Eighty-two cases of child abuse were registered in a span of three months at different police stations in the state. The highest number of cases was of sexual abuse, followed by physical abuse and so on. The Goa state commission for protection of child rights (GSCPCR), in its report, also pointed out other child abuse cases such as missing children, kidnapping and verbal abuse…  click here

Panaji is an open urinal

13 Sep: The Goan. The public toilet at KTC bus stand has no water. The stench is unbearable and its surrounding is filthy. This leaves the commuters with no choice but to relieve oneself in public. But the Sulabh at KTC is not the only black dot in the capital city. People all over the city urinate in the open inconveniencing others… It’s almost 30 months since Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar has taken over the governance of the State, but the stench from Panaji’s public places has not gone… there is no place left in the capital city where people have not stopped for urinating… women find it uncomfortable to see men taking a leak out in the open … 1309 words.  click here

Goa Foundation to challenge High Court order on renewal of mining leases
14 Sep: Times of India. Goa Foundation, the NGO that took the state government to the Supreme Court over illegal mining in the state, will approach the Supreme Court (SC) again, this time to challenge a high court order that directs the state to renew 27 mining leases that have paid stamp duty. "It is the responsibility of the state government to challenge the high court order, but since the state government isn't doing so, we have decided to approach the apex court," Goa Foundation's director Claude Alvares said …  click here

VS Gaitonde: A silent portrait

14 Sep: Mumbai Mirror. As New York's Guggenheim Museum preps for a VS Gaitonde retrospective, the curator-collector community - and his buddies - chew over what makes him the poster boy of modern Indian art… An oil on canvas by him fetched Rs 23.7 cr at Christie's … Born in 1924 in Nagpur to Goan parents, Gaitonde was an infant when his father, who worked in a printing press, moved to their ancestral village. It's here in Goa that he spent the first five years before they moved to Mumbai …  click here
V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life: Guggenheim Museum. October 24, 2014–February 11, 2015,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Gaitonde, click here.

Lambert Mascarenhas: The musings, moods & memories of Goa's jolly good fellow
14 Sep: Times of India. Lambert Mascarenhas completes hundred illustrious summers in the sun this Wednesday, but neither has his patriotic spirit withered nor has the love for his homeland faded. He has witnessed it first hand — Goa colonized and then set free. TOI joins the rest of Goa in taking its hat off to the charismatic centurion who made the pen his sword… 1265 words + photo.  click here

Auction: Cheffins, Cambridge, UK: 18 Sep. 2014

Lot 712 - A 17th century Indo Portuguese (IP) ivory figure of Christ crucified, Estimate (E): £500 - £700 Lot 713 - A 17th century IP ivory figure of Christ crucified, E: £600 - £900 Lot 714 - A 17th century IP ivory figure of Christ crucified, E: £800 - £1,200 Lot 715 - A 17th century Goan ivory Madonna and Child, E: £1,800 - £2,500 Lot 716 - A 17th century Goan ivory figure of the Madonna at prayer, E: £1,500 - £2,000 Lot 717 - A late 18th/early 19th century ivory figure of Christ crucified, E: £400 - £600 Lot 719 - An 18th century IP nautilus shell powder flask, E: £2,500 - £3,500 Lot 723 - An 18th century IP ivory reclining figure of the penitent Magdalene, E: £400 - £600 Lot 724 - An 18th century IP ivory kneeling angel, E: £400 - £600 Lot 725 - An 18th century IP ivory Madonna, E: £800 - £1,200 Lot 726 - Four 18th/19th century IP wooden figures, E: £250 - £400 Lot 727 - An 18th century IP silver navette shaped vessel, E: £350 - £500 Lot 728 - Three 19th century IP polychrome wood figures, E: £150 - £250 Lot 729 - Three 19th century IP polychrome wooden figures, E: £180 - £250  click here

Domestic charters join the marriage bandwagon in Goa
13 Sep: The Goan on Saturday. Marriage ceremonies in 5-star hotels in Goa have given a boost to domestic charters in India. This is literally resulting in a new business segment which didn’t exist in India till a few years ago… There are a number of operators who are helping customers book private luxury jets within India to travel to Goa. Wedding celebrations account for a huge share of such jets coming to Goa…  click here


News Summary

K: New Event Announcement: Loon Cocktail Party

U. Fri. 3 Oct: From 17:00. Loon Cocktail Party. Come join the fun, wear your disco threads, the DJ will provide the beats. Watch live performances and Enjoy cheapest drinks. Entry tickets for £20 with Starter + Buffet. Lots more surprise to be unfolded at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Ave, Osterley, Middlesex TW7 4NQ. For cheapest transport after party contract in advance to Lourenco/Ondrej: or phone 07741280994, For the flyer,  click here

New look for airport urged
12 Sep: Herald. Airport advisory chairman and South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar has directed airport officials to beautify the Dabolim international airport by displaying tourism-related posters and murals ... Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho said he had highlighted three observations during the meeting. “ I advised airport officials to keep the toilets and airport clean, to put up signage inside the airport and to beautify the departure lounge with murals and paintings with tourism-related posters.” …  click here

Suella Fernandes: Boris Johnson's parliamentary fate to be decided at Ruislip hustings

12 Sep: The Guardian. On Friday night members of Conservative association for Uxbridge and Ruislip will pick their favoured candidate … Johnson is up against three other contenders: David Simmonds; Simon Dudley and Suella Fernandes, a Harrow-born barrister…  click here
13 Sep: Daily Telegraph. Boris Johnson selected to stand for Tories in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.  click here
Suella Fernandes is the daughter of Uma Fernandes and Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class of '63). For a profile of her, click here.

Bangalore attracts maximum NRI real estate investment – survey
12 Sep: Indian property developers are anticipating a 35% surge in enquiries from NRI-based purchasers as compared to last year about 18% … As per the ASSOCHAM recent findings, Bangalore is the most favourite property investment destination for NRIs followed by Ahmedabad (2nd), Pune (3rd), Chennai (4th), Goa (5th), Delhi (6th) and Dehradun (7th). The majority of real estate developers said the NRI traffic is coming primarily from the UAE, U.S., Singapore, Australia, UK, Canada and South Africa…  click here

Adv. Radharao Gracias: A Goan First

12 Sep: Herald. I recently came across a Facebook post saying “we are Indians first and Goans next”. It sounds terribly wrong to me, politically, legally, historically and geographically too… In 1961 the Portuguese were driven out and Goa came to be part of the Republic of India. And thus Goans became Indians. And throughout these happenings, the only thing constant is we have been Goans. And Goans we shall always be… (Radharao F. Gracias is a senior Trial Court Advocate). 1044 words.  click here

Football Robert Pires insists his move to FC Goa is not motivated by money
12 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Arsenal legend Robert Pires insists signing for Goa in the inaugural Indian Super League is not motivated by money. Pires spent six highly successful seasons at Arsenal where he won two Premier League titles, including the 2003-2004 Invincibles, and three FA Cups… Media in his home country and accused the midfielder of moving to India purely for financial gain. The former Gunner has hit back, dismissing those claims as ‘bitter’ and ‘jealousy’, insisting his move is for a ‘human experience’, to help discover a new culture…  click here

Prosecutors Are Pushing Prison Time for Dinesh D’Souza

11 Sep: New York Times. Saying that Dinesh D’Souza had not yet accepted responsibility for his crime, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday to sentence the best-selling conservative author and filmmaker to 10 to 16 months in prison for violating campaign finance laws… Mr. D’Souza is scheduled Sept. 23 to be sentenced for illegally making donations through straw donors to the 2012 United States Senate campaign … Mr. D’Souza, in a letter urged the judge to sentence him to community service. “No good purpose would be served by locking me up,” he wrote…  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Dinesh D’souza,  click here

It is refreshing to see new faces emerge on the Konkani stage
12 Sep: Herald. “So who’s the new girl acting in this drama? She has a very strong character,” are some of the comments one can hear as they head out from a tiatr. There is a lot of unexplored young talent and very few are selected for the stage. To achieve bigger dreams, one has to start somewhere… Though youngsters want to act in tiatrs, very few make it in acting… However, there is not enough encouragement when it comes to young girls taking up acting in tiatrs…  click here

Pope may declare Joseph Vaz saint during visit next year

12 Sep: Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pope Francis may make Joseph Vaz, the 17th century priest a saint during his trip to Sri Lanka next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, officials said Friday. Francis plans to visit the island nation Jan. 13-15 and then travel onto the Philippines … The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said he hoped that the Vatican would give final approval to the sainthood case of the Rev. Joseph Vaz so that Francis himself could celebrate the canonization Mass at Colombo's Galle Face Green… Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651 but chose to work in Sri Lanka amid persecution of Catholics by Dutch colonial rulers, who were Calvinists. Vaz is credited with having revived the Catholic faith in the country, using disguises and learning the local Sinhala and Tamil languages to meet secretly with underground Catholics. He died in 1711 …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Blessed Joseph Vaz,  click here
From Goan Voice 26 Aug 2014: … The possibility of Blessed Vaz attaining sainthood soon assumes significance following the three-day visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka on January 13, 14 and 15 next year… click here.

Well water in Goa beach villages has worms: minister
12 Sep: IANS. Well water in tourism-oriented coastal Goan villages is so bad that it is infested with worms, Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said Friday. “In Calangute, if you put your hand in the water, germs cling on to your hands,” said Dhavalikar, whose ministry is responsible for collection, treatment and water distribution across the state…  click here

Video: Russia: Julia went to Goa on holiday for ten days and remained for three years

7 Sep: First Channel (Russia). … According to statistics, now every 4th Russian suffers from holiday depression … they dream of their next holiday … Julia went to Goa on holiday for ten days, and remained for three years. Something happened to this girl after a week - she suddenly hated the old life, the Moscow office and even her old surroundings. "Why should I look out the window when I can sit under a palm tree and watch the ocean? Once I arrived, I realized that I wanted my whole life was a journey. I did not want to leave,” says Julia…  click here

Goa: Best Place, Best Taste
31 Aug: Global Indian. Goa is the epi-centre of all things fun in the months of winter. From cute little beach shacks, bakeries, cafes, wild parties, flea markets to some of the most exotic food in North, South and Old Goa. You could very well be spoilt for choice. Rohit Kumar takes note of the food and places in Goa that soothes her soul… 2630 words.  click here



Death: John Saldanha

8 Sep: London, UK. JOHN SALDANHA (ex-Nairobi) passed away peacefully one month short of his 100th birthday. Husband to the late Hilda, loving father to late Patzie (Luis) and Lorraine (late George), grandfather to Yvonne, Joanne (Paul) and Louise (Blaine), great-grandfather to Lauren, James, Isabella and Ethan. Funeral to take place on Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at 10.00 a.m. at St. Erconwald's Church, 112 Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, Middx. HA9 8NB, followed by cremation at Hendon Crematorium, Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB. No flowers please but if you wish to make a donation please consider the Goan Welfare Society UK, "The Firs", 17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middx. TW5 9TA. Condolence to  email

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Jacintha Saldanha inquest: nurse had no history of psychiatric illness

12 Sep The Guardian. A nurse found hanged after an Australian radio station made a hoax call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge had no history of depression or psychiatric illness, her tearful husband told an inquest. Jacintha Saldanha, 46, who worked at the King Edward VII hospital in London, was found dead in her nursing accommodation three days after taking the call from two DJs impersonating the Queen and the Prince of Wales and inquiring after the health of the duchess … Her husband, Benedict Barboza, broke down as the coroner, Fiona Wilcox, asked whether, to his knowledge, his wife had suffered any psychiatric illnesses or depression in the past, or had made any attempt to harm herself. Wiping away tears, the accountant replied: "No." …  click here
For the Jacintha Saldanha Wikipedia profile,  click here

£313 & up -- Fly to Goa from London & Manchester (Return)
11 Sep: has found direct flights to Goa from £293, return, with Thomas Cook. Flights depart from London Gatwick between 9 November and 22 December and from Manchester between 2 December and 24 December. Select the link for some of the best fares, or use the search box to find prices for your specific dates…  click here

Sari gown helped Gail Nicole win best national costume title

11 Sep: Indian Express. Goa-based model Gail Nicole Da Silva, who was placed third in the Femina Miss India 2014 contest, bagged the best National Costume title at Miss United Continent 2014, thanks to the innovative dome-style sari designed by Melvin Noronha… The first and second runner-ups are Miss Panama, and Miss Mexico, respectively… The final round of the pageant is scheduled to take place in Guayaquil, Ecuador Sep 13…  click here

Swindon: Honda staff fears over agency move
11 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. More than 100 positions at Honda in Swindon are being redistributed and contracted to an agency, in a move branded ‘immoral’ by one insider… The South Marston Distribution Centre (SDC), which currently performs a number of services for the car manufacturer, around the corner in Thornhill Road, is said to be filling the logistics positions with agency staff… Text + comments
Comment by John Trollston ... “SDC is staffed at the lowest levels by 99% Goan Indians so expect more..”  click here

Rowena Pinto: Widespread Use of Flavoured Tobacco Among Ontario Youth

10 Sep: Market Wired (Canada). Bolstered by new data showing flavoured tobacco product use remains high among Ontario teens, the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco (OCAT) is calling on the provincial government to ban all flavours in these products… "Today's data clearly shows immediate government action is needed to eliminate flavoured tobacco products once and for all," said Rowena Pinto, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives of the Canadian Cancer Society's Ontario Division …  click here
Rowena was born in Montreal though her grandparents were from Goa and her father grew up in Pakistan. For her professional profile,  click here

No High Court relief on dual citizenship
12 Sep: Herald. The High Court on Thursday refused to grant interim relief to the government on the dual citizenship issue, in which the Judicial magistrate first class, Panjim had ordered the Crime Branch to register an FIR against two MLAs and two police officers, over the dual nationality issue and the subsequent issuance of show cause notices against three officers…  click here
‘JMFC erred in dual nationality case’. 12 Sep: Times of India. In a petition filed before the High Court, the crime branch has alleged that an unreasoned order was passed by the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) court, Panaji, directing registering of first information report (FIR) in the dual citizenship case…  click here

Video: UK: Pat Buckley – Fundraiser for AIDS orphanage in Goa

11 Sep: ITV. Pride of Britain: Helping at home and abroad. ITV are once again proud to be supporting the Pride of Britain Awards, celebrating the achievements of some truly inspirational people. And this year we are looking for a winner of the South East's 'fundraiser award.' Tonight's nominee is Pat Buckley whose amazing fundraising efforts have helped raise thousands of pounds for an AIDS orphanage in Goa - AND raised the confidence and skills of some exceptional teenage girls back here in Kent. 2m. 24s.  click here

Football: Christians unite for World Cup in India
12 Sep: Times of India. The decennial exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa, will see Christian teams from around the world participate in Expo 2014 Unity World Cup. At least a couple of World Cuppers from Brazil's 1998 and 2002 squads are preparing for a trip to India, along with teams from Germany, Portugal, Egypt, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, China and Malaysia. Plans are also afoot to get teams from the Vatican and Spain to confirm their participation. The Expo 2014 Unity World Cup is being organized by John Paul II Foundation For Sport, an ecclesiastical body of the archdiocese… Goa has been entrusted with the responsibility of hosting the semifinals and final …  click here

Movie review: Finding Fanny

11 Sep: New York Times. Dimple Kapadia’s prosthetic butt is emblematic of Homi Adajania’s botched comedy, “Finding Fanny.” As Rosie, the busybody queen of a backwater Goa town, Ms. Kapadia steers clear of caricature and even milks some humor out of the unfunny script. Why, then, does Mr. Adajania saddle her with a padded rear? The answer is simple: He doesn’t really know Rosie or her compatriots, whom he puts in a rusty blue Dodge and sends bumping through Goa in search of the town postman’s lost love.  click here
Finding Fanny Exclusive Video: Watch the sneak peak of the deleted scenes of the movie 11 Sep: As we eagerly await the release of the absurdly entertaining movie Finding Fanny, the makers of the film have released a video which is an exclusive sneak peak of the deleted scenes from the film… 3m. 07s.  click here

Goa's tourism makeover aims to go beyond just a new logo and branding
11 Sep: DNA. Nikhil Desai, managing director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation says, "Goa is developing the best system of integrated beach-cleaning, whereby within three months, the beaches in Goa could be comparable to the best in the world,” Beach safety would be the primary focus with patrolling extended up to midnight and adequate life guards being allotted for every beach… It is difficult to critique what the minister or the top Bureaucrats say. Of course, drug peddling in Goa has to be stopped, but the undercurrent of the new campaign has to be taken with a pinch of salt…  click here

Avanilaya: Goa's Best Kept Secret Luxury Villa

11 Sep: Avanilaya is so private that from the outside, there are no signs that it exists… It is a 24 acre paradise… Meaning "earth abode", Avanilaya is a place where nature is nurtured and protected from human destruction… The three villas at Avanilaya were originally built by Loulou Van Damme, a free-spirited, sixty-something eminent hotelier and interior designer of Belgian descent. The property was sold to its current Goan owner in 2011… Avanilaya is located in the Goa hinterland near Aldona village … Text + 8 photos.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 13 Sep. 3pm at Oakington Manor School, Manor Drive, Wembley Middlesex HA9 6NF – (note change of venue) Wembley. Tiatr. Pilar Fathers & Goan Chaplaincy UK present yet another blockbuster, Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai. (The Breadth of Narrow Roads). Written and directed by Rev. Fr. Lucas Rodrigues. The star-laden cast include well known artistes from Goa and London. For tickets contact: Edna: 07590 419942, Caetano: 07882 009063, S. Caetano: 07949 206355, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631. For a synopsis and the flyer, click here.

Sat. 13 Sep. GOA Senior Citizens Trip to the seaside. Venue to be confirmed. Pick-up points, Greenford (Bridge Hotel bus stop), Tooting Broadway (Library) & Norbury BR Station. Tickets: Members £12, Non-members £15. Contacts: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 14 Sep. 3pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Croydon. Tiatr. Pilar Fathers & Goan Chaplaincy UK present yet another blockbuster, Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai. (The Breadth of Narrow Roads). Written and directed by Rev. Fr. Lucas Rodrigues. The star-laden cast include well known artistes from Goa and London. For tickets contact: Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631. For a synopsis and the flyer, click here.

Sat 20 Sep. 5.30pm at Villiers High School, Southall. Tiatr. Pilar Fathers & Goan Chaplaincy UK present yet another blockbuster, Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai. (The Breadth of Narrow Roads). Written and directed by Rev. Fr. Lucas Rodrigues. The star-laden cast include well known artistes from Goa and London. For tickets contact: Nazareth D'Souza (Southall) 07737 166254, Assumption: 07440 578191, Antonio Mendes: 07882 749692, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631. For a synopsis and the flyer, click here.

Sun. 21 Sep. GOA Trook Tournament at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Entries close on 9/9/14. Draw at 11.30am. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 21 Sep. 12.00pm & 6.00pm at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Tiatr. Pilar Fathers & Goan Chaplaincy UK present yet another blockbuster, Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai. (The Breadth of Narrow Roads). Written and directed by Rev. Fr. Lucas Rodrigues. The star-laden cast include well known artistes from Goa and London. For tickets please contact: Monty: 07840 135121, Luis (Reading) 07831 160766, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631. For a synopsis and the flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Sept. St Jacinto Feast - At the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PD. Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of "PRESS PLAY". Snacks and Lunch will be served. For details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545/ Maria: 02089315185/ Clare: 02085782288/ Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022/ For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 5 Oct. Majorda Union (London) request the pleasure of your company at their 31st Celebration of the Festa Da Boa Morte at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. The Feast Mass will commence promptly at 1pm, followed by entertainment and dancing to the music of Nite Life. Tickets are great value, priced at £12 (adult) and £6 (children 11 to 16) and include snacks & main meal. Children under 11 accompanied by parents go free. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For info and tickets, click here

Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus with holy mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Blue and Black Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 230 7139, Custodio 0203 5390 216, Rose 0208 6770 390, Alfie 0208 7640 353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 26 Oct. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (UK) Committee wishes to inform you that an Alumni Memorial Mass & Reunion has been planned at the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, Surrey. The Memorial Mass, celebrated by former student, Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes, is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon followed by the alumni reunion. Dancing to the music of The Mellow Tones. For further details, including venue and ticket, click here.

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UPDATED: Death: Joachim Paul Lobo
9 Sep: London. JOACHIM PAUL LOBO. (formerly of Baveja Building, Napier Street, Saddar, Karachi). Beloved husband of the late Maria Theresa Lobo, cherished father of Wilma Pereira (Ivan) London, Joel Lobo (Odette) Calgary, Jennifer Martyres (Austin) Peterborough, England and Brian Lobo (Christina) Toronto and loving grandfather of Gavin, Simon, Alexander, Carol, Michelle, Hayley, Carl, Jason, Chloe, Larissa, Brittany and Eldon. Funeral on Friday 19 September at 11.00 a.m. at our Lady of the Angels Church, Carlton Rd, Erith, Kent, Greater London DA8 1DN. Condolences to  email

Death: Edith Misquita
8 Sep: Toronto. EDITH LUCY MISQUITA. Edith was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Peter Misquitta, and her sisters, Florence Pereira and Bella Gomes. She will be deeply missed by her children Victor & Jeanne, MaryAnne & Khalid, Daniel & Shazia, and Sean & Irish, and her grandchildren Sapphire, Emerald, Joshua, Benjamin, Matthew, Cajetan & Delilah. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 10am-12pm at R.S. Kane Funeral Home – 6150 Yonge Street, Toronto M2M 3W9. Funeral Mass on same day, Saturday, September 13 at 1pm. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church – 21 Simonston Blvd. Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 4R6. Followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery – 8361 Yonge St. Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 2C7. [Info: PompieGois].

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Swindon: Appeal success in Goan Hospital workers' race and religious discrimination case

10 Sep: Bindmans LLP. An appeal judge has allowed 51 Goan housekeeping staff at Great Western Hospital in Swindon to proceed with their claims of race and religious discrimination, harassment and victimisation for trade union membership and whistleblowing, against their employer Carillion Services Ltd… 473 words.  click here
Employment Appeal Tribunal Win For Carillion Swindon Workers. 5 Sep. GMB. This is a great result for these hospital workers involved in this long running dispute and gives an opportunity to expose Carillion’s scandal at Swindon to proper legal scrutiny says GMB… 1679 words.  click here

Goa's junket truth: It's all 'tiger prawns' at Winchester, UK
10 Sep: First Post. Notes on a grand scrumptious continental lunch, tiger prawns served as starters and elaborate VIP courtesies extended by the hosts, account for a large chunk of a report compiled by Goa’s ‘junket’ lawmakers filed after returning from a junket to a motocross event in the United Kingdom two years ago … The decision to pull back the funding was wise considering the energies expended by Furtado, BJP MLA from Aldona, Glen Ticlo and Independent MLA from Velim, Benjamin Silva while scripting their delight at seeing the large, seductively curled tiger prawns on a VIP lunch platter during in Winchester, UK, where they had gone to witness FIM Motocross Championship.  click here

Kenya: Unbelievable photo, this is former Capital FM's Eve D'souza

10 Sep: Daily Post (Kenya).  click here
Kenyan Top media personality Eve D’Souza opens up on why rapists are sick cowards The Standard (Kenya). Acclaimed as one of the most prolific showbiz personalities, Eve D’Souza, the sassy but shy former radio girl has had her success story told over and over. However, there’s more to the extroverted personality than meets the eye. Nine years ago in June 2005, Eve was carjacked and raped by two men. She shares her big plans and how she has moved on from the horrific ordeal…  click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Eve D’Souza, click here.

Three girls rescued from 'auction'
10 Sep: Times of India. The owner of a city 'placement agency' held an 'auction' for three Jharkhand girls, including a minor, intending to sell these trafficked women to the highest bidder in a throwback to the days of slavery, police said… Chawdhary had 'bought' the women from local agents in Jharkhand for Rs 5,000 each but expected to get Rs 50,000 for each of them… The maximum number of women trafficked from Jharkhand are brought to Delhi followed by Mumbai, Pune and Goa…  click here

Goa CM returns from Europe, heads straight to work

10 Sep: Times of India. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar returned home on Wednesday from his 10-day tour of Europe. Sources said that soon after his arrival, he drove to the secretariat in Porvorim, where he began clearing files. He was at the secretariat till late evening… Unlike in the past when there used to be much hype over chief ministers going on foreign trips, Parrikar's tour details were virtually kept under wraps, on the grounds that his tour was not at tax-payers' cost…  click here

UK: Monarch seeks cuts to pay and pensions
10 Sep: The Times (UK). Monarch Airlines is in talks with unions and the pensions regulator about swingeing cuts to salaries, benefits and retirement payouts as it struggles to stay airborne after the withdrawal of its billionaire Swiss backers… The new team wants to turn Monarch into a budget carrier. Charter flights are to be shed and long-haul destinations, such as Goa and Florida, will be scrapped…

Goa’s Church of St Christopher Offers Hope For A Rainy Day

8 Sep: National Geographic Magazine. In 1969, St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, was one of many saints to be declared a legend rather than a historical figure by the Catholic Church. But hope still springs in devotees around the world, not least in Goa’s Church of St Christopher, where motor vehicles are blessed on the saint’s annual feast day in July… The Church of St Christopher in Thivim, Goa, built in 1627 … The annual feast of St Christopher is celebrated in the Church of St Christopher in Thivim, Bardez, Goa on the last Sunday in July …  click here

Mutation process - A hotbed of corruption
11 Sep: Herald. Why is the common man made to wait for months and years and do repeated rounds of the offices of taluka mamlatdars for a mutation when the sons and daughters of VIPs can get it done in a day or two? This is a common refrain that rings out across the offices of the taluka mamlatdars in South Goa in general and Salcete in particular as a huge backlog of 5514 mutation applications stares at the revenue authorities in South Goa…  click here

A Clubber's Guide to Goa: The Best Nightlife Hotspots in India's Party Capital

10 Sep: Huffington Post (UK). For decades holiday makers have been flocking to Goa for its vibrant clubs, psychedelic beach parties and ambient live music scene. A favourite since the 60s among the hippy community, many have found themselves returning year after year; in love with the state's almost spiritual approach to partying! I called Goa my home for four months while travelling the country. Here I share my insights of the scene, located in the lively South Indian state… 1732 words + photos.  click here

Sri Ram Sene to challenge ban by Goa government
10 Sep: First Post. Right-wing Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene has decided to challenge the ban imposed on it by the Goa government… The outfit was banned from operating in the state on August 20 by the Manohar Parrikar-led government after the police gave an adverse report about its activities. The outfit's chief, Pramod Muthalik, had recently expressed his intention to set up a base in Goa to "curb the pub culture". The organisation had hit the headlines in 2009 after its members attacked boys and girls at a pub in Mangalore…  click here

Now, Goans can have kidney transplant free of cost at GMC

9 Sep: Navhind Times. The hundred per cent success achieved by the urology department of the Goa Medical College in all the nine transplants undertaken in the premier health institution is the good news for the Goans having kidney problems, who can now be sure of getting top class treatment for their illness within the state and that too also free of cost, as per state government policy…  click here

DOCUMENTARY: The Report. BBC Radio 4. Thursday 11th Sep. 20:00 to 20:30. Racism in Northern Ireland. Current affairs series combining original insights into major news stories with topical investigations.

FILM: Bombay to Goa. Zee TV (Sky 788). Friday 12th Sep. 00:00 to 03:00. Mala boards a bus to Goa while trying to escape some goons. The bus journey becomes adventurous and comic. Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, 1972, PG, 3 Star.

DOCUMENTARY: Pleasure Zone. Community Channel (Freeview 63), Friday 12th Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Goa. Kirsten and Andrew travel to Goa to explore the Kama Sutra and to re-discover each other in ways they never thought possible.

FILM: My Friend Pinto. Zee Cinema (Sky 790). Saturday 13th Sep. 15:00 to 17:30, Sweet, honest, and optimistic Michael Pinto has a knack for finding trouble. The search for a childhood friend leads him to the big city, and into an outlandish adventure. 2011, PG.

DOCUMENTARY: Girl Killers. Community Channel (Freeview 63), Monday 15th Sep. 22:00 to 23:00. In India, the burden of having girls means many are often killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice.

DOCUMENTARY: Britain on Film. BBC 4. Tuesday 16th Sep, 01:15 to 01:45. The Spirit of the Sixties. Offering more fascinating depictions of the 1960s as witnessed by the cameras of the Rank Organisation, Britain on Film continues with an absorbing exploration of the prevailing attitudes and values that shaped our society … an increasingly multicultural nation was embracing more cosmopolitan tastes.

ARTS: Free Thinking. BBC Radio Three. Tuesday 16th Sep. 22:00 to 22:45. In a conversation held in front of an audience at the studio at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, actor and comedian Lenny Henry talks to Matthew Sweet about performing on radio, stage and screen and his campaign for better black, Asian and minority ethnic representation.



Bahrain: Event management doyen passes away

9 Sep: Bahrain Tribune. Savio Dsouza, a popular businessman and owner of one of the Kingdom’s leading event management company passed away on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest. A successful entrepreneur, Savio had carved out a niche for himself in the area of event management. Many outstanding events were organised by his firm Samanna Events including the Bahrain Colour Festival and Thandav… A resident of the Kingdom for more than five years, Savio had worked with Eventscom before setting up his own firm. Being an active member of the Goan community, he was well-known in many social circles… Savio’s immediate survivors include his wife Marlin Dsouza and two children.  For further details click here

Death: Julian Rego
8 Sep: Mississauga, Canada. JULIAN REGO. Passed away peacefully and gracefully surrounded by family and dear friends. Beloved husband of Carmen (Rita) Rego and loving and devoted father of Jeffrey (Alison) and Christabel Rego. Julian will be greatly missed and remembered by his siblings: Flavian (Olive) Rego, Hubert (Tessa) Rego, Lancy (Lucy) Rego, Brian Rego and Marianne (Philip) Fernandes; his brother-in-law George (Christalynn) de Andrade and Sisters-in-Law Florrie (Frederick) Sequeira, Lisa, Margaret and Ann de Andrade and Brenda (Nigel) Soares. He will also be greatly missed by his nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends
Friends and family will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga, ON on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 pm and from 7:00-9:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 4070 Central Pkwy E, Mississauga, ON at 10:00am, followed by interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga ON L5T 1N4. Rego Residence Phone Number : (905)272-4868. [Info: Pompie Gois].

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Video: Robert Buckland, Swindon MP comments

8 Sep: Niz Goenkar. “Mr. Robert Buckland, the Hon. MP, South Swindon, who is striving for the betterment of the Goan Community in Swindon speaks out himself of what he thinks of the Goan Community and how they work for the upliftment of the Economy in Swindon and that Goans are a large contribution and not a burden on the UK economy” … 15m. 22s.  click here

Swindon: Reader’s comments
9 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. "Goa is a former colony of Portugal … they have their own dialect which is easily spotted. Likewise Goa is predominately muslim… As such they can travel between Goa and India unfettered. Once in Goa they simply apply for an EU passport to travel and emigrate to the UK… Why therefore are these people allowed to cross our borders without question as Goa does not accept the euro as currency … Now they want compensation--"  click here

The BEST Goan character in the movies? VOTE

9 Sep: Rediff. Almost every time Bollywood makes a trip to the land of sun, sand and sea, it throws up a bunch of curious characters we aren’t likely to forget. Yep, we mean Goa… who’s your favourite Goan characters in Hindi films? Have a look at the options, and VOTE for your favourite at the end! …  click here

Two Goan youth convicted of raping minors in Briton
9 Sep: Times of India. Two Indian youth with Goan roots have been sentenced by a British court after they were found guilty of a string of sexual offences against children. The Swindon crown court sentenced Royston Gonsalves, 25, of Ponting Street and Filbert Antao, 22, of Axbridge Close - both in Swindon with four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child. The victims were three females aged 13, 14 and 14 at the time of the offences. Both Antao and Gonsalves pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing and have been sent to jail for seven years each …  click here

Mandovi restaurant opens in California

4 Sep: Easy Reader News. Goan Out For Dinner … recent opening of Mandovi in El Segundo … Could Goan cuisine be the Next Big Thing in Asian food? The Portuguese influence makes it distinctively different from cooking elsewhere in India; you can try it and come to your own conclusion.  click here
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Light House Charity bosses were not registered with FRRO
9 Sep: Herald. The Light House Charity, where the minor rape victim lived before she ran away with an employee of this British run charity, was illegally run, according to information provided by the FRRO ( Foreigners’ registration regional office). It’s project managers were not registered with FRRO, and nor were they registered as volunteers when they initially worked for another charity…  click here

Feast of Nativity celebrated in London

9 Sep: DaijiWorld. The feast of Nativity was celebrated by Richard and Christine Lobo at their residence in London on Sunday September 7 … Ronald Colaco came all the way from Dubai to grace this occasion… Fr Agnel D'Souza and Fr Vinod Charles followed the procession … Text + photos. Click here.
Melbourne Konkans Celebrate Monthi Fest. 6 Sep: DaijiWorld. Monthi festh was celebrated with great pomp and grandeur in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, the 6th of September 2014 at Santa Maria College, Northcote under the leadership of MKC (Melbourne Konkan Community).Click here.
Mangalorean community celebrates Monthi feast in Mozambique. 9 Sep: Daiji World. Click here.
Monthi Feast celebrated at St Thomas More Parish Calgary. 9 Sep: DaijiWorld. Click here.

Cancer incidence on decline in Goa
9 Sep: The Hindu. While incidence of oral cavity cancer has significantly declined in Goa in recent years with a decline in tobacco chewing and smoking, the incidence of breast cancer among young woman is growing alarmingly, warned Cancer Surgeon Shekhar Salkar, General Secretary, The Goa Cancer Society(GCS) warned …  click here

Teenager Olivia Dunlop uses creative arts to tackle stigma of mental illness

8 Sep: Daily Echo (UK). A Hampshire teenager is using creative arts as a means to help people with mental health problems. Olivia Dunlop has travelled the world with the student-led Act 4 Change which aims to research the stigma around mental health issues through theatre and film… The project has become so popular the group are regularly communicating with health workers in Delhi, Goa and Varanasi and aim to create a professional documentary which will be broadcast in India…  click here

Goa’s Land Scams: Baywashed
6 Sep: The Goan. Poinguinim village was waking up to a new truth. A new Marina was coming up on the Talpona River and the fisherman’s traditional jetty on Talpona side was nowhere to be seen in the new (and now in abeyance) Regional Plan 2021. There was more. Town and Country Planning Department had given a Technical Clearance for allowing adventure sports on the small hillock or islet called Dongo,.. RP 2001 + RP 2021 = RIP Goa. 6 Sep: The Goan. The games the TCP Minister plays with Goa…  click here

USA: Helping immigrants deal with uncertainty

8 Sep: Argus Leader. The Catholic teachings of her childhood come to mind when Poornima D’Souza thinks about the day she left India to make a new home in the United States… D’Souza, 48, now works for the Sioux Falls School District, helping other immigrant families face and overcome their uncertainty. D’Souza fills dual roles for the district, working as a parent educator and as a liaison for English Language Learner programs… Life can change in a matter of days, D’Souza said. It did for her. One day, she was living in Bangalore, with a master’s degree in banking and 15 years of experience in the field. The next, she and her husband were heading to the United States because of his new job with IBM…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
10 Sep: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 30.9. Min = 25.5. Rainfall: Trace
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 97.95; $ = 60.84; $Can = 55.17; Euro = 78.40; $Aus= 54.95.


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Swindon: Bullying claims to go before tribunal

8 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. More than 50 Great Western Hospital staff who allegedly fell prey to racial discrimination, harassment and bullying are poised to take their employer Carillion to court… The GMB members, from the Indian state of Goa, originally voted overwhelmingly in December 2011 for strike action to protest alledged bullying and racial discrimination at the hospital… 478 Words,  click here

Australia: Attorney-General won't meet Rayney over wife's death
7 Sep: WA Today. Western Australia's attorney-general sees no reason to meet Lloyd Rayney to discuss his calls for an inquest into the death of his estranged wife Corryn. Mr Rayney, once a prominent barrister, is calling for a cold case investigation into his wife's murder, of which he was acquitted in November 2012.  click here

Lambert’s Hundred Years of Gratitude

8 Sep: Navhind Times. By Nandkumar M Kamat. On Wednesday, September 17, cultured Goans, wherever they are on the face of the Earth should raise a toast to the centenarian Lambert Mascarenhas. He had spent a number of years in Mumbai before returning to Goa so people of Mumbai also need to join in the celebrations. It would be a well deserved tribute, an honour to a centenarian writer and journalist living among us. He stands in Goan society today as a morally upright lighthouse… 1045 words.  click here

Mission Rabies: The final push begins
8 Sep: Times of India. As 'Mission Rabies' - an NGO-sponsored project which aims at eradicating rabies worldwide - enters the final month of its Goa programme to mass vaccinate and sterilize a minimum of 20,000 dogs in six months, the programme awaits the state government's promised financial help…  click here
Dead rabid dog raises a scare among Siolim locals. 8 Sep: Times of India. On Friday, a dog infected with rabies was killed and buried in Siolim.  click here

Visa on arrival to start at Dabolim from next month

8 Sep: Times of India. The visa on arrival (VoA) facility at Dabolim international airport will start from next month. Tourism director Ameya Abhyankar said they are hoping the VoA facility will be implemented quickly. "This is scheduled to happen this October. it will primarily cater to the forthcoming tourist season," he said… Travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG) president Francisco Braganca said VoA will make a huge difference to Goa's tourism industry. It will help bring in increased flow of foreign tourists, he said…  click here

No CCTV camera, no shack licence: Govt
8 Sep: Times of India. Tourism department will not issue licences to shack operators who do not install CCTV cameras in their shacks during the tourism season which starts next month. The beach shack policy 2013-16 mandates that every beach shack should have a CCTV camera installed…  click here

All Roads Lead to Old Goa for St Xavier’s Exposition

7 Sep: Herald. The faithful from India and the world over will descend on the historical city of Old Goa to kiss the sacred relics of the 16th century saint Francis Xavier when the 17th decennial Exposition unveils on November 22 this year. Preparations for the Exposition are in full swing with the Church, Archaeological Survey of India and various state government departments working to make the event a hassle free one. The last Exposition in 2004 drew around 34 lakh pilgrims. The numbers are expected to touch 60 lakh visitors this year…  click here

Tourism: Goa should learn from Bali
7 Sep: Gulf Today. As things stand now, Bali, as a tourism destination, is far ahead of Goa. We have the advantage of emulating its successes and keeping its negatives at bay… For women, Bali is safe even at night. Most private villas have no locks on their doors. The Balinese people are peaceful and laidback … Bali’s infrastructure is excellent…  click here

Ex-Minnesota priest should face U.S. charges, India says

8 Sep: Associated Press. An Indian court has recommended that the government extradite a Roman Catholic priest wanted in the United States on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota, a lawyer in the case said Sunday. It's now up to the federal government to decide whether the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul should be sent to the U.S. to stand trial … Jeyapaul, a 59-year-old Indian citizen, has denied molesting the 14-year-old girl in 2004 when he was working at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, near the Canadian border… Vatican officials recommended Jeyapaul's removal from the priesthood, but the local Indian bishop instead sentenced him to a year in a monastery through a canonical trial. Jeyapaul was one of many foreign priests brought to the U.S. to help fill shortages in American parishes.  click here

'White Pele' in ISL has Goa 'white hot' in excitement
7 Sep: IANS. The hiring ofZico, a man regarded as "White Pele" as the marquee coach of FC Goa is a "white-hot" development not only for the Indian Super League (ISL) club but also for Indian football, the state's football stakeholders and fans say. Speaking to IANS, aficionados of the game in football-crazy Goa, former sportsmen and other stakeholders believed that the arrival Monday of the 61-year-old Zico, the former legendary Brazilian attacking midfielder and former coach of Japan, is the first sign of many that could help change the face of football in this part of the world…  click here

Colva circuit tourism project goes ‘off track’

8 Nov: Navhind Times, The government’s ambitious plan to improve tourism-related infrastructure through the Colva circuit project has hit a roadblock with government hinting at even dropping it following opposition… A British tourist, who identified himself as James, said that Goa is slowly losing on its tourists, especially the international, as its appeal is slowly fading away. The tourists are now looking for something beyond the sun, the sea and the sand. The government needs to do something as Goa is largely dependent on tourism.”  click here

Not Ukraine, but recession may hit Russian charters: GTDC
8 Sep: Times of India. Contradicting the tour operators' stand that the Ukraine crisis may negatively affect the number of charter flights; Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) said that a major factor that might affect charter flights coming from Russia was the recession in the country and not its international relations with Ukraine…  click here
Goa tourism: Russians will keep on coming. 8 Sep: ETurboNews. The economic slowdown in Russia has pushed the Goa tourism department to run their activities more aggressively towards the European country, besides aiming for travelers from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a senior official said today.  click here

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original. Tel: 07805426269 (Blaise Fernandes)

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

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