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Death: Louis Rodricks. Ex Nairobi and Bandra

19 Aug 2019. Milton Keynes, UK. LOUIS RODRICKS. Born 1929 in Nairobi. Beloved husband of Flory Rodricks and loving father of Karen and Lee. Father-in-law to Cynthia Rodricks and grandfather to Lucas and Adam. Sister to Marti (U.K). Brother to Mary, Mani, Nelu and Maggie (late). Funeral arrangements to follow. Messages -

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Goan opera singers collaborate with Indian

Classical maestro in London concert On Sunday the 25th of August, Goa-origin opera singers Patricia Rozario OBE and Oscar Castellino will collaborate with Sitar maestro Baluji Shrivastav OBE in a much anticipated concert (also featured on BBC Radio) entitled Indian Music Meets Opera at Highgate, London. This concert will also feature concert-pianist Mark Troop and singer-songwriter Linda Shanovitch. Patricia and Shrivastav performed a short excerpt on BBC Asian Radio last week. This concert is one not to be missed. View a couple of short excerpts of their rehearsal over last week.  For further details click here
£15 tickets are available at Eventbrite. For details and tickets.  click here

Lay people’s TV channel makes a mark in Goa

23 Aug: Herald (Malaysia). When Robin D’Souza and friends thought of beginning a cable TV channel in Goa to promote Gospel values, it seemed an impossible dream at first… The retired Cost-Accountant, who has worked and travelled widely across the world, reminisced the months passed by… According to D’Souza, who spends 12 hours in the studio, the staunch support of Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa was a good foundation. “So we started out in faith,” he said… Robin and team did think much before setting up this dream project…  For further details click here
CCRTV is viewable online 24/7  click here
For the CCCRTV website with daily programme schedule, etc. click here.

‘Typewriter’: The Show That Should Have Never Aired

22 Aug: Study Breaks (USA). By Mela Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio. Netflix presented me “Typewriter.” … It is a complete rip-off from an episode of “The X-Files” and “Haunting of Hill House.” It also does not help the fact that all the characters, who are born and raised in India, have Catholic names. Sure, there isn’t a problem with giving kids in India Catholic names, but when the characters come out of the closet with names like Peter and Jenny Fernandes, well, can you even call it an Indian show? … “Typewriter” has five episodes and is rumored to have a second season. I believe the show is a complete waste of time and should be destroyed from the face of the planet…  For further details click here
For the Netflix Typewriter site with links to the video trailers,  click here

Meet Alicia Souza, self-employed illustrative designer

23 Aug: Friday (UAE). Growing up in Abu Dhabi in an unartistic family as a tomboy with a proclivity for technical, crafty things – ‘I had my own toolkit’ – and a nerdy love for mathematics, Alicia Souza never imagined in her wildest dreams that she’d become a successful illustrator – one who’s an internet sensation with an Instagram following of 239,000 people, a successful online merchandise store featuring her cartoony illustrations (mugs, pillowcases, wall-hangings, T-shirts) plus a portfolio that boasts clients such as Google, Yahoo, Chennai Super Kings, Tinkle (the popular Indian children’s comics) and Penguin. But 32-year-old Alicia’s journey is proof that a successful career doesn’t mean knowing where your passions lie right at the outset and hindsight is 20/20… 729 words.  click here
11 Apr. 2016: The Goan. The funny girl … Alicia Souza s very attached to Goa. “My grandma and a whole lot of lovely family still live in Goa. Also my surname is as Goan as it gets! So are my taste buds!” she says…  click here
For the Alicia Souza website, click here.

Francis Newton Souza — The ‘enfant terrible’ of Modern Indian Art

23 Aug: Christies. Nishad Avari guides us through the life and art of one of India’s most important painters — illustrated with works offered in the South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale on 11 September in New York. Who was Francis Newton Souza? … What was F.N. Souza best known for? … Was Souza involved with India’s most radical art movement? … Goan landscapes and the Indian poor … Why did Souza leave his homeland for London? … An influential meeting … The dawn of sobriety … The birth of Souza’s signature style … What role did Catholicism play in his life and work? … 1955: The first solo show … The dawn of sobriety … The ‘black paintings’ … Why did Souza leave London? … Fatherhood and a new perspective … What is the current market for Souza? … Is Souza represented in public museums, institutions and exhibitions? … 2921 words.  click here

Video: New Luxury Toilet at Goa Airport

22 Aug: Kohler India. Experience India's first bathroom lounge at the Goa Airport. Design by Red Architects. 2m. 0s.  For further details click here

Lifting Indian spirits with a GI tag

24 Aug: Gateway House. India’s traditions are finally getting their due – with a Geographical Indication tag. This opens up a world of soft power for India. The first GI tag was given to Darjeeling tea. Now, after over a decade, the first ever GI store has opened at Goa’s airport. Products for sale in the store include azulejos paintings, coconut carvings, Mankurad mangoes, Khola chillies, Taleigao brinjals, Korgutt (red kernel rice), Goan chorizo sausages, breadfruit and more… Yet there is only one GI-registered product from Goa: Goan cashew feni, a local alcoholic beverage unique to the state, and only partly tagged…  For further details click here



Death: Percival Noronha. Goa

19 Aug. Panjim, Goa. PERCIVAL IVO VITAL e NORONHA. Born 26.07.1923. Brother of Berta/late Manuel do Rosario Sousa, late Olga/ late Jose Joaquim Lume Pereira. Uncle of Francisco/Telma Lume Pereira, Celio/Clara Lume Pereira, Elba/Mario de Souza. Great Uncle of Olga Lune Pereira, Nadia/Savio D'Costa, Danuta/Neal Fernandes, Antonya/Cecil Frias Pinto, Federica/Christian Ruser, Emilio Lume Pereira, Yuri/Misa, Boris, Ivan and Leon de Souza. Expired peacefully on 19th August 2019. The funeral will be held on Saturday, 24th August 2019 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Don Bosco, Panaji, Goa. His mortal remains will be brought to the Shrine at 2.30 pm for those who wish to pay their final respects. The Eucharistic Celebration will commence at 3.30 pm followed by burial at St. Inez Cemetery, Panaji, Goa.  For further details click here
Herald. Adeus Percival: ‘Um goes exemplar’ … By Maria De Lourdes Bravo Da Costa Rodrigues. The chronicler, the historian, the informant, the civil servant and above all a fine human being with a repository of everything Goan, Percival Noronha is no more …  For further details click here
Video: Percival Noronha: An introduction to Goa … Recording from a lecture/talk around the topics of the 2010 project “2050 – Cultures of Living”, by Percival Noronha, Historian, Goa … click here.

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Bertram de Souza: Ohio newspaper that battled injustice for 150 years to shut down: 'Scary for democracy'

21 Aug: The Guardian (UK). The Vindicator’s closure means Youngstown will be the largest US city without a major paper, and is the latest blow to an ailing American news industry … “My identity is the Vindicator. Without the newspaper I have no identity in the community,” said Bertram de Souza, the paper’s editorial page editor and columnist. De Souza, 69, has worked at the Vindicator for more than 40 years, and was the paper’s first non-white politics writer. He moved to the US from Uganda when he was 19 years old, after then president Idi Amin expelled Asian people from the country, and eventually moved to Youngstown for the job. “I’m going to leave town. Without the Vindicator I don’t have a compelling reason to live in Youngstown,” De Souza said… The Vindicator became known for tackling the mafia and corrupt officials. The work of De Souza and other reporters in the late 1980s contributed to almost 70 elected officials, mafia members and businesspeople being convicted of criminal acts… 318 words  click here
Small wonder then that The American Journalism Review has a feature article [3408 words] profiling him. Extracts: … Bertram De Souza remained in Kansas … He sent out 300 résumés before receiving a call from the Vindicator editor. …His opponents have urged him for years to "get on his elephant" and go back to Africa or India. Others privately spew derogatory epithets for Indians. Full text of the article, [3408 words],  click here
Gleaned from a telephone interview: Bertram's parents were the late Damascene and late Amy de Souza. Damascene was born in Goa (Tivim); Amy in Kampala. Her parents were Eugene and Mary Pinto. Bertram's brother, Herman, lives in Ottawa. His sister, Annabelle is married to Stephen Halliday and they live in Tring, Herts, UK. Bertram was at the Goan School, Kampala for 8 years. Contact him at

Catholic pilgrims walking to Marian shrine in Velankanni attacked

21 Aug: Crux Catholic News Service. Indian police arrested six suspected members of a hardline Hindu group for attacking 40 Catholics taking part in a 280-mile pilgrimage to a Marian shrine in Velankanni in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The attackers were accused of blocking the pilgrims on a public road Aug. 18 and beating and verbally abusing them, a police inspector told Aug. 21. The suspects remained in custody as police investigated the case. They face charges of attempted murder, rioting, hurting religious sentiments and acting to destroy religious peace…  For further details click here

Dr Oscar Rebello: What A Water Shame!!!

22 Aug: Goa News. Dr Oscar Rebello. First a disclaimer, I used all my contacts, got a couple of paid tankers and am stuffed to the gills, during this water drought of Panaji… But the sheer terror and absolute horror of running out of the most precious resource on the planet for a week now and counting, is a nightmare I can bet will visit us again & again. And the prime reason for this catastrophe to strike us is this. We Are A Stupid, Dim Witted People Never Prepared To Ask The Right Questions…We are simply not prepared to CONSISTENTLY be outraged over basic civic issues denied to us day in & day out…  For further details click here
22 Aug: Times of India. Goa: Senior citizens knocking on doors of PWD’s office …  click here
Video: 22 Aug. HCN. Water reaches Panjim: likely to be released by tomorrow, agony of a week click here.

Goa: ‘For foreign investors, we need ease of doing business’

20 Aug: Times of India. Investors, keen on setting up manufacturing facilities in Goa, base their decision on a robust supply chain of smaller vendors and ease of doing business, which are sometimes found lacking in the state, said medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) chairman on Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) Manguirish Pai Raiker on Monday. Raiker said Goan entrepreneurs, especially small and micro enterprises, need to “go aggressively for quality and cost effectiveness” so that investors find a conducive ecosystem to set up shop…  For further details click here

This Liberation Day, Goa to get a State anthem in Konkani

21 Aug: Herald. Goa will soon have a State anthem the people could call their own. The government has proposed a State Anthem in Konkani, which will give a feel of the quintessential flavour of the Goan soil. The government intends to launch the anthem on Liberation Day, December 19. Addressing a gathering of Konkani literateurs, experts and students at Goa University, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant urged writers to pen an anthem for the State which would be played during all important occasions after the National Anthem…  For further details click here
21 Aug: Herald. Goa University to introduce course in Konkani proficiency…  click here

Azulejos get a Goan upgrade

21 Aug: Navhind Times. The fourth edition of the annual Serendipity Arts Festival will witness a group exhibition titled ‘Azulejo’ where 25 selected artists from Goa, all under the age of 40, will exhibit Goan azulejo artworks set in the 21st century. The exhibition which is part of Vivek Menezes’ curated section of the festival will be on display at Instituto Camões, Panaji. The dates for the festival are December 15-22, 2019. And the artists have already been undergoing workshops on Indo-Portuguese art and culture in preparation for the show… The 25 selected artists come from various field – painters, graphic designers, architects, a trained classical dancer, etc… Azulejos are Islamic Iberian ceramic tiles that emerged from the Muslim period in Iberia… 859 words.  For further details click here
21 Aug: Herald. Time for new tiles …  click here


Sun. 25th Aug: GOA UK – Annual Sports Day. Venue: GOALS Soccer Centre, MacFarlane Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5DB. Closest underground stations are Boston Manor Tube Station and Osterley Tube Station. Nearest Mainline Stations are Isleworth Railway and Brenford Railway Stations. Gates open at 11.00 a.m. First race at 12.00 noon. Further details from our GOA Sports Director, Savio DeSouza, on +44(0)7918.636920 or Assistant Sports Director, Vince Fernandes on +44(0)7853.132336. For more details, click here.

Sat 31st Aug. GOA UK - Pilgrimage to Aylesford. Venue: The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX. Confession at 10.00 a.m. Rosary at 11.00 a.m, Mass at 12.30 p.m. Followed by Benediction after lunch. For details of coaches departing from your area, click here.

Sun 1 Sep: 4.00pm Wembley. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at St Joseph RC Church followed by a Social at Patidar House, Wembley HA9 7EX. Contact: Charles Dias: 07809552654, Mary Xavier: 07440025962, Ivone Fernandes: 07448525300, Mario Pinto: 07554010000, Mario Nunes: 07440190848. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 21 Sep: SOLD OUT! Kenya Nite (UK) 5.00pm – 12:30am at Rayyan Banqueting Lounge, 12 Bridge Close, London, Romford RM7 OAU. Dress code: Kenyan Attire / Semi Formal. Prize for the best Kenyan Attire. Band: Rainbows End / Disco: DNA. All proceeds go to charity in Kenya. For tickets contact: Antonetta Fernandes: 0795 845 1399, Sandra Fernandes-Allen: 0776 808 0537, Cyrila Pereira: 0776 320 8222, Natasha Abreo: 0790 440 6648, Rosario Barreto: 0785 222 7246. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, click here.

Sat 5 Oct: 5.30pm. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Joint Social: Heathrow, Hounslow and Cranford following the Eucharistic Celebration at HEATHROW: 14th Sep; HOUNSLOW: 15th Sep and CRANFORD: 22nd Sep. The Social will be at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Hall, Heston. Band: Mercury Blue. Contact: Peter Estrocio: 07584676093, Debbie Fernandes: 07896007011, Gabriel Fernandes: 07424318717, Socorro DeMello: 07448420246, Florence D’Souza: 07905053597. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 12 Oct: 12.30pm. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Join us to thank the Lord at the Annual Concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass by Bishop Paul McAleenan (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster & in charge of Ethnic Chaplaincies) at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 2AR, followed by a get-together in the Church Hall. Contact: Fr Patrick D’Souza SFX (Chaplain) – 07342267878. For the flyer, click here.




Death: John Remedios. Ex Nairobi.

11 Aug. 2019. JOAO (John) MELQUIADO DOS REMEDIOS (b. 10/12/1924, ex-Industrial Chemist, ex-Nairobi, Kenya) passed away peacefully on 11/08/2019 at Albany Lodge Nursing Home, Croydon, UK. Husband of the late Carmelina, father/(father-in-law) of Darryl and the late Lesley/(Thomas) Vaz. Grandfather of Christopher and Luke. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 3rd September at 1pm at St. Mary's R.C. Church, 70 Wellesley Road, West Croydon CR0 2AR followed by the cremation at Croydon Crematorium, Thornton Road, CR7 6BB. May his soul rest in eternal peace. In place of flowers, donations may be made to the Children with Cancer UK (Gt. Ormond St.) Charity. Condolences to

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Ben Gomes, Google’s head of search is using AI to foray into new frontiers

21 Aug: The Economic Times. Ben Gomes likes to connect his childhood experiences in Bengaluru with the mission he has at Google. Gomes, a Goan born in Tanzania, moved to Bengaluru when his father retired from his job at Tanzania. It was 1970. Bengaluru was still a garden city. Good weather, good schools. Gomes was two then. He went to St Joseph’s Boys School … he joined Google in 1999, barely a few months after the company was founded… Last year, he was elevated to senior vice-president, with overall responsibility for search — the business that remains Google’s flagship… Gomes is taking search into new frontiers… Google is beginning to tell you that a segment of a video — from this minute to that minute — may be relevant to your query… 811 words.  For further details click here
Text + Video: Digital Indians: Ben Gomes. 10 Sep. 2013. BBC. Ben Gomes is Google's Tanzania-born, [Dar es Salaam] India-bred, US-educated vice-president of search ... 1216 words + Video 2m. 2s. with photos of his family and his school in Dar es Salaam….  click here

Fitz de Souza: Kenya's graft proceeds are hidden in plain sight

21 Aug: The Standard (Kenya). Kenyans have a problem in equating success with money or other material acquisitions… Author Fitz de Souza traces this problem to the halcyon days of Kenya’s independence from colonial rule in his book ‘Forward to Independence’. In it, he quotes Jomo Kenyatta, the nation’s founding father, saying “Africans only respect a man with a lot of mali (wealth)… According to Fritz de Souza’s excerpt, how else does one become a leader without ostentatious displays of wealth …  For further details click here

After six days pipeline restored, water trickles in; Panaji awaits

22 Aug: The Goan. Even as the water crisis in Tiswadi and Ponda entered the seventh day and one of the two pipelines which had broken down at Curti was restored at 7 am on Wednesday, there was no clarity as to when supply will be restored particularly to the capital city of Panjim … The mad scramble for Panaji’s residents for water through tankers and other sources, meanwhile, continued for the seventh day on Wednesday …  For further details click here

If You Had Bought Goa Carbon (NSE:GOACARBON) Shares Five Years Ago You’d Have Made 197%

21 Aug. Simply Wall St. The last three months have been tough on Goa Carbon Limited shareholders, who have seen the share price decline a rather worrying 31%. But in stark contrast, the returns over the last half decade have impressed. Indeed, the share price is up an impressive 197% in that time. Generally speaking the long term returns will give you a better idea of business quality than short periods can. Ultimately business performance will determine whether the stock price continues the positive long term trend. View our latest analysis for Goa Carbon … 475 words.  click here
For the Goa Carbon website,  click here

Betty Sebastian D’Silva: Cutting A Long Dream Short

20 Aug: Times of India. For 30 years, Betty Sebastian D’Silva led Goa’s charge in volleyball at the Nationals but fell inches ‘short’ of realising the state’s dream of producing an international… When still in her teens, she was handpicked to attend the national camp to select the Indian team for the Asian Games in 1982. There were players much senior and older to her, and Betty was left out due to her short stature… Betty, 53, comes from a family which has sports running through its veins. Her father N.D Sebastian, a teacher by profession, was an athlete, and even at 90 wakes up everyday at 5.30am for his one hour of morning exercises. Mother Rosa set the standard in athletics, while two of her siblings – Beulah and Brian –made it to state volleyball teams. Nobody, though, achieved what Betty did… 698 words.  For further details click here

Israel to launch 1st direct flights to India's Goa, Kochi

20 Aug: Xinhua. The first direct flights between Israel and India's coastal cities of Kochi and Goa will start in September, announced Tuesday by the Israeli airline Arkia. The direct flights will be operated between Israel's Ben Gurion Airport and the two cities, with one flight per week to Goa … The duration of the flights will be about 7 hours in each direction, and operated through the aircraft Airbus A321neo LR…  For further details click here

Woodstock at 50: An hour in the life of Ravi Shankar that changed the face of world music

20 Aug: The Week. An ancient letter box was one among the many prized possessions that Tony Almeida kept in hand. Joe Banana (bar and grill), Anjuna, Goa—the engraving read. For decades, the address had served as a beacon for visiting hipsters … Tony took charge of the joint from his father Diogo (popularly known as Joe Banana). Almeida, clad in an oversized sweatshirt and shorts … Joe Banana's bar and grill was the first restaurant (opened in 1968), which catered to a growing number of Westerners who made Goa their home. It became the favourite haunt for hippies … August 15, 1969 was a watershed day in the history of the counterculture movement … In the midst of all that star power stood Ravi Shankar, the famed sitar teacher to The Beatles’ George Harrison, … What Ravi Shankar’s performance at Woodstock did was to provide a portal for a generation of hispters into the east; a lot of them would later arrive—naked and free, as Almeida described them—at the beaches of Goa. The drug industry has grown to such an extent that rave and full moon parties, involving copious amounts of psychedelic drugs and trance music for up to 24 hours, had grown to define Goa for an entire generation of millennials and college-goers…  For further details click here
12 Mar. 2005: The Independent (UK). Gurus, ganja and free love on the beach. By Sue Arnold.  click here

ENTERTAINMENT: Unsolved Mysteries. CBS Drama (Freeview 71). Mon. 26th Aug. 17:00 to 18:00. The history of a Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, where people claim to have received miracle cures.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. Food Network (Freeview 41). Mon. 26th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Madurai and Kerala. Tues. 27th Aug, 21:00 to 22:00. Lucknow and Punjab. Wed. 28th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Fri. 30th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Madurai and Lucknow.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Mon. 26th Aug. 06:30 to 07:00. India's Hospital Train. Current Affairs. 101 East boards the Lifeline Express, a hospital train that travels across India, delivering medical care and hope to those who need it most.

TECHNOLOGY: How Do They Do It? Quest (Freeview 37). Mon. 26th Aug. 23:30 to 00:00. Royal Enfield/Art Fraud/Milk. The manufacturing documentary reveals how a classic British bike is being rebooted in India.

SPECIAL INTEREST: The Repair Shop. BBC 2. Wed. 28th Aug. 19:00 to 20:00. Jay Blades and the team bring four family heirlooms back to life. Dominic Chinea undertakes the challenging restoration of a Carrom board, a traditional Asian board game.

TRAVEL: An Idiot Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Thurs. 29th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. India. Karl Pilkington arrives in India, where he attends the Holi, a spring festival in which people throw coloured dye at one another, and takes an eight-hour bus ride to see holy men known as `the babas". He also joins a saint to cleanse his soul in the River Ganges, before paying a visit to the Taj Mahal.

NEWS: Counting the Cost. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Fri. 30th Aug. 23:30 to 00:00. Documentary. Fifteen of the most polluted cities in the world are in India. We take a look at the resultant health costs to one of the world's fastest-growing economies.



Death: Bosco Fernandes. Ex Goa
5 Aug: Coulsdon, Surrey, UK. BOSCO FERNANDES. Aged 60After a short battle with leukaemia Bosco fell asleep peacefully surrounded by his family. Gone too soon, how could a light that shone brightly ever be dimmed. Bosco, loving husband to Pat, devoted Father/ Father in Law to Charmaine & Paul Millar, Kelly & Jay Carvalho and Natalie Fernandes & Jejy Costin, also leaves behind his beautiful grandchildren, Kacey- May, Mia and Jamie. Son of Santana (Navelim) and the late Diego Fernandes (Benaulim), brother to Regina and Patrick, Benny and Tony, Adolf and Debbie, Lucy and Savio. Affectionate uncle and charming friend. The family have asked for donations to be made to St Mary, Help of Christians RC Church in lieu of flowers. This was a place Bosco found comfort and peace for many years. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Details of funeral mass and cremation to follow. Condolences to

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UK Goan Festival 2019: The official Video. By Armchair Goa

1. Welcome by MC Bella & Cassy. Performances by Children from Swindon, Diamond Fernandes, Zara Rodrigues, Emsley De Souza and Agnelo D'Souza.
2. Performances by Comedian Jane, Anthony Marques, Jose Mendes and Victor De Verem.
3. Performances by Sebastian with brother Terry, dancer Sinatra Fernandes, Leo and son Julio, Noywen & Valarie and Goans R Us.
4. Performances by Polly De Curtorim, Anthony De Nuvem, Eddy Fernandes, Bai Andrea, Babit De Zuari and Bunty.
5. Performances by Benzer Fernandes, Dancers Gabriela, Sylvia & Jason Viegas and Anthony De Nuvem
6. Performances by Big Dreams Band and Tony Dias.
7. Performance by 'Nightingale of Goa' Lorna Cordeiro singing her Konkani greatest hits.
8. Birthday Song by Simon Gonsalves, Salu De Souza & Bab Andrew. Tributes and Speeches Ravi Vaz, Sunil Chopra, Adoraelle Shaikh with her husband Imtiyaz, Rabi Martins, Mr Singh representative of Indian High Commission.
9. Lorna's Final Finale bring the festival to a close.
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Rules giving EU citizens the right to enter the UK to live, work or study will be scrapped on October 31

19 Aug: Daily Mail. A No Deal Brexit will mean freedom of movement is ended instantly, the Government vowed yesterday. .. Theresa May had looked at extending freedom of movement to 2021 or allowing EU citizens and their families to stay for three months before applying to remain for up to three years. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he is committed to honouring the referendum result by ending free movement, a key reason the country voted for Brexit in June 2016 … If negotiations with the EU collapse and the UK leaves without a deal, freedom of movement - which also gives Britons the right to live and travel freely within the EU - will end … 7000+ comments.  click here
19 Aug: The Guardian: Threat to end freedom of movement overnight is reckless, say EU citizens …  click here
20 Aug: Daily Mail. Britain will STOP most contact with EU in TEN DAYS to 'focus on leaving' … 6000+ comments, click here.

India to offer e-tourist visa fee based on tourist footfall

20 Aug: Times of India. India to offer e-tourist visa fee based on tourist footfall with higher fee for the peak season of July to March and a considerably lower fee during the lean period of April to June, officials have said. The fee for e-visa with a validity of 30 days to five years ranges between $10 and $80 … While tourists from all the countries to which India has extended e-visa facility will pay $10 for a 30-day e-visa in the lean season, they will have to pay $25 in the peak period… Five-year visa will be introduced with $80 fee and a one-year visa with $40 fee…  For further details click here

Goa seeks e-tourist visa facilities at Dabolim airport

20 Aug: New Indian Express. Goa Tourism on Tuesday urged Union Minister of State for Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel for e-tourist visa processing facilities at the state's only international airport at Dabolim…. Easing of e-tourism visa norms has been a constant demand of the tourism and travel industry stakeholders in Goa, which attracts nearly half a million foreign tourists every year. GTDC Chairman Dayanand Sopte, who is attending a day-long conference of state tourism ministers, also made a pitch seeking funds under the Tourism Ministry's Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) for development of the 17th century Church complex in Old Goa. The Church, a UNESCO endorsed site, attracts thousands of tourists every day…  For further details click here

Flights from Toronto to Goa from $970

20 Aug: SkyScanner. Planning your next vacation or business trip? … How to find the cheapest flights from Toronto to Goa … Skyscanner has many tools and features to ensure you’re getting the best price for your flight booking. How far ahead to book cheap flights to Goa? Find the best time to book cheap airline tickets from Toronto to Goa by checking out our best time to book tool. Are you flexible with your flight dates? Why not discover new destinations then? Simply use the Skyscanner flight comparison map which gives you an overview of the available flight prices to anywhere in the world on an interactive map… We’ll be happy to also find you a cheap car rental in Goa … Prices shown on the page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.  For further details click here

Video: Dry taps: 6th day running; govt falters on alternate arrangements

20 Aug: Goa 365 tv. 5m. 16s.  For further details click here
20 Aug: Herald. Panjim Soaked, Ponjekars Parched. Wet roads and dry taps, wet rain soaked clothes but no water to wash soiled ones. No water to bathe or cook or run the household. Goa’s smart city and its people are in a hopeless state as damaged water pipelines have cut off supplies to Panjim. People are forced to collect rainwater to use for domestic chores. The pipeline that brings water to Tiswadi and Ponda from Opa Water Works near Ponda burst due to a landslide caused by heavy rains and there won’t be any supply till the pipeline is fixed…  click here

How do foreign prisoners eat, talk, live in Indian jails?

19 Aug: Times of India. A first of its kind survey on how foreign prisoners are faring in Indian jails will be carried out over the next six months by Vellore-based Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration (APCA). The country’s 1,412 jails house over 6,000 foreigners, about 1.5% of the total prison population. Half of the foreigners are undertrials. The survey came to be, in a new diplomacy of sorts, when the British High Commission in Delhi along with Australians and those from embassies of the US, Canada and New Zealand suggested APCA take up the study… Language is among key issues foreign prisoners face … Another crucial point is access to medicines...  For further details click here



Death: Piedade Rebelo. Ex-Nairobi
15 Aug: London, UK. PIEDADE REBELO (Ex-Nairobi - Kenya). Who went to be with the Lord after a long illness bravely borne. Piedade was the much-loved husband of Clara Rebelo. Son of the late Joao Marcal Rebelo and late Purificacao D’costa Rebelo. Loving and dearest father to Jaime Rebelo (U.K.) and Gladys Stuhlpfarrer (Australia). Father-in-law to John Stuhlpfarrer. Doting grandfather to Philip Stuhlpfarrer. Loving brother to late Dominic/Martha Rebello (U.K.) and late Joanita/late Custodio Mascarenhas (Goa). Uncle to Ivanhoe, Gagarin, late Tschaikovsky, Tito, Ida and Fr. Saturnino
We thank God for the gift of his life and the time he spent with us. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. Amen. Funeral details to follow. [Info Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. Condolence messages can be sent to:

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Bernadette D’Souza: Tulane alumnae to lead top legal organizations

9 Aug: Tulane University (New Orleans). It’s going to be a banner year for alumnae of Tulane Law School… In October, Orleans Civil District Court Judge Bernadette D’Souza (L’92), the first Civil District Court judge elected to the permanent domestic relations division, becomes president of NAWJ at its annual conference in Los Angeles… Judge Bernadette D’Souza has been in public interest law since graduating from Tulane, working in family law and domestic violence… She was invited by Pope Francis to attend the first Pan American Judges Summit on Social Rights, the Environment and Social Justice in June … In the spring, D’Souza spoke on a panel at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women …  For further details click here
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Speaker’s Portuguese nationality: JMFC issues notice to Goa Police

20 Aug: Herald. The Judicial Magistrate First Class issued notice to the Goa Police in connection with a complaint lodged against Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes (photo) for allegedly concealing his Portuguese nationality. The notices issued on North SP and Panjim PI is returnable on September 6. Complainant Advocate Aires Rodrigues had moved the JMFC over the failure of the local police to act on his complaint filed against Fernandes. In his petition, Rodrigues has sought directions to the Panjim Police to register an FIR against Fernandes under various sections of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Indian Penal Code and Representation of People’s Act. He has sought directions to the police to investigate the matter properly and that court monitor the investigation as Fernandes is politically influential…  For further details click here

Morally abhorrent: Supreme Court rejects Tarun Tejpal's plea to quash 2013 sexual assault case

19 Aug: India Today. The court has asked a Goa court to finish the trial within six months … A Goa court will resume trial from September 23 against Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal in a sexual assault case lodged by his former woman colleague. A woman colleague had accused the high profile journalist of rape and sexual harassment in a sensational case in 2013. The incident took place during the Think festival that was being hosted by Tehelka at a five-star hotel in Goa's Bambolim in 2013 when the junior colleague was allegedly assaulted by Tarun Tejpal inside a lift.  For further details click here

All Seoul and no Goa for Thomas Cook’s Cairns charter

19 Aug: UK Aviation News. UK Charter Airline Thomas Cook has changed the route of its one-off charter to Cairns, Australia in 2020. The flight leaves the London Gatwick on 8th January 2020 and was originally due to operate via Goa, India but a change to the scheduling now means it will operate via Seoul, South Korea (ICN/RKSI). Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and is enjoying ever-increasing popularity amongst British travellers, particularly amongst the winter season. The flight will be operated by one of Thomas Cook’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft…  For further details click here
19 Aug: Routes Online. Thomas Cook revises Cairns charter routing in Jan 2020 …  click here

Living on the edge in India’s coastlines

20 Aug: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. On 6 August, all nine rivers of India’s smallest state spilled their banks and spread fast into paddy fields, then flooded right into villages and towns. Incessant, pounding rain and shearing winds collapsed electricity poles and satellite towers… A year ago ecologist Madhav Gadgil warned the Goan media: “Goa will be next. I am sure there will be all kinds of problems there because the greed for enormous profits has been allowed to go on unchecked." Gadgil believed Kerala’s plight could have been mitigated if his panel’s recommendations to drastically curb “developmental activities" in the Western Ghats were followed. That’s also the view of Edgar Ribeiro, distinguished ex-director of New Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture, and former chief planner to the Government of India. Earlier this year, the 88-year-old led a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging massive concretization of Goa’s tiny 200-year-old capital Panjim via an egregiously manipulated Outline Development Plan… 1899 words.  For further details click here

From celebrating anniversaries to reunions, tourists hire yachts, ride Harleys in Goa

18 Aug: Times of India. In Goa, everything is available for a price. Well, almost. Tourists arriving in Goa these days have newer fascinations and demands. Gone are the days when they would seek cars and bikes on hire. Now, many come seeking Harley-Davidsons, vintage cars, convertibles, beach buggy’s and for those who have the money to burn, there are yachts…. With approximately 25 yachts available for rent in the state, tourists now have an option of celebrating their parties … The average spend for a three-hour booking on a yacht is Rs 1.5 lakh … Smaller speed boats are available for Rs 10,000 per hour, while other yachts can cost up to Rs 60,000… Harley-Davidson bikes are also in vogue. There are five variants of Harley-Davidsons available for hire in Goa. While Rs 6,000 can get you the lower model for a day, tourists don’t mind shelling out Rs 14,000 a day to rent the top Harley-Davidson model.  For further details click here

Moving from chaos to calm

18 Aug: Asian Age. Eager to get away from the challenging environs of metro cities, modern Indians are initiating a process of reverse migration to smaller cities and towns where living conditions are far better. For 41-year-old supermodel-turned-artist Tinu Verghis (photo) the charm of cities started fading out when she bought agricultural farmland in Goa a few years ago… “Although my family cannot stay rooted in Goa because of my partner’s job, I am here every three months for planting and harvesting my crops… ” Miniya Chatterji, CEO of Sustain Labs, and her husband Chirag Lilaramani, CEO of Liquid Sanctuary, decided to leave their posh bungalow in Delhi and moved to a villa by the fields in Saligao, Goa, to protect their newborn from Delhi’s pollution… For 26-year-old filmmaker Mohit Kapil from New Delhi, a recent move to Goa to set up work changed his entire outlook towards well-being. The youngster says he found living in Delhi to be demotivating and stressful, so he made an impromptu decision to move to an isolated place… Real estate entrepreneur and hospitality consultant Prashant Kalra moved to Goa with his family… 28-year-old Sarthak Kush, who lived in Delhi till 2016, the move to a smaller city in Goa was not difficult… He is now convincing his parents to buy a retirement home in Goa to enjoy the simple life...  For further details click here


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Nehru’s ''wrong'' policies delayed Goa's liberation: Chouhan

18 Aug: Outlook. Former Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru''s "wrong" policies not only led to prolonging of the vexed Jammu and Kashmir problem, but also delayed the liberation of Goa from Portuguese yoke, BJP national Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday. Chouhan, who is in Goa to address the party workers as part of BJP''s pan-India membership drive, also said that the abrogation of Article 370 will eradicate both terrorism and poverty from Jammu and Kashmir. "Because of Congress and Nehru's leadership, the Portuguese continued their rule in Goa for so many years," Chouhan told the media at the BJP''s state headquarters here…  click here
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Tony Saldanha: How to take off and stay ahead!

18 Aug: Herald. Geek leader Tony Saldanha, with roots in Saligao, is making waves globally with his book ‘Why Digital Transformations Fail’… Bosco De Souza Eremita has a tete-e-tete with the Saligao-car. Tony was Vice President of Procter & Gamble’s Next Generation Business Services (GBS) team from 2015 to ’18 besides operational responsibilities to run Procter & Gamble P&G’s multi-billion dollar GBS unit world-wide. He is a globally recognized thought-leader in Global Business Services (GBS) and Information Technology, with international business expertise in the US, Europe, and Asia… He is currently President of Transformant, a consulting organization that advises over 20 Fortune 100 companies world-wide in digital transformation and global business services. He is also a founder of two blockchain and AI companies, and an adviser to venture capital companies…  For further details click here
Video: The Digital Transformation Speaker - Interview with Tony Saldanha …  click here

Honouring a memory… a musical legacy

18 Aug: Herald. Glen Perry, the son of legendary Goan musician, the late Chris Perry, was all set to hold a show in memory of his father; the show was scheduled to be held on August 10, 2019. In an unfortunate turn of events, Glen suffered a stroke just before the show and the event had to be cancelled. When last contacted, Café learnt that Glen is now stable but still critical… His father, Chris Perry, is considered one of Goa’s most talented musicians. An exceptionally gifted trumpeter, he was also at ease with other wind instruments such as the saxophone, and flute as well as finger instruments like keyboard, piano and guitar. In addition, he learnt to read and write music without any formal training. Speaking to Café when he was busy with organising the show, Glen had said that this was his tribute to his father, who he felt was a musical genius… 791 words.  For further details click here

Millions of girls are missing in India — Here’s why you should care

18 Aug: Fox News. 'Fox Report' provides some insight into the horrors of human trafficking and the steps that law enforcement is taking to put a stop to it. In the past three months, 216 babies were born in a handful of villages across northern India, according to a recent report. Not a single one of those babies was a girl. This was no crazy coincidence or fluke. Today the topic of abortion is trending as strongly as ever before, especially with Democratic presidential nominating race heating up. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, abortion is certainly a women’s issue in India. But not for the reasons you might think. Indian baby girls are being aborted simply because of their gender. For a family living in poverty, a house full of sons is deemed more profitable, since they are considered the main breadwinners. Afraid of what a daughter will cost, many families choose to simply never have one…  For further details click here

Canacona fishermen get bumper catch of solar shrimps

19 Aug: The Goan. Traditional fishermen of Canacona finally got something to cheer about after they netted a prized catch of solar shrimps for the past three days… Even the few motorized fishing boats which dared to venture into the sea returned with very good quantity of solar shrimps and other catch of baby sharks, pomfrets and a few more varieties of fish… On Friday, the solar shrimps rate was Rs.250/- a kilogram while on Saturday the same was sold for Rs.200 and later on for Rs 150. Small mackerels, dhodyare (croaker), sharks (baby sharks and others), pomfrets, sardines, amongst other varieties were also netted… 4-5 pieces of pomfrets of smaller size was sold for Rs 500 while a sizeable pomfret was quoted at Rs 900 a kg. …  For further details click here

Dubai's never-ending appetite

18 Aug: Khaleej Times (UAE). Whether you're craving for a barbecue platter or a Goan seafood feast, fear not - for Dubai has them all. Dubai is an emirate often associated with the phrase "melting pot of cultures" - majority of its population constitutes a mix of nationalities, giving birth to a cosmopolitan community… Indians (a whopping 27 per cent of the population) living in the UAE, suffer an insatiable appetite… Seafood lovers in Dubai despise those who do not enjoy a mouthwatering platter of freshly caught treasures from the sea. Indians have discovered a gem in Dubai that serves authentic Goan style seafood dishes. Grub Shack in Umm Hurair is a local hotspot for seafood lovers - enjoy nana's green pomfret curry and fall head over heels as you take every bite…  For further details click here
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François Pyrard is a prisoner in Goa in 1608

18 Aug: The adventures of Laval François Pyrard. This cloth merchant traveled the world. He recounts his journey in India. He arrived in Goa in 1608, eight years after his departure from France. The story: During his trip he was shipwrecked in the Maldives, taken prisoner and contacted malaria there. He escaped and went to Goa but there he was cast into a disgusting and unhygienic prison. On learning that he was French and Catholic the jailer showed him favour with food and drink … The problem remains, however, the Portuguese, who mock him and insult him… He understood that the Portuguese do not agree to their territory share with other European nations…  For further details click here
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British travellers in Medieval India

18 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. The first recorded instance of an Englishman in India is of a Christian missionary named Father Stephens who reached here in 1579. Although British, he was ordained as a Jesuit priest who worked for the Portuguese at Salsette in today’s Goa. Father Stephens lived in India for more than 30 years, a time in which he mastered both Konkani and Marathi … a painter named James Story set off for India in 1582 and joined the Jesuit order at Goa… The case for England opening up trade with India, the way the Portuguese and Dutch had done, by the sea route was getting stronger…  For further details click here
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Is prison the best place for a mentally ill murderer?

17 Aug: Toronto Star. Richard Pereira was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his girlfriend Kathryn Horne that occurred in March 2015. On March 28, 2015, Kathryn Horne went over to Richard Pereira’s home to end their yearlong relationship, according to a friend. The 58-year-old arrived at Pereira’s Brampton home, where he lived with his mother, around 5 p.m… Before he could be taken to the hospital under the Mental Health Act, he told the officers to look in the basement. He’d done something bad, he said, and he did not want his mother to see. His mother and two police officers found Horne’s body on the basement bathroom floor. She had been stabbed 34 times, twice in the neck… On March 28, 2015, Kathryn Horne went over to Richard Pereira's home to end their yearlong relationship, according to a friend. 1678 words.  For further details click here

Who let the dogs in?

17 Aug: Herald. Despite the assurances given by the Navy and the Airport authorities to keep the vicinity free from stray dogs and birds, numerous dogs can still be seen roaming around the airport premises and runway area. This assumes significance in view of the recent events and subsequent outrage where a flight had to abort landing at Dabolim airport at the last minute as there were stray dogs spotted on the runway area… If one takes a round at the Dabolim airport area and at the entrance of the terminal building, one can see how these stray dogs have made the airport vicinity their home… 980 words.  For further details click here

Green Weddings now a reality in Goa

17 Aug: Goa Times. By Janice Rodrigues. A zero waste Indian wedding may seem a farfetched dream… But there are couples who are now trying to make an effort and push for a wedding that leaves no trace… Janaki Mulay from Margao broke all norms when she and her husband had only nine people in attendance … Canacona-based eco-sensitive architect Om Prabhugaokar and equally eco-sensitive, Panaji-based, Arati Das chose a non-A/C venue with limited seating … Diana and Sean’s wedding had a lot of eco-friendly aspects to it … Rumana and Sebastian’s wedding was designed with live flowers and ferns instead of plastic décor … Luis and Dielle had potted plants as favours … 1501 words.  For further details click here

Christian Co-Ed Schools Regarded "Highly Unsafe" For Girls' Future: Court

17 Aug: NDTV. The Madras High Court on Friday observed that there was a general feeling that coeducational study in Christian educational institutions was "highly unsafe" for the future of girl children and though Christian missionaries impart good education, their preaching of morality would be a "million dollar question". The judge made the observations while refusing to quash a show-cause notice issued to a professor of Madras Christian College (MCC) facing sexual harassment charge from at least 34 girl students doing third-year Zoology course in the college…  For further details click here

Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society: Goa should have more beach shacks

17 Aug: Outlook. Goa'’s beach shack owners have demanded an increase in the number of shacks dotting Goa's beaches, while also urging the state government to create a separate policy for traditional shack owners, Cruz Cardozo, President of the Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society said on Saturday. Licences should be given as soon as possible, Cardozo said after a meeting of the Association's members on Saturday…  For further details click here
Video: 14 Aug: HCN. Travel and Tourism Association: No need of shacks on beaches - they create problem to tourists Allotment of Shacks is likely to be delayed due to formulation of CZMP. Speaking to HCN through phone President of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa Savio Messias said that the beach shack delay will not affect tourism sector of Goa. He said that north Goa beach shacks create a lot of problem to tourists by playing loud music, prostitution and lots of complaints in general…  click here
Video: 17 Aug: HCN. Goan traditional shack owners under threat … click here.

If you think this sexy new villa is in Goa, you’re close

17 Aug: Conde Nast Traveller. Gokarna doesn’t quite conjure up images of plush villas, English breakfasts or swanky marble bathtubs. Frequented by pilgrims, backpackers and seekers of the spiritual way of life, this coastal town in Karnataka is known for its meditation centres, temples, beaches and hippies. But for luxury? Not so much. So imagine my surprise when I waltzed through the massive wooden doors of Kahani Paradise, perched on a hilltop overlooking the sparkling sea… Owned by a British family who came to India in 2005, the villa feels in every way like a private residence…  For further details click here
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Mother of murdered Danielle McLaughlin still has questions

17 Aug: Irish Independent. The heartbroken mother of a young backpacker raped and murdered in Goa has said her heart goes out to the family of Nóra Quoirin… In March 2017, the mutilated body of Danielle, who was from Buncrana in Co Donegal, was found in a secluded spot at a beach resort in Canacona in Goa … "I still don't have all the answers about what happened to Danielle," she said. "I want to know why? I want to know what happened. You want to know her last moments, even though you're scared to know them. You need to know them…  For further details click here

Goan crab cakes

17 Aug: Irish Times. By Jess Murphy. My love of Indian food when I was growing up in New Zealand was very unusual. It all started with a Madhur Jaffrey cookbook, many moons ago. It was when I moved to north Wales for a while that I really got a better understanding of this vast cuisine… The crab cakes can be served with coronation mayonnaise or a freshly chopped zingy chutney. They’re pure simplicity and can be whipped up for a household in no time at all … Recipe: …  For further details click here

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