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Goa Tops 25 Must-Visit Destinations Of The Rich And Famous In Asia For 2019

23 Apr: CEOWorld Magazine (US & UK). Asia, one of the seven continents of the world, is a varied mix of countries with a multitude of terrains, including mountains, lavish backwoods, shimmering shorelines, beautiful trees, and even tremendously huge deserts… here we have curated a list of 25 top picks for destinations to visit in Asia! Goa, India tops CEOWORLD magazine’s “Top 25 Must-Visit Destinations Of The Rich And Famous In Asia For 2019,” Singapore and the Vietnamese capital Hanoi were ranked #2 and #3 respectively, while Bali, an Indonesian paradise was ranked #4…  For further details click here

Finding ‘Mogacho Aunddo’

24 Apr: Navhind Times. ‘Mogacho Aunddo’ the first Konkani film produced by Al Jerry Braganza, 69 years back, holds a special place in the heart of Goans as it was the first full length Konkani film to produced. Braganza himself, who is known as the ‘Father of Konkani Cinema’ acted in it alongside Leena Fernandes. However, over the years the film seemed to have gotten lost as modern technology came in and fewer attempts and options for preservation and restoration were available. But luckily, a reel of the film still survived and is at present under restoration in Italy. The film reel was first handed over by Braganza’s nephew to a journalist and an author based in Pune whose roots can also be traced in Saligao. Though it was in poor condition, the writer knew that it had great value to Goa, and so he handed it over to ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ filmmaker, Bardroy Barretto. Barretto in turn handed it over to over to Shivendra Singh Dungarpur at the Film Heritage Foundation office in Mumbai back in March 2015…  For further details click here

‘Susegado’ Goa bitten by holiday mood, polls 72.04%

23 Apr: Deccan Herald. Goa recorded an unexpectedly low voter turn out at 72.04% (interim), even as poll officials partially blamed the sluggish turnout to the holiday season and a long weekend, which preceded the elections to two Lok Sabha seats and three Assembly bypolls. While the low voter turnout has surprised poll authorities, who expected at least 80% voting, leaders of the two main national parties, BJP and Congress, which have predictably emerged as the key players in the April 23 polls, claimed victory for their respective parties…  For further details click here

From NY to Goa, exec flies down for every vote

23 Apr: Times of India. Since Navendu Shirali relocated to the US a decade ago, he has made six trips back home to Goa so that he doesn’t miss out on his right and duty as a citizen of India: Vote. Navendu, 36, is now based in New York. But while many citizens simply choose to take elections as a holiday and abstain from voting, the management professional has not missed an election since he was eligible to vote in 1999. Since then, he worked for 10 years with Infosys in Bengaluru and then moved base to Belgium and the US, each time making it a point to return home and cast his vote…  For further details click here

International Jazz Day 2019 to be held in Goa

23 Apr: Radio and Music. Block your date for 30 April 2019 and march right to Goa if you want to enjoy some jazz music at the International Jazz Day. The musical day will host a concert featuring over thirty artists at the Goa State Central Library auditorium in Panjim. This year the curtain raiser will be a thirteen year old harmonica prodigy Rohan Singhal. He will be joined by teenagers Nathan Fernandez on piano, Gavin Ferreira on drums and twelve year old Kian Manuel on tabla. Jazz Goa has always encouraged and supported local talent especially budding youngsters, who are recorded and promoted free of cost…  For further details click here

Top five things to do while in Goa

22 Apr: Eastern Eye (UK). Goa is not just about the beaches or its famous nightlife. There are so many things to do here. In fact, there is something to do for everyone here, be it adults or kids, those who just want to have fun and do some shopping or people who just want to relax while in Goa and get back home completely energised. Find below some of the best things you can do while in Goa; these are just a few out of endless things you can do in Goa… The beaches … Water sports … Goan nightlife … Goan heritage … Goan wildlife sanctuary …  For further details click here



Death: Leah Fernandes
18 Apr. 2019: Toronto. LEAH TERESA IDALINA FERNANDES. Born Toronto August 30, 2002. A beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Leah left this world unexpectedly, at age 16. Born in Toronto to George and Lynette Fernandes, Leah grew up in Toronto and attended Churchill Public School, St. Edward Catholic School and Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School. Leah is survived by her loving parents George & Lynette, sister Dana, grandparents Tony & Ida and Angelica and her many aunts, uncles & cousins. In Lieu of Flowers the family requests a donation be made in Leah’s name to Kids Help Line. Visitation Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Mass St. Gabriel Catholic Church Friday, 26 Apr 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Reception: York Cemetery & Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft, Toronto, ON, CANADA, M2N 5Z5 Friday, 26 Apr 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. [Info: Pompie Gois]. For a photo and full details, click here.

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Australia: Focus drives Dhruv Rodrigues-Chico to Stawell Gift title

22 Apr: The Courier (Aus). Race and fan favourite Dhruv Rodrigues-Chico says a relaxed approach on the starting blocks helped power him to win the iconic Stawell Gift on Easter Monday … The Sandringham-based athlete was strong off seven metres, holding off Leonard King (6.75m)… "The ($40,000 prizemoney) means a lot but having the title and being a Stawell Gift winner is more important," Rodrigues-Chico said… And if you are curious about Dhruv's exotic name, he was born in Goa, India, which was a Portuguese colony, so the name is of Portuguese origin. Dhruv lived in New Zealand from the age of two, before moving to Australia aged 10…  click here
Video: 22 Apr: 7 Sport. Dhruv Rodrigues Chico after winning the Stawell Gift … 3m. 03s.  click here
For links to more articles, videos and photos, click here.

Seasonal business from summer fruits

22 Apr: Navhind Times. The onset of summer season marks the appearance of local fruit in various markets across the state … For some villagers the months between March and May are for collection of various fruits which are grown in wild like ‘Churna’, ‘Karangana’, ‘Jambala’ (Jamun), ‘Phatarfala’, apart from ‘Jaam’, jackfruits, cashews and mangoes… A cone of Churna and Karangana is priced at Rs 10 per packet … The big kapo jackfruit price goes beyond Rs 500 in the city markets, while the same sized jackfruit in the village markets may be priced around Rs 300… The Bhirana a fruit of culinary, pharmaceutical, and industrial uses is used by the locals to prepare a refreshing drink known as solkaddi. … It may be noted that there are more popular fruits, mango and cashew found in summer which needs hardly any introduction. The wet or raw cashew are locally called Bibbe and one has to buy it by pieces and they are generally priced at Rs 300 per hundred pieces in the markets and they can be used in the preparation of curry. 1105 words.  For further details click here

Goa votes today for 2 MPs and 3 MLAs

23 Apr: Herald. After almost 40 days of a violence-free campaign, over 11.35 lakh eligible voters will cast their votes on Tuesday, in Goa to elect their representatives to the Lok Sabha. Simultaneously, Goa will also hold by-polls for three Assembly constituencies – Mapusa, Mandrem and Shiroda. Counting of votes will be on May 23. A month-long hectic election campaign ended on Sunday evening. The polling for all five seats will begin at 7am on Tuesday and end at 6pm. All government offices, including industrial establishments, will remain closed on Tuesday, to facilitate polling. Election Commission officials said that elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls in the State. A government communiqué states that adequate security arrangements have been made by Goa Police to man polling stations to ensure peaceful elections. Polling material, including EVMs have reached polling stations along with personnel on poll duty and police personnel, says the release…  For further details click here

Who are Sri Lanka’s Christians?

22 Apr: The Conversation. Over 200 people including several Americans were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches on hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter. Several Christian communities spread across the island nation were targeted in the attack … Sri Lanka’s Christians have a long history that reflects the dynamics of colonialism as well as present-day ethnic and religious tensions… It was Portuguese colonialism that opened the door for Roman Catholicism into the island nation… Roman Catholicism was revived through the efforts of St. Joseph Vaz. Vaz was a priest from Goa, Portugal’s colony in India, and arrived in Sri Lanka in 1687. Popular folklore credits Vaz with a number of miracles, such as bringing rain during a drought and taming a rogue elephant. Pope Francis made Joseph Vaz a saint in 2015… 1029 words.  For further details click here

Carreira & cutters in Goa's melding of minions

21 Apr: Arab Times (Kuwait). Drawing from the extensive and hugely important collection of Mughal jewellery and jewelled objects in the al-Sabah Collection, the lecture provided a better understanding of the artistic and technological interaction between East and West at this pivotal moment in time. Art Historian Hugo Miguel Crespo delivered a fascinating lecture on 'Indian Jewellery and the Portuguese during the rise of the Mughal Empire' at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on Monday evening … He specialises in Portuguese Renaissance material culture and Asian decorative arts made for export to the European market or under Portuguese commission during the Age of Discovery. During the current year, he published Choices, a large book/catalogue with the Lisbon-based art dealers AR-PAB, Álvaro Roquette and Pedro Aguiar Branco, who specialise in early Asian export art. In his lecture, Crespo shared that the Portuguese voyages of exploration culminated in the establishment of an annual maritime route to India… 3955 words  For further details click here

Goa’s tourism sector wants state to plan ahead to sustain visitor flow

22 Apr: Indian Express. Goa's tourism industry lacks policy and stakeholders want the government to come clean on what plans it has for what is now the backbone of the state's economy… The state government had, in November last year, made public for comments a draft Tourism Policy and Masterplan drafted by KPMG Advisory Services and Tourism and Leisure Advisory Services. Activists and a section of those working in the tourism industry criticised the draft saying there was little in it for small-scale restauranteurs and businesses while huge private players were likely to benefit from the plan they say has been drafted by experts without consulting locals. Calangute MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo termed the draft plan a waste of public money. “ …  For further details click here

UK: Dr Subodh Kerkar exhibition at The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

22 Apr: Yorkshire Post. Six major sculptures by internationally-renowned conceptual artist Dr Subodh Kerkar have been installed at Yorkshire's Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park in Ripon. The award-winning garden and open-air gallery boasts more than 70 sculptures over 45 acres, featuring an arboretum and three lakes. It is also home to the north's largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias with 20,000 plants… Subodh Kerkar founded the largest contemporary art space in India, the Museum of Goa. His work is showcased all over the world. Ghandi's principle of ahimsa (doing no harm) is a theme that runs through his work… The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is open for 2019 until July 14, and from October 5 to November 3. Opening hours are 10am-4pm on Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays.  For further details click here



Death: Fr Huebert Miranda. Ex Mombasa

27 Mar. 2019: Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Surrey, UK. Father Huebert Miranda, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark was born in Mombasa on 13th April 1951. Beloved son of Vivien Miranda, late Joe Miranda (deceased 15th February 1987) brother Howardie (deceased 10th May 1966) & Lambert Mascarenhas. Fr Huebert came to England in August 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood on 11th April 1977. Since ordination, most of Fr Huebert’s ministry has been in the West Country, until he came to London in early 2004. On 4th July 2011, he was appointed to the parish of St Michael’s, Pollards Hill, by Archbishop Peter Smith and inducted as parish priest by Bishop Patrick Lynch, on 2nd September 2011. Requiem Mass will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday 1st May 2019 in St Boniface RC Church, 185 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9PG (Phone: 020 8672 2345) followed by cremation. The family request no flowers please and if you wish, donations may be made to British Heart Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the Church or you can donate online: click here.

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Goan violinist Sanya Myla Cotta no more

21Apr: The Goan. Goan violinist Sanya Myla Cotta passed away at St Luke’s Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday. She was suffering from pneumonia. Her family informed in a statement. Her family has also thanked everyone for their prayers and support. Cotta is said to have fallen ill with pneumonia while she was in Germany. Myla began her studies at the age of three at the Conservatory of Hamburg. On her return to Goa, she continued her studies under Myra Shroff obtaining an associate diploma (ATCL, Trinity College of Music, London). She also had a fellowship of the Trinity College of Music. ..  For further details click here
Video: Dr Luis Dias in conversation with Sanya Myla Cotta … 7m. 18s.  click here
Video: Goa 365tv. Goa loses a prodigy; violinist Sanya Cotta … 3m. 21s. click here.

Security stepped up at churches in Goa after Sri Lanka blasts

21 Apr: New Indian Express. The Goa government on Sunday beefed up security at the churches across the state following a string of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed over 160 people earlier in the day. Talking to reporters, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said he has given instructions to state Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to step up security around the churches. "Security has already been tightened around the churches. I will also be talking to the Archbishop of Goa seeking his help to ensure security of churches," he said. "Goa needs to take extra precaution as the number of churches in the state is more," Sawant said while condemning the blasts in Sri Lanka…  For further details click here

An anecdotal history of Karachi's jazz age, and its Goan stars

21 Apr: First Post. Old Goan rockers will tell you that hat their forefathers had started trickling into Bombay, Calcutta and Currachee by the middle of the nineteenth century to escape the Portuguese, a dashed scourge in the Annals of the Colonial Enterprise. They were D’Souzas, Fernandeses, Rodrigueses, Lobos, Nazareths, erecting St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the Irish Fusiliers and the Currachee Goan Association not long after, organizing choirs at the former, staging Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at the latter. Music, they will say, is in their blood. Whilst the Anglos congregated at the Burt Institute and the gentry waltzed across the floors of the Gymkhana and Scinde Clubs, the Goans were doing the Lindy hop or cha-cha-cha to numbers strummed by the Carvalho Trio or the Janu Vaz Band at jam sessions at each other’s houses, in the backyards of Cincinnatus Town …  For further details click here

TEDx Panaji 2019 to unveil unique Goan ideas

17 Apr: Business Standard. TEDx Panaji 2019 will feature globally renowned personalities Wendell Rodricks, Dr Chetan Singh Solanki, Anuja Kamat, Greg Acuna, Frederika Menezes, Dr Roop Malik, Deepak Pathania, Mohammed Suhail Chinya Salimpasha, Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Jubin Varghese, Yuva de Shiroda, Omaggio, Jonathan Rodrigues, teenage wonder Affan Kutty and Ashutosh AT Pednekar, first IAS officer from Goa. TEDx Panaji 2019 Conference will be on a much larger scale this year. The event will be held on Sunday, 28th April 2019 at the Kala Academy in Panaji, Goa. The annual event, organized independently by a group of volunteers under license from TED, provides a platform for diverse ideas presented by fascinating speakers and performers. Each Speaker gets a maximum of eighteen minutes on stage…
For the TEDx Panaji website,  click here



Death: Leo Coutinho
18 Apr. 2019. Toronto. LEO COUTHINO. Devoted husband of Pricilla. Beloved Father to Cedric (Michelle) and Adrian (Theresa). Grandfather to Adelaide, Madison, Noah, Jayden, and Tayah. The viewing will be held at Ogden Funeral Home located at 4164 Sheppard Ave E on Monday April 22nd from 5.00 - 9.00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday April 23rd at 10.00am at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 3 Combermere Dr, North York. Interment immediately following the Church at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill. [Info: Pompie Gois].

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Canada: Derek Mascarenhas’ Collection ponders immigrants' plight

20 Apr: Winnipeg Free Press. Award-winning Ontario author Derek Mascarenhas’s first collection of short stories relates the story of the Pinto family as seen primarily through the eyes of its children, Aiden and Ally, who grow into adolescence and adulthood through the course of the 17 linked — perhaps intertwined is a better word — stories. The family comes from Goa, India, and has as much Portuguese European heritage as Southeast Asian … Goans are sometimes referred to as "coconuts" — brown on the outside, white on the inside — a casual racist attitude which Aiden and Ally encounter in the stories. The prologue skilfully paints a portrait of the Pinto parents as children in 1946; it involves a ghost story, as well as a fake priest who turns out to be a criminal. The vividness of the writing in this prologue, and Mascarenhas’s ability to write the voice of children as witnesses to its gentle and sometimes-violent heightened life, makes for a dynamic start…  For further details click here

Stranded passengers face double whammy from Jet Airways crisis

20 Apr: Live Mint. Passengers booked to fly on Jet Airways (India) Ltd have been hit by a double whammy after the airline temporarily suspended operations on Wednesday night. Their travel plans are in a mess and no one knows if and when they will be refunded. The woes of passengers were compounded as International Air Transport Association (IATA) suspended Jet’s membership of its payments gateway on Thursday, potentially affecting the process of refunds.,, Foreign tourists also complained of being left to fend for themselves. Selena Lester from the London suburb of Bushey flew to India in the first week of April for a holiday. Lester and her family of three were scheduled to return to London on 21 April, but now find themselves stranded in Goa… The family spent £216 for a ticket when they booked them in May last year. Lester will now have to shell out nearly 15 times as much as fares have shot up to £3,000. “Our insurer will only refund £700 each. So it’s a huge loss for us," she said…  For further details click here
For Selena Lester’s Facebook page with updates,  click here
20 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Being left stranded in Goa will NOT be a holiday … click here.

Safe Fish On Table

20 Apr: Navhind Times. In an effort to woo voters the Congress has released a state-specific manifesto promising, among other things, to provide Goans formalin-free fish with the help of central government agencies. This is a promise no other political party has made. Since formalin was discovered in fish consignments in June last year the health department of the state government had gone in overdrive to prove that no hazardous chemicals were found in fish consignments. However, when fish markets across the state reported significant drop in sales owing to deep suspicion among Goans at large that the health department was lying, the government promised a string of measures to check preservatives in fish and ensure that it was free from formalin and other contaminants. However, these measures proved to be empty promises…  For further details click here

How Goan food is getting a facelift

Dodol Samosa

26 Apr: Forbes India. By Joanna Lobo. Food in Goa is not just about fish-curry-rice anymore. Today, seek and you will find kismur (dried shrimp salad) pulsed and turned into a batter for steamed fish, a feni glazed risotto, a dried prawn and papad bhel, pork chops with honey and feni, and a crispy tambdi bhaji (red spinach) tempura. Call it modern or experimental cooking, but it is a new, much-awaited coming of Goan food. Chefs are attempting to strike a balance between staying true to traditional flavours while using a forward-thinking approach. It may not be large enough to be called a trend but is visible enough to get people talking about it… One popular food item that lends itself beautifully to experiments is choris (Goan sausage) … Saligao Stories serves chorizo-stuffed clams… Olive in Vagator has a Prawn and Goan Chorizo … Black Street Bistro serves choris with caramelised onions, and dark chocolate shavings,,, Ernesto’s served the choris pav lasagne …  click here
20 Apr: The Goan. Celebrating Goan food and drink … Goa Tourism is all set to organize the second edition of The Spirit of Goa Festival 2019 from April 26-28 …  click here

Goa Archbishop urges voters not to vote for corrupt, communal, divisive candidates

20 Apr: India Blooms News Service. Goa's archbishop Fillipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday urged voters not vote for candidates who are 'corrupt, communalise, exploit and divide.' In his message on the eve of Easter Sunday, the archbishop said, “Let us pray that our electorate will vote for the forces which empower the weak, the marginalized and the exploited, rather than those that corrupt, communalize, exploit and divide,'' he said…  For further details click here

In Calangute, poll code keeps liquor vends shut

20 Apr: Times of India. A large number of wine shops have temporarily shut down in the popular Calangute-Candolim beach belt following restrictions arising out of the election code of conduct… “All the English tourists have left Goa and have chosen to travel to Sri Lanka, Thailand and other south Asian countries because of this situation, as the Champions League (European football tournament) is in its last stages and the matches are all telecast only after 10pm,” the owner of a popular sports bar in Calangute that is frequented by English tourists said, adding that things may normalise after the elections…  For further details click here


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The in-between world of the African Goans

19 Apr: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. At the cusp of the 1990s, while pursuing graduate studies in London, my attentions swivelled to an alluring young woman who had been born in Kampala a quarter-century earlier, and our subsequent courtship drew me into the in-between world of the African Goans. It was my first extended encounter with these Indians twice removed, the first time voluntarily from our collective palm-shaded Konkan homeland, but then with haunting consequences from “good old days" in the British and Portuguese colonies in Africa. Double exile was the bedrock of their identity. I found myself surrounded by men and women utterly riven by melancholy, whose eyes brimmed with tears whenever the Swahili love song Malaika played (which was often). Home was liminal, the heart was elsewhere. Only loss was omnipresent… 2637 words.  For further details click here

Mississauga: Two Kids for Change helps families in Mississauga and Brampton

27 Mar: Mississauga News. When Daniel Sequeira was 12 and his brother Nick was 15 years old, they saw a youth their age outside a grocery store asking for food. They wanted to do something to help that young person and others in the same situation, but didn’t know what to do. The brothers, who attended St. Francis Xavier Secondary School, went to food banks, school boards and local organizations to find out how they could help. They were told they were too young…. They decided to give people grocery gift cards. In 2012, Two Kids for Change was set up as a registered charity… That was seven years ago, and Two Kids for Change is still going strong. So far, Daniel said the charity has raised nearly $26,000 for students in need in Peel schools… Daniel, who will be 21 in June, is currently studying medical sciences at the University of Western Ontario and plans to attend medical school. Nickolas, 24, is a MD candidate at the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto… Daniel also remembers their mom volunteering to take care of children at Merciful Redeemer Church in Mississauga… For more information about Two Kids for Change visit ... [Info: Norman DaCosta]  For further details click here
Daniel and Nick Sequeira are the sons of Dr. Errol and Sharon Sequeira of Mississauga; Grandsons of Rudy and Maureen Fernandes and Manny and Ann Sequeira and the Great Grandsons of Mrs. Amy Moniz of Saligao, Goa

Reporting sexual harassment or abuse

18 Apr: BBC Asian Network's Big Debate. Is sexual harassment and abuse taken seriously in the Asian community? Qasa is asking this after a tragic and extreme case in Bangladesh, where a 19-year-old girl (photo) was burned to death because she filed a sexual abuse claim against her headmaster…  For further details click here
18 Apr: BBC. Burned to death for reporting sexual harassment …  click here

Norwich family stranded in India could lose another £1,500 if they get seats on first available flight

18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press (UK). The holiday nightmare is continuing for Gary Howard and his family, who have been told it will cost £380 per person to cancel seats on a Monday flight from Mumbai to Heathrow. That Air India flight is costing the Norwich family £5,500 as prices steeple in the wake of the cancellation on Wednesday of all Jet Airways flights to and from India… The move has left thousands of people scrambling to find another flight home. Mr Howard was supposed to be flying home on Saturday with his partner Freny Fernandes, her daughter Naina and his, Naiara, both 12. But their Jet Airways flights were grounded, and they were at first offered seats on another plane for £4,000 each…  For further details click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press (UK). Two Norfolk friends get last flights out of India after airline is grounded … Friends Caroline Martin and Andree Byron (photo) in Goa. They are going to be flying home to the UK to spend the rest of the Easter weekend at home…  click here

The Rise of Surf Culture and “Super Sexy” Waves in India

19 Apr: Suitcase Mag. Though surfing is said to have made its first appearance in India in the 1970s – the years that saw a sub-culture of travellers journeying overland on the so-called Hippie Trail from Europe through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and onto India – it is still limited to just a handful of coastal villages scattered along the coast. Until recently, visiting surfers floated in near isolation off the beaches of Goa and Tamil Nadu, with interest from locals and a culture of surf only evolving in the last decade… Board shorts and bikinis in Goa: Further up the west coast of India, travellers arrive to Goa in droves. Wearing board shorts or bikinis, they’re ready to slip into the unreserved hippie culture of the country’s most expatriate influenced region… Goa has become a famed surf town and a hotspot for travellers looking to hit the waves for the first time or hone newfound skills…  For further details click here

Drop in tourists disappoints stakeholders

19 Apr: Herald. If premature end of charter season was not enough, drop in arrivals including that of Indian tourists during the long weekend starting on Friday has disappointed the stakeholders. The Holy Week (Good Friday through Easter Sunday) coupled with poll holidays in the neighbouring Karnataka on Thursday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 23 could have proven a silver lining in the Goa tourism industry. But soaring flight rates particularly from Mumbai and Bangalore followed by Delhi, and restrictions on liquor in lieu of elections has dampened the show…  For further details click here

UK: Golden slumbers

19 Apr: Daily Telegraph. The 300-year-old satin bedspread of James II is being exhibited by the National Trust at Sizergh Castle, in Cumbria, for the first time. The cover, believed to originate from Goa, is adorned with gold-thread stitchings of animals and mythical creatures. The house is open between 12pm and 4pm until Oct 27, including bank holiday weekends…  For further details click here



Death: Arnold (Porgy) Alpin. Ex Nairobi

10 Apr: Croydon, UK. We are sad to announce the death of ARNOLD (PORGY) ALPIN. Dearly beloved husband of Caroline (nee Price), beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. The Funeral Mass will take place on Monday 29th April at St Mary's Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 2AR at 10 am followed by a private cremation for immediate family only. Guests are invited to the Church Hall after Mass to celebrate his life. The family request no flowers and if you wish donations may be made to Ovacome a UK cancer charity and the British Heart Foundation. Parking at the Church will be reserved for immediate family only and there are public car parks in the immediate area. For catering purposes or to send condolences to the family, please RSVP to indicating numbers attending

Death: Kathleen Santiago
15 Apr: Laguna Hills, California. KATHLEEN SANTIAGO. Wife of late Jude Santiago (Brother of Tony Santiago). passed away from lung cancer. We ask that you please keep their children Elizabeth and Alex Santiago in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Details of funeral arrangement: Service will be this Saturday April 20 at 10:45 am at O'Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alisa Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Followed by burial at 1pm Holy Sepulcher, 7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92689 [Info: Goans of America].

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The 9 best Indian restaurants in London according to TripAdvisor

18 Apr: My London News. Everyone has their opinion on which restaurant does the tastiest curry… MyLondon is of the opinion the capital certainly holds its own when it comes to one of the nation's favourite cuisines. TripAdvisor website users can rate and review restaurants and say whether their food was good, excellent, very good, average, poor or terrible. So it is a great gauge to how eateries are performing based on food, service and value. We've plucked out the top nine Indian restaurants in London according to TripAdvisor for you to mull over and debate… 9. Olde Goa, Norbury. Authentic Goan home style cooking in abundance at Olde Goa in Norbury. The restaurant has plenty of character and it is clear the owners are passionate about the food they are creating. One visitor wrote: "Warm welcome, joyful atmosphere, freshly made, authentic cuisine. If you’re familiar with Goan food, you’ll love it, if you’re not, you’ll love it even more!" …  For further details click here
For the Trip Advisor reviews of Olde Goa,  click here
For the Olde Goa website, click here.

Norwich family stranded in India after airline collapse quoted £16,000 for flights home

18 Apr: Easter Daily Press (UK). A Norfolk family has been told to pay £16,000 to fly home after being left stranded in Goa because Jet Airways has suspended all flights. And they got a shock when they tried to find new flights, with Southall Travell quoting £4,000 each - and local agent Jet International quoting a total of £7,000… A spokesman from Southall Travel, based in Middlesex, confirmed to this newspaper that the family would get a refund in 'four-six weeks.' “Mr Howard is not the only person affected, we have thousands who are and we are in a helpless situation. All we can do is provide options for passengers and it's their call whether they take them or not but the prices are on the high side because of so much demand.” Mr Howard, from Norwich, is in Goa with his daughter Naiara, 12, his partner Freny Fernandes and her daughter Naina, 12 (photo) …  click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Passengers face being stranded for the bank holiday as Jet Airways cancels all flights …  click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Family stranded in India after airline is grounded finds way out - for £5,500 … click here.

Vibrant Goa Roadshow in Vancouver and Surrey

15 Apr: Voice Online. VIBRANT Goa Roadshow 2019 – Vancouver was organized in partnership with BC India Business Network and the Consulate General of India, Vancouver, on April 10. It was sponsored by Forestry Innovation Investment, Vancouver Economic Commission and Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, BC… An MOU was signed during the roadshow to promote bilateral trade and culture between BC and Goa. Dr. Shah announced the establishment of the Vibrant Goa Global Expo Summit Desk in Vancouver under the aegis of the BC India Business Network. Several businessmen have registered to go to Goa for the Global Expo… The Goa delegates were interested in importing infrastructure technology, lumber and building materials from Surrey…  For further details click here

Portugal: A "lesson for the children". Catarina Furtado in India with the family

17 Apr: NTV (Portugal). Catarina Furtado, the RTP hostess traveled to India with her children and her husband, the actor João Reis. Catarina Furtado wanted the younger ones to "feel the strength" of that country… This time the family went looking for their Indian roots, since their great-great-grandfather was from Goa. In addition to the pleasure that the trip entails, this visit served, in the words of the presenter, so that the children "felt the strength" of that place… Soon, the RTP hostess will visit other countries with development difficulties for her "Princes of Nothing" program…  For further details click here
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For the Wikipedia profile of Catarina Furtado, click here.

Australia: Jason Mash donating liver to father in mercy dash to India

18 Apr: The Advertiser (Adelaide). Jason Mash will make a mercy dash to India to donate his liver to save the life of his 68-year-old father, who is battling cirrhosis… Mr Mash was told his father Barry (photo) , who lives in Goa, may not live to see the end of the year without the transplant. Mr Mash doesn’t think the donation is particularly heroic or dutiful. “It’s just something you do for your family,” he said… Mr Mash will undergo transplant surgery, which costs $80,000, at Apollo Navi hospital next month, when 60 per cent of his liver will be donated…  For further details click here

Rape accused ex-Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate joins Congress, may contest Panaji seat

18 Apr: New Indian Express. Former Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, accused of raping a minor girl, on Thursday joined the Congress. He is likely to be fielded from Panaji in the May 19 Assembly by-election against prospective Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Utpal Parrikar, son of late Manohar Parrikar. Monserrate has a history of changing parties. He started his political career with the United Goan Democratic Party (UGDP) and became MLA. Later, he joined the BJP in 2004 only to return to the UGDP in 2007. A few years later, he was in the Congress but was sacked for anti-party activities in 2015. He then joined the Goa Forward (GF) and was an office-bearer till a few weeks back. Last year, he was charge-sheeted for allegedly raping a minor girl and human trafficking, though he says he was framed…  For further details click here
19 Apr: Herald. The Monserrate factor in the Panjim by-elections …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 21 Apr. A&G Event Experts, the Premier Events Management Company With Ria Money Transfer Specialists to India are organising a Goan Easter Dine and Dance on 21st April 2019 from 1830hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road- TW5 0RL.Simple Minds will perform on the day Tickets are at reasonable rates £15.00 per head including Goan snacks and Goan buffet dinner. To book please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ Antonio 07780797967/ Brian: 074050227575 , Franco: 07578371960. Dress: Formal. Rights of Admission reserved. A&G have complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages with great venues including a super yacht, an island, plush hotels all with authentic Goan and other cuisines, entertainment and tailor-made packages you require. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Apr: Following on from Easter season, Cortalim Union (UK) are pleased to invite you to celebrate their 41st Anniversary Feast of St Philip & St James, at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Mass to start promptly at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by the dynamic band ‘Shades' and Fantasy Disco featuring ‘DJ Stephanie’. Catering by 'Bernie’s’. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Members - £14.00 and Non Members - £16.00, until 15th April 2019, thereafter £17.00 for all adults. Children £8.00 (4-10 years) and £10.00 (11-16 years). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment due to limited tickets - Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 07974 289 640, Chris D'Cruz - 07739 876 718, Marisa Tellis - 07568 185 022, Diego Gomes - 07970 104 689, Tino Goes - 07821 900 490. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Eugene Fernandes 0208 6654773, Tony Fernandes 0208 5403566, Loretta Fernandes 0208 3309307. For further details please see the attached flyer - click here.

Sun 7th Jul. GOA UK, Golf. Additional information will be added.

UK EVENT: Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion Sun 21 Jul. Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion. Venue: Heston Catholic Social Club, Eton Avenue, Heston, TW5 0HB. (Buses 120 from Hounslow Central Station and 111 from Hounslow East Station; in both cases Stations are on Piccadilly Line westbound for Heathrow Airport. Alight at St Leonard's Church and walk 5 mins. to venue. Ample car parking available), Cost: £15 per person to include snacks and a full buffet lunch. Cheques in favour of Mr L. Pereira to be sent 49 Browning Way, Heston, Middlesex TW5 BG. Contacts: Lambert Pereira, 07305 572 506; Christopher Moniz, 07803 052 618; Alvira Almeida, 0208 300 6154. NB: Confirmation of attendance required by 30th April 2019


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Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights

17 Apr: BBC. Troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services. Jet Airways said it had no choice but to suspend the flights, but hopes to start flying again. It has $1.2bn (£900m) debt and has been in talks with lenders for weeks. With 123 planes, Jet Airways is India's biggest private airline, but reports say that just five planes have been in use. In a statement the airline said it had been forced to ground all its flights because "prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities did not yield the desired results"…  For further details click here

UK: Birmingham's 'best bosses' pay for luxury holidays for entire staff - and they are hiring!

17 Apr: Birmingham Mail. Birmingham-based startup Turn Partners could be the best place in the world to work - and it is hiring for new staff. The digital firm not only gives employees unlimited annual leave, but also pays for them to go on month-long luxury holidays… Their staff have spent their nine to five trekking through jungles in Thailand, watching football matches in Goa and enjoying the sunset on exotic beaches with a cocktail in hand… This year Mike and James took all their employees for a month-long five-star holiday to Goa and Mumbai, India…  For further details click here

Indian Embassy Business Meet spotlights Vibrant Goa Global Expo

17 Apr: Oman Daily Observer. Embassy of India, Muscat, as part of its endeavor to promote trade and economic relations between India and Oman, organized a Business Meet at its premises on 15 April 2019. The focus of the Business Meet was to promote Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019 to be held in the Indian State of Goa from 17 to 19 October 2019 as well as to apprise visiting Indian companies of the opportunities of investments in Oman specially in Mining sector as the event coincided with Oman Mining Expo 2019, being held in Muscat… Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019 will be organised from 17-19 October 2019 in Goa. It will be an ideal opportunity for participants from across the world to understand the potential of State of Goa across various sectors as well as enjoy its tourist spots. More information about the Expo is available at  For further details click here

India: Mancurad mango still too pricey in markets of Goa

17 Apr: Fresh Plaza (Holland). Mangoes continue to be unpopular in Goa's markets even though their price has dropped sharply since last month. The Mancurad mango, which sold for Rs 3,500 a dozen last month (€44.54), is currently being sold for Rs 1,200 a dozen (€15.27). But still locals are shunning the fruit, waiting for its price to drop even further… Locals are also apprehensive about the quality of mangoes currently available. "Mangoes imported from other states are sometimes hastily ripened using urea, baking powder and other fertilizers," said Caranzalem resident B V Pai. "Fruits must be allowed to naturally ripen. A lot of people are not keen on buying mangoes now because of these issues.” …  For further details click here

The wild, transcendent raves of 00s Goa inspired LĒO’s latest collection

17 Apr: Dazed. A trance-like state of bliss, and the dance movement of the same name, inspired rising Brussels-based label LĒO’s latest collection, Trance. Following on from the brand’s SS19 offering, which featured 90s-style tribal prints, brilliantly garish printed logo tees, and plenty of high-shine snakeskin, AW19 offers more of the same clash of high and low: only this time, with added psychedelia… We looked to the Goan trance scene of the early 00s and what was happening there,” explains Joëlle Laederach, one-third of the creative force behind LĒO. … While there was no field trip to Goa itself to research the collection (though there are plans to visit v soon), Laederach and fellow designer Leonneke Derksen immersed themselves fully in Goan trance …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: My Story. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Sat. 20th Apr. 13:15 to 13:30. Actor. Series 2, episode 3. Suhanna finds out about Daddy Raj's colourful life story, which started in India a long time ago. Starring: Nicky Campbell, Rachel Bazeley, Jaqui McAlpine

DOCUMENTARY: People and Power. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sat. 20th Apr. 17:30 to 18:00. India: Fake News and Agitprop. People and Power investigates the threat posed to democracy in India by those who use fake news to advance extreme nationalism.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Greatest Food Markets. BBC 4. Mon. 22nd Apr. 23:50 to 00:50. New Delhi. Series 1, episode 3. Billingsgate merchant Roger Barton pits himself against traders at New Delhi's Azadpur fruit and vegetable market, which provides food for the whole of India.

CHILDRENS: Horrible Histories. CBBC (Freeview 201). Fri. 26th Apr. 08:50 to 09:20. Wily Winston Churchill Special. Series 6, episode 10. Charting the life of the former British prime minister, including his time as a soldier in India and his part in the Allies' victory in the Second World War. Jim Howick stars.

TRAVEL: Cruising with Jane McDonald. Channel 5. Fri. 26th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. First part of the Wonder of Wakefield's two-part trip to India. In Kolkata, Jane visits the colourful chaos amid the largest flower market in Asia before setting sail on the Ganges River. Stop-offs include the temple city of Kalna, and Murshidabad where she explores the grand palaces of the city and discovers a religion close to her heart, before going off the beaten the track to see some local artisans at work.

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