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Death: Tracy Lianne Fernandes. Missaussaga
9 Oct. 2019. Mississauga, Canada. TRACY LIANNE FERNANDES. Born November 25, 1977. Passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2019 at her home in Toronto. Beloved daughter of Jules and Edith Fernandes of Nairobi, Kenya. Cherished sister of Cheryl-Ann (Marc), Genevieve (Vish), Kevin, and Ryan. Loving aunt to Noah, Lyla, Zoe and Yara. She will be deeply missed by all extended family and friends. Tracy was born and raised in Mississauga. She graduated from Holy Name of Mary Secondary School following which she attended the University of Windsor. A lover of yoga, food, and all things music, Tracy was known for her vocal talents. Throughout her life, she performed at numerous talent shows, with different bands or could be found jamming with friends. Tracy’s character was one of a kind – her love and kindness knew no limits, her compassion and courage knew no bounds. Tracy will be forever loved and cherished by all [Info: Norman DaCosta]. Photo.  For further details click here

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Shirley Rodrigues: Lessons from London pollution revolution

14 Oct: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. As India gears up for horrific smog, here’s how London created workable solutions to fight pollution … London, under mayor Sadiq Khan (he was elected in 2016), has derided the city’s “filthy, toxic air" as “a public health emergency"… Soon after taking office, Khan reached out to Shirley Rodrigues, who was born into a Goan family in Nairobi, to serve as his deputy mayor for environment and energy, and tasked this veteran of environmental policy-making with tackling London’s air pollution problems … Rodrigues and Khan began to turn London around with bold innovations that would have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago. I eventually found myself reaching out to the deputy mayor via her Twitter account, to ask if she would consent to being interviewed about London’s anti-pollution agenda…  click here
17 Jan. 2017. Goan Voice. Shirley Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the daughter of George Jason Rodrigues (1929 - 2008); ex footballer for Nairobi Heroes and Crusaders and Louisa Victoria Rodrigues nee Da Costa born in Kenya (1931 - 2001). Her parents trace their Goan roots to Siolim (father) and Aldona (mother). The family emigrated to England in 1967 from Nairobi. For the Linkedin profile of Shirley Rodrigues,  click here

Aires Rodrigues: ‘Chargesheet against me political vendetta’

14 Oct: Times of India. Social activist Aires Rodrigues has on Sunday dismissed the chargesheet filed against him in an alleged dual citizenship case as political vendetta. He said the chargesheet filed against him by the crime branch of Goa Police was a vindictive counter for filing a complaint against a BJP MLA for holding dual citizenship. Rodrigues said he would respond appropriately before the court after receiving the chargesheet. Old Goa police have already filed an FIR against him in January 2016 in the alleged dual citizenship case. Expressing relief that the chargesheet has been finally filed after three years of a politically-manipulated investigation, Rodrigues has expressed hope that the conspirators, including some police officers, who have acted as henchmen of politicians to malign his name, will not be spared by law… Rodrigues said since he was born before Goa's liberation and as such was a Portuguese by birth, there was no question of him applying for Portuguese nationality…  For further details click here

AAI, Navy explore feasibility of more flights from Goa airport

14 Oct: Times of India. With plans to operationalise the parallel taxi track (PTT) at Goa International Airport by November 15, the Airports Authority of India has simultaneously begun discussions with the Indian Navy to see if additional slots for flight operations are possible at the state’s lone airport… On October 10, AAI initiated ‘trial commissioning’ of the first phase of the PTT, which connects the terminal apron and parking bays to one end of the runway, from where aircraft begin take-off from runway 26…  For further details click here

Christian body fumes over RSS chief's lynching remark

14 Oct: India Today. A full blown war of words is raging between Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat and a top Catholic body over who invented the word lynching. Taking umbrage to Bhagwat's remarks dissociating the Hindu community with rising incidents of mob lynching in the country and instead linking the term to Christianity, the All India Catholic Union (AICU) has issued a detailed statement lashing out at both the RSS and the country's ruling BJP and questioned Bhagwat's "political intentions" behind the remark…  For further details click here

Ortho doctors ask people to sue over bad roads

14 Oct: Times of India. While the government dithers on undertaking road repairs and an increasing number of people suffer ligament injuries, fractures and even severe vertebral compression fractures , some orthopaedic doctors are now calling out to citizens to demand better quality roads, even to the extent of suing the government. “We are paying taxes for good roads. If the government is creating such dangerous situations for people on a daily basis, it should be penalised ,” says Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar, consultant orthopaedic surgeon…  For further details click here

California: 2 Indian Catholic priests, including Shillong archbishop, killed in mishap

12 Oct: The Week. The archbishop of Shillong, Dominic Jala, and a Roman Catholic priest from Kerala, who was working in the US, were killed in a car accident in California on Thursday (local time). A third Indian priest, Father Joseph Parekkatt, was injured in the accident. Jala and Father Mathew Vellankal were travelling to Clearlake in California when the Toyota Prius car they were in collided with a semi-truck in Colussa County. In a message on Facebook, the California Highway Patrol informed the Toyota Prius car may have been at fault as it had "failed to yield to traffic". Jala and Vellankal were in the driver and front seats. It is yet unclear who was driving the ill-fated car. Jala (68) was born in Meghalaya and had been appointed as the archbishop of Shillong on December 22, 1999, and ordained as archbishop on April 4, 2000. Jala had gone to the US to attend a meeting on English liturgy in New York…  For further details click here


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Aires Rodrigues booked in case of dual citizenship

13 Oct: Times of India. Panaji: Crime branch of Goa police on Saturday booked social activist Aires Rodrigues in the alleged case of dual citizenship filed against him. Crime branch superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Kumar Singh told TOI that they had filed the chargesheet against Rodrigues in the case, in 2016… The FIR was based on a complaint by former Colva panchayat member Calvert Gonsalves, who had alleged that the birth of Aires Antonio Miranda Rodrigues was registered in the central registry of births, marriage and deaths of Lisbon, Portugal, as ‘Assento de Nascimento No. 1260-A’ on November 2, 1987… Gonsalves had also claimed that Rodrigues had a ‘Cartao de Cidadao’ bearing number 11183778, which was issued to him on November 10, 2010 …  For further details click here

Goa’s forgotten tongue

13 Nov: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Paul Melo e Castro has just published a book by the University of Wales Press. He has had a deep fascination with Goan writing, especially that of the Portuguese era. With a British mum and a Portuguese dad, he seems to be the right person in the right place. He is a lecturer in Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, teaching this and other subjects in Britain. Of relevance to us is his interest in Goa-related themes… In the latest work he has compiled and edited, Woven Palms: Colonial and Post-Colonial Goan Literature in Portuguese (University of Wales Press, 2019), Melo e Castro brings forth some 13 essays, dealing with a subject we have almost completely forgotten back in Goa itself…  For further details click here
To buy the book from Amazon.  click here

Travel Goa for less than Rs 5,000 with this IRCTC tour package!

12 Oct: Times Now. If you are planning to travel Goa then you can plan it for less than Rs 5,000. IRCTC is offering four nights and five days tour package called 'Goa Special' for Rs 4,725 per person, inclusive of GST. The bookings for this tour package can also be done through the IRCTC tourist facilitation centre, zonal offices and regional offices… The traveling mode is Bharat Darshan Train in budget class. The departure station would be Madurai and time will be 00:05 hrs. The tour will commence on December 5, 2019…  For further details click here

Destination For Adrenaline Junkies

13 Oct: The Statesman. There is no doubt that Goa has been a favourite destination for all. With its exciting activities and serene beaches, Goa has been attracting travellers from afar. The state’s magnificent churches, with their unique baroque architecture, beautifully-painted panels, are mesmerising to see and are of great significance to the place. Goa has become a place for another set of visitors ~ adrenaline junkies. It is one of the main destinations for adventure ~ trekking, parasailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, jetskiing, bungee jumping, speed boating and many other options to choose from. Among these, one of the most recent introductions is bungee jumping …  For further details click here

Goa CM Sawant reveals why he keeps his phone switched off

13 Oct. Goa CM Sawant reveals why he keeps his phone switched off. Explaining the idiosyncrasies of running an administration, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said easy access to Ministers and even the Chief Minister could prove to be a bane for administrators… Sawant said he kept his phone switched off throughout the day to avoid constant calls from the public for administrative chores…. “One night I got a call at 2.30 a.m. The caller said there was no electricity why are you sleeping," Sawant said…  For further details click here

Luxury in tranquility, The Lalit Golf Resort and Spa Goa

10 Oct: Upscale Living Magazine. There is no dearth of beautiful properties when it comes to Goa. And truth be told, I was slightly skeptical when I found out that the resort is located in the quieter, South Goa … Spread over 100 acres, The Lalit Gold Resort Goa boasts of being the only 9 holes- 36 par golf course in Goa… It is not difficult to see that the owner has a knack for blending contemporary luxury with his affinity for restoration in just the right proportions… The resort has 255 suites of which 14 are luxury and 3 presidential…  For further details click here



Death: Mary Jones. Ex Karachi
10 Oct: MARY JONES. Born 1956, Formerly of Rasoolji Building, Saddar, Karachi. Daughter of late Felix Vieira and Apolina Vieira. Beloved wife of Charles Jones. Son Floyd Jones and Daughter Flavia Jones. Sisters Jennifer Alvares Regina Vieira veronica Fernandes brother in laws Elvis Fernandes Joaquim Alvares. Nieces Jovi Jenell Elronna. Nephews John jason and Ethan, Haines and Elaine. Susan Anthony, Elroy. Grandchild Kaira. Brother in Law: Henry And Sherryl Jones. Funeral details to follow. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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New Event: East London And Essex Goans - St Francis Xavier's Feast

Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with further information,  For further details click here

Canada: Author to talk about her first book, set in colonial Kenya

12 Oct: Daily Courier. Author Maria Lynch will talk about her first novel, Beneath the African Sun at the downtown Kelowna Library, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Beneath the African Sun, produced by FriesenPress, follows Sabby Mendes as he leaves Portuguese Goa aboard the dhow Monsoon Wind bound for British East Africa in 1916. Sabby has a dream to find work as a tailor in the relatively new capital of Nairobi. He is a young man, still a teenager, but he is determined to build a life for himself as a tailor … the British colony of Keny, is a highly segregated society ,,, Beneath the African Sun is available for order from most major book and online retailers, including Amazon. The eBook is available for Amazon Kindle, iTunes Bookstore, Google Play, Kobo and Nook.  For further details click here
Maria Lynch was born in Nairobi, the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs C. P. Joanes (ex-Benaulim). She studied in London, England, and emigrated to Canada in 1970. A teacher by profession, Maria is now retired and living in Toronto. For a brief clip (1m. 30s.) about the book,  click here
For a review of the book by Selma Carvalho, click here.

Mariam Thresia – India’s next saint

11 Oct: Vatican News. Pope Francis will raise 5 new saints of the Catholic Church to the glory of the altar during a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, October 13. Among them is an Indian - Sr. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family (CHF) … A religious and mystic, Sister Mariam Theresia was born in Puthenchira, in southern India’s Kerala state, on April 26, 1876. Belonging to a once rich and noble family with extensive landed property, the future pioneer of the family apostolate grew up in piety and holiness under the loving guidance of her saintly mother, Thanda… Sister Thresia died on June 8, 1926, at the age of 50, and was declared Blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II on April 9, 2000…  For further details click here

These Indian ‘Sick’ Foods Are Like A Hug From The Inside

12 Oct: Huffington Post. By Joanna Lobo. When I was a child growing up in Goa, coughs and colds came with a silver lining: my family’s standard remedy of a shot of brandy-like feni, with a little sugar to soften the taste. It cleared up blocked sinuses in a trice. Sometimes, the feni was set on fire to burn the alcohol—a spectacle that worked better than the ‘medicine’ to cheer us up. Other treats that made an appearance in times of sickness included pez (congee) and the nourishing and tasty tizann, a warm porridge of nachni (ragi), local palm jaggery, and coconut milk. Pretty much every Indian home has their own version of ‘sick’ food, fed to loved ones who are battling discomforts such as indigestion, colds, coughs, fever, headaches, period pain, and the like… 1442 words.  For further details click here

The land of susegad is noted for its GI-tagged alcoholic beverage—cashew feni

12 Oct: Outlook. The test of a good cashew feni is to dip your finger in it and light it. If you succeed, it’s all good. If I’d followed this to the letter over the course of the evening and night, I’d have been pretty singed, ’cause the feni we drank was uniformly good, and I think also a far cry from most commercial brands. We were in Goa, the land of susegad, where Hansel Vaz of Cazulo Feni knows nothing can be taken for granted. So, before organising the first ‘Cazulo taverna crawl’, he and the team from The Local Beat (a tour operator focused on providing uniquely Goan experiences for tourists) did a recce…  For further details click here

Ancient food

12 Oct: Navhind Times. By Vir Sanghvi. We now have a rough idea of what the food of ancient India was not like. We know that there were no potatoes. There were no tomatoes. There was no corn. And most intriguing of all, there were no chillies. All these vegetables and staples were discovered in the Americas and brought to India by European colonists and traders. As hard as it is to think of Indian food without them, the truth is that our cuisine used none of these ingredients We know also that many of what we regard as essential dishes of Indian cuisine came to us from Central Asia or the Middle East. So what exactly did they eat in ancient India? …  For further details click here

Goa's anti-litter campaign to roll out soon

11 Oct: IANS. The Goa Tourism department is giving finishing touches to its anti-litter campaign, which is aimed at deterring tourists from creating nuisance on beaches and public areas, that includes drinking and cooking in public or littering … the tourist department is in the process of finalising the government agency for levying of fines on errant tourists… In January this year, the state legislative assembly passed amendments to the Goa Tourist Place (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, which prohibits drinking alcohol, cooking in public places, including beaches and breaking of glass bottles in public. Individual offenders from now will be fined Rs. 2,000 for the offences, according to the amendment. If the offences are committed by a group of people, the fine has been hiked to Rs. 10,000.  For further details click here


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How to… Take part in Rosary on the Coast events

10 Oct: The Catholic Herald (UK) October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, and in recent years it has become a time when Christians congregate ever more fervently to offer prayer of intercession and reparation through the Blessed Virgin May … the Rosary Across India event will see gatherings along the entire coast of the subcontinent and along its northern borders…  For further details click here
London. Sat. 12 Oct. Please join us for the 35th Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation. Procession with the Station of Our Lady of Fatima, praying the Rosary. Commences at 1.45 p.m outside Westminster Cathedral, (Ambrosden Avenue). Nearest underground: Victoria. Procession to Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London. SW7. Nearest Underground: South Kensington. Ends at 5.15 p.m. Anticipated mass of Sunday at 6.00p.m. Spiritual Director : The Revd. Ronald Creighton-Jobe, Cong. Orat. Patron: His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Scapular enrolment. Solemn benediction. Donations required and a collection will be made in the church. Please give generously. For further details call Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.  click here

Pilar, Goa: tribals, young people and dialogue, missionary challenges set for 2019

11 Oct: Asia Dialogue with India's political leaders, protection of forests and tribal interests, relationship between social media and young people: these are the main missionary challenges that emerged at the annual Society of Pilar meeting. The rally, named "The 2019 Theological Consultation" took place on October 3 at the Pilar Theological College, in the coastal state of Goa… The Society of Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier (Society of Pilar) was born in the Archdiocese of Goa in 1887, by the Portuguese priest Fr. José Bento Martins. Today it operates in all continents…  click here

Verify credentials while renting out property: Goa govt

11 Oct: PTI. The Goa government on Friday asked people in the state to obtain police verification of tenants while renting out rooms in their premises. The order covers religious bodies, owners of houses, buildings, flats and other residential accommodation, as well as owners and management of hotels, lodges and private guest houses. It said they should verify bonafides of prospective tenants through government documents like voters' card, driving licence, Aadhaar card and passport. The order asked them to fill a verification and submit it to the police.  For further details click here

Remo releases musical on St Teresa, profits to aid poor

11 Oct: Times of India. More than three decades after he met St Teresa of Calcutta and was instantly inspired to write songs on her life, Goan musician Remo Fernandes has released a musical, ‘Teresa & the Slum Bum’, the proceeds of which he says will be donated to the poorest of the poor. The two-hour musical on the life and work of St Teresa, complete with an overture and a double album with 26 songs and two instrumentals written, composed and performed by Fernandes, includes the vocals of 35 singers from India, Europe, the US and the UK…  For further details click here
Video: TERESA & the SLUM BUM – Teaser …  click here

Where has the great Goan mackerel gone?

11 Oct: The Goan. Where’s the great Goan mackerel gone? Fish vendors, fishermen, trawler owners and the fish-loving Goan all have this common question to ask as the mackerel, considered the common man’s fish, is still not seen in plenty in the fish markets across the state… The situation has pushed the price of the full grown mackerel higher with 10 mackerels being sold for Rs 500, and thus beyond the reach of the common man… Incidentally, while kingfish has found its way to the markets, with the rate hovering around Rs 300 to Rs 400 depending on the size of the fish, the mackerel is still away from the common man’s plate till date.  For further details click here

Goa politicians float very different plans for floating casinos

10 Oct: Calvin Ayre (UK). By Peter Amsel. The six floating casinos in the Indian state of Goa have become a pawn in an increasingly vocal fight between state-level politicians and their municipal counterparts. This week, the political fight over the future of Goa’s floating casinos on the Mandovi river ratcheted up a notch after the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) unanimously voted against renewing the casinos’ trade licenses when they expire at the end of March 2020… Ports Minister Michael Lobo appealed to the CCP to rethink its … On Wednesday, Lobo said the state had identified a permanent mooring spot for one casino in Aguada Bay without identifying either the casino operator or the exact location of its new home. On Thursday, Lobo said two casinos might be ready to move within eight days but also suggested that the other four wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon …  For further details click here

Con job strips nude party organiser of all cover

11Oct: Herald. Had it not been for one of his friends, Arman Mehta might have cheated a group of people of huge amounts of money in the guise of holding a nude party at Morjim. The man behind triggering a buzz about the proposed party proved quite the black sheep, not just spoiling Mehta’s plans to allegedly loot his own friends but also landing Mehta in jail. The highly controversial poster, revealing Mehta’s contact numbers, was leaked by one of his confidants on a social media platform prompting calls from parts of India and countries like Thailand, Belgium and Dubai with inquiries about the event… The flamboyant 30-year-old has been remanded to judicial custody after nearly 10 days of custodial interrogation…  For further details click here



Death: Msgr William Nazareth [Born in Uganda] Known in the Archdiocese as Msgr Willie

10 Oct. 2019. Mumbai. WILLIAM NAZARETH. Aged 100. Born Uganda. Funeral Mass of Msgr. William Nazareth will be at Cathedral of the Holy Name, Colaba on Saturday 12th October at 10:00 a.m. followed by Burial at St. Andrew's Church, Bandra. Viewing at 8:30 a.m. at the Cathedral
8 Sep. 2019. Goan Voice. Monsignor William Nazareth [born in Uganda] who founded Catholic marriage tribunal turns 100 years old on Sept 8.  For further details click here

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Portuguese passport holder wants government pension, High Court seeks state reply

10 Oct: Times of India. The high court has issued notices to the state government on a plea filed by a Portuguese passport holder seeking pensionary benefits after he superannuated from service from Kala Academy in 2016… Advocate Nihal P Kamat, appearing for the 64-year-old petitioner, submitted before the court that the petitioner appointed as an electrician-cum-light operator in 1982 was granted permission in 1995 from the director (administration) of Kala Academy to obtain a Portuguese passport… In 2001, based on a January 31, 2000 government notification, the petitioner sought permission for private employment abroad and was sanctioned extraordinary leave without pay. He worked at Swindon in the UK at various private firms. In 2007, when he was informed via telegram that the extraordinary leave sanctioned would expire after four months, he returned and served till he attained superannuation… The petitioner, who retired as senior technical assistant, stated that on account of nonsettlement of his pensionary benefits for more than three years, he suffered untoward.  For further details click here

AirAsia India to connect Goa, Chennai with Mumbai from Oct 27

10 Oct: PTI. Low-cost carrier AirAsia India announced on Thursday launching of its flight services to Goa and Chennai from Mumbai, starting October 27 besides scaling up of operations on the trunk Delhi-Mumbai route… "We have introduced direct flights to Goa and Chennai from Mumbai," said Sanjay Kumar, chief operating officer, AirAsia India… AirAsia India currently has a fleet of 22 aircraft covering 20 destinations pan-India.  For further details click here

Over 500 international delegates expected for Vibrant Goa

10 Oct: Navhind Times. With just a week left for the Vibrant Goa Summit in the state from October 17-19, organisers of the summit on Wednesday claimed that over 500 international delegates are expected to participate in the mega event at S P Mukhurji stadium. Additionally, 275 booths have already been booked by the business community. Some of the international delegates attending the summit include Juma Al Kait, the assistant under secretary of foreign trade, UAE, Veronique Moncado, secretary general, Business Club France-India, Ken Vaz, vice president, Babco Foods International, USA, one of the largest food importers in the US and Rajesh Kazi Shrestha, president, Nepal Chamber of Commerce among others…  For further details click here
Video: Vibrant Goa To Host Over 500 International Delegates From 17-29th October …  click here
For the Vibrant Goa website, click here.

Goan girls take a bite out of the Big apple

10 Oct: Herald. Four young girls from Goa in the big apple setting out to represent their state and their country in the Global Goals world Cup. Makes for a very interesting story. Oh yes it does and more importantly they created a mark that made them standout with their performance in a field comprising players far more experienced and skilled. The team consisted of Sneha Fernandes, Simone Lalwani, Avia Vas, Velanie Fernandes, Yadnya Parwar and Joyvi Fernandes and was managed by Ishita Godinho. They played four games and lost one game in footballing terms, but they drew all the games taking other parameters into account…  click here

The Sé Cathedral in Goa will make you want to go on a pilgrimage to India

10 Oct: Aleteia (France). By J-P Mauro. Sé Cathedral dates back to the 16th century, when Portugal sent its first missionaries to Asia. It was constructed to commemorate Alfonso Albuquerque’s 1510 victory over Muslim forces, which led to an influx of Christianity in the region. This victory came on the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria, for whom the cathedral was named… The most striking part of the interior is the enormous reredos — the ornamented screen covering the wall behind the altar — which is completely gilded and features an impressive array of sculpted biblical scenes. This reredos spans the entire back wall, which rises up 115 feet. There is more to see in the Sé Cathedral than can be properly appreciated in one day, let alone one article. For an incredible look at Sé Cathedral’s grounds, and some wonderful close up shots of the many priceless works of art within the storied building, check out the video featured here by TIM Entertainment…  For further details click here

Goa: Some Of The Best Hidden Gems In This Tourist State Of India

10 Oct: Republic World. Some of amazing spots are: Palolem Beach … Hollant Beach … Savoi Plantation … Kakolem Beach … Galgibaga Beach …  For further details 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.

Sat. 12 Oct. Please join us for the 35th Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation. Procession with the Station of Our Lady of Fatima, praying the Rosary. Commences at 1.45 p.m outside Westminster Cathedral, (Ambrosden Avenue). Nearest underground: Victoria. Procession to Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London. SW7. Nearest Underground: South Kensington. Ends at 5.15 p.m. Anticipated mass of Sunday at 6.00p.m. Spiritual Director : The Revd. Ronald Creighton-Jobe, Cong. Orat. Patron: His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Scapular enrolment. Solemn benediction. Donations required and a collection will be made in the church. Please give generously. For further details call Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.

Sat 19 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 46th Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus on Saturday 19th October 2019 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Heston.TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by top Goan band The Rainbows End and they will be an authentic Goan buffet. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £17.00 for Adults, £12.00 for children under 12 years. For tickets, contact Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Antonio: 07780797967, Lionel: 07507668938, Joe: 0741741527, Peter: 07854865116. Your Mood Setter: Antonio Fernandes. Rights of Admission Reserved. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 3 Nov: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi. Mass of Remembrance for Deceased Ex-Students and Staff. A Remembrance Mass will be held at the Parish Of the Sacred Heart, Trott Street, Battersea, London SW11 3DS on Sunday 3 November 2019 from 2.30pm. For further information, click here. If you plan on attending please submit the "Mass Attendance Confirmation Form" as soon as possible. If you require further information please contact any one of: Jeff Fialho: ; Vivienne D'Silva: or Chris Moniz:

Sat. 9th Nov. 13.00 hrs. GOA UK – Mass for the Deceased. Venue: SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Followed by lunch and refreshments in the hall. Additional details will be added.

Sun. 17 Nov.  Feast Of The Our Lady Of Rosary.  Union of Navelim UK is celebrating our 39th Anniversary with celebrations commencing with Rosary at 12:00 noon followed immediately by Holy Mass at Richard Challenor School,  Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5PE. Thereafter, followed by main meal/snacks by Trinity Caterers and Music by Shades. Dress code is formal no jeans. Ample free parking for cars & coaches. Fully Licensed Bar – No drinks allowed. All proceeds donated to charity. Advance payment reservation can be made for a table of ten.  Amelia Gomes - 07956 843 665; Selwyn Ferrao - 07769 906 100; Cynthia Antao - 07984 007 381; Tony D’Costa - 07710 424 098; Loy Rebello - 07789 154 499; Vince Fernandes - 07853 132 336; Maurilio Mergulhao - 07765 897 261; Violeta D’Silva - 07871 027 283. To view the flyer, click here.

Sun 24 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day: 92nd Commemoration Celebration on at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon. CR9 3AS. Commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. Principal Celebrant: Our Patron, the Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.

Sat. 1st Dec. GOA UK – St. Francis Xavier’s Feast. Venue : Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Commencing at 2.00 p.m. Additional details will be added.




Death: Ernestine D'Souza
7 Oct: Mississauga, Canada. ERNESTINE D'SOUZA. Born March 26, 1929. Beloved wife of the late Zacharias D’Souza. Loving mother of Ian, Desiree (Lawrence), Ingrid (Eric) and Hazel (Brian). Proud Nana of Elena and Tim, Jeffrey, Adam, Katrina and Robert, Paige, Camille, and Sierra. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter ‘Neweduk-Erin Mills’ Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (east of Erin Mills Pkwy), on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga, on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. Interment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, donations may be made to Sick Kids Hospital. [Info Pompie Gois]. Photo.  For further details click here

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London, Toronto or New York to Goa? FlyPOP, Britain's newest low-cost long-haul airline

9 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). Telegraph Travel reported on Navdip Singh Judge’s plans three years ago … .it now plans to fly from Stansted to Amritsar and Ahmedabad… Other destinations on its radar include Kolkata, Pune, Goa and Cochin … It also wants to open bases in New York and Toronto to provide connections for more of the South Asian diaspora … “unbundled” fares will allow passengers to choose whether to pay extra for hold luggage, meals, extra legroom and other frills… And the price? Return fares between £350 and £750 have been suggested … 1150 words.  For further details click here
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Warring Goa leaders to patch up differences over biggest open garbage dump at Sonsoddo

9 Oct: Gulf News (UAE). Instead of an olive branch, two political friends-turned-foes in recent times, former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai and Garbage Management Minister Michael Lobo have decided to resolve their differences over Goa's biggest open garbage dump at Sonsoddo, over a drink, in trademark Goan style… Sardesai, who is known to possess an envious collection of single malts at his palatial mansion in South Goa's Davondem village, on Tuesday, made overtures via public stage, inviting Lobo for a "nice drink" to discuss their differences… The inability of the state government as well as a private waste management agency to treat garbage at Sonsoddo, in South Goa, has raised health concerns in the nearby area …  For further details click here
10 Oct: the Goan. Sonsodo garbage talks to now revolve around a drink …  click here

Cognizant former CEO Francisco D’Souza earned $191 million in 12 years

9 Oct: ET Now. Earlier this year, Francisco D’Souza had stepped down as Cognizant CEO. He received 191.4 million dollar in total compensation during his tenure of 12 years as CEO from 2007… His compensation figure is significantly more than the 104.3 million dollar which was reported in the summary compensation table of the company’s annual proxy statements for D’Souza. This huge difference has arisen mainly due to the good performance of the stock during this period… Francisco D’Souza's realised pay was 32.9 million dollar while the reported pay was 8.3 million dollar in 2016… During Francisco D’Souza's tenure as CEO, the company's revenue surpassed those of Wipro and Infosys. During this time, the stock price increased quite sharply, touching a peak in March 2018…  For further details click here
Francisco D’Souza was born in Nairobi, the son of late Sushila and Placido D'Souza. He has three sisters: Jacinta, Lucia and Maria. D'Souza is married. He and his wife, who is of Brazilian origin, have two children. For his Wikipedia profile,  click here

CM pitches for 24x7 KTC bus services

9 Oct: Navhind Times. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) needs to introduce round-the-clock KTC bus service on various routes in the state. Sawant said that the KTC should make available its buses 24x7 to the general public, beginning with such service on identified routes, in line with police and health department services… Kadamba operates at least 540 buses and transports around 1.05 lakh passengers daily… He said that he will soon make available all modes of transport at the airport…  For further details click here
9 Oct: PV Magazine. Goa to roll out 50 electric buses by March …  click here

Legendary Goan Catholic painter lives through his work

9 Oct: La Croix International. Some eight decades ago, the Portuguese condemned and expelled Angelo da Fonseca from Goa, their colony, for an unpardonable mistake. He painted Biblical characters in Indian style. The Goan Catholic's paintings began to be recognized only recently, more than five decades after his death in 1967 at the age of 65. A typical Fonseca painting "shows a sari-clad Madonna seated in the full padmasana, a key meditation posture both in yogic Hinduism and in Buddhist practice," art historian Rupert Arrowsmith said…  For further details click here

Brit mum kills herself after being left homeless and stranded in Goa at end of two-year jail term

9 Oct: The Sun (UK). A British woman held in an Indian jail for two years accused of human trafficking has been found dead after being freed. Julie Warner, 40, was found hanged in Calangute, Goa, on September 28, just six months after being released. Julie Warner became increasingly frustrated with the never-ending case in India. She was arrested at Mumbai International Airport in March 2017 after allegedly helping four Sri Lankan nationals to illegally fly into the UK … According to daughter Grace McNulty, she became increasingly frustrated with the never-ending case… Julie's family have since launched a fundraiser to help them to cover the costs of travelling to Goa and taking her body home to the UK… According to reports, Julie moved to Goa after being released on bail… 848 words.  For further details click here


CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Sat. 12th Oct. 12:00 to 12:15. Talib's Tanzanian Banana Curry. Children from all over the world demonstrate their favourite recipes, and find out where the ingredients they have used come from.

DOCUMENTARY: The Best of British Takeaways. BBC 2. Sat. 12th Oct. 13:00 to 14:00. Indian. Chef Tom Kerridge tries to find out what makes the best Indian curry and uncovers the trade secrets behind our takeaways, while Cherry Healey explores the fascinating stories that helped shape our communities as well as our palates, and learns how Queen Victoria put curry on the British menu. Three award-winning Indian takeaways are then invited to compete in a contest in Bradford, each with their own ideas as to what makes the best takeaway.

DRAMA: The Last Missionary of Kanaipur. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 14th Oct. 14:15 to 15:00. By Ben Musgrave. Rebecca loves her work as a missionary in Bangladesh, but growing Islamist tension makes her question her place there. Starring Eve Matheson, Vincent Ebrahim and Sunetra Sarker. Director: Emma Harding.

FILM: Rafiki . Channel 4. Tues. 15th Oct. 01:45 to 03:35. Kena and Ziki are the daughters of two men who are political rivals in an upcoming Nairobi election, and when they start dating they have to be careful about keeping the relationship a secret. Romantic drama, starring Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva. Director: Wanuri Kahiu

CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Wed. 16th Oct. 12:00 to 12:10. Aniyah's Brazilian Feijoada. Feijoada is a Brazilian stew containing black beans and many other delicious ingredients.

DOCUMENTARY: Time Shift. BBC 4. Thurs. 17th Oct. 00:25 to 01:25. Booze, Beans & Bhajis - The Story of the Corner Shop. Babita Sharma explores the growing and shifting fortunes of corner shops to discover why this unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 70 years. Featuring contributions by comedian Sanjeev Singh Kholi and actor Nitin Ganatra, Babita uses the shop as a way to explore the social fabric of Britain - from economic change to immigration.


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Re-election of Portuguese PM brings joy to Goans

9 Oct: Herald. … This development brought joy to Goans as they celebrated the fact that one of their own had proved himself and was rewarded by the voter to continue doing his job for yet another term. Aires Rodrigues, advocate compared this development with the sorry state of affairs in Goa… Noted writer DamodarMauzo was overjoyed at this development. He said “Goan’s are everywhere in the diaspora making their mark. They are leaving an imprint in Canada, the UK, in Africa. Who can forget their contribution in East African countries? … Finally Dr Oscar Rebello said it was matter of great pride for Goans that one of their own had been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Portugal…  For further details click here

Goan Chicken and Lentil Curry – Spice Pots

7 Oct: Sunday Herald (Scotland). With National Curry Week taking place from 7th to 13th October 2019 – what better time to try a new curry recipe. Spice Pots will have you making crowd pleasing curries in no time with our easy to follow recipes. Save yourself having to buy up to 11 different spices which can be tricky to find and take up lots of storage space in your cupboard – our Spice Pots already contain the perfect spice blend – and each tin has 8 servings, so you can cook for 1, make a dinner for 2 or wow a group of friends with your restaurant quality curry at home… An easy Spice Pots curry which can be ready in around 30 minutes is our Goan Chicken and Lentil Curry with vegetables. We have only used 4 teaspoons of the Goan Spice Blend so the result is mild, although you can always add more of the blend if you like it hotter!  For further details click here
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A new India is emerging, and it is a country ruled by fear

8 Oct: The Guardian (UK). Four months have passed since Narendra Modi and the BJP came back to power in India, and more seems to have happened there than in the last 40 years. The sense of severance that many experience today, of being divorced from the workings of the nation, exceeds even the helplessness felt during the suspension of civil liberties in the emergency of 1975 to 1977 and the political traumas that followed. This is because citizen has been set against citizen: not just Muslim against Hindu or, say, Kashmiris against the rest of India, but those who subscribe to the BJP’s new conception of the nation against those who do not, leaving one without trust in the other…  For further details click here
8 Oct: Financial Times (UK). A burst of privatisation looks imminent in India …  click here

Dubai-based Indian musician Mario Moreira passes away in Goa

8 Oct: Khaleej Times (Dubai). The city's music community is mourning the death of Mario Moreira, a Dubai-based Indian musician who passed away in Mumbai, India, on October 5 after battling an illness since July this year. Moreira was 45 years old. According to his contemporaries and well-wishers, Mario was a multi-instrumentalist and talented singer, and his death came as a colossal loss to Dubai's Goan and music community. "A parishioner of St Mary's Church in Dubai, Mario was a treasured member of Dubai's expat music community," said Rev Father Andre F Fernandes, the spiritual director for the Goan Community at St Mary's Church. He was laid to rest in his hometown in Panjim, Goa, on Tuesday. A special memorial mass was organised in Mario's honour at 5pm at St Mary's Church in Dubai on Tuesday…  For further details click here

51 of the most unusual places to stay in the world

8 Oct: MSN. 8/52 Slide: Yab Yum Resort, Goa, India. These cute little thatched domes make a wonderfully different place to stay in India's beach-blessed state of Goa. Set in a lush palm grove next to Ashwem Beach on the north coast, the eco space-age-style domes were constructed from natural and local materials – lava rock, palm leaves, mango wood and local clay were all used. Opt for a small one for two, or go for a more spacious four-person dome. They all have hammocks for catching the breeze…  For further details click here
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Goa tourism: 6 casinos may soon get closed

8 Oct: Mint. The Panaji civic body on Monday decided not to renew trade licences of the half a dozen off- shore casinos operating in the river Mandovi here at the end of their current term, a move that will force them to shift out of jurisdiction of the state capital. The Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) took this decision at a meeting here. Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserratte, who wields influence over CCP, had assured to shift the off-shore casinos out of Panaji in run-up to the assembly by-election held in May…  For further details click here

A Dash Of Adrenaline In The Party State

8 Oct: Outlook. In an attempt to boost tourism, Goa takes up the challenge to become an adventure hotspot. The managing director of GTDC, Nikhil Desai, shares what the future holds for the party state. What has been party central in the country for decades is now soon to be a hub for adrenaline rushes and excitement. With the advent of exhilarating activities such as Bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, hop on-hop off buses, electric bike tours, heritage boat cruises and river rafting, Goa is set to be India’s favourite adventure zone…  For further details click here

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