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Death: Carlos De Menezes

22 May: Porvorim, Goa. CARLOS M. J. A. DE MENEZES. Born 1946. Beloved Husband of Ilda Menezes. Caring Father/Father-in-law of Karla/Raynon Furtado, Katia/Roydon Alphonso & Craig. Doting Grandfather of Jorge & Isabel. Son of Late Pascoal/Late Maria Menezes. Son-in-law of Late Fenelon Monteiro/Late Maria Pia. Brother/Brother-in-law of Late Celine/Late Bernard D'Souza, Late Cosme/Brenda, Cesar/Maria Emilia, Cecilia Freitas, Cedric/Genevieve & Catherine/Edgar Pinto. Brother-in-law of Meena/Late Newton Fernandes, Evencio Monteiro/Terezinha & Emidio Monteiro/Theresa. Funeral cortege will leave his residence Tuesday, 23 May at 3:30pm to Holy Family Church, Alto Porvorim for the Eucharistic Celebration at 4:00pm followed by burial at the Alto Porvorim Cemetery.  For further details click here

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UK: New Event Announcement

Sun 25 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES' Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 TO 15 years £5 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355/07957148406. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Eating beef in Goa: A complicated history of identity politics

22 May: Hindustan Times. By Frederick Noronha. The BJP, MGP, and the Congress in Goa have all played the beef card in elections, making the politics of eating beef very complicated. It’s a game of shadow-boxing where the nation pretends that there are no restrictions on the consumption of beef in Goa, and the ruling BJP (except for an occasional hiccup) also acts as if it has no interest in implementing the same. Nationwide and in television studios, the BJP repeatedly gets challenged to implement a ban on beef consumption in Goa … 753 words.  For further details click here

Escort services, handle it with twitter

23 May: Herald. From soliciting on the streets, to moving to websites on the net, and now jumping on to the social media, the prostitution racket, particularly in the coastal belt, is evolving to the changing scenario. Twitter users are now being approached by agencies providing ‘escort services’ in Goa, by handles with suggestive names. Herald came across this shocking trend of escort services engaging twitter users to solicit customers, through tweets that are ridden with obscene language and pictures of girls. There are also tweets that allegedly speak about body massage, leading to an embarrassment to the State that is working at shedding its tainted image in the illicit racket… Herald contacted Twitter via mail, but no reply has yet been received.  For further details click here
23 May: Navhind Times. Lovebirds, sex workers 'take over' Campal Children's Park …  click here

BBC Radio 4: Start The Week – India

22 May: BBC Radio 4. On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses India. The Indian MP Shashi Tharoor looks back at the history of the Raj in Inglorious Empire, a searing indictment of the British and the impact on his country. The journalist Adam Roberts travels from Kerala to the Himalayas to find out whether a resurgent, vibrant India is about to realise its potential, and whether the belief in future prosperity will cover over the cracks which have divided the nation in the past. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is at the centre of India's reinvention, and has galvanised Hindu nationalists, but the academic Kate Sullivan de Estrada argues that he's a controversial figure both at home and abroad… 43 minutes.  For further details click here

Danielle McLaughlin murder: Vikat’s sister takes up for him

23 May: Herald. The family of Vikat Bhagat (photo) has demanded a thorough probe through a separate agency like Crime Branch in the murder of Irish national Danielle McLaughlin. Vikat is the accused and has been arrested in the case. Bhagat’s family has received a letter from Vikat, handwritten by him from the judicial lockup at Colvale jail, stating that he did not kill McLaughlin but three other persons did. “We demand that Goa Police transfer the investigation from the local police to either Crime Branch or any other agency for free and fair probe,” his sister, Geeta Bhagat, said.  For further details click here

Money matters: Middle-aged playing safe, gennext living it up

22 May: Herald. Ajit John speaks to financial consultants and to the common folk on the street to understand how they spend their disposable income … Vrushali Parsekar a financial consultant said “The younger generation don’t mind investing in high risk mutual funds…” Another financial consultant who did not want to be named said the older generation thought more rationally with money… A consultant who has been in the business for over two decades said it was difficult to convince people in Goa that there were financial products that would grow their money and make them wealthy. A very risk averse people, the average Goan, he said did not mind a lower return on investment as long as it was safe, which then explains the love for gold… It is a generational thing. The older generation looks for financially safe products and the younger generation keen on enjoying the money they make. Perhaps in a generation we will know how it all pans out. 825 words  For further details click here

Govt to amend existing IT Policy; new start-up policy soon

22 May: Herald. Goa lags behind in the IT sector by at least a decade-and-a-half. The government has decided to set things right and is likely to amend the existing policy and come up with a new start-up policy separately. Vikant Sahay spoke to various stakeholders in this arena to get the feel of what expectations the IT and start-up community in Goa have from the present government … 996 words  click here
Goal is to give job opportunity to IT professionals in Goa: Sawardeker 22 May: Herald. Hectranet is a Goa-based computer networks solutions provider since 2011. Primarily a provider of managed NOC (Network Operations Centre) services to US-based clients and having grown in size, expertise as well as client base over past six years, today it specialise in delivering a host of ITIS (IT Infrastructure services) and ITES (IT Enabled services) to clients based in four countries from offices in Goa and Pune. Vikant Sahay learnt from its managing partner Varun Vinay Sawardeker more about this company … 801 words.  click here



Death: Belino De Mello

9 May: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. BELINO DE MELLO. He was the first engineer of Tanganyika Broadcasting Service then Radio Tanzania Dar Es Salaam (Rtd). On retirement he rolled open Tanzania Film Company. There will be a mass at St Joseph's Cathedral on 13th May, 2017 at 1430 hours followed by burial at Kinondoni Cemetery in the City. [Info Mervyn Lobo via Goan Tanzanite]

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Professor Jayant Vaidya: Breast cancer indicators explained through lemons

21 May: The Independent (UK). The confusion over what to look and feel for when routinely checking breasts for signs of cancer is not unfamiliar. But a new campaign has recruited an unlikely ally to boost breast cancer awareness: the lemon… Professor Jayant Vaidya, professor of surgery and oncology at University College London, told the BBC that indentation or flattening of the breast, especially when the arm is lifted or when women lean forward, is also an important early sign… "Showing lemons in an egg box seems to draw interest and attention to the issue and people may remember the signs better,” he told the BBC…  For further details click here
For the 2003 Goan Voice supplement on Prof. Jayant Vaidya,  click here
21 May: Times of India. Anti-cancer’ fruit sells for as high as Rs 2k … click here.

Manny Rodrigues: Ottawa Race Weekend's long-running labour of love

20 May: Ottawa Citizen. The 43rd Ottawa races (May 27 to 28) have their roots in the 1975 race … roughly 45,000 people will take part in one of this weekend’s running events … Manny Rodrigues is a recruiter for the Ottawa Race Weekend… If he doesn’t deliver enough elite athletes, Run Ottawa would lose its prestigious Gold Label status … Working with a set budget (in the mid six-figures range), Rodrigues can’t just throw extra money at his problems … Travel visas in Kenya take four weeks to process. In Ethiopia, it’s four to six weeks… Rodrigues is pleased to report a strong field for this year’s event and has very capable runners from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda… A software engineer, Rodrigues does most of his recruiting via email, off-hours…  For further details click here
Video: Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 10K gets a golden label … 1m. 06s.  click here
Manny Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the son of Sipiao Rodrigues. His grandfather, Balthazar Rodrigues, owned Siqueira's Bar in Nairobi. Manny has lived in Canada since he was 12 years old.

Indian-origin gay minister frontrunner in Irish prime ministerial race

21 May: Times of India. An Indian-origin doctor and Ireland's first openly gay minister has emerged as the frontrunner in the Irish prime ministerial race. Leo Varadkar, 38, the Dublin-born son of a Mumbai-born father and Irish mother, is expected to become the country's first homosexual prime minister. Varadkar, who is Ireland's welfare minister, has won early support for his leadership bid from several senior Cabinet members and a majority of his parliamentary colleagues have publicly backed him. He announced his candidacy after Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced his resignation …  For further details click here
Video: 20 May: Irish Times., In his bid to become leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar has released a campaign video detailing his agenda if elected… 4m. 35s.  click here

How Manohar Parrikar became CM: Nitin Gadkari reveals what happened on that night in Goa

21 May: India Today. Till Union Minister Nitin Gadkari came to India Today's Editors' Roundtable conference today, it had been a mystery for the country as to how the BJP turned the table in Goa after failing to win even 15 seats. Nitin Gadkari (photo) revealed for the first time as to how the BJP turned its defeat in the Goa Assembly election into a victory while the Congress leaders waited for an opportunity that slipped away from under their feet. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had alleged that Nitin Gadkari, who was instrumental in forming a BJP government in Goa, went there with 'a suitcase' and bribed legislators. Nitin Gadkari denied the allegation … 870 words.  For further details click here

How Portugal began to lose Goa 10 years before independence

16 May: Observador (Portugal). What was the Indian reality in 1949 and what brought the 1950s to the instability in the territory of Goa? The Observer publishes an excerpt from the new book "Twilight of Colonialism” written by Bernardo Futscher Pereira and analyses the events that occurred between 1949 and 1961. The latter is the year of Goa's independence … the author, a (born 1959) holds a master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from Columbia University in New York… 7782 words.  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
21 May: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). Futscher Pereira: "Salazar was cold, he did not allow himself to be dominated by emotions" … Text, 1026 words + 23 comments. click here.

NRI couples must abide by Indian laws in case of marital dispute: Women's panel

21 May: Times of India. The Telangana State Women's Commission has sought a pre-nuptial agreement in the case of NRI marriages. The agreement says that the couple will abide by the Indian laws in case of a marital dispute. As complaints of women being deserted and divorced by men employed overseas are increasing by the day , the Commission has come up with several suggestions to bind over unscrupulous husbands … Many men are taking advantage of lenient laws in other nations to obtain exparte divorces from overseas court and deny maintenance to women they have deserted in India…. The complaints are received mostly from Indian women married to men residing in countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, Thailand and UAE.  For further details click here

Three antiques at Chiswick Auctions, London, 24 May

Lot 53: An 18th Century Indo-Portuguese (Goan) Hardwood and Bone Inlaid Tabernacle of rectangular form surmounted by a shaped crest with bone inlay inscribed 'IHS', the hinged front doors inlaid with bone carvings of hounds and the sun and moon, the interior of the doors with gilt brass frames, 59cm high. Auctioneer's estimate 300 GBP - 500 GBP
Lot 151. A Small Silver Gilt Filigree Casket, possibly Goa 17th Century with a swing handle over a domed, over a domed, hinged top, raised on filigree bun feet, 6cm wide. Auctioneer's estimate 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP
Lot 251: A Late 17th / Early 18th Century Indo-Portuguese Rosewood and Ivory Mounted Table Cabinet of rectangular form with fall front, raised on four stepped square feet, the sides with knopped, swing brass handles, decorated throughout with ivory flowerheads within stylised trellis type borders, the interior with one long drawer over three short drawers, the drawer fronts with trellis type carving and finely turned handles, 26cm wide x 14.5cm high. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000  For further details click here



Death: Anthony Coelho
19 May: Richmond Hill, Ont. Canada. ANTHONY FRANCIS COELHO (formerly of Frere Street, Saddar, Karachi). Husband of 67 years to Donata Coelho and father to Bonnie Azevedo (Bob), Virginia/George Harris, Anna/Frank Salter and Allan Coelho. Grandfather to Dexter, Darrin, Chris, Jacquie, Anthony and Zachary. Also Great grandfather to Brooklynn, Katelynn, Brayden and Georgia. Nephew: Jimmy/Judy Coelho. Family had requested a private funeral. [Info: Pompie Gois]

Death: Eddie Mendes
19 May: Karachi. EDDIE MENDES. Husband of Severine, and father of Rayna/Llwellyn and Denise. Son of the late Louis & Connie Mendes and brother to the late Vicky/Damiao and Michael/Cecilia. Grandfather to Sierra and Evan. Nephews and nieces include the late Conroy/Sally, Clive/Debbie, Grenville/Sharmin, Rosanne/Clint, Wendy/Aneet, Charlene/Darryl and Malcolm. Brother-in-laws Joe/Elevena, Maxi/Isabella and sister-in-laws Antoinette/late Thomas, Vera/Menin and Sandra/Colin. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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UK: New Event Announcement: Tivim Association

Sun. 23 Jul: From 2pm. Tivim Association 40th Anniversary Celebrations at St Boniface Church, Hallmitcham Road London SW17 9PG. Band; Treble Makers. Licensed Bar; Mervs Mobile Bar Catering; Shirleys Kitchen. For Tickets and Enquiries please contact Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457; Helen De Souza 020 8304 5585; Ingrid De Souza 020 8905 3872; Roland De Souza 020 7485 7878; Fiona Lobo 020 8656 3317; Elu Pires 020 8654 1281. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Marsha Pinto: How parents can help introverts thrive

16 May: The Washington Post. In sixth grade, Marsha Pinto’s teacher wanted her to talk more loudly and more often, repeatedly telling Pinto that she would never succeed if she didn’t participate in class discussions and group work… “She even said if I didn’t participate, I would fail,” says Pinto, a recent college graduate who now lives in New York City… group of girls regularly teased Pinto about being “weird” I came home crying a lot, never wanting to go back to school,” says Pinto, now 21… But Pinto’s parents were supportive of her natural tendencies and their gentle encouragement led to her being the star of the student morning broadcasts in middle school … Now, she works as an advocate and spokeswoman for young introverts… 1537 words.  For further details click here
Marsha was born in Panjim, Goa, the daughter of Otilia and Melvyn who are based in Markham, Toronto. She has founded the Softest Voices campaign to help others. For a profile of her,  click here

Intimate portraits of Africans in India

19 May: The Economist (UK). On a chilly night in January 2016, a 21-year-old Tanzanian student was beaten up and partially stripped by a frenzied mob in Bangalore, which also set her car on fire… It was then that Mahesh Shantaram, a documentary photographer from Bangalore, went in search of those Africans in India who were increasingly living under the shadow of racism. Mr Shantaram was disturbed by the idea that Indians complain vehemently about facing racial discrimination in other countries, yet refuse to acknowledge racism at home…  For further details click here

Listen online: BBC Radio 4 broadcast on Sat. 20 May at 11:30 a.m.

20 May: BBC Radio 4. Kate Adie introduces correspondent’s stories from around the world…. In Goa, Paul Moss finds talk of body rebalancing, tantric imitation and a reptilian elite… “Goa is a place where many westerners seem to have left behind old-fashioned empirical questioning. Here any request for facts or evidence is seen as an encumbrance to conversation. Meeting someone for the first time you do not ask them where they are from as much as what they are in to … One yoga teacher attempted to get to know me better by suggesting I attend a male tantric initiation where I was promised we would hold each other’s private parts in our hands … For the segment advance the audio player to 23m. 41s.  For further details click here

Competition: Win a 12-day tour of India worth £120,000

19 May: Daily Telegraph (UK). Voting in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards is now open, giving you the opportunity to reward those operators and destinations that continue to surpass your expectations. And because we recognise you need to invest time and energy to make these awards what they are, as a reward for your efforts we are delighted to offer you the chance to win one of 20 luxury holidays - including this 12-day tour of India with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Ampersand Travel worth £120,000. Follow the link to tell us about your favourite travel companies and destinations - and to enter the draw for one of 20 prizes. You will need to leave your name, telephone number and a valid email address.  click here

Auction: Medieval Ivory Corpus Christi

23 May: Timeline Auction. A carved ivory Corpus Christi figure modelled in the round, broad band to the brow, lozengiform socket to the side of the head, elegantly draped robe and loincloth with decorated belt, emaciated body with prominent ribs, vein detailing to the arms, hair in hanks on the shoulders; holes to the feet and hands; mounted on a custom-made stand. [A video of this lot is available on the TimeLine Auctions website] Cf. Bailey, A., Massing, J., and Vassallo e Silva, N., Ivories in the Portuguese Empire, Lisbon, 2013. For a similar piece see The Victoria and Albert Museum, accession number A.66-1927. 4.1 kg, 51.5cm (20 1/4"). Very fine condition. Property of a gentleman; from a Mayfair, London, UK, gallery. Auctioneer's estimate 8,000 GBP - 10,000 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Manuel Rodrigues

18 May: Nairobi. MANUEL MARCUS RODRIGUES ("The Tyre Doctor”). Born 25th April 1941. Son of the late Diego and Annie Rodrigues. Husband to Caroline, father of Alan, Joyce, Tracey, Derrick and Christopher. Brother to Julie (Cajie), Priscila (Jose), Eddie (Monica), Esmenia, Olga (Larry), late Joyce (Willy), Ivy (Javid), Elly (John) and Jovita. The funeral service will be at the Consolata Shrine at Westlands on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Viewing at 10 a.m. followed by mass at 10:30 a. m. Thereafter the burial will take place at Langata Cemetery. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]

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Jack Fernandes: Tiatrist, sprinter, soccer player, drummer… a true icon of the East African Goan community

19 May: Coastweek (Mombasa). By Cyprian Fernandes. Of all the wonderful people who graced the Konkani (Goan) stage in East Africa, one name will stand out forever: Jack … He was born 1933, in the village of Cansaulim Goa to Pedro and Angelina Fernandes and grew up to be a handsome, sporty and talented youngster… In 1952, aged 19, he travelled from Goa to Kenya to join his father who was on a working assignment in Mombasa… Not only was he a talented entertainer he was a prominent sportsman and part of a formidable 4x 100 relay team, that included the legendary Seraphino Antao … Jack worked in the office in the mornings, his afternoons were spent on the sports field and his evenings were spent on stage… In the 1960’s Jack was posted to Nakuru and it was here that he met Olga Fernandes. In 1965 they were married in Nairobi… Jack could never sit in one place; the title Jumping Jack suited him… 1086 words.  click here

Three Girls: What happened to the Rochdale sex abuse victims of a gang of Asian men

20 May: Birmingham Mail. Viewers of a BBC drama about the Rochdale abuse scandal have heaped praise on the victims for having the courage to tell their stories. Three Girls tells the true story of widespread grooming and sexual assault of girls and young women in Rochdale by a gang of Asian men, which was revealed in 2012… Three Girls focuses on the events of 2008 to 2012 and the true experiences of three young girls: sisters Ruby and Amber, and their friend Holly…  For further details click here
To watch the three one hour each episodes online or to view the trailers or to listen to the Asian Network Reports discussion,  click here

Goa bridge death toll rises to 3

20 May: Herald. Rescue operations called off after third body is recovered; if required search will be taken up on Saturday …  For further details click here
When Indian media blamed the Portuguese for a bridge collapse in Goa 19 May: Daily O. Conspiracy theories are easy to build, especially when the atmosphere is so conducive that it seems to be almost begging for it … within a couple of hours, the narrative had changed: it was no longer about a bridge that collapsed in Goa but about a Portuguese-era bridge that had collapsed in Goa. Every report and every follow-up on the story began with the words Portuguese-era bridge … The matter and blame has been beautifully deflected …  click here
Portuguese-era bridges will be audited: Goa PWD Minister 19 May. Goa's Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday said all Portuguese-era bridges will be audited for their load-bearing capacity… click here.

Video: Indian Railways new Mumbai-Goa passenger train

19 May: Indian Railways. 6m. 22s.  For further details click here
Luxurious Mumbai-Goa train from May 22. 19 May: The Hindu. The luxurious train, Tejas Express, will start running between Mumbai to Goa on May 22. All preparations have been done for the launch of the 20-coach train, which will have secured gangways, automatic doors, and 22 new features… The train will run at a speed of 130kmph and will cover the distance in nearly eight and a half hours… The five-day-a-week train will depart from Mumbai at 5 a.m. and reach Goa at 1.30 p.m. Similarly, it will leave Goa at 2.30 p.m. and reach Mumbai at 11 p.m. The train will have executive class and chair class. “The coaches will have tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snacks tables, LCD screens, and Wi-Fi,” said the officials. The fare has not been disclosed …  click here

John Distilleries to double single malt production capacity

18 May: Mint. John Distilleries is in the process of doubling its malt whisky production capacity. The company, which sells single malts under the Paul John brand, also plans to launch its higher strength peated and non-peated variants in Goa this year. John Distilleries currently has a malt production capacity of 60,000 litres per month. The basic Paul John single malt, a non-peated 46% alcohol by volume (ABV) version named Brilliance, retails at Rs3, 600 in Karnataka for a 750ml bottle and at $55 in the US… it’s Peated Select Cask, a 55.5% ABV variant retails at $100 in the US… 872 words.  For further details click here
Paul John whisky is produced in Cuncolim, Goa – priced at £56.99 in Selfridges, London and Rs 2600 in Goa. For the Paul John website,  click here
Paul John Brilliance retails for £35 at Marks and Spencer, UK. click here.

A Goa state of mind in Lisbon

19 May: LiveMint. Authentic flavours from India’s sunshine state are popping up in restaurants across Lisbon and are leading a new culinary wave in the Portuguese capital … the burgeoning number of Goan restaurants in Lisbon is a great way to pay homage to both Portuguese and Indian cuisines, the progenitors of Goan food… Lisbon-based Goan food historian Anna Philomena Dias é Lobo spends half her year in Goa … at the Lapa branch of Pingo Doce, Portugal’s largest supermarket chain, Goan delicacies have found a firm footing in the country’s consumer goods sector as well… 1242 words.  For further details click here

Brazil: "Velha Goa" exhibition

18 May: Metropoles (Brazil). The Indian Embassy brings to Brazil two exhibitions of Benoy K Behl, renowned historian and art photographer who documented the churches and culture of Goa and the history of Buddhist temples in the last 40 years. At the embassy's headquarters, the exhibition "Velha Goa" depicts the richness and grandeur of Old Goa's culture, which in the 14th century was the capital of the Portuguese government in India. At the time, it was known as the Rome of the East, because it is also the capital of the Christian empire on the east coast of Africa … Photo shows the opening night of "Old Goa" exhibition …  For further details click here
To see the exhibition online,  click here

Slow cooker Goan pulled pork

18 May: BBC. Prep: 15 mins Cook: 8 hrs, 10 mins. Easy. Serves 6. Slow cook pork shoulder in Indian spices until meltingly tender, then shred and serve with chapatis, crunchy veg salad, cooling raita dip and mango chutney … Freezable …  For further details click here


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2 dead as bridge collapses in Goa

19 May: Deccan Herald. Sanvordem River in south Goa collapsed on Thursday evening, the police said. At least 50 people were standing on the dilapidated bridge when it caved in near Curchorem village. The people had gathered to watch the rescue operation of a youth, who had jumped into the river to commit suicide, the police said…  click here
Video: 18 May: Goa 365. Unused Foot Bridge in Sanvordem collapses in Zuari River, many missing … 2m. 36s.  click here
For the latest developments, click here.

Oliver Sean at The Washington; The Washington brings Goa native Oliver Sean

18 May: The Hawk Eye (Iowa, USA). It’s quite possible you’ve never heard of Oliver Sean, even though the rest of the world would flock Saturday to The Washington in Burlington to hear this musician from the U.K… Sean is Portuguese by lineage and raised a Goan… “Goemkar" is Konkani for “Goan of the Year." … “Darna Chod Do" is naughty Goan street slang and Sean's second video from his hit album of the same name. Sean's music has been called “feel good acoustic rock with soul" and is rooted in the cultures of Goa, Dubai and Great Britain from his youth. His distinctive percussive guitar and powerful, seductive voice are his trademarks in the music industry. He has a solid track record as a hit songwriter as well… He says, “I grew up in Goa. I got famous in that part of the world first, and the UK, of course”… He returns Sunday to England… 624 words.  click here
For the “Darna Chod Do" video (4m. 0s)  click here
For the Oliver Sean website with links to his Shows, News, Gallery, Bio, Contact, Videos and more, click here.

Angela Merkel says UK will 'pay a price' if EU immigration restricted

17 May: The Daily Telegraph (UK). In some of her toughest language on Brexit yet, the German chancellor warned that the EU would act to protect its own interests and could create “obstacles” for Britain. And in a barely veiled threat, she said there could be consequences for the British car industry. “If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price in relations with Britain,” Mrs Merkel told a meeting of trade union officials in Berlin. That's not malicious,” she said. “But you cannot expect to enjoy all the benefits and then say there will be an upper limit of 100,000 or 200,000 EU citizens, no more, or we’ll only accept researchers, but nobody else. This will not work.” Britain will be free to make its own rules after Brexit, Mrs Merkel said, but warned the EU would not stand by if its interests were threatened…  For further details click here

Citizens can also apply for residence, divergence, domicile, caste, income and matriz certificates

18 May: Herald. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday launched the Goa Government Services Portal and Integration of Property Registration with Mutation –in a bid to ensure a transparent delivery system of services and making the process of applying for documents convenient. With the help of this e-portal, citizens can apply for residence, divergence, domicile, caste, income and matriz certificates, partition of land, sound permissions, Form I and XIV, conversion of land and natural calamity…  For further details click here
For the Goa Government Services Portal,  click here

English film about Portuguese Goa seeks funding in Cannes

17 May: C7nema (Portugal). By Hugo Gomes in Cannes. Goa Sonata is the name of the proposed film that seeks financing at the Cannes Film Market … The plot is about an English writer who ventures to Goa, fascinated by the Goan freedom struggle freed. Within this hostile but progressive environment, Adrian is seduced by Maria, a staunch activist… the actors F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and Catarina Wallenstein (Singularities of a Blonde Girl) are listed as possible …  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

Vasco Bay & Goa’s coast sitting on ENVIRONMENTAL time BOMB

18 May: Herald. Believe it or not, but not only the Vasco Bay but whole of Goa’s coast is apparently sitting on environmental time bomb with waters around Western India Shipyard Limited(WISL) turning into a graveyard for ships and marine installations. Besides, such incidents of vessels getting grounded are also threatening the marine ecology to a severe extent, and authorities concerned have been dragging their feet to resolve the issues… What is important to note is whether the authorities would wake up before it’s too late and take corrective measures or would allow vessels to spill oil naturally and then to act after the marine environment gets polluted… 1047 words.  For further details click here
18 May: Times of India. Fear of impending disaster prompts MPT to file FIR …  click here
Video: 18 May: HCM. WISL floating dry dock sinks and grounds … 2m. 43s. click here.

Two auction houses in Cologne offering Goan antique ivory carvings on the same day

20 May: Kunsthaus Lempertz, Köln, Germany. Lot 1268: An 18th century Goa carved ivory figure of St. Francis Xavier. Carved in the round and pegged to an associated wooden plinth. With original partial polychrome. A depiction of the saint in priestly garb holding a crucifix in his hand. The rosette on the plinth identifies him with the initials "S.F.X." Two fingers partially lost. Vertical hairline cracks. Height 19 cm (without plinth). Provenance Formerly Brenninkmeyer Collection, Brussels (purchased from Hermann Baer art dealers, London). Auctioneer's estimate 1,500 EUR - 2,000 EUR.  For further details click here
20 May: Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Koln, Germany. Lots: 1546, 1551 and 1552. 3 ivory religious antique figures from Goa.Auctioneer's estimates vary from 1,000 EUR to 2,000 EUR.  click here

Forthcoming Events

Fri: 26 May: North London Goans presents Samuel Carvalho's Tiatr all the way from Goa with top artists, on Friday 26 May 2017 at 12pm sharp, at St. Monica's Catholic Church Hall, 1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green London N13 4DJ. Tickets are priced at just £10.00 for Adults, £5.00 for children under 12 years. For Tickets Contact: Tony Gomes: 0208 2451364, Frank Mendes: 0208 8881400. Seby D'Silva: 0208 2455463. John Fernandes: 0208 8814579. Bernadette Dias: 0208 3619417. Joe Telles: 0208 4431014. Tony Rebello: 0208 8077324 or Carlos Fernandes: 07576164005. For the flyer, click here.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 28 May. The Bakuli Reunion committee invite you to celebrate their farewell event at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS from 1.00pm - 8.00pm. Yes, this will be the very last event of The Bakuli Reunion. Live music will be provided by two bands, Zodiac & Rainbows End. Catering by Bernie's Caterers and licensed bar by Greg Carvalho and his team. Tickets (including a meal & snacks) - Adults £15.00, children £6.00 (2 - 10 years). SOLD OUT. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 4 Jun: Margao Union UK. Invites you to celebrate The Feast of Holy Spirit @ ATC Hall 192 Merton Road London, UK SW19 1EG. Mass at 12.30 pm followed by social and dancing to the sounds of Nite Life. Tickets Adults £10.00 B4 25th May 2017 Children 5 to 14 years £6.00 under 6 years free. Thereafter all tickets will be £15.00 tickets Includes Snacks, Buffet and Dessert. For ticket & further information please call - Bella 0208 3721253 or 07949233307; Xavy 0208 8035146 or 07507950455; Lucas 0208 352 8355; Rosalind 020 87678652 or Camilo 020 88013637 limited tickets available. For flyer click here.

UK: Sun. 18 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 37th Anniversary Feast of their Patron St, St Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon Surrey CR9 3AS. Tickets: Members £13:00 Guests £14:00. Goan Snacks & Meal included. Licensed Bar. NO food or drinks to be brought into the hall. Strictly No jeans or trainers. Committee reserves the right of admission. For further details, contact Tony Fernandes: 020 8540 3566, Eugene Fernandes 020 8665 4773, Charlotte Noronha 020 8656 4836. For the flyer, click here.

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News Summary

Susie Coelho ties the knot with Yale man

16 May: New York Post. Former Ford model, actress and HGTV lifestyle expert Susie Coelho — the ex-wife of Sonny Bono — has married Mike Peel, the vice president of human resources and administration at Yale University. Coelho and Peel — a former top exec at General Mills and PepsiCo — were married April 29 at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Chelsea. After honeymooning in Europe, we’re told that the happy couple will split their time between their New York and Los Angeles homes…  For further details click here
5 Feb. 1999. Washington Post [last item on page]. George Victor Coelho, 80, died on Jan. 30 at his home in Bethesda… In retirement, he organized conferences on historical awareness between Portugal and his native Goa, India. He traveled frequently to Goa and worked on an anthology of 20th-century Goan poets. His marriage to Rani Coelho ended in divorce. Survivors include three children, George Arjun Coelho, Susie Coelho of Los Angeles and Victor Anand Coelho of Calgary, Alberta …  click here
For some photographs of Susie Coelho, click here.
For some video clips featuring Susie Coelho, click here.
For Susie's website and her scrapbook with a photograph of her parents, click here.

UK: Property millionaire who bans 'coloured' people over ‘curry smell’ faces legal action

17 May: The Guardian (UK). The equality watchdog has begun formal legal action against buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson after he told his letting agent to ban “coloured” tenants because they left curry smells in his properties. It emerged in March that Wilson, who owns almost 1,000 homes across Ashford and Maidstone in Kent, emailed a local letting agency, Evolution, saying: “No coloured people because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy.” After an investigation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission is seeking a court injunction against Wilson… An unrepentant Wilson said he stands by his ban on Indian and Pakistani tenants and will fight the EHRC in court…  For further details click here

Goa key bridge between India, Portugal: envoy

17 May: The Goan. By Gerard Lobo. In an exclusive interview with The Goan, India’s Ambassador to Portugal Nandini Singla (photo) shares her experience and collaboration with the Goan community in Portugal and throws more light on the growing number of Indians, including Goans, visiting Portugal … She says, The Goan community in Portugal has been a big part of bilateral relations between India and Portugal, the anchor holding together one of the world’s oldest relationships between any two countries, going back over half a millennia. The fact that Casa de Goa is next door to the foreign ministry of Portugal shows its importance even in contemporary Portugal… The Indian Embassy has been supportive of the Goan association and other Indian associations in Portugal…  For further details click here

Row brews as Goa plans standardising feni

17 May: Hindustan Times. In a bid to boost its acceptance both nationally and internationally, a top-level government committee has recommended setting up an agency to standardise the drink, a major tourist attraction. The government-approved agency, it is planned, will authenticate the maturity of feni and bring about a uniform improvement in quality… But locals who run makeshift feni distilleries from their homes, are distraught. “The government now wants to bring in a bottled product and get into the entire thing of branding the feni with a logo. What they cannot understand is that the beauty of the drink lies in the fact the best feni is made in small distilleries like ours, which operate from home,” Rodrigues pointed out… According to official figures with the Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association, there are about 3,500 big and small distillers in Goa. The actual figure could be higher …  For further details click here

When Goa sculpted a legacy in tusks

17 May: Times of India. In the museums in the state as well as in the rest of the country, Christian art sections are incomplete without ivory figurines of Jesus, Mary and saints. This may seem surprising considering Goa's limited and floating tusker population. But not for researchers, who have documented a highly profitable ivory trade that Portuguese India engaged in, surpassing the profits made even by the slave business. Most of the ivory is said to have been sourced from the Portuguese colonisers' East African colonies, which was later exported elsewhere. On an average, Portuguese India exported a little over 22,000 tusks annually to Bombay …  For further details click here

Hail taxi’s, hail Hitler’

17 May: Herald. By Blaise Costabir. … Today, in Goa to get a taxi or even a rickshaw for a short distance it is impossible, and even if the driver decides to take you, it is a favor for which you will have to add a premium … Because it is so easy and reasonably cheap, the number of people using ride hailing apps has increased drastically, more customer means there is a need for more taxis, car owners are preferring to use taxis to avoid the hassle of parking or driving after a drink … The myth being spread by local taxi unions is that outsiders will come and enter the taxi business, this is far from the truth, it is local who will sign up and be part of the system… 1038 words  For further details click here
GOA Taxi Revolution. The Cashless Option  click here

Video: Battling taboos to sell sex toys in India
17 May: BBC. Strict laws and a conservative society make selling adult products a delicate matter… 1m. 47s.  For further details click here


Bettina Gracias

DRAMA: BBC Radio 4. Mon. 22nd May. 14:15 to 15:00. After Independence. In May Sumbwanyambe's award-winning stage play set in 1998, Charles a black civil servant tries to persuade Guy a white landowner in Zimbabwe to sell his farm.

DRAMA: Bettina Gracias - Asha's World. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Tues. 23rd May. 11:15 to 12:00 & 21.15 to 22.00. Asha's controlling mother rings up from India to tell her she has arranged a date for her with a gorgeous Indian doctor. When she refuses to go, her best friend Veronique goes instead and impersonates her.
[Bettina Gracias, traces her Goan roots to Assolna. Her mother is Austrian and her father is Goan. Her grandfather, Luis Gracias, used to be in Kenya. For more info about her, click here.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 24th May. 18:30 to 19:00. India's Reggae Resistance. An Indian reggae musician builds a towering Jamaican-style sound system to energise a wave of protests defending free speech.

SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Wed. 24th May. 22:30 to 22:55. The Marriage Emporium is running low on Indian brides, plus a new interpretation of the classic song 'Fifty Ways to Leave Your Mother'. British-Asian sitcom stars Nina Wadia. From July 1997. (Part 2 of 4, Series 2, Episode 2)

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Thurs. 25th May. 17:30 to 18:00. In Derbyshire, taking inspiration from his favourite Indian dishes, Gareth's guests are in for something spicy.

MUSIC: World on 3. BBC Radio Three. Fri. 26th May. 23:00 to 01:00. Lopa Kothari presents a live session featuring the UK's Bollywood Brass Band in collaboration with south Indian Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, ahead of their appearance at the 2017 Songlines Encounters festival in London.


News Summary

Joao Roque Literary Journal, Issue 4: Childhood Memories of East Africa

15 May. JRLJ. Childhood Memories of East Africa featuring Flavio Gracias (Mombasa), Francisco D'Souza (Masaka, Uganda), Flaviana Vaz (Katesh, Tanzania) and Agnes Costa Correa (Nakuru, Kenya) all talks about their early memories For these, see the video link to the first article.
Also in the journal in this issue Colonial Panjim: From Bogland to Capital describes how Panjim transformed itself from a small fishing village to become the capital of Portuguese India. In the Fiction/Narrative section is an excellent memoir by Fatima M Noronha of a childhood Christmas memory.  click here

Vikat Bhagat blames his friends for Danielle McLaughlin’s death

16 May: The Irish Sun. Vikat Bhagat, who is awaiting trial in connection to the death of Danielle made the claim in a 29-page letter he wrote to his sister… The 24-year-old Bhagat claims he was in a relationship with the Donegal native and denies raping or murdering her. He alleges that the attack was committed by three of his friends and that they smashed bottles and rocks off her head when she tried to fight back… Des Doherty, solicitor for Ms McLaughlin's family, said they were aware of the report and said they have heard these allegations before…  For further details click here
17 May: Herald. Cops rule out any other hand in McLaughlin murder … Say they have interrogated three boys but found no links to the murder; McLaughlin family advocate suspects involvement of more persons, seeks thorough probe …  click here
17 May: Herald. Herald meets Vikat’s family in Canacona … click here.

Carol Gracias: Few things changed after I became a mother

16 May: The Navhind Times. Supermodel, actress and ex-Bigg boss contestant, Carol Gracias who recently judged the Goa auditions of a national level beauty pageant. In conversation with NT Buzz Carol speaks what it takes to be a mother and how models need to have in them a unique quality that makes them stand out from the rest… Born in Mumbai, to Goan Catholic parents, Carol Gracias took up modelling as her career… The gorgeous model recently became a mother to a baby boy. Speaking about how her life changed after she became a mother, Carol says: “Being a mother changed a few things in me…  For further details click here
Video: Carol Gracias - Indian Supermodel Bio. 7m. 02s.  click here

Citizen step up fight for app-based taxi service in state

16 May: Times of India. The irony of Goa's tourism industry is that a ticket from Mumbai to Goa costs roughly the same as the taxi fare from the airport to the capital city, if not more. After an online petition last month urging the chief minister to introduce app-based taxi services in the state failed to evoke any response, the petitioners have now started a Facebook page to seek support and pressurise the government. Mahesh Sardesai, an NRI of Goan origin, who had started the online petition and has now turned to Facebook, told TOI: "I had a bad experience as one taxi guy tried to dupe us. I don't have any interest in these companies (Ola and Uber)." After having gathered over 7,000 signatures in the online petition, the page—The Taxi Revolution In Goa—has got nearly 2,000 likes…  For further details click here

A plate of traditional food in Goa

16 May: Media India Group (France). Traditional food in Goa is a reflection of its rich culture. It is a play of flavours with coconut milk toning down Goan spices in most meals. The accompanying cooling and digestive drinks further add to the drama of tastes and to the experience of eating an authentic meal in this coastal state… With an interesting blend of the mild and mellow along with the hot, Goan cuisine is a derivative of the state’s varied culture with influences from its Hindu origins, Portuguese colonialism and Catholic culture. A delectable experience, every food might also tell a story, only if you listen… 783 words  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
17 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.3. Min = 25. Humidity = 73%.
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 82.63; $ = 63.95; $Can = 47.07; Euro = 70.89; $Aus= 47.52.

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