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Death: Dr Justin Fernandes

29 Aug: Germany. DR. (MED.) JUSTINIANO FERNANDES (JUSTIN) Ex Merces, Goa. Loving husband of Maria (Ria) Muller e Fernandes. Father of Matthias & Dr Marcel/Dr. Brigit. Doting grandfather of Vincent and Severin. Brother of late Vasco, late Isac, Antonio (Tony)/Ivy, Christin /Valent.

Death: Eva D'Souza

25 Aug: Rialto, California. EVA MARIA D'SOUZA. Born in Byculla, Bombay. Ex Burma & Calcutta. Wife of the late Edwin D'Souza (Grindlay's Bank) beloved mother of Richard (Riverside County Office of Education) and Edward (Rialto USD). Eva was an educator for over 40 years teaching at Methodist English High School (Rangoon, Burma) and later at St Xavier's Collegiate School (Calcutta, India). She was strong in her Catholic faith. Viewing, mass, and burial will be at the same location at Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3510 E. Washington St., Colton, CA on Wednesday, September 2nd. Public viewing will start at 9:15 a.m., followed promptly at 10:00 the Catholic mass at All Souls Mausoleum Chapel, and interment at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery.  For further details click here

Death: Llewelyn D’Souza
Montreal. LLEWELYN MAX D’SOUZA. Formerly resided in block “D", Misquita Garden, Karachi. Son of late Max and Marjorie (Montreal), brother of Robert, Allan and Susy. Nephew of George, Hilary, Willy and Late Anne Rodrigues (Maureen & Allen Marrolly’s of Montreal mum), The funeral will be held on Monday August 31st 2015 at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, 34 - 34th Avenue, Lachine. Quebec @ 4.00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Children's Wish Foundation would be appreciated. [Info Pompie Gois].

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Amancio D’Silva: With A Little Help From Friends

29 Aug: Hindustan Times. Hum Dono, is an album by a jazz quartet led by the guitarist Amancio D’Silva and the Jamaican-born saxophonist, Joe Harriott… It was originally released in 1969 and re-released more recently … D’Silva got turned on to jazz in the 1940s by listening to American jazz guitarists on the radio in India and later played in jazz bands in Bombay. He then moved to London where he did menial work while playing in small jazz clubs. Soon he got a break and a recording contract and collaborated with other musicians… D’Silva’s Ballad For Goa kicks off – a brooding beginning of guitar, bass and chants that soon turns into a sax-led upbeat bebop exploration… I went to YouTube. And found a few tracks – A Street in Bombay from the album Konkan Dance; Ganges from the album Integration; and a track called Eastern Dawn. Fabulous, all of them…  click here
For some You Tube recordings of Amancio D’Silva,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Amancio D’Silva, click here.

Video: Husband, Wife, Girlfriend & lots of drama at Goa airport

28 Aug: NewsOnline. A man was caught on camera assaulting his wife after she found him cheating with another woman. The video shows a nasty brawl between them, which culminates in the husband slapping and kicking the woman. The incident reportedly unfolded at an airport in Goa. The video shows a couple, who are accosted by another woman, claiming to be the man's wife. While the man does not dispute the claim he is far from being defensive or apologetic. He refuses to go with his wife, who in a fit of temper slaps the woman, she calls his mistress. The husband is enraged and slaps his wife and even kicks her in the stomach. Onlookers mostly taxi drivers, who are quietly watching the drama till then, intervene and restrain the husband, cautioning him.  click here

Ian McEwan: Fishing in Goa

29 Aug: Toronto Star. (Travel. Page T4). My wife and I were visiting our daughter and her family in Goa in April 2003. We had a condo near the beach at Baga and spent a lot of time at the beach. At night, we would watch the sunset. This night I was waiting, camera in hand for the sunset. Then the fishermen appeared — out for the nightly catch. Magical! At the link select "continue to use"  click here

A Familiarization Trip to Goa: Beyond Booze, Beaches and Bikes

27 Aug: Recently, we went on a FAM trip to Goa. To those who don’t know, fam trip refers to familiarization trip, which is organized to give you a snapshot of the region. While we have always maintained that Goa has much more to it than just beaches and parties, we believe even more so after the trip we took, organized by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). Our outing was spread across 3-days, starting on August 22, which is celebrated as Bonderam Festival on the quaint Divar Island in Goa. Well, you can read all the details of our FAM trip to Goa … 1318 words + photos.  click here

Bath 23-year-old Kendal West heads to India to volunteer at orphanage

29 Aug: A young Bath woman is heading off to India to volunteer at an orphanage in Goa for three months. Kendal West responded to a call from a local charity, the Goa Anglican Centre, which is funding the trip with a £2,000 bursary… Kendal will be doing everyday chores at the children's home, such as washing, cleaning and cooking. But she also hopes to run some art therapy workshops, and will make a video to help promote the work of the Goa Anglican Centre, She leaves for India on Wednesday September 2 with a group of other volunteers from the charity…  click here

Let’s party!!! Maybe not

30 Aug: Herald. If one observes the current nightlife scene in Goa, it may seem like the number of locals frequenting nightclubs on a regular basis is on the decline with locals moving towards other forms of entertainment… The nightlife industry in Goa has developed over time and has undergone a lot of changes… Has the change also led to monotony? Has partying at nightclubs become a mundane affair for the locals? Is clubbing in Goa moving away from being a source of entertainment for the locals? …  click here

Shashi Tharoor: Why India needs a new debate on caste quotas
29 Aug: BBC. Caste-related violence involving an influential community in India's Gujarat state left eight people dead earlier this week. The Patel community is demanding quotas in educational institutions and government jobs. Politician and writer Shashi Tharoor explains why India needs a new debate on affirmative action… 1117 words.  click here

Lates & Breaks
29 Aug. Daily Star (UK). Goa: Go from Birmingham on Wednesday and get seven nights B&B at the four-star Ocean Palms Beach Resort in Calangute for £583. See or ring 0208 705 0107.
29 Aug: The Sun (UK) Journey to the Far East on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas for £1,249pp. Fly to Dubai on October 21 and stay for two nights then sail for 11 nights to Goa and Cochin in India, Penang and Port Klang in Malaysia and arrive in Singapore for two-nights hotel stay before flying home. See or call 0800 953 4963.

Recipe: Goan fish curry
30 Aug: New Zealand Herald. Sunday Magazine. By Sam Mannering. I love the flavours in this curry. In Goa, in the west of India, they embrace flavours such as fresh chilli, coconut, gutsy spices and, of course, what they can reap from the sea. There are endless similar variations in this region, with prawns, whole fish, and other flavours such as tamarind, curry leaves and fenugreek. So experiment a little according to what you prefer. Fresh coconut isn't always readily available, but at a pinch you can get away with dried coconut strands. Any firm white fish that holds its form will do – I like monkfish. Add a little coconut milk in lieu of water for a richer curry…  click here

Goa gets its own World Trade Centre
30 Aug: Times of India. Marking a new chapter in the thrust towards trade investment and industrial growth, Goa is now home to a World Trade Centre (WTC), connecting the western region to the network of 330 WTCs across 100 countries. "The WTC will help facilitate commerce and business in Goa and link Goa to the global market," chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said while inaugurating the WTC office at the EDC building in Panaji… The Goa centre will lead a shipping delegation to Antwerp, Belgium, later this year to understand how the shipping sector in Goa can be diversified and efficiently utilized…  click here



Goa: DKA condolence meet in memory of journalist Joel D’Souza

28 Aug: Daiji World. Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) will organize a condolence meeting in memory of well-known Konknni personality Joel D’Souza whose sudden death on August 5 shocked his countless friends and associates in the media. The meeting which will be presided over by DKA President Premanand A Lotlikar will be held on Monday August 31 at the academy’s Reginald Fernandes Conference Hall at 4.30 pm…. Popular and pro-active on the internet, he made it his mission to capture the myriad facets of Goa’s art and culture on his camera, his constant companion, and shared the same with the Goan diaspora and the world as well… click here.

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Goanet attains adulthood

28 Aug: Goa Streets. By Frederick Noronha. Oldest Goan online social media experiment turns 21. Herman Carneiro (photo), then a 17-year-old lad, now an eligible, engineer-cum-doctor of 38, reminded us that Goanet completed 21 years of its existence on August 25, just a few days back. Ex-Kenya Herman founded this cybernet when he was at the North Eastern University in Boston. It’s not possible to be a neutral journo here. As a close supporter of the project, I’ve been involved with it for 20+ of its 21 years. Working with Herman and team has been a pleasure. Few can work for that long without squabbles and fallouts… 903 words.  click here
Herman Carneiro, (born 25 Aug. 1976, Nairobi) is the son of the late Jules and Hilda Carneiro. For the Wikipedia profile of GoaNet,  click here

Global Goans keep spreading their wings

29 Aug: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes (photo). Last month, the Migration Observatory of Oxford University released a new study revealing that over 20,000 UK residents were India-born Goans who carried Portuguese passports … Edgar Valles, the lawyer who presides over the Casa de Goa in Lisbon complained to a Macau newspaper "it disgusts me" more requirements have not been placed on citizenship—like knowledge of Portuguese language and history… Of course, the main reason Goans are acquiring Portuguese passports but heading straight to the UK is that their new "mother country" is mired in economic crisis … living in the tiny Comoros Islands, is Dr Godfrey Coutinho, whom I read about in the excellent diaspora website Goan Voice ( …  click here

Sequel to Konkani film ‘Home Sweet Home’ to go on floors soon

28 Aug: Indian Express. The makers of Konkani movie “Home Sweet Home” have announced a sequel to the film, which will start its shoot in December this year. The movie, which was released last year, is still running in various theatres across the state. “Home Sweet Home” makes a statement on the current affairs of Goa, a small state which is losing its land to non-Goans. “The film appealed to all the Goan audience across the world,” Swapnil Shetkar, the film’s producer and director, said … The theme of the sequel will be the alleged scams unleashed by politicians in the state… The spin-off, to be shot in Goa and Mumbai, is expected to hit theatres next year.  click here
For the Home Sweet Home 4m. 19s. trailer  click here

Going shopping in Mapuca

28 Aug: Bella Online. By Marianne de Nazareth (photo)- BellaOnline's Romantic Getaways Editor. I had not been to Mapuca to shop, my almost ritual enjoyment, everytime we come to Goa. It is almost the end of the week and our time here and imagine, I had not gone to Mapuca to shop?! … We went straight to the woman who sells the kind of kurtis I like to wear to college. In Bangalore they cost upwards of 600 but I get them for Rs 200 each in Goa, made of the softest cotton fabric that I like against my skin… The over flowing fruit stalls beckon .. Masalas are next on my list and we head for Vitals, famous for all the Costas products… I settle for a fresh lime soda and some boiled egg croquets. I tell the man who is waiter and owner in one, that we have come there for over 50 years and he smiles. The bill is only Rs 80, I can't believe it. Some things in Goa remain the same…  click here
For a profile of Marianne de Nazareth,  click here

Mandovi In Danger

28 Aug: Goa Streets. The burning of a State-run Kadamba Transport Corporation bus at 5:30 am on 26 August in Hubli has jerked Goans from their slumber over the burning issue, just across their border… Goa’s neighbouring state, Karnataka, seeks to divert 7000 million cubic feet (7 TMC) of water from the Mhadei stream which flows into Goa as the River Mandovi. They plan to achieve this by the construction of an underground canal (that runs to over 5 kilometres) which will carry the water from the Mhadei reservoir (which will be created after they dam the Mhadei) to be poured into the Malaprabha river, which flows eastwards… They also claim that Goa is simply wasting precious freshwater by allowing it to flow directly into the sea…  click here
28 Aug: India Today. Mahadayi river dispute: Karnataka and Goa headed for a major clash …  click here

Richard Holkar opens a new beach house hotel in Goa

28 Aug: FT (UK). Richard Holkar, owner of the brilliant 18th-century Ahilya Fort (; from £370) in Madhya Pradesh, has partnered with a local family to remake their stunning beach house as a counterpoint to the fort’s bucolic inland setting. Right on Coco Beach, Ahilya by the Sea (from £215; pictured), has eight suites spread across two Portuguese-colonial villas, awash with hand-painted tiles, hand laid stones and heirloom textiles; crowds are replaced by quiet villages to explore and fisherman to watch in tranquillity from the elegant lap pools abutting the beach wall…  click here
For the Goa Ahilya by the Sea website,  click here

Sarah Todd plans to open a restaurant in Goa

28 Aug: Economic Times. Remember Australian model Sarah Todd, who won the hearts of viewers on MasterChef Australia last year with her aloo gobhi? Todd is set to take her love for India to the next level by opening a restaurant in Goa. Since she loves working with desi spices and cuisines, crafting a menu for Indian taste buds will not be alien to her. The restaurant in Goa will be in partnership with Ashish Kapur of Moods Hospitality … The menu, we hear, will draw inspiration from modern Australian cuisine, with a hint of Asian influence… Photo.  click here
Video: Masters of Food and Wine Dinner with Sarah Todd at Park Hyatt, Goa …  click here

Kenya: Da Gama Rose enjoined in class action suit against banks
28 Aug: Business Daily (Nairobi). Businessman Horatius Da Gama Rose has been enjoined in a class action suit in which hundreds of bank clients are seeking compensation for interest rates charged on loans without the Finance minister’s approval. Da Gama Rose, who is at the centre of a separate suit fighting to retain ownership of the controversial 134-acre Karen land valued at an estimated Sh8 billion, hopes to use the suit to rescue two of his companies that were placed under receivership by Bank of Baroda in 2008… The suit was filed by Rose Florence Wanjiru in 2003…  click here
19 Oct. 2014.. The Standard (Kenya). Da Gama Rose's links to the rich and mighty …  click here

Indian sisters sentenced to be raped then paraded naked as punishment …
28 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). A pair of sisters, one of whom is only 15, are to be raped as punishment for their brother running away with a married woman in rural India. The teenager and her elder sister Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, will also be paraded through the streets naked with blackened faces, according to an unelected all-male village council. The barbaric punishment has been handed down in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, around 30 miles north of New Delhi… Text + Photos + Comments  click here

No duty-free flying out of Goa since June
28 Aug: Times of India. Travellers and vacationers flying out from Goa International Airport, Dabolim, and Calicut International Airport, Kerala, can no longer avail of duty-free alcohol. They have been dismayed to find the duty-free stores shut at both airports… duty-free stores at both airports fear that they may not be able to meet demands of the new tourism season that begins in October… Despite several written and verbal assurances, AAI has failed to grant any further extension to FleminGo and has also failed to award a new contract…  click here

Toby Riccard cleared of harassing Scarlett Keeling's mother
28 Aug: North Devon Journal (UK). A man has admitted harassing staff at a medical centre but been cleared of stalking the mother of Goa murder victim Scarlett Keeling. A judge has ordered a full psychiatric report on Toby Riccard after being told he has a history of problems which led to him making abusive phone calls to a surgery in North Devon. Riccard was cleared of breaching a restraining order by sending a letter to his former landlady Fiona McKeown, who is the mother of 15-year-old schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling, who was murdered while on a family holiday in Goa .. Photos.  click here



Death: Peter Paul De Souza

24 Aug: Millbrae, California. PETER PAUL FORTUNATO DE SOUZA. Born 1936 in Mombasa. Passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long and valiant struggle with numerous health issues. He was a quiet and brave man who has touched many lives with his gentle spirit and positive outlook on life. Peter immigrated to the United States in 1971 and in 1973 began his 28-year career as an electrician for Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Peter is survived by his loving wife, Vivien; devoted children Noel De Souza of San Leandro, Cheryl De Souza-Sanchez of Oakley, Sean De Souza of Millbrae, grandchildren, Dylan, Ryan and Alyssa Sanchez, and Jasmine and Zachary De Souza. He is also survived by his siblings in the United States and England as well as countless nieces and nephews around the world. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Sunday, Aug. 30th, from 5-7pm, with a vigil/rosary at 7pm at Holy Angels/Holy Cross Cemetery, 2200 E. 18th St. Antioch, CA. Funeral and burial services will be held privately. Condolences to
For full details click here.

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Video: UK Goan Association Sports Day

27 Aug: By Raymond Carvalho (photo). The Goan Association Sports Day was held on Sunday 23 Aug. at Croydon Sports Arena. An array of track and field events were scheduled for this sporting day, suitable for all ages, talents and team participation! The rain in the early part of the day failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants or spectators. Vince Fernandes and Jason D’Costa led the organising team. 41m. 37s.  click here

High Society: Sheena Bora Murder: Mother charged

27 Aug: Herald. Indrani Mukerjea has been charged with the murder of Sheila Bora in 2012 … Indrani was married to Peter Mukherjea - they have an apartment in Betim, Goa and Peter’s brother, Gautam Mukherjea, is Owner-Editor of the lifestyle monthly magazine Planet Goa. Indrani introduced Sheena in Society as her sister but it is now revealed to be her daughter by a previous marriage… [The police suspect Indrani was upset about Sheena's relationship with her step-brother Rahul, Peter Mukerjea's son from a previous marriage; They also speculate about a property inheritance dispute] …  click here
27 Aug: BBC. India sensational murder grips local media …  click here
For updates, click here.

App to take taxis to tourists

28 Aug: Herald. In an attempt to smoothen the taxi business, which is embroiled in a series of controversies over various irregularities, Tourism Department is launching an app which will help tourists get taxis by clicking on their mobile phones… the app will be launched before October and the taxi owners association has asked to furnish data of all taxis so that every tourist taxi is registered on the app. … the fare charge which is Rs 18 per km will be made compulsory to all tourist taxis. He said that the rate chart will be displayed at all tourist taxi counters, hotels, residencies, resorts …  click here

Goan Girl Scully D’Souza Wins ‘Miss Teen India 2015’

27 Aug: Herald. Some may call it chance, while others, destiny. Whatever the title, ‘it’ surely worked wonders for Scully D’Souza from Sangolda. Her proactive nature and inherent style won her the Miss Teen India 2015 title at a pageant organised by Alee Club in New Delhi. It might have been Scully’s debut into the world of modelling, but the young girl stole the show with her charisma and style… There were over 5,000 contestants in the audition round, vying for the title … she states, “I was studying in Muscat and recently finished my studies in twelfth Commerce scoring 92 per cent, following which I came down to Goa in the month of May. It was in Goa that a friend I should give the pageant a try.” … Scully now has her heart set on winning Femina Miss Goa before heading for an international career…  click here

10 scrumptious Goan desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth in Goa!

27 Aug: I Trip To. Not many people need to be told to sample local drinks in Goa, but many tend to forget the rich and delicious cuisine of Goa. Goan desserts are among the best in the country, especially if you love coconuts. Goa offers a wide variety of desserts to choose from. The Goan cuisine is largely influenced by Saraswat, Konkani, Portuguese, South Indian and British cuisines. If you are heading to Goa, you better not miss on trying these 10 sweets in Goa! Bebinca … Doce … Dodol … Patoleo … Kidyo/Kulkul … Neureos … Kokad … Coconut Ice … Bolinhas … Perad … 450 words..  click here

Government proposes setting up ‘tourist police’ units
26 Aug: Hindustan Times. Setting up units of “Tourist Police” and making provisions for the issuance of “city passes” for travellers in major centres, including Delhi, are among plans that minister of state for tourism, Mahesh Sharma, is keen on implementing within a 90-day time frame… The concept of “city passes” envisages free travel in buses and metros to pass holders, besides concessional tickets for visit to historical sites or museums… “The idea of putting up a “wall of shame” to name and shame people held guilty for dirtying the city has also been put up”, sources said…  click here

It’s official, Panaji to be smart city
28 Aug: Times of India. Goa's capital city was chosen by the Union government as one of the 100 smart cities to be developed in the country … The smart cities mission aims to create walkable localities which will in turn reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion and simultaneously boost local economy and ensure security. The concept also aims to preserve and develop open spaces to enhance the quality of life and promote eco-balance…  click here

India: Plea in Supreme Court wants canon law as personal law for Christians
27 Aug: Times of India. Can marriage and divorce of Christians be ordered to be mandatorily regulated by a set of principles commonly known as Canon law? The Supreme Court on Wednesday admitted a petition seeking a direction that orders passed by church or ecclesiastical courts be made legally binding… the petitioner pleaded that many Catholics, who re-married after getting divorce from ecclesiastical courts under Canon law, were facing charges of bigamy as law courts did not recognize the divorce…  click here

Chef shortage hits UK Curry Houses
27 Aug: Asian Lite News, UK curry restaurants are being closed for business at a faster rate than ever before… While the UK’s taste for ethnic cuisine shows little sign of abating, curry restaurants have been found to be suffering from a shortage in staff that, for many businesses in the industry, is proving terminal… Leaders of industry bodies have noted that an ageing generation of highly-skilled chefs is retiring, never to be replaced. Not enough young people are entering the profession, and UK visa requirements are discriminating against chefs who do not reach the right salary bracket to qualify as skilled personnel…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 29 Aug. Wembley . Tiatr: ‘Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai - Part 2’. Fr Lucas Rodrigues sfx presents the sequel to the spectacular success of the first part to complete the arduous journey embarked upon by the leading character in the play. Oakington Primary School, Wembley, HA9 6NF at 2.00pm. Contacts: Mark: 0753531677; Caetano: 07882009063; Edna: 07590419942. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 30 Aug. Swindon. Tiatr: ‘Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai - Part 2’. Fr Lucas Rodrigues sfx presents the sequel to the spectacular success of the first part to complete the arduous journey embarked upon by the leading character in the play. Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN at 11.30am with the Final Show at 5.30 pm. Contacts: Pilar Fathers 020 8648 2101; Monty 07840 135121; Pedro 07448 791717; Luis (Reading) 07831 160766. For the flyer, click here.

Wed. 2 Sep. - G.O.A. Theatre visit. The Sinatra Show at the London Palladium. Commencing at 15.00 hrs. Tickets at £39.50 (Reduced from £69.50). Only 30 tickets available on a first come first served basis. Contact Bernie Gracias on 0208 723 1322 or Norma Menezes-Rahim on 0208 771 4457. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 6 Sep, 2pm to 8pm. Late Summer Hop. Enjoy an afternoon out with your friends. At St Boniface Community Centre, next to St Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting London SW17 9PG. Tickets: £12 inclusive of Snacks and Hot Buffet. Licenced bar and Catering. Live Band REVIVE in attendance with variety cabaret acts. Famous Traditional Goan Dancers, Swahili and Konkani entertainment. Jive contest with great prizes to be won. For further details please contact: Greg DeMello. Home tel: 0208 567 9155, Mobile: 07886230433 ** Hurry and get your ticket now - it's going to be a great afternoon not to be missed ** For more information visit: For the flyer, click here.

Thur. 10 Sep. - Sun. 13 Sep. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto) extend an open invitation to alumni around the globe, to join us in celebrating our 2015 Reunion in Toronto. The festivities get under way on Thursday morning, Sept 10, with a Golf Tournament, followed by a Meet & Greet in the evening. On Friday, climb on board for a Coach Trip to Niagara Falls/Casino and Wine Tasting. Saturday has been set aside for free time and/or individual classes to hold their own reunions. On Sunday we will remember our dear departed at a Memorial Mass followed by a Reunion Gala. For further details, 2015 Reunion Flyer & Reservation Form, click here.

Sat. 12 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 8th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Cocktail Reception. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & Top Goan DJs: Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & PRESS PLAY. Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal.Tickets: Adult Early bird: £12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £8 & Adult Standard £15. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London. For the Flyer, click here.

Sat. 26 Sep. St Jacinto Feast. At the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PD. Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of "PRESS PLAY". Snacks and Lunch will be served. For details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545; Maria: 02089315185; Clare: 02085782288/; Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022; Francis: 01162553772 (Leicester). For the flyer, click here

Sat. 26 Sep. – G.O.A. Senior Citizens Lunch Party –12.15 p.m. St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Quadrant Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RD. Three course meal followed by dancing and afternoon tea. Tickets available from Nina Pinto – 0208 767 0663 - Vince Fernandes – 0208 764 8780 | Bosco Saldanha – 0208 684 4474 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa – 0208 765 0258 or via email For the flyer, click here

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Death: Edgar Rodrigues

20 Aug: Bandra. EDGAR CLEMENT RODRIGUES. Born 1939. Ex Tata Tea. Son of Late Nel & Diana (Anjuna, Goa) Loving brother of Yvonne / Osy (Melbourne) Late Derrick/Angela (Perth) beloved Uncle of Neal, Susan, Diane Kyle, Ciancarl & Kesley (Aus). Funeral will leave residence on Friday 28th August 2015 at 3.30 pm for Mass at Theresa's Church, Bandra at 4:00 pm followed by burial at St Andrews Cemetery, Bandra (W).

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Goanet. Femnet. August 2015. Issue 41

Our August Issue is dedicated to friends and the beautiful bond of friendship. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves (well … friends and in-laws!). Luckily, the former come without rulebooks. We can be our own true, crazy weird selves when we are with them and they will celebrate our craziness.We also look at diabetes and its management, the importance of having our girls and daughters in the playgrounds and the effect that play has on their well-being. Let’s not forget, playgrounds are also the places where we form our first friendships. Please join us in committing to a healthier, more active lifestyle and raise your glasses to the people who accept us for who we are.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Event

Sat. 26 Sep. St Jacinto Feast. At the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PD. Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of "PRESS PLAY". Snacks and Lunch will be served. For details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545; Maria: 02089315185; Clare: 02085782288/; Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022; Francis: 01162553772 (Leicester). For the flyer, click here

Stephany Dsouza is all about minimal luxury at Lakme Fashion Week

26 Aug: Times of India. Goa-based fashion designer Stephany Dsouza's collection for the Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive 2015, is all about minimal understated luxury. It is a refreshing collection with a colour-blocked palette of pastel mint and peach, a splash of vibrant azure, lime and orange contrasted with sandstone beige…  click here

New data disproves allegations of conversions: Indian Christians

26 Aug: UCAN. India’s Christian community has grown more slowly in the last decade than the country’s overall population, according to new government data, disproving allegations that there have been widespread forced Christian conversions… The religion-based data collected for the 2011 decennial national census shows the percentage of Hindus fell marginally while Islam grew faster than any other religion during the 10 years between 2001-2011.There has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains …  click here

Baath: For the Ultimate Coconut Cake, Look to India

26 Aug: Saveur (USA). Nik Sharma recalls—and recreates—his grandmother's signature Goan coconut cake. “It needs to soak for a long time to get the perfect crumb,” my grandmother used to tell me whenever she poured semolina into fresh coconut milk while preparing baath, a Goan coconut cake that was one of her signature—and one of my favorite—desserts. It’s perhaps the wisest thing she ever taught me…  click here
Recipe: Goan Coconut Cake (Baath) Saveur (USA). A hint of rosewater adds sweet, floral aroma to this moist, dense semolina cake, packed with four types of coconut. Refrigerating overnight gives the semolina time to soak up the sweet coconut liquid, resulting in a softer, more tender crumb…  click here

Frog trade on a high in Canacona despite ban on meat
27 Aug: Herald. A pair of the cooked frog legs is priced from Rs 150 to Rs 200 (As per Size) onwards in restaurants and is available at select joints in Canacona where foreign tourists frequent… The dish is served under the alias of Mountain chicken, jumping chicken or Drums of Heaven for example and people devour the meat at exorbitant prices due to the ban…  click here

A liquor bar for every 214 persons in Goa
26 Aug: Times of India. Protests from women's groups and anti-alcoholics notwithstanding, the number of liquor bars in Goa is growing with the years such that now, there is one liquor bar for every 214 people in a state, considering a population of 15 lakh. According to figures obtained from the excise department, there were 6,919 liquor bars in Goa in 2011-12, but with about 95 new licenses being issued every year, the present number of liquor bars in the state has swelled to 7,208. But excise department sources said that about 100 of these must have closed down. By bar, we mean an outlet for the retail sale of Indian made foreign liquor and country liquor for consumption…  click here

Churchill rightly wonders, why is he different
26 Aug: Herald. … The circumstances surrounding the arrest of Alemao in the dead of the night, his all night grilling in the crime branch, his trip to the GMC and his final arrival at his destination, the police lock up in Panjim was different. It had elements of very high drama and came as the first fresh air of justice, with the new wind expected to sweep the "main conspirator" Digambar Kamat into prison. This is where the script changed…  click here
Churchill terms arrest illegal and mala fide … 26 Aug: Herald.  click here

Ex-Goa Minister Joaquim Alemao Questioned in Illegal Mining Case
26 Aug: Outlook. Former Goa Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao was today questioned by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch in connection with an illegal mining case. Joaquim, whose elder brother and former state Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Churchill Alemao, has been arrested in Louis Berger bribery case, alleged the state government was harassing the Alemao family…  click here
Joaquim could join elder brother Churchill in custody… 27 Aug. Herald.  click here

Louis Berger bribery case: US firm says it will cooperate with Goa Police
26 Aug: Mid-Day. US-based Louis Berger Company today told the Bombay High Court that it will cooperate with the Crime Branch of Goa Police in connection with the bribery case which is currently under investigation. The company had earlier challenged the notice issued by the Crime Branch asking for documents …  click here


FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Channel 4. Sunday 30th August. 21:00 to 23:25. A group of ageing Brits have been seduced by the prospect of spending their retirement in low-cost luxury at a plush Indian hotel they've booked via a brochure. But, arriving at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, they discover that it is, in fact, a dump. [The screenplay is based on the book by Deborah Moggach and she conceived the idea while on a holiday in Goa] For the trailer, 2m. 31s. click here.

DOCUMENTARY: Treasures of the Indus. BBC 4. Monday 31st August. 21:00 to 22:00. Episode 1. Series telling the story of the Indian sub-continent through the treasures of three very different people, places and dynasties that have shaped the modern Indian world.

TRAVEL: India: Nature's Wonderland. Episode 1. BBC 2. Tuesday 1st September. 21:00 to 22:00. Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta reveal the hidden wonders of India's surprising natural world. This is a land where the tea comes with added elephants, gibbons sing to greet the morning, tigers dance and lions roam.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Tuesday 1st September. 04.00 to 05.00. Roshni - Ray of Light.
Roshni lives in the Land of the Gods known as Dev Bhoomi and has only one dream; to travel to the Land of Illusions, Mumbai city known as Maya Nagari. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: Kolkata with Sue Perkins. BBC 1 London. Wednesday 2nd September. 21:00 to 22:00 Sue Perkins immerses herself in the complex life of Kolkata. In this intricate human habitat, Sue explores the lives of its people, from the 250,000 homeless street kids hustling for a living to the wealthy young entrepreneurs.

TRAVEL: India's Frontier Railways. BBC 4. Wednesday 2nd September. 22:00 to 23:00. Episode 1. The Maitree Express.
Series about the international trains crossing borders in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Maitree Express was the first train to run between India and Bangladesh, 37 years after the war of independence in 1971.

DOCUMENTARY: Love and Betrayal in India. BBC 4. Thursday 3rd September. 21.00 to 22:00. The White Mughal.
Historian William Dalrymple travels to the Deccan Plains of India to explore the remarkable love affair between British diplomat James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa, the Muslim princess he married. Through the 18th-century art and architecture of both countries, and in archives across both continents, Dalrymple unearths a story of seduction and betrayal at odds with the conventional boundaries of empire.



Death: Stephen Miranda

25 Aug: Baga, Goa. STEPHEN MIRANDA. (ex-Tanga, Tanzania). Aged 84. Passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was a loving son to the late Santan and Cecilia Miranda. Loving husband of Marie Miranda and devoted father/father-in-law of Bernadette/Philip Valadares, Jude/Ann Miranda. Doting grandfather of Matthew, Joanna and Daniel. Loving brother /brother-in-law of Bridget & late Nelson Rebello, late Natividade & Avril Miranda, late Rev. Fr. Luciano Miranda, Lourdes & Late Alex Rodrigues. The funeral cortege will leave the Miranda Residence at Miranda Beach Resort, Baga today at 3:30pm to St. Alex Church, Calangute. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga] Condolences to:
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Patricia J Pereira-Sethi: Crying out for compassion

23 Aug: Navhind Times. By Patricia J Pereira-Sethi. I find it difficult at times to fully understand us Goans, although I am one myself. Logic appears to escape us. On the one hand we feed every stray dog on the block … On the other, we are attempting to legalise bullfights in the state because it is part of our tradition! The custom is being considered not for us, but for the tourist – thus goes the specious and phony argument. We would like to share this reprehensible ritual with visitors whom we believe will flock en masse to watch a violent spectacle where bulls gore each other and draw blood … MLA Vishnu Wagh, is leading the onslaught to revive this dreadful and disturbing diversion. The argument that it is part of our heritage simply does not wash … Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently set up a panel to examine the feasibility of bullfights in Goa… 949 words.  click here
Video: 24 Aug: Bullfights Goa: Shankar v/s Salamandor. 2m. 42s.  click here

Video: HCN News: Aires Rodrigues - The Morning After

24 Aug: HCN News Channel. Rupesh Samant interviews Aires Rodrigues who is “a one man army” and dares to speak even against the Judiciary … Aires says: His visit to Churchill in prison was a personal courtesy call and not meant to be a sign of support … The manner in which Churchill Alemao was arrested is totally objectionable … The Louis Berger case is political witch hunting and the result will be a big zero … the attempt to hush up the arrest of the Chief Minister’s brother-in-law in a bribery case … Mickky Pacheco’s application for a pardon must be opposed … public consultation on siting of the casinos is eyewash … 29m. 50s.  click here

The Great Exchange: What is it like to spend a semester studying abroad?

25 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Three students talk to Avril-Ann Braganza about their overseas adventures … Ashish DaFonseca: The OMG (Ontario—Maharashtra—Goa) exchange program that I applied for, is conducted between universities in these three states. I was studying at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai when I applied to York University, Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015… One of the biggest differences between the Indian and Canadian education system is that the work load in Canada is heavier and requires a more active participation in the classroom… I've become more confident, learned to fend for myself and be open to new experiences. The exchange programme let me immerse myself in art, music and culture, which I am passionate about …  click here

New Zuari bridge gets a big-push

26 Aug: Navhind Times. Stating that Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and the expenditure finance committee of the central government have cleared an amount of Rs 880.75 crore for the proposed cable-stayed Zuari bridge, Minister for Public Works Department Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Tuesday said that the foundation stone laying ceremony for the bridge could now be held much before its scheduled date – December 19, 2015 – subject to the availability of dates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gadkari…  click here

Goa Journos flex muscles against sexual harassment of Women in Media

25 Aug: Goa News. The Goa Union of Journalists has warned all the media organisations of a legal action if they do not set up ‘internal complaints committee’ to probe sexual harassment of women employees, within seven days… The whole issue has emerged through a heated debate among Goan journalists on WhatsApp groups and social media like Facebook about an alleged incident of sexual harassment of one woman journalist by a senior journalist… 500 words.  click here

The Riverboat Gamblers

13 Sep: Business Today. At dusk, four floating casinos light up, including Deltin Royale, Asia's largest luxury offshore gaming den… A regular package costs Rs 2,500 per adult while a VIP badge will set you back by Rs 7,500. At Deltin Royale, you can play Poker, Roulette, Indian Flush, Baccarat, Blackjack, Pontoon, Casino Wars, Sic Bo and Money Wheel. There are 123 gaming tables and 30 slot machines … some get drunk and misbehave. There are bouncers in every corner for such situations … A few lose their shirt gambling across casinos in Goa. Hoteliers in the region have interesting stories to tell - a frustrated gambler trying to leap out of the hotel window to escape; someone refusing to pay hotel bills because he went broke; yet another who left his wife and children (some casinos have a creche) behind and came onshore alone… 1945 words.  click here

NRIs drive green project in Mississauga
25 Aug: Times of India. The city of Mississauga has undertaken an ambitious project of planting one million trees by 2032. Launched in the spring of 2013, Mississauga — Canada's sixth largest and fastest growing major city in the central part of the Greater Toronto area — has already planted over 100,000 trees so far. Huge credit for this overwhelming success can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of non-resident Indians who joined forces to support this green drive aimed at conserving and enhancing the city's open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy…  click here

High Court contempt notice for Italian who fled country with Indian kid
25 Aug: Times of India. The Bombay high court on Monday issued a show-cause notice for contempt of court to an Italian, asking him why he should not be jailed for violating his undertaking not to leave the country with his seven-year old adopted daughter. `Since India has no extradition treaty with Italy the Court directed that the Ministry of External Affairs take “such other diplomatic measures’’ to get him back with the child. Pune-based Alessandro Portioli was engaged in a custody battle with his estranged Goan wife… [At the link select "continue to use"  click here
High court fumes as Italian man leaves country with adopted child. 21 Aug: Times of India. … estranged Goan wife is Esmenia D’Souza  click here

Goa Is Reopening Mines Just as Iron-Ore Crashes
24 Aug: Bloomberg. The Indian state of Goa is preparing to mine iron ore after a three-year gap just as the commodity plunges anew amid a global surplus. The benchmark price of ore with 62 percent iron content at China’s Qingdao port fell 5 percent Monday and is down about 41 percent in the past year. Goa’s mines are due to restart in October, even as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sees a drop of about 30 percent in global prices over 18 months on excess supplies…  click here

What’s in a name?
25 Aug: Herald. With the spread of social networking and people getting in touch with friends that they have not met in years, the practice of changing one’s name after marriage can pose quite problem when it comes to one’s identity. Café catches up with a few women, curious to know how the change of name/ surname affects their online identity …  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese Coins
27 Aug: Baldwins. Hong Kong. Lot 590 – 605. Estimate $100 to $1500.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
25 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.8. Min = 24.5. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 103.96; $ = 66.27; $Can = 49.67; Euro = 76.34; $Aus= 47.23.



Death: Elizabeth (Eliza) Fernandes
21 Aug: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. ELIZABETH (ELIZA) PELAGIA FERNANDES. Elizabeth was the youngest daughter of the Late Caetano & Paskina Fernandes of Goan Restaurant Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. A dear and loving sister to the Late Piedade Fernandes, Rosy & (Late Francis) Miranda (Canada), Philomena & ( Late Justin) D’Souza (Canada), Domitilla Fernandes (Canada), Agnelo & Mary Fernandes (Tanzania), Joseph & Jolcy Fernandes (Tanzania). A very special Auntie to her many nieces & nephews and their families - Sandra (James) , Domenica (Mario), Desmond (Manisha), Lillian (Ervin), Joanne (Aleem) , Marlene, Floyd (Cressie), Jordan, Jonathan, Joselle & Anthony (Karen) and grandnieces & nephews Stacey, Jillian, Jesse, Rhea, Milan, Keith, Jason, Anisa, Ashley, Abdool & Kiera. The funeral will take place on Monday August 24, 2015 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. [Info: Goans Tanzanite] Condolences – Canada: Tanzania:

Death: Loraine Kingson nee Fernandes

24 Aug: Braampton, Ont. Canada.. LORAINE KINGSON nee FERNANDES. Born 1950. Formerly of Supariwalla blocks, Saddar, Karachi. Loving wife of Gary Kingson, treasured mother of Rachelle (Troy) Trichillo, Adam (Adina) Kingson, and beloved sister of Lewellyn (Adrianne) Fernandez, Ian (Theresa) Fernandez, Alister (Debbie) Fernandez, Beulah (Keith) Burtles, Bazil (Lorraine) Fernandez, Christopher (Bernadette) Fernandez, Stafford (Doreen) Fernandez, Gillian (Savio) Vaz, Gerrard (Sandra) Fernandez, Blossom (Greg) Braganza, Maria (Mark) Kingson, Zoie (Andre) Sutherland, precious grandmother and great grand mother to Rebecca, Samuel and Landen. Visitation on Wednesday August 26th, between 5:00pm and 9:00pm at: Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery, 10060 Chinguacousy Road, Brampton, Ontario L7A 0H6. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 27th, 2015 at 10:00 am at: St. Leonard's Parish, 187 Conestoga Drive , Brampton , ON, CANADA, L6Z 2Z7  For further details click here

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Benjamin Fernandes: Young Tanzanian’s journey to the prestigious Stanford University

23 Aug: The Citizen (Tanzania). The young man has been awarded the Africa MBA programme scholarship to study at the prestigious Stanford University in the United State … A son to Rev Vernon Fernandes, a renowned televangelist, Benjamin still recalls his childhood where he shared a single bedroom house with his family, and also survived on a single meal a day… my father didn’t have enough money to buy us food or take us to school,” says Benjamin… He is determined to get into several business ventures once he returns from Stanford University, and later on use the same platform to wade in the murky waters of politics. 1584 words. [Alert from Des Fortes] .  click here
Video: Benjamin Fernandes giving his Student Government Election Speech to Northwestern College Student Body. 10m. 48s.  click here
Vernon Fernandes was born and brought up in Tanga. Profile and photos at click here.

Uganda: Alex Coutinho: "Researchers need to be activists”

23 Aug: Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland). The Ugandan physician receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich … He maintains that the treatment of HIV infection is not a privilege of rich countries… Alex Coutinho is straightforward and without conceit, even though his achievements in the fight against HIV / AIDS and other infectious diseases are great. He has a small office in Mulago Hospital in Kampala University… He speaks of retirement … His parents immigrated from Goa to Uganda… 989 words. Machine translation from thee German.  click here
Dr Coutinho, born in Uganda in 1959, is the son of Alex Eugene and Martha Carmelina Coutinho. His grandfather, Antonio Coutinho, came from Goa to Uganda in 1910 and married Theresa, a local woman who was a Mubiito (royal clan). Alex is the brother of Dr Godfrey Coutinho, a surgeon in Comoro islands and Felistas Coutinho, a micro finance consultant in Tanzania. For more about the family, with photographs,  click here

Dr Jayant Vaidya: Alternative Way to Treat Early-Stage Breast Cancer With Radiation

24 Aug: Wall Street Journal. Options for breast-cancer radiation are proliferating and so are controversies over which forms are best at reducing the risk of recurrence with the fewest side effects and least cost. WSJ’s Melinda Beck joins Lunch Break to discuss. Professors Jeffrey S. Tobias and Jayant Vaidya at University College London Hospitals with the device they pioneered to administer a single dose of radiation during lumpectomy surgery… 1282 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Dr Vaidya,  click here

UK-based Goenkars seek to link Goan business, professionals

24 Aug: Times of India. Goans International, a group that seeks to unite Goans across the world, launched its project 'Goans Professional and Business Networking' in London on August 15… the guest of honour, Keith Vaz, called upon the Goan community spread across the world to harness the power of networking. The idea for a business and professional network of Goans globally was the brainchild of Milton Rodrigues, president, Goans International and Antonio Fernandes, a veteran in the hospitality industry. Both are based in the UK… Goans International also credits Rene Barreto of the UK and Jose Colaco of the Bahamas for starting the initiative to link Goan associations across the world, back in 1998… 419 words.  click here

Velim mob attack case: Court summons served to two priests

24 Aug: Times of India. Cuncolim police have issued court summons to South Goa Episcopal Vicar, Fr Lucio Dias (photo) and Verna parish priest, Fr Romano Gonsalves. The duo along with 22 others have been chargesheeted in the case of alleged rioting and attempt to murder police personnel in Velim church premises prior to assembly polls, on February 25, 2012… Fr Gonsalves is the former parish priest of Velim is presently in the US and is expected to arrive later this month …  click here
Enough, stop torturing the people of Velim. 25 Aug: Herald.  click here
Police attack: Court directs 21 accused to furnish bond. 25 Aug: Times of India. click here.

When Shopping Comes Home

24 Aug: Herald. Vikant Sahay looks into the business of home delivery in Goa … Goans are frequently using their laptops and mobile to purchase items ranging from groceries, vegetables, meat products and even cosmetics. In Goa, at least two such big service providers are doing this business to meet the demands of this section of the society. While one is operational only on web orders like Urban Ration, the other, Delivery Corner is a mobile- based service provider. However, Delivery Corner is also launching its website very soon… 1215 words.  click here

Joseph Sequeira accuses Michael Lobo of backing dance bars
25 Aug: Times of India. … Acting sarpanch Joseph Sequeira on Monday denied that the panchayat had issued any licences to dance bars, except for one. On the contrary, he alleged that Lobo was a "pimp in Anjuna and Calangute before becoming an MLA" and was now being paid 25 lakh a month by operators of various sex rackets in Calangute to allow them to carry out business along the coastal belt…  click here

Editorial: Rein in the Strays
24 Aug: Navhind Times. In Goa and in the rest of the country, the menace posed by stray animals is going out of hand… These animals are seen squatting on streets and blocking roads and traffic almost 24x7. Also, in the absence of a proper waste management system, the number of stray dogs, cats and cattle are on the rise in India… The 2012 census showed 16,325 stray dogs and 7,183 stray cattle in the state and the number of all strays must have gone up to 35,000 now, given the 10 per cent increase annually…  click here

Bribery case: Court rejects bail plea of Churchill Alemao
24 Aug: Zee News. A local court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Goa's former Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case… The district court had earlier granted anticipatory bail to former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in connection with the same case…  click here

'Healthcare at a price in Goa’
24 Aug: Times of India. Healthcare in Goa doesn't come cheap especially when compared to other states in the country according to a latest report, 'Key indicators of social consumption in India- Health' published by the National Sample Survey Office, ministry of statistics and programme. When the average total medical expenditure for treatment per child birth during stay in hospital (as in patient) was calculated throughout India, Goa was found to have the third highest average of Rs 4,814 for treatment, per case at a public hospital and Rs 24,757 at a private hospital when rural households were surveyed…  click here

“A small State like Goa does not need a separate High Court”
23 Aug: Live Law. Speaking to the media after inaugurating the Moot Court hall of the Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law, Margao, Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah reportedly said that Goa does not need an independent High Court. He said that an independent High Court for a small State like Goa, which handles less than 5,000 cases, would only lead to a disadvantage, because it would lose the benefit of having Judges from Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad…  click here


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Expropriated by Goa, Portuguese despair with no solution in sight

20 Aug: Observador (Portugal). Goa passed a law in 2014 which unilaterally cancels all securities and assets granted "by the Portuguese authorities during the imperial era." We were robbed" says Pietro Nigra (photo), a member of the Mascarenhas family, who stands to lose 1335 hectares … At issue is a law that Goa adopted unilaterally, in violation of international treaty signed between Portugal and India in 1974 … "This injustice in law is grotesque," says Miguel Alvim, legal representative of Mascarenhas. "It is illegal, unjust and violates the International Treaty"… It also affects the Noronha and Tavora families … "They look at us as if we were not Indians. There is the idea that we can contaminate 'good relations with the State of Goa,” says Miguel Alvim… After having exhausted all attempts at dialogue with the Goan authorities, Miguel Alvim tried to intercede with the Indian ambassador to Portugal. He came upon a locked door that never opened … Pietro Nigra insists: "We cannot accept simply to be fleeced.” 1348 words + 16 comments. For a Machine translation,  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
22 March 2014. Expresso (Portugal). Goa confiscates Portuguese possessions; Portuguese Government criticizes… 615 words, Click here.
For Pietro Nigra's Linkedin profile, click here.

Melbourne: Video + TV: 2015 World Goa Day

23 Aug: From Oscar Carmino Lobo (Photo). On 25 July 2015 GEM (Golden Events Management) held a cultural event in memory of the late Dr Jack de Sequeira … Goa was put on the map in 2004 by Melgoans and now GEM when a Member of Parliament in Victoria spoke about our culture and heritage in the parliament in August 2004. In a similar vein, the Community TV this year, will show on C31 (Digital 44) two episodes on how Goans from Goa like to share our culture and heritage to the multicultural and mainstream Victorian Australian population in two episodes - one on 30 August and 06 September 2015 (both Sundays when people enjoy their week-end) at 1:30pm. You can watch these programmes now on You Tube.
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MP Suella Fernandes is hoping to raise £1,000 for Haven

22 Aug: Portsmouth News. Fareham MP Suella Fernandes will swap the House of Commons for Southsea Common when she takes on the Great South Run for a cause close to her heart. Suella will be among the 25,000 or so runners taking on the 10-mile challenge on Sunday, October 25… Suella said: ‘I have been known to run before but more recently I’ve been concentrating more on running for Parliament than on running races!’  click here
Suella Fernandes has set up charity web page where anyone can donate. For details,  click here

Video: Bonderam Festival at Divar Island, Goa - Sat, Aug 22, 2015

23 Aug: IndiTales. Bonderam is a harvest festival celebrated on the river island of Divar in Goa. It also marks the tradition of flags to mark the territory during the Portuguese times. Villagers celebrate it with float parade and loads of singing & dancing… 7m. 40s.  click here
24 Aug: Times of India. Pope Francis’ green letter piques interest in Divar …  click here

Don't fight over script, Goa Deputy CM tells Konkanis

24 Aug: Deccan Herald. “If Konkani-speaking people continue to fight over the script, there will be divisions among them and in the melee there will be no future for Konkani,” Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza said. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the second Global Conclave to adopt Konkani Language Plan on Sunday, he called upon the Konkani-speaking people to forget the past and think about the future in the best interest of preserving Konkani and its tradition and culture…  click here

Video: Goan Association of New Jersey – Goa Day
23 Aug: The Martins. Goan Association of New Jersey – Goa Day. Picnic 2015. 4 video clips. GOANJ - DJ RICHIE … Mass (Choir)… Sing-along (Medley), Part 1 & 2.  click here

Video: Goan Sausage Chilli Fry
23 Aug: NDTV Good Times. One of the most loved Goan dishes. A typical Goan sausage chilli fry… 6m. 44s.  click here

Football: FC Goa to play three friendlies in Dubai
24 Aug: Times of India. FC Goa has confirmed friendlies with three high-ranking teams in Dubai as part of their pre-season training next month… September 11: Emirates FC vs FC Goa. September 15: Al Shabab vs FC Goa. September 19: Al Khaleej/Al Jazira vs FC Goa.  click here

NRIs make ‘lucky bucks’ as rupee falls
23 Aug: Times of India. The appreciation of the US dollar and the euro in the last few weeks has led to a rush of NRIs and businessmen exchanging foreign currency for rupees … In the last two weeks, the value of the dollar against the Indian rupee has gone from Rs62 to Rs66. Meanwhile, the value of euro has gone up from Rs69 to almost Rs76…  click here

Police & politician backed gambling dens of Sattari rake in `one crore each night
23 Aug: Herald. The palm-thatched huts in the jungles of Sattari are no match to the plush and well-lit offshore casinos in Panjim. But there is gambling in these huts and the turnover is almost as high as that in the casinos of Panjim. According to Herald’s ground-level investigations, Rs 1 crore is the turnover each night in the gambling dens of Sattari …  click here
23 Aug: Herald. The great gamblers of Sattari are the netas backed by cops …  click here

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