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Death: Joseph Fernandes
19 Feb: Slough. JOSEPH FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi. Beloved husband of Matty Fernandes, father/father in law of Meliza Fernandes and Manuela/Hubert Da Costa. Gone but not forgotten from our hearts. Funeral Friday 3rd March 17 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Lower Britwell Road, Burnham, Slough SL2 2NL at 9:30am. Condolences to

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Carnival: Local residents, tourists line up parade route for a look at the floats

26 Feb: Herald. Thousands of local residents and tourists enjoyed the Carnival 2017 float parade that commenced in Panjim on Saturday. Lining up along the MG Road, from Divja Circle to Kala Academy, they cheered King Momo Tome Fernandes as he declared the four-day festival open. There were 83 floats besides dance troupes entertaining the people along the route...  For further details click here
25 Feb: Prudent Media. Carnival 2017 video.  click here

Sabrina De Sousa: New Goan and family links revealed

25 Feb: Herald. Former CIA operative of Goan origin detained in Lisbon. … What makes de Sousa’s story interesting to Herald readers is that she was born in Goa in 1956, brought up in Bombay and later migrated to Portugal and US, holding dual American and Portuguese citizenship. Herald learns that she has her roots in Velim and has even visited her mother Olga Lemos Furtado in Goa in the past…  For further details click here
24 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). De Sousa's husband, David Ciummo, told Reuters the Interpol extradition warrant had to be fulfilled within 10 days of her arrest, hence the expected timing of the transfer.  click here

Portugal: Nationality under discussion: extend criteria to where?

24 Feb: Abril, Abril (Portugal). The nationality law is under discussion in the Assembly of Portugal… the PSD Party wants to facilitate access to the third generation of emigrants, that is, the grandchildren of Portuguese whose parents are not Portuguese … Recently the President of the Casa de Goa stated that the number of Goans who have asked for Portuguese nationality has been growing because it is easy to obtain and allows entry into the European Union. In the case of Goa a 1975 law is applied which imposes conditions identical to those that the PSD wants to establish for others …  For further details click here
For the Portuguese text,  click here
24 Feb: First Post. Goa: Home Ministry's recent proclamation restarts debate on Portuguese dual citizenship … click here.

Hot spot Goa is 37C

25 Feb: The Sun (UK) Hot spot GOA is 37C - ten nights' room-only at the 3H Poonam Village Resort in Anjuna is from £398, including Heathrow flights on March 13. Call 020 8705 0086 or  For further details click here

The Massage Menace

26 Feb: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. A dear friend from New Delhi who was visiting Goa recently dropped by a celebrated spa on the Calangute-Candolim strip for a massage. The following day she had to see the doctor. Her back was thrown out of whack from the painful kneading and vigorous pounding-all delivered for a tidy sum of Rs 2500… I myself had a disconcerting experience last year. I went into a popular spa near a major five-star hotel in Miramar for a head and shoulder massage. The so-called masseuse beat my aging body so energetically, I ended up with a frozen shoulder and a damaged rotator cuff… What is the matter with spa owners? Just because the masseur says he or she is from the Northeast and possesses the correct slant of eyes, does that make him or her a qualified therapist? … 912 words.  For further details click here

Brit held for theft seeks to go for daughter’s wedding

25 Feb: Times of India. Stephen Smith, a 62-year-old British tourist stranded in India after he was accused of stealing a laptop of a co-passenger at the Mumbai airport, has approached the Bombay high court seeking permission to fly to London to attend his daughter's wedding… Smith and his wife had arrived in India in December as tourists. According to the prosecution, while transiting through the Mumbai airport on his way to Goa, he picked up the laptop of a co-passenger … The Calangute police nabbed Smith … If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to three years… Smith's daughter's wedding is scheduled to be held on March 4…  For further details click here

The Glorious Reinvention of Goan Culture

25 Feb: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. After centuries of neglect and abandonment, different aspects of Goa's spectacular cultural legacy are finding renewal amidst a host of bold, original initiatives… Where very little existed just a few years ago, a new culture capital for India is rapidly developing in a set of superbly adapted and renovated venues along River Mandovi. The highly impressive Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival comprised brilliant concerts … Earlier in the month, the Monte Music Festival featured a similarly poignant interplay between Eastern and Western cultural strands … Such cross-cultural artistic dialogue is perfectly suited for Goa … the Palacio Idalcao (Adil Shah palace), or Old Secretariat has been masterfully utilized by the brand new Serendipity Arts Festival … It's an arts experience as stellar as can be, anywhere in the world. 758 words.  For further details click here

Russian woman cannot fly out of India after a premature birth

24 Feb: 360 TV (Russia). Russian Citizen, Tatiana Zobacheva, cannot fly out of India due to premature birth. "At the moment the mother and child are in the Goa Medical College Hospital (photo) in Bambolim receiving free treatment. They have direct assistance of the Russian Consulate and the Immigration Service of Goa with the extension of visas for six months … She came to Goa with her husband for a holiday when she was six months pregnant … the baby was born prematurely weighing less than a kilogram … according to her husband, the conditions in the hospital are difficult. His wife complains of poor sanitation and nutrition problems…  For further details click here

Actress Jennifer Winget: My weekend home in Goa rejuvenates me

25 Feb: Money Control. “For many years, I wanted to buy a home in Goa. Whenever I went there with my family or friends, I enjoyed my stay. I love the place for its natural beauty, its beaches and the food. Goa makes me feel relaxed. It is an ideal place for a weekend home,” says actress Jennifer Winget, who bought a home in Goa last year. Winget zeroed in on her house in Reis Magos, north Goa. Her house is barely 15 minutes away from the beach… “I try to visit my house in Goa at least once a month and have recently also started gardening. One of the windows in my house opens to the porch and one room opens to the garden. In the mornings, I simply sit and enjoy the sun. My home is serene and calm,” concludes Winget, with a smile…  For further details click here
For the Jennifer Winget Wikipedia profile,  click here



Death: Dr. Pedro Monteiro

26 Jan: St. Estevam/ Cunchelim/ St. Inez, Panjim, Goa. DR. PEDRO ANTONIO SOUZA MONTEIRO. First anaesthetist in Goa, Assistant Professor at Goa Medical College. Beloved husband of Alcina. Loving father/father-in-law of Isabel/José, Francisca/Joaquim, Mariano/Anissa and Zezito; grandfather of Raynan. Much treasured brother/brother-in-law of late Rose/late Philip, Mariquinha/late Marcos, Fatima/ late Alfred, late Filomena/late Akin and late Carcia; brother-in-law of late Roldão/late Ivone, late Josito/Suzy, late Lolita/late Clement, IIidio/Celestina, Imelda/late Rebelo, Flormundo/Elsa and Babush/Vina. Condolences to

Death: Rev. Anthony J. Rebeiro

15 Nov: Natick, Massachusetts, USA. REVEREND ANTHONY J. REBEIRO, Aged 86. A Natick resident for 40 years he was born November 13th, 1930 in Nagpur India, the son of the late Francis X. and Maximiana (Mascarenhas) Rebeiro. Father Rebeiro was Ordained as a Catholic Priest on December 20th, 1956 at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy. He obtained his Masters Degree in Economics from Oxford University. He taught Economics at Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island and Boston College. He was fluent in English, Italian, French and Portuguese. He was an excellent tennis player. Father Rebeiro served in several Parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston including St. Linus in Natick for many years. He is survived by one sister Angela Rebeiro of Natick and several nieces, nephews and cousins. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 A.M. in St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street, Natick. Visiting hours are on Saturday Morning prior to the Mass beginning at 9:30 A.M in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common.  For further details click here
12 Aug. 2002. Patriot Ledger, Rev. Rebeiro Faces Child Abuse Charge … The Boston Archdiocese has suspended a priest who once served at St. Joseph's Church in Holbrook because of an allegation that he sexually abused a child nearly 30 years ago… Rebeiro is a native of Goa, which is off the coast of Bombay ,,,  For further details click here

Death: Maria Gurjao

24 Feb: Goa, MARIA VICTORIA GURJAO. Born 24.5.1956. Beloved Daughter of late Vitorino & late Maria Virginia Coelho. Most Beloved Wife of Santana Gurjao. Ever-loving Mother of Sanvick, Chris (Ex.ISRO) (Italy) & Vicksan. Funeral date will be announced later.

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UK: New Event Announcement: Easter Dine & Dance

Sun 16 Apr: Wembley. Grace Promoters is organizing their Annual Easter Dine & Dance on Easter Sunday 16th April 2017 starting from 05:00 pm till 11:00 pm at Oakington Manor Primary School, Manor Drive, Wembley, HA9 6NF. In attendance Live Bands - Jus'Leo N Zie - all the way from Goa, and The One and only One - Shelton Goes Solo. Lots of fun, games and prizes to be won. Mouthwatering Goan Cuisine by Grace Caterers and fully Licensed Bar to quench your thirst. Event not to be missed. Entry Pass £15/- for Adults and £10/- Children under 12 years (inclusive of Goan Cuisine Buffet). Dress Code Strictly Formal. Management reserves right of entry. [Please note for any further booking of Jus Leo with Zie, between 4th April 2017 to 18th April 2017 (excluding 16th April 2017) contact Jeffrey 07440020610 or Valeriano 07803368484] For the flyer with further details, click here.  For further details click here

Trail Blazers: Victor Rangel-Ribeiro: To The Victor The Spoils

23 Feb: Goa Streets. By Eugen Hanley and Hilary Lapedis. If there is one person who’s the undisputed father of culture in Goa, it is Victor Rangel-Ribeiro. Aged only 91 years, he’s softly spoken and slight of stature. But, he is a giant. Victor is more than the sum of his parts, which include award-winning author, musical conductor, journalist and teacher. .. His novel ‘Tivolem’ is required reading in classrooms in Goa and around the world. Victor is as fiery and charismatic now as he ever was, with two books coming out in his ninth decade of life… Victor has spent much of his life outside Goa but his writings, especially ‘Tivolem’, reveal just how much Goa means to him… His musical career included conducting the International Chamber Orchestra … 1833 words.  For further details click here

NRIs should produce customs declaration certificates to exchange demonetised currency notes

24 Feb: Times of India. Many NRIs could not exchange their demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regional office in Chennai, as officials wanted them to produce customs declaration certificates. The NRIs, who could not exchange the old currency notes, said the RBI website didn't mention that they should produce customs declaration certificate… At least 200 people gathered and queued up outside the RBI office in Chennai to exchange demonetised notes on Friday. " … The RBI officials have put out a banner outside the RBI office saying the facility is not available for OCIs, PIOs, foreign nationals … It also clarified that the facility of exchanging demonetised currency notes only for Indians and NRIs, who were abroad during the period November 9, 2016 and December 30, 2016… An NRI should come in person with all the original documents and no third party will be allowed to exchange as proxy for him/her…  For further details click here

Video: Most tourists come to Goa for cheap booze, women and drugs: Church

24 Feb: Goa 365. The Church has hit Goa’s tourism very hard. It says that most tourists come to Goa for c… heap booze, cheap women and cheap drugs. It also says that most of the cases of rape and sexual harassment are not reported to the police… 1m. 54s. 25 Feb: Navhind Times. Fr Savio Fernandes of the Centre for Responsible Tourism and Carolina Colaço, a lawyer released a report on ‘Women Workforce in the Tourism Sector in Goa,’ in the city on Friday …  click here

Paradise In Peril! 20% of Goa’s coast is eroding: study

25 Feb: Navhind Times. The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai, in its latest report has stated that a total of 20.24 per cent or approximately 20 km of the 105-km-long coastline of Goa is fast eroding. The NCSCM report, submitted to the state government, further maintains that out of this erosion observed along the Goan coast, 3.65 per cent erosion falls in the high and medium category, while low erosion is about 16.6 per cent…  For further details click here

Flights to Goa to get costly as Navy cuts aircraft movements at Dabolim

25 Feb: Economic Times. Brace for costlier flight tickets to and from Goa for six months starting April this year as the Indian Navy has reduced flight movements at airport, which it controls, by more than 10 per cent. Coming amid a surge in international and domestic passenger traffic, the reduction in flights will lead to higher ticket prices as supply dwindles. "The Indian Navy has informed us that they will reduce the number of flights allowed between 12:30 and 15:30 by about 15 flights due to operational reasons. It is a reduction of about five flights per hour from 15 flights per hour allowed earlier," said an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official, who did not want to be identified..  For further details click here

Auction: Two 17th c. Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinets

26 Feb: Wilkinson's Auctioneers Ltd. Doncaster, UK. Lot 445. A 17th Indo-Portuguese table cabinet veneered in rosewood with bone stringing and inlay. The rectangular top having a caddy moulded box compartment to the centre accessed via a sliding lid and bordered in stringing. The sides and doors decorated with similar geometric bands outlined in bone stringing and opening to reveal a lavishly decorated interior inlaid with scrolling tendrils of entwined foliage and housing a central arcaded cupboard surrounded by drawers with small ivory stud handles. The piece standing on ebonised squat bun feet, 23 ins (58 cms) high, 26½ ins (67 cms) wide, 14 ins (35.5 cms) deep. Auctioneer's estimate: 6,000 GBP - 8,000 GBP  For further details click here
Lot 442: A 17th Century Indo-Portuguese Cabinet. The rosewood veneered exterior having moulded cushion front panels to the sides and fall front, opening to reveal a fitted interior of nine small drawers set in three rows above a long drawer clad in tortoiseshell panels outlined with bone stringing and framed by ebonised ripple moulding, 17 ins (43 cms) high, 22 ins (56 cms) wide, 11¾ ins (30 cms) deep. Auctioneer's estimate: 800 GBP - 1,200 GBP.  click here



Death: Maria Menezes

20 Feb 2017: Toronto, Canada. MARIA PERPETUA MENEZES. Ex Shell/EGPC Dubai, UAE. Born October 23, 1940 in Goa, lived in Aden, Dubai and Toronto. Beloved wife for 51 years of Vincent Menezes, mother/mother-in-law of Daphne/Kevin Smith. Grandmother of Edward and James. Sister of Rose/Vincent D'Sa, Valente/Theresa Soares and late Anthony/Lizette Soares. Sister-in-law of Yolanda/late Paul Dias, Alvita/Hillary D'Souza and Reis/Evelyn Menezes. Visitation on Friday, Feb 24, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Ogden Funeral Homes, 4164 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough. Funeral mass on Saturday, Feb 25, 10am, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 265 Alton Towers Circle, Scarborough, followed by burial at Christ the King Cemetery, 7770 Steeles Ave East, Markham. [Info Roland Francis] Condolences to: Daphne Smith, (

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Portugal Deporting Ex-CIA Officer on Condition of New Trial: Lawyer

23 Feb: US News. Portugal is likely to extradite former CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa next week to Italy, where she has been convicted in absentia over the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, on condition that she is retried, her lawyer said on Thursday… "Over the course of next week, Sabrina should be moved to Italy," said her Portuguese lawyer, Manuel de Magalhaes e Silva, adding that her arrival in Italy will pose a dilemma for the Italian judiciary and it was not clear whether she would serve time in jail… "What will an Italian judge do when he faces a detainee who has been extradited after a Portuguese court authorized it under the condition that there will be a second trial, while under Italian law that will be difficult to have?" he asked. A White House official said that Washington was "deeply disappointed in Ms. de Sousa’s conviction and sentence, and we are following her case closely... The U.S. government takes its obligation to assist U.S. citizens overseas seriously." "We appreciate the efforts of the Italian government to challenge the prosecution before the Italian Constitutional Court," said the official, adding that the State Department has been in touch with de Sousa…  click here
23 Feb: Times of India. US, EU rift: Trump White House to rescue Indian-origin CIA agent …  click here
22 Feb: Fox News. White House 'trying to intervene' to help ex-CIA agent facing extradition … click here.

In Margao, a rose for peeing in public

23 Feb: Times of India. Upset that the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan scheme is not being implemented at the newly-constructed Sulabh toilet in Margao, the Shadow Council of Margao (SCM) on Wednesday undertook a novel approach, presenting a rose to those urinating in public outside the facility. Urging SGPDA authorities to wake up and curb this menace, SCM convener Savio Coutinho told mediapersons that since the past 20 days, SCM members had attempted to create awareness among the public about utilising the newly-constructed toilet. "Despite our requests, several people, specifically vendors and traders, choose to urinate in front of this facility provided to them…" said Coutinho…  click here

Dabolim’s new encroachers are a stone’s throw away from landing planes

23 Feb: Herald. Illegal shanties close to the airport have raised security concerns and risks of bird hits to aircraft landing and taking off … The picture tells its own story. In fact IS the story. Look at the plane flying so low over this sudden shanty right under the flight path. There are people who appear to be migrants who have set up camp there. There is cooking going on. And if the picture is zoomed, you see a bird flying, obviously drawn to this sudden activity and cooking If the dangers of encroachment and the hazards of this activity around the airport need any evidence, this is the signifying picture which speaks more than a million words …  click here
Video: HCN. 2m. 41s.  click here

Goa gulping spurious milk! Racket busted

23 Feb: The Goan. Goan consumers of milk supplied by private dairies from Karnataka and Maharashtra need to remain alert, as authorities in Belagavi have busted a major racket involved in the supply of adulterated milk. Authorities were shocked to discover that heavily adulterated milk was packaged under the name of different brands and was being supplied to innocent consumers for nearly 10 years… Interrogation revealed that the milkmen used to prepare about 28 litres milk with just one litre of cow or packaged milk after adding 1 litre edible oil, 1 kilo of wheat, about 100 grammes toothpaste, 2 kilos of chemicals and water. The raiding team was surprised when the arrested milkmen confessed they were engaged in adulteration of milk for about a decade. About 10,000 litres of such hazardous milk is being supplied daily, they revealed …  click here

Say Goodbye to Goan Beach Weddings as Govt Agency Pushes for a Ban

23 Feb: The Quint. Goa's popular beach weddings might soon become a thing of the past with a government-funded environment agency recommending a ban on such functions being held in ecologically sensitive zones in the state… In the past few years, Goa has increasingly become a preferred destination for holding lavish beach weddings, which at times run for over a week. According to the report, over 800 high-end weddings are being organised in Goa annually …  click here

Vikram Patel: HE&me

23 Feb: The Times Higher Education Supplement (UK). Vikram Patel is an Indian psychiatrist and professor of international mental health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is co-founder of the Centre for Global Mental Health in London, co-founder of Sangath, a mental health research NGO based in Goa, and co-director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India. His research focuses on delivering mental health care to poor communities. He was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2015, and was recently awarded the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health. Q: Where and when were you born? A: I was born in Mumbai (then called Bombay) in 1964. Q: What kind of undergraduate were you? A: Frankly, a dissolute medical student, more interested in the beaches and hippy lifestyles of Goa than any purposeful vision for my life…  click here

Experience Ultimate Hollywood Glamour in Goa

23 Feb: Getaway Deals (Australia). Enjoy a glamorous getaway at the first ever international Planet Hollywood resort. Spend seven days/six nights in a Superior Garden View Room at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Goa and enjoy daily buffet breakfasts, two buffet lunches or dinners of your choice, a three-course set lunch or dinner, evening cocktails, 60-minute spa treatment per adult, return private airport transfers and more for only $899 (Approx £550) for two adults, valued up to $2,886. Plus up to two kids stay free. Watch the exclusive resort video, 5m. 37s.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 25 Feb: Viva Goa Entertainment UK presents 9th, RED N BLACK, CARNIVAL 2017 at The Old Actonion Sports Club, Gunnersbury Drive, Acton/Ealing, W5 4LL. From 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Music by DJ Richiee & Chico. An event for all. Entrance: Adults £12, Child £5 (6-12yrs), below 6 years free. For tickets contact Francisco 07957206169/02089329375, Charles 07809552654 Norman 07780356407 For the flyer click here

Sun. 26 Feb: Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-white Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "TREBLE MAKERS" and disco by "FENNY FEVER". For tickets and details, contact Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); John Mendes (07446066162); Robert Fernandes (07753831250) and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 7 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, twin functions are planned in the month of May 2017. 1) A concelebrated High Mass will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral (Southwark) on Sunday 7th. May 2017 at 2.45 pm presided by His Excellency The Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith. All are welcome!

Sun. 14 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, the second occasion will be a grand Social Event commencing at 1.30 pm, at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road Croydon, with top UK bands in attendance. Entry by Ticket for the second event - proceeds of which will help to raise funds for the Pilar Missions. For ticket prices and contacts watch this space



Death: Lydia D’Souza

21 Feb: Porvorim, Goa. LYDIA OLGA D’SOUZA. nee Carvalho. Ex-Teacher of St. Mary’s High School, Mapusa; Ex-Teacher of St. Xavier’s School (Goan School), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Born: 14th July 1935. Beloved wife of late Rudolph Anthony D’Souza, Mother/mother-in-law of Carolyn/John Carrasco and Nigel/Ritu D’Souza. Grandmother of Carrie-Ann, Jade, Caleb, Shane & Cody. Sister/sister-in-law of Yvonne/late Kevin D’Lima, Venicio/Blanche Carvalho, Gerald/late Meagan Carvalho. Sister-in-law of Diana/Iggi Pereira, Cissy/Tinny Toscano, Bishop Valerian D’Souza, late Fr. Raymond D’Souza, late Bunny D’Souza & Lorna D’Souza. Funeral cortege will leave her residence at 4:00 pm on Thursday 23rd February, for the Eucharistic celebration at Holy Family Church, Alto Porvorim followed by the burial. [Info: Cellie Gonsalves] Send condolences to:  For further details click here

Death: Helen Franco

18 Feb: Pickering, Ont. Canada. HELEN TECLA FRANCO, nee Madeira (ex-Dar-es-Salaam) passed away peacefully at the Ajax/Pickering Hospital with her family by her side at the age of 82. Wife of the late Voluziano Franco, Helen is survived by her children, Wilma/Bosco Moniz, Valerie/Don Bilenduke and Vence Franco. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Stafford, Janelle/Jeff Woods, Nigel Moniz , Katelyn, Jenna, and Rachael Bilenduke. Helen was sister to Placiano/Olga Madeira, Leo/Sarah Madeira, late Effie/Joe Moraes. Funeral Details have not been determined and will be announced later. [Info: Stephen DeSouza]. Condolences to:

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Aileen Gonsalves: Royal Shakespeare Company to tour the Tempest to schools and theatres

16 Feb: RSC (UK). The Royal Shakespeare Company continues its commitment to creating live theatre for young audiences with its First Encounters with Shakespeare production of The Tempest… Directed by Aileen Gonsalves, and aimed at 8-13 year olds, the production will embark on a seven week UK tour of schools and regional theatres. UK locations include Warwick, Birmingham, Honley, York, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Cornwall, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Northampton … Aileen Gonsalves said: “We are interested in exploring and immersing the audience in the magic of the island that the characters are stranded on…” Aileen trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama… She is Artistic Director of Butterfly Theatre, a company which specialises in site responsive productions of Shakespeare across the UK and Europe…  For further details click here
Video: How to give a great presentation … 3m. 45s.  click here
Aileen Gonsalves was born in Nairobi. Her parents are Pam and Don Gonsalves and she is married to Matthew Stibbe. For the Aileen Gonsalves website with bio, video clips, photos etc. For the Aileen Gonsalves Linkedin profile, click here.

Trump administration 'deeply disappointed' over imminent extradition of former CIA agent

22 Feb: Fox News. The State Department said Wednesday it was "deeply disappointed" over the imminent extradition of a former CIA agent from Portugal to Italy for her alleged role in a counterterrorism operation authorized by the U.S. government some 14 years ago…  For further details click here
22 Feb: Sabrina de Sousa’s website: Coming Soon! Sabrina de Sousa’s memoirs in her own words… Check out the website for “My Story”, “Press Reports”, “Contact Me” …  click here

Pio Gama Pinto: Does Moi owe the Kenyatta's?

21 Feb: The Star (Kenya). By Daudi Mwenda. The recent visits by Mama Ngina and President Uhuru Kenyatta to retired President Daniel Moi at his rural Kabarak home and Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi respectively are raising political eyebrows in several quarters… President Jomo Kenyatta had a tumultuous relationship with Vice President Joseph Murumbi. a man of joint Goan and Masai descent … Murumbi soon resigned on August 31, 1966, shortly after he discovered — years after it had happened — that he was partly responsible for Pio Gama Pinto’s murder 18 months before by confidently calling him out of hiding. Pinto had been warned by Tom Mboya that he was going to be assassinated…  For further details click here

The begging mafia seems to have taken permanent residence in Panjim

22 Feb: Herald. Panjim seems to have had some new guests near the Church Square. They are beggars. And they are also choosers. Hitherto 15 beggars, including infants and adults, were seen assembling near a sit down cum take away place, at around 11 pm, after which a car used to come, pick them up and drop them back at the same point at around 6 in the morning. This was informed by a bank guard on night duty… Sources have said that most of the beggars come into Goa from other states especially Karnataka, as Goa is a high end tourist destination where these poor can beg for their living…  For further details click here

Britain's curry houses disappearing because owners 'aren't innovative enough'

22 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). One in two curry houses in Britain are set to close within 10 years, it was claimed on Wednesday. The gloomy forecast that approximately 17,000 Indian restaurants will disappear from high streets inside a decade came from Yawar Khan, chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF). He said problems facing Indian restaurant owners in the UK, such as chef shortages and rising costs, have been widely publicised. But a new threat came from the failure of many restaurateurs to respond to changing customer demands and ignoring modern technology that will herald the collapse of the once thriving sector…  For further details click here

‘NGOs holding real estate at ransom’

22 Feb: Times of India. Stating that people without any technical skill are thwarting the work of real estate developers in the state, the chairman of Goa chapter of Indian Institute of Architecture, Manguesh Prabhugaonkar, called upon all stakeholders to "come together and fight them. These people, with no technical knowledge regarding the industry, are simply causing roadblocks and need to be fought. These NGOs are holding the real estate sector at ransom, as a builder has a deadline to complete the project," Prabhugaonkar said …  For further details click here


POLITICAL: Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? Channel 4. Thurs. 23rd Feb. 21.00 t0 22.00 & Tues. 28th Feb. 00:05 to 01:00. Trevor Phillips investigates the liberal urge to protect minorities from offence by gagging so-called populists and concludes that for liberals it's backfired.

DRAMA: The Good Karma Hospital. itv London. Sun. 26th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. Hospital drama series set in southern India. Episode 4.

DOCUMENTARY: A History of Private Life. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Wed. 1st Mar. 14:15 to 14:30. Exporting the Home (Part 28 of 30).
Historian Amanda Vickery explores the kind of homes the British struggled to create in India during the age of empire.

DOCUMENTARY: The Real Marigold Hotel. BBC 1. Wed. 1st Mar. 21:00 to 22:00. A group of celebrities travel to India to see whether retirement would be more rewarding there than in the UK. Series 2, Episode 3.

COOKERY: Food Factory. Quest (Freeview 37). Thurs. 2nd Mar. 23:30 to 00:00. All Bar Naan. Discover how the Indian favourite garlic naan, decadently rich maple cookies and sinfully sweet truffles get to the masses.

DOCUMENTARY: Neither There Nor Here. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 27th Feb to Fri. 3rd Mar. 13:45 to 14:00. David Dabydeen recalls five different stories of mass migration from around the world, exploring the forces that help and hinder integration. Fri: Welcome to Britain. The Asians who came to 1970s Britain.


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Sabrina de Sousa: Ex-CIA Agent Loses Appeal Against Extradition

21 Feb: Wall Street Journal (USA). A former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officer living in Portugal has lost her final appeal there to avoid going to prison in Italy for her part in a U.S. program that involved kidnapping suspected terrorists and flying them to other countries for interrogation… Sabrina de Sousa, 61 years old, was detained Monday and sent to jail in the Portuguese city of Porto … She will be sent to Italy in the next days … Ms. de Sousa, a citizen of both the U.S. and Portugal, was born in what was then the Portuguese colony of Goa, now part of India, and most of her relatives live in Portugal… In October of that year she was detained on the Italian warrant while trying to board a flight from Lisbon to visit her ailing mother in Goa… In an interview last December at a Lisbon cafe, Ms. de Sousa said she expected to be whisked off to prison at any moment and had a suitcase packed. She said she had endured a "horrible" period of uncertainty and longed to see it resolved. "Just take me to Italy and be done with it," she said… Ms. de Sousa said she hoped that President Donald Trump's administration would take that view and act on her behalf… 1000 words.  click here
Sabrina is the daughter of Julia and the late (died 18 Oct 2005) Amancio Francisco Xavier de Sousa - also known as "Chico"; granddaughter of Francisco Xavier de Sousa and Julia Menezes; niece of Professor Aires de Sousa, (1905-1980). For the Wikipedia profile of Sabrina de Sousa,  click here
Video: BBC Interview: Zeinab Badawi speaks to Sabrina de Sousa, ex-CIA spy … 23m. 34s. click here.

Marian statue decapitated in Mumbai

21 Feb: La Croix International. Catholics in the western Indian city of Mumbai allege that the decapitation of a Marian statue was a deliberate attempt to intimidate Christians from voting for candidates from their community in upcoming local elections. "Some men on two motorbikes on Sunday (Feb. 19) morning came and smashed the statue in the Kurla suburb in the city," Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the Bombay Archdiocese said. The statue was decapitated. Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the biggest city in the country, and part of Bombay Archdiocese, India's largest diocese in terms of Catholic population. Kurla is a Catholic dominated suburb in the city… Joseph Dias, a Catholic leader and founder of the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum, says the attack was pre-planned and politically motivated…  click here

UK: Suella Fernandes MP launches curry comp

21 Feb: Portsmouth News (UK). Suella Fernandes is encouraging food fanatics to get involved in an upcoming competition. She is urging foodies with a fondness for curry to nominate their favourite South Asian restaurant for the Fareham Curry House Awards. Suella has called for nominations to identify and celebrate Fareham’s favourite curry house, which will then be entered for the Tiffin Cup, a contest to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom… To enter email before March 4, with a line about which is your favourite and why…  For further details click here

Azad Maidan beautification incomplete

21 Feb: Herald. Nearly five months after taking up the beautification work at the historical and one of the most famed landmarks – Azad Maidan --, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has upset the City Corporation of Panaji (CCP) for failing to complete the project. Mayor Surendra Furtado has blamed his predecessor for handing over the task to the GSIDC … A look at the venue that witnessed several agitations and movements portrays a pitiable state with heaps of mud covering the green patches, broken tiles and the dug ground. The iconic Azad Maidan now sees JCB and vehicles of the contractors/supervisors parked there… 403 words  click here

Two girls, three days in Goa: What women travellers in India can't escape

21 Feb: India Today. … At the time, it seemed like a brilliant idea, and it was--what better than two best friends sipping beer on the beach, indulging in absolute nothingness? And we did get to do that, besides a lot of other things, but our happiness each day was condensed by one creepy incident or the other. Because, how is it possible in a country like India for two girls to vacation together? Girls out and about alone? Must be harassed! … The fact that we had an amazing vacation cannot be taken away from us, neither can the frustration of being made to feel uncomfortable repeatedly just because we were two women who decided to go to Goa without a male companion. 1356 words.  For further details click here

Video: Marksans Pharma’s Goa Plant Inspection By UK MHRA Complete
21 Feb: CNBC-TV18. Marksans Pharma’s Goa plant inspection by UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency complete without any critical observation. The plant located at Verna was inspected from February 14-17 …Share prices surged 20% after the successful inspection of Goa plant … Ekta Batra gets us more details.1m. 49s.  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
21 Feb: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.5. Min = 23.1. Humidity = 93%.
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 83.47; $ = 66.89; $Can = 50.91; Euro = 70.51; Aus = 51.36.



Death: Rita De Silva

17 Feb: Wimbledon, London. RITA DE SILVA nee Pires (nee Lobo) ex-Tanga, Tanzania; Ndola, Zambia; Nairobi, Kenya. Died after a long illness at the age of 69. She was the wife of the late Bonny De Silva. She was a loving mother to Leila Lobo, Anthony/late Nan Lobo and Leia D’Silva/Edward and a doting grandmother to her four grandchildren, Mia, Nicholas, Artemis and Oliver. She was loved by all of her many nieces and nephews around the continents who visited her often at her home in Wimbledon and later on at the Nursing Home. Rita was the youngest sister of the late Ancy/late Flora, Late Alex/late Sophie, Late Arthur/late Marie, Alfred/Late Olga (Toronto), Late Adolf/late Katherine, Alarick/Rosalind(Toronto) and Bella/Joe de Souza (London). Rita met and married Anthony Lobo in Nairobi and moved to Ndola, Zambia as Anthony worked at the Railways. A short while later Anthony was taken from his young family (Rita/Anthony Jr., Leila) following a car accident. Rita came to England with her young family and married Bonny De Silva (ex-Zanzibar) a friend of Anthony’s and a good family friend. They had a daughter, Leah, and she was happy to work and look after her family. She took great care of Bonny until he passed away several years ago. Her eyesight began giving her problems and as her health started to deteriorate, she was moved to a Nursing Home where she passed away peacefully on Saturday. Please keep Rita and her family in your prayers! Funeral details to be announced later. [Info: Stephen de Souza]

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Vishwajit Rane, BJP leader, shot dead man in 2006, claims ex-driver

21 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. BJP candidate in Goa Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane's ex-driver was detained by police after a video went viral on social media where he claimed to have witnessed a murder of a man by the leader. "Witness Pandurang Adarkar who is from Kolhapur in Maharashtra has been detained. He has confessed to being witness to the murder of one Shanu Gaonkar, who is missing since 2006," said inspector Dipak Pednekar. In the video, Adarkar purportedly claimed he was witness to Rane shooting Gaonkar dead in Sattari in 2006 to avenge the killing of his brother Prithviraj Rane…
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Video: Goa 365. BJP candidate Vishwajeet ‘charged’ of murder … 5m. 53s.  click here

Safety Tips For Solo Female Travel in Goa, India

20 Feb: Hippie In Heels. By Rachel Jones (photo). Solo female travelers coming to India, often are a little nervous to come to Goa alone since it’s known as a party place. In fact, Goa is a great place to travel alone whether female or male. I can see why people are nervous though so here are some tips for solo female travel in Goa and safety information… Is it safe to stay in beach huts? … Is it safe to rent a scooter and drive around alone in Goa? … Is it safe to go to parties alone in Goa? … Can I leave my stuff on the beach in Goa while I swim? … Who can I call in an Emergency in Goa? … What is the best hospital in Goa? … An extra tip: Because of the drugs here, you might find that late at night taxi drivers are drunk or high. You should avoid getting in these cars. You should avoid arguing with men in Goa late at night. They can be aggressive if they have been drinking. Unfortunately, Goa is known for having a high alcohol consumption by the local men and it’s part of the laid-back culture here. It’s something to keep in mind…  For further details click here
Trip Advisor Forum: How safe are female travellers in Goa these days? … 49 replies – last one on 20 Feb. 2016 …  click here

'NRIs facing inconvenience in exchanging scrapped notes'

20 Feb: Times of India. Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, on Monday alleged that NRIs are facing inconvenience in exchanging scrapped currency notes… "RBI has arranged for this exchange at its Delhi and Mumbai branches which is practically impossible to approach for those who came for a short visit to India," Aujla told mediapersons and demanded that exchange centres must be opened at airports as well as at district headquarters… SBI and other nationalised banks must also be authorised to facilitate exchange of scrapped notes, he said…  For further details click here

The Lords won’t block Brexit, but they will guarantee the rights of EU citizens

20 Feb: The Independent (UK). Should the House of Lords block Brexit? Even the most diehard Euro-enthusiast would find it difficult to justify such an action… Nowhere is the moral imperative to protect human rights more immediate than in the case of the three million European Union nationals now settled, living and working, in education or retired in this country. The Government has rejected such guarantees when proposed in the Commons by Harriet Harman… there are some relatively important human issues that should be dealt with as a priority, before the talks get bogged down over the price of fish. The Lords, we may be sure, will make all these points with their usual grace and generosity of spirit. The Commons should reciprocate.  For further details click here
20 Feb: The Guardian. Lords 'highly likely' to pass amendment on EU citizens …  click here
20 Feb: Daily Express. Protestors stage Brexit rallies across UK in support of EU citizens … click here.

The world is my office

19 Feb: Expresso (Portugal). There are more and more professionals who just need a computer connected to the internet to work… They are the digital nomads … André Carrilho, 42, the world's best-known Portuguese illustrator and caricaturist and one of the most awarded, also decided at a given moment in his life to pack his computer, notebooks, pens and markers in his suitcase and fly to various destinations in search of inspiration and New stimuli… He started in Mozambique, where he visited a sister, then went to Hong Kong and Macao to visit his uncle, passed through Thailand and ended up in Goa, which he considers to be the closest place to paradise where he has been. "I stayed in a bungalow with the windows open to the sea, with nobody around…  For further details click here
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These Goa-based “permaculture” farmers refuse to sell their crops

20 Feb: Vogue. By Shilarna Vaze. Peter Fernandes is an organic farmer who wants you to grow your own vegetables … He and his partner Rosie Harding have a beautiful garden/food forest/home in Assagaon, Goa … Harding and Fernandes are also willing to teach you how to walk the walk and grown your own veggies, if you are truly interested in learning… Harding and Fernandes’ own plot of land is divided into three sections: their home surrounded by their poultry and their “edimental garden”, their kitchen garden, and their food forest… They are also working on a kitchen garden and food forest for a rehab centre in Goa … 820 words.  For further details click here
Video: Permaculture Kitchen Garden and Food Forest - Rosie and Peter …  click here

Charters growing, Goa glowing

21 Feb: The Goan. Updated statistics for Goa's charter tourism arrivals are in. And the numbers give reason to cheer for industry stake-holders. Charter figures could hit a three year high if the current trend continues. According to the latest figures, 632 charter flights have arrived this season bringing in 157,518 tourists up to February 13. This is almost similar to the 158,779 charter tourists who arrived last season on board 798 charter flights last season up to May. For the first time in three years the numbers of arrivals are seeing a revival signalling that the economic situation in Russia and Eastern Europe is improving…  For further details click here

Feni policy will get academic inputs

20 Feb: Herald. With the State Assembly recognising feni as a ‘heritage brew’ taking the beverage to the global market, Excise Department has now decided to rope in the expertise of Goa University or Goa Institute of Management (GIM) to hone the policy regulating the traditional brew. The department and the feni industry have been struggling to shed off the tag of country liquor to the drink despite the government opening the gateway for it to be marketed globally…  For further details click here
Editorial: 20 Feb: Herald. Let’s make feni a drink to be proud of …  click here


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Selma Carvalho: Whose Church is it anyway?

19 Feb: The Goan. Land, heritage, tradition - none of this belongs to any one generation. We are only custodians and should do all we can to preserve them for the next generation … The church has become the private fiefdom of a few who have empowered themselves to take unilateral decisions. Land, heritage, tradition - none of this belongs to any one generation. We are only custodians. While they are in our care we should do all we can to preserve them and then hand them over to the next generation. It seems what matters most is but the personal ambitions and the private fortunes of a few… 897 words  For further details click here

'We never asked for it' India prepared to WAIVE UK foreign aid

19 Feb: Sunday Express. India has never asked Britain for foreign aid and does not even need it, the country’s new High Commissioner insisted last night … In his first British newspaper interview since taking up his post in London, His Excellency YK Sinha said the relationship between the countries had reached “a new level” and promises to deliver a “win-win” in terms of vital trade ties following Brexit… The seasoned diplomat, who described presenting his credentials to the Queen on Wednesday as “exhilarating”, said it was an “exciting time” in the relationship between the countries…  click here

Goan seafarer found hanging on ship

19 Feb: Herald. A Goan seafarer, Conceicao Silva, aged 27 years, was found hanging in his cabin on the ship. Conceicao is from Fatorda and is said to have committed suicide on board Costa Magica (photo) by hanging himself in the small cabin with the help of a bed sheet. The ship was in the Caribbean port of Antigua and the local authorities have taken possession of the body. The NRI office has got in touch with the Indian High Commission in Barbados. The mortal remains of Conceicao will be flown back to Goa after the reports are received from the company. The family, however, is not ready to believe it is a suicide…  For further details click here

US report exposes India's mistreatment of minorities

19 Nov: The Milli Gazette. India fails to comply with international standards on freedom of religion leading to the discrimination and persecution of religious minorities, said a new report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. The report, "Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India" said that, although the country's Constitution guarantees equal rights to religious minorities, the government fails to comply with international standards… In recommendation, it said that India should stop harassing groups, reform anti-conversion laws, and establish "a test of reasonableness" surrounding prohibitions on cow slaughter. It also asked India to adopt the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  For further details click here

Book Review. The sense of an ending

18 Feb: The Hindu. Village Dies by Ivan Arthur, Speaking Tiger, ₹299. … What Arthur brings to life most vividly is community. Kevni-Amboli are home to Catholics, predominantly East Indian, Anglo-Indian, Goan, and Mangalorean, each with their own particularities of custom, cuisine, and language. It is also the place and community within which the author grew up, and as he says in his author’s note, “while the main story is fictional, it is built around the jagged corners of a few real events… the main characters are figments of my imagination, but I have garnished the narrative with a few real people” (whose names, he says, remain unchanged). A Village Dies then is strongly ethnographic in nature, a deliberate documentation of a time and people and way of life gone by … 904 words.  For further details click here

Editorial: Making Goa’s Beaches Orderly and Decent

20 Feb: Navhind Times. The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has finally approved the beach-carrying capacity report and sand dune mapping by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) for implementation. The much- awaited report would serve as guidelines for policy making about beaches… The report puts a ceiling on number of shacks at 364 … To sum up, the NCSCM guidelines to regulate tourism-related businesses should be seen as a positive development and not a dampener for the tourist industry. The more regulated and decent the beaches are, the more attractive they will be for domestic and international tourists. 795 words.  For further details click here

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