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Funeral: Teresa Da Cruz. Ex Kenya

28 Apr: London. TERESA MARTINS DA CRUZ. Born 11/09/1932. Ex Kenya. Beloved wife of late Teotonio Da Cruz. Loving mother/mother-in-law of Suzette (London), Sergio/Marian (Spain). Grandmother of Sofia & Celia. Daughter of late Dr. Querobino Martins / Late Esmeralda. Sister/Sister-in-law of Herminia/ late Antonio Fernandes, late Rene/ late Mario Pinto, Martinho/ Cyta and Mena. Daughter-in-law of late Gorgonio Da Cruz / late Maria Clara. Sister-in-law of late Eustacio/late Gladys Braganza, late Amelia/late Lucas Fernandes, late Afeamia/late Jimmy D'Souza & late Arminda late Nelson D'Silva. Passed away peacefully.
Funeral mass: Friday, 31 May 2019 @ 10.00 am. Church: St Gabriel's Catholic Church, 390B Northolt Road, South Harrow, Middlesex HA2

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Changes to India's constitution would spell disaster for Christians

17 May: Independent Catholic News. The situation for India's Christians would decline sharply if the constitution was changed to make the country a Hindu theocracy - so said a bishop. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Nazarene Soosai (photo) of Kottar Diocese, southern India, warned that the discrimination and persecution suffered by the country's Christians could worsen if the constitution was altered. Bishop Soosai said: "We fear the day that they change the constitution - they want to change the constitution to make India a Hindu theocratic state." His comments come after, last month, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Savitribai Phule became the latest politician to speak out about a BJP "conspiracy going on to change the Indian Constitution." …  For further details click here

Historical Market "From Goa to Vidigueira, in Gama County"

17 May: Radio Voz da Planicie (Portugal). As part of the Commemoration of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Vasco da Gama and the 500 years of the County, the Junta de Freguesia de Vidigueira promotes from this Friday and during the weekend, the Historic Market "From Goa to Vidigueira, In Gama County." This historic recreation event will include shows, street theater, processions, animation and figuration, circus arts, cetraria, craftsmen and training workshops, as explained Carla Penas, president of the Parish Council of Vidigueira. Historic Market "From Goa to Vidigueira, in Gama County", an initiative of the Parish Council of Vidigueira, scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the Vidigueira Municipal Market.  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
Wikipedia: Vasco da Gama was made count of Vidigueira by King D. Manuel I on his return from his first trip to India by sea… click here.

In a first, presence of tiger recorded at Goa national park

18 May: Indian Express. For the first time, presence of a tiger has been reported in Goa’s Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park. The movement of the tiger was recorded through camera trapping method on May 14. “The striped tiger presence in the area indicates the level of protection, quality of wildlife habitat and management practices in the national park are of high levels,” a statement released by the National Park said. The 240 square kilometer area of the forest was being scanned for the presence of the “elusive big cat” since last year, the statement added. The department has procured more camera traps to strengthen field staff. The national park is spread across the western ghats in Sanguem Taluka of Goa along the eastern border of the state…  For further details click here

A dialect born out of Portuguese and Marathi in the 16th century is on the verge of extinction

19 May: Tribune. Rekha and Albert D'Souza are chatting away with their neighbours from the porch of their house, located on the top of a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea. They are conversing in a language that’s all Greek to everyone, except of course to them and roughly 240 other families in the neighbourhood. For the record, this small Catholic community speaks a dialect called Creole, a strange mix of Portuguese and Marathi! This small community, clustered around the three-century-old church at upper Korlai village in Raigarh district of Maharashtra, 135 kilometres south of Mumbai, is the unique bearer of the Portuguese legacy and Marathi culture… Popularly known as Portuguese or Kristy or Nau lin, Korlai Creole Portuguese (KCP) is amongst the several vestiges of the Portuguese era in India. KCP, the primary language of conversation within families and community and the first language for the children of Korlai, has a history that dates back to the 16th century… 1174 words.  For further details click here

Goa is not India yet: Russian motorcyclists discover unexplored Asia

15 May: AIF Tver (Russia). For half a year already Ivan Komissarov and Alexander Popov have been traveling around Asia on a bike. They are still in India… Who was in Goa and thinks that he knew India, is mistaken. This is a colorful and original state. There are caves, waterfalls, centuries-old culture, bright holidays, but at the same time, the low standard of living is striking. There are a lot of poor people on the streets, piles of garbage, rivers are heavily polluted. On each corner there are small kitchens-tents: some sugar cane juice is pressed, others bake local samosa patties, and others prepare wadapao sandwiches with potato cutlets. You drive along the road, dirt flies, but right there on the side of the woman they shift grapes, the children play in this dust. What seems wild to us is the norm…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

In the next life, everything will be better

!6 May: Nezavisimaya Gazeta. By Anna Gavrikova. … On the way to the hotel from the airport, while the whole bus was sleeping peacefully, I watched with horror a postapocalyptic orgy on the other side of the glass … Food in India is very spicy … because of the constant heat, food deteriorates quickly and spices help to disguise the smell and taste of stale products… The most interesting and unusual thing in India is the Indians. Their curious brown eyes have lightning speed for companionship, they look like big children - spontaneous, curious, cheerful and open… Eighty percent of the population is Hinduism. One of the dominant roles in Hinduism is reincarnation. Hindus relate to life and to the time quite differently than the Europeans, believing that they still have an entire eternity left. They sincerely believe that if they are not very lucky in this life, they will be more lucky in the next if they follow all the canons and rules of their caste… The mentality of the locals is completely different from the European. The concept of time is unfamiliar to Indians, they have no desire to change something, and they are satisfied with everything … 1225 words.  For further details click here
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Panaji’s place in the sun

18 May: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Examine the cast of characters assembled against each other in Panaji, and it’s uncanny how Parrikar’s legacy still pervades. The BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienker, his long-time aide, narrowly found favour at the last minute against Utpal Parrikar, the late MLA’s oldest son. The Congress is represented by Atanasio “Babush" Monserrate, who has controlled the next-door constituency of Taleigao for many years, but assumed much greater significance only after being appointed minister of town and country planning in Parrikar’s cabinet in 2002. Another contender is Subhash Velingkar of the new Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), who was closely aligned with Parikkar until 2016, when an acrimonious falling out led to him being sacked from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (which he left vowing revenge against his former ally). Finally, there is Valmiki Naik, representing the Aam Aadmi Party … 2033 words.  For further details click here
18 May: Times of India. For Panaji votes, parties pay for flight tickets, shell out crisp currency notes …  click here

A tasty trail of breadcrumbs through time

18 May: First Post. The Goan bread is a testament to its Portuguese past and its culinary present, but traditional breadmakers are in dire need of aid … To understand Goa’s Portuguese heritage, one must break its bread. Those beautifully risen artisanal roundels are at the core of each Goan meal… Goan breads are synonymous with life and etched in every local’s psyche… Peter De Lima’s Colva bakery, Da Lima Bakers and Confectioners, is among the few making 100% wheat poies, and also teaches breadmaking, as does Chef Martins. “We do make bread with toddy on special order as earlier a toddy bottle costed Rs 10-20, now it’s Rs 175-200,” explains De Lima, who gets orders from England, Australia, Dubai and Qatar, which he vacuum packs across the seven seas. 875 words.  For further details click here



Death: Peter X deSouza, ex Mombasa
3 May: Beckenham, Kent. PETER X DESOUZA. Ex Mombasa. Survived by his wife, Mary and brother, Salus. As per Peter's wishes a private funeral will be held on the 10th. June, 2019. Condolencees to

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New Event Announcement

Thu 27 Jun: GOA UK – Senior Citizens Get-Together. Venue : HSBC Sports & Social Club (Sterling Suite), Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW – nearest railway – New Beckenham Station, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QN (two minutes walk) commencing at 11.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Music by Chico. There will be prizes for bingo and a quiz. Bar at subsidised rates. Food available at the bar. Tickets £6.00. Ample parking available. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes on 07949 233307 | Sandra Fernandes-Allen on 07768 080537 | Richard Fernandes – 07711 401157 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.

Dogs maul foreigner

18 May: Herald. A Czech Republic national was mauled by a pack of ferocious stray dogs on Anjuna-Arpora Hill when she had gone for a walk in the morning. She is currently undergoing treatment at St Anthony Hospital, Anjuna… the incident occurred on Monday morning and the lady reported the same to Anjuna police… She requested police to act in the matter by informing the concerned authority. She did not want another person to suffer from a similar savage attack…  For further details click here

Goa MLAs defect often, seem influenced by US where marriages don’t last

17 May: Indian Express. Ironically, it is the BJP which has poached five MLAs — three from the Congress and two from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) — since 2017 when the new government was formed after Manohar Parrikar returned to take over the state’s politics…  click here
17 May: IANS. Faleiro cites Bible Commandment to slam BJP's Goa power grab … Former Goa Chief Minister and Congress General Secretary Luizinho Faleiro on Friday cited one of the Ten Commandments in the Bible - "Thou shalt not steal" - to blame the BJP for stealing the people's mandate in the 2017 state assembly elections…  click here

For 2 decades, this Goan crossed the Gulf to vote in every election

16 May: Times of India. For over two decades now, Roshan Lorena hasn’t missed an election in Panaji, whether assembly or municipal. Based in Kuwait, he has postponed family vacations, missed out on important occasions and even earned the ire of his wife to exercise his franchise — even if it meant a two-day trip to vote for his local corporator. Born and raised in Panaji, Lorena was in Goa this March. But no sooner was the byelection date declared, Lorena booked his ticket for his second trip home in three months… He has tried convincing other NRIs to do the same, but with little success… He feels that even a few hundred NRIs returning to Goa to vote could change the entire political scenario, but adds that parties need to mobilise this section of the electorate….  For further details click here

‘Rape case high profile, survivor is in danger’

17 May: Times of India. Women rights activist Auda Viegas on Thursday said the rape survivor who has gone missing from a rehabilitation centre in South Goa was in “danger”, considering the high profile nature of the case. Atanasio Monserrate, popularly known as Babush, who is contesting the Panaji bypolls as Congress candidate, is the accused in the case. In a letter to chief minister Pramod Sawant, Viegas demanded a thorough probe into the matter and said the state is duty-bound ‘to prevent the survivor from falling prey to abduction, kidnap or being lured into risky behavior’. “She has to be kept is a safe environment as she is the main witness in her case,” Viegas said …  For further details click here

Politics seen in BJP move to protect Indian Christians

17 M\y: UCAN. India’s pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has proposed a forum to work for the protection of Christians from Islamic terror attacks, but church leaders dismissed the move as a political ploy to polarize communities. The BJP’s Kerala state president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai proposed forming a special force to protect churchgoers in the Christian stronghold in the wake of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, media reports said. “This is an attempt to polarize the peacefully living Christians and Muslims in the country,” said Father Varghese Vallikkatt, spokesman for the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council. Pillai told on May 16 that his party’s wing for religious minorities had considered the proposal and decided not to form a sena (force) but will form an “anti-terrorist Christian fellowship” in Kerala…  For further details click here

Will India's ecumenical network beat clergy sex abuse?

16 May: La Croix International. Early in April, when police in India filed rape charges against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, he became the first bishop in history to face court proceedings for raping a Catholic nun… But this was only the latest in a series of cases of sexual abuse by clerics in recent months… Church authorities often covered up the facts, manipulated and destroyed evidence, and transferred perpetrators, thereby enabling violators to repeat offense with impunity. They also failed to report matters to the police as they should have… such cases are slowly but steadily making India open up after decades of exposes of such crimes all over the world … The clergy sex abuse crisis, however, is not just a Catholic problem…  For further details click here



Death Henry Anthony D'Souza
14 May: Mumbai. HENRY ANTHONY D'SOUZA. Beloved husband of Annette. Loving father of Kennedy (Late) and Shanti, Christopher and Angela. Doting grandfather of Kyle and Kiera. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi] Condolence messages can be sent to

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Hindus, Christians are blood brothers: Velingkar

16 May: Times of India. Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is contesting the Panaji bypolls on a Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) ticket, said Hindus and Christians are children of the same common ancestor. Velingkar is up against the might of BJP and Congress at the Panaji byelection and believes his past as the RSS chief in Goa would not be a stumbling block for Catholics to vote for him on Sunday. “I was instrumental in initiating the first meeting of L K Advani with minorities here in Goa. People who know me know that I am not communal. Our stand on Christians can be summarised as this, ‘We are blood brothers’,” Velingkar said…  For further details click here

"Looking Forward To Co-Operation With Israel": Goa Deputy Chief Minister

16 May: NDTV. Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai has called on officials of the Israel's foreign affairs ministry to discuss how the coastal state and the West Asian country could work in cooperation with each other. Mr Sardesai, who is on a private visit to Jerusalem, on Wednesday met a delegation …"A discussion took place on concrete projects of co-operation between Goa and Israel. We are looking forward to more co-operation on various fronts with them (Israel) in the near future," Mr Sardesai said in a statement…  For further details click here

Russia: Cholera detected on aircraft from Goa

16 May: Aviaport (Russia). A dangerous infection was found in those who flew in from Goa. Dozens of people in protective suits of various colors, ambulances, fire trucks and aircraft in a cordon. Today, passengers could observe such a picture at the Voronezh airport… The view from the porthole in minutes becomes frightening… What is bothering you at the moment? At the moment, general weakness, malaise, dizziness, thirst is very strong, pain in the navel… The holiday was probably spoiled by water drunk on the beach. Doctors meticulously ask the passenger what they ate and what he did before departure. Their preliminary diagnosis is cholera and moderate dehydration…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Doctor from Andhra Pradesh drowns in Goa while attempting to take a selfie at beach

16 May: News Minute. A 25-year-old doctor from Andhra Pradesh lost her life after drowning at the Colomb beach in Goa on Tuesday… According to local news reports, Dr Utukuru Ramya Krishna had earlier been working in a Primary Health Centre in Jaggayyapet after completing her MBBS. She had moved to Goa for work in 2018… Ramya had gone to the beach with her friends on Tuesday evening when the incident happened. “There were six people in total. The doctor and her friend were standing on a rock taking photographs of themselves when a strong wave came and pulled them into the sea,” said Inspector Narvekar…  For further details click here

WATCH: Goa-based startup BLive is wheeling in change with e-cycles and India’s first EV tourism initiative

16 May: Your Story. Goa is synonymous with sun, sea, sand, and susegad. But the sunshine state is a lot more than just shacks, parties, and shots. Samarth Kholkar, a Goa native, felt strongly about his state’s history and heritage, and was keen to help tourists discover the unseen side of India’s most-loved beach destination. In 2017, he met Sandeep Mukherjee, a friend who he had connected with 16 years ago, in Bengaluru. The duo was keen to do something more than living corporate lives. They decided to combine clean technology with experiential tourism to create India’s first EV tourism initiative. And BLive was born. In this video interview, the BLive founders tell us more … They purchased 30 electric bikes (e-cycles) and set up shop in Panaji… Each trip costs Rs 1,500 and lasts up to four hours…  For further details click here

10 restaurants in Goa that you need to bookmark for your next trip

16 May: Vogue. From dining in a century-old Portuguese bungalow at the Black Sheep Bistro to home-style Israeli food at Artjuna Garden Café, Goa’s food culture is as rich and diverse as the tourists it attracts … Bomra’s, 247, Fort Aquada Road, Candolim, Goa … Artjuna Garden Café, 940, Market Rd, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa … Thalassa, Plot No. 301, 1, Vaddy, Siolim, Goa … La Plage, H NO 209, Ashwem Beach, Katte Wada Road, Mandrem, Goa … Gun Powder, No 6, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Goa … Black Sheep Bistro, Swami Vivekanand Rd, Altinho, Panaji, Goa … Mamaramma, Next to St Sebastian Chapel, Rua de Natal, Fountainhas, Panaji, Goa … Zeebop by the Sea, Pereira Waddo, Utorda, Goa … Martin’s Corner, 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Goa … Britto’s Bar & Restaurant, House No 7, 171, Calangute-Baga Road, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa …  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat 1st Jun: The Divine Retreat Centre UK - 5th Anniversary Convention. We cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate this wonderful gift of Divine UK at The Halley Centre, Blackheath, London SE3 8EP on Saturday, 1st June 2019 from 9:00am-4:30pm. It will be led by Most Reverend Archbishop Peter Smith (Bishop of The Archdiocese of Southwark), Fr Augustine Vallooran VC (Director of Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor), Fr George Panackal VC, Fr Antony Parankimalil VC, Fr Jose Palliyil VC and Fr Joseph Edattu VC. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Car parking is also available at the venue. Coaches to the venue have been arranged from different areas of UK- please refer to the poster at our website, and for the list of coaches for the day, click here.

Sun 9th Jun. Margao Union UK invites you to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Spirit at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AR. Holy Mass at 1.45 noon prompt followed by dancing to the melodious sounds Outbreak. Catering by Suntop Caterers. Tickets £13 for Adults and £8 for children 6-13. Ticket includes snacks and a meal. Children under 5 are free. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes 07949233307/ 0208 3721253, Rosalind 0208 767 8652, Xavy 02088035146/07507950455, Lucas 07957148406 and Camilo 02088013637. For further details please see the attached flyer. Click here.

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

Thu 27 Jun: GOA UK – Senior Citizens Get-Together. Venue : HSBC Sports & Social Club (Sterling Suite), Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW – nearest railway – New Beckenham Station, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QN (two minutes walk) commencing at 11.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Music by Chico. There will be prizes for bingo and a quiz. Bar at subsidised rates. Food available at the bar. Tickets £6.00. Ample parking available. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes on 07949 233307 | Sandra Fernandes-Allen on 07768 080537 | Richard Fernandes – 07711 401157 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.

Sun 7 Jul: The Aldona Association invites you to celebrate the Feast of St Thomas on the 7th July 2019 at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Tickets will be sale from 20 May 2019. Mass to start at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "Outbreak" and "DJ Richie". Bar by Coscon Bar Services and Catering by 'Trinity Caterers'. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Contact: Tome D'Souza 07975947692, Michelle D'Souza 07713449906, Nigel Moniz 07940708615, Lily Lobo 07442229258 Thank you. Please see Flyer for more details. Click here.

Sun 7 Jul: GOA UK – Golf. Venue: The Oaks Golf Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AN. Further details : Sandra Fernandes Allen on 07768 080537 or Savio DeSouzaon 07918 693290

UK EVENT: Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion Sun 21 Jul. Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion. Venue: Heston Catholic Social Club, Eton Avenue, Heston, TW5 0HB. (Buses 120 from Hounslow Central Station and 111 from Hounslow East Station; in both cases Stations are on Piccadilly Line westbound for Heathrow Airport. Alight at St Leonard's Church and walk 5 mins. to venue. Ample car parking available), Cost: £15 per person to include snacks and a full buffet lunch. Cheques in favour of Mr L. Pereira to be sent 49 Browning Way, Heston, Middlesex TW5 9BG. Contacts: Lambert Pereira, 07305 572 506; Christopher Moniz, 07803 052 618; Alvira Almeida, 0208 300 6154.

Sun. 4 Aug: GOA UK *** Lorna at The Goan Festival - Sunday 4th August 2019 ***. Venue: Cranford Community College Grounds, High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing will Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. Ends and 19.00 hrs. Lorna Cordeiro the legendary Goan Nightingale will be performing. She will be accompanied by Norman Cardozo on Keyboards, Nolvert Cota on Trumpet, Mathias Sequeira on Drums and Francis Rodrigues on Bass Guitar. For further details contact please contact: Ravi Vaz +44(0)7909.927539; Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - +44(0)7958.537314; Bella Fernandes +44(0)7949.233307 FOR LATER EVENTS go to



Death: Jesse Sequeira. Ex Dar es Salaam

14 May: Toronto. JESUINHO "JESSE" SEQUEIRA. From childhood into his final years, Jesuinho (Jesse) Sequeira was the picture of courage and grace in the face of daunting odds. Though his path through life was often filled with great personal obstacle, Jesse’s spirit and sense of humor remained buoyant – a shining example to every person he encountered. On May 14, 2019, shortly after the onset of a sudden illness, Jesse passed away, peacefully, with his family by his side at Mississauga Hospital. He was 80. Son of the late John and Luiza Sequeira, and brother of the late Clement Sequeira, Jesse will be remembered fondly by his sisters Virgilia (Willie), Annette, brothers Xavier and Justin (Tina), niece Avril, nephews Shaun (Iwona) and Brendan, and young grand-nephew Aaron. In accordance with Jesse’s final wishes, no visitation will be held and a private funeral service and interment will take place on Saturday May 18, 2019. His family gratefully acknowledges all thoughts and prayers in these days of bereavement. [Info: Claude Fernandes]

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Canada: Heather-Ann Mendes to be Sudbury's newest judge

14 May: Soo Today (Canada). The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, announced today that Heather-Ann Mendes, wife of Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano, has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 23, 2019. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Mendes to Sudbury, a Ministry of the Attorney General news release states. “Justice Heather-Ann Mendes has been in private practice in Sault Ste. Marie since 2005, focusing on family and child protection law,” the release continues. Mendes is a partner with O'Neill Delorenzi Mendes Nanne… [Info: Goans Tanzanite]  For further details click here
For the professional profile of Heather-Ann Mendes,  click here
4 Feb, 2014: Goan Voice. Heather-Ann Mendes is the daughter of Alvaro/Doreen Mendes of Toronto, ex Dar-es-Salaam … click here.

Francis deSouza: Is Illumina, Inc.'s CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?

14 May: Yahoo. Francis deSouza has been the CEO of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) since 2016… At the time of writing our data says that Illumina, Inc. has a market cap of US$46b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$11m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). We note that's an increase of 26% above last year… When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts … So Francis deSouza receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at… Over the last three years Illumina, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 20% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 16% over the last year.  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice supplement on Francis deSouza,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Francis deSouza, click here.

Video: BBC host forced to intervene as 'PATRONISING' Martin Lewis fiercely CLASHES with Suella Braverman

14 May: Daily Express (UK). Martin Lewis and Tory MP Suella Braverman fiercely clashed on a BBC panel while discussing the upcoming European elections. Mr Lewis argued the Brexit vote was “never structured as it should have been”, and Ms Braverman contended he showed a “patronising attitude towards British people”. Speaking on BBC’s Politics Live, the founder and Ms Braverman disagreed ...  For further details click here
Audio: 11 May: BBC. Any Questions. Suella Braverman MP, Richard Burgon MP, Sir Ed Davey MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP. Jonathan Dimbleby presents topical debate from Jesus College, Cambridge …  click here

Jesuit astronomer works to unravel the mysteries of galactic evolution

15 May: Catholic (Philadelphia). Jesuit Father Richard D’Souza finds halos mesmerizing. Galactic halos, that is. Not the angelic variety. It’s enthralling to the Vatican Observatory astronomer that those halos of stars that have fallen into one galaxy from another during collisions and mergers can provide clues to a galaxy’s multibillion-year history. Father D’Souza, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan since 2016, studies the evolution of galaxies… Father D’Souza uncovered clues in Andromeda’s halo, finding stars that had a higher proportion of metallicity — elements heavier than hydrogen and helium — that matched the chemical composition of stars in the remnants of M32… Born to a Catholic family in Pune, India, in the western state of Goa in 1978, Father D’Souza grew up in Kuwait, where his parents, Joseph and Mary, had emigrated for work. They raised their sons, Christopher and Richard, in an Indian neighborhood where parents kept tight reins on their children because the Indians’ freedom was restricted… 1238 words.  For further details click here

Goa govt launches inquiry into 'missing' rape victim

15 May: PTI. The Goa government has launched a high-level inquiry into the disappearance of a woman, who had accused Congress Panaji bypoll candidate Atanasio Monserratte of rape, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday. He also said the "truth about the missing woman" would be revealed soon. A 19-year-old woman, who had accused Monserratte of raping her in 2016, when she was a minor, has gone missing from a Rehabilitation Centre in South Goa since April 28. "The government has initiated a high-level inquiry into the episode of the missing woman, and I am getting reports on a daily basis...Very soon, the truth behind the missing of the woman would be revealed," the chief minister told reporters… Sawant said the state government has launched a massive search operation to trace the woman…  For further details click here

Dealers and police share the bribe in Goa

15 May: Die Welt (Germany). Goa's beaches first attracted hippies and later techno fans. Those caught in drug use, can freely buy - even for a business dealer. And India's state offers even more unusual. Beach holiday is not obvious d when one thinks of India. Goa (named after the former capital, Old Goa or Old Goa) but is famous. countless sandy beaches are on the 160-kilometer coastline with palm trees and lodging by the sea… Goa offers testimonies from more than 450 years of Portuguese colonial era… tourism is now Goa's main industry. In addition to Europeans who wanted to experience India, also came Indians, wanted to see the Europeans… 718 words.  For further details click here
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TRAVEL: Sri Lanka. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sat. 18th May. 00:30 to 01:00. Explores what happened to Father Francis Joseph, a Catholic priest who negotiated the surrender of some of the well-known rebel commanders at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

DOCUMENTARY: Recipes That Made Me. BBC 2. Sat. 18th May. 12:00 to 12:30. Bangladesh. Restaurateur Nisha Katona travels to Greater Manchester to meet incredible home cooks from the Bangladeshi community. Eight out of ten restaurants we refer to as Indian across the UK are actually owned by Bangladeshis, so Nisha starts her exploration into this cuisine in one of the many Bangladeshi-run curry houses in this area.

DOCUMENTARY: Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema. BBC 4. Mon. 20th May. 01:30 to 03:00. Sanjeev Bhaskar explores the history of Indian cinema, and interviews legendary actors, producers, directors and musicians, as well as young hopefuls in the slums of Mumbai. Starring: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Asha Bhosle, Anupama Chopra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

DOCUMENTARY: The Hunt for Jihadi John. Channel 4. Mon. 20th May. 21:00 to 22:30. This feature documentary from Channel 4 in conjunction with HBO investigates the controversial extremist Jihadi John. The film tells the inside story of Mohammed Emwazi's journey from an ordinary London boy to becoming 'Jihadi John'.

COOKERY: Jamie's Money Saving Meals. Food Network (Freeview 41). Tues. 21st May. 18:30 to 19:00. Aubergine Dahl and Beef Noodle Soup. Series 2, episode 6. Jamie Oliver spices up vegetables with his aubergine dahl, Indian rice and homemade chapatis. And, he uses leftover beef for a noodle soup.

DOCUMENTARY: The Stolen Maharajah: Britain's Indian Royal. BBC 4. Tues. 21st May. 22:00 to 23:00. The story of Duleep Singh, last Maharajah of the Punjab, captured by the British army as a boy in the 1840s and raised in England as an aristocrat, who grew up to become a rebel against the British Empire.

NEWS: The Politics of Population Control. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Fri. 24th May. 22:00 to 23:00. Sterilisation, abortion and femicide population control policies across Asia have resulted in gender imbalance which in turn encourages trafficking of women.


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UK to take up the issue of 'worsening' persecution of Christians in India

15 May: The Week. British govt would raise all specific cases of such alleged religious persecutions … Various minorities in India fear for their safety, says Father Filipe Neri Ferrao (photo) in a letter to Christians … The UK government on Tuesday said that it would take up the issue of the alleged persecution of Christians in India, with a British minister pointing to a "worsening" of such cases in the country. During a scheduled session of oral questions for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the House of Commons, UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field said the British government would raise all specific cases of such alleged religious persecution in India with its counterparts… The interim report submitted by the Bishop of Truro earlier this month was described as a truly sobering look at the persecution of Christians worldwide, as it quoted figures from Persecution Relief to highlight 736 such attacks in India in 2017, up from 348 in 2016...  For further details click here

Germany: Pastor Norman D'Souza celebrates 25 Years as a priest

13 May: Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany). North village/Westendorf For 25 years, Norman D'souza a priest. The anniversary will be on Friday, 17. May to 18 o'clock in the Church of St. George Westendorf celebrated his first place of work as a pastor in Germany. Thereafter, a stand-up reception in the parish hall. Because D'souza doesn't want gifts for themselves, will put up a donation box. The money goes to the Mission to India. D'souza came in September 2016 to the North of the village. A year later, a big challenge was waiting for him. The parish community of North village and the parish of Westendorf were merged… Include the Hobbies of the priest, football, cooking, Cricket, table tennis and music. Since the age of five, he likes to play the harmonica, but without the notes, just by ear. 403 words  For further details click here

‘No votes until the road is built': why some Goan villagers are boycotting the Indian elections

13 May: Global Voices (Amsterdam). While India is going through a major general election spread over seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 in order to elect its 17th parliament (Lok Sabha), some Indian voters have taken the unusual step of boycotting the electoral process. In Goa residents of a tribal hamlet in Cancona block Marlem Village refused to vote on 23 April during the third phase of the general election, alleging that the government had been oblivious to the problems of their village. Their main grievance is that basic facilities, such as proper roads and water supply, have not been provided by the government. A video by Community Correspondent Devidas Gaonkar, a member of the aboriginal shepherd tribe of Goa called Velip, documented the protests of the villagers:…  For further details click here

Paul John Whisky releases its newest unpeated single malt, NIRVANA

13 May: Whisky Intelligance (Scotland). From the Goan shores of India, NIRVANA is an unpeated expression bottled at an ABV of 40 and is created from Indian 6-row barley and matured in charred American oak casks. Every expression of Paul John Whisky including NIRVANA do not have any added flavours or colours. Soft aromas of caramel, bourbon and fruitcake, flavours of succulent vanilla and sweet honeycomb enhance the sublime and honeyed finish. NIRVANA ensures a captivating experience beyond the worldly realm. Created for those who seek greater heights and who enjoy creating their own path Nirvana was aptly named because it is an expression for those who discover happiness in their purpose of being… It is currently available in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland as well as Goa and Maharashtra in India and will soon be available in other countries as well…  For further details click here
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Mickky Pacheco wants Goa Miles taxi service withdrawn

14 May: The Goan. Alleging that the government is supporting somebody by permitting the app based Goa Miles taxi service, former minister Mickky Pacheco asserted that a small state like Goa does not need this service and demanded its immediate withdrawal… he said it was not fair to have around 20 vehicles registered with Goa Miles parked at the Colva Residency when in Colva there are 200 taxi operators, who are feeding their families with whatever they earn daily from taxi service…  For further details click here
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Cops hit with unnatural deaths cover up allegations

14 May: Herald. A marginal difference in statistics of unnatural deaths in Goa during the tourist season compared to the off-season, has been proffered to allege that police are trying to cover up deaths of foreigners in the State. It is a fact that the tourist seasons have recorded a higher number of unidentified unnatural deaths (UD) cases than the identified UDs. In the tourist season from October 2018 to April 2019, the State recorded 117 unknown UD cases as against 131 during the same corresponding period in the previous season. Data sourced from Goa Police indicates that as many as 442 unidentified UD cases have been reported from May 2017 to April 2019 while known unidentified UD cases are 2,467… Finnish national Sanna Cutter (photo), who has been fighting to find her nephew Felix Dahl’s alleged murderer in Goa, has said that Goa Police is concealing facts and figures about the deaths of tourists.  For further details click here

No loo to behold: Goa wins last place in ODF rankings

14 May: Times of India. Despite the massive push by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to make all states open defecation free, Goa has managed to raise a stink, one the government can’t flush away. The state is not only one of the four in the country that has failed to achieve 100% household toilet coverage in rural areas, it also has the lowest number of individual household toilets in the country, according to the latest data. The news gets worse. According to data released by the Union ministry of sanitation and drinking water, just 5.87% of Goa’s villages have been declared open defecation free (ODF), again the lowest coverage in the entire country… ODF is the termination of faecal-oral transmission, defined by no visible faeces found in the village and the use of safe methods by each household to treat the waste … District-wise, North Goa fares slightly better with 77.84% homes equipped with toilets, while the number for South Goa stands at 73.81%...  For further details click here

Multi-level parking facility becoming a white elephant at airport

14 May: Navhind Times. The multi-level car parking (MLCP) facility which was constructed at the integrated terminal building of Dabolim airport in order to facilitate the parking of vehicles by spending over Rs 50 crore has become a 'white elephant'… It was also aimed to accommodate around 500 cars at a time. Although the facility was supposed to be commissioned in the year 2013 it was however delayed, citing security reasons… The project has now become a dumping zone of scrapped and unused material belonging to the Airport Authority of India (AAI). The project was also in the news, for allegedly becoming a den for criminal activities during the nights…  For further details click here


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Desmond Coutinho: At 46, Irom Sharmila gives birth to twins

13 May: One India. Irom Sharmila, known across the world as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her 16-year long hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, delivered twin girls on Mother's Day in Bengaluru. The 46-year-old had settled in Kodaikanal after her marriage with Desmond Coutinho in 2017. She gave birth after 35 weeks of pregnancy through a C-section delivery at Malleshwaram branch of the Cloudnine hospital at 9:21 am on Sunday. The activist and her husband, Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho, have named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara… The couple wanted to keep the development a private affair.  For further details click here
Times of India. Desmond was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where his uncle, Wolf J Dourado, served as attorney general and his father was a chief town planner …  click here

Joseph Murumbi: From Goan father and Maasai mother

13 May: Mpasho (Kenya). Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi was born in Kenya in 1911, from a Goan father and Maasai mother. His father who was a trader by profession and had arrived from India in 1897… His mother was the daughter of Murumbi, the Maasai Laibon for the Uasin Gishu Maasai. Murumbi would spend the first 16 years of his life matriculating in India… During his time in India, Anglo Indians used to call anyone darker than them “niggers” and this annoyed him very much. He then decided to be called by his mother’s name after his father asked him what name he wanted to be known by… Joseph married Shelia, a Librarian … After Kenya became independent of British imperial rule in 1963, he became Kenya’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1964 to 1966,.. He then served as Kenya’s second VP in 1966 for nine months. The reason for his short stint was the unease with what he felt as Kenyatta’s style of leadership in dealing with dissidents and the increasing corruption. He then went into his other passion and the one he would become a legendary for; art collecting… It is estimated that he collected over 50,000 books (8000 being rare; that is, they were published before 1900) …  For further details click here

Girl who accused Goa ex-minister of rape goes ‘missing’

14 May: Hindustan Times. The minor girl who had accused former Goa minister Atanasio Monserrate of buying her from her mother, drugging and raping her has been missing from the private facility where she was housed since April 28, police said. Police inspector Sandesh Chodankar said the nuns at the home had filed a missing complaint on May 10. “We have lodged a missing complaint and are making efforts to trace her,” Chodankar told HT. He said the girl was not admitted in the shelter home by the police and her stay was entirely private. In 2016, the girl had told a counsellor that she was sold by her mother to Monseratte, who is the Congress candidate for Panaji bypoll, for ₹50 lakh and that he had drugged her and raped her at his home in Taleigao. Monserrate, however, has denied the charges and had surrendered himself to the police a few days after the case was filed…  For further details click here

Has Goa turned into a hell for tourists?

13 May: Mid-Day (Mumbai). A Finnish woman has alleged that tourists' deaths, especially those of Western tourists in Goa, are covered up by the authorities to save the state's reputation as a safe holiday destination. Fifty-five-year old Sanna Cutter (photo) has been fighting hard to find her nephew's alleged murderer in Goa for the past four years. Her observations of the statistics on unclaimed bodies found in Goa raise concerns about her allegations. Over 100 plus deaths (111) have been tagged as 'unidentified' and these bodies have been found between October 16, 2018 and April 17, 2019. Cutter said, "It seems there were 111 unidentified bodies found in Goa during this period. There are two bodies of foreigners with their photos on the Goa police website. The data was compiled by me and my sister, Minna Pirohnen, mother of late Felix." …  For further details click here

Goencho Avaz' par excellence Kuwait Konkani Community

' 13 May: Arab Times (Kuwait). ‘Goencho Avaz', The Konkani musical show held in Kuwait, on April 26, received a thunderous applause … The generation next stars of Konkani world left no stone unturned to entertain Kuwait Konkani community… The star performer of the evening was 'Goencho Avaz' Season – 1 winner and playback singer of the famed Konkani film, 'Nachom Kumpasar' Cielda Pereira. Cielda lived up to the expectations with her four solos and in-between teaming up with medley, specially composed for the event by music director Lenoy Gomendes. Others who enthralled the evening with their melodious voices were, Avina Furtado, Elaine Pinto, Everleigh Mascarenhas, Stacey Mesquita, Cyrus Fernandes and Frenzie Vito Rodrigues. They were the seven star performer winners/finalists of 'Goencho Avaz' over the years initiated in Goa by Herald publications since 2015… 1703 words.  For further details click here

Betty Rita Fernandes dies during hip replacement surgery in Dubai

12 May: Gulf News (UAE). The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is looking into a complaint filed by a Dubai expatriate whose young wife died during a hip replacement surgery at a private hospital in Dubai on May 9… Gulf News has learnt that Betty Rita Fernandes, 42, had a congenital issue and her hip was slightly displaced when she was born. According to her family, she decided to go in for a hip replacement surgery under Dr Samih Tarabichi, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Al Zahra Hospital, Al Barsha, Dubai… Fernandes died in the operating theatre at about 5pm, nearly eight hours after she was first wheeled inside the operating room…  For further details click here
12 May: The National (UAE). Betty Rita Fernandes, originally from Mumbai, died after a routine hip operation …  click here

Blogger Rachel Jones, Goa’s famous ‘Hippie In Heels’ has died

13 May. Its Goa. In what has come as a major shock to the travel and blogging community, Rachel Jones, better known as the ‘Hippie In Heels’ has passed away. Not much is known about the cause of death, nor where it happened. The news comes at a time when Rachel was planning for her wedding later this year. Earlier posts indicated that she had set out to celebrate her bachelorette in an undisclosed location… Her travel blog Hippie In Heels ( became an important resource, specifically for foreigners looking to backpack across India or travel the country on a budget. The blog was based on Jones’ extensive travel experiences, especially in Goa, which she made her home almost a decade ago. During her time here, she published two guides that became extremely popular and were a critical success among first-time travellers to India. The ‘Goa Ebook’ and ‘India Ebook’ covered everything from Visa applications to airport picks and drops, to the best in budget hotels and even how to procure a SIM-card…  For further details click here

At Goan shacks, it’s sun, sea, butter chicken

13 May: Times of India. Hundreds of beach shacks dot Goa’s 105km coastline from September to May… They sorely lack authentic Goan food. While the staple fish, curry, rice and popular xacuti and vindaloo feature on the menu, tourists can’t be sure they are eating the real deal. With no Goans in the kitchens, most cooks working at beach shacks are either from North India or Nepal. Shacks can’t afford Goan cooks who expect ₹25k salary … Domestic tourists, especially North Indians, do not like coconut in their food. They demand butter chicken or other vegetarian dishes …  For further details click here
13 May: Times of India. From selfie sticks to massages, beach vendors have it all … The vendors, which include girls as young as seven and men and women of all age groups, sell mainly shawls, imitation jewellery, selfie sticks, caps, tea, cold drinks and eatables. Some double as beggars…  click here


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Adding more of a Goan touch to Swindon

12 May: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. Imtiyaz and Adorabelle Shaikh are the new Goan political couple in Swindon, both members of the Labour Party and with a long political career ahead of them, should they choose to stay on in electoral politics… Goa is quite content to claim various political figures around the world as being of Goan origin, even if the ties are nebulous. In the 1990s it began when Keith Vaz was elected to the British House of Commons. After him came his sister Valerie Vaz and they have now been followed by Suella Fernandes … Swindon Borough has a population of 220,000 and about 85 per cent of the population is ‘White British’ … Swindon possibly has the largest Goan community in the UK. In an article writer Selma Carvalho postulated that Swindon could be the city which has the highest concentration of Goans anywhere in the world outside of Goa… 1156 words  For further details click here
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Unquiet flows the Dom

12 May: LiveMint. Dom Moraes was born in Bombay in 1938, in an age when it was too late for arrogance but too soon for regrets. His parents were the Goan Frank, the first Indian editor of The Times Of India, and the East Indian Beryl, a pathologist who later struggled with mental illness. A poetry prodigy, he shipped out to study at Oxford when he was 17, winning the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for his first collection when he was only 19. Soon after moving to England, he fell in with the bohemians of London’s Soho district, drinking and living and loving with poets and painters. In the early 1960s, he ran out of poetry, and, by the end of the decade, he had returned to India… Moraes died in June 2004. The obituaries—especially in the foreign press—centred around his poetic promise and achievements… 1123 words.  For further details click here

Desmond Nazareth: Say cheers!

12 May: Navhind Times. Goan origin Desmond Nazareth is making waves with country liquor, Mahua. He is got the tribal drink into the mainstream and accepted by the hip drinking crowd … His company Agave India, currently sells under the brand name DesmondJi and DJ. The products DJ Mahua and DJ Mahua Liqueur have an alcohol content of 38 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. It is classified as IMFL and presently sold in Goa and Karnataka… Nazareth got interested in craft-alcohol in 2000 after coming back from the US and missing his Margarita, the classic cocktail of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Since tequila is GI patented by Mexico, he started looking for affordable options. He discovered that the Agave plant is also grown in the Deccan plateau and began the R&D for his version of tequila. Presently Agave India manufactures 10 products based on agave, Mahua and cane…  For further details click here

Discussion: What can Portugal do to defend Goa?

11 May: Alternate In OTL the Portuguese army was ordered to fight to the death during the Indian invasion of Goa, but since their situation was absolutely hopeless (about 4 thousand Portuguese garrison troops) against over 40 thousand indians, they surrendered after the minimal combat possible. What kind of resistance can Portugal make on this situation? What if they adopt a stance of "bringing the enemy with them" by holding position and causing as much damage possible before being overrun? …  For further details click here

5 eerily haunted places in Goa

12 May: KnockSense. Goa is a beautiful place with stunning natural beauty and a wild party scene. Yet, for some adventurers the pretty white sand beaches and the campfires are never enough. Some people crave abnormal, the extraordinary and for them Goa has a darker side to offer. For those of you who crave a little danger and adventure in their lives, here's a list of 5 places in Goa that are said to be haunted… 1: Saligao Village: said to be haunted by the spirit of Christalina, a local woman… 2: Janki Bandh, A temporary bridge between Drampur and Navelim- Janki Bandh is said to be haunted by the spirit of little kids… 3: Borim Bridge is said to be haunted by a mad Portugese woman... 4: Baytakhol a stretch of road that is said to be haunted by an estranged woman … 5: Ghost Hotel, an abandoned complex which was being constructed by some Russians... 6: Three Kings' Church in Casualim village is infamously the most famous haunted place in Goa…  For further details click here

This dark tale from Goa, told in words and pictures, is made less menacing by detached storytelling

12 May: Scroll. Song Sung Blue by Savia Viegas is narrated like a tiatr, comprising 14 acts – only, the songs have been replaced in the book by artwork. The opening act of the book, only two paintings and one page of text, sets the context for what is to come: the protagonist, Divina, is narrating her life story to a young student on an assignment on “post-colonial tiatr”. Though Divina claims to have nothing to do with tiatr, she is going to tell the student her story, which, the reader will discover, is told in acts that demarcate the chapters of her life… What takes centrestage instead are stark, momentous incidents that are strewn around lavishly, involving, among other things, a young boy shipped to a boarding school in Goa after his parents were burnt alive in Uganda by Idi Amin’s soldiers, an unwanted pregnancy, the gruesome murder of a nun, a bullfight gone awry, and a horrific road accident…  For further details click here

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