Since you saw it here ...

If you use any of the information on this site by forwarding it to friends, newsgroups, media or websites, please acknowledge that you saw it on Thank you.

Edited by Eddie Fernandes

1 Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JT

Home Forthcoming Events Forthcoming Funerals UK Goan Organisations Contact Us Subscribe to Newsletter

GoanVoice UK Your Home Page Make GoanVoice UK Your Home Page


Next site update 22:00 GMT



Death: Dr Sydney Fernandes. Ex Mumbai

17 Jul: Perrysburg, Ohio. DR. SYDNEY OSWALD FERNANDES. Born December 16, 1936 in Mumbai. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Thelma “Nana” (Noronha) Fernandes, his five sons Dr. Karl (Shaila), Deacon Trevor (Tamara), Dr. Ashley (Shruti), Rev. Fr. Earl Fernandes, and Dr. Eustace (Anne), and his 15 devoted grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Liguory and Mary Magdalene Fernandes, and his older siblings, Terrance (Bibian) Fernandes and Sister Mary Hilda Fernandes, SCB, of Mumbai. Dr. Fernandes graduated from Saint Xavier College in Mumbai and Topiwala Medical School in 1965.
Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio. A sung Latin Requiem High Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at All Saints Church in Rossford, Ohio. Burial will follow in Saint Rose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to designate offerings to the Mercy Saint Charles Foundation, Saint Francis de Sales High School, and the Diocese of Toledo Educational Fund for Seminarians. For full details and Condolences,  For further details click here
Video: Dr. Sydney Fernandes - Above Knee Amputation … click here.

News Summary

Beach shack worker who raped and killed Scarlett Keeling in Goa is jailed for just ten years because he is his family's single earner

19 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). The man convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old British schoolgirl at an Indian beach resort has today been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Samson D'Souza, 36, was found guilty and was sentenced to serve just 10 years in jail for her murder … The prosecution had been hoping to secure a life sentence for D'Souza, but the defence argued that because he is the lone earning member of his family, and the father of a 12-year-old girl, his term should be reduced… Special prosecutor Eijaz Khan sought the maximum term and also sought compensation for Keeling's mother for the 'severe hardship and pain caused to her in a foreign land'… 2142 words + comments … 18 Jul: The Sun (UK). KILLER CAGED Scarlett Keeling’s killer jailed for ten years for the horrific rape and death of British teen in Goa 11 years ago after mum’s epic battle for justice … 898 words.  For further details click here
20 Jul: Herald. Fiona’s legal team applauds CBI efforts …  click here

Not happy with Mannion, he is a coward, says Fiona

19 Jul. Mid Day. The key eyewitness in the Scarlett Keeling murder case – British national Michael Mannion (photo) – who had seen the girl get sexually abused at the Anjuna beach shack, had refused to testify during the trial of the case. Speaking about it from UK, Fiona Mckeown, Scarlett’s mother said, “I don’t know whether he was having a problem in general or if he was scared. He was right there but he did not stop accused Samson D’Souza from abusing Scarlett. The least he could have done was to testify in the case, as he was a crucial witness for the prosecution. I’m not happy with him. He is a coward.” Mannion, a carpenter by profession, is based in England, UK… Meanwhile, Fiona said that she could not arrange for her travel to India to be in court for the sentencing on Friday. “I want to be there, but I am not being able to get the travel plans in place. If the court proceedings continue till next week then I can make it or else there is no point in going if I miss out on the verdict,” she said.  click here

Ângela Barreto Xavier: Tracing the historic voyages of Portugal

20 Jul: Navhind Times. Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS_UL) and a visiting professor of the Cunha Rivara Chair, Goa University, Ângela Barreto Xavier, will deliver a public lecture on ‘From 1498 to Magellan. Memories and archives’ on July 23, 6.30 p.m., at Camões-Centro de Língua Portuguesa, Panaji. In this presentation, Xavier will ask three questions: What was the relevance in the short-term, of the voyages of Vasco da Gama and Fernão de Magalhães? How was their memory and archives constructed? And what was the relevance of nationality when these trips took place? Xavier will mainly concentrate on the period between and 1522…  For further details click here

Mombasa: Echoes from a colonial past at Treasury Square

19 Jul: Daily Nation (Kenya). Treasury Square, which was opened in 1901 stands out for its amazing architecture, which signifies the different influences that have moulded the town over the years… Old Town is a labyrinthine maze of narrow streets and twisting alleyways. The aura of colonial influence pervades its culture and architecture: from British, to Goan, Portuguese and Arab-Swahili… The Africa Hotel, one of the very first hotels at the Coast was owned by Goans Junior and Diaz in 1904 …  For further details click here

Tom Mboya was broke before his death — Jomo Kenyatta's lawyer

19 Jul: Hivisasa (Kenya). It has emerged that former Economic Planning Minister Tom Mboya was a financially limping man during the time of his murder on July 5, 1969. According to Fitz De Souza, then lawyer to President Jomo Kenyatta, Mboya was always short of funds and had grown into a bother to many. He says that Mboya was always ringing people close to him to borrow and beg for money, among them himself (Fitz), who, however, repeatedly turned him down as he was not in a position to lend him money at the time. "It was 1969, and Tom, increasingly short of funds, was begging and borrowing. He would ring me quite often to ask for a loan, but I had nothing to spare," he says in his new book; Forward To Independence. Ironically, this came only three years after the latter was swimming in money, being part of the team that stage-managed elections on behalf of Kenyatta and his allies…  For further details click here

Goa University gets an eternal gift from Quebec

19 Jul: The Goan. At a time when the world is globalising and seems to be becoming homogeneous, culture holds a tremendous value, and it is the soul of the world, says professor Carlos Bergeron from Quebec, Canada, who has brought a unique cultural gift for the department of French, Goa University. He has given to the University a total of around 2000 French books about the culture and literature of Quebec, a French-speaking province of Canada. According to Dr Irene Silveira, in-charge of the department of French at the University, this is perhaps the largest collection of books about Quebec in the whole of Asia, This project was a personal venture of professor Bergeron, and took two years to complete, stated the academic…  For further details click here

Now, you can go bungee jumping over a lake in Goa

15 Jul: Cond Nast Traveller. Add this to the last of the craziest things to do in Goa. Starting next month, you can go bungee jumping over Mayem Lake, our sources at Goa Tourism have confirmed. The Goa Tourism Board has teamed up with Jumpin Heights, the company that runs India’s highest bungee-jumping pad in Rishikesh, for the latest addition to Goa’s list of adventures. The bungee jumping facility at Mayem Lake, North Goa, will open on 28 August. You will leap from a height of 55 metres above the edge of the lake. (That’s a sheer drop of nearly 15 floors!). Jumpin Heights will deploy a crew that’s trained with their team in Australia. The adventure will be open to anyone above the age of 12 and below the age of 40. Those with any significant medical conditions such as epilepsy and osteoporosis will not be permitted. Tickets are priced at Rs 4,850 including taxes…  For further details click here
19 Jul: The Goan. Bungee jumping to begin in Goa soon … The bungee jump in Goa would cost Rs 4,110 including video …  click here



Death: Cliff Dias. Ex Assolna, Goa.

11 Jul. Germany. CLIFF DIAS. Beloved son of late Sebastiao (Seby) Dias (Assolna, Banda/Germany) and late Teofanista Dias. Loving brother of Grace. Savio & Charline. Loving Uncle of Reena & Naveen. His body will be flown to Goa on 19 July 2019. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at 9.30 a.m. on 20 July 2019 to Regina Martyrum Church, Assolna for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.

News Summary

Goa known worldwide for bad taxi service: Tourism Minister

18 Jul: Business Standard. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar Thursday said the traditional tourist taxi lobby has created a bad impression about the state across the world. The minister said this during Zero Hour in the state Assembly while responding to NCP member Churchill Alemao's demand that 'Goa Miles' cabs not be allowed to have a taxi stand in the coastal belt… "Goa has been known worldwide for its bad taxi service. Even Goans don't prefer to hire these taxis due to the unaffordable prices that they are charging," he said…  For further details click here

Marry and abandon: The NRI game plays on in absence of strong laws

!8 Jul: Indian Express. According to the National Council of Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma, they have recorded at least 2,490 complaints from women against their NRI husbands in the past several years … The latest NRI amendment bill 2019 that remains to be passed allows compulsory registration of marriage within 30 days in India or abroad… Chennai’s Cynthia, 35, was abandoned by her NRI husband, Raphael, a resident of Singapore in 2013, just after 40 days of marriage… Cynthia said Rapahel, who approached her through a matrimonial website, married her to pay off his debts in Singapore as he had house loans and other loans to pay off… I went to Chennai and found out that he was engaged to another woman without giving me a divorce,” said Cynthia…  For further details click here

Will Form United Opposition While Raising Issues In Assembly: Digambar Kamat

18 Jul: NDTV. Newly-appointed Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Goa Assembly Mr Digambar Kamat on Thursday said he will take along all opposition MLAs to form a united strategy while raising issues in the House. The All India Congress Committee Wednesday appointed Mr Kamat as leader of the opposition after the party suffered a setback last week when its 10 MLAs, including the then LoP Chandrakant Kavlekar, joined the ruling BJP in the state. The Congress' strength has now been reduced to just five MLAs in the 40-member House…  For further details click here

India relaxes visa rules to ease the entry of foreign nationals

18 Jul: Times Travel. In a bid to simplify the entry of foreign nationals in the country, the Indian Home Ministry has relaxed India’s visa rules, giving visitors flexibility in terms of permitted activities. As per the latest news reports, the major visa categories have now been scaled down from 26 to 21, by clubbing along some categories into common groups. These include combining categories, such as project and employment visas, medical attendant and medical visas, internship and research with student visas, and sports with business visas… the introduction of these changes will enable legitimate tourists to attend business conferences if there is a need, and a single medical visa will also do away with the need for a separate medical attendant visa…  For further details click here

When free spirits live & die in chains: the many Scarlett’s of Goa

19 Jul: Herald. By Nicole Remedios. There’s a whisper on everyone’s lips saying ‘At Last’ for the Conviction in Scarlett’s murder. Like her, many other are seeking for justice. There are many factors that have led to the mysterious deaths in Goa. With each death, there is “drug angle”, almost always the elephant in the room. But to the relatives of many foreigners, whose loved ones have died in mysterious circumstances, drugs is only a fait accompli. The mindless violence has become the DNA of the underbelly of these crimes … Hearing the news, a new hope arose among many, especially the family members of the other victims Denyse Sweeney, Stephen Bennett, and Felix Dahl… All Goa needs is an environment where those who come here are not killed, drugged or die of overdose. It’s the biggest image and PR disaster and a critical downer for a sate which functions on tourism…  For further details click here

‘Cops-drug mafia nexus reason why such cases occur’

18 Jul: Times of India. Some Goa police personnel are hand-in-glove with the drug mafia, which is why drugs are freely available here, said Vikram Varma, the advocate who represented Fiona MacKeown, mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling who was found mysteriously dead on Anjuna beach in 2008. “The drug mafia are able to sell narcotics only with the connivance of the bad apples in Goa police. And once they are in league with police, it gives them the confidence to commit such heinous crimes, as what happened to Scarlett Keeling,” he told reporters … Varma also blamed the increasing crimes against foreigners in the state and availability of drugs for the dip in overseas footfalls…  For further details click here
18 Jul: Times of India. Judgment does not increase our faith in Goa police, say kin of foreigners killed. Minna Pirhonen, who lives in Finland, represents a group of foreign nationals outside India, all of whom have relatives who have been killed in Goa…  click here


Sat 20 Jul: 4.00pm. Southall: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at St Anselm Church followed by a Social at The Dominion Centre, Southall. Band: Magic Snow. Contact: Jose Mendes: 07448045388, Wilson Fernandes: 07417434187, Chris Da Costa: 07459262679, Ciana D’Costa: 07860205589. For the flyer, click here.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 21 Jul. Commences at 12:30. 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. 21 Jul: G.O.A. Annual Trook Tournament will be held at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, London, SW19 1EG. Commencing at 11.00 am – SHARP. Nearest tube station – South Wimbledon. To enter your Team of 5 players or require further information contact: Greg Carvalho 01245 261302, 07710657930 or

Fri. 26 July, 6:30 pm: WEMBLEY: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 6.30 pm at Sudbury Primary School Hall, Watford Road, Sudbury HA0 3EY. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 pm and 6.30 pm: SOUTHALL: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 2.30pm & 6.30 pm at Featherstone High School Hall, 11 Montague Waye, Southall Middlesex UB2 5HF. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No) Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 and 5.30 pm: SWINDON: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 28th July 2.30pm & 5.30pm at Wyvern Theatre, Square, Swindon SN1 1QN. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

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 11.00a.m. celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Pat Lynch. The Festival will end at 7.45 p.m. Lorna 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. A free shuttle service from Hounslow West underground tube station will be provided for your use. Traditional Goan cuisine, children’s entertainment and cultural performances for all to enjoy. 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 the poster, click here.

Sun 11 Aug: 1.00pm. Croydon: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy followed by a Social. Band: Big Dream. Contact: Nina Pinto: 0208 767 0663, Inacio Joao: 07908409495, Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira: 07763208222, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 25th August: GOA UK – Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London. SE25 4QL. Commencing at 11.00 a.m. Details from Savio DeSouza on +44(0)7918.636920 or Vince Fernandes on +44(0)7853.132336.

Sat 31st Aug. GOA UK – Pilgrimage to Aylesford. Venue: The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX. Additional information will be added




Death: Augustine Aranjo. Ex Karachi
17 Jul: Toronto. AUGUSTINE ARANJO. Formerly of Old Police Lane Opp GOA Jewellers., off Sommerset St. Saddar, Karachi. Beloved husband of Lily passed away peacefully at the Scarborough Grace Hospital. Father of Karin and Kevin. Brother of Reginald (Iris), Ida /Tony Fernandes, Marie Mansey (Allen), Louis Goveas (Annie), Sylvester (Lucy), Late Anthony (Ann Claire) Goveas. Visitation: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday, July 19, 2019. Ogden Funeral Homes, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East Scarborough, Ontario. Service: 11:00 am Saturday, July 20, 2019. Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 3200 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill. [Info: Pompie Gois] click here.

News Summary

UK: Event Highlight: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019

Sat 20 Jul: 4.00pm. Southall: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at St Anselm Church followed by a Social at The Dominion Centre, Southall. Band: Magic Snow. Contact: Jose Mendes: 07448045388, Wilson Fernandes: 07417434187, Chris Da Costa: 07459262679, Ciana D’Costa: 07860205589. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Mother of murdered Scarlett Keeling says she’ll be ‘opening a bottle of bubbly tonight’

17 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). By Isabella Nikolic and Joel Adams. The mother of a 15-year-old British schoolgirl killed at an Indian beach resort more than a decade ago has spoken of her relief at the conviction of her daughters' killer. Fiona MacKeown has been fighting for justice since her daughter Scarlett Keeling's bruised and half-naked body was found on the shores of Anjuna beach in Goa in February 2008… Samson D'Souza, 36, was convicted today of sexually assaulting the girl, and of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. Ms MacKeown said: 'I'm actually still reeling. I can't quite believe that it's going to be over… Goa is a popular tourist place and is dangerous,' she said… 1845 words + 100’s of comments.  For further details click here
13 Mar. 2008. News 18. Barman admits he raped Scarlett, left her to die …  click here

Agnelo Barretto: Swindon sex worker left 'scared for her life' brutal attack

8 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. A sex worker feared for her life after she was set upon in Broadgreen. The dad-of-one had attacked the woman, claiming she had run off with the £20 he had paid her. She told police the man was so strong and angry she felt “scared for her life”. Magistrates ordered Agnelo Barretto complete 60 hours’ unpaid work and banned him from Broadgreen, after the 33-year-old, of Westmorland Road, admitted attacking the sex worker and her friend, soliciting and possession of a knuckleduster… She didn’t want to do it because he smelled and there were two other people watching her. Feeling unsafe, she went to leave. Barretto grabbed her arm and was said to have shouted: “I’m going to kill you.” He was later found by police with blood on his hands … Defending, Mark Glendenning said his client had made full and frank admissions when interviewed by police. An agency worker, he was the sole breadwinner for his young family … Swindon magistrates sentenced Barretto to an 18-month community order. He must pay £50 compensation to the sex worker. Text + Comments.  For further details click here

12nt Maldives, Sri Lanka & India full board cruise & stay deal from £953pp - flights & 4* hotels

17 Jul: Holiday Pirates. We have another awesome cruise for you up next, this time you will fly from London to the Maldives and spend 2 nights in a hotel there before heading off on a 7 night cruise visiting Sri Lanka, Goa and Mumbai then enjoy another 2 night hotel stay before heading back home on your return flight to London. The cruise is on a full board basis and both 4* hotels include breakfast - this is a great deal to see more than once awesome location in one go with the price working out from just £79 per person per night! Timeframe: 13. Nov. 2019 - 25. Nov. 2019 …  For further details click here

There's no time to complain when it rains

17 Jul: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Anthony F. D'Silva. There is something magical, mystical and lyrical about the monsoon rains that beckon me to Goa at this time of the year. No matter where I am, my soul is transported to that charming land where nature breaks into poetry and song, creating a world of unparalleled beauty. Oh, the rains. Those fortunate enough to be raised in pastoral Goa regard the rains as a benediction sent by the Almighty to revitalise flora, fauna and humans… Anthony F. D'Silva is a Dubai-based writer and PR consultant. 645 words.  For further details click here

Trouble in paradise

17 Jul: India Today. … Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs joined the BJP. Congress now has five MLAs left. In the assembly election, the BJP won just 13 out of 40 seats but still formed the government after roping in nine MLAs … In the four months since the death of the late CM Manohar Parrikar on March 17 and the anointment of Sawant as his successor, the BJP has more than doubled its seat tally to 29 legislators supported by two independents. But the two-thirds majority now came via the backdoor… The mass defections have nearly wiped the Congress off the state's political map, especially in the belt dominated by Catholics… 1018 words.  For further details click here

Goa struggles with spike in desi tourists

17 Jul: Times of India. Last year was a revelation for the tourism sector in Goa. There were quite a few indications that Goa is losing its gleam as an international destination. The state witnessed a consistent increase in domestic arrivals and a drop in foreign ones…
Low budget tourists need facilities. The Calangute, Baga, Candolim beach stretches were favoured spots of foreign tourists but no more … TTAG president Savio Messias said the trend needs to be arrested before it is too late…  For further details click here


ARTS: World Book Club. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sat. 20th July. 15:00 to 16:00. An Atlas of Impossible Longing. Harriett Gilbert talks to Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved novel An Atlas of Impossible Longing.

DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys. 5Select (Freeview 55). Saturday 20th July 17:00 to 18:00 India's Monsoon Railway. Chris takes a trip through India on the Konkan railway, a line that opened in 1998 and runs down the west coast. He starts his journey at dawn in the country's financial capital Mumbai, where the Mandovi Express runs through the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

ARTS: Warsan Shire: Brave Girl Rising. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 21st July. 16:30 to 17:00. Somali-British poet Warsan Shire reads five poems she has written about a young refugee living in a Kenyan camp and the experience of exile.

DOCUMENTARY: Dispatches. Channel 4. Mon. 22nd July. 20:00 to 20:30. £2 Million Passport - Welcome to Britain. Immigration to Britain is under the spotlight like never before and while many people trying to settle in the UK face personal risks and a hostile reception, this programme reveals an altogether different welcome if you happen to have £2 million to spare. Reporter Antony Barnett investigates the so-called 'golden' visa scheme that offers British residency to wealthy foreign nationals who are willing to invest £2 million into the country.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Street Cricketers: Crossing Boundaries. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Tues. 23rd July. 11:00 to 11:30. Andrea Catherwood meets a group of homeless teenagers from Kolkata, who were chosen to represent North India in the Street Cricket World Cup and play at Lord's in London. Starring: Andrea Catherwood, Rumella Dasgupta.

DOCUMENTARY: Banged Up Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Wed. 24th July. 00:00 to 01:00. India/Delhi/Party Girl. The story of Clare Matthews, a traveller in India who found herself short of money and turned to drug smuggling in Goa - a decision that led to her being jailed for five years.

TRAVEL: Cruising with Jane McDonald. 5Select (Freeview 54). Wed. 24th July. 13:00 to 14:00. India (Part 1). The first of a two-part Indian adventure finds Jane amid the colourful chaos of the city of Kolkata and the Ganges, on board a five-star ship. The voyage concludes with the second part of Jane's journey across India. After visiting the home of the Hare Krishna movement, she continues on land to the famous `Pink City" of Jaipur, and then onto the Taj Mahal.



Death: Conrad Lobo. Ex Navelim, Goa

15 Jul: London. CONRAD LOBO. Ex Navelim, Goa. Beloved husband of Susan. Loving dad of Craig. Son of late Cecil / Alda. Brother / brother-in-law of Charlotte / Afonso, Cleopha / Kevin, Clement / Chris. Brother-in-law of Pelina / Mathew (Canada), Edwin / Maisie (UK), Elvina / Mario (UK). Cedric / Julia (Canada), Royce. Died after a brief illness. Funeral will be held in London. Requiem at Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim will be announced later.

News Summary

Dublin, Ireland to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for only €376 roundtrip

16 Jul: Secrets of Flying. 1 Stop / Africa / Depart UK & Ireland / Dublin / Flight / Standard Route / Turkish Airlines. DATES: Limited availability from November 2019 to March 2020 (excluding Christmas/New Year. STOPS: Istanbul. [ Fares for 11 Dec to 16 Jan currently €376]  For further details click here
Facebook: DI is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this Year – 27 Dec to 1 Jan.  click here

Feeling stressed? It’s time to embrace the “susegad” approach to life

15 Jul: Aleteia (Catholic - International). By Cerith Gardiner. Forget the Danish "hygge" lifestyle, try the "quiet life" from this predominantly Catholic country… If you adopt this approach to life you’ll have greater peace of mind while soaking up the beauty of what life has to offer. As Goan journalist Joanna Lobo shared: “It’s a Sunday spent with the family, relaxing after a filling lunch of rice, fish and vegetables … It’s that feeling of relaxation, of feeling content with life, of being loved.” … Now home to 1.5 million inhabitants — 85% Christian, predominantly Catholic, and the remaining 15% Hindu — the flourishing island sees communities bond together, helping each other out, with no sense of one-upmanship. It seems that it’s all part of the susegad experience…  For further details click here

Rochelle D’silva: Poetry in Motion

17 Jul: Herald. Rochelle D’silva poet and spoken word artist brought this interesting format aptly titled Black Box that she has been experimenting with for the first time to Goa. Of Goan origin, Rochelle has lived in Australia and Mumbai before recently making a shift back to her roots. Black Box aims to push the boundaries of what is possible by blurring the lines between different art forms and genres… When Rochelle took centre stage, her energy, her words, her candour and her spunk hit all at once. Her self-deprecating style and humour guided her audience into experiencing each of her poems intensely…  For further details click here
Video: In conversation with Rochelle D'silva at GALF 2017 …  click here
For the Rochelle D'silva Facebook site, click here.

Canada: Priest enjoying company of four unlikely housemates in church rectory

16 Jul: Cape Breton Post. Seeing a lack of suitable accommodation for the many newcomers who recently arrived in Cape Breton from abroad, Rev. Paul Murphy opened up his home, in this case his rectory, to four 20-somethings from India… All of Murphy’s new housemates are Catholic and grew up in a part of southern India … He has become rather fond of Indian food. Fortunately he doesn’t have to leave the Whitney Pier rectory where he resides. “Up to about six months ago I had never even tried it — now I love it,” says Murphy … The source of his new-found culinary delight is the group of young people that now lives with him in the spacious rectory…  For further details click here

Texas: Step Inside the Colorful Goan-Portuguese Restaurant

15 Jul: Austin Eater. The new restaurant from the Lenoir chefs is now open on East Sixth Street … Todd Duplechan decided to explore Indian food for the flagship restaurant. Inspired by Indian chef and former colleague Floyd Cardoz, Duplechan focused on Goa. He took a two-week trip through Goa with the hotel’s executive chef Greg Zanotti in March to develop the menu, visiting spice farms and eating “like ten meals a day.” … Vixen’s serves pork and beef … 979 words + menu + photos  For further details click here

High Court to pronounce judgement in Scarlett Keeling case

16 Jul: Prudent Media. The High Court on Wednesday will pronounce its judgment in 2008 British teenage Scarlett Keeling suspicious death case. The trial court had acquitted the accused duo Samson D'souza and Placido Carvalho and CBI has challenged the acquittal before the High Court. The body of British teenager Scarlett Killing was found in mysterious circumstances at Anjuna beach on 18th February, 2008. The judgment will be pronounced through video conferencing …  For further details click here

Man Accused Of Raping British Woman Escaped From Court Toilet, Arrested

16 Jul NDTV. A 30-year-old rape accused who escaped from judicial custody last month has been arrested in Bengaluru, Goa Police said on Tuesday. Ramachandra Yellappa is accused of allegedly raping a 48-year-old British tourist near South Goa's Canacona railway station and had fled from custody while he was being shifted to a court for trial on June 28…  For further details click here
Video: 16 Jul: Prudent. Cancona British Woman Rape Accused Arrested …  click here

Dwindling tourist numbers: blame it on govt

16 Jul: Herald. Wondering why tourism footfalls are dwindling in the State? The answer may lie in the fact that in the Tourism Department anyone and anybody can make it to tourism fairs worldwide to promote tourism irrespective of their experience in the industry. A Chief Engineer in GTDC project Cell, Pramod Badami, was sent to London for a five-day trip to promote tourism. Interestingly, he has incurred expenses amounting to Rs 241,040, which comes from the hard-earned money of the tax-payers… the Tourism Department has spent over a crore in travelling allowance for its officials out of the total Rs 1.79 cr by all departments. The tourism contingents have promoted Goa in London, New York, Chicago, Milan, China, Croatia, Bulgaria, Paris, London, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithunia, Paris, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Jordan, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Russia, Dubai, Czech Republic, Romania since 2017…  For further details click here



Death: Joe D'Souza. ex Nairobi

11 Jul: Hounslow, UK. JOE D’SOUZA. Aged 85 yrs. It is with great sadness we announce that Joe D'Souza passed away peacefully in the early hours of 11th July 2019, after a long and brave battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his ever-loving and faithful wife Cynthia D’Souza (neé De Sa). Eldest son of the late Francis Xavier and Maria D'Souza. Brother to Marcelina D’Souza, Mary Viegas, Philomena Owen, Felicidade Fernandes and Alexander De Souza; Brother-in-law to the late Charles/Dominica De Sa, Steve/Mafalda De Sa, the late Sebastian D’Souza, the late Marcus Fernandes, Osmond Viegas, David Owen and Christine De Souza. Uncle to Lionel, Fiona, Clifton & their families; Uncle to Saviann, Jeffrey & Deborah, Clare-Marie & Richard, Daphne & Desmond, Jonathan & Ramaan, Andrew, Martin & Katie; and proud Great-Uncle to Marcus, Zachary, Aaron, Layla and Leela. Joe will be fondly remembered with love and affection, greatly missed and forever in our hearts. God Bless his soul and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

News Summary

Part-time Carer required – Croydon area – Room available

Part-time Carer required for Goan female with advanced Dementia; some training can be given. Help required some nights and weekends and also when other carers are on holiday. Room available, Croydon area. Phone/Text 07926 555877 for more information

Author Margaret Mascarenhas dies

15 Jul: Times of India. Margaret Mascarenhas, who authored the popular 2001 diasporic novel, ‘Skin’, passed away on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. She was in her late 50s. While the precise reason of Mascarenhas’ death has not been confirmed, she was believed to have been suffering from cancer. Born in the US, Mascarenhas was of Goan ethnicity and spent some of her childhood years in Venezuela. She had been living in Goa over the past few years and had earned a prominent place for herself among the state’s writers’ fraternity. “She had acquired fame all over India and among the Indian diaspora. She was very intelligent and quite a sensible writer … It was a pleasure working on her novel,” said publisher Frederick Noronha, who had published an edition of ‘Skin’ with Broadway Books.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Margaret Mascarenhas,  click here

35 per cent of milk sold in Goa is adulterated: Protesting dairy farmers dump 4,000 litres of milk outside Goa Assembly

15 Jul: India Today. Dairy farmers on Monday poured hundreds of litres of milk on the road outside the Goa Assembly complex in a symbolic protest against the rejection of nearly 4,000 litres of milk by the Gujarat-based Surat Milk Union Ltd (SUMUL). Meghashyam Raut who represents the diary farmers claimed that the bigger organised setups are involved in adulteration of milk and nearly 35 per cent of milk sold in Goa, particularly unknown brands are all adulterated with colored water. Even products from Goa Dairy are adulterated by syndicates who buy milk and milk products in bulk and then adulterate it, repackage it and sell it in the market to shops, tea stalls and restaurant owners, Raut alleged…  For further details click here
8 Jul: Goa Today. Cancer cases to increase exponentially in Goa, as fish-Formalin adulteration has been going on for years: Churchill Alemao …  click here

New York: Chef Floyd Cardoz Will Close the Bombay Bread Bar

15 Jul: Grub Street. (USA). The chef Floyd Cardoz will close the Bombay Bread Bar, the Soho restaurant that he first opened, as Paowalla, three years ago. It will close at the end of September, when its lease expires. The news comes only a couple weeks after Cardoz announced he promoted his chef de cuisine Jai Lakhwani, and had stepped aside for a new role with the Estiatorio Milos group. “It’s been on the table since January, since minimum wage went up,” Cardoz tells Grub. The chef had tried alternative means of making money … “I do understand you have to pay people a livable wage; that’s not what I’m disputing,” Cardoz explains. “It’s all the other things the state makes you do.” … The restaurant had its fans, but ultimately it didn’t stick enough for today’s New York…  For further details click here

When every road takes you home

14 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. In a bid to showcase Goa in its truest form, various weekend trails are being organised in different parts of Goa, providing information into the history as well as the life of the cities and villages. Goans are showing keen interest in these trails, thereby experiencing Goan history and cultures in a wholesome experience with families … With village and city trails being held in different places of Goa, the weekends are getting more adventurous and informational for families as they get to explore Goa more deeply… Ramchandra Prabhu Salgaonkar founder of the start up Amaze Warriors… A Divar Island Heritage Walk ‘Divadechi Pasoi’ will be curated by Festakar Marius Fernandes … Soul Travelling has been organising trails for the last year and a half … Sawani Shetye’s Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy … Goan Foodomania in collaboration with Soul Travelling and Toffee Doodle … 1281 words.  For further details click here

Achar for a rainy day

14 Jul: Mid Day (Mumbai). By Jane Borges. Sharon Barretto learnt the art of pickling dried bombils and bangda from her mum Helen. They use a special East Indian pickle masala for the preparation… At the many homes in Mumbai where seafood is a staple, monsoon means that fish varieties are in scarce. This is the time when some of the city’s biggest fish markets shut shop, because of the state’s fishing ban— June-July is breeding season and fishing activity is halted to allow babies to hatch. Seafood lovers, thus, mostly have to make-do with the “avoidable and unhealthy” frozen fish or imports from Gujarat… many coastal communities traditionally, developed the art of pickling seafood, even fresh varieties, so that they can dig into fish during rain. Mumbai-based Chinmaya Kamat, a Goan home chef with Authenticook, says that at their home, preparation for the poor catch season begins early on, in summer itself. Kamat makes a piquant bangdyache lonche (mackerel pickle), influenced by Goan-Portuguese cooking, which lasts her at least six months…  For further details click here

15 years on, Baina demolition victims yet to be rehabilitated

!4 Jul: Herald. Goa’s former undeclared ‘red light area’ has come a long way after it witnessed the very controversial demolition of 250-odd cubicles on June 14, 2004. The razing of the illegal structures, where the illegal sex trade thrived, was welcomed by the people as it was a step to cleanse the image of Goa… Not only were the commercial sex victims rendered homeless, several inhabitants and legal business operators in the slum community also faced the wrath of the demolition drive… approximately 5,000 people were displaced … NGO ARZ, working for women and children, has claimed that victims have not been granted relief …  For further details click here
14 Jul: Herald. The victims’ version. A former sex worker trafficked into prostitution in the then notorious red-light area Baina has revealed what life is like for young girls and women working from the cubicles …  click here

Approaching strangers & asking to take their picture is a daunting task, even for a pro

1 Aug: Practical Photography (UK). By Brian Capaloff. A week before taking this photo, I saw a mother and son on a beach in Goa asking for money. I approached and asked if I could take a few photos. The photos were just ok. A week later and I saw her again, but this time with a wall behind her. The space was more confined, so I was closer to her and managed to get much better images. Colour worked well, but a sepiatoned black & white seemed to say so much more…  For further details click here


News Summary

Kenya Goans: Silent pioneers whose place in history seems forgotten

14 Jul: Daily Nation (Kenya). By John Kamau. … the place of Goans in building the foundation of modern-Kenya is actually downplayed. A deeply religious group, the Goans in Nairobi had also built the Holy Family Basilica and St Theresa in Eastleigh and are actually credited as the bedrock of Catholic faith in the city. When it reigned, the 114-year-old Goan Institute was the bastion of Kenyan politics, culture, sports and much more… some of the best-known Goans in Kenya: Dr Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro, Joachim Nazareth, Francis Xavier D’Silva, Fitz de Souza, John Nazareth, Pio Gama Pinto, Joseph Zunzarte Murumbi, Joe Rodrigues, Cyprian Fernandes, Alleluia Fernandes who at one point stitched suits for Jomo Kenyatta, Seraphino Antao, Egbert Noronha, Sauda George, Reggy Fernandes and Alu Mendosa, among others… 1451 words.  For further details click here

Frederick Noronha: Goa, ‘susegad’, and stereotypes

14 Jul: Navhind Times. If there was law against stereotyping a culture, those who misread Goa would have been among the biggest offenders to be booked. Last week, one came across a BBC Travel series article which gave me the goosebumps for its ability to misread and misunderstand this small region. BBC Travel has a feature titled enchantingly ‘India’s ‘all is well’ approach to life’, the article hurriedly attempts to understanding Goa, ‘susegad’, and the pace of life here… 1289 words.  For further details click here

Goan-origin engineer making strides in cancer research and treatment

14 Jul. Herald. Four years ago, the work of young Carino Gurjao in promoting Konkani language at a conference in France was celebrated by Goans and the Goan diaspora. Now, his work in cancer research at Harvard Medical School/ MIT in Boston is being hailed as an important discovery. Karsten Miranda catches up with the bioinformatics analyst, who has roots in Ambelim and Agassaim …  For further details click here
14 Jul: Herald. From Paris with Love. Born and raised in Paris, Carino has paid rich tributes to his roots… “The Goan community in France is very strong. We usually meet for religious feasts where we keep up with the traditions of our homeland as well as for functions like birthdays, christenings etc,” adds Carino, while elaborating on how a chance encounter with a fellow Goan helped him in his endeavours …  click here

How I Got Here: Rebecca Mascarenhas

10 Jul: WRBM Global Hospitality. Rebecca Mascarenhas, who co-owns the Michelin-starred Elystan Street in Chelsea and Kitchen W8 in Kensington with chef Phil Howard, has more than three decades of industry experience. Next month her first restaurant, Sonny's Kitchen, will close its doors having operated in Barnes for 33 years. Q: Why restaurants? A:It started out on a temporary basis, as a waitress ‘waiting for my real life to start’. And then I realised that I love the business, and everything about restaurants…  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Rebecca Mascarenhas,  click here

Video: Happy Hippies in Goa

10 Jul: ZDF TV. (Germany). Thousands of them traveled in rickety VW buses, on motorcycles and hitchhiking around the world to start a new life on the beach of India. And even 50 years after Woodstock you can still find them: the hippies in Goa … 6 min.  For further details click here

Destination: Goa

1 Aug: Woman & Home (UK). Karen Peace, 57, couldn’t resist the lure of Goa in India. She has run her business, cheshire cat Jewellery, there for the past decade… As we travelled to the beaches of Goa, we discovered a strong artistic community thriving there. We decided it was the perfect place to set up a business. At first, we rented an old house on the beach, then we moved to the beautiful village of Assagao…The biggest challenge was finding our way through the Indian system… Goa feels like home. newcomers are always welcome and almost all Goans speak perfect English… To me, Goa means having quality time for one another and a genuine community spirit. It’s a true family feeling here… 492 words.  For further details click here
For the Cheshire Cat Gallery Facebook page,  click here

WOA Summer Tour announces performance dates across the UK

12 Jul: Mena FN. The WOA Entertainment Group, known for their successful music festivals and tours across Goa, Dubai and the US, have pioneered the independent music scene in the subcontinent having brought together some of the worlds biggest breakthrough artists to perform at their festivals and tours for the past decade… It will feature true Indie royalty, including the likes of 2019 Billboard Top 10 Artist and Independent Music Breakthrough Star Oliver Sean … WOA Summer Tour UK Schedule 25 Jul to 3 Aug at Staffordshire, Somerset, Cranford Community Centre, London, Warwick, and Leicestershire …  click here
Video: Watch the Official WOA Summer Tour UK Promo,  click here
Wikipedia: Born and raised in Goa, OliverSean has lived most of his adult life abroad, including Dubai and the UK… click here.

An Aunty who fed Ahmedabad Goan vindaloo: Mary Lobo became a mother to students eating at La Bella

14 Jul: Daily O. For over 58 years, Mary Lobo cooked her heart out for thousands of students who came to Ahmedabad to study in the premier institutions of the city … Now, after her recent demise, her restaurant, La Bella, seeks to recreate the same old charm. But can it? … Founded in 1961 in the Mirzapur area by the newly-wed Anthony and Mary Lobo, La Bella served home-style Goan food at affordable prices. Later, Anna aka Raju Pillai from Tamil Nadu joined them and worked as their Man Friday. Forty years later, he continues to be a fixture at the restaurant after serving as Aunty’s trusted assistant after Anthony Lobo ‘Uncle’ passed away in May 1994 …  For further details click here


News Summary

3 Congress Rebels Sworn in as Goa Ministers, GFP ‘Withdraws’ Support

13 Jul: The Quint. Congress rebel MLAs Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jennifer Monserrate and Filipe Nery Rodrigues, who had left the grand old party on 10 July and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were sworn in as ministers in the Goa Cabinet on Saturday, 13 July. Kavlekar, a former Leader of Opposition, is likely to be appointed the deputy chief minister. The lone BJP minister to be sworn in is Michael Lobo, who resigned as the deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly earlier on Saturday… four existing ministers – Deputy CM Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Department Minister Vinod Paliencar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar (all three GFP MLAs) and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte (Independent) – would be dropped from the Cabinet…  For further details click here
13 Jul: Times Now. Death of Parrikar's legacy: Outgoing Goa deputy CM Vijai Sardesai on induction of former Cong MLAs into BJP…  click here

Dr Oscar Rebelo: GOA, GOING, GONE: It’s time to answer the question ‘why are you angry?’

13 Jul: The Goan. By Dr Oscar Rebelo (photo). It has been amusing how we the hollow, morally bankrupt and politically compromised Goans, have hyper-ventilated with righteous indignation at the new vaudeville show in town. Orchestrated by the referee in Delhi, it’s like the entire Brazilian squad switched loyalties midway in the match, crossed over to the German side … Shameful?? Predictable?? A pig-sty?? Use all the adjectives you want, but the one question every punch drunk Goan must answer sincerely, honestly & without prevarication is this: Why Are You Angry?? 1. The DEMISE (well deserved I say) of the Congress! … 2 .THE DEMISE OF THE PARRIKAR BJP … 3. THE DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY …  For further details click here
12 Jul. Times Now. Probity in politics: Go Goa Gone! By Hector Kenneth. So, a little corner of India where I come from is in the news again, this time it’s not for Sunburn or the film festival but the perennial “jump the party” feast that Goans love so much …  click here

How ‘That Goan Girl’ is taking over the web

13 Jul: Navhind Times. By Danuska Da Gama. The numbers speak for themselves. 16481 Instagram followers. 4423 Facebook followers. 2090 Twitter followers. But when Jade D’Sa began ‘That Goan Girl’ in 2014, it was just about finding a creative outlet and nothing more. “I moved to Mumbai to study and then got my first job, which was really monotonous. And that’s when ‘That Goan Girl’ decided to start a blog… Food and her sojourns form the basis for her blog and D’Sa rightly thinks bloggers steer towards food and travel because it seems like the most ‘glamorous’ of the lot… D’Sa also owns and runs a digital marketing company called Digitally Scrambled, when she isn’t blogging … 1126 words.  For further details click here
Jade D’Sa, ‘That Goan Girl’ on 11 Things to do in Toronto in Winter … Restaurants in Toronto for every budget … 5 Toronto Markets Where You Can Enjoy the Best Shopping … Graffiti Alley, Toronto – More Than Just Writing On Walls … Christmas Markets in Toronto … What it’s like to try an 11 course tasting-menu at Langdon Hall, Cambridge…  click here
For the ‘That Goan Girl’ blog click here.

Texas: First Look: Vixen’s Wedding

12 Jul: Texas Monthly. Austin chefs Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher have a special love for Goan cuisine… Today, the husband-and-wife duo team behind dreamy Lenoir are throwing open the doors to a high-ceilinged venue in the new Arrive East Austin Hotel that will showcase their imaginative take on Goan cuisine. “I worked at Tabla in New York with chef Floyd Cardoz, whose family was from Goa,” says Duplechan. “And I became fascinated with the food … I find that Goan cuisine has a nice variety of separate meat and fowl and shellfish; the spices are pungent and wonderful. I thought the Texas palate would really get it.”  For further details click here
For the Vixen’s Wedding Facebook page,  click here

Goenkars who preserve heritage in a bottle

13 Jul: Herald. “Heritage has no meaning to the population if there is no context. Feni is that context in Goa,” states Hansel Vaz, a feni aficionado and maker. In the modern transition to popular global drinks, we Goans often wonder about the status of our traditional distilled drinks. Well, mind you, they are still very relevant. While some people enjoy making the drinks at home, others are taking it to the world, not as drink manufacturers but as heritage ambassadors …  For further details click here

Claudina and Jovito Alphonso return to Dubai to celebrate 50 years of marriage

13 Jul: Khaleej Times (UAE). Married for 50 years, Indian couple Claudina and Jovito Alphonso have returned to Dubai after 14 years of retirement to renew their wedding vows at the St Mary's Church in Dubai, where they got married half a century ago… Hailing from Goa, the 73-year-old Jovito and 71-year-old Claudina were childhood friends and neighbours… Their children Edwin Alphonso (49), Freeda D'souza (45) and Ryan Alphonso (40) are all graduates of the Indian High School in Dubai. Freeda and Ryan continue to work in Dubai, while Edwin lives in San Francisco, California. The couple have seven grandchildren...  For further details click here

The India of acceptance: What RSS backers could learn from 19th-century thinker Francisco Luis Gomes

13 Jul: Scroll. By Peter Ronald deSouza. … I first came across the term “Luso-Indian” in the writings of the brilliant public intellectual of 19th-century Goa, Francisco Luis Gomes. He was proud of his Indian heritage. He was also aware of the cultural elements that his community had imbibed in their encounter with Portuguese Europe. He recognised and accepted that centuries of contact made such hybridity inevitable. He wore his cultural fusion lightly as he argued, in the Portuguese Parliament, for the rights of the people of Goa and Angola. Through his politics, he challenged colonialism and censured it for imprisoning his country… 1289 words.  For further details click here

How Portugal Forged an Empire in Asia

11 Jul: The Diplomat (Washington). By Franz-Stefan Gady. In just a little over 16 years at the beginning of the 16th century, the impoverished Kingdom of Portugal became the dominant power in the Indian Ocean region and laid the foundation for one of the largest and longest-lived empires in world history … there are multiple reasons for Portuguese dominance but one stands out: military power paired with a ruthless fighting style … Afonso de Albuquerque, chief strategic mastermind behind the Portuguese expansion into Asia wrote to the King of Portugal in 1510 after the sacking of the Indian city of Goa. “I haven’t left a single grave stone or Islamic structure standing,” he boldly claimed… the Florentine merchant Piero Strozzi, who witnessed the Portuguese conquest of Goa, noted: “I think they [the Indians] are superior to us in infinite ways, except when it comes to fighting.” …  For further details click here

Goan Voice UK is funded by donations, events advertising and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community.

PayPal for secure credit card transactions

For details click here


Goan Association (UK)

Tel no. +44 (0) 0794 9233307
Website at:

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

Garça Branca Manor

Think outside the frame. An accommodation, in Goa, for Gracefully inactive retirees. For detailed information contact: Carlos Mascarenhas,

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347

Homes & Estates Consultancy Services

With a choice of over 15000 properties, we assist you to make an informed decision.
to realize your dream. Be it buying, selling, valuation, registration, company
formation, or any other legal assistance. Call 08322472115 or whatsapp 9923726168.

Goan for Hotel bookings

Choose your Hotel on our website
Competitive rates and allocations for Hotels even during Festive Seasons..!! Book
Early…. You won't be disappointed!! Contact Glenn Rodrigues, Call 07584081756
or email

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK Contact:
Savio Viegas: 020 8432 3266 OR 07926191069, email

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

For the Restaurant, visit For food products - Goan Fish Curry, Vindaloo Paste, Rechado Masala, Pickles, Prawn Mole, Goan Vinegar etc. visit Contact Savio Azaredo, 07956206056

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

Mervs Mobile Bar

We are a Mobile Bar Service to cater for your special events and functions. Visit
us at
Personal Licence Holder. Contact: Mervin Pereira. Mobile: 07940 705714

Muthoot Group UK: Unchanging Values…in Changing Times

For Travel Services, Online Money Transfer ( Foreign Exchange, Gold Loans, contact Muthoot Group (,
established in India since 1887 and IN UK since 2007 with offices in Croydon,
Southall, Wembley and East Ham. Contact Clive Vaz on 020 3130 1774.

Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,

OCI Assistance

We provide NRI services including OCI Lifelong Visa to India, Pan Card and other NRI services such as Affidavit drafting, Indian Passport Surrender, Naturalisation certificate, Translation services and Deed Poll. Tel: 0203 105 8162. Email: Website:

Shelton Goes Solo

Shelton is a household name in Goa, as a performer and teacher of music. After
decades of performances around the globe he is now in London, set to get your
party rocking.
Tel. +447 49497 8844

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

Nestled in the beautiful village of Moira, '7 Short 1 Long' invites you to abandon
the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

This Space Can be Yours!

Become a Goan Voice UK Sponsor

A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

Goan Voice UK designed by VCOMPLETE
and funded by donations and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community and friends of Goa.