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Death: Bruna D'Souza

2 Aug: Bracknell, UK. BRUNA ROSITA D'SOUZA. Ex Nairobi. Dearly beloved wife of Clarence and loving mother of Christopher and Monica. Daughter of Late Constancio & Adelina De Cunha. Daughter in Law of the late Theo D'Souza and Caroline D'Souza. Sister of Felicia/Peter, Patty/Ben, Danny/Philomena, Mary/Graham, Suco/Lourdes and Christina/Paul, sister in law to Maria/Patrick, as well as aunt to nieces and nephews. Bruna's funeral will take place on Thursday, 24 August 2017 starting with the Requiem Mass at 12 noon at St. Joseph and St Margaret of Clitherow Roman Catholic Church, Stanley Walk, Bracknell, RG12 1HA then burial at Easthampstead Park Cemetery, South Road, Bracknell RG40 3DW. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated by the family. Boxes for such donations will be available at the Wake (details to follow). Condolences may be sent to:

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Event Highlight: G.O.A. Sports Day

Sun. 27 Aug: G.O.A. Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood SE25 4QL, Free Car Park Space for the first 150 cars, Doors 11.00 a.m. Entrance by programme £2.00 per adult and children £1.00. Under 10 years free. Opening of the Games by Goan Chaplain, Fr. Patrick DeSouza who will also be taking part in the 1500m race. Food stalls and soft drinks will be available for sale. Alcohol can only be consumed in the Clubhouse and is not permitted on the grounds. Pets are not permitted except for guide dogs. Please come and support this annual event and take home a trophy. For further details please call Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 | Jason D’Costa on 07507 472288 or for the flyer with the programme,  For further details click here

Golf: Savio Nazareth joins PGA Championship — for a day

13 Aug: Winston-Salem Journal (USA). By Ed Hardin. Savio Nazareth got a phone call Saturday evening. “Would you like to play in the PGA Championship?” … he’s been living something of a dream for a while now, a dream that began as a nightmare … Nazareth is the Carolinas PGA player of the year and the Carolinas PGA Sectional champion. … Sunday was a day Nazareth and Westmoreland will never forget… Some 18 months after he’d tragically lost his mother and then his brother five months to the day later, Nazareth was playing out a bad dream that caused him to question everything… Savio Nazareth has played in the PGA Championship after all. And once again, he’s coming home… 857 words. [Alert by Mervyn Lobo via GoanTanzanite]  For further details click here
Savio Nazareth was born in Moshi, Tanzania, son of Romeo and Sabina Nazareth … [Info: GoaNet]  click here

Nebraska City hosts British MP Suella Fernandes

4 Aug: Nebraska City News Press. This week Suella Fernandes returns home to London after a week-long visit to Washington, D.C., and a weekend visit to Nebraska City as well as the capitol building and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Fernandes, a conservative Member of Parliament in the UK was at a special breakfast event attended by a group of Nebraska City community leaders … The assemblage discussed topics of common interest between residents here and the citizens represented by Fernandes… “My weekend in Nebraska is a real treat.” … 1209 words.  For further details click here

UK sex gangs grooming Asian girls

16 Aug: Eastern Eye (UK), Asian girls are being exploited by grooming gangs across Britain, but victims are afraid to report it to authorities and seek justice because they fear for their safety and concerns over bringing shame to their families, MP Preet Gill has said… The MP’s comments come following last week’s convictions of a sex ring operating in Newcastle, consisting of 17 men from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish communities… The MP said she had known for years that girls from Asian backgrounds are being targeted, but alleged that it is being under-reported due to fear of the possible impact on their future and their families…1521 words.  For further details click here

Goa stands to gain from Portugal India business hub

17 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa could gain from tie-ups with Portugal in areas such as drone technology, robotics, cargo planes and water management, as the European country is keen to use the state as a conduit for investment into India because of the historical connect, according to diplomat officials of both the countries… Portugal-India trade is presently estimated at $800 million and most of the increase has taken place in the last one year due to concerted push by governments of both the countries… The PIB hub located at the Mathias Plaza on 18th June Road in Panaji is set up by the Reira Group…  For further details click here

High Court slams Goa airport for Amit Shah (BJP) meeting

17 Aug: The Hindu. The High Court came down heavily on the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday for allowing BJP national president Amit Shah’s public meeting at Goa’s Dabolim Airport on July 1. The court said it would pass appropriate orders on August 21, while observing that there should never ever be such a repeat violation of the law at the airport. The petitioner, Advocate Aires Rodrigues, has sought that the rule of law should be upheld by holding an inquiry to fix the responsibility and take action against the organisers and those responsible for the public meeting within the high security premises of the airport…  For further details click here
17 Aug: Navhind Times. High Court questions Amit Shah’s meet at Dabolim airport …  click here

Pattoleanchem Fest unites Goa

16 Aug: Herald. The village of Socorro played host to a day of celebration, fun and festivities as the Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association, Porvorim celebrated its 5th annual Pattoleanchem Fest with traditional music, dance and food … The festival was special this year as it combined the Independence Day, Pattoleanchem Fest, World Goa Day, Konkani Day and Ghumtachem Fest… Renowned cartoonist Alexyz was present at the festival to talk about World Goa Day and the ghumott…  For further details click here
For some Patoleo video recipes,  click here


ENTERTAINMENT: Midnight's Children. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Sun. 20th Aug. 15:00 to 16:00. 1: The Perforated Sheet. Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Adapted by Ayeesha Menon. Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. With Nikesh Patel, Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal. All episodes available on BBC iPlayer:

ARTS: Bookclub. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Mon. 21st Aug. 18:30 to 19:00. 4 Extra Debut. Sir Salman Rushdie talks to James Naughtie and a group of readers about his Booker Prize-winner Midnight's Children. From February 2003.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Big Family Cooking Showdown. BBC 2. Tues. 22nd Aug. 20:00 to 21:00. Competitive food show celebrating the families who make ordinary food extraordinary, presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain. The Karim family from west London with their simple Indian recipes go up against the Dawes from Hampshire.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Partition: The Forgotten Story. BBC 2. Tues. 22nd Aug. 21.00 to 22.00 & Wed. 23rd Aug. 23:15 to 00:15. British film-maker Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it like Beckham and Viceroy's House, travels from Southall to Delhi to find out about the Partition of India - why and how it happened. Along the way, she discovers that Partition was caused by politicians who were more interested in their own power than in Indian unity, and finds out that the British also played a major role in the Partition.

DOCUMENTARY: Our Guy in India. more4 (Freeview 14). Tues. 22nd Aug. 22:00 to 23:05. Guy Martin makes a two-week, 1000-mile trip across India, heading to one of the world's wildest bike races: Rider Mania, the largest gathering of Royal Enfield motorbikes on the planet. In the second episode, Guy visits the boom city of Mumbai, to the top of India's tallest building and a slum where a million people are packed into one square mile. Heading out of Mumbai on his Royal Enfield, Guy experiences a refreshing downpour with the arrival of the monsoons. To avoid the slow-moving and dangerous roads, Guy makes the final leg of his journey by sea, on a traditional Goan trawler.

DOCUMENTARY: Superfoods: The Real Story. 4Seven (Freeview 47). Wed. 23rd Aug. 20:30 to 21:00. Kate Quilton returns for a new series investigating the alleged health benefits of superfoods. In this episode, Kate travels to India to find out if a daily grind of pepper could be one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the century. Part 1 of 8.

DOCUMENTARY: The World's Most Photographed. BBC 2. Thurs. 24th Aug. 06:00 to 06:30. Mahatma Gandhi. Series 1, episode 8. How Mahatma Gandhi used photography to help bring the British Empire to its knees. For a non-violent campaigner, the photograph was one of the mightiest weapons in the fight to liberate India.



Death: Zita Braganza

8 Aug. 2017: Wimbledon, London. ZITA BRAGANZA (Ex Mombasa) passed away peacefully in her sleep after being unwell for some time. She was the beloved wife of Rui Braganza, mother to Jeanette and Karen-Marie (husband Josh) and devoted grandmother to Rocky and Woody. The funeral will be held at 10 am on Fri. 25 August 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU. For catering purposes, please email family if attending. Condolences and messages to

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Event Highlight: Goan Association (UK) Football Tournament

Sat. 19 Aug. Goan Association (UK) Football Tournament. Venue: HSBC Sports and Social Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 1QW. Each team should consist of six players (3 subs) a minimum of five Goan players. Entry fees £120 per team includes a meal after the football match. Timings: 10.30 a.m. to register – Kick off at 11.00 a.m. For further details, please contact: - Vince Fernandes: 020 8764 8780 | 07853 132336 | Lloyd Lobo: 0208 856 6018 / 0777 098446. For the flyer with additional details,  For further details click here

Dr Agnelo Fernandes: How Croydon is fighting the fat

15 Aug: The Guardian. In the borough of Croydon there are 424 fast food shops, which predominantly sell calorific and unhealthy food such as fried chicken and burgers … Obesity is a problem in Croydon… Agnelo Fernandes, a GP in Thornton Heath in Croydon and the clinical chair of Croydon clinical commissioning group says, “We need to harness what’s going on and learn from what is working well so these things can be spread …”  For further details click here
For the 2004 Goan Voice profile of Dr Agnelo Fernandes,  click here

Getting the bacon home

14 Aug: Navhind Times. … Even the fastidious of the tourist has the hankering for quintessential Goan pork dishes such as the sorpotel and the vindaloo. The pork roast is sought after by visiting sightseers along with the spicy Goan pork curry. Controversy over beef has taken the limelight away from pork… The increase in pork demand has resulted in robust downstream processed pork products units. Unfortunately in Goa where pork is a part of the staple diet commercial pig rearing is at low level… Local sausages sold in the market sell at around Rs 300 for 100 pieces. The price earlier was Rs 200 for 100 pieces…  For further details click here

Video: Drug bust: Owner of popular Goa shack 'Curlies' arrested

15 Aug: Times Now. The owner of Curlies, a well-known shack in Goa, has been arrested after the waiters serving at the restaurant were found with drugs in their pockets. Three people from Bangalore were also arrested from the premises after drugs were found on them. The shack reportedly was on the radar after multiple suspected deaths due to drug overdose over the years… 2m. 48s.  For further details click here
9 Feb: 2009. Scarlett Keeling’s mother harassing me, claims Edwin Nunes, Curlies shack owner …  click here
9 Sep. 2012: The Goan. No one touches Curlie's in the republic of Anjuna … click here.

Goa minister concedes nexus between drug traffickers and cops

14 Aug: Hindustan Times. The death of two men due to suspected drug overdose in Goa has reopened a debate over the illicit narcotics trade “flourishing” in the country’s beach capital frequented by domestic as well as foreign tourists. Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai conceded the existence of a “police-drug paddler nexus”, saying the “drug trafficking cannot happen without collusion of some people at the top.” …  For further details click here
Herald. 14 Aug: The neta-local cop combo, is a stakeholder in the drug menace in North Goa…  click here
Navhind Times. 16 Aug: Goans As Delivery Boys Of Drugs … click here.

Meet the MasterChef contestant who decided to open a restaurant in Goa

14 Aug: Radio Times (UK). Lots of MasterChef contestants open restaurants, but not many of them do so on the other side of the world. My Restaurant in India follows Australian Sarah Todd as she attempts to set up a 400-seat beach club and restaurant in Goa… She reveals her favourite Goan dishes… “What I firstly sensed about Goa is that it is quite similar to Queensland in terms of the climate and also the culture … the Goans' love throwing coconut and vinegar into their dishes, and the end result is delicious! … The Goan prawn curry, the pork vindaloo and the crab xacuti are my current favourites… My Restaurant in India features on Mondays on W at 8.30pm  For further details click here
Video: My Restaurant In India - Sarah Todd.  click here
Sarah Todd runs the Antares restaurant in Goa. Goan pizza is on the menu. For the restaurant website, click here.

The 10 best trips for exploring India

15 Aug: The Daily Telegraph (UK). By Gill Charlton. … 4. Take tea for two, taste seafood in Goa: … Wind down from the Mumbai’s hectic pace in South Goa, where fresh seafood is cooked up in beach shacks and bicycles can be hired to pedal through rice paddies to Portuguese churches.  Audley Travel (01993 838330; has an 10-day City and Beach tour from £2,395 based on two sharing, including flights, chauffeured car and guided excursions…  For further details click here

India Is The 5th Most Sexually Active Country In The World

11 Aug: NDTV. India is a conservative country and sex is still considered a taboo. So, buying sex toys is a difficult task. '''', an online store conducted a survey recently about the sale of sex toys and sexual wellness products… Among the cities Mumbai tops the list, followed by Delhi… Panjim, in Goa, buys massage oils the most … Mangalore is the biggest spender on sex products. It racks up an average bill of Rs. 3,612… Indians are the 5th most sexually active country in the world after Greece, Brazil, Russia and Poland.  click here
For the ThatsPersonal Survey,  click here



Death: John Carvalho

9 Aug: Tooting, London. JOHN CARVALHO. Born 8 November 1928 (ex Nairobi, Kenya and Siolim, Goa). Devoted husband of the late Mila, loving father of Valerie, Sandra (deceased) and Maria. Adored grandfather of Amy, Arianna and Hugo and great-grandfather of Ava. Deeply missed by sons-in-law Alan, Jonathan and Brendan, sisters Ballie, Phila and Sr Miriam, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation: Gillman Funeral Home, 971 Garratt Lane, Tooting, SW17 0LW, 11am-7pm on 15 August. Removal to St Anselm’s Church, Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BS at 9pm on 15 August. Funeral at 10am on 16 August followed by burial at London Road Cemetery, Figges Marsh, Mitcham. CR4 3LA Condolences to

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UK Goan Festival: The Official Video

6 Aug: Armchair Goa (Luis Fernandes). The official video recording of the Festival in High Definition. Part 1/11 - Solemn High Mass. Part 2/11 - Victor de Verem / Bab Andrew / Jose Mendes. Part 3/11 - Jose Babit / Vrushab Dessai / Anthony Marques. Part 4/11 - Rusaria de Douza / Seby Fernandes / Angelica Dsouza. Part 5/11 - Lanisha & Delisha Vaz / Anthony de Betalbatim. Part 6/11 - Grina Pereira / Twinkle Stars of Goa / Veena Pegado. Part 7/11 - Goans R Us / Ester. Part 8/11 - Menino Mario / Simply. Part 9/11 - Jason & Sylvia. Part 10/11 – DnT. Part 11/11 - Bad Blood – Finale.  For further details click here

Keith Vaz re-elected onto Labour´s National Executive Committee

14 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Labour MP Keith Vaz has been re-elected onto the party’s influential National Executive Committee (NEC). The former chairman of the Home Affairs select committee won the race to be the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representative on the NEC, party sources confirmed. The election was seen as part of a wider struggle for control of the party between far-left Jeremy Corbyn supporters and more established figures in the Labour hierarchy… Grassroots pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum made a video supporting Asghar Khan, a Labour councillor in Leeds …  For further details click here

Disrobing of women on funeral pyre violates human rights

14 Aug: Millennium Post. The Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday said that disrobing of deceased women a human rights violation and asked all panchayat and municipal agencies should ensure that the practice is prevented. "Disrobing the deceased woman in the crematorium certainly amounts to violation of basic human rights of the women which is required to be prevented by the concerned authorities by taking appropriate steps," the order states. The order, which was issued following a petition by Goa-based women's group Bailancho Saad … Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa's Hindu community.  For further details click here
Video: 14 Aug: Prudent Medias. Human Rights Commission has decided to stop the ritual of disrobing a female dead body before last rites… 1m. 44s.  click here

Goa party over: No loud music after 10 pm

14 Aug: The Statesman. No music events or rave parties will be allowed in North Goa’s popular beach-belt after 10 p.m., police said on Monday, claiming drugs are being sold at late night music events in the state. Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Chandan Choudhury said a large number of young domestic tourists were visiting the coastal state on account of the long weekend holiday and some of them carried party drugs. “In the coming days, no party will be allowed in open places and after the 10 p.m. deadline. Where there is music, there is possibility of drugs and over-consumption of liquor. We will make sure that we adhere to this time limit of ten,” Choudhury said…  For further details click here

Danielle McLaughlin: Fundraiser to 'uncover truth' into her tragic death

14 Aug: Irish Mirror. An event is being organised to raise funds for the family of Danielle McLaughlin's ongoing efforts to uncover the truth about her death. The 28-year-old was killed in Goa, India, on March 13… “the goal is for Danielle to still have a voice even though hers was cruelly taken away from her.” … On August 19, a fundraiser will take place at the Landsowne Hotel in Belfast… Entry for the night is £10 and all proceeds will be given to the family…  For further details click here
For the Truth for Danielle website,  click here
For the Danielle McLaughlin Crowdfunding page, click here.

Independence: Do Indians care about the British anymore?

13 Aug: BBC. By Justin Rowlatt. As India celebrates 70 years of independence, it has got me thinking about India's complex and often contradictory attitudes to Britain… Shashi Tharoor is perhaps the most vocal and potent critic of Britain's imperial legacy around today… the truth is few Indians appear to bear grudges against the British today… here have been articles and television discussions reflecting on the state of the nation 70 years on, but nothing like the torrent of coverage the event is receiving in the UK… But there is a special place in Indian hearts for Britain and the British…  click here
Audio: Justin Rowlatt talks about the legacy of his great-grandfather Sidney Rowlatt on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 14 August at 07:40 am.[Advance counter to 1h. 29m. ]  click here

Goa great getaway for gamblers

13 Aug: Times of India. Come Janmashtami, and there is free flow of money and gold in gambling. It often gains momentum around Saatam and Aatham holidays. Over the past five to seven years, travelling to out-of-state destinations such as Goa or even Hong Kong and Macau - known for their casinos, has become a popular trend for Gujarati gamblers. "Goa is an all-time hit! Airfares to Goa usually skyrocket during this season and yet, customers don't mind paying a premium to book tickets even in the last fortnight or week to go to Goa," said Manish Sharma, managing director of a travel company… Usually 24 carat gold bars along with coins are purchased by people who're specifically up for gambling, said jewellers…  For further details click here



Death: Rufus D’Costa

12 Aug: Nairobi. Derek, Desmond, Douglas and Ginny regret to announce the passing of their beloved father Rufus D’Costa. Rufus was the husband of the late Ena D’Costa and loving grandfather to Chelsea, Vanessa, Michelle and Catherina. He was a much loved friend to Johannes, Cynthia, Sabine, Charles & Cher.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr Nurani and the HD Unit – Aga Khan Nurses George, Peninah, Elkana, Winnie, Cornelius, James & Naomi for their infinite support and care for Rufus and the rest of us over these past months. In God’s hands you now rest peacefully and you will remain in our hearts eternally.

Death: Leo Lobo

10 Aug: Toronto. LEO CYRIL LOBO. Ex Uganda. Passed away peacefully at home in the company of his immediate family. Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Valadares). Loving father of Louella and Lynette (Casey). Predeceased by parents Lencastre and Lourencinha, sister Lyra D’Souza (late Paul), and brother Francis. Dear brother of Joseph (Nina) and Louis (Janet). Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, many relatives and friends.
Leo’s education in physics and mathematics, and his fascination with electronics, led him into a career in broadcast engineering at Radio Uganda and later in Canada at CJRT-FM, from which he retired. He had a keen interest in current events, carpentry, gardening and music, which included playing the harmonica. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Leo was a gentleman, devoted to his family, with steadfast faith and trust in God.
Visitation: R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St., Toronto, on Thursday, August 17th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass: St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church, 21 Leith Hill Road, Toronto, on Friday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. Interment: Immediately following the funeral Mass, at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 8361 Yonge St, Thornhill. Condolences to click here.

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Video: Suresh Amonkar: We have to encourage youngsters to read

12 Aug: Goa 365 tv. Educationist and writer Suresh Amonkar says civilization progresses only because knowledge progresses. He said we have to encourage youngsters to read so as to gain knowledge. Suresh was the chief guest at a function organised to celebrate World Library Day at Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library in Panaji on Saturday…  For further details click here
Video: Suresh Amonkar .. 2m. 56s.  click here
From Eddie Fernandes: Suresh Amonkar was a teacher at the Goan School, Mombasa from 1956 to 1960. He was to leave for the UK in 1961 to attend University but had to return to Goa to take charge of his father’s school there. I replaced him as a teacher on a temporary basis. For an account of his family’s connection with the Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, Parra and New Goa High School Mapusa. click here.

Two die of suspected drug overdose at Goa rave parties

13 Aug: Times Now. Two youngsters died early on Sunday at two separate rave parties at the popular beach village of Anjuna in north Goa, possibly due to a drug overdose, police said. Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said he favoured a thorough probe into the deaths of Pravin Surendran from Tamil Nadu and Nidam Abdulla from Kerala, who died at a private hospital in Anjuna … In a statement issued from St. Petersburg in Russia, the Minister said he spoke to north Goa district Superintendent of Police to demand a ban on rave parties and other late-night events… the post-mortem, expected to be conducted on Monday, will reveal the exact cause of death.  For further details click here
Video: 13 Aug: Prudent Media. Private Hospital sources confirm drug overdose, Police reg. FIR, post mortem report awaited … 3m. 16s.  click here

24,000 Overseas Indians Have Registered As Voters

13 Aug: NDTV. A little over 24,000 overseas Indians, who are entitled to cast their ballot in India, have registered themselves as voters. Now, in a bid to attract more such Indian citizens living abroad to become voters here, the Election Commission has launched a portal which allows them to register online. The portal also has a long list of frequently asked questions to help people understand the procedure… Out of these, 23,556 are from Kerala, 364 from Punjab and 14 from Gujarat, according to the data provided by the Commission. According to the 'Overseas Indian Voters' portal, an overseas elector is a person who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired citizenship of any other country…  For further details click here
For the Election Commission of India, Overseas Voter’s Portal,  click here

Zurich, Switzerland to Goa, India for only Euros 355 roundtrip

13 Aug: Secret Flying. Limited availability from September to December 2017. Example dates: 13th-24th Sep; 18th-29th Oct; 29th Oct – 9th Nov; 8th-19th Nov; 16th-27th Nov; 29th Nov – 10th Dec. possibly more… Stops: Muscat. Airline: Oman Air. Allow the Momondo search to complete, then proceed to book with the OTA of your choice. Use Google Chrome to translate the booking site if needed.  For further details click here

Cruise tourism cruising, but MPT terminal isn't: stakeholders

13 Aug: The Goan. At a time when a British cruise line company has raised concerns about Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) being a lot more expensive than developed ports, tourism stakeholders in Goa have said that the infrastructure at the port's new cruise terminal needs significant improvement to really tap the lucrative segment of foreign tourists arriving on cruise liners. The new cruise terminal was built at a cost of Rs 8.7 crore, but it appears that it is not at par with developed cruise terminals around the world. The government had even said that the new terminal provides facilities like immigration, customs, restaurant, Forex booth and taxi booth… Only smaller cruise vessels can dock at the new cruise terminal of MPT. The larger vessels have to dock somewhere else...  For further details click here

Goans love affair with Pao and breads

13 Aug: Times of India. Forget about snazzy alarms, for most Goans, it is the incessant honking of the bread vendor (poder as he is locally called) that is the much-needed early morning wake-up call… it was Goans who set up the first bakeries in then Bombay and introduced bread to the rest of India. Goa still has the largest variety of bread as compared to the rest of the country… The most commonly available are pao, unddo, katro pao, kankonn and the polli, also pronounced as poyi/poiee. The poyi itself has two varieties, kunddeachi poyi (husk poyi) and the godd poyi (sweet poyi)…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism packing its bags for 11 foreign tours

13 Aug: Herald. Goa Tourism is flying high. taking off from where the previous government left off, it has planned at least 11 international tours from September 2017 to March 2018 for its Tourism Department… four core events and trade fairs are scheduled in September, followed by ITB Asia in Singapore in October and the World Travel Mart in London, in November. The shows in September include in Moscow, Macau, Paris and Japan. In October Goa will participate in the travel mart in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Three more shows in Spain, Moscow and Berlin, Germany will be held in January and March 2018 … Meanwhile, 14 domestic events are scheduled …  For further details click here
14 Aug: Editorial. Tourism marketing has to be based on research…  click here



Death: Virginia Monteiro

10th August. Kingswood, Surrey. UK. VIRGINIA CACILDA MONTEIRO. (1929-2017), Ex-Nairobi. Aged 87. ex-Teacher, ex-GLC, passed away peacefully after a long illness in the presence of Colin and Delfina Monteiro in Kingswood, Surrey. UK. She was the beloved wife of the late Cyril Monteiro RIP, ex-Nairobi, ex-Scotland Yard, ex-British Government, precious mother and mother in law to Clifford, Colin / Delfina, Clive / Lesley respectively, and proud and adoring Grandmother to Craig, Davinia and James, Chloe, Rachael, Francesca and Jasmine. A treasured sister and sister in law to the late Martin/Millie, Silou/Tecla (currently in Goa),Giles D'Souza and Lucy/Rosario Ferrão respectively. For funeral details watch this space. Condolences and enquiries to :-

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Marius Fernandes: Patolienchem Fest gets bigger and better

13 Aug: Navhind Times. Yet another festival is set to take Goans on a roller coaster experience with over six events being incorporated in this year’s ‘Patolienchem Fest on Independence Day’ organised by Socorro Socio Art and Cultural Association, Porvorim… The organisers have also decided to observe World Goa Day which will connect clubs from around the world and Konkani Day as the language will complete 25 years of being recognised as Goa’s official language on August 20… socio-cultural activist, Marius Fernandes says, “The third and fourth generation decedents of Goans who have moved and settled abroad want to learn the language spoken by their ancestors. Goan descendants who have settled in countries like England, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Portugal and several African countries like Kenya and Zimbabwe have shown a keen interest in learning Konkani. This is a good opportunity for Goans to teach them Konkani if they want … “ 685 words.  For further details click here
For a profile of Marius Fernandes (ex Kenya and ex UK),  click here

CBI must probe death of Swedish man: Kin

12 Aug: Times of India. Family of Swedish national Felix Dahl, who was found dead on a gravel road under mysterious circumstances on January 28, 2015, at Patnem, Canacona, has approached the High Court seeking direction to transfer the alleged murder case to the CBI and to set-up a committee to investigate into the 'large number of foreign national deaths' in Goa. In her petition, Dahl's mother Minna Pirhonen has urged the court to set guidelines for investigating/reporting deaths of foreign nationals in the state… In her petition she has said that it has been more than two years and five months since he was found dead, and that it appeared that the police personnel attached with the Canacona police station are reluctant to conduct a fair and proper investigation into the case…  click here
12 Aug: Herald. Vikat Bhagat’s lawyer seeks details of phone call records … While asserting that he has been falsely implicated in the crime, Vikat said two other persons were involved and one of them had called him on his mobile and that is the reason why the call detail records are required by him…  click here
12 Aug: Times of India. US national found dead in Anjuna click here.

Goan employed in Finland dies

12 Aug: Times of India. The Goa NRI Commission is communicating with the Indian embassy in Helsinki, Finland, over the death of Shyamal Rosario, 55, a resident of Vasco who expired there on August 5, after suffering a heart attack. Rosario was employed as a chef in an Indian restaurant 'Ravintola Om', which is located in Hameenlinna, south of Finland. The embassy has informed the commission that it is in touch with his sponsor and is trying to contact funeral companies for the transportation of his mortal remains to Goa. Flight details will be shared with Rosario's family as soon as procedures are complete.  For further details click here

Editorial: Sex, shoot-outs and supari [contract] killings: Is this Goa? Yes it is

13 Aug: Herald. Sex, shoot-outs and supari killings. These seem to belong to the lexicon of the then Bombay’s gangland or the wild west or east of UP and parts of adjoining Bihar. The entre script with its characters, have not just moved to Goa but are doing business, which is flourishing… The enormity of this came home to people in Goa on Friday when two sharp shooters (photo) were arrested, in a well planned swoop by the Goa Crime Branch, to kill an Anjuna based businessman… 1004 words.  For further details click here
Video: 12 Aug: Prudent Media. ‘Sharpshooters’ Nabbed, Encounter Averted’ … 3m. 09s.  click here

UK – Goa Charters to give tourism a flying start

12 Aug: The Goan. In what will come as a huge boost to tourism trade in the State, tour operators have said that they expect significantly higher number of charter flights from UK and CIS countries … More charter flights mean higher number of foreign tourists are expected in the upcoming season, which will start in October, this year… Ernest Dias, chief operating officer, Sita Travels and TCI said, "The number of charter flights from UK will be higher this season compared to previous year. Thomas Cook will send 7 flights per week from UK this season compared to 5-6 per week last season. Thomson too will increase frequency to 5 flights per week this year." Traditionally, British people have preferred Goa as a destination. The fact that more charter flights from UK are expected this season should come as music to the ears of everyone in tourism industry…  For further details click here

6 Goan Desserts You'd Love to Binge on the Next Time You Are in Goa

11 Aug: NDTV. What's the point of visiting a city without having to savour its local cuisine and drinks? Goan cuisine is something that is unmissable. It is largely influenced by Saraswat, Konkani, Portuguese, South Indian and British cuisine. Not only the local cuisine and drinks, but Goan desserts are known for their uniqueness and flavours … 1. Bebinca … 2. Kidiyo or Kulkuls … 3. Kokad or Cocada ... 4. Perad … 5. Patoleo … 6. Nevri … 7. Bolo De Rulao … 8. Channa Doss … 665 words.  For further details click here
11 Aug: NDTV. Feni: The Famous Cashew Fruit Liquor from Goa You Must try…  click here

Mother's mystery disappearance sparks her son's obsessive search for the truth

12 Aug: Belfast Telegraph. Born in Northern Ireland and now resident in London, Annemarie Neary's second crime novel follows hot on the heels of her debut, last year's well-received Sirens… This is a story of parental loss, the emptiness left behind by a childhood tragedy. In 1992, sister and brother Jess and Ro are living in Goa with their parents. One day, the parents disappear. The children are left abandoned on the beach. They become something of a cause celebre and, over the years, periodic tabloid fodder. Soon after the disappearance, William Snr's body is found - but mum Sophie remains lost to the wind…  For further details click here
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Edwin Pinto: Inspired By Nature

14 Aug: India Today. For 20 years now, a small design boutique has been creating footwear that could well be a piece of art. Transitioning from fabric to leather, Janota, taking its name from the Portuguese word for ‘stylish’ has been handcrafting shoes in small numbers for a niche clientele. Edwin Pinto, 58, with no formal training in shoemaking took to the trade seriously … “Comfort comes first but the pair of shoes must stand out,” says Pinto who is experimenting with hemp for its eco-friendly nature.  click here
Edwin Pinto was born in Singida, Tanzania, the son of Dr Luino and Aurea Pinto and moved to Goa in 1968. For the Janota website,  click here
Video by Frederick Noronha. The story of an unusual life: Janota's Edwin Pinto … click here.

Celebrating the richness of Goa at Socorro

12 Aug: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Come August 15 and the village of Socorro will be celebrating six festivals in one mega event … the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption, Independence Day, Pattoleanchem Fest, World Goa Day, Konkani Day and Ghumtachem Fest with tasty Goenchem jevonn … Renowned cartoonist Alexyz has been promoting World Goa Day for the past 30 years [!]. Alexyz will be speaking about World Goa Day as he has travelled to different countries and met many members of the Goan diaspora. “I have noticed that Goans are not really united... When an event is organised, there are people who will refrain from coming because they don’t get along with the organiser…  click here

A Mumbai-born soprano sparks a revival in opera from exactly where it all began in India

11 Aug: Quartz. … Patricia Rozario, music director of the performance felt that Indians are increasingly ready to embrace the fine art of opera. All the cast members were trained by the Mumbai-born soprano’s Giving Voice Society, which she, along with her pianist husband Mark Troop, established in 2012. Rozario grew up in a musical Goan family in the city’s suburbs, and went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London… the evolving attitude towards opera indicates the dawn of a new era of Western classical music in India. “I’m intrigued to see that parents’ attitudes have changed. When I left, my parents wanted me to study for two years and come back and settle down,” she said. Now, many Indian parents are more willing to put their children’s interests first, and that could mean great things ahead for opera in the country…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Patricia Rozario,  click here
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Goan dies aboard cruise ship, no word from company yet

10 Aug: The Goan. July 31st is another sad day for Goan seafarers community as one more young seafarer passed away on board a cruise liner… Goan Seafarers Association of India spokesman Dixon Vaz said that a day before he expired on board a RCCL ship Liberty, 42-year-old Naville Fernandes (photo) had called up his wife back home, complaining that he was exhausted due to work pressure. "Naville had told his wife that he gets only a few minutes to have his meals and was made to carry hundreds of chairs to the upper deck and the environment makes him suffocating. Naville had only two weeks to finish his contract and hoping to finish it so that he can repay loan of his apartment at Borda," Dixon said… The ship was at sea and was on the second day of the seven days cruise from Galveston Texas en route to Cozumel Mexico a popular Caribbean port… there’s been more than 12 deaths on board cruise lines over the last few years, with the victims being aged between 35-40 years…  click here
12 Aug: Times of India. Kin distraught as seafarer’s body fails to arrive …  click here
12 Aug. Herald. For the Funeral Postponed notice, click here.

All you need to know about organ donation in Goa

10 Aug: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. The power to save a life, or maybe even more, lies in our hands, through the concept of organ donation. Unfortunately, not many are fully aware about it, but the Indian Medical Association, Goa State Branch is working towards creating awareness about organ donation … Those interested in organ donation can register themselves on site … besides kidney transplants, eye donation is also happening but very infrequently at Rotary Eye Bank located at GMC. Goa unfortunately does not have a facility for other organ transplants… 803 words.  For further details click here
Video: 10 Aug: Goa 365 tv. Doc Talk: Organ Donation & Transplant. 28m. 23s.  click here

India: 'We ain't no Cinderellas!' Hundreds of women share post midnight party snaps

10 Aug: Daily Mail. Defiant women across India have taken to social media to post pictures of themselves out at midnight after a BJP politician appeared to blame an alleged stalking case on the victim being out at night. Twitter was flooded with hundreds of photos of women outside, socialising and partying with the hashtag #AintNoCinderella on Monday night following the comments by BJP Haryana state vice president Ramveer Bhatti during a television interview.  For further details click here

Football: Darryl Duffy returns from Goa to join St Mirren (Scotland)

10 Aug: Gloucester Live. (UK). Former Cheltenham Town striker Darryl Duffy has signed for Scottish Championship club St Mirren on a one year deal. The 33-year-old makes his return to Scotland after spending the past four years in India, playing with Salgaocar, Goa and Mohun Bagan. A former Scotland U21 international, the striker had been training with the Buddies over the last few weeks and now puts pen to paper on a permanent contract after impressing manager Jack Ross…  For further details click here

This season, expect more tourist charters from Russia

11 Aug: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. The sunshine state is getting all ready to welcome the first charter of the season in the second week of October and tourism stakeholders are betting big on Russians making their way to Goa to bask in the sun and sand. The Russians had come with 614 charters last season and this time too they are expected to come in large numbers, with the tourism market hoping for a 20-25% rise in their arrival. But the European segment, except the UK, seems to be the laggards despite showing a marginal growth in the past couple of seasons… The tourism department, however, reckons it isn't the real picture…  For further details click here
11 Aug. Kommersant (Russia). AK "Russia" will increase the number of flights to Goa. The airline "Russia" will be able to increase the number of flights from St. Petersburg to Goa … According to Interfax , the number of flights from Pulkovo airport to the Indian state of Goa will be increased to two times a week…  click here


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Video: High Court Directs Rane To Pay 1 Lakh in Aires Rodrigues Threat To Kill Case

10 Aug: InGoaNews. 3m. 07s  click here
10 Aug: Business Standard. Goa minister told to The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to deposit Rs 1.5 lakh towards the state legal aid fund, while disposing a 10-year-old case in which the minister was accused.  click here

London-based Goan origin Marietta shines at an international music festival

10 Aug: Navhind Times. London-based Marietta de Almeida, a violinist who led the Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) recently performed a solo (‘‘Coimbra’’) at the International Youth Lisbon Music Festival 2017 which was held in and around Lisbon, Portugal. Marietta traces her roots to the village of Assagao. She has attended one of the best state schools in Sutton, south west - Nonsuch High School. At school, she performed Mozart’’s violin Concerto No 3 with the school’s symphony orchestra and even led the orchestra in her final year of school. She also did solos in piano and violin at school events… Her mother introduced her to Konkani and Portuguese music. She has played all these genres at various events, including an event last year in London, where MP Keith Vaz was the honorary guest … 502 words. [Marietta is the daughter of Cedric and Merlyn, nee Lisboa].  click here

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10 Aug: HCN. Goa's Tambdi Bhaaji all set to become the State's official Vegetable … 1m.02s.  click here
10 Aug. HCN. Goa being promoted as sex tourism destination say Goa Women’s Forum … 1m. 29s.  click here

A Russian patient describes his treatment at Galaxy hospital, Goa

18 Aug: Moskovsky Komsomolets. By Vadim Karpov (photo). “I fell off a motorcycle in Goa and broke a leg … An ambulance took me to the private Galaxy hospital in Mapusa… Snow-white sheets, bright spot lights. stall mostly fragile dark-skinned girls in white coats… Dr. Kolvalkar, head and chief surgeon of the hospital examined my leg and quickly straightened it … wonderful Asian medicine! … The ward is separate, large, bright… The cleaner appeared every ten minutes… The food was arranged and it was worth terribly cheap - two hundred rupees for dinner and supper… The operating theatre was very modern. It's like a movie… I was discharged on the third day and worth the thousand with dollars ... But two months later my leg got swollen and I had to be admitted to hospital in Nice, France. The ward not as good as Mapusa” … 2977 words.  click here

17th century Georgian queen’s remains from Goa to be exhibited in homeland

10 Aug: Agenda (Tbilisi) Sacred remains of a medieval Georgian regent tortured in Persia for her faith will be returned to the country for exhibitions and pilgrimage after successful conclusion of talks between cultural agencies of Georgia and India this week. Remains of the 17th century Queen Ketevan will go on display at museum and religious venues and will be on public view for history enthusiasts and the faithful for six months… Some of her remains ended up in a Church of St. Augustine in Goa as well as in Vatican and Belgium.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Queen Ketevan,  click here

Goa chefs attempt Guinness record for largest fish patty

10 Aug: Times of India. Forty culinary professionals attempted to bag the Guinness World record for the world's largest fish patty … "On completion, the fish patty weighed 296.5kg with a diameter of 122cm and height of 29cm," said Joseph Dias, chairman, Trinity Group … This has been submitted to the Guinness authorities in UK, along with photos, videos, and certificates. Guinness is expected to declare the winner officially within 12 weeks…  For further details click here

Auction: Brass lota, 18th century

12 Aug: Nigel Ward & Company, Pontrilas, Hereford, UK. Lot 1220. A rare and unusual Indian brass lota, 18th century, finely engraved in the European style with scenes from the Old Testament and a peacock. Perhaps Goa or French Pondicherry. Ex Christies 2012-ticket still present.  For further details click here

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