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Sun: 24 Aug. From 2.00pm to 2:20. Traditional Goan Music & dance and it’s Free!
From Ravi Vaz, President of the G.O.A. (UK): A gala event is being held on Sunday, 24th August, 2014 to celebrate India's Independence Day. All Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India are welcome to participate in the festivities which will commence at 1100 hours at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth TW7 4NQ (Opp. Osterley Tube Station). ENTRY, LUNCH and ENTERTAINMENT is FREE. For further details of the event and location,  click here

UK: Rabi Martins in the battle to be Watford’s parliamentary candidate

22 Aug. Watford Observer: A veteran Liberal Democrat councillor is challenging elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill in the battle to be Watford’s parliamentary candidate. Rabi Martins, who represents central Watford on the borough council, has applied for to be the party’s candidate for the General Election… This week Councillor Martins said he had thrown his hat into the ring as becoming an MP was a "long-held ambition" of his… Councillor Martins was first elected to Watford Borough Council for Central in 1994 but lost his seat in 1998. He was re-elected to the council in 1999 and has served as a councillor ever since…  click here
For a Goan Voice profile of Rabi Martins,  click here

Drinking part of Goa's culture, no prohibition: BJP leader
22 Aug: IANS. Prohibition cannot come in Goa because drinking is part of Goa's culture, BJP state vice-president Wilfred Mesquita said on Friday. "Prohibition cannot come to Goa... because Goa's culture is to drink," Mesquita said, when asked if Goa should go the Kerala way and prohibit alcohol. Mesquita said that alcohol was a liberal accompaniment to weddings and other social occasions in Goa.  click here

UK: Event Announcement: Majorda Festa Da Boa Morte

Sun. 5 Oct. Majorda Union (London) request the pleasure of your company at their 31st Celebration of the Festa Da Boa Morte at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. The Feast Mass will commence promptly at 1pm, followed by entertainment and dancing to the music of Nite Life. Tickets are great value, priced at £12 (adult) and £6 (children 11 to 16) and include snacks & main meal. Children under 11 accompanied by parents go free. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For info and tickets,  click here

Island adventure
22 Aug: Indian Express. Goa is a dream destination to shoot for film-makers, but for director Homi Adajania, shooting at Goa’s Divar Island turned out to be a nightmarish experience. Explaining the sequence that was shot there, that shows the actors lost in an abandoned place and end up spending the night on the island, Adajania says that the particular scene required an open and abandoned space and Divar with its open paddy fields and wooded hills made for the perfect backdrop. But the beautiful island is connected to Old Goa and other nearby towns by ferry, and there is a constant flow of people at the scenic location… Finding Fanny is produced by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films and is presented by Fox Star Studios. It is slated to release on September 12.  click here

Edgar Valles: Planting Goan roots in Portugal

23 Aug: The Goan. A practicing lawyer and the president of Casa de Goa, one of the biggest organisations of Goan diaspora in Portugal, Edgar Valles talks about strengthening ties with Goa and encouraging more and more Goans to rediscover their roots … Valles makes it a point to visit Goa every four months… Valles who has almost 10 books (all written in Portuguese) to his credit. Edgar Valles is the president of one of the biggest and oldest associations of Goan diaspora in Portugal, Casa de Goa … “Close to 20,000 Goans (including second generation) live in Portugal.” … Established in the late 80’s to bring people from the community together and to serve as a link to their motherland, Casa de Goa seeks to celebrate all things Goan – from its films, music, dance, clothes to its food and people… 834 words.  click here

Go with the flow
23 Aug: Navhind Times. … we found ourselves drawn to Baga to a place called ‘Go With The Flow’. Situated on the banks of a river across Baga Bridge, this place can be tricky to find … It has been set up by Samarpan Foundation, which is a non profit trust, run by volunteers, and works towards humanitarian, ecological, and environmental harmony … we spoke to Guto and Neel, a husband and wife couple who help run the restaurant for Samarpan. Neel hails from Netherlands, and her husband who is the inimitable chef of this place is from Brazil… 932 words.  click here

Reasons to be thankful to the Portuguese

23 Aug: Navhind Times. By Zubin D’Souza. … The Portuguese introduced modern concepts of sanitation, medicine, construction, fashion and most importantly….FOOD!! … I know that it is hard to imagine Indian cuisine without the chillies, tomatoes, potatoes and pumpkin but these would not have been part of our cuisine if it were not for the Portuguese. They brought in cassava or manioc, potatoes and pumpkin from South America. Cashew fruit and the resultant cashew nuts and feni came in from Brazil and chillies made their way to our shores from the colonies in Mozambique and Angola … 701 words.  click here

Robert Sheehan dating co-star
22 Aug: TV3 (Ireland). In an interview on RTE 2fm, the former Love/Hate actor Robert Sheehan admitted that he is hooked up with actress Sofia Boutella. It’s believed the couple have been dating for the past number of months. Both Robert and Sofia starred in the movie “Jet Trash”, which was filmed in Goa…  click here
From the synopsis of the film which is in production: Lee and Sol are hiding out on a beach in Goa living a slacker life of sex, drugs and parties. Trouble comes to paradise when Vix, a beautiful girl from Lee's past, turns up. Things get worse when Lee accidentally kills a holy cow and the gang find themselves up against crooked cops, local hoodlums, gangsters... and mysticism.  click here

Goan souvenirs come of age

23 Aug: The Goan. By Karan Sehgal. How often have you struggled and gone from shop to shop in the search of just one souvenir which you could carry from Goa for a friend in some other part of the world? Often such search ends up in buying a bottle of Feni or some beaded bracelets, which is a bad compromise. Fact is most Goan businessmen had completely ignored the business of souvenirs… Fortunately for Goans and tourists, three stores have taken up the task of selling really attractive souvenirs. White Brick Wall, Mario Gallery and Marcou Artifacts have completely changed the way people thought of souvenirs in Goa… 1257 words.  click here

Calangute rises up against flesh trade
22 Aug: Herald. A large number of residents of Calangute led by Sarpanch Clara Fernandes and panchayat members on Wednesday staged a protest rally and marched to the Calangute Police Station to demand strict action against touts involved in prostitution rackets at Calangute. A memorandum was later submitted to the Calangute Police Inspector Rajesh Kumar by the Fernandes, panchas Kundan Kerkar and Joseph Sequeira on behalf of the residents of Calangute…  click here

How the Goan lost his art: The Angelo da Fonseca chapter

22 Aug: The Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Nearly 50 years after his death, the modernist painter Angelo da Fonseca is finally achieving his rightful place at the pinnacle of Indian art. The latest issue of Art India magazine—the country's premier art periodical, edited by Goa's own Abhay Sardesai—has a stunning monochrome by the artist on its cover, backed by a superb reappraisal of Fonseca by Rupert Arrowsmith. It has been a long road to prominence for Fonseca, who was born on the Mandovi river island of Santo Estevam in 1902…  click here
For the Angelo da Fonseca Wikipedia entry,  click here
For examples of Angelo de Fonseca’s paintings, click here.

Taxi drivers: We’ll change way we work, if govt delivers on promises
22 Aug: Times of India. "The previous Congress government cheated us, and now chief minister Manohar Parrikar has promised to fulfil eight of the 10 demands we have placed before his government, but we have not got anything in writing yet," says a very angry Vinayak Nanoskar. The general secretary of the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association adds, "If they feel we cheat customers why haven't they displayed the revised fare rates at places for tourists to see?" … 1272 words.  click here



Updated & Funeral Details: Olga D’Souza

16 Aug: Karachi. OLGA D’SOUZA. Born Goa, 1934. Prayers are requested for the soul of Olga D’Souza. She was the beloved wife of Sylvester D’Souza, loving mother of John /Flory (Calgary), Fidelis/Celisa (Richmond, B.C.), Fred/Veronica (Calgary). Cherished grandmother of Joel, Joshua, Nathan and Nevyn. Fond sister of John/Late Blanche D’Souza (Goa), Philomena/Joseph Gois (Daly City, CA), and sister-in-law of Martha D’Souza (Karachi) and Ann/Late Mel Modi (Calgary). The Funeral will be held at St. Anthony's Parish in Karachi, Pakistan at 4:00pm on August 20th, 2014. Condolences may be sent to  email

News Summary

World Goa Day 2014 Celebrations in Sydney Australia

21 Aug: The Goan Overseas Association (GOA) NSW celebrated Goa and all things Goan with its annual WORLD GOA DAY event on Sunday, 17 August 2014 at St Benedict’s Church Hall, Smithfield. The GOA NSW has been organising this event since 2006 … a record of 11 speciality food stalls wetted the taste buds of every attendee … excellent entertainment was provided by Malcolm Britto and our very own Roy Rosario of Margao fame… The full house Bingo was won by 92 year old Rita who proved that you are never too old to attend a Goan event. The festivities of World Goan Day can be viewed on or at

Mayem evacuee property issue to be finally resolved
21 Aug: Times of India. Goa governor Om Prakash Kohli has given his assent to the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Bill, 2014, seeking to resolve the long-pending Mayem evacuee property issue. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that it would take 18 months to implement it… The legislation refers specifically to land granted by the erstwhile Portuguese government under titles of conde, visconde, marquis, etc. It relates specifically to evacuee properties, primarily in the villages of Mayem and Siolim. The bill seeks to abolish the rights of the landlords over the evacuee properties that were acquired from the Portuguese government…  click here

Mumbai Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Gracias retires

4 Aug: UCAN. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias, auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, on reaching 75, the canonical age of retirement. This was made public in Rome on July 30. Bishop Gracias has been the auxiliary bishop of Bombay since 2001. He holds a doctorate in spiritual theology. Originally from Colva in Goa, Bishop Agnelo was born in Mombasa in Kenya on July 30, 1939… 251 words.  click here
Bishop Agnelo Gracias is currently on vacation in Kenya. He is the brother of Zita Fernandes (London), Zelia Pereira (Lisbon) and Flavio Gracias (London).

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's bizarre apology: Negro also a river in Brazil
21 Aug: India Today. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday apologised for his minister using a racist slur to describe an African national in an official document. "If someone is hurt, I apologise," Parrikar told the state assembly during the zero hour. But he followed that apology with a bizarre statement. "But 'Negro' is also a river in the Amazon region in Brazil." …  click here
Video: 21 Aug: InGoaNews. Parrikar apologises 3m.14s.  click here
21 Aug: India West (USA). Why Does Goa Insult Africans with Racist Comments? click here.

Canada: Radio Mango set to host Lorna-Henry concert on Sep 28

20 Aug: DaijiWorld. In order to mark its prolific existence on air for two successful years, Radio Mango is all set to bring on stage for the first time two great legends of Konkani Music - Lorna and Henry on Sunday, September 28 at the state-of-the-art Rose Theatre in Brampton, Canada… Radio Mango is on FM 101.3, kudos to Milena, Alan, Pedro and Wilson … Lorna, the Goan Nightingale and Henry, the great composer and singer will be accompanied by one of Canada’s leading Goan/Mangalorean Goa Amigos, led by the accomplished music director, Norman Cardozo. In addition local Goan and Mangalorean artistes like Marshal Fernandes, Francis Fernandes Cascia, Flavian Pinto, Manohar Pais, Santhosh D’Souza, and Ronald Monteiro will entertain the guests with rib-tickling jokes. 839 words.  click here
Listen to Radio Mango Live – Saturday 7-9 pm  click here
Video: Lorna in London. 14m. 24s. click here.

Lloyd Rayney tells of never-ending nightmare
21 Aug: West Australian. Lloyd Rayney has spoken for the first time of his never-ending "nightmare" and has called for a cold case review of his wife's murder … /  click here
Seven years on, my nightmare continues.  click here
Two felons worthy of closer look, 21 Aug: The West Australian. click here.

Nisha Grayson, American adoptee searches for her birth mother in Goa

21 Aug: Sacramento Bee (USA). Nisha Grayson was a few months old when she was adopted from Goa, India, by an American couple from Idaho. She didn’t see her birthplace again for nearly 26 years, when she traveled to the small state in western India with four friends in 2009… Her friend, Sharmila Ray filmed her trip and the documentary “You Follow, A Search for One’s Past,” is being screened Friday at the 24th Street Theater in the Sierra 2 community center in Sacramento. “Never had I ever met anyone else from Goa … in the United States, in California.” … Regardless of whether or not the search was successful – one has to attend the screening to find out – Grayson said she believes the trips were well worth the sacrifices that she and her friends made… 913 words. [Photo shows her outside the Mandovi Clinic where she was born].  click here
For the film website,  click here
Video: Trailer and the making of the film, 4m. 32s. click here.

Goa Seeks $24 Million Central Government Assistance to Boost Rice Production
20 Aug: Oryza (San Francisco). The Indian state Goa is seeking central government assistance to increase rice production in the state through introduction of latest technologies … the state government has sought Rs.150 crore (around $24.7 million) assistance from the central government as a grant under the 'Rajiv Krishi Vikas Yojana' scheme. The government is keen on enhancing paddy yields to 6 tons per hectare from the current 3.9 tons per hectare…  click here

Opening up the skies - The story of Tony Fernandes

21 Aug: Astro Awani (Malaysia). Air Asia Bhd Group chief executive officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is a giant in his own right as he leads Malaysia’s low-cost carrier to success. Coining the phrase “Everyone can fly”, this Malaysian mogul has made it possible for every Malaysian to experience the various cultures all over the world and expand their horizon through low-cost travel. He was born in 1964, to an Indian father from Goa and Portuguese-Eurasian mother, Ena Dorothy Fernandes …  click here
21 Aug: Daily Telegraph. Queens Park Rangers may have lost their first game back in the Premier League but profits increase five-fold at AirAsia in the second quarter to 367m ringgit (£69m) …  click here
18 Aug: Evening Standard (London). An exclusive West End nightclub faces being wound up today over unpaid tax. It is 30 per cent owned by QPR boss and aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes and owes thousands in taxes click here.

UK: Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Mon. 25 Aug. (Bank Holiday). CAG - Care for the Aged in Goa Family entertainment 2.30pm -7.30pm Langley Church Hall, Trelawney Road Slough SL3 7UD. Tickets include one raffle ticket. £10 adult, £5 aged 5-12 years. Under 5 free. Traditional Goan Folk music, sing-a-long, dancing to great music. Snacks, lunch, tea all included and much more. Dress: smart casual. SOLD OUT!

Sat, 6 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 7th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & 4 Top Goan DJs Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & DANDA COUSINS (Press Play). Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal.Tickets: Adult Early bird: £10 Under 16s £6 & Adult Standard £12. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London.For the flyer, click here

Mon. 8 Sep: 6.00pm. 21st Feast of Our Lady Of Vailankanni. Mass followed by healing, a Latin sung Litany in procession, ending with Fellowship. Venue: Goan Community Centre, Keston Rd., N17 6PW The Novena starts on Saturday 30th Aug and thereafter for 9 days at 6.30pm daily. You are welcome to bring Finger Food. Contact: 07961 044 079. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sat. 13 Sep. GOA Senior Citizens Trip to the seaside. Venue to be confirmed. Pick-up points, Greenford (Bridge Hotel bus stop), Tooting Broadway (Library) & Norbury BR Station. Tickets: Members £12, Non-members £15. Contacts: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 21 Sep. GOA Trook Tournament at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Entries close on 9/9/14. Draw at 11.30am. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Sept. St Jacinto Feast - At the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PD. Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm
Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of "PRESS PLAY". Snacks and Lunch will be served. For details and tickets please
contact Agnelo: 07958504545/ Maria: 02089315185/ Clare: 02085782288/ Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022/ For the flyer, click here.

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Death: Stanley Pinto

18 Aug: Auckland, NZ. STANLEY PINTO. (ex-Protos Engg, Mumbai). Husband of Philomena Pinto Father of Sarita/Anil, Pravin/ Shaila, Sunil/Kristel, Priya/Vikas, Shaila/Cedric Jr, Premila/Wendell Brother of : Myrtle(late), Fr. Eric (late), Jeanette, Sr. Olive, Adrian, Elaine, Vilma & Denzil. Funeral to be in Auckland.

Death: Rosa D’Souza
20 Aug: Canada. ROSA OLINDA D'SOUZA. Beloved mother of Eugenia & Edwin Coelho, grandmother of Mel Roy/Tulip and Carlton/Melinda Coelho. She will be missed dearly by her Great Grandchildren. Viewing on 22 Aug 5pm - 9pm at R.S. Kane Funeral Home 6150 Yonge St. Funeral serivce to be at St. Paschal Baylon Church 92 Steeles Ave W 9:30am Saturday Aug. 23rd, 2014. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery 8361 Yonge St. [Info: Pompie Gois]. For a photo and to send condolences  For further details click here

News Summary

World Goa Day: You can never take Goa out of a Goan

20 Aug: Herald. “World Goa Day is a day set aside by Goans, wherever they may be, to celebrate their Goan cultural heritage, identity and all things that are Goan. It is a day that marks the celebration of Goan culture, cuisine, art, music and all things Goan,” says Rene Barreto, one of the pioneers behind founding the occasion. Portugal is one place that shares a strong link with Goa… Assado in London hosted a celebration … the Canadian community of Goans celebrated the day at Bronte Creek Park in Toronto … Melbourne and Sydney put their festivities together on August 16 and 17 … Abu Dhabi held back from celebrations this year … No matter what part of the world you may be in, or whether there are co-celebrants or not, grab your sorpotel, sannas and dance partner, for there is no doubt that being Goan is cause enough to rejoice…  click here

Goa expects 5% growth in charters
20 Aug: Business Standard. Goa is expecting 5% growth in foreign charter flights but the actual growth could be even lower due to 25-30% rise in tour package prices and closure of a few large Russian tour operators. Last year Goa received 1141 charter flights and this year Airport Authority of India (AAI) is expecting 1200 flights. About 70% of all charter flights come from Russia. The AAI has received requests from 12 companies from Russia, UK, Ukraine, Finland, Kazakhastan and Dubai to operate charters and is yet to finalise slots. Actual flight movements will depend on bookings. The first flight is expected on September 24 and charter season runs from October-May…  click here

Channel 7 tight-lipped on behind-the-scenes Lloyd Rayney documentary

15 Aug: Perth Now (Aus), A documentary which goes inside the legal defence of barrister Lloyd Rayney will air on television on 21 Aug… Mr Rayney was acquitted of murdering his wife Corryn Rayney in 2012… According to the show’s blurb: “Corryn Rayney’s murder tore a family apart and divided a city… It’s a journey replete with lurid and chilling revelations and at the centre of it, one man with the world seemingly against him.” … Justice Martin found Mrs Rayney was attacked outside her home… 431 words  click here
The programme screens on Channel 7, Thu. Aug. 21st at 8pm. Corryn Rayney, born in Uganda, was the daughter of Ernest Da Silva, sister of Sharon. For the Wikipedia profile of the Death of Corryn Rayney,  click here
Video. The Lloyd Rayney Story Promo For the first time, Lloyd Rayney speaks out … 0m. 30s. click here.

Goa Home Ministry Refers to African as 'Nigro'
20 Aug: New Indian Express. After two Goa lawmakers called Nigerians "cancer" and "wild animals", the state home ministry has referred to an African as "Negro", spelt wrongly as "Nigro", in an annexure submitted to the assembly… It referred to an African national arrested in the beach village of Calangute May 8 as an "unknown African Nigro". "Negro" is considered a racially offensive word once used to refer to African Americans and Africans…  click here
Where have all the Nigerians gone? 21 Aug: Times of India.  click here

Good news for tourists visiting India: Visa-on-arrival applications to go online

20 Aug: Deccan Chronicle. From this October foreigners arriving in India need not spend too much time at the immigration counters… separate desks for processing VoA would speed up the issuing process… Currently, tourists from a few countries can get Visas-on-Arrival by paying a fee of US $60… the bureau of immigration would set up a website for submission of applications and the processing of the electronic visa authorisation…  click here
E-visa scheme hits inter-departmental roadblock 20 Aug: Times of India. The government's much-touted electronic visa initiative appears to have fallen prey to the "inter-departmental'' strife. The ministries of tourism, home affairs and external affairs are yet to narrow down on a list of countries that will be part of the first phase of the e-visa scheme… A `visa restriction index' released by Henley & Partners recently ranks India at 74 out of 93 countries underlining the high number of restrictions that foreign citizens face when choosing to travel to India…  click here
Why India is struggling to attract tourists 19 Aug. BBC. click here.

No organised drug gangs in Goa: Manohar Parrikar
20 Aug: Zee News. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said there are no "organised gangs" that distribute drugs in Goa. "There are no organised gangs which specialise in distribution of drugs in the state," the Chief Minister said in a written reply in the Assembly. His comments come a few months after Director General of Police TN Mohan attracted flak from the opposition and civil society for trying to play down the menace of drugs and drug mafias in Goa …  click here

Desmond Coutinho and Irom Sharmila

21 Aug: Indian Express. Irom Sharmila may be free for now but what happens next is not yet clear. Her family and activists in Manipur believe it is a matter of time before Sharmila is rearrested … National coverage of her romance with Goan-born British citizen Desmond Coutinho (photo), and his attempts to meet her, had led to violent protests in Manipur … Marrying Coutinho is a desire Sharmila has often expressed, but that is unlikely to go down well with the people of the state…  click here
Desmond Coutinho was born in Zanzibar and then moved to Ealing, London. He is the son of the late Yolanda and Jerry and nephew of the late Wolfango Dourado and Belinda Coutinho. For an account of the romance,  click here

Taxis: The ‘patrao’ predicament
21 Aug: Times of India. It now seems that the resolve to standardize taxi services in Goa seem to be as unpredictable as the fares imposed upon passengers. Although the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association recently claimed that it is ready to launch an online booking service next month, very little progress has actually been made in the matter. Vinayak Nanoskar, the body's general secretary, discloses that the facility is merely a sketchy idea as of now… 2313 words.  click here

Canada: Floyd Mascarenhas off to Youth Olympic Games in China

1 Aug: Caledon Enterprise. Mississauga’s Floyd Mascarenhas and Brampton’s Parmeet Gill are part of a roster of nine athletes of an under-18 field hockey team who’ll don the red-and-white at the event, which runs Aug. 16-28 in China… Mascarenhas, who attends St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in the International Baccalaureate program, started his field hockey career with the Mississauga Field Hockey Club. The midfielder has led the club to medals in major tournaments at both the indoor and outdoor level. Last year, he captained the U16 Ontario team to the gold medal at the nationals in Brampton, defeating the BC U16 squad in the finals.  click here
For a G.O.A. Toronto profile of Floyd,  click here

Ex-Goa minister claims he was framed in a death case
20 Aug: Business Standard. Alleging a "political conspiracy" against him, former Goa tourism minister Fransisco Miccky Pacheco today claimed that the erstwhile Congress government in Goa had falsely implicated him in connection with the death of his friend Nadia Torrado who died on May 30, 2010 after consuming poison.  click here

Video: Unruly passenger on the Moscow - Goa flight sentenced to a year in prison

20 Aug: RIA FederalPress. Sergey Borisov. 25, was found guilty on two counts of the Criminal Code after he fought with the cabin staff on a Moscow to Goa flight and bit them. The incident occurred on March 18 this year. He was drunk at the time of the offence. He was found guilty of offences under Article 318 (violence against a representative of authorities) and 319 (insulting a government official) of the Criminal Code.  click here

Auction: Goa: Early 19th Century Copper coins
21 Aug: Baldwin's, Hong Kong. Lot 983: Goa: 9 early 19th Century copper coins. 60-Reis (2), 15-Reis (2), 12-Reis (2), 10-Reis, 6-Reis and 4-Reis, rulers and dates illegible, possibly João VI (1818-1826). Generally fair, scarce. (9pcs). Estimate: US$80-100.  click here

Berlin: Film: Lady of Chandor

20 Aug: Der Tagesspiegel (Germany). Documentary: The Lady of Chandor. "Cinemagosto", the small Portuguese Film Festival, ends today with the documentary "The Lady of Chandor". The film describes the life of an elderly Portuguese-born woman [Aida de Menezes Braganza], who opens her lovingly kept home for tourists - but is this a real museum. Directed by Catarina Mourão. At 20:00, 8 Eur. Babylon Mitte 1, Rosa-Luxembourg-Str. 30.  click here
Video: Film Trailer. 6m. 31s  click here


COOKERY: Jamie's Great Britain. Channel: Good Food. Thursday 21st Aug. 20:00 to 21:00. Jamie's road trip takes him to the Heart of England. Leicester is his first stop, where he discovers the impact the British Empire and our love for spice have had on Britain's food culture. A number of Goans were filmed for this episode.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Friday 22nd Aug. 12:30 to 13:00. Trainee teacher and club DJ Josh Jones takes to the kitchen. Experimental cook Josh wants to broaden his guests' palettes by cooking some Indian food. With lamb passanda and tandoori monkfish on the menu, can Josh win round

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? Channel: Yesterday. Saturday 23rd Aug. 18:00 to 19:00. Gurinder Chadha director of Bend It Like Beckham, grew up in Southall in West London. But she was born in Kenya, and her family's story is tied up with that of the British Empire. Gurinder traces her ancestors' history, from her father's life in colonial Kenya to her grandmother's experiences during the partition of India. She tries to uncover a family secret and a mystery African cousin. 2006.

FILM: Out of Africa. itv3. Sunday 24th Aug. 06:30 to 09:45. Oscar-winning drama based on the remarkable story of Karen Blixen, who left her native Denmark in 1913 to marry a Swedish baron and run a coffee farm in Kenya. Her husband turns out to be a playboy and quickly abandons his wife and the farm, but left to her own devices, Karen grows to love her adopted country and embarks on a passionate affair with a British hunter. Meryl Streep, Robert Redford. 1985, PG.

COOKERY: The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets. BBC 1. Tuesday 26th Aug. 15:30 to 16:30. Luxury Lunches. The Bikers show that creating a luxury lunch is possible on even the tightest of budgets. They share the very best of their budget-busting gourmet recipes, picking up some set-menu secrets from one of Britain's best Indian chefs. 2013.

CONSUMER: Fake Britain. BBC 1. Wednesday 27th Aug. 11:45 to 12:15. The programme follow a private investigator working with police and trading standards as he tracks down one of the largest hauls of fake gold and jewellery ever discovered in the UK. Also, how an illegal immigrant made a fortune by buying property using fake ID while he played football for local clubs. 2011.

DOCUMENTARY: Hotel India. BBC 2. Wednesday 27th Aug. 20:00 to 21:00. Documentary series going behind the scenes of India's oldest and most famous hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai



Funeral details: Dora (Rosy) De Souza
7 Aug. London. DORA (ROSY) DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Brook House Nursing Home in Wembley. Sister of Antoinette De Souza and late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD). Funeral service at Our Lady of the Visitation Church (358 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 9AN) on Friday 29 August 2014 at 1.00pm followed by cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, (Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ) No floral tributes but donations in lieu can be made to the Goan Welfare Society (17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA). For further information and arrangements for a minibus service contact Flavio Gracias (Telephone 020 8723 1322, or to email:  email

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Canada: Ivor Carvalho Award

Aug 2014: Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. … The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or an organization that strives to change the system in the best interests of immigrants. Ivor Carvalho was fully involved in eradicating socio-economic barriers for new immigrants, and ensuring that they enjoyed the same rights as all other Canadians. An eloquent writer, a dedicated activist, and the very epitome of Canadian values, his life however was tragically cut short in 2012, in Montréal, when he passed away…[Alert by Brendan Abreu via Goans Tanzanite]  click here
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Ivor Aires Carvalho was the founder of Going Global – Canadian Immigration Consultants. He himself moved to Canada in 1991 from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania where he was born. He died in Brampton on 31 Oct. 2012

New law to curb illegalities in medical practice: Health Minister
19 Aug: Navhind Times. Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that all the illegalities prevalent in medical practice in the state, including fly-by-night dentists would be brought under control, once the Clinical Establishment Bill is introduced and passed in the state legislative assembly.,, “The implementation of the new health-related legislation will also keep a watch on the outside doctors and dentists practising in Goa during peak tourist season, maintain a vigil over government doctors carrying out private practice, and take action against quacks,” he pointed out …  click here

Diandra Soares: My dad is from Mangalore and my mom is from Goa … I consider myself a ManGo!

19 Aug: The Hindu. Twenty-two tattoos, a shaved head, dusky looks, a “you only live once attitude”, and a tongue that speaks the acerbic mind. Diandra Soares can be a mouthful. She created history, not once, but thrice, each time she shaved her head, starting way back in 1999. You don’t need to hide behind your hair, believes Diandra, a former Miss Bombay… I have 22 tattoos … Some tattoos were done in London, some in Goa and Bombay and some by a French artist… 1027 words.  click here
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Nigerian headed to India dies showing Ebola symptoms
19 Aug: IANS. A 35-year-old Nigerian woman, travelling from Nigeria to India for cancer treatment, has died in the UAE after showing symptoms similar to those of deadly Ebola virus, health authorities said on Sunday. During her transit phase at Abu Dhabi international airport, the patient's health deteriorated and despite prompt medical assistance she could not be successfully resuscitated … The woman showed signs "that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection", although her existing medical condition provided an adequate medical explanation, it added…  click here

Ola Cabs: Shifting gears

Ola cabs first made its foray into Goa in December 2013, there was widespread agitations by taxi unions and they were given the boot by the state government … However they are operating under the radar by handling bookings via internet and at their Mumbai call centre, They charge Rs250 for the first 6km, and Rs15 per additional km… 2153 words.  click here
Goa’s taxi operators: The wind beneath their wings 19 Aug: Times of India. Views of Churchill Alemao; Caetano Silva; Michael Lobo; Francis Silva; Jeorge Fernandes; Sunil Francis; Siddharth Kumar … 1764 words.  click here

Government for strict regulation of spas and massage parlours
19 Aug: Herald. In an effort to tighten the noose around illegal massage parlours and spas operating in the State, the government intends to impose a penalty of Rs 20,000 on nonregistered outlets and a fine of Rs 5,000 on masseurs and therapists caught working without valid registration certificate. It also proposed to have a medical fitness certificate issued by the government hospital mandatory…  click here

Video: Goa Mining Lease Renewal Boost

19 Aug. Bloomberg TV. Mining sector in Goa has got a big relief as the Chief Minister of the state Manohar Parrikar (photo), has said that he will be granting leases to the deemed mining lease holders shortly. With this close to 27 mines, including those owned by Sesa Sterlite are likely to resume operations in the next few months. 2m.09s.  click here

Tiatr: a cultural garbage disposal plant for Goa?
19 Aug: Herald. By Teotonio R. de Souza. Among non-ending political debates that characterize Goan political scenario, there is one about garbage disposal plant. Currently more emotionally loaded debates are about Sri Ram Sene’s threat to set up its base of activities in Goa … It looks as if the SRS is a self-invited, self-qualified and self-authorized agency that wishes to clean Goa from cultural pollution, a sort of cultural garbage disposal plant… 881 words.  click here

Goa's ghumot percussion instrument set for makeover

19 Aug: IANS. Whether the purists like it or not, the ghumot, one of Goa`s unique and indigenous percussion instruments that is an essential part of the Ganesh Chaturthi aartis, is heading for a makeover…What makes the ghumot unique, however, is the tough hide of the monitor lizard stretched across the face of the specially designed clay pot. And unfortunately it is this USP that had been driving it towards extinction…  click here

Govt assures subsidised fish vending stalls from Oct
19 Aug: Herald. Following repeated demands from several legislators to ensure that fish which is presently sold at exorbitant prices is made available at subsidized rates, Goa government has assured that it would find a solution to the issue as it has already procured five stalls to sell fish at affordable price from October…  click here

Recipes: Goan Crab Curry and Goan Fisherman's Soup

18 Aug: Flavors of Mumbai. Classic Goan Crab Curry! “This curry is amazing in taste that too without coconut. The dark orange color curry with a great aroma. I feel right now to dip bread into this curry and eat….The crucial part of crabs is breaking them alive” …  click here
Video: Recipe: Goan Fisherman's Soup. 19Aug: Yahoo. 'Yahoo brings Vikas @ Home' is a brand new 52-week video series from Yahoo Lifestyle Cuisine… Nowhere will you get better seafood than in the coastal state of Goa. And this seafood soup is an entire meal if you add some rice to it, or eat it with bread on the side…4m. 28s.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
20 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.4. Min = 24.7. Rainfall: 0.6 mm
For the Hourly Weather Forecast for Goa including weather conditions, precipitation, dew point, humidity, wind. click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.88; $ = 60.71; $Can = 55.49; Euro = 80.87; $Aus= 55.49.



Death: Olga D’Souza
16 Aug: Karachi. OLGA D'SOUZA. Ex Canada. Wife of Sylvester, beloved mother of Johnnie, Fidelis and Freddy, sister of Johnnie Dsouza (Goa), Philomena/Joseph Gois (San Francisco) and sister-in-law of Martha D'Souza of Anthonian Apartments, Cantt.). Funeral to be notified later. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Free Event: The London Mela on Sun. 31 Aug.

31 Aug: 1pm to 9 pm. The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival - returns to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, on Sunday 31 August for a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. Over 80,000 people enjoyed last year’s creative triumph and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever with nine zones… Featuring a huge variety of artists from around the world as well as a plethora of homegrown acts, the London Mela truly has something for everyone… London Mela 2014 Promo film …
Video: Watch the highlights from last year’s event 3m. 16s.  click here

Govt to tackle dual nationality issue by Sept
19 Aug: Times of India. The state government will take up the issue of dual nationality vis-a-vis the possession of Portuguese passports by Goans with the Union home minister next month, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the legislative assembly on Monday… A large number of government servants in Goa are also believed to be holding Portuguese passports, thereby making them Portuguese nationals… 584 words.  click here

Monarch Airlines to cut 1,000 jobs and axe charter services to Goa

18 Aug: The Guardian (UK). British holiday airline operator Monarch Group is to shed 1,000 jobs, cutting the airline's workforce by a third by closing its charter operations and reinvent itself as a scheduled European budget airline… It said it would move to scheduled-only flying from summer 2015, with scheduled only flights already accounting for 85% of its operations. Its charter operations include some long-haul flights to Florida and the Caribbean as well as Goa and Gambia…  click here

'Blackmailing' activists targeting VIPs, high court judge: Goa CM
18 Aug: IANS. Some activists with "highly questionable" motives are "blackmailing and witch-hunting" people in high places and are levelling false allegations against a high court judge, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Monday… "It is also observed that some of the activists whose antecedents and motives are highly questionable are blackmailing and witch-hunting, by filing false cases against persons occupying high positions, merely to embarrass them or to blackmail them," Parrikar said, adding that the government had taken a "serious note" of this and that appropriate corrective measures in this regard were being taken…  click here

MLAs spent Rs 48L on match tickets, splurged Rs 7.65L on sightseeing in Brazil

19 Aug: Times of India. Everyone knows that the visit of the four Goan MLAs to Brazil for the Fifa World Cup 2014 did not come cheap… According to the bill, Rs 48,12,550 was spent on match tickets alone… While the quarterfinal tickets cost USD 2,550 (approximately Rs 1,53,000) for each game, tickets for the two semifinals at Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo cost USD 4,200 (approximately Rs 2,52,000) each… Tickets for the final were sold out before the state government could get in touch with the agency … Other expenses include air tickets (Rs 6.64 lakh), hotels (Rs 6.62 lakh), domestic tickets (Rs 6.26 lakh) and service tax (Rs 7.60 lakh)…  click here

Fine, jail for failure to segregate waste
19 Aug: Times of India. Those who are not segregating and storing the biodegradable garbage may land in jail or have to pay a fine of up to Rs. 25,000 as the state government has introduced the Goa Non-biodegradable Garbage (control) (third amendment) Bill, 2014. The bill says that it is the duty of the owner and occupier to collect and segregate the non-biodegradable garbage generated within their place and store securely until it is handed over to the local authority…  click here

Muscat Goan bags title at ‘Goencho Avaz’

19 Aug: Times of Oman. At the recently held 'Goencho Avaz', an all Goa Konkani solo and duet singing competition, organised by Herald Group and State Bank of India, Scully D'souza, based in Muscat and a student of Indian School, Muscat (ISM) bagged the second runner-up title in the solo category witnessed by a jam-packed audience at the Dinanath Mangesh Hall (Kala Academy) in Panaji, Goa recently. Adding to this latest achievement, Scully was recently declared the second runner-up at the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the Goan Committee of Oman, held at the Aviation Club, Muscat…  click here

Editorial: A Private View
18 Aug: The Telegraph. To make bigoted prudery sound like economic pragmatism requires a particular kind of mindless cunning. A senior minister in the Goa’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had declared about a month ago that women going to pubs in short skirts, or to the beach in bikinis, were an insult to that fantastical one-horned creature called Indian Culture that the Hindu Right exists to cherish and protect … The wearisome regularity with which men in a certain kind of power express their concern for “Indian culture” through a wish to regulate women’s behaviour, attire and access to public spaces might deflect attention away from the primal aggressiveness on which such attitudes and articulations are founded …  click here

Goa: Rabies Infected Dog Bites 25 People in Village

18 Aug: NDTV. At least 25 people were bitten by a rabies-infected dog at South Goa's Cansaulim village following which they were hospitalised, sources said today. The incident occurred last evening when the stray dog went on rampage, biting passers-by. The canine was later killed by villagers…  click here
Video: Dog with suspected rabies on Anjuna beach Goa 17 Aug: Tharobstervideo. Dog with suspected rabies on Anjuna beach, frothing and snarling for 2 days till it got taken away to the Mission Rabies team in Goa … 3m. 26s.  click here

Lower judiciary in Goa paying scant regard to law: Parrikar
18 Aug: Free Press Journal. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today alleged in the state Legislative Assembly that the lower judiciary in the state was paying scant regard to the provisions of law. “It is disturbing that in disregard to the provisions of law which have been held to be mandatory and in sheer disregard to the judgements of the High Court/Supreme Court, some orders are passed, paying scant regard to the provisions of the law,” Parrikar said while responding to a calling attention motion moved in the House. “My government cannot countenance such a position and would not be a mute spectator to such illegality,” he added...  click here

Shop From Home:, Goa’s first online supermarket portal

16 Aug: The Goan. Aiming to introduce the best shopping experience on the internet, Urban Ration currently has 1000 registered customers and 3500 plus products of reputed and branded companies on their list with 10-15 new products getting added each day… free home delivery offer for goods ordered above Rs 500. If the order is less than Rs 500 the customer has to pay Rs 50 … The store has everything from groceries to dairy products, fruits, vegetables, consumer durables, cosmetics, bread, snacks and chocolates, flour, spices, frozen foods like meat and fish, canned products, pet food, beverages, oils and toiletries… /  click here
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Goa doctor shows the way for free dialysis
18 Aug: Deccan Herald. A Goa-based doctor, who provides dialysis treatment to kidney patients almost for free has approached the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre for replicating his model in hospitals across the country for the benefit of the poor… Dr R Venkatesh filed a PIL to highlight the positive effects of his project… He said private hospitals subverted a 2007 government scheme on medical claim and earned Rs 7.42 cr in 2010-11, 12.06 cr and 10.14 cr in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively…  click here



Death: Brigadier Terence Baretto
18 Aug: Times of India. Terence Baretto, 94, perhaps the last surviving World War II veteran from Nagpur, passed away on Saturday and was cremated with military honours on Sunday, in keeping with his wishes for this 'eco-friendly' funeral. He had joined the British Indian Army, as an officer in the Corps of Signals. However, much to the chagrin of his British bosses, he used to sign off letters and telegrams with a 'Jai Hind', recalls his brother, Wing Commander Cecil Baretto (retd), 92, who now lives in Goa… 551 words.  For further details click here

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London: Free Event: Celebrate Indian Independence day on 24 Aug. 2014.

From Ravi Vaz, President of the G.O.A. (UK): 'SHINE', one of the leading Goan bands from Swindon is to perform at the Indian Independence day Celebration in London. A gala event is being held on Sunday, 24th August, 2014 to celebrate India's Independence Day. All Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India are welcome to participate in the festivities which will commence at 1100 hours at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth TW7 4NQ (Opp. Osterley Tube Station). Flag hoisting will be at 1100 hrs followed by National Anthem. The event will also include cultural programmes, food stalls offering cuisines from different regions of India and a raffle draw with attractive prizes. Please come and join with your friends and family. The Entry is FREE. For further details of the event and location,  click here
Video: Shine performs for Goa Day 2014 in London singing "SHAPAYA". Viriato Audio Visual. 3m. 18s.  click here

E-tracing your roots
17 Aug: Herald. Though the internet is making it easier to trace one’s ancestry, there are pitfalls one should be aware of, reports Diana Fernandes. An increasing number of Goans are investing their time into building their family trees online. Some use a free software programme called Gramps - short for Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System… Another popular software tool is Legacy Standard. Apart from standalone programmes, there are the online websites dedicated to genealogy including ancestry. com, geni. com, myheritage. com and … An interesting feature that is gaining ground with genealogy sites, however, is tracing ancestry through DNA. … Social networking site Facebook is also being used to a large extent to learn of family histories and relations.  click here

Toronto: Goan Overseas Association celebrate World Goa Day

From Veda Abreu, President, Toronto Goan Overseas Association: The beautiful Bronte Creek Park in Oakville was the setting for a celebration of World Goa Day by The Toronto Goan Overseas Association, celebrated on Aug 9th, 2014. It was a picture perfect day where young families, seniors and young adults got to mix and mingle, play games, picnic on sausage pao, snack boxes or picnic lunches. Vendors were on hand for those who did not want to carry a packed lunch. Dancing in the park to the fabulous sounds of the GOA Amigos, was one of the high-lights of the day. There was a visit to the animal farm, kite flying, balloon toss, egg and spoon races, cards for adults, dodge ball and much much more. Special thanks to the numerous volunteers and The Toronto Goan Overseas Association Committee members for the hard work and dedication to make this event one to remember. For the album of 19 photographs of the event, /  click here

Large mackerel, solar shrimp catch brings joy to Canacona fishermen
18 Aug: Herald. After initial disappointment, fishermen in Canacona found their fishing nets full with mackerels and the most prized catch of solar shrimps… one could buy as many as 20 bigger sized mackerels for Rs 100… Solar shrimps were priced at Rs 160 to Rs 200 a kg.  click here
Waiting for bumper fish catch 18 Aug: Navhind Times. The fishing season made a delayed start this year and hopes remain of a generous catch. In the long run, however, fishing continues to be in troubled waters, with ineffective policy doing little to raise the level of activity … /  click here

Ramona Braganza: Just training Wolverine

17 Aug: Times of India. … the age-defying 52-year-old of Goan origin shares her views on fitness for the Indian body type, Braganza says, "The Indian woman and man have some genetic issues to confront on a daily basis… Born to Goan parents in Germany, Braganza says her parents Lucy and Oscar kept Goa alive within her. "Mom makes caldinha and sings Konkani songs … She attributes her successful career to her supportive parents. “India, particularly Goa, has an incredible history, charm, exotic beauty, laid back culture, interesting people and places I want to know more about," Braganza concludes. 713 words.  click here
Canada: New challenges fuel Ramona Braganza 16 Aug: Brockville Recorder (Ont. Canada). … The Brockville native and renowned fitness trainer has her hand in several different ventures these days … Braganza’s parents came to Canada from India in their late 20s …  click here
Ramona traces her Goan roots to Mapuca (father) and Tivim (mother). Her parents now live in Brockville; her brother, Brian, in Nova Scotia. For the Ramona Braganza website, click here.

Italian Pasta with a Goan Twist!
17 Aug: Herald. If it’s pasta, it must be from Italy! But the locally manufactured ‘Buona Pasta’ (which incidentally is also one of the few in India) has been catering to the growing ‘pasta’ palate in Goa, making it not only more accessible, but affordable to the average Goan. “Pasta is a growing culinary trend in the world today … Goa particularly is exposed to a lot of international cuisine and people are keen to experiment,” explains owner, Chef Marlon Lobo whose tryst with Italian food commenced during his jaunt with MSC cruises in Italy… 600 words.  click here

Washington Post (Sunday Magazine) on St Francis Xavier – facsimile edition

17 Aug: Each morning, buses and auto-rickshaws heave tourists away from the sugar-soft beaches of India’s Goa state and inland toward Old Goa — the city that was once the seat of Portugal’s eastern empire and that’s still home to more than a dozen Catholic churches, chapels and convents. They’re so close to one another that you could see the lot in one day… Part 1: All that Remains.  click here
Part 2: The Unifying Power of Goa’s Saint Francis.  click here

Seniors cry neglect by govt
17 Aug: Herald. Senior Citizens under the banner of Forum of Senior Citizens of India have cried foul over the neglect and apathy of elders by the State government. The panel has charged the government for its neglect and failure to implement the Action Plan for the protection of life and property of the senior citizens …  click here

Tiatr, Muthalik and the right wing endgame

17 Aug: Herald. A Debate. The panellists: Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson Hindu Janajagruti Samiti; Gangadhar Kulkarni, SRS organizing secretary; Karnataka Prabhakar Timble, Political Commentator; and Columnist Francis Fernandes, aka Francis de Tuem, tiatrist This discussion was conducted for HCN by Sujay Gupta …  click here

Saying ‘I Do’ in Goa
17 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa seems to be on the minds of young couples planning to get married … Apart from being naturally appealing with its sea and sand effect, Goa provides all the required wedding services in abundance and at affordable prices. It also provides options related to accommodation and venues. It also has resorts that provide world standard wedding services. All of these points clubbed make Goa one of the best wedding destinations in the world… 1361 words.  click here


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Swindon: Richey Afonso, 19, admits he had sex with a child

16 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. Richey Afonso, 19, of Medgbury Road, Swindon, has admitted two counts of sexual offences with a girl under the age of 16 after skipping police bail… Afonso attended the hearing with his two sisters on either arm, and spoke only to confirm his pleas to each of the counts… Afonso had been sought by police in May of this year after failing to answer his bail. He had been arrested and was due to attend a hearing on May 15 but never arrived. Police put out an appeal to trace the Swindon-based Goan after efforts to locate him had failed… Afonso will be recalled to court on September 11 when he will be sentenced and could face a substantial jail term. 432 words.  click here

Lisbon streets
16 Aug: The Goan. By Constantino Xavier. In the summer of 1999 I worked as an ad-boy for a major pizza chain, inundating unsuspecting mailboxes across Lisbon with their bright-red promotional menus. It was a traumatising experience, many chasing me away with racist insults or dogs, or both. In the process, however, walking up and down Lisbon’s streets, I discovered how much of the city’s toponymy is linked to Goa, reflecting centuries of close colonial ties… Avenida Prof. Gama Pinto… Maternidade Alfredo da Costa … Avenida Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes … Rua Dr. Silva Teles … Rua Agostinho Lourenço … Rua Professor Ayres de Sousa … two other streets named after Cristovão Aires and Moniz Barreto… A little square dedicated to Monsenhor Rodolfo Dalgado … Abade Faria Road … 694 words…  click here

The UK Goan Festival

16 Aug: The Goan. By Mohan Luthra. A London mela that’s evolving into a distinct national event … The Goan community which has been growing significantly since the eighties, has developed a good a partnership with the local Cranford Community College which provides a huge ground for many stalls and other amenities. This year, the venue played host to a grand event held on July 27, which brought together Goans and their friends from all over the UK, and to some extent, people from abroad .There were at least a dozen coaches parked with people arriving from Goan community strongholds such as Swindon, Leicester, Southampton, Manchester and afar in the UK. The UK Goan Festival attracts Goans and their friends on a local, regional, national and international basis. A real sense of community spirit was evident when one realises the distances travelled to attend this annual event… The revellers danced the day away in the glorious sunshine, well-buoyed by disciplined and joyful drinking. One of the bar stalls even provided a 'taste' of Goa by way of feni; Goa's famous liquor…  click here

Is the government serious about protecting the Western Ghats?
16 Aug: Times of India. By S Subramanian retd principal scientist, ICAR: I don't think the government is serious about protecting the Western Ghats. It has shown very little interest in ensuring that our forest acts protect our environment. It has been dilly dallying about protecting land, forests and even preventing illegal mining. After asking state scientist Madhav Gadgil to write a report, his report has not been implemented…  click here

Want to wear a bikini? Pay 24 Euro

16 Aug: Il Messaggero (Italy). Three million tourists visit Goa, mostly young people European countries and Russia. A local MP has proposed to ban the bikini in public areas because it is "contrary to Indian culture” but to allow it on private beaches on payment of 1,000-2,000 rupees… In many areas of the coast tourists practice naturism and also go topless so much so that five years ago the Goa govt. prohibited "driving scooter by women with bare breasts." … Most of the Indian women swim with the sari or the salwar kameez …Machine translation.  click here
Video: From 'Bikini ban' to 'Bikini beach'. 16 Aug: TimesNowTV. 6m. 29s.  click here
Wearing bikinis impedes India's becoming superpower: Goa MLA. 16 Aug: Business Standard. click here.

594 cases of drunken driving booked in 26 days
17 Aug: Herald. After the devastating late-night accident caused due to drunk driving in the capital city by a woman driver in July, the traffic department in a special night drive during the last 26 days has booked 594 cases of drunken driving…  click here

Cliff Richard's family break silence on child sex abuse allegations

16 Aug: Daily Mirror (UK). Cousin Garth Gregory called Thursday's police raid on the singer’s Berkshire home a “witchhunt” and loyal niece Linzi Jolin sent him a touching message of support …  click here
Cliff Richard: the Goan Connection. 1 Nov. 2011. The Daily Mail (UK). Sir Cliff Richard announced that his grandfather was a bigamist… his greatgreat grandmother, Emeline Josephine Rebeiro, was the daughter of a Goan, Vitriaus Rebeiro. 1496 words + photos.  click here

Goan doctors join hands to set up multi-speciality hospital
16 Aug: Navhind Times. If things go on schedule, Goa will soon have a new multi-speciality hospital … prominent medical practitioners announced a new 210-bed, super-speciality hospital project, Healthway Hospitals at Kadamba plateau, costing Rs 170 crore that is being promoted by 33 members of the medical fraternity from North Goa… Dr Virendra Gaonkar, Dr Rajiv Usgaonkar, Dr Bossuet Afonso, Dr Steven Dias and Dr Shivanand Gauns are members of the main team who were the initiators of the idea …  click here

UK: Professor Susan Rodrigues: Grant Winner

7 Aug: Times Higher Education Supplement. Winner: Susan Rodrigues, Liverpool Hope University. Value: £90,000. Digital access to science learning resources. This project aims to make science research more accessible to student teachers by developing web apps and vodcasts (video podcasts)… “The Primary Science Teaching Trust has lots of materials available to teachers, but it’s hard to find stuff if you don’t know what you don’t know,” said Susan Rodrigues. “We’ll be working to develop an app to let people search by preference rather than by specific keywords…  click here
Prof Susan Rodrigues was born in Kampala, the daughter of Blanche and Ferdinand Rodrigues, sister of Desmond, Malcolm and Celia. For her Goan Voice profile,  click here

Video: Reversing India's falling tourism numbers
15 Aug: Herald. India relies on tourism for around 7% of its economy, and yet visitor numbers have dropped sharply over the past years… Shilpa Kannan reports on challenges facing India in encouraging tourism…  click here

New Orleans Family Court judge, Bernadette D'Souza, draws potential challenger

15 Aug: Bernadette D'Souza, elected in 2012 to the Civil District Court to permanently handle divorces, custody cases and other family law disputes, is seeking reelection to her first six-year term. But lawyer Taetrece Harrison hopes to unseat her this fall… D'Souza took the bench in March 2012 after her two opponents withdrew before a special election…  click here
Quepem-born Bernadette grew up in Mumbai, went to the US in 1978. Her husband, Terence is a neurologist in New Orleans. They have a daughter, Natasha.  click here

Editorial: Paying tourists to come to Goa is cheaper than tourism junkets
16 Aug: Herald. With the amount of time and money the frequent fliers of the tourism department and its allied agencies, are scheduled to spend at our cost, in the coming financial year; paying tourists to come to Goa is cheaper. According to reliable information from the insides of the department as well as from sources linked to the department, the big fat tourism junket is moving to Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Korea, Australia and on and on…  click here

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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

Oral Histories of British-Goans

Visit the Oral Histories of British-Goans website which documents the lives of East African Goans who migrated to Britain. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, UK. Any queries to be directed to the Project Manager

Selma Carvalho's Book - Order it here

Into the Diaspora Wilderness makes the ideal gift; spanning several countries, it tells the story of Goan migration in a compelling narrative. To read reviews and order the book, click here.

Travelpack: The tailor-made holiday specialists

Cheap Worldwide Flights Hotline: 0208 585 4080. For Special Offers to Goa see

Special fares for the Goa Exposition, Dec. 2014

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or 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


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

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