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Death: Trevor Mendes. Ex Dar-es-Salaam
28 November 2019: London, UK. TREVOR MENDES, (ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Passed away peacefully. Loving son of the late John and Alida Mendes and brother to Noel and Carol. Uncle to Matthew, David and Claire. Trevor grew up in Dar-es-salaam, living at Tanganyika Packers and went to school at St. Joesph’s and Shabaan Roberts Schools. He was an avid hockey player and for the Dar-es-Salaam Institute and left Tanzania in the early 70’s for London. He was a great motor mechanic as he loved cars and Formula One. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends in England and Canada. May his Soul Rest In Peace For Funeral: Details watch this space. [Info: Stephen de Souza].

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The Non-resident Goan writers are here, bringing the world and Goa on one platform

6 Dec: Herald. As the 10th edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival gets underway at the ICG there will be a very good representation of writers from the Goan diaspora… This year, Goa’s greatest literary showcase will showcase writers from acrossthe diaspora including Ivo de Figueiredo from Norway, Derek Mascarenhas from Canada, Suneeta Peres da Costa and Sujatha Fernandes from Australia. Goa-related exclusives will also be showcased. Among them are ‘Arayaka’ by Amruta Patil, ‘The Matata Trilogy’ by Braz Menezes, Mandalay’ by Clara Astorla, ‘A Song for Saligao’ by Clarice Vaz, and the re-launched Parmal Magazine from Goa Heritage Action Group…  For further details click here
5 Dec: Herald. Pushing the envelope with literature in Goa…  click here
5 Dec: Herald. GALF: A beacon of light for new fresh ideas… click here.

Michael Lobo must apologise for OCI statement: Reginaldo

6 Dec: Herald. Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco has demanded an immediate apology from Cabinet Minister Michael Lobo for his statements against the Goans holding OCIs (Overseas Citizenship of India). "The recent statement made by the Ports Minister, Michael Lobo that OCIs do not have any right to comment on Goa because they are no longer Goans is highly condemnable" said Reginaldo while praising NRIs for having played a stupendous role in the economic development of Goa since pre liberation … Meanwhile AAP Convenor Elvis Gomes reacted to the controversy and said, “This is not the voice of Michael Lobo. On what forum it has come up is to be noted. This is the voice of a suitcase' person.” …  For further details click here

Video: ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ faces defamation suit from Chris Perry’s son

5 Dec: Goa 365tv. Internationally acclaimed popular Konkani film Nachom-ia Kumpasar has run into trouble. Director Bardroy Barreto is facing a defamation case from Chris Perry’s son Glenn. Asking for 1000 crore rupees for tarnishing his father’s image. Hearing on the case will begin on 6 December. Nachom-ia Kumpasar is not only a musical but describes the relation between Goa’s music maestro Chris Perry and Konkani nightingale Lorna. According to Glenn, who lives abroad, the whole portrayal of his father is completely false. He claims to have suffered massive brain stroke due to this film, spending 22 days in hospital…  For further details click here
6 Dec: Times of India, 5 years after movie release, Chris Perry’s son files Rs 1,000 crore defamation suit …  click here
6 Dec: Navhind Times. Bardroy makes light of defamation suit … click here.

Fresh heartbreak for mother of raped and murdered schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling as her baby granddaughter dies

5 Dec: Daily Mail (UK). The mother of a British schoolgirl raped and murdered in India has suffered fresh heartbreak over the death of her baby granddaughter. Scarlett Keeling, 15, of Devon, was found dead on the shores of Anjuna beach in Goa in February 2008… But now her mother Fiona MacKeown is faced with more grief after the baby of Scarlett's half-sister died on a family holiday to France. Her mother Isis Storm Celeste and father Ludo found two-month-old Zylla unresponsive in the early hours of November 3. .. local authorities removed the newborn's organs during an autopsy … Ms MacKeown said, 'It's like reliving it with the organs because that's the second shock we had with Scarlett when we got her home. Her organs were missing as well… 1432 words + photos + Comments.  For further details click here

Sister Rosita Gomes, 88, working with those on India's periphery

3 Dec: Sr. Rosita Louisa Rachel Gomes believes life is a gift from God to serve his children. So the Mumbai-based nun from the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception is on her feet at the age of 88, reaching out to those on the periphery: drug addicts, prisoners, unwed mothers and others. GSR spoke to Gomes when she visited Panaji, capital of Goa state, in early October to spread Marian devotion, her latest mission. She says the mother of God has asked her to do so…  For further details click here

Regulating Goa’s medical tourism sector

4 Dec: International Medical Travel Journal. Chief minister Pramod Sawant has said that the government plans to bring in legislation to improve Goa’s emerging medical tourism sector. He said the sector was still small in Goa, but was at risk of illegal practitioners offering sub-standard services. The chief minister was speaking at a panel discussion on the promotion of medical tourism in Goa, at the Goa International Tourism Mart, 2019. Other panelists highlighted a variety of concerns hampering the development of the sector in Goa …  For further details click here
4 Dec: Business Standard. Want to promote Goa as medical tourism destination: Minister …  click here

The Turner Prize Goes to … All 4 Shortlisted Artists

4 Dec: New York Times. On Tuesday night, in an announcement likely to baffle the art world, the Turner Prize’s jury said that all four artists, who had been shortlisted for Britain’s leading art prize back in May, had won as a collective…. Tai Shani, a feminist artist who creates fantasy worlds “beyond patriarchal limits,” was one of the winners …  For further details click here
2018: iheartwomen: By Tai Shani … “I started school very late, mainly because I grew up in a commune in Goa. I was 10 when I first went to school… Goa is a tough place for kids. People would give children LSD; to two year olds, it was very weird…”  click here
For the Tai Shani website, click here.


Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with  further information, click here

Sat. 14th Dec. GOA UK – Children’s Christmas Party / Senior Citizens Meal. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 14 Dec: Christmas get- together: The Saligao Association UK invites you to join us for a pre-Christmas knees up at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS from 6 - 11 pm. The evening includes a Christmas Tree Party for children, Christmas Carol singing, and dancing to the sounds of “Treble Makers”. Catering: Bernie’s Kitchen. For more details, please see the flyer, click here.

Sat. 28 Dec.  A&G Event Experts, The Premier Hospitality Events Management Company is organising The Goan Christmas Dine and Dance on Saturday Christmas 28 December 2019 from 1700 hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road, TW5 0RL.  Waterfront Band will perform on the day. Tickets are at reasonable rates: £12.00 per head. To book them please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ ,Antonio 07780797967/ ,Carlos 07480402866/  or Sharon: 07466993264. Dress: Smart/Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). Rights of Admission reserved. The Company also has complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages starting at £50.00 per head and £60.00 per head with drinks at great venues in London but also has the best venues in the rest UK and abroad. For the flyer will full details of the Xmas event, click here.

Tue 31 Dec: Goan Welfare Society UK (GWS): New Year's Eve Fund-Raising Ball at Wandsworth Town Hall, Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU from 7pm till late. Dancing to BIG DREAM band and NITELIFE disco. Goan catering and licenced bar. Dress Code: Strictly Formal - Gentlemen Bow Tie, Ladies Elegant. Tickets include a full buffet dinner and a plate of snacks plus party hats and Prosecco per table. Book a table of 10. Cost: £37.50 for adults and £15.00 for children aged 2 to 10. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Contact: Bernie/Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322 (email:, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Paul De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Anita/Alfie Rebello 020 8337 8022. For the flyer click here. To download the Application form click here.

Tue. 31 Dec: The North London Goans are having a New Year’s Dance. Bookings are being taken now. Book your tickets now to avoid any disappointment. First come first serve basis only. For the Flyer with full information, click here.

Sat.11th Jan. GOA UK – Goan Extravaganza.  Venue:  Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth, London.  SW18 2PU. For the flyer, click here.




Death: Hyacinth De Souza - Dar es Salaam
1 Dec: Dar es Salaam. HYACINTH DE SOUZA. Francis John De Souza regrets to announce the passing of his loving wife Hyacinth Theresia De Souza on 1st December 2019 in Dar es Salaam. Sister-in-law to Tony D’Souza, Mother to George and Anastasia/Aleem and Grandmother to Larry, Francis and Aleanna. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, 2nd December at 2pm at St. Joseph’s Cathedral followed by burial at Kinondoni cemetery. [Info: Claude Fernandes]. Condolence messages may be sent to

News Summary

Video: Michael Lobo Apologizes To OCI Cardholders While Taking A Dig At In Goa

4 Dec: InGoaNews. Michael Lobo apologizes …  click here
5 Dec: Outlook, Goa Minister apologises for scathing comment on OCIs. Michael Lobo on Wednesday apologised for his comments expat Goans, accusing them of poisoning the minds of local residents, but also urged them against instigating people against development projects in the coastal state… "If they are hurt, I am saying sorry. But if you tell the truth also, one is targeted," Lobo said…  click here
4 Dec: The Goan. AAP NRI cell slams Lobo for ‘caustic’ OCI remarks … click here.

Overseas Citizen of India Can Be Denied Boarding Pass

29 Nov: According to Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, some travellers who have not updated their OCI documents after having renewed their passport were denied boarding permission for their flights to India. He said, “Travellers had reported issues around these rules with Qatar Airways and Air India,”. He added “While Indian immigration authorities will accept an OCI card with an old passport number on it for individuals above 20 years of age, airlines flying to India may still cause a problem. So we are advising everyone who hasn’t renewed their OCI card since they got new passports to also carry their old passports with them,”. As per the news, the New York Consulate also issued a press statement with the rules following these incidents.
1) For every OCI cardholder “who is 20 years of age or younger, the OCI card must be renewed each time a new passport is issued” as per the rules.
2) OCI cards need not be renewed for those between 21 and 49 years of age. And, for an OCI cardholder “who attains the age of 50 years or more”, OCI card must be renewed only once after the issuance of a new passport…  click here

Celia Lobo's music still soars: The life and times of India's 'only living opera diva'

3 Dec: First Post. Celia Lobo was a renowned local talent in the 1960s and among the female leads of the Bombay Madrigal Singers Organisation (BMSO), which staged operas in the city… In London, Celia studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama … She spent a total of five years in London, also working to pay the bills… Now living in the US, Celia and Deirdre always have season tickets to operas and symphonies… A Musical Extravaganza: A Tribute Concert To Celia Lobo is being held on 4 December, at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai. .. 1636 words.  For further details click here

US, UK advisories on ‘unsafe’ India

4 Dec: Times of India. In a reflection of India’s reputation as an unsafe place for women, the British government on November 26 issued a detailed information sheet for “survivors of rape and sexual assault” for its citizens staying or travelling in India. Earlier, in March 2019, the US government’s India travel advisory -- which places India at ‘level 2’ security that requires travelers to “exercise increased caution” – said, “Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations.” … The British government’s advisory to its citizens released on its website on November 26 states that rape and sexual assault survivors should “insist” on a police report. The police are not bound to provide an English translation, but the survivor could get the statement read and explained in English before signing, it added… Kartikeya Tripathi, a lecturer from University College London (UCL), said, “In the unfortunate case a British national is sexually assaulted in India, it tells them their right to be dealt with by a female police officer which many are not aware of.” …  For further details click here

How Goa's 80s Beach Parties Gave Rise to the Australian Bush Doof

3 Dec: Vice (USA). By Gavin Butler. At some point during the 1980s, on a surf-combed beach at the edge of the Arabian Sea, the first neon embers of the “bush doof” scene flickered into existence. Goa had already become known through the 60s and 70s as a subtropical hippie paradise: a place where vagrants danced naked under open skies. But then the digital revolution came to the subcontinent; computers supplanted guitars and drum kits, and a collective of like-minded pioneers ushered in what would come to be known as “the second summer of love.” … Doof was born on the beaches of Goa: a subcontinental mecca for outdoor psytrance parties. It was a disgruntled German woman by the name of Helga who allegedly coined the term… "What is this doof doof doof I hear all night long?” she exclaimed. “This is not music!" … Photo: A rare shot of Goa's original "second summer of love.” Image supplied by Ray Castle … 2630 words.  For further details click here

Goa sees over 40% drop in foreign tourist arrivals

4 Dec: The Goan. Although the state has got into the peak tourist season, the scenario appears to be bleak for the tourism industry as the arrival of tourists, especially foreigners, has been much below the expectation. With an estimated 40-50 per cent drop in foreign tourist arrivals so far and no fallback from the domestic segment, the ongoing season of 2019-20 looks altogether poor, said the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa on Tuesday. Hoteliers said that although they are anticipating an improvement in tourist arrivals in December the pickup is likely to be inconsequential as room rates are being lowered across accommodations…  For further details click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS  By Lira Fernandes

DOCUMENTARY: Novels That Shaped Our World. BBC 2. Sat. 7th Dec. 04:10 to 05:10. The Empire Writes Back. Documentary examining fictional writing from three different perspectives considers the subject of race and colonialism.  Books include Robinson Crusoe, the first novel ever published in English, in 1719, whose hero was a slave trader, and two famous American novels published more than a century apart - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

DIY: Nadia's Family Feasts. ITV London (Freeview 33). Sun. 8th Dec. 11:30 to 12:30. India. Nadia Sawalha and Nisha Katona create a family feast from India, including tea-steeped chickpeas with black cardamom rice for breakfast, and gingerbread lamb raan for dinner.

DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 11). Tues. 10th Dec. 13:00 to 14:00. Officers in Calais search lorries for illegal immigrants, while at Heathrow's Terminal Three a student is prevented from entering the UK after a trip to India.

DRAMA: This Is Your Country Now Too. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Wed. 11th Dec. 14:15 to 15:00. Vijay.  Avin Shah's comedy celebrating his East African heritage. Fifteen-year-old Vijay from Kenya is displaced when he is turned away from both British and Kenyan airports. Luckily, Vijay's new travelling companion, Ramesh Ramji, is about to help him find the answers.

FILM: Rahm. Channel 4. Thurs. 12th Dec. 02:40 to 04:30. When a wise, kindly governor is forced into convalescence following a heart attack, he appoints his deputy Qazi Ahad as successor. The younger man proves not only to be corrupt, but also imposes a harsh new regime on the walled Pakistani city of Lahore. Drama, adapted from William Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure. In Urdu.

ARTS: Free Thinking. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Thurs. 12th Dec. 22:00 to 22:45. Speaking the Right Language. Matthew Sweet discusses the growth of the English language and what the key election phrases are. He is joined by historian John Gallagher, who has written about language in Shakespeare's time and how refugees and migrants to England learnt English.

DOCUMENTARY: Three Pounds in My Pocket. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Fri. 13th Dec. 11:00 to 11:30. Kavita Puri hears stories of the pioneering migrants from the Indian subcontinent and their children. She learns how the politics of 1980s Britain was shaping not only the `three pound" generation of early migrants, but also their children.  



Death: Mary Coelho. Ex Karachi
30 Nov: Toronto. MARY COELHO. Aged 100. Mother of Alex Coelho who was the general secretary of the Canorient Christian Association several years ago. Mary leaves behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren who will miss her dearly. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing on Wednesday December 4 at the WC Town Funeral Chapel 3:00 to 6:00 pm. 110 Dundas Street East Whitby- 1 block east of brock Street/Dundas intersection. Website: Funeral Mass at 10:30 am on Thursday December 5 at Holy Family Church at 91 Ribblesdale Drive Whitby Ontario L1N 6Z3. For photo and full details, click here.

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Goa's African Slaves

2 Dec: JRLJ. In an interview, author Vatsala Mendonca talks about her latest book and Goa's African slaves ... “It was my first holiday in Goa. I remember seeing this tall, beautiful African woman in our family home. I was enchanted by her imposing presence. She was introduced to us as the family poskem...Some years ago I came upon an article on traditional healers in Mozambique. They number over 70,000 even today as opposed to around 1500 professional doctors. These traditional healers or witch doctors call upon spirits during the healing session… For full text:  For further details click here
Also check out other topics in the Dec 2019 issue of the JRLJ, including a photo-essay by Dr Benedito Ferrao of the Holy Land.  click here

Reclaiming Goan Identity Through the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier

30 Nov: Economic & Political Weekly. On 3 December, lakhs of tourists and devotees will gather to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis Xavier in Goa. Are those who congregate present solely to witness a religious event, or does the fact that the event occurs at a historic location—much of which is in ruins—symbolise something deeper … In 2014, an estimated 50 lakh people attended the exposition of Xavier’s relics, which occurs every 10 years …  For further details click here
4 Dec: Herald. Thousands attend Goencho Saib feast. Irrespective of religion, people from different walks of life flocked to Old Goa from dawn till dusk to celebrate the feast of St Francis Xavier…  click here
Video: 3 Dec: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa. Feast Day Mass click here.

The big December guide to Goa

3 Dec: Conde Nast Traveller. Literature, adventure, music, food—it’s all happening in the Sunshine State this month. Here are our picks of the best things to do in Goa this December … Join the literati at Goa Arts and Literature Festival, Panjim … India Bike Week … Serendipity Arts Festival … Cheer the Harley-riding Santas …Attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, across Goa … Groove at Sunburn Music Festival, Vagator Beach … Go Bungee jumping, Bicholim … Go sailing off Goa … Go kayaking, North Goa …  For further details click here

At 34.5%, unemployment rate in Goa highest in country: CMIE

3 Dec: Times of India. In news that will add to the Pramod Sawant government’s headaches, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) on Monday said that even as the country’s unemployment rate decreased marginally to 7.5% in November, Goa emerged as the state with the highest number of unemployed persons. According to the CMIE data, unemployment in Goa hit an all-time high of 34.5% in November …The data, obtained through a survey, covers a sample of over 1,05,025 individuals from about 32,166 households per month to enable estimation of monthly unemployment rate …  For further details click here

Air India pays 600 Euros to many fliers for London to Mumbai flight delay

3 Dec: Times of India. After initially expressing “regret” and refusing to accept any liability, Air India has relented and paid a compensation of euro 600 each to several passengers for the delay in its London to Mumbai flight on May 28. Engineering issues had been blamed for the over two day delay. The compensation was paid as per European Union regulations. It is a significant development as in India, only a small percentage of aggrieved passengers seek compensation… Initially AI offered its apologies and nothing more, blaming the delay on “extraordinary circumstances”… A total of 55 received compensation, 30 others are in process and in about 45 cases AI has denied liability’…  For further details click here
29 May 2019. Times of India. Video: Nearly 600 passengers stranded at Heathrow after two AI flights to Mumbai fail to take off …  click here

141 air misses over Indian skies in 3 years

3 Dec: Times of India. Thousands of flyers have had a close shave in the Indian skies where 141 air misses happened in the past three years … A majority of these incidents happened within the three major flight information regions of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The incidents were the highest in 2018 when 47 air misses were reported … An AAI official said many of these incidents were not “very serious”, but could have been avoided… Most incidents took place because of poor coordination between air traffic controllers and pilots, inadequate surveillance by controllers and pilots deviating from their flight path without permission…  For further details click here

Video: Creating a safer world for Goa's dolphins

28 Nov: Deutsche Welle. The Indian Ocean humpback dolphin is protected, but its habitat isn't. The NGO Terra Conscious is working with fishermen and tourists in Goa to build awareness and bring in responsible tourism practices that are also helping the fishermen… 4m. 20s.  For further details click here



Death: Rosy Pinto

22 Nov. 2019. Stratford, London. ROSY PIEDADE PINTO. Ex Nairobi.  (Born in Nuvem Goa - 8 Apr 1938). She leaves behind a loving daughter Melita; beloved sons Mario and Henry; daughters-in-law Santania and Amita; son-in-law Baylon; and grandchildren Dillon, Natasha, Serena, Anthony and Kimberley. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words of comfort and condolences.
Funeral: Monday 09 Dec 2019.  Church Service to commence at 1.30pm: St Anthony’s Church  56 St Antony's Rd, Forest Gate, London, E7 9QB. Burial will be at City of London cemetery at 3.00pm: Aldersbrook Rd, Manor Park, London, E12 5DQ. Coach transport will be provided. Wake at Old Town Hall, Stratford at 4.00pm: 29 The Broadway, London, E15 4BQ. Again, Coach transport will be provided. In lieu of flowers- donations towards the Stroke Association, British Heart Foundation or McMillan Cancer Research will be appreciated and can be made at the funeral itself.
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Death: Abel De Silva. Zanzibar
. 2 Dec. 2019: Zanzibar. ABEL DE SILVA passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 84. He leaves behind his loving wife Phyllis, his beloved daughters Francisca (Fabian), Lorraine (Frankie), devoted grandchildren Jermaine & Joran. Abel was born in Goa in 1935. Ex Student of St. Joseph's Convent School Zanzibar. His father was popularly known "J.J. De Silva" on the island. He was one of the five De Silva brothers: Santana (Annie) Canada, late Rudolf (Antonette) Canada, late John (late Carmen) Zanzibar, late Cajetan (late Virginia) Zanzibar. He will be dearly missed by all his loving nieces and nephew. Abel spent his early career as a motor mechanic and later worked for the police dept. as a driving instructor which he tremendously enjoyed. In his free time he enjoyed picnics & outings with his family. Funeral will take place on Wednesday, December 04th, afternoon, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Zanzibar, followed by burial after Mass at Mwana Kwe Rekwe Cemetary. Messages of Condolences may be sent to: Bernadine (Santana's daughter) at ; and Lorraine (Abel's daughter) at [Info: Claude Fernandes]

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'State govt intolerant towards criticism from expats': Goa Forward Party chief

2 Dec: Asian Age. Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai has criticised state Ports Minister Michael Lobo over his remarks against Indian expats, and alleged that the Pramod Sawant-led government is "intolerant" towards criticism… Lobo should defend himself and his party instead of challenging the rights of OCIs to comment on issues pertaining to Goa, the former state deputy chief minister said … The OCIs have the right to express their opinion, he asserted. "They had to go abroad and get passport of another country because the government (here) has failed to provide them employment opportunities," he said…  For further details click here
3 Dec: Herald. Editorial: Is only money desired from NRIs, not opinions? …  click here
3 Dec: The Goan. Editorial: Do expats have a say? Lobo must flip pages of our history… click here.

Shuk street artist Sunny Souza takes his talent to Goa

2 Dec: Jerusalem Post. Solomon “Sunny” Souza, a London-born, Israel-based street artist who has spray-painted vivid portraits of famous figures from Jewish history – including David Ben-Gurion, Albert Einstein, Golda Meir and hundreds of others (as well as a few non-Jews) – all over the Mahaneh Yehuda market (known as “the shuk” to Jerusalemites), is now taking his talent to Goa. Reached by telephone in India, he confirmed that he is at work there on a similar project, but one that immortalizes famous figures from Goan history, as well as some forgotten characters, for the Serendipity Art Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in India. Vivek Menezes, the special projects curator, suggested Souza come and do for Goa what he did for the shuk, which has a nice irony when you consider how popular a destination Goa has been for decades with Israeli tourists… Souza has deep roots in Goa, because his maternal grandfather, Francis Newton Souza, was born in Goa and became “the Indian Picasso.” … 650 words.  For further details click here

An art collector remembers how his friend FN Souza changed his life forever

2 Dec: Scroll. Every time I entered Francis Newton Souza’s apartment in New York City, it felt like passing from the familiar into a vortex of pure fantasy. The passage of hours and minutes slowed down to an uncanny crawl. Though he was a physically small man, in that space, his personality loomed outsized. At first glance what initially appeared to be an irredeemably chaotic jumble of art supplies, papers, books, plates of food, and stacks of videotapes, was eventually revealed to possess distinct order, and even a kind of unique harmony. This was the 1990s, but every signifier of the times ceased to exist the moment you walked up the narrow staircase to his Upper West Side aerie, and crossed the threshold. Now you were on Souza Time… 2180 words.  For further details click here
5 Dec: Pundoles Fine Art Catalogue  click here

‘Goan expats can invest in agricultural projects’

2 Dec: Times of India. Deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavalekar encouraged Goan businessmen in Qatar to invest in organic agricultural projects in Goa while celebrating World Goa Day. “Goan farmers are already engaged in traditional farming. If we study the method, and after research if we improve upon it, farmers can get a better yield of the same crop. Also, like Israel, if we implement modern technologies, we can make an impact in organic farming on the international stage,” he said while speaking in Doha at the function organised by the Goan Welfare Association which completed 20 years of existence in Qatar … There are around 12,000 Goans living and working in Qatar…  click here
26 Mar. 2018. Reserve Bank of India. Foreign Exchange Management (Acquisition and Transfer of Immovable Property in India) Regulations, 2018 … An NRI or an OCI may not acquire agricultural land/ farm house/ plantation property …  click here

The hallmark shine on gold sold in showrooms

2 Dec: Navhind Times. In a bid to improve the quality of gold being purchased by consumers the government recently announced that it will make it compulsory for jewelers to sell only hallmark gold from January 2020. It is likely that jewelers will be given time to adjust to the rule although the government is not yet revealed what the grace period will be. Most jewelers expect the grace period to be a year. Meanwhile in Goa where residents love to purchase gold, consumers are cheering over the mandatory hallmarking. On the other hand ornament makers are viewing the announcement with concern. For generations they have been doing business on faith and trust. The gold they sell is without any certification and jewelers claim that their quality can never be doubted …  For further details click here
3 Dec: The Goan. Now, Hallmarking for Gold…  click here

Venita Coelho: Mystery, she wrote

1 Dec: Navhind Times. Venita Coelho is known for her children’s books and television scripts. This time however, she has come out with an ‘adult’ book titled ‘Whisper in the Wind’. The book tells the tale of Alice in search of her missing sister Sara, who no one else seems to care about. When Jamshed, who is in Goa to fulfil his dream of becoming a novelist becomes embroiled in this, his search plunges him into the middle of a tale of betrayal and deceit that is far more compelling than any he could dream up. He has to find his way through a bewildering maze as he tries to thread together answers to a story that involves a girl with the voice of an angel, a house filled with ancient mysteries, and two friends who swear that not even death will part them… 1010 words.  For further details click here
Amazon India. Buy ‘Whisper in the Wind’ …  click here

Goa: Mobile toilets in villages go ‘missing’

2 Dec: Times of India. Goa was declared as open defecation free (ODF) on October 31, but a few mobile toilets in some panchayat areas have gone missing. Panchayats have filed police complaints about these missing mobile toilets… over 500 toilets have been in rural areas across Goa… some of the mobile toilets were also being used as storerooms and in some cases, the doors were removed. Most of the toilets were unused, said sources…  For further details click here

Tracey Davies: I swore I'd never get stoned again

1 Dec: Metro. When I was a young and innocent backpacker, I once made a travelling faux pas that resulted in me getting stoned. I had actual stones thrown at me in the street for bringing great shame to my people. It was Christmas 1995 and I'd just spent a blissful few weeks partying in Goa, living my best life in cutoff Levi's and tie-dye vests. After a carefree time swilling beer and swinging in hammocks in liberal Anjuna Beach, I began my proper Indian travels and headed to Hampi … As I walked down the dusty main road towards the hotel, I felt the humid air chill as all eyes landed on me. Suddenly, a stone flew past, just missing my arm, then another, which hit the back of my leg. I was also hissed at, spat at and finally blanked by the hotel staff when I tried to book a room. In my naive youth I'd made the ultimate mistake and travelled in my backpacker beach uniform of shorts and a tight T-shirt, forgetting the local custom to dress conservatively and in turn causing great offence to the poor townsfolk… 601 words.  For further details click here
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10th GALF to begin on Dec 5

1 Dec: The Navhind Times. Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) is to be held from December 5 to December 7 at International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula … Addressing a press conference, curator and writer, Vivek Menezes said: “We are treating it as a homecoming in a way to give thanks and celebrate what has been achieved over the past 10 years.” … This year’s festival will also focus on regional literature, said curator and author, Damodar Mauzo. ... The festival will also showcase writers from across the diaspora including Ivo de Figueiredo from Norway, Derek Mascarenhas from Canada, and Suneeta Peres da Costa and Sujatha Fernandes from Australia. Goa-related exclusive launches include ‘Arayaka’ by Amruta Patil, ‘The Matata Trilogy’ by Braz Menezes, Mandalay’ by Clara Astorla, ‘A Song for Saligao’ by Clarice Vaz …  For further details click here
Video: 1 Dec: Goa 365 tv. GALF 2019 will host 10 edition from the 5-7th Dec…  click here
For the GALF website with full programme details, speaker profiles, etc. click here.

Rugby: Harlequins return in style with 81-0 victory

1 Dec: West Sussex County Times. Following the international break, Harlequins returned to the Tyrrells Premier 15s in style after they thrashed Firwood Waterloo 81-0 … Davinia Catlin [nee Monteiro] was one of the stars of the show for the home side and six minutes into the second half, she crossed the whitewash to complete her hat-trick…  For further details click here
30 Nov: BBC Sport. Harlequins stay ahead of Saracens in Premier 15s table after 13-try win … Harlequins went ahead after only three minutes through Catlin … Catlin completed her hat-trick in the second half …  click here
Davinia Monteiro is the daughter of Colin and Delfina, ex Nairobi who self-employed in the health care industry. For a video profile of Davinia see: ITV News: 7 Sep. 2018. A brief day in the life of The Winning Margin owner and Harlequins Ladies player Davinia Catlin and how she balances her work with her rugby life focusing on equality in sport…2m. 41s. click here.

NRI Goans in Kuwait hold panel discussion to improve opportunities and identity crises in Goa

2 Dec: Arab Times (Kuwait). On the evening of the 30th of November 2019, a Community of Goans In Kuwait group managed to pull off one of the most productive panel discussions that NRIs anywhere may have witnessed in recent times. A Panel discussion, with one of Goa’s son-of-the-soil and one of the last remaining Congress loyalist, the Honorable MLA of the Curtorim Constituency, Shri Aleixo Reginaldo from Goa, India along with 3 other NRI Goans with strong expertise and experience in their topics consisting of Raymond Pereira, Aldrin Meneses and Cajetan Barretto. It was on a very short notice of barely over a week, when three put forth the plan of having such a discussion with an elected representative; a discussion that was woven around the challenges that a Goan NRI faces with certain pertinent issues in Goa…1320 words.  For further details click here

Stop discriminating against us, HIV positive girl tells world

1 Dec: The Goan. Elizabeth Figueira (photo) has just turned 18 and is earning her own bread, even if she lacks the butter to add taste to it. No big deal, not until you learn, she’s living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from the time of her birth, discriminated day in and day out, thrown out of schools and forced to earn her SSCE qualification on her own through Open School. On Saturday, the puny 18-year-old boldly stood up and announced to the world “I am HIV positive”, the first time in Goa an HIV positive patient is doing so publicly. She spoke at the Garcia De Orta garden, during the Red Ribbon Festival organised by the Human Touch Foundation, about how her life, living with HIV, has been. Elizabeth’s mother, who was an HIV patient passed away when she was just a couple of months old and her father, also an HIV patient passed away soon after, leaving her orphaned… 1214 words.  For further details click here

Memories from a Goan family album

1 Dec: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Memories are a rare treasure. But like old photographs, curling at the edges, they alter. The details thin with passing time, making this story unfinished. In August this year, when Lina Vincent and photographer Akshay Mahajan started work on Goa Familia, an evolving archive exploring the multidimensional aspects of family histories in Goa, they knew that dredging up distant memories wouldn't necessarily result in the absolute… The project celebrates local Goan histories, involves documenting still-imagery, ancestral heirlooms and other assorted memorabilia along with oral narratives. The first milestone for the project will be "a work in progress" exhibition at the annual Serendipity Arts Festival, scheduled this year between December 15 and 22… They are now hoping that the platform expands into a powerful community project to document family histories beyond Goa too… 1038 words.  For further details click here

Indian nuns risk isolation and expulsion from Catholic Church by speaking out about rape

1 Dec: ABC News (Australia). Sister Jesme was in her twenties and new to convent life when she found herself alone in a room with a priest. He told her to undress, then he did the same. She was so shocked she did not know what to do, so she complied… Later, she was approached by a senior nun who asked her to engage in sexual acts. "I thought that perhaps if I submit to her, she will be OK," Sister Jesme said… She is one of an increasing number of Indian nuns coming forward about sexual abuse at the hands of senior clergy… 1266 words.  For further details click here
1 Dec: ABS-CBN. Indian bishop goes on trial for raping nun …  click here
1 Dec: OpIndia. Bishop Franco case: Sister Lucy’s autobiography recounts rampant sexual abuse in churches, reveals ‘unholy’ practices of priests … click here.

Goa’s sex trafficking problem is too big to ignore

1 Dec: Herald. Vibha Verma provides a holistic picture of how Goa has emerged as a hot spot for prostitution involving women from across the nation and other parts of the world. Online forums are fuelling the soaring illicit business in the State. The trade, by and large, has switched over from the streets to the Internet, thereby increasing the reach of pimps to customers and creating anonymity for the pimps and clients. Not only the websites but social platforms are also misused for advertising sexual services, recruiting girls, soliciting customers and even receiving payments…
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Challenges, solutions proposed …
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After Maharashtra, BJP may lose Goa too in political earthquake: Sanjay Raut

29 Nov: India Today. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday predicted that after Maharashtra, there could "be a miracle" and a potential political earthquake in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Goa soon, creating a political flutter in both states. Goa Forward Party President, Vijay Sardesai, along with three of his party MLAs, called on Sanjay Raut on Friday morning in Mumbai and discussed the political situation in the state, sending panic waves in BJP circles… Raut said, “The Goa government was installed unethically We plan to form a separate front in that state with various parties, including Congress. There will be big political churning there and we are hopeful that there could be a 'miracle' soon in Goa also." … 1 Dec: Herald. Moral Brigade and the financial winners. By Dr Oscar Rebello.  For further details click here
1 Dec: Herald. So very true Mr Pawar, That was not Goa. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa,  click here



Death: Anthony Francis Nazareth. Ex Misquita Gardens, Karachi
28 Nov: Mississauga. ANTHONY FRANCIS NAZARETH. Formerly of Misquita Gardens, Karachi. Born 1922. Beloved husband of Cacilda for almost 70 years. Much loved father of Bernard (Angela), Dennis (Joanita), Dorothy, Lira, Janet (Desmond), and Gerry. Devoted Papa of Samantha (Naveen), Darrin, Jonathan, Megan (Josh), Kyle, Diane, Jason (Kishanie), Russell (Tricia), Raymond, Deborah, Steven, Emma and Shane. Loving great grandfather to Bella, Maya and Marcus. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter ‘Neweduk-Erin Mills’ Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (east of Erin Mills Pkwy), on Sunday from 3-6 p.m and Monday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- Streetsville, on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Video: OCI Card Holders Don't Comment On Goa, We Are There To Take Care Of It

30 Nov: InGoaNews. Accusing expats settled in Europe of "poisoning the minds" of resident Goans, state Ports Minister Michael Lobo on Saturday said that those who have migrated to Portugal or the UK cannot comment on the goings-on in their native state, because they do not belong here anymore. Lobo also said that Goans who have migrated to Europe and are now Overseas Citizen of India card holders should instead be more interested in their immediate surroundings in Portugal or London… they will continue to poison the minds of the real Goans," Lobo said … 4m. 03s. + Comments.  click here
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Dr Manu D’Cruz: Kenya lost a warrior, Goans a champion

1 Nov: Herald. By Cyprian Fernandes. Manu was an ultra-dedicated Ear Nose and Throat specialist and consultant surgeon and every Goan knew him. If not as a doctor, they knew him as a champion of all things Goan. He was the founder of the Goan Cultural Society. He played a major role in the Kenya Goan Sports Association and the powerful Kenya Hockey Union. Above his social love was the Nairobi Goan Gymkhana… Outside the club, he was an outdoors fanatic… Others join in paying tributes to the late Dr Manu: Jerry Lobo (Moira) … Johnny And Maura Lobo (Moira) … Mervyn Maciel … Cyprian Fernandes: … Brazmatatabooks Menezes (Saligao) … Felix & Hazel Nazareth (Moira) … Victor And Monica Nazareth (Moira) … 1741 words …  For further details click here

In London, Divar’s festakars find reasons to celebrate, rejoice and dance

1 Dec: Herald. Divar Islanders settled in England for the first time came together in brotherhood to celebrate the feast of Our Lord Redeemer and to observe the 92nd Death Anniversary of Padr Agnelo, at St Anselm Church, Southhall, London, recently. Over 600 devotees (Divadkars) attended the mass. Pilar Fathers, Fr Francisco Colaco was the main celebrant along with Fr Patrick D’Souza. The “Salve (Angels)” was also incorporated and executed beautifully giving a divine touch… After the mass around 150 women and men from the island village of Divar gathered at Hambrough School Hall, Southall, London to celebrate the auspicious Lord Redeemer’s feast with dine and dance…  For further details click here

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Hindu nationalism reigns supreme in India, where even large groups are minorities

29 Nov: National Post (Canada). Like most tourists in Agra, I visited the Taj Mahal … One occasionally hears sniping from the BJP about the Taj Mahal itself, with local BJP officials going so far as to remove it from some tourist guides … The Supreme Court released an important judgment in another case of religious violence this week. It arose from the 2008 fearsome massacre of Christians in the eastern state of Odisha… The scale of the anti-Christian riots was astonishing. Roughly 100 people were killed, more than 15,000 injured, 300 churches and 5,600 homes destroyed, and 50,000 people displaced … To add insult to massive injury, seven Christians were tried and convicted for the original murder… The court of law, the court of public opinion, the court of history: In all places, religion in India is in the dock.  For further details click here

Elena Fernandes: ‘I want to live in Goa, but I never get the chance’

30 Nov: Times of India (Goa Times). She has Indian and Peruvian genes, but very few know that this Fernandes girl is a Goan-origin beauty born and brought up in London. Born to a Goan father, Elena Fernandes travels around the world for modelling and acting assignments, but is based in Bandra, Mumbai when she is in India. Her Bollywood outings includes Kapoor & Sons, Badla and Housefull 4. While she had come to Goa, to attend the closing ceremony of IFFI 2019, she took time out for a quick chat while visiting a few picturesque locations around North Goa … “I’m happy to be here because my father is Goan,” she cheerfully says … “I want to live in Goa, but I never get the chance. It’s so relaxed and everyone is so lovely here. I don’t have family here, because everyone is in London now. I love making sure I have a very strong relationship with Goa because I am very proud of my Goan roots.” …  For further details click here
Elena is the daughter of Mervyn [of Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London and ex Kenya] and Anita [ex Peru] Fernandes. For photographs of her,  click here

Doing business in Goa not easy

30 Nov: Navhind Times. Panaji: According to the Goan industry, the state has not made any progress on the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) front despite claims to the contrary by the government. However, the government has said that it is already on the job of streamlining the process of granting permissions to the investment proposals by creating a single-window system. Representative body of local industry, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Friday said that the improvement in EoDB is “only marginal,” while president of Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) Vishwanath Kotchkar said that it is a fact that the EoDB in the state has not got better…  For further details click here

On the Road: Rick Stein

1 Dec: The Oldie (UK). Chef and restaurateur Rick Stein tells Louise Flind about where to eat the freshest fish in Britain … Q: Best cooks in the world?
A: Cooks who come from a sophisticated cuisine – traditionally Goa had fantastic cooks and I also really rate Chinese cooks…  For further details click here


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UK: Guardian Leadership Excellence: Winner: Kevin Coutinho

27 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Guardian Public Service Awards 2019: Kevin Coutinho, gender policy manager, University College London, and chair, Windsor Fellowship … There is a pretty simple ethos at the heart of what Kevin Coutinho does. “I want the world to be better by the time I’m dead,” says the 43-year-old … It was his zeal and tenacious leadership that rescued Windsor Fellowship from the brink of closure… The son of a mechanic and a secretary of Goan heritage, Coutinho was the first of his family to go to university …  For further details click here
Windsor Fellowship. Chair of Board of Trustees, Kevin Coutinho …  click here
Kevin’s family village is Calangute though his parents, Albert Coutinho and Enid Coutinho, were born in Aden and Bombay respectively and settled in London in the 1960s

Goans not coming forward to give up dual citizenship

30 Nov: Navhind Times. The Union government’s exercise to examine the issue of Indian and Portuguese citizenship under the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, in the state has come a cropper even as there is no let-up in the demand for Portuguese passports with nearly 1,000-1,500 applications being processed from Salcete taluka alone every year. An estimated over 55,000 Goans are currently enjoying dual citizenship of India and Portugal … Highly placed sources said that while the entire process takes a few years, an average of 1,000 to 1,200 applications are received each year … Brexit has not been a dampener and the numbers continue to swell…NRI Commissioner Narendra Sawaikar said that applications were invited from the people for those willing to give up their passport or the Portuguese citizenship but the scheme had very little response … He said that he is unable to comment on whether there is any plan to amend the Act to stop Goans from leaving the country…  For further details click here

Russell and Winifred Pereira: Locked out of their 50 crore Bandra home

19 Nov: Mumbai Mirror. A senior citizen couple has been living in the porch of their Bandra bungalow for the past week as they have been locked out of their home by an alleged squatter. UK-based Russell Pereira, 82, and his wife Winifred, 70 have a 5,000 sq ft bungalow called ‘Adelaide’ in Bandra West, worth Rs 50 crore. When they landed in Mumbai on November 7 and reached their bungalow, they couldn’t open the front door as the locks had been changed … a woman called Alice D’Souza, who is closely associated with a local church, is currently posing as the caretaker of the bungalow, where she is living with her son… Winifred said that the Bandra police warned them not to go inside the bungalow and harass Alice D’Souza…  For further details click here
25 Nov: Mumbai Mirror. After 2-week vigil on the porch, senior citizens finally get to enter their home. Neighbours break open front door; ‘squatter’ Alice D’Souza says she ‘looked after’ the bungalow in Bandra as legal heirs asked her to …  click here

How Mumbai’s John Gomes orchestrated the growth of the Furtados musical instruments empire

29 Nov: Scroll. Around the same time that Bernard Furtado opened his religious goods store, his brother, Luis Manoel Furtado, opened LM Furtado and Sons. LM Furtado sold sheet music and Western classical instruments. Business thrived, but in 1959, George Selwyn, Luis’s descendant who was running the store, wanted to move to Canada and d sold it to Gomes who brought both firms under one banner, naming the business Furtados … Furtados participated in auctions by schools and military establishments. They would buy 80- to 120-year-old pianos and restore them in-house… To achieve diversification in books, he added cookery and schoolbooks as well as imported novels… Finally, he also diversified into sporting goods … In the mid-1980s, Trinity College of London, which Gomes had started representing in the 1970s in Western India, honoured him for his contribution to the music industry … 2202 words.  For further details click here

High Court pulls up Food Safety and Standards officials over formalin

29 Nov: Times of India. Stating that the issue of formalin in fish is a “very serious matter”, the high court of Bombay at Goa pulled up officials of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for “not taking it seriously”. At the insistence of the court to have the chief executive officer of FSSAI present at the next hearing, counsel representing FSSAI, Dharmesh Vernekar said the CEO would be present at the next hearing. The high court stated that if FSSAI didn’t cooperate, it would be constrained to impose costs which will burden not the exchequer, but officers in charge. Officers including the assistant director of FSSAI were present in court on Thursday after the court earlier in the month directed them to be present along with records to indicate steps in the matter and reasons for not submitting its report…  For further details click here

High court frees detained Russian woman

30 Nov: Times of India. After finding “no justification whatsoever” in detaining a 28-year-old Russian Iuliia Sergeeva at the detention centre for foreigners in Mapusa, the high court ordered her release… She had been placed in the detention centre based on the order of the deputy director of tourism after she was found engaged in illegal touting/ guiding at Calangute beach, where she was fined Rs 5,000… Caroline Collasso, the counsel representing Sergeeva, told the court that Sergeeva had a valid passport, an e-tourist visa, and tickets to prove that she would return to her country. She added that she was not given a hearing, nor was she told which section of the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act she had violated.  For further details click here

The Bikini Killer: serial murderer Charles Sobhraj to be subject of Netflix drama The Serpent

29 Nov: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Born in Saigon to a Vietnamese mother and Indian father in 1944, Charles Sobhraj was active across Asia, from Istanbul to Hong Kong, in the early to mid-70s. Locked up for murder in India in 1976, he escaped from jail in Delhi in 1986, but was recaptured in Goa and given another 10 years behind bars. He was released in 1997, and, in 2003, overconfi­dently returned to Nepal, where he had murdered a female American backpacker in 1975. He was recognised, arrested and sent to a Kathmandu jail, where, at age 75 and suspected of more than a dozen killings, he still resides…  For further details click here

How Goa became one of the finest casino and entertainment destinations in Asia

29 Nov: Luxury Lifestyle Magazine (UK). By Dan Cole. Goa is located in a sweet-spot of biodiversity, culture and history – which has led to its position as the wealthiest state in the country per capita, two-and-a-half times richer than the rest of India – providing the state the highest quality of life in the country … When the region legalised casino gambling in 1976, it had a gross domestic product (GDP) of just shy of four billion Rupees (Rs). At the turn of the millennium, it had become 77bn Rs, and ten years later that figure had doubled to 150bn Rs. (That’s 1.6bn in Great British Sterling, if you were wondering. Not too shabby) …  For further details click here

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