GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER WEDNESDAY 01 OCT. 2014
Isle of Man vets help major charity drive in India
30 Sep: Isle of Man.com. Isle of Man Veterinary Surgeons Edric and his daughter Jessica Cross have just returned from a charity dog neutering and rabies vaccination program in India. The program run by UK based charity Mission Rabies is a long term project that has been set up to attempt the eradication of Rabies initially in Goa but with a goal to achieve worldwide eradication of this terrible disease … Edric says that volunteering for Mission Rabies has been the most fantastic experience and that in spite of the long days and difficult working conditions we really enjoyed ourselves… click here
NGOs ‘ineffective’ in curbing stray population. 30 Sep: Herald. In Panjim the CCP works with PAWS and pays this NGO around Rs 25,000 per month. But NGO members say that the amount is less and the shortfall is taken care of by private donations… insiders admit that the NGOs have not been able to effectively control the dog population… As of today the first phase of Mission rabies has ended with this programme sterilizing and vaccinating nearly 21,000 dogs all over goa. This first phase was entirely funded by NGO Mission rabies.
Residents Paranoid over menacing strays. 30 Sep: Herald. … According to residents in areas around Dona Paula and Taleigao, the number of dogs around the place is increasing and despite much talked about efforts by the authorities, there are puppies seen outside most colonies in the area… click here.
Video: Wembley Goans
29 Sep: Myron Anthony. First Wembley Goans 7-a-side tournament held on 28 Sept 2014 at the ground behind St Joseph's Church… 3m. click here
Where the beggars are choosers
30 Sep: Herald. Begging is an organised and planned industry in Goa, with Panjim as its nerve centre; no one has managed to curtail them as they are released as soon as they are arrested … The number of beggars has increased 200 times in the past two years with a majority are beggars from outside the state. and nowhere is this menace more than in the capital Panjim … click here
Alms and the man. 30 Sep: Herald. Well- oiled gangs work to a precise plan … Children and other ‘ rented mothers’ are brought from neighbouring States by the begging syndicate … Sometimes a family arrives with parents & children and given different tasks … children are taught the manner in which they have to seek alms from Indians and foreigners. Though, they are deprived of education, they speak fluent basic foreign languages…
Plans to curb bird hits by aircraft yet to take off
1 Oct: Times of India. It's been almost a year since the South Goa district administration decided to implement measures to prevent aircrafts from suffering bid hits. Sources point out that the bird hit cases have not stopped and the government will soon carry out a review of the measures for collection of garbage by the adjoining village panchayats … click here
Video: Jason & Sylvia Dance Academy in Goa
28 Sep: Rajesh Mestry. A Gold Medallist in Honours - IDTA Exam U.K… Only Indian couple to represent India internationally … click here
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For the Jason & Sylvia Dance Academy website, click here.
PIO and OCI: Are They Just Invitation Cards for NRIs?
30 Sep: The Economic Times. Narendra Modi clearly doesn’t know about the travails of NRIs: Now about visas on arrival. If you do it only for American NRIs, every European, Middle Eastern or Far Eastern country and its NRI population will have fits. Who, pray, is going to administer visas on arrival? It takes months for anyone, say from Birmingham, to get a PIO or OCI card… Oh, and on the subject, please check pensioners living in Goa who take Indian tax benefits which they’re really not entitled to … Resolve confusion over the PIO and OCI cards? The OCI is meant for people like me, who moved overseas for a job, an education, marriage, or whatever… The PIO is meant for the kind of people who’ve emigrated from Kenya five generations ago … 755 words. click here
Portugal: Exhibition of Goa jewellery extended – 69, 000 visitors so far
30 Sep: Splendours of the East. Gold Jewellery of Old Goa was extended until November due to high demand from the public… It started on 16 Apr. It features over 300 items of Indo-Portuguese jewellery of the eighteenth and seventeenth centuries … . click here
Video: Joias da Antiga Goa. 9m. 16s
Football: Shirt-swapping Santos the misfit signs for Goa
30 Sep: The Independent (UK). Andre Santos, whose disastrous two years with Arsenal included a driving ban after a high-speed police chase on the M25 and an ill-advised half-time shirt swap with Robin van Persie, has signed for Indian side FC Goa. The Brazilian left-back will join former Arsenal star Robert Pires.
’Shirt saga’ Santos signs for Goa.
30 Sep: Business Recorder. Former Arsenal defender Andre Santos has signed up for the inaugural Indian Super League, two months after he was beaten up by disgruntled home fans in Brazil… Santos was beaten up in July by Flamengo fans who kicked and punched him after a loss which left his side bottom of the table…
Auction: Glazed Display Cabinet
2 Oct: Addisons Auctioneers, Co. Durham, UK. Lot 492 A 19th century Goan carved hardwood glazed display cabinets, tog. with a carved wooden cross depicting St George of similar origin. Estimate: £50 - £70. click here
Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
1 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33..0. Min = 23.8. Rainfall: 15.7 mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.38; $ = 61.92; $Can = 55.29; Euro = 78.20; $Aus= 54.16.
Indian Rupee to US Dollar Exchange Rate Slightly Stronger after RBI
30 Sep: Future Currency Forecast. The Indian Rupee (INR) looks set to weaken to its lowest level in seven-weeks against the US Dollar (USD) is weaker against the Pound (GBP) and is softer against other major peers as it struggles under the strengthening US currency… The Indian Rupee is widely expected to experience further declines against the US Dollar over the coming week … The Pound Sterling to Indian Rupee exchange rate exchange rate was trending in a narrow range on Tuesday. The Pound managed to hold its own against the Rupee even as the UK’s gauge of Consumer Confidence declined by more than anticipated…
For Currency Futures – UK Pound to Indian rupee rates up to one year ahead, click here.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 30 SEP. 2014
Death: Leonie Machado
24 Sep: Mahopac, New York. LEONIE C. MACHADO. Survivors include her brother (Vivian) and sister (Celine) of India; her son (Les), daughter-in-law (Kate), and grandchildren (Brendan & Erin) of Alexandria, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the world. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 30, at St. James the Apostle Church in Carmel, New York. Internment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org
Goan journalist Rajdeep Sardesai in New York attack controversy
29 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. A day after senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was allegedly heckled and slapped by a mob outside Madison Square Garden where PM Narendra Modi was speaking, Sardesai took to Facebook to tell us his version of the incident. Sardesai said "First, Kick and abuse while I am on cam asking questions, then release video selectively. Rule of the mob." …There are several videos posted on Youtube about the incident, but each one only seems to show a part of the incident … None of the videos seem to show the full incident, though. The incident has caught media attention … Many are up in arms against the treatment meted out to Sardesai, but some others have been posting video links and defending the mob as well… click here
28 Sep: India Today. Full Video: Rajdeep Sardesai heckled by a mob outside Madison Square Garden …
Rajdeep Sardesai is the son of the eminent cricket player, the late Dilip Sardesai … click here.
Continental Europe flights to Goa & return from only 228 EUR
28 Sep: Fly4Free. Travel dates: January – March 2015. Routing – Goa Return fares : Budapest: 228 EUR; Warsaw: 238 EUR; Prague: 262 EUR; Berlin: 303 EUR; Tallin: 331 EUR; Riga: 334 EUR. Fly with Lufthansa or Swiss + Jet. Text + specimen searches. click here
Flights Prague - Goa return for €240 / £190.00. 28 Sep: Hot UK Deals. Open Jaw flights Prague - Mumbai - Goa - Prague on Ebookers ie for €240 / £190. Fly with Lufthansa or Swiss… Link + comments [To get the quoted fare you need to search for a multicity flight with flight 1 being Prague - Mumbai and flight 2 being Goa - Prague. You'll have to find your own way between Mumbai and Goa]
Flüge: Berlin - Goa - Berlin ab 297 EUR. Comments. click here.
Goa’s Leon Mendonca wins bronze in world youth chess
30 Sep: Navhind Times. Young Goan chess player Leon Luke Mendonca made the country and state proud by winning bronze in the just concluded World Youth tournament in Durban, South Africa. Leon scored 8 points out of 11 rounds with 7 wins, two draws and two defeats. He drew ultimate gold medallist Makoveev Ilya of Russia in the 7th round. Tugstumur Yesuntumur of Mangolia won silver…/ click here
London: Ma Goa Restaurant: Review
29 Sep: London Economic. … Ma Goa is a portmanteau of the restaurant manager’s mother and her Goan heritage, specialising in family recipes passed down the generations… Basmati rice with coconut, pot roasted lamb shank, traditional Goan pork chorizo; it’s all tremendously appealing. But my recommendation would be to go for the fish… Ma Goa is a refreshing take on Indian cuisine in Britain. Rather than cater to the local palate it unapologetically serves Goan dishes and is all the more genuine for it… click here
For the Ma Goa website
Video: Mary D’Souza, Olympian
27 Sep: Prudent Media. Mary D’Souza was the first Indian woman at the Olympics having been elected to represent India at Helsinki in 1956. He friends and neighbours in Bandra organised a dance to raise funds to enable here to compete … Her introduction to competitive sport happened because of her cousin, Maxi Vaz and Sacru Menezes, both well-known hockey players. They urged her to participate in a sports meet… Part 1 click here
Mike Mannion’s statement recording adjourned in Scarlett Keeling case
30 Sep: Herald. The Children’s Court adjourned by one month the recording of British national Michael Mannion alias Mike Masala’s statement. He is the last witness to be examined in the 2008 Scarlet Keeling death case. The Court had earlier scheduled his deposition via video-conferencing in the open court on Monday. Mannion however submitted that he needs to take care of his critically ill father back in the UK… click here
Former Arsenal defender André Santos joins Goa in Indian Super League
29 Sep: The Guardian (UK). The former Arsenal defender André Santos has become the latest high-profile player to move to the Indian Super League after it was confirmed he will join Zico’s FC Goa. Having already snapped up one former Arsenal player in Frenchman Robert Pirès, Zico has added the left-back to his squad before the start of the inaugural ISL season on 12 October… A host of former European stars have already signed up to take part in the ISL, with Alessandro Del Piero, the former France and Juventus striker David Trezeguet and the Spaniards Joan Capdevila and Luis García among those confirmed. click here
Portugal: Antonio Costa: Some new Press Reports
29 Sep: Financial Times: Lisbon mayor wins race to lead Portugal’s opposition… click here
29 Sep: Hindustan Times: Indian-origin Costa is Portugal’s next PM candidate
29 Sep: Portugal News. Lisbon Mayor aims for PM job after defeating party leader … click here.
Interesting facts about the 400 years old Bom Jesus Church
29 Sep: Catholic Online (Los Angeles, CA). The Bom Jesus Church in India, the final resting place of St. Francis Xavier. Located in Old Goa, India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundation stone was laid on 24th November 1594, and completed on 15th May 1605. It was raised to the status of a minor Basilica in 1946 and is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Goa. The church is called "Bom Jesus" meaning "good Jesus" or "infant Jesus" to whom it is dedicated. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in Goa… click here
Video: Foreign tourists have termed Goan beaches as dirty and Indian tourists as mess makers
27 Sep: Prudent Media. Foreign tourists questioned say that they are unlikely to visit Goa again. They say that Goa is not like what it was before … click here
Swimming pools not a luxury anymore
29 Sep: Herald. The swimming pool is now a constant in various complexes around the state. Builders provide gyms, pool tables etc to ensure that the buyer who walks through the door leaves after signing on the dotted line. In Goa there are several consultants who build and install pools. Diana Braganza of Alpha Aqua Pools and Spa a local company which has been in the business for fourteen years said that having pools in housing complexes was something that was not new to the state… click here
Roaring controversy over Goa lion sculptures
29 Sep: Scroll.in. A Goa cabinet minister's obsession with erecting statues of lions in a public park, is threatening to erupt into a scandal … the lion is the official emblem of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa's oldest regional party, which Sudin Dhavalikar, the minister in question, represents… Dhavilkar says he has done nothing wrong … click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 29 SEP. 2014
Portugal: Babush wins Leadership Election of Socialist Party (PS)
29 Sep: 22:02. Jornal i Online (Portugal). Mayor of Lisbon since 2007, António Costa won the primary elections of the Socialist Party beating his rival, António José Seguro. António Costa is the elected PS Party candidate for Prime Minister in upcoming parliamentary election … He is the son of Maria Antonia Palla, a journalist and technical writer and advertising executive Orlando Costa, a Goan … Antonio’s pet name was "Babush" (boy, in Konkani dialect) … click here
Video. Antonio Costa delivers his victory speech … 14m. 42s
Goa for Goans to set up a network across Goa and the World
28 Sep: Herald. Maintaining that the Supreme Court has ruled that mineral ore belongs to the people, Goa Foundation Chairman Dr Claude Alvares on Saturday called upon Goans to pressurise the Parrikar government to renew the mining leases only after making the companies pay the maximum value for the ore. He was speaking on Saturday at an interaction organised by Goans for Goa … In his address, social activist Adv Aires Rodrigues said the face of Goa has changed and is beyond recognition after Parrikar returned to power… Goans for Goa President Kennedy Afonso said the nonpolitical organisation will set up a network across Goa and the world over to secure the interest of Goans… click here
Selma Carvalho: Time To Honour Goan Casualties Of War
28 Sep: Herald. Selma Carvalho visits the exhibition Faith, Empire and War, which commemorates the Sikhs who took part in World War 1 and wonders why such an exhibition does not exist for Goans who lost their life during the war. She writes...By the twentieth century, the idea of the Goan, as a timid, docile man, given easily to fright, had taken hold in the British mind. But the British had overlooked the fact that what the Goan lacked in brute aggression, he made up for in endurance and resilience...But mostly they forgot about the hundreds of Goan seamen who worked on board their naval ships, as butlers, cooks, scullions and topass. The lives of these cooks and butlers perhaps may not be seen as heroic, but their deaths recorded in log books were… 989 words. click here
Charles Correa: India’s Next Bharat Ratna?
28 Sep: Times of India. Another milestone in Charles Correa's already spectacular career … Toronto’s Ismaili Centre (including prayer hall) designed by Goa's own Correa, now a compelling candidate for the Bharat Ratna. The new complex has earned raves, Architectural Record says "Toronto's cultural brand has moved into a new galaxy." … At 84, Charles Correa keeps moving faster, setting the bar even higher in his unprecedented career of record-breaking achievements. At home, it is clear he has no peer (the Royal Institute of British Architects 2013 retrospective exhibition was entitled, Charles Correa—India's Greatest Architect)… it is true that Charles Correa has not yet been able to make a big difference in his native Goa… Last week in Toronto, we've been reminded again that marvellous things can be achieved if Charles Correa thinks them up… click here
Indian PM Modi in rock star US debut – promises lifetime visas
28 Sep: SBS (Australia). Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India speaks to supporters during a community reception September 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Modi received a rock star reception as thousands cheered on the new right-wing leader in a packed arena … some 18,500 people of Indian origin from across the US and Canada packed into New York's Madison Square Garden where they chanted his name and wore T-shirts bearing his picture… Modi promised to start lifetime visas for foreigners of Indian origin and, endorsing a proposal of the previous government without setting a date, to issue visas on arrival for US citizens… click here
Video. BBC. Modi at Madison Gardens …
Oman Air plans to start Muscat - Goa flight
28 Sep: Times of Oman. Oman Air is planning to start a new service between Muscat and Goa by next summer, a top-level official of the airline told journalists on Sunday … It plans to operate three weekly flights to Goa, which will go up to five eventually, using a 154-seater Boeing 737 aircraft… click here
Jesuits: Building Human Communities
28 Sep: Navhind Times. The year of the exposition of St Francis Xavier’s relics, one of the founding Jesuit priests of the Society of Jesus, which was started by St Ignatius Loyola, is also the year that marks 200 years of the restoration of the Order by Pope Pius VII in 1814… the Jesuits have been known for bringing education to Goa… Rector of Basilica of Bom Jesus Fr Savio Baretto shares the Order’s history ... 1694 words. click here
Jesuits: A tale of Guts And Glory 28 Sep: Times of India. In 1773, the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, witnessed the end of their 'glory days'. Its members around the world were rounded up and deported back to Papal territories in Europe… in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the restoration at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, Fr Rocha pointed out that the missionary nature of the Jesuits pushes them to go to different frontiers where no one wants to go … 1034 words.
Goa’s youth continue to emigrate to Europe and Canada
28 Sep: Times of India. The happiness index in Goa appears to be low as a large number of youth are leaving to work in Europe and seem to believe that there is nothing on offer for them here, former law commission chairperson Ramakant Khalap said at 'Goa's Human Development Index: Prospects & Challenges' at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, “There has been so much of migration to places like Canada post-liberation. Perhaps in Goa the happiness index is low even if the human development index is high," he added … click here
Books, beaches and beer at Goa's literature fest
28 Sep: DNA. For the first time, the tourist haven of Goa will host a literary festival that will bring together writers from six different languages on one platform … Goa's own international event that will kick off the cultural calendar this October. The Rs85 lakh extravaganza will see a large part of the costs going toward air travel and hospitality, given the many international and national authors attending the festival… 1008 words. click here
Goa Literary Festival to recall contributions of UR Ananthamurthy. 27 Sep: The Hindu. … GALF 2014 scheduled to be held from December 4 to 7 …
Be ready to get inspired at Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014 click here.
Tipografia Rangel: Etching its name on the pages of history
28 Sep: Times of India. Tucked away in a quiet, leafy, beautiful corner of Bastora in Bardez lies a piece of history that defined the reading lives of several generations of Goans… In 1886 Janin Rangel set up the 'Tipografia Rangel' publishing books on Portuguese, Konkani, English and French. It was in 1909, when Tipografia Rangel published a book Almanach Illustrado Parede e Bofete that signified the coming of age of printing in Goa… 1016 words. click here
Beautiful Home in Goa
26 Sep: Curated. You have to see this beautiful home in Goa that we found via the always inspiring Elle Decoration, UK! … here is this beautiful, colonially-influenced, gem of a space styled by Eva Lindh and photographed by Anna Kern... click here
Nishu Karimjee is a jeweller designer who was born in India, brought up in Tanzania, England, Switzerland and Spain and finally settled for 20 years in Paris where she developed her business. After all this travelling, she has decided to go back to her roots and bring back to life this amazing old 100 year Art Deco house in a village near Goa … the house has a colonial feel that "brings together India, Africa and France. It is a mixture of everywhere I have come from"... 5 photos.
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Replicate Delhi’s detention center model for foreigners, Centre tells states
28 Sep: IANS. Impressed by the “upkeep” of detention centres for foreigners in the national capital, the union government has directed all states to implement the Delhi model in building and maintaining such centres that house those living illegally in the country, officials said… According to government officials, only a few states have detention centres. Goa recently announced to set up a detention centre for foreigners who are overstaying in the state… click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 28 SEP. 2014
Canada: Andrew D’Souza: Forget passwords - the Nymi wristband uses your heartbeat for security
26 Sep: Computer World. Imagine one day strapping on a wristband and then opening your smartphone and laptop without passwords, getting into your car without a key and even boarding a plane without your ID or a boarding pass. That's the future imagined by Andrew D'Souza, president of Bionym Inc., a Toronto-based company working on what he says will be the world's first wearable authentication device. D'Souza talked about the Nymi, which verifies a person's identity using their unique heart beat, at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference in Cambridge this week… click here
Video: Citrix's David Potter speaks with Bionym President Andrew D’Souza... 3m. 21s.
Visa blues add misery to Goa’s charter challenge
27 Sep: The Goan. With the tourism season just around the corner, the implementation of on-arrival visa and over dependence on Russian charters are the two biggest challenges tourism industry in Goa is facing. While efforts are on to counter the concerns but the cumbersome process is likely to take longer than expected … It is extremely crucial for Goa that the work on the implementation of on-arrival visa and e-visa gets over soon as only then the efforts made by the state government will yield results. 1414 words. click here
The Ponte de Linhares Bridge in Goa was the longest in the world when it was built!
27 Sep: IBNLive. The Ponte Conde de Linhares or the Count of Linhares Bridge, often shortened to Ponte de Linhares is a 3.2 km long causeway connecting Ribandar to the main city of Panjim (now Panaji) in Goa, India… It was built in 1633-34 under the direction of the then Viceroy of Portuguese India, Miguel de Noronha, 4th Count of Linhares, after whom it is named. The bridge is often said to have been the longest in the world at 3.2 km when it was completed in 1634. click here
Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'
27 Sep: BBC. A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair kit. Scientists say this work, based in rats, may pave the way for future drugs for strokes and Alzheimer's disease. But they say more trials are needed to see whether this applies to humans… click here
Drugs, Mafia and Revenge in the Sunny State
27 Sep: Goa Streets. Nafs: A New Movie Filmed In Goa. Nafs is a fictional tale, a Goan drug cartel revenge film based on the fable of the Three Little Pigs. Shot in Goa, it’s directed by Thomas Drissen, the acclaimed director from Amsterdam, with film and TV director Sonia Filinto. It stars Bollywood’s Peeya Rai and Adhir Bhat, as well as Marianne Borgo from Paris and Goa’s very own Rajesh Pednekar… It is expected to be released all over the world next year… 799 words. click here
Video: Teaser 0.50s.
Nafs on Facebook click here.
Real Estate in Goa
27 Sep: Goa Streets. Are you looking at upgrading to a better home? Or maybe just invest in your little corner of the Goan paradise? Turns out that Goa offers some highly interesting prospects for property-based investments – and now’s a really good time to take advantage of them. For various reasons, we’re in a buyers’ market at the moment… 1021 words. click here
Polls push Lisbon mayor towards Socialist Party’s PM candidate
28 Sep: Times of India. Lisbon mayor Antonio Costa appears to be on course to be the next prime minister of Portugal… on Sunday Party members will be choosing between Costa and current opposition leader Antonio Jose Seguro in primaries, and polls project Costa as the likely winner. Of partial Goan descent—Costa is the son of Goan writer Orlando da Costa—he has turned around the Portuguese capital and his politics and policies appear to have found favour with voters across the country … Polls show Costa up to 30 percentage points ahead of Seguro. The same polls also showed him to be the favourite to be the next PM, ahead of current PM Pedro Passos Coelho… 648 words. click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Antonio Costa,
25 Aug: Portugal News. Candidates for Socialist leadership clash in last of televised debates … click here.
Rotherham to Rivona, the Curse of living in a small place
27 Sep: The Goan. By Ajay Thakur, Editor. As a journalist he has reported about stories both from Rotherham in South Yorkshire in England to Rivona in Quepem … He writes: Between 1997 and 2013, an estimated 1400 children were raped and sexually abused by gangs of British-Pakistani men in the small town of Rotherham in UK … A similar pattern exists out here too… All that Goa is identified is with bikini clad whites on the beaches or carnivals and now even images of churches and temples. .. 919 words. click here
Wendell Rodricks: A French Honour
27 Sep: Indian Express. Designer Wendell Rodricks has instituted several firsts in the fashion industry in his over two-decade-long career and was given the Padma Shri earlier this year. Now, the designer has been bestowed the esteemed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters) by the Minister of Culture and Communications, Paris, Aurélie Fillipetti… click here
For the Wendell Rodricks Wikipedia profile,
Three vintage cops on what is wrong with policing in Goa
27 Sep: Herald. Police and their functioning especially with regards to crime against women has come under the scanner with complaints about the general lack of sensitivity displayed by the men in uniform in handling such cases. Herald spoke to three retired top cops SP Vilar Viegas, SP Appa Teli and DySP Gurudas Zuarkar on various issues that they came across during their time and the present scenario. click here
India’s airlines want to fight? We fight!: Tony Fernandes, AirAsia chief
26 Sep: Economic Times. AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes is an angry man. He said his airline AirAsia India has been bullied and pushed into a corner. And, now, it's ready to fight the "big boys" at their own game. He is also a man hopelessly in love with India. In the last few months, he has visited the country 6-7 times … He talks candidly about his conflicting emotions, despair at India's aviation industry and optimism about the country's people and its government… click here
Hundreds of Goans to participate in Vaz's sainthood proclamation
27 Sep: Business Standard Hundreds of faithfuls of Blessed Joseph Vaz, who would be proclaimed saint by Pope Francis in coming January, would be travelling to Sri Lanka to attend the ceremony, a priest said here today… Around 1,000 Goans would be travelling to participate in the event," Fr Eremita Rebello, vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Blessed Vaz said … click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 27 SEP. 2014
Canada: Selwyn “Sam” Fernandes bestowed with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
25 Sep: Toronto Police Service. … Superintendent Selwyn “Sam” Fernandes was bestowed with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at an investiture ceremony in Ottawa… He was born in Tanzania to Goan immigrants … Fernandes is in his 43rd year with the Service, after joining in 1971 as a 23-year-old university graduate … He was promoted to Inspector in 1989, just the second visible minority senior officer in Canada at the time, after Paul Fernandes – no relation – who was promoted to Inspector in 1984. Paul also worked with the British Police in Tanzania before coming to Toronto … Sam, an Aide de Camp to the province’s Lieutenant Governor for the past 17 years, said retirement from the Service is not on the horizon… 666 words. click here
The GO Guide: cool things to do in London this weekend
26 Sep: London Evening Standard. 1: The Festival of Heat. The Chilli Festival at Spitalfields City Farm, Sun Sep 28 …
6: Regression Sessions Holi Special at Studio 338, Sun Sep 28 …
13: Feast of indie films Raindance Vue Piccadilly, W1. A chance to uncover indie cinematic gems with a programme of more than 100 features, including on Saturday 27 Sep. at 13:30. The Goa Run, [http://www.myvue.com/latest-movies/info/film/rdff-the-goa-run] the first Bollywood film directed by a Brit (ex-bike courier from London, John Owen)… click here
Swindon: Hospital losing patience with cleaning and catering firm
26 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. Directors at the Great Western Hospital (photo) have publicly spoken of their frustration with and dipping confidence in Carillion, the firm in charge of its cleaning and catering services… Cleanliness standards were a huge problem for GWH after the health watchdog raised concerns at an inspection in October 2013, as was food hygiene after Carillion was awarded just one star in June 2014 following a further inspection … An unresolved dispute with staff who will now be bringing their case for bullying and racism against Carillion to the Employment Tribunal was deemed as ‘another distraction from the day-to-day service’… click here
“Nearly 100 per cent of the GMB members are from Goa” 4 Oct 2012: The Guardian (UK), Carillion accused of racial bias and intimidation by Swindon hospital staff …
5 Oct. 2012: Daily Mail (UK). Hospital's catering and cleaning managers 'demanded cleaners shower them with gifts including cash, jewellery and cigarettes in return for time off' click here.
Tourism, but little community development
27 Sep: Times of India. Goa's tourism industry is the direct or indirect source of livelihood for about one-third of the state's 14lakh-plus populace. From core offerings of rooms, restaurants, and visitor-centered entertainment, to micro-level services that feed and feed off these, the tourism pie has crumbled onto the plate of the aam admi, especially along the much-visited parts of the over 105km coastline. But the steady stream of footfalls minus the simultaneous speeding up of supportive infrastructure means Goa will usher in season 2014-15 with issues… click here
Gail Da Silva: This Goa model just made India proud
26 Sep: Rediff.com. Goan beauty Gail Nicole Da Silva was recently crowned first runner up at the Miss United Continent 2014, in Ecuador. She tells us how her personal success has inspired several others to believe in their dreams… The second year student of business administration from Dempo College of Commerce and Economics in Goa is the first in her family to pursue a career in the entertainment and glamour industry. Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a marine engineer. In a free-wheeling chat with Rediff.com, the beauty queen tells us about her modelling journey and how it transformed her from a shy, reclusive girl to a confident international figure… 1240 words + photos. click here
Goans for Goa (GFG) A Network of Dedicated Goans, Committed to Preserve, Protect & Nurture Goa.
27 Sep: 3 p.m. onwards at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao. GFG cordially invites all Goans for the GFG Convention for Unity of all Goans - To Unleash Peoples Power in Goa. Renowned speakers will address Goa's Burning Issues. Goenchi Matti Fund: Claude Alvares. Women's Empowerment: Faith Barretto. Dabolim Only: Sidharth Karapurkar. Youth Force: Yugank Naik. Special Status: Adv. Antonio Lobo. Romi Lipi: Wilson Mazarello. RTI & Corruption: Adv. Aires Rodrigues. Religious Harmony: Savio Collin. Communidade: Bismark Dias. A movement set to rock Goa - Be there…: click here
First arrest made in Porvorim ‘land-grab’
26 Sep: Times of India. The economic offence cell (EOC) of the Goa police has made the first arrest in a case involving the alleged grabbing of ancestral property belonging to Goa's first Arjuna awardee, Otilia Mascarenhas. EOC arrested Estavan Elvis D'Souza from a hotel at Bambolim. Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) K K Vyas said that the police have been successful in cracking a major property fraud by arresting one of the untraceable accused involved in the fraudulent sale of properties in Goa… Other accused in the case, Mohammad Suhail and Moises Fernandes are yet to be arrested. click here
Goa on Al Qaeda hit-list
26 Sep: Mail Online. A note prepared by the intelligence agencies gives a detailed list of potential strike targets … The list is specific. Dona Paula, Miramar and Calangute beaches in Goa are featured… click here
Dinesh D'Souza Opens up About Sentencing, Immigrant Population, Career
25 Sep: Breitbart. Author, filmmaker, and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza spoke with Breitbart News on Wednesday about his court sentencing for violating federal campaign finance laws in his approach to supporting his longtime friend and former New York Senate candidate Wendy Long… D'Souza said: Look. There's something that's unusual about the immigrant experience. You're a displaced person... and when you are a displaced person you develop new attachments that become just as strong as the attachments of your family. I developed an attachment to a strong group of friends that I developed at Dartmouth and Wendy Long was one of them. And once you do understand it, it's not as mysterious anymore… click here
Fish vendors capitalise on Ponjekars’ gentlemanliness
26 Sep: Navhind Times. Fish prices in Panaji are the highest in the state, revealed a survey, conducted by ‘The Navhind Times,’ of the fish markets at some of the major places of Goa. Nobody could give a satisfactory answer as why the fish vendors demand more for the same fish obtained from the same source in Panaji. Some people said that the prices are hiked arbitrarily… A fish seller Sumitra Bogier pointed out that “Panaji customers are gentlemen. They pay a good price” … click here
29 Sep: India Today. Pages 40 - 41. By Lisa
, International model and actor. "Even for someone who has had
the opportunity to see the best coastlines in Europe, the Americas, and Southeast
Asia, a cruise on Goa's Mandovi river was an incomparable experience. The tranquil
water, the wind gushing through my hair, and the green mangroves come together
to give a taste of freshness that is both simple and exquisite at the same time.
In such a setting, all you need to do to be one with nature is gaze at the sun
dipping behind the hills in the distance… click here
29 Sep: India Today. Pages 48 - 49. By Sudhir
, Psychoanalyst and author: "The four months of monsoon remind me
why I choose to live in Goa, something I am in danger of forgetting during the
winter tourist season when the coastal belt of Goa is overcrowded, loud, garbage-strewn
and tacky; a once dream destination fast turning into a nightmare. Months of incessant
rain not only cool, clean and green, but restore the solitude which I had sought
when moving to the village of Benaulim 11 years ago… click here
Crossword sees new revenue stream in self-publishing
26 Sep: The Hindu. Crossword Bookstore has decided to back new authors and publish their work … With plans of adding six new stores in places like Goa, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the company expects physical stores to work better than the online space, and e-books… click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 26 SEP. 2014
Death: Felix De Souza
23 Sep: Calgary, Canada. FELIX DOMINIC DE SOUZA. Born 1927, Tanga, Tanzania. Beloved husband of Lourdes de Souza. Felix is also survived by his children Delicia, Sandra (Albert), Gordon (Sonia) and Malcolm, grandchildren Jaslyn, Claire and Desmond, and sisters Bernadette and Antoinette. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (640 – 19 Avenue NW) on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through For further details click here
Death: Joseph D'Souza
24 Sep: Villa Forum, Mississauga, Canada. JOSEPH D'SOUZA. Aged 93. Beloved husband of Maria. Cherished father of Blaise, Steven (Grace) and Trevor (Loida). Much loved grandfather of Lorimae, Twyla, Joshua, Thaddeus and Aislinn. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter, Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga on Thursday, September 25th from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Full details and for Online condolences For further details click here
Mumbai: Church pitches for ‘good governance’ over ‘secular parties’
25 Sep: Times of India. For the first time in recent memory, the Catholic Church will urge its flock to vote for "good governance" rather than "secular parties" during the assembly elections. Up until the Lok Sabha polls in May, the leaders of the faith had made a veiled appeal for the Congress. The new mantra of good governance, however, is the new slogan of the BJP. Archbishop Oswald Cardinal Gracias (photo), the head of the Catholic Church in Mumbai, told TOI Wednesday, "We will appeal to voters to vote for good governance …." click here
Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast
24 Sep: Catholic World. … Thousands of Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. … At the conclusion of the procession, a solemn Mass in the Konkani language was held at the Terra Santa School ground … there are more than 2500 Konkani-speaking migrant workers from Goa, Mangalore, and Karwar, as well as other native speakers from various other parts of India… 770 words + photo. click here
Tanzania: Carol Noronha - Determined to Help Schoolgirls Excel in Science
25 Sep: Daily News (Tanzania). When the US Ambassador to Tanzania swore in American Peace Corps volunteers in Dar es Salaam recently among them was 22-year-old multitalented, Carol Marie Noronha from Michigan … She says, “ When I return home after two years in Tanzania, I will attend medical school … 1537 words. [Alert by Mervyn Lobo via Goans Tanzanite]. click here
18 Sep: Daily News. Noronha plays a flute (Photo).
Situations Vacant: Female Dancers wanted. Goa
25 Sep: Star Now (UK). All regions, United Kingdom. Amazing contract .... NOT to be missed. Female Dancers. Cabaret Show Tour. Excellent Pretty Slim Female Dancers height 5.4''-5.8''. Required for an amazing 1 year contract. Based in Goa. To perform a cabaret dance show. Apartment based in Goa, and all travel and hotels provided. To rehearse in Algarve Portugal January time… My girls there now love it, they get to travel and see amazing sights… you will be treated with the upmost respect , dignity and looked after extremely well… Payment details: 1000 usa dollars … click here
Girl creating fake Facebook IDs and posting sexually explicit messages held
26 Sep: Times of India. The cyber crime cell of the Goa police on Thursday arrested a 22-year-old girl from Cuncolim in connection with the creation of eight fake profiles with fake names and photographs on Facebook and using the fake identities to post sexually explicit messages against girls with their photographs… click here Chargesheet against Devu Chodankar likely soon
26 Sep: Times of India. The cybercrime cell of Goa police will soon file a chargesheet against Devu Chodankar who was booked for a post on Facebook that was against Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Earlier in March, Chodankar had posted a comment against the then BJP prime ministerial candidate and asked Goans not to vote for the BJP saying, "If Modi is elected as PM this election, Christians will lose their identity in South Goa. Mark these words"… click here
Football: Portugal chances of coming to Goa for Expo Unity WC bright
25 Sep: Herald. Portugal, which has a huge presence of Catholics, is most likely to be on board for the Expo 2014 Unity World Cup which gets underway in the month of December. Brazil, with four National players, Nigeria and Ghana from Africa, Egypt from the Middle East, Sri Lanka and host India from the subcontinent have already confirmed their participation… Talks are also on with Germany, Italy and Australia and the outcome will be known by the weekend … click here
Los Angeles: George Godinho: Mandovi Restaurant
25 Sep: Easy Reader. … Mandovi restaurant serves the distinctive cuisine of the Indian region of Goa … Chef George Godinho … the best Indian meal I have had in this country… kheema pattie, peri-peri shrimp, rava-fried mackerel, goat xacuti, chicken cafreal, jeera brown rice, pork sorpotel, chapatis, bibinca … Mandovi is at 150 South Sepulveda Boulevard … Menu at www.mandovila.com … 1162 words. click here
No German pie for Goa this year
26 Sep: Times of India. Germany's Condor, one of the first airlines to start charter operations to Goa, will not be landing at Dabolim this season… The tourism industry does not expect a good season and tour operators are expecting a marginal drop in charters from Russia for the coming season as also from other European markets, including England, with some cancellations. The fall in charters is expected to be 10-15%... click here
Ashley Fernandes: Now, ghumot can be made from sheep membrane
26 Sep: Times of India. A Deccani breed of sheep may prove to be a saviour for the indiscriminately poached monitor lizard, as its membrane on a 'ghumot' produces sound acoustically very close to that of the endangered reptile's skin. A study by a Goan student, Ashley Fernandes, as part of a project for his two-year intensive degree in audio engineering from School of Audio Engineering, an institution under Middlesex University in United Kingdom, has found that the sheep membrane can be a suitable alternative to the banned material… click here
Ashley Fernandes is the son of Mario (Maurius) and Sheela Fernandes, brother of Gemma [ex Kenya and ex Leicester, UK, now living in Divar, Goa].
Goa Rape Case: Grandmom Allegedly Tried to Sell Minor
25 Sep: Outlook. In a new twist to the triple rape case in which a man is accused of sexually assaulting his minor daughter, sister-in-law and mother-in-law, it has now come to light that the grandmother of the minor had allegedly tried to sell her earlier… click here
Goan writer, Damodar Mauzo, invited to participate in Frankfurt Book Fair
25 Sep: The Hindu. Goan writer, Damodar Mauzo, has been invited to participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) as part of a five-member Indian Writers’ delegation… The five day Book Fair starts on October 8. Mr. Mauzo will participate in the event, "My World, My Writing", slated for October 9… Mr. Mauzo is an eminent Konkani writer with 15 books to his credit. He has been widely translated into English and other Indian languages… click here
For the Damodar Mauzo website,
76 writers to attend literary festival at Kala Academy on October 4
25 Sep: Times of India. Seventy six writers from across the globe are expected be part of the first Writers and readers festival 2014 which will be organized on October 4 at the Kala Academy, Panaji… The international writers and readers festival will be an annual affair henceforth where poets, prose writers, dramatists, philosophers, historians, playwrights and essayists from India and across the world will meet up for the literary deliberations. A special interview featuring Booker winner Australian writer Thomas Keneally will be one of the attractions of the festival. Apart from this, writers from countries like Philippines, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka will be part of the festival. click here
For the Writers and readers festival website,
Video: Exciting Beach Home Options in Goa
24 Sep: NDTV. It's always hard to find the best option to park your money in a residential property. Our solid data backed expert advice makes this easy by picking out the top options in the best areas to invest around the country. On today's show find out where should you invest … Goa Beach Home budget 60 – 80 lakhs … Looks at two options: Sancoale and Margao. For the Goa segment which runs from 29m.21s to 32m.36s, click here
UK: Forthcoming Events
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
Fri. 3 Oct: From 17:00. Loon Cocktail Party. Come join the fun, wear your disco
threads, the DJ will provide the beats. Watch live performances and Enjoy cheapest
drinks. Entry tickets for £20 with Starter + Buffet. Lots more surprise
to be unfolded at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Ave, Osterley, Middlesex
TW7 4NQ. For cheapest transport after party contract in advance to Lourenco/Ondrej:
or phone 07741280994, For the flyer, click
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
Sun. 5 Oct. St Diogo's Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School Hall, Belltrees Grove,
Streatham, London SW16 2HY. Mass will commence at 12.15 pm followed by the Social.
Dancing to the sounds of 'Say One Do One' Disco and catering by 'Maggie's'. Lunch,
Snacks, Dessert, Tea and Coffee will be served. Tickets are priced at £13.00
for Adults, £9.00 (11-18 years old) and £6.00 (2-10 years old). For
more information and tickets contact Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454, Gilbert Fonseca
on 0208 670 1955 or Milo Mendonca on 01189574937. For the flyer, click
Sun: 19 Oct. From 12:00 noon. 42nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion. Archbishop Lanfranc
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Dancing to the sounds of Maz 'n' Co. Application
Forms have been sent to members. If you are interested get in touch with us. As
usual members will be given first preference. Tickets £17.00 each including
meal. For tickets contact: John on 020 8764 2430; Filu on 020 8658 1317; Sabby
on 07956 545 461or 020 8802 0690; Lloyd on 07968309347; Xavier on 07988674111;
Phone or text Juliette on 07958 537314; Leslie on 07803 294 187; Phone or text
Francisco De Souza on 07766 144 347. For the flyer, click
Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating
the Feast of Infant Jesus with holy mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles
Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will
be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu
Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Blue and Black Formal. Tickets are priced at
just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets
are available from Gabriel 0208 230 7139, Custodio 0203 5390 216, Rose 0208 6770
390, Alfie 0208 7640 353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click
Sun 26 Oct. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (UK) Committee wishes to inform you
that an Alumni Memorial Mass & Reunion has been planned at the Archbishop
Lanfranc School, Croydon, Surrey. The Memorial Mass, celebrated by former student,
Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes, is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon followed by the alumni
reunion. Dancing to the music of The Mellow Tones. For further details, including
venue and ticket, click
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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 25 SEP. 2014
Death: Carmelina Fernandes
24 Sep: Mapusa, Goa. CARMELINA FERNANDES. Born 1936. Beloved daughter of late Raimundo Pereira & late Dominica Mara Pereira. Relict of late John Batista Fernandes. Mother of late Peter Fernandes (Peter Electronics Mapusa)/ Magareth Fernandes, Precy Perpetua D’Souza (Bicholim Urban Co-op Bank, Mapusa)/late Seby D’Souza, Cynthia D'Souza/Agnelo D’Souza &Violet D’Costa/Vincy D’Costa (Kuwait). Adorable Grandmother of Valroy, Valencia. Valerie, Amanda & Aalliya. Funeral cortege will leave her residence Poonam Apts., Mapusa on 25th September, 2014 at 4.00 pm for St. Jerome's Church, Mapusa for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.
Death: Madge Burtles
24 Sep: Toronto. MADGE BURTLES. Beloved wife of the late Lionel Burtles. Loving mother of Keith (Beulah) Burtles, Charmaine (Lynn) Soares, Denise (Paul) Moniz. Cherished grandmother of Chantelle Soares and Andrea Cuda, Giselle (Shaun) Hume, the late Lionel Soares, Alicia Burtles, Gavin and Craig Moniz, and great-grandmother of Téa and Charlotte Hume. Visitation - Friday, September 26, from 5:00 pm - 9:00pm: Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery, 10061 Chinguacousy Road. Funeral Mass - Saturday, September 27, at 9:30am St. Leonard's Church, 187 Conestoga Drive, Brampton, Ontario L6Z 3X8. Cemetery: Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4 [Info: Pompie Gois] For further details click here
Swindon: Mercian Fernandes: Encounter with drunk burglar 'a terrifying experience'
24 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. When a burglar brushed past the arm of Mercian Fernandes, 29, as she slept in the dead of night, her life changed forever. Roger Moore, 44, who has since been jailed for 20 months at Swindon Crown Court, was drunk when he entered the terraced house in Salisbury Street in the early hours of August 19… She says, “I came to Swindon because I thought it was a safe place. Thank god I’m living with my mum and dad.” Miss Fernandes, a sales assistant at Membury Services, was sleeping beside her husband when Moore woke her up… She screamed and her father took hold of the drunkard until police arrived following a call from her sister, Queency, 19 ... 497 words + comments. click here
Burglar stroked hand of victim as she was asleep … 17 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. 479 words.
Situation Vacant: Online Campaigner- Goa, India
24 Sep: Video Volunteers. This person is responsible for achieving VV's campaign goals through the use of social media and by creating compelling website content… Send a CV and a Cover Letter to email@example.com... Application deadline: December 1, 2014 … Education requirements: Master's degree, Journalism, Mass Communication, Social Work … Salary range (annual, U.S. $) 5,000 - 8,000… click here
Chris Diaz: Kenya Airways receives its fifth Dreamliner jet
24 Sep: Business Daily. Kenya Airways marketing director Chris Diaz receives the national flag from Captain Harpal Sokhi upon delivery of the airline’s fifth B787 Dreamliner at JKIA September 24, 2014. Looking on is Kenya Airways’ fleet and asset development director Rick Sine … The Boeing jets will help to solidify KQ’s quest to make Nairobi a communication hub in Africa, flying in passengers from around the continent and connecting them onto long-haul flights to Asia and Europe with plans to venture to the Americas… click here
Chris Diaz is the son of James and Linda Diaz; brother of Martin. He attended Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa, University of Nairobi and University of Wales. He was formerly with Cooper Motors. For a photo and his Linkedin profile,
Frances Ruffelle: A Few of my Favourite Things
24 Sep: What’s On Stage (UK). Tony Award winning actress Frances Ruffelle brings her critically acclaimed solo show Paris Original to the St James Studio next week. We caught up with Frances to find out a few of her favourite things… Holiday destination? She relies, “India. I go to Goa, it's so chilled there and the internet is bad which is good! I do yoga and eat healthy cheap food, it's unpretentious, there are lovely people and lots of sunshine… Photos + text. click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Frances Ruffelle,
Malaysia: Bridget Menezes: ‘Focus on our similarities, not differences'
24 Sep: The Star (Malaysia). It is important to focus on the many similarities Malaysians of various races have instead of looking at the differences, says speaker and motivator Datuk Bridget Menezes when commenting on The Star’s campaign on moderation… Menezes’ father C.B. Gomes, who came to Malaysia at the age of four from Goa, was a musician who played in the silent movies and taught music to many outstanding personalities. “My father taught music to all races. We held concerts almost every Sunday. We were innocent and ignorant of the words ‘race’, ‘religion’, ‘colour’,” she recalled… click here
Bridget Menezes was born in Goa but brought up in Malaysia. In the 1950s, at the age of 17 she played the piano at the Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur, where her brother, Eddie Gomes, was the band leader. She applied to join the club but was told that it was strictly for expatriates. However, after Malaysia obtained independence she was able to do so
Video: Self-Empowerment. By Guru Datuk Bridget Menezes… 3m. 09s.
Club 18-30 goes upmarket! Thomson to offer new classy holidays for young travellers
23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Thomson launches a new range of holidays aimed at young travellers who want a more classy trip abroad. Thomson Scene is aimed at 18-35-year-olds keen something more sophisticated than boozing up and baking on the beach, and will eventually replace their current 2wenty concept… New destinations include Goa in India and Santorini in Greece, though regular party locales will still be offered … click here
Our daily bread, from Karachi to Goa
24 Sep: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Dor Mhoineachi Rotti, a monthly Jesuit journal founded in 1915 in Karachi, is celebrating its 100th year of witnessing the changing contours of humanity including Partition. Kanika Sharma investigates how the Goa-based journal, which is a chronicle of faith in the Romi Konkani dialect, occupies a cherished place in the history of Indian publishing… Gloria Church in Byculla was one of the initial places in Bombay from where the journal was published… As one of the oldest surviving journals, Rotti paved its journey from Pakistan to Goa in its first 50 years, giving its niche readership illuminating interpretations of religion. Founded by Father Vincent Lobo, the journal’s beginning paid no heed to the actual geo-political boundaries of the subcontinent… During the days of Karachi, it was believed to have 12,000 subscribers. Sadly, today, 100 years down the line, it has only 3,000 regular paying subscribers… 993 words + photos. click here
Database of foreign students in Goa for 'enhanced security'
23 Sep: IANS. Foreign students studying in Goa must register themselves online with the union home ministry's e-module Foreign Students Information System (FSIS) for enhancing security and improving facilitation for expatriates, an official statement said Tuesday. The statement issued by the Goa Police also said that manual processing of registration, extension, return visa formalities of foreign students studying in Goa, will be discontinued from Oct 15… click here
CBI team in London to record Mike Masala’s statement
25 Sep: Times of India. A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) left for the United Kingdom on Wednesday morning to check the logistics available to record the statement, via video-conferencing, of the most important witness in the British teenager Scarlett Keeling murder case—Michael Mannion alias Mike Masala… Mannion is the last witness whose statement is to be recorded before the Goa children's court, which is equipped to handle video-conferencing. The CBI has been trying, unsuccessfully, to record his statement for over a year… the inquiry into the murder of her daughter, which has been dragging on for over six years… click here
7 Mar 2008: Daily Mail (UK). 'I saw my friend attack Scarlett in Goa holiday shack - then fled for my life', British man tells Indian police …
Junket babus of Goa tourism still go round & round the world
24 Sep: Herald. Two teams returned from Russia, France on Sunday, another left for Japan on Tuesday; We’re like Colgate and Pepsi but still need to keep brands alive, says GTDC chairman … click here
Book Review: Cityboy
24 Sep: Mortgage Strategy (UK). In Cityboy, author Geraint Anderson – a self-styled hippie-come-banker – lays bare the inner workings of this fiercely close-knit group of ‘big swinging d*cks’ (a phrase used widely across the banking industry to describe the biggest earners) and their attempts at outdoing each other… Readers are told of the author’s dream of spending his days on a beach in Goa, India, selling trinkets and smoking marijuana in peace … click here
The Goan Solution by Geraint Anderson. Ways to survive the Credit Crunch … Give it all up and go to Goa … I’ve met enough folk out here recently who’ve chosen this option that I think it’s worth considering … … book a one-way flight and join us…
Sex and the City Boy: Champagne, cocaine and prostitutes - in the Square Mile. 25 Jun: 2008. Daily Mail (UK). Photo. click here.
Goa as permanent IFFI destination comes with a cinematic bonus
23 Sep: Pinkvilla. Goa's official elevation to a permanent venue for the annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) comes with a cinematic bonus… According to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Goa government is likely to unveil a liberal policy to promote setting up of multiplexes and cinema halls in the state, known more for its love for theatre, especially tiatrs, a Konkani genre… click here
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
MUSIC: Bombay Jazz. BBC Radio 4. Thursday 25th Sep. 11:30 to 12:00. Explores
India's jazz heritage from 1935 with performers such as Chic Chocolate, Micky
, and Frank Fernand and explores the development of jazz with saxophonist
Braz Gonsalves, the first man to play bebop in India. The journey starts and
ends in Goa, now regarded as the new 'jazz capital of India.' To listen to the
programme online, click
MUSIC: Noreen Khan. BBC Radio Asian Network. Thursday 25th Sep. 13:30 to 17:00.
Pianist Frederico de Melo, who plays Bollywood piano cover versions, joins Noreen
live in the studio as part of Generation YouTube.
CONSUMER: Antiques Road Trip. BBC 1. Thursday 25th Sep. 16:30 to 17:15. Christina
finds out the story behind the 400-year-old hand of a Catholic saint.
SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Friday 26th Sep. 23:30 to
00:00. The man who insists Superman is Indian, and the Bhangra Muffins act cool.
Stars Meera Syal and Nina Wadia. From June 1998.
DOCUMENTARY: Black Ops. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Monday 29th Sep. 23:00 to
00:00. City Under Siege. Assassins go on the rampage in Mumbai and only one
Special Force has the expertise to stop them.
FILM: Ship of Theseus. Channel 4. Tuesday 30th Sep. 00:15 to 02:45. Channel
4's latest Indian Film Season starts with first-time writer-director Anand Gandhi's
drama. The title references a millennia-old thought experiment, which observed
that, as the planks of Theseus' ship needed repair, so they were replaced one
by one, until not a single original part remained - so was it then still the
same ship? Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2012, 15, 4 Star.
FILM: The Good Road, Channel 4. Thursday 2nd Oct. 01:30 to 03:05. First-time
Correa takes viewers on a journey into a part of India that's seldom represented
in its movies in this gentle and moving drama. Seven-year-old Aditya is on holiday
with his parents when he's accidentally separated from them. (In Hindi/Gujarati
with English Subtitles, Premiere, Widescreen, 2013, PG, 3 Star) Gyan Correa's
ancestors were from Moira, Goa. This film was selected to represent India at
the Oscars last year. For a trailer of the film, click
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