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Death: Deogracia (Gracie) Gomes

22 Oct: London, UK. It is with deep regret we announce the passing of DEOGRACIA (GRACIE) GOMES (ex-Nairobi) after a battle with Cancer. Wife of the late Sebastian (Seby) Gomes. Cherished mother of Ida Gomes (Armand) Toronto; the late Thelma Fernandez (Maurice) Vancouver; Youlanda D’Costa (Dr. Walter) San Francisco; Fermina Remedios (Trevor), Toronto; Amelia Fernandes (Kelvin) London, U.K. Sister to Virginia Pereira (Peter) Goa. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and family members from Goa and around the world. May her soul Rest In Peace. For Funeral details, watch this space. Condolences to

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Canada: Victor Godinho: Ditching your wallet ...

24 Oct: National Post (Canada). Financial planner Victor Godinho said goodbye to his wallet four years ago and hasn’t looked back. The 23-year-old adviser at the VTAG Financial Group Inc. in Toronto was one of the early adopters of the “cashless” lifestyle, a move to ditch pocket change and bills in favour of plastic cards and mobile phone payments… It’s a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular with consumers, and setting off alarm bells for some advisers who say it amplifies the risk for Canadians to unknowingly blow past their monthly budgets…  click here
Victor Godinho was born in Toronto, Ontario and traces his ethnic roots to Goa. His parents, Bedford and Louella were raised in Mumbai - Mahim and Santa Cruz respectively. They later migrated to Canada in 1989. Victor Godinho is the owner of VTAG Financial Group Inc., a Toronto based boutique style Fee-Based Financial Planning & Consulting Firm specializing in creating unique solutions for Young Professionals, Small Businesses & Self-Employed Individuals… For his Linkedin profile go to or his website,

Kenya: Tough Police, Spartans are Sana Cup champions
21 Oct: Daily Nation (Kenya). Kenya Police and USIU Spartans hockey teams are the 2014 Sana Cup champions. Police and Spartans won the men and women’s titles respectively after winning the final matches at the Goan Institute in Mombasa on Monday. Spartans beat Telkom Young Rovers 2-1 on penalties after both teams failed to score during normal time while Kenya Police beat USIU Odoshe 3-0 in a one sided men’s final to reclaim the title…  click here
The Sana Cup in in memory of the late (died 23 Feb. 2009) Agnelo “Sana” De Souza of Mombasa. Husband of Jennifer. Father of Maureen. Brother of Sr Theckla De Souza (UK), Tony/ Belinda (Canada), Linda/Tony (Nairobi) and Lydia/ late Rui (Goa). Brother in law to Marie De Souza, Blanche Lobo, Alvito Abreu, Myrna Nazareth, Vivian Lobo, Andrew Abreu, Peter Abreu.

Mississauga: Alvito Abreu fined $2,000 for crash that killed 4-year-old boy

17 Sep: Cambridge Times. Alvito Abreu, 79, of Mississauga pleaded guilty for his role in the fatal crash that killed Milad Sher-Ahmad aged 4… Members of Alvito Abreu's church group showed up in droves to Burnhamthorpe court in support of the 79-year-old man. Abreu was fined $2,000 under the Highway Traffic Act and cannot drive for six months, unless it's to a medical appointment or religious function… Abreu was also charged with making an unsafe turn and failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, but Crown prosecutor Sarah Stackhouse didn't pursue those charges in return for the guilty plea…  click here

‘Civil courts to dispose tenancy cases faster’
24 Oct: Times of India. Deputy Chief Minister and revenue minister Francis D'Souza, on Thursday, slammed critics of the move to shift agricultural tenancy cases to the civil courts saying civil courts will dispose off the long-pending cases more swiftly. D'Souza said that even after 50 years, people were unable to get their tenancy rights and wondered who was responsible for this… There is a pendency of about 5,000 tenancy cases and about 2,800 mundkar cases in Goa …  click here

Football: Atletico rally to down FC Goa 2-1

24 Oct: Navhind Times. Cavin Lobo scored a brace to help league leaders Atletico de Kolkata to a remarkable comeback win over FC Goa by the odd goal in three. The home side went ahead in the 21st minute courtesy an André Santos strike, but local lad Lobo brought heartbreak to his state mates with a late equaliser in the 72nd minute and a superbly struck match winner in the 84th minute to help the visitors maintain their unbeaten run … 740 words.  click here
Video: Prudent Media. Match highlights.  click here
24 Oct: Times of India. 'Atletico coach punched Robert Pires in the face'. Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas could face disciplinary action, including possibly a ban, after he allegedly punched FC Goa captain and Arsenal legend Robert Pires in a furious tunnel bust-up during half-time at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday… click here.

Chemists do a brisk trade, with no questions asked
23 Oct: The Times (UK). … Just a few hundred yards from the hotel where two British tourists were found dead of a suspected overdose this week, I was able to buy potentially lethal prescription drugs, including Corex codeine syrup and Tramadol, a painkiller, with no questions asked — and for just a few pounds… Online traveller forums are packed with discussion of what is and is not available in different cities. “The chemist in Goa would happily serve up ephedrine, dexedrine, nitrazepam, ket, temazepam,” wrote one contributor nicknamed Souljacker on the subject… 264 words.  click here
24 Oct: Malaysia Chronicle. India is a popular destination for drugs tourists keen to acquire powerful prescription medicines from chemists, with few questions asked…  click here

Staircase between Portugal and Goa

23 Oct: Goa-based artist Shilpa Mayenkar’s paintings highlight the deep-rooted historical and socio-cultural relationship between Goa and Portugal ... The Portuguese Azulejo tiles (photo) are now common across Goa … In Escada, her debut solo exhibition, 33-year-old Goa-based artist Shilpa Mayenkar examines the socio-cultural and historical relationship between Goa and Portugal post-colonisation and the onslaught of globalisation on the local populace. The title of the show, Escada, translates to staircase in Portuguese and is symbolic, implying the striving towards a better life. She was inspired from the staircase outside the Portuguese embassy in Goa where people wait for their visa appointments… 476 words + photos.  click here

Auction: Belle Madonne et l’enfant
25 Oct: Accademia Fine Art, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Lot 337: BELLE MADONNE ET L’ENFANT, Indes vers 1900. En ivoire sculpté représentant la Madone couronnée et l’Enfant, un livre à la main. Travail probablement de Goa. Hauteur : 30.5 cm. Estimate:€600 - €800.  click here

Therapeutic resorts in India attract Koreans

23 Oct: Korea Times. Ayurvedas are customized restful resorts tucked into mountains or on beaches. Among many, ones in Goa carry exceptional recognition… Nikhil Desai, managing director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation said these resorts are perfect for lone travelers seeking meditation. But they are also popular destinations for couples. Italian and Germans are the most frequent visitors … "Goa is right in the middle between Europe and India," said one French traveler. "It's beautiful and safe." In Goa, safety is not a thing to worry about, while in the rest of India, safety is a major problem for travelers, especially female travelers. "We are different. We've had travelers coming for a long time. So we know what to do," said Desai…  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus. SOLD OUT

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 here.

Sat. 8 Nov.. GOA Mass for Deceased at SS Peter & Paul Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD, at 12.15pm, followed by a three-course meal. Advance booking required for meal - ticket price £7. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 9 Nov: The Village of Nuvem celebrate the SILVER JUBILEE feast of Our Lady of Mae Dos Pobres (Mother of the Poor) at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.30pm followed by social gathering with music by Rainbow's End and Carvalho Bar & Cozinha de Bella at your service. Tickets are £14 for adults, children 12-16 years £8, children under 12 free and tickets include 1 free drink, snacks & meal. For tickets please contact Johnson Carvalho 0208 303 5822, Anthony (Tono) Carvalho 0208 452 8362, Francis Clemente 0208 310 0559, Hilary Fernandes 01474 853368, Marcus Fernandes 01932 781221 or Greg Carvalho 01245 261302 email For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 16 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 34thFeast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter with dancing to the music of Rainbow's End. Tickets include snack and meal. Please note no tickets will be sold at the door so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details including the "Early Bird" ticket offer, click here.

Sun 23 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon followed by 'OPERA' based on the life of Fr. Agnelo.

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Death: Rosalina (Lodu) Fernandes

20 Oct: London, UK. We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear mother, ROSALINA (LODU) FERNANDES (ex- Eastleigh, Nairobi) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, in her 84th year. She is the beloved wife of late Diogo Fernandes., cherished mother of Max (Claire), Rita (Diego) and Anthony. Grandmother to Siobhan, Shane, Sinead and Joshua. "Will be dearly missed, but now is peacefully at rest." The funeral service will take place on the 28th October at 9:30am, at St Joseph's Church, 135 Herbert Road, London, SE18 3QE. Following the burial at Plumstead Cemetery, Cemetery Road, London, SE2 0NS, the wake will take place at St Peter's Church hall, 103 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6EF. We would appreciate if you could email: If desired, either floral tributes or donations to Parkinson's UK (which is a Parkinson's support and research charity) would be appreciated. All donations and condolence messages should be sent to funeral directors Albins and Sons Website:  For further details click here

Death: Valerian Fernandes
19 Oct: Brampton, Canada. VALERIAN XAVIER FERNANDES. Aged 90. Beloved husband of Matilda and loving brother of Lucy (Simon) and Raymond (Elaine). Missed by his nieces, nephews, grandnephews, grandnieces and great-grandnephews, many extended family and friends. Predeceased by sisters Catherine (Jerry) and Ursula (Francis) and nephew Kenny. The funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 940 North Park Dr., Brampton, ON, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brampton Memorial Hospital. To view a photo or to leave a message of condolence for Valerian's family,  For further details click here

Death: Monica DeSouza

19 Oct: Porta Vaddo, Siolim, Goa. MONICA DESOUZA (Ex-Aden) Born 1929. Loving daughter of late Alice/late Emidio Braganza. Beloved wife o late Mr. Monte De Souza (Ex Aden). Precious Mother/Mother-in-law of Nina/John. Grandmother to Hazel (Canada). Sister/Sister-in-law to late Braganza, Trinidade, Theodore/Ludy, Alex and late Fr. Reggie De Souza. Funeral will leave her residence at Porta-Vaddo, Siolim, on October, 25th 2014, at 10.00 a.m., for St. Anthony's Church, Siolim, for Mass and burial services.  For further details click here

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Goa celebrates Diwali with joy, gaiety

23 Oct: Navhind Times. Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated in Goa with joy and gaiety on Wednesday. The annual winter festival, which was ushered in by burning the effigies of the demon king, Narkasur at dawn, witnessed Hindu population visiting temples and houses of relatives and friends and exchanging good wishes. The members of other religions also visited the houses of their Hindu friends and greeted them on the occasion, displaying the strong social and secular fabric of Goa…  click here
Video: 22 Oct: Prudent Media English Prime News. Narkasur ends in flames, Festival of lights and happiness begins, Diwali celebration in full swing all over the state …  click here

Molested twice in one day, once by GMC doctor, Russian tourist returns home in tears
23 Oct: Herald. It was double trauma for a woman tourist who had come to the State on a vacation. She was allegedly molested twice forcing her to shorten her stay in Goa. The first time visitor in her mid thirties to this tourist-centric coastal state was initially molested by a ‘thin dark skinned’ perpetrator who assaulted her and tore her clothes at Baga beach and later by the doctor in the Goa Medical College, where she was taken for a medical test… 1054 words.  click here
RIA Novosti. Russian Tourist attacked in Goa.  click here

Damodar Mauzo: The Story of a writer

23 Oct: Navhind Times. Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo is in many ways the face of Goan literature. He recently completed 50 years as a writer, but still has within him the same urge and restlessness of a budding writer, which according to him is essential if one has to continue one’s journey as an author. “This journey of 50 years is regret free, but I am guilty of not doing much as a writer. I believe that a writer should remain dissatisfied”, says the 70-year-old Damodar Mauzo… he has recently returned from Frankfurt, where he had gone to attend the international release of his book ‘Teresa’s Man’. The book is a compilation of short stories written by Mauzo over a period of time and has been translated into English by Xavier Cota. The Goa release of the book will happen on October 24… 1014 words.  click here
For the Damodar Mauzo website,  click here

Newlywed couple found dead in Indian hotel room following suspected drugs overdose
22 Oct: Manchester Evening News. A newlywed couple have been found dead in an Indian hotel room following a suspected drugs overdose. James and Alexandra Gaskell were found by hotel staff at the Maya Hotel in Agra on Tuesday morning. The couple had been travelling across India for around three months. Indian police said the case was being treated as a suspected overdose and a number of painkillers and sleeping pills were found in the room… The couple began their travels in the southern city of Goa in mid-July before travelling north through the country…  click here

Bernie De Souza: Motivational coach to launch new book in Leamington

20 Oct: Leamington Courier. Motivational business coach Bernie De Souza is set to launch his new book Stop Selling and Get Clients at Waterstones in Leamington on Thursday. The Leamington-based motivational sports and business coach, who has written several business books and has been on the international speaking circuit for more than 20 years … He founded the Global Coaching Company, in Leamington and has spoken at conferences in more than 40 countries … The book signing will take place between 6pm and 7pm, and will be followed by a reception at the Seasons Restaurant on Warwick Street…  click here
Bernie was born in Nairobi in 1941 (son of the late Effie) and who drove from there to the UK in a VW beetle in 1960. For the Bernie De Souza website with videos, photos, events, etc.  click here

Men fear losing business to women taxi drivers
23 Oct: Navhind Times. Fearing losing out to women taxi drivers, North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association has threatened to bring their wives as travel hostesses so that benefits provided by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation under women taxi service could be availed. The association has feared of losing their livelihood to the women taxi drivers, who they said, conduct business with “all travellers”…  click here

Top 10 nude beaches in the world

20 Oct: Perth Now (Aus). Getting buff in the buff is a hot travel trend, with many of the beaches below offering opportunities to work out via activities such as beach volleyball or fitness classes…. Here are the world’s top sandy spots to indulge in the latest exercise craze ... 5. Arambol Beach — Goa: Many travellers believe Arambol to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, and perhaps even all of India. Shy travellers may want to cover their modesty with mud from the lake at the end of the rocky lagoon. Locals and tourists alike swear by its restorative properties.  click here
For reviews of Arambol beach,  click here

Catholic Church demands ban on surrogacy in India
23 Oct: Times of India. The Catholic Church in India is leading an appeal to the Central government to ban surrogacy in India along with a demand to not legalize euthanasia or mercy killing… Around 400 professionals had gathered at a national symposium organised by the Catholic Conference of Bishops of India (CCBI) … The participants later issued a unanimous statement signed by Bishop Agnelo Gracias, who is chairperson of this commission…  click here

Now, e-Museums

23 Oct: Indian Express. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, government museums will digitise their collections under a common website. On Tuesday, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Culture and Tourism, Shripad Naik, launched the national portal Among the 10 museums chosen are National Museum (Delhi); Victoria Memorial Hall (Kolkata); Archaeological Museum (Goa) and Allahabad Museum. More than 11,000 exhibits including coins, sculptures, paintings, currency notes, porcelain objects and terracotta works will be made available for online viewing…  click here
The Archaeological Museum, Goa (photo) currently displays 203 Coins, 192 Sculptures and 170 Paintings.  click here

Football: FC Goa seek first win against table-toppers Atletico de Kolkata
22 Oct: India Today. Goa will be eager to register their first win as they take on table-toppers Kolkata. Atletico de Kolkata will be bolstered by the return of Borja Fernandez, even as their marquee signing and Liverpool star Luis Garcia is all set to miss their ISL away fixture against FC Goa on Thursday…  click here
FC Goa coach Zico: We need to start winning our home games. 22 Oct: Sports Keeda. Ahead of FC Goa’s home game against Atletico de Kolkata tomorrow, coach Zico and Andre Santos addressed the media ...  click here


News Summary

Diwali to be celebrated in Goa today

22 Oct: Navhind Times, Goa is all set to celebrate Diwali on October 22, following burning of effigies of the demon king Narkasur just as many parts of the country will be celebrating the festival of lights on October 23. The religious event of Laxmi pujan, however, will be celebrated on October 23 all over the country. The confusion in the date of Diwali had caused ructions among Hindu bodies and devotees, resulting out of disparity in the dates of the festival as set by the Hindu Maha Sabha and Hindu calendar/ astrological almanac. Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao have greeted the citizens on the occasion of Diwali, which signifies the human journey from darkness to light, and victory of good over the evil within every human being…  click here
21 Oct: Navhind Times. Happy Eating! Diwali, the festival of lights, one of the more important of Hindu festivals, is celebrated with enthusiasm across the country and Goa is no exception. It is also the time when the aromas of flavourful food fill the air…  click here

Ebola May Be Nature's Way of Balancing Things: Goa CM
20 Oct: Outlook. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that Ebola virus may be the "way of nature to balance things". "Nature has its own way of balancing, including probably Ebola," Parrikar said. "You will always find coal in forests. For that you have to explore forests. What is coal today is yesteryears' trees which have gone deep in the earth due to changes in the earth. Nature has its own way of balancing," he said while mentioning that Ebola is one such way.  click here

Rabi Martins: The other side of the immigration debate coin

21 Oct: Liberal Democrat Voice. By Rabi Martins. There are some things in life that go hand in hand. In the UK it is a General Election and talk of Immigration Controls. In every general election since Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech Labour and the Conservatives have sought to out-do each other on the toughness of their respective policies on immigration Usually the war of words starts at about the same time as the political parties start their election campaign. This time round the battle has already started even though the General Election is some six months away And the reason? The Tories are running scared of UKIP as Nigel Farage sets himself up as the only gatekeeper who can be trusted to keep immigrants at bay … Rabi Martins is the East of England Diversity Champion.  click here
For the Goan Voice Rabi Martins Supplement,  click here

Couple turn thieves ‘for lifestyle, casino gambling’
22 Oct: Times of India. The husband's craze for a flashy lifestyle and the wife's obsession with gambling at casinos may have led the Dias couple, accused of the May theft at Benaulim church, onto the path of robbery, police sources surmise. While Leena Dias, 39, is in judicial custody, Carlos Dias, 39, is currently cooling his heels in Colva police custody. Police investigations into the case have revealed that Carlos held several jobs in the past, including that of a waiter, and his last occupation was as a sales representative for holiday resorts in the coastal belt… Leena was a homemaker with a penchant for gambling at casinos. In her younger days, however, she was a stunt performer with a circus …  click here

Badminton: Pan Am Championships 2014: Day 2: Pongnairat Upset by D’Souza

18 Oct: Andrew D’Souza provided cheer for home fans as he upset second seed Sattawat Pongnairat to enter the Men’s Singles quarter-finals at the XIX Pan Am Championships 2014 yesterday. D’Souza (left) held off Pongnairat (USA), one of the favourites for the title, in a close first game before easing through comfortably in the end, 21-19 21-16 in the championships begin held at Toronto, Canada. D’Souza’s win reversed the loss he faced in the team event final. He will face No.5 seed Bjorn Seguin (USA) …  click here
Day 3: Canada's Andrew D'Souza lost a close quarter-final to Bjorn Seguin, 21-19 18-21 21-13.  click here

Man died from injuries sustained in motorbike accident in Goa, inquest told
21 Oct: Halesowen News (UK). A Brierley Hill man died from injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident while on holiday in Goa, an inquest was told. Paul Grazier was found dead in the room he was staying in on Wednesday February 12… He had been hospitalised following the motorbike accident and had injured his pelvis and toe. He was discharged the day before his death. A friend knocked his door the next day and got no response, they called the police. The coroner concluded that the father-of-one died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision but said the cause of death was unascertained… Photo.  click here

Australia: 35th Anniversary Ball, Perth G.O.A. 18 Oct14

21 Oct: Charmaine Fernandes. 6m. 59s.  click here
For the Perth Goan Association website,  click here

Video: Alleged Israeli drug peddler Atala causes havoc
21 Oct: Prudent Media English Prime News. This is how foreigners illegally rule land of Goa and the law and order system is handicapped. Alleged Israeli drug peddler Atala smashed a four wheeler after it hit a sign board of Bubble Brunch Club at Anjuna. Atala, who was earlier arrested in Police drugs nexus case …  click here

Vito Gomes: Dabolim airport can take care of all of goa’s future needs

21 Oct: Vito Gomes. Once again we are faced with the conundrum involving Dabolim and Mopa Airports. Does Goa really require two airports? Who is it really going to benefit? What is the impact – socially, environmentally and economically - of having two airports? These are questions debated over and over again with no resolution insight…  click here
Vito Gomes is the Founder & Managing Director, Aviation Services Management Vito Gomes Receives Forbes Top Indian Leader Award …  click here
Video: Interview of Mr. Vito Gomes … 1m. 45s. click here.

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
22 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.7. Min = 24.3. Rainfall: Trace
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.53; $ = 61.13; $Can = 54.45; Euro = 77.72; $Aus= 53.6



Death: Rozaria Fernandes
18th Oct: London UK, ROZARIA P. FERNANDES (Ex Mombasa). Passed away peacefully at Lewisham Hospital. Beloved wife of the Late John Vincent Fernandes. Cherished Mother of Joe & Late Eileen (Ireland); Richard & Ilona (U.K); Maria (France) & Savio (U.K). Will be dearly missed by her Grandchildren Paul, Anna Marie, Lucia, Rui, Anthony, Monique , Alison, Ryan, Graça and her Great Grandchildren Nathaniel, Christian, Augustin, Margot and Aliénor. Funeral will be held on Friday 24th October, 12:30 at St William of York Church, 4 Brockley Park Forest Hill London SE23 1PS. Followed by burial at Grove Park Cemetery, Marvels Lane, London SE12 9PU. Condolences to  email

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Memory and Migration — The East African Goan Experience

21 Oct: Community, Memory and Migration in a Globalizing World — The Goan Experience, C.1890-1980: Margret Frenz; Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Rs. 995…  click here
Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World: The Goan Experience, c. 1890-1980. By Margret Frenz. OUP India. 336 pages. Price: £47.99. Goans have long been a mobile community, but the story of their migrations has not been told until now. Using rarely-consulted archives across the world, as well as interviews with nearly 300 people of Goan origin, this book tells the fascinating story of how and why Goans went to East Africa and then on to Canada, the UK or to other parts of India. Goans helped to shape the contours of empires and the modern world. This study of globalization from below illuminates how Goans established communities in East Africa, and explores their experience of migration as well as their memories, and how these influenced their individual and collective identities…  click here

Court rules ownership rights of church properties dwell with archbishop
20 Oct: Herald. Do parishioners have a right or power to restrain the construction of a church? In a significant order which could have widespread ramification across parishes in the archdiocese of Goa and Daman, a Quepem Civil Judge (Junior Division) has recently ruled that ownership rights of all church properties dwell with the archbishop. More importantly, Judge Aruna Fernandes also ruled that parishioners do not have the right or power to restrain the construction of a church, since church property belongs to the archdiocese of Goa …  click here

Manchester: Whisky Sessions: Drams for the jams with a whisky from Goa

20 Oct: Manchester Evening News (UK). … I joined Eddie Ludlow of the, an association whose sole purpose is to 'turn everyone on to whisky', for a sneak preview … Paul John Brilliance 46% (about £40 online): Eddie is the ambassador for Paul John, a brand which makes Whisky in Goa, India. In the humid tropical conditions of the Indian sub-continent, whisky matures more quickly than in Scotland, undergoing a more intense level of evaporation. As result, the Paul John whiskies need much less time in cask to achieve the flavour profiles ageing provides. This whisky is distilled from un-peated, Indian malted barley and kept in old bourbon oak casks for about four years before release…. It has orange zest aromas mingling with caramel and a nutty, sweet palate with a dry finish… 700 words  click here
For what the experts say about this whisky,  click here
Single and Brillian(ce)t. 22 Mar: The Goan … It’s Goan! In Cuncolim, flush with the waters of Goa, is Paul John, a single malt that can give any brand in the world a run for its money. It retails (in Goa) for Rs 2100 (Brilliance) and Rs 2600 (Edition)… 814 words. click here.

ED files money laundering case against Goa drug dealer
20 Oct: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today slapped money laundering charges against an alleged drug dealer based in Goa as it seized Rs 3.28 crore worth foreign currency from his premises during searches. An official statement from the agency identified the person as Norman Azavedo based in Sangolda in Bardez… Officials said Azavedo owns a pharmacy store [Life Care Medical] in Calangute and a money laundering case was registered against him after local anti-narcotics department had booked him and his employee in a case of alleged drug trafficking last year …  click here
Ketamine export racket busted in Goa. 21 Dec. 2009. IANS.  click here

UK: Event Highlight

Sun. 16 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 34thFeast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter with dancing to the music of Rainbow's End. Tickets include snack and meal. Please note no tickets will be sold at the door so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details including the “Early Bird” ticket offer,  click here

Churchill gets a ‘gift’ on Caitu’s birthday
21 Oct: Herald. The Prescribed Authority in the Union Home Ministry has finally initiated inquiry into the complaint lodged against former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and his family members that they have acquired Portuguese citizenship. Based on a complaint filed by Elvis Gomes, Personal Assistant to Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva, stating that Churchill’s family members have registered their births in Portugal, the Presiding Authority has sought details from the Goa government on the matter concerning Churchill and his family members… Elvis had alleged in his complaint that Churchill had registered his marriage in Portugal, while wife Fatima, son Savio and daughters Sara, Wanda, Sharon and Aninha are now all Portuguese citizens after they got their births registered in Portugal in 2009…  click here

Freida Pinto performs pole dance outside LA strip club

18 Oct: Daily Mail (UK). Freida Pinto celebrated three decades on Saturday as she turned 30. And the Slumdog Millionaire actress got to let loose as she hit the town on Friday night with friends in Los Angeles. She looked rather worse for wear in the early hours of the morning while showing off some pole dancing moves against a parking meter outside of Royal Palace strip club. Freida kicked her leg up very high as part of her sexy routine. On her night out, Freida went for a fun and flirty look, wearing a black spaghetti-strap mini-dress with a flowing skirt and a red and purple floral print…  click here

Parrikar accuses High Court of land-grabbing
20 Oct: IANS. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday attacked the judiciary, specifically the Bombay High Court bench in Goa, for land-related irregularities, even accusing the judiciary of grabbing government land… The Court is at present functioning out of Altinho in Panaji and will soon be shifted to new premises, mentioned by the chief minister, in the satellite township of Porvorim, a short distance from Panaji. Parrikar also said the judiciary has “grabbed” land to build a district court complex…  click here

Auction: Ivory Madonna

22 Oct: Gorringes, Lewes, East Sussex, UK. Lot 12 – An 18th century Goanese carved ivory and polychrome painted figure of the Madonna, on a canted cornered plinth base, 7in. Estimate: £400 - £600.  click here

Govt unveils system to track transportation of mortal remains of Indians from overseas
12 Aug: India Today. The government has unveiled an online system that will enable families track the transportation of the mortal remains of their kin who have passed away abroad. Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj launched the "Online system for facilitating transportation of mortal remains from ECR countries"…  click here
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Joe Fernandes: Funeral details

11 Oct: Gillingham, Kent. UK. JOE FERNANDES (ex Mombasa/Nairobi). Passed away peacefully. Husband of Elva, Father of Sharon and Levis. Brother/brother in law of late Olinda/ late Tony De Souza; Clara/Reg De Souza… The funeral service will take place at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 31 October 2014 at: Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane.
Chatham, Kent. ME5 9QU. After the service, all are welcome to attend the wake which will take place at: Our Lady of Gillingham Church Hall, Ingram Road, Gillingham
Kent, ME7 1YL. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for catering purposes only if attending to or telephone (01634) 575583. The family request that no floral tributes are sent, but suggest donation may be made to British Heart Foundation.
Travel: We will be arranging a coach to take people to and from the Church to the Crematorium. We will leave the Our Lady of Gillingham Church, Ingram Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1YL, at 10.00. After the service, the return journey will be at 12.00. RSVP for booking purposes only if you wish to travel on coach to or telephone (01634) 575583. Parking will be available in the Church car park.

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Fury as child sex beast is Freed after court blunder

19 Oct: The Daily Star (UK). Convicted sex abuser Raymond Varley, 67, wriggled out of facing justice after two Appeal Court judges upheld an earlier decision that he was a "vulnerable individual" suffering the early onset of dementia … Varley, from Halifax, West Yorks, had claimed he would kill himself if he was sent for trial. He also hired a psychologist who testified he was unfit to face a court ordeal in India because he had dementia… The decision has sparked fury among child protection experts in India and Britain and led to calls for a probe into how prosecutors handled the case… The ex-teacher, who has sex convictions in the UK stretching back to the 1970s, is suspected of being part of an international ring of abusers who preyed on more than 150 children from a Goa orphanage in the late 1980s and early 1990s… 910 words.  click here

Female Russian tourist molested, robbed at Goa beach
19 Oct: Business Standard. A 23-year-old Russian woman was molested, beaten up and robbed at Baga beach, one of Goa's most popular beaches, police said Sunday. The victim was walking along the beach, located 20 km from Panaji, when unknown assailants, slapped her, tore her clothes, and robbed her gold chain worth Rs. 33,000 …  click here
Less Russians on Goan beaches this season. 19 Oct: IANS. Russian tourist arrivals in Goa are expected to drop by nearly 20 percent this season due to a mix of factors, including the European economic crisis, Russian tour operators going bankrupt and the Ukraine-Russia conflict, according to a top official of the Russian Information Centre (RIC) here…  click here

Football: FC Goa held 1-1 by NorthEast United

20 Oct: Navhind Times. NorthEast United FC capitalised on a debatable penalty decision as they held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in a high intensity Hero Indian Super League match on Sunday… The result meant that Brazilian legend Zico will have to wait for his side’s first win in the tournament as they had lost their opening match 1-2 to Chennaiyin FC at home on October 15… Despite the NorthEast United doing all the attacking, it was the Goan side who took the lead …  click here
Video: Match Highlights 4m. 25s.  click here

Goa: Doctors with Fake Degrees: Quack Quack
18 Oct: The Goan. Scores of doctors with fake degrees run popular clinics as ignorant patients aren’t aware, Despite Supreme Court directions, State government drags its feet as Goa faces a parallel system of affordable yet dangerous healthcare… There are no checks on these practitioners and even there is no mechanism to check whether they are qualified," said Goa’s health minister virtually washing his hands off the menace of scores of unregistered and unqualified ‘doctors’ who are brazenly prescribing medicines and treating patients with scant respect for law… The Goan’s expose across the state blows the lid off this systematic trivializing of healthcare system in the State…. Suspect #1: The doctor with expensive injection. My first stop was at Dr H G Biradar’s Mansi Clinic in Mapusa… 3671 words.  click here

Atala goes berserk at Chapora; detained

20 Oct: Herald. Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who runs a hotel at Chapora, went berserk on Sunday, damaging a car of a local resident, which led to tension in the area. Around 200 persons gathered at the site, but there was no untoward incident. Atala has been taken into police custody after a case was registered against him… sources said a differently-abled teenage boy got into his father’s car, drove along the slope for a few metres and rammed into the hotel board ‘Bubble Brunch’. The hotel is built in the property of one Puja Bhosle, but run by Atala who damaged the car and even tried to strangulate the boy…  click here

'Don't turn Basilica into a market'
20 Oct: Times of India. A few activists under the banner of 'Save Old Goa Action Committee' held a dharna at Old Goa demanding the removal of a shopping mart and 10 rooms within the Bom Jesus Basilica compound before the 17th exposition in November 2014. The group first held a short prayer near the Basilica and walked to a spot outside the western gate of the compound and held a dharna holding placards. "The illegal structures should be razed and the stakeholders provided with alternative space by the panchayat and also by a local politician," …  click here

Slow Joe fast tracks to fame in France

19 Oct: Herald. Most people in Goa remember him as Joe Rocha or Joseph Manuel Rocha, the dreamy Slow Joe who couldn’t move fast enough. Not so in France, where Slow Joe and the band The Ginger Accident are making waves… Very much a part of the lost generation of the 60s and 70s, Joe Rocha of Chorao, did everything from drugs to alcohol … Chucked out of his home at age 15, he survived several mind-numbing odd-jobs for years, till he could take it no more. He was back in Goa in 1999…. One hot sultry evening, Slow Joe’s soulful singing in a shack caught the ear of French artist Cedric de la Chapella. He convinced Rocha to record a song which he took back to France … Rocha, now 75, lives currently in France where he is touring with the band after the release of their second album, Lost for Love. The group is currently on a concert tour of France with 150 shows chalked up…  click here

If it’s Breakfast it better be English
19 Oct: Herald. … In Goa, the best of all this can be found in small doses or in plenty where they do breakfast of the western world and between most of them you can be fully English, Villa Blanche near Anjuna does freshly prepared quiche, pasta dishes, German meat balls. “One degree” in Siolim (some years ago) and Lila Café at Baga are old favorites. In Panjim, Venite I’m told, does breakfast and so does the newly opened charmer O Foggo in Fontainhas, and the delightful French Pattisserie Delicieux near the Caculo island. And if you are looking for Eggs Benedict, the only one who has come close to perfecting it is Emily of Casa de Goa Calangute….  click here

Tapas-style treats from Sapna Anand's modern Indian kitchen

19 Oct: The Star (Malaysia). Growing up in Goa, India, Sapna Anand’s childhood Deepavalis revolved around family and food. Lots of food. Scents of curries and spices permeated the house and “there was always so much food on the table.” … While she has a pastry art certificate from Le Cordon Bleu (Bangkok), Sapna is largely a self-taught cook. Having lived in the United States and Britain, she has developed a rather adventurous palate and it shows in her cooking. For Deepavali, for instance, she may surprise her guests with Indian-inspired tapas – such as the three recipes featured here… Goan Crab Cake with Sriracha Mayonnaise … Pav Bhaji with Parmesan Chips … Spices Carrot and Coconut Green Chutney Sandwich … 2005 words.  click here

Benaulim church heist solved, stolen property recovered
19 Oct: Herald. The May 13 St John the Baptist Church, Benaulim robbery case has finally been solved by the Colva police with the arrest of the husband-wife duo of Carlos and Leena Dias. Following the arrest of the duo, the police have recovered the stolen property comprising of the laptops, besides the weapons used in the heist…  click here
Video: 19 Oct. Goa 365.  click here


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Father Raymond J. De Souza: The Church vs.The Sexual Revolution

17 Oct: The National Post (Canada). For 50 years, the secular West has waited for the day of the great capitulation, when the Catholic Church would make its peace with the sexual revolution. The giddy global headlines this week announced that the moment was at hand. But don't be so sure… Journalists covering the synod meeting of bishops in Rome have reported that they haven’t had this much fun in several generations… will they declare that the Church has reluctantly, grudgingly, regrettably, but ultimately, made its peace with the sexual revolution? … Is the great capitulation upon us? I rather think not … 1017 words. …  click here
Fr Raymond de Souza is the son of Greta (nee Freitas ex-Mombasa) and Cedric ex-Nairobi. For his account of his parents’ emigration to Canada,  click here
Catholic Church scraps welcome to gays in family document CBC News (Canada). … Divorced, civilly remarried Catholics still can't receive communion click here.

Football: Goa’s Portuguese goal
18 Oct: The Goan. By Constantino Xavier. This week was all about the glittering inauguration of the new Indian Super League, which promises to revolutionize India to become a “global football power” and qualify its national team for the 2026 FIFA World Cup… FC Goa, for example, brings in Brazilian super-star coach Zico, Frenchman of Portuguese origin Robert Pires, and three young Portuguese promises, Edgar Marcelino, Bruno Pinheiro and Miguel Herlein. But unlike Atlético de Madrid’s investment in a larger development program with its subsidiary Atlético de Kolkata, there is little concern with grooming local talent… Constantino Xavier is a Portuguese of Goan and German origin who was made in Brazil, lives in Washington D.C., and tweets at @ConstantinoX  click here

Kenya: Da Gama Rose's links to the rich and mighty

19 Oct: The Standard (Nairobi). Dimitri Da Gama Rose (photo), the businessman fighting in court to recover a multi-billion shilling property in Nairobi’s Karen area has ties with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family dating back to independence. Horatius Da Gama Rose’s father, the late Francis Da Gama Rose, was the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s lawyer and associate. Da Gama Rose’s two sons, Horatius, who is currently receiving treatment in the United Kingdom, and the late Mirabeau Humberto, also joined the legal profession… The Da Gama Rose family has interests ranging from information technology to tourism, floriculture, financial services, garment manufacturing, printing and packaging and real estate… President Kenyatta is said to have demanded answers from Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on who is the genuine owner of the land… 974 words. .  click here
President Uhuru Kenyatta says those culpable in Karen land to face the law 19 Oct. The Nation (Kenya)  click here
Video: President Uhuru Kenyatta promises to stay off Karen Land case … 18 Oct. KTN. 3m. 09s click here.

Goa Government has ‘enough powers to protect land’
18 Oct: Times of India. The Goa legislature already has enough powers under existing laws to protect Goan land and there is no need to go to Delhi crying from special status to save Goan land, two Goan legal Goliaths—former chief justice of the Allahabad high court, Justice Ferdino Rebello and former Union law minister Ramakant Khalap—said on Friday…  click here

Oscar Mascarenhas: “Many Indians have been successful in Portugal”

18 Oct: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Oscar Mascarenhas (pohto) The title on the cover of DN last Saturday was intriguing: “Many Indians have been successful in Portugal” ,,, The report was motivated by Indian newspapers referring to the Indian origins of Portugal’s would-be a candidate for prime minister … the article touched on the integration of people of Indian origin … Many people originating in the Indian subcontinent but who are non-Christian were forgotten. Alfredo Bruto da Costa was the only person listed who could fit the concept of "Indian": born in Goa being a son, grandson, great grandson of Goans…. 1008 words. Machine translation.  click here
Oscar Mascarenhas, Ombudsman of Diario de Noticias, was born in Goa in 1949. For a profile of him  click here
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Realty Reality hits Siridao
19 Oct: Herald. With rampant CRZ violations, deforestation, hill cutting and other irregularities, Siridao is a classic example of how developers are taking advantage of the confusion created by the government’s extended delay in finalising the Regional Plan … 1213 words.  click here

Goa: time to ditch the beach and head inland

18 Oct: The Guardian (UK). As Goa’s beaches become ever more crowded, Deepti Kapoor looks inland for the Indian state’s fabled serenity and finds a wave of new restaurants and homestays … Despite the promise of income guaranteed by the prime real estate, the downsides of a seafront business in Goa are many … Adrian Pinto, a Goa-born, Mumbai-based wine consultant, runs a homestay, The Only Olive in Aldona … Olaulim Backyards, the home of Savio and Pirkko Fernandes … in the elegantly dusty town of Chandor is the superbly maintained Figueiredo House in Loutolim, presided over by the formidable Dona Maria de Lourdes de Figueiredo de Albuquerque… Celia Vasco da Gama along with her husband Reuben, have restored the exquisite Palácio do Deão in Quepem … One man intimately connected to this land, however, is white-water rafting pioneer John Pollard, a Yorkshireman who has been resident in India for almost 20 years… It’s a Goa I never knew existed, far from the beach, and about as real as it’s ever going to get. 1853 words + 6 photos + comments.  click here
18 Oct: The Guardian. Highlights of Goa: readers’ travel tips. Sahakari Spice Farm … Menezes Braganza, Chandor ... Mario Miranda gallery, Panaji … Casa Susegad, Loutolim … C-Five restaurant, Benaulim … Alila Diwa hotel … Lazy Dog Lounge, Mandrem … Mandala Goa Resort … Rangeela Boutique, Calangute … Indiana Gordon, Agonda beach … The German Bakery, Anjuna …  click here

Showcasing a different side of Goa
19 Oct: Times of India. A sense of confidence and contentment is writ large on the faces of Suresh and Sangeeta Gaonkar from Verlem, a tiny hamlet located in the Netravali wildlife sanctuary. The tribal couple recently played perfect host to a Russian woman in their humble dwelling, and their hospitality has floored their foreign visitor—the reason for their new found joy… The Gaonkar couple is raring to welcome more such guests, desi and videsi, to offer them a slice of a truly rural home stay experience amidst the serene mountains of South Goa… The villagers are determined to take the project towards success. The grin on Sangeeta's face and the silent song in Suresh's heart says it all.  click here

It is time to come to India: Sushma Swaraj tells Indian diaspora

18 Oct: Economic Times. Addressing the first regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet to be held in London, Ms Swaraj reiterated the BJP government's commitment to engaging with the Indian diaspora. In an extempore Hindi speech after her formal one, she made a rousing case for the BJP government's ambitious plans to revive the India story. "I have come to invite to come to India, to take part in the various projects we have taken up,” she said…  click here
NRIs set up firm to promote Indian events in UK. 18 Oct. A group of NRIs have come together to set up a company with the purpose of planning and promoting India-related events in UK, with the two-day Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being their first assignment… Senior Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz made a plea in his address for India and the UK to consider a reciprocal reduction in visa fees, an issue that was raised by a number of delegates…  click here

The Noise is Back
18 Oct: Herald. The “season” is starting. And so are Goa’s seasonal problems - drugs, raves and sound pollution. This will be Chief Minister Parrikar’s third ‘season’. And the issues plaguing the North coastal belt haven’t changed or got sorted. The din that is a disaster for locals … Parties start early evening and going up to next morning till 5 am and can even carry on for two and even three days.
No power or manpower to check sound violations … Sound levels have gone through the roof. Almost literally. With the season approaching, are the police stations confident? …
The Not So Hidden. It has been argued that there is a hidden ‘political hand’ that is blessing the drug trade along the North Goa coastal belt...
The cop who dared. The notorious politically-backed groups hosting rave parties with loud music blaring beyond legally permissible limit was under pressure when IPS officer Vijay Singh was in charge of the north district, police sources say…  click here

Leander Paes alleges death threat to him, daughter

18 Oct: Times of India. Tennis star Leander Paes (41) lodged a complaint on Tuesday against a person claiming to be cricketer Atul Sharma (31), for allegedly threatening him and his eight-year-old daughter with "dire consequences"… Paes alleged that the man issued death threats to them at the Bandra family court on October 10… Paes said in his complaint: "The cricketer, who is in a relationship with my partner, warned me and my daughter of dire consequences and gave deaths threats in the family court premises. He was there on the fifth floor of the family court premises. He was furious at me as I had submitted evidence in the court that indicated his illicit relationship with my partner.”...  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Leander Paes,  click here

Mumbai: Hop on the Orlem food trail
18 Oct: DNA. Fancy a choris pao or maybe, a traditional English breakfast? Well, head on to Malad West to have your fill of these treats … Sausage chilly fry is a dish most Goans swear by… If you are looking for that authentic experience of digging into fiery Goan sausages, Mangoes is the closest you will come to it, this side of town… Mop it up with a chapati or pav, just like Goans do. Cost: Rs 180 a plate. At: Mangoes, 601, Almar Arcade, Near Orlem Market, Opposite Old Mangoes  click here



Marianna Mendes: Month’s Mind & Acknowledgement

18 Oct: MONTH'S MIND In loving and cherished memory of MARIANNA GOES E MENDES, Senaulim – Verna, Goa [ex Nairobi]. Everyday, in some small way, memories of you come our way... Though absent, you are ever near, Much loved, missed and ever dear! There will be a Eucharistic Celebration for the soul of Mai, our dear mother, on Saturday, l8th October 2014 at 7.30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Verna, followed by prayers and blessing at her grave. Relatives, Friends & Neighbours kindly accept this as the only Intimation. Acknowledgement: The family of late Mrs. Marianna Goes E Mendes wish to thank Rev. Fathers, relatives, neighbours and friends who attended her funeral, offered floral tributes, prayers & Masses, sent condolences messages, telephone calls and home visits. Every once in a while, we are lucky to have known someone very special. Soglleank tumkam Dev Borem Korum.  For further details click here
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India’s Goa faces dilemma over rising demand for high-end homes

18 Oct: Financial Times (UK). The small Indian state of Goa, known globally for its beaches and winter sun, exemplifies the lasting effects of colonial law on local property. Ruled by the Portuguese for more than four centuries until 1961, Goa continues to follow a Portuguese law called the “communion of assets”. This mandates that a property always belongs to both husband and wife, irrespective of who owned it before marriage… it is difficult to find properties with clean titles, especially as families are often geographically dispersed ... Lack of availability boosts prices … Prices double every five years. … “As more than 80 per cent of land in Goa is protected and can’t be developed, residential land prices rise every six months,” says Michael Lobo, editor and publisher of Homes & Estates, a Goa-based real estate listings magazine… Wendell Rodricks, a Goan fashion designer, is totally against people who buy in Goa without living there… Buying guide … 1267 words.  click here

Goa MP Naik wants regulation of purchase of land by foreigners
17 Oct: Mid-Day. Rajya Sabha member from Goa Shantaram Naik has said that the state is facing a threat from the middle-east terror group ISIS, and government should regulate the purchase of land or property by foreign nationals. "Government should not only impose penalty equivalent to thrice the sum involved and Rs 5,000 per day for continued contravention (of laws such as Foreign Exchange Management Act) but should confiscate all the currency, security or any other money or property," Naik said …  click here
17 Oct: Prudent Media video clip of Naik’s briefing.  click here

Is there someone selling your land right now?

18 Oct: The Goan. It is a Goenkar’s worst nightmare - waking up as an alien on our own land and finding that our ancestral land has mysteriously changed hands and now belongs to someone else. While there are no laws that curb fraudsters from creating false documents and selling high valued Goan land to prospective buyers from outside the state, The Goan discovers that fake estate agents not only abound but flourish brazenly as law makers and law enforcers cannot stop them from robbing lands of genuine landowners and selling them to unsuspecting buyers … 2854 words.  click here

Africans in India’ throws light on an episode of history long forgotten and little documented
‘17 Oct: Business Line… Malik Ambar was an Ethiopian slave, brought to India in the 1570s, who rose through the ranks to become prime minister of Ahmadnagar, raised an army of 10,000 African cavalry and infantry men and halted the Mughal invasion of the Deccan. Little is known about the waves of forced and voluntary migration that brought hundreds of East African traders, soldiers, architects and slaves to the Indian subcontinent … Even as American colonies built economies centred around slave labour, hundreds of East Africans — known as Sidis and Habshi — sailed on the Indian Ocean, to settle in the port cities of Goa, Calicut and Dhaka…  click here

Of Diwalis Then and Now

16 Oct: Goa Streets. … The first day of Diwali is Dhan-a-trayo-dashi, dedicated to the worship of wealth… The second day, Narak-chatur-dashi celebrates Krishna’s getting rid of the evil Narakasur… My Mumbai childhood had its own brand of Goan-Diwali memories. Get up pre-dawn, have an oil-bath, get scrubbed with hot water and a scented paste of utnna, wear crisp new clothes, stand in line with siblings to stomp on a fruit called karate and lick a drop of its horribly bitter juice (to ward off illness), watch mother make a curvy rangoli design around a lit lamp, and eat the goodies she’d slogged over the week before… The main day, the Padva, falls on a new moon night. In the blackness the lights shine. And the fireworks light up the sky. And the animals and asthmatics tremble… we Goans carry on partying for another twenty days… 828 words.  click here

Vet Luke Gamble to receive special Animal Welfare award
17 Oct: Blackmore Vale Magazine, Dorset (UK). Vet Luke Gamble is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords, honouring his work treating animals in need both in the UK and overseas. Luke Gamble (38) travels the world treating animals via the two charities he founded – Worldwide Veterinary Services (WVS) and Mission Rabies. As CEO of both organisations, he has raised more than £3M to support the charities and associated projects around the world. Through Mission Rabies, Luke aims to eventually eliminate rabies from the world, beginning with a project to rid the Indian State of Goa of the disease within the next three years to protect humans and animals from its deadly effects…  click here

Sonia Shirsat: On a 'high' note in the US

17 Oct: Herald. Still basking in the love and warmth she received during her recent performance in the US, in Sammy Tavares' tiatr, 'Tim Thikam Sandleft', Goa's beloved singer Sonia Shirsat never ceases to be amazed at the love of Non-Resident Goans for their motherland. "I have sung for Goan audiences in many countries including Macau, Toronto, London, Lisbon and the Middle East and each of them had one thing in common - 'Saudades' of their motherland Goa”. Sonia confesses her performance in the US was one of the most memorable yet. Playing to an essentially Goan audience in New Jersey and Houston, the reception was extraordinarily warm…  click here

Nairobi’s Latest Novelty: High-End Mac and Cheese, Served by Whites
16 Oct: New York Times. There’s a newcomer on the Nairobi restaurant scene: the White Waiter… Kenyans don’t usually see working-class mzungus… Kenya’s business landscape is changing at dizzying speed… At Caramel, a dark, cozy and quite expensive new restaurant are $450 dollar shots of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac … The other night Caramel featured a hostess from Las Vegas, a leggy bartender from San Diego, a chef from Goa … The foreigners made up a small percentage of the total staff but were definitely the most visible. Some said they were here for just a short time, to train Kenyans; others said they planned to stay awhile … 1274 words.  click here

Football: Mumbai FC sign 19 year old prodigy, Meldon D'Silva

16 Oct: IBNS. Mumbai FC has added another player to their squad in Meldon D'Silva. The young Center Back comes with a robust youth career. His previous clubs were Dempo SC, Salgaocar Juniors and Wilred Leisure SC (of the Goa Professional League). The 19 year old was also part of the Goa (India) team that recently won Gold in the Lusofonia Games. He contributed by scoring the first goal of the match and in the process, helping the Indian team beat Mozambique 3-2 in the final…  click here

Not a sausage: the perils of code words
17 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). A terror suspect is alleged to have used the code word “sausage” to buy a gun. It is not the first time such a code word has been used. When in 1961 Goa, Portugal’s small enclave in India, faced the military might of India and was running short of artillery shells or anti-tank grenades (the stories vary), the commander of the Portuguese garrison sent an urgent request for replacements to Lisbon using the prearranged code word of chouriços, or sausages. The Ministry of Defence in Lisbon, which had long forgotten the code word, duly despatched a large consignment of spicy sausages to Goa by plane…  click here

Playboy hopes to open day cafe in Goa

18 Oct: Herald. … Playboy generated much heat and some dust when it tried to set up operations in Goa … Parag Sanghvi, managing director at PB Lifestyle expressed his frustration at the manner in which the issue snowballed in Goa when he claims he had not even applied for a license for the club… With regards to Goa he said that he wanted to be here because it was a market which had people from all over the world holidaying… “I would like to open in Morjim in North Goa I love that place. My club which will be an all day cafe which will compete with major coffee chains in ambience but will serve alcohol as well. The kind of music we will play along with the atmosphere will give our patrons is a surreal experience”.  click here

Off-season in Goa! What's that?
17 Oct: DNA. Goa witnessed a record high of tourist arrivals during the months of June, July and August 2014… The rise in tourists is attributed to the introduction of safety and security measures and awareness created on the hinterland, culture, monsoon and pilgrim tourism. Some such initiatives include domestic and international road shows and exhibitions … …  click here
15 Oct: Financial Express. Goa records 18% increase in tourist arrivals during monsoons  click here

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Nuage Travel

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


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


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

For Sale: The Garça Branca - Loutolim, Goa

Rated the #1 B&B in South Goa with a total of 6355 sqms of House, developed Botanical Garden, Aviary, Vegetable Garden and Exotic Plant Nursery. For more details click here.

Magdala Center Project in the Holy Land

The Center offers a good standard and affordable hospitality to pilgrims. Financial support is required for exploring and maintaining the Ancient Ruins and the building of a new Centre in Magdala, Galilee. Donate and get involved. Info at Enquires to Tony Luis,

Goa Holiday Homes

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Tito’s – Where Else?!

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

Goa & Worldwide Travel

Flights & Holiday Specialist to Goa (Charter & Scheduled Flights), & Worldwide destinations. Last Minute Holiday Packages to Europe. ABTA , ATOL & IATA Licensed. Contact: SAVIO VIEGAS - Your Personal Travel Consultant. Tel - 020 3598 2397 / 07926191069 Email -

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