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Death: Leo Coutinho
18 Apr. 2019. Toronto. LEO COUTHINO. Devoted husband of Pricilla. Beloved Father to Cedric (Michelle) and Adrian (Theresa). Grandfather to Adelaide, Madison, Noah, Jayden, and Tayah. The viewing will be held at Ogden Funeral Home located at 4164 Sheppard Ave E on Monday April 22nd from 5.00 - 9.00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday April 23rd at 10.00am at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church located at 3 Combermere Dr, North York. Interment immediately following the Church at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill. [Info: Pompie Gois].

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Canada: Derek Mascarenhas’ Collection ponders immigrants' plight

20 Apr: Winnipeg Free Press. Award-winning Ontario author Derek Mascarenhas’s first collection of short stories relates the story of the Pinto family as seen primarily through the eyes of its children, Aiden and Ally, who grow into adolescence and adulthood through the course of the 17 linked — perhaps intertwined is a better word — stories. The family comes from Goa, India, and has as much Portuguese European heritage as Southeast Asian … Goans are sometimes referred to as "coconuts" — brown on the outside, white on the inside — a casual racist attitude which Aiden and Ally encounter in the stories. The prologue skilfully paints a portrait of the Pinto parents as children in 1946; it involves a ghost story, as well as a fake priest who turns out to be a criminal. The vividness of the writing in this prologue, and Mascarenhas’s ability to write the voice of children as witnesses to its gentle and sometimes-violent heightened life, makes for a dynamic start…  For further details click here

Stranded passengers face double whammy from Jet Airways crisis

20 Apr: Live Mint. Passengers booked to fly on Jet Airways (India) Ltd have been hit by a double whammy after the airline temporarily suspended operations on Wednesday night. Their travel plans are in a mess and no one knows if and when they will be refunded. The woes of passengers were compounded as International Air Transport Association (IATA) suspended Jet’s membership of its payments gateway on Thursday, potentially affecting the process of refunds.,, Foreign tourists also complained of being left to fend for themselves. Selena Lester from the London suburb of Bushey flew to India in the first week of April for a holiday. Lester and her family of three were scheduled to return to London on 21 April, but now find themselves stranded in Goa… The family spent £216 for a ticket when they booked them in May last year. Lester will now have to shell out nearly 15 times as much as fares have shot up to £3,000. “Our insurer will only refund £700 each. So it’s a huge loss for us," she said…  For further details click here
For Selena Lester’s Facebook page with updates,  click here
20 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Being left stranded in Goa will NOT be a holiday … click here.

Safe Fish On Table

20 Apr: Navhind Times. In an effort to woo voters the Congress has released a state-specific manifesto promising, among other things, to provide Goans formalin-free fish with the help of central government agencies. This is a promise no other political party has made. Since formalin was discovered in fish consignments in June last year the health department of the state government had gone in overdrive to prove that no hazardous chemicals were found in fish consignments. However, when fish markets across the state reported significant drop in sales owing to deep suspicion among Goans at large that the health department was lying, the government promised a string of measures to check preservatives in fish and ensure that it was free from formalin and other contaminants. However, these measures proved to be empty promises…  For further details click here

How Goan food is getting a facelift

Dodol Samosa

26 Apr: Forbes India. By Joanna Lobo. Food in Goa is not just about fish-curry-rice anymore. Today, seek and you will find kismur (dried shrimp salad) pulsed and turned into a batter for steamed fish, a feni glazed risotto, a dried prawn and papad bhel, pork chops with honey and feni, and a crispy tambdi bhaji (red spinach) tempura. Call it modern or experimental cooking, but it is a new, much-awaited coming of Goan food. Chefs are attempting to strike a balance between staying true to traditional flavours while using a forward-thinking approach. It may not be large enough to be called a trend but is visible enough to get people talking about it… One popular food item that lends itself beautifully to experiments is choris (Goan sausage) … Saligao Stories serves chorizo-stuffed clams… Olive in Vagator has a Prawn and Goan Chorizo … Black Street Bistro serves choris with caramelised onions, and dark chocolate shavings,,, Ernesto’s served the choris pav lasagne …  click here
20 Apr: The Goan. Celebrating Goan food and drink … Goa Tourism is all set to organize the second edition of The Spirit of Goa Festival 2019 from April 26-28 …  click here

Goa Archbishop urges voters not to vote for corrupt, communal, divisive candidates

20 Apr: India Blooms News Service. Goa's archbishop Fillipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday urged voters not vote for candidates who are 'corrupt, communalise, exploit and divide.' In his message on the eve of Easter Sunday, the archbishop said, “Let us pray that our electorate will vote for the forces which empower the weak, the marginalized and the exploited, rather than those that corrupt, communalize, exploit and divide,'' he said…  For further details click here

In Calangute, poll code keeps liquor vends shut

20 Apr: Times of India. A large number of wine shops have temporarily shut down in the popular Calangute-Candolim beach belt following restrictions arising out of the election code of conduct… “All the English tourists have left Goa and have chosen to travel to Sri Lanka, Thailand and other south Asian countries because of this situation, as the Champions League (European football tournament) is in its last stages and the matches are all telecast only after 10pm,” the owner of a popular sports bar in Calangute that is frequented by English tourists said, adding that things may normalise after the elections…  For further details click here


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The in-between world of the African Goans

19 Apr: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. At the cusp of the 1990s, while pursuing graduate studies in London, my attentions swivelled to an alluring young woman who had been born in Kampala a quarter-century earlier, and our subsequent courtship drew me into the in-between world of the African Goans. It was my first extended encounter with these Indians twice removed, the first time voluntarily from our collective palm-shaded Konkan homeland, but then with haunting consequences from “good old days" in the British and Portuguese colonies in Africa. Double exile was the bedrock of their identity. I found myself surrounded by men and women utterly riven by melancholy, whose eyes brimmed with tears whenever the Swahili love song Malaika played (which was often). Home was liminal, the heart was elsewhere. Only loss was omnipresent… 2637 words.  For further details click here

Mississauga: Two Kids for Change helps families in Mississauga and Brampton

27 Mar: Mississauga News. When Daniel Sequeira was 12 and his brother Nick was 15 years old, they saw a youth their age outside a grocery store asking for food. They wanted to do something to help that young person and others in the same situation, but didn’t know what to do. The brothers, who attended St. Francis Xavier Secondary School, went to food banks, school boards and local organizations to find out how they could help. They were told they were too young…. They decided to give people grocery gift cards. In 2012, Two Kids for Change was set up as a registered charity… That was seven years ago, and Two Kids for Change is still going strong. So far, Daniel said the charity has raised nearly $26,000 for students in need in Peel schools… Daniel, who will be 21 in June, is currently studying medical sciences at the University of Western Ontario and plans to attend medical school. Nickolas, 24, is a MD candidate at the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto… Daniel also remembers their mom volunteering to take care of children at Merciful Redeemer Church in Mississauga… For more information about Two Kids for Change visit ... [Info: Norman DaCosta]  For further details click here
Daniel and Nick Sequeira are the sons of Dr. Errol and Sharon Sequeira of Mississauga; Grandsons of Rudy and Maureen Fernandes and Manny and Ann Sequeira and the Great Grandsons of Mrs. Amy Moniz of Saligao, Goa

Reporting sexual harassment or abuse

18 Apr: BBC Asian Network's Big Debate. Is sexual harassment and abuse taken seriously in the Asian community? Qasa is asking this after a tragic and extreme case in Bangladesh, where a 19-year-old girl (photo) was burned to death because she filed a sexual abuse claim against her headmaster…  For further details click here
18 Apr: BBC. Burned to death for reporting sexual harassment …  click here

Norwich family stranded in India could lose another £1,500 if they get seats on first available flight

18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press (UK). The holiday nightmare is continuing for Gary Howard and his family, who have been told it will cost £380 per person to cancel seats on a Monday flight from Mumbai to Heathrow. That Air India flight is costing the Norwich family £5,500 as prices steeple in the wake of the cancellation on Wednesday of all Jet Airways flights to and from India… The move has left thousands of people scrambling to find another flight home. Mr Howard was supposed to be flying home on Saturday with his partner Freny Fernandes, her daughter Naina and his, Naiara, both 12. But their Jet Airways flights were grounded, and they were at first offered seats on another plane for £4,000 each…  For further details click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press (UK). Two Norfolk friends get last flights out of India after airline is grounded … Friends Caroline Martin and Andree Byron (photo) in Goa. They are going to be flying home to the UK to spend the rest of the Easter weekend at home…  click here

The Rise of Surf Culture and “Super Sexy” Waves in India

19 Apr: Suitcase Mag. Though surfing is said to have made its first appearance in India in the 1970s – the years that saw a sub-culture of travellers journeying overland on the so-called Hippie Trail from Europe through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and onto India – it is still limited to just a handful of coastal villages scattered along the coast. Until recently, visiting surfers floated in near isolation off the beaches of Goa and Tamil Nadu, with interest from locals and a culture of surf only evolving in the last decade… Board shorts and bikinis in Goa: Further up the west coast of India, travellers arrive to Goa in droves. Wearing board shorts or bikinis, they’re ready to slip into the unreserved hippie culture of the country’s most expatriate influenced region… Goa has become a famed surf town and a hotspot for travellers looking to hit the waves for the first time or hone newfound skills…  For further details click here

Drop in tourists disappoints stakeholders

19 Apr: Herald. If premature end of charter season was not enough, drop in arrivals including that of Indian tourists during the long weekend starting on Friday has disappointed the stakeholders. The Holy Week (Good Friday through Easter Sunday) coupled with poll holidays in the neighbouring Karnataka on Thursday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 23 could have proven a silver lining in the Goa tourism industry. But soaring flight rates particularly from Mumbai and Bangalore followed by Delhi, and restrictions on liquor in lieu of elections has dampened the show…  For further details click here

UK: Golden slumbers

19 Apr: Daily Telegraph. The 300-year-old satin bedspread of James II is being exhibited by the National Trust at Sizergh Castle, in Cumbria, for the first time. The cover, believed to originate from Goa, is adorned with gold-thread stitchings of animals and mythical creatures. The house is open between 12pm and 4pm until Oct 27, including bank holiday weekends…  For further details click here



Death: Arnold (Porgy) Alpin. Ex Nairobi

10 Apr: Croydon, UK. We are sad to announce the death of ARNOLD (PORGY) ALPIN. Dearly beloved husband of Caroline (nee Price), beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. The Funeral Mass will take place on Monday 29th April at St Mary's Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 2AR at 10 am followed by a private cremation for immediate family only. Guests are invited to the Church Hall after Mass to celebrate his life. The family request no flowers and if you wish donations may be made to Ovacome a UK cancer charity and the British Heart Foundation. Parking at the Church will be reserved for immediate family only and there are public car parks in the immediate area. For catering purposes or to send condolences to the family, please RSVP to indicating numbers attending

Death: Kathleen Santiago
15 Apr: Laguna Hills, California. KATHLEEN SANTIAGO. Wife of late Jude Santiago (Brother of Tony Santiago). passed away from lung cancer. We ask that you please keep their children Elizabeth and Alex Santiago in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Details of funeral arrangement: Service will be this Saturday April 20 at 10:45 am at O'Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alisa Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Followed by burial at 1pm Holy Sepulcher, 7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92689 [Info: Goans of America].

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The 9 best Indian restaurants in London according to TripAdvisor

18 Apr: My London News. Everyone has their opinion on which restaurant does the tastiest curry… MyLondon is of the opinion the capital certainly holds its own when it comes to one of the nation's favourite cuisines. TripAdvisor website users can rate and review restaurants and say whether their food was good, excellent, very good, average, poor or terrible. So it is a great gauge to how eateries are performing based on food, service and value. We've plucked out the top nine Indian restaurants in London according to TripAdvisor for you to mull over and debate… 9. Olde Goa, Norbury. Authentic Goan home style cooking in abundance at Olde Goa in Norbury. The restaurant has plenty of character and it is clear the owners are passionate about the food they are creating. One visitor wrote: "Warm welcome, joyful atmosphere, freshly made, authentic cuisine. If you’re familiar with Goan food, you’ll love it, if you’re not, you’ll love it even more!" …  For further details click here
For the Trip Advisor reviews of Olde Goa,  click here
For the Olde Goa website, click here.

Norwich family stranded in India after airline collapse quoted £16,000 for flights home

18 Apr: Easter Daily Press (UK). A Norfolk family has been told to pay £16,000 to fly home after being left stranded in Goa because Jet Airways has suspended all flights. And they got a shock when they tried to find new flights, with Southall Travell quoting £4,000 each - and local agent Jet International quoting a total of £7,000… A spokesman from Southall Travel, based in Middlesex, confirmed to this newspaper that the family would get a refund in 'four-six weeks.' “Mr Howard is not the only person affected, we have thousands who are and we are in a helpless situation. All we can do is provide options for passengers and it's their call whether they take them or not but the prices are on the high side because of so much demand.” Mr Howard, from Norwich, is in Goa with his daughter Naiara, 12, his partner Freny Fernandes and her daughter Naina, 12 (photo) …  click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Passengers face being stranded for the bank holiday as Jet Airways cancels all flights …  click here
18 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. Family stranded in India after airline is grounded finds way out - for £5,500 … click here.

Vibrant Goa Roadshow in Vancouver and Surrey

15 Apr: Voice Online. VIBRANT Goa Roadshow 2019 – Vancouver was organized in partnership with BC India Business Network and the Consulate General of India, Vancouver, on April 10. It was sponsored by Forestry Innovation Investment, Vancouver Economic Commission and Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, BC… An MOU was signed during the roadshow to promote bilateral trade and culture between BC and Goa. Dr. Shah announced the establishment of the Vibrant Goa Global Expo Summit Desk in Vancouver under the aegis of the BC India Business Network. Several businessmen have registered to go to Goa for the Global Expo… The Goa delegates were interested in importing infrastructure technology, lumber and building materials from Surrey…  For further details click here

Portugal: A "lesson for the children". Catarina Furtado in India with the family

17 Apr: NTV (Portugal). Catarina Furtado, the RTP hostess traveled to India with her children and her husband, the actor João Reis. Catarina Furtado wanted the younger ones to "feel the strength" of that country… This time the family went looking for their Indian roots, since their great-great-grandfather was from Goa. In addition to the pleasure that the trip entails, this visit served, in the words of the presenter, so that the children "felt the strength" of that place… Soon, the RTP hostess will visit other countries with development difficulties for her "Princes of Nothing" program…  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Catarina Furtado, click here.

Australia: Jason Mash donating liver to father in mercy dash to India

18 Apr: The Advertiser (Adelaide). Jason Mash will make a mercy dash to India to donate his liver to save the life of his 68-year-old father, who is battling cirrhosis… Mr Mash was told his father Barry (photo) , who lives in Goa, may not live to see the end of the year without the transplant. Mr Mash doesn’t think the donation is particularly heroic or dutiful. “It’s just something you do for your family,” he said… Mr Mash will undergo transplant surgery, which costs $80,000, at Apollo Navi hospital next month, when 60 per cent of his liver will be donated…  For further details click here

Rape accused ex-Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate joins Congress, may contest Panaji seat

18 Apr: New Indian Express. Former Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, accused of raping a minor girl, on Thursday joined the Congress. He is likely to be fielded from Panaji in the May 19 Assembly by-election against prospective Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Utpal Parrikar, son of late Manohar Parrikar. Monserrate has a history of changing parties. He started his political career with the United Goan Democratic Party (UGDP) and became MLA. Later, he joined the BJP in 2004 only to return to the UGDP in 2007. A few years later, he was in the Congress but was sacked for anti-party activities in 2015. He then joined the Goa Forward (GF) and was an office-bearer till a few weeks back. Last year, he was charge-sheeted for allegedly raping a minor girl and human trafficking, though he says he was framed…  For further details click here
19 Apr: Herald. The Monserrate factor in the Panjim by-elections …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 21 Apr. A&G Event Experts, the Premier Events Management Company With Ria Money Transfer Specialists to India are organising a Goan Easter Dine and Dance on 21st April 2019 from 1830hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road- TW5 0RL.Simple Minds will perform on the day Tickets are at reasonable rates £15.00 per head including Goan snacks and Goan buffet dinner. To book please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ Antonio 07780797967/ Brian: 074050227575 , Franco: 07578371960. Dress: Formal. Rights of Admission reserved. A&G have complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages with great venues including a super yacht, an island, plush hotels all with authentic Goan and other cuisines, entertainment and tailor-made packages you require. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Apr: Following on from Easter season, Cortalim Union (UK) are pleased to invite you to celebrate their 41st Anniversary Feast of St Philip & St James, at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Mass to start promptly at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by the dynamic band ‘Shades' and Fantasy Disco featuring ‘DJ Stephanie’. Catering by 'Bernie’s’. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Members - £14.00 and Non Members - £16.00, until 15th April 2019, thereafter £17.00 for all adults. Children £8.00 (4-10 years) and £10.00 (11-16 years). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment due to limited tickets - Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 07974 289 640, Chris D'Cruz - 07739 876 718, Marisa Tellis - 07568 185 022, Diego Gomes - 07970 104 689, Tino Goes - 07821 900 490. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Eugene Fernandes 0208 6654773, Tony Fernandes 0208 5403566, Loretta Fernandes 0208 3309307. For further details please see the attached flyer - click here.

Sun 7th Jul. GOA UK, Golf. Additional information will be added.

UK EVENT: Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion Sun 21 Jul. Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion. Venue: Heston Catholic Social Club, Eton Avenue, Heston, TW5 0HB. (Buses 120 from Hounslow Central Station and 111 from Hounslow East Station; in both cases Stations are on Piccadilly Line westbound for Heathrow Airport. Alight at St Leonard's Church and walk 5 mins. to venue. Ample car parking available), Cost: £15 per person to include snacks and a full buffet lunch. Cheques in favour of Mr L. Pereira to be sent 49 Browning Way, Heston, Middlesex TW5 BG. Contacts: Lambert Pereira, 07305 572 506; Christopher Moniz, 07803 052 618; Alvira Almeida, 0208 300 6154. NB: Confirmation of attendance required by 30th April 2019


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Jet Airways temporarily suspends all flights

17 Apr: BBC. Troubled Indian airline Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights after failing to find fresh funding. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday as it was not able to pay for fuel and other critical services. Jet Airways said it had no choice but to suspend the flights, but hopes to start flying again. It has $1.2bn (£900m) debt and has been in talks with lenders for weeks. With 123 planes, Jet Airways is India's biggest private airline, but reports say that just five planes have been in use. In a statement the airline said it had been forced to ground all its flights because "prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities did not yield the desired results"…  For further details click here

UK: Birmingham's 'best bosses' pay for luxury holidays for entire staff - and they are hiring!

17 Apr: Birmingham Mail. Birmingham-based startup Turn Partners could be the best place in the world to work - and it is hiring for new staff. The digital firm not only gives employees unlimited annual leave, but also pays for them to go on month-long luxury holidays… Their staff have spent their nine to five trekking through jungles in Thailand, watching football matches in Goa and enjoying the sunset on exotic beaches with a cocktail in hand… This year Mike and James took all their employees for a month-long five-star holiday to Goa and Mumbai, India…  For further details click here

Indian Embassy Business Meet spotlights Vibrant Goa Global Expo

17 Apr: Oman Daily Observer. Embassy of India, Muscat, as part of its endeavor to promote trade and economic relations between India and Oman, organized a Business Meet at its premises on 15 April 2019. The focus of the Business Meet was to promote Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019 to be held in the Indian State of Goa from 17 to 19 October 2019 as well as to apprise visiting Indian companies of the opportunities of investments in Oman specially in Mining sector as the event coincided with Oman Mining Expo 2019, being held in Muscat… Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019 will be organised from 17-19 October 2019 in Goa. It will be an ideal opportunity for participants from across the world to understand the potential of State of Goa across various sectors as well as enjoy its tourist spots. More information about the Expo is available at  For further details click here

India: Mancurad mango still too pricey in markets of Goa

17 Apr: Fresh Plaza (Holland). Mangoes continue to be unpopular in Goa's markets even though their price has dropped sharply since last month. The Mancurad mango, which sold for Rs 3,500 a dozen last month (€44.54), is currently being sold for Rs 1,200 a dozen (€15.27). But still locals are shunning the fruit, waiting for its price to drop even further… Locals are also apprehensive about the quality of mangoes currently available. "Mangoes imported from other states are sometimes hastily ripened using urea, baking powder and other fertilizers," said Caranzalem resident B V Pai. "Fruits must be allowed to naturally ripen. A lot of people are not keen on buying mangoes now because of these issues.” …  For further details click here

The wild, transcendent raves of 00s Goa inspired LĒO’s latest collection

17 Apr: Dazed. A trance-like state of bliss, and the dance movement of the same name, inspired rising Brussels-based label LĒO’s latest collection, Trance. Following on from the brand’s SS19 offering, which featured 90s-style tribal prints, brilliantly garish printed logo tees, and plenty of high-shine snakeskin, AW19 offers more of the same clash of high and low: only this time, with added psychedelia… We looked to the Goan trance scene of the early 00s and what was happening there,” explains Joëlle Laederach, one-third of the creative force behind LĒO. … While there was no field trip to Goa itself to research the collection (though there are plans to visit v soon), Laederach and fellow designer Leonneke Derksen immersed themselves fully in Goan trance …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: My Story. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Sat. 20th Apr. 13:15 to 13:30. Actor. Series 2, episode 3. Suhanna finds out about Daddy Raj's colourful life story, which started in India a long time ago. Starring: Nicky Campbell, Rachel Bazeley, Jaqui McAlpine

DOCUMENTARY: People and Power. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sat. 20th Apr. 17:30 to 18:00. India: Fake News and Agitprop. People and Power investigates the threat posed to democracy in India by those who use fake news to advance extreme nationalism.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Greatest Food Markets. BBC 4. Mon. 22nd Apr. 23:50 to 00:50. New Delhi. Series 1, episode 3. Billingsgate merchant Roger Barton pits himself against traders at New Delhi's Azadpur fruit and vegetable market, which provides food for the whole of India.

CHILDRENS: Horrible Histories. CBBC (Freeview 201). Fri. 26th Apr. 08:50 to 09:20. Wily Winston Churchill Special. Series 6, episode 10. Charting the life of the former British prime minister, including his time as a soldier in India and his part in the Allies' victory in the Second World War. Jim Howick stars.

TRAVEL: Cruising with Jane McDonald. Channel 5. Fri. 26th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. First part of the Wonder of Wakefield's two-part trip to India. In Kolkata, Jane visits the colourful chaos amid the largest flower market in Asia before setting sail on the Ganges River. Stop-offs include the temple city of Kalna, and Murshidabad where she explores the grand palaces of the city and discovers a religion close to her heart, before going off the beaten the track to see some local artisans at work.


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Lorna set to rock the stage at the UK Goan Festival - Sunday 4th August 2019

Lorna Cordeiro the legendary Goan Nightingale will be performing at the UK Goan Festival on Sunday 4th August 2019. Please join us to celebrate her 75th Birthday and acknowledge her contributions to Konkani music over these years. She will be accompanied by Norman Cardozo on Keyboard, Nolvert Cota on Trumpet, Mathias Sequeira on Drums and Francis Rodrigues on Bass Guitar. Should you wish to have a stall on the day of the Festival, please email your stall application requests to Closing date for all stall applications is the 31st May 2019. For further details contact please contact : Ravi Vaz - +44(0)7909.927539; Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - +44(0)7958.537314, Bella Fernandes +44(0)7949.233307

James D’Silva: Tried & Tested: Garuda Fitness In Hong Kong

15 Apr: Asia Tatler. With new fitness trends popping up every day, there's no lack of options to stay active in Hong Kong. And while Pilates, yoga and barre continue to rise in popularity, new variations of the classics are also picking up momentum in Hong Kong’s fitness scene… The Garuda Method was developed in London by James D’Silva, who was born and raised in Goa, India before moving to England to become a professional dancer. With his background in dancing and Pilates, he created the Garuda principles which challenge the body’s flow of movement using the spiral lines as a guide…  click here
James D’Silva’s Garuda Studio is at 26-28 Finchley Road, London NW8 6ES. For the Goan Voice James D’Silva supplement  click here

Court reinstates Good Friday holiday in federally ruled area of India

16 Apr: Catholic Philly, Philadelphia, PA, USA. The Mumbai high court reinstated Good Friday as a holiday after it had been removed from the list of government-approved holidays in an area in western India ruled by the federal government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. “We are very happy to inform you that we have won the Good Friday battle in the Mumbai high court,” Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi, secretary general of the Indian Catholic bishops’ conference, said in a statement after the court’s April 15 ruling. Bishop Mascarenhas called the ruling “a big relief” for the Christian minority in the region. “The court order reinforces our faith in the judicial system,” he told Catholic News Service…  For further details click here

Indian state wants federal probe into foreign funding of Christian charities

15 Apr: UCAN. Jharkhand state in eastern India has sought a federal investigation into 31 Christian charity organizations to check for the mishandling of overseas donations. The state government, led by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), suspects organizations have diverted donated funds for unspecified expenses and violated certain rules in submitting their annual reports, media reports said April 13. Church leaders have termed the move an attempt to slander them and church bodies in the state. “This is nothing but an attempt to give us bad press and malign our name,” said Archbishop Felix Toppo of Ranchi. He said they have learned from media that the government has recommended the federal home ministry to use the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe 31 Christian non-governmental organizations, most of them Catholic… Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary-general of the Catholic bishops in India, said “government machinery is being misused to wage a war against the peace-loving Christian community” in Jharkhand…  For further details click here

The Jesuits and the Mango

14 Apr: Times of India. Goan mangoes are undeniably some of the best in the world, and a large measure of this credit must be given to the Jesuits, who introduced modern grafting techniques in the 16th century to produce this king of fruits. Goa’s erstwhile Portuguese colonisers, and the Society of Jesus that followed in their wake, left us with more than a generous helping of their faith. There is an abundance to pick from this mixed bag, but as we revel in the season of the mango, one must take a peek at the historical beginnings of this celebrated fruit and the Jesuit role in developing what is today avowed as the best in the world… “The Jesuits brought the art of grafting to Goa,” says former secretary of the Botanical Society of Goa Miguel Braganza. “At that time, they introduced us to the best techniques of grafting, particularly that of airlayering (gootee) or inarching (approach grafting). This was practiced in Goa up till 1986…  For further details click here

Goa Priest Apologises For Remarks Against PM, Amit Shah, Manohar Parrikar

16 Apr: NDTV. The Catholic priest who had allegedly made statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday tendered an "unconditional apology" after he was found guilty of violating the poll code. The priest, Fr Conceicao D'Silva, faced a probe by election officials after a video of his controversial speech went viral on social media. Stung by the remarks, the BJP had Sunday lodged a complaint against him with poll authorities. South Goa District Returning Officer Ajit Roy, in an order issued, said D'Silva, the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Snows Church, has admitted to making the statements during an inquiry conducted by Additional District Magistrate Agnelo Fernandes… The Goa Church, which wields considerable influence among community members, had Monday expressed regret over the priest's statement and asked him to refrain from making such remarks…  For further details click here

People centric # trashtag campaign, a bridge between people to rid Goa of its garbage

16 Apr: Herald. #Trashtag, the global campaign to leverage people’s initiative in riding public space of its garbage has hit the shores of Goa. After a joint initiative between Drishti Lifesaving Pvt ltd and a radio station, where listeners could report about garbage and litter and the Beach cleaning services would move in to clean area, the initiative is being carried forward by Herald, in its Cafe section. This will enable readers to send in their photos and messages whenever they find garbage or litter to Team Herald. We will then pick the one that needs immediate attention (and will attempt to report and get each place cleaned up). We will announce details of this shortly, but for now let us look back on a campaign of people’s participation in ridding Goa of its mess a campaign that needs to be carried forward …  For further details click here



Death: Michael Goes. Ex Cusmane – Quepem, Goa

2 Apr: UK. MICHAEL GOES. Born: 14/12/1956. Son of Late Aleixo/Late Piedade Goes; Most beloved Husband of Sebastian Cabral (UK); Affectionate Father/Father-in-law of Alston /Sebastiana Farias (UK), Alisha/Agnelo Estibeiro (St Inez, Panaji /UK); Doting Grandfather of Abner Goes & Maverick Estibeiro; Brother/Brother-in-law of Late Immaculate, Fatima/Late Antonio Cardozo, Gracy/Late Valerio Fernandes (Cuncolim), Teoflina/Late Cidonio Coutinho (Dona-Paula); Loving uncle of Freeda/Evaristo, Terence/Thomacina; Schubert/Elvy, Late Ivon/Ruvita, Sanifa/Rocky; Aristo/Rosa Maria, Beliza/Cruz, Marina/Izeter & Greeta. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence at Cusmane, on 17th April 2019 at 3:30 pm to Holy Cross Church, Quepem for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.

Death: Menino Rebello
13 Apr. 2019: Tanga, Tanzania. MENINO REBELLO. Loving husband to the late Clara Rebello nee Pinto and father to Lazarus/Kalpana (Atlanta, USA), Evelett, late Alwyn, Debra, Roland/Mitzi(Dar-es-salaam). He will be greatly missed by his loving grandchildren in Tanzania and in the USA. Funeral: details to be announced. [ Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga] Condolences to:

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Jealous Swindon man who 'tortured' wife with cruelty spared jail

15 Apr: Swindon Advertiser. A jealous man who tortured his wife with his cruelty has been spared jail despite showing no remorse for what he had done. Valentino Fernandes, formerly of Elmina Road but now of County Road, spat at the woman and in her food, locked her out of the house in the winter and stopped her from seeing her son. The woman was so scared of him she wouldn’t even leave the room to go to the toilet as she was forced to live upstairs with their daughters. And he would abuse her in the street calling her a prostitute and a dog and suggesting in front of people including the children that she should sell herself for £3… The 54-year-old had come to the UK from Goa in September 2016… The judge imposed a two-year jail term suspended for 24 months with 300 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement... 651 words.  For further details click here

Video: Church objects, Christians furious over Fr Conceicao’s hate sermon against Parrikar

15 Apr: Goa 365 TV. … 7m. 34s. The video of Fr Conceicao D’Silva cursing former chief minister Manohar Parrikar has created furore among Goa’s Christian community. Most of the Christian brothers and sisters have disapproved his statement that Parrikar dying of cancer was a punishment by Almighty God. Bishop’s House has also taken serious note of it while Bharatiya Janata Party has filed a complaint before the Election Commission of India. Fr Conceicao D’Silva is a parish priest at Our Lady of Snows Church at Raia in Salcete… While the video went viral on social media, the Panaji mandal of BJP immediately filed a complaint before the local electoral office, stating that this will create communal tension. According to our information, Bishop summoned Fr Conceicao on Monday morning and warned him not to indulge in such acts. The Bishop has also issued a statement objecting to such kind of attitude. The provocative statements of Fr Conceicao however were deplored by his own Christian community… 7m. 35s.  For further details click here

Thousands of Goans to lose jobs as Honda shuts shop in Swindon

15 Apr: Dover Daily News (UK). Several thousand Indians, the majority of whom are Goans, are set to lose their jobs after car manufacturer Honda, on Tuesday, announced the closure of its Swindon car plant. The Japanese company builds 150,000 Honda Civic Hatchbacks annually in the Wiltshire town, its only car factory in the EU, and exports them to more than 70 countries. Honda announced it would close its Swindon vehicle manufacturing plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021, to focus on building electrified cars. This will lead to 3,500 job losses, affecting at least 900 permanent staff who are persons of Indian-origin (PIOs), according to sources. Whilst the majority are Goan, they include PIOs from all over India …  For further details click here

UK's only Portuguese and Goan-themed restaurant opens in Essex

15 Apr: Epping Forest Guardian. A new restaurant which is thought to be the only place themed around Goan-Portuguese cuisine has opened. Mr Todiwala’s Petiscos, officially opened in December 2018 on Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, co-owned by Steve Redman-Schaffer, from Woodford and Cyrus Todiwala from East London. The duo decided to launch the restaurant after trialling a pop-up event last summer at Mr Todiwala’s Indian eatery, Cafe Spice Namaste in Whitechapel… Bombay-born Cyrus Todiwala, a regular on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, has injected his experience with Goa to offer a unique take on an enduring Portuguese food… The restaurant is set to launch a new lunch time menu later this month, offering several mouth-watering dishes and drinks in a special deal…  For further details click here
For the Petiscos website and menu,  click here

Home inspection services for Goan real estate buyers

15 Apr: Navhind Times. Buying a new house or investing in new property is a major investment that consumes most of the savings. But what happens when the home buyer is the victim of poor construction by an unscrupulous builder? Home inspection services are a new concept in the Indian real estate industry but they are slowly finding takers. The companies inspect the premises of clients and help to minimize maintenance and repair costs in the long run… The company does visual inspection followed by detailed study of the quality of the construction material. Customers are provided a detailed report on the findings as well as the solution… 1026 words.  For further details click here

Mum of schoolgirl raped and killed in tourist hotspot slams delays in trial

15 Apr: Daily Mirror (UK). The heartbroken mother of a schoolgirl who was raped and killed on a tourist beach in Goa has criticised further delays in the trial into her daughter's violent death. Scarlett Keeling's semi-naked body was found covered in 50 injuries lying face-down in the water just after dawn on February 18, 2008 in India. Her mum Fiona MacKeown, 55, has been fighting to have her daughter's killers brought to justice - but despite two arrests no one has ever been jailed. Ms MacKeown expected a verdict on Thursday but the family's lawyer, Vikram Varma, now expects the case to conclude in late April. Speaking to Mirror Online, Ms MacKeown said: "I'm disappointed that Scarlett's killers are still free to walk the streets. We're going through the court process but it feels empty… Scarlett was a good girl, she deserves better than this.” Ms MacKeown is now desperately appealing for a “key” British witness, Michael Mannion, to come forward and testify on her daughter's behalf… 797 words.  For further details click here
Video: !5 Apr: Prudent Media. Police & CBI fabricated evidences to frame accused in Scarlett Keeling Case: Defense Counsel to High Court …  click here

Goa’s new restaurant charms with its Portuguese minimalism

14 Apr: Architecture Digest. The sunshine state of Goa has seen a wave of fine-dining restaurants in the last couple of years. While traditional beach shacks continue to charm patrons, there are a new bunch of eateries that put all their focus on creating menus that will leave a lasting food memory. One of the newest additions to this list is Mahé. Standing tall in the bylanes of Anjuna, this one is a collaboration between the Bombay boys – Parth Timbadia and Chef Sandeep Sreedharan. Together, they have brought two of the most likeable aspects of Goa – Portuguese architecture and seafood. Mahé’s menu celebrates seafood through its curries that the chef has fond memories of from his family in Kerala and some forgotten Goan recipes…  For further details click here

Forthcoming Event: Empire of Goa in Hamburg

Sat, 21 Sept. 2019, at 22:00 h. at Schnackenburgallee 202, 22525 HAMBURG. Event Info: The presale has started! Our box office is open throughout! 4 floors! Psychedelic & Progressive & Forest / Dark Trance Event Hamburg. Artist's GMS Cosmosis Sonic Species Amnesia HQ Zara's Donnelly Catfish BIM and many more. Empire's of GOA HIGHLIGHTS Beach Area One of Hamburg's Most Beautiful Location 4 Floor's Massive Sound System by Boom Rental Three Ingenious Deco Teams Lasershow, Visuals + projections several nice shops and a Chill & Chai booth. UV Bodypainting. International Line up …  For further details click here
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Death: Cyril Mendes. Ex Nairobi

7 April. Edmonton, London U.K. CYRIL MENDES Aged 75. Beloved son of late Honorato & late Brigida Mendes. Loving brother to late John (Emma), late Peter Mendes, Mario (Karen) and Joy (Agnelo) Moraes. Adoring Uncle to Judy (Preeta) Sidhu and Adriano Moraes. Great Uncle to late baby Angel, Aaron, Callum and Amber Sidhu. Cyril died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack. A private Requiem Mass and Internment will be held by his loving family. The family would like to express heartfelt and sincere thanks to all their dear relatives and friends for their kind acceptance and understanding of their request for solitude during this difficult time. Also, for the numerous condolence messages, love and tremendous support. May God bless you all. Condolences to

Death: Pedro Caridade (Peter/Card) Lobo. Ex Nairobi

13 Apr:: Moira, Goa. PEDRO FRANCISCO XAVIER CARIDADE LOBO (PETER / CARD). Born: 03.08.1925. Ex-Barclays Bank. Nairobi, Kenya. Beloved Husband of Maria Filomena; Loving Father / Father-in-law of Dominic/Karla, Dona/Juvenal Demele, Delila/Tratford D'Souza, Della/Gilman De Souza and Darin/Annette; Affectionate grandfather of Nadine; Deora & Joshua: Jaeden & Aaron; Nathan & Kevin and Deyanna. Funeral cortege will leave his residence l5 April 2019 at 4 pm to the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Moira, for the Eucharistic Celebrations followed by burial.  For further details click here

Acknowledgement: Death of Cancio Fernandes

Erris (Bunny) Fernandes and the family would like to convey their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to family and friends for the numerous tributes, mass cards, cards, and messages of sympathy and condolences received following the death of their beloved Cancio Fernandes. They are grateful to all those who attended his funeral and the celebration of his life on 25 February 2019. They are deeply touched and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support shown by so many following his passing and also, most appreciative of the generous donations received in lieu of flowers, raised for The Don Bosco Ashalayam (Kolkata) in its mission to provide neglected, vulnerable and abused street children with a safe home and an education. A mass will be offered for all your intentions. For the original death notice see click here.

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Goa BJP sees red at Catholic priest’s sermon

15 Apr: The Hindu. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Goa on Sunday demanded an investigation by the Election Commission into a sermon by a local Catholic priest on an unidentified church premises. The complaint is based on a video that has been going viral since Saturday. In it, Father Conceicao D’Silva, a Catholic priest, is heard saying the late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s death due to pancreatic cancer was the wrath of God for encouraging pollution and trying to cancel government holidays linked to the Catholic faith… He also alleged that the BJP harassed minorities, urging his parishioners not to vote for the party… Secretary to the Goa Archbishop, Fr. Loiola Pereira, said to presspersons, “I am aware of the video and the people at Bishop’s House have been informed about it. I can’t confirm what will be the action (against him) as I’ve been away from Goa.” …  For further details click here
Video: 14 Apr: Indian Express. BJP has poured petrol over your children: Goa Priest Sermonises … 0m. 38s.  click here

Radio: Racism in dating

13 Apr: BBC Asian Network's Big Debate. Is it racist to only want to date someone from the same race? A British Asian women signed up to a dating website, but received what she says is racist abuse. A white man got in touch with her to say he sticks to his own race. What do you make of this? … 60 min.  For further details click here

Spice up your life with an Indian tour!

13 Apr: Mail on Sunday (UK). Holidaymakers flock to India for the romance of the Taj Mahal, the colour of long-distance rail journeys and the hippy chic of markets in places such as Goa. But now there's another big draw – the chance to learn how to cook classic Indian food. Courses and food tours are booming across this vast country. Here are some of the most delicious choices… The Full-Flavour Tour: Add a five-day Learn To Cook Indian Cuisine extension to any holiday or city break from On The Go Tours and staff promise that you'll return 'tanned and talented'. You're taught beside the beach in Goa, and on the four main teaching days you learn North Indian, South Indian and Goan recipes, the latter focusing on fish, rice, coconut and vegetables. It costs £399pp for the course including ingredients and excursions but not accommodation. …  For further details click here
On The Goa Tours. Cooking Course in Goa - 8 days …  click here

Meet Goa’s not-so-famous Nehru-Gandhis

14 Apr: Times of India. The Nehru-Gandhi name has quite a cachet in politics but so does it in a Goan household. For almost 50 years, a family in St Cruz on the outskirts of Panaji has named its members after India’s most famous political family. It’s a tradition that was passed on for three generations till the ‘Nehru-Gandhis’, who have since migrated to the UK on Portuguese passports, ran out of inspiration… “Everywhere we are identified as supporters of the Congress. BJP guys don’t even visit us while campaigning, and sometimes pamphlets are just scattered outside our doorstep,” said Nehru, who is now employed with a manufacturing unit in London…  For further details click here

Text + Video: From Goa to Karnataka

12 Apr: Blick (Switzerland). As a former Portuguese colony, Goa is a melting pot of cultures - on the same street you can visit churches, Hindu temples and mosques. Goa used to be a paradise for hippies, today it is the destination of party tourists from all over the world. Only in the south is it a bit quieter. The beach of the former fishing village Palolem is lined with padded sun loungers and colorful beach huts, where you can spend the night for a bargain price. The assembled bungalows are demolished before each monsoon season, so the law requires. Here you will find everything you could need as a western tourist: toilets with toilet paper, latte macchiato, Ayurveda massages - even a silent disco is hidden at the end of the beach between the rocks. Here the night owls with headsets in time with the music …3m. 13s.  For further details click here
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Perfect Sunday breakfast with Ros Omelette

13 Apr: Deccan Chronicle. Ros Omelette is a popular breakfast staple in Goa. Families usually prepare this with leftover xacutti in which the omelette is tossed. This recipe has a contemporary spin where each of the ingredients has been highlighted and it shines on their own…  For further details click here

Video: Russian TV Programme on Goa - Broadcast 14 Apr

14 Apr: Kolya Serga and Alina Astrovskaya will go to the Indian state of Goa. There are as many as 100 kilometers of beaches, eternal summer and boundless freedom. For two days, the sea hosts will inspect the cleanliness of local beaches, get acquainted with Indian cuisine, and also find out what Indian hostels and expensive local villas look like. In addition, a tourist with a “gold card” will drive around in a car of the Indian car industry, taste the traditional Goan sausage and, like a real hero, pass all the tests of canyoning. A tourist with 100 dollars will go to the cracker and see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India… 45m. 18s.  For further details click here

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