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Cops suspect fake visa racket

26 Aug: Herald. Goa Police suspect a fake visa racket operating in the state that foreigners are taking benefit of to stay illegally and get involved in various crimes. Speaking to the media at the Police Headquarters, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Goa Police Vimal Anand Gupta said, “The way the stamping has been done on the passports appears it is a genuine visa. I feel there is a professional racket operating here.” … Gupta said that in the last five years there have been 583 foreign nationals involved in various crimes in Goa, of which 333 foreigners have gone underground. He said that out of 333 underground foreign nationals 208 are Nigerians…  For further details click here
26 Aug: Navhind Times. Police ask people not to cooperate with troublesome foreigners …  click here

India unveils plans to ban surrogacy

25 Aug: BBC. The Indian government has unveiled a draft law which would ban commercial surrogacy. If approved by parliament, the law will also ban people who do not hold an Indian passport, as well as Indian single parents and gay people, from having children through surrogacy. Infertile couples would be able to seek a surrogate, which must be a relative. Infertility groups have criticised the proposed law, saying it could lead to an illegal industry…  For further details click here

Football: Zico's Goa to do pre-season training in Rio

25 Aug: The Sentinel. FC Goa on Thursday announced that they will assemble at chief coach Zico's football academy Zico 10 for pre-season training and conditioning ahead of the third edition of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) later this year. Zico 10 is a brand, under which there are various academies and training centres across Brazil attached to the Brazil and Flamengo legend Zico who is the head coach of FC Goa for the third consecutive season. FC Goa are scheduled to play pre-season friendlies with Brazilian clubs during the pre-season training in Rio…  click here

Mia Ayliffe-Chung: Backpacker who was murdered by Islamist in Australia had visited Goa in 2015

25 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Mia Ayliffe-Chung was travelling to some of the world’s most exotic locations, following in her mother’s footsteps…Her mother has pleaded that her daughter’s death should not provoke a backlash because of her killer’s alleged Islamist outburst …  For further details click here
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was born in London … Her Facebook profile shows her astride a motorbike in Goa. She wrote: Me in Goa, 2015. Momma in Goa, 1995 (with me in her belly)  click here

Video: Scarlett Keeling: Verdict death delayed again

25 Aug: itv (UK). There's been yet another delay in the case of the two men accused of causing the death of North Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling. A court in Goa will now deliver its verdict on September 23… Over the past two days Goa Children’s Court has been hearing the final arguments in the case - which has heard from 31 witnesses. A verdict had been expected this week, but judge Vandana Tendulkar has now said it would now be delayed a further month, on September 23rd…  For further details click here
25 Aug: itv (UK) Scarlett Keeling death 'accidental', says lawyer defending man accused of her murder  click here
Video: Goa 365. After 8 long years, the verdict in the Scarlett Keeling’s murder case will be pronounced on 23rd September… 2m. 28s. click here.

Fancy a taste of Goa ...?

26 Aug: Isle of Thanet Gazette (Kent, UK). … The variety of tastes, textures and traditions in India has inspired my next trio of menus: a series that will showcase the cuisines from the Indian states of Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala. Each month, I’ll be serving a menu unique to one of these states in The Ambrette restaurants and providing you with the story behind the menu right here. We’re kicking off the series with Goa and will be serving our Goan Festival menu from the 1st to 31st September, so let’s take a closer look at Goa and its food… Book online now at: h  For further details click here
Goan Festival Six Course Tasting Menu at Margate, Rye and Canterbury,  click here

Old Goa stray dog menace assumes alarming proportions

25 Aug: Navhind Times. Old Goa is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famed for its opulent buildings and churches and attracts a number of domestic and international tourists. However, the dog menace has been increasing and can be found everywhere in the village. During the rain the stray dogs enter the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral to take shelter and later pose a menace to tourists and people who visit the church for mass. In the night the stray dogs roam in packs and harass people passing by. Some have also fallen victims to dog bites…  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events


Sat. 27 Aug: 4:00pm. SOUTHALL. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Villiers High School. For tickets contact:- Inacio ~ 07404 327080, Paul Vas ~ 07405 426358, Anton Mendes (cheddo) ~ 07882 749692, Peter ~ 07417 494316. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Aug. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, London. SE25 4QL. (Arena Tramlink Stop). Gates open at 11.00 a.m. Entry : £2.00. Children under 16 years: Free. Free parking for 150 cars. Food and drinks available. Further details from: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780 | 07853 132336 or Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288. For the poster, click here.

Sun. 28 Aug: 2:00pm. CROYDON. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Croydon. For tickets contact:- Nina Pinto ~ 020 8767 0663, Alex Jude ~ 07405 675295. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 3 Sep: 4:45pm. SWINDON. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. For tickets contact:- Alvaro ~ 07440 720334, Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Vital ~ 07459 538814, Leepu ~ 07448 839500, Peter ~ 07438 779468. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 3 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 9th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. Time: 6pm till 11:30pm. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Free Giveaways, Live Band OUTBREAK & PRESS PLAY DJs, Choreographed Dance Demo by Vincent De Lima .Licensed Bar - Affordable Prices. Fenny Shots & Cocktails. **Don't miss the nearby after party details shared on the night**. Raffle Donations welcome, we are supporting 'Sienna's Footsteps' to help a little girl walk unaided. Dress code: Smart / Formal. Tickets: Early bird: £12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £8 & Adult Standard £15. Book tickets online: or Call a Ticket Steph D'Sa Goes (North): 07889 833 796 | Gideon (East) 07984 801 818 | Bella Fern (North) 07949 233 307 | Mich Goes (South): 07857 691 637. More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB Page- Fenny Fever. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun: 4 Sep. The Goan Swindon Association would like to invite you all to come and join us to enjoy the Goan Summer Festival 2016. Commencing with Mass at the venue at 2pm followed by the event. Venue: Punjabi Community Hall, Kembrey St, Swindon SN2 8AZ (Including Car Park). Foa a Google map showing the venue, click here.Music // Food // Fun. For the flyer, click here.

Tue. 6 Sep. at 6.30pm. Lecture by Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) based on her book "The Portuguese in the East" (I B Tauris, London), sold at a special discount of £25 (retailing at £64). Portuguese influences on music (baila, mando, dulpod) and linguistic impressions on eastern languages which bring out areas of cross-cultural contact will be covered. Dr de Silva's baila performance will be accompanied by the Goan musician, Joao Paolo Cota. Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Tickets: £10 (includes wine/soft drinks). Contact Chamali Fernando For the flyer, click here.

Thu. 8 Sep: Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni. Celebrating the birthday of Our Lady. Opening Prayer at 6.00 followed by Mass at 6.30pm. Everyone will receive Special Blessing with Our Lady’s Oil. Procession round the Car Park. Singing the Litany of Our Lady in Latin. Ending with Fellowship Food to Share. Goan Community Centre, Keston Road, London N17 6PW. Ample Parking Space. If anyone would like to offer the Mass or say a prayer please call Candy 07961 044 079. Novena begins on 30th August with Mass at 6.30pm and thereafter Novena every evening at 6.30pm for 9 days. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 11 Sep. G.O.A GOLDEN JUBILEE TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT. Venue: HSBC, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW. Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. For doubles, minimum of 2 pairs required for each event. Come and take part. Entry fee £5 .00 pp for Men | £2.50 pp for Ladies. Start at 12 noon sharp. Closing date for Entries 9/9/16. For further information, please contact Richard Fernandes: 020-8300-5347 or mobile 07711401157; Vince Fernandes: 020-8764-8780 or Mob 07853132336. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 18 Sep. G.O.A Golden Jubilee Senior Citizens Luncheon. Venue: ATC Hall 192 Merton Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EG. Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lunch served at 1:00 p.m. followed by live music, dancing and bingo. Ticket includes 3-course Meal: Members: £7.00 and Non-Members: £12.00. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272, Marilou DeSouza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8 657 8951 or E-mail:

Sat. 24 Sep: St Jacinto Feast at Christ The Redeemer Church, 299 Allenby Road, Southall, UB1 2HE, Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the Live sound By " SHADES" And One of Our Very Own Youngster "DJ RYAN TELLIS" Snacks and Lunch will be served. Tickets Adult £12. Children 6 to 11 years £6. Children under 6 years old Free. To avoid disappointment please book before 15th September 2016. After the 15th September 2016: Adult tickets at £15.00. For details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545; Maria: 02089315185; Clare: 02085782288; Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022, For further details, click here. For Later Events See



Funeral: Rev. Monsignor Fronton Godinho

16 Aug: Mombasa, Kenya. MONSIGNOR FRONTON DAS CHAGAS FERNANDES GODINHO VILLA CHAGAS. Ex Nuvem, Goa. Born: 27" April 1933. Ordained Priest: 15th August 1959 Declared Monsignor: 12th January 2012. Son of late John Franky & late Ascerminia Ortilia. Brother/Brother-in-law of late Zenobia/ late Joaquim Fernandes(Benaulim), late Trifina / late Alex Alvares (Kent U.K.) and late Ronaldo Constancio / Daisy Godinho (Watford, U.K.) passed on peacefully in Mombasa, Kenya. The funeral requiem service will take place at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Mombasa on Friday, 26" August 2016 at 10.00 a.m., followed by burial at the Priests' Cemetery, Mbaraki Mombasa. There will be a thanksgiving mass at Jesus, Mary and Joseph Church, Nuvem, Salcete on Friday, 26" August at 8.15 a.m. Religious, relatives neighbours & friends, we request your kind participation in prayer for the repose of the soul of our uncle, Msgr Fronton Godinho and thank you in anticipation. Angela/Glenn. Noel/Dhirita. Hazel/Richard.  For further details click here

Comox Valley, B.C. Canada: Obituary – Dulcie Jennifer Coutinho

Although we know she is now in a better place, it is with great sadness that we share the news of Dulcie’s passing. After a long battle with brain cancer Dulcie passed away peacefully on Monday, August 22nd. Dulcie Jennifer Rogers (nee Coutinho) is pre-deceased by her parents: Larmartine Coutinho and Angela Coutinho (nee Britto). She is survived by her brothers Edmund Coutinho, Richard Coutinho, sister Jocelyne Coutinho, Husband Patrick Rogers, Daughter Meagan Rogers, Son Sean Rogers (Jessica), and her 3 precious grandchildren Sebastian Rogers, Camille Rogers, Gabrielle Rogers. Born March 15, 1949 in Entebbe, Uganda Dulcie came to Canada in 1972 with a single suitcase. Since her arrival she has been a proud Canadian and dedicated teacher and community member. She taught in the Comox Valley for over 30 years – starting at Lake Trail and moving to Vanier, teaching math and chemistry. Her love for teaching, dedication, and strict ways made her one of the best teachers, and her funny sayings made her a favourite of many students She volunteered for anything she could find, from Music Fest and Filberg Festival to Walk for Life, and had many friends from all of her interests ranging from Book Club and Aquasize to bridge and gardening, and of course all the parents she sat on the sidelines with, cheering for her children. Dulcie was an adventurous traveler and saw much of the world with her siblings and children, including living in Australia for a year on a teaching exchange. She was an amazing mother, sister, wife, grandmother, teacher, and friend and will be missed by many. Services will be held at Christ the King, with a Prayer service on Friday August 26th night at 7PM and a Mass on Saturday, August 27 at 10AM, reception following. In keeping with her fondness of education and fierce feminism, Dulcie has asked that in Lieu of flowers donations are made for a bursary in her name that will be awarded annually to a female in the Sciences. Cheques can be made out to School District 71 with Dulcie Rogers Memorial in the Memo. Please contact a family member if you would like to donate to the bursary. Condolences to

News Summary

Swindon: Goan Summer Festival: Sunday, 4 Sep. 2016

Sun: 4 Sep. The Goan Swindon Association would like to invite you all to come and join us to enjoy the Goan Summer Festival 2016. Commencing with Mass at the venue at 2pm followed by the event. Venue: Punjabi Community Hall, Kembrey St, Swindon SN2 8AZ (Including Car Park). Music // Food // Fun. For the flyer,  click here
For a Google map showing the venue,  click here

Wendell Rodricks bids goodbye to fashion ramp, lets prodigy take over

24 Aug: Business Standard. After over two decades in the fashion industry, designer Wendell Rodricks has said goodbye to the runway and handed over his label to his prodigy Schulen Fernandes (photo). His collection at the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 on Wednesday was his last runway presentation and he very proudly handed over his hat to Fernandes on the ramp itself…  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Schulen Fernandes,  click here

Bismarque case: HC calls for all documents related to probe

24 Aug: The Goan. A division bench of the High Court has called for all papers related to the investigation in the death of Bismarque Dias to be placed on record before the court by the time of the next hearing, in the petition filed by three persons -- Kennedy Afonso, Sudeep Dalvi and Samir Kelekar seeking a CBI investigation in the case…  For further details click here

It is sad to see youth migrating: Michael Lobo

24 Aug: Navhind Times. It is very sad that our youth take advantage of the facilities from our nation and after completing their education leave India for better prospect and settle in foreign country, said Michael Lobo, MLA Calangute (photo) … Addressing the gathering, Lobo said, “The youth had played a crucial role during the freedom struggle of India by joining in large number to make a revolution which resulted in freedom of India from the rule of British. Hence it is always said that youth are very important for any country to develop.” …  For further details click here

How can gen-next take the stage?

24 Aug: Herald. Goa has always been a pool of talent in the ocean of music… Café checks in to speak to musicians to know of the platforms that are available for new entrants in the music industry … “ To enter the music business in Goa and survive, you need to be good or else the competition will eat you,” says Zubin da Cruz, an individual from Loutolim who plays the guitar, violin and mandolin and also sings with his band, True Blue.,,  For further details click here

Creating sustainable fashion

24 Aug: Navhind Times.. Fashion designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney from Saligao won the National Award for best design in the menswear category in the India Handloom Brand Design Contest. It was selected by a panel of judges from among more than 1660 entries from all over India in the first ever contest of this nature. The award was presented to Ninoshka by the Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani on August 7 to commemorate the second National Handloom Day at Varanasi…  For further details click here

Scarlett Keeling’s mother returns from England looking for closure

24 Aug: Herald. Fiona MacKeown, the mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling allegedly killed in Anjuna in 2008 arrives for the final hearing of the case … There are many things that remain constant with Fiona MacKeown, even after eight long years. The myriad tattoos on her torso, the necklaces and the rings she wears and the faraway lost look,.. Scarlet died once. Fiona’s soul has died a thousand deaths even as she lives as Scarlet Keeling's mother.  For further details click here
British teenager Scarlett’s death caused by external forces, claims defence 24 Aug: Indian Express. Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown, who was present in the court, said she hopes the case concludes by next week… The case had grabbed international attention as Britishers used to be the largest number of tourists visiting Goa.  click here
Video: 24 Aug: Goa 365. 2m. 50s. click here.


TRAVEL: Around the World in Eighty Days. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Sunday 28th Aug.10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. A Close Shave. Michael Palin in Bombay.

FILM: Babylon. London Live (Freeview 8). Sunday 28th Aug. 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM. A powerful portrayal of life for West Indian youths in London during the early '80s. With the constant daily pressures of racial hatred and intolerance, Blue finally decides to take matters into his own hands. 1980, 18, 3 Star

COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. Good Food (Sky 133). Sunday 28th August. 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Episode 2. Mumbai and Pondicherry. Rick Stein's search for the perfect curry takes him to Mumbai and the town of Pondicherry.

FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Film4 (Freeview 15). Tuesday 30th Aug. 9:00 PM to 11:25 PM. A group of ageing Brits seduced by the prospect of spending their retirement in low-cost luxury at a plush Indian hotel they've seen in a brochure. But, arriving at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, they discover that it is, in fact, a dump. However, as the characters acclimatise to their new surroundings and situation, they embark on adventures, 2011, 12, 4 Star)

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 83). Friday 2nd Sep. 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. India's Miracle Babies. India's elderly new mothers: Are doctors playing God, or does every woman have the right to have a child regardless of age?


News Summary

Event Highlight: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day

Sun. 28 Aug. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, London. SE25 4QL. (Arena Tramlink Stop). Gates open at 11.00 a.m. Entry; £2.00. Children under 16 years: Free. Free parking for 150 cars. Food and drinks available. Further details from: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780 | 07853 132336 or Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288. For the poster,  For further details click here

Video: Scarlett Keeling: Trial of men (photo) finally draws to a close

23 Aug: itv (UK). Closing arguments are due to take place in the trial of two men charged with causing the death of North Devon teenager, Scarlett Keeling. Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho (photo) are accused of plying her with drugs, sexually assaulting her and leaving her unconscious on the beach where she drowned. In a special report - with previously unseen footage - we travelled with Fiona in 2010 to re-examine what happened to Scarlett… Fiona MacKeown took our reporter Seth Conway to the location where she found Scarlett's clothes… the UK Foreign Office has told Fiona MacKeown that the trial will end this week and she's returned to India to let them know she hasn't forgotten… 595 words + Video clips  click here
Will never dare to holiday in Goa again, says Scarlett’s mom. 23 Aug: India Today. … Fiona is here to witness the final arguments on chargesheet filed in the Scarlett case before Goa Childrens Court in Panaji… Fiona hopes that justice, though delayed, would be done by the court after the final arguments… Fiona accused the previous government of supporting police to hush up the case initially…  click here

6 foreigners rescued in sex racket escape

23 Aug: Times of India. Nine women from Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mumbai and Delhi who were rescued in a prostitution racket on Monday night escaped from the protective home at Merces. Later, the police managed to apprehend three of them within a few hours. Six women are foreign nationals, four from Bangladesh, and one each from Uzbekistan and Nepal. The incident occurred at around 8.30 pm when the lady escort staff of protective home went to call the women for dinner…  For further details click here
Video: 23 Aug: Goa 365. 2m. 29s.  click here
Video: Staff and home inadequate" says Auda Viegas … HCN. 0m. 49s. click here.

The Music of Four

23 Aug: Navhind Times. The Lisbon Youth Symphonic Orchestra will be part of the two concerts on August 23 and August 24. NT speaks to the Consul General of Portugal in Goa as also to these musicians to understand about these concerts and their future plans here in Goa… “I want to do things in the cultural field, which would always foster relationship between Portugal and India, with Goa acting as a bridge between Lisbon and New Delhi,” says Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Rui Carvalho Baceira…  For further details click here
23 Aug: Herald. A Musical Journey from Lisbon to Goa…  click here

Industry expects more charter arrivals this year

23 Aug: Times of India. Industry stakeholders are expecting an increase in the number of Russian and British arrivals to the state for the coming tourist season. "That would make for about 20% rise in British tourists if not less," said President, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) Savio Messias... Chief operating officer, Sita and Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) Ernest Dias was of the same opinion…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
24 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 29.8. Min = 24.3. Humidity = 95%. Rainfall: 11.1 mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 88.60; $ =67.13; $Can = 51.98; Euro = 75.89; Aus = 51.1.



Death Anne Fernandes

20 Aug: Etobicoke, Toronto. ANNE FERNANDES. Predeceased [4 June 2006] by her husband Marshall Fernandes. Much loved and cherished sister of Maria (Fred), Genny (late Wilbur), John (Eva), Tony (Elaine). Predeceased by her brother Joe (Alice), Victor and Philomena. Anne will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews family and friends. Resting at the Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Avenue, Toronto on Tuesday 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 2194 Kipling Avenue, Toronto, on Wednesday, August 24 at 9:30am. Interment Assumption Catholic Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences click here.

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Angelo De Mello: Swindon artist dazzles in new exhibition

21 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. By Thomas Haworth. Art lovers gathered in the Link Centre library on Saturday to see the opening of a new exhibition which will run for five weeks. Kenyan-born painter Angelo De Mello, 59, unveiled his latest works with a champagne toast in front of around two dozen admirers. Angelo, who lives in Oxford Road, said: “I stopped painting around 26 years ago and decided to start again in 2014 after my son urged me to get back into it… there also featured a small selection painted by his daughter, Vanessa… Angelo’s next exhibition opens on 14 July of next year at Swindon Central Library … 380 words + 3 photos.  For further details click here
Angelo De Mello was born in Kisumu, Kenya in 1957 and lived there till 1969 (St Teresa’s School Nairobi); Goa to 1978; Dubai to 1983; UK – Devon to 1985 and Swindon since then. He sold his first paintings in Dubai and then in Devon and France. He is married to Vergilia. For his Linkedin profile,  click here

Perth, Aus: New G.O.A. Committee and Presidents message

Aug. 2016. A new committee was elected at the 37th AGM of the G.O.A. Caesar Pereira, the new President writes, “I'm very happy and it is my greatest delight this afternoon to accept the trust and faith bestowed in me as the incoming President of this Association… The Team: Caesar Pereira – President; Elvis Adamson - Vice President; Clinton Rebello – Secretary; Brian Machado – Treasurer; Hefner Nazareth - Media Co-ordinator; Debra Sequeira - Youth Coordinator; Anne Mascarenhas - Committee Member; Colette Adamson - Committee Member; Sharon Fernandes - Committee Member; Anita Pereira - Committee Member… 520 words.  For further details click here

Video: Nostalgia marks 16th World Goa Day

22 Aug: Prudent Media. Goa’s Raia-based 'Nostalgia' celebrates 16th World Goa Day with an intention of bringing together all Goans in the world... 2m. 13s.  For further details click here
For the Nostalgia website,  click here

Final arguments in Scarlett Keeling case to be heard 24-26 Aug.

23 Aug: The Goan. Final arguments in the 2008 case of 15-year-old British teenager Scarlett Keeling death are set to be heard by the Goa Children's Court from August 24 to 26. At the request of Special Public Prosecutor and CBI's senior counsel Ejaz Khan, the Court has granted him over an entire session to conclude his final arguments in the trial which commenced in 2010… Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho were charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder ... Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown, while pleading for the trial to be expedited, has expressed doubt that justice will be delivered through the court verdict…  click here

Indian Catholic who plays in pop band creates Mother Teresa logo

21 Aug: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. The official logo for the Sept. 4 canonization of Mother Teresa was created by Karen Vaswani, a 44-year-old graphic designer in Mumbai who plays keyboards and vocals in a jazz, pop, and retro band called “Rockin’ Marmalade.” Vaswani told Crux that while she never met Mother Teresa, she’s “always admired her work,” and was so inspired that she was able to complete the assignment to craft a logo for the canonization in just three days… She’s the daughter of Percy and Vivienne D’Lima from St Michael’s Church in Mumbai, the home parish of Cardinal Oswald Gracias, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors… 705 words.  For further details click here
For some Rockin’ Marmalade video clips,  click here

CHOGM to BRICS: Cautionary Tales for Goa

22 Aug: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Two months to go before Goa hosts the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit … The state government led by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar is busy dealing with garbage and road management, trying to ensure power supply and reliable emergency medical systems… the chief minister is quite right to consider the summit a great opportunity for Goa, even if the proposed emphasis on tourism might be misplaced… 781 words.  For further details click here

Shanti Sadan, a ray of hope for the terminally-ill

22 Aug: Asian Age. State-of-the-art medical facilities are available in the country ensure people lead a healthy life, but there is hardly any place that caters to patients battling terminal stage of cancer or HIV/AIDS to allow them to die with dignity… Founded by Dr Jose Luis de Souza about 15 years ago, Shanti Avedna Sadan has centres in Mumbai, Goa and Delhi… Apart from monetary reasons, the patients come there because the families feel helpless… The staff focuses more on keeping patients happy… 422 words.  For further details click here
For the Shanti Avedna Sadan website,  click here

In pictures: Africans living in India

22 Aug: BBC. In January, a Tanzanian student was assaulted and partially stripped by a mob in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after a Sudanese student's car ran over and killed a local woman. Shocked by the incident and other similar attacks on Africans in India, independent photographer Mahesh Shantaram began documenting the lives of Africans living in India. Beginning with Bangalore, Shantaram travelled to the cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Manipal, choosing to focus on students, as they are a small and vulnerable group. Shantaram's series of intimate portraits is part of an upcoming exhibition organised by Tasveer…  For further details click here
22 Aug: The Citizen (Tanzania). Tanzania: Links Between India and Tanzania Excellent, Says Ambassador Arya …  click here

Premiere: Goan Dogs - 'Devil Inside'

22 Aug: Clash Magazine (UK). Bristol newcomers Goan Dogs are unashamedly, brilliantly pop… Already cult heroes in their native city - Elbow's Guy Garvey is a fan - the band are now set to break out. Songs like 'Devil Inside' should ensure their progress. Catch Goan Dogs at the following shows: October 12 - London St. Pancras Old Church; October 14 - Bristol St. Thomas the Martyr Church …  For further details click here
Interview: Goan Dogs. Q: Why the name Goan Dogs? A: I visited Goa 4 or 5 years ago. In Goa, there are a lot of dogs. They’re very territorial and their interaction with each other is very interesting. It’s just a poignant thing for me, so we just thought why not…  click here
Video: Goan Dogs // Devil Inside // Teaser 01 click here.


News Summary

Fort Wayne priest to attend Mother Teresa's canonization

20 Aug: News Sentinel. When Mother Teresa is canonized Sept. 4 in Rome, a local priest will be in attendance. Father Robert D’Souza, associate pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who personally knew Mother Teresa, will celebrate with others as the Roman Catholic church declares the woman known as the "saint of the gutter" to be a saint. D'Souza first met Mother Teresa in the 1970s when he was a newly ordained priest in India. He was director of an organization called Boys Town over there, and she was a co-founder of the organization and on its board. He said he came to know her closely during that time… He will concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis and others at the canonization.  For further details click here

Dubai: Expatriate recounts struggle to repatriate dad’s body

21 Aug: Gulf News. JP, who does not wish to reveal his full name, told Gulf News that he was shocked when Dubai Municipality officials denied him permission to fly his father’s body from Sharjah when he went for approval for embalming the body… JP said he lost over Dh3,000 as they could not travel on the flight from Sharjah to Goa on which they had already booked tickets. He then had to do the whole documentation for repatriation again in Dubai, which took another two days for completion… “Our case was very famous in Goa as they had to wait for two-three days for us…  For further details click here

Oman: Goan Wing conducts ‘Indoor Games 2016’

21 Aug: Times of Oman. Page 23: The ISC Goan Wing organised ‘ Indoor Games 2016’ recently, at Darsait. Islinda Nunes, co-convener welcomed the audience. She thanked each and every person present for their interest and commitment to take part in the games … Averyl Silveira said the opening prayer and Anthony Lourenco, convener declared the Indoor Sports Day open… The chief guest for the evening was Ronnie Pereira… The guest of honour was Raul de Oliveira Fernandes. He is one of the founder members of Goan community of Oman and was also the helpline coordinator in the committee…  For further details click here

The unofficial brand ambassadors of Goa’s tourism

21 Aug: Herald. By Fernando Monte da Silva. … Sujata Noronha (photo), Director of Bookworm, organises heritage walks called ‘Cholta Cholta’, which translates to ‘whilst walking’ in Konkani. These walks are perpetuated by a few individuals, who look at keeping the heart and soul of a culture that is truly Goan alive and allow travellers to explore and experience the city of Panjim, its small streets, alley ways and remarkable history couched in old buildings and forgotten structures in a meaningful way … Panjim Inn run by Jack Ajit Sukhija, the current incumbent, delivers an experience par excellence for all who walk in through its doors…. Atish Antonio Fernandes of First Class Holidays pointed out that his enterprise had pioneered an excursion called Forts and Heritage for international visitors who came in on cruise liners … There are many more unsung heroes like these.  For further details click here

A creative oasis: The Museum of Goa is so much more than just a gallery

21 Aug: Economic Times. A designated industrial area is one of the last places you expect to be the home of a modern art gallery. As you pass pharmaceutical laboratories, steel-fabrication and marble-making units, following directions to the Museum of Goa (MOG), your expectations of the place become fainter. But as you reach the end of a lane and turn left, your hopes are restored … MOG is located in the Pilerne Industrial Estate, just over 10 km north of Goa's capital Panaji because its 56-yearold founder and artist Subodh Kerkar bought this land 25 years ago when the area was being developed by the government to attract industry… 1409 words,  For further details click here

Three years after her daughter’s death at Kerala priest’s residence, mother takes on Catholic church

21 Aug: Indian Express. On July 23, 2013, Roselin’s 17-year-old daughter Fathima Sophia was found dead in the guestroom of Father Arockiaraj, the priest of St Stanislaus Church … Police registered a case of suicide and the matter was soon closed. What followed were a series of bizarre events — Father Arockiaraj allegedly confessing to the victim’s mother that he killed her, a ‘letter’ that pointed to a relationship between Sophia and Arockiaraj, a secret canonical court that resulted in the defrocking of Arockiaraj, some secret correspondence with Rome, transfer of police officers in Kerala… Last week saw the arrest of five senior priests, including a Bishop … 2742 words.  For further details click here

Your ultimate guide to offbeat Goa: Beyond beaches, parties and booze!

20 Aug: Travel If an annual trip to Goa is your mantra, skip the usual suspects and try these 15 experiences instead. 1. Underwater sea walk. 2. Crocodile tour. 3. Guitar-making workshop. 4. White water rafting. 5. Monsoon treks. 6. Tropical Spice Plantation tour. 7. Divar Island. 8. Forgotten forts. 9. Kayaking. 10. Fishing trips. 11. Live in a Portuguese house. 12. Extreme water sports. 13. Nude beach. 14. Hidden beaches. 15. Learn yoga... 3588 words,  For further details click here

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Radhika Vaz: “India's female comics never joked about sex before I showed up”

18 Aug: The Independent (UK). I’ve always been a class clown. But in India, where I grew up, being funny isn't cute. When I hit puberty, I realised I needed to make a choice – I could behave pretty, or I could be a joker. I chose to be funny … my boyfriend decided to leave India for New York. I wasn't going to let him go. By 2001, I had moved too, seeking life and liberty and in pursuit of marriage. I lived with the daily dread of deportation. I was depressed and I was being depressing… Then I visited an acting school in New York … 1251 words.  click here
Video: Radhika Vaz talks about Goa, her Goan connection and performs at Goa Arts and Literary Festival … 47m. 21s. [Warning: Adult content]  click here
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Child welfare and beach holidays in Goa

20 Aug: InterSwop (Germany). Volunteering in Goa is the perfect combination of social commitment, learning and helping and simultaneously fabulous beach holiday. The participant’s Camp is located in South Goa near the Majorda beach. This part is calm and relaxed, almost untouched by tourist crowds as other beach areas of Goa. The Child Welfare Project helps otherwise disadvantaged children from socially disadvantaged box by offering daily attention and children's activities. Underprivileged children in India are at risk of illiteracy, malnutrition and lack of education Volunteers work directly with the children … Machine translation  For further details click here
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A heritage spirit tag won’t do a thing for feni if Goa’s distillers don’t improve its quality

20 Aug: By Cecil Pinto. Good feni is what we should be talking about – a clean fruity bouquet with earthy undertones that define this crisp alcohol as the classic drink from Goa. A heritage spirit tag won’t do a thing for feni if Goa’s distillers don’t improve its quality … For centuries feni has stood the test of time as a mysterious but alluring drink, perfect in the hot tropical climate of Goa… the most pressing issue would be of supply. Goa being a tiny state doesn’t grow enough cashew fruit to cater to the demand of feni for Goa itself, leave alone the rest of India or the world … 1346 words.  For further details click here

Video: Secret of eternal youth? Lentils, yoga and celibacy

19 Aug: BBC. Hindu monk Swami Sivananda looks amazing for his age. Guess how old he is? India's passport authorities have confirmed Sivananda's age from a temple register and he is applying to the Guinness World Records to verify he is the oldest man to have ever lived…  For further details click here

UK Competition: Enjoy a 10-day holiday in India for two

18 Aug: Natural History Museum. … The winner and their guest will fly from London to Delhi and visit destinations including Delhi, Agra Jaipur, Chanoud and Udaipur. The prize includes flights, private chauffeur transfers and nine nights of accommodation… The prize is courtesy of Wild Frontiers in association with Wanderlust travel and is valued at approximately £4,790. The closing date for entries is 6 November 2016 at 23.59 BST. Please note that you must be a UK resident aged 18 or over to enter…  For further details click here

Spain: Six months imprisonment for the owner of a nightclub that copied a name

20 Aug: La Vanguardia (Spain). The owner of a nightclub in Barcelona has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined 37.500 euros for crimes against industrial property… In June 2010 Miguel David, a professional DJ launched a nightclub called Ghoa Beach Club. Barcelona … The name was opposed by a company dedicated to nightlife, based in Madrid that owned the copyright of the names Goa After Club, Goa Picnic and Goa. Thus, on December 14, 2010, registration of the new Company was denied as the use of the name could cause confusion. However Ghoa Beach Club. Barcelona kept its doors open during the summer of 2011 and part of 2012…  click here
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Captain Desmond Rodrigues RIP

Ferdie, Blanche and the Rodrigues family wish to thank all the numerous friends and relatives for their support, kindness and empathy. The family felt comforted and consoled, and very much appreciate the numerous messages of sympathy and condolence. The attendance at the memorial service was outstanding and the family wishes to thank all who attended, including the British Airways representatives and those who travelled from abroad. Thank you for the donations received which have been given to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. For photographs and the Condolences website, click here.

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Shirley Rodrigues named London deputy mayor for environment and energy

18 Aug: The Guardian (UK). London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the appointment of a deputy mayor for environment and energy. Shirley Rodrigues, who is currently acting executive director for climate change at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) … She will immediately take the lead on finalising Khan’s proposals for tackling London’s poor air quality … Here’s a video clip of her speaking at the C40 Cities climate change organisation awards in her FITT capacity last year … 374 words.  For further details click here
Shirley Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the daughter of George Jason Rodrigues (1929 - 2008); ex footballer for Nairobi Heroes and Crusaders and Louisa Victoria Rodrigues nee Da Costa born in Kenya (1931 - 2001). Her parents trace their Goan roots to Siolim (father) and Aldona (mother). The family emigrated to England in 1967 from Nairobi.
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Professor Francesca Cordeiro: Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test

18 Aug: BBC. Researchers at University College London may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop … Professor Francesca Cordeiro who led the research said it was a "potentially revolutionary breakthrough in the early diagnosis and treatment of one of the world's most debilitating diseases"… 581 words.  For further details click here
Prof Francesca Cordeiro is ex-Saligao Goa, and ex-Nairobi; daughter of Ruffino & Lira Cordeiro of Bray, Berkshire, UK; sister of Lucinda and Mary Anne. She is married to Dr Raj Persaud. For her Linkedin profile,  click here

Celebrating Goenkarponn, the world over

20 Aug: Herald. By Prajakta Joshi. World Goa Day was started by the World Alliance of Goan Associations on August 20, 2000 for Goans across the globe. Since then, it is a day for Goans worldwide to take pride in their identity, culture, language, traditions, music and cuisine. The active associations in different countries like Canada, Kuwait, UK, California, etc celebrate this day, every year … Michele Miranda from Perth, Australia, says, “Goa will always be home. I often feel that my sense of belonging and respect towards my state has increased tremendously since I have started living elsewhere.” 796 words  click here

Swindon: Breakthrough in hunt for serial flasher

18 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. Police have made a breakthrough in investigating the spate of indecent exposures in Swindon, today issuing an e-fit picture of someone they want to speak to.,, He was described as aged in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 9ins tall of average to skinny build and Asian. The suspect had black hair and was wearing a black jacket with the collar pulled up and dark blue jeans. Officers have released the e-fit in an attempt to find anyone who may recognise the man… If you recognise this man, please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111… 392 words.  For further details click here
Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that the suspect is a Goan but does he look like one to you?

Video: Goan Prawn Curry; Goan Xacutti; Goan Chorisa

17 Aug: Jevon Randh. Never seen before on You Tube, this is an Original Goan Prawn Curry recipe… Konkani with English subtitles … 4m. 09s.
18 Aug: Jevon Randh. Never seen before on You Tube, this is an Original Goan Chicken Xautti cooking recipe… Konkani with English subtitles … 3m. 46s.
14 Aug: Jevon Randh. Never seen before on You Tube, this is an Original Goan Chorisa cooking recipe… Konkani with English subtitles …2m. 41s.
24 Dec 2013: Here's the proper way of how to make Goan sausages - By Crescentia Fernandes, the owner of Bernado's restaurant in Delhi … English. 6m. 57s.  For further details click here

Letter from Italy causes deadlock in extradition of former CIA agent

19 Aug: Publico (Portugal). Sabrina Sousa was arrested in 2015 by the SEF in Lisbon. Italy reports in a letter that the holding of a new trial, referred to in the European arrest warrant, is not permissible under Italian law… Her lawyer has not yet been provided with a copy of the letter … Italy said that Sabrina would not be entitled to a new trial in Italy and would be moved directly to jail when she arrived in the country… Sabrina de Sousa, 60, born in Goa, with dual citizenship (US and Portuguese), was sentenced in absentia in Italy to five years in prison for involvement in the abduction of the Egyptian and Islamic radical Abu Omar, which occurred in 2003 in Milan… She was arrested in Lisbon when heading to Dubai enroute to Goa, to visit her mother, who was ill… 579 words. Machine translation.  For further details click here
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For Sabrina de Sousa’s Twitter feed, click here.

Editorial: Antonio Costa on India

19 Aug: Diario de Noticias. António Costa was born in 1961 in Goa. In this far-off land, where the elders still speak Portuguese and many families are called Fernandes or Mascarenhas, are the Premier's paternal roots … Since the 16th century many Goans adopted Portuguese culture, not only the language and religion but the loyalty to the idea of Portugal, and the Empire … And if the Portuguese presence today is not stronger in Goa it is because Salazar did not understand the spirit of the time and abused the patience of Nehru. He should have done something like what was negotiated for Macau with China …  For further details click here
19 Aug: Diario de Noticias. Of Goan ancestry and fiercely anticolonial. António Costa’s father, the writer Orlando da Costa, was born in Mozambique in 1929 but spent his childhood and youth in Goa … In the year that Costa was born, 1961 – months before India invaded Goa Orlando da Costa released his first novel, The Sign Of The Ira, which denounced not only the caste system in Goa but also Portuguese colonialism… Orlando da Costa died on 27 January 2006…  click here
19 Aug: Diario de Noticias. Goa : A Sentimental stop for visits to India. Goa is one of those places in the world that being in all different is surprisingly familiar. Around every corner there is a recognizable reference, someone who speaks Portuguese (a minority, to be sure), a statue of Camões … Commercial establishments are of the Souzas, the Silvas, the Fernandes… Goa is a sentimental stop for the Portuguese … click here.

The world's 'chicest and coolest' $2 per night budget hotel to open in India

19 Aug: The Telegraph. Chattel, a London -based hotel company, aims to offer “clean, safe and affordable” accommodation in “innovative” high-tech rooms priced from US$2 (and rising to no more than $5) per night… Spread across 1.5 acres along a motorway between Mumbai and Goa, the hotel will be well-connected on the national railway line, providing links to India’s major cities … The 60-room hotel will offer rooms with LED lighting, a 100 sq-ft study/dining area, two sofa beds, a 30 sq-ft pantry, a small kitchen setup with a sink, hot plate and counter, a 30 sq-ft bathroom with a shower and toilet as well free cable television access. Guests will have pay-per-use internet access and the rooms will be Wi-Fi-enabled … 805 words.  For further details click here
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