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Death: Carmina Antao

2 Aug: Swindon, UK. CARMINA (MULEM) GONSALVES E ANTAO. Born 7 May 1981. Ex Zuari Curchorem (Goa). Expired suddenly. Beloved Daughter/Daughter-in-law of Andrew/Natalina, Francisco Xavier/Late Leonara. Beloved wife of Francisco (Fanchu). Darling mother of Leonardo & Baby Leona. Sister/Sister-in-law of Manuel/Georgina, Sunita/Tony, Jane/Merwyn, Luiza/Michael, Linda/Jerry. Levea/James. U.K.

Death: Michael Rego
2 Aug: Saddar, Karachi. MICHAEL REGO. Aged 81. Passed away peacefully at the Holy Family Hospital after a brief illness. Michael was the son of the late Thomas & Marie Rego. Loving brother to Janet Rego (late) Karachi, Cecilia D'Souza (late Robert) Toronto, late Rocky & Julie Rego, Abu Dhabi, late Rose Fernandes Toronto (Douglas), Hilary Rego, Karachi, Peter Rego (Effie) Karachi, Valentine Rego (Esperance) Toronto, Bridget D'Souza (Tony) Oshawa, Patrick Rego, Karachi and Theresa D'Souza (Victor) Markham. Fond Uncle to all his nieces and nephews and also grandnieces & grand nephews. Funeral held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 11:AM. in Karachi. [Info: Pompie Gois].

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Videos: UK Goan Festival London 2nd August 2015

3 Aug: By Raymond Carvalho. Covers the opening Mass, the stalls, some of the visitors and the performances on the stage. 42m. 44s.  click here
For more video clips,  click here

Charter flights may skip Goa because of higher airport charges

3 Aug: Business Standard. Travel companies fear arrivals could decline this year too with Airport Authority of India (AAI) hiking the deposit amount it collects from charter companies… In 2013-14 Goa airport handled 1141 charter flight movements and that number declined to 889 during last season till May 2015… Till last winter the authority charged Rs two lakh security deposit per slot for the entire season but it changed the deposit structure and now it is based on number of flight movements planned in season. Charter companies have to pay a minimum of Rs 25 lakh for up to 25 movements and a Rs one crore for more than 75 movements. Further for every cancellation or non-utilisation of slot company has to pay a penalty of rupee one lakh adjustable against the deposit… Monarch Airlines from UK is not flying to Goa this year… 408 words.  click here

Here’s why you should be investing in heritage homes in Goa

3 Aug: Money Control. Cited to be an ideal holiday destination for many go-getters and young married couples, Goa has come a long way from being just that. Today the state boasts of being an ideal investment destination for many property seekers who are willing to shell out extra money just to own a piece of land here. Although it’s the tourism that is driving the ‘realty market’ here, the affordable prices are enticing many individuals who are not shying away from investing in the growing realty sector in the state… The rent for Portuguese style properties stands at an average of INR 15,450 per night. Opulent beach-side properties and their intricate furnishings are some of the factors that are luring many tourists to reside here. 536 words.  click here

Velim residents seek divine intervention in church case

3 Aug: Navhind Times. Showing solidarity with 20 youth from Velim who have been charge-sheeted in the church case, hundreds of people from the village and surrounding areas, on Sunday, offered special prayers seeking divine intervention in impressing upon the government to drop the case. The villagers also launched a signature campaign to request the government to drop the case against two priests and the youth from the village… The villagers earlier offered prayers before the Blessed Sacrament and observed the holy hour before holding a candlelight procession in the church compound…  click here
3 Aug: Herald. Candlelight march in Velim ends in signature campaign …  click here

Why English schools in Goa are fighting for equality with Konkani institutions

3 Aug: Scroll. By Chryselle D’Silva Dias. As Goa's assembly goes through its monsoon session, agitated parents have taken to the streets to demand legislation to ensure that English-medium primary schools receive government aid, just like their Konkani-medium counterparts do. Since the session began on July 27, a group of parents calling themselves the Forum of Rights of Children to Education, or Force, have tried a variety of strategies to draw attention to their cause. On Friday, they blocked a road for two hours. More significantly, the group’s secretary, Savio Lopes, has been on an indefinite hunger strike for the past week… 950 words.  click here

Mobilising women’s movement
4 Aug: Herald. A public panel culled from eminent women working on different women’s issues from all over the country will come together to discuss ‘Violence against Women – Role and Responses from State and Civil Society’. While harvesting their rich reservoir of experience during the debate, they will also tackle tangible solutions to the issues faced … Discussions will be held at International Centre, Goa, Dona Paula on August 4, 2015 at 10.30am …  click here

India to block 850 porn websites
3 Aug: Daily Express (UK). India has ordered internet providers to seal off access to a staggering 857 porn websites. The government has described the cull as a way to protect social decency – as it will prevent children from accessing the pornographic content. David Cameron introduced similar measures across the UK – although these blocks have recently come under fire from the EU. Indian adults will reportedly still be able to access pornographic websites using virtual private networks, dubbed VPNs, or proxy servers…  click here

A corruption probe in US creates ripples in Goa
3 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. … Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and the then public works department (PWD) minister Churchill Alemao, both of the Congress, are being interrogated by the police in connection with bribes allegedly received from a Louis Berger executive named James Mcclung. AM Wachasundar, a former government officer who was overseeing the project in which Louis Berger was the lead consultant, has been arrested. Former Louis Berger vice-president Satyakam Mohanty was arrested on Monday… Meanwhile, calls for investigations into other Louis Berger projects in the country have begun. The consultancy, which has over 700 people working for it in India, insists that the "two water projects reported in the deferred prosecution agreement are the only projects with improprieties."  click here

Uproar in Goa Assembly over trees being cut for golf course
3 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Goa Legislative Assembly on Monday after Opposition members alleged that trees were being illegally felled by promoter of an upcoming golf course project in Pernem taluka and demanded formation of a House Committee to study the matter. Independent legislator Rohan Khaunte, who raised the issue during Question Hour and Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, demanded that the panel be formed to study the matter…  click here

Dalit Catholics continue to battle upper caste aggression
2 Aug: Hindustan Times. Why do Dalits convert to Christianity? To break out of the Hindu caste system, you might say. Not completely true … The entire Catholic Church in India is controlled by Brahmin converts from Goa, Mangalore and Kerala… There is also a traditional affinity between upper caste Catholics and the Hindu Right. Look at Goa where upper caste Catholics helped the BJP to come to power… 2384 words.  click here



Funeral Details: Judy Fernandes (Goa, Tabora-Tanzania & UK)

24 July: Langley, Berks UK. JUDY FERNANDES aged 75. Sadly missed by her loving husband Matthew, children Michael, Leslie, Paul and nine grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 12:00pm on Friday 7th August 2015 at Holy Family Church, 226 Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Berkshire SL3 7UD. This will be followed by a small cremation ceremony for immediate family only and a reception at St. Anne's Hall which is alongside Holy Family Church. Please note that instead of flowers, the family would prefer a donation to 'Thames Hospice' where Judy spent her final few days being cared for in a wonderful and supporting environment. We will be collecting donations at the church or you can donate via the Just Giving web site using the following link: For further details please contact Leslie Fernandes at
Link Holy Family Church, 226 Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Berkshire SL3 7UD to

Death: Jenny (Pereira) Dsouza

Miami, Florida. JENNIFER (PEREIRA) DSOUZA. (formerly of Old Police (Goa Jewellers) Lane, Saddar, Karachi. Wife of late Victor Paul Dsouza. Daughter of Late August/Lydia Pereira. Beloved mother of Ryan Dsouza. Sister of Peter Pereira, Angelo/ Rita, Shirley, Nancy/Felix Vaz, Caroline Freda and Olive. She will be dearly missed by her granddaughter Melissa Dsouza. Viewing of the Body: Saturday, August 8, 2015 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Becker Funeral Home 806 W. Minneola Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711. Funeral Mass: Saturday, August 8. 1:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 720 12th Street Clermont, FL 34711. [Info Pompie Gois]

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A Very Successful UK Goan Festival 2015 At Hounslow

3 Aug: Niz Goenkar. To the excellent organisation, a huge flood of crowds at the Cranford Grounds in Hounslow proved the success of the event Goa Festival 2015. The crowds which came in thousands filled up the venue and there was hardly any place to walk around. The overall crowd estimated (not exact or not accurate but just an estimate) to be over 20,000 enjoyed the day at the venue…  click here

Adv Aires writes to PM against pardoning Mickky

3 Aug: Herald. The man behind former minister Mickky Pacheco’s imprisonment, Advocate Aires Rodrigues has not left any stone unturned to make sure that Mickky completes his six months imprisonment for assaulting a public servant, has now knocked on the doors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Parsekar cabinet approved Mickky’s pardon overnight…  click here
3 Aug: Herald. Editorial: Governor Should Not Act Arbitrarily in Mickky Pardon …  click here
3 Aug. Aires Rodrigues: The current very high-handed and absurd move by the Goa Government to grant pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution of India to Goa’s convicted former Rural Development Minister Mickky Pacheco needs to be strongly opposed… The proposal of the Goa cabinet to grant Mickky Pacheco pardon has now been sent to Governor Mridula Sinha who is currently out of station and returns to Goa on August 3rd after which she will commence the process of applying her independent mind to the issue… In a democracy we have an inherent right to express our opinions freely, fairly and fearlessly. May I request you to kindly articulate your views on whether Mickky Pacheco should be pardoned or not. Send your views to Her Excellency the Governor of Goa Mrs. Mridula Sinha by email at click here.

Special Olympics: Goan athletes bag 6 gold, 3 silver, 9 bronze medals

3 Aug: Navhind Times. Special Olympics World Games 2015. The total medal tally of the Athletes from Goa is 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. The other athletes keep their medal hopes high by inching closer and closer with every win in the team events such as Softball, Football, Volleyball and Basketball. The games concludes on Saturday with the closing ceremony at the LA Coliseum… Goans Kushal Resham, Riya Gawde, Soniya Patil, Vishram Shivaji, Tukaram Sangaonkar, Vinay Ghadge bagged gold medals in their respective categories at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. A total of 18 athletes from Goa are a part of the 273 athletes representing India …  click here

Fisherman's son sells fish online straight from the boat

3 Auf: Navhind Times. Vasco based Richard Pereira 19, a 3rd year BBA student at Deepvihar College took the plunge to follow his passion in the family fishing business which started three generation ago. While most customers are exploring the grocery segments, Richard is soft launching his portal selling the family fish online and delivering fish either cut or whole an option given to the buyer at their doorstep…  click here

Ivan Menezes: A tough task to put some fizz into a flat Diageo

2 Aug: Sunday Telegraph (UK). Ivan Menezes, the boss of spirits giant Diageo, could be forgiven for having a stiff drink this weekend. Growth has decelerated across all the emerging markets in which Diageo has a presence … Mr Menezes attempted to draw a line under Diageo’s lacklustre 2015 by pledging to return the FTSE 100 company to sales growth, starting this financial year…In May 2013, Diageo announced that the India-born American would succeed Paul Walsh as chief executive… At the link select "continue to use"  click here

Goa’s fight against corruption
2 Aug: Herald. With a plethora of corruption cases coming to light in the recent past, the JICA case sticks out like a sore thumb. Involving a former Chief Minister and a Minister, Herald and HCN try to throw light over the issue and get to the root of the problem as they address the black spots in Goa’s society. The panelists for this discussion are Sunil Kawthankar, a spokesperson of the Congress and a crusader against corruption. Then we have Valmiki Naik, who is the secretary and convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party. We also have Subhash Phaldessai, an MLA from the BJP. The discussion was moderated by Sujay Gupta …  click here

Editorial: Democratic rule is a mere mask in
Goa, where the govt rules without consensus 2 Aug: Herald. The perils of a brute majority are coming to hit home to the people of Goa with a force it never expected. The same democratically elected government which steamrolled opposition, in a wave of anti-incumbency against the previous Congress government, has crossed the lakshman rekha between moving in the ample space given to them by the people and crossing over to being dictatorial even undermining the values of consent and discussion, in the belief that this is good for the people… 1158 words.  click here

Xaxti youth live in different Goan era
2 Aug: Herald. Neshwin Almeida sets out interacting with youth across Salcete, the ones who have left Goa, the ones who have returned home, the ones who are overseas but use social media to keep in touch with their Goan diaspora. The travelogue comes up with interesting thoughts of Xaxti youth …  click here

Louis Berger case just tip of the iceberg, will expose other Cong scams in Goa: Parrikar
2 Aug: First Post. Terming the Louis Berger bribery case as just the "tip of the iceberg", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the Centre will extend all possible assistance to expose the "scams" during Congress rule in Goa…  click here

Deals of the week
2 Aug: The Sunday Mirror (UK). Goa from £669pp: Get a free room upgrade and a spa treatment when you book seven nights B&B at the five-star Alila Diwa hotel by August 4 to travel from Heathrow by September 23., 0844 556 {also in the Sun, 2 Aug.]  click here


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London to Host Goan Fest

23 Jul: Asian Lite (UK). The Stage is all set for the UK Goan Festival 2015 to be held on the 2nd of August 2015, Cranford Community College grounds, Hounslow ….reports Rahul Laud. People from different parts of Britain and abroad are expected to come together to participate Goan Fest 2015, showcasing the very best in Goan culture and heritage. … “The organising committee is providing you an entire day of pure Goan Magic! says Ravi Vaz , Director, Goan Association UK … 650 words. :  click here

Keith Vaz: Goan Day Festival – Swindon

29 Jul: On the 18th July, Keith attended the Goan Summer Festival in Swindon, a large event for Goan families and communities across the UK. Keith gave a keynote address at the festival and met many members of the local and national Goan community.  click here
20 Apr: Socialist Unity. Keith Vaz in Swindon speaking to GMB members of Goan heritage (photo) …  click here

Go Goa sailing: Mumbai Port Trust plans ferry from 2016-end

1 Aug: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) plans to start a ferry service to Goa by the end of 2016. Ravi Parmar, MbPT chairman said, “We plan to use catamarans and Ro-Ro vessels that can carry up to 60 cars and 300 passengers.” … Private firms will operate the service, which will make two or three trips a day...  click here
On 29 Jul. Times of India reported that a service will run from Oct. this year …  click here

The victimised male

1 Aug: Navhind Times. By Janice Rodrigues. We hear about abuse of women every single day, but it's a rare case when we hear that a man has been at the receiving end. As absurd as it may seem, there are cases where the man is the one who is victimised… "Men are also victimised. I have files of cases lying here in my office. Some of them come to my office weeping", says founder of the Dadleancho Ekvott, Michael Fernandes… Advice: Do a very thorough check of the person you are marrying. Especially in the case of arranged marriages; Spend more time with the family; Try not to leave the family to work abroad; Don't put all your money in a joint account, no power of attorneys, no blank cheques to be given; Trust your spouse with all your finances only after a considerable number of years. Once you are sure and know the person well enough to trust them… 1162 words.  click here
NGO forms cell to protect 'innocent men'. 8 May 2013. Times of India.  click here

Meet the man who plays over 20 musical instruments

1 Aug: Mid-Day. Goa born and Mumbai based, Jose Neil Gomes doesn’t believe in being proficient in one or two musical instruments. This Indie wonder boy, who can play nearly two dozen instruments, is ready with his debut EP … He is now looking forward to his debut solo record, which releases today. The EP, titled Systematic, features three tracks — In My House, Fire and Harmless Lion… The young musician will be putting his track out for free download on SoundCloud every month … 967 words.  click here
To hear Jose Neil Gomes' music on SoundCloud,  click here

Video: Goa Cabinet cleared pardon plea for Mickky Pacheco with over-enthusiastic zeal

1 Aug: Prudent Media English Prime News. Aires Rodrigues (photo) call for Goa Governor to seek the consent of the High Court before giving her decision on the plea.  click here
Video: Advocate General and Law Dept's legal opinion does not clearly suggest pardon to Mickky, Cabinet cleared pardon plea with over-enthusiastic zeal  click here
Convicted Goa MLA wants pardon because of hypertension! 1 Aug: Business Standard. An ailing grandmother, three trauma-prone minor children, concern for constituents and hypertension are some of the grounds which could have "convinced" the BJP-led Goa government to pardon convicted legislator Francisco Pacheco … 667 words. click here.

Tristão Bragança Cunha and Nationalism in Colonial Goa

1 Aug. Economic and Political Weekly, Pages 61-68. By Parag D Parobo. Unlike other Indian nationalists, the Goan nationalist Tristão Bragança Cunha (photo) did not attempt to create a monolithic nationalist formation, he celebrated hybridisation instead. Bragança was involved in detaching the idea of the Indian nation from Indological traits, but was also caught up in stressing Goa’s cultural affinity with India and went on to impose India on Goa. The strategy may seem contradictory when viewed through the prism of a standard view of nationalism, it does, however, constitute a crucial position through which the Catholic nationalists in Goa were coming to terms with self-representation… 8129 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of T. B. Cunha,  click here

End of an era: Sunaparant, Goa's only Konkani newspaper, shuts down after 28 years

1 Aug: First Post. After a 28-year press run, Sunaparant, Goa’s only Konkani newspaper published in the devanagri script, will cease to exist from 1 August. After it was established in 1987, Sunaparant, in its early years, was seen as an icon of journalistic activism for Konkani language lovers and a breeding ground for young, fired-up journalists … In recent years it appeared to be tottering. Its actual circulation had dropped to less than a 1000, its staff whittled down to 27 …  click here
2 Aug: Navhind Times. Sunaparant: End of a cause. …  click here
Aug: Navhind Times. Recalling the good times at Sunaparant … click here.

Dubai: Restaurant Review: Goan Shack

30 Jul: Masala! If the foodie in you is in search of authentic Goan food across the Emirate, this hidden gem should top the list! The first thing one notices as they enter the Goan Shack is the thought and attention to detailing that has gone in to create the perfect laidback and soothing atmosphere you’d find in the islands. From beachy lamp shades to the sandy backdrops and Konkani or Reggae live music, you truly forget you’re in a place other than Goa! …  click here



Death: Caridade (Carey) D'Souza

28 Jul: London. CARIDADE (CAREY) EDWARD D'SOUZA. Born 1946. Husband of Marilyn and father to Fiona, Sarah and Michael. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. His big character will be deeply missed by family and friends who loved him dearly. Condolences and funeral details:

Death: Zelia Remedios (nee Reis Da Costa)

22 July: Wembley, UK. ZELIA REMEDIOS (nee Reis Da Costa of Mapusa, Goa). Widow of Godfrey and mother of Yves and Yvette. Born 29 November 1927. Funeral will be on Friday 7 August 2015 at 11.30am at St Erconwald's Church, 112 Carlton Avenue, Wembley HA9 8NB followed by internment at Carpenders Park Lawn Cemetery, Watford WD19 5RL. Thereafter, a wake will be held at Century Bowling Club, between 51-53 Logan Road, Wembley, HA9 8PY. Condolences to

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Eva Fernandes: New Bristol charitable service collecting spare baby goods

30 Jul: The Bristol Post (UK). A new service collecting spare baby goods for needy Bristol families is searching for new premises – after being inundated with donations in its first two weeks of operation… Co-founder Eva Fernandes said: "It's been surprising. We already have a good selection of everything, from pushchairs to nappies and slings, so there is nothing missing from our offering." … 189 words.  click here
Eva Fernandes is the Founder of Born ethical nursery stores and online business. For the Born website  click here
Eva Fernandes was born in the UK and is married to James Long. Her parents Georgio and Antoinette Fernandes live in London but are ex-Nairobi (Eastleigh/Pangani). For her Goan Voice profile, click here.

Demand for English: Parents block Goa roads, stone buses

31 Jul: Zee News. Several parents in Goa Friday blocked the main roads and bridges across the state and allegedly pelted some buses with stones while demanding English to be made the medium of instruction and government grants for every academic year…  click here
Video: Prudent Media. MoI agitation rocks Assembly, Majority of ruling MLAs oppose FORCE agitation, Alina, Avertano support, grants to continue, CM forgives misled agitators …  click here
1 Aug: Herald. Lopes rejects MLAs appeal to end fast. Tells ruling group MLAs to pass bill this assembly session or come for his funeral; FORCE members are worried about his deteriorating health … click here.

The Last Flight of Goa's Birdman

1 Aug: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Indian wildlife lost a most passionate and effective advocate earlier this week, when Carl D'Silva breathed his last. It is a big loss for the entire country, but particularly felt in Goa, where D'Silva quietly mentored an entire generation of fervent birdwatchers and self-taught naturalists. All the while, he continued his extraordinary work as one of the premier wildlife artists of the world, an important field where he was unchallenged in India … 789 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Carl D’Silva,  click here

Australia: Treasure Ships - Art in the Age of Spices

1 Aug: The Australian. … The Portuguese had the initial advantage in the race to the East … By the end of the 16th century Goa was the most important European city outside Europe itself. And although the Portuguese Empire was later dwarfed by those of other European powers, it proved one of the most enduring … One of the most interesting parts of the exhibition is the group of religious objects from Goa, including monstrances and reliquaries as well as sacred statues. One of these is a very fine infant Christ carved in ivory (photo), naked now but undoubtedly originally intended to be dressed in ceremonial clothes … 1828 words.  click here
For the exhibition website,  click here

Lengthening shadows to reconnect with our roots
1 Aug: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Goa is a treasure trove of literature of different languages. Unfortunately, as English gained prominence, volumes of literature in Portuguese were lost without translation. Salvaging the situation, Dr Paul Melo e Castro of the University of Leeds, UK, has reproduced the stories from 1864 to 1987 from Portuguese to English in the two volumes of ‘Lengthening Shadows’ … Dr Paul’s father is Portuguese but he was born in Goa and lived here until 1961…  click here
Video: Understanding Goan writing ... in Portuguese. 10m.16s.  click here

It’s greens for lunch as Tony Fernandes battles the bulge
30 July: FMT (Malaysia). Not one to pass the opportunity to poke fun at himself, Group CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes, put his pride aside and vowed to get slim after a daunting game of squash that got him exclaiming just how fat he thought he was. Posting a video of the squash game on Instagram, Tony wrote: “First time for ages. I’m pretty fat. It’s really time to get serious. Was fun. This time it’s got to be serious.” …  click here

On BJP’s Election Manifesto. By Eduardo Faleiro
1 Aug: Mainstream. Last March, the Government of Goa completed three years of its rule. Yet, the assurances given at the time of the Assembly elections remain unfulfilled to this day. The ruling party had promised special status for Goa … There is a genuine concern in Goa about non-availability of land to the sons of the soil, particularly those belonging to the lower and middle income groups… The BJP’s Election Manifesto had assured that rehabilitation of slum dwellers … Former Chief Minister Parrikar had assured that off shore casinos would be moved out of the Mandovi River… The number of tourists visiting our State has declined sharply… 1165 words.  click here

After Lusofonia events, venues lie waste
31 July: Times of India. The state government spent about Rs 275 crore in creating new infrastructure for the Lusofonia Games 2014 but 18 months after the event, sportspersons have hardly had anything to cheer. In fact, the new sports infrastructure, particularly the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium in Taleigao, has been put to good use for all purposes, except sports…  click here

Goa rent a cab owners demands regularisation of business
31 Jul: Times of India. The members of the rent a cab owners association will be offering the collective prayers to God at various places in the state seeking the blessings of the all might to get their business regularized. The members of the association on Thursday offered prayers at Bodgeshwar temple in Mapusa. Sources informed that the government is mulling to lift the cap on the issuing licences to the rent a cab business and regularize it - a move which was staunchly opposed by the tourist taxi operators in the state…  click here


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Luton, UK: Disgraced solicitor Flora Mendes castigated

23 Jul: Luton Herald & Post. Kistammagari Reddy, known as 'Sonny', a 24-year-old Luton student is currently languishing in an immigration detention centre … He was a student at the University of Bedfordshire studying an access course in Pharmacology. After his visa was refused he was preyed upon by a rogue solicitor … Sonny engaged the services of disgraced solicitor Flora Mendes - later convicted of providing an unregulated immigration service. She allegedly charged £500 to initiate his but was five days late and “not worth the paper it was printed on." …  click here
10 May 2015: Goan Voice UK: Flora Magdaline Mendes, 37, of Hitchin Road, Luton, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for each of four offences, to run concurrently, suspended for two years. …  click here

Ruth Lobo: The girl who told the tale of how Goa sang its songs

28 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Documentary filmmaker Ruth Lobo (photo) chats about her decision to make her graduating film on her journey through music. She delves into how the mandos, dulpods and dekhnis became an integral part of Goan living and have brought her closer to Goa … Her 50- minute documentary, ‘ Aamchem Cantar’, was recently screened for the first time in Goa at Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas, Panjim…  click here
Video Aamchem Cantar Aum Mhuntam / I am Singing Our Song Ruth Lobo explores a genre of music indigenous to the state of Goa. Part 1. 26m. 17s.  click here
Part 2. 25m. 38s. click here.

Savio Carvalho: Opinion:

Unrestrained ‘Privatisation of Poverty-Reduction’ Puts Human Rights at Risk 16 Jul: IPS. By Savio Carvalho. … Foreign companies operating in countries that are rich in natural resources and poor in regulation can reap huge profits at the expense of vulnerable people… These are cautionary tales world leaders should consider as they plan to entrust the private sector with responsibility for funding and carrying out development projects. In all these cases, corporate political and financial clout created barriers to local communities accessing justice and accountability… Savio Carvalho is Senior Advisor, Campaigning on International Development and Human Rights, Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London.  click here
For the Savio Carvalho Linkedin profile,  click here

Berlin: An exciting insight into music from Goa

28 Jul: RBB (Radio Berlin). This year's Summer Open-Air - called "Water Music" - at the House of World Cultures in Berlin is devoted to the theme "Mother India … Konkani music is a style that developed from the 1920s… The melange of influences includes jazz, rock and roll and Latino … the Konkani musicians from Goa called the "Goan Konkani All Stars" performed for the first time on Saturday night … The music is more Latin American. The mix is downright reckless: Rumba meets jazz, waltz mixes with Eastern European folk, melancholic, romantic, tragic and not seldom ironic…. Machine translation.  click here
For the German original,  click here

Tiles that talk

30 Jul: Financial Chronicle. As you enter their quaint 250-year old Portuguese villa on the banks of the river Mandovi across the ancient Clube Nacional in the heart of the Goan capital of Panjim where the Portuguese elite once danced the night away, Orlando de Noronha (photo) and his wife Tina’s world of rare art comes to life on the walls of their gallery-cum-residence. You are struck by the beautiful hand painted ceramic tiles steeped in Portuguese-Goan heritage as soon as you enter … So, what is the cost of these azulejos? Noronha says they come with a price tag starting from Rs 400 per sq ft to Rs 1,200 per sq ft depending on the type of job, intricacy of the design and size of the project commissioned… 1646 words.  click here

Goa Cabinet grants pardon to Pacheco; Guv to decide on plea
30 Jul: Business Standard. The Goa Cabinet has moved a resolution granting pardon to jailed Nuvem MLA Francisco Miccky Pacheco, who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for slapping a government servant in 2006. The Goa Vikas Party MLA, in jail for the last two months, had applied for parole to participate in the ongoing state Legislative Assembly session. However, before filing his parole plea, he had also moved a mercy petition before the state government seeking a waiver of the jail sentence… the file was sent to Governor Mridula Sinha for her approval but she is currently out of station. Meanwhile, social activist Aires Rodrigues, in a letter to the Governor today, urged her to not agree to the very "high- handed" move by the Goa government…  click here
Video: 30 Jul: Prudent Media.  click here
31 Jul: The Hindu. Aires Rodrigues opposes Goa govt.'s pardon plea for Mickky Pacheco … click here.

Aires Rodrigues: When the Law Minister did not uphold the Law
30 Jul: Herald. By Aires Rodrigues. The cowboy style high-handed and illegal outing to Sada jail led by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza to see their convicted colleague Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco was outrageous and needs to be condemned as it has sent a wrong message to the law abiding citizens. Nobody can have any issue with anyone visiting a convict in jail. But the VIP manner in which this entourage entered the jail yesterday has raised one eye brow too many…  click here

Pilot spots dog on Dabolim runway, hits brakes
31 Jul: Herald. The pilot of an Air Asia flight had to hit the emergency brakes after spotting a stray dog on the runway at Dabolim International Airport on Thursday. The plane was headed for Bangalore and had 113 passengers on board … the issue of bird hits has always been the main concern of the Indian Navy and Airport Authority of India.  click here

Seafood Companies Bet on Mangrove Crab Exports
30 Jul: Economic Times. Identifying live crab exports as a potential money spinner, the Indian seafood industry is all set to rear mangrove crabs, so as to scale up the export of the crustacean that commands high price in the global market … It has identified 15 locations and work has begun in Devgud, Malvan and Vengurla taluks… Green mangrove crab is a much sought-after variety and fetches a price of Rs 1,000 to 1,400 a kg in the world market … Live crab exports, mostly done by air from Chennai and Mumbai, are at present pegged around Rs 220 crore annually …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 2 Aug: Goan Association (UK) in collaboration with Goan organisations proudly presents the UK GOAN FESTIVAL at Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow TW5 9PD. Starting with Mass @ 11.00 a.m. Management reserves the right of admission. Admission: £5.00. Under 16's: Free. Car Park: £5.00. Traditional Goan Cuisine. Cultural Performances. Children's Entertainment. Fairground Rides. Free shuttle service from Hounslow West underground tube station. No Pets Allowed. No Food & Beverage to be brought onto the premises. Contact: Ravi Vaz: 07909 927539 or Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa: 07958 537314. For more information, click here. Traffic disruption anticipated on the day owing to the Prudential Cycle Ride. For the list of road closures click here.

Sat: 8 Aug. G.O.A. Senior Citizens ”A Day Trip to Windsor”. A most welcomed date in the diary to the Queen’s home of Windsor, Berkshire. Lunch opposite Windsor Castle, Shopping, Sightseeing and Relaxing by the River. Coach pick up points from Tooting Library (10.00 a.m.) and Greenford BP Connect, UB6 8ST (10.45a.m.). Tickets: Members £15.00 – Non-Members £19.00. Contact : Chloe DeMenconca on 0208 384 0272 or

Sun 9 Aug. G.O.A Badminton Tournament –– Venue : Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Surrey TW20 8NL. Men’s Singles | Men’s Doubles | Ladies Singles | Ladies Doubles | Mixed Doubles. For doubles, a minimum of 4 pairs required for each event. The event will commencing at 11am sharp. Players to be prompt and arrive by 10.30 a.m warm up and draw. Entry fee £5 pp. For further details contact Viju DeSouza on 01784 430547 | Mob 07873277028, Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | 07853132336 and Conny Mascarenhas 01784 259110 | Mob 07899 893553. Closing date for Entries 03/08/2015.

Sat. 15 Aug: Goans International are launching their Goans Global Business Network at Taj's Bombay Brasserie located in fashionable Kensington in Courtfield Road, London SW7 4QH. Tickets for this event are available at £35.00 per person which includes a welcome drink and a buffet lunch on a first come first paid basis. For details and booking please contact Milton Rodrigues President, or mobile 07896437900 or Antonio Fernandes, Confirmations are already in full swing so book early to avoid disappointment. For the flyer, click here

Sun 16 Aug. G.O.A 5-a-side Football Tournament –– Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Each teams should consist of eight players (3 subs.). Kick off Time 11.00 a.m. £80 per team, closing date for entries 09/08/2015. For further details please contact Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | Mob 0785 3132336 | Lloyd Lobo 020-8856-6018 | Mob 07770 982446 or Junior 07946 432747

Sun 16 Aug. G.O.A 5-a-side Football Tournament –– Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Each teams should consist of eight players (3 subs.). Kick off Time 11.00 a.m. £80 per team, closing date for entries 09/08/2015. For further details please contact Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | Mob 0785 3132336 | Lloyd Lobo 020-8856-6018 | Mob 07770 982446 or Junior 07946 432747

G.O.A. Sports Day Sun: 23 Aug: G.O.A. Sports Day – Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London SE25 4Q – Doors open at 11.00 – Events commence at 12.00 noon. The G.O.A. annual event is back. An array of track and field events are scheduled for this sporting day, suitable for all ages, talents and team participation! For more details and entry forms, please contact: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780, Visit or Facebook : Goan Association UK - Goauk London.

G.O.A. Theatre visit: The Sinatra Show at the London Palladium Wed. 2 Sep. – G.O.A. Theatre visit. The Sinatra Show at the London Palladium. Commencing at 15.00 hrs. Tickets at £39.50 (Reduced from £69.50). Only 30 tickets available on a first come first served basis. Contact Bernie Gracias on 0208 723 1322 or Norma Menezes-Rahim on 0208 771 4457

Thur. 10 Sep. - Sun. 13 Sep. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto) extend an open invitation to alumni around the globe, to join us in celebrating our 2015 Reunion in Toronto. The festivities get under way on Thursday morning, Sept 10, with a Golf Tournament, followed by a Meet & Greet in the evening. On Friday, climb on board for a Coach Trip to Niagara Falls/Casino and Wine Tasting. Saturday has been set aside for free time and/or individual classes to hold their own reunions. On Sunday we will remember our dear departed at a Memorial Mass followed by a Reunion Gala. For further details, 2015 Reunion Flyer & Reservation Form, click here.

Sat. 12 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 8th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Cocktail Reception. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & Top Goan DJs: Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & PRESS PLAY. Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal.Tickets: Adult Early bird: £12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £8 & Adult Standard £15. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London. For the Flyer, click here.

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Death: Caleb Vinnai
24 Jul: Calgary, Canada. Caleb Vinnai. Born 13 Aug. 2007. He will forever remain in the hearts of his parents, Angeli Vinnai (nee D'Souza) and Daryl Vinnai; and beloved brother Hayden. Caleb was the grandson of Marion and Charlie Vinnai and Annette and Theo D'Souza and nephew of Joel, Xenia and Joanne. Prayers & Tributes will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, 1605 - 100 Street SE on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 10 Prestwick Drive SE on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. [Info: Caetano de Menezes]. For photos, more details or to forward condolences please click here.

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Sun 2 Aug. 2015: UK Goan Festival: Hounslow Weather Countdown

BBC: Clear and Dry. Max. 23C.  click here
Met. Office (UK). Max 23C. Less than 5% chance of rain.  click here
Accuweather. Max 24C. Rain: Nil. click here.

Vancouver: Art this week: Keg de Souza

28 Jul: Vancouver Sun. Keg de Souza: Preservation. Keg de Souza is an Australian-based artist, whose work emphasizes participation, the process of learning skills and fostering new relationships. This weekend, de Souza leads an urban foraging expedition culminating in jam making… The two-day event centres around Burrard Marina Field House, where de Souza is the Contemporary Art Gallery’s artist-in-residence…  click here
Both Keg’s parents are originally from Goa. For the Keg de Souza website  click here

Sonia Filinto: Exploring the untold

29 Jul: Navhind Times. Sonia Filinto lived in Calangute until the age of 21. But, it was only after interacting with the fishing community that she became aware of the social undercurrents which later became the premise of her documentary ‘Shifting Sands’ that went on to be screened in the Short Film Centre, Festival de Cannes in 2013. She writes, photographs, scripts and produces corporate films. In the past she has worked in Mumbai and Dubai, in television, in non-fiction programming and documentary film making… 1041 words.  click here
For the 1m. 50s. trailer of “Shifting Sands”  click here

South Africa: Van der Stel ‘coloured’

29 Jul: Cape Times (South Africa). The town of Stellenbosch was the cultural heartland for “white Afrikaners” during apartheid, and named after Simon van der Stel (photo), the first governor of the Cape colony. Yet, what was never mentioned in our history schoolbooks was that Simon was in fact “coloured”. His father was the Dutch administrator of Mauritius and his mother was the daughter of [Monica da Costa], a freed slave from Goa…  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Simon van der Stel,  click here
For the Monica (Da Costa) Lievens WikeTree site, click here.

Louis Berger: Former Goa CM Kamat appears before crime branch

29 Jul: All India Radio. Former Goa Chief Minister and presently Congress MLA of Goa Assembly Mr Digamber Kamat today appeared before Crime branch for questioning in connection with the Louis bribery case. The Crime Branch recorded the statement of Mr Kamat … Leaving the Crime Branch office after two hours of investigation Former Goa Chief Minister Mr Kamat denied any involvement in the scam.  click here
Video: Never met Louis Berger company officials: Digambar Kamat … In Goa News. 0m. 53s. 29 July.  click here
Video: Churchill Alemao appeared before the crime branch… 3m. 04s. click here.

Encouraging NRIs to adopt Indian children
27 Jul: Mail Today. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s guidelines to make to make it easier for NRIs to adopt Indian children is good news. India’s children are in desperate need of help. Estimates suggest India is home to 18 million street-children, with half of them likely to face sexual abuse…  click here

India's arms show 'Defexpo' moves from Delhi to Goa
29 Jul: Mail Today. India's flagship arms show ‘Defexpo’ will be moved out from the hustle and bustle of New Delhi to the enchanting settings of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s home state, Goa. The defence ministry has put its stamp of approval to shift the arms show, held every two years. The next edition of the show, one of the biggest such events in this part of the world, is slated to be held in February 2016. No wonder Delhi’s loss has proved to be Goa’s gain…  click here

Wardens to keep vigil on Goa beaches
29 Jul. IANS. Tourist wardens and police have been asked to keep a watch on foreigners accompanied by children on Goa's beaches to curb paedophilia, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Wednesday. Parulekar told the assembly that 10 tourist wardens, several of whom are former soldiers, have been instructed to keep a vigil on drug users too…  click here

Velim church attack case: Filipe Neri seeks CM’s intervention
30 Jul: Times of India. Former water resources minister and ex-Velim MLA Filipe Neri Rodrigues on Wednesday appealed to chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar to intervene in the Velim church attack case … the raid was conducted by income tax officials backed on the Velim parish priest in February 2012… Rodrigues says, "Now, it is seen that the police have filed a chargesheet against local parish priest Fr Roman Gonsalves, Dias and some 20 other parishioners under various sections of the IPC, including attempt to murder…  click here

Goa heading towards bankruptcy like Greece: Opposition
29 Jul: IANS. Goa may become bankrupt like Greece if the BJP-led coalition government did not stop borrowing and curb unnecessary spending, opposition legislators warned on Wednesday. Speaking during the monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly, Independent legislator from Bicholim Naresh Sawal said, "Do not splurge like Greece. See what has happened to Greece. We should not go that way" adding that money was being spent on "unnecessary projects"…  click here


DRAMA: Writing the Century – Omnibus. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Saturday 1st August. 13:00 to 14:10. Letters from a Young Indian Revolutionary by Tanika Gupta.

DOCUMENTARY: Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial. BBC 2. Sunday 2nd August. 13:00 to 14:00. Alex Polizzi continues with Potli in the heart of Hammersmith, in desperate need of a new head chef to help build the owners' dream of a restaurant chain.

DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hill Railways.: Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sunday 2nd August. 22:00 to 23:00. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Episode 1. Affectionate three-part series about India's 'toy trains'. The much-loved Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the country's very first mountain service.

DOCUMENTARY: Three Pounds in My Pocket. Series 2. 1/3 BBC Radio 4. Wednesday 5th August. 11:00 to 11:30. A follow-up to last year’s documentary about first generation immigrants from India in the 1950’s. At the time £3 was the limit set by the Indian authorities. Kavita Puri charts the years 1968-1976 hearing stories (including her father’s) of South Asian settlers to Britain, when the make-up of the community changed and immigration became a charged political issue.

DOCUMENTARY: Buddha: Genius of the Ancient World. BBC 4. Wednesday 5th August. 21.00 to 22:00.. Series in which historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy - Buddha, Socrates and Confucius. In this first episode, Bettany investigates the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha.

DOCUMENTARY: Black Ops. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Tuesday 4th August 2015. 00:00 to 01:00. City Under Siege. Revealing series following elite Black Ops units around the world. Assassins go on the rampage in Mumbai and only one Special Force has the expertise to stop them.

TRAVEL: Tough Trains. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Wednesday 5th August. 22:00 to 23:00. India's Independence Railroads. Zay Harding takes an epic journey across one of the world's biggest railway networks.


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Acton, London: Charlotte Fernandes, 25, missing for two months

27 Jul: Get West London. A 25-year-old woman from Acton has been missing for over two months. Family members are concerned about the whereabouts of Charlotte Fernandes, also known as Riya Fernandes, as she was last seen on Tuesday May 26. Police are also said to be searching for Ms Fernandes, who is described as Asian, of slim build, 5ft tall, with long black hair. If anyone recognises her or knows of her whereabouts, call Ealing Police on 101 or call or text Missing People on 116 000. You can also send an email to:, reference number: 15-005531…  click here

Video: Neon Stories Disco Nite In Swindon

26 July: Niz Goenkar. 14m. 23s.  click here
19 Jun: Successful Neon Stories Neon Bash Party At Swindon Stadium Hall Amid Obstacles. In what turned out to be a very very successful night at the Swindon Stadium Hall, two young boys organised a wonderful Neon Stories Chapter One at County Ground, Legends Suite with fantastic dance to the DJ with a crowd of more than 400 youngsters The event which was due to start at 8 pm sharp was delayed due to some deliberate actions from unexpected quarters … 400 words + comments.  click here

Divadkars initiate the cause of Fr Jacome Gonsalves’ canonization

28 Jul: Herald. The parishioners of Piedade have taken a step forward for the cause of canonization of 18th century missionary Fr Jacome Gonsalves, son of the island, in whose ancestral house now is established Our Lady of Divar High School, run by Goa Archdiocese, in Divar… Fr Jacome died on July 17, 1742 in Bolawatte, Sri Lanka and was buried there. The parishioners at Our Lady of Piety Church held an annual commemoration day to pay tribute to the great missionary. But this year, it was held two days later for the benefit of the devotees. On the occasion, the parishioners formulated a plan to undertake the preliminary work of instituting the cause of canonization of the illustrious villager…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Fr Jacome Gonsalves,  click here

Auction: A Mother-Of-Pearl Shallow Dish

30 Jul: Duke's, Dorchester, Dorset, UK. A mother-of-pearl shallow dish, probably Goanese, of sectional construction with a notched border, 8" diameter. Estimate: 800 GBP - 1,500 GBP…  click here

Video: Berger Probe - Churchill Says 'Jesus Is My Protector'

27 Jul: InGoaNews. 1m. 43s.  click here
Former Goa Chief Minister Given Bribe of $.9 Million, Say Louis Berger Officials 28 Jul: NDTV. Officials of the US firm Louis Berger have named former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and former minister Churchill Alemao as persons who were given bribes, sources told NDTV ...  click here
Goa Police 'Crack' Louis Berger Bribery Case 28 Jul: Outlook. click here.

Churchill : South Goa’s man of many assets
29 Jul: Times of India. The bribery charge in the JICA project case notwithstanding, former lawmaker Churchill Alemao is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law. The 66-year-old South Goa political heavyweight once spent some time at the Aguada central jail, after he surrendered in a smuggling case… he doesn't appear to disapprove the dub of 'Robin Hood of Goa', an image that has helped him gain immense popularity among the electorate …  click here

Mumbai-Goa catamaran service to start in October
29 Jul: Times of India. Bengaluru-based Champions Group wants to spread its wings in Goa. Planning to invest around 100 crore in the IT and tourism sectors, it is slated to introduce a Mumbai-Goa catamaran service in October with the start of the new tourism season…  click here

Carcass at Miramar not of Morjim mugger’
‘29 July: Times of India. The possibility that the crocodile which crawled across Morjim beach into the sea on July 15 is the same one that was found dead in Miramar beach on Monday morning has evoked a mixed reaction. A few say that the carcass may have been carried from its traditional habitat in Cumbharjua canal to Miramar beach. The other likelihood is that it may have died in the polluted St Inez creek near the beach. D N Carvalho, conservator of forests (wildlife and eco tourism), discounted the theory that it was the Morjim reptile…  click here

Four students awarded the Goa Education Trust Scholarships to the UK
28 July: India Education Diary. This year four young students have been awarded the Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarships 2015 by the British Council, to pursue their education ambitions in the UK … Now in its sixth year, the Goa Education Trust Scholarship is funded by the Goa Education Trust and managed by the British Council … The four winners are Uma Damle will going to University of Arts London; Wayne Dcruz to Kings College London; Kirti Dahiya to Queen Mary University and Anushka Desouza to University of Edinburgh… 901 words.  click here

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29 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 30.2. Min = 23.8. Rainfall: 17.2 mm
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.63; $ =83.83. $Can = 49.35; Euro = 70.61; $Aus= 46,88

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