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50th International film festival kickstarts in Goa

20 Nov: Zee News. Minister of Environment and climate change Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 50th International film festival (IFFI) in Goa, on Thursday (November 20)… Bollywood superstars Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan were honored at the event and both were seen calling each other as their inspirations… Goa CM Pramod Sawant, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and other people from Bollywood and international film industry took part in the event.  For further details click here
Video: 50th International Film Festival of India - Opening Ceremony - IFFI 2019 - LIVE from Goa 3:25:08  click here

In Bombay Balchão, writer Jane Borges brings the city's heritage neighbourhood of Cavel to life

20 Nov: Borges writes a fictional tale of the families from Cavel, a small Catholic neighbourhood in South Mumbai, drawing on her conversations with the people who migrated to the city. Cavel is a small and quaint Catholic neighbourhood in Marine Lines, Mumbai … Mumbai is a city with many stories to tell; every nook and cranny is brimming with characters, remarks author and journalist Jane Borges, who provides a slice-of-life glimpse of the city's Goan, Mangalorean and East Indian residents in her latest work, Bombay Balchão… While each of the chapters in Bombay Balchão could be a story in itself, together, the author weaves a tale that brings together the lives of all her characters and paints a vivid picture of the locality of Cavel and its inhabitants… 1781 words.  For further details click here
Bombay Balchao was published on 18 Nov 2019. To order a copy from Amazon,  click here

World Goa Day 2019 in Dubai

20 Nov: Herald. Green Leaf Events along with UAE Goans presented World Goa Day 2019 - Dubai… The Dubai WGD Organizing Committee awarded Nakita Tania Fernandes, the Global Goan Youth of the Year Award. Loads of entertainment included performances by Dubai's best dancers, spot prizes and competitions throughout the event. Entertainment for kids included face painting, balloon bending and mascots along with some spot prizes and games held at the main stage. Finger licking Goan specialities included Chicken Xacuti, Chicken Cafreal, Potato Chops, Pulav along a wide selection of international cuisine at The Canvas Hotel Dubai…  For further details click here

Golden Chariot luxury train to chug in Goa

20 Nov: Navhind Times. The IRCTC on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation to refurbish the state's Golden Chariot train and restart its operations from March next year. The 18-coach-long luxury train has 44 guest rooms that can accommodate 84 guests. It covers tourist attractions in Karnataka and Goa. The train's operations were stopped in March last year due to low occupancy rate. The IRCTC will announce in a week's time the new schedule and tariff for the Golden Chariot. Initially, two trips per month will be offered, KSTDC managing director Kumar Pushkar told PTI on the sidelines of the event Earlier, the tariff was US $600 per day, approximately Rs 43,000 …  For further details click here
For the Golden Chariot website,  click here

India Plans Incentives to Bring In Foreign Manufacturers From Tesla to Glaxo

20 Nov: Bloomberg. India is planning to offer 324 companies including Tesla Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc incentives to set up factories in the South Asian nation in a bid to capitalize from the trade war between China and the U.S., according to a document seen by Bloomberg. The government proposes to provide the manufacturers land to set up a factory along with power, water and road access, according to draft of the document prepared by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and Invest India… proposal includes incentives for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, fuel efficiency and carbon taxation. For the electronics and telecom sector, flexible employment, manufacturing-related incentives linked to investments and value addition have been sought…  For further details click here
From Eddie Fernandes: Last month I took possession of a Tesla 3 with future autopilot upgrades. The car will be available in India next year.  click here

Challenges before the Goan tourism industry

20 Nov: The Goan. By Dr Joe D’Souza. Goa and its tourism are under pressure due to the economic slowdown and local factors, including the yet-to-be streamlined garbage management system. A lot has been talked about Goa as being a premier destination for medical tourism having facilities on par with international standards made available to foreign visitors for their healthcare needs at affordable and competitive prices… Whilst Goans at large are drinking, dining, dancing and sleeping over the grave health threats promoted by our administration, it is only the judiciary that is up in arms to protect the interest of the Goans and Goa… 1044 words.  For further details click here

'Questao De Confusao', first Konkani movie selected under special film category at IFFI

19 Nov: ANI. The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India, which is set to screen over 200 best films from about 76 nations, has selected the first Konkani film 'Questao De Confusao' under the special film category. Film producer Suchita Narvekar exuded happiness over the selection saying, "We are elated to be a part of this section." …  For further details click here
Video: Questao De Confusao | Official Trailer. The film is about a Hindu and a Christian Family, who share the next door neighbor relationship but also have an ongoing ancestral rivalry with each other. Who is going to win in this Questao? Religion, Ego or Humanity? 1m. 56s.  click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS  By Lira Fernandes

FILM: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. BBC Two. Sat. 23rd Nov. 00:20 to 02:20. A Pakistani professor is visited by an American journalist, who wants to interview him about a recent kidnapping. The academic tells the story of his life in the US, and how he was falsely regarded as a potential terrorist in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks - an experience that drove him to radical politics.
DOCUMENTARY: My Life.  CBBC (Freeview 201). Sat. 23rd Nov. 17:50 to 18:20. Mumbai Street Strikers. Fourteen football-mad boys from the Mumbai slums go on a trip to the UK.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. More4 (Freeview 14). Sun. 24th Nov. 18:25 to 18:55. Lancashire. Outsourcing manager Steve hosts the third night in Lancashire, where the 51-year-old plans to wow his guests with a `man of the world" menu that relies heavily on strong Indian spices.

ENTERTAINMENT: Whose Truth Is It Anyway?  Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Mon. 25th Nov. 22:30 to 23:00. Kenya: Africa Uncensored. Africa Check's investigative journalists uncover incompetence and corruption in a multi-million dollar health care system scam.

 ENTERTAINMENT: Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry. BBC 2. Mon. 25th Nov. 23:15 to 00:15. Anita Rani concludes her exploration the world of Indian cinema by examining how a new generation of Bollywood stars are challenging the industry to keep up with the country's unusually young population - more than half the 1.3 billion people in India are under 25. She also investigates why Indian cinema is so fascinated with having westerners on screen.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. More4 (Freeview 14). Wed. 27th Nov. 15:50 to 16:20. Reading. The fourth dinner party in Reading sees fitness fanatic Sabi Phagura putting her healthy regimen to one side to host a bhangra-themed evening. Unfortunately, neither the traditional Indian food on the table nor the entertainment seems to impress the guests.

FILM: Tanu Weds Manu. Channel 4. Thurs. 28th Nov. 02:00 to 04:00. Manu returns home to India to meet potential brides, but the woman he falls for has no interest in marrying him. Romantic comedy in Hindi and Punjabi.
ARTS: Talking Movies. BBC News (Freeview 231). Fri. 29th Nov. 21:30 to 22:00. Twentieth Anniversary - India Special.  Talking Movies 20th anniversary celebrations the programme travels to Mumbai to take stock of Bollywood. The show will look at changes that have taken place in Indian cinema.



Death: Gladwyn Gomes. Ex Mumbai
16 Nov: Wellington, New Zealand. GLADWYN CANDIDO GOMES. Passed away peacefully at the age of 61, and has returned to his heavenly abode. Gladwyn is survived by his wife Tina, his daughter Aalekha, son-in-law Ruchira Fernandopulle, and sisters Veena Patwardhan (India), Vera Kunte (USA), and Cynthia James (USA). Gladwyn is preceded in death by his parents Valente and Caroline Gomes of Bombay, India. Gladwyn was born and raised in Bombay and attended St Mary's High School. After graduating from D.M.E.T. Calcutta with a degree in Marine Engineering, Gladwyn joined the merchant navy and rose to the rank of Chief Engineer. In 2008, Gladwyn earned an MBA degree from The University of Auckland. He and his family have lived in Wellington since 2009 and he was the Technical Manager for Strait NZ. A memorial service is scheduled for today Tuesday, November 19th at 6.00pm at Elim Church, 22 Tennyson Street, Te Aro, Wellington, to celebrate Gladwyn's life. No flowers please.  For further details click here
Video: Goan mando 'Sontos bogta re jivako' sung by Veena Gomes-Patwardhan and Gladwyn Gomes is great for happy occasions….  For further details click here

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Gillian Lobo: A Legal Approach to Fighting Climate Change

10 Nov: New York Times. Gillian Lobo is the senior lawyer for ClientEarth, an environmental law charity. This article is part of our Women and Leadership special section, which focuses on approaches taken by women, minorities or other disadvantaged groups challenging traditional ways of thinking… ClientEarth operates in the background, incrementally and strategically, much like the lawyer who set up its climate team four years ago, Gillian Lobo. Ms. Lobo, a Briton of Indian descent who spent the first six years of her life in Tanzania and Kenya, started her legal career at a private practice in Croydon (outside London), then became an in-house lawyer for Royal Mail …She joined ClientEarth in 2015 and has been busy taking the British government to court pretty much ever since … Ms. Lobo is clear about her mission: “My aim is to make the world a fairer place.” 1110 words.  click here
ClientEarth: Profile of Gillian Lobo …  click here

General election 2019: Labour's lack of Indian heritage candidates

19 Nov: BBC. Labour is putting forward one candidate of Indian heritage in the 2019 general election across its 39 safest seats. That is not going down well in the Leicester East seat, home to a large Indian community, where Keith Vaz is not seeking re-election. Politics Live reporter Greg Dawson spoke to people of Indian heritage about “strained” relations with the party they have traditionally supported….  For further details click here
14 Nov: The Guardian (UK). The BJP supporters’ targeting of British Indian voters is divisive – and it won’t work …  click here

Catholic Church urged to stop stealing priests from Africa to fulfil European shortage

18 Nov: Premier. Org (UK). A retired deacon is calling for the Catholic Church to stop bringing priests from Africa to lead churches in the UK. Michael Phelan from Buckinghamshire says the Church, much like the NHS, is robbing Africa of its priests to fill British dioceses. .. "The number of Catholics attending Mass from Africa, Asia and South America has increased dramatically in the last decade, particularly in urban areas. As a result, from diocese to diocese, much prayer, consultation and reflection has gone into how best to respond to that changing pastoral reality. The Church in this country has always been enriched by priests from other parts of the world coming to minister here." …  For further details click here

Video: International film programmer alleges huge corruption in IFFI

18 Nov: Goa 365. On the eve of Golden Jubilee year of IFFI, the central organising federation of Govt of India has been accused of huge corruption in organising the International Film Festival every year. From selecting world cinema to the awards and even in booking flight tickets. But no particular person has been named. Jay Bajaj is Canada-based filmmaker who also lives in Goa during winter. For the last 11 years, he has been curating World Cinema for the Directorate of Film Festivals…  For further details click here
19 Nov: Times of India. Some dinosaurs need to go if Konkani cinema has to grow: Bardroy Barretto  click here

Video: Aggressive Goans expose migrants adopting Goan names to avail benefits in Goa

19 Nov: HCN. Facing rising concern among Goan communities that migrants are adopting local names to benefit from social schemes, Aggressive Goans have objected to it by producing several documents that migrants are adopting Goan names. They have appealed to Goans to be vigilant on the migrants and their name change in order to avail various benefits in the name of being Goan… 2m. 17s.  For further details click here

Centre's nod for four coastal projects in Goa

19 Nov: Construction Week. These four projects -- sand dune parks, erosion/accretion assessment study, waste-to-energy plant, and documentation of fishery zones -- are part of a list of 12 projects that the state government had submitted. The funding for studies and projects will be shared between the World Bank worth Rs 100 crore, Central government worth Rs 60 crore and state government worth Rs 40 crore… The other projects which were proposed by the state government are -- study on marine biodiversity of critical marine habitats, and setting up of a state project management unit in its department of science, technology and environment (DSTE).  For further details click here

Serendipity Arts Festival announces programming highlights for 4th edition

18 Nov: Exchange4Media. The Serendipity Arts Festival, now in its fourth year, returns to Goa from the 15-22 December with over 100 compelling projects including exhibitions, performances and immersive art experiences. This year the festival will take place across 10 venues in Panaji, Goa highlighting the 7 core disciplines including Craft, Culinary Arts, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Photography with over 1500 artists. The Serendipity Arts Festival 2019 is India’s first multi-disciplinary arts event committed to creating tangible change across the country’s cultural spectrum by engaging the public and increasing awareness of how art can impact society, whilst generating interest in public art projects across India… 1218 words  For further details click here



Death: Nicholas Dias. ex Kampala, Uganda.

31st October 2019, London. NICHOLAS AGNELO DIAS - ex Kampala, Uganda. Born 05/01/1958. Beloved partner to Beverley, loving Dad to Joshua, Jordan & Isobel, adored Grandad to Jesse. Son of the late Ignatius Francis Dias & the late Maria Ritina Dias. Much loved brother to Ludovina (Roque), late Joseph, Fatima, Dominic and Clara. Adoring Uncle and Godfather to many nephews and nieces.
Funeral: 28th November 11.30am at St.Lawrence’s Church, Sidcup, 1 Hamilton Road, DA15 7HB. Cremation: 1pm Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, Eltham, SE9 2AZ. Followed by Refreshments at Sidcup Sports Club, Sydney Road, DA14 6RB. Condolences to

Death: Ronald Pinto
16 Nov: Brampton, Ont. RONALD MAX PINTO. Born May 11, 1947. He passed away peacefully and will be greatly missed by his wife Yvette (nee D'Souza), his sons Brian (Leena) & Steven, his grandsons Savio & Remy; his siblings. Brother of Rudy (Vicky), Leslie (Rhona), Loretta (Trevor) & Doreen; and his many nieces and nephews. The family hopes Ronnie's soul finds comfort in being reunited in the Heaven's above with his parents Santan & Maria Adeline Pinto & his older brother Tony Pinto.
Friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral mass on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 10:30 am at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church in Brampton, Ontario. A Celebration of Life (Reception) will follow at the Brampton Crematorium & Visitation Centre between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. St. Marguerite d'Youville 2490 Sandalwood Parkway East Brampton, Ontario L6R 3A4. Brampton Crematorium and Visitation Centre 30 Bramwin Court Brampton, Ontario L6T 5G2

News Summary

Yoga can put Catholics in an ambiguous position

16 Nov: Irish Examiner. By Julie Walsh Power, Waterford, Ireland. “I refer to the criticism levelled at The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan concerning the practice of yoga in Catholic schools… Regrettably, the Catholic laity has largely been left without any ongoing guidance from the clergy on the subject of yoga and other New Age practises, for far too long, despite the church guidelines published on the subject. Both the Hindu and Buddhist religions inform yoga, despite constant claims to the contrary… Performing exercises and relaxation techniques without religious or philosophical connotations are not in contradiction with the Catholic faith, but the fact that mantras are used in yoga indicates that the process involves meditation and self-realisation techniques which are at variance with Church teaching…  For further details click here

Goa Arts and Literature Festival returns for 10th edition

19 Nov: Navhind Times. The 10th anniversary edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula from December 5 to 7 this year. Founded in 2009 by co-curators Damodar Mauzo and Vivek Menezes of the Goa Writers group, with the consistent partnership, support and organisation of ICG, the GALF is among the premier gatherings in the nation’s intellectual calendar. Many of its prominent well-wishers and supporters will return for the anniversary celebrations, including novelist and translator Jerry Pinto; Hindi writer Mridula Garg; award-winning Kannada writer Vivek Shanbhag; poets Keki Daruwalla, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ranjit Hoskote, Hemant Divate and Sumana Roy; and journalists of Goan origin, Samar Halarnkar and Naresh Fernandes…  For further details click here
For the GALF website,  click here

Dutch firm to salvage naphtha-laden ship stuck off Goa coast

19 Nov: India TV News. Almost a month after a naphtha- laden ship ran aground off the Goa coast, the order to salvage the vessel and empty it would be given to a private firm on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday. Sawant told reporters a Dutch-based marine engineering firm will be entrusted the work of salvaging the ship loaded with naphtha. "Mormugao Port Trust will issue an order to the firm to salvage the ship on Tuesday. The Director-General of Shipping, which has been monitoring the process, has informed the same to the state government, the chief minister said. He said the Dutch company would be tasked with unloading naphtha from the tanker, which ran aground off the Goa coast in the last week of October, and also salvage it…  For further details click here

Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2019: Dirt track races, custom bike shows, music concerts – All you need to know

18 Nov: Financial Express. Royal Enfield Rider Mania, a much-awaited motorcycle festival held each year in the scenic city of Goa, is back for its 11th edition in 2019. To be held from 22-24 November, Rider Mania is the largest gathering of Royal Enfield motorcycle owners and enthusiasts in the world. There will be various events ranging from hill climbs, races, custom bike build offs, to oodles of merrymaking by way of music, food and other indulging activities. Over 8,000 people will gather for the festival and we will be on the ground as well to bring you details of what’s going on. If you are attending, here’s what all can you look forward to ...  For further details click here

Isabelle Huppert to Receive Lifetime

Achievement Honor at Goa Film Festival 17 Nov: Hollywood Reporter (USA). French actress Isabelle Huppert will be conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming International Film Festival of India, which is set to run Wednesday-Nov. 28 and take place in Goa. Organized by the Indian government, IFFI marks its 50th anniversary this year. Huppert has appeared in over 120 films, winning numerous awards including two Cannes best actress trophies (for Violette and The Piano Teacher) while her performance in Elle won her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. The IFFI lifetime honor carries a cash prize of 1 million rupees ($14,285). Huppert will also address a master class at the festival titled The Actor's Connect…  For further details click here

‘To increase reach, digitise and transliterate Konkani texts’

17 Nov: Times of India. Highlighting the importance of the ‘digitisation of Konkani texts and their transliteration’, the work of two Goan research scholars, Palia Goankar and Rafael Fernandes, was recently published in international academic platform Scopus. To broaden the scope of readership of Konkani texts, the scholars advocate digitising and transliterating them… Gaonkar and Fernandes, in their research work, stress on how the transliteration of Konkani literature from one script to another can widen its readership. The ‘Konkanverter’, a transliteration tool developed by the World Konkani Center in Mangaluru, has already been used …  For further details click here



Acknowledgement: Larry Fernandes

Brenda Fernandes together with her children, Carolyn, Clare, Richard and families, wish to acknowledge with sincere appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness, support, prayers, and Mass offerings, following the death of our beloved Larry. We are grateful to all those who attended the funeral and the Celebration of his Life on 11th November 2019 and are most appreciative for the donations received for Barts Hospital Charity & the Diocese of Brentwood. Father Martin, a personal family friend delivered a truly beautiful requiem service and his soothing heartfelt words were a source of comfort amid immense sadness. Please accept this notification from the family as it will not be possible to thank each one individually. For tributes and the eulogy please click here.

Death: Ronald Pinto
16 Nov: Brampton, Canada. RONALD MAX PINTO. It is with great sadness that the Pinto Family announce the passing of my Dad, Ronald Max Pinto. He passed away peacefully early this morning with our family by his side. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral mass this coming Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church in Brampton, Ontario. A Celebration of Life (Reception) will follow at the Brampton Crematorium & Visitation Centre between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. St. Marguerite d'Youville Church: 2490 Sandalwood Parkway East. Brampton, Ontario L6R 3A4. Brampton Crematorium and  For further details click here

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Editorial: Struggling To Find Safety In The Air Above Dabolim

17 Nov: Herald. On Saturday morning, a Navy MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed in Verna, a few miles inland from the airport. It later came to light that the craft had ‘encountered a flock of birds’ soon after takeoff and the pilots noticed that the engine was on fire, and this is what led to the crash. It is hardly surprising that a bird hit could have led to the crash, as such incidents are not new to Dabolim airport… It is no secret that the area around Dabolim airport is littered with garbage and that birds are attracted to the waste … Bird hits will pose a threat at Dabolim airport as long as there is garbage dumped in the villages in the airport’s neighbourhood and beyond …  For further details click here

Soon, Euro-style waste drop-off points in Goa

18 Nov: Times of India. Drawing from the experience of a Goan delegation that recently visited Europe, the state environment ministry has decided to set up waste collection centres in every area across Goa. Here, citizens will be able to drop off all kinds of waste, except food waste, and all panchayats and municipalities have already been told to identify land to set up such centres, environment minister Nilesh Cabral told TOI…  For further details click here

Devika Martins: Reestorer of Goan Homes

17 Nov: Mid Day (Mumbai). For the last four years, Devika Martins, a restorer of old Goan homes and heritage advocate, has been spreading the love around preserving the architectural glory of the region, which has seen multiple interventions, and is therefore, a melting point of styles, including Portuguese, Indian and Islamic. This amalgamation is what gives it a distinct identity: the balcãos (pillared porches), the saquãos (central courtyards), ornamental windows and doors, and the grand wooden staircases. A student of the University of Florence, Italy, where she got a Masters degree in restoration, conversation, and Renaissance interiors, Martins, who briefly worked in Dubai, returned home in 2016. Since then, the young restorer, who runs Martins Group in Panjim, has breathed new life into four heritage homes in Goa. And a fifth is underway… Restoring a home doesn’t come cheap, and while Martins admits her budgets are competitive, it’s still a cost. Her cheapest project cost the client R40 lakh… 846 words.  For further details click here
Video: 21 June 2019. Entrepreneurship - Devika Martins interviewed by Basil D'Cunha …  click here

Goa: Serendipity is all set to present its most ambitious edition yet

17 Nov: Architectural Digest. The fourth edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF)— which starts on 15 December in Panjim, Goa—will have twice as many projects, according to festival director Smriti Rajgarhia. Some of the exhibitions build upon the themes of preceding years, allowing the festival to unfold like a multi-part story with each edition. Such is the case with interdisciplinary artist Ravi Agarwal, one of the photography curators at SAF this year…  click here

Travel Insight: Exploring The Portuguese Flavour of Goa

18 Nov: Forbes. By Angelina Villa-Clarke. The Portuguese heritage can be soaked up in Panjim, the capital city of the state of Goa. Here, the Fontainhas area – also known as the Latin Quarter – was founded in the late 18th century by a wealthy Portuguese named Antonio Joao de Sequeira… You can wander around the streets to soak up the ambiance, stopping in at boutique bakeries and art shops along the way. For a cup of chai or a Goan Feni cocktail, head to the Verandah Restaurant, found at the WelcomHeritage Panjim Inn – a boutique-style restaurant-with-rooms carved out of 130-year-old family mansion. Its first-floor terrace is the perfect spot for people-watching on the bustling Goan street below… 1394 words.  For further details click here

Drowning cases at Goa’s beaches sending wrong signal internationally: Michael Lobo

17 Nov: Navhind Times. Cases of foreigners drowning at Goan beaches are sending a wrong signal internationally, said RDA Minister Michael Lobo, adding that “this is due to replacing striking Drishti lifeguards by outside lifeguards who are not familiar with the Goan beaches. 14 drowning deaths were reported in the North Goa. A solution needs to be found out to this issue. I have seen for the last 7 years that every year this Drishti lifeguards go on strike the tourists face problem … The foreigners will start coming to Goa in large numbers, particularly, the Russian tourists and they are not familiar with the sea condition at Goan beaches and as such we need the lifeguards who are familiar with the sea conditions …  For further details click here



Death: Leo Moraes. Ex Uganda
15 Nov. 2019. Toronto. LEO FRANCIS MORAES. Ex Uganda Born on September 7, 1938. Loving husband to Sheila for 49 years, father to Lorraine (Keith), Judy, and grandfather to Lucas. Leo is fondly remembered by his siblings Hipo/Laura (deceased), James (deceased), George/Carmen, Paul (deceased)/Audrey. Leo will be sadly missed by his many nephews, nieces, friends and family. Leo’s quiet demeanor and gentle nature touched all of those who knew and loved him. Leo was an avid traveller and camper. He loved spending time in his retired years cruising the seas and playing with his grandson, Lucas.
Visitation: Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham on Monday November 18th from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm. Funeral: St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 10295 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill on November 19th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - to donate, go to Condolences: Photo at the link below click here.

Death: Jerry Luis. Ex Dar es Salaam
13 Nov: Toronto. JERRY (JEROME SERVANDO CLEMENTO) LUIS. Jerry was born on October 23, 1930, to John Patrick Xavier Luis and Anna Lilia Pereira in Dar es Salaam. Beloved husband of Eva Luis; proud father of Judy/Paul Watson, Jacinta/Bernardo Lynch, the late Ian Patrick, and the late Ian Nicholas. Loving brother of the late Tony/Laura, Franky/the late Vicky, Queenie/Lino. Combining his length of service at Barclays Bank (Dar es Salaam and Mwanza) and the Royal Bank of Canada (Montreal and Toronto), Jerry had a rewarding career for nearly half a century. He participated in a range of social, athletic, and church-related activities while also serving in leadership roles.
Viewing: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. McDougall & Brown Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 1N5. Funeral Mass: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Parish Church, 3216 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 1A4, Canada. > Parking space is available on the Church premises, as well as at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic School just next to the Church. Reception to follow the funeral mass in the Church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
For photo and full details, click here.

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Bird crashes jet in Goa

17 Nov: Times of India. In yet another crash in the armed forces, a naval MiG-29K fighter went down after a bird-hit at Goa on Saturday. The two pilots fortunately managed to eject safely, but the accident once again brought to the fore the continuing absence of bird-detection or avian radars at airbases around the country… “An inquiry has been instituted into the accident after the flight data recorder was recovered, though prima facie it was a bird-hit,” said an officer… Just since 2015-2016, the IAF, Army and Navy have lost around 50 aircraft and helicopters in crashes, which have claimed over 70 lives, in a grim reminder of the unacceptably high military crash rate in India…  For further details click here
17 Nov: Herald. Struggling to find Safety in the air above Dabolim …  click here

Amit Roy: Keith Vaz ‘has more to offer’

15 Nov: Eastern Eye (UK). Keith Vaz’s decision to stand down in the December election as Labour’s candidate for Leicester East after 32 years does not surprise me, but it does fill me with sadness with what might have been. By far the brightest and most eloquent of the Asian parliamentarians, his fate was sealed when he was knifed by his “friend” Diane Abbott. I have known Keith since he was first elected in 1987. He was an excellent constituency MP as I discovered every time I went to cover his general election campaigns. He won eight times, and could have succeeded John Bercow as speaker… Keith is a pioneer who has surely paved the way for others. At 62, his time in the Commons is over, but his whole life of further service to the British Asian community and beyond is ahead of him. I am sure his wife Maria and children, Luke and Anjali, will see him through.  For further details click here

Food: The Lisbon connection

15 Nov: The Hindu. By Joanna Lobo. Chef André Magalhães is full of tales… Today, he teaches food science, is a journalist, and the chef of the celebrated Taberna da Rua das Flores in Lisbon. He is in India to curate a menu, ‘Finding Lisbon in Goa’, at O Pedro that seeks inspiration from his travels to Goa and harks back to its Portuguese origins. Magalhães is all set take over the O Pedro kitchen for two days, while select dishes will be on the menu until the end of the month… Chef André Magalhães Takeover at O Pedro, BKC, Mumbai on November 16 and 17 (November 18 to 30, specials menu)…  For further details click here

Alphonso mangoes from Malawi: Another Fruit Crosses the Sea

16 Oct: The Economic Times. Mumbai’s mango lovers recently woke up to startling news. Alphonso mangoes, which the city obsesses about every summer, were now being sold well after their monsoon cut-off date. Even more startling was that they weren’t from the Konkan coast, but from Malawi in southern Africa, over 5,600 km away … These so-called Salem Alphonsos have been available at Mumbai’s Crawford Market for some time now, without making much impact. Fanatical Alphonso lovers would sneer at the unseasonal fruit and might do the same for these Malawi mangoes, which are priced at around Rs2,000 for a dozen large ones. Yet enough demand evidently exists, from unwary foreigners or NRIs desperate for any mangoes, to sustain Salem Alphonsos…  For further details click here

Reggae festival Goa Sunsplash announces names for its 2020 edition

15 Nov: Radio & Music. Goa Sunsplash is India’s largest celebration of reggae music and culture, and has since its debut in 2016 become a much-loved event on the festival circuit. The festival will be held at Riva Beach Resort, Mandrem from January 10 to 12 … The festival over the years has hosted many reggae legends – like Anthony B and Channel One Soundsystem in 2019, The Mad Professor in 2018 – and 2020 is no different…  For further details click here
For the Goa Sunsplash website,  click here
Video: Goa Sunsplash 2019 – Teaser… click here.

First Goa Open Arts Festival, an initiave of the state's creative professionals, to be held in February 2020

15 Nov: India Blooms News Service. The Open Arts Initiative, a group of creative professionals living in Goa, is organising the first Goa Open Arts Festival early next year. An artist driven programme, the Festival aims to galvanise the creative community of Goa and establish this globally acclaimed tourist destination as an artistic hub of India. Goa has a large pool of resident creative talent - artists, musicians, photographers, designers, writers, chefs, etc. – who are native to Goa, as well as those from other parts of India and around the world who have chosen to make Goa their home… The Festival is scheduled to take place at the Don Joao Lawns & Heritage House (Calangute-Mapusa Rd, Dias Vaddo, Nagoa, Bardez, Goa, 403516) from February 13 to 16, 2020 after the inauguration on February 12.  For further details click here
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Event Announcement: Goan Christmas Dine and Dance

Sat. 28 Dec.  A&G Event Experts, The Premier Hospitality Events Management Company is organising The Goan Christmas Dine and Dance on Saturday Christmas 28 December 2019 from 1700 hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road, TW5 0RL.  Waterfront Band will perform on the day. Tickets are at reasonable rates: £12.00 per head. To book them please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ ,Antonio 07780797967/ ,Carlos 07480402866/  or Sharon: 07466993264. Dress: Smart/Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). Rights of Admission reserved. The Company also has complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages starting at £50.00 per head and £60.00 per head with drinks at great venues in London but also has the best venues in the rest UK and abroad.  click here

More Indians heading to Ireland: Access To Both EU And UK Despite Brexit

15 Nov: Times of India. Leprechauns, popular in Irish folklore, are known to hide their pot of gold deep in the countryside. Today, many Indians, including those currently in the UK, are looking at migrating to Ireland to find their own pot of gold. The reason is simple. Ireland enables free access to the European Union (EU). Further, on acquiring Irish citizenship under the ‘Common Travel Area Agreement’ between Ireland and the UK, individuals can live and work in the UK without requiring any further visa or work permit… In 2018, 629 Indians were granted citizenship … [Portuguese nationals can settle freely in Ireland and English is spoken]  For further details click here

‘India preferred investment destination for German companies’

15 Nov: Times of India. Things are improving on the ease of doing business in India, consul general of Germany in Mumbai, Jurgen Morhard said on Thursday … While around 150 Germans live in Goa, there are roughly 1,40,000 Indians living in Germany, which is more than the number of US citizens Morhard said, adding that the country has more than 20,000 Indian students… “If there is a substantial demand to learn German language in schools in Goa, the teachers can be supported,” he said…  For further details click here

FN Souza works at Waddington’s online auction expected to break all-time record

15 Nov: Indian Express Indulge. Francis Newton Souza was one of India’s best-known contemporary painters, whose style was bold and made real statements that were eye-catching and visually arresting… Three of his best works are up for a private sale at Waddington’s International Art (Online) Auction, hosted by the Canadian auction house Waddington's based in Toronto, from November 23 – 28, 2019… The three Souza masterpieces at the auction are from an exclusive series - (Souza '65) Multicoloured Villagescape, (Souza '68) When Thou Art at Rome, Do as they do at Rome and (Souza '61) Self Portrait. All the pieces hold great value for FN Souza and his family, as they represent his affinity for the Catholic faith, and for Goan and Portuguese culture and history…  For further details click here

45% of Goa men are current gamblers; casinos not popular among locals: Study

15 Nov: Hindustan Times. Nearly half of the men in Goa engage in some form of gambling and are current gamblers, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study on the prevalence of gambling conducted in the coastal state has revealed. The study was conducted by non-government organisation Sangath and 1514 men responded to the survey questionnaire. The population-based sample was selected based on electoral rolls, and participants were selected at random from eligible households. It was published in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry recently… Interestingly, the presence of casinos in the state which permit ‘legal’ gambling appears to have no impact on the local populace with only 1.1% of survey respondents admitting that they visited casinos regularly (at least once a month)…  For further details click here
For the full report in Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 43, June 2019, Pages 143-149: The prevalence, patterns, and correlates of gambling behaviours in men: An exploratory study from Goa, India…  click here

Goa is anything you want it to be, say world bloggers

15 Nov: Voyagers World. Over 400 members of the global travel trade fraternity joined hands to discover the fascinating delights of Goa at the Goa International Travel Mart 2019 (GITM 2019) … Katie Treharne, the youngest journalist to be invited from the UK to take part in GITM, sees Goa as a fusion of rich history and cultures … Australian travel influencer Kimberly Conner says Goa can be anything for anyone … For Bo Saldana, a globe trotter and blogger from Spain, beaches are nothing new. Nonetheless Goa, with its fascinating history and delectable flavors, did offer him a new lease of life… For Vinod Adrian Brijbassi, a Canadian-based visual storyteller Goa is the safest best for an international tourist … Canadian-born blogger Mariellen Ward has made India her home … 1528 words  For further details click here

Human Touch Foundation team participates in Nairobi Summit on ICPD2025

15 Nov: Goa Chronicle. The team of Human Touch Foundation led by Peter F. Borges, Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Applesta Da Costa and Venicia Fernandes, participated in the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 which was held from 12th–14th November 2019, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, under the theme “Accelerating the Promise” … On the side-lines of the event, Applesta Da Costa, who represents Human Touch Foundation on the National Youth Task Force for UNAIDS, participated in the High-Level Meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC), themed “Young Women and Girls Won’t Wait”…  For further details click here


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A Sprawling Menu and Goan Cuisine at Cardamom in Queens, New York

14 Nov: New York Times. At Cardamom, an Indian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens, chef Alwyn Gudhino, nameds his restaurant after his mom … Mr. Gudhino, 41, is from Canacona, Goa. Inspired by a family of cooks, including his mother, Mr. Gudhino enrolled in a two-year culinary program in Goa. He then worked as a cook in Saudi Arabia and aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships before settling in New York City in 2009. At Cardamom, which opened last year, Mr. Gudhino offers a sprawling menu of dishes from the subcontinent… Goan staples like toasted coconut xacuti and an almost fruity fish curry are served … There is an option to choose your protein for every curry on the menu … Caldin is a lesser-known Goan dish, but it shouldn’t be … 866 words  For further details click here
For the Cardamom website,  click here

Vodafone suffers £1.6bn loss following Indian court ruling

14 Nov: Business Leader (UK). British mobile giant Vodafone has suffered a £1.6bn loss after a ruling by India’s top court. The company has described it as a critical situation and warned it could pull out of the country, where it is the largest foreign direct investor. The Indian court judgment against Vodafone relates to a decade-long battle over the licence and other regulatory fees… Vodafone’s CEO Nick Read commented: “The situation is critical…” Read also revealed that the company has asked for a two-year moratorium before Vodafone has to pay any fees. He has also requested that any payments be spread out over a 10-year period. The ruling has soured the relationship, and led to Vodafone threatening to pull out of the country…  For further details click here
14 Nov: Business Insider. Vodafone-Idea stock crashes by 20% after British parent gives up on it …  click here
14 Nov: India Today. Vodafone CEO apologises to govt, says company not leaving India… click here.

Taxi meters: Transport director apologises to HC for delay

14 Nov: Times of India. Director of transport Rajan Satardekar tendered an unconditional apology to the high court of Bombay at Goa over the delay in implementation of digital fare meters in taxis. Satardekar said that the government has decided to continue with the existing tender process. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) had filed a contempt petition after the director of transport failed to comply with the July 5 high court order stating that implementation would begin on a regular basis on August 1…  For further details click here
15 Nov: Times of India. Only cabs picking travellers from airport must pay Rs 50 …  click here

Traveller's Diary: Visit Goa's Jazz circuit to enjoy music

14 Nov: Economic Times. Nov 30 to Dec 1 2019: The Jazz India Circuit is the one-stop destination to hear the newest and most diverse acts in contemporary jazz. Just as it has done for so many years, the Jazz India Circuit brings the best of modern jazz to Goa. Experimental, up-tempo, funky and daring, jazz has always been at the cutting edge of what’s possible, and this year is no different. Offering an unbelievable lineup of eclectic artistes and celebrated performers, this edition will see high-energy Canadian band 'The Shuffle Demons' showcase their signature genre with bending, visually entertaining and funny compositions…  For further details click here

'Stricken naphtha-laden tanker biggest problem for Goa''

14 Nov: Outlook. The ecological risk posed by a naphtha-laden tanker which ran aground off the coast here last month, poses the "biggest problem" for the state, but not enough has been done to address the issue, South Goa Congress MP Francisco Sardinha said on Thursday… Sardinha also demanded action against officials at the Mormugao Port Trust, Goa''s only major port facility, for allowing the unmanned tanker to anchor off the state''s coastline, especially when weather forecasts had already indicated the onset of Cyclone ''Kyarr'' … Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had maintained that a Dutch salvaging firm had been identified by Director General (Shipping) and that salvaging operations would begin soon…  For further details click here

Centre approves 4 coastal projects for Goa at Rs 200cr

14 Nov: Times of India. The Union government has approved four projects for Goa under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) at a cost of Rs 200 crore. These four — sand dune parks, erosion/accretion assessment study, waste to energy plant, and documentation of fishery zones — are part of a list of 12 projects that the state government had submitted. A senior government official said that the fund for the studies and projects would be shared between World Bank (Rs 100 crore), central government (Rs 60 crore) and state government (Rs 40 crore)…  For further details click here
14 Nov: Times of India. Centre drives home point on cleanliness of beaches …  click here


SOLD OUT! Sun. 17 Nov.  Feast Of The Our Lady Of Rosary.  Union of Navelim UK is celebrating our 39th Anniversary with celebrations commencing with Rosary at 12:00 noon followed immediately by Holy Mass at Richard Challenor School,  Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5PE. To view the flyer, click here.

Sun 24 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day: 92nd Commemoration Celebration on at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon. CR9 3AS. Commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. Principal Celebrant: Our Patron, the Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.

Sun. 1 Dec. GOA UK – St. Francis Xavier’s Feast. Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Commencing at 1.00 p.m. with holy mass celebrated by Rev. Father Patrick D'Souza. Following the mass there will be a social dancing to the sounds of Outbreak. Tickets which will include snacks and a meal : Members £14.00 | Non Members £15 | Children 5 - 12 years £9.00 | Children 4 and under free. For further details log on to or call Bella on 07949.233307 | Juliette on 07958 537314 | Vince on 07853.132336 | Savio o 07918.693920 | Richard on 07711401157 | Tino Goes on 07821.900490 For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with  further information, click here

Sat. 14th Dec. GOA UK – Children’s Christmas Party / Senior Citizens Meal. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 14 Dec: Christmas get- together: The Saligao Association UK invites you to join us for a pre-Christmas knees up at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS from 6 - 11 pm. The evening includes a Christmas Tree Party for children, Christmas Carol singing, and dancing to the sounds of “Treble Makers”. Catering: Bernie’s Kitchen. For more details, please see the flyer, click here.

Sat. 28 Dec.  A&G Event Experts, The Premier Hospitality Events Management Company is organising The Goan Christmas Dine and Dance on Saturday Christmas 28 December 2019 from 1700 hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road, TW5 0RL.  Waterfront Band will perform on the day. Tickets are at reasonable rates: £12.00 per head. To book them please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ ,Antonio 07780797967/ ,Carlos 07480402866/  or Sharon: 07466993264. Dress: Smart/Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). Rights of Admission reserved. The Company also has complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages starting at £50.00 per head and £60.00 per head with drinks at great venues in London but also has the best venues in the rest UK and abroad. For the flyer will full details of the Xmas event, click here. FOR LATER EVENTS go to

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