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Goan EU nationals in UK to apply for special ID card

27 Jun: Outlook. Nearly 3 million EU nationals in the UK will have to apply for a special "settled status" identity card after Brexit to continue to enjoy the same rights they do as members of the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May announced today as she unveiled detailed plans in the House of Commons.. The offer will cover the over 20,000 Goans of Portuguese heritage based in the UK as EU citizens of Portugal. Describing it once again as a "fair and serious offer", May said: “The system of registration for EU nationals will be as streamlined and light-touch as possible. The cut-off date will be the subject of discussions, but will be no earlier than 29 March 2017 - when Article 50 of the lisbon Treaty was invoked - and no later than March 29, 2019, the date the UK leaves the EU. Relatives of EU migrants will also be given permanent residence in the UK as long as they join them before the day Britain formally leaves the EU…  click here
27 Jun: Coventry Telegraph. David Davis rejects claim EU citizens must carry ID cards post-Brexit… Brexit Secretary David Davis has played down suggestions EU nationals would have to carry ID cards after the UK leaves the European Union… Suella Fernandes (Fareham) said: "I'd request him to change his tone and approach to something a bit more positive. Brexit is an opportunity for our country to grasp, not a crisis to be managed, and to look behind what the British people voted for last year is hypocritical and arrogant of him." …  click here

Explain if Portuguese laws still applicable in Goa: CIC to MHA

27 Jun: Outlook. Are Portuguese laws still in force in Goa? Three years after an RTI was filed in this regard, there was no clear reply from any government department prompting the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) to direct the Union Home Ministry to explain its position … The query was made by one Antonia Michelle Abel of Goa who had asked for information on seven points regarding elections in Goa, Daman, and Diu in the years 1963 and 1987… She informed the CIC that apparently both Indian and Portuguese laws are running parallel in Goa, therefore, the government should clarify whether Portuguese laws are still in force or have been repealed…  For further details click here

Stray dog menace haunts tourists

28 Jun: Navhind Times. Even as the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) and Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) are involved in blame game over taking care of canines with CCP withdrawing six trained staff members in the service of the city animal shelter, stray dog menace continues to haunt hawkers and visitors to the Dona Paula jetty and the beach in the vicinity. Around seven cases of dog bites were reported in the tourist season gone by… A woman who is aggrieved over stray dog menace said, “There are over 20 stray dogs roaming on the beach who chase tourists particularly those carrying eatables and also attack them.” …  For further details click here

How Paul John gets high on risk

26 Jun: Business Line. Making and selling single malt whisky is a long game that requires nerves of steel. But that hasn't deterred Bengaluru businessman Paul John from going up against the world's best and creating his own whisky that's selling in 28 countries. Now, he's on an expansion drive, putting more of the precious liquid into casks where it'll stay for the next half-dozen years before being ready to drink… It's a nail-bitingly risky, capital-intensive business, says John, who began making his eponymous Paul John whisky a short 12 years ago and has collected a string of international awards along the way… he makes the single malt whisky at his Goa distillery… 1282 words.  For further details click here
The Paul John single malt whisky retails for Rs 2650 in Goa and £35 at Marks and Spencer in UK …  click here

Auction: A 19th Century Indo Portuguese coconut money box

30 Jun: Hansons, Etwall, Derbyshire, UK. Lot 530: A 19th Century Indo Portuguese coconut money box, elaborately fret carved to from a beast with open mouth and a coin slot to the top, width 12cm Condition Report: Appears generally good overall. Auctioneer's estimate 500 GBP - 600 GBP  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
28 Jun: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 39.4. Min = 30.5. Humidity = 91%. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 82.77; $ = 64.53; $Can = 49.04; Euro = 73.24; $Aus= 48.99.


News Summary

This Priest plays football divinely

26 June: Sueddeutsche (Germany). Father Eleuterio Carlos Fernandes - a native of the Indian state of Goa - is a sports fan. He has just scored a second goal with the team of the Diocese of Augsburg. Thanks to him, they won at the clergy championships… In the final, the team defeated the team from the Diocese of Regensburg 4-1 … Father Eleuterio Carlos Fernandes, who is called "Eli" by his team-mates, scored two goals in the final and won the title of the goalkeeper king. The fact that the 47-year-old has already been the top scorer of the clergy championships for the second time shows how important the Indian is for the success of his team… Through sport, Fernandes also comes into contact with many people outside his pastoral activities… For his holidays, he regularly travels to India to support social projects as mission priests …  For further details click here

Video: EU citizens must bring family over before Brexit or face tougher immigration

26 Jun: Sky News. Theresa May has told EU citizens they must bring family members over to Britain before Brexit or face tougher immigration rules, in a move that will dismay her European counterparts. The Prime Minister has decided not to heed the call from the European Commission to allow EU citizens living in the UK the right to be joined by family members after Brexit, as part of a deal on citizens' rights for the estimated 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK. Instead, Mrs May said family dependents joining EU citizens living in the UK after Britain's exit "will be subject to the same rules as those joining British citizens" who arrive after the cut-off point… The paper also says that EU citizens who arrive before the cut-off date, but with fewer than five years as a resident, will be given time to stay in order to obtain settled status. Those who arrive after the cut-off point can stay in the UK for a temporary period but "should have no expectation of guaranteed settled status"… 3m. 29s.  For further details click here

Video: 'Portuguese' Goan arrested in alleged molestation case

26 Jun: Goa 365tv. Vasco Police have arrested a Portuguese Goan, Succorro Estebeiro resident of Khariwada-Vasco in a molestation case. The case was filed by a councillor of the Mormugao Municipal Council … The case was filed in February this year but the accused was on the run …  click here
Man held for molesting former MMC chairperson 26 Jun. A 41-year-old man has been arrested on the charge of allegedly molesting a former chairperson of Mormugao Municipal Corporation (MMC) in Vasco… Succorro Estibeiro, had fled to UK. He came back to India and was arrested …  click here

Travelling to India? It could soon get 60 per cent more expensive for Britons

26 Jun: Daily Express (UK). Britons heading to India could soon face a hefty price increase of over 60 per cent before they even get to the country. UK travellers could soon pay more to enter India as the cost of visas are set to increase. India is known for being an affordable place to travel to with cheap food and accommodation. Yet one thing that can be a costly addition to a trip is paying for a foreign visa. It is also to affect the US, Canada and UAE nationals. The price of a one-year tourist visa for Britons is set to change, from $162 (£127) to $248 (£194). Yet a one to five-year visa that previously cost $1,484 (£380) will be a whopping £741 (£582), an increase of 65 per cent. It comes in light of the government wanting to “rationalise the entire fee charges” to sync with other countries However, Israelis suffer the most with the increase as they are to pay $1,714 for a short term visa instead of $1,120.  For further details click here
26 Jun: Hindustan Times. Foreigners will have to pay up to 50% more for Indian visas …  click here

Is India descending into mob rule?

26 Jun: BBC. … Under Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP, the cow has become a polarising animal and religious divisions are widening. Restrictions on the sale and slaughter of cows are fanning confusion and vigilantism… Vigilante cow protection groups, operating with impunity, have killed people for transporting cattle… Many are wondering whether India is hurtling towards a "mobocracy" under Mr Modi's watch. They also question the prime minister's silence over the killings. There is a sense of a rapid breakdown of law and order when it comes to protecting minorities… 1070 words.  For further details click here

Do you think Goa is only about beaches? The tiny state also has a serene countryside

24 Jun: Hindustan Times. By Collin Rodrigues. Goa is known for its beaches, churches, temples and the carnival among other things. But, the state also has a beautiful countryside that is never explored by tourists. For starters, the structure of an average Goan village is lined with huge Portuguese style villas that will simple leave you in awe. A large percentage of Goans work and stay abroad. So, more often than not, you will find just one or two people staying in these massive residences. Therefore, finding someone who can rent out a room in one of these houses is not difficult. In fact, several people have already put up their houses on rent on websites such as Airbnb. Many of the people, who don’t plan to return back to Goa, have even sold their houses to foreigners.  For further details click here

Where to go on holiday in summer 2017: paradise vacation in Goa

26 Jun: Commandir (Russia). By Evgeniya Olhovik. … Gorgeous place to relax is Goa…. Goa is India's sunshine state, which resembles a heavenly place, It is a place where you want to return again and again. If you have ever been there, you will never be able to forget this paradise… Goa is very different from the rest of India, because it has long been a European colony. So do not be afraid, service and support are at the highest level…  For further details click here


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Casa de Goa in Portugal to report their concerns to CM Manohar Parrikar

25 Jun: Times of India. Concerned about the future of Goa, president of the Lisbon-based association, Casa de Goa, Edgar Valles (phoo) will be presenting the report of the recently held conference on 'Sustainable development in Goa in the 21st century' to chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Papers were presented on various issues plaguing the state, including the people's struggle to save Goa's environment from destruction, uprooting of trees, destruction of mangroves, flattening of sand dunes, filling up of khazan lands and preservation of Goan identity… The conference was one of the first initiatives of the association to reach out to the state and was inaugurated by Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa…  For further details click here

From Socorro, Goan expats set to take local fests abroad

25 Jun: Times of India. The community-based festivals organized in Socorro, Bardez, with no chief guest, sponsors, plastic, prizes or alcohol has caught the imagination of leaders of the Goan community abroad who were stunned to witness a successful celebration of Sao Joao themed as the 'Ponsachem Fest' (Feast of Jackfruits) held in the village on Saturday. Community leaders from Goan associations in Australia, Canada and Dubai and Kuwait who were present at Socorro, said that they liked the idea and decided to try to have the same in their respective countries… “We are thinking of the future and it is important to share with them the skills and recipes to keep our traditions going," said Marius Fernandes (photo), festival organizer…  For further details click here

A fight to eliminate addiction in Goa

25 Jun: Navhind Times. It is not uncommon to catch a youth between ages 15 and 25 consuming drugs. While some are introduced to drugs at parties, others experiment out of sheer curiosity and get trapped into the deadly world of addiction. Many organisations have joined hands to fight against the demand and supply of drugs in the state. June 26 is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, NT Network digs deeper into the drug scene in Goa and suggests ways to help people come out of the messy world of addiction … 2410 words.  For further details click here

A guide for raising kids in the West

25 Jun: MidDay. What is it like to raise two Indian kids in the West? Two years ago, former Mumbai journalist Vinati Sukhdev, now settled in London, first began asking this question to herself. With two grown-up daughters, it seemed like a defining point in Sukhdev's life to look back at how difficult parenting had been. Her new book East or West: An NRI Mother's Manual On How To Bring Up Desi Children Overseas (Westland) was born out of these ruminations. The book that deals with a range of NRI problems, including food, peer pressure, racism, marrying foreigners, explores how parents who were born Indian, deal with their NRI children on whom 'Indianness' is thrust…  For further details click here
The book released on 27 Jun 2017. To order a copy (Rs 187) from Amazon,  click here

The Body part snatchers

24 Jun: Winnipeg Free Press (Canada). St. Francis Xavier’s toe. In the 16th century, St. Francis Xavier was a famed Roman Catholic missionary celebrated for his evangelist work in India … History and legend say that, in 1554, 14 months after his death, the disinterred body of St. Francis, supposedly in a perfect state of preservation, arrived in Goa, India, where the corpse was put on display for veneration… a Portuguese woman, Dona Isabel Carom, is said to have bitten off the small toe from the right foot in an offbeat bid to preserve it as a personal relic… Chimes in the website of Time magazine: "Allegedly, the toe gushed blood, and she was caught when people followed the grisly trail to her home. Today, St. Francis Xavier’s toe is on display in a silver reliquary in a cathedral in Goa." In 2009, according to the Times of India, the legendary toe — now in the possession of the family of the Count of Nova Goa — was put on public display in Lisbon, Portugal. Other parts of St. Francis Xavier, who was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, are also on display. The body is in a church in Goa, while his right forearm was detached and sent to Rome, and a diamond-encrusted fingernail is supposedly on display in a village in Goa. You might say that’s him all over…  click here

Shedding its past poor image, pork slowly gaining popularity in India

23 Jun: Economic Times. About a year back, Eknath Chakurkar, a principal scientist at the Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute in Goa, which is part of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, released a paper advocating a pork revolution in India. Dr Chakurkar noted the rising demand for processed pork products like sausages and bacon, and also how raising pigs neatly supplemented other agricultural activities: "A major advantage of pig farming is that they can be fed on fibrous low-quality agro byproducts and material that are not suitable for human consumption." … the pig which has always had a marginal, even rather shunned status in Indian culture, might be becoming more acceptable…  For further details click here

Forthcoming Auctions: Veritas, Lisbon, 27 June: 7 Goan antiquess

Lot 286 Child Jesus Saviour of the World (photo) Ivory Indo-Portuguese sculpture Child Jesus Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 EUR. Lot 291 Image: A lying Child Jesus Ivory Indo-Portuguese sculpture representing lying Child Jesus Late 17th, early 18th century (small defects and restorations... Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 EUR. Lot 292: Our Lady of the Conception Ivory Indo-Portuguese sculpture Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 EUR. Lot 293 Our Lady of the Conception Ivory Indo-Portuguese sculpture with traces of polychromy Our Lady Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 EUR. Lot 294 Our Lady with the Child Estimate: 220 - 300 EUR. Lot 295 Image: Our Lady of the Conception Ivory Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 EUR. Lot 298: Christ Ivory Indo-Portuguese sculpture representing crucified Christ Ebony cross. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000  click here



Death: Edwin D'Souza

23 Jun: EDWIN FRANCIS D'SOUZA. Born: 13.01.1964. Nairobi – Goa – Kuwait. Husband of Mita D'Souza. Father of Lawrence & Jayden D'Souza. Brother of Merlyn Sirur (Corlim) and Oswald D'Souza (Siolim). Funeral details to follow.  For further details click here

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Canada: People in Goa mark Saint Jean-Baptiste Day with traditional well-jumping

23 Jun: CBC News (Montreal). With numerous celebrations planned for the province's Fête nationale on June 24, something Quebecers are yet to incorporate into their annual celebrations is well-jumping. This is just one of the many festivities that the state of Goa in India has preserved for over 150 years as it joins Quebec in celebrating Saint Jean-Baptiste Day or, as it is known in Goa, the feast of Sao Joao… "We have Hindus and Muslims partaking in this event as well as foreigners that come to Goa," Blanche Da Costa, President of the Quebec Goan Association … The festivities of Sao Joao usually include youths of the village going from door-to-door in the procession, collecting fruits and a bottle of feni—a strong homemade cashew liquor. Their heads are embellished with kopels or crowns that are made with fresh flowers, fruits, and palm leaves… Blanche and her husband Antonio Da Costa and musician Kninoshka Ribeiro (photo) offered All in a Weekend's listeners a medley of songs popular during the Sao Joao feast … 703 words.  For further details click here
Audio: Listen to a traditional song of a Sao Joao feast … 1m. 01s.  click here

Marsha Pinto: The power of quiet

24 Jun: The Goan. By Christine Machado. In a world which favours the loud and outspoken, New York based Marsha Pinto, 21, who is of Goan origin and runs the organisation Softest Voices, urges people to give the quiet ones a chance… "In North America, schools have a participation grade whereby students are judged by how many times they speak up in class. Those who speak up more get higher grades," explains Marsha, adding that her teachers would lower her grades because she didn't participate enough… Motivated by her own experience, Marsha was moved to help other introverts like her and thus founded the organisation Softest Voices to amplify the quiet voices that often go unheard and also to dispel the misconception that being quiet is a negative … 960 words.  For further details click here
15 May 2014. Goan Voice. Marsha Pinto: Marsha is the daughter of Otilia and Melvyn, is based in Markham, Toronto and was born in Panjim, Goa…  click here

Portuguese PM treats Modi with special Gujarati veg lunch

Video: 24 Jun: Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who has his origin in Goa, today sprang a surprise for Narendra Modi when he hosted a special Gujarati vegetarian lunch for him that included dishes like 'Aakhu Saak' and 'Mango Shrikhand'… The other items on the menu included 'Saag Kofta', 'Rajma aur Makai', 'Tarkha Daal', 'Kesar Rice', 'Parantha', 'Rotli', 'Papad', and Gulab Jamun and other sweets. Modi is the first Indian prime minister in Portugal for a bilateral visit…  For further details click here
Video: 24 Jun: PM Modi In Lisbon at the Joint Press Statement with PM of Portugal António Costa in Portugal … 27m. 56s.  click here
24 Jun: Deccan Herald. Modi presents OCI card to Portugal's Indian-origin PM Costa … click here.

Designer Wendell Rodricks and partner to convert their Goa home to a museum of culture and love

24 Jun: Hindustan Times. … The house is a grand old house with a story of its own… They would spend 23 years in the house … Then, early this year, the couple moved out… The Moda Goa museum is not just a project. It is the culmination of an enduring partnership that began as a blind date...and has stood the test of time… Casa Bonne Aubaine, Colvale, Goa, is the new home where Wendell and Jerome have moved to make way for the Moda Goa Museum … Wendell is completely carried away by the dream of the Museum… 1605 words.  For further details click here

Video: Mapusa municipal chairperson says difficult to keep track of how vegetables are cleaned

23 Jun: Goa 365. Mapusa Municipal Council will install CCTV cameras in the town’s market to keep a watch on illegalities allegedly carried out by the vendors. The move follows a WhatsApp video that went viral showing a migrant vegetable vendor allegedly washing coriander stalks in sewage water at a nearby drain. He then took the coriander to the vegetable market for sale. 1m, 27s.  For further details click here

The Wrong Kind of Cricket Test

24 Jun: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Back in 1990, the nativist British politician Norman Tebbit, suggested that sections of the UK's population were insufficiently patriotic. He pointed out that the India, Pakistan and West Indies cricket teams were enthusiastically supported by migrants from those countries, even when they played England. He believed this demonstrated disloyalty, which could be potentially dangerous, saying that a large proportion of Britain's Asian population fail to pass the cricket test…. When Pakistan proceeded to thrash India in the recent tournament final, the police in India arrested 19 people for celebrating the results, levelling the astonishing charge of sedition (which carries the penalty of life imprisonment)… It has been obvious for some time that India's internal dialogue has become thoroughly addled by farcical notions about nationalism… Would-be Indian Tebbits should get the message. Cricket provides no loyalty test. 762 words.  For further details click here

Portugal: Monte Horeb restaurant has reopened and now serves Goan and Russian food

23 Jun: Gazeta Caldas (Portugal). It is on a cliff in Nadadouro (near the place where the Manor of Peace worked) that reopened doors the restaurant Monte Horeb. Those responsible are Narana [ex President Casa de Goa, Lisbon] and Smitá Coissoró (photo0, father and daughter who reopened this establishment that ran between 2003 and 2009. The menu contains Goan, Russian and Portuguese dishes …  For further details click here
For the English version of the restaurant website,  click here


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Mombasa Born Joe Gonsalves was a ‘Superb Athlete and Soccer Star’

23 Jun: Coastweek (Mombasa). Joe Gonsalves was a brilliant young soccer player and exceptional athlete in Mombasa at a time when the Kenya coastal capital was blessed with some of the greatest Goan sporting heroes of our time, writes Cyprian Fernandes … He would have played in the English Premier League, or at least had a shot at it, after soccer coach Ray Batchelor arranged for Joe to trial with a premier club. However, being the only boy in the family, his father asked Joe to put his family first and put an end to the idea of going to the UK. Two great English players, Sir Stanley Mathews and Len Shackleton were very impressed with Joe after conducting various soccer clinics in Mombasa… 1729 words.  click here
For the Joe Gonsalves death notice,  click here

Beef Ban is a purely a political move says Goans

23 Jun: Times of India. … Last week the cherubic Sadhvi Saraswati drew national headlines for declaring, "I would recommend the government of India that those who consider it as a status symbol to eat the meat of one's own mother should be hanged in public…” At some point in the future, there's little doubt India's hastily enacted "cow protection" laws will be removed as unconstitutional. In the meanwhile, they threaten to reduce many parts of the country to lawlessness. And perhaps even more damagingly, the current round of frantic cow politics also exposes emerging India to immense international ridicule…  For further details click here

Collectors to start inviting claims over dual citizenship

23 Jun: Times of India. The long wait to resolve doubts about dual nationality has come to an end as the district collectors have decided to invite claims and objections from those who have acquired Portuguese nationality or registered their births in Portugal. Sources said claims and objections have to be filed within three months. People who want to file cases against those who have acquired Portuguese nationality but haven't disclosed the same can also approach the collectors, sources said…  For further details click here

Fernão Lopes: The greatest survival story of all time

24 Jun: The Spectator (UK). By Sara Wheeler. The Other Exile: The Remarkable Story of Fernão Lopes, the Island of St Helena and a Paradise Lost A.R. Azzam. Icon, pp.340, £14.99. This is the story of a 16th-century Portuguese knight and mariner who survived alone on a lump of volcanic rock in the South Atlantic for 26 years. The island was St Helena, and Fernão Lopes is the ‘other exile’ of the book’s title, in contrast to Napoleon, who pitched up 300 years later. But Lopes’s lonely sojourn was self-imposed… Under the command of Afonso de Albuquerque, Lopes marched through the gates of Goa … Then, mirabile dictu, Lopes walked for eight days to the neighbouring sultanate of Bijapur and converted to Islam … Albuquerque ordered his henchmen to chop off Lopes’s nose, ears, right hand and left thumb. In 1516 our mutilated hero received a royal pardon and jumped ship at St Helena … 813 words.  For further details click here

Goa gears up for Sao Joao festivities

23 Jun: India Today. With the onset of monsoon, Goa is getting ready to celebrate its rain festival Sao Joao tomorrow during which people take a dip in water bodies, especially wells, as a symbol of baptism and cleansing. The festival is dedicated to Catholic saint John de Baptist. Various activities are planned across the state with the main attraction being a float parade at Siolim which attracts thousands of locals and tourists… Scoring on the festivities, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has hosted various festivities on the cruise ship Santa Monica…  For further details click here

Mumbai to get Goa-style beach shacks?

20 Jun: Conde Nast Traveller. The beaches of Mumbai could look like some of those in Goa, with shacks, showers and seafood. Or that’s what Maharashtra’s tourism authorities would like us to believe. The state is planning to replicate Goa’s famous beach-shack culture, hoping tourists will bite… These shacks will likely serve seafood and soft drinks, though there’s no guarantee that alcohol will be on the menu. In addition, the shacks will have basic amenities such as showers, toilets, changing rooms, beach-safety equipment and first-aid kits…  For further details click here

Auction: Goan Cabinet

25 Jun: Lots Road Auctions, London SW10. Lot 720: Goan Cabinet. Antique rustic Provincial teak with two bent ironwork panelled doors and open panelled sides, 182cm H x 99cm W x 46cm D.Auctioneer's estimate: 350 GBP - 450 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Assis Lopes

5 Jun. Toronto. INACIO ANTONIO FRANCISCO DE ASSIS LOPES. Aged 95. Ex Chinchinim, Goa and Nairobi. Assis was the beloved husband of Hipolita, dear father to Melvyn/Cidalia and Ernestina, loving grandpa to Christian, Julian, Ariana. Rafael and Mateo. He was the son of the late Ten. Pedro Antonio Lopes and late Catarina Almeida and brother to the late Dr. Carlos Manuel/late Aspulqueta, late Fr. Paulino Lopes. Antonieta / late Dr. lnacio Jose da Silva, late Mira / late Antonio Jose Caldeira and uncle to numerous nephews and nieces. He died peacefully after a full and well lived life of 95 years. He will be missed by all. There will be a Eucharistic celebration for the soul of our beloved Assis on Saturday, June 24" at Our Lady of Hope Church, Chinchinim at 8.00 a.m, offered by his family.

Death: Alwyn Pinto

19 Jun: Middlesbrough, UK. ALWYN W. M. PINTO. Aged 78 years, passed away peacefully. He is survived by his wife Dr. Tara Pinto, children Jasmine & Dr Ashwin Pinto, and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 3:45pm in Middlesbrough

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Goan Chaplaincy Day 2017

Sat 22 Jul. Goan Chaplaincy Day 2017. The Concelebrated Thanksgiving Holy Mass will commence at 1pm on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at St Anselm’s Church, Southall UB2 4BE. Fr. Lucas as Main Celebrant. Dine and Dance to follow at 3pm at the Villiers High School Hall, Southall UB1 3BT. Scintillating Music from String Along and Chico. Tickets: Adults £12, Children 5 to 12 years £6. Contact: Fr Patrick: 07424 427698 / Josephine Fernandes (North London): 07957 148406 / Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663 / Debbie Fernandes (Cranford): 07896 007011 / Joe Fernandes: 07764 659305 / Wilson Fernandes (Southall): 07417 434187 / Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024 / John Rodrigues (Hounslow): 07723 486707 / Wembley – Mary Xavier: 07440025962 / Charles Dias: 07809 552654. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sadhvi Saraswati: “Goans must understand they live in Hindustan and not Portugal, I stand by my statements on hanging beef eaters”

22 Jun: IndiaScribes. Sadhvi Saraswati President of the Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti added fuel to the fire raging in Goa over her comments on eating beef by saying she firmly stands by her comments and views on the issue. The Sadhvi also said her organisation is insisting on the Goa government to “ban” beef in the state. Speaking to, the Sadhvi said: “I firmly stand by my comments made in my speech. Cow slaughter is banned in India and the cow is a revered, holy animal. Cow is our mother. How can anyone even think of killing and eating your own mother. Goans must understand that they live in Hindustan and not Portugal. They must respect the sentiments of the majority of Indian Hindus… I reiterate that beef eaters and those who support cow slaughter must be hanged to death …”  For further details click here

Canada: Racist rant signifies nothing

22 Jun: Toronto Star. Max Desouza of Toronto write, “Are we blowing this incident out of proportion? Is the social media gone berserk, where even a private conversation between a patient’s mother and a hospital staff member makes news? I am not condoning the lady’s remarks, but looking at the broader picture of our world today, which is ravaged by violence and hatred, Canada stands out as an oasis of peace and cultural harmony. Multiculturalism is alive and well, despite some hiccups along the way, and, together with our health-care system, is the envy of the world”.  click here
21 Jun: Toronto Star. Mississauga woman’s demand for English-speaking doctor spoke volumes: Paradkar. While the woman’s demand for a “white doctor” has got the most attention, it’s her insistence on one who speaks English — in a clinic where everybody clearly speaks it — that is interesting. By Shree Paradkar, Columnist … The woman captured on a video that was viewed thousands of times on Tuesday, making obnoxious demands in a Mississauga clinic, also has her stereotypes mixed up… Video 4m. 12s.  click here
Incorrect link to Max Desouza removed

Video: Portuguese minister snubs EU hardliners & calls for GOOD Brexit deal despite 'weak' May

22 Jun: Daily Express. Portugal’s Foreign Minister has snubbed the EU’s hardline Europhiles as he insisted the UK could reach a “balanced” agreement with the bloc despite Theresa May’s “weakened” position. Augusto Santos Silva expressed his sympathies with Theresa May’s shock result with his own administration forming a minority government. Appearing on the BBC’s Newsnight, he then said he was “confident” a fair deal would be reached with the EU and the UK’s interests being “convergent”… The comments also come after Chancellor Philip Hammond appeared to tone down the UK’s Brexit demands this week. He denied Britain wanted to "shut down" immigration, vowed to respect EU customs union rules for a period after Brexit and rejected calls for a hard border…  For further details click here
22 Jun: Newsweek. Why Did Brexit Happen? Hatred Of Immigrants Drove British Vote, Study Says …  click here

Enjoy traditional Portuguese fare at this Mumbai eatery

22 Jun: MidDay (Mumbai). By Joanna Lobo. Inspired by the revelry around Porto's patron saint, São João's feast, a SoBo eatery will host a food fest that celebrates Goa's popular poee and traditional Portuguese fare … dishes such as Salada De Presunto Com Figos (Rs 290), Torrandas de Camarao (Rs 290), prawn toasts, Fofos (Rs 190), Madeiran Poncha, Portuguese Mule, Chorizo Poee (Rs 190), Camarao de Caldinha (Rs 330), and Caldeirada (Rs390)… We end the meal with Bebinca and Dodol (both Rs 160) … 717 words.  For further details click here

Brits’ favourite holiday destination for 2017 revealed

22 Jun: Daily Star (UK). Forget sunny Spain, us Brits are venturing much further afield this summer… When it comes to European destinations, Cyprus has seen a 16.3% increase in visitors from the UK … Phuket in Thailand is officially Brits’ favourite holiday spot this summer … Mauritius followed as a close second, followed by Goa in India, the Maldives and Bali…  For further details click here

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Sun 25 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES' Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 TO 15 years £5 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat. 1 Jul: Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 41st Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with 'Live' Music from 'HARMONICS'. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. For further details, please contact: Vanessa Fernandes - 07743 689251; Ristell Fernandes - 07859 293780; Julia Pinto - 07834 990737; Michelle DeSouza - 07713 449906; Gary Coutinho - 07958 435147 or Lourenco Fernandes - 07886 904253. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 22 Jul. Goan Chaplaincy Day 2017. The Concelebrated Thanksgiving Holy Mass will commence at 1pm on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at St Anselm’s Church, Southall UB2 4BE. Fr. Lucas as Main Celebrant. Dine and Dance to follow at 3pm at the Villiers High School Hall, Southall UB1 3BT. Scintillating Music from String Along and Chico. Tickets: Adults £12, Children 5 to 12 years £6. Contact: Fr Patrick: 07424 427698 / Josephine Fernandes (North London): 07957 148406 / Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663 / Debbie Fernandes (Cranford): 07896 007011 / Joe Fernandes: 07764 659305 / Wilson Fernandes (Southall): 07417 434187 / Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024 / John Rodrigues (Hounslow): 07723 486707 / Wembley – Mary Xavier: 07440025962 / Charles Dias: 07809 552654. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun. 23 Jul: From 2pm. Tivim Association 40th Anniversary Celebrations at St Boniface Church, Hallmitcham Road London SW17 9PG. Band; Treble Makers. Licensed Bar; Mervs Mobile Bar. Catering; Shirleys Kitchen. For Tickets and Enquiries please contact Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457; Helen De Souza 020 8304 5585; Ingrid De Souza 020 8905 3872; Roland De Souza 020 7485 7878; Fiona Lobo 020 8656 3317; Elu Pires 020 8654 1281. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 6 Aug: G.O.A. Annual Festival. VENUE: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 / Bosco Saldanha on 0208 684 4474 or email For the flyer with additional details, click here.

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Sun. 6 Aug: G.O.A. Annual Festival. VENUE: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 / Bosco Saldanha on 0208 684 4474 or email For the flyer with additional details,  For further details click here

New UK visa bill to hit Goans, EU citizens

21 Jun: Hindustan Times. The Theresa May government on Wednesday unveiled plans for a new immigration bill that will end unrestricted entry of EU citizens after Brexit, which will also affect Goans with Portuguese passports, though no cut-off date was mentioned. Details of the bill were announced after the Queen’s Speech that marked the state opening of the new Parliament after the June 8 election. Free movement of citizens within the 28-member European Union was part of the obligation of being a member of the grouping. Large-scale immigration from within the EU – particularly after 2004 – was one of the key drivers for the June 2016 referendum vote to leave the bloc. There remains much uncertainty over the continued stay of EU citizens – including thousands of Goans – in the UK as well as British citizens in EU countries… 420 words.  click here
21 Jun: Daily Mail (UK). Brexit laws will END free movement … A landmark new law ending the free movement of people will come into force after Brexit in proposals unveiled in the Queen's Speech… The Bill will allow ministers to tear up EU laws which allow free movement and introduce tougher measures which will subject nationals from the bloc to the same migration checks as people from elsewhere in the world. Announcing it, the Queen said: ‘A Bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses. ‘This will be complimented by legislation to ensure that the United Kingdom makes a success of Brexit, establishing new policies on immigration, international sanctions, nuclear safeguards, agriculture and fisheries.’ …  click here

Goa Government plans special zones for late night parties

21 Jun: Herald. With opposition to late night parties from local residents, the State government has proposed special zones to hold late night music festivals where people will not be affected. “ The State government has proposed to identify special zones for conduct of late night music festivals which will not inconvenience the locals and such festivals are proposed to be held upholding all rules and laws of the land,” Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar said. While Azgaonkar had recently indicated the desire to bring back electronic dance music festivals to Goa, his ministerial colleague, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar had demanded a complete ban on such parties. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had thereafter reiterated on the ban on parties after 10 pm…  click here

Latest, low-cost technologies making India medical tourism hub: Experts

21 Jun: Business Standard. Latest medical technologies in Indian hospitals at a lower cost is majorly contributing towards the country emerging as the premier medical tourism hub of the world, said health experts on Wednesday. They said that treatment provided in India from accredited facilities at par with any developed country in the world but at a much cheaper cost, thus making giving medical tourism a competitive advantage over others. According to experts, the digitisation in the health industry will also make the flow of foreign patients easier in the upcoming time…  For further details click here

Urak: A Drink for Goa’s Hot Summer Nights and Torrential Rains

20 Jun: Roads & Kingdom (New York). By Sonia Filinto. It was hot and humid. The monsoon season was still a few weeks away; just the right weather for downing a few pegs of urak. Feni might be the more famous Goan brew, distilled from the cashew apple, but urak—the fruit’s first distillate—is the drink of choice for Goans in the summer months. Urak is distilled only from March to May, the cashew fruit-bearing season. It also has a short shelf life of four to five months. It has a fruity and mildly pungent aroma and flavor; it’s certainly an acquired taste. But it’s light and refreshing, and the cashew apple season coincides with the weather heating up, so it’s like the stars align to give Goans a drink to beat the heat. One hot summer evening, a friend plugged in to the local bar scene suggested Joseph Bar (photo). It’s an old hole-in-the-wall tavern in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter in Goa’s capital, Panaji. Space is restricted, with patrons spilling into the narrow lane outside. The urak is excellent, so no one complains…  For further details click here
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Goa set to target Europe in shift in tourism policy

21 Jun: Times of India. Tourism minister Manohar 'Babu' Azgaonkar said that Goa's marketing strategy will be changed to boost tourist arrivals from traditional European markets. Tourism stakeholders also feel that it's high time Goa tourism overhaul its marketing techniques to make the destination more competitive. The just-concluded charter tourist season ended on a happy note with a rise in charter arrivals.. Except for the UK, Russia, Ukraine and Finland, Goa did not receive charters from other European destinations such as Germany or any other Scandinavian countries … While UK has shown signs of growth during the last two seasons, similar improvement is not seen in other markets of Europe…  For further details click here
21 Jun: Times of India. After three years, German charters likely to revisit Goa …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: It Was Alright in the 1970's. more4 (Freeview 14). Sat. 24th June. 22:00 to 23:00. Narrator Matt Lucas looks back once more at the 1970s. The theme this time is Living Dangerously when it was still perfectly legal for a husband to beat his wife, and a parent or teacher to beat a child. Meanwhile, mainstream comedians were perfectly comfortable making jokes about domestic violence.

TRAVEL: Great Canal Journeys. Channel 4. Sun. 25th June. 20:00 to 21:00. India (Part 2 of 2). In this episode, Tim West and Prunella Scales leave behind the safe confines of the canals as they head out into the rarely navigated Brahmaputra river in the far north east of India. They follow an old route from the tea trade; meet a community of monks; and hitch a ride on an elephant.

DOCUMENTARY: Dispatches. Channel 4. Mon. 26th June. 20:00 to 20:30. Brexit - How to Get a British Passport. A year on from the referendum the Brexit talks are just starting. Top of the agenda will be the status of three million Europeans living here. Many of them and their children were born in the UK or have lived here most of their lives. You may have thought that being born here would immediately guarantee them a British passport, but that's not the case. For Dispatches, Datshiane Navanayagam investigates just how hard it can be to get a British passport and the real impact that the lack of a passport has on many people's lives. Navanayagam reveals that there are already 120,000 children and young people born or raised in the UK who think that they are British but will not automatically gain citizenship. She reveals some of the huge costs involved in applying for citizenship, examines how the Home Office assesses claims and asks whether Brexit will make the situation worse.

DRAMA: Broken. BBC 1. Tues. 27th June. 21:00 to 22:00. Drama series starring Sean Bean as a Catholic priest presiding over a large parish in northern England. Interacting with his parishioners, through a series of unfortunate events, he has to consider what impact his spiritual workings has on them. Series 1 episode 5. DRAMA: Broken. BBC 1. Tues. 27th June. 21:00 to 22:00. Drama series starring Sean Bean as a Catholic priest presiding over a large parish in northern England. Interacting with his parishioners, through a series of unfortunate events, he has to consider what impact his spiritual workings has on them. Series 1 episode 5. Previous issues available for a month on bbc i-player:

NATURE: Tweet of the Day. BBC Radio 4. Wed. 28th June. 05:58 to 06:00. Conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Ring-Necked Parakeet: London chef and restaurant owner Cyrus Todiwala recalls a once familiar sound to him in India, now heard near his London home, the ring-necked parakeet.

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