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Death: Brenda (Albuquerque) Johnston
17 Apr: Toronto. BRENDA (ALBUQUERQUE) JOHNSTON. Born December 17, 1949. It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Brenda P. Johnston (daughter of the late Benedict and Anne Albuquerque) in Toronto, Ontario. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She is survived by her 3 adoring children Danielle (spouse John), Genevieve (spouse Simon) and Stuart (spouse Stephanie) and 8 grandchildren Laila, Elias, Edie, Sophia, Maya, Chloe, Birdie and Nadia. She leaves behind her loving partner Howard Scott Cole and her siblings Alan (spouse Jackie, children Sharon and Charlotte), Blossom (spouse Jeet, children Adam.& Jonathan) and Beulah. Due to COVID restrictions we are unable to share the day of the funeral and viewing with all of you that loved and cared for our Mom so much. Thank you for all of your kind messages, it has meant a lot to each of us. Once we are able to, we will be planning a celebration of life party for her with everyone. Please view our Mom's Obituary page and Guestbook with this link. If you have any pictures you would like to share please feel free to add to the website below. We would love to see them.
Mom's Viewing will be on Friday, April 23, from 3-4pm. The link to attend virtually is: Password: Arbor2020 We are planning to have a livestream of the funeral service at St. Benedict's Church on Saturday, April 24 at 11:30am. This link will be posted on the Obituary page. Please check for updates [Info: Pompie Gois] click here.

Death: Anthony (Buds) Christopher Rodricks. Ex Karachi
18 Apr: Toronto. ANTHONY CHRISTOPHER RODRICKS. Born September 6, 1935. (Formerly of Cabral Building, Mansfield Street, Saddar, Karachi). Passed away peacefully at the Milton District Hospital at the age of 85. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his beloved wife, Wilhelmina Rodricks (née Cordeiro); his children, Antonio, Winston (Jackie) and Karen (Mike); grandchildren, Michelle (Paul), Laura, Christopher, Sarah, Mark, and Jenna; and, great-grandchild, Eli. Anthony was born to the late Charles Rodricks and Esmeralda Rodricks (née Fernandez) in Karachi. He was a cherished brother to Lawrence – predeceased, Vincent – predeceased (Lourdes – predeceased), Teresa (Peter – predeceased), Philomena – predeceased, Hilda (Titus), and Natalia (Christopher – predeceased). Anthony was a devout Catholic who truly had a zest for life. He loved his sweets, and enjoyed parties, dancing, celebrations, as well as travelling, often opening his home for visitors from far and wide. He kept everyone in laughter with his quick-witted humour, and no one will forget his signature style – shirts with pockets to hold his pens and glasses, funky sweaters, and colourful socks. His greatest passion, was his family. He loved dancing with his wife, drinking a fine scotch with his children, and playing games with his grandchildren. Buda / Dad / Papa, your caring and giving nature along with the loving memories you have given us will be cherished forever in our hearts. We love you always and forever! In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or your local Alzheimer’s Society. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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“Kidnap” at the Portuguese consulate in Goa

22 Apr. Sabado (Portugal). An Official at the Consulate of Portugal said she was “kidnapped” by inspectors from the Portuguese Police who traveled to India to investigate fraud in cases of obtaining Portuguese nationality. The incident occurred on April 20 at the Portuguese consulate in Goa, India. João Costa and Rui Miguel both from the Portuguese Judiciary Police (PJ) entered the consular premises to question the official Maria Cíntia Fernandes. At issue, a process of alleged falsification of documents to obtain Portuguese citizenship related to this consulate. According to her they seized her private cell phone, demanding the access code to it. For more than five hours, he says, Cíntia Fernandes was unable to speak to anyone… It is not the first time that this Portuguese consulate has been associated with allegations of fraud… It is estimated that a fraudulent nationality process can cost up to 10,000 euros…810 words.  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Maria Cíntia Fernandes Facebook page, click here.

Britain's Goan flavour

22 Apr: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Prasun Sonwalkar. In a unique migration flow, tens of thousands of mostly young Goans have migrated to the United Kingdom before Brexit, adding another layer to the global Indian diaspora … According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in June 2020, there were 35,000 Portuguese citizens in Britain who were born in India … A large number of the new arrivals settled in the south-west town of Swindon, Leicester in the east Midlands and in London areas such as Wembley and Southall … The other side of the Goan migration is that many streets and localities in villages such as Aggasaim, Goa Velha and Siridao have emptied out as their residents began new lives in Britain… Goans have been boosting church attendance … the Immigration and Borders Service of Portugal has busted a major international network that arranged fake papers to enable people to gain Portuguese nationality for a price… Housing is a challenge, with many owners operating the ‘kudd’ (dormitory) system, in which more people live in rooms in a house that, by British standards, amounts to over-crowding, and is now posing a challenge to local health authorities dealing with Covid… 2058 words.  For further details click here
22 Apr: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Prasun Sonwalkar. Goa to Britain: The level playing field. Goans in the UK formed a proper football club, the Goans United FC in 2020 … 744 words.  click here

Perceptions of Child Sex Tourism in Goa

22 Apr: By Dewey, Susan, and Lindi Conover. “Children as Barometers of Social Decay: Perceptions of Child Sex Tourism in Goa, India.”… “Enjoy our beautiful beaches,” reads a billboard on the palm-lined road that ferries arriving European and Israeli vacationers from Dabolim Airport to resorts in the western Indian state of Goa, “but remember that Goa is not a pedophile’s paradise.” This jarring statement, accompanied by a photograph of a young ethnic Goan¹ child’s smiling face juxtaposed against a sweeping backdrop of blue skies and sandy beaches, raises a number of troubling questions about the social costs exacted by an economy heavily dependent upon the whims of its foreign visitors, many of whom carry independent conceptions of Goa that are rather incongruent... Super Girls, Gangstas, Freeters, and Xenomaniacs: Gender and Modernity in Global Youth Culture, edited by Susan Dewey and Karen J. Brison, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York, pp. 166–190.  For further details click here

The Indian diaspora is struggling to help with the Covid-19 crisis in India

23 Apr: Quartz. The Indian diaspora—the world’s largest, at 18 million—is watching loved ones struggle through the largest Covid-19 outbreak on Earth, and trying to find ways to help… For the Indians abroad who live in rich countries where vaccines are available, and healthcare infrastructure more reliable, the distress over the surge is especially high… Those who can are donating to local mutual aid societies and organizations that help those financially affected by Covid-19 or the lockdown by providing food, essential goods, or personal protective equipment… 628 words. /  For further details click here
22 Apr: The Guardian (UK). ‘We are handcuffed’: UK’s south Asian diaspora despairs as India joins Covid red list …  click here
22 Apr: BBC. Coronavirus: 'We want to get home, but there aren't any tickets' … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

23 Apr: Navhind Times. Goa continued to report an alarmingly high number of coronavirus infections, as 1,410 fresh cases of the COVID-19 pandemic detected on Thursday, taking the tally of active COVID-19 cases above 10,000-mark. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 964 in Goa as the pandemic claimed 21 more lives in the last 24 hours...  For further details click here
22 Apr: Navhind Times. 49 new COVID-19 hotspots emerging in Goa… the COVID-19 hotspots in the state have jumped from 130 to 179…  click here
Video: 22 Apr: HCN. Press conference of Covid surge in Goa … click here.

India: COVID News In Brief

22 Apr: The Guardian (UK). India hits global record of 315,000 daily new Covid cases as crisis worsens. India has registered a record-breaking single-day tally of new Covid cases as a severe shortages of beds and oxygen hit Delhi hospitals and migrant workers made an exodus from the capital…  For further details click here
22 Apr: Times of India. India's Covid-19 peak likely between May 11-15 with 33-35 lakh active cases: Experts …  click here
22 Apr: PTI. Over 21,000 tested positive after receiving the vaccine: Govt. click here.

New Zealand: Francky Godinho: St Georges Restaurant

12 Nov 2021. The Insider's Guide to New Zealand, Francky Godinho must be the hardest-working man in Hawke's Bay. Before creating the outstanding dishes for his busy restaurant, St Georges, he's spent the day in his market gardens harvesting 150 organic cauliflowers to be served up to diners in the next week and planting 240 broccolini, which will be ready in a couple of months. This fine-dining restaurant brings the idea of garden-to-table to the next level… Francky, who has won several culinary awards including being named Chef of the Year twice, grew up in Goa, India, and as a child worked on his family's water buffalo farm and rice paddy. His love of food took him to Dubai and then to New Zealand with his wife, Kathryn…  For further details click here
For Francky’s Facebook page,  click here
21 Apr: Indian Newslink (NZ). Auckland: Premier dining experience brings the best of Indian cuisine. Gymkhana at 110 Ponsonby Road lifts quality and service … The ‘Signature’ range covers Bill Goan Fish Curry … Among the Grilled delicacies is Whole Chicken (Goan-style roasted in a Charcoal Tandoor)... click here.

Germany: Lucy D´Souza: Indian Women Who Make History

18 Apr: Celler Presse (Germany). “Leading Figures: Indian women who make history” is the title of this year's India Study Day, for which the Ev.-luth. Missionswerk in Lower Saxony invites you. On April 24th it will be about unrecognized heroines and well-known women from Indian society. What can we learn from these women? … There are women like Lucy D´Souza, the artist, who comes from Goa and now lives in Germany, to whom painting is a calling. This can also be seen in the starvation sheets she created for Misereor, such as “Biblical Women - Guide to the Kingdom of God” and other paintings with which she achieved great fame as a painter… The India Study Day is on April 24, 2021. The study day takes place via Zoom. The participation link for the study day will be sent by email in advance of the event. The registration deadline is April 22, 2021. Interested parties can access the registration button for the online seminar via the ELM homepage  For further details click here
8 Jan. 2009: Goan Voice. Lucy D´Souza-Kron who was born in Goa in 1949 and has lived in Germany since 1996…  click here
For the Lucy D’Souza website, / click here.



Funeral: CUSTODIO ANTHONY HERMAN COUTINHO (Newton, Couti). Barking, UK .Ex Nairobi, Kenya/Mapusa, Goa (ex Taj Fort Aguada).

Born on 15 June 1952 in Nairobi, Kenya. Passed away peacefully on 16 April 2021 after battling PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) at Newham University hospital in Barking, UK.
Beloved husband of Mary (Lorraine). Everloving Father to Casson & Craig. Loving son of Late Cosmas and Late Eliza Coutinho. Brother/Brother-in-law of Salinas / Vitoria, Sybil/Late Ernesto, Rommel/Elizabeth and Freeda/Late Florence. Brother-law of Rudolph/Aonida, Philomena/Late Cyril, Vina/Luis, Candida/Menino, Audrey/Late Marshall, Late Jack and John/Sarita. Loved by his nieces and nephews.
Tony will be fondly remembered and missed by all, friends and family for his positive attitude and witty humour throughout his illness and even during his last days.
Viewing of the body will be held at Co-op Funeral Care, East Ham, E6 2HJ (car park behind Primark), on 30 April, 1 May and 4 May between 10am - 4pm; 5 May from 10am - 12pm.
Funeral service will be held in Barking, UK to celebrate his life, on 5 May at the Catholic Parish Church of St Mary and St Ethelburga, 41 Linton Rd., Barking IG11 8HG at 2pm (UK time), followed by Cremation at 3:30pm (UK time) at City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road E12 5DQ.
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Funeral: Sr. Trifa De Souza. Nairobi

Sr. Trifa De Souza died in Nairobi on 18 Apr. Daughter of the late John Joseph & Paulina De Souza, sister of the late Nifa, late Ita, Fabian, Pio and Mena. Sr. Trifa was the Sister in charge of Edelvale Trust and belonged to the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Congregation. Funeral on Thursday, 22nd April 2021 Mass at 9:00am (GMT: 6 am, UK: 7 am) at St. John Eudes Center Karen near CUEA Celebrant Bishop Kamau. Burial Near Komarock Shrine Machakos. Attendance limited due to strict COVID-19 protocols. For the live streaming service, click here.

Death: Elizabeth (Ella) Devine, nee Santos. Ex Dar es Salaam
18 Apr. Toronto. ELIZABETH (ELLA) DEVINE, nee SANTOS. Born beside the beautiful turquoise shores of the Indian Ocean, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Died peacefully, with family by her side on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Ian Anderson House hospice at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Joe Devine. Loving mother of Valerie (John Czernuszka), Patrick (Sandra Elsie), Vanora (Rick Turriff), and Viola (Paul Kohut). Most beloved sister-in-law of Marie Devine. Loving “Nani” of Kyle (Cassy) and Emma, Matthew and Sarah, Rachel (Matt) and Adam. Dear sister of the late Damian Santos (Mabel) and Dora Viegas (Jocelyn). Dear sister-in-law of Philo Kudchadker (the late Jairam) and Margaret Pereira (George). Ella will be dearly missed by her family and her friends. Due to COVID restrictions, a private funeral Mass will be held. To Livestream the event, please log on to on Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m. EST. Alternately, you may watch a livestream by selecting the following URL and placing it into your browser: and after the event anytime on YouTube: Due to COVID restrictions, a private interment will be held at Assumption Cemetery. If desired, donations in Ella’s name can be made to Dorothy Ley Hospice: or to Ian Anderson House Hospice Online condolences may be made using this website. [Info: Stephen de Souza]

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Goa: COVID News In Brief

22 Apr: Navhind Times. Goa records new high of 1,502 fresh COVID cases in a day. The state on Wednesday witnessed the highest-ever spike in daily COVID-19 cases, as 1,502 more people tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic… Goa’s COVID-19 death count mounted to 943, as 17 more patients succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours …  For further details click here
Video: 21 Apr: Goa 365 TV. CM orders night curfew in Goa. The Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant announced a night curfew starting from 10 pm to 6 am banning the movement of people…  click here
21 Apr: Hindustan Times. Goa healthcare under severe stress amid record Covid-19 numbers. A reality check shows that while non-oxygen beds were available in Covid-care centres, oxygen beds in government-run establishments had run out… click here.

India/UK Flights

21 Apr: BBC. Heathrow refuses to allow extra flights from India. Heathrow Airport has refused to allow extra flights from India before the country is added to the UK travel red list on Friday. The airport told the BBC that it did not want to exacerbate existing pressures at the border by allowing more passengers to fly in. From 0400 on Friday many arrivals from India will be refused entry. British and Irish passport holders, and people with UK residence rights, will be allowed in, but must quarantine in hotels for 10 days…  For further details click here
21 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Tell us: are you travelling between the UK and India, Pakistan or Bangladesh? Following the UK government’s announcement that India will be added to the red list as of 4am on Friday, we’d like to speak to Britons who will be affected …  click here
21 Apr: News 16. Indian Travellers to Britain Try to Bypass Flight Ban … click here.

India: COVID News In Brief

20 Apr: UCAN. Covid-19 claims seven Catholic priests in Indian state. Seven Catholic priests have died of Covid-19 in the space of four days in India’s Gujarat state … Father Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit social activist said the government “is in denial mode” and “not sharing the real picture…”  For further details click here
21 Apr. The Week. 'Triple mutant' coronavirus variant discovered in India? What it means. On Wednesday details of the discovery of a new mutant coronavirus described as a "triple mutant", meaning three different COVID strains combining to form a new variant…  click here
21 Apr: BBC. Covid: India's 'unbelievable' situation as rates rise … click here.

Indian Rupee Trading at 105+ to UK Pound

21 Apr: Currency Live. GBP/INR: Rupee Extends Declines As GDP Forecast Cut. The Pound Indian Rupee (GBP/INR) exchange rate is extending gains for a fourth straight day. The pair settled 0.4% higher on Tuesday at 105.05. At 07:45 UTC, GBP/INR trades +0.1% at 105.19… The Indian Rupee came has come under continued pressure as the covid situation deteriorates rapidly. The current covid storm is overwhelming the health system with hospitals expected to run out of oxygen on Wednesday… Analysts are saying that India needs to bring its covid cases under control to avoid further downgrading of GDP forecasts…  For further details click here
For the latest Rupee exchange rates against the leading world currencies,  click here

Drug syndicate with links to India, US busted in Canada, 33 held

21 Apr: IANS. A drug syndicate active in Canada's Ontario, British Columbia and the US' California has been busted with the arrest of 33 people who were charged with over 130 criminal offences, officials said. Among the 33, 27 were arrested and charged in the Greater Toronto Area, with 19 of them hailing from the town of Brampton. Of these, 23 are of Punjabi origin… Law enforcement agencies across various countries launched "Project Cheetah" a year ago, tracking a large network of drug trade that involved importing cocaine, heroin, opium and ketamine into Canada, the US, India and other parts of the world… the NCB had traced smuggling of cocaine to Punjab from Canada for local use as well as further trafficking to Delhi and Goa…  For further details click here

Running Naked and Unmasked in Goa: Pleasure in the Pandemic

Apr 2021: eTropic: 20.1. Special Issue: Pandemic, Plague, Pestilence and the Tropics. Pages 134 – 156. By R. Benedito Ferrão. Indian celebrity Milind Soman posted a picture of himself on social media, which showed him running naked on a beach. He was charged with obscenity. This article considers the time and place of Soman’s act over the alleged impropriety. The photograph was taken on a beach in Goa, the tropical setting serving as a pleasure periphery to India which annexed the region in 1961. Accordingly, a longer history of states of undress in Indian advertising, filmmaking, and tourism are considered here to apprehend how Goa has been posited in the Indian imagination as a destination for wanton self-­gratification while local realities are undermined… Using the metaphor of the celebrity who has no qualms about running naked and unmasked in Goa, this article enquires into what such events leave unrevealed in the economic requirement that some locales function as holiday destinations, even in the midst of a pandemic…  For further details click here

Frenchman Still Bruised By Doomed Latifa Escape Bid

21 Apr: Barrons. Three years after Christian Elombo took part in a doomed bid to help the daughter of Dubai's ruler flee the UAE, the Frenchman still thinks he did the right thing despite spending months in jail in the Gulf and Europe as a consequence. In March 2018, Princess Latifa, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, attempted to flee the UAE on a boat that was intercepted by commandos off the coast of India… One of those who helped Latifa in her failed bid to flee her home country was Elombo, 43, a martial arts coach who was a friend and is now based in London… the boat was boarded in early March by a commando team in international waters off Goa and its occupants brought back to the UAE… Imprisoned in Oman and put in solitary confinement, he was questioned relentlessly about his participation in a "kidnapping"…  For further details click here
21 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Release Dubai’s Princess Latifa, UN experts tell UAE … Statement comes two months after BBC video in which Dubai ruler’s daughter said she was being held hostage …  click here
27 Feb: Goan Voice: Indian special forces 'kidnapped' Dubai's Princess Latifa in secret prisoner swap for wanted British arms dealer … click here.


HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Genius of the Ancient World. BBC 2. Sat. 24th Apr. 09.00 to10.00. Historian Bettany Hughes investigates the ideas of ancient philosophers, starting with the Indian nobleman Siddhartha Gautama, more popularly known as Buddha.

COOKERY: Couples Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Sat. 24th Apr. 11:35 to 12:35. On day two, the experienced partnership of Jasbir and Sarb attempt to wow their guests with a night of authentic Indian food and Bollywood dancing.

DOCUMENTARY: Donovan & the Beatles In India. Sky Arts (Freeview 11). Sun. 25th Apr. 03:00 to 04:00. In 1968 the Beatles visited India, where they discovered meditation and wrote over two dozen songs that were included in the White Album, Abbey Road and later solo albums. In this documentary, folk singer Donovan - who was the ringleader of the trip - retraces the journey he and the Fab Four took to shine a light on a world of peace, love and incredible creativity.

DRAMA: Undercover Mumbai. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 25th Apr. 19:00 to 19:15. Five-Star Death. By Ayeesha Menon. Police inspector Alia Khan sets off in pursuit of Bollywood's leading heart-throb when a glamour model is found dead in a five-star hotel. Mumbai-based detective drama. Concludes tomorrow at 2.30pm.

DOCUMENTARY: Crossing Continents. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 26th Apr. 20:30 to 21:00. Kenya's Unhappy Doctors and Nurses. The malaise in Kenya's health system, highlighted by a corruption scandal involving overpriced masks, aprons and other protective clothing. A series of on-off strikes have disrupted care, as doctors, nurses and clinicians have made sporadic protests against mismanagement and a devolved power structure they say is dysfunctional. As Kenya continues to battle against the coronavirus, Lucy Ash finds out what's ailing Kenya's healthcare system.

DRAMA: Parson Harding's Daughter. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Mon. 26th April to Wed. 28th Apr. 10:00 to 11:00. Episodes 1-3. Joanna Trollope's tale set in 1770s India. When Caroline Harding's suitor moves to India without her, what hope remains for a parson's plain daughter? In 1776 she sets sail for India, bound for marriage to a man she has not seen in eight years. Caroline's marriage to Johnnie is a charade, but how long can she keep to the bargain? Rebecca Egan stars. First aired in 1995.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Greatest Palaces. Yesterday (Freeview 26). Tues. 27th Apr. 10:00 to 11:00. Lukshmi Villas Palace. Behind the scenes of Lukshmi Villas Palace in India, which was built for the Maharaja of Baroda in 1890 and remains the home of the royal family to this day.


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Goa: COVID News In Brief

21 Apr: Navhind Times. Goa sees 26 more COVID deaths, 1,160 fresh cases. The state on Tuesday recorded the highest-ever 26 COVID deaths in the last 24 hours and also registered the all-time single-day spike of 1,160 fresh cases of coronavirus with a positivity rate of 32.24 per cent… The health authorities said that daily fresh cases are expected to rise further in the state and may touch 1,500-mark by next week…  For further details click here
20 Apr: Indian Express. Amid surge, Goa minister tells the youth: Stop partying, stay home. The minister also urged Goa’s young people to “stop partying”, as the state is undergoing a sharp rise in infections, recording its highest ever positivity rate of 34 per cent on Monday…  click here
20 Apr: Business Standard. Goa govt has no money for disposal of unclaimed bodies: ex-CM Kamat … click here.

UK: Indian Covid Variant

20 Apr: The Sun (UK)./ Mutant Spread Cases of Indian Covid variant in UK ’10 to 20 times HIGHER than reported’ amid fears lateral flow tests won’t detect it … This is because only around ten to 15 per cent of positive swabs in the UK are sent to laboratories where they are scanned for variants…  For further details click here
20 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). Now 215 Brits have caught Indian variant: Cases of mutant strain have nearly TRIPLED in week - as scientists warn decision to put India on red list came 'weeks too late' with thousands of travellers making last-minute dash to beat Friday's 4am deadline …  click here
20 Apr: The Independent (UK). Scientists call for caution and calm over Covid variant detected in India. It is not yet known if B1617 is more dangerous or better able to escape immunity triggered by vaccination or natural infection … click here.

India put on UK’s Red List

20 Apr: The Indepencent (UK). Simon Calder answers your questions: Q: India has been put on the red list. I have a friend who stayed in Goa through the pandemic but now needs to get home for her daughter’s wedding. Have you got a route she can travel back to the UK please?
A: … Anyone hoping to travel imminently from India to the UK must get here by Thursday night to avoid the prospect of 11 nights in hotel quarantine at a cost starting at £1,750 … Within an hour of the health secretary’s announcement, I could find no availability on any of the British Airways flights from India to London Heathrow that are due to operate before the deadline… she should fly via a different hub (Bahrain might work). Travelling up to Mumbai by rail or even to Delhi by air will open up a range of other options… I urge your friend to grab what she can now.  For further details click here
20 Apr: Gov.UK. Foreign travel advice: India …  click here
20 Apr: Tribune (India). Confusion, panic over India's 'red list' travel ban by UK. Hundreds of Indian students and UK-based Indian-origin families have been sent into a mode of confusion and panic with India being added to Britain's COVID-19 travel "red list", which imposes a ban on entry to the country for all except British or Irish residents… click here.

Leader of Change: How Natasha Mascarenhas is Driving Change at Aviva Canada

April 2021. Insurance Business Canada. As diversity and inclusion lead at Aviva Canada for the past three years, Natasha Mascarenhas has been working tirelessly to build D&I into the company’s DNA… Her efforts are paying off. Mascarenhas has helped boost female representation at the executive level to more than 40% and has improved the number of visible minority leaders who are part of succession plans for executive roles. She has also led the establishment of five inclusion communities…  For further details click here
20 Feb. 2012. Goan Voice. Natasha was born in Mombasa, daughter of Al and Jean Andrade; brother of Warren and Brendan and moved to Canada when aged 6 months. She met her husband, Geoffrey Mascarenhas in the UK and they now live in Canada with their two children, Abby and Caleb,  click here

The Goan Diaspora

19 Apr: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Valentino Viegas (photo). … At present, with the uncertainties surrounding the future of Brexit, there is a new diaspora for Goans in Britain … In the absence of credible studies, speculations abound regarding the size of the Goan diaspora … I have wondered why Goans are, as a rule, more successful in the host countries than in the land where they first saw the light of day. Among the various explanations I find, the following seems to make sense … As the Goa today is populated, more and more by people coming from abroad, as it is considered the Eldorado of India, it is up to the Goans originating in Goa, their descendants and ascendants, and all the children of the diaspora, to preserve, develop and disseminate their characteristic Indo-Portuguese cultural values, and also to cultivate and keep alive the flame of the uniqueness of the Goan identity… 1327 words  For further details click here
Video: Renascença Goa. Goan Diaspora. Valentino Viegas, retired Professor of History …  click here
Amazon: books by Valentino Viegas, click here.

Goan Food Festival 2021: Goans in Melbourne celebrate their cuisine

19 Apr: NRI Affairs. Melbourne’s Goan community celebrated the Goan Food Festival 2021 at the Menzies Hall in Dandenong North on Sunday 18 April. Visitors thronged the hall and lined up to tantalise their taste buds. Some of the popular dishes were balchao - the traditional Goan prawn curry, fried fish, sorpotel (a spicy pork dish), croquettes (mince beef puffs) and the popular vindaloo… 2m. 27s. [Alert from Lindray Veloso].  For further details click here

In Goa, you can sign up for a socially distanced dining experience in the hills

20 Apr: Conde Nast Traveller. Located in Velim in South Goa on a 200-acre mountain property is a little slice of paradise. C’est L’avi is chef Avinash Martins’ bespoke dining experience, offering a little table in the hills that makes you work for your meal. The restaurant is a 1.5-hour drive from Panjim. Once 100 metres away, you walk up a narrow muddy path by a river bed. The path is uneven and the air, rich with aromas from the village huts entice your senses… You cannot resist being drawn into the open-concept, mud wall kitchen, which uses clay utensils over shimmering wood fires as an old school cooking method… The chef’s table experience is Rs5,000 per head (all inclusive) for food and accompanying beverages. 973 words.  click here
For the C’est L’avi Facebook page,  click here

Taxi owners to continue strike

21 Apr: Herald. After a large amount of drama, the protesting taxi owners finally met the Transport Minister and Transport Director on the 15th day of their strike. However, the delegation informed the media after their meeting that the government was unable to present them with a solution. Therefore, they stated that they have rejected the government’s appeal to call off the strike for a month’s time and instead will continue with their strike indefinitely until their demands are fulfilled…  For further details click here
21 Apr: Navhind Times. Talks between Mauvin, taxi leaders fail to end deadlock over GoaMiles app …  click here
Video: 20 Apr: Goa 365 tv. Govt firm on taxi meters, owners say agitation will continue click here.



Former India footballer John Rosario Alphonso dies of Covid-19

19 Apr: Times of India. Former India footballer John Rosario Alphonso passed away after succumbing to Covid-19 on Saturday evening. He was 71. A striker, the Goa-born Alphonso played for Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy in 1974, 1975 and 1979, and for various football clubs like Goan Sports, ICL, Orkay Mills, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mafatlal and then finally with the Tata Sports Club. Always considered a gentleman, he worked for the Tatas for more than 20 years… click here.

Death: Joao Almeida Ex Cansaulim, Goa
18 Apr: Hamburg, Germany. JOAO BRITO ALMEIDA. Born: 04/2/1954. Beloved husband of Carmina Almeida. Son of Late Antonio Vittal & late Fellcidade Almeida. Father/Father-in-law of Teotonio/ Pallavi, Jesica/ Royden Fernandes, Janifa Almeida. Grandfather of Turquoise Almeida. Funeral took place on 19 April 2021 among family Members. Photo. click here.

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Video: BBC Panorama investigates allegations of racism in the Church of England

19 Apr: BBC iplayer. A year after the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admitted that the Church was still 'deeply institutionally racist', and that he was 'ashamed' of its record, reporter Clive Myrie meets vicars, curates and theological trainees to understand the scale of the problem. He hears stories of racist abuse and claims of a culture that creates a hostile environment for Christians of colour. Some say they have been told to ‘turn the other cheek’ when they have raised complaints, others say they have suffered in silence for fear of further discrimination or losing their jobs… Featured in the programme [from 7m. 30s.] is Revd Alwyn Pereira who was born in Kenya and educated mostly in England … Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol from 2003 to 2017, wrote: “… I think there are cultural differences in the way people like Alwyn communicate and actually handle issues of truth and clarity.” …  For further details click here
BBC: Aldershot vicar 'devastated' by bishop's racial stereotypes … The Reverend Alwyn Pereira, vicar of Aldershot Parish Church, Hampshire, found comments by the former Bishop of Bristol Mike Hill in a church file…  click here
For Revd Alwyn Pereira's Facebook site, click here click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

20 Apr: Herald. 17 lose COVID battle in Goa in last 24-hrs; 940 get infected. Goa recorded its highest number of single-day deaths due to COVID-19 as 17 patients lost their lives due to the virus during the last 24 hours. As Goa reels under second wave, the positivity rate is also shooting up. Goa recorded 940 single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, second highest exactly a day after reporting highest ever 951 cases on Sunday. The positive rate has been recorded at 34.49 per cent…  For further details click here
20 Apr: Herald. Have we become Covid Complacent? Has Covid 18 got out of hand in Goa and what can be done now? …  click here
20 Apr: Navhind Times. COVID situation is ‘scary’ in state, says Heath Minister Vishwajit. Flabbergasted by the state recording on Monday the all-time high of 17 COVID deaths, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said the present COVID situation in Goa is “scary”… click here.

Boris Johnson scraps Delhi trip; UK puts India on virus 'red list'

19 Apr: ABC News. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called off a trip to New Delhi amid surging coronavirus cases in India, as the U.K. imposed a travel ban on most visitors from the vast Asian nation… India reported 273,810 new infections on Monday …  For further details click here
19 Apr: The Guardian. Thousands of people could fly from India to England before it is added to the travel “red list” from Friday, amid growing criticism that the government acted too slowly to restrict the spread of a variant which may be more resistant to vaccines…  click here
19 Apr: BBC. Covid-19: How India failed to prevent a deadly second wave click here.

Interracial dating in Portugal

19 Apr: Portugal News. Portugal is a vibrant and ancient country. Its citizens have a rich ancestry, with elements of Latin, Germanic, African, and Muslim cultural influences. The Portuguese are a warm and inviting people … In a nation where 95% of the population is comprised of the Portuguese ethnic group, how do the locals feel about dating people from different races? … Although the current Prime Minister, António Costa, is Lisbon-born, his father is of Goan (Indian) descent… no one bats an eyelid about the ethnic background of Portuguese people today. Because Portugal once had colonial possessions in Africa, the Americas, and Asia, there has been a lot of immigration … Subsequent generations who have become Portuguese citizens have been assimilated, and are only too happy to form relationships with other natives of their country, regardless of their ethnic heritage…  For further details click here

Why Goa’s Civil Code is not as uniform as it is made out to be

19 Apr: Indian Express. Chief Justice of India S A Bobde recently appreciated the uniform civil code (UCC) in Goa, the only state to have one. This brought the spotlight back on the UCC debate, although the Law Commission had concluded in 2018 that a UCC is neither desirable nor feasible… Goa’s Portuguese Civil Code, 1867 is basically an alien code given by the Portuguese… it is an example of legal pluralism, and negation of the very idea of one nation, one law? Is Goa’s Civil Code really as uniform as is generally made out? … Goa’s Civil Code has four parts, dealing with civil capacity, acquisition of rights, right to property, and the breach of rights and remedies… Marriages solemnised in churches can be annulled by the church tribunal in cases of non-consummation… Article 1204 permits the husband to get a divorce if adultery is committed by the wife, but the wife can get a separation only if the husband commits adultery with public scandal, and a divorce if he keeps a mistress in the conjugal home or abandons her… 1748 words  For further details click here

An insider's guide to Goa’s 8 favourite watering holes

19 Apr: Vogue. Skip the touristy spots for fuss-free dives and bars that reflect the local mood and flavour … Unassuming yet unique, here is our list of no-nonsense dives and bars in north Goa, the kind where casual is the code and grabbing your own pint, not exactly unbelievable… Alitia at Darling's Bar, Chapora … For The Record Vinyl Bar, Panjim … Mafia Cocktail, Pilerne … Paulo’s Antique Bar, Chapora … Joseph Bar, Panjim … C'est La Vie, Siolim … Escobar, Assagao … Gin Joint, Mandrem …  For further details click here

Easy steps to open NRI account online

19 Apr: India Today. It has now become easier for the Non-Resident Indians to open NRI accounts online. NRO accounts are the easiest to be opened for the NRIs, considering that any existing resident savings accounts are automatically converted into NRO accounts on change of the residential status. Such accounts are most flexible for receiving funds, irrespective of the sources, whether from India or outside India. However, such accounts do not provide free repatriability of the account balances, and one can only transfer the funds subject to specified limits under FEMA Regulations. In contrast, NRE accounts are designated to receive only foreign currency remittances outside India and cannot receive any rupee credits…  For further details click here



Eulogy for Leslie Pinto, Ex Mombasa

Leslie Pinto of Cheam, Surrey, passed away on the 1st March 2021 due to multiple strokes. He was born in 1942 in Kenya and was husband to late Laura Almeida, father to Ian and Deborah and a beloved brother to Sylvano, Carry and Priscilla. His funeral was on16th April 2021. For the Eulogy,  For further details click here
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Death: Sr. Trifa De Souza, Nairobi

18 Apr: Nairobi. It is with deep sorrow and humble acceptance of God's will, that we announce the death of Sister Trifa De Souza on the morning of Sunday, 18. April 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya. Daughter of the late John Joseph & Paulina De Souza, sister of the late Nifa, late Ita, Fabian, Pio and Mena. Sr. Trifa was the Sister in charge of Edelvale Trust and belonged to the Sisters of Our Lapp of Charity Congregation. For details of the funeral watch this space [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]

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The power of the pen: Antonio Sequeira, ex Mombasa

17 Apr: Herald. Author and pathologist, Sushila Fonseca talks to NT BUZZ about her latest book, a biography of her father, ‘The Journey of an Unsung Hero – Antonio Sequeira – His Quest for Goa’s Freedom’ … She says, “Antonio Sequeira, my father, was the editor of the ‘A Voz da India’. This paper was most nationalistic and was also the leading daily in circulation during the years that it survived the censorship and the watchful eyes of the Portuguese Salazarist Government. Despite the strict censorship, Antonio used his pen to awaken and remind Goans about their right to civil liberties and a better quality of life… While in self-exile in Africa, my parents also inculcated in their children a love for the motherland, which the children had barely seen or only heard of …  For further details click here
28 Nov. 2003. Goan Voice. Death: DR ANTONIO SEQUEIRA (ex Mombasa: House & McGeorge and Wardells chemists). Husband of Ermelinda (ex teacher at Coast Girls High School, Mombasa). Father of Fatima/late Brian Figueiredo, Dr Sushila/Dr Eduardo Fonseca, Aleixo/Genevieve, Norman/Ruth, Mario/Jean … Dr. Sushila Fonseca grew up and studied till Senior Cambridge in Star of the Sea School, Year of 1966, Mombasa …  click here
Video: Literally Goa - Dr. Sushila Fonseca … click here.

COVID News In Brief

19 Apr: Herald. Goa reports record 951 cases, 11 deaths in single day on Sun. Active COVID cases touch 7052 as 105 admitted, 401 go into home isolation and 531 recover in last 24 hours…  For further details click here
19 Apr: Herald. As COVID cases spike, State imposes curbs on gatherings. The North and South Goa Administrations have imposed restrictions on the gathering of people, in the wake of rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the State…  click here
18 Apr: Times of India. Goa: AAP hits out at govt over Covid management. Despite having sufficient time, the government failed to create additional Covid facilities in the state, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stated on Saturday, highlighting the government’s failure to handle the second wave. “Due to this, there are no beds in the hospitals or ICU facilities available,” the party stated, demanding additional facilities be created immediately… click here.

Covid: Indian variant being investigated in UK

18 Apr: BBC. Health officials are looking at whether a new Indian Covid strain spreads more easily and evades vaccines. There is not yet enough data to classify it as a "variant of concern", a leading scientist has said. But Dr Susan Hopkins of Public Health England said some cases had been found in the UK that were not linked to travel, with their origin now being investigated. More than 70 cases have been identified in England and Scotland. It is also too soon to decide if India should be put on the government's travel "red list", Dr Hopkins said…  For further details click here
18 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Boris Johnson urged to cancel trip to India over Covid risk … No 10 has already scaled back its plans for the trip, which will be Johnson’s first major overseas visit since becoming PM in 2019 and was originally meant to last four days…  click here
18 Apr: Vox. India is dealing with a vaccine shortage during a new wave of Covid-19 … click here.

Dubai's Music Legend Glenn Perry Revealed His Hidden Hollywood Journey Secret Behind “Laila” Success

16 Apr: Global Newswire. Following his struggle in Dubai, Glenn Perry continues his musical journey in the land of dreams, Hollywood, where he began to be known by the world… Hollywood is very expensive for a young musician who is trying to grab his dream. Glenn was soon broke. Forced to leave the hotel, Glenn had to risk his life wandering that led him to Skid Row … Laila was featured on MTV multiple times a day in heavy rotation. For Glenn, Laila was a huge success. After that, there was no looking back... Since then, Dubai's music legend Glenn Perry who is a composer, producer, singer, and songwriter, has recorded 15 albums and over 40 singles in the best studios in New York and Hollywood, traveled all over the world, performed more than 5,000 shows and concerts, written over 4000 songs… 913 words.  For further details click here
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6 May 2019. Goan Voice. In a noteworthy tribute to late Chris Perry, one of the best musicians of the yesteryears, the road behind the Holy Spirit Church up to main junction was officially named after the legendary musician on Saturday… Chris Perry’s son Glenn, who is based in USA said, “Having travelled across the globe, Goa is his favourite place” … click here.

Laila Rouass: Life As I Know It

18 Apr: Sunday Express (UK). Actress Laila Rouass, 49, on her obsession with true crime shows, her pride in Footballers' Wives and why being independent is so important… She says, Apart from family, the most important people in my life are my friends, the whole community of friends from when I lived in India… My greatest weakness is food! I have so many restaurants that I love. There's one called Lahore in the East End which is about £9 a curry, nothing fancy… 'The bravest thing I've ever done was moving to India and living in Mumbai' … 771 words.  click here
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Goa: The Jewish Connection

18 Apr: Navhind Times. By Tensing Rodrigues. The Jezu Nozren chapel in Siridao, Goa, seems to have been constructed in two phases; there is an old portion in the rear which resembles the layout of a Jewish synagogue… the chapel is within a distance of less than 2.5 km from the Kadamb port at Gopakapattan; some historians like Ivar Fjeld feel that the possibility of a Jewish trading settlement on the Siddon promontory is fairly strong. Some claim that the Jews named their new settlement after their home place Sidon, the ancient Phoenician port city in Lebanon. It had a flourishing trade with the ports on the west coast of India, and probably was prosperous enough to lead to moral degradation as mentioned in the Bible. [Matthew 11:21] … 1077 words  For further details click here

Keziah Correia charms Goa with Mumbai's very own East Indian food

18 Apr: Mid Day (Mumbai). By Jane Borges. An East Indian from Malad, Mumbai, is doing the unthinkable—introducing Goans, who take great pride in their sorpotel and ambotik, to the cuisine of her community, which is so similar, yet apart. Malad resident Keziah Correia, a former events manager, decided to open an East Indian eatery in Goa in October 2020, after she stumbled upon a Portuguese home in Siolim that was available for rent… On April 4, Correia, a former events manager, opened the doors to an East Indian eatery called Fugiyas Cafe & Bar, the first-of-its-kind in Goa. The café, which runs out of a traditional Portuguese home, is the perfect address to serve the food of Mumbai’s indigenous community… She decided to name her cafe after the little, round balloon bread, known as fugiyas, an East Indian staple… Fugiyas Cafe & Bar, House no 418/6, Pillimbi Vaddo Sodiem, Siolim, Siolim, Goa 403517. Call: 9619854551.  For further details click here
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Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist

17 Apr: The Guardian (UK). India should be placed on the UK’s “red list” for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist. Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, said it was “mystifying” and “confounding” that those flying in from the country were not required to stay in a hotel. He warned that the Indian mutation of the virus could “scupper” the UK’s path to further easing of restrictions, despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low. Public Health England reported that 77 cases of the B.1.617 variant, which was first discovered in India, have been found. The first were detected in specimens dating back to February, the Guardian reported on Friday.  For further details click here
17 Apr: Indian Express. India Covid-19 numbers explained: Right now, India has been detecting almost 2.5 times more cases than it was doing during the September peak. But it is not because of any increase in testing. Now, more people are returning positive…  click here
17 Apr: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). How India’s coronavirus trauma is being made worse by vaccine challenges and feckless decisions … click here.

COVID News In Brief

18 Apr: Navhind Times. Goa records 762 new COVID-19 cases. The state, on Saturday, saw a slight dip in new COVID-19 cases, but the tally of active continued to go up as 762 more people tested positive for the deadly virus during the last 24 hours. As on Saturday, the state has 6,643 active COVID-19 cases … The pandemic claimed four more lives, taking the death toll to 872 in the state… /  For further details click here
Video: 17 Apr: Goa 365 TV. Face to Face: Handling Of Rising Covid Cases. In Goa 365 Face to Face Glenn Costa speaks to Dr Shekhar Salkar on the Covid situation, on what should be done and the lack of awareness and negative publicity, lack of confidence in the government surrounding the covid management in the state … 25m. 01s.  click here
17 Apr: Curly Tales. Travelling To Goa May Not Be The Best Idea As State Records Highest Covid Cases In A Day … click here.

Goa Taxi News

Video: 17 Apr: Goa 365 TV. Taxi strike still on as govt clears Azad Maidan. The Taxi strike entered the 7th day. However, on Saturday the authorities cleared the Azad Maidan citing Covid Protocol given the rising cases. However, the Collector has promised to meet the striking taxi owners and find a resolution.  For further details click here
18 Apr: The Pioneer. Striking taxi drivers’ demands unreasonable: Goa tourism body. The tourism and travel industry in Goa have criticised taxi drivers in the State, who have been on strike for more than 10 days, demanding scrapping of an online app-based cab aggregator service…  click here
17 Apr: Times of India. Transport minister Mauvin Godinho on Friday declined the taxi operators’ demand to live stream their meeting with him on scrapping GoaMiles, stating that it is not a tiatr… click here.

Heritage: Goa’s lost treasure

18 Apr: Herald. Its World Heritage day yet again but celebrating it will not hide the fact the situation on the ground in Goa is an absolute mess. People involved in trying to right the wrongs had a lot to say … some people are organizing webinars to discuss the state of the heritage of the state. Depending whether they work for the government or a private organisation comments will be made either supporting or criticizing the efforts to protect the heritage of the state. One however does not need to dig really deep to realise that things are just not fine. Efforts to protect the heritage are either mired in court or in politics. This state of affairs had its critics… Apr: Herald. History chiselled in stone, In the latest edition of the ‘Heritage Hour’ organised by the Museum of Christian Art (MoCA) & Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), architect Tahir Noronha covered a wide range of topics about Old Goa’s architectural past and what should be done in the future…  click here
18 Apr: Herald. History chiselled in stone, In the latest edition of the ‘Heritage Hour’ organised by the Museum of Christian Art (MoCA) & Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), architect Tahir Noronha covered a wide range of topics about Old Goa’s architectural past and what should be done in the future…  click here
17 Apr: KnockSense. Declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, know about THESE 7 churches in Old Goa! These churches are identified by UNESCO as historic sites, for they illustrate the evangelization of Asia… click here.

The changing Goan diet and its impact on health

17 Apr: Navhind Times. By Rohini Diniz. Over the last 20 years there has been a great change in the lifestyle of Goans. Rising affluence, increased consumption of refined cereals instead of ones minimally processed, increased consumption of sugar and trans fats, preference for convenience foods and increased consumption of street foods and fast foods coupled with increasing sedentary lifestyles has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from diet related chronic disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disorders, cancer and other ailments. This article intends to draw one’s attention to the changing Goan diet and its impact on the health…  For further details click here

4 Goa homes and homestays that are a picture of serenity

17 Apr: Architectural Digest. These properties are quaint Portuguese havens … A Tranquil Home Cocooned by the Ocean, Sky and Plantations, Designed by Studio IAAD. Reis Magos locality … A Goan Villa That Celebrates Local Indo-Portuguese Design Vernacular, Envisioned by Aaron David Clarke, Assagao … A Piece of History Comes Alive in this Homestay in Goa, Designed by Rochelle Santimano in Arpora … An Earthy, Restored Home in Goa That Blurs the Lines Between Inside and Outside, by Raya Shankhwalker in Anjuna …  For further details click here



Death: Lina Pinto-Correia

15 Apr: Tanga, Tanzania. LINA PINTO-CORREIA. Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 89. Lina was predeceased by her late husband, Simplic Correia and is survived by her children, Edwin/Annie (England), late Errol/Julie (Tanga) and Ethel/Agnelo Fernandes (Tanga). She leaves behind her adoring grandchildren Terry/Vic (Evie), Jonathan/Kelly (Joshua), Elroy/Charlene, Jason/Sandra (Juan, Shania/Natalia), Jennifer/David Dias (Nathan, Emmanuel), Elliott, Jake/Breena (Andre) and Esmeralda. She is predeceased by the late Hilary/Louisa, late Lily/late Aristo, late Leslie, late Larry/Clara, late Angela/Auggie Pereira, Aloysius/Zerina, Regina/William Dias, late Anthony, Johnny/Ramona. Lina was an avid sportswoman in her day and played hockey for the Tanga Institute for many years along with her siblings, Angela and Regina. She would challenge you to a game of darts and would often land up on the winning side and her skills included table tennis, too. As a grandmother (8), great-grandmother (7) and a very proud great-great-grandmother of one, she appeared to love them all the same. She was great at organizing School concerts in our days at St. Anthony’s and we owe her a great deal as she took competitiveness and drama to a new level. As the oldest Tanga resident, she had a lot of stories to tell you about days gone by and I cherish the times I spent around her in Tanga when I visited in 2010 and 2013. Rest well aunty Lina, for yours was a life well lived! May you Rest In Peace! Funeral Details: The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Cathedral on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:00am followed by the burial at Chumbageni Cemetery. [Info: Stephen de Souza]. Condolences to: OR

Death: Minivia (Minnie) Euphemia Fernandes Ex-Uganda

16 April 2021. Phuket, Thailand. MINIVIA (MINNIE) EUPHEMIA FERNANDES. Ex Uganda. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Born 8 March 1941 in Mumbai, India. Beloved Wife of the late Sena Fernandes. Devoted Mother to Gareth & Nila, Chantal & Murray, Gordon & Emmy. Cherished Grandmother to Elizabeth, Catherine, Chiara, Kyle & Daniella. Adored Sister / Sister-in-law to Anne, Alzira & Tim Lobo, Cleto & Coral Fernandes. Minnie will always be remembered for her zest for life, love of traveling and most of all, her infectious laughter. Funeral will be held in Phuket with a Memorial in Watford, UK to celebrate her life, to be announced at a later date. Condolences can be added to the Tribute Section here: click here.

Death: Custodio Coutinho (Newton). Ex Kenya; Ex Mapusa
16 Apr: Barking, Essex, UK. CUSTODIO ANTHONY HERMAN COUTINHO (NEWTON). Born 1952. Born: 15.06.1952. Loving son of Late Cosmas and Late Eliza Coutinho. Beloved husband of Lorraine. Ever-loving father of Casson and Craig. Brother/Brother-in-law of Sallnas / Vitoria, Sybil/Late Ernesto, Rommel/Elizabeth and Freeda/Late Florence. Brother-law of Rudolph/Aonida, Philomena/Late Cyril, Vina/Luis, Candida/Menino, Audrey/Late Marshall, Late Jack and John/Sarita. Loved by his nieces and nephews. Passed away peacefully on 16.04.2021 and final rites will be held in the United Kingdom. Photo. click here.

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COVID News In Brief

Video: 16 Apr: Goa 365 TV. Goa reported a whopping 927 covid-19 cases in a record breaking surge on Friday. The tests for covid-19 conducted in last 24 hours were 3189. With this total tally of cases have reached 65,499. Active cases are 6321 as there are complaints that hospitals have run out of beds for serious cases. The death toll is also rising. On Friday, 6 persons succumbed to covid-19 infection, taking total death toll to 868…  For further details click here
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Nightlife, life, livelihoods: The right choices Goans must make

17 Apr: Herald. The cases are increasing and a politician in the opposition has requested that nightlife in the state be stopped. This is an important part of the attraction of the state. Members of the hospitality industry expressed varying positions. The numbers are rather. distressing. They seem to be climbing higher every day without fail in Goa. And still there seems to be no steps put in place to ensure testing and vaccinations are conducted in a more aggressive manner. Concerned by the state of affairs, the Congress MLA Reginaldo Lourenco appealed to the government to stop all nightlife in the state. He also asked as to what was the reason parties were being allowed in the night without anyone paying heed to social distancing. A valid point undoubtedly but what did the members of the hospitality industry have to say about it…  For further details click here

Sorry the taxi lobby and their political patrons: You don’t get what Goa needs

17 Apr: Herald. By Sujay Gupta. … The tourists who come to Goa have been literally left on the highway as the taxi lobby, dipped in politics and fuelled by politicians, has gone on an indefinite strike. The reasons are piquant. They want a legally established app-based service out. On what grounds? Simply a big fat whim that GoaMiles, the app-based taxi service, is taking away their livelihood and causing them a great injustice… the taxi lobby, are beyond unjustified. They are bizarre, myopic and against real Goan interests… There should be no further negotiation and talks. The taxi lobby should first fall in line and cooperate to get digital meters installed and join the mainstream of healthy competition with full freedom to join the app-based universe… 1062 words.  For further details click here

Does Your Coffee Really Need Hot Sauce? Either Way, There’s Ujjo

14 Apr: Sprudge, Portland OR, USA. By Zac Cadwalader. Have you ever been drinking your coffee in the morning and thought, “You know what this needs? A couple of Scovilles.” We now have Ujjo, “the first hot sauce for coffee,” and it’s live on Kickstarter now… Ujjo, which means “fire” in Konkani, has reimagined what a hot sauce could be in order to make it more agreeable with your morning cuppa… Ujjo provides a “tingly” heat thanks to a proprietary blend of chilis that “won’t make the last few sips of your drink feel like torture.” … Ujjo has two flavor options: the Dark Roast Blend and the Light Roast Blend… For as little as $22, you can get yourself a 5oz bottle of both the Dark Roast Blend and Light Roast Blend…  For further details click here
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Plea in High Court seeks to establish NRI Commission at national level

16 Apr: Hindustan Times. A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court on Friday seeking to establish a Non-Resident Indians Commission (NRI Commission) at the national level to address the concerns of Indians living outside the country. The PIL was filed by Anisur Rehman and in his PIL, said he wants to protect the fundamental right of NRIs guaranteed under the Constitution of India and has therefore urged the court to issue direction to the Centre to consider his representation and take appropriate action on the same. He said that there are millions of Indian expatriates who are living in labour camps and other deplorable areas for better lives for their families in India… The petitioner apprised the court that so far only three state governments--Punjab, Kerala and Goa have constituted an NRI Commission…  For further details click here
16 Apr: Indian Panorama. Diaspora Welcomes Modi Government’s Simplificationof OCI Cards Re-issue Process …  click here

Young, Female And Fighting For India's Forests

16 Apr: Barron’s (USA). Neola Sybil Pereira dances with other activists during a flashmob in Goa, where a growing, youth-led environmental movement is rattling Indian authorities. Fronted by a 20-year-old in pigtails, the dancing flash mob swings into action, campaigning to save a threatened wildlife reserve -- part of a growing, youth-led environmental movement rattling Indian authorities. The battle between the state and environmental activists is not new in India, where impoverished tribal communities have long complained of being displaced in the pursuit of economic growth. But it has rarely been fought by young women like Neola Pereira, who turns up at protests dressed in skinny jeans, fluent in internet-speak, and ready to dance… Pereira has campaigned for months to stop a government plan to expand train tracks, widen a highway and build an electricity transmission line that will slice through Mollem National Park -- home to endangered tigers and other big cats… 868 words.  For further details click here

Meet Goans who have gone indie with their fashion lines

16 Apr: Times of India. Young artists and creative souls are starting their own unique clothing brands, mostly online, or by selling at night markets and pop ups. From organic printed shirts to hand-painted denims, here are a few Goan artists you need to look out for: Lianne Texeira Feisty Lu, Sells on: Website and Instagram shop … Rea Burman and Anant Shirodkar Notag, Sells at: Escobar, OMO and Clay Co-working Café … Siddharth Kerkar Sells on: Online, Museum of Goa and COMO Collective … Lana Sophia De Souza And Rosanna DSouza Ananas, Sells at: Thalassa … Tanvi Prabhu Studio |T, Sells on: Instagram … Syloni Fernandes And Shruti Haldankar Irah, Sells on: Instagram …  For further details click here

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Shelton Goes Solo

Shelton is a household name in Goa, as a performer and teacher of music. After
decades of performances around the globe he is now in London, set to get your
party rocking.
Tel. +447 49497 8844

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

Nestled in the beautiful village of Moira, '7 Short 1 Long' invites you to abandon
the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Visit Africa Safaris

A family-run safari and travel business specializing in East Africa, managed by Heather-Gail de Souza, daughter of the legendary late Lewis and late Antoinette de Souza. The Company has 36 years' experience of Safaris and Travel in East Africa. For a video link, click here. For the Company website, click here To contact Heather-Gail, email:
Mobile: +254 725860439

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

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A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

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Goa Holiday Homes

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