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Funeral details: Dora (Rosy) De Souza
7 Aug. London. DORA (ROSY) DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Brook House Nursing Home in Wembley. Sister of Antoinette De Souza and late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD). Funeral service at Our Lady of the Visitation Church (358 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 9AN) on Friday 29 August 2014 at 1.00pm followed by cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, (Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ) No floral tributes but donations in lieu can be made to the Goan Welfare Society (17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA). For further information and arrangements for a minibus service contact Flavio Gracias (Telephone 020 8723 1322, or to email:  email

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Canada: Ivor Carvalho Award

Aug 2014: Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. … The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or an organization that strives to change the system in the best interests of immigrants. Ivor Carvalho was fully involved in eradicating socio-economic barriers for new immigrants, and ensuring that they enjoyed the same rights as all other Canadians. An eloquent writer, a dedicated activist, and the very epitome of Canadian values, his life however was tragically cut short in 2012, in Montréal, when he passed away…[Alert by Brendan Abreu via Goans Tanzanite]  click here
For the Ivor Carvalho Award nomination form,  click here
Ivor Aires Carvalho was the founder of Going Global – Canadian Immigration Consultants. He himself moved to Canada in 1991 from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania where he was born. He died in Brampton on 31 Oct. 2012

New law to curb illegalities in medical practice: Health Minister
19 Aug: Navhind Times. Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that all the illegalities prevalent in medical practice in the state, including fly-by-night dentists would be brought under control, once the Clinical Establishment Bill is introduced and passed in the state legislative assembly.,, “The implementation of the new health-related legislation will also keep a watch on the outside doctors and dentists practising in Goa during peak tourist season, maintain a vigil over government doctors carrying out private practice, and take action against quacks,” he pointed out …  click here

Diandra Soares: My dad is from Mangalore and my mom is from Goa … I consider myself a ManGo!

19 Aug: The Hindu. Twenty-two tattoos, a shaved head, dusky looks, a “you only live once attitude”, and a tongue that speaks the acerbic mind. Diandra Soares can be a mouthful. She created history, not once, but thrice, each time she shaved her head, starting way back in 1999. You don’t need to hide behind your hair, believes Diandra, a former Miss Bombay… I have 22 tattoos … Some tattoos were done in London, some in Goa and Bombay and some by a French artist… 1027 words.  click here
For more photographs of Diandra Soares,  click here
For her Wikipedia profile, click here.

Nigerian headed to India dies showing Ebola symptoms
19 Aug: IANS. A 35-year-old Nigerian woman, travelling from Nigeria to India for cancer treatment, has died in the UAE after showing symptoms similar to those of deadly Ebola virus, health authorities said on Sunday. During her transit phase at Abu Dhabi international airport, the patient's health deteriorated and despite prompt medical assistance she could not be successfully resuscitated … The woman showed signs "that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection", although her existing medical condition provided an adequate medical explanation, it added…  click here

Ola Cabs: Shifting gears

Ola cabs first made its foray into Goa in December 2013, there was widespread agitations by taxi unions and they were given the boot by the state government … However they are operating under the radar by handling bookings via internet and at their Mumbai call centre, They charge Rs250 for the first 6km, and Rs15 per additional km… 2153 words.  click here
Goa’s taxi operators: The wind beneath their wings 19 Aug: Times of India. Views of Churchill Alemao; Caetano Silva; Michael Lobo; Francis Silva; Jeorge Fernandes; Sunil Francis; Siddharth Kumar … 1764 words.  click here

Government for strict regulation of spas and massage parlours
19 Aug: Herald. In an effort to tighten the noose around illegal massage parlours and spas operating in the State, the government intends to impose a penalty of Rs 20,000 on nonregistered outlets and a fine of Rs 5,000 on masseurs and therapists caught working without valid registration certificate. It also proposed to have a medical fitness certificate issued by the government hospital mandatory…  click here

Video: Goa Mining Lease Renewal Boost

19 Aug. Bloomberg TV. Mining sector in Goa has got a big relief as the Chief Minister of the state Manohar Parrikar (photo), has said that he will be granting leases to the deemed mining lease holders shortly. With this close to 27 mines, including those owned by Sesa Sterlite are likely to resume operations in the next few months. 2m.09s.  click here

Tiatr: a cultural garbage disposal plant for Goa?
19 Aug: Herald. By Teotonio R. de Souza. Among non-ending political debates that characterize Goan political scenario, there is one about garbage disposal plant. Currently more emotionally loaded debates are about Sri Ram Sene’s threat to set up its base of activities in Goa … It looks as if the SRS is a self-invited, self-qualified and self-authorized agency that wishes to clean Goa from cultural pollution, a sort of cultural garbage disposal plant… 881 words.  click here

Goa's ghumot percussion instrument set for makeover

19 Aug: IANS. Whether the purists like it or not, the ghumot, one of Goa`s unique and indigenous percussion instruments that is an essential part of the Ganesh Chaturthi aartis, is heading for a makeover…What makes the ghumot unique, however, is the tough hide of the monitor lizard stretched across the face of the specially designed clay pot. And unfortunately it is this USP that had been driving it towards extinction…  click here

Govt assures subsidised fish vending stalls from Oct
19 Aug: Herald. Following repeated demands from several legislators to ensure that fish which is presently sold at exorbitant prices is made available at subsidized rates, Goa government has assured that it would find a solution to the issue as it has already procured five stalls to sell fish at affordable price from October…  click here

Recipes: Goan Crab Curry and Goan Fisherman's Soup

18 Aug: Flavors of Mumbai. Classic Goan Crab Curry! “This curry is amazing in taste that too without coconut. The dark orange color curry with a great aroma. I feel right now to dip bread into this curry and eat….The crucial part of crabs is breaking them alive” …  click here
Video: Recipe: Goan Fisherman's Soup. 19Aug: Yahoo. 'Yahoo brings Vikas @ Home' is a brand new 52-week video series from Yahoo Lifestyle Cuisine… Nowhere will you get better seafood than in the coastal state of Goa. And this seafood soup is an entire meal if you add some rice to it, or eat it with bread on the side…4m. 28s.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
20 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.4. Min = 24.7. Rainfall: 0.6 mm
For the Hourly Weather Forecast for Goa including weather conditions, precipitation, dew point, humidity, wind. click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.88; $ = 60.71; $Can = 55.49; Euro = 80.87; $Aus= 55.49.



Death: Olga D’Souza
16 Aug: Karachi. OLGA D'SOUZA. Ex Canada. Wife of Sylvester, beloved mother of Johnnie, Fidelis and Freddy, sister of Johnnie Dsouza (Goa), Philomena/Joseph Gois (San Francisco) and sister-in-law of Martha D'Souza of Anthonian Apartments, Cantt.). Funeral to be notified later. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Free Event: The London Mela on Sun. 31 Aug.

31 Aug: 1pm to 9 pm. The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival - returns to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, on Sunday 31 August for a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. Over 80,000 people enjoyed last year’s creative triumph and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever with nine zones… Featuring a huge variety of artists from around the world as well as a plethora of homegrown acts, the London Mela truly has something for everyone… London Mela 2014 Promo film …
Video: Watch the highlights from last year’s event 3m. 16s.  click here

Govt to tackle dual nationality issue by Sept
19 Aug: Times of India. The state government will take up the issue of dual nationality vis-a-vis the possession of Portuguese passports by Goans with the Union home minister next month, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the legislative assembly on Monday… A large number of government servants in Goa are also believed to be holding Portuguese passports, thereby making them Portuguese nationals… 584 words.  click here

Monarch Airlines to cut 1,000 jobs and axe charter services to Goa

18 Aug: The Guardian (UK). British holiday airline operator Monarch Group is to shed 1,000 jobs, cutting the airline's workforce by a third by closing its charter operations and reinvent itself as a scheduled European budget airline… It said it would move to scheduled-only flying from summer 2015, with scheduled only flights already accounting for 85% of its operations. Its charter operations include some long-haul flights to Florida and the Caribbean as well as Goa and Gambia…  click here

'Blackmailing' activists targeting VIPs, high court judge: Goa CM
18 Aug: IANS. Some activists with "highly questionable" motives are "blackmailing and witch-hunting" people in high places and are levelling false allegations against a high court judge, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Monday… "It is also observed that some of the activists whose antecedents and motives are highly questionable are blackmailing and witch-hunting, by filing false cases against persons occupying high positions, merely to embarrass them or to blackmail them," Parrikar said, adding that the government had taken a "serious note" of this and that appropriate corrective measures in this regard were being taken…  click here

MLAs spent Rs 48L on match tickets, splurged Rs 7.65L on sightseeing in Brazil

19 Aug: Times of India. Everyone knows that the visit of the four Goan MLAs to Brazil for the Fifa World Cup 2014 did not come cheap… According to the bill, Rs 48,12,550 was spent on match tickets alone… While the quarterfinal tickets cost USD 2,550 (approximately Rs 1,53,000) for each game, tickets for the two semifinals at Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo cost USD 4,200 (approximately Rs 2,52,000) each… Tickets for the final were sold out before the state government could get in touch with the agency … Other expenses include air tickets (Rs 6.64 lakh), hotels (Rs 6.62 lakh), domestic tickets (Rs 6.26 lakh) and service tax (Rs 7.60 lakh)…  click here

Fine, jail for failure to segregate waste
19 Aug: Times of India. Those who are not segregating and storing the biodegradable garbage may land in jail or have to pay a fine of up to Rs. 25,000 as the state government has introduced the Goa Non-biodegradable Garbage (control) (third amendment) Bill, 2014. The bill says that it is the duty of the owner and occupier to collect and segregate the non-biodegradable garbage generated within their place and store securely until it is handed over to the local authority…  click here

Muscat Goan bags title at ‘Goencho Avaz’

19 Aug: Times of Oman. At the recently held 'Goencho Avaz', an all Goa Konkani solo and duet singing competition, organised by Herald Group and State Bank of India, Scully D'souza, based in Muscat and a student of Indian School, Muscat (ISM) bagged the second runner-up title in the solo category witnessed by a jam-packed audience at the Dinanath Mangesh Hall (Kala Academy) in Panaji, Goa recently. Adding to this latest achievement, Scully was recently declared the second runner-up at the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the Goan Committee of Oman, held at the Aviation Club, Muscat…  click here

Editorial: A Private View
18 Aug: The Telegraph. To make bigoted prudery sound like economic pragmatism requires a particular kind of mindless cunning. A senior minister in the Goa’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had declared about a month ago that women going to pubs in short skirts, or to the beach in bikinis, were an insult to that fantastical one-horned creature called Indian Culture that the Hindu Right exists to cherish and protect … The wearisome regularity with which men in a certain kind of power express their concern for “Indian culture” through a wish to regulate women’s behaviour, attire and access to public spaces might deflect attention away from the primal aggressiveness on which such attitudes and articulations are founded …  click here

Goa: Rabies Infected Dog Bites 25 People in Village

18 Aug: NDTV. At least 25 people were bitten by a rabies-infected dog at South Goa's Cansaulim village following which they were hospitalised, sources said today. The incident occurred last evening when the stray dog went on rampage, biting passers-by. The canine was later killed by villagers…  click here
Video: Dog with suspected rabies on Anjuna beach Goa 17 Aug: Tharobstervideo. Dog with suspected rabies on Anjuna beach, frothing and snarling for 2 days till it got taken away to the Mission Rabies team in Goa … 3m. 26s.  click here

Lower judiciary in Goa paying scant regard to law: Parrikar
18 Aug: Free Press Journal. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today alleged in the state Legislative Assembly that the lower judiciary in the state was paying scant regard to the provisions of law. “It is disturbing that in disregard to the provisions of law which have been held to be mandatory and in sheer disregard to the judgements of the High Court/Supreme Court, some orders are passed, paying scant regard to the provisions of the law,” Parrikar said while responding to a calling attention motion moved in the House. “My government cannot countenance such a position and would not be a mute spectator to such illegality,” he added...  click here

Shop From Home:, Goa’s first online supermarket portal

16 Aug: The Goan. Aiming to introduce the best shopping experience on the internet, Urban Ration currently has 1000 registered customers and 3500 plus products of reputed and branded companies on their list with 10-15 new products getting added each day… free home delivery offer for goods ordered above Rs 500. If the order is less than Rs 500 the customer has to pay Rs 50 … The store has everything from groceries to dairy products, fruits, vegetables, consumer durables, cosmetics, bread, snacks and chocolates, flour, spices, frozen foods like meat and fish, canned products, pet food, beverages, oils and toiletries… /  click here
For the Urban Ration website,  click here

Goa doctor shows the way for free dialysis
18 Aug: Deccan Herald. A Goa-based doctor, who provides dialysis treatment to kidney patients almost for free has approached the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre for replicating his model in hospitals across the country for the benefit of the poor… Dr R Venkatesh filed a PIL to highlight the positive effects of his project… He said private hospitals subverted a 2007 government scheme on medical claim and earned Rs 7.42 cr in 2010-11, 12.06 cr and 10.14 cr in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively…  click here



Death: Brigadier Terence Baretto
18 Aug: Times of India. Terence Baretto, 94, perhaps the last surviving World War II veteran from Nagpur, passed away on Saturday and was cremated with military honours on Sunday, in keeping with his wishes for this 'eco-friendly' funeral. He had joined the British Indian Army, as an officer in the Corps of Signals. However, much to the chagrin of his British bosses, he used to sign off letters and telegrams with a 'Jai Hind', recalls his brother, Wing Commander Cecil Baretto (retd), 92, who now lives in Goa… 551 words.  For further details click here

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London: Free Event: Celebrate Indian Independence day on 24 Aug. 2014.

From Ravi Vaz, President of the G.O.A. (UK): 'SHINE', one of the leading Goan bands from Swindon is to perform at the Indian Independence day Celebration in London. A gala event is being held on Sunday, 24th August, 2014 to celebrate India's Independence Day. All Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India are welcome to participate in the festivities which will commence at 1100 hours at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth TW7 4NQ (Opp. Osterley Tube Station). Flag hoisting will be at 1100 hrs followed by National Anthem. The event will also include cultural programmes, food stalls offering cuisines from different regions of India and a raffle draw with attractive prizes. Please come and join with your friends and family. The Entry is FREE. For further details of the event and location,  click here
Video: Shine performs for Goa Day 2014 in London singing "SHAPAYA". Viriato Audio Visual. 3m. 18s.  click here

E-tracing your roots
17 Aug: Herald. Though the internet is making it easier to trace one’s ancestry, there are pitfalls one should be aware of, reports Diana Fernandes. An increasing number of Goans are investing their time into building their family trees online. Some use a free software programme called Gramps - short for Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System… Another popular software tool is Legacy Standard. Apart from standalone programmes, there are the online websites dedicated to genealogy including ancestry. com, geni. com, myheritage. com and … An interesting feature that is gaining ground with genealogy sites, however, is tracing ancestry through DNA. … Social networking site Facebook is also being used to a large extent to learn of family histories and relations.  click here

Toronto: Goan Overseas Association celebrate World Goa Day

From Veda Abreu, President, Toronto Goan Overseas Association: The beautiful Bronte Creek Park in Oakville was the setting for a celebration of World Goa Day by The Toronto Goan Overseas Association, celebrated on Aug 9th, 2014. It was a picture perfect day where young families, seniors and young adults got to mix and mingle, play games, picnic on sausage pao, snack boxes or picnic lunches. Vendors were on hand for those who did not want to carry a packed lunch. Dancing in the park to the fabulous sounds of the GOA Amigos, was one of the high-lights of the day. There was a visit to the animal farm, kite flying, balloon toss, egg and spoon races, cards for adults, dodge ball and much much more. Special thanks to the numerous volunteers and The Toronto Goan Overseas Association Committee members for the hard work and dedication to make this event one to remember. For the album of 19 photographs of the event, /  click here

Large mackerel, solar shrimp catch brings joy to Canacona fishermen
18 Aug: Herald. After initial disappointment, fishermen in Canacona found their fishing nets full with mackerels and the most prized catch of solar shrimps… one could buy as many as 20 bigger sized mackerels for Rs 100… Solar shrimps were priced at Rs 160 to Rs 200 a kg.  click here
Waiting for bumper fish catch 18 Aug: Navhind Times. The fishing season made a delayed start this year and hopes remain of a generous catch. In the long run, however, fishing continues to be in troubled waters, with ineffective policy doing little to raise the level of activity … /  click here

Ramona Braganza: Just training Wolverine

17 Aug: Times of India. … the age-defying 52-year-old of Goan origin shares her views on fitness for the Indian body type, Braganza says, "The Indian woman and man have some genetic issues to confront on a daily basis… Born to Goan parents in Germany, Braganza says her parents Lucy and Oscar kept Goa alive within her. "Mom makes caldinha and sings Konkani songs … She attributes her successful career to her supportive parents. “India, particularly Goa, has an incredible history, charm, exotic beauty, laid back culture, interesting people and places I want to know more about," Braganza concludes. 713 words.  click here
Canada: New challenges fuel Ramona Braganza 16 Aug: Brockville Recorder (Ont. Canada). … The Brockville native and renowned fitness trainer has her hand in several different ventures these days … Braganza’s parents came to Canada from India in their late 20s …  click here
Ramona traces her Goan roots to Mapuca (father) and Tivim (mother). Her parents now live in Brockville; her brother, Brian, in Nova Scotia. For the Ramona Braganza website, click here.

Italian Pasta with a Goan Twist!
17 Aug: Herald. If it’s pasta, it must be from Italy! But the locally manufactured ‘Buona Pasta’ (which incidentally is also one of the few in India) has been catering to the growing ‘pasta’ palate in Goa, making it not only more accessible, but affordable to the average Goan. “Pasta is a growing culinary trend in the world today … Goa particularly is exposed to a lot of international cuisine and people are keen to experiment,” explains owner, Chef Marlon Lobo whose tryst with Italian food commenced during his jaunt with MSC cruises in Italy… 600 words.  click here

Washington Post (Sunday Magazine) on St Francis Xavier – facsimile edition

17 Aug: Each morning, buses and auto-rickshaws heave tourists away from the sugar-soft beaches of India’s Goa state and inland toward Old Goa — the city that was once the seat of Portugal’s eastern empire and that’s still home to more than a dozen Catholic churches, chapels and convents. They’re so close to one another that you could see the lot in one day… Part 1: All that Remains.  click here
Part 2: The Unifying Power of Goa’s Saint Francis.  click here

Seniors cry neglect by govt
17 Aug: Herald. Senior Citizens under the banner of Forum of Senior Citizens of India have cried foul over the neglect and apathy of elders by the State government. The panel has charged the government for its neglect and failure to implement the Action Plan for the protection of life and property of the senior citizens …  click here

Tiatr, Muthalik and the right wing endgame

17 Aug: Herald. A Debate. The panellists: Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson Hindu Janajagruti Samiti; Gangadhar Kulkarni, SRS organizing secretary; Karnataka Prabhakar Timble, Political Commentator; and Columnist Francis Fernandes, aka Francis de Tuem, tiatrist This discussion was conducted for HCN by Sujay Gupta …  click here

Saying ‘I Do’ in Goa
17 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa seems to be on the minds of young couples planning to get married … Apart from being naturally appealing with its sea and sand effect, Goa provides all the required wedding services in abundance and at affordable prices. It also provides options related to accommodation and venues. It also has resorts that provide world standard wedding services. All of these points clubbed make Goa one of the best wedding destinations in the world… 1361 words.  click here


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Swindon: Richey Afonso, 19, admits he had sex with a child

16 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. Richey Afonso, 19, of Medgbury Road, Swindon, has admitted two counts of sexual offences with a girl under the age of 16 after skipping police bail… Afonso attended the hearing with his two sisters on either arm, and spoke only to confirm his pleas to each of the counts… Afonso had been sought by police in May of this year after failing to answer his bail. He had been arrested and was due to attend a hearing on May 15 but never arrived. Police put out an appeal to trace the Swindon-based Goan after efforts to locate him had failed… Afonso will be recalled to court on September 11 when he will be sentenced and could face a substantial jail term. 432 words.  click here

Lisbon streets
16 Aug: The Goan. By Constantino Xavier. In the summer of 1999 I worked as an ad-boy for a major pizza chain, inundating unsuspecting mailboxes across Lisbon with their bright-red promotional menus. It was a traumatising experience, many chasing me away with racist insults or dogs, or both. In the process, however, walking up and down Lisbon’s streets, I discovered how much of the city’s toponymy is linked to Goa, reflecting centuries of close colonial ties… Avenida Prof. Gama Pinto… Maternidade Alfredo da Costa … Avenida Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes … Rua Dr. Silva Teles … Rua Agostinho Lourenço … Rua Professor Ayres de Sousa … two other streets named after Cristovão Aires and Moniz Barreto… A little square dedicated to Monsenhor Rodolfo Dalgado … Abade Faria Road … 694 words…  click here

The UK Goan Festival

16 Aug: The Goan. By Mohan Luthra. A London mela that’s evolving into a distinct national event … The Goan community which has been growing significantly since the eighties, has developed a good a partnership with the local Cranford Community College which provides a huge ground for many stalls and other amenities. This year, the venue played host to a grand event held on July 27, which brought together Goans and their friends from all over the UK, and to some extent, people from abroad .There were at least a dozen coaches parked with people arriving from Goan community strongholds such as Swindon, Leicester, Southampton, Manchester and afar in the UK. The UK Goan Festival attracts Goans and their friends on a local, regional, national and international basis. A real sense of community spirit was evident when one realises the distances travelled to attend this annual event… The revellers danced the day away in the glorious sunshine, well-buoyed by disciplined and joyful drinking. One of the bar stalls even provided a 'taste' of Goa by way of feni; Goa's famous liquor…  click here

Is the government serious about protecting the Western Ghats?
16 Aug: Times of India. By S Subramanian retd principal scientist, ICAR: I don't think the government is serious about protecting the Western Ghats. It has shown very little interest in ensuring that our forest acts protect our environment. It has been dilly dallying about protecting land, forests and even preventing illegal mining. After asking state scientist Madhav Gadgil to write a report, his report has not been implemented…  click here

Want to wear a bikini? Pay 24 Euro

16 Aug: Il Messaggero (Italy). Three million tourists visit Goa, mostly young people European countries and Russia. A local MP has proposed to ban the bikini in public areas because it is "contrary to Indian culture” but to allow it on private beaches on payment of 1,000-2,000 rupees… In many areas of the coast tourists practice naturism and also go topless so much so that five years ago the Goa govt. prohibited "driving scooter by women with bare breasts." … Most of the Indian women swim with the sari or the salwar kameez …Machine translation.  click here
Video: From 'Bikini ban' to 'Bikini beach'. 16 Aug: TimesNowTV. 6m. 29s.  click here
Wearing bikinis impedes India's becoming superpower: Goa MLA. 16 Aug: Business Standard. click here.

594 cases of drunken driving booked in 26 days
17 Aug: Herald. After the devastating late-night accident caused due to drunk driving in the capital city by a woman driver in July, the traffic department in a special night drive during the last 26 days has booked 594 cases of drunken driving…  click here

Cliff Richard's family break silence on child sex abuse allegations

16 Aug: Daily Mirror (UK). Cousin Garth Gregory called Thursday's police raid on the singer’s Berkshire home a “witchhunt” and loyal niece Linzi Jolin sent him a touching message of support …  click here
Cliff Richard: the Goan Connection. 1 Nov. 2011. The Daily Mail (UK). Sir Cliff Richard announced that his grandfather was a bigamist… his greatgreat grandmother, Emeline Josephine Rebeiro, was the daughter of a Goan, Vitriaus Rebeiro. 1496 words + photos.  click here

Goan doctors join hands to set up multi-speciality hospital
16 Aug: Navhind Times. If things go on schedule, Goa will soon have a new multi-speciality hospital … prominent medical practitioners announced a new 210-bed, super-speciality hospital project, Healthway Hospitals at Kadamba plateau, costing Rs 170 crore that is being promoted by 33 members of the medical fraternity from North Goa… Dr Virendra Gaonkar, Dr Rajiv Usgaonkar, Dr Bossuet Afonso, Dr Steven Dias and Dr Shivanand Gauns are members of the main team who were the initiators of the idea …  click here

UK: Professor Susan Rodrigues: Grant Winner

7 Aug: Times Higher Education Supplement. Winner: Susan Rodrigues, Liverpool Hope University. Value: £90,000. Digital access to science learning resources. This project aims to make science research more accessible to student teachers by developing web apps and vodcasts (video podcasts)… “The Primary Science Teaching Trust has lots of materials available to teachers, but it’s hard to find stuff if you don’t know what you don’t know,” said Susan Rodrigues. “We’ll be working to develop an app to let people search by preference rather than by specific keywords…  click here
Prof Susan Rodrigues was born in Kampala, the daughter of Blanche and Ferdinand Rodrigues, sister of Desmond, Malcolm and Celia. For her Goan Voice profile,  click here

Video: Reversing India's falling tourism numbers
15 Aug: Herald. India relies on tourism for around 7% of its economy, and yet visitor numbers have dropped sharply over the past years… Shilpa Kannan reports on challenges facing India in encouraging tourism…  click here

New Orleans Family Court judge, Bernadette D'Souza, draws potential challenger

15 Aug: Bernadette D'Souza, elected in 2012 to the Civil District Court to permanently handle divorces, custody cases and other family law disputes, is seeking reelection to her first six-year term. But lawyer Taetrece Harrison hopes to unseat her this fall… D'Souza took the bench in March 2012 after her two opponents withdrew before a special election…  click here
Quepem-born Bernadette grew up in Mumbai, went to the US in 1978. Her husband, Terence is a neurologist in New Orleans. They have a daughter, Natasha.  click here

Editorial: Paying tourists to come to Goa is cheaper than tourism junkets
16 Aug: Herald. With the amount of time and money the frequent fliers of the tourism department and its allied agencies, are scheduled to spend at our cost, in the coming financial year; paying tourists to come to Goa is cheaper. According to reliable information from the insides of the department as well as from sources linked to the department, the big fat tourism junket is moving to Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Korea, Australia and on and on…  click here


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Goans of the World Unite

16 Aug: The Goan. Started by the World Alliance of Goan Associations, World Goa Day celebrated on August 20 every year is an opportunity for Goans the world over to celebrate their culture and heritage Goans of the world unite … the very first World Goa Day was celebrated in the year 2000 with the intention of celebrating everything that is uniquely Goan. Since then, every August there are celebrations the world over, organized by the various local Goan Associations, celebrations which may be as small as a picnic, or as large as a festival. Rene Barreto who has been actively promoting World Goa Day globally since its inception in 2000, feels that the only way World Goa Day can truly be a success, is if all the associations work together…  click here

Where is Goa in India’s internet Big Bang?
16 Aug: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … There are unique efforts, such as the spirited, 365-days-a-year digital cataloguing of all aspects of Goan culture by the purposefully anonymous JoeGoaUK, who uses networks like Goanet, and archival sites like Flickr and Youtube to terrific effect. But as the record of every other place indicates, the winners of India's race to capitalize on the internet will bank on much more than just good intentions, talent and energy. It takes an ecosystem of infrastructure and networks to succeed. Here, despite every advantage, Goa lags…  click here

In Old Goa, a saint’s relics raise mysterious questions

17 Aug: Washington Post (Sunday Magazine Section). By Steve Vickers. … The Basílica do Bom Jesus is often filled to bursting to catch a glimpse of a corpse which still has flesh on the bones… in 1553, when the body eventually arrived there, Old Goa was as big and as busy as London… For many Goans, there’s no question: This is the miraculously well-preserved body of Saint Francis Xavier … But even he has his fair share of detractors. Modern scholars have described him as a misogynist and a racist. Others accuse him of ushering in a bloody inquisition that led to the widespread destruction of temples and the torture of non-believers … And then there are those who say that the remains aren’t really those of the saint at all. One theory doing the rounds is that the bones belong to a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. Supporters of that theory want a DNA test to prove that the body is that of an Asian, not a European… 1593 words.  click here

Taxis: Taken for a ride
16 Aug: Times of India. Few things bring more disappointment and frustration than the ruin of a well-deserved holiday, and more often than not, tourists visiting Goa have a nasty taxi experience to blame for wrecking their stay in India's coastal paradise. The state government seems to be fighting a losing battle with the taxi mafia, as cabbies continue to fleece customers, wage territorial battles against each other and squeeze commissions out of the rest of the industry… 1695 words.  click here

Mumbai: Jer Mahal: Through the looking glass

15 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Jer Mahal has straddled Kalbadevi Road and JSS Road in chaotic Dhobi Talao for more than a century… In spite of its sagging condition today, Jer Mahal is packed cheek-by-jowl with shops. Its ground floor is awash with hoary Mumbai institutions: Kyani's Irani cafe, L.M. Furtado's music store, Bombay Sports. Perched on the upper floors are a handful of Goan kudds (clubs). These cheap boarding houses were set up a century ago by Goa residents for young men who came from villages to Mumbai in search of jobs… Today, this Grade III heritage structure is being threatened by demolition. With many of Mumbai's old structures tottering on the brink of destruction, can the city's history survive yet another hammering? ...  click here

Seattle: This week in restaurant openings and closings
15 Aug: Seattle Refined. Vittles Neighborhood Bar & Bistro. Now open in Belltown, Vittles touts comfort food with French, Italian, Goan and Portuguese influences. Owners Darlene Boline and Cajetan Mendonca opened Vittles together after being neighbors (with separate food establishments) in Pike Place Market.  click here
Cajetan Mendonca previously ran the Saffron Spice restaurant in Seattle. For the Vittles website,  click here

Goa, before and after

15 Aug: Le Monde (France). By Marie Godfrain. After Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule fifty years ago, dozens of hippies begin to live naked under coconut trees. The community experimented with LSD and marijuana …. Today the Full Moon Parties are still the rage… 2 million tourists annually pounding on Goan beaches – mostly Indians but also Russians, Germans, French and Israelis … Recently, two local ministers have called for banning bikinis and short dresses throughout the state …  click here
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Wow! Govt plans ‘ Genting Island’ for Goa
15 Aug: Herald. Goa government has announced plans to develop Goa’s first theme park near Mayem Lake, on the lines of Genting Island, Malaysia. Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar informed the Goa Assembly that the proposed concept also includes nature park and fivestar hotel besides the lake area, beautification and upgradation of the promenade … Opposition Leader Pratapsing Rane cautioned the govt that Genting island is known for gambling …  click here

Eleanor Viegas: Under the ‘banyan tree’ at the peace cottage

16 Aug: The Goan. At Peace Cottage, a centre for reflection, music and art, Eleanor Viegas hosts a community project – The Banyan Tree – and gives a call to the women from Goa and their global counterparts … Living in her late husband’s, Nuno Viegas’ ancestral homeland, Eleanor’s eternal search for peace seems to see the light of the day. Leaving her roots in the faraway UK, she has warmly embraced Goa as her permanent home and is active in a variety of art-based community projects for over a decade… 1337 words.  click here
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Now, MLA wants a ‘bikini beach’
15 Aug: Herald. A month after the MGP’s Ramkrishna Sudin Dhavalikar said ‘off with bikinis,’ his Ponda MLA, Lavoo Mamledar, who is a former police officer, said that if tourism had to be promoted and is necessary, then there could be a bikini beach with entry fees. “A beach labelled as bikini beach could be created, if we really feel that bikinis will promote tourism in Goa. There can be an enclosure and an entry fee of Rs 1000 to 2,000 could be levied. This will not only increase tourism prospects but also generate revenue,” Mamledar opined…  click here

10 Best Goan Recipes

14 Aug: NDTV Cooks. Goan food is a reflection of its rich and diverse cultural heritage … A lot of Goan dishes like Prawn balchão and Sorpotel are well known and relished around the world… We've put together some excellent Goan recipes that you can whip up in your kitchen with great ease… Pork Vindaloo … Goan Prawn Curry ... Bebinca ... Rava Fried Fish … Mushroom and Potato Xacuti … Fish Reacheado … Chicken Xacuti … Chicken Cafreal … Pork Sorpotel … Goan Nevri …  click here

Rightwing groups file cases against Konkani theatre director
15 Aug: The Hindu. The raging controversy over freedom of expression through Konkani tiatr (musical drama) seems to be far from over as rightwing Hindu organisations continue to oppose staging of more shows of Akantvadi Goent Naka (Goa doesn’t need terrorists)…  click here
‘There should be no censorship on creative art’ 16 Aug: The Goan. Vishnu Wagh, the BJP MLA from St Andre, who is a writer and dramatist within his own right, defended the tiatr director’s right to expression and asked the politicians to be more accommodative to criticism…  click here


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New Event Announcement: Colva Union UK

Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus with holy mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Blue and Black Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 230 7139, Custodio 0203 5390 216, Rose 0208 6770 390, Alfie 0208 7640 353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer,  click here

Goa's 'Drug-Prone' Beach Villages Under Surveillance: Parrikar
13 Aug: New Indian Express. The "drug-prone" beach villages of Goa are being kept under surveillance "to create a strong deterrent impact against the drug activities" there, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday … He also said that bars, restaurants and shacks along the drug-prone coastal belt are subjected to surprise checks to keep tabs on possible drug trade, while a watch is also maintained on suspected drug dealers …  click here

Air India plans to extend Moscow-Delhi route to Goa

13 Aug: Russia and India Report. Buoyed by the good response to the Moscow-Delhi direct flight, Air India is planning to extend the service to the resort state of Goa, a senior official of India’s national carrier told RIR. “We would like to add Goa to the route in time for the tourist season in November,” the official said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media. Air India flies to Moscow airport four times a week … The Air India official added that the carrier may fly daily to Moscow during the tourist season once the Goa connection is finalised…  click here

Pre-audits to be conducted on foreign tours in future: Goa CM
15 Aug: Times of India. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that pre-audits would be conducted to avoid unwanted expenditure on foreign tours in future, after Independent MLA from Fatorda Vijai Sardesai came down heavily on the tourism minister Dilip Parulekar accusing the government for indulging in wasteful expenditure of public money on foreign junkets…  click here

Donald Trump seeks to invest in India

13 Aug: LiveMint. Trump is involved in two real estate projects—Trump Tower in Mumbai and luxury residential project in Pune … His first visit to India comes with all the theatrics that the man has come to represent—a venue swarming with security, an invitation with an undisclosed location, an elaborate breakfast followed by the entry of the Trump entourage and the man himself … He says he is looking at opportunities in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Goa…  click here

UK Goan Festival 2014: Photographs
14 Aug: Photos Courtesy Percy Ferrao and Francis Fernandes. 14m. 56s.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Summer Sizzler

Sun. 17 Aug. Goan Welfare Society Summer Sizzler at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow HA3 5BD from 1.30pm to 9pm. Music by the fabulous Raising Steam and DJ Kim. All proceeds to the Goan Welfare Society (Registered Charity No. 280542). Tickets: £15 each to include three course meal. Children under 10 - £8. Contact: Norma Menezes 020 8771 4457, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Ravi Vaz 07909 927539, Paul/Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Alfred/Anita Rebello 020 8337 8022, Dexter Botelho 07855 434300. For the flyer, click here.

Mon. 25 Aug. (Bank Holiday). CAG - Care for the Aged in Goa Family entertainment 2.30pm -7.30pm Langley Church Hall, Trelawney Road Slough SL3 7UD. Tickets include one raffle ticket. £10 adult, £5 aged 5-12 years. Under 5 free. Traditional Goan Folk music, sing-a-long, dancing to great music. Snacks, lunch, tea all included and much more. Dress: smart casual. Book early. Last year sell out! Information and tickets Pam phone: 0208 688 5159, email:

Sat, 6 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 7th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & 4 Top Goan DJs Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & DANDA COUSINS (Press Play). Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal.Tickets: Adult Early bird: £10 Under 16s £6 & Adult Standard £12. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London.For the flyer, click here

Mon. 8 Sep: 6.00pm. 21st Feast of Our Lady Of Vailankanni. Mass followed by healing, a Latin sung Litany in procession, ending with Fellowship. Venue: Goan Community Centre, Keston Rd., N17 6PW The Novena starts on Saturday 30th Aug and thereafter for 9 days at 6.30pm daily. You are welcome to bring Finger Food. Contact: 07961 044 079. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sat. 13 Sep. GOA Senior Citizens Trip to the seaside. Venue to be confirmed. Pick-up points, Greenford (Bridge Hotel bus stop), Tooting Broadway (Library) & Norbury BR Station. Tickets: Members £12, Non-members £15. Contacts: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 21 Sep. GOA Trook Tournament at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Entries close on 9/9/14. Draw at 11.30am. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Sept. St Jacinto Feast - At the Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PD. Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm
Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of "PRESS PLAY". Snacks and Lunch will be served. For details and tickets please
contact Agnelo: 07958504545/ Maria: 02089315185/ Clare: 02085782288/ Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022/ For the flyer, click here.

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Video: Raising Steam to perform at the Summer Sizzler on Sun. 17 Aug

After a grand opening performance at the UK Goan Festival in Cranford and after rocking the pubs in Bexley Heath, Denmark Street and Kilburn, Raising Steam is all set to sweep you off your feet for the final time this Summer at the GWS Summer Sizzler dance at the Harrow Leisure Centre on Sun. 17th August 2014 1:30 pm onwards. Don’t miss this grand finale. For the Flyer of the event  For further details click here
For a video clip (2m. 52s,) by Savio Pereira of Raising Steam performing at the UK Goan Festival on 27 July 2014,  For further details click here

Canada: Are we racist? Of course we are!
13 Aug: CanIndia News. The recent rally calling for unity against racism in Brampton has raised questions of the importance of race and ethnicity … the Indian race may find itself divided on the basis of regions people come from e.g. Goa, Punjab, Gujarat, etc. … As a Canadian my first loyalty is to Canada … I know many South Asians who live in Brampton and with neighbours of Indian origin. Having their “own” does seem to make them any happier, and the ethnicity comes into question. So it’s the Punjabis vs. Gujaratis vs. the Goans and what have you…  For further details click here

Christa D'Souza: Never The Bride

12 Aug: Vogue (UK). Christa D'Souza has been happily unmarried to her partner for 20 years. So how did she feel when he finally got down on one knee? She writes “… My lot are not good at marriage… our parents clearly regarded the whole thing as a charade. (They separated when I was four, divorced 13 years later, and when they remarried after nearly half a century it was to avoid death duties.) .. 930 words.  For further details click here
For the Christa D'Souza Goan Voice supplement,  For further details click here

No water, no work; GMC doctors go on strike
14 Aug: Herald. Close on the heels of State government employees giving a pen down notice on August 18 demanding wage parity, Goa Medical College and Hospital Resident doctors today threatened to go on an “indefinite strike”, alleging total apathy and lethargy on the part of the authorities. Doctors that spoke to Herald have alleged that there was no proper water supply for the past three months with water of questionable quality being supplied by tankers. And, for the past couple of days there was no water at all…  For further details click here

Muthalik vows he will begin activities in Goa by October

13 Aug: Navhind Times. Throwing down the gauntlet to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik on Tuesday said that nobody can stop him from entering Goa and asserted that he would definitely begin activities of his outfit in the coastal state…  For further details click here
13 Aug: Free Press Journal. Won’t allow Sri Ram Sene to work in Goa: Parrikar …  For further details click here

40 beaches to be cleaned at a cost of Rs 14 crore
13 Aug: Times of India. The tourism department has decided to clean all 40 beaches by adopting an integrated system comprising mechanical and manual means wherever necessary at a cost of 14 crore. There will be no machine cleaning initially and the task will begin with manual cleaning, alone, a tourism department official said…  For further details click here

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