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Sat. 11 Jun: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW. 6:30 p.m. prompt – 1 a.m. Dress Code: Strictly Formal – Bow Tie Essential. Colour Theme: Gold. Licensed Bar. Ticket includes pre-dinner drink and 3-course meal. G.O.A Members £35.00, Guests £50.00, Children (up to 12 years) £25. Table Bookings of 12 available. Hotel Accommodation Code available when registering. Further details from Chloé De-Mendonça - 020 8384 0272 / Marilou DeSouza - 020 8677 0390 / Neil De-Mendonca - 07960736052. For the application form, G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball 142 enlarge to

FemNet Issue 49, Apr, 2916 Out Now

April 2016. From Betsy Pinto-Nunes, Founder: We are delighted to present to our readers and subscribers our April Issue 49. We begin on a serious note with an article devoted to saving our Mother Earth by Bella Comelo. Nicola Coutinho then takes us on a train journey with unexpected consequences which make a tremendous impact on her journey through life. Shanti Muninathan writes on “Marriages Are Made in Heaven” and then after many hilarious episodes poses the question “If marriages are made in heaven then what is made in hell?” We round up this Issue with Nicola unleashing her creative side with the poem “Beneath the Surface”.  For further details click here

London: Regina Fernandes is fined £1,100 for fly-tipping on her own land

27 Apr: Evening Standard (London). A Londoner has been ordered to pay more than £1,100 after she was caught fly-tipping in her own garden. Regina Sally Fernandes dumped waste including rubble, an old boiler and broken furniture on land outside her house on Ballogie Avenue, Neasden… She was fined £225 and ordered to pay £778.50 in costs as well as a £120 victim surcharge – a total of £1123.50 …  For further details click here

Meet Francis deSouza, the New CEO Of The $22 Billion Company

27 Apr: Fast Company. Illumina's new CEO, serial entrepreneur Francis deSouza is set to shake up the Genomics scene with an instrument called a DNA sequencer… If Illumina is the ruler of this universe, deSouza is its new king… deSouza's ambitions reach far beyond the research world - he is embarking on an aggressive five-year plan to bring genomics out of research labs and into doctors' offices… DeSouza is still an elusive figure in the genomics world … He seems to have a unique talent for finding pockets of entrepreneurship at corporate behemoths… He envisions a future in which adults will be screened throughout their lives by Grail for early signs of cancer …1428 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice Francis deSouza supplement,  click here

GHRC directs Goa Police to file an independent reply

28 Apr: Herald. Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Wednesday directed Director General of Police Muktesh Chander to file an independent reply into a complaint by a retired Goan NRI who was dispossessed of his house in Siolim by a Mumbai based gang, on June 3. The directions after lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues [photo] had filed a complaint on behalf of Francis de Souza (73) …  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation unveils e-commerce portal, app

27 Apr: Times of India. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Tuesday launched its all new e-commerce portal and mobile application on the android and iOS platforms that will provide tourists a digital experience of Goa. This is a first-of-its-kind venture to be launched in India, claimed GTDC. The new facility was launched by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar… This website-cum-e-commerce portal will be available in six foreign languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, German and French in addition to Hindi and English… The highlight of the project is to build a worldwide database of travel agents interested in Goa and provide them with everything their clients need in the simplest form.  For further details click here
For the GTDC site and/or to download the app,  click here

How Goa teaches that yoga can be fun

17 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). Looking out over a perfect crescent of South Goan beach on India’s south-west coast, there is barely a soul to be seen … Vegetarian, alcohol-free, stuck down the end of a track in the jungle, and with up to three hours of yoga every day, this did not promise to be a bundle of laughs. But in such a beautiful spot, and pampered by regular cups of masala chai (spiced tea) and plates of cut fruit from a charming crew, I was beginning to warm to mastering my pranayama (deep breathing) and yoga routines… Our fellow yogis were an international lot. Norwegians and Swedes, Australians, British, Dutch, German, Austrian, Italian… Within a couple of days I am feeling the benefit … we head out on a cab ride to Palolem beach, to Big Fish restaurant, where we make up over tandoori prawns and sinful beer. All for a tenner each… I feel like a new man. I only hope that, after all those dishy Scandinavians, my wife doesn’t feel the same… 687 Words + photos  click here

What £80,000 buys around the world

27 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). A London cupboard may set you back £79,000 but travel a little further afield and, for the same amount, you'll be rewarded with much, much more for your hard-earned cash… Goa: This three-bedroom Goan apartment, on offer for £72,000 … in a complex near the beach resort of Colva in the West Indian beach hotspot of Goa … Three ensuite double bedrooms, access to a swimming pool, clubhouse and a gym… free use of the complex's leisure facilities …  For further details click here

Designs that are truly Goan

27 Apr: Herald. Sitting at Marcou Artifacts in Fountainhas, Panjim with colourful ceramics portraying Goa’s vibrant life, Francisco Martins is always on his toes trying to bring out his creative talent in everything possible… “There is always something new to add to the collection. Goa is a wonderful place with interesting aspects; a treasure of culture,” says Francisco… Conde Nast Traveller featured his store, Marcou Artifacts on the ‘World’s Top 50 Shopping Secrets’… Marcou Artifacts recently completed four years in April and has three stores at Fontainhas- Panjim, Old Market- Margao and Caculo Mall- Panjim. The brand is the brainchild of Anil Counto and Francisco Martins (photo) and is an entirely Goan based artifacts manufacturer with their manufacturing plant based in Corlim… 727 words.  For further details click here



Death: Olinda D'Souza

21 Apr: London, UK. OLINDA D'SOUZA, 1929 - 2016. Ex-Kampala, Uganda. Died after a long illness. Mother of June. She was pre-deceased by her husband Alfred and son Gavin. There will be a visitation period at Rowland Brothers, 299-305 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2HR in their Chapel of Rest from 12 - 14 May. Please call 020 8684 1667 for hours. The Funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU on Monday 16 May at 12.30pm. You are most welcome to attend the service. In accordance with her wishes, the mass will be followed by a private burial and reception for close family and friends. Please make donations to the British Diabetic Association in lieu of flowers. Condolences to

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Sabrina de Sousa: Former CIA officer faces extradition to Italy on 4th May

25 Apr: The Guardian (UK). A former undercover CIA officer is to be extradited to Italy following her conviction over the 2003 extraordinary rendition of a terror suspect to Egypt. Sabrina De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, was arrested in Portugal last October and has since lost three appeals against being handed over to Italian authorities. Her extradition is scheduled for 4 May … De Sousa told the Guardian she would voluntarily meet Italian authorities and said she was “encouraged” her case might get a second look by Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, who can pardon her… She also acknowledged that she does not know what will happen next. “To be very honest, I am looking at a complete and total unknown, because this has never happened to a federal employee and no CIA officer has ever been extradited,” she said. 869 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Sabrina de Sousa,  click here

Nachom-ia Kumpasar has brought Goans together: Bardroy

27 Apr: Herald. Nachom- ia Kumpasar is essentially the real life struggle between two stage artistes par excellence … He says, “People have gone beyond their boundaries and have got to meet their own people, especially during overseas screenings, and so, I am happy that this film has been bringing Goans together … We need to document life from 1975 to 1985 or the pre- 1960s era. It allows me to document a way of life that has gone by or might go by in the future”
The film has already been screened in UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat and Bahamas. Plans are on to screen the film in Canada, New Zealand and Singapore…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Minister to take up immigration issues with Centre

26 Apr: India Today. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar (photo) today said he will take up the issues concerning immigration facilities at the Goa airport with the Union Home Ministry. "I will speak to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on need to improve immigration services at the Goa airport and iron out all the problems hampering smooth functioning and also the need of giving e-travel visas (eTVs) to foreign tourists arriving at the airport," he said… The issues of maintenance of the airport and parking will also need to be resolved before the next tourism season starts, he noted…  For further details click here
Goa airport to spruce up. 27 Apr: The Hindu. /// The representative of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) urged the director to take action against harassment of tourists by the trolley pullers and those who dirty the premises…  click here
State govt assures to smoothen operations at Dabolim airport. 27 Apr: Herald. click here.

‘Violence against women on the rise in Goa’

27 Apr: The Hindu. Stating that cases of sexual and domestic violence against women were on the rise, the Goa State Women’s Commission (GSWC) on Tuesday sought an amendment in the law… often they come across cases of domestic violence which are, in reality, cases of property dispute… The Commission annually receives over 300 complaints…  For further details click here

Panaji: New parking fee structure will come into force from May 1

27 Apr: Navhind Times. Mayor of Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Surendra Furtado revealed that pay parking contract has been allotted, and a new parking fee structure will come into force from May 1… residents of old buildings will get passes for parking one four wheeler and one 2-wheeler … The corporation has finalised pay parking on 18 roads including 18 June Road, A B Road, Swami Vivekanand Road, T B Cunha Road, Pandurang Pissurlekar Road, Dr R S Road, Dr Govind Vaidya Road, Bhosle Triangle, Church Square and Menezes Braganza Road besides other connecting roads…  For further details click here

'Goa conducive for alternative health treatment

' 26 Apr: Times of India. India should be a training ground and catalyst to propel the alternative treatment industry that our country started centuries before other civilizations did, founder and managing director of Chadasha Tri Health, Benjamin Patrick (photo), said. Pointing out that the nation had the potential to draw physicians and patients from around the world, Patrick said naturopathy practices have been proven effective for centuries…"The demographics of tourists from the middle-aged to the elderly visiting India for affordable treatment makes Goa a conducive place," Patrick said… Chadasha Tri Health is exploring the possibility of setting up a centre for alternative treatment therapies in Goa.  For further details click here
For the Chadasha Tri Health website,  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
27 Apr: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33.3. Min =25.2. Humidity = 75%. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 96.94; $ = 66.47; $Can = 52.74; Euro =75.14; $Aus= 51.55


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Staying safe on the bus

26 Apr: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz … In Goa, many women face various issues when it comes to travelling in buses, which is actually the most convenient mode of transport in the state. Many women rely only on public transport to commute between work and home. Working throughout the day, they have to board buses which are already overcrowded. Making matters worse are the drunken men who board the bus… When a man misbehaves with a woman in the bus, most women will nudge or elbow him, give him a stern look and keep quiet. Raising their voice is seldom the first reaction. Others who notice the goings- on will also turn the other way…  For further details click here

Goa’s forgotten, forced migration and its stories (Book Review)

25 Apr: Business Standard. Title: New Songs of the Survivors; Author: Yvonne Vaz Ezdani (photo); Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 232; Price: Rs.350. Facing an inexorable enemy, they fled - the lucky ones flying out, some over the sea, while most others had to trudge across difficult terrain with a range of predators, including two-legged ones, to reach safety. Left behind in all cases were properties and businesses built painstakingly over the years while ahead was an uncertain future. They were not the Partition refugees but victims of an earlier displacement - Indians fleeing Burma as World War II arrived. However, their story, occurring just a few years before 1947, is less-known, as is of the glittering Indian presence in Burma (renamed Myanmar only in 1989), and a part of British India till 1937…  For further details click here
To order the book from Amazon,  click here

Goa farm to export 90,000 coconut seedlings to Kenya

25 Apr: The Goan. Goa-based company Deejays farming who have farms in Sanguem, Salaulim and Fatorpa will next year export around 90,000 hybrid coconut seedlings to Kenya … The varieties include Deejay Sampoorna that produces up to 250 nuts per annum per tree, sweet tender coconut water, high copra and high yield of coconut oil. The Deejay Pushkala produces an average of 300 coconuts per annum per tree with more than 700 ml of sweet tender coconut water and Deejay Vishwas, producing 200 nuts per tree and a quantity of 350 ml of water per tender coconut...  click here

Drop in number of foreign tourists to Goa

24 Apr: Navhind Times. Airport director Bhupesh Chand Hans Negi has said that there was a fall in international tourists during the chartered season (2015-16) which is possibly due to economic and financial crisis prevailing in Russia. Negi disclosed that there has however been no decline or fall in domestic tourists to the state. “It is sad to note that the flow of foreign tourists and chartered flights arriving into the state has declined as compared to previous year”, said Negi. He said that during the year 2015, 891chartered flights had landed in the state, but in 2016 the figure has been reduced to 824…  For further details click here

Taxing times for tourism industry

26 Apr: Herald. The increased taxation levied on the hospitality sector by the Laxmikant Parsekar government in the 2016-17 Budget will burn a hole in the pockets of visitors vacationing in Goa. The proposals include an increase in taxes on alcohol, travel and hotel bookings, leading to the tourism industry expressing serious concerns against the backdrop of falling footfalls… Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) President Francisco de Braganca (photo) alleges a step-motherly treatment to the sector…  For further details click here

161 booked for drunken driving

25 Apr: The Goan. One hundred and sixty one drivers were booked for drunken driving under a special drive conducted by the traffic personnel on Saturday. The traffic department revealed that 1,358 drivers were randomly checked for drunken driving all over the State between 7 pm to 1 am… The department had undertaken the drive in response to the huge influx of tourists in the State in view of the summer vacations.  For further details click here

Govt will be forced to stop grants to English schools: BBSM

25 Apr: The Goan. In a stern warning to the State government, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Sunday stated that if government grants to English medium primary schools are not stopped by June, then they will not agitate, but create a situation where the government will be forced to stop the grants…  For further details click here



Death: Valentina D’Sa

21 Apr. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. VALENTINA FELICIA D'SA. Aged 100, born 14th February 1916 in Moira, Goa, Married to Eleuterio Miguel D'Sa, lived in Nairobi, Goa & finally settled in Canada. Mother of John (Justina) D'Sa, Blanche (Francis) Carvalho, Nelson (Late Bazilia) D'Sa, Marshal (Linnet) D'Sa, Lira (Geoff) Malkin. Grandmother to Marilyn D'Sa, Malcolm D'Sa, Adam D'Sa, Mervin D'Sa, Stephanie D'Sa Goes, James Malkin, Jonathan Carvalho, Lauren D'Sa & Joshua Malkin. Great Grandmother of Jordan D'Sa, Justine Gilbert, Brandon D'Sa, Malachi D'Sa, Elijah D'Sa, Liam Malkin & Isabella Malkin. Prayer Service on Weds 27th April from 7pm at First Memorial Harmony Chapel 10541 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X7, Canada. Funeral Mass on Thursday 28th April at 1pm. Condolence messages can be sent to:

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UK Events: May Memorial Mass, 1 May postponed to 19 Nov. 2016
Postponed owing to the death of Valentina D’Sa, grandmother of Stephanie D’Sa
Sat: 19 Nov. Memorial Mass followed by Charity Dinner & Dance: In Memory of Roma Goes & Bazilia D'Sa [All Souls]. Held at Darji Pavillion,26 Oakthorpe Rd, London N13 5JL. 5pm Memorial Mass by Fr Oliver Antao [Devotions Welcome]. Stroke Association Guest Speaker & Dinner by Maggie's Kitchen. Dance until 11pm with Live Band Outbreak & DJ Backspin. Bring you own Drinks! Raffle donations welcome. Tickets £15 [Under 16s £8] Contact: Stephanie D'Sa Goes: 07889 833 796 | Michelle Goes 07857 691 637 | Gideon 07984 801 818. All event profits will be donated to The Roma Goes & Bazilia D'Sa Remembrance Fund. This tribute is supporting the Stroke Association [Registered Charity No 211015]. Online donations are also welcome,  click here

Feni Vidi Vici: A distilling description

24 Apr: Times of India. The most unique characteristic of feni is its distinct smell that can be detected from miles away and once you latch onto it, you follow it like a pigeon coming home to roost. No wonder then, that 16th-century Italian traveller Ludovico de Varthema has been quoted as saying that "feni will affect a man's head merely by smelling it, to say nothing of drinking it"… Today the bhatikars take pride in what they do, despite the low profitability and backbreaking work that comes with the role. This is largely due to the Geographical Indication (GI) status, which protects feni from being manufactured by other states. Obtaining GI status for feni was the culmination of seven years of work by members of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association… 844 words.  For further details click here

Mario Miranda's 1949 diary to release on his 90th birth anniversary

24 Apr: Mid-Day. On May 2, Mario Miranda would have turned 90. There’s a party planned. Some of his favourite musicians — the Cotta family, who sing old Portuguese songs; and fado (Portuguese sentimental songs) singer and friend Sonia Shirsat — will hold a free concert in Goa. The Mario Gallery will release an illustrated diary of the cartoonist, dated to 1949 and make it available for sale online… The diary charts his daily life in illustrations — the people he meets on a boat ride; all the friends he goes out with for dinner are drawn in thumbnail. This is also the time when he was gaining work as an artist — he was asked to decorate the dance hall for a medical college ball and the floats that carried holy statues, like that of the Lady of Lourdes…  For further details click here

Tiatrist Prince Jacob interviewed

24 Apr: The Navhind Times. Prince Jacob released his latest tiatr ‘Maim Konnak Zai’… he speaks about how time has changed for tiatrists then and now, and why he believes in involving decent comedy in his tiatrs… 978 words.  For further details click here

Bharat Mukti Morcha writes to Pope over 'Church injustice'

24 Apr: Times of India. Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) faxed a letter to Pope Francis on Friday afternoon, asking for his intervention in the alleged injustice meted out to Vanxim Islanders by Church authorities that sold land that has dwelling houses without consulting Vanxim Vanxim Islanders. BMM in their letter stated that they had faxed a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio in New Delhi but after receiving no reply and finding the situation on the ground deteriorating, decided to write directly to the Vatican…  For further details click here

Digging deep into Goan surname stories

24 Apr: Times of India. Goan family names are almost never incidental. The origins of Goan surnames can date back to the pre-Portuguese era, carry in them the complex (and sometimes troubled) history of the family involved, and can lead to a past that is nearly unconceivable today At face value, many Goan last names may seem easy to explain … many families till date bear the name of the role they served … Fr Victor Ferrao, a researcher and dean at the Rachol seminary, states, "During the baptism to Christianity, a person of European origin was made the godfather and all those converted would get his name. In some cases, the village head or gaunkar took the decision that his village should convert. And there are instances where an entire village has taken the same surname." …  For further details click here

A tale of two jurisdictions, two eras and one justice

24 Apr: Times of India. 88-year-old Gustavo Filipe Couto was an advisor to the last Portuguese governor general, Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva, together with the archbishop and patriach of the East Indies, Don Jose Alvernaz. He convinced the Portuguese leader-who was contemplating calling for additional troops to meet the might of the Indian army to -avoid it… He was first Goan to be made judge of the Bombay High Court … He shares his home with his wife Maria Telma and sons Francisco Filipe, a professor at GMC, and lawyer Alexandre. His daughter, Maria Helena, lives in Lisbon.  For further details click here

Illegal mining playing havoc in Goa

23 Apr: Hindustan Times. Goa is one of the smallest of the Indian states, and yet one of the most storied … But there is a darker side to Goa as well. Away from the beaches, the real estate sharks play havoc with the countryside, and the mining barons loot the dense forests that line the state’s eastern boundaries. Hartman De Souza’s book Eat Dust vividly describes the impact of unregulated and/or illegal mining in Goa — its destruction of hills, forests, rivers and springs, its undermining of the social fabric of rural communities, its physical polluting of Goa’s environment and its moral corruption of Goa’s political economy…  For further details click here

Author enjoys going to Goa

24 Apr: Baltimore Sun (USA). Author John Preston resides in London... the 62-year-old author of “The Dig” (Other Press, $16.95). His favourite holiday destination? Although I haven’t been there as much as I’d like, it’s got to be Goa in India. It’s got a combination of beauty, exoticism, cheap booze and fantastic food that I have never found elsewhere… Goa is fantastic for cycling. Best of all, you can go for miles along the coast riding on the hard sand by the water’s edge, then stopping off every so often at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the way. There are few more exhilarating ways of spending a day … [At the link select PressDisplay]  For further details click here



Death: Charles Desa

17 Apr. Wandsworth, London, UK. CHARLES DESA. Aged 85 Ex-Mapusa, Goa Husband of late Bella, dear Dad of Doreen, Edmund, Francis and Glenda and loving Grandpa to Mark and Christopher passed away peacefully at his care home Requiem Mass on Thursday 28 April at 10am at St Thomas a Becket Church, Santos Road, Wandsworth, SW18 1NT followed by burial at Putney Vale Cemetery, Stag Lane, Putney SW15 3DZ Funeral wake to celebrate Charles' life - access from 11.30am for 12 noon at Sree Krishna Restaurant, 192 - 194 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0SF Please kindly confirm attendance for wake at asap No flowers please, instead donations to Fr Agnelo's Orphans, Goa Any queries please call Doreen 020 8546 8368

Death: Juliet Mascarenhas
21 Apr: Columbus, Ohio. JULIET MASCARENHAS, Ph.D. died after a brief illness at Mt. Carmel Medical Center. Born in Bombay, India, daughter of the late Marie and Francis Mascarenhas. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Bombay. She won a fellowship to attend London University and did post doctoral studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. For 25 years she was a psychologist for the Diocese of Columbus Child Guidance Center. She was a consultant for the Mt. Carmel Nutrition Center, Suburban Counseling, Stay Well and Rosemont Center. A long time active member of St. Andrew Parish including serving with the Women's Club and Choir. Survived by her loving sisters, Judith Hartshorn of Geneva, Switzerland and Harriet Mascarenhas of Upper Arlington; and numerous friends. Friends may call 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Egan-Ryan Funeral Home Northwest ChapeL, 4661 Kenny Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Church, 1899 McCoy Rd. Burial Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute in her memory to the Bishop of Northern Alaska, 1316 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709-5168

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Building a quiet solace

24 Apr: Herald. Neshwin Almeida visits the Rs 7 crore worth Home for the Aged under construction over 11,000 sq mts of land at Guirdolim, Chandor. Fr Valmiki Dias after successfully running a school for 26 years for children with special needs has now ventured into building home for the aged with state of the art facilities… He explains how he wants the rooms to have internet, Wi-Fi, CCTV surveillance, intercom service, plug points close to the bed, wired music in all the rooms, independent air-conditioned and non-ac rooms, walking tracks, prayer room and chapel with an upstairs space for wheelchairs, ramps, lifts, library, open air courtyard, infirmary, medical room, massage room and kitchens with steam cooking for healthy and diet food…  For further details click here

Selma Carvalho reviews Rosalyn D'Mello's 'A Handbook for my Lover'

23 Apr: The Goan. Rosalyn’s book is part epistle and part diary. Spanning roughly six years, it traces the transformation of her relationship with the thinly-disguised P.B...It is precisely because Rosalyn is so fragile, so thwarted and so conflicted, that we can identify with her as a woman, and an honest one at that. The feminist ideal of the strong, self-sustaining woman is about as emotionally and intellectually captivating as a caged canary… 817 words.  For further details click here
Nine pages of Selma Carvalho's upcoming book 'Baker, Butcher, Doctor, Diplomat: Goan Pioneers of East Africa' have been uploaded on her website. For a sneak preview, click here.

Jesus, The Lord of Goa’s Food Conquest of Portugal

24 Apr: Herald. By Sujay Gupta. … Named Jesus, for reasons not difficult to guess, with Lee as his middle name because his dad loves Bruce Lee, Jesus Lee Fernandes arrived on Lisbon’s shores just out of high school and ultimately followed his passion for food. His restaurant is nondescript, has no signage and he hardly ever advertises. But as one of the leading art critics of Portugal, who was dining there when we happened to be at Jesus’ restaurant, said, “We know of Goa only though Jesus’ food, and my word, this is the best spicy stuff we have ever had. We are absolute regulars and we must visit your land.” ‘Jesus e Goes’ (literally, Jesus is from Goa. Well, he sure is!) is behind Avenida de Liberdadade …  For further details click here
Jesus Lee Fernandes (photo) is the chef and owner at Sabores de Goa, Rua São José 23, Oeiras, Lisbon. For the restaurant website,  click here

Cops to crack down on drunken driving

24 Apr: Herald. Traffic police will give exclusive attention to cracking down on drunken driving on the weekend. Anyone caught driving drunk will go to jail. “It has been decided to hold a special drive on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday to book cases under section 185 of motor vehicle act for drunken driving,”, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Suman Goyal said in a circular issued to police stations…  For further details click here

Forex scam accused held

23 Apr: Times of India. The economic offences cell (EOC) of the Goa police arrested Kamakshi Forex Private Limited owner Nilesh Raikar after he surrendered on Friday morning. For the last eight days EOC sleuths were on the lookout for Raikar for alleged duping over 384 persons of over 25 crore … The EOC has already frozen around 35 bank accounts belonging to Kamakshi Forex Private Limited and to Raikar in connection with the case.  For further details click here

Goa barge sinks off Maharashtra coast

23 Apr: Times of India. A Goan barge sunk five nautical miles from Tiracol fort, while transporting a cargo of iron ore from Redi Port, Maharashtra, to a ship in the deep sea. There were no casualties… A video uploaded on social networking sites shows the barge sinking first from its stern. Sources said there were four crew aboard the vessel, who jumped into the sea minutes before it began going underwater. They were rescued by the crew of another barge that was in the vicinity…  For further details click here
Video: 2m. 55s.  click here

London’s mayor just rehashed the old Obama-Churchill-Kenya conspiracy theory

23 Apr: Washington Post. London Mayor Boris Johnson -- an eccentric politician, born to wealthy parents in New York City, known for the outrageous things he says and his odd, blondish hairdo (if you can imagine such a thing) -- welcomed President Obama to his city in an unusual way: By dredging up old conspiracy theories about how Obama secretly hates Britain… It has a life of its own among American conservatives, thanks in large part to conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza (photo) raising it in a 2010 book. The argument D'Souza makes to prove his point, by the way, is heavily circumstantial. He runs a thread from Obama's father (with whom, remember, Obama did not grow up) to anticolonial thinkers of the era in which he lived …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Dinesh D’Souza,  click here

Taxi owners seek action against private taxis

23 Apr: Herald. Taxi owners from South Goa and Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva met the Superintendent of Police and RTO authorities, seeking action against private taxis plying illegally in the district… “Over 800 private vehicles are ferrying tourists illegally in South Goa. The SP and the RTO have to take action as the private taxis have ruined our business” said Arelio Fernandes, a taxi owner…  For further details click here



Death: Thomas Rosendo Fernandes

20 Apr: Nairobi. THOMAS ROSENDO FERNANDES. Born 1938. Brother of Cecilia and Tony Fernandes. Viewing of the body will be at 10.30am followed by the Funeral Mass at 11.00am on Monday 25 April 2016, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, South B. Burial at Langata Cemetery thereafter. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi].

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Portugal confirms the extradition of Sabrina De Sousa

22 Apr: Washington Post. ,,, This week, Portugal’s highest court upheld the country’s lower courts’ rulings, declared that they did not violate the constitution, and said Sabrina De Sousa should be sent to Italy as soon … De Sousa has numerous close relatives in Portugal (a street in Lisbon is named after her uncle) and a sister in Germany, and her 90-year-old mother lives in [Goa]… As she waits to be sent to Italy, De Sousa and her husband are living in a rented condominium in Lisbon. She keeps herself busy working on her case — and a memoir.1501 words.  For further details click here
Goan-origin ex-CIA officer in deep water … 23 Apr: Navhind Times. 527 words  click here
For Sabrina de Sosa’s Twitter page, click here.

Video: Leo Pinto of Dar es Salaam interviewed

22 Apr: BBC. From Mervyn Lobo: The person interviewed is Elliot Pinto. I am told he owns the best bakery in Dar. Elliot is the son of Errol Pinto or for the hockey players here, the grand-son of the famous Tanga hockey and badminton player, Lina Pinto. For those of you whose Swahili is rusty, Elliot says that the one time he went to Goa, he had to communicate in English with his relatives/friends there and some of them did not understand English. He adds that some Goans treated him like a foreigner… 1m. 13s.  For further details click here

In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil

22 Apr: Angelus (Catholic News Agency USA). By Antonio Anup Gonsalves. In a small town in India's Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances. “It’s a unique Marian devotion, where Catholics and devotees of other faiths, with their deep conviction of the presence of God, show their love and venerate our Blessed Mother,” Father Mario Saturnino Dias told CAN… He said the annual Feast of Our Lady of Miracles “draws people to a change of heart …  For further details click here

Moira: This is not my home

22 Apr: Mint. By Jerry Pinto. When you realize you will always be an outsider in your native place, it is best to embrace that status … Nothing about Goa haunts my dreams. Nothing about Moira says home to me. I have no memories of it. My father walked away from the little village of madmen—there are stories about the madmen of Moira and miscut, the Konkani word for pickle—and that means the first time I visited I was about eight years old, long past the time when your subconscious is ready to accept imprinting. I did not care much for Moira then … I don’t remember much about those three-four vacations I spent in Moira as a boy… Jerry Pinto, the author of Em And The Big Hoom, has lived all his life in Mahim, Mumbai. Moira is a memory…  For further details click here

The Best Hotels in India: Bougainvillea, Patnem Beach

22 Apr: The Daily Telegraph (UK). These basic but charming cottages at the southern end of beautiful Patnem beach are wonderfully tranquil, whether you opt for one of the seven elevated sea-view cottages, or choose from the eight set around the yoga space and outdoor cinema, with garden behind them. Rooms from 15 per night … the Bougainvillea’s huts are packed away every year, so shabby-chic and basic is very much the order of the day… There's Wi-Fi in the bar/restaurant, beach loungers, and room service between roughly 7am and 9pm; yoga lessons, outdoor cinema screenings and laundry facilities incur small charges… 761 words  For further details click here
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Play, the Goan Way

22 Apr: Indian Express. Director Sunil Shanbag (photo) adopts a Goan theatre genre to narrate a story of language chauvinism, peppered with music and satire … Tiatr, which played a major role in keeping the Konkani language alive during the Portuguese rule, has become more a form of entertainment for the masses Sunil Shanbag Tiatr, which played a major role in keeping the Konkani language alive during the Portuguese rule, has become more a form of entertainment for the masses …  For further details click here

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