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Death: Camillo De Souza Ex Dar Es Salaam
8 Jun: Watford, UK. CAMILLO DE SOUZA. Born in Dar Es Salaam and lived in Goa and finally in Watford. UK. Much loved, Camillo will be greatly missed by family and friends and all who knew him. Donations in memory of Camillo would be greatly appreciated by the Conventual Franciscan Friars using the link,
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News Summary

Goa & England Covid News Headlines

2 Jul: Herald. 1 more succumbs to COVID-19. Four patients on ventilator says Minister; 72 new cases reported … A 66-year old male from Taleigao became the fourth victim of COVID-19 as the virus continued to spread… On Wednesday, 72 fresh cases of COVD-19 were reported...  For further details click here
1 Jul: Times of India. Days after conceding that Goa had entered community transmission stage, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday retracts his statement saying that the coronavirus ‘is not in the air’...  click here
1 Jul: Sky News. UK: Areas with highest number of weekly COVID-19 cases revealed. Sources have told Sky News they are "working collaboratively", focusing on the dozens of areas in England where cases are rising. Further local lockdowns are "just days away", Sky News understands. Sources in Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Health told Sky News they are "working collaboratively", focusing on the areas in England where coronavirus cases are rising. As a result, local lockdowns like the one in Leicester could be implemented in "just days" … [Check the table for your area] click here.

'SLAVE LABOUR' How Leicester sweat shops are still full of [Goan] workers earning £2.50 per hour despite lockdown

1 Jul: The Sun. It was business as usual for the poor factory workers servicing Britain’s high street fashion industry today … mainly Indian and Eastern European migrants seemed oblivious to the government order to stay at home… The Sun today heard stories of ‘slave labour’ workers being paid just £2.50 an hour to toil in unsanitary conditions where they are made to put their lives on the line on a daily basis and cramped, terraced homes stuffed with multiple families and up to a dozen people… most of the factory workers are from the Daman and Goa areas of India where they are able to get Portuguese passports that allow them free access to the UK … A Government source told The Sun that the outbreak in Leicester is believed to have started in food processing sites – but then swept through garment factories in the east of the city… 1763 words + 9 photos + comments  For further details click here
28 Jun: Hindustan Times. UK’s ‘Little India’ town Leicester facing first local lockdown …  click here

Kenya: Earth Angels: A COVID Response

The Earth Angels (Kenya) team: Paloma Fernandes, Marion D’Souza, Renee Rodrigues, Sharmila Braganza are a group of women based in Nairobi, working to help abandoned, physically and mentally disabled, orphaned and the poorest of poor children, living in orphanages and homes run by non-governmental agencies as well as assisting with educational needs for these children. They are assisted by a team from Canada: Fleming Viegas and Elaine Vitor… During the Covid Pandemic, the Earth Angels were able to reach over 4000 families in the Slums, Tana River, Kilifi, Kwale, Nyatike, among others… As the numbers of those affected keeps increasing, the need for assistance is also increasing at a tremendous rate and the Earth Angels Team will carry on looking at ways to assist the less fortunate members of our society. For the COVID Response video which has been produced by Georgia Fernandes,  click here
For the full text of their appeal,  click here
See Also, FUSIA (Canada): Will Nairobi's Earth Angels' Story Inspire You to be Compassionate? By Renee Fernandes-Coutinho. Click here.
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Virtual Canada Day citizenship ceremony celebrates nurses, care workers

1 Jul: National Post (Canada). Sweeny Karande is set to join 18 others in swearing the oath to become a Canadian citizen … Karande, now 29, grew up in a large village in Goa, where she’d always wanted to become a nurse. When a recruiter for Canadian personal support worker programs came calling in 2010, her siblings pooled their money together so she could enrol. She arrived in Cornwall, Ont. the next year, often relying on the food bank to get by… She would find welcoming communities, she said … Karande said she’s fielded her own experiences with racism.,, She finally landed in Hay River, a town of nearly 4,000 people and has been there now for almost a year, working at the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. She described the move up North as scary, given what she’d heard about the cold, but has now embraced the outdoor lifestyle…  For further details click here

Fighters for Goan causes in Goa and abroad, to unite digitally

2 Jul: Herald. A commendable move has been initiated to connect Goans living abroad with the realities of life on the ground in Goa. The man behind this initiative Daryl D souza said it was aimed at the Goan expatriate who was concerned about how Goa was being destroyed by corrupt and manipulative people and would like to help those of us living in Goa who are trying to make it a clean, healthy, eco-friendly, traditional, artistic, cultural, self-sufficient, local economy that is ethically governed. Goans across the globe will be asked for help through references, contacts, resources, ideas and technology sharing, people support groups, project funding, event funding, funding for legal proceedings against wrongdoers in Goa and also funding for social services in the area of health, food, farming and environment, education and arts and culture in Goa… The Facebook page called *Global Goans Helping Goa* aims to help those fighting the many corrupt forces who are destroying the state. The founder of the group Daryl felt that these forces could not win and they would not allow it to happen. He said they were striving to make Goa a beautiful, yet modern and orderly place, hopefully a place that Goans overseas may like to return to one fine day.  click here
For the Daryl D’Souza Facebook page,  click here

Catholic News In Brief

1 Jul: UCA News. Indian cardinal clarifies reports of priests missing Covid-19 funerals. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai has explained the confusion that resulted in some laypeople leading funeral rites and accusing their parish priests of not attending the last ceremonies of Covid-19 victims. The cardinal's statement came after the media published reports about lay Catholics leading funeral prayers and blessing graves to bury their family members. The reports also accused priests of refusing to bury Covid-19 victims for fear of contracting the virus…  For further details click here
1 Jul: Vatican News. India: Christian organizations demand probe into killing of 2 men in police custody. Christian groups in India are demanding an independent inquiry into the death of a father and his son after having been taken into police custody in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu…  click here
30 Jun: Persecution. Suspect in Attempted Murder of Pastor in India Released by Police. Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state released without charges a suspect in the attempted murder of Pastor Dinesh Kumar last month. This happened after police were reportedly pressured by local Hindu nationalists… click here.

Goa reopens to tourists tomorrow; 250 hotels back in business!

1 Jul: Condé Nast Traveller. Mountains can wait, the beach is calling. Goa is opening its borders to all domestic tourists from tomorrow, 2 July. The state tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has formally announced that travellers are now welcome, and hotels will be allowed to reopen, albeit with strict hygiene protocol in place…  For further details click here
1 Jul: Middle East North Africa Financial Network. Staying in non-registered hotels illegal: Goa Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Wednesday. "Bookings will only be allowed in hotels which are registered with the tourism department. Tourists who used to illegally stay in non-registered hotels (booked through app aggregators) or in unregistered guest houses, will not be allowed. It will be deemed illegal," Ajgaonkar said, adding that nearly 250 hotels are registered with the state Tourism department for resumption of hospitality services…  click here
2 Jul: Times of India. Goa expecting to receive foreign tourists by October 2020. Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo has told the press that foreign tourists would start arriving in the state by October. The statement was given by the Minister as booking slots for chartered flights have begun at the Dabolim Airport in Goa… click here.

India News In Brief

Video: 1 Jul: India Today. Karnataka: Health workers dump bodies of Covid-19 victims in pit, video goes viral … 1m. 01s.  For further details click here
1 Jul: New York Post. Groom dies after infecting over 100 wedding guests with coronavirus in India. A wedding in India turned out to be a coronavirus super-spreader, killing the groom – whose family ignored his wishes to postpone the nuptials amid his spiking fever — and infecting more than 100 guests, according to reports…  click here
30 Jun: Daily Express (UK). India flights: When will international flights open in India? India saw more than a million British tourists in 2018, and the country has become an increasingly popular holiday destination for UK nationals. When will international flights open in India? click here.

XMAS: Business Class from London, UK to Toronto, Canada for only £495 roundtrip (Oct-Mar dates)

1 Jul: Secret Flying. Business Class, Christmas flights from London, UK to Toronto, Canada for only £495 roundtrip. The example range between £495 and £609 roundtrip. Availability from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding New Year). STOPS: Reykjavik. AIRLINES: Iceland air  For further details click here


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HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Black and British: A Forgotten History. BBC Red Button 1 (Freeview 601). Fri. 3rd July. 15:00 to 16:00. Moral Mission. Focusing on the Victorian era, David Olusoga explores the moral crusade against slavery within this period of time and key moments that helped to shift the position of slavery within Britain. He also outlines how the sense of a black British identity has been shaped by various forces throughout the span of the 20th century.

DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 11). Mon. 6th July. 17:00 to 18:00. A behind-the-scenes look at an Immigration Removal Centre, where the UK Border Agency is preparing to implement a mass deportation aboard a specially chartered flight.

DOCUMENTARY: Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS. BBC Four. Tues. 7th July. 21:00 to 22:00. The story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who answered the call 70 years ago to come to the UK and help build the National Health Service. Told by the women themselves, the documentary reveals the price they paid in leaving behind their families, and examines their struggle to overcome racism and their fight for career progression, as well as their cultural impact here and abroad. To watch it online,

ARTS: Free Thinking. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Wed. 8th July. 22:00 to 22:45. What Does a Black History Curriculum Look Like? A panel discuss the exploration of black history taught in schools, and which life stories are missing from the British history syllabus.

DOCUMENTARY: Storyville. BBC Four. Wed. 8th July. 22:00 to 23:35. The Underdog vs The State: The Battle for Kenya - Storyville. Documentary that looks at the tough reality of running for politics in a country riven by corruption and tribal factionalism, through the story of Boniface `Softie" Mwangi. To watch it online,

DOCUMENTARY: Royal Murder Mysteries. Yesterday (Freeview 25). Thurs. 9th July. 08:00 to 09:00. The Earl of Erroll - Death in the Valley. Crimes involving members of royal families from around the globe, beginning with an earl shot dead in a hedonistic hideaway for colonial aristocrats in Kenya. To watch it online,

COOKERY: Jamie's Summer Food Rave Up. Food Network (Freeview 41). Thurs. 9th July. 13:30 to 14:00. Festival. Jamie Oliver showcases some of his favourite and most inventive outdoor recipes. In the first programme, he cooks an Indian dosa in his festival camp kitchen, makes jerk chicken with jalapeno flatbreads and shares chilli chocolate and churros. To watch (5m. 40s.) his dosa online,

DOCUMENTARY: In Search of India's Soul. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Fri. 10th July. 21:00 to 22:00. From the Mughal's to Modi and cow vigilantism, Aatish Taseer begins a journey in India exploring growing religious tension in his country of birth. To watch it online,


News Summary

Goa Covid Headlines

1 Jul: Navhind Times. Goa sees 64 new COVID cases. Goa recorded 64 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday… The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa stand at 1,315… as many as seven of the 64 new cases are from Ambelim, five from Indiranagar Chimbel and three case from Sankhali…  click here
1 Jul: Navhind Times. BJP MLA Clafasio Dias (photo) tests positive for COVID. The BJP MLA had gone in for the COVID test earlier this week after he developed a fever. Late Tuesday evening, he received confirmation that he had tested positive…  click here
30 Jun: Times of India. With food hard to come by, stray dogs in Calangute, Candolim turn aggressive. Residents in the Calangute-Candolim beach belt have been complaining that several stray dogs, which have been struggling to find food since the lockdown are now turning aggressive … click here.

History of Armin Hary, faster than light

30 Jun: Atletica (Italy). [Armin Hary is a retired German sprinter who won the 1960 Olympic 100 meters title. He recalls being beaten by Seraphino Antao in the heats]. The most awaited race of the athletics program of the games of the XVII Olympiad was certainly the race of the men’s 100 meters … First round Heat 2: Hary ran with great ease but at the finish he was overtaken by Seraphino Antao, a twenty-seven year old sprinter, originally from India but residing in Kenya, who in 1962 won the title of champion of the British Empire on the 100 and 220 yards… Quarter Finals: Heat 4: Victory went to the Canadian Jerome, ahead of the English Radford and the Kenyan Antao: all with the time of 10.4 ... Semi-finals: Heat 1: Hary in first place with a time of 10.3. Antao was eliminated with a time of 10.6… Armin went on to win the final with a time of 10.2…  click here
For a machine translation into English,  click here
For the full results of the Men 100m Olympic Games Rome 1960, click here.

Foreign returned Goans are trying to piece their lives back at home

1 Jul: Herald (Café). Our seafarers are back and with life back at sea a distant possibility, are finding ways and means to get to work in Goa. And there are other Goans too who have come back, many having lost their jobs. And this trend has happened not just now but even before COVID forced a mass return. Café reports on how they are piecing together their lives at home but away from their comfort zones from where they have been just ousted…  For further details click here

The never-told story of how a papal audience created a crisis between Portugal and the Vatican

28 Jun: Expresso (Portugal). A private audience of less than a dozen minutes of Pope Paul VI with the leaders of the independence movements in three Portuguese colonies, on July 1, 1970, caused a serious crisis between Portugal and the Vatican. The story told 50 years later … In December 1964, Paul VI visited India to participate in the World Eucharistic Congress in Bombay. The visit, which Portuguese diplomacy tried to avoid at all costs, causes enormous embarrassment to the Government, despite the explanations of the Vatican, pointing to a visit of an exclusively religious character. The counterpart was also the decision not to go to Goa, a territory considered illegally occupied by the Indian Union. Despite this, the government reacted publicly with some violence. Foreign Minister Franco Nogueira said in a press conference that the Pope's visit to India was "a gratuitous, useless and unjust grievance"… In private, Salazar even expressed his bitterness to Franco Nogueira, asking him to inform the Apostolic Nuncio that the Pope would not be welcome to Portugal. In his book, "A politician confesses," Franco Nogueira reproduces Salazar's words: "As long as I live, the Pope does not enter here…  For further details click here

Repatriation News In Brief

1 Jul: News Minute. NRIs call out Vande Bharat for steep fares, say it's Air India’s 'fund-raiser'. According to many passengers who returned to India, the one-way ticket charged by Air India under Vande Bharat Mission is as much as the price of a round trip… 1904 words.  For further details click here
30 Jun: Hindustan Times. 9,000 foreigners left Goa in 43 flights during Covid-19 lockdown, 1,000 still in state. Nearly 1,000 foreigners, mostly from Britain and Russia, are still in the state, including those stranded due to coronavirus-induced restrictions and the ones vacationing here, police said…  click here
1 Jul: Herald. Norwegian cruise test negative. All the 473 Goan seafarers who had come to Goa via a Norwegian cruise liner to Mormugao Port on Monday, tested negative for COVID-19. Later, after undergoing all the due protocol-related processes, all the Goan seafarers left to their respective houses for home quarantine… click here.

After a welcoming response in UK, wine made from Ratnagiri mangoes will now be served in EU, Russia

30 Jun: Financial Express. Londoners have a new exotic tipple to pair with their curries — wine made from the finest Ratnagiri alphonso mangoes. This amber tipple, which has been served to guests at Marylebone’s Ooty Restaurant for more than a year now, will also be available at retail outlets across Europe and the United Kingdom soon. Rhythm Winery said that the wine would soon be available all over the United Kingdom and Europe. Rhythm Alphonso is a unique wine made from Alphonso mangoes picked from the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is a light-bodied and semi-sweet wine with 12% alcohol …  For further details click here
13 Mar, 2019: Evening Standard (London). Marylebone's Ooty on why its new mango wine is proving such a big hit … “It’s been an instant hit with diners,” says chef Manmeet Singh Bali, who first discovered mango wine on a trip to Pune, India, in 2016…  click here
Alphonso Mango wine by Rhythm Winery is available at Ooty restaurant, 66 Baker Street, London W1U 7DJ for £7.50 a glass and £14.99 online from Red Rickshaw, UK. click here.

Chris Fernandes: I'm A Lesbian Living In India And This Is My Coming Out Story

30 Jun: Miss Malini. I am Chris Fernandes, CEO, and Founder of Goa Rainbow Trust, who identifies as a gay woman. This is my story. I have always liked women from a very young age. At the age of 7, when I was in the 2nd standard I had my first girlfriend… I would just tell my parents that I was not interested in marriage and I would be looking for a woman … In 2013, I started working for a veterinary doctor as a veterinary nurse as I was passionate about animals. But when I would get back home, I would go online and search for people from the LGBTQIA+ community. These incidents were the founding stones of Goa Rainbow Trust and it’s commencement…  For further details click here
For the Goa Rainbow Trust website,  click here



Death: Salustiano (Salus) Tome Fernandes. Ex Dar es Salaam

25 June 2020. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SALUSTIANO (SALUS) TOME FERNANDES. Born June 8, 1932 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Passed away suddenly and peacefully at the Foothills Hospital. Salus is lovingly remembered by his wife Jeany (Jane); his daughters, Sandra (Doug) and Sheryl (Chris); two granddaughters, Coco and Mila; his sister and brother, Efifie and Tony (Claire); as well as other family members. Salus worked in Dar es Salaam as a heavy-duty mechanic for the Dar es Salaam Railways,& DMT and continued his career in Canada. He married Jeany (Jane) Dias on January 13, 1963. Salus, Jeany, & Sandra moved to Canada on June 24, 1968, & built a life in Calgary. Salus had a passion for music. He played the saxophone for various bands for many years, mostly Italian-theme events. The last several years Salus volunteered his time at the Kerby Center in Calgary, where he was a long-serving member of the Band. For condolences, click here.

Death: Alphonso (Sonny) Rodrigues. Ex Karachi
Seattle, USA. ALPHONSO (SONNY) RODRIGUES Ex Karachi. Son of Dr. Bonny/Leonildes Rodrigues of Depot Lines. Beloved husband of Poma and loving father of Roy & Karl Rodrigues, dear brother/brother-in-law of Amy and Josie, Mathilda and Denis, (Late)Carmel and Patrick, Michael, Anthony and Lynn, Monica and Joe, Valley and Sandra, Marie and Henry. He will be sorely missed by all his extended family and friends. Sonny was an active member of the KGA and a wonderful dancer. Dancing to his favourite music was one of the hobbies that he continued to enjoy in the Seniors Club in Seattle, USA. [Info: Caesar D'Silva]

News Summary

Goa Covid Headlines

30 Jun: Herald. 53 new positive cases, 46 recover; Active cases now 724 …  For further details click here
30 Jun: Herald. Areas of Zuarinagar, Moti Dongor declared containment zones. Following a steep increase in COVID positive cases in Moti Dongor and Zuarinagar, in a late night order, areas of Zuarinagar under Sancoale and areas of Moti Dongor in Margao were declared containment zones and buffer zones…  click here
30 Jun: Outlook. Not wearing mask may yield prison term: Goa CM. The Goa government is mulling imprisonment for persons not wearing masks and for not following social distancing norms, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday… click here.

How can Goa get our grip back on tacking Corona?

30 Jun: Herald (Café). Café spoke to a cross-section of society to gauge the sentiment of the people with regards to the possibility of another lockdown. Dr Shekhar Salkar Manipal Hospital: No lockdown but can weddings and aimless strolling stop? … Dr. Jennifer Lewis e Kamat, Director, Kamat Infra, Vasco: Restrictions on movement may be a good idea … Milroy Goes, Film Director: Have a lockdown, block interstate transport for 14 days … Savio Messias Past President TTAG: More testing and home quarantine but no lockdown … Bruno Gomindes MD Travco Holidays: Lockdown and interstate transport should stop … Kajal Kapil Shah, Home Maker, St Inez, Panjim, Goa: Interstate travel should cease immediately … Naina Hirani, Home-maker, Caranzalem, Goa: Area wise swab collection and curfew on non essential travel … Keith Alvares, Businessman, Mapusa: Get serious. Quarantine seems to be just a buzz word … 866 words.  For further details click here

Canada: Dear fellow brown people, we need to have a talk

27 Jun: Toronto Star. By Shree Paradkar. Dear brown people: a warning. I’m about to wash some dirty linen in public. Consider this an overdue act of tough love … In the post George Floyd’s era, — racist — police interventions against Black and Indigenous people in Canada, the reckoning of anti-Blackness steeped in the very pores of our existence has become urgent… While anti-Blackness is also rampant among Hispanics, East Asians, Middle Eastern people and any people who are neither white nor Black, “brown” here refers to people of South Asian ancestry and their diasporic communities … Brown people, we love to pat ourselves on the back for our “success” … However, no matter how much we strive for whiteness, we never can be white… There is yet another steep cost for brown folks in the white man’s game. When we look down upon dark skin, view it as inferior, we implicitly accept our inferiority to whiteness. That’s the most cruel cut we could inflict on ourselves. It makes anti-Blackness among brown folks the ultimate act of self-hate, one that all the Fair & Lovely cream in the world cannot erase. 1345 words.  click here

Explained: How India is moving a step closer to restart international flights with operations allowed on select routes

29 Jun: Indian Express. On Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), while extending the suspension on international flights till July 15, also noted that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis… The regulator had already been allowing special flights meant for repatriation or those with permission from the Ministry of External Affairs, but has not allowed “scheduled passenger flights” on international routes so far…  For further details click here

‘Kuwait flight not arranged by govt’

29 Jun: Times Of India. Days after an IndiGo flight returned from Kuwait with 162 Goans, ostensibly as part of the Centre’s Vande Bharat Mission, criticism has surfaced online slamming the state government and the Centre for taking credit for the repatriation efforts. Two individuals Sebastian Noronha and Valencio Rodrigues, who played a major role along with 13 other individuals in gathering data on stranded Goans and arranging the flights, took to social media with the claim that the flight was not part of the Vande Bharat Mission… Noronha said that they took the help of Kuwait-based Kapico Travels and Tours and MLAs Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and Rohan Khaunte. “The news has been spread that this was a Vande Bharat flight,” said Noronha…  For further details click here
Video: 29 Jun. Goa 365tv. How Goans in Kuwait landed in Goa…  click here

ALLSAINTS Pays Homage to Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary with Summer 2020 Collection

29 Jun: Design Summer Solstice: Discover AllSaints’ latest campaign captured in Goa. Fashion brand ALLSAINTS presented Summer 2020 campaign – ‘Summer Solstice‘that pays homage to Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary and celebrates communal dancing. The campaign was shot in Goa, pre lock down, and it was inspired by the freedom and attitude of the 1990s trance-party scene in UK…  For further details click here
For the Allsaints Instant Summer fashion collection,  click here

Concurrence of erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease at Goa Medical College Hospital

March–April 2020, Indian Heart Journal Volume 72, Issue 2, Pages 123-125. The paper is based on the data from 92 males less than 45 years of age who underwent coronary angiography at Goa Medical College (photo) during the period July 2018 to February 2019. The objectives include to estimate the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) and its risk factors, and to evaluate the pattern of coronary artery disease (CAD) among these patients… This concurrence between ED and CAD makes a strong ground for routine inquiry in sexual history of young males with one or more cardiovascular risk factors…  For further details click here



Death Lourdes Mascarenhas. Ex Valpoi, Goa
26 Jun: London. LOURDES FRANCISCO MASCARENHAS. Born 1989. Most loving son of late Joao Caetano Mascarenhas and Sebastiana Botelho e Mascarenhas. Most loving brother of Marvando/Mizia, Brenda/Nysander Lourenco. Most loving uncle of Haylee, Evelia, Clovis & Ruzalka. Photo.  For further details click here
GoFundMe. Fund for Repatriation of Mr. Lourdes Mascarenhas who passed away on 26 June 2020 in Southall Recreation Ground (UK). Requesting in place of flowers, we ask you consider donating funds to help cover funeral expenses to be held in Volpoi Goa India. You can drop off your donations at a GoFundMe site, your contribution will be highly appreciated.  For further details click here

News Summary

COVID News In Brief

29 Jun: Herald. 70 test +ve for COVID in State on Sunday. Confirmed cases now escalate to 1198 …  For further details click here
29 Jun: Herald. UK plans localised lockdowns as Covid-19 deaths among Indian-origin people remain high. Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed as 'correct' the reports of the first such local lockdown for Leicester, a region in eastern England with a large Indian-origin population …  click here
29 Jun: Navhind Times. Record spike of nearly 20,000 cases in a day in India … click here.

Video: Goa Connect with Elena Fernandes

27 Jun: Prudent Media Goa. Watch Goa Connect with Goan girl Elena Fernandes on her journey in making big in the glamour world and also how the world has changed due to Covid-19 in past few months. She says, “I really appreciate all the support I get from the Goan Community. It really means the world to me Elena is the daughter of Mervyn [of Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London and ex Kenya] and Anita [ex Peru] Fernandes. For photographs of her,  For further details click here
24 Mar: Vogue. Meet Elena Fernandes: an actor by day, a philanthropist by night …  click here

Sports News In Brief

28 Jun: Daily Nation (Kenya). Sikh Union: Unsung heroes of Kenyan sport … Sikh Union Club, Nairobi, came into existence in the mid-1920s, although hockey is believed to have been played for the first time in Kenya around 1900 by the Sikh and Goan communities... Photo: Kenyan international Parminder Singh "Kake" (left) dribbles past Nairobi Institute's Wayne Fernandes …  click here
28 Jun: Scroll. Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, the goalkeeper who became a Goan stalwart and an Indian football legend. Sankhwalkar enjoyed a decorated club career that lasted for 25 years and made more than 50 appearances for the Indian national team.  click here
28 Jun: Football: Cavin Lobo: From Palolem beach to the Kolkata maidan once again … click here.

Whiter vaginas to blue-eyed sperm donors: India’s fair-skin obsession runs deep

28 Jun: Times of India. Whether it’s on screen or in school, in the marriage market or the job market, the message is that fair isn’t just lovely, it also gets the job or the promotion, and snags the suitable boy. It’s not surprising that the market is flooded with remedies to make women — and now men too — whiter. It took the Black Lives Matter movement for companies to recognise that their brand names were promoting colourism… For those who can’t afford expensive treatments, there are the neighbourhood parlours offering to take your “tan” off or there are options to DIY at home. A YouTube search throws up hundreds of videos peddling home remedies for “instant” fair skin… there are also skin whitening creams for vaginas, underarms and nipples available in the market… seeking fair skinned egg/sperm donors is a rising trend in couples who come for IVF…  For further details click here

Goan Food News In Brief

28 Jun. Conde Nast Traveller. 15 Goan snack recipes perfect for any time of the day: Baath, Neuris, Coconut drops, Bebinca, Dodol, Bolo De Portugal, Patolyos, Stir-Fried Pohe with Coconut, Ros Omelette, Empadinhas, Onion Bhakri, .Prawn Rissois, Pan rolls, Beef Cutlet Pao, Choriz pao …  For further details click here
28 Jun: BBC. Top 10 foods to try in Goa. By Kristin Vuković. 1. Pork vindaloo. 2. Crab xec xec. 3. Prawn balchao. 4. Sanna. 5. Goan red rice. 6. Chouris pão. 7. Poee. 8. Kingfish. 9. Feni. 10. Bebinca  click here
28 Jun: Times of India. Five hospitality institutes from Portugal to conduct online workshop for Goan students. click here.

Confronting racism as a British Indian

27 Jun: Varsity. By Ashna Ahmad: “My mother and grandmother arrived in the UK having fled persecution in newly independent Kenya, where our family had been sent along with millions of other Indians under the British Empire. They had nothing. My mum tells me stories of her childhood: the fear she felt watching National Front marches pass her house, the tears and uncertainty when my grandmother had run out of money, the hurt from being called “Wog” or “Paki” in the street or at school. A generation later, I sit in my North London suburban house writing this article, having just finished my first year at Cambridge… While we absolutely should celebrate how far we have come as a community, it is important for British Indians and other so-called ‘model minority’ groups to avoid idealising our own success… A significant proportion of the Indian community in the UK consists of Indians whose families had settled in East Africa… However, African Indians have a longer history of contributing to the marginalisation of black Africans under the British Empire…  For further details click here

Stuck in Goa, Russian became a local star: invited to Bollywood

28 Jun: Moskovsky Komsomolets (Russia). Pavel Boloyangov, a Russian world champion in pankration (fights without rules) is stuck in Goa. Bollywood invited him to take part in a film … . He became famous after he organised a cleaning of Goa beaches with the help of other stuck tourists… “My war turned out to be victorious: now the Indians are already building up a large waste processing plant in Goa. … I also met a girl who suits me! She is an Italian writer, Renata Lanzoni, who lives in London and writes about domestic violence … She hates lies just like me. For example after out beach clean-up on May 9, a minister from the state government came to us in Arambol, accompanied by a delegation of a couple of dozen officials. They walked, looked, shook their heads, looking at the giant mountain of broken toilets that we had assembled. The Minister personally thanked me ... And that evening on his official Instagram account he wrote that the beaches were dirtied by unscrupulous tourists and he removed them. It was a shame, of course! … Renata and I are also promoting a petition against noise pollution …  For further details click here
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Death: Remediana 'a.k.a. Remy' D'Souza

26 Jun: Minneapolis, USA. REMEDIANA 'A.K.A. REMY' D'SOUZA passed away peacefully. Remy of Goa, Minneapolis and Eagan. Born Dec 20, 1944 - Remy is the daughter of Vincent & Maria Fernandes and is re-united with them again. Survived by husband and lifelong friend of 55 plus years Louis D'Souza and son Roger D'Souza (wife Meggin), daughter Linda D'Souza (Dan) and daughter Lara D'Souza, and 4 grandchildren Marcy, Mariah, Royce and Jasmine. Remy was affectionately known as 'Nana' by her family and friends. She was a school teacher by profession. 'Nana' was born in Goa India and she loved to sing and dance and she excelled at basketball, field hockey and volleyball. She was ESPECIALLY known for her Goan cooking which was, 'bar none', the best around. She lived for her grand-kids and loved spending time with family. Visitation will be held at St Olaf Catholic Church on Thursday, July 2nd in Downtown Minneapolis, at 9:00am and a mass to follow at 10:00am. Due to covid 19 there will be no reception. Masks are mandatory. click here.

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28 Jun: Herald. Goa sees highest single-day spike of 89 cases; 3rd death. The State recorded its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases with 89 positive cases reported on Saturday. With this the number of confirmed cases has surged to 1,128 with 706 being active. As community transmission has already begun, new cases were recorded in Pilar and Nachinola with one case each, whereas Navelim recorded five cases… 3rd death: 76 year old woman in Margao …  For further details click here
27 Jun: Mail Online. India's coronavirus cases surge past half a million with another record jump of 18,552 infections and 384 new deaths in 24 hours. India has now see 508,953 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 15,685 deaths … Surge in cases has prompted some regional authorities to impose lockdowns … he capital Delhi is the country's worst-hit city, with hospitals at a breaking point ,,, Some hotels are being turned into makeshift coronavirus treatment facilities …  click here

Goan staying in UK booked for threatening NGO member

27 Jun: Indian Express. A man was booked on Saturday for allegedly making a threat call to an NGO functionary who had praised Goa police for cracking a shootout case on June 20 that had left one person dead, an official said. The Old Goa police station official identified the man booked as Sylvester Cardozo… Inspector Krishna Sinari said Cardozo is a Goan currently based in the United Kingdom.  For further details click here
28 Jun: Herald. St Cruz resident threatened, FIR registered. The Old Goa Police have registered an FIR against one Sylvester Cardoso for allegedly threatening an activist and St Cruz local Andrea Pereira. As per the FIR, Cardozo allegedly threatened Pereira and her family with dire consequences…  click here

Global Goans look at COVID spike in homeland

28 Jun: Herald. By Frankey Fernandes … Journalist Lui Godinho, who spent some time in Vasco before moving to the UK a few decades ago is concerned that food and medical supplies to those in need could run low with increasing COVID cases in Goa… Effie Tavares, who is based in New York, USA, insists no one should compare coronavirus to leprosy… Calisto Vaz, who is based in New Zealand, always compares his adopted country with Goa …Melbourne-based Francis Fernandes claimed the world had been turned upside down due to COVID … Angela Pereira from Perth appealed to the government and authorities to be transparent, respectful and simplify COVID testing for families… Claiming that reports from Goa were conflicting, Greg Carvalho from the UK said people were unsure what is true and what is not true… 1311 words.  click here

Canada: ‘The student comes from a typical Jamaican family where the mother does nothing’: PDSB principal’s comment during a staff meeting

27 Jun: The Pointer. As Peel District School Board (PDSB) faces widespread pressure to finally end its long history of anti-Black racism, a superintendent has sent a letter to staff apologizing for an alarmingly racist comment made by a Mississauga elementary school principal in May 2019, which was not addressed at the time… “Last year the principal said: “no offense to the Jamaican community, but the student comes from a typical Jamaican family where the mother does nothing, and the grandmother is very much the disciplinarian.” … On June 22, Education Minister Stephen Lecce appointed Bruce Rodrigues (photo), Deputy Education Minister, to take over PDSB. The next day Rodrigues fired Joshua. .. The latest example is just one more piece of evidence of a toxic culture that many students and parents have known of and experienced for decades… The Mississauga school whose principal made the blatantly racist remark serves children from Kindergarten to Grade 5 …  For further details click here

Black tape over Portuguese possessions-II

27 Jun: The Millennium Post. The second part of the tale of Portuguese territories in India and how following a long and tangled game of international politics, they became part of the Republic of India. Portugal tried its best to play the victim card in the context of Dadra & Nagar Haveli (DNH), shedding off the colonial yoke by popular will in July/August 1954… A perusal of the now unclassified confidential documents show that Salazar did consider a 'frontier modification'; the surrender of DNH in lieu of a formal Indian recognition over Goa, Daman and Diu… On December 15, 1960, the UNGA voted overwhelmingly (68 to six with 17 abstentions) that Portugal was obliged under the UN charter to furnish a report on her colonial territories (including Goa). This gave India the confidence to pass the legislation to incorporate DNH into India on August 11, 1961… on August 17, Nehru informed the Parliament that "The steps for the liberation of Goa could include the use of Indian Army at the appropriate time"… 874 words.  For further details click here
For Part 1,  click here

London Indian Film Festival: Digital Mix 2020

27 Jun: Desi Blitz. The 2020 line-up of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is available online… At Home But Not At Home. Dir: Suneil Sanzigiri. Year: 2019 | Country: India/USA | Runtime: 10 mins | Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles. Synopsis: Sanzgiri’s father was 18 when India ousted the last remaining Portuguese colonists from Goa in 1961. Sanzgiri utilises various modes of seeing at a distance to question identity, the construction of memory and anti-colonial solidarity across continents.  For further details click here
Video: trailer of the film. 1m. 08s.  click here

Royal palaces to farms—10 Indian homestays to bookmark for when you can travel safely

27 Jun: Vogue. We recced some elegant homestays across India that are the perfect setting to catch a break while still being socially distant… SaffronStays Frangipani, Goa: A touch of the Mediterranean in the heart of Goa? You’ll find it at this Assagao home. Designed like a quintessential Goan home, the property houses two individual villas and a total of nine bedrooms. The earthy tones, breezy balconies and old-world vibe promise to take you back in time. If you were looking for a clincher, restaurants like Sublime, Gunpowder and Villa Blanche Bistro are just 10 minutes away! … The Postcard Moira, Goa (photo): Explore another facet of Goa at this 214-year-old ancestral home that has been turned into a nine-room boutique hotel—the perfect hideout for a traveller seeking respite in nature. Spending time outdoors is encouraged here, as is prioritising your wellness…  For further details click here

Nigeria: Precious Dede in India, finds true love in Goa

27 Jun: Vanguard (Nigeria). By Nneka Ikem … Nigerian legend and former Super Falcons goalkeeper Precious Dede who was caught in India as the pandemic broke out. Dede is currently the goalkeeper’s trainer of the India U-17 team. The national team is based in Goa, one of the popular cities in Incredible India as the CNN promotion commercial describes the country of love and flowers… “I found myself all alone and the only guest in a very mighty hotel … they now got me a well-furnished two-bedroom apartment and pay a chef to make my food three times daily, so you see the kind of love and care they are giving me ... The Indians inundate me with calls to know if there’s anything they can do for me” … She said she’s a household name now in India … 2750 words.  For further details click here
17 Feb: First Post. Nigerian great Precious Dede roped in to help train Indian goalkeepers for FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup …  click here
Wikipedia: Precious Uzoaru Dede (born 18 January 1980 in Lagos) is a retired Nigerian female football goalkeeper … click here.

'We are Also Indians': Footballers From the North-east Want More Voices Against Racism in India

26 Jun: News 18. In India, celebrities and others have taken to social media to voice their dissent at racism using '#blacklivesmatter', but what about the situation closer home? Back in March when India's ordeal with coronavirus began, there were a number of reports highlighting the racism people from the North-east were subjected to in other parts of the country … Racism is not a problem of the US, it is not even about only skin colour. As former Kerala Blasters player Darren Caldeira put it, "It is also related to your race and caste." … Malemnganba Meitei: says: I was very young when I first stepped out of Manipur to play national tournaments. I was travelling to Goa by train, sometime around 2008 or 2009, and people just saw us and said things like 'Arre Nepali, tu hat. Hum yahan baithne aaye hain (Hey Nepali, move away. We have come to sit here)'… We are always subjected to racism on the football field… there will always be people shouting 'momo', 'Nepali', something that will always hurt us. I have experienced all this in Goa also when I was playing for Salgaocar FC and they will laugh among themselves that they insulted somebody. Out of a crowd of 5,000, at least 40-50 people make racist comments, so take the number in the context of the whole population…  For further details click here



Death: Velly Michael Souza. Ex Mangor Hill, Vasco-Da-Gama

28 May: Swindon, UK. VELLY MICHAEL SOUZA. Ex Mangor Hill, Vasco-Da-Gama. Born: 09/01/1995. Most loving son of Joao Roque Souza & Perpetua Aguiar. Loving Brother/Brother-in-Law of Velanka/Karol Fernandes & Anthony Vivek Souza/Jessica Vaz. Charming Uncle of Caleb Fernandes. Loving nephew of Souza & Aguiar Family. Expired Under Tragic Circumstances in UK on 28/05/2020 Funeral cortege will leave his residence Saturday, 27 June 2020 at 3.00 pm. to St. Andrew's Church, Vasco Cemetery for burial with presence of close family members only due to on-going restrictions.  For further details click here
29 May: Daily Mail. Two Swindon Goans pulled from river, pronounced dead … 956 words + photos  For further details click here

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Goa: COVID-19 Headlines

26 Jun: Hindustan Times. Covid-19 cases in Goa cross 1,000-mark, CM says community transmission. On Friday, 44 new cases were detected taking Goa’s total count to 1039 of which 667 are active patients with 370 having recovered…  For further details click here
27 Jun: Herald. Now, Ponda upset after COVID patients cremated in their backyard …  click here
26 Jun: Herald. COVID patients’ bodies cremated at Ponda, after Bogda residents oppose… click here.

Heartbroken friends pay tribute to two Swindon Tesco workers

26 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. Tributes have been paid to two Swindon men who died swimming in Bath last month. Family and friends – including those with Velly Souza and Samuel Fernandes when they drowned – have spoken out in order to correct the record after what they say were inaccuracies in some national media reports of the tragedy… Speaking in Swindon two weeks after the tragedy, the friends said they had been shocked to read some details of the incident reported in the national news at the time. They said claims that Samuel had jumped to Velly’s aid were incorrect, nor was the latter getting married… The deaths have shocked Swindon’s close-knit Goan community. An online fundraiser set up by a former colleague at Tesco has raised more than £24,000 to support the men’s families… 929 words  For further details click here

India: All international flights to remain suspended till July 15; OCI restrictions lifted

26 Jun: Business Insider. The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday announced that all international passenger flights till July 15 will be cancelled. The ministry said that the restriction would not apply to international cargo flights. The ministry, however, added that “some international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.” … The government also lifted restrictions for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders who wish to travel on evacuation flights departing from the US and Canada…  For further details click here

In an Indo-Portuguese quarantine

26 Jun: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). The quarantine postcard that we received today arrives from Goa where the pandemic changed routines a lot, but failed to silence fado… Nadia Rebelo writes, “… The time we live in today passes faster and faster, the days turn into months and the months turn into years and we forget to take a break and enjoy the little moments of laughter, happiness or even sadness that pass for us… Goans here also had to adapt and that is why they started delivering food at home, which is not so common in these parts … Pastéis de nata are also becoming the talk of the town … This year, I celebrated my 24th birthday with my mother and my closest family at home, and it was undoubtedly one of the most special birthdays I have ever had… 916 words.  For further details click here
Nádia Rebelo is a Goan fado singer, You can follow her work on her official website,  click here

The dream of beach shacks on the Konkan coast will be a reality soon

26 Jan: Conde Nast Traveller. Both states lie along the same beautiful Konkan coastline. Yet, while Goa has a vibrant beach shack scene, you won’t find almost anything of the sort in Maharashtra. While we never could work out why this is the case, the Maharashtra government has finally passed legislation correcting this. It has earmarked eight beaches along the coast where Goa-style beach shacks will be built to draw in more tourism from within the state and across the country… Six of the beaches are south of Mumbai, while two are north of the city. The new food and drink attractions on these strips of pristine coastline will be especially attractive to residents of Mumbai and Pune used to driving down all the way to Goa for beach holidays...  click here

Fair and Lovely: Can renaming a fairness cream stop colourism?

26 Jun: BBC. Consumer giant Unilever says it will rebrand its bestselling skin lightening cream Fair and Lovely and drop the word "fair" from its name. While the news has been welcomed, campaigners say the move doesn't go far enough - and in India demand for such products shows no sign of waning… Fair and Lovely is India's largest selling skin lightening cream, with 24bn rupees ($317m; £256m) in annual revenue… On Thursday afternoon, Unilever decided to act saying that "a new name has been chosen for the cream and is awaiting regulatory approvals"… In recent years, campaigns such as Dark is Beautiful and #unfairandlovely have questioned Indian's obsession with fair skin…  For further details click here
27 Jun: Herald. The fair choice: When society truly believes beauty is not skin deep …  click here

Goa News In Brief

26 Jun: Khel.Now. Football: Brandon Fernandes: I played for Leicester City reserves with Jesse Lingard. The 25-year-old talked about his journey towards becoming one of the most highly-rated players in the country…  For further details click here
26 Jun: Indian Education Diary. DePaul University (USA) invites Goan students to apply for its Global Gateway Program (GGP) …  click here
25 Jun: Gulf News. Send more repatriation flights or start commercial service, stranded expats in UAE tell Indian government …Those desperate to fly back include ailing, jobless, pregnant women and visitors click here.



Death: Samuel (Sammy) Euzebio Fernandes. Ex Orda, Goa

28 May: Swindon, UK. SAMUEL (SAMMY) EUZEBIO FERNANDES. Born : 22.07.1999. Orda, St. Sebastian, Candolim, Goa. Dada and Mummy: Manuel & Esperance Fernandes Sweet loving brother : Samson Fernandes; Everloving Grandparents: Late Romauldo & late Bebira Fernandes, Baptista & Carmelina Fernandes. Loving Titi Agnelo. Loving Titins / Uncles : Severina / Late Peter, Remediana / Mathew, Isabella/ Conception , Leena / Francis. Loving Mashans / Uncles : Ana Maria / Mario, Francis(Mama) / Cinthia & Sucorina (Madrin) / Nelson. Most Loving Cousin of: Connie / Remmy, Xavier / Valanka, Flavia, Peter, Regan, Linette, Fraizer, Joyen, Mac, Milton, Melita, Warren, Darren, Bailey, Susan & Shanon. Missed by your loving Mency, Reggie (Padrin) , Simon Xavier / Marina and Suellen (Godchild) All Relatives, friends from Goa and London(UK)
Expired under tragic circumctances in U.K on 28/05/2020. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence Orda, St. Sebastian Vaddo, Candolim on 26'" June 2020 at 10.30 a.m. to Our Lady of Hope church Cemetery, Candolim for burial. Our sincere gratitude to all family relatives in the U.K , friends, Staff and management of Tesco and all those who were there by our side to console us in times of our grief and helped us tirelessly to do all the formalities required. Our Deepest thanks to those in the U.K. who raise funds to meet the expenditure towards the completion of formalities to bring down the bodies of Samuel and Velly to Goa . Gratitude is the language of heart. For full text,  For further details click here
29 May: Daily Mail. Two Swindon Goans pulled from river, pronounced dead … 956 words + photos click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

25 Jun: The Pioneer. Goa on Thursday reported 44 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally in the state to 995, a state health department official said … Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases: 995, new cases: 44, deaths: two, discharged: 335, active cases 658, samples tested till date: 58,584.  For further details click here
Video: 25 Jun: Prudent. Covid Hits Goa's Biggest Slum At Zuarinagar … 1m. 17s.  click here
25 Jun: Goa News. Let’s be EQUALS & beat this Scumbag. By Do Oscar Rebello. We are going to lose loved ones, we are going to lose our brightest and best, we are going to lose those we thought simply cannot die. We are now in the true anaconda grip of the Covid virus… The horrible, horrible nightmare is here… click here.

Canada: Police up the ante in cyber cases like ‘liberate Goa’ petition

26 Jun: Herald. Atanasio Lobo [photo], who shot to fame after floating a controversial online petition seeking liberation for Goa from “Indian invasion”, might soon have Goa Police at its doorstep in Canada. Lobo’s petition that garnered over 4,500 signatories is based in Canada with the investigation team making every effort to reach out to him following govt protocol. “He is currently based in Canada. Once we get sufficient material on record, we will accordingly proceed... We are trying to get as much material (evidence) against him…” said a senior officer. The Crime Branch in May registered an FIR against Lobo for the online petition addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and others, demanding that Goa needs to be freed from “Indian invasion” and “illegal occupation.” Sources said, a panicked Lobo allegedly deleted the online petition …  For further details click here
Atanasio Francisco Lobo aka Nash Lobo is ex Moira, Goa and lives in Mississauga, Ontario. For his Facebook page,  click here
Atanasio Lobo is the son of Virginia and Rosario Lobo of Moira, Goa. For the Geni family tree, click here.

Inside the rapid rise of the “men’s support group”

18 Jun: GQ (UK). Meet-ups to help men are springing up all over the UK. We went to one – and any man’s life would be improved by doing the same... this MenSpeak men’s group that should be convening in London’s Camden Town but is taking place on Zoom in the time of lockdown … Our host, Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz – founder of MenSpeak and also known as “The Man Whisperer” – is a thoughtful facilitator as we talk about life during the pandemic: the twentysomething who is suddenly denied sexual opportunities, the elderly man secretly relishing being isolated from the rest of the world. It is not only easy to talk to these men about my own private demons, it is a relief… ManHealth, sponsored by the National Lottery Community Fund, is building a network of male peer groups across the country to help men manage depression… MenSpeak, the organisation behind my experience, was started 16 years ago by Mammarella-D’Cruz after he returned to the UK after years of travelling … 1070 words.  For further details click here
Kenny is the son of Dorothy (Tecla) D'Cruz, nee Dias, (ex-Uganda) and Joe D’Cruz (ex Mombasa & Uganda and UK’s first Goan Mayor). To check out his website,  click here
To Google him, click here.

News In Brief: Seafarers

26 Jun: Herald. Goan seafarers deserve better treatment, respect and dignity from Govt: Assn. GSAI vows to work for the betterment of sons and daughters of the soil who are at sea …  For further details click here
24 Jun: Hindustan Times. ‘No guests, no music’: When a cruise ship turned into a ferry service. The once vibrant global cruise tourism industry has been forced to drop anchor, with thousands of seafarers finding that their contracts have been abruptly cancelled…  click here
25 Jun: Marine Insight. 470 Norwegian Cruise Line Seafarers To Arrive In India … Reports are that the ship has crossed the Suez Canal and is en route to Goa, India. It is expected to be in Goa by Sunday night... click here.

Mental health of ships' crews at risk as they are stuck at sea for months because of coronavirus pandemic

25 Jun: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). The phrase “lost at sea” has taken on a depressing new meaning for the likes of Captain Hrisheet Barve, who recently arrived home in Goa, India, after more than seven-and-a-half months on a tanker. “Most of my crew are married and were missing their children, but were stuck on board for eight or nine months. You can explain to your partner you don't know when you're coming home, but how do you explain to little kids?” Barve says… Barve was commanding the 21-man crew of a large tanker and was scheduled to fly home from Houston in the US state of Texas in late March, but the lockdown in India meant he was unable to disembark for an extra three-and-a-half months. He admits that, at times, he got “a little down”… Barve had serious concerns about the mental health of crew members who did not know when or if they might be relieved… “You are treated like a pariah if you step one foot off the ship's gangway,” Barve says. That means crew members cannot even visit a shop to buy basic toiletries or walk in a park… 1579 words.  For further details click here

AirAsia may exit India JV

24 Jun: Daily Express (Malaysia). AirAsia Group Bhd Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tony Fernandes hinted that the budget airline may exit its India joint venture (JV) because India is deemed a peripheral market for the group. “We would never say that we would never exit India,” Fernandes was quoted as saying in a Credit Suisse report. AirAsia Group’s India JV is undertaken via Airasia (India) Ltd under a partnership with Tata Sons Private Ltd…  For further details click here
25 Jun: AirAsia's Move to Exit India JV May Hit a Legal Hurdle. AirAsia's reported move to sell its 49% stake in its Indian venture will face legal hurdles as agencies probing corruption and money laundering charges against its founder Tony Fernandes and former brass of AirAsia India are set to oppose it…  click here

Football News In Brief

25 Jun: Times of India. ‘Portugal PM keen to help Goan football’ … in 2017 when Portuguese prime minster Antonio Costa, who has his roots in Goa, visited the state and expressed his desire to help Goan football… With Goan influence in Portugal on the rise, there are now renewed hopes that an understanding with the country that produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo can be worked out… Recently, former Sporting Clube de Goa and India-U16 forward Shannon Viegas signed a professional contract for a lower division Portuguese club. If at all Goa and Portugal join hands once again, it could help many young footballers pursue their dream of becoming the next Ronaldo…  For further details click here
24 Jun: Ferran Corominas does not feel 'valued' at FC Goa …  click here
25 Jun: SportsStar. ISL: Lenny Rodrigues extends FC Goa contract. The midfielder joined FC Goa in 2018 as a free agent, after his contract with Bengaluru FC expired, and has won two titles since... click here.

India’s original “turmeric latte”

24 Jun: BBC. The West has discovered turmeric only in the last decade or so and has lost no time in touting it as a “superfood”, adding fresh turmeric root to tea and coffee, in tall cold shakes and tiny potent shots… I have found turmeric-laden beverages in (mostly hipster) cafes and coffee shops everywhere from San Francisco to Melbourne. But in India, turmeric has been a staple kitchen ingredient for a long time, used both in its original rhizome or root form, and, more commonly now, in powdered form… But in India, turmeric has been a staple ingredient for centuries… It is used mainly as a colouring agent in traditional Indian cooking ... Food writer and author of The Flavour of Spice, Marryam Reshi told me, “I used to grow turmeric in my home in Goa so that I could make a local sweet called patholyo (also patoleo or patholi). Coarsely ground rice is mixed with black jaggery and then steamed between two turmeric leaves; that is what gives it a unique floral flavour.” ,,,  For further details click here
24 Jun: Best Media Info. Dairy Day launches Dairy Day Plus, Turmeric ice cream in Goa with immunity boosting ingredients …  click here

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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

Goan Association (UK)

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Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347


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