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Death: Geraldine (Gerry) Soares (nee Oliver)

25 May: Torda, Goa. GERALDINE (GERRY) SOARES (NEE OLIVER). Educator, age 93, ex Tabora, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mombasa, Kenya as Principal of Star of the Sea Girls School; Pune, India. Wife of the late George Soares, sister of Jessie(late Stan) D’Silva, Manchester, UK; Georgie (late Zeff) D’Souza, Bromley, UK; Juanita(Leslie) D’Souza, Mumbai Ida(late Alexander) D’Silva, Pune; Antoinette (late Nelson) Alphonso, Mumbai and Lynnette (Stan) Jacobs (Calgary, Canada). Funeral at Torda, Goa, May 28, 2016. click here.

News Summary

Seraphino Antao: Destiny denied champion sprinter Olympic glory

28 May: Daily Nation. By Roy Gachuhi. Seraphino Antao, who died of cancer in London in 2011 aged 74, was Kenya’s first international athletics champion… In the Perth, Australia Commonwealth Games in 1962 he won gold medals in the 100 yards and the 220 yards… Antao was a native of Mombasa… his father, Diogo Manuel, had immigrated to Kenya from Goa in the early 1920s and in Kenya met Anna Maria who had also come from Goa. Together, they had five children, Antao being the first born… In a contribution that was out of all proportion to their numbers, players from this community would later play a dominating role in a variety of sports in Kenya during the early independence years, especially in hockey, before migrations to Britain, Canada and Australia took their heavy toll on the national sports scene… 1779 words + photos. [Alert from Cynthia Correia of Nairobi] For full text, click here.  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice Seraphino Antao supplement, click here.  click here

Congress sees 'hidden agenda' in central body on dual citizenship

28 May: Business Standard. Congress today questioned the Union Government's proposal to set up a central authority in Goa to deal with the issue of dual citizenship. "Why do we need an authority to resolve dual citizenship issue? What is the hidden agenda? What is the objective?" Goa Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro said…  For further details click here
Dual dilemma. 28 May: The Goan. With a diaspora comprising 16 million, time ripe for dual citizenship …  click here

Divar Island: A stashed pearl

28 May: Free Press Journal. … Divar is a triangular river island sitting upon the river Mandovi, 5.8 km in length and averages to 3 km in width. From the Goan mainland, Divar appears a floating salver of mangroves hugging the river. As early in 1596, Dutch geographer Linschoten had mapped this island of Divar… There are several old churches and chapels and temples on the island. In the village of S. Matthias now also called Malar lies Igreja de Sao Matias erected in 1591. Indo-Portuguese architecture of old-charm houses can still be seen in Piedade village. Till, this day, the inhabitants are against a bridge as they want the island to retain its insularity. There is no crime and so there is no police station even… 922 words.  For further details click here

Memories of Goa

28 May: Utusan (Malaysia). The beauty of the beaches of Goa is absolutely no doubt, but these advantages make the smallest state in India it became a tourist from around the world. Located in the north of India, Goa, which formerly had been under occupation for 50 years is a Portuguese tourist destinations in Europe due to the focus of the beauty of the beach and the cost of cheap vacation… Still heavily influenced by Portuguese culture, Goa also has a row of historic buildings of the Portuguese government and are mainly located in the state capital, which is in Panjim… Visitors here adopt a healthy lifestyle since management did not provide sugar for drinks and meals, but also for vegetarian food preparation… Machine Translation – text in Malay.  click here

Lokmat initiates Goan of the Year Awards 2016

26 May: Lokmat, Maharashtra and Goa’s No 1 Marathi daily, which earlier organized Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards, hosted their 1st edition of ‘Lokmat Goan of the Year’ Awards 2016 on May 21st 2016 in Panjim, Goa… Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Mr. Julio Rebeiro, Ex-DGP, Indian Police Service (retd.) and Civil Servant and ‘Goan of the Year’ was awarded to Mr Rajdeep Sardesai, acclaimed media personality Consulting Editor of India Today Group, Former News Anchor and Editor-in-Chief of IBN 18 Network…  For further details click here

Winning against all odds

28 May: Herald. Alcoholism is a disease and there is no solution to bring a complete end to it. But by being a friend of Alcoholics Anonymous ( AA), I have come across many people who have not touched a drink for years together,” says Maria Viency Cardozo, a journalist by profession from Raia, South Goa, who took an interest in this issue when an Alcoholics Anonymous ( AA) group was set up in her village … Her book, titled, ‘ Diamonds Under My Feet: Touching Stories of Families Battling Alcoholism in Goa and Elsewhere’, features 17 true stories of victims of alcoholism as well as their family members that were either born into families with alcoholics or married to them…  For further details click here

Sabina: Iron Lady of Konkani tiatr

28 May: Herald. Sabina Eusebia Feliciana Fernandes, popularly known as Sabina on the tiatr stage, is originally from Cortalim but was brought up in Mumbai since she was little. She started her career on the Konkani stage in Mumbai at the age of 16. As a child, Sabina was very active in co-curricular activities and enjoyed singing Hindi songs and dancing. At the age of 6, when she was living in Dobitalao, a Satyanarayan puja was organised in the vicinity. “There was no dialogue and action on stage; I just had to be present as the bridesmaid. That was the beginning,” she relates…  For further details click here

On a clean sheet

28 May: Business Line. Run by rehabilitated sex workers, a laundry service in Goa celebrates its 10th anniversary with a book on its employees … This is Swift Wash, a mechanised laundry run by rehabilitated female sex workers from Baina, Goa’s red light area, which was partially demolished in 2004. Most of the workers here were trafficked from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. An initiative by the NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi (Arz), Swift Wash was founded in 2006 as a non-shelter alternative economic programme for women in prostitution, as well as other players in the commercial set-up, like brothel keepers and pimps … At the link select PressDisplay.  For further details click here



Acknowledgement: Delfina Rego Fernandes

The Fernandes family wish to express our gratitude and thanks for the many kind condolences following the death of our dear Mother Delfina Rego Fernandes. In particular, we thank those who took time to attend the Funeral Mass on the 10th of May, and to those who sent sympathy cards and flowers. We were amazed by the volume and magnitude of the tributes which greatly consoled us during this difficult time. Once again, many thanks and may God Bless you all.
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News Summary

Relief for Goans on dual citizenship issue

27 May: Times of India. There is good news for those Goans who are in a state of suspense on the issue of dual citizenship as the union home ministry has decided to constitute an 'authority' in Goa to look into the issue. In this regard, a notification would be issued soon… Union minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “We have already set up a committee (to look into the issue) and the report is final. Very soon we are going to create something like one authority. We don't want to decide in Delhi, it should be decided in Goa…  For further details click here
Centre to set up authority to deal with dual citizenship … 28 May: Navhind Times.  click here
‘Ensure voting rights of Portugal-registered Goans’… 27 May: Times of India. Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik, on Thursday demanded that the central government amend the Indian Citizenship Act so as to ensure that the voting rights of thousands of Goans, who have registered their births in Portugal, are not lost. Naik said that while around 26,000 Goans have already been deleted by the office of chief electoral officer, another 66,000 names would have been deleted had not the home ministry ordered to keep the process of deletion on hold… click here.

Saga of Disappearing Goan Cuisine

28 May: Navhind Times. President of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, Francisco de Braganca has time and again asserted that local Goan food needs to be promoted and should be a part of the tourism master-plan, adding that the Government alone cannot shoulder the blame. He says: “The trade itself has also to share the blame. We Goans, especially the shack owners, bring full teams of non-Goan chefs and waiters from far off places when the off-season sets in there and our season starts here. One cannot expect non-Goans to cook Goan food.” On the other hand he says Goan chefs find employment beyond the Goan shores, further adding to the decline of authentic restaurants. “Goan cuisine has disappeared from our plates and our memories too. Many of the younger generation of Goans don’t have any idea of some of the traditional Goan dishes. They are now extinct and part of history”, says Braganca… 1295 words.  For further details click here

Indian Christians take stance against land grabbing

25 May: UCAN. Some 3,000 Catholics from various parishes in the Mumbai Archdiocese protested what they called an unjust administrative decision to take away land belonging to a historic church. The protest began after the city's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp. (BMC) announced plans to demolish the cross inside the compound wall of Our Lady of Remedy Church, which was built by Portuguese missionaries in 1550. The corporation said the demolition was needed for widening a road, but Christian leaders in Mumbai like Dolphy D'Souza said the government has used road widening as an excuse for grabbing church property in the past…  For further details click here

Benaulim’s bartender set to showcase Goa's spirits at world class event

27 May: Herald. Goa’s very own Donovan Vaz has been selected as one of the top 20 bartenders in India. This is the first time Goa will be featuring in the Finals of Diageo World Class 2016, a competition to discover the world’s most talented, innovative and creative bartenders of 2016. Donovan Vaz comes from the family behind the popular Firefly Goan Bistro Bar in Benaulim, running the bar since 2012 and building himself a reputation and following thanks to his skill behind the bar. He will compete for the ultimate title at the finals to be held in Bangalore…  For further details click here

Dubai’s Goan Restaurants

27 May: Khaleej Times (Dubai). If you’ve never been to Goa, here are our recommendations of restaurants where the food will take you there. With friendly staff and homely décor, Eric’s in Karama is one of the best places for Goan food… Get a seafood grill for Dh40 or a veg platter for Dh28; the place won’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a more private dining space, then Alwin’s in Karama is what you’re looking for. With fantastic seafood starting at Dh12, Alwin’s will make you feel right at home. Try also Susegad Goa on Al Raffa Street… For those with a sweet tooth, Goan Shack on Khalid bin Al Waleed is the place for a good Goan dessert… For a celebration with friends, visit Viva Goa in Oud Metha… Casa de Goa in Bur Dubai serves a value-for-money beef xacuti for Dh35… Saibaa in Karama is another fantastic bet. Get their mackerel recheado for Dh22. Another place we loved and you should try, though not strictly Goan, is in Meena Bazaar. And our last tip: if you haven’t already tried the food truck look them up on social media to find out where they’re headed to next! [At the link select Press Display  For further details click here

Goa minister's take on drugs sparks row

27 May: PTI. Goa Minister Dayanand Mandrekar is at the centre of a row over his reported comment on availability of drugs in the state with the opposition parties like Congress and AAP attacking him over the issue saying it showed BJP government's "helplessness" in tackling the menace. Mandrekar today said that he had only voiced concern that the drug problem have travelled to hinterlands and are not confined to beach belt…  For further details click here

Coming soon to Goa... IIT

25 May: Herald. IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) has finally paved its way to Goa. Though it is starting with a capacity of 180 students at a temporary campus at Goa College of Engineering, Farmagudi, it has received a joyful welcome from Goan students as well as educationists. Beginning its first academic year this June, IIT Goa will initially offer electrical engineering, computer engineering and mechanical engineering streams…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Vision refocus need

ed but where’s the Vision document 21 May: Herald. Goa Tourism’s much touted, if not awaited vision document will be kept under the shade for a few more months as the various draft reports do their various rounds of consultation and approval gathering. Vibha Verma reports on what is going on till Goa tourism reaches its ultimate enlightenment - How to get tourists and what tourists want …  For further details click here



Acknowledgement: Dominic Mascarenhas

The family of the late Dominic Mascarenhas would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all the family, friends, medical team and clergy who supported Dominic (and us) during his illness by your prayers, telephone calls, emails, visits, food, flowers and encouragement. We are also thankful for all the heartfelt condolences, offerings of masses, generous charity donations and your presence at Dominic´s funeral on 6 May 2016. A special thanks to all the family who travelled from abroad. The various expressions of care, kindness, support and sympathy has meant a lot to us and continues to be a great source of comfort. In gratitude, Hazi, Joseph, Antje; Kalleen, Carlos, Darryl, Shaun; Ruby, Ricardo, Ryan, Rebecca & Rachel.
For the original death notice, click here.

Funeral Details: Pascoal Denis
PASCOAL AMOS SEBASTIAN ALMEIDA DENIS (M.B.S.) - 31/3/33 - 25/4/16. The Denis family are sad to announce that Pascoal Amos Sebastian Almeida Denis (M.B.S.) passed away on 25th April 2016 at the Coptic Hospital, Nairobi. Funeral service will take place at 9am on 31st May 2016 at Our Lady Queen of Peace, South B. Nairobi. Followed by cremation at Langata. Flowers to be sent to Montezuma Monalisa Funeral Director on 30th May 2016 at the latest. Location of Funeral Parlour: Off Mbagathi way, opposite Defence Forces‎. Tel: 020-2346928-9. Donations in his memory are to be made to the Society of St Vincent de Paul Kenya and condolences to be sent to
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News Summary

Rianna D’Souza: Teenage councillor sets her sights on road safety after winning seat at election

25 May: Hunts Post (UK), Following the Huntingdonshire elections earlier this month, St Ives Town Council has welcomed its youngest member to the body at just 18-years-old. Rianna D’Souza, an independent representative for St Ives South, won the seventh seat available on May 6 with 927 votes, and already has plans for the town… Councillor D’Souza, who studied at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, took an early interest in politics and decided to get involved after meeting serving councillor Daniel Rowe while working at Budgens in the town… And she’s determined not to let her age get in the way. In fact, Cllr D’Souza says more youngsters should get involved in their communities… 427 words.  click here
Rianna D'Souza of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, is the daughter of Una and Michael D'Souza, brother of Max. She was born in Welwyn Garden City. Her mother emigrated to the UK in 1963 from Nairobi and her father came in 1968 from Entebbe. They trace their Goan roots to the villages of Saligao and Tivim. Rianna last visited Goa in 2009 and her hobbies includes kayaking, going to the gym and interest in politics.

African diplomats skip event in protest over India 'racism and Afro-phobia'

26 May. Daily Nation (Kenya). African diplomats in New Delhi are set to boycott an event organised by the Indian government to protest what they called renewed “racism and Afro-phobia” against African students. In a protest to the Indian government, the envoys argued they would not attend Africa Day because they are “mourning” the Africans killed by mobs in India recently… The envoys, including Kenya’s High Commission to India Florence Weche, met on Tuesday and also agreed to recommend to their respective governments not to send any more students to India because of frequent attacks… Ms Weche told the Nation the ambassadors had instead chosen to organise their own celebrations alongside the week-long festivities planned by the Indian government…  For further details click here
Indians attacked in Congo over Olivier’s murder in Delhi … 27 May: Navhind Times.  click here
Audio: BBC World Service Radio Programme: Being African in India. 26 May. 20 minutes … Advance counter to 32m.45s. of the programme click here.

Activists move court to transfer Fr Bismarque’s case to CBI

27 May: Herald. A group of social activists has moved the High Court seeking directions to transfer investigation into the death of Fr Bismarque Dias to Central Bureau of Investigation. The matter will be heard on June 6. President of Goans for Goa, Kennedy Afonso, Convener of Musical Warriors group Sudeep Dalvi and Dr Samir Kelekar filed a criminal writ petition seeking justice. The petition seeks that the court intervenes into the matter by directing the State government to transfer the case to CBI as they do not have faith in the Goa Police’s investigation…  For further details click here

What India can learn from Portugal about embracing its history

26 May: DailyO. By Sunanda K Datta-Ray. The placid Portuguese have accepted the turn of destiny's wheel with a philosophic calm that should be a Hindu yogi's envy… There's no sign in Portugal of the wallowing in imperial glory that surfaces in Britain's nostalgic exhibitions and cloying literature. But there was certainly a flash of pride in 1998 when Lisbon celebrated the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's arrival in India on May 20, 1498. The event didn't go down well in India…  For further details click here

State announces schemes for Goan writers

26 May: Times of India. The state department of art and culture has notified a scheme to provide financial assistance to Goan authors and publishers. Any Goan publisher is eligible for the scheme provided the writer of the book is Goan … Under this scheme, up to 300 books will be purchased by the art and culture department, subject to a condition that the total amount should not exceed 50,000. Application forms are available at the department of art and culture, Patto, Panaji. The department has also notified a scheme to reward recipients of national and international awards…  For further details click here

Singapore: Goa: Rome In The Tropics

27 May: The Straits Times (Singapore). Ms Pia Rampal (photo), docent with Friends of the Museums (Singapore), will talk about the legacy of Goa as the cosmopolitan capital and centre of Christianity of Portugal’s eastern trading empire, Estado da India, spanning almost 450 years … Monday 30 May 11am – noon. Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore.  click here
27 May: Business Times (Singapore). Christian art with an Asian flavour. … From Lisbon's Museu de São Roque, two of St Francis' relics have been loaned - an elaborate silver reliquary casket carved in Goa, India, and a cloth sandal believed to have been the saint's shoe…  click here
Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour is on until Sept 11 at the Asian Civilisations Museum, click here.

Auction: A Settee

30 May: Cabral Moncada Leilões, Lisbon. Lot 997: An Articulated Settee,carved sissoo Figures of Hindu religion, Indian Palaces, Several imaginary animals, Bunches of grapes and vine leaves. Cane seats and backs, Western-India (Goa or Mumbai) Dim. - 148 x 178 x 96 cm. Estimate: 1,200 EUR - 1,800 EUR.  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

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, click here

Sun. 19 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 36th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co'. Tickets including snacks & a Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £15.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Eugene Fernandes Tel: 020 8665 4773 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 25 Jun. 7:00 pm to midnight. Goanman Entertainments presents Sao Joao Jump of Joy. St Anslems R.C Church Hall, The Green, Southall UB2 4BE. Live Band - Velvet Touch. Special Appearance by Young Perry Plus Various other Artistes. Raffle Prizes - Best Kopel Prize. Compere Roque Vaz. Food on Sale - Dias Caterers. No Bar/ Bring your own Drinks. Tickets: £9.00, Children under 9 years old Free. Limited Tickets. Dress code: Traditional / Casual. Contact: Gregory DeMello 02085679155 07886230433. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 26 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES' & 'NITELIFE'. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 TO 14 years £5 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 2 Jul. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 40th Anniversary of the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with 'Live' Music from 'HARMONICS' & Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. Tickets (include Snacks, Meal & Desert): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. For further details, please contact: Cancy Coutinho 07405 890175; Carmelita Alvares 07957 605964; Avita D'Souza 01293 522600; Gary Coutinho 07958 435147; Steve Alvares 07854 981804; Celia D'Costa 020 8407 9944. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 9 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE SENIOR CITIZENS COACH TRIP TO THE NEW FOREST. Coach pick up points: Norbury Station – 8:30 a.m. Tooting Library – 9:00 a.m. Greenford (BP Connect) UB6 8ST. 10.00 a.m. Members £15.00 - Non Members £19.00 from Chloe De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272 / Marilou De Souza on 020 8677 0390 / Lynsey Martins on 020 8657 8951 / or email: (Tickets include lunch and history talk)

Sat. 16 Jul: G.O.A. DAY WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA. Commencing at 11.30 a.m. with Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary followed by Holy Mass will be offered for friends and family of the Goan Community. Come and spend the time in the presence of one of the four statues commissioned by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 following the third apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Pope Benedict XV then sent the statues to the four corners of the earth in 1917 and this statue reached Europe and was later blest by Pope Pius X. Venue: St. Andrews RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey. CR7 7RD. Details from : Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314, Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288, / Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336, or email: For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 17 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT. Venue : Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Church Lane, Watford, WD25 8NN. Details from: Menino Mascarenhas on 01784 211832 / or Jacinto D'Silva on 0777 968162 /

Sun. 31 Jul: G.O.A. JUBILEE FESTIVAL. Venue: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from: Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314 or email:

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Death: Constancio (Cotadio) Fernandes

19 May Harrow, UK. CONSTANCIO PIEDADE DOMINGOS FERNANDES (COTADIO) (ex-Eldoret, Kenya). Beloved husband of Filomena Fernandes (Gomen). Father of Rosario (Tony), Inacio (Vincent), John, Bosco, Savio & Blaise Fernandes. Father-in-law OF Belinda, Sabina, Alda, the late Amelia, Asina & Jolene. Grandfather of Vanessa, Aylwin, Gavin, Jose, Keira, Rachel, Darren & Joshua. Son of the late Anton Rosario & Isabella Fernandes. Brother of the late Sacramenta Sequeira. Son-in-law Of the late Constancio and Maria Rosada Pereira (Costao Tailors, Margao, Goa). Godfather of the late Joe D'Silva, Constancio Pereira. Uncle of late Jose Mario & Marriano (Alphonso), Estelle, Conceicao, Milu, Rosario, Augustine & Santana. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at 10.00 am at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 191 High Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 5EE. Followed by burial at Carpenders Park Lawn Cemetery, Oxhey Lane, Watford, WD19 5RL Condolences to

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UK: New Event Announcement

Sat. 25 Jun. 7:00 pm to midnight. Goanman Entertainments presents Sao Joao Jump of Joy. St Anslems R.C Church Hall, The Green, Southall UB2 4BE. Live Band - Velvet Touch. Special Appearance by Young Perry Plus Various other Artistes. Raffle Prizes - Best Kopel Prize. Compere Roque Vaz. Food on Sale - Dias Caterers. No Bar/ Bring your own Drinks. Tickets: £9.00, Children under 9 years old Free. Limited Tickets. Dress code: Traditional / Casual. Contact: Gregory DeMello 02085679155 07886230433.  For further details click here

‘Dog’s Dinner’ van pair fined in food scandal

24 May: Daily Express (UK). David Pegg, 45, and William Uzzell, 70, were each fined £8,000 for supplying the meat in unmarked bags from the unrefrigerated van to Royly Da Silva (photo), who owned Indian and Goan catering company Royal Food. Suspicious neighbours tipped off council investigators after spotting Pegg and Uzzell’s Dog’s Dinner van making deliveries to professional chef Da Silva, who has been fined £6,500… Da Silva, 37, led investigators to a lock-up garage in an alley where they found a chest freezer packed with beef patties, raw chicken, samosas and prawn rissoles for a London Indian food festival to be attended by 15,000 people… Da Silva, of Swindon, who boasted of a five-star hygiene rating in providing food for public events, was fined last month after admitting 16 food safety breaches…  click here
Pet food company supplied meat littered to Indian food festival chef … 24 May: the Mail (UK). 1095 words + 11 photos + Comments.  click here
Video: 26 July 2002: MeninodeValpoi. Chef Royly Da Silva with his ROYAL FOOD at Goan Festival 2012, Cranford, Hounslow. 20m. 05s. click here.

Canada: Track and field records shattered by Brampton students at ROPSSAA

24 May: Brampton Guardian. There were record-setting performances from Brampton athletes at the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) track and field championships held Thursday and Friday at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton… Joshua DeSouza who runs for d’Youville captured the maximum allowable three individual gold medals at the meet. In the junior boy’s division, DeSouza was first in the 3,000m, 1,500m and 800m. His twin brother Jonathan was second in both the 3,000m and 1,500 and finished fourth in the 800m. Jonathan competed despite battling a painful knee injury…  For further details click here
Joshua and Jonathan DeSouza were born in Mississauga, ON and are the sons of Savio & Arlene DeSouza; grandchildren of Ted & Margaret DeSouza who emigrated to Canada in 1970 from Mombasa, Kenya.

Suspended dentist Desmond D'Mello has 'no intention of ever practising dentistry again'

24 May: Nottingham Post (UK). Last year, the General Dental Council (GDC) confirmed Mr D'Mello has applied for "voluntary erasure" from its register of dentists. Mr D'Mello was suspended in August 2014 after a whistle-blower filmed him failing to change his gloves and not cleaning dental instruments between patients at his practice in Daybrook. The revelation led to the biggest recall in the history of the NHS, with 22,000 patients who had been treated by D'Mello over a career spanning 30 years, offered blood tests to check for diseases such as hepatitis C… In an email to the GDC, Mr D'Mello wrote: "I would like to confirm that I will not be attending or be represented at the hearing on 6th May 2016 as I repeat I have applied for voluntary erasure from the GDC register and have no intention of ever practising dentistry again." …  For further details click here

Protestors decry caste prejudice within India’s Catholic Church

24 May: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. Some 1,500 Christians recently rallied in the southeastern Indian city of Kadapa after the kidnapping and beating of a Catholic bishop by three of his own priests, in an incident protesters see as reflective of caste prejudice within India’s Catholic Church. In late April, Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, was abducted and beaten. Police later charged 14 people in the assault, including three of Gallela’s own priests, who were reportedly upset over personnel appointments they had sought that the bishop denied… The May 16 rally in the city of Kadapa was staged to protest what organizers see as a weak response to the Gallela case from Catholic leaders in India, which they suspect is likely related to the fact that Gallela is a Dalit, meaning an “untouchable” under the ancient caste system, while the arrested priests are upper-caste…  For further details click here

Aam Aadmi Party dips its toes in Goan waters

24 May: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. On a blistering Sunday afternoon in Panaji, established national parties and the myriad regional outfits in Goa felt the heat following an impressive rally by the Aam Aadmi Party. As rivals reeled from the scale and organisation of the May 22 event, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is Delhi's chief minister, formally announced that the party would contest all 40 seats in next year’s elections for the Goa Assembly. Though AAP is clearly just testing the political waters in the state, both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party were stung into a response by noon the next day… 1074 words.  For further details click here


Men Against the Sun

DRAMA: Men Against the Sun. Talking Pictures (Freeview 81). Sunday 29th May. 15:15 to 16:25. Cast includes Flavia Andrade as 'Rani'. An adventure story dealing with the building of a railway from Mombasa to Uganda at the turn of the century. It tells of a group of people and the many difficulties that beset them, including that of two man-eating lions. A Kenya - Britain coproduction, the first in fact. 1952.

COOKERY: Jamie's Great Britain. Good Food (Freeview 133). Sunday 29th May. 17:00 to 18:00. The Heart of England. Jamie Oliver celebrates the diversity of British food. In Leicester, he buys some fresh Indian vegetables.

TRAVEL: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Sunday 29th May. 19.00 to 22:00. Oman to the Maldives. Episode 4. Simon travels from Oman to Mumbai, the Indian Ocean's biggest port and home to the seething festival of Ganesh. Next stop is the Maldives, where Simon is shocked by the sight of 'rubbish island'.

COOKERY: Ramsay's Best Restaurant. Food Network (Freeview 41). Monday 30th May. 22:00 to 23:00. Indian. Gordon Ramsay goes to Prashad in Bradford, run by a young husband and wife team with an enthusiasm for vegetarian cuisine. The restaurant has just 30 seats and is the smallest in the competition, but the family behind it has big ambitions.

TRAVEL: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve . Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Thursday 2nd June. 21:00 to 22:00..
Sri Lanka to Bangladesh. Episode 5. Simon visits the north of Sri Lanka, where the national army recently crushed minority Tamil forces to end a 30-year war. Later Simon investigates prawn farming in India and Bangladesh, which is devastating local environments.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea. Good Food (Freeview 133). Friday 3rd June. 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Seafood delights with top chef Rick Stein. Rick cooks a special dish of a Goan seafood curry for all his staff.


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Book in celebration of Kenyan pioneering (wo)men of letters

30 Apr: Daily Nation (Kenya). The In-Between World of Kenya’s Media: South Asian Journalism 1900-1992 by Zarina Patel (photo). … For many Kenyan non-Asian readers, today starved of their history, not many of the names of the Asian journalists would ring a bell. Maybe some still remember Joe Rodrigues, described by Cyprian Fernandes in this book as ‘arguably the finest South Asian journalist in Kenya’ … Lorraine Saldanha (Alvares) … Norman Da Costa … Olinda Fatima Fernandes … Pio Gama Pinto … Saude George … These are just but some of the names that the Zarina has extracted from the archives or from the stories of other journalists talking about their peers or relatives…  click here
Kenya: A tale of South Asian journalists documented … 21 May: The Star (Kenya). … Each journalist, together with the work that they did. For example you have Cyprian Fernandes, in the book, alongside his picture and his article, his press cuttings, some of them…  click here
Tribute to South Asian journalists … 2 May: Standard (Kenya). click here.

Goa’s boys

23 May: Mid Day The roster of talent that Goa has bequeathed to the country is a long and illustrious one. From artists like Francis Newton Souza, and Mario Miranda, to advertising gurus like Frank Simoes and the Da Cunha brothers, to writers like Frank and Dom Moraes, the contribution of India’s tiniest state is immense. And this weekend Goa recognised some of her own. Super cop Julio Riberio (photo) received the lifetime achievement award at the Pride of Goa annual Goan of the Year award. A previous winner had been internationally renowned architect legend Charles Correa, who along with Ribeiro, shared a palpable commitment to the greater good. Viva Goa! [At the link, select Press Display]  For further details click here

One Pot Wonders: Goan Lamb Curry

23 May: Woman’s Day Magazine, New Zealand. Serves 4 preparation 15 minutes cooking 2 hours, 35 minutes. 4 lamb shanks (1.75kg) 2 tablespoons ground coriander 2 tablespoons ground turmeric 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon chilli powder 2 red onions, roughly chopped 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked, roots and stems reserved 7cm piece ginger, peeled, sliced 4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 / cup vindaloo curry paste 3 2 tablespoons tomato paste 15 curry leaves 2 litres water yoghurt … [At the link, select Press Display]  For further details click here

Small signs of India in Portugal

23 May: Asian Age. By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray (photo). … It will be 518 years next week since Vasco da Gama landed at Calicut, Kerala, on May 27, 1498 to inaugurate a new form of alien rule in the subcontinent that lingered till 1961 when India liberated Goa… The exodus of Goans to Portugal might suggest that many Goans are still not reconciled to absorption in India. On the other hand, it could illustrate the opportunism that is often the dominant Indian characteristic. The Portuguese government grants full citizenship rights to anyone born before 1961 in Goa, Daman and Diu and to their children and grandchildren. According to some estimates, between three and four lakh Goans took advantage of this clause after Portugal joined the European Union in 1986. Another assessment is that 11,500 Goans opted for Portuguese citizenship between 2008 and 2013. Moreover, at least 20,000 Goans have settled down in Britain with their Portuguese-EU papers. Many have never set foot in Portugal… 976 words.  For further details click here

A concrete jungle in a quaint village

24 May: Times of India. Most remember the twin villages of Merces and St Cruz as the land of toughies. At some point the national highway cut through the twins, and Merces stood on its own. Merces has been a drive-by village of 15,000 people until it evolved as a satellite of Panaji… At the height of the Portuguese passports euphoria, the Merces toughies flew off to Swindon and Merces shed its toughies tag…  For further details click here

Catholic voters looking for alternative in AAP

24 May: Times of India. Even as he welcomed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's announcement that AAP will contest all seats in the state for the next assembly election, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that party will not be able to open "its account" in the state… AAP, Parsekar said, would create inroads in Congress constituencies as the Catholic voters were in search of an alternative, quickly adding that the educated Catholic would never vote for the AAP."Some Catholics are disgruntled with the BJP and are testing AAP as an alternate option, and even then they will not accept AAP in Goa," Parsekar said. People of Goa do not vote on "emotions", they only vote for sincere candidates, he opined…  For further details click here

CSIR launches anti-diabetes drug in Goa

4 May: Times of India. Council for scientific and industrial research (CSIR) launched the country's first Ayurvedic anti-diabetes drug, BGR-34. The drug targets type 2 diabetes mellitus and has been scientifically validated for its efficacy and safety, said CSIR scientists. AIMIL Pharmaceutical (India) Limited will market the drug in the country… the drug has a combination of six herbs that not only help control sugar levels, but also act as anti-oxidants… BGR-34 has been economically priced at Rs 5 per tablet…  For further details click here
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Auction: Carving in coconut strung on silver filigree

25 May: Alcala Subastas, Spain. Lot 442: Jícaras couple in coconut strung on silver filigree. Indoportugés, Goa, S. XVII-XVIII Height: 15 cms. … Opening price: 900 EUR  For further details click here

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26 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 38.3. Min = 26.3.
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.89; $ = 67.62; $Can = 51.51; Euro = 75.33; Aus = 48.60;


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Swindon: Pet food delivery pair face hefty fines

23 May: Swindon Advertiser. Pet food traders facing a number of food hygiene breaches have been slapped with hefty fines after an undercover investigation found a filthy van making deliveries of pet food to a caterer who supplied a number of ethnic festivals with food including Swindon's Goan Festival… residents in Swindon became suspicious when their delivery van – emblazoned with “The Dog’s Dinner” - was seen making deliveries of food to a man who supplied Goan and Indian food to a number of festivals around the country. Royly Da Silva, 37, of Salisbury Street was the owner of the now closed catering company Royal Food, and last month he received a court fine of £6,500 after admitting 16 food safety breaches… 523 words.  click here

Goan Vinegar is going Global

23 May: Times of India. The humble Goan vinegar is going global, literally, with the Journal of Food Science reporting it as the possible next big superfood. The fact is that the uses of this acidic liquid extend much beyond adding the sour, zingy tang to traditional Goan Christian cuisine like the sorpotel, vindaloo, meat roast, and the like… The Goan vinegar is made by fermenting toddy, which is the sap of the coconut tree… The science behind the making of vinegar basically involves fermenting the chosen base liquid to alcohol, which is then oxidised by air and bacterial action to yield vinegar…  For further details click here

Salvaging tradition, one hymn at a time

23 May: Times of India. Traditional hymns, litanies, motets and prayers in Konkani, Latin, and Portuguese, widely sung in churches in Goa and passed down through generations would have died a fast death if Fr Antonio da Costa , from Curtorim, hadn't stepped up to the challenge and written them down from memory. Composed by mestres da igreja , whose names are unknown, many of the hymns have become an integral part of Goan Christian culture after being sung for 450 years, Costa believes. He has preserved 160 of these hymns in his latest book 'Songs of Praise - Adlim Kristi Bhogtigitam', a treasury of Goan traditional Catholic devotional hymns…  For further details click here

‘Music has become province of those who can afford it’

24 May: Navhind Times. Trinity College of Music, London, has been conducting piano and violin workshops in Candolim. As part of the programme, students and their professors will be performing a joint concert at Art Chamber in Calangute today on May 24 at 7 p.m. One of the professors Karl Lutchmayer, who traces his roots to Goa, spoke about his work and passion for music…  click here

Goa can emulate Paris as fashion destination'

22 May: IANS. Fashion shows are important for a tourist destination like Goa and in the years to come the coastal state could emulate Paris as a global destination for fashion events, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said … "For a state like Goa, fashion shows are important. When we have accepted that we are a tourist destination, it is but natural that fashion shows, which also go hand in hand with tourism, become important," Parsekar said…  For further details click here

BJP Seeks Delhi Chief Minister Arvind

Kejriwal's Apology For 'Defaming' Goa 23 May: NDTV. Accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of defaming Goa, BJP today demanded his apology for stating that the coastal state has become a destination for "sex, drug and gambling". "Kejriwal should apologise to the people of Goa for making statements which defame the state. He should apologise for terming Goa as drugs, sex and gambling destination," BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told reporters…  For further details click here

Beauty treatment for Goa airport

23 May: Times of India. A year and half after its commissioning, complaints about tardy planning and uncleanliness at the new terminal building of the Goa international airport have not ceased. Conditions at the airport may improve as plans to spruce up the premises are afoot … Goa airport administration has received a lot of flak for unhygienic conditions of its wash rooms and above all for the pitiful planning of the building…  For further details click here

Auction: Ivory Madonna and Child

25 May: Matthew Barton, London W14. Lot 78. An Indo-Portuguese Ivory Madonna and Child, Goa, 18th/19th Century. carved holding the Holy Infant with orb, her cloak with pierced edging and standing on a seraphim set cloud. 13cm high. Estimate: 300 GBP - 500 GBP.  For further details click here


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Video: AAP stuns Goa politics; pulls 10k plus crowd

22 May: Prudent Media. AAP Goa meet: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appeals Goans to replicate Delhi model against corruption, questions BJP-Congress on Mining, Casinos …  click here
Kejriwal blames BJP, Congress for Goa's image of sex, drugs 22 May: Times of India. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP's national convener said that the erstwhile Congress projected Goa as a tourist destination for "sex, drugs and gambling," but the BJP-led government didn't change this definition of Goa either…  click here
Kejriwal calls for a revolution in Goa … 23 May Times of India. click here.

Liposuction proves fatal for woman

22 May: Times of India. Bernadette Mascarenhas, 55, a resident of Ansabhat in Mapusa, who underwent the cosmetic surgery at a beauty clinic in Panaji, died allegedly due to medical negligence. Mapusa police have registered a case of culpable homicide under section 304 read with 34 of IPC against a Delhi-based doctor and the proprietor of the beauty clinic. The alleged case has been registered against Dr S Arora,.. The son of the deceased Stephen D'Cunha lodged a complaint against the doctor and clinic for medical negligence…  For further details click here

Tar balls mar state’s shoreline

22 Mat: Times of India. The long stretches of the sandy beaches in the state's four major coastal talukas of Pernem, Bardez, Salcete and Canacona, still frequented by tourists despite the extreme heat, have been devastated by accumulation of tar balls. The oily patches or blobs of dark matter have spread out on some of the popular beaches, besmearing the soft and white sandy shoreline. The sticky substance has been causing discomfort and inconvenience to tourists, locals and others…  click here

Canacona locals claim teenage gang waylaying people

22 May: Times of India. Locals in Canacona have alleged that a gang of 25 teenagers are blocking roads at night, threatening commuters with weapons and forcing them to part with their valuables. A citizens' group called 'Jagruk committee' convened a special meeting to discuss the problem on Saturday. Councillors of various Canacona municipality wards were present along with the vice-chairperson and chairperson. Retired headmaster Shantaji Gaonkar stated that while several of such cases have occured lately, the police are yet to take action against the culprits…  For further details click here

Going to Goa? Don't hire vehicles with white number plates

22 May: Mid-Day. If you’re going to visit Goa and have planned to rent a bike or car, keep this in mind: Don’t hire a vehicle with white number plates. Apart from the tourist taxis and rental self-drive vehicles that have yellow number plates, there are private two-wheelers and four-wheelers with white number plates, which are illegally rented out. Since October, there is a crackdown on those driving around in them… Once tourists on a vehicle with a white number plate are stopped, attempts to contact the dealer go in vain, and the vehicle is seized. The current situation has come about because of a moratorium on new rent-a-bike and rent-a-car licences by the Goa government following pressure from the tourist taxi owners’ association. The problem is directly related to the high fares charged by tourist taxis in Goa, as there is no public transport in Goa after 7 pm. … :  For further details click here

TTAG wants missing Goan cuisine back in coastal restaurants

22 May: Herald. One of the major stakeholders in the tourism industry – Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) – has sought at least partial replacement of non-Goan dishes with the authentic traditional local cuisines served in restaurants along the coastal belt. In a long list of observations, TTAG pointed out to the absence of authentic Goan cuisine in the coastal stretch… The association also opined that the government needs to be advised that every shack must necessarily have a certain percentage of local dishes besides, giving authentic Goan restaurants tax exemptions and other support so that they can successfully compete in the market.,,  For further details click here

‘Man plays a major role in woman’s empowerment’

22 May Navhind Times. Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha (photo) is a multi-talented personality. She is a writer, lecturer and social worker. In a candid chat with NT NETWORK she speaks about her early days, her inspirations, issues which are close to her heart, her writings and why she believes women are superior to men ,,,  For further details click here

Arms, ammunition, drugs, explosives can be moved into Goa with no one looking

22 May. Herald, With terror threats continuing to reach Goa’s Police and intelligence agencies, it is vital to see if even the minimum levels of policing is being done at our borders. The Herald Investigating Team went on a mission to three border check posts carrying items in their car which should have caught the eye of the border patrol as suspicious. None of their cars were even stopped at check posts that were either unmanned or had one home guard, the CCTVs hardly functioned, and the police had no weapons. Read this shocking eye opener …  For further details click here

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