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Death: Archbishop Emeritus Henry Sebastian D'Souza

27 Jun: Kolkata, ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF KOLKATA HENRY SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA. Passed away following age-related illness. He was 90 and passed away in his home peacefully. Active in Church-related work, he was the Archbishop of Kolkata from 1986 till his retirement in 2002. D'Souza was well-known internationally as he was the Archbishop when Mother Teresa died. Later on he played a crucial role in initiating the process of canonising her as saint.  For further details click here
Archbishop D'Souza’s parents were from Saligao.  For further details click here

Sylvester D'Souza: Update and Funeral details

22 Jun: Karachi. SYLVESTER D’SOUZA of Antonian Apartments passed away peacefully at Holy Family Hospital. Born in Goa in 1931. He was the beloved husband of late Olga D’Souza, loving father of John /Flory (Calgary), Fidelis/ Celisa(Richmond, B.C.), Fred/Veronica (Calgary); cherished grandfather of Joel, Joshua, Nathan and Nevyn; fond brother of late Martha D’Souza (Karachi) and Ann/Late Mel Modi (Calgary); brother-in-law of John/Late Blanche D’Souza(Goa), Philomena/Joseph Gois (Daly City, CA). Sylvester's cheerful and friendly nature will be dearly missed by family and friends all over. Funeral on June 27th, 2016 at St. Anthony's Parish, Karachi, Pakistan with viewing at 3.30p.m. and funeral mass at 4.00p.m. Condolences may be sent to or

Death: Larry Vaz

24 Jun: Toronto. LARRY VAZ. Ex Tanga, Tanzania. Died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Larry will be lovingly remembered by Clare, his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 62 years, together with their children Lincoln (Elaine), Lisette (Kevin), Luanna (Derrick) and Lola. Larry will also be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren Tamara, Andrew, Alex, Tiffany, Emerald, Tyler, Adam and Eleanor, his brothers Aloysious(Zerina) and Johnny (Ramona), his sisters Lily (late Aristo), Lina (Simplicio), Angela (Auggie) and Regina (Bill). He was predeceased by brothers Hillary (Louisa), Leslie and Anthony. Larry lived his life to the fullest and his jovial nature not only made him the life of any party but also drew everyone to him. He was generous with his time and was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. Combined with his keen intelligence, there was no problem that he could not solve. He was an avid photographer, creating beautiful works of art as well as capturing many precious memories. Larry loved his family deeply and could never get enough of them. All those who knew Larry were rewarded with a wealth of wisdom, love and caring that he bestowed unconditionally. Details of the visitation and funeral arrangements will be posted here shortly. Condolences to:

News Summary

Brexit has given voice to racism

27 Jun: The Guardian (UK). By Miqdaad Versi. I have collated more than 100 reports of racist incidents since the EU referendum. The result seems to have unleashed a Pandora’s box of bigotry and Islamophobia – one that will require strong collective action to close. While before the perpetrators were usually keyboard warriors, waging their xenophobic battle online, now more and more reports are emerging of real-life physical and verbal confrontations… The EU referendum result has perhaps emboldened racists by leading them to believe that the majority agree with their views on immigration and legitimising public expressions of hatred … 639 words.  For further details click here
27 Jun: New Zealand Herald. Brexit: Racist incidents has UK worried what referendum has wrought … 813 words.  click here
Video: 27 Jun: Internal Business Times. Brexit's racist backlash: Hate speech and xenophobia catalogued on social media… 3m. 42s. click here.

Video: Will Govt rescue Goans in UK?

27 Jun: Prudent Media. Goans are upset with the news of Brexit, political fraternity demands Union Govt to intervene and rescue UK-Goans in trouble. Govt should (photo) activate its NRI cell in the state and rescue Goans stuck in UK. He says Goa Forward will form ' Goans Counselling & Rehabilitation Front' for BREXIT affected people of Goa in UK.
Luizinho Faleiro: Govt should allow the Goans dual citizenship, so that people will not suffer. Union Govt should reach out to Goans in UK.
Narendra Sawaikar: Govt will assess the situation and if needed will approach the Home ministry and External Affairs ministry for assistance for Goans back in UK.
Vishnu Wagh: Govt should allow the Goans to allow the Goans with Indian Citizenship. He says people from his constituency will be most affected… 2m. 12s.  For further details click here

Nettie Fernandes, 87, missing from shelter home found dead, case against caretaker

27 Jun: Herald. Porvorim police have cracked the kidnapping case of an elderly woman with the arrest of the two accomplices of Dileshwar Patra. However, the 87-year-old Natividade ‘Nettie’ Teodora Fernandes has been found dead prompting police to register a case of murder... In March 2012 Patra befriended the victim at Reach Out, the Moira Home for the Aged.. She spent on him lavishly. However he was thrown out of the job in Feb. 2016. A day later, he convinced the victim to leave the shelter home and rented a flat at Socorro for her… Nettie Fernandes signed cheques for withdrawal of money but when she realized his intention, she threatened to expose him. To silence her, Patra – a West Bengal native contacted the two ex-jail inmates and plotted to kill her. They smothered her with a pillow and dumped her body in an isolated plantation at Bicholim, the police said...  For further details click here
For the Reach Out Moira website,  click here

India to roll out new multiple-entry visa to attract foreign tourists

26 Jun: International Business Times. India is planning to soon introduce a long-term multiple entry visa which would combine business, tourist, medical and conference visas all-into-one. The step is being taken in order to attract more foreigners and boost trade. Under the new category whether they come for leisure, for business trip, medical treatments, film shoots or for attending conferences in India, will all be covered under the new category… Just like the U.S., India will now offer a multiple-entry 10 year visa wherein the visitor will not be allowed to work or stay indefinitely, a government official was quoted as saying by the news agency. In that case, the visiting non-Indian will not be allowed to stay in India over a period of 60 days… The home ministry is working on the proposal, which will be implemented soon… 327 words.  For further details click here

Mississauga: Olympio Fernandes: “India will win hockey medal in Rio”

26 June: Times of India. Olympio Fernandes, the goalkeeper of the World Cup winning team in 1975, has asserted that the Indian hockey is set to recapture its past glory and the national team will definitely return home with a medal from the Rio Olympics… “ India hockey has found the right formula to reach the top once again," Fernandes, who is settled in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga and works for Nissan Canada, said … The Goa-born goalkeeper, who represented India from 1975 to 1980, pointed out that the reluctance of India and Pakistan to adapt to astroturf played a major role in the decline of hockey in the sub-continent… 671 words.  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Olympia Fernandes,  click here

Cracking Goa’s booming crab market

27 Jun: Navhind Times. Commercial crab farming is being recently promoted in Goa. It is an economically feasible activity that can generate high returns to fish farmers, reports Shoma Patnaik Seafood that is highly popular in Goa is crabs. Check out the scene and discover that ‘kurlio’ or crab cooked in hot and spicy masala is relished food in many homes … The rate of crabs in Panaji market is high and it can burn a hole in the pocket. The price ranges between Rs 50-Rs 80 per crab (for a small, palm-sized variety). For slightly larger specimens the rate is around Rs 350-Rs 400 for a bunch of five crabs… Crab cultivation has not taken off in Goa but nearby in Sindhudurg area of Maharashtra, women in coastal areas are doing it with great success, according to experts in fishing… 1027 words.  For further details click here

McDonald’s first restaurant arrives at Goa

27 Jun: India Infoline. McDonald’s new restaurant has found abode in the much loved Mall De Goa, a mall centrally located on National Highway 17, Porvorim and easily accessible from all routes in the state. Westlife Development Limited, owner of the Master Franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants in West & South India through its subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Private Limited (HRPL), officially announced its entry in the State of Goa with the inaugural of its first restaurant on June 28, 2016. Goans love their food and McDonald’s is all set to get everyone lovin’ it in one of the most visited tourist destinations of India… the iconic Maharaja Mac is the equivalent of Big Mac … the offerings include the McChicken Burger, Filet-o-Fish, McAlooTikki, McSpicy Chicken & Veg, Pizza McPuff, Chicken McGrill, McEgg Burger to Saucy Wraps …  For further details click here

Blogging: A trend that hopes to never go out of fashion

26 Jun: Times of India. Blogging does well for some leisurely reading on a balmy afternoon. A majority of the handful of blogs on Goa contain information and tips for tourists visiting the sunny state. Then, there are some that are personal musings about all things Goan, while others are ramblings on the current socio-political scenario… Flexcia D'Souza's (photo) obsession with trendy clothing, travel and trysts with make-up, beauty and street style got her noticed and bagged her an invitation to the recently-concluded India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW), at Miramar… Saligao girl Jade D'Sa (photo) gained immense popularity on social media with her 'Oh-so-Goan' posts on her blog named 'That Goan Girl', a sort of online diary during her travels to Malaysia and Canada … 992 words.  For further details click here


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Brexit: Immigrants told to 'leave UK now': Baroness Warsi

26 Jun: Independent (UK). Baroness Warsi warned the scars left by EU referendum campaign can be seen in the streets of the country … The former chairwoman of the Conservative Party switched from backing Leave to Remain over concerns "lies and hate" were being spread by pro-Brexit politicians… She told Sky News: "I've spent most of the weekend talking to organisations, individuals and activists who work in the area of race hate crime, who monitor hate crime, and they have shown some really disturbing early results from people being stopped in the street and saying look, we voted Leave, it's time for you to leave. And they are saying this to individuals and families who have been here for three, four, five generations. The atmosphere on the street is not good”. Her comments come as a number of politicians have voiced concerns it has unleashed xenophobia and racism… 636 words + comments  click here
Video: Sky News: Baroness Warsi: 'The Atmosphere On The Street Is Not Good'… 0m. 46s.  click here
26 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). Spate of racist attacks blamed on Brexit vote … click here.

Brexit: No Freedom of Movement. By Selma Carvalho.

26 June: The Goan. A synopsis of what Brexit will mean to Portuguese Goans in Britain... Abel Nunes, a teacher, who has been in Swindon for 17 years said, ‘We will have to wait and see, change cannot be drastic or too quick. It’s a waiting game.’ … Nelson Carvalho, President of the Goan Swindon Association noted, ‘For the moment, it’s business as usual. I don’t think it will have much impact on those already here’...Eddie Fernandes, 'Greater immigration controls are inevitable and it will probably take about six months to kick in.'… Ravi Vaz, President of the Goan Association UK, said, ‘I don’t see the Goan workforce already employed in the UK being impacted, however there could possibly be an impact on Goans who are part of the benefits system… 754 words.  For further details click here

Editorial: Helping Brexit Goans Resettle in Goa

27 Jun: Navhind Times. Britain’s exit from the European Union is likely to affect thousands of Goan-origin immigrants in that country holding a Portuguese passport. A number of such Goans might have to return to Goa and face problems as they surrendered their Indian citizenship. They would not be able to enjoy benefits at par with Indian citizens unless a new law is adopted to fast track their regaining of Indian nationality. The Goans who stay on would lose the dole they were getting. Hard economic logic could persuade Britain not to force out-migration of Goans as they are engaged in doing works that the English do not take up… 785 words.  For further details click here

Femnet: Issue 51

June: From Betsy Pinto. After FEMNET's 4th Birthday celebrations, we are back to the normal production of our Monthly Newsletter. In our Issue 51, we have articles dealing with the issue of educational choices both from the perspective of parents and children. We have a new slant on what happens when we set difficult needs for our parents. We then explore new encouraging developments in the field of human resources. Intriguing is the only word that comes to mind when dealing with the proposition of treating a ‘Story’ as a ‘Prayer’. It reminds us that singing hymns is also a form of prayer. Betsy Pinto-Nunes Founder  For further details click here

Video: Lucky escape for Goa mayor, six others as boat capsizes

26 Jun: India TV News. Mayor Surendra Furtado, two journalists and four others had a lucky escape when the weed-removal mechanism outfitted boat they were in capsized in a creek. The mayor had to be dragged from under the boat, even as all others onboard escaped unhurt but ended up drenched in the sewage-lined water of the creek, swollen by the monsoon torrents… "I am lucky to survive. It is God's grace," Furtado said, after he was pulled ashore by onlookers…  click here
Video: HCN News. 2m. 16s.  click here

The Quest for Cruzo: Remembering a Bombay artist who painted the rich but identified with the poor

24 Jun: Scroll. By Ranjit Hoskote. Antonio Piedade da Cruz, a widely admired 20th century painter, has been relegated to amnesia by the fickle art world… Given my fascination with the work of artists active in Goa and in the Goan diaspora, and my research interest in Bombay’s fertile art scene between the 1950s and the 1980s, I was transported into delight by these paintings… Variously known in the course of his long career as Cruzo and d’Cruz, Antonio Piedade da Cruz (c. 1895-1982) was born in Velim, Salcete, in Portuguese-ruled Goa… The Quest for Cruzo: A Homage to the Art of Antonio Piedade da Cruz, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, will be on display at Sunaparanta: Goa Centre for the Arts from June 30 to July 20, 2016. 1588 words.  For further details click here
The adventures of a forgotten Cruzo. 26 Jun: Times of India. 860 words.  click here

Goa's man of many missions: Eduardo Faleiro

26 Jun: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. During my twenty-year tenure with Newsweek magazine in New York as its United Nations Bureau Chief I had the good fortune to have met an entire cross-section of personalities… I connected with a delightful personality, the first Goan Union Minister and five-time Lok Sabha member, Eduardo Faleiro who will soon turn 76 … There is a refreshing candour about them: he has the capacity to call a spade a spade without indulging in convoluted explanations… Faleiro is a favourite father figure in Goa. Even today he immerses himself in questions which affect the Goan diaspora, striving to open opportunities for Goans around the globe … 923 words.  For further details click here

Tourism Minister expresses concerns over poor facilities at Goa airport

26 Jun: Financial Express. Goa airport faces several problems like inadequate number of immigration counters, poor housekeeping, limited food outlets and inferior quality of civil work, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said and requested the Centre to address these issues ahead of the tourist season. “The state tourism industry is alarmed and concerned at the lack of world-class facilities at the Goa airport which receives thousands of international travellers,” Paruelkar has said in a communication to Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju… A false ceiling in the communication room of the airport had fallen down last week …  click here

A doctor who draws Americans to experience Goa

26 Jun: Herald. Through sheets of rain, we witness a group of 13 American students who’ve travelled a long way from West Virginia learning to weave a mat from river reed and grass … Interestingly Dr Anibel Ferus Comelo, a Goan by origin, associated with the William and Mary College is the one communicating between the American students and the women of Paroda … Dr Anibel annually brings students from West Virginia on their summer break to learn and understand the culture of Goans … He plans their stay in Goa and give them a mix of everything from religion and architecture to dance and art … 722 words.  click here

Samosas - The story of India as told by a humble street snack

24 Jun: BBC. You may think of the samosa as a humble street snack but it is much, much more than that. It is an historic artefact - as well as delectable evidence that there is nothing new about the process of globalisation… The samosa's origins actually lie thousands of miles away in the ancient empires that rose up in the Iranian plateau at the dawn of civilization itself. We don't know for certain when the first cooks shaped pastry into the now-familiar triangular shape but we do know that the origins of the name are Persian - "sanbosag in the 11th Century…  click here
Video: How to make a samosa. 24 Jun. BBC. Here the BBC's South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt is given lessons on how to make a samosa from Professor Pushpesh Pant, one of the world's experts on Indian food… 3m. 34s.  click here



Death: Tony Lopes

23 Jun: Toronto. ANTHONY E LOPES. Born 1930; ex-Nairobi. Ex TEGSA Member. Beloved husband of Esaura. Loving father of Judy (William). Loving brother to Uvy (Mira). Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital. Memorial service to be held for family and friends on July 10, 2016, 3pm to 6pm. at Heritage Funeral Home, 50 Overlea Blvd, Toronto. Donations may be made to: Sunny brook Hospital, Intensive Care Unit. 2075, BayView Ave, On. M4N 3M5. To send condolences,  For further details click here

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Special Goan Voice issue

“Goans who migrated from Africa are ecstatic with the result”

25 Jun: Times of India. A significant number of Goans voted to leave the EU. Ivo de Noronha, city management consultant living in London welcomed the results calling Friday one of the "greatest days in British history" … Former Borough Councillor and former president of the Goan Association UK, Rabi Martins (photo) from Hertfordshire who also voted to Leave the EU says the "momentous decision taken by the British people will not have been taken lightly… Tony Furtado (name changed) living in London for more than half his life is over the moon. "I couldn't sleep Thursday night and all Goans especially those who migrated from Africa who know British values are ecstatic by the decision," he says…  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Rabi Martins,  click here

Goan Portuguese passport holders take it one day at a time: Reactions

25 Jun: Times of India … Queency Gonsalves living and working in London for the past four years isn't too perturbed by the results… Mesquita a 25 Jun: Times of India. Portuguese passport holder living in the UK for the past 16 years is considering moving out … S Fernandes from Mapusa voted to stay in… Lopes regrets surrendering her Indian passport for Portuguese citizenship… Bella Fernandes (photo) a British passport holder living in the UK for the past 25 years empathizes with her Goan friends …  For further details click here

Brexit draws mixed reactions from Goans; Keith Vaz to help needy Goans

26 Jun: Navhind Times… Former PWD minister Churchill Alemao (picture) said, “There will be no major impact on Goans in UK at least for the next three years. But, Goans with Portuguese passports in UK will not get financial doles the way they are getting now. Goan-origin MP Kith Vaz has assured that he will help Goans who are in need.” President of Goan Seafares Association Dixon Vaz said that Britain’s exit from EU is not good for Goans in UK … Vice president of United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) advocate Radharao Gracias said, “The verdict will have a long-term effect on Goa which is ironical since Goa was never part of the British Empire…” 850 words.  For further details click here

How Indians Voted On Brexit - And How 'Leave' Will Impact Them

25 Jun: NDTV. The "British Indians for IN" campaign was launched with the backing of 15 British-Indian lawmakers including Keith Vaz, Shailesh Vara, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Virendra Sharma and Seema Malhotra among others … white-collar Indian executives were horrified by the idea of a Brexit and voted against it … Older-generation Indians as well as Indians from outside the background described above seemed to be more willing to listen to the "leave" slogan…  click here

Goa: Allaying fear of losing benefits to Goan diaspora in UK, says NRI Commissioner

25 Jun: Indian Express. He said, “It’s a general misconception that on acquiring Portuguese citizenship, most of the Goans settle in EU or UK. On the contrary over 50 per cent of the emigrants have moved to United Arab Emirates nations. This is mainly because their Portuguese passport in Arab nations will fetch them almost double the remuneration from their employer, ” he said. However, Mesquita admitted that U.K being an English speaking nation was a preferred destination for employment seeking Goan migrants…  For further details click here

Brexit starts taking its toll on Portugal

24 June: Portugal News. Within hours of Britain voting to leave the European Union, news has already started emerging of businesses in Portugal already feeling the pinch of the uncertainty this result has generated … Portuguese working and living in the United Kingdom have on Friday also expressed concerns over the referendum result, saying that they “no longer feel welcome in Britain.” … Manuel Mendonça, founder of the Portuguese Association Heróis do Mar and who is based in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, revealed that the Portuguese community is in a state of “shock.” … He added that the anti-immigration sentiment has been concealed for some time in the region …  click here

The Goan: 25 Jun: Some recent Brexit – Goa articles

UK Goans speak their mind. Quotes from Gerard Lobo, London … Sandra (Misquita) Burby, Portsmouth … Avita D'Souza, London … Celia D'Costa, London … Jules Alberto Dias, Former India football international … Sheila Miranda, London.  For further details click here
Brexit aftermath: Remittances to Goa likely to take hit …  click here
Eduardo Faleiro (photo): Nothing to worry click here.

Times of India: 25 June: Some recent Brexit - Goa articles

Post Brexit MEA should reach out to Goans in UK: Congress … Click here
To London via Lisbon? Goans may need rethink… Click here
Portuguese consulate issues 50 passports a day… Click here
Many dreams hit Brexit roadblock… Click here
Immigrants may hang on to their jobs for now… Click here
Over 20,000 Goans in the UK clueless about their fate… Click here
'Will continue Portuguese passport process'… Click here


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Special Goan Voice Issue

Video: Brexit: Keith Vaz accused of 'insulting Britain' after calling EU referendum result 'catastrophic for our country'

24 Jun: The Independent (UK). Keith Vaz said the vote was a 'catastrophe' … He appeared bereft as he appeared on television … "Frankly, in a thousand years I would never have believed that the British people would have voted this way,” he told the BBC. "And they have done so and I think that they voted emotionally rather than looking at the facts.”It'll be catastrophic for our country, for the rest of Europe and indeed the world.” … Some of those who voted for a Brexit reacted angrily to his comments, saying he had “insulted the British people” by inferring they were ill-informed… But others said Mr Vaz had summed up their own feelings and “deep sadness” as the nation reeled following months of polls predicting a narrow Remain victory. “Keith Vaz on TV just showed the emotion, sadness, disbelief, near-tears and worry for the future that many people (me included) may feel this morning,” a commenter wrote on Twitter… 558 words + comments.  click here
Video: Keith Vaz. 4m. 15s.  click here

Brexit dampens Xaxtikars’ São João celebrations

25 Jun: Herald. The Brexit news has left families across Salcete worrying about the future of their loved ones, the only reassurance being that the actual exit will take two years. On a day when Xaxtikars were celebrating Sao Joao, many stayed away from the merriment as they were scurrying through all possible sources of information – internet, newspapers or phone calls from family members – for updates. For a major part of the day, there was confusion and anxiety on what Brexit means for Goans with Portuguese passport and living in the UK and how the verdict would affect their livelihood. Earlier in the day many believed the exit would mean devastation for those living in UK for less than five years forcing them to leave the country. It was only late in the evening that a sense of calm prevailed as family members received clarity on the situation...  For further details click here

How Brexit has wrecked the career plans of thousands of Goans

25 Jun: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. On a day when the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the Portuguese consulate in Goa was nearly deserted. On most days, serpentine queues wend around the consulate’s Panjim office, which issues between 30 and 40 Portuguese passports a day. But Friday was unusually dull… “Things are going to be difficult for them from now on after Brexit,” said a consulate official who asked to remain unidentified. "Though it is expected to take a while, restrictions are bound to be put into place." Dr Wilfred Misquita, Goa’s NRI Commissioner, agreed the Brexit verdict would create hurdles for Goans trying to enter the UK on Portuguese passports – especially those in non-specialised job sectors… 581 words.  For further details click here

Goa CM expects drop in Portuguese passport applications after Brexit outcome

24 Jun: Times of India. Reacting to the Brexit referendum to leave the European Union (EU), chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he expected a drop in the number of Goans queuing up before the Portuguese consulate seeking to renounce their Indian citizenship in favour of Portuguese passport. While British Prime Minister, David Cameron has said that there won't be an immediate change in situation with Brexit, Parsekar said that Goans who took Portuguese nationality now have to find new jobs. He also said that he would have to create more jobs for those who wants to return to Goa and for those who will not leave the state because of Brexit…  For further details click here

Editorial: Thy Kingdom Gone

25 Jun: Herald. The victory of the Leave campaign, are echoes of Goa’s own Leave movement during the Opinion poll of 1967. Those who wanted Britain to out of the United Kingdom did so with the same zeal with which Goa and, especially in Salcete voted for “two leaves” and against the merger of Goa with Maharashtra. They voted for their identity, culture, and against Goa becoming a district of Maharashtra. The world hasn’t changed much because no matter where you live, human beings seek identity and control of their own destinies. Middle England of 2016 is no different from Margao of 1967 …  For further details click here

'Goans living in UK on Portuguese passports should be helped'

24 Jun: Business Standard. Following the Brexit vote, the Goa government should help Goans who used Portuguese passports to settle in the UK, a political party in the state said on Friday. "We are with you. After Brexit, we @GoaForwardParty empathise with Goan diaspora facing uncertainty in the UK. Goa government must swiftly set up a task force to help Goans," legislator Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party tweeted. In a statement issued here, the Goa Forward, a newly formed political party, said Goans who might be forced to come back to the state of their origin should be given all assistance… 244 words.  For further details click here

Videos: Brexit: Special reports from Goa

24 Jun: Goa 365. The United Kingdom has finally decided to move out from the European Union. And this has threatened the future of thousands of Goans, who are working in UK with Portuguese passports. Goa 365 tried to gather opinions of ministers, officials and even legal experts to know what impact this referendum will have on Portuguese Goans working in UK [Photo Dr Wilfred Mesquita, NRI Commissioner] … 5m. 49s.  For further details click here
Britain detaches itself from the European Union. 24 Jun: HCN Goa. With the results finally out, Britain detached itself from the European Union as the leave side won by 52%... 3m.10s.  click here

‘Portuguese Goans’ need not come back, feel experts; Goa Forward offers help

24 Jun: Goa News. Will the decision on Brexit poll of UK to leave the European Union result into compelling Portuguese Goans to come back to their original homeland? Or will they be retained by UK out of necessity? … MLA Vijai Sardesai has already offered to set up Brexit Goans’ Counselling & Rehabilitation Front by Goa Forward to help Goans coming back. Though no exact number of ‘Portuguese Goans’ working in UK is available, it is estimated to be around 60,000… Adv Cleofato Almeida Coutinho insists that nobody would come back, since Goa has no opportunities to offer them… The NRI Commissioner as well as Goa’s eminent lawyer however feels that there is no immediate threat to the Goans working in UK… 677 words.  For further details click here
25 Jun: Navhind Times. Vijai wants NRI cell to set up special task force to study issue of Goans across UK …  click here

Would Europeans be free to stay in the UK after Brexit?

24 Jun: The Guardian. The leave campaign has given unequivocal assurances that any new immigration system would not affect the estimated 3 million non-British EU citizens already in the country… Leading lawyers say the leave claims are “not based in fact” and the status quo is unlikely to continue, given that immigration is so central to the leave campaign… The rights of EU immigrants will not change overnight but an inevitable consequence of the Brexit campaign is that people will need new documentary evidence of their right to remain… 869 words.  For further details click here

What will Brexit mean for immigration?

24 Jun: Financial Times. About 3m EU nationals are in the UK and they make up about 6.6 per cent of the workforce. It is likely that those already here will be allowed to stay. For a start, 71 per cent of them have been here for five years or more (based on 2015 data), which means they qualify for permanent residence… However, there will still be tricky questions to resolve about whether EU residents in the UK will have the right to bring over family members, for example… Chris Grayling, a senior minister on the Leave side of the government said that the UK might take early action to restrict free movement if it proved necessary to “prevent a massive influx of people” before the official Brexit date… Many Leave campaigners have called for an “Australian-style points system”… It is not clear whether a post-Brexit immigration policy would admit low-skilled workers…774 words.  For further details click here

Brexit: What will happen to immigration when Britain leaves the EU?

24 Jun: Daily Express. The Conservative cabinet minister Chris Grayling (photo) believes that Brexit will allow Britain to develop a “much more managed” immigration system and to create plans for how many EU citizens come to live and work here… He said that post-Brexit Britain could select migrants to fill skills shortages while excluding Europeans who have not found employment here yet. Vote Leave supporters have proposed an Australian-style points system based what skill are needed here, plus restrictions to stop migrants coming over unless they have secured a job … 682 words.  For further details click here



Death: John Dias

23 Jun: London. JOHN XAVIER DIAS. Ex. Tanzania / Nuvem, Goa. Beloved husband of Rosa Maria (Rose), Ever-loving father/ father-in-law: Augustus / Frina; Sandra / Savio. Doting grandfather of Samaira. Passed away peacefully on 23rd June 2016 at London.

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Sponsor Allana Cardoso, 17, who is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity!

From Allana Cardoso: This summer I am partaking with some other students and staff from St Dominic's Sixth Form College a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania! We will be supporting orphaned children who live in and around the town of Moshi in Tanzania, and raising money through the charity Kujali. Their main aim is to provide education for the children - just £40 funds a child's education for a whole year. Money raised will provide the orphaned children with necessities such as books, bags and shoes. For details  click here
All money raised goes directly towards the children (it's not funding my trip!), so please give generously and remember to Gift Aid if you are a UK Tax Payer (no extra cost to you!). For the link to my fundraising page please  click here
Allana is the daughter of Cheryl and Branden of Pinner, Middlesex, [ex-Nairobi].

Video: UK Goans brace up as Britain decides on Brexit

23 Jun: HCN (Herald). It is judgment day for Goans Living in UK on Portuguese passports as Britain went into EU referendum Poll on Thursday morning... Commenting on the referendum, Francis D’Souza, Goa’s Deputy Minister said is the results do not favour the Goans residing in the UK they had the options of going to other nations presently part of the European Union … 1m. 53s.  For further details click here

Canada: Waterloo grad’s fight to stay in Canada hinges on job

23 Jun: Waterloo Region Record. Ady Das Gupta, 25, had almost given up the fight to stay in Canada. His post-graduate work permit expired in April. The University of Waterloo urban planning grad had to give up his Kitchener job as a technical support specialist for a digital firm. His resources were dwindling even if his new tourist visa runs until January next year… So, after Canada Day, Das Gupta was planning to either return to his parents in India's Goa region, or visit his aunt near Los Angeles. It was practically decided. He was as good as gone. Then, his Kitchener-Waterloo friends got to him… 676 words.  For further details click here

Video: Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar land scam exposed

24 Jun: Navhind Times The Bombay high court at Goa has dismissed also the review petition filed to save his property in Serula Communidade. The high court has ordered to restore the property at Porvorim on CHOGM road. 3m. 01s.  For further details click here
Former Goa tourism minister Halarnkar booked in land scam case … 22 Jun: NewsX. Former Goa Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar and a civil service officer have been booked by the state anti-corruption bureau in connection with a land scam, a senior police official said on Wednesday…  click here

BJP, RSS spar over English-medium schools in Goa

23 Jun: By Pamela D’Mello. Last weekend, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-led front that opposes state financial support to English-medium primary schools in Goa stepped up its aggressive campaign against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government. The Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch had earlier set June 1 as its deadline for the Goa government to stop financial grants to 127 English-medium primary schools, which are run by a church body.  For further details click here

Cops record minor's statement afresh

23 Jun: Times of India. Police will record the statement of the minor girl who was allegedly raped by St Cruz MLA Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate afresh. The survivor was hospitalized last week for being depressed. Her statement will be taken again after she is discharged from hospital, and declared fit by doctors … Monserrate has been out on bail while the girl was placed in the state-run protective home …  For further details click here

Goa's ex-PWD minister Alemao booked for irregularities in water tanks purchase

23 Jun: Press Trust of India. An FIR has been filed against Goa's former PWD minister Churchill Alemao and five officials of the department in connection with alleged irregularities in purchase of water tanks… Alemao and the five officers are accused of purchasing 6,511 water tanks at a cost of Rs 1.45 crore, bypassing the rules of the department… the procurement and distribution of the tanks happened between 2008 and 2011 even before the policy governing such a purchase was finalised… Alemao, who was last year arrested in connection with the US firm Louis Berger bribery case, was the PWD minister from 2005-2012 in the then Digambar Kamat-led government in Goa.  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

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.

Colva Union UK: Notice of Annual General Meeting
Sat. 25 Jun: Time: 4.30pm. Venue: Pope John Centre. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middx TW5 0RL. We look forward to villagers of Colva Goa in attending this AGM. Agenda: 1. Adoption of the minutes of the last AGM. 2.Presentation and Adoption of feast accounts for 2015. 3. Update on Christ the King Statue repairs. 4. Election of new managing committee for 2016. 5. Discuss plans for celebrating the 43rd feast celebrations and dance. 6. Any other business. To confirm your attendance and also for membership details please contact our President Gabriel Fernandes on e mail: Please also visit our Facebook website, 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. 17 July: Goan Chaplaincy Day at Milan Palace, 100 The Green, Southall UB2 4BG (Next to St Anselm's Catholic Church). The Concelebrated Holy Mass will commence at 1pm presided by Rt Rev Bishop Alex Dias, SFX - Bishop of Andaman & Nicobar Islands - India. Followed by Dine and Dance to Scintillating Goan Live Music. Prizes and Surprises Galore in store. Bands: INDIANA and STRING ALONG. Tickets: Adult £12, Children5 to 12 years £6. Contacts: Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305, Fr Patrick D'Souza: 07424 427698, Adency (Reading): 07796554902, Wilson Fernandes (Southall): 07417434187, Pedro Baretto (Swindon): 07448711797, Debi Fernandes (Cranford): 07896007011, Charles Dias (Wembley): 07809552654. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 July: 1:30pm to 5pm. DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE UK. Conducts a half day retreat session at St. Sebastian and St. Pancras Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury Green, London. NW9 0NG. Contact Stany 07988860871 or Gracy 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

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: Renato Martins
18 Jun: Upminister, Essex, UK. RENATO MARTINS. Ex Zanzibar. Husband of Jane. Father of Leo (US). Brother of Junjao (Aus), Zara (UK), Olavio (US), Isauria (UK). Final Service is on Monday June 27 at 4.00pm at the South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Rd, Upminster RM14 2UY. [Info: Jo Birkmeyer] Condolences to

Death: Sylvester D’Souza
22 Jun: Karachi. SYLVESTER D'SOUZA. Husband of late Olga. Beloved dad of Johnny, Fidelis, Freddy and their spouses (Calgary, Canada). Brother of late Martha and Ann Modi (Canada). Brother-in-Law of Johnnie Dsouza (Goa), Philomena (D’souza)/ Joseph Gois (San Francisco, California). [Info: Pompie Gois]

News Summary

British Goans on Portuguese passports fear Brexit

22 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. Thousands of Goans who migrated to the UK on an EU passport using their Portuguese ancestry are hoping Britain votes to remain in the 28-nation bloc in tomorrows referendum over fears their immigration status could change in the event of a British exit or Brexit… "There is a lot of ambiguity. Forget Goans, even British citizens are not clear what a yes or no vote in the referendum would really mean. In the process it causes a lot of concern and unease among Goans who have made the UK their home with their families," said Ravi Vaz (photo), president of the Goan Association (UK) … "Most of the Goans based here are professionals who come with a particular skill set or are entrepreneurs. They have moved here to improve their circumstances and not for the benefits system. In the event of changes following the referendum, they will still be part of the EU and may look at going to Germany or France or other EU countries that have job opportunities," said Flavio Gracias, a Goan who has been based in London since 1968… 489 words.  For further details click here
Brexit: UK Goan Association admits impact on Goans with Portuguese passports … JM (Madeira) The President of the UK Goan Association, Ravi Vaz, admits that ‘Brexit’ can affect Goans with Portuguese passport who wish to emigrate to the UK … Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original, click here.

Brexit to hit Goans using Portuguese route to UK

22 Jun: Hindustan Times. Goans who opted for Portuguese citizenship and moved to Britain, or Goans considering the same, will be watching Thursday’s referendum closely as they will be affected whether Britain stays in or leaves the European Union. Using Portugal’s nationality law, which allows anyone born before December 19, 1961 (the date of Goa’s liberation from Portugal) and their three generations to acquire Portuguese nationality, thousands have migrated and settled in Britain, mainly in Swindon and London… According to an Oxford analysis, the “India-born Portuguese citizens” accounted for just over 20,000 UK residents in the first quarter of 2015… 571 words.  For further details click here

Goans hold breath while Britain decides on Brexit

22 Jun: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. With only a day to go before Britain goes to the polls for a referendum on whether it should stay or exit the European Union (EU), Goans holding Portuguese passports anxiously wait and watch the turn of events. S Fernandes from Mapusa who lives in Swindon says he is against Brexit... “No Goan will want to stay in Europe or Portugal if 'leave' wins," says Fernandes, who works for a US pharmaceutical company… S Mesquita, who moved to the UK on a Portuguese passport twelve years, ago is taking it as it comes… For Marius Fernandes, a British passport holder, who has been living in Goa for the past 16 years, the vote could go either way… Valerie D'Souza from Chicalim, who is in her twenties, is keen on a future in Europe… It's 'out' for British passport holder Neil P from South Goa, living in London for the past 20 years and running his own business… 763 words.  For further details click here

UK: Francis Fernandes: The £30k cut to your pension lifeline

21 Jun: The Daily Mail (UK). Hundreds of thousands of former employees of companies that have gone bust face a £29,000 pension blow if they retire early… Francis Fernandes, the senior expert at adviser Lincoln Pensions, says: ‘These rules will have an enormous impact on savers. ‘If you plan to retire early, you should consider taking your pension now under the current rules as you will receive far more.’ …  For further details click here
Francis (ex Nairobi) is the son of Joe (Aldona) and Teresa (Cortalim) Fernandes of Edgware. His brother Norbert is a parish priest in Fulham. He is married to Caron and they live in Reigate. For his Linkedin profile,  click here

Philip Howard to open Chelsea restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas

22 Jun: Big Hospitality. Philip Howard is to open a third London restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas after securing the site of Tom Aikens' former Elystan Street restaurant in Chelsea… Howard said he expects average spending for dinner to be less than £100, including wine … Howard plans to open in September in partnership with Rebecca Mascarenhas, the restaurateur with whom he co-owns Sonny's Kitchen in Barnes and Kitchen W8 in Kensington, which holds a Michelin star…  For further details click here
Rebecca Mascarenhas: Career Profile. Big Hospitality. Rebecca Mascarenhas is best known as a restaurateur - but the entrepreneur was originally training to become an actress…  click here
[Rebecca Mascarenhas was born in Mombasa, daughter of the late Sonny and late Carmen (nee Freitas); sister of Vernon, Louis, Marian, Rebecca, Charlene, Giselle, Everard and late Louella].
Soul food: Rebecca Mascarenhas on Kenyan mangoes. The Telegraph (UK). Rebecca Mascarenhas remembers the mangoes – and sugared avocados – she enjoyed in Kenya… Photos. click here.

Robin D’Souza: Bold flavours at new Market Street Brasserie in Ely

20 Jun: Ely News (Cambridgeshire, UK). Market Street Brasserie is the brainchild of Nelson Dighorker and Robin D'Souza… Robin, who used to be head chef at the Le Méridien in London's Piccadilly, said: "Our food is modern European cuisine. We like bold flavours and the concept of sharing – sharing platters and dishes with family and friends…  For further details click here
Robin D’Souza [ex-Mumbai] studied at the Institute of Hotel Management in Goa from 1997 – 2000. For his Linkedin profile,  click here
For the restaurant website, click here.

Video: Kevin Lobo of Montreal: Talking Management

21 Jun: Globe & Mail (Canada). This is Karl Moore. Today I am delighted to sit down with Kevin Lobo, who is the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company, Stryker. Kevin, if I understand you correctly, you are more of an extrovert. What do you see as the strengths of introverts on your executive team? What do they bring to the table? LOBO: So I really embrace having a diverse executive team and diversity comes in all shapes and styles, including style… 2m. 0s.  For further details click here
Kevin Lobo was born in Mumbai and grew up in Montreal … Born of Goan parents who migrated to Canada, Lobo speaks a smattering of Konkani and Hindi. Lobo also speaks French apart from English … He admits it is tough for his people to abuse him in a fit of anger in an unknown tongue… For his Wikipedia profile,  click here

Wake up Goans before it's late

21 Jun: Herald. By Jill Dale Rodrigues. My write up is with reference to the newspaper article written by Ewen Murray (Voice of Opinion, 19 June). Is the writer correct in his views on why the Europeans do not find Goa attractive? Unfortunately, I agree… Living in the heart of what was once upon a time a place full of Europeans who would reside for over 3 months, a few in the recent past mentioned upon inquiring that they may visit some other places as Goa is getting expensive, overcrowded something which is very true… The European tourists had a way and manner towards appreciating the country they visit… We need to wake up and smell the problem rather than our coffee and start to act rather than react much later when it gets too late!  For further details click here
For the article by Ewen Murray,  click here

How the Typewriter Industry Is Still Hanging on in India

22 Jun: By Chryselle D'Silva Dias. Erasmo Coutinho, 68, is sitting by a window in his shop, reading a newspaper. The narrow room is full of old typewriters, cyclostyling machines, and a tidy wooden cupboard stocked with neatly arranged bits and bobs. A cheerful curtain with brown flowers sways in the breeze. There are no customers. For over forty years, Coutinho has managed Rosmos, a tiny shop in Panjim, Goa’s capital city, that repairs all sorts of typewriters and calculating machines… Over time, Coutinho has also seen the machines’ ubiquity wane… 813 words.  For further details click here


COOKERY: Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Food Network (Freeview 41). Friday 24th June. 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty join forces at their end-of-the-pier caff to make top feasts for the weekend. In this episode, Kirstie Allsopp cooks one of her favourite dishes, an Indian street food called pani puri.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 26th June. 10:10 to 11:00 PM. Sari Stories. At times shocking, amusing, but ultimately inspiring film that shows a group of rural Indian women using cameras to challenge and transform their lives. (Part 1)

Channel: Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 26th June. 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Girl Killers. In India, the burden of having girls means many are often killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: One Day in Entebbe. BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 28th June. 8:00 PM to 8:40 PM. Jonathan Freedland tells the remarkable story of an outlandish rescue mission, the legacy of which lives on and which shaped the man who is today one of the Middle East's most powerful figures, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

DOCUMENTARY: Meet The Patels. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Wednesday 29th June. 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM. 4 Extra Debut. Clare Jenkins explores beyond the Asian shopkeeper stereotype. What is the secret to their success in Britain today?.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. 4Seven (Freeview 140). Thursday 30th June. 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM . In Doncaster, mini-supermarket magnate Harinder Khela is determined to impress with an enormous Indian feast.

MUSIC: World on 3. BBC Radio Three. Friday 1st July. 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music from around the world, plus a live session with Ghazalaw, a band who mix the music of Wales and India. The group features Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn.



Death: Olivia Rebello

19 Jun: Apex, NC, USA. Olivia Rebello. Born 1940. She is survived by her loving children, Margaret (husband Loy) Britto and Alec (wife Trish) Rebello; her grandchildren Rohan, Vivek, Marcus and Michael; her sisters and brother, Lorna Currie, Meena D'Souza, Patricia Mathias, and Gerard Aranha; and numerous nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her late husband, Noel Rebello. She moved to the US in 1990. She was a preschool teacher and enriched the lives of many students over the years, both in [Bangalore] India and in Apex, NC.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at St Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  For further details click here

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Kenya: Coach Ray Batchelor and his 'Athletics Revolution at the Coast'

21 Jun: Coastweek (Kenya). By Cyprian Fernandes. Ray Batchelor looked after the Coast and Rift Valley Sports. He was particularly successful in the coastal city of Mombasa where he coached the Achilles Club. It is interesting that the Goans in Mombasa were considered more successful in track and field than their Nairobi counterparts and not only because of Seraphino Antao. I think the difference was Batchelor. He was only interested in winning the hearts and minds of sports men and women at the Kenya Coast for athletics and other sports… 1875 words.
*This is an excerpt from Cyprian Fernandes’ soon to be published book 'Yesterday in Paradise'.
1956 photo shows the Achilles Athletic Club. They are Albert Castanha, Pascoal Antao, Laura Ramos, Ray Batchelor (coach), Phila Fernandes, Juanita Noronha, Alfred Vianna, Seraphino Antao, Joe Faria, Alcino Rodrigues, Jack Fernandes, Bruno D’Souza. Photo: courtesy the late Jack Fernandes.  click here

Editorial: Britain’s opinion poll will decide on the future of Goans like never before

22 Jun: Herald. Goans across Britain, some in Europe and their families back home in Goa, will be watching the results of the UK opinion poll as their lives- yes literally - depended, on it… Much of Britain hates “bloody foreigners” and Goans who come with EU passports, fall into that category of perception … “Keeping ‘bloody foreigners’ out is a central part of the LEAVE agenda … if Britain leaves the EU, then the benefits of health, education and unemployment doles, which Goans with Portuguese passports get as EU citizens, will stop. They will then have to spend five years or more to get a residency in England like anyone else who is not a citizen. A recent Hindustan Times report quoted Rabi Martins, the Goa-origin counselor in Watford, North London says, “It is a walk into the unknown. Goans now need to rethink before applying for Portuguese passports, since the EU referendum will adversely affect them. Brexit will make it worse, but even a vote to stay in will make it difficult.” … 790 words.  click here

Canada: Remy Fernandes vs Mississauga Private School

20 Jun: Canadian Legal Information Institute. Ontario Court of Appeals. ONCA 468. Summary: Fernandes was employed by the School as a teacher until April 2009 when his employment was terminated without notice. He claims he was wrongfully dismissed… The trial Judge found in his favour and ruled that the punishment of termination was disproportionate… The School appeals this decision… Did the trial judge err in finding he had been wrongful dismissal? In a majority decision, the School won the appeal … 1145 words.  For further details click here
For the full report of the Appeal, 9771 words.  click here

An NRI’s tough love letter to resident Indians

21 Jun: Times of India. By Rajiv J Chaudhri. This is a message from NRIs to Resident Indians (RIs), specifically the RI elites – stop whining, stop making excuses and get on with the job… The 30 million NRIs constitute the most successful diaspora in history. We have demonstrated the fastest professional, economic and social mobility of any migrant group wherever we went. We experienced discrimination and racism (no reservations for us!), but regardless, fought our way to the top of the economic and social ladder of these societies and earned their respect… We keep India from running out of foreign exchange… We are not smarter than you. We are, however, harder working, more law-abiding, more honest, more respectful of rules and governance, more socially-aware, less ideological, less complacent, less cynical, and less corrupt than the Indians you have chosen to become… 565 words.  click here
13 Jun: The Globe and Mail (Canada). The myth of the great Indian middle class … The Indian middle class is a strange creature. It has always been different from its counterpart in other countries. For a start, it is lowbrow…  click here

India overhauls foreign ownership rules

20 Jun: BBC. India has announced a radical overhaul of its foreign ownership rules to attract more overseas investment. Airlines and some defence industries may now be 100% foreign owned - up from 49% and 74% respectively. And for overseas retailers there's respite from a rule that required 30% of what they sold to be Indian sourced. The BBC's Simon Atkinson in Mumbai said it was the biggest signal yet that the country is serious about attracting more foreign investment. The move will be welcomed by brands like IKEA and Apple which see India as the next big market, he added…  For further details click here

Why India is a nation of foodies

21 Jun: BBC. Food and family are possibly India's two biggest obsessions. The two define our identity and our personality to the point of both ridicule and delight, writes Ritu Agarwal. For many Indians, "sitting down" with their family for a meal is one of the most important activities of the day. As a country we firmly believe that the family that eats together stays together, and meal time is a strong source of family bonding, talking and sharing…  For further details click here
21 Jun: Times of India. Celebrity chef Sarah Todd: Indians put in lot of love into cooking. Australian model and celebrity chef Sarah Todd runs her own restaurant in Goa and spends at least six months in India every year…  click here

Top 10 yoga retreats in India

21 Jun: The Guardian (UK). As with many things in India today, yoga doesn’t necessarily come cheap but all of these are very good value given the quality of teaching on offer… Purple Valley, Assagao, Goa: If you’re a modern yogi craving India plus detox juices and fast Wi-Fi, with access to the world’s best Ashtanga teachers (John Scott, Petri Raisanen, Alexander Medin), Goa’s Purple Valley is your place… The retreat is spread over two Portuguese-style houses and landscaped gardens with a tropical forest feel… Once the preserve of foreign students, Purple Valley now has a growing Indian following. • Open from mid-October to late April. Full-board is £590/£890 for one/two weeks in a shared room, or £750/£1,100 in a single room…  For further details click here
For the Purple Valley website,  click here

Verve Wanderer’s Tranquil Tales

21 Jun: Verve. Thanks to the Verve Wanderer travel-writing contest by, a friend and I recently had the chance to be hosted by Novotel Resort in Candolim, Goa. The well-located luxury hotel with friendly and helpful staff, made for a relaxed and memorable stay… What impressed me the most about the hotel, was their eco-friendly activities in the form of an initiative called Planet 21… I hope more hotels follow Novotel Resort Goa and emulate their model of luxury meets environmental responsibility.  For further details click here

Auction: Goanese tabletop chest

24 Jun: Charterhouse Auctioneers, Dorset DT9 3BS UK. Lot 804: A late 17th/early 18th century Goanese tabletop chest, with inlaid geometric decoration, having a central drawer, with two faux drawer fronts, flanked by four small drawers, above a long drawer, with three faux drawer fronts, and with two carrying handles, 46 cm wide Estimate: 400 GBP - 600 GBP.  For further details click here

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Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

For the Restaurant, visit For food products - Goan Fish Curry, Vindaloo Paste, Rechado Masala, Pickles, Prawn Mole, Goan Vinegar etc. visit Contact Savio Azaredo, 07956206056

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South East England: Da Gama Cars

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

Time Travel

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

Villa Calangute

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

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

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