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UK: New Event Announcement

Tiatr. Pilar Fathers & Goan Chaplaincy UK present yet another blockbuster, Oxir Rosteanchi Rundhai. (The Breadth of Narrow Roads). Written and directed by Rev. Fr. Lucas Rodrigues. The star-laden cast includes well known artistes from Goa and London.
Sat. 13 Sep. 3pm at Copland Community Hall, Wembley. For tickets contact: Edna: 07590 419942, Caetano: 07882 009063, S. Caetano: 07949 206355, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631.
Sun. 14 Sep. 3pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Croydon. For tickets contact: Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631.
Sat 20 Sep. 5.30pm at Villiers High School, Southall. For tickets contact: Nazareth D'Souza (Southall) 07737 166254, Assumption: 07440 578191, Antonio Mendes: 07882 749692, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631.
Sun. 21 Sep. 12.00pm & 6.00pm at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. For tickets please contact: Monty: 07840 135121, Luis (Reading) 07831 160766, Fr. Lucas 07523 453631.
For a synopsis and the flyer,  click here

Special status of Goa
31 Aug: Herald. By Chateaubriand Rodrigues. India committed an illegal method by taking Goa by force and not free will of Goans. It amounts to conquest (conquista) which was in 1961 … Till today, Goan identity can be verified by their way of living; the reason why all communities in Goa are peace loving people, compared to other states of Indian union. Therefore, Goans deserve a Special Status, if not independence which the UN and Security Council ignored the Goans, their rights of self determination as envisaged under UN Charter, while giving other Portuguese colonies their independence…  click here

Video: Mridula Sinha Sworn In As Goa Governor

31 Aug: Prudent Media English News.  click here
31 Aug: South Asian Times. Newly appointed Goa Governor Mridula Sinha Sunday said she will study the state's gambling and alcohol addiction problems during her stint. She also said she would work for the welfare of the "poor, women, children and families" …  click here
30 Aug: The Goan. The Goan spoke to women across the state, from social activists, freedom fighters, writers and other prominent personalities and asked them what they thought about Her Excellency Mridula Sinha … click here.

Editorial: Do Judges in Goa deliver real Justice?
31 Aug: Herald. By Sujay Gupta. … While the Judiciary has suffered taints, it has by and large remained spotless as the delivery of Justice till of late. Certain happenings in court have deeply aggrieved both litigants and lawyers. Speaking to a large number of senior lawyers and yes, to a couple of retired judges in confidence, we learn that when a specific judge manages to draw the ire and frustration of many lawyers, not for the orders he passes but the way he passes them, it doesn’t just hamper the dignity, gravitas and grace of that high office, it tears the fabric of faith in the temple of justice… 1180 words.  click here

St Francis Xavier exposition to be on tourism calendar

31 Aug: Business Standard. The exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier to be held in Goa this year-end will be a part of the Indian Tourism calendar, Union Minister Shripad Naik said here today. "The exposition of the relics is supported by us. We will provide all the possible financial help for the event. We will promote the event in the country and also abroad," he said … The decennial exposition will be celebrated from November 22 till January 4 next year at Old Goa …  click here
1 Sep: Times of India. Old Goa exposition: Infrastructure plan drawn up for 50L pilgrims…  click here

Be cautious of foreigners buying properties warns Finance Ministry
2 Aug: Accommodation Times. The government has warned all the states specially Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra to be cautious about outsiders indiscriminately buying properties illegally. It has also been observed that foreign nationals come to India and stay beyond 182 day on a tourist or other visa meant for a certain period and acquires immovable property violating rules and regulation under the FEMA act (Foreign Exchange Management Act)…  click here

Russ D’Souza’s Seat Geek: 10 Fastest Growing Companies in New York City

31 Aug: Seat Geek: Founders: Russ D'Souza (pictured) and Jack Groetzinger. Year founded: 2009. Employees: 36… SeatGeek does a tidy business in selling tickets to sporting events. "We've helped people find, and buy, more than $100 million in tickets this year," D'Souza says…  click here
Russell was born in the United States. His parents, Richard and Venetia, are from Goa but they grew up in Pakistan.

Football: FC Goa’s Fantastic Five
31 Aug: The Hard Tackle. FC Goa will have to show their class on the field to complement their various activities off the field. Here are the five players who would have a major responsibility to keep the FC Goa flag high in the country when they play in the Indian Super League… Miroslav Slepička … Gregory Arnolin … Jan Seda … Clifford Miranda … Bruno Pinheiro ... The fantastic five of the FC Goa will have to give their best in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super league. The team lack experience, the expectations are not so high. A good performance of these five could help the team bring some smiles on the Goans faces…  click here

Is This The Tourist We Want?

31 Aug: Herald. … There are those who binge and drive, dump bottles on the beach, take pictures of women, relieve themselves openly, and wander through public streets shirtless and in their underwear … The question is why should Goa tolerate such misbehaviour? … tourists who may be well behaved in their own state lose all sense of decency when holidaying in Goa… Domestic tourists also come to Goa under the impression that women are cheap and freely available …Goa has turned into a very cheap place where tourists come only to drink gamble and for prostitution… 1398 words.  click here

Login to the Bollywood wedding in Goa
31 Aug: Times of India. There is no doubt that times are changing with the traditional Goan Hindu weddings … Hegde says, "When my parents got married, the norm for weddings was to serve only an ice-cream and some sweetmeats in paper plates. Occasionally, a lunch was served on plantain leaves, which was eaten while sitting down on the floor." Now, however, things have changed. "Most clients today not only want a buffet spread by live food counters." … Today guests enjoy dancing to music by DJs, drinking alcoholic beverages and eating non-vegetarian fare, all of which one has to abstain from on the day of the ceremony…  click here

Auction: 18th century Indo-Portuguese rosewood miniature table

2 Sep: Rowley's, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK. Lot 868. An 18th century Indo-Portuguese rosewood miniature table or stool The cleated octagonal top above barley twist legs united with stretchers, standing on bun feet. 48.5 cms wide. Estimate: £150 - £250…  click here

Goa: Congress intra-party war takes the media route
31 Aug: First Post. The malaise of using the media to carry out internal house-cleaning by political parties isn’t a trend limited to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone. Even as several cabinet ministers in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are on the back-foot, following media reports suggesting alleged indiscretions by them or their kin, it seems that a local English daily in Goa may well decide who the next state Congress president is likely to be…  click here



Stop Press: Death: Alfred Tavares

31 Aug: Stockholm, Sweden. ALFRED TAVARES. Journalist. Goan Voice today featured his latest column: "A Befitting Honour: Jack de Sequeira, Leander Paes, Seraphino Antao …" Photo shows him with the Dalai Lama.
For his Facebook Page, click here.

Death: Charles D’Silva
8 Aug: Toronto. CHARLES D'SILVA. Ex Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania and Mapusa, Goa. He will be dearly missed by his wife Lydia and his children (spouses) and grandchildren. Bernice (Nick) Sarah, Christine, Michael, Julia and Bruce (Janet) Isabella, Xavier, Rosie. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church at 717 Kennedy Road and interment followed at Christ the King Cemetery.  For further details click here

News Summary

Goa Fest in London

1 Sep: Asian Lite (UK). By Rahul Laud. A vast sea of humanity had converged on the Cranford Community College Grounds, Hounslow, UK. People from all walks of life from UK and neighbouring countries had come …. “Last year we had over 10,000 guests and this year we surpassed this figure" said Ravi Vaz, President of the Goan Association UK … “The main objective of this event was to promote Goan Culture, music and cuisine," said Vaz. .. This is a family event had something for all ages … Spread over 40 acres of ground space, 20,000 watts of sound and a huge stage with 5m x 5m LED Screens, this is now one of the biggest Goan event outside India… Vaz admitted with pride that the slogan "Lets come together and celebrate Goan culture, music and language and lets leave behind a legacy that the future can cherish and be proud to be GOAN," was definitely achieved through this event… 3 Pages.
Part 1:  click here
Part 2:  click here

A Befitting Honour: Jack de Sequeira, Leander Paes, Seraphino Antao …
31 Aug: Herald. By Afred de Tavares. Recently, a sizable and all-inclusive section of the global Goan diaspora have been intensively and unequivocally clamouring to bestow long neglected laurels for the achievements of Dr Jack de Sequeira in preserving Goa as a state within the Union of India… Has anyone considered naming any sports arena in Goa after Leander Paes? Or the brilliant sprinter and gold medallist (at the Commonwealth Games in Australia) Seraphino Antao? Despite all their achievements, they have been ignored…  click here

Why Idi Amin expelled Indians from Uganda

20 Aug: The Indian Ugandan dictator Idi Amin said that he had a dream in which God told him to order the expulsion but here is the official signed letter from the Dictator Idi Amin explaining the economic reasons why he expelled Indians from Uganda … Amin wrote a formal letter to the Canadian Prime Minister explaining in diplomatic language why he expelled the Indians and ended the three-page letter by asking for his help! The letter is due to be published by Dr. Vali Jamal in his forthcoming book, “Uganda Asians: Then and Now, Here and There”. Amin does not mention about his divine insight to get rid of Indians but gives economic reasons for his action…  click here
For details about the forthcoming book by Dr. Vali Jamal,  click here

Heavy rains pound Goa
31 Nov: Navhind Times. The incessant rains, which have been lashing the state for the last few days, created havoc in Goa on Saturday. A man from Mandrem was feared drowned after he went to answer nature’s call near a swollen creek. The rains triggered landslides and caused widespread damages to houses and trees in different parts of the state… Panaji recorded over 9 inches of rain over the past 24 hours, which is highest rainfall recorded in the city in almost a decade…  click here
Video: 30 Nov: Prudent Media English News.  click here

Portugal Bestows Percival Noronha with highest civilian award

29 Aug: Historian Percival Noronha will be conferred the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator one of its highest civilian honours, at a ceremony to be held at the Portuguese Consul General Residence at Altinho, Panaji at 7.30 pm on Monday September 1. The Portugal President Portugal. Anival Cavaco Silva has conferred the honour to Noronha in recognition of his work in the promotion and research of the Indo-Portuguese culture in Goa …  click here

3 women take the plunge as lifeguards
31 Aug: Times of India. Six years after Goa saw its first female lifeguard trainer, albeit a Briton and for just two months, three women—two Goans and a Maharashtrian—have plunged into the local surf. Tanuja Gaonkar, 23, and Tejaswini Sawant, 19, are full-time lifeguards, while Indira Vardhan, 23, is undergoing training to be a lifeguard…  click here

Michael Swamy: On the food trails: Going Goa!

26 Aug: Yahoo. By Chef Michael Swamy. Goans pride themselves on continuing to use old techniques to cook which result in food that transports one to a different era. The technique of fine grinding masalas (spice mixes) on a stone pata (slab) by hand and not in a modern mixer makes all the difference. This age-old style grinding gives the pastes a unique texture and an added ‘flavour’ from the stone. Also, dishes being cooked in earthen vessels over a wood fire carry a unique earthy aroma that simply can’t be recreated in modern kitchens… Michael Swamy is a Cordon Bleu Graduate & Chef, intrepid traveller, author and food stylist. He loves good food art, culture and food history.  click here

Wish List to Modi Government from Indian Diaspora
29 Aug: Coastweek (Mombasa). The Modi Government has invited overseas Indians to list some areas for improvement on issues they face. Here is a wish list: Visas: PIO and OIC … Voting … Customs Duty … Property … Investment … Representation In Rajya Sabha … Support … Overhaul The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs … Economy … Corruption …  click here

Named and shamed: Five of Britain's biggest benefits cheats

Daily Mail (UK). Five of Britain’s biggest benefit cheats can be revealed today …. Self-proclaimed agoraphobic Karen Trant, of Dartmouth, Devon, lived in Goa for large parts of the year … She was convicted and sentenced to 27 months for falsely claiming more than £134,000 in disability benefits, income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit…  click here

Caitu’s PA serves notice on Churchill’s citizenship
30 Nov: Herald. The Portuguese citizenship tangle may come to haunt former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and his family. Elvis Gomes, the Personal Assistant to Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva has served a legal notice on the Prescribed Authority in the Union Home Ministry for not initiating the process to declare Churchill, his wife and children, except Valanka as Portuguese citizens. He has urged the Prescribed Authority to take a call on his petition within 15 days or has threatened to take the matter to the High Court…  click here



Death: Annie dos Remedios
Aug 28: Snellville, Atlanta, USA. ANNIE DOS REMEDIOS [ Ex Saligao/Karachi]. Relict of Neves, mother of Cajetan/Janice, Cynthia, Brian/Paula Brooks. Grandmother of Alyssa and Candice Johnson; Adam and Sara dos Remedios. Great grandmother of Jayden and Marcus Walters. Funeral arrangements are being made. [Info: Zelia de Sa Miranda]

News Summary

Charter operators paint grim picture for Goa

30 Aug: Herald. The numbers may be increasing every year and the authorities may continue to claim that Goa remains a favourite destination across the world. However the signs don’t really look that good when one scratches the surface. Charter operators have expressed their concern over rising prices and believe that in five years they may no longer be in business… Head of Caspar India, a charter operator, said that the business in Goa is dominated by one emotion, greed… 1341 words.  click here

Name game changers
30 Aug: The Goan. A trending Facebook post and overwhelming queries readers helps uncover the sinister side of name changing by migrants to Goa … Enquiry of random change of names in daily newspapers reveal a trail of lies and deceit … State’s Registrar agrees that name changes can be wrongly utilised for social welfare schemes and land ownerships ... It was an innocuous Facebook post that started it all. The post, in one of the many Goa centric social groups, simply stated “This is to inform the general public that I have changed my name from Mallappa Masmardi to Mark Mascarenhas”…  click here

Video: The heritage village in Mumbai under threat from big developers

29 Aug: Financial Times (UK). The heritage village of Khotachiwadi in Mumbai is under threat from big developers. Only 27 of the original houses still remain in Khotachiwadi, as young people in the neighbourhood move out and sell up… narrow streets are lined with colourful villas built in the old Indo-Portuguese style. Many of the houses have airy verandas at the front, intricate trelliswork surrounding open balconies, and unusual arched doorways. Signs hanging above several front doors name the families living within: Fernandes, Ferreira, Sylvester. Khotachiwadi was inhabited by the East Indian community – Christians who are thought to be the original settlers of Mumbai… 1157 words. 3m. 51s.  click here

How staying abroad strengthens your relationship
29 Aug: Times of India. Living abroad must be one of the most challenging situations you will ever face in your life… 1. It makes you a better person … 2. It makes you selfless … 3. It's two against the world … 4. It makes you less fussy … 5. You spend more time together … 6. No more demands and unrealistic expectations … 7. What happens within the house stays within the house … 8. You grow up together … 9. Nothing is normal anymore … 10. Carpe Diem, seize it … 11. Changed dynamics of friendships … 12. The kith and kin … 13. The Independence to be on your own … A home away from home, staying abroad makes your relationship rock solid, fulfilling and cozier. 1674 words.  click here

Video: Rice Bucket Challenge in Goa

28 Aug: Maxim Manakov. The Goa Rice Bucket Challenge. I pass the baton to someone, you will learn from this video. Do good things. Let's make this world better and brighter. With the Rice Bucket Challenge it is necessary to buy a bucket of rice and give this rice to people in need. The action is fast gaining momentum 3m. 23s.  click here

Cutty Sark whisky to be bottled outside Scotland for the first time
29 Aug: Just Drinks (UK). Edrington is allowing its Cutty Sark brand to be bottled outside Scotland for the first time … The 50/50 JV, announced yesterday, will see the blended whisky imported in bulk from Scotland and bottled at Kyndal's Gemini Distilleries facility in Goa. It will be the first time Cutty Sark has been bottled outside Scotland… The 75cl bottle will retail for INR1400 (US$23.15)…  click here

Interiors: How a Goan parking lot became a très chic shack

31 Aug: Sunday Telegraph (Stella Sunday Supplement). The French fashion designer Laurence Doligé is playing house in Goa with sand for a carpet and palm leaves for a roof … She had been coming to Goa for several years when she saw the potential in a scooter parking lot, just metres from the beach. She found out who owned it, persuaded them to sell it to her, and had the shack built in the local style from bamboo and palm leaves… Inside the shack there is only room for a bedroom, bathroom and clothes rail… Although the shack fits happily into the laid-back beach culture of Goa, it is important to Doligé to inject her own sense of style… 885 words + 9 photos.  click here
For the Facebook page of the Laurence Dolige Goa shop,  click here

Chennai (Madras): Life at 10, Sullivan Street
29 Aug: The Hindu. An old Portuguese settlement, Santhome, near the beach, with its majestic cathedral, the basilica where St Thomas’ remains are believed to be interred, was our home. Families with names like Saldanha, de Costa, Vaz, Dray, Green and Kenny were common in our small locality. A mix of Indo-Portuguese and Anglo-Indian families lived in the area. Our family was the odd one out. My siblings and I went to the nearby Rosary Matriculation and St Bede’s schools and followed both Christian and Hindu tenets. We regularly feasted on Anglo-Indian specialities like dhol dhols and konjee…  click here

Homi Adajania: Love and longing in Goa

30 Aug: Mint. Homi Adajania finds lovable eccentrics in the Goan Catholic community for his forthcoming film ‘Finding Fanny’. Set in Goa and following another set of mavericks (this time Goan Catholic) who set out on a journey to find a mysterious woman named Stephanie Fernandes … He says, “I sat in the Goan village of Salvador do Mundo for a month and banged out the first draft of the screenplay. I spent a lot of time with local Goan Catholics and observed how they spoke, their lyrical way of life, the evident split between the north and south, the Portuguese hangover, and stuff like that. Then I created a bunch of dysfunctional characters and dumped them in a fictional village… Cecil Pinto, who is a Goan writer, was my bouncing board for accuracy and cultural research, but then I pushed it into a fictitious space… Fanny means one thing in British slang and another thing in American slang. Why choose that name? Why not? It has a nice ring to it. It’s a legit nickname … 1278 words.  click here
Video: Finding Fanny – The Official Trailer.  click here

Escape route – Goa’s popularity in Indian Cinema
30 Aug: Mint. ‘Trikal’ and ‘Paltadacho Munis’ are two examples of how Goa has been best used in cinema Goa: Escape route Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s ‘Paltadacho Munis’ (2009). India’s most favoured corner of budget Europe has provided locations for cinema, advertising campaigns and music videos for decades. Goa’s tree-lined roads, beaches, quaint architecture and laid-back vibe have made it the perfect escape hatch for film-makers looking for an India that is resolutely not like the rest of the country…  click here

Video: Ganesh: Guv, CM, Archbishop greet Goans

29 Aug: Herald Governor Om Prakash Kohli, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao have extended greetings and good wishes to the people of Goa on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi… CM Manohar Parrikar said, “ Goa’s most- awaited festival has arrived. This is a special time when family and friends get together to celebrate this auspicious occasion.” The CM wished that “ Chovoth” will not only reunite families but also strengthen the social fabric of Goa…  click here
Video: Prudent Media 29 Aug:  click here
Wikipedia: Ganesh Chaturthi. click here.

No leadership change in Goa Congress Party Secretary
29 Aug: Business Standard. Goa's beleaguered Congress president John Fernandes will continue in his chair at least for now, AICC secretary in charge of Goa, A. Chella Kumar said Friday.,, discussions within the party high command were still on about the issue of leadership in Goa, even as a section of the local media have tipped former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro for the post…  click here


News Summary

UK: Francesca Cordeiro: Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

24 Aug: New Scientist (UK). It's a selfie that might save your sight. An implanted sensor could help people with glaucoma monitor the pressure in their eyes using a smartphone camera… "Continuous monitoring is a clear unmet need in glaucoma," says Francesca Cordeiro, a glaucoma researcher at University College London… "Ultimately, only a small proportion of glaucoma patients could benefit from this sensor," says Cordeiro…  click here
Dr Cordeiro, ex-Nairobi and ex-Saligao is the daughter of Ruffino & Lira Cordeiro of Bray, Berkshire, UK; sister of Lucinda and Mary Anne. She is married to Dr Raj Persaud. For her academic profile,  click here

North Goa taxi operators consider taking business online
27 Aug: Times of India. The North Goa tourist taxi owners association (NGTTOA) is warming up to the idea of taking their business online. NGTTOA officer bearers have started consultations with their 2,500 odd members to convince them to adopt the online taxi service, which it hopes can be started by mid-October… taxi associations, this has not been displayed in hotels and public places …  click here

The Vintage Charm of Old Goa

28 Aug: Yahoo. One rainy Sunday morning in August, we popped open colourful umbrellas and followed Jack Ajit Sukhija as he guided us on a heritage walk through Fontainhas. Fontainhas is the old Latin quarter of Panjim, Goa, and her vibrant heritage, right on the streets, is a living, breathing part of the lives of residents here… Every building has a story, a long history and a beautiful visage… 17 photos.  click here

HJS objects to Mesquita’s statement that ‘liquor is part of Goan culture’
27 Aug: Times of India. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has taken strong objection to BJP vice-president Wilfred Mesquita's statement last week that "liquor is part of Goa's culture." The HJS has said it an irresponsible statement and an insult to Hindus. The HJS's Goa state coordinator, Manoj V Solanki, in a press release, said "In Goa, 60% are Hindus and liquor is not part of Hindu culture. It is a sin in Hindu culture." Justifying HJS's stand on the issue, he said, since Mesquita said community culture is state culture he could have said it is a part of Christian culture…  click here

Patrol boat, gunmen to guard Goa's fish

28 Aug: The Week. Goa will now use gunmen and a patrol boat to guard its fast depleting fish. With 27 hi-powered and well-equipped fishing boats caught in the seas off the coastal state stealing tonnes of fish over the last three years, the fisheries department has now deployed a patrol vessel as a warning to poachers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra to lay off… Until now, the only vessel owned by the department was a trawler, which was no match for the double-powered boats with which poachers raided Goa's seas…  click here

Soon: Bombay to Goa by train in just 5 hours
27 Aug: Asian Age. If things go as per plan, passengers will be able to travel from Mumbai to Goa in just five hours by December 2015. Last week in a closed-door meeting in the capital, central railway (CR) officials presented the Railway Board with a plan to increase the corridor’s speed to 160 km per hour and even got the green signal to begin work …  click here

Goa makes helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders, pillions

28 Aug: The Hindu. The Goa Transport Ministry will make helmet mandatory for both two-wheeler rider as well as pillion rider, from this October. Arun L. Desai, Director, Transport, said on Thursday that this decision has been taken after various studies conducted by the department revealed that chances of saving the life of two-wheeler riders increases by 70 per cent in case of accidents involving head injuries… In Goa at present, wearing of helmet is mandatory for the rider of a two-wheeler and that too on Highways…  click here

Govt launches .bharat domain name
27 Aug: The Telegraph. The government has aunched the “.bharat” domain name in Devanagari script covering eight languages, including Hindi, Konkani and Marathi… The name would have “.bharat” in Hindi as extension instead of .com, .net or .in. …  click here

Goa NGO to challenge junking of Gadgil report on Western Ghats

28 Aug: Free Press Journal. A Goa-based NGO has decided to contest the Centre’s decision to junk the report on Western Ghats by Madhav Gadgil before the National Green Tribunal… The Tribunal was hearing a plea by two NGOs, Goa Foundation and Peaceful Society, which had sought to restrain the authorities from granting fresh nods to projects in the region… /  click here
28 Aug: DNA. 6 points made by Madhav Gadgil report that Centre ignored …  click here

Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari
27 Aug: Vatican Radio. Poverty, malnutrition and lack of proper health service has led to the death of two young Mundari tribals in Jharkhand said, Fr. Lino Fernandes SFX, a missionary priest of Pilar Goa. The death from disease in only one week has underlined the terrible living conditions of this Indian minority, present in the eastern state of Jharkhand. [Asia News by Nirmla Carvalho] Photo.  click here

On the Trail of Goan Stories

28 Aug: New Indian Express. By Reema Moudgil. Goa is full of stories you will never find anywhere else. In Candolim, a few years ago, I found many … A young white couple coming to blows outside a supermarket and then walking away, hopefully into a sunset, hand-in-hand. A white woman being groped, another being heckled to the tune of Fevicol Se and then two women being videotaped by Indian men. I worried for the white woman who danced with her husband in a shack late at night where four Indian men sat, drinking beer and one of them removed his vest and started dancing to a Rowdy Rathore hit… 1010 words.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

Sun. 5 Oct. Majorda Union (London) request the pleasure of your company at their 31st Celebration of the Festa Da Boa Morte at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. The Feast Mass will commence promptly at 1pm, followed by entertainment and dancing to the music of Nite Life. Tickets are great value, priced at £12 (adult) and £6 (children 11 to 16) and include snacks & main meal. Children under 11 accompanied by parents go free. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For info and tickets, click here

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News Summary

CM wants one-time amnesty for Goans registered in Lisbon

28 Aug; Herald. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar declared that he had asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for a one-time exemption for those Goans who had registered themselves in Portugal but had not taken their passports… Revelations of registration of births in Portugal by at least 50,000 Goans including apparently some 4000-5000 government servants and even some elected representatives, have shaken the state…  click here
28 Aug: Times of India. Birth registered in Portugal? CM promises relief …  click here

Scottish couple’s land boost for kids in Goa
27 Aug: East Lothian Courier (Scotland). A kind -hearted Dunbar couple have inspired a company to donate £1,000 to help educate Indian children. Eddie and Yvonne Carver have been going to Goa for a number of years on holiday. Friends told them about Mango Tree Goa, a charity which helps provide educational support to Indian children aged from three to 16. Eddie is a site manager at Ground Developments Ltd and the company has agreed to make a four-figure donation… Last year, the couple ventured out to Goa with more than 100 pairs of jelly shoes because most of the children had no footwear… The donation will be used towards the general running costs of the Mango House project, and the team has also secured a selection of educational supplies, including pencils, rulers and rubbers, from other suppliers… 600 words + photo  click here
For the Mango Tree website,  click here

Canada: Video: Judith Pereira: Get hooked on fishing

8 Aug: The Globe and Mail (Canada). By Judith Pereira. The salmon are coming. The chinook, coho, sockeye, pink and chum cannot help it… As they near Langara Island in northern British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii chain of islands, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, something is waiting for them: me… It took me 25 minutes to get the 21-pound chinook to the boat. I was exhausted and shaking with adrenalin, but I’d never felt such awe and respect for a fish. I caught more fish after that ...Watch Judith Pereira reel in her first fish, a 21-lb Chinook…  click here
Judith was born in Mumbai as were her parents. She has family in Panjim, Anjuna and Calangute. For the Judith Pereira Linkedin profile,  click here

Catholic Church in India hits out at potential communion wine ban
27 Aug: The Tablet (UK). The Church in India has hit back at attempts to ban wine at Mass as part of a drive to enforce prohibition in one of the country’s most Christian states. The country’s Congress-led Government intends to enforce prohibition in Kerala, the southernmost state in India, within 10 years. The General Secretary of the Hindu organisation SNDP Yogam, Vellappally Natesan, has called for the ban to extend to churches, while Bishop Mar Chrysostom of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church said that churches should consider using grape juice at Mass. But the Archbishop of Verapoy, Francis Kallarackal, said that Mass without wine was “unthinkable”. “It will remain unchanged until the world ends,” he said …  click here

Flashback: The Goans in Pakistan

27 Aug: Express Tribune (Pakistan). The Goans contributed significantly to the development of the town and other areas that became Pakistan, in schools, hospitals, professional services, judiciary, and public and government service. Around 1900, a young bachelor named Celeriano deSouza, migrated for better economic opportunities from the Portuguese colony of Goa to the British colony India’s newest town, Karachi (population at that time:16,000) … Manuel Misquita, a Goan, was Mayor of Karachi 1945 to 1946.  click here

Government Junks Green Report on Western Ghats That Sought Ban on Mining
27 Aug: NDTV. The government today junked the report on Western Ghats by environmentalist Madhav Gadgil and said it instead prefers the Kasturirangan Committee's report … The Tribunal was hearing a plea by two NGOs -- Goa Foundation and Peaceful Society -- which had sought to restrain the authorities from granting their approval for new projects in the region… The WGEEP had in its report recommended that no mining should be allowed in the Western Ghats in Goa…  click here

Get 'shot' at with rice balls at Goa's quaint island feast

27 Aug: Vancouver Desi. Like many lasting legacies, one of Goa's quaintest feasts, 'Bonderam' at Divar island, is believed to owe its origins to a fight. It's also where you can get "shot" at with rice balls! … Getting shot at with a teffol, a zingy ball of spice which is a must in Goan mackerel curry, from a hand-crafted toy-gun called 'fottas', made from hollowed bamboo, is part of tradition at Bonderam. And despite its float-parades and other rustic pizazz, Bonderam has managed to steer clear of 'cultural corruption' which has gripped the more popular Carnival parade… 557 words + 3 photos.  click here
Video: Divar Bonderam 2014. By JoeGoaUk.  click here

Curtorim hotel imbroglio: Land ownership too in question
28 Aug: Herald. In a further twist to the Curtorim hotel imbroglio, now the ownership of the land purchased by the Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardessai has itself been questioned and its sale to him called a “criminal act.” In a letter to Herald, Lena Gaasvaer (born Albuquerque) from Norway says that the land in question belongs to her mother Eudocia Albuquerque, who was originally a Sardinha, who is now 76 years and staying with her in Norway for the last 20 years…  click here

Tourist haven Goa caught in its bikini politics

27 Aug: South Asian Times (New York). … It may sound ridiculous, but the bikini controversy has triggered a churning and a split in the conservative end of Goa's political axis. The garment has also come close to creating a rift between the BJP and its ally, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) … In June, MGP's supremo and cabinet minister Sudin Dhavalikar demanded a ban on bikinis, miniskirts and pub culture. A month later his younger brother Deepak, also a cabinet minister, openly wished for a Hindu Rashtra under Modi. Days later, in the assembly, another MGP legislator, Lavu Mamledar, demanded a special 'private' beach for bikini-clad bathers with a fee for entry… 776 words.  click here

Paradise In Goa
26 Aug: Honestly Media (California). Images from Jade Jagger‘s beach house were published a couple of years ago but I still can’t get over how amazing it is. Situated nearby the jewelry designer’s seasonal boutique in Goa, this Western Indian rental is adorned with the most charming details like hot pink textiles, a thatched roof, antique hardware, sheer curtains and vintage dinnerware. It’s all without any trace of ostentation – just the perfect beach bungalow…Photos.  click here

There is a Goa property for sale!

27 Aug: The Curated Magazine. I know that here in the States, we are just getting back from our summer vacations and it’s almost time to say our annual goodbye to beaches but I’d to share a dream property that is for sale in beach capital, Goa, [Anjuna]. The property is probably out of the reach of most people’s budget but it is grand and has a colonial + a South Indian vibe …  click here


TRAVEL: World Kitchen. itv3. Saturday 30th Aug. 06:10 to 06:35. New Zealand chef Nici Wickes explores the lush landscape of Kerala in southern India. Visiting spice markets, winding backwaters and family kitchens Nici uncovers the secrets to making great curry at home.

MUSIC: Sound of Cinema. BBC Radio Three. Saturday 30th Aug. 14:00 to 15:00. Matthew Sweet profiles AR Rahman, one of India's most successful composers, to coincide with the release of two new films featuring his scores: Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Classic Score of the Week is Rahman's music for Slumdog Millionaire.

FILM: Paradise: Love. Channel 4. Monday 1st Sep. 00:50 to 02:50. Sex tourism. Part 1: Middle-aged Teresa joins other European women in Mombasa falling into a series of ultimately money-based liaisons with the much younger, leaner men. Part 2: Paradise: Faith. Tuesday 2nd Sep. 01:00 to 02:55. Teresa's sister, Anna Maria, bloodily scourges herself in front of an image of Christ and seek other forms of penance. Part 3: Paradise: Hope. Thursday 4th Sep. 00:55 to 02:30. Teresa's daughter, 13 year old Melli has been sent to a summer camp where the teens exercise their free will by enjoying illicit booze, playing spin-the-bottle and sneaking out to a nightclub. Premiere. For trailers of the films, click here.

DOCUMENTARY: The Lessons of Ray Honeyford. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Monday 1st Sep. 11:00 to 11:30. Aasmah Mir revisits the heated dispute surrounding Ray Honeyford, a Bradford head teacher whose outspoken criticisms of multiculturalism caused a national controversy.

DOCUMENTARY: Toxic India: The Plastic Cow. Community Channel. Monday 1st Sep. 22:10 to 23:00. The documentary is a collective effort to save the Indian cow and, by extension, all animals, from the menace of plastic bags.

DOCUMENTARY: How to be a Billionaire. Channel 4. Tuesday 2nd Sep. 00:00 to 01:00. The documentary features Russian businessman Dmitry Itskov, who is driving a worldwide project in the search for immortality, Indian entrepreneur Naveen Jain, who runs his own space programme, and British social media entrepreneur Michael Birch.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel. Freeview. Part 1: Trafficked. Wednesday 3rd Sep. 22:00 to 22:30. An in-depth look at the problems of child trafficking and sex work in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Part 2: Wednesday 3rd Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Modern Slavery. Taking a look at Asian debt bondage. Part 3: Thursday 4th Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Modern Slavery. How human trafficking moves people to countries with the promise but forces them into slavery and prostitution.



Death: Michael [Gerry] Fernandes

10 Aug. Oxford, England. ROSARIO MANUEL JUSTIN FERNANDES (popularly known as "Michael" or "Gerry") died suddenly aged 86 at home. Ex-Kampala, Uganda, he was an acclaimed fast bowler. Ex St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra; St. Michael's, Mahim; Uganda Civil Service; Accounts Department, Oxford University Press; and Lenthall Road Rose Hill Allotment Association, Oxford. Survived by his wife Rosa and children Maria, Melrose, Manuela and Melroy Fernandes, all of Oxford, UK. Brother/ sister of the late Fanny, late Cleto, late Joe (Whisky), late Renny, late Victor, Assumption (India), late Mecredi, and the late Martha. Uncle of Francis, Herman, and Freddie Fernandes (Sweden) and Cathu Sachcaf (USA); Miriam Rose Menezes (USA), Basil (Uganda), Dolly and Allwyn Lobo (India). Visiting on 8th September noon to 5 p.m. at Chapel of Rest, the Co-operative Funeral Home, 2 Hendred Street, Oxford, OX4 2ED; funeral mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday 9th September, Blessed Dominic Barberi Church, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4JX; burial at 11:30 a.m. Wolvercote Cemetery, OX2 8EE. Donations: Blessed Dominic Barberi Church, c/o Co-operative Funeral Care, 2 Hendred Street, Oxford,OX4 2ED. Condolences can be emailed to or or call 07711204410.
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Mridula Sinha appointed Governor of Goa

26 Aug: IANS. Mridula Sinha, who was appointed Goa governor Tuesday, said she is excited about taking up the new challenge and is keen to serve the people of the state. She is a former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Mahila Morcha … Born in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, Sinha is a Hindi litterateur. She is also the former chairperson of the National Commission for Women…  click here
Video: 26 Aug: P7News24x7. Mridula Sinha made Goa Governor [Hindi]. 2m. 28s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Mridula Sinha, click here.

Goa governor urged to intervene over ‘financial crisis’
26 Aug: Times of India. The Congress Pradesh Congress Committee passed a resolution urging the governor to intervene and ensure that the state does not slip into financial crisis. The financial status of Goa is not good. There can be a financial emergency in the state as the government is borrowing money on bonds. A resolution has been passed requesting the governor to give proper direction to the government to change the leadership of the state," said GPCC president John Fernandes. "Parrikar had promised zero tolerance to corruption and after two-and-half-years he is saying that there is rampant corruption. If the governor cannot find a proper alternative for the leadership in the state, the President's rule should be imposed," he said…  click here

Toronto: Stacy Lynn Fernandes: Learn what complete and balance means when you buy pet food

25 Aug: Inside Toronto. By Stacy Lynn Fernandes. When you feed your pet there are so many options out there how do you know you are giving your pet the best? … Let's go over what makes a complete and balanced pet food: Protein … Carbohydrates … Fat … Vitamins … Minerals … Water … 686 words. Click here.
Stacy Lynn Fernandes, MSc, is Nestlé Purina's assistant manager-pet food nutrition for Canada… Meet Fernandes at PawsWay to ask a nutritional question. Visit or Twitter at or Linkedin at
Stacy Lynn Fernandes was born in Toronto in 1986. Her parents were born in 1956 and 1960 and moved to Canada from Karachi Pakistan in 1983 and 1981.

Mormugao port to get new passenger terminal
26 Aug: Business Line. Krishna Pal Gurjar, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highway and Shipping, will lay the foundation stone for a new passenger terminal building at Mormugao port in south Goa on Wednesday. The cruise terminal building will house Customs and Immigration clearance, and include facilities such as baggage screening, passport reading machines, duty-free shops, money-changers and communication facilities. It will also feature a shopping arcade for display and sale of local handicrafts and other products of interest, as well as a lounge and restaurant facilities… The berth will allow MPT to join the international cruise circuit of Mumbai, Mangalore and Kochi ports.  click here

Luizinho Faleiro is new Goa Congress chief

27 Aug: Navhind Times. The Congress high command has finally selected Luizinho Faleiro to succeed John Fernandes, whose removal was approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, as the new president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, informed a senior All-India Congress Committee functionary… The AICC functionary further stated that the announcement on appointment of Faleiro as the new Congress chief would be made by the party high command soon… /  click here

Goa to get world-class permanent venue for IFFI: Javadekar
26 Aug: PTI. A permanent venue for hosting the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will come up in Goa, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. "Now, Goa has been accorded a permanent venue status, so they are permanent hosts. They are making huge infrastructure for the festival. Therefore, from this year they will start and hopefully by next year it will be a new infrastructure where the festival will take place," he said…  click here

Football: Goa football scores with launch of home team 'FC Goa'

26 Aug: First Post. Goa will now have a home team to cheer for in the inaugural 2014 Hero Indian Super League as 'FC Goa' on Tuesday announced its launch at a city hotel … FC Goa will be one of eight teams due to fight it out in the Indian Super League to be held across the country between October and December this year… F C Goa, which comprises 14 Indians, two Czechs, two Frenchmen and three Portuguese, will kick off the first game of the league at home on October 13…  click here
27 Aug: Times of India. FC Goa first to launch TV channel.  click here

AirAsia Offers Bangalore to Goa Promotional Fare of Rs 900
26 Aug: Business Insider. Budget carrier AirAsia India is offering promotional fares on advance booking. This offer is applicable on bookings made till August 31 and travel period between October 26, 2014, and October 24, 2015. The fares from Bangalore to Goa are priced from Rs 900…  click here
25 Aug: Perth Now. AirAsia launches $13 flights to put Malaysia back on the map…  click here

Chili's to invest $10m in India outlet

26 Aug: Financial Chronicle. The TVS Capital-backed Texmex Cuisine, which has franchise rights for casual dining restaurant Chili’s, would invest around $10 million to set up 10 new outlets India The American casual dining restaurant chain, which is present in over 33 countries, has been growing at over 40 per cent annually… Typically, the company would invest around $1 million on each store. The newer outlets will be located in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Kochi spread over an area of 3,000-4,000 sq ft each…  click here

India tightens visa requirements for Danish tourists
21 Aug: Jyllands Posten (Denmark). At very short notice it is once again more difficult for Danes to come on holiday to India… From 1 September, all who dream of a trip to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and elsewhere in India have to personally present themselves at the Indian embassy in Copenhagen to get a visa…  click here
The move apparently is the result of Denmark's refusal to extradite a Danish citizen, Niels Holck AKA Kim Dalvy, for trial in India.  click here

Goa govt suppressed assessment report on mining impact: Gadgil

26 Aug: PTI. Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil (photo) today alleged that the state's BJP government has "suppressed" his report assessing the impact of mining on environment in Goa. "State government had commissioned a committee led by me to prepare a report on assessment of mining impact on environment in Goa. We had submitted the report in last October. The report is based on two-year long careful work. It is with the government and they are not making it public. They are suppressing the report," Prof Madhav Gadgil, who heads the committee, said …  click here

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27 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 28.2. Min = 23.5. Humidity = 83 %. Rainfall: 70.4mm
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.04; $ = 60.47; $Can = 55.20; Euro = 79.63; $Aus= 56.31.



Death: Jose Antao

24 Aug: Arrosim, Goa. JOSE BRAZ CLIFFORD ANTAO. Born 1962. Ex-Dar-es-Salaam. Son of late Claudio & Tschuchima Antao. Brother of Carol & Clovissa. Nephew of late Lorecine/late Anonette (Canada), late Filadelfo & late Aurora (Mapusa), late Engracia & late Ambrosio (Pileme). Cousin of Maxmilan/Vanessa, late Maxwel & Milton/Celine Antao, Peter/Luiza, Fr Maverick & Evelyn/Santos Fernandes. Mortal remains will be brought on 27-08-2014 to the residence at 1.00 p.m. to the pay the last respect. The funeral cortege will leave the residence at Arrosim, at 3.30 p.m., to St. Thomas Church, Cansaulim, followed by the Eucharistic celebration and burial

Death: Juliana Francis
21 Aug: Toronto. JULIANA PHILOMENA FRANCIS (Born 1946; nee Lopes. Juliana was born and raised in India; she immigrated to Canada with her late husband Patrick. She will be missed by her loving children Wendy (Peter), Sandra (Rick), Sheldon, Debbie (Boris), Carlton and Audrey. Her grandchildren Ivanka, Crystal, Patrick and Klara also mourn the loss of a darling grandmother. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON), Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady Queen of the World (10411 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill), following the visitation at 12:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery (8361 Yonge St., Thornhill). Donations may be made to The SickKids Foundation. Photo. Condolences to  For further details click here

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Will Pope declare Bl Vaz a saint?

26 Aug: Herald. Stating that the process of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz had reached its zenith, Rector of Sancoale Sanctuary and Vice-Postulator (Goa) for the cause of canonization of Vaz, Fr Eremito Rebello made a plea for fervent prayers for his canonisation. The possibility of Blessed Vaz attaining sainthood soon assumes significance following the three-day visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka on January 13, 14 and 15 next year. Blessed Vaz was beatified by late Pope John Paul II at Galle in Sri Lanka in 1995…  click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation to upgrade infra, create high-end projects
25 Aug: Times of India. Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) which has gone into overdrive during the last two years, has lined-up some high-end tourism projects. The GTDC which currently owns and runs 13 tourism residences at prime locations, some of which are not in very good shape, wants to raise tourism projects such as parks, expo-centers, marinas and high-end hotels. Top on its card is renovation and development of seven GTDC properties on a private investment mode basis. Tenders have been floated for some of the projects…  click here

Real estate in Goa out of demand for now

25 Aug: Herald. Land brokers in the state are experiencing tough times due to the slowdown in the economy of the state. This is a comedown for a state which was considered a destination for rich residents of Mumbai and Delhi to buy a second home. Rich NRI’s or Goan residing in the Gulf and Europe used to also dream of buying a house here. The slowdown in those economies has not helped matters. For the brokers, the ban on mining in the state has hit them hard. When the mining operations were in progress it was not uncommon to have senior executives being recruited from outside the state. This required the company to provide them with accommodation…  click here

Impropriety plaint against Justice Bakre
26 Aug: Herald. A complaint has been filed with Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah against Justice U V Bakre for having heard a case pertaining to mining in Goa, when he cleared mining leases as Law Secretary. The complaint by Adv Aires Rodrigues pointed to improprieties since he was the Law Secretary of Goa from November 21, 2005 to April 8, 2007. The complaint alleges that during this time the government had taken several decisions on mining…  click here

Seattle: Cajetan Mendonca: Vittles restaurant

25 Aug: Business Journal (Seattle). Chefs Darlene Boline and Cajetan Mendonca (photo) are co-owners of Vittles, a new restaurant in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. Her training is in French and Italian cooking. He learned to cook Portuguese food in his native Goa… Boline, an Italian-American from Pennsylvania and relative newcomer to Seattle, was running a popular but tiny sandwich spot, Zaccagni’s, at Pike Place Market. In the adjacent space was Saffron Spice, an Indian takeout stand owned by Mendonca, a native of Goa, who previously cooked at the Space Needle and Szmania in Kirkland… With his savings and financial help from a friend who works at Microsoft, Mendonca and Boline were able to buy the place. She did the redesign, he did most of the build-out, and they both did a lot of painting. After three months of work, Vittles opened Aug. 1.  click here
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Older tourists changing image of 'boorish' Israelis in Goa
25 Aug: IANS. Goa, once a prime destination for Israel's young and party-savvy men and women after a punishing stint in the armed forces, will now see more older tourists and couples which will change the perception of Israelis as that of being boorish, drug-craving and adulterous, a top diplomat feels…  click here

New Goa smartphone by Wiko for under 50 euros

24 Aug: Zone Numerique (France). On its official website, Wiko referred recently a new smartphone: the Goa. This new Android smartphone is expected to be popular because of its price, since the manufacturer expects to sell it for 49.99 euros! At this price it will obviously not be a high-end configuration. The Goa will have a small LCD TN 3.5" display, a touch screen that displays a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels …. The OS however will run on the latest version of Android: KitKat…  click here

Corrupt" leaders in Goa Congress want to oust me: Congress chief
"25 Aug: PTI. Announcing that a few more leaders will be suspended for working against the party's interest, Goa Congress President John Fernandes today claimed some "corrupt" elements were out to dislodge him from his post. Addressing a press conference here, Fernandes said there are "corrupt" people within the Congress who are using their ill-gotten money to target him. "But I will cleanse the party of corrupt leaders and those who want to have their family raj here," he asserted. The leaders will be suspended from the Congress by tomorrow, he said, two days after suspending former Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira for "anti-party" activities…  click here
26 Aug: Times of India. Defiant John to recast block, district panels …  click here

Auction: An 18th century carved ivory Madonna

3 Sep: Gorringes, Lewes, East Sussex, UK. Lot 9 – An 18th century Goanese carved ivory and polychrome painted figure of the Madonna, on a canted cornered plinth base, 7in. Estimate: £800 - £1,200 …  click here

Hindu outfit demands censor board for tiatrs in Goa
25 Aug: The Hindu. Sulking over a Konkani Tiatr (Konkani musical drama) which was critical of growing activities of rightwing Hindu outfits, Hindu Janajgruti Samiti (HJS), the rightwing Hindu outfit reiterated its demand with the government to establish a Censor Board for plays and tiatrs in Goa. A memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister of Goa on Monday by HJS demanding a Censor Board for plays and tiatrs ‘to preserve the communal harmony and maintain peace in Goa’… The HJS along with Sri Ram Sene unsuccessfully had tried to stop the maiden show of the play early this month through Court, accusing the play of demonising Sene chief Pramod Muthalik as “terrorist”…  click here

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