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Death: Leonie Machado
24 Sep: Mahopac, New York. LEONIE C. MACHADO. Survivors include her brother (Vivian) and sister (Celine) of India; her son (Les), daughter-in-law (Kate), and grandchildren (Brendan & Erin) of Alexandria, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the world. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 30, at St. James the Apostle Church in Carmel, New York. Internment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105;

News Summary

Goan journalist Rajdeep Sardesai in New York attack controversy

29 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. A day after senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was allegedly heckled and slapped by a mob outside Madison Square Garden where PM Narendra Modi was speaking, Sardesai took to Facebook to tell us his version of the incident. Sardesai said "First, Kick and abuse while I am on cam asking questions, then release video selectively. Rule of the mob." …There are several videos posted on Youtube about the incident, but each one only seems to show a part of the incident … None of the videos seem to show the full incident, though. The incident has caught media attention … Many are up in arms against the treatment meted out to Sardesai, but some others have been posting video links and defending the mob as well…  click here
28 Sep: India Today. Full Video: Rajdeep Sardesai heckled by a mob outside Madison Square Garden …  click here
Rajdeep Sardesai is the son of the eminent cricket player, the late Dilip Sardesai … click here.

Continental Europe flights to Goa & return from only 228 EUR
28 Sep: Fly4Free. Travel dates: January – March 2015. Routing – Goa Return fares : Budapest: 228 EUR; Warsaw: 238 EUR; Prague: 262 EUR; Berlin: 303 EUR; Tallin: 331 EUR; Riga: 334 EUR. Fly with Lufthansa or Swiss + Jet. Text + specimen searches.  click here
Flights Prague - Goa return for €240 / £190.00. 28 Sep: Hot UK Deals. Open Jaw flights Prague - Mumbai - Goa - Prague on Ebookers ie for €240 / £190. Fly with Lufthansa or Swiss… Link + comments [To get the quoted fare you need to search for a multicity flight with flight 1 being Prague - Mumbai and flight 2 being Goa - Prague. You'll have to find your own way between Mumbai and Goa]  click here
Flüge: Berlin - Goa - Berlin ab 297 EUR. Comments. click here.

Goa’s Leon Mendonca wins bronze in world youth chess

30 Sep: Navhind Times. Young Goan chess player Leon Luke Mendonca made the country and state proud by winning bronze in the just concluded World Youth tournament in Durban, South Africa. Leon scored 8 points out of 11 rounds with 7 wins, two draws and two defeats. He drew ultimate gold medallist Makoveev Ilya of Russia in the 7th round. Tugstumur Yesuntumur of Mangolia won silver…/  click here

London: Ma Goa Restaurant: Review
29 Sep: London Economic. … Ma Goa is a portmanteau of the restaurant manager’s mother and her Goan heritage, specialising in family recipes passed down the generations… Basmati rice with coconut, pot roasted lamb shank, traditional Goan pork chorizo; it’s all tremendously appealing. But my recommendation would be to go for the fish… Ma Goa is a refreshing take on Indian cuisine in Britain. Rather than cater to the local palate it unapologetically serves Goan dishes and is all the more genuine for it…  click here
For the Ma Goa website  click here

Video: Mary D’Souza, Olympian

27 Sep: Prudent Media. Mary D’Souza was the first Indian woman at the Olympics having been elected to represent India at Helsinki in 1956. He friends and neighbours in Bandra organised a dance to raise funds to enable here to compete … Her introduction to competitive sport happened because of her cousin, Maxi Vaz and Sacru Menezes, both well-known hockey players. They urged her to participate in a sports meet… Part 1  click here
Part 2:  click here

Mike Mannion’s statement recording adjourned in Scarlett Keeling case
30 Sep: Herald. The Children’s Court adjourned by one month the recording of British national Michael Mannion alias Mike Masala’s statement. He is the last witness to be examined in the 2008 Scarlet Keeling death case. The Court had earlier scheduled his deposition via video-conferencing in the open court on Monday. Mannion however submitted that he needs to take care of his critically ill father back in the UK…  click here

Former Arsenal defender André Santos joins Goa in Indian Super League

29 Sep: The Guardian (UK). The former Arsenal defender André Santos has become the latest high-profile player to move to the Indian Super League after it was confirmed he will join Zico’s FC Goa. Having already snapped up one former Arsenal player in Frenchman Robert Pirès, Zico has added the left-back to his squad before the start of the inaugural ISL season on 12 October… A host of former European stars have already signed up to take part in the ISL, with Alessandro Del Piero, the former France and Juventus striker David Trezeguet and the Spaniards Joan Capdevila and Luis García among those confirmed.  click here

Portugal: Antonio Costa: Some new Press Reports
29 Sep: Financial Times: Lisbon mayor wins race to lead Portugal’s opposition…  click here
29 Sep: Hindustan Times: Indian-origin Costa is Portugal’s next PM candidate  click here
29 Sep: Portugal News. Lisbon Mayor aims for PM job after defeating party leader … click here.

Interesting facts about the 400 years old Bom Jesus Church

29 Sep: Catholic Online (Los Angeles, CA). The Bom Jesus Church in India, the final resting place of St. Francis Xavier. Located in Old Goa, India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundation stone was laid on 24th November 1594, and completed on 15th May 1605. It was raised to the status of a minor Basilica in 1946 and is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Goa. The church is called "Bom Jesus" meaning "good Jesus" or "infant Jesus" to whom it is dedicated. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in Goa…  click here

Video: Foreign tourists have termed Goan beaches as dirty and Indian tourists as mess makers
27 Sep: Prudent Media. Foreign tourists questioned say that they are unlikely to visit Goa again. They say that Goa is not like what it was before …  click here

Swimming pools not a luxury anymore

29 Sep: Herald. The swimming pool is now a constant in various complexes around the state. Builders provide gyms, pool tables etc to ensure that the buyer who walks through the door leaves after signing on the dotted line. In Goa there are several consultants who build and install pools. Diana Braganza of Alpha Aqua Pools and Spa a local company which has been in the business for fourteen years said that having pools in housing complexes was something that was not new to the state…  click here

Roaring controversy over Goa lion sculptures
29 Sep: A Goa cabinet minister's obsession with erecting statues of lions in a public park, is threatening to erupt into a scandal … the lion is the official emblem of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Goa's oldest regional party, which Sudin Dhavalikar, the minister in question, represents… Dhavilkar says he has done nothing wrong …  click here


News Summary

Portugal: Babush wins Leadership Election of Socialist Party (PS)

29 Sep: 22:02. Jornal i Online (Portugal). Mayor of Lisbon since 2007, António Costa won the primary elections of the Socialist Party beating his rival, António José Seguro. António Costa is the elected PS Party candidate for Prime Minister in upcoming parliamentary election … He is the son of Maria Antonia Palla, a journalist and technical writer and advertising executive Orlando Costa, a Goan … Antonio’s pet name was "Babush" (boy, in Konkani dialect) …  click here
Video. Antonio Costa delivers his victory speech … 14m. 42s  click here

Goa for Goans to set up a network across Goa and the World
28 Sep: Herald. Maintaining that the Supreme Court has ruled that mineral ore belongs to the people, Goa Foundation Chairman Dr Claude Alvares on Saturday called upon Goans to pressurise the Parrikar government to renew the mining leases only after making the companies pay the maximum value for the ore. He was speaking on Saturday at an interaction organised by Goans for Goa … In his address, social activist Adv Aires Rodrigues said the face of Goa has changed and is beyond recognition after Parrikar returned to power… Goans for Goa President Kennedy Afonso said the nonpolitical organisation will set up a network across Goa and the world over to secure the interest of Goans…  click here

Selma Carvalho: Time To Honour Goan Casualties Of War

28 Sep: Herald. Selma Carvalho visits the exhibition Faith, Empire and War, which commemorates the Sikhs who took part in World War 1 and wonders why such an exhibition does not exist for Goans who lost their life during the war. She writes...By the twentieth century, the idea of the Goan, as a timid, docile man, given easily to fright, had taken hold in the British mind. But the British had overlooked the fact that what the Goan lacked in brute aggression, he made up for in endurance and resilience...But mostly they forgot about the hundreds of Goan seamen who worked on board their naval ships, as butlers, cooks, scullions and topass. The lives of these cooks and butlers perhaps may not be seen as heroic, but their deaths recorded in log books were… 989 words.  click here

Charles Correa: India’s Next Bharat Ratna?
28 Sep: Times of India. Another milestone in Charles Correa's already spectacular career … Toronto’s Ismaili Centre (including prayer hall) designed by Goa's own Correa, now a compelling candidate for the Bharat Ratna. The new complex has earned raves, Architectural Record says "Toronto's cultural brand has moved into a new galaxy." … At 84, Charles Correa keeps moving faster, setting the bar even higher in his unprecedented career of record-breaking achievements. At home, it is clear he has no peer (the Royal Institute of British Architects 2013 retrospective exhibition was entitled, Charles Correa—India's Greatest Architect)… it is true that Charles Correa has not yet been able to make a big difference in his native Goa… Last week in Toronto, we've been reminded again that marvellous things can be achieved if Charles Correa thinks them up…  click here

Indian PM Modi in rock star US debut – promises lifetime visas

28 Sep: SBS (Australia). Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India speaks to supporters during a community reception September 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Modi received a rock star reception as thousands cheered on the new right-wing leader in a packed arena … some 18,500 people of Indian origin from across the US and Canada packed into New York's Madison Square Garden where they chanted his name and wore T-shirts bearing his picture… Modi promised to start lifetime visas for foreigners of Indian origin and, endorsing a proposal of the previous government without setting a date, to issue visas on arrival for US citizens…  click here
Video. BBC. Modi at Madison Gardens …  click here

Oman Air plans to start Muscat - Goa flight
28 Sep: Times of Oman. Oman Air is planning to start a new service between Muscat and Goa by next summer, a top-level official of the airline told journalists on Sunday … It plans to operate three weekly flights to Goa, which will go up to five eventually, using a 154-seater Boeing 737 aircraft…  click here

Jesuits: Building Human Communities

28 Sep: Navhind Times. The year of the exposition of St Francis Xavier’s relics, one of the founding Jesuit priests of the Society of Jesus, which was started by St Ignatius Loyola, is also the year that marks 200 years of the restoration of the Order by Pope Pius VII in 1814… the Jesuits have been known for bringing education to Goa… Rector of Basilica of Bom Jesus Fr Savio Baretto shares the Order’s history ... 1694 words.  click here
Jesuits: A tale of Guts And Glory 28 Sep: Times of India. In 1773, the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, witnessed the end of their 'glory days'. Its members around the world were rounded up and deported back to Papal territories in Europe… in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the restoration at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, Fr Rocha pointed out that the missionary nature of the Jesuits pushes them to go to different frontiers where no one wants to go … 1034 words.  click here

Goa’s youth continue to emigrate to Europe and Canada
28 Sep: Times of India. The happiness index in Goa appears to be low as a large number of youth are leaving to work in Europe and seem to believe that there is nothing on offer for them here, former law commission chairperson Ramakant Khalap said at 'Goa's Human Development Index: Prospects & Challenges' at International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, “There has been so much of migration to places like Canada post-liberation. Perhaps in Goa the happiness index is low even if the human development index is high," he added …  click here

Books, beaches and beer at Goa's literature fest

28 Sep: DNA. For the first time, the tourist haven of Goa will host a literary festival that will bring together writers from six different languages on one platform … Goa's own international event that will kick off the cultural calendar this October. The Rs85 lakh extravaganza will see a large part of the costs going toward air travel and hospitality, given the many international and national authors attending the festival… 1008 words.  click here
Goa Literary Festival to recall contributions of UR Ananthamurthy. 27 Sep: The Hindu. … GALF 2014 scheduled to be held from December 4 to 7 …  click here
Be ready to get inspired at Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014 click here.

Tipografia Rangel: Etching its name on the pages of history
28 Sep: Times of India. Tucked away in a quiet, leafy, beautiful corner of Bastora in Bardez lies a piece of history that defined the reading lives of several generations of Goans… In 1886 Janin Rangel set up the 'Tipografia Rangel' publishing books on Portuguese, Konkani, English and French. It was in 1909, when Tipografia Rangel published a book Almanach Illustrado Parede e Bofete that signified the coming of age of printing in Goa… 1016 words.  click here

Beautiful Home in Goa

26 Sep: Curated. You have to see this beautiful home in Goa that we found via the always inspiring Elle Decoration, UK! … here is this beautiful, colonially-influenced, gem of a space styled by Eva Lindh and photographed by Anna Kern...  click here
Nishu Karimjee is a jeweller designer who was born in India, brought up in Tanzania, England, Switzerland and Spain and finally settled for 20 years in Paris where she developed her business. After all this travelling, she has decided to go back to her roots and bring back to life this amazing old 100 year Art Deco house in a village near Goa … the house has a colonial feel that "brings together India, Africa and France. It is a mixture of everywhere I have come from"... 5 photos.  click here
12 photos. click here.

Replicate Delhi’s detention center model for foreigners, Centre tells states
28 Sep: IANS. Impressed by the “upkeep” of detention centres for foreigners in the national capital, the union government has directed all states to implement the Delhi model in building and maintaining such centres that house those living illegally in the country, officials said… According to government officials, only a few states have detention centres. Goa recently announced to set up a detention centre for foreigners who are overstaying in the state…  click here


News Summary

Canada: Andrew D’Souza: Forget passwords - the Nymi wristband uses your heartbeat for security

26 Sep: Computer World. Imagine one day strapping on a wristband and then opening your smartphone and laptop without passwords, getting into your car without a key and even boarding a plane without your ID or a boarding pass. That's the future imagined by Andrew D'Souza, president of Bionym Inc., a Toronto-based company working on what he says will be the world's first wearable authentication device. D'Souza talked about the Nymi, which verifies a person's identity using their unique heart beat, at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference in Cambridge this week…  click here
Video: Citrix's David Potter speaks with Bionym President Andrew D’Souza... 3m. 21s.  click here

Visa blues add misery to Goa’s charter challenge
27 Sep: The Goan. With the tourism season just around the corner, the implementation of on-arrival visa and over dependence on Russian charters are the two biggest challenges tourism industry in Goa is facing. While efforts are on to counter the concerns but the cumbersome process is likely to take longer than expected … It is extremely crucial for Goa that the work on the implementation of on-arrival visa and e-visa gets over soon as only then the efforts made by the state government will yield results. 1414 words.  click here

The Ponte de Linhares Bridge in Goa was the longest in the world when it was built!

27 Sep: IBNLive. The Ponte Conde de Linhares or the Count of Linhares Bridge, often shortened to Ponte de Linhares is a 3.2 km long causeway connecting Ribandar to the main city of Panjim (now Panaji) in Goa, India… It was built in 1633-34 under the direction of the then Viceroy of Portuguese India, Miguel de Noronha, 4th Count of Linhares, after whom it is named. The bridge is often said to have been the longest in the world at 3.2 km when it was completed in 1634.  click here

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'
27 Sep: BBC. A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair kit. Scientists say this work, based in rats, may pave the way for future drugs for strokes and Alzheimer's disease. But they say more trials are needed to see whether this applies to humans…  click here

Drugs, Mafia and Revenge in the Sunny State

27 Sep: Goa Streets. Nafs: A New Movie Filmed In Goa. Nafs is a fictional tale, a Goan drug cartel revenge film based on the fable of the Three Little Pigs. Shot in Goa, it’s directed by Thomas Drissen, the acclaimed director from Amsterdam, with film and TV director Sonia Filinto. It stars Bollywood’s Peeya Rai and Adhir Bhat, as well as Marianne Borgo from Paris and Goa’s very own Rajesh Pednekar… It is expected to be released all over the world next year… 799 words.  click here
Video: Teaser 0.50s.  click here
Nafs on Facebook click here.

Real Estate in Goa
27 Sep: Goa Streets. Are you looking at upgrading to a better home? Or maybe just invest in your little corner of the Goan paradise? Turns out that Goa offers some highly interesting prospects for property-based investments – and now’s a really good time to take advantage of them. For various reasons, we’re in a buyers’ market at the moment… 1021 words.  click here

Polls push Lisbon mayor towards Socialist Party’s PM candidate

28 Sep: Times of India. Lisbon mayor Antonio Costa appears to be on course to be the next prime minister of Portugal… on Sunday Party members will be choosing between Costa and current opposition leader Antonio Jose Seguro in primaries, and polls project Costa as the likely winner. Of partial Goan descent—Costa is the son of Goan writer Orlando da Costa—he has turned around the Portuguese capital and his politics and policies appear to have found favour with voters across the country … Polls show Costa up to 30 percentage points ahead of Seguro. The same polls also showed him to be the favourite to be the next PM, ahead of current PM Pedro Passos Coelho… 648 words.  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Antonio Costa,  click here
25 Aug: Portugal News. Candidates for Socialist leadership clash in last of televised debates … click here.

Rotherham to Rivona, the Curse of living in a small place
27 Sep: The Goan. By Ajay Thakur, Editor. As a journalist he has reported about stories both from Rotherham in South Yorkshire in England to Rivona in Quepem … He writes: Between 1997 and 2013, an estimated 1400 children were raped and sexually abused by gangs of British-Pakistani men in the small town of Rotherham in UK … A similar pattern exists out here too… All that Goa is identified is with bikini clad whites on the beaches or carnivals and now even images of churches and temples. .. 919 words.  click here

Wendell Rodricks: A French Honour

27 Sep: Indian Express. Designer Wendell Rodricks has instituted several firsts in the fashion industry in his over two-decade-long career and was given the Padma Shri earlier this year. Now, the designer has been bestowed the esteemed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters) by the Minister of Culture and Communications, Paris, Aurélie Fillipetti…  click here
For the Wendell Rodricks Wikipedia profile,  click here

Three vintage cops on what is wrong with policing in Goa
27 Sep: Herald. Police and their functioning especially with regards to crime against women has come under the scanner with complaints about the general lack of sensitivity displayed by the men in uniform in handling such cases. Herald spoke to three retired top cops SP Vilar Viegas, SP Appa Teli and DySP Gurudas Zuarkar on various issues that they came across during their time and the present scenario.  click here

India’s airlines want to fight? We fight!: Tony Fernandes, AirAsia chief

26 Sep: Economic Times. AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes is an angry man. He said his airline AirAsia India has been bullied and pushed into a corner. And, now, it's ready to fight the "big boys" at their own game. He is also a man hopelessly in love with India. In the last few months, he has visited the country 6-7 times … He talks candidly about his conflicting emotions, despair at India's aviation industry and optimism about the country's people and its government…  click here

Hundreds of Goans to participate in Vaz's sainthood proclamation
27 Sep: Business Standard Hundreds of faithfuls of Blessed Joseph Vaz, who would be proclaimed saint by Pope Francis in coming January, would be travelling to Sri Lanka to attend the ceremony, a priest said here today… Around 1,000 Goans would be travelling to participate in the event," Fr Eremita Rebello, vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Blessed Vaz said …  click here


News Summary

Canada: Selwyn “Sam” Fernandes bestowed with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

25 Sep: Toronto Police Service. … Superintendent Selwyn “Sam” Fernandes was bestowed with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces at an investiture ceremony in Ottawa… He was born in Tanzania to Goan immigrants … Fernandes is in his 43rd year with the Service, after joining in 1971 as a 23-year-old university graduate … He was promoted to Inspector in 1989, just the second visible minority senior officer in Canada at the time, after Paul Fernandes – no relation – who was promoted to Inspector in 1984. Paul also worked with the British Police in Tanzania before coming to Toronto … Sam, an Aide de Camp to the province’s Lieutenant Governor for the past 17 years, said retirement from the Service is not on the horizon… 666 words.  click here

The GO Guide: cool things to do in London this weekend
26 Sep: London Evening Standard. 1: The Festival of Heat. The Chilli Festival at Spitalfields City Farm, Sun Sep 28 …
6: Regression Sessions Holi Special at Studio 338, Sun Sep 28 …
13: Feast of indie films Raindance Vue Piccadilly, W1. A chance to uncover indie cinematic gems with a programme of more than 100 features, including on Saturday 27 Sep. at 13:30. The Goa Run, [] the first Bollywood film directed by a Brit (ex-bike courier from London, John Owen)…  click here

Swindon: Hospital losing patience with cleaning and catering firm

26 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. Directors at the Great Western Hospital (photo) have publicly spoken of their frustration with and dipping confidence in Carillion, the firm in charge of its cleaning and catering services… Cleanliness standards were a huge problem for GWH after the health watchdog raised concerns at an inspection in October 2013, as was food hygiene after Carillion was awarded just one star in June 2014 following a further inspection … An unresolved dispute with staff who will now be bringing their case for bullying and racism against Carillion to the Employment Tribunal was deemed as ‘another distraction from the day-to-day service’…  click here
“Nearly 100 per cent of the GMB members are from Goa” 4 Oct 2012: The Guardian (UK), Carillion accused of racial bias and intimidation by Swindon hospital staff …  click here
5 Oct. 2012: Daily Mail (UK). Hospital's catering and cleaning managers 'demanded cleaners shower them with gifts including cash, jewellery and cigarettes in return for time off' click here.

Tourism, but little community development
27 Sep: Times of India. Goa's tourism industry is the direct or indirect source of livelihood for about one-third of the state's 14lakh-plus populace. From core offerings of rooms, restaurants, and visitor-centered entertainment, to micro-level services that feed and feed off these, the tourism pie has crumbled onto the plate of the aam admi, especially along the much-visited parts of the over 105km coastline. But the steady stream of footfalls minus the simultaneous speeding up of supportive infrastructure means Goa will usher in season 2014-15 with issues…  click here

Gail Da Silva: This Goa model just made India proud

26 Sep: Goan beauty Gail Nicole Da Silva was recently crowned first runner up at the Miss United Continent 2014, in Ecuador. She tells us how her personal success has inspired several others to believe in their dreams… The second year student of business administration from Dempo College of Commerce and Economics in Goa is the first in her family to pursue a career in the entertainment and glamour industry. Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a marine engineer. In a free-wheeling chat with, the beauty queen tells us about her modelling journey and how it transformed her from a shy, reclusive girl to a confident international figure… 1240 words + photos.  click here

Goans for Goa (GFG) A Network of Dedicated Goans, Committed to Preserve, Protect & Nurture Goa.
27 Sep: 3 p.m. onwards at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao. GFG cordially invites all Goans for the GFG Convention for Unity of all Goans - To Unleash Peoples Power in Goa. Renowned speakers will address Goa's Burning Issues. Goenchi Matti Fund: Claude Alvares. Women's Empowerment: Faith Barretto. Dabolim Only: Sidharth Karapurkar. Youth Force: Yugank Naik. Special Status: Adv. Antonio Lobo. Romi Lipi: Wilson Mazarello. RTI & Corruption: Adv. Aires Rodrigues. Religious Harmony: Savio Collin. Communidade: Bismark Dias. A movement set to rock Goa - Be there…:  click here

First arrest made in Porvorim ‘land-grab’

26 Sep: Times of India. The economic offence cell (EOC) of the Goa police has made the first arrest in a case involving the alleged grabbing of ancestral property belonging to Goa's first Arjuna awardee, Otilia Mascarenhas. EOC arrested Estavan Elvis D'Souza from a hotel at Bambolim. Deputy inspector general of police (DIG) K K Vyas said that the police have been successful in cracking a major property fraud by arresting one of the untraceable accused involved in the fraudulent sale of properties in Goa… Other accused in the case, Mohammad Suhail and Moises Fernandes are yet to be arrested.  click here

Goa on Al Qaeda hit-list
26 Sep: Mail Online. A note prepared by the intelligence agencies gives a detailed list of potential strike targets … The list is specific. Dona Paula, Miramar and Calangute beaches in Goa are featured…  click here

Dinesh D'Souza Opens up About Sentencing, Immigrant Population, Career

25 Sep: Breitbart. Author, filmmaker, and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza spoke with Breitbart News on Wednesday about his court sentencing for violating federal campaign finance laws in his approach to supporting his longtime friend and former New York Senate candidate Wendy Long… D'Souza said: Look. There's something that's unusual about the immigrant experience. You're a displaced person... and when you are a displaced person you develop new attachments that become just as strong as the attachments of your family. I developed an attachment to a strong group of friends that I developed at Dartmouth and Wendy Long was one of them. And once you do understand it, it's not as mysterious anymore…  click here

Fish vendors capitalise on Ponjekars’ gentlemanliness
26 Sep: Navhind Times. Fish prices in Panaji are the highest in the state, revealed a survey, conducted by ‘The Navhind Times,’ of the fish markets at some of the major places of Goa. Nobody could give a satisfactory answer as why the fish vendors demand more for the same fish obtained from the same source in Panaji. Some people said that the prices are hiked arbitrarily… A fish seller Sumitra Bogier pointed out that “Panaji customers are gentlemen. They pay a good price” …  click here

India Unforgettable

29 Sep: India Today. Pages 40 - 41. By Lisa Haydon, International model and actor. "Even for someone who has had the opportunity to see the best coastlines in Europe, the Americas, and Southeast Asia, a cruise on Goa's Mandovi river was an incomparable experience. The tranquil water, the wind gushing through my hair, and the green mangroves come together to give a taste of freshness that is both simple and exquisite at the same time. In such a setting, all you need to do to be one with nature is gaze at the sun dipping behind the hills in the distance…  click here
29 Sep: India Today. Pages 48 - 49. By Sudhir Kakar, Psychoanalyst and author: "The four months of monsoon remind me why I choose to live in Goa, something I am in danger of forgetting during the winter tourist season when the coastal belt of Goa is overcrowded, loud, garbage-strewn and tacky; a once dream destination fast turning into a nightmare. Months of incessant rain not only cool, clean and green, but restore the solitude which I had sought when moving to the village of Benaulim 11 years ago…  click here

Crossword sees new revenue stream in self-publishing
26 Sep: The Hindu. Crossword Bookstore has decided to back new authors and publish their work … With plans of adding six new stores in places like Goa, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the company expects physical stores to work better than the online space, and e-books…  click here



Death: Felix De Souza

23 Sep: Calgary, Canada. FELIX DOMINIC DE SOUZA. Born 1927, Tanga, Tanzania. Beloved husband of Lourdes de Souza. Felix is also survived by his children Delicia, Sandra (Albert), Gordon (Sonia) and Malcolm, grandchildren Jaslyn, Claire and Desmond, and sisters Bernadette and Antoinette. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (640 – 19 Avenue NW) on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through  For further details click here

Death: Joseph D'Souza
24 Sep: Villa Forum, Mississauga, Canada. JOSEPH D'SOUZA. Aged 93. Beloved husband of Maria. Cherished father of Blaise, Steven (Grace) and Trevor (Loida). Much loved grandfather of Lorimae, Twyla, Joshua, Thaddeus and Aislinn. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter, Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga on Thursday, September 25th from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Full details and for Online condolences  For further details click here

News Summary

Mumbai: Church pitches for ‘good governance’ over ‘secular parties’

25 Sep: Times of India. For the first time in recent memory, the Catholic Church will urge its flock to vote for "good governance" rather than "secular parties" during the assembly elections. Up until the Lok Sabha polls in May, the leaders of the faith had made a veiled appeal for the Congress. The new mantra of good governance, however, is the new slogan of the BJP. Archbishop Oswald Cardinal Gracias (photo), the head of the Catholic Church in Mumbai, told TOI Wednesday, "We will appeal to voters to vote for good governance …."  click here

Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast
24 Sep: Catholic World. … Thousands of Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. … At the conclusion of the procession, a solemn Mass in the Konkani language was held at the Terra Santa School ground … there are more than 2500 Konkani-speaking migrant workers from Goa, Mangalore, and Karwar, as well as other native speakers from various other parts of India… 770 words + photo.  click here

Tanzania: Carol Noronha - Determined to Help Schoolgirls Excel in Science

25 Sep: Daily News (Tanzania). When the US Ambassador to Tanzania swore in American Peace Corps volunteers in Dar es Salaam recently among them was 22-year-old multitalented, Carol Marie Noronha from Michigan … She says, “ When I return home after two years in Tanzania, I will attend medical school … 1537 words. [Alert by Mervyn Lobo via Goans Tanzanite].  click here
18 Sep: Daily News. Noronha plays a flute (Photo).  click here

Situations Vacant: Female Dancers wanted. Goa
25 Sep: Star Now (UK). All regions, United Kingdom. Amazing contract .... NOT to be missed. Female Dancers. Cabaret Show Tour. Excellent Pretty Slim Female Dancers height 5.4''-5.8''. Required for an amazing 1 year contract. Based in Goa. To perform a cabaret dance show. Apartment based in Goa, and all travel and hotels provided. To rehearse in Algarve Portugal January time… My girls there now love it, they get to travel and see amazing sights… you will be treated with the upmost respect , dignity and looked after extremely well… Payment details: 1000 usa dollars …  click here

Girl creating fake Facebook IDs and posting sexually explicit messages held

26 Sep: Times of India. The cyber crime cell of the Goa police on Thursday arrested a 22-year-old girl from Cuncolim in connection with the creation of eight fake profiles with fake names and photographs on Facebook and using the fake identities to post sexually explicit messages against girls with their photographs…  click here
Chargesheet against Devu Chodankar likely soon 26 Sep: Times of India. The cybercrime cell of Goa police will soon file a chargesheet against Devu Chodankar who was booked for a post on Facebook that was against Prime Minister Narendra Modi… Earlier in March, Chodankar had posted a comment against the then BJP prime ministerial candidate and asked Goans not to vote for the BJP saying, "If Modi is elected as PM this election, Christians will lose their identity in South Goa. Mark these words"…  click here

Football: Portugal chances of coming to Goa for Expo Unity WC bright
25 Sep: Herald. Portugal, which has a huge presence of Catholics, is most likely to be on board for the Expo 2014 Unity World Cup which gets underway in the month of December. Brazil, with four National players, Nigeria and Ghana from Africa, Egypt from the Middle East, Sri Lanka and host India from the sub­continent have already confirmed their participation… Talks are also on with Germany, Italy and Australia and the outcome will be known by the weekend …  click here

Los Angeles: George Godinho: Mandovi Restaurant

25 Sep: Easy Reader. … Mandovi restaurant serves the distinctive cuisine of the Indian region of Goa … Chef George Godinho … the best Indian meal I have had in this country… kheema pattie, peri-peri shrimp, rava-fried mackerel, goat xacuti, chicken cafreal, jeera brown rice, pork sorpotel, chapatis, bibinca … Mandovi is at 150 South Sepulveda Boulevard … Menu at … 1162 words.  click here

No German pie for Goa this year
26 Sep: Times of India. Germany's Condor, one of the first airlines to start charter operations to Goa, will not be landing at Dabolim this season… The tourism industry does not expect a good season and tour operators are expecting a marginal drop in charters from Russia for the coming season as also from other European markets, including England, with some cancellations. The fall in charters is expected to be 10-15%...  click here

Ashley Fernandes: Now, ghumot can be made from sheep membrane

26 Sep: Times of India. A Deccani breed of sheep may prove to be a saviour for the indiscriminately poached monitor lizard, as its membrane on a 'ghumot' produces sound acoustically very close to that of the endangered reptile's skin. A study by a Goan student, Ashley Fernandes, as part of a project for his two-year intensive degree in audio engineering from School of Audio Engineering, an institution under Middlesex University in United Kingdom, has found that the sheep membrane can be a suitable alternative to the banned material…  click here
Ashley Fernandes is the son of Mario (Maurius) and Sheela Fernandes, brother of Gemma [ex Kenya and ex Leicester, UK, now living in Divar, Goa].

Goa Rape Case: Grandmom Allegedly Tried to Sell Minor
25 Sep: Outlook. In a new twist to the triple rape case in which a man is accused of sexually assaulting his minor daughter, sister-in-law and mother-in-law, it has now come to light that the grandmother of the minor had allegedly tried to sell her earlier…  click here

Goan writer, Damodar Mauzo, invited to participate in Frankfurt Book Fair

25 Sep: The Hindu. Goan writer, Damodar Mauzo, has been invited to participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) as part of a five-member Indian Writers’ delegation… The five day Book Fair starts on October 8. Mr. Mauzo will participate in the event, "My World, My Writing", slated for October 9… Mr. Mauzo is an eminent Konkani writer with 15 books to his credit. He has been widely translated into English and other Indian languages…  click here
For the Damodar Mauzo website,  click here

76 writers to attend literary festival at Kala Academy on October 4
25 Sep: Times of India. Seventy six writers from across the globe are expected be part of the first Writers and readers festival 2014 which will be organized on October 4 at the Kala Academy, Panaji… The international writers and readers festival will be an annual affair henceforth where poets, prose writers, dramatists, philosophers, historians, playwrights and essayists from India and across the world will meet up for the literary deliberations. A special interview featuring Booker winner Australian writer Thomas Keneally will be one of the attractions of the festival. Apart from this, writers from countries like Philippines, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka will be part of the festival.  click here
For the Writers and readers festival website,  click here

Video: Exciting Beach Home Options in Goa

24 Sep: NDTV. It's always hard to find the best option to park your money in a residential property. Our solid data backed expert advice makes this easy by picking out the top options in the best areas to invest around the country. On today's show find out where should you invest … Goa Beach Home budget 60 – 80 lakhs … Looks at two options: Sancoale and Margao. For the Goa segment which runs from 29m.21s to 32m.36s,  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

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.

Fri. 3 Oct: From 17:00. Loon Cocktail Party. Come join the fun, wear your disco threads, the DJ will provide the beats. Watch live performances and Enjoy cheapest drinks. Entry tickets for £20 with Starter + Buffet. Lots more surprise to be unfolded at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Ave, Osterley, Middlesex TW7 4NQ. For cheapest transport after party contract in advance to Lourenco/Ondrej: or phone 07741280994, 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

Sun. 5 Oct. St Diogo's Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School Hall, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16 2HY. Mass will commence at 12.15 pm followed by the Social. Dancing to the sounds of 'Say One Do One' Disco and catering by 'Maggie's'. Lunch, Snacks, Dessert, Tea and Coffee will be served. Tickets are priced at £13.00 for Adults, £9.00 (11-18 years old) and £6.00 (2-10 years old). For more information and tickets contact Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454, Gilbert Fonseca on 0208 670 1955 or Milo Mendonca on 01189574937. For the flyer, click here.

Sun: 19 Oct. From 12:00 noon. 42nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Dancing to the sounds of Maz 'n' Co. Application Forms have been sent to members. If you are interested get in touch with us. As usual members will be given first preference. Tickets £17.00 each including meal. For tickets contact: John on 020 8764 2430; Filu on 020 8658 1317; Sabby on 07956 545 461or 020 8802 0690; Lloyd on 07968309347; Xavier on 07988674111; Phone or text Juliette on 07958 537314; Leslie on 07803 294 187; Phone or text Francisco De Souza on 07766 144 347. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus with holy mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Blue and Black Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 230 7139, Custodio 0203 5390 216, Rose 0208 6770 390, Alfie 0208 7640 353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 26 Oct. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (UK) Committee wishes to inform you that an Alumni Memorial Mass & Reunion has been planned at the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, Surrey. The Memorial Mass, celebrated by former student, Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes, is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon followed by the alumni reunion. Dancing to the music of The Mellow Tones. For further details, including venue and ticket, click here.

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Death: Carmelina Fernandes

24 Sep: Mapusa, Goa. CARMELINA FERNANDES. Born 1936. Beloved daughter of late Raimundo Pereira & late Dominica Mara Pereira. Relict of late John Batista Fernandes. Mother of late Peter Fernandes (Peter Electronics Mapusa)/ Magareth Fernandes, Precy Perpetua D’Souza (Bicholim Urban Co-op Bank, Mapusa)/late Seby D’Souza, Cynthia D'Souza/Agnelo D’Souza &Violet D’Costa/Vincy D’Costa (Kuwait). Adorable Grandmother of Valroy, Valencia. Valerie, Amanda & Aalliya. Funeral cortege will leave her residence Poonam Apts., Mapusa on 25th September, 2014 at 4.00 pm for St. Jerome's Church, Mapusa for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.

Death: Madge Burtles
24 Sep: Toronto. MADGE BURTLES. Beloved wife of the late Lionel Burtles. Loving mother of Keith (Beulah) Burtles, Charmaine (Lynn) Soares, Denise (Paul) Moniz. Cherished grandmother of Chantelle Soares and Andrea Cuda, Giselle (Shaun) Hume, the late Lionel Soares, Alicia Burtles, Gavin and Craig Moniz, and great-grandmother of Téa and Charlotte Hume. Visitation - Friday, September 26, from 5:00 pm - 9:00pm: Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery, 10061 Chinguacousy Road. Funeral Mass - Saturday, September 27, at 9:30am St. Leonard's Church, 187 Conestoga Drive, Brampton, Ontario L6Z 3X8. Cemetery: Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4 [Info: Pompie Gois]  For further details click here

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Swindon: Mercian Fernandes: Encounter with drunk burglar 'a terrifying experience'

24 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. When a burglar brushed past the arm of Mercian Fernandes, 29, as she slept in the dead of night, her life changed forever. Roger Moore, 44, who has since been jailed for 20 months at Swindon Crown Court, was drunk when he entered the terraced house in Salisbury Street in the early hours of August 19… She says, “I came to Swindon because I thought it was a safe place. Thank god I’m living with my mum and dad.” Miss Fernandes, a sales assistant at Membury Services, was sleeping beside her husband when Moore woke her up… She screamed and her father took hold of the drunkard until police arrived following a call from her sister, Queency, 19 ... 497 words + comments.  click here
Burglar stroked hand of victim as she was asleep … 17 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. 479 words.  click here

Situation Vacant: Online Campaigner- Goa, India
24 Sep: Video Volunteers. This person is responsible for achieving VV's campaign goals through the use of social media and by creating compelling website content… Send a CV and a Cover Letter to Application deadline: December 1, 2014 … Education requirements: Master's degree, Journalism, Mass Communication, Social Work … Salary range (annual, U.S. $) 5,000 - 8,000…  click here

Chris Diaz: Kenya Airways receives its fifth Dreamliner jet

24 Sep: Business Daily. Kenya Airways marketing director Chris Diaz receives the national flag from Captain Harpal Sokhi upon delivery of the airline’s fifth B787 Dreamliner at JKIA September 24, 2014. Looking on is Kenya Airways’ fleet and asset development director Rick Sine … The Boeing jets will help to solidify KQ’s quest to make Nairobi a communication hub in Africa, flying in passengers from around the continent and connecting them onto long-haul flights to Asia and Europe with plans to venture to the Americas…  click here
Chris Diaz is the son of James and Linda Diaz; brother of Martin. He attended Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa, University of Nairobi and University of Wales. He was formerly with Cooper Motors. For a photo and his Linkedin profile,  click here

Frances Ruffelle: A Few of my Favourite Things
24 Sep: What’s On Stage (UK). Tony Award winning actress Frances Ruffelle brings her critically acclaimed solo show Paris Original to the St James Studio next week. We caught up with Frances to find out a few of her favourite things… Holiday destination? She relies, “India. I go to Goa, it's so chilled there and the internet is bad which is good! I do yoga and eat healthy cheap food, it's unpretentious, there are lovely people and lots of sunshine… Photos + text.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Frances Ruffelle,  click here

Malaysia: Bridget Menezes: ‘Focus on our similarities, not differences'

24 Sep: The Star (Malaysia). It is important to focus on the many similarities Malaysians of various races have instead of looking at the differences, says speaker and motivator Datuk Bridget Menezes when commenting on The Star’s campaign on moderation… Menezes’ father C.B. Gomes, who came to Malaysia at the age of four from Goa, was a musician who played in the silent movies and taught music to many outstanding personalities. “My father taught music to all races. We held concerts almost every Sunday. We were innocent and ignorant of the words ‘race’, ‘religion’, ‘colour’,” she recalled…  click here
Bridget Menezes was born in Goa but brought up in Malaysia. In the 1950s, at the age of 17 she played the piano at the Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur, where her brother, Eddie Gomes, was the band leader. She applied to join the club but was told that it was strictly for expatriates. However, after Malaysia obtained independence she was able to do so
Video: Self-Empowerment. By Guru Datuk Bridget Menezes… 3m. 09s.  click here

Club 18-30 goes upmarket! Thomson to offer new classy holidays for young travellers
23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Thomson launches a new range of holidays aimed at young travellers who want a more classy trip abroad. Thomson Scene is aimed at 18-35-year-olds keen something more sophisticated than boozing up and baking on the beach, and will eventually replace their current 2wenty concept… New destinations include Goa in India and Santorini in Greece, though regular party locales will still be offered …  click here

Our daily bread, from Karachi to Goa

24 Sep: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Dor Mhoineachi Rotti, a monthly Jesuit journal founded in 1915 in Karachi, is celebrating its 100th year of witnessing the changing contours of humanity including Partition. Kanika Sharma investigates how the Goa-based journal, which is a chronicle of faith in the Romi Konkani dialect, occupies a cherished place in the history of Indian publishing… Gloria Church in Byculla was one of the initial places in Bombay from where the journal was published… As one of the oldest surviving journals, Rotti paved its journey from Pakistan to Goa in its first 50 years, giving its niche readership illuminating interpretations of religion. Founded by Father Vincent Lobo, the journal’s beginning paid no heed to the actual geo-political boundaries of the subcontinent… During the days of Karachi, it was believed to have 12,000 subscribers. Sadly, today, 100 years down the line, it has only 3,000 regular paying subscribers… 993 words + photos.  click here

Database of foreign students in Goa for 'enhanced security'
23 Sep: IANS. Foreign students studying in Goa must register themselves online with the union home ministry's e-module Foreign Students Information System (FSIS) for enhancing security and improving facilitation for expatriates, an official statement said Tuesday. The statement issued by the Goa Police also said that manual processing of registration, extension, return visa formalities of foreign students studying in Goa, will be discontinued from Oct 15…  click here

CBI team in London to record Mike Masala’s statement

25 Sep: Times of India. A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) left for the United Kingdom on Wednesday morning to check the logistics available to record the statement, via video-conferencing, of the most important witness in the British teenager Scarlett Keeling murder case—Michael Mannion alias Mike Masala… Mannion is the last witness whose statement is to be recorded before the Goa children's court, which is equipped to handle video-conferencing. The CBI has been trying, unsuccessfully, to record his statement for over a year… the inquiry into the murder of her daughter, which has been dragging on for over six years…  click here
7 Mar 2008: Daily Mail (UK). 'I saw my friend attack Scarlett in Goa holiday shack - then fled for my life', British man tells Indian police …  click here

Junket babus of Goa tourism still go round & round the world
24 Sep: Herald. Two teams returned from Russia, France on Sunday, another left for Japan on Tuesday; We’re like Colgate and Pepsi but still need to keep brands alive, says GTDC chairman …  click here

Book Review: Cityboy

24 Sep: Mortgage Strategy (UK). In Cityboy, author Geraint Anderson – a self-styled hippie-come-banker – lays bare the inner workings of this fiercely close-knit group of ‘big swinging d*cks’ (a phrase used widely across the banking industry to describe the biggest earners) and their attempts at outdoing each other… Readers are told of the author’s dream of spending his days on a beach in Goa, India, selling trinkets and smoking marijuana in peace …  click here
The Goan Solution by Geraint Anderson. Ways to survive the Credit Crunch … Give it all up and go to Goa … I’ve met enough folk out here recently who’ve chosen this option that I think it’s worth considering … … book a one-way flight and join us…  click here
Sex and the City Boy: Champagne, cocaine and prostitutes - in the Square Mile. 25 Jun: 2008. Daily Mail (UK). Photo. click here.

Goa as permanent IFFI destination comes with a cinematic bonus
23 Sep: Pinkvilla. Goa's official elevation to a permanent venue for the annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) comes with a cinematic bonus… According to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Goa government is likely to unveil a liberal policy to promote setting up of multiplexes and cinema halls in the state, known more for its love for theatre, especially tiatrs, a Konkani genre…  click here


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MUSIC: Bombay Jazz. BBC Radio 4. Thursday 25th Sep. 11:30 to 12:00. Explores India's jazz heritage from 1935 with performers such as Chic Chocolate, Micky Correa, and Frank Fernand and explores the development of jazz with saxophonist Braz Gonsalves, the first man to play bebop in India. The journey starts and ends in Goa, now regarded as the new 'jazz capital of India.' To listen to the programme online, click here.

MUSIC: Noreen Khan. BBC Radio Asian Network. Thursday 25th Sep. 13:30 to 17:00. Pianist Frederico de Melo, who plays Bollywood piano cover versions, joins Noreen live in the studio as part of Generation YouTube.

CONSUMER: Antiques Road Trip. BBC 1. Thursday 25th Sep. 16:30 to 17:15. Christina finds out the story behind the 400-year-old hand of a Catholic saint.

SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Friday 26th Sep. 23:30 to 00:00. The man who insists Superman is Indian, and the Bhangra Muffins act cool. Stars Meera Syal and Nina Wadia. From June 1998.

DOCUMENTARY: Black Ops. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Monday 29th Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. City Under Siege. Assassins go on the rampage in Mumbai and only one Special Force has the expertise to stop them.

FILM: Ship of Theseus. Channel 4. Tuesday 30th Sep. 00:15 to 02:45. Channel 4's latest Indian Film Season starts with first-time writer-director Anand Gandhi's drama. The title references a millennia-old thought experiment, which observed that, as the planks of Theseus' ship needed repair, so they were replaced one by one, until not a single original part remained - so was it then still the same ship? Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2012, 15, 4 Star.

FILM: The Good Road, Channel 4. Thursday 2nd Oct. 01:30 to 03:05. First-time director Gyan Correa takes viewers on a journey into a part of India that's seldom represented in its movies in this gentle and moving drama. Seven-year-old Aditya is on holiday with his parents when he's accidentally separated from them. (In Hindi/Gujarati with English Subtitles, Premiere, Widescreen, 2013, PG, 3 Star) Gyan Correa's ancestors were from Moira, Goa. This film was selected to represent India at the Oscars last year. For a trailer of the film, click here.



Death Shirley Pinto
19 Sep: Bradford, UK. SHIRLEY PINTO. Aged 80 years. Forever loved mum of Christine, Tony and Terry, a treasured sister, nanna, great-nanna, auntie, and great-auntie and a dear friend. Funeral service on Monday, September 29, at 2.00p.m., at Scholemoor Crematorium. Family flowers only please but donations in lieu if desired may be given at the service to Marie Curie Cancer Care. All enquiries to Kane Family Funerals Ltd. Tel 01274 480068.  For further details click here

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UK Event Announcement: St Diogo's Feast

Sun. 5 Oct. St Diogo's Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School Hall, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16 2HY. Mass will commence at 12.15 pm followed by the Social. Dancing to the sounds of 'Say One Do One' Disco and catering by 'Maggie's'. Lunch, Snacks, Dessert, Tea and Coffee will be served. Tickets are priced at £13.00 for Adults, £9.00 (11-18 years old) and £6.00 (2-10 years old). For more information and tickets contact Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454, Gilbert Fonseca on 0208 670 1955 or Milo Mendonca on 01189574937. For the flyer,  click here

Goan origin Canadians with Pakistani links face hurdles in getting visas
24 Sep: Times of India. A total of 24 Canadian citizens of Goan origin with links to Pakistan are facing hurdles in obtaining visas to visit Goa for the Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier. The Goans, many of whom had settled in Pakistan before Independence and later migrated to Canada and acquired Canadian citizenship, have sought the state NRI commission's intervention for their home-coming. Most of the pilgrims are senior citizens …  click here

Lorna arrives in Canada

23 Sep: Daijiworld. After a long and patient wait by the Konkani music lovers in Canada, two Konkani Music legends have arrived in Toronto for their record breaking “2 legends live in concert Lorna and Henry” in North America for the first time… Radio Mango supremo Milena Marques-Zachariah and the directors Wilson and Allan were present at the Lester Pearson International Airport to welcome them …  click here

Supreme Court gives relief to Gulf Goans Hotels
24 Sep: Times of India. In a judgment that gives relief to beach properties in Goa facing demolition due to enforcement of pre-1991 central government guidelines, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that these guidelines cannot become law as they were not authenticated and gazetted… After deciding on the issue, the court set aside the order of the high court passed on July 13, 2000, that directed the demolition of hotels, beach resorts and beach bungalows of Gulf Goans Hotels Co Ltd…  click here
For a profile of the Gulf Goans Hotels Co Ltd,  click here

Keith Vaz’s Relative

23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). A Relative of Labour MP Keith Vaz may soon be declared a saint. The Blessed Joseph Vaz, a priest in Goa who lived from 1651-1711 is ex­pected to be canonised during the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka in January … Self-satisfied Keith Vaz must be thinking he’s next in line.  click here
23 Sep: Evening Standard (London). Keith Vaz, Gangnam Style at annual diversity bash… Labour supremos let their hair down by dancing Gangnam Style into the night at the party conference’s annual diversity bash. Host Keith Vaz stole the show by donning sunglasses for last night’s dance marathon, where two belly-dancers tied their bright sashes around the MP as they gyrated either side of him… Photos.  click here

Goa to work on wiping out scourge of open defecation
23 Sep: The Hindu. Goa Minister for Public Works Ramkrishna Dhavlikar on Tuesday vowed to end the bane of open defecation partially existing in the coastal tourist State, by implementing “Swatchcha Bharat” mission. He said that still around 30 per cent of State’s population did not have sewerage linked toilets…  click here

Femnet.Goanet. Issue 30

Sep. 2014: Femnet.Goanet issue 30 is on the theme of aging. In the book “Goan Women of East Africa” by Selma Carvalho it meant emancipation as they managed the businesses of their late older husbands. In “Elder Care Decisions” it means making the heartbreaking decision about placing parents with Alzheimer’s in care facilities. This is also reflected in the poem “Old Age” by Chari Kingsbury. Pam Gonsalves writes about her fund raising efforts for the aged at Aldona Institute. Altina Lobo feels that “Age is Only a Number” and lives an active life. Dr. Pam O’Conner “Legacy” from her mother was her neatly arranged affairs. Shevaughn Pimento reminds us that love is the key to open-mindedness.  click here

15 eminent Goans to receive state cultural awards
24 Sep: Times of India. The directorate of art and culture will honour 15 eminent personalities in the field of art and culture by conferring the prestigious Goa state cultural award for their contribution and achievements … The recipients are Prabhakar Vithal Gaonkar and Balwant Baburao Shirgaonkar for theatre; Antonette Mendes, Josefina Dias and Lourenco Fernandes for tiatr; N Shivdas, Fr Vasco Rego, Jess Fernandes and Maria Aurora Couto for literature; Vithal Khandolkar and Chandrakant Vernekar for music; Narayan Arjun Haldankar for Bhajan; Ajit Painginkar for folk art, Mahendra Chodankar and Shivanand Khedekar for fine art…  click here

Ileana D’Cruz Goes Backless For PETA

23 Sep: Business of Cinema. Ileana D’Cruz now goes backless for PETA (Prevention for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals). She was seen giving cruelty the cold shoulder for the association, and written downwards was ‘Say No To Angora Fur And Wool’. And the support did not end there. She was seen wear a tee with a huge cross over Fur… She will also be seen in a backless dress in the ad campaign for PETA… 15 photos.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Ileana D’Cruz,  click here

Should NRIs return to India?
23 Sep: Times of India. The victory of Narendra Modi-led BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections has restored confidence in Indian economy… Currently, the world economic activity is sluggish; hence, many Indians living abroad may be tempted to contemplate the opportunities back home. Besides, the cost of living is much cheaper in India, compared to most parts of the world. In fact, in last couple of years, many NRIs have returned and have done substantially well… However, it isn't a cakewalk and has many challenges; a few who returned weren't able to adapt and regrettably had to leave the motherland again…  click here

Dinesh D’Souza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

23 Sep: New York Times. The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws… he was handed down a probationary sentence — including eight months in a so-called community confinement center — and a $30,000 fine …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Dinesh D’Souza,  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
24 Sep: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.6. Min = 25.1. Rainfall: NIL
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.94; $ = 60.98; $Can = 55.06; Euro = 78.36; $Aus= 55.93.

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Delicious Goan Food for your Special Events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings,
Conferences, Parties, etc. For the Facebook page, click here. For more information visit

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

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

Special fares for the Goa Exposition, Dec. 2014

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

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


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

London: Goan Food Online Store

Dos Santos Foods are Manufacturers and Caterers Trading from new EEC approved, Gluten free Factory in Croydon U.K. Our Award winning foods, including our Sannas and Goa Sausages, have been featured on BBC TV. Check out our range of Goan specialities on our website And visit our factory shop at 118 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR02XQ. Email:

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details

Lyra Productions (Videographer)

Capturing the heart of the moment into a wedding film that is timeless and
original. Tel: 07805426269 (Blaise Fernandes)

Ed's Bar Services

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

South East England: Da Gama Cars

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

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Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

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Eternal Wedding Films

Capture your wedding memories on DVD HD 1080p. Discreetly recorded using multiple cameras

Web: 020 8866 0815

E-mail: 07841 383709

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Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,


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


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

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