GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 25 MAY. 2013
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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 24 MAY. 2013
Lorna… Then, Now And Forever!
24 May: The Goan. By Daniel F De Souza. Fifty years ago, Chris Perry’s original soul-touching music and Lorna Cordeiro’s inimitable voice created a revolution in Konkani singing making her a household name. Her songs, recorded on HMV’s vinyl long-playing records way back in the late sixties and early seventies, are a favourite with Konkani music lovers even today. Post her comeback to the Konkani stage in the early nineties after a hiatus of 27 years, Lorna’s intensity and magical voice have only improved with age … 611 words. click here
Angela Ribeiro: An acknowledgement
The family of Angela Ribeiro would like to sincerely thank all her friends for their kind emails, cards and Masses offered in her memory. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered. For the funeral notice, click here
Smart Beta: Passive Pereira hunts for a bespoke vehicle
24 May: City Wire (UK). Andrew Pereira, director of Stanmore-based The Quadrant Group, will go the extra mile to stick with the passive route, even if that means creating a new product with a fund manager to fill the gap. Pereira said the firm’s concern over the lack of a short-dated passive vehicle in the fixed interest space was such that he was looking at whether a fund group could create one for his firm… Photo. click here
Andrew Pereira was born in Nairobi in 1968, the son of Francis and Maria (Apollonia) Pereira and moved to the UK in 1976.
The Church And Parrikar: Is there a first crack in the canvas?
24 May: The Goan. By Sujay Gupta. The Goan traverses across Goa’s most colourful and enigmatic political arena, a year after independents gave BJP a thumping majority in Salcette,,, The Chief Minister will have worry lines when he sees serious rumblings in Salcette, against his decision to fast track the Mopa airport … The sight of a Lohia Maidan rally to protect the Dabolim airport, led by Father Eremito Rebello claiming to have the blessings of the Bishop, with Father Milagres Dias of the Grace Church as compere, is enough for even a “ majority” backed Chief Minister to listen in intensely… click here
Goa welcomes Mariner of the Seas cruise ship
24 May: IBNS. Royal Caribbean International’s Cruise liner Mariner of the Seas, one of the biggest in the world, arrived at Mormugao Port in South Goa from Dubai Friday. The arrival was greeted by the Deputy Chief Minister Francisco D’Souza followed by a traditional reception with Goan music and dance organized by the Goa Tourism, to welcome the passengers… There are 2947 passengers and 1197 crew members with 1500 cabins in this 311-meter long ship… click here
Video: Prudent Media
Goa eyes Rs.25,000 crore industrial investment (Goa newsletter)
24 May: New York Daily News. By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar. … After decades of cozying up to mining companies and smelting units, the Goa government is now eying light-weight, technology-heavy industry according to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar… One of the major responsibilities at hand was stopping Goa's brain drain … "Driven by personal greed and corruption, Goan politicians and bureaucrats conspired in the early 1990s to allow power-guzzling rolling mills from north India to Goa. Goa had opened the door for polluting furnace units where no Goan is ever willing to work … 629 words. click here
Valanka Alemao: The woman behind Churchill's success
23 May: Sportstar. Valanka Alemao is ready to wage her own lone battle, against the patriarchal setup. The 32-year-old was appointed the CEO of the newly-crowned I-League champion Churchill Brothers a year back. Backed with a woman’s ability to multitask, she has started off well, working behind the scenes, keeping a check on her emotional, often-volatile father (club owner Churchill Alemao) and reaping in the benefits of putting faith in unknown local talent… 588 words. click here
Russia opens consulate in Goa
24 May: New York Daily News. A slew of illegal land deals involving its nationals was one of the reasons why Russia decided to start a consular office in Goa, which hosted 1.5 lakh Russian tourists this season, Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said Friday. The ambassador also expressed distaste at the manner in which the word "mafia" was being liberally used when it came to rare cases involving Russians nationals… click here
Video: 24 May. Prudent Media.
Video: Foodology: Goan Shrimp Stew
23 May: Missouri Botanical Garden. Stephanie Prade and Mary Hammer of the St. Louis Herb Society share the steps for preparing Goan Shrimp Stew with herbs that can be grown in your own backyard…2m. 29s. click here
Death: Jose (JP) Gomes
21 May: Murida, Cuncolim, Goa. JOSE PIEDADE GOMES (JP) (Ex. Goalkeeper - Cuncolim Union Bombay/Goa) Born: 1926. Beloved husband of late Sancina Antao, Father/father-in-law of Mira/Kingsley, Mictor, Mable/late Adeodato, Melbourne, Mackvin/Penny. Grandfather of Ginelle/Remedios, Gavin, Mellissa/Nevade, Margaret/Davin, Gail & Kimberly. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at Murida on 24th May at 4.00 p.m. to Infant Jesus Chapel, Murida for the Eucharistic celebration followed by burial at Cuncolim Cemetery. click here
Toby Riccard denies assaulting mother of Scarlett Keeling
23 May: North Devon Journal. A man charged with assaulting the mother of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling has failed to attend court to enter a plea to the charge. Toby Peter Riccard, 43, failed to attend North Devon Magistrates' Court for the second week running on Friday, when he was due to appear before magistrates, because of health problems. It's alleged he assaulted Fiona Mackeown in Holsworthy on October 8 last year… Mrs Mackeown's 15-year-old daughter Scarlett was raped and murdered on a beach in Goa, India in 2008. A trial will take place on July 29. click here
Book Review: Indian Nocturne
24 May: Daily Mail (UK). Indian Nocturne by Antonio Tabucci (Canongate, £8.99). In Tabucci’s dream-like novel of 1984 a man is searching for a missing friend. He trawls the malodorous back streets, brothels and seedy hotels of Bombay and Madras, and the hippie hangouts of Goa. ‘You Europeans are very delicate,’ remarks a doctor, ‘A lot of people lose their way in India.’ Fragmented, enigmatic and hypnotising, the story offers vibrant images — floors teeming with black cockroaches, prostitute shacks the size of sentry boxes, crows in grand hotel gardens pecking at orange peel in Martini glasses and being chased off by cricket bat-wielding servants. Will the narrator find his friend or is he really on a quest to find himself? click here
Amazon UK site has selected pages of the book online.
Al-sho’ala, Bahrain’s Labor Minister and St Xavier’s College, Bombay
24 May: Arab News (Saudi Arabia). Labor Minister Abdulnabi Al-Sho’ala is a graduate of St. Xavier’s … the principal then was Prof. Edward D’Cruz, a Goan in origin who rejuvenated the college. After having taken a degree from Rome, D’Cruz was educated in Oxford University… Al-Sho’ala endeared himself to D’Cruz who gave him admission almost immediately. The criteria for admission were high marks in high school and good behavior… D’Cruz told Al-Sho’ala that the queue for admissions was 300 meters long and that he was not quite the finest English-language speaker but Al-Sho’ala replied that he had come 3,000 km to join the college and hoped he would be accepted. D’Cruz was bemused … 1009 words + photo. click here
Drug officers arrest UK DJ at Siolim, Goa
24 May: Times of India. A disc jockey (DJ) from the UK, staying at Siolim, has been arrested by sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Mumbai, in connection with a major narcotics smuggling case booked in the metropolitan city. Paul Harrison, 35, alias Tan, was picked up from the house he was staying at in Bamonwaddo, and sources said he was taken to Mumbai on a transit warrant obtained from a JMFC court… his arrest is based on disclosures made by M A Shaikh who was arrested with 16kg of methadone… Harrison disclosed that he has been living in Goa since 2009 and that he works as a DJ… click here
From Facebook: Paul Harrison has worked at Tia & Tan (tan), lives in Goa and is from Manchester.
For a photo of Paul Harrison, click here.
Clarence Fernandes eyes Rwanda opportunities
23 May: Rwanda Express. A delegation of Indian investors will today jet into the country to explore potential investment opportunities. According to Clarence Fernandes, the representative of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in India, the team will be in the country under the platform India – Rwanda Show 2013 and they will tour potential areas where they can invest their money… The group represent health care, education, manufacturing, mining, ICT, financial services, agriculture, tourism, hospitality and infrastructure sectors… click here
Clarence was born in Mumbai and traces his Goan roots to Salvador-do-Mundo and Saligao.
UK: Forthcoming Events
Sun. 26 May: SOLD OUT The Bakuli Reunion
Tiatr, Tiatr. Goan Heritage London Presents "GHUNEAU
KONNACHO" written and directed by King of Political songs FRANCIS DE TUEM,
First visit to UK as Director. Accompanied by his famous Goan artistes: Lawry,
Marcus, Xavier, Meni Mario, Anil, Olga, Chitra, Com Anita and Master Cameron.
For the flyer, click
Sat. 1 Jun. 2013: 6:00 pm. Featherstone Hall, 11 Montague Way, Southall
UB2 5HF. For tickets contact Antonio Mendis 07882749692, Nazareth 07588844529,
Inacio 07542039323, Asmisao 07404514937 and Salvador (Salu of Hounslow) 07588417307.
Sun 2 Jun. 2013: 3:00 pm. Copland School Hall, Cecil Avenue, Wembley,
HA9 7DU, For tickets contact Caetano Braganza 02084531803/07882009063, Joe Paul
07550825135, Lulu 07961981792, S Caitan 07949206355 and Pravin at Triangle Food
n Wine store, 07448672233
4 Jun: 7.00 pm. Talk by Dr Shihan de Silva, Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth
Studies. University of London on "Portuguese Influence in the East"
to be held at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8
1QP. To book your free ticket call 020 7926 0705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of the event, click
British Goans Project: Past Lives - The Exhibition
5 Jun - 14 Jun (Mon. to Fri. 10am - 5pm). Oral Histories
of British-Goans project presents Past Lives - The Exhibition. Venue: Nehru
Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF (Green Park Tube station). For the
two page flyer with schedule of planned free Exhibition Events, Tours and Talks click
here. Exhibition closes at 2pm on Fri. 14th June 2013. Reserve your choices
by emailing email@example.com
Sun. 16 June. Siolim Union (London) invites you to
celebrate the feast of their Patron Saint, St Anthony of Padua, at Archbishop
Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Mass at 12 noon
prompt followed by dancing to the music of "Maz n Co". Tickets include
Snacks and Goan Meal: Members £13.00 Guests £14.00. Children under
12 years old - free entrance. Licensed Bar. Dress Code: Strictly Formal - No Jeans
or Trainers allowed. The Siolim Union (London) Committee reserves the right of
admission. Book early to avoid disappointment. For tickets, please contact Eugene
on 020 86654773, Tony on 020 85403566, Derick on 020 83951084 or Wendy on 020
87680545. For further information and booking details please click
Sat: 29 Jun. 12.00pm. Venue: Goan Chaplaincy, St
Thomas of Canterbury School, Commonside East, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 1YG. Mass
of remembrance for deceased members of our Community celebrated by Fr Francis
Rosario SFX, Goan Chaplain. Followed by lunch. Contact: Alfred Rebello on 020
8337 8022, Nina Pinto on 020 8767 0663. For further details go to www.goauk.co.uk
For Later Events See www.goanvoice.org.uk/events.php
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 23 MAY. 2013
Death: Pascoal Faria
22 May: Nova Portugal, Moira, Goa. PASCOAL JUSTINO FARIA Born 1934; ex New Delhi & Qatar. Son of: Late Gaetano & Esperanca Faria. Beloved husband of: Late Felicidade D'Souza (Filsu - Calangute/Moira). Loving Father/Father-in-Law of: Cajetan/Adlima Faria (Moira), John/Karyn Faria (Dubai), Maryann/Francis Nazareth (Moira) and Espy/Oscar Chagas e Silva (Tivim). Brother/Brother-in-Law of: Late Joaquim Faria, Late Niclao Faria, Conceisao /Late Emidio Remedios (Calangute). Grandfather of: Kennan, Leon, Nathaniel/Amelie-Ann & Ethan. Funeral Cortege will leave the "FARIA RESIDENCE" Novo Portugal, Moira on Saturday, 25th May at 4:00 p.m. to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Moira, for Eucharistic Celebration & burial.
Bahrain: Panjim claim Goans league trophy
23 May: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Panjim were crowned champions of the Bahrain Goans Inter-Village Football League. They had already sealed the championship before their final match, where they were held to a 1-1 draw by Assagao… Visiting priest from Goa Father Orfin Menezes was the chief guest of the awards ceremony and he gave away the trophies… 257 words. click here
Goa to host conference on green industry practices
23 May: SME Times. Aiming to position Goa as a leader in green practices in construction, manufacturing and hospitality industry, a CII conference on eco-friendly practices will be held later this month, organisers said Thursday. Amar Britto, chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Indian Green Building Council, said leading brands from across the country would attend the two-day conference 'Sustainable Development for a Green Goa' starting May 30… click here
Video: Goa: A Postcolonial Society between Cultures: Yale Conference
22 May: Yale University (USA). David Jackson is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese… We talk with Professor Jackson about the conference he organized, titled "Goa: A Postcolonial Society between Cultures." 8m. 46s. click here
The International Conference was held at Yale University, April 5-6, 2013. Some of the speakers were; David Jackson: Goa between Cultures. Filipa Vicente: Displays of Colonial Goa in Exhibitions (1860-1950). Cristiana Bastos: Goan Physicians. André de Quadros: Bombay Goans. Rochelle Almeida: Major Immigrant Writers in the Diaspora. Ashley D’Mello: Impact of the Catholic Church on Goa election results. Neetha Omprakash: Colonial influence in Goan culture and Victor Coelho: Goan music. For summaries of these papers,
For the bios of the authors, click here.
Goa: Super homes
23 May: Goa Streets. Where in Goa can you get a seaview apartment with a terrace as large as a banquet hall, a private elevator and master bathroom fit for a maharaja? … Welcome to the luxurious world of the Goan superflat … Many of these abodes are being bought up by the rich and/or otherwise privileged classes from Indian metros and other fast-urbanizing cities. Goa’s real estate developers are cashing in, even though many Goans complain that demand from Delhites and others from richer Indian cities is taking real estate far beyond the reach of the average Goan. If in the nineties it was the Mumbaikars who jacked up prices of real estate by liberally buying rent-back apartments in Goa’s coastal locales for between Rs 12-15 lakh, it is mainly the rich and affluent from North India, especially Delhi, who are picking up plush flats for prices upwards of a crore of rupees… 1350 words. Photos. click here
Fifty Years Ago: Goa as separate entity
23 May: The Hindu. Prime Minister Nehru (photo) told the people of Goa on May 22 that no change, administrative or other, would be effected in this Union territory against the wishes of the people. Addressing a largely attended public meeting, Mr. Nehru said that Goa had a distinct personality and it would be a pity if this was taken away. “No doubt, gradually it will be changed by the passage of time and other factors. But we have no intention to make any such change. Therefore we have decided, and we hold to that decision, that Goa should remain a separate entity in the Union of India.” Mr. Nehru said there was no point in any agitation against this decision. click here
Goa churches to undergo major restoration
23 May: Business Line. Several churches across Goa are heading for a massive restoration, a laborious and costly job undertaken once in 50-60 years. The lifespan of interiors and antiquities in these churches built during Portuguese colonial rule in the coastal State, has entered a phase where they require a lot of upkeep. The restoration of wooden altars and gold-plated antiquities is mandated every 50-60 years, according to experts… Goa has 180-odd churches and chapels spread across almost every corner of the State, which has a 27 per cent Catholic population… click here
Congress for regulations on land purchase
23 May: Herald. The Congress has asked Goa government to frame regulations and set ceilings for purchase of land by outsiders and advised Goans not to sell their properties any more. “I heard villages have been bought; this should not be done. This should be curbed. The government should come out with a regulation and ceiling on buying of huge tracts of land,” Member of Parliament and senior party leader Francisco Sardinha said … click here
Fight goes on for Dubai survivor even after double mastectomy
23 May: Gulf News. For Angelina Jolie, the now famous double mastectomy was voluntary. But not so for Dubai resident Frida Lobo, who undertook the same surgery after she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in her left breast. “Even though my cancer was only on the left breast, I opted to get a double mastectomy done just so that I stay safe. Cancer is not the end of the world,” said a very positive Frida, who recently took an adventure trip to Antarctica to send out this strong message to the world… click here
AirAsia India likely to miss September launch date
23 May: Mint. AirAsia India, a joint venture between Asia’s largest low-cost airline, Tata Sons Ltd and Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd, may take longer than earlier planned to start domestic flights in India… AirAsia had earlier said it plans to start services by September with two Airbus A320 planes, Mint reported on 16 April. It submitted a detailed business plan to the aviation ministry in late April that envisaged the joint venture expanding to 36 aircraft by the fifth year, using Chennai and Kolkata as its operational hubs … A government official said the airline has not provided certain details in its application… click here
Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
23 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.8. Min = 27.3.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 83.79; $ = 55.58; $Can = 53.78&; Euro = 71.62.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER WEDNESDAY 22 MAY. 2013
Was Jomo Kenyatta's brother married to a Goan?
22 May: The Star (Uganda). 83-year-old Peter Muigai Kang'ong'a, (photo) a cousin to Kenya's first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, says though Mzee Kenyatta was much older than him, he knew his family history well and can attest to the fact that Mzee Kenyatta's mother Wambui died while still married to Kenyatta's father, Muigai wa Kung'u… After Muigai's death, Wambui was married to Muigai's younger brother Ngengi and they had a son Muigai who was named after Kenyatta's father in accordance with the Kikuyu customary laws… Muigai said Mzee Kenyatta was the second born in a family of three sons but the first born Kung'u left for the First World War never to be seen again. "But as young men, I remember we were told that Kenyatta had communicated with his brother on his return from Britain in 1946 and that he was married to a Goan but the details are still very scanty," said the former carpenter … Muigai says he first met Kenyatta in 1946 on his return from Britain where he had been sent by the Kenya African Union to agitate for Kenya's freedom… 653 words. click here
Kenya: Pio Gama Pinto: Commission wants all assassination reports made public
21 May: The Standard (Kenya). The Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission wants previous investigations into political assassinations in Kenya made public in the next six months through the National Archives. Furthermore, the commission says, within the next three months, President Uhuru should issue a public apology to the families of those assassinated and the nation… It was found that Pio Gama Pinto (photo), Mboya, Kariuki, Ouko and Mbai were murdered for their political beliefs… “The Commission finds that the assassination of Pio Gama Pinto was motivated by ideological differences that were at the heart of the global Cold War but also mirrored in domestic Kenyan politics”, the report read… click here
The report comprises of six volumes. For excerpts that relate specifically to Pio Gama Pinto,
Changing face of activism in Kenya
21 May: The Standard (Kenya). Kuxi
Ghai is a stunning beauty. She schooled in London, stays alone and is single.
Then there is Mary Ingabire - a sassy university student, who loves to write about
love and boys on her Facebook page. On May 14, during the Occupy Parliament protests
against MPs' pay rise demands, the two revealed their side as fiery fighters for
social rights. They are among thousands of young Kenyans from all walks of life,
who are changing the face of activism
The use of a pig, piglets and blood
also added to the sense of drama
Video: Milton Braganza, 33, of Disney Cruise Line allegedly molests girl, 11, in ship’s elevator
21 May: Daily Mail (UK). Milton Braganza, a 33-year-old dining room server from [Verna], Goa allegedly fondled the girl's breasts and forcibly kissed her shortly after the Brazilian adolescent boarded the Disney Dream ship on August 5 with her grandmother and sister for a five-night journey to the Bahamas … he has since been released by police in the Bahamas to return to his home country … Police in Nassau, Bahamas say the suspect Milton Braganza confessed to touching the 11-year-old girl's breast on August 7, two days after the incident … Though the crime is alleged to have occurred nine months ago, details are just coming to light as the cruise line has been criticized for not immediately alerting Florida authorities of the molestation… Authorities in the Bahamas let Braganza go and Disney paid for the man's airfare back to his native India… Florida law enforcement are dumbfounded as to why officials would let the man go free… 717 words + photos + comments. click here
BBCBB News Video clip 0m. 46s.
16 Apr. 2003. Daily Express (UK). Sailors Deny Taking Turns To Rape Girl. click here.
Goa police undergoes fitness test
22 May: IBNS. A major reform is set to take place in the Goa police force with 5,000-odd police personnel, divided in batches, undergoing physical proficiency test (PPT) – the first ever in the history of the elite department… The recently concluded state legislative assembly had expressed disappointment with the unfit and pot-bellied policemen in the department and suggested that government inculcate routine exercises among the force… click here
Auction: Antique Goan cabinet
23 May: Rendells, South Devon, UK. Lot 210: A 3’9” antique heavily carved Goan cabinet with single central door. click here
Accused UK realtor may have the last laugh
22 May: Herald. It was on March 5 last that a real estate developer was accused of mercilessly destroying a sand dune at Colva, triggering outrage amongst local villagers and activists. On March 14, the Colva police registered a case against the real estate developer and maintained that action would be initiated against the real estate developer Dilip Basant Acquilla of Acquilla Properties Pvt Ltd upon his return from UK. Two and half months the criminal case has hit a block and the authorities seem engaged in passing the buck on each other … Meanwhile, questions are being raised whether the government would intervene and save the remaining portion of the sand dune from destruction during the monsoons. click here
The Directors of Acquilla Properties are listed as Sushma Dilip Acquilla and Dilip Basant Acquilla of Kilifi [Mombasa] House, 2 Leven Close, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5AU, UK.
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
DOCUMENTARY: Mother Tongue Interference. BBC Radio 4. Friday 24th May. 13:45
to 14:00. Kailash Chand is an Indian doctor in Stalybridge. He grew up speaking
Punjabi but worked as a GP for his whole career in the UK.
FILM: Date Movie. Channel 4. Saturday 25th May. 00:10 to 01:35. Alyson Hannigan
plays Julia Jones, a waitress who falls for Grant Funkyerdoder, but she must
convince her parents that she can marry outside her Greek/African/American/Indian/Japanese
heritage. (2006, PG, 2 Star)
SPORT: Cricket. itv4. Sunday 26th May. 14:45 to 20:00. Pepsi Indian Premier
League Final Live. After seven weeks of intense competition the sixth IPL series
draws to a close with the showpiece final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
DRAMA: New Tricks. Yesterday 19. Sunday 26th May. 20:00 to 21:00. James Bolam
and Dennis Waterman star in another adventure for the aging detectives. The
squad try to track down the attacker of a young Asian woman in Southall.
FILM: Jawani Diwani: A Youthful Joyride. Bollywood 4U (Sky). Sunday, 26 May.
22:30 to 02:00. Romantic drama. A singer cons the daughter of a top record producer
into marrying him, but at his bachelor party in Goa, he falls head-over-heels
for another woman. Will he go ahead and marry for his career, or run away with
his Goan beauty?
ARTS: Move Over Wodehouse. BBC Radio 4. Monday 27th May. 16:00 to 16:30. International
publishers and writers are flocking to India as it becomes the single biggest
book market in the world. Mukti Jain Campion reports on the changing reading
habits of India's growing middle class.
HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Queen Victoria's Last Love. more4. Monday 27th May. 21:00
to 22:00. In 1897 a war was raging between Queen Victoria and her court over
her relationship with her Indian servant, Abdul
Karim. Her relationship with Karim produced shockwaves in the Palace. Originally
one of two Indians selected to join the Queen's household, Karim rose from being
a humble waiter to become Victoria's most intimate confidant. He introduced
her to the delights of Indian cuisine, fed her romantic visions of India, and
became her 'Munshi' or teacher, giving Victoria daily lessons in Hindustani.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 21 MAY. 2013
Driving in Goa is not for the faint-hearted
22 May: Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand). For a short time I thought I was listening to a comedy act. The man in front of me, an Indian resident, was explaining how to drive in the continent's coastal state of Goa. "Now and again you'll come across sets of traffic lights. But if there are no others cars in your way, ignore them - everybody else does! … And on the way, you'll notice things like stop signs at the strangest places. Ignore those, too. The roads have changed but nobody's bothered to take the old signs away … in Goa, drivers either straddle the centre line or ignore it completely… “ … During that short trip, we'd experienced Goan motorists' habit of attempting to pass other vehicles at the most unlikely and dangerous places - such as over brows of hills and blind corners … click here
Forthcoming Auction: Indo-Portuguese Rosewood and Hardwood Bookcase
22 May: Doyle, New York. Lot 393: Indo-Portuguese Rosewood and Hardwood Bookcase Late 19th/early 20th century with three glazed doors above three drawers, raised on bun feet. Height 7 feet 1 3/4 inches (2.18 m), width 6 feet (1.83 m), depth 19 3/4 inches (50.2 cm). Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000. click here
‘Goa hospital faces water shortage because taps are stolen’
21 May: IANS. The Goa Medical College (GMC), the state’s top health facility, regularly faces water shortage because people steal taps installed in the hospital premises, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday. The water shortage is putting patients and their kin to hardships, especially during the scorching summer season… He added that all employees and patients’ kin working or visiting the hospital would soon be frisked by security guards to ensure that such thefts do not occur again … click here
Goa’s land record software wins international award
21 May: IANS. Dharnaksh, a land record portal developed by the Goa government has won an international award for making e-governance concepts people-friendly and accessible, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday. It won the Geospatial World Application Excellence award at Holland’s Rotterdam last week, beating over 270 nominations from across the globe, he said. “The portal as a following all over the world,” Parrikar said, adding that users, many of them non resident Goans had accessed the website from Britain, Canada, UAE, Kuwait, etc. Dharnaksh enables anyone with a computer and an internet connection to search through all the land records as well as survey numbers as well as see the property in question via satellite imagery by just logging in the corresponding property details. click here
For the Dharnaksh website,
Andrea Colaço Brings Gesture Control to Mobile Devices
20 May: Wall Street Journal. The winner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2013 MIT $100k business-plan competition, 3dim Tech, has created software that brings “gestural interaction” to smart mobile devices of any kind… Created by three senior Ph.D. students at MIT–Ahmed Kirmani, Andrea Colaço (photo) and Nan-Wei Gong–3dim attained $120,000 in seed financing through the competition, including the $100,000 first prize… Colaço told Venture Capital Dispatch that 3dim has already met with the “top 5 handset manufacturers in the world” to demonstrate its core product… 518 words. click here
Andrea grew up in Margao and studied at Fatima Convent High School. She was in the state of Goa at the SSC exam 200. Her parents are originally from Velim and are currently based in Doha Qatar. Her father, Aldavid Silverio Colaco works as an Assistant Finance Manager for CMA CGM, a French-based company. Her mother, Antonette Colaco is also an accounts person. Andrea’s older sibling Gresner Colaco is an IT engineer and is based in Cincinnati U.S.A. For a profile of Andrea
Goa to extend 45-day fishing ban to two months
21 May: Times of India. The 45-day fishing ban during the monsoon period in Goa will be extended by 15 more days after the Goa government decided to reduce the proposed extension of the ban. Taking cognizance of demands from various quarters, the government had proposed to extend the ban period from June 15 to July 31 (45 days) to 75 days. Environmentalists and the fishing community itself had been crying hoarse about a decline in the fish catch in recent years… click here
Tony Fernandes: The Indian Aviation Scene
20 May: SME Mentor. India's perception of low-cost carriers has been badly damaged and bruised by failed promises, said AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes in an exclusive interaction with Entrepreneur magazine. Not one to mince any words, Fernandes said that "too many people in the airline business have an ego the size of an A380."… Starting out in the third quarter of 2014, AirAsia will begin operations from Chennai and it is expected that it will come into direct competition from SpiceJet … Photo click here
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Foreigners and locals now pay more to marry in Goa
21 May: Times of India. Foreigners and locals tying the knot in Goa are paying a higher marriage registration fee. The government has hiked the registration fees for foreigners' marriages from Rs 100 to Rs 5,000 while the fee for locals has been doubled to Rs 200. Annually around 14,000 marriages are registered in the state, of which 100 figure foreigners… click here
Dabolim airport vital for tourism: Eduardo
21 May: Herald. Wading into the airport debate and stressing the importance of Dabolim's central location and its importance for tourism, former union minister Eduardo Faleiro has in a statement released here said "the ideal" situation "would be if the Navy shifts from Dabolim." … click here
Anthony Rego: A Goan kappelmeister in Adelaide
19 May: Herald (Review). Dr John Anthony Rego who has taken over as the new music director of the Adelaide Cathedral Parish has church music running through his veins. Years ago, his grandfather Anthony Xavier Rego made the long journey from Goa to Rangoon to become the choirmaster at St Mary's Cathedral there. Backed by impressive academic credentials—a master's from Oxford and a doctorate in music from Princeton, Rego plans to create a diverse musical experience of the liturgy in Adelaide. He spoke with Diana Fernandes… click here
Move to patent Goa’s Feni manufacturing process
21 May: PTI. After obtaining Geographical Indication (GI) status for the famous Goa Feni, researchers and producers in the coastal State are now trying to patent the process to manufacture this local brew, which is also known for its medicinal benefits… There are 35 leading Feni processors besides several hundred people brewing this spirit alongside their cashew plantations in Goa. click here
Goa study on impact of 'yogic farming' on productivity
21 May: Business Standard. The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Goa is contemplating the possibility of developing a plot of land using the yogic farming practice … experts will study the impact of meditation on plants and their growth… the energy produced from meditation will be transferred to the land … 325 words. click here
Forthcoming Auctions: Goan Ivory Carvings
22 May: Kohn, Paris. Lot 47. Virgin Mary And Saint Francis of Assisi. 18th century. Polychrome and gilded wood, ivory and ebony. Height 34 and 36 cm. Both depicted standing on a scalloped base with green wood polychrome decorated with golden leaves. Estimate: € 30,000 - € 40,000. click here
22 May: Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, UK. Lot 161. A large Goan ivory carving of Christ the Good Shepherd, 17th/18th century. 45.5cm. Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000.
22 May: Woolley & Wallis. Lot 659. A small ivory figure of a boy, 19th century, probably Goan, standing wearing a loin cloth, his left hand raised, his curly hair finely carved with traces of gilding, mounted on a wood stand, 13.3cm. Estimate: £250 - £350. click here.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 20 MAY. 2013
Death: Dominic Noronha
19 May: Kalina, Mumbai. DOMINIC NORONHA. (ex-Carona, Aldona), Husband of Alexandra. Father of Natasha, Nashvin / Mariesa. Grandfather of Kaitlyn. Funeral Mass at OLEP Kalina was on May 20th at 10am.
Indians take over London: Census shows they are largest foreign-born group in city now
21 May: Times of India. Indians have become the largest foreign-born group in London. Nearly 9% of all foreign-born residents in London are now Indians. In sheer numbers, this means 263,000 people born in India are now living in London. London had about 3 million foreign-born residents in 2011 (37% of the total London population and 40% of the total foreign-born population of England and Wales). London's foreign-born population increased by 54% since 2001, accounting for 105% of the total population increase, as the UK-born population decreased in the decade… Oxford University's migration observatory deputy director Scott Blinder described the increase in foreign-born population from 9% to 13% in 2011 as "a very noticeable change" … click here
Young Canadian classical players to mentor Indian musicians
14 May: CBC (Canada). More than 40 students and instructors from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada leave for India Tuesday to mentor and train young musicians … There will be an intensive two weeks of training for Canadian and Indian students together … Ashley Rego of Goa, India, was one of four strings students who trained with the NYOC in 2012… 1073 words. click here
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Think your flip-flops have been through hell? Try a pair of Gandys
20 May: CNN. Created by orphans of the 2004 Asian tsunami, Gandys flip-flops aim to do more than sit around on the beach. The Forkan brothers launched Gandys flip-flops in memory of their parents… India is where their fondest family memories were made… Gandys is forecast to turn over more than £1million ($1.51 million) by 2014… the brothers donate 10% of profits from Gandys to Mango Tree Goa, a UK-based charity that helps disadvantaged children in Goa. In one year of operating Gandys, the brothers say they’ve donated enough money to Mango Tree Goa to provide school supplies for 100 children and fund a teacher for a year. 1359 words + photos. click here
Video: Goa Tourism Minister announces new shack policy
20 May: Goa 365. The Tourism Minister has stated that the Govt plans to come out with strict garbage clearance guidelines in its new shack policy and has also considered giving owners of beach shacks licenses to operate for 3 years… click here
Silvia Fernandes: Music and dance are part of Goan lifestyle
20 May: Radio & Music. There’s music and there’s music from Goa… A new talent is in the horizon- Silvia Fernandes. This young lady has been singing with various bands from the age of 15 and has done hundreds of gigs, recorded several local albums, acted in a couple of Konkani films … Unmasked, her debut album of eight tracks showcases her versatility in music styles as she competently sings in English, Hindi and local Konkani … 684 words. click here
Video: Silvia Fernandes Interview Unmasked Album.
Video: Soddun Gelo (Konkani Song) by Silvia Fernandes. click here.
Mumbai Bonnie Fernandes turned his talent for hosting events into business
20 May: Economic Times. It was only in 1995, that Bonnie Fernandes started making money off his hobby. In the meantime, he added to his repertoire by hosting communion parties and weddingsIt was only in 1995, that Bonnie Fernandes started making money off his hobby. In the meantime, he added to his repertoire by hosting communion parties and weddings … Today, he makes Rs 25,000 a month handling about 4-5 shows, working only on weekends when he can spare time from his day job… Photo. click here
The Russian mafia could be operating in Goa: Russian official
20 May: Business Standard. The Russian mafia could be operating in Goa, said Russia's newly-appointed honorary consul Victor Albuquerque (photo) said here Monday. Albuquerque, a reputed businessman in Goa was speaking to reporters in his first media conference after being appointed honorary consul a couple of months ago… Albuquerque, who is one of the biggest handlers of Russian charter flights, said some anti-social elements could also land in Goa along with the thousands of genuine Russian tourists and added that it was his job to look after the latter grouping… 374 words.
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'Russian tourists in Goa may touch 200,000'
20 May: IANS. The number of Russian tourists to Goa could soon touch 200,000 annually, newly-appointed Russian honorary consul in Goa Victor Albuquerque said Monday… "We are somewhere at the top of the charter tourism curve. At 200,000 (Russian tourists), we would reach the top," … "This year we had 125,000 Russians who came to Goa by charter flights, Albuquerque said … 222 words
Cheaper fish may hit the markets
20 May: Times of India. Chonak (giant sea perch) and modso (lemon fish), two species of tasty and high-priced in Goa could turn cheap and abundant in the future. The fisheries department has finalized plans to rear them in cages kept in the open sea… This involves placing a circular cage of six metres diameter in the sea at a depth of between six to 10 metres. The fishermen will then release fingerlings (young fish) into the cage. The fishermen will rear the fish in the open sea cages by feeding them pellet feed. Each cage is expected to yield about four tonnes of fish in about seven-eight months… click here
Indian rapes prompt change, but slowly
20 May: Total Travel (Aus). By Nathan Paull. The vile act of rape is a punchline in India… We met a band of 20-something Indian guys on a beach in Goa. The group of maybe 10 or so young men came to join us after noticing an attractive young English woman in our company. The ringleader and self-proclaimed ladies man, who went by the moniker "Chocolatey Boy", proudly told us the group was in Goa to lose their respective virginities… He said that he decided the English girl we were with would be a suitable candidate to lose his virginity to. Despite repeated assurances she was seeing our mate, who was sitting right next to her, Chocolatey Boy's attempts at smooth-talking didn't let up until she pretended to go to the toilet and went back to her room… click here
Liz Dobson: Dangers of driving in Goa
18 May: New Zealand Herald. At car launches the driving instructions you're usually given before you head off in the vehicles are to stick to the correct speed, don't drive dangerously and be courteous. Except in India. Instead, the "safety" briefing we're given before we drive Ford's new micro SUV, the EcoSport, around the seaside roads of Goa are: the white line may have faded through villages so drive in the middle of the road; ignore road signs - they are probably old and just haven't been removed; locals overtake on blind corners so slow down; always give way to cattle… you honk your horn when you want to overtake; toot to thank a driver for moving aside; long honk to tell the driver ahead that they had better move over so you can overtake on that blind corner, and honk as you take the bend, to warn the unseen traffic you're heading into their lane… I was constantly on the look-out for those wayward sacred cattle. Somehow I think the locals would forgive me if I hit a scooter, but not if I hit a cow… 638 words. click here
UK visitors rank second in Goa figures
17 May: Travel Media Daily (UK). Goa registered a record arrival of international tourists with the UK its second-biggest market. Around 152 chartered flights from the UK travelled to the area out of 987, second only to Russia’s 742. The region also saw an increase in cruise ship visits, with 25 vessels carrying 22, 233 people visiting in the 2012/13 period… click here
44 great Dubai secrets
13 May: Time Out Dubai … Hidden eats, secret nightlife, one-off shops and more hidden gems … Ambot Tik: A real hidden gem serving affordable authentic Goan eats, from the selection of meats to the Portuguese-style pau bread rolls. Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa ... click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 19 MAY. 2013
Death: Olga da Costa
17 May: Panjim, Goa. OLGA CLEMENTINA DA COSTA. Born 1916. Beloved wife of late Alex da Costa (Mumbai). Loving mother of Nicky/ Brenda (U.K.), late Patricia, Charles/ Hazel (Australia). Precious grandmother of Niall/ Elaine, Nikhil/Erin, Nisha, Rhea, Patricia, Howard/Rose, Michael, Angela/ Mark. Great grandmother of Aaron, Gracelynn, Emannuel, Isla and Kieran. Her mortal remains will be brought directly to St. Inez Church on 21st May at 3:00 pm, for a Eucharistic Celebration at 4:00 pm followed by burial… click here
O’Coqueiro’s: Goan cuisine at its best
19 May: Navhind Times. … In 1970, the management of O’ Coqueiro Bar and Restaurant changed hands and was popularised by Chef Gines Viegas, a native of Assagao, who had returned from [Dar es Salaam], East Africa. O’ Coqueiro is now run by Chef Peter Fernandes, who apprenticed with the legendary Viegas. In 1997, Chef Viegas collaborated with Alcon chairman, Mr Anil Counto, who at that time invited Mr Fernandes to come aboard and run the venture. Later in 2002, when Chef Viegas passed away, Alcon acquired the restaurant, and since then Mr Fernandes has been with O’ Coqueiro, that’s nearly 23 years… Chef Gines Viegas, was the first to introduce chicken cafreal in the state… click here
Goa ministers have 172 staff; 30 with CM Manohar Parrikar
19 May: Times of India. The Goa cabinet ministers have a total of 172 office staff members and the chief minister ManoharParrikar himself has a strength of 30, information obtained by social activist Aires Rodrigues. under Right to Information ( RTI) Act has revealed… As per the rules revised last year, the chief minister is now entitled to a maximum of 33 office staff while each cabinet Minister is allowed up to 15 staff, Rodrigues said… click here
Death: Brig Joseph Victor Pinto, AVSM
18 May: Alto Porvorim, Goa. BRIG JOSEPH VICTOR PINTO, AVSM. Born 1922. Beloved and caring husband of Sheila. Very dear brother of Gladys D'Souza. Loving father of Marya/Dickey, Marilyn/Prakash and Marita/Zeb. Cherished grandfather of Arsh/Theresa, Sahaaj, Vijay, Vinita/Dan, Zeeshan, Mishyle and Heba. Great grandfather of Tara. Funeral cortege will leave 227 Defence Colony (Phase 2), Alto Porvorim, at 4 p.m. on Monday, 20 for the St. Inez crematorium, Panaji.
Meet Mario Antao of the Carnival Spirit Cruise Ship
19 May: News.com.au. Mario Agnelo Antao: Age: 32. Born: Goa. Bartender. “Goa is a country within a country. It is different from the rest of India because it was under Portuguese rule, so it is mainly Roman Catholic … The people of Goa are beautiful loving people only too willing to help promote their city… My wife and I have great mutual trust in each other mostly due to our Catholic faith and great love for each other… for me my perfect place is home, Goa… 421 words + photo. click here
Africans in Goa: Colouring The Whole
19 May: Herald (Review). Some of them face an inverted racial discrimination in Goa. But only a few notorious black African dealers are colouring the whole. Most Africans in Goa are ace footballers, respected coaches and hardworking students trying to fit in and flourish in an alien society. Nishitha Nair Shrivastava walks the dividing line to find out more … click here
Grandchildren of the Raj
19 May: Daily News & Analysis. Curious foreigners are digging through records of the East India Company to trace what their forefathers did in India during the Raj, finds Yolande D'Mello… People of British-origin who are keen on tracing their ancestry usually hit a dead end when they find that their forefathers were in India. That’s when the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) steps in. “The East India Company maintained exhaustive records of every British citizen that left for India, what post they held, where they married and when they died,” says Peter Bailey, FIBS chairman. The FIBIS resource includes arrival and departure notices on British ships, army musters, census reports, lists of government officials and church records… 1161 words. Photos. click here
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Death: Anselm D'Souza
11 May: Winnipeg, Canada. ANSELM JOSEPH XAVIER D'SOUZA. Anslem died at St. Joseph Residence at the age of 90 years. Funeral Liturgy will be held on 18th May at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul The Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue. Interment will follow in Assumption Roman Catholic Cemetery, 3990 Portage Avenue.
Death: Grace de Souza
17 May: Mombasa. GRACE DE SOUZA (Owner of A.C de Souza and Co. , Kilindini Bar,
Mombasa). Died at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Daughter of the late
Ambrose and Catherine de Souza. Sister to the late Sylvia/Ken Eggleton, Melanie/Osman
Miyanji, Michaela/Clay Nicholls, Maura/Clarence Abranches. Cousin to Maurice de
Souza, Lucy/Ralph Diaper. Aunt to Adam, Eva, Sarah, Kevin, Marie Claire, Rhoda,
Cedric , Kilian and Nicholas. The funeral Mass will take place on Monday 20th
May at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier's Church, Nairobi, followed by private cremation.
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Roland Francis: Gulf Goans (The Conclusion) - Stray Thoughts of a Toronto Goan
The entry into Bahrain seems to have been the proverbial opening of the floodgates
for Goans in India to work and eventually settle abroad via the small states of
the Persian Gulf. Although there was a trickle even before Bahrain that flowed
to the other emirates specifically Dubai and Kuwait, it was Bahrain that proved
to be the milestone and the watershed for the Goan community.
It was the sixties and seventies. There was not enough economic activity in
India to sustain the growing population and to provide jobs for the legions
of young men and women making their exits from secondary schools and higher
education. Oil that was discovered in the Arabian Peninsula thirty to fifty
years before, was slowly bearing fruit. Construction in the desert cities was
the first to create demand for employment along with the oilfield and drilling
industry with finance and banking not far behind.
What better opportunity for educated Indians who the Arabs favored since they
were hard working, non-political and non-trouble makers. Among the Indians just
as the British had, the Arabs preferred Goans. They were westernized, the job
seekers were mostly Christian (people of the Book), and they were the perfect
means to build businesses that were raring to go with all that spare money flowing
into the local economies from oil exports. The British too who were no longer
the masters of that region but to whom the Arabs still looked up to as demi-Gods,
naturally themselves looked to Goans as their underlings and for their office
staff. A Bombay bank worker whose pay on the high side was about Rs 500 per
month, now could suddenly expect 8 to 10 times that salary if he secured a Gulf
position. The word spread and soon Gulf recruiters were reaching out to Goa
through their existing Goan network. Some Goans in key positions saw an opportunity
to help their village folk and it became common in some villages for every idle
boy to find a job in their sponsors company.
This was especially fortuitous for the folk back in Goa and Bombay since these
were the bleakest years of the era where India had decided that they were not
going to import a single item if the exporter was not willing to transfer sophisticated
technology to help in Indian manufacture. Coupled with some other silly prohibitions
like that of liquor and gold, the average Bombay resident would have killed
to enjoy a carton of State Express 555 cigarettes, a 'Made in England' box of
chocolates, a French perfume and of course the ubiquitous bottle of Johnnie
Walker which was good as gold at a wedding reception. All this and more the
Gulf Goan could bring back. It was Santa Claus coming home to please the relatives
and as any Goan knows, there were many outstretched hands that needed to be
filled. Such situations were not without their own humor.
New houses got built, the Goan economy stimulated, progress commenced. All
on the dime of the Gulf Goan remittance. The mines were in operation of course
but on a low key since Japan and the rest of the world didn't care for Goa's
poor grade ore and China was still in its manufacturing infancy. What the Portuguese
didn't possess to drive the market, Arab oil now did. The fact that later on
money would flow, albeit not in the right places or the right areas is all due
to the corruption that India festers in. Gulf money was clean, Goans were hardworking
but times were going to change mostly for the worse from then on. There would
be more money coming Goa's way but it would not be clean and only a few would
enjoy its ill-gotten fruit.
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