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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 31 OCT. 2014


News Summary

Charmaine D'Souza: Starch and sugar for diabetics

29 Oct: Bangalore Mirror. In her new book, Blood Sugar & Spice: Living with Diabetes, Charmaine D'Souza (photo) notes that as of 2011, more than 61 million Indians have been diagnosed with diabetes … However, despite diabetes being a widespread problem there are several misconceptions around it. Myth 1: Eating refined sugar causes diabetes … Myth 2: Bread, rice, pasta and potato are taboo for diabetics … Myth 3: Fruit has sugar and should be avoided by diabetics … Myth 4: Diabetics should avoid desserts … Myth 5: Diabetic women should not get pregnant …  click here
To see sample pages and order a copy of Blood Sugar & Spice: Living with Diabetes by Charmaine D'Souza,  click here
Video: Charmaine D'Souza busts a common food nutrition myth! … click here.

Vito Gomes: Bread, butter tourism!
30 Oct: Herald. Who in the world has not heard of Goa? When you say you are from Goa, the other person instinctively smiles and says with a glint in his/ her eye, “ Yes, Goa!” with a longing sigh. Such is the reception a Goan gets when introducing oneself to others in most parts of the world. Yet, it is with a heavy heart that I write this article about my beloved Goa. Goa is beautiful, it is green, unique, different and vibrant. The people are easy going, cheerful, social, friendly and always welcoming. Our culture is different from the rest of India, more so because we were ruled by the Portuguese instead of the British, and gained our independence much later. That’s what contributes to making us different. There is a charm about Goa that attracts, but will it continue for long? I wonder.. 1143 words.  click here

Black Money List: The Timblo Trail, from Hong Kong to Goa

30 Oct: NDTV. The Timblo family, named by the government in Supreme Court in connection with untaxed or black money in foreign accounts, parked money illegally in two foreign currency accounts in Hong Kong before pumping it back into India, NDTV has learnt. The family, which runs a Goa-based mining firm, had pleaded guilty before the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, last year and was let off with a fine of Rs. 3.37 crore, sources say… Timblo is also under investigation for illegal mining. A panel that investigated mining firms had said in its report last year that for two financial years, Timblo had under-invoiced their exports by nearly Rs. 72 crore… .  click here
Video: Radha Timblo interviewed. NDTV. 4m. 29s  click here

Global infrastructure companies express interest in Goa upcoming airport
30 Oct: Economic Times. Global infrastructure companies such as Germany's Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft, French firm Vinci Construction, South Korea's Incheon International Airport and Malaysia Airport Holdings have expressed initial interest in the upcoming Rs 3,000 crore airport in Mopa, Goa. Other companies which have shown interest include Spain's Ferrovial apart from Indian infrastructure majors such as the GMR Group, the GVK Group and the Essel Group," said a person close to the development who didn't want to be named. A pre-bid meeting will be held in Goa on November 3 and the last date for receiving applications is December 12 …  click here

A year later, Nigerians shift base to coastal Pernem

31 Oct: Times of India. After the murder of the Nigerian, Simeon, it was an open secret that the cold-blooded killing was the fallout of a conflict between two drug cartels in the state's coastal belt… Nothing has changed much, one year after the incident, besides Nigerians shifting their base to the coastal belt of Pernem and operating the drug trade there, sources said. Just like they had a particular restaurant as their favourite haunt in Parra, Nigerians are seen flocking to a certain shack at Arambol… In September 2014, there were tense moments witnessed in Mandrem after Africans, especially Nigerians, clashed with the locals over the issue of their living in the locality…  click here
31 Oct: Times of India. A year after nearly 200 African nationals, largely Nigerians, ran riot at Porvorim, bringing the NH 17 to a grinding halt for over four hours and destroying police and public property, not a single of 30 Nigerians found without valid travel documents has been deported. The reason cited by officials of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is that they have yet to receive any confirmation from the Nigerian embassy to initiate the deportation process…  click here

Air India launches Delhi/Goa service: Jet Airways to begin Abu Dhabi/Goa flight
30 Oct: Routes Online (UK). Air India Adds Delhi – Goa Service. Air India on 26 Oct. 2014 launched a new domestic route, which sees daily operation on Delhi – Goa route. This route operates with Airbus A319 aircraft. Depart Delhi 11:00, Arr Goa at 13:35. Dep Goa 14:15, Arr Delhi at 16:45.  click here
31 Oct: Jet Airways to fly from Abu Dhabi to Goa. Goa tourism can now hope to increase free independent travellers (FIT) segment of tourists to Goa as another direct flight from the Middle East starts from next month. From November 14 onwards, Jet Airways is starting a direct Abu Dhabi-Goa flight. Currently, direct flights to Goa from four destinations from the Middle East such as Dubai, Kuwait, Sharjah and Doha are available…  click here

Portuguese festival from Nov to Feb

30 Oct: Times of India. In an effort to celebrate the rich cultural history of Goa and Portugal, the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) will organize the sixth edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa festival from November to February, chairman of the executive committee Jose Elmano Coelho Pereira said on Wednesday. The festival will include art, cinema, interactive sessions on Goan culture, a fado singing competition, creative writing sessions, workshops and a two-day food and music festival …  click here
Semana da Cultura says suswagatham to Marathi. … 30 Oct: Herald. Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa to focus on Marathi as part of Goan culture for the first time  click here

Goa varsity seeks help of ex-students
29 Oct: AsianLite (UK). In a role reversal of sorts, Goa University wants its alumni to rate and evaluate its performance and the quality of education it has offered them. Founded in 1985, the university, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has launched an ambitious online survey to collect qualitative feedback from ex-students, which Vice Chancellor Satish Shetye claims will help tweak the syllabi and help contemporise teaching modules…  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese rosewood table

1 Nov: Roseberys, 74-76 Knights Hill, London SE27 0JD. Lot 725 – A Indo-Portuguese rectangular rosewood table cabinet, mounted with white metal handles, the fall front exposing an arrangement of drawers, inlaid with wheel and circle decoration, 25cm. wide. Overall minor abrasions, probably restored, probably mid to late 20th century. Estimate: £350 - £450.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 8 Nov.. GOA Mass for Deceased at SS Peter & Paul Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD, at 12.15pm, followed by a three-course meal. Advance booking required for meal - ticket price £7. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 9 Nov: The Village of Nuvem celebrate the SILVER JUBILEE feast of Our Lady of Mae Dos Pobres (Mother of the Poor) at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.30pm followed by social gathering with music by Rainbow's End and Carvalho Bar & Cozinha de Bella at your service. Tickets are £14 for adults, children 12-16 years £8, children under 12 free and tickets include 1 free drink, snacks & meal. For tickets please contact Johnson Carvalho 0208 303 5822, Anthony (Tono) Carvalho 0208 452 8362, Francis Clemente 0208 310 0559, Hilary Fernandes 01474 853368, Marcus Fernandes 01932 781221 or Greg Carvalho 01245 261302 email greg@god.co.uk For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 16 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 34thFeast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter with dancing to the music of Rainbow's End. Tickets include snack and meal. Please note no tickets will be sold at the door so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details including the "Early Bird" ticket offer, click here.

Sun 23 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.

Sun. 30 Nov. GOA Celebration of the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12.30pm followed by social. Tickets: Members £3.50, Non-members £7. Price includes a three-course meal. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 7 Dec: East London & Essex Goans. St Francis Xavier's Feast. Mass at 12:30pm followed by Social until 8pm. Fords Sports Club (entrance between houses 170-172) Aldborough Road South, Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG. Music by Maz & Co. Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced prices (No outside drinks permitted). Tickets: Members - £11; Guests - £13; Children (Aged 5-16) - £6. Includes: Buffet meal & snacks by Maggie's Kitchen. All tickets £15 after 15th Nov. Dress Code: Formal/Smart Casual (Jeans or trainers not permitted). Music by Maz & Co Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced rates. No outside drinks permitted. Send cheques payable to 'East London & Essex Goans' and SAE to: Joyce Travasso, 22 Meath Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1JA or Raymond Carvalho, 170 South Park Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2XR. For more information contact: Raymond Carvalho (President) 020 7998 6794; Gerry Ferrao (Treasurer) 020 8220 6956; Joyce Travasso (Social Secretary) 020 8478 8815; Committee members: Audrey Lewis: 020 8514 2784; Louisa Travasso 020 8252 6063; Joe Travasso: 020 8252 6063; Paul Travasso: 020 8478 8815; Savio D'Souza: 07918693920. For the flyer, click here.

For Later Events See www.goanvoice.org.uk/events.php


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 30 OCT. 2014


News Summary

Video: Acquisition of a Portuguese passport does not mean the holder is a Portuguese citizen, says envoy

29 Oct: Prudent Media. The new Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Dr Rui Carvalho Baceira (photo) said that acquisition of a Portuguese passport did not mean the holder is a Portuguese citizen … "You become the Portuguese citizen when you have an identity card. Passport is just a document that allows you to travel to Portugal. None from Goa born before 1961 (when the state was liberated from Portuguese rule) becomes Portuguese citizen, unless he applies for it," …  click here
29 Oct: Economic Times. Goa’s chief minister had said that the Centre will have to amend the order of 1962 which will negate the order issued by Portugal in 1975 making all the people born before 1961 in Goa as their citizens. Baceira said that the current issue of dual citizenship has "nothing to do with Portugal." … He added that everyone born before 1961 in Goa is entitled to apply for citizenship but they have to follow several procedures…  click here
Home Ministry reviews dual citizenship issue of Goans. 29 Oct: IBN News. The issue of dual citizenship, being faced by nearly 50,000 Goans, is likely to be settled soon with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday issuing an order to find a lasting solution to it at the earliest… click here.

Dignity for Goa’s elderly
30 Nov: Times of India. Dignity Foundation, a leading NGO working for the aid of senior citizens launched its Goa chapter. The foundation runs several programmes for senior citizens including a helpline, ration support services, loneliness mitigation centres and a daycare centre for dementia. Senior citizens can contact Dignity Foundation helpline at 0832 - 2530303…  click here
20 Oct: Gomantak Times. Dignity Foundation …  click here

Tony Fernandes: Mississauga chef to compete in chowder chowdown

29 Oct: Mississauga News. Already decorated with 40 medals from culinary competitions, Mississauga chef Tony Fernandes will put his skills to the test again Nov. 4 – this time in support of sustainable seafood practices at the fifth annual Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. Fernandes, the executive chef at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport hotel, will compete against 12 other top chefs for the title … Fernandes worked as executive chef at five-star hotels in India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before moving to Canada in 2001 and eventually settling in Mississauga… He was part of a team recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the biggest bowl of biryani…  click here
For a Goan Voice profile of Tony Fernandes,  click here

Street food's got these meals in a pocket
29 Oct: Greenville Online (South Carolina). Samosas at The Drop In Store. North Mainers have been eating samosas from the Drop In Store for decades-- even before Maria Gomes revived the bodega kitchen at the back of the store about a year ago. Gomes is from Goa, India whose cuisine is heavily influenced by the Portuguese from which her family is descended. Goan samosas are less tetrahedral shaped than samosas made in Northern India and are not served with condiments. They are a street snack, one that Gomes missed when she moved to Greenville with her husband, Roland [ex Dar es Salaam], but the accomplished cook did not know how to make them… Samosas at The Drop In Store are priced at just $1.52 each, though Gomes acknowledges she could sell them for more.  click here
For a photo and profile of Maria Gomes [Goan Voice of 10 Oct. 2014], click here.

Video: “Konkan Railway track isn't fully safe for rail passengers”

29 Oct: Prudent Media English Prime News. Alert comes from commissioner for railway safety, KRC Employees demand suspension of KRC MD.  click here
30 Oct: Times of India. KRC tracks unsafe: Employee union. Konkan railway corporation (KRC) employees union on Wednesday claimed that poor maintenance of the railway tracks is endangering the lives of people travelling on the Konkan railway route…  click here
30 Oct: Herald. Konkan Railway told to scan entire route for safety. The entire route to be tested with Ultrasound Flaw Detectors by qualified personnel; Speed restrictions of 75 kmph till testing is completed and defective rails replaced … click here.

India submits list with 'black money' names to court
29 Oct: BBC. The Indian government has given a list containing names of all Indians suspected to have parked untaxed wealth in foreign banks to the Supreme Court. The list with 627 names was submitted to the court in a sealed envelope on Wednesday. The top court has said the list will be forwarded to the special investigation team (SIT) which is inquiring into the issue of illegal funds. It is estimated that Indians hold $500bn (£297bn) in overseas tax havens…  click here
28 Oct: Daily Mail. Black money probe is just a whitewash …  click here

Goa, Bollywood’s star

29 Oct: L’Express (France). The hippies had made Goa their lair. Thanks to Bollywood, it has becomes a popular destination of the new middle class… "The 2008 economic crisis, did not affect India,” says Serge Lozano, who has been running a French restaurant, La Plage, in North Goa. A trend that confirms his compatriot Fleur de Vergie- Fernandes, who runs a guesthouse and restaurant a few miles away, with her husband, a native of the region. "It is a vacation destination – shopping and sun, much like the Côte d'Azur … 609 words.  click here

Is Goa ready to tackle an Ebola crisis?’
‘29 Oct: Times of India. Expressing its concern over the Ebola crisis and the prospect of infected travelers visiting Goa during the exposition at Old Goa, the voluntary health association of Goa said it was imperative that the directorate of health services, Goa, urgently puts proper systems in place to treat Ebola…  click here

Lisbon: Art Museum smashes visitor record

29 Oct: Portugal News. The National Museum of Ancient Art last weekend welcomed its 200,000th visitor for the first time ever said a statement by the museum. Since the beginning of the year through to last Saturday, October 25, 200,190 persons had visited the museum that currently hosts both the "Splendor et Gloria – Five exceptional 18th century jewels" and "Splendors of the Orient – the gold jewels of historical Goa" alongside its permanent exhibition…  click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
TRAVEL: World Kitchen. itv3. Saturday 1st Nov. 02:50 to 03:10. New Zealand chef Nici explores the lush landscape of Kerala in Southern India. Visiting spice markets, winding backwaters and family kitchens Nici uncovers the secrets to making great curry at home.

NATURE: Wonders of the Monsoon. BBC 2. Sunday 2nd Nov. 20:00 to 21:00. People of the Monsoon. Across India, thousands of sacred groves are reserved for the worship of nature. For thousands of years, wildlife in these areas has been protected. But the relationship faces a challenge from worldwide demand.

DOCUMENTARY: Make Leicester British. Channel 4. Monday 3rd Nov. 21:00 to 22:35. This new documentary, filmed in one of Britain's most ethnically-diverse cities - and one of the first where white Britons are no longer in a majority - is a follow-up to 2012's award-winning Make Bradford British. Make Leicester British brings together eight Leicester residents.

FILM: Kaksparsh. Channel 4. Tuesday 4th Nov. 01:25 to 03:55. Set in Konkan in the 1930s around Hari Damle the head of a Brahmin family. The drama explores themes of sacrifice and morality. Premiere, In Marathi with English Subtitles, 2012, 18, 4 Star.

FILM: Ha Bharat Maza. Channel 4. Thursday 6th Nov. 00:50 to 02:50. The final Marathi movie in Channel 4's Indian Film Season is set against the backdrop of social activist Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption campaign. Premiere, In Marathi with English Subtitles, 2011, U.

DOCUMENTARY: Black Ops. Yesterday Plus 1. Friday 7th Nov. 00:00 to 01:00 . Operation Thunderbolt. Behind enemy lines with top fighting units. In 1976, terrorists hijacked a plane and landed it in Uganda. Find out how Israel's elite team rescued the hostages.

DOCUMENTARY: Unreported World. Channel 4. Friday 7th Nov. 02:45 to 03:15. India's Electric Dreams. Reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and director Hugo Ward travel to India where the government's drive to help the country's development through widespread electrification is pitting villagers who want the benefits of electricity against campaigners who are worried about the environmental impact of vast open-cast mines on the forests that provide a livelihood and food for tribal communities


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER WEDNESDAY 29 OCT. 2014


News Summary

David D’Souza: TechSmartKids brings computer science to middle school students

23 Oct: Mercer Island Reporter. (WA, USA). Bruce Levin is the founder and CEO of Bellevue-based technology company TechSmartKids, which is geared toward elementary and middle school youth… Levin also found a partner in David D’Souza, a member of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation who worked at Microsoft for 20 years. A father of three with a son and a daughter currently in middle school, D’Souza knows firsthand the benefits of learning computer science at an early age…  click here
David is the son of Dr. Edward Paul D'Souza and Heather Muriel D'Souza from Anjuna. For a Linkedin profile of him,  click here

With help from kith and kin, Goan duo lift gold in US
28 Oct: Herald. Powerlifting team of Prince Pereira and Prasad Naik return home to a hero’s welcome after govt snub. Their plea to the Goa government for financial assistance to travel to Las Vegas, USA to participate in the World Power Lifting Championship might have received a cold shoulder from the powers that be. But that did not deter Prince Pereira, Cavelossim and his colleague Prasad Naik, a resident of Navelim to make it to the championship at Las Vegas and represent Team India with the blessings of their parents and monetary help from friends… While Prince won three gold medals and two bronze, Prasad bagged six gold…Photo.  click here

Video: 3 foreign tourists drown as raft capsizes in River Sal

28 Oct: Navhind Multimedia. Three Russian women, said to be foreign tourists , perished when their rented raft capsized in the River Sal, while sailing from Mobor to Cutbona amd Canaguinim. A total of 14 foreign tourists, including children, were on board the raft, which was around 40 meters away from shore, when tragedy struck…  click here
Three dead as tourist boat capsizes. 28 Oct: Belfast Telegraph. A boat taking tourists on a dolphin-watching trip has capsized off India's west coast, killing three Russian women. The women were part of a group of 10 Russian tourists who chartered the motorboat to follow dolphins swimming about half-a-mile off popular Betul beach on the southern coast of Goa state…  click here
28 Oct: MK (Russia). The names of the dead - Tatiana Nikolaeva Irina Bulatov and Anna Kulikova, said a diplomat… click here.

Church rubbishes ‘last exposition’ rumours
28 Oct: Times of India. The Church in Goa has rubbished rumours being spread around that the Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier, to be held this year, will be the last one… The rumours have spread not just in Goa, but, outside Goa as well, with Goans in Mumbai and even in the UK inquiring whether the talk is true… A priest, wishing not to be quoted, claimed the rumours are being spread by those in the tourism industry…  click here

4 Videos: Goan Association Calgary Night in Goa 2014 Cultural Show

27 Oct: Goan Association Calgary. Videos Courtesy of Mervyn D'Mello.
1. Yaya Maya Ya set to Music from Remo Fernandes. Carly Mattinson, Talia Vaz, Hailey Lobo, Raquel Noronha, Amber Silva, Denise Silva. 4m:37s.
2. Fulvalim. Set to Music from Gavana Group CD. Dancers: Carol Lobo, Michelle Lobo, Alison Barneto, Trisha Barneto. 4m:54s.
3. Mando. Dancers: Mickey Colaco, Cecilia D'Mello, Gerry Dourado, Grace Lopez, Tony Lawrence, Ublina Colaco. 4m:53s.
4. Corridinho. Set to Music from Big City Band. Dancers: Carol Lobo, Michelle Lobo, Angela D'Souza, Charles D'Souza, Gracy Vaz, Gustavo Vaz, Horrace D'Silva, Juliann D'Silva. 4m. 42s.  click here

Goa’s medical tourism – a reality check
28 Oct: Herald. Medical tourism is one of the areas that Goa seeks to promote, with hospitals claiming that foreign tourists are happy with the quality, coupled with low cost of medical care in the state. However, the recent spate of crimes against women, the recent one being the molestation of a Russian tourist by a GMC doctor, has raised concerns whether Goa is still a preferred destination for medical tourism, a sector where it is yet to create a niche…  click here

Black Money probe: Who is Radha Timblo

28 Oct: Indian Express. Radha Satish Timblo, named in the Centre’s affidavit to the Supreme Court for allegedly stashing black money abroad, is a member of the Timblo family in Goa that operates mines and owns the 5-star Cidade de Goa resort at Vainguinim Beach. The family’s name has earlier appeared in connection with an alleged illegality involving the transfer of a mining lease that was originally granted to Badrudin Mavani, an individual… According to election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms, Timblo Pvt Ltd donated Rs 1.18 crore to the BJP, and Rs 65 lakh to the Congress over the seven-year period between 2004-05 and 2011-12…  click here

Why Portuguese passport?
29 Oct: Herald. By Tennyson Xavier Fernandes. Every month many sons and daughters of our soil are applying for Portuguese passports in search of greener pastures on European soil… My dear fellow citizens of Goa why not have faith as big as mustard seed and work in India for India to make our India the best country among the developed nations… Our fellow Indian brethren from other States of India are conducting various types of businesses successfully in Goa. So, why apply for Portuguese passport and work as outcasts in Europe … Say no to Portuguese passport. Let us have the pride in saying we are sons and daughters of Mother India.  click here
Dual citizenship issue continues to simmer in Goa. 28 Oct: The Hindu. The issue of dual citizenship has for long been simmering in Goa, an erstwhile Portuguese colony. The Panaji Town Police recently booked two senior police officials, 48 advocates and over 500 others for illegally having dual citizenship, based on a similar complaint from Mr. Shetye. According to the Goa government, the problem of dual citizenship affects at least 40,000 Goans …  click here

E-Visa regime for 25-30 countries to be rolled out in a week’s time

28 Oct: Travel Biz Monitor. Shripad Naik (photo), the Minister of Tourism, Government of India is hopeful of rolling out the much-awaited electronic-Visa (e-Visa) regime by next week. According to a senior official from the Ministry, all the arrangements, including the software for e-Visa processing, have been developed and will be launched officially by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India within a week. Between 25 and 30 countries will be extended the e-Visa facility in the first phase. These include the 13 countries that currently enjoy the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility in India… The e-Visa facility will be available at nine airports, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Goa. “Although there are a few teething problems in the state, the government has decided in principle to extend it to Goa as well,” the official said…  click here
24 Oct: The Week. For a profile of Shripad Naik, Minister for Culture and Tourism, 961 words.  click here

Tourist taxi drivers at it again
29 Oct: Times of India. The tourist taxi problem that brought tourism to a standstill in Goa for a few days in February last year is simmering again, and carries the threat of damaging tourism prospects this season as well. A coach carrying 18 Russian travel agents and journalists from a starred hotel in Varca were allegedly stopped on Tuesday morning by a group of taxi drivers stationed outside the hotel, and a female representative of the travel company was intimidated…  click here

Lisbon: Dancing to Goa's tune

28 Oct: Herald. While there are large numbers that represent the Goan community in Lisbon, there is a dire need for people who keep the culture alive. Folk dance is one such area that has no Goan takers. Yet, in Catarina Guerra, a local girl from the capital, there is hope that local dance may still be preserved …  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
29 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 29.4. Min = 22.4. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.77; $ = 61.21; $Can = 54.80; Euro = 77.96; $Aus= 54.21


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 28 OCT. 2014


Obituary

Death: Tony Fernandes

18 Oct: Upton Park, London. UK. ANTHONY (TONY) JOHN MOSES FERNANDES. Age 86. (Ex Nairobi). Cherished husband of Margaret (ex Nairobi). Beloved Father of Gregory, Conrad (Carolyn), Lester (Theresa) & Brian (Kathryn). Beloved brother of Milly (Marshall), Monica (Eddie) Ursula (Paul) & Blaise. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Ashley (Kayleigh) Sabrina, Nathan and Aidan; nephews, nieces and their families.
The funeral service will take place on Wednesday 5th November, 10:00am to 11:00am at St Antony's Church, 56 St Antony's Road, E7 9QB. Followed by Crematorium at 11:45am - City Of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DQ. Reception at 1:00pm at Wanstead Sports Club, Blake Hall Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2QW (0208 532 9354). In preference to flowers a fund for donations has been set up at https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/tony-fernandes Enquiries to tel. 07985 278 531. Condolences to brifer@aol.com


Death: Dr. Tony Lopes

19 Oct: Cortlandt Manor, N.Y, USA. ANTHONY (TONY) DAMIAN LOPES. Aged 79. Formerly of Dar es Salaam, Aberdeen and Toronto. Passed away on October 19, 2014, in a New York City hospital after a five-year battle against multiple myeloma. Beloved husband of Lynn, cherished father of Dominic (Susan), Kristen (Bill), Damian (Sara) and David; dear brother of Bruno (late Melissa), Quinnie (Anthony), Clifford (Marge); proud grandpa of Caetan and Stefanos; Tony will also be sadly missed by his nephews, nieces, extended family, many friends and former colleagues. He will be gratefully remembered for his professional skill, kindness and generosity. The funeral service was held at Peekskill near his residence in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. [Info: Al Mathias] Condolences to bruno.lopes@rogers.com


Death: Lolita Gomes

27 Oct: Margao, Goa. LOLITA COMES Born 1940. Ex Tanzania/Kenya/Dandevaddo, Chichinim/ Margao. Ex- Loyola H. School Teacher. Beloved wife of Placido Games. Loving mother of Savio, Goretti & Noel. Daughter of late Claudio and late Carmina. Daughter-in-law of late Crisostomo and late Edoziana. Sister of late Tony/ Priscilla, Bertha/Richard Bismark/ Mary, Olvita/ Dr. Wilson Mazarello, Filo/Roque, Fatima/ Naren, Immaculate/ Viriato, Xavier/ Brenda, Marie/ Rafiq, Diana/ Late Willy, Carol/ Willy. Sister-in-law of Deograciana and Lilia/ Late Joseph. Funeral cortege will leave her residence at Margao, 29 October at 9.45 a.m to Our Lady of Grace Church, Margao for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial at Margao cemetery.  For further details click here


Death: Willie Barreto

27 Oct: Naikavaddo, Calangute, Goa. WILLIE PAUL BARRETO. Aged 82. Born in Nairobi to Theodore and Cecilia Barreto. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Judith Rodrigues. He will be deeply and heartbreakingly missed by his four children Karen, Charmaine (Nelson), Rabi (Margareth), and Toto (Velanie); wife June; four grandchildren Chloe, Millennia, Ramon, and Radley; and siblings Ida D'Sousa and Frank Barretto. He achieved great success in his career as a Civil Engineer and travelled the world in pursuit of academic and career opportunities. A funeral cortege will leave his Calangute residence on Wednesday, October, 29, at 3:45 pm for St. Alex Church, Calangute, for a Eucharistic celebration followed by his burial  For further details click here


Death: Cornelius (Connie) Lobo
25 Oct: Mariam Apartments, Cantt. Karachi. CORNELIUS (CONNIE) LOBO. Husband of Philomena (Philo). Father of Joseph/Beverly (Canada) and Michael/Lisa (USA), Brother of Faby, Olive, Annie Mascarenhas, late Felix and Sophie. [Info: Pompie Gois]


News Summary

Goan miner Radha Timblo figures in black money probe

27 Oct: Prudent Media English Prime News. Goan miner Radha Timblo figures in black money probe, says she needs time to study affidavit, two more names of businessmen also disclosed … 4m. 48s.  click here
Black money live: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are on list … NDTV reported that Timblo donated Rs 1.18 crore to BJP and Rs 65 lakh to the Congress.  click here
Radha Timblo not new to controversy. 28 Oct: Times of India. Radha Timblo, who has been named for allegedly stashing black money abroad, belongs to one of Goa's powerful mining families. She is the managing director of Timblo Enterprises and Timblo Private Limited (TPL), which operate under Satish Timblo Group of Companies. She is virtually unknown and keeps a low profile … TPL's story dates to the time of Portuguese rule in Goa. Differences between three sons of Datta Camotim Timblo had led them to split in the company… click here.

Video: Volunteering in Goa
27 Oct: IDEX. Create a positive change and get involved with grass roots organizations that together with the help of volunteers create change in local communities in Goa … Schools, Terminal Cancer patients, Orphanages, Workshops, 7m. 48s.  click here
For the IDEX website,  click here

Kenya: Forgotten hero who opened Olympics door for Kipchoge Keino

27 Oct: East African Standard. Wilson Kipkurgut, 75, won Kenya's first Olympic medal before Kipchoge Keino took the world by storm. He is the shujaa (hero) that time forgot … His story is in some measure a sad indictment of a nation and officialdom that completely neglects those who lay the foundation for future generations… He was a member of Kenya's contingent to the 1962 seventh British and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia. In Perth, Kenya won five medals, with the two most memorable one's being at the 110 and 220 yards (today's 100m and 200m) gold double by Seraphino Antao (photo) from Mombasa, a town not well known for athletics. "After Antao's double gold sprint from Perth and with hurdler Kimaru Songok in super form, we were sure of glad tidings in Rome. Sadly for the team, both Antao and Songok fell sick while in Tokyo," says Kiprugut…  click here
For the Seraphino Antao Wikipedia profile,  click here
For the Goan Voice Seraphino Antao supplement, click here.

India has highest number of suicide cases: WHO report
27 Oct: India TV News. India has seen the highest number of suicide cases in the world, according to a new database released by the World Health Organisation (WHO)… In India, suicide rate is 20.9 for one lakh population whereas in the US and UK, it is 13.7 and 6.9, respectively for one lakh population… While Kerala has 25.63 suicides per one lakh population, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka have 22.33 and 17.91, respectively. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana together have 16.89 suicides per one lakh population. Goa has 22.12 suicides per one lakh population…  click here

Renting a Car in India is now as easy as a few clicks - but does the maths add up?

27 Oct: NDTV. This month, Carzonrent, one of the popular car rental companies, added the Tata Nano Twist as its most affordable rental option - you can rent it now for Rs. 99 per hour, Rs. 399 per day, and Rs. 6,999 for a month… the service is available across 16 regions now - this includes cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh and Mumbai, Delhi NCR, and the state of Goa… 99 percent of bookings are made online… with Carzonrent you also have to pay for fuel … When you rent a car for the first time from Carzonrent, you have to visit its nearest office to submit an ID proof, a driver's licence and to swipe the card to block the refundable security money… You'll have to return the car at the same place and in the same condition you collected… Some people have booked the Nano Twist for six months … 1417 words. …  click here
From the Carzonrent Goa page: Cars in Goa are provided through a partner … Daily rent includes fuel charges as well … Rental starts at 1500 INR  click here

Coaches leak, toilets overflow on Mumbai-Goa premium train
27 Oct: DNA. The LTT-Karmali is a double-decker premium service running between Goa and Mumbai to cater to the extra rush during festival season. The fares of premium trains keep increasing as per demand and as the departure date draws near … almost all of the coaches sprang leaks due to sudden rain. Things took a turn for the worst when the dirty toilets of some coaches were flooded. Horrified passengers tried to shift to drier coaches… The floors of coaches were wet and slippery, and the stench emanating from the overflowing bathrooms made it quite a hellish experience …  click here

Dubai: Clyde DeSouza: Virtual reality could be coming to UAE schools

25 Oct: The National (UAE). Imagine if pupils could go on field trips to Antarctica, the Gaza Strip or, better yet, Mars. Sound far-fetched? It’s not, according to local 3D film consultant Clyde DeSouza. The self-described “tech evangelist” said that thanks to evolving three-dimensional virtual reality technology, which is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, it won’t be long before school pupils are enabled to enter computer-simulated, immersive learning environments without ever leaving their classrooms. “We are at the cusp of it exploding into education,” said Mr DeSouza, 44, who is the author of Think in 3D and works as a stereoscopic film consultant in the Middle East and Asia…  click here
Clyde deSouza traces his Goan roots to Anjuna and was educated at St. Aloysius School, Bandra and Kuwait. He is currently based in Dubai. For his Linkedin profile,  click here

A New Kind Of Road Rage
28 Oct: Times of India. With deep potholes and gravel-strewn surfaces, roads across Goa are proving a challenge for motorists to manoeuvre with the unseasonal rainfall throwing in a surprise to worsen conditions. Pedestrians too have to deal with their fair share of troubles. Loose rubble and swerving vehicles make walking just a little more dangerous…  click here
Potholes, traffic jams bring Panaji to a grinding halt. 27 Oct: Times of India. Commuting in Panaji has turned into a horror story as commuters grapple with traffic jams, and with the tourist season about to begin, the problem is only expected to get worse… "The main problem is parking," said Mayor Surendra Furtado. "A proposal to take up the whole of 18th June Road as pay parking has been approved but not implemented." … Besides the lack of parking space, dug up roads, illegal parking and frequent rallies add to commuters' woes…  click here

Felt more violated during medical check-up: Russian molestation victim

27 Oct: The 32-year-old Russian woman who was brought to Goa Medical College for medical examination to ascertain her claim of molestation was touched inappropriately by the male doctor despite her protest, interpreter accompanying the foreign national has told investigators… the doctor tried to molest the Russian further when he called her for a gynaecological examination, saying that police wanted it …  click here
28 Oct: Navhind Times. Russian molestation: lawyer says officials should investigate. No formal complaint will be lodged in connection with the alleged molestation of a Russian woman by a GMC doctor during the medical examination; however the lawyer representing the Russian consulate in Goa feels the authorities should take suo-motu cognizance…  click here
28 Oct: Herald. Eyewitness: Doc told Russian to undress despite protests … click here.

Sewage is a bomb waiting to explode: Leo Pereira
27 Oct: Herald. In an interview with the Herald, Leo Arcanjo Pereira, Managing Director, L& L Builders Pvt Ltd spoke about the real estate industry, problems faced by it and his company… He says, “It is extremely important that the government take the sewage issue very seriously. It is a time bomb waiting to explode and unlike garbage which is visible on the surface, sewage destroys our ground water without showing external signs. While the sewage line is a good initiative, the government has to make it compulsory for all households to connect to the system. Leaving it optional, especially for high- density city areas like Margao, will not serve the purpose. A soak pit is not a solution, it is only fuelling ground water contamination…  click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 27 OCT. 2014


News Summary

The Archbishop Visits Goa... In Lisbon

26 Oct: Herald. Casa de Goa serves as possibly the largest and oldest association of the Goan diaspora in Portugal. While the Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrão (photo) visited the premises one evening to interact with members of the association, current incumbent, Edgar Valles (photo) shared his thoughts on the organisation and its work … “Portugal is home to approximately 20,000 Goans. A lot of these are second generation Goans” … Valles invited the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Felipe Neri Ferrão, who was in Portugal in an official capacity in October, to answer the queries of the members…  click here

A touch of ‘Romi’ breaks barriers
26 Oct: Herald. Agnelo Braganza travels 30 kilometers from his home in Majorda to Panjim’s Broadway Bookstore everyday for a class. True to the adage ‘ Never stop learning’ Braganza already in his 70’s never had the opportunity to speak the language he has always loved and now he’s learning Konkani from scratch… Running for the second time this year the course is being taught by Jose Salvador Fernandes and Fr Pratap Naik and they are more than excited with the outcome of students totaling seven… 83 year old Patrick was born in Africa and lived most of his life there. He felt entirely out of place when he decided to spend his retirement in his hometown of Saligao. “Being a Goan, I’ve never spoken a word of Konkani and instantly fell entirely out of place when I decided to relocate,” says Patrick…  click here

Michelle D'souza: Love and longing in Mumbai get a social media twist

26 Oct: Times of India. A Tumblr blog, titled 'Better Date Than Never', chronicles 29-year-old Michelle D’Souza’s project of going on a 100 dates before she turns 30. She detailed her likes and dislikes, and asked those interested to get in touch for a "public, one-on-one" date, which could be anything from going out for dinner to playing hopscotch. "I'm going to find all the good guys and even if I have to deal with a few bad apples, who cares," wrote D'souza on the website. "I'm taking a chance." Hours after the blog went live, she was inundated with replies—the icky as well as the interesting … So far, D'souza has been on 21 dates … Her family and most friends are aware of the project. They expressed concerns about the risks, but are now largely supportive, she says. "I've always played it safe when it came to men and relationships, so I'm trying to break that pattern."...  click here
For the 'Better Date Than Never' Tumblr blog,  click here

Learn yoga, cooking and English
26 Oct. Neue Luzerner Zeitung (Switzerland). In the late sixties hippies celebrated their legendary beach parties in Goa. Today it is the ideal place to learn English in tropical surroundings, just 15 minutes' walk from the beach. Linguista the language and travel provider offers English courses at all levels. Surrounded by exotic landscape students have the opportunity to improve their language skills. They can also learn yoga. Culinary connoisseurs can also attend a cooking class and learn about the Indian cuisine with its colorful spices…  click here

What Do We Tell The Families Of These Raped And Killed Tourists?

26 Oct: Herald. … Tourists to Goa have arrived for the holiday of their lives and returned as rape victims or in their coffins… British teen Scarlett Keeling was found dead at Anjuna beach in a semi nude state with large number of bruises on her body…. Elena Sukahanova, a 19- year- old Russian, was found murdered in Goa… Stephen Bennett, 40, was travelling from Goa to Mumbai. His body was found hanging in the jungle in Malsai, Maharashtra… Minor’s rape at Arambol Two men had sexually assaulted a nine- year- old Russian girl while she was bathing with her mother off Arambol beach on January 26, 2010… Denyse Sweeney, a charity worker, was found unconscious at a nightclub at Vagator and died during treatment at a private hospital …
“There is organised crime in Goa and the biggest criminal gang is the Police” … An extract from a visitors review in the world’s widely followed tourists website TripAdvisor  click here

Football: ISL: Pune beat Goa 2-0
26 Oct: Hindustan Times. A striker always remains a striker is what David Trezeguet showed when he rolled back all those years with an opportunistic strike to help FC Pune City register their maiden win beating FC Goa by 2-0 in the Hero Indian Super League… For Goa and their high-profile manager Zico, things seemed to be getting from bad to worse as they have now lost three out of their four matches and are languishing at the bottom of the table.  click here
Video: 26 Oct: Indian Super League. Match Highlights. 2m. 32s.  click here

Football: Dudu Omagbemi of Pune City and Gabriel Fernandes of FC Goa

Dudu Omagbemi: The lost continent. 26 Oct: The Indian Express. In March, 2001, a 16-year-old footballer from Lagos arrived in Mapusa to meet a football agent who failed to turn up. A club in Kerala offered him a friendly game and the young man impressed everybody. He went on to become one of the finest African footballers to have played in India. He scored 73 goals in 89 matches for Sporting Clube de Goa in the six seasons from 2001 to 2007 before realising his dream of playing professional football in Europe… (Dudu plays for Pune City as a striker in the ISL…1786 words.  click here
ISL: Meet FC Goa's newest star, Gabriel Fernandes. Mid-Day 26 Oct. From humble beginnings to ISL star, FC Goa winger Gabriel Fernandes' story is proof that hardwork does bear fruit. Despite staying away from home, Gaba — as he is fondly called by his friends — has made a name for himself by putting in everything for football. Son of Irineu Fernandes, a police constable, life has not been easy for the Fr Agnel student."It was tough (growing up) as dad was the sole breadearner and we could just about meet our daily requirements," Gabriel said on the eve of his side's match against FC Pune City today… 346 words,  click here

Rayney review ordered after seven years
25 Oct: 7 News. Police have requested a cold case review seven years after Corryn Rayney was found buried in Kings Park. Amelia Broun reports. 1m. 35s. /  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the death of Corryn Rayney,  click here

Rental market in Goa depressed

27 Oct: Herald. The slowdown in the realty market may be an accepted fact but rarely admitted publicly. Construction on existing properties may be ongoing but there has been a distinct reluctance to announce new projects in the state. Now realty brokers in the state claim that demand for flats from those interested in long lease is not encouraging and though demand may not slump it will not be hitting the high notes either… Rentals in Old Goa was anywhere between Rs 5000 and 6000 and Calangute it was Rs 15,000 for a two bedroom unfurnished flat and Rs 20,000 for a furnished one … at the upper end people are still paying Rs 30,000 or 40,000 a month for a villa but the middle segment is stuck, nothing is moving … 694 words.  click here

In top gear, Goa’s travel hostesses are raring to go
27 Oct: Times of India. Following an initial spell of apprehension, the ten women travel hostesses selected by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) to operate its all-women tourist taxi services, are now anything but nervous. Having received a lot of positive feedback from their patrons - both men and women - they say they are raring to go… Commenting on the overwhelming response to the initiative, project director Yogesh Ambe said "A group of NRI girls based in the United Kingdom, and scheduled to visit Goa, has already booked this service for their holidays. A mother of one of the girls even called us to make enquiries." [One can avail the service by contacting the call centre on 0832 – 2437437]  click here

Auction: Balclis, Barcelona, Spain: 29 Oct.

Lot 652.18th Century Saint Francis of Assisi. Starting price: 550€
657. 18th Century Sorrowful Virgin. 550€
658. 17th Century Virgin with the Child. 15.000€
659. 17th Century The Good Shepherd. 1.800€
663 (photo), Late 17th-early 18th Century The Child Jesus Blessing. 3.750€
 click here

Dining in Goa
26 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. The season's back! Consult our updated 'Goa restaurants to eat at' … Black Sheep Bistro, next to ICICI Bank, Panjim: chorizo pav (Rs 180) with homemade poli, caramelised onions and dark chocolate shavings. Meal for two: Rs 2,000. … Ritz Classic near Old Patto Bridge, Panjim: the best (Rs 240 onwards) fish lunch thali. Meal for two: Rs 750 … O Fogo, near St. Sebastian Chapel, Fontainhas. Fillet of fish with passion fruit butter sauce (Rs 310). Meal for two: Rs 2,000. … Chutneys, opp Mapusa Police Station: biryani (Rs 100 to Rs 200 for egg, chicken, mutton and prawn). Non-veg thali (Rs 250). Meal for two: Rs 600. … 1345 words.  click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 26 OCT. 2014


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The tall tales of Bwana Louie: Winds of Change Across Africa 1958-1969

26 Oct: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Luis de Assis Correia (photo) is a Goan in his eighties. Like many of that generation, particularly those who had a tryst with the world of migration and diaspora, he has indeed had a colourful past… the London-based Correia has actually come out with a hard-bound set of memoirs. Winds of Change Across Africa 1958-1969 (photo) strikes one as a bit of an understatement for a title. It suggests the book merely describes political change in those tumultuous times. Which it does; but it is much more, in fact. Two examples make this point – his encounters with Reita Faria, India’s first ever Miss World, on her visit to Africa and the father of US President Obama! … But there is more, his encounters with Tom Mboya, J M Nazareth, Pio Gama Pinto, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi (1911-1990), Marcelino dos Santos of Mozambique, Mutesa II, the exiled Kabaka of Buganda … 1192 words. .  click here
Winds of Change Across Africa 1958-1969 is published by Broadway Publishing House, Goa. 2014. Price Rs 395

Dual citizenship for Goan citizens: Parrikar to meet Union Home Minister
25 Oct: The Hindu. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and officials of both Ministries in New Delhi on Wednesday to work out a lasting solution to the dual citizenship issue that has been haunting a large number of Goans. The issue is affecting over 50,000 people in this erstwhile Portuguese colony, Mr. Parrikar recently admitted. The State government has taken the view that under section 8 of the Indian Citizenship Act, a person is deemed to be an Indian citizen provided she does not renounce citizenship and also obtain citizenship of some other nation, sources said… Many Goan citizens have been known to register their names in the Portuguese birth registry in Lisbon, a facility they were offered by Portugal as citizens of their erstwhile colony, to get access to the European Union in pursuit of better career and economic prospects…  click here

Siridao to Swindon

26 Oct: Times of India. Bungalows in Agasaim, Siridao, Merces, and neigbouring villages are eye-catchers but most of their owners are living and working in Europe… they prefer Europe over other popular employment destinations such as the Middle East, North America, and Australia… Siridao's Goans who were born before 1961 and held Portuguese passports decided to migrate to Europe — particularly to Swindon in the UK — in search of a better way of life… the plush houses now lining Siridao's inroads are products of highly remunerative jobs abroad, very few are actually lived in… Parish priest Fr. Hermogenes Fernandes nonetheless laments that less than 300 Catholic faithful — almost all of them seniors — now constitute the 2,000-strong population of the village. "There are no youth in the parish any more. The elderly folk here are largely dependent on the regular deposits of NRI money made by their kin," he says. The trend is also widespread in nearby Agasaim… 672 words.  click here

Karachi’s forgotten communities
25 Oct: The Nation (Pakistan). By Brigadier (Retired) Samson Simon Sharaf. The rapid development and strength of Karachi was built on diversity, in which multi-cultural and multi-religious groups complemented each other to forge a melting pot… It was after the colonialisation of Karachi that modern development work began… The major workforce comprised Goans with their skilled manpower and organizational ability … The majority of Goans and Anglo Pakistanis have now migrated. Those who remain cling together in closely knit communities and love being Pakistanis in a city elders relate, owes them their sweat and blood. They are active members of expatriate Pakistani communities the world over. Living abroad, they feast with Sindi Baryani, tikkas and kebabs. A Goan settled in Margarita, Venezuela has named his house ‘Pakistan.’ … Not only Karachi, but also the country needs to recognize the services of this great community. 1134 words.  click here

Russian tourist 'robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted' on Goa beach

25 Oct. Daily Mail. Goa's tourist season began on a bad note after a Russian tourist alleged that she was molested, beaten up and robbed at the Baga beach - and sexually harassed again at a government hospital…  click here
Interpreter key witness in Russian woman’s molestation case 25 Oct: Indian Express. A woman interpreter was witness to the alleged molestation of the 32-year-old Russian national by a doctor at a government hospital, a lawyer for the Russian consulate claimed on Friday.  click here
Editorial: Will the Pandora’s Box of sexual harassment at GMC now open? 25 Oct: Herald. .. click here.

Video: Robert Pires handed two-match ban and fined £5,000
25 Oct: Daily Mail. FC Goa midfielder Robert Pires has been suspended for two games in the inaugural Indian Super League after allegedly being involved in a half-time altercation with Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas… 629 words. VIDEO Scroll down to watch Robert Pires allegedly punched during this heated ISL match  click here

Driven by Female Power

25 Oct: The Goan. … These taxis will be driven by lady drivers who are trained in self-defence, soft skills, first-aid and have knowledge of tourist spots, thus doubling up as tourist guides to their passengers when needed. The drivers are groomed in basic etiquette, personal hygiene and customer relations to ensure a positive experience. The cars will be equipped with GPS monitoring system which supports a panic alert button backed by the back office… The taxi fares will be government approved, which will be at a nominal rate. One can avail the service by contacting the call centre on 0832 – 2437437…  click here
The Women Taxi Drivers: Angels on four wheels. 25 Oct: The Goan. They are the pioneers, the first 10 lady taxi drivers in Goa… Candice Fernandes. Whitney Fernandes. Shobha Joshi, Rita Vaz, Reena Fernandes, Eddielin Fernandes, Shanli Naik, Gracy Dourado, Rajashree Chari, Ranjeeta Chari … 761 words.  click here
25 Oct: Times of India. Time for male taxi drivers to buck up … click here.

Goa Is Still Stinking
25 Oct: The Goan. Goa’s prolonged battle with unbearable stench continues as huge piles of garbage lay dumped across the state. Lessons learnt from previous problems have hardly helped the city's civic body, which continues to hide behind excuses. As waste segregation units work out of their capacity and the process mismanaged, it is now for the people of Goa to deal with the garbage mess… Goa performs poorly in terms of solid waste management. Reason: The state government has no concrete garbage disposal policy… The Goan recently did a reality check at various garbage dumping sites and garbage treatment plants in all major cities including Panjim, Vasco, Mapusa Ponda and Margao. The conditions on ground zero were not only extremely poor but posed as a serious threat to the environment and ecology of the state… 3434 words. Photo.  click here

Mumbai: Meat in a bottle

25 Oct: Mint (Mumbai). … Joel Cardoza and his sister Jovita Mascarenhas of Mumbai’s Andheri (East), decided to launch an office lunch delivery service this July. They also saw a business opportunity in their mother’s home-made pickles and simultaneously launched The Pickle Bar. Based on 60year-old Celine’s traditional Mangalorean and Goan recipes, the brand retails seafood and meat pickles, including a lipsmacking Bombay duck pickle. “My mother is most thrilled about retailing these pickles that she’s been making ever since we were little kids,” Jovita says … Pickles are priced at Rs.160-225 for 200g jars.  click here
For the Picklebar Facebook site,  click here

‘Govt must look at current laws to ban sale of land’
26 Oct: Times of India. Social activists and legal experts demanded that the state government take steps through a suitable legislation to ban the sale of Goan agricultural land to non-agriculturists and non-Goans. Former law commission chairman Ramakant Khalap said that there are sufficient laws which can protect the sale of agricultural land to non-Goans but the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments have been reluctant to enact the legislation…  click here

Death in Ottawa. By Roland Francis in Toronto


It started as a normal week in Canada. There was no premonition that it would be a three day period that would shake the country with the kind of events that had never happened here before, news that would reverberate around the world.

In central Canada, about two and a half hours drive from the country's capital lies St Jean-sur-le-Richlieu, (St John on the river Richlieu) as nondescript a trading and transportation town as any in southern Quebec except for its famous recruitment and officer training center. There in a burst of craziness, an Islamist radicalized Quebecker rammed his car into a couple of servicemen, killing one and grievously wounding another. Chased by police after fleeing onto the adjoining Trans Canada highway, he drove the car into a ditch and crawled out of the flipped vehicle with a knife in his hand. He was shot dead by the Surete du Quebec.

Ottawa, to the southwest, is the capital and a government town known for three things. Bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists and diplomats on the one hand, two famous universities - Carleton and UofO and thirdly Canada's Silicon Valley in Kanata and Nepean on the outskirts. In the University of Ottawa in the downtown core you can find Errol Mendes a Goan, formerly of Kenya, a full professor of Law specialising in the Constitution, Human Rights and Ethics. In that capacity he is sought as an expert by corporations, Canada's Parliament and the United Nations. Read his very impressive bio on the University's website.

No visitor to Ottawa is left unimpressed with its Parliament, majestic buildings and institutions of government power all of which are freely open to the public except for the Prime Minister's residence and the Department of Defence. It was this peaceful laxity that prompted another Canadian Islamic radical and criminal, born of a Quebec mother and a Libyan father to commit the second travesty. Popping his head from behind the Monument to the Fallen Soldier just outside Parliament, he shot dead with a vintage rifle one of the two honour guards, then coolly drove a hijacked car and thereafter sprinted into the Parliament entrance right to the hall of the library outside of which he was engaged and shot dead by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Canada is a 'muy sympatico', diverse and socially progressive country. People of all faiths, genders, colours, and backgrounds live peacefully and humanely with each other. Now, that's an easy thing to say and having said it, you will think it is trivial, but it is not. To really appreciate this diversity in real life, you have to spend more than a little while here. It was not always so. Ask the Goans from East Africa who came in the 60s and 70s and they will talk of the racism and the discrimination that prevailed until the Trudeau era was well underway. To consolidate those freedoms and banish differences it took a lot of will and hard work both by government and the people who lived in the country and could not help loving it.

No matter what happens going forward, we will not let even a thousand wayward and radicalized lone wolves make us give up those hard fought freedoms in the name of security and prevention of terrorism. No new laws, no isolating the Muslim community, no crying for Australian-type "do what we do or go back to where you came from". That will play into the hands of those who want to change us. A few things will have to change but we will continue to be the country the world admires. The things that need to change will have to be far, far into the background from where they will not be seen or much felt. Most of all, no losing our innocence.

Comments to roland.francis@gmail.com


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 25 OCT. 2014


Obituary

Death: Margaret D’Souza

22 Oct: Calgary, Canada. MARGARET D'SOUZA (Born 1919, nee Xavier) Wife of the late Stanislaus D'Souza. Margaret was the former principal of St. Lawrence's Girls convent in Karachi and founding member of the Calgary grandparents reading program. She leaves behind her five children Cedric (Karen), Derrick (Thelma), Elric (Nicholas), Fredrick (Natalie); her daughter Myra; grandchildren Sheldon (Shay), Christina, Ryan, Jason (Megan), Sharla, Sascha, Sabrina, Amanda, Steven, Alexander, Shenelle; great-grandchildren Havana, Carmelina, and Zaiden. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E.) on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In living memory of Margaret D'Souza, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. More details and to send Condolences click here.


Death: Antonio Sapeco

12 Oct: Swindon, UK. ANTONIO PEDRO DIAS SAPECO. (Ex Segundo Bairro, Santa Cruz, Goa) Born 1956. Most loving son of late Rosario/late Ermelinda. Son-in-law of late Francisco/Maria Josefina. Most loving spouse of Teodolinda (Electricity Dept.), Father of Joslyn/Jimmy & Jolyan, Brother/brother-in-law of Alice/late Domnic, Santan/late Martinha, Crispino/Lourencinha, Fatima/late Delphin, Brother-in-law of Rita (UK)/Sagrada, Minin/Perpetua (UK), Magdalena/Domingos and Freddy/Clara (UK). Uncle of Andrew, John, Lizarth, Cajetan, Lawrence, Nancy, Ermelinda, Eufemia, Evelyn, Shubert/Craby (UK), Maryjoe, Sikita, Reuban (UK), Carrie, Cayden (UK). Most loving grandpa of Stella Marie. Expired suddenly in Swindon. Funeral cortege will leave his residence on Saturday, 25 October at 5:15 PM to the Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.


News Summary

Toronto: Jackie DeSouza, Charmaine Noronha and Father Raymond J. de Souza on the Ottawa shooting

Jackie DeSouza

Charmaine Noronha

23 Oct: Toronto Sun. City officials say they are working with Toronto Police on security for election day. In the wake of the deadly shooting in Ottawa, City of Toronto spokesman Jackie DeSouza said staff have been in contact with Toronto Police ahead of Monday's vote. "We're working very closely with the police on enhanced security," DeSouza told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. "If (police) feel they need to be on site, they'll be on site… An increased security presence was noticeable at Toronto City Hall on Thursday… Click here.
For the Goan Voice Jackie DeSouza Supplement, Click here.
Canada remembers soldier killed in attack. 24 Oct: Miami Herald. By Charmaine Noronha. Canadians mourned the army reservist killed in a terrorist attack on Parliament Hill, with friends remembering Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as a devoted father so ready to make people smile that he was once known as the class clown… Click here.
Charmaine Noronha is ex-Nairobi, the daughter of Dora and Netto (Edward) Noronha. Click here.
24 Oct: National Post. Father Raymond J. de Souza: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier now belongs, in part, to the memory of one we know … Click here.
Fr Raymond de Souza is the son of Greta (nee Freitas ex-Mombasa) and Cedric ex-Nairobi. For his account of his parents' emigration to Canada, Click here.

Doc, wife get jail for hiring minor maids
25 Oct: Times of India. The Goa Children's Court on Friday sentenced orthopaedic surgeon at Goa Medical College, Dr Zelio Silvester D'Mello, and his wife, Elaine, to three years simple imprisonment on charges of employing two minor girls as maid servants at their residence. The court has also directed both to pay a fine of 1lakh each… It is the case of the prosecution that the accused kept in their house two minor girls … Further, the accused wrongfully confined both the minor girls in their house and voluntarily caused hurt to them on various occasions, the police alleged…  click here
Video: Prudent Media.  click here

Kenya: Da Gama Rose accused of engaging in sideshows over Karen Land Claim

24 Oct: Capital FM. Deputy President William Ruto now wants five CORD lawmakers who linked him to the 134-acre Karen land saga to retract their statement, terming it defamatory… Businessman Horatius Da Gama Rose is laying claim to the land and his lawyer Cecil Miller has obtained orders blocking further development of the land but the occupiers had previously disregarded the directive of the court to keep off the land. The High Court had last month directed that any development or transactions on the land be halted until the petition filed by Da Gama Rose is heard and determined. The Ministry of Lands, through its legal representative however accused Da Gama Rose of engaging in sideshows and insisted that the matter proceed to full hearing… 599 words.  click here
Video: Karen land grab saga deepens as new claimants emerge. NTV Kenya. 3m. 12s.  click here

UK: Lisa Fernandes: Young musicians play together to help battle cancer
23 Oct: Reading Post. An event showcasing Reading’s young musical talent raised more than £800 for the fight against cancer. Lisa Fernandes, 28, led the younger members of the Cancer Research UK Reading Fundraising Group in organising Music for the Cure… Miss Fernandes joined forces with the group’s two youngest members Jessica Harrington, 15, and Francesca Downy, 17, to organise the successful event. So far they have raised £800, but the final total is still being counted. Miss Fernandes said: “I would like to thank all the talented musicians who performed and everyone else who helped to ensure the event was a huge success…: .  click here
Lisa was born in Reading, the daughter of the late Les and Linda (Both ex Nairobi). Les played in the Psychedelics Band and had roots in Salcete whilst Linda’s Goan roots are in Parra, Bardez

Video: Goa Street Food - Prawns Ravva Fry

24 Oct: World Street Foods. 2m. 55s.  click here
24 Oct: World Street Foods Goa Lepo Fish Masala Fry 2m. 22s.  click here
24 Oct: World Street Foods. Goa Pomfret Fish Masala Fried. 2m. 13s. click here.

Win a trip to India - share your favourite holiday memory
24 Oct: The Guardian. Where did you have your best holiday? Share your photos of your favourite holiday memory and you could win a trip to India … Whether it’s a sunset in Cape Town, swimming with dolphins in Australia or a rainy family reunion weekend on the Shetland Isles, we’re looking for the most original and thought provoking images and caption … The winner will win two places on the nine day India, Tigers and Taj Mahal escorted tour courtesy of Guardian Holiday Offers…  click here

Video: Robert Pires 'beaten' and 'punched in the face' by opposition coach

24 Oct: Daily Mail (UK). Former Arsenal star Robert Pires was allegedly punched during an Indian Super League game on Thursday. FC Goa are set to file an official report with the league's governing body regarding allegations that their marquee player was attacked in the tunnel at half-time by Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas as the teams came off the pitch. Pires, who was part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' squad which went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 Premier League season en route to winning the title, was heavily involved in Goa's 2-1 home defeat… FC Goa released a statement on Friday evening confirming they had reported the various incidents from the match and called for strong action from Indian football's governing body… Goa's media manager Rhys Mascarenhas said: 'The team manager of FC Goa Mr Jonathan D'Sousa has complained to the match commissioner that the referee should have expelled Atletico de Kolkata player Fikru Tefera Lemessa for headbutting FC Goa player Gregory Arnolin at the match…  click here

Goa to lose almost half of the tourists from Russia
24 Oct: RIA Novosti (Russia). The number of charters from Russia to Goa this tourist season is set to fall due to the competition with Egypt … Goa should expect only 500 charters from Russia, while last year of the total of 1128, 895 were from Russia… The exchange rate in India will not work in favour of Goa as a holiday there is expensive … the tour companies in Goa will have to "closely monitor the market and be proactive," … a factor that will attract more Russians in Goa could be the promised visa on arrival facility at Dabolim airport… ‘…  click here
Goa will get just 500 charters from Russia’ 24 Oct: Times of India  click here

India Expands Visa-On-Arrival Program

22 Oct: Wall Street Journal. India is likely to expand its visa-on-arrival program for foreign tourists by the end of October. The number of countries eligible for the expanded program is under consideration, said the official. It is unclear which countries’ citizens would benefit from the expansion… At present, the scheme, which was launched in 2010, is only available to citizens of 12 countries, including Finland, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. These visas are valid for 30 days and cost $60… Under the new program, travelers can register for an Indian visa online. The visas can then be collected on landing at one of the 26 international airports across the country…  click here

Tomorrowland rubbishes rumours on its Goa performance next January
24 Oct: PTI. Belgium-based world's largest Electronic Music and Dance festival, Tomorrowland, has scotched rumours about its performance in Goa during January next year… Goa Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar a fortnight ago had announced the intentions of Tomorrowland organisers to branch out their festival in the beach state during January 2015. Parulekar was not available for comment but Tourism Ministry sources said that the minister had "just expressed the possibility of the festival performing in Goa"… 04 .  click here
Sunburn 2014 in Goa to have biggest DJ line-up ever. 24 Oct: Press Trust of India  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese Brooch

28 Oct: Sala de Ventas, Barcelona, Spain, Lot 20 – Indo-Portuguese Brooch Early 20th Century. En plata con nácar cincelado y decorado con piedras semipreciosas (lapislázuli), 4x6 cm. 17 gr. Estimate: €150. .  click here
Lot 448. "San Antonio con el niño Jesús", escultura en marfil tallado y policromado, 15 cm. Estimate: €950  click here
Lot 454. "Virgen con el niño Jesús", escultura en marfil tallado, 21 cm. alt. Estimate €1,200. click here.

US firm fined for underpaying Indian workers
24 Oct: BBC. US labour authorities have penalised a Silicon Valley company for "grossly underpaying" eight workers from India. California-based Electronics for Imaging paid the workers $1.21 (75p) per hour. They worked 122 hours in a week without overtime pay. The company said it "unintentionally overlooked" US laws on wages and overtime. California's minimum wage at the time was $8 per hour… Reports say the firm, has to pay more than $43,000 (£26,798) in back wages and penalties after labour regulators discovered the violations…  click here


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