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Death: Joe D'Souza

30 Apr: Toronto. JOSEPH I. D'SOUZA. Ex Nairobi. He is greatly missed by his loving wife Natalina, his children Francis (Laurie), Ansettan (Valtino), Sidney and Alexander, his grandchildren Ian, Victoria, Isabella and Tristan and his siblings Theresa (Walter), Rose (late Dominic), John, Romeo (Connie) and Xavier (Ida) and all his wonderful family. The family will receive friends at the Ogden Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 6, from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5 - 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Joseph's Highland Creek Roman Catholic Church (200 Morrish Rd., Scarborough). Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery. click here.

News Summary

India wants to change the law that allows Goans have Portuguese nationality

5 May: TSF (Portugal). A proposed amendment to the nationality law in India will prevent Goans registered in Portugal being Indian citizens. Goans, born before December 1961 and registered their children in Portugal after this date will not be considered Portuguese citizens in the light of a new bill under discussion in India… It is now up to the Ministry of Home Affairs of India to accept or not the recommendations proposed by a specialized committee... Official statistics in India show that about 40,000 Goans registered their birth in Portugal but have no Portuguese passport or citizen card … Machine translation  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

This Goan is not sussegad

5 May: Herald. Model Elena Fernandes, originally from Calangute, is one of the chosen few to feature in the Kingfisher calendar twice, in 2013 and 2015. Speaking to Café after a recent visit to Goa, Elena talks about her projects, life shuttling between Mumbai, New York and London and the still pending relaxing Goan interlude she longs for. Born Elena Roxanna Maria Fernandes to Mervyn [ex Kenya] and Anita Fernandes, Elena is proud of her Goan heritage. Daughter of a Goan father and Peruvian mother, Elena was brought up in London, giving her an unusual mix of cultures that translates rather stunningly on camera… I am one of six children, with four brothers and a sister…  click here

Markets of Goa through her lens

5 May: Herald. After working on ‘Markets of Goa’ for the past eight years, creative photographer Assavri Kulkarni is all set to present the fruit of her labour, in print. Covering over 58 markets across the state, the coffee table book goes beyond photographs … The 224-page book brimming with numerous captivating Photographs … She fell in love with the vibrancy of the Mapusa market which she used to visit as a kid … The book is divided into four sections, daily markets, weekly markets, seasonal markets and festival markets…  click here

Tapes expose Rayney marriage crisis

5 May: West Australian. Recordings of the final days of the crumbling marriage of Lloyd and Corryn Rayney were played to a jury yesterday as the prosecution wrapped up its case alleging the former high-profile prosecutor helped illegally tap his wife’s phone calls… As he continued to deny the allegations of phone tapping, Mr Rayney did make a series of formal admissions to the court — including that their marriage had become acrimonious and that he had refused a demand from her that he move out of their home…  click here
Lloyd Rayney and wife exchanged ‘uncivil’ emails: Perth jury trial. 5 May. Perth Now. Corryn (photo) and Lloyd Rayney exchanged accusatory and uncivil emails after the breakdown of their marriage, his phone tapping trial has heard… The jury will return on Wednesday…  click here

Goa facing decline in fish catch

6 May: Navhind Times. Along with high prices there is unappetizing news for the fish lovers in Goa. Fish catch could be in troubled waters in 2015 implying less of it on the table for the people in coming months. This year there is a fear of all-around drop in haulage by fishermen as they have been reporting less catch in all varieties. Moreover, sardines - the only fish previously caught by them in sufficient quantity - have also been less these months…  click here

San Francisco: Take a Cruise on Chef Sri’s ‘Spice Route’ Goan Adventure

5 Apr: India West (USA). It’s not often that the cuisine of Goa — rich and coastal, redolent of coconut milk, tamarind and mango — makes its way onto the menu of a restaurant bestowed with five successive years of Michelin stars. But chef Srijith Gopinathan (photo) or “Chef Sri,” as his fans like to call him, has elevated this simple regional cuisine to new heights of excellence. Gopinathan has created a memorable Spice Route Menu for Campton Place Restaurant, Bistro and Bar, situated within the elegant Taj Campton Place hotel in Union Square, San Francisco, The six-course menu changes according to what catches his eye at the market, but a recent visit demonstrated Gopinathan’s assured sense of culinary harmony…  click here
For the menu,  click here

Calangute, Uccasaim, Varca and Cansaulim vie for a seat in British House of Commons

6 May: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. Five persons of Goan origin will be battling it out on Thursday to enter the British House of Commons. Besides the Vaz siblings – Labour MPs Keith and Valerie – there is young Suella Fernandes who is a Conservative candidate seeking her maiden entry into the British parliament; Rabi Martins a Liberal Democrat candidate in the race from Hemel Hempstead and Wisdom da Costa who is an Independent contesting from Windsor. Of these five, Keith and Valerie Vaz and Suella Fernandes have the best chances of making it to the House of Commons, giving Goa the biggest number of British MPs ever… 677 words.  click here

Cable snapping hits banking, phone services in North Goa
6 May: Herald. Banking services, telephone lines and Internet services in North Goa were severely affected on Tuesday after BSNL lines were cut by another Internet service provider while laying cables… the first priority Wednesday morning would be to restore the banking lines and then the Internet services in Mapusa. The restoration of the rest of the services would be done by Wednesday evening…  click here

In the 1920s, Goan migrants in Bombay were known as the Italians of the East
5 May: Quartz. In the 1920s, a historical sketch of Goan migrants in Bombay boasted that the community was known as the Italians of the East. Because of their training in western music in parochial schools established by the Portuguese who ruled their home territory, many Goans in British India made their living playing Western music in orchestras established by colonial administrators and maharajahs, in marching bands and in ensembles that accompanied silent films, displaying a talent for musicality presumed to exist only in operatic Italy… Like the Goans, the Filipinos took quickly to western music…  click here

Mario Miranda: With love, from Miss Fonseca
5 May: Mid-day. … Be it the chaotic streets of Fort in Mumbai, the languid charm of Fontainhas in Goa, Berlin’s burlesque bars or Rome’s hallowed steeples, Mario’s pen translated it with finesse that remain excellent observation exercises in today’s time-strapped world. His black-and-whites and coloured sketches have brought us immense cheer for decades, spanning generations… Miss Nimbupani, Moonswamy, Bundaldass and Miss Fonseca: These inimitable characters created from his imagination have also been part of Mumbai’s psyche in its years as an emerging cosmopolitan city. In their own inimitable style, each echoed and represented the growing concerns, charms and all the drama of a city in churn…  click here

Goa showcases coconuts, cashew to draw in domestic tourists
5 May: IANS. Finally, Goa appears to have given its indigenous coconuts and cashew nuts their due. In a bid to attract domestic tourists during offseason, Goa's tourism ministry last week conducted the inaugural edition of the 'Coconut and Cashew Festival', showcasing the two products and simultaneously making a popular statement about just how integral the nuts have been to Goa's socio-cultural and economic history. The festival was organised along with a dash of music, entertainment and other innovative food and drinks inspired by coconuts and cashews…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
6 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.8. Min = 26.9. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 96:21; $ = 63.37; $Can = 52.51; Euro = 70.89; $Aus= 50.33.



Death: Zac De Cruz

21 Apr: London. ZACARINA (Zac) DE CRUZ. Ex Uganda, Guirim, Goa. Born 1934. Loving wife of Ozzie. Beloved mother of Carol, Savio /Ann De Cruz. Audra / Anthony Linklater. Daughter of late Mr & Mrs N.A.P. D’Souza (ex-Uganda). Loving sister of Anthony / Vira (Guirim), late Joaquim (Uganda), late John / Lucy (London), Sheila / Chris Britto (London), Dominic/ Philomena and Diego (Guirim, Goa), her nine grandchildren and her nephews / nieces. There will be a Mass offered for her soul on 6th May 2015 (the day of her funeral in the UK) at 7am at St Diogo’s Church, Guirim. Condolences to or click here.

News Summary

Winston Paes: Indian American ‘sheriff’ of Wall Street who has not lost a case in 6 years

4 May: American Bazaar. Here is a prominent Indian American ‘sheriff’ of Wall Street: Winston Paes. Now that Paes is head of the business and securities fraud section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District, he intends to honor the legacy left by his boss, Loretta Lynch, until she was sworn in as the U.S. attorney general… Since joining the United States Attorney’s Office in March 2008, Paes has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters … Paes, 40, hasn’t lost a case in more than six years as a prosecutor … Originally from Goa, India, Paes moved to the United States with his mother and two younger brothers after his father died at 45 from a heart attack. He was 18… His mother worked at Tiffany’s, and he helped out by taking jobs at a McDonald’s and in retail stores…  click here

Man who discovered tanzanite says he hasn’t benefited from gem

4 May: The Citizen (Tanzania). Jumanne Ngoma was the first man to spot tanzanite at Mirerani in 1967. Mr Ngoma says he had never benefited from the rare gemstone … But as if the pauper’s life he is leading is not enough, a Goan family and tanzanite beneficiary has jumped down his throat, calling on the government to retract its recognition of Ngoma as the man who had discovered the gemstone… “Because my grandfather was an Indian immigrant, he will not be officially recognised as the discoverer in Tanzania,” a family member laments … Ngoma says he would tell them on how their grandfather had harassed him… He recalled how the Goan tailor cum prospector, flanked by police officers and dogs, one day stopped his vehicle, drew out a pistol, and threatened to kill him … In their statement, the grandchildren of de Souza, who died in a motor accident in 1969, admit that they were scattered in Tanzania, Denmark, Malta, and the United Kingdom… 2 pages. 760 words.  click here
Wikipedia. Manuel de Souza, a tailor and part-time gold prospector living in Arusha (Tanzania), found transparent fragments of vivid blue and blue-purple gem crystals on a ridge near Mererani, some 40 km southeast of Arusha…  click here
For the Goan Voice supplement on Manuel DeSouza, click here.

Francisco Martins: A master in creative art

4 May: Navhind Times. Francisco Martins, who is popularly known for creating life-sized and awe-inspiring decorative models, has come a long way since he first started Martins Deco Event Company in the 70s … Creating decorative art works was the brainchild of Francisco Martins, popularly known as 'Fanquito'… Today his company focuses on creating grand entrances and three-dimensional models that have won him the first prize in carnival floats for seven consecutive years and Goan themed pavilion at tourism marts in UK, Germany, Portugal, Dubai, Moscow, Macau and Spain. He has also taken Goan folk dance groups decked up in fineries to South America Guyana, Harrods UK, Jakarta, Thailand, Mauritius, Muscat and Macau…  click here
Video: Goa's finest - Up close with Francisco Martins … 7m. 15s.  click here

Mauzo’s book in list for richest short fiction prize

4 May: Herald. Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa by ‘Damodar Mauzo (photo) is one of the authors whose work features in the eleventh edition of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award long list… The €25,000 prize is given to “the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world.” Named after short story writer Frank O’ Connor, it is also currently the world’s richest prize for a short fiction. The 90-strong list will be whittled down to a shortlist of about six books in late May, with an announcement in June. The prize-winner will be revealed in July… Translated from Konkani into English by Xavier Cota, the stories bring to light the nature of human relationships that change with time and the emotions and challenges that give rise to dilemmas of everyday life…  click here
4 May: Navhind Times. Mauzo’s ‘Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa’ listed for Frank O’Connor award …  click here
5 May: Navhind Times. Local Flavour Triumphs … ‘I am pleased that I could do my language proud’: Mauzo … click here.

Surprised by Court Order to Search My Residence: Parrikar

4 May: Indian Express. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said he was surprised after a local court issued a warrant to search his official residence in Delhi to trace former Goa minister Francisco Miccky Pacheco … The court ordered the search after social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues had petitioned the court against delay by police in tracking down the ex-minister. The order came after Rodrigues submitted to the court that there was "information" that Pacheco was "hiding" at 10, Akbar Road. It was, however, stayed by a higher court in Goa the same day… "How do you stop people who have flight of imagination and slight bent of crooked behaviour?" Parrikar asked, making an apparent reference to Rodrigues who had moved the court seeking the order…  click here
Parrikar condones police failure to nab convicted minister. 4 May: Manorama. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday tried to condone Goa Police for their inability to nab a convicted former minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been on the run for nearly a month now, and said if needed they could take help of other police forces… Parrikar exhorted the media to take a call on publishing news stories which were planted by people with a "crooked mind"…  click here

Objects Of Desire

1 May: Gloucestershire Echo – GL Magazine. Page 90. The Cotswold Auction Company Auctioneer and Director Liz Poole explains why specialist auctions and live internet bidding to worldwide buyers attract top prices for a wide range of collectable, unusual and sought-after items … In a special silver sale, this handsome 18th century Indo-Portuguese filigree silver casket brought many interested bidders from across the world. It made its owners very happy by racing above the £1,000-£2,000 estimate and selling for a final figure of £6,000 in the Cheltenham Chapel Walk saleroom…  click here

Auction: Hardwood and ivory table cabinet

6 May: Bamfords, Derbyshire, UK, DE4 2JE. Lot 954 - A late 18th/early 19th century Colonial hardwood and ivory table cabinet, probably Indo-Portuguese, hinged cover inlaid with acorns, above a pair of drawers, crossbanded and outlined throughout with ivory stringing, brass lion mask handles, bun feet, 24cm high, 31cm wide, c.1800. Estimate: £300 – £400.  click here

Goa: Looking ahead??
4 May: Travel Biz Monitor. Goa is one of the few states in India where there has been a never-ending stream of inbound visitors for over four decades, much before tourism had become popular in most parts of India… Large tour charter services like Thompson, Jarvis, Condor, and Thomas Cook (to name a few) brought in citizens from across Western Europe… For all its advantages, most charters are fully pre-paid activities with the maximum benefit being passed on to hoteliers and the charter companies… International tourists take their vacations seriously, and are willing to pay for the same… Today’s visitors clamour for fresh air and food, clean water, uninterrupted power supply, and garbage-free zones…  click here

Tar balls resurface yet again
4 May: Times of India. Tar balls have already started resurfacing on the beaches of Keri, Arambol and Morjim this year. The occurrence of tar balls creates discomfort for the tourists, especially locals who visit the beaches during May to take sea water bath… The menace has grown in magnitude over the last four decades since it was first noticed in the 1970s. A National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) study blamed dumping of oil by ships for the formation of tar balls…  click here

Builder has to pay compensation if project is delayed
4 May: Times of India. Building projects are often delayed due to disputes between a builder, land owner and developer. Builders try to term these as force majeure, which means due to circumstances beyond their control, to avoid being held liable for deficiency in service. In a recent ruling, the National Commission has held that such disputes cannot be termed force majeure, and a consumer would be entitled to claim a refund along with interest and compensation when the builder is unable to complete the housing project in time…  click here



Death: Dr Victor DeSa

24 Apr: Churchville, NY, USA. DR VICTOR JOSEPH DESA. Aged 72. Son of the late Vivian and Mary Ann deSa and brother of the late Rose D'Silva and Helen D'Souza. Victor is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Carmen; daughters Juanita (Val Frias) deSa, Deborah (Roger Sequeira) deSa, Melissa (Sean DaSilva) deSa; grandchildren, Ariana and Melania Frias, Kyle and Sophie Sequeira, Sonia DaSilva; and sister Vera Noronha. Victor moved to the US from India in 1971. He ran a private practice in Batavia, NY for thirty years. He served on the boards of UMMC, Home Care & Hospice and the Goa-America Heart Foundation. To light a candle of remembrance, visit Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Anne's Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Avenue in Rochester, NY on May 30th at 12 pm. Family would encourage you to send any memories of Victor to Memorials may be sent to Goa America Heart Foundation ( ) and Home Care & Hospice ( ) in Victor's memory.  For further details click here
25 Apr: The Daily News. Dr. Victor deSa remembered for compassion, humor, skill…  For further details click here

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Goans who registered birth in Portugal not Portuguese’

3 May: Times of India. Goans born before Goa was liberated on December 19, 1961, and who registered their births in Portugal after 1961, will not be considered Portuguese nationals. Goans who hold Portuguese passports will not be considered Indian citizens. These are recommendations made to the ministry of home affairs by its three-member, high-level committee appointed to deliberate on Goa's dual citizenship issue … U D Kamat, director, NRI commission of Goa—which is coordinating with the committee and MHA on the issue—said if these recommendations are accepted, MHA will have to amend the Indian Citizenship Act or issue a clarification notification so that those Goans who have registered their births in Lisbon, Portugal, do not lose their Indian citizenship… Government statistics show around 40,000 Goans have registered their births in Portugal, but, do not have a Portuguese passport or a 'bilhete de identidade'.  click here

Kingfisher Razzle Dazzle… …ups the ‘hot’ quotient with Elena Fernandez

3May: Navhind Times. Kingfisher Calendar Girl Elena Fernandez, who traces her roots to Goa, will today feature as show stopper for designer Manoviraj Khosla, for the fashion show being held as part of the 8th edition of ‘Kingfisher Premium – Final Wave’, at Sinq Beach Club, Candolim. Elena who featured on the Kingfisher Calendar twice (2013 and 2015) and who has done editorial spreads for Vogue India, Elle and Femina speaks to NT BUZZ about modelling, her Goan connection and the secret behind her fitness …  click here
First Goan featured as Kingfisher Calendar Girl. 4 May. Gomantak Times.  click here
Elena has quite a multi-cultural background. She was born and brought up in London. Her father, Mervyn Fernandes, is a Kenya Goan and her mother, South American. For more photos of her, click here.

'A Triumph of Time' for Ashley Rego in Austria

3 May: Navhind Times. By Luis Dias. In February 2014 at the Monte Music festival, Ashley Rego did a splendid job as concertmaster of Camerata Child's Pla00y India in a concert programme that included highlights from Handel's landmark oratorio 'Messiah'. Had someone to predict to him then that in 2015, he would be concertmaster of the orchestral forces in a production of another Handel oratorio, but in Austria, he might not have believed it. But this is exactly what this young Goan lad has achieved in such a short time since he left our shores last year. From April 30 to June 9, 2015, he will lead as Konzertmeister in seven concerts (two of which have already sold out) of an exciting staged production of Handel's Italian oratorio at the Landestheatre Linz, Austria…  click here

The Priest & The Politico

3 May: Herald. The war is on. Fr Eremito Rebelo of GFDO and former PWD minister Churchill Alemao have been trading accusations over the past few days. Karsten Miranda meets the men spearheading the fight against the Mopa airport and asks them some probing questions. ‘We have serious doubts regarding people who have betrayed us in the past’ Fr Eremito Rebelo, Convenor Goans For Dabolim Only ‘If I want to contest elections, can anyone stop me?’ Churchill Alemao, Former PWD Minister …  click here

Football: Romeo Fernandes becomes first Indian to play in Brazil

3 May: Romeo Fernandes created history when he made his much anticipated professional debut in Brazil for Clube Atletico Paranaense at home to Nacional PR in the last round of the Campeonato Paranaense on Saturday. The Goan footballer became the first Indian to feature in Brazilian professional football. Since joining on loan from Dempo Sports Club, the 22 year-old has largely trained with the reserves but was put through his paces alongside the senior players over the last few days. Romeo was introduced in the 69th minute, replacing Rafinha. Atletico were already 4-0 up when the Indian youngster took to the pitch and they eventually dispatched their opponents 5-0…  click here
This 22-year-old Goa boy gets attack spot for top league football in Brazil. 4 May: Hindustan Times.  click here

Goa's Gloomy Tourism Season May Continue: Russian Tourism Expert

3 May: NDTV. With a poor tourist season for Goa and no foreseeable sign of its resurrection, the road ahead is a tough one for the tourism-oriented state, according to top officials of the Russian Information Centre (RIC) in Goa, which aims to foster an atmosphere of confidence for Russian tourists in the beach state RIC head Ekaterina Belyakova conceded that the European economic crisis, bankruptcy among tour operators and the Russia-Ukraine conflict had hit Goa's tourism industry hard, but said that tourism is in regression in the state due to lack of cooperation to solve general infrastructure issues and hygiene and garbage issues that have remained unresolved for years…  click here

Zurich Airport bids to build Goa airport
3 May: NZZ (Switzerland). Zurich Airport is interested in expansion into Goa. Spokesman Michael Stief confirmed that the airport pre-qualification documents have been submitted for a new airport in Mopa… There are four other competitors in the race. Depending on how the round will be the pre-qualification, Zurich airport would consider further participation in the tendering process. The airport is due for completion by 2018 and will then be operated by the company which awarded the contract. Recently, however, there were protests from farmers in the region…  click here

These heritage houses now mean business
3 May: Times of India. They go back hundreds of years, and many of them still offer an unblemished glimpse into the past. The beautiful heritage houses that dot the towns and countryside of Goa stand testimony to an era bygone; many of them still bearing witness to the history their aged walls have stood silent witness to. Many of them are still family-owned, with descendants of their first owners inhabiting them. Then there are others, falling apart; relics of good times they may never see again. Still others are in a pristine condition, but with a twist — their new owners have developed them into locations from where they can conduct their businesses…  click here

Idyll-ism Gone
3 May: Herald. Forget the coastline, Salcete’s villages now have drugs trickling in and the lack of proper policing is what is encouraging the drug menace in Xaxti villages. NESHWIN ALMEIDA tours the Salcete villages for an in depth survey of the narcotic menace … It’s no more boys in their late 20s and 30s doing drugs neither is the drug scene limited to the North Goa coastline. The drug scene has spread far beyond and is a big menace amongst adolescents in the age group of 15 to 17 years, teens just out of school…  click here

Land acquisition in India an area of concern: French envoy
2 May: IANS. Issues like land acquisition are of concern for French infrastructure companies, the French envoy to India said on Saturday, but also cited an air of optimism among his country's investors and an obvious "change of mindset" in the Indian establishment. French Ambassador Francois Richier, who was here to attend a function onboard French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which is currently off Goa conducting a joint naval exercise with the Indian Navy, also said that French investment in India was valued at around $19-$20 billion and was expected to grow by 10 percent every year…  click here

The last of the tribe
1 May: Business Line. A dozen-odd porters at Margao’s New Market are different from those you will find in the rest of the country. They are the bhadels, all women and senior citizens. Josephine Noronha is not an easy woman to follow. “I have been doing this work for the last 30 years,” she says, adjusting her rosary and scapular with her deceptively frail fingers. Noronha belongs to a tribe that has only a dozen or so left …  click here



Death: Paulo Dos Santos

30 Apr: Nerul, Goa. PAULO RAPHAEL A. DOS SANTOS Ex - Kampala, Uganda. Beloved husband of late Maria Eltrudes Dos Santos. Loving father/father-in-law of Phil /(late) Chandru Vaswani, Barbara/VivekJairazbhoy, Francis and Clive/Sylvia. Beloved grandfather of Tanya, Tamara, Tahil, Arnir, Nazir, Abigail and Jonathan. Loving great-grandfather of Thais &Zach. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at Forta Vaddo, Nerul on Monday May 04, 2015 at 3.00 pm for our Lady of Remedies Church, Nerul for the Eucharistic celebration at 3.30 pm followed by burial.  For further details click here

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UK Event Highlight

Sun, 14 June Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co' and 'Nite Life'. Tickets including snack & Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £14.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Loretta Fernandes Tel: 020 8330 9307 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, click here.

Kenyan bags Sh7.3million Whitley environmental award

1 May: The Star (Kenya). A Kenyan conservationist has been awarded a £50,000 (Sh7.3 million) environmental prize for raising awareness of the importance of pollinators. Dino Martins received the Whitley Gold Award from HRH Princess Royal at the Royal Geographical Society, London on Wednesday… He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is the Technical Advisor to the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO). He also heads the Insect Committee of Nature Kenya and was recently appointed to the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services…  click here
Video: The human and the honeybee - Dino Martins … 6m. 22s.  click here

Thousands want to be Portuguese

2 May: Correio da Manha (Portugal). By John Saramago. Thousands of foreigners, with Portuguese ancestors, requested Portuguese nationality last year. The largest group is from India and relates of the descendants of citizens born in Goa, Daman and Diu during Portuguese sovereignty. The latest data of consular records show that in 2014, 57,517 Portuguese lived in India, 23,937 more compared to 33,580 recorded in 2012… The use of Portuguese passport ensures free movement within the European Union . The UK is the favourite destination of Indians. India, however, does not allow dual nationality, so the Indians identified as Portuguese are now foreigners…  click here

Valmiki Faleiro: Soaring Spirits

2 May: Herald. Valmiki Faleiro's recent book throws light on the history of Margao … The book, released to commemorate 450 years of the Holy Spirit Church which was built in 1564, is a tribute by Valmiki who lives on the Northern compound of the Church… He reveals how Madgaonkars got married and brought in their families, sub-divided their properties, inherited pieces of land and exchanged their homes, all under different circumstances… 'This is not a historical book but rather, a book on history written in a joumalistic style… Valmiki has been a witness to the rapid development in Margao across 30 years and has seen how the focus shifted from the town centre to a city centre and the coming of the railways that brought in migrants and the construction boom and all the repercussions that came along…  click here

Housing pangs for Goans

2 May: Tribune. Affordable, need-based housing is fast shrinking in Goa even as the state is being positioned as a luxury destination for the rich and an “ideal” market for investment-oriented second homes. Top architects in the state claim that excessive speculative housing, which effectively means future housing prices driving a current demand for housing, and the trend of second homes need to be curbed by a comprehensive housing policy…  click here

A look at Mario Miranda's best works on his 89th birth anniversary

2 May: Mid-Day. He made Miss Fonseca and Miss Nimbupani household names, as his sketches captured the charm and essence of good ole’ Mumbai. On the occasion of Mario Miranda’s birth anniversary, we celebrate the late cartoonist’s most compelling works. Today, Mario Miranda continues to live on in the city through his work. While the wall painting at Café Mondegar in Colaba, that showcases city life, is as iconic as the café itself, there are a few outlets that also sell Miranda’s prints in different formats… One of them is that sells the legendary cartoonist’s collections including originals, limited editions and open editions. The art portal is part of Saffron Art, a platform for fine art and collectibles. “The original drawings, and limited-edition and open-edition prints were acquired from a variety of consignors…  click here

Going nuts in Goa

3 May: Deccan Herald. I arrived in Goa for a cashew trail… The Portuguese first brought the cashew tree to Goa… I drove to the cashew farm of Cedric & Mac Vaz in Valpoi… So much cashew happened in one day that I, a teetotaller, went tipsy just with the cashew whiff… chef Saulo Bacchilega can make a million cashew dishes with the twirl of a ladle. Cashew Alle Belle parfait. Cashew and curry leaf pesto for linguini pasta… At the cashew trail brunch, I watched children giggle and squawk as they stomped cashew apples in a pit; couples squabbling over how to make the best cashew or feni-infused dish in the challenging cook-off; men happily thinning their wallets for a 45-litre feni bottle auction; women having their feet pampered with cold-compressed cashew oil…  click here

Goa’s plan to tackle garbage
2 May: Herald. By Freddy Dias. Goa is hailed as one of the highly educated states in India and Goans are known for their westernized lifestyle. But, unfortunately, we are yet to learn the basic lesson of disposing our garbage and sewage in a scientific manner… Both, in urban as well as rural areas, there is a visible lack of civic sense among us. As a result, we have been witnessing garbage and filth strewn almost everywhere… the Government of Goa has at last drawn up an elaborate plan to tackle the garbage menace in the State head on … the Government is setting up two solid waste management facilities at Calangute / Saligao in the North Goa and Cacora in South Goa… 1210 words.  click here

Goa government identifies land to set up new IIT
2 May: Zee News. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar stated the government has recognized three separate plots to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) within the state. He said that a group of union ministry of human useful resource improvement would arrive in Goa later in May to finalise the situation of the premier establishment…  click here

We are here to protect brand equity of Goa: Vaz
2 May: Herald. The consumption of Feni has declined dramatically amongst the younger population. However there are trends emerging of a possible revival in the popularity of this drink. Mac Vaz, the president of the Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association spoke with Ajit John about the problems facing cashew feni producers and the plans in the offing on the sidelines of the Coconut and Cashew Festival 2015…  click here

‘Made in Goa’ drug lord, Omkar, has power packed local connections
2 May: Herald. Two pit bulls prowl the entrance of Omkar Palyekar’s palatial residence in Anjuna, guarding their master when he is not in jail. When the unwanted guests of the Narcotics bureau landed at his doorstep, on Thursday night, Goa’s most notorious home grown drug lord (arguably) was probably there. The NCB sleuths did not find him but found Rs 6 lakh worth of charas, and his brother Runal who is fronting the drug operations of this gang. Runal was arrested…  click here

Govt Amends FEMA To Punish Offenders
1 May: Free Press Journal. Tightening the noose on Indians holding black money abroad, the government on Thursday provided for the confiscation of domestic property of offenders and punishment of up to five years under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. The changes to this effect have been made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Finance Bill, 2015 passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday. It will now be taken up by the Rajya Sabha. As per a new clause inserted in FEMA, a person having assets abroad in contravention of the law "shall be liable to a penalty up to three times the sum involved... and confiscation of the value equivalent, situated in India, of the foreign exchange, foreign security or immovable property"…  click here



Death: Paulina Miranda
30 Apr: Mississauga, Canada. PAULINA MIRANDA passed away peacefully at Trillium Hospital in Mississauga after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's . Paulina was the wife of the late Joseph Miranda and beloved mother of the late Rita Dias, John Miranda (Elaine) and Geraldine Venantius (Michael). Dearest grandmother of Melanie Dias (Phil Zair), Sabrina Dias (JeffreyAmes), Charlene Dias, Andrea Venantius, Michelle Venantius (Dashminder Sehdev), Christopher Venantius and Julian Miranda and great grandmother of Adara Sehdev and Theophil Dias Ames. She will also be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews in Mangalore, Mumbai and Dubai.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, May 3rd from 2.30 - 6.00 PM at The Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 4th at 9.30 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2340 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, followed by a burial at the Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Aires Rodrigues: Bracing For The Strike

30 Apr: GoaNet. While the absconding convict former Minister Mickky Pacheco is untraceable for the last three weeks, it came as no surprise when a Senior officer told me that he was very concerned about my personal safety. He advised me to take all extra precautions possible as an attack on my life was very imminent. That Mickky Pacheco and Manohar Parrikar are both outraged and fuming… Over the last 40 years of fighting against injustice, I have never been cowed down by any threats of consequences for speaking out fearlessly. In this current case I would have failed in my duty by remaining a mere spectator to a law maker high-handedly making a sheer mockery of the verdict passed against him by the highest Court of the country…  click here

Selma Carvalho: Goa-Based Faith Healer Wows UK Crowd With Empty-Headed Mumbo Jumbo

1 May: Goa Streets. 'Patrick tackles such existential questions as ‘who is God?’ and ‘do you know yourself?’ There are theatrical pauses designed to make one believe something profound and life-changing is about to be revealed. But it’s woefully obvious that Patrick’s wisdom nuggets are gleaned from New Age self-help books or Google searches. “The more intelligent you are, the less faith you have,” he tells an audience watching with rapt attention. One can only hope that human intelligence delivers society from a life which is otherwise insufferable. To dismiss intelligence so blithely and to place faith above it, displays a deeply parochial understanding of the world. The catch-22 in all these situations is that ill-defined word ‘faith’. If deliverance, redemption and succour don’t come, it’s because you don’t have enough faith.
If faith-healing did work, our hospitals would be empty, our physicians out of business and our pharmaceutical companies bankrupt. Faith healing is not just a benign exercise in positive thinking, an afternoon’s lark which doesn’t hurt anybody. In fact, it’s insidious. It preys on the vulnerable and sometimes endangers their lives. Worst of all, it reduces the complexity of the human experience to the rubble of one abstraction: unquestioning faith.' … 1076 words.  click here

UK: Tony Pereira: Immigration Faultines: 'under siege' in Slough

1 May: Channel 4 TV (UK). Amid feverish politicking over immigration in the election, the Asian residents of Alexandra Road, Slough, are having to come to terms with arrivals from eastern Europe …Tony Periera, a mechanic from Goa who used to be a hippy, found that the local church connected him to British life when he arrived in Slough. Years later, he believes Alexandra Road - which has problems with anti-social behaviour and prostitution - is a long way from multi-cultural fairyland and is very worried about immigration… Tony is concerned about what happens on the street at night, the "hang-out guys" and drug addicts he says are a result of immigration…  click here

Review: Allan deSouza, ‘Notes From Afar’

30 Apr: New York Times. In 2011, the Phillips Collection in Washington commissioned Allan deSouza to create a photographic response to Jacob Lawrence’s 60-painting “Migration Series” (1940-41) … Mr. deSouza, who was born in Kenya of South Asian parentage and lives in California, has long made displacement and alienation a subject of his art and does so again in “The World Series,” his incisive update to the older work… The results take Mr. deSouza in exciting new directions that I look forward to following. Talwar Gallery, 108 East 16th Street, Flatiron district, Through June 6 …  click here
For the Allan deSouza website,  click here

Colaba Social

1 May: Metro Canada (Calgary). If you’re keen on checking out a funky restaurant and also have an interest in sitting with locals to chat over the latest cricket match, then head to Colaba Social. The restaurant is where local hipsters and the city’s fashion fans come to sip on ginger-spiked margaritas and nibble on spicy dishes such as Goan Prawn Curry and Pulled Tandoori Chicken Makhani Pao…  click here

Fierce fight for Indo-Portuguese mother of pearl bowl at Roseberys auction

30 Apr: Roseberys. Roseberys London inaugural sale of Islamic & Indian Arts saw 370 items go under the hammer at their London saleroom… a rare and beautifully preserved 17th century Indo-Portuguese mother of pearl bowl was fiercely fought over by bidders in the room, online and on the telephone… The bowl sold to a bidder in the room for £1,968. [Lot 268]  click here
For details of the bowl,  click here

Two anti-Mopa warriors at war with each other

1 May: Herald. Questioning former PWD minister Churchill Alemao’s timing of raising the Mopa airport issue, Goans For Dabolim Only (GFDO) Convenor Fr Eremito Rebelo demanded that Alemao not contest the 2017 assembly elections if he wants to start a pro-Dabolim public movement. Rebello fears that people may get the wrong notion about GFDO’s apolitical movement. Rebelo’s statements have earned Alemao’s wrath…  click here
1 May: Herald. Churchill doubts Fr Eremito’s seriousness on Mopa opposition …
1 May: Herald. Mr Chief Minister, how about a debate on Mopa? … click here.

UK: Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell to open ethical shop in Lewes

1 May: Sussex Express UK. Former Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate, will perform the official opening of a new ethical shop in Lewes on Saturday May 8. Helping Elsewhere, which will sell jewellery, clothes and homewares from India and Nepal, will open in the Needle Makers in Lewes on Saturday May 2… Leah, who is also a yoga teacher in Worthing, will be at the shop from 11am to cut the ribbon, talk with visitors and present a cheque for a school in the Himalayas… Helping Elsewhere was founded in Goa in 2007. It gives much-needed financial help to Indian educational projects, including providing schools and isolated communities with books and vital equipment for learning…  click here

Witness installed phone bugging equipment in Lloyd Rayney's home, trial hears

1 May: ABC (Australia). An electronics expert has told a Perth court it was made plain to him by Lloyd Rayney that anything he did to record telephone conversations at the Rayney home had to be "lawful" and "legal"…  click here
1 May: The West Australian. Rayney witness 'offered reduced sentence'. The man who claims he was paid by Lloyd Rayney to tap his wife's phone conversations said police promised him a reduced sentence over his part in the alleged bugging - in return for evidence against the former high-profile lawyer…  click here

Hot List: April 2015

April. Cosmopolitan (UK). All that's buzzing this month … Hello, Luxe! We Know Where You Live … Isprava, Goa, is a collective of luxury villas (and we're talking 'multiple pools, gazebos, and private palm trees' level luxe) is the perfect place to find yourself a summer home that lets the world know you've arrived in style. The only catch: the villas are just for sale, not rent.
Luxpresso. Inside Goa’s Newest Luxury Property: Villa Branco. Isprava, a debut venture by Nibhrant and Dhimaan Shah, is designing and constructing of luxury homes with an aim to bridge the gap in the luxury real estate market in Goa… Villa Branco is a sprawling Rs 9.5 crore, 10,000sqft holiday home.  click here
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Prestige Biosphere

25 Apr: Saudi Press Agency. The land of swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters is now home to a new, exceptionally-styled residential development, Prestige Biosphere. Pleasantly located along the glistening waters of the Chapora River in Goa, the development overlooks the beautiful blue expanse of the Arabian Sea. Continuing with its tradition of pioneering unique concepts and world class architecture, Prestige Biosphere consists of exquisite villas with sparkling natural pools, private gardens and organic farming that speak the language of luxury-loving, yet eco-conscious citizens…  click here


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Talented architect Braz Menezes turned 'Hakuna Matata' author

29 Apr: Coast Week (Mombasa), Kenyan architect turned author Braz Menezes uses these key words in the titles of his two books: ‘Just Matata: Sin, Saints’ and Settlers’ and ‘More Matata: Love after the Mau Mau’. These are part of a trilogy now being written. These two books are semi-autobiographies of the author who lived in Kenya during the colonial era, qualified as an architect and urban planner and worked as a respected professional until 1976 when he migrated to Canada. Then he studied creative writing and morphed into an author…  click here
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Kenya: When the Coastals Invaded Nairobi

29 Apr: The Star (Kenya). With the joy the disco music boom of the mid 1970s to the early 1980s provided, there was a dark factor lying hidden, Kenyan music was under threat … most of Nairobi's bands suddenly found themselves playing second fiddle to the powerhouse units from Mombasa … The Goan social scene was kept alive and rocking by Melvin Lobo and his Celestial Ecstacy …  click here

Indian missionary will miss four parish communities

30 Apr: New Zealand Catholic. Fr Albano, from Goa in India, was ordained in 2011. His first assignment was to the AUS Province, taking up a mission in Wellington archdiocese. However, he has now been asked by the Australasian Province to move to Rome to study for his Licentiate in Missiology. “There is so much that I will miss when leaving New Zealand,” Fr Albano said. “I arrived in this country knowing very little about what was ahead of me, but in a very short time, I felt at home.” …  click here

Goa yoga instructor booked for raping foreign national

1 May: Sierra Leone Times. Police in the popular beach village of Anjuna have booked a well-known Goa-based yoga instructor for raping a foreigner, while his wife, also a yoga teacher, has been booked for threatening the victim. According to the first information report registered at the Anjuna police station by the foreign national, Pratik Agarwal, 35, a native of Allahabad who runs a yoga school in Siolim, had sex without her consent in October last year, which subsequently led to pregnancy. "The victim has claimed that she was threatened by the accused's wife to leave India," a police spokesperson said on Thursday…  click here

The Mighty Jackfruit: Numerous Ways to Cook this Seasonal Delight

30 Apr: NDTV. The mighty jackfruit is probably the most underrated of all Indian fruits. And it isn’t without reason. While mango – the king of fruits – is irresistible with its curves and sweet aroma, the jackfruit sits plump with its ugly cover and foul smell that is capable of making many run miles away. I have been told on several occasions that the love for it grows slowly as you acquire the taste, but with time and over several attempts it has only faced my wrath… Legend has it that jackfruit or kathal originated in the rainforests of the south-western parts of India – Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa …  click here
25 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop …  click here

The Dancer who Tamed a Hippie

29 Apr: Indian Express. Ileana Citaristi arrived in Goa from her native Italy in 1979 as a wild-haired hippie smelling of flower power … She says, “My family was very Italian, orthodox and Catholic. My father was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party. I was docile till 15… My first boyfriend was a wild rebel and he liberated me… “ … She moulded herself to fit the rigorous mores of classical dance training … Her autobiography, My Journey: A Tale of Two Births (Manohar Publishers; Rs 950) is to be launched today …  click here

Goa grants permission to 5-star floating hotel casino

30 Apr: World Casino News. Goa, along the southwest side of India has just approved the first five star floating hotel casino with one restriction - the hotel casino cannot operate on River Mandovi. Deltin Corporation Ltd, the owner of the floating hotel casino asked if they can operate on the river until it is decided where they can ply their vessel. .. No news has been released regarding the casino hotel operations. The government has yet to respond as to whether the casino boat can operate in the river until the details are ironed out…  click here

Govt proposes to give voting rights to NRIs
29 Apr: Herald. The government today agreed to convene an all-party meeting to discuss its proposal to give NRIs the right to exercise their franchise by e- postal ballots or through proxy voting. Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda accepted the demand of opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha that their views should be taken into consideration while enacting a legislation to grant voting rights to NRIs and domestic migrant labour…  click here

Goa iron-ore mining resumption delayed again
29 Apr: Mining Weekly (South Africa). With the monsoon season ahead and the disincentives of low international prices, iron-ore mining operations in the western Indian coastal province of Goa are not expected to resume before October or November, at the earliest. According to an official in the Goa Mineral Exporters’ Association (GMEA), if mining operations were to restart, production would have to be reduced within the next month or so with the onset of the monsoon rains. Simultaneously, miners were not keen to resume operations as the cost of mining had increased to meet stricter mandatory environmental norms and these costs would not be covered by the current low international prices, he said…  click here

Failure to identify land likely to delay setting up of IIT in Goa
29 Apr: Times of India. The proposed plan to start an IIT in Goa from academic year 2015-16 is likely to be delayed as Goa government is yet to identify land to set-up the premier institute in the state. The human resources development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani has intimated the state government that permission to start operationalizing the new IIT in Goa will not be possible until adequate land is identified…  click here

Fishermen Oppose Proposed Marinas in Goa
29 Apr: Outlook. Goa Government's recent clearance to an investment proposal for setting up a marina in Nauxi and similar plans by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) for Sancoale village have evoked strong resentment among local fishermen who fear the project will pollute Zuari river and ultimately affect their livelihood…  click here

‘Rare’ Bird Spotted By St Agnes Resident
29 Apr: Scilly Today. One of the islands’ keenest birdwatchers has spotted of a very rare bird that wouldn’t generate any interest back at home in Scilly. St Agnes based Bob Dawson was on holiday in March in the India region of Goa when he spotted a sand martin in the resort town of Colva. They are really rare in India and only a handful has ever been sighted across the sub-continent… He filed his report on an online bird-sighting registry, which had no previous records for this species in Goa…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 2nd May. SOLD OUT! Sat. 2nd May. Cortalim Union (UK) celebrates the feast of St Philip & St James SOLD OUT!

Sun: 3 May. Saligão Association (UK) would like to invite all its members and friends to celebrate the feast of Mãe de Deus at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Hendriks, will start promptly at 12.00 pm followed by the social event. Tickets include a meal and snacks: Members £13, Guests £15, Teens (11-17) £10.00, Children (2-10) £5.00. For tickets, call Sergio Coelho 020 8643 9675 or Marlene Vaz 020 8669 5838. For further details click here

Sun 3rd May: Santa Cruz Goan Association (UK) celebrates the Feast of Holy Cross at Holy Rood Church, Swindon at 3.30pm followed by Dine & Dance from 6pm to 11pm. Featuring live music by Shine Band at Punjabi Sikh Community Hall, Kembrey Street, Swindon, Wiltshire Sn2 8AZ. For tickets and details contact Jose Pereira (07541243010), Hilario Do Rego (07511135841), Agostinho de Braganca (077078931219), Francisco de Araujo (Hachik) (07541224920), Albano Lourenco (07522393807), Mickey Serrao (07448339208). For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 16 May: 4:30pm. Colva Union UK. Notice of Annual General Meeting. Venue: Pope John Centre. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 5 The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middx TW5 0RL. Agenda: 1.Approve minutes of the last AGM. 2. Approve accounts for last year. 3. Elections of new committee members. 4. Discuss 2015/16 – Calendar of events. 5. Planning of 42nd Anniversary Celebrations. 6. Discuss Christ the King Statue in Colva Goa matters. 7. Any other matters that May Arise. We look forward to villagers of Colva Goa in attending this AGM. To confirm your attendance and also for membership details please contact our President, Gabriel Fernandes at Please also visit our Facebook website: Colvaunionuk Goa. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 24 May. 13.30 hrs . G.O.A. (UK). A Day with Our Lady of Fatima at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London. SW17 9PG. Holy Mass is being offered for the Goan Community followed by Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the presence of one of the four statues of Our Lady of Fatima, blest by Pope Pius X. After the prayer service there will be an opportunity to spend some time in the presence of Our Lady in the Hall where there will also be religious items and refreshments for sale. For further details, please call Juliette on 07958 537314 or email

Sun: 24 May. Margao Union UK will celebrate the Feast of the Patron of Margao, “ THE HOLY SPIRIT “ at St. John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4DA - Mass at 12.30pm followed by a get-together. Music “NITELIFE”. Price including Snacks and Buffet £ 10.00. For details contact: Camilo- 020 8801 3637, Bella - 020 8372 1253/ 07949 233307, Rosalind- 020 8767 8652 & Xavy – 020 8803 5146/07507 950455. For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 14 June Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co' and 'Nite Life'. Tickets including snack & Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £14.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Loretta Fernandes Tel: 020 8330 9307 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, revised, click here.

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Jack Fernandes: His Final Curtain Call

Nairobi. Born 13th August 1933. Died: 29 April 2015. It is with humble acceptance of Gods Will that we announce the passing on, to his heavenly stage, of JACK FERNANDES loving husband of the late Olga Fernandes, beloved father of Ian and Elaine, father-in-law of Paloma and Vernon, adoring grandfather to Georgia, Kayleigh, Kayla and Aiden.
Jack was a special man who will be missed by many. A great entertainer who will be remembered for his comical antics on the Konkani Stage, a prominent sports man on the athletics track and football field and his many years of service to the Goan Institute. The funeral service will take place at 10 am on Saturday 2nd May, 2015 at the Consolata Shrine, Westlands. Viewing will commence from 9.30 am. This will be followed by a cremation at the Kariokor Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations can be made to the Vincentian Prayer House. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Condolences to  email

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Video: Repeated attacks on Xavier Retreat House in Baga, Goa

29 Apr: Goa 365. The State Nationalist Congress Party has demanded a judicial inquiry into the recent incident at the Xavier retreat house at Baga stating that the repeated attacks on the retreat house by some socially harmful elements were highly condemnable … It is alleged that the attacks are led by a BJP Minister … 3m. 51s.  click here
For the Baga Retreat House website,  click here
21 Apr: Herald. Arpora-Nagoa panch stops Xavier Retreat Centre’s safety measures at Baga, threatens priest … click here.

Suella Fernandes: Anger from councillor over Tory candidate being 'parachuted in'

29 Apr: Daily Echo. A Conservative councillor has hit out at party chiefs for “parachuting in” a General Election candidate from outside a Hampshire constituency. David Whittingham says he expects to be thrown out for backing an Independent candidate in Fareham, and claims party chiefs prevented him putting his name forward to be the next Tory candidate… Suella Fernandes, a barrister from London who has since moved to the town, was eventually chosen by party members as the party’s candidate … She beat Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones, Jeremy Quin from Buckingham, and Nick Rose from Bournemouth to be selected…  click here

Lloyd Rayney phone-tapping trial

29 Apr: ABC News (Australia). Two fingerprints on a manhole cover from the home of Lloyd Rayney matched those of the man he is alleged to have paid to install phone-bugging equipment, a police officer has told the District Court in Perth… It is alleged the Rayneys (photo) were in the process of an acrimonious separation and Mr Rayney wanted to find out what his wife was saying about him in telephone calls…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the Rayneys,  click here

UK tourists to make up for shortfall of Russians in Goa

20 Apr: Navhind Times. … The tourism official said that the e-visa facility for people from UK and the fall in Russian tourist arrivals are likely to help the state in getting back the English tourists, who till some years back constituted the largest number of foreign visitors to the state. “The e-visa facility and operation of direct flights by various airlines would prove advantageous to the state in getting foreign tourists,” he said adding that the tourism department has now roped in the tourism industry and other stakeholders to promote Goa abroad jointly in international tourism market…  click here

Court rejects Aires’ plea seeking action against cops

30 Apr: Times of India. Margao judicial magistrate first class judge Pooja Kavlekar has dismissed an application by activist Aires Rodrigues seeking an inquiry and action against Colva police for their failure to execute the warrant of arrest against Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco. The court observed that none of the judgments cited by Rodrigues states that the JMFC court has powers to conduct an inquiry into the conduct of police and punish them if they return the warrant unexecuted…  click here

Govt to chalk out plan to implement GI on feni

28 Apr: Times of India. Five years after Geographical Indication (GI) for feni was obtained in February 2009, the government has now begun chalking out a plan to implement GI to avail of benefits like higher revenue to local producers, control on spurious production of feni and a boost on export … Mac Vaz (photo), president of Goa cashew feni distillers and bottlers association, said getting GI was the most important step and his stand over consistently pursing GI for feni stands vindicated as Goa's neigbouring states have now started extracting juice from cashew apples. The GI has stamped that feni belongs to Goa and other states can't lay claim to it, he added…  click here

New Zealand: Jennifer brings a taste of Goa to Christchurch

29 Apr: The Press (Christchurch). Jennifer Viegas’ business is called Jen's Cozinha … When she and her family moved to Christchurch from Doha, Qatar, 15 years ago, Viegas brought the knowledge of traditional Goan cooking with her… In early 2013, Viegas started a small business making pickles and chutneys using family recipes… Her range includes aubergine pickle, chilli pickle, lemon chutney, mango chutney, mixed vegetable pickle and prawn balchao (which won a 2015 Cuisine Artisan Award). They retail from between $11 and $17.50 but will be on special at the Christchurch Food Show… Jen's Cozhina supplies pickles and chutneys to shops in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown…  click here

'Bombay Velvet' Music Recorded in 'Prague' with Live Jazz Musicians

28 Apr: India West. Jazz music played an important role in Mumbai's culture in the 1960s and it is an important element in the story of director Anurag Kashyap's film, "Bombay Velvet." … Anurag has taken references from iconic Konkani jazz singers like the legendary Lorna Cordeiro, who continues to sing in Goa today in her 80s… "Music has become entirely digital. It is difficult to find live musicians these days to record music. We had to go to Prague to find the live musicians. All the music recorded in the film has been done with live musicians in Prague," said Anurag…  click here
For the trailer of the Bombay Velvet film,  click here

Goa: Pilar ITI conducts crash course in computers for senior citizens

29 Apr: Herald. In a unique initiative Pilar ITI conducted a crash course in computers for senior citizens, teaching them the basics of computers, internet and social networking. Around 17 senior citizens have enrolled for the 4-week programme, with the oldest being 81-year-old from Mandur… On completion of the one-month course, the senior citizens will be awarded a participation certificate …  click here

Otto Lasrado: Seamen stuck in vessel off Cape Town since March

29 Apr: News 24 (South Africa). “I will not keep quiet. I have been sailing for 18 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. Prisoners are treated better than us.” Otto Lasrado, 45, from Goa in India is furious about the fact that he and his 20 fellow crewmen have been stuck just off Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town since March 17 on the vessel Agatis. They can see the city from their bulk carrier, but can’t go anywhere. The vessel was on its way from Myanmar to Ivory Coast with a cargo of bulk-packed rice when it was diverted to Cape Town without warning. “About six minutes after arriving here, the ship was arrested,” explains Lasrado, the chief chef on board.  click here

Rogue cabbies, crashing rouble mar Goa's tourism prospects

29 Apr: IANS. While the continuing conflict in Ukraine and a crumbling rouble have deterred Russians from holidaying in Goa this season, rogue taxi operators may have also hammered at least a couple of nails into Goa Tourism's proverbial coffin, according to a spokesperson for the Russian consular office. "Last season, many Russian tour buses were stopped by taxi drivers and as a result, many tourists had to wait for hours in police stations for no fault of theirs. They come for a holiday and not to stay in a police station," Vikram Varma told IANS, even as official figures suggest a sharp drop in arrival of Russian tourists, who have emerged as the mainstay of Goa's tourism industry in recent times…  click here

Further probe Atala case: CBI to local unit

28 Apr: Times of India. Not satisfied with the investigation into alleged police-politician-drug mafia nexus in the Atala case, the Delhi office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked its Goa office to further investigate it. The chargesheet will be filed after investigation is over, a senior CBI officer said… Atala, as Yaniv Benaim is better known, is an alleged drug dealer from Israel. Over six years ago, his girlfriend had uploaded a video that showed him claiming that he was paying an ANC 'chief' who regularly sold him drugs seized from raids, and even drugs deposited with them…  click here

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click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Villa Calangute

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

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A Railway Runs Through - Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980. By Selma Carvalho.
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Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

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


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

Ed's Bar Services

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

Eternal Wedding Films

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

Web: 020 8866 0815

E-mail: 07841 383709

Goa & Worldwide Travel

Flights & Holiday Specialist to Goa (Charter & Scheduled Flights), & Worldwide destinations. Last Minute Holiday Packages to Europe. ABTA , ATOL & IATA Licensed. Contact: SAVIO VIEGAS - Your Personal Travel Consultant. Tel - 020 3598 2397 / 07926191069 Email -


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

London: Goan Food Online Store

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

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

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

Lyra Productions (Videographer)

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

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

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

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