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Jordan de Souza appointed Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin

18 Oct: Gramophone (UK). The Komische Oper Berlin has announced that Jordan de Souza will become their next Kapellmeister at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. The young Canadian will conduct several repertoire pieces, take over the musical direction of one new production, and will lead a symphony concert in his first season. Artistic Director and General Manager of the Komische Oper, Barrie Kosky, said: 'Jordan de Souza is a very talented and extremely interesting young conductor, who has both musical and theatre blood in his veins…” .. Video: Watch Jordan de Souza conducting an extract from Britten's Ceremony of Carols with the CBC/McGill Youth Choir  For further details click here
G.O.A. (Toronto) is proud to showcase one of our own – Jordan de Souza. Son of Yorrick and Heather de Souza. Comes from a multi-talented family.– Biography says it all…  click here
For the Jordan de Souza website, click here.

"Antonio Costa symbolises 500 years of Indo-Portuguese relationship"

19 Oct: Diario de Noticias. Interview with Ananth Kumar, Indian Minister of Parliamentary Affairs who is visiting Portugal: He says, “I feel that Portugal is a gateway to Europe … we are looking at several areas. For example, renewable energy, tourism, water supply. I think India and Portugal can cooperate much in the future… Antonio Costa is very important and special. His roots are in India and is also a Portuguese patriot. António Costa symbolizes Indo-Portuguese relations of the last 500 years or more. And as he told me 500 years of relations have passed, but there are other 500 ahead. India is looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Costa. It symbolizes the friendship between India and Portugal. It symbolizes cooperation where both countries stand to gain…” [At the link select Press Display]  click here

Video: Fred de Sam Lazaro: Why Uganda is one of the world’s most hospitable refugee destinations

18 Oct: PBS News Hour. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Uganda. In a world struggling with anti-immigrant sentiment, Uganda provides a rare hospitable welcome for those seeking asylum. Refugees live in settlements where they are able to run small businesses, attend mosques and children attend school. The country’s support system is possible mainly because of its unilateral political structure … 7m. 50s.  For further details click here
Fred De Sam Lazaro was born in Bangalore and his parents are from Margao and Mapuca. He immigrated to the US with his mother in 1975. Fred is married and has three children. He now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. For a bio of him,  click here
For a professional profile of Fred de Sam Lazaro, click here.

London's best sausages

19 Oct: Evening Standard (UK). Susannah Butter rounds up the best bangers in town … A Goan sausage roll, which means it is wrapped up in paratha, with coriander chutney and pickled red onion and curry-leaf mayo. The meat varies but is often pork or mallard. Kricket: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9  For further details click here
Kricket also has Goan Sausage Fry: red onion, peanut, coriander, pickled fennel £5.  click here

Election Commission threat to delete Portuguese passport holders names

19 Oct: Herald. By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho (photo). With the Election Commission’s move to delete twenty seven thousands of names holding Portuguese passports from the electoral rolls, there is a fear that those who opted to get their birth transcribed in Portugal for facilitation of obtaining Portuguese passport to travel to European countries in search of employment could create a major demographic change in old conquests of Goa. Though Goans from old conquests were emigrating to other countries for decades, it is only after the European Union, the loss of Indian Citizenship has become an issue due to them obtaining Portuguese citizenship as travel permit to other European countries. As the demand for dual citizenship falling on deaf ears with the Central government in no mood to consider Goa’s special case, the only question is whether the election commission can actually go ahead and delete their names from the electoral roll without hearing them… 959 words.  For further details click here

No Bidder Turns Up For Vijay Mallya's Goa Kingfisher Villa

19 Oct: NDTV. Goa's plush Kingfisher Villa, where Vijay Mallya has hosted several glitzy parties in the past, failed to attract a single bidder at an e-auction on Wednesday marking yet another failed attempt by lenders to recover dues from the embattled businessman… the auction turned out to be a damp squib, supposedly due to its high reserve price at Rs. 85.3 crore, sources said… The sea-facing palatial villa, situated in Candolim, Goa had earlier attracted interest from at least half a dozen players in the hospitality industry and a media group, when it was opened for inspection to interested bidders during the end of September and early October… Mallya owes over Rs. 9,000 crore … He had left the country in March and is currently said to be in Britain, having defied several court orders to return to India…  For further details click here
Not 1 bid received at e-auction of liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Goa villa. 19 Oct: India Today. … According to sources, the bank officials would re-examine the bid and come out with the second auction date - within a month and with a new reserve price down by Rs 5-15 crore.  click here

Deadlock between taxi owners and rent-a-car operators leaves tourists in lurch

19 Oct: Times of India. The taxi industry, in recent times, has been marred indelibly by the everlasting trouble between taxi owners and operators of rent-a-cab businesses. The rent-a-cab operators lend vehicles for self-drive to patrons. While the two parties carry on with their own bitter battle, it is the tourists who have to bear the brunt of the trouble, often spending hours stranded at police stations or having extended arguments with cops on the streets… With both sides holding regular agitations to press for their demands, the imbroglio continues, with no resolution in sight. 764 words.  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Unsolved Mysteries. CBS Reality (Freeview 66). Saturday 22nd Oct. 18:00 to 19:00. Notorious incidents are revisited in this insightful series. Fatima is one of the most revered shrines in all of Catholicism.

DOCUMENTARY: Planet India. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 23rd Oct. 07:00 to 07:30. Endangered Wildlife part 1. Two films looking at why the leopards and elephants in India are under threat. 07:30 to 08:00. Endangered Wildlife part 2. How India's coral reefs are being plundered for souvenirs and aquariums, and how sloth bears are captured and made to dance for our entertainment.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp's Britain. Pick (Freeview 11). Sunday 23rd Oct. 22:00 to 23:00. Immigration. Ross Kemp explores some of the most challenging issues facing Britain today in a hard-hitting new documentary series. He begins with immigration.

DOCUMENTARY: Saving Africa's Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War. BBC 1 London. Monday 24th Oct. 2016. 21:00 to 22:00. Two-part documentary series in which Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores what can be done to stop the killing of African elephants for their ivory. Starting in the poaching hotspot of northern Mozambique, Hugh follows the ivory trail through the port of Mombasa in Kenya, where a whistleblower reveals the corruption that lets smuggled ivory through the port. Episode 1.

COOKERY: Food Unwrapped. Channel 4. Wednesday 26th Oct. 02:50 to 03:20. Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt uncover more unusual, intriguing and surprising secrets behind the food we eat. At a green bean plantation in Kenya, Jimmy learns how they grow the beans so straight for the supermarkets.

DOCUMENTARY: Virginia Mckenna's Born Free. 4Seven (Freeview 47). Thursday 27th Oct. 20:00 to 21:00. Actress Virginia McKenna returns to Africa to retrace the steps she took when making the memorable 1966 film Born Free. There is also an interview with Don Black, writer of the classic Born free song, and astonishing footage showing the handover of Britain's imperial power as Kenya gained its independence.

FILM: Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Channel 4. Friday 28th Oct. 01:15 to 03:25. Last in the Cinema India section of Channel 4's latest Indian Film Season is the sequel to 2011's Tanu Weds Manu, introduced by the director of both romcoms, Aanand L Rai. It's four years since Tanu and Manu's eventful wedding, and the couple are now living in London, bored and disappointed with each other.



Death: Joana de Souza

Montreal, Canada. It is with deep sadness that the family of JOANA REGINA DE SOUZA (ex Uganda) announces her departure from this life on October 15, 2016. Joana was born in Goa, India on February 8, 1927. She was married to the late Caetano de Souza (Souza Sunshine Bar, Entebbe). Left to honour and remember her love are her children Esme, Matthew (Tereza), Melinda & Lourdes and grandsons Bruce & Clinton. She will be remembered as a bright, shining light in her community, for her prayerfulness and as an adept cook. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at La Maison Darche, 7679 Taschereau Blvd, Brossard on October 19th from 18:00 to 21:30. Requiem Mass will be held at Saint-Mary’s Parish, 125 Grove St, Greenfield Park on October 20th at 11:00. Interment to immediately follow at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne. God saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace be thine." Condolences to  For further details click here

News Summary

Register Felix Dahl’s death as murder, Court to cops

18 Oct: Times of India. The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Canacona, has directed the Goa police to register Swedish national Felix Dahl’s death as a murder. Dahl was found dead in suspicious circumstances on January 28, 2015, in Patnem, Canacona… The order was passed on the application filed by the mother of the deceased, Minna Pirhonen. Dahl, who had come to Goa for a holiday in October 2014, is said to have been last seen at a restaurant in Patnem before his body was found on a quiet gravel road, 200m away from the restaurant... Pirhonen told the court that the investigating authority has stated that Dahl’s death was caused due to accidental fall, which is perverse and is based on imaginary findings… According to the family, Dahl’s wounds and the circumstances around his death did not point to an accident.  For further details click here
14 Mar. 2015. The Goan. Who killed Felix Dahl?  click here

Ester Noronha to join 'Lorna Live in Concert' in Australia, New Zealand

18 Oct@ Daijiworld. The Goan sensation, ‘Nightingale of Goa’ Lorna Cordeiro and Mangaluru’s multi-talented singer, dancer and actress Ester Noronha, are set to rock Konkani music lovers in Australian continent during their tour to twin countries later this month. First show will be in Auckland, on October 22 … Corvine Carvalho, Andrew D'Souza, Joe Dourado and Christopher Carvalho are the organisers of the show in Auckland … Later there will be three shows in Australia, in Sydney on October 30, in Melbourne on November 1 and in Perth on November 5. The same duo of Lorna and Esther performed together in Canada last year and presented successful shows there… 757 words.  For further details click here
Video by John de Souza. Ester and Lorna sing “Bebdo” at Toronto. 3m. 32s.  click here

Mumbai: Patricia Rozario: After over 23 years, Royal Opera House will ‘Rise up to the Gods’ once again

18 Oct: Indian Express. Growing up in Mumbai, Patricia Rozario had a daily connection with Opera House — it was one of the bus stops on her way to town. When she was 12, she also had her appendix removed at a hospital in the vicinity of Opera House but she never actually visited the building. Now, when the Royal Opera House is relaunched after a gap of over 23 years this weekend, the Mumbai-born British soprano Rozario will perform at the historical venue ... For Rozario, who grew up in Santacruz West and has been singing since the age of 7, this will be a homecoming. “My mother, Ena Rozario, played the piano very well and taught me and my four brothers to sing beautifully. My father, Collin Rozario, worked for Alitalia Airways and used to go to Rome for meetings and always brought back scores of Operatic arias. .. With husband Mark Troop, she started Giving Voice to India, a vocal course…  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice 2003 supplement on Patricia Rozario,  click here

Monika Ghurde: How murder plot went awry

18 Oct: Navhind Times. Bite marks on the body of the murdered perfume specialist Monika are of the accused Rajkumar Singh, the forensic dentistry tests have confirmed… Singh (21), who hails from Punjab, had been security guard at the complex in Bella Vista Sangolda where Ghurde (38) was staying. Ghurde was allegedly killed at her rented apartment. The police have said that Singh has confessed to the crime. He raped her before choking her to death, the police have said … The police recovered the knife that was reportedly used by Singh to threaten Monika. The knife was hidden in the kitchen…  For further details click here
18 Oct: Times of India. Ghurde killer gets 4 more days in custody …  click here

The essential Goa festival guide

18 Oct: Condé Nast Traveller. You don't need another reason to party in Goa, but just in case, here's a whole festive calendar … Oct: Narkasur Parades. Nov: The One Fest Goa. Bird Festival. European International Book Art Biennale. International Film Festival
 of India. Goa International Jazz
 Live Festival. Tripurari Poornima. Dec: Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF). St Francis Xavier’s Feast. Christmas. New Year’s Eve. Jan: Feast of the Three Kings. International Kite Festival. The Grape Escapade. Feb: World Mouth Harp Festival of India. Monte Music Festival. The Goa Carnival. Mar: Shigmotsav. Apr: Goa fest. Goa Food and Cultural Festival. Konkan Fruit Fest. May: Igitun Chalne. June: Holy Spirit Festival. São João. Ponsachem Festival. Sangodd (Feast of St Peter and St Paul). 
Jul: Touxeachem Fest. Chikhal Kalo. Aug: Patolleanchem Feast. Bonderam Festival. Sep: Ganesh Chaturthi. Oct: Poderanche Festival. Vintage Bike and Car Festival. 2421 words.  For further details click here

BRICS Summit: Goa Police personnel served ‘unhygienic’ food, probe ordered

18 Oct: Indian Express. Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Tuesday ordered the state’s Chief Secretary to probe allegations of irregularities in the supply of refreshments to over 5000 security personnel deployed for BRICS Summit … “Nearly 80 percent of the police staff refused to consume food,” Advocate and petitioner Aires Rodrigues submitted. Calling the incident as a scam, Aires Rodrigues said that the government did not even invite tenders for the catering contract.,,  For further details click here
18 Oct: Times of India. BRICS: 2 cops fall ill after stale dinner …  click here

15 Video clips: Goa International Dance Congress

18 Oct: Bollywood Dhamaka … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School … Chetan Agarwal Zumba … Sangeeta Sharma Katthak Performance … Salsamania India Amateur Team … Sagar & Nupur Bachata … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School - Uptown Funk … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School - Feeling Good … Masala Bhangra - Gautam Sharma … Indian Tribal School Belly Dance … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School Ladies Shines … Showdance Championship …  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
19 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33.8. Min = 22.8. Humidity = 87%. Rainfall: 0mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 82.07; $ = 66.74; $Can = 50.90; Euro = 73.28; $Aus= 51.20.


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Wanted: Female Carer in the Croydon area

Female Carer wanted for elderly Goan lady 85+ in the Croydon area. Preferably live-in and must be prepared to perform basic nursing duties, help with cooking & housework and work flexible hours. For further information please text/phone 07926 555 877 (07956 264 182 if you can't get through) or to email click here

Dr Jayant S Vaidya: The Future of Cancer Treatment

18 Oct: Navhind Times. The Goa Cancer Society's third annual lecture will be held today, October 18, at 3.30 p.m. at the auditorium of Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji, on the topic of 'Evolution of Cancer Treatment' by Jayant S Vaidya, professor of Surgery and Oncology at University College London Hospital, London. Vaidya will be talking about how improvement in cancer treatment is made and the various medical breakthroughs that science has seen in the past few years. "I will talk about how we can prevent cancer from happening, how we can improve treatment of cancer and how we can reduce the harm caused by treatment," says Vaidya…  click here
For the Goan Voice Jayant Vaidya supplement,  click here

‘Mai Ge Dhobitalao’ - Making musical waves in Goa

18 Oct: Herald. ‘Mai Ge Dhobitalao’ is one of the most viral music videos in Goa right now with Goans and those with love for Goa sharing the video on their social networking sites. Conceptualised by Andrew Ferrao, the music video touches on various issues which are destroying Goa and with its rock beats, it is surely catching attention… The music video was shot over two days at Andrew’s house terrace at Verna. The scenes of the children were shot at places like the Margao wholesale fish market, Margao vegetable market, Holy Spirit Church, Grace Church Margao, Colva beach, Quepem mining area, slums at Birla, Verna industrial area, Margao Old Municipal Building and the Rivona hill cutting site…  For further details click here
Video: Mai Ge Dhobitalao - Andrew Ferrao (Goan - konkani original). 4m. 02s.  click here

Comedian Daniel Fernandes doesn't consider any subject as taboo

16 Oct: International Business Times. Comedian Daniel Fernandes says he tries to expose the truth and the logical flaw in issues through his comedy… Anyone who has been to Fernandes's gig often say that the comedian touches upon serious subjects that vary from feminism to the Syrian civil war and the fragility of Indian cars, which, by the way, was rated zero at a test conducted by Euro NCAP… The 32-year-old comedian, who quit his advertising job, has been at the forefront of the Indian stand-up comedy scene …  click here
Wikipedia: Fernandes was born in Mumbai and was raised in Goa…  click here
Videos: For the Daniel Fernandes Video channel, click here.

It’s a deluge of taxis at Goa airport

17 Oct: Times of India. … There are over 350 prepaid taxis at Dabolim airport that run on rates approved by the government. But the departure area is bugged with around 250 private taxi drivers as well, Fares are moderate for the Indian commuters who know how to bargain, but tend to rise steeply for foreigners… Taxi operators, both prepaid and private, are not amused by the prospect of ushering online cab aggregators to Goa… Ola/Uber provide services for as low as Rs 6/km, which is significantly lower when compared to current rates that start from Rs 19/km.  For further details click here
Tourist harassment on for years. 17 Oct: Times of India. … Successive governments have let the taxi cartels get away with murder for years…  click here
Prepaid taxi services at Railway stations in Goa on track? 17 Oct: Times of India. click here.

Mumbai food: Six must try dishes with Goan sausage

17 Oct: Mid-Day. By Joanna Lobo. The Goa sausage is a staple in most Goan larders… 1: Grilled Chicken Rolls with Goan Chorizo, Silver Beach Cafe, Juhu. Rs 350. 2: The Goan Salad. At: The Bombay Salad Co, Linking Road, Bandra (W). Cost: 270 (small), 410 (large). 3: Oysters with Chorizo. At: The Fatty Bao, Summerville, Linking Road, Bandra (W). Cost: 445. 4: Chorizo Pot Rice. At: Monkey Bar, Bandra (W). Cost: 360. 5: Chorizo and Mascarpone Pizza, At: AKA, Worli; Woodside Inn, Colaba; Bar Stock Exchange, Oshiwara. 6: The Anton (Bagel). At: The Bagel Shop, Pali Hill, Bandra (W). Cost: 390. Honourable mentions: Goan Chorizo Pav At: Raasta, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Khar (W). Goan sausages with garlic bread At: Hungry Duck, Shop 3, Plot 2, Aruna Niwas, Pali Hill, Bandra (W). Moorish Style Chorizo (Spinach, Chickpeas and Flatbread). At: AKA, Worli. 991 words  For further details click here

World powers face headache over political influence at annual summit

17 Oct: Herald (UK). The leaders of five of the world’s fast-rising powers met yesterday in Goa at a time when their ability to shape the global dialogue on international politics and finance is increasingly being questioned… But Brics are battling the economic slowdown and politically each member wants the others to support its policies: Russia on Syria, China on the South China Sea and India on its fight against terrorism. The economic clout of the group has flagged in recent years… When they sit down to talk, the leaders will attempt to push their own interests as well as a decision to create their own credit rating agency …  For further details click here
17 Oct: Navhind Times. Business effect of BRICS summit on Goa. The business delegation from China looked the most eager among BRICS member nations to invest in Goa. It is a positive fall-out of the summit, says Shoma Patnaik…  click here

Charters: High hopes but short of mission

17 Oct: Herald. The new season will witness a rise in the number of charter flights but the figure of 1000 charters may be difficult to reach. Ajit John spoke to members of the trade as well as authorities to gain an understanding of the season ahead … Thomas Cook airlines will be flying in twice from November 1 which will then increase by another 2 from December, from the UK. From Helsinki from mid December to mid March there will be a weekly flight… web interaction with a sales executive on revealed that bookings in the UK market were very encouraging and Thomson and Thomas Cook airlines would be coming to Goa this year. Thomson she said would fly to Goa on Sunday and Thomas Cook on Saturday. The first flight she said would depart Gatwick by Thomson on November 5 arriving Goa on November 6. This will continue through to March April 2017… 975 words.  For further details click here


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How BRICS Members Will Benefit From Leaders’ 'Goa Retreat'

16 Oct. Sputnik (Russia). By Denis Bolotsky. The second day of the 8th BRICS summit began with leaders of the member states arriving in Taj Exotica – a luxury hotel, where most meetings were held. Despite the busy schedule and the serious agenda, it seemed that all of them were impressed by the relaxing tropical atmosphere of Goa, which made their dialogue even more sincere and friendly…  For further details click here
Goa a Successful Summit for BRICS. 17 Oct: Economic Times. The eighth summit of the five-nation grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at Goa takes forward the process of creating an emerging market network … The summit was not about isolating Pakistan as a terrorist nation … While the Brics made all the politically right noises on almost all global issues ranging from terror to urbanisation and climate change, this broad sweep of the final Goa Declaration should not distract anyone from the progress achieved…  click here
16 Oct: International Business Times. BRICS Summit 2016: Full text of Goa Declaration adopted by India, China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa … click here.

AAP remembers Goan hero Jack Sequeira through torch rally

16 Oct: Indian Express. Aam Aadmi Party, which is making an aggressive foray into Goa in view of 2017 Assembly polls, on Sunday kicked off a torch rally to remember Jack Sequeira, credited for laying the foundation for Goa’s statehood in 20th century. The rally, started from South Goa’s Fatorpa village near Margao town, will travel through few villages and cities before arriving at Panaji on Monday. The rally is being held to commemorate the 27th death anniversary of Sequeira, Goa’s first Leader of Opposition who spearheaded a movement for separate statehood during historic Opinion Poll of 1967…  For further details click here
16 Oct: GoaNet. Goa Will Forever Be Indebted To Dr Jack De Sequeira. By Aires Rodrigues.  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Jack de Sequeira, click here.

Goan churches hold special prayers for peace amid Indo-Pak tension

16 Oct: Business Standard. All churches in Goa held special prayers today for peace against the backdrop of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, at a time when heads of Brics grouping here have decided to make combating cross-border terror and its supporters as their priority. The prayers were held on the call given by the Catholic Bishops' conference. The prayers were also attended by people from other faiths besides Catholics…  For further details click here

Australian TV: Sarah Todd: My Restaurant in Goa begins on 20 Oct.

14 Oct: SBS (Australia). My Restaurant In India follows Masterchef contestant Sarah Todd as she leaves her comfortable life in Melbourne and heads to Goa to face the daunting challenge of setting up and running a 400-seat beach club and restaurant. But…in an industry where only one out of three new restaurants survive, is this just a flight of fancy? … we follow Sarah through the life-changing experience of chasing her dreams and setting up a business. Episode 1: Airs Thursday October 20 at 9pm on SBS. Episode 2: Airs Thursday October 27 at 9pm on SBS. Episode 3: Airs Thursday November 3 at 9pm on SBS. Episode 4: Airs Thursday November 10 at 9pm on SBS. Episode 5: Airs Thursday November 17 at 9pm on SBS. Episode 6: Airs Thursday November 24at 9pm on SBS … Check back for more exclusive on-line recipes from Sarah Todd, and more on her journey from a girl growing up in Queensland to taking on a life-changing challenge in India… Text + photos + recipes + video trailer.  For further details click here
For the Restaurant's website,  click here

The Goan Storyteller! Kids in Goa set to get Portuguese translations of Anita Pinto's tales

16 Oct: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Five years ago, when author Anita Pinto wrote Espi Mai Is Stuck Again and other Goan tales, a colourful book of stories for children, little did she imagine that a couple of years down the line, the same book would be available in Portuguese. "And, interestingly, I can't speak a word of Portuguese to save my life," laughs Pinto, while chatting with us from her sleepy town of Mapusa, 13 km north of Panjim, Goa. "But, when my publisher Frederick Noronha called to tell me that he has found volunteers willing to translate the book for free, I couldn't be more thrilled," adds the 69-year-old. The 136-page book comprising 21 delightful adventures was first published in English. Rustic and real, the stories have no morals to thrust down young throats. Espi Mai, after whom the book is named, is an elderly aunt from Mumbai, who's so overweight that she gets stuck in the autorickshaw. .. 722 words.  For further details click here
Video: Anita Pinto talks [in English] on her book for children *Espi Mai* (Portuguese edition) …  click here

Pez soothes the fever and the brow

16 Oct: Times of India. Much before the Western adage ‘starve a fever’ travelled to this part of the world, Goans were already treating their fever, and still do, by soothing their digestive system with only rice gruel, when ill. Until two decades ago or so, and still in some villages, the rice gruel or pez was not only reserved for illnesses, but was as staple preparation every day, any day. Children rushed home to consume it during their school break time. Adults too had it as a mid-morning staple, full of easy to digest carbohydrates, which kept them going till lunch time. And the farmer, consumed the pez early in the morning, as breakfast as a dose of energy ...  For further details click here

The Crime Beach

16 Oct: The Pioneer (India). By Mayabhushan. The murder of high-profile Monika Ghurde, 39, comes with more than its share of sensation… In 2008, when 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling was found sexually assaulted and dead on Goa’s Anjuna beach, for days there were no answers. But back then, there were obvious questions which were being asked about the safety of women in Goa… In 2016, nine years later, there is a different corpse. But the same old and critical question — safety of women continues to hound the coastal state and India’s tourism Capital… Paula Green, a UK native has been living in Goa for over a decade and is married to an Indian, says that in recent times there a palpable feeling of aggression in the air… Over the last 10 years, nearly 260 foreign nationals have died in Goa and British tourists top the death count… 2369 words.  For further details click here

Football: Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 FC Goa

17 Oct: Indian Express. Last season’s runners-up FC Goa rallied to hold Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 and open their account after a hat-trick of defeats in an intense Indian Super League football clash … Both teams were reduced to 10 players with ATK receiving as many as three yellow cards and one red, while FC Goa had a share of four yellow cards and one red in the hard-fought match … A clinical strike from Sameehg Doutie put ATK ahead in the sixth minute … The Goans restored parity after ATK conceded a penalty …  For further details click here
Video Highlights. 9m. 44s.  click here



Death: Justina Fernandes

29th Sept 2016: Greenford, London. MRS JUSTINA MARIA JOAQUINA FERNANDES. Born 26th Sept 1928, India. Housewife and beloved wife of the late Jose Franklin Fernandes (Frank) - civil engineer and mechanic. Sadly missed by her children Brazino, Jerry, Priscilla, Patrick, Andrew and Reginald (twins), Pauline, Margaret and all their families. May her soul rest in peace. Requiem mass 1pm Wednesday 19th Oct 2016 Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Visitation, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford UB6 9AN London. Burial: 2:15pm Greenford Park Cemetery, Windmill Lane, Greenford UB6 9DU. Condolences to

Death Elvina Menezes
13 Oct: Bougainvilla, Nachinola, Goa. ELVINA MENEZES. Aged 75 years. Loving Wife of Julius Menezes, Mother/Mother-in-law of Liesl/Mervyn, Pearl/Joel. Her mortal remains will be brought straight to Bon Jesus Church, Nachinola at 9:30 am. 17 October 2016 (Monday) for Mass at 10:00 am. followed by burial.

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UK: Win a spectacular stay in Goa for four

15 Oct: Kingfisher Beer. To help celebrate National Curry week, India's No.1 Beer have teamed up with the Karma Club to offer you the chance to win a fan tabby dosey stay in India. With a heavenly headline prize of two whole weeks in gorgeous Goa with three of your most fortunate of friend's, this competition is bound to get you dreaming of sizzling sunshine and sipping on refreshing pints of Kingfisher beer. The competition will close at 11.59pm on Friday 28th October 2016. For your chance to win all you have to do is answer the question: When did Kingfisher’s journey begin: 1912? 1857? 1892?  For further details click here
History of Kingfisher. It all began with 5 breweries in South India. The oldest of which, Castle Breweries, dated back to 1857.  click here

Live: BRICS Summit 2016 Goa 16-17 Oct.

For the latest reports, photos and Video clips,  For further details click here
15 Oct: Times of India. Potholes and BRICS. By Vivek Menezes. Goa takes world centre stage this weekend when Presidents Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Michael Temer of Brazil join India’s own Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the eighth annual BRICS summit. Others in attendance will be Myanmar’s icon and foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi, Nepal’s new Prime Minister Prachanda, as well as Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina… Let one single Russian or Brazilian or Burmese stray even a few steps outside the skin-deep subterfuge, and he or she will find a moonscape of derelict, severely potholed roads and highways, lined with ever-accumulating piles of garbage. BRICS is all about aspiring for a better future, but in the meanwhile who is going to fix the present? 775 words.  click here
15 Oct: Times of India. Goa pulls out all stops to ensure BRICS success … click here.

'Cyril Almeida was looking to write a book about his family roots’

15 Oct: Times of India. Days after being blacklisted on the Exit Control List (ECL) by the Pakistan government, Dawn's assistant editor, Cyril Almeida, has been his witty self, humouring his followers on Twitter with jokes and satire… . Almeida's calm composure in the eye of the storm probably stems from his ancestral roots in the coastal state of Goa. While in Goa, he was hoping to find his roots… Almeida was interested in writing a book about his family roots. He was intrigued by the houses in Goa, especially as we walked the streets of Fontainhas. He loved the crab xec-xec at Venite's and enjoyed a chilled glass of beer …  For further details click here

Ignored for long, the jack of fruits is finally getting plucked

14 Oct: Times of India. By Paul Fernandes. Jackfruit has been extremely underutilized despite its potential and availability, but this is slowly changing, as the nutrition-packed fruit is being tapped in Goa for its multi-purpose uses. Jackfruit tree owners would leave the strongly-smelling fruits to rot on trees. Now, small platforms along highways and roadside houses displaying the wonder fruit, that scientists say thrive in the face of climate change, are on the rise during the season. In Goa, self help groups (SHGs) have started making jackfruit chips to capitalize on the craze for crunchies. "Just three to four years back, we had hardly one or two SHGS, now, that number has risen to 50," said secretary of Botanical Society of Goa, Miguel Braganza…  For further details click here
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The Goa connection with the UN

15 Oct: Herald. By Alexandre Barbosa. Hidden in a mass of information available on the next Secretary General of the United Nations was a single quote from the man himself, Antonio Guterres, establishing a Goan link. He was quoted by The Wire some months ago as saying, “My wife was born in Goa. Her father was a doctor and the family moved back to Lisbon after it became part of India… But we have been back to visit, to see where she was born, where she was baptised.” The search of who was the wife and where in Goa was she born led Herald not too far from its present office. For, Catarina Vaz Pinto, the wife of Guterres and currently an elected councillor of the Camara Municipal de Lisboa, was born in Panjim, in the Portuguese Military Hospital in Campal, about 18 months before the Portuguese colonial rule ended in Goa… Her father, Dr Luis Vaz Pinto, was a military doctor who was posted in Goa and came to the then Portuguese colony along with his wife Maria Jose. “ After finishing his medical school, my father was recruited for the military service in Goa, where he served as a medical doctor,” Vaz Pinto said…  For further details click here

Goa's mini-Russia mirrors dilemma

16 Oct: The Telegraph. … For India, the 17th edition of the annual leaders' summit with Russia comes at a time when their strategic partnership has developed wrinkles, but is also set to deepen. It's a paradox equally mirrored in the tiny state hosting Putin, which depends economically on Russian visitors so much that many store signs are in both English and Russian, yet blames these tourists for ills ranging from drug-peddling to corruption… Over one lakh Russian tourists visit Goa each year - the highest from any country - and many of the state's most popular bars - like Tito's and Mambo's - are run by Russians [sic] now settled here… 982 words.  click here

Christians in the eye of the storm

13 Oct: The Irish Catholic. When it comes to the disputed region of Kashmir, there is little space for unity between India and Pakistan… For the unity of purpose one must pinpoint the Catholic Cathedral of St Mary in Jammu … the Church has not been found wanting in its efforts… October 16 has been declared as a day of prayer for Christians across all India for peace in Kashmir (in a call similar to that of Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai)… Beyond prayers and soothing words, it is the Catholic Church which has also been to the forefront of direct action on behalf of the people of Kashmir… As The Irish Catholic went to press this week, a sense of calm was returning to much of Kashmir, though the Church’s efforts were not winding down as a consequence…  For further details click here

‘Know Your Cabbie’ if you need to get around in Goa

15 Oct: Times of India. In Goa, tourists and locals alike are forced to rely on either their familiarity with a taxi operator, or to hire the first, visible cab. With taxi operators in the state not allowing app-based cab services like Ola and Uber to enter the market, there is no other way to book your ride… And its not only tourists, but also locals, who have no other mode of booking a taxi, specially at odd hours. This allows taxi operators to dictate the terms, and the fares…  For further details click here
15 Oct: Times of India. Driving tourists away, not to their destinations … These prices are ridiculous and hardly affordable. The worst part is that these are apparently government notified…Is our government simply giving into the demands of a mafia-like union that uses violence to drive away competition? …  click here



Death: Alice De Souza

30th September 2016: Merton Park, London UK. ALICE DE SOUZA (ex-Uganda), Ex-Teacher (Norman Godinho School Kampala Uganda) & Ex-British Telecom (UK) employee. Dearly Beloved Wife of the late Joachim Anthony Victor "Vickie" De Souza. Daughter of the late Conceicao Pedro (CP) Lobo and the late Rubertina Lobo. Sister of the late Dr. Lawrence John/the late Sophia; the late Vincent/Ida; the late Joseph and the late Louis/late Margaret. Sister-in-law of the late John/Winnie; late James/Baita; late Willie/late Maisie; late Rosario/Louise; Tina/late Joe D'Cruz; late Sisters Odile, Celine, Irene; late Fathers Edward, Vincent, Walter(SJ). Alice will be dearly missed by all her many nephews and nieces and by her many friends. May her Soul Rest In Peace. Requiem Mass at the St. John Fisher RC Church, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, London SW20 9DB, on Friday 28th October, 2016 at 12:00pm. Burial at Gap Road Cemetery, Gap Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 8JA. Condolences to Jude John Lobo

Death: Domingos Viegas

4 Oct: London. DOMINGOS L. M. R. VIEGAS. Born: 11/11/1948. (Ex-Employee, Civil Registration Office, Panaji). Beloved husband of Marta Dias (U.K.); Loving Father/father-in-law of Anges/Eugenia Nunes (U.K.), Ancy/Savio Cardoso (Canada) & Queency/Braulio Pereira (U.K.): Son of late Joaquim & late Maria Conceicao; Son-in-law of late Lourenco & late Isabel Dias; Brother/brother-in -law of Jose Elias/Linda, late Remedios/Lucia, Anthony/Carmelin, Florencio/Josephine & late Diogo; Doting Grandfather of Aliya, Anslan & Skye. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at Taleigao on Sunday, 16th October. 2016 at 3.45 p.m. to St. Michael's Church, Taleigao for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.

Death: John Gracias

2 Oct: Clifton, New Jersey, USA. JOHN GRACIAS. Aged 71. Born in Pune, India, Mr. Gracias was raised there and in Goa, and lived in Kuwait City, Kuwait, before moving to Clifton 15 years ago. He was a health insurance agent with Angel Care, Clifton. Previously, he was a financial analyst with Gulf Investment Corp., Kuwait City. He was a parishioner of St. Brendan R.C. Church, Clifton, as well. Mr. Gracias is survived by his wife, the former Delphina Fernandes; his daughters, Lisa of Edgewater, and Tina of Clifton; his son, Kevin, of Clifton; and his siblings, Mary Rodrigues, Angel Gracias, Fatima Gracias, Diana Menezes, and Arnand Gracias, all of Goa and two cherished cats, Coco and Chanel. He was predeceased by his son, Julius.
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Francis Dias captures iconic image of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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Dinesh D’Souza defends Donald Trump’s right to be a pervert

13 Oct: Salon (USA), On Sunday, Donald Trump said he had not sexually assaulted any women. In the days since then, we have watched as an increasing number of women have come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. It is against these revelations that D’Souza (photo) decided to share his misguided opinions… D’Souza seems to believe that humans do not deserve equal respect and rights. A first generation American himself, he actually said that different cultures should not be treated equally. And about women, he had this hot take: “while human nature has always been what it is, suddenly in the late 1960s an ever-increasing number of women started having sex (and babies) before marriage, and demanding that they be treated ‘just like men.’” …  For further details click here
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Pakistan Government lifts travel ban on Cyril Almeida

14 Oct: The Express Tribune (Pakistan). The government on Friday lifted a travel ban imposed on Cyril Almeida’s, three days after the senior journalist was put on the no-fly list for publishing a ‘controversial’ story. “It has been decided to delete the name of Cyril Almeida…from the Exit Control List,” an official memorandum issued by the Ministry of the Interior said.,, The Dawn‘s staffer’s story, “Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military” described what transpired in a high-level meeting in which the civil leadership allegedly criticised the military’s policies on militancy…  For further details click here
13 Oct: Times of India. Pakistan justifies travel ban on Dawn reporter Cyril Almeida … Pakistan on Thursday said a leading journalist, who reported a rift between the civilian and military leaderships+ , was barred from going abroad to help in a probe into how "inaccurate" details of a crucial security meeting were leaked to the media…  click here
Video: Shaheen TV Talk Show (Pakistan). Cyril Almeida Case Just Got Serious Important People Found … click here.

Rockford Catholic Attends Canonization Of the Saint He Knew

13 Oct: Rockford Observer, Illinois, USA. Dr. Anthony B. D’Souza (photo), a Rockford psychiatrist met the church’s newest saint, Mother Teresa, when he was just 8-years-old. “I was born and raised in Kolkata,” he said. “My next door neighbor was a businessman, and he was one of Mother Teresa’s earliest benefactors and I met Mother Teresa there,” he said. When Dr. D’Souza grew up, especially from 1958 to 1966, he had the opportunity to see her many times. Dr. D’Souza traveled to Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome with a diverse group …  For further details click here
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Manchester city centre's 10 best Indian restaurants and curry houses

10 Oct: Manchester Evening News. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Indian restaurants in Greater Manchester… Asha's: Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle (photo) and her team have transformed the former Baby Grand bar into Manchester's swishest Indian restaurant. What's on the menu? A modern and lavish take on traditional Indian cuisine - think Goan duck vindaloo (£14.95), lobster panchphoran (£29.95), guinea fowl hariyali tikka (£14.95) and venison samosas (£7.25). All of it divine… It’s pricier than your average curry house but not unreasonable for the standard of food and service. For a three-course meal for two, budget about £50/60…  For further details click here
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My best shot: Bharat Sikka ‘I met this man and his bird in the forest behind my house in Goa.

13 Oct: The Guardian (UK). By Bharat Sikka. I was living in a village in Goa when I took this… One day, I went up through the forest behind my house and I saw this eagle with a man who seemed to have total control over her. After I’d taken a few pictures, he said: “I’ll make her do anything you want.” And he’d make the bird fly in and land right next to him. He’d hold it in his hand then let it fly off – or it would land on his shoulders and walk all around his head. I couldn’t believe it. … Reimagine by Bharat Sikka and Olivia Arthur is at the Brighton Photo Biennale, until 30 October.  For further details click here



Death: Dr Blanche D'Souza

10 Oct: Montgomery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. DR BLANCHE D'SOUZA. [Ex Goa, Bombay, East Africa and UK]. Aged 98. Survived by devoted daughter Sharyn (Ken) and granddaughters Kathryn (Chris) and Caroline (Jared) and sister Yvonne, eleven nieces and nephews and 4 grandnieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her beloved parents Antonio and Paulina, husband Eclito and her sisters Violet, Ivy and Rayna. Dr. Blanche (Doc) was born in Goa, India and educated in Bombay. She realized her childhood dream when she graduated from Medical School in 1942 and practiced medicine for the next forty four years in India, East Africa and in the UK. She enjoyed travelling and visited many countries across 3 continents. Her passion was her flower garden and she tended her beautiful roses, peonies and camellias with great pride. Visitation will be at 10:30 AM with services at 11:00 AM on Saturday October 15, 2016 at Strawser Funeral Home 9503 Kenwood Rd Blue Ash, OH 45242. A private burial will follow at a later date at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association . To send condolences, click here.

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Paradise Lost? The growing friction between locals and 'outsiders' in Goa

13 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. By Hartman de souza… Robberies and thefts in Goan villages were rare well into the late 70s … Susegad has given way to a frenzy that presses in from all sides as the state becomes a magnet for domestic and international tourists who come looking for cheap thrills, and cheaper drugs… It was in Anjuna, where eight years ago Scarlet Keeling, a 15-year-old British girl, was drugged, raped, and left lying in a few inches of water where she drowned. Everyone that could colluded to brush it under the carpet. It was declared “an accidental death”… At the root of the recent perception of Goa is that same fear of the outsider as the corrupter… There is truth in the axiom that Goans are brave in numbers when the opponents are few. In less shabby bars, one witnesses jingoism that suggests violence in Goa against these lesser privileged ‘outsiders’ could easily take a nasty turn. Never mind that they are their countrymen, and that the drugs that draw the other, more well-heeled, outsiders are brought in by foreigners… The writer is the author of the recently published book ‘Eat Dust – Mining and Greed in Goa’ 2295 words.  For further details click here

BRICS: Best of food, hospitality awaits heads of nations in Goa

13 Oct: Business Standard. Hotel Taj Exotica, which would be hosting heads of countries during the BRICS Summit here, has renovated two prime suites where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin will be staying during the two-day event beginning on October 15… The hotel has flown best chefs from across the country to provide best meal to the visiting guests during the summit … In a bid to give Goan touch to the food, the hotel has invited celebrity chef from the state, Urbano do Rego, who will be creating the master dishes .. 484 words.  For further details click here

Football: Chennaiyin beat Goa 2 - 0

13 Oct: Indian Express. FC Goa have been the better team for many parts of their previous matches but, against Chennaiyin on Thursday, they were completely outclassed by a team that seemed to be out to prove their manager wrong. Materazzi did question the quality of many of his players and he seems to have been answered by the players themselves. Indian striker Jeje didn’t play the match but Chennaiyin’s midfield duo of Hans Mulder and Mehrajuddin Wadoo were the ones that took the game to the opposition. The second half was all about a determined Chennaiyin defence not only fending off Goa attacks, but also becoming the originators for counter attacks…  For further details click here
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Goan heart

10 Oct: Financial Chronicle. By Michael Gonsalves. It was in 1970s that the golden sands of Goa, especially its pristine Baga beach and Anjuna beach, attracted hippies in their hordes… It was in Baga that Tito Henry D’Souza, who had traveled extensively the world over, decided to settle down and started Tito’s Restaurant for all the expats to meet up… the party begins as soon as you land, but Tito’s remains the big attraction… But we three decided to give Tito’s a miss this time and headed to south Goa coastline and picturesque villages …  For further details click here

Soon, swanky seaports to see tourists cruising into India

13 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. The Tourism ministry is working on a project to attract travellers by developing seaports and providing ease of access to e-visas for travellers in these ports... Mumbai's first cruise ship will set sail in December . It will be themed on Bollywood and cricket, and will travel to [Goa], Mangalore, Cochin and thereafter to Maldives. … Traditional visas are currently allowed to tourists arriving at 21 seaports. This include Marmagoa … There are two types of arrivals that take place in India -- turnaround entries and port of call. Turnaround entries are when cruises pass by seaports in India, and anchor for a day. In these cases, visas are not needed, and passports are retained by the shipowners. In port of call, cruise ships take in new passengers or offload them. Cruise liners like the Royal Caribbean halt at Cochin and Mumbai. The ministry is mooting e-visas for passengers entering India under port of call.  For further details click here
28 Jul: India Today. Coming this December: A cruise ship from Mumbai to Maldives!  click here

My Alternative Travel Guide to Goa

13 Oct: Shooting Star. By Shivya Nath. Ever since I gave up my home to embrace a life of travel, Goa has become my ‘digital nomad refuge’ … Where To Stay: Cancio’s House … The Secret Garden… Boutique Hotels … Saraya. Where To Eat Authentic Goan Food: Royal Fantacy … Nostalgia … Voltaire .. Sanil’s … Andron. Offbeat Things To Do: Museum of Goa … Beaches … Sunrise walks … Jazz nights. How To Get Around: Automatic bikes / scooters … Self drive cars … Taxi. Responsible Travel… Travel Essentials … Goa Resources … 2254 words.  For further details click here

Child-free sections on planes is a good start. Now let’s sort out the trains

7 Oct: The Guardian (UK). By Julie Bindel … As a regular flyer, I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am about the news that Indian budget carrier IndiGo has adopted a “quiet zone” policy that bans under-12s from its premium seats. I can’t afford to travel anything other than working class, but it sets a precedent for an airline to acknowledge that young children can be a total pain in the arse for other passengers…  For further details click here
7 Oct: The Mirror (UK). Major airline launches child-free zones on flights - and a lot of parents are furious …  click here
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Sun. 16 Oct. Uganda Reunion. Join the Ex-Ugandans to celebrate their 44th Annual get together at the Archbishop Lanfranc's Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. from 11:30am to 7:00pm. Make it a day to remember, Dance to the Music by Maz & Co. and Fantasy Disco, with a special appearance by Julian Desmier, formally of "Black Velvet". Dress Code: Formal / Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. Tickets are available from John Carrasco, telephone: 0208 764 2430. Members £15:00, Guests £17:00, Children up to 13yrs £6:00. Early bird tickets @ £15:00 thereafter @ £17:00. Ticket price includes a meal and snacks, Catering by Bernie's Kitchen, Drinks by Mervins Bar. For the flyer, click here Uganda Flag 75

Sat, 22 Oct. Colva Union UK is organising their 43rd Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus & Launch of Future Leaders on Saturday 22 October 2016 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL. Followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 2307139, Custodio 0203 5390216, Joe 07417415271, Alfie 0208 7640353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

Mon. 24 Oct. to Sat. 29 Oct. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Nevers - Cost: £360.00 inclusive of return coach fare and full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Single Room supplement £75.00. Pick-up points 8.45am Greenford Road/ A40, by the side of the Bridge Hotel, Western Avenue, Greenford, UB6 8ST and South or West London subject to demand. For further details contact: Flavio Gracias on 020 8723 1322 or E-mail:

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Sun 20 Nov. Loutulim (Lotlekars) Villagers UK will celebrate their 4th Annual Feast “Saviour of the World” with Holy Mass at 12pm at Our Lady of the Visitation Church Hall, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, London UB6 9AN. Followed by a social next door. Dancing with live Bands: BREAKTHRU & DJ. Fully Licensed Bar, the Best Goan Cuisine SARA Caterers. Dress Code: Formal/ Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. Ticket Including meal: Adults £10.00 and Children £5 below 12 Years. Interested please call Carlos 0208 6218433, Felix 0208 4823277, Seby Pinheiro 07438128733 Jose Paul 07448027011 & Juliet 0208 3529468. For the flyer, click here.

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