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Death: Manoel Fernandes

25 Seep: UK. MANOEL FERNANDES. Born 4 March 1951. Ex Forgottem. Goa-Velha. Son of: late Francis Alfred / Conceicao Fernandes. Beloved husband of Maria Angelina De Sousa. Loving Father/Father-in-lam of. Counia / Tony, Libia / Savio & Alfred. Doting Grandfather of: Baba Cleezdon and Baby Menorah. Brother/Brother-in-law of: Bernadina / Honarato (Goa.Velha). Socorina/ Minguel (Vaddy - Merces) Conceicao / Castilho (Vaddy - Merces) and Saturnino/Rosaria

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Goa: British nationals top the list of unnatural death cases

26 Sep: Indian Express. In the backdrop of the acquittal of the duo accused in the death of 15-year old British national Scarlett-Kneeling, whose body was found floating at Anjuna beach in 2008, the question of visitors safety continues to revisit the tourist state. While terming the judgement as ‘unfortunate’, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar added that it would not hamper the image of the coastal tourist state. As per the relying submitted by the state government in the floor of the house it can be concluded that between 2005 and 2015 – investigation agencies in the state have said that 260 foreign tourists from 43 nations have died out of ‘unnatural cause’. Among them, 76 were British Nationals (second highest foreign visitors to the state) of whom 18 were women. The other foreign nationals in the consecutive list of unnatural deaths include those from- Russia (48), Nepal (18), Ukraine (13) and Germany (5)…  For further details click here

Editorial: Scarlett Case: Justice delayed is justice denied

26 Sep: Free Press Journal. A court in India cleared two men September 23 accused of the rape and homicide of 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling whose bruised and semi-nude body was found on a Goa beach eight years ago… Time and again we are reminded that life, particularly that of women, is cheap in India. The failure of Goa police to nail the rapists and killers of British teenage girl Scarlett Eden Keeling is the latest testimony to the lackadaisical and insensitive attitude of authorities towards cases of rape and killing of victims. If rapists and killers are getting emboldened then it is our authorities concerned who are to blame...  For further details click here

Civil society responsible for stray dog population: Forum

26 Sep: Times of India. Lack of regular sterilization, abandoning of puppies in public places by irresponsible pet owners and dumping of food waste on the roadside are considered major reasons for the spiralling dog population in Goa. Animal welfare activists and others unanimously agreed that the civil society has a major responsibility in tackling these factors to prevent canine population from reaching menacing levels. After directives of high court of Bombay at Goa brought the practice of shooting strays dogs to a halt and effective animal welfare legislation also followed, the dog population has been growing rather alarmingly…  For further details click here
26 Sep: Herald. No shelter for these strays …  click here

Tourism industry stakeholders sceptical on master plan

26 Sep: Times of India. The proposed tourism master plan, presently under discussion, recommends strengthening of laws and regulations, gives guidelines for tourism projects, quality labelling and support schemes, all with an aim to expand the tourism market and make tourism products attractive to potential tourists, but industry stakeholders remain sceptical. The big question they raise is whether Goa tourism will be able to meet targets given its hitherto slow progress in streamlining the tourism trade and coming down on illegalities…  For further details click here
Tourism master plan is anti-public: AAP. 26 Sep: Times of India. Accusing the state government of shunning local communities from consultations in designing the tourism master plan for the state, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday said the government has cleared and signed deals to allegedly gain election funds …  click here

Video: Haywards founder's grandson visits India to learn about the iconic beer

26 Sep: Asian Age. Whenever beers are mentioned in India, the name Haywards is sure to come up as one of the most well-known and strongest brands in the country… When Ben Hayward saw a BBC report about his grandfather Sir Anthony Hayward creating the iconic beer, he set out on a journey to learn more about the legacy of his family and know more about the brand’s popularity… The journey takes him to different parts of the country from Goa to Punjab and all the way to Kolkata … He also met members of the Haywards family who still live in Majorda village of Goa… Video: 13m. 09s.  For further details click here
Daily Telegraph (UK). Sir Anthony Hayward, who died on March 4 2011 was the father of Simon and Charlotte Hayward who run a boutique hotel in Goa and have been awarded honorary PIO (Person of Indian Origin) status …  click here
For the Vivenda Dos Palhaços website, click here.

Names cannot be deleted at will, claims top lawyer

26 Sep: The Goan. Constitutional lawyer Adv Cleofato Coutinho on Sunday said election authorities cannot delete the names of Goans, who have obtained Portuguese citizenship, from the electoral roll without issuing them notices. On the other hand, Adv Radharao Gracias reiterated that though there’s no provision in the Citizenship Act bestowing dual citizenship on Indians, he said Goans enjoy the nationality of both India as well as Portugal. The duo were speaking at the Adv Joe Antao Memorial talk on the topic 'Portuguese Passport' organised by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott at Chandor on Sunday…  For further details click here

Auction: Ivory Sculpture of Christ

28 Sep. Hotel des Ventes, Geneva. Lot 437: Sculpture of Christ, ivory, Goa, seventeenth century, perched on a rock with many animals, cross-legged with a lamb on his lap, height 23 cm. For comparable items see Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Inv. A38 - 1921, A - from 27 to 1984 A and 43 – 1928. Estimate: 1,500 CHF - 2,500 CHF.  For further details click here



Death: Antonetta Gouveia

16 Sep: Morden, London, ANTONETTA JOANITA GOUVEIA, (ex-Kisumu & Nairobi, Kenya. ex-HSBC employee) passed away peacefully. Beloved wife of Agapito. Daughter of late Mariano Jose and late Teresa Santana Rebello, Sister of late Sophie/Johnnie, Andrew/Jodie, Sister of Joseph/Linda, Adrian. Daughter-in-law of late Victor & late Clara Gouveia, Sister-in-law of Franco/Liberatta, Flavia/Eulario, Maria, Lizette, Leandro, late Theoflo, Roldao and Nazario (Goa). Antonetta will be dearly missed by all her family & friends. May her soul Rest In Peace. Requiem Mass at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7RD, Friday, 7th Oct at 10:00am. Burial at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Wallington, SM6 8JQ, followed by Reception at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Quadrant Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7DA. Condolences to: Janelle Barreto

Death: Inacio Fernandes

10 Sep: Swindon, UK. INACIO FERNANDES. Born 9/5/56. Ex Moita Agacaim, Goa. Beloved Husband of Natty Dias, Son of late Miguel Nascimenta, of late Antonio Joao / Leonora. Father Law of Vanessa / Avatius (U.K), Viviann Melvin (U.K), Anthony / Mysie (U.K), Grand-father of Venantius, Cornetius, Aurelia, Aloytius, Nynoshka, Shania and baby Nevach (U.K), Brother / Bro in Law of Filomena / late Vincent, Caje / Bertha, Cruz /Celia (U.K). Clara / Doodad (Bombay), late Milagrina / late Andrew and family. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence today, 26 Sept. 2016 at 10.00 am to Holy Road Church, Swindon, U.K for Mass, followed by Burial at Kingsdown Cemetery, U.K

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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.

Editorial: The scar remains on Goa’s pristine beaches

25 Sep: Herald. The death of Scarlett Keeling will always remain a deep scar left on the pristine beaches of Goa. Eight years after the British teenager’s body was found on Anjuna beach, the Children’s Court acquitted the two men who were accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving her to die. While one of the men, who was acquitted left the courtroom saying that ‘justice has prevailed’, for Scarlett’s shocked mother Fiona MacKeown, the verdict brings no closure. Her daughter was found dead in 2008 and two autopsies gave differing verdicts. She had waited four years, till 2012, to bury the mortal remains of her daughter hoping that the case would be resolved by then. Yet four years later she still does not know who killed her daughter. She has now vowed to challenge the verdict in the higher court but at the same time said she has neither the financial resources nor the strength to wait another eight years while the appeal is heard and decided… The court has ruled that the two men accused of culpable homicide are not guilty. Will someone tell us who killed Scarlett? … 670 words.  For further details click here
Scarlett acquittal unfortunate, needs to be challenged: Chief Minister. 25 Sep: Herald.  click here

Man held for hoodwinking unsuspecting girls in Goa

25 Sep: Open Sources. The Goa cyber crime police have arrested Chandrahas Rane (photo), a resident of Kalmamal, Borim Ponda, for hoodwinking girls into sending him their nude photographs. The accused used a social networking site and allegedly lured girls on the pretext of modelling career and made them send him their nude pictures. The police have found hundreds of photographs of at least 10 different girls, some of them appear to be minor in age, Rane (36) claimed that he did it to avenge his breakup… Rane was working with a casino based in South Goa, the police said…553 words.  click here
Major Facebook racket exposed in Goa as 36 year old held for blackmailing minor girls by obtaining their nude pictures … exposed-goa-36-year-old-held-blackmailing-minor/  click here

Goa on a CRASH course

25 Sep: Herald. Though most of the accidents happen due to rash and negligent driving on Goa’s busy roads, the bad engineering of roads and the infrastructure also plays a vital role in many mishaps. Almost 98.57% of the accidents have occurred due to rash and negligent driving but also 73.34% of the road accidents happened on straight roads followed by 18.92% on curves as per the official figures of this year till August 31. The straight road and road accidents or curves are directly linked with the road engineering and supporting infrastructure according to experts…
Traffic is like a team game and the road is the playground …
Goa has one person dying in road accidents every 27 hours …
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Lisbon, through the eyes of an artist

25 Sep: Herald. “Unlike most of the artists who consider nature their greatest source of inspiration, for me, it has always been the cities that give a boost to my creativity and motivate me to paint,” expresses artist Deviprasad Rao, whose latest collection, ‘Lisbon Calling’, will be the exhibition that marks the beginning of this year’s Semana Da Cultura Indo- Portuguesa ( Goa) celebrations. Deviprasad is a self- taught abstract artist who loves playing with abrupt lines, dots, squiggles and amorphous shapes to create abstract art that gives an illusion of reality. Lisbon Calling comprises paintings that are a reflection of Deviprasad’s experiences while travelling through the city of Lisbon in Portugal… 990 words.  For further details click here
Painting Lisbon's different shades. 25 Sep: Navhind Times. 850 words.  click here

Houses, fields and a way of life lost forever come alive in a documentary on a Goan ghost town

25 Sep: Like Atlantis, Kurdi sank beneath the waves three decades ago, but unlike the Atlanteans, the people of Kurdi lost their homes to industrial development. Every summer, when water levels recede, the ghostly remnants of the Goan town resurface, and the people of Kurdi, since relocated by the government, find themselves inexorably drawn to the water-wrecked ruins of their former lives. Kurdi, or Curdi, a town in Sanguem, a municipal council in the South Goa district, was last inhabited in 1986, when water from a growing reservoir finally claimed the remaining bits of habitable land, submerging an area of 6,000 acres and dislodging more than 3,000 people. Re-membering Kurdi, a documentary by Saumyananda Sahi, gives a distinctive view of the humble, touching and child-like ways in which a displaced people strive to maintain their voice and a sense of identity… 840 words + video trailer of the film, 2m. 01s. .  For further details click here

Nik Sharma: A Brown Kitchen: Fried chicken, with a nod to a Goan grandmother

25 Sep: San Francisco Chronicle. By Nik Sharma (photo) I’m used to dredging things with semolina when I fry. It’s a tradition that I absorbed from my Goan grandmother as I watched her cook. When we fry in Goan cooking, whether it’s shallow or deep frying, we use semolina to get an amazing crust on seafood, meats and vegetables. It gives fried food a richer crunch and texture than what you would obtain with flour alone… In my fried chicken recipe, I add flavor in every step, but each layer is seasoned slightly differently than the others. There’s garam masala, chile and turmeric in the marinade, and cracked coriander seeds in the dredging mixture… [At the link select PressDisplay]  For further details click here
Why This Scientist Gave It All Up to Become a Pastry Chef ...  click here

Goa: Settled under Palm Trees

25 Sep: NZZ Sonntag (Switzerland). Thousands are on their way to catch a glimpse of Saint Francis Xavier in his glass sarcophagus in the Baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Even some Hindus worship the saints… Above all, is it not a miracle that his body - 464 years after his death, still reveals facial features? Feet, one hand (the other is along with forearm in Rome), skin and hair? … Velha Goa was until the end of the 17th century as "Rome of the East" and "Golden City". It was bigger and more beautiful than Lisbon or Paris. But Malaria epidemics plagued the residents. They fled to the West Coast twelve kilometers away and founded the present capital of Goa, Panaji… What remained of the lost world city, the magnificent cathedral, two convents, churches and the Basilica do Bom Jesus, a Unesco World Heritage Site… 1126 words.  For further details click here


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Double exposure

25 Sep: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. … "Cheats are cheats," commented a Goan doctor friend living in London. "They eventually get their comeuppance and are exposed as entangled emperors without clothes." As MP for Leicester East, the 59-year old Vaz has proven himself to be a gifted self-publicist … Fortunately, there is an admirable British press that will doggedly pursue the case, unravelling the truth on all fronts … Is such a character a fitting example for us Goans? Would any respectable, god-fearing Goan mother want him to be an Uncle or a Godfather to her children? … The only positive point in the entire sordid episode is that Vaz is lucky enough to have a wife who graciously decided to Stand By her Man … Anyone who believes that Keith Vaz is being persecuted by the British press needs to readjust his thinking cap… Let's call a spade a spade. The MP sinned against his God, his Family and his Office, proving that at the core he is a hypocrite and an individual capable of grave deceit … 1012 words.  click here
For a profile of Patricia J Pereira-Sethi, the Ex United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek,  click here

Goan Catholics: A ‘dying’ community?

25 Sep: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. … For Goa’s Catholics, history has been like a roller coaster ride … By the late 1960s and early 1970s, the traumatic developments in former British East Africa, especially Uganda, ended up ironically in bringing in so much talent back here… But, barely a decade or so later many of the children of those who had returned were finishing their education, and readying to once again migrate themselves … Goans worldwide are, in some ways, victims of their own ambitious. The growing trend towards seeking foreign passports – not just Portuguese – has been widely commented upon. Unlike other Indian migratory communities, the Goan Catholic is seldom known to return home once (s)he migrates… the Goan Catholic appears rather headless as a community… The Goan Catholic community seems to be changing its form. Today, we have at least a couple of Goan villages in places like Swindon … 1091 words.  For further details click here

Video: Mother of Scarlett Keeling expresses guilt over her tragic death

24 Sep: BBC 2. Fiona MacKeown (photo), mother of Scarlett Keeling appeared on VictoriaLive today and expressed guilt over the fact she allowed Scarlett to go to the party she was last seen at…  For further details click here
Mother vows to fight on as two cleared of Goa murder. 24 Sep: The Times (UK). By Hugh Tomlinson, Pamela D’Mello.  click here
24 Sep: BT (UK). Here are the key events in the aftermath of Scarlett Keeling's death … click here.

AAP to tap NRI support for Goa poll campaign

24 Sep: Hindustan Times. Come October, thousands of non-resident Indian (NRI) volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will plunge themselves into a routine of making calls on behalf of the party to potential voters in Goa and Punjab for a few hours every day. After registering a huge success with its NRI-calling programme in the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, AAP is once again tapping its support base spread over at least a dozen countries worldwide to canvas for the party and secure funds for fighting the assembly elections in the two states. As much as 22% of the party’s election funding comes from other countries. As Goa and Punjab will go to the polls in early 2017, the party plans to re-launch the programme from the first week of October. “We will make more than 60 lakh calls till the start of the elections,” Sreekant Kocherlakota, secretary of AAP’s US chapter, told HT over the phone from Los Angeles… At present, AAP has nine overseas chapters in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Qatar, UK, UAE and Italy… 579 words.  For further details click here

Cultural fete to celebrate Indo-Portuguese music, cuisine and art in Goa

24 Sep: Hindustan Times. A festival celebrating Indian and Portuguese culture will be held here soon. The event will include an exhibition by celebrated artist Deviprasad Rao, a fado singing competition, a film festival, music workshops and an evening of Indo-Portuguese cuisine. “The annual event is an effort to celebrate and appreciate the rich cultural flavours of the two nations,” said Rui Carvalho Baceira, Consul General of Portugal in Goa… The Semana Da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Goa) celebrations will kick off with an art exhibition titled ‘Lisbon Calling’ by Deviprasad Rao on Sunday. The exhibition has been curated by Nalini Elvino de Souza and will be open for viewing till Wednesday…  For further details click here

Schulen Fernandes: Carrying forward Wendell’s legacy

24 Sep: Navhind Times. Q: Last month your name was flashed all over the fashion world as the face of the Wendell Rodricks brand. How did you feel when it was formally announced at the LFW? A: I was and still am elated beyond words. This is of course what every designer works towards, the recognition and appreciation. And what better platform for me, than the Wendell Rodricks brand. I must say, I feel very privileged to have such a fabulous mentor to inspire me while I take on this new role as co-creative head. It’s been a two year step-by-step transition with the WR label. So this announcement was very much in the pipeline and completely as per plan… 1347 words.  For further details click here

Goa to have cruise terminal

24 Sep: Navhind Times. Approaching the Goan voters with a bagful of goodies, which would also help the government in increasing its revenue as well as develop the infrastructure of Goa, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the central government would construct a tourism-oriented cruise terminal in the state, besides immediate commencement of the Baina-Dona Paula ferry service, introduction of the Mumbai-Goa waterway passenger service, and facilities such as fishing trawlers for the societies or groups of local fishermen. Addressing a press conference in the city, Gadkari said that presently 20 international passenger cruises – each carrying 4,000 to 5,000 tourists – arrive in Goa annually, which could be increased fivefold after the cruise terminal becomes a reality…  For further details click here

Lisbon: 29 Indo-Portuguese items in Forthcoming Auction

26 Sep: Cabral Moncada Leilões, Lisbon. Lots 193 – 221, 234, Various Goan antiques consisting mainly of Ivory carvings of religious figures and some items of furniture. Photo shows Lot 216: A Cabinet with ten drawers simulating twelve with Stand, teak, partly ebony lined, ebony and ivory inlays "secant circles", stand with two drawers and a trundle drawer simulating two, carved legs "Nagas", gilt tracery copper mounts and applications, gilt copper tacks, Indo-Portuguese, 17th C. (2nd half), restoration, later feet "Cubes", ear to the gilt of applications. Dim. - 130 x 91 x 47 cm.  For further details click here



Death: Antoinetta Mendes (Anita)

22 Sep: Chira Bazar, Mumbai. ANTOINETTA MENDES (ANITA) Age 59 years. Daughter of Late Gracy & Santan Mendes, Mother of Danny D’Costa, Mother-in-Law of Karen Couto. Sister of Rachael, Joaquim, Jose Babush, & Benny. Funeral on 25 Sept. Leaves the residence Goan Co-op Hsg. Society, Tadwadi, Chira Bazar, Mumbai- 400 002 at 9.45. Mass at 10.30 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, Dabul, Takurdwar, Mumbai – 400002. Burial at St. Peter Haines Road Catholic Cemetery, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai – 400 018. Deeply Mourned by Staff & Management of Bright International

Death: Angela Mascarenhas nee Velloze

22 Sep: Alto Porvorim, Goa. ANGELA ELVINA MASCARENHAS nee VELLOZE. Born 1926. Ex Mahim, Mumbai. Wife of late George Mascarenhas Mother of: Ivan, Late Yvonne/ Ernest Menezes, Francis/ Gloria, Loretta/ Octaviano Moniz, Joyce/ Stanley Menezes. Loving Grandma of: Gerard, Ralph, Sherwin, Kenneth, Michael, Liam/Sylvana, Allira, Lizelle, Joanne/ Craig And Sharon.

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Scarlett Keeling's mother blames 'despicable coward' eye witness for the not guilty verdict

23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). By Taniya Dutta in Goa and Julian Robinson for MailOnline and AFP. Scarlett Keeling's furious mother has blamed a 'despicable coward' eye witness who pulled out of giving evidence … Briton Michael Mannion, known as 'Masala Mike' initially spoke of seeing Ms Keeling on the beach shortly before she died. But in a press conference in Goa today, Ms Keeling's mother Fiona MacKeown said Mr Mannion had 'pulled out' of testifying 'at the last minute' and that she now held the London carpenter 'partially responsible for this lack of a guilty verdict'… 3009 words + photos + Comments.  For further details click here
23 Sep: India Today. All you need to know about infamous Scarlett Keeling rape and murder …  click here
23 Sep: BBC. Two men cleared over Scarlett click here.

Videos: Scarlet Keeling Murder Case Accused

23 Sep: India Today. 21m. 02s.  For further details click here
Video: Scarlett Keeling murder: Two accused acquitted by Goa court 23 Sep: NewsX. 31m. 01s.  click here
Audio: BBC. Mother Fiona MacKeown talks to Emma Barnett about her battle for justice after the killing of her daughter in India in 2008. 23m click here.

Kenya: Eve D Souza shows off her thunder thighs in skimpy beach wear

22 Sep: Tuko (Kenya). TV queen and now an actor, Eve D’Souza has all the looks of a Hollywood Star. She has taken over the internet with salacious photos showing off her well-toned body in a skimpy beach outfit… The girl seems to be growing younger by the day. She was one of the very first people to join an urbanite radio station when we hit the millennium- Capital FM in 2001. For years, she has been at the helm of the most influential media personality. She was TNA’ communication manager during the last General Election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta clinch the top seat with a majority win. In her late 30’s Souza is yet to open up on her relationship status. At an interview with Cate Mukei in 2014, she intimated that she led a very private life and would make it public when she got married…  For further details click here
Eve D'Souza, born in 1979 in Mombasa, Kenya to Andrew and Martina D’Souza. She has two siblings, Sharon and Jason D’Souza. She attended Loreto Convent and Aga Khan High School, Mombasa. For the Eve D’Souza Goan Voice Supplement,  click here

The blot on the Goa holiday experience

23 Sep: Herald. Tourists who visit Goa have been taking back bad memories of their unwarranted brush with the law enforcement authorities – the traffic police. Tourists claim only rented bikes with the yellow number plate are stopped and not a single Goan two-wheeler is stopped even if the rider isn’t wearing a helmet… Herald was able to confirm their stories when our team rode on NH 17 at Porvorim and saw traffic cops immediately stop Indian as well as foreign tourists riding on rented bikes with yellow number plates even if the rider was wearing a helmet. Not a single Goan bike was stopped, even if traffic rules, such as rider not wearing a helmet, were violated. As traffic cops noticed photographs were being clicked, they followed the Herald team and asked that the photos be deleted, they also sought to know what photographs had been clicked. They, however, admitted that a majority of the vehicles they stop are tourist bikes…  For further details click here

Something is ‘brewing’ in Goa. And it is fresh!

24 Sep: Herald. Goa is slowly waking up to the beer culture and a number of restaurants/pubs are keeping beer at the focal point of their offerings… Goa has realised the potential that freshly brewed beer has and a number of business establishments are queuing up to offer international brands of beer, beer on tap, and even setting up microbreweries to produce their own brand of beer, right here in Goa… In 2012, Café Mojo, situated in Panjim, grabbed the opportunity to be India’s first E Beer  For further details click here

Can’t stop the party

23 Sep: Herald. Goa is the party capital of the country and Goans like chilling at the nearest night club or restaurant that has music as the source of entertainment. Owners of such establishments are always in a competitive race to deliver the best experience. Café talks to young Goa about where their loyalty is when it comes to the nightlife business … to keep up with the tastes of their consumers, night club and restaurant owners are always pushing the boundaries of the night life scene, a competitive streak that speaks for itself… Cape Town Café. It’s the one place where I can catch up with my friends on the weekend,” says Errol Menezes, a banker from Panjim… Café Mambo and sinQ are also good  For further details click here

Goan chillis to find a niche in the Gulf

23 Sep: Navhind Times. The Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd has decided for the first time to export locally grown chillis to the Persian Gulf markets. The development comes in the backdrop of surplus production of chillis in the state… two varieties of chilly – ‘UG 6609’ and ‘Sai Priya’ – are to be exported to the Persian Gulf. The move will provide opportunities to farmers to earn incremental income and get good exposure at the international level …  click here


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Scarlett Keeling murder: How the tragic case of the 15-year-old's death unfolded

23 Sep: Daily Telegraph (UK). By Andrew Marszal, Goa. It has been eight years since the mysterious death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in a seedy, drug-ridden Goa beach town shocked the world… on Friday morning a local court is expected to finally deliver its verdict on the two men accused of killing Scarlett. Scarlett’s mother, who will be in court on Friday, told The Telegraph on the eve of the verdict that she hopes the pair, if found guilty, will “suffer in a horrible Indian prison for the rest of their lives”. Supporters of the accused are also expected to rally at the courthouse in Panjim, the Goan capital. Ahead of the judge's ruling, we examine how the case against Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho has unfurled, and the varying accounts of what happened that night in Anjuna… 2715 words + 10 photos  For further details click here
23 Sep: The Guardian. Goa judge to deliver verdict on two men over death of Scarlett Keeling … By Michael Safi in Delhi. 628 words.  click here
22 Sep: BBC. Scarlett Keeling's mum talks about her daughter's death … 2m. 28s. click here.

Skinny Dipping in Goa

22 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. Arambol beach, Goa. Shallow seas, a fringe of palm trees, the smell of fragrant fish curry freighted on the cooling breeze. I lie on the sand, a beer in one hand, a book in the other, certain that the situation is perfect in every regard but one: that gambolling in the sea necessitates the near-nakedness of swimwear with all its concomitant revelations… Imagine, if you will, a single slender asparagus wrapped in a glistening slice of Parma ham and you have an approximation of my unclothed self… Don't instinctively rule out old-school trunks. It may takes balls - in both the literal and metaphorical sense - to even contemplate a pair of budgie-smugglers, but they have one undeniable advantage: if people are staring at your neatly packaged junk they aren't looking at the uncovered rest of you. Although don't go there if there's any of risk of hair extruding beyond their confines like a pair of curly groinal sideburns. Best, of course, to opt for a modest length and a roomy cut… 578 words.  For further details click here

Cambridge City get off to victorious start under new captain Warren D’Souza

21 Sep: Cambridge News (UK). Warren D'Souza marked his debut as captain by scoring for Cambridge City in a 2-0 victory at Teddington in their England League, Conference East opener. D'Souza took just four minutes to set City on their way by knocking home the rebound from a penalty corner. Scott Gilmour pounced in a similar fashion from a tight angle four minutes later and that proved to be enough for the visitors to clinch the win… D'Souza was delighted with the performance, especially with a number of newcomers to the team …  For further details click here

Laila Rouass says wedding to Ronnie O'Sullivan isn't on the cards yet

21 Sep: Hello Magazine. Although it's been over three years since her fiancé popped the question, Laila Rouass has revealed she is in no rush to get married. Speaking exclusively to HELLO! Online on Tuesday, the 45-year-old actress confirmed she hasn’t set a date for her big day as she continues to focus on her nine-year-old daughter, Inez. The former Footballers' Wives actress - who is currently promoting Disney's new musical, The Lodge - became engaged to Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2013 after one year of dating…  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice Laila Rouass supplement,  click here

Drive Goa to Mumbai in six hours by 2018

22 Sep: Times of India. Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari (photo) on Thursday announced that the new four-lane concrete highway between Goa and Mumbai will enable the commuters to cover the distance of 609 km in just six hours. "The concrete high way which is not an expressway will be completed by December 2018. The new four -lane highway will boost tourism in Goa," Gadkari said … "A 10 % fund is reserved to improve black spots on high ways and state roads," he said adding when he had taken the charge, the road construction was 2 km per day. Last March, it was increased to 22 km per day. Next, they have set a target of constructing 42 kms of road per day. The concrete roads will have life of 50 years  For further details click here
Video: 22 Sep: Navhind Times. The whole national highway network in Goa would be resurfaced and beautified by the central government … 2m. 18s.  click here

Goa lighthouses to become tourism spots

22 Sep: Free Press Journal. Goa’s vintage lighthouse, where Salman Khan-starrer Khamoshi movie was filmed, and 78 other old and corroded lighthouse structures scattered along India’s vast coast line will be turned into tourist attraction with entertainment zones, restaurants and other food joints and if possible hotels developed around them. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 600 crore for the lighthouse project to be handled basically by the Ministry of Shipping as the land and lighthouse areas belong to it, while the Tourism Ministry will help in promoting the tourism potential around them…  For further details click here

Mortal remains of Georgian Queen found in Goa: ASI expert

22 Sep: Business Standard. N Taher, Superintending Archaeologist today said the mortal remains of Georgian Queen Ketevan have been found in Goa, bringing to light the 16th century connection between Georgia and the coastal state … Taher, referring to a 26-year-long research project said, "We have been able to establish that the remains found in St Augustine Complex in Goa were that of Queen Ketevan" … Ketevan was the queen of Georgia during the 1600s. The city was attacked and her husband killed. The Persian ruler Shah Abbas seized the kingdom and took Ketevan as a prisoner… Her remains were smuggled out of Iran to Goa… It was for the first time that DNA testing was done on a bone relic in India …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Queen Ketevan,  click here

Portugal: Paulo Varela Gomes among five finalists Grand Prix and Romance Novel

22 Sep: Publico (Portugal). Era Uma Vez Em Goa [ Was Once In Goa] , a novel by Paulo Varela Gomes who died in April this year , is among the five finalists Grand Prix Romance Novel and the Portuguese Writers Association (EPA) in 2015, announced the organization on Thursday. According to the direction of the EPA, as it was still published in the author's life, he was admitted to the competition this novel writer, critic and architectural historian, who died at age 63 in Portugal…  For further details click here
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UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 24 Sep: St Jacinto Feast at Christ The Redeemer Church, 299 Allenby Road, Southall, UB1 2HE, Celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the Live sound By " SHADES" And One of Our Very Own Youngster "DJ RYAN TELLIS" Snacks and Lunch will be served. Tickets Adult £12. Children 6 to 11 years £6. Children under 6 years old Free. To avoid disappointment please book before 15th September 2016. After the 15th September 2016: Adult tickets at £15.00. For details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545; Maria: 02089315185; Clare: 02085782288; Marisa: 07877775880 or 07568185022, For further details, click here.

Sat. 24 Sept: 5.00 p.m. Konkani Film, Big Ben. (with English Sub. titles). Second round of Screening in London. Konkani film “BIG BEN” by Mark de Araujo Kala Academy and Goa Konkni Academy award winner. At Safari Cinema, Station Rd, Harrow HA1 2TU. For Tickets please contact: Southall: Peter De Merces – 07417494316; Hayes: Andrew – 07834387325; Willesden: Maxio – 07415725729.Harrow: Greg – 07931753653; Wembley: Clara – 07535931677, 07466961935 Caitano – 07882009063. Video: For the film trailer, 2m. 52s.

Sun. 25 Sept. 3.00 pm. Konkani Film, Big Ben (with English Sub. titles). Second round of Screening in London. Konkani film “BIG BEN” by Mark de Araujo Kala Academy and Goa Konkni Academy award winner. At Saint Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Commonside East, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 1YG For tickets contact. Nina Pinto – 02087670663. Fr Lucas- 07523453631. Video: For the film trailer, 2m. 52s.

Sun 2 Oct. 1.30pm to 5:00pm. Divine Retreat Centre Team Leads Eucharistic Healing Service at St Sebastian and St Pancras Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury Green, London, NW9 ONG. Led by Fr Joseph Edattu VC & Divine Ministry Team. Contact Stany: 07988860871 Gracy: 07859156249. Click here.

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.

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UK: New Event Announcement

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

The Portuguese nationality bug

21 Sep: Herald. By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho. With the Election Commission attempting to delete Goans with Portuguese passport from the electoral here, a new bug has caught us. Goans were Portuguese and they did not give up Portuguese citizenship and continued to be so. After the Indian troops marched into Goa, the conferring of Indian citizenship on Goans (deemed Indian citizens status) did not divest them of Portuguese citizenship as they neither voluntarily accepted Indian citizenship nor they gave up Portuguese citizenship…  For further details click here
Retaining Goans In Their Home Paradise. 21 Sep: Navhind Times. The Election Commission of India has decided to delete from the electoral rolls the names of the individuals who have renounced their Indian citizenship and opted for a foreign nationality by obtaining passport of another country, including Portuguese passport holders… The parties and sitting candidates that might be adversely affected by the deletion of a large number of names of course would not be comfortable with the elimination by the Election Commission…  click here

19 Things to Know Before You Go to Goa

21 Sep: Roads & Kingdom. 1: Come for the melting pot… 2: Time your visit wisely… 3: Go north for nightlife and south for serenity… 4: Go for cheap eats in Panaji… 5: Take a siesta… 6: Ask for directions.. 7: Make it a vindaloo... 8: Don’t hail a cab… 9: But do find a “pilot.” … 10: Learn to hold your feni… 11: Sniff out the sorpotel… 12: Carry exact change... 13: Find a quiet beach… 14: Hit the smaller festivals… 15: Keep your drinking off the roads… 16: Find the music… 17: Prepare for traffic stops… 18: Gamble at your own risk. 19: Know why the Brexit matters… 1942 words + photos.  For further details click here

Patricia Pereira-Sethi: Architectural Alchemy

18 Sep: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. An array of acclaimed international architects recently addressed the theme “Buildings as Ideas” during a three-day colloquium at the Kala Academy in Goa. They did so in memory of iconic Goan architect Charles Correa… Correa’s work blended modernity and traditional vernacular styles to create an architecture with a universal appeal… Perhaps more than anything else, Correa believed fiercely in the notion that architecture could shape society… The architects who took to the podium reiterated how Correa’s philosophical footfalls had found a place in their work… Curated by the Charles Correa Foundation, the Z-Axis colloquium will become an annual event, underwritten by generous grants from philanthropists in Goa and around the world… 1032 words.  For further details click here

India is set to welcome its first ever W Insider in Goa

21 Sep: India Infoline. W Goa is set to shake the hospitality scene with the appointment of India’s first W Insider, Rashila Lobo… She will play a major role by connecting the hotel’s savvy guests to the city’s hottest happenings… The signature Whatever/Whenever service philosophy provides guests with whatever they want, whenever they want it, as long as it’s legal… Rashila Lobo, is your guide to everything new and exciting in Goa… A Swiss native brought up in Goa, Rashila brings a wealth of experience in hospitality industry from around the world … She also speaks German and Goan [sic], which helps her connect with guests of diverse backgrounds… Slated to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, W Goa will be Starwood’s 8th brand in India… 664 words.  For further details click here
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Centre ignores Goa’s plea for financial aid

21 Sep: The Goan. A cash-strapped Goa government has approached the Centre hoping that it will bail it out for two of its flagship projects -- the third Mandovi Bridge as well as the Saligao mixed waste treatment plant. Both the proposals, have however, been ignored. In a meeting with the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Goa’s Chief Secretary R K Srivastava sought a reimbursement of the cost of the third Mandovi Bridge to the tune of `540 crore as well as the reimbursement of the Saligao Solid Waste treatment plant and funding for two additional similar plants in Goa. The government had also sought `70-cr for organising BRICS summit in Goa besides funds for its sewerage network in seven towns and 24x7 water connectivity in the State …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: London: The Modern Babylon. BBC 4. Saturday 24th Sept. 21:15 to 23:20. A time-travelling voyage from director Julien Temple to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.

NATURE: Africa. Freeview 19. Sunday 25th Sept. 18:00 to 19:00. A breathtaking journey through Africa with David Attenborough, who looks at the changing landscape of east Africa to reveal creatures found nowhere else on Earth. 2012.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Great Lives. BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 27th Sept.16:30 to 17:00. Chef Cyrus Todiwala Chooses Dadabhai Naoroji, the Grand Old Man of India, who in 1892 Became Britain's First Asian MP.

DRAMA: Jallebies and Tea. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Tuesday 27th Sept. 21:15 to 22:00. Recently arrived in London from India, Asha is lonely left in her flat all day long, until some extraordinary visitors appear. Stars Nina Wadia.

DOCUMENTARY: My Story. CBeebies (Freeview 121). Wednesday 28th Sept. 14:25 to 14:40. Children discover their own and their family's history through fun, adventure and play. Daddy Raj shares his memories of his life as a Bollywood actor with his daughter Suhaana. Together, they find out all about Daddy's colourful story which started in India a long time ago.

DOCUMENTARY: Kipling's Indian Adventure. BBC 2. Thursday 29th Sept. 23:15 to 00:15. Documentary film following the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling, 19th-century English writer and a Nobel Prize winner. Patrick Hennessey travels to Lahore to reassess Kipling's adventures and their impact on his literature.

FILM: Badlapur. Channel 4. Friday 30th Sept. 00:55 to 03:15. Action thriller. Introduced by its director Sriram Raghavan, Badlapur is a dark tale of vengeance and moral ambiguity.


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E-tourist visa: Foreigners can stay 100 days in India

21 Sep: Deccan Chronicle. Encouraged with the overwhelming response to the e-tourist visas scheme, the Centre has proposed to further liberalise the procedure … Union tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi said the ministry had "in-principle" agreed to liberalise the e-tourist visa rules permitting multiple entry from single entry allowed now and also extending the period of stay to one hundred days from 30 days provided at present. "It will be matter of time to implement these," he added ...  For further details click here

In pictures: India's dying Christian communities

19 Sep: BBC. London-based photographer Karan Kapoor has recorded some of India's dying Christian communities who are trying to preserve their identities in rapidly changing times. The son of well-known actors Shashi Kapoor and the late Jennifer Kendal-Kapoor, Kapoor himself is of both Indian and British descent. The other community he has chronicled are the Goan Catholics, probably the largest inheritors and defenders of their Portuguese heritage. Most of his pictures were taken in the 1980s and 1990s and they focus on people and places that have either been lost to history, or changed beyond recognition… Taken in the 1990s, these photographs capture an older Goa: the last of 'Portugal Goa'… 603 words + 11 photos. [Alert from des Fortes].  For further details click here

Goa chief minister is giving Indians a free mobile connection

20 Sep: Call it a last minute election stunt, but Goa’s Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (photo) has announced that his BJP-led government will give youths between the age of 18 and 38 a mobile connection. The connection will come with 1GB of free 3G or LTE data, and 100 minutes of voice calls. The scheme, dubbed “Digital Goa Plan,” is expected to launch in November… Parsekar's offering might not feel as enticing as unlimited calls and 4GB of LTE data that people can get with a Jio connection from Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) which also offers access to its suite of content services that include live TV streaming, movies on demand and a music store.  For further details click here

Germany: The new priest also likes to play soccer

20 Sep: Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany). Father Norman Joseph D'Souza, has taken up his duties in early September and now heads the Seelsorgeeinheit with parishes Allmannshofen, Blankenburg, Ehingen, Ellgau, Holzen and Nordendorf…. Father Norman has his apartment based in the monastery in Holzen and already celebrated the first Holy Mass… Father Norman D'Souza is 51 years old and comes from the Indian state of Goa. He is a member of the Order of St. Francis Xavier, which is mainly active in mission in India. The minister was in Germany in 1995 - at that time as the first member of his order. In Germany Father Norman has already occupied several offices over the years, including Westendorf , Schrobenhausen and Ettringen before 2001, he was pastor of the newly founded parish community Dirlewang… From rich experience of the sympathetic. The priest speaks excellent German and his hobbies include cooking, football and music … On Sunday, October 16, the official inauguration of Father Norman Joseph D'Souza by Dean Georg Schneider takes place…  For further details click here

Australia: Randwick mayor Noel D’Souza to stand again at mayoral election

19 Sep: Daily Telegraph. Randwick Council is preparing to vote in its new mayor but with a decision on Woollahra Council’s legal case against the State Government due to be handed down, it could be the shortest term in history. Mayor Noel D’Souza said he would seek re-election to guide the council through this transitional period in the lead-up to a merger announcement… Cr D’Souza said Randwick Council had achieved “many things” under his watch, including an inclusive playground at Chifley, the K2K competition to revitalise Kingsford and Kensington and the creation of 400 parking spaces to replace those lost to the light rail…  For further details click here
Mumbai-born Noel, son of a printer, immigrated to Australia at the age of 10 becomes Randwick City’s 83rd and first Indian mayor …  click here

I am a fan of Goan cuisine: Master Chef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan

16 Sep: Hindustan Times. Elena Duggan, the winner of Master Chef Australia 2016, talks about her experience on the show, her admiration for Indian cuisine and what she thinks will be the next big trends in the culinary world… “I am a fan of Goan cuisine and I like the mild curry and seafood,” says Elena who is yet to visit India. The 32-yr-old is a visual arts teacher by profession and hails from New South Wales, Australia …  For further details click here

Video: Big Crab Catching and Cooking in Goa

20 Sep: Street Food. Goa Backwater. Catching Crabs and making Crab Curry. 10m. 47s.  For further details click here

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