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What’s A Goan Christmas in London Like?

17 Dec: Londonist (UK). Mathias Heredia. Originally from Margao. Mathias Heredia now lives in Aldgate East. He’s the head chef at Cyrus Todiwala’s nearby Café Spice Namaste ...“I’m a Goan Christian, so going to the church at Christmas is compulsory. We have the English Martyrs Catholic Church here in Aldgate East … We often go to my sister’s house to celebrate … We eat roast pork and pork sorpotel with a simple pulao rice and sanna … For dessert, we have kul kuls, neureos and dodol … In Goa, we would drink cashew feni, coconut feni and beers, but in London I’ll be drinking beers and whisky.” … Goan eating and drinking in London: Assado … Ma Goa … Olde Goa … Trishna …  click here

Swapping ‘kunswar’ for a turkey
17 Dec: Times of India. Traditionally, Christmas sweets or kunswar, are prepared at home, with every family member chipping in. Kulkuls, doce, bolinhas, bebinca, neurios, dodol, bathe and coconut icing are some Christmas delicacies. In today's hectic times this tradition is slowly on the wane and families prefer buying their sweets at local stores… "People are well-travelled and have developed a taste for exotic food," said Vishal Maganlal from Magson's supermarket. Three years ago, the store began selling cooked and raw turkeys for Christmas which are sourced right from Goa to Coimbatore. "Last year we were unable to meet demand and 10 customers had to return empty-handed," he said…  click here

Football: FC Goa leaves fans with tears and memories

18 Dec: Times of India. FC Goa's remarkable turnaround in the ISL came to a grinding halt, cruelly, through a tiebreaker. Ninety minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time produced no goal, leaving Kolkata to have the last laugh in the tiebreaker after they emerged 4-2 victors and earned themselves a place in the grand finale against Kerala Blasters in Mumbai on Saturday.  click here
Live Score Update.  click here
Video: Match Highlights. click here.

Goa leads India in competitiveness: Report
17 Dec: Times of India. Goa, which "shows strengths in the context of strategy and rivalry for businesses that operate in the region and also has strong supporting and related industries", tops in the city state category of a competitiveness report released on Wednesday… The report categorizes the states under seven heads: city states, innovation driven economies, transition economies, investment driven economies, changeover economies, emerging economies and northeastern economies.  click here

Citrix Appoints Francis deSouza to Board of Directors

11 Dec: Citrix. Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) today announced the addition of Francis A. deSouza, technology industry veteran and president of Illumina, a leading biotechnology company, to its board of directors, effective immediately. deSouza began his career at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center. Later, he founded two technology companies, both of which were acquired, and spent time at Microsoft before serving in five different executive roles at Symantec, including group president, enterprise products and services…  click here
Francis deSouza is the son of Domingos deSouza and Elpiniki Papacostandinou a Greek national; grandson of A. B Desouza (Parra) and Rosa Viegas e Souza (Anjuna). For a Wikipedia profile of him,  click here

India Ideas Conclave, 2014 in Goa from December 19
17 Dec: Niticentral. India Foundation, an independent research centre on Indian polity, in association with Government of Goa is organising a three-day India Ideas Conclave, 2014 in Goa on the central theme of ‘Integral Human Development’… More than 70 eminent scholars and thinkers will address a select group of over 400 participants that include eminent academics, global CEOs, renowned scientists, technologists, senior political thinkers and practitioners and media luminaries…  click here

Anti-Bikini’ Remark Spelling Doom For Tourism In Canacona?

18 Dec: Herald. Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chairperson Simon Rebelo said sarcastically, “The government’s reported ‘anti-bikini’ statement by a minister seems to have been taken seriously by many foreign tourists … since the statement has gone viral in every foreign country, this ‘anti bikini’ remark of a minister in the State government had made headlines on TV channels and on the Internet. Adding to our misery, many rival States in the country are now highlighting this point to deter tourists from visiting Goa.” …  click here
16 Dec: India Today. Goa@50: Beaches, babes and bikinis …  click here

Govt to crackdown on illegal foreign businesses
18 Dec: Times of India. With the increase in the number of complaints received against foreign nationals in Goa on tourist visas carrying out different types of business, the state government on Wednesday decided to take stringent action against them… Since 2013, around 70 cases have been booked against foreigners indulging in illegal tour guides and other activities in the state …  click here
Editorial: Do you not know the drug traders in your backyard, Mr CM? 18 Dec: Herald…  click here

Neil D’Souza Crowdfunding boosted the growth of Core wireless speaker system

16 Dec: Financial Post (Canada). There was $1.3 million raised for high-fidelity wireless speakers as a tiny Canadian company made headlines on tech blogs around the world thanks to successful crowdfunding campaigns … Mass Fidelity of Toronto sought about $55,000 to help get its Core wireless speaker system into production. “It was the ability for us to make a sales pitch to a much wider audience than we normally could,” said co-founder Neil D’Souza …  click here
Neil’s parents are from Goa though he grew up in Bombay. He migrated to Australia in 1985 and moved to Canada in 1996. For a Mass Fidelity video clip presented by Neil,  click here

‘Privilege’ cards for elderly
18 Dec: Times of India. … The elderly persons receive a 50% concession for travel on Kadamba buses and also on shuttle services. Similarly, senior citizens can gain direct access to the Goa Medical College and Hospital for medical treatment without queuing up …  click here

SpiceJet: Indian airline planes 'grounded'

17 Dec: BBC. India's troubled airline SpiceJet has grounded flights after oil companies refused to refuel any of its planes, reports say. The debt-ridden carrier owes money to creditors, including oil companies. SpiceJet is India's fourth-biggest airline by market share… Last-minute cancellations on Tuesday left thousands stranded - throwing plans into chaos. It's shaping up to be more of the same on Wednesday …  click here


COOKERY: World Kitchen. Channel: itv3. Saturday 20th Dec. 02:55 to 03:20. New Zealand chef Nici Wickes travels the world to gain ideas and inspiration for new dishes to recreate in her kitchen back home. She explores the lush landscape of Kerela in southern India. Visiting spice markets, winding backwaters and family kitchens Nici uncovers the secrets to making great curry at home.

NATURE: Wonders of the Monsoon.: BBC 2. Sunday 21st Dec. 02:05 to 03:05. The Drought. Episode 3. During the part of the year that the monsoon does not bring rain, the winds reverse, bringing dry air and even drought to large parts of the region.

DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hill Railways. Channel: Yesterday 537. Monday 22nd December 2014 17:00 to 20:00. Episodes 1-3. Affectionate three-part series about India's 'toy trains'.

DOCUMENTARY: Tsunami: Survivors' Stories. itv. Monday 22nd Dec. 21:00 to 22:05. A moving account of the events a decade ago on Boxing Day 2004 when a tsunami swept across eleven countries in the Indian Ocean, killing nearly 250,000 people of many nationalities.

DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Channel: Yesterday. Tuesday 23rd Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. Hop on board the world's riskiest railway journeys! Passenger safety isn't high on the agenda in India, as Chris Tarrant discovers on a dicey ride along the country's west coast.

RELIGIOUS: Midnight Mass From Arundel Cathedral. BBC 1. Wednesday 24th Dec. 23:45 to 01:05. A traditional Christmas Eve Roman Catholic mass from the picturesque town of Arundel in West Sussex, including the familiar carols O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.

DOCUMENTARY: Tsunami: Caught on Camera. more4 (Freeview 14). Friday 26th Dec. 22:00 to 23:40. Told using almost entirely amateur footage, Tsunami: Caught on Camera is the moving true story of the tsunami told through the eyes of those who were there.



Death: Lina D'Souza - Revised
15 Dec: Nairobi. LINA D'SOUZA. Loving wife of the late Alick P.H. D'Souza. Beloved daughter of the late Lilia & the late Constance Fernandes. Sister to Henry Fernandes (Northampton, U.K.), the late Tony 'Triplet' Fernandes and the late Reggie Fernandes. Sister-in-law to Ancy, Gala, Peter Paul, Felix, the late Anton, the late John, Romaldo, the late Victor, Lino, Sheila Fernandes & Emilia Fernandes. The funeral will take place on Friday the 19th of December at 10:30am at Saint Francis Xavier's Church, Parklands followed by the cremation at Kariokor Hindu Crematorium. In lieu of floral tributes donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, attention of Sister Brigette +254 721 425 670. Messages of condolence may be sent to  email

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Video: Goa's fight for independence from Portugal

16 Dec: BBC. … Libia Lobo Sardesai, who ran the Voice of Freedom radio station in Goa was part of the political struggle to win independence. She tells Witness of the last days of Portuguese rule and the "intoxicating" feeling of winning freedom at last… 4m. 11s.  click here

Goa braces for drastic fall in tourist arrivals
16 Dec: Navhind Times. Goa may witness a considerable fall in arrivals of both domestic and foreign tourists this season. Chairman of the Souza Group Ralph de Sousa said that November started on a low note with a fall in hotel occupancies by 20 per in international market and 25 per cent in domestic market. For the first half of December, the international arrivals saw a 40 per cent dip in North Goa and 60 per cent in South Goa hotel occupancies. The domestic market is down by 20 per cent, in spite of IFFI and Exposition visitors… It has been suggested that the facility of visa on arrival should be extended to the UK, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Oman, Republic of Korea and the UAE, which are our potential markets where we have direct flights… 836 words.  click here

The world's spiciest foods

16 Dec: The Telegraph (UK). This week, French researchers controversially claimed that men with a taste for spicy food have higher testosterone levels, and that eating hot peppers may raise levels of the "alpha male" hormone … chilli peppers are as much a staple in our cupboards as pepper and salt ... Anyone who's been to a British curry house in the last 20 years will have had the pleasure of watching a group of young men swaggeringly order the vindaloo: then, after their first bite, start crying and screaming for lager. Originally from India's Goa region, the dish’s copious use of red chillies is what makes it taste so intense … 645 words.  click here
14 Dec: The Telegraph (UK). Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone, French report claims …  click here

Ruby Residency: One year on, main accused yet to be booked
17 Dec: Times of India. Curtorim MLA and Congress spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco flayed the state government for its failure in bringing to book the main accused in the Ruby Residency building collapse at Canacona, nearly a year after the incident… The crime branch of the Goa police is yet to file a chargesheet against the government officials, engineers and the contractor, who were all arrested in the case and later released on bail. Pradip Singh Birring and Jagdeep Kumar Seghal, who were then directors of the construction firm, Bharat Developers, have been declared absconders and are still at large…  click here

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

16 Dec: Catholic News Agency. More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas. As they walked the five miles between the cities on Dec. 13, the faithful prayed the rosary for the intention of peace in Palestine and Israel… The procession was followed by Masses said in Konkani and Malayalam at St. Catherine’s church and at the Salesian monastery chapel in Bethlehem…  click here

Sunburn Goa to attract Bollywood shine
16 Dec: India TV News. Asia's largest dance music festival Sunburn has now matured into a holiday destination for fans and Bollywood celebs with several big stars expected at the upcoming edition in Goa, say organisers… Organisers say this year there is a lot of focus on underground music… In 2014, Sunburn (brand) has done 212 events in 78 cities across India. Sunburn Goa, Dec 27-29 is the most apt conclusion to the most outstanding Season 8," he added. This year, Sunburn is promoting a unique experience for people who come before 3 pm to the festival, as Sunburn wants to promote the idea of friendship in sunshine with music…  click here

Football: Romeo Fernandes: From Assolna To Possibly Brazil

16 Dec: Hard Tackle. When you see the picturesque image of Romeo Fernandes, tearing down the right flank, taking on opposing defenders and beating them at will, it is almost impossible to conclude that the 22 year old was suffering from ‘problems’ when he started his career… “It has been an amazing experience so far. I never imagined that I would be able to play in such a big tournament and to play with such great players like Robert Pires and Andre Santos and train under such a great coach like Zico,.” says Romeo … 1392 words.  click here

Goa Congress' media strategy: Start a news channel, cajole journalists
16 Dec: First Post.If you can't beat them either join them or own them; this appears to be the media roadmap for the Congress in Goa, even as the party also admitted that it has been unable to "utilise" the media effectively in the propagation of its ideology… the Congress has resolved to start a cable news channel as well as identify and tap a local newspaper in a bid to get more aggressive in its media outreach …  click here

Some Tourists Come to Goa Only to Do Drugs: Parsekar

16 Dec: Outlook. Acknowledging that drug menace exits in the state, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said "Some tourists come here only to do drugs … These tourists don't contribute towards any revenue generation. They are bankrupt. In the days to come, we will maintain stricter vigil on such kind of tourists…  click here
Goa Govt Targets Tourists, Not Drug Dealers: Cong. 16 Dec: Outlook … the Congress criticised him by claiming that the government targets tourists instead of acting against drug dealers…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates £ = Rs 100 +
17 Dec: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32,3. Min = 22.3. Humidity = 83%. Rainfall: NIL mm
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.94; $ = 63.86; $Can = 54.91 ; Euro = 79.89.


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Femnet Issue 32

The November issue is on the theme of careers and career planning. The issue begins with an overview of career planning. Then Susan Rodrigues explains about how she got into a career in Science Education at the university level. This is followed with an article on writing by Fredrika Menezes. A mother and daughter duo submits articles with Mom Freda Vaz writing about her resale shop and Daughter Diahann Carroll D’Souza writing about training. Kichu Dandiya explores jewelry making and the significance of jewelry in a woman’s life. The issue ends with an article by Marie-Dale Pais, the genius behind Femnet’s graceful graphics on her journey from HR to running her own design company appropriately named PhotoGenie.  click here

Police defend self over action in German woman’s complaint
15 Dec: Herald. Police have refuted allegations that they have been lax in taking action in an attempted rape against a German national. They maintain investigations into the alleged molestation, which is not an attempted rape, have begun, even as they claimed the German woman is not traceable. The police have also flatly denied any lapses on their part and said they acted as demanded by the complainant…  click here

UK Motorsport: Nicky D’Souza has his eye on more wins at Wimbledon Raceway

14 Dec: Croydon Guardian. Stock rod driver Nicky D’Souza will be making the most of home advantage this evening at the Wimbledon Raceway. Last winter, the south London racer had a hatful of wins around the raceway that elevated him through to the red grade of drivers… He made an outstanding start back on his home track last time out, securing a rare hat-trick of wins…  click here

'Panic button' plan for tourists
15 Dec: The Telegraph (India). The Centre is exploring the option of equipping foreign tourists with cellphone-activated "panic buttons" that can bring help within minutes in distress … While the "panic button" plan is being fleshed out, the ministry has already started putting in place some safeguards. Starting December 25, a "welcome kit" put together by the ministry will be handed to all foreign tourists at immigration counters in nine airports. The kit will have a list of "dos and don'ts", especially for women travelling alone, and details of the facilities provided by the Centre… 558 words.  click here

Jean-Pierre Braganza’s River Island inspired by kingfishers of Goa

11 Dec: The Upcoming. Jean-Pierre Braganza has been unveiled as the latest burgeoning designer … London-based Braganza drew inspiration for the collection from a trip to India where he noticed similarities between the speed, agility and beauty of a kingfisher bird alongside the sweeping, winding roads of Goa … With this in mind, Braganza’s collection is adorned with the stimulus of kingfishers and comprises of shirtdresses, boiler suits, bomber jackets and zip-embellished jeans…  click here
For a profile of Jean-Pierre Braganza’s Goan links,  click here

Goa hosts Indian-Russian pop music festival Great Live Music
15 Dec: Tass. The regional administration of Goa has approved a joint Indian-Russian pop music festival which last January was cancelled due to a conflict with the local taxi drivers. The Festival will be held January 24-25 2015 …  click here

Kenyans from other races who fought for Uhuru

12 Dec: The Star (Kenya). Amid the ocean that was the black Africans who fought for the independence of Kenya, there were a few British people in and outside the colony and those of Asian extraction who supported the cause… Born in 1927, Pio Gama Pinto, a Goan who went to pursue an education in India aged only eight years, would return to Kenya in 1949 and soon after get involved in the local politics of ending the British rule in the country… He was however assassinated on February 25, 1965 … 681 words.  click here

Goa Airport issues 357 Visas on Arrival within 10 days
15 Dec: Times of India. The Goa airport at Dabolim has issued 357 visas-on-arrival (VoA) within 10 days of the commencement of this facility.,, So far, VoA facility at Dabolim airport was issued to travellers from Russia (154), Ukraine (183), Germany (7), Jordan (3), Singapore (1), and USA (4)…  click here

Indian-origin politician in race to become Portugal PM

15 Dec: A Goan-origin politician has emerged as a frontrunner to become Portugal’s next prime minister after the country’s main opposition Socialist Party chose him as its candidate for the 2015 elections. Antonio Costa, known as the ‘Gandhi of Lisbon’ for his frugal lifestyle, has his roots in the former Portuguese colony in India where his grandfather was born and his father spent most of his life. A popular mayor of Lisbon, the 52-year-old socialist was chosen as Portugal’s prime ministerial candidate by the main Opposition Socialist Party for next year’s polls…  click here

Russia has a lot of Goa charters but few tourists
15 Dec: Tourprom (Russia). The new tourist season in Goa is gaining momentum but after two months the number of tourists has decreased by 23%. In October and November of last year Goa landed 229 charters that brought 57,445 tourists. By November 23, the current airport "Dabolim" took 236 flights, but passengers they were only 44,116 people …  click here

Auction: 16 Dec: Baclis, Barcelona, Spain: 14 'Indo-Portuguesa' lots

Lots 524, 59, 630, 648, 652, 657, 658, 676, 736, 740, 745, 746 and 881(photo). Estimates: 550€ to 15.000€.  click here

Hard Rock bursts onto Goa scene
15 Dec: Travel & Trade Gazette. Hard Rock Hotels will debut its first property in India next March in the renowned beach area of Calangute… the 135-key Hard Rock Hotel Goa will offer the usual trappings of the brand. These include an all-day dining restaurant, outdoor pool, poolside bar and grill, a Body Rock fitness centre, and a Rock Shop selling merchandise.  click here



Death: Zemira Fernandes

7 Dec: London. ZEMIRA PRISCILLA FERNANDES (ex Narobi). Beloved Wife of Tonyjo Fernandes. Sister to Francis. Loving Mother of Audrey/Latif, Bobby/Michelle and Charmaine/Bruce. Grandmother to Daniel Lisa, Joshua and Nathan. Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday 22 December at 10 am at St Bernadette R C Church 180 Long Lane Hillingdon Middlesex UB10 OEH Cremation Service at 11.30 am at Breakspear Crematorium Breakspear Road Ruislip Middlesex HA4 7SJ.Wake following the Cremation at Most Sacred Heart R C Church 73 Prembroke Road Ruislip HA4 8NN. In lieu of flowers donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Condolences to  email

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Kenya's Lasting Goan Connection

14 Dec: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. To a large number of Goans the first name they associate with Kenya is that of Pio Gama Pinto… A journalist, politician, freedom fighter, Gama Pinto was one of the many Goans who helped build the Kenyan nation and among the few from Goa who actively participated in the movement for the East African country's Independence… Besides Gama Pinto, there is Fitz de Souza, a lawyer who went on to become the deputy speaker of the Kenyan Parliament and was part of the constitution team and Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi, who had a Goan father and was the second vice president of Kenya… 966 words.  click here
Kenyan Goans History Laid Bare And Naked. 14 Dec: Herald. Cyprian Fernandes reviews Community, Memory and Migration in a globalising world The Goan experience c. 1890- 1980 Oxford University Press 2014 by Margret Frenz.. On the face of it, it would appear to the seasoned Kenyan Goan that Margret Frenz, in her new tome, has little or nothing to offer about their saga in Africa. If you have a really good read of this book, it will surprise you pleasantly… 870 words.  click here

‘Visa-on-arrival for Brits will benefit tourism’
14 Dec: Times of India. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo has sought the visa-on-arrival facility for British tourists to avoid a meltdown in tourism industry along the Bardez coastal belt… Lobo said, “Russian charter tourists have dropped by 60%. The British charters have also dropped. During the peak period a few years ago, there used to be 18 charter flights from the UK. That has dropped to around 4-5 flights. Another factor is that they have to visit the Indian embassy to apply for the visa. Other south Asian countries such as Sri Lanka issue free visas on arrival to British tourists. Even countries like Cambodia are only charging 20 dollars for a visa on arrival for British tourists. That is why they're not coming to Goa," Lobo added. He suggested that the Union government reduces the visa fee to 40 dollars and provides the visa on arrival…  click here

For Celia Lawson, it is always about the music

14 Dec: Times of India… Currently living next door to Goa's music legend Remo Fernandes in Siolim is another illustrious singer who has decided to return to her Goan roots… Celia Maria Fernandes Lawson was Portugal's 1997 entry to the renowned Eurovision contest … Her Lisbon-based parents Walter (of Anglo-Indian ancestry) and Theresa Fernandes Lawson, who traces her roots to the village of Verem, are singers in a league of their own… She says, "I love the weather. It's better than waking up to a cold England. Also, I love the spicy sorpotel, xacuti and prawn balchao. It reminds me of my mum's cooking in Portugal. I plan on starting a voice training school here." …  click here
Video: Celia Lawson sings Antes do Adeus - Eurovision Portugal 1997. 2m. 38s.  click here
Video: Celia Lawson live in Goa. 2014. 3. 52s. click here.

Mumbai: Paul Fernandes: Humour in the City
14 Dec: Indian Express. Paul Fernandes has preserved — in the cartoons he drew over 20 years. These now hang at the 700 sq ft aPaulogy Gallery in Worli. It will permanently house 100 watercolour works by Fernandes that are reminiscent of the years spent in the four cities he lived in — Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore … Photo.  click here

Football: Atletico de Kolkata held to a draw by FC Goa in home leg of semi-final

14 Dec: Indian Express. Atletico de Kolkata on Sunday spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League, in Kolkata…  click here
Video: Prudent Media Match highlights.  click here

Nigeria wins first Church World Cup
14 Dec: The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos has emerged champions in the maiden Church World Cup in Goa, India. The country’s flag bearers thrashed Colombia 7-0 in the final of the unique tournament on Sunday…  click here

Video: Leoncie premiere Christmas song: Greedy Christmas fool!

12 Dec: Nútíminn (Iceland). Indian Princess Leoncie premiered Christmas Song Christmas Bluff in an episode of Studio A RUV yesterday. Leoncie criticizes consumer society in the song… Razor sharp social satire from Leoncie…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Leoncie,  click here

Goan Astronomer leads discovery of new facts
14 Dec: Herald. An international team of astronomers led by Goan Astronomer, Dr Vithal Tilvi, has found evidence that the entire universe was permeated with giant bubbles filled with hydrogen gas, when the Universe was very young… This research finding was recently published in the prestigious international journal, ‘ The Astrophysical Journal’… Presently, Dr Tilvi is working at the Mitchell Institute of Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A& M University, USA,.. Photo.  click here

Dancing with the stars of yesteryear

14 Dec: Times of India. The film, Nachom-ia Kumpasar ('Let's dance to the rhythm') has already left an indelible mark in the hearts of music- and Konkani-loving Goans. Physician Oscar Rebelo, writing in the TOI, called it 'the Konkani magnum opus of our generation'. It's a view shared by many, and for good reason. Apart from production and cinematography levels perhaps unparalleled in Konkani cinema, Nachom-ia Kumpasar serves two main purposes — One, to remind old-timers of that era, not so long ago, when a Goan's life revolved around music; two, to tell young Goans a story they weren't around to witness… It will go to festivals and to the vast Goan diaspora worldwide. From Canada to Kuwait, Dubai, London and Australia, people are writing in… 948 words.  click here
Video: Trailer 5m. 54s.  click here

Latin quarters of Goa
14 Dec: Free Press Journal. The Latin Quarters of Panjim, Goa still has its old Portuguese ambience… Once upon a time they said you need not see Lisbon, if you see Panjim…  click here


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German tourist molested by auto driver in Goa
13 Dec. IANS. A German woman tourist has accused an auto-rickshaw driver of sexually assaulting her while she was returning to her hotel from a restaurant in south Goa, police said Saturday. The accused has been arrested. The victim said in her complaint, registered Friday, that the alleged sexual assault occurred on early Dec 6, while she was returning from a restaurant in Agonda village …The accused Chetan Namshikar, 22, was arrested subsequently, a police spokesperson said… The assault comes at a time when police had promised to start a verification drive of all taxi drivers in the state. The drive however has not begun yet.  click here

No taking safety for a ride

13 Dec: Herald. With the Uber Taxi Cab rape case grabbing headlines, it is worth questioning whether the taxi services are safe in Goa. While Goan women hardly hail taxis with the convenient mini buses operating in the state, tourists are the main customers … With tourists getting smarter about saving money on travel expenses, they have learnt to hop on a bus instead of spending on a short distance cab. The taxis are generally used as the mode of transport for the ride to and from the airport and on late nights to travel back to their hotel rooms. Most of them find Goa much safer than other states of India and have no issues with the taxi services besides it being expensive…  click here

Bill to save Goans from Portuguese mischief?
13 Dec. The Free Press Journal. Goa's Congress MP Shantaram Naik on Friday introduced a private Bill in the Rajya Sabha to undo the mischief of a 2006 order of the Portuguese government offering registration of births in Portugal to the residents of its erstwhile territories of Goa … Naik seeks to protect these hapless people from losing the Indian citizenship, except for those voluntarily applying for the Portugal citizenship with an intent to renounce the citizenship of India …  click here

Rainmaker: The party comes to an end for Vijay Mallya

13 Dec: Daily Telegraph (UK). The Indian tycoon has had less time for partying recently as he tries to fend off the banks and other creditors chasing him for the debts that were left unpaid when Kingfisher went under … The State Bank of India is trying to seize his prized Goa retreat, host to many of the tycoon’s lavish parties over the years and pledged as collateral against some of Mallya’s loans…  click here

Hot Spot
13 Dec: The Sun (UK). The Sun, It’s 34C in Goa - and you can get two weeks on the beach from £659. Broadway Travel have B&B at the 2? Resort Village Royal, departing various UK airports on January 3 and 10. See  click here

A Cantata For Cantare

14 Dec: Outlook. Cantare is a charming restaurant housed in an old Portuguese-style home, down the lane from where artist F.N. Souza once lived. Cantare, a charming joint housed in an old Portuguese-style home, down the lane from where artist F.N. Souza once lived … The sangria flowed as couples danced on the minuscule floor … The food was mainly tapas-style, and we ordered their crispy calamari, basil bruschetta, feta salad and tempura prawns with mango salsa…  click here

Thunder showers continue, hinterland areas get more rain
13 Dec: Times of India. Hinterland areas of the state received more rainfall than in the coastal belt as thunder showers continued across the state on the second day. Sanguem received 46.3mm, Quepem 38.0mm, Canacona 14.2mm and other centres in mid-region recorded less rainfall during the last 24 hours till 8.30am on Saturday… On Friday, a total of 37mm was recorded in Old Goa,32.3mm in the city, 29mm in Mapusa, 24.2mm in Pernem and 18.9mm in Dabolim…  click here

Souza & Gaitonde: Goan art continues auction bull run

13 Dec: Times of India, Big numbers again characterized Christie's 'The India Sale' of modern and contemporary South Asian art in Mumbai this week, as 225 bidders racked up sales of over 75crore for 80 lots. Once again, important works by Goan artists, Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza (photo) , were among the most highly sought. Last year's first-ever Christie's auction in India saw a luminous abstract landscape by Gaitonde set the world record for the most expensive Indian painting: 23.7crore (3.7million dollars … A superb oil-on-board painted during Souza's Goa-obsessed early career in the 1940s sold for 6.6crore, while an opalescent blue-green abstract painting by Gaitonde reached 5.5crore … Souza was a born revolutionary. He recalled being kicked out of school for "correcting" nude drawings on the walls, and when barely 22 years old attracted obscenity charges for a vivid nude self-portrait …  click here

24-year-old Irishman dies in India
13 Dec: RTE (Ireland). A 24-year-old Irishman has died in India. He was found unconscious in a budget hotel room in a suburb of Mumbai and rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Brendan Devenney was discovered by hotel staff in his room in the hotel in Sahar on Tuesday, a day after he landed in Mumbai. It is understood he had been planning to travel to Goa.  click here

Auction: Lisbon: Antiques & Works of Art: 32 lots

16 Dec: Cabral Moncada Leilões, Lisbon. Lot 587 – 636. Lot 931 (photo) A Nine Drawers Cabinet with Stand, Lusiada, teak, partly ebony lined, ebony and ivory inlays "Secant circles", pierced and gilt copper mounts, coiled and gilt copper studs, stand with two drawers and large drawer, carved legs "Nagini", Indo-Portuguese, 17th C. (2nd half), small restorations Dim. - 107 x 70 x 41 cm. Estimate: €25,000 €37,500  click here

Pay parking on trial basis in Panaji soon
13 Dec: Times of India. Councillors of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on Friday gave in-principle approval to implement the Charles Correa foundation plan to decongest Panaji, including the implementation of pay parking in the capital city's central business district…  click here



Death: Dr Shankar (Priti) Kamat (Dr Xencora Camotim)
11 Dec: Lisbon. Dr Shankar (Priti) Kamat (Dr Xencora Camotim) Aged 93. Successful senior advocate, a respected member of the Bar and a nationalist. The eldest son of late Prof Babusso Kamat and late Smt Indira Kamat. Deeply mourned by wife Fernanda, son Dinar, daughter Nitah, sister Kunda, grandchildren and a large circle of relatives, friends, admirers and colleagues. [Info: GoaNet]

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Naik bats for Goans in a fix over citizenship

13 Dec: Times of India. Rajya Sabha member, Shantaram Naik, introduced a private member's bill in Parliament on Friday with the objective of protecting the interests of Goans who have registered their births in Portugal besides being Indian citizens…  click here
Naik moves Bill to protect citizenship of Indians. 13 Dec: Herald. … All those who rushed to grab the offer to have free movement in the Europe and for an easy access to foreign universities for their wards, face the loss of Indian citizenship as Indian laws do not allow dual citizenship. Hardly any of them may have ever seen Portugal and his Bill seeks to protect these hapless people from losing the Indian citizenship, except for those voluntarily applying for the Portugal citizenship with an intent to renounce the citizenship of India.  click here
FIR against Churchill Alemao’s daughter in dual citizenship case. 13 Dec: Times of India. click here.

Swindon: Jobseeker's bank account plundered by recruitment consultant
11 Dec: Swindon Advertiser (UK). Rossel Vaz applied for a job as a cleaner at a Tesco supermarket through Helder Moreira, a recruitment consultant. Moreira, 36 plundered his bank account by £690 to fill his own fridge in a 'wicked breach of trust' and has been spared a jail term. Moreira used the details given to him by Vaz to get hundreds of pounds worth of meat from a local butcher's shop. But after hearing that Moreira had been suspended from his job and lost his relationship as a result of the offending a judge imposed a suspended sentence…  click here

Goa for the Disabled

12 Dec: Goa Streets. Life is a precious gift, and that doesn’t have to change just because a person is disabled. Psychologist Dr. Charlane Pereira e Rebello delves into various problems faced by the disabled, importance of family support and community efforts that can make the world a better place for them… Disability Rights Association of Goa, headed by Avelino De Sa has been working for the upliftment of the disabled… Daddy’s Home Special School (Margao), Shree Gujarati Samaj School for the Deaf and Dumb (Davorlim, Margao), Disha Charitable Trust – School for mentally retarded and slow learners (Panjim), Asha Deep Special School (Vasco), Lokvishwas School for the handicapped (Ponda), St. Francis Xavier Education Cum Vocational Centre for the handicapped (Old Goa) and Sanjay School and Sanjeevani School (Alto Porvorim) have been doing a commendable job… 1021 words.  click here
Goa's Differently-Abled Use Social Media to Raise issues. 11 Dec: PTI. Differently-abled people in Goa are using social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook to get together and address the issues concerning them. An NGO, Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG), has come up with this concept which links members with each other and with journalists, policy-makers and tutors who teach disabled people…  click here

Photo synthesis: A photography exhibition in Goa
13 Dec: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Until recently renowned for its laid-back susegado, Goa now brims with cinema, music, literature and art festivals and ambitious cultural events all through the peak months of the tourist season from November-March … a new international photography festival, Goa Photo ( ably compiled and mounted by Prashant Panjiar— focuses on photography, but seeks to explore “its intersection with literature, cinema and music”. While the exhibition continues through February, several related events are planned—a lecture by William Dalrymple, a digital slide show of dabbawalla images by The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra, and a talk by artist Jitish Kallat about how photography allowed him to plan the Kochi Biennale…  click here

Caroline Boquist: Christmas celebrations weave the old with the new

12 Dec: Vancouver Sun. Caroline Boquist is the owner of boutique retail shop Walrus … She has a Filipino mother and Goan father and grew up with a medley of multicultural food. “I think coming from a biracial family, anything goes. We’re not really set on a traditional menu every year,” Boquist says. A roast turkey or prime rib is usually accompanied by Filipino spring rolls, a Goan curry named Sorpotel, and other Asian and Western dishes. Aside from the surplus of food, Boquist has continued a tradition of attending Midnight Mass …  click here
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ACB raids house of Goa cop linked to drug trade
11 Dec: IANS. Goa's Vigilance Department officials Thursday raided the home of a police sub-inspector being probed for links to the drug mafia and seized his laptop and mobile phone, an official said Thursday. PSI Sunil Gudlar, formerly attached to the Goa Police anti-narcotics cell (ANC) was booked in 2011 for his alleged links to the drug mafia in Goa… A police spokesperson said ACB sleuths raided Gudlar's home Thursday as part of procedure…  click here

William Dalrymple: Goa Thirty Years Ago

13 Dec: Financial Times (UK). FT travel contributors reveal their discoveries — and disappointments — of the year … William Dalrymple: Disappointment I first visited Goa in 1984 and fell in love for the first time with what was then India’s most beautiful coastline. My biggest disappointment this year was revisiting the beaches of Baga and Calangute. Once pristine and gorgeous, and a place where I used to walk up and down barefoot, pacing out the plotting of books I was working on, it is now filthy, dirty, overcrowded, polluted, encroached and neglected. There are, thankfully, many other lovely beaches in India, and a few unspoilt ones still in Goa; but Baga is a warning that Goa may yet succumb to the horrors that mass tourism has visited on other coastlines…  click here

Sheffield: Pride in city’s performance
12 Dec: Sheffield Telegraph. By Angus Smith the New Music in The Round Artistic Director: “The project, Mantra, was presented at Sheffield Cathedral. In the concert we told (and sang) of how Portuguese missionaries went to Goa – and invited local musicians to make music with them in the newly-built churches. Accounts survive of the joyous sounds that were created by ‘the instruments of the land’ and the voices of all present. From that starting point we transported the music to the present, incorporating elements of Bhangra and Bollywood…  click here

Germany is flavour of the week in Goa

12 Dec: First Post … From December 7 to 13, a host of events have been organised by the society, all of them with German flavour, from musical performances, to German cuisine and drinks, to German Christmas baking classes, to lectures, to a film screening and to generally voicing other issues which concern Germans in Goa and Goan expats in Germany. For music lovers, the Goan version of the Oktoberfest traditional German festival was held at Clube Vasco da Gama that has been in existence in capital Panaji (then Panjim) since the Portuguese era…  click here

Auction. Indo-Portuguese Coins
15 Dec: Morton & Eden. New Bond Street, London. Coins - India, Portuguese Possessions. Lot 229, 260-293. Estimates £150 - £1,500.  click here



Death: Queenie Pereira

10 Dec: Halifax, MA, USA. REGINA (BRAGANZA) “QUEENIE” PEREIRA, Aged 91, formerly of Brockton, She moved to the U.S. in 1967 from [Kisumu] East Africa. She was a well respected holistic medicine caretaker. She was fond of entertaining guests, and loved cooking, sewing, arranging flowers, traveling and volunteering for the Red Cross fundraisers. Active in sports, she enjoyed field hockey, badminton, tennis, table tennis and hunting. Regina was the wife of the late Edward Pereira; beloved mother of Esther O’Connell of Middleboro, Elie D’Souza and her husband Trevor of Bridgewater, Elsa Jacobs and her husband Mark of Plymouth, Elfreda “Cookie” D’Souza and her husband Denzil of Halifax and the late Eileen Lovett; loving grandmother of Tony, Jessica and Cory Lovett, Michael and Catherina O’Connell, Jared D’Souza, Nedrah Ahern, Ariana Chaffee, Tommara, Danube and Mark Jacobs and Steven, Larissa, Trevor and Kyle D’Souza; great-grandmother of 17; and the sister of the late Anthony and Matthew Braganza. All are welcome to calling hours Friday 4-8 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Chapel at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton. Funeral from Waitt Funeral Home Saturday at 7:45 a.m., funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Halifax. Burial to follow at Melrose Cemetery, Brockton. Memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701…. Condolences and full details, click here.

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December surprise! Heavy showers lash parts of state

12 Dec. Times f India. The state capital, its surrounding areas and the tourist belt of Bardez experienced light to heavy showers on Thursday night. Sources at the Met office said it was due to a trough in the easterlies extending from Kanyakumari to southwest Madhya Pradesh. What started as a drizzle at around 9.30pm turned into a heavy shower after 10.20pm in Panaji taking everyone by surprise. Calangute, Candolim, Porvorim and Saligao received heavy showers. Tourists were inconvenienced. The area also experienced disruptions in the power supply, sources said…  click here
‘December rain’ hits Goa. 12 Dec: Herald. … The Met department has predicted the possibility of rain for the next 48 hours…  click here

Online citizen services to be extended to entire North Goa
12 Dec: Times of India. The five online services now being offered to citizens in 24 villages of Bardez and all villages of Bicholim taluka, will soon be extended to the entire North Goa district… These services are the income certificate, residence certificate, divergence certificate, caste certificate and the form I and XIV, which were earlier available only at the office of the mamlatdar. Under the system, a citizen must approach the talathi with his application along with hard copies of all supporting documents. The talathi accepts the application, scans all supporting documents and electronically sends them to the respective mamlatdar. If everything is in order, the mamlatdar gives an online okay to the talathi, who issues the requested certificate, which is authenticated through a digital signature. The entire transaction can be completed within a day or two…  click here

Goa liberation: How Russia vetoed the West

12 Dec: Russia and India Report. In December 1961 Russia stood by India as it liberated Goa and whacked Portugal, a NATO member, which left many in the West with red faces…Western nations led the chorus of criticism against India … On the other hand, India got the full support of Russia, Yugoslavia, the Arab States, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Indonesia… At the United Nations the US, UK, France and Turkey proposed a resolution condemning the Indian invasion. It called upon India to withdraw its forces immediately to “the positions prevailing before December 17, 1961”. Moscow’s veto blew away the resolution… President Leonid Brezhnev said in Bombay on December 18 that Russia had “complete sympathy for the Indian people's desire to liberate Goa, Daman, and Diu from Portuguese colonialism.” …  click here

Russia: Pegas cancels flights to Goa
11 Dec: URA (Russia) Pegas Touristik based airline Nord Wind has cancelled all flights after 19 Dec. … Experts attribute this to a sharp increase in the exchange rate, while the fall in purchasing power of Russians and, consequently, the demand for Christmas tours. In some companies, sales fell by 30% …  click here

Suella Fernandes: ‘Being brown and a woman handicaps’ candidate says Tory

11 Dec: Financial Times. London barrister Suella Fernandes came third in a hustings to replace Greg Barker as MP for Bexhill and Battle after 173 local party members selected Huw Merriman … Ms Fernandes’s parents came from Mauritius and Kenya. John Barnes, a local councillor and president of the local association, told the Financial Times Ms Fernandes had put in a “wowzer performance on the night”, but added that her gender and race had been a “handicap” in such a strong field. “The double whammy of being brown and a woman probably handicaps her still,” he said. Mr Barnes’ observations were supported by Mr Cleverly, who came fourth in the Bexhill selection last month… In the Bexhill selection, all the members voting for the candidates were white and nearly all elderly, according to one person at the hustings… 882 words.  click here
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Crimea wants to create a Goa style resort
11 Dec: The situation in the Crimea with the lagging economy could change if the self-proclaimed authorities will work closely with Indian investors, writes the Russian media. In Crimea, want to focus on creating conditions to attract investors from India. Sergey Aksenov a Crimean leader said, “We have invited businessmen from India to visit Crimea at any time convenient for them - we will provide them with the necessary support," …  click here

Sacha’s Shop comes to Mumbai

10 Dec: Vogue. Handpicked accessories, a sharp edit of clothes and beautiful home décor, what’s not to love about Sacha Mendes' eponymous boutique tucked away in the heart of Panjim? The Goan native brings her collection to Mumbai for a pop-up at the Vintage Garden in Bandra on December 12, 2014… She has collaborated with close friend—designer Savio Jon who has created a capsule line of draped dresses for the pop-up…  click here

Pak pilgrims finally get green signal
10 Dec: Times of India. A large group of Catholic pilgrims from Pakistan have finally got the all-clear for their long-awaited tour of India. After leaving them twiddling their thumbs for days, the Indian high commission in Islamabad approved their visa requests recently. TOI had reported on November 18 that around 300 pilgrims, most of them with Goan roots, would make the trip to Goa for the decennial Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier, in addition to visiting Mumbai and Vailankanni. The pilgrims were expected in batches, the first of whom were to attend the feast of the saint on December 3. The commission's delay in granting approvals put paid to the pilgrims' progress, thus ensuring their absence at the feast… Peter Mendes, a Goan based in Karachi, who has been arranging pilgrimages to Goa since 1997, spoke to TOI about the new plan …  click here

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel split after six years together

10 Dec: Daily Mail (UK). It's over: After a six-year romance, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are said to have broken up. A source said: 'Dev and Freida have broken up. They have been done for a while.' Another insider added that the 30-year-old actress is enjoying herself since the break-up, and hinted that she's happily going on other dates. 'Freida is single and happy,' the second source said of the newly-single actress. They added: 'Friends are setting her up.' …  click here

Goa Faces Prospect of Falling Tourist Arrivals
11 Dec: Silicon India. The Crimean crisis, Russia's falling rouble and stopping of tourist charter flights from international destinations might prove to be a dampener for the much-hyped New Year party scene in Goa this time, fear tourism industry experts. While the ongoing St Francis Xavier exposition might to a certain extent off-set the impact of the decrease in tourist footfalls, the industry is not expecting many visitors to turn up for beach parties, which are tailor-made for New Year revellers. The tourism industry's major backbone Russian travellers has been hit by falling rouble and sanctions on Russia due to Ukraine conflict…  click here

Dr Accacio Viegas: The chilling discovery: when the plague came to Bombay in 1896

11 Dec: Every once in a while, when the centre does not hold, I make a trip to Dhobi Talao and renew acquaintance with Dr Accacio Viegas. His statue is easily missed in the dizzying carousel of traffic … The city put him up on that pedestal to mark the centenary of his birth. The statue has Dr Viegas in his sixties, a wiry man in a doctor’s coat. His face is difficult to define. He’s wearing the standard disguise of the Victorian professional man: a pince-nez and a bottlebrush moustache. The sculptor has captured a nervous edginess that, to me, explains the man. Restrained by a railing, he seems to shake a fist at the city that wheels heedlessly by… 5865 words.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 13 Dec from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Saligao Association and St. Diogo's Association Joint Children's Christmas Tree Party to be held at the Sacred Heart Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW 19 4LU. Join us with your family and friends to share in the spirit of Christmas. Tea party, carol singing, fancy dress competition, so hurry and get your tickets. Tickets for children £10.00 (up to 11 years) which will include a gift. Parents, Grandparents, family and friends £7.00. Includes snacks, a meal and tea/coffee. No bar, so please bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact Marlene Vaz on 0208 669 5838 and Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454. For the flyer, click here.

Sat: 13 Dec. This will be a Christmas Shopping experience to remember! A day trip to Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria with over 180 stalls. Indulge in gifts, jewellery, decorations, handmade toys, delicious German delicacy and the ever popular Gl?hwein, and Traditional Carols and Christmas Songs. Dress code: Jump in the festive spirit with Christmas Jumpers and/or Christmas coloured clothing. Tickets: Members £13; Non-Members £17. Coach pickup points: Norbury Station 08:30hrs; Tooting Library 09:00hrs; Greenford (behind the Bridge Hotel, UB6 8ST) 10:00hrs. For tickets please contact Chloé De-Mendonça 020 8384 0272 or Flavio / Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here

31 Dec: The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year's Eve Ball, at St George's Church Hall, Corner Woodford Avenue East Bound & Gants Hill Crescent, Gants Hill, Ilford Essex IG4 5EZ. 15 mins drive on the A406 from Edmonton/Southgate/Enfield/Walthamstow Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing and partying into the New Year will be Nite Life. All Tickets Booked B4 15th Dec 2014 are £15.00. Children under 10 years free. All tickets after this date are £20.00. No Tickets sold at door - Book early to avoid disappointment! For Tickets & further info call: East London -Louie 0795 633 5864, Janet 0795 073 9788 Cassy 0798 627 8422. North London-Maria 0750 795 0455. Food & Snacks on sale! No rip off bar prices…Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly- if possible avoid glass bottles. Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes to be won on the night…Plus raffles without long music break. Dress to Impress...Glitzy and Glamorous...Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click here

Wed. 31 Dec: HAPC NEW YEAR'S EVE Gala Ball - Park Inn Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex UB7 0DU. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Hall 1 with full-size dance floor - Live Music by Maz & Co. Hall 2 - DJ Deevine. Licensed Bar and Catering by Royal Food. Tickets: Adults - £30, Children (under 10) - £20. Table & Seat Allocation. Dress Code: Formal. FREE Car Park. Special Discounted Hotel Room Rates for Ticket Holders. For tickets and other information, email or call Chanelle Pereira on 020-8952 8899. For Flyer please click here.

Wed: 31 Dec. Showbiz promotions & Viva Goa Entertainment presents New Years Eve Party 2015, At St Michaels & St Martins R C Church Hall, 94 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EH. After the mass from 9 pm to 1:30 am. Music by Higher Ground & Disco. Ticket's - Entrance only- Adult £15, Child £10 (below 10 yrs). Limited tickets. Delicious Goan food will be on sale. Contact -Francisco 07957206169/02089329375, Calvin 07904661598 . For flyer click here

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