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Death: Gloria Vas

28 Aug: Neura, Goa. GLORIA VAS. Born 1926. Wife of Late Joao D'MeIlo. Loving Mother,/Mother-in-law of Josephine/Late Andrew (Vasco), Especiosa/Late Salvador (Africa), Late David/Doris (Vasco) Late Ela/Manuel (Vasco), Zacharias/Beleza (Neura), Fr. Joaquim s.j. (Ex. Principal, Loyola High School, Margao), Peter/Annie (U.K.), Luizinha/Agnelo (Merces), Late Inacio/Dorothy (Neura). Adorable Grandmother of Ana Agnetha/Denis, Romano/Linda, Bertha/Joaquim. Dr. Reyna/Melvin, Natalia/Lucio, Fransisca/Emmanuel. Denrick/Celia. John, Loretta, Magaret/Alain, Sylvia/Teddy, Fatima/Nigel, Franko, Brian, Ruben, Denzil, Dr. Marina, Delicia, Desmond, Ivon Doting Great grandmother of 19 Great grandchildren. Mortal remains will be taken directly to St. John the Evangelist Church, Neura at 3.00 p.m. followed by Eucharistic celebration and burial at 4.00 pm. on 30th August 2016.

News Summary

ndia minister tells foreign tourists: 'Don't wear skirts'

29 Aug: BBC. India's culture minister has been criticised after saying that the government was advising foreign tourists not to wear skirts in India. … Mr Sharma has also been criticised in the past for controversial comments. He's often made provocative statements blaming "westernisation" for India's ills and last year, he said "nights out for girls was not part of Indian culture"… “If they are in small cities, they should not roam around alone at night or wear skirts... On being asked by reporters if he was suggesting a dress code for visiting women, the minister said India was a "cultural country" and "we have a different dress code for temples. Kindly keep that in mind while dressing up". Despite his clarification, the minister has been ridiculed on social media: 259 words.  For further details click here

Men accused of murdering Brit teen Scarlett Keeling may walk free after witness refuses to talk

28 Aug: The Sun (UK). Scarlett Keeling, 15, was attacked on Anjuna Beach in Goa in 2008 after being given drugs. The teenager, from Bideford, Devon, suffered 50 separate injuries … Local men Samson D’Souza, 30, and Placido Carvalho, 42, deny culpable homicide and grievous sexual assault. But the UK Government has warned Scarlett’s family that the case is likely to collapse because a key British witness, Michael Mannion, has not taken the stand… a source close to Mannion said he had suffered a nervous breakdown over the killing and was not capable of being a witness due to his distress… 461 words.  For further details click here
Trial over the death of British teenager … 29 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). By Patrick Lion … 1278 words + photos + comments.  click here

Marriage breakdown higher among Christians in Goa

29 Aug: Times of India. Goa may truly be the heaven where marriages are made to last an eternity, with divorce and separation rates among the lowest in the country. But an analysis of the overall figures, from the latest Census 2011 data, show that with a divorce rate of 0.13% and a separation rate of 0.25%, the occurrence of breakdown of a marriage is relatively higher among Christians in Goa… But experts point out that higher divorce rates should not necessarily be viewed as a negative trend and can mean a greater awareness of one's rights among members of a community…  For further details click here

A celebration of Goan folk art

30 Aug: Navhind Times. The Goan Folk Art Group organised the 9th Goan Folk Art Festival in commemoration of the Independence Day at Azad Bhavan Hall, Porvorim… The Senior Citizens Group of Porvorim presented mementos to honour and felicitated Neha Pernekar for her contribution towards sustaining Goan folk arts…  For further details click here

What's The Best Way To Get To Goa?

29 Aug: The Independent (UK). Have a travel question? Ask our expert Simon Calder. Q: I'm looking to travel to Goa in November or December. Which airlines fly direct to Goa from London? I don't want to change planes. Simon Calder: A: For flight-only deals from London to Goa, the best bargains are often via Doha on Qatar Airways or via Dubai on Emirates. The two big holiday companies both offer direct options in November and December, both from Gatwick. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways … Fares look fairly high at present: I’m seeing prices of around £600 return. These could come down nearer the time. Alternatively, if you do not have accommodation already, then a package costs little more than the flight-only price…  For further details click here

2.5 Kg Gold Hidden In Air India Flight Toilet Seized In Goa

29 Aug: NDTV. Nearly 2.5 kg of gold jewellery concealed in a toilet of an Air India flight, which today arrived at Goa airport from Dubai, was seized by the Customs and Central Excise officials. "The gold was hidden in the toilet on the flight which arrived here this morning. We found 2.5 kg of unclaimed gold worth Rs. 70 lakh," a Customs spokesman said … This is the third such instance of unclaimed gold being found in Air India flight which arrived from Dubai to Goa this year …  For further details click here



2.5 Kg Gold Hidden In Air India Flight Toilet Seized In Goa

29 Aug: NDTV. Nearly 2.5 kg of gold jewellery concealed in a toilet of an Air India flight, which today arrived at Goa airport from Dubai, was seized by the Customs and Central Excise officials. "The gold was hidden in the toilet on the flight which arrived here this morning. We found 2.5 kg of unclaimed gold worth Rs. 70 lakh," a Customs spokesman said … This is the third such instance of unclaimed gold being found in Air India flight which arrived from Dubai to Goa this year …  For further details click here

News Summary

The Dirty Picture: Pimps arrest opens up a Pandora’s Box

29 Aug: Times of India. … The recent arrest of pimp Anand Kumar, native of Mumbai, has opened the Pandora's Box about the dirty picture. It has come to light that actors, TV stars and models contacted Kumar to arrange customers for them… most actresses in Mumbai and Andra Pradesh film cities who get roles as extras are pushed into prostitution. They get in touch with the pimp if there is a slowdown in the film industry to sustain the lifestyle … Last month, a Bhojpuri actor was among five girls rescued by the crime branch of the Goa police… An inquiry revealed a model or actor would charge between 5 lakh to 20 lakh per customer, who were mostly from the corporate world or political functionaries…  For further details click here

Mumbai: The feisty Flavia Agnes: The champion of women's rights

28 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Activist-lawyer Flavia Agnes and her organisation Majlis have offered succour to innumerable women stuck in abusive relationships… She should know what she is talking about given her own intense personal struggle with a violent husband… She remembers being too scared to deny him sex despite loathing him. Priests she confided in her parish simply said she should pray with more faith and "bear with it like a good Christian wife"… Agnes and her organisation are seen as the go-to for cases of marital dispute, violence, brutality and sexual abuse of women and minors… 1297 words.  For further details click here

Prince Jacob: Tiatr's Prince Charming

28 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. By Ornella D'Souza. Prince Jacob, born Miguel Jacob Fernandes on July 16, 1960, in Fatorda, Goa, was the second son of his father’s second wife. His stepbrothers were bullies … No sexual innuendos or lewd gestures lace a Jacob play … He’s taken his plays to the Konkani-speaking diaspora in London, Australia and the Gulf. Jacob is the ex-director of the Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG)… 1705 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Prince Jacob,  click here
Video: Prince Jacob. By Goan Entertainment. click here.

Most foreigners in Goa disappear after getting bail

27 Aug: Gulf Today (UAE). Out of 583 foreign nationals booked for crime in Goa over the last five years, 333 went “underground” after getting bail, Deputy Inspector General of Police V. Gupta said on Friday. A total of 208 of the 333 foreigners who went “underground” were Nigerians, said Gupta, who heads a police drive against foreigners linked to crime and staying for a long time in Goa. The whereabouts of the 333 foreign nationals are not known, he told reporters. “This exercise is not specific to Nigerians,” he said …  For further details click here

Capturing the connection between Macau and Goa

29 Aug: Herald. Exploring the history between both the places, Communicare Trust is organising a photography exhibition titled ‘Viagem Oriental’ which requires photographers to click photographs of the Macau culture in Goa … This photography exhibition is our way of finding a link between Macau and Goa,” says Nalini Elvino de Souza (photo), Founder of Communicare Trust… 625 words.  For further details click here

Sheela Jaywant: A Visit to a Casino

28 Aug: Navhind Times. I wanted to visit a casino in Goa. This is just a beginning, I told myself, and I've still to experience tombola, matka and lottery… we went to visit a casino near Panaji… A security team greeted us at the metal-detecting frame… I wasn't carrying a purse into the casino, which made me a suspect of sorts… The food was very good. The entertainment was good, too: girls bowing and flinging around their limbs, dressed in a cross between a wedding-gown and a trapeze-costume, dancing to the latest Bollywood noise… Goa has something Las Vegas doesn't: casinos with children's areas… 996 words.  For further details click here

Christa D'Souza: I've had breast cancer, but it won't stop me taking HRT

29 Aug, Sunday Telegraph (UK). By Christa D'Souza. The report by the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer was announced on Radio 4 on Tuesday last week. It suggested that the risk of breast cancer had actually been underestimated - and that HRT can in fact triple the risk. In panic, I contacted my gynaecologist, Professor John Studd. What should I do? … 1852 words. Christa D’Souza is the daughter of Stanley and Baroness D’Souza (Speaker of the House of Lords). For details of the extraordinary romance between Stanley and Frances, After the death of Stanley, Christa D'Souza, visited Mumbai to scatter his ashes there and met her uncles, the Maj Gen Eustace D'Souza and Melville D'Souza. Her account of this visit appeared in the March 2012 issue of Vogue (UK). For photos of that visit,  For further details click here


News Summary

Today (Sunday) UK on TV: Two recent UK Goan events.

Sun. 29 Aug: CNN News 18 channel. UK edition at 9 am, 2 pm and 6 pm. BST. Approx 15 minutes coverage (second quarter of programme) of the UK Goan Festival & the main Goans International Professional NetWork Event held this month with speeches and interviews by Keith Vaz MP, Rabi Martins Councillor and Mario Fernandes, teacher … The Goan segment is approx. 10 minutes long, from 14 to 24 minutes into the programme. Info: Åntonio Fernandes … UK: Watch it on Sky Channel 577.
For a video trailer of the programme, 2m. 27s.  click here

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro: Giving back… at any age

28 Aug: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. I first ran into him maybe some 20 years ago, when he was launching the first novel he had written at the Mandovi in Panaji. The first thought that struck me then was that 70 was a rather advanced age to start on a new venture. But how wrong was I! Victor Rangel-Ribeiro is today 91. When we met earlier this month, he was already planning his next trip to Goa. The US-based writer, former journalist, musicologist, orchestra conductor and many of many roles made yet another trip to Goa. While doing so, he speedily accepted a speaking assignment at which he spoke on the importance of the history in your very own home. ... 1025 words.  For further details click here
For the Victor Rangel-Ribeiro website,  click here
Video: VRR On Writing: Creative non-fiction … 3m. 02s. click here.

Dual citizenship issue still a grey area: Britto

28 Aug: Navhind Times. The South Goa Advocates’ Association on Saturday held a debate on the topic ‘Does registration of birth of a Goan in Portugal invite loss of Indian citizenship.’ The moderation of the debate was done by retired Justice Nelson Britto. Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik gave an introductory talk about his bill in the Rajya Sabha for granting dual citizenship to Goans. The debate was opened by retired Justice Britto. Advocates Cleofato Coutinho and Aires Rodrigues were of the opinion that registration of birth in Portugal is tantamount to acquiring Portuguese citizenship and therefore termination of Indian Citizenship… 263 words.  For further details click here

Fighter Fiona pieced together evidence

28 Aug: Herald. When Fiona Mackeown (photo) along with her partner Rob Clarke came from Devon to spend some quality time here, little did they know that that a nightmare of a lifetime was in store for them… Fiona refused to accept Goa police’s version that it was an unnatural death as registered by Anjuna police station… Her parallel investigation and testimony of witnesses startled everyone. Drugs, alleged forced sex and other atrocities on the minor was revealed to the world… 577 words.
8 Years Later…The Scar Remains The Untold Drug Story. 28 Aug: Herald. A shocking revelation was made by CBI counsel Ijaz Khan that the Goa government through notification had given only mandate to probe murder angle and not the narcotics connection which was equally established in the entire episode of Scarlett Keeling death case… 1386 words.  click here

Germany: A visit to a new land of opportunity

28 Aug: Herald. Five students from Goa University recently travelled to Europe and studied in Germany as part of a student exchange program. Café checks in to know about what they learnt on this one of a kind trip “The German students know of Goa as a beach and holiday destination,” says Duarteson Noronha with a smile on his face as he reminisces about his trip abroad thanks to a students’ exchange program. He is currently pursuing an Integrated MBA course in Travel and Tourism Hospitality at Goa University and he along with Akanksha Garg, Ozinta Dias, Ashwini Raut and Sankalp Naik were selected to travel to Europe and spend three months in Germany to study and experience the local life of the Germans…658 words.  For further details click here

1960: India Portuguese rally in Lisbon

25 Jul: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). There were several demonstrations in Lisbon in defence of Goa, Daman and Diu as part of a Portugal "one and indivisible". DN photographers recorded the of 19 October 1960, with passage through the Largo de Camões, but especially that of April 13 of the same year, organized by the Salazar regime to celebrate a decision by the International Court of Justice in favour of Portugal. But on 18 December 1961 Prime Minister Nehru got tired of waiting and ordered the advance of Indian troops on Goa…[At the link select Press Display].  For further details click here

SIM card-on-arrival for tourists on e-visa likely by Sept end

26 Aug: Indian Express. Foreign travellers to India arriving on e-tourist visa are likely to get a SIM card from September-end, with the Home Ministry giving its nod and roping in state-run BSNL for the purpose. “We had a number of meetings with the Home Ministry with regard to providing SIM card to foreigner tourists when they land in India. The ministry has finally agreed to our proposal. Now, it will take some time to start the facility,” Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said… Foreign tourists face problems while procuring a SIM card, making them dependent on telephone booths. The facility would address this concern as well, he said… “I think the facility would be launched by September-end, probably on World Tourism Day (which falls on September 27),” he said…  For further details click here

Welcome to the land of ‘Susegad'

27 Aug: Gulf News. (UAE). India's smallest state by area, Goa is a cultural mash-up of the East and West. Known for its sandy beaches, tropical clime and laid-back atmosphere, the place embraces the concept of ‘susegad’ - a word derived from the Portuguese word ‘sossegado’, meaning 'quiet contentment'. With swaying palms, food shacks, flea markets, water sports and nightlife, Goa’s beaches make for a perfect holiday spot … [At the link select Press Display].  For further details click here



Death: Grace D'Souza
17 Aug: Oxford, UK. GRACE TERESA D'SOUZA. Aged 91. She will be greatly missed by her daughters Priscilla & Mandy; Grandchildren Daniel & Zenobia, Great Grandson Dante, Godson Dennis and extended family the Williams & Willetts. The service will be held at Sacred Heart RC Church, Blackbird Leys on Friday 2nd September at 9:30. Family flowers only. Donations if wished for Sobell House or The Leys Health Centre.

News Summary

All roads lead to Rome for Mother’s canonization

26 Aug: Times of India. Among those travelling to Rome to witness the solemn canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa of Calcutta on September 4 is 36-year-old Satish Azavedo who grew up at the Missionaries of Charity orphanage in Panaji… The missionaries of charity will celebrate the Feast of Mother Teresa on September 5 in their respective houses at Panaji, Quepem, Cotto and Carambolim, the novena for which begins on August 27. A short film on Mother's life will be shown, followed by lunch which will be served to some underprivileged families in Panaji… …  For further details click here
22 Aug: Catholic News Agency. India gears up for Mother Teresa canonization celebrations  click here
27 Aug: New York Times. A Critic’s Lonely Quest: Revealing the Whole Truth About Mother Teresa … click here.

A Goan girl was part of the Helsinki Olympics team in 1962

27 Aug: Herald. While Indian women are writing Olympic history for India in 2016, 64 years ago, Mary D’Souza was the first Goan female to go to Olympics in 1962 in Helsinki and blazed the trail for other Indian Women in Sports in India… the 85-year-old now lives with her family in Atlanta. Mary who is enjoying her time as a grandmother has two children -- Richard and Marissa. Her husband Francis Saluzinho Sequeira was born and raised in Saligao while Mary’s origins are in Quitol, Aldona on her father’s side …  For further details click here
Video: Mary D’Souza: India’s First Woman Olympian …  click here
For the Mary D’Souza Facebook page, click here.

Toronto: Angry Indian Goddesses

25 Aug: Toronto Star. Starring Sarah-Jane Dias … Opens Friday at Cineplex Yonge-Dundas. Directed by Pan Nalin. 107 minutes. 14A. The antithesis of Bollywood in intent and billed as “India’s first female buddy movie,” this comedic-drama is concerned with far weightier issues than early Sex and the City-inspired scenes suggest, even if its feminist message occasionally gets muddled in the fragmented story of a group of 30-something female friends reuniting in Goa for a pal’s engagement…  For further details click here
26 Aug: National Post (Canada). While Angry Indian Goddesses attempts to cover more ground than it can, it forces us to pay attention …  click here
26 Aug: Globe & Mail (Canada). Angry Indian Goddesses: Feminist buddy pic builds to startling conclusion … click here.

Out of Africa: A delicate story of a Kenyan-Asian family

27 Aug: The Economist. Who Will Catch Us As We Fall. By Iman Verjee. Oneworld; 442 pages; $15.99 and £12.99. The book is an unflinching novel about an Indian family in Nairobi. Set between 1995 and 2007, it is a portrait of Kenya’s capital, known more commonly as “Nairobbery”… this is the second novel by Iman Verjee (pictured), who grew up in Kenya. An idealistic father, Raj Kohli longs for his son Jai to take up the mantle left by Pio Gama Pinto, a politician who was assassinated just over a year after independence. Jai yearns to be accepted in his homeland while his mother, Pooja, strives to protect her family from it…  For further details click here
Iman Verjee grew up in Kenya, studied and fell in love with Canada, then moved to London to pursue a MA in Creative Writing …380 words.  click here
To order the book, click here.

The party is on 365 days in Goa

27 Aug: Herald. The deep throb of trance music can be heard from a distance. The location is somewhere in the north of Goa. The crowd comprises a large percentage of domestic tourists and a smattering of foreigners. The crowd could be easily estimated to be well above a thousand. The entrance fee was Rs 1000 … The perception of a monsoon lull is a misconception whose sell by date is long past. In 2015 during the monsoon, according to numbers collated by the GTDC around 7,16,045 domestic tourist and 50,733 international tourists visited the State…  For further details click here

GMR Infra bags new airport project in Goa

26 Aug: Money Control. Infra major GMR Infra who operates the Delhi and Hyderabad airports has bagged yet another project -- a new airport in Goa. The total order size is Rs 3300 crore (approx. £365m) and the airport will be located in the north of Goa near Mopa. Airport will be built under the BOT (Build Operate Transfer) model. Other bidders included GVK, Essel Infra as well as Voluptas Developers…  For further details click here
Video: HCN. GMR Airports Ltd. win Mopa contract …  click here

Detention centre for foreigners to be set up at Fort Aguada

26 Aug: The Goan. A section of the Fort Aguada is being reserved to set up a detention centre for foreigners illegally staying in India, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) V A Gupta said. Gupta said that in the absence of a detention centre, the Goa Police were ineffective and helpless in deporting those illegally staying in the country… Over the last five years 583 foreign nationals have been involved in various types of crime in Goa both under the IPC as well as violation of visa rules. Of this, 333 are illegal stay …  For further details click here

Goa Tourism invites suggestions from general public

26 Aug: Times of India. The Department of Tourism has called upon the general public, travel and tourism trade, industry associations, NGOs, policy advocacy groups and all interested stakeholders to contribute in views and suggestions to the proposed Goa tourism master plan and tourism policy. The Goa Tourism Master Plan and Tourism Policy is being prepared with the objective to provide direction and guidance for sustainable development of tourism in Goa over the short term (5 years), medium term (15 years) and long-term (25 years), said a tourism official.  click here
26 Aug: Times of India. New tourism season may open to beaches sans shacks …  click here


News Summary

Cops suspect fake visa racket

26 Aug: Herald. Goa Police suspect a fake visa racket operating in the state that foreigners are taking benefit of to stay illegally and get involved in various crimes. Speaking to the media at the Police Headquarters, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Goa Police Vimal Anand Gupta said, “The way the stamping has been done on the passports appears it is a genuine visa. I feel there is a professional racket operating here.” … Gupta said that in the last five years there have been 583 foreign nationals involved in various crimes in Goa, of which 333 foreigners have gone underground. He said that out of 333 underground foreign nationals 208 are Nigerians…  For further details click here
26 Aug: Navhind Times. Police ask people not to cooperate with troublesome foreigners …  click here

India unveils plans to ban surrogacy

25 Aug: BBC. The Indian government has unveiled a draft law which would ban commercial surrogacy. If approved by parliament, the law will also ban people who do not hold an Indian passport, as well as Indian single parents and gay people, from having children through surrogacy. Infertile couples would be able to seek a surrogate, which must be a relative. Infertility groups have criticised the proposed law, saying it could lead to an illegal industry…  For further details click here

Football: Zico's Goa to do pre-season training in Rio

25 Aug: The Sentinel. FC Goa on Thursday announced that they will assemble at chief coach Zico's football academy Zico 10 for pre-season training and conditioning ahead of the third edition of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) later this year. Zico 10 is a brand, under which there are various academies and training centres across Brazil attached to the Brazil and Flamengo legend Zico who is the head coach of FC Goa for the third consecutive season. FC Goa are scheduled to play pre-season friendlies with Brazilian clubs during the pre-season training in Rio…  click here

Mia Ayliffe-Chung: Backpacker who was murdered by Islamist in Australia had visited Goa in 2015

25 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Mia Ayliffe-Chung was travelling to some of the world’s most exotic locations, following in her mother’s footsteps…Her mother has pleaded that her daughter’s death should not provoke a backlash because of her killer’s alleged Islamist outburst …  For further details click here
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was born in London … Her Facebook profile shows her astride a motorbike in Goa. She wrote: Me in Goa, 2015. Momma in Goa, 1995 (with me in her belly)  click here

Video: Scarlett Keeling: Verdict death delayed again

25 Aug: itv (UK). There's been yet another delay in the case of the two men accused of causing the death of North Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling. A court in Goa will now deliver its verdict on September 23… Over the past two days Goa Children’s Court has been hearing the final arguments in the case - which has heard from 31 witnesses. A verdict had been expected this week, but judge Vandana Tendulkar has now said it would now be delayed a further month, on September 23rd…  For further details click here
25 Aug: itv (UK) Scarlett Keeling death 'accidental', says lawyer defending man accused of her murder  click here
Video: Goa 365. After 8 long years, the verdict in the Scarlett Keeling’s murder case will be pronounced on 23rd September… 2m. 28s. click here.

Fancy a taste of Goa ...?

26 Aug: Isle of Thanet Gazette (Kent, UK). … The variety of tastes, textures and traditions in India has inspired my next trio of menus: a series that will showcase the cuisines from the Indian states of Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala. Each month, I’ll be serving a menu unique to one of these states in The Ambrette restaurants and providing you with the story behind the menu right here. We’re kicking off the series with Goa and will be serving our Goan Festival menu from the 1st to 31st September, so let’s take a closer look at Goa and its food… Book online now at: h  For further details click here
Goan Festival Six Course Tasting Menu at Margate, Rye and Canterbury,  click here

Old Goa stray dog menace assumes alarming proportions

25 Aug: Navhind Times. Old Goa is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famed for its opulent buildings and churches and attracts a number of domestic and international tourists. However, the dog menace has been increasing and can be found everywhere in the village. During the rain the stray dogs enter the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral to take shelter and later pose a menace to tourists and people who visit the church for mass. In the night the stray dogs roam in packs and harass people passing by. Some have also fallen victims to dog bites…  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events


Sat. 27 Aug: 4:00pm. SOUTHALL. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Villiers High School. For tickets contact:- Inacio ~ 07404 327080, Paul Vas ~ 07405 426358, Anton Mendes (cheddo) ~ 07882 749692, Peter ~ 07417 494316. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Aug. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, London. SE25 4QL. (Arena Tramlink Stop). Gates open at 11.00 a.m. Entry : £2.00. Children under 16 years: Free. Free parking for 150 cars. Food and drinks available. Further details from: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780 | 07853 132336 or Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288. For the poster, click here.

Sun. 28 Aug: 2:00pm. CROYDON. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Croydon. For tickets contact:- Nina Pinto ~ 020 8767 0663, Alex Jude ~ 07405 675295. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 3 Sep: 4:45pm. SWINDON. Tiatr, Tiatr, Tiatr. UK's renowned tiatrist, presents for your entertainment his second blockbuster tiatr "DAIZ" (inheritance), written by Dominic Fernandes, directed and produced by Peter de Merces. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. For tickets contact:- Alvaro ~ 07440 720334, Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Vital ~ 07459 538814, Leepu ~ 07448 839500, Peter ~ 07438 779468. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 3 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 9th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. Time: 6pm till 11:30pm. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Free Giveaways, Live Band OUTBREAK & PRESS PLAY DJs, Choreographed Dance Demo by Vincent De Lima .Licensed Bar - Affordable Prices. Fenny Shots & Cocktails. **Don't miss the nearby after party details shared on the night**. Raffle Donations welcome, we are supporting 'Sienna's Footsteps' to help a little girl walk unaided. Dress code: Smart / Formal. Tickets: Early bird: £12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £8 & Adult Standard £15. Book tickets online: or Call a Ticket Steph D'Sa Goes (North): 07889 833 796 | Gideon (East) 07984 801 818 | Bella Fern (North) 07949 233 307 | Mich Goes (South): 07857 691 637. More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB Page- Fenny Fever. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun: 4 Sep. The Goan Swindon Association would like to invite you all to come and join us to enjoy the Goan Summer Festival 2016. Commencing with Mass at the venue at 2pm followed by the event. Venue: Punjabi Community Hall, Kembrey St, Swindon SN2 8AZ (Including Car Park). Foa a Google map showing the venue, click here.Music // Food // Fun. For the flyer, click here.

Tue. 6 Sep. at 6.30pm. Lecture by Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) based on her book "The Portuguese in the East" (I B Tauris, London), sold at a special discount of £25 (retailing at £64). Portuguese influences on music (baila, mando, dulpod) and linguistic impressions on eastern languages which bring out areas of cross-cultural contact will be covered. Dr de Silva's baila performance will be accompanied by the Goan musician, Joao Paolo Cota. Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Tickets: £10 (includes wine/soft drinks). Contact Chamali Fernando For the flyer, click here.

Thu. 8 Sep: Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni. Celebrating the birthday of Our Lady. Opening Prayer at 6.00 followed by Mass at 6.30pm. Everyone will receive Special Blessing with Our Lady’s Oil. Procession round the Car Park. Singing the Litany of Our Lady in Latin. Ending with Fellowship Food to Share. Goan Community Centre, Keston Road, London N17 6PW. Ample Parking Space. If anyone would like to offer the Mass or say a prayer please call Candy 07961 044 079. Novena begins on 30th August with Mass at 6.30pm and thereafter Novena every evening at 6.30pm for 9 days. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 11 Sep. G.O.A GOLDEN JUBILEE TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT. Venue: HSBC, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW. Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. For doubles, minimum of 2 pairs required for each event. Come and take part. Entry fee £5 .00 pp for Men | £2.50 pp for Ladies. Start at 12 noon sharp. Closing date for Entries 9/9/16. For further information, please contact Richard Fernandes: 020-8300-5347 or mobile 07711401157; Vince Fernandes: 020-8764-8780 or Mob 07853132336. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 18 Sep. G.O.A Golden Jubilee Senior Citizens Luncheon. Venue: ATC Hall 192 Merton Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EG. Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lunch served at 1:00 p.m. followed by live music, dancing and bingo. Ticket includes 3-course Meal: Members: £7.00 and Non-Members: £12.00. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272, Marilou DeSouza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8 657 8951 or E-mail:

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. For Later Events See



Funeral: Rev. Monsignor Fronton Godinho

16 Aug: Mombasa, Kenya. MONSIGNOR FRONTON DAS CHAGAS FERNANDES GODINHO VILLA CHAGAS. Ex Nuvem, Goa. Born: 27" April 1933. Ordained Priest: 15th August 1959 Declared Monsignor: 12th January 2012. Son of late John Franky & late Ascerminia Ortilia. Brother/Brother-in-law of late Zenobia/ late Joaquim Fernandes(Benaulim), late Trifina / late Alex Alvares (Kent U.K.) and late Ronaldo Constancio / Daisy Godinho (Watford, U.K.) passed on peacefully in Mombasa, Kenya. The funeral requiem service will take place at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Mombasa on Friday, 26" August 2016 at 10.00 a.m., followed by burial at the Priests' Cemetery, Mbaraki Mombasa. There will be a thanksgiving mass at Jesus, Mary and Joseph Church, Nuvem, Salcete on Friday, 26" August at 8.15 a.m. Religious, relatives neighbours & friends, we request your kind participation in prayer for the repose of the soul of our uncle, Msgr Fronton Godinho and thank you in anticipation. Angela/Glenn. Noel/Dhirita. Hazel/Richard.  For further details click here

Comox Valley, B.C. Canada: Obituary – Dulcie Jennifer Coutinho

Although we know she is now in a better place, it is with great sadness that we share the news of Dulcie’s passing. After a long battle with brain cancer Dulcie passed away peacefully on Monday, August 22nd. Dulcie Jennifer Rogers (nee Coutinho) is pre-deceased by her parents: Larmartine Coutinho and Angela Coutinho (nee Britto). She is survived by her brothers Edmund Coutinho, Richard Coutinho, sister Jocelyne Coutinho, Husband Patrick Rogers, Daughter Meagan Rogers, Son Sean Rogers (Jessica), and her 3 precious grandchildren Sebastian Rogers, Camille Rogers, Gabrielle Rogers. Born March 15, 1949 in Entebbe, Uganda Dulcie came to Canada in 1972 with a single suitcase. Since her arrival she has been a proud Canadian and dedicated teacher and community member. She taught in the Comox Valley for over 30 years – starting at Lake Trail and moving to Vanier, teaching math and chemistry. Her love for teaching, dedication, and strict ways made her one of the best teachers, and her funny sayings made her a favourite of many students She volunteered for anything she could find, from Music Fest and Filberg Festival to Walk for Life, and had many friends from all of her interests ranging from Book Club and Aquasize to bridge and gardening, and of course all the parents she sat on the sidelines with, cheering for her children. Dulcie was an adventurous traveler and saw much of the world with her siblings and children, including living in Australia for a year on a teaching exchange. She was an amazing mother, sister, wife, grandmother, teacher, and friend and will be missed by many. Services will be held at Christ the King, with a Prayer service on Friday August 26th night at 7PM and a Mass on Saturday, August 27 at 10AM, reception following. In keeping with her fondness of education and fierce feminism, Dulcie has asked that in Lieu of flowers donations are made for a bursary in her name that will be awarded annually to a female in the Sciences. Cheques can be made out to School District 71 with Dulcie Rogers Memorial in the Memo. Please contact a family member if you would like to donate to the bursary. Condolences to

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Swindon: Goan Summer Festival: Sunday, 4 Sep. 2016

Sun: 4 Sep. The Goan Swindon Association would like to invite you all to come and join us to enjoy the Goan Summer Festival 2016. Commencing with Mass at the venue at 2pm followed by the event. Venue: Punjabi Community Hall, Kembrey St, Swindon SN2 8AZ (Including Car Park). Music // Food // Fun. For the flyer,  click here
For a Google map showing the venue,  click here

Wendell Rodricks bids goodbye to fashion ramp, lets prodigy take over

24 Aug: Business Standard. After over two decades in the fashion industry, designer Wendell Rodricks has said goodbye to the runway and handed over his label to his prodigy Schulen Fernandes (photo). His collection at the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 on Wednesday was his last runway presentation and he very proudly handed over his hat to Fernandes on the ramp itself…  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Schulen Fernandes,  click here

Bismarque case: HC calls for all documents related to probe

24 Aug: The Goan. A division bench of the High Court has called for all papers related to the investigation in the death of Bismarque Dias to be placed on record before the court by the time of the next hearing, in the petition filed by three persons -- Kennedy Afonso, Sudeep Dalvi and Samir Kelekar seeking a CBI investigation in the case…  For further details click here

It is sad to see youth migrating: Michael Lobo

24 Aug: Navhind Times. It is very sad that our youth take advantage of the facilities from our nation and after completing their education leave India for better prospect and settle in foreign country, said Michael Lobo, MLA Calangute (photo) … Addressing the gathering, Lobo said, “The youth had played a crucial role during the freedom struggle of India by joining in large number to make a revolution which resulted in freedom of India from the rule of British. Hence it is always said that youth are very important for any country to develop.” …  For further details click here

How can gen-next take the stage?

24 Aug: Herald. Goa has always been a pool of talent in the ocean of music… Café checks in to speak to musicians to know of the platforms that are available for new entrants in the music industry … “ To enter the music business in Goa and survive, you need to be good or else the competition will eat you,” says Zubin da Cruz, an individual from Loutolim who plays the guitar, violin and mandolin and also sings with his band, True Blue.,,  For further details click here

Creating sustainable fashion

24 Aug: Navhind Times.. Fashion designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney from Saligao won the National Award for best design in the menswear category in the India Handloom Brand Design Contest. It was selected by a panel of judges from among more than 1660 entries from all over India in the first ever contest of this nature. The award was presented to Ninoshka by the Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani on August 7 to commemorate the second National Handloom Day at Varanasi…  For further details click here

Scarlett Keeling’s mother returns from England looking for closure

24 Aug: Herald. Fiona MacKeown, the mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling allegedly killed in Anjuna in 2008 arrives for the final hearing of the case … There are many things that remain constant with Fiona MacKeown, even after eight long years. The myriad tattoos on her torso, the necklaces and the rings she wears and the faraway lost look,.. Scarlet died once. Fiona’s soul has died a thousand deaths even as she lives as Scarlet Keeling's mother.  For further details click here
British teenager Scarlett’s death caused by external forces, claims defence 24 Aug: Indian Express. Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown, who was present in the court, said she hopes the case concludes by next week… The case had grabbed international attention as Britishers used to be the largest number of tourists visiting Goa.  click here
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TRAVEL: Around the World in Eighty Days. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Sunday 28th Aug.10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. A Close Shave. Michael Palin in Bombay.

FILM: Babylon. London Live (Freeview 8). Sunday 28th Aug. 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM. A powerful portrayal of life for West Indian youths in London during the early '80s. With the constant daily pressures of racial hatred and intolerance, Blue finally decides to take matters into his own hands. 1980, 18, 3 Star

COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. Good Food (Sky 133). Sunday 28th August. 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Episode 2. Mumbai and Pondicherry. Rick Stein's search for the perfect curry takes him to Mumbai and the town of Pondicherry.

FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Film4 (Freeview 15). Tuesday 30th Aug. 9:00 PM to 11:25 PM. A group of ageing Brits seduced by the prospect of spending their retirement in low-cost luxury at a plush Indian hotel they've seen in a brochure. But, arriving at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, they discover that it is, in fact, a dump. However, as the characters acclimatise to their new surroundings and situation, they embark on adventures, 2011, 12, 4 Star)

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 83). Friday 2nd Sep. 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. India's Miracle Babies. India's elderly new mothers: Are doctors playing God, or does every woman have the right to have a child regardless of age?


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Event Highlight: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day

Sun. 28 Aug. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, London. SE25 4QL. (Arena Tramlink Stop). Gates open at 11.00 a.m. Entry; £2.00. Children under 16 years: Free. Free parking for 150 cars. Food and drinks available. Further details from: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780 | 07853 132336 or Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288. For the poster,  For further details click here

Video: Scarlett Keeling: Trial of men (photo) finally draws to a close

23 Aug: itv (UK). Closing arguments are due to take place in the trial of two men charged with causing the death of North Devon teenager, Scarlett Keeling. Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho (photo) are accused of plying her with drugs, sexually assaulting her and leaving her unconscious on the beach where she drowned. In a special report - with previously unseen footage - we travelled with Fiona in 2010 to re-examine what happened to Scarlett… Fiona MacKeown took our reporter Seth Conway to the location where she found Scarlett's clothes… the UK Foreign Office has told Fiona MacKeown that the trial will end this week and she's returned to India to let them know she hasn't forgotten… 595 words + Video clips  click here
Will never dare to holiday in Goa again, says Scarlett’s mom. 23 Aug: India Today. … Fiona is here to witness the final arguments on chargesheet filed in the Scarlett case before Goa Childrens Court in Panaji… Fiona hopes that justice, though delayed, would be done by the court after the final arguments… Fiona accused the previous government of supporting police to hush up the case initially…  click here

6 foreigners rescued in sex racket escape

23 Aug: Times of India. Nine women from Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mumbai and Delhi who were rescued in a prostitution racket on Monday night escaped from the protective home at Merces. Later, the police managed to apprehend three of them within a few hours. Six women are foreign nationals, four from Bangladesh, and one each from Uzbekistan and Nepal. The incident occurred at around 8.30 pm when the lady escort staff of protective home went to call the women for dinner…  For further details click here
Video: 23 Aug: Goa 365. 2m. 29s.  click here
Video: Staff and home inadequate" says Auda Viegas … HCN. 0m. 49s. click here.

The Music of Four

23 Aug: Navhind Times. The Lisbon Youth Symphonic Orchestra will be part of the two concerts on August 23 and August 24. NT speaks to the Consul General of Portugal in Goa as also to these musicians to understand about these concerts and their future plans here in Goa… “I want to do things in the cultural field, which would always foster relationship between Portugal and India, with Goa acting as a bridge between Lisbon and New Delhi,” says Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Rui Carvalho Baceira…  For further details click here
23 Aug: Herald. A Musical Journey from Lisbon to Goa…  click here

Industry expects more charter arrivals this year

23 Aug: Times of India. Industry stakeholders are expecting an increase in the number of Russian and British arrivals to the state for the coming tourist season. "That would make for about 20% rise in British tourists if not less," said President, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) Savio Messias... Chief operating officer, Sita and Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) Ernest Dias was of the same opinion…  For further details click here

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