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Death: Grace D’Souza

26 Jul: Nairobi. HELENA ANINHA GRACIA D'SOUZA (GRACE). Loving Wife of the late Justino D'Souza. Beloved mother of Henry and Hubert. Mother-in-law to Audrey and Stephanie. Adored Grandmother of Richard and Isabella. Sister to Nancy, Julie, late Maggie, late Charlie, late Freddie and late Edgar. Requiem Mass on Friday 29th July 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Adams Arcade, off Ngong Road. Time: 9.30 am followed by burial at Langata Cemetery. Condolence messages to: [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]

News Summary

UK Goan Festival 31 July to feature Tropicalia Brazilian Carnival

Carnival Parade scheduled to begin at 5 pm. You are invited to participate in the parade and wear Carnival attire. Masks on sale at the Festival for £1 each. Tropicalia provides outstanding first class show performances featuring Brazilian Carnival Samba Dancers, an established Band and Singer, Samba Drummers, Capoeira Show and Latin Performers. It was founded in 2003 by Managing & Musical Director Leo Mantini and Brazilian Singer, Dancer & Choreographer Vanessa Carvalho. Check out the video clips  click here

MPs predict surge in immigration amid Brexit uncertainty

28 Jul: The Guardian (UK). By Anushka Asthana. Britain is likely to experience a surge in immigration amid the uncertainty of the negotiations to leave the EU, according to a committee of MPs, who say it is imperative for the government to offer EU citizens living in the country confirmation of their status… The committee chair, Labour MP Keith Vaz (photo), said: “There is a clear lack of certainty in the government’s approach to the position of EU migrants resident in the UK … ” His report sets out three potential cut-off dates for new immigration rules: 23 June when the referendum was held, the date that article 50 is triggered, or when the UK actually leaves the EU… 968 words. Video: Keith Vaz - People being used as 'pawns' in Brexit talks … 27 Jul: Belfast Telegraph.  For further details click here

India assures help to Goan community in UK following Brexit

28 Jul: Herald. Allaying apprehensions that Goans settled in UK could face a negative impact following Brexit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has assured that the High Commission in London will render all possible help to the Goan community…. In his representation to the MEA, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar had stated that the UK decision to withdraw from the EU caused anxiety among Goans residing in the UK and Goa…  For further details click here

Woman launches legal bid to ban her neighbours from cooking spicy food

26 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). A woman has launched a legal bid to ban her neighbours from cooking spicy food. Joanna Louise Cridlin, from Wandsworth is also looking for compensation, as she claims the 'strong overwhelming vapour of hot chillis' from the flat above her home.,, She is now suing at London's High Court, hoping to force her neighbours' landlords to take action and to net damages… Miss Cridlin says she has lived in the Victorian house, which has been converted into flats in leafy Geraldine Road, Wandsworth, for almost 40 years. And she argues that the production of the spicy pong ought to be classified as 'anti-social behaviour.' … 535 words and 766+ comments  For further details click here

New York: Floyd Cardoz Returns to Indian Cooking at Paowalla

27 Jul: New York Times. Paowalla: In the five years since he closed Tabla, the chef Floyd Cardoz has cooked at North End Grill and opened Bombay Canteen in Mumbai, India. Now he is back in New York … Its focus is the food of Goa where he grew up, which is notable for its Portuguese influence… Pork dishes include ribs vindaloo and a sausage and bacon biryani that suggests fried rice. There’s a bread bar in the middle of the simply decorated room, which Mr. Cardoz said is meant to suggest his grandmother’s house…  click here
For the restaurant website,  click here

Video: Goa Wins Mandovi River Diversion Plan

27 Jul: Goa 365. 27th July will be a historic day for Goa. We have won a major battle over Mhadei river diversion. The tribunal has passed an interim order, rejecting Karnataka’s plea to divert Mhadei water to Malprabha river. Politicians and environmentalists have welcomed the verdict as a major victory for Goa, though the hearing on the matter will go on. 5m. 51s.  For further details click here

Goa seeks to curb foreigners owning business

27 Jul: Times of India. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (photo) was today cornered by Opposition in the state Assembly for allegedly allowing foreigners to purchase agricultural lands and own businesses like night clubs, which they claimed to be in violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act… Parsekar said that the foreign national concerned was Person of India Origin (PIO) card-holder. … He said the government was contemplating to amend the State Excise Act by making 25 year domicile compulsory for the grant of licences…  For further details click here

India considers relaxing visa policy for businesses by foreigners

27 Jul: International Business Times. India is planning to relax its visa rules. It plans to cluster visas into work visas and non-work visa categories. In addition, it will also provide for multiple-entry visas … Under the new proposals the non-work visas will cover business and travel visas. Work visas will be applicable only when you are seeking employment in India …it is also proposed to turn the non-work visas into a long term-multiple entry visa for foreigners … India will now offer a multiple-entry 10 year visa wherein the visitor will not be allowed to work or stay indefinitely…  For further details click here

Revealed: the world's cheapest (and most expensive) beaches

27 Jul: The Daily Telegraph (UK). When it comes to the cost of food, drinks and an all-important bottle of sunscreen, the Vietnam’s beaches are the world’s cheapest, according to the Beach Price Index – a survey of costs at 250 seaside spots in 66 countries… Other cheap beaches include several in the Indian states of Goa and Kerala … India's beaches are also good for bargain hunters … The world's 20 cheapest beaches [based on the cost of five items; sunscreen (SPF 30, 100ml), water (500ml), beer (33cl bottle), ice cream, and lunch (one person, meal and drink) .… 6: Benaulim Beach, Goa, India - £11.44; 7: Palolem Beach, Goa, India - £11.61; 8: Cavelossim Beach, Goa, India - £11.76; 9: Agonda Beach, Goa, India - £11.98; 10: Mandrem Beach, Goa, India - £11.99 … 1058 words  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army. BBC 4. Monday 1st August. 1:50 AM to 2:50 AM. Apart from a few fragmentary stories, Griff Rhys Jones's father never talked about his war. Yet as a medical officer to a West African division he travelled 15,000 miles from Wales to Ghana and the jungles of Burma.

COMEDY: Borderline. Channel 5. Tuesday 2nd August. 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Profiling. David Avery, Jackie Clune, Liz Kingsman, David Elms, Sunil Patel, Guz Khan. Satirical spoof documentary following the inept team of the UK Border Force at Northend airport.

DRAMA: Elsa the Lioness. BBC 4. Wednesday 3rd August. 7.00 PM to 8:00 PM. First transmitted in 1961, David Attenborough travels to Meru National Park in Kenya to visit Joy and George Adamson and meet Elsa the lioness and her cubs shortly before Elsa's death.

COOKERY: Gordon's Great Escape. Good Food . Wednesday 3rd August. 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Gordon Ramsay experiences authentic Indian cuisine on his first trip to this vibrant land. Gordon tastes the ultimate fish curry in Kerala and visits Mumbai's lavish Taj Hotel.

COOKERY: Food Factory. Discovery Science. Thursday 4th August. 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Reveals the mouthwatering secrets behind tasty treats. It's a wild culinary ride as mountains of raw materials are transformed. Featuring Bombay mix and mushroom soup.

DOCUMENTARY: The Gift of Hearing. BBC 2. Thursday 4th August. 11:05 PM to 11:35 PM. Lauren Laverne narrates this uplifting documentary following Jo Milne and an old school friend on a mission to help deaf children from Bangladesh, many of whom can never hope to have access to hearing aids.

COOKERY: The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets.: Good Food. Friday 5th August. 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Luxury Lunches. Episode 5. The bikers show that a luxury lunch is possible on even the tightest of budgets and they pick up some secrets from one of Britain's best Indian chefs..



Death: Marcelina Mendes nee Carvalho

24 July: Ilha de Rachol, Goa. MARCELINA MENDES NEE CARVALHO. Born on 29 March 1935. Beloved wife of Late Francis. Loving Sister of Late Antonio Caetano/Annie (Calgary), Late Jose Mario/Josefa, Late Andrew/Late Arkanj, Late Inacio/Catarina, Late Luizamaria/Late Inacio Fernandes (Benaulim), Late Francis/Socorina, Assis/Late Honorata, Joao/Josefa, Agnelo/Martha (Majorda). Godmother of Eudes/Josephine Mendes (Rachol). Funeral cortege will leave her residence on July 25th at 4p.m with a Eucharistic Celebration at Our Lady of Gloria Chapel, Rachol followed by burial at Rachol Cemetery. Marcelina was loved by all and will be dearly missed and mourned by her family in India, Canada, Kenya, Middle East, USA & UK. Condolences to

News Summary

UK Goan Festival 31 July: Goan Band

"Alcatrazz" to perform "Alcatrazz" have the distinction of being Goa's ambassadors at the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on numerous occasions. They have also become one of the hottest Goan bands sought after abroad as well. Though there have been a few changes in the band, one thing remains unchanged ... the passion for pure, unadulterated music and the desire to offer the best! … Full text + links to video clips  For further details click here
For the Festival Flyer,  click here

Misled by the Indian High Commission over visas for a cruise

26 Jul: Daily Telegraph (UK). Sheila and Tom Whittaker write: “We have booked a cabin on the Emerald Princess for its Southampton-to-Sydney cruise … Our agent said that we need full tourist visas for India at £195 each. The Indian High Commission in London says that we would not need a visa if we stayed on board. However the cruise line says that we must have tourist visas to enter Indian waters” … Gill Charlton replies: The information given to you by the Indian High Commission is wrong… the £40 e-visas is not open to cruise passengers … 721 words.  For further details click here
Trip Advisor: Do I need an Indian visa while cruising?  click here

Irom Sharmila wishes to marry Desmond Coutinho

27 Jul: NorthEast Today. Irom Sharmila announced today that she would recast her struggle by breaking her fast and contesting elections … The 44-year-old also informed the court that she wants to marry. If rumours are to be believed, the groom is none other than her ‘boyfriend’ of many years, 48-year-old Desmond Coutinho… He wrote a letter to Sharmila in 2009. Since then, the two have been exchanging letters regularly. Cupid struck, and in Coutinho, Sharmila found her soulmate… “Yes, he loves me a lot and cares for me,” says Sharmila, blushing like a teenager. Coutinho is of Goan origin but a British citizen…  click here
Desmond Coutinho was born in Zanzibar and then moved to Ealing, London. He is the son of the late Yolanda and Jerry and nephew of the late Wolfango Dourado and Belinda Coutinho. For an account of the Desmond – Irom romance,  click here

Many foreigners involved in drug trade in Goa

26 Jul: Times of India. The number of foreign nationals involved in drug cases in Goa is quite high with majority being Nigerian nationals. Of the total 253 drug cases reported in the State since 2012-23, 98 were foreign nationals… People of Goan origin linked to drug cases were 54 and non-Goans 101…  For further details click here

Alcohol consumption on rise in Goa: survey

26 Jul: India Today. Consumption of alcohol has gone up among men and women while use of tobacco has gone down in Goa, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16. The survey indicated that in Goa, 44.7 per cent men consume alcohol, which is an increase from 40 per cent recorded during 2005-06. The percentage of women consuming alcohol has also gone up from 2.1 per cent a decade ago to 4.2 per cent during 2015-16. Interestingly, a higher percentage of women in rural areas consume alcohol against the urban, but in case of men, the trend is opposite, as about 49.4 per cent men from urban areas consume alcohol, as against 37 per cent in rural areas…  For further details click here

'Petals in the Dust' to screen at San Francisco film festival

25 Jul: By Catholic San Francisco. The United Nations Association Film Festival has selected the documentary of female genocide, “Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls” to screen at its film festival Oct. 20-30 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco… “This is an excellent platform,” said Nyna Pais Caputi, Bay Area Catholic film maker who grew up in India… The film profiles the stories of women who survived, and also tells the stories of some of those who did not…  For further details click here
Petals in the Dust – Video of trailer, list of screenings and more,  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
27 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 28.8. Min = 24.1. Humidity = 98%. Rainfall: 3.9 mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 88.40; $ = 67.30; $Can = 51.03; Euro = 73.94; Aus = 50.53.



Death: Marto Gracias

24 Jul: Mumbai. MARTO GRACIAS. Ex Chinchinim, Goa. Aged 75. Former India football player; passed away following a cardiac arrest. Gracias, 75, is survived by his wife Thereza and daughter Evelyn. Brother/brother-in-law of Fideles/Angelina, late Francisco/late Palmira, late Anicete/Martina & Santan/Effie. Funeral mass will be held at our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali (West) on Tuesday 26 Jul at 4.30pm followed by burial.  For further details click here

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Video release and book launch of 'Baker, butcher, doctor, diplomat: Goan Pioneers of East Africa'

Selma Carvalho invites you to the launch of her new book by Ravi Vaz, President of the Goan Association UK, after mass at the Goan Festival, on 31 July, 2016. Thereafter, the author will be available for book signing at the Goan Voice stall (no. 45), where books will be available on sale at a discounted rate. First five buyers will receive a free copy of 'A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa'. At 3pm, Eddie Fernandes, editor Goan Voice, will draw a lot for a free copy of Goan Pioneers. To shed light on the book Goan Pioneers, a pre-launch video, duration 10 min. can be viewed at
If you cannot attend the book launch but wish to buy the book you can do so at

Video: Brexit: Referendum aftermath - (UK) Goa residents

25 Jul: - BBC News. Uploaded by Mark Bear. What do people from Goa think in light of the Brexit vote. What are their concerns and hopes? The developments will have a direct impact on thousands from the Goan British Community who now call United Kingdom home. According to one estimate more than 20,000 Goans have come to the UK seeking better opportunities… 2m. 30s.  For further details click here

Australia: Hebe de Souza: Black British

25 Jul: Port News (Aus) First-time author: Hebe de Souza spent her glorious formative years in her beloved hometown of Kanpur, North India and Black British is set in India during the 1960s… The plot is a journey through Lucy’s life… Lucy, the youngest of three daughters is born into an affluent Goan family whose ancestors had abandoned their roots to adopt British culture and language so that they would prosper under the Raj. Hence the title of the novel: Black British… Hebe de Souza will discuss Black British at the Port Macquarie library on Tuesday August 9. 413 words.  For further details click here
Hebe currently lives with her husband in Tweed Valley. For her website,  click here
To order the book via ebay: click here.

International Family of Metal Music Festival

25 Jul: Ostthüringer Zeitung (Germany). The second edition of the metal festival "Chaos Descends" took place on the weekend. Around a thousand guests came from home and abroad … Vruksh Keni (33) from Goa, reported how he had to persist in a city that is world famous for the eponymous electronic music genre. Namely, his heart beats for the metal. At College, he came into contact with the first bands, later he opened a heavy metal bar. But the interest in Goa on his taste in music was very limited. He added, "I had to close the bar unfortunately after six months…” An Indian dude, who studied in Munich, accompanied him on his vacation in Germany… [At the link select Press Display]  For further details click here

Scarlett Keeling Murder: Court to hear final arguments on August 23

25 Jul: Times of India. The final argument in British teenager Scarlett Keeling's case trial will commence on August 23 at the Goa Children's Court in the absence of deposition of the prime witness Michael Mannion alias Mike Masala who declined to travel to India to give evidence. CBI's senior counsel Ejaz Khan told TOI that he will commence his final argument in the case on August 23…  For further details click here
Wikileaks: In Goa we trust: the murder-coverup of British school girl Scarlett Keeling, files, 2008…  click here

Cong wants Portuguese as 2nd language in Goa schools

25 Jul: The Tribune. Adding a new dimension to the vexed issue of medium of instruction in Goa, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Pratapsinh Rane on Monday demanded Portuguese be made second language in schools. “We should have no problem with any language. I learnt Portuguese because our own documents are in Portuguese,” the Congress leader said during the discussion on the ‘Demands for Grants’ on first day of Monsoon Session of Assembly. “It (Portuguese) should be second language for the students to learn. If you want to know the history of what happened in past, you should know this language also,” the former chief minister said…  For further details click here

Russians top list of foreign tourists in Goa

25 Jul: IANS. Russians topped the list of foreign tourists visiting the state in the 2015-16 tourism season, according to statistics tabled in the Goa assembly on Monday. According to tourism ministry statistics, 106,754 Russian tourists visited Goa from October 2015 to May 13 this year, considered the official charter tourism season in Goa. The United Kingdom ranked second with 34,549 tourists, followed by Ukraine…  For further details click here

Auction: A rare Indo-Portuguese mother of pearl and brass Dish

28 Jul: Brightwells, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK. Lot 792: A rare Indo-Portuguese mother of pearl and brass Dish, Gujarat, India, 17th Century of shallow rounded form on a short foot, with petal-edged everted rim, fashioned on both sides with lobed and rectangular plaques in the form of a stylised lotus and secured by metal pins, 17.3cm diam x 2.5cm high, minor losses to underside … Estimate: 5,000 GBP - 8,000 GBP.  For further details click here


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Brexit and Goa

24 Jul: Herald. By Radharao F. Gracias (photo). There are a few clues as to what the fate of Goans could be. The first; if one travels to Dona Paula, one sees a British cemetery. The second lies in British Parliament. Ernesto Soares, a Portuguese citizen of Goan ancestry, was elected to the House of Commons on a Liberal Party ticket in the year 1900, and later became Junior Lord of the Treasury… in 1800 to send its troops to Goa to pre-empt a French takeover following Napoleon’s attack on Portugal… Ernesto Soares who traces his roots to Bardez (Ucassaim Village?) and whose family was originally a Gaitonde ( from Quelossim?) came to be elected to British Parliament because of the rights conferred on Portuguese citizens… 1111 words.  For further details click here

Patricia Rozario: Goa Chitra to host ‘Giving Voice to India’

24 Jul: Navhind Times. The Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim, will host ‘Giving Voice to India’ (GVI), an international quality vocal tuition and coaching in western music from July 26 to July 30. GVI is the brainchild of acclaimed soprano Patricia Rozario, professor of voice at London’s prestigious Royal College of Music, and pianist Mark Troop. The aim of the program is firstly, to raise the standard of the western vocal art form in India, and secondly, to create opportunities in India for singers to perform… ‘Giving Voice to India’ will be held from July 26 to July 30 at Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim. .. 348 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Patricia Rozario,  click here

London's big fat Indian summer

24 Jul: Hindustan Times. There was a time when it was said that if you wanted to meet every single high net-worth visiting Indian in London, all you had to do was park yourself outside the lingerie department of the Marks & Spencer near Charing Cross Station… the action has shifted a few streets up to the lingerie department at Selfridges… It seems as though the only people who have money to spend and can be seen doing it with abandon in London are Indians … Mayfair, Park Lane, St Johns Wood are where Indians like to live when they’re in London … For hotels, Park Lane and Mayfair are still the most popular locations, so Four Seasons, Dorchester, the Metropolitan and Grosvenor House are still the most requested hotels… Slowly a picture emerges of a more intense version of the celebrated schmooze fest that takes place in Goa in December … 1536 words.  For further details click here

Widows: Invisible, uncounted and ignored

24 Jul: Navhind Times. Abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious human right violations. In Goa too, many widowed women face severe difficulties including poverty, discrimination, violence, homelessness, ill health and denial of legal rights… From denial of inheritance and land rights, widow abuse, poverty and discrimination, many widows are left at the mercy of their families or worse struggle alone. What is worse is that a woman’s status post her husband’s death is at the mercy of society and all its outdated superstitions, thoughts and opinions… 2065 words.  For further details click here

Oman Air: 'Our Goa flights have been a surprise success'

25 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. Oman Air now operates 126 flights a week between Oman's capital Muscat and various destinations in India. The airline's CEO Paul Gregorowitsch says, “Initially, we started the route for its tourism potential, as Goa is a hot favourite among the foreign tourists. However, soon we realised that there is ample scope for tapping other forms of travellers and we are now into it… This is apart from the travellers who go for visiting their relatives and friends. So, on a positive note, Goa has been a surprise success for us… 1479 words.  For further details click here

Pay Re 1 more for pao from August 1

24 Jul: Times of India. The pao price hike that Goans have been expecting for a few weeks has now been officially implemented with the All Goa Association of Bakers president, Agapito Menezes, on Saturday announcing that as of August 1, bread will sold for 4 as against the earlier 3… Replying to a query about the size/weight of the repriced pao, Menezes said the exact size/weight had not been specified, but reassured that there would be no change in size…  For further details click here

The great Goan job hunt

25 Jul: Navhind Times. By Shoma Patnaik. A major task before the government in Goa is ensuring jobs for the people. Every industrial initiative of the government stresses on the fact that it is creating employment. For instance, proposals passed by the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) are geared towards creating employment. The IPB has cleared 98 projects since its formation with a job potential of 18,016 people. But reality is different… 893 words.  For further details click here

Recipe: Goan Prawn and Peas Pulao

22 Jul: Khaleej Times (UAE). Page 13. Goan Prawn and Peas Pulao Sunday lunches were a big deal in our household back in Goa … Every time we would have this Prawn Pulao, I'd wash the peas, stir the onion so it doesn't brown but only softens, pester Mum until she gave me the go ahead to add the tomatoes (not too soon, not too late) and then wanting to taste a prawn before the rice is added…  For further details click here


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Portuguese nationality gets tougher for Goans

23 Jul: The Goan. By Gerard De Souza. In a move that comes as a huge setback to many Goans seeking Portuguese passports as a means to get to the United Kingdom or other parts of Europe, the Portuguese parliament has amended the nationality law and now mandates that citizenship can be granted if three conditions are met - sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language, regular contact with Portuguese territory and absence of criminal conviction … 578 words. Click here.
European Commission: Portuguese Nationality LawAmendment … Summary in English, Click here
Full text in Portuguese, 4281 words, Click here
Machine translation of full text into English, click here.
24 Jul: Navhind Times. Amendment to Portugal law has no bearing on citizenship issue faced by Goans: Nadkarni … "This has been done to restrict the number of people moving to Portugal in large numbers," the Additional Solicitor General of India … 459 words. Click here.

Cyber encounters, Goan-style

24 Jul: Navhind Times. … It is already 22 years since three Goan (then) young men started three diverse initiatives in cyberspace. There was Marlon Menezes' GoaWeb (later Goacom) from UIUC in Illinois, Herman Carneiro's GoaNet at NEU in Boston, and Ulysses Menezes who started Goa-World out of Kuwait… The next phase of the Net came about when everyone started talking about cyberspace… The late Wilfred 'Willy' de Souza inaugurated an internet site or something during a visit to London… 1134 words.  For further details click here

Judith D’Souza freed in Afghanistan rescue operation

23 Jul: BBC. An Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a month ago has been rescued unharmed, officials say. Judith D'Souza, 40, was working for the Aga Khan Foundation when she was abducted at gunpoint near her home in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 9 June… Ms D'Souza is due to reach Delhi on Saturday evening … Jerome D'Souza, a family member, tweeted that the "family's joy knows no bounds"…  For further details click here
Kidnapped Indian charity worker rescued in Afghanistan … 23 Jul: Mail Online. With photos of Judith’s family.  click here
24 Jul: Indian Express. Judith D’Souza rescued from captors in Afghanistan returns home… Photo with PM Modi … click here.

Video: Tiatrist Conception de Tuem beaten on stage by wife of another Tiatrist

23 Jul: Little Prince. Francis de Tuems wife assaulting conception de Tuem for spoiling her husband’s name … 2m. 42s  For further details click here
Video: 23 July: Goa 365. The viewers watched a ‘reality show’ on the stage of Tiatr in Madgao on Saturday. Tiatrist Conception de Tuem was beaten up by wife of another Tiatrist Francis de Tuem along with five bouncers while he was performing..  click here
Video: Tiatr director brutally assaulted … 23 Jul: HCN. The Director of the Tiatr “Answer” Conception De tuem was assaulted brutally by a lady, Jennifer Fernandes and her bouncers while the show was on at Ravindra Bhavan… click here.

Video: Aires Rodrigues: Ribandar bandh called off

23 Jul: HCN. The agitation scheduled to commence with a Ribandar Bandh on July 25th has been suspended in view of the directions given by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to the Captain of Ports to immediately shift the Casino Deltin Caravela which is currently anchored at Ribandar… 2m. 08s.  click here
Video: 23 Jul: Goa 365. 2m. 55s.  click here

Documenting Goa’s encounters with the West

23 Jul: Herald – Café. By Prajakta Joshi. Goa has a very rich and diverse history. A lot has been said and written about Goa’s past, through various perspectives. Fr Joseph Velinkar, a professor and a history researcher in his 80s, makes one such effort to look at history through a different point of view by talking about Goa’s encounters with the West. The first book, ‘India and the West – The First Encounters’, was published first by Fr Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Mumbai. CinnamonTeal Publishing, Goa has now come out with its second edition. “‘ India and the West’ is about Salcete in approximately the third quarter of the 16th century…  For further details click here

Caste discrimination in India Catholic Church exposed as Church remains silent over kidnapping of low-caste bishop

22 Jul: Christian Times. A group of Catholics charged the official Catholic Church in India for harboring caste discrimination as it remained silent over the kidnapping of its low-caste bishop. According to UCA News, the South India Dalit Catholic Association released a statement last Saturday attacking the official Catholic Church in the country for keeping silent over the case of a Dalit or low-caste Bishop of Cudappa Prasad Gallela…  For further details click here

Film festival on Mother Teresa in India and abroad

22 Jul: Financial Express. To mark the canonisation of Mother Teresa this September, a film festival focusing on her life and teachings will be held at over 100 locations in India and around 50 other countries. Organised by the World Catholic Association for Communication’s India chapter, the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) will be kicked off from Kolkata on August 26 after which it will travel all over the world for the next six months…  For further details click here


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Letters from Nairobi by Selma Carvalho

Summer 2016: Jaggery Issue 8. … My grandfather was set to sail by dhow to East Africa where a railway line had been built by the British, and fledgling towns of wood and iron houses had sprung up alongside the stations… My mother, grandmother’s only child, had never married. She had paid for her folly of fornication by being incarcerated at the Holy Spirit Convent all through her adolescent years and had departed for Bombay at the first instance of freedom…2831 words.  For further details click here

Mississauga family upset pharmacy won't accept unused medical equipment

21 Jul: CBC News (Canada). Danielle Rebello is frustrated that a pharmacy won't accept unused medical equipment that was delivered to her home while her father was being treated for pancreatic cancer. She said her father Cedric died of pancreatic cancer on April 5 … Avi D'Souza of Not Just Tourists said that they will take sealed medical and homecare equipment to clinics in need overseas…  For further details click here
Video: Avi D’Souza delivers medical supplies to Ecuador … 1m. 54s.  click here

Brampton’s DeSouza twins star at Royal Canadian Legion track meet

21 Jul: Brampton Guardian. Brampton’s DeSouza twins are heading to the Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field National Championships after strong performances at the provincial meet. Jonathan DeSouza was a double medallist at the provincials held in Timmins on July 8 and 9 while brother Joshua earned a gold … Both have earned spots in the Legion National meet scheduled for Aug 5 to 7 …  For further details click here
Joshua and Jonathan DeSouza were born in Mississauga, ON and are the sons of Savio & Arlene DeSouza; grandchildren of Ted & Margaret DeSouza who emigrated to Canada in 1970 from Mombasa, Kenya.

Football: AIFF reduces FC Goa fine from 50 lakhs to 5 lakhs

22 Jul: The governing body's council has revisited it's earlier decision to impose a hefty fine on ISL 2015 runners-up FC Goa. The All India Football Federation (AIFF)'s Appeals Committee reduces the fine on 2015 Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up FC Goa as earlier imposed by the Disciplinary Committee from INR 50 lakhs to INR 5 lakhs…  For further details click here

Doctor Kevin D’Mello’s farewell to town

21 Jul: Hucknall Dispatch (UK). A much-loved Hucknall doctor is set to retire from his general practice after 34 years in the town. Dr Kevin D’Mello started working for his family practice D’Mellos, in August 1982 … Dr D’Mello, who turned 60 two weeks ago, said: “I am very sad to be leaving - however, my partner lives in Norwich so I will be moving there…” 487 words.  For further details click here

Video: Dinesh D'Souza on Hillary Clinton and Being Put Behind Bars

19 Jul: Hollywood Reporter. Dinesh D'Souza has been getting a hero's welcome at the Republican National Convention this week, mixing with delegates while promoting his documentary Hillary's America to a very receptive crowd. But, he says others around the world have not been so receptive… D'Souza is at the Republican National Convention promoting Hillary's America, a documentary that explores the allegedly racist roots of the Democratic party, including its support of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan… He also tells THR what it was like being put behind bars. A federal judge in January 2014 sentenced D'Souza to five years of probation, including eight months in a community confinement center… 14m. 02s.  For further details click here
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Coco Shambhala, Goa - villa review

22 Jul: Evening Standard (London). Tucked away behind Coco Beach in north Goa, this boutique collection of four open-air villas surrounded by lush jungle-style gardens makes the perfect base for a relaxing getaway … Being named among the top 25 beach villas in the world means there’s a lot to live up to. Affable Lincolnshire owner Giles Knapton and his team have worked out the secret to excellent service … Price: £260 per villa per night. 1052 words + photos.  For further details click here
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Auction: Hazel Gomes’s watercolour of Bathers

23 Jul: Posterity Auctions. Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QJ, UK. Lot 33 - Bathers' Hazel Gomes b. 1949 Goa. Leading illustrator for Vogue and Elle magazines in the seventies. Signed / framed watercolour. 61 x 39. Estimate: 250 GBP - 300 GBP.  For further details click here
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Death: Pedrinha Rato

20 Jul: Campal, Goa. PEDRINHA FERNANDES e RATO. Born 1925. .Relict of late Camilo, Mother/Mother-in-law of Jose (Ex-PWD)/ Cristina (Clotilda), Arcanja/ Anthony Tavares (Italy), Maria Agusta/ John Silveira (Italy), late Soccorinha/ Willy D’Souza (Saligao), Grandmother of Elvis/ Pidu, Darryl, Collins, Rayna, Greatgrand mother of Mark. Funeral service will be held on Friday 22 Jul: at 2.15 pm at St. Agnes Church, St.Inez Panaji.

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Toronto: Viva Goa festival to celebrate Goan culture, cuisine and music

21 Jul: South Asian Focus (Canada). Save the date for the colourful Viva Goa Festival, an outdoor event celebrating Goan culture, cuisine and music. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at the Croatian Recreational Park 4525 Mississauga Rd. Attendees can look forward to sampling traditional mouth-watering Goan Cuisine (Sorpotel, Sannas, Chourico pao etc), music, food, a live band, activities for kids and a soccer game between the Toronto Police Blues team and a Goan Soccer Team among other fun activities… “This event has become colossal … ” says G.O.A. president, Selwyn Collaco…  For further details click here
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A treat of legends for Goan fans

21 Jul: Herald. Cafu, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Michel Salgado, besides new entrants Francisco Ruiz Serrato, Leandro Simi, Luis Tarodo and Alessandro Rosa, who is called the Pele of futsal, are all kicking the ball around in Goa. They are the stars at the Premier Futsal League that kicked off in the State, treating Goans to the best of the indoor version of football, at Peddem Indoor Stadium, Mapusa…  For further details click here
UK TV: On BT Sport 1. Monday 25th July. Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Finals. The final of India's inaugural Premier Futsal League in Goa. SPORT: Premier Futsal. Also BT Sport Europe Monday 25th July 2016 Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  click here

Editorial: Is Goa emptying out of Goans?

21 Jul: Herald. The numbers come as the biggest shocker. That 27,000 Goans are set to lose their voting rights in the State not only changes the way Goa will be voting in the 2017 elections but raises a big question of why are Goans in such large numbers opting for Portuguese citizenship? … curbing migration may not be an easy task… Since Brexit, Goans are making France their new home… By allowing migration of Goans to the West, the State is letting go of its human wealth … There is now a new urgency to the appointment of the Special Authority that the Union Home Ministry has announced and which will deal with the citizenship issue.  For further details click here

Naka pao: After hike, Goans veer away from bread

21 Jul: Times of India. Despite the All Goa Bakers' Association putting on hold the hike in the prices of the humble pao, a few bakers have gone ahead and increased the price to Rs 5, much to the consternation of consumers. Bakers themselves appear divided on the issue with many suggesting that a Rs 2 jump in the prices would drive consumers away and indications to that effect can already be seen. Several locals have turned to bhakris , rotis and chappatis and the All Goa Bakers' Association accepts that increasing the price to Rs 5 has dampened demand for what was considered staple diet in Goa…  For further details click here

Goa minister against holding of two simultaneous Electronic Dance Music festivals

21 Jul: Indian Express. Goa Tourism department will appeal to a clearance committee to not allow holding of two electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in same district or at a same time. The government’s argument is that the current practice of holding the events either simultaneously or in same district not only increases pressure on police but also results in rise in hotel fares and food rates…  For further details click here

Mumbai Catholics protest churches 'missing' from city plan

20 Jul: UCAN. Thousands of Catholics gathered in India's financial capital Mumbai on July 18 to protest a development plan for the city, which they say will make church property illegal. With many holding placards, an estimated 5,000 people participated in the peaceful protest in the city against the Revised Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-2034.,, Protesters say historical and religious buildings have been either wrongly marked or not marked at all, which means they could be considered illegal and demolished any time, Christian leaders say…  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun: 24 Jul. 1.30 p.m. Mark de Araujo , Kala Academy and Goa Konkni Academy Award winner, presents a Konkani film "BIG BEN" with English subtitles. Only one show in London before the grand release in Goa. At Safari Cinema, Station Rd, Harrow HA1 2TU. For Tickets please contact: Southall: Peter De Merces - 07417494316; Hayes: Andrew - 07834387325; Willesden: Maxio - 07415725729; Croydon: Nina Pinto - 02087670663; Harrow: Greg - 07931753653; Wembley: Clara - 07535931677, 07466961935 Caitano – 07882009063 Video: For the film trailer, 2m. 52s. click here
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Sun. 31 Jul: G.O.A. JUBILEE FESTIVAL. Venue: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from: Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314 or email:

Sat. 6 Aug. Goans International are organising their 2nd Annual Business & Professionals Networking Lunch at Tamarind Restaurant London. the first Indian restaurant in the world to get a Michelin star. Tickets for this event are available at £45.00 per person which includes a 3 course haute cuisine lunch with wines on a first come first paid basis. For details and booking please contact Milton Rodrigues, President or mobile 07896437900 or Antonio Fernandes Limited availability. Confirmations are already in full swing so book early to avoid disappointment. For updates, go to For the flyer with full info. click here.

Sun: 7 Aug. Tivim Association (London). 39th Annual Social. St. Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9PT. Our celebration starts with Mass at 1:30pm followed by an afternoon of socializing and dancing to the sounds of Outbreak. Catering by Shirley’s Kitchen. For Tickets & Enquiries, please contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020-8771 4457; Roland DeSouza 020-8485 7878; Ingrid DeSouza 020-8905 3872; Helen DeSouza 020-8304 5585; Elu Pires 020-8654 1281; Fiona Lobo 020-8656 3317 or Savio Pereira 020-3417 3835;. For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 14 Aug., G.O.A. Golden Jubilee 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Closing date for entries 10th August 2016. RULES: Each team should consist of eight players (3 subs). KOT 11am. COST: £80.00 per team. For further details contact Lloyd Lobo 020 8856-6018 / Mob 07770 982446 | Junior 07946 432747 or Vince Fernandes 020 87648780 / Mob 07853 132336.

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.

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