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The Late Hubert De Souza
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our family and friends both in the UK and overseas for their love, support and kindness during Hubert's illness and after his death. Your emails, phone calls and cards helped us through this very sad time. We would also like to thank all those who attended Hubert's funeral and for the Mass cards received. We are sorry we cannot reply to each one individually but a Mass will be offered in Thanksgiving for all your intentions. nMany thanks too for your generous donations to THE MULBERRY CENTRE which were gratefully received. God Bless. Carmella, Ruby Rita and our families  email

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Shivhoun De Melo of Mississauga selected as Pan Am torch bearer

14 May: Mississauga News. On June 14, Shivhoun De Melo will run 200 meters, which may not seem like a whole lot for someone who has cycled in long distance charity rides like the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Beckel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart. However, it will be a significant 200 meters considering she'll be carrying the torch as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay. De Melo is one of two Mississauga residents selected as community torchbearers on Wednesday… "I'm sure it's going to be very exciting," said De Melo, who has lived in Mississauga for 25 years and practices physiotherapy at Applewood Hills Physio … [Alert by Norman Da Costa]  click here
Shivhoun is the daughter of Noemia and Gabriel De Melo (ex-Nairobi). To check out her Ride to Conquer Cancer page,  click here

The Invisible Poor

29 May: Goa Streets. By Selma Carvalho. How invisible are the poor in India that we can’t see them in broad daylight? That we don’t remember their issues or their rights? That we don’t remember they are human beings deserving of justice and dignity? That we don’t even remember their names? … poverty in India, the dire and medieval extent to which it exists, has been normalised, so much so, that the poor have become invisible…  click here

Video: Comedian Daniel Fernandes Makes An Important Point About Marital Rape

29 May: Huffington Post. Comedian Daniel Fernandes accepted that the joke he cracked during a stand-up routine at the Canvas Laugh Club in Mumbai earlier this week was sexist. It got him the laughs he was looking for. Though the stereotyping of women while addressing one the most serious issues affecting them was completely unnecessary, Fernandes makes several important points about marital rape… Here's the video of Fernandes using comedy to discuss marital rape with his audience…  click here
For a profile of Danny Fernandes.  click here

Nairobi: Meet 'Selena Gomez' that cost Wayne Fernandes Ksh.1.2m to import

28 May: SDE (Kenya). Wayne says, “The original cost of the Toyota Celica (nicknamed ‘Selena Gomez') was Sh1.2 million. I got it from Japan about six years ago. Much later, I pimped it… I normally do 220km/hr. That is not over speeding as I participate in racing competitions…  click here
Wayne was born in 1983 in Eldoret, Kenya, the son to Tony (born 1950 in Eldoret; son of Peter & Esperanca) and Ruth (nee Rodrigues; daughter of Luciano and Teresa). Wayne moved to Nairobi in 2004 and is also involved in the catering business as General Manager/Chef of Hidden Agenda restaurant in Nairobi.

The Parsekar Report Card

29 May: Goa Streets. It’s been seven months since Laxmikant Parsekar, the lacklustre, unknown and decidedly unproven politician from Pernem, became chief minister of Goa. So how’s he doing so far? The truth is that this man, small in stature, thin in experience and suffering from a relatively severe case of foot-in-mouth syndrome, has NOT done a terrible job since he assumed the reins of power …  click here

Auction: Corner Chair

Lot 100

Lot 700

1 Jun: Cabral Moncada Leiloes, Portugal. Lot 100. Goa. Restored with minor defects. Dimensions: 89 x 77 x 77 cm. Notes: Similar copies are in Jaffer, Amin - "Luxury Goods from India - The Art of the Indian cabinet - maker". London: V & A Publications, 2002, pp. 78-79; and PINTO, Maria Helena Mendes - "Sitting on Goa 'In Oceans" Estimate € 2.000 to 3.000  click here
24 more Goan Lots: 700 (17th century table est. € 30,000 - €45.000), 703, 711-713, 715-720, 722 -734. Estimates: € 80 - €45.000 each.  click here

Decades before RSS, a Goan village opted for re-conversion to Hinduism
29 May: Herald. Nauxi, a fishermen’s village 10 kilometers from Panjim, reverted to its old ways soon after Goa’s Liberation, and its villagers continue to name their children with the surname of their forefathers, and not the surname adopted after they embraced Christianity, forcefully under Portuguese rule. “What we did was nothing illegal or new. We were Hindus and were forced to get converted and practice another religion. So after liberation we decided to name our children accordingly,” said Narayan Rosario, whose son is Anil Kunkolkar…  click here

Catholic MLAs air grievances
29 May: Herald. Almost all the BJP Catholic MLAs demanded protection to minorities from unnecessary comments and acts from the Hindu right wingers. Amit Shah assured the minority MLAs that their interests would be protected as they played a big role in getting the government to power in Goa and in the country…  click here

Leading development as if people mattered
29 May: Herald. By Jason Keith Fernandes. There seems to be a wide consensus on the need for Goa to shift from the current mode of tourism. We are attracting the wrong kinds of tourists, goes this consensus, either charter tourists from Europe, or low- budget tourists from India. Instead, we are told, we should focus our energies on high- end and “well- heeled” tourists. The problem, however, is that no one really seems to know how to attract these high- end tourists… 1201 words.  click here

New jail in Goa to be opened on Saturday, to replace Fort Aguada
29 May: Zee News. A new jail at Colvale in Goa would open on Saturday, replacing the century old Fort Aguada jail. The new facility, spread across 2,25,034 square metres and built at the cost of Rs 107 crore, would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Inspector General of Prisons Elvis Gomes said. It would be called a correction home keeping in mind the guidelines of National Human Rights Commission, he said…  click here



Death: Alice Alemao

26 May: Toronto. ALICE MERGULHAO CARVALHO E ALEMAO. Ex Sinquerim, Goa. Daughter of: late Antonio Mergulhao Carvalho & Crescencia. Wife of: Felix Alemao. Mother/mother-in-law of: Rhea/Filipe, Audrey/Ashley, Ryan & Favin. Sister/sister-in-law of: Romalino/Irene, Walter/Jovita. Aunt of: Andy/Gail, Lynn, Vivian & Crystal. Grandmother of: Rhys, Abigail, Natalie. Adrian & Tabitha. Funeral will be held at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Ajax on 30th May, 2015. The family will be offering a mass for her soul at 8.00am on 30' May. 2015 at Our Lady of Enfermos Chapel. Sinquerim, Goa

Death: Bertalia Soares

27 May: Karachi: BERTALIA PEREIRA E SOARES: Born 1936. Wife of late Emiliano Pereira; mother of Lume/Kenette, Iuna/Edmund, Savio/Daphne and Lucinda/Tiburcio. Grandma of Marc, Moses, Derren, Dylan, Devin, Jordan and Brandon. Passed away peacefully in Karachi, Pakistan. Funeral at 4 pm in Karachi on 28th May.  For further details click here

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Keith Vaz named vice-chairman of Labour party

28 May: Times of India. An Indian origin British MP has broken the glass ceiling of British politics by becoming the second most important man in Britain's second most important political party. Britain's longest serving Asian MP Keith Vaz, who was born to Goan parents has been appointed the vice-chairman of the Labour party in UK. The Party does not have a leader at present with Ed Miliband resigning after the recent election debacle. This effectively makes 58-year-old Vaz the top man in the party at the moment… Born to Goan parents in Aden, Yemen, Vaz who also serves as the chair of the influential home affairs select committee in the House of Commons was educated at Cambridge University where he studied law and then became a solicitor…  click here

Goan star Randall outshines in Kuwait

28 May: Arab Times. Randall Rodrigues an outstanding student of International English Academy, Kuwait (Don Bosco’s) has secured 96 percent in CBSE (12th STD) Exams 2015. Hailing from a small village in Goa — Usgao (Ponda Taluka) made headlines by topping CBSE exam in Kuwait… Today he made not only his family very proud but the whole Goan community at large. He is a second child in the family, his brother Rahul Rodrigues is Embry-Riddle Aeronautic student. His parents Bosco Rodrigues and Yvette Rodrigues own a restaurant in Kuwait ‘Viva Goa’ … [At the link select "continue to use"]  click here

Oman: Amanda Jane Fernandes topped the list of successful candidates

25 May: Times of Oman. Of the 121 students in the Science stream, Amanda Jane Fernandes topped the list of successful candidates with an aggregate of 96.6 per cent followed by Aditya Gupta with an impressive 95.4 per cent and Rizvi Syed with an 94.8 per cent…  click here

Goan, Goan, Goan – it’s really delicious

28 May: Buckinghamshire Advertiser (UK). Goan Vegetable Curry: 200g sweet potato or butternut squash 200g cauliflower 200g green beans 200g spinach … Enjoy the fresh flavours and coconut, and pretend you are in Goa… [At the link select "continue to use"]  click here

Football saved my life, says Second World War naval veteran

28 May: Northern Echo (UK). A Naval veteran whose football skills saved his life during the Second World War has celebrated his 98th birthday. It was during a voyage from South Africa to India that his ship stopped over in Goa for a football match. Henry Cockerill of Peterlee, County Durham said: “I was told to get back on the ship as it was leaving, but an officer ordered me and two other players to stay to take part in a football tournament. “We later heard the ship had been captured by the Japanese. So football saved my life." …  click here

No country-wide ban on beef, clarifies Amit Shah
28 May: PTI. BJP today ruled out a country-wide ban on beef, saying it is for the states to take a decision on it keeping in mind the "sentiments of the people. Wherever there is BJP government, we will consider sentiments of the people before imposing ban on beef. We have not said that we will be banning beef across the country," BJP president Amit Shah told reporters here. BJP governments in Maharashtra and Haryana have banned beef. However, Shah made it clear that the party will not be insisting on imposing ban on beef in all the states it is in power, leaving it to the respective governments to take a call on it by factoring in the sentiments of the people.  click here

Special status for Goa: Shah claims it’s impossible too
29 May: Herald. Dealing another blow to the demand for special status for Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Thursday joined the group of leaders claiming special status is not possible for Goa…  click here

Heat, cash crunch postpone Arsenal-Utd legends game
29 May: Herald. The keen anticipation that had built up for the Manchester United legends versus Arsenal legends games at the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai and then at Goa’s Fatorda Stadium will have to wait till the first week of September… Reasons for the postponement were put down to weather concerns.  click here

Vedanta says will work to lift cap on India iron ore output
28 May: Hellenic Shipping News (Greece). India-focused Vedanta Resources Plc will aim to lift a court-imposed cap on its iron ore output in Goa … The Supreme Court imposed a production cap of 20 million tonnes, of which Vedanta has been allocated 5.5 million tonnes. “We believe that we can mine at much higher rates and we look forward to working with the government on lifting the cap,” Vedanta Chief Executive Tom Albanese told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry conference…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 30 May at the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni (Goan Comnmunity Centre) Keston Road, Tottenham, London N17 6JY. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun, 14 June Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co' and 'Nite Life'. Tickets including snack & Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £14.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Loretta Fernandes Tel: 020 8330 9307 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 28 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'MERCURY BLUES". Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 to 16 years £6 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406, Lucy 0207 625 4728. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 11 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with Music by exciting new band ‘HARMONICS’ & Catering by ‘Maggie’s Kitchen’. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. For further details, please contact: Cancy Coutinho 07405 890175; Carmelita Alvares 07957 605964; Avita D’Souza 01293 522600; Gary Coutinho 07958 435147; Steve Alvares 07854 981804; Celia D’Costa 020 8407 9944. For the flyer, click here

Sun. 19 Jul. Ex Students of St Teresa's Girls and Boys School and Catholic Parochial School Nairobi Reunion incorporating the Golden Anniversary Celebrations of Class 1965 at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Further details from Greg Carvalho 01245 261302; Larry Fernandes 020 8590 1161; Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457; Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807; Crescent Fernandes 020 8952 0435; or Aires Fernandes 020 8488 0194. For the flyer,


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Lorna and Jerome get lifetime achievement awards

27 May: Times of India. Fans of Lorna Cordeiro thronged Maquinez palace on Tuesday evening to witness their favourite singer being felicitated for her contribution to Konkani music… Jerome Mendes, UK-based businessman was also felicitated for his role in promoting Konkani abroad. Mendes, who owns the rights to several Konkani films, announced that he would be reproducing four Konkani films and asked Lorna to be a part of his endeavour… 227 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Jerome Mendes,  click here

Radio Mango - first ever Konkani programme on Canadian airwaves

28 May: Herald. Radio Mango is the first ever Konkani radio programme to hit the Canadian airwaves across all media in the northern and western hemispheres. On the air for almost three years, Radio Mango, which runs a two-hour programme every week, targets the South Asian Diaspora from the Konkan coast … Airing on FM Multicultural Radio 101.3 every Saturday from 7pm to 9pm with hosts Milena Marques-Zachariah (photo) and Wilson Sequeira, the radio airs the best of Mangalore and Goa — Konkani music, Garamai's home remedies, Mai's recipes, Gauncheo khobro, Balcaoantleo gozzaleo. Plus, what's happening in the Mangalorean and Goan communities in Canada, etc…  click here
Radio Mango is available worldwide. To listen online,  click here

Indian Christians say Modi govt not indifferent to attacks on minorities

26 May: Vatican Radio. In the backdrop of large scale celebrations and political rallies on completing one year in power at the Centre by the right-wing Hindu nationalist party, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) led government, prominent Christian leaders say they see an attitude change among political leadership which now appears to show genuine concern over attacks on the minority community in the past several months…  click here

Goa’s silent genocide of Generation Next

28 May: Herald. By Plastino D’Costa. For ages, Goa has been witnessing genocide of the Goan Generation Next, irrespective of their religious affiliations. If they happen to be talented and intelligent with a desire to succeed, the harder it gets to reside in Goa … successive governments have given up trying this reverse migration policy, instead have gone ahead and set up some NRI Commissioner office, to make sure those that leave Goa don’t face any problems in their country of residence, stay comfortably there and make sure not to entertain the thought of coming back ever… a sincere NRI Commissioner office should not only be felicitating NRI’s tasks, but also carry out leg work by going around collecting data that will pinpoint the reasons of this genocide and carry out surveys to find out the reasons why Goans decide to leave and hopefully address them… 1120 words  click here

Kizomba: Angolan dance a rage in UAE

27 May: Xpress (UAE). After proving to be a massive hit in Southern Africa and Portugal, a new Angolan dance style, Kizomba, is setting the dance floors on fire in the UAE… “Kizomba is danced to a soft music with a unique African beat. The dance is a reflection of the music, which is largely sung in Portuguese and French and also goes by the name Kizomba. It’s a sensual, slow and free-flowing dance style,” explains Tony D’Souza, an instructor at the La Porte des Indes in The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall. The expatriate from Goa said he was drawn to the dance style as a child due to the Portuguese influence he grew up with back home. His students are of various nationalities…  click here
Video: Tony D’Souza - Zouk Dubai (Kizomba Demo) 2m. 11s.  click here

Jain sage booked for obscenity in Goa

27 May: IANS. A trial court has ordered Goa Police to file a First Information Report (FIR) against Pranam Sagar Maharaj, a Jain sage, for roaming naked around Margao town last month… The order said that the photos of the Jain sage in the procession “prima facie make out an offence under section 294 of the IPC”. “No doubt the freedom to practice and propagate one’s religion is sacrosanct under the constitution of India, but with every freedom comes responsibility and duty not to cause annoyance to others,” the order said.  click here
Video: Pranam Sagar Maharaj … 3m. 13s.  click here

Tasked to deliver!

27 May: Herald. With convenience playing an important factor in our fast paced lives, Taskboys help with minor everyday tasks for anyone in Goa… With a nominal fee of just Rs 50 for simple deliveries, they will come to your home, take the bill, get it paid and deliver the receipt to you. The recently launched website is conceptualised by Fabcoders and is headed by team members Remmie Azavedo, Marlon Pereira, Edsel Dias, Advait Naik and Akash Amoncar, all from Panjim. All you have to do is go to the website, fill in the details of the task and phone number. You will immediately receive a call to verify the task, which will then be executed…  click here

No pardon for Mickky at this stage, AG advises govt
28 May: Times of India. Convicted in the 2006 junior engineer assault case, former RDA minister and Nuvem MLA Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco seems to have been left with no option but to surrender after state advocate general Atmaram Nadkarni's opinion to the state government not to entertain any mercy petition by Pacheco…  click here
Court quashes search warrant at defence minister’s residence. 28 May: Times of India. The additional sessions court on Wednesday quashed the warrant issued by a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) to search for absconding former minister Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco at the residence of Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar…  click here

Amy Jackson “Goan Girl”
27 May: Filmy Buzz. Amy Jackson is all geared up with “Singh is Bling” … Amy Jackson while filming for the Goa Schedule, fell in love with sun, sand, food and culture that she even tried full “Goan Girl” avatar! She released her picture on social networking site, dressed as goan-girl and few others, where she was just happy partying all the time. Singh Is Bling is an action thriller and is expected to hit the screens on October 2, this year…  click here
Bollywood star Amy Jackson reveals first image from her new movie. 26 May: Liverpool Echo…  click here

Backpackers' hostel gaining momentum in India
27 May: IANS. The idea stemmed from a basic problem that they, like most other students and budget travellers, face while travelling - finding a safe, clean, and affordable place (Rs.499) to stay in a good location … Zostel has a presence in key tourist locations in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Goa. And the list is getting longer…  click here
For the Zostel Goa site,  click here

Mumbai: Around 100 primary school teachers to strike on Friday
27 May: Hindustan Times. More than 100 primary school teachers from schools run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) will join a hunger strike on Friday announced by a few Christian groups… They will join the protest planned at the Archbishop house, Holy Name Cathedral, Colaba, from 10am… Groups recently wrote to the Archdiocese announcing the ‘fast-unto-death’, demanding prompt action against what they claim are bogus land dealings by the body and without the consultation of parishioners…  click here

Hindu convention in Goa next month
27 May: The Hindu. The fourth All-India Hindu Convention will be held at Ramnathi in central Goa from June 11 to June 17. Representatives of right-wing Hindu organisations will participate in it. “A ‘Hindu nation’ will not be secular, but will be based on dharma,” said Manoj Solanki, spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, the main organiser…  click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS. By Lira Fernandes

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? Yesterday (Freeview 19). Saturday 30th May. 08:00 to 09:00. Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend It Like Beckham, grew up in Southall in West London. Gurinder traces her ancestors' history, from her father's life in colonial Kenya to her grandmother's experiences during the partition of India. She tries to uncover a family secret and a mystery African cousin.

DOCUMENTARY: Monsoon Railway. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sunday 31st May. 22:00 to 23:00. The second of two fascinating films that paint an affectionate portrait of Indian railway culture. Find out how the workers keep the stormy weather at bay and their trains running.

DOCUMENTARY: Illegals: Breaking Into Britain. 5* (Freeview 30). Saturday 30th May. 23:00 to 00:00. Documentary exploring the stories of some of the estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants living in the UK, many of whom have risked their lives to enter the country and each of whom costs the British taxpayer more than £4,000 annually.

DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hospital. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 31st May. 00:00 to 01:00. Part 1: We go inside a hospital with a difference, where making a profit and providing free medical care go hand-in-hand, in an insight into Indian society rarely seen before. Part 2: Monday 1st June. 00:00 to 01:00. We follow a young girl as she realises her dream of a new face and a young man suffering from motor neurone disease.

DOCUMENTARY: Incarnations: India in 50 Lives. Parts 16-20. BBC Radio 4. Monday 1st - Friday 5th June. 13.45-2.00. The history of India told through the lives of 50 remarkable individuals. Presented by Professor Sunil Khilnani, director of the King's India Institute in London.

COOKERY: Nigel Slater: Eating Together. BBC 1. Monday 1st June. 19:30 to 20:00. Food writer and cook Nigel Slater takes a tour of the diversity in modern British home cooking, starting with bite-sized gems from around the world that make a big impression. His travels take him to Lincolnshire to meet Nita, whose recipes for pea kachori and lamb samosas have a profound personal significance.

ANIMATION: Tales From Around the World. BBC 2. Thursday 4th June. 05:00 to 05:30. A series of six animated short films based on folktales from around the world. The series includes stories from Brazil, India, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.


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Seraphino Antao: A Further Plea

26 May: Coastweek (Mombasa). By Franklyn Pinto (photo). We have to remind you of our request for a road in the name of that elite athlete Seraphino Antao remains unfortunately not attended to. Seraphino Antao was a gallant athlete from Mombasa who placed Mombasa and Kenya on the map by winning the 100 and 200 metres in the Commonwealth Games … Franklyn Pereira (photo), Chairman of the Goan Institute and ex Kenya Hockey International player …  click here
Seraphino Antao - Mombasa Track Star. 26 May: Coastweek. By Alihusein Namajee, Mombasa. Having read Franklyn Pereira's request once again, I am rather surprised that it is apparently just falling on deaf ears…  click here

Mervyn Maciel: Memoirs of a Frontierman: The Goan contribution to Kenyan administration

May 2015: The British Empire. The Goan contribution to the development of the Kenya nation has been immense but scant, if any, written recognition has been given to this fact. I hope this short article will help set the record straight… While many of the Indians (the Goans were regarded as a ‘separate race’ even in the official East African census reports published until the late 50s) were employed as labourers on construction work on the railways, the Goans, thanks to their Christian values, loyalty, integrity and fluency in the English language, were much sought after by the British Administration… Being posted to an outlying and remote part of the country was not always appealing to the younger members of the community ... I landed at Lodwar in the Turkana district at the early age of 19… 1581 words.  click here

Kingfisher Villa in Goa to be auctioned – valued at approx. £3 million

26 May: Daily News & Analysis. State-run lender United Bank of India today informed the BSE that it does not expect to recover Rs 400 crore it had lent to the grounded Kingfisher Airlines in the short-run but hoped the recovery could be possible in the long-run… the Kingfisher Villa in Goa may fetch around Rs 30 crore…  click here
Video Tour of the Kingfisher Villa. 8m. 34s.  click here

Football: Romeo Fernandes released by Atletico Paranaense of Brazil

26 May: By Anselm Noronha. It was announced at the end of February that Romeo would go on loan to Brazilian side, Clube Atletico Paranaense participating in the Campeonato Brasileiro, better known as the Brazilian Serie A. The loan was stipulated to last until the end of June, with a renewal on the cards till December 2015, if the fledgling impressed the Paranaense management… However, after just 22 minutes of playing time during his loan spell in the South American country, Romeo’s time has been cut short after the club officially released him from his contract, allowing the Goan lad to return to India…  click here

TV chef Nigel Slater asks, “Why do we eat more ethnic food than British”

26 May: Daily Mail. Nigel Slater believes our growing appetite for everything from curry to pizza means we might be missing out on some classic tastes of our own … The zing of chilli and the sizzle of exotic spices are a big part of Nigel Slater’s cooking… In his new series, Eating Together, which begins next Monday on BBC1, the 57-year-old cook explores how multi-culturalism has changed British food and increased our national repertoire… He told of the trip to Goa on a beach holiday in his youth that kick-started his love affair with more exotic tastes. ‘That first mouthful of Indian food on its home territory changed everything,’ he recalled. ‘Grilled prawns, laughably hot with turmeric and chilli, straight from the tandoori oven, blew my safe little culinary world apart. ‘Those prawns were to be the start of a love of spicy tastes that took me back to India time and time again.’ …  click here

Now, rental home away from home for tourists
27 May: Times of India. The changing profile of tourists visiting Goa has worked as a boon for small-time homeowners who rent their houses, even as luxury resorts feel the brunt of a poor season and declining revenue… Arriving in groups and on a tighter budget, the rates and comfort offered by vacation homes make for an attractive offer, thereby insulating vacation homeowners from an otherwise bleak season… "The trend started around two years ago with NRI Goans or people who were coming down for weddings," explains Margao-based Steven Pinto… Pinto rents out his place for Rs 4,000 per day for a maximum of eight people … Bluewaters House in Saligao charges guests Rs 12,000 per day …  click here

Kuwait: Sponsors Of Indian Maids Made To Pay KD1, 280 Instead Of KD348
25 May: Kuwait. The specified total fee for hiring a domestic worker from India is only KD348.750; but Kuwaiti sponsors usually pay KD1,280 for this purpose, says MP Kamel Al-Awadhi. Al-Awadhi on Sunday presented to parliamentary reporters a copy of the official fees for recruiting domestic workers from India… He asserted Kuwaitis are closely following up talks on the proposed establishment of a domestic workers recruitment company…  click here

Thailand’s Absolute adds new hotel in Goa
26 May: Travel Daily. Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services (AHS) has expanded its portfolio in India with the signing of a new Eastin Easy hotel in Goa. The new-build Eastin Easy Calangute Goa is scheduled to open in 2016, close to Calangute Beach in North Goa. The property will feature 40 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop bar, gym, swimming pool with children’s area and a banqueting room… The company already operates the U KBJ La Casa Bella resort in Goa…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
27 May: : Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 35.8. Min = 28.1. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.7; $ = 64.11; $Can = 51.60; Euro = 69.80; $Aus= 49.69.



Death: Piedade De Braganca

18 May: Santa Barbara, St. Cruz, Goa. PIEDADE DE BRAGANCA, Born 1956 Ex-Swindon, UK. Daughter of late Dorningos/late Ana Joaquina, late Jose/Dumina. Wife of late Crisostomo Pedro Caitano Dias. Mother/Mother- n-law of Idalina/Vicent, Jose Antonio/Ceron, Damasceno/Sinatra. Grandmother of Avalon, late Alia, Josley, Cris, Rhealle, Cayden Cassandra. Funeral cortege will leave her residence on 27" May 2015 at 10.30 a.m. to Holy Cross Church. St. Cruz  For further details click here

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Goan startup raises $1.8L seed fund in US

26 May: Times of India. In a unique and proud moment for the state, a Goan tech startup company, barely five months old, has raised $180,000 as seed funding from three angel investors in the US. Fleetrover, a state-of-the-art, web-based fleet tracking company, helps track vehicles on a real-time basis, relaying vital information to fleet owners. Despite launching its GPS-enabled tracking device, BlueRover, less than a month ago, the firm already has four clients in Canada. Started by Luke Sequeira, Chris Atkinson and Joshua Silveira—also the Panaji-based company's only employees so far—Fleetrover has an office in London as well and is looking to commence operations across the UK and India in the near future…  click here

Nigel Quadros, all set to make a “Goan Mark of America”

26 May: Herald. Nigel Quadros has been selected to be a part of the largest and most reputed android conference in the world, scheduled to be held at Boston. Massachusetts in America in July 2015. Cafe speaks with the founder of the company, Nigel Quadros, who is only 22 years of age and a sought-after resource in the world of tech …  click here

Long distance relationship on TWO WHEELS

25 May: Times of India, By Gary Azavedo. Mama, why don't you participate and make your hat-trick?" were all the words Belinda Viegas-Muller needed from her two children, Rohan and Ayesha. The 53-year-old doctor enrolled for yet another challenge — this time, to cycle 1,200 km from Delhi to Rajasthan in the '2nd Daal Baati Choorma'in February this year. She's a psychiatrist by profession and, outside her clinic, an enthusiastic trekker…  click here

Spot garbage? Dash off message, email to the tourism dept

26 May: Times of India. Now, you can take part to keep Goa clean. If you spot any part of a place/beach littered with garbage, send a WhatsApp message to +91 7030 077 449 or +91 7030 088 669 along with the picture to the Goa tourism department. Also, name the place/beach where you spotted the garbage. "It is the responsibility of the contractor to clear it within a maximum of 12 hours and update the sender," said tourism director Ameya Abhyankar…  click here

Goan film set to storm Kuwait

25 May: Arab Times. Goan Cultural Centre is set to host the screening of Goa’s record-breaking Konkani film ‘Nachomia Kumpasar’ (Lets Dance to the Rhythm) in Kuwait on 29th and 30th May 2015 at the American International School, Maidan, Hawally… The film which was shot over two years beginning from 2012 celebrates Goan music through the struggle and triumphs of legendary musicians of the 1960s and 70s. Based on the musicians’ life, many consider the film as a real-life account of Goa’s nightingale Lorna and legendary singer Chris Perry… [At the link select "continue to use" ]  click here

Activist wants CBI to locate absconding ex-Minister Pacheco
26 Mar: The Hindu. Activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues on Monday filed a petition before the Bombay High Court at Goa seeking the transfer of the search for the absconding convicted former Minister Mickky Pacheco to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petitioner gave the sequence of events leading to Mr. Pacheco’s conviction by the High Court and the Supreme Court on March 30…  click here

Goa CM uses ‘peaceful state’ to attract IT investors
25 May: Times of India. The information technology industry in the state got a shot in the arm as chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar unveiled the draft information technology investment policy 2015 amid much fanfare at the two-day elets knowledge exchange programme…  click here

NRIs prefer to buy apartments, shows survey
25 May: Khaleej Times (UAE). About 79 per cent are interested in buying an apartment compared to plots, land, villas, commercial or retail in India. Citing reasons, they said the key advantage of an apartment is security. More than 70 per cent of NRIs are planning to invest in the next six months… Bengaluru has topped the charts for NRI property investments and shares the spot with Mumbai, followed by Chennai, Pune, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Ahmedabad, according to the survey…  click here

Fearless attitude, fast money emboldening pimps to run trade from massage parlours
25 May: Navhind Times. Opportunity to make quick money accompanied by demand and no fear from authorities is what seems to be keeping the habitual offenders (pimps) afloat in the illegal flesh trade being run under the garb of massage parlours in the state. The Goa police have identified around five such alleged habitual offenders … According to police sources, the illegal trade is so organised that such massage parlours do not entertain customers except those who are brought by trusted touts or taxi drivers…  click here



Death: Clare da Silva

20 May: Moira, Goa. CLARE MARGARET DA SILVA (NEE SEQUEIRA). Clare was born in Jinja, Uganda August 12 1928 and spent many years in Uganda, Bombay, Aurangabad and Goa. She is survived by her husband Nazar (Naz), her children: Jude, Michael (Cheryl), Louella (Eric) de Souza and Kevin (Nirmala) and her grand-children: Alysha, Sonali, Nolan, Sonia, Nathan & Rachel. She was the sister in law of Liban (Eufrasia), Sr. Cecilia, Ernest (the late Laura) and Roy da Silva. Clare was pre-deceased by her siblings Marion (Peter) de Souza, Ronald and Flavia (Eddie) Soares. She was a kind and gentle soul, with a quick smile and a sharp sense of humour that would leave us laughing for days. She will be sorely missed but we are grateful to have so many fond memories to remember her by. Clare’s funeral service was held at the Moira Church May 21. Condolences to  email

Death: Agnelo Fernandes

29 Apr: Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA. AGNELO "AGGY" LAZARUS FERNANDES. Born 1954; ex-Mumbai. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Fernandes; his children, Danielle Fernandes, Gwen (Stefan) Link, and Ryan (Caroline) Fernandes. The funeral mass was held, May 2, 2015 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mumbai, India on June 6, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Foundation, 1 St. Francis Dr., Greenville, SC. click here.

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What the UK elections mean for Goans

25 May: Times of India. By Selma Carvalho. A certain euphoria engulfed Goans as three British politicians of Goan origin had been elected as Members of Parliament but the wider implications of the UK election results for Goa, notably the future of Portuguese passport holders, went unexamined… the Conservatives have promised a referendum on European Union (EU) membership if they came to power; a promise which is set to become reality in 2016… The easy entry into Britain, Goans now take for granted may rapidly be curtailed within the next few years… 625words  click here

Canada: Manny Rodrigues is the elite athlete co-ordinator for the Tamarack Ottawa Race

20 May: Ottawa Citizen. For five years Rodrigues had pushed for Race Weekend’s 10K event to be given the gold label by the International Association of Athletic Federations. He had met the standards except for one thing. The race needed to be seen in five or more countries. That was a poser… “It means literally it is a world-class race. There are only four 10Ks in the world that are gold label and we are one,” he said… Rodrigues has been working on races since 1998. “I am a volunteer. I’m a software designer with Sienna.” He stopped running himself in 1998. Injuries were a problem, and then his kids came along. 998 words + video.  click here
24 May: Kenyan Gladys Cherono breaks 10 km race records in Ottawa…  click here
Manny Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the son of Sipiao Rodrigues. His grandfather, Balthazar Rodrigues, owned Siqueira's Bar in Nairobi. Manny has lived in Canada since he was 12 years old.

Scotland: Mariette Lobo says NHS has to change to survive

21 May: Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) local champion Mariette Lobo, who specialises in drug-free pain relief, is calling for complementary and alternative therapies to be available through the NHS. The former Fife College lecturer said: “The NHS is the fastest growing failing business in the UK because we have too many sick people – and no political parties are addressing this obvious fact…  click here
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The Feminine Face of Alcoholism

24 May: Navhind Times talks to psychologist and psychotherapist Dr Aldina Gomes, who has done extensive research on the topic of alcohol consumption amongst women for her research thesis titled ‘Women’s Alcohol Consumption: Antecedents and Consequences of High Risk Drinking ’… Says Aldina about her research thesis: “Women consuming alcohol is still a taboo subject in Goa among some sections of society, while among the higher classes it’s an open secret… Women may sometimes drink not so much for pleasure but to be accepted by their peers. Many may drink to find temporary solace from issues related to domestic abuse and depression. Other reasons that compel women find refuge in alcohol include loneliness, mental health issues and poverty… 1543 words.  click here

Tiracol fights a cruel invasion

24 May: Herald. The issue at the center of the village is a golf course and resort that will take up most part of the village. The project headed by the Leading Hotels covers a total of 12 lakh square meter but hotel officials say only 9 lakh will be developed… At around 12.30 am May 14, heavy machinery made it to the site of the entrance of the proposed plan of the golf course along with over 50 bouncers… They say they would want development of the land but not at the cost of losing the entire village…  click here

Rachel is relaxing stressful lives

24 May: Pendle Today (UK). Rachel Palmer spent a month in Goa learning Yoga and is starting a new class in the town. She is starting the sessions at the Rainhall Centre on Tuesday after spending four weeks in Goa learning all aspects of yoga from one of the very best Indian instructors. She says the calming activity has helped her overcome serious bouts of anxiety experienced previously in her working life…  click here

Lawless, reckless behaviour of foreigners irk Pernem locals
25 May: Times of India. Lawless and reckless behaviour by foreigners all along the North Goa coastal belt stretching from Arambol to Siolim is proving to be a nuisance to locals, who are complaining that authorities are not cracking down on foreigners the way they would have acted if locals had acted similarly. Foreigners are literally painting the town red all over Pernem and their paintings and signs on government properties such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and electricity poles are not amusing the locals  click here

Encapsulating Goa’s Traditional Occupations
24 May: Herald. On a sojourn through Goa, collating material for his previous volumes on his beloved homeland, celebrated photographer-cum-writer Pantaleao Fernandes documented some traditional occupations as he came upon them and wrote his fifth book, ‘Traditional Occupations of Goa’. So rich is this wealth of information that Pantaleao has dedicated one chapter to each of the fifty occupations in this photo-documentary … 471 words.  click here

Character Cooks, who keep Goa the way it always was
24 May: Herald. Rajendra Kunkolkar is a resident of Odxel and a permanent resident of the fish market, seaside and the kitchen of his small shack and restaurant buried in the recesses of Odxel village … His time has been trapped in a time warp frozen to circa 1960 and he lives life that way… Mafia Cocktail is a restaurant in Pilerne– the home of Tony, who is a character from out of this world. He and his sister run this place which conjures up the juiciest prawn rawa fry and chicken xacuti with hot rice and pickle. Tony doesn’t let anyone go away from home without eating. Which is why Tony and Raj can and will never be restaurant owners or in the ‘business’ of food. They simply run warm homes with kitchens as their heart and soul… 1024 words.  click here


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‘Amchem fest’ from Margao to Mississauga

24 May: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. As the faithful from Margao throng Holy Spirit Church Sunday morning to celebrate the Holy Spirit Feast, half way across the globe in Mississauga a group of 150-odd Goans, with their roots in Margao will meet to do the same … Fr Michael Ronald D'Cruz will celebrate the feast mass with Lester Moniz and Ashley Moniz leading the choir… The group began the tradition way back in the 1950s/1960s in Nairobi, Kenya and continued after they migrated to Canada in the 1970s/80s. Their passion and zeal hasn't diminished despite the many years spent away from their homeland. Ethena Silveira an active member of the group and daughter of one of its founding members … [Photo shows Margao celebration in Nairobi in 1980]. 611 words.  click here

Orlando de Noronha: The Maestro of an Esoteric Handiwork

24 May: New Indian Express. When Orlando de Noronha set out to re-introduce azulejos, a painted tin-glazed ceramic tile work, in Goa a few years back, it wasn’t met with the reception he expected. Today, Orlando, whose work ranging from customised tiles, crockery to doorplates is in huge demand, is wiser in the knowledge that a work of art doesn’t need a buyer who cannot appreciate its subtleties and imperfections… Also a known face on Goa’s music scene, Orlando owns two bands, Trio Orlando and Versatyle, that are renowned for playing Goan, Portuguese and world music…  click here

Corruption Diaries of the Goa Police

24 May: Herald. Stories of malpractices and corruption in the Goa police erupted like a summer rash in the last two weeks… Vibha Verma authors the corruption diaries … Atmaram Deshpande: Head of the Police Graft School … Sandesh Chodankar: the Extortionist … Shish Shrodkar & Gang: for, of and by narcotics … Vilesh Durbhatkar: suspended & reinstated, all in a flash … Sunil Gudler: caught sister, bowled girlfriend … Chandrakant Salgaonkar: shoddy mining investigation … Vaibhav Naik: it's all about cash, even if it’s fake … Four Pi's- suspended but promoted … 2 Sex related crimes …  click here

As tourist planes land in Goa waters, fishermen threaten suicide

23 May: India Today. Ignoring a massive resistance by the fishermen, the Goa government on Saturday went ahead with its proposal to land sea planes on Mandovi River in the heart of the state to encourage more tourism. The fishermen, who see it as a denial of access to the waters affecting their livelihood, have threatened to end their lives if the government allows the planes to operate in the waters… A nine-seater plane took sortie along the river front till Miramar beach and then took off to Chapora river situated around 20 kms away.  click here
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Video: Sarah Todd: Masterchef TV foodie to open restaurant in Goa

23 May: Daily Mail (UK). Sarah Todd (photo), the model-turned-food-entrepreneur from Melbourne has scored a cook book deal with Penguin and will open a restaurant in Goa in September. The restaurant, positioned on a hill top overlooking the ocean in Goa, will seat 180 guests, have 14 luxury on-site villas and a cafe-pool bar below facing the sunset … the restaurant will focus on fresh, modern Australian cuisine and lots of seafood…  click here
Video: Sarah Todd at Park Hyatt Goa. Sarah Todd - Masterchef, Series 6 took guests on a journey through her fabulous world of food at a culinary class for men in Goa!  click here
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Aberdeen family’s fears for ‘innocent’ son locked in notorious Indian jail

23 May: Aberdeen Journal. The family of Paul Harrison, being held in a brutal Indian jail were last night frantically trying to contact him – after hearing nothing from him for two months… He has been in the city’s notorious Arthur Road prison for nearly two years. The 37-year-old was arrested the summer of 2013 after being implicated in a drugs smuggling plot. The day before police raided his home in the holiday resort of Goa a man was arrested carrying a large haul of methadone across the Indian border…He had moved to India five years ago working as a DJ and ran a motorbike and fashion company in Goa, where he met his girlfriend, Tia. She was born at the resort, but grew up in Watford …  click here

CM unveils draft IT investment policy
23 May: Herald. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar unveiled the draft Information Technology- Investment Policy- 2015 on Saturday with an expectation that the IT industry will curb the unemployment in the state in the next five years. The final policy is expected to be out in the next one month… the IT policy has proposed to make Goa an animation, visual effects, gaming, comics ( AVGC) hub. The State has proposed 100 per cent reimbursement in stamp duty, electricity duty, central sales tax, entry tax along with 10 per cent reimbursement on salaries paid to the local employment up to 80 per cent.  click here

“Shiv Sena will save Goans”
24 May: Times of India. Shiv Sena held a convention of its party workers in preparation for the 2017 general elections in Goa. "The native Goan population is on the decline, while the outsider's population is increasing in Goa. There is an indirect attack on Goa by the outsiders and foreigners through tourism," Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said…  click here

Govt to venture into producing crabs
23 May: Times of India. The departments of agriculture and fisheries are studying an idea to produce crabs in Goa's khazan fields… They have claimed that farmers can get up to 1 lakh per hectare of land from crab production, sources said, adding that Goa has about 18,000 hectare of khazan fields… The common mud crabs are "scylla serrata" and "scylla oceanica", the latter more preferred as it grows to a maximum size of 1.5 kg and will not cause any damage to bunds or fencing arrangements in the culture system…  click here

11 Epic Party Beaches that don’t allow you to Rest or Sleep
23 May: Journal Reporter. …10: Palolem Beach, go Goa, India. Goa gives you plenty of beaches to choose from but this Palolem beach has attracted the international tourists in huge quantities. The parties here are never ending as this beach doesn’t sleep due to the vibes of 60’s and Goa trance… This encourages them to enter these riotous and rare parties that include bonfires and drinks, later converted into all night raves…  click here

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