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Swindon: Pet food delivery pair face hefty fines

23 May: Swindon Advertiser. Pet food traders facing a number of food hygiene breaches have been slapped with hefty fines after an undercover investigation found a filthy van making deliveries of pet food to a caterer who supplied a number of ethnic festivals with food including Swindon's Goan Festival… residents in Swindon became suspicious when their delivery van – emblazoned with “The Dog’s Dinner” - was seen making deliveries of food to a man who supplied Goan and Indian food to a number of festivals around the country. Royly Da Silva, 37, of Salisbury Street was the owner of the now closed catering company Royal Food, and last month he received a court fine of £6,500 after admitting 16 food safety breaches… 523 words.  click here

Goan Vinegar is going Global

23 May: Times of India. The humble Goan vinegar is going global, literally, with the Journal of Food Science reporting it as the possible next big superfood. The fact is that the uses of this acidic liquid extend much beyond adding the sour, zingy tang to traditional Goan Christian cuisine like the sorpotel, vindaloo, meat roast, and the like… The Goan vinegar is made by fermenting toddy, which is the sap of the coconut tree… The science behind the making of vinegar basically involves fermenting the chosen base liquid to alcohol, which is then oxidised by air and bacterial action to yield vinegar…  For further details click here

Salvaging tradition, one hymn at a time

23 May: Times of India. Traditional hymns, litanies, motets and prayers in Konkani, Latin, and Portuguese, widely sung in churches in Goa and passed down through generations would have died a fast death if Fr Antonio da Costa , from Curtorim, hadn't stepped up to the challenge and written them down from memory. Composed by mestres da igreja , whose names are unknown, many of the hymns have become an integral part of Goan Christian culture after being sung for 450 years, Costa believes. He has preserved 160 of these hymns in his latest book 'Songs of Praise - Adlim Kristi Bhogtigitam', a treasury of Goan traditional Catholic devotional hymns…  For further details click here

‘Music has become province of those who can afford it’

24 Mat: Navhind Times. Trinity College of Music, London, has been conducting piano and violin workshops in Candolim. As part of the programme, students and their professors will be performing a joint concert at Art Chamber in Calangute today on May 24 at 7 p.m. One of the professors Karl Lutchmayer, who traces his roots to Goa, spoke about his work and passion for music…  For further details click here

Goa can emulate Paris as fashion destination'

22 May: IANS. Fashion shows are important for a tourist destination like Goa and in the years to come the coastal state could emulate Paris as a global destination for fashion events, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said … "For a state like Goa, fashion shows are important. When we have accepted that we are a tourist destination, it is but natural that fashion shows, which also go hand in hand with tourism, become important," Parsekar said…  For further details click here

BJP Seeks Delhi Chief Minister Arvind

Kejriwal's Apology For 'Defaming' Goa 23 May: NDTV. Accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of defaming Goa, BJP today demanded his apology for stating that the coastal state has become a destination for "sex, drug and gambling". "Kejriwal should apologise to the people of Goa for making statements which defame the state. He should apologise for terming Goa as drugs, sex and gambling destination," BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told reporters…  For further details click here

Beauty treatment for Goa airport

23 May: Times of India. A year and half after its commissioning, complaints about tardy planning and uncleanliness at the new terminal building of the Goa international airport have not ceased. Conditions at the airport may improve as plans to spruce up the premises are afoot … Goa airport administration has received a lot of flak for unhygienic conditions of its wash rooms and above all for the pitiful planning of the building…  For further details click here

Auction: Ivory Madonna and Child

25 May: Matthew Barton, London W14. Lot 78. An Indo-Portuguese Ivory Madonna and Child, Goa, 18th/19th Century. carved holding the Holy Infant with orb, her cloak with pierced edging and standing on a seraphim set cloud. 13cm high. Estimate: 300 GBP - 500 GBP.  For further details click here


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Video: AAP stuns Goa politics; pulls 10k plus crowd

22 May: Prudent Media. AAP Goa meet: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appeals Goans to replicate Delhi model against corruption, questions BJP-Congress on Mining, Casinos …  click here
Kejriwal blames BJP, Congress for Goa's image of sex, drugs 22 May: Times of India. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP's national convener said that the erstwhile Congress projected Goa as a tourist destination for "sex, drugs and gambling," but the BJP-led government didn't change this definition of Goa either…  click here
Kejriwal calls for a revolution in Goa … 23 May Times of India. click here.

Liposuction proves fatal for woman

22 May: Times of India. Bernadette Mascarenhas, 55, a resident of Ansabhat in Mapusa, who underwent the cosmetic surgery at a beauty clinic in Panaji, died allegedly due to medical negligence. Mapusa police have registered a case of culpable homicide under section 304 read with 34 of IPC against a Delhi-based doctor and the proprietor of the beauty clinic. The alleged case has been registered against Dr S Arora,.. The son of the deceased Stephen D'Cunha lodged a complaint against the doctor and clinic for medical negligence…  For further details click here

Tar balls mar state’s shoreline

22 Mat: Times of India. The long stretches of the sandy beaches in the state's four major coastal talukas of Pernem, Bardez, Salcete and Canacona, still frequented by tourists despite the extreme heat, have been devastated by accumulation of tar balls. The oily patches or blobs of dark matter have spread out on some of the popular beaches, besmearing the soft and white sandy shoreline. The sticky substance has been causing discomfort and inconvenience to tourists, locals and others…  click here

Canacona locals claim teenage gang waylaying people

22 May: Times of India. Locals in Canacona have alleged that a gang of 25 teenagers are blocking roads at night, threatening commuters with weapons and forcing them to part with their valuables. A citizens' group called 'Jagruk committee' convened a special meeting to discuss the problem on Saturday. Councillors of various Canacona municipality wards were present along with the vice-chairperson and chairperson. Retired headmaster Shantaji Gaonkar stated that while several of such cases have occured lately, the police are yet to take action against the culprits…  For further details click here

Going to Goa? Don't hire vehicles with white number plates

22 May: Mid-Day. If you’re going to visit Goa and have planned to rent a bike or car, keep this in mind: Don’t hire a vehicle with white number plates. Apart from the tourist taxis and rental self-drive vehicles that have yellow number plates, there are private two-wheelers and four-wheelers with white number plates, which are illegally rented out. Since October, there is a crackdown on those driving around in them… Once tourists on a vehicle with a white number plate are stopped, attempts to contact the dealer go in vain, and the vehicle is seized. The current situation has come about because of a moratorium on new rent-a-bike and rent-a-car licences by the Goa government following pressure from the tourist taxi owners’ association. The problem is directly related to the high fares charged by tourist taxis in Goa, as there is no public transport in Goa after 7 pm. … :  For further details click here

TTAG wants missing Goan cuisine back in coastal restaurants

22 May: Herald. One of the major stakeholders in the tourism industry – Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) – has sought at least partial replacement of non-Goan dishes with the authentic traditional local cuisines served in restaurants along the coastal belt. In a long list of observations, TTAG pointed out to the absence of authentic Goan cuisine in the coastal stretch… The association also opined that the government needs to be advised that every shack must necessarily have a certain percentage of local dishes besides, giving authentic Goan restaurants tax exemptions and other support so that they can successfully compete in the market.,,  For further details click here

‘Man plays a major role in woman’s empowerment’

22 May Navhind Times. Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha (photo) is a multi-talented personality. She is a writer, lecturer and social worker. In a candid chat with NT NETWORK she speaks about her early days, her inspirations, issues which are close to her heart, her writings and why she believes women are superior to men ,,,  For further details click here

Arms, ammunition, drugs, explosives can be moved into Goa with no one looking

22 May. Herald, With terror threats continuing to reach Goa’s Police and intelligence agencies, it is vital to see if even the minimum levels of policing is being done at our borders. The Herald Investigating Team went on a mission to three border check posts carrying items in their car which should have caught the eye of the border patrol as suspicious. None of their cars were even stopped at check posts that were either unmanned or had one home guard, the CCTVs hardly functioned, and the police had no weapons. Read this shocking eye opener …  For further details click here


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Smoked Goan sausages to make your day!

21 May: Navhind Times. Who doesn’t think of Goan sausages when one speaks of Goa? A traditional occupation mostly confined to Agaçaim – Goa Velha region, it is slowly diminishing as many migrate to the United Kingdom, or because children don’t want to carry on trade. Antonia Da Silva from Goa Velha is a famous the world over as the only sausage maker making smoked sausages that give the sausages the mouth watering smoked flavour. We catch up with Antonio to get a sneak peek into his smoked sausage making business …  click here

Get home cooked Goan delicacies delivered in Delhi

21 May: Indian Express. Home chef Sharon Fernandes has been a journalist for 12 years, a decade of which she spent in New Delhi. Late last year, she took a leap of faith and turned entrepreneur and it’s been an easy decision she says… She set up Custodio’s Goan Home Cooked Food in 2015, named after her father from whom she inherited recipes and her love for cooking… Goan food lovers will be happy to know that Custodio Fernandes makes bi-annual trips to Delhi when he cooks with his daughter. His chef d’oeuvre? Sorpotel… Custodio’s Goan Home Cooked Food has a rotating menu with a mix of vegetarian, chicken and fish dishes, To place orders, message on Custodio’s Goan Home Cooked Food’s Facebook …  For further details click here

We’re no B-team of the BJP, we’ll sweep Goa come March: AAP

21 May: Indian Express. The scorching summer is at its peak in Goa but there’s a political movement underway that’s got both – the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress – worried. Battling the heat across villages is the Aam Aadmi Party, that hopes to win big, come March 2017, when Goa’s 40-seat Assembly goes to polls. We spoke to AAP’s Valmiki Naik, who’s actively involved in the party’s campaign, about the issues they’re focussing on and the hurdles the ‘outsider’ party faces as it hopes to win in a state that is cautious about ‘non-Goans’ wiping away their culture…  For further details click here

Famous Churches of Goa

20 May: The smallest state in India, Goa has lot in its kitty. One major attractions is the churches, which has been set up sometime during 17th or 18th centuries. The blend of architectural work clearly shows the erstwhile days of Portuguese and till date, one can find its strong impact in this beach land… Basilica of Bom Jesus … Church of St.Francis of Assisi … Church of St.Catherine … Other Churches of note are Church of St.Cajetan, Church of Lady of Roasary, Church of Reis Magos, Church of Holy Spirit and Church of St. Monica…  For further details click here

In absence of lifeguards, police man Goa beaches

21 May: PTI. Tourists in Goa were today kept away from venturing into the sea as hundreds of lifeguards staged a protest at popular Calangute beach in north Goa pressing for theirs long standing demands. As many as 600 lifeguards, employed with Drishti Lifesaving Services Pvt Ltd, are on a three-day strike since yesterday demanding regularisation in services and pay hike. They took out a morcha in Calangute beach village …  For further details click here

Finding Fanny: The quirks of life

Ferdie may have found Fanny, but the life in Pocolim village continues to fascinate writer Kersi Khambatta …When Homi Adjania’s Finding Fanny hit the screens many could not follow the cinematic language of the film because it was unlike the usual Bollywood stuff in terms of language and characterisation. There was a lot to read between the lines in the script essentially thought and written in English. But Deepika Padukone’s presence demanded mass reach and hence Hindi translation. Writer Kersi Khambatta has now expanded the story to bring out his first novel “The Village of Pointless Conversation” (Harper Collins)…  For further details click here


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Indian Foreign Minister: Fr. Tom is safe, soon to be released

19 May: CNA/EWTN News. Fr. Tom Uznunnalil, the Indian Salesian priest kidnapped by extremists in March is alive and close to being released, according to Indian government officials. AsiaNews reported Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj of India has said that Fr. Tom is “safe and that the "last efforts (are being made to) ensure his release." The Asian news source also reports that the priest is not in the hands of the Islamic State but rather other “anti-government forces” in Yemen territory, possibly Shiite Houthi rebels … Fr. Uzhunnalil, an Indian national, was abducted March 4 when four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including four Missionary of Charity sisters. During Holy Week, unsubstantiated rumors spread on social media that Islamic State had captured Fr. Tom and were planning for his torture and crucifixion on Good Friday…  For further details click here

Hyper-local delivery startup launches service in Goa's capital

20 May: Times of India. Shopping for grocery, fresh vegetables, laundry services and even purchasing a gas cylinder is now just a tap away with PickMyCart, a hyper-local delivery venture that was launched in Goa on Friday… Customers can opt for cash on delivery, online payments and can track their orders online… the first phase caters to the population of the capital city Panaji and surrounding areas of Dona Paula, Caranzalem, Taleigao, Altinho, Bambolim, St.Cruz and Merces. In the next quarter the company plans to expand to Margao, Vasco, Ponda, Porvorim, Mapusa and surrounding locations and aims to cover most of Goa by December 2016…  click here

Rosalyn D'Mello: Savouring childhood memories

20 May: Mid-Day. Memories are relished most when they creep up on you, whether it’s with the scent of a familiar flower or the taste of eggs the way mum made them… I believe a memory is best savoured when it creeps up on you through the act of remembering; like, for instance, the daily rosaries when the statue of Our Lady was placed on a lowly stool in the compound just outside Uncle Benny’s balcony, and everyone would gather to pray, and after, partake of offerings of what we eventually came to call ‘Rosary Chana’ — impeccably boiled gram with a hint of chilli powder and thin waifs of coconut, along with trays of Vienna’s finest plum cake and crispy potato wafers…
Deliberating on the life and times of Everywoman, Rosalyn D’Mello is a reputed art critic and the author of A Handbook For My Lover. She tweets @RosaParx.  click here

Dropout rate among Christians alarms Indian church official

20 May: UCAN. An Indian church official said he was alarmed by recently released government data that shows at least 62,000 Christian children dropped out of Indian schools in 2014. "The drop-out figure is alarming and quite disappointing because church people have been leading the education field for decades," said Salesian Father Joseph Manipadam, secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India's office of education and culture. The data showed that in 2014 some 6.6 million students between the ages of 6 and 13 dropped out of school — 4.5 million from officially recognized lower caste communities, tribal people and Muslims. A total of 62,698 Christians also dropped out, Indian media reported May 17…  For further details click here

Goa Bombay Express: uncomfortable startling

20 May: Diario de Mallorca (Spain), Film: Goa Bombay Express. Spain, 2016/96 minutes. Genre: Comedy - Drama. Cast: Julian Chester, Emma Cohen, Mario Tardón … Juan Estelrich Revesz directs this movie where love and passion for literature come together in a story of unconventional love… He is a renowned writer and she is a woman in love with his work and they come together while traveling on the train from Bombay to Goa … The unexpected encounter make sparks fly … The meeting of these people will lead to a hopeless love story …  For further details click here

Goa government approves universal mediclaim scheme for 3.5 lakh families

20 May: Times of India. The State cabinet on Friday approved Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana, a universal mediclaim scheme in its new form. It look almost four years for the BJP-led government to come out with a fresh insurance scheme after it revoked the one introduced by the previous government. The DDSSY proposes to cover 3.5 lakh Goan population…  click here

Goa’s coastline unsafe as lifeguards resort to strike

20 May: The Hindu. Goa’s 106 km coastline, it is feared, could become unsafe on the weekend (72 hours from Friday) following a strike by lifeguards over pay and service related demands… Mr. Christopher Fonseca, general secretary, AITUC, Goa, reiterated that in spite of concrete written agreement signed by two Goa Cabinet Ministers, the pending issues of the lifeguards had remained unresolved…  For further details click here

Auction: Portuguese/Indian Valuables Cabinet - 18th c.

21 May: Thomaston, ME, USA. Lot 478: Goanese Small Valuables Hardwood Cabinet made for the Spanish market, having a quartered and banded veneer lift lid inset into a molded edge, three drawers below, with carved knobs and secret compartments alongside the center large drawer, the case has overall chip carved floral decoration, with Hindu architecture gallery rank at top, is set on bracket feet, 14" x 22 1/2" x 13". Good condition. Estimate: 600 USD - 900 USD.  For further details click here


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Fancy frolicking in the Maldives or Goa? Costa Cruises launch impressive new route

18 May: Daily Express (UK). Costa Cruises has launched a stunning new two-week cruise to India and the Maldives sailing regularly throughout this winter… Available from December 15 until March 2017, the cruises around the Indian Ocean will start in the Maldives, where the ship will remain for two days before sailing for Colombo in Sri Lanka ... Next comes Goa, best-known for its laid-back beach life but also one of the 21 hotspots of biodiversity in the world and with some exceptional Portuguese colonial architecture… The ship then sails to Mumbai … continues to New Mangalore before arriving at Cochin … The cruise finishes back at the Maldives for the return flight home. Alternatively, the two-week cruise can be split into two seven-day itineraries, with flights to Male and Mumbai…  For further details click here

Artur Henriques reveals his experience in Goa

20 May: Diario Digital. The book "Goa Return' by Artur Henriques will be released on 24 May, at 18.30, the Geographical Society in Lisbon. This first-person account covers two very different Indian periods: between 1956 and 1959, during his military service in Goa, and in 1979, a journey of about six months. In this return, there is a designer who inherits his master brushes and girlfriends, an adventurer to bend cables and storms, it will be a book of war or post-colonial literature.,, The author was a young soldier "Living during the Estado Novo dictatorship is not the same as sleeping with a female political police spy…”  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

Goa: Missing senior citizen raises kidnapping concerns

20 May: Porvorim police are on the lookout for a 27-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped an 87-year-old woman from Porvorim. Porvorim police said they have registered an offence against Dileshwar Patra who was working as a caretaker in a home for the aged in Moira. It was here that Patra got in touch with Nativadade Fernandes who had been living there for three years… Police said that around Rs 4 lakh has been withdrawn from Fernandes’ bank account. Sources said Fernandes had around Rs 7 lakh in her account and she also owns property in Candolim worth Rs 3 crore…  For further details click here

AAP names 40 coordinators for Goa

20 May: Times of India. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced names of 40 coordinators it has selected in 40 constituencies of the state. Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said it is a historic day for Goa as the party has completed its target of setting up the first phase of its organization in the state… AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta said, "Today, we have an organizational set up with people who can respond to people in each constituency in Goa." …  For further details click here

Churchill Alemao to return to active politics

19 May: Times of India. In Goa, the scale of former PWD minister Churchill Alemao's birthday celebrations has come to be a barometer of a politician's popularity. The former PWD minister used his recent birthday celebration to announce his return to active politics following a long hiatus. The former South Goa heavyweight had gone into hibernation after his name figured in the probe into the Louis Berger JICA scam last year. Churchill, has had a sleep of his lifetime. Now that the Mongoose is back and seeing the PWD waters have subsided has decided to come in the open and feel the pleasant breeze…  For further details click here

Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

18 May: Catholic News Service (USA). … Although the sisters continue to keep and care for abandoned, destitute and sick children, they have stopped putting children up for adoption. The nuns said they made the decision because new government rules were “contrary to our Christian values.” The decision was made after the Indian government’s Union Ministry of Women and Child Development issued new guidelines allowing “single or unmarried parents, men or women, the right” to apply for and adopt children. The nuns concluded their pending adoptions, then on March 31 wrote to the ministry that they had closed their adoption centers…  For further details click here

Auction: Goan ivory figure of the Good Shepherd, 17th - 18th c.

21 May: Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Germany. Lot 1484. A large Goan ivory figure of the Good Shepherd, 17th - 18th century Carved in the round and partially freestanding. Carved from five connected pieces. The reverse is carved with several sheep and two lions and the socle is decorated with winged angel's heads. The mounting to the reverse presumably originally held a gloriole for the Good Shepherd. Some vertical hairline cracks. Wear with minor losses. Height 44 cm. Estimate: 20,000 EUR - 25,000 EUR  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

POSTPONED. Sat: 21 May: Young London Goan Society (YLGS) MASQUERADE PARTY.

Sat. 11 Jun: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW. 6:30 p.m. prompt – 1 a.m. Dress Code: Strictly Formal – Bow Tie Essential. Colour Theme: Gold. Licensed Bar. Ticket includes pre-dinner drink and 3-course meal. G.O.A Members £35.00, Guests £50.00, Children (up to 12 years) £25. Table Bookings of 12 available. Hotel Accommodation Code available when registering. Further details from Chloé De-Mendonça - 020 8384 0272 / Marilou DeSouza - 020 8677 0390 / Neil De-Mendonca - 07960736052. For the application form, click here

Sun. 19 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 36th 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'. Tickets including snacks & a Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £15.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Eugene Fernandes Tel: 020 8665 4773 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 26 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. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES' & 'NITELIFE'. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 TO 14 years £5 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, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 2 Jul. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 40th Anniversary of the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with 'Live' Music from 'HARMONICS' & Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. Tickets (include Snacks, Meal & Desert): 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.

Sat. 9 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE SENIOR CITIZENS COACH TRIP TO THE NEW FOREST. Coach pick up points: Norbury Station – 8:30 a.m. Tooting Library – 9:00 a.m. Greenford (BP Connect) UB6 8ST. 10.00 a.m. Members £15.00 - Non Members £19.00 from Chloe De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272 / Marilou De Souza on 020 8677 0390 / Lynsey Martins on 020 8657 8951 / or email: (Tickets include lunch and history talk)

Sat. 16 Jul: G.O.A. DAY WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA. Commencing at 11.30 a.m. with Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary followed by Holy Mass will be offered for friends and family of the Goan Community. Come and spend the time in the presence of one of the four statues commissioned by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 following the third apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Pope Benedict XV then sent the statues to the four corners of the earth in 1917 and this statue reached Europe and was later blest by Pope Pius X. Venue: St. Andrews RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey. CR7 7RD. Details from : Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314, Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288, / Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336, or email: For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 17 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT. Venue : Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Church Lane, Watford, WD25 8NN. Details from: Menino Mascarenhas on 01784 211832 / or Jacinto D'Silva on 0777 968162 /

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:



Death: Remeza Linda Gomes

17 May: Eldoret, Kenya. REMEZA LINDA GOMES. Born 23rd September 1952. Daughter to the late Joao and Aleluyia D’Silva, beloved wife to Sebastian Gomes. Loving mother to Dominic, Linus, Victor and Isabella. Sister to late Joe, Tony and Mary D’Silva. Sister in law to Andrew, Hirena, John and Lumena Gomes. Aunty to Anita, Donovan, Sharon, Joe, Aliya. Mother in law to Mariam and Wangari. The celebration of Life Mass will be held at Sacred Heart’s Cathedral, Eldoret, on Friday 20th May 2016 at 10am. Followed by the Cremation at 12 noon at the Eldoret Hindu Crematorium. Info: Goan Welfare Society (Nairobi)

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Selma Carvalho: East African Goans again?

19 May: The Goan. The announcement that my book Baker, Butcher, Doctor, Diplomat: Goan Pioneers of East Africa is nearing completion was met with an interesting question: does the East African Goan narrative hold any fascination with the current generation of Goans who have not lived in East Africa or have no connection to it? My response is, do the British ever lose interest in the Romans, the Vikings, the Tudors, the Victorians, World War II, the 60s and the 80s? … For a long time now I have been hoping to evoke interest in a museum which would honour the Goan diaspora history. This self-funded book is my small contribution towards preserving this legacy, in its visual form. Hopefully, we can take the conversation further from here… 959 words.  click here
For more information about the book release,  click here

Babush Monserrate gets bail

19 May: Herald, St Cruz MLA Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate went home on Wednesday, after the Children’s Court granted him conditional bail with a surety of Rs 1 lakh and asking him to report to the Investigating Officer for seven days. The Court also granted bail to Rosy Ferros and the victim’s mother with surety of Rs 25,000 each and asking them to report to the investigation officer for seven days… While leaving the court Monserrate said that at the right time he will expose the people who have framed him. “I will expose the people who are behind this. I am out on bail right now. I want to get cleared of the charges first. I will expose them at right time,” Monserrate said…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365. Rape accused Babush Monserrate has said he knows who have framed him in the rape case and he would soon expose them. 4m. 19s.  click here

Catholics in India affirm church's euthanasia stance

18 May: UCAN. Officials from the Indian bishops’ health office are against the Indian government's plans to enact a law legalizing "passive euthanasia." "If the government legalizes passive euthanasia, people would start indulging in it actively. That would be against the dignity of life," said Father Mathew Perumpil, secretary for the Indian Catholic bishops' conference's office of health. Passive euthanasia occurs when the patient dies because medical professionals either stop doing or don't do something necessary to keep the patient alive…  For further details click here

Goa designer’s collection to be unveiled at Cannes

18 May: UNI. Goa designer Verma D’Mello’s latest collection is inspired by the women of Goa. Her collection will be unveiled at the Cannes Red Carpet Fashion and Film Awards 2016 to be held on May 21. Her collection, Kadamba Queen, showcases the innate quality of women in Goa, from the time it was ruled by the Kadamba dynasty, well before the conquest by the Portuguese. “Each garment is conceived with great thought and is hand-crafted to give a glimpse of what the Goan woman is all about,” said a spokesperson for the designer on Monday…  For further details click here
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Why Bebinca is Known as the Queen of Goan Desserts

18 May: NDTV. The Goans love their Bebinca, I’ve heard some chefs call it the ‘Queen of Goan desserts’ while many others are quick to point out that it’s the only distinctive Goan dessert. Desserts from Goa like the Doldol are similar to the Indian Halwa (except the Doldol uses jaggery instead of sugar) but Bebinca is truly unique to Goa… There are quite a few stories that surround this dessert and culinary experts in Goa often debate about the number of layers that make up a Bebinca. I’ve heard numbers ranging from 7 to 16! Fatima da Silva Gracia who authored Cozinha de Goa suggests that Bebinca might have been invented by Bibiona, a nun at the Convento da Santa Monica in Old Goa… Bebinca Recipe … 1229 words.  For further details click here

Peruvian Plates in Goa

18 May: Verve. The palm-tree-lined roads of the coastal state offer an attractive drive-through on my way to my appointed destination for my weekend in Goa. The highlight of this sojourn is a tryst with the Peruvian flavours of ceviche, a culinary offering that is trending hot right now, even though this is a preparation served cold and raw. The vehicle glides into the expansive property of the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, overlooking the waterfront… Later, we head out for a hearty meal where we dip into much-loved Goan flavours, tinged with Portuguese hues at Chef Fernando’s Nostalgia in Raia, South Goa… As we reluctantly set out for the airport, my bags are filled with cashew nuts, bebinca, sausages, black jaggery and kokum shorbet as I try to transport Goa’s distinctive tastes into my Mumbai home.  For further details click here

Recipe of the Day: Goan Coconut and Tamarind Mackerel Curry

18 May: Herald (Scotland). By Rodolfo Munoz of Roseleaf in Edinburgh. Roseleaf is a cosy, wee family run, bar and cafe in historic Port o’ Leith, serving committed customers from near and afar since July 2007… From the kitchen they serve up wholesome food from 10am right through till 10pm every day … Recipe …  For further details click here


FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Channel 4. Sunday 22nd May. 8:00 PM to 10:25 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, aided by Sonny, the hotel's upbeat young owner. 2011. 12.

TRAVEL: The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve. BBC 2. Monday 23rd May. 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM. Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to east Africa to uncover the stories behind Britain's favourite drink. Surprisingly, most of the leaves in everyday teabags do not come from India or China but are bought at an auction in Mombasa in Kenya [held at the former premises of the Goan Institute]. From here, Simon follows the tea trail through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda and meets some of the millions of people who pick, pack and transport tea.

ARTS: Book of the Week . BBC Radio 4 704. Monday 23rd May to Friday 27th May. 09.45 to 10:00 AM. In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room. Aarathi Prasad explores the ancient and modern in Indian medicine. Abridged by Pete Nichols. Read by Sudha Bhuchar. The basic seven types of medicine in India.

DOCUMENTARY: Pleasure Zone. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Monday 23rd May. 12:00 Midnight to 1:00 AM. Goa. Kirsten and Andrew travel to Goa, India to explore the Kama Sutra and to re-discover each other in ways they never thought possible.

DOCUMENTARY: How to Get a Council House. Channel 4. Tuesday 24th May. 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Last year, over half a million immigrants arrived in the UK, all needing somewhere to live. Just four miles from Heathrow, the London Borough of Hounslow is a gateway to Britain and the council's housing department is struggling to cope with an influx of housing applications from people from overseas. This episode follows those who have come from abroad and have no option but to turn to the council for housing.

DOCUMENTARY: Last Whites of the East End. BBC 1.Tuesday 24th May. 10:45 to 11:45 PM. Documentary examining the dwindling white community of London's East End over the past 15 years where more than half of the white working-class community has disappeared. The voices of these people, who are struggling with rapid change, are heard for the first time in this film, which offers a unique look at contemporary Britain from the frontline of immigration.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Queen Victoria's Last Love. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Thursday 26th May. 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Hear about the shockwaves caused by Queen Victoria's affection for her Indian servant Abdul Karim, who became an intimate confidant despite the Victorian taboos of race and class.


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Editorial: Crime Branch needs to think on its feet to outwit Babush Monseratte

18 May: Herald. If the barrage of questions asked by the defense is met with a weak response the case can spin in favour of the accused. Unfortunately, in the middle of all this is a minor girl … Many of the things she has said do not quite add up and discrepancies show. But the wheels of justice are oiled only by luck but derailed by great defense lawyers…. Monseratte’s team appears to be winning in this very early stage… very important points raised by the defense need strong counter replies by the Crime Branch or this case will soon slip beyond their reach.  click here
18 May: Herald. Babush’s Wall of Defence Gets Stronger …  click here

Tourism bonanza for land owners

18 May: The Goan. The Department of Tourism has sought expressions of interest (EoI) from owners who are interested in offering their land for organising major tourism-related events in Goa. In a tender issued on Tuesday, the tourism department has said that such land, if it meets the criteria will be selected and offered to event organisers through the Department brokering an agreement with the intended organiser and the landowner…  For further details click here

Canada: Blogger Stacy Lynne Fernandes hears the heroic stories of dogs

17 May: Inside Toronto. By Stacy Lynne Fernandes (photo). Earlier this month, I had the privilege of giving a speech at the annual Purina Animal Hall of Fame … Luckily for me, my speech was before all the amazing stories of animals saving their owners so I didn’t have tears running down my face while speaking! …  For further details click here
Stacy Lynn Fernandes, MSc, is Nestlé Purina’s Nutritional Communications Manager for Canada. She was born in Toronto in 1986. Her parents were born in 1956 and 1960 and moved to Canada from Karachi Pakistan in 1983 and 1981

Russian depart from Goa

18 May: Комсомольская правда (Russia). The economic crisis sweeping foreign resorts brings our fellow citizens, the so-called downshifters back to Russia. There are people who for years have lived in fairy tale tropical countries by renting their apartments in Moscow and other cities. But the road home for many has been a tragedy. They have forgotten how to work, and indeed how Russia has changed in their absence … Artem Borisov, the administrator of a large community of Goa today in the social network VKontakte, has more than 60 thousand people, says that absolutely all have been crippled by the economic crisis... The prices in Goa have soared in recent years and rental income in Russia has shrunk due to the economic crisis … 1839 words. Machine translation.  For further details click here

Serengeti Boys target India scalp

17 May: The Citizen (Tanzania). The national Under-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys square up against hosts India today in their second match of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Youth Cup 2016. The Serengeti Boys kicked off their AIFF Youth Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against the US on Sunday … The match, which is expected to draw a big number of fans in a powerful cricket-playing nation, will take place at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa… The Indian senior team is placed 162nd in the latest monthly Fifa world rankings while Tanzania sits on position 129…  For further details click here
17 May at 20.56 IST. AIFF Youth Cup: India 1-3 Tanzania. The India U-16 team succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a robust Tanzania side on Matchday Two of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Youth Cup, on Tuesday… The coach of the Indian U-16 side was asked to take a seat in the stands for not wearing his ID card and for a mild verbal altercation with the assistant referee…  click here

Serendipity in Goa

17 May: Mid-Day. It’s an idea whose time has certainly come. Ever since Tarun Tejpal’s (photo) Think had vacated the ‘sexy schmooxy destination summit’ space in Goa there had been a vacuum created. Especially over the Xmas, New Year season when NRI India meets Lutyens Delhi, and Mumbai society for some serious networking and looks for occasions to do it. Enter the ‘Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa — Dec 16-23, 2016’ a curated, interdisciplinary Arts Festival which promises multiple disciplines like theatre, music, dance, photography, sculpture, crafts, fine arts and food and an “Invitation Only” event with ‘a likely spill over on the Christmas weekend on Dec 24 and 25.” …  For further details click here

Oman: Goan Wing celebrates 1st annual day in style

17 May: Times of Oman. The ISC-Goan wing organised its first annual day recently … Anthony Lourenco, convener of Goan Wing, welcomed the audience. He said, “We have managed to put up events which have helped us in building the Goan community and creating far more opportunities to socialise and interact with our fellow Goans and the Indian community at large.”… Anthony also informed the guest and invitees that the ISC Goan wing website is completely functional. All other related information about the forthcoming events and activities of the wing can also be found on the website… [at the link, select Press Display].  For further details click here

Emiliano da Cruz: Without the Caballero, does the show go on?

17 May: Herald. One year ago, the Goan music fraternity, and Goa at large, mourned the passing of one of their own. News began to spread that Emiliano da Cruz, Goa’s serenader, who took his unique brand of performance to various corners of the globe, was no more. Much like his ‘gaucho bhau’, or country cousin, renowned cartoonist Mario de Miranda, Emiliano was a testament to representation of all things Goan. Much like Mario as well, Emiliano left Goan shores to make his fortune in the glitzy metropolis that was Bombay. But this is digression, for we do not merely discuss what happened before, which has been well documented, but rather, how Emiliano is sorely missed… 667 words.  For further details click here

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