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CM wants one-time amnesty for Goans registered in Lisbon

28 Aug; Herald. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar declared that he had asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for a one-time exemption for those Goans who had registered themselves in Portugal but had not taken their passports… Revelations of registration of births in Portugal by at least 50,000 Goans including apparently some 4000-5000 government servants and even some elected representatives, have shaken the state…  click here
28 Aug: Times of India. Birth registered in Portugal? CM promises relief …  click here

Scottish couple’s land boost for kids in Goa
27 Aug: East Lothian Courier (Scotland). A kind -hearted Dunbar couple have inspired a company to donate £1,000 to help educate Indian children. Eddie and Yvonne Carver have been going to Goa for a number of years on holiday. Friends told them about Mango Tree Goa, a charity which helps provide educational support to Indian children aged from three to 16. Eddie is a site manager at Ground Developments Ltd and the company has agreed to make a four-figure donation… Last year, the couple ventured out to Goa with more than 100 pairs of jelly shoes because most of the children had no footwear… The donation will be used towards the general running costs of the Mango House project, and the team has also secured a selection of educational supplies, including pencils, rulers and rubbers, from other suppliers… 600 words + photo  click here
For the Mango Tree website,  click here

Canada: Video: Judith Pereira: Get hooked on fishing

8 Aug: The Globe and Mail (Canada). By Judith Pereira. The salmon are coming. The chinook, coho, sockeye, pink and chum cannot help it… As they near Langara Island in northern British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii chain of islands, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, something is waiting for them: me… It took me 25 minutes to get the 21-pound chinook to the boat. I was exhausted and shaking with adrenalin, but I’d never felt such awe and respect for a fish. I caught more fish after that ...Watch Judith Pereira reel in her first fish, a 21-lb Chinook…  click here
For the Judith Pereira Linkedin profile,  click here

Catholic Church in India hits out at potential communion wine ban
27 Aug: The Tablet (UK). The Church in India has hit back at attempts to ban wine at Mass as part of a drive to enforce prohibition in one of the country’s most Christian states. The country’s Congress-led Government intends to enforce prohibition in Kerala, the southernmost state in India, within 10 years. The General Secretary of the Hindu organisation SNDP Yogam, Vellappally Natesan, has called for the ban to extend to churches, while Bishop Mar Chrysostom of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church said that churches should consider using grape juice at Mass. But the Archbishop of Verapoy, Francis Kallarackal, said that Mass without wine was “unthinkable”. “It will remain unchanged until the world ends,” he said …  click here

Flashback: The Goans in Pakistan

27 Aug: Express Tribune (Pakistan). The Goans contributed significantly to the development of the town and other areas that became Pakistan, in schools, hospitals, professional services, judiciary, and public and government service. Around 1900, a young bachelor named Celeriano deSouza, migrated for better economic opportunities from the Portuguese colony of Goa to the British colony India’s newest town, Karachi (population at that time:16,000) … Manuel Misquita, a Goan, was Mayor of Karachi 1945 to 1946.  click here

Government Junks Green Report on Western Ghats That Sought Ban on Mining
27 Aug: NDTV. The government today junked the report on Western Ghats by environmentalist Madhav Gadgil and said it instead prefers the Kasturirangan Committee's report … The Tribunal was hearing a plea by two NGOs -- Goa Foundation and Peaceful Society -- which had sought to restrain the authorities from granting their approval for new projects in the region… The WGEEP had in its report recommended that no mining should be allowed in the Western Ghats in Goa…  click here

Get 'shot' at with rice balls at Goa's quaint island feast

27 Aug: Vancouver Desi. Like many lasting legacies, one of Goa's quaintest feasts, 'Bonderam' at Divar island, is believed to owe its origins to a fight. It's also where you can get "shot" at with rice balls! … Getting shot at with a teffol, a zingy ball of spice which is a must in Goan mackerel curry, from a hand-crafted toy-gun called 'fottas', made from hollowed bamboo, is part of tradition at Bonderam. And despite its float-parades and other rustic pizazz, Bonderam has managed to steer clear of 'cultural corruption' which has gripped the more popular Carnival parade… 557 words + 3 photos.  click here
Video: Divar Bonderam 2014. By JoeGoaUk.  click here

Curtorim hotel imbroglio: Land ownership too in question
28 Aug: Herald. I a further twist to the Curtorim ho tel imbroglio, now the ownership of the land purchased by the Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardessai has itself been questioned and its sale to him called a “criminal act.” In a letter to Herald, Lena Gaasvaer (born Albuquerque) from Norway says that the land in question belongs to her mother Eudocia Albuquerque, who was originally a Sardinha, who is now 76 years and staying with her in Norway for the last 20 years…  click here

Tourist haven Goa caught in its bikini politics

27 Aug: South Asian Times (New York). … It may sound ridiculous, but the bikini controversy has triggered a churning and a split in the conservative end of Goa's political axis. The garment has also come close to creating a rift between the BJP and its ally, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) … In June, MGP's supremo and cabinet minister Sudin Dhavalikar demanded a ban on bikinis, miniskirts and pub culture. A month later his younger brother Deepak, also a cabinet minister, openly wished for a Hindu Rashtra under Modi. Days later, in the assembly, another MGP legislator, Lavu Mamledar, demanded a special 'private' beach for bikini-clad bathers with a fee for entry… 776 words.  click here

Paradise In Goa
26 Aug: Honestly Media (California). Images from Jade Jagger‘s beach house were published a couple of years ago but I still can’t get over how amazing it is. Situated nearby the jewelry designer’s seasonal boutique in Goa, this West Indian rental is adorned with the most charming details like hot pink textiles, a thatched roof, antique hardware, sheer curtains and vintage dinnerware. It’s all without any trace of ostentation – just the perfect beach bungalow…Photos.  click here

There is a Goa property for sale!

27 Aug: The Curated Magazine (California). I know that here in the States, we are just getting back from our summer vacations and it’s almost time to say our annual goodbye to beaches but I’d to share a dream property that is for sale in beach capital, Goa, [Anjuna]. The property is probably out of the reach of most people’s budget but it is grand and has a colonial + a South Indian vibe …  click here


TRAVEL: World Kitchen. itv3. Saturday 30th Aug. 06:10 to 06:35. New Zealand chef Nici Wickes explores the lush landscape of Kerala in southern India. Visiting spice markets, winding backwaters and family kitchens Nici uncovers the secrets to making great curry at home.

MUSIC: Sound of Cinema. BBC Radio Three. Saturday 30th Aug. 14:00 to 15:00. Matthew Sweet profiles AR Rahman, one of India's most successful composers, to coincide with the release of two new films featuring his scores: Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Classic Score of the Week is Rahman's music for Slumdog Millionaire.

FILM: Paradise: Love. Channel 4. Monday 1st Sep. 00:50 to 02:50. Sex tourism. Part 1: Middle-aged Teresa joins other European women in Mombasa falling into a series of ultimately money-based liaisons with the much younger, leaner men. Part 2: Paradise: Faith. Tuesday 2nd Sep. 01:00 to 02:55. Teresa's sister, Anna Maria, bloodily scourges herself in front of an image of Christ and seek other forms of penance. Part 3: Paradise: Hope. Thursday 4th Sep. 00:55 to 02:30. Teresa's daughter, 13 year old Melli has been sent to a summer camp where the teens exercise their free will by enjoying illicit booze, playing spin-the-bottle and sneaking out to a nightclub. Premiere. For trailers of the films, click here.

DOCUMENTARY: The Lessons of Ray Honeyford. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Monday 1st Sep. 11:00 to 11:30. Aasmah Mir revisits the heated dispute surrounding Ray Honeyford, a Bradford head teacher whose outspoken criticisms of multiculturalism caused a national controversy.

DOCUMENTARY: Toxic India: The Plastic Cow. Community Channel. Monday 1st Sep. 22:10 to 23:00. The documentary is a collective effort to save the Indian cow and, by extension, all animals, from the menace of plastic bags.

DOCUMENTARY: How to be a Billionaire. Channel 4. Tuesday 2nd Sep. 00:00 to 01:00. The documentary features Russian businessman Dmitry Itskov, who is driving a worldwide project in the search for immortality, Indian entrepreneur Naveen Jain, who runs his own space programme, and British social media entrepreneur Michael Birch.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel. Freeview. Part 1: Trafficked. Wednesday 3rd Sep. 22:00 to 22:30. An in-depth look at the problems of child trafficking and sex work in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Part 2: Wednesday 3rd Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Modern Slavery. Taking a look at Asian debt bondage. Part 3: Thursday 4th Sep. 23:00 to 00:00. Modern Slavery. How human trafficking moves people to countries with the promise but forces them into slavery and prostitution.



Death: Michael [Gerry] Fernandes

10 Aug. Oxford, England. ROSARIO MANUEL JUSTIN FERNANDES (popularly known as "Michael" or "Gerry") died suddenly aged 86 at home. Ex-Kampala, Uganda, he was an acclaimed fast bowler. Ex St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra; St. Michael's, Mahim; Uganda Civil Service; Accounts Department, Oxford University Press; and Lenthall Road Rose Hill Allotment Association, Oxford. Survived by his wife Rosa and children Maria, Melrose, Manuela and Melroy Fernandes, all of Oxford, UK. Brother/ sister of the late Fanny, late Cleto, late Joe (Whisky), late Renny, late Victor, Assumption (India), late Mecredi, and the late Martha. Uncle of Francis, Herman, and Freddie Fernandes (Sweden) and Cathu Sachcaf (USA); Miriam Rose Menezes (USA), Basil (Uganda), Dolly and Allwyn Lobo (India). Visiting on 8th September noon to 5 p.m. at Chapel of Rest, the Co-operative Funeral Home, 2 Hendred Street, Oxford, OX4 2ED; funeral mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday 9th September, Blessed Dominic Barberi Church, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4JX; burial at 11:30 a.m. Wolvercote Cemetery, OX2 8EE. Donations: Blessed Dominic Barberi Church, c/o Co-operative Funeral Care, 2 Hendred Street, Oxford,OX4 2ED. Condolences can be emailed to or or call 07711204410.
For the Michael Fernandes Goan Voice Supplement [including his samosas recipe] click here.
News Summary

Mridula Sinha appointed Governor of Goa

26 Aug: IANS. Mridula Sinha, who was appointed Goa governor Tuesday, said she is excited about taking up the new challenge and is keen to serve the people of the state. She is a former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Mahila Morcha … Born in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, Sinha is a Hindi litterateur. She is also the former chairperson of the National Commission for Women…  click here
Video: 26 Aug: P7News24x7. Mridula Sinha made Goa Governor [Hindi]. 2m. 28s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Mridula Sinha, click here.

Goa governor urged to intervene over ‘financial crisis’
26 Aug: Times of India. The Congress Pradesh Congress Committee passed a resolution urging the governor to intervene and ensure that the state does not slip into financial crisis. The financial status of Goa is not good. There can be a financial emergency in the state as the government is borrowing money on bonds. A resolution has been passed requesting the governor to give proper direction to the government to change the leadership of the state," said GPCC president John Fernandes. "Parrikar had promised zero tolerance to corruption and after two-and-half-years he is saying that there is rampant corruption. If the governor cannot find a proper alternative for the leadership in the state, the President's rule should be imposed," he said…  click here

Toronto: Stacy Lynn Fernandes: Learn what complete and balance means when you buy pet food

25 Aug: Inside Toronto. By Stacy Lynn Fernandes. When you feed your pet there are so many options out there how do you know you are giving your pet the best? … Let's go over what makes a complete and balanced pet food: Protein … Carbohydrates … Fat … Vitamins … Minerals … Water … 686 words. Click here.
Stacy Lynn Fernandes, MSc, is Nestlé Purina's assistant manager-pet food nutrition for Canada… Meet Fernandes at PawsWay to ask a nutritional question. Visit or Twitter at or Linkedin at
Stacy Lynn Fernandes 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.

Mormugao port to get new passenger terminal
26 Aug: Business Line. Krishna Pal Gurjar, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highway and Shipping, will lay the foundation stone for a new passenger terminal building at Mormugao port in south Goa on Wednesday. The cruise terminal building will house Customs and Immigration clearance, and include facilities such as baggage screening, passport reading machines, duty-free shops, money-changers and communication facilities. It will also feature a shopping arcade for display and sale of local handicrafts and other products of interest, as well as a lounge and restaurant facilities… The berth will allow MPT to join the international cruise circuit of Mumbai, Mangalore and Kochi ports.  click here

Luizinho Faleiro is new Goa Congress chief

27 Aug: Navhind Times. The Congress high command has finally selected Luizinho Faleiro to succeed John Fernandes, whose removal was approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, as the new president of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, informed a senior All-India Congress Committee functionary… The AICC functionary further stated that the announcement on appointment of Faleiro as the new Congress chief would be made by the party high command soon… /  click here

Goa to get world-class permanent venue for IFFI: Javadekar
26 Aug: PTI. A permanent venue for hosting the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will come up in Goa, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. "Now, Goa has been accorded a permanent venue status, so they are permanent hosts. They are making huge infrastructure for the festival. Therefore, from this year they will start and hopefully by next year it will be a new infrastructure where the festival will take place," he said…  click here

Football: Goa football scores with launch of home team 'FC Goa'

26 Aug: First Post. Goa will now have a home team to cheer for in the inaugural 2014 Hero Indian Super League as 'FC Goa' on Tuesday announced its launch at a city hotel … FC Goa will be one of eight teams due to fight it out in the Indian Super League to be held across the country between October and December this year… F C Goa, which comprises 14 Indians, two Czechs, two Frenchmen and three Portuguese, will kick off the first game of the league at home on October 13…  click here
27 Aug: Times of India. FC Goa first to launch TV channel.  click here

AirAsia Offers Bangalore to Goa Promotional Fare of Rs 900
26 Aug: Business Insider. Budget carrier AirAsia India is offering promotional fares on advance booking. This offer is applicable on bookings made till August 31 and travel period between October 26, 2014, and October 24, 2015. The fares from Bangalore to Goa are priced from Rs 900…  click here
25 Aug: Perth Now. AirAsia launches $13 flights to put Malaysia back on the map…  click here

Chili's to invest $10m in India outlet

26 Aug: Financial Chronicle. The TVS Capital-backed Texmex Cuisine, which has franchise rights for casual dining restaurant Chili’s, would invest around $10 million to set up 10 new outlets India The American casual dining restaurant chain, which is present in over 33 countries, has been growing at over 40 per cent annually… Typically, the company would invest around $1 million on each store. The newer outlets will be located in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Kochi spread over an area of 3,000-4,000 sq ft each…  click here

India tightens visa requirements for Danish tourists
21 Aug: Jyllands Posten (Denmark). At very short notice it is once again more difficult for Danes to come on holiday to India… From 1 September, all who dream of a trip to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and elsewhere in India have to personally present themselves at the Indian embassy in Copenhagen to get a visa…  click here
The move apparently is the result of Denmark's refusal to extradite a Danish citizen, Niels Holck AKA Kim Dalvy, for trial in India.  click here

Goa govt suppressed assessment report on mining impact: Gadgil

26 Aug: PTI. Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil (photo) today alleged that the state's BJP government has "suppressed" his report assessing the impact of mining on environment in Goa. "State government had commissioned a committee led by me to prepare a report on assessment of mining impact on environment in Goa. We had submitted the report in last October. The report is based on two-year long careful work. It is with the government and they are not making it public. They are suppressing the report," Prof Madhav Gadgil, who heads the committee, said …  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
27 Aug: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 28.2. Min = 23.5. Humidity = 83 %. Rainfall: 70.4mm
For the Hourly Weather Forecast for Goa including weather conditions, precipitation, dew point, humidity, wind. click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.04; $ = 60.47; $Can = 55.20; Euro = 79.63; $Aus= 56.31.



Death: Jose Antao

24 Aug: Arrosim, Goa. JOSE BRAZ CLIFFORD ANTAO. Born 1962. Ex-Dar-es-Salaam. Son of late Claudio & Tschuchima Antao. Brother of Carol & Clovissa. Nephew of late Lorecine/late Anonette (Canada), late Filadelfo & late Aurora (Mapusa), late Engracia & late Ambrosio (Pileme). Cousin of Maxmilan/Vanessa, late Maxwel & Milton/Celine Antao, Peter/Luiza, Fr Maverick & Evelyn/Santos Fernandes. Mortal remains will be brought on 27-08-2014 to the residence at 1.00 p.m. to the pay the last respect. The funeral cortege will leave the residence at Arrosim, at 3.30 p.m., to St. Thomas Church, Cansaulim, followed by the Eucharistic celebration and burial

Death: Juliana Francis
21 Aug: Toronto. JULIANA PHILOMENA FRANCIS (Born 1946; nee Lopes. Juliana was born and raised in India; she immigrated to Canada with her late husband Patrick. She will be missed by her loving children Wendy (Peter), Sandra (Rick), Sheldon, Debbie (Boris), Carlton and Audrey. Her grandchildren Ivanka, Crystal, Patrick and Klara also mourn the loss of a darling grandmother. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON), Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady Queen of the World (10411 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill), following the visitation at 12:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery (8361 Yonge St., Thornhill). Donations may be made to The SickKids Foundation. Photo. Condolences to  For further details click here

News Summary

Will Pope declare Bl Vaz a saint?

26 Aug: Herald. Stating that the process of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz had reached its zenith, Rector of Sancoale Sanctuary and Vice-Postulator (Goa) for the cause of canonization of Vaz, Fr Eremito Rebello made a plea for fervent prayers for his canonisation. The possibility of Blessed Vaz attaining sainthood soon assumes significance following the three-day visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka on January 13, 14 and 15 next year. Blessed Vaz was beatified by late Pope John Paul II at Galle in Sri Lanka in 1995…  click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation to upgrade infra, create high-end projects
25 Aug: Times of India. Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) which has gone into overdrive during the last two years, has lined-up some high-end tourism projects. The GTDC which currently owns and runs 13 tourism residences at prime locations, some of which are not in very good shape, wants to raise tourism projects such as parks, expo-centers, marinas and high-end hotels. Top on its card is renovation and development of seven GTDC properties on a private investment mode basis. Tenders have been floated for some of the projects…  click here

Real estate in Goa out of demand for now

25 Aug: Herald. Land brokers in the state are experiencing tough times due to the slowdown in the economy of the state. This is a comedown for a state which was considered a destination for rich residents of Mumbai and Delhi to buy a second home. Rich NRI’s or Goan residing in the Gulf and Europe used to also dream of buying a house here. The slowdown in those economies has not helped matters. For the brokers, the ban on mining in the state has hit them hard. When the mining operations were in progress it was not uncommon to have senior executives being recruited from outside the state. This required the company to provide them with accommodation…  click here

Impropriety plaint against Justice Bakre
26 Aug: Herald. A complaint has been filed with Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah against Justice U V Bakre for having heard a case pertaining to mining in Goa, when he cleared mining leases as Law Secretary. The complaint by Adv Aires Rodrigues pointed to improprieties since he was the Law Secretary of Goa from November 21, 2005 to April 8, 2007. The complaint alleges that during this time the government had taken several decisions on mining…  click here

Seattle: Cajetan Mendonca: Vittles restaurant

25 Aug: Business Journal (Seattle). Chefs Darlene Boline and Cajetan Mendonca (photo) are co-owners of Vittles, a new restaurant in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. Her training is in French and Italian cooking. He learned to cook Portuguese food in his native Goa… Boline, an Italian-American from Pennsylvania and relative newcomer to Seattle, was running a popular but tiny sandwich spot, Zaccagni’s, at Pike Place Market. In the adjacent space was Saffron Spice, an Indian takeout stand owned by Mendonca, a native of Goa, who previously cooked at the Space Needle and Szmania in Kirkland… With his savings and financial help from a friend who works at Microsoft, Mendonca and Boline were able to buy the place. She did the redesign, he did most of the build-out, and they both did a lot of painting. After three months of work, Vittles opened Aug. 1.  click here
For the Vittles website,  click here

Older tourists changing image of 'boorish' Israelis in Goa
25 Aug: IANS. Goa, once a prime destination for Israel's young and party-savvy men and women after a punishing stint in the armed forces, will now see more older tourists and couples which will change the perception of Israelis as that of being boorish, drug-craving and adulterous, a top diplomat feels…  click here

New Goa smartphone by Wiko for under 50 euros

24 Aug: Zone Numerique (France). On its official website, Wiko referred recently a new smartphone: the Goa. This new Android smartphone is expected to be popular because of its price, since the manufacturer expects to sell it for 49.99 euros! At this price it will obviously not be a high-end configuration. The Goa will have a small LCD TN 3.5" display, a touch screen that displays a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels …. The OS however will run on the latest version of Android: KitKat…  click here

Corrupt" leaders in Goa Congress want to oust me: Congress chief
"25 Aug: PTI. Announcing that a few more leaders will be suspended for working against the party's interest, Goa Congress President John Fernandes today claimed some "corrupt" elements were out to dislodge him from his post. Addressing a press conference here, Fernandes said there are "corrupt" people within the Congress who are using their ill-gotten money to target him. "But I will cleanse the party of corrupt leaders and those who want to have their family raj here," he asserted. The leaders will be suspended from the Congress by tomorrow, he said, two days after suspending former Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira for "anti-party" activities…  click here
26 Aug: Times of India. Defiant John to recast block, district panels …  click here

Auction: An 18th century carved ivory Madonna

3 Sep: Gorringes, Lewes, East Sussex, UK. Lot 9 – An 18th century Goanese carved ivory and polychrome painted figure of the Madonna, on a canted cornered plinth base, 7in. Estimate: £800 - £1,200 …  click here

Hindu outfit demands censor board for tiatrs in Goa
25 Aug: The Hindu. Sulking over a Konkani Tiatr (Konkani musical drama) which was critical of growing activities of rightwing Hindu outfits, Hindu Janajgruti Samiti (HJS), the rightwing Hindu outfit reiterated its demand with the government to establish a Censor Board for plays and tiatrs in Goa. A memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister of Goa on Monday by HJS demanding a Censor Board for plays and tiatrs ‘to preserve the communal harmony and maintain peace in Goa’… The HJS along with Sri Ram Sene unsuccessfully had tried to stop the maiden show of the play early this month through Court, accusing the play of demonising Sene chief Pramod Muthalik as “terrorist”…  click here



Death: Zeno Afonso

22 Aug: Navelim, Goa. ZENO XAVIER AFONSO Born 1961; Heredia Law Associates, Panaji. Expired suddenly. Loving husband of Noelyn (Goa Tourism); Caring father of Zenelyn and Lynzen Afonso. Brother / brother-in-law of Ricardo / Valerie (Leicester, UK); Delano / Charlotte (Chicago, USA); Dr. Valtino / Ansettan (Minnesota, USA). Brother-in-law of Judith / Crescent Da Costa. August 2014. Funeral cortege will leave his residence "Vivenda Afonso" on Monday, 25th August at 4.00 p.m., to Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim, for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.

News Summary

Video: The Lloyd Rayney Story

22 Aug: 7news. (Perth, Australia). The question has divided Perth for 7-years; who killed Corryn Rayney?(photo), Tonight for the very first time you'll see an emotional Lloyd Rayney begging Police to find his wife's killer. Part 1: 33m. 38s.  click here
Part 2: 35m. 23s.  click here

Mumbai: Clarence Pereira arrested after rape & molestation complaints from 3 women
23 Aug: Times of India. A 56-year-old businessman, Clarence Pereira, was arrested after three women filed separate cases of rape, molestation and cheating against him. Bandra police arrested Pereira on Friday following complaints of cheating and molestation filed by a fashion designer and an office receptionist. His maid, who claimed he was sexually exploiting her for the last one year, later filed a separate case of rape against him at Khar police station. Pereira, a developer, also operates a Mumbai-Goa luxury bus service and lives near Mount Mary Church, Bandra …  click here

Outcasts In Their Own Land

24 Aug: Herald. They may be original inhabitants of the State but the tribals in Goa continue to be denied their rightful place in mainstream society. Cyril Fernandes’ book ‘Justice at the Grassroots’ which is a tribute to Antonio Francisco Fernandes, a leader of Goa’s tribal communities from Quelossim, brings the tribal community out from the shadows. Very little research has been carried out on the ethnic tribes of Goa and this book provides an insight into their history, culture, struggles and plight today…  click here

Adv Aires Rodrigues dares CM to an open debate
24 Aug: Gomantak Times. Adv Aires Rodrigues on Saturday challenged Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to an open debate with him on the acts of rampant corruption and nepotism by the Goa government. Responding to the CM's statement in the Goa Legislative Assembly this week that he was ready to an open debate with any one and anywhere on the allegations of corruption against the government, Adv Rodrigues has dared the CM to a face off while asking him to choose the date and venue…  click here

Goan Weddings: I do it my way

24 Aug: Times of India… While some did not approve and others were highly amused, the bride and groom had no qualms over having a combined ros… Sticklers for tradition feel that the younger generation is reluctant to subject themselves to these customs because most of them don't understand the reason behind them … most young people are settled abroad and come back home just in time to get married and then quickly take off again… tradition requires the ros to be held the day prior to tying the knot. "There's no way I was going to risk smelling like an egg at my own wedding! Although I didn't mind the free hair mask," says Nadine D'Mello …  click here

Exposition preps pick up pace
24 Aug: Times of India. Fr Alfred Vaz, convener of the 17-member exposition committee, is busy in his office, coping with his work as parish priest of Se Cathedral and also looking at the fine-tuning of preparations for the 17th exposition of Goencho Saib, St Francis Xavier… From the closed-door preparatory meetings of church leaders, ASI and other government agencies to the frantic activity of whitewashing of churches and work on other infrastructure requirements in the world heritage complex, Old Goa is awash with the buzz of the sacred exposition of the Spanish saint's relics…  click here
For the 2014 Exposition website  click here

Major Asian Shopping Mall To Open In London in October

19 Aug: Asian Today (UK). East Shopping Centre (ESC), Europe’s first major indoor Asian shopping mall, is opening in October 2014 in the heart of East London’s bustling shopping district, Green Street. The vibrant new centre is being developed on the one-acre plus site of a former bus depot, which is a landmark in the area. It comprises 35 two-storey units, a 17-unit Souk – a smaller marketplace for retailers and local businesses – and a spacious 220-capacity, six-unit Food Court, bringing a taste of the world’s flavours to Green Street…  click here
For the East Shopping Centre website,  click here

No other liberal democracy in the world resorts to banning as much as India
24 Aug: Mail Online. … In Goa, a minister wanted bikinis to be banned from beaches. Where else does one wear a bikini? On Mount Everest? What do we ban next? Mutton and chicken maybe…  click here
Have we lost our sense of humour? 24 Aug: MidDay… there’s a fresh fiasco in sunny Goa every week. Ostensibly, our most liberal of states. One sanctimonious faction of ministers says women shouldn’t wear bikinis. “It’s against our culture,” they claim. Another faction objects to ladies, clad in saris and salwars, jumping into the sea. Why? They might drown under the weight of these clothes…  click here

Recipe: Goan-style pulled loin of pork recipe

24 Aug: Stella – The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (UK). Cyrus Todiwala shares his recipe for assado de porch tirar, a satisfying and exotic pork roast… The Portuguese word “assado” simply means “roast”, says Cyrus Todiwala of the name he gave to his latest restaurant and its signature dish. Marinated in turmeric, tamarind and toasted chillies, this exotic and tender pork roast, piled into a crusty bread roll, is the star of Todiwala’s Goan-Portuguese menu…  click here

Writer moots research on dialects of Konkani
24 Aug: The Hindu. S.M. Krishna Rao, writer, on Saturday stressed the need for academic research in the various dialects of Konkani language and Konkani folklore… Mr. Rao said Konkani was being spoken by 42 different communities including Catholics and Navayat Muslims and their dialects were different … According to linguists, a dialect changes every 15 kilometres. In spite of these differences, some communities, most notably the Catholics, had contributed a lot to the development of Konkani and its literature…  click here

Congress Rubbishes News Report About its Goa Chief Getting Boot

24 Aug: New Indian Express. Opposition Congress today dismissed as "part of paid news," the news reports in local media regarding the sacking of its Goa unit president John Fernandes….  click here
24 Aug: Herald. John Fernandes has begun carpet bombing his own party by literally wiping out all senior leaders …  click here
25 Aug: Navhind Times. Search on for new Goa Congress president… click here.

Video: Football: Steve Clarke in talks with Goa Club
24 Aug: Sky TV (UK). Former West Brom Head Coach Steve Clarke has told Sky Sports he spoke to a number of clubs over the summer, one of them new Indian Super League franchise Goa. “I spoke to the Goan franchise. We’ve had some discussions but there’s nothing concrete in that either. The ISL is a good project. I’m going to take my time – I’d like to be back as quickly as possible but not I’m not in a great rush. This is only the second time in 33 years that I’ve sat out a pre-season.” …  click here
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Death: Georgina Martins

23 Aug: Maryland, USA. GEORGINA LAURA MARTINS. Born in Saligoa, Goa, 1922. She was the loving mother of Lourdes (Felix) Fernandes & Flora (Armando) Ribeiro. Cherished grandmother of Conrad (Sheila), Daryl (Onecia) & David Ribeiro and Audrey (Alex) Fernandes. Beloved great-grandmother to Matthew, Ethan, Kelly, Adam, Joseph, Andrew & Sophie. She was one of six siblings, survived by her older brother Lucas (Martha) Fernandes of Margao, Goa. The Funeral will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Rockville, Maryland on August 28th, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Condolences may be sent to  email

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Purveyors prey on pieces of the pious in growing market for human remains

23 Aug: WA Today (Perth, Australia). In Australia, like many other parts of the world, worshippers frequently flock to view pieces of the beatified … In 2012, large crowds gathered at a church in Pakenham to see the 500-year-old forearm of Jesuit founder St Francis Xavier, loaned out, briefly, from Rome… Saintly body parts are called, in the jargon of religion, "first-class relics"… Five photos of a rare relic of St Francis Xavier (his right hand) at the Goan community mass, Monash university, in 2012…  click here

Israel - India Tourism Relations concentrate on Goa and Jerusalem
23 Aug. eTurbo News. The profile of the tourists visiting India is changing. Both the governments (India and Israel) are trying to make efforts. The Israel Consul David Akov spoke to reporters … He was responding to a question on the allegation that many Israelis were involved in illegal drug trade and creating their enclaves in Goa… He said Israel is trying to reach out to the Christians across India, including Goa to visit Israel as tourists. …  click here
Israel offers agriculture technology to Goa. 23 Aug: IANS. Israel is hopeful of setting up a centre of excellence in Goa to aid the state vis a vis technological issues related to agriculture, Israel's consul general David Akov said  click here

Goa Cong Suspends Leader Alexio Sequeira Over 'Anti-Party' Acts

23 Aug: Outlook. Goa Congress today suspended its leader and former Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira (photo) for "anti party" activities, and initiated disciplinary action against him. "Sequeira has been placed under suspension until appropriate disciplinary proceeding initiated against him are completed," state party President John Fernandes said. Goa Congress spokesman Pratima Coutinho, while announcing the action, said Sequeira had been often involved in "anti-party" activities, including a bid to topple the party-led government, which helped BJP leader Manohar Parrikar to form a Government some years ago …  click here
Aleixo Sequeira was born in Mombasa, Kenya, the son of Eusebio Antonio de Piedade Sequeira  click here
24 Aug: Navhind Times. Sonia sacks John as Congress president. In a major political development late on Saturday evening, All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi ordered removal of the controversial president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) John Fernandes, following a series of complaints against him. No replacement has been named… click here.

Catholic forum welcomes ban on Sri Ram Sene in Goa
22 Aug: Free Press Journal. All Goa Catholic Minority Front (AGCMF) has welcomed the state government’s decision to ban controversial right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene in the state. The police inputs too pointed out that there would be law and order situation in Goa if Sene chief Pramod Muthalik set up his base in the peace loving state, AGCMF convener Bernabe Sapeco said…  click here

Patricia Rozario: Our Lady Of The Rosaries

1 Sep: Outlook. Singer Patricia Rozario’s resounding success did not cut her from her roots … There’s something profoundly haunting about the evocative deep accent of mezzo-sopranos. In Patricia Rozario, whose stellar rise since her first appearance on stage in an annual parent-organised talent contest in Santacruz, Mumbai, that brought her to perform with today’s world-leading composers on the best scenes in the world, you will find a sweet and endearing down-to-earth generosity… she became the second Indian after Zubin Mehta to receive a fellowship from the prestigious Royal College of Music in London…  click here

Immigrants are changing the perception of Canadian politeness
22 Aug: CanIndia. By Pradip Rodrigues. Canadians are guilty of being notoriously polite, it is a stereotype often used to describe us as a people. But I am afraid that as Canada’s demographics change, such a wonderful stereotype is in danger of becoming extinct in a generation or two. It is not all the fault of new immigrants, many of whom come from countries and backgrounds where such social niceties are part of the culture, but aren’t practiced any more… new immigrants are bewildered when they’ve encountered Canadians using words that weren’t used very often in their home countries like ‘Please’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘I’m Sorry’. But in large swaths of immigrant-rich areas in the country like Toronto and the surrounding GTA, social niceties may be falling by the wayside…  click here

Fr. Jose Sequeira: One To One with Keith Vaz

23 Aug: Asian Voice (UK). Fr. Jose Sequeira was born in Vasco-Goa, India. Inspired by the dedicated work of a priest from his parish in Vasco, he joined seminary in class VII (grade 7). Fr Jose was ordained a catholic priest in 1998. As a priest he served in several different positions across India. He was an assistant pastor at Don Bosco Church, Nashik in Maharashtra and subsequently became an administrator of an orphanage in Borivli, Mumbai… He has also been the Director of a Counselling Centre and Assistant Director of Konkan Development Society at Panjim in Goa. For the last four years he has been an Executive Director of Konkan Development Society (KDS)…  click here

Making regional language literature ‘sexy’
23 Aug: Herald. With a thorough understanding of the world of books and after organising several literature festivals across the world, Alaham is all set to bring over 85 authors from India and abroad, across six different languages and utilise Goa’s unique geographic, historic and cultural position to place the state on the world literary map… Photo.  click here

Goa tries to protect its famed ‘Sea of Milk’ tourist attraction

24 Aug: Peninsula (Qatar). It almost featured in a James Bond movie. Now, the very existence of Dudhsagar, Goa’s grandest waterfall and a major tourism attraction, is in peril due to a series of dams neighbouring Karnataka plans to construct and Goa is desperate to ensure this doesn’t happen. Literally translating into “Sea of Milk”, Dudhsagar almost featured as a backdrop to an early action sequence in the 23rd Bond film Skyfall, where the British spy, engaged in a fist-fest atop a train compartment, gets accidentally shot and falls into the raging torrent below… the Karnataka government has planned a complex network of dams and diversionary canals over the Mhadei river that feeds the waterfall. Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said Goa will oppose this tooth and nail…  click here

‘Broke’ Italian held for break-in, theft
24 Aug: Times of India. Mario Santilli, an Italian national who has been visiting Goa regularly since 1975, has been arrested by Anjuna police for breaking into a house and stealing domestic appliances and jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh. Sources suspect Santilli, in his fifties, is going through a money crunch and stole the items to sell… During investigations police traced Santilli to his rented room and recovered the stolen items…  click here


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Sun: 24 Aug. From 2.00pm to 2:20. Traditional Goan Music & dance and it’s Free!
From Ravi Vaz, President of the G.O.A. (UK): A gala event is being held on Sunday, 24th August, 2014 to celebrate India's Independence Day. All Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India are welcome to participate in the festivities which will commence at 1100 hours at the Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth TW7 4NQ (Opp. Osterley Tube Station). ENTRY, LUNCH and ENTERTAINMENT is FREE. For further details of the event and location,  click here

UK: Rabi Martins in the battle to be Watford’s parliamentary candidate

22 Aug. Watford Observer: A veteran Liberal Democrat councillor is challenging elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill in the battle to be Watford’s parliamentary candidate. Rabi Martins, who represents central Watford on the borough council, has applied for to be the party’s candidate for the General Election… This week Councillor Martins said he had thrown his hat into the ring as becoming an MP was a "long-held ambition" of his… Councillor Martins was first elected to Watford Borough Council for Central in 1994 but lost his seat in 1998. He was re-elected to the council in 1999 and has served as a councillor ever since…  click here
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Drinking part of Goa's culture, no prohibition: BJP leader
22 Aug: IANS. Prohibition cannot come in Goa because drinking is part of Goa's culture, BJP state vice-president Wilfred Mesquita said on Friday. "Prohibition cannot come to Goa... because Goa's culture is to drink," Mesquita said, when asked if Goa should go the Kerala way and prohibit alcohol. Mesquita said that alcohol was a liberal accompaniment to weddings and other social occasions in Goa.  click here

UK: Event Announcement: Majorda Festa Da Boa Morte

Sun. 5 Oct. Majorda Union (London) request the pleasure of your company at their 31st Celebration of the Festa Da Boa Morte at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. The Feast Mass will commence promptly at 1pm, followed by entertainment and dancing to the music of Nite Life. Tickets are great value, priced at £12 (adult) and £6 (children 11 to 16) and include snacks & main meal. Children under 11 accompanied by parents go free. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For info and tickets,  click here

Island adventure
22 Aug: Indian Express. Goa is a dream destination to shoot for film-makers, but for director Homi Adajania, shooting at Goa’s Divar Island turned out to be a nightmarish experience. Explaining the sequence that was shot there, that shows the actors lost in an abandoned place and end up spending the night on the island, Adajania says that the particular scene required an open and abandoned space and Divar with its open paddy fields and wooded hills made for the perfect backdrop. But the beautiful island is connected to Old Goa and other nearby towns by ferry, and there is a constant flow of people at the scenic location… Finding Fanny is produced by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films and is presented by Fox Star Studios. It is slated to release on September 12.  click here

Edgar Valles: Planting Goan roots in Portugal

23 Aug: The Goan. A practicing lawyer and the president of Casa de Goa, one of the biggest organisations of Goan diaspora in Portugal, Edgar Valles talks about strengthening ties with Goa and encouraging more and more Goans to rediscover their roots … Valles makes it a point to visit Goa every four months… Valles who has almost 10 books (all written in Portuguese) to his credit. Edgar Valles is the president of one of the biggest and oldest associations of Goan diaspora in Portugal, Casa de Goa … “Close to 20,000 Goans (including second generation) live in Portugal.” … Established in the late 80’s to bring people from the community together and to serve as a link to their motherland, Casa de Goa seeks to celebrate all things Goan – from its films, music, dance, clothes to its food and people… 834 words.  click here

Go with the flow
23 Aug: Navhind Times. … we found ourselves drawn to Baga to a place called ‘Go With The Flow’. Situated on the banks of a river across Baga Bridge, this place can be tricky to find … It has been set up by Samarpan Foundation, which is a non profit trust, run by volunteers, and works towards humanitarian, ecological, and environmental harmony … we spoke to Guto and Neel, a husband and wife couple who help run the restaurant for Samarpan. Neel hails from Netherlands, and her husband who is the inimitable chef of this place is from Brazil… 932 words.  click here

Reasons to be thankful to the Portuguese

23 Aug: Navhind Times. By Zubin D’Souza. … The Portuguese introduced modern concepts of sanitation, medicine, construction, fashion and most importantly….FOOD!! … I know that it is hard to imagine Indian cuisine without the chillies, tomatoes, potatoes and pumpkin but these would not have been part of our cuisine if it were not for the Portuguese. They brought in cassava or manioc, potatoes and pumpkin from South America. Cashew fruit and the resultant cashew nuts and feni came in from Brazil and chillies made their way to our shores from the colonies in Mozambique and Angola … 701 words.  click here

Robert Sheehan dating co-star
22 Aug: TV3 (Ireland). In an interview on RTE 2fm, the former Love/Hate actor Robert Sheehan admitted that he is hooked up with actress Sofia Boutella. It’s believed the couple have been dating for the past number of months. Both Robert and Sofia starred in the movie “Jet Trash”, which was filmed in Goa…  click here
From the synopsis of the film which is in production: Lee and Sol are hiding out on a beach in Goa living a slacker life of sex, drugs and parties. Trouble comes to paradise when Vix, a beautiful girl from Lee's past, turns up. Things get worse when Lee accidentally kills a holy cow and the gang find themselves up against crooked cops, local hoodlums, gangsters... and mysticism.  click here

Goan souvenirs come of age

23 Aug: The Goan. By Karan Sehgal. How often have you struggled and gone from shop to shop in the search of just one souvenir which you could carry from Goa for a friend in some other part of the world? Often such search ends up in buying a bottle of Feni or some beaded bracelets, which is a bad compromise. Fact is most Goan businessmen had completely ignored the business of souvenirs… Fortunately for Goans and tourists, three stores have taken up the task of selling really attractive souvenirs. White Brick Wall, Mario Gallery and Marcou Artifacts have completely changed the way people thought of souvenirs in Goa… 1257 words.  click here

Calangute rises up against flesh trade
22 Aug: Herald. A large number of residents of Calangute led by Sarpanch Clara Fernandes and panchayat members on Wednesday staged a protest rally and marched to the Calangute Police Station to demand strict action against touts involved in prostitution rackets at Calangute. A memorandum was later submitted to the Calangute Police Inspector Rajesh Kumar by the Fernandes, panchas Kundan Kerkar and Joseph Sequeira on behalf of the residents of Calangute…  click here

How the Goan lost his art: The Angelo da Fonseca chapter

22 Aug: The Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Nearly 50 years after his death, the modernist painter Angelo da Fonseca is finally achieving his rightful place at the pinnacle of Indian art. The latest issue of Art India magazine—the country's premier art periodical, edited by Goa's own Abhay Sardesai—has a stunning monochrome by the artist on its cover, backed by a superb reappraisal of Fonseca by Rupert Arrowsmith. It has been a long road to prominence for Fonseca, who was born on the Mandovi river island of Santo Estevam in 1902…  click here
For the Angelo da Fonseca Wikipedia entry,  click here
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Taxi drivers: We’ll change way we work, if govt delivers on promises
22 Aug: Times of India. "The previous Congress government cheated us, and now chief minister Manohar Parrikar has promised to fulfil eight of the 10 demands we have placed before his government, but we have not got anything in writing yet," says a very angry Vinayak Nanoskar. The general secretary of the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association adds, "If they feel we cheat customers why haven't they displayed the revised fare rates at places for tourists to see?" … 1272 words.  click here



Updated & Funeral Details: Olga D’Souza

16 Aug: Karachi. OLGA D’SOUZA. Born Goa, 1934. Prayers are requested for the soul of Olga D’Souza. She was the beloved wife of Sylvester D’Souza, loving mother of John /Flory (Calgary), Fidelis/Celisa (Richmond, B.C.), Fred/Veronica (Calgary). Cherished grandmother of Joel, Joshua, Nathan and Nevyn. Fond sister of John/Late Blanche D’Souza (Goa), Philomena/Joseph Gois (Daly City, CA), and sister-in-law of Martha D’Souza (Karachi) and Ann/Late Mel Modi (Calgary). The Funeral will be held at St. Anthony's Parish in Karachi, Pakistan at 4:00pm on August 20th, 2014. Condolences may be sent to  email

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World Goa Day 2014 Celebrations in Sydney Australia

21 Aug: The Goan Overseas Association (GOA) NSW celebrated Goa and all things Goan with its annual WORLD GOA DAY event on Sunday, 17 August 2014 at St Benedict’s Church Hall, Smithfield. The GOA NSW has been organising this event since 2006 … a record of 11 speciality food stalls wetted the taste buds of every attendee … excellent entertainment was provided by Malcolm Britto and our very own Roy Rosario of Margao fame… The full house Bingo was won by 92 year old Rita who proved that you are never too old to attend a Goan event. The festivities of World Goan Day can be viewed on or at

Mayem evacuee property issue to be finally resolved
21 Aug: Times of India. Goa governor Om Prakash Kohli has given his assent to the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Bill, 2014, seeking to resolve the long-pending Mayem evacuee property issue. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that it would take 18 months to implement it… The legislation refers specifically to land granted by the erstwhile Portuguese government under titles of conde, visconde, marquis, etc. It relates specifically to evacuee properties, primarily in the villages of Mayem and Siolim. The bill seeks to abolish the rights of the landlords over the evacuee properties that were acquired from the Portuguese government…  click here

Mumbai Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Gracias retires

4 Aug: UCAN. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias, auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, on reaching 75, the canonical age of retirement. This was made public in Rome on July 30. Bishop Gracias has been the auxiliary bishop of Bombay since 2001. He holds a doctorate in spiritual theology. Originally from Colva in Goa, Bishop Agnelo was born in Mombasa in Kenya on July 30, 1939… 251 words.  click here
Bishop Agnelo Gracias is currently on vacation in Kenya. He is the brother of Zita Fernandes (London), Zelia Pereira (Lisbon) and Flavio Gracias (London).

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's bizarre apology: Negro also a river in Brazil
21 Aug: India Today. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday apologised for his minister using a racist slur to describe an African national in an official document. "If someone is hurt, I apologise," Parrikar told the state assembly during the zero hour. But he followed that apology with a bizarre statement. "But 'Negro' is also a river in the Amazon region in Brazil." …  click here
Video: 21 Aug: InGoaNews. Parrikar apologises 3m.14s.  click here
21 Aug: India West (USA). Why Does Goa Insult Africans with Racist Comments? click here.

Canada: Radio Mango set to host Lorna-Henry concert on Sep 28

20 Aug: DaijiWorld. In order to mark its prolific existence on air for two successful years, Radio Mango is all set to bring on stage for the first time two great legends of Konkani Music - Lorna and Henry on Sunday, September 28 at the state-of-the-art Rose Theatre in Brampton, Canada… Radio Mango is on FM 101.3, kudos to Milena, Alan, Pedro and Wilson … Lorna, the Goan Nightingale and Henry, the great composer and singer will be accompanied by one of Canada’s leading Goan/Mangalorean Goa Amigos, led by the accomplished music director, Norman Cardozo. In addition local Goan and Mangalorean artistes like Marshal Fernandes, Francis Fernandes Cascia, Flavian Pinto, Manohar Pais, Santhosh D’Souza, and Ronald Monteiro will entertain the guests with rib-tickling jokes. 839 words.  click here
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Lloyd Rayney tells of never-ending nightmare
21 Aug: West Australian. Lloyd Rayney has spoken for the first time of his never-ending "nightmare" and has called for a cold case review of his wife's murder … /  click here
Seven years on, my nightmare continues.  click here
Two felons worthy of closer look, 21 Aug: The West Australian. click here.

Nisha Grayson, American adoptee searches for her birth mother in Goa

21 Aug: Sacramento Bee (USA). Nisha Grayson was a few months old when she was adopted from Goa, India, by an American couple from Idaho. She didn’t see her birthplace again for nearly 26 years, when she traveled to the small state in western India with four friends in 2009… Her friend, Sharmila Ray filmed her trip and the documentary “You Follow, A Search for One’s Past,” is being screened Friday at the 24th Street Theater in the Sierra 2 community center in Sacramento. “Never had I ever met anyone else from Goa … in the United States, in California.” … Regardless of whether or not the search was successful – one has to attend the screening to find out – Grayson said she believes the trips were well worth the sacrifices that she and her friends made… 913 words. [Photo shows her outside the Mandovi Clinic where she was born].  click here
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Video: Trailer and the making of the film, 4m. 32s. click here.

Goa Seeks $24 Million Central Government Assistance to Boost Rice Production
20 Aug: Oryza (San Francisco). The Indian state Goa is seeking central government assistance to increase rice production in the state through introduction of latest technologies … the state government has sought Rs.150 crore (around $24.7 million) assistance from the central government as a grant under the 'Rajiv Krishi Vikas Yojana' scheme. The government is keen on enhancing paddy yields to 6 tons per hectare from the current 3.9 tons per hectare…  click here

Opening up the skies - The story of Tony Fernandes

21 Aug: Astro Awani (Malaysia). Air Asia Bhd Group chief executive officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is a giant in his own right as he leads Malaysia’s low-cost carrier to success. Coining the phrase “Everyone can fly”, this Malaysian mogul has made it possible for every Malaysian to experience the various cultures all over the world and expand their horizon through low-cost travel. He was born in 1964, to an Indian father from Goa and Portuguese-Eurasian mother, Ena Dorothy Fernandes …  click here
21 Aug: Daily Telegraph. Queens Park Rangers may have lost their first game back in the Premier League but profits increase five-fold at AirAsia in the second quarter to 367m ringgit (£69m) …  click here
18 Aug: Evening Standard (London). An exclusive West End nightclub faces being wound up today over unpaid tax. It is 30 per cent owned by QPR boss and aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes and owes thousands in taxes click here.

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SOLD OUT! Mon. 25 Aug. (Bank Holiday). CAG - Care for the Aged in Goa Family entertainment 2.30pm -7.30pm Langley Church Hall, Trelawney Road Slough SL3 7UD. Tickets include one raffle ticket. £10 adult, £5 aged 5-12 years. Under 5 free. Traditional Goan Folk music, sing-a-long, dancing to great music. Snacks, lunch, tea all included and much more. Dress: smart casual. SOLD OUT!

Sat, 6 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 7th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & 4 Top Goan DJs Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & DANDA COUSINS (Press Play). Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal.Tickets: Adult Early bird: £10 Under 16s £6 & Adult Standard £12. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London.For the flyer, click here

Mon. 8 Sep: 6.00pm. 21st Feast of Our Lady Of Vailankanni. Mass followed by healing, a Latin sung Litany in procession, ending with Fellowship. Venue: Goan Community Centre, Keston Rd., N17 6PW The Novena starts on Saturday 30th Aug and thereafter for 9 days at 6.30pm daily. You are welcome to bring Finger Food. Contact: 07961 044 079. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sat. 13 Sep. GOA Senior Citizens Trip to the seaside. Venue to be confirmed. Pick-up points, Greenford (Bridge Hotel bus stop), Tooting Broadway (Library) & Norbury BR Station. Tickets: Members £12, Non-members £15. Contacts: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 21 Sep. GOA Trook Tournament at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Entries close on 9/9/14. Draw at 11.30am. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

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