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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 05 DEC. 2016


News Summary

Story of murder threat for Kenya journalist published after 30 Years

3 Dec: Coastweek (Mombasa). "There is a bullet that has been reserved for the centre of his forehead. Take him away from Kenya, quickly, please get out quickly," said a visitor to the office of Rufina Fernandes, the wife of Kenyan journalist Cyprian Fernandes. This happened in 1974 when Fernandes was probing the land deals and corruption by powerful leaders and got caught in the crossfire of top Kenyan ministers vying succeed President Jomo Kenyatta. He waited over 30 years to write his story - ‘Yesterday in Paradise 1950 - 1974’ (Balboa)… Revolving around Kenya’s miniscule Goan community of that era that provided top sportsmen and journalists, Fernandes has not lost the knack of digging up the scandals even after leaving Kenya… Although this tale is very community centric, it holds interest due to its colourful language, its drama, its fight against prejudice and, above all, its human interest… 742 words.  For further details click here

Spare Catholic community from political interference: Bishop

4 Dec: Times of India. Secretary general of CBCI, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, gave a message to politicians of all shades not to interfere with the works undertaken by the Catholic community as enshrined in the Constitution of India. Before final blessings for the feast mass, the bishop said, “… there are many ministers. Our CM is here, many members of several political parties are also here. As a secretary of CBCI, I’ve a simple request to you. The Catholic community is a peace-loving community… Please don’t interfere in our education, activities and work. This is our request (to you) whichever political party you belong to.”  For further details click here

Goa police file chargesheet against singer Remo Fernandes for verbally abusing a minor girl

3 Dec: Scroll. The Goa police have filed a chargesheet against singer Remo Fernandes in connection with a verbal abuse case involving a minor girl, reported PTI… The case is related to a road accident where a minor girl was injured by a car driven by the singer’s son near Old Goa Church complex, and later verbally abused by the Fernandes at a Panaji hospital where she was admitted for treatment…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Remo Fernandes,  click here

Elena Fernandes shot for prominent Indian designers in London!

1 Dec. Dunkhun. Supermodel-actress Elena Fernandes had recently been to London to shoot an exclusive photo-feature for the city’s most popular fashion boutique, Aashni & Co that house beautiful and exclusive creations by prominent Indian designers. The Notting Hill-based store, Ashni & Co has emerged as one of London’s most sought after destinations for luxury Indian fashion. The gorgeous actress is seen (in the pictures) sporting luxury creations by prominent Indian designers including Varun Bahl, Sabyasachi and Gaurav Gupta.  For further details click here

Indian football has forgotten Neville D’Souza's family, laments 80-year wife

2 Dec: Oneindia News. On the every first day of the month, an 80-year-old lady is seen standing in the long queue in front of a State Bank of India (SBI) branch office in Byculla in Mumbai. She goes to the bank to withdraw the interest money from her late husband's fixed deposit. Seven years ago, for once only her husband was given a paltry amount of money as an honour by the Union sports ministry and he had made it a fixed deposit in the bank looking forward to the future of his wife. Indian football has forgotten Neville D’Souza, laments 80-year wife. Neville D'Souza may be a forgotten hero today. But he was one of the most glamorous footballers between 1950s and 1960s. He was the only Indian striker to have scored a hat-trick in Melbourne Olympics in 1956…  For further details click here
For the Neville D’Souza Wikipedia profile,  click here

Devotees in Goa attend feast of Saint Francis Xavier

4 Dec: Business Standard. Hundreds of devotees on Saturday attended the feast mass of Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) in Goa state to commemorate his 466th death anniversary. The nine-day feast started with mass prayers which began as early as 4 a.m. Goans, irrespective of caste and faith, converged at Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses St. Xavier's body, in Old Goa…  For further details click here

‘Living Christian life is not easy in India’

4 Dec: Navhind Times. Living a Christian life is not easy in this country and it has been difficult to carry out our activities, said auxiliary bishop of Ranchi Theodore Mascarenhas, who is also general secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Speaking as the main celebrant of the High Mass of the St Francis Xavier’s feast at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, on Saturday, he said that Christians are facing challenges and are “persevering faithfully until the end”… After attending the masses one could purchase many items and eatables like chonnem (grams), khajem (Goan sweet), chourico-pao (Goan sausage) and other items.  For further details click here

Terror Guests Have A Home In Goa

3 Dec: Herald. For years they have been birds of passage, albeit deadly birds, using Goa as a base. Terrorists and gangsters have used our land to either plot terror activities elsewhere, or simply as a hideout. But with the re-arrest of Khalistan Liberation Force Chief Harminder Singh Mintoo (photo) after his daring escape from Nabha jail in Punjab, we now know that he lived here for 18 years with his family. Basuri Desai looks at the manifest of terror kingpins who made Goa home …
And all of them were ‘friendly’ neighbourhood tenants 3 Dec: Herald. By Basuri Desai. Virtually every terror kingpin or ganglord managed to rent apartments or homes, mainly in the tourist heavy northern belt, to remain incognito and without too many questions being asked. Even the much needed tenant verification wasn’t done in many cases reports on landlords, who trusted the ganglords …
‘Thanks to the public no terror activities have taken place in the State’. 3 Dec: Herald. Denying that Goa is a safe hideout for terrorists and criminals, Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta tells Vibha Verma that Goa Police is as good as any other elite force in the country, but admits that the alertness and strong community feeling in Goa makes carrying out terror attacks in the State difficult.  For further details click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 04 DEC. 2016


Obituary

Funeral Announcement: Sharon Alvares

9 Nov: Swindon, UK. SHARON ALVARES. Born 1986. Ex Bogmalo, Goa. Victim of the tragic Swindon fire. Beloved wife of Blaise (Sanito) Alvares, & Loving mother of Baby Brooke Alvares (Swindon, UK). Daughter of : Jeanette & Marcos Soares. (Graceland, Porvorim- Manama Bahrain,) Daughter-in-law of: Dumiana & Genovivo Alvares & Sister- in-law of Charlotte Alvares (Bogmalo). Loving sister of : Sheldon & Shilton Soares (Porvorim). Funeral cortege will leave her residence on 4th December 2016 at 4.30 p.m. to Ss. Cosme & Damiao Church, Bogmalo. for Eucharistic celebration fo


Death: Maria Colaco
29 Nov: New Brunswick, U.S.A. MARIA ANGELA ALVARES e COLAC0. Born: 14.11.1944, ex Panjim, Goa. Wife of Jose Adolfo Colaco (Chocho). Daughter of late Domingos X. Alvares & late Guilhermia Alvares. Mother of Antonio (Tonito) / Minu (U.S.A.) Allwyn Kathy (U.S.A). Sister / sister-in-law of Antonio / Irene Alvares. Peter Alvares. Fatima / Peter Almeida (Australia). Prior to moving to the U.S., Maria spent 20 years as a beloved teacher in Goa. Buried on 2 Dec. in U.S.A. at Immaculate Conception RC Church, Spotswood. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.  For further details click here


News Summary

Swindon: Platini Mascarenhas named Heritage Chef of the Year

2 Dec: Swindon Advertiser, By Sue Smith. Swindon-based chef, Platini Mascarenhas, has been named Heritage Chef of the Year 2016 by catering and hospitality provider BaxterStorey … The competition extends to chefs from across the UK and Ireland … Platini is sous chef for BaxterStorey in Swindon which runs the in-house restaurant at Nationwide Building Society’s head office. "His winning dish – a combination of rechado spiced lamb, moong dal, potato and pea cake, gobi kempu and tamarind sauce … Platini was presented with his award by special guest and world famous chef Pierre Koffmann. Having started at the Nationwide location ten years ago as kitchen porter, Platini has risen through the ranks to his current role…  For further details click here
From his Facebook page: Studied Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management at IIAS Goa center. Went to Gauncar higher secondary school. From Chandor, Goa …  click here

Floyd Cardoz: Waffles from dosa batter

2 Dec: Business Standard, Chef Floyd Cardoz speaks to Avantika Bhuyan about what inspires his quirky recipes … The morning sounds used to be interspersed with the horns of the paowalla who used to come to the door with freshly baked bread,” he reminisces. It is to celebrate such warm, personal stories that he recently opened Paowalla in New York’s chic SoHo neighbourhood. The modern Indian restaurant, the architectural style of which reinterprets old materials, typical to Goan homes, with new design aspects, is reflective of Cardoz’s ...  For further details click here

Hong Kong-based Goan racer bags two podiums in Zhuhai

30 Nov: The Goan. Hong Kong-based Goan, Brad Dias in his first Asian Renault Outing clinched two podiums in Class B Category at Zhuhai,China’s southern Guangdong province, on the border with Macau, recently. The Indian started the weekend in the BlackArts Racing car with 17th and 16th places overall, while fourth and third in Class B in the two practice sessions… the 19-year-old Brad has been racing for quite some time and has successfully managed to continue pursuing his passion. “I am practicing daily since I am serious about racing. I plan to continue racing till I am fit. Racing keeps me motivated to stay fit and helps me in flying,” said the Goan native…  For further details click here
For the Brad Dias website,  click here

Things to do in Goa for bachelors

1 Dec: India com. Here are five things you can do with your guy gang in Goa… Try water sports … Find a nude beach … Go for a beach party … Get a body massage … Hike up to Chapora Fort …  For further details click here
2 Dec. India.com. Best places to visit in Goa for honeymoon … Ashwem Beach … Casino Pride 2 … Beach restaurant Goa … Agonda Beach … Baga Beach … Chapora Fort … Palolem Beach …  click here
30 Nov: India.com. Places to visit in Goa in December. Heading to Goa this December? Don't miss going to these 8 places… Chapora Fort … Baga Beach … Se Cathedral … Anjuna Beach … Fontainhas … Divar Island … Tropical Spice Plantation … Palolem Beach … trip-planning … click here.

Indians travelling abroad face demonetisation wall: Debit card use overseas seems to have cap too

3 Dec: Scroll. Journalist and photographer Vivek Menezes was in Bangladesh for a literature festival … He had decided to rely on his international debit card but the machine declined his card. Puzzled, Menezes went to another store in the same complex, where he also found his card declined… He later realised that the cap on withdrawals that had been applied to all Indian debit cards … Photographer Dayanita Singh was also caught unawares while in London the week after the declaration of demonetisation. She was able to withdraw only 20 pounds each day for the rest of her trip, which she said, was “barely enough for a coffee and sandwich … The Reserve Bank of India had no explanation for the problem …  For further details click here

Hate crimes in Britain ‘linked to Brexit campaign’

1 Dec: Eastern Eye (UK). Hate crimes in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union frequently took inspiration from the campaign to leave the bloc, according to a study released yesterday. Police recorded a spike in hate crimes in the days following Britain’s June 23 referendum to leave the EU, after a campaign which drew heavily on public concerns around immigration. An Institute of Race Relations analysis of 134 racist incidents reported in the media in the month after the vote has found 51 of these either specifically referred to the referendum or messages used during the campaign…  For further details click here

India’s currency reform was botched in execution

3 Dec: The Economist (UK). India is not the first country to introduce abrupt, drastic reform of its currency. But the precedents are not encouraging… The plan has laudable aims…  For further details click here
The dire consequences of India’s demonetisation initiative. 3 Dec: The Economist (UK). … However clever the plan looked on paper, it is both extraordinarily blunt and risky. Demonetisation will probably make only limited strides in shrinking the black economy while affecting all of India’s 1.3bn citizens, the poorest most of all.  click here

‘Sun’beams of a dreamy kind

2 Dec: Asian Age. This couple’s villa in Goa recently won Asia’s Most Romantic Retreat... Summertime, a villa nestled in the verdant hills just outside the buzz of Calangute, Goa, is quite literally the “sun” total of their owners, Hans Tuinman and Sucheta Potnis’ musings. The villa recently won Asia’s Most Romantic Retreat by the World Boutique Awards 2016, and it’s clear to see why. The Dutchman who together with wife Sucheta built this haven, has birds dropping in for a sip of water and koi’s swimming unfettered… The awards that were held in London on November 9 saw Hans’ brother from Holland receive it ,,, 850 words.  For further details click here
The Summertime website is at  click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 03 DEC. 2016


News Summary

Femnet Nov. 2016

From Betsy Pinto-Nunes: Here we are now with the penultimate issue of FEMNET 2016. The Issue starts with a beautiful paean on Childrens Day. We then have a lovely poem on the first signs of snow heralding in the next article the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. We move on to discuss the interesting issue of being considered ‘significant’ or ‘insignificant’. Tribute is paid to the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and who still continue serving in peace-keeping missions in various parts of the world. The next two poems help usher in the start of the Festive Season. And, finally, a poetic tribute to Man’s Best Friend. Looking forward to receiving your contributions in time to make our December Issue truly Festive.  For further details click here

A Memoir of Goa through time

2 Dec: Herald. Fundação Oriente and Goa 1556 hosted the book launch of the book by Fernando Jorge Colaco (Photo) ‘December 18- 19, 1961: Before, During & After – Memoir of a 20th Century Goan Voyager’ The book was released by former Union Minister Eduardo Faleiro… From the author’s childhood, this book takes one to his Lyceum years on Goa, the life of Goan students in Portugal in the 1950s and his early career in Portugal. The chapters in the book throw light on the author’s journey from growing up in Goa and Mozambique, his career, Operation Vijay vs Plano Sentinela, a 24- hour ultimatum to the Judiciary,..  For further details click here

Goa and the Annexation by India

2 Dec: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). Regarding the PM's upcoming visit to India, it may be worth mentioning facts that relate to Portugal. In 1961, after failed attempts at negotiation, Goa was annexed by India. Given the pacifism, the action took great care to minimize the effects and attract the citizens to accept the fait accompli; Measures were taken to ensure that the population was respected in its identity and culture and could see rapid benefits of annexation. Within the usual line of work, a study of the economic situation of Goa was carried out, with the survey of what existed and how much there was to do to recover the arrears and give minimal conditions of well-being to the population… From there came a plan with priorities for the leaders: improvement of the infrastructures; Creation of a sanitation network, nonexistent; Supply of electricity, almost nonexistent; Much more education, access to health, culture, jobs, nonexistent outside agriculture; Improvement of agriculture, industry and services ...647 words.  For further details click here

Christians in India: Are Believers Safer Under Modi's Gov't or Facing Increased Persecution?

28 Nov: Christian Post. As the number of Christians in India continues to rise, there have been diverging opinions on whether the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is standing by as radical Hindus attack believers, or whether it is listening to their concerns and working alongside Christians to help the poor and the deprived. Several reports in the past few years have highlighted the stories of Christians in villages across India who are being attacked by Hindu radicals for their faith, especially those who have recently converted to Christianity…  For further details click here

Goa Minister’s Offensive Comment About Women Triggers Controversy

2 Dec: The Quint. Goa's Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar's (photo) statement on Wednesday – that women are so immersed in TV serials that they forget to make tea or enquire about their husbands, who return weary from work – has triggered controversy. He was speaking at an awards function organised by the state Arts and Culture Ministry, in Panaji… He said, “ Today, she is so immersed in the TV, that the fact that her husband has arrived home and has changed clothes does not matter to her. She is not even in the frame of mind to ask him whether he would like to have a cup of tea or not…  For further details click here

Film Review: Jet Trash

2 Dec: The Times (UK). Jet Trash is affable, mildly distracting, gap-year porn masquerading as a proper grown-up thriller. It is set on and around the blissed-out beaches of stoner’s paradise Goa … Yes, we can believe that Lee (Robert Sheehan) and Sol (Osy Ikhile) are British-based twentysomething buddies who’ve come to Goa to smoke marijuana, meet girls and play occasional cricket games with the locals … Lee and Sol are also on the run from a nasty sex-trade mob boss, Marlowe (Craig Parkinson), who may at any minute bring his own bloodthirsty brand of gun-toting mayhem to their shores … Still, the beaches look nice. 15, 85min  click here
The film releases in the UK on 9th Dec. Video: Jet Trash - Official Trailer 1m:46s  click here
Robert Sheehan Exclusive - Jet Trash (our most bizarre interview ever) 21m:22s click here.

A rendezvous with art by the Mandovi

1 Dec: Hans India. River Mandovi, the extraordinary water body that runs across nearly half of Goa and is often called the lifeline of the State, is all set to the perfect backdrop to the country’s first interdisciplinary arts festival – ‘Serendipity’, which will be from December 16 to 23. The banks of Mandovi will transform into an alluring setup to host seven quintessential venues namely The Adil Shah Palace, Jardim Garcia d’Orta, the Promenade, Old GMC Complex &Courtyard, Kala Academy, Bandodkar Ground and SAG Ground. Audiences will get a chance to engage with the arts in beautiful, carefully designed and often, unconventional, settings…  For further details click here

Mormugao port to receive tourists coming with e-Visa

2 Dec: Navhind Times. Five seaports - Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Goa (Mormugao) and Mangalore - will receive tourists coming with e-Visa in addition of 16 airports where the facility is available. As part of a new liberalised visa policy, the government has also decided that business visitors and those coming for medical emergency will be issued visa within 48-hours of application. Separate immigration counters will be set up in all 16 major airports and the five seaports to facilitate medical tourists coming to India on e-Visa, a home ministry official said… India will also allow tourists coming under the e-Visa to stay up to 60 days instead of 30 days now…  For further details click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 02 DEC. 2016


News Summary

Mumbai-Goa ship services may resume soon

1 Dec: Mumbai Mirror. Nearly 26 years after its last voyage, plans are once again afoot to resume ship services between Mumbai and Goa early next year. The service is expected to start by end of March or April next year … The service will start from Ferry Wharf or Bhaucha Dhakka in Mumbai and will have stoppages at Dighi in Raigad district, Dabhol and Jaigad in Ratnagiri district, Vijay Durg and Malvan and finally Panjim in Goa… due to an exceptional growth in the number of passengers, there is a demand for Mumbai-Goa regular ship service, not only from tourists, but also from regular passengers who want a safe, fast and economical option for travel …  For further details click here

With love from Portugal to Goa

1 Dec: Navhind Times. Goa, being a Portuguese colony for almost 450 years, has a rich history in both culture and cuisine. To appreciate the rich cultural flavours, the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) will be organising an evening of Portuguese cuisine and music – ‘Noite de Gastronomia e Musica’. As the title suggests, the evening will include an extravagant selection of traditional Portuguese cuisine crafted by chefs Andre Freire and Bernardo Agrela along with Goan chef Rahul Gomes Pereira. Chefs Andre and Bernardo who are from Lisbon, Portugal, aim to offer the people of Goa an extraordinary culinary experience by providing them with the best traditional Portuguese delicacies…  For further details click here

Fr Agnelo de Souza: Ode to an inspirational & exemplary priest

1 Dec: Times of India. By Gary Azavedo. English musical ‘Dreams Don’t Die’ pays rich tribute to one of Goa’s saintly sons — Venerable Fr Agnelo de Souza, besides narrating the history of the Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, now called as Society of Pilar. Produced by the Pilar Theological College, the play is performed by Pilar seminarians and students of Fr Agnel College of Arts and Commerce, Pilar…  For further details click here

Shack operations delayed by another week

1 Dec: Navhind Times. Government officials led by tourism department on Tuesday started the process of joint inspection to check for compliance of the location and position of the shacks and other conditions pertaining to their erection. The inspection will continue for next three days. However, the decision to grant licence to operate shacks will be given by tourism department on a case-to-case basis, if the conditions set by GCZMA and GSPCB are complied with. The whole process will take at least a week…  For further details click here

Brian Ross: Chance for brighter life

1 Dec: City North News, (Brisbane, Aus.). Brian Ross, 35, does not remembe­r the moment he was robbed of the life he was meant to lead… The one-time marine technician, who was deployed to Iraq, made a stopover in India. At a bar in the western state of Goa, Mr Ross lit a cigar, inhaled and fell head first into an abyss. Someone had spiked the cigar with narcotic china white – methylfentanyl. So traumatic was the injury done to his brain, Mr Ross is unable to do the simplest things. He now lives at the newly-built Youngcare Share House in Wooloowin, which has given him “a new lease on life”…  For further details click here

Fashion Essentials: What To Wear On A Holiday In Goa

30 Nov: Cox & Kings. No other destination spells cool better than Goa. Here you can create your own style, based on your fashion sensibilities and comfort level. Be it hip evening wear or chic casuals for the day — you can play around with accessories, footwear and apparel to create that perfect Goa look! Apart from the right holiday spirit to soak in the sun and the easy relaxation that only Goa offers, there are a few things you absolutely must pack. These 10 Goa veterans speak about essential items which can make or break a beach holiday… 1489 words.  For further details click here

Football: FC Goa prevail over Chennaiyin FC 5:4

1 Dec: Indian Express. Young Indian player Sahil Tavora (photo) struck twice, including a last-gasped stunner, as FC Goa beat last edition champions Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in Indian Super League’s highest scoring nail-biting match in Goa… Coming as substitute at the start of the second half, Tavora had scored his first goal of the match in the 68th minute. Goa’s other goals came from Rafael Coelho (6th and 76th) and Joffre Gonzalez (21st). Jerry Lalrinzuala (4th) Dudu Omagbemi (28th) and John Arne Riise (88th) scored for Chennaiyin while Goa player Gregory Arnolin conceded an own goal. Goa, coached by legendary Brazillian footballer Zico, ended their campaign on a high but they still finished at the bottom of the league table with 14 points from 14 matches (4 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses).  click here
Video Highlights. 13m. 39s.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 3 Dec: G.O.A Golden Jubilee St Francis Xavier Feast. Venue: La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls School Atkins Rd, Clapham Park SW12 0AB. Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by Reception with Music and DancingAdult Ticket includes 3-course Meal: Members: £5.00 Non Members: £10.00. Child Ticket includes Meal and Party Bag: £2.50. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça 020 8384 0272, Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951 or E-mail goanassociationukevents@gmail.com

Sun. 4 Dec: North London Goans will celebrate their 36th Anniversary Feast of St. Francis Xavier. On Sunday 4th December at Woodside High School Hall White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12.30 pm Prompt (Healing Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Sharju Varkey) Followed by a social gathering with Excellent live Bands: BREAKTHRU. Ticket Including snacks & meal: Adults £10.00, Children 11 to 16 yrs. £6 and below 10 yrs. free. For tickets please contact any of the following. Tony Gomes 0208 2451364, Frank Mendes 0208 8881400, Seby D'Silva 0208 2455463, John Fernandes 0208 8814579, Bernadette Dias 0208 3619417, Joe Telles 0208 4431014 and Tony Rebello 0208 8077324. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 4 Dec. East London and Essex Goans Invites you to St Francis Xavier’s Feast. Mass at 12pm followed by social until 8pm at Fords Sports Club, (Entrance between houses 170-172), Aldborough Road South, Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG. Tickets: Members - £13; Guests - £15; Children (aged 5-16) - £5. Under 4 years – Free. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Music by Chico's Band. Dress Code: Strictly Formal. Licensed Bar at reduced rates. All tickets purchased after 20 November 2016 will be £18 – so book early! For more information contact: Raymond Carvalho (President) 07963950814. Gerry Ferrao (Treasurer) 020 8220 6956 Joyce Travasso (Social Secretary) 020 8478 8815 Audrey Lewis (Comm. Member) 020 8514 2784; Louisa Travasso (Comm. Member) 020 8252 6063; Savio D’Souza (Comm. Member) 07918693920; Joe Travasso (Comm. Member) 020 8252 6063. Send cheques payable to ‘East London & Essex Goans’ and a SAE to: Raymond Carvalho, 170 South Park Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2XR or Joyce Travasso, 22 Meath Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1JA. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 10 Dec: G.O.A Golden Jubilee Christmas Party. Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU at 2:30 p.m. We invite groups to participate in Carol Singing and performances. Highlights: visit from Father Christmas, music and games. Child Ticket includes includes a Meal, Christmas Present and Party Bag Members £6.00 Non Members £9.00. Adult Ticket includes a glass of Mulled Wine and Mince Pie £1. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça 020 8384 0272, Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951 or E-mail goanassociationukevents@gmail.com

Sat. 31 Dec: MIDDLESEX GOANS UK will celebrate their 7th Annual New Year's Eve Dance on 31st December 2016 from 7.40pm to 12.45am, at Our Lady of the Visitation Church Hall, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, London UB6 9AN. Dancing with Super Goan Band BREAKTHRU & DJ Aaron. Your mood setter Antonio Fernandes. Dress Code: Formal/Smart, No Jeans or Trainers. Ticket include Snacks. Adults £15.00 and Children £5 below 5 Years. Interested please call Carlos 0208 6218433 or Francisco 0208 3574281. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 31 Dec. The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year's Eve Dance at St George's Church Hall, Corner Woodford Avenue East Bound & Gants Hill Crescent, Gants Hill, Ilford Essex IG4 5EZ. 15 mins drive on the A406 from Edmonton/Southgate/Enfield/Walthamstow. 123 bus from Wood Green to Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing and partying into the New Year will be …***Nite Life*** music for all ages. Tickets booked B4 20th Dec 2016 are £14.00 Children under 12 years free. Thereafter all tickets will be £20.00 Book early! For Tickets & further info call: East London - Louie 0795 633 5864, Cassy 0798 627 8422. Lucinda 07510395868 Maria 0750 795 0455. Food & Snacks on sale! Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly. Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes on the night to be won…. Dress to impress...Glitzy and Glamorous...Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 7th Jan: G.O.A Goan Extravaganza. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272 For Later Events See www.goanvoice.org.uk/events.php


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 01 DEC. 2016


Obituary

Death: Victoria D'Mello

18 Nov: Toronto. VICTORIA SEBASTIANA CARDOZO D'MELLO (ex. Mumbai, India). Passed away peacefully. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, including her loving husband of 40 years the late John D’Mello, children Jennifer (Cargel) and Joanne, her grandchildren Kendra and Savannah, her siblings Clara (Gabriel), Theresa (Dominic), Angela (the late Alex), Lucia (the late Inacio), the late Joaquim (the late Philomena), Filandro (Purification), and all her nieces and nephews. The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 10:30am at St. Edith Stein Roman Catholic Parish, located at 16 Thorncliffe Park Drive East, East York, Ontario. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers and if desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada http://www.alzheimer.ca/en. Please email condolences to Jennifer d_mellojenn@hotmail.com or Joanne, jonan54@hotmail.com


Death: Jude Albuquerque

18 Nov: Alto Santa Cruz, Goa. JUDE BRIAN ALBUQUERQUE. Ex Dar es Salaam. Born 1962. Beloved husband of Sebastiana Albuquerque. Doting son of late Angelo Bernardo Albuquerque and late Luiza Felicidade Pinho e Albuquerque. Loving brother/brother-in-law of Christabell/Sebastiao and Carolyn Albuquerque. Son-in-law of Francisco Rodrigues and late Ana Piedade Rodrigues. Funeral service was on 21st November 2016 at Holy Cross Church, St. Cruz, at 4 pm, followed by burial. [Info: Claude Fernandes]


Death: Fred Maciel

28 Nov: Mississauga, FREDERICK ANASTASIO MACIEL. Born 1934. Passed away peacefully at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. Beloved husband of Elizabeth. Cherished father of Raymond and Andrew (Jessica). Loving grandpa of Caitlin. Fred will be fondly remembered by his siblings Isi, Eddie and Theresa, all of his nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Neweduk-Erin Mills" Chapel, 1981 Dundas St W. on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Mississauga on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m.  For further details click here


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Govt approves new visa to attract foreigners, boost trade

30 Nov: PTI. Aiming to attract more tourists and boost trade, government today approved a new liberalised visa policy that include long-term multiple-entry comprehensive visa by merging tourist, business, medical and conference visas into one… The long-term, multiple-entry visa will be given up to 10 years but under this category the visitor will not be allowed to work or stay permanently, a government official said. Except those covered under 10 year travel and trade visa policy, citizens of other countries would be offered five year multiple visa for travel and trade. As per the proposal, if a foreigner is granted long-term, multiple-entry non-working or non-permanent stay visa and his or her stay is restricted to 60 days on a visit, the government may waive the visa fee as well… 553 words.  For further details click here

Fifty Years Ago: Reita Faria, Miss World cancels Vietnam trip

The Hindu. Reita Faria, the new Miss World, made public to-day [Nov. 28, London] her decision to cancel her plans for touring U.S. bases in the Far East including South Viet Nam with U.S. comedian Bob Hope. Dr. Jivraj Mehta, India’s High Commissioner in London, advised her not to go, she said. “Dr. Mehta explained to me that the Indian Government was against the Viet Nam war and he did not seem very pleased about my going there,” Miss Faria said. “He told me that when I get home next month I would be seen by Government officials who would explain the situation. I am dreading the interview with Government officials,” she added...  click here
Reita Faria did tour U.S. bases in Vietnam with Bob Hope. For a video clip,  click here
For a video recording of the 1966 Miss World final, click here.

Keith Vaz writes to PM Modi over demonitisation concerns of NRIs in UK

29 Nov: Times of India. Britain's longest serving Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting measures for addressing concerns of Indian diaspora in the UK affected by the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes… He has called for the deadline to be extended to Sep 20017 and for the facility to exchange the currency in UK banks …. 457 words.  For further details click here
30 Nov: Reuters. British Indians sending old notes back home with friends … click here.

HIV+ kids in Goa battle social ostracism

30 Nov: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. There are 253 children and adolescents living with HIV in Goa, for whom life is a daily struggle. As they cope up with their life-threatening ailment, they battle virtually everyday with society, which looks on them with suspicion. President of Human Touch, Peter Borges informed that one or both parents of most of these children are dead. Some live with their extended family or with a single parent while some are being raised in orphanage…  For further details click here

Stories of Goan migration: The trails, travails and triumphs

30 Nov: Times of India. By Paul Fernandes. Mapusa-born, Manuel Antonio de Sousa founded a dynasty in Portuguese Mozambique. Mapusa-born, Manuel Antonio de Sousa founded a dynasty in Portuguese Mozambique. Goans had colonized an area bigger than Panaji in Karachi… These and other lesser known facets of migration, achievements and socio-economic aspects of the fascinating subject of Goan diaspora emerged aplenty at the 29th local history seminar jointly organized by directorate of archives and archaeology and Goa University's history department, at Reis Magos fort, Verem, on Tuesday…  For further details click here

What do the cash queues tell us about India?

29 Nov: BBC. There was a time, not so long ago, when most Indians stood in queues for hours on end for essential goods and services… As India has enjoyed a quarter-century of economic growth, many of the familiar queues have disappeared. But after the past fortnight's "currency shock" the long, unending queues of yore returned with a vengeance to India's cities and villages. It was almost a throwback to the days of the centrally planned, socialist economy…  For further details click here
Meet the 'money mules' of India's cash crisis… 24 Nov: BBC.  click here
Tough road ahead for foreign tourists. 30 Nov: Hindustan Times. click here.

Facebook Express Wi-fi goes live in India

28 Nov: BBC. Facebook has launched a scheme to bring internet access to underserved locations in India. Express Wi-fi offers software to local entrepreneurs to allow them to work with service providers and share their internet connection with the public for a fee… In February, India's telecoms regulation blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service app due to the restricted nature of the service provided…  For further details click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes

DOCUMENTARY: The Day I Should Have Died. CBS Reality (Freeview 66). Sat. 3rd Dec. 22:00 to 23:00. Sameem Ali. Sameem Ali was taken to Pakistan and made to marry a stranger. She became pregnant and was left isolated from her peers back home, told she could go home only if she was pregnant.

FILM: BFI Black London: Fords on Water. London Live (Freeview 8).Mon. 5th Dec. 00. to 01:45. Two young men - one white and one black - find themselves thrown together by circumstance and decide to escape London and take off to the north in a stolen car.

DOCUMENTARY: Black Flight and the New Suburbia. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 5th Dec. 20:00 to 20:30. Hugh Muir explores the movement of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities from cities to the English countryside and investigates why this internal migration is taking place.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Black and British: A Forgotten History. BBC 2. Mon. 5th Dec. 23:15 to 00:15. The Homecoming. Historian David Olusoga concludes his series with the three African kings who stood up to Empire, an irresistible crooner, race riots in Liverpool and the shaping of black British identity in the 20th century.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? . BBC 1. Thurs. 8th Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. - Liz Bonnin. Wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin describes herself as 'a mongrel' - the result of her parents' lineages on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Martinique. In Trinidad, she goes in search of the first of her maternal ancestors to arrive on the island from India. Liz then heads to Martinique where her paternal ancestors are said to have owned plantation - and slaves. What she discovers is more complicated than she could have ever imagined.

DOCUMENTARY: The World's Most Photographed. BBC 2. Friday 9th Dec. 06:10 to 06:40. Mahatma Gandhi. Series which decodes the public image of ten of the world's most photographed people by unearthing pictures previously lost or suppressed. This edition explores how Mahatma Gandhi used photography to help bring the British Empire to its knees. For a non-violent campaigner, the photograph was one of the mightiest weapons in the fight to liberate India.

DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hospital. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Friday 9th Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. A unique observational documentary series about a 3000 bed hospital in India treating everyone from the extremely rich to the extremely poor.


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Kenya: How Cyprian Fernandes set out on the road to be a man

29 Nov: Daily Nation (Kenya) A file photo of former Nation investigative reporter Cyprian Fernandes. He has released his memoirs titled ‘Yesterday in Paradise’… At 13, Cyprian left school because his integrity was questioned and he refused the punishment for stealing altar wine that he did not… He went on to become one of the best investigative journalists in Kenya… The memoir ends around 1974 when the author had to flee his birth land because “there was a bullet to his name”… The book fills in some details about Pio Gama Pinto and Joe Rodrigues, the controversial editor of The Nation, that even their spouses did not know… 1179 words. [Info: Cynthia Correia, Nairobi]  For further details click here
Another Review – By Stephen Luscome for British Empire Review [Info: Meryn Maciel]  click here
To buy a copy of the book from Amazon, click here.

When should we celebrate Goa?

29 Nov: Herald. By Jason Keith Fernandes. … Sixteen years ago a group of Goans under the banner World Alliance of Goan Associations proposed that August 20 be celebrated as World Goa Day. The idea was to have a single day when Goans spread across the globe could celebrate their culture and heritage. Over time this idea has gained currency and has come to be adopted by Goan associations across the globe. The logic for choosing August 20 as a day to celebrate Goanness was based on the fact that this was the day in 1992 when the Constitution ( Seventy- first Amendment) Act , 1992 , was passed in the Lok Sabha with the aim of including Konkani, among other languages, into the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution… 1073 words.  For further details click here

Video: Hit Hard by Demonetisation, Foreign Tourists Collect Notes by Dancing on Streets

27 Nov: India TV. Hit hard by demonetisation, foreign tourists collect notes by dancing on streets. Foreign tourists tried to change the old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 at banks. 5m. 0s  For further details click here
Demonetisation: Foreign tourists hit hard… 29 Nov: Hindustan Times…  click here

Goa Church submits accounts to Income Tax Dept

29 Nov: Herald. The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman on Monday confirmed that it has submitted the information sought by the Income Tax (I-T) Department regarding account information and cash balances as well as cash in hand to the department. Speaking to Herald, the Financial Administrator for the Archdiocese, Fr Valeriano Vaz, said, “We have sent the required information to the I-T department as per their requirements within a short span of time. It was a very difficult job as all the priests from different churches had to come together to compile the data, when they had other important jobs but we managed to submit the data within the time given to us.” “We had to sit down and compile data for nearly 200-odd churches, including our institutions and chapels. All of the priests have come together within a short period and all of them had to rush to quickly get the data compiled. All the data was there but we just had to compile it,” Vaz said…  For further details click here

Another window for black money holders as govt looks to tweak Income-Tax law

29 Nov: Daily News & Analysis. Those having sleepless nights because of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes lying with them have now been given a window by the government, which placed a Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday to tweak the provisions of the Income-Tax (I-T) Act. This legislation has an income disclosure scheme, under which black money holders can deposit the banned high-value currency notes in their accounts and declare them to the government. Once they do that, they can bring a part of that cash into the system after paying various levies…  For further details click here

All in place for the feast of Goencho Saib

29 Nov: Herald. With the feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa just days away on December 3 traffic and thousands of devotes expected, police and fire safety arrangements have been made at the venue. “This year the arrangements have been made so that pilgrims and others are not affected as over 4000 to 5000 outstation pilgrims are expected this year. The church has already asked for necessary arrangements with the authorities. In addition to this around 1000 pilgrims will be put up in camps and many other facilities such as mobile toilets and disabled- friendly facilities will also be in place,” said the Rector of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fr Savio Barreto…  click here

Goa and Camoes - an enlightening affair

29 Nov: Herald. Luis Vaz de Camoes is a name that might ring a bell in many Goan minds, especially with a language institute named after him. However it is fairly rare to find a person who knows the magnanimity of his works. Having spent approximately 15 years in Goa, linguists say that his exile here was what made him the great poet he is. Shedding some light on the making of Camoes, writer, professor and poet Landeg White (photo), will host a presentation on 'Camoes: Made in Goa', highlighting the Portuguese bard's journey to greatness…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
30 Nov: : Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.4. Min = 20.1. Humidity = 76%. Rainfall: NIL mm
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Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 85.75; $ = 68.61; $Can = 51.11; Euro = 72.94; Aus = 51.28.


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Obituary

Updated 29 Nov with Funeral details: Artimiza Mendes

8 Nov: Toronto. ARTIMIZA MENDES, Ex Zanzibar. Peaceful passed away with all have family, grandchildren and great grandchildren beside her bedside. Wife/Late Mr. Anthony Mendes, Mother/Alwyn(Irene), Ashley(Phoebe), Audrey(Anthony"Tony Leao"), Avril(Napolean), Arnold(Odette) and Anston(Ingrid), Grandmother and Great Grand Mother to many. Funeral details to follow. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Messages of condolences may be sent to artimizaNov28@gmail.com
Visitation: Scott's Funeral Home, 420 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, ON, L5A 1X5: Friday, Dec 2, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Funeral Mass on Dec 3, 2016 @ 9:30am at Cristo Rei Parish, 3495 Confederation Drive, Mississauga, ON. Followed by Burial at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd. Mississauga, ON  For further details click here


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Kevin Lobo of Stryker announces multi-year partnership with Indo UK Institute of Health

14 Nov: GlobeNewswire. Stryker Corporation (SYK), one of the world`s leading medical technology companies, announced today a multi-year collaboration with Indo UK Institute of Health`s (IUIH) Medicity Program to serve as a preferred partner in the orthopaedic areas of hip, knee, and trauma products and services… "We are proud to partner with Indo UK Institute of Health …" said Kevin A. Lobo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… [Info: Rudy Fernandes].  For further details click here
Stryker is a $42+ billion company with over 22,000 employees worldwide. Kevin Lobo was born in Mumbai and is the son of Jerry and Dorothy Lobo who reside in Burlington, Ontario. He traces his Goan roots to Aldona. For a profile of him,  click here

Demonetisation: Why send I-T notice to only Goa Catholic Church?

28 Nov: First Post. By Bikram Vohra. Wait a minute, something’s wrong. The sending of an income tax notice to the Archdiocese in Panjim, Goa, giving the church just a day to get its act together and produce its records is decidedly odd. For one, why only a 24-hour window? For another, why only select one religious denomination in a nation where the funds of temples and gold would probably trump the black economy…  For further details click here

Cash for queues: people paid to stand in line amid India's bank note crisis

28 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Modi’s money crunch has prompted an unexpected boom in the queue-sitting business, where people are paid to stand in line. Some people send their employees to hold their place, while others hire workers paid by the day to do the job. Tech startups such as BookMyChotu and DoneThing have also swooped in to capitalise on the queueing crisis, offering “helpers” who will hold your place in a bank queue for 90-150 rupees (£1-£1.75) an hour. The proxies wait until they are close to the head of the queue then call their temporary employer, who makes the transaction…  For further details click here
India plans to seize portion of black money deposits. 28 Nov: Financial Times (UK). Cash-holders can keep up to 50% of unaccounted wealth if they come clean …  click here

Carmelite order set to mark 400 yrs of existence in Goa

28 Nov: Times of India. The Carmelite order is all set to mark 400 years of its presence in Goa with the feast of its first martyrs, Blessed Dionysius (Dennis) and Redemptus. Celebrations will be held on Tuesday at the ruins of the first foundation monastery in Old Goa. Every year, the Carmelites observe this feast as a mark of remembrance of their first martyrs. Fr Archibald Gonsalves is the superior of the Carmelite monastery in Margao…  For further details click here

First LGBTQ yoga retreat to open in Goa

28 Nov: Daily News & Analysis. We speak to founder of Simply Yoga, Varun Singal (photo), about why the community needs a dedicated space… He is set to open the world’s first LGBTQ yoga retreat, called Simply Yoga, in the heart of north Goa… Goa is the most sexually-liberated city in India. The locals are not intrusive… I had my heart set on this Portuguese villa in Assagao which had been lying abandoned for 30 years. Everyone told me the owners, who had moved to Canada, would not give up their home. I got in touch with them, told them about my vision, and they agreed… 698 words.  For further details click here

Auction: A Goan cedar, ivory and ebony inlaid cabinet, late 17th century

30 Nov: Dreweatts, Newbury, Berkshire, UK. Lot no. 21: A Goan cedar, ivory and ebony inlaid cabinet on stand, late 17th century, gilt metal mounted throughout, decorated overall with an ebony strung design of interlacing circular motifs, the design embellished overall with ebony and ivory inlay, the rectangular top above an arrangement of twelve drawers with shaped and pierced escutcheons and handle plates hung with 'rope twist' loop handles, the stand with three further drawers above an undertier fronted by four plain pilasters and flanked on all four corners by a carved female term figure, each on a turned and a square section pedestal foot, 132cm high, 94cm wide, 51cm deep. Estimate: £30000–50000  For further details click here


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