GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 21 DEC. 2014
Death: Lino D. Gomes
14 Dec: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA. LINO D. GOMES. Age: 89. Beloved husband of Elina (da Costa Frias) and dear father of Dr. Anile (Walter) Martinez of Marlton, NJ and Rowena (Andrew) Sommer of Malabar, Fl. Cherished grandfather of Gabriella (Jose) Acevedo, Dr. Loren Martinez, and Alexander and Naomi Sommer. Born in Piedade, Goa, India, he immigrated to the U.S in 1959. Mr. Gomes earned a M.S. in Civil and Structural Engineering with a specialization in Foundations from The University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He retired from the American Waterworks Service Company after 37 years. He was actively involved in the NJ Goan Association, the Cherry Hill Senior Citizens Club, and the Saint Thomas More Parish. Funeral was on Saturday, Dec. 20. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to the Lino D. Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide a scholarship to a civil engineering student at his alma mater, The University of Notre Dame. For more information or to e-mail a condolence For further details click here
Rare frog dance is among world's 10 cutest videos
20 Dec: Times of India. International journal Nature has adjudged a video on Indian dancing frogs (Micrixalus) as one of the top ten cutest animal moments of the year… Biju and team discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs in the Western Ghats forests covering the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra… Responding to the news of the video, Biju said, "It was a serious research we were doing, never thought this in terms of cuteness though.” … click here
Video: Dancing frogs of India… 4m. 302.
Canada: Stephen D'Souza: Can you give Santa a hand?
19 Dec: Burnaby Now (Canada). … Stephen D’Souza, executive director of Burnaby Community Services, said this year’s donations are slightly down, and the bureau needs cash to help fill hampers for seniors, gift cards for teens and presents for moms. The teens like gift cards from places like Metropolis at Metrotown, electronics and clothing stores, and movie theatres, D’Souza explained… click here
Alternative ways to spend Christmas Day in Birmingham
20 Dec: Birmingham Mail (UK). … Trade in your turkey for Goan Smoked Chicken: If you’re tired of traditional Christmas dinner, take yourself out for a Brummie curry instead. Itihaas is taking Birmingham’s love of Indian food to a whole new level, with a festive fusion menu that includes crispy turkey samosas with spicy stuffing and cranberry relish. Open on Christmas Day for lunch, Itihaas in the Jewellery Quarter is making Goan smoked chicken its main bird of choice for the yuletide meal… Owner Raj Rana says: “We wanted to put our own spin on Christmas and give the traditional menu a spicy makeover… click here
The many hats of a wedding planner
20 Dec: Forbes … After seven years in the wedding planning industry, 34-year-old Candice Pereira—co-founder and creative director of Marry Me Weddings—knows that no amount of planning or colour-coded excel sheets can avert the one ingredient essential in this multi-starrer: Last-minute chaos. Pereira recalls one nuptial where she flew down the designer’s tailor to do the final alterations at the Goa venue itself … When ForbesLife India met Pereira at her Mumbai office in the last week of October, she had just returned from a three-day wedding in Goa … Pereira, who caters to non-resident Indians mainly from the UK, has four other weddings to oversee this month … click here
Goa, Hawaii could be sister states: Tulsi Gabbard
20 Dec: IANS. India's most popular beach tourism destination Goa and America's tropical island state of Hawaii could be sister states as the two places had "a lot of similarities", first Hindu US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said Saturday. In a statement issued by the Hawaii Congresswoman's office, Gabbard, who is in Goa to attend an international conclave, said there were a lot of similarities between the landscape and culture of Goa and Hawaii… click here
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Goodbye Miramar: Beautiful beach turned garbage dump, public toilet
20 Dec: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. The Crown jewel of Panaji's many attractions, the broad sands of Miramar beach and its remaining dunes and greenery are reeling under an onslaught of mass tourism and ill-conceived, poorly regulated boat activity… Hawkers set up shop right on the beach, and an unending line of men uses the shrubbery as a toilet. There is no oversight whatsoever: no bins for garbage, no one directs tourists to the nearby Sulabh toilets, no one checks for safety standards on the boats. Nearly overnight, a filthy, bus-stand-like environment has popped up on the sands. The mayor of Panaji, Surendra Furtado says he can't do anything about the problem … Panaji's Miramar no longer brings pleasant scents to mind. Like the rest of Goa, it is beginning to smell only of sweat, desperation, garbage and the toilet… click here
Calangute Cocktales: Four Short Plays
18 Dec: Jagran Post (Hyderbad). The four hilarious tales are set in a Goa Resort - and feature a man who wakes up to find a hooker in his bed and his wife at the door… Couples taking a joint holiday who can’t stand each other … a young bride who locks herself up in the bathroom minutes before her wedding … a couple who fly in for a Shakira concert, but end up gyrating on the floor instead… click here
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Sweet! It’s Christmas
20 Dec: Bangalore Mirror. Executive Chef Rana Dominic Gomes of Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore who is originally from Bengal, has shared four regional specialties that are prepared in different parts of the country during this time. "Growing up, I remember helping out my mother in the kitchen during Christmas. There would be eight to 10 traditional homemade sweets that would be on the table and offered to guests who would come visiting on Xmas day," Gomes recalls. Here, the chef shares recipes of four such treats … Rose Cookies … Kulkuls … Steamed Puli Pithe … Dodol. click here
Baxters: Goa’s coolest new beach shack
21 Dec: The Sunday Guardian . It’s that time of the year when everybody you know is making a bee- line for Goa. If you do end up tagging along with a friend, we know an exciting new place that you can cool your heels in. Easily the sweetest spot on the Ashwem-Morjim stretch in North Goa, Baxter’s is a posh shack that will let you check in any time you like, but you’ll find that you can never leave…
Perhaps its biggest draw, Baxter’s claims some of the most dramatic sundown views this side of Thalassa, best enjoyed with a tall glass of Goan Sling or Coconut Fennytini. There’s also a Boutique Bazaar every Friday with live music. click here
Aldona: A secret village
20 Dec: Mint. Aldona in north Goa lies far away from the sun and sand and shacks reverberating with music. Days here break early to the frenzied clucking of hens laying eggs, before swinging ahead leisurely to the soundtrack of birds twittering and dogs barking. An occasional honk from a fish vendor’s two-wheeler or the heavy grind of a distant public transport bus may break the natural rhythms, but they are too fleeting and far away to actually intrude on the peaceful surroundings…6 photos. click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 20 DEC. 2014
Leaps of faith
20 Dec: The Goan. By Selma Carvalho (photo). Britain may not immediately spring to mind, when it comes to discovering ‘lost manuscripts’, particularly of the Middle Eastern variety, but that is exactly what authors Simcha Javobovici and Barrie Wilson of the recently released book The Lost Gospel, claim to have found in the archives of the British Library… According to The Lost Gospel, Mary Magdalene, far from being Christianity’s most cited prostitute, and Jesus, being celibate, were actually married and had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim… click here
16 inmates go on a violent rampage at the Children’s Home
20 Dec: Herald. 16 escape the home after destroying seven odd rooms, five later apprehended, furniture in seven rooms damaged; computers, lights, window panes, fans, fixtures and telephones destroyed, teachers threatened with a knife … click here
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Catholics busy preparing cribs ahead of X’mas
19 Dec: Navhind Times. As the state will be celebrating Christmas on December 25, Catholics all over the state have already started making the Christmas crib, which is considered as a major attraction during the festival… According to Fiona Gomes of Divar, most of the Christmas cribs are made traditionally without being fancy. “We have already started making the crib by using clay, paper and other natural materials. During this week, we will be visiting each and every house of the faithful along with the Santa Claus of our area, sing carols and distribute sweets. Moreover, our local parish priests, along with the community members will also give live performances showcasing the birth of Jesus Christ.” … / click here
How To Become A Goan ... at the right price
20 Dec: The Goan. The Goan uncovers a trail of conniving schools, conspiring officials who help non-Goans get a Goan identity … Fake Goan residency certificate, enrolment in employment exchange and even government jobs at stake for non Goans … click here
Panaji: A good but very angry Samaritan at a Zebra Crossing
19 Dec: Gomantak Times. Panaji witnessed some bizarre drama on Thursday morning. A man, obviously deeply frustrated by the abysmal lack of traffic sense and civic sense of people, took upon himself to force vehicles to stop before the painted zebra crossing, He placed small objects on the zebra crossing and himself stood to stop drivers from defaulting. Such was his authority that even a large army truck came to a halt… Finally, the cops who should have been enforcing such basic traffic rules, arrived on the scene to apprehend the man and bundled him off to the police station… 8 photos. click here
500 Goans to get grants for Bl Vaz Lanka trip
20 Dec: Times of India. Five hundred Goans will be granted financial assistance of Rs 12,000 each for a trip to Sri Lanka for the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz early next year, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Friday. click here
Church hopes govt will raise ceiling. 20 Dec: Navhind Times. … the Church hopes that the government will raise the ceiling on the number of people, who can avail the subsidy scheme…
Mumbai: Enjoy home-style Goan food at this Juhu eatery
19 Dec: Mid-Day. Walking into Goa Bhavan Canteen is like walking into a friend’s apartment, albeit one who isn’t anywhere close to being a neatness-freak, and one who often breaks the rules of decorum … We soon found out that the Chicken Thali and Prawns Thali are more than reasonable at Rs 170 and Rs 160 respectively. But we find the Surmai Fry, a tad steep at Rs 260, and the same goes for the Paplet (Pomfret) Fry at Rs 350. All in all, a great value-for-money find that deserves a visit for its authentic Goan food, especially if you’re willing to overlook the ambiance, or the lack of it, rather… click here
Indians make the best cigars
19 Dec: GQ … Kaizad Hansotia bought the Gurkha brand in the Eighties for $143 from a Portuguese vendor in Goa, and launched it as one of the first high-end cigarettes in the market. The first cigar he came up with was infused with Louis XIII cognac, manufactured in small batches and packaged luxuriously. Soon the brand became famous for what is billed as the most expensive cigar in the world… click here
The Story Behind Kaizad Hansotia and Gurkha Cigar Company …
Preparing for 'Ghar Wapsi'
19 Dec: Daily News and Analysis … By Julio Rebeiro (photo). It is a historical fact that Hindus of different castes were converted by Portuguese missionaries 400 to 500 years ago at a time when faith dominated political discourse. Some sort of coercion must necessarily have been used… In Portugal I came across descendents of those who converted my forefathers who had now adopted Krishna as their preferred god! … I admit that my ancestors were Hindus and incidentally I have never failed to proclaim it… all Goans converted en masse and were given the surname of the priest who baptized them… (The author is former commissioner of police, Mumbai and ex-DGP, Punjab) … 891 words. click here
Magsons the 'Future Ready' Store
16 Dec: Progressive Grocer India. Incepted in 1990, Magsons is a well-known supermarket chain in Goa with 10 stores at present. In a tete-a-tete Kirit Maganlal, Founder & CEO, Magsons Group, provides insights into the chain's operations, his strategy to keep up with rapidly changing consumer trends. He says, “Magsons opened its first store in 1990 at Miramar, Goa … due to the western and European influence in the state, the locals have a natural understanding of fine meats, fine wines and premium food products … 1429 words.
19 Dec: Times of India. Share food & joy this Xmas at Magsons on Dec 19, 20 …
A brief history of Psytrance and Sunburn in Goa
18 Dec: Dancing Astronaut. We need to look back in time to the ’60s in the United States. The wave of drugs and psychedelics, and the resulting political and law enforcement backlash, lead many hippies to seek out foreign locales to avoid scrutiny from the US’s invasive drug war. Many looked towards Goa and its people as a refuge for spirituality and a freer lifestyle. An early hippie capital, Goa’s love for electronic music was born in the ’70s, sparked by the sounds of Kraftwerk before being pioneered by Fred Disko, Ray Castle and Goa Gil. It took 10 years to develop into what we now call Goa trance and during this time Goa Gil dubbed the genre “electronic body music” or “EBM.”… click here
Top Schools in Goa
18 Dec: Digital Learning. 1: Mount Litera Zee School, Principal:Kiranjit Singh, Pannu Curriculum:CBSE. 2: Sharada Mandir School, Principal: Eunise De Sa, Curriculum: CBSE. 3: Don Bosco High School, Principal: Avin Carvalho, Curriculum:CBSE. 4: Sunshine Worldwide School, Principal: Anil Kumar Kashyap, Curriculum:CBSE. 5: Loyola High School, Principal: Pedro Fernandes, Curriculum: Goa State Board. 6: Manovikas English Medium School, Principal: Brenda DaCruz, Curriculum:ICSE. 7:Mushtifund High School, Principal: Anil Khaunte, Curriculum: Goa State Board. click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 19 DEC. 2014
Lord's Prayer will still open Mississauga council meetings
18 Dec: The Catholic Register. "Our Father" still has a place at Mississauga city council. On Dec. 17, council voted to keep the tradition of reciting the Lord's Prayer to open council meetings. The tradition was put up for debate when Derek Gray, 36, filed a complaint with the city… Rudy Fernandes (photo) felt compelled to act quickly. Fernandes, a Catholic, is a member of the Canadian Goan Christian Group (CGCG), which promotes the evangelization of society… Fernandes, with help from local Catholics, mobilized 500 signatures in support of keeping the prayer. With Catholic Dr. Colin Saldanha (photo), a Mississauga physician and CGCG member, Fernandes addressed city council and argued to keep the recitation of the Lord's Prayer… "I only came to Canada 42 years ago. We came here because of the values, Christian values the country stands for," said Fernandes. Ten of the 11 councillors present voted in favour of keeping the Lord's Prayer… Saldanha said, “I think the Catholic community and the Goan community are beginning to realize that we have been too dormant too long." 593 words. click here
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Crime against women, girl children a concern in Goa: Governor Mridula Sinha
18 Dec: Economic Times. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today raised concern over an "unfortunate trend of increasing crimes against women and girl children" in the state, which she said is also affecting image of the country besides threatening the "social and cultural fabric" of society… click here
HuffPost names Isheta Salgaocar as editor-at-large
18 Dec: Times of India. HuffPost India, the most recent addition to the Huffington Post's international expansion, has named Isheta Salgaocar as editor-at-large. Isheta Salgaocar is currently the executive producer of Sensorium, a festival of arts, literature and ideas at Sunaparanta Goa Center for the Arts. She oversees production of various projects involving a wide-ranging list of internationally acclaimed artists … Salgaocar has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stanford University, and received a Masters of Science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism … click here
The Salgaocars Of Saligao … The Upper Crust.
18 Dec: Khaleej Times (UAE). … What explains Goa’s charm? First, outstanding scenery and some of the best and least crowded beaches in the world, with wonderfully clear, unpolluted waters. Second, the people, warm, friendly and totally laid back … Let me cite some of the negative aspects of Goa, which worry Goans anxious to preserve their beautiful land and their identity. One is the unplanned and completely haphazard construction all over the state. The greed of developers, hand in hand with corrupt politicians, is largely to blame… Rahul Singh is the former Editor of the Indian Express, Reader’s Digest and Khaleej Times. 768 words. click here
32 Lakhs attend St. Francis Xavier decennial Exposition of Relics
18 Dec: The Hindu. Close to 32 lakh pilgrims have visited Old Goa for the veneration of the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the ancient Church at Old Goa in north Goa, Secretariat of the decennial Exposition indicated in Panaji on Thursday. click here
19 lakh pilgrims venerate sacred relics of St Francis Xavier 18 Dec: Times of India. More than 19 lakh pilgrims venerated the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier in Se Cathedral at Old Goa during the ongoing Exposition…
Sunny side up in Goa, India
18 Dec: The National (UAE). The behemoth Indian subcontinent can take years, if not longer, to get to grips with. In contrast, Goa, India’s smallest state, allows you to cover its length in a day. But by the time you lay your bags down and start sipping on coconut water with the ocean waves licking at your feet, you’ll realise it makes little sense to rush about here… click here
Discovering Goa through fish balchao and pork vindaloo
16 Dec: Travel.India.com. It was love at first sight when Lucie Masson from France met a glistening crab from Goa. The rendezvous was hot, to say the least, and took place over drinks at Baga. This was Lucie’s first tryst with Goan food when she moved to the sunshine state two years ago and definitely not her last. The personal affair, coupled with tourists’ growing demand to learn how to whip up traditional fish curry, prompted her to start the new Siolim Cooking School in Goa which she runs along with the help of Auntie Lourdes and the cook Jane… She now lives in Siolim with boyfriend Varun Sood, where the couple have restored and redecorated a Portuguese heritage house to create Little Siolim, an annexe of Siolim House, a pretty hotel about twenty minutes away from Baga Beach… click here
'Colonial hangover remains in rulers' attitude in Goa'
18 Dec: Business Standard. As Goa gets ready to celebrate the liberation day tomorrow, some prominent citizens feel that a colonial hangover still persists in this former outpost of the Portuguese empire. "Those who fought to liberate the state from Portuguese clutches are feeling dejected. This is not the Goa of their aspirations," said Siddharth Karapurkar, an environmental activist and the son of freedom fighter Vasant Sinai Karapurkar… click here
New York: Goa-Taco Opening Its Snack Bar on Delancey Street Tonight
18 Dec: Bowery Boogie. Goa-Taco, the food stall vendor veteran of Smorgasburg Jr. in Brooklyn, is ready to begin serving the Lower East Side. We are told that the pop-up snack bar will open at 77 Delancey Street later tonight. A long table dotted with a half-dozen stools currently occupies much of the shoebox real estate. The smallish operation specializes in “fusion” tacos that add elements of Indian cuisine. These bites – dubbed “Paratha tacos” – use the namesake, croissant-like flat-bread instead of traditional corn or flour-based tortillas. Sounds similar to what the popular Kati Roll mini-chain is doing around the city. The temporary eatery will reportedly operate at 77 Delancey for at least a month-and-a-half. Goa-Taco is owned and run by Chef Duvaldi Marneweck. click here
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Best places in India to celebrate Christmas and welcome New Year
18 Dec: India TV. Goa certainly tops the list, given to the joyous atmosphere in the state during Christmas and New Year. While Goa is home to many Christians, the celebrations of this festival isn’t restricted to Christians, but is enjoyed by everyone! Midnight mass, Christmas carols, gothic churches, lit up trees and houses define the beach paradise of India… click here
Video: Is Almería the new Goa?
18 Dec: Huffington Post (Spain). Almería beach in Spain enjoys 363 days a year sunshine. Well why choose the most cold and crappy day of the year to shoot there ... And that too, in the nude. This video clip is from the film, Nightfall in India (Anochece en la India) … 1m. 34s. click here
Hollywood Reporter: Film Review [English].
UK: Forthcoming Events
31 Dec: The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year's Eve Ball, 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
Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing
and partying into the New Year will be Nite Life. All Tickets Booked B4 15th Dec
2014 are £15.00. Children under 10 years free. All tickets after this date
are £20.00. No Tickets sold at door - Book early to avoid disappointment!
For Tickets & further info call: East London -Louie 0795 633 5864, Janet 0795
073 9788 Cassy 0798 627 8422. North London-Maria 0750 795 0455. Food & Snacks
on sale! No rip off bar prices
Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly-
if possible avoid glass bottles. Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes to be won on
Plus raffles without long music break. Dress to Impress...Glitzy
and Glamorous...Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click
Wed. 31 Dec: HAPC NEW YEAR'S EVE Gala Ball - Exquisite 5 Star Park Inn Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex UB7 0DU. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Hall 1 with full-size dance floor
- Live Music by Maz & Co. Hall 2 - DJ Deevine. Licensed Bar and Catering
by Royal Food. Tickets: Adults - £30, Children (under 10) - £20. Table
& Seat Allocation. Dress Code: Formal. FREE Car Park. Special Discounted Hotel
Room Rates for Ticket Holders. For tickets and other information, email email@example.com
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Wed: 31 Dec. Showbiz promotions & Viva Goa Entertainment presents New Years
Eve Party 2015, At St Michaels & St Martins R C Church Hall, 94 Bath Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3EH. After the mass from 9 pm to 1:30 am. Music by Higher Ground
& Disco. Ticket's - Entrance only- Adult £15, Child £10 (below
10 yrs). Limited tickets. Delicious Goan food will be on sale. Contact -Francisco
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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 18 DEC. 2014
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What’s A Goan Christmas in London Like?
17 Dec: Londonist (UK). Mathias Heredia. Originally from Margao. Mathias Heredia now lives in Aldgate East. He’s the head chef at Cyrus Todiwala’s nearby Café Spice Namaste ...“I’m a Goan Christian, so going to the church at Christmas is compulsory. We have the English Martyrs Catholic Church here in Aldgate East … We often go to my sister’s house to celebrate … We eat roast pork and pork sorpotel with a simple pulao rice and sanna … For dessert, we have kul kuls, neureos and dodol … In Goa, we would drink cashew feni, coconut feni and beers, but in London I’ll be drinking beers and whisky.” … Goan eating and drinking in London: Assado … Ma Goa … Olde Goa … Trishna … click here
Swapping ‘kunswar’ for a turkey
17 Dec: Times of India. Traditionally, Christmas sweets or kunswar, are prepared at home, with every family member chipping in. Kulkuls, doce, bolinhas, bebinca, neurios, dodol, bathe and coconut icing are some Christmas delicacies. In today's hectic times this tradition is slowly on the wane and families prefer buying their sweets at local stores… "People are well-travelled and have developed a taste for exotic food," said Vishal Maganlal from Magson's supermarket. Three years ago, the store began selling cooked and raw turkeys for Christmas which are sourced right from Goa to Coimbatore. "Last year we were unable to meet demand and 10 customers had to return empty-handed," he said… click here
Football: FC Goa leaves fans with tears and memories
18 Dec: Times of India. FC Goa's remarkable turnaround in the ISL came to a grinding halt, cruelly, through a tiebreaker. Ninety minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time produced no goal, leaving Kolkata to have the last laugh in the tiebreaker after they emerged 4-2 victors and earned themselves a place in the grand finale against Kerala Blasters in Mumbai on Saturday. click here
Live Score Update.
Video: Match Highlights. click here.
Goa leads India in competitiveness: Report
17 Dec: Times of India. Goa, which "shows strengths in the context of strategy and rivalry for businesses that operate in the region and also has strong supporting and related industries", tops in the city state category of a competitiveness report released on Wednesday… The report categorizes the states under seven heads: city states, innovation driven economies, transition economies, investment driven economies, changeover economies, emerging economies and northeastern economies. click here
Citrix Appoints Francis deSouza to Board of Directors
11 Dec: Citrix. Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) today announced the addition of Francis A. deSouza, technology industry veteran and president of Illumina, a leading biotechnology company, to its board of directors, effective immediately. deSouza began his career at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center. Later, he founded two technology companies, both of which were acquired, and spent time at Microsoft before serving in five different executive roles at Symantec, including group president, enterprise products and services… click here
Francis deSouza is the son of Domingos deSouza and Elpiniki Papacostandinou a Greek national; grandson of A. B Desouza (Parra) and Rosa Viegas e Souza (Anjuna). For a Wikipedia profile of him,
India Ideas Conclave, 2014 in Goa from December 19
17 Dec: Niticentral. India Foundation, an independent research centre on Indian polity, in association with Government of Goa is organising a three-day India Ideas Conclave, 2014 in Goa on the central theme of ‘Integral Human Development’… More than 70 eminent scholars and thinkers will address a select group of over 400 participants that include eminent academics, global CEOs, renowned scientists, technologists, senior political thinkers and practitioners and media luminaries… click here
Anti-Bikini’ Remark Spelling Doom For Tourism In Canacona?
18 Dec: Herald. Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chairperson Simon Rebelo said sarcastically, “The government’s reported ‘anti-bikini’ statement by a minister seems to have been taken seriously by many foreign tourists … since the statement has gone viral in every foreign country, this ‘anti bikini’ remark of a minister in the State government had made headlines on TV channels and on the Internet. Adding to our misery, many rival States in the country are now highlighting this point to deter tourists from visiting Goa.” … click here
16 Dec: India Today. Goa@50: Beaches, babes and bikinis …
Govt to crackdown on illegal foreign businesses
18 Dec: Times of India. With the increase in the number of complaints received against foreign nationals in Goa on tourist visas carrying out different types of business, the state government on Wednesday decided to take stringent action against them… Since 2013, around 70 cases have been booked against foreigners indulging in illegal tour guides and other activities in the state … click here
Editorial: Do you not know the drug traders in your backyard, Mr CM? 18 Dec: Herald…
Neil D’Souza Crowdfunding boosted the growth of Core wireless speaker system
16 Dec: Financial Post (Canada). There was $1.3 million raised for high-fidelity wireless speakers as a tiny Canadian company made headlines on tech blogs around the world thanks to successful crowdfunding campaigns … Mass Fidelity of Toronto sought about $55,000 to help get its Core wireless speaker system into production. “It was the ability for us to make a sales pitch to a much wider audience than we normally could,” said co-founder Neil D’Souza … click here
Neil’s parents are from Goa though he grew up in Bombay. He migrated to Australia in 1985 and moved to Canada in 1996. For a Mass Fidelity video clip presented by Neil,
‘Privilege’ cards for elderly
18 Dec: Times of India. … The elderly persons receive a 50% concession for travel on Kadamba buses and also on shuttle services. Similarly, senior citizens can gain direct access to the Goa Medical College and Hospital for medical treatment without queuing up … click here
SpiceJet: Indian airline planes 'grounded'
17 Dec: BBC. India's troubled airline SpiceJet has grounded flights after oil companies refused to refuel any of its planes, reports say. The debt-ridden carrier owes money to creditors, including oil companies. SpiceJet is India's fourth-biggest airline by market share… Last-minute cancellations on Tuesday left thousands stranded - throwing plans into chaos. It's shaping up to be more of the same on Wednesday … click here
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
COOKERY: World Kitchen. Channel: itv3. Saturday 20th Dec. 02:55 to 03:20. New
Zealand chef Nici Wickes travels the world to gain ideas and inspiration for
new dishes to recreate in her kitchen back home. She explores the lush landscape
of Kerela in southern India. Visiting spice markets, winding backwaters and
family kitchens Nici uncovers the secrets to making great curry at home.
NATURE: Wonders of the Monsoon.: BBC 2. Sunday 21st Dec. 02:05 to 03:05. The
Drought. Episode 3. During the part of the year that the monsoon does not bring
rain, the winds reverse, bringing dry air and even drought to large parts of
DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hill Railways. Channel: Yesterday 537. Monday 22nd December
2014 17:00 to 20:00. Episodes 1-3. Affectionate three-part series about India's
DOCUMENTARY: Tsunami: Survivors' Stories. itv. Monday 22nd Dec. 21:00 to 22:05.
A moving account of the events a decade ago on Boxing Day 2004 when a tsunami
swept across eleven countries in the Indian Ocean, killing nearly 250,000 people
of many nationalities.
DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Channel: Yesterday. Tuesday 23rd
Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. Hop on board the world's riskiest railway journeys! Passenger
safety isn't high on the agenda in India, as Chris Tarrant discovers on a dicey
ride along the country's west coast.
RELIGIOUS: Midnight Mass From Arundel Cathedral. BBC 1. Wednesday 24th Dec.
23:45 to 01:05. A traditional Christmas Eve Roman Catholic mass from the picturesque
town of Arundel in West Sussex, including the familiar carols O Come All Ye
Faithful, Silent Night and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
DOCUMENTARY: Tsunami: Caught on Camera. more4 (Freeview 14). Friday 26th Dec.
22:00 to 23:40. Told using almost entirely amateur footage, Tsunami: Caught
on Camera is the moving true story of the tsunami told through the eyes of those
who were there.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER WEDNESDAY 17 DEC. 2014
Death: Lina D'Souza - Revised
15 Dec: Nairobi. LINA D'SOUZA. Loving wife of the late Alick P.H. D'Souza. Beloved daughter of the late Lilia & the late Constance Fernandes. Sister to Henry Fernandes (Northampton, U.K.), the late Tony 'Triplet' Fernandes and the late Reggie Fernandes. Sister-in-law to Ancy, Gala, Peter Paul, Felix, the late Anton, the late John, Romaldo, the late Victor, Lino, Sheila Fernandes & Emilia Fernandes.
The funeral will take place on Friday the 19th of December at 10:30am at Saint Francis Xavier's Church, Parklands followed by the cremation at Kariokor Hindu Crematorium. In lieu of floral tributes donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, attention of Sister Brigette +254 721 425 670. Messages of condolence may be sent to email
Video: Goa's fight for independence from Portugal
16 Dec: BBC. … Libia Lobo Sardesai, who ran the Voice of Freedom radio station in Goa was part of the political struggle to win independence. She tells Witness of the last days of Portuguese rule and the "intoxicating" feeling of winning freedom at last… 4m. 11s. click here
Goa braces for drastic fall in tourist arrivals
16 Dec: Navhind Times. Goa may witness a considerable fall in arrivals of both domestic and foreign tourists this season. Chairman of the Souza Group Ralph de Sousa said that November started on a low note with a fall in hotel occupancies by 20 per in international market and 25 per cent in domestic market. For the first half of December, the international arrivals saw a 40 per cent dip in North Goa and 60 per cent in South Goa hotel occupancies. The domestic market is down by 20 per cent, in spite of IFFI and Exposition visitors… It has been suggested that the facility of visa on arrival should be extended to the UK, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Oman, Republic of Korea and the UAE, which are our potential markets where we have direct flights… 836 words. click here
The world's spiciest foods
16 Dec: The Telegraph (UK). This week, French researchers controversially claimed that men with a taste for spicy food have higher testosterone levels, and that eating hot peppers may raise levels of the "alpha male" hormone … chilli peppers are as much a staple in our cupboards as pepper and salt ... Anyone who's been to a British curry house in the last 20 years will have had the pleasure of watching a group of young men swaggeringly order the vindaloo: then, after their first bite, start crying and screaming for lager. Originally from India's Goa region, the dish’s copious use of red chillies is what makes it taste so intense … 645 words. click here
14 Dec: The Telegraph (UK). Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone, French report claims …
Ruby Residency: One year on, main accused yet to be booked
17 Dec: Times of India. Curtorim MLA and Congress spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco flayed the state government for its failure in bringing to book the main accused in the Ruby Residency building collapse at Canacona, nearly a year after the incident… The crime branch of the Goa police is yet to file a chargesheet against the government officials, engineers and the contractor, who were all arrested in the case and later released on bail. Pradip Singh Birring and Jagdeep Kumar Seghal, who were then directors of the construction firm, Bharat Developers, have been declared absconders and are still at large… click here
Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace
16 Dec: Catholic News Agency. More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas. As they walked the five miles between the cities on Dec. 13, the faithful prayed the rosary for the intention of peace in Palestine and Israel… The procession was followed by Masses said in Konkani and Malayalam at St. Catherine’s church and at the Salesian monastery chapel in Bethlehem… click here
Sunburn Goa to attract Bollywood shine
16 Dec: India TV News. Asia's largest dance music festival Sunburn has now matured into a holiday destination for fans and Bollywood celebs with several big stars expected at the upcoming edition in Goa, say organisers… Organisers say this year there is a lot of focus on underground music… In 2014, Sunburn (brand) has done 212 events in 78 cities across India. Sunburn Goa, Dec 27-29 is the most apt conclusion to the most outstanding Season 8," he added. This year, Sunburn is promoting a unique experience for people who come before 3 pm to the festival, as Sunburn wants to promote the idea of friendship in sunshine with music… click here
Football: Romeo Fernandes: From Assolna To Possibly Brazil
16 Dec: Hard Tackle. When you see the picturesque image of Romeo Fernandes, tearing down the right flank, taking on opposing defenders and beating them at will, it is almost impossible to conclude that the 22 year old was suffering from ‘problems’ when he started his career… “It has been an amazing experience so far. I never imagined that I would be able to play in such a big tournament and to play with such great players like Robert Pires and Andre Santos and train under such a great coach like Zico,.” says Romeo … 1392 words. click here
Goa Congress' media strategy: Start a news channel, cajole journalists
16 Dec: First Post.If you can't beat them either join them or own them; this appears to be the media roadmap for the Congress in Goa, even as the party also admitted that it has been unable to "utilise" the media effectively in the propagation of its ideology… the Congress has resolved to start a cable news channel as well as identify and tap a local newspaper in a bid to get more aggressive in its media outreach … click here
Some Tourists Come to Goa Only to Do Drugs: Parsekar
16 Dec: Outlook. Acknowledging that drug menace exits in the state, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said "Some tourists come here only to do drugs … These tourists don't contribute towards any revenue generation. They are bankrupt. In the days to come, we will maintain stricter vigil on such kind of tourists… click here
Goa Govt Targets Tourists, Not Drug Dealers: Cong. 16 Dec: Outlook … the Congress criticised him by claiming that the government targets tourists instead of acting against drug dealers…
Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates £ = Rs 100 +
17 Dec: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32,3. Min = 22.3. Humidity = 83%. Rainfall: NIL mm
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.94; $ = 63.86; $Can = 54.91 ; Euro = 79.89.
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 16 DEC. 2014
Femnet Issue 32
The November issue is on the theme of careers and career planning. The issue begins with an overview of career planning. Then Susan Rodrigues explains about how she got into a career in Science Education at the university level. This is followed with an article on writing by Fredrika Menezes. A mother and daughter duo submits articles with Mom Freda Vaz writing about her resale shop and Daughter Diahann Carroll D’Souza writing about training. Kichu Dandiya explores jewelry making and the significance of jewelry in a woman’s life. The issue ends with an article by Marie-Dale Pais, the genius behind Femnet’s graceful graphics on her journey from HR to running her own design company appropriately named PhotoGenie. click here
Police defend self over action in German woman’s complaint
15 Dec: Herald. Police have refuted allegations that they have been lax in taking action in an attempted rape against a German national. They maintain investigations into the alleged molestation, which is not an attempted rape, have begun, even as they claimed the German woman is not traceable. The police have also flatly denied any lapses on their part and said they acted as demanded by the complainant… click here
UK Motorsport: Nicky D’Souza has his eye on more wins at Wimbledon Raceway
14 Dec: Croydon Guardian. Stock rod driver Nicky D’Souza will be making the most of home advantage this evening at the Wimbledon Raceway. Last winter, the south London racer had a hatful of wins around the raceway that elevated him through to the red grade of drivers… He made an outstanding start back on his home track last time out, securing a rare hat-trick of wins… click here
'Panic button' plan for tourists
15 Dec: The Telegraph (India). The Centre is exploring the option of equipping foreign tourists with cellphone-activated "panic buttons" that can bring help within minutes in distress … While the "panic button" plan is being fleshed out, the ministry has already started putting in place some safeguards. Starting December 25, a "welcome kit" put together by the ministry will be handed to all foreign tourists at immigration counters in nine airports. The kit will have a list of "dos and don'ts", especially for women travelling alone, and details of the facilities provided by the Centre… 558 words. click here
Jean-Pierre Braganza’s River Island inspired by kingfishers of Goa
11 Dec: The Upcoming. Jean-Pierre Braganza has been unveiled as the latest burgeoning designer … London-based Braganza drew inspiration for the collection from a trip to India where he noticed similarities between the speed, agility and beauty of a kingfisher bird alongside the sweeping, winding roads of Goa … With this in mind, Braganza’s collection is adorned with the stimulus of kingfishers and comprises of shirtdresses, boiler suits, bomber jackets and zip-embellished jeans… click here
For a profile of Jean-Pierre Braganza’s Goan links,
Goa hosts Indian-Russian pop music festival Great Live Music
15 Dec: Tass. The regional administration of Goa has approved a joint Indian-Russian pop music festival which last January was cancelled due to a conflict with the local taxi drivers. The Festival will be held January 24-25 2015 … click here
Kenyans from other races who fought for Uhuru
12 Dec: The Star (Kenya). Amid the ocean that was the black Africans who fought for the independence of Kenya, there were a few British people in and outside the colony and those of Asian extraction who supported the cause… Born in 1927, Pio Gama Pinto, a Goan who went to pursue an education in India aged only eight years, would return to Kenya in 1949 and soon after get involved in the local politics of ending the British rule in the country… He was however assassinated on February 25, 1965 … 681 words. click here
Goa Airport issues 357 Visas on Arrival within 10 days
15 Dec: Times of India. The Goa airport at Dabolim has issued 357 visas-on-arrival (VoA) within 10 days of the commencement of this facility.,, So far, VoA facility at Dabolim airport was issued to travellers from Russia (154), Ukraine (183), Germany (7), Jordan (3), Singapore (1), and USA (4)… click here
Indian-origin politician in race to become Portugal PM
15 Dec: A Goan-origin politician has emerged as a frontrunner to become Portugal’s next prime minister after the country’s main opposition Socialist Party chose him as its candidate for the 2015 elections. Antonio Costa, known as the ‘Gandhi of Lisbon’ for his frugal lifestyle, has his roots in the former Portuguese colony in India where his grandfather was born and his father spent most of his life. A popular mayor of Lisbon, the 52-year-old socialist was chosen as Portugal’s prime ministerial candidate by the main Opposition Socialist Party for next year’s polls… click here
Russia has a lot of Goa charters but few tourists
15 Dec: Tourprom (Russia). The new tourist season in Goa is gaining momentum but after two months the number of tourists has decreased by 23%. In October and November of last year Goa landed 229 charters that brought 57,445 tourists. By November 23, the current airport "Dabolim" took 236 flights, but passengers they were only 44,116 people … click here
Auction: 16 Dec: Baclis, Barcelona, Spain: 14 'Indo-Portuguesa' lots
Lots 524, 59, 630, 648, 652, 657, 658, 676, 736, 740, 745, 746 and 881(photo). Estimates: 550€ to 15.000€. click here
Hard Rock bursts onto Goa scene
15 Dec: Travel & Trade Gazette. Hard Rock Hotels will debut its first property in India next March in the renowned beach area of Calangute… the 135-key Hard Rock Hotel Goa will offer the usual trappings of the brand. These include an all-day dining restaurant, outdoor pool, poolside bar and grill, a Body Rock fitness centre, and a Rock Shop selling merchandise. click here
GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 15 DEC. 2014
Death: Zemira Fernandes
7 Dec: London. ZEMIRA PRISCILLA FERNANDES (ex Narobi). Beloved Wife of
Tonyjo Fernandes. Sister to Francis. Loving Mother of Audrey/Latif, Bobby/Michelle
and Charmaine/Bruce. Grandmother to Daniel Lisa, Joshua and Nathan. Funeral Mass
to be celebrated on Monday 22 December at 10 am at St
Bernadette R C Church 180 Long Lane Hillingdon Middlesex UB10 OEH Cremation
Service at 11.30 am at Breakspear
Crematorium Breakspear Road Ruislip Middlesex HA4 7SJ.Wake following the Cremation
at Most Sacred Heart R C Church
73 Prembroke Road Ruislip HA4 8NN. In lieu of flowers donations to Great Ormond
Street Hospital. Condolences to email
Kenya's Lasting Goan Connection
14 Dec: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. To a large number of Goans the first name they associate with Kenya is that of Pio Gama Pinto… A journalist, politician, freedom fighter, Gama Pinto was one of the many Goans who helped build the Kenyan nation and among the few from Goa who actively participated in the movement for the East African country's Independence… Besides Gama Pinto, there is Fitz de Souza, a lawyer who went on to become the deputy speaker of the Kenyan Parliament and was part of the constitution team and Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi, who had a Goan father and was the second vice president of Kenya… 966 words. click here
Kenyan Goans History Laid Bare And Naked. 14 Dec: Herald. Cyprian Fernandes reviews Community, Memory and Migration in a globalising world The Goan experience c. 1890- 1980 Oxford University Press 2014 by Margret Frenz.. On the face of it, it would appear to the seasoned Kenyan Goan that Margret Frenz, in her new tome, has little or nothing to offer about their saga in Africa. If you have a really good read of this book, it will surprise you pleasantly… 870 words.
‘Visa-on-arrival for Brits will benefit tourism’
14 Dec: Times of India. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo has sought the visa-on-arrival facility for British tourists to avoid a meltdown in tourism industry along the Bardez coastal belt… Lobo said, “Russian charter tourists have dropped by 60%. The British charters have also dropped. During the peak period a few years ago, there used to be 18 charter flights from the UK. That has dropped to around 4-5 flights. Another factor is that they have to visit the Indian embassy to apply for the visa. Other south Asian countries such as Sri Lanka issue free visas on arrival to British tourists. Even countries like Cambodia are only charging 20 dollars for a visa on arrival for British tourists. That is why they're not coming to Goa," Lobo added. He suggested that the Union government reduces the visa fee to 40 dollars and provides the visa on arrival… click here
For Celia Lawson, it is always about the music
14 Dec: Times of India… Currently living next door to Goa's music legend Remo Fernandes in Siolim is another illustrious singer who has decided to return to her Goan roots… Celia Maria Fernandes Lawson was Portugal's 1997 entry to the renowned Eurovision contest … Her Lisbon-based parents Walter (of Anglo-Indian ancestry) and Theresa Fernandes Lawson, who traces her roots to the village of Verem, are singers in a league of their own… She says, "I love the weather. It's better than waking up to a cold England. Also, I love the spicy sorpotel, xacuti and prawn balchao. It reminds me of my mum's cooking in Portugal. I plan on starting a voice training school here." … click here
Video: Celia Lawson sings Antes do Adeus - Eurovision Portugal 1997. 2m. 38s.
Video: Celia Lawson live in Goa. 2014. 3. 52s. click here.
Mumbai: Paul Fernandes: Humour in the City
14 Dec: Indian Express. Paul Fernandes has preserved — in the cartoons he drew over 20 years. These now hang at the 700 sq ft aPaulogy Gallery in Worli. It will permanently house 100 watercolour works by Fernandes that are reminiscent of the years spent in the four cities he lived in — Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore … Photo. click here
Football: Atletico de Kolkata held to a draw by FC Goa in home leg of semi-final
14 Dec: Indian Express. Atletico de Kolkata on Sunday spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League, in Kolkata… click here
Video: Prudent Media Match highlights.
Nigeria wins first Church World Cup
14 Dec: The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos has emerged champions in the maiden Church World Cup in Goa, India. The country’s flag bearers thrashed Colombia 7-0 in the final of the unique tournament on Sunday… click here
Video: Leoncie premiere Christmas song: Greedy Christmas fool!
12 Dec: Nútíminn (Iceland). Indian Princess Leoncie premiered Christmas Song Christmas Bluff in an episode of Studio A RUV yesterday. Leoncie criticizes consumer society in the song… Razor sharp social satire from Leoncie… click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Leoncie,
Goan Astronomer leads discovery of new facts
14 Dec: Herald. An international team of astronomers led by Goan Astronomer, Dr Vithal Tilvi, has found evidence that the entire universe was permeated with giant bubbles filled with hydrogen gas, when the Universe was very young… This research finding was recently published in the prestigious international journal, ‘ The Astrophysical Journal’… Presently, Dr Tilvi is working at the Mitchell Institute of Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A& M University, USA,.. Photo. click here
Dancing with the stars of yesteryear
14 Dec: Times of India. The film, Nachom-ia Kumpasar ('Let's dance to the rhythm') has already left an indelible mark in the hearts of music- and Konkani-loving Goans. Physician Oscar Rebelo, writing in the TOI, called it 'the Konkani magnum opus of our generation'. It's a view shared by many, and for good reason. Apart from production and cinematography levels perhaps unparalleled in Konkani cinema, Nachom-ia Kumpasar serves two main purposes — One, to remind old-timers of that era, not so long ago, when a Goan's life revolved around music; two, to tell young Goans a story they weren't around to witness… It will go to festivals and to the vast Goan diaspora worldwide. From Canada to Kuwait, Dubai, London and Australia, people are writing in… 948 words. click here
Video: Trailer 5m. 54s.
Latin quarters of Goa
14 Dec: Free Press Journal. The Latin Quarters of Panjim, Goa still has its old Portuguese ambience… Once upon a time they said you need not see Lisbon, if you see Panjim… click here
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