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Goan Voice Newsletter: Saturday 16 Nov. 2013

News Summary

Adelaide: Fun-filled fundraiser for World Goa Day

12 Nov: Indian Link. By Frankey Gerard Fernandes. The third World Goa Day celebrations in Adelaide, an annual event organised by Goans, continued to make great waves, drawing a large gathering who were treated to some great family entertainment. It was a lively community fundraiser event, and was an instant hit with participants of all ages who enjoyed Goan music and food until midnight. The celebration was a party not just for Goan migrants, but also for their Indian and Australian friends who were treated to some excellent Goan hospitality. The event was held to raise funds for The Beth-Beth-Lehem Association, a not for profit organisation situated in Karwar, a rural area just near Goa. This residence cares for dozens of homeless and mentally ill men rescued from the streets of the big cities… The Chief Guest for the evening was Rev Fr Salvador Gomes Coutinho (photo), Superior General of Beth-Beth-Lehem … 588 words + 2 photos.  click here

Win a trip to Goa with Palmolive Ayurituel
15 Nov: All About You. If you’re looking for new ways to bring balance and energy into your life, let Palmolive Ayurituel show you how, inspired by ancient Indian wellbeing rituals… Interiors, travel, lifestyle and more – get inspiration to help you find your personal sanctuary…  click here

Australia: Trade Secrets - Subhash Kapoor alleged mastermind of a vast international antiquities looting empire

16 Nov: The Australian. Indian-born US resident Subhash Kapoor had for almost four decades wooed the world's art elite from his shop in Manhattan … investigators allege he is the mastermind of a vast international antiquities looting empire… How did Australian art institutions acquire allegedly stolen Asian antiquities, and what should be done about it? … Between 2002 and 2011 Australia spent more than $10m acquiring antiquities from Kapoor… By the Australian gallery's own description there is an ``exceptionally large'' 18th-century ivory crucified Christ (photo) from Goa, India, bought in 2007. How did Kapoor convince experienced NGA staff that it had been owned by a private collector happy to part with it for $US337,500?... 2548 words.  click here

Speeding vehicle kills Oscar Relello’s father
16 Nov: Times of India. Senior citizen George Rebello was mowed down by a speeding car on the busy Miramar road. The four-wheeler disappeared without a trace .. Passers-by saw Rebello, who was crossing the road with his wife, Emilia, on their way home after attending mass lying in a pool of blood and called the police. He was rushed to a city hospital, but breathed his last after a couple of hours… Rebello was the father of social activist and prominent physician Oscar Rebello …  click here

Funeral Announcement: Roberto Duarte D'souza

6 Nov: Bobigny, France - ROBERTO DUARTE D'SOUZA (ex Mombasa, Kenya). Born 1947. Left us suddenly, but by God's grace, very peacefully. Beloved son of the late Estevan/late Esperanca D'souza and son-in-law of the late Pedro/late Theodolina Fernandes. Much loved husband of Sandra, cherished father of Etienne and Philippe/Marie Elodie. Brother of late Rosy, late Bernard/Bridgit (Mombasa), Victor/Liz, Joseph/Fatima (UK). Brother-in-law of Bob/Shirley, Raymond/Monica, John, Joseph/Maria, Flavia/Bill, Carmen, Sue/Sal (UK) and Maria/Quaid (Toronto). Uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews. Condolences to or
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the church of Tous les Saints (All Saints) in Bobigny, France. This will be followed by the burial at the "cimetière intercommunal" of La Courneuve.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their messages of condolences, phone calls, personal visits, and support following Roberto's passing.

Perception of Goa's xenophobia has serious international ramifications
!6 Nov: Times of India. As truly horrible as it was for Goa's public perception when Nigerians rioted to shut down a national highway on Oct 31, and vigilante Goans then mercilessly beat two hapless foreigners "in retaliation"-with everything caught on camera-related events on succeeding days have only made things worse. Now we're facing widespread revulsion, and targeted as racist. There is no doubt this tourism season will be impacted, and the damage done has been quite possibly permanent… 833 words.  click here

No visa to make mobile calls?

16 Nov: The Goan. By Sheila Medcrfot. There is a new law (only applicable to foreigners) where if you do not use your mobile phone for three months your SIM card will be deactivated. This is a government directive and affects people like us who are residents of India but take the monsoon off to visit family back home. It has come to our attention though that Vodafone are not warning their customers and are first taking top up fees of Rs500, Rs1000 and then deactivating their phones the next day. This happened to me and when I asked for a refund of the top up money I had just paid I was told that this was not possible… Government of India last September had released a fresh set of guidelines for issuance of SIM cards to foreign nationals visiting Goa / India … 468 words.  click here

The night of October 30
16 Nov: The Goan. The untold account and the full story of all events that led to the killing of Obodo Uzoma Simeon, which led to the highway blockade by and the backlash against Nigerians, as gathered by police investigators. It’s clear now what we have always known. A turf war gone bloody, a fight over a business pie and in an arena devoid of government control. … 874 words.  click here
It was Greed- ism, not Racism! 16 Nov: The Goan. 992 words.  click here
His Master's Muscles. 16 Nov: The Goan. MLA Rohan Khaunte’s boys were part of the mob that blocked the National highway 17 at Porvorim and demanded that the arrested Nigerians be handed over to them … 1171 words. click here.

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