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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 15 Oct. 2015


Death: Sister Mary Joan Ozorio

14 Oct. Loughborough, UK. Sister MARY JOAN OZORIO. ex-Tanga, Tanzania. Passed away peacefully after a short illness at the Convent in Loughborough. Sr. Mary Joan was the daughter of the late Manuel/late Mary Ozorio of Tanga, Tanzania Sister to Cecilia (Goa), late Sara/late Joe D’Silva, late Joe, late Gerson, Stephen/Sophia (Toronto). She will be missed by her nieces Donna, Karen/Geoffrey and son, Michael Xavier. Funeral to take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 2 .00 pm at the Convent: Garton Road, Loughborough, Leicester LE 112DY. [Info: Stephen de Souza]. Condolences to: or

Death: Servita D’Souza

8 Oct. 2015. Winnipeg, Manitoba. MARIA TEREZA SERVITA LUDOVINA (MARTYRES) D'SOUZA. Born 1932. Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of the late Anselmo D’Souza, Servita is survived by: her brother Raul (late Evelyn), sister Angela (Johnny), sister-in-law Hedi (late Anastas); five children Avril (Antimo), Alan (Cheryl), Alvito (Lola), Arnold (Melanie), Angelina (Sunny); grandchildren Claudette, Michelle, Calvin, Alex, Tamara, Daniel, Talia, Alanna, Anya and Sivan) and great grandchildren Kailey, Sylas, Ty, Nathan, Tommy, Leah, Brooke, Weston, Peyton, Merik, Ryleigh with one more due January 2016. Funeral Liturgy will take place Monday, October 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 181 Austin Street North, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3M7 followed by interment at Assumption R Condolences to Arnold D'Souza: For further details click here.

Death: Lawrence Coelho

11 Oct: Pomburpa, Bardez, Goa. LAWRENCE COELHO. Born 1960. Ex-Tanga, Tanzania. Son of Late Mr. Peter and Mary. Husband of Belinda. Father of Bernetta (Brandon) and Lennon. Brother of Sabina (Late. Roque), Violet (Agnelo), Molly (Joseph) & Muriel (Jason). Brother in law Joanita (Savio) & Menino (Rita). Uncle of Randolf, Nicole, Stephanie, Kevin, Karen, Carol & Jonan. Funeral will take place at Mother of God Church, Pomburpa on Thursday, October 15th, 3:30pm. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Condolences to  For further details click here

Death: Rev. Fr. Robert (Robbie) D’Silva

Karachi. REV.FR ROBERT (ROBBIE) D’SILVA. Born in Karachi in 1925.He attended St Patrick's High School, Karachi, where he was a classmate of BJP President L.K. Advani. He studied theology in Shillong from 1944 and was ordained a priest in 1952. Funeral at St. Patricks Cathedral, Karachi on Saturday 17-Oct. Viewing at 09;30 hrs. Mass at 10:30 hrs. [Info: Pompie Gois]

News Summary

Sabrina De Sousa: Ex-CIA Agent Convicted in Italy Has Asked for a Pardon

14 Oct: ABC News. Sabrina De Sousa, who was arrested last week in Portugal on a European warrant, submitted the pardon request last year, lawyer Dario Bolognesi told The Associated Press. He said that he expects to meet with Judicial Ministry officials later this month… De Sousa, who was born in India and holds both U.S. and Portuguese passports, told a court in Lisbon that she had been living in Portugal and intends to settle there. She was on her way to visit her elderly mother in India with a round-trip ticket when she was detained. She was released from custody after surrendering her passports, while a Portuguese court decides whether to surrender her to Italy.  click here
13 Oct: Il Tempo (Italy). 007 Arrested and Freed …  click here

Sabrina de Souza: How Long Will It Take to End Child Malnutrition: 15 or 150 Years?

13 Oct: Huffington Post. By Sabrina de Souza. “I want to be part of the generation that witnesses the elimination of child malnutrition. And I very well could be. But if things continue as they are, it's more likely to be my great-great granddaughter who witnesses this historical moment rather than myself. Last month, at the Sustainable Development Goal Summit, 193 countries unanimously committed to end child hunger and malnutrition by 2030. But will they collectively do what it takes to get the job done or will the world completely miss the mark? … 816 words.  click here
Sabrina de Souza was born in the UK in 1989. Her father, Frank, was born and raised in Nairobi and her mother, Tina, is Finnish. For her Linkedin profile,  click here
To follow Sabrina de Souza on Twitter click here.

Pope Francis issues 'extraordinary' apology over scandals

14 Oct: Times of India. Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican. The Vatican has been the focus of several controversies including the coming out of a gay priest and the leak of a controversial letter, while the pontiff himself ended up in the headlines for a gaffe which helped oust Rome's mayor…  click here

Goa to witness the 7th Semana Da Cultura Indo–Portuguesa (Goa)

14 Oct: Herald. The seventh edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) is all set to begin with a celebration of Indian and Portuguese culture including art, cinema, music, cuisine, films and more. The event will include interactive sessions on Goan culture, a fado singing competition, a film festival, music workshops, photography exhibition and a two day food and music festival … The celebrations will kick off with an interactive session on Goan Diaspora on the November 6, 2015. Continuing with the celebrations the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) will host the fado singing competition on November 15 at Institute Menezes Braganza hall. The event will also bring to movie buffs, a distinct selection of films from Lusofonian countries …  click here

'Escaping' to Goa

14 Oct: Herald. … By Dale Luis Menezes who is based at Leiden University, The Netherlands, The urban Indians, especially those privileged by caste and class, are at it again. The Condé Nast Traveller India last month carried a two-part article by Revati Upadhya on “How to move to Goa”. While Upadhya’s article is ostensibly about how urban Indians, tired of the rat-race and the hamster-wheel of metropolitan India, can leave it all for the quiet and peaceful life in Goa, what is unmistakable is the trope of ‘escape’ in her article… landing back in Goa that makes me feel at peace again. As I exit the airport and drive down the tree-lined highway back to Dona Paula, I feel my breathing slow down again. It is precisely such a desire of Indian and global elites for a piece of Goan lifestyle which is creating conditions that are making Goan real estate unaffordable for the average Goan… 990 words.  click here

Kuwait: Football: Goa Maroons hold defending champions Don Bosco Oratory

14 Oct: Arab Times. The much awaited Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) Season 2015-16 kicked off 9th October 2015 at Bayan Grounds with a modest opening ceremony… The day kicked off with the KIFF League matches for JP D’Mello Rolling Trophy. KIFF League consists of 16 teams divided into 2 groups playing in a round-robin league. Top 4 teams from each group qualify for the next phase of the league which will be a knockout. The participating clubs for the season are Goan Overseas Association, United Goans Centre, YRC Rising Stars, Navelim Youth. At the link select "continue to use"  click here

Human rights massacre at Colvale jail

14 Oct: Herald. Not 9 but 50 prisoners called in batches and thrashed mercilessly by jail guards; CM confirms prisoners were beaten on orders of jail superintendent; No one knows why jail guards behaved like mad brutes ...  click here
Editorial: Colvale jail massacre was fully planned. 14 Oct: Herald. Goa officially plunged into the depths of macabre brutality, perpetrated by men-in-uniform. While the assault on ten of them is bad enough, it is now certain that this was no ordinary beating of a few foreign nationals by rogue jail guards. … This was a murder attempt carried out under the watchful and strict supervision of the now suspended Jail Superintendent Melvyn Vaz…  click here

It's 19 vehicles per family in Mapusa
15 Oct: Navhind Times. Mapusa has the highest ratio of vehicles to households followed by Bicholim, Pernem and Margao… every household in Mapusa owns 19 vehicles on an average … Panaji surprisingly is placed at the fifth position in the list, with the vehicle to household ratio being 6:1…  click here

Curry fans tikka walk on wild side
14 Oct: Metro (London). Chicken tikka masala could lose its place as Britain's most popular curry as diners become more adventurous. The Indian restaurant staple remains the No.1 choice of 19 per cent of us, ahead of jalfrezi and biryani on 13 per cent, a survey revealed. But 16 per cent opted for authentic regional specialities, including Goan fish curry … [Not online]


Bettina Gracias

DOCUMENTARY: Sunday Feature. BBC Radio Three. Sunday 18th October. 18:45 to 19:30. Writer Jeet Thayil follows in the footsteps of the beat poet Allen Ginsberg who travelled round India in the early 60s inspiring the hippy generation's passion for Indian culture.

DOCUMENTARY: Being Bhaijaan. Channel 4. Tuesday 20th October. 01:00 to 01:55. Documentary exploring masculinity and the influence of film stars in India. Channel 4's Indian film season continues with a quintet of Bollywood movies, beginning on Thursday.

DOCUMENTARY: Being Gay in Pakistan. BBC 3.Tuesday 20th October. 21:00 to 22:00. Mawaan Rizwan asks what life is really like for gay people in Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal and considered by some as a disease and LGBT rights are limited.

FILM: Chennai Express. Channel 4. Thursday 22nd October 2015. 00:30 to 02:55. Forty-year-old Mumbai bachelor Rahul boards the Chennai Express assuming he's on a straightforward train journey to holiday with friends in Goa but his life is turned upside down when he meets Meenamma on the train.

DRAMA: Bettina Gracias - Asha's World. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Thursday 22nd October. 11:15 to 12:00 & 21.15 to 22.00. Comedy drama. Asha is outraged when her mother arranges a blind date for her with a handsome Indian doctor . She asks a friend to impersonate her. Stars Archie Panjabi.
Bettina Gracias, traces her Goan roots to Assolna. Her mother is Austrian and her father is Goan. Her grandfather, Luis Gracias, used to be in Kenya. For more info about her click here.

DOCUMENTARY: My Son the Jihadi. Channel 4. Thursday 22nd October. 21:00 to 22:00. In 2011, This powerful programme documents Thomas - a loving, mild-mannered 'normal teenage lad' who becomes Abdul Hakim, the jihadi-preaching Islamist. Aged just 21 he travelled to Somalia to join a deadly Islamist jihadi terrorist group behind multiple atrocities in Kenya, including the Westgate shopping attack. Thomas became the only known white British man to join the terror group.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Date: Friday 23rd October. 03:00 to 04:10. Before We Forget. An intimate and unflinchingly honest film of two women with dementia who live in an Asian society where terminal illness and dying remain taboo.

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