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Death: Annunciation (Anne) Fernandes

11 Oct: South Croydon, UK ANNUNCIATION (ANNE) FERNANDES. Ex Parklands, Nairobi. Born in Cortalim, Goa in 1923. Wife of (late) John Adolph Fernandes. Devoted mother to Hermia and Derek, Loving Grandmother to Lisa. Great Grandmother of Matthew. She died peacefully in her home with her loving family by her side. Funeral details will be confirmed in due course. Condolences to News Summary

Canada: Hector Jacques: Inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax

11 Oct: CBC (Canada). Scott Brison, Nova Scotia's federal cabinet minister is defending the Trudeau government's refusal to fund a major expansion at the Port of Halifax while pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into rival Canadian ports… Brison also revealed that Hector Jacques, the chairman of the Halifax Port Authority, has stepped back from recent remarks suggesting the Halifax expansion is vital to the national interest and analogous to the Trans Mountain pipeline. "I have a letter from Mr. Jacques saying his comments were misrepresented, misquoted and apologizing for the impression that they created," Brison said. Hector Jacques is the chairman of the Halifax Port Authority … Speaking recently at Halifax Port Days, Jacques made the case for the Halterm expansion, saying without it trade would land in U.S. ports… 896 words.  For further details click here
Video: 9 Oct: Halifax Port Days 2018 - Chairman's Breakfast Hector Jacques, O.C. …  
For the Goan Voice profile of Hector Jacques, .

Goa Arts and Literature Festival kicks off on Dec 6

12 Oct: UNI. The ninth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG) from December 6 to 8, 2018. GALF 2018 will be inaugurated by two of India’s most celebrated writers. On December 6, at the heritage Maquinez Palace complex in the city, the festival will open with keynote addresses by eminent novelist and writer, Shashi Deshpande, and the multi-disciplinary literary son of the soil, Jerry Pinto… This year’s edition of Goa’s homegrown arts and literature bonanza features exclusive book releases by the acclaimed American biographer Deborah Baker, the celebrated British historian David Gilmour, leading Goan diaspora author Suneeta Peres da Costa (photo) …  For further details
To access the GALF sire for more details and updates,  

Gulf Goans ensure Goa’s well-being and future

13 Oct: Herald. By Teotonio R. de Souza. It is rare, and for this very reason important and urgent, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of any individual who devotes himself beyond his own personal needs to meet the needs of others… Antony Veronica Fernandes had been my Facebook friend since past many years because I was impressed by his involvement in promoting Goan tiatr and his familiarity with individual tiatrists … My stay last month at Hotel Goan Heritage, a joint venture that resulted from the initiative of a group of Kuwaiti Goans, gave me a better opportunity to know more closely and experience the generosity of Antony Veronica Fernandes, who played a pioneering role in this hotel project … In August this year Veronica Fernandes celebrated his 70th birth anniversary and he released a book and a video of his memories… (The author is Founder-Director of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research (Goa) 1979-1994). 871 words.  For further details
Video: Anthony Veronica Fernandes... on the release of his book about expat life in Kuwait …  

Bringing back the Konkani golden oldies

13 Oct: Herald. Konkani golden oldies had a charm of their own and every true blue Goan is sure to know the lyrics of those meaningful and well composed songs… Two songs from Chris Perry’s album ‘Golden Hits’ that was released in 1973 – ‘Kazarachem Utor’, originally sung by H Britton, and ‘Piti Piti Mog’ by Antonette – are back in the limelight as they were recently featured in a mash-up video created by DnT Band comprising Denzil Pereira and Trisca Fernandes. In a week’s time, the song has gained numerous shares and over 55,000 views. DnT was formed nine years ago and is now well known in the Bollywood and corporate circuit, having a wide repertoire and having been part of events in countries like United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Germany and Switzerland. Denzil, from Canacona, is a singer, music director and lyricist while Trisca, who was born in Dubai, is a trained Hindustani classical vocalist… Dr Hubert Gomes and his wife, Risoleta, have made their onscreen debut with this video… Trisca says, “We have just returned from the UK after our gigs in Europe and the most amazing feeling was to be featured on an international radio channel in the UK, where we sang Konkani songs …  For further details
Video: Romantic Konkani Classics- Kazarachem Utor/Piti Piti Mog / DnT The Band. 4m. 50s.  

Felt Yoga Institute would be ideal in Goa: Rahul D’Mello

13 Oct: Herald. A yoga Institute will be inaugurated at the Viva Chorao by the Union Minister Shripad Naik, Minister of State for Ayush. Ajit John spoke to Rahul D’Mello, co-ordinator for the Yoga institute and Darryl Fernandes, director of the hotel to find out more. Rahul D’Mello says, “ I spent time in England but I never forgot my Goa. I wanted to do something for the State… I do yoga and I felt it would be ideal to bring it to Goa… Darryl says, “It is a nature lovers paradise and we never thought of ourselves as a resort but when Rahul came over, he had the vision and he pushed it forward… we are getting interest from people from all over the world and the country but the response from Goa has surprised me…  For further details

Congress Claims Majority In Goa, Wants Manohar Parrikar To Step Down

13 Oct: Outlook. Accusing the BJP of acting "power hungry" in Goa, the Congress on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar step down and it be allowed to prove majority by convening a special session of the state assembly… The opposition party also accused the BJP of "betraying" the people of Goa and "killing governance" in the state… "A special session of the Goa Assembly should be immediately convened and there should be a floor test. This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and who has the rightful claim to head a democratic government," Chodankar said… In the 40-member state assembly, the Parrikar government has the support of 23 MLAs. These comprise 14 BJP MLAs, three each from the Goa Forward Party and MGP as well as three Independents. The opposition Congress is the single largest party in the Goa assembly with 16 MLAs…  For further details

Transparency survey reveals corruption rising in India

11 Oct: New Indian Express. Corruption has gone up in the country during last one year, according to a survey by Transparency International India. In the survey, conducted in association with the online community platform Local Circles, about 56 per cent citizens admitted to paying bribe during the last one year. During last year’s survey, 45 per cent of the participants had admitted to paying bribes. To another question on availability of anti-corruption helpline, 91 per cent of the respondents said either their states had no anti-corruption helpline or they were not aware about the existence of such helpline. This shows a lack of will from the states to ensure that citizens get involved in the fight against corruption…  For further details
For the full (30 pages) Transparency International India report,  

Modernising Mormugao Port May Not Be the Ultimate Answer to Goa's Problems

13 Oct: The Wire. By Tania Devaiah. One of India’s oldest and largest ports, Mormugao Port is about to see some major changes if things go according to plan for the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). The latest proposal for modernisation and expansion of this port is being hailed by the port authorities as the ultimate answer to the problems of the state. But curiously, bundled along with the proposal to build a brand new fishing harbour are five other proposals – to build a liquid cargo berth which will handle petroleum, oil, lubricants (POL), LPG etc. This bouquet of projects was set to be scrutinised by the citizens living in a ten-km impact radius at a public hearing on October 5… It was clear that the district administration wanted to finish the proceedings in one day and not allow a repeat of last year’s marathon seven-day public hearing. Of 44 registered speakers on Day 1, 19 presented detailed objections quoting problematic and confusing sections of the EIA… Goa citizens are no strangers to the public hearing process … October 5, 2018 too proved to be a demonstration of citizens exercising their right to participate in democratic decision making, especially as it relates to the survival of their livelihood and future generations… 1718 words.  For further details


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UK: Abraham Fernandes: Singing together for FC Goa

13 Oct: Herald. UK based Abraham Fernandes recently released an FC Goa cheer song, ‘This is how we play’, which is going viral on social media. Away from home and the matches of the team, Abraham shares his love for football and the team and hopes the Cup comes home this season … Born in Ponda, Abraham Fernandes moved to the UK in 2016 and started working at a Radio Station (Sunrise Radio) in Manchester and still works there… The song was recorded at Abraham’s home in Manchester “The song is a dedication from me and us Goans here in the UK and their tribute toward our team in Goa…  
Video: Abraham Fernandes: FC Goa New Song |This is how we play| 2m. 59s.  

Canada: Brian Athaide’s Cannabis Company Is Undervalued And Is Poised To Shock The Markets

11 Oct: Seeking Alpha. Canada will be completely legal for recreational cannabis use on October 17, 2018. The Green Organic Dutchman has constructed a management team with over 125+ years of experience in the cannabis, pharmaceutical, retail, and beverage markets … Regardless of your personal or political views, there is a growing trend in cannabis becoming legal for medical and recreational purposes … I believe The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX:TGODF) is grossly undervalued and has the potential to become the premier brand in the cannabis space… it has a proven leadership team and a phenomenal organizational structure to carry out their objectives… Leadership and proven talent will take The Green Organic Dutchman to the promise land …  For further details
Video: CNBC (Canada). Brian Athaide, CEO of Green Organic Dutchman, joins "Power Lunch" to discuss the booming business of the marijuana industry and what is fueling the growth...  
4 Dec: 2017. Globe & Mail (Canada). Brian Athaide, 49, says, "I was born in Bangladesh, my parents [are] from Goa, India, so my mom's first language is Portuguese. They lived in Pakistan - with the violence and animosity, they wanted to immigrate for better quality of life, better opportunities for our family. My dad came in 1971, landing in Montreal. He was a textile engineer, got a job in a mill in Brandon, Man. The rest of us, my mom a teacher and three older sisters, moved in 1972 when I was three. A church congregation helped us settle in… .
9 Oct: National Post (Canada). Father Raymond J. de Souza: Cannabis causes harm. But no one cares …

Australia: Kiara Rodrigues: Meet 2018 Country Music Artists

11 Oct: The Daily Examiner (Australia). … Kiara Rodrigues. Victorian born and Queensland based, Kiara Rodrigues is the very essence of diversity. Her compelling tones and vibrant personality leave her audiences mesmerised. At just 25 years of age, her performances emulate a sense of maturity well beyond her years… The release of her EP I’m Gonna Be Fine was received with abundant success as the title track soared to #5 on the Australian Country iTunes Chart. Her fresh and contemporary sound is equally matched by her ability to deliver the timeless classics, making her an ideal ambassador for country music…  
Kiara was born in Australia, the daughter of Jude and Melanie from Bombay who trace their Goan roots to Margao and Mapuca. Video: You Tube. Kiara Rodrigues - I’m Gonna Be Fine … 3m. 19s.  
For the Kiara Rodrigues website with more videos, photos, music, etc. .

Germany: Collien Fernandes fights against eternal stereotypes with her first own children's book.

11 Oct: Stern (Germany). Actress, presenter and author Collien Ulmen Fernandez (36) has had enough: The 36-year-old is challenging the role models embedded in our society so deeply. With her first children's book "Lotti and Otto: A story about boys and girls stuff", which was released on September 7, she is fighting for more role diversity in children's books. After all, all of these stories would have an impact on the children: "In girls, the appearance is very much in the foreground, boys must be active fighters." Her daughter also came with "total role clichés from kindergarten". As she and her husband Christian Ulmen respond to it, and on which topic the couple lives the classic roles, explains Ulmen-Fernandes in an interview with the news agency spot on news…  For further details
6 May. 2010. Goan Voice. Collien Fernandes Voted Sexiest Woman in the World …  
Wikipedia: Collien Fernandes was born in Hamburg, Germany to a father of Goan origin and a Hungarian mother. She has one younger sister, Elaine… .

The great Indian hip scam

12 Oct: Herald. Report by Gladstone D’Costa, an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Virtually any joint in either of the extremities can be replaced today. In western countries the most common is the hip joint. In Asians there is a genetic preponderance of knee replacements… Against the background of the chaos in the international scene over the use of metal on metal hip implants, the situation in India was appalling. The company J&J, and its local subsidiary DePuy continued to sell the implants in India in spite of the serious developments in UK, USA, Australia, NZ and Europe; even as compensation figures were being discussed in the US… 15820 prostheses were imported, records of 4700 surgeries were traced 1295 were returned. That left 9825 unaccounted for. This country neither has a joint registry programme like the UK, nor does it have a culture of publishing failure rates… In summary, it was criminally negligent of J&J and DePuy to foist on the Indian public a metal on metal hip prostheses with a high recorded failure rate reported more than 40 years back…  For further details

Climate change, unsustainable development quickly coming together to imperil Goa’s water security

12 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. This past month was the driest September since detailed statistics have been kept. One result is devastated rice cultivation, down 20% or more… it’s already clear rainfall deficits will be alarmingly high in 2018, at least 19% overall. To be sure, even this bad news is no reason to panic. Lush, riparian Goa is still amply blessed with water resources thanks to the spectacular Western Ghats biosphere … But despite these precious advantages, trouble is unmistakably gathering for this rain-drenched paradise…  For further details

Amitabh Bachchan and his bond with Goa

12 Oct: Bollywood Hungama. Goa has always brought the best out of some of the greatest people, especially those with a creative bent of mind and if there is one man who loves being in Goa whenever he finds the opportunity, it is none other than Amitabh Bachchan … Amitabh was in Goa during the last weekend to be one of the speaker at the THINK festival … He has a very old bond with Goa. His very first film, Saat Hindustani was entirely shot in Goa … His first film as the leading man was Bombay To Goa … He next shot for a film in Goa when he was a very big star was in a film called The Great Gambler … The next time Amitabh was in Goa was for the shooting of a very big film called Pukaar,.. Amitabh has been visiting Goa whenever he has the time or has to attend some meeting, some seminar or some conference … “There is that amazing magic about the place which gives you a feeling that you are not of this world but some other much more beautiful and mesmerizing world”, Amitabh says …  For further details

Export Inspection Council to monitor quality of fish imports into Goa

12 Oct: Herald. Export Inspection Council (EIC), the competent authority for certification of seafood for export registered with the Government of India, will now monitor the quality of fish that is imported to Goa. EIC will also test the quality of milk, fruits and vegetables that are imported in the State… EIC will set up a State-of-the-art facility in Goa, which will be the central point for entire Goa and Konkan region… The decision was taken during a meeting with Union Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu held on Thursday to discuss the issue regarding the presence of formaldehyde in fish in Goa…  For further details



Death: Raymond D'Souza

2 Oct: Mitcham, London, UK. Raymond D'Souza. Born 1924. Ex Nairobi. Loving husband of Succorina, Father of Timmy/Vivian, Flavia/Andrew, Anthony/Lily, Monica/David, Gerry/Paulina & Romeo passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside. The Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 18th October 2018 at at 1pm; thereafter, at . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to: Ss. Peter & Paul Church, in aid of the 'Building for the Lord' Project. Cremation details will be announced at the Mass. Condolences to News Summary

Portuguese Police detain two foreign nationals with fake passports

11 Oct: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). Portuguese Police (SEF) detained in Lisbon two foreign nationals with fake passports, one of whom is in possession of Portuguese documents issued on the basis of false Indian documentation, said the security service… this scheme of obtaining fraudulent Portuguese nationality is already known to the Portuguese authorities… SEF recalls that in 2016 they investigated and dismantled an international criminal organization that, in exchange for large amounts of money, was able to fraudulently obtain Portuguese nationality and consequent issuance of Portuguese documents to foreign nationals, allegedly born in the former territories of Goa, Daman and Diu. The two detainees, aged 25 and 32, were presented to the court and await their expulsion … SEF detects eight false documents at Lisbon airport in one day ...  For further details

5 new places to savor South Asian fare in New York City

10 Oct: ABC (New York). … Cardamom is an Indian spot located at 43-45 43rd St. in Sunnyside, Queens. Chef-owner Alwyn Gudhino is influenced by the recipes he learned in his grandmother's kitchen in the Goan region of India, according to an interview with the Sunnyside Post. The house specialties include Indo-Portuguese dishes like the Xacutti curry, prepared with fresh coconut… The new arrival's current Yelp rating of four stars out of 29 reviews indicates the newcomer has received a solid response so far… Cardamom is open from noon-10:30 p.m. daily.  For further details
Sunnyside Post: Cardamom Indian Restaurant Opens on 43rd Street, Chef Offers His Grandma’s Traditional Recipes …  
For the Cardamom website, .

Non-Resident Indians: Are they contributing to India’s growth?

11 Oct: News D. India will hold its 15th NRI Convention from January 21 to 23 in Varanasi. But does it hold any purpose for the country at all? Critics say it has turned into a rich NRIs’ platform where poor diaspora has hardly any say on any matter related to NRIs. While this comment is largely true, but it will be improper to trash the importance of the platform which aims to help diaspora bond with the country of their origin and bring out the best out of them in terms of knowledge, skill and investments… officials from the finance ministry and the RBI are discussing a plan to raise money from non-resident Indians. Earlier too, India has resorted to bond sales and dollar deposits to overseas Indians to attract foreign funds and ward off pressure on the rupee… A study by the Harvard Law School said that 50 per cent NRIs embraced India again after spending decades in the comfort of Western life…  For further details

India aspires to become ‘second cheapest destination in the world’

11 Oct: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). India’s Ministry of Tourism has ambitions. Like other countries across the globe, it wants to welcome more visitors. How? By becoming the “second cheapest tourist destination in the world” … However it has some work to do. Price of Travel, a website dedicated to determining the true cost of a destination, places the Indian state of Goa at No 9 on its list of 31 Asian destinations ranked by price, cities in Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines having come in as cheaper. Price of Travel estimates a backpacker could exist on a daily US.6 in Hanoi, US.5 in Hoi An or US.9 in Ho Chi Minh City, but would have to fork out US.4 in Goa …  For further details
For the Price of Travel: 31 Asia cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018,  

UK: Ethnicity pay gap: Firms may be forced to reveal figures

11 Oct: BBC. Companies may be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under plans unveiled by the prime minister to help minorities at work. Theresa May has launched a consultation on whether mandatory reporting will help address disparities between the pay and career prospects of minorities. She acknowledged that minorities often "feel like they are hitting a brick wall" at work. The move follows the decision to make firms reveal their gender pay gaps… The government's Race Disparity Audit last year showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain's white and ethnic minority populations…  For further details
11 Oct: Financial Times (UK). How big is Britain’s ethnic pay gap? …  
4 Oct: UK Government. Ethnicity facts and figures: Work, pay and benefits: Average hourly pay .

In Goa, 13% of married women experience violence

11 Oct: Times of India. Goa might be considered as one of the few developed states in the country as far as women empowerment and safety is concerned, yet 13% of married women in Goa have experienced spousal violence of which over 15% are from urban areas, while nearly 9% are from rural areas. … Among women, aged 15-49, 12 % have experienced physical violence and 1% have experienced sexual violence… Almost 11% of married women report having been slapped by their husband; 2-3% report being pushed, shaken, or having something thrown at them; having their arm twisted or hair pulled; being punched; or being kicked, dragged, or beaten up, the survey said…  For further details

Going beyond xacuti and cafreal, an old cookbook serves the delights of Goan Catholic cuisine

11 Oct: Scroll. … One characteristic of the Goan Catholic cuisine is the use of toddy vinegar or coconut vinegar. The sweet and sour flavour of the vinegar is what gives so many of Goan dishes its unique piquancy. The Hindus of the region though, prefer to use kokum as a souring agent… A cookbook that provides an insight into the cuisine, without being intimidating for a beginner, is Joyce Fernandes’ Goan Cookbook. The first edition of the cookbook came out in 1984 and has been a constant on the bookshelves of Goan housewives since… On Traditional Goan Foodies, a Facebook group with 1.48 lakh members, pictures of dishes cooked from Joyce’s books pop up frequently… The book is 71 pages long, with 105 recipes… 1084 words.  For further details

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Sat. 20 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 45th Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus on Saturday 20th October 2018 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Heston.TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by super Goan band The Big Dream and they will be an authentic Goan buffet. Dress to Impress: Formal - Theme Colour is Sapphire Blue. Rights of Admission Reserved. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, .

Sat. 10 Nov: GOA UK - Mass for the Deceased at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cranmer Rd, Mitcham CR4 4LD. Mass will start at 1pm sharp. Please bring a picture of your loved one who passed away if you want to pray for his/her Soul. After Mass, Get together at the Parish Hall. Tickets: £7.50 per head, inclusive of a three Course meal and a drink. Contact : Nina Pinto 07930 574653/ 02087670663, Bella Fernandes 07949 233307 or Ravi Vaz 07909 927539

Sun. 18 Nov. Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 39th Feast at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden KT3 5PE. Come and join us in celebrating our Feast commencing with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by an afternoon/evening of celebration and dancing to the fabulous music of Rainbow's End. Tickets are inclusive of snacks and a hot meal. Dress Code: Formal/Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. For the flyer with full details,

Sun. 25 Nov: Fr. Agnelo's Day at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy @ 1.30pm. 91st Commemoration Mass. Celebrants: Most Rev. Felipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa & Daman and Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

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Death: Ephrem Pedro De Souza Rodrigues (Jim)
29 Sep: Welling, London, UK. EPHREM PEDRO DE SOUZA RODRIGUES (Jim). Born Nairobi 1933. Devoted husband to Maria (Deceased) and eldest son of the late Emilio and Elizabeth De Souza Rodrigues. Brother of Dorothea (Deceased), Placida, Elvira, Dahlia and Osorio. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church, 420a Long Lane, Bexleyheath, DA7 5JW on Tuesday 16th Oct at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at Hillview Cemetery, Wickham Street, Welling, DA16 3DA. Donations in lieu of flowers to: Action on Elder Abuse: https://www.elderabuse.org.uk/ or Mary’s Meals: https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/ Condolence emails to:

Death: Francis Xavier De Souza

10 Oct: Mississauga, Ontario. FRANCIS XAVIER DE SOUZA. Born September 24th 1928. Formerly from Zanzibar, Mwanza and Dar es salaam in Tanzania. He died peacefully at the Trillium Hospital in Mississauga at 5.30am where he was admitted for the past two months, surrounded by his family. Francis is survived by his wife Lena, children Sandra / Mario; Sydney / Karen; Sabrina / Rex; and Samantha; grandchildren: Jason, Jennifer / Jay, Mathew, Cyrus and Savannah.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. on Friday October 12 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2340 Hurontario St. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Interment Glen Oaks Cemetery, Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 11:00 AM. Condolences to For full details, .

Death: Ashmi Pinto
28 Sep: Wembley, UK. ASHMI PINTO. Ex Colva, Goa. Born 1979. Beloved wife of Tiago (Terry). Loving mother of Toviah and Jeremiah. Daughter of late Bosco Aguiar and Noemy Aguiar. Daughter in law of late Antonio Pinto & late Purity Pinto. Sister/Sister in law of Ashwini, Ashryl/Derrick. Sister in law of late Reena, Benny/Patsy, Teresa/Gabriel, Nerry, late Leslie, Brilla/Bismarco. Loving Aunt to Zoe, Ziva and Zach, Allan, Yahnica, Joshua, Jason, Jordan, Zacariah, Zoriah & Zairah. The funeral service will be held at the Alperton Cemetery Wembley UK on 11th October 2018. Photo. .

Death: Teodolina A. Couto

8 Oct: Mumbai. TEODOLINA A. COUTO. Born 28 Apr. 1938. Ex Aldona & Assonora. Goa. Wife of (late) Salvador. Mother of Peter /Amanda, Marina, Agnello. Olympia & Joseph. Grandmother of Denzil & Olivia. Sister of Teotonio Fernandes. Funeral Mass 10 Oct. at 10.30 a.m. at Haines Road Cemetery Chapel (Worli), followed by burial. News Summary

Video: The Goan Star of Zanzibar

8 Oct: You Tube. By Nalini Elvino de Sousa. Recently I was in Tanzania and realised that many Goans were born in Tanzania - not only in Dar es Salaam but also in Zanzibar. Many returned to Goa, other migrated to Canada and US. I followed one of many stories, that of Dr. Manuel Francisco de Albuquerque who was the personal physician of 2 sultans in Zanzibar. His house in Anjuna is a remembrance of his days in Zanzibar. Thank you Pedro Manuel Pombo for helping me with the filming in Zanzibar… 7m. 16s.  For further details
Nalini Elvino de Sousa has been living in Goa, India for the past 20 years. She is a film director/producer, social worker, anchor, movie lover, video blogger and traveller. For her website,  
For the Goan Travellers website with links to Goa, India and World travel tips, .

Victor C. Soares: Radisson Blu Goa

10 Oct: Travel Trends Today. Radisson Blu Goa has appointed Victor C. Soares as Senior General Manager of the hotel. In his career span, Victor has worked with various organisations all across the globe ranging from the land of seven wonders Egypt to Royal Orchid, Tanzania. He has been responsible for planning, organising and executing things at numerous leading organizations…  For further details
Victor Soares is ex-St. Teresa's School Nairobi & St. Thomas Goa. He was General Manager of Royal Orchid Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza, Tanzania. For his Linkedin profile,  

Goa: Charters drop, give tourism industry anxious moments

11 Oct: Herald. At a time when Goa’s tourism industry is keeping its fingers crossed, hoping for a good season amidst fierce competition from other affordable destinations, a significant drop in charter flights in the very first month has led to some anxious discussions on whether foreign arrivals will cross last season’s mark. The debate is relevant, as November could see a 30 percent fall in charter landings, even as slot allotment for many charter airlines have not yet been finalised… the schedule for October shows no sign of flights from any country apart from Russia, not even UK which otherwise brings in a substantial number of tourists to the State… The expectations for October, when compared to earlier seasons, indicates a very disappointing start to the 2018-19 tourist season…  For further details

Remembering M. Boyer By Selma Carvalho

10 Oct: Herald. Manual Santana Aguiar was better known as M. Boyer. His father and my grandmother were brother and sister … “Boyer left for Bombay in 1952,” Martha, his widow, tells me. Possibly, his first performance was in 1952 and he made a more permanent shift in 1954. Assolna de Kamat took the young Boyer to Bombay to act in one of his plays, Gunneanv Tuzo, staged at Bhangwadi Theatre in Dhobitalao… In Bombay, Boyer stayed at the St. Michaels of Raia kudd … He performed alongside stage veterans such as C. Alvares and Anthony Mendes appearing at the Bhangwadi, the Birla Auditorium, Rang bhavan and St. Mary’s School hall, most of them in and around Goan enclaves of Dhobitalao and Byculla…  For further details

Ending India's gap between rich and poor Catholics

10 Oct: La Croix International. Archbishop Anil Joseph Couto of Delhi noted that in Poona Diocese rich and influential people mingle with others who are poor and not so well educated. He added that the social divide seen among Catholics of high caste and lower caste elsewhere did not exist in this diocese… The diocesan community consists of three ethnically different linguistic groups speaking Konkani, Marathi and Hindi. But the group has broken the barrier of language and people of different languages mingle with each other easily … poor Catholic families are provided regular rations of groceries by some donors in the group … Bishop Mascarenhas said the future of the church in India was to build communities on the pillars of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice… 908 words.  For further details

Govt to provide fresh documents for destroyed birth records

10 Oct: Times of India. With the government designating officers to oversee reconstruction of destroyed or mutilated records of birth and marriage, relief is in sight for those looking to secure fresh authentic documents. The reconstruction process under the Goa Reconstruction of Records and Registers Act, 2005, has been initiated and the government is looking for cooperation from document-seekers. “A provision has been made for a summary inquiry to allow any person to help reconstruct records with existing documents or supporting documents available with them,” state registrar cum head of notary services Ashutosh Apre said…  For further details

Drugs, deaths and false promises: Goa’s Molotov cocktail

10 Oct: Goa Spotlight. The death of a 24 year old Hyderabad boy who was partying at Hilltop club, Vagator, due to suspected drug overdose (reportedly consumed outside the club) recently … Between January 1 till October 7 this year, nearly 74 kgs of narcotics substance has been seized the cost of which in international market is approximately Rs 1.87 crore… In September 2017, Chief Minister asking MLAs to provide him any information available on drugs or related activities …  For further details


DOCUMENTARY: Sticks and Stones. Together TV (Freeview 63). Sat. 13th Oct. 22:00 to 23:00. Ex-So Solid Crew rapper Asher D (AKA Ashley Walters) explores how and why racially offensive language has become such an ingrained part of our lives.
DRAMA: Partition: Borders of Blood. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Mon. 15th Oct. 08:00 to 09:00. More than 70 years after the partition of India, Al Jazeera examines the history and troubled legacy of the event that shaped the subcontinent.

DOCUMENTARY: My Second Restaurant in India. Channel: W. BT 383; TalkTalk 311; Sky?: ?809. Mon.15th Oct. 20:30 to 21:00. Cookery series following MasterChef Australia contestant Sarah Todd as she opens her second venture in India [first one was in Goa], this time concentrating her efforts in Mumbai.
HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Empire-ical Evidence. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Wed. 17th Oct. 18:30 to 19:00. episode 2. Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal trace the rise and fall of the British Empire by looking at what's been left behind, in a combination of location recording and stand-up comedy.
DOCUMENTARY: Ainsleys Gourmet Express. Together TV (Freeview 63). Wed. 17th Oct. 20:00 to 20:45. Ainsley explains how to recreate our favourite Indian and Chinese takeaways at home, with recipes including noodle-wrapped crisp-fried prawns and lamb shank rogan josh.(2/6).
COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. Food Network (Freeview 41). Wed. 17th Oct. 21:00 to 21:30. Cornish Indian Dishes. Anjum Anand meets cooks Nirmal and Louis in Cornwall, where they have been asked to launch a curry night at the local pub and hope to win over the customers by using fish - the region's favourite food - in their dishes. 21:30 to 22:00. Garden Party. Anjum tests the new-found skills of her novices as she hosts a garden party. All are challenged to cook an Indian dish for the others to try, with the food writer and chef herself preparing a spiced leg of lamb known in India as a raan.
DOCUMENTARY: Dangerous Borders. BBC 2. Wed. 17th Oct. 23:15 to 00:15. A Journey Across India and Pakistan. Journalists Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma are on the second part of their epic journey taking them both through the province of Punjab, along the volatile border that divides India and Pakistan. This lush, densely populated region was split in two at Partition and nowhere is the division more keenly felt. Series 1, Episode 2.



Death: Wilfred (Wilfie) Rocha
6 Oct: Mississauga. WILFRED ROCHA. Born 1939. Visitation: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:30am – 10:00 a.m. Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home 211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6 Funeral Mass Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home Cremation Assumption Catholic Cemetery 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T3Z6 [Info: Pompie Gois] .

News Summary

Video: India Today exposes Sanatan Sanstha's role in terror attacks

9 Oct: India Today. India Today sting on Sanatan Sanstha terror links creates massive political ripples… two sadhaks of the Goa-based right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha have made startling confessions to India Today TV's special investigation team about their involvement in the terror attacks…Goa Police officers admitted that the P.W.D. Minister’s wife was working with the organisation and that political pressure was preventing them from competing the probe … 40m. 49s.  For further details
9 Oct: India Today. Goa Congress chief lauds India Today sting on Sanatan Sanstha terror links India Today18:13  
9 Oct: NDTV. Sanatan Sanstha Working For Hindu Religion, Says Goa Minister . The public works department minister admitted that his family has been associated with the Sanatan Sanstha… .

Canada: Lindsay Pereira: I Was Taught Indian Men Like Me Don't Cry

8 Oct: Huffington Post Canada. Lindsay Pereira Journalist, columnist, editor, digital strategist and massive Tori Amos fan. I was raised in a small Roman Catholic corner of Mumbai, India, a part of the world that simply didn't teach men to accept death, let alone deal with the emotions it leaves in its wake… We shied away from displays of grief … My father armed me with no clues — my uncles with no pointers on how they coped with their own losses… I fail to understand why men are held to this stoicism where I come from… I find it strange that my culture in South Asia constructs gender roles that damage men and women in different ways, holding them to ideals that are demeaning at best and damaging at their worst… I find myself questioning the idea of what it means to be an South Asian man a lot more as I get older.  For further details
30 May: Huffington Post Canada. By Lindsay Pereira. Glenn Gould's Music Bridged The Gap When I Moved To Toronto From India …  

Synod tackles sexuality, role of women and abuse crisis

9 Oct: Crux. After a brief shout-out for the “communal and fraternal” atmosphere within the summit of bishops, speakers at a press briefing in the Vatican on Tuesday acknowledged that sexuality, the abuse crisis and the role of women in the Church are burning topics for many young people today. “Young people have been intervening during the meetings, challenging the Church,” said Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, (photo) president of the Indian episcopal conference, adding that he has “a renewed sense of hope for the Church after this meeting.” Bishops from around the world have convened at the Vatican this month to discuss the topics of young people, faith and discernment, just as clerical sexual abuse and cover-up scandals have mined the credibility of the Church worldwide…  For further details
9 Oct: Vatican News. Young people of Bombay Archdiocese in “Synodgy” with Rome Synod. The young people of India’s Bombay Archdiocese came together on celebrated “Synodgy 2018” in spiritual solidarity with the current Synod of Bishops on young people in Rome…  

Exhibition of Macau Porcelain in Goan Houses

9 Oct: Jornal Tribuna de Macau. The association "Somos" inaugurates today the photographic exhibition "Oriental Travel". More than photographs are a "peek" into the interior of Goan manor houses, where the porcelain of Macau continue to be present… The exhibition is a result of Nalini Elvino de Sousa's idea … The photographs show a series of porcelain collections from Macao, which inhabit Goan houses. "This type of objects helps to spread the heritage of this cultural exchange between both regions," she said… She got the idea from the services of tea and other pieces stored in "place of honor in the manor houses" and for that a photographic contest was organized that opened the doors of these houses to the photographers. The 20 images selected appear in a book, which is also a survey of these decorative pieces of Macao…  For further details

Goan dupes foreign tourist of ₹60K, held

9 Oct: Hindustan Times. A 51-year-old man from Goa named Robin Hood was arrested by the Azad Maidan police for allegedly cheating foreign tourists in south Mumbai. According to Azad Maidan police, Hood, who travelled to Mumbai from Goa every month, targeted foreigners roaming at Colaba Causeway, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, and other tourist spots. On September 30, Chain-fujaameen a 26-yearold Chinese cloth trader stated that a man had approached him and introduced himself as a UK citizen who had been robbed of his passport, visa, and wallet. Hood asked Chain to help him with money, saying his brother, who worked in the Union Agency in London, could return the cash in 24 hours. Chain gave him ₹60,000, and when he did not get it back the next day, he approached the police and registered a complaint… “Hood has confessed to another case in which he had taken ₹21,000 from a UK citizen. He has many cases against him at other police stations across south Mumbai,” the police officer said…  For further details

Couple wrongly stopped from flying out on dream £2k engagement honeymoon to Goa just one hour before flight

9 Oct: The Sun (UK). A couple have received a payout from holiday company TUI after they were wrongly stopped from jetting off for their engagement party in India just an HOUR before boarding - because of a passport blunder. John Swallow, 55, and his fiancée Amanda Bickerstaffe, 48, had forked out almost £2000 to join six friends for a two-week holiday in Goa… Amanda was horrified to be told “India wouldn’t let them in” because her passport was five days short of the six months required to travel - despite already being issued an Indian visa. The couple were then escorted back to the VIP lounge to say goodbye to their friends, who thought it was a prank, before getting their bags which had been taken off the plane. They were then escorted out of the airport… TUI denied any wrongdoing following the incident in November 2016 but after taking legal action, the couple have won £524 in compensation…  For further details

‘Goan girls also fall prey to exploitation’

9 Oct: Times of India. 18 Of 276 Girls Rescued Were Locals: Stats. It is not true that Goan girls are not vulnerable to commercial sex exploitation, voluntary organisation, Anyay Rahit Zidangi, said on Monday… over the past three years of the 276 girls rescued from commercial sexual exploitation, 18 were local girls… After the demolition of the red light area at Baina, it has become difficult to reach out to commercial sex workers as they are now dispersed all over the state…  For further details

New charter to Goa from Moscow

9 Oct. Travel. (Russia). In early October, launched a new charter chain from Moscow to the Indian state of Goa. The flights are carried out by the airline "Russia" on the order of the tour operator "Biblio-Globus". While departures are performed twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Interfax writes. Tourists travel to India aboard the double-decker wide-body Boeing-747-800. From October 23, it will be possible to fly along the route four times a week: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  For further details
9 Oct: Tourism Interfax (Russia). India expects more than 300 thousand Russian tourists in 2018, Anup Biswas, a representative of the Indian Ministry of Tourism, told reporters. “Following the results of 2018, we plan to take more than 300 thousand Russian travelers in India. Most of them, of course, prefer Goa …  
9 Oct: Travel Trade Russia. Indian travel agency to open in Moscow next year. Representatives of the Indian Tourism Ministry and the Indian Ambassador to Russia told reporters about plans to actively promote their country on the Russian travel market … .