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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 14 Feb. 2016


Death: Nolasco Almeida

12 Feb: Mascarenhas Ward, Goa-Velha. NOLASCO ALMEIDA. Born 1952. Son of late Mateus & Eliza Almeida. Loving brother of Fr. Mario (Brazil), Fr. Saturnino-sfx (Regional Superior, Agnel Region of Society of Pillar), Libania/Raymond Mendes. Mary/Agnel Silva. Doting uncle of Vijay/Maya (London). Savio/Sophia (Cardiff), Manisha/Vincy Fernandes (London), Mathew (Caribbean Cruises). Most precious grand uncle of Jaedon, Lisa & Mckyla. Expired under tragic circumstances. Funeral cortege will leave his residence on Monday, 15th February 2016 at 4.00 pm to St. Andrew's Church, Goa-Velha for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.

News Summary

Dr Neville Mascarenhas: The heart doctor with a sound heart

14 Feb: Herald. There’s good news for persons who have the condition called atrial fibrillation and are on lifelong anti- coagulants. A Goan cardiac surgeon based at Easton Hospital, Easton Pennsylvania, has pioneered a new treatment that does not involve drugs. Dr Neville Mascarenhas, also known as Dr Daniel Mascarenhas, took a ‘daring’ step forward and began using insertable cardiac monitors in patients with atrial fibrillation and has achieved good results… The cardiac surgeon from Navelim who studied at Bombay and then went on to the United States flies down to Goa twice a year and consults at the Goa America Heart Foundation at the CMM Hospital in Panjim that he helped set up…  click here

Is the Government serious in solving the citizenship issue?

13 Feb: Herald. By Jose Maria Miranda. The debate on the dual nationality for Goans seems to be never ending… People born in Goa before “Liberation” were Portuguese citizens. It is based on this that Portugal has granted them and their descendants for two generations, the facility of obtaining Portuguese passports. There are three main steps for obtaining a Portuguese passport. First is the registration of birth of someone born in Goa before 20/ 12/ 1961, the second is obtaining the “ Cartao de Cidadao” and the third is acquiring the passport…  click here

Minister’s ‘vermin’ gaffe, CM’s cover up, Goa isn’t in very good hands

14 Feb: Herald. Ramesh Tawadkar is not even aware of some of the countries whose publications have carried his remarks of paving the way for the culling of India’s national bird, the peacock by including it in the list of nuisance animals. Even as Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar stepped in to stem the damage caused by his loose cannon Agriculture Minister, it exposed the rot in the way the Parsekar cabinet functions…The BBC headlined the story “Goa proposes reclassifying peacock as ‘vermin’. The Guardian, UK’s media giant, too ran the story at a time when major national stories of India do not make it to its pages…  click here
Video: Goa 365. 13 Feb. 1m. 15s.  click here

Goan designer's 'Indian Ethical Fabrics' set to drape San Francisco

13 Feb: UNI. Having painstakingly achieved this feat, acclaimed Indian fashion designer Verma D’Mello has now been recognized with an invitation to showcase her work titled A paean to timeless India at the prestigious World Fashion Week 2016, due to take place in San Francisco USA on February 20, 2016. A lot of brainstorming has gone into this collection. The fabric, designs and creativity had to be put on the table before the outfits were ready, said Verma, who hails from South Goa. Verma is proud to exhibit her Goan influence and when given opportunities to showcase creations at international venues. Verma infuses a bit of Goa through music and performers at her shows. In fact, Verma has strove to promote Goan art and culture throughout her career in fashion…  click here
14 Feb: Herald.  click here

Arambol resists ‘development’ retains culture

13 Feb: Free Press Journal. Spiritual energy pervades the elements in Arambol – the small fishermen town in North Goa that attracts bohemian souls from around the world. Goa is symbolic of beach parties and cheap alcohol… a tourist zone that defines fun as all things loud, bizarre and bordering on illegality. Most, however, are unaware of the quaint beach town, Arambol, tucked away in a sweet spot along the northern end of Goan coastline that offers an alternate to seekers of all kinds. The peace and solitude of the place is perfect for those who have taken time off from their lives to rejuvenate, introspect and/or just experience a different lifestyle… 1627 words + photos.  click here

The chilly history

13 Feb: Daily News and Analysis. One of the many stories that Indians refuse to believe is the one of the chilly and its origins. It’s unfathomable as a layman to believe that Chillies are not Indian and are less than 300 years old. Well, true story and here it goes … Portuguese traders carried it from South America to settlements and nascent colonies in West Africa, in India and around East Asia. Within 30 years of Columbus' first journey, at least three different types of chili plants were growing in the Portuguese enclave of Goa. The chilies, which probably came from Brazil via Lisbon, quickly spread through the subcontinent, where they were used instead of black pepper. Yet it’s amazing how India took to Chilies and used them for all possible aspects, colour texture flavor and spice…  click here

Has Tony Fernandes put India on the back-burner?

13 Feb: Forbes India. The recent reports that AirAsia India CEO & MD Mittu Chandilya is quitting the airline brings to light what many aviation analysts have been talking about behind closed doors: that AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has put India on the back-burner… An individual, who has worked closely with the airline from the outside, believes that if Tony Fernandes had taken a more hands-on approach in the operations, the AirAsia India story would have been a lot different...“Things would have been much better if Fernandes had come to India, negotiated with various trade partners and also interacted with the regulators and the government. Most of AirAsia India’s problems are to do with regulations,” said a trade analyst, on condition of anonymity.  click here

Chris Hemsworth comically clings to his lingerie model wife Elsa Pataky

13 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). They've been sharing glimpses of their travels through India on social media over the last few days. And as Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky posed for a photo on a motorbike, they showed once more why they're one of Hollywood's most loved couples. The hunky Thor actor clung to his wife comically for the photo, wrapping his sculpted arms tightly around her waist from behind as he pulled a gawky face … On Wednesday, Chris shared a snap with his 2.4 million Instagram fans as he squatted down to greet a black and white cow in Goa …  click here

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