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Goan Voice Newsletter: Wednesday 17 Jan. 2018

News Summary

The extraordinary power of a 500-year-old arm

15 Jan: National Herald (UK). By Fr Raymond de Souza, St Francis Xavier’s right forearm and hand is travelling across Canada this month, evidence of a growing piety of relics… Among all relics of all the saints, I daresay that the forearm and hand relic of St Francis Xavier might just be the most impressive… I have a particular gratitude for the early Jesuit’s missionary fervour. As a son of Goa myself, in whose family the faith has been handed on for as many generations as we can count, it is a particular joy to welcome the relic to our chapel on campus. Now that Catholics from Goa are dispersed all over the world – especially in the United Kingdom and in Canada – the missionary fruit of St Francis Xavier is reaching new lands, even in the old world…  click here

Nairobi: City businesswoman acquitted of Sh4 million theft charge

15 Jan: The Star (Kenya). A businesswoman accused of stealing more than Sh4 million from a family business has been acquitted by a Nairobi court. Chief magistrate Doreen Mulekyo said the prosecution had failed to produce enough evidence for the court to find Gladys Rose Fernandes guilty of the charges levelled against her… The woman had been charged together with her late husband Salvacao Cipriano Fernandes with stealing Sh4,310,302 belonging to Advanced Catering Services. The couple and a relative, Stephen Joseph Vaz were directors of the company, which was incorporated in 1994… While testifying, Vaz alleged that the funds were credited to personal accounts of the couple, without board resolution… Fernandes chose to remain quiet while she was placed on her defence…  click here
1 Nov. 2016. Director denies Sh3.4m theft …  click here
27 Feb. 2017: Elderly city couple deny Sh4.3 million theft … click here.

Suresh Amonkar: Time to regain the dream called GOA

16 Jan: Times of India. In 1967, Goans underwent a trial by fire to protect Goenkarponn, the unique identity that defined them. In that struggle, Konkani—the soul of Goa—was their strength. Somewhere down the line Goans failed their mother tongue, and it begs to be saved… Personally, I feel that when statehood was granted to Goa, neither were adequate preparations made administratively, nor was a proper debate held by Goans about its functioning… Are we going to make Goa an English-speaking state or are we going to make it a state where concerted efforts are made to safeguard the interest of Konkani? … 1058 words.  click here
Suresh Amonkar was a teacher at the Goan School, Mombasa from 1956 to 1960. For an account of his family’s connection with the Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, Parra and New Goa High School Mapusa,  click here

Swindon: Carillion workers will decide on Saturday whether to strike

15 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. Carillion staff at GWH could go on strike in a dispute over holiday allowances… They say that insufficient staff numbers have left them unable to book holidays for this year… with the collapse of super-contractor Carillion today, it has thrown discussions over staff conditions into question… The GMB’s Mr Newman said: “It is already impossible for staff to take whole blocks of one or two weeks for most of the year.” … . The latest threat of strikes follows action in 2012, when GMB members went on strike for 21 days over accusations of discrimination and bullying at the hospital… Text + photos and 57+ comments  click here
4 Oct. 2012: Carillion accused of racial bias and intimidation by Swindon hospital ... The Guardian (UK)  click here
8 Jan. 2013: Swindon Advertiser. Woman at centre of bullying row at Great Western Hospital tells of her ‘living hell’ … click here.

Video: Bikinis allowed in Goa because of Opinion Poll says Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo

16 Jan: HCN News. Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo has said that the cultural freedom that Goans enjoy is due to the non-merger of Goa with Maharashtra. He said that bikinis are allowed on Goan beaches due to the successful Opinion Poll, as bikinis are not allowed in Maharashtra. Lobo said that successive governments have failed to do justice with the historic event and give it due importance. He assured that before 2019, father of opinion poll Dr Jack de Sequeira’s statue will be installed…  click here
Wikipedia: The Goa Opinion Poll was a referendum held in Goa 16 January 1967, to decide the future of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu within the Indian Union. Although popularly called an opinion poll, it was in fact, a referendum which offered the people of Goa a choice between continuing as a union territory or merging with the state of Maharashtra. The people of Goa voted against the merger and Goa became a full-fledged state within the Indian Union.  click here

Supreme Court updates: No more rebellion, says Bar Cpuncil of India

16 Jan: First Post. The discussions are expected to continue tomorrow, according to NDTV. However it could take some time to resolve everything as many issues were raised by the dissenting judgments. The discussion took between the CJI and the four dissenting judges, reported CNN-News18. The meeting was cordial and everyone agreed that the issues were important than the personalities. The issues are expected to be resolved by the end of the week… Judge BH Loya's death case must not be confidential, the Supreme Court said in a 5-minute hearing. Everything must be before the public…  click here

How Selective ‘Activism’ Brought Goa’s Beef Traders to Their Knees

16 Jan: The Wire. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which is funded by the Union ministry of environment and forests, seems to be lending itself increasingly to the agenda of rightwing politics rather than being focussed on animal welfare, as its activities in Goa recently show. In the last few months “animal activists” with links to the AWBI have gone on overdrive in Goa, specifically targeting the beef trade, the import of which is almost entirely handled by the Quraishi community. Tired of the persistent harassment from vigilantism beef traders went on strike in Goa on January 6 and resumed business only after assurances of police protection from the state government...  click here

Jeet Thayil’s novel dissects the dissolute lives of India’s bohemian poet laureates

12 Jan: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Part fiction, part cultural history, ambitious The Book of Chocolate Saints inspired by the vibrant Bombay literary scene of the 1970s and 80s … there was Dom Moraes, who had, at 19 years old, won the Hawthornden Prize in Britain, a remarkable achievement for one so young and for one not born there… Eunice De Souza had a kind of honorary status in the boys’ club … The Book of Chocolate Saints focuses on Newton Francis Xavier, a talented artist and poet… The novel isn’t entirely imaginary – Xavier a composite of two well-known figures, the poet Dom Moraes (who died in 2004) and the painter F.N. Souza (who passed away in 2002), both Goan, both talented, and both of whom spent a substantial part of their lives abroad…  click here

Beach bliss in Goa

16 Jan: Grazia (UK). North Goa, widely known as the birthplace of hippie culture, is today all about stunning beaches, an upbeat nightlife, great food and a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese influences. place … enjoy the hot sands of Vagator, alongside freely roaming cows that famously share the beach with sunbathers. The beachside Anjuna flea market was started in the ’60s by Goa’s hippie inhabitants, and is today a visual feast … Visit a spice plantation or book a picturesque sunset cruise along the Mandovi River … pack Bikinis and cover-ups for the beach; dresses and dancing shoes for the evening… Fly from Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai from £442 return;  click here

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