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Goan Voice Newsletter: Wednesday 19 Dec. 2018


Death: Joseph (Stan) Araujo
28 Nov: Croton, NY, USA. JOSEPH (STAN) ARAUJO. Formerly of Cable and Wireless Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Extelcoms Nairobi, Kenya; and Verizon, NY. Passed away just after his 92nd birthday. He is survived by his wife Clara (Machado), children Christine, Kenneth and Brian and his granddaughters Rani and Sheela. He is also survived by his sister Maizy DeSouza of London. His brothers Robert and George predeceased him. Messages of Condolences may be sent to

News Summary

Bernard Collaço stars in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

17 Dec: Conan Daily. Walt Disney will release “Mary Poppins Returns” in the United States on December 19, 2018. It is a sequel to the 1964 musical fantasy film “Mary Poppins”. Meryl Streep plays Topsy in “Mary Poppins Returns”. Here are her 23 most handsome co-actors in the film: 22. Bern Collaço was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and grew up in [Velim] Goa, India then in London, England. He plays a bank teller in “Mary Poppins Returns.” …  click here
Video: Bern Collaco showreel … 3m. 12s.  click here
Bern, born 1966, is the son of Florinda, a Primary School Teacher and late (died 2 Sep. 2005) George Collaco (ex Velim, Goa) , an Electrical Engineer; brother of Barbara and Benjamin Collaco, all in Egham, Surrey, UK. For his IMDB entry with his profile, movies, resume, photos, etc. click here.
For Bern Collaco's Facebook page, click here.

Govt framing me in citizenship: Aires

19 Dec: Herald. Advocate Aires Rodrigues has accused the Goa government of falsely implicating him in the case questioning his Indian citizenship. During the hearing of his anticipatory bail plea before the North Goa Principal District & Sessions Judge Irshad Agha, Rodrigues said he has reasonable ground to believe that on account of his animosity with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar he has been falsely implicated in this case. In a 25-page reply, Rodrigues reiterated that he is a citizen of India and has at no point of time surrendered his Indian citizenship... “The case is false and fabricated against me and it is being investigated out of vindictiveness. The complaint is mischievously, malafiedly with ulterior motive and for oblique purposes is filed against me,” he argued during the hearing on Tuesday… The court has adjourned the bail plea to January 11 while directing that interim relief granted to Rodrigues will continue…  click here

Poets meet and cultural programme organised by Goans in UK

19 Dec: Navhind Times. The High Commission of India in London held a Communal Harmony and National Integration Week that had a poets meet and a cultural programme. The programme was attended by Goan consular officer, Clayton Fernandes Barreto along with diplomats of the mission, artists and other invitees. Tommy Afonso composed and sung a song on communal harmony and national integration. There was also a kunbi dance performance presented by Goan lasses, choreographed by Ciana D’ Costa. Fr Patrick gave an introduction to the Goan performances at the onset…  click here

Where you live in Canada may affect your ability to make healthy choices: study

18 Dec: CBC (Canada). Where a person lives in Canada may affect their ability to make healthy choices due to a significant difference in environmental factors such the price and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in their community, a study suggests… lead author is Russell de Souza, an assistant professor in McMaster's department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact… The study was published Tuesday in the journal Cities and Health … Russell de Souza, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University and a research associate at the Population Health Research Institute, is shown in a handout photo… 1079 words.  click here
Video: 18 Dec: Russell de Souza shares the key findings … 2m. 03s.  click here
Dr Russell de Souza was born in Toronto in 1974, the son of Rosemarie and Colman de Souza who emigrated to Canada from Karachi, Pakistan in 1968. His parents trace their Goan roots to Aldona and Moira. Russell is married to Celine (nee Moniz). For the full report of the study, click here.

Christa D Souza: Why EVERY woman should go grey at 60

17 Dec: Daily Mail (UK). By Christa D Souza. At what point should you stop dyeing your hair? … It’s something I have been thinking about a lot lately, as I approach 60 and, after nearly a quarter of a century of having my hair professionally dyed brown, I have come to the decision it is time to stop. Time to admit to the world that I am not, in fact, a natural brunette any more. I am almost completely grey … Tellingly, I have not told my partner I’m doing it, as I know he will talk me out of it … Overall, I have no regrets, except perhaps, for not doing this sooner… Text + 105 comments.  click here
Christa D’Souza is the daughter of Stanley and Baroness Frances D’Souza. For the account of the extraordinary romance between Stanley and Frances,  click here
After the death of Stanley, Christa visited Mumbai to scatter his ashes there and met her uncles, the Maj Gen Eustace D'Souza and Melville D'Souza. Her account of this visit appeared in the March 2012 issue of Vogue (UK). For some photographs of the visit, click here.

Go, Goa, Gone: Stories from a changing paradise — and a look at what the future portends

18 Dec: First Post: By: Polina Schapova. “Goa” brings to mind myriad visions — colourful, and often contrasting: miles of sand and surf, ‘flower power’ hippies, small fishing villages, imposing colonial Portuguese churches, delicious Goan sausage and fish curries, and wild rave parties. Indeed, Goa is all that — and much more besides — but the one thing that’s undeniable, is that it is changing. When you speak to long-term residents of the state, you'll hear phrases like “Oh, but it’s not like it was in the old days…” … It appears that the changes felt by the hotel, café and shop owners in Goa are as individual as they are, with the exception of domestic tourism's effects, which have been felt by all … 1629 words.  click here
Polina Schapova is a Delhi-based Russian-British photographer. Follow her work on her website.  click here

Saree Speak empowering women through the beautiful garment

18 Dec: Jakarta Post (Borneo). Twice a year, Ritu Chawla and her friends wear their best saris and meet up in Jakarta. Unlike a typical hangout, these gatherings involve singing and dancing. The women are part of Saree Speak, a community of sari lovers whose Facebook page has garnered 91,520 members from countries like India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Through its activities, Saree Speak encourages women to wear the sari more often… Saree Speak was founded in April 2016 by Vini Tandon, a housewife in Goa, India. Vini had previously joined other sari-related groups, namely 365 and Kai Thari. “Inspired by these two groups, I decided to start a group of my own for the sake of motivating myself to wear saris more often,” Vini said…  click here

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