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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 10 Feb. 2019


Death: Cancio Fernandes

30 Jan: London. CANCIO FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi. It is with profound sadness and a great sense of loss that we announce the death of Cancio Fernandes who after a brief illness, was called to rest on 30th January 2019. Dearly beloved husband of 50 years, of Erris Fernandes. Son of the late Braz and Teodomira Fernandes, Loving brother/in law of the late Joanita/Coney D'souza, late Lira/ Sidney Rodrigues, Elsie/Hilary Fernandes (Canada), Terence/Yukiko Pinto (Canada) Christine/Michael Rattos (Australia). Much loved uncle and cousin to many nieces, nephews and cousins all over the world. The funeral mass will take place on 25th February 2019 at 11am at Our Lady and St Philip Neri Catholic Church, 208 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5SE, followed by a private cremation, due to limited space, at Hither Green Crematorium, Verdant Lane SE6 1TP. The reception to celebrate his life will be at St Laurence Church Hall, 37 Bromley Road London SE26 2TS . Please send your RSVP by 20th Feb for catering purposes and condolences to
The family kindly requests no flowers, but if you wish, a donation may be made to support the Don Bosco Ashalayam (Kolkata) in its mission to provide neglected, vulnerable and abused street children with a safe home and an education - a cause very dear to his heart. For this purpose a Donation Box will be placed in the Church and Reception Hall.

News Summary

Konkani on the airwaves, elsewhere

10 Feb: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. While we lament the declining role of Konkani in Goa, it is also true that the world of Konkani culture has spread far and wide. Thanks in part of the diaspora from here. (If you see a European or American belting out Konkani music, don’t forget that this could be due to the music books created by persons like Francis Rodrigues or Jose Pereira et al, which throw open the language of Konkani music to the outside world.) And isn’t that how it should be? While newer languages and skills get built up in Goa, those from Goa itself (or Mumbai or Mangalore) should reach out to new places… Today, you can hear of Konkani radio stations in Toronto and Auckland… It’s easy to poke fun at the expat Goan for their inability to speak the language of their ancestors. But, the fact is that language loss is a sad and harsh reality…  click here

London’s India Club, Saved From Developers, Celebrates Its History

30 Jan: Eastern Eye (UK). An exhibition celebrating the storied history of an Indian members’ club in London opens on Wednesday (30), less than a year after the restaurant dodged being turned into a boutique hotel. “A Home Away from Home”, organised by British conservation charity the National Trust, tapped into a “treasure trove” of history on the India Club which emerged in part thanks to recent efforts to save it from eviction. The month-long exhibition tells the story of the restaurant and bar venue on the Strand in London’s West End, through the voices of those connected to it over its six decades… In late July, the club was saved from developers who wanted to overhaul the building, which already has a budget hotel on its higher floors…  click here

Shippies, photographer, factory worker turn GoaMiles cabbies, rake in moolah

9 Feb: Times of India. : Three shippies, a photographer and a former industrial worker, all of them have one thing in common. They gave up their earlier jobs to become taxi drivers, or more specifically, join the government-run appbased taxi service GoaMiles that was started six months ago, in August 2018. And if their experience is anything to go by, their gamble has proved to be worth it. Margao resident Evaristo Coutinho used to work on cruise liners, spending months on end away from his family while trying to earn his living. After his last stint in December 2017, he was looking for opportunities that would keep him closer to his family while also providing sufficient income to take care of his family’s needs … GoaMiles started with 150 taxis in August 2018, but now operates 1,000 taxis…  click here

If can’t give special status to Goa, make Goans feel special: Goa Forward Party

9 Feb: Herald. Stating that Goa Forward Party (GFP), being a regional party, will not contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections party supremo Vijai Sardessai (photo) asserted that there are no friendly fights in politics and said Goans will have to be made to feel that they are given special status. Speaking to media persons, he said both the Congress and the BJP have stated that Special Status cannot be granted to Goa. “If that is not possible then Goans have to be made to feel as if they have got special status by special laws or schemes,” Vijai said. Pointing out that the Rs 20,000 crore worth infrastructure development undertaken in Goa by the present Central government is one scheme that indicates that Goa is being given special treatment. Other regional aspirations like the Coastal Regulation Zone also need to be addressed, he said… .  click here

It’s official, misbehaving tourists will be penalised

8 Feb: Herald. Tourists, who have hitherto thrown all caution to the wind, will now be penalised for creating nuisance as the State government has notified the Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) (Amendment) Act, 2019. As per the amendment, Section 9 A that has been introduced to the Act prohibits certain activities in tourist places like consumption of liquor in open places, cooking food in the open, littering waste including used material, empty bottles, etc; breaking of glass bottles and other activity as may be specified by the government, by notification in the Official Gazette …
Editorial: 9 Feb: Herald. The rules are there, now for enforcement. Are the days of tourists drinking, cooking, washing up and even bathing and relieving themselves in the open now over?  click here

Danish govt to set up Urban Living Lab in Panjim

9 Dec: Herald. To jointly establish an Urban Living Lab at Panjim on sustainable and smart cities with the purpose of integrating global sustainable solutions including on water, the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSDCL) and the Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi have agreed to collaborate through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was signed on January 16 this year. A delegation had visited Panjim on December 13-14, 2018 and had a meeting with IPSDCL to identify potential thrust areas to establish an Urban Living Lab at Panjim. Following this, a report was submitted by the consultants to Danish Embassy based on this visit and pre-feasibility report on Urban Living Lab for sustainable and smart cities has been prepared by IPSDCL. Further to this the Danish Ambassador to India Peter Taksoe-Jensen visited Panjim on January 7 this year to hold discussion with all stakeholders…  click here

Varun Carvalho: Chained to the rhythm of ‘Paka Paka’

9 Feb: Herald. ‘Feel the Moment – Paka Paka’, a single from the album, ‘Reloaded’, by singer Varun Carvalho, is one of the latest music videos to grab the attention of the public with its humorous lyrics and scenes shot in Moscow. The album released on India's premiere music channel 9XO earlier this month. Music is the essence of Goa and the love for music is ingrained in the people of this soil. Varun Carvalho is one such Goan, who, despite being a dentist by profession, is pursuing music with an unmatched passion. … ‘Feel the moment – Paka Paka’ is a song on savouring and feeling every moment. The word ‘paka’ means ‘goodbye’ in Russian…  click here
Video: Varun Carvalho – PakaPaka … 4m. 59s.  click here
For the Varun Carvalho video channel, click here.

braised pork belly with cumin roast potatoes

9 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). Succulent pork belly with a twist … Roast meats work well with Indian spices. White meats like chicken work particularly well with lighter spices like fenugreek and turmeric. Red meats take on spices even better and, at this time of year at Kricket we like to pair spices like peppercorns, cloves, star anise, Kashmiri chilli and saffron with game… 1kg boneless pork belly, 1 onion, chopped, 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, roughly sliced, 5 garlic cloves, 1 stick cinnamon, 3 cloves, 5 peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, 4 dried Kashmiri chillies … Also: Cumin and curry leaf roast potatoes … 471 words.  click here

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