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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 24 Mar. 2019


Death: Cino Pires. Ex Batim, Goa; Ethiopia, Nairobi, and Zambia

21 Mar. 2019: Hamilton, New Zealand . CURCINO BARNABE (CINO). PIRES. Born 11 June 1937 in Batim, Goa. Son of the late Lourenço Cristovao Pires and the late Maria Anunciacao Guadalupe Pires. Brother of Leao, Tigrinho (deceased), Guilu, Vitoria, Garcinha (deceased), and brother-in-law of Theresa, Lena, Diana. Resident of Hamilton, New Zealand. Ex-resident of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Lusaka Zambia. Ex-teacher at Dr. Ribeiro Goan High School Nairobi, Kabulonga Boys High School in Lusaka Zambia, Huntly College New Zealand, and Sacred Heart Girls College in Hamilton, New Zealand. He is still fondly remembered by many of his ex-students. Cino passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Lynette, his sons Anton and André and their families. Requiem Mass at The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton New Zealand on Monday 25 March 2019, followed by private cremation. Condolences to Andre Pires

Death: Anthony (Tony) Gomes. Ex Bombay and Dar es Salaam

23 Mar: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ANTHONY (TONY) GOMES. Born on May 16, 1933 in Bombay, India. After lengthy issues with his heart illness and more recently battling the debilitating effects of Parkinson Disease, Tony passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto from cardiac arrest. Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Philu/Phil (née D’Souza). He was a loving father to his children Christopher (Flavia) and Christine (Marc) and a doting “Gampy” to his three grandsons, Daniel, Simon and Jacob. He was a dear brother to Eva (deceased), Francis (deceased), Alex, Mary (deceased), Olive and Delia (deceased) and brother-in-law to Dominic, Elise, Olu, Austen, Jane and Peter. He will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Visitation: Monday, April 1st, 2019 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM & 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Highland Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel, 3280 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K3. Funeral Mass & Reception: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 10:30AM St. Aidan Catholic Church (Scarborough), 3501 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S2. In lieu of flowers, if wished, donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or Parkinson Canada. Condolence Emails to

Death: Celina D’Costa. Ex Saligao, Goa

20 Mar: Leeds, UK. CELINA OLGA MONIZ e COSTA. Born 21-10-1926., Cottula, Saligao) Daughter of late Eusebio Francisco Moniz and late Aramita Agusta Martins. Wife of late Sebastian D’Costa Mother of Maria, Clifford and Clive/Suzanne. Grandmother of Isla and Ralphie. Sister/Sister-in-law of Robert/Shirley, Alba/late Albert Fonseca, Donata / late Dominguito Gonsalves. Margaret/Joe D'Souza, Rofino & Phyllis Moniz. Aunt of Mark/Christine, Kevin/Pamela, Eddie Fonseca, Sherwin/Eva, Ellery/Anthena D'Souza. Funeral will be held in U.K. (Leeds). click here.

First Death Anniversary Mass for Franklyn Pereira. Ex Mombasa

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2019 at 12.30pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clapham, Clapham Park Road, Clapham, London, SW4 7AP. contact details: Walter D'Souza, email walter.dsouza45@gmail.comFor the Goan Voice death announcement, click here.

News Summary

Asian gold: More than £140m stolen in UK in last five years

23 Apr: BBC. More than £140m worth of Asian gold jewellery has been stolen in the UK over the past five years, a BBC investigation has found. Gold jewellery is often bought as a wedding gift in British Asian families and passed down through generations. Out of 23 police forces that provided figures, Greater London had the highest value stolen - £115.6m, followed by £9.6m in Greater Manchester. Nearly 28,000 thefts of Asian gold have been recorded in the UK since 2013… Some police forces were unable to provide data but have previously warned that Asian families were being specifically targeted in their areas… 653 words.  click here

BJP outsmarts Congress again in Goa

23 Mar: Free Press Journal. Reminiscent of two years ago when the BJP outsmarted the Congress in the Goa assembly by cobbling together an alliance despite the Congress winning 17 seats to the BJP’s 13, yet again the BJP has foisted young Pramod Sawant as chief minister to succeed the deceased Manohar Parrikar. This time, too, the Congress had more seats than the BJP but the ultimate victor was the BJP. Evidently, the Congress lacked the ‘killer instinct’ and proved poor in winning friends from the opposition. The BJP, on the other hand, was pro-active and smart …  click here

Helmets For India: Road Safety Fueled By Art

23 Mar: Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. After an intensive time of preparation an international team of motorcycle enthusiasts and artists will travel today to India to kick off ‘Helmets for India’ – a creative initiative to change the road safety situation on two wheels in India. The first ever helmet art show to promote road safety will be held in Mumbai, followed by a motorcycle road trip to Goa to raise awareness for the cause. While filming for a TV show in India in 2018, the initiator of Helmets for India, Niels-Peter Jensen was appalled to see that most people riding scooters and motorcycles through the craziest traffic in the world don’t wear helmets. Especially women and kids who make up most of the pillion riders, push through crowded traffic, in which there is little safety regulation or policing. Witnessing a two wheeler accident involving a small kid marked Niels profoundly… For more information, visit and follow Helmets for India on Instagram:  click here

Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India's oldest private airline

23 Mar: BBC. For a long period of time, especially during the late 1990s and 2000s, Jet Airways was the shining face of Indian aviation. But now it finds itself on the verge of collapse. What went wrong? The BBC's India business correspondent Sameer Hashmi explains… In recent weeks it has cancelled thousands of flights, affecting passengers flying on both international and domestic routes. It has grounded more than two-thirds of the 119 aircraft it had in its fleet because it is no longer able to pay leasing companies. The company has amassed a debt of more than than $1bn (£750m) and has failed to pay salaries and loans. But for now at least, all is not lost…  click here

‘Chuddies’ enters mainstream discourse

22 Mar: Navhind Times. ‘Chuddies’ (underpants) is the latest Indian word to enter the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which has incorporated many such words from the sub-continent that reflect the long encounter between India and Britain over the centuries. The word has figured in several gazettes and publications during British rule, but came into prominence when it was used in the popular British-Asian comedy series ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ on BBC television in the mid-1990s. Used as the Asian equivalent of ‘kiss my a**e’, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar used the phrase: ‘kiss my chuddies’, which became popular and entered the mainstream discourse…  click here

A study on livelihood opportunities in Goa

23 Mar: The Goan. Goa Livelihoods Forum (GLF) will be releasing A White Paper on Livelihoods- Goa, 23rd March 2019. On this occasion GLF will be organizing a symposium on “Livelihood and Climate Change”. The symposium is driven by Think Hatchery, the reputed knowledge forum promoted by GLF. The program is scheduled from 10 am to 1 am at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panaji. The White Paper & the discussions are expected to help examine and debate the salient features around climate change, livelihoods and sustainable development in Goa. It will contribute to the state narrative by systematically analyzing the relationship between economic growth and climate change in Goa… The White Paper Report is based on the data collated from a household survey conducted across 12 talukas by GLF among a cross section of 3000 adults aged 18 and over…  click here

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