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Goan Voice Newsletter: Wednesday 29 May. 2019


Death: Irenio Costa Bir. Ex Nairobi

26 May 2019. Swindon, UK. IRENIO COSTA BIR. Born Nairobi, 26 September 1946. Passed away suddenly and peacefully. Son of the late Miguelinho and Maria Amanda Costa Bir. Loving brother of late James/Zina, Angelo/Teresa,. Hazel, late Raul/Eulet, Peter/Phyllis, John/Jacinta. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

News Summary

Dax Dasilva: Montreal-based Lightspeed is writing a new chapter in Canadian tech story

28 May: Ottawa Citizen [Also in National Post, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette etc.] The Canadian Establishment needed some new blood. On March 8, it got some, when Montreal-based Lightspeed POS Inc. debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Lightspeed’s shares closed 20 per cent higher, putting an exclamation point on the most successful initial public offering by a Canadian technology company in almost a decade. The surge pushed Lightspeed’s market value to about $1.7 billion, comfortably unicorn status. It also marked the arrival of Dax Dasilva, the founder and chief executive, as a national figure. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will… Lightspeed sells pointof-sale software for restaurants and smaller retailers in about 100 countries … Dasilva is the son of Goan parents who fled to Canada as refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda in 1972. He was born in Vancouver; came out as gay in his teens … In 2005, he started Lightspeed and converted to Judaism… 923 words.  click here
Dax DaSilva is the son of Anne and Joe. His mother worked with the elderly anfd his father was a graphic designer.  click here
Video: 16 May: Business In Vancouver. Age of Union with Dax Dasilva … click here.

Swindon: Sorry is the hardest word in English or Konkani

28 May: Swindon Advertiser. Letter from Des Morgan: Rather than make a feeble attempt to defend the indefensible, Coun Oliver Donachie should have simply acknowledged it was wrong to send out the waste letter written only in English and Konkani [Goan Voice 23 May]. He fools nobody with is lame claim that the letter was sent in its current form to avoid a delay in getting out the message around flytipping. In fact he has made the council look even more stupid than many of us could have thought possible. As for the Goan community, thank you for acknowledging that a letter written only in English would have been perfectly acceptable, but really, you want an apology for hurt feelings! … Sorry is the hardest word and for a Conservative councillor it’s almost an impossible word to utter as they consider themselves so superior…  click here

Catholics ask Indian state to halt probe into overseas funding

27 May: UCAN. A Catholic delegation in India has sought the intervention of Jharkhand state's governor to end what they describe as “selective” investigations targeting Christian organizations who receive foreign donations. Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung of Ranchi led the four-member delegation to present a memorandum to governor Draupadi Murmu on May 24 urging her to dismiss ongoing selective investigations into Christian organizations. The state has some 500 non-governmental organizations that receive foreign donations. However, the government ordered that only 88 Christian organizations be investigated to see if they “misuse foreign funds for religious conversion,” the memorandum said. “The selective scrutiny only of the Christian institutions betrays not only the government’s discriminatory stance but is also a breach of the Indian constitution,” it said, seeking the governor’s intervention…  click here

Goa Miles app service illegal: Taxi Assoc.

28 May: The Goan. Around 15 taxi drivers from across Goa from the Association of Tourist Taxi Owners of Goa (ATTOG) on Monday alleged that the government's Goa Miles app-based taxi service was illegal. A document that the Association obtained under RTI from the Directorate of Transport, shows that the Directorate of Transport has not approved of any taxi hailing app in the state. Going by this, the Association said that since Goa Miles is a taxi-hailing app, and has not been approved by the Directorate of Transport, it is illegal…  click here
Video: 27 May: HCN. Goa miles app is fake which should be banned as Goans livelihood matters …  click here

You can now live the quiet farm life, just two hours from Mumbai

26 Feb: Vogue India. In the middle of last week I stepped out of my frenetic city life into a beautiful cottage, in the middle of a coconut grove in Uran just before lunch… Settling into a comfy Chindi rag rug on a Goan balcao mere metres away from the shimmering sea … I was spending the day at Fernandes Wadi, in a three-bedroom homestay villa, recently set up by chef and writer Jharna Thakkar and advertising professional Rohan Fernandes. At first glance, their cottage looks like a simple family home in 1980s Goa—and indeed it was, built by Fernandes' folks on a piece of land his grandfather bought because it reminded him of his home state…  click here

6 of India's most beautiful desserts

28 May: CNN. 1: Bebinca … Where to find it: Jesus é Goês in Lisbon, Portugal. 2: Aamras puri … Where to find it: Thali in Sunnyvale, California. 3: Gajar halwa … Where to find it: Khau Gully in Toronto, Canada … 4: Shrikhand … Where to find it: Gunpowder in London, UK. 5: Mishti Doi … Where to find it: Mango Pickle in Chicago, Illinois. 6: Motichoor Ladoo … Where to find it: Masala Theory in Sydney, Australia.
28 May: From Poi To Bebinca, 5 Goan Delights …  click here
27 Mar: DNA. Mumbai: Get ‘curry’ied away! … The next time you’re in Bandra and want to enjoy the taste of southwestern coastal cuisine, head to Curry Tales. We did. After a long day at work, we seated ourselves inside the simple, yet tastefully-designed canteen-style community restaurant that recently opened on Hill Road... A glimpse of some of the dishes we tasted... Tomato Rasam (Rs 110) … Prawn Recheado (Rs 450) … Chicken Ghee Roast (Rs 450) … Prawn Masala (Rs 450) … Paalpayasam with jaggaried coconut (Rs 200) … At: 95 Fernandes Villa, Opp Wonton House, Hill Road, Bandra West … click here.

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