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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 05 May. 2020


Death: Joaquim Alfonso, ex-Tanga, Dar-es-salaam
2 May 2020: Panjim, Goa. JOAQUIM ROSARIO ALFONSO. Aged 77. Passed away peacefully at GMC Hospital after a long illness bravely borne. Beloved son of Vicente Salvador Alfonso and Eliza Pereira Alfonso. Loving brother of the Late Conceicao Pereira (late Umao Pereira), Late Lawrence, Late Brigida Fernandes (Late Barneto Fernandes), Edward Alfonso (Goa), Joseph Alfonso (Mirena) (Calgary, Alta), Estreliza Viegas (Late Basil Viegas (Calgary, Alta.). Missed by nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family. Funeral Service will be a private family ceremony due to the Covid 19 lockdown in India . Thanking everyone for their messages and calls at this difficult time and keeping Joaquim in Prayers. [Info: Stephen de Souza]

News Summary

Challenges facing Goan diaspora in UK amid COVID-19 lockdown

4 May: The Goan. “Coronavirus has claimed the lives of about 10 Goans in the UK, while some are seriously ill, leaving their families in distress. Thankfully, a lot more have recovered and discharged from hospitals,” said Jose Mendes, a community worker in Southall-London. “Those Goans undergoing hardships during these difficult times are trying to get financial and burial support from Goan organisations like GOA, GWS and GCA (E).” … Bella Fernandes, who has been in the UK for 35 years and presently works from home in Enfield-London, expressed sadness hear that coronavirus has affected several Goan families… Fernandes said some families want to return to Goa amid fears they are at higher risk of catching the virus in the UK, but added that suspension of flights has made it impossible for them to leave the country… Francisco Xavier Dias, employed with a catering company and residing at Hounslow-London, felt there has not been much of an impact on people of Goan origin in the UK … 646 words.  click here

Did the Goan Farmer find his dream life partner via a German TV dating show?

Goan Voice, issue of 20 April, had reported on Ashok Malkarnekar (42), a Goan farmer based in Dudhsagar and his quest of finding a life partner via a German TV programme. For details,  click here

3 May: Daily Business Herald. Ashok and Myria: pre-programmed happy end? The first meeting with Ashok seeking a partner was anything but expected … In the last-minute a lady slipped in, who introduced herself to him by video and like Ashok, Myria lives in Goa. Is that why the farmer has already prescribed his heart for her? The singles can now enjoy their togetherness to the fullest. Another participant of the TV show, Sarah was interested but unable to get a visa to travel to Goa … “The chemistry seems right”, said the coconut farmer after the first meeting … Myria is a yoga teacher is already fully naturalized and even has an Indian driver’s license…  click here

For a photo and profile of Myria Zanetti, Click here.

3 May: Daily Business Herald. Sarah who planned to take up Asok's invitation to visit him, was refused a visa until June 2021… Click here.

Salgaocar stars put on a show in online video

4 May: Times of India. In an eight-minute long video that has been doing the rounds of social media on Sunday, former Salgaocar players, including both of Goa’s Arjuna Award winners – Brahmanand Shankhwalkar and Bruno Coutinho – have showcased their commitment to fitness, even with the lockdown across the world. There are players from India, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Australia and even Cayman Islands … Salgaocar players have a WhatsApp group where they share their best memories. Last week, when former Salgaocar defender Franky Barreto arranged a couple of Zoom meetings to “keep in touch during these difficult times,” … Players who feature in the Salgaocar video include Brahmanand Shankhwalkar, Bruno Coutinho, Derrick Pereira, Savio Medeira, Climax Lawrence … Arnold Rodrigues, Jules Alberto, Tony Travasso (all London), Seby Coelho (Cayman Islands), Arnold Afonso (Melbourne)… 426 words.  click here

British doctor warns Indians of poor food link to Covid-19 deaths

3 May: FR24 (France). Poor nutrition is a major cause of Covid-19 deaths and Indians must urgently reduce ultra-processed foods to build resilience against the deadly virus, warned an Indian-born cardiologist in the UK . Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a primary care physician with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom and also a professor of evidence-based medicine, said that obesity and excess weight were “the elephant in the piece” which must be treated as a major factor behind deaths from coronavirus… “Specifically, conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease are three of the main risk factors for death from Covid-19. This is rooted in excess body fat, a group of conditions known as metabolic syndrome, “he said. A recent report published in the scientific journal “Nature” found that patients with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome could be up to 10 times more likely to die when they contract Covid-19 and called for glucose and metabolic control mandatory for type 2 diabetic patients to improve outcomes… 844 words.  click here

Celebrity Prepares to Send Crew Home Using Ships and Charter Flights

4 May: Cruise Industry News. "We will not stop until we get everyone home," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, in a written statement to crew detailing the company's complex repatriation efforts. She said the company was working around the clock to get crew home… Indian crew will transfer to the Celebrity Infinity, which will sail to Goa, where she is expected to dock in early June. Celebrity is working on options to get crew home from the Goa port…  click here
5 May: The Goan. Concerns grow over mental health of stranded seafarers …  click here

News In Brief

4 May: Daily Mail (UK). Police batter thirsty Indians as they rush to buy booze for the first time in 40 days after the government lifts its lockdown …  click here

4 May: Hindustan Times. Casket of Goa’s beloved St Francis Xavier hoping for an Italian restoration job. The silver casket dates back to 1637, when for the first time the mortal remains of the saint were taken away from public view and ensconced in a silver casket  click here

4 May: Times Now. Lockdown: Over 2000 foreign nationals still in Goa, says FRRO SP. Click here.

4 May: Conde Nast Traveller. Goa lockdown 3.0: What is allowed, what is not. Click here

4 May: Financial Express. Goa Police use drones to monitor lockdown violators … Click here

3 May: Rediff. Lockdown Times: A unique Goan perspective! Sheela Jaywant invites you to explore the GoaWriters's interesting look at the lockdown… Click here

4 May: Outlook. 90% migrant workers stranded in Goa want to return home … Click here

4 May: India Today. India to start bringing back citizens stranded abroad from May 7 in phases. Click here

4 May: Live Mint. Govt to facilitate return of Indian nationals stranded abroad. Click here

4 May: The Hindu. … High Commission of India in London has asked Indian citizens keen on returning to register with the High Commission on its website… Click here

5 May: Indian Express. Fare play: who pays for the migrants' trip home … Click here

5 May: The Goan. Now, paid quarantine for non-Goans, to be charged Rs 2,500/day … Click here

Russian-Goa News in Brief

3 May: Megatyumen. Russian woman is stuck in Goa with three children as she has no money left to pay the rent, buy food or fly home … There are 700 Russians still stranded in Goa …  click here
3 Mar: RIA Novosti. Hunger, disease, heat: 170 Crimeans waiting for salvation from Goa …  click here
3 Mar: RIA Novosti. Quarantine violators in Goa beaten, made to apologise multiple times in writing and compelled to adopt yoga positions … click here.

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