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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 20 Aug. 2020


Death: Eddie Caldeira. Ex Nairobi

15 Aug. 2020. EDWARD PERPETUA JOHN CALDEIRA. Born 6th March 1931, Nairobi. Edward, known by all as Eddie, spent the past 8 months in Goa on vacation, originally due to return in March but extended due to global lockdown restrictions. Former GI Spartan Eddie, a much-loved and well-known member in the Goan Society, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Heathway Hospital in Goa supported by family. A beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle & Friend, Eddie leaves behind 5 children, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Eddie was a friend to all and regularly attended various celebrations, often found singing his favourite Frank Sinatra classic, ‘When You’re Smiling’. Eddie will be truly missed and his memory will live on for eternity with family and friends. Funeral date and time TBC. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate if donations could be made in memory to the British Heart Foundation UK. Please send condolences to

Death: Ira Mascarenhas. Ex Dar es Salaam

19 Aug. 2020. Quepem, Goa. IRA CASSIANA MASCARENHAS. (Ex-Teacher of Pope John Paul High School, Quepem Goa). Beloved Wife of Late Mr. Anastazio (Snny) Mascarenhas of Dar es Salaam / Quepern, Daughter-in-law of Late Mr. Panteleao / Late Mrs Carmelina Mascarenhas, Sister-in-Law of Prof. Adolfo Mascarenhas (Dar-es-Salaam/Tanzania) and Late Prof. Ophelia Mascarenhas, Late Dommy Mascarenhas; Aunt of Mr Angelo / Mitzi, (Boston USA), Mr Christopher Mascarenhas (USA). Daughter of Late Mr Mauricio/ Late Mrs Anna Conceicao, Sister/ Sister-in-law Late Mrs Dulcie/ late Fransquinho, Late Antoneita /Late Benny, Late Custodio /Late Philomena, Errnellinda/ Late Pedrinho, Joanita/ Felix, Florenclo /Cleophas , Bruna/ Late Mario Augusto, Agnelo/ Late Nancy. Nephews/ Nieces/ grandnephews/niece. Funeral Cortege will leave her residence at 10.00 a.m. on 20th August 2020 at Holy Cross Church, Cemetery for burial with close family members only due to current restrictions

Funeral Details - Basilia Almeida
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Funeral service for the late BASILIA ALMEIDA will be held on Saturday 22nd August 2020 at St. Joseph Cathedral at 10 a.m. and thereafter burial at Kinondoni Cemetery followed by Rosary. She will be greatly missed by her children, Maria, Wolsey/Antonette, Greta. Grand Children: Nabil/Naheed/Sameer/Lee- Michael/Adriel/Daniel/Anshel and Ailsa and great grandchildren. Rosary will be recited at Wolsey's residence today Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. May her soul rest in peace. Amen. [Info: SXS Management] Condolence messages can be sent to

News Summary

Goa COVID Headlines

19 Aug: Herald. Eight COVID-19 patients died in the last 24-hours, taking the total deaths due to the virus to 124. This is the highest 24-hour death count reported so far… The State also reported 342 new cases. The confirmed cases now stand at 12,675 …  click here
18 Aug: IANS. Goa Secretariat staff protest after spike in corona cases. Goa government employees posted at the state Secretariat on Wednesday staged a protest, accusing the authorities of not taking adequate steps to check the coronavirus spread, which they said had led to a spike in cases in the main office block…  click here
18 Aug: (UK), Churchill Alemao tests positive for Covid-19. According to reports, the Benaulim MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and his wife got themselves tested after developing cough and cold over the past few days. "The tests came positive. Except for cold, I have no other symptoms. I will get myself admitted in the hospital," the former All India Football Federation (AIFF) Vice President said … click here.

Goans are not new to migration; movement for a better life is the key to every moving Goan?

20 Aug: Herald. As part of the South Asian Heritage month, The Goan Association UK hosted a webinar : Goans in Britain: The rile of British and Portuguese Colonialism in their migration and settlement. A worldwide audience and media logged in to hear the speakers, Ravi Vaz, President, Goan Association UK, Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP (Attorney General UK) and Dr Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes, Goan Social Scientist- author of ‘Colonialism, Migration and the International Catholic Goan Community… The webinar was largely attended by Goans across India, Australia, Europe and parts of America despite some of them having to login in the wee hours… 1103 words  click here
For a video recording of the webinar,  click here

Swindon lurching closer to first coronavirus local lockdown in south after outbreak

19 Aug: The Mirror (UK). Ministers are said to be worried and fear a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in Swindon, WIltshire, will require special lockdown measures similar to those imposed in the North West and Yorkshire … It is said ministers are worried after 66 people tested positive for Covid-19 in just four days in the Wiltshire town, which is on the Government's watch list. A source has claimed the town is in "the danger zone", although public health officials have insisted the outbreak is under control and the situation is not like those in the North…  click here
Video: Facebook. Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, Steve Maddern answers your COVID-19 questions + Comments  click here
18 Aug: Swindon Link. The latest report from NHS England has revealed two covid-19 deaths reportedin Swindon. It is the first such announcement in 43 days… click here.

True love transcends colour dissipates hate, all negativity

18 Aug: Trinidad Express. At the corner of Maraval and Tragarete roads lies The Oblique Imperative, an eclectic store that offers an assortment of unique jewelry and accessories from the far east … The only thing that is more interesting than the store itself is its owner, Rohan D’Souza, who was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and his Trinidadian wife, Jaye-Anne Figaro-McDonald… Although D’Souza was born and raised in Mumbai his family comes from Goa … Fourteen years ago, D’Souza’s father got posted to Trinidad and he came to this country like baggage, he says with a chuckle… Figaro-McDonald says she met D’Souza in “three parts”—she remembers seeing him at different events… The pair have surrounded themselves with a circle of friends whose thinking has been shaped by their travel, artistic and musical experiences; they embrace different cultures, races, backgrounds and lifestyles… Last year the family of three embarked on their first adventure together when they travelled to India… In Mumbai she felt like she was on display, and got upset with the unwanted attention because of the colour of her skin… 1015 words.  click here

Public Health England was the bumbling nanny state at its worst says Annabel Sanderson

18 Aug: Daily Express (UK). Contact tracing is identifying people who have come into contact with an infected person testing them and getting them to isolate to stop any spread. Public Health England were in charge of carrying out contact tracing but inexplicably they stopped on March 12 … I was in India. It would be another 10 days before I boarded my packed flight into London but I was met by absolutely no public health measures and allowed to wander off, un-contacted and un-traced, back into the community. In contrast, on my arrival at Goa airport at the beginning of the month every single person had their temperature taken and the route they took to get to India tracked. We had to fill in a health questionnaire providing contact details should they need to be reached in order to be tested and isolated. We all happily complied…  click here

Baking Bread: Learn to Make the Goan Poee

19 Aug: Outlook Traveller. Goa is the state where baking bread (and eating it) is part of the culinary tradition. The state has many varieties of bread from the poee to undo and kakana. The poee is one of the most popular breads… Goan chef Alison Jane Lobo will take you through the entire process live from her kitchen. Sign up or her Zoom classes and get ready for a Goan culinary ride. The four-hour classes will give a holistic idea of not only the entire process, from kneading the dough to its rising and baking, but will also provide support in case a participant faces issues or has queries later. Lobo hosts personalised classes from her sunkissed kitchen in her bungalow in Dona Paula, a charming suburb in Panaji. If you want to participate, you must be equipped with a few basic tools like a weighing scale, a dough mixer and a basic OTG oven…  click here
Video: Alison Jane Lobo Interviewed by Basil D'Cunha …  click here
20 Aug: Herald. Simply pao: A Goan institution gets protected. Cycle borne pao vendors will now have to register themselves with the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Traditional bakeries can operate only after obtaining either the registration certificate or license from FDA. What do Goan pao lovers feel about these decisions to ensure the pao on your breakfast table is perfect … click here.


COOKERY: Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation. Food Network (Freeview 41). Mon. 24th Aug. 15:00 to 15:30. Episode 3. South India. The food writer explores some of the best south Indian dishes the UK has to offer, with their mix of spice blends and masala. Episode 4. 15:30 to 16:00. Gujaratis of Leicester. The food writer heads to Leicester to explore the culinary history of Gujaratis in the UK. Later, she makes a delicious dal soup with pasta.

DRAMA: A Suitable Boy. BBC One London. Mon. 24th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Concluding part of Andrew Davies' adaptation of Vikram Seth's novel, starring Tanya Maniktala.

DOCUMENTARY: African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power. BBC Four. Mon. 24th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Afua Hirsch explores the histories of Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya through their art, music and culture.

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. ITV London. Tues. 25th Aug. 03:00 to 03:50. Episode 5. The food writer prepares a vegan recipe for tarka daal, provides a simple guide to making chappatis, and cooks her son's favourite meal - keema aloo matter with basmati rice. In Amritsar, she visits one of the biggest kitchens in the world, while chef Gayatri Peshwaria teaches children to cook halwa, while in London she meets the owners of a London restaurant bringing a taste of Calcutta to the capital.

DOCUMENTARY: Unsolved Mysteries. CBS Drama (Freeview 71). Tues. 25th Aug. 18:00 to 19:00. The history of a Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, where people claim to have received miracle cures.

TRAVEL: Travel Man: 48 Hours In. Dave ja vu (Freeview 79). Tues. 25th Aug. 21:00 to 21:30. Travel Man: 48 Hours in Madeira. Richard Ayoade and Robert Webb explore the Portuguese island, including sampling the scary-looking black scabbard fish with banana at a remote seafront restaurant that can be reached only by sea or cable car. They also head to Funchal for an embroidery lesson and muse over the merits of a Madeiran mini-break while enjoying afternoon tea on the terrace.

DRAMA: Partition: Borders of Blood. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Thurs. 27th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. More than 70 years after the partition of India, Al Jazeera examines the history and troubled legacy of the event that shaped the subcontinent.

DOCUMENTARY: Fighting the Power: Britain After George Floyd. BBC 1. Thurs. 27th Aug. 22:45 to 23:35. Daniel Henry follows the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK, as the country is forced to look again at its record on race in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

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