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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 01 Nov. 2020


Reflections: Emma Gama Pinto

31 Oct: The Elephant (Kenya). By April Zhu. To those who did not know her she was just “the wife of Pio Gama Pinto” but to those who knew her, she was Emma. Fearless. The first time Emma Dias stepped foot in Kenya was in September 1953. She had flown from India to visit her twin sister Joyce, who had just married a Goan man working in the Kenyan civil service… A beautiful, intelligent woman arriving in Kenya—a single woman? Of course Goan families began making “inquiries”. Anton Filipe da Gama Pinto was eager for his son Pio to meet her. He was getting worried about Pio’s political activities. Goans were whispering that Pio was Mau, that he was a communist, that he was—in hushed, scandalised tones—”politically active”. A.F. da Gama Pinto believed that marriage would “settle” his son. So inquiries were made, arrangements followed, and one day in Nairobi, Emma met Pio... Emma was dazzled by Pio. … 2282 words.  For further details click here
31 Oct: Ottawa Citizen. Obituary: Emma Gama-Pinto …  For further details click here
For Google links to some Press reports of Emma Gama-Pinto’s death, click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

1 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa on Saturday registered 210 fresh cases of the COVID-19 … The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 43,626 … The dreaded coronavirus has claimed two more lives in the state on Saturday, taking the COVID death count to 604…  click here
31 Oct: Financial Express. As COVID-19 cases decline, beds lie vacant in Goa’s hospitals …  click here
1 Nov: Navhind Times. COVID doctors threaten to withdraw services … The Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) on Saturday threatened to withdraw the services of 60-odd member doctors from COVID-19 duties at the ESI hospital and South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) in Margao, if authorities fail to continue providing accommodation to the resident doctors… click here.

Portugal: ‘Clan Ali’ legalizes thousands of immigrants through bribes

31 Oct: Correio da Manhã Weekend (Portugal). Sabirali Ramen Ali, a 58-year-old Lisbon lawyer, was the ringleader. The head of the clan according to the Public Prosecutor's office, set an illegal immigration network in which also participated Government officials as well as three more lawyers. They are all among the 35 accused in the Rota Do Cabo case, investigated by the PJ's National Counter-terrorism Unit… Sonia Francisco, SEF, has been suspended for false birth certificates of applicants in Goa, Daman and Dui … Sabirali's sister netted 63 thousand euros with 557 ‘customers’ in four months - to irregularly legalize thousands of immigrants from Brazil, Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal. In addition to Celina Ali, 55 years old, Muradali (Sabirali's Twin), his wife and a son and Assarafali, elder brother of the ringleader are also accused. The family created "networks composed of dozens”, with specialized knowledge, which obtained, through bribes, official documents such as Social Security and tax numbers, work visas, residence permits and even Portuguese nationality with accused of association and aid to illegal immigration, marriage or union of convenience, falsification of qualified documents, abuse of power, active and passive corruption, money laundering, criminal association, falsification of testimony, computer falsification and illegal possession of a weapon.  click here
'Clan Ali' legalizes thousands of immigrants through bribes …  click here

Goan Sausages: From their homes to yours

1 Nov: Brunch. By Vir Sanghvi. When I last wrote about Goan sausages five years ago, they had only just become popular outside of Goa… I am pleased to say that India seems to have discovered Goan sausages in the five years that have elapsed. They turn up on the menu at Delhi’s trendy Jamun, are a favourite with Mumbai chefs and you can get them from delis all over India now. I have written before about Crescentia Scolt Fernandes who makes artisanal Goan sausages in Delhi.. And I have now found a reliable source of the sausages in Mumbai. The Sausage Story (their Facebook page is TheComunidadeKitchen) is run by former media professional Abhishai Fernandez and his mother from their home. (They are on Instagram too as thesausagestory__india.)… they courier their products all over India and if your order is large enough (five kilos or more), they will customize the sausages for you…  click here

Indian upstarts in Heathrow debut

12 Nov: Airliner World (UK). At a time when most airlines are shrinking fleets, cutting back routes and reconfiguring their operations for a leaner, post-coronavirus world, two Indian carriers have announced they plan to do precisely the opposite. Vistara wasted no time and successfully launched its new flagship link while SpiceJet intends to begin scheduled operations in December… Prior to the suspension of its flights, Jet Airways operated up to four services a day between India and Heathrow … In 2018, Vistara agreed a codeshare deal with British Airways which opened up the regional networks of both carriers to passengers in India and the UK. It meant British Airways could connect onto domestic services to cities such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata and Kochi, which have previously been more difficult to access from the UK… SpiceJet’s entry into the London market looked, initially at least, a little less certain than that of Vistara … This is set to be a weekly and twice-weekly service to Mumbai and Delhi, respectively from December 4…2832 words –  click here

Astonishing statement of Goa CM – “If God also becomes Chief Minister, this work is not possible with him”

31 Oct: News Trace. By Kim Diaz. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has given a strange statement on Saturday. He said that if God also be made CM, he cannot give government jobs to everyone. Sawant, while launching his government’s ambitious ‘Swayamvar Mitra’ campaign, spoke during a virtual conference with panchayat representatives, stating, “If God also becomes CM tomorrow, it is not possible for everyone to get a government job.” Give it away…  click here

Bonanza for tourists as Goa hotels in all segments slash rates by up to half

31 Oct: Times of India. It’s bonanza time for tourists in Goa, as hotels — eager to return to business after the lockdowns — continue to offer huge discounts even as the tourist season begins. Stakeholders say that hotels have been forced to adopt this strategy to increase room occupancy. “Hotels in all segments are offering discounts in the range of 20-50%,” said president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, Nilesh Shah. There are a wide range of incentives available for tourists. Some hotels are offering packages from Rs 20,000-30,000, which is for three days and nights including a ride to and from the airport or any other arrival point. Some have complimentary happy hours in the evenings, some have a pay-for-two-stay-for-three offer, while others allow tourists to avail the off-season rate for stay during winter…  click here

New travel tales: Home holidays, stays and seclusion

31 Oct: Navhind Times. With tourism activities having begun in Goa, Goans are now turning hosts to travellers and tourists with their home offerings of various kinds. Deals and offers rule the game. However, homestays through Airbnb, a sought after vacation rental choice has been seeing a positive trend in Goa. Goans on getaways, domestic tourists on their Goa darshan or people returning to their second home, homestays are now the in-thing when it comes to staying away from home for fun, leisure or business … According to Airbnb's recent trend data, Goa continues to be the most searched for destination for homestays … Travellers are seeking heightened reassurances of hygiene and safety, as well as seclusion…  click here

Sweet Memories of Goa

31 Oct: Navhind Times. In the last article, we saw Goan sweets generated in Hindu homes. In this article let us peruse the various amazing Goan sweets, which were influenced by the Portuguese or European style, and are predominantly dished out in Catholic homes. These can be marketed as the Goa special sweets which would be cost effective and could be taken back as Goa memories for family and friends …  click here
24 Oct: Navhind Times. Sweet memories of Goa (Hindu Homes). The Goan culinary fares offer two distinctive options to suit the taste buds of food lovers. One is the traditional Goan vegetarian fare, more generally known as Saraswat cooking, prepared predominantly in Hindu homes; while the European culinary delights, introduced by the Portuguese, rule over the non-vegetarian kingdom of foodies…  click here

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