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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 24 Dec. 2020


Death: Juliet Rebello, ex Mombasa

19 Dec 2020. Navelim, Goa. JULIET REBELLO. Ex Mombasa. Husband to the late Saluzinho Rebello, the sister to the late Filomena, brother to the late Taumaturgo {Babush}, Abdonio {Seni}, sister to Lydia, Lyzette and Conceicao. She is survived by her loving children Savio/Erlyn, Noel, Sonia/ Desmond and Norman. Grand children Kyle, Francesca and Gabriella. Passed away peacefully. Please send condolence messages to
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Death: Monica Pinto (nee Sequeira), Ex Karachi & Kuwait
22 Dec: Brighton, Mass. USA. : MONICA ELIZABETH CHRISTINE PINTO (nee SEQUEIRA, Ex Karachi & Kuwait,. She was an elementary school teacher for most of her working years and very proud of the kids she taught, She is survived by her husband Clement whom she married 60 years ago, her son Anthony (Tony), her daughters Judith (Judy) and MaryAnn, her four grandchildren Elizabeth, Jude, Justin and Mathieu, siblings Palmira (Pam) Pereira, Emmanuel (Manny) Sequeira and Deanna Andrew, sisters-in-law Juliana (Julie) Menezes and Cecilia (Cecil) Pinto, brother-in law Francis Menezes and several loved nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Cyril Ferrao, sister Lucinda (Lucy) Mendonca, brothers-in-law Anthony M. (Max) Pinto, Bento Pinto, Louis Pinto, George Mendonca, Oscar Pereira, Victor Andrew and sister-in-law Anne Sequeira. She was a loving and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and teacher to her many students over the years. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Columbkille Church 321 Market Street BRIGHTON on Thursday December 24th at 9 am. We will not be gathering after but will when safe after COVID times. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in memory of Monica to American Kidney Fund 11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852 or online at or Alzheimer’s Association of MA 309 Waverley Oaks Road Waltham, MA 02452 or online at [Info: Pompie Gois] For photo and full details, click here.

News Summary

A very British-Goan Christmas By Selma Carvalho

24 Dec: Herald. When I arrived in London nearly 13 years ago, and took up residence on its periphery there were but a handful of Asians living here… Today, the local Church is inhabited by Goans on almost every pew … I heard the distinct strains of Konkani being spoken at the local post-office. It turns out the post-office branch is run by Goans … the new arrivals are astonishingly adaptable in the UK, working as beauticians, security guards, and of course in restaurants and supermarkets. Everywhere I go, I spot someone wearing a nametag of Xavier or Joaquim, and recognise them as fellow Goans. The most likely business Goans undertake is catering… Hardly a week goes by, when I don’t receive an email or a flyer slipped through my door, promising me home-delivery of Goan xacuti, sorpatel, fish curry, literally any Goan delicacy my mouth craves for… Perhaps the most unpredicted but delightful change this year, is that for the first time in London, I will have Goan Christmas sweets, which I’d pre-ordered a month in advance… Even though, Christmas has been cancelled this year in London, and we won’t be sitting around the table with close friends, we’re grateful for the things we do have, our family gathered together, sharing a meal. Wishing everyone a blest Christmas and Happy New Year…936 words.  click here
Facebook Market place for some some Goan food outlets in the London area, click here.

New Video: Oscar Castellino sings O Holy Night in Konkani

23 Dec: Oscar Castellino sings O Holy Night in Konkani – with English subtitles. Music: Adolphe Adam; Dilruba: Baluji Shrivastav OBE; Baritone: Oscar Castellino. Performed in London. In order to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Goa and the Konkani language, please visit Oscar Castellino’s page to know more about the KONKANI OPERA PROJECT. This is a project made possible by the Baluji Music Foundation.  click here
For the site,  click here
For the Baluji Music Foundation website, click here.

Guinness World Record: Highest combined age, 12 living siblings

15 Dec: Toronto. The highest combined age of 12 living siblings is 1,042 year 315 days, and was achieved by the D'Cruz siblings: Doreen (b. 23 September 1923), Patrick (b. 30 September 1925), Genevieve (b. 4 July 1927), Joyce (b. 2 March 1929), Ronnie (b. 24 August 1930), Beryl (b. 26 August 1932), Joe (b. 1 June 1934), Francesca (b. 17 September 1936), Althea (b. 27 July 1938), Teresa (b. 9 June 1940), Rosemarie (b. 30 March 1943), Eugenia (b. 24 October 1945), who were all born to Michael and Cecilia in Karachi, Pakistan. This achievement was verified on 15 December 2020. The D'Cruz siblings are spread across Canada, the United States and Switzerland. Though they do not live in the same place, the D'Cruz's say they are a close family who count achieving the Guinness World Records title as one of the great highlights of their lives…  click here
20 Dec. 2019. The Catholic Register. Faith roots run deep among 12 siblings. Christmas was always special in the D’Cruz family — that tends to happen when there are 12 kids — but through the decades they have never let the secular overtake the religious in celebrating the season… 657 words  click here

Goa among states receiving COVID-positive UK flyers

24 Dec: Navhind Times. With authorities in many states of the country focussed on tracing passengers returning from the United Kingdom (UK) amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant spreading in that country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan Wednesday reviewed in a meeting held through videoconferencing the status of passengers coming from the UK and found positive cases in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat and Kerala. Meanwhile, even though news of passengers arriving in Goa from UK testing positive for COVID-19 is making rounds, contact with Goa's health department could not be established to ascertain the same…  click here
23 Dec: Times Now. Health Ministry closely monitors UK returnees who tested positive amid new strain of Covid-19 virus. Several passengers who came from UK to India over the past couple of days tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat and Kerala.  click here
23 Dec: Mint. Govt reviews status of passengers coming from UK amid new Covid strain spread … click here.

Goa: COVID Headlines

24 Dec: Navhind Times. After a gap of seven days, during which the number of active COVID-19 cases in Goa dropped below 1,000, the number of active cases in the state has again touched the 1,000-mark. With 125 new COVID-19 cases being detected on Wednesday, the total number of active cases in the state went up to 1,000. Around 70 patients recovered from the disease on Wednesday. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 50,634, of which 48,637 patients have defeated the deadly virus. Till date, 727 patients have succumbed to the virus in the state, including two new deaths in the last 24 hours…  click here
23 Dec: The Goan. Goa has to be on guard against new variant of Covid …  click here
24 Dec: Navhind Times. New COVID-19 strain may hit X’mas, New Year celebrations. With the pandemic situation taking a turn for the worse following the detection of a new strain of COVID-19, hoteliers and restaurateurs in the state are expecting it to take a toll on the Christmas celebrations and New Year bashes and events. click here.

Goan group seeks ban on tourists eating beef in Goa

23 Dec: IANS. Tourists should be banned from eating beef in Goa, in order to scale down the slaughter of nearly 200 heads of cattle, whose meat is sold in the coastal state every day, a Goa-based gau-rakshak organisation Govansh Rakhsa Abhiyaan demanded in a memorandum to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday. In the memorandum, the organisation has also demanded that the Goa government bans the slaughter of cattle in the future. … “The picture being painted outside Goa, is that Goans eat only beef and that if beef is not available, people in Goa will go hungry. That is a wrong projection. Goans only occasionally eat beef and maybe sometime during festive occasions,” Kamlesh Bandekar, a spokesperson for the organisation, said at a press conference in Panaji…  click here
Video: 23 Dec: Goa 365 tv. Ban beef or not – beef eating questioned in Goa …  click here
24 Dec: Indian Express. Goa goes into huddle to find way around Karnataka slaughter law. With Maharashtra passing the anti-cattle slaughter act four years ago, Goa relies solely on Karnataka for bulk of its beef consumption — supplied either through transport of live buffalo and bull or carcass from the neighbouring state’s abattoirs… click here.

Hippy Christmas to you: Brice Dossin's Goa – in pictures

23 Dec: The Guardian (UK). Goa in India is a home to a range of religions and aesthetics, and has long been a destination for hippies seeking spiritual understanding - or trance music. Christmas there is like no other, as celebrated in Brice Dossin’s book, Xmas Vindaloo … This photo was taken during a hippy carnival, which was cancelled the day before, when public gatherings were forbidden. But a few people came dressed up anyway.’ Brice Dossin: Xmas Vindaloo is published by Dewi Lewis. All images ©Brice Dossin … Text + 15 photos.  click here
23 Dec: Vice. Goa at Christmas Is Truly a Sight to Behold. French photographer Brice Dossin spent three holiday seasons in the hot, joyful melting pot … Text +  click here
To buy the book from Amazon, click here.


RELIGIOUS: Midnight Mass - BBC. BBC 1. Thurs. 24th Dec. 23:45 to 00:45. Midnight Mass from Clifton Cathedral. Live service from the Roman Catholic cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Bristol. The service is led by the Bishop of Clifton, the Rt Rev Declan Lang, and the preacher is Canon Bosco MacDonald. The Cathedral's Schola Cantorum, conducted by Richard Jeffrey-Gray, sing Christmas favourites including Silent Night and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

DOCUMENTARY: Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar. Blaze (Freeview 63). Sat. 26th Dec. 12:00 to 13:00. The Flaming Cross. The trail leads to India where Barry Clifford checks out an island that may contain the most fabled Templar treasure - the Flaming Cross of Goa.

DOCUMENTARY: Queen: The Band That Rocked the World. Channel 5. Sat. 26th Dec. 22:30 to 00:25. The classic rock band's career highlights, from Freddie Bulsara's early days in Zanzibar, to his life-changing days as Freddie Mercury with the band Smile and eventually Queen. Aside from featuring clips from their first TV appearances, Live Aid, and the recent Oscar-winning biopic, there are also contributions from biographers, superfans, actors, celebrities, music experts and journalists.

FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Channel 5. Mon. 28th Dec. 20:00 to 21:05. Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for a hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur, and plan to spend their retirement there. They arrive to find the building dilapidated but are won over by the enthusiastic young manager, and each embarks on their own adventures in the city. Comedy drama, starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Pearson, Hugh Dickson, James Rawlings. Director: John Madden.

DRAMA: Black Narcissus. BBC 1. Sun. 27th Dec. to Tues. 29th Dec.: 21:00 to 22:00. Three part TV adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel. New series. A group of Anglo-Catholic nuns travel from Darjeeling on a mission to the Palace of Mopu in the Himalayas. The order starts to repair the palace and opens a school. However, the unsettling atmosphere of their surroundings reawakens disturbing memories, earthly desires and forbidden sexual feelings. Director: Charlotte Bruus Christensen. Starring: Gemma Arterton, Alessandro Nivola, Aisling Franciosi, Rosie Cavaliero, Karen Bryson, Patsy Ferran

FILM: Anita and Me. BBC 1. Wed. 30th Dec. 02:30 to 04:00. Twelve-year-old Meena strikes up an unlikely friendship with blonde teenage tearaway Anita. Despite their ethnic and social differences, the girls manage to support each other through difficult times while their families cope with life's problems. Comedy drama set in a Midlands village in the 1970s and based on the novel by Meera Syal, starring Chandeep Uppal, Anna Brewster, Kabir Bedi, Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kathy Burke, Lynn Redgrave and Ayesha Dharker. Director: Metin Huseyin.

COOKERY: James Martin's Food Map of Britain. Food Network (Freeview 42). Wed. 30th Dec. 15:30 to 16:00. Northern Ireland. Chef James Martin visits Northern Ireland in the hope of gaining an understanding of the rich flavours of the beef from native cattle the Dexter. He also visits the east coast, where he discovers why local lobsters are so prized by chefs, and cooks up a Goan lobster curry.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Thurs. 31st Dec. 22:30 to 23:00. India: The Child Sex Highway. Current Affairs. 101 East investigates the Indian villages where it's custom for parents to sell their young daughters for sex.

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