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Goan Voice Newsletter: Friday 15 Jan. 2021


Death: Joseph Rufino Cordeiro. Ex Nairobi

5 Jan: Bray, Berks. UK. JOSEPH RUFINO CORDEIRO. Ex Mombasa, Sailgao, Belgaum & Nairobi. Aged 96. He has been a devoted husband to his loving wife Lira, and perfect father to his daughters Lucinda, Mary Anne, Francesca and son-in-law Raj and adoring grandfather to his grandchildren Sachin and Asha. He was an expert in radio navigational aids and communications used in 27 airports worldwide… He was a stalwart supporter of Saligao and was President of the UK Saligao Association in 1977. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 18 at 10.00 a.m. at St Edwards RC Church in Windsor, with a private cremation ceremony thereafter. For full text, 639 words and photo,  For further details click here
Please see link above for Funeral details, but as current restrictions have severely restricted general attendance, to view the streamed service, click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

14 Jan: Outlook. As many as 103 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while two died of the infection in Goa on Thursday, an official from the state health department said. With this, the count of infections has risen to 52,182 and the toll reached 752, the official said…  click here
14 Jan: Hindustan Times. 109 cases in 16 days: How UK strain of coronavirus has progressed in India. Within a week of reporting the first case, India's tally for the new genome of the virus crossed 50. It crossed the 100-mark in the next seven days…  click here
14 Jan: NDTV. Delhi Extends "14-Day Quarantine" Order On UK Passengers Till January 31. To put brakes on the virus in India, the Centre has embarked on a huge genome sequencing project involving 10 laboratories across the country… click here.

Bermuda: Oswin Pereira: Police Commissioner wins right to appeal decision over sacked cop

13 Jan: CANA News (Caribbean Media Corporation). Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley has won the right to challenge an order to reinstate an Indian officer who was sacked from the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) for using "excessive force" on a teenage suspect after a high-speed chase. Police Constable Oswin Pereira, from Goa, was found by a BPS disciplinary panel to have struck Talundae Grant in the head with a baton on May 13, 2017. He was dismissed last January without notice for gross misconduct, but had the decision overturned in August after a successful appeal to the Public Service Commission (PSC). Now the Supreme Court has granted Corbishley leave for a judicial review of the decision by the PSC to replace the dismissal with a "final written warning". The case is expected to return to the Supreme Court on Thursday… The PSC said the officer previously had a clean service record of nearly a decade with the BPS and was considered an asset to the service…  click here
13 Jan: The Royal Gazette (Bermuda). Decision to reinstate policeman sacked for misconduct to go back to court …  click here
For earlier reports about this case, click here.

A beer on the beach in Goa will now cost you a LOT!

13 Jan: CNN. If you’re still dreaming of beer at the beach in Goa, you should know the state will have none of it. Under the new rules, you and your gang could be fined up to Rs10,000 for drinking on the beach, which by the way, is against the law. The decision comes after locals woke up to beaches littered with bottles on New Years’ Day… The beaches of Goa are cleaned thrice a day and the state has been spending Rs10 crore every year on beach-cleaning alone…  click here
15 Jan: Navhind Times. App to help keep eye on illegalities on beaches. The tourism department will soon launch a mobile application for keeping an eye on illegalities along Goan beaches…  click here
12 Jan: Herald. A fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on groups drinking alcohol on the beach. Who will enforce it and collect the fines and will anything come out of this. Café spoke to people in the business to understand what the general feeling was… click here.

Madeira: Lush nature and personalized service in a haven of charm in Funchal

13 Jan: Boa Cama Boa Mesa (Portugal). “Welcome to Quintinha de São João”, was heard at the reception… André Barreto, owner and director, explains that Quintinha de São João is an example of the oldest estates in Madeira, which have always been welcoming places for travelers since the “beginnings of tourism”… “We are 43 people working for 42 rooms ... Open to the public since 1998 and remodeled three years ago, the “Quintinha”, as it is affectionately referred to, was one of the parcels of a more extensive Quinta… You arrive at the restaurant A Morgadinha, … At dinner, international dishes are prepared, with some Goan influence - André's grandparents were Goans and his father was born in Mozambique…  click here
From the Irish Times: The Barreto family run a home-from-home for their guests, many of whom return year after year. The A Morgadinha restaurant, serves Goan-influenced food … The proprietors lived for some years in Goa and the matriarch, Dona Dina Barreto, has an authentic, aromatic rather than mouth-numbing, pork "vindalho" … the guest-relations manager Rosie Borges, a UK native has lived in Madeira for 20 years … For the hotel website,  click here

Tension in India over plan to turn Goa into coal hub

14 Jan: Mining (Canada). Environmentalists and politicians in Goa, India, known globally for its beaches and dense forests, are opposing a plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to turn the southwestern coastal state into a coal transportation hub. Protests against the initiative began last year, when New Delhi unveiled three infrastructure projects to increase coking coal handling at the state-run Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Goa. The proposed developments include the expansion of a highway, railway, and a power transmission network, which locals claim would cut through ecologically sensitive areas, such as the Mollem National Park…  click here

Pssst... Does anyone out here want a quick covid jab?

14 Jan: Mint. The vaccination scenario in India feels like a throwback to the 1970s, when restrictive policies had created black markets for foreign products like cornflakes that had high snob appeal… Fast-forward to the throes of our collective pandemic predicament, and aspects of that 1970s’ weirdness are reverberating anew… An emergent asymmetric market for covid vaccines distinctly mimics those days, because there are “premium" Western versions, a Russian equivalent, and at least one potentially dubious desi product. Who is going to get which, and how? … the Daily Telegraph recently tweeted, “A £25,000-a-year UK private concierge service is flying its members [abroad] to receive vaccinations… from today it started administering the AstraZeneca vaccine in India." 992 words  click here

Meet these Goan directors whose films have made it to IFFI 2021

14 Jan: Times of India. At the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2021, a total of seven entries were received in Premiere and Non-Premiere sections. Goan director Manguirish Bandodkar’s film Shinvar – The Downpour was selected in the Premier section and Suyash Kamat’s Written in the Corners in the Non-Premier section. Shinvar– The Downpour is about a middle class family living in an ancestral house and how things from the past can affect life in current times too… Written in the Corners is about Panaji’s famous Cafe Prakash, which is a 70 year old Goan cafe near Azad Maidan. “Through juxtapositions of memory and nostalgia with modernity and despair, it shuffles between a series of interviews shot by journalist and writer Frederick Noronha in 2008 at the cafe with the frequenters about why they like the place …  click here
14 Jan: Times of India. Two Goan films to be screened at IFFI …  click here

Study in Goa flags alarming levels of microplastics in seafood

14 Jan: New Indian Express. The levels of microplastics found in fish and other seafood samples from the Sal Estuary in Goa is worrisome, a study by researchers of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) here has said… A paper based on the study, result of two-year-long research by scientists from CSIR-NIO, was published in the prominent scientific journal "Chemosphere"… the researchers collected samples of four species of finfish from two sites. Three species of shellfish were collected from local fishermen… The study overall adds to the increasing evidence that ubiquitous contamination by plastic particles is seriously impacting the coastal marine biota," the researchers said, calling for "robust management strategies" to stop it.  click here
May 2021: Chemosphere. Volume 270. Microplastics in seafood as an emerging threat to marine environment: A case study in Goa, west coast of India …  click here

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