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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 02 Feb. 2021


Death: Myra Viegas. Ex Tanzania
29 Jan: Toronto. MYRA EUFEMIA VIEGAS. Born August 26, 1936. It is with great sorrow and sadness we announce the loss of Myra Viegas, who passed away peacefully on Friday, January 29th, 2021 in Toronto, Canada. Cherished and caring sister to the late Lila (Remegio), the late Iowa (Peter), Jocelyn (Dora), and Ivor (Natty). Adored and loved Aunt to Rhona (late Truman), Pamela (Tennyson), late MacMillian (Yvette), Donald (Pansy), Zuleika (late Henry), Warren (Jackquie), Errol(Franca), Audie, Tanya, Michelle (Hansel), Joshua (Shelly), and Saviona (Jason). Myra will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of many family and friends. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Due to Covid-19 restrictions all funeral service will be private. Family and friends are invited to view the Funeral Mass on Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. To view and for a photo, click here.

Death: Joao Falcao. Ex Taleigao, Goa
9 Jan: Reading, UK. JOAO FALCAO. Born 1939. Ex Cardoz Waddo, Taleigao. Beloved husband of late Avelina Rodrigues (Aida); Ever loving father/father-in-law of Angelo/Elsa, Agnelo/Rufina & Cynthia/Anthony Barreto; Brother/brother-in-law of late Joaquina/late Salvador D'Souza, late Nicolau/Marla E Viegas, late Antonio/ late Helena, Carmina (Jamine / late Rosario Barreto. Grandfather of Keegan, Rachel, Kesia, Ansel, Anvel, Joshua & Sinead. Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Church, Reading, U.K. on Wednesday, 3rd Feb., 2021 at 1.30 p.m., followed by burial. Mass will be offered for the soul of our beloved Joao at St. Michael's Church, Taleigao, Goa at 6.30 a.m. on the same day. Photo. click here.

News Summary

London: For the love of Nana's vindaloo

31 Jan: Mid-Day (Mumbai) By Jane Borges. A Goan chef from London is acquainting herself with her maternal roots through illustrated recipes, which she plans to turn into a book. Emma Diniz-Ryan (photo) says she wants to make Goan cooking a part of mainstream in the UK, where knowledge about the cuisine is currently restricted to fish curries. The food you eat in your formative years stays with you forever,” says Emma Diniz-Ryan, 32, a UK-based illustrator and Goan cook. Emma, who was born and raised in London, never had the opportunity to travel to the coastal Indian state, where her maternal side of the family hails from, but, her heart and palate are very much Goan. “My grandmother [Emeliana Diniz] lived with us. She and my mum, Rosinha Ryan, made Goan food every day… Emeliana has roots in Betalbatim and Mormugao in South Goa. It was she who first acquainted her with classics like sorpotel, balchao, and xacuti… My Illustrated Kitchen on Instagram was launched last December, the page combines Emma’s love for food and illustrations, as she meticulously sketches her recipes, one ingredient at a time… When flying restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted, Emma’s first trip will be to Goa …  click here
To find Emma Diniz Ryan on Instagram,  click here

COVID Headlines

2 Feb: Outlook. The number of COVID-19 cases in Goa went up to 53,469 after 60 cases were detected on Monday, while the death toll rose by one and the number of people discharged by 86, an official said. The overall toll is 768 while the recovery count stands at 51,977, leaving Goa with 724 active cases, he added…  click here
1 Feb: Knocksense. New SOP makes isolation rooms mandatory in Goa hotels, in a bid to arrest Covid cases. The Goa government is working on a new SOP, which will make it compulsory for all hotels in the state to maintain isolation rooms for tourists and guests who test positive for Covid-19, Health Minister said on Wednesday…  click here

Summer: London, UK to Indian cities from only £329 roundtrip (Feb-Nov dates) with Virgin Atlantic

1 Feb: Simple Flying (UK). Fly London to: Delhi: £329 … Mumbai: £335 … ARRIVE: Delhi/Mumbai/Chennai/Bangalore/Hyderabad, India. RETURN: London, UK. DATES: Availability from February to November 2021…  click here
30 Jan: Simple Flying. London, UK to Nairobi, Kenya for only £356 roundtrip (Mar-Dec dates) with KLM and Air France. DEPART: London, UK. ARRIVE: Nairobi, Kenya RETURN: London, UK. DATES: Availability from March to December 2021 (excluding summer) …  click here

CM hails Budget and Rs 300 cr [approx. £30m] allocation to Goa Liberation Commemoration

2 Feb: Herald. Hailing the Union Government for mentioning the 60th year of Goa’s Liberation in Budget 2021-22 with a Rs 300 crore budgetary allocations to commemorate it, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the fund will be utilised for human and infrastructure development along with honouring freedom fighters… He said that the government is working on a proposal to help the marginalised sections, whose livelihood and economy was hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic … “We had sought Rs 100 crore financial support but I was expecting that we may get up to Rs 200 crore. Allocation of Rs 300 crore is a surprise and I am thankful to the Union government,” he added…  click here
1 Feb: Hindustan Times. Rs 300 cr will not be spent only on celebration: Goa CM on budget announcement …  click here
2 Feb Herald. Does Goa have a plan to spend its Rs 300 crore liberation bonanza? Goans offer suggestions … click here.

India tightens oversight on funds received by NGOs

30 Jan: The Hindu. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has laid down a charter for banks which says that “donations received in Indian rupees” by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations from “any foreign source even if that source is located in India at the time of such donation” should be treated as “foreign contribution”. As per the existing rules, all banks have to report to the Central government within 48 hours, the “receipt or utilisation of any foreign contribution” by any NGO, association or person whether or not they are registered or granted prior permission under the FCRA. The Hindu Explains | What is Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and how does it control donations? …  click here

London: India Club hopes to hit £100,000 after exceeding crowdfund target

1 Feb: The Caterer (UK). The India Club in London now hopes to crowdfund £100,000 after reaching its £25,000 target with 16 days remaining. The crowdfund had reached £26,699 with donations from 929 supporters at the time of writing, after having launched last month to support the restaurant and bar in a legal battle with its landlord. The venue, at 143-145 the Strand, the same building as the Hotel Strand Continental, said it needs at least £50,000 to stay afloat and to continue the fight against Marston Properties, which is seeking its eviction. It urged people to "keep sharing and contributing" for it to meet the new target, "which includes our estimated total legal fees". Any extra funds or costs recovered will go to rent costs…  click here
For the Save India Club Crowdfunder appeal.  click here

UK: Cancer patient is arrested for giving free soup at a skate park because masks weren't being worn

1 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). Nick Smith, 56, was detained at weekly soup kitchen he had set up in East Sussex. Police initially tried to fine Mr Smith £200 for breaching coronavirus laws. But Mr Smith refused to provide contact details and so he was arrested … Mr Smith, who was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and is treating himself naturally, without chemotherapy, shared a video of his arrest - in which he was handcuffed - online, with the clip having been viewed more than 94,000 times… Mr Smith designed and built India's first skateboard park in Goa in 2003 … 2886 words + Photos + Video.  click here
BBC: Briton Nick Smith, described by some as the "godfather of Indian skateboarding", designed and built India's first skate park in Goa in 2003. But as it is built on disputed land, skaters are not allowed there any more…  click here
HomeGrown: Nick Smith, The Man Who Catalysed India’s Evolving Skateboarding Culture … click here.

Video: Ukrainian outwitted hoteliers in Goa

1 Feb: Novy Kanal (Russia). One of the presenters of the Ukrainian show "Who has more?" Valentin Chernyavsky managed not only to get a job in an elite hotel in Goa, but also to do nothing there for a huge salary. True, the cunning plan was soon revealed. A new release of the program was recently aired by Novy Kanal. According to Chernyavsky, at the peak of the season, when the program was being filmed, he got into the five-star De Luxe [Fidalgo, Panaji], where he convinced the director that he travels a lot and is well versed in the hotel business. As a result, the presenter got a senior position and he delegated his powers to the bellboy but was soon found out …  click here
For the Russian original,  click here
For a video recording of the TV programme, click here.

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