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Goan Voice Newsletter: Monday 08 Feb. 2021




Obituary

Death: Antonio (Tony Masky) Mascarenhas. Ex Mombasa & Nairobi

22 Jan: Concord, California. ANTONIO (TONY MASKY) MASCARENHAS. Born 1943. Ex Goa, Mombasa, Nairobi & San Francisco. Tony was born in Goa and moved to Mombasa as an infant. He was an outstanding soccer, field hockey, and cricket player and a key player for the Nairobi Heroes. In the early 70s, he worked at Fourways Travels. In 1979, he met his future wife, Laura, and in 1985 immigrated to the United States, settling in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was hired by United Airlines. Tony was a loving husband to Laura. A devoted Father to Marilyn (Charles) and Samantha (Jeffrey). A loving Papa Masky to Malia and Kane. Brother/Brother in law to Seby (Thomas) Pereira, Caje (Lucy) Mascarenhas, Manu Mascarenhas, the late Julian (Titia) Mascarenhas, and the late Marina Mascarenhas. A loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A private funeral Mass is scheduled for 9:00am on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Queen of the Heavens Cemetery in Lafayette, California. The service will be live streamed. For details, watch this space.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tony's name may be made to: Charity Ball at www.charityball.org/donate. Messages of condolences may be sent to: slam4@pacbell.net
May Tony's soul rest in eternal peace.For the full text of the obituary notice, 487 words, click here. click here.


Death: Prasanta Karuna Ratna 'Karuu'/'Mamu'. Ex Nairobi

20th November 2020, Meru, Kenya: PRASANTA KARUNA RATNA - 'Karuu'/'Mamu' Ex St. Teresa's Boys School, Nairobi, Kenya, Class of 1975. Prasanta known as 'Karuu' by his school friends and 'Mamu' by his family and relatives passed away on 20th November 2020 in Meru, Kenya. A product of the Saint Teresa's Boys School, Nairobi, Kenya and a popular and always cheerful person. He was famed for his exceptional swimming ability and sporting athleticism. Mass is offered by his classmates and school friends at 3pm GMT on Saturday the 13th February 2021 at Kimmage Manor Parish, Dublin, Republic of Ireland and celebrated by Fr. Paul Walsh who was Prasanta's Headmaster of St. Teresa's Boys Secondary School. Live streaming link: http://kimmagemanorparish.com
May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing. Enquiries to agnelodafernandes@hotmail.com


News Summary

Goa reaps benefits from pandemic-driven property boom

7 Feb: Financial Times (UK). By Amy Kazm. A pandemic property boom has struck Goa, stoked by Indians fleeing crowded cities where coronavirus has been rampant… Goa has been deluged by domestic arrivals, many of whom are looking to hunker down in the tropical idyll for months … “I have never done so many rentals,” said Rishi Kawatra, a local property broker. “We don’t have places. All my rental inventory is finished.” Demand for properties to buy is also strong, in sharp contrast with the malaise elsewhere in India. “A lot of people are selling properties in Delhi and Bombay and shifting here permanently,” Kawatra said… Brokers said most arrivals were wealthy and looking for second homes. They were often retirees and IT professionals working from home who were fed up with claustrophobic urban apartments… Surging demand is driving up prices. Apartment rental rates in Goa’s have risen by 15 per cent to 20 per cent in the “beach belt” since July, and 10 per cent to 15 per cent inland… Standalone villas — some priced as high as $2m — are scarce, with most buildings due for completion over the next three years already sold out… 664 words  click here

Swindon: Instagram video of rottweiler and baby girl cuddling goes viral

26 Oct 2020. Swindon Advertiser. A video of a dog a baby girl cuddling has gone viral on Instagram. Mum Vanessa Fernandes frequently posts pictures of eight-month-old daughter Olivia on her account – but little did she know that her video would reach more than 110,000 views in less than two weeks. The video shows the rottweiler Hammer sat on the sofa while Olivia hugs him… Vanessa, who lives near Tesco Extra on Ocotal Way, was surprised by the number of messages and shares on social media…  click here
To watch the video,  click here

Judgment on Goa mines on Wednesday

8 Feb: Free Press Journal. The Supreme Court judgment on the Goa government's review petitions of November 2019 and other petitions for resumption of mining lying shut since March 2018 is most likely on Wednesday in the post-lunch session. There may be a short date for the judgment if the Bench continues to examine the petitions in chambers as done previously on January 21. A Bench of Justices Dr DY Chandrachud and MR Shah, before which eight review petitions on the matter are listed on Wednesday, had last Thursday deferred a day-to-day hearing to Feb 24 on resumption of the iron ore mining in Goa in view of the pending review petitions. Justice Chandrachud then said a decision on the review petition would be taken in 3-4 days…  click here

Assagao: A heritage hotspot is falling to concretisation, tree by tree, brick by brick

7 Feb: Herald. One of Goa’s prettiest villages, with quaint stately old homes and leafy boulevards, Assagao, is now referred to by many locals and even outsiders as ‘mini- Delhi’, an euphemism for the rest of India, with Delhi’s presence felt more than other cities. While the village is home to many sensitive folks who have moved in -- writers, poets designers, musicians and film-makers, it has not escaped the not so beautiful side of this expansion -- construction projects including gated housing, often with adverse environmental impacts… Water connections are only given to those of Goan origin …  click here
Video: 7 Feb: HCN. Assagao locals sit to protest outside PWD office due to shortage of water supply …  click here
7 Feb: Herald. Flashpoint Assagao: Massive tree felling invokes the ire of locals. The location of the latest round of people’s protests moves to North Goa, with locals and activists irked at the reported felling of 200 odd trees including a 400-year-old banyan tree. While the high end housing company has clarified the banyan tree won’t be touched, they face a clear trust deficit from the people… click here.

On My Plate: Want to be a better cook? Here’s the science bit

5 Feb: Sunday Post. Food writer Nik Sharma talks us through the science of flavour – and explains kitchens are just labs with white aprons instead of coats. Nik Sharma is based in LA, California. A city of farmers’ markets and cutting-edge restaurants, tacos you’d sell a limb for (if pushed), and ridiculously fresh produce. “The food scene in LA is the most vibrant in the US,” says Nik. “You can get the most delicious and inventive meals at different price points, so everyone has access, which is amazing… Nik ate a lot of seafood growing up on the west coast of India, alongside the meat-driven food of his mother’s Goan background…  click here
For Nik Sharma’s website,  click here

Elizabeth Day: Who wants to come on holiday with me?

7 Feb: Daily Mail. In my early 20s, for our first holiday as adults, a group of us decided to fly to Goa and spend a week lazing on the beach. As the departure date approached, my friend and I would email frantically: ‘WNAH’ – We Need A Holiday. Little did I know that foreign holidays were destined to become cherished memories. We went to Goa without much thought about our good fortune and we returned, seven days later, with deep tans and a new-found appreciation for brinjal bhaji…  click here




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