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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 21 Mar. 2021




Obituary

Death: Francisco (Francis) Fernandes. Ex Mombasa

16 March 2021. Harrow, London. FRANCISCO (also known as FRANCIS) FERNANDES. Born February 27, 1925. Physiotherapist and Bone-Setter of Mombasa, Kenya who continued caring and healing many more after he moved to the UK in 1990. Beloved husband of Angelina Secundina and cherished father of Prudencia, Maria Deudita, Hyacinth, Cheryl, Claudette and Yvonne. Much loved father-in-law of Christopher, the late John, Richard and Warwick and doting grandfather to Ailish, Sean, Sasha Rose and Sophie. A proud member of the Goan Community. Private Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Friday 9 April 2021 at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Harrow Weald and thereafter a burial at Carpenders Park Lawn Cemetery. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be planned for the summer once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Please access the website, https://www.remembr.com/francisco.fernandes-mombasa for the Francisco Fernandes memorial page if you would like to leave a message, tribute or pictures. Details of live streaming of the Requiem Mass will also be uploaded here.


News Summary

New Zealand double murders: The family at the centre of a tragedy

20 Mar: 04:00 PM (GMT). New Zealand Herald. Last month, Auckland man Herman Bangera proudly posted a photo to his Facebook page which showed himself, his wife Elizabeth and their son Sheal following Sheal's 2014 university graduation … Five weeks on, Bangera and his wife Elizabeth - known to friends as Elsie - are understood to be the Epsom couple knifed to death in their home on Friday morning in what police say appears to be a "family harm-related incident" with no wider risk to the public…Text + photo.  click here
For Herman Bangera’s Facebook page,  click here
20 Mar: 8:07am GMT. 1 NEWS (NZ). Auckland Indian community reeling after double homicide of two migrants … 398 words + 2 videos. click here.

British-Asian businessman offering cut-price flights, UK to India as soon as July

20 Mar: Mail on Sunday (UK). A British-Asian businessman who calls himself 'the Sikh Michael O'Leary' will launch a Ryanair-style airline offering cut-price flights to India as soon as July. Flypop, founded by former City bond trader Nino Singh Judge, plans to operate long-haul no-frills flights at half the cost of rivals. It will initially offer two direct routes from the UK – to Amritsar and Ahmedabad – with return fares from £299… He founded Flypop in 2014 and has since been raising money to get to the point where he can operate flights… Flypop will roll out flights to Indian cities not served by major airlines, such as Calcutta, Pune and Goa, and links to New York, Toronto, Chicago, the Caribbean and Africa…  click here

Reita Faria on BBC’s Witness History

20 Mar: Telegraph India. By Amit Roy. Listening to Reita Faria last week on the BBC’s Witness History spot made me wonder whether I shouldn’t return to university to do a PhD on the Indian beauty business… the first Indian to win Miss World was Faria, a Goan girl from Bombay, in 1966. Now 77, Faria, a retired doctor, and her husband and endocrinologist, David Powell, live in Ireland. They have two daughters and five grandchildren … Does she think there is a place for beauty contests in today’s world? Her reply: “I don’t to be quite honest — it really has passed its sell by date in the sense that the world has matured and there really is no fairy tale to anything anymore.”  click here
Audio: BBC Witness History: Reita Faria … 8m.59s.  click here
For some Google links to Reita Faria, click here.

New OCI, visa rules ‘clarification’

19 Mar: Indica. At an Indian community representative meeting called by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) on March 11, India’s consul general in New York claimed that no major changes that have been announced for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders. The only new phenomenon is that buying and selling of farmhouses have been added to the list because of its misuse, he pointed out… Dr Thomas Abraham, chairman of GOPIO International, pointed out that many OCI card holders who have established successful business India are concerned about the notification of OCI card holders as foreign nationals. Abraham said that he had received hundreds of responses from OCI card holders and those who have taken citizenship in other countries about the hassle of buying and selling their properties in India…  click here
20 Mar: Goan Observer. Freedom From Fear. Status of NRIs, PIOs AND OCIs! …  click here
20 Mar: Hindustan Times. Surrogacy laws for overseas citizens need review. Married and un-married people cannot be treated as a class apart, particularly when inter-country or in-country adoptions are permitted under the gazetted Indian Adoption Regulations … click here.

Postcard from Goa: ‘Restaurateurs lay out hundreds of tables on the beach, though they have no chance of filling them’

21 Mar: The Sunday Times (UK). By Steve Carver. India’s seaside state is managing Covid better than its neighbours — but with borders closed tourism is really suffering. It’s Goa but not as you’d know it. I’m in the north of the 100km-long state, in the laid-back resort of Arambol. I arrived in early December … Each sunset, restaurateurs lay out hundreds of tables on the beach, though they have no chance of filling them. Despite conflicting reports of Covid cases in Goa, numbers seem relatively low … The cost of living is low; the weather is warm; their decision to stay seems to have paid off. Those who do need cash have reinvented themselves as spiritual teachers and yoga teachers… You can rent a nice little detached house with gardens for about £250 a month, much cheaper than metropolitan rates. Arup, a woman from Cologne runs a spiritually themed café in Assagao. Her coffee goes for £3 a cup … The foreigners marooned in India are already starting to migrate north again, and everyone in the tourism industry will hold their breath, hoping for the return of foreigners in November. Steve Carver is a journalist who has just returned to the UK after 15 months in India. 945 words.  click here

COVID Headlines

Video: 20 Mar: Boom Live. Explained: Why COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Again In India. Reduced media coverage, opening up of the economy and poor COVID-19 etiquette from the public are the reasons behind the rise in COVID-19 cases in India, say experts…  click here
20 Mar: News 18. Modi Govt’s Ambitious Vaccine Drive Has Placed India Ahead of Many Developed Nations in Covid Fight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the vaccine against coronavirus at AIIMS… A well thought-out plan and an effective system in place are the main reasons for the smooth functioning of the vaccination drive  click here
21 Mar: Navhind Times. Goa reported 154 new COVID-19 positive cases on Saturday, taking the tally of active positive cases to 997. However, no death linked to the dreaded virus was registered in the state during the last 24 hours. Thus, the death count stands at 815. As per the media bulletin released by the Directorate of Health Services on Saturday, the number of current COVID-19 confirmed positive cases stands at 56,525… click here.

Interpreting susegad

19 Mar: The timing of Clyde D’Souza’s Susegad: The Goan Art of Contentment couldn’t have been better. In his book, the Goan programming head at a television company in Mumbai covers history and culture, includes colourful Konkani phrases, and asks famous Goans to spill their susegad secrets. After all, if ikigai and hygge, the Japanese and Danish concepts respectively, have been easily adopted as a lifestyle and design trend, why not susegad (from the Portuguese word sossagado, meaning quiet). D’Souza explains in his book that when irritated, Goans will often say in Konkani ‘Maka suseg di’ (give me peace or quiet)…  click here

Breaking the silence on domestic violence

20 Mar: Navhind Times. Most of us are under the wrong impression that the women are most unsafe when they are travelling alone or late at night or in secluded places. However for many women the unsafest place is their home! The family and home which is often equated with sanctuary becomes a place that puts lives in danger and breeds some of the most drastic forms of violence committed against women and girls. In fact to take it further, some women have even shared that they prefer the outdoors than being in their own homes as they are terrified of the abuse that is rained on them day in and day out…  click here

Australia: Home after lengthy ordeal

19 Mar: Sydney News Today. (Aus). After 10 months spent trying to get home, a forfeited flight due to a suspected false negative COVID-19 test, more than $10,000 spent and a diagnosis of PTSD, Deb Tellis and her daughter Eysha are back on home soil. She described feeling like a weight had lifted off her after a horrendous experience trying to get home from India since May… the pair went on a trip to Goa on India's west coast. It was the first time they had flown since buying $1897 tickets on a chartered flight to Australia in June. They had to miss that plane after Eysha tested positive for coronavirus, which they believe was a false positive, and were rushed into 12 days quarantine in a tiny, windowless room… 791 words /  click here
28 Jan: Mail Online. A bit of perspective: Mum shares a striking photo of Indian sewer cleaners in filthy conditions during the Covid pandemic as a reminder for Australians 'struggling with gratitude' to appreciate living in the lucky country …  click here




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