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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 20 May. 2021




News Summary

Lerrick and Lineker Coelho. The Great British Bake Off

18 May: Facebook. Brothers Lerrick and Lineker [Coelho] hail from Goa and both have a progressive approach to patisserie, drawing on flavours and techniques from their rich culture. They are representing 5* Sofitel London St James, which sits in the heart of London’s West End. Team Captain Lerrick began his patisserie career in 2013 at the Oberoi in Mumbai, and in 2019 he followed his younger brother Lineker to London and joined Sofitel London St James. Named after their dad’s favourite footballer, Lineker was inspired to bake after watching his older brother and, after studying and working in Goa, he decided on moving to London in 2017 to continue to develop his patisserie career…  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Lerrick Coelho, Loyola High School, Goa, 2001 – 2008,  click here

Clanny & Ryan open a Patisserie in Wembley

Clanny Rodrigues & Ryan Pinheiro who were finalists in Bake Off: The Professionals 2020 have opened their Twisted Treats Patisserie and Sparkle Bar in Wembley at 321 Harrow Road, HA9 6BA – next to St Joseph Church. Open Tue – Sun. Tel: 07393188384 / 07405630919. For a Facebook view,  click here
Video: Twitter. Clanny & Ryan: Best Bits of Bake Off The Professionals. Brothers from another mother’… Clanny and Ryan have done Goa proud with their stunning final Showpiece … Here are Clanny and Ryan’s best bits…  click here
30 Jul. Herald. Goans do themselves proud in the finals. The Goan finalists came in second but won praise for their innovative recipes that took the judges on a journey of discovery … click here.

UK: Covid Indian Variant

19 May: BBC. Covid-19: More variant hotspots to get surge tests and jabs. Surge testing and jabs will be expanded to six new areas of concern in England to combat the spread of the Indian Covid variant … Some 2,967 cases of the Indian variant have now been identified in the UK. This is up from about 2,300 on Monday. Further surge testing and vaccinations will now be introduced in: Bedford, Burnley, Hounslow, Kirklees, Leicester and North Tyneside … Scientists will know more about the transmissibility of the new Indian variant by "sometime next week", England's deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said…  click here
Video: 19 May: Evening Standard. Indian variant: nearly 3,000 cases in UK, says Matt Hancock …  click here
19 May: Daily Mail. How quickly is the Indian variant spreading in YOUR area? Interactive map reveals how mutant strain is now dominant in 23 towns … click here.

Goa: Covid News In Brief

20 May: The Pioneer (India). Goa As A Nightmare. By Arun Sinha. Goa, a global tourist destination, has turned into a nightmare with the disastrous mismanagement of the COVID situation by the State Government. A week ago, the COVID positivity rate in the State shot up beyond 55 per cent, the highest in the country… Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane were too pleased to go on local and national television to pat their backs for Goa’s achievement amid appalling mismanagement in most other states… (The author is the Editor, Navhind Times, Goa. The views expressed are personal.)  click here
20 May: Navhind Times. Attempts To Hide COVID Mismanagement …  click here
Video: 19 May: NDTV. A Close Look At Goa's Fight Against Covid-19 | Reality Check… 3m. 45s. Click here.

20 May: Navhind Times. 31 more succumb to COVID in state … Goa registered 1,209 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 31.21 per cent… Click here.

Goa: The Oxygen Saga Continues

19 May: Mojo Story. Video: "We Were Stopped From Supplying Oxygen". Nazia talks to one of the volunteers associated with Goa Corona Warrior Group; a community of volunteers from across political parties who are helping the COVID patients since the Covid outbreak in 2020 regarding oxygen supply, oxygen beds and ambulances. He alleges that they were stopped from giving oxygen to patients …  click here
19 May: Times of India. Oxygen supply crisis at GMC unabated, 13 more patients die … 556 words.  click here
19 May: Times of India. Two of the ten crowdfunded oxygen concentrators have arrived in Goa and will be handed over to public health centres in the state soon, free of cost… click here.

India: 'Massive discrepancy' between real death toll and official count of 283,000

19 May: Daily Mail (UK). Local residents claim that India's official death toll of 283,000 people as a sham. Questions about the official statistics are also being raised after a private testing company found that 63% of the people it tested had coronavirus antibodies, meaning they have been infected by the virus and recovered… India registered another record day of Covid fatalities with 4,529 on Wednesday … In Kanpur, officially 196 people died from Covid between April 16 and May 5, but the data shows around 8,000 cremations took place, which were often held by family members rather than official crematoriums… 2142 words + 20 photos + videos and 600+ comments.  click here
19 May: Associated Press. India on Wednesday reported more coronavirus deaths in a single day than any other country at any time during the pandemic, while infections continued to spread through vast rural areas with weak health systems…  click here

Audio: Manuela de Souza: In India, “Normal doesn't exist”

19 May: International Finance Corp (USA). Bad news is the only news that Manuela de Souza, an IFC Communications Officer in Goa, India, hears these days. Since a highly transmissible second wave of COVID-19 infections began coursing through India, causing a record number of deaths, de Souza has watched the virus wreak havoc across the country-including her home state of Goa. … 'We see scenes of funeral pyres, graves, visuals of people outside of hospitals gasping for breath,' she said. 'It's humbling and devastating…it is really quite something to deal with on a daily basis.' In an audio story from IFC, de Souza describes how real-time messaging, including SOS messages, has changed the nature of the national response to the crisis… 3522 words. Audio 17m. 07s.  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Manuela de Souza,  click here

Video: Adline Castelino Returns to India After Becoming Third Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2021

19 May: News 18. Adline Castelino is back in India after securing fourth place at the Miss Universe 2020 competition in Florida. The Miss Diva 2020 winner was snapped at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday evening, donning a stylish look and waving the Indian National flag. Back from representing India at the international beauty pageant, she proudly posed for the shutterbugs here. Adline became the third runner up after competing with 74 beautiful women around the world… Born to Catholic parents Alphonse and Meera Castelino in Kuwait City in 1998, Castelino was 15 when she moved to Mumbai where she studied at St Xavier's …  click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes

DOCUMENTARY: The Documentary. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Sun. 23rd May. 05:30 to 06:00. Speaking Out. London-based broadcaster Edward Adoo and US DJ T Storm team up to discuss the experiences of black people who are stopped and searched on their streets. Together they hear the personal stories of people from all over the world who've suffered the humiliation of what many who have been stopped say is racial stereotyping. Listen now at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct2fzs

DOCUMENTARY: Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers. ITV4. Mon. 24th May. 01:15 to 02:15. Ganges. Recent reports suggest that the Ganges, the world's most revered river, is in trouble. Travelling to India, Jeremy's investigation takes him from crab-hunters in the delta to the heavily polluted middle river, and finally into the mountains in search of a rare predator.

DOCUMENTARY: Piccadilly. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 24th May to Fri 28th May. 13:45 to 14:00. Five part series in which Krupa Padhy tells a personal story about five men whose friendship has stretched - in some cases - over more than five decades, and who she grew up calling 'uncles' who grew up in East Africa. All Gujeratis, they experienced a double diaspora, emigrating from India to East Africa before emigrating to the UK.

COOKERY: The Hairy Bikers' Comfort Food. Together TV (Freeview 87). Tues. 25th May. 18:00 to 19:00. DIY. Si King and Dave Myers prove that home-made can beat shop-bought when they prepare gravalax, jam doughnuts, corned beef and even an Indian favourite, paneer.

TRAVEL: Great British Railway Journeys. BBC 2. Tues. 25th May. 18:30 to 19:00. Hackney Wick to Oxford Circus. Michael Portillo continues his travels through the capital in the heart of London's East End. He heads to London's West End to hunt down London's oldest surviving Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy. Here, he tries his hand at making chapatis, under the watchful eye of the restaurant's master chef.

DOCUMENTARY: Inside the Factory. Smithsonian (Freeview 56). Thurs. 27th May. 20:00 to 21:00. Curry. Gregg Wallace explores a Nottinghamshire factory that makes 250,000 jars of curry sauce every day, while Cherry Healey is in Guntur, the chilli capital of India. Plus, Ruth Goodman examines the passion for this often spicy dish, and recreates a 1747 recipe for rabbit curry.

COOKERY: Great British Food. Together TV (Freeview 87). Fri. 28th May. 05:30 to 06:00. Indian Food. Tom Norrington-Davies celebrates the influence of Indian food on British cuisine, and rustles up vegetable pakoras.




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