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Goan Voice Newsletter: Wednesday 26 May. 2021

News Summary

UK: Indian COVID News In Brief

25 May: Swindon Advertiser. Call for better communication to beat Covid vaccination complacency. Vaccination rates in the Broadgreen and SN1 remain concerningly low. So much so that Swindon was mentioned on LBC radio this week as an area where vaccinations are below average… Many who live in SN1 are in low paid temporary work, live in multigenerational homes and do not necessarily get reached by mainstream media. If there was a pop-up centre in Broadgreen with ideally some staff speaking languages like Goan and Nepalese it would encourage people to get vaccinated for sure…  click here
25 May: BBC. Covid: Eight Indian variant areas should avoid indoor gatherings …  click here
25 May: itv. Covid: How many cases of the Indian variant are there in the UK and which areas are most affected? … click here.

COVID-19 Second Wave Highlights India’s Barriers to Global Aid

24 May: The Diplomat. A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is raging through India. The country is not facing this challenge alone, with help pouring in from across the world. But delivering assistance during this calamity faces a range of daunting challenges. In light of the humanitarian crisis, the Indian government must quickly move to remove policy and regulatory impediments that hamper global assistance… Albeit slowly, the government relaxed procurement rules and exempted various items from special health taxes, custom duties, and the integrated goods and services tax (IGST). However, many gaps remain… Perhaps the biggest impediment is the latest amendments to India’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2020… In light of the unprecedented crisis and need to strengthen COVID-19 relief efforts, the government should consider urgent implementation of a few key steps …  click here
21 May: Time Magazine. India Needs All the Help It Can Get to Fight COVID-19, But Who Does Humanitarian Aid Really Serve? …  click here
13 May: BBC Newsnight. India Covid: How law stops NGOs distributing essential aid … click here.

Hawaii: Donations sought for COVID-19 crisis in India

24 May: Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The coronavirus crisis in India has some Hawaii residents scrambling to help loved ones and others … The Honolulu-based non-profit Gandhi International Institute for Peace members have reached out to local residents and businesses and the state government to assist the people in India, and especially citing Hawaii’s sister-state relationship with the Indian state of Goa… All funds will be used to ship donated items and for financial aid to New Delhi and the states of Goa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh…  click here

Veronica Fernandes: Seeds. Words that feed the future: Ocean

Sun. 6 June, 6 pm CEST | 9 am PDT | 12 pm EDT. Seeds. Words that feed the future. OCEAN | Kenneth R. Weiss & Veronica Fernandes. A live streaming event for the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra”, as part of the series Seeds. Words that feed the future… Veronica Fernandes, Journalist Rai News 24. Veronica Fernandes is a journalist at the foreign desk of Rainews24 focusing on Africa, diasporas in Italy and social issues. Raised in Mantova, Italy, her roots are between Goa and Nairobi. A mother of two, she now lives in Rome… Join the dialogue, be inspired, get involved! Live on the CMCC channels: Facebook |YouTube | |  click here
RAI News: Who is the journalist Veronica Fernandes?  click here
Video: 27 Apr: RAI News. Veronica Fernandes interviews Shruti Chaturvedi re COVID in Goa click here.

Merwyn Pereira opens Peppercorn Restaurant in Edinburgh

21 May: The Scotsman. May 25th marks the opening of takeaway, Peppercorn Edinburgh, which offers “artisanal Indian cuisine”. The owner of this restaurant at 1 Piershill Place is Merwyn Pereira, 32. He has plenty of experience under his belt, as he has worked as manager for well-established Edinburgh restaurants. This will be his first solo venture, with a focus on Scottish produce… his menu will evolve to feature dishes that reference his personal background. “I come from the coastal state of Goa and our style of cooking is quite different, and heavily influenced by the Portuguese,” says Merwyn, who has lived in Edinburgh for 12 years. "A month into our opening, we will be introducing dishes including Goan fish cutlets and chicken xacuti … 393 words.  click here
Merwyn was born in Dongorim Majorda, the son of Sebastian and Veronica Pereira. He came to Scotland as a student. For the Peppercorn website,  click here
For the Peppercorn Facebook page, / click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

26 May: Herald. Positivity rate drops to 30%, but new cases remain consistent. The daily COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 30 per cent on Tuesday – the lowest this month – even as 1,549 new patients were detected in a 24-hour period… On Tuesday, 39 more patients succumbed to the infection taking the total death toll to 2,460…  click here
25 May: The Quint. Goa’s COVID Disaster: Tourism Before Healthcare & Welfare? Goa has been touted as that place where, well, anything goes, owing to the government’s negligence…  click here
26 May: Deccan Herald. Goa only has 6,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses for 18-44 years ... click here.

Acquitting Tarun Tejpal, court: Woman did not behave like sexual assault victim

26 May: Indian Express. Ruling there was no medical evidence and there were “facts” that “create doubt on (her) truthfulness,” the court said the woman’s messages to the accused “clearly establish” that she was neither “traumatised nor terrified” and this “completely belies” the prosecution's case… the judge held that the complainant “did not demonstrate any kind of normative behaviour” that a victim of sexual assault “might plausibly show”…. In her 527-page judgment made available Tuesday, Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi wrote: “Upon considering evidence on record…benefit of doubt is given to the accused because there is no corroborative evidence supporting the allegations made by the complainant girl.” … 1348 words  click here
For the full text of the judgement,  click here
25 May: Bar & Bench. State of Goa files appeal before Bombay High Court against Tarun Tejpal acquittal in rape case … click here.

Go Goa, Gobble

25 May: National Geographic Traveller. About eight years ago, wheeled kitchens emerged as Goa’s hot, new chow dens, a trend that has since evolved into a dependable feature of its bylanes. Youthful ventures from inside of whimsically can-sprayed vehicles, or the drive-in version of Goan mom-and-pops, these food trucks stand out from their metropolitan cousins… family recipes of vindaloo and choris pao are replicated, and sometimes reinvented with a respectful twist… Food Engine, Vagator run by Joel Moniz, aged 29. Honey-spiced Chicken Poee/Rs70; Beef Chilly-Cheese Burger/Rs100; Chicken, or Beef Overload/Rs120 and Rs150 … Oppa’s Food Court, Anjuna. Chef and owner Brian D’Souza … Roast Pork Sandwich/Rs150; Pulled Pork Poee/ Rs100; Grilled Chicken Laffa/ Rs150; Beef-chilly Baguette/ Rs150 …  click here

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