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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 10 Jun. 2021


Death: Marjorie Jane (Wilson) D’souza. Ex Bombay
2 Jun: Beverly, MA, USA. MARJORIE JANE (WILSON) D’SOUZA. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 87 after a battle with lymphoma. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Dr. Ayres T. DSouza. Marj was born on January 4, 1934, in Pachmarhi, She met her future husband while completing her nursing training at J.J. Hospital in Mumbai. After completing their education, the pair moved to Saudi Arabia and then Massachusetts. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl DSouza MD and her husband, Mark McKenna; three grandchildren, Ainsley, Andrew and Gavin; four sisters-in-law, Mary Wilson of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Margaret Wilson of Llantwit Major, Wales, Dorothea Wilson of Tifton, Georgia and Diana Demello of Mumbai, India and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers Leslie Wilson, Henry Wilson and Aubrey Wilson; her brothers-in-law James DSouza and Conrad Demello and her sister-in-law Olga DSouza. Visiting hours will be at Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Sunday, June 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union Street, Hamilton, on Monday, June 14th at 9 a.m. Burial next to her loving husband will be at the Iron Rail Cemetery, Wenham following the funeral. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marj may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute or Greenpeace. For photo, more information, directions and condolences click here.

News Summary

Covid: London surge testing extended as Delta variant fuels sharp rise in cases

9 Jun: itv. Surge testing will begin in Kingston upon Thames after a sharp rise in Covid cases driven by the Delta variant, first identified in India. Kingston Council said all younger people who live, study and work in the London borough should take a PCR test whether or not they have symptoms… Kingston is the latest London borough to announce extra measures to try and control the spread of the Delta variant. In May, PCR testing was rolled out in postcodes within Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent…  click here
9 Jun: Wall Street Journal. Covid-19 Variant First Found in India Is Quickly Spreading Across Globe …  click here

Goa: COVID News In Brief

10 Jun: Herald. COVID case count remains above 400 mark; deaths 16. The daily number of new COVID cases continues to hover around the 400-plus mark with another 456 cases detected on Wednesday. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) also reported 16 new deaths on Wednesday. The COVID positivity rate is now at 14.44% while 3157 samples were tested within the last 24 hours of Wednesday evening…  click here
10 Jun: Herald. COVID waste dumping at Sonsoddo report flutters locals, unrests MMC, politicians. Chief Officer apparently alerts Sanitary Inspector to follow up with the government-appointed agency; MMC Chairperson assures safety from the infected bio-waste..,  click here
9 Jun: Herald. Sonsoddo sitting on a COVID bomb! Herald visit to the site reveals tonnes of bio-medical waste collected from patients in home isolation in Margao lying unattended for months … click here.

Swindon: New trial date set for man accused of child sex offences

21 May: Swindon Advertiser. A Trial date has been set for a man accused of trying to get a 13-year-old girl to perform a sex act on a dog. Trevor Fernandes, 36, is also said by prosecutors to have pressured the girl, who is based in America, to film herself performing sex acts on herself and a younger child. The allegations are denied. On Thursday, Judge Jason Taylor QC made arrangements for Fernandes’ trial to begin on September 13. The trial is expected to last several days. Fernandes, of Dixon Street, has already pleaded not guilty to seven charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, six counts of taking indecent images in category B and three counts of taking indecent images in category C. The offences are said to have been committed in November 2020…  click here

Goa airport extension work takes off

9 Jun: Times of India. Airports Authority of India and Goa International Airport performed the ground breaking ceremony for the Rs 255.7 crore airport terminal building extension project on Monday. Once ready, the project will increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 13 million passengers per annum … This is expected to increase the passenger handling capacity to 13 million passengers per annum (MPPA) from the existing 7.65 MPPA. The facility be capable of handling at least 3,250 passengers per hour (PHP). Estimated to cost of Rs. 255.7 crore, the extension will have 32 check-in counters taking total number of check-in counters to 96. The work is expected to completed by the end of 2022.  click here
9 Jun: Knocksense. Extension work begins at Goa Airport … It is expected that the Goa Airport will witness close to 13 million yearly footfalls, once the new building is operational…  click here
9 Jun: Navhind Times,. Work on Rs 255.69-cr worth Dabolim airport building set in motion … click here.

Taxi fares in Goa may be hiked soon, says transport minister

9 Jun: Times of India. The state is likely to soon see taxi fares soar as transport minister Mauvin Godinho on Tuesday hinted that he would accept the recommendations of the state transport authority (STA) to revise the fares… The minister also said that installation of taxi meters has not picked up as expected. He also said that taxi operators are using excuses not to fix meters — no tourists, pandemic, and off-season…
Times View: It is ironical that the government is quick to accept recommendations from the taxi lobby about fare hike and cites the example of other states, but chooses to turn a blind eye to the efficient systems in place in these states that check fare violations…  click here

Pedalling tales from the past and present

9 Jun: The Telegraph. Anoop Babani and Savia Viegas are a couple in their sixties who moved to Goa in 2005 and subsequently discovered their shared passion for cycling. What makes this avid cyclist couple’s story unique is the extent of their efforts to keep alive their love for cycling and their numerous contributions to this blazing community interest. From organising photo exhibitions on global Indian cyclists and hosting a one-of-its-kind film festival showcasing films based on the theme of cycling to now publishing a new book, The Bicycle Diaries, released this year that documents India’s rich cycling history and the journeys of 12 Indian cyclists’ global cycling expeditions between 1923 and 1942, they have done it all… Both Anoop and Savia are active members of Xaxti Riders, a cycling club in South Goa crowd-funded and later released by Belinda Viegas-Mueller, a psychotherapist by profession and a record-holding cyclist mentioned in the Limca Book of Records for being the only Indian woman to have finished the 1,200km cycling brevet, three times in a single year…  click here

Football: Portugal Favourites on paper with a ground reality check ahead of Euro 2020

9 Jun: Herald. Even before the final squads of any teams could be announced for the Euro 2020, defending champions Portugal were termed favourites by world football fans or you may call them pundits…  click here
9 Jun: Herald. Portugal has home support in Goa, gets set to retain the COVID delayed Euro 2020. The European football tournament is almost upon us and Goan football fans are looking forward to the tournament with great anticipation. They spoke about their expectations from the tournament and who they felt would win it… click here.


DRAMA: Drama on 3. Inheritors. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Sun. 13th June. 19:30 to 21:05. Radio premiere of Susan Glaspell's 1921 play exploring nationalism, the erosion of fundamental American rights and freedom of speech. Madeline, the grandchild of a pioneering American family, faces a moral dilemma when two fellow students are arrested at a college protest against British colonial rule in India and threatened with deportation.

DOCUMENTARY: African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power. BBC Four. Sun. 13th June. 22:30 to 23:30. Kenya. Afua Hirsch explores the cultural history of Kenya, revealing how artists, musicians and writers have responded to its colonial past and asserted a new identity.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Together TV (Freeview 87). Mon. 14th June. 00:15 to 01:30. Aravani Girl. Two boys. One dangerous desire. Two teenagers dream of becoming ladyboys. Loved as performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories echo the conflicts of India's gender culture.

COOKERY: Bake Off: The Professionals. Channel 4. Tues. 15th June. 20:00 to 21:00. Six new teams (includes Lerrick and Lineker Coelho (photo), the brothers from Goa) enter the kitchen and for their first challenge they must produce two different types of miniature classics, the lemon meringue pie and the tiramisu - 24 perfect examples of each in three and a half hours. After that judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden ask them to take the humble fruit crumble and transform it into a fine-dining showpiece, complete with towering, edible sculptures.

FILM: Bombay. Channel 4. Wed. 16th June. 01.55 to 04:15. Hindu journalist Shekhar falls for shy Muslim girl Shaila while visiting his hometown on the coast, but when their fathers find out about the lovers they run away to Mumbai and cut off all ties with their families. But years later, with two young sons of their own, Shekhar and Shaila's relationship is threatened by inter-religious rioting in the city. Indian drama, in Tamil with English subtitles

DRAMA: RK Narayan Stories. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Thurs. 17th June. 10:45 to 11:00 and 15.45 to 16.00 Trail of the Green Blazer. Episode 1. Trail of the Green Blazer. A distinctive jacket seems to beckon pickpocket Raju over the cacophony of a bustling Indian market. Read by Sam Dastor. From 1991.

DOCUMENTARY: Lord Mountbatten: Hero or Villain? 5Select (Freeview 55). Thurs. 17th June. 22:00 to 23:30. When Louis Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin and Prince Philip's uncle, was murdered by the IRA in 1979 he was lauded as a war hero, an elder statesman and a much-loved member of the royal family. But did the public perception disguise the truth? As a military leader he was responsible for significant loss of life, while as a statesman he was responsible for the badly planned and poorly executed partition of India, which still has repercussions today.

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