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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 02 Sep. 2021


Death: Maria Da Silva (Ritin). Ex Fatorda, Goa / Mombasa, Kenya

28th August 2021: London, UK. MARIA JOSEPHINA DA SILVA (RITIN) nee BARRETO - Ex Fatorda, Goa / Mombasa, Kenya - Born 1st November 1927. Passed away peacefully. The Da Silva Family is deeply saddened to inform you of the death of our loving Mai, Maria Josephina Da Silva, beloved wife of the late, Rosario Da Silva.
Affectionately embraced by many around the world as their Queen, Maria is survived by her devoted eleven children and their spouses Sebastian/Rebecca, Rose/late Sebastian, Cresencia, Luis, Joanita/Filo, Henrequetta/Vincent, Antonetta/John, Cyrila/Tony, Xavier/Vency, Sukor/Sharon & Mary/Walter. Doting Ma to eighteen grandchildren, Sylvester/Natalie, Siegfried, Suzette, Carl/Davina, Colin/Mandha, Cheryl/Runako, Charles/Angela, Fabian/Noemi, Iliana, Cancio, Zelia, Stephanie, Charlotte, Hayley, Dylan, Nadia, Aidan & Harvey. Great grandmother to Freya-Maria, Olivia-Neve, Jayden, Kyran & Jenna.
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News Summary

Barely three months after deadly second wave, citizens in Goa drop guard against Covid

1 Sep: Times of India. Stability in the state’s Covid-19 caseload over the past month and the gradual unlocking of economic activities appear to have once again spurred the rise of Covidiots — a term coined for people who ignore health advice on Covid-19 and do things they are warned against — as they crowd several public places and flout government norms. Their behaviour has angered several who are conscious about their well-being and are still reeling from the horrors of the April-May coronavirus rampage that wrecked the state and stretched healthcare facilities to their limits …  click here
1 Sep: Boom. Traveling To Goa? Here Are The Updated COVID Guidelines. Goa has extended the COVID-19 induced curfew till September 6. Here's a list of Goa's travel rules…  click here
1 Sep: PTI. Goa opens COVID-19 vaccination for foreigners... foreigners who had received their first dose of the vaccine outside Goa, can take the second jab in the coastal state… click here.

Goa homes to get free water supply up to 16K litres per month from today

1 Sep: Zee News. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has announced that the state will become the first state in the country to supply water free of cost to its citizens, starting from September 1. Sawant launched the ‘Save Water to Get Free Water’ scheme on Tuesday under which households in the state will not be charged for consumption up to 16,000 litres. Assessing a press conference in Panaji, Sawant said, "Goa will be the first state in the country to give water free to the people. We are not giving this water to waste; we want to save water to get free water." … He also announced that small businesses and restaurants will also be able to avail the benefit of this scheme…  click here
Ed: It is difficult to understand what the CM means by “We are not giving this water to waste; we want to save water to get free water." Water shortage has been a way of life in Goa with tankers being pressed into service…

Football: Mariano Barreto asks Kotoko to pay his return ticket to Ghana

31 Aug: GhanaWeb. Head coach Mariano Barreto has reportedly asked Kotoko to pay for his return ticket to Ghana after leaving for holidays. Barreto is eager to return to Ghana to start early preparations for the new season which gets underway in late October. But the Portuguese [citizen] tactician is still in his native country because Kotoko haven’t responded to his letter in which he demands a return ticket money, according to Kesseben FM. It is believed that Kotoko want to part ways with Barreto who signed a three-year contract earlier this year. Before leaving Ghana, Barreto bruised the ego of the club with comments such as Kotoko doesn't qualify to be called a "big team"…  click here
1 Sep: GhanaWeb. Asante Kotoko and Mariano Barreto agree to end relationship – Reports …  click here
Times of India: Mariano, 56, was born in Ribandar in North Goa before migrating to Portugal when he was just three years old … click here.

Car found floating off popular Goa beach, driver booked

1 Sep: IANS. Hours after a video of a car floating in the waters off Goa's popular Morjim beach went viral, police on Wednesday arrested its driver for rash and negligent driving. The Hyundai i20 had been hired from a local rent-a-car agency by Gourav Bishwad, 25, who was last seen driving the vehicle illegally on the beach, police said… police identified the tourist culprit who was intentionally driving the said rent-a-car and registered an offence police inspector in-charge of the Pernem police station Jivba Dalvi said…  click here
Video: 1 Sep. InGoaNews. Driving on Morjim beach has cost this youth dearly …  click here

Video: Tourists share horrific experiences of alleged hooliganism by Goa taxi operators

1 Sep: InGoaNews. Shocking! In two separate incidents at Anjuna and Candolim, Tourist share details of alleged hooliganism by Goa taxi operators …  click here
Video: 1 Sep: InGoaNews. Taxi operator Bappa clarifies on the tourist girls video…  click here
1 Sep: Navhind Times. CM assures taxi operators permits will not be cancelled. Assuring taxi operators that their permits will not be cancelled and the related letters will be kept on hold for the time being, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the government will take a right decision on the digital fare meter installation issue before Ganesh Chaturthi by taking the taxi operators into confidence… click here.

This beautifully restored villa in Canacona tells the story of old Goa

27 Aug: Condé Nast Traveller. By Joanna Lobo. Turiya Villa is a house with a story to tell, a very Goan story. Goan architect and interior designer Sandesh Prabhu restored this heritage villa. The blue and white structure retains the foundation, and flooring and has large ornamental windows with stucco mouldings opening to verandas…  click here
30 Aug: Condé Nast Traveller. This new 10-bedroom villa in Saligao combines vintage charm with modern luxuries …Beautiful Portuguese-era homes that were going to seed have found new love from conscientious owners, who are restoring their vintage charm. The First House, for instance, lived a full life as Canteira, a home built by a Portuguese diplomat in 1896. But after his family moved out a hundred years later, the house fell into disrepair…  click here
31 Aug: Condé Nast Traveller. The latest COVID-19 updates in Goa and more … click here.



COMEDY: Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Live. Channel 4. Sun. 5th Sept. 22:00 to 23:00. From London's Hammersmith Apollo, footage of the comedian's debut stand-up show recorded in 2016, in which the Bafta-nominated performer examines the issues close to his heart - and explains why everybody else is wrong. During the performance, the star of the highly acclaimed series Asian Provocateur takes shots at everyone from his children to a stranger in a coffee shop. Romesh sold over 100,000 tickets for his Irrational live show, and most venues were sold out before the tour had even begun. To watch the programme online, go to

DOCUMENTARY: Death in Bollywood. BBC 2. Mon. 6th Sept. 23:15 to 00:15. Documentary following the British family of actress Jiah Khan in a search for the truth about her death in Mumbai in 2013, which was ruled a suicide by police. Jiah's mother Rabbiya hired private forensic investigator Jason Payne James, who believes it is highly unlikely that a distinctive oval mark found on the 25-year-old's neck could be caused by the dupatta scarf she was found hanging from in her flat.

DOCUMENTARY: The Mysterious Mr Mercury. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Tues. 7th Sept. 14:30 to 15:00. Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury to mark the 20th anniversary of the musician's death. He reveals how the charismatic Queen front man was shy and retiring behind the scenes, and investigates the years following Live Aid, when the Zanzibar-born musician disappeared from the public eye, and looks at his sexual ambiguity. With contributions by bandmate Brian May, personal assistant Peter Freestone and ex-girlfriend Mary Austin.

DOCUMENTARY: Three Pounds in My Pocket. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Tues. 7th Sept. 21:00 to 21:30. Kavita Puri hears the stories of the pioneering migrants from the Indian subcontinent and their children. The 1980s saw a cultural flourishing take place for the South Asian community in Britain, but later in the decade there would be a backlash. And in 1984, events on the Indian subcontinent would prove to be of monumental significance for British Sikhs. The Indian Army's storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest shrine of Sikhism, created anger and disbelief among British Sikhs - and led them to question their relationship both with India and the UK.

FILM: Shout at the Devil. Talking Pictures TV (Freeview 81). Tues. 7th Sept. 22:35 to 01:25. A drunken American and an Old Etonian Englishman involved in poaching in Zanzibar find their illicit activities disrupted by the area's German colonial commissioner. The outbreak of the First World War gives them the perfect excuse to get even by destroying a German battleship docked in the area for repairs. Action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Ian Holm, Jean Kent, Reinhard Kolldehoff and Horst Janson. Director: Peter H. Hunt.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? BBC 2. Thurs. 9th Sept. 16:15 to 17:15. Liz Bonnin takes part in the popular genealogy documentary, in which famous faces trace their family trees. The wildlife presenter describes herself as `a mongrel" - the result of her parents' lineages on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Martinique. In Trinidad, she goes in search of the first of her maternal ancestors to arrive on the island from India. Liz then heads to Martinique, where her paternal ancestors are said to have owned plantations - and slaves. However, what she uncovers is more complicated than she could have imagined.

DOCUMENTARY: Mighty Trains. Quest (Freeview 12). Fri. 10th Sept. 04:00 to 05:00. Maharajas' Express. Teddy Wilson steps aboard the regal Maharajas' Express in India, home of one of the world's most crowded rail systems, touring the country's most exotic sights.

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