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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 17 Jul. 2011




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Meet Ravi Vaz, the new Vice-President of the Goan Association, UK


From Ravi Vaz: Born in Goa, I was brought up and educated in Mumbai. My father, Late Mr A.B. Vaz was the ex-President of the Goan Association in Mumbai and hails from Cuncolim while mother hails from Velim, Goa. We have always been strong supporters of Konkani language and Goan culture, enjoyed organising events and actively serving on committees.
I completed my Bachelor of Engineering in India with distinctions and worked as a Senior Project Manager with Larsen & Toubro (Mumbai). I moved to U.K. in 2003 after being recruited by a leading food manufacturing company as their MIS Manager. I have settled down in London with my wife Jennifer and daughter Erin.
I have always been passionate about connecting and working with the Goan Community and look forward to serving as the Vice President of the Goan Association (UK). Contact email: ravi.vaz@gmail.com




Video: Reason why Swindon Goa Day was cancelled


16 Jul: Niz Goenkar. Swindon's Goa Day was cancelled at the last minute … the main reason is a single email from a fellow Goan who recently had declared himself as the leader of Goan Community in Swindon and requested Swindon Borough Council to stop the event as he had not given his permission … A meeting has been called of all the Goans in Swindon on 23rd July 2011, Saturday at 11 AM to deal with the problem and to have a fresh go for organising the Goa Day later ... 1181 words + comments. Click here.
Video: By Vav. 4m. 01s. Click here.




Acquiring Portuguese Nationality: The Road to Europe

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17 July: Indian Express. When the Portuguese left Goa in 1961, they gave a farewell gift to Goans by decreeing that all those born in Goa before December 19, 1961 would be deemed Portuguese citizens, a right extended to two generations of their descendants… A majority ends up in the UK … An uneducated Goan who works as a cleaner at the Heathrow airport probably gets the equivalent of Rs 50,000 a month … the huge UK Goan community gives comfort and support. A place like Swindon must have a population of 50,000 Goans, while Wembley has about 15,000 … Other nations in Europe have reportedly pressured the Portuguese government to pull the plug on the passport facility … 1399 words. click here.




Stop Press: Lorna, Goa’s Nightingale to perform in London on 24 July


Superstar singing sensation Lorna will be performing at the UK Goan Festival on Sunday 24th July thanks to the Goan Association (UK) who have sponsored her and to Richard Fernandes, the Finance Director, who spearheaded the operational arrangements. Lorna was born in Bombay, began singing for Chris Perry and then doing the club circuit in Bombay and other metros of India. Her powerful, raspy voice blended perfectly with Chris Perry’s jazz inspired music, and together they became a formidable duo. Lorna now tours the world with her select group of musicians. Check out a video clip or two of her performances at the link below click here.

News Summary

Goan Convention in London to witness convergence of thousands
17 Jul: IANS. By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar. Thousands of Goans scattered all over the world will converge in London next week to voice concerns and issues related to job security and unemployment faced by the diaspora. The Global Goans Convention is being held in tandem with the UK Goan festival… Carmen Miranda has been lobbying for an end to indiscriminate and illegal mining in Goa … Several thousand Goans live in Britain and are connected through the parent Goan Association (UK) and also through smaller networks linked to their roots in Goan villages … 430 words.  click here

Death: N.I. John
15 July: Taleigao, Goa: N I JOHN (Born 1942). Husband of Rosy John. Father of Xavier/Prabha, Sebastian/Libby (New Zealand), Suman/Regis, Rosemol/Sabu Joseph. Grandfather of Gracelyn, Alistair, Sneha and Mathias. Passed away peacefully on 15th July. Funeral cortege will leave his residence "Villa Rose" on 17th July at 3.30 pm for Eucharistic celebration at St Michael's Church, Taleigao, followed by burial.

Roy de Souza Discusses Ad Exchanges in the Current Marketplace
16 Jul: Ad Ops. As part of our "Experts Talk" series of interviews, we have asked Roy de Souza, co-founder and CEO of Zedo, to clarify a few aspects on how ad exchanges work and where they are heading to nowadays… 1005 words.  click here

Sunita Rodrigues: TV Chef
17 Jul: Indian Express. Your television has become an appetising menu card. … Goa-based chef Sunita Rodrigues dishes out a quick marinade recipe for grilled exotic vegetables. Photo + text.For some of her video clips, select the link below.  click here

Dog day afternoon
16 Jul: Herald. By Dr Oscar Rebello. The number of dog bite cases in our little state has increased so dramatically, that it almost certainly competes with the number of mining leases the Digambar Kamat government dishes out every month. If you do not die of mining pollution, there is a good chance you may die of rabies, in style… 973 words.  click here

Goa: Stray Dog Capital of Asia
17 Jul: Navhind Times. By Nandkumar Kamat. With highest number of stray dogs per thousand population and unit geographical area, Goa has now emerged as the undeclared stray dog capital of Asia… 1017 words.  click here

Pakistan: Look back in sorrow
17 Jul: Dawn (Pakistan) … the once flourishing and fun-loving Anglo-Indian and Goan communities had enriched life in the early days of Pakistan…
they fled to greener kinder pastures when their life became unbearable and futile in a country that had betrayed them … In those early days all was not hunky-dory for the Anglos and the Goans. There was discrimination in the job market and elsewhere… an outstandingly brilliant Goan cadet of the Pakistan Military Academy threw in the towel and left the country to settle in far-off Canada… Menin Rodrigues has written about how they were forced to decamp… 972 words.  click here

Football: Dempo’s Godwin Franco's Holiday In Germany
17 Jul: Goal.com. Godwin Diogo Franco has recently returned home from overseas, bringing home a priceless experience - especially on the football culture in Germany… 807 words + photos.  click here

Cyprian Fernandes' Sunday Masala: Sad ode to a fallen fighter
For everything he achieved in his life: freedom fighter, one of the architects of Kenya's constitution, the biggest player in the legal defence of the Kenya leadership in detention during the Mau Mau emergency, setting up the network of the Kenyan diplomatic corps, Kenya's first Foreign Minister, Kenya's second Vice President, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi - the son of a Goan shopkeeper and a Maasai -- died of a broken heart.

He resigned the vice presidency because could not stomach the Cabinet exploitation of the Settlers' Transfer Funds Scheme by giving themselves huge loans and buying massive tracts of land at the cost of millions of landless Kenyans.

Murumbi was probably the first African leader to step out of politics and into a public life unhindered by his past. He was a successful businessman. This allowed him and his wife Sheila to indulge in their favourite love: classical African art and rare books. She was a former librarian. They hooked up with Alan Donovan and together they set up the African Heritage, Africa's First Pan African Gallery which brought art lovers from the world over. Kenya became a mecca for lovers of African art and rare books. He left behind over 6000 books and sheaves of official correspondence. The National Archives department has set up a library containing some of the 6000 "rare books" (those published before 1900) entrusted to them upon Murumbi's death.

Murumbi sold his vast art collection to the Kenya government at a concessionary rate. He specifically stipulated that the collection would be preserved at his Muthaiga home, which would be expanded to become the Murumbi Institute of African Studies, with a library, hostel and kitchen, which UNESCO had already agreed to fund.

Unfortunately, the government sub-divided the land and allocated it to powerful government officials and their families which shocked Murumbi. He slipped away on June 22 1990, after suffering a heart attack. His wife, Sheila, died in October 2000

A Ford Foundation grant worth US$ 50,000 assisted the Murumbi Trust to restore, interpret, preserve and label the unique, historic collection of political, artistic, textile, material and cultural artefacts, displayed in permanent glass showcases at the Kenya National Archives 20 years later.

It had been Murumbi's final wish to be buried near his old mentor and friend, Pio Gama Pinto, the victim of the country's first political assassination in l965. As the cemetery was full, Murumbi was buried nearby in the City Park and the remains of Sheila Murumbi were interred next to her husband in 2000. Subsequently, their graves were vandalized and the plot was threatened to be taken over by private developers. After a public outcry, the graves were at last rehabilitated and some of Murumbi's favourite sculptures placed nearby the gravesites. In 2009 the Murumbi Peace Memorial was unveiled in the park.

In homage to Joe and Sheila Murumbi, it has been proposed to build a Murumbi Memorial Gallery in Central Park in central Nairobi, just near a site where Murumbi had proposed a National Art Gallery.

The Murumbis built a 30-room retreat on their 2000-acre Intona Ranch in Transmara, land given to them by the Masaai. The house fell into neglect after Sheila died. From being a luxurious retirement home with many servants and part of his famed art collection on the walls and hallways, the imposing house doesn't even have doors and windows, thanks to vandals. Now the Maasai want the property back, a finance company claims a mortgage and the Murumbi faithful want the property to remain the estate of the late Murumbis

Alan Donovan who has been carrying the lone lit candle is desperately trying to get Murumbi's biography published. An unpaid researcher and book editor (or paid if funds can be raised) are urgently needed to sift through thousands of notes and documents. Murumbi's ageing contemporaries also need to be interviewed urgently. If you can help in cash or kind drop me an email and we will put you in touch with Alan. Please help.

Comments to skipfer@live.com.au Check out his website http://cyprianfernandes.blogspot.com

Goan Convention in London to witness convergence of thousands
17 Jul: IANS. By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar. Thousands of Goans scattered all over the world will converge in London next week to voice concerns and issues related to job security and unemployment faced by the diaspora. The Global Goans Convention is being held in tandem with the UK Goan festival… Carmen Miranda has been lobbying for an end to indiscriminate and illegal mining in Goa … Several thousand Goans live in Britain and are connected through the parent Goan Association (UK) and also through smaller networks linked to their roots in Goan villages … 430 words.  click here

Death: N.I. John
15 July: Taleigao, Goa: N I JOHN (Born 1942). Husband of Rosy John. Father of Xavier/Prabha, Sebastian/Libby (New Zealand), Suman/Regis, Rosemol/Sabu Joseph. Grandfather of Gracelyn, Alistair, Sneha and Mathias. Passed away peacefully on 15th July. Funeral cortege will leave his residence "Villa Rose" on 17th July at 3.30 pm for Eucharistic celebration at St Michael's Church, Taleigao, followed by burial.

Roy de Souza Discusses Ad Exchanges in the Current Marketplace
16 Jul: Ad Ops. As part of our "Experts Talk" series of interviews, we have asked Roy de Souza, co-founder and CEO of Zedo, to clarify a few aspects on how ad exchanges work and where they are heading to nowadays… 1005 words.  click here

Sunita Rodrigues: TV Chef
17 Jul: Indian Express. Your television has become an appetising menu card. … Goa-based chef Sunita Rodrigues dishes out a quick marinade recipe for grilled exotic vegetables. Photo + text.For some of her video clips, select the link below.  click here

Dog day afternoon
16 Jul: Herald. By Dr Oscar Rebello. The number of dog bite cases in our little state has increased so dramatically, that it almost certainly competes with the number of mining leases the Digambar Kamat government dishes out every month. If you do not die of mining pollution, there is a good chance you may die of rabies, in style… 973 words.  click here

Goa: Stray Dog Capital of Asia
17 Jul: Navhind Times. By Nandkumar Kamat. With highest number of stray dogs per thousand population and unit geographical area, Goa has now emerged as the undeclared stray dog capital of Asia… 1017 words.  click here

Pakistan: Look back in sorrow
17 Jul: Dawn (Pakistan) … the once flourishing and fun-loving Anglo-Indian and Goan communities had enriched life in the early days of Pakistan…
they fled to greener kinder pastures when their life became unbearable and futile in a country that had betrayed them … In those early days all was not hunky-dory for the Anglos and the Goans. There was discrimination in the job market and elsewhere… an outstandingly brilliant Goan cadet of the Pakistan Military Academy threw in the towel and left the country to settle in far-off Canada… Menin Rodrigues has written about how they were forced to decamp… 972 words.  click here

Football: Dempo’s Godwin Franco's Holiday In Germany
17 Jul: Goal.com. Godwin Diogo Franco has recently returned home from overseas, bringing home a priceless experience - especially on the football culture in Germany… 807 words + photos.  click here

Cyprian Fernandes' Sunday Masala: Sad ode to a fallen fighter
For everything he achieved in his life: freedom fighter, one of the architects of Kenya's constitution, the biggest player in the legal defence of the Kenya leadership in detention during the Mau Mau emergency, setting up the network of the Kenyan diplomatic corps, Kenya's first Foreign Minister, Kenya's second Vice President, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi - the son of a Goan shopkeeper and a Maasai -- died of a broken heart.

He resigned the vice presidency because could not stomach the Cabinet exploitation of the Settlers' Transfer Funds Scheme by giving themselves huge loans and buying massive tracts of land at the cost of millions of landless Kenyans.

Murumbi was probably the first African leader to step out of politics and into a public life unhindered by his past. He was a successful businessman. This allowed him and his wife Sheila to indulge in their favourite love: classical African art and rare books. She was a former librarian. They hooked up with Alan Donovan and together they set up the African Heritage, Africa's First Pan African Gallery which brought art lovers from the world over. Kenya became a mecca for lovers of African art and rare books. He left behind over 6000 books and sheaves of official correspondence. The National Archives department has set up a library containing some of the 6000 "rare books" (those published before 1900) entrusted to them upon Murumbi's death.

Murumbi sold his vast art collection to the Kenya government at a concessionary rate. He specifically stipulated that the collection would be preserved at his Muthaiga home, which would be expanded to become the Murumbi Institute of African Studies, with a library, hostel and kitchen, which UNESCO had already agreed to fund.

Unfortunately, the government sub-divided the land and allocated it to powerful government officials and their families which shocked Murumbi. He slipped away on June 22 1990, after suffering a heart attack. His wife, Sheila, died in October 2000

A Ford Foundation grant worth US$ 50,000 assisted the Murumbi Trust to restore, interpret, preserve and label the unique, historic collection of political, artistic, textile, material and cultural artefacts, displayed in permanent glass showcases at the Kenya National Archives 20 years later.

It had been Murumbi's final wish to be buried near his old mentor and friend, Pio Gama Pinto, the victim of the country's first political assassination in l965. As the cemetery was full, Murumbi was buried nearby in the City Park and the remains of Sheila Murumbi were interred next to her husband in 2000. Subsequently, their graves were vandalized and the plot was threatened to be taken over by private developers. After a public outcry, the graves were at last rehabilitated and some of Murumbi's favourite sculptures placed nearby the gravesites. In 2009 the Murumbi Peace Memorial was unveiled in the park.

In homage to Joe and Sheila Murumbi, it has been proposed to build a Murumbi Memorial Gallery in Central Park in central Nairobi, just near a site where Murumbi had proposed a National Art Gallery.

The Murumbis built a 30-room retreat on their 2000-acre Intona Ranch in Transmara, land given to them by the Masaai. The house fell into neglect after Sheila died. From being a luxurious retirement home with many servants and part of his famed art collection on the walls and hallways, the imposing house doesn't even have doors and windows, thanks to vandals. Now the Maasai want the property back, a finance company claims a mortgage and the Murumbi faithful want the property to remain the estate of the late Murumbis

Alan Donovan who has been carrying the lone lit candle is desperately trying to get Murumbi's biography published. An unpaid researcher and book editor (or paid if funds can be raised) are urgently needed to sift through thousands of notes and documents. Murumbi's ageing contemporaries also need to be interviewed urgently. If you can help in cash or kind drop me an email and we will put you in touch with Alan. Please help.

Comments to skipfer@live.com.au Check out his website http://cyprianfernandes.blogspot.com




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