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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 30 Nov. 2014

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The day Pio Gama Pinto divorced the Goans. By Cyprian Fernandes

30 Nov: Herald. Fifty years ago, Pio Gama Pinto became the first Kenya politician to be assassinated. Cyprian Fernandes writes a story he believes he should have written decades ago… In 1960, perhaps the most famous Goan in African political history, Pio Gama Pinto, stopped being a Goan … I asked Pio how the Goans were treating him these days? “I have no time for them,” he said… Luis de Assis Correia says “Pio told the little minded Goans that their halcyon days were soon to be over.” … With Pio, and the East African Goan League’s President Alex da Costa, Vice President Euclid De Souza, Tony Lopes the Secretary was at the heart of the Goan war in 1960… In the media, the war was fought by the Goan Voice on the side of the loyalists and the Goan Tribune for the East African Goan League… Pio not only financed the Mau Mau chapter in the village of Mathare Valley in Eastleigh, metres away from the St Teresa’s boys and girls schools, but he also armed them ... 1748 words.  click here

Medical tourism: India’s prescription for growth
29 Nov: The National (UAE). Jane Herbert, 47, and her husband, David, 48, flew to Goa from Nigeria and checked into a hotel a couple of months ago. They were seeking treatment after Jane was diagnosed with cervical cancer… The private hospital where his wife was treated, the Manipal Hospital Goa, opened up an international patient care division in January to attract patients from abroad. “We’re now receiving 100 patients plus a month from the Middle East, Africa and Europe”, says an executive …  click here

Mapping the Goan presence in East Africa

20 Nov: Herald. By Eugene Correia. As the author Selma Carvalho admits that only a "little of East African Goan history has been documented" and so she, with a grant from the British Heritage Fund, routed through the Goan Association (UK), undertook what came to be known as the British Oral History Project, a series of video and tape recordings with those who had spent most of their lives in the countries that make up East Africa. She captures the sweep of the nations weighing under British colonialisation, and how they at last threw away the shackles of oppression and became free. The Africanisation of these countries ultimately sent Goans, and Indians, packing to new chimes across the globe … East African Goans will never be able to erase this ugly aspect of caste and class warfare from the annals of history… Selma weaves the tales of the lives of people and institutions into a good story… 1103 words.  click here
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Mississauga chefs scoop medals in ‘culinary olympics’
28 Nov: Mississauga News. City residents Tony Fernandes and Chaminda Palihawadana – respectively the executive chef and garde manger chef at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport hotel – will touch down Sunday (Nov. 30) at Pearson International Airport with medals around their necks. Like sporting heroes, they’re returning from the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg where Fernandes helped win team gold for the Golden Horseshoe culinary team … Photo.  click here

Canada: Jude Paul Fernandes launches new book, Frost Bites

20 Nov: Canadian Immigrant. Jude Paul Fernandes was born in Kenya, and raised in India. He worked as a creative director in top advertising agencies in Mumbai and decided to immigrate to Canada in 2003 … Now he has published his first book of short stories, about South Asian immigrants living in Canada cleverly titled Frost Bites. He will be having a book launch event on Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at Udupi Palace restaurant, 1460 Gerrard St. E., in Toronto… 789 words.  click here
Jude Paul Fernandes comes from a family of prolific creative people painters, chefs and writers. He was born in Nairobi in 1970 and 2 years later his parents John Baptist Venancio Fernandes and Maria Estefania Fernandes resettled in Mumbai. He learned Konkani from his Grandmother and immersed himself in discovering the distinct history of his Goan roots. He worked as a Creative Director in some of the topmost Advertising Agencies and migrated to Toronto in 2003 where he presently lives with his wife. He currently moonlights as a take-home-chef for clients; cooking up authentic Goan food.
To order a copy of Frost Bite from Amazon, click here.

Year later, trial in Tejpal case yet to start
30 Nov: Times of India. It's been a year since Tehelka's founder-editor Tarun Tejpal was arrested for allegedly raping his junior colleague at a starred hotel in North Goa during an event organized by the magazine, and nine months since the chargesheet in the case was filed, the trial is yet to begin. This despite the case being registered under the country's new anti-rape law which pushes for trials in rape cases to be completed within two months from the filing of the chargesheet, and despite the Supreme Court, while granting Tejpal bail in July, observing that the trial should be completed at least within eight months …  click here

A quest for the taste of home leads to love in Cincinnati

29 Nov: WCPO (USA), When Rochelle D’Cunha and Frank Guiao started planning their Sept. 6 wedding, they knew they didn’t want a traditional party. After all, what traditions would they follow? D’Cunha was born to Indian parents and raised in Kuwait before moving to America to attend college. Guiao, also of Indian descent, came to Cincinnati by way of France… Guiao responded to a listing D’Cunha posted on the website looking for friends to join her for a trip to an Indian cultural festival in Columbus… he thought her name might link her to Goa… The two drove to Columbus together and immediately recognized a shared Goan heritage. “It was kind of just an amazing moment – considering India being so large and Goa being such a small part of India – that two Goans could have met in Cincinnati of all places.” … Guiao says, “The fact that Rochelle and I are both from Goa was really great for our parents, but that wasn’t the reason we got together.” … 1013 words + 2 photos.  click here

UK: Desmond D'Mello: Patients to sue HIV-risk dentist
29 Nov: Daily Mail. More than 100 patients of a millionaire dentist accused of putting lives at risk from HIV or hepatitis by failing to sterilise equipment are planning to sue him – and could receive payouts of up to £20,000. Their lawyers say Desmond D’Mello, 60, ran an ‘NHS dental factory’, seeing so many patients to boost his earnings that some had shoddy treatment including undiagnosed gum disease and botched surgery… Photos.  click here

Diandra Soares goes bald

30 Nov: Indian Express. Diandra will go bald in tonight’s episode. The reasons are yet unknown, but going by what she has been doing all this season with her hair, it’s no surprise. Diandra has earlier also gone bald for a ramp show and earned flak for such a bold move. She has been trying various hair colours and dos on her hair and has managed to look quite decent in her attempts. But, how she fares in this one? Well! You must have a look…  click here
For the Diandra Soares Wikipedia profile,  click here

'NRIs ready to invest in India but need right infrastructure'
28 Nov: PTI. NRIs have lots of surplus funds and want to invest in India but need the right infrastructure, a Dubai-based Indian-origin businessman has said, expressing hope that the new Indian government can provide that…  click here

Francis Fernandes targets top four finish

28 Nov: Indian Super League. Goan-born Francis Fernandes has played a starring role during Delhi Dynamos’ recent turnaround form, helping the team achieve consecutive wins against NorthEast United and Mumbai City to propel them from last in the table up to fifth. The 29-year-old has usually played as a winger during his career, but Dynamos head coach Harm van Veldhoven has used him as a striker in the last two games, to great effect… A consummate team man, Fernandes was quick with an answer when asked if he was comfortable playing as a striker. “I’m comfortable in any position,” he quipped…  click here

Graphic novel: when Helga met Ganga at Goa and lived beneath the sea
30 Nov: Helga and Ganga were born in Goa, at an Indo-Swedish Writer’s and Illustrators workshop. A Swedish writer, Örjan Persson, an Indian writer, Paro Anand and an Indian illustrator, Uma Krishnaswamy, decided to write a book together although they had never met each other…  click here

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