Mauritius

September 28, 2015

In a political context where there is a dissonance between the private persona and the public persona of many of our political leaders. In the context where the key players construct their public identity around childish trinkets, a car, a watch, or worse, in their 50s and 60s still hide behind their father, we need our thought leaders and cultural activists to rise now more than ever. The pendulum swung this way in December, it is starting to move back ...

In a political context where there is a dissonance between the private persona and the public persona of many of our political leaders. In the context where the key players construct their public identity around childish trinkets, a car, a watch, or worse, in their 50s and 60s still hide behind their father, we need our thought leaders and cultural activists to rise now more than ever. The pendulum swung this way in December, it is starting to move back ...

September 25, 2015

It is being marketed as a picturesque destination with its sprawling sun-kissed, palm-fringed beaches dotting its long coastline, where the sound of gentle ripples softly lapping against pebbles lulls tourists into a reverie.

Mauritius is currently straddling two extremes:
It is being marketed as a picturesque destination with its sprawling sun-kissed, palm-fringed beaches dotting its long coastline, where the sound of gentle ripples softly lapping against pebbles lulls tourists into a reverie.

September 25, 2015

Après des semaines à broyer du noir, Mark Neisius commence à trouver la lumière au bout du tunnel. En effet, après Shield Of Thunder une semaine plus tôt, le Sud-Africain de naissance mais Mauricien par alliance, a ajouté deux autres victoires à son palmarès samedi dernier pour porter son score à cinq.

Après des semaines à broyer du noir, Mark Neisius commence à trouver la lumière au bout du tunnel. En effet, après Shield Of Thunder une semaine plus tôt, le Sud-Africain de naissance mais Mauricien par alliance, a ajouté deux autres victoires à son palmarès samedi dernier pour porter son score à cinq.

September 23, 2015

Response to Mrs Daureeawoo’s article published on September 11: The draft Disability Bill should be published because we are equally part of the state as disabled citizens of the Republic of Mauritius and it is important for us to know how our rights and future are being formulated.

Response to Mrs Daureeawoo’s article published on September 11: The draft Disability Bill should be published because we are equally part of the state as disabled citizens of the Republic of Mauritius and it is important for us to know how our rights and future are being formulated.

September 19, 2015

It is good to sometimes look at the past and reminisce about those days in Mauritius during the 80s and 90s and wonder how from a very modest lifestyle, things have evolved over this short period of time. From the mere black and white TV to 3G technology, the road has been long. But behind this marvelous realization, there are also stories of broken dreams of a generation trapped between their ambitions for success in life and their emotional love, romance and sacrifice. This is my story! A story of some joy, sorrow and lots of regrets.

It is good to sometimes look at the past and reminisce about those days in Mauritius during the 80s and 90s and wonder how from a very modest lifestyle, things have evolved over this short period of time. From the mere black and white TV to 3G technology, the road has been long. But behind this marvelous realization, there are also stories of broken dreams of a generation trapped between their ambitions for success in life and their emotional love, romance and sacrifice. This is my story! A story of some joy, sorrow and lots of regrets.

September 11, 2015

INTRODUCTION
Since the creation of the fourth public university in Mauritius, the Université des Mascareignes, a fusion between ex-Swami Dayanand Institute of Management and the Institut Supérieur de Technologie, there have been lots of expectations from the academic and non-academic staff of the new university.  With a work experience spanning 20 years and beyond for certain staff, the career prospects of each and everyone within the university looks rather bleak. 

INTRODUCTION

September 11, 2015

On 07th September 2015 Mr. Mervyn Anthony has caused the publication of an open letter in “Le Mauricien” expressing his concern on various disability issues in Mauritius. An official response is hereby provided to the numerous questions and requests set out in the said letter.

On 07th September 2015 Mr. Mervyn Anthony has caused the publication of an open letter in “Le Mauricien” expressing his concern on various disability issues in Mauritius. An official response is hereby provided to the numerous questions and requests set out in the said letter.

September 5, 2015

Before coming to the subject relating to the history of the Mauritius-Turkey connections, it is important to know that the Indian Ocean region had been one of the major concerns of the Ottoman rulers since the 16th century.  The Ottoman Empire was motivated by three reasons to mark its naval presence in the remote Indian Ocean despite the fact that there was no direct shipping route connecting the Mediterranean sea with the Indian Ocean – a physical handicap which perdurated until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

Before coming to the subject relating to the history of the Mauritius-Turkey connections, it is important to know that the Indian Ocean region had been one of the major concerns of the Ottoman rulers since the 16th century.  The Ottoman Empire was motivated by three reasons to mark its naval presence in the remote Indian Ocean despite the fact that there was no direct shipping route connecting the Mediterranean sea with the Indian Ocean – a physical handicap which perdurated until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.  In the first instance, the Ottomans wanted to recuperat

September 4, 2015

L’histoire retiendra que Millenimesta a été le 700e gagnant que Gilbert Rousset a sellé au Champ de Mars. Alors que c’était Pont D’Avignon qui était plus attendu pour ce milestone, c’est au fils de St Petersburg qu’est revenu l’insigne honneur de permettre à son entraîneur de franchir un nouveau cap après avoir amélioré le record de victoires détenu par feu Serge «Kiki» Henry en mai dernier.

L’histoire retiendra que Millenimesta a été le 700e gagnant que Gilbert Rousset a sellé au Champ de Mars. Alors que c’était Pont D’Avignon qui était plus attendu pour ce milestone, c’est au fils de St Petersburg qu’est revenu l’insigne honneur de permettre à son entraîneur de franchir un nouveau cap après avoir amélioré le record de victoires détenu par feu Serge «Kiki» Henry en mai dernier.

September 3, 2015

The Minister of Education has announced the introduction of the Nine-Year Schooling and the abolition of the CPE examination. This news must be music to the ears not only of pupils who are under so much pressure to perform well to gain entry into an elite school but also to parents. But is the music as melodious and soothing as it sounds? More importantly, will the new initiative reduce the present fierce competition at primary level and all its accompanying woes?

The Minister of Education has announced the introduction of the Nine-Year Schooling and the abolition of the CPE examination. This news must be music to the ears not only of pupils who are under so much pressure to perform well to gain entry into an elite school but also to parents. But is the music as melodious and soothing as it sounds? More importantly, will the new initiative reduce the present fierce competition at primary level and all its accompanying woes?

September 3, 2015

Hope never dies. Heightened vibrancy and quality to the debates on inequality remind us of the need to face the neo-liberal hydra that cripples our societies. Socialism, when not anaesthetised can be rendered potent enough to ensure fairness.

Hope never dies. Heightened vibrancy and quality to the debates on inequality remind us of the need to face the neo-liberal hydra that cripples our societies. Socialism, when not anaesthetised can be rendered potent enough to ensure fairness.

September 1, 2015

Gratitude to Emancipators Manilal Doctor and Adolphe de Plevitz

Beekrum’s Mauritius Times (MT) came out in special edition on 3rd February 1956 in homage to Manilal Doctor (1881-1956), who had battled for Indo-Mauritians’ uplift on all fronts (1907-1911), following his death a week earlier. It was the country’s first tribute paid to Mahatma Gandhi’s envoy. By 1959, Beekrum convened a meeting at the Hindu MahaSabha’s seat to set up the Manilal Doctor Memorial Committee.

Gratitude to Emancipators Manilal Doctor and Adolphe de Plevitz

août 28, 2015

Our Island might be a small dot on the world map but it has many a great reason to amaze the world. For instance, Mauritius is one of the rare nations capable of tracing back the name, history and burial place of its first official registered birth on its soil ! Can the French, the British or the Chinese show us the grave of the very first man born on theirs ?

Our Island might be a small dot on the world map but it has many a great reason to amaze the world. For instance, Mauritius is one of the rare nations capable of tracing back the name, history and burial place of its first official registered birth on its soil ! Can the French, the British or the Chinese show us the grave of the very first man born on theirs ?

août 26, 2015

There is undoubted intention in Mauritius to improve education, but not all of the reforms seem aligned with current thinking or in the interest of children and some critical aspects seem cosmetic rather than fundamental. Reform has been bandied around as “9-year schooling”. However what appears is 6 + 3 + 4….a fragmentation.

There is undoubted intention in Mauritius to improve education, but not all of the reforms seem aligned with current thinking or in the interest of children and some critical aspects seem cosmetic rather than fundamental. Reform has been bandied around as “9-year schooling”. However what appears is 6 + 3 + 4….a fragmentation. Authentic 9-year models have students in the same school for nine years with no national competitive exam. Testing within the 9 years should be for benchmarking, formative or diagnostic purposes.

août 22, 2015

What if you had the knowledge of a way for children and young people to:
     Improve their academic results
     Improve their communication and reading comprehension
     Improve their self-esteem and mental well-being
     Improve their physical and mental presence
    Improve their interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic competence
     Stimulate to “learning to learn” and to entrepreneurship
     Overlap the knowledge gaps based on socio-economical reasons
If you knew; are you not obliged to tell everybody about it and to do all that it takes, in practice, to turn this knowledge into reality?

What if you had the knowledge of a way for children and young people to:
     Improve their academic results
     Improve their communication and reading comprehension
     Improve their self-esteem and mental well-being
     Improve their physical and mental presence
    Improve their interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic competence
     Stimulate to “learning to learn” and to entrepreneurship

août 20, 2015

Further to the brilliant paper by Jean Marc Poché titled "L'éducation sésame du développement " that raises some very pertinent issues, I will like to add that we are being given an excellent opportunity for an overhaul of the whole education and training system. We should also be thinking about "formation" – capacity building that prepares our teachers and kids for the future – as voiced out by some eminent  educationists.

Further to the brilliant paper by Jean Marc Poché titled "L'éducation sésame du développement " that raises some very pertinent issues, I will like to add that we are being given an excellent opportunity for an overhaul of the whole education and training system. We should also be thinking about "formation" – capacity building that prepares our teachers and kids for the future – as voiced out by some eminent  educationists. We should not limit ourselves to some aspects of the education system only.

août 18, 2015

‘The town is the symbol of society – of mutual help and friendly ’cooperation of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, of wide relations between man and man-of broad, expanding sympathies-of science, art, culture, religion.’ Ebenezer Howard

‘The town is the symbol of society – of mutual help and friendly ’cooperation of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, of wide relations between man and man-of broad, expanding sympathies-of science, art, culture, religion.’ Ebenezer Howard

août 17, 2015

La requête de la Government Service Employees Association (GSEA) pour l’institution d’un comité pour les transferts des sapeurs-pompiers sera appelée cet après-midi devant le Conciliation Service de la fonction publique. Le syndicat représentant les intérêts des soldats du feu était monté au créneau après avoir pris connaissance d’un transfert massif ayant pris effet le 1er avril dernier.

La requête de la Government Service Employees Association (GSEA) pour l’institution d’un comité pour les transferts des sapeurs-pompiers sera appelée cet après-midi devant le Conciliation Service de la fonction publique. Le syndicat représentant les intérêts des soldats du feu était monté au créneau après avoir pris connaissance d’un transfert massif ayant pris effet le 1er avril dernier.

août 13, 2015

During the past couple of years we have seen a rapid increase in the use of drones in Mauritius. Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), are used for a variety of purposes may it be recreational or professional. With this in mind it is highly time for the government to come with a proper regulation on the usage of drones.

During the past couple of years we have seen a rapid increase in the use of drones in Mauritius. Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), are used for a variety of purposes may it be recreational or professional. With this in mind it is highly time for the government to come with a proper regulation on the usage of drones.

août 10, 2015

Trois ans après la publication d’un rapport explosif sur un réseau international de trafiquants d’armes opérant à partir de Maurice, Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director de Conflict Awareness Project, revient à la charge. Dans une correspondance officielle en date du 10 août 2015 adressée au Premier ministre, sir Anerood Jugnauth, la Lead Investigator du rapport « Viktor Bout’s Gunrunning Successors : A Lethal Game of Catch Me if You Can » réclame la réouverture de cette enquête de l’ICAC, qui a été classée au niveau du bureau du DPP en décembre de l’année dernière. Elle réclame également une enquête approfondie des autorités au sujet de la fuite d’informations sur le rendez-vous de Londres de mai 2013 avec le Chief Investigator de l’ICAC. La troisième demande formulée en vue de la réouverture de cette enquête sur le trafic d’armes à partir de Maurice porte sur un “safe passage” pour elle en vue de tout éventuel déplacement à Maurice.

Trois ans après la publication d’un rapport explosif sur un réseau international de trafiquants d’armes opérant à partir de Maurice, Kathi Lynn Austin, Executive Director de Conflict Awareness Project, revient à la charge.

août 10, 2015

After reading an article in a weekly last week, I was shocked to discover the suggestions put forward by OTAM (Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius) and the founder of MSCC (Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community) !

After reading an article in a weekly last week, I was shocked to discover the suggestions put forward by OTAM (Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius) and the founder of MSCC (Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community) !
Claim #1 : "proposes that firms be permitted to recruit freely"

août 8, 2015

The purpose of this article is to draw attention of the Rt. Hon. Minister of Health & Quality of Life, Mr. Anil Gayan S.C. and « the highly qualified medical officers » at the headquarters on the 5th storey of Emmanuel Anquetil Building regarding the quality of generic-non proprietary drugs being dispensed in the Governmental medical institutions. Generic or Non-Proprietary names reflect the name of the active ingredients — having no brand name and is not protected by a registered trademark.

The purpose of this article is to draw attention of the Rt. Hon. Minister of Health & Quality of Life, Mr. Anil Gayan S.C. and « the highly qualified medical officers » at the headquarters on the 5th storey of Emmanuel Anquetil Building regarding the quality of generic-non proprietary drugs being dispensed in the Governmental medical institutions. Generic or Non-Proprietary names reflect the name of the active ingredients — having no brand name and is not protected by a registered trademark.

août 8, 2015

In order to support good governance and to establish an anti-fraud culture in Mauritius, leaders in the Public Service organisations must show an obligation to entrench effective canons and standards for defying fraud and corruption in their organisations.

In order to support good governance and to establish an anti-fraud culture in Mauritius, leaders in the Public Service organisations must show an obligation to entrench effective canons and standards for defying fraud and corruption in their organisations.

août 7, 2015

It is high time that our society adopts a true concept of Mauritianism in the evaluation of our political system.

It is high time that our society adopts a true concept of Mauritianism in the evaluation of our political system. Here in Mauritius, history keeps repeating itself in so far as ethnics, caste, and religions are concerned with regards to nominations, promotions and positions at the helm of one’s political career. For instance, we have today four members of the Labour Party elected in our Parliament including Shakeel Mohamed, who is leading the Labour Party in Parliament due to his political experience as MP.