Mauritius

octobre 4, 2013

We are pleased to present the second volume of Studies in Applied Pedagogy. Following feedback we got last year for Volume 1 and taking into considerations the exigencies and constraint of any publication project, we have decided to have an annual publication which will come out on UNESCO World Teachers’ Day. The theme for Year 2013 is very telling: ‘The Call For Teachers’. In an ‘Open Letter to Educators’ (27 May 2013) the following:

We are pleased to present the second volume of Studies in Applied Pedagogy. Following feedback we got last year for Volume 1 and taking into considerations the exigencies and constraint of any publication project, we have decided to have an annual publication which will come out on UNESCO World Teachers’ Day. The theme for Year 2013 is very telling: ‘The Call For Teachers’. In an ‘Open Letter to Educators’ (27 May 2013) the following:

octobre 3, 2013

It has far been my opinion that people are entitled to freedom of choice in any well-meaning democracy, and this extends to religious freedom as well. As long as each one practises his/her religion quietly without harming others, then surely it should not be of consequent public concern. However, some groups have, for some time now, been grumbling about the impact of some minority religious groups which are 'trying' to convert people from the majority religious groups. The situation is so alarming that a few self-proclaimed leaders from the majority groups are pressing for anti-conversion religious laws in this country !

It has far been my opinion that people are entitled to freedom of choice in any well-meaning democracy, and this extends to religious freedom as well. As long as each one practises his/her religion quietly without harming others, then surely it should not be of consequent public concern. However, some groups have, for some time now, been grumbling about the impact of some minority religious groups which are 'trying' to convert people from the majority religious groups.

octobre 3, 2013

The press conference given by the governor of the Bank of Mauritius on Tuesday 1st October 2013 indicates the increase in consumerism and less savings among Mauritians. We have become a consumer society ; there is a considerable accretion in the level of spending of people, accompanied with very low level of savings. In Mauritius, the gross national saving as a percentage of GDP at market prices has slid down considerably from 21.5 to 14.9 since 2007 till 2012. It is argued that inadequate savings threatens the foundation of economic prosperity, that is, affects the economic growth adversely.

The press conference given by the governor of the Bank of Mauritius on Tuesday 1st October 2013 indicates the increase in consumerism and less savings among Mauritians. We have become a consumer society ; there is a considerable accretion in the level of spending of people, accompanied with very low level of savings. In Mauritius, the gross national saving as a percentage of GDP at market prices has slid down considerably from 21.5 to 14.9 since 2007 till 2012.

September 30, 2013

À partir de demain, mardi 1er octobre, l’Office for Judicial Complaints, la cellule britannique qui reçoit les complaintes que veulent loger des justiciables, changera d’appellation pour le Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office. Ce qui pousse le DPP, Me Satyajit Boolell QC, à dire qu’il est temps pour Maurice de formaliser les mécanismes de complaintes.

À partir de demain, mardi 1er octobre, l’Office for Judicial Complaints, la cellule britannique qui reçoit les complaintes que veulent loger des justiciables, changera d’appellation pour le Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office. Ce qui pousse le DPP, Me Satyajit Boolell QC, à dire qu’il est temps pour Maurice de formaliser les mécanismes de complaintes.

September 29, 2013

In 2013, China stands as the No. 1 global outbound tourism source market, surpassing Germany and the USA both in terms of numbers of travels and spending - indeed an immense potential for Mauritius!

In 2013, China stands as the No. 1 global outbound tourism source market, surpassing Germany and the USA both in terms of numbers of travels and spending - indeed an immense potential for Mauritius! The picture today for our tourism industry is rather different from what things looked like 25 years back and the challenges are indeed many given the extremely dynamic and competitive global tourism landscape.

September 15, 2013

I read your article on how the police mistreated Catherine Boudet when she was falsely accused of false and malicious denunciation in writing when she was acting in the public interest. I have shown below as to how the police ignored documentary evidence of genuine false and malicious denunciation in writing because it concerned a well connected individual. My case was of such clear double standards by the police that it was taken up by Paul Berenger as reported in the Week-End of 18th August 2013.

I read your article on how the police mistreated Catherine Boudet when she was falsely accused of false and malicious denunciation in writing when she was acting in the public interest. I have shown below as to how the police ignored documentary evidence of genuine false and malicious denunciation in writing because it concerned a well connected individual. My case was of such clear double standards by the police that it was taken up by Paul Berenger as reported in the Week-End of 18th August 2013.

September 5, 2013

Two weeks ago, when I came back to Mauritius after one month of holiday, I decided to start to work on my first resolution taken during this period of reflexion….. : to change my way of eating
Not really original, I recognize !

Two weeks ago, when I came back to Mauritius after one month of holiday, I decided to start to work on my first resolution taken during this period of reflexion….. : to change my way of eating
Not really original, I recognize !

September 4, 2013

He is considered as one of the most corrupt dictators of modern times, who knew that this year's general elections would be in his pocket, even before the results were declared. The elections were merely a formality. Not even an eye-wash anymore. Doing it just for the sake of doing it.

He is considered as one of the most corrupt dictators of modern times, who knew that this year's general elections would be in his pocket, even before the results were declared. The elections were merely a formality. Not even an eye-wash anymore. Doing it just for the sake of doing it. Zimbabwe is actually going through an economic slump, soaring record unemployment and poverty rates, suppression of democratic principles and human rights.

août 23, 2013

The electoral reform offers the perfect platform for our political villains to become heroes. At a time where the country is in dire need of role models, where our core values as Mauritians are being questioned as they have rarely been before and where hope for a better tomorrow seems like nothing more than a distant mirage, seasoned politicians need to step up and put the Mauritian society once more ahead of their short term political wrangles.

The electoral reform offers the perfect platform for our political villains to become heroes. At a time where the country is in dire need of role models, where our core values as Mauritians are being questioned as they have rarely been before and where hope for a better tomorrow seems like nothing more than a distant mirage, seasoned politicians need to step up and put the Mauritian society once more ahead of their short term political wrangles.

août 22, 2013

With recent events which have been unfolding concerning the returning residents’ scheme, it is generally felt that the scheme should be amended.

With recent events which have been unfolding concerning the returning residents’ scheme, it is generally felt that the scheme should be amended.

août 21, 2013

Gateways to Larger Enterprises
SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) in Mauritius play a massive role in the development of the economy. According to statistics, “SMEs contribute to 37 per cent of GDP (gross domestic product), produce some 120 billion rupees worth of output annually and employ 250,000 men and women” (see livecomm news – smes shaping the future of mauritius).

Gateways to Larger Enterprises

août 20, 2013

I am a retired Social Studies teacher specializing in the teaching of History. I have taught Social Studies for the past eighteen years to Forms 1,2 and 3. I have taught History at O level for a couple of years only, a few months before my retirement.

I am a retired Social Studies teacher specializing in the teaching of History. I have taught Social Studies for the past eighteen years to Forms 1,2 and 3. I have taught History at O level for a couple of years only, a few months before my retirement. I was very pleased to read about a new curriculum proposed by the Ministry of Education and the Mauritius Institute of Education to replace the 1980s Social Studies curriculum - an exercise which was long overdue.

août 14, 2013

Until very recently, Africa was seen with a very bad perception of poverty, corruption, recipient of aids and also a continent of pity. World emphasis was more focused toward aid not trade and it was difficult for someone at that time to imagine that this continent will rise so quickly to become a center of attraction for investment. Despite the political challenges in some countries like Egypt, DRC and Soudan, over the past decade, there has been an unprecedented political stability and a steady economic growth which has now eclipse some of the African problems and instead projects the continent as an increasingly attractive hub for foreign investors. Mauritius, as one of the African country, has expressed a very keen interest to invest on the continent so as to position itself in this improved new business environment.  In this context, last year, the Mauritius Commercial Bank issued a Paper: - Mauritius: Deepening and entrenching its reach in Africa (Occasional paper No 51); the Board of Investment has set up a special unit-The Africa Centre of Excellence for Business ; the former Finance Minister, Rama Sithanen together with other Mauritian professional has set up the Mauritius Africa Business Club. All these prove that there is huge business potential over there!

Until very recently, Africa was seen with a very bad perception of poverty, corruption, recipient of aids and also a continent of pity. World emphasis was more focused toward aid not trade and it was difficult for someone at that time to imagine that this continent will rise so quickly to become a center of attraction for investment.

août 12, 2013

Supporters of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a U.S. trade law that has been a big boost to Mauritian exports, are asking the U.S. Congress to extend the law for another 15-20 years when it expires in 2015.

Supporters of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a U.S. trade law that has been a big boost to Mauritian exports, are asking the U.S. Congress to extend the law for another 15-20 years when it expires in 2015.

août 6, 2013

On my visit to Canada and USA I received a complimentary copy of “The Hakka Cookbook” from the author Linda Lau Anusasananan, a Chinese of  Hakka descent married to a Thai and now settled in San Francisco, USA.

On my visit to Canada and USA I received a complimentary copy of “The Hakka Cookbook” from the author Linda Lau Anusasananan, a Chinese of  Hakka descent married to a Thai and now settled in San Francisco, USA. She was a recipe editor and food writer for Sunset magazine for 34 years. The Hakka Cookbook is a long overdue book of more than thirty homecooks who share their experiences of the Hakka diaspora of 75 millions souls across the globe as they disclose 140 recipes ranging from everyday Chinese food to more elaborate festive specialities.

août 6, 2013

Browsing through the many magazines and booklets yesterday in the municipal library, I came across an interesting little book based on the theme of the girl child and the many problems she faces in her familial, social and educational life.

Browsing through the many magazines and booklets yesterday in the municipal library, I came across an interesting little book based on the theme of the girl child and the many problems she faces in her familial, social and educational life.  The booklet was published under the aegis of the Ministry of Women, Family Welfare and Child Development in the year 1998.

juillet 29, 2013

 Many personalities have shaped the History of Mauritius, and our prosperity. We, the offsprings of Indian settlers and the descendants of African slaves, should be ever grateful to those personalities who have devoted themselves for the upliftment and welfare of human beings in need of support - our grandparents.

 Many personalities have shaped the History of Mauritius, and our prosperity. We, the offsprings of Indian settlers and the descendants of African slaves, should be ever grateful to those personalities who have devoted themselves for the upliftment and welfare of human beings in need of support - our grandparents. The works of those noble souls should not go into oblivion. We should remember and pay tribute to them. One such great personality was Manilal Maganlal Doctor. His motto was “LIBERTY OF INDIVIDUALS ! FRATERNITY OF MAN !! EQUALITY OF RACES !!!

juillet 24, 2013

The rise of industrial capitalism is very much rooted in the transformation of agricultural land, what Marx termed primitive accumulation, which entailed the separation of peasants from their land.

The rise of industrial capitalism is very much rooted in the transformation of agricultural land, what Marx termed primitive accumulation, which entailed the separation of peasants from their land. The mechanism by which this occurred historically varied spontaneously such as rural urban migration for a host of reasons, including economic destitution and through economic policy such as taxes on rural output at home and abroad, and industrial investments in urban areas.

juillet 19, 2013

Revoilà Mark Neisius, serait-on tenté de dire. Neuf semaines après avoir reçu sa feuille de route de l’écurie Rameshwar Gujadhur, celui qui a fait le tour des écuries depuis qu’il monte à Maurice et dont les services furent même retenus comme Club Jockey dans un passé pas trop lointain, s’est rappelé aux bons souvenirs de ses partisans en menant à bon port Cassido pour sa première monte en tant que freelance.

Revoilà Mark Neisius, serait-on tenté de dire. Neuf semaines après avoir reçu sa feuille de route de l’écurie Rameshwar Gujadhur, celui qui a fait le tour des écuries depuis qu’il monte à Maurice et dont les services furent même retenus comme Club Jockey dans un passé pas trop lointain, s’est rappelé aux bons souvenirs de ses partisans en menant à bon port Cassido pour sa première monte en tant que freelance.

juillet 19, 2013

There are very few countries where natives hesitate to speak their mother tongue. After all, a mother tongue is a symbol of national pride and one's sense of belonging to one's country.

There are very few countries where natives hesitate to speak their mother tongue. After all, a mother tongue is a symbol of national pride and one's sense of belonging to one's country. In Mauritius, English is our official language, although it is not listed as such in the Constitution. French is another widely used language, mother tongue for many, but second language for most. It is also considered as a language of prestige, which is traditionally associated with the upper classes.

juillet 17, 2013

When my dad and I entered the dark room and got nearly tumbled over by the sloping stairs, we saw the habitual villain standing close to the villagers nearby an apple tree and grabbling one apple from them with a sharp knife that sliced the ripe fruit.

When my dad and I entered the dark room and got nearly tumbled over by the sloping stairs, we saw the habitual villain standing close to the villagers nearby an apple tree and grabbling one apple from them with a sharp knife that sliced the ripe fruit. His threatening and arrogant look thrust a certain degree of fear on the villagers who carefully bowed to what the villain said. He was eyeing for the village belle and looked mischievously at her. The actress said “Hmmm” and moved away.

juillet 15, 2013

In the recent weeks, I was involved in a teaching project known as the 100 Up at the University of Cape Town (UCT), which could be an idea worth exploring in Mauritius.

In the recent weeks, I was involved in a teaching project known as the 100 Up at the University of Cape Town (UCT), which could be an idea worth exploring in Mauritius.

juillet 12, 2013

In his native Long Mountain functioned the country’s first co-operative society (1913-2010). Having moved to Quatre Bornes after joining the  top municipal management of Beau Bassin-Rose Hill, he chaired this town’s now defunct National Co-operative (Supermarket) Society in 1985-1986.

In his native Long Mountain functioned the country’s first co-operative society (1913-2010). Having moved to Quatre Bornes after joining the  top municipal management of Beau Bassin-Rose Hill, he chaired this town’s now defunct National Co-operative (Supermarket) Society in 1985-1986. He was the initiator, and director, of the publication of its souvenir magazine in 1985 when the society won the first prize in a countrywide competition.

juillet 12, 2013

With all due respect Mr. Makhan, Mauritius is not the only country which is facing economic crisis and its people are not the only inhabitants, on this planet, who are waking up to a day which is not marked with all sorts of social problems. In fact, I share your anxiety and fully agree with you when you said ‘Parcourir les journaux du pays, en prenant notre tasse de thé matinal, ne nous réconforte guère dans notre espoir de voir une sortie de crise…’(worldwide) but I will not go that far to portray the situation at home, as you put it ‘C’est un pourrissement d’une envergure à faire pâlir et trembler même les malfrats les plus cuirassés de ce pays.’ It is pure exaggeration and with a political aim to shape the mind of the people, to capitalise on political gains and discredit this government.  

With all due respect Mr. Makhan, Mauritius is not the only country which is facing economic crisis and its people are not the only inhabitants, on this planet, who are waking up to a day which is not marked with all sorts of social problems.