Mauritius Telecom continues to innovate with new Business Boost

The unveiling of the Business Boost by Mauritius Telecom took place on the 30th March 2017 in the presence of the Minister of Technology, Communication & Innovation, Yogida Sawmynaden and the Minister of Business, Enterprise & Cooperatives, Soomilduth Bholah.

Sherry Singh, the CEO of MT emphasised how the new services will provide better and faster connections at reduced prices. Thanks to Business Boost, SMEs will benefit greatly and won’t have to worry about additional costs.

It’s about time that the internet revolution includes SMEs since they are the lifeblood of our ‘middle-income’ economy.

Among the packages available, SMEs will get to choose connection speeds starting at 20 Mbps at Rs 1250, 50 Mbps at Rs 2400 and 100 Mbps at Rs 4700.

The services will help boost confidence in technological progress since SMEs will be interconnected and will be able to advertise extensively both on the local and global markets. From the fastest broadband fibre speeds, to cloud services including TV channels, MT wants to ensure that your business has what it needs to grow.

The tailor-made packages include additional services such as domain names, ensuring that our local businesses will be able to compete on the digital market.

This marks a new beginning in the digitalization of our local home grown companies and it might change the economic landscape in Mauritius.

Money In Politics

We’ve had quite a hectic week in politics-the Audit report revealed the staggering level of incompetence in the public sector, the Vijaya Sumputh affair reeks of ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ politics and there have been talks about the CWA being taken over by a private operator. Despite the subversive content presented to us, the details are lacklustre and bereft of transparency.

The Audit report has exposed quite clearly how much money has been squandered during the last cycle (2014-2016). The mismanagement of public funds is excruciating-from errors in the pension scheme that inflated the payments by nearly Rs 10.9 million to the blatant mishandling of investment projects that cost around Rs42.7 million-there’s one thing we can be sure of, pecuniary prowess isn’t their forte. Therefore, it does raise eyebrows when scandals like the ‘Vijaya Sumputh’ affair break out. What are the ostentatious qualifications that warrant a salary that’s tenfold the median salary on the island, given that the lady basically acts like a figurehead (with no prior experience in the medical field)? The affinity between Hon. Anil Gayan and Vijaya Sumputh is well known- he appointed her at the helm of the Tourism Authority when he was Minister of Tourism (a move X.L.Duval decried as illegal) and their trysts abroad were made public even though foreign trips didn’t really form part of the job description. Could it be that it is a replay of the fiasco that caused the demise of the Labour Party leadership?

While thousands live paycheck-to-paycheck, our ministers are overcompensated for their mediocre work, as demonstrated by the Audit. Comparing the salary of our dear Leader to Narendra Modi’s (India’s Prime Minister), the former basically earns six times the amount Modi makes, which raises one pertinent question; What set of skills does he possess that Modi doesn’t? The answer to that question is quite simply The N word-nepotism.

Our political system is fraught with nepotism on all scales of government and that impinges on people’s prospects on the job market. Through no fault of theirs, their eligibility for a career is determined by how many power players they know. This is an affront to the basic tenets of our democracy and unless we finally do something about it, they will continue their tribalistic practices, which consist of enriching themselves and their lackeys while the rest of the country is languishing in misery. In South Korea, millions of people marched in the streets when their Prime Minister’s cosy ties to corporations were revealed, she was impeached in a rare victory for democracy. Are Mauritians ever going to hold their politicians accountable? Our timorous attitudes towards protest and civil disobedience have been the bane of our existence.

To be fair, our politicians do have a redeeming quality-the copacetic lip service. No matter the severity of the deed, they will exhaust every possible straw man argument until the anger dissipates and turns into incredulity. Flouting ethics to appoint political allies, going to such lengths as making sure that anyone with their surname is ensconced in a rewarding position, resorting to ad hominem attacks such as the idiosyncratic ‘Mo piss ar zot’ from SAJ, our politicians are quite a rare breed. To be fair to SAJ, it takes cojones to admit that he doesn’t care. But does the public care? Transparency is the sine qua non of any enduring democracy, and if ours is to endure, there needs to be a complete upheaval in the political process.

La mode façon Maurice….ou pas !

Pour ceux qui ont étudié la littérature française, vous connaitrez peut-être les Lettres Persanes de Montesquieu dans laquelle l’auteur décrit avec brio la mode française du 18eme siècle, une critique risible sur une mode jaugée volatile et parfois même bouffonne.

On s’est demandé ce que cela allait donner si on faisait une petite analyse sur le look de nos jeunes mauriciens.
Vous l’aurez certainement remarqué, la majeure partie de nos ados sont vêtus du même « uniforme ». Pour commencer, vous trouverez sur leurs cranes quelque chose ressemblant à un paravent, qui doit probablement leur servir de protection contre la pluie ou le soleil. Vous pouvez aussi les identifier par rapport aux jeans quelque peu atypiques qu’ils adorent porter. Est-ce un jean, est-ce un « sac-gouni » ? On se le demande !

A l’époque de nos parents, les bretelles été utilisées pour tenir les pantalons, mais puisqu’elles ne sont plus en vogue et que nos jeunes portent tellement bas le pantalon, c’est à se demander si leurs fessiers n’ont pas froid ; fessiers qui d’ailleurs, sont recouverts par leurs caleçons colorés (entre les couleurs flashy et les motifs Bob l’Eponge, vous en aurez plein la vue). Enfin, quoiqu’en connaissant la nature avare de nos chers compatriotes, il se peut aussi que les parents achètent de leurs grés des vêtements plus grands que la taille actuelle de leurs gosses de peur qu’ils grandissent trop vite (Et ouais, ils sont en période de croissance ces petits !) Ah mais oui, en les voyant vous songerez peut-être à cotiser afin de les offrir des habits pas troués, car il faut croire que la tendance du moment ce sont ces collants prêts du corps coupés au niveau des genoux ou des jambes. Nul besoin de parler de leurs visages, percés de tous parts et rafistolés à l’aide de mouches en métal ; le plus flagrant serait les anneaux qui pendent du nez. (Il y en a qui pourraient même faire du rodéo à force de ressembler à un taureau avec l’anneau au nez)On pourrait croire que les vaches leur servent d’inspiration. Ne parlons pas des filles, qui se maquillent de plus en plus et cela dès un très jeune âge. Certaines ressemblent même à la fiancée de Chuckie la poupée maléfique !

Do we have a ‘rape culture’ in Mauritius?

Recently, the rape of a 14 year old girl by a much older man she met on Facebook caused a maelstrom of reactions all over social media, hence giving us an insight on how people react to rape. A rape culture is defined as an environment where rape and sexual assault are normalized based on the vague notion that the female victims incited the attack. For all other crimes, there seems to be a consensus that the victim ought to be sympathised with or compensated, but for this particular crime, the victim is more likely to be slut shamed than given the benefit of the doubt (which is counterintuitive).

Where do these double standards come from? Why is it that the ‘Kevins’ are only made fun of while their female counterparts are dehumanized and denigrated? More importantly, why do people still think that women should bear the onus of chastity and purity in a country that is no longer male dominated? The point isn’t whether the 14 year old consented or not, it’s that she IS A CHILD. A 14 year old girl neither possesses the maturity level of a 20 year old man nor is she emotionally conscious enough to understand the power dynamics in that case. That this basic fact of nature should be extrapolated to hordes of sexist and bigoted people confirms the existence of a rape culture in this country.

Those who are still not convinced should take a hard look at themselves in the mirror, if you are condoning the manipulation and sexual assault of a 14 year old because she befriended a male on Facebook, you shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. It’s one thing to make friends on Facebook and it’s another to violently manhandle a child and force her to have sex with you. Gender equality seems to be a far-fetched vision in a country where schools are still segregated and communalism is the norm but the important thing is to extend our empathy towards those are victimized and violated, regardless of their gender or caste.

Ladies, there are still many people out there who will judge you on your ‘virginity status’ rather than your actual achievements, and these are the same people who are piqued with interest when local porn videos are making the rounds on social media. All that excessive handwringing is just a cover for the other thing they’re doing with their hand, so don’t let people lecture you on what your role as a woman should be.

La reprise des classes pour nos chers politiciens

Après trois mois de vacances, nos guerriers préférés seront de retour sur le champ de bataille ce mardi. En deux ans, beaucoup de choses se sont passées ; entre les séparations, les divorces, les reconstitutions et les rapprochements stratégiques, nous en avons vu de toutes les couleurs.

Ces derniers trois mois ont cependant été les plus décisifs, puisque nous avons été témoins d’un revirement total de l’assemblée avec désormais une majorité gouvernementale de 45 députés contre 24 membres d’une opposition fragmentée. Notre nouveau premier ministre, Pravind Jugnauth aura la chance (ou pas) de ne pas avoir à confronter Paul Béranger. Il devra toutefois, se mesurer à Xavier-Luc Duval qui après 30 ans de carrière politique exercera le rôle du nouveau leader de l’opposition. Nous attendons impatiemment les stratégies de ce dernier pour assurer sa crédibilité lorsqu’il sera amené à répondre à des allégations portant à lui rappeler le support qu’il amenait aux décisions du gouvernement lorsqu’il faisait toujours partie de l’équipe.

Photo: 5plus.mu

Nous attendons aussi de voir comment progressera sa relation avec Paul Bérenger. Vont-ils se serrer les coudes et se soutenir lors de la PNQ ou alors, vont-ils s’affaiblir en essayant de s’entretuer ?

Autre nouveauté, ce sera désormais quelqu’un d’autre que le PM qui répondra aux questions concernant les forces policières de notre ile. En effet, ce rôle revient maintenant au Mentor Minister, titre qui ne figure dans aucun de nos Statute Books, de tacler toutes les questions percutant les responsabilités des forces de l’ordre. Nous allons aussi témoigner l’élection d’un nouveau Deputy Speaker pour remplacer Adrien Duval. Le député Sanjeev Teeluckdharry est pressenti pour ce poste malgré qu’il soit impliqué dans des issues de discipline au niveau du barreau.

Une chose est certaine, l’Assemblée Nationale de Maurice sera un véritable show ce mardi !

Ugadi : moment de célébration et de ferveur

Ugadi est un mot composé de deux autres termes, notamment Yuga qui signifie « année » et Aadi qui veut dire le début. Recomposé, Ugadi symbolise la fin d’une année, et le commencement d’une autre selon le calendrier lunaire hindoue. En Inde, dans certains états méridionaux et nordiques tels que l’Andra Pradesh d’où sont issus les Telugus, Ugaadi coïncide avec l’essor du printemps.
Cette journée est célébrée avec beaucoup de joie et de ferveur par nos compatriotes de foi hindoue. Les préparatifs débutent tôt, généralement une semaine avant la fête, le grand nettoyage de la maison est effectué et les vetements neufs sont achetés.
Le jour-J, quelques heures avant le lever du soleil, le seuil des maisons est décoré du « muggu », un amalgame de riz, de grains secs et de plusieurs couleurs alors que des feuilles de mangues et des fleurs sont aussi suspendues à l’entrée des maisons.
Ce mercredi, les telugus se réveilleront très tôt, et vont débuter leur journée par un processus d’assainissement à travers le Mangalam Snanam, qui est un bain purificatoire contenant un mélange de dholl et d’huile parfumée. Ceci sera suivi par des prières et le partage de la nourriture, qui sont tous deux, les bases fondamentales de tous les festivals indiens.
Un préparatif unique qui s’intitule le Ugadi Pachadi est nécessaire dans chaque foyer. Pour cela, on utilise des tamarins fraichement cueillis, des carottes bien sucrées, des mangues fraiches et des fleurs de neem. Ces ingrédients sont ensuite malaxés dans une cruche de terre joliment ornée avant d’être transportée au Mundilum. Le mélange a une signification unique qui représente la douceur et l’amertume, les joies et les peines de la vie. Après les rituels religieux, les croyants visitent leurs proches pour les souhaiter « Ugaadi Abhinandanaalu », ce qui signifie « bonne année » en telugu.
A cette occasion, le Hari Hara Devasthanam Pratha Sarathi Kalakshetram vous invite le mercredi 29 mars 2017 à recevoir les bénédictions du SRI VENKATESWARA SWAMY au temple. La cérémonie se fera sous la direction de l’ACHARYA BRUNDAVANAM PARTHA SARATHI.

Programme du jour :
• Sri Venkateswaraswamy Pushpayagam
Heure: 7:30 am to 10:00 am
• Programme culturelle: Puraskar & Panchanga Sravanam
Heure: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Le déjeuner traditionnel sera servi.
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The Capital Punishment debate is just another political distraction

According to a report published by Statistics Mauritius, the ‘intentional homicide’ rate per 100 000 people was 2.3 in 2015 as opposed to 2.4 in 2014, which is quite low when compared to other African and Asian countries. So the recent fixation with capital punishment makes no literal sense. They want to curb crime in a country where crime is already a rarity. The debate around the reintroduction of the death penalty has caused a rouble rousing effect among the local media outlets, following the discovery of two dead bodies. The Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth told the media he was in favour of the death penalty, which isn’t a very surprising statement from a man whose father signed the last execution order in this country condemning Eshan Nayeck to death by hanging. His pleas for clemency were turned down by Aneerood Jugnauth, in a very vain and callous attempt to show his allegiance to law and justice.

A simple foray into this moral debacle would make one realize that countries where the death penalty is legal don’t necessarily have a lower crime rate. In the US, many inmates are often exonerated after their deaths and that shows the ineptitude of a system where human lives are treated like political salvo. There’s no need for retribution or draconian vengeance when it doesn’t really curb crime and it’s a blight on the civilized society we claim to have. Not only is the death penalty one of the most primitive and barbaric forms of punishment, it’s also akin to moral regression. They’re not only targeting violent crime offenders , they’re also thinking of sentencing ‘drug dealers’ to death. Like George Carlin said, drug dealers aren’t afraid to die so it won’t faze them at all. Instead, we should be executing the bankers and the morally bankrupt politicians who launder the bank money!
Let’s focus on the real causes of crime in this country. Poverty, lack of education and mental health problems should be dealt with post haste if we really care about reducing crime. But if they are still hell-bent on reintroducing this barbaric form of punishment, let us first start with the politicians and ‘businessmen’ involved in financial skulduggeries because they deplete our economy and this deepens the inequalities within our system. It might not be ‘violent’ in nature, but it runs contrary to the narrative that we live in a democracy. Ergo it’s a crime against humanity and quite deserving of the highest degrees of punishment.

There’s a plethora of reasons why two thirds of the countries in the world have chosen to abolish this barbaric and ineffective system of punishment-it’s inhumane, it’s archaic and frankly cruel. But in Mauritius, where we are desperately trying to sell this ‘Paradise island’ image, where people flock in masses to retreat, it kind of sends the wrong message. ‘’Welcome to Mauritius, the paradise island with a penchant for medieval forms of punishment.’’

Robert Mugabe isn’t the man you think he is

Robert Mugabe’s visit in Mauritius has sparked concerns among the traditionalist media on the legitimacy of democracy in Zimbabwe. First of all, there’s no such thing as a sustainable democracy in most African countries, let alone European countries. The growing tides of oligarchy and plutocracy have stultified the movement for socialism, giving precedence to callous capitalistic practices. Profits over human dignity, that’s the zeitgeist of this new era.

Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since the proclamation of independence in 1980. Some of his nascent policies were highly humanitarian-from expanding healthcare and education to consolidating the economy. In recent years however, he prioritized the removal of white farmers to redistribute the land among the black Zimbabweans in an effort to boost black ownership, culminating into the US imposing sanctions on the country (yet another classic US move). These sanctions were geared towards annihilating Zimbabwe’s economy in the strange hope that they would finally embrace the white oligarchs. But Robert Mugabe didn’t yield to the oppressors. Instead his detractors launched a campaign to besmirch his rule and his legacy in Zimbabwe.

Those who are well versed in the history of colonization in Africa would know that violent land seizures were first triggered by the first European settlers in Zimbabwe, displacing 100 000 black people and phlegmatically claiming their lands. To say that Mugabe’s approach is misguided is to wilfully ignore the plight of the black people in Zimbabwe, whose resources were plundered relentlessly while their conditions worsened within their own country. Mugabe’s approval rating is 71% in his country, to say he’s not respected is a blatant lie.
Of course, most nationalistic leaders who dare to defy the US’s tightening grip on the world (the americanization of the world) suffer the same fate as Mugabe: they’re vilified in the international community, unreasonable sanctions are imposed on their countries to breed hate and resentment amongst the citizens and their legacy is tainted. But one should never forget the bloodshed the white Europeans caused in Africa lest we let the same thing happen again. The colonisers violated all existing human rights when they tried to claim Africa for themselves. When black leaders like Mandela and Mugabe clamoured for their countries’ independence, they were imprisoned and silenced. Why is it that the outrage isn’t about the colonisers’ atrocities but about the alleged ‘despotism’ of Mugabe?

The history of colonisation in Africa is a poignant one that leaves no room for equanimity, there’s nothing remotely positive about the bullying tactics the Europeans employed to suppress black resistance. In this era of mounting tensions between those wanting to establish a global rule and those resisting, let’s remind ourselves that the oppressors would never sympathise with our cause, let alone see us as sentient human beings.

The Metro Express Project is a sign of Progress and it’s badly needed

The Metro Express project already has legions of detractors-the opposition parties, the trade unions and the public. You’d think it was such an egregious project if you listened to the seditious statements about it. For example, some people are saying the government will not be able to pay for the project. And how on earth would they know that? Why would the government even think of starting the project if they wouldn’t be able to pay for it? It’s contradictory remarks like that that make me question the relevance of their ‘concerns.’

First of all, people who were born in the 90s and the 2000s have seen the country stuck in limbo- this pre-development stage where infrastructure has stayed the same, where the roads are in such a disastrous state that drivers always have to remain aloof, where progress is tantamount to nothing. That’s right, nothing major has happened to boost confidence in the ‘development’ myth. The Metro Express project is basically the first infrastructure/transport project of its kind to emerge in decades. Despite all the bluster and the ballyhoo, no one can deny the fact that Mauritians have been yearning for a proof of development, for a proof that the government cares about their future. What better way to show this than to finally improve the transportation system?

Of course, there are those who are arguing that the advent of the Metro Express would be redundant since the Port-Louis-Curepipe trip would take 40 minutes, which is a tad bit longer than when commuting by car. Of course, it seems ludicrous that the government would greenlight a project that wouldn’t necessarily be time efficient but we’re forgetting a crucial aspect of it, there will be 20 stops between the starting point at Port Louis and the final destination at Curepipe. Not only is this an ambitious project that could solve some of our direst transportation problems like traffic jams and gridlocks but it will accommodate literally thousands of people on a daily basis!

For those who are obsessing about the financing of this project, which will amount to 17 billion rupees, well thank god you’re not responsible for finding that money. It turns out India is pouring in 10 billion whilst the company that’s been set up specially for the financing of the project, Metro Express Ltd will be responsible for covering the other costs. And the saddest part isn’t all that baloney that’s being fed to us, it’s the fact that this project will take at least four years to realize. Four long years! In the meantime, all we can do as ‘proponents of progress’, is hope that it does see the light so that our public transportation system can finally be thrust into the modern age.

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Comment devenir la proie tant convoitée des violeurs ?

Attention ! Ceci est un article bourré de sarcasme et de satyre. A ne surtout pas prendre au premier degré.

Nous le savons tous, la société mauricienne est extrêmement pudique au problème du viol, que ce soit au niveau éducatif que punitif. Cependant, il convient de parfois faire preuve de bon sens et soyons honnête, les femmes en manquent souvent. C’est pourquoi nous allons aujourd’hui tenter de leur faire part de quelques conseils afin qu’elles puissent s’entrainer à devenir la victime parfaite pour un viol.
Pour commencer chères demoiselles et dames, ne soyez pas un homme. Vous l’avez sans doute bien compris, un homme c’est un homme. C’est herculéen, c’est robuste. Nous avons entendu des rumeurs parlant d’hommes violés, mais faut surtout pas se tromper… pure rumeur !

Et surtout, ne soyez pas nubile ou en voie de l’être. Dès que vous êtes pubère, vous avez la morphologie adéquate pour attirer le regard des hommes. Et oui, ne les provoquez pas. Selon certaines études, l’âge parfait pour être une bonne proie s’élève aux environ de 8-9 ans. A partir de cet âge, les attributs érotiques de ces demoiselles ont tendance à s’accentuer et cela est absolument inconcevable d’espérer qu’un homme puisse se retenir. La chance que vous avez les filles !

Ne pensez certainement pas à rester chez vous seule. Ce serait une tentation bien trop forte s’il s’avère que ces innocents hommes arrivent à savoir que vous osez habiter une maison seule. Il serait aussi plus prudent de rester chez soi. Les soirées, les boites de nuits ou les fêtes sont organisées uniquement pour celles qui souhaitent être agressées. Après la tombée de la nuit, votre place se situe entre les quatre murs de votre demeure. Et même là, faut se méfier de la présence des cousins, des oncles, des frères, votre mari.

Vous avez la permission de sortir uniquement si c’est pour aller voir mami à l’hôpital ou pour vous faire soigner d’un cancer. Mais attention ! Vous devez savoir comment vous habiller. Attachez-vous les cheveux, mais pas une queue de cheval, car ça pourrait inciter les hommes à vous tirer la queue en vous prenant en levrette. Quoique, trop détachés ça fera un peu salope. Faites attentions à ne pas faire de signes qui pourraient visiblement provoquer une érection irrépressible ou une poussée de testostérones chez nos chers males ; genre ouvrir sa bouche, cligner des yeux ou se mordiller les lèvres. Vous devez savoir comment gérer vos attributs physiques. C’est quand même la moindre des choses, mesdames !
Voilà chères dames, les précieux conseils que nous vous apportons. J’espère que ça vous aidera à devenir la proie recherchée des violeurs, et qu’ensuite vous songerez à vous suicider. Mais si vous parvenez pas à être la victime idéale, il serait plus judicieux d’admettre que vous n’avez pas été violées… ne soyez pas confuses, vous avez peut-être rencontré votre prince charmant.

Sur ce, excellent weekend à vous mesdames.