Archive for April, 2008

Food crisis?

Friday, April 11th, 2008

It seems that not only Mauritius is being affected by rising prices of basic commodities. Consumer groups in Europe have gathered themselves on streets to protest against the ever rising prices of rice, wheat, flour to name a few. Even in Italy there has been a one day boycott on pasta. In Bangladesh, surprisingly, rice is being rationed.  People were queuing since early morning to buy five kilo of rice, their staple food. India has even stopped exporting rice preferring to cope with the local demand but this effort is being undermined by shortages in supply.  Food price crisis is going global. According to the BBC, researchers at the IRRI need to be thinking of a way to boost yield on ever decreasing acres of land under agriculture.

The recent rain pour did not do much to alleviate the household’s baskets. Most vegetables were affected by the flooding and if one is lucky to find some on display at the market, his wallet needs to be well stuffed. So for the time being better turn to canned food, hoping that brighter days are only some days away…  Too optimist or naive??

New name!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

A kid opening a window, a man opening his door. Everybody seems to be opening their doors and windows. What is happening? Then we are told to be ready on the 17th April 2008. What the heck is going on?

Orange… No it’s not the color of the traffic lights. On this day, the national telecommunication company will henceforth be using the international telecommunication brand name. Internet and mobile operations will henceforth fall under the Orange umbrella. There is a great controversy over the decision of MT to be using the name of FT’s subsidiary. Opinions such as the huge outflows of funds to the subsidiary (3% of  total turnover so that MT can use the new appellation), the supposedly opened access to international market, and the view that the new appellation will bring nothing new either to Cellplus or to MT, customers will have to pay more- so much so to oppose the adoption. According to the local press, the rebranding is an act to finance the huge debt of FT. The author goes on by citing the fate of Antaris who adopted the name of the french company. In the meantime a group of MT’s shareholders is turning to the Supreme Court against the change of name and the payment of royalties.

Hot hot hot!

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Very very hot and mosquitoes buzzing around… Got some breeze but still can not attenuate the heat. Wish that at least at night we could have some rains and a nice temperature to ease our warrior’s sleep. Yesterday only slept 3 hours. Tried to recap the loss during the day but the bed reminds me of sauna and all i could do is to take a nap on the ground. Damnit how can the Japanese sleep on the ground. It’s so hard!!! 😮