Archive for the ‘Press’ Category

Cimetiere Bois Marchand!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

There is a stir after the publication of an article “ Menacés et volés dans un cimetière” signed by Bernard Saminaden in L’express of the 8th October 2010.  The journalist did not mention the date of the mugging. However from reading the article one would automatically think that the this must have happened until very recently as anyway newspaper does not publish old news, otherwise it would not be called a daily.

The details interested and struck a reader as this incident happened 4 months ago exactly on the 03rd June 2010. The mugging was widely reported by Radio PLus and le defi plus of Saturday 05th June 2010. The lady who was mugged happened to be related to the reader and on a personal initiative, he constituted a team of 12 persons living at Bois Marchand to clean and embellish the cemetery as it looked more than a jungle and an abandoned cemetery. According to the reader cleaning is done, and maintenance works are being carried out and it looks that this would last till end of the year.

The reader goes on to state the fright and reticence of  the chinese community about going to the cemetery after the front page publication of the article when even the senior journalist did not even go about the pain of verifying the writings and just borrowed a piece of old news. The irony the reader stated is that on the 06th October 2010, Bernard came along with his colleague in 3 vehicles and met the reader’s foreman at the cemetery. The foreman did mention the fact that ever since the 05th July 2010 when cleaning started, there had been no cases of mugging and the last mugging case reported at Terre Rouge police station dated the 03rd June 2010. In spite of the reassurance given, the article was still published on the 08th October 2010.  The reader continued to ironise about the so called insecurity the journalist is  talking about when an Indian crew was filming at the very same cemetery.  The correspondence even stated about the righteousness of the PM about press legislation.

The mail was copied to the press complaint committee and in a correspondence signed by Ariane de L’estrac, she promised action will be taken and the journalist would have to explain himself.

So what do you think? Is the press going too sensationalist? or amateurish?

Margeot passed away!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Cardinal Jean Margeot passed away today Friday 17th July 2009 at 10 am. His funeral will be held on Sunday 19th July 2009 at Marie Reine de la paix. He was 93 year old. At the time of the post, details of the funeral has not yet been officialised. The public will be able to mourn before the corpse at Cathedrale St Louis church two hours after members of the parliament and high ranking officials.

UPDATE: No horse racing tomorrow (Saturday 18th July 2009). Funeral will be held at 1200 am on Sunday 19th.

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.

40 years ago!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Today while reading yesterday’s paper, i came across an article on the success of a familial company. This company came into existence 40 years back when the founder tried to introduce he first locally made toothpaste. Blendax was then made known to the public. 4o years later, the brand is still going strong. When i read the article, i could not help remembering its advert. It was in the late 80s or early 90s. A woman and a man, one always on a bike. There was eye contact and then there was star coming out of the mouth of either the man or woman. The ad would end with an off-voice. Don’t remember it well. The strikingly white teeth of the protagonists impacted on me as i urged my parents to purchase the paste. I would vigorously brushed my teeth so that eventually they would turn brand white. Needless to say, nothing happened. At that age, was complete fool and gullible to everything adults would say. Like a tree would grow on the head if you happened to swallow a grain fruit. Souvenir souvenir!!! BTW, happy celebrations Mauritius!


Friday, August 31st, 2007

10 years since the princess of heart left the world in distress and pain. That’s how the media portrays it. Diana still after all these years brings all people together and the concept still pays  for those who want to do business.

Appointment for visa!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Saw in the papers lately that applicants for visa to France will henceforth need an appointment. As from the 25th June, the France ambassy will be receiving applicants as from eight to twelve, and will be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays for visits to relatives, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays for business trips.

These appointments need to be done from a fixed line to a dedicated call number available  from eight in the morning to eight in the evening, and the call will be invoiced at Rs 15 per minute. These measures were taken in view to offer a better service to the public and to better manage the traffic at the visa service counter. The phone service is available as from Monday 18th June.

Country profiles!

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Saw this article on BBC’s site:

Various cultures and traditions flourish in peace, though Mauritian Creoles, descendants of African slaves who make up a third of the population, live in poverty and complain of discrimination

I wonder where the author got this impression. May be because of the Chagos issue, s/he tends to generalisations.

Neverending story!

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

I came across a website which might be some interest to those who like to read stories. It is a site which allow readers to log in to contribute to a story which has already been started. At the end of the day, if the story is substantial enough, it might be published but do not expect royalites if the book happens to be a best seller.

News in brief!

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Saturday was a public holiday! What a relief!! At least weekend off. Tomorrow Tuesday (re holiday!). C’est pas la belle vie sa!!!! Do not know what this week has in reserve for me. Last week was rather hectic for me.. Yesterday morning there was a one hour power cut due to a fault on a high voltage line. The weekend was also the scene of a rare violence in St. Pierre. A 40 year old married man shot himself dead after killing three relatives. The killing was due to a land dispute…

Press scrutiny

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

There is an issue which is being raised by the press lately. Whist Stephane and Eddy have both been talking abt media commission , one writing press is under close scrutiny by the Prime Minister.

At a gathering in Triolet,the Prime Minister has been criticising the said press for alledged false information reporting (click on link for full information).