Gardening – a hobby which is disappearing in Mauritius

May 30, 2010 2 comments

The lifestyle of Mauritians is evolving. Remember, for those who can remember, how life was easy going some twenty years back, your parents were there taking care of their poultry andtheir garden…this time is and will remain in our memories, and the new generations now have everything ready-made, flats are flourishing here and there, and life is more hectic…there is no time to even think of growing something in the garden…instead if you who are like 18-30 years old indeed do so, you will have the old fashioned tag…well, gardening is in fact such a nice but forlorn leisure which would be interesting to revive through garden clubs and the like…gardening brings one close to nature, exerts physically and is self fulfilling…the idea of playing with mud often scares the youth as they often forget that without Mother Earth they would not even be there…


10 Basic principles of Good Parenting by Steinberg

I saw a very interesting link on the above and wanted to share it with you.

1. What you do matters.
“Tell yourself that every day. How you treat and respond to your child should come from a knowledgeable, deliberate sense of what you want to accomplish. Always ask yourself: What effect will my decision have on my child?”

2. You cannot be too loving.
“When it comes to genuine expressions of warmth and affection, you cannot love your child too much. It is simply not possible to spoil a child with love. What we often think of as the product of spoiling a child is never the result of showing a child too much love. It is usually the consequence of giving a child things in place of love—things like leniency, lowered expectations or material possessions.”

3. Be involved in your child’s life.
“Being an involved parent takes time and is hard work, and it often means rethinking and rearranging your priorities. It frequently means sacrificing what you want to do for what your child needs you to do. Be there mentally as well as physically.”

4. Adapt your parenting to fit your child.
“Make sure your parenting keeps pace with your child’s development. You may wish you could slow down or freeze-frame your child’s life, but this is the last thing he wants. You may be fighting getting older, but all he wants is to grow up. The same drive for independence that is making your three-year-old say ‘no’ all the time is what’s motivating him to be toilet trained. The same intellectual growth spurt that is making your 13-year-old curious and inquisitive in the classroom also is making her argumentative at the dinner table.”

5. Establish and set rules.
“If you don’t manage your child’s behavior when he is young, he will have a hard time learning how to manage himself when he is older and you aren’t around. Any time of the day or night, you should always be able to answer these three questions: Where is my child? Who is with my child? What is my child doing? The rules your child has learned from you are going to shape the rules he applies to himself.”

6. Foster your child’s independence.
“Setting limits helps your child develop a sense of self-control. Encouraging independence helps her develop a sense of self-direction. To be successful in life, she’s going to need both. Accepting that it is normal for children to push for autonomy is absolutely key to effective parenting. Many parents mistakenly equate their child’s independence with rebelliousness or disobedience. Children push for independence because it is part of human nature to want to feel in control rather than to feel controlled by someone else.”

7. Be consistent.
“If your rules vary from day to day in an unpredictable fashion, or if you enforce them only intermittently, your child’s misbehavior is your fault, not his. Your most important disciplinary tool is consistency. Identify your non-negotiables. The more your authority is based on wisdom and not on power, the less your child will challenge it.”

8. Avoid harsh discipline.
“Of all the forms of punishment that parents use, the one with the worst side effects is physical punishment. Children who are spanked, hit or slapped are more prone to fighting with other children. They are more likely to be bullies and more likely to use aggression to solve disputes with others.”

9. Explain your rules and decisions.
“Good parents have expectations they want their child to live up to. Generally, parents overexplain to young children and underexplain to adolescents. What is obvious to you may not be evident to a 12-year-old. He doesn’t have the priorities, judgment or experience that you have.”

10. Treat your child with respect.
“The best way to get respectful treatment from your child is to treat him respectfully. You should give your child the same courtesies you would give to anyone else. Speak to him politely. Respect his opinion. Pay attention when he is speaking to you. Treat him kindly. Try to please him when you can. Children treat others the way their parents treat them. Your relationship with your child is the foundation for her relationships with others.”

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Intellectual sustainability – durabilite intellectuelle – a bouzermaurice concept the case of Mauritius – Migration circulare- brain drain – bouzermaurice concept

May 13, 2010 6 comments

Basically linked to brain drain, intellectual sustainability is a broader concept. Intellectual sustainability encompasses the ability of a country to development intellectual resources for its development and more importantly to retain this knowledge for the furtherance of its growth. Unfortunately our country has been very weak at keeping its best brains to service the country. One of the key reasons to it is the low pay but also the variety of opportunities which one could obtain abroad. But the basic reason behind is the failure of the society to train our youth to think Mauritius rather than Me.  The Migration Circulaire agreement Mauritius  is signing with Canada and France could be detrimental to long term growth. What would happen if they get married there? It should not turn into an ‘Emigration fast track’.    Our dear laureates who have cost at the very least Rs 1,000,000 each are reluctant to come back or even to pay the bond they agreed at inception. They claim to raise our national flag high abroad but who cares? A shame! You can have the best brain but not necessarily the best moral values and ethics . The greatest resource of Mauritius is its human resources. We should therefore ensure we give enough incentive to pull them back. (to be continued)

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2010 -The Cabinet- New Ministers of the new government – Le Cabinet – Les nouveaux ministres de notre nouveau gouvernement – Ile Maurice- Mauritius General Elections – Elections Generales

May 11, 2010 1 comment

Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam – PM, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications

The Hon Rasheed Beebeejaun – DPM, Ministry of  Energy and Public Utilities

The Hon Xavier Luc Duval – VPM, Minister of  Social Integration and Economic Empowerment

The Hon Pravind Jugnauth – VPM,Minister of Finance and Economic development

The Hon Anil Kumar Bachoo – Ministry of Public Infrastructure ,NDU,  Land Transport and Shipping

Dr. The Hon Arvin BOOLELL,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

Dr The Hon Abu Twalib Kasenally , Minister of Housing and Lands

The Hon Mrs Sheilabai BAPPOO, GOSK  – Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare

The Hon Nandkumar Bodha – Minister of Tourism and Leisure

Dr. The Hon Vasant Kumar BUNWAREE, Minister of Education,  and Human Resources

The Hon Satya Veyash FAUGOO, Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security

The Hon Showkutally Soodhun, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

The Hon Deva Virasawmy, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development

Dr the Hon Rajesh Jeetah, Tertiary  Education, Science, Research and Technology

Hon Devanand Rittoo – Minister of Youth and Sports

The Hon Leela Devi Dookun Luchumun Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institution

The Hon Herve Aime – Minister of Regional Administration and Outer Island

The Hon Maya Hanumanjee – Ministry of Health and Quality of Life

The Hon Mukeshwar Choonee – Ministry of Arts and Culture

The Hon Tasarajen Pillay Chedumburum – Ministry of Information and Communication Technology

The Hon Nicolas Von Mally – Minister of Fisheries and Rodrigues

The Hon Achit Kumar Gungah – Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms

The Hon Shakeel  Mohammed – Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment

The Hon Yatin Varma – Attorney General

The Hon Michael Sik Yuen – Minister of Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter

Best of General Elections Mauritius – Ile Maurice – Toutes les videos du Party Malin

En premiere positionLe Best du Party Malin : l’Apotheose

En deuxieme position

En troisieme position

Best Losers Mauritius – Deputes correctifs ile Maurice – 2010 General Elections – Elections Generales

Stephanie Anquetil (Avenir- PTR)

Radegonde (Coeur -MMM)

Francisco Francois (MR)

Sik Yuen (Avenir – PMSD)

Perraud (Avenir – PTR)

Issac (Avenir – PTR)

Sorefan (Coeur – MMM)

General (National Assembly) Elections 2010 Results Mauritius- Resultats des Elections Generales 2010 Ile Maurice- Repartition des sieges par parti politique de l’Alliance de l’Avenir – Breakdown of seats of candidates elected under the Alliance de l’Avenir by invidual Party – Labour (PTR Parti Travailliste) – MSM and PMSD

Labour Party : 27

N° 2 : Port Louis Sud – Port Louis Central (Alliance de l’Avenir 2- 1 Alliance du Coeur)
Rashid Beebeejaun(Avenir)8617,  Abdullah Hossen (Avenir)

N° 3 : Port Louis Maritime – Port Louis Est
Shakeel Mohamed(Avenir)6917

N° 4 : Port Louis Nord – Montagne Longue
Kalyanee Juggoo (L’Avenir),

N° 5 : Pamplemousses – Triolet (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Navin Ramgoolam18911, Devanand Rittoo 17470, Satish Faugoo,

N° 6 : Grand Baie – Poudre d´Or (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)

Lormesh Bundhoo 21952, Mukeshwar Choonee 20844

N° 7 : Piton – Rivière du Rempart (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)
Balkissoon Hookoom18537, Deva Virahsawmy 16895

N° 8 : Quartier Militaire – Moka (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)
Suren Dayal,

N° 9 : Flacq – Bon-Accueil (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Anil Baichoo25876, Dhiraj Khamajeet25088

N° 10 : Montagne Blanche – Grande Rivière Sud Est (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)TBC
Rajesh Jeetah21171, Cader Sayed-Hossen,

N° 11 : Vieux Grand Port – Rose Belle (Alliance de l’Avenir 3-0)
Arvin Boolell21 788,  Mahen Seeruttun

N° 12 : Mahébourg – Plaine-Magnien (Alliance de l’Avenir 3-0)
Vasant Bunwaree,

N° 13 : Rivière des Anguilles – Souillac (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Pradeep Peetumber14968, Abu Kasenally14457, Chedumbrum Pillay

N° 14 : Savanne – Rivière Noire (1 Alliance du Coeur, 2 Alliance de l’Avenir)
3) Hervé Aimée 22949

N° 15 : La Caverne – Phœnix (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Patrick Assirvaden21145, Rihun Hawoldar21027,

N° 16 : Vacoas – Floréal (Alliance de l’Avenir 2-1 Alliance du Coeur)
Sheila Bappoo (Avenir)16695,

N° 18 : Belle Rose – Quatre Bornes (Alliance de l’Avenir 2 – 1 Alliance du Coeur)
Nita Deerpalsing 16122

MSM: 12

Final Results:

N° 4 : Port Louis Nord – Montagne Longue
Mireille Martin(Avenir) 16607

N° 6 : Grand Baie – Poudre d´Or (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)

Ashit Gungah 22 479

N° 7 : Piton – Rivière du Rempart (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)
Pratibhah Bholah19173

N° 8 : Quartier Militaire – Moka (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir) (Final)
Pravind Jugnauth 19649,  Leela Devi Dookun19109

N° 9 : Flacq – Bon-Accueil (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Pradeep Roopun

N° 10 : Montagne Blanche – Grande Rivière Sud Est (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Jim Seetaramw20720

N° 11 : Vieux Grand Port – Rose Belle (Alliance de l’Avenir 3-0)
Sutyadeo Moutia

N° 12 : Mahébourg – Plaine-Magnien (Alliance de l’Avenir 3-0)
Mahen Jhugroo 15238

N° 14 : Savanne – Rivière Noire (1 Alliance du Coeur, 2 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Maya Hanoomanjee23356

N° 15 : La Caverne – Phœnix (3-0 Alliance de l’Avenir)
Showkutally Soodhun 21131

N° 16 : Vacoas – Floréal (Alliance de l’Avenir 2-1 Alliance du Coeur)
1. Nando Bodha (Avenir) 17491


N° 12 : Mahébourg – Plaine-Magnien (Alliance de l’Avenir 3-0)
Thierry Henry,

N° 18 : Belle Rose – Quatre Bornes (Alliance de l’Avenir 2 – 1 Alliance du Coeur)
Xavier-Luc Duval 18164,