cách tính bài baccarat_slot doi thuong_chiến lược thắng baccarat https://www.google.com//1ce Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you Fri, 28 Dec 2018 17:06:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 /1ce/wp-content/uploads/cropped-04052011192-32x32.jpg Alfa King Memories https://www.google.com//1ce 32 32 Intense Tropical Cyclone CILIDA https://www.google.com//1ce/intense-tropical-cyclone-cilida /1ce/intense-tropical-cyclone-cilida#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 17:06:30 +0000 /1ce/?p=386 With Intense Tropical Cyclone Cilida in the vicinity, many people keep wondering about the timing of the eventuality of a class 3 warning in Mauritius. It*s human nature to be curious, for obvious reasons. As soon as a class 1 warning is issued everybody wants to know when a class 2 will be issued and so on and so forth.

No warning is issued out of the blue or at the whims and caprices of the meteorologists. The Director of the Met Services, who is the sole decision-maker during cyclone episodes, has to make sure, after careful consideration of the situation based on scientific observations, analyses and prognoses with his team of professionals and other numerical data and analyses, that all conditions are met before issuing a warning.

Conditions apply. These include, but are not confined only to, the probability of risks of winds reaching 120 km/h, their timing, the direction and speed of movement of the cyclone, its proximity with the island, its development, and the time interval in terms of daylight before the forecast advent of cyclonic winds (of the order of 120 km/h and more).

A class 3 warning is issued ※so as to allow, as far as practicable, 6 hours of daylight before the occurrence of gusts of 120 km/h§. According to the last cyclone bulletin issued at 10 pm, the weather is expected to deteriorate significantly during the night of Saturday 22, and cyclonic winds may be experienced on Sunday. In such circumstances, the latest timing of issuing a class 3 warning would be 1 pm, which meets the ※6-hour-daylight§ condition. And by extrapolation, class 4 might be warranted in the early hours of Sunday provided gusts of the order of 120 km/h have been recorded at several places and are expected to continue. It*s not what you feel to be the wind speed, but what is actually recorded by meteorological instruments at various stations including automatic stations around the island.

But that*s just my opinion based on existing protocols. I just wanted to provide a simplified appreciation of the intricacies of the warning system. The meteorological service is the sole authority.

With Intense Tropical Cyclone Cilida in the vicinity, many people keep wondering about the timing of the eventuality of a class 3 warning in Mauritius. It*s human nature to be curious, for obvious reasons. As soon as a class 1 warning is issued everybody wants to know when a class 2 will be issued and so on and so forth.

No warning is issued out of the blue or at the whims and caprices of the meteorologists. The Director of the Met Services, who is the sole decision-maker during cyclone episodes, has to make sure, after careful consideration of the situation based on scientific observations, analyses and prognoses with his team of professionals and other numerical data and analyses, that all conditions are met before issuing a warning.

Conditions apply. These include, but are not confined only to, the probability of risks of winds reaching 120 km/h, their timing, the direction and speed of movement of the cyclone, its proximity with the island, its development, and the time interval in terms of daylight before the forecast advent of cyclonic winds (of the order of 120 km/h and more).

A class 3 warning is issued ※so as to allow, as far as practicable, 6 hours of daylight before the occurrence of gusts of 120 km/h§. According to the last cyclone bulletin issued at 10 pm, the weather is expected to deteriorate significantly during the night of Saturday 22, and cyclonic winds may be experienced on Sunday. In such circumstances, the latest timing of issuing a class 3 warning would be 1 pm on Saturday, which meets the ※6-hour-daylight§ condition. And by extrapolation, class 4 might be warranted in the early hours of Sunday provided gusts of the order of 120 km/h have been recorded at several places and are expected to continue. It*s not what you feel to be the wind speed, but what is actually recorded by meteorological instruments at various stations including automatic stations around the island.

But that*s just my opinion based on existing protocols. I just wanted to provide a simplified appreciation of the intricacies of the warning system. The meteorological service is the sole authority.

With Intense Tropical Cyclone Cilida in the vicinity, many people keep wondering about the timing of the eventuality of a class 3 warning in Mauritius. It*s human nature to be curious, for obvious reasons. As soon as a class 1 warning is issued everybody wants to know when a class 2 will be issued and so on and so forth.

No warning is issued out of the blue or at the whims and caprices of the meteorologists. The Director of the Met Services, who is the sole decision-maker during cyclone episodes, has to make sure, after careful consideration of the situation based on scientific observations, analyses and prognoses with his team of professionals and other numerical data and analyses, that all conditions are met before issuing a warning.

Conditions apply. These include, but are not confined only to, the probability of risks of winds reaching 120 km/h, their timing, the direction and speed of movement of the cyclone, its proximity with the island, its development, and the time interval in terms of daylight before the forecast advent of cyclonic winds (of the order of 120 km/h and more).

A class 3 warning is issued ※so as to allow, as far as practicable, 6 hours of daylight before the occurrence of gusts of 120 km/h§. According to the last cyclone bulletin issued at 10 pm, the weather is expected to deteriorate significantly during the night of Saturday 22, and cyclonic winds may be experienced on Sunday. In such circumstances, the latest timing of issuing a class 3 warning would be 1 pm, which meets the ※6-hour-daylight§ condition. And by extrapolation, class 4 might be warranted in the early hours of Sunday provided gusts of the order of 120 km/h have been recorded at several places and are expected to continue. It*s not what you feel to be the wind speed, but what is actually recorded by meteorological instruments at various stations including automatic stations around the island.

But that*s just my opinion based on existing protocols. I just wanted to provide a simplified appreciation of the intricacies of the warning system. The meteorological service is the sole authority.

Side information:

The meteorological services around the world (not only in Mauritius) operates under protocols set by the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO. Thus observations and analyses are effected and updated every three hours starting from 0000 GMT Midnight, which is 4 am here. The main observation hours are 4 am, 10 am, 4 pm and 10 pm local time. The intermediate ones are 7 am, 1 pm, 7 pm and 1 am local time. This doesn’t mean that officers are twiddling their thumbs in between. It’s a 24-hour service and watch, where there is a host of data and observations from world-wide network to be interpreted and related to the local context. It’s also interesting to note that the world over the met personnel is doing the same thing at the same time to bring the required information to the people. Of course in certain cases hourly or even half-hourly observations are done to meet the demand of the particular situation. So there are procedures by which the met service has to adhere. Also a warning doesn’t mean that the weather should be bad as soon as it is issued. It heralds the imminence of threat from a particular Meteorological phenomenon. While it might be easy to become wise after the event, few are those who would wish to be on the hot seat of the director.

Note: This article was published on the author’s facebook page on Friday 21 December 2018. It is reproduced here for the benefit of this blog’s followers.

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Recurrent Floods 每 What&s Wrong? https://www.google.com//1ce/recurrent-floods-whats-wrong /1ce/recurrent-floods-whats-wrong#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:37:38 +0000 /1ce/?p=379 Nobody enjoys having to pump out water from their dwellings, scrape out and shovel debris from their premises, and kill themselves trying to save what can be from the traumatic effects at each episode of natural disasters. Cottage and other villages afflicted by floods on 10 and 11 December, 2018 have demonstrated to some extent how inefficient and ineffective our preventive system can be.

Everybody knows; nobody dares to commit oneself to what needs to be done to minimize the impacts of weather caprices. Flooding is not new. Climate change is real, even daunting. But human heedlessness is even more disconcerting, although mitigation strategies are well documented and in place.

Effects of global climate change have long been predicted by scientists. Loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise, temperature rise due to a significant amount to greenhouse gases produced by human activities, long spells of and more intense heat waves and droughts, stronger and more intense cyclone episodes in certain regions, and increased heavy precipitation are actually occurring and will no doubt continue, in even more frightening ways.

What do we do? Do we just sit down, fold our arms and groan: ※it*s a caprice of nature§?

True we cannot control the occurrence of cyclones; we cannot control their movement. Nor can we control how precipitation behaves and results in extensive flooding. But we can control our attitude and behavior towards the realities of the day. We can control how we respond in the face of adversities. But above all we can control how proactive we can be.

Governments cannot discharge themselves from the facts of resulting socio-economic impacts. They are the trustees with regard to the safety and security of the people and assets.

Trying to act after the event from the comfort of an air-conditioned office has never been better than stepping out to see how resilient visibly prone areas are to natural hazards. More than verbiage, people need promptitude of actions with advance practical measures to address issues that keep on dragging.

Instead of wasting time, money and energy debating with headstrong impulsiveness on matters that divide, and that only for the sake of their own power protection, our policy makers would better address issues to ease off the adversities of nature with a view to bringing relief to hundreds of distressed. Is it so pressing to amend the constitution no matter the cost? An amendment that is hardly perceived to bring about concrete improvement in the lives of common people other than of those who are in power and want to cling to it as long as they can. In an effort to tackling the issue of ※Best Loser§ in the National Assembly, an issue that will benefit only a handful of political cronies, they seem to have forgotten the hundreds of ※losers§ in the recent flood events.

Floods have roared in L*Amiti谷, Mon Go?t and Cottage in the north and other areas of the island. People have experienced the adversities of life in water pool conditions. Mon Go?t is again in the limelight after the flash flood of 26 March 2008 that took the lives of four people including a child of 13.

In Cottage anger is brewing in the aftermath of another recurrent flood; the villagers are desperate. ※Prestigious projects are under way elsewhere, while we*ve been left out,§ they say. ※We*ve had enough of it. All our efforts have been drowned. And political representatives are nowhere to be seen.§ Some people have even gone to the extent of questioning the pertinence and urgency of setting up a rail track to accommodate the controversial metro express when there are areas that need more urgent attention; areas that have a more direct bearing in their lives.

Canals and rivers are clogged. Drains are practically inexistent in many parts of the country. Every cyclone, torrential rain or flood season heralds the same tune; the same grumbling: dwellings and premises inundated, cars wrecked, roads damaged, trees uprooted, power lines damaged by falling trees, rivers over flooded, canals and drains, if there are any, clogged, water creeping up to neck level in some places. It*s become so frequent that everyone seems to be complacent.

There*s nothing like ※we can*t do anything about it because we*re in a prone region§. Or things like ※Mother nature is unpredictable§. Such reasoning is outdated. We have a national issue and there are protocols to deal with situations like this one. The authorities have a major responsibility to be at the forefront when calamitous episodes hit or about to hit and after. That is why we have a National Disaster Management Scheme. It spells out clearly the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders from the Local and governmental authorities to the para-statal bodies and particular non-governmental organizations.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Centre (NDRRMC) has the overall responsibility to oversee the functioning of these protocols and to ※coordinate and monitor all preparedness actions and monitor with concerned authorities the implementation of appropriate risk reduction structural and non-structural measures§, among others. Not only during and in the aftermath of an event, but also and more importantly prior to the advent of the flood season.

It is legitimate to ask whether appropriate actions have been taken to ensure prone areas have been adequately monitored for any possible failings. Have surveys been carried out to assess the state of rivers, canals, drains and construction systems prior to the season?

Water level will inevitably rise depending on soil permeability and other factors, but also, and to a great extent, if there*s no way out. Those living in rural areas may recall that canals constructed in the past by ※tabisman§, that carried away excess water during heavy rainfall, have been suppressed with aggressive partitioning of estate land.

Have alternative drainage systems been established? What about the National Land Drainage Agency which was intended ※to take over the responsibility for the construction, cleaning and maintenance of the drainage systems across the country§. And the Local Authorities, the Ministry of Local Government and the Road Development Authority which ※should ensure that drains are constructed to the desired standard as far as possible§, according to the scheme?

These are long standing matters that warrant expedition. It*s more than ever time to roll up sleeves and get to see what*s wrong in the field.

 

Note: This article appeared in This Week News Mauritius on Dec. 12, 2018

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RODRIGUES – Trail Trouloulou 2018 https://www.google.com//1ce/rodrigues-trail-trouloulou-2018 /1ce/rodrigues-trail-trouloulou-2018#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:17:38 +0000 /1ce/?p=373 When Leisure Fuses With Nature 每 An Unforgettable Personal Experience

Getting the feel of the countryside has never been better than probing into the heart of it, on foot. Trail running is but one medium to reach out places where nature offers a breath of freshness and an escape from the mundane concerns of daily life. Nothing can beat the natural picturesque scenery that unfolds as you progress in wilderness.

If you love the fun of it, connecting with nature, running and jogging along the countryside, in woods or hills, book yourself for a trail running. If you are in Rodrigues or you are planning a visit, the Rod Trail Association (RTA) will be more than pleased to accommodate you in its monthly trails.

A new trend in the quest of communion with nature mixing leisure, sports and adventure with exploring places, trail running is very popular the world over. Rodrigues is no exception. Described as ※Hill in the Sea§ by Prem Saddul in his Mauritius: A Geomorphological Analysis, this islands of volcanic origin situated 650 km east of mainland Mauritius, offers a wonderful ground for trail running activity.

The last trail of the year 每 the ※Trouloulou Trail§ – of the RTA rallied some 100 participants on Sunday Dec. 2, 2018. I was one of them. I have always been intrigued about the organization of trails and their particular appellation here.

Trails in Rodrigues are named after indigenous birds and animals§, says Michael Allet, a prominent member of the RTA. ※Trouloulou originates from a local crab name. Likewise there*s &Golden Bat*, &Fauvette*, &Cardinal Jaune*, &Tortue* and &Gecko* trails, among others, held each month. The aim is to bring together people around an activity that links sporting, exploring, and adventure; but also to foster an environment-friendly conscious society

The International Trail-Running Association (ITRA) based in Switzerland recognizes trail running as ※a pedestrian race in natural environment with minimal possible paved or asphalt road. The amount of roads should not exceed 20% of the distance§.

It is a sport where participants run different distances in a nature environment. It is known to promote overall health and well being.

Trail running has its own specific topographic hurdles and challenges. But the benefits outweigh the inherent difficulties. These transcend from physical and mental to emotional and spiritual areas in life. An escape in the woods provides a pleasant nature experience, which a run on the road doesn*t.

Some studies suggest a good correlation between nature and the well being of people. The more you are exposed to nature the lesser your risk of obesity, depression, cancer, anxiety, and heart disease.

The effects of getting in the forest atmosphere, often called ※forest bathing§, have been demonstrated by Japanese scientists to have significant beneficial effects in people*s resting heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. A nature walk was found to yield better results than one in an urban environment.

The Trouloulou trail comprised the Kids trail (2.5 km), the Short trail (12 km), and the Long trail (20 km). I participated in the short one. Unlike the previous one held on Nov. 4, the Gecko international trail, which grouped more than a thousand participants, and where I ran on a shorter distance (7 km) on practically flat terrain, this one posed extra challenges; faring through uneven paths amid shrubs, rocks, awkward hanging trees, woods and hilly, creeky, bumpy and lumpy surfaces. A tough one indeed.

Going up and down hill, crossing canals, springs and valleys along villages hitherto unfamiliar to me, under the scorching sun, was an experience I*d remember for long. Vangar, Moriko, Camp Baptiste, Mt Persil, Pointe Sel, Charpentier, Pointe Source and a couple of others are places which otherwise I*d never have reached.

There were moments my legs would hardly move. They felt weighted, stiff and tired. Cramps around my hips started holding me back. At times I*d lose balance, nearly stumbling down after a sudden flash of blackout.

I have been running for unusually longer hours and on unusual paths. This is where I figured out the pertinence of the advice the briefing officer gave us prior to the start of the race. ※Drink as much water as you can,§ he had insisted. ※It*s going to be tough and you*ll in no time get dehydrated with the sun already signaling blaze§.

I had a strange feeling; a mixed one 每 to give up, or go ahead. And this feeling haunted me on no less than three occasions. Sweating abundantly in the torrid heat, I was soaked to the skin. And I was running out of water. With a little less than 25 ml for the remaining half or so of the track, I had to ration my drinking slots until I reached a shop. The next official refueling point was quite some kilometers away. The other participants were out of sight. Many were far ahead, quite a few far behind.

And I had to make sure I was heading in the right direction as markings in some places appeared blurred with fatigue. Many a times I had to pull back from a wrong path after a number of steps before getting on track again.

But giving up meant I lost the challenge 每 not the challenge of winning a prize at all cost, but the challenge of completing the track in the best possible conditions,. Performance was my goal, not result.

So I decided to pause for a couple of minutes; to recuperate and rekindle the stamina in me. I leant against a tree and took a few deep puffs of fresh air, not without admiring the commanding view from the cliff top. The topography of Rodrigues offers amazing views of the scenery all around.

I could see all those whom I had overtaken earlier passing by me, one after the other. I realized I was losing ground.

Michael Jordan, American former professional basket ball player once said: ※I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can*t accept not trying

This philosophy, added with faith in my abilities, boosted my somewhat shattered confidence. I rose up determined. I picked up my pace, slowly but with enhanced spirit. I scrambled up the steep hillside over rocks and riddled tree roots. I was now a lone trailer, staggering but staying focused as I progressed. I had walked for more than two hours now; and the destination was not yet at hand. I*m used to a shorter track on asphalt road conditions for an overall duration of 90 minutes at most.

The sun was literally on my head when I reached the lively coastal village of Grand Bay after the long march through the awkward terrain. My arms had darkened and the back of my neck in between my shoulder blades were burning. But the hurdles were not yet over although I was only some 500 metres to the finish.

No wonder, I was strained when the checkpoint officer directed me to the hillside track, the last bit but also the tougher one for being steeper. The height was imposing. My legs were suddenly glued to the ground and my heart started pounding. I had no choice if I were to stick to my mission. With another set of courage I clawed my way to the top. Fifteen minutes later I was on the last 100 metres of flat course to the end.

My extra effort was not in vain though. Not only did I succeed in accomplishing my goal, but also in finishing on the top three table. I crossed the finish line at 12.15 p.m. a little more than three and a half hours from start time, third in my category 每 masters. It was my first attempt on such a track; I had every reason to be overwhelmed and relieved, after an enjoyable but all the more hectic activity in view of the numerous stumbling blocks.

Auberge du Lagon, a coastal lodge at Jean Tac near Grand Bay, was the focal point of the trail logistics. The excellent organization and the spirit of sportsmanship and conviviality that prevailed throughout were remarkable.

From this trail adventure, although solo for the major part of it, I forged bonds with fellow trailers sharing a common mindset 每 that of friendship, solidarity, discipline and fair play. I learnt that you need to have the appropriate protective clothing and gears, and adequate refueling stuff to prevent implication of adversities including injuries, sunburn and dehydration.

The next trail, Trail Cents Pieds, is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019.

 

Note: This article appeared in casino online viet namThis Week News on Dec. 06, 2018

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May Day in Mauritius https://www.google.com//1ce/may-day-in-mauritius /1ce/may-day-in-mauritius#respond Sun, 29 Apr 2018 19:00:59 +0000 /1ce/?p=365 May 1 is celebrated throughout the world as Labour Day, often called May Day (not to be confused with ※Mayday§ which is an international distress signal code in radio communication derived from the French ※m*aider§ meaning ※help me§). Labour day finds its origin in the Industrial Revolution that took place in Britain at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th.

At that time there was a fundamental transformation from manual to mechanized labour, which transgressed the socio-cultural barriers. Workers became exposed to poor conditions and irregular hours of work, extending between 10 to 16 hours in some cases. The concept of the 8-hour work emerged in the struggle for workers* emancipation; and it spread gradually throughout the other parts of the world.

In Mauritius Labour Day was celebrated for the first time in 1938 under the initiative of Dr. Maurice Cur谷, an eminent leader of the labour movement and founder of the Labour Party. But over the years, this ※day§, which is ever since a public holiday, is monopolized by politicians, or rather the workers themselves seem to have ※handed over§ this day to the political parties. It*s the workers that swell the crowd at all political meetings.

????????? Dr Maurice Cur谷

Workers* organizations can hardly mobilize their rank and file as did Dr Cur谷 who at that time happened to rally more than 20,000 people at Champ de Mars without the facilities available today. That was a time when the world of work was not adequately regulated. Workers had indeed to struggle for the betterment of their economic and social conditions. Today with the entire legal framework and labour relations bodies, workers* claims do not meet with the same hurdles as 80 years ago. That may explain why union rallies on Labour day do not attract as many partisans any more although no less than 350 unions with more than 100,000 members are registered as per figures available from returns of December 2014 at the Registry of Associations. Instead they complacently organize small scale talks and conferences around a particular theme each year to mark the day.

So it*s an occasion for political parties (government and opposition alike) to showcase their strength and popularity by holding mass meetings in the main townships of the island practically every year. This year the ruling party has convened its constituents at the Vacoas market place. The opposition parties with dispersed strength will deviate from the usual traditions of open public gatherings. The Labour Party will meet at Mohit Hall in St Pierre, the MMM at Plaza, Rose Hill, while the PMSD will be at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium at Reduit.

Mouvement Premier-Mai, perceived as an emerging leftist party, seems to polarize a bit of attention with the ※honorable§ score its leader recorded at the last by-elections in Quatre Bornes. This party which basically stems from the defense of workers* rights is appealing people to rally at Beau Bassin Taxi Stand with the slogan: ※plas tout travayers li dans Beau Bassin§.

In Rodrigues the OPR (Organisation du Peuple Rodriguais) ruling party will be holding a gathering at Malabar while the MR (Mouvement Rodriguais) opposition party will meet at Mourouk, all with concert platforms staging famous singers and musicians.

It is part of the folklore for political parties to requisition as many buses and offer the traditional briyani and drinks with a detour to the seaside in an attempt to rally as many partisans as possible. It seems to be the case once again with the ruling party which is leaving no stone unturned to gather the mob in its favour.

As we approach the end of mandate of the present legislature next year, the ruling party wants no doubt to put all chances on its side as a prelude to the launching of its electoral campaign. Already it is subjected to accumulating frustrations in relation to the ongoing proliferation of drugs, state of law and order and perceived inequitable justice system, claims for salary alignment and increase, perception of corrupt and nepotistic practices, staked reputation for association with alleged doubtful investors, the widespread inconveniences in connection with delocalization of dwellers and small business owners from the controversial metro express track, the ever-increasing burden of economic stagnation with forced closure of the BAI consortium, termination of contracts of big companies purported to have been close to the previous regime and the related compensation claims resting as the sword of Damocles on the heads of the citizens. We could go on.

The announced privatization of the management of the water sector with an inevitable increase in the price of water as stressed by the concerned minister is another argument to deter people from political rallies. Confidence in political parties seems to be losing momentum with limited choice for alternatives.

In remembrance of those who struggled for workers* emancipation, wreaths are laid by union leaders as well as political men at the respective tombs to perpetuate a long standing tradition. Dr. Maurice Cur谷, Emanuel Anquetil, Guy Rozemont, Anjalay are but a few of the martyrs of the labour movement in Mauritius.

But there are others for whom Labour Day will mean nothing; it*ll be a day just like any other day. They*ll prefer a round at the seaside or at the shopping malls or simply take a good rest at home with their close ones.

Anyway, one cannot underestimate people*s frustration these days with the ever-drastically-increasing prices of essential commodities. As low participation means unpopularity, the stakes are high for the government; just to self satisfy it*s not a Mayday for them!

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Weather Caprices 每 How Effective is our State of Preparedness https://www.google.com//1ce/weather-caprices-how-effective-is-our-state-of-preparedness /1ce/weather-caprices-how-effective-is-our-state-of-preparedness#respond Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:35:18 +0000 /1ce/?p=359 It*s the same old tune during every cyclone or torrential rain period, the same grumbling about dwellings and premises inundated, cars wrecked, roads damaged, trees uprooted, power lines damaged by falling trees, rivers over flooded, drains and canals clogged, water everywhere causing gross inconvenience.

The confluence of natural forces and human failings cannot have less disastrous effects than what we often witness at every cyclone and flood event.

Everybody then gets into the fire-fighting mode, including the authorities, which have the ultimate responsibility for the safety and security of the people and assets. Once the mess is cleared after the event, we forget everything until another episode when we start questioning, complaining and blaming again.

Weather doesn*t behave the same way anymore. Climate change and rising sea-levels have reconfigured the characteristics of weather hazards and threats. The frequency and severity of extreme weather events is on the increase and pose new challenges to society and government.

We can’t change the fact that cyclone and flood or any other adverse weather events occur, but we can change our way of interpreting and responding to these events. We can take actions based on past experiences to build and maintain resilience. ※Resilience is not about accepting the caprices of Mother Nature. Rather, it is about managing our natural environment in a responsible manner, in the quest for a better future, for the sake of all of us,§ Haiti President Joseph Michel Martelly

Various parts of the country have been adversely affected by recurring flood events, Gokhoola and L*Amiti谷 being the latest on record in Mauritius. Rodrigues hasn*t been spared either. Assertions like ※We hadn*t experienced such intense cyclones before. We hadn*t experienced such floods or flash floods before§ are very common when Mother Nature hits. Unusual meteorological phenomena are becoming the order of the day in a new climatological era.

Tidal waves and tsunami are other threats we hadn*t heard of in the past. Can we underestimate the impact of phenomenal waves like the ones that hit Mauritius in May 2007? Among six people missing, four deaths were recorded. One body was found partly eaten by sharks.

Who doesn*t remember the flash flood event of 26 March 2008? How can we forget the fact that it took the lives of four people including a child of 13 at Mon Gout, who was returning home after early school dismissal due to torrential rain warning. No sooner had she alighted from the bus than she attempted to cross an over flooded bridge in an endeavour to reach her residence. But the water gushing outrageously from the river and flowing violently over the bridge swept her away from the roadway. How could she gauge the strength of such sudden surge?

And who doesn*t recall the deluge of 30 March 2013. 11 people lost their lives, including a couple of them trapped in the underpass at Caudan, a remarkable number of vehicles wrecked on the highway with water rushing impressively up to waste level. The scenario was one of an unprecedented nature.

This year it has been raining since January, with thunder and in torrents at times. And it doesn*t seem to be over yet as we head towards the end of the season. Figures from the meteorological services indicate above normal rainfall during the last three and a half months. January has been the wettest month over the last 38 years for Mauritius with above 290% above normal. It*s been also the wettest for Rodrigues since 1955 with above 280% above the long term mean.

Flood is not a new event here. The first severe flood occurred in 1959 and another flood event was noted in 1979 when a 15-day non-stop rainfall caused severe flooding throughout the country after a storm named Hiacynthe stayed in the region longer than expected.

While voices from all quarters tend to blame nature, very few are bold enough to face the reality to get to the real human causes and possible solutions. Yes, nature is the first culprit. But dwelling too much on nature*s caprices and not addressing the real issues is an act of utter complacency. It is much easier to brainwash people with fashionable terms like ※climate change§, ※global warming§ and ※sea level rise§ than it is to talk about the potential professional and institutional failures that contribute to the aggravation of the problems. It is far more comfortable for some to place the blame on their predecessors than to rise up meaningfully to an effective preparedness strategy.

Is it possible to assess the conditions of flooding? The Heavy Rainfall/Torrential Rain/Flooding Emergency Scheme which forms an integral part of the Disaster Management Scheme provides some clues: ※It is necessarily subject to the nature of the preceding rainfall, the state of the rivers, the ground water level, the permeability of the soil, the evacuation rate of accumulating water, the prevailing weather conditions in the vicinity of Mauritius, or any other such relevant factor

It is obvious. During any adverse weather condition every focus is on the meteorological services. People tend to question the reliability and timeliness of its forecasts. Can floods like those that occurred in 2008 and 2013 be predicted with minimum margin of error? Here*s what an ex-head of the services once stated: ※If we can calculate the percentage of humidity in the atmosphere, it*s impossible to know the amount of rainfall that the clouds will release at a given time.§ He was all the more blunt: ※I challenge any meteorological station in the world to be able to predict such torrential rain.§ Just to imagine how complex the forecast system seems to be and how cumbersome it is to predict the exact scenario despite all technology at hand.

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Protocols under the National Disaster Management Scheme

But specific protocols have always existed to deal with familiar events like cyclone, torrential rain and flooding. Emerging challenges have warranted the incorporation of landslide, high waves; and even earthquakes and tsunami, although rare.

Protocols which were previously enshrined in the Torrential Rain Emergency Scheme have been updated since 2015 and consolidated under the National Disaster Scheme. Responsibilities of various authorities and institutions are clearly spelt out as to what they need to do before the approach of the cyclone and torrential rain season, during the adverse weather episodes and in their aftermath.

This article doesn*t intend to probe deep into the responsibilities of each and every institution or organization in all the possible scenarios. It will be limited to some in relation to cyclones and flooding events.

Bodies, like the Meteorological Services, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, the Local Authorities, the Road Development Authority, the Ministry of Education, the Police, and the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) are among those that have a prominent role in the given events. A glance at the involvement of these major players will suffice to comprehend the nature of the issues which, if not properly addressed, can perpetuate unnecessary chaos.

According to the scheme a number of actions need to be taken well before the cyclone and torrential rain season.

 

The Mauritius Meteorological Services ※is the warning/alerting agency for the Republic of Mauritius in the case of a cyclone§. This service has a duty to provide appropriate timely warnings and adequate information on the forecast intensity, severity and duration of any meteorological phenomenon. It shall also issue warnings when it is likely to have heavy rainfall, torrential rain and flooding conditions.

 

For the purpose of the scheme, ※Torrential rain conditions are said to exist when the prevailing weather in Mauritius or Rodrigues produces 100 millimetres of widespread rains in less than 12 hours and that this heavy rain is likely to continue for several hours. Torrential rain may cause flash floods, urban floods or water accumulations in flood prone areas. It may also cause overflow of rivulets and streams or even major rivers leading to riverine flooding which may occur downstream where it may not be necessarily raining heavily.§

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Municipal/District Councils are required to ※take all preparedness actions prior to the cyclonic season. These should include carrying out of surveys to identify vulnerable areas/communities and inadequate drainage system and take remedial actions. Ensure cleaning and maintenance of drains, and canals. Enforce measures against illegal dumping in rivers, canals and drains§.

 

The heavy rainfall/torrential rain/flooding emergency scheme provides the following: ※Pending the setting up of a National Land Drainage Agency to take over responsibility for the construction, cleaning and maintenance of the drainage systems across the country, the Local Authorities (Municipal and District Councils) under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Local Government will continue to be responsible for the construction and maintenance of drains on non-classified roads whereas the Road Development Authority shall be responsible for drains along classified roads. These bodies should ensure that drains are constructed to the desired standard as far as possible.§

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The Local Authorities have also the responsibility to ※carry out audit and mapping of flood prone areas, inadequate drainage system and vulnerable groups prior the issue of building and land use permit and share the information with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Centre (NDRRMC), and if required to the Police, the Fire Services? and the meteorological services§.

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The Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport is required to ※oversee the maintenance of drainage systems§.

 

The Central Electricity Board has the responsibility for ※lopping of branches protruding on overhead electrical network§.

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The NDRRMC which oversees the functioning of these protocols has the responsibility to ※coordinate and monitor all preparedness actions and monitor with concerned authorities the implementation of appropriate risk reduction structural and non-structural measures§, among others.

The schemes also provide for sensitization campaigns prior to the cyclone and heavy rain season.

Are the schemes adequate?

The cyclone emergency scheme has worked fairly well in Mauritius. With four stages of warning from Class I to Class IV the population is adequately informed of the imminent dangers of cyclones. But the torrential rain warning is not phased. Although the population is advised on the possibility of heavy rain, a warning of torrential rain is issued only when the amount of rainfall has reached 100 mm and is likely to persist for several hours.

Emergency schemes and early warning systems vary from country to country. It all depends on the nature of the hazards. But the principle of these systems is the same. All are concerned with providing explicit and timely advice to the population so that they are prepared beforehand to face the events with minimal inconveniences towards their own protection and that of their property.

In some countries there*s a three-stage warning system for weather hazards including thunderstorms, floods, storms and tornadoes. A ※watch§ is issued when the weather services expect people to watch out for weather problems and when things might turn bad. An ※advisory§ is issued when minor street flooding starts to occur, meaning problems have started. While they*ll issue a ※warning§ when storms are actually causing considerable problems like flash flooding and things have become dangerous.

Can these systems be adopted or adapted in the local context? It*s up to the authorities to ponder upon them. Do we need to revisit our strategy in the face of recurring flood events? Opinions differ with regard to the criteria of 100 mm of rainfall qualifying a torrential rain episode. When this has happened it*s already too late; it*s time for rescue and evacuation rather than to start taking precautionary measures.

Although the scheme provides a disclaimer to the effect that ※no liability, civil or criminal shall be attached to any person and/or organizations in the execution of their roles, responsibilities and actions associated with the scheme§, a number of questions legitimately arise. People have the right to know what practical mitigation actions have been initiated prior to the advent of the weather hazards.

Are we really prepared? Are the people adequately warned of the implications, precautions and actions in the wake of such events? Are the authorities standing up to the level of their responsibilities as outlined in the schemes? What concrete actions have been taken by the Local Authorities and related institutions to ensure prone areas and vulnerable communities have been surveyed for remedial measures, if any, (and indeed remedied where warranted) well before the season?? Has there been any action towards construction and maintenance of drains? Has the NDRRMC been advised accordingly? How effective is the monitoring system? Is our preparedness strategy yielding the desired outcome?

On paper, maybe we have all the soothing ingredients: a nice document with well-drafted schemes for every possible scenario. In practice, well, there*s every reason to be apprehensive. If the effectiveness of crisis management deserves some praise, there*s a bit of skepticism with regard to crisis prevention. The action or inaction before the events has a definite bearing on the extent of ensuing distress. This is where the shoe pinches.

Climate change is a good excuse. True. But we need also to see to it that structures meet the environmental requirements. We need also to see to it that the authorities take their responsibility, like survey of prone areas, state of rivers, canals, drains and remedy where necessary, and we need also to see to it that people live up to their responsibility as citizens and do not do anything to further burden the already overloaded environmental and natural structures.

More often than not it is at the peak of the tragedy that spontaneous actions are undertaken to carry out unclogging of rivers, canals and under bridges or clearing of debris and pumping out of water from inundated areas. All to the praise of those risking their lives in an effort to provide some sort of conjunctural security. The inexistence of drains at many places, or the state of clogged ones along the roads hindering access in many areas, or those canals or drains simply rendered ineffective or inexistent by property development contribute largely in exacerbating the dramatic outcomes.

Water level will inevitably rise depending on soil permeability and other factors, but also, and to a great extent, if there*s no way out. Those living in rural areas may recall that canals constructed in the past by “tabisman”, that carried away excess water during heavy rainfall, have been suppressed with partitioning of estate land.

But then there’s what we call accountability. Are we responsible citizens? All too often people ignore warnings and act irresponsibly when venturing in visibly risky weather conditions. And there are those for whom the sense of civic responsibility is a big deal. Just figure out the bus discharging its passengers in an over flooded area. Was there anyone to stop the child from crossing the bridge?

It costs nothing for any Tom, Dick and Harry to criticize; but it does cost some bucks in terms of man, money and materials when the rescue team has to set foot in gullies to save those who*ve been stuck out of their own imprudence by simply ignoring the safety instructions in disaster conditions. People tend to react in a blind fury at losses and inconveniences sustained by them or their dear ones. This is comprehensible. Can you figure out what people do around river banks or on the sea shore at a moment when the weather is at its worst? This is where all our sensitization and enforcement efforts go down the drain.

Attitude? We often tend to rest on our laurels until we are shaken by an unexpected calamitous event with fatal outcomes. ?The nightmare will be even more dreadful if we choose to remain dozy.

So, the problems associated with flooding have more to do with artificial rather than natural caprices. The protocols are clear. They just need to be strictly adhered to, and well before the dreaded season.

Note: This article appeared in casino online viet nam on 28 April 2018

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Marijuana Oil and Genetic Therapy – Breakthroughs towards Cure for Epileptic Seizures? https://www.google.com//1ce/marijuana-oil-and-genetic-therapy-breakthroughs-towards-cure-for-epileptic-seizures /1ce/marijuana-oil-and-genetic-therapy-breakthroughs-towards-cure-for-epileptic-seizures#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 18:59:24 +0000 /1ce/?p=356 ※As research in this area continues, genetic testing could potentially help people with epilepsy and their families prepare for their treatment journey,§ Sonya Dumanis PhD, Director of the Epilepsy Innovation Institute under the aegis of Epilepsy Foundation, and author of ※The Epilepsies 每 Imagining Our Future§.

As the world celebrates International Epilepsy Day, This Week News probes into this much dreaded condition affecting more than 60 million people around the world. A lot of effort is still required in an endeavour to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with epilepsy.

Initially recognized as ※a disorder of the brain characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures§, epilepsy is now called a disease, rather than a disorder§ following a decision of the Executive Committees of the ILAE and the International Bureau for Epilepsy in April 2014. These agencies believe that ※the word “disease” better connotes the seriousness of epilepsy to the public§.

When we talk about epilepsy the main area of concern is its therapy, that is, treatment that aims at relieving or alleviating this ※disease§ of the brain. There*s no definite cure for epilepsy, although it would seem marijuana oil is an effective cure for seizures, especially in children as announced by the American Epilepsy Society (AES) based on a recent study it supervised. The Independent, in a recent article, reported that ※an 11-year-old boy who was dying from severe epilepsy has not had any seizures for 300 days since being prescribed a medical marijuana product. He was the first person to receive a prescription for medical marijuana in the UK§.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, several laboratory studies and small clinical studies? have been carried for a number of years now. These suggest that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, could potentially help in controlling seizures. The side effects of such treatment include sleepiness, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite and interactions with some medications.

Despite important clues on the positive effects, the use of cannabidiol is still the subject of debate among scientists, marijuana or cannabis being not legally accessible in most parts of the world.

The ※first trial of a genetic therapy in epilepsy” is in the pipeline thanks to the joint efforts of Epilepsy Foundation (a non-profit organization based in Maryland, USA dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders, and comprising renowned experts in a wide range of disciplines in the field of epilepsy treatment and research), and Epilepsy Therapy Project in USA.

Based on results of tests on animals, gene therapy is viewed as a promising new approach for the treatment of epilepsy. Gene therapy has traditionally been defined as ※an approach to replace the defective copy of a gene with a functional copy and restore normal function of a cell population§.

According to reports published in Epilepsia, the official Journal of the ILAE, ※apart from a sustained anticonvulsant effect, this therapy aims at obtaining an antiepileptogenic effect that will block the progression of the disease and maintain focalization of the epileptic zone. It allows specific targeting of the epileptogenic region and is ideal in case of idiopathic epilepsies, or epilepsies of genetic origin

As research in this area continues, genetic testing could potentially help people with epilepsy and their families prepare for their treatment journey.? We are only scratching the surface of what could be possible. Genetics allows us to imagine a path towards customized treatment. That, in and of itself, is a game changer,§ says Sonya Dumanis PhD.

Research is still on going towards a possible definitive cure. What can only be done at this stage is to keep the condition under check through medication and other treatment strategies.

In the Republic of Mauritius, Edycs Epilepsy Group is the sole specialized non-governmental organization working to ※promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons suffering from epilepsy and their families to be fully included and become participating members in the community§.

Supported by various specialists in the field, Edycs is struggling hard to implement a number of programmes and strategies to come to the aid of those affected by epilepsy. Through psychological and social counseling, education, training and advocacy to patients and their families it assists in providing the necessary framework support to therapy with regard to medication and relevant treatment possibilities.

At the moment it*s all about ※therapy§ and ※treatment§ or ※treatment journey§; not really※cure§ yet, which still remains a farsighted objective.

Epileptic patients are those who have two or more unprovoked recurrent seizures. Epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder, is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain. It is a neurological condition that triggers unpredictable seizures affecting various mental and physical functions.

Epilepsy, derived from the Greek word ※epilambanien§ meaning ※taken by surprise§, is not contagious. It cannot be transmitted from one person to another. Anyone at any time of their life can develop epilepsy.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation 65 million?people around the world have epilepsy. In Mauritius the EDYCS Epilepsy group estimates the number to be around 20000, with some 2000 in Rodrigues. Exact figures cannot be ascertained as not all cases are reported.

In about 60% of cases the cause is unknown. It is thought that there is a genetic cause classified as idiopathic epilepsy. The rest is categorized as symptomatic, where a cause is found, like: head injury, scarring as a result of an infection of the brain (like meningitis which affects the membranes covering the brain 每 the meninges; encephalitis 每 a virus affecting brain tissues; brain abscesses), stroke or brain haemorrhage; brain tumours or structural abnormalities 每 brain not developed properly in the womb or damage caused during birth; birth mark on the brain, or cryptogenic, where there is no apparent cause but structural or developmental disorders are suspected.

Epilepsy can simply go away, called spontaneous remission, usually in children reaching puberty. Some children just grow out of their epilepsy, usually by the age of 15 or 16, after which they will no longer have seizures.

Most of the time seizures can be controlled successfully through various strategies 每 medication, psychological and medical counseling, physiotherapy, neurotherapy, massage therapy, and social and environmental support, to name but a few.

Antiepileptic drugs are usually administered after appropriate diagnosis to keep seizures under control. These can be discontinued if the patients have been seizure-free for two or more years and they are not experiencing symptoms anymore. This doesn*t however pre-empt their complete recovery.

According to the ILAE, ※Epilepsy is considered to be resolved for individuals who either had an age-dependent epilepsy syndrome but are now past the applicable age or who have remained seizure-free for the last 10 years and off anti-seizure medicines for at least the last 5 years. ※Resolved§ is not necessarily identical to the conventional view of ※remission or ※cure.§ Being resolved does not guarantee that epilepsy will not return, but it means the chances are small and the person has a right to consider that she or he is free from epilepsy.§

 

The taboo associated with epilepsy makes the sufferers* condition worse. Some social beliefs discriminate the person as being cursed or possessed by demons in view of the primitive nature of epilepsy. This is quite a hurdle for them. It*s the root cause of most of their problems, exposing them to increased risk of poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal tendencies. They tend to be in a perpetual state of distress and unwanted psychological and mental disturbances.

 

Epileptic sufferers tend to withdraw within themselves. They feel isolated. In view of the unpredictability of seizures, they have to bear societal scorn. They are subjected to a number of roadblocks in getting access to education and employment opportunities and the ability to drive and hold a driving license. This greatly hampers their level of independence. Surgery is contemplated only where medical treatment does not give the desired results.

There is still a long way ahead; despite all the efforts to empower epileptic patients with a view to giving them hope, confidence and more independence and freedom in their day to day activities.

With regard to disability benefits accruing to epileptic patients, it*s not an easy task to determine their degree of disablement. According to Mr Yousouf Noormamode, CSK, President of Edycs Epilepsy Group based in Port Louis, ※Proper diagnosis based on criteria or protocol specific to epilepsy, needs to be done before coming to a conclusion with regard to a patient, as is the case in other countries, in order to ascertain the degree of disablement of the epileptic patients concerned

He went further to say that ※epileptic patients may not have a visible physical handicap but the ensuing psychological and mental issues have a definite impact on their degree of disablement, which is not an easy task to quantify.§

As much as health, as defined by the World Health Organisation, is ※a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity§, it is important to resort to a holistic approach for a proper assessment of the state of disablement of epileptic patients.

Mr. Y. Noormamode, who is also chairman of the International Bureau of Epilepsy, Africa Region, is of the opinion that: ※Any decision with regard to a patient needs to be taken on a case to case basis taking into consideration which medicine they are taking, the dosage, any possible side effects, and the related impact and consequences of the condition on the individual suffering from epilepsy, their family and their immediate neighbourhood.§

Only a doctor with specialist training in epilepsy can make a proper diagnosis of epilepsy and prescribe appropriate treatment and medication, after interpreting pertinent information from a variety of tests, including electroencephalograms (EEGs) 每 recording of brain activity, and brain scans, among others. It is primordial for him to get to know what happens before, during and after seizures. He might also have to speak to people around the patient who have seen their seizures.

If well developed nations are still on the lookout for improved treatment methods we, with precarious resources at hand, need to wait further for adequate and conclusive advancement in this field before we can safely say there*s a definite positive solution to the fate of epileptic patients.

Researchers are relying a lot on genetic therapy to provide clues towards this end. Side by side if the beneficial effect of marijuana oil happens to be confirmed as a cure it will be another milestone in restoring hope for the millions of people living with this condition. Until then epileptic patients will have to bear with available therapies in alleviating, to the extent possible, their sufferings that only they can comprehend.

Note: This article appeared in This Week News on 12 February 2018

 

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Alfa King has been at the service of the Epilepsy Centre in Rodrigues for four years. In 2013 he won the Professional Volunteer Award for his exemplary professional contribution and dedicated support to the management of the centre under the aegis of Edycs Epilepsy Group.

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Poor Animal https://www.google.com//1ce/poor-animal /1ce/poor-animal#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:25:20 +0000 /1ce/?p=344 However arrogant you may be and however well off for that matter, you never know what destiny may have in reserve. Like this animal which, surely while still in life, was a matter of pride and economic support to its owner. It has been left decaying on the border of the street with flies mushrooming around. Who cares?

I came across this dead animal this afternoon while on my routine 8-km walk along the coast to Grand Bay from Port Mathurin and back. It triggered in me a sense of odd feeling of how life can play tricks we may not expect. Because it*s an animal of no more use now, it has been ignored although as usual there are other of its mates still anchored for grazing nearby. Which means it could not have gone unnoticed by the owner.

Don*t think that it*s the fate of only animals to be abandoned, or to have such a fatal outcome. It reminds me of one of Dr. Satish Boolell*s real life stories in his ※Forensics in Paradise§, an interesting and thought provoking read indeed. While in his autopsy room, he relates, he was in presence of a cadaver in a plastic bag. It was covered with thick mud. Apparently it was the body of someone who had fallen in a ditch while jogging and it was stinking. When he uncovered it he noticed a face familiar to him. He ordered to wash it so he could examine it with a closer look. He was shocked at recognizing in him a friend of his who was at a certain time a high ranking official in the civil service. Fate?

The moral is: be humble, be alert to people*s plight, do what you can to come to their aid, don*t discriminate or undermine others, and never let your ego control your actions, lest you may end up like this ※poor§ animal and nobody would care. Live a life in a manner to be remembered as a person who had his contribution in life. And this applies invariably to our ※honorable§ politicians.

A bon entendeur, salut.

Alfa King Memories

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Air Tickets Rodrigues 每 Mauritius https://www.google.com//1ce/air-tickets-rodrigues-mauritius /1ce/air-tickets-rodrigues-mauritius#respond Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:32:25 +0000 /1ce/?p=341 We are now heading in the peak season when flights to Rodrigues will witness a sensible increase. Alongside the price of air tickets will increase. Two months ago the subsidized return ticket from Rodrigues to Mauritius was Rs 5430 which was increased to Rs 5720 in September. The price for peak season has been fixed at Rs 6220. So if you travel through November to February make sure your purse is adequately stuffed.

It*s an unprecedented measure, which was apparently announced in the last budget. ?If there may be a point that air flights have what we call a ※price list§ for different times of the year, in Rodrigues, as far as I remember, it wasn*t the practice to resort to such price list. Some people claim Rodrigues as having its own specificity and that not all measures need to apply in its context.

Anyway the least that people expect is enhanced services on and off board, with proper communication system whenever any change in schedule or facilities is foreseen. I have witnessed occasions when flights were delayed and the ground staff was unable to provide proper explanation as to any warranted rescheduling.? One had to phone Air Mauritius Plaisance to be aware of the exact situation of air movement. And it was upon the growing complaints of concerned travelers that appropriate measures were taken to cater for the passengers already at the airport not knowing when they would board.

Let*s hope the airline company gives due consideration to travelers on this line without giving the opportunity to complain being citizens of another (lower) class as is often perceived.

Alfa King Memories

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One Flight, Two Departure Times at Rodrigues https://www.google.com//1ce/one-flight-two-departure-times-at-rodrigues /1ce/one-flight-two-departure-times-at-rodrigues#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:32:10 +0000 /1ce/?p=332 In no less than two passengers* air tickets the time of departure from Plaine Corail Airport for flight MK 145 on Wednesday 26 July 2017 read as 20h20. On another traveler*s ticket it was 21h15. Which is which?

Just after winning two distinctions at the World Travel Awards 每 Indian Ocean 2017, the Officer-in-charge of Air Mauritius had stated: ※We are pleased that Air Mauritius has consistently been ranked among the leading airlines in the region for the past 12 years. We are constantly striving to improve our products and services.§

Ranking among the leading airlines in the region is a matter of great prestige. There*s every reason to be proud of such achievement. It*s a good signal to be ※constantly striving to improve our products and services.§ But has the airline management given a thought to improving the services on the Rodrigues trips?

Last week we reported on the type of meal served on board. This is not the only issue. If there*s one issue that needs urgent attention, it*s communication with passengers. How often have you arrived at the airport within the prescribed time only to learn from the bill board that the flight has been delayed, and you have to wait for longer periods of time before you can check-in. Worse still, at times you may have different departure times for the same flight, as was the case on Wednesday 26 July 2017 for the flight MK 145.

Two passengers who had bought their tickets from a travel agent in Port Louis were supposed to depart from Plaine Corail airport at 20h20 on their way back to mainland. Once at the airport the live screen projecting the flight details mentioned the time of departure as 21h15 with the remark ※on time§. Another passenger travelling by the same flight had his ticket bearing a departure time at 21h15. Which is which?

Information gathered from the Air Mauritius counter at Plaine Corail, confirmed there was no delay whatsoever and the flight was on time as ※scheduled§. Well, what was the real scheduled time? ?As intriguing as it was the airline officer at the counter couldn*t clarify this ambiguity. Is it the airline*s fault or the travel agent*s?

How is it that for the same flight there are two departure times? There*s a hypothesis. It would appear that the flight was initially scheduled for 20h20 which was then amended in due course to 21h15. Fair enough. If they may, for whatever reasons, have to differ the time, don*t they have a duty to inform the passengers concerned beforehand? Is it not for this reason that they record your phone number at the time of booking? It has not been possible to ascertain the exact scenario.

Flight delays and ambiguous departure times, being a common feature, give rise to a number of complications to travelers: long waiting time at the airport, pick up problems at the destination (where they may have to struggle to differ pick up arrangements or in some cases pay extra waiting time for taxi), and moral and physical fatigue, especially if it*s a night flight. Ironically passengers are not compensated for delays as opposed to the penalty ranging between Rs 500 and Rs 700 charged if ever they miss a flight due to their own fault for lateness.

Awards enhance credibility and trust. If issues like this are allowed to grow over time they may become big enough to provoke a crash of the hard-earned distinctions. Airline operators can*t afford to be complacent.

Alfa King Memories

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Service on Board Between Mauritius and Rodrigues https://www.google.com//1ce/service-on-board-between-mauritius-and-rodrigues /1ce/service-on-board-between-mauritius-and-rodrigues#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:30 +0000 /1ce/?p=327 I just travelled between Mauritius and Rodrigues. I don’t know how people feel about it. But I was nauseated to have had to do with sort of dry ration (bread, butter and cheese) at dinner time for the first time in my life. It’s only on rare occasions and for breakfast only that I consume bread-butter-cheese. I had an immediate thought for those whom such treat might not be healthy, especially if they are NCD patients.

Although I wouldn’t have expected a royal service for the so-called subsidised ticket, the minimum one can expect at lunch and dinner times is a consistent balanced meal considering the commuting time. It seems they are cutting down on meals on such trips. The quality and amount are on the descending curve. Gone are the days when you would have a meal worthy of the name and when the ticket was much less expensive. Today you pay more for cheaper service.

I had a first disappointment on my arrival at SSR airport when I had to wait for my luggage like a fool. I got part of them on the belt which stopped after a moment. After a little more than a quarter of an hour of waiting I enquired only to be told that I’d have to collect the rest at another delivery bay. There was no official communication to that effect. It’s really frustrating to have to wait unnecessarily after a tiresome trip.

Otherwise life on board was cool. There’s nothing to complain about the aircrew who did their job great. I guess the problem is not at staff level. It’s the system that needs overhaul.

To conclude I would, like many other travellers, hope that Air Mauritius and the authorities review: (i) the whole system of meal on board with regard to dietary considerations and time of travel, and (ii) the communication system to properly advise and direct passengers at the terminal.

“Ce n’est pas la mer a boire” in view of the high profitability of the air travel system.

Alfa King Memories

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