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Friday, 22 August 2014 14:00

Challenges faced by SMEs

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SMEs have, for a long time been considered to be an engine for growth and job creation. However, it has not been smooth sailing all the way for the small entrepreneurs, who have to struggle for survival. Inflation, intense competition, especially from cheaper imports, lack of labour, administrative hurdles, financial obstacles and a dwindling market are some of the challenges faced by SMEs. News on Sunday investigates.
According to Indian media, in a three-year period, Mauritius was the highest foreign direct investor in the Indian textile and apparel sector, accounting for a little less than 50 percent of the FDI inflows. In the period between fiscal years 2011-12 and 2013-14, the Indian textile industry received FDI from Mauritius totalling $215.12 million.
In a career that spans a decade, Rashila has amazed the Mauritian public with her art performances. She has so many fans and is well appreciated for her dedication and artistic talents. News on Sunday finds out more from her, especially on her concept to use art for Youth Awakening Art.
Manager of the Chantefrais franchise at Curepipe, Mohammed Noorani Joomun is a hard-working and committed entrepreneur.  Being self-employed and owner of a ‘Chantefrais’ shop which is open from 8 am to 8 pm from Monday to Sunday and having no employees is no easy task. However, it’s with passion and devotion that this 51-year old man performs his job.
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:00

Jessyca Joyekurun : How YALI changed her life

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Jessyca Joyekurun recently returned to Mauritius after spending six weeks on a Business and Entrepreneurship Executive course at Yale University, which culminated into a three-day summit with President Barack Obama. She returned from the US with fresh ideas.
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:00

Golfing in paradise Island

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Located near Vacoas, the Gymkhana Club is the oldest golf club in Mauritius, dating back to 1902, when a golf course was built on the existing club grounds by the British Navy. The club has been the venue for many of the island’s major sporting activities since 1844.
Friday, 22 August 2014 13:59

Our youth : A tragedy of depression and phobias  Featured

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Adolescence is a period of dramatic and drastic changes. The journey from childhood to adulthood can be complex and challenging. On 12 August, the world celebrated the International Youth Day and this year, the theme was “youth and mental health.” The young often experience stigma and discrimination which undoubtedly has a negative impact on their growth. News On Sunday explores this reality in Mauritius.
As Mauritius emerges as one of the most sophisticated and diversified economies in the region, film production on the island is expected to give an additional dynamism to the local economy.  In this context, the Film Rebate Scheme was introduced in 2012. It remains to be seen how far this scheme has contributed to the development of the film industry in Mauritius. News on Sunday reports.
International Youth Day was celebrated on 12 August, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth. This year the celebrations were placed under the theme: ‘Youth and Mental Health’, with activities organised in various parts of the country.
In the context of the International Youth Day celebrations, Smart Mauritius is pleased to organise a Youth Festival on Sunday 17 August. On that day, three different activities will take place, namely a Youth Rally, a Mobile Art Exhibition and Youth Festival.
Top FM Ltd lost its case against the journalist-presenter, Louis Aldo David Desmarais, sued for breach of contract. In a ruling delivered last week, the Intermediate Civil Court, having on the bench Magistrate Maryse Panglose-Cala, has refused to accede to the demand of private radio Top FM that the defendant should refund the Rs 150,000 representing the cost of his training and Rs 200,000 as damages after he left this radio station to go and work for a rival one, Radio One for some months.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lost his case against singer Nitish Joganah contesting the latter’s acquittal, after he was sued for the offence of possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling. In a judgment delivered  last week, the appeal Bench consisting of Justices Saheeda Peeroo and Nirmala  Devat has upheld the ruling of the Intermediate Court dismissing the information.

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