Police gain unnecessary power with amendments in the Prevention of Terrorism bill

It’s as if the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002 was not strict enough, that now, the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth favours additional powers be given to police.

The most worrying part is the amendment to Section 6 of the Act with the addition of sub-section 3 as follows:

(3) A police officer may, without warrant, arrest a person who, in a public place –
        (a) wears an item of clothing; or
        (b) carries or displays an object, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he belongs to a proscribed organisation.
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UNESCO inscribes Bhojpuri folk songs, Geet Gawai, as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

On December 1st 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed Bhojpuri songs from Mauritius known as “Geet Gawai”, to the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

While we live in a modern society, some times the cultural heritage of our ancestors are lost as practices are abandoned.…

Why does it smell so bad in part of Roche Bois?

Going through Roche Bois is part of my daily life. I work at LSL Digital which is situated in an industrial zone at Baie du Tombeau. Before I can reach office I have to go through the Motorway M2 coming from North and I turn right at the Baie du Tombeau round-about, thus taking Cocoterie Road in Roche Bois.…

Women in Tech conference in Mauritius

Women in Tech conference happened yesterday at L’Aventure du Sucre and the Africa Leadership College. Shelly was invited as panelist for the discussion on “how technology is driving rising Africa?”. The event was divided in two parts, opening speeches in the morning happened at the Paul Eynaud conference room of L’Aventure du Sucre and presentations in the afternoon were done at the Africa Leadership College.…

CSS/JavaScript changes not appearing in Vagrant

The past week we had this annoying issue of CSS and JavaScript changes not appearing when served from a Vagrant box. Clearing browser cache wouldn’t help but renaming the file did show the latest change. So, something else (if not the browser) appeared to «cache» the initial file and subsequent changes would not be picked up.…

PHP: Segfault at « some memory address » error 6 in libpcre.so.1.2.1

Nginx FastCGI configuration was good, the file permissions all good and PHP-FPM was running fine. Yet loading the web page would only give me “file not found”. Really?

The file was there, I could see it on the system. Nginx log wouldn’t indicate much; with the access log just complaining about a HTTP 404 and the error log printing “Primary script unknown”.…