Showing posts from May, 2011

The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

The main banks in Mauritius

This is a list of the main banks in Mauritius. There are currently more than a dozen banks in Mauritius such as:

The Mauritius Commercial BankThe State Bank of MauritiusBarclays BankHSBCBank of BarodaBramer Banking CorporationBank OneStandard BankStandard Chartered BankDeutsche BankAfrAsia BankBanque des Mascareignes

However, I will only blog about the main ones as there's not much to say about the rest. If you are looking for a more in-depth list of all the banks in Mauritius, you can find a great list on Wikipedia.

Mauritius Commercial Bank
The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) is arguably the most popular bank in Mauritius. This does not however prevent it from having extremely poor customer service and from regularly wreaking havoc in customer accounts. Their new system, which apparently took no less than three years to complete, is riddled with problems.

Website: The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd.

For a bank that supposedly makes tons of profits every year, they have a horrible websi…

Mauritius newspapers online

This is a list of the main newspapers in Mauritius as well as their websites. I suspect that this will mainly be of use to Mauritian expatriates since it is more customary for people in Mauritius to actually buy their newspapers (turns out the feel of paper in their hands is that important). This Mauritian newspaper list will also be helpful for those who wish to tour all the newspapers on any given day.
Le Défi Le Défi is the most popular newspaper in Mauritius. While it was originally only published on Saturdays, its rapid popularity has seen the group expand into several publications.

These different newspapers include:
Le Défi Quotidien - which, as its name implies, comes out every day (except weekends)
Le Défi Plus - is published on Saturdays only
Défi Sexo - a newspapers that deals with sexuality and is a half-assed attempt to get easy sales by exploiting the sexual frustrations present in a big portion of the Mauritian population (which, you know, eventually leads to sexual assaul…

Welcome to the Mauritius Information blog!

Although this Mauritius Information blog is brand new, its objective is to become the number one blog for information about Mauritius. While browsing around on the net, I have noticed that while there are tons of websites and blogs offering some news about Mauritius, there is not actually a single place where someone can find all the information he needs about Mauritius.

Naysayers will probably point me to the Orange website, but the thing remains that is more a directory than an informative website. It also seems that whoever is in charge of updating that website does not even give a damn about getting back to those who are actually taking the trouble of submitting relevant information through their submission form. Having twice submitted a couple of great websites to their directory more than one year ago which were never added to their Directory section, I don't think they're a reliable place for news.

While this blog is pretty barebones right now, an RSS feed, a Tw…