Monday, August 10, 2009

Casinos Should Be Relocated in Red-Light District

Away from the principal arteries of our cities because we don't want the kind of crowd that they attract there. City centres should instead have more healthy living spaces where citizens will be able to chill out anytime of the day.

The snag is that we don't have a proper Red-Light district in Mauritius. This could explain why too many sexual impulses are gratified at the expense of at least one non-consenting citizen. It would also be interesting to find out if any politician has been receiving contributions from the casino-owners.

37 comments:

Kozémotandé said...

This whole casino and betting business is driving this country crazy. The responsibility of policymakers are deeply engaged here and the Minister of Finance will shoulder the weight of history on this particular issue. It seems that redress will not be possible. Everything boils down to which economic and social model we want for Paradise Island. The Government-revenue-at-all-cost Model which has been adopted by the present Minister of Finance is under severe scrutiny. The size of the country and the relative poverty of its population are the main impediments of all imported models. In fact these models have mostly failed elsewhere. There is a huge dichotomy and a serious hypocrisy between the political manifestos and the policies actually implemented. This country deserves better.

Anonymous said...

I have a creative solution to the problem: relocate Casinos, Bars and prostitutes from central parts of the island to Port Louis!

Government corruption capital by week days
Red Light district and gambling capital by night
Illegal gambling capital on weekends

I think that would also help raise Port Louis profile and help drive government's 24/7 politics

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Bean-counting at its best!

Anonymous said...

Finally some good news. The permit of that casino in QB has been cancelled.

I hope the authorities will do something for other places like Vacoas which has three casinos!!!

Anonymous said...

I find this decision of the GRA completely ridiculous. Think Deerpalsingh has her own definition of commercial/residential areas which do not necessarily fit those of the common man! I have resided in Q.Bornes for 22 years now. The Ti Vegas I know is located on the MAIN ROAD ,has a bus stop in front it, shops,a filling station, banks, post office to name a few just a few metres away. Maybe the residential area of Beau Bassin where Deerpalsingh lives has banks, shops and the like in which case that would make a really strange residential zone or perhaps we are speaking of different Ti Vegases. lol.
An authority which has an iota of self respect cannot cancel a licence overnight for the simple reason that Ti Vegas just like any other business has made an application for operating its business to all competent departments before opening its doors to the public. These authorities had the full right to reject the application fearing the so called evils like prostitution etcc.One cannot grant a licence on the basis of which a businessman invests millions of rupees and due to a nightmare wakes up and cancels it arbitrarily.
Here is my free guide to dealing with the " problems " engendered by Ti Vegas.
1.If there are prostitutes in the vicinity,then the police station of QB is a stone's throw from Ti Vegas.Wake them up Deerpalsingh!
2.If there are regular fights owing to Ti Vegas, refer to no1.
Summing up 1 and 2, effective police patrols would have made these problems of thing of the past long ago and made Deerpalsingh save a lottttttt of saliva.
( Part 1)

Anonymous said...

Psrt 2
Relocation of these kinds of businesses is easy to advocate especially when you are a person sitting comfortably before your laptop and posting comments and/or an employee or a civil servant who know absolutely nothing about risk taking in business.It is not difficult to estimate the investment made by the promoter but the council of QB should already have earmarked zones for such business before granting permits. How does the promoter now repay all the loans contracted to fund his business? I am eager to see the damages awarded to the promoter by our Courts and I am confident he will win his case.
Please note that I am not Didier Chabot nor his relative/employee. I am not the lawyer of Chabot. I am not an anti- Deerpalsingh- I voted for her at the last elections nor have I asked her any favour lol.
I am also not a gambler: I have never set foot in Ti Vegas nor any other casinons.

akagugo said...

Touria Prayag was analysing Pravind's stance on the issue a week ago in l'express weekly.
A nice article reveals many facets of politicians:
The same Nita who is very happy now after her long battle against Ti-Vegas was noisily applauding Pravind at the parliament the other day, but Kavi reminds her that Ti Vegas got its permit when Pravind was Minister of Finance, scoring in the same stride a superb own-goal by forgetting that Pravind was in the same government as the MMM back then... Comprenne qui pourra!
Entretemps, c'est l'État qui continue de toucher le gros lot!

Anonymous said...

Un gros merci à mme Deerpalsing pour le bon travail pour assainir un peu QB. Merci à Xavier-Luc et à Rajesh Bhagwan aussi.

Anonymous said...

If all that matters is the money the owner of the casino invested then the person who is pretending to have lived in QB for 22 years should welcome Ti-Vegas and other casinos in his neighbourhood or bedroom.

We do not know if the person is that former minister who has a 'very close' relationship with a lot of casino owners around the island.

kifer said...

So Ti-Cretin was MOF when Ti-Vegas was granted its licence. But who was the MOF who did not raise the little finger to deal with the social ills when they appeared in his constituency?

Not surprising that there is an article against MP Deerpalsing following the cancellation of the licence. Who could possibly be pulling the strings from behind?

Anonymous said...

"The Banker" returns as anonymous...???

He likes big spreads in foreign exchange market and... casinos in his home town...

What a weirdo!

Anonymous said...

These gaming houses bring in more than one billion rupees says Rama Sithanen...

Couma dire gouvernement pas capab gagne l'argent la lot maniere.

Anonymous said...

I really cannot understand why the former Finance Minister had to come out and make a statement about that casino given that it was under Pravind Jugnauth as FM that the licence was granted.

Does he have some kind interest in this casino?

Anonymous said...

Reponse la peut-etre nous trouve li dans budget 2006...

"The Government will review its policy on casinos and casino management with the intention of finding a way to exit while maximizing the benefits."

Maximizing the benefits for whom, mon cher Watson?

akagugo said...

Something like this could help determine and prove whether or not 'economic activity' generated by casinos actually attract / concentrate criminal activity in their immediate neighbourhood...
"Cyberisland" is just a slogan, right?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Indeed. We should also maybe plot how many people leave their salaries on the table.

Maps can also be used to plot criminal activity in general. We'd know where exactly are the criminal hot spots in the country. That's what the police do anyway in the movies (Silence of the Lambs etc), right?

And why stop there? Maps of major road accidents would be nice too.

akagugo said...

@ SJ: Yes sir, indeed: only what can be measured can be controlled.

akagugo said...

Ahem, by "road accidents", you mean "pedestrians" or "all"? And by "mapped", you mean like this?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Ya, par examp. Bizin truv letan pu zet enn bon ley lor sa bann rapor la.

Me eski bann diferan minis kinn gagn enn kopi sa bann dokiman la finn gete kuma kav amelyore manejment nu bann system de transport? Pa paret...

akagugo said...

Malgré sa bann rapport-la, bann decision-makers pas (oulé: pas dir moi ki quand zott voyazé déor zott pa trouver, zott pas 'sense', zott pas comparé ki zaffer ki capav améliorer / re-faire pou dresse nou pays) comprend ki tou sa la c'est bann cheaply avoidable inefficiencies within our economy. Petett fauder zott coummence souffert de ça personellement, lerla capav zott pou guette enn koutt si kapav faire kiksoz dans l'éventualité d'une possibilité ultérieure et facultative...

akagugo said...

They forgot Dodoland in this list! Who wants to compete with Singapore in this category?

Zoli Diab said...

Dilo pa coule. Kebab pa kav mange sinon empoisonne. Lavie cher. Alle lor la plaz pu kas ene yen, recidiviste kav sort depi dan feuillage attack ou ek ou 35.

Alle kas ene ti poz dans salon, lapolis vine fer landing. Ena baise la. Nek passe misere dan sa pays la.

akagugo said...

@ Zoli Diab.

Samem tou problem ou trouvé?

Attann nou trio de super-VPM RAX (Raschid, Anil, Xavier) pou remett ou korek-la.
Xavier éna 3 bidzé pou avoyé, nek gétté ki kalité li "proche du peuple" la...

Zoli Diab said...

Mo espere zotte pas aRAX nou ledan sans anesthesie.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

@Zoli Diab:
Kiena ras enn de ledan zis ar davier? U pann gayn enn bon lentrenman ek Sithanen/Mansoor dernye 5-6 banane? Penkor abitie mem?

akagugo said...

After noisily applauding Pravind in August 2010, Nita (and Xavier) now discover that they had been applauding someone who was not there.
Al comprend...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

They are taking cheap shots at each other. I personally don't think PJ was as bad as RS.

akagugo said...

Eh... How come this?

Is it more of the toothlessly different magic of Kozelidir? :-D

But why does it not work on the other ills plaguing Dodoland?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Si monn byen kompran Highlands se parmi nu bann later pli fertil. Be, pa ti bizin gard sa pu plant karot, soufler, leti sipaki?

Nun fer enn galimatia ek Ebene ki enn lot later fertil. Anu seye pa fane isi usi. Anu seye get pli lwin ki nu nene.

Red-light district la ti bizin fer sa dan enn plas kot nanye pa puse.

Sa manier pe ale la biento kitfwa pu kav fer li dan marovakwa... ;-)

akagugo said...

San blag, ti vremem capav batt-sa laba kot marovakwa: mais, sa, li demand enn nivo management bien tro elever pou capav concretiser asterr-la: we need efficient transport systems (roads for customers and employees to commute there), infrastructure (buildings, power, water, etc) then a proper waste management system (because you're locating all this near a vital source of water). There are many important cities built near / around lakes without them forcing their surrounding population to drink fecal matter, but it demands strict control and discipline over everything. Which we dramatically fail at.

If we have to concentrate our buildings in arid zones, we may be left with very very little space left for ourselves: for example, the Northern Plains, even when not irrigated, maintained fairly even agricultural production rates (samem Dr V. Proag contan tap lor bann pro-irrigation dans le Nord - ki ou crier quand ou kann contan produir dans sec mem?) Another example: Bonne Terre / Karo Laliann / Solferino used to be highly agricultural areas, but are rapidly being urbanised. In fact, almost the whole of the island should have been under intensive agriculture (not sugar, please) because Dodoland is a volcanic island.

Mais bon, if we need to talk about re-organising our use of land, let's think of something wholesome, like land-use planning, 'urbanisme', or whatever discipline it relates to: where should we place our living units (including housing, hospitals, and essential services), leisure units and working units in relation to basic resources (human, food, energetic and materials).
The question is how to ensure that the flow of these resources keeps adding value to our lives?
But I forgot: apart from those who are allowed to build their huts overnight and ultimately have free connection to utilities (eg: Vallee Pitot, etc), the bulk of the land is in the hands of a tiny few bent on producing a crop that contributes less than 1% of our GDP and howling for depreciating our currency for financing their lavish lifestyle...
Ayo, bugger me and all my bloody thinking!

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Wai, urbanism byen importan. Lavi bann artis ek poet usi. Pa bliye ki Poe ti resud paradox Olbers dan enn poem.

Ti kav gradue bann later par zot aridite apre integre sa dan amenazman nu teritwar ek fer enn ti planning pu prosin 500 banane... apepre pu nu truv kot nu pe ale...

Pa oblize fer galimatia partu, non?

akagugo said...

Hein?
"Ti kav gradue bann later par zot aridite apre integre sa dan amenazman nu teritwar ek fer enn ti planning..."???

Be, travail-la inn fini ferr mo bouzwaa: ena l'Eta-mem ki ena enn departman ki so travail se collectionn sa kalite l'information-la, ena bann ONG oussi, bann academics oussi, ena bann group prive oussi ki compil li enn lott kalite, ena enn bann lezott meusheu / matam ki
azoutt enn lor lott pou montrer kott fauder PA constrirr...

Nou pe fini labouzi rouz lor labouzi rouz atann bann politi-chien lirr bann rapor-la ek rodd finansman pou mett 2-3 bon l'ide en chantier. Me ziska-lerr, mazorite popilation Dodoland preferr vott bann esskro ki ena kom sel program ki so 'bann' bien represente dan parlman. Ou-bien organiz la-prierr pou etanss nou la-swaff couma 'nicotine patch'.

PS: Dr Proag's report on irrigation here.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Bizin enn bon decsion-maker a let pei.

Dapre lord si ena inonsasyon kav zet nicotine patch apre rekumans fime...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Pretty good performance by Nita Deerpalsing who informs us that an application for a 10-storey casino just opposite Ti-Vegas in QB was received.

Listen and find out that Nita did not get the outlandish sycophantic treatment one bean-counter usually receives when he shows up on R+.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

FM promises decision on games on chance in less than a month.

AkashGG said...

Now, to keep them on their toes, duplicate this brilliant idea in a haphazard way throughout the island, and let citizens reclaim their right to stroll safely in their own neighbourhoods - now you're talking!

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Kudos to these folks in St Paul who are saying enough is enough to this kind of empowerment. It wouldn't be surprising to see this kind of awakening spread like wildfire. Go Mauritius! Go!