Weekly Island Round-Up - 5th Jul 2021
Here are 3 things happening in Mauritius this week!
1) Rom-com “Resort to Love” filmed on location in Mauritius, starring Christina Milian and produced by Alicia Keys will be available on Netflix from 29th July.
Netflix’s new romantic comedy, Resort to Love starring Christina Milian and produced by Alicia Keys will air globally on 29th July.
Described as “a vacation for the eyes, heart, and soul” by the film’s director, Steven Tsuchida, Resort To Love follows Erica (Milian), an aspiring singer who lands a resident gig at a posh island resort and spa in Mauritius. Unbeknownst to Erica, her ex-fiancé Jason (Jay Pharoah) is getting married at the same location, and Erica gets roped in to performing at the wedding. As she tries to keep her past relationship a secret from Beverly, the bride-to-be, Erica begins to fall for Jason once again, and Jason’s brother Caleb (Sinqua Walls) strives to prevent them from rekindling their romance. With Jason caught in the middle of a complicated and hysterical love triangle, who will meet him at the end of the aisle: Beverly or Erica?
Resort to Love was shot last summer on location in Mauritius, presumably working around the COVID-19 pandemic filming restrictions.
2) Mauritius receives 500,000 new doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which the Ministry of Health says will help Mauritius reach its target of 60% of the population being vaccinated.
Mauritius received 500,000 new doses of the Sinopharm vaccine on this week, finding itself with enough doses of Covid-19 vaccines to achieve herd immunity of 60%.
With this new shipment from Sinopharm, 250,000 more people will be able to be vaccinated.
Since June 26, more than 583,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine. This represents about 46% of the population, according to the Ministry of Health, while the number of citizens who received the two doses stands at 291,000, or about 23%.
3) The ‘Red Mauritius’, one of world’s rarest stamps, has sold at a private auction for €8.1million (almost £7million). The Red Mauritius was used to pay the postage for invitations to a costume ball and only 3 exist in the world- the one just auctioned, one is owned by the Queen, and the third is held at the British Library.
The so-called Red Mauritius, one of the most famous and rarest stamps in the world, has been sold by auction in Germany for 8.1 million euros ($A12.75 million) .
According to the auction house, the historically valuable cover with the stamp only changes hands every few decades.
The Red Mauritius was used for the first time to pay the postage for invitations to a costume ball. Three of the envelopes are said to have survived.
"Queen Elizabeth II has one of the 'Ball Covers' in her philatelic collection," explained auctioneer Christoph Gaertner.
Another copy is in the Philatelic Collection of the British Library in London, he added. "Both can never be sold."
The third still in existence, he said, was the one just auctioned in private hands.