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International students in Seychelles to benefit from new regulations

International students in Seychelles will soon benefit from a legal framework aimed at regularising the activities of foreign educational programs in the island nation. The regulations cover legal aspects to ensure that the rights of visiting international s
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International students in Seychelles to benefit from new regulations

International students in Seychelles will soon benefit from a legal framework aimed at regularising the activities of foreign educational programs in the island nation. The regulations cover legal aspects to ensure that the rights of visiting international students are protected. One of the rights is for students to have access to clear, balanced and accurate information on Seychelles and the concerned institute. “More protection will also be guaranteed for the foreign students to ensure that any training institutions wishing to receive them will have to provide accommodation among all other requirements,” said Margaret Pillay, the deputy Cabinet Secretary for Policy Affairs. The legal framework will put Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, in line with the SADC Protocol on Education and Training....

S. Koreans meet relatives in North after decades apart

Dozens of elderly and frail South Koreans met their Northern relatives Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago. The three-day reunion is the first for three years and follows a diplomatic
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S. Koreans meet relatives in North after decades apart

Dozens of elderly and frail South Koreans met their Northern relatives Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago. The three-day reunion is the first for three years and follows a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula. The meetings began at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort in North Korea, Seoul government officials said. Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives. Hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war and the peninsula split by the impenetrable Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), with all direct civilian exchanges -- even mundane family news -- banned. ...

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, five dead

Multiple earthquakes -- including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor -- have rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least five people and setting off fresh waves of panic. A series of quakes were recorded by seismologists through
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Multiple quakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, five dead

Multiple earthquakes -- including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor -- have rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least five people and setting off fresh waves of panic. A series of quakes were recorded by seismologists throughout Sunday, the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday which triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover. It was followed nearly twelve hours later by a quake measuring 6....

Project to hatch new population of Paradise Flycatcher on island in Seychelles

A project in Seychelles aims to secure the long-term future of the Paradise Flycatcher -- locally known as Veuve -- endemic to the third-most populated island of La Digue by transferring the birds to other islands. The project is the follow up of a Darwin In
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Project to hatch new population of Paradise Flycatcher on island in Seychelles

A project in Seychelles aims to secure the long-term future of the Paradise Flycatcher -- locally known as Veuve -- endemic to the third-most populated island of La Digue by transferring the birds to other islands. The project is the follow up of a Darwin Initiative project implemented in 2008. Rachel Bristol, a conservation biologist who is the project officer of the Darwin Initiative, said the project aims to create several populations of the bird on other islands. “The first translocation to Denis Island was very successful. We translocated 23 individuals in 2008 and there is now a population of over 85 individuals on the island and the numbers are still increasing,” Bristol told SNA. ...

Kofi Annan and Africa: from the scars of genocide to diplomatic success

Ghana-born Kofi Annan, who died Saturday aged 80, was the first UN chief from sub-Saharan Africa, and it was on this continent that he experienced both the most difficult moment of his career, as well as some of his biggest diplomatic successes. Like a whol
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Kofi Annan and Africa: from the scars of genocide to diplomatic success

Ghana-born Kofi Annan, who died Saturday aged 80, was the first UN chief from sub-Saharan Africa, and it was on this continent that he experienced both the most difficult moment of his career, as well as some of his biggest diplomatic successes. Like a whole generation of officials, diplomats and foreign ministers, Annan was forever scarred by the failure of the international community to foresee and prevent the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where, according to UN figures, 800,000 people died, largely Tutsi. Kofi Annan was 56 and just one year into his term as deputy secretary general in charge of peacekeeping operations when the deadly machetes rained down on Rwanda's Tutsi and moderate Hutus. Under the military command of Canadian general Romeo Daillaire, the UN's MINUAR peacekeeping mission was deployed in Rwanda when the genocide began. But it failed to prevent the massacre, as a result of a lack of reinforcements, the deployment of which needed a Security Council vote. ...

Seychelles calls on southern African nations to increase maritime stability in the region to attract foreign investors

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, has called for an increase in collective action towards maritime security for stability in the region in his address at the SADC summit for heads of states and governments in Namibia, State House said on Saturday.
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Seychelles calls on southern African nations to increase maritime stability in the region to attract foreign investors

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, has called for an increase in collective action towards maritime security for stability in the region in his address at the SADC summit for heads of states and governments in Namibia, State House said on Saturday. “It is of utmost importance that we collectively talk on the curbing of international maritime crimes. These will create a more attractive business environment, will attract investors and foreign direct investment to our region, and thereby enable us to better compete and trade between ourselves and with the rest of the world,” said Faure. The 38th summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which ends on Saturday is taking place under the theme “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. Faure said that the southern part of the world has a commendable collective stretch of seashore, a wide collective oceanic territory and with it, highly relevant and important exclusive economic zones. ...

India flood crisis mounts as 324 confirmed dead

The death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come. Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are st
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India flood crisis mounts as 324 confirmed dead

The death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come. Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are staging desperate rescue attempts with helicopters and boats across the southern state, which draws international tourists to its tropical hills and beaches. Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year and is «facing the worst floods in 100 years», chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Twitter statement, adding that 324 lives had been lost so far. With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come. «We are deploying more boats and the army to ramp up rescue operations,» senior state government official P....

China writes off $ 5.5 million loan to reduce Seychelles' debt load

The Chinese government has written off a loan to Seychelles worth 37,816,400 renminbi -- or $5.5 million -- after an agreement aimed at supporting Seychelles’ economy and reducing its debt load was signed this week. Ambassador Yu Jinsong, representing th
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China writes off $ 5.5 million loan to reduce Seychelles' debt load

The Chinese government has written off a loan to Seychelles worth 37,816,400 renminbi -- or $5.5 million -- after an agreement aimed at supporting Seychelles’ economy and reducing its debt load was signed this week. Ambassador Yu Jinsong, representing the Republic of China, and Maurice Loustau-Lalanne minister for Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning, formalised the agreement at a signing at the ministry’s headquarters at Liberty House in the capital city of Victoria. According to a press communique from the ministry, the loans from the Chinese government were for the provision of economic and technical cooperation. Seychelles -- a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean -- and China established diplomatic corporations in June 1976....

Seychellois teachers, students traveling to Uganda to see ex-pat teachers’ homeland

To help students better appreciate, show tolerance towards and understand expatriate teachers working in Seychelles, a group of local secondary school students and teachers will be going on an exchange trip to Uganda. The group of 10 students and nine teache
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Seychellois teachers, students traveling to Uganda to see ex-pat teachers’ homeland

To help students better appreciate, show tolerance towards and understand expatriate teachers working in Seychelles, a group of local secondary school students and teachers will be going on an exchange trip to Uganda. The group of 10 students and nine teachers from the English River Secondary School left Seychelles on Thursday and will return on August 23. The trip is part of a project launched by the school at the start of the year. Dubbed ‘Know where your teachers come from’, the project has been initiated to help the students and staff of the English River Secondary School know the Ugandan teachers better....

Seychelles’ President attends southern Africa heads of state meeting in Namibia

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, is attending the 38th Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit of heads of states and government in Windhoek, Namibia. The Summit which starts on Friday and ends on Saturday is taking place under the them
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Seychelles’ President attends southern Africa heads of state meeting in Namibia

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, is attending the 38th Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit of heads of states and government in Windhoek, Namibia. The Summit which starts on Friday and ends on Saturday is taking place under the theme “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. The 38th SADC summit is expected to discuss key regional issues which include, the status of member states contributions, an overview of the socio-economic situation and state of peace and security in the region. At the heads of state meeting, Namibian President Hage Geingob will assume the SADC chair from his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa. Attending the summit for the first time will be Comoros that was admitted as a SADC member state at the summit held in South Africa last year....

Darfur rebels strengthen foothold in Libya: UN report

Rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are strengthening their foothold in Libya, building up their military strength in a bid to return to Sudan and fight on, according to a confidential report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The report by a UN panel of experts
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Darfur rebels strengthen foothold in Libya: UN report

Rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are strengthening their foothold in Libya, building up their military strength in a bid to return to Sudan and fight on, according to a confidential report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The report by a UN panel of experts said Sudan was continuing to pour weapons into Darfur to support its military campaign there, in violation of a UN arms embargo. «In recent months, most of the Darfur rebel groups have consolidated their presence in Libya,» said the 53-page report sent to the Security Council this month. Many of them have joined Libyan armed groups and are «reportedly building up their military capabilities in order to be ready to return to Sudan when the environment becomes more conducive.» ...

2 children die in boat accident during holiday period on island in Seychelles

A 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy died when a boat capsized following a busy holiday period on La Digue, Seychelles' third-most populated island, the police said on Thursday. Sixteen people were onboard the boat called ‘Lyly’  travelling from La Di
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2 children die in boat accident during holiday period on island in Seychelles

A 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy died when a boat capsized following a busy holiday period on La Digue, Seychelles' third-most populated island, the police said on Thursday. Sixteen people were onboard the boat called ‘Lyly’  travelling from La Digue to Praslin on Wednesday evening when it capsized near the Chauve Souris island. “The children who lost their lives were in the presence of at least one member of their family at the time the tragic incident occurred,” police spokesperson Jean Toussaint told reporters. A 19-year-old boy suffering from injuries was also admitted to Seychelles hospital, Toussaint said. The incident carries echoes of a boat accident during the same celebration two years ago in which three people died....

Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll hits 39

Italy's government on Wednesday blamed the firm that operated the collapsed Genoa bridge for the disaster in which at least 39 people died, as it announced a state of emergency in the region. Search operations, meanwhile, were due to enter a second night wit
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Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll hits 39

Italy's government on Wednesday blamed the firm that operated the collapsed Genoa bridge for the disaster in which at least 39 people died, as it announced a state of emergency in the region. Search operations, meanwhile, were due to enter a second night with rescuers digging through mountains of crushed concrete. A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city on Tuesday, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150 feet) onto railway tracks below. Children aged eight, 12 and 13 were among the dead, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, adding that more people were still missing. Sixteen people were injured. ...

8 Christian holidays celebrated in Seychelles

Hundreds of people from Mahe and Praslin converged on La Digue to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Patron Saint of the island, on Wednesday. The celebration is one of the most important events on the Christian calendar. In Seychelles, it i
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8 Christian holidays celebrated in Seychelles

Hundreds of people from Mahe and Praslin converged on La Digue to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Patron Saint of the island, on Wednesday. The celebration is one of the most important events on the Christian calendar. In Seychelles, it is a holy day and a public holiday.  In this week’s buzz, SNA presents the seven holy days throughout the year and how they are celebrated in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. ...

Sri Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department will provide the funds as «foreign military financing», pendi
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Sri Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department will provide the funds as «foreign military financing», pending congressional approval, the US embassy in Colombo said. «We look forward to discussing with the government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka's humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,» it said. It comes as China, the world's second-largest economy, increases investment in ports and other building projects in Sri Lanka -- a key link in its ambitious «Belt and Road» infrastructure initiative. Last week, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka announced it had secured a $1 billion Chinese loan as the island develops closer relations with Beijing. ...

Seychelles’ President sends condolences following tragic incident in Italy

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, has offered his deepest condolences to the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, following the tragic incident in the city of Genoa, State House said on Thursday. Speaking on behalf of the people and the governmen
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Seychelles’ President sends condolences following tragic incident in Italy

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, has offered his deepest condolences to the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, following the tragic incident in the city of Genoa, State House said on Thursday. Speaking on behalf of the people and the government of Seychelles, Faure expressed his solidarity with the Italian People and wished them strength and fortitude in this moment of grief. According to the Associated Press, a US-based news agency, “A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble. Authorities said at least 20 people were killed, although the death toll fluctuated throughout the day and some people were found alive in the debris.” ...

Maker of cassava shortbread to represent Seychelles at South Africa business competition

Seychellois female entrepreneur Claudette Albert will represent the island nation at the FemBioBiz competition in South Africa next month after winning the local competition. After a day of presentation of projects by eight women from Seychelles and Mauritiu
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Maker of cassava shortbread to represent Seychelles at South Africa business competition

Seychellois female entrepreneur Claudette Albert will represent the island nation at the FemBioBiz competition in South Africa next month after winning the local competition. After a day of presentation of projects by eight women from Seychelles and Mauritius last week, Albert came out the winner with the cassava shortbread biscuit.  “My project started in 2015 after a COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) workshop for value addition of local products. I did a lot of research in the initial years and the final product was done at the STA’s (Seychelles Tourism Academy) internationally certified kitchen,” said Albert. ...

UN, EU urge restraint in Mali after opposition leader spurns results

The United Nations and European Union called for restraint in Mali on Tuesday after the opposition candidate said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off. Provisional results of the faceoff between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 73, and form
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UN, EU urge restraint in Mali after opposition leader spurns results

The United Nations and European Union called for restraint in Mali on Tuesday after the opposition candidate said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off. Provisional results of the faceoff between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 73, and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, are expected on Wednesday, according to an official source. The president's camp claimed Tuesday that he would be re-elected by a «comfortable» margin. «We are calmly waiting for the official results which will be announced shortly by the competent authorities,» the president's campaign manager Boukary Treta told a press conference. Opposition leader Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of the vote, which was marred by violence, low turnout and accusations of fraud. ...

UN council urges peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo

The UN Security Council on Monday welcomed President Joseph Kabila's decision to not seek re-election in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said the polls must now lead to a peaceful transfer of power. In power since 2001, Kabila last week appeared to bow
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UN council urges peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo

The UN Security Council on Monday welcomed President Joseph Kabila's decision to not seek re-election in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said the polls must now lead to a peaceful transfer of power. In power since 2001, Kabila last week appeared to bow to international pressure when his governing coalition picked Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as its presidential candidate in the December 23 vote. The council said in a statement drafted by France that it «welcomed President Joseph Kabila's respect for his commitment to abide by the Congolese constitution». Council members said the «entire Congolese political class and the institutions responsible for organizing elections» must remain «committed to ensure the success of the rest of the electoral process, leading to a peaceful transfer of power.» ...

New legless amphibian species discovered around mountains of Seychelles’ main island

A new legless amphibian known as the caecilian has been discovered on the Seychelles’ main island of Mahe by scientists from the UK, according to an article published by the University of Wolverhampton last week.  The new species called montane Mahé (Hyp
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New legless amphibian species discovered around mountains of Seychelles’ main island

A new legless amphibian known as the caecilian has been discovered on the Seychelles’ main island of Mahe by scientists from the UK, according to an article published by the University of Wolverhampton last week.  The new species called montane Mahé (Hypogeophis montanus) was discovered through an ongoing study led by the University of Wolverhampton lecturer Simon Maddock and colleagues from London’s Natural History Museum. “The finding of another new species of caecilian in Seychelles, in a short space of time, is extremely exciting. It demonstrates that despite being small in landmass, Seychelles is very biodiverse with many, many endemic species,” said Maddock. ...

Nature Seychelles, in effort to save coral, has grown 50,000 fragments in underwater nurseries

Seychelles has become a leader in the worldwide effort to restore corals grown in underwater nurseries that could help the fragile species adapt to rising water temperatures and climate change. The pioneer in this regard has been Nature Seychelles with thei
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Nature Seychelles, in effort to save coral, has grown 50,000 fragments in underwater nurseries

Seychelles has become a leader in the worldwide effort to restore corals grown in underwater nurseries that could help the fragile species adapt to rising water temperatures and climate change. The pioneer in this regard has been Nature Seychelles with their Reef Rescuers project that started eight years ago. “We have grown over 50,000 coral fragments in our underwater nurseries and planted an area of about 6,000 square metres in the protected area of the Cousin Island Special Reserve, probably the world’s largest ongoing reef restoration project using the method called coral gardening,” said Nirmal Shah, the chief executive of Nature Seychelles. Several other local organisations and tourism establishments have been inspired to make extra efforts to restore corals in underwater nurseries. Underwater or in-water coral nurseries are done in the open water, allowing the corals to grow in natural conditions without lots of infrastructures, thus allowing large numbers of corals to grow at relatively low costs. ...

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.
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France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said the move was one of several to be implemented in coming years, including a deposit-refund scheme for plastic bottles. «Declaring war on plastic is not enough. We need to transform the French economy,» she told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, Poirson said. ...

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. The launch of the car-sized probe aboard a massive
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NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. The launch of the car-sized probe aboard a massive Delta IV-Heavy rocket lit the night sky at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:31 am (0731 GMT). The unmanned spacecraft's mission is to get closer than any human-made object ever to the center of our solar system, plunging into the Sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, during a seven-year mission. The probe is guarded by an ultra-powerful heat shield that can endure unprecedented levels of heat, and radiation 500 times that experienced on Earth. ...

Maritime safety to be increased during Feast of the Assumption in Seychelles

Authorities in Seychelles will increase security measures at sea for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary taking place on the third most populated island of La Digue on August 15. The increased security comes after a boat accident during the festival two year
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Maritime safety to be increased during Feast of the Assumption in Seychelles

Authorities in Seychelles will increase security measures at sea for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary taking place on the third most populated island of La Digue on August 15. The increased security comes after a boat accident during the festival two years ago killed three people.  Hundreds of people from Mahe and Praslin will be converging on La Digue to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Patron Saint of the island on August 15. The event is usually packed with activities. ...

India's Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation has been in turmoil in recent months, with s
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India's Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation has been in turmoil in recent months, with strongman President Abdulla Yameen jailing or forcing into exile all of his main opponents. Modi told the Times of India newspaper in an email interview that political developments in the Maldives «have been a matter of considerable international concern». «We hope that (the) Maldives government will ensure early resumption of the political process and allow democratic institutions, including the judiciary to function independently in a fair and transparent manner,» the Indian prime minister said. "This will create (a) conducive environment for the presidential elections....

More than 50 monuments in Seychelles are protected under new act

Newly approved proposals to the National Monuments Act of Seychelles will make provisions for the respective board to be responsible for the building of new monuments, said an official of the department of culture. Cecile Kalebi, the principal secretary, mad
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More than 50 monuments in Seychelles are protected under new act

Newly approved proposals to the National Monuments Act of Seychelles will make provisions for the respective board to be responsible for the building of new monuments, said an official of the department of culture. Cecile Kalebi, the principal secretary, made these statements to SNA following the approval of the proposed amendments to the Monuments Act 2013 by the Cabinet of Ministers recently. The amendments will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval. “These amendments will ensure added protection for current monuments, ensure that new developments retain traditional architectural features and develop new projects for the preservation of monuments by looking at its commercial use,” said Kalebi. There are over 50 monuments in Seychelles -- a 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean -- in categories ranging from sites, buildings and houses, and objects. ...

95% of lemur population facing extinction: conservationists

Ninety-five percent of the world's lemur population is «on the brink of extinction,» making them the most endangered primates on Earth, a leading conservation group said recently. The arboreal primates with pointed snouts and typically long tail
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95% of lemur population facing extinction: conservationists

Ninety-five percent of the world's lemur population is «on the brink of extinction,» making them the most endangered primates on Earth, a leading conservation group said recently. The arboreal primates with pointed snouts and typically long tails are found only in Madagascar, where rainforest destruction, unregulated agriculture, logging and mining have been ruinous for lemurs, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said. «This is, without a doubt, the highest percentage of threat for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates,» Russ Mittermeier of IUCN's species survival commission said in a statement. Out of a total of 111 lemur species and subspecies, 105 are under threat, IUCN said, as it released its first update on the lemur population since 2012. Among the most concerning trends is an «increase in the level of hunting of lemurs taking place, including larger-scale commercial hunting,» Christoph Schwitzer, director of conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society, said in the statement. ...

A new way to mend the body available in Seychelles: energy healing

A Seychellois healer has been using an energy-based healing technique called Reiki to treat local patients since March this year. Jonathan Matile is trained in Reiki, a non‐drug treatment with origins from Japan described as a vibrational or subtle energy
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A new way to mend the body available in Seychelles: energy healing

A Seychellois healer has been using an energy-based healing technique called Reiki to treat local patients since March this year. Jonathan Matile is trained in Reiki, a non‐drug treatment with origins from Japan described as a vibrational or subtle energy therapy through movements of the hands above the body. He told SNA, that “the utensils for this medicine is meditation, hands and plenty of love,” adding that he does not touch the clients and that they remain fully clothed throughout the therapy.    To heal using the Reiki techniques, Matile, almost in a trance, moves both his hands around the body of the patient....

Rwandan President on private visit to Seychelles

Seychelles and Rwanda are hoping to reignite their partnership following a meeting between President Danny Faure and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, State House said on Saturday. The Rwandan President who is also the chairperson of the African Union me
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Rwandan President on private visit to Seychelles

Seychelles and Rwanda are hoping to reignite their partnership following a meeting between President Danny Faure and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, State House said on Saturday. The Rwandan President who is also the chairperson of the African Union met with Faure at State House, in the capital Victoria, on Saturday during a private visit to Seychelles. According to State House, the purpose of the meeting between the two leaders was also to further the bonds of friendship and increase the levels of cooperation between Rwanda and Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. Following the meeting, the two statesmen exchanged gifts on behalf of Seychelles and Rwanda....

HIV transmissions in Seychelles seen increasing among syringe-using drug users

The way HIV is transmitted is changing in Seychelles from a sexually transmitted virus to one passed on among drug users, an official at the Ministry of Health said. “Before, we considered HIV to be transmitted mainly between men and women. For the past f
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HIV transmissions in Seychelles seen increasing among syringe-using drug users

The way HIV is transmitted is changing in Seychelles from a sexually transmitted virus to one passed on among drug users, an official at the Ministry of Health said. “Before, we considered HIV to be transmitted mainly between men and women. For the past five years, we have found that this is no longer the case - HIV is increasing in the drug user groups, those who use syringes,” said Sabrina Mousbe, the HIV/AIDS programme manager at the Ministry of Health. Mousbe spoke to the media on Friday during Seychelles’ participation in the International AIDS Conference held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from July 23 to 27. Seychellois delegates told reporters on Friday that the conference outlined that no country is doing enough to reach the ‘zero new HIV infection by 2030’ target....

Cambridge Best Learner award winner: Seychelles' youth should believe they can achieve anything

This week SNA presents an interview with Seychellois Anna Lespoir, who has achieved the highest mark in the world for Cambridge International ‘A’ level examination in business.  According to Cambridge, ‘Top in the World’ refers to the learner who ha
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Cambridge Best Learner award winner: Seychelles' youth should believe they can achieve anything

This week SNA presents an interview with Seychellois Anna Lespoir, who has achieved the highest mark in the world for Cambridge International ‘A’ level examination in business.  According to Cambridge, ‘Top in the World’ refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. Lespoir, 19, was bestowed the Cambridge Best Learner Award last month.   ...

Flash floods kill 27 in south India, prompting US travel alert

Flash floods have claimed at least 27 lives in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Friday, prompting the US to advise its citizens to stay away from the tourist hotspot. The coastal state, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea pla
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Flash floods kill 27 in south India, prompting US travel alert

Flash floods have claimed at least 27 lives in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Friday, prompting the US to advise its citizens to stay away from the tourist hotspot. The coastal state, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the annual monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season. Nationwide, more than 700 people have been killed in monsoon flooding. Last year 1,200 people perished. In Kerala the army has been roped in for rescue efforts after two days of rain that have forced authorities to open the shutters of 24 reservoirs to drain out the excess water. ...

Seychelles to get new Human Rights Commission after signing of bill

A new Human Rights Commission is soon to be created following the signing of the Bill 2018 by the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, at State House on Thursday. The Seychelles Human Rights Commission, which will operate independently of the Office of the
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Seychelles to get new Human Rights Commission after signing of bill

A new Human Rights Commission is soon to be created following the signing of the Bill 2018 by the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, at State House on Thursday. The Seychelles Human Rights Commission, which will operate independently of the Office of the Ombudsman, will serve to strengthen the framework for the protection of human rights. At the signing ceremony, Jean-Paul Adam, the health minister who also presented the Bill to the National Assembly in April, said, “The reinforcement of this institution is very much in line with the priorities that President Danny Faure outlined to emphasise transparency and to give recourse to every citizen, no matter their background or their capacity. “ Adam added that the new commission will help citizens “be able to have their rights enforced throughout their lives, to have the support necessary, to have redress where they feel their right has been disrespected....

Russia vows to retaliate against new US sanctions

The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against «unacceptable» new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain, which prompted the ruble and Russian stocks to tumble. The action by the U
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Russia vows to retaliate against new US sanctions

The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against «unacceptable» new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain, which prompted the ruble and Russian stocks to tumble. The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The State Department said Wednesday the new sanctions were in response to «the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal» -- who was a Russian double agent -- and his daughter Yulia on English soil in March. They were aimed at punishing Putin's government for having «used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law,» spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. But the punitive measures triggered a furious reaction from Moscow. ...

Mayor's office, a more beautiful setting, is new location for civil weddings in Seychelles

Civil weddings that previously were held at the Civil Status office will now take place at the mayor’s office in Victoria. The change, which took effect Thursday, was immediately followed by three marriages. The principal civil status officer, Marietta Lab
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Mayor's office, a more beautiful setting, is new location for civil weddings in Seychelles

Civil weddings that previously were held at the Civil Status office will now take place at the mayor’s office in Victoria. The change, which took effect Thursday, was immediately followed by three marriages. The principal civil status officer, Marietta Labrosse, said the change is taking place due to the size of the Civil Status office. “The office at civil status is too small. The registration of births and deaths are done there....

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