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Intelligence, personality, inner beauty all important for Miss Seychelles 2017, contestant Ralista Hortere says

Being beautiful on the inside is equally as important as being beautiful on the outside. That is what Miss Seychelles 2017 contestant Ralista Hortere believes. Hortere, 21, is aiming to use her participation in the contest to impact the lives of other young
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Intelligence, personality, inner beauty all important for Miss Seychelles 2017, contestant Ralista Hortere says

Being beautiful on the inside is equally as important as being beautiful on the outside. That is what Miss Seychelles 2017 contestant Ralista Hortere believes. Hortere, 21, is aiming to use her participation in the contest to impact the lives of other young women in the island nation. The young aspiring beauty queen -- born to hotelier parents Judith Confiance and Jean Baptiste Hortere – grew up in a beachfront setting at Anse Takamaka on the southern coast of Mahé, the Seychelles’ main island. Currently living at Au Cap on the east coast of Mahé, Hortere is a journalist by profession. ...

A voyage of self-discovery is how contestant Petra Tamatave sees Miss Seychelles beauty pageant

Petra Tamatave is aspiring to make it big in the world of fashion. Coming from Beau-Belle in the north of Mahe, the main island, Tamatave, 23, is one of the 14 participants for the upcoming Miss Seychelles … Another World pageant scheduled for August 26. S
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A voyage of self-discovery is how contestant Petra Tamatave sees Miss Seychelles beauty pageant

Petra Tamatave is aspiring to make it big in the world of fashion. Coming from Beau-Belle in the north of Mahe, the main island, Tamatave, 23, is one of the 14 participants for the upcoming Miss Seychelles … Another World pageant scheduled for August 26. She is contestant No. 8. For Tamatave the pageant will be a self-discovery which will improve her self-confidence....

13 dead, 100 injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

Drivers have ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 13 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. In the first incident, which was claimed by the Islamic State gr
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13 dead, 100 injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

Drivers have ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 13 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. In the first incident, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, a white van sped into a street packed full of tourists in central Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, knocking people out of the way and killing 13 in a scene of chaos and horror. Some eight hours later in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, an Audi A3 car rammed into pedestrians, injuring six civilians -- one of them critical -- and a police officer, authorities said. Gunfire ensued during which police killed the five attackers, some of whom were wearing explosive belts. Police said they were "working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils are linked to what happened in Barcelona". ...

President of Seychelles talks about missing $ 6.7 million, foreign workers, cannabis and cost of living

President of Seychelles Danny Faure gave the third news conference of his presidency on Wednesday. SNA provides an overview of the issues covered. Issue of the missing $6.7 million (SCR 90 million) from the report of the auditor general President Faure sai
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President of Seychelles talks about missing $ 6.7 million, foreign workers, cannabis and cost of living

President of Seychelles Danny Faure gave the third news conference of his presidency on Wednesday. SNA provides an overview of the issues covered. Issue of the missing $6.7 million (SCR 90 million) from the report of the auditor general President Faure said he respects all institutions and it is not his intention to interfere in the process of investigation. ...

Miss Seychelles pageant a platform for contestant Ella Marie to promote island nation

Coming from the northern Mahe district of Bel Ombre, Ella Marie wants to make a career in the tourism industry. Marie, 19, spent her childhood with her grandmother, who she sees as her top role model who has taught her important values. SNA caught up with M
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Miss Seychelles pageant a platform for contestant Ella Marie to promote island nation

Coming from the northern Mahe district of Bel Ombre, Ella Marie wants to make a career in the tourism industry. Marie, 19, spent her childhood with her grandmother, who she sees as her top role model who has taught her important values. SNA caught up with Marie to learn more about her participation in the Miss Seychelles beauty pageant and how that will impact her life.   SNA: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your back ground, your parents, siblings. ...

Miss Seychelles contestant Stephie Bastienne to help find ways to stop bullying among children

A passion for music and a love for seeing other countries is what drives Miss Seychelles contestant Stephie Bastienne. Bastienne, who is contestant number six, lives in the northern Mahe district of Beau Vallon, a place she says has a high level of peace an
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Miss Seychelles contestant Stephie Bastienne to help find ways to stop bullying among children

A passion for music and a love for seeing other countries is what drives Miss Seychelles contestant Stephie Bastienne. Bastienne, who is contestant number six, lives in the northern Mahe district of Beau Vallon, a place she says has a high level of peace and security. If crowned, she wants to help fight the problem of school-age bullying. SNA met with Bastienne to discover learn more about her expectations for the Miss Seychelles beauty pageant....

Helping young people facing challenges interests contestant Angie Desnousse in Miss Seychelles pageant

Constestant No. 2 in the Miss Seychelles beauty pageant for 2017 is Angie Desnousse, a business-oriented young woman. Desnousse, 21, is an only child on her mother’s side and resides at La Misere in the eastern district of Plaisance. ...
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Helping young people facing challenges interests contestant Angie Desnousse in Miss Seychelles pageant

Constestant No. 2 in the Miss Seychelles beauty pageant for 2017 is Angie Desnousse, a business-oriented young woman. Desnousse, 21, is an only child on her mother’s side and resides at La Misere in the eastern district of Plaisance. ...

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around t
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Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can harm human health, was made public on August 1. The issue has sparked a row between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, the three countries at the epicentre of the crisis, about how long they knew about the problem. "Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, told AFP as he announced the meeting. ...

Contestant Keshia Pereira in Miss Seychelles beauty pageant to promote the blue economy

Coming from the eastern Mahe district of Pointe Larue, Keshia Pereira is contestant No. 1 in the Miss Seychelles…Another World 2017.  Pereira, who turned 19 this year, is working towards setting up her own business. For now, she is gearing up for the pag
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Contestant Keshia Pereira in Miss Seychelles beauty pageant to promote the blue economy

Coming from the eastern Mahe district of Pointe Larue, Keshia Pereira is contestant No. 1 in the Miss Seychelles…Another World 2017.  Pereira, who turned 19 this year, is working towards setting up her own business. For now, she is gearing up for the pageant scheduled for August 26th at Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa. ...

Contemporary dancers from 5 countries descend on Seychelles; public gala on Sept. 2

Contemporary style dancers from Seychelles will be sharing experiences and learning from other international groups in the 9th edition of the ‘Biennale des Dance’ being organised by the Seychelles National Conservatoire of Performing Arts.  Five countri
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Contemporary dancers from 5 countries descend on Seychelles; public gala on Sept. 2

Contemporary style dancers from Seychelles will be sharing experiences and learning from other international groups in the 9th edition of the ‘Biennale des Dance’ being organised by the Seychelles National Conservatoire of Performing Arts.  Five countries are participating in this year’s edition of the Seychelles Dance Biennale from August 20 to September 2. An international choreographer and contemporary dancer from Australia, Scott Ewen, is also participating.  ...

Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday, officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes. Weather conditions will be "especially favourable for wildfires" until Sunday
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Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday, officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes. Weather conditions will be "especially favourable for wildfires" until Sunday, with strong winds and temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) forecast, civil protection agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar told a news conference. Morocco sent a water-dropping plane and neighbouring Spain sent two to help firefighters battle the flames, she added. The fires come after more than 60 people were killed in June, and more than 250 injured, in a giant blaze at Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal that raged for five days. Eleven fires were still out of control as of 11 pm (2100 GMT) on Thursday while the rest had been tamed or were being dampened down, the civil protection agency said on its website. ...

Safety steps heightened for religious holiday on Seychellois island following deadly boat accident last year

Officers will be boarding and inspecting vessels travelling between the three main islands of Seychelles for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on La Digue, local authorities said on Wednesday. Security measures are being tightened for this year
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Safety steps heightened for religious holiday on Seychellois island following deadly boat accident last year

Officers will be boarding and inspecting vessels travelling between the three main islands of Seychelles for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on La Digue, local authorities said on Wednesday. Security measures are being tightened for this year’s festivities as a result of a boating accident last year. Three people died when a boat carrying six passengers capsized and sank while travelling from La Digue to Praslin, the third- and second-most populated islands respectively. The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA), coast guard, police and Port Authority will be patrolling and ensuring security at sea during the religious holiday that will take place on La Digue on August 15. “Boat operators going to La Digue on private vessels should be ready to have their boats stopped and boarded for inspections, where officers will check if the number of passengers on board is in accordance to the boat’s allowance,” said Captain Joachim Valmont, the Director General of SMSA. ...

8 youths represent Seychelles at the 2017 U.N. Youth Assembly

Eight youths from the Seychelles are currently in New York City attending the 20th session of the U.N. Youth Assembly. The conference is being held at the United Nations headquarters from August 9 to 12, although the Seychellois youths have a busy programme
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8 youths represent Seychelles at the 2017 U.N. Youth Assembly

Eight youths from the Seychelles are currently in New York City attending the 20th session of the U.N. Youth Assembly. The conference is being held at the United Nations headquarters from August 9 to 12, although the Seychellois youths have a busy programme that will run until August 16. The team from Seychelles -- a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean -- includes Annarose Clarisse, Curtis Alvis, Victoria Gao, Kelly Mothe, Raghvai Naidu, Anastasia Pantazopoulou, Bhavini Raghvani and Sanjna Shah. ...

Groups turn glass waste into building material to reduce waste in Seychelles

Turning glass waste into green building material is an environmental project being undertaken by a construction company in Seychelles. The project is a partnership between Rogan’s Construction Company, located at Baie Lazare, on the southern part of the ma
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Groups turn glass waste into building material to reduce waste in Seychelles

Turning glass waste into green building material is an environmental project being undertaken by a construction company in Seychelles. The project is a partnership between Rogan’s Construction Company, located at Baie Lazare, on the southern part of the main island Mahe, and Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable living. The executive director of S4S, Michele Martin, told SNA that recycling glass materials is a perfect way to reduce the amount of waste going into the waters and landfill. “However, this will not entirely substitute construction materials such as aggregates, concretes and crusher dust produced by big companies in the island nation, but it will serve as an alternative,” said Martin. The crushed glass bottles are used as aggregate in construction application projects....

Suspects in death of Spanish crew member plead not guilty; trial in Seychelles set for January

Two persons charged in connection with the death of a crew member of a Spanish fishing vessel plead not guilty before the Seychelles’ Supreme Court on Monday. The prosecutor representing the office of Attorney General Khalyaan Karunakaran said that as requ
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Suspects in death of Spanish crew member plead not guilty; trial in Seychelles set for January

Two persons charged in connection with the death of a crew member of a Spanish fishing vessel plead not guilty before the Seychelles’ Supreme Court on Monday. The prosecutor representing the office of Attorney General Khalyaan Karunakaran said that as requested by the court last time, all evidence has been compiled and presented to the court. Karunakaran maintains that he feels very positive about the case as officials have strong and significant evidence. The documents and evidence presented on Monday included CCTV footage and some photographs related to the incident. The accused -- a 35-year-old man, Nigel Arrisol, and a 35-year-old woman, Florence Francois – were brought before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 18th for the first time after being discharged on bail. ...

Air Seychelles offering creative deals to Paris, South Africa, Madagascar

Looking to get away? Air Seychelles has been making special offers to a number of its destinations in recent months.  One of the offers is a 50 percent discount on a second ticket to Paris when travelling with a companion. Travel to Mauritius or Johannesbur
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Air Seychelles offering creative deals to Paris, South Africa, Madagascar

Looking to get away? Air Seychelles has been making special offers to a number of its destinations in recent months.  One of the offers is a 50 percent discount on a second ticket to Paris when travelling with a companion. Travel to Mauritius or Johannesburg, South Africa can be had for as low as $455, while travel to Madagascar can cost only $409. The offers can be found on the airline’s website and Facebook page. ...

Seychellois model wins photogenic title, ranks fourth at Top Model of the World 2017

Seychellois model Naomy King has said that she feels more confident after representing the island nation at the Top Model of the World 2017, where she won the most photogenic title. King was among 40 young ladies from across the globe competing for this yea
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Seychellois model wins photogenic title, ranks fourth at Top Model of the World 2017

Seychellois model Naomy King has said that she feels more confident after representing the island nation at the Top Model of the World 2017, where she won the most photogenic title. King was among 40 young ladies from across the globe competing for this year’s Top Model of the World title at the pageant’s grand finale held in El Gouna, Egypt, earlier in July. The Seychellois contestant made it to the top six and was ranked fourth at the end of the pageant. Commenting on her achievements, King told SNA: “I feel very proud as I was not expecting to be among the top 6 out of 40 contestants.” ...

CNN takes close look at combating climate change in Seychelles

Community initiatives in Seychelles to combat climate change were highlighted this month in a documentary on CNN’s Inside Africa. The documentary looked at how the island nation’s community, including a tourist establishment, is engaged in the fight agai
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CNN takes close look at combating climate change in Seychelles

Community initiatives in Seychelles to combat climate change were highlighted this month in a documentary on CNN’s Inside Africa. The documentary looked at how the island nation’s community, including a tourist establishment, is engaged in the fight against climate change on land and sea, especially against the devastating effects of coral bleaching and land erosion. Filming for the documentary was done in Seychelles in May with the help of the not-for-profit organisation the Marine Conservation Society. The documentary was aired for seven consecutive days on CNN’s Inside Africa. The first broadcast was on Friday, July 7. ...

High jumper Labiche gives Seychelles second gold at the Francophone games in Ivory Coast

High jump athlete Lissa Labiche gave Seychelles its second gold medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie on Wednesday. Labiche soared to 1.91 metres to win the gold medal. It was her best result this season. “I am really happy with this result, and it means
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High jumper Labiche gives Seychelles second gold at the Francophone games in Ivory Coast

High jump athlete Lissa Labiche gave Seychelles its second gold medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie on Wednesday. Labiche soared to 1.91 metres to win the gold medal. It was her best result this season. “I am really happy with this result, and it means a lot to me....

3 types of terrapins (that means small turtles for you non-islanders) from Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are well known for their rich and diverse biodiversity. While many species of the island flora and fauna are endemic, others have been introduced. Among them are the terrapins -- small species of turtles living in fresh or brackish wate
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3 types of terrapins (that means small turtles for you non-islanders) from Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are well known for their rich and diverse biodiversity. While many species of the island flora and fauna are endemic, others have been introduced. Among them are the terrapins -- small species of turtles living in fresh or brackish water with a shell length of up to 30 centimetres.   Known locally as “torti soupap” the terrapins are believed to have been introduced from the African continent or neighbouring Madagascar island as a source of food for slaves, but in time, due to lack of habitat, predators and possibly pollution, their numbers have been dropping on most of the islands....

Seychelles wins bronze at international robotics challenge in Washington

Six Seychellois students clinched the bronze medal in an international robotics challenge held in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The students -- Nellie Azemia, Frazer Nalletamby, Stana Mousbe, Damien Ernesta, Anil Buron, Shana Banane -- are from the Be
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Seychelles wins bronze at international robotics challenge in Washington

Six Seychellois students clinched the bronze medal in an international robotics challenge held in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The students -- Nellie Azemia, Frazer Nalletamby, Stana Mousbe, Damien Ernesta, Anil Buron, Shana Banane -- are from the Beau Vallon secondary school in northern Mahe, the main island. They were chosen for their knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics --  together known as STEM -- and they had to collaborate with their science teacher, Kevin Dupres, to build and fine-tune their robots for the event. ...

Standoff at Jerusalem holy site after metal detectors removed

A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at a Jerusalem holy site Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest later this week if a resolution is not found. Muslims have refused to enter the site
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Standoff at Jerusalem holy site after metal detectors removed

A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at a Jerusalem holy site Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest later this week if a resolution is not found. Muslims have refused to enter the site and have prayed in the streets outside for more than a week after Israel installed new security measures at the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. The measures followed an attack that killed two policemen and included metal detectors at entrances. Palestinians view the move as Israel asserting further control over the site, which houses the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to attack the officers. ...

Seychelles to get private school in 2020 with emphasis on moral, spiritual values

Seychelles is set to get a new private school in 2020 that will put an emphasis on morality and spirituality. The school is to be supported by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria. The new educational institution -- to be named ‘Olivier Maradan School
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Seychelles to get private school in 2020 with emphasis on moral, spiritual values

Seychelles is set to get a new private school in 2020 that will put an emphasis on morality and spirituality. The school is to be supported by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria. The new educational institution -- to be named ‘Olivier Maradan School’ -- will be built at Ile Aurore, a man-made island in the north of Mahe, where a plot of land has already been allocated. The school, an initiative of the priest and devotees from the Plaisance church, will be the first Roman Catholic school in modern days. It will complement what is already being offered by state and private institutions. ...

Free bulbs: 2 islands in Seychelles encouraged to embrace LED in weekend campaign

Electricity consumers in Seychelles’ second- and third-most populated islands are being encouraged to switch to the more energy efficient LED light bulb in a campaign starting Friday. Inhabitants of La Digue can exchange two of their incandescent light bul
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Free bulbs: 2 islands in Seychelles encouraged to embrace LED in weekend campaign

Electricity consumers in Seychelles’ second- and third-most populated islands are being encouraged to switch to the more energy efficient LED light bulb in a campaign starting Friday. Inhabitants of La Digue can exchange two of their incandescent light bulbs for the LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p....

O.J. Simpson fate in hands of parole board

Nine years after being sent to prison for armed robbery, fallen American idol O.J. Simpson is to find out whether he will regain his freedom. The 70-year-old former football star and actor is to appear before a parole board in the western state of Nevada on
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O.J. Simpson fate in hands of parole board

Nine years after being sent to prison for armed robbery, fallen American idol O.J. Simpson is to find out whether he will regain his freedom. The 70-year-old former football star and actor is to appear before a parole board in the western state of Nevada on Thursday which will decide his fate. Simpson, who was famously acquitted in 1995 of the grisly murders of his ex-wife and a male companion, has been behind bars for his role in a September 2007 armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas resort. ...

5 travel awards that show how much Seychelles sparkles

It is no secret that the Seychelles archipelago is seen as one of the top destinations in the Indian Ocean region. This was highlighted by the many awards the island nation of 93,000 inhabitants received at the World Travel Awards for the Indian Ocean which t
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5 travel awards that show how much Seychelles sparkles

It is no secret that the Seychelles archipelago is seen as one of the top destinations in the Indian Ocean region. This was highlighted by the many awards the island nation of 93,000 inhabitants received at the World Travel Awards for the Indian Ocean which took place in the Maldives earlier in July   SNA brings you the five winners from Seychelles at the 24th edition of the 2017 World Travel Awards.     ...

Aircraft debris found on island in Seychelles not from missing Malaysian plane

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has received confirmation that the aircraft debris found on North Island in the Farquhar Atoll last week is not from Malaysian Airline MH370. In a communiqué released on Tuesday, the Authority said the conclusion cam
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Aircraft debris found on island in Seychelles not from missing Malaysian plane

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has received confirmation that the aircraft debris found on North Island in the Farquhar Atoll last week is not from Malaysian Airline MH370. In a communiqué released on Tuesday, the Authority said the conclusion came after the Malaysian authorities viewed photos of the debris sent to them.  “Our experts have concluded that the debris does not originate from a Boeing 777 and specifically not from MH370. The markings in the photograph are not consistent with those found on Boeing 777 or Rolls Royce,” said the senior air accidents investigator Aslam Basha Khan bin Zakaria Maricar. ...

Child protection campaign launched in Seychelles to reduce abuse, neglect

What are the challenges to protecting children in Seychelles and how can they be overcome? Those are the questions posed in a new campaign called ‘Courage’ launched in the island nation.   The campaign, which is the brainchild of a South African consult
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Child protection campaign launched in Seychelles to reduce abuse, neglect

What are the challenges to protecting children in Seychelles and how can they be overcome? Those are the questions posed in a new campaign called ‘Courage’ launched in the island nation.   The campaign, which is the brainchild of a South African consultant, Dee Blackie, has received the support of the National Council for Children, a local not-for-profit organisation. “Child protection is a very sensitive subject and the issues that it deals with, such as abuse, exploitation and neglect, are difficult to talk about,” says Blackie. The consultant adds that the picture-based campaign will facilitate engagement of all involved through partnerships and collaborations. ...

Football: Zimbabwe confirm COSAFA dominance over Zambia

Zimbabwe confirmed their superiority over Zambia in COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship finals by winning 3-1 in Phokeng Sunday to lift the trophy a record fifth time. This was the fourth time the neighbouring nations have met in the final of the annual
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Football: Zimbabwe confirm COSAFA dominance over Zambia

Zimbabwe confirmed their superiority over Zambia in COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship finals by winning 3-1 in Phokeng Sunday to lift the trophy a record fifth time. This was the fourth time the neighbouring nations have met in the final of the annual regional competition and Zimbabwe have won three. Knox Mutizwa put Zimbabwe ahead in the first half at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace stadium in the northwest South African platinum mining belt with his fifth goal of the championship. Lubinda Mundia nodded Zambia level before half-time via his first touch after coming on as a substitute. Despite playing their sixth match in 14 days, Zimbabwe proved stronger in the second half and goals from Talant Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure gave the "Warriors" a deserved triumph. ...

Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihadist force

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists on a lightning visit to Mali but told countries in the region their efforts had to bear fruit. Faced with a growing number of jihadist attacks in cent
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Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihadist force

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists on a lightning visit to Mali but told countries in the region their efforts had to bear fruit. Faced with a growing number of jihadist attacks in central Mali which have also hit neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger, the so-called G5 Sahel nations have moved to set up a regional force to tackle the threat. The aim is to combat the wave of Islamist bombings, shootings and kidnappings in the Sahel, the region just south of the Sahara. Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen -- an alliance of Al-Qaeda-allied Sahel groups -- on Saturday offered a reminder of the jihadist threat by releasing a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages. Joining the heads of state of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger at a summit in Bamako, Macron hailed the initiative as "a dynamic, a groundswell which France is proud to back". ...

Seychelles’ Takamaka rum coming to the UK market amid global expansion

Takamaka Rum -- a drink made in Seychelles -- is now available in the UK through the distribution network that Highball Brands has with hotels, bars and restaurants. The rum varieties being sold in the UK are the White Rum, Spiced Rum, Extra Noir, Coco Rum
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Seychelles’ Takamaka rum coming to the UK market amid global expansion

Takamaka Rum -- a drink made in Seychelles -- is now available in the UK through the distribution network that Highball Brands has with hotels, bars and restaurants. The rum varieties being sold in the UK are the White Rum, Spiced Rum, Extra Noir, Coco Rum and St André. In an article on ‘thedrinksreport’ -- an online magazine for the wine, beer and spirits trade -- the co-owner and exports director of Takamaka Rum, Bernard d’Offay, said, “We are extremely pleased to be working with Highball Brands to launch our brand in the UK. Their expertise within the industry will be integral in introducing us as a fresh, youthful and alternative rum offering to the on-trade." ...

Mandatory retirement contributions to rise by 1 percent in Seychelles

All employees in Seychelles will pay an additional 1 percent to their mandatory pension contribution deducted from their monthly salary starting in July, a top official said. The chief executive of the Seychelles Pension Fund, Lekha Nair, said the increase i
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Mandatory retirement contributions to rise by 1 percent in Seychelles

All employees in Seychelles will pay an additional 1 percent to their mandatory pension contribution deducted from their monthly salary starting in July, a top official said. The chief executive of the Seychelles Pension Fund, Lekha Nair, said the increase is important because the current rate paid -- 2 percent by both the employee and the employer -- is not sustainable. “The current contribution can only sustain Seychelles Pension Fund for a further 11 years taking into consideration the rate of pensions and benefits being paid, and dwindling contributors as the working population decrease and ageing population increase,” said Nair. According to a projection by the National Bureau of Statistics in 2015, people have on average lived for eight years after retirement, but by 2045 this will increase to 18 years, putting a much greater burden on the retirement system.  ...

US state allows college students, teachers to carry guns

Students and professors will be legally allowed to carry concealed handguns onto college campuses starting Saturday in the US state of Kansas.  The concealed carry law was enacted four years ago and applied to all public buildings, but colleges in the Midwe
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US state allows college students, teachers to carry guns

Students and professors will be legally allowed to carry concealed handguns onto college campuses starting Saturday in the US state of Kansas.  The concealed carry law was enacted four years ago and applied to all public buildings, but colleges in the Midwestern state were exempted until July of this year.   The law is the latest in a series of state legislative efforts around the country to address the issue of campus safety from potential shooters....

Miss Seychelles beauty pageant postponed until August

The Miss Seychelles beauty pageant is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 26 at the Avani resort at Grand Anse on the western side of Mahe, the organiser said. Last month at the unveiling of the 14 contestants, Terry Carolla, the organiser, had a
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Miss Seychelles beauty pageant postponed until August

The Miss Seychelles beauty pageant is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 26 at the Avani resort at Grand Anse on the western side of Mahe, the organiser said. Last month at the unveiling of the 14 contestants, Terry Carolla, the organiser, had announced that the pageant would take place on July 29 with the venue yet to be decided. Carolla said Wednesday that the change of date  “is simply to give the contestants more time to better prepare. They have such a heavy programme, in which we’re meeting every day.” ...

Football: Mozambique defender ends 318-minute COSAFA goal drought

It took a defender to end a 318-minute COSAFA Cup goal drought in Phokeng as Teca nodded Mozambique in front en route to a 2-1 victory over Seychelles Wednesday. The tall, dreadlocked centre-back soared at the far post after 48 minutes to beat Jerome Dingwal
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Football: Mozambique defender ends 318-minute COSAFA goal drought

It took a defender to end a 318-minute COSAFA Cup goal drought in Phokeng as Teca nodded Mozambique in front en route to a 2-1 victory over Seychelles Wednesday. The tall, dreadlocked centre-back soared at the far post after 48 minutes to beat Jerome Dingwall at a cold Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace stadium in northwest South Africa. After Malawi, Mauritius, Angola and Tanzania failed to score in drawn Group A matches Tuesday, Zimbabwe and Madagascar drew 0-0 Wednesday in the first match of a Group B double-header. But after failing to convert several good first-half chances, the Mozambican "Mambas" (Snakes) finally gave the crowd at the southern Africa championship some excitement. Seychelles levelled on 63 minutes when Mozambique goalkeeper Victor Guambe let a low cross slip from his grasp and Rody Melanie slammed the loose ball into the net. ...

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