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UN chief warns of risk of war in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Gaza is close to the brink of war and expressed shock over the number of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israeli live fire during protests, in a report obtained by AFP on Monday. Guterres told the Secu
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UN chief warns of risk of war in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Gaza is close to the brink of war and expressed shock over the number of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israeli live fire during protests, in a report obtained by AFP on Monday. Guterres told the Security Council that he «unequivocally condemns the steps by all parties that have brought us to this dangerous and fragile place» in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The report was sent to the council last week ahead of a meeting on Tuesday on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. The violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war. «It is and should be a warning to all how close to the brink of war the situation is,» said Guterres. ...

Spicy octopus coconut curry wins 1st prize in Seychelles Tourism Board photo competition

A photo “bursting with flavour” that got 282 likes online earned Alexander Jovanović first prize in the Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) Facebook photography competition. Jovanović won the prize with his photograph which showcased a spicy, slow-cooke
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Spicy octopus coconut curry wins 1st prize in Seychelles Tourism Board photo competition

A photo “bursting with flavour” that got 282 likes online earned Alexander Jovanović first prize in the Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) Facebook photography competition. Jovanović won the prize with his photograph which showcased a spicy, slow-cooked octopus coconut curry. His caption describes the dish as “bursting with flavour as it is spilling out of the Nautilus' shell, perched on black wild rice and mellow avocado salad over a bed of jasmine rice.” Jovanović, who said he is absolutely thrilled about winning, explained that it is a hobby of his to upload photos dishes he prepares to his Instagram account. ...

North Korea's Kim makes two-day visit to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen its role as a mediator betwee
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North Korea's Kim makes two-day visit to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen its role as a mediator between the US and North Korea, where Beijing claims compelling security and economic interests. Dozens of security vans, police cars and armoured vehicles lined streets around Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on Tuesday afternoon, where Kim had stayed in his previous visit. The leader, who is believed to have landed in the Chinese capital Tuesday morning, was expected to head to the Great Hall of the People to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that the North Korean autocrat would be in Beijing through Wednesday. ...

Property crisis looms due to sea level rise, experts warn

Along Florida's sun-splashed shorelines, home prices are on the rise, developers are busy building new complexes, and listings just blocks from the beach describe homes that are «not in a flood zone,» meaning no flood insurance is required. But e
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Property crisis looms due to sea level rise, experts warn

Along Florida's sun-splashed shorelines, home prices are on the rise, developers are busy building new complexes, and listings just blocks from the beach describe homes that are «not in a flood zone,» meaning no flood insurance is required. But experts warn that ignoring sea level rise won't prevent a looming economic crisis caused by water-logged homes that will someday become unsafe, uninhabitable and too costly to insure. A reality check may come sooner than many may think, according to a report out Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which finds as many as 64,000 coastal residences worth $26 billion in Florida are at risk of chronic flooding in the next 30 years, the life of a typical mortgage. Across the United States, 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $120 billion in today's dollars are at risk of chronic flooding by 2045, it said. By century's end, if current trends continue, more than $1 trillion in commercial and private US property may be at risk, «with Florida's coastal real estate among the most exposed,» said the report. ...

Creole version of Seychelles' constitution presented to president; copies available to public

The first copy of the Creole version of the Seychelles Constitution was presented to President Danny Faure on Saturday in a ceremony as part of the activities to commemorate Constitution Day on June 18. The current Constitution, which is the supreme law of S
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Creole version of Seychelles' constitution presented to president; copies available to public

The first copy of the Creole version of the Seychelles Constitution was presented to President Danny Faure on Saturday in a ceremony as part of the activities to commemorate Constitution Day on June 18. The current Constitution, which is the supreme law of Seychelles, was adopted on June 18, 1993, after the introduction of a multi-party system. That same year, the people of Seychelles went to the polls to elect a new president and representatives for a National Assembly -- the legislative body. That was the beginning of the Third Republic of Seychelles. Work to translate the Constitution into Creole was initiated by the director of the International Creole Institute in  Seychelles at the time, Marie-Therese Choppy, followed by Leon Radegonde, Penda Choppy and Flora Ben David. ...

Aquarius ship migrants to finally reach land in Spain

The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe were finally due to disembark in Spain on Sunday, after a turbulent week that saw Italy turn away the Aquarius ship. The migrants, mainly from Africa, will arrive in the southeast city of
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Aquarius ship migrants to finally reach land in Spain

The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe were finally due to disembark in Spain on Sunday, after a turbulent week that saw Italy turn away the Aquarius ship. The migrants, mainly from Africa, will arrive in the southeast city of Valencia and will be welcomed by a team of more than 2,000 people, including 1,000 Red Cross volunteers and 470 translators. The ship is making the 1,500-kilometre (930-mile) voyage to Spain accompanied by two Italian coast guard vessels which have taken on board some of the migrants. High waves and winds forced the convoy to take a detour on the way, but the boats are expected to reach the port around 6:00 am (0400 GMT), 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Sunday. The arrival will mark the end of a week-long odyssey in the Mediterranean Sea. ...

Seychellois father and daughter trek to Mount Everest base camp

Two Seychellois — Norman and Cheyenne de Silva — have trekked to the south base camp of Mount Everest. The father and daughter took 13 days to make the hike and reached the camp on May 31. The two paid a courtesy call to President Danny Faure at State Ho
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Seychellois father and daughter trek to Mount Everest base camp

Two Seychellois — Norman and Cheyenne de Silva — have trekked to the south base camp of Mount Everest. The father and daughter took 13 days to make the hike and reached the camp on May 31. The two paid a courtesy call to President Danny Faure at State House on Saturday where Faure congratulated the team on their achievement. Cheyenne is the first woman from the island nation to reach the camp whilst Norman is the second Seychellois man. “I believe an Allen Bonelamne – currently leaving in France - did make it to the base camp back in 2012....

Bemba's release adds to Congo's volatile political mix

One of the world's most unstable countries was already struggling with a political crisis and nail-biting uncertainty. A decision by a war crimes tribunal has now added to the Democratic Republic of Congo's explosive mix. By acquitting ex-rebel and former v
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Bemba's release adds to Congo's volatile political mix

One of the world's most unstable countries was already struggling with a political crisis and nail-biting uncertainty. A decision by a war crimes tribunal has now added to the Democratic Republic of Congo's explosive mix. By acquitting ex-rebel and former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, the International Criminal Court (ICC) may have opened the way for one of DRC's most controversial figures to weigh in on high-risk presidential elections, now just months away. Bemba, 55, has been provisionally released after the ICC ruled he had had only limited control of his militia, blamed for atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) more than 15 years ago. The ruling -- on appeal -- came some six weeks before a deadline for entering candidates for the December 23 elections. ...

Details on fund to assist artists across Africa decided at meeting in Seychelles

The last details concerning a new African Culture Fund to assist artists from the continent were finalised at a meeting held in Seychelles recently, a Seychellois artist said on Friday. George Camille told SNA that the meeting finalised the details for the f
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Details on fund to assist artists across Africa decided at meeting in Seychelles

The last details concerning a new African Culture Fund to assist artists from the continent were finalised at a meeting held in Seychelles recently, a Seychellois artist said on Friday. George Camille told SNA that the meeting finalised the details for the fund and set up a website where artists can find more information. Camille said the idea for the fund was initiated by the steering committee of the Arterial Network -- a pan-African civil society -- comprised of artists, activists, organisations and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sectors. The committee recognised the important challenge of inadequate funding for African artists to enable them to develop their full potential. The initial contribution to the fund was made by artists themselves with money collected from the sale of their artworks. ...

23 Presidential candidates cleared for Zimbabwe's July vote

A record 23 presidential candidates were cleared on Thursday to run in Zimbabwe's elections due on July 30, including incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and young opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, the country's electoral commission announced. It is the first elect
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23 Presidential candidates cleared for Zimbabwe's July vote

A record 23 presidential candidates were cleared on Thursday to run in Zimbabwe's elections due on July 30, including incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and young opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, the country's electoral commission announced. It is the first election in Zimbabwe since veteran leader Robert Mugabe was ousted following a brief military takeover in November last year, after 37 years in power. The July election will be a key test for Mnangagwa, nicknamed the 'Crocodile', who succeeded the long-serving autocrat Mugabe seven months ago, and remains untested at the ballot box. He has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend international relations. Mnangagwa has already invited Western observers, including the European Union and the Commonwealth for the first time in more than a decade, to monitor the polls. ...

Muslims in Seychelles mark end of Ramadan with Eid-ul-Fitr celebration

Muslims in Seychelles joined the global Islamic community in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations Friday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. For the fifth consecutive year, various Islamic groups in the archipelago of 95,000 people came together at ‘Stad
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Muslims in Seychelles mark end of Ramadan with Eid-ul-Fitr celebration

Muslims in Seychelles joined the global Islamic community in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations Friday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. For the fifth consecutive year, various Islamic groups in the archipelago of 95,000 people came together at ‘Stad Popiler’ in the capital, Victoria. Imam Ahsan Haleem, a Maldivian, said that people should hold on to their faith although there are wrongdoers claiming to be Muslims. “A true follower believes in love, peace, and harmony and atrocious acts should not define the Muslim community in Seychelles and those around the world,” said Haleem.   ...

Experts protecting Seychelles from parasite that could devastate bees -- and agriculture

Seychelles is receiving help from two experts from the neighbouring island of Reunion to educate beekeepers and relevant local authorities about the threat of varroa mites – a parasite that attacks bees. The external parasitic mite can bring down a bee col
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Experts protecting Seychelles from parasite that could devastate bees -- and agriculture

Seychelles is receiving help from two experts from the neighbouring island of Reunion to educate beekeepers and relevant local authorities about the threat of varroa mites – a parasite that attacks bees. The external parasitic mite can bring down a bee colony, reducing the population of bees available to pollinate flowers and produce honey. The two experts started with a series of workshops on Mahe and Praslin and site visits to beekeepers on the three main islands, including La Digue. They will assist with the planning for the prevention of varroa in Seychelles, as well as conduct training sessions. “Seychelles is one of the rare places in the world where varroa doesn't exist....

France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa

France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces. CAR's defense minister asked a UN sanctions committee on June
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France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa

France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces. CAR's defense minister asked a UN sanctions committee on June 5 to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow the shipments of Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear gas grenades and other weaponry for its army and police. France said it had «concerns concerning some lethal equipment included in this exemption request,» citing anti-aircraft weapons and ammunitions, according to a document obtained by AFP. The French mission to the United Nations requested «additional justifications concerning this lethal equipment in order to be able to take a decision.» ...

Germany's outgoing ambassador touts friendlier relations, increased tourism with Seychelles

Germany's outgoing ambassador to Seychelles cited increased German tourism and the building of friendlier relations with the island nation as strong achievements during her tenure. Jutta Frasch paid a farewell visit to President Danny Faure at State House, i
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Germany's outgoing ambassador touts friendlier relations, increased tourism with Seychelles

Germany's outgoing ambassador to Seychelles cited increased German tourism and the building of friendlier relations with the island nation as strong achievements during her tenure. Jutta Frasch paid a farewell visit to President Danny Faure at State House, in the Seychelles capital, Victoria on Wednesday. “We have been able to establish stronger diplomatic ties between our countries by addressing several pertinent issues such as marine security, tourism, and fisheries,” Frasch told reporters. On his side, President Faure thanked Frasch for her efforts to bolster bilateral ties between Seychelles and Germany during her tenure. “The state of bilateral relations is excellent and we are confident that this will continue in the coming future with cooperation in other fields of mutual interest....

Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

The award of the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday was met with bitter disappointment in Morocco, after its fifth failed bid to host the tournament. The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco
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Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

The award of the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday was met with bitter disappointment in Morocco, after its fifth failed bid to host the tournament. The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow where this year's World Cup kicks off on Thursday. In a tweet, Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani saluted the «seriousness and professionalism» of Morocco's bid committee, which itself warmly congratulated the winners. On the streets of Rabat, nearly deserted during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, 49-year-old Abdelmula was less diplomatic. «It was Africa's turn, but (the vote) was biased because Morocco is part of the Third World and the powerful may have conspired against it,» he told AFP. ...

6 alternatives to your island cocktail's (trashy) plastic straw

Seychelles has announced a new ban on single-use plastic straws in its continuing efforts to keep the island nation as pristine as possible by reducing plastic waste. The ban, which was announced last week, follows a campaign by the Seychelles Hospitality an
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6 alternatives to your island cocktail's (trashy) plastic straw

Seychelles has announced a new ban on single-use plastic straws in its continuing efforts to keep the island nation as pristine as possible by reducing plastic waste. The ban, which was announced last week, follows a campaign by the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association. The ban includes straws used in cocktails and other drinks but will exempt plastic straws attached to juice packets. For every-day users of single-use plastic draws and those who are very much into cocktail drinks don’t despair, there are alternatives you can use. SNA explores six alternatives to plastic straws that will spice up your beach-side cocktail. ...

Reconciliation committee sends report to Seychelles' president; redress bill to be approved next week

The Committee on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity of the Seychelles’ National Assembly presented its report to President Danny Faure on Thursday at State house. The executive and legislative branches of Seychelles have both pledged to approve a pro
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Reconciliation committee sends report to Seychelles' president; redress bill to be approved next week

The Committee on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity of the Seychelles’ National Assembly presented its report to President Danny Faure on Thursday at State house. The executive and legislative branches of Seychelles have both pledged to approve a proposed bill that will determine ways to address past injustice some people have faced in the country. The committee – established in 2017 by the National Assembly -- was set up to begin the groundwork for the creation of a national, independent truth and reconciliation commission. The commission's aim is to settle past political divisions that began with the 1977 coup d’état and uniting the country around a common agenda for the future.   ...

Russia defies critics to throw World Cup party

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday as years of preparations dogged by diplomatic scandals give way to a month of action on the field in football's global showpiece. Russia get the ball rolling against Saudi Arabia at the completely refurbished 80,
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Russia defies critics to throw World Cup party

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday as years of preparations dogged by diplomatic scandals give way to a month of action on the field in football's global showpiece. Russia get the ball rolling against Saudi Arabia at the completely refurbished 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after an opening ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Brazil have won the title a record five times while defending champions Germany are on four and determined to draw level with the Brazilians when the final is played at Luzhniki on July 15. There was little romance in the prelude as Russia's problems -- from racism and hooliganism to a foreign policy sharply at odds with the West -- were exposed and scrutinised. Britain and some eastern European states still haunted by Moscow's rule in the Soviet era tried to organise a diplomatic boycott over the poisoning in England of a former Russian spy. ...

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday called for tighter monitoring as he wrapped up a visit to Ebola-hit DR Congo, saying the outbreak was far from over despite the number of cases stabilising in recent weeks. The outbreak -- the ninth in the Democratic Repub
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WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday called for tighter monitoring as he wrapped up a visit to Ebola-hit DR Congo, saying the outbreak was far from over despite the number of cases stabilising in recent weeks. The outbreak -- the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976 -- was declared on May 8 and has claimed 27 lives. «On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilised but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,» he said at the end of a three-day assessment visit. «One case in an urban setting can set off an outbreak,» he warned. His comments come after the WHO and NGOs since May 21 began helping DRC immunise front-line workers with a vaccine that has shown to be highly effective in trials, though it still awaits regulatory approval. ...

Mercenary: Passion keeps me going, Airtel awards best male artist says

Seychellois artist Mercenary clinched two awards at the Airtel Music Awards ceremony on Friday June 1st -- Best Male Artist and Best Song. Mercenary, born Vincent Denis Eliza, started singing in his teenage years with the support of his brother, also a renow
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Mercenary: Passion keeps me going, Airtel awards best male artist says

Seychellois artist Mercenary clinched two awards at the Airtel Music Awards ceremony on Friday June 1st -- Best Male Artist and Best Song. Mercenary, born Vincent Denis Eliza, started singing in his teenage years with the support of his brother, also a renown local artist, Elijah. SNA caught up with Mercenary to learn more about an artist who has become a household name in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.   SNA: Tell us how you started singing? ...

Australia agrees Solomons internet cable after China concern

Australia will help fund and build an underseas communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday, after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in l
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Australia agrees Solomons internet cable after China concern

Australia will help fund and build an underseas communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday, after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in late 2016 to construct the fibre-optic cable from Australia to Honiara to improve its often unreliable internet and phone services. But Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela said last week there had been a change of heart following «some concerns raised with us by Australia», without elaborating. The move comes with Australia refocusing its foreign aid programmes to win hearts and minds in the island nations of the Pacific, as China flexes its muscle in the region. It pledged more than Aus$1....

Praslin culinary festival, arts festival dominate Seychelles' National Arts Council 2018 calendar

The Seychelles National Arts Council is bringing back the Praslin culinary festival this year and adding an arts festival to its calendar of activities. The chief executive, Jimmy Savy, told SNA on Friday that the two events will be the council's major acti
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Praslin culinary festival, arts festival dominate Seychelles' National Arts Council 2018 calendar

The Seychelles National Arts Council is bringing back the Praslin culinary festival this year and adding an arts festival to its calendar of activities. The chief executive, Jimmy Savy, told SNA on Friday that the two events will be the council's major activities in 2018.  “Due to budgetary constraints, we have decided to alternate some of our activities. For instance, the arts award and the Biennale will be held in 2019,” explained Savy. ...

Trump, Kim hail historic summit despite doubts over agreement

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hailed their historic summit Tuesday as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced was short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons. The extraordinary encounter saw t
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Trump, Kim hail historic summit despite doubts over agreement

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hailed their historic summit Tuesday as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced was short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons. The extraordinary encounter saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a ruling dynasty, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Kim agreed to the «complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula», a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that fell short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal. After a day filled with smiles and compliments in the sumptuous setting of a luxury Singapore hotel that was watched around the world, the US «committed to provide security guarantees» to North Korea. Ahead of the meeting, critics expressed concerns that it risked being more about media headlines than substantive progress. ...

World Cup kickoff: Fans in Seychelles backing Brazil, Germany, Spain and France

Seeing more football jerseys in the streets this week? That would be thanks to excited football fans from Seychelles who are gearing up for this week's kick-off of the 2018 World Cup.  The World Cup, organised by the International Football Federation (FIFA)
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World Cup kickoff: Fans in Seychelles backing Brazil, Germany, Spain and France

Seeing more football jerseys in the streets this week? That would be thanks to excited football fans from Seychelles who are gearing up for this week's kick-off of the 2018 World Cup.  The World Cup, organised by the International Football Federation (FIFA), is held every four years. This year it will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. For football fans in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, the World Cup turns into a type of holiday celebration, with cars, offices and houses decorated with flags of their favourite team. ...

Tensions then smiles as Kim and Trump reach hands across history

Steadily, almost warily, the two leaders approached each other on a colonnaded verandah, their hands outstretched as a gaggle of media watched from a platform and the rest of the world looked on. Weeks in the making after decades of war, antagonism and venom
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Tensions then smiles as Kim and Trump reach hands across history

Steadily, almost warily, the two leaders approached each other on a colonnaded verandah, their hands outstretched as a gaggle of media watched from a platform and the rest of the world looked on. Weeks in the making after decades of war, antagonism and venom, the first encounter between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump was a crucial moment. Within the first minute in Singapore, the US president had proclaimed, he would know whether a deal over the North's nuclear arsenal was possible. The drive to the venue took both men through the tourist enclave of Sentosa island and past the towers of Shrek's castle at a Universal Studios theme park. But they emerged from their limousines grim and unsmiling, and the first few moments of their meeting appeared uneasy. ...

6 Sri Lankan nationals held in Seychelles on illegal fishing charge

Six Sri Lankan nationals are being held by local law enforcement after their fishing boat was intercepted on suspicion of fishing illegally in the waters of Seychelles, said the Seychelles People's Defence Forces (SPDF) on Monday. The Sri Lankans nationals a
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6 Sri Lankan nationals held in Seychelles on illegal fishing charge

Six Sri Lankan nationals are being held by local law enforcement after their fishing boat was intercepted on suspicion of fishing illegally in the waters of Seychelles, said the Seychelles People's Defence Forces (SPDF) on Monday. The Sri Lankans nationals appeared in court on Monday and will remain in custody for 14 days.   The Sri Lankan-flagged vessel was spotted by Seychelles Coast Guard patrol ship Andromache north-west of the main island of Mahe during a routine patrol last Thursday, June 7. A Coast Guard team was subsequently sent on board the suspected vessel to conduct an inspection, during which evidence relating to illegal fishing was observed. ...

Trump, Kim arrive for US-North Korea summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda and the US president calling it a «one-time shot» at peace. Bringing the Korean Wa
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Trump, Kim arrive for US-North Korea summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda and the US president calling it a «one-time shot» at peace. Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting president of its «imperialist enemy». It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of last year, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes -- earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions -- and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war. But critics charge that the meeting risks being largely a triumph of style over substance. Kim arrived in Singapore on board an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang in the morning ostensibly bound for Beijing then changed its flight number in midair and headed south. ...

Seychelles mandates basic training for watercraft operators

In a bid to improve safety at sea, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a new policy that includes mandatory basic training to seafarers who own, work on or operate any type of watercraft in Seychelles’ waters. The director general of the Seychelles Marit
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Seychelles mandates basic training for watercraft operators

In a bid to improve safety at sea, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a new policy that includes mandatory basic training to seafarers who own, work on or operate any type of watercraft in Seychelles’ waters. The director general of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA), Captain Joachim Valmont, told SNA on Friday that the basic training is a necessity for seafarers as it will improve safety at sea. “The training will not only be a plus for seafarers but will be a benefit for those in distress at sea,” added Valmont. The policy which was approved by the Cabinet in its meeting last Wednesday will come into effect in January 2019. The deputy cabinet secretary for policy affairs, Margaret Pillay, said that training requirements are important for seafarers since Seychelles is surrounded by vast waters and watercraft are often used as the main mode of travelling. ...

Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada's G7 summit

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. Just minutes after a joint communique that had been ap
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Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada's G7 summit

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. Just minutes after a joint communique that had been approved by the leaders of the Group of Seven allies was published in Canada's summit host city Quebec, Trump launched a Twitter broadside from aboard Air Force One. The US leader had left the meeting early en route for Singapore and a historic nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, only to take exception to comments made by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference back on the ground. «Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!» Trump tweeted. "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that ......

Study: Red-tailed tropicbirds on remote Seychellois island declining because of predator attacks

Aldabra island’s red-tailed tropicbirds are declining due to predators attacking their nests, a researcher at Queens College in Oxford said following a scientific expedition to the remote atoll in Seychelles. Annette Fayet said that the attacks on the trop
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Study: Red-tailed tropicbirds on remote Seychellois island declining because of predator attacks

Aldabra island’s red-tailed tropicbirds are declining due to predators attacking their nests, a researcher at Queens College in Oxford said following a scientific expedition to the remote atoll in Seychelles. Annette Fayet said that the attacks on the tropicbirds’ nests are extremely high and can be attributed to the low breeding numbers. “We have discovered the presence of black rats on the islets in the lagoon where the birds breed and they are preying on the nests and eating the eggs as soon as they are left unattended,” she said. Fayet said that the predators, which include crows, are also attacking the nests even when the parents are present. The red-tailed tropicbirds, called ‘payanke lake rouz’ in Creole, got their name for their greatly elongated tail streamers, which are boldly coloured red and can measure up to 35 centimetres in length....

S.Africa's Zuma graft case delayed by funding woes

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday ahead of a corruption trial, raising questions about ballooning legal costs before addressing adoring crowds outside who condemned his prosecution. In front of Durban's stone-fronted High Court
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S.Africa's Zuma graft case delayed by funding woes

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday ahead of a corruption trial, raising questions about ballooning legal costs before addressing adoring crowds outside who condemned his prosecution. In front of Durban's stone-fronted High Court, thousands of Zuma supporters sang anti-apartheid struggle songs, flew flags bearing Zuma's face and chanted his name as he was swept into court flanked by tight security. «It is very wrong to tell the people of this country that president Jacob Zuma is guilty before he has been judged,» a firebrand speaker told the animated crowd. «We believe in Jacob Zuma.» ...

SNA interview: 'A surreal feeling,' Seychellois athlete says after winning Ironman Triathlon

After six years of work, Seychellois triathlete Nick Baldwin fulfilled his dream: to place first in an Ironman Triathlon. Baldwin became the first Seychellois to win an Ironman champion title at an event in the Philippines last week. Baldwin will be particip
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SNA interview: 'A surreal feeling,' Seychellois athlete says after winning Ironman Triathlon

After six years of work, Seychellois triathlete Nick Baldwin fulfilled his dream: to place first in an Ironman Triathlon. Baldwin became the first Seychellois to win an Ironman champion title at an event in the Philippines last week. Baldwin will be participating in another competition in two weeks in Japan. The 30-year-old Seychellois triathlete spoke with SNA on his life as a triathlete.   ...

Seychelles to soon start exporting the coco de mer kernel as a value added product

Seychelles will soon start to export the coco de mer kernel as a value-added product now that three local companies have been given the approval to process the kernel. The Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change said a fourth business is also expec
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Seychelles to soon start exporting the coco de mer kernel as a value added product

Seychelles will soon start to export the coco de mer kernel as a value-added product now that three local companies have been given the approval to process the kernel. The Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change said a fourth business is also expected to get its permit. The director general for biodiversity conservation and management, Marie-May Muzungaile, told SNA that the three companies -- David Low Yoke of Willow Ventures, Island Scent and Bill &Co Pty Ltd - were successful following a call for proposals in May last year. “The proposals were the ones which the selection committee felt that had given more value to the coco de mer kernel,” said Muzungaile. Muzungaile said that two companies were already exporting the kernel before a ban was imposed, while the two others are new to the industry....

New Madagascar PM vows 'inclusive' presidential vote

Madagascar's new prime minister, Christian Ntsay, took office on Wednesday, vowing to push ahead with an «inclusive presidential election» aimed at hauling the country out of a deep crisis. «My priority is to prepare an inclusive presidenti
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New Madagascar PM vows 'inclusive' presidential vote

Madagascar's new prime minister, Christian Ntsay, took office on Wednesday, vowing to push ahead with an «inclusive presidential election» aimed at hauling the country out of a deep crisis. «My priority is to prepare an inclusive presidential election that is accepted by all,» Ntsay said after taking the helm from Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana. Ntsay, a technocrat, was named by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Monday under a process ordered by the Constitutional Court to end a long-running political crisis. Rajaonarimampianina was instructed to form a government of national unity with a «consensus prime minister» ahead of a presidential election later this year. The Indian Ocean nation has been rocked by protests initially called against new electoral laws the opposition said were aimed at barring their candidates from taking part in elections scheduled for later this year. ...

In another environmental push, Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws

Continuing its strategy to reduce plastic waste in the island nation, Seychelles has banned the importation of single-use plastic straws, said a top official of the department of environment. The ban will include straws used in cocktails and other drinks bu
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In another environmental push, Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws

Continuing its strategy to reduce plastic waste in the island nation, Seychelles has banned the importation of single-use plastic straws, said a top official of the department of environment. The ban will include straws used in cocktails and other drinks but will exempt plastic straws attached to juice packets, said Nanette Laure, the director general at the waste enforcement and permit division. Retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock. The ban was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in its meeting on Wednesday and Laure said the ban is in line with Seychelles’ waste management effort.  ...

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