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Quarter million dollars to be disbursed to Seychellois fishermen for sustainable projects

A sum of $260,000 will be disbursed to support Seychellois fishermen with projects that encourage sustainable fisheries and management of marine areas. The fund, which was officially launched on Thursday, is called a ‘Blue Grant’ and is an initiative of
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Quarter million dollars to be disbursed to Seychellois fishermen for sustainable projects

A sum of $260,000 will be disbursed to support Seychellois fishermen with projects that encourage sustainable fisheries and management of marine areas. The fund, which was officially launched on Thursday, is called a ‘Blue Grant’ and is an initiative of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT).  The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, said that the launching is a call for individuals who are interested in the Blue Economy, fishing and environment to send their proposals. “The first part of the money will be dispersed to individuals with projects relating to fishing,” said Dogley. ...

Replica village comes alive at launch of Seychelles’ Creole festival

The 32nd edition of the Creole festival opened Friday evening at the replica of a Seychellois Creole village in the capital, Victoria. A ceremony filled with Creole music from traditional to the modern fusion performed by locally known Seychellois artists st
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Replica village comes alive at launch of Seychelles’ Creole festival

The 32nd edition of the Creole festival opened Friday evening at the replica of a Seychellois Creole village in the capital, Victoria. A ceremony filled with Creole music from traditional to the modern fusion performed by locally known Seychellois artists started from 7 p.m, taking the crowd on a Creole journey.  In her address for the official opening, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mitcy Larue said, “We must all come together, all Seychellois, young and old to continue to preserve this way of life, the Creole way of life....

Spanish purse seiners want compulsory electronic monitoring on Seychelles-flagged vessels

A Spanish organisation is calling upon the local fishing authority to make electronic monitoring compulsory on all purse seiners fishing in Seychelles’ waters.   The Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) made this request af
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Spanish purse seiners want compulsory electronic monitoring on Seychelles-flagged vessels

A Spanish organisation is calling upon the local fishing authority to make electronic monitoring compulsory on all purse seiners fishing in Seychelles’ waters.   The Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) made this request after receiving results from a pilot project that started in 2016. The organisation said that electronic monitoring is “an efficient way of improving tropical tuna fishery management in the Indian Ocean.” ...

Plague tests on cases in Seychelles are negative

Results of tests done at the Institut Pasteur in France on the samples collected from persons showing plague-like symptoms in Seychelles are negative, the Public Health Authority said on Wednesday. The samples were taken in a preliminary test and sent durin
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Plague tests on cases in Seychelles are negative

Results of tests done at the Institut Pasteur in France on the samples collected from persons showing plague-like symptoms in Seychelles are negative, the Public Health Authority said on Wednesday. The samples were taken in a preliminary test and sent during the weekend for confirmatory testing. The health authority said all the patients who were isolated in the hospital have been discharged. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, is still on alert and visitors to the island nation who have visited Madagascar or transited through that island are being placed under observation by health officials upon arrival to Mahe. On Tuesday four Seychellois and an American were admitted at the military academy at Perseverance, a reclaimed island on the outskirts of Victoria....

Miss Seychelles leaves for global beauty pageant in China

Miss Seychelles Another World 2017 leaves the country on Thursday for China, the host of this year’s Miss World beauty pageant. Hillary Joubert said she is excited to experience new things.   “I am excited to meet the other contestants and learn more
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Miss Seychelles leaves for global beauty pageant in China

Miss Seychelles Another World 2017 leaves the country on Thursday for China, the host of this year’s Miss World beauty pageant. Hillary Joubert said she is excited to experience new things.   “I am excited to meet the other contestants and learn more about their culture as well as share mine with them,” said Hillary Joubert. Joubert was crowned Miss Seychelles Another World this year in the early hours of August 27....

Campaign to push tap over bottled water meets resistance in Seychelles

A campaign encouraging residents of Seychelles to drink tap water instead of bottled water has been met with questions about municipal water quality in the island nation.  The campaign, which has been on Nature Seychelles’ Facebook page since August, had
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Campaign to push tap over bottled water meets resistance in Seychelles

A campaign encouraging residents of Seychelles to drink tap water instead of bottled water has been met with questions about municipal water quality in the island nation.  The campaign, which has been on Nature Seychelles’ Facebook page since August, had an environmental aim - to reduce the number of plastic bottles being disposed of in nature. “In Seychelles, despite the bottles being made of PET and potentially recyclable, a lot is simply thrown away,” said Nirmal Jivan Shah, the chief executive of Nature Seychelles. He added that “bottled water is not cheap and with the high cost of living in Seychelles, buying bottled water adds a huge amount to an individual’s or household’s budget....

Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish troops close to Kirkuk city

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. Shortly before, state television announced that g
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Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish troops close to Kirkuk city

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. Shortly before, state television announced that government troops had taken "large areas" of the province from Kurdish peshmerga fighters "without fighting", although military sources on both sides reported exchange of Katyusha rocket fire to the south of the provincial capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who said this week that he was "not going... to make war on our Kurdish citizens", has "given orders to armed forces to take over security in Kirkuk," state television said. Iraqi troops will "secure bases and government facilities in Kirkuk province" the government said....

New book of games on Seychelles’ World Heritage Sites is informative and entertaining

By using cartoons and drawings in a new book, a Seychellois author is hoping to make reading about the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seychelles more entertaining. The publication is called ‘Games Book, Vallee de Mai and Aldabra,’ and author Peter La
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New book of games on Seychelles’ World Heritage Sites is informative and entertaining

By using cartoons and drawings in a new book, a Seychellois author is hoping to make reading about the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seychelles more entertaining. The publication is called ‘Games Book, Vallee de Mai and Aldabra,’ and author Peter Lalande predicts that readers “will have a good laugh while learning new things at the same time.” The book includes characters of several known local authorities in this field who have helped to protect both sites. The texts and illustrations also give an insight into legends, wildlife and factual information about the sites. ...

Informal can, bottle collectors play helpful role in keeping Seychelles clean, official says

People who collect plastic bottles and cans from the street play an important role in keeping the environment in Seychelles clean, the principal secretary for environment says. The collectors can be seen going around the main island Mahe picking up all PET b
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Informal can, bottle collectors play helpful role in keeping Seychelles clean, official says

People who collect plastic bottles and cans from the street play an important role in keeping the environment in Seychelles clean, the principal secretary for environment says. The collectors can be seen going around the main island Mahe picking up all PET bottles and cans dumped in bins across the island nation and at various places where people have thrown them in the environment. The principal secretary for environment, Alain Decommarmond, said that the street collectors are very important for Seychelles. “We have quite a number of collectors going around in the community and street corners to pick up the waste PET bottles and metal cans that we dump in the environment,” said Decommarmond.  ...

Seychelles, India looking for more areas of cooperation

Seychelles and India are reviewing their relationship to see if there are more opportunities for cooperation. An Indian Special Envoy, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is also the Foreign Secretary for India, made the statement after his meeting with Seychelles
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Seychelles, India looking for more areas of cooperation

Seychelles and India are reviewing their relationship to see if there are more opportunities for cooperation. An Indian Special Envoy, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who is also the Foreign Secretary for India, made the statement after his meeting with Seychelles’ President Danny Faure at State House on Monday. “The whole idea of my visit is to understand the current concerns and priorities of the Seychelles so that India can work abreast with that,” said Jaishankar. During their discussion, President Faure told the Indian Special Envoy that: “We are proud to have India as a partner in realising our development aspirations. We sincerely hope that your visit will reinforce the excellent bond of friendship that exists between our two countries....

Film enthusiasts to relaunch group promoting movie-making in Seychelles

Seychellois cinematography enthusiasts are regrouping later this month to re-launch CINESESEL, an association that will promote film production in the island nation. The Seychelles National Arts Council is supporting the initiative, which it says will bring t
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Film enthusiasts to relaunch group promoting movie-making in Seychelles

Seychellois cinematography enthusiasts are regrouping later this month to re-launch CINESESEL, an association that will promote film production in the island nation. The Seychelles National Arts Council is supporting the initiative, which it says will bring together all forms of art. Alain Boniface, the chair of CINESESEL, said that in the early 2000s there were quite a number of productions in Seychelles. “We are regrouping and revamping the love of filmmaking," he said. "We wish to bring together people with an interest in cinematography....

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen was Thursday placed on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children, drawing fresh calls from rights groups to step up pressure on Riyadh over the conflict. The group was briefly included on the annual lis
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UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen was Thursday placed on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children, drawing fresh calls from rights groups to step up pressure on Riyadh over the conflict. The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal. In announcing the move, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted that the coalition had taken some measures to improve the protection of children. "In Yemen, the actions of the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen objectively led to that party being listed for the killing and maiming of children," said a report released along with the list as an annex. In 2016, the coalition was responsible for 683 child casualties and for 38 verified attacks on schools and hospitals, it said. ...

Football: Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt eye World Cup places

There are five places reserved for Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt could fill three of them this weekend. Nigeria will secure a sixth appearance at the global football showpiece by winning in Uyo against Zambia, the onl
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Football: Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt eye World Cup places

There are five places reserved for Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt could fill three of them this weekend. Nigeria will secure a sixth appearance at the global football showpiece by winning in Uyo against Zambia, the only other Group B contenders. Tunisia are away to Guinea and must better the result of second-place Democratic Republic of Congo, who face Libya, to clinch qualification from Group A Egypt can end 28 years in the World Cup wilderness with a home victory over Congo Brazzaville if Uganda fail to collect maximum points against visiting Ghana. The other mini-leagues, topped by the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, cannot be decided after the penultimate series of matches, whatever the results. ...

10 airlines connecting the world with Seychelles

Seychelles, an island nation in the western Indian Ocean, relies heavily on the tourism industry to sustain its economy.   The good news for the archipelago’s economy and tourists looking for a beautiful beach getaway is that several airlines have increas
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10 airlines connecting the world with Seychelles

Seychelles, an island nation in the western Indian Ocean, relies heavily on the tourism industry to sustain its economy.   The good news for the archipelago’s economy and tourists looking for a beautiful beach getaway is that several airlines have increased their flight frequency to Seychelles over the last two years. SNA looks at 10 airlines connecting Seychelles to the rest of the world.  ...

Seychellois couple wanted in drugs case appears in court after extradition from Kenya

A Seychellois couple who were wanted by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) and brought back to the island nation appeared in the magistrate court on Monday. Colin and Gina Forte were arrested by the Kenyan authorities on the border between Kenya an
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Seychellois couple wanted in drugs case appears in court after extradition from Kenya

A Seychellois couple who were wanted by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) and brought back to the island nation appeared in the magistrate court on Monday. Colin and Gina Forte were arrested by the Kenyan authorities on the border between Kenya and Tanzania with fake travel documents on Thursday, September 28th. They were handed over to officers of the Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency and returned on Sunday on a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. The couple has been sought by the Drug Enforcement Agency since May 2015 in connection with a 1.5 kg consignment of heroin which was imported and seized by the agency in October 2014. ...

Air France subsidiary to offer Paris-Seychelles flights next year

The Air France group will resume direct flights to Seychelles as of next year with the launch of its subsidiary airline, Joon. The first flight of the low-cost airline to Seychelles will leave Paris Charles de Gaulle on May 5 and arrive to the 115-island arc
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Air France subsidiary to offer Paris-Seychelles flights next year

The Air France group will resume direct flights to Seychelles as of next year with the launch of its subsidiary airline, Joon. The first flight of the low-cost airline to Seychelles will leave Paris Charles de Gaulle on May 5 and arrive to the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean the next day. The Airbus A340 will be making three flights per week. Air Seychelles, the national airline of the island nation, already has three weekly flights to the French capital. Described by Air France Group as a new breath of air in the airline business, Joon is “aimed at a young working clientele, whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology....

Chinese experts teach coconut carving techniques in Seychelles

Carvers in Seychelles have learned new techniques in coconut carving from two experts from China who were hosting several workshops in the island nation. Wu Mingju, the vice chairman of Hainan Folk Artists Association, and also the Hainan Provincial Successo
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Chinese experts teach coconut carving techniques in Seychelles

Carvers in Seychelles have learned new techniques in coconut carving from two experts from China who were hosting several workshops in the island nation. Wu Mingju, the vice chairman of Hainan Folk Artists Association, and also the Hainan Provincial Successor of Coconut Carving Arts, said that as coconuts are in abundance in Seychelles, they were here to show Seychellois how they can be used effectively for revenue. “Coconut is a popularly used raw material in the creation of art in the island nation. It is light and can take very fine detail. It is also less expensive and very much easier to work with than stone,” said Wu. ...

Seychelles to introduce tax on foreign-owned property next July

A tax on property owned by foreigners is expected to take effect in July next year, a top official of the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday at a consultative meeting. The principal secretary for finance, Patrick Payet, said that the ministry has taken thi
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Seychelles to introduce tax on foreign-owned property next July

A tax on property owned by foreigners is expected to take effect in July next year, a top official of the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday at a consultative meeting. The principal secretary for finance, Patrick Payet, said that the ministry has taken this decision after discussions with the government.  "What we have seen with the real estate market is that it is driven by foreigners. We see prices go up and while foreigners can purchase properties, Seychellois lose because they cannot afford to buy land or houses....

4 projects in Seychelles to help coral reefs survive

With a vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.37 million square kilometres, many of the inhabitants of Seychelles look to the sea for sustenance. One of the important sea shelters for marine life are coral reefs, so protecting them is vital for the island nation
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4 projects in Seychelles to help coral reefs survive

With a vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.37 million square kilometres, many of the inhabitants of Seychelles look to the sea for sustenance. One of the important sea shelters for marine life are coral reefs, so protecting them is vital for the island nation of 93,000 inhabitants. With the growing adverse impact of human activities and climate change, Seychelles’ marine resources remain under threat, especially the coral reefs, which is why some organisations and establishments have come up with initiatives to restore them. The below are four of the main coral reef restoration projects....

Seychelles making progress on health issues, World Health Organisation official says

Seychelles has made immense progress in improving the health of its population, the regional director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said after meeting with President Danny Faure on Tuesday. Matshidiso Moeti said, “In light that the population has
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Seychelles making progress on health issues, World Health Organisation official says

Seychelles has made immense progress in improving the health of its population, the regional director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said after meeting with President Danny Faure on Tuesday. Matshidiso Moeti said, “In light that the population has access to health care without payment, including international transfers for treatment not available locally, shows that a lot of achievements has been made in the health care system.” Moeti met with President Faure at State House prior to the opening of the 6th meeting of African Ministers of Health of small island developing states hosted by Seychelles. The WHO regional director added that “in areas like child health, the country made excellent progress in reducing maternal death....

Dancers from Seychelles earn invites to Peru, Slovakia after South Korea performance

Dancers from the School of Dance in Seychelles have been invited on exchange visits to Peru and Slovakia after winning three prizes at the South Korean dance festival earlier this month. The 14 dancers and musicians won gold in the funny dance battle and tw
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Dancers from Seychelles earn invites to Peru, Slovakia after South Korea performance

Dancers from the School of Dance in Seychelles have been invited on exchange visits to Peru and Slovakia after winning three prizes at the South Korean dance festival earlier this month. The 14 dancers and musicians won gold in the funny dance battle and two special prizes in International Dance and the Solo and Duet competitions in the Cheonan World Dance Festival. Daniella Rose, head of the school of dance said that in the Solo and duet Competition, “We were competing against 13 countries, plus 12 other Korean groups. In fact, the host (South Korea) won the three main prizes with only Seychelles as the international group winning a special prize.” ...

Say cheese? A conservationist in Seychelles de-sands turtles for ID pictures

Washing the sand off the face of a nesting turtle in order to get a clear, identifiable photo to be used by computer software is one of the ways a teacher-turned-conservationist is living her passion for marine conservation. "Every time I see a nesting sea t
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Say cheese? A conservationist in Seychelles de-sands turtles for ID pictures

Washing the sand off the face of a nesting turtle in order to get a clear, identifiable photo to be used by computer software is one of the ways a teacher-turned-conservationist is living her passion for marine conservation. "Every time I see a nesting sea turtle, I have to have a bottle of water to wash the sand off its face. Then, I have to take pictures of its left and right side for identification purposes,” said Vanessa Didon, the project coordinator of the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. Didon said that through photo identification software, she will know if it is a turtle she has seen before. With the nesting season approaching, the Marine Conservation Society, a not-for-profit organisation, is setting up protected areas for hawksbill turtles on the main island of Mahe. ...

Tourist arrivals tops the agenda of newly appointed Seychellois at South African regional tourism body

Increasing tourism arrivals and earnings in the southern African region is the priority of a Seychellois appointed as acting chief executive of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA). Kenneth Racombo, who joined the organisation in May
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Tourist arrivals tops the agenda of newly appointed Seychellois at South African regional tourism body

Increasing tourism arrivals and earnings in the southern African region is the priority of a Seychellois appointed as acting chief executive of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA). Kenneth Racombo, who joined the organisation in May, said, “This can be achieved by undertaking a vigorous destination marketing exercise in the region.” The new acting chief executive added that there is also the need for the organisation to work very closely with the tourism and investment bureaus of the member states of Southern African Developing Community (SADC) to avoid duplication. Racombo said he has been presented with the main task of leading the management team of the regional body in achieving the objectives outlined by tourism boards of countries in southern Africa. ...

Group in Seychelles to offer training to make environmentally friendly bags

A youth-led not-for-profit organisation in Seychelles is starting a community project in which unemployed young people will be trained on how to produce environmentally-friendly reusable bags. The SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH) in Seychelles is planning to creat
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Group in Seychelles to offer training to make environmentally friendly bags

A youth-led not-for-profit organisation in Seychelles is starting a community project in which unemployed young people will be trained on how to produce environmentally-friendly reusable bags. The SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH) in Seychelles is planning to create self-employment opportunities for the unemployed youth of the Corgat Estate in the central Mont Fleuri district, by giving them skills and materials to sew reusable bags. The idea for the Corgat Estate project is a result of the “Seychelles Free From Plastic Bags” campaign led by the organisation since 2015. When the ban on the importation of plastic items including plastic bags took effect in July, the business community said there were insufficient alternatives. There are already various activities taking place targeting the Corgat Estate sub-district after Mont Fleuri’s member of the National Assembly, Jean-Francois Ferrari, raised concern on the unacceptable living conditions and hardships faced by some residents of the housing estate. ...

British Airways to resume flights to Seychelles in major boost for tourism

British Airways will resume direct flights to Seychelles in March after a decade-long absence, giving the island nation a major new boost to its tourism market, officials said on Tuesday. The airline will start operating two non-stop flights per week from Lo
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British Airways to resume flights to Seychelles in major boost for tourism

British Airways will resume direct flights to Seychelles in March after a decade-long absence, giving the island nation a major new boost to its tourism market, officials said on Tuesday. The airline will start operating two non-stop flights per week from London Heathrow airport to Seychelles from March 24 next year using its newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The departure flights from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the return flights on Thursdays and Sundays. British Airways, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom, stopped direct flights to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, more than a decade ago.  ...

President of Seychelles attends session at UN General Assembly with US President Trump

The President of Seychelles Danny Faure and more than 100 other heads of states attended the first ever meeting hosted at the United Nations by Donald Trump, the President of the United States, a communiqué from State House said on Tuesday. The U.S presiden
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President of Seychelles attends session at UN General Assembly with US President Trump

The President of Seychelles Danny Faure and more than 100 other heads of states attended the first ever meeting hosted at the United Nations by Donald Trump, the President of the United States, a communiqué from State House said on Tuesday. The U.S president hosted his first meeting with world leaders on Monday and advocated for reforms of the United Nations.  According to the New York Times, Trump praised the UN Secretary General António Guterres for tackling mismanagement and bureaucracy....

Seychelles, South Africa to increase exchanges, networking for artists

A delegation from Seychelles recently attended a music conference in South Africa on the importance of traditional music.   The delegation, including members of the traditional group ‘Zez,’ participated in the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition las
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Seychelles, South Africa to increase exchanges, networking for artists

A delegation from Seychelles recently attended a music conference in South Africa on the importance of traditional music.   The delegation, including members of the traditional group ‘Zez,’ participated in the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition last week under the theme ‘rhythms of the ancients.’ “Zez, which specialises in traditional music such as the kamtole, moutya and sega, performed at the opening night concert and at a street festival held on the last day of Moshito,” said Jimmy Savy, who led the delegation. ...

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

A new factory on Praslin, the second-most populated island in Seychelles, is launching a new and innovative way to manage and make better use of seaweed: turning it into agricultural fertiliser. Bernard Port-Louis told SNA that the business, called ‘Seawee
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Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

A new factory on Praslin, the second-most populated island in Seychelles, is launching a new and innovative way to manage and make better use of seaweed: turning it into agricultural fertiliser. Bernard Port-Louis told SNA that the business, called ‘Seaweed Seychelles,’ is the brainchild of his son Benjamin. “He is currently in his final year at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia and has always believed in the sustainable development of our islands. So we have decided to develop the factory,” Port-Louis said. “This new seaweed harvesting business will be collecting washed up seaweed, and processing it to extract the organic matter in liquid form,” he said, adding that seaweed will be collected from the inner islands. ...

The only good that Seychelles makes enough of to not import? Eggs

Eggs are the only food that Seychelles is not importing, and there are three main reasons why an agricultural ministry official said.  “Importation is sometimes based on if you can get a competitive price on the goods you are importing. As the price remai
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The only good that Seychelles makes enough of to not import? Eggs

Eggs are the only food that Seychelles is not importing, and there are three main reasons why an agricultural ministry official said.  “Importation is sometimes based on if you can get a competitive price on the goods you are importing. As the price remains relatively low, obviously this will discourage anyone from importing if they can’t compete with the low price on the market," the principal secretary of agriculture, Antoine Moustache, told SNA. The average cost of an egg goes up to $0....

LGBTI group in Seychelles seeks acceptance by society

The local group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI Sey) is seeking to be accepted by society in Seychelles and respected for their sexual orientation, said the vice chair of the organisation.  The group was set up two years ago and
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LGBTI group in Seychelles seeks acceptance by society

The local group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI Sey) is seeking to be accepted by society in Seychelles and respected for their sexual orientation, said the vice chair of the organisation.  The group was set up two years ago and was officially registered last year, but members are yet to be accepted, said Ronny Arnephy. Arnephy told SNA that Seychellois with different sexual orientations are targets of discrimination and “we want Seychelles to be a country where all people are accepted and affirmed, regardless of their sexual orientation or their gender.” ...

5 cool turtle species you can see in Seychelles

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, provides fertile feeding grounds for five species of turtles. The islands are nesting grounds for only two species who according to local expert Jeanne Mortimer find the Seychelles safe enough to lay the
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5 cool turtle species you can see in Seychelles

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, provides fertile feeding grounds for five species of turtles. The islands are nesting grounds for only two species who according to local expert Jeanne Mortimer find the Seychelles safe enough to lay their eggs. Sea turtles in Seychelles are protected under the Wild Animals and Birds Protection Act, and the poaching and killing of the species are illegal.  While the species nesting in Seychelles can be seen often, the others are not so easy to find....

Pacific leaders to turn up heat on climate change

Climate change will dominate discussions when the leaders of vulnerable Pacific nations hold their annual meeting in the Samoan capital Apia this week, with global warming threatening their existence, officials say. The 18-member Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)
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Pacific leaders to turn up heat on climate change

Climate change will dominate discussions when the leaders of vulnerable Pacific nations hold their annual meeting in the Samoan capital Apia this week, with global warming threatening their existence, officials say. The 18-member Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) includes countries such as Kiribati and Tuvalu, which are only metres above sea level and risk being swamped by rising oceans. Others, such as Vanuatu and Fiji, have been battered in recent years by devastating cyclones that have become more extreme as global warming affects weather patterns. Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said there was no subject more important to the people of the Pacific. "This is an issue about our existence......

Coconut tree at hotel resort in Seychelles goes from double to triple hearted

A double-hearted coconut tree has grown an extra shoot, making it triple-hearted at the Constance Ephelia resort in the west of the main island Mahe. The triple-hearted coconut tree is the first known to exist in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the wes
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Coconut tree at hotel resort in Seychelles goes from double to triple hearted

A double-hearted coconut tree has grown an extra shoot, making it triple-hearted at the Constance Ephelia resort in the west of the main island Mahe. The triple-hearted coconut tree is the first known to exist in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.  The landscape manager of Constance Ephelia resort, Cedrick Thomas, told SNA he has noticed a trend with the germination of new shoots. The tree was attacked by a beetle known as makabe (Horn Rhinoceros beetle), leading Thomas to treat the tree with chemicals, which killed the beetle....

Drawn toward healthier living, Seychellois naturopath helps heal illnesses naturally

Some people seeking to heal illnesses associated with the busy, modern world are choosing a return to nature. One way to do that is to visit a naturopath, a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Pascal Chang Leng, 30, a local naturopathic clinic
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Drawn toward healthier living, Seychellois naturopath helps heal illnesses naturally

Some people seeking to heal illnesses associated with the busy, modern world are choosing a return to nature. One way to do that is to visit a naturopath, a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Pascal Chang Leng, 30, a local naturopathic clinician and operator of the Vitality centre located in the La Ciotat building, Mont Fleuri, shared with SNA how he is helping his clients heal the natural way.    ...

Seychellois James Wong elected Anglican Archbishop for the Indian Ocean province

Seychellois James Wong is the new Anglican Archbishop of the Indian Ocean province, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Seychelles to be elected for the position. Archbishop Wong, who succeeds Ian Ernest from Mauritius, told reporters that this new responsib
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Seychellois James Wong elected Anglican Archbishop for the Indian Ocean province

Seychellois James Wong is the new Anglican Archbishop of the Indian Ocean province, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Seychelles to be elected for the position. Archbishop Wong, who succeeds Ian Ernest from Mauritius, told reporters that this new responsibility will have him overseeing parishes in Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles. Wong was among a group of religious leaders whom President Danny Faure granted Seychelles citizenship earlier this year. In his a message of congratulations, Faure said, “On behalf of the government and the people of Seychelles I wish to convey my heartiest and warm congratulations to you on your election as the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean.” ...

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