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Keeping it green and chilly: Refrigerator techs must be certified, Seychelles says

All local refrigeration technicians in Seychelles must be certified as having been trained as part of the third phase of the Green Cooling Africa Initiative, said a top official in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on Monday. “We wan
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Keeping it green and chilly: Refrigerator techs must be certified, Seychelles says

All local refrigeration technicians in Seychelles must be certified as having been trained as part of the third phase of the Green Cooling Africa Initiative, said a top official in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on Monday. “We want to ensure that those involved in refrigeration are legit and receive proper training. Now people are operating without proper certification,” said Inese Chang-Waye, the ozone coordinator at the end of a half-day workshop. Chang-Waye said the Ministry is “targeting the Seychelles Institute of Technology where young are trained specifically for that job. We want to ensure that they receive proper certification in order to have a skilled labour force....

Trump says US will pull out of nuclear deal with Russia

President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal. The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signe
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Trump says US will pull out of nuclear deal with Russia

President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal. The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan. «We're the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out,» Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada. "Russia has violated the agreement. They've been violating it for many years....

Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes from Mexico to US: AFP reporter

Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo. Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the «caravan» of migrants on a border bridge between Mexi
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Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes from Mexico to US: AFP reporter

Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo. Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the «caravan» of migrants on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, but many later entered via a river separating the two countries. «No one is going to stop us, after all we've gone through, like crossing the river» said 21-year-old Aaron Juarez, who was accompanied by his wife and baby and was walking with difficulty because of an injury. «We are tired, but very happy, we are united and strong,» added Edwin Geovanni Enamorado, a Honduran farmer who was part of the caravan, who said he was forced to leave his country because of intimidation by racketeering gangs. The caravan left San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras last week, following a call on social networks relayed by a former Honduran deputy. ...

Fish exports rise in Seychelles, giving boost to economy

Exports of fresh and frozen fish are up in the first six months of the year and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture said this is contributing positively to the economy. According to the figures of the Seychelles’ National Bureau of Statistics release
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Fish exports rise in Seychelles, giving boost to economy

Exports of fresh and frozen fish are up in the first six months of the year and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture said this is contributing positively to the economy. According to the figures of the Seychelles’ National Bureau of Statistics released in September, the exports of fresh and frozen fish from January to June rose to 5025 tonnes -- an increase of 116 percent compared to the 2451 tonnes of the same period last year.                              The principal secretary of the Department of Fisheries, Jude Talma, said the increase is giving a boost to the country’s domestic exports. Fishing is the second top contributor to the economy of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. ...

Beauty queen from Seychelles to take part in Miss University Africa, in Nigeria, next month

For the second consecutive year, a beauty queen from Seychelles will be participating in the Miss University Africa to be held from November 15 to December 2 in Nigeria. Rynia Tamboo, 22, will face off against 53 other contestants from Africa for the title.
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Beauty queen from Seychelles to take part in Miss University Africa, in Nigeria, next month

For the second consecutive year, a beauty queen from Seychelles will be participating in the Miss University Africa to be held from November 15 to December 2 in Nigeria. Rynia Tamboo, 22, will face off against 53 other contestants from Africa for the title. The winner will be granted a full scholarship to any African university and $50,000 which the beauty queen can use to help make Africa a better place. The Miss University Africa pageant, founded in 2010, is committed to promoting and celebrating the beauty and innate potentials of students on the African continent. As a non-bikini pageant, it provides the winner with a platform to discuss issues of vital social importance and find lasting solutions. ...

Comoros army regains control in Anjouan after uprising: minister

The Comoros military on Saturday regained control of Mutsamudu's old city centre on the island of Anjouan, a minister told AFP, after armed rebels staged an uprising earlier this week. Soldiers and rebels opposed to President Azali Assoumani had fought in th
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Comoros army regains control in Anjouan after uprising: minister

The Comoros military on Saturday regained control of Mutsamudu's old city centre on the island of Anjouan, a minister told AFP, after armed rebels staged an uprising earlier this week. Soldiers and rebels opposed to President Azali Assoumani had fought in the narrow lanes of the medina quarter in Mutsamudu since Monday, with at least three people killed. Tensions in Comoros, a coup-prone Indian Ocean archipelago, have mounted in recent months as Assoumani bids to extend term limits through constitutional changes that could see him rule for 11 more years. «The army has retaken the medina,» Education Minister Mahamoud Salim Hafi, who has led the government response to the rebels, said as soldiers patrolled the streets. No fighting was reported during the day and there was no evidence of rebels being present. ...

Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a «brawl» inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers. The kingdom announ
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Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a «brawl» inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers. The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with their probe and the sacking of two top officials linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has faced mounting pressure over the journalist's disappearance. Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's powerful crown prince and a Washington Post contributor, was last seen on October 2 entering his country's consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance had been shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis, with Turkish officials accusing Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored killing and dismembering his body. The admission of his death after vehement denials by the Gulf kingdom came amid threats of US sanctions and leaves lingering questions about whether Prince Mohammed had any role in the affair. ...

Seychelles to host international conference on Creole studies during October cultural festival

Seychelles will be hosting the 16th edition of the International Conference of Creole Studies from October 28 to November 3, an event that will see the contribution of over 100 participants from all over the world. The conference, which will be held at the
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Seychelles to host international conference on Creole studies during October cultural festival

Seychelles will be hosting the 16th edition of the International Conference of Creole Studies from October 28 to November 3, an event that will see the contribution of over 100 participants from all over the world. The conference, which will be held at the Anse Royale campus of the University of Seychelles, will welcome Creole researchers, scholars, linguists and anthropologists. “We chose October 28 to start the colloquium as it marks the International Creole Day. That date was declared as the International Creole Day by the Federation of Creole Islands by the pioneers who started the International Committee for Creole Studies,” said Penda Choppy, the director of the Creole language and culture researcher at the University of Seychelles. The International Committee for Creole Studies, created in Nice, France, has been coordinating the conference for the past 50 years at regular intervals. ...

Grim health news: Study shows 50 percent of children ages 8 to 10 are obese in Seychelles

One out of every two children between eight to ten years old in Seychelles is obese as a result of low physical activity and poor diet, a new scientific study shows. The grim assessment on child health was shared during a presentation of a study carried out
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Grim health news: Study shows 50 percent of children ages 8 to 10 are obese in Seychelles

One out of every two children between eight to ten years old in Seychelles is obese as a result of low physical activity and poor diet, a new scientific study shows. The grim assessment on child health was shared during a presentation of a study carried out by the Seychelles’ Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday. Called the ‘Assessment of Childhood Obesity’, the study showed that in the food patterns of the school children at the top is sugar-sweetened beverages at 72 percent and at the bottom is water at 8 percent.  The study also showed that 57 percent of the children watched television and 28 percent played electronic devices such as video games, laptop and tablets on school days for at least 2 hours per day....

Search for oil to begin in Seychelles-Mauritius managed area

A new survey to explore potential oil reserves is expected to begin in an area jointly managed by Seychelles and Mauritius. The chief executive of PetroSeychelles, Patrick Joseph, told SNA on Tuesday that both countries want to exploit potential resources t
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Search for oil to begin in Seychelles-Mauritius managed area

A new survey to explore potential oil reserves is expected to begin in an area jointly managed by Seychelles and Mauritius. The chief executive of PetroSeychelles, Patrick Joseph, told SNA on Tuesday that both countries want to exploit potential resources that may be present in the Joint Management Area (JMA).  “To achieve this, we need to know what is there.  This can be achieved through conducting seismic surveys as a first step and drilling later....

US, Europe shun Saudi conference over Khashoggi

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior ministers from Europe on Thursday pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia, deepening the kingdom's isolation amid an uproar over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Officials from so
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US, Europe shun Saudi conference over Khashoggi

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior ministers from Europe on Thursday pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia, deepening the kingdom's isolation amid an uproar over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Officials from some of Saudi Arabia's leading Western allies joined a slew of corporate bigwigs who are now shunning next week's gathering, touted as a high-powered showcase for the economic reforms of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In an announcement that sent stocks tumbling on Wall Street, Mnuchin said he had decided with President Donald Trump that he would «not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia.» The decision was given in a terse tweet after Trump and Mnuchin were briefed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has just returned from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to probe for answers over the journalist's disappearance in Istanbul. ...

Civilians flee Comoros bloodshed as govt forces reinforced

Comoros security forces intensified their crackdown against anti-government rebels on the island of Anjouan on Thursday, with witnesses reporting heavy gunfire and residents fleeing on the fourth day of clashes. Moroni sent in reinforcements to quell the unr
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Civilians flee Comoros bloodshed as govt forces reinforced

Comoros security forces intensified their crackdown against anti-government rebels on the island of Anjouan on Thursday, with witnesses reporting heavy gunfire and residents fleeing on the fourth day of clashes. Moroni sent in reinforcements to quell the unrest that follows months of tension as President Azali Assoumani's bids to extend term limits through planned constitutional changes that could see him rule for 11 more years. Assoumani won a referendum in July allowing him to scrap the rotation of the presidency between Comoros' three main islands after one term, disadvantaging opposition-leaning Anjouan which was next in line. «The afternoon was calm, but it was the calm before the storm,» said an official at Anjouan's airport. He confirmed the arrival of a significant contingent of security forces on the island in «two rotations» charged with suppressing the nascent uprising. ...

Travel warning issued for Seychellois in South Africa after woman is kidnapped for 3 days

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Seychelles police are advising all Seychellois citizens to remain vigilant when travelling abroad after a Seychellois woman was kidnapped for three days in South Africa. The woman was returned safely to her family o
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Travel warning issued for Seychellois in South Africa after woman is kidnapped for 3 days

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Seychelles police are advising all Seychellois citizens to remain vigilant when travelling abroad after a Seychellois woman was kidnapped for three days in South Africa. The woman was returned safely to her family on Tuesday. In a statement to the press, the Foreign Affairs department called on Seychellois citizens travelling to other countries to make sure that they “inform relatives and acquaintances of their whereabouts and who they are meeting and to also exercise caution when interacting with individuals on the internet.” The Department said the release of the 33-year old Seychellois woman held by kidnappers for three days was secured by the South African Police Services (SAPS) in an operation coordinated by the Gauteng Hostage and Crisis Negotiators centre with assistance from the Interpol, the Seychelles Police Services and the Seychelles’ embassy in Pretoria. ...

New energy policy is a roadmap to increase Seychelles' renewable energy use to 15 percent

A first draft of a proposed policy on energy efficiency in Seychelles with clearer guidelines on how to provide at least 15 percent of the island nation's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 was presented in a two-day workshop. The policy will help S
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New energy policy is a roadmap to increase Seychelles' renewable energy use to 15 percent

A first draft of a proposed policy on energy efficiency in Seychelles with clearer guidelines on how to provide at least 15 percent of the island nation's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 was presented in a two-day workshop. The policy will help Seychelles to attain its renewable energy goals, Theodore Marguerite, the principal policy analyst for energy at the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, said at the end of the workshop on Wednesday. “Drafting the first-ever energy efficiency policy is a start in the right direction. It is important for us to know how we can use clean energy that will make the Seychelles economy less dependent on fossil fuel to produce electricity,” said  Marguerite. Seychelles -- a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean -- relies heavily on imported fossil fuel for power generation and transportation....

UK PM says open to longer post-Brexit transition

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Thursday that Britain would consider extending the transition period after Brexit for a few months if needed to agree a new trade deal with the EU. EU negotiator Michel Barnier raised the idea as a way of breaking the dea
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UK PM says open to longer post-Brexit transition

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Thursday that Britain would consider extending the transition period after Brexit for a few months if needed to agree a new trade deal with the EU. EU negotiator Michel Barnier raised the idea as a way of breaking the deadlock on how to keep Britain's border with Ireland open after Brexit, the key issue holding up the divorce talks. But May emphasised she did not expect the extension beyond the current date of December 2020 to be needed, amid anger among eurosceptics at home that Britain could be tied to the EU indefinitely. Arriving for a second day of summit talks in Brussels, May noted that both sides remained at odds over a «backstop» plan to avoid frontier checks in Ireland if and until a new trade deal could be signed. «A further idea that has emerged -- and it is an idea at this stage -- is to create an option to extend the implementation period for a matter of months,» she said. ...

DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. «Based on the current context... the committee recommende
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DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. «Based on the current context... the committee recommended that the current Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern,» said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. «I have accepted the recommendation of the committee,» he told reporters in Geneva following a meeting of the UN agency's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. In the WHO's parlance, «a public health emergency of international concern» is an «extraordinary event» in which a disease may spread across borders and requires a vigorous international response. ...

A look at 6 gifts given to President Faure of Seychelles

A new exhibition in Seychelles showcases gifts given to President Danny Faure over the last 12 months. The gifts were given by heads of state and dignitaries as well as by local and international organisations. The exhibition is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to
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A look at 6 gifts given to President Faure of Seychelles

A new exhibition in Seychelles showcases gifts given to President Danny Faure over the last 12 months. The gifts were given by heads of state and dignitaries as well as by local and international organisations. The exhibition is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p....

New book portrays 240 years of change in Seychelles’ capital city

A new book that is the first to recount the evolution of Victoria – the capital city of the Seychelles - was officially launched last Friday. ‘Victoria: Celebrating its 240th anniversary A Historical perspective’ is a collection of rare and resourcefu
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New book portrays 240 years of change in Seychelles’ capital city

A new book that is the first to recount the evolution of Victoria – the capital city of the Seychelles - was officially launched last Friday. ‘Victoria: Celebrating its 240th anniversary A Historical perspective’ is a collection of rare and resourceful pictures and texts which tell the story of Victoria from when it was established as a French settlement in 1778 to date. The book is a collaboration between the mayor of Victoria, David Andre, historian Tony Mathiot, and editor and publisher Georgina Dhillon. The book, published to commemorate the 240th anniversary of Victoria, took over a year to produce. It was financed jointly by the Ministry of Finance and the publisher. ...

Seychelles' progress noticed internationally, President Faure says in address marking 2 years in office

President Danny Faure said Tuesday in a televised address that Seychelles' democracy continues to evolve, its citizens live in freedom and that progress made in the island nation is being noticed internationally. The address marked two years since Faure was
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Seychelles' progress noticed internationally, President Faure says in address marking 2 years in office

President Danny Faure said Tuesday in a televised address that Seychelles' democracy continues to evolve, its citizens live in freedom and that progress made in the island nation is being noticed internationally. The address marked two years since Faure was sworn in as the fourth president since the island nation gained independence from Britain in 1976. He succeeded outgoing President James Michel, who resigned. The ideas of transparency, accountability and good governance – three principles by which the president has sworn to lead the country - were prominent in his speech. “In the last two years, we have worked together to put in place frameworks that will guarantee the existence of strong institutions, because I believe that strong institutions practice good governance and defend and protect the rights of citizens and ensure the country’s progress,” said Faure. ...

US stays cautious over Khashoggi as new killing claims emerge

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday refused to blame key US ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as Riyadh faced new claims he was killed and tortured inside its Istanbul consulate. After talks with the Saudi le
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US stays cautious over Khashoggi as new killing claims emerge

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday refused to blame key US ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as Riyadh faced new claims he was killed and tortured inside its Istanbul consulate. After talks with the Saudi leadership in Riyadh marked by expressions of mutual goodwill, Pompeo in Ankara met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose government also remains wary of giving public details about Khashoggi's fate. Pro-government Turkish media published gruesome new allegations Khashoggi was killed by being gradually dismembered by a Saudi assassination squad, some of whom the New York Times said were tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But Pompeo declared he did not want «to talk about any of the facts», while President Donald Trump said innocence must be presumed, drawing a parallel with his US Supreme Court judge nominee who faced sexual assault accusations. The controversy has blown a massive hole in attempts by Prince Mohammed to promote himself as a modern reformer and led to a spate of cancellations from a major Riyadh investment conference scheduled next week. ...

Madagascar reach Africa Cup of Nations for first time

Madagascar won a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time when they triumphed 1-0 at home over Equatorial Guinea in Group A Tuesday. Thailand-based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal four minutes before half-time o
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Madagascar reach Africa Cup of Nations for first time

Madagascar won a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time when they triumphed 1-0 at home over Equatorial Guinea in Group A Tuesday. Thailand-based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal four minutes before half-time on the huge Indian Ocean island. Victory lifted the 'Barea' (prized cattle) to 10 points from four games and beyond the reach of Equatorial Guinea and Sudan in a four team mini-league from which the top two qualify. It was the second 1-0 victory for the Malagasy over the Equatoguineans within four days after captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima scored the winner in central Africa last Saturday, Madagascar are the first country, apart from hosts Cameroon, to secure a place at the biennial African football showcase, with the 2019 edition set for June 15 to July 13. ...

Comoros forces dismantle 'anti-government' roadblocks

Security forces in Comoros moved to break up roadblocks, apparently erected by opponents of President Azali Assoumani, across Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan Island, on Monday according to witnesses who reported gunfire. The Indian Ocean archipelago has be
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Comoros forces dismantle 'anti-government' roadblocks

Security forces in Comoros moved to break up roadblocks, apparently erected by opponents of President Azali Assoumani, across Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan Island, on Monday according to witnesses who reported gunfire. The Indian Ocean archipelago has been rocked by instability since July when Assoumani won a referendum on constitutional changes that includes ending the traditional rotation of the presidency between the country's three main islands after one term. Assoumani, from Grand Comore island, launched a crackdown on rivals following the poll, which was boycotted by opposition parties and which he won with 92.74 percent support. No opposition party claimed responsibility for the blockades in Anjouan, in which tree trunks were used to sever main roads, but an AFP correspondent reported that they were thought to have been erected by young people opposed to the president. ...

Marking 2 years in office, Seychelles' president exhibits 160 gifts given to his office

A ‘Gifts of State’ exhibition opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the inauguration of President Danny Faure as the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces. The exhibition will be opened for a month at t
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Marking 2 years in office, Seychelles' president exhibits 160 gifts given to his office

A ‘Gifts of State’ exhibition opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the inauguration of President Danny Faure as the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces. The exhibition will be opened for a month at the Mayor’s Office located on State House Avenue, Victoria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens to benefit from agreement with garden in Germany

An agreement with a botanical garden in Germany will lead to exchanges with scientists, experts and technical personnel. The agreement was signed by the chief executive of Seychelles National Botanical Gardens Foundation, Raymond Brioche, and the Lord Mayor
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Seychelles National Botanical Gardens to benefit from agreement with garden in Germany

An agreement with a botanical garden in Germany will lead to exchanges with scientists, experts and technical personnel. The agreement was signed by the chief executive of Seychelles National Botanical Gardens Foundation, Raymond Brioche, and the Lord Mayor of Dortmund, Ullrich Sierau, in September. The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens and the Botanical Garden Rombergpark will receive support from each other in the fields of horticulture, ecology, education, biodiversity conservation and research. Joint training programmes will be organised for staff and the public in these fields. “The problem that we face here in Seychelles is a lack of human capacity....

Madagascar poised to make Africa Cup of Nations history

Madagascar will book a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time if they defeat visiting Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday. Form favours the Malagasy as they edged their Group A opponents 1-0 away two days ago thanks to an early goal from F
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Madagascar poised to make Africa Cup of Nations history

Madagascar will book a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time if they defeat visiting Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday. Form favours the Malagasy as they edged their Group A opponents 1-0 away two days ago thanks to an early goal from France-based Faneva Andriatsima. He was among 10 foreign-based starters for Madagascar with defender Tobisoa Njakanirina from perennial domestic champions CNaPS Sport the exception. Frenchman Nicolas Dupuis coaches the team from the huge Indian Ocean island and has steadily transformed them from whipping boys to competitive opponents. That much was evident last month when they twice came from behind against 2018 World Cup qualifiers Senegal in Antananarivo to force a 2-2 draw. ...

Record six-goal triumph for South Africa

South Africa achieved their biggest victory when they hammered the Seychelles 6-0 Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier before a tiny rain-soaked crowd in Johannesburg. The previous widest winning margin by 'Bafana Bafana' (The Boys) was 5-0 at hom
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Record six-goal triumph for South Africa

South Africa achieved their biggest victory when they hammered the Seychelles 6-0 Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier before a tiny rain-soaked crowd in Johannesburg. The previous widest winning margin by 'Bafana Bafana' (The Boys) was 5-0 at home to Guatemala in a friendly match as the republic prepared to host the 2010 World Cup. South Africa scored three times in four minutes midway through the first half with a Nigel Hoareau own-goal followed by goals from captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and Lebo Mothiba. A string of saves from goalkeeper Romeo Barra prevented South Africa going further ahead until Percy Tau and substitutes Dino Ndlovu and Teboho Mokoena netted in a late burst. Mokoena scored the record-creating sixth goal two minutes into stoppage time with a close-range header off a cross at Soccer City stadium. ...

Preparations under way for Oct. 19 kick-off of Seychelles' Creole Festival

Seychelles is preparing for the 33rd edition of the Festival Kreol (Creole Festival), an annual celebration of culture and tradition that takes place throughout the month of October. This year’s edition will be low-key but the main events remain on the ca
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Preparations under way for Oct. 19 kick-off of Seychelles' Creole Festival

Seychelles is preparing for the 33rd edition of the Festival Kreol (Creole Festival), an annual celebration of culture and tradition that takes place throughout the month of October. This year’s edition will be low-key but the main events remain on the calendar, said the chief executive of the Creative Industries and National Events Agency (CINEA), Gaelen Bresson, who spoke at a news conference Friday at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles (ICCS) in Victoria, the capital. The festival will kick off on Friday, October 19 with a Creole Ball at the at Anse Etoile and Pointe Larue Community centres. “Balls held an important place in our culture in the past. An important component in a ball is the live band....

Malagasy man sentenced to 8 years in prison for bringing heroin to Seychelles

The Seychelles Supreme Court has convicted a Malagasy man to eight years imprisonment for the importation of 930 grammes of heroin, the Anti-Narcotics Bureau (ANB) said on Sunday. Erick Jocelyn Dijoux, 47, was arrested on April 20 by officers of the Anti-Nar
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Malagasy man sentenced to 8 years in prison for bringing heroin to Seychelles

The Seychelles Supreme Court has convicted a Malagasy man to eight years imprisonment for the importation of 930 grammes of heroin, the Anti-Narcotics Bureau (ANB) said on Sunday. Erick Jocelyn Dijoux, 47, was arrested on April 20 by officers of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau and the Customs Division. He was travelling from Madagascar on board an Air Seychelles flight to the 115-island nation in the western Indian Ocean. Dijoux was charged for the offence of importation of a controlled drug after heroin was found in his possession. The Bureau said that the court has ordered that the time Dijoux spent on remand be counted towards his sentence. ...

Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said. Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traf
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Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said. Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on the air quality in the megacity of some 20 million people. When the air is classed as «poor», as it was on Monday, authorities will ban the burning of garbage in landfills as well as fire crackers and certain construction activities. When the air is «very poor» diesel generators will be halted, parking fees hiked and more public transport provided. «Severe» measures include closing brick kilns. ...

Bishop Denis Wiehe hopes Pope Francis will visit the Seychelles in 2019

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Seychelles says he hopes that that Pope Francis will visit the island nation in 2019. The Conference of Bishops of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI) – regrouping bishops from Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and
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Bishop Denis Wiehe hopes Pope Francis will visit the Seychelles in 2019

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Seychelles says he hopes that that Pope Francis will visit the island nation in 2019. The Conference of Bishops of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI) – regrouping bishops from Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Comoros – have received information that the pontiff is expected to visit Madagascar next year. If this happens, Pope Francis will be the second head of the Catholic Church to visit the islands after Pope Jean-Paul II visited the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, in 1986. «We would like him to come to the Seychelles, but you know, the pope cannot go to all the small countries,» Bishop Denis Wiehe of Seychelles told SNA on Thursday. CEDOI has started negotiations with the Vatican but up to now, nothing concrete has been decided. ...

At least 41 dead in Uganda landslide

At least 41 people were killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending a torrent of mud and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials and survivors said Friday. Rescue teams continued picking through the rubble late Friday, searching f
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At least 41 dead in Uganda landslide

At least 41 people were killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending a torrent of mud and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials and survivors said Friday. Rescue teams continued picking through the rubble late Friday, searching for survivors and victims of the disaster which took place the previous day in the eastern Bududa district. An unknown number of people remained missing. «41 lives have been lost but they're still going ahead digging, trying to look for whether there are other bodies in the riverbed somewhere,» said Hilary Onek, Uganda's minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees. «There are casualties up in the hills,» he added, referring to higher ground where the river burst its banks before washing away homes lower down. ...

Challenges for fishing sector in Seychelles: lack of manpower, illegal fishing, old technology

High bank collaterals, a lack of access to fishing technologies, a lack of manpower and illegal fishing were key challenges highlighted during the launching of Seychelles’ new roadmap for the Blue Economy on Thursday.  Speaking at a press conference afte
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Challenges for fishing sector in Seychelles: lack of manpower, illegal fishing, old technology

High bank collaterals, a lack of access to fishing technologies, a lack of manpower and illegal fishing were key challenges highlighted during the launching of Seychelles’ new roadmap for the Blue Economy on Thursday.  Speaking at a press conference after a two-day forum on the Blue Economy roadmap, the principal secretary of the Blue Economy Department, Rose-Marie Bargain, said that “this sector is thriving but is facing some challenges, which is stopping it from developing to its full capacity.” Bargain said that the design of the roadmap “gives us a chance to have a proper insight into the need of the business community in Seychelles....

Seychelles' injury-plagued football team to face South Africa on Saturday in Cup of Nations match

The Seychelles' national football team will face South Africa away from home in its next qualification match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday. The team from Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, has lost both o
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Seychelles' injury-plagued football team to face South Africa on Saturday in Cup of Nations match

The Seychelles' national football team will face South Africa away from home in its next qualification match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday. The team from Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, has lost both of its first two matches -- 5-1 to Libya in June last year and 3-0 to Nigeria last month. Coach Gavin Jeanne said the match against the South African Bafana Bafana will also be “a difficult one like all the matches we are playing in this group.” The Seychelles Pirates, as the team is known at the international level, has been drawn in one of the toughest groups of the competition -- Group E -- which is composed of Nigeria, Libya and South Africa. ...

Tribunal clears Seychelles' Chief Justice of misconduct allegations

A tribunal set up in Seychelles to investigate complaints of misbehaviour by Chief Justice, Mathilda Twomey has concluded that the evidence does not support allegations of misconduct on the part of the Chief Justice.  The Tribunal of Inquiry submitted its r
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Tribunal clears Seychelles' Chief Justice of misconduct allegations

A tribunal set up in Seychelles to investigate complaints of misbehaviour by Chief Justice, Mathilda Twomey has concluded that the evidence does not support allegations of misconduct on the part of the Chief Justice.  The Tribunal of Inquiry submitted its report to the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) and President Danny Faure at State House on Friday. In a statement to the press, the Constitutional Appointments Authority said that the overall conclusion came after examining all the evidence. “It follows that no action should be taken by the President under Article 134 of the Constitution in respect of the office of Chief Justice,” the report stated....

Seychelles top in Africa on developing human capital, new report finds

Seychelles sits atop the region and the African continent for developing human capital, a new World Bank report found. The 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean ranks 43rd out of 157 countries assessed under The Human Capital Project. Developmen
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Seychelles top in Africa on developing human capital, new report finds

Seychelles sits atop the region and the African continent for developing human capital, a new World Bank report found. The 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean ranks 43rd out of 157 countries assessed under The Human Capital Project. Development of a country’s human capital is measured based on five indicators – the probability of survival to age five, a child’s expected years of schooling, test scores, adult survival rate, and the stunting rate among children. The report released during the World Bank Group meeting held in Bali, Indonesia on October 11. As per the introduction of the report, “the index measures the human capital of the next generation, defined as the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to achieve in view of the risks of poor health and poor education currently prevailing in the country where that child lives....

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