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Seychellois beauty queen wins video award during Miss University Africa

The first Seychellois beauty queen to participate in Miss University Africa won the Best Video Presentation during the pageant on Saturday, December 2 in Nigeria. Falaine Dora, the 19-year old contestant representing the island nation, felt that it was the s
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Seychellois beauty queen wins video award during Miss University Africa

The first Seychellois beauty queen to participate in Miss University Africa won the Best Video Presentation during the pageant on Saturday, December 2 in Nigeria. Falaine Dora, the 19-year old contestant representing the island nation, felt that it was the simplicity of the video that contributed towards her getting the recognition. “What a better way to show the beauty of Seychelles than through Bazaar Labrin? I did not expect to receive the award, but I felt so happy, honoured and excited,” said Dora. Bazaar Labrin is one of the most popular bazaars held in the country, attracting a lot of tourists as well as locals. It is held every Wednesday afternoon until late evening at the Beau Vallon beach, on the northern side of Mahe, the main island....

Direct flights from Zurich, Switzerland to Seychelles to begin next year

Seychelles is set to get another direct flight to Europe when Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, begins flights to the island nation from September next year.  The airline announced last week that it will be offering regular, non-stop service f
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Direct flights from Zurich, Switzerland to Seychelles to begin next year

Seychelles is set to get another direct flight to Europe when Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, begins flights to the island nation from September next year.  The airline announced last week that it will be offering regular, non-stop service from its base in Zurich to Seychelles during the European winter season beginning on September 22, 2018. Departure flights from Zurich will be on Saturdays at 7.20 p....

Seychelles’ St. Louis football club to participate in CAF competition

The St. Louis football club of Seychelles will be participating in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions in 2018 after winning the First Division league and the Federation Cup. The team based in the central district of St. Louis had a
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Seychelles’ St. Louis football club to participate in CAF competition

The St. Louis football club of Seychelles will be participating in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club competitions in 2018 after winning the First Division league and the Federation Cup. The team based in the central district of St. Louis had already ensured their league title in November and made it double last weekend winning the Seychelles Football Federation Cup. In the final match, St....

12 spectacular artists recognised at the Seychelles Arts Awards

After an 11-year absence, the Seychelles Arts Awards returned on Saturday, November 25th. These merit awards were held to recognize the contributions of local artists in varying forms of art in Seychelles, a group of islands in western Indian Ocean.” The a
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12 spectacular artists recognised at the Seychelles Arts Awards

After an 11-year absence, the Seychelles Arts Awards returned on Saturday, November 25th. These merit awards were held to recognize the contributions of local artists in varying forms of art in Seychelles, a group of islands in western Indian Ocean.” The arts awards are expected to be held every two years. This week, SNA brings you the winners of the Seychelles Arts Awards. ...

Patients, eye doctors in Seychelles to benefit from extension of South Korean partnership

Seychelles and a South Korean ophthalmology firm have prolonged their partnership, meaning more patients and local specialists will benefit from treatment and training. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Danny Louange, the chief executive of the S
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Patients, eye doctors in Seychelles to benefit from extension of South Korean partnership

Seychelles and a South Korean ophthalmology firm have prolonged their partnership, meaning more patients and local specialists will benefit from treatment and training. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Danny Louange, the chief executive of the Seychelles’ Health Care Agency, and Jong Wook Kim, the chief executive of BriefEye World. The ceremony took place at the Seychelles Hospital, Mont Fleuri, last Thursday. BriefEye World is a private firm specialising in ophthalmology -- eye and vision care --from South Korea. “This agreement is not only about providing health services to our patients....

4-year-old in Seychelles author of book warning of dangers of junk food

A 4-year old Sri-Lankan boy living in Seychelles has set a new Guinness World Record for being the youngest author to ever publish a book. Thanuwana Serasinghe, born to a Sri Lankan couple residing in Seychelles, told SNA that he just wanted to let the kids
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4-year-old in Seychelles author of book warning of dangers of junk food

A 4-year old Sri-Lankan boy living in Seychelles has set a new Guinness World Record for being the youngest author to ever publish a book. Thanuwana Serasinghe, born to a Sri Lankan couple residing in Seychelles, told SNA that he just wanted to let the kids know about what kind of food they are eating and what it can do to them.   “I see many kids eating junk food. By reading this book, they will think twice before eating food that is not good for health,” said Serasinghe....

Researcher plans to investigate decline in tropical seabirds around Seychelles

A junior researcher at Queens College in Oxford will undertake a scientific expedition on Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll in December to determine the reasons for the decline in one of its tropical seabirds. Annette Fayet said that over the last few years Aldabr
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Researcher plans to investigate decline in tropical seabirds around Seychelles

A junior researcher at Queens College in Oxford will undertake a scientific expedition on Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll in December to determine the reasons for the decline in one of its tropical seabirds. Annette Fayet said that over the last few years Aldabra has seen declines in the red-tailed tropicbirds, but the reason is not clear. “Finding out why such decline is happening is critical to inform conservation measures to help protect this species. The decline is likely linked with the availability of prey at sea,” said Fayet. The researcher added that “it is essential for us to understand the feeding ecology of tropicbirds, which currently we know very little about....

Seychelles Airlines hopes to start flights next year

Seychelles Airlines - a local private airline - is re-examining its business strategies and hopes to kick off operations late next year, said the company’s deputy chief executive on Wednesday.  The airline is submitting revised documents to the Seychelle
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Seychelles Airlines hopes to start flights next year

Seychelles Airlines - a local private airline - is re-examining its business strategies and hopes to kick off operations late next year, said the company’s deputy chief executive on Wednesday.  The airline is submitting revised documents to the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) for approval. Seychelles Airlines was to start operations in 2013 with two Boeings 767 but is now looking at the possibility of leasing other planes.  ...

HIV/AIDS cases in Seychelles rise slightly over 2016, as officials target needle users

Seychelles has recorded 95 new HIV/AIDS cases this year, and the Ministry of Health says it is working to fight the spread of the virus by targeting drug-use transmissions. The 95 cases so far this year are more than the 63 cases reported last year but fewe
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HIV/AIDS cases in Seychelles rise slightly over 2016, as officials target needle users

Seychelles has recorded 95 new HIV/AIDS cases this year, and the Ministry of Health says it is working to fight the spread of the virus by targeting drug-use transmissions. The 95 cases so far this year are more than the 63 cases reported last year but fewer than the 103 reported in 2015. One positive development is that the number of HIV pregnancies -- where the mother passes the virus to a newborn child -- plummeted this year compared with 2016. In commemoration of World AIDS Day -- Friday, December 1 -- various activities were being organised in Seychelles, including a solidarity march.  ...

Seychelles lifts Madagascar plague restrictions; Air Seychelles can resume flights

The Seychelles national carrier -- Air Seychelles -- confirmed on Friday the resumption of flights to Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, as of January 12.  The recommencement of flights follows an announcement from the Public Health Authority that it is
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Seychelles lifts Madagascar plague restrictions; Air Seychelles can resume flights

The Seychelles national carrier -- Air Seychelles -- confirmed on Friday the resumption of flights to Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, as of January 12.  The recommencement of flights follows an announcement from the Public Health Authority that it is lifting a travel restriction to Madagascar after the World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially reported the plague outbreak in Madagascar to be contained earlier this week.  The Authority said that ships can enter the Seychelles port Victoria for normal activity without having to spend the seven days outside Madagascar and the national airline Air Seychelles can resume its flights....

Creepy or cool? 7 limbless, burrowing amphibians found in Seychelles

Renowned for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity and unique flora and fauna, the Seychelles islands are also considered a champion for the environment. A leader in conservation and preservation, the group of islands in the western Indian Ocean has numerou
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Creepy or cool? 7 limbless, burrowing amphibians found in Seychelles

Renowned for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity and unique flora and fauna, the Seychelles islands are also considered a champion for the environment. A leader in conservation and preservation, the group of islands in the western Indian Ocean has numerous initiatives and programmes to protect and raise awareness on species endemic to the islands. An exhibition was recently opened at the Natural History Museum to bring more awareness on the protection of the Seychelles caecilian, limbless burrowing amphibians found in tropical regions that resemble earthworms. This week SNA brings you the seven species of caecilians endemic to the Seychelles.   ...

Teen chef from Seychelles to take part in global culinary competition in India

A young Seychellois chef feels confident as he readies for his participation in the Young Chef Olympiad competition that will take place next year in India. The Young Chef Olympiad is a competition that creates an international platform for the interaction o
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Teen chef from Seychelles to take part in global culinary competition in India

A young Seychellois chef feels confident as he readies for his participation in the Young Chef Olympiad competition that will take place next year in India. The Young Chef Olympiad is a competition that creates an international platform for the interaction of young professional culinary talent from around the world. The fourth edition of the Olympiad will be taking place between January 28 and February 2, across four Indian cities. Competitors will take part from 50 countries. Representing Seychelles is Emmanuel Lesperance, a first-year food preparation student from the Seychelles Tourism Academy. ...

2nd community with yacht marina to be built in Seychelles

A second waterside community boasting a superyacht marina to provide more recreational facilities will be built starting next year on the reclaimed island of Ile Aurore, a top official said. The waterside community will include a hotel, schools, a waterfron
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2nd community with yacht marina to be built in Seychelles

A second waterside community boasting a superyacht marina to provide more recreational facilities will be built starting next year on the reclaimed island of Ile Aurore, a top official said. The waterside community will include a hotel, schools, a waterfront beach, around 15,000 homes, a community hub and a network of green spaces. The island already has a golf course. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, relies largely on tourism, and the chief executive of the Seychelles Planning Authority, Joseph Francois, said that the waterside community will provide additional entertainment for holidaymakers.  ...

Seychelles Petroleum Company pays off loan, a big boost to balance sheet

The Seychelles Petroleum Company (SEYPEC) is expected to see an increase in cashflow now that the company has paid off a loan taken from a German Bank for its fleet of six oil tankers. To start off the project of building the tankers, SEYPEC borrowed $158 mi
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Seychelles Petroleum Company pays off loan, a big boost to balance sheet

The Seychelles Petroleum Company (SEYPEC) is expected to see an increase in cashflow now that the company has paid off a loan taken from a German Bank for its fleet of six oil tankers. To start off the project of building the tankers, SEYPEC borrowed $158 million from KFW bank, the German government-owned development bank which covered over 50 percent of the money needed. The chief executive of the company, Conrad Benoiton, told SNA that “having a fleet that we can call our own is a massive plus.” “The fleet should bring between $6 million to $10 million extra cash every year, a range that depends on the volatility of the charter business and the oil industry....

New limits on skipjack tuna will affect fishing around Seychelles

New limits are being placed on vessels fishing skipjack tuna next year after the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) implemented harvest control rules on the species. As sustainability is a great concern in the tuna industries, the new limits will help safeg
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New limits on skipjack tuna will affect fishing around Seychelles

New limits are being placed on vessels fishing skipjack tuna next year after the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) implemented harvest control rules on the species. As sustainability is a great concern in the tuna industries, the new limits will help safeguard the sustainable use of fish stocks. Currently, there is no catch limit set by the commission on any of the 16 species that fall under their mandate. As the population of skipjack is considered healthy, the commission sees it as being in a better position “to implement management measures to meet the commission’s objective on sustainability and yield.” ...

EU naval official offers appreciation for Seychelles’ role in piracy fight

The support of Seychelles is crucial in deterring future pirate attacks in the region, said a top official of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) delegation during a meeting with the President of Seychelles on Friday. The delegation made up of Rear Ad
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EU naval official offers appreciation for Seychelles’ role in piracy fight

The support of Seychelles is crucial in deterring future pirate attacks in the region, said a top official of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) delegation during a meeting with the President of Seychelles on Friday. The delegation made up of Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, other EU NAVFOR officials and the Italian Consul Claudio Izzi, met with President Danny Faure at the State House in Victoria. Faure told the group that the quick action of the EU NAVFOR in a recent operation in which six suspected Somali pirates were captured has sent a strong message.   The EU NAVFOR delegation met with President Faure at State House on Friday....

President of Seychelles: New airline routes were a mistake; says reported crime at police headquarters on decline

President Danny Faure of Seychelles gave his fourth press conference of his presidency on Thursday evening at State House, Victoria. SNA provides an overview of the issues covered. Uncertainty at Air Seychelles The President said that the airline industry i
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President of Seychelles: New airline routes were a mistake; says reported crime at police headquarters on decline

President Danny Faure of Seychelles gave his fourth press conference of his presidency on Thursday evening at State House, Victoria. SNA provides an overview of the issues covered. Uncertainty at Air Seychelles The President said that the airline industry is a very competitive one but as long as Air Seychelles has its partnership with Etihad Airways, the archipelago’s national carrier will survive. Faure nevertheless admitted that ”it was a strategic mistake of the national airline to venture into two new routes -- Düsseldorf in Germany and Durban in South Africa -- which was then stopped....

Seychelles increasing road safety with new speed cameras, towing of cars

Road users will soon see new additions and changes in traffic regulations now that the Seychelles’ cabinet of ministers has approved a new road safety policy. Launched this week as part of the road safety activities, the document will replace the 1983 poli
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Seychelles increasing road safety with new speed cameras, towing of cars

Road users will soon see new additions and changes in traffic regulations now that the Seychelles’ cabinet of ministers has approved a new road safety policy. Launched this week as part of the road safety activities, the document will replace the 1983 policy and will reflect current developments. Presented to the cabinet by the road transport department, the policy will address issues such as the introduction of speed laser or radar cameras, introduction of clamping and towing and the issuing of licenses. It is expected to come into force in March next year. “As we have signed a declaration with the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, there are basic policies that need to be in place to ensure that we meet certain international standards when it comes to road safety,” said Patrick Andre, the Principal Secretary of the Department of Land Transport. ...

Prominent Indian businessman in Seychelles passes away after life of success

Seychelles and the Indian community have lost a prominent figure in the business industry after the death of Abhaye Valabhji earlier this week. Valabhji, 84, passed away on Wednesday November 22nd at the Seychelles Hospital after suffering medical complicat
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Prominent Indian businessman in Seychelles passes away after life of success

Seychelles and the Indian community have lost a prominent figure in the business industry after the death of Abhaye Valabhji earlier this week. Valabhji, 84, passed away on Wednesday November 22nd at the Seychelles Hospital after suffering medical complications. He leaves behind his wife, five children and six grandchildren. Valabhji with his wife and five children (Abhaye Valabjibi Group) Photo License: All Rights Reserved “He leaves us with sad and heavy hearts, but with a well-defined path to follow, one with high principles and ideals of honesty, generosity, kindness, and hard work,” said his son Anil Valabhji. ...

14 awards up for grabs at prestigious arts award in Seychelles this weekend

Fourteen awards will be up for grabs during this weekend’s arts award - a prestigious red carpet event - which will be held at the International Conference Centre in the capital city of Victoria, Seychelles. Awards will be given in nine categories, said Jo
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14 awards up for grabs at prestigious arts award in Seychelles this weekend

Fourteen awards will be up for grabs during this weekend’s arts award - a prestigious red carpet event - which will be held at the International Conference Centre in the capital city of Victoria, Seychelles. Awards will be given in nine categories, said John Pool (Etienne), a member of the selection committee on Saturday, Nov. 25th. Talking to SNA on Monday, Pool said that “all these are awards of merits....

French group Club Med takes over Seychelles’ Ste Anne Beachcomber resort

The French group Club Med 5 star hotel is taking over the management of Seychelles’ Ste Anne beachcomber resort, former owners New Mauritius Hotels group announced this week. The communiqué also divulged the new redevelopment plans for the resort totallin
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French group Club Med takes over Seychelles’ Ste Anne Beachcomber resort

The French group Club Med 5 star hotel is taking over the management of Seychelles’ Ste Anne beachcomber resort, former owners New Mauritius Hotels group announced this week. The communiqué also divulged the new redevelopment plans for the resort totalling$82.4million. The project – to refurbish and extend the resort as per Med Club’s 5-star standards and requirements - will start during the second quarter of next year and will finish at the end of 2019. Opened in 2001, Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne Resort & Spa is 10 minutes away from the main island of Mahe....

Look out below! Cannonball tree attracts curious onlookers in Seychelles

The cannonball tree -- a plant species that has fascinated writers and botanists -- can be found in Seychelles at the Botanical Gardens and a Hilton property. But beware: it has the name cannonball tree for a reason. The fruits of the cannonball tree are lar
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Look out below! Cannonball tree attracts curious onlookers in Seychelles

The cannonball tree -- a plant species that has fascinated writers and botanists -- can be found in Seychelles at the Botanical Gardens and a Hilton property. But beware: it has the name cannonball tree for a reason. The fruits of the cannonball tree are large, round and heavy like their namesakes. When they fall they make a loud, explosive sound. This is why the species is not planted near footpaths or main roads, said Steen Hansen, a Denmark national living in Seychelles since 2005. ...

New hospital for women, children officially opens in Seychelles

A new family hospital in Seychelles specialising in services for children and women officially opened on Thursday. The facility is on Perseverance, a reclaimed island on the outskirts of the Seychelles’ capital Victoria, and is already receiving patients.
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New hospital for women, children officially opens in Seychelles

A new family hospital in Seychelles specialising in services for children and women officially opened on Thursday. The facility is on Perseverance, a reclaimed island on the outskirts of the Seychelles’ capital Victoria, and is already receiving patients.  The Seychelles Family Hospital has 30 inpatient beds, four Intensive Care Unit beds and four operating theatre beds. It also has modern equipment to cater for children with hearing difficulties....

Seychelles-flagged vessel fined $ 41,000 for illegal shark fin haul

A Seychelles-flagged Taiwanese fishing vessel has been fined after being caught with shark fins earlier this month by a regional fisheries surveillance team within the island nation’s waters. The vessel -- ‘Poseidon’ -- had 729 kg of shark fins onboar
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Seychelles-flagged vessel fined $ 41,000 for illegal shark fin haul

A Seychelles-flagged Taiwanese fishing vessel has been fined after being caught with shark fins earlier this month by a regional fisheries surveillance team within the island nation’s waters. The vessel -- ‘Poseidon’ -- had 729 kg of shark fins onboard and the owner paid a fine of around $41,000 (SCR550,000).  Although fishing of sharks is not illegal in Seychelles, it is an offence to target the species only for its fins. The fins found on ‘Poseidon’ -- an industrial longline fishing vessel -- had no shark carcasses on board. ...

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