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Seven Seychellois hostages back home safe and sound


Joyful end to long ordeal

It was a moment of intense joy and emotion – not only for family members but for the entire nation – when seven Seychellois held hostage by Somali pirates for almost three months returned safe and sound to the country yesterday afternoon.

President Michel warmly welcomes the freed hostages as they set foot on Seychelles soil again

On hand at the airport to welcome them back were President James Michel, Vice-President Joseph Belmont, Minister for Community Development, Youth, Sports and Culture Vincent Meriton, Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre, and family members and friends.


Somali pirates release Seychelles crew: official

6/22/2009 3:09 PM GMT

Somali pirates have released seven Seychelles nationals held hostage since late March when they hijacked their ship in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles presidency said Monday.

"All seven Seychellois hostages onboard the Indian Ocean Explorer have been released and are at a safe location in Kenya," a statement from President James Michel's office said.

The fate of the ship itself was unclear as the seven crew members had been brought to shore by the pirates and detained there for some time.


"Over the last 80 days, as a nation we have shared in the concern and uncertainty of the seven families whose loved ones were being held captive... And today we share in their joy," Michel said.

Hope for Seychelles' last Critically Endangered species


The first Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone corvina chicks to fledge successfully outside La Digue Island, Seychelles for over 60 years is flying on Denis Island, a coral island in the inner Seychelles group. The newly-fledged birds are flying well, very noisy, and being fed by their parents –"typical normal and healthy flycatcher chicks", according to Nirmal Shah, Director of BirdLife Partner Nature Seychelles, the Species Guardian for the paradise-flycatcher.

The paradise-flycatcher is the only Seychelles species still listed as Critically Endangered. Formerly Critically Endangered Species including Seychelles Magpie-robin Copsychus sechellarum, Seychelles White-eye Zosterops modestus and Seychelles Scops-owl Otus insularis have all been downlisted as a result of conservation action. The population of the paradise-flycatcher has been steadily increasing in recent years. In 1996 there were 69-83 pairs; this had risen to 104-139 pairs by the last comprehensive survey in 2000.

Seychelles Paradise-flycatchers, probably "overspill" birds from the population on La Digue, are regularly seen on neighbouring islands, but have been unable to establish viable populations. The reintroduction to Denis Island is part of a three-year project, funded by the UK Government's Darwin Initative, and carried out by Nature Seychelles together with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and the collaboration of other organisations and the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Seychelles joins UN climate change programme


Seychelles has joined a United Nations programme to help it adapt to climate change and will receive financial aid in setting up projects in key areas. 

Environment principal secretary Didier Dogley (standing) officially launching the workshop. Mr Agricole is seated first from left

Called Climate Change and Development – Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC Dare), it had its local launch recently at a workshop at the International Conference Centre.

An international team of climate change experts led by senior economist Anne Olhoff took part and worked with around 30 local organisations to set up the programme.

World health forum honour for Seychelles


Seychelles’ good record in maternal and child health led to it being chosen to present a key report at the recent 62nd World Health Assembly in Switzerland.

Minister Lloyd led Seychelles’ delegation at the meeting

Sea Level Rise Foundation mobilises €2m for Seychelles


The Sea Level Rise Foundation launched by President James Michel has successfully mobilised €2 million from the European Union’s Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) fund.

Tree-planting day promotes harmony


A tree-planting day to promote the national theme Koste Seselwa (Come Together Seychellois) was recently held at Roche Copra, Baie Lazare.

The tree planting exercise at Roche Copra

It was organised by the Revenue Commission with support from the Department of Environment, which provided tools and donated 27 native bonnen kare saplings.
The planting session, on May 9 at a place well known for its Bazar Ovan, also served to promote social harmony and the value of collaboration in the workplace and, most importantly, throughout Seychelles.

Central Bank moves to strengthen rupee


From June 1, all domestic taxes and other contributions to the government must be paid in Seychelles rupees, the Ministry of Finance has announced.

This policy is designed to ease the management of money reserves and strengthen the status of the rupee, helping to make it fully convertible.

The decision has been taken by the Central Bank as part of the current economic reform programme. 
Payments include those made in relation to business tax, goods and services tax (GST), trades tax and social security contributions.

Only businesses now making domestic tax and contribution payments in foreign exchange will be affected by this change. All of these are foreign currency earners, mostly in the tourism industry with a few in manufacturing or offshore businesses.

Indian Ocean ports decide to step up activities


Promotion of cruise ship holidays, creating regional shipping lines and the threat from piracy were in focus at the recent annual general meeting of the Association of Ports of the Indian Ocean Islands (APIOI).

Member countries of the APIOI – Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion and Seychelles – met in Mamoudzou, Mayotte, from May 13-15, when Seychelles took over the post of treasurer after a year as chairman.

Drug trafficker gets 11 years in prison


Drug trafficker Kevin Barbe was sentenced last week to 11 years in prison for importing a controlled drug, as the authorities struck a further blow in the fight against heroin.

Barbe’s conviction followed his arrest in April 2008 by officers of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA). At the time of his arrest, he had 402.4g of heroin, hidden among some kitchen utensils.

The street value of heroin seized during the arrest is estimated at over R1,600,000.