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Belgian Ship, Crew of 10 Released by Somali Pirates

June 28, 2009 10:49 a.m. EST

Melvin Baker - AHN Reporter
Brussels, Belgium (AHN) - A Belgian ship and its crew of 10 have been released by Somali pirates, Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy announced Sunday.

The Dutch captain and the crew of two Belgians, three Filipinos and four Croats were in good health, Van Rompuy said in a statement.

The MV Pompei was seized April 18 about 95 miles north of the Seychelles enroute from Dubai to South Africa.

Some 12 ships and 200 crew members are still held by Somali pirates.

Marine protected areas make economic sense


It has been proved globally that well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) increase fish catch, resulting in increases in revenue for local communities and in the income of local fishermen.

Curieuse island has attracted more visitors in the last two years than any of the other marine national parks of Seychelles

Protecting the oceans through these areas can provide higher and more sustained income through tourism and controlled fisheries than continued exploitation, according to a new compilation of case studies commissioned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) about the economic benefits of MPAs, launched on World Biodiversity Day –May 22 – at the 2nd International Marine Protected Area Congress in Washington DC.

“These case studies show that closing selected marine areas to fishing or other extractive uses makes economic sense,” said Carl Gustaf Lundin, head of the IUCN’s global marine programme.

“Marine protected areas, if well managed, help fish stocks replenish, which then increase yields in neighbouring areas and improve the economic situation of the local communities.”

Independent School students receive IGCSE certificates


Students from the Independent School Seychelles who last year passed their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams received their certificates on Saturday.

A souvenir photograph of the Independent School students who received their IGCSE certificates on Saturday

The ceremony, which took place at the National Theatre, Mont Fleuri, was attended by members of the school’s management, parents and teachers.

Joint approach to tackle piracy in Seychelles’ waters


A joint approach to better tackle pirate activities in our territorial waters was the main topic of discussion between Vice-President Joseph Belmont and an Indian delegation yesterday at State House.

The delegation during their call on Vice-President Belmont

New hospital to further boost people’s health


A new US $3.5 million hospital being built at Anse Royale will help the government to continue promoting people’s health, which is a right guaranteed in the Constitution.

Minister Lloyd and Ambassador Wang laying the foundation stone for the new hospital

Health and Social Development Minister Marie-Pierre Lloyd said this in an interview with Nation yesterday evening after she and Chinese Ambassador Wang Weiguo laid the foundation stone for the 50-bed hospital.

She said the original hospital was built 60 years ago in response to the challenges of that time to promote health, protect lives and restore hope among the inhabitants of south Mahe.

“Thirty years ago the hospital became even more relevant and had the pivotal role of promoting primary health care as guaranteed under our Constitution,” she said.

New moves to teach sustainable development


Lecturers from government and private colleges have learnt how they can include aspects of sustainable development in the courses they teach.


They did so at a seminar held on Wednesday at the National Institute of Education, where experts gave presentations on their fields of work.

The presenters included educationist Audrey Nanon, Jeanette Larue from environment education, Alain St Ange who spoke on tourism, Elisa Socrate from fisheries, Antoine-Marie Moustache who talked about food security, public health commissioner Dr Jude Gedeon, sociologist Marie-Josee Bonne and economist Hilda Palconit.

The director-general for technical and further education, Fiona Ernesta, said sustainable development seeks to ensure better lives for people, without putting at risk the environment for future generations.

Seychelles-South Korea


Signing of cooperation agreement

Seychelles and South Korea yesterday signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement that will increase the number of exchanges between the two countries.

Ambassador Le Gall (left) and Mr Yong-Joon Lee exchange documents after signing the agreement

The agreement was signed by Philippe Le Gall, Seychelles’ resident ambassador in China and also non-resident ambassador to Korea, and Yong-Joon Lee, Deputy Minister for Political and Bilateral Affairs.

Seychelles and Cuba sign sports agreement


Seychelles and Cuba will sign a sports cooperation agreement today during a visit by Minister Vincent Meriton to the Caribbean island.

The Minister for Community Development, Youth, Sports and Culture arrived in Cuba on Tuesday for a working visit. 

On Wednesday he was scheduled to meet members of a community centre and the management of the Cubadeportes sports complex. He also visited the Havana-based Anti-Doping Control Centre.

Russia praises our reform success


Russian ambassador Mikhail Kalinin said yesterday Seychelles has achieved a great deal since the November launch of its economic reform programme.

Ambassador Kalinin addressing guests at yesterday’s reception

Mr Kalinin was speaking at a reception held at Coral Strand Hotel to mark the National Day of the Russian Federation.
The ceremony was attended by government ministers, judges, members of the diplomatic corps, top senior servants and prominent businessmen, among others.

He said just like Russia, Seychelles under the leadership of President James Michel has embarked on a path of bold economic reforms with the purpose of ensuring a better living standard for its people.


Comesa offers big opportunity, says President


Seychelles stands to benefit from a wealth of opportunity and cooperation within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), President James Michel said yesterday.

He was speaking at Seychelles International Airport after his return from the 13th Comesa heads of states and governments summit this week in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

President Michel talking to the press on arrival at the Seychelles International Airport yesterday 

He was met on arrival by Vice-President Joseph Belmont, the Chief of Defence Forces Brigadier Leopold Payet and Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre.