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Kick off the new year with one of these cruise holiday options – Livemint

The Caribbean still reigns supreme when it comes to cruising, but theres a whole new world to explore. Classic ports such as the Bahamas are recovering, new itineraries are opening up in Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics, and luxury options abound in the Seychelles. Here are eight places to prioritize in 2020.

Japan

Remember when Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro slept on cruise ships and called them floating hotels"? Tokyo will do the same for its turn in the spotlight. From July 24 to Aug. 9, the city is chartering at least one large ship to serve as a floating hotel in response to a shortage of rooms on dry land. But youd be better off going a more traditional route: Two of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.s Shanghai-based ships, Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, will offer itineraries that overnight at Tokyos new terminal. Passengers with tickets can easily get to events and then sail on to other, less frenetic parts of the country.

Windstar Cruises LLC is betting that the summers television coverage will drum up tourism interest for Japan in general, so its skipping the marquee games and sending its 312-passenger, all-suite Star Breeze to the country for a series of temple- and garden-centric sailings this fall. But the most peaceful way to sail might be a three-night trip on Gunt, a 38-passenger design ship thats like a floating ryokan on the Seto Inland Sea, complete with traditional open-air onsen baths in some of its suites.

The trip were most likely to book: Star Breeze 10-night sailing, from $3,599 per person.

The Bahamas

Typically cruise lines have relied heavily on the Bahamas. Not only is Nassau, the capital, a frequent port of call, but several companies have organized sailings throughout the commonwealth around islands that they own. In the last year, however, the roles have changed. After Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama (also a cruise port) and the less-visited Abaco islands, cruise companies helped deliver recovery supplies and made major donations. In the storms aftermath, theyre helping revitalize the entire Bahamian tourism economy.

Royal Caribbean is opening the second phase of its $250 million Perfect Day at CocoCay island in January. The Coco Beach Club includes the first overwater floating cabanas in the region. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has boosted the offerings at its Great Stirrup Cay, a chic, South Beach-style beach oasis where you can shell out as much as $1,100 a day for a private, air-conditioned villa conveniently located near a Moet & Chandon bar. MSC Cruises recently opened, 95-acre Ocean Cay offers a more tranquil experience that focues on spa treatments and underwater activities in its protected marine reserve. And when adults-only Virgin Voyages debuts its first ship in March, every sailing will stop at a swanky private resortthink Ibiza or St-Tropezdeveloped by Resorts World Bimini.

The trip were most likely to book: A four-night itinerary on Virgins Scarlet Lady, from $2,750.

Kinsale, Ireland

Cruise lines are jumping on the DNA tourism trend, and harbor towns in West Cork, including the historic fishing town of Kinsale, are trying to get a piece of the pie. Promotional efforts have focused on attracting small expedition and boutique ships, and theyre paying off. Last year, French line Ponant sent one ship; this year its sending four. Ultraluxury line Seabourn has been sniffing around, too. Nearby attractions include a 3.7-mile trail around the ocean cliffs of the Old Head of Kinsale, where the Lusitania was sunk just offshore by a German U-boat in 1915. Theres also a star-shaped fort built by Charles II. And if you find through an ancestry search that youre related to the notorious 18th-century pirate Captain Anne Bonny, Kinsale is said to be where shes from.

The trip were most likely to book: A seven-night sailing from London to Portsmouth, from $3,830.

The Douro River, Portugal

Lisbon is a popular port, but attention has also shifted north to the quieter Portuguese city of Porto, famous for its sweet red fortified wine. Its also becoming a popular starting point for cruises on the Douro River. Hillsides covered in terraced vineyards and historic quintas reflect 2,000 years of winemaking in the valley, with itineraries that include stops for tastings and time to cross the border toward the medieval city of Salamanca in northwestern Spain. Luxury tour operator Tauck Inc. and luxury brand Uniworld River Cruises are each debuting ships in the spring: Uniworlds 100-passenger S.S. So Gabriel has butler-serviced suites, Douro-influenced decor, and locally sourced cuisine; Taucks 84-passenger MS Andorinha features an infinity-style pool, outdoor dining, and Balinese daybeds on the sun deck. Dinner at a family-owned wine estate near the sleepy village of Pinho is included.

The trip were most likely to book: One-week Tauck Villages and Vintages itinerary, from $4,190.

Raja Ampat Islands

Far from the fancy resorts in Baliin miles, scenery, and stylethis Indonesian archipelago occupies an enviable position in the center of the Coral Triangle. Cruises here lead to fascinating cultural encounters, but the big attraction is the warm sea, home to about 75% of known coral species and about half of all the worlds marine tropical fish. Typically the best way to see it all has been on small dive boats, but upscale expedition cruise ships from Ponant and Australian line Coral Expeditions have recently moved in. Joining them is Aqua Expeditions, best known for its top-notch Amazon River sailings. It transformed a naval vessel into its first ocean ship, the 15-suite yacht Aqua Blu, on which it offers a culinary program designed by Aussie superstar chef Benjamin Cross and sailings that stretch through the winter.

The trip were most likely to book: One week on Aqua Blu, from $7,525.

Subantarctic Islands

These islands in the Southern Ocean, which are on the way to Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand, are protected nature preserves, where only researchers live among birds and marine mammals. On Macquarie Island, beaches may be covered with royal penguins and fur seals. The island also has a weird geologic feature: Some of its shores are piled up with exposed green rocks from the Earths mantle that look eerily like theyre covered in snakeskin. And the Snares, one of several chains of New Zealand islands, feature crested penguins endemic to the islands. Cruise passengers visit on zodiacs that hug the shoreline or make a landing for guided walks, all in places where the number of visitors is tightly controlled. Get here on expedition ships from Silversea Cruise Holding Ltd. or Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, which have new itineraries traversing the region.

The trip were most likely to book: A two-week cruise round trip from Dunedin (on New Zealands South Island) on Silver Explorer, from $13,950.

The Seychelles

Luxurious options abound in this Indian Ocean paradise off of East Africa. Crystal Cruises 62-passenger superyacht, Crystal Esprit, has suites with butler service and a private submarine. Ponants 184-passenger Le Bougainville has a snazzy, underwater Blue Eye Lounge, somewhat like a submarine with a panoramic view and where you can get a martini. But the real beauty of sailing here is taking tiny zodiacs to islands with uninhabited beaches, where you may snorkel among coral reefs or wander past tortoises in lush forests. Keep an eye out for the Seychelles warbler and other native birds, as well as Valle de Mai, a rare palm forest little changed since prehistoric times.

The trip were most likely to book: A seven-night trip on Crystal Esprit, from $5,599.

Nile River

In January, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises launches the new 84-passenger, all-suite S.S. Sphinx, and because it will only sail in Egypt, its look will have an authentic sense of place. (Think Egyptian fabrics and artworks.) Similarly, Viking River Cruises in September adds the 82-passenger Viking Osiris, done up in Scandinavian design despite her Nubian name. Standard 12-day sailings on both ships start and end in Aswan, usually after a hotel stay in Cairo and a flight to Luxor. For DIY types, there are also four-night sailings to Aswan on Sanctuary Retreats elegant, recently upgraded, 64-passenger Sanctuary Nile Adventurer. Its shorter sailings arent packaged with pre- and post-cruise land experiences and are a little more flexible. This year, especially, a must-do is drinks on the terrace of Aswans Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote parts of her 1937 novel Death on the Nile. Kenneth Branaghs film based on the book will debut in theaters in the fall.

The trip were most likely to book: Four nights on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, from $1,410.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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President Faure holds meeting with all Seychelles Ambassadors – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

20 December 2019 | Foreign Affairs

The President of the Republic, Mr Danny Faure, chaired a meeting with all Ambassadors of Seychelles based overseas during a courtesy call by the Diplomats at State House this morning. Alongside the President was the Vice-President, Mr Vincent Meriton, who is also the Minister responsible for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

President Faure extended a warm welcome back to Seychelles to the Ambassadors and conveyed his sincere appreciation to them for the excellent work they have been doing not only in line with promoting the image of Seychelles abroad, but translating diplomatic efforts into tangible results for the benefit of the Seychellois people.

Today I would like to take the opportunity to commend you all for the excellent work that you are doing for the benefits of our people and communities. It is my hope that we continue working together for the betterment of our citizens, by remaining focused and keeping our people at the centre of all our actions and decisions, said President Faure.

During the meeting, the Ambassadors had the chance to brief the Head of State on the status and daily operations of their respective overseas postings as well as share their views and ideas to better address and improve their work both on the international front and locally.

The Ambassadors are currently in Seychelles attending the 2019 Ambassadors Retreat. This years retreat was themedConnect & Engage and was held from Monday 16 December to Friday 20 December 2019. The event reviewed and discussed the challenges that Seychelles faces as an island nation and also discussed national priorities and strategic objectives in shaping the countrys foreign policy.

Ambassadors present at State House this morning included Ambassador Sylvestre Radegonde (the Dean), Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador Dick Esparon, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, High Commissioner Selby Pillay, High Commissioner Derick Ally, High Commissioner Marie-Antoinette Rose Quatre, Ambassador David Pierre, Ambassador Jean-Claude Adrienne, Ambassador Lalatiana Accouche and Charg dAffaires, Ms Gayathri Pillay.

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Etihad and Kuwait Airways ink codeshare – Business Traveller

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwaiti flag carrier, Kuwait Airways, have signed a codeshare partnership on for travel January 5, 2020 onwards.

Etihad will place its EY code on three Kuwait Airways routes to Kuwait, Iraq and Bangladesh.

Kuwait Airways will place its KU code on Etihad routes from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and onwards to nine destinations in Europe, Africa, Seychelles, and Maldives.

These destinations are namely Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male in the Maldives, and Mahe in the Seychelles.

Kamel Al-Awadhi, chief executive officer, Kuwait Airways says, We welcome Etihad as a codeshare partner. This new partnership will bring enhanced connectivity and increased convenience to our customers, who can expect the same level of impeccable service that they receive from our airline when they travel on codeshare flights to and from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and beyond. The agreement will support Kuwait Airways and Etihad operations between our two capital cities and provide more travel options beyond both gateways.

Etihad Airways currently operates five return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and Kuwait Airways serves Abu Dhabi with a daily service.

etihad.com; kuwaitairways.com

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President Faure Assents to Nine Acts approved by the National Assembly – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

26 December 2019 | Legal Affairs

President Danny Faure assented to nine Acts that have recently been approved by the National Assembly during a ceremony held at State House this morning.

The Acts approved by the National Assembly were received on Monday 23 December 2019 and includes The Appropriation Act 2020, Supplementary Appropriation Act 2019, the Seychelles Pension Fund (Amendment) Act 2019, the International Trade Zone (Amendment) Act 2020, the Corporate Social Responsibility Tax (Amendment) act 2019, the Tourism Marketing Tax (Amendment) Act 2019, the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act 2019, the Lighting of Fires (Restriction) Act 2019 and Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commissions (Amendment) Act 2019.

The first was theAppropriation Act for 2020, which provides the budget for the running of Government in 2020. Cabinet approved the Appropriation Bill on 9th October 2019, and it has been passed by the National Assembly, with amendments on the 6th of December 2019. The total sum approved by the National Assembly is SCR 9,230,765,399.61.

The second Act is theSupplementary Appropriation Act 2019which amounts to SCR976,107,975.61 and provides for additional budget amounts proposed by Government in June 2018, October 2018 and December 2019.

Followed by theTruth, Reconciliation & National Unity (Amendment) Act 2019,which now specifies that the Truth, National Reconciliation & Unity Commission will now include only one non-Seychellois, and six other Commissioners. Previously it required two non-Seychellois and five Seychellois Commissioners. The Bill was approved by Cabinet on 27th November, and by the National Assembly on 11th December 2019.

TheSeychelles Pension Fund (Amendment) Act 2019sets a limit on the amount of money that the Seychelles Pension Fund may use for investments, and the value of assets that the SPF may dispose of, without prior approval of the Minister responsible for Finance. The Bill was approved by Cabinet on 27th November, and approved, with amendments, by the National Assembly on 11th December 2019.

TheLighting of Fires Bill 2019was approved by the Cabinet on 16th October 2019. This Act sets clear conditions under which open fires may be lit. It was approved by the National Assembly on 11th December 2019.

TheAlcoholic Drinks Control Act 2019was approved in principle by Cabinet on15thMay 2019. The Bill was aimed at limiting the hours of sale, and the conditions of sale, of alcohol to the public. There followed a series of consultations with stakeholders after which the Bill was gazetted on 3rdJune 2019. It was approved by the National Assembly on 12th December 2019.

TheCorporate Social Responsibility Tax (Amendment) Act 2019re-defines how the termisto be interpreted by businesses in the determination of CSR Tax. The Bill was approved by Cabinet in April, 2019, and by the National Assembly on 17th December 2019.

TheTourism Marketing Tax (Amendment) Act 2019,which also clarifies how business turnover will be determined in respect of Travel Agents and Destination Management Companies. The Bill was also approved by Cabinet in April 2019, and by the National Assembly on 18th December 2019.

Lastly, theInternational Trade Zone (Amendment) Act 2019amends the conditions of licence for SITZ companies. Cabinet approved the principles of this Act as far back as 9th December 2017, but this followed a series of consultations with stakeholders before final gazetting in December 2018. The Bill was approved by the National Assembly on 18th December 2019.

Present at State House for the signing, was the Minister for Health, Mr Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr Wallace Cosgrow, the Attorney General, Mr Frank Ally, the Secretary of State Cabinet Affairs, Mr Mohammed Afif, Principal Secretary for Environment, Mr Alain DeCommarmond, Principal Secretary for Health, Dr Bernard Valentin and theCommissioner General of the Seychelles Revenue Commission, Ms Veronique Herminie.

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Seychelles – Wikipedia

Coordinates: 435S 5540E / 4.583S 55.667E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (; French:[sl][6][7][8] or [sel][9]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: Rpublique des Seychelles; Creole: La Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean. The capital of the 115-island country, Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte (region of France), Madagascar, Runion (region of France), and Mauritius to the south; as well as the Maldives and Chagos Archipelago to the east. With a population of roughly 94,367, it has the smallest population of any sovereign African country.[10]

Seychelles is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. After proclaiming independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, Seychelles has developed from a largely agricultural society to a market-based diversified economy, with agriculture being supplanted by rapidly rising service and public sectors as well as tourism. From 1976 until 2015, nominal GDP output increased nearly sevenfold, and the purchasing power parity increased nearly sixteenfold. In the late 2010s, President Danny Faure and the National Assembly presented plans to encourage foreign investment in order to further upgrade these sectors.

Today, Seychelles boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa, excluding the French regions. It is one of only a handful of countries in Africa with a high Human Development Index and is the first country in Africa with an HDI score exceeding 0.800 (excluding French territorial possessions). It is also the only country in Africa which is classed as a high-income economy by the World Bank. Despite the country's newfound economic prosperity, poverty remains widespread, and there is a high level of economic inequality, one of the highest in the world, and unequal wealth distribution among the populace; with the upper and ruling class commanding a vast proportion of the country's wealth.[11]

The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. This assumption is based on the discovery of tombs, visible until 1910.[12] The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place on 15 March 1503, recorded by Thom Lopes aboard "Rui Mendes de Brito" part of the fleet of the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama. Da Gama's ships passed close to an elevated island, probably Silhouette Island and the following day Desroches Island. The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Alexander Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

A transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, the islands were said to be occasionally used by pirates until the French began to take control starting in 1756 when a Stone of Possession was laid on Mah by Captain Nicholas Morphey. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Schelles, Louis XV's Minister of Finance.[13]

The British frigate "Orpheus" commanded by Captain Henry Newcome arrived at Mah on 16 May 1794. Terms of capitulation were drawn up and the next day Seychelles was surrendered to Britain. Jean Baptiste Quau de Quincy, the French administrator of Seychelles during the years of war with the United Kingdom, declined to resist when armed enemy warships arrived. Instead, he successfully negotiated the status of capitulation to Britain which gave the settlers a privileged position of neutrality.

Britain eventually assumed full control upon the surrender of Mauritius in 1810, formalised in 1814 at the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles became a crown colony separate from Mauritius in 1903. Elections were held in 1966 and 1970.

Independence was granted in 1976 and it became a republic at the same time. It has been a member of Commonwealth.[14] In the 1970s Seychelles was "the place to be seen, a playground for film stars and the international jet set".[15] In 1977, a coup d'tat by France Albert Ren ousted the first president of the republic, James Mancham.[16] Ren discouraged over-dependence on tourism and declared that he wanted "to keep the Seychelles for the Seychellois".[15]

The 1979 constitution declared a socialist one-party state, which lasted until 1991.

In the 1980s there were a series of coup attempts against President Ren, some of which were supported by South Africa. In 1981, Mike Hoare led a team of 43 South African mercenaries masquerading as holidaying rugby players in the 1981 Seychelles coup d'tat attempt.[15] There was a gun battle at the airport, and most of the mercenaries later escaped in a hijacked Air India plane.[15] The leader of this hijacking was German mercenary D. Clodo, a former member of the Rhodesian SAS.[17] Clodo later stood trial in South Africa (where he was acquitted) as well as in his home country Germany for air piracy.[18]

In 1986, an attempted coup led by the Seychelles Minister of Defence, Ogilvy Berlouis, caused President Ren to request assistance from India. In Operation Flowers are Blooming, the Indian naval vessel INS Vindhyagiri arrived in Port Victoria to help avert the coup.[19]

The first draft of a new constitution failed to receive the requisite 60% of voters in 1992, but an amended version was approved in 1993.

In January 2013, Seychelles declared a state of emergency; the tropical cyclone Felleng caused torrential rain, and flooding and landslides destroyed hundreds of houses.[20][21]

The Seychelles president, who is head of state and head of government, is elected by popular vote for a five-year term of office. The cabinet is presided over and appointed by the president, subject to the approval of a majority of the legislature.

The unicameral Seychellois parliament, the National Assembly or Assemble Nationale, consists of 34 members, 25 of whom are elected directly by popular vote, while the remaining nine seats are appointed proportionally according to the percentage of votes received by each party. All members serve five-year terms.

The Supreme Court of Seychelles, created in 1903, is the highest trial court in Seychelles and the first court of appeal from all the lower courts and tribunals. The highest court of law in Seychelles is the Seychelles Court of Appeal, which is the court of final appeal in the country.[22]

Seychelles' previous president France Albert Ren came to power after his supporters overthrew the first president James Mancham on 5 June 1977 in a coup d'tat and installed him as president. Ren was at that time the prime minister.[23][24][25] Ren ruled as a strongman under a socialist one-party system until in 1993, when he was forced to introduce a multi-party system. He stepped down in 2004 in favour of his vice-president, James Michel, who was reelected in 2006 and again in 2011.[23][24][25] On 28 September 2016, the Office of the President announced that Michel would step down effective 16 October, and that Vice President Danny Faure would complete the rest of Michel's term.[26]

The primary political parties are the ruling socialist People's Party (PP), known until 2009 as the Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF) now called United Seychelles (US), and the socially liberal Seychelles National Party (SNP).[27]

Seychelles is a member of the African Union (AU), the francophone Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), La Francophonie, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Commonwealth. From 1979-1981, the United States was involved in the failed 1981 coup attempt.[28] Under the Obama administration, the US began running drone operations out of Seychelles.[29] In the Spring of 2013, members of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa mentored troops in Seychelles, along with a variety of other African nations.[29]

Seychelles is divided into twenty-six administrative regions comprising all of the inner islands. Eight of the districts make up the capital of Seychelles and are referred to as Greater Victoria. Another 14 districts are considered the rural part of the main island of Mah with two districts on Praslin and one on La Digue which also includes respective satellite islands. The rest of the Outer Islands (les Eloignes) are the last district recently created by the tourism ministry.

An island nation, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600km (994mi) east of Kenya. The Constitution of Seychelles lists 155 named islands and a further 7 reclaimed islands have been created subsequent to the publication of the Constitution. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves.

A group of 44 islands (42 granitic and 2 coralline) occupy the shallow waters of the Seychelles Bank and are collectively referred to as the inner islands. They have a total area of 244km2, comprising 54% of the total land area of the Seychelles and 98% of the entire population.

The islands are divided into groups as follows.

There are 42 granitic islands known as the Granitic Seychelles. These are in descending order of size: Mah, Praslin, Silhouette Island, La Digue, Curieuse, Flicit, Frgate, Ste-Anne, North, Cerf, Marianne, Grand Sur, Thrse, Aride Island, Conception, Petite Sur, Cousin Island, Cousine, Long, Rcif, Round (Praslin), Anonyme, Mamelles, Moyenne, le aux Vaches Marines, L'Islette, Beacon (le Sche), Cache, Cocos, Round (Mah), L'Ilot Frgate, Booby, Chauve-Souris (Mah), Chauve-Souris (Praslin), le La Fouche, Hodoul, L'Ilot, Rat, Souris, St. Pierre (Praslin), Zav, Harrison Rocks (Grand Rocher).

There are two coral sand cays north of the granitics on the edge of the Seychelles Bank: Denis and Bird.

There are two coral islands south of the Granitics: Cotivy and Platte.

There are 29 coral islands in the Amirantes group, west of the granitics: Desroches, Poivre Atoll (comprising three islandsPoivre, Florentin and South Island), Alphonse, D'Arros, St. Joseph Atoll (comprising 14 islandsSt. Joseph, le aux Fouquets, Resource, Petit Carcassaye, Grand Carcassaye, Benjamin, Bancs Ferrari, Chiens, Plicans, Vars, le Paul, Banc de Sable, Banc aux Cocos and le aux Poules), Marie Louise, Desnufs, African Banks (comprising two islandsAfrican Banks and South Island), Rmire, St. Franois, Boudeuse, toile, Bijoutier.

There are 13 coral islands in the Farquhar Group, south-southwest of the Amirantes: Farquhar Atoll (comprising 10 islandsBancs de Sable, Dposs, le aux Golettes, Lapins, le du Milieu, North Manaha, South Manaha, Middle Manaha, North Island and South Island), Providence Atoll (comprising two islandsProvidence and Bancs Providence) and St Pierre.

There are 67 raised coral islands in the Aldabra Group, west of the Farquhar Group: Aldabra Atoll (comprising 46 islandsGrande Terre, Picard, Polymnie, Malabar, le Michel, le Esprit, le aux Moustiques, Ilot Parc, Ilot mile, Ilot Yangue, Ilot Magnan, le Lanier, Champignon des Os, Euphrate, Grand Mentor, Grand Ilot, Gros Ilot Gionnet, Gros Ilot Ssame, Hron Rock, Hide Island, le aux Aigrettes, le aux Cdres, les Chalands, le Fangame, le Hron, le Michel, le Squacco, le Sylvestre, le Verte, Ilot Dder, Ilot du Sud, Ilot du Milieu, Ilot du Nord, Ilot Dubois, Ilot Macoa, Ilot Marquoix, Ilots Niois, Ilot Salade, Middle Row Island, Noddy Rock, North Row Island, Petit Mentor, Petit Mentor Endans, Petits Ilots, Pink Rock and Table Ronde), Assumption Island, Astove and Cosmoledo Atoll (comprising 19 islandsMenai, le du Nord (West North), le Nord-Est (East North), le du Trou, Golettes, Grand Polyte, Petit Polyte, Grand le (Wizard), Pagode, le du Sud-Ouest (South), le aux Moustiques, le Baleine, le aux Chauve-Souris, le aux Macaques, le aux Rats, le du Nord-Ouest, le Observation, le Sud-Est and Ilot la Croix).

In addition to these 155 islands as per the Constitution of Seychelles there are 7 reclaimed islands: Ile Perseverance, Ile Aurore, Romainville, Eden Island, Eve, Ile du Port and Ile Soleil.

South Island, African Banks has been eroded by the sea. At St Joseph Atoll, Banc de Sable and Pelican Island have also eroded, while Grand Carcassaye and Petit Carcassaye have merged to form one island. There are also several unnamed islands at Aldabra, St Joseph Atoll and Cosmoledo. Pti Astove, though named, failed to make it into the Constitution for unknown reasons.

The climate is equable although quite humid, as the islands are small,[30] classified by Kppen-Geiger system as tropical rain forest (Af). The temperature varies little throughout the year. Temperatures on Mah vary from 24 to 30C (75 to 86F), and rainfall ranges from 2,900mm (114in) annually at Victoria to 3,600mm (142in) on the mountain slopes. Precipitation is somewhat less on the other islands.[31]

During the coolest months, July and August, the average low is about 24C (75F). The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year. The hot months are from December to April, with higher humidity (80%). March and April are the hottest months, but the temperature seldom exceeds 31C (88F). Most of the islands lie outside the cyclone belt, so high winds are rare.[31]

Seychelles is among the world's leading countries to protect lands for threatened species, allocating 42% of its territory for conservation.[34] Like many fragile island ecosystems, Seychelles saw the loss of biodiversity when humans first settled in the area, including the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises from the granitic islands, the felling of coastal and mid-level forests, and the extinction of species such as the chestnut flanked white eye, the Seychelles parakeet, and the saltwater crocodile. However, extinctions were far fewer than on islands such as Mauritius or Hawaii, partly due to a shorter period of human occupation (since 1770). Seychelles today is known for success stories in protecting its flora and fauna. The rare Seychelles black parrot, the national bird of the country, is now protected.

The granitic islands of Seychelles are home to about 75 endemic plant species, with a further 25 or so species in the Aldabra group. Particularly well known is the coco de mer, a species of palm that grows only on the islands of Praslin and neighbouring Curieuse. Sometimes nicknamed the "love nut" because the shape of its "double" coconut resembles buttocks, the coco-de-mer produces the world's heaviest seed. The jellyfish tree is to be found in only a few locations on Mahe. This strange and ancient plant in a genus of its own (Medusagyne) seems to reproduce only in cultivation and not in the wild. Other unique plant species include Wright's gardenia (Rothmannia annae) found only on Aride Island Special Reserve.

The freshwater crab genus Seychellum is endemic to the granitic Seychelles, and a further 26 species of crabs and five species of hermit crabs live on the islands.[35]

The Aldabra giant tortoise now populates many of the islands of Seychelles; the Aldabra population is the largest remaining. These unique reptiles can be found even in captive herds. The granitic islands of Seychelles may support distinct species of Seychelles giant tortoises; the status of the different populations is currently unclear.

There are several unique species of orchid on the islands.

Seychelles hosts some of the largest seabird colonies in the world, notably on the outer islands of Aldabra and Cosmoledo. In granitic Seychelles the largest colonies are on Aride Island including the world's largest numbers of two species. Sooty terns also breed on the islands. Other birds include Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) and Fairy terns (Gygis alba).[36]

The marine life around the islands, especially the more remote coral islands, can be spectacular. More than 1,000 species of fish have been recorded.

Since the use of spearguns and dynamite for fishing was banned through efforts of local conservationists in the 1960s, the wildlife is unafraid of snorkelers and divers. Coral bleaching in 1998 has damaged most reefs, but some reefs show healthy recovery (e.g., Silhouette Island).

Despite huge disparities across nations,[citation needed] Seychelles claims to have achieved nearly all of its Millennium Development Goals.[37] 17 MDGS and 169 targets have been achieved.[citation needed] Environmental protection is becoming a cultural value.[citation needed]

Their government's Seychelles Climate Guide describes the nation's climate as rainy, with a dry season with an ocean economy in the ocean regions. The Southeast Trades is on the decline but still fairly strong.[38] Reportedly, weather patterns there are becoming less predictable.[39]

When the British gained control of the islands during the Napoleonic Wars, they allowed the French upper class to retain their land. Both the French and British settlers used enslaved Africans, and although the British prohibited slavery in 1835, African workers continued to come. Thus the Gran blan ("big whites") of French origin dominated economic and political life. The British administration employed Indians on indentured servitude to the same degree as in Mauritius resulting in a small Indian population. The Indians, like a similar minority of Chinese, were confined to a merchant class.[40]

Through harmonious socioeconomic policies and developments[citation needed] over the years, today Seychelles is described as a fusion of peoples and cultures. Numerous Seychellois are considered multiracial: blending from African, Asian and European descent to create a modern creole culture. Evidence of this harmonious blend is also revealed in Seychellois food, incorporating various aspects of French, Chinese, Indian and African cuisine.

As the islands of the Seychelles had no indigenous population, the current Seychellois descend from people who immigrated, of which the largest ethnic groups were those of African, French, Indian and Chinese origin. The median age of the Seychellois is 32 years.[41]

French and English are official languages along with Seychellois Creole, which is primarily based upon French. However, nowadays the language is often laced with English words and phrases. Including second-language speakers, Seychellois is the most-spoken official language in the Seychelles, followed by French and English.[42] 87% of the population speaks Seychelles Creole, 51% speaks French, and 38% speaks English.[42] Most business and official meetings are conducted in English and nearly all official websites are in English. National Assembly business is conducted in Creole, but laws are passed and published in English.

According to the 2010 census, most Seychellois are Christians: 76.2% were Roman Catholic, pastorally served by the exempt Diocese of Port Victoria or Seychelles (immediately dependent on the Holy See); 10.6% were Protestant, (Anglican 6.1%, Pentecostal Assembly 1.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.2%, other Protestant 1.6%).[citation needed]

Hinduism is the second largest religion, with more than 2.4% of the population.[41] The Hindu following in Seychelles has seen an increase in the community with the organization of the Seychelles Hindu Kovil Sangam and the consecration of the Navasakti Vinayagar Temple. The increase in size and popularity of Hinduism caused the Government to declare Taippoosam Kavadi Festival a holiday.[citation needed] A reported 6% of the population of Seychelles are ethnic Indians, but only 2.4% are Hindus.[citation needed]

Islam is followed by another 1.6% of the population. Other faiths accounted for 1.1% of the population, while a further 5.9% were non-religious or did not specify a religion.[41]

During the plantation era, cinnamon, vanilla and copra were the chief exports. In 1965, during a three-month visit to the islands, futurist Donald Prell prepared for the then-crown colony Governor General an economic report containing a scenario for the future of the economy. Quoting from his report, in the 1960s, about 33% of the working population worked at plantations, and 20% worked in the public or government sector.[43][44]The Indian Ocean Tracking Station on Mah used by the Air Force Satellite Control Network was closed in August 1996 after the Seychelles government attempted to raise the rent to more than $10,000,000 per year.

Since independence in 1976, per capita output has expanded to roughly seven times the old near-subsistence level. Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labour force, compared to agriculture which today employs about 3% of the labour force. Despite the growth of tourism, farming and fishing continue to employ some people, as do industries that process coconuts and vanilla.

As of 2013[update], the main export products are processed fish (60%) and non-fillet frozen fish (22%).[45]

The prime agricultural products currently produced in Seychelles include sweet potatoes, vanilla, coconuts and cinnamon. These products provide much of the economic support of the locals. Frozen and canned fish, copra, cinnamon and vanilla are the main export commodities.

Since the worldwide economic crises of 2008, the Seychelles government has prioritised a curbing of the budget deficit, including the containment of social welfare costs and further privatisation of public enterprises. The government has a pervasive presence in economic activity, with public enterprises active in petroleum product distribution, banking, imports of basic products, telecommunications and a wide range of other businesses. According to the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, which measures the degree of limited government, market openness, regulatory efficiency, rule of law, and other factors, economic freedom has been increasing each year since 2010.[46]

The national currency of Seychelles is the Seychellois rupee. Initially tied to a basket of international currencies, it was depegged and allowed to be devalued and float freely in 2008 on the presumed hopes of attracting further foreign investment in the Seychelles economy.

In 1971, with the opening of Seychelles International Airport, tourism became a significant industry, essentially dividing the economy into plantations and tourism. The tourism sector paid better, and the plantation economy could only expand so far. The plantation sector of the economy declined in prominence, and tourism became the primary industry of Seychelles.

In recent years the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services. These incentives have given rise to an enormous amount of investment in real estate projects and new resort properties, such as project TIME, distributed by the World Bank, along with its predecessor project MAGIC.[citation needed] Despite its growth, the vulnerability of the tourist sector was illustrated by the sharp drop in 19911992 due largely to the Gulf War.[47]

Since then the government has moved to reduce the dependence on tourism by promoting the development of farming, fishing, small-scale manufacturing and most recently the offshore financial sector, through the establishment of the Financial Services Authority and the enactment of several pieces of legislation (such as the International Corporate Service Providers Act, the International Business Companies Act, the Securities Act, the Mutual Funds and Hedge Fund Act, amongst others).During March 2015, Seychelles allocated Assumption Island to be developed by India.[48]

Although multinational oil companies have explored the waters around the islands, no oil or gas has been found. In 2005, a deal was signed with US firm Petroquest, giving it exploration rights to about 30,000km2 around Constant, Topaz, Farquhar and Cotivy islands until 2014. Seychelles imports oil from the Persian Gulf in the form of refined petroleum derivatives at the rate of about 5,700 barrels per day (910m3/d).

In recent years oil has been imported from Kuwait and also from Bahrain. Seychelles imports three times more oil than is needed for internal uses because it re-exports the surplus oil in the form of bunker for ships and aircraft calling at Mah. There are no refining capacities on the islands. Oil and gas imports, distribution and re-export are the responsibility of Seychelles Petroleum (Sepec), while oil exploration is the responsibility of the Seychelles National Oil Company (SNOC).

For such a small country, Seychelles has a vibrant art scene that encompasses painters, sculptors, writers and poets, artisans of many types, musicians and dancers.

The Seychelles has a diverse and upcoming group of artists who draw inspiration from the Islands around them.

A National Art Gallery was inaugurated in 1994 on the occasion of the official opening of the National Cultural Centre which housed the National Library and the National Archives with other offices of the Ministry of Culture.

The Minister of Culture then said that an exhibition which featured the works of artists, painters and sculptors was a testimony to the development of art in Seychelles as a creative form of expression and gave a view of the state of contemporary art in Seychelles.

Contemporary Seychelles artists trained in universities the world over since the independence of the country in 1976, particularly, have been free to express themselves in a variety of styles.

Painters have traditionally taken inspiration from the richness of Seychelles natural beauty to produce a wide range of works using mediums ranging from water-colours to oils, acrylics, collages, metals, aluminium, wood, fabrics, gouache, varnishes, recycled materials, pastels, charcoal, embossing, etching, and giclee prints. Local sculptors produce fine works in wood, stone, bronze and cartonnage.

Art in Seychelles, Then and Now Is a recently published hardback that provides a unique overview of both contemporary art in Seychelles as well as exploring aspects of the history and development of visual art.

Fifty artists collaborated in the project through interview and the provision of work which collectively articulates an energised and increasingly diverse range of outcomes.

Generously illustrated in colour, the book annotates the work of practicing artists through their own words and provides a narrative timeline dating back to the first habitation of the islands in the 18th century.

Music and dance have always played a prominent role in Seychelles culture and in all types of local festivities. Rooted in African, Malagasy and European cultures, music is played to the accompaniment of drums such as the Tambour and Tam-Tam and simple string instruments. The violin and guitar are relatively recent foreign imports which play a prominent role in todays music.

The lively Sega dance with its elegant hip-swaying and shuffling of the feet is still popular as is the traditional Moutya, a mysterious, erotic dance dating back to the days of slavery when it was often used as an outlet for strong emotions and as a way of expressing discontent.

The music of Seychelles is diverse, a reflection of the fusion of cultures through its history. The folk music of the islands incorporates multiple influences in a syncretic fashion, including African rhythms, aesthetic and instrumentationsuch as the zez and the bom (known in Brazil as berimbau), European contredanse, polka and mazurka, French folk and pop, sega from Mauritius and Runion, taarab, soukous and other pan-African genres, and Polynesian, Indian and Arcadian music.

A form of percussion music called contombley is popular, as is Moutya, a fusion of native folk rhythms with Kenyan benga. Kontredans (based on European contredanse) is popular, especially in District and School competitions during the annual Festival Kreol (International Creole Festival). Moutya playing and dancing can often be seen at beach bazaars. Their main languages are Seychellois Creole of the French language, French and English.

Staple foods include fish, seafood and shellfish dishes, often accompanied with rice.[49][50] Fish dishes are cooked in several ways, such as steamed, grilled, wrapped in banana leaves, baked, salted and smoked.[49] Curry dishes with rice are also a significant aspect of the country's cuisine.[50][51]

Additional food staples include coconut, breadfruit, mangoes and kordonnyen fish.[52] Dishes are often garnished with fresh flowers.[52]

The main daily newspaper is the Seychelles Nation, dedicated to local government views and current affairs and topics. Other political parties operate other papers such as Regar. Foreign newspapers and magazines are readily available in most bookshops and newsagents. The papers are mostly written in Seychellois Creole, French and English.

The main television and radio network is operated by the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation which offers locally produced news and discussion programmes in the Seychellois Creole language. Broadcasts run between 3pm and 11:30pm on weekdays and longer hours during the weekends. There are also imported English and French language television programmes imported on Seychellois terrestrial television and international satellite television has grown rapidly in recent years.

The most popular sport in Seychelles is basketball, which has particularly developed in this decade.[55] The country's national team qualified for the 2015 African Games, its greatest accomplishment to date. There, the team competed against some of the continent's largest countries such as Egypt.

Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal.[56][57] Mothers tend to be dominant in the household, controlling most expenditures and looking after the interests of the children.[56] Unwed mothers are the societal norm, and the law requires fathers to support their children.[57] Men are important for their earning ability, but their domestic role is relatively peripheral.[56]

Until the mid-19th century, little formal education was available in Seychelles. The Catholic and Anglican churches opened mission schools in 1851. The Catholic mission later operated boys' and girls' secondary schools with religious brothers and nuns from abroad even after the government became responsible for them in 1944.

A teacher training college opened in 1959, when the supply of locally trained teachers began to grow, and in short time many new schools were established. Since 1981 a system of free education has been in effect, requiring attendance by all children in grades one to nine, beginning at age five. Ninety percent of all children attend nursery school at age four.

The literacy rate for school-age children rose to more than 90% by the late 1980s. Many older Seychellois had not been taught to read or write in their childhood; adult education classes helped raise adult literacy from 60% to a claimed 100% in 2014.

There are a total of 68 schools in Seychelles. The public school system consists of 23 crches, 25 primary schools and 13 secondary schools. They are located on Mah, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette. Additionally, there are three private schools: cole Franaise, International School and the independent school. All the private schools are on Mah, and the International School has a branch on Praslin. There are seven post-secondary (non-tertiary) schools: the Seychelles Polytechnic, School of Advanced Level Studies, Seychelles Tourism Academy, University of Seychelles Education, Seychelles Institute of Technology, Maritime Training Center, Seychelles Agricultural and Horticultural Training Center and the National Institute for Health and Social Studies.

The administration launched plans to open a university in an attempt to slow down the brain drain that has occurred. University of Seychelles, initiated in conjunction with the University of London, opened on 17 September 2009 in three locations, and offers qualifications from the University of London.

The Military of Seychelles is the Seychelles People's Defence Force which consists of a number of distinct branches: an Infantry Unit and Coast Guard, Air Force and a Presidential Protection Unit. India has played and continues to play a key role developing the military of Seychelles. After handing over two SDB Mk5 patrol vessels namely INS Tarasa and INS Tarmugli to Seychelles Coast Guard, built by GRSE which were subsequently renamed SCG Constant and SCG Topaz, India also gifted a Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.[58] India also signed a pact to develop Assumption Island, one of the 115 islands that make up the country. Spread over 11km2 (4sqmi), it is strategically located in the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar. The island is being leased for the development of strategic assets by India.[59] In 2018, Seychelles signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.[60][61]

In 2014, Seychelles had the highest incarceration rate in the world of 799 prisoners per 100,000 population, exceeding the United States' rate by 15%.[62] However, the country's actual population is less than 100,000; as of September 2014, Seychelles had 735 actual prisoners, 6% of whom were female, incarcerated in three prisons.[63]

Seychelles is a key participant in the fight against Indian Ocean piracy primarily committed by Somali pirates.[64] Former president James Michel said that piracy costs between $7million $12million a year to the international community: "The pirates cost 4% of the Seychelles GDP, including direct and indirect costs for the loss of boats, fishing, and tourism, and the indirect investment for the maritime security." These are factors affecting local fishing one of the country's main national resources which had a 46% loss in 20082009.[64] International contributions of patrol boats, planes or drones have been provided to help Seychelles combat sea piracy.[64]

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Relief and climateMah IslandMah Island is a tropical island in the Seychelles archipelago that provides inspiration for artists.Contunico ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Mainz

Seychelles, one of the worlds smallest countries, is composed of two main island groups: the Mah group of more than 40 central, mountainous granitic islands and a second group of more than 70 outer, flat, coralline islands. The islands of the Mah group are rocky and typically have a narrow coastal strip and a central range of hills. The overall aspect of those islands, with their lush tropical vegetation, is that of high hanging gardens overlooking silver-white beaches and clear lagoons. The highest point in Seychelles, Morne Seychellois (2,969 feet [905 metres]), situated on Mah, is located within this mountainous island group. The coralline islands, rising only a few feet above sea level, are flat with elevated coral reefs at different stages of formation. These islands are largely waterless, and very few have a resident population.

The climate is tropical oceanic, with little temperature variation during the year. Daily temperatures rise to the mid-80s F (low 30s C) in the afternoon and fall to the low 70s F (low 20s C) at night. Precipitation levels vary greatly from island to island; on Mah, annual precipitation ranges from 90 inches (2,300 mm) at sea level to 140 inches (3,560 mm) on the mountain slopes. Humidity is persistently high but is ameliorated somewhat in locations windward of the prevailing southeast trade winds.

Of the roughly 200 plant species found in Seychelles, some 80 are unique to the islands, including screw pines (see pandanus), several varieties of jellyfish trees, latanier palms, the bois rouge, the bois de fer, Wrights gardenia, and the most famous, the coco de mer. The coco de merwhich is found on only two islandsproduces a fruit that is one of the largest and heaviest known and is valued by a number of Asian cultures for believed aphrodisiac, medicinal, mystic, and other properties. The Seychellois government closely monitors the quantity and status of the trees, and, although commerce is regulated to prevent overharvesting, poaching is a concern.

Wildlife includes a remarkably diverse array of marine life, including more than 900 identified species of fish; green sea turtles and giant tortoises also inhabit the islands. Endemic species include birds such as Seychelles bulbuls and cave-dwelling Seychelles swiftlets; several species of local tree frogs, snails, and wormlike caecilians; Seychelles wolf snakes and house snakes; tiger chameleons; and others. Endemic mammals are few; both fruit bats (Pteropus seychellensis) and Seychelles sheath-tailed bats (Coleura seychellensis) are endemic to the islands. Indian mynahs, barn owls, and tenrecs (small shrewlike or hedgehoglike mammals introduced from Madagascar) are also found.

Considerable efforts have been made to preserve the islands marked biodiversity. Seychelles government has established several nature preserves and marine parks, including the Aldabra Islands and Valle de Mai National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Aldabra Islands, a large atoll, are the site of a preserve inhabited by tens of thousands of giant tortoises, the worlds oldest living creatures, which government conservation efforts have helped rescue from the brink of extinction. Valle de Mai National Park is the only place where all six of the palm species endemic to Seychelles, including the coco de mer, may be found together. Cousin Island is home to a sanctuary for land birds, many endemic to the islands, including the Seychelles sunbird (a type of hummingbird) and the Seychelles brush warbler. The nearby Cousine Island is part private resort and part nature preserve, noted for its sea turtles, giant tortoises, and assorted land birds. Bird Island is the breeding ground for millions of terns, turtle doves, shearwaters, frigate birds, and other seabirds that flock there each year.

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Seychelles (, Ssheru) is a minor character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers. She first appeared as the main character in the demo dating sim, Gakuen Hetalia.

Seychelles has long, dark brown hair, tied into two pigtails with red ribbons. She wears a knee-length blue dress with puffed sleeves, which sometimes is drawn with a flower-print. In some appearances, Seychelles is shown holding a large fish. She usually has brown eyes, though when she appeared in a cameo in the fifthNoto-samagame, her eyes were blue. In early images, Seychelles was given light or fair skin, but in recent images, she appears tan or light brown. InGakuen Hetalia, she wears a white sweater and red plaid skirt as part of her school uniform, and has the lighter skin of her earlier drawings.

A 'chibi' version of Seychelles. Shown in Hidekaz Himaruya's blog.

Seychelles is described as a country girl with a big heart who can sometimes be sloppy. She can't cook on her own and laments over her high cost of living. During the Christmas 2010 Event, Seychelles asks Finland to send her food in exchange for a picture. Her cooking style is described as adding spices and salted dry fish in any cuisine and is said to eat pickled, dried fish that can be stored for long periods of time. She enjoys inviting guests and doesn't like going out much, with rumour that it's because she can't pick up the kind of pickled fish she likes.

Her language is a unique type of French, mixing both French and English. During her cameo in Comic Diary 9, Seychelles, after overhearing other nations mention their stereotypes and reputations, rants that people do not know of her existence. In United States of Hetalia 2, it is revealed that the island where both the Allies and Axis have been repeatedly stranded is the island of Seychelles.

In her Gakuen Hetalia appearance, she fears attending a new academy because she lacks talent and confidence. She claims to have once been rich and strong, but has become poor and useless. Seychelles believes that her only abilities are to sing, dance, and make souvenirs. Seychelles is conflicted over her feelings for both France and England; the former raised her and makes sexual advances, while the latter is aggressive and dominant. Seychelles does not have fond feelings for her coat of arms, and she is laughed at in her Africa class due to its outlandish appearance.

In WorldStars, Seychelles is shown to remember him and his place in the G8. This makes Canada excited, and he decides to make a large and lavish "impact" to thank her and make sure she always remembers him. However, Canada's strange and out-of-character behaviour frightens her, and she doesn't see who he is because she could never believe Canada would be such a "show off".

During their first meeting in the Gakuen Hetalia universe, England snaps a dog collar onto Seychelles and claims her to be his colony. He uses her like a servant in the game, though, occasionally, they are able to get along. In one of Seychelles' appearances in the comic, she shows anger toward England. In Volume 4, Seychelles was delighted when England asked her to (secretly) host the newly married Prince William and his wife.

In the Gakuen Hetalia universe, it is revealed (via flashback) that he helped raise her as a child. However, in the present he attempts to undress and grope her, much to her embarrassment; he is apparently desperate to see what her body has become.

Their relationship in the mainstream Hetalia universe has not been mentioned, outside of France appearing with her in Shipwrecked and an illustration in Christmas Rampage 2007 that shows him groping Seychelles. In Hetaween 2011, she was in France's "Peter Pan-themed" team, dressed as Captain Hook.

During theHalloween Event 2011, Monaco and Seychelles were both in France's Peter Pan costume group. Monaco refers to Seychelles as "Seychelles-kun" in the original Japanese, implying a friendly relationship or that Monaco is a sort of senior to Seychelles. (In Japan, the honorific -kun is typically for male children and teenagers, but can be also be used between close friends or family members and between seniors and juniors, regardless of gender.)

Seychelles' anime debut in Episode 100.

Seychelles official debut in the anime is in Episode 100, the forty-eight and last episode of the Hetalia: World series. The episode finally tells about the island the Axis and Allies have been stranded on to be Seychelles, she pops out from the bushes and is confused on why the nations are bickering like children.

What is interesting is the fact that Seychelles appears to be a white-skinned girl in the anime, which is rather unsuitable since she is an islandic African nation and her fellow peer, Cameroon has brown skin.The problem is fixed in the new season, the Beautiful World series which we see Seychelles as a brown-skinned girl, a contrast to her early design.

Seychelles in The Beautiful World series.

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The early Seychelles design.

The anime design for Seychelles that will be used in the Gakuen Hetalia Portable game for the PSP.

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The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.

Pre-European colonization the islands were known by Arab navigators on trading voyages, but were never inhabited.

Eventually Seychelles was settled by France in the 18th century, but it wasn't long before the British fought for control. A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter.

Although the new governor to the islands was British, he governed according to French rules, and allowed previous French customs to remain intact. Slavery was completely abolished in 1835, and the island nation subsequently began to decline as exportation decreased.

The anti-slavery stance was taken very seriously by the British government, and conditions started improving when it was realized that coconuts could be grown with less labour.

In the late 19th century, Seychelles became a place to exile troublesome political prisoners, most notably from Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Palestine.

Independence for the islands came in 1976, after the Seychelles People's United Party was formed and led by France-Albert Rene, campaigning for socialism and freedom from Britain.

Socialism was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert Rene, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004.

Vice President James Michel took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term.

Upon independence in 1976, economic growth has steadily increased, led by the tourism sector and tuna fishing. In the past few years, the government has also created incentives for foreign investments. Per capita, Seychelles is the most indebted country in the world and currently had a population of 90,024.

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ISO Country Code: sc

Actual Time: Thu-Dec-26 00:41Time Zone: SCT - Seychelles TimesLocal Time = UTC+4h

Country Calling Code: +248

Capital City: Victoria (pop. 24 500)

Government:Type: Multiple-party republic.Independence: June 29, 1976 (from UK).

Geography:Location: Eastern Africa, group of about 115 islands scattered over 1.3 millionsquare kilometers of the western Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar.Area: 455 km (176 sq km)Major Islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.Terrain: About half of the islands are of granitic origin, with narrow coastalstrips and central ranges of hills rising to more than 900 m; highest point: MorneSeychellois at 905 m.The other half are coral atolls, many uninhabitable.

Climate: Tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon(late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May).

People:Nationality: Noun and adjective--Seychellois.Population 92,000 (2015)Ethnic groups: Creole (European, Asian, and African).Religions: Catholic 86.6%, Anglican Church 6.8%, other Christians 2.5%, other4.1%.Languages: Officiallanguages are Seychelles Creole (kreol seselwa), English, and French.Literacy: between 60-80%.

Natural resources: Fish, copra, cinnamon trees.

Agriculture products: Coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava(tapioca), bananas; broiler chickens; tuna fish.

Industries: Fishing; tourism; processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir(coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture; beverages.

Exports - commodities: canned tuna, frozen fish, petroleum products (reexports)

Exports partners: France 18.2%, UK 17.9%, Mauritius 10%, Japan 9.2%, Italy 7.8%, Spain 4.5% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals, other manufactured goods

Imports - partners: Saudi Arabia 22.5%, Spain 11.1%, Singapore 7.4%, China 4.5%, South Africa 4.1%, France 4% (2015)

Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)

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This Romantic Getaway in the Seychelles Won ‘The World’s Leading Private Island Resort’ Award – About Her

The JA Enchanted Island Resort, an ultra-luxurious hideaway in the Seychelles, was awarded World's Leading Private Island Resort 2019 during the World Travel Awards ceremony in Muscat. Described as a paradise for intimate vacations, the five-star resort has won regional awards before, but nabbed the World's Leading Private Island Resort accolade this year due to outstanding customer feedback across multiple channels and review sites. The property has a 92 percent guest satisfaction rate, largely due to the bespoke attention to detail and personalised service the focused team offer to guests.

JA Enchanted Island Resort is the hidden gem of the Seychelles, a romantic getaway that guests adore. With just 10 villas, no other resort can compare to the level of exclusivity and bespoke service we provide. We are very proud to receive this award,"CEO of JA Resorts & Hotels, Anthony Ross, said.

Memorable experiences that voters underscored included catching marlin, tuna and sailfish and having a private chef prepare the fish in three ways. Spa treatments in the spa located on the hilltop, with three individual treatment pavilions, are another highlight. It seems theres nothing quite like those stunning views of the Pavilion Bwa Zoli Ker, Yoga Pavilion and private moonlit dinners on the silver sands.

The private island in the Indian Ocean has a unique location as it sits within a designated National Marine Park, the Saint Anne Marine Park. And the 10 exclusive villas are surrounded by eight acres of white sand, lush tropical vegetation and turquoise waters, which are home to some of the worlds most colourful marine life.

Each villa has its own private pool, a private garden with private dining gazebo for intimate in-villa dining experiences and direct access to the pristine beach, which has an unparalleled serene ambience. As well as being able to completely disconnect in the tropical surroundings, guests can sign up for some action and adventure thanks to the wealth of water activities, from yacht trips, paddle boarding and snorkeling to catamaran cruising and big game fishing, on offer. Guests also have the option of going to the main island for cultural discovery experiences.

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Seychelles: The island nation with a novel way to tackle climate change – BBC News

Image caption Fisherman Darryl Green welcomes the restrictions

On board Darryl Green's small fishing boat, just off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, the water is so clear we can see the seabed. Brightly coloured fish swim around the hull.

"You know at my age I've seen the fish size decrease dramatically," the fisherman reminisces. He's on board his boat with his young grandson in tow.

"If as fishermen, we do not take responsibility for our fish stocks, who's going to do it? If we don't start somewhere then in the future we're going to be very hard pushed to find fish to feed our children."

Mr Green has been fishing his local bay for decades - but not any more. He's set up a project with his fellow fishermen to voluntarily stop fishing here for six months of the year, hoping that this will allow fish stocks to replenish.

"This is our office," he says. "You go to the office to work. We come here to work. This is where we earn our livelihood. So we've got to protect it."

During the six months off, they have to fish further out to sea, while some of them do other things like carpentry too.

Mr Green's project is one of many which have been funded by a pioneering marine conservation plan.

In the first deal of its kind, the East African nation swapped 5% of its national debt for a cash injection to fight the effects of climate change on the ocean.

In return, it promised to protect 30% of its national waters, which is an area twice the size of the UK - by the end of next year. It's a huge undertaking for this tiny nation.

The Seychelles government agreed the debt swap with the Nature Conservancy, a US charity, and a number of investors in 2016.

Under the terms of the $21m (16m) deal, the charity and the investors - who include the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - bought a portion of the Seychelles' national debt from European nations, such as the UK and France.

The debt is now held by a trust, the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), which offers the country lower interest rates on its repayments.

The savings - over $8 million - are ring-fenced for projects designed to protect marine life and handle the effects of climate change.

Small island nations are among the most vulnerable to rising sea levels. Conservationists say dying coral reefs, extreme weather and land erosion threaten the very existence of the Seychelles archipelago.

The country is trying to defend its greatest resource - the sea - but it's no easy task. All human activity in the protected areas will have to be severely restricted - not just fishing but tourism too. Policing this huge swathe of the Indian Ocean will fall to the country's coastguard.

Lt Col Connie Anthony says it will take her team two days to get to some of the waters they are charged with protecting.

"We don't have a big coastguard. What we are doing now in order for us to get ready is mostly on our outer islands, that are further away. We've put soldiers on those islands and they have vessels with them to conduct inner harbour patrols." she says.

Thankfully they will have assistance from the skies. The country's air force is on board with the plans and will be using their unique vantage point to support their colleagues below.

Captain Donn Du Preez explains how they will spot rogue vessels.

"From the aircraft, we can see what we call trip wires, which are things that give us clues whether they are legal or not. For example, are they flying a flag? Not flying a flag? What type equipment could they have on board a vessel? Have they got buoys in the water? That sort of thing."

He says they are more than ready for the challenge.

"Our aircraft are quite capable. We have quite sophisticated equipment on board and we can detect vessels from quite long distances away. And when we fly, we cover tens of thousands of square kilometres. And we do that quite effectively, so we can do the job."

Other countries are also negotiating similar deals with the The Nature Conservancy to protect their oceans.

Wallace Cosgrow, the Seychelles' environment minister, says his country can hold up its end of the deal.

"We want to lead by example and show the world that it can be done. The resources in small island countries are not always available for conservation for example. So we're looking at innovative ways to raise financing to support the environment.

"I get a lot of questions, especially from small island states where they also want to replicate the debt swap but also looking at marine spatial planning."

While most people on the islands are positive, there is no denying that in a country which relies on its oceans for income, it won't be easy balancing the demands of people's livelihoods and what's best for the environment.

On the main island of Mahe, Beatty Hoarau, another fisherman has concerns. He operates bigger commercial operations and his boats can be out at sea for days at a time.

"I think having a protected area is good, but what has happened now is simply to me a publicity stunt. We have, like you say, to make sacrifices - but sacrifices should not come only from the fishermen," he says.

Back on Praslin Island, fisherman Mr Green tells us about another challenge he's facing - this one from his little grandson.

"He tells me: 'When I grow up, I'm going to be a fisherman. I don't want to go to school,'" Mr Green says.

"I tell him: 'No, no, no! I think you should go to school first to learn, because there are lots of instruments you have to know how to use. And then you will go fishing!'"

"He seems to have a real passion for it and he's very good - but then he's had a good teacher," laughs Mr Green.

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Seychelles Tourism Board Present at the Fifth Edition of the Penalty Shoot Out – eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) through its office in Abu Dhabi participated at the 48th UAE National Day celebrations in style as its presence was noted at the 5th edition of the Penalty Shoot Out hosted by Al Ethihad Sports Academy on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Penalty Shoot Out, a sports event spearheaded by Al Ethihad Sports Academy under the supervision of its founding CEO Mr. Arakkal Kamarudheen, seeks to groom young talents to be professional athletes.

Bringing together over 150 youths from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, the event provided an opportunity to the promising players to showcase their athletic abilities through friendly matches at the prestigious American International School Abu Dhabi.

The Academy further encourages the development of sport skills in youngsters, giving them opportunities to be selected to train at international academies such as Barcelona FC Academy and even tour countries such as India to gain experience.

Supporting the initiative through its office in Abu Dhabi, the STB was represented the Tourism Attach, Ms Aliette Esther, who conducted the mission successful alongside Seychelles based DMC Vision Voyages, also sponsored the event.

Recalling the fabulous experience at the Penalty Shoot Out Ms. Esther stated that assisting the Al Ethihad Sports Academy with the event has been a means to increase visibility for the destination and expressed that STBs involvement in such events are beneficial to the Seychelles.

There has been talk about a much-needed shift in diversifying tourism in the Seychelles, said Ms. Esther, and this event fits right into it as it can create opportunities for sports tourism in the Seychelles.

What is most encouraging, Ms. Esther continue, is Al Ethihad Sports Academys keen interest in tapping into young players potential in the Seychelles. We have swimmers, footballers and cricketers in the country, so a lot of young people could benefit from such a venture. Team exchanges between the 2 countries would not only help develop youth sports in the Seychelles but also open them up to more cultural experiences and boost their confidence. Players going to the Seychelles would be accompanied by their families, therefore contributing to our tourism and economic sectors.

Ms. Esther further stated her satisfaction to execute side-lined collaboration with her various Abu Dhabi partners as they consolidate the relationship between the two countries.

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President Faure attends Seychelles Young Leaders’ President’s Award ceremony – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

12 December 2019 | Education

President Danny Faure was the guest of honour at the Presidents Award ceremony as part of the Seychelles Young Leaders Programme (SYLP) for the 5th cohort, held at the Guy Morel Institute this afternoon.

The 22 graduates have successfully completed the intensive two-year MA degree in Leadership and Strategy by the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland, a college at the National University of Ireland, and the University of Seychelles. They graduated last year and today they were presented with the SYLP Presidents Award by President Faure.

The degree incorporates a strong local and international dimension, and focuses on programmes in social domains. This is important to the country given the shortage of trained professionals to effectively address the various social ills afflicting Seychelles.

Launched on the 18th January 2008, the Seychelles Young Leaders Programme has produced over 130 graduates.

The ceremony was also attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, Dr Justin Valentin, the Executive Director of Guy Morel Institute, Mrs Shella Mohideen, Executive members of the University of Seychelles and the Guy Morel Institute members and management.

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Seychelles joins the ranks of countries with a very high Development Index – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

10 December 2019 | State House

The 2019 United Nations Human Development Report, which was released in Colombia on 9th December, ranks Seychelles as 62nd out of 189 countries, scoring an index of 0.801 which places it among the countries categorised as having a very high development index (VHDI).

Seychelles is also the only country in the African region and the Indian Ocean to have attained the VHDI category in 2019.

The UNDP Report notes that between 2000 and 2018, Seychelles HDI value increased from 0.712 to 0.801, an increase of 12.6 percent. It also noted that between 1990 and 2018, Seychelles life expectancy at birth increased by 2.6 years; the mean years of schooling increased by 2.2 years and expected years of schooling increased by 4.0 years. Seychelles GNI per capita increased by about 82.9 percent between 1990 and 2018.

In welcoming the UNDP Report, President Danny Faure congratulated the people of Seychelles on the progress they had made over the years, and said that these achievements were the result of the countrys focus on people-centred development. He said that the countrys development plans would continue to put its people first, and ensure that no one was left behind.

The 2019 Human Development Index Report may be accessed at http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/2019-human-development-index-ranking

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Club Med Seychelles set to debut in October next year – Breaking Travel News

Club Med has unveiled details of its brand-new Seychelles resort.

The property is the latest addition to the brands Exclusive Collection, offering the highest level of luxury for guests looking to enjoy a tropical getaway.

Club Med Seychelles is set on its own private island within 220 hectares of luscious greenery, in a preserved national park location and is only 15 minutes by speedboat from Victoria-Seychelles airport in Mahe.

The Exclusive Collection resort, which is focused for families and couples alike, is the first resort in the Seychelles that offers unparalleled luxury alongside fantastic childcare facilities.

The resort will offer kids clubs from ages two up to 17 years as well as the Club Med Amazing Family concept which includes a fun-filled weekly agenda of activities for the families to enjoy together.

The resort set to open in late 2020 - will offer a world of adventures for guests staying on the island including, snorkelling, sailing, hiking, tennis and archery.

Estelle Giraudeau, managing director of Club Med UK and northern Europe, commented: We are incredibly excited to be opening this brand-new resort in the Seychelles.

Not only is this a brand-new destination for us, it is also the first time Club Med has opened a resort on its own private island.

In a series of firsts, the resort is also the first family-friendly offering in the Seychelles which also enables guests to unwind and relax in the luxurious and private surroundings of this Exclusive Collection property.

The resort has been created in a way where guests can feel at one with nature as well as learning more about the unspoiled marine life around them, in one of the most eco-friendly holiday destinations in our portfolio.

The resort, which will open from October 2020, has a range of different accommodation with four varying types of accommodation from family and superior rooms, to more lavish suites with private pools.

Club Med is a subsidiary of Fosun International, which is listed in Hong-Kong.

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The Luxury Collection opens its First Private Island Destination in the Seychelles – FTNnews.com

The Luxury Collection announced the opening of North Island, Seychelles. The opening marksthe portfolio's first private island destination.

With just 11 villas, Africas most exclusive private island is located 30 kilometers from the mainland and is accessible by a scenic helicopter flight or an hour boat ride, giving guests an immediate sense of escapism.

Following its history as a coconut plantation, the granitic island is now a sanctuary for endangered species; luminous beaches and clear blue seas welcome nesting sea turtles, and the Palm forests are home to giant Aldabra tortoises and rare Seychelles white-eye birds. The island has been expertly designed and with pioneering conservation programs, offers the highest standards of hospitality, earning them status as an award-winning sustainable travel destination. With a mission to demonstrate that luxury with a conscience can co-exist, sustainability lies at the heart of North Islands philosophy and will be further embraced and supported with The Luxury Collection. The operational responsibility of the resort will remain with ASMALLWORLD, the worlds leading travel & lifestyle community.

North Island has always skilfully combined a sustainable and environmentally conscious management philosophy with the ambition to provide a truly immersive, barefoot-luxury experience. Whilst maintaining our identity and ethos, our work with The Luxury Collection will allow us to maximise our awareness in our continued efforts in pioneering sustainable luxury travel. Jan Luescher, CEO of ASMALLWORLD.

Eleven private guest and family villas line the island; each villa has been created using local materials harvested during the islands rehabilitation process, expertly balancing luxury and simplicity. An haute-couture Robinson Crusoe aesthetic has been applied through interiors celebrating the sheer indulgence of volume and space.

North Island is one of the most rare and luxurious destinations in the world, making it a natural fit for The Luxury Collection and our global explorers who seek authentic experiences and connections to both pristine nature and elevated personalization, said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. "This is the first private island within The Luxury Collection portfolio, and were delighted to be expanding our footprint of captivating destinations with storied pasts and protected futures.

The island not only offers a calming refuge from the modern world, but also an invigorating, refreshing getaway connected to the islands natural beauty. Aquatic explorers can take part in snorkeling, diving, fishing, sunset cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Bespoke guided excursions for those looking to explore the granite peaks or coral reefs are also available. Whilst on land, forest trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or private buggy, or guests can simply relax on one of the islands four pristine beaches located at each end of the compass. The island is also the ultimate playground for families and children, with a Beach Buddy program tailormade to interests and hobbies. Parents are invited to take part, or can find their own relaxation whilst children remain supervised.

As part of a new culinary concept, Michelin-Star Chef Akira Backbrings his fine-dining concept to the Piazza at North Island. The various dining venues lend themselves to a range of outstanding epicurean experiences with menus changing daily according to the latest island harvest. The Piazza is situated on the ocean front and offers candlelit, private dining utilizing the freshest ingredients from both land and sea. The more relaxed Sunset Beach Bar offers tapas and cocktails during sunset. In-villa dining centers on a comfort food menu featuring local Creole curries or classic dishes, complemented by a generously stocked villa pantry.

The North Island Spa is dwarfed by giant granite peaks, enjoys an open sea breeze and overlooks turquoise waters. Guests are invited to the spa on arrival where they are immediately immersed in island life with each tailor-made treatment starting with a barefoot ritual. A private consultation to create a bespoke spa experience is then formulated as part of a holistic journey of visual and textural contrasts, arousing the senses and rejuvenating mind, body and soul.

With 2020 rates from US$6000 per night, North Island offers an inimitable experience that seeks to offer a contrasted way of life; rough and smooth, old and new, wet and dry, casual and refined, where footprints are the only evidence on the islands vast, untouched beaches.

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Cabinet Business – Thursday 12th December – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles

13 December 2019

President Danny Faure chaired a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday 12th December, at which a number of legal and policy memoranda were considered.

Cabinet approved for adoption of the Radiation Safety and Security Regulations 2019 to provide for the effective implementation of the Radiation Safety and Security Act 2014. The Regulations concern the safe use and disposal of radioactive materials as required by the International Atomic Eneregy Agency (IAEA).

Cabinet also approved for the Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) to allow both parties to establish and benefit from a framework for technical cooperation and assistance.

Cabinet also approved to present the changes in the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) for Seychelles to ratify the amendments proposed to ensure that the interest of the country are preserved.

Cabinet approved for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar on Tuna Derogation Re-allocation for the ESA-UK Economic Partnership Agreement.

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The Seychelles Islands Excels at the Ninth Edition of Cond Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards – eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News

In the ninth edition of the prestigious Cond Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards, The Seychelles Islands won the runner up award for the Favorite Emerging Overseas Country.

Held at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi- India on November 19, 2019, the ceremony was hosted by the esteemed Bollywood actress, Bhumi Pednekar, and attracted the likes of industry leaders, influencers and recognized names in the travel and tourism industries as well as government bodies.

As an increasingly popular tourist destination, Seychelles situated in Indian Ocean region is a promise of pristine paradise and beautiful adventure. The Seychelles islands, absolutely another world, as its brand would say it, is an ultimate holiday destination of some colorful 115 islands sprinkled with warm browns, striking turquoise and other hues found in the color spectrum.

Speaking about the latest recognition received by the destination, Mrs. Sherin Francis Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive mentioned that it is an honor for the destination to have been voted by the readers of the Cond Nast Traveller magazine.

The task of creating visibility for such a small destination is not always an easy one, this is why being recognized as the Favorite Emerging Overseas Country is even more significant for us. It is a collective effort on our part as the tourism board and on the part of our trade partners and usual collaborators.

We strive to demarcate our destination by its uniqueness and it is rewarding to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, said Mrs. Francis.

Rewarded by the Readers Travel Awards, Seychelles has been chosen through a readers voting process spanning over two months sans any nominations. The Cond Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards also recognizes the best in the travel industry, namely hotels, destinations, airlines, spas, websites, apps, cruise lines and more.

Several eminent personalitiespresent at the ceremony included;Mr. Alexander Laloo Hek, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Meghalaya,Shri-Ram Gau-riya, Member of Legislative Assembly, Nagaur, Rajasthan,Shri Sampath Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya,Ms. Sanme Marak, Additional Resident Commissioner, Meghalaya, His ExcellencyMr. Thomas Selby Pillay, High Commissioner of Seychelles,Mr. John Madew, Minister, Commercial and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Austrade,Mr. Sanjay Pandey, Additional Director, Rajasthan Tourism,Mr. Deniz Ersoz, Culture and tourism Counsellor, Turkey Embassy,Mr. Fabio Subia, Second Secretary and Head of the Consular Section and Cultural Attach, Embassy of Peru to name a few.

Since its establishment in 1989 in the United States of America, the Cond Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards has set the benchmarks in the hospitality and travel industry worldwide.

The Readers Travel Award 2019 winners will be featured in Cond Nast Traveller Indias December 2019 January 2020 issue.

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France may blacklist Virgin Islands, others – BVI Beacon

France plans to add the Virgin Islands to a blacklist along with the Seychelles, Anguilla and the Bahamas because they are not cooperative enough in terms of financial transparency, French Public Accounts Minister Gerald Darmanin reportedly told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

France has been investigating 500 offshore companies owned by French residents since information about them was revealed in the Panama Papers scandal in 2016, according to news reports.

The move, however, comes as the VI has been passing legislation over the past year to comply with economic substance requirements from the European Union to avoid being placed on an EU blacklist.

Premier Andrew Fahie did not respond to requests for comment, but BVI Finance CEO Elise Donovan said the relevant government agencies were working with French authorities to get more information. She declined to comment further until more is known.

However, during a Dec. 5 Senate sitting Bahamas Attorney General Carl Bethel called the blacklisting a surprise attack by the French and said, We will find out what the cause of the problem is and we will fix it, according to the Nassau Guardian.

The previous day in the countrys House of Assembly, Bahamas Finance Minister Peter Turnquest also pledged to remedy the situation.

I expressed regret that the French government deemed this step necessary, he said. I think that we have to accept that they too are under pressure from their parliamentarians and sometimes countries that have these issues have to find someone to strike out at.

Seychelles Finance Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne called the decision hostile, regrettable and disappointing, and added that it would negatively impact the Seychelles economy, according to the Seychelles News Agency.

French Ambassador to the Seychelles Dominique Mas suggested in an interview with SNA that the move was due to financial information requested by the French government that was delayed and deemed insufficient.

Seychelles, like the other countries which have also been blacklisted, were slow in providing the information requested by the French authority and the information provided was deemed not adequate, Mr. Mas said.

Mr. Loustau-Lalanne added that the Seychelles government would look at amending laws to better comply with international norms, and would write a letter to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

We will protest, because I feel this is a hostile action, he told SNA. We need to get out of this situation, and we need to work with the French authorities to remedy this situation as quickly as possible.

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