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History of the Seychelles NATION newspaper

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The history of the now Seychelles Nation newspaper dates back to the 1920s. Between 1926 and 1929, the government started publishing a daily leaflet called Reuters’ Telegrams and Advertisers. In 1942, the name changed to Government Bulletin and 19 years later (in 1961) it was called Seychelles Bulletin. The newspaper kept this name until the day of independence – June ...

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Through the mists of History …

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In 1951, the prison of Union Vale was established. It comprised of two blocks, one for first offenders and one for recidivists. Prisoners were forwarded daily to the Public Works Department (PWD) where they engaged in road repairs or to the Botanical Gardens. At the prison, the main tasks of the prisoners were breaking stones, beating coconut fibre, making mattress ...

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The games we used to play

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For Monuments Day this year, Unesco promoted the theme ‘Our sports Heritage’. On behalf of the National Heritage Research Section, TONY MATHIOT takes a nostalgic look at some of the popular games that children in Seychelles played some decades ago. They were delightfully recreational, pleasurably sportive and so full of fun, those games we used to play. You would certainly ...

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New National Assembly opposition leader sworn in after Pierre resigns

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Francesca Monnaie became the new leader of the opposition in the Seychelles’ National Assembly on Tuesday after David Pierre submitted his resignation a day earlier. Pierre’s resignation from parliament followed his recent resignation as leader of the political party he formed in 2011, the Popular Democratic Movement, PDM. Monnaie, formerly the party’s secretary general, is now also the interim leader ...

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Seychelles

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Seychelles at the invitation of President James Michel. Ban was greeted by president Michel upon arrival at the Seychelles International airport at Pointe Larue on the east coast of the main island, Mahe, Saturday afternoon. Shortly after, the UN Secretary-General was flown to Praslin Island for a visit to the UNESCO Heritage site ...

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Exiled to paradise: 4 famous or royal residents who died in Seychelles

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The famous and the royal are among the many visitors to the tropical paradise of Seychelles. Some of those in the famous/royal category have even lived in exile in the island nation. And for a few of those, the heavenly islands of 115-island archipelago even became their final resting place. 1) Yaa Asantewaa,  queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana, died ...

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Through the mists of History….

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by Tony Mathiot In 1951, the prison of Union Vale was established. It comprised of two blocks, one for first offenders and one for recidivists. Prisoners were forwarded daily to the Public Works Department (PWD) where they engaged in road repairs or to the Botanical Gardens. At the prison, the main tasks of the prisoners were breaking stones, beating coconut ...

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Jivan Shah: A Seychellois legend still missed by the near and far

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People from over the world are still travelling to the Seychelles in search of one of the island nation’s guru, Kantilal Jivan Shah, despite his passing five years ago. Described as a pioneer of conservation in Seychelles, Kantilal affectionately known as ‘Kanti’ by locals was also an artist, sculptor and photographer. He taught islanders how to cook vegetarian and was ...

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The Parish of Anse Royale is 150

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Parish of Anse Royale. TONY MATHIOT recounts its history: When Father Ignace Galfione (1815-1881) arrived in Seychelles in October 1864 to assume the post of Vice-Apostolic prefect of the Catholic Church, the archipelago was a cauldron of religious fervor with the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church vying for the souls ...

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The way we were…101 years ago

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The year 1909 pulsated with the exuberance of industry and an outpouring of optimism about national prosperity. As the first decade of the 20th century drew to a close, during which the foundations of our economic development and social evolution had been established, it heralded development goals that would form a continuous succession of events leading up to our present ...

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