Da Mineração à Tribuna: a Sotheby’s Irá Leiloar Uma das Maiores Descobertas em Joias do Século

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COM 55,22 QUILATES, A PEDRA PRECIOSA RARA É O MAIOR E MAIS VALIOSO RUBI QUE JÁ APARECEU EM UM LEILÃO

A EXPECTATIVA É OBTER MAIS DE US$ 30 MILHÕES EXTRAÍDOS EM MOÇAMBIQUE E CORTADOS A PARTIR DE UMA PEDRA BRUTA DE 101 QUILATES

O MAIOR RUBI COM QUALIDADE DE PEDRA PRECIOSA JÁ VISTO NO MUNDO – O ESTRELA DE FURA 55,22 SERÁ O DESTAQUE NO MAGNÍFICO LEILÃO DE JOIAS DA SOTHEBY’S EM JUNHO

Já em seu estado bruto, o Estrela de Fura mostrou suas extraordinárias características de qualidade, com potencial para tornar-se uma gema única.
O lapidador conseguiu perceber este potencial e criou um rubi facetado, com um peso surpreendente de 55,22 quilates, exibindo uma cor vermelha saturada e homogênea, combinada com um grau de transparência nunca visto em qualquer outro rubi não submetido a tratamento térmico de tamanho comparável.
Ver um rubi natural deste tamanho, com uma combinação de características de qualidade como essa sem necessidade de tratamento, era considerado algo quase inimaginável.
O rubi natural de 55,22 quilates estabelece um novo recorde, não apenas para rubis de Moçambique, como também para rubis em geral.”
O Gübelin Gem Lab

NOVA YORK, April 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Quando a FURA Gems anunciou o achado histórico do maior rubi do mundo com qualidade de gema jamais visto, em setembro de 2022, as notícias dominaram as manchetes do mundo inteiro, provocando um tremendo entusiasmo e pegando o mercado de gemas de surpresa. Descoberto na mina de rubis da FURA em Montepuez, Moçambique, em julho de 2022, a pedra preciosa – pesando surpreendentes 101 quilates – foi posteriormente batizada como Estrela de FURA, em homenagem à sua extraordinária profundidade de cor e tamanho, e para destacar Moçambique como uma próspera fonte de rubis de qualidade superior. Mesmo em seu estado bruto e intocado, a Estrela de FURA foi considerada por especialistas como um tesouro excepcional da natureza por sua fluorescência, excelente clareza e tom vermelho vívido, conhecido como “sangue de pombo” – uma cor tradicionalmente associada apenas a rubis birmaneses.

Agora, sete meses após sua estreia inicial, quando o martelo foi batido no lote final do The Exceptional Luxury Evening Auction, em Hong Kong, as especulações sobre o paradeiro do rubi foram finalmente postas de lado quando o leiloeiro da Sotheby’s, Uni Kim, revelou oficialmente o Estrela de FURA de 55,22 para o mundo. Pesando consideráveis 55,22 quilates, esta joia moçambicana excepcionalmente importante e rara é o maior rubi com qualidade de gema já leiloado. Sua combinação de rica saturação de cor, intocada pelo tratamento térmico, aparência altamente cristalina e tamanho incomparável – com uma estimativa superior a US$ 30 milhões – coloca o Estrela de FURA 55,22 como o rubi mais valioso e importante que já chegou ao mercado.

Após uma série inicial de estudos do cristal bruto de 101 quilates para determinar as opções de corte no início do ano, o Estrela de FURA foi magistralmente cortado e facetado por uma equipe de artesãos – com a parte áspera transformada em uma bela pedra em formato de almofada, a qual, de acordo com um relatório do Swiss Gemmological Institute – SSEF, “resultou em matizes vermelhos vívidos devido a múltiplas reflexões internas”. O relatório afirma ainda que “um rubi natural de Moçambique deste tamanho e qualidade pode ser considerado muito raro, e portanto, um extraordinário tesouro da natureza”. A joia acima mencionada é profundamente rica em cromo, que, quando exposto à luz ultravioleta (como a encontrada na luz solar) faz com que a pedra irradie uma fluorescência vermelha ardente, aumentando ainda mais a sua vivacidade, como se estivesse acesa por dentro.

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O rubi se tornou uma das pedras preciosas coloridas mais procuradas em um momento no qual a cor domina o mundo das joias e a raridade impulsiona o mercado. Rubis dessa importância e magnitude são extremamente raros, com apenas dois exemplos tendo rompido a barreira de US$ 15 milhões em leilão, tornando a aparição da joia atual um marco em si. O Gübelin Gem Lab afirma ainda que o rubi “estabelece um novo recorde, não apenas para rubis de Moçambique, mas também para rubis em geral”. O Estrela de FURA 55,22 está pronto para fazer história, já que está prestes a superar o The Sunrise Ruby (O Rubi do Nascer do Sol), um rubi de 25,59 quilates de origem birmanesa, vendido por US$ 30,3 milhões (US$ 1.185.451 por quilate) na Sotheby’s de Genebra, em 2015, e ainda detém o recorde mundial de leilão de um rubi*.

A nova jornada da pedra começa hoje, na Sotheby’s Hong Kong, onde ela embarcará em uma turnê mundial, com exposições programadas em Taipei, China, Singapura, Genebra e Dubai (todas as datas do calendário serão informadas em ocasião oportuna), antes de estrelar no leilão Magnificent Jewels da Sotheby’ s, em Nova York, em 8 de junho.

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A descoberta milagrosa, no ano passado, do rubi Estrela de FURA de 101 quilates na mina de FURA, em Moçambique, foi de imensa importância, surpreendendo todos os integrantes do mercado de joias. Agora, em seu estado recém-transformado de 55,22 quilates, o Estrela de FURA 55,22, é uma verdadeira maravilha da natureza, e uma pedra extraordinária de cor perfeita e clareza excepcional, combinadas com sua magnífica forma de almofada. O rubi está, sem dúvida, em uma posição privilegiada para se tornar o porta-estandarte dos rubis africanos e das pedras preciosas em geral, atraindo a atenção global para a sua capacidade de rivalizar, e até mesmo ofuscar, as gemas da Birmânia, que têm sido tradicionalmente a fonte mais desejável e reconhecida de rubis”, afirma Quig Bruning, Diretor da Sotheby’s Jewelry nas Américas.

Nós, da FURA, estamos extremamente orgulhosos por encontrarmos o Estrela de FURA ainda no início da nossa jornada moçambicana. Pedras preciosas importantes, como o Estrela de FURA, são extremamente raras, e um rubi lindamente facetado de 55,22 quilates com qualidade de gema é quase inédito. Desde a análise minuciosa e estudo da pedra – ao longo do processo de corte e polimento -, trabalhamos com o máximo de cuidado e respeito pelo Rubi, reconhecendo a sua importância e proeminência. Testemunhar a finalização do Estrela de FURA 55,22 foi uma conquista monumental para todos nós, e estamos entusiasmados que uma nova página na história desta incrível joia e dos rubis moçambicanos esteja prestes a ser escrita com a Sotheby’s,” declara Dev Shetty, Fundador e CEO da FURA Gems.

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MINERAÇÃO DE RUBIS EM MOÇAMBIQUE

A mineração de rubis em Moçambique tem uma longa e rica história, com as primeiras descobertas significativas de depósitos de rubi no país que remontam à década de 1960. No entanto, foi apenas no começo dos anos 2000 que a mineração de rubis em Moçambique ganhou impulso real, com a descoberta do depósito de rubis de Montepuez, na parte norte do país, onde o cristal bruto do Estrela de FURA foi originalmente encontrado. Os melhores destes rubis de Moçambique são caracterizados por uma destacada transparência e riqueza de cor, resultando em extraordinária qualidade geral. O depósito de rubis de Montepuez é um dos maiores depósitos de rubis do mundo, atraindo um interesse significativo de empresas internacionais de mineração.

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NOTA AOS EDITORES

*O atual recorde mundial para um rubi vendido em leilão é mantido pelo ‘Sunrise Ruby‘, uma pedra birmanesa de 25,59 quilates, leiloada na Sotheby’s de Genebra em maio de 2015, por US$ 30,3 milhões. O seu preço também estabeleceu um novo recorde para qualquer rubi, por quilate (US$ 1.185.451 por quilate), na época.

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SOBRE A FURA GEMS

A FURA Gems Inc. é uma jovem empresa de mineração e comercialização de pedras preciosas coloridas criada em 2017. Com sede em Dubai, Emirados Árabes Unidos, a FURA tem mais de 1.200 funcionários em todos os continentes. É o primeiro empreendimento verdadeiramente pioneiro, criativo e ético a cobrir todo o espectro de pedras preciosas coloridas.

A FURA tem três subsidiárias operacionais de mineração na Colômbia, Moçambique e Austrália, as quais extraem esmeraldas, rubis e safiras, respectivamente. É a empresa de mineração de pedras preciosas coloridas que mais cresce, com o único objetivo de garantir a estabilidade e a rastreabilidade de pedras preciosas coloridas eticamente extraídas, desde o estado bruto até a venda.

A FURA Gems alocará uma parte dos lucros da venda para a criação da Fura Training Academy (Academia de Formação Fura), para apoiar a comunidade onde ela opera, em Moçambique.

O objetivo principal é promover o acesso à educação de qualidade e treinamento técnico para a população local em diferentes fluxos de trabalho, como mineração, carpintaria, engenharia e agricultura, para proporcionar a eles uma renda sustentável. www.furagems.com

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SOBRE A SOTHEBY’S

Fundada em 1744, a Sotheby’s é o principal destino do mundo de artigos de arte e luxo. A Sotheby’s promove o acesso e a aquisição de objetos extraordinários de arte e luxo por meio de leilões e canais de compra, incluindo vendas privadas, comércio eletrônico e varejo. Nosso mercado global confiável é apoiado por uma plataforma de tecnologia líder do setor e uma rede de especialistas abrangendo 40 países e 70 categorias, que incluem Arte Contemporânea, Arte Moderna e Impressionista, Grandes Mestres, Obras de Arte Chinesas, Joias, Relógios, Vinhos e Bebidas Destiladas e Design, bem como imóveis e carros para colecionadores. A Sotheby’s acredita no poder transformador da arte e da cultura e está empenhada em tornar os nossos setores mais inclusivos, sustentáveis e colaborativos.

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CONTATO NA FURA GEMS INC. FURA COMMUNICATION

GIANLUCA MAINA | GIANLUCA.MAINA@FURAGEMS.COM

CONTATO DO DEPARTAMENTO DE COMUNICAÇÃO DA SOTHEBY’S

AMANDA BASS | AMANDA.BASS@SOTHEBYS.COM

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De la mine au forum : Sotheby’s va mettre aux enchères l’une des plus grandes découvertes de pierres précieuses du siècle

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AVEC 55,22 CARATS, CETTE PIERRE PRÉCIEUSE RARE EST LE RUBIS LE PLUS GROS ET LE PLUS PRÉCIEUX JAMAIS PRÉSENTÉ AUX ENCHÈRES

DÉCOUVERT AU MOZAMBIQUE ET COUPÉ DANS UNE PIERRE BRUTE DE 101 CARATS, SON PRIX DE VENTE ANTICIPÉ EST ESTIMÉ À PLUS DE 30 MILLIONS DE DOLLARS

IL S’AGIT DU RUBIS DE QUALITÉ GEMME LE PLUS GROS EXISTANT AU MONDE — L’ESTRELA DE FURA 55.22 SERA LA STAR DES ENCHÈRES MAGNIFICENT JEWELS DE SOTHEBY’S EN JUIN PROCHAIN

« Déjà à l’état brut, l’Estrela de Fura a montré ses caractéristiques aux qualité extraordinaires et son potentiel à devenir une pierre précieuse unique en son genre.
Le tailleur s’est rendu compte de ce potentiel et a créé un rubis à facettes d’un poids stupéfiant de 55,22 carats, affichant une couleur rouge saturée et homogène, combinée à un degré de clarté jusque-là jamais observé dans d’autres rubis non chauffés de taille comparable.
Trouver un rubis naturel de cette taille, avec une telle combinaison de caractéristiques de qualité, sans besoin de traitement, était considéré comme presque inimaginable.
Le rubis naturel de 55,22 carats établit un nouveau record, non seulement pour les rubis mozambicains, mais également pour les rubis en général. »
Laboratoire Gübelin Gem

NEW YORK, 07 avr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lorsque FURA Gems a annoncé sa découverte historique du plus grand rubis de qualité gemme jamais découvert en septembre 2022, cette nouvelle a dominé les unes des journaux du monde entier, suscitant un incroyable enthousiasme, et prenant d’assaut le marché des pierres précieuses. Découverte dans la mine de rubis de FURA à Montepuez, au Mozambique, en juillet 2022, la pierre précieuse – pesant 101 carats – a ensuite été nommée Estrela de FURA (étoile de FURA en portugais), en clin d’œil à la profondeur exceptionnelle de sa couleur et à sa taille, et pour mettre en lumière le Mozambique en tant que riche source de rubis de qualité supérieure. Même dans son état brut et intact, Estrela de FURA était considérée par les experts comme un trésor exceptionnel de la nature pour sa fluorescence, sa clarté exceptionnelle et sa teinte rouge vif, connue sous le nom de « sang de pigeon » – une couleur traditionnellement associée uniquement aux rubis birmans.

Maintenant, sept mois après sa découverte, alors que le maillet s’abaissait pour le dernier lot d’une soirée exceptionnelle de mise aux enchères de produits de luxe à Hong Kong, les spéculations sur l’endroit où était gardé le rubis ont finalement trouvé réponse lorsque le commissaire-priseur de Sotheby’s, Uni Kim, a officiellement dévoilé Estrela de FURA 55.22 au monde entier. Pesant 55,22 carats, ce joyau exceptionnel et rare du Mozambique est le plus gros rubis de qualité gemme jamais mis aux enchères. La combinaison de l’intensité de sa couleur, vierge de tout traitement thermique, de son aspect incroyablement cristallin et de sa taille incomparable — avec une estimation à plus de 30 millions de dollars — fait d’Estrela de FURA 55.22 le rubis le plus précieux et le plus important jamais mis sur le marché.

Après une première série d’études sur le cristal brut de 101 carats pour déterminer les options de coupe au début de l’année, Estrela de FURA a été magistralement taillée et facettée par une équipe d’artisans — la pierre brute a été transformée en une belle pierre taillée en coussin, qui, selon un rapport de l’Institut suisse de gemmologie (SSEF), « a donné des teintes rouge vif en raison de multiples reflets internes ». « Un rubis naturel du Mozambique decette taille et de cette qualité peut être considéré comme très rare et donc comme un trésor exceptionnel de la nature ». Le joyau susmentionné est incroyablement riche en chrome qui, lorsqu’il est exposé à la lumière ultraviolette — comme on le trouve dans la lumière du soleil — conduit la pierre à rayonner une fluorescence couleur rouge ardent, accroissant encore l’éclat de la pierre, comme si elle était éclairée de l’intérieur.


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Le rubis est devenu l’une des pierres précieuses colorées les plus recherchées, à une époque où la couleur domine le monde des bijoux et où la rareté stimule le marché. Les rubis de cette importance et de cette ampleur sont extrêmement rares. Seuls deux exemplaires ont déjà franchi la barre des 15 millions de dollars aux enchères, faisant de l’apparition du joyau actuel un événement historique en soi. Le Laboratoire Gübelin Gem indique en outre que le rubis « établit un nouveau record non seulement pour les rubis mozambicains, mais aussi pour les rubis en général ». Estrela de FURA 55.22 est sur le point d’entrer dans l’histoire alors qu’elle s’apprête à dépasser le Sunrise Ruby, un rubis de 25,59 carats d’origine birmane, qui s’est vendu pour 30,3 millions de dollars (1 185 451 dollars par carat) chez Sotheby’s à Genève en 2015, et qui détient toujours le record mondial de vente aux enchères pour un rubis*.

Le nouveau voyage de la pierre commence aujourd’hui à Sotheby’s Hong Kong, avant d’entamer une tournée mondiale, avec des expositions prévues à Taipei, en Chine, à Singapour, à Genève et à Dubaï (les dates complètes seront publiées en temps opportun) avant de participer à la vente aux enchères Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels à New York le 8 juin.

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« La découverte miraculeuse l’année dernière du rubis Estrela de FURA de 101 carats dans la mine de FURA au Mozambique a été d’une immense importance, choquant toutes les personnes intéressées par le monde de la bijouterie. Aujourd’hui, dans son état nouvellement transformé de 55,22 carats, Estrela de FURA 55.22, est une véritable merveille de la nature et une pierre sensationnelle de couleur parfaite et de clarté exceptionnelle, combinée à une superbe forme en coussin. Ce rubis est sans aucun doute en lice pour devenir le porte-étendard des rubis africains — et des pierres précieuses en général, sensibilisant le monde entier à leur capacité à égaler, et même à surpasser, ceux de Birmanie, qui ont traditionnellement été la source la plus désirable et la plus reconnaissable de rubis », déclare Quig Bruning, directeur de Sotheby’s Jewelry, Amériques.

« Chez FURA, nous sommes extrêmement fiers de la découverte d’Estrela de FURA à un stade aussi précoce de notre voyage au Mozambique. Les pierres précieuses importantes, telles que l’Estrela de FURA, sont extrêmement rares, et un rubis de qualité gemme à facettes de 55,22 carats est presque inédit. Depuis l’analyse et l’étude approfondies de la pierre jusqu’au processus de taille et de polissage, nous avons travaillé avec le plus grand soin et le plus grand respect pour le rubis, conscients de son importance et de sa stature. Assister à la finalisation de l’Estrela de FURA 55.22 a été une réussite monumentale pour nous tous, et nous sommes ravis qu’une nouvelle page de l’histoire de ce joyau incroyable, et des rubis mozambicains, soit sur le point d’être écrite avec Sotheby’s », déclare Dev Shetty, fondateur et PDG de FURA Gems.

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EXTRACTION DE RUBIS AU MOZAMBIQUE

L’extraction de rubis au Mozambique a une longue et riche histoire, et les premières découvertes importantes de gisements de rubis dans le pays remontent aux années 1960. Cependant, ce n’est qu’au début des années 2000 que l’extraction des rubis au Mozambique a pris un véritable essor, avec la découverte du gisement de rubis de Montepuez dans la partie nord du pays, où le cristal brut d’Estrela de FURA a été découvert. Les meilleurs rubis du Mozambique se caractérisent par une transparence exceptionnelle et une couleur riche, ce qui leur confère une qualité globale. Le gisement de rubis de Montepuez est l’un des plus grands gisements de rubis au monde et suscite l’intérêt de sociétés minières internationales.

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NOTE AUX ÉDITEURS

* Le record du monde actuel pour un rubis vendu aux enchères est détenu par le « Sunrise Ruby », une pierre birmane de 25,59 carats, qui a été vendue aux enchères chez Sotheby’s à Genève en mai 2015 pour 30,3 millions de dollars. À l’époque, ce prix établissait également un nouveau record pour tout carat de rubis (1 185 451 $ par carat).

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À PROPOS DE FURA GEMS

Créée en 2017, FURA Gems Inc. est une société spécialisée dans l’extraction et la commercialisation de pierres précieuses de couleur. Basée à Dubaï, aux Émirats arabes unis, FURA compte plus de 1 200 employés sur tous les continents. Il s’agit de la première entreprise pionnière, créative et éthique à couvrir l’ensemble de la gamme des pierres précieuses de couleur.

FURA possède trois filiales minières en Colombie, au Mozambique et en Australie qui extraient respectivement des émeraudes, des rubis et des saphirs. Il s’agit de la société d’extraction de pierres précieuses de couleur qui connaît la plus forte croissance, tout en assurant la stabilité et la traçabilité des pierres précieuses de couleur extraites de manière éthique, depuis l’état brut à la commercialisation de la pierre.

FURA Gems allouera une partie du produit de la vente à la création de la Fura Training Academy, afin de soutenir la communauté dans laquelle elle opère au Mozambique.

L’objectif principal est de promouvoir l’accès à une éducation qualifiée et à une formation technique pour la population locale dans différents domaines d’activité tels que l’exploitation minière, la menuiserie, l’ingénierie et l’agriculture, afin de leur fournir un revenu durable. www.furagems.com

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À PROPOS DE SOTHEBY’S

Maison fondée en 1744, Sotheby’s est la première destination mondiale pour l’art et le luxe. Sotheby’s favorise l’accès et la possession d’œuvres d’art et d’objets de luxe exceptionnels par le biais de ventes aux enchères et de canaux d’achat immédiat, y compris les ventes privées, le commerce électronique et la vente au détail. Notre marché mondial de confiance s’appuie sur une plate-forme technologique de pointe et un réseau de spécialistes couvrant 40 pays et 70 catégories, dont l’art contemporain, l’art moderne et impressionniste, les maîtres anciens, les œuvres d’art chinoises, les bijoux, les montres, les vins et spiritueux et le design, ainsi que les voitures de collection et les biens immobiliers. Sotheby’s croit au pouvoir transformateur de l’art et de la culture et s’engage à rendre nos industries plus inclusives, durables et collaboratives.

CONTACT – FURA GEMS INC. FURA COMMUNICATION

GIANLUCA MAINA | GIANLUCA.MAINA@FURAGEMS.COM

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Book launch: “Koze Koze – Conversations between Seychellois Creatives”

Conversations between Seychellois Creatives" explores the story of artists from different art backgrounds - visual, music, dance, poetry, literature, and architecture, through dialogues between two creative people with similar art backgrounds.

"Koze Koze" - "Talk Talk" in Creole - is the brainchild of Shirley-Huizhong Yu, who is the project director at the Seychelles Art Foundation. She told SNA that the idea to write the book came through personal observation.

"Creatives and artists are a special group of people who are seen to be a little distant from the public and always busy doing their own thing. The truth is that they are just as ordinary as anyone else except for their passion to create," said Yu.

"This book is talking about their lives rather than their creations as in other professional books, you see the professional side of the person. This creates a distance between the public and the creative as only the professional sides are exposed. This book is trying to change this mindset and bring people closer to the creative group, making the public realise that creatives struggle in keeping their passion going," she continued.

The format of the book is a dialogue between two creatives and Yu shared that this reflects the uniqueness of Seychelles in being that most people know each other or know someone who would know of them. In the case of artists, this is amplified as the group is smaller.

"We had them sign up as a pair and we just observed the conversation. As they already knew a little about each other, it made the story more intimate," Yu said.

Seen as a cultural project, the book was initiated by the Seychelles Art Foundation in 2020 and due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, its finalisation and publication were delayed.

Launched on March 9, "Koze Koze – Conversations between Seychellois Creatives" was supported by a National Arts and Cultural Fund (NACF) grant as well as sponsors from the private sector and the community.

The chairman of the NACF, Cecile Kalebi, said at the launch of the book that "Koze Koze" was unanimously approved by the NACF committee because of the number of artists and art forms this project touches and its concept ticked all the boxes of NACF. We are very proud to see the final result and the book speaks for itself."

On the possibility of writing another similar book, Yu said that with the idea to cover as many creatives as possible and with the format of the first book, nothing is stopping her from having new candidates join this project every five years.

"As long as the conversation between the creatives is interesting, it will be worthwhile to do that and contribute to the heritage allowing people to know about creatives," she said.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Angola’s judo squad win African junior Cup

Angola’s National Judo Team won Friday in Luanda the Junior African Cup, with four gold medals, 10 silver and 15 bronze.

The four athletes who won the gold medals are Eldimira Segunda (- 48 Kg), Domingas Jaime (- 63 Kg), Suzana Quimbambata (- 78 Kg) and Santos Sebastião (- 81 Kg).

During the competition held at the Kilamba sports pavilion, the athletes Vânia Quissua (- 48 Kg), Augusto Dala (- 66 Kg), Sónia Lourenço (- 52 Kg), Yola Piedade (- 57 Kg), Cresmila Jaime (- 63 Kg), Josefa João (-70 Kg), Zeferino Gabriel (-73 Kg), Odete Pedro (-78 Kg), José Eduardo (-81 Kg) and Nega Silva (-100 Kg) snatched the silver medals.

On the other hand, Vânia Gabriel, Maria Segunda (- 48 kg), More Tchihaluca (- 52 kg), Neomia Bundy (- 57 kg), Barros Menezes (- 60 kg), Paula Gaspar (- 63 kg), Cornélio Chimbinba, Célcio Cândido and Carlos Augusto (- 66 Kg), Leonardo Rabacal (- 60 Kg), Carlos Augusto (- 66 Kg), Joana Moundo (- 57 Kg), David Caterca (- 81 Kg), Marta Gabriel (- 70 Kg) and Yunilde Lopes (- 78 Kg) won the bronze medals.

In the overall standings, Angola edged second-placed Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with two golds and one bronze and third-placed Senegal with one gold and one silver

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Games of La Francophonie: Kinshasa to host 9th edition in July-August 2023

For 10 days, from 28 July to 6 August 2023, Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, will host the 9th Games of La Francophonie, “a crossroads for exchanges between French-speaking countries”, according to the organizers. During this sporting and cultural event, which takes place every four years, more than 40 delegations are expected.

In total, more than 1,500 young people, aged 18 to 35, from the 88-member states and governments of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), including more than a third of the member states of the United Nations, will compete in sport and culture. Nine sports competitions are on the program, as well as 11 cultural competitions.

“Nzango, “footwork” in Lingala, is a discipline that will be introduced at the 9th Games of La Francophonie in Kinshasa”

In the DRC, the organizers plan to introduce a new discipline as a demonstration. This is Nzango, “footwork” in Lingala, a simple traditional game for young girls in schoolyards or on the street. Little by little, it is gaining momentum and wants to establish itself as a competitive discipline. To the point where it interests mothers and adult women. It is this growing notoriety, characteristic of “Kin la Belle”, which today opens the doors to the Games of La Francophonie.

“The OIF is taking up the challenge of organising the Games in Kinshasa after a three-year hibernation due to the Covid-19 pandemic”

The 9th Games of La Francophonie, which will take place in Kinshasa from 28 July to 6 August 2023, will be held three years later. Indeed, it is in 2020 that they should have been organised, still in the DRC. On the sidelines of the 34th summit of heads of state of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an OIF delegation, led by Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo, had organised a campaign to promote the event, with a concert by the Congolese artist Fally Ipupa. While everyone had planned to meet in the DRC capital a few months later, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic compromised everything.

“The IOF considers sport and culture as powerful levers in the face of the challenges of insertion, equalitý of opportunity, inclusion and parity”

Created on 20 March 1970 in Niamey, Niger, the OIF is an international community that includes 300 million citizens of French-speaking countries around the world. This unique grouping, rich in diversity, implements political, educational, economic and cultural cooperation between its member countries, in the service of the populations.

Within this organization, it is considered that “sport and culture are powerful levers for responding to the challenges of integration, equal opportunities, inclusion and paritý. And for good reason, the IOF maintains, “they convey universal messages of tolerance, respect for diversity and equity. This logic pushes the cities hosting these Games to associate themselves with these values through their social and societal commitments.”

An event dedicated to youth, the 9th Games of La Francophonie are placed under the signs of Equity, Solidarity, Excellence and Responsibility.

Source: Africa News Agency

CAR: TotalEnergies sells its assets to Tamoil

According to media sources, TotalEnergies is leaving the Central African Republic (CAR) by selling the assets of its local subsidiary to Tamoil, a Libyan company based in Europe. The French group is said to be justifying its departure on the grounds of “the fuel crisis and the business climate”, but does not confirm this version.

However, Total questions its priorities in CAR. Indeed, in October 2022, more than half of Total’s stations were shut down due to a lack of fuel. For the company, “sales have been at a loss for months”.

With the delays in the public subsidy, Total’s debt was estimated at several million euros. According to one of the group’s executives, this makes the Central African Republic “a drop in the bucket of TotalEnergies’ global turnover. The equivalent of a French motorway station. He concludes that “from an economic point of view, a departure would therefore be painless”.

Source: Africa News Agency

Burkina: Employees of real estate companies fear becoming unemployed

The employees of real estate development companies called on Friday, the trade union centers to lend them a hand, so as not to find themselves unemployed, if the land reform initiated by the government passes.

“Mrs. presidents of the central trade unions, we ask for your support in order to preserve our jobs within the real estate development companies”, declared Friday, their spokesman Moctar Traoré, during a press conference.

He felt that Bill 057 on real estate development will "purely" eliminate real estate companies, if it passes the Assembly. Anything that will expose, according to him, more than 46,000 unemployed employees.

However, continues Moctar Traoré, obtaining “an honorable job” in Burkina Faso is a matter of grace.

Mr. Traoré explained that a Burkinabè worker carries the load of at least five people

This is why he calls for preserving their jobs in order to save their families.

To do this, the employees of real estate development companies place their hope in the trade unions.

"We are committed to supporting the workers of real estate development companies," replied the general secretary of the Burkinabe trade union confederation, Olivier Guy Ouédraogo.

In his understanding, any problem that affects the moral and material interests of the workers, concerns the confederation.

“We are a workers' union and we must always stand behind them,” he insists.

Mr. Ouédraogo specifies that the support of his union does not relate to the struggle of the real estate developers whom he considers "enough" organized to defend themselves but to the workers who consider themselves victimized.

He nevertheless recognizes that major reforms such as the land reform have always had collateral damage and invites the government to carry out an impact study.

Otherwise, he concludes: “land reform in itself does not pose a problem for us”.

As a reminder, faced with the exponential growth in the number of real estate companies and the numerous “registered slippages”, the government adopted a reform project on March 29, 2023, aimed at preserving arable land for future generations.

However, the managers of the real estate companies believe that making the State the sole owner of the land threatens their survival and would be an open door for the misappropriation of plots.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Terrorists neutralized at the entrance to Boulsa and Djibo, the attackers of Seytenga decimated

The Combatant Forces, assisted by air vectors, neutralized this Friday morning, terrorists who were preparing to attack the cities of Boulsa and Djibo, while their accomplices suffered losses in the localities of Seytenga, AIB learned today from security sources.

On the morning of Friday April 7, 2023, terrorists on around thirty motorcycles headed for the city of Boulsa (Centre-Nord), with the aim of spreading terror and desolation.

Combat helicopters from the Burkinabè army will stop them 8 km from the city, near Zambanga.

The column is almost decimated according to the army, with the exception of two bikers who managed to flee.

During the night of Thursday to Friday, another group of terrorists planned to attack the town of Djibo in northern Burkina to avenge the losses suffered in recent days at their base in Nassoumbou.

While they wanted to cancel their disastrous project five kilometers from the locality, the air vectors came into action, striking down the fleeing columns in the direction of Baraboulé, Bouro and Diguel.

The losses are immense in the ranks of the enemy. The hunt for survivors entrenched in the forests continues.

On the evening of Thursday April 6, 2023, terrorists carried out an incursion into the area of Seytenga (North). The military detachment immediately engaged the fight against the criminals.

Defeated, the looters will seek to park the cattle in an area and take refuge in abandoned houses.

The aerial vectors called to the rescue have neutralized several of them and the hunt continues.

Other air-land operations are underway in several localities in Burkina Faso as part of the reconquest of the territory.

The military authorities ask the lost who have joined the armed terrorist groups to save their lives by laying down their arms.

To do this, they can call the National Call Center (CNA) free of charge by calling 199 and by WhatsApp the numbers +226 71 20 33 33 and +226 68 24 44 44.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Military justice opens investigation after deaths of civilians implicating soldiers

The military prosecutor announced on Friday the opening of a detailed investigation in order to shed light and draw all the legal consequences of the deaths of civilians involving soldiers, indicates a press release sent to the AIB.

As a reminder on the night of April 3 to 4, 2023, following the assassination of a soldier at his home in Dori, by six armed men, his brothers in arms attacked neighbors of the deceased and passers-by.

There are casualties and injuries.

Burkina Information Agency

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MILITARY PROSECUTOR

In recent days, serious altercations have opposed civilians and soldiers in a district of the city of Dori, causing deaths and injuries.

These unfortunate and regrettable incidents were allegedly caused by misunderstandings. In order to shed light on the circumstances of these facts, the military prosecutor instructed the opening of a detailed investigation on April 7, 2023, which should allow appropriate legal action to be taken.

In view of the seriousness of the facts, the military prosecutor's office wishes to reassure the populations that all light will be shed on this affair in order to locate the responsibilities and draw all the legal consequences.

Following the command of the National Armed Forces, the prosecution of the military court presents its condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. He calls on the military to abandon these practices which undermine the essential Army-Nation link.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: many terrorist fighters arrested including children

The Combatant Forces have recently arrested many terrorist fighters, fleeing strikes in the bush towards the cities. Among them are minors aged between 15 and 17, the AIB learned from security sources.

The pressure is becoming untenable for armed terrorist groups. Trapped by the strikes in the bushes, forests and other shelters, several of them left their hiding places individually to join the cities.

Thanks to strategic surveillance means, they were precisely identified and arrested.

There are also no armed minors in their ranks, aged between 15 and 17 years.

The populations of the cities are asked to denounce to the competent authorities and to the National Call Center, any suspect who comes to run in the neighborhoods and at the level of the markets.

It should also be noted that in recent hours, several localities have been successfully supplied with basic necessities.

In addition, the FDS and the VDP took over the enemy during clashes in several localities.

Source: Burkina Information Agency