Death of the “Lion”: The Burkinabè government salutes the memory of an honest officer

"The Government deplores the disappearance of retired Colonel Boukary KABORE said the Lion. Former troop child, companion of the leader of the August 1983 Revolution, Politician, Boukary KABORE died on the night of May 12 to 13, 2023 at the Yalgado OUEDRAOGO University Hospital Center in Ouagadougou.

The Government salutes the memory of an honest officer and a man of principle who remained constant in his political commitment and faithful to his convictions.

The Government is in solidarity with the pain of the families, loved ones and comrades of struggle of the illustrious deceased and offers them its sincere condolences. It expresses the wish that the free land of Burkina Faso, which nourished its patriotic commitment, will be light to it. »

Ouagadougou, May 13, 2023, Burkinabè government spokesman Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Solenzo: A transport bus catches fire (no casualties)

A transport bus caught fire on Saturday, without causing any casualties, at the entrance to the town of Solenzo (Bena road), learned the AIB.

The passengers were able to leave the vehicle in time, leaving their luggage at the mercy of the flames.

The bus coming from Bobo-Dioulasso picked up cans of fuel at Kouka along the way.

The apprentice told the AIB that the flames started from a canister placed on the roof of the vehicle,

while his colleague slept.

Attempts to bring the fire under control were unsuccessful.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina / Football: President Traoré congratulates the Cadet Stallions

The Burkinabè Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, congratulated the national cadet football team for their qualifications on Thursday for the CAN semi-finals and for the next World Cup in their category .

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"Proud Stallions, your qualification for the last four of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations which ensures the presence of our country in the final stages of the next World Cup, is a source of great pride and a mark of the resilience of our People.

I would therefore like to take this opportunity to send you my sincere congratulations on this stage victory and to convey to you the blessings and prayers of all our compatriots in town and country.

May this spirit of combativeness and victory which has always accompanied our predecessors guide you towards final victory. Victory for our People, Victory for our Fighting Forces, Victory for Our Nation, Go Stallions. »

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Grape tomatoes export volume expected to reach 10 thousand tonnes in 2023 season

Exports of grape tomatoes, produced under the Tunisian-Dutch project "Farhet Sahara," have currently reached 7,000 tonnes.

"According to estimates, the export volume of these tomatoes should reach 10,000 tonnes in the 2023 season," an official from the project's management told TAP.

Covering an area of 40 ha, this project involves the cultivation of tomatoes in geothermal greenhouses and provides employment for a thousand people, including 86 tertiary graduates.

A programme to enlarge this project foresees the dedication of an area of 120 ha in Oudhref for the production of tomatoes whose irrigation will be ensured through a seawater desalination plant, the same source affirmed.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Sousse: 3617 tourists welcomed at Enfidha-Hammamet international airport

The Enfidha-Hammamet international airport received 3617 tourists of various nationalities, in two days, on May 11 and 12, Rym Damer, press officer at TAV-Tunisie, the company operating the airport, told TAP on Saturday.

She explained that eight flights from several European capitals and cities landed at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport on Thursday, May 11, with 1282 passengers on board.

The airport recorded, Friday, the arrival of 14 flights, mostly from British cities, with a total of 2335 tourists.

"The visitors were well received by the airport authorities, which facilitated customs procedures for tourists who chose Tunisia as a holiday destination, especially in the hotel units of Sousse, Hammamet, Monastir and Mahdia," the same source said.

She noted that the frequency of flights at Enfidha airport testifies to the significant improvement of the tourist indicators during the last period.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Medenine: tourism proceeds normally in Djerba-Zarzis destination

A group of 49 representatives from tour operators and travel agencies in Slovenia and Serbia are slated to arrive in Djerba and Zarzis, Medenine Governorate, on Saturday for a prospecting visit, ahead of the upcoming summer season. This is part of a promotional programme for this destination that will continue unabated.

Local tourism delegate in Medenine governorate, Hichem Mahouachi, told TAP despite last Tuesday's incident, the scheduled tourism programme will continue unhindered with the visit of 36 Polish agents from May 11 to 18. The travel agents will continue their tour between hotel units and tourist sites with the aim of increasing the influx of Polish tourists in the region, whose number has reached 44,000 for the 2022 season.

A delegation of Canadian journalists and a group of 13 Swiss travel agency representatives are also expected to visit the area on Sunday, as part of the same promotional campaign, Mahouachi added. All flights have maintained their regular schedules previously set, with up to 69 flights from various locations including France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Bologna, Switzerland, Portugal, and Bulgaria landing at Djerba-Zarzis International Airport between May 10 and 13.

Sightseeting tours, both within and outside of the island, have also continued on their regular schedules in Dahar, Ksar Ghilane, and Gabes, with the participation of nearly 1,700 tourists staying on the island of Djerba, which is currently hosting 20,000 visitors.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Lospitalite Tourism Clubs: Mont Fleuri School’s students clean up Round Island in Seychelles

A luxury hotel, JA Enchanted Island Resort on Round Island in Seychelles, has joined the long list of tourism establishments in the country to adopt a school as part of the Lospitalite Tourism Clubs programme.

The programme launched by the tourism department in February last year in what the principal secretary in the department, Sherin Francis, said is a way for the country to adjust the national mind-set to reflect the fact that the small Island state depends on tourism.

Speaking at the launch, Francis explained “there is no better way to achieve that than through a network of tourism clubs where children from a young age are taught the appropriate values to carry us forward”.

Now with over 31 clubs established in various state and private schools, Mont Fleuri School, which is around a 10-minute boat ride to Round Island, has joined the ranks of schools with Lospitalite Tourism Clubs.

“We chose Mont Fleuri, as it is not that far from us,” said the JA Enchanted Island Resort general manager, Burak Aydin, to the press on the day the children were cleaning selected areas on the island.

“We want to instill a sense of respect in them while they are still young and help them to appreciate the value of a clean environment as well as having quiet and serene surroundings,” he added.

A total of 13 secondary students from Mont Fleuri arrived on the island on the morning of May 10, to clean litter left behind by people who hold picnics on the island.

“I joined the club as I believe tourism is really important to the country and it is important that we keep the places tourists visit clean,” said Justin Gabriel, who was part of the cleaning team for the day.

While the clean-up exercise was the first JA Enchanted held for the Mont Fleuri School club, Aydin told the press that they have plans to hold more in the future.

Meanwhile, the children were able to collect empty bottles, barbed wire fish traps and others in the litter found on the beaches and on the island itself.

“We will see what we can recycle in what was collected today, such as the tyres that we can reuse to plant in,” said Randy Camille, a JA Enchanted Island Resort employee who was leading a team of children in the clean-up exercise.

He went on to explain that “things that we are unable to recycle, we will gather and send for proper disposal”.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Hasdrubal Foundation and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna sign partnership agreement

The Hasdrubal Foundation and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna signed a three-year partnership agreement on Friday in Hammamet.

A press conference was held on the occasion in the presence of Laurent Jost, musical director of the Hasdrubal Foundation, and Ulla KRAUSS-NUSSBAUMER, ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Tunisia.

Laurent Jost said this new agreement is a major contribution to the consolidation of partnership between the Hasdrubal Foundation and its various partners among the great international institutes and academies specialised in musical training.

In September 2022, a first partnership agreement was signed between the Hasdrubal Foundation and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, with the support of the French Embassy in Tunisia. The violinist Zied Zouari has been appointed to coordinate the workshop programme and select candidates for the Tunisian section.

The aim of these agreements is to open up new horizons for Tunisian musicians by enabling them to take part in music workshops led by international artists and aimed specifically at students from Tunisian higher music institutes.

Training cycles and courses will take place from June 2024 in Hammamet and Djerba for the benefit of Tunisian music students and their Austrian and French counterparts, announced the music director.

Five training cycles will be organised each year, from September 15 to June 15, each cycle lasting one week. Particular attention will be paid to music students in the south of the country.

The Austrian diplomat spoke of the importance of this partnership in the field of Western and Arabic classical music and Tunisia, which is a bridge of communication and cultural exchange between students from both countries.

This cultural partnership shows the Foundation's commitment to establishing an effective and sustainable partnership, she said.

The partnership between Tunisia and Austria in the field of music goes back more than 35 years, with the participation of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the El Jem International Symphonic Music Festival.

The ambassador said this new agreement will broaden the partnership between the two countries and help to establish a true intercultural dialogue through mixed musical creations, both Western and Austrian.

French cellist Laurent Jost is the musical director of the Foundation through seasonal musical events and in support of the Foundation's objectives. The renowned musician is the winner of first prize in the Radio France National Competition.

He announced that further partnerships will be established with academic institutions in the United States and Canada for the benefit of students in the country's various music schools.

The Hasdrubal Foundation headed by Ridha Laamouri is dedicated to art, culture and the production of internationally renowned artists.

Since 2017, the Foundation has been working to promote the hotel industry through shows organised at the hotel of the same name, which houses a rich collection of 2000 works by major Tunisian and Arab visual artists.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Basketball – ProA (Super Playoff): US Monastir win Final 1

US Monastir won the Final 1 of the Super Playoff of the Pro A basketball championship, after defeating Club Africain 92-89 after overtime (79-79 at the end of regular time) on Saturday in Monastir.

Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16 in Monastir.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Seychellois athlete Greth Estico wins Nature Trail Seychelles 2023 Challenge

Two Seychellois runners along with a Reunion Island runner made it up the podium at the end of the first ever Nature Trail Seychelles Challenge.

In a total of 118 participants, 25-year-old Greth Estico, best known locally for his boxing skills, finished the 22km trek in first place.

Estico completed the journey, which took the athletes through mountainous trails and coastal roads of northern Mahe, in 2 hours and 33 minutes, making history by become the event’s first ever winner.

“The race was okay, but to be honest I think if it was longer it would have been even better,” the young man claimed.

Estico, was followed not too far behind in second place by Reunion runner, Jeremie Fontaine, whose time was 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Fontaine would end up being the only foreigner on the overall podium, after another local, Jonathan Quatre, claimed third position.

Quatre managed to complete the challenge after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

“It was a good race, where I started in 10th place, but I think I did well to eventually catch up with the others and end up third,” Quatre said.

With the podium already settled, fourth place went to another runner from Reunion Island, Alexandre Viene, who said that this was a great race, although it was quite hot.

“It was wonderful. The whole route was beautiful and I will definitely be looking to come back in the future,” said Viene.

Meanwhile, the first female runner to cross the line was Isabelle Lamy, who in finished fifth overall.

Lamy crossed the line after 2 hours and 51 seconds.

“I absolutely adored the trail, and it was quite fun, although it was really hot,” Lamy said.

In total, 40 of the 118 runners were from foreign nations, including the likes of South Africa, France, Great Britain and Mauritius.

“Everything went as planned today, although there were some minor hiccups as expected, but overall, I am very satisfied with how it went,” said Francis Remie, member of the organising team.

All athletes who completed the challenge were rewarded with medals for completing the event, during an official prize giving ceremony to reward winners from all the various categories.

Source: Seychelles News Agency