International Museum Day: Seychelles celebrates history, sustainability and well-being

A week-long series of activities were organised by the Seychelles National Museums for all ages to celebrate the 2023 International Museum Day under the theme "Museums, Sustainability and Well-being."

The International Museum Day was established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977. Celebrated on May 18, International Museum Day is aimed at increasing public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.

Every year, museums are invited organise activities to commemorate the International Museum Day and promote museums' role worldwide, creating unique, free, and fun activities around the theme chosen that are discussed within the community of ICOM specifically for this special day.

The director of National Museums in Seychelles, Beryl Ondiek, told SNA that local museums held public speaking competitions for school children and hosted restoration work at the Tea Tavern located at Morne Blanc during the week-long celebration.

"This year, when we speak of sustainability and well-being, we thought of having activities for primary and secondary school children as they are the next generation so that they can learn about the heritage and history as well as see what they already know. We want our school children to be concerned about and to learn more about our heritage. This is why we invited them to the museum to learn more and then go forth to share it with the public or an audience," said Ondiek.

Local museums held public speaking competitions for school children. (National Museums in Seychelles) Photo License: CC-BY

She said that "We have a restoration programme through which we are contributing within this biodiversity space that is being protected. As the custodians of our heritage, why don't we go out and protect this natural heritage that we have?"

During the museum day programme, the public had free access to the National Museum of History and were entertained by live traditional music.

"Through free access to the museum, we were encouraging the public to visit the museum to learn about their heritage and history," she shared.

Ondiek outlined that though more activities were intensely organised around International Museum Day itself, there are other educational programmes that take place throughout the year. These activities target both children and adults.

"We have a variety of activities planned until December. In June for the International Day of the Environment, for example, we will be hosting a symposium to see how we can help to reduce the amount of waste that is ending in the landfill. The museum is the platform that we can use to deal with topics that are of concern to the government, society, or the public. We can come together to find a solution for these issues," said Ondiek.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Tunisia’s soccer League 1 – (Day 7) – championship phase : US Ben Guerdane – C.Africain 1-1

US Ben Guerdane and Club Africain made a 1-1 draw, at a Tunisia's soccer League 1 playoff day-7 game played on Sunday in Ben Guerdane. The home side were the first to open the scoring through Moez Haj Ali (48), before the hosts equalised through Hamdi Labidi in the 67th minute. After this draw, Club Africain remain in second place with 15 points behind the leader ES Sahel (19 points) and one point behind their opponent (14 points). Results Played Sunday, May 21 Ben Guerdane: US Ben Guerdane 1 Moez Haj Ali (48) C. Africain 1 Hamdi Labidi (67) Played Tuesday, May 16 Sfax: CS Sfaxien US Monastir 0-0 Played Saturday, May 20 Beja: O. Beja Etoile du Sahel 0-0 Playing Tuesday, May 23 Rades: Esperance ST US Tataouine

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Arab Athletics U23 Championships (Day 2): Oussama Farhat wins gold medal in 10,000m walk

Tunisian athlete Oussama Farhat, on Sunday, won the gold medal in the 10,000m walk, at Day 2 of the Arab U-23 Athletics Championships, held from May 20 to 24 at the Radès Athletics Stadium. This is the first Tunisian gold medal won by the young athlete who clocked the distance in 40.28:64, ahead of Algerians Aymen Ben Saha (41:39.22) and Abdennour Ameur (41:57.18). The fourth place went to Tunisian Thamer Ghrissi (44:30.32).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Tunisia’s soccer League 1- Championship phase – Day 9: ES Hammam-Sousse and EO Sidi Bouzid relegated

ES Hammam-Sousse and EO Sidi Bouzid were relegated to League 2, at the end of Tunisia's soccer League 1 day 9 games played on Sunday afternoon. ES Hammam-Sousse, who were defeated by Stade Tunisien (2-1), are in last place with 8 points, one point behind EO Sidi Bouzid, which were held to a home 1-1 draw by ES Metlaoui. Sidi Bouzid, who are three points behind their opponent of the day, cannot hope to be saved on the last day in case they tie with ES Metlaoui who have better goal difference (face-to-face matches 2-1, 1-1) Played Sunday Sidi Bouzid: EO Sidi Bouzid 1 Bilel Chabbar (90+4) ES Metlaoui 1 Mouala Chance (52) Bizerte: CA Bizertin 0 AS Soliman 1 Hamza Mabrouk (85) Bardo: S. Tunisien 2 Hamza Khadhraoui (27), Sajed Ferchichi (80) ESH Sousse 1 Ahmed Tangour (75 pen.)

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Arab Atheltics U23 Championships – Day 2: another silver medal for Tunisia

Tunisian athlete Chayma Chouikh won the silver medal in the discus throw, on Sunday, at day 2 the Arab Athletics U23 Championships, held from May 20 to 24 at the Rades athletics stadium. Chouikh achieved a throw of 44.79m to finish second behind Morocco's Chaabia Belmaassi (46.24m) and ahead of Egypt's Rana Khaled (42.72m). Earlier in the day, Oussama Farhat gave Tunisia their second gold medal in the men's 10,000m race, covering the distance in 40:28.64. The first gold medal went to Nesrine Lachhab, who won the javelin event (40.41m) on Saturday. At day 1, Tunisia's Jamila Zoghmi and Amina Hsouna won silver and bronze medals in the women's 10,000m steeplechase, while Farah Tlig took silver in the javelin (39.12m).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Volleyball – African Men’s Club Championship: MS Boussalem champions, qualify for Club World Championship

The Tunisian club Mouloudia Sport Boussalem were crowned African champions of men's volleyball clubs and qualified for the Club World Championship in Brazil after defeating Egyptian Zamalek 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-12), at a final game played on Sunday afternoon in Kelibia. This is a historic achievement for the Tunisian club, who have won the African championship for the first time in their history, following in the footsteps of Egypt's Al Ahly, who won the last edition. The Tunisians had qualified for the final, after defeating Cameroon's Port Douala 3-0 (25-21, 5-25, 25-18, 25-17), while Egypt's Zamalek SC knocked down Algeria's JSC Ouled Adouane 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

King Salman Club Cup – 2nd qualifying round: US Monastir defeat Bahrain’s Al Muharreq 2-0

Union Sportive Monastirienne boosted their chances of qualifying for the final stage of the King Salman Club Cup, after defeating Bahrain's Al Muharreq 2-0 at a first leg game of the second qualifying round played in the Mustapha Ben Jannet stadium in Monastir on Sunday. Goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said's team opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through Abdelkader Boutiche, who scored from the penalty spot, before Boubacar Traore doubled the lead in the 75th minute. The return leg will be played in Manama on May 31. The qualifying team will join Group C alongside, Saudi Al-Nassr and Al Shabab and Egypt's Zamalek. Tunisia will also be represented in the King Salman Cup by CS Sfaxien, who will play the first leg of their second qualifying round tie against Sudan's Al Hilal of Sudan away on May 31 (second leg in Sfax on 7 June), and Esperance Sportive de Tunis, who are exempted from the preliminary round.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Tunisia’s new ambassador in Damascus hands copy of credentials to Syrian foreign minister

Tunisia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria Mohamed Mhadhebi, Sunday, handed a copy of his credentials to Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal Mekdad, reads a press release of Syria's Foreign Affairs Ministry. President Kais Saied, last April, decided to appoint an ambassador to Syria, 11 years after diplomatic relations were severed. Saied, who had a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, in the margins of their participation in the Arab League Summit in Jeddah Friday, described the meeting as "historic", adding that it reflects the strong fraternal relations between the two countries. He said "those who claimed to be friends with Syria only made Syrians suffer more for several years." Saied welcomed Syria's return to the Arab League, stressing the need for this country to recover and preserve its unity and stability and for its people to decide their own fate, away of any foreign intervention. He also expressed wish to see Syria recover its position as a hub of knowledge and culture and fulfill its role at the regional and international levels. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the strong and historic ties between the two countries and to underline the need to expand them into promising areas based on innovative visions. The two Presidents also agreed to intensify opportunities for meetings, consultations and coordination at various levels. President Kais Saied and his Syrian counterpart also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and discussed items on the agenda of the Arab Summit. For his part, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed in a statement to reporters after his meeting with President Kais Saied "Tunisia has not changed", despite the conditions it has experienced over the past ten years, during which Tunisians have shown their true affinity with Syrians. "Tunisia was once used as a rear base for conspiracies, not only against Syria, but against Arab thought and belonging. A platform for the spread of obscurantist thought in the different Arab countries," he pointed out.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique

Burkina: A terrorist base destroyed in Ouargaye, equipment and weapons recovered in the Center-North

The Combatant Forces killed several terrorists in the dismantling of a terrorist base in the Ouargaye area in the Center East, the AIB learned on Sunday from security sources.

The operation took place in the forest of Kankanmogré thanks to the intervention of several air vectors which made it possible to neutralize many enemies, inform the interlocutors of the AIB.

Nearby in the Eastern region, air assets intercepted terrorist cattle rustlers in the Kabonga area.

They were all neutralized in precise strikes.

This Sunday, hundreds of terrorists ambushed the Combatant Forces in the Center-North.

The determination of the boys routed the aggressors.

Weapons, ammunition and around fifty wheeled vehicles were recovered by the friendly forces.

In recent hours, the Combatant Forces have also escorted several convoys for the benefit of the populations and carried out offensives in many localities.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kossi: The Forces vives ask the authorities to strengthen security

The Forces vives de la Kossi organized a press conference yesterday, Saturday, at the meeting room of the town hall of Nouna, around two objectives: Ask the authorities to react urgently to the multiplication of terrorist abuses and invite people to get more involved in the defense of their province.

The Living Forces of Kossi by organizing this press conference wanted to inform the national opinion of the difficult times that the populations are going through because of terrorist abuses, in particular on the national 14.

These are the resurgence of insecurity, the massive displacement of populations, the theft of animals, the destruction of property, assassinations, kidnappings and many other humiliating situations, according to their coordinator Séraphin Simboro.

After his statement, he gave the floor to the audience who gave possible solutions in the direction of winning the fight against the enemies.

One suggestion and not the least is the provision of classrooms for internally displaced persons.

The coordination has promised to transmit these various grievances to whom it may concern.

The customary and traditional notabilities, present at the meeting, called for the march scheduled for May 22, 2023 to be temporarily postponed.

The population adhered to the grievance of the customary and traditional leaders of the city of Nouna.

At the end of the fruitful exchanges, the women and the elderly expressed the wish to see the coordination more committed to the cause of the province.

Source: Burkina Information Agency