JETEX INTRODUCES SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL BOOK & CLAIM

Jetex signs a milestone agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) book and claim option to its customers globally. Through the innovative 360 GREEN FUEL book and claim platform, Jetex aims to offer greater flexibility and accessibility to SAF.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jetex entered in an agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer its customers more flexibility and wider access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

SAF is a liquid fuel currently used in commercial aviation which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80%. It can be produced from a number of sources including waste oil and fats, green and municipal waste and non-food crops. It can also be produced synthetically via a process that captures carbon directly from the air.

Part of what makes SAF sustainable is ensuring sustainability in its supply chain. Transporting SAF to a specific airport or flight is not always possible and could lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions. The Book & Claim system provides a solution for these situations.

The new 360 GREEN FUEL book & claim system allows Jetex customers to source SAF based on their total aviation footprint in one transaction, rather than sourcing through each location individually. This means that SAF can be sourced for flights out of airports that do not have SAF supply available.

Sourcing SAF on a Book & Claim basis will allow purchasing any volume of SAF, including 100% of fuel needs or a carbon neutral scenario, without technical limitations such as blending limits.

Jetex customers will be able to claim the C02 emission reduction they achieved by the amount of fossil fuel replaced with SAF acquired They will receive a certificate specifying the amount of SAF purchased and an audited statement outlining the corresponding CO2 reduction. This documentation can be utilized for sustainability reporting purposes.

To ensure credibility and verifiable emission reductions, 360 Jet Fuel sources physical SAF quantities from ISCC+ certified suppliers, guaranteeing full traceability of the claimed amounts, and ensures delivery to an airline partner within the aviation sector. The solution provided by 360 Jet Fuel undergoes rigorous third-party auditing, ensuring traceability to each delivery batch and eliminating any doubts of double claiming.

The new agreement takes Jetex a step closer to being fully carbon-neutral globally and is aligned with IATA’s commitment to achieving 65% SAF share by 2050.

Click here to see Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO of Jetex, on progressing the sustainability agenda.

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Taste of Seychelles’ tuna at Seafood Expo Global 2023 was a success, says SFA

Seychelles' participation at the Seafood Expo Global 2023 provided more exposure to the island nation's tuna products and gave a good example of a public-private partnership, said the interim chief executive of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) on Monday.

Philippe Michaud told SNA that participating in the event was a success as it permitted Seychelles to expose and advertise its products.

Held in Barcelona, Spain, during the last week of April, the Seafood Expo Global 2023 attracted over 33,000 seafood professionals, setting a record in the level of attendance. The Expo saw the participation of 2,078 companies.

"Attendees got the chance to taste our products. Our stand focused on raw tuna. Fresh tuna was prepared by a sushi chef, and presented to the visitors to our stand," said Michaud.

He added that "Seychelles exports a lot of its tuna to Europe and present were a lot of large European companies that buy tuna to distribute to restaurants, supermarkets among others."

The Seafood Expo Global is seen as the world's leading and largest seafood trade event and it brings together buyers, suppliers, and other players in the seafood industry from more than 160 countries.

Participating alongside SFA, was the Association of Fish Processors and Exporters Seychelles (AFPES). AFPES' presence at the Expo was made possible by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the SFA.

Under the MoU, both parties agreed to co-participate in the Seafood Expo Global where the SFA allocated a budget of €33,000 directly towards Seychelles and AFPES exhibiting at this event. The contribution came from the EU Sectoral Support Fund, which is devoted to the development of the Seychelles fishing industry.

"The only drawback was that there was a problem with supply. There were a lot of clients who came for the tuna, but there were not enough. There is a lot of demand but the supply is limited," said Michaud.

In a previous article, the chairman of AFPES, Louis Bossy, shared that being sustainable can also be economically unsustainable because of the volume being caught.

"It is high time that we, as the local processors, make the most out of the small volume that we have," said Bossy.

"The theme of sustainability was one that resonated across all the stands. Evidently, this is a challenge in itself. We need to give more value to the product and focus on quality," said Michaud.

The next Seafood Expo Global will take place from April 23-25 next year.

Michaud outlined that depending on the country's means, Seychelles will continue to participate in the Seafood Expo Global.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

FetAfrik: Seychelles celebrates African heritage with live performances, fashion shows, discos

This year's celebration of the Seychellois African heritage - FetAfrik - is set to have more participation from the private sector and more activities for the general public, the executive director of the Creative Seychelles Agency (CSA) said on Tuesday.

Emmanuel D'Offay told reporters that he and his team are happy with the fact that the organisation of FetAfrik "this year did not entirely depend on the Creative Seychelles Agency."

"We do not have enough funds to do all activities by ourselves. One of our mandates is to create business opportunities for other people. We are a facilitator and we work alongside them. For example, it is easier to provide a discount on our restaurant than to provide funds for an activity. We are happy to see that business-minded individuals are starting to initiate activities rather than it being the other way around," said D'Offay.

He outlined that with the involvement of more people and businesses, there is the possibility of bringing the festival to other islands, or districts.

"FetAfrik is really important for Seychellois, as it is a window to our African heritage. As a nation, we should never forget that we are from Africa. We cannot continue to celebrate our colonisers through La Francophonie or Commonwealth Day, without celebrating our African heritage. We want our people to be proud of their heritage," said D'Offay.

This year, the Creative Seychelles Agency decided to remove the opening ceremony of the festival as it is costly and restricted to certain people.

FetAfrik 2023 scheduled for May 26-28, will allow Seychellois to embrace their African heritage through live performances, fashion shows, discos, culinary experiences, and more.

On Friday, May 26, a local band, "Leko," is working with the agency to host the "Leko Tanbour dan Victoria" (The Sound of the Drum in Victoria) event. This will take place at the Unity Stadium car park from 12 noon to 11 pm, with a musical show set to kick off at 6 pm. The day will conclude in an open-air disco.

The director of Leko Prodiksyon, Berno Cedras, said that there will be African music as well as Seychelles' own dance; the 'Moutya'.

On Saturday, May 27, an African bazaar will be hosted at the National History Museum in which artisans and the African community in Seychelles will participate. It will start at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. From 4 p.m. onwards, there will be live entertainment with the participation of the School of Dance and local artists.

"This year we are placing a lot of emphasis on the participation of African communities in Seychelles. On Saturday, we will also have the participation of artists who we haven't seen performing for some time, in the likes of Jany Letourdie and Jean-Marc Volcy," said D'Offay.

Two fashion shows are also scheduled for Saturday - one in Victoria by the Belonie School and another at Maison Marengo by Telly's Modelling Agency. The students will be showcasing different African costumes made from recycled materials, whereas Telly's Modeling Agency will be hosting an Africa Day from 12 noon to 12 am. From 7 pm onwards, there will be dinner and a fashion show.

On Sunday, May 28, at the Seafront Restaurant, there will be African Fusion - an event organised by another private company with food, drinks, a live band, and a fashion show.

D'Offay outlined that this year there will not be an exhibition as the agency does not have a venue to hold such activity.

"To compensate for the lack of an exhibition, on Saturday during the fair, we will have a live exhibition. We will have people doing braiding and other ways of styling hair," he explained.

This year, Creative Seychelles Agency organised the event with a budget of SCR250,000 ($19,000).

Source: Seychelles News Agency

2023 JACC: 150 Tunisian and 52 foreign artists from 23 countries, Palestine honorary guest

Placed under the sign "Art, a path", the Days of Contemporary Art of Carthage (JACC) in their third edition are the edition of anchoring, reconciliation and perpetuation for this essential event of contemporary art in Tunisia, long-awaited by all Tunisian artists, after two years of suspension related to Covid-19, said Samira Turki Torgeman, president of the 2023 edition of JACC. At a press conference held Tuesday morning at the Hall of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Macam, in the City of Culture, a major partner in this event, she stressed that this session, which takes place from May 26 to 30, 2023, aims to meet various plastic experiences, to establish a necessary bridge between the generations of artists from here and elsewhere, to value the various experiments and plastic languages, to initiate the debate on the importance of contemporary art in modern Tunisia, as well as the status of the artist today. These days, added Director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Ahlem Boussandel, will create new pictorial traditions by offering 150 Tunisian artists and 52 foreigners from 23 countries, the opportunity to meet, discuss and contribute to promoting art in all its forms, in all its expressions and origins. After the first session in 2018 "1st Art Market in Tunisia" and the second in 2019 "Art at Work", the 2023 edition, which honours Palestine, is presented in the form of 4 large pavilions. In the international pavilion, 63 works will be on display in addition to installations (3) and a performance that will take place in the esplanade of the City. Contemporary art in all its forms, namely painting, engraving, photography, sculpture, installations, performance art and video art will be present. At the national pavilion, 60 Tunisian artists and 3 prizes. An exhibition will present various contemporary artworks, such as painting, engraving, photography, sculpture, installations and performance art. It will bring together the 60 participating Tunisian visual artists and three prizes (based on competition) will be awarded to the most outstanding works, chosen by a jury. The exhibition will take place in the lower space of the Cité de la Culture. A central space has been specially designed to pay tribute to several Tunisian visual artists, the scenographic style is inspired by the Tunisian pavilion present at the 22nd session of the Milan Triennial. In the main hall, a pavilion will be dedicated to 16 international and national galleries with the aim of contributing to the advancement of the art market and optimising its potential. 9 foreign galleries and 7 Tunisian galleries will be invited with a retrospective space dedicated to the Chiyem Gallery which had a considerable impact on the visual arts in Tunisia in the 1990s before closing its doors in 2000. In addition, a team of students will act as cultural mediators for the foreign galleries throughout the event. The garden of the City of Culture will host the open-air pavilion where an exhibition of 30 artists provides a platform to promote artistic exploration in the field of contemporary art, including performances, installations, mapping, happenings, land art and fashion shows. It offers artists an opportunity to exhibit their experiences. Outside the spaces of the City of Culture, the House of Arts in Belvedere will host a retrospective exhibition of 60 works from the National Fund and also from private collections, aiming to highlight the pictorial experience of the School of Tunis and its contribution to the evolution of the national artistic movement. It will present works of art from the National Fund as well as contributions from the artists' heirs. A wink will be given in the pavilion "Souviens- toi" to Ezzeddine Alaya, former student of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis (ISBAT) and famous sculptor, fashion designer and major contributor to the Tunisian creative heritage recognized worldwide. A subtle wink marked by the organisation of a great commemorative ceremony in partnership with the foundation that preserves his artistic heritage. In the continuity of the first and second editions, the Regional Days of Contemporary Art of Carthage (JRAAC) 2023 will extend over three regions: Bizerte, Monastir and Medenine (Djerba) with the participation of 90 artists and 90 works. The exhibitions that will be presented in the regions are achievements of the JACC 2023. 3 panels around scientific themes and the most influential creative phenomena both in Tunisia and in the rest of the world are on the programme with the participation of 12 speakers: an international symposium on copyright and intellectual property, a panel on street art and contemporary art and a round table on the Tunis School. A closing ceremony will be held on May 30, 2023, at the Theatre of the Regions to award the prizes to the winners with a soundtrack of a performance by Nasreddine Chebli, Tanit de Bronze JMC (Journées Musicales de Carthage) 2016 for his show Fallegua".

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ramli farming systems in Ghar El Melh lagoons get official GIAHS certificate

Tunisia's Ramli farming systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh have just been officially awarded the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) certificate by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). During a ceremony held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, President of the Ghar El Melh Local Union of Agriculture and Fisheries Zahra Nefaf received the official certificate on the occasion of the international day for biological diversity. The ceremony was attended by 12 countries including Tunisia, represented by the files of the Ramli agricultural system in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh and the hanging gardens from Djebba El Olia, Nefaf told TAP. The GIAHS designation was granted on June 15, 2020 as a way of promoting Ramli farming systems in the lagoons of Ghar el Melh, she recalled. This know-how ensures the sustainability of crops without additional water thanks to an innovative ancestral system brought by Andalusian migrants in the 17th century, explained Nefaf, adding that these farming systems are adapted to the lack of arable land and the lack of fresh water that characterise the region. The overall goal of the GIAHS Programme is to identify and safeguard Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems through catalyzing and establishing a long-term programme to support such systems and enhance global, national and local benefits derived through their dynamic conservation, sustainable management and enhanced viability.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Agreement signed between Education Ministry and UGTT on lifting decision to withhold grades

An agreement was signed on Tuesday afternoon between the Ministry of Education and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on the lifting of the decision to withhold exam grades, the payment of dues mentioned in the agreement of February 9, 2019, and the increase of teachers' pedagogical bonus. The minutes of this agreement, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs, was signed by Minister of Education Mohamed Ali Boughdiri, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTT Abdallah El Euchi and Secretary General of the General Federation of Secondary Education Lassaad Yaacoubi. This agreement mainly concerns professional promotions and the payment of the dues mentioned in the 2019 agreement, in addition to the increase of the back-to-school bonus to 75% of the gross salary as of September 2023 and the establishment of a research incentive promotion. It also stipulates the increase of the pedagogical bonus of 300 d, spread over 3 years from January 2026, 2027 and 2028 and the creation of a commission in charge of exceptional retirement for health reasons as well as the regularisation of the file of associate teachers. Under this agreement, it was decided to put an end to precarious work in this sector and to regularise the situation of substitute teachers. Minister of Social Affairs Malek Ezzahi presided over the signing ceremony of this agreement. On this occasion, he expressed the hope that the Ministry of Education and the General Federation of Basic Education would reach a similar agreement.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Zabré: The 8th edition of the Kafosi festival launched

The festival organized by the Kafosi association aims to promote Burkinabè culture in general and that of the bissa in particular.

From May 22 to 28, 2023, the city of Zabré will vibrate to the rhythm of the culinary, artistic and traditional skills of the locality. The 8th edition of the Kafosi Festival (FESKA-8) was placed under the patronage of the Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

The event was also placed under the theme “Rooted in culture, let us strengthen our patriotic commitment to terrorism and all forms of violent extremism”.

The event is sponsored by the Ministers of Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection, Bassolma Bazié and Aboubacar Nacanabo, of Economy, Finance and Prospective.

To this end, competitions, panels and artistic performances are on the program of the event.

Scheduled to be held on the morning of Monday, May 22, 2023, it was finally in the afternoon that the official opening ceremony started due to rain.

The Kafosi festival, according to the general commissioner of the festival, Emile Gouba, was born to make a significant contribution to the promotion of culture in the municipality of Zabré.

He expressed his gratitude to the most administrative and local authorities for their legendary support and thanked the populations of Zabré for their strong mobilization for the festival.

The prefect, president of the special delegation (PDS) of Zabré, Alain Bassono, boss of the opening ceremony congratulated the organizing committee for the successful bet.

He said that despite the difficult security situation in the country, the children of Zabré came back to celebrate the culture with their sisters and brothers at the base.

“Culture is the only thing that cannot be taken away from us. From Réo to Zabré, from Dori to Gorom-Gorom or from Djibo to Kongousi, culture teaches us peace and non-violence. “, argued Mr. Bassono.

He said he was confident that the Kafosi festival will bring together many men during these 7 days.

The general curator of the festival underlined that the major innovation this year is the initiation to traditional craft and artistic activities for early childhood.

The organizers have also requested the services of the National Identification Office (ONI) for a massive issuance of national identity cards (CNIB) for the benefit of the population.

The opening ceremony was attended by delegations from Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and many other towns in Burkina.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kénédougou/ Public speaking competition: The private high school the Constellation of knowledge crowned champion

Kénédougou/ Public speaking competition: The private high school the Constellation of knowledge crowned champion

Orodara (AIB) - The Constellation of Knowledge private high school, in the province of Kénédougou won the second edition of the public speaking competition on Saturday May 13, 2023, ahead of its opponent the provincial high school Diongolo Traoré.

The initiative is from the Gathering of young pioneers and entrepreneurs (RAJEPE) whose main objective is to promote reading, research and public speaking.

A total of 09 schools including 12 teams took part in this second edition of the public speaking competition of the year 2023.

The final opposed the provincial high school Diongolo Traoré de Orodara (LPDTO) to the private high school the Constellation of knowledge.

In the end, it was the Constellation des Savoirs private high school that emerged victorious. The various teams involved in this competition have received participation bonuses from the organizing committee.

The best speakers from each team were also rewarded. The same is true for the first four of each team who received prizes in kind and in cash.

According to the president of RAJEPE, Loé Fousséni Barro, the level of the candidates is excellent and said he was satisfied with the smooth running of this activity.

Source: Burkina Information Agency