Seychelles Carnival on Sky News

SKY NEWS BROADCASTS SCENES FROM THE CARNIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE VICTORIA

(Posted 29th April 2016)

Sky News will tonight, and again tomorrow morning at 09.00 hrs East African time, screen scenes from the Seychelles Carnival which concluded last Sunday.
The clip can also be seens via the following link: http://video.news.sky.com/video/h264/vod/3000/2016/04/2C2904161604291345517914619340557143000.mp4

This sixth edition of the annual carnival was the best attended and without doubt the best organized festival todate and aficionados are already waiting for the announcement of the 2017 dates to book their flights and hotels accordingly.
Tourism to the Seychelles is already up this year by 11 percent compared to the record breaking 2015 and to a good part attributed to the country regularly staging key festivals like the Carnival which have become magnets in their own right.
More information about Destination Seychelles can be found via www.seychelles.travel

Two senior Kenya Airways staff take leave to facilitate union talks

TO LEAVE OR NOT TO LEAVE …

(Posted 29th April 2016)

News broke late this afternoon that two senior Kenya Airways executives, the Director Corporate Quality, Safety, Security and Environment Mr. Alex Avedi and the Director Flight Operations Capt. Paul Mwangi, took a voluntary leave, ostensibly to facilitate further talks with what must be the most militant union in Kenya, KALPA, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association.
Earlier today, after a wildcat strike yesterday, did flight operations return to normal and while the strike action broke a court order did KALPA act as it was the most natural thing on earth to ignore it, clearly thinking that as their ‘office‘ is in the skies they too are above the earthly law.
Kenya Airways’ CEO also confirmed that the Director for Human Resources, Mr. Alban Mwendar, has tendered his resignation a few weeks ago but was asked by the Board of Directors to stay on until the ongoing staff rationalisation exercise had been concluded.
The Kenyan government, together with KLM both major shareholders, have also reaffirmed that the current ‘Operation Pride‘ has been fully sanctioned by government and the Board of Directors and that the management of the company was regularly briefing government organs on progress made.
It was also clearly suggested that KALPA’s action borders on subversion and economic sabotage.

Saving Ngamba I sland Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island thanks well wishers for swift financial support …
Update on donations recieved
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Saving Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda
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Please accept our heartfelt appreciations for the contribution made towards saving us when the El Nino rains in January 2016. This was a crisis that threatened the destruction of the home of the 49 chimpanzees in our care at Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary. Thank you Friends of CSWCT-USA , Pan African Sanctuary Alliance , Ruparelia Foundation and all the supporters who came to our rescue and provided different kinds of support. We have used your financial donations to construct part of the retainer wall, which has been phased out into 4.
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Phase 2 of the retainer wall was strengthening the wall from the pier to the smoking zone which required removing and disposing off the stump, roots, rubbish and debris broken down. They are to be removed for the smooth operation of the work. .
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Excavation work
This was done to an average depth of 800mm inorder to get the water table within that range. The too much water in the excavated trench led to the change of the foundation construction process. The hard cores were laid first in the trench before the foundation concrete was cast in order to obtain a safe firm base for the foundation.
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Masonry Wall
A masonry plinth wall was laid in a sand cement mortar of ratio (1:4) to an average height of 600mm.
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Phase 2 retainer wall completed
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Phase 3 retainer wall underway
There is still more work of 130 meters that needs to be worked upon, however we have started on phase 3.
Chimpanzee Trust | +256 414 320662 | +256 758221880 | info | www.ngambaisland.org
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Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Plot 1, Bank Close, P.O.Box 884, Entebbe, +256 Uganda
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The Kampala Restaurant Week Returns : Volume II

More about the list of participants and what to expect during
the first 11 days in June when #KRW2016 takes place …

In this Vol.II Newsletter, we continue with our list of who’s on board and what they’re serving this Kampala Restaurant Week! However, stop the presses as we’re thrilled to announce Tusker Lite as official sponsors. However, not only Tusker Lite; Total Gaz, Eat Out and Uganda Wines and Spirits Distributors are also on board.

The Bistro

This year, the hedged in oasis of Kisementi brings a wide range of dishes with French and Italian influences to #KlaRestaurantWeek.

Café Javas

From the 1st to the 11th of June, you may walk into any Javas outlet in Kampala (and beyond) and enjoy the treats in their exclusive menu.

Café Ceylon

Ceylon is a charming new café on Kira Road participating in this year’s edition of Kampala Restaurant Week with a menu that presents a (very) wide range of Sri Lankan dishes.

Nawab Asian Bistro

Nawab Bistro, the restaurant atop Acacia Mall serves a menu that includes a fusion of Asian dishes with influences from China to Japan.

Riders Lounge

This year, Riders’ Lounge steps up to the plate as more than just an excellent lounge or club experience, but also an outpost of culinary awesomeness.

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Nimaro Coffee

Having been one of the most popular restaurants during the inaugural run of the Kampala Restaurant Week, they return this year with an all-new menu.

Café Mebanas

This charming café on Kafu Road on the ground floor of Twed Plaza puts together a menu of specially designed dishes for this year’s #KlaRestaurantWeek.

Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo

The recently moved restaurant (now on Acacia Avenue), brings us a range of dishes from crocodile bacon to stuffed mushrooms this #KlaRestaurantWeek

Holy Crêpe

The new crêperie located on Kololo Hill Lane promises to serve up some exciting meals, some crêpe based, some totally neo-creative.

Pineapple Bay

This year Kampala Restaurant Week is looking beyond the city’s borders to bring you exquisite dining experiences from as far as Bulago Island.

Dates: 1st June – 11th June 2016. 10 days for you to try as many restaurants & as many new dishes as you can.
No Tickets and No Bookings. You simply walk-in to any of the participating restaurants.
Casual Dining Restaurants Pricing: Mains at 25,000 UGX, Starters at 10,000 UGX and Desserts at UGX 10,000.
Signature Dining Restaurants Pricing: Mains at 35,000 UGX, Starters at 15,000 UGX and Desserts at UGX 15,000.
Join the Conversation on Twitter: Use the hashtag #KlaRestaurantWeek to join the gastronomic conversation leading up to June.
Carrot Halwa: A sweet Indian dessert consisting of carrots or semolina boiled with milk, almonds, sugar, butter, and cardamom.
Make a gastronomic getaway to Pineapple Bay Resort for your ‪#KlaRestaurantWeek‬ and enjoy a tropical Three (3) Course Meal at only UGX 65,000 with boat transfers for the week at only $30pp to and from the Island for a group of 6.
*Bed and Breakfast $115 pp sharing if you’d like to stay over. Reservations: +256 414 251 182 or reservations
Copyright © 2016 The Pearl Guide Uganda, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
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Kampala Uganda

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Reunion shines in Seychelles, Paris, China and India

REUNION MARKETS THE ISLAND ON MULTIPLE FRONTS

(Posted 29th April 2016)

Vanilla Islands member Reunion had a splendid return to the Seychelles where the island was once again ho-host of the 2016 edition of the Carnival International de Victoria. Many opportunities arose for the Reunion team to speak with the international media and a lunch time presentation at Cap Lazare gave the more than 120 journalists a first hand experience to see the latest promotional DVD.
Four lucky winners in fact got invites to fly to Reunion, two for the total eclipse of the sun and two for the December festival when the abolition of slavery is celebrated.

Meanwhile though were promotional teams also preparing to be present at the Paris Fair which kicked off today and runs until the 08th of May.
While some emphasis there will be on the Reunion gastronomy and organic products will the island itself have the opportunity to showcase the multiple attractions which are drawing in more and more visitors every year.

Paris Fair 2016

A group of Chinese travel agents just concluded a visit to Reunion Island, accompanied by bloggers, photographers and videographers whose combined uploads of pictures, short video clips and articles was seen by some 20 million people who are subscribed to these services. The agency C-Trip was reportedly impressed with the standards of hotels and resorts and the attractions which wait to be discovered by travelers from China, more and more of whom are now visiting due to the lifting of Visa requirements when booking with approved operators like C-Trip.


In India did another team promote Reunion in Chennai, a destination served by Air Austral before moving on to Pondicherry where a networking dinner was held for the local travel trade.

And local rum producer Sautiers promoted their products abroad as far as San Francisco, Miami and the French capital Paris, where besides the alcoholic spirit the spirit of Reunion came to bear.
Destination information is available via www.reunion.fr

Kenya Airways operations return to normal

ALL KENYA AIRWAYS FLIGHTS DEPART ON SCHEDULE AS PILOTS RETURN TO WORK

(Posted 29th April 2016)

Effective 06.00 hrs this morning were all flight operations of Kenya Airways back to normal after pilots, which yesterday staged a strike in defiance of a court order prohibiting them from walking off their jobs, returned to work.
The airline has less than an hour ago issued the following statement which is now available for passengers and as notice to the wider public.

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KENYA AIRWAYS STATEMENT

29th April 2016 / 11.30AM

Kenya Airways wishes to announce our flight schedule is back to normal following flight disruptions yesterday. We are currently ensuring all our guests are accommodated in today’s flights.

All flights scheduled for this morning, with the exception of KQ 526 to Yaoundé, which was cancelled for operational reasons, have departed. The rest of today’s scheduled flights are crewed for on time departure. We had 22 departures and six arrivals this morning.

We advise all our guests to ensure they check their flights prior to departure through our KQ mobile app, website or 24HR Contact Centre. We will continue to give you regular updates via our social media pages.

We wish to thank our guests for their patience and understanding and assure that we are committed to serving you and restoring your confidence in our airline.

Please call our 24HR Contact Center: +254 20 327 4747 for further information or visit our website www.kenya-airways.com to check the status of your flight.

Twitter:@KenyaAirways

Facebook: KenyaAirways

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Farquhar takes an unprecedented three hits from cyclone Fantala

MASSIVE DAMAGE ON FARQUHAR AFTER FANTALA MAKES TWO RETURN VISITS

(Posted 29th April 2016)

(Picture courtesy of Mr. David Savy’s FB page)

As reported earlier here did Tropical Cyclone Fantala, now known to be the strongest such storm in recorded history, hit the Seychelles island of Farquhar with windspeeds of over 350 km per hour, before, leaving a trail of destruction behind, moving on.
Yet, a day later did the storm change course and made a return to Farquhar, before eventually again hitting frontally a third time. Feedback received while still in the Seychelles and since then suggests that only a few cyclone proof buildings have survived the storm but that much else of the infrastructure was wiped out as were all the coconut plantations.
Half of the Island Development Company staff had been evacuated before the storm hit and the remaining 15 souls, thankfully none injured, will be airlifted to Mahe to recuperate from their ordeal while relief crews will begin to clear the various sites which need to be re-established.
Environment Minister Didier Dogley reportedly spoke to local media in Victoria and insisted that the island’s infrastructure would be rebuild and to such standards that it could withstand storms in excess of 350 km windspeeds, dismissing suggestions that small outlying islands like Farquhar were not productive and could not pay for their upkeep.
The Seychelles government has declared Farquhar a disaster area allowing for swift and comprehensive aid to be given, something which will help in reconstruction.
UNDP has pledged some 50.000 US Dollars towards the disaster fund and other UN organizations too have indicated their willingness to support the Seychelles government with material aid.
Farquhar is one of several island of the Seychelles archipelago closer to the African mainland and Madagascar than to the main island of Mahe, which explains the vast ocean area the Seychelles control through an economic exclusion zone.

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