Gbenga Oluboye

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The application process for the sixth annual World Ski Awards – the premier awards programme in ski tourism – is now open.

World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism, and its annual three-day event is the only time that the international leaders of the industry come together to exchange local knowledge, innovations and principles of best practice on a global stage.

Ski organisations - including resorts, hotels, chalets, tour operators and travel agents - which have performed at an outstanding level over the last 12 months are now invited to submit their applications for the opportunity to win the ultimate ski tourism accolade.

The shortlist of 2018 World Ski Awards finalists will be published on May 28th, ahead of the opening of the crucial 16-week voting window which will run from June 1st. 

Kitzbühel – the Alps’ most legendary sporting town – will host 2018’s ski tourism event of the year from November 16th-18th.

Expect three action packed days of VIP networking events, staged around the red carpet sixth annual World Ski Awards Ceremony and the opening of the 2018 winter season.

For full details on the application process and the 2018 event, please visit the official website, or contact a member of the World Ski Awards team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Ski Awards

World Ski Awards – the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry – is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that excel in their field.

Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry and by the public (ski tourism consumers).

Although visitors come to Seychelles for a quiet holiday away from their busy everyday lives, they still like to stay connected. Here are four ways to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots in the island nation to help you stay in touch while you're admiring the sand and the sun. 



Established in 2001, Kokonet offers flexible wireless internet hotspot service through its kokozone. The hotspots are at public places including the airports, hotels, bars, restaurants, and shopping malls.

The hotspots are located on all three of Seychelles' most-populated islands, Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. 

To access the hotspot network simply purchase a Kokozone card and scratch off the foil backing to reveal your log-in number. Then switch on your laptop in a Kokozone hotspot, open an internet browser and follow the simple log-in details on the Kokozone website.

(Kokonet) Photo License: CC-BY


Cable & Wireless Seychelles 

Established in 1954, this service provider is the oldest in the island nation. Cable & Wireless only offers Wi-Fi hotspots at the Pointe Larue International Airport on the main island Mahe.

(Patrick Joubert, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY



Started as a local cable television network, Intelvision started offering telephone and internet services in 2005. The hotspots are on Mahe and Praslin. On Mahe, they can be accessed in the Victoria, in the north, east and south.

(Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY


Wi-Fi Nation hotspots

Seychelles is now also part of the free Wi-Fi Nation hotspots. When in Seychelles, anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer, can connect to a Free Wi-Fi Nation hotspot.

You simply find the “Free Wi-Fi Nation” network ID on your device, connect to the network, and wait for the loading screen with our sponsor’s message to appear. You will then be given the opportunity to click through to your free 15-minute Internet session, and a status page will appear showing how much time is left in your session.

(joeshoe/flickr) Photo License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Manitoba Justice and the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba advise there is a police training exercise underway at the Legislative Building tonight, simulating a serious incident that would require a significant and co-ordinated tactical response.  The exercise includes the use of simulated firearms that make realistic sounds, which is why the province wants to ensure people in the area are aware.

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is leading the training exercise, which includes several dozen officers and actors.  Employees working in the building this evening were asked to leave to ensure only people involved in the training exercise are on-site.  Legislative Security Services and WPS are restricting pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the grounds until 11 p.m.

Normal operations at the Legislative Building will resume tomorrow.

An environmental impact assessment is expected to be the next step concerning a proposal to build military infrastructure on the remote island of Assumption if Seychelles’ Parliament ratifies the agreement, a top official of the Department of Environment said.

The principal secretary of the Department of Environment, Alain De Commarmond, said that the project will have little environmental impact.

“The project will take place in an area with a vegetation of little environmental importance,” said De Commarmond, who accompanied a group of local journalists who visited the island on Tuesday. The visit was facilitated by the Island Development Company (IDC).

De Commarmond added that: “Whereas for the coral reef around the island, it will not be affected as the project will involve only the fixing of the jetty to accommodate vessels used by SPDF.”

The project will have little environmental impact. (Patrick Joubert) Photo License: CC-BY

Seychelles and India signedthe 20-year agreement in January that will enable the construction of military infrastructures on Assumption Island. The agreement, completely financed by the Indian government, also provides assistance to Seychelles.

In a presentation, the representative of the Seychelles Peoples Defence Forces (SPDF), Micheal Rosette, said that the Coast Guard base on Assumption is viewed by the SPDF as an ideal location.

“It will allow the Seychelles' military to better undertake surveillance of the EEZ and respond faster and more efficiently in cases of reported incidents in the area,” said Rosette.

According to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Barry Faure “the military base on Assumption will help enhance the military capabilities in control and maritime surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.37 million square km of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. It will also ensure the protection of the EEZ and the outer islands, and search and rescue in the region for the benefit of air and shipping traffic.”

De Commarmond said that the project will take place in an area with a vegetation of little environmental importance (Patrick Joubert) Photo License: CC-BY

Rosette said it would currently take over 40 hours to dispatch a coast guard vessel and three hours to dispatch a military surveillance plane if an incident occurred in the area. Rosette added that being stationed there would cut the response time to around four to five hours.

Rosette explained that the infrastructures will include “fixing up the existing airstrip built some 25 years ago to accommodate the SPDF air force plane on the island.”

Although the project will be financed by India, Rosette said that the Indian government will not be able to use the facilities for purposes of war or for the storing of weapons and nuclear arms. 

The public relations manager of IDC, Micheal Payet, said that IDC is not involved in the signing of the agreement, but they “can share knowledge that they have on the island. “

Payet said that when construction starts “the part where the project will be undertaken will be surrendered to government, while the rest of the island will remain leased to IDC.”

The project is said to be still in the conception phase and there is no clear cost attributed to it at the moment. It will cover about a quarter of the remote island some 1,140 southwest of the Seychelles' main island of Mahe.

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