DIVERS FIND FIRST WW1 SUB OFF TUNISIA

Tunisian scuba divers have discovered the almost-intact wreck of French submarine wreck the Ariane, sunk during World War One. Launched in 1914, the 54m Ariane (Q100) was one of eight Amphitrite-class submarines built for the French Navy before the war. She was torpedoed at the surface on 19 June, 1917, by Imperial German Navy minelaying submarine UC-22, with the deaths of 21 of the 29 crew, DIVER NET reports. The Ariane was found off the Cape Bon peninsula in north-eastern Tunisia on 21 September by divers from the two-year-old Ras Adar Dive Centre, based in the…

ITES, TSC ink partnership agreement

A partnership agreement was signed on Thursday, October 1, between the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES) and the Tunisian Smart Cities association to improve public understanding of the concept of the Smart City and to give the efforts made in this direction more chances of success, cohesion and sustainability, said Tunisian Smart Cities. This strategic partnership aims “to conduct a comprehensive study on the Smart City and the place of the citizen in the digital city and to implement a program of advocacy activities in favor of territorial development.…

Flights between Libya and Tunisia to resume gradually as of October

Flights between Libya and Tunisia will resume gradually as early October, the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC) announced Monday. LAAHC is the holding company that owns both of Libya’s state air carriers Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Air. Passengers travelling from Libya must have passed a Coronavirus PCR test no more than 120 hours (5 days) before flying. TunisianMonitorOnline

Tunisia intercepts 246 migrants bound for Italy in one night

A migrant boat from Tunisia lands in Lampedusa. August 28, 2020 | Photo: ANSA/ ELIO DESIDERIO The Tunisian authorities announced on Monday that their naval patrols had intercepted a total of 19 boats carrying 246 migrants hoping to make a new life in Italy. The vast majority of migrants were from Tunisia, 29 of them, however, came from various other countries, Info Migrants reports. On Monday, September 21, the Tunisian authorities announced they had intercepted 19 different boats carrying a total of 246 migrants in one single night. The majority…

End of an outstanding mission

Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed Bin Mahmoud Al-Ali has paid farewell visits to the top Tunisian officials at the end of his term of office in Tunisia of nearly 4 years. He met head of government Hichem Mechichi and some other Tunisian ministers, as well as the Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Culture and Scientific Organization. The Ambassador is poised to say goodbye to the local and diplomatic community after he has fulfilled a glorious mission as an ambassador serving his country with much dedication and success. Everybody realize…

Over 2,230 Tunisians reach Italy illegally in August

Over 2,235 Tunisian migrants reached Italy’s coasts illegally in August, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said in a report released on September 10. 7,890 is the total number of Tunisians who landed in Italy illegally between January 1 and August 31, 2020. The number of arrivals increased from July when 445 Tunisian migrants were reported to have reached Italy.  In the report, the FTDES revealed that despite tighter security in coastal areas, illegal crossings have been rising steadily compared to 2018 and 2019.  Between January 1…

Eni provides aid to support combating COVID-19 in Tunisia

Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Tunisia, has donated four lung ventilators for intensive care to the Ministry of Public Health as a contribution to Tunisia’s commitment to fighting the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Medical devices will be distributed as follows: • Two intensive care ventilators to be sent to the “Charles Nicolle” and “La Rabta” hospitals in Tunis; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital of Tataouine; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital “Mohamed Taher Maamouri in…

Tunisia goes up 5 spots to 65 in GII 2020

Tunisia has climbed up five spots in the Global Innovation Index (GII) to 65th in the 2020 edition. The World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO’s ranking published this week is carried out in collaboration with the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and Cornell University. The 13th edition of the GII reveals an overview of the innovation performance of 131 economies around the world, analysing 80 indicators to evaluate innovative activities and measurable results. The maximum possible score is 100 points. The United Arab Emirates (34th) and Tunisia are among the…

Biodiversity: Artificial intelligence at the service of safeguarding plant heritage

Tunisia has about 2;700 plant species. However, data on these plants is scarce and difficult to access for the general public. With this in mind, a project to digitise the herbarium of the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT) was launched in April 2019. It is a project financed by the Global Environment Facility’s Microfinance Programme (GEF/MFP) and is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is implemented in the framework of a collaboration between the sustainable development association “Research in Action (REACT)”, Tunisia Ecotourism Network (TEN), the…

“Keep Your Eye On the Sea” campaign for reducing plastic in Mediterranean

A campaign respecting Sustainable Development Goals Keep Your  Eye on your sea: awareness campaign for preserving Ghar El Melh Every year, the Movement for a Clean and Green Tunisia, in cooperation with the “Biaa News” magazine, organizes awareness campaigns for the benefit of children, to preserve the sea and prevent plastic waste throwing. This initiative aims at extending awareness and educational messages mainly with the slogan, “swim here, but leave your place clean.” “The sea is our pleasure, everyone enjoys it and must be kept clean.”  It is noteworthy that…