The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has taken over the rotating presidency of the Vanilla Islands organisation, with the Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Luc Duval vowing to use his mandate to “further strengthen the regional grouping.” Duval was handed the Vanilla Islands flag during the 2015 Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands held at Balaclava’s Westin Resort in Mauritius.The meeting saw the participation of tourism ministers from Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion, Madagascar and Mayotte. The points discussed which included working to increase cruise ship business in the region, hotel classification, the events calendar for the Vanilla Islands and the uniting of forces at Tourism Trade Fairs.The Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister, Duval managed during this Ministerial Meeting to pave the way forward and he emphasised the spirit of togetherness for the islands of the Indian Ocean. Duval confirmed that a Golf Tournament based a bit on the ‘Ryder Cup’ would become the annual event for Mauritius that should now appear on the Vanilla Islands calendar of events alongside the Carnaval International de Victoria of the Seychelles, the International Tourism Fair of Madagascar, the Culinary and Arts Fiesta of the Comoros and the Festival Liberte Metisse of Reunion Island.“This is a great day for the Vanilla Islands. In unity we are strong. Creating a new tourism region is no easy feat, but together we shall continue to work as a region as brothers and sisters to grow our tourism industry for the benefit of our respective islanders and for the economy of our respective islands,” Minister Alain St. Ange of the Seychelles said as he congratulated Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, and as he assured him of the total support of Seychelles.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wilson’s intensity was unmatched, his toughness feared and his loyalty unprecedented. He was a Cardinal through and through, and when he hangs up his cleats for good there will no doubt be a place for him in the team’s Ring of Honor. Because there are not enough ways to honor someone who was a five-time team captain and is one of just six players in league history with at least 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.But that’s still a few years down the road. No doubt Wilson believes he can still play at a high level, and it would not be at all surprising to see him put together a couple more quality seasons. Putting on another team’s uniform will be strange for Wilson, just as it will be weird to see him wearing any color other than Cardinal Red. But that’s life in the NFL, and it’s something Cardinals fans should hope they have to start getting used to. This is new territory for the Arizona Cardinals.Rarely have they had a player as great as Adrian Wilson, and rarely have they had a player as great as Adrian Wilson stick around for more than a decade.But that’s what the safety did, and his 12-year run with the team officially came to an end Friday when the Cardinals announced his release.It was no doubt a difficult decision, but it’s one that many teams have made many times before. Just not the Cardinals, and that’s what makes this so tough to swallow. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But it was time.A five-time Pro Bowler, Wilson is clearly on the downside of his career. He racked up just 54 tackles in 2012 after seeing his role reduced, and it was time for the team to go in a different direction.“All of us thank Adrian for what he has meant not only to our organization but also to this community,” said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill in a press release. “In every franchise, there is a select group of players whose contributions earn them iconic status and for us, Adrian Wilson will always be one of those players.”The Cardinals never would have reached relevancy had it not been for Wilson. The Cardinals never would have won back-to-back NFC West titles had it not been for Wilson. The Cardinals never would have reached Super Bowl XLIII if not for Wilson.But the NFL is a business, and a harsh one at that. There’s little room for sentimentality if the goal is to win, and Bidwill has made it quite clear what his priority is. So, if that means parting with a fan favorite and franchise stalwart, so be it. This is the NFL, folks, and that’s what happens.“Decisions like this are never easy but it’s especially tough with someone like Adrian because he’s been such a special player and important part of this organization for the last 12 years,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said in the same press release. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact