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Public Orders Act Fiasco

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In Friday 24th January 2014 issue of Le Seychellois, the SNP mouthpiece has once again tried to pass the buck on the disaster of the Public Orders Act 2014, and its stray from the intent of the Electoral Commission/Reform Committee intent. This time, Le Seychellois is calling on the Election Commission to pronounce itself on the ACT which has made numerous severe detours from the recommendations submitted by the Election Reform Committee made up of all political parties, but later, boycotted only by the Seychelles Freedom Party.
Reason For Boycott Was Clear
The reason for Boycott was clear: PL leadership had to attend these meetings and PL be bind by the agreed electoral reforms. This was set out in the PRE-CONDITIONS. When PL broke the line, SNP continued to deliberate without PL leadership in attendance. SNP Led by Ramkalawan, the Priest that acts like a sheep,  created the situation where PL could change whatever terms and conditions of the Public Orders Act. Gappy…

" "B" Means Vulnerable St.Ange, How Will Loading This Increase Tourists? "

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Seychelles Current Account to GDPSeychelles recorded a Current Account deficit of 24.60 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2012. Current Account to GDP in Seychelles is reported by the Central Bank of Seychelles. From 1976 until 2012, Seychelles Current Account to GDP averaged -11.7 Percent reaching an all time high of 6.4 Percent in December of 1994 and a record low of -28.9 Percent in December of 2007. The Current account balance as a percent of GDP provides an indication on the level of international competitiveness of a country. Usually, countries recording a strong current account surplus have an economy heavily dependent on exports revenues, with high savings ratings but weak domestic demand. On the other hand, countries recording a current account deficit have strong imports, a low saving rates and high personal consumption rates as a percentage of disposable incomes. This page contains - Seychelles Current Account to GDP - actual values, hist…

Seychelles Drug Squad Makes Bust in Cemetary Mont Fleuri

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Breaking News: New First Lady To Be Announced

"SFP Exposes Human Trafficking In Seychelles- UN Expert Coming"

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Thursday, 23 January 2014, 9:55 pm
Press Release: United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Trafficking in persons: UN expert launches first official visit to Seychelles
GENEVA (23 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will conduct an official visit to the Seychelles from 27 to 31 January 2014.

“I would like to better understand the situation of trafficking of persons in the Seychelles, especially that of women, children, as well as men, and assess the State’s response to counter trafficking,” said Ms. Ezeilo.

The UN Special Rapporteur is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to promote the prevention of trafficking in persons in all its forms and to encourage measures to uphold and protect the human rights of victims.

Ms. Ezeilo will meet with representatives of various Government agencies, as well as the United Nations and members of civil society organizations working to fight aga…

World Bank Praises the Seychelles Government for Corruption, High Debt and Bankruptcy

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Posted by: Apa Posted date : January 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm14 views In: Africa
A senior World Bank official has praised the Seychellois economic reform programme and governance system, saying Tuesday that these should be taken as models to be emulated by other countries.World Bank executive director for Africa Group 1, Denny Kalyalya said after meeting Seychellois President James Michel at State House in the capital Victoria that the Indian Ocean nation’s economy was doing well and generating several jobs.

“He said that Seychelles has a lot to share in terms of good governance with other World Bank member countries, particularly the success of its economic reform programme,” the Seychellois State House said after the meeting on Tuesday.
It said President Michel and Kalyalya spoke about the need to boost World Bank programmes to increase support for Seychelles for technical expertise in various sectors as well as enablin…

Voter Registration Boycott!

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Voter registration and verification in Seychelles is underway. The process last for the month of January. Turn out in the districts is very, very low by voters. Perhaps likely to be even lower then last year when it was only 3.5 %. The registration process is ongoing under law, in spite of the law deemed unfit, out of date by the Election Reform committee. The PL have yet to implement the recommendations of the Election Reform Committee. The situation is now placing the whole election process and system in Seychelles as not credible, and the Public is expressing their lack of confidence in the system by boycotting the voter registration inspection process which in 1993, was 90% verification. END

Africa, Standing Still But Going Backwards

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Jan 21st 2014, 11:23by C.W. | LONDON A NEW World Bank paper* paints a rather depressing picture of global poverty. From 1993 to 2008 the average per capita income of sub-Saharan African economies barely budged—it increased from $742 to $762 per year (measured in 2005 purchasing-power parity-adjusted dollars). If we exclude South Africa and the Seychelles, we see a decline from $608 to $556 over the period. 
The graph below is even more worrying. The authors divided the world distribution of income in 1993 and 2008 into 20 income groups, or “ventiles”, each representing 5% of the world population. The groups get richer from left to right. Between 1993 and 2008, countries like India and, especially China, shift to the right. By 2008 China completely left the poorest 5% of the world’s population.  But sub-Saharan Africa shifted to the left. Whereas in 1993 about 25% of the world’s poorest 5% lived in sub-Saharan Africa, by 2008 it was nearly 60%.
http://www.economist.com/b…

PRC Second Aircraft Carrier For Indian Ocean

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Reuters10:26 p.m. CST, January 18, 2014
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is building its second aircraft carrier, which is expected to take six years, and the country aims to have at least four such ships, Chinese and Hong Kong media reports said on Sunday.

After two decades of double-digit increases in the military budget, China's admirals plan to develop a full blue-water navy capable of defending growing economic interests as well as disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.

The country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning - a Soviet-era ship bought from Ukraine in 1998 and re-fitted in a Chinese shipyard - has long been a symbol of China's naval build-up.

Successfully operating the 60,000-tonne Liaoning is the first step in what state media and some mil…

More Rehash Press Release Someone Lost The Marbles??

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In a bid to tap into growing tourist numbers, Hilton Worldwide has opened its 30-room Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles-Allamanda Resort & Spa. This is the Group’s third resort in the Republic of the Seychelles.
Claus Steiner, cluster manager of the Seychelles Hilton Worldwide welcomed guests to the property in the presence of Alain St Ange, Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Sherin Renaud, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, PS Steve Fanny, Ambassador of the Russia, and Consuls representing Germany, Mauritius and Indonesia, John Stravens, Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association and local Destination Management Companies.
Minister St Ange said: “As we analysie the year-on-year official statistics of visitor arrival numbers, we realise that we need to do more as a country to increase yield from our tourism industry. We need more facilities, activities geared towards our visitors so that they can spend their budgeted tour…

"Seychelles Press Releases being Done Over and Over" .................Daily and on the hour, being repeated

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Jan 19, 2014
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, leaves Seychelles today, Monday, January 20, to join Bernadette Willemin, the Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Europe at FITUR 2014.
FITUR is the International Tourism Fair of Madrid, and it will be celebrating its 34th edition this year from 22-26. FITUR is the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets. "Seychelles has been present at this tourism trade fair for many years, and I will be accompanied at FITUR only by Bernadette Willemin, our Director for Europe who is based in Paris. Members of the private sector will also join us on the Seychelles stand at this fair," Minister St.Ange said.
As in the previous editions of FITUR, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, FITUR, and Casa Africa) will join together to organize the fifth edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum…

"Movie Drive In When Youth Have You-Tube No Car"

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Jan 19, 2014
After months of planning by the Designated Minister Vincent Meriton, the Minister responsible for Community Services, Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and by Minister Christian Lionnet, the Minister responsible for Land Use a movie 'Drive-In' and relaxation spot by the sea was opened last November managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
This facility that is situated on prime land right on the sea and adjacent to the Beachcomber Sainte Anne Resort Jetty at Roche Caiman was designated by the Government to become a secure open-air recreational area for the people of Seychelles. The the designated area was covered with bitumen and adequate lighting installed by the Land Transport Department before public toilet facilities and a small administrative centre was constructed.
Today the facility is seen and appreciated as a added facility that is being provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for…

"Breaking News From Last Week Today from Seychelles Government" Hic, Hic!

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Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today signed an agreement with the Vanilla Islands Organization to increase visitor numbers to the Indian Ocean.
Under the strategic marketing agreement, the signatories will invest in a range of cooperative programs and products to attract visitors to the Indian Ocean from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Air Seychelles and the Vanilla Island`s marketing messages will be maximized in the partnership and both organizations will benefit from enhanced presence on each other`s marketing materials.
Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the airline`s new Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Air Seychelles VIP, at Seychelles International Airport, were Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, and Pascal Viroleau, Chief Executive Officer of the Vanilla Islands Organization.
Also present were Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and President of the Vanilla Isl…

Bad cops, assassins, Czech fugitives: The meaning of Paul O’Sullivan

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Forensic consultant Paul O’ Sullivan spent eight years relentlessly investigating former police chief Jackie Selebi. As Selebi’s trial drew to a close in 2010, the apparently indefatigable Irish expat began focusing on his next project – toppling the extensive criminal empire of one of the most dangerous criminals in the country, Czech-born fugitive Radovan Krejcir. This week, four people were arrested in Johannesburg for plotting to assassinate O’Sullivan, Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba (who arrested Krejcir in December) as well as other members of a Hawks special task team investigating Krejcir.
On 10 September 2010 at around 6.30pm, Paul O’Sullivan was in Dublin when he received a call on his cellphone. He answered in his usual manner: “O’Sullivan, good day.” The caller at the other end paused momentarily before speaking.
The man, recalls O’Sullivan, had an Eastern European accent and said “Hello, clown. You want to fuck with me? I will show you who is Radovan. When…

Two Saudis Princes Face Allegation of "Money Laundering" for Hezbollah

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Two prominent Saudi princes believed to be involved in a London-registered company that allegedly facilitated “money laundering” for Hezbollah are at the centre of a major court battle that is about to hit London’s High Court again. The High Court is gearing up to hear a series of allegations against two Saudi princes who are accused of funding Hezbollah by fraudulent means. London is continuing to attract complex international cases, underlining its place at the top of the litigation table.
It is the story of two Saudi princes, a telecoms company, alleged funds channelled to Hezbollah and a row over the suppression of vital documents in a battle that would rival that of Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank’s dispute with Muktar Ablyazov (6 February 2012).
Two Saudi princes – two of the most prominent Sunni Muslims in the world – face allegations of facilitating money laundering for US-classified terrorist organisation Hezbollah through a business in which they were shareholders.