Friday, 30 May 2014

Quand la BNP se prêtait à des achats d’armes pour achever les Tutsi

Publié le 14 mai 2014 .


En plein embargo sur les armes pour le Rwanda, pendant le génocide, les achats ont continué via de grandes banques, en particulier françaises.
Le 18 mai 1994, le Conseil de sécurité adopta un embargo sur les livraisons d’armes à destination du Rwanda en vertu du chapitre VII de la charte des Nations Unies. La France vota pour alors que le général Quesnot, chef d’état­-major particulier du Président de la République, y était opposé. Il faisait observer début mai à François Mitterrand que « les forces gouvernementales rwandaises sont à court de munitions et d’équipements militaires. Mais, poursuivait-­il, le Quai d’Orsay, faisant état de l’opinion publique et de la nécessité de ne pas alimenter le conflit, estime nécessaire d’appuyer la proposition américaine d’embargo sur les armes et les munitions à destination du Rwanda. »

 

Bagosora fait son marché aux Seychelles

Le 24 juin 1994, l’ambassade états­ unienne aux îles Seychelles informa Washington de ses démarches auprès du président René au sujet d’une livraison d’armes au Zaïre destinée en réalité au Rwanda. Celui­-ci admit qu’ils avaient pu être abusés et l’a faite interrompre .
C’est un parti politique, l’« United Opposition », qui a accusé le gouvernement de jeter de l’huile sur le feu en vendant des armes au Rwanda alors que l’opinion était bouleversée par les atrocités qui s’y déroulaient. Il fit savoir dans la presse locale que le 4 juin, un Zaïrois et un Sud­-Africain avaient débarqué de Johannesbourg.
Le 16 juin, un Rwandais était arrivé à bord d’un avion zaïrois. Il repartit pour Goma avec une première cargaison d’armes. Le 18 juin, un avion zaïrois emportait une nouvelle cargaison. La présence d’un Rwandais ne laissait pas de doute sur la destination réelle de ces armes, poursuivait le communiqué, qui demandait au gouvernement de s’expliquer . Le ministre de la Défense des Seychelles, James Michel, était mis en cause . Ces armes faisaient partie d’un stock que le gouvernement seychellois avait confisqué à bord d’un bateau appelé Le Malo, arraisonné en mars 1993 . Elles étaient destinées à la Somalie, frappée alors d’embargo international.
En 1995, l’enquête de Kathi Austin pour Human Rights Watch a révélé que le colonel Bagosora, organisateur du génocide des Tutsi, se faisant passer pour un officier zaïrois, avait négocié cet achat d’armes par l’intermédiaire d’un Sud­ Africain nommé Petrus Willem Ehlers.
Deux avions d’Air Zaïre transportèrent 80 tonnes d’armes, dont 2 500 fusils d’assaut Kalashnikov AK47, des centaines de milliers de balles pour fusils et mitrailleuses, des grenades, des obus de mortiers, etc. Ces armes arrivèrent à Goma dans les nuits des 16­-17 et 18­-19 juin 1994. Elles furent remises à l’armée gouvernementale rwandaise à Gisenyi . Au Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda, Bagosora confirma qu’une troisième rotation a été suspendue car il risquait lui­-même de se faire arrêter (10/11/2005).

 

Des armes financées par un compte à la BNP

La commission de l’ONU chargée d’enquêter sur les violations de l’embargo a révélé que le général Baoko-­Yoka, vice­ ministre zaïrois de la Défense, a délivré un permis de transport et d’affrètement à Ehlers en date du 13 juin 1994 . Elle a précisé qu’Ehlers a versé aux Seychelles pour cet achat 180 000 $ le 15 juin, puis 150 000 $ le 17, soit 330 000 $ en tout. Son compte en Suisse 82 113 CHEATA, agence de Lugano, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), a été crédité le 14 juin 1994 de 592 784 $, puis le 16 juin de 734 099 $, soit plus d’un million trois cent mille dollars US. D’après le ministre suisse de la justice, «  les ordres de virement au compte de M. Ehlers des 14 et 16 juin 1994 avaient été donnés par la Banque nationale du Rwanda à Kigali. Les fonds émanaient de la Banque nationale de Paris, SA, à Paris  » . Le gouvernement français n’a pas répondu à la lettre du 13 août 1998 de la commission d’enquête de l’ONU .
En 1998, Le Figaro publie un document du 16 juin 1994 signé Bagosora certifiant que l’avion QC9LV était affrété par l’armée zaïroise pour transporter des armes des Seychelles au Zaïre sous la responsabilité du ministère de la Défense zaïrois. Petrus Willem Ehlers a été secrétaire de Pieter Willem Botha, Premier ministre d’Afrique du Sud. Ehlers connaît bien la France : de 1970 à 1972, il a suivi un entraînement militaire sur les sous­ marins à Toulon et Lorient, et il est en contact avec Jean­Yves Ollivier, proche de Michel Roussin, ministre de la Coopération en 1994. Interrogée par Le Figaro sur cette transaction, la BNP n’a pas répondu.

Les victimes attendent réparation

Lors de la Commission d’enquête citoyenne de 2004, François­Xavier Verschave déclarait : « Rien n’empêcherait de porter plainte contre M. Ehlers pour complicité dans le génocide, puisque lui avoue avoir été l’intermédiaire dans une livraison d’armes au camp génocidaire. Cela n’a pas été fait, mais ce serait sûrement possible. »
Lors de la même Commission, le sénateur belge Pierre Galand a montré que d’autres banques françaises, d’autres officines de ventes de matériels militaires, ont continué à travailler avec le gouvernement génocidaire après la décision d’embargo. Pourquoi n’auraient­-elles pas à rendre des comptes et à verser des réparations aux victimes ?

 http://survie.org/billets-d-afrique/2014/234-avril-2014/article/quand-la-bnp-se-pretait-a-des-4701

John Stravens Out As Chairman of The Board


Fake Opposition King With Fake Proposals!




President James Michel met with the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Mr. David Pierre, today at State House.
The President and Mr. Pierre exchanged views of national as well as international importance.
Mr Pierre briefed the president on his recent participation at an international conference in Zambia on governance and accountability and finance.
They also discussed the work of the National Drugs Enforcement Agency (Seychelles). Mr. Pierre said that he has recommended that the Government provides this agency with the necessary resources so that they could deliver their duties to the highest level, so that the country can deal with the issue of drugs more efficiently.
They discussed lengthily the prospect for oil exploration in Seychelles.
In relation to the process of constitutional review, Mr Pierre spoke to the President about the necessity to ensure that there is provision in the Constitution for secondary laws regarding the National Assembly of Seychelles.
The Leader of Opposition spoke about the National Assembly’s Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) and he suggested that the Government gives the Auditor General all the resources that he requires in order to perform the auditing duties to the highest level. He stated that Government needs ministries and other public sector agencies to be totally accountable in the manner in which they spend public money and that in order for the country to achieve that, the Auditor General’s office needs extra reinforcement and equipment.

Rolex - Polo Communist Ambassador signs Something!







Seychelles Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Marie-Louise Potter signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury behalf of the Republic of Seychelles at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the 27th of May.  Seychelles becomes the 98th signatory state to the Convention.
The convention is designed to protect both human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and its compounds

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sars granted preservation order on Krejcir's assets

Sapa

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) obtained a final preservation order on Thursday against the assets of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.
Judge Ephraim Makgoba granted the order in the high court in Pretoria as Krejcir’s trial on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder continued in the high court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge.
The judge dismissed Krejcir’s last-minute attempt to postpone the taxman’s application to place his assets, along with those of his wife Katerina Krejcirova and a number of business entities and trusts, in the hands of a curator. The order would enable the curator to unravel Krejcir’s complicated business empire, trace hidden assets, and dispose of existing assets to cover his massive tax bill.
Nic Maritz SC, for Sars, argued that Krejcir used a network of companies, close corporations and trusts to channel money and evade payment of income tax. Sars official Johann Loggenberg said in an affidavit that Krejcir had under-disclosed his taxable income by more than R114.7-million, but told a tax inquiry he had no business interests and that his wife and mother supported him.
Despite a number of court orders setting deadlines for Krejcir to file an opposing affidavit, Krejcir claimed on Thursday he needed yet a further extension because he first wanted to consult with George Luca (also known as George Smith) before drawing up his final answer to the allegations.
Luca, who is accused of murdering strip club owner Lolly Jackson, was extradited to South Africa from Cyprus in February. Krejcir however claimed his lawyers had not yet been able to get hold of Luca to consult with him.
Sars alleged Krejcir had used a company called Groep 2 Beleggings, of which his wife was the sole director, to make alleged bogus loans, including a R3.5-million loan to Smith/Luca, for which he gave as security assets that had in fact been acquired by Krejcir himself in the Seychelles. When Luca “defaulted” on the loan, the company (or Krejcir) could “claim back” his assets without having to show where the income he used to pay for the assets came from, Maritz said. Krejcir had set up a “smoke and mirrors type of scheme”.
The assets included a yacht, various motorcycles, a Porsche Cayenne, and a Lamborghini.

PropertiesSars alleges Groep 2 Beleggings was used to buy two luxury properties for Krejcir and his family, that the company never conducted any genuine business and that its books revealed a number of questionable transactions. The company’s customers included self-confessed drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, who apparently borrowed R500 000 for his legal fees and also testified in the tax inquiry against Krejcir.
Agliotti’s estate was sequestrated in February this year because of a R70-million outstanding tax bill.
A close corporation called DKR Auto was allegedly used to buy numerous vehicles, but no business activities were reflected on its accounts.
Another entity, Scara Technologies CC, appeared to have been a party to fraudulent VAT schemes involving motor vehicle parts and diamonds, Sars alleged.
Krejcir claimed in an affidavit he was too busy with his criminal trial, his application for asylum and opposing his extradition to the Czech Republic to consult properly with his lawyers in order to file opposing papers in the preservation application. He further alleged he was unable to pay his attorneys because of the multitude of cases against him. He was struggling to find other attorneys willing to act for him because of the stigma attached to his name due to negative publicity, he claimed.

Kidnapping caseMeanwhile, in the high court in Johannesburg, another state witness took the stand on Thursday in the trial of Krejcir and five others.
Paul Mthabela was testifying in exchange for possible immunity from prosecution. Judge Collin Lamont ordered that photos of his face not be published in the media. Mthabela was allegedly connected to Vusi Peter Msimango, a self-confessed former criminal who was the first state witness to testify in the trial.
Mthabela told the court that he received a call from Desai Luphondo in June last year. Luphondo, the second accused in the trial, told him he needed his help.
He said a young man known as Doctor, who he had paid to place a bag of drugs on a plane to Australia, had failed to do so. Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport. Luphondo said Doctor told him police at the airport arrested him, Mthabela said.
They took the drugs as well as the R70 000 he had been paid to transport the drugs, which allegedly belonged to Krejcir. Mthabela called his friend, Msimango to help find the drugs.
He explained how he, Luphondo, and Msimango had met Doctor at a filling station in Katlehong. “Desai told Doctor ‘you’ll get me killed. Let’s go to the white man so you can explain to him what happened’,” said Mthabela. The white man he was referring to was Krejcir.
“He told Doctor that the white man wants to put you under a machine ... A lie detector test to see if you’re telling the truth,” Mthabela testified through an interpreter.

Left for KwaZulu-NatalAnother man who was with Doctor during this confrontation had said his brother was not going anywhere as Krejcir could kill him.
The three men went looking for Doctor the next day and were told by his grandmother that he had left for KwaZulu-Natal.
Doctor no longer answered their calls and was not at reporting for duty at the airport.
The next day Msimango joked as he told Mthabela how he and police officers driving in expensive cars had gone to kidnap Doctor’s brother, Bheki Lukhele, from his home in Katlehong the previous night. “He said Radovan Krejcir had burned the youngster with boiling water,” said Mthabela.
Msimango then took him to what they referred to as a safe house, where Lukhele was being kept captive under the watch of Luphondo. He found Lukhele with his face covered and his hands bound behind his back.
“Desai explained what [Msimango] had told me. He said the white man was cold-hearted. He had assaulted the youngster,” said Mthabela. He told the court he could see the wounds on Lukhele’s head.
“Desai said he would get the boy pills and some ointment. He said this was unfortunate. It wasn’t meant to happen,” Mthabela testified.
Krejcir, Luphondo, warrant officers Samuel Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are charged with Lukhele’s kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder. They also face charges of dealing in drugs. All six men have pleaded not guilty.
The trial continues.– Sapa
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-05-22-sars-granted-preservation-order-on-krejcirs-assets

Seychelles welcomes new National Heritage treasure trail on Praslin Island

May 23, 2014
Mr. Christopher Gill and his Iles Des Palmes Eco Resort of Praslin, working in partnership with the National Heritage Foundation, which is chaired by Mr. Pat Nanty, has open a historical treasure trail that is now open to the public for tours.
The trail tour commences with an interesting display of 17th century pirate relics found along the treasure trail. It proceeds to explain the economy of the plantation era before Seychelles had an airport and the connection to the world was by slow boat every 6 months. In this era, spices were king. This is the era when Cinnamon, patchouli, and copra were important cash crops for the Seychelles.
The tour winds on to the old distillery that once supplied many of the perfume houses of Paris. The tour then goes on to the 17th century pirate oven which is a historical find of incredible proportions. It gives a direct link to the lives of pirates during that century. There were many, but the most famous was Le Vasseur La Buse or Le Boucher.
The tour enhances every visitor’s Seychelles experience, enriching their knowledge of Seychelles.
This new Heritage treasure trail on Praslin is seen as a welcomed addition to the list of important attractions now available on the island of Praslin.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .
Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture
 
 http://www.eturbonews.com/46145/seychelles-welcomes-new-national-heritage-treasure-trail-praslin

SHTA Attempts To Revive After One Year of Blunders


Saturday, 24 May 2014

'What's the chance of two ex-Navy SEALs turning up dead in the same room?'

By Paul Thompson In Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Disbelieving family and friends of an ex-Navy SEAL who died of an apparent drugs overdose on the ship made famous in the movie Captain Phillips are convinced of a 'cover-up' and have called for a US investigation into his death, MailOnline can reveal today.
The body of Mark Kennedy, a super fit, highly-decorated member of the elite fighting force, was found inside a cabin on the cargo ship Maersk Alabama - the vessel involved in a 2009 hijacking that ended with Somali pirates shot dead by SEALs.
Another former SEAL, Jeffrey Reynolds, was found alongside him, also dead from a suspected drug overdose. The men were seen partying with two women believed to be prostitutes the previous evening.

Heroin and a syringe were found by the bodies but friends who knew Kennedy, 44, a powerfully-built man who prided himself on staying fit, have questioned that he would turn to drugs.
Close friend Jeremy White, a former Navy reservist, said Kennedy had such chiseled features and was so clean cut that he called him 'Captain America.'
'I do not believe Mark took drugs,' White told MailOnline. 'That is not the Mark I knew. There is much more to this than is not being told right now.'
Mark's father Danny, 72, was so upset he could barely speak when approached by MailOnline at his remote home in the town of Baker, in East Baton Rouge County.

His eyes red-rimmed from weeping, he struggled to speak coherently when asked about his only son Mark. But he said: 'There has to be an investigation.'
Friends who grew up with Kennedy and trained alongside him at a local Cross Fit gym ridiculed suggestions that he had become a heroin user or hung out with hookers.
They said he was devoted to his wife, Julia, and 10-year-old son Mason and his final hours alive are in stark contrast to his healthy, clean-living lifestyle.
Kennedy was known to not smoke and as a combat medic was all too aware of the dangers of drugs, having served in Afghanistan where heroin use and its consequences were all around him.
Photographs posted on his Facebook page, where he used the alias Leroy Jenkins, show him bare chested and showing off his physique.


'Mark took great pride in keeping fit and working out,' said a friend from the Geuax Cross Fit gym in Baton Rouge where he would regularly work out.
'It is rubbish to say he was suddenly taking heroin. He did not even smoke so why is someone who as a SEAL has been taught to look after their body become a junkie. It does not add up and something is wrong.
'Mark served his country with pride and now they should repay that by carrying out an investigation.'
Mark's death on February 18 in the Seychelles has left his family and friends stunned. His wife Julia is believed to have returned to her parents home in Germany. 
Neighbours in the small community about ten miles from Baton Rouge said Danny and his wife Nanda were shattered by their son's death and the squalid reports of his demise.
'He was their hero and they were so proud of him serving his country overseas,' said neighbour James Carpenter. 'They are shattered by Mark's death.It is going to take a lot for them to get over this.'


Since news of the death last month the couple have rarely ventured out of their home.
Kennedy and his colleague Reynolds, 44, from Fallbrook, California, were working as armed guards employed by a Virginia-based maritime private security company called the Trident Group.
The two former special forces soldiers had been assigned to protect the Maersk Alabama on its run from Salalah, Oman with a port of call at Port of Victoria in the Seychelles.
Guards are now carried on almost all cargo ships sailing close to the African coast to thwart hijackers.
Three years ago the giant Maersk Alabama taken over by four pirates from Somalia.
The ship's Captain, Richard Phillips, was taken hostage by the gunmen and spent several days in a tense standoff that only ended when Navy SEALs snipers killed three of the hijackers by firing simultaneous shots into the lifeboat where Phillips was being held captive.  
A fourth hijacker was taken into custody and is serving a life sentence in a US prison.

Police in the Seychelles remain convinced, so far, that the unexpected death of both men was related to the use of drugs. The exact cause of death was given as respiratory failure and possible heart attacks. 
Results of toxicology tests will not be known for three weeks.
Kennedy was found lying face up with a syringe in his hand while Reynolds was slumped on the bed. Investigators found a brown powder, believed to be heroin, in their room.
Police on the Indian Ocean island said the pair were captured on CCTV cameras accompanied by  two prostitutes after leaving a casino at 3am on February 18.
The women, who were identified by police from the CCTV footage, claim they went with the men when they bought heroin.
Local police have said possible charges could be brought against the alleged suppliers as they continue their investigation.
Prior to meeting the women Kennedy and Reynolds had been drinking vodka and tequila shots with a group of sailors from New Zealand in a bar called Le Rendez Vous.

They later moved on to the Victoria International casino where staff remember the pair playing blackjack. 
Kennedy, distinctive by his muscled physique and bald head, was said to be flirting with female croupiers and bar servers. After four hours in the casino they were asked to leave at 3am when it was time to close.
CCTV footage from nearby restaurants caught them wandering off down an alleyway with the two women.
The men were logged back on the ship at 6am with police now trying to find out where they went for the three hours before their return.
It is not uncommon for former soldiers turned contractors to indulge in the shady temptations on offer in some of the most dangerous places abroad - away from the support and love of their families.
But to those who knew Kennedy, he didn't fit this cliche.
'I have known Mark for 30 years and never once in that time did I suspect he was involved in drugs,' said friend David Carlton, 44. 'Mark was as straight as an arrow. He was a Navy SEAL and they have to be in top condition.
'Why would he mess with drugs. We went to the same high school. He was a great football player back then and very fit. Drugs were never part of his life. There is something very odd about his death and the US Government should investigate it.'
Neighbours of Mark and his second wife Julia also expressed shocked that he would take drugs. The family posted a notice on the front door of their home requesting privacy. 
Two cars bearing 'Navy veteran' license plates stood in the driveway while unopened packages piled up in the doorstep.
Another neighbour, who said he had known Mark for 30 years, was incredulous his death was down to drugs.

'There has been a cover up somewhere. Mark did not do drugs. He took care of his body. I know he had retired from active duty, but you do not suddenly start shooting up heroin.'
Another close friend, who did not want to be named, went further and suggested others could have been involved in their deaths.
'What are the chances of two ex-SEALs dying at the same time in the same room?' said the friend. 'Isn't it the smallest bit suspicious that they both take the heroin and die. Yes, it could be a contaminated batch, but I just don't buy it.

'The Mark Kennedy I knew would not go near drugs. He was all about keeping fit, and if you take drugs the last thing you do is want to look after your body.'
A club member at Beaux CrossFit gym where Kennedy would work out, said: 'Mark hardly ever wore a shirt when working out. If he was doing drugs we'd see the track marks. It does not make any sense.'
Friends also said Mark adored his second wife Julia. Photos on his Facebook page show the couple in loving embraces and trips to Europe.
Kennedy had kept his involvement with the Navy SEALs a secret from many of his neighbours. 
Many knew he was in the military, but not a member of the elite fighting unit that was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.


An obituary posted in the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate revealed that after graduating from college he joined the Navy and later became a SEAL. After Basic Underwater Demolition school he became a combat medic.
The obituary said Mark served as a Navy SEAL for more than 13 years.
It read: 'Mark was assigned to SEAL Team 8, SEAL Team 2, and the Naval Special Operations Medical Institute. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Mark deployed on multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark was a highly decorated Navy SEAL; his two most notable decorations being the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device for valour.'
On a more personal note, the obituary said : 'Mark was a great patriot, a loving husband, father, and son. He had many loyal friends and teammates' and added that he 'loved adventure' and 'enjoyed vacationing with his wife Julia.'
Mark saw combat duty in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Photographs posted on social media sites show him in full camouflage uniform and also in his dress uniform with medal ribbons on his chest.
Kennedy was also a trained medic with the Louisiana National Guard and joined the Trident Group after leaving the SEALs in 2010.

Many other friends chose not to comment about Mark saying they were waiting to hear the final results of the toxicology tests. Other SEAL colleagues contacted by Mail Online also chose to stay silent - staying true to the vow of secrecy when they join the unit.
Drug use is forbidden on the ships and guards with the Trident Maritime Security Group are subjected to mandatory alcohol and drugs tests. The shipping giant Maersk, which hired the Trident Group to guard its ships, said last week that Trident would be conducting random drug tests of its employees.
'Based on our experience with the contractor, this is an isolated incident,' Maersk said. 
But it said new drug tests would start immediately and the company's shore leave policy was under review. Police in the Seychelles said their investigation is still continuing and arrests could be made at a later date.
The island is popular with vacationers, particularly honeymooners drawn by the white, sandy beaches and azure blue sea. Prince William and his wife Kate have been among the many visitors.
But there is a dark side to the island, which has a population of just 91,000. According to the United Nations World Drug report it has one of the highest rates of injectable drug use, about 2.3 per cent of the population.
Drug enforcement agents have said heroin is increasingly becoming hard to get hold off leading to dealers to 'cut' their supplies to make it go further.
One possibility is that the heroin found in Kennedy's cabin could have been mixed with fertiliser or another chemical. The exact make-up of the brown powder found in the cabin will not be know for at least three weeks.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575749/Whats-chances-two-Navy-SEALs-turning-dead-room-Family-friends-demand-US-investigation-mystery-hookers-heroin-deaths-ship-famous-Captain-Philips.html

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Communist China Sneaking Into Indian Ocean

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of a new Type 62 Class gunboat donated by the Chinese government to help boost the operational capabilities of the Indian Ocean island nation's naval force.

The vessel, known to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as the Shanghai Class II, was handed over to Seychelles foreign affairs minister Jean-Paul Adam and military top brass on April 29 at the Ile du Port base by Chinese ambassador Shi Zhongjun.

Adam said the patrol vessel will be manned by Seychelles Coast Guard personnel but they will for several weeks be trained by Chinese experts after the commissioning.

“This is a purpose built vessel for Seychelles and follows the visit that President James Michel made to China in 2011 where he shared with the Chinese authorities and at that time Vice President Xi Jinping, who is now of course the president of the People’s Republic of China, where he shared the concerns that Seychelles has with regards to the patrol and monitoring of its vast exclusive economic zone,” said Adam.

Among other core duties, the new vessel will be used to protect the country's Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) on the Indian Ocean and fight piracy, drug smuggling, human trafficking and other maritime crimes on the high seas.
Ambassador Zhongjun praised Seychelles for being at the frontline in the fight against piracy and securing its maritime boundaries, adding China has a duty to assist in building the Seychelles Coast Guard's capacity to contribute to the stability of the entire Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The Seychelles has prosecuted 124 pirates to date.

“I am very happy that this patrol boat is in the Seychelles. We all know that Seychelles is in the fore-front in the fight against piracy and we praise these efforts. We also appreciate that the Seychelles has a role to play in maintaining the peace and security in the Indian Ocean.

"We hope that this boat will strengthen the capability of Seychelles in safeguarding peace and security in the Indian Ocean, in the fight against piracy and in safeguarding the territory of Seychelles islands,” ambassador Zhongjun said. He noted that the delivery came two years after China and the Seychelles agreed to donate the vessel.

The Type 62 Class (Shanghai II) gunboat is a 38.78 metres long vessel with a displacement of 135 tonnes. It is powered by four Soviet-designed engines - two diesel engines with a combined output of 1 200 horse-power and another set of diesel-powered engines which together produce 910 horse-power.

The Type 62 patrol boat has a top speed of 28.5 knots, a range of 750 nautical miles at 16.5 knots and carries a crew of 36 sailors. It is armed with four Chinese Type 61 37 mm guns and four Chinese Type 61 25 mm guns. It also carries 8 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) depth charges. Photos of the vessel last month showed it without weapons – however, some components have yet to be installed before it is commissioned and officially handed over to the Seychelles Coast Guard on June 18.

The latest donation follows the Chinese government's donation and delivery to the Seychelles of two Y-12 aircraft which were deployed on surveillance duties over the country's Exclusive Economic Zone.

The aircraft were manufactured by the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).In the past few years, China has aggressively pursued strategic defence and diplomatic relations with Indian Ocean Region (IOR) nations with military supplies and economic aid characterising most of the relationships.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34764:seychelles-coast-guard-receives-new-chinese-patrol-boat&catid=51:Sea&Itemid=106

Monday, 19 May 2014

Seychelles Implements Photo Voltic Fiasco Program To Protect PUC Inefficiency- Part One

Fake Rates To Keep PL In Power
The Seychelles, through the Seychelles Energy Commission and the PUC both run by Philip Morin a 1980’s engineer, who we supported in the past because he replaced a high price French Chairman, has kicked the bucket now with his ridiculous program on Photo-Voltic alternative energy program he is enforcing with the private sector.



Commercial Rates v/s Residential Rates
The legacy of inefficiency and lack of productivity is being enforced by Mr. Morin to suit his political puppeteers at PL. We expected professionalism from you Mr. Morin. Right now you are looking no better than your crony brother Charlie the golfing putz that plays 9 hole.
 Until today, after successive IMF programs, a wind with national bankruptcy, the PUC still charges commercial users a higher rate than residential users. This means the productive sector of the country, that earns money, is penalized and hence, the cost of earning money is heightened to the disadvantage of the economic producers on a national level of electricity and water. The effect is a classic Communist result of subsidizing water and electricity to make it cheap for residents the consumer side of an economy. If service is cheaper for residents, then abuse will continue to reign and non productive edge dulled at a national level.

Hide The Bills of Ministers and Ministries
Mr. Morin, PUC, Government of Seychelles- PL (Communists all of them), have cleverly fooled the IMF with a cunning argument, that only Jean Paul Adam could come up with: “Seychelles is a micro economy, and a micro state, and we must gradually phase in the electricity tariff increases on residents ( the non productive sector) and keep the commercial sector ( productive sector) subsidizing these tariffs, over Five (5) years, (until France Albert Rene and James Michel die)- add lip.”
The IMF  God only knows why, agreed with this ferry tail position.
The effect of this is investing in Seychelles over the next Five (5) years for electricity and water billing, will be the most expensive it has ever been.
Behind this smoke screen at ministers whose electricity bills goes unpaid, ministries that do not pay their bills, which the commercial sector pays by subsidy to PUC. What a nut house we live in….in Seychelles.

Thread softly IOT, Seybrew, and others that use water and electricity to remain productive.
What IMF failed to recall, is that Seychelles is a Middle Income Country. It can today, afford to pay for its electricity and water use, consumption on a level playing field. If residents can afford DSTV, Intelvision, Mobile phones, I pads, and be the No. 3 consumer of Beer in the World after Denmark No. 1 and Republic of Palau No. 2, they can pay their electricity bills and water bills at a non-subsidized rate. 
By subsidizing, electricity bills and water bills, what PL is doing is keeping the countries labor market inefficient, and worse, making the commercial sector non competitive.
The effect of this is lower production and lower revenue, and lower Gross Domestic Product (GDP) . This is why in part, growth rates burp at 1% , 2% per annum. It needs to be corrected urgently, as opposed to gradually for the people of the country to have relief from a bad prescription, that only hurts them in the long run. Lower productivity means lower wages or stagnant wages. It means less valuable opportunities for those who seek them. This results in economic flight of human capital, a classic reoccurring Communist problem. 
People of Seychelles, in our country we must not tolerate non-sense as Public Policy, we have been doing this for 35 years under PL.

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Carma-Lita………………. Hold Us Tight …….., Seychelles Is Going Down on Heroin and We Need Your Love Now!

It Is So SAD!
Walk down Market Street on any given day of the week, you will see the victims of heroin on the street side, young men, young women, looking scraggly, looking 50 plus but they are only 35. Walk up Belonie the scene gets worse.
Point Larue, Anse Aux Pins, same story.
Cote D’or, Praslin all over, around Baie St. Anne at Paulies store, they are in and out of a nearby drug den. Grand Anse, behind Pension Fund Building the  granite marble building, under the Bodamier trees where Golan use to collect for a dose of bakka, you will see the same.
 You only have to look a little  beyond the obvious.
La Digue has a problem as well. But I will leave that to Digious to discuss for themselves.
When all is said and done, it is so sad, so very sad.

Who Are The Addicts?
Anyone can be an addict. They can come from any family. Today, not one single family in Seychelles is drug free. Every single family has a problem, or they do not know about it yet. Some may be hiding the problem. You cannot hide Heroin, it will find you.
Ironically, many are a product of the NYS school system. In many cases, their children are also victims of heroin. Some have never even gone to NYS, but they have been brought up without the love of a Father and Mother in a home. The reality is Seychelles population is under attack from heroin.
The addicts are fishermen, hotel staff, bus drivers, gardeners, lawyers, doctors, engineers, government workers, professionals, and non professionals.
We have a human crisis and a societal crisis on our hands. It translate itself in lack of an adequate work force, lack of pupils willing to learn, lack of respect for others. A proliferation of corruption, graft, and a attitude that it is acceptable.
All in all, fruits of the 50 years of SPPF and PL, eating the country gradually, but surely, like a cancer. The leadership is not on heroin, but the support base is. Who traffics heroin? The leadership cannot say.

The Numbers Will Scare The S**t Out of You!
 Four years ago, the number was announced by NDEA to me in a meeting: 3000 addicts of hard drugs. Since then, the battle has been a losing battle. Drugs cost between Scr. 1,000.00 to Scr. 2,000.00 per day for a fix.
Do the numbers and you will see we have a real problem.
 Today, this figure may be  5,000 addicts nationally. If Praslin has 1,000 addicts, 600 plus Baie St. Anne, 400 plus Grand Anse, La Digue has not disclosed its addition numbers, Mahe can easily rest on 4,000 conservatively.
The numbers are astounding and shocking in the same breathe.

Do The Numbers Like Addicts Do Folks
Addicts memorize the magic number they need to get a fix. They have it in their head, repeat it everyday, all day long, until they get it. In Seychelles the magic number for a fix, is Scr. 1,500.00 per day.
If you have 5,000 addicts at 1,500.00 per day, we are talking about a serious shadow economy in the Nation, that exceeds the government’s national budget per year easily. Folks drugs in Seychelles is a SCR. 2.8 Billion plus business and growing every year. The National Budget is SCR. 2.4 Billion.

The Drops In The Bucket
EU signed over $300,000.00 to fight drugs. A drop in the bucket.
NDEA makes a seizure of cannabis worth SCR. 20 Million, another drop in the bucket. NDEA is chasing little cannabis smokers in a country where virtually everyone out of NYS smoked weed and we are now being rolled over as a country with Heroin.
The Irish try to be polite, but you must read beyond that, they are just protecting their soft easy jobs. They are not even close to winning the war of drugs. They look more like a bunch of bozos that showed up for a basketball match in uniform, on a football pitch and they are looking for the hoop everywhere.
The Heroin business in Seychelles is a SCR 225,000,000.00 business per month, or SCR 2.7 Billion per year Irish. This drug trade has grown gradually, predominately, under James Michel Administration.
When the stakes reach these numbers that are higher than the governments National Budget, you do not spend your time and energy worrying about a young man with a little cannabis. Focus, Irish,  focus.

NDEA Is A Flop!
Vehicles, drive around the islands with their arms outside the jeep window, make an occasional show of strength with a beach landing at Cote D’or, dressed in black, with AK -47’s, but before they arrive the hard drug traffickers are gone as usual. They go under cover, but everyone knows the officer is under cover, so he is not under cover. It is  a flop. The Irish ask all drug traffickers if they do not speak Irish, speak English, so they can understand what they tap on mobile phones.
Come on fellows, there must be some work for you back in Dublin. Times cannot be that tough for you red apple faced fellows.
Seychelles needs to dialogue to face down this drug problem. It is an internal problem of the Seychellois. We must solve the problem ourselves. The Irish will not do it.
PL you need to put that SCR 40 Million in CSR to work on this and not place it all in the JJ Spirit Building, while your people are dying over drugs and many Seychellois are now going to sleep at night without a bowl of rice in their stomach.

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Seychelles Nation Zooms On Planning Authority Bureaucrat Extremist



SBC has taken on the Planning Authority lynch man Gerald Hoarau the Chairman. Mr. Hoarau is a surveyor by profession, whose hobby is raising dogs and studying the Town and Country Planning Act of 1974 in his past time, which he refers to as the “Bible”. It is noteworthy that the private sector is suffering greatly from lack of sufficient land surveyors.
Mr. Hoarau has no children. Perhaps  he does not understand the pain he causes, when his procedures delay plans, for a family, and cost them money, beyond planning fees.
I wonder if Mr. Hoarau has ever sat down to calculate the damage he has done to the economy of Seychelles, over the years? It is tremendous, I suspect. Its time to put an end to it, and it is time to say Bye, Bye Mr. Hoarau if he cannot catch up to 2014.
The People of Seychelles, from all parties, except for the Seychelles Russian Club and Seychelles Arab League who get what they want from the Planning process, has had enough. 

Beware of Fanatics of The Unholy Bible
Mr. Hoarau has taken on a zealous fanatical convert state of mind concerning the Town and Country Planning Act of 1974, before most of us were ever born. He says on SBC, “there are too many tricks, by agents submitting works, they must be dealt with and punished severely……… they must be punished…they must feel the pain”.
The zeal that Mr. Hoarau says all these things is represented in his action over the last Two (2) years. It is clear to me, as a user of Planning, that Mr. Hoarau has declared war on dubious draughtsmen, and technically more proficient architects then himself.
 

Hoarau Forgot His Mandate
The world is changing from those early days of 1974. But Planning Authority is not changing. Mr. Hoarau is still calling a 1974 law: The Bible. Something is not clicking where it should.
To refresh our recollection, Mr. Hoarau had a mandate that appears he forgot when he took the post as Chairman of the Planning Authority. He was mandated to clear up the back log of planning applications; he was mandated to bring the Planning Authority into the digital age in the application, consideration, approval process. It seems he forgot this fundamental and important mandate, given the rapid lose of Human Resources and has chosen instead to become the hang man of the draughtsmen, and architects trying to earn a living, with what knowledge have, as best as they have, given the education the system has provided them. 
Mr. Hoarau forgot about the people behind the plans. Behind each application submitted in Eight copies, are real people, real families waiting for a house or investment. When they suffer, Seychelles economy suffers. When your image is bad, it spoils Seychelles image as an investment zone. You make Rupert Simon’s job at Seychelles Investment Bureau impossible.

Screw The Mandate
Applications must be submitted in Eight copies, hardcopy.
Why are applications not submitted by pen drive or electronic transfer, then forwarded by Planning on to other ministries instantly. Get rid of the paper Mr. Hoarau if the paper does not get rid of you before you act.
Mr. Hoarau says a reply is communicated in Six (6) weeks. What happen to Fourteen (14) days Mr. Hoarau? Each reply is Six (6) weeks and it can drag out for years like a court case. 
Mr. Hoarau does not tell us a hard truth: the ministries that receive the Eight  (8) copies, of applications, no longer have  capable human resources to study the plans, make valuable recommendations, and work effectively with the engineers, architects and developer. We have run out of qualified human resource in this field. It is over. They are gone. What we do have is not enough to cope with the demand.
Instead of amending the process, prioritize projects according to location ie more attention to Town projects vs, rural projects, Mr. Hoarau is hell bent on implementing all provisions of his Bible yet he forgets, the law is a colonial law and it is out dated, remedial, and is the single most predominate cause of slowing Seychelles economy, with his 100% support today. Beware of the over zealot bureaucrats  - allowed unfettered discretion he will destroy your country, to the point he will give Madagascar an opportunity to shine. 
One application request Mr. Hoarau ask that the foot print of buildings on a plot is not more than 20% of the total area. What are we going to do with the rest of the land? Leave it as a monument? The balance will have to be gardened. Who will do this, Mr. Hoarau? More GOP?
Another request Mr. Hoarau makes on the same application. Submit a topographical survey detailing all elevations, for a house. Mr. Hoarau, do you know we have a shortage of surveyors in Seychelles? Do you know how much a Topal cost? Yet you have a GIS and Google Earth available to see all contours of all land in Seychelles, accurately. My 13 year old uses it. Why Mr. Hoarau cannot use it?
After that is over with, Mr. Hoarau is not finished with us. He then ask us for a detail landscaping plan for plants and fauna with color schemes for a home.
Mr. Hoarau, you want to control our garden? That is what I call a control freak, proposing to control the garden of a private housing estate. Where did you go to school anyway? Cuba?
It is conclusive, that you have turned into a Town and Country Born Again Fanatic-extremist.
Time to go to save Seychelles!
If you want to stay Mr. Hoarau, take your Town and Country Planning Act, call me and I will bring my copy of the Constitution to you, and show you how you should interpret your inferior legislation to the Constitution in relation to every single issue of the Town and Country Planning Act. I offer this service for free, because I know no one in the AG office can interpret a Constitution in relation to inferior laws.
Then when you implement what I tell you, the GOS will love you, the People will love you, you will not have to rely on your dogs for love.
In the meantime, watch your back and get some body guards. Its open season on you, according to the State House Media Plan, the templates at SBC, and the  the Market. They say they raise the price of fish to Scr. 1,000.00 for Red Snapper because of you, since you gave the Russian a free for all. Is that true?

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Mauritius snubbed Ste Ange

May 12, 2014
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has left the country and is en-route to Madagascar for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting which will also see the elections for the 2014 President of the Regional Organization.
The Seychelles Minister is the outgoing President of the organization having served two terms. In Madagascar he will be chairing his last meeting prior to the elections for the new President.
On the Agenda for this Ministerial Meeting will be the report of the last Ministerial Meeting in May 2013 when the elections took place to renew the mandate of Minister St.Ange. This meeting that was called by Madagascar was attended by Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and Seychelles. Only Mauritius was recorded as being absent at this meeting.
The Vanilla Islands Ministerial meeting scheduled to take place in Madagascar will also look at the principle to enlarge the Vanilla Islands membership and the recommendation for the airport that will be tabled as a potential regional hub at the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) joint meeting with tourism and transport ministers on October 15 in the Seychelles.
The Ministerial Meeting will also be briefed on this historic UNWTO & ICAO meeting that will be taking place in the Indian Ocean region as well as the 2014 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Tourism and Travel Mart which will be held in Seychelles on September 19-21, 2014 and the 2015 UNWTO Commission For Africa (CAF) that will be also taking place in Seychelles on April 22-24, 2015 to coincide with the 2015 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria (April 24-26, 2015).
http://www.eturbonews.com/45670/madagascar-will-host-elections-new-vanilla-islands-president

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

MultiChoice cuts off all its content in the Seychelles; blocks all of its DStv channels and SuperSport to Intelvision subscribers.

 Pay-TV subscribers in the Seychelles are fuming after MultiChoice cut of all of its content in the Seychelles and blocked all of its DStv channels - including SuperSport - that was available on the island nation's only pay-TV provider Intelvision, leaving angry TV viewers with no access to any premier international sport.

The Seychelles News Agency reports that Intelvision is going to give its subscribers a refund of one week's pay-TV subscription value on the next invoice due to the blackout of MultiChoice's DStv channels on its system
 The exact reason for the blackout of the SuperSport and DStv content is unknown, but Intelvision told the Today in Seychelles newspaper that MultiChoice's content was cut off and will be replaced "by better quality channels" following complaints from subscribers about too many repeats.

There is however ongoing legal wranglings and litigation between MultiChoice Africa and Intelvision dating back to 2010, which started when MultiChoice Africa demanded that Intelvision stop downlinking and transmitting MultiChoice content after its contract between the satellite pay-TV providers had ended.

That court case resumed in July last year, and in Novemer 2013 yet another tussle between MultiChoice Africa and Intelvision bubbled up with MultiChoice Africa demanding $24 million in unpaid fees from Intelvision.
http://teeveetee.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/multichoice-cuts-off-all-its-content-in.html

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Public Orders Act Fiasco- Kalawan Retire To Your Fat Pension!



Background
In the Electoral Reform discussions, when the PL decided that they were to railroad the process,James Michel and Danny Faure failed to attend as promised, and went on with Simon Gill to  boilerplate the amendments to Public Orders Act, the Seychelles Freedom Party, under my leadership washed it’s hands of the Reform Process, refused to be bullied by PL. We walked out in Boycott of the process. Kalawan said then to PL: “let us proceed”. Blunder!

Who Stayed To Give Credibility To PL?
PDM stayed in silence of course. David Pierre and company are a fake opposition tasked with keeping the government of the day in office, not with removal of that government. Pierre even takes the same van as PL MNA’s to visit SBC to promise more money for SBC that is State House Control 100%. Back to Reform sham.

Who joined PDM in Reform?
 Well, where did David Pierre come from? He came from SNP. SNP joined him, and gave credibility to the PL efforts to derail road the Public Orders Act and other laws to be amended. Was SNP acting like it wanted to hold PL accountable? No. It was competing with PDM for a post. Blunder!

Constitutional Court Case
SFP did not file a case before the Constitutional Court because we had done our job to expose PL in a boilerplate rubber stamp effort in the Reform process. Recently, The US State Department said the law must go. That is good enough for us. The focus should be placed on this declaration before Seychelles faces SANCTIONS. SNP Blunders again!
It was SNP that filed the case. Why? Remember well, they stood with PL and made a press conference submitted the Electoral Reform Recommendations to PL. They were only making that submittal on a prayer that PL would approve everything, after breaking all material agreements in the Reform Process already. SNP had to clear its bad decision, bad leadership thinking ( some would say beyond stupidity) by filing a rash case before the Constitutional Court. Another blunder in a slumber.
Their case at the Constitutional Court left out a material issue: that we are in a defacto State of Emergency permanently because Fundamental Human Rights are suspended under the POA Act of 2013. This is why SFP friend Mr. Viral Dhanjee, the “Conscious of Victoria” , has filed his case, and it is a important and critical file only because SNP has filed a half baked petition. Too much slumber makes Kalawan Blunder!

A Jack Ass Is A Donkey Name Kalawan
Instead of waiting for a ruling of the Constitutional Court, what did Kalawan do? He filed a appeal to the POA Appeals Board. Too much slumber makes Kalawan wake up to make more Blunders!

Why Does That Make A Jack Ass A Donkey
Kalawan in ignorance and desperation to save his political career is looking for a victory anywhere.  So he files a appeal with a Board that is UNCONSTITUTIONAL , violates Article 160 (1) (2), Article 161 of the Constitution.
The Board Kalawan seeks a victory from is a Executive Branch Board, appointed by James Michel, that over rides a decision of the Commissioner of Police, another Executive Branch operative that takes orders from the Executive Branch in practice. Does that make sense to anyone? Maybe if you are in a slumber the blunder makes sense.
Well if Bernard Georges giving the Speech De L’Honneur at the launching of the Book of speeches by James Michel, makes sense to you, what KALAWAN a half baked priest, half baked political thinker, and well baked priest millionaire does ……..will make sense.

The Blunders Are Flowing In Free Flow At Green Acres
There is no limit to the blunders KALAWAN is making today. In fact, expect him to make more and more, until he has reduced himself to a has been “John”.
This week in defense of Bernard Georges inexcusable actions at State House, KALAWAN called all Seychellois that question this act of Judas an inexcusable act: PROSTITUTES, a highly offensive reference for any Seychellois.
Yet it was KALAWAN’s family who built ZOM Lib. What greater act of prostitution can there be in our history then to build ZOM Lib? While that was being done to instill fear in Seychellois hearts KALAWAN, was not your Mother a SPPF MNA in the one party state National Assembly? Is that Fear or Prostitution KALAWAN? Or money mongering? Let history get it right.


ZOM LIB BLUNDER BROTHER
When ZOM LIB was removed, KALAWAN made another blunder and said it is removed illegally and it should not be removed without approvals.
What planet is “John “on?
Who cares if there are not any approvals to remove ZOM Lib KALAWAN. Maybe you are the only person put out on the removal of such a disgrace,  that happens to be your Brother, built by your Father. 
Did your Father get approval from a Board to Build this ZOM Lib? Why don’t you just shut up instead of opening your big  mouth to let all of Seychellois know you are a Jack Ass?  Jack Ass for your information is a male donkey. It is a figure of speech to express one’s opinion meaning someone does not know what he is doing. It does not mean I am calling you Jack a pirate from Disney films.
This explains why after 25 years, all you have to show for the effort, is a pension negotiated from State House passed in the National Assembly with every SNP MNA raising their hands. Blunder in Slumber, Zot Les Tombe parey la pli.
If you think I am getting personal, I am. When someone calls me and my children Prostitutes, I take that very personally, and the whole country should, until we see you kneeling on your grave site and beg to be buried to achieve peace in your last breath.
Let the Fiascos and blunders with KALAWAN go on and on, we are ready!
Seselwa Unite For Sesel Pou Seselwa!
Met Kalawan dan Bin avek Zom Lib Son Frere!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Kalawan Makes A Fool of Himself Before Public Orders Act Board‏

Parade of Horribles
Recently the parade of horribles coming out of Kalawan has taken new heights. Members of SNP, what is left, must take to their knees, raise their hands to the Lord and beg him to take this buffon back into the Anglican Church to let us sort out our political challenges ourselves.

Bernard Georges To The Death
Kalawan has said in VIZYON, a blind A4 paper, that Bernard Georges will remain SNP until he dies and he is not joining PL. Georges for your information KALAWAN has been working for PL for years. Ask Terry Scholes.
It is most likely SNP will die before Bernard Georges dies, the way Kalawan is going.

Kalawan Call All Seychellois Prostitutes
To add insult to injury, when people question him about Georges giving the Speech De L'Honneur for James Michel on the launching of his book, Kalawan called Seychellois PROSTITUTES because we infer a hidden agenda behind the move. Georges for his part in his specch has said the past is the past as Mr. Michel says. Who the hell is Georges to casually pardon things, and move things along in the name of all Seychellois? I for one do not accept this.

Kalawan Files Appeal For POA
Worse then defend Goerges is his latest move to file a appeal before the POA Board, which avails himself of the jurisdiction of the Board. The Board, of course, ruled in his favor to give them credibility. In spite of Kalawan having a case before the Constitutional Court. This desperate priest failed politician is so desperate he gets into a cockpit and just presses all the buttons at once, not knowing what impact it will have. He could be a pilot for Malaysian airline Flight 377 at the rate he is going.

The POA Board is unconstitutional. Why would Kalawan go there to seek justice. It violates Article 160 (1) of the Constitution and usurps the constitutional authority of the Commissioner of Police. Secondly, it is a executive Branch appeals process that violates the principle of Separation of Powers. When a fundamental right is suppressed, the proper course of action is to go to the Constitutional Court or file a case in the Supreme Court.
It seems Kalawan has gone all JJ Spirit. Next time will see him and Bernard Georges in a singing competition on stage, competing for Michel's attention with David Pierre.
Kalawan has definately lost some marbles. He even went to 95 FM to claim this as a great victory.
..........when pigs and priests fly mon boy!

Pathetic. 

Seselwa Unite For Sesel Pou Seselwa!

A Warning About Seychelles

We all understand the need to be careful with our money. As such, we usually expect that our financial institutions will understand that basic fact of life as well. Unfortunately, the reality is that a bank is often only as secure as it needs to be. One would expect that professional ethics would result in banks being up front about the limitations on their security or accountability. Some are quite good about forming an honest relationship born of trust with their customers. Others will fold at the slightest hint of trouble and take anything and everything they can from a client's account. Of these, one of the least professional can be found in Seychelles.

Due to lack of regulation, the banks can and will get away with almost anything. If one expects their money to be safe there, they should think again. The legislation in Seychelles allows banks to perform actions that would be shocking in most other countries. For example, imagine if someone has a great deal of money stored within the banking system. It's obviously in the banks best interest to keep the cash sitting there and not moving out of their system and into general circulation. Most banks understand this, but attempt to keep money in the system by making the customer happy.

In Seychelles it's just as likely that a bank will use any excuse to freeze a customer's account and ensure the cash remains within their hands. Really, all it can take is an anonymous letter to get the ball rolling and act as plausible reasons for them to lock an account. Given that an anonymous letter could even come from people within the bank, it's pretty clear just how little protection they offer people who use their services. The ease with which they slip into stabbing a customer in the back for their own financial gain is rapidly making them the shame of the industry.

By joyyoj86, Yesterday, 06:18 AM

Up Yours Ste Ange!

May 05, 2014
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture returned home on Saturday saying that he was satisfied that the UNWTO Commission For Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting had been a success.
It was the Zimbabwe Minister Walter Mzembi, as the Chairman for the Commission For Africa of the UNWTO who chaired the Angola meeting attended by some twenty Ministers of Tourism from Africa and by as many Tourism Principal Secretaries and CEO of Tourism Offices. Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO and Elsia Grandcourt, the Director for Africa at the UNWTO were also present in Angola for the 56th Session of the Commission For Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting.
"Many important points were table and discussed which showed the desire of Africa to work with Africa" Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.
Member States present at the Commission For Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting were all troubled by a proposed tax on air travel in Africa and a further tax on Hotel Stays. Ministers of Tourism present were surprised that they had not been consulted on these proposed tourism related tax saying that it would kill the goose that lays the golden egg. "We have all been lobbying for the UK to scrap their Carbon Tax for long haul travel saying that it was a disincentive for holiday traffic to Africa, and now we are seeing the African Union (AU) proposing just another tourism tax. It is hypocritical and it will hurt the tourism industry of Africa" Ministers present said.
The African Union (AU) proposal was discussed by Finance Minister of Africa, and the matter is set to be tabled at the Heads of State Meeting later this year.
Minister St.Ange said that he has discussed the matter with Minister Pierre Laporte, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Finance and Investment and can say that Seychelles has already recorded its concern on this new tourism tax for Africa.
It was at the Angola 56th Commission For Africa (CAF) Ministerial meeting that Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO (Unite Nations World Tourism Organisation) and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Boubacar Djibo, the Director Air Transport Bureau for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to pave the way for Seychelles to host the Historic October Ministerial Meeting where Tourism and Transport Ministers will be sitting together for the first time for a meeting. This October Meeting in Seychelles is being jointly organised by the UNWTO and the ICAO.
It was also at the same Angola Ministerial Meeting the Seychelles won the bid to host the 57th Commission for Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting in April 2015. This meeting will coincide with the 2015 edition of the annual Carnaval International de Victoria, the event that appears on the calendar of events of the Vanilla Islands that is staged in the Seychelles.
http://www.eturbonews.com/45388/seychelles-concerned-about-proposed-african-union-hotel-and-airl

MOOKY PUBLIC SERVANT TO MILLIONAIRE!

AN offshore fund managed by Singapore-based Sin Capital Partners is understood to have bought a half-stake in Finexis Building at 108 Robinson Road in a deal that values the 12-storey freehold office block at $123.8 million.
This works out to nearly $2,300 per square foot on the building's strata area of 53,830 sq ft, which is close to its total net lettable area.

In late 2011, another Sin Capital-managed offshore fund acquired the other 50 per cent in Finexis Building. That deal valued the property at $110 million, or $2,043 psf on strata area. Both transactions were effected through a sale of shares in Robinson Land Pte Ltd, which owns the property.
In both deals, the seller was a partnership between Singapore-based Buxani Group and offshore investors advised by Mukesh Valabhji of Seychelles-based Capital Management Group (CMG). The duo picked up the property, formerly known as GMG Building, for $48 million in 2006 and invested a further $6 million sprucing it up.
Finexis Building is currently said to be around 96 per cent let and its $123.8 million pricing in the latest transaction reflects a net yield of slightly over 2 per cent. Anchor tenant Finexis Advisory's lease for five floors adding to 23,596 sq ft is understood to have been renewed recently. Other tenants include Cliftons and BoxHill Institute, both from Australia.
The office block's existing gross floor area of around 64,500 sq ft slightly exceeds the maximum 62,149 sq ft based on the site's 11.2 plot ratio under Urban Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan 2008. The site is zoned for commercial use.
Nevertheless, it is believed that there is scope to achieve higher efficiency from redeveloping the property, which was built around 1980.
Mukesh Valabji

In June last year, Tuan Sing bought Robinson Point, a nearby freehold office block at $2,580 psf of existing net lettable area.
Sin Capital is a real estate and investment firm started by David Sin focused on investing in companies and assets in Singapore and Asia. Mr Sin has previously worked at AIG and Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. Investors in both the funds that now own Robinson Land Pte Ltd are thought to be high net worth individuals.
After exiting Finexis Building, vehicles jointly controlled by Buxani Group and CMG still own other Singapore real estate including three floors at Samsung Hub along Church Street and 26 strata office units at Parkway Centre in Marine Parade Central.

The two also jointly own Katong Junction, a four-storey freehold commercial building on Joo Chiat Road which they bought for $55.28 million in late 2012. URA has granted written permission for additions and alteration works.
The owners plan to strata subdivide the building into 57 commercial units. Level 1 will comprise food and beverage units, and retail space; Levels 2 and 3 will have retail units, and Level 4 will be entirely offices. Katong Junction has 29 car park lots in the basement.
Buxani and CMG also tied up last year for a $120 million acquisition of the entire commercial podium of Thong Sia Building along Bideford Road from Raffles Medical Group. Stretching from Levels 1 to 7 of the 26-storey commercial and residential building, the space is equivalent to 75.2 per cent share value and 36 per cent of strata area of the development.

http://www.stproperty.sg/articles-property/singapore-property-news/half-stake-sold-in-finexis-bldg-at-2300-psf-on-strata-area/a/152008

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 2, 2014
 
May 3 we commemorate World Press Freedom Day at a time when for too many, a free press is under assault, and the journalists, bloggers, photographers, essayists, satirists, and essayists who give life to the words “free press” are in danger.
People everywhere count on a free press to keep us informed, hold leaders accountable, filter fact from fiction, and unmask false narratives masquerading as truth.
The danger of the work journalists do in pursuing the truth was driven home for me during my trip to Kyiv in March. I’ll never forget when our Ambassador pointed out a makeshift memorial on the side of the road where a journalist who dared to criticize the regime was pulled from her car and beaten within an inch of her life by thugs allied with then-President Yanukovych. These abuses are happening in too many places: journalists are intimidated into self-censorship or arrested without cause. They’re imprisoned without judicial recourse or killed with outright impunity.
I am in awe of the courage of those who risk their lives to tell the stories the world needs to hear. In Syria, the world’s most dangerous place to be a journalist, reporters risk torture, detention, abduction, and death to expose the truth and depict the horrors unfolding across the country.
I still remember the reporters who sometimes rode with us on our boat in Vietnam. They didn’t carry a gun. They carried a pen. Sometimes, that’s more powerful.
So today we pay tribute to all our truth tellers in a noble cause: The people who put their lives and liberties on the line to tell the stories the world would otherwise never know. We reaffirm our commitment not only to stand by them, but to stand up for them this day and every day the world over.
http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/05/225560.htm
 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

St. Ange trumps Morgan badly

May 02, 2014
Tourism and Transport Ministers are to meet in a historic first joint Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa on the 14 and 15 October 2014 in the Seychelles. The announcement was made following the signature of an agreement between the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization and the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) during the UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting held in Angola last week.
The Tourism & Transport Ministerial Conference will address critical issues related to bridging air transport and tourism policies, including the current regulatory framework, taxation and the way forward in facilitating all the travel process. UNWTO is itself committed to improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure sustained growth of the tourism sector and that of air transport.

It was Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO and Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who signed the agreement for the Seychelles to host this historic joint Ministerial Conference. The signature of the agreement was witnessed by Boubacar Djibo, the Director Air Transport Bureau of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and effected at the Commission for Africa (CAF) Ministerial Meeting in Angola.
About the joint Ministerial Conference between Tourism and Transport Ministers, the UNWTO stated: Tourism is considered as an engine of economic growth and development, especially for small and emerging economies. Intrinsically, tourism development has become a critical target for many governments, especially in developing countries. There is a general agreement that tourism is not only one of the most important export sectors that boost exchange earnings but also increases employment opportunities, prompt tourism industry growth and in virtue of this stands as a stimulus to the economy as a whole.
Reacting on the first edition of the UNWTO & ICAO (United Nations World Tourism Organization & International Civil Aviation Organization) Tourism and Transport Ministerial Conference to be held in Seychelles in October 2014, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said that the meeting between Tourism and Transport Ministers was overdue. "Seychelles salutes the effort by the UNWTO and the ICAO to make this Tourism and Transport Ministerial Conference a reality. We all know that it was needed and at the October Meeting in Seychelles a new page in history will written. As Seychelles we remain committed to unity as much in the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and in Africa as we believe in unity in purpose to ensure that Tourism continues to make a major contribution to economic growth and development" Minister St.Ange said.
The Tourism & Transport Ministerial Conference is set to attract a very large number of Ministers to Seychelles this coming October. Tourism Organizations are also being invited for this historic meeting.
 http://www.eturbonews.com/45297/unwto-agreement-tourism-and-transport-ministers-will-meet-seyche