Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Faits Divers

La famille d’Harmon Chellen, retrouvé mort aux Seychelles lundi, récuse la thèse du suicide. Elle privilégie celle de foul play. Elle a mandaté Veda Baloomoody pour qu’il mène sa propre enquête. Sollicité hier soir, l’avocat a confirmé cette information. Il se rend aujourd’hui, mercredi 20 août dans l’archipel et assistera à l’autopsie.

Harmon Chellen, 52 ans, était le Training Centre Manager du Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) et de l’école hôtelière sir Gaëtan Duval. Il a été repêché de l’eau à Islette à Port Glaud à l’ouest de Mahé aux alentours de 14 h 50. Faisant état de zones d’ombre entourant sa mort, ses proches soulignent qu’il ne nageait pas. D’une part, il ne savait pas le faire et d’autre part, il souffrait de problèmes de peau.

La famille ajoute qu’Harmon Chellen était jovial et tout excité car il devait, la semaine prochaine, aller installer son fils Brandon à Singapour où ce dernier a décroché une bourse d’études. Selon elle, le quinquagénaire a assisté à une agression qui aurait mal tourné.

Il nous revient également qu’Harmon Chellen, qui était en mission officielle aux Seychelles, avait pris contact avec Jean Marc Lagesse en lui disant qu’il avait bien besoin de lui parler. N’étant alors pas disponible, cet ancien du Paradis et actuel General Manager de l’hôtel Constance Ephelia, basé à Mahé, lui avait demandé de se remettre en contact avec lui lundi. Mais Harmon Chellen est décédé sans avoir pu le faire.

Le haut cadre du MITD était arrivé aux Seychelles le mercredi 13 août comme invité d’honneur pour la remise de diplômes à l’académie de tourisme. Cette cérémonie s’est déroulée le lendemain. Il était prévu qu’il regagne le pays lundi.

Toutefois, lundi vers 10 heures, Harmon Chellen a été convoqué à la police de Port Glaud pour répondre à une accusation d’agression sexuelle faite contre lui par une femme de chambre de Constance Ephelia. Celle-ci était également au poste de police lorsque Harmon Chellen s’y est rendu. Bien qu’ayant décliné son identité, le Mauricien n’aurait pas voulu donner de dépositions. Après avoir rempli les formalités d’usage, il a été autorisé à partir dans cet hôtel où il logeait à Islette. Presque cinq heures après, un homme a alerté la police de la présence d’un corps qui flottait dans l’eau à cet endroit.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Double Standards For Crooks And Murderers

I have worked in conjunction with the Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party, Mr Christopher Gill, to bring justice to all Seychellois who have suffered under the brutal regime of Rene and Michel.

I have written formal letters to the United Nations of Human rights, the International Courts of Justice in the Hague, the Commonwealth, the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Today, we witness the same Governments, the same organisations, the same political leaders that speak for justice and democracy around the world inviting the same people that break all international norms to their official residences. I am baffled by their actions.

Inviting Dictators to dinner is an insult to human dignity. How demoralising for true reformers and activists in their home countries and abroad to see tin-pot dictators and Human Rights abusers feted at the White House and at Downing Street.

David Cameron and Barack Obama should act in a way that agrees with the things they say or else they should put up or shut up.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Praslin resort in Seychelles awarded Hotel Check Quality Certificate for excellence

Iles Des Palmes Eco Resort of Praslin in Seychelles has been awarded and is a winner of the Hotel Check Quality Certificate 2014.Hotel Check evaluates hotels on the German market, and Iles Des Palmes scored 4.8 out of 5.0 with German guest reviews to achieve this remarkable award of excellence.Iles Des Palmes Eco Resort recently opened the National Heritage Treasure Trail – a fascinating tour taking visitors back to the era of pirates and treasures of the 17th century.

Last month, Iles Des Palmes Eco Resort opened Le Vasseur La Buse fine dining located beachfront on Anse Takamaka in Praslin. The specialty of the house is a starter called Millionaire Salad, a main course in the form of a Seafood Platter or a USDA Black Angus Prime Cut, plus a dessert that is an incredible aphrodisiac called Dessert D’Amour. These delectable delights were served to the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St. Ange, only a couple of weeks before this prestigious award was received from Hotel Check.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Breaking News

Ministers of Natural Resources is conducting a three island
survey including Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, to assess domestic
consumption of fish.
This move is anticipated to be the foundation work which 
will lead to an eventual ban on fish export from Seychelles overseas.
The market expected to be most affected is the Russian, Moscow
market serviced by Oceana Fisheries.
UAE market will be affected as well.
Fishermen who have been reaping huge profits will not appreciate
the bans when put in place.
Also those ordering boats in Sri Lanka and PRC will soon find
out that the domestic market may not help them pay back their loans. 
Nearly one hundred boats are reportedly being built in Sri Lanka.
That venture will be put to a stop with a ban on exports.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Africa Leaders’ Summit: Send the Right Message

The Butcher with Mr and Mrs Obama
August 4, 2014
Three notorious African leaders -- Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Eritrea's Isaias Afewerki, and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir -- are not invited to this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. But a number of other long-ruling African strongmen, like Angola's José Eduardo dos Santos, Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, will be there. In fact, over a dozen African countries which will be represented at the summit boast disturbing human rights records of ruthlessly suppressing freedom of expression and freedom of association through harassment, arrest, torture, and trumped up charges and killings.
As President Barack Obama said in an inspiring speech in Accra, Ghana, five years ago, the continent's future is up to Africans, and "Africa needs strong institutions, not strongmen." Like most other African activists, I hoped the United States would recalibrate its security partnership with autocratic African strongmen. I hoped it would follow a balanced policy towards the continent, with development, security, and governance as core pillars, each holding equal sway. Freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly underpin the ability of citizens to exercise so many other rights and hold their own governments accountable. These rights -- prized not only in the United States but by millions of Africans -- must be at the center of Washington's message to Africa's leaders.
But a closer look at U.S. policy and practice in Africa shows that Washington too often prioritizes security and trade at the expense of good governance and respect for human rights. Take Angola, where for over 30 years President José Eduardo dos Santos has wielded criminal prosecutions, arbitrary arrests, and a brutal police force to silence the media and public and enforce his rule, while Washington remains almost exclusively focused on Angolan oil.
Or look at my own country, Ethiopia, where only weeks ago, three journalists and seven bloggers were charged with "terrorism" for allegedly conspiring to overthrow the government. They are simply the latest victims of a decade-long crackdown on political opponents, nongovernmental groups, peaceful protesters, and media that dare to even mildly criticize the policies of the ruling party. Meanwhile, the U.S. administration focuses on its security alliance with Ethiopia for its fight against terrorism in Somalia.
Under Paul Kagame, Rwanda has effectively silenced political opposition and independent criticism through a litany of arrests, disappearances, and killings of political opponents and journalists both at home and in exile. Meanwhile, neighboring Burundi recently marked a new low by imposing a life sentence on opposition party members and alleged supporters, among others, in a blatantly unfair one-day trial.
Uganda, another country whose president, Yoweri Museveni, has been in power for decades, has increasingly cracked down on independent media and nongovernmental organizations, particularly at a time when they are reporting allegations of state corruption and financial mismanagement. And Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea celebrated his 35th anniversary in power on August 3 by traveling to Washington for the summit, while illegal arrests, torture, and high-level corruption continue back home.
Even in Nigeria, which has for years boasted a strong, free press and active independent groups, there are signs of slippage as soldiers have carried out campaigns to intimidate and harass some media organizations for reporting on corrupt practices in the military. Nigerian authorities defended this brazen intimidation as a routine security operation when soldiers intercepted and destroyed the deliveries of several national newspapers in May and June. On top of this, a new draft law presented to parliament threatens to cut foreign funding for nongovernmental organizations. 
In the Gambia, a series of repressive laws has led to the intimidation and imprisonment of journalists and human rights defenders for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association. Some have been forcibly disappeared.
So it's particularly alarming that this summit will not give human rights and governance a prominent role, and that activists will remain on the outside looking in at a time when independent voices are under sustained attack in so many African countries.
If the U.S. government truly wants to support stable and prosperous African partners, then this summit should pay more than just lip service to human rights and good governance.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Seychelles Sliding To Bankruptcy For The Second Time

The Seychelles Government has announced measures, which will lead to higher interest rates on bank deposits and loans, to reduce pressure on demand for foreign currency after national growth slowed during the first quarter of 2014.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, the archipelago’s Finance, Trade and Investment Minister Pierre Laporte said though the economy is still buoyant, demand for foreign exchange this year surpassed receipts, leading to shortages at banks and money changers.

He said this is linked to increased pressure by the construction, wholesale and retail trades, whose borrowings have gone up by 13 percent this year.
Laporte said up to 90 percent of any credit or loan component is spent by way of foreign exchange.

Practical Impact

  • High interest rates, as a practical matter, discourage borrowing and spending by both individuals and businesses. You and other consumers will postpone purchases, particularly those of big-ticket items, such as homes, automobiles, and boats. Business reacts much the same, putting off capital spending that is not absolutely essential. As spending slows, so too does the rate of economic growth.

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Higher interest rates have various economic effects:

1.  Increases the cost of borrowing.

2. Increase in mortgage interest payments.

3. Rising interest rates affect both consumers and firms.

4. Government debt interest payments increase.

5. Reduced Confidence.


Practical Impact

  • High interest rates, as a practical matter, discourage borrowing and spending by both individuals and businesses. You and other consumers will postpone purchases, particularly those of big-ticket items, such as homes, automobiles, and boats. Business reacts much the same, putting off capital spending that is not absolutely essential. As spending slows, so too does the rate of economic growth.

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Breaking News

The Governor of the Central Bank Seychelles Caroline Abel has 
announced that the Seychelles is experiencing a shortage of supply 
in hard currency and will take steps to redress this in its
monetary policy.
There is a shortage of hard currency in the market. Requests
to commercial banks are going un met for as much as 30 days.
This affirms the SFP position that the Seychelles Rupee has 
been kept at an artificial level deliberately by the PL policy .
The Governor said the Public can expect higher interest rates 
to curb demand for hard currency and a devaluation of the 
Seychelles Rupee in due course to adjust the imbalance 
resulting from poor economic performance.
The minister of Finance Pierre Laporte is still waiting
until the end of the 3 rd quarter to assess the situation.