Friday, 15 May 2015

The Illegal Seychelles Government Blocks Seychelles Airlines Again

The Government blocks Seychelles Airlines again! We have just received the letter below from the Registrar of Companies giving their reason as to why they have cancelled the name Seychelles Airlines in their register citing the name suggests we enjoy Government patronage, we are a subsidiary of Air Seychelles and confusing clients! We have been doing this business since May 2013 and developing it accompanied with reports in the local and international press. Not a single member of the public and not a single airline stakeholder (except for Air Seychelles which everybody knows is motivated by malice and under the thumbs of Etihad) and not a single regulator overseas many of which we have dealt with have been confused. On what basis can the Registrar claim that the word “Seychelles” in our name “is likely to mislead the public … which may convey the impression that it is a subsidiary to or associate of Air Seychelles”? Sad to say, therefore, we are back in court again … a sad moment for those who love Seychelles.


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Xenophobia - French Couple Threatened In Seychelles


Monsieur le Ministre,
Nous vous écrivons afin d'obtenir votre soutien dans des menaces de morts que nous avons reçu à Praslin. Précisément à Anse Kerlan derrière le Lémuria où nous avons une maison.
Depuis mardi soir nous sommes retranché au Lémuria qui connaissant la situation nous à apporter son soutien et une sécurité.
Nous avons un petit garçon de 9 ans qui à grandit ici et qui se trouve bouleversé par ces évènements et par notre préparation à un départ définitif !
Ces personnes sont responsables de nombreux faits de violences à l'encontre des étrangers et restent impunis car les victimes n'osent porter plainte.
Le Staf du Lémuria lui-même est continuellement menacé ( introduction dans leur maison, menace avec un bâton, présence permanente de ces gens chez eux, coups et blessures). Certains partent, d'autres se taisent....

Nous, nous avons décidé de porter l'affaire en cour mais la situation est vraiment difficile.
Ils ont une interdiction de venir sur le terrain où nous habitons et pourtant encore avant hier soir ils étaient là et cherchaient à obtenir plus d'informations sur nous et ce même auprès de notre voisin direct l'inspecteur principal à Grand Anse.
Ce vendredi nous avons eu à la demande de ces gens une perquisition du fait de la réponse de mon épouse à leurs menaces.
Nous n'avons pas d'arme mais juste les mots pour nous défendre.
Il est donc permis de se promener aux Seychelles et sur le terrain d'autrui avec un grand bâton ou une arme blanche e plus de 60 cm mais il n'est pas permis d'utiliser les mots pour se protéger.
Nous vous demandons de nous apporter toute l'aide utile et nécessaire.
Nous avons pris la décision malgré la peur de rentrer dans notre maison ce jour. Cette maison à été loué pour 5 ans à partir du 1 février 2015. Nous y sommes entré le 18 mars 2015. Nous y mettrons un terme et partirons dès que la cours aura pris connaissance du dossier transmis et dès que ce dossier sera dans les mains d'un avocat.

Nous n'acceptons pas trop l'idée que 3 individus, armée, nous menacent !!!!
Nous demandons dans le cadre de ce dossier que le gouvernement prennent en charges les frais découlant de cette situation : Hôtel, présence d'un policier sur le terrain, transfert avion pour la Cour, pour l'avocat.......
Nous osons croire que la présence d'étrangers et de touristes sur le territoire des Seychelles reste un acte important dans la vie quotidienne et dans son développement économique et social.
Nous avons plus d'amis que d'ennemis mais être menacé de mort ......
Nous vous remercions de toute l'attention que vous apporterez à ce dossier.
Nous transmettrons à notre Avocat à Mahé ainsi que à notre Avocat à Bruxelles les pièces utiles à ce dossier et ce afin de défendre nos intérêts.
Nous vous joignons le document que nous avons rédigé suite aux premières altercations et ne manquerons pas de vous transmettre copie du procès verbal émis par la police et reprenant d'autres faits que nous avons eus à subir.
Ces personnes sont également responsable de la mort de dizaines d'animaux ( chats et chiens ). N'attendons pas qu'il y ait mort d'homme !
Je vous transmettrai dès réception, copie de la facture du Lémuria ainsi que les frais de location de voitures , frais uniquement dus pour nous mettre à l'abris, pouvoir aller de la maison au poste de police et à l'hôtel. Ces quelques jours sont des jours d'Enfer....
Dans l'attente de vous lire, Recevez, Monsieur le Ministre, nos salutations les plus distingués.

Carine and Alain Gagneux

Alain Ste Ange Passed The Buck!


Dear Minister,
I am writing to attach this email letter received from a foreign resident of Praslin.
Would you please consider his concerns and have his email acknowledge as it raises matters more under your portfolio,

Best Regards,
Alain St.Ange

Friday, 1 May 2015

Fiasco At Air Seychelles

At the end of April, with unusually little fanfare considering that the global travel media were on the Seychelles’ for the 2015 edition of the carnival, did a second Airbus A320 join the Air Seychelles fleet.
In December had the airline launched new destinations, Dar es Salaam with two flights a week and also Antananarivo and Mumbai, all reached with their first such aircraft besides the already regular three flights a week from Mahe to Mauritius.

As reported here at the time and then again more recently, was Air Seychelles eying to increase the number of flights from Mahe to Mumbai, Mauritius and Antananarivo.

The added, fourth flight to Mumbai, is already on line now as is the fourth flight to Mauritius while a third flight will be added to the Madagassy capital on the 03rd of July.

The additional regional flights are not only aiming to bring more traffic into the Seychelles but to generate more transit traffic in Mahe to for instance Mumbai and from early July also to Paris, where the airline is finally resuming three weekly nonstop services.

It was also learned while on the islands last week, from sources outside Air Seychelles, that the airline has returned one of their two Airbus A330-200 to partner Etihad and discontinued their own flights to Hong Kong in favour of Etihad flying daily from Abu Dhabi through which the Hong Kong service operated. The livery of this particular Airbus A330-300 will however not change and will continue to carry the Seychelles’ colours into Hong Kong with one each Air Seychelles’s cabin staff in business and economy class.

This development comes hot on the heels of the Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan, who is also the Chairman of Air Seychelles, announcing at the opening press conference for the just ended 5th Carnival International de Victoria, that the government has granted landing rights for a Chinese airline to fly a series of non-scheduled nonstop flights from a yet to be disclosed departure airport in China to Mahe as a result of growing demand for seats between the two countries. Chinese arrivals have again grown in the first quarter of 2015 and nonstop flights will no doubt further boost visitor numbers to the archipelago from China.

E Turbo News

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Seychelles On Alert?



It was already dark when the float of the Carnaval International de Victoria ended today. A record number of dignitaries and international VIPs joined a large number of journalists and participants from all over the world, together with half of the nation in Victoria.

Minister of Tourism Alain St.Ange acted relieved when he was leading the parade that started 90 minutes late.

According to a reliable eTN source, the Seychelles government was alerted by a foreign embassy minutes before the beginnig of the parade about an attempt to destabilize the government. Unconfirmed rumors mentioned a planned assassination attempt, possibly by a foreign terror group.

Seychelles security forces descreetly and immediately got an upper hand of the situation. As a precaution some VIPs, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries were moved from the VIP stage to a different secure location to watch the parade. Seychelles President James Michel was not seen attending the event.

The parade started 90 minutes late and 2 hours of fun went by without incident.

Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture told eTN, he will be transparent and explain the situation on Sunday at the closing ceremony. He felt the 5th Carnival was a big success.


E Turbo News

Friday, 24 April 2015

Popular Nation Presenter Robbed In Seychelles

When you envision Seychelles you think of pristine white sandy beaches which you can dig your toes in ,the cool ocean breeze caressing your face, an azure blue Ocean and leafy green palm trees to shield you from the sun.

Basically you envision paradise, not crime.
Nation F.M sports anchor Sean Cardovillis fell prey to robbers in his home country Seychelles who pinched belongings including his passport  when he went to see him mother in hospital.


The crime took place at a hospital parking lot.
Sean took to Facebook to narrate the unfortunate incidence;
What an awful day! Not only is my Mum in a very bad way, but somebody broke into our car AT THE HOSPITAL PARKING here in Seychelles and stole my rucksack with my passport, air ticket, laptop, studio head phones, portable charger amongst other valuables. I don't know where to start.. been to the police but chances of getting anything back are zero.

http://www.ghafla.co.ke/news/tv/item/33027-popular-nation-presenter-robbed-in-seychelles

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Trevor Andre Jailed for Six Years For Sexual Assault

Declan Brennan

 20/04/2015 | 17:46

A Cork based student who sexually assaulted a woman after climbing into her bed while she was asleep has received a prison sentence of six years with two suspended.

The victim awoke to find Trevor Andre (27) straddling her and trying to put his penis into her mouth. She punched and then squeezed his testicles and shouted at him to get out.

Andre of Pembroke Woods, Passage West, Co Cork had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to attempted rape and sexual assault of the woman at a house in Cork on June 8, 2013.

At the end of a trial a jury of four women and eight men convicted him of the charges.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt suspended the last two years of the sentence on condition that he remain under the supervision of the Probation Services for two years after his release.

Andre, a native of Seychelles, told gardaí after his arrest that he accepted she may not have been fully awake and that her eyes were closed throughout the sexual interaction.

In her victim impact report the woman, who is in her twenties, said she cannot sleep without taking tablets and even then she is awoken by vicious nightmares. She suffers panic attacks and has changed from being a confident person to someone who is unable to trust anyone.

Sergeant James Sweeney told Marjorie Farrelly SC, prosecuting, that the victim had gone to a BBQ party  earlier that evening and later went into Cork city with some friends.

Returning from town later she met Andre and a man she knew and the three went back to her house and ate toasted sandwiches. The men were drinking alcohol but at this stage she was not. They left when she went to bed.

Andre went back to her house about 40 minutes later and entered, uninvited, through an unlocked door. He got into the woman’s bed and began kissing her and molesting her breasts.

He sexually molested her with his finger and then raised his hips to her face. The woman awoke and screamed at him. Andre then dressed and left.

The victim called gardaí who arrived shortly afterwards. Sergeant Sweeney told the court that she was upset and appeared to be sober.

Andre told gardaí he had consumed 26 alcoholic drinks on the night and was highly intoxicated. He said he thought the woman was enjoying the sex, saying “I misread everything”.

Sean Gillane SC, defending, said his client came from a good family in Seychelles and was here to study in the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy. He has no previous convictions.

He said Andre feels shame and has tried to imagine the effects of his actions on the victim. Mr Gillane said his client had offered to plead guilty to sexual assault but had always denied the attempted rape charge.

 http://www.independent.ie

Seychelles to introduce tourist cap


The Seychelles is planning a cap on annual visitor numbers to maintain the destination’s sustainability.
Speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit, Seychelles minister of tourism and culture Alain St Ange said work was already underway to come up with a final sum.

He said it was being introduced as a way of safeguarding the future of the island which has seen growing numbers of tourists visit the island.

St Ange said: “We don’t want to demean the value of the Seychelles. We’re reaching 250,000 people, six times the number of people who live there.
“We need to be very careful so a cap will be introduced.”

He added a ban had already been placed on the building of large hotel developments with just locally run small properties now granted permission to start operations.

PEAK Adventure Travel chief executive Darrell Wade said the industry needs to take the issue of sustainable travel more seriously as it is only going to become more of an issue.

He said: “I feel very guilty as it is part of the industry I’m in and we’re not taking it anywhere seriously enough.

“We can talk about it and we should but as a collective industry I think we have to face up to it.”
Wade added with 1.8 billion people predicted to be travelling by 2030, the issue is only going to get more pressing and more like to come to the attention of the green industry.

He warned that companies will need to get their shares accepted by green indices or face investors moving away from stocks that are no longer considered an ethical buy by investors.

He added governments could become increasingly proactive in legislating against unclean companies while shareholder activists could also begin to emerge.

While St Ange warned that small islands will be worst affected by global warming, he also urged delegates to remember the good tourism does, in particular bringing money to otherwise impoverished communities. He added tourism is the Seychelles’ single biggest industry.

http://www.ttgdigital.com/news/wttc-2015-seychelles-to-introduce-tourist-cap/4695883.article