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

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Seychellois Arrested In Kenya With Drugs Worth SH 6,000,000





 Police arrest five suspects, search yacht after recovering Sh6m drugs


Anti-narcotics police were yesterday searching a luxury yacht at the Mombasa Port for drugs after it was linked to two kilogrammes of heroin found in a vehicle in Kilifi. The ship was detained in Kilifi on Friday. The Seychellois pilot of the yacht named Iris Baby and four Kenyan suspects were also detained at the port, where the boat was towed to on Sunday. Reports show the two kilogrammes of heroin have a street value Sh6 million. Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur told journalists that five men, a Seychellois and the four Kenyans, were under investigation over heroin found in the car in Kilifi town. He said they were arrested on the strength of intelligence gathered from local residents. ''The car which police had trailed following a tipoff from members of the public was found with the drugs, which were (drugs) expected to be taken on board the yacht, which was anchored at the Kilifi Boat Yard,'' he said. The five men, who looked composed, were taken to Kenya Marine Police Station, located within the port and then bundled into a police patrol boat moored to the KPA G section. Yesterday, a multi-agency security team comprising officials from the Kenya Navy, Kenya Police, Kenya Ports Authority's security, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Immigration Department, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) searched the boat as Kenya Navy's Special Boat Unit (SBU) kept watch in speed boats. "We are still searching the yacht and will give you details if we make any discoveries," said Kitur. He said the vessel most likely sailed into Kilifi Creek from Seychelles after making a call in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. "It has come here many times from Seychelles through Dar-es-Salaam," said Kitur. He said the vessel regularly transports tourists on the East African coast and is believed to be owned by a Briton. The yacht is registered in Singapore, police said. Psychotropic substances Last month, a US State Department report warned that Kenya was still a leading conduit for drugs from South Asia. The report said that most of the hard drugs are transported through the Indian Ocean in small vessels to the Kenyan coast and later distributed across three continents. "Kenya is a significant transit country for a variety of illicit drugs, including Southwest Asian heroin and South American cocaine, with an increasing domestic user population...imports of precursor chemicals, including those used to produce methamphetamine and psychotropic substances, are on the rise," said the report.

Traffickers exploit Kenya's long Indian Ocean coastline and lack of adequate security controls at the Port of Mombasa, it added. "Once in Kenya, the heroin is distributed to retail markets and user populations throughout Africa, Europe, and North America. South American cocaine is brought into Kenya by commercial air couriers arriving on international flights to Nairobi for further distribution to other African locations and Europe." In November last year, US agents and Kenya's anti-narcotics police from Nairobi raided the home of the Akasha family in Mombasa and arrested Baktash Akasha, his brother Ibrahim Akasha, Indian drug trafficking convict Vijay Goswami and Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke
Anti-narcotics police were yesterday searching a luxury yacht at the Mombasa Port for drugs after it was linked to two kilogrammes of heroin found in a vehicle in Kilifi. The ship was detained in Kilifi on Friday. The Seychellois pilot of the yacht named Iris Baby and four Kenyan suspects were also detained at the port, where the boat was towed to on Sunday. Reports show the two kilogrammes of heroin have a street value Sh6 million. Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur told journalists that five men, a Seychellois and the four Kenyans, were under investigation over heroin found in the car in Kilifi town. He said they were arrested on the strength of intelligence gathered from local residents. ''The car which police had trailed following a tipoff from members of the public was found with the drugs, which were (drugs) expected to be taken on board the yacht, which was anchored at the Kilifi Boat Yard,'' he said. The five men, who looked composed, were taken to Kenya Marine Police Station, located within the port and then bundled into a police patrol boat moored to the KPA G section. Yesterday, a multi-agency security team comprising officials from the Kenya Navy, Kenya Police, Kenya Ports Authority's security, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Immigration Department, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) searched the boat as Kenya Navy's Special Boat Unit (SBU) kept watch in speed boats. "We are still searching the yacht and will give you details if we make any discoveries," said Kitur. He said the vessel most likely sailed into Kilifi Creek from Seychelles after making a call in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. "It has come here many times from Seychelles through Dar-es-Salaam," said Kitur. He said the vessel regularly transports tourists on the East African coast and is believed to be owned by a Briton. The yacht is registered in Singapore, police said. Psychotropic substances Last month, a US State Department report warned that Kenya was still a leading conduit for drugs from South Asia. The report said that most of the hard drugs are transported through the Indian Ocean in small vessels to the Kenyan coast and later distributed across three continents. "Kenya is a significant transit country for a variety of illicit drugs, including Southwest Asian heroin and South American cocaine, with an increasing domestic user population...imports of precursor chemicals, including those used to produce methamphetamine and psychotropic substances, are on the rise," said the report.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000158250/police-arrest-five-suspects-search-yacht-after-recovering-sh6m-drugs

Monday, 6 April 2015

Breaking News: Sri Lankan government suspends General Manager of key state bank



Sri Lankan government suspends General Manager of Bank Of Ceylon
Apr 06, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has suspended with immediate effect, the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) General Manager D.M. Gunasekera.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the BoC General Manager was suspended for many reasons which include the allegation of misuse of power and corruptions.

The Bank of Ceylon in 2011 has reportedly opened up a branch in Seychelles without permission from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. According to reports, the Central Bank was probing the reasons why a BoC branch was set up in the Seychelles when there were only about 64 Sri Lankans living in Seychelles.

http://www.colombopage.com

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost - Happy Easter James!

Ministry team goes to Seychelles for probe 

The Finance Ministry is sending investigators to Seychelles to probe allegations of illegal transfer of funds and assets during the former regime, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. He said the officials would have discussions with Seychelles authorities in a bid to gain more information about the funds illegally transferred from Sri Lanka. Any transfers of Sri Lankan funds from Seychelles to other countries would also be discussed.
The minister said the Central Bank was also probing the reasons why a Bank of Ceylon branch was set up in the Seychelle in 2011. There were only about 64 Sri Lankans living in Seychelles and he saw no need for a BoC branch there. Initial investigations have revealed that the BoC branch was opened without the Central Bank’s approval. The BoC has only made a request to the Central Bank but approval had not been given.
Mr. Karunanayake said the Central Bank had been told to take action against any officials involved in these illegal moves and transactions. The minister said there were also charges that cargo had been sent to Seychelles onboard the national airlines.  “We believe that persons were taking advantage of the tax concessions in Seychelles,” he said.
The Financial Crimes Investigations Division of the Police also has begun inquiries into the illegal transfer of funds to Seychelles.  A World Bank team is also providing assistance to carry out investigations on money laundering.  The FCID will record statements from officials of the BoC next week.
By Damith Wickremasekara
Source Sri Lanka Times

 

Thursday, 2 April 2015