Showing posts from June, 2015

Seychelles and Mauritius Tax Havens blacklisted by the EU

Maurice : une inscription sur la liste noire des paradis fiscaux qui passe mal Rendue publique le mercredi 17 juin 2015 par la Commission européenne, la liste du top 30 des paradis fiscaux "non coopératifs" - dite "liste Moscovici" - inclus plusieurs îles de l'océan Indien, dont les Maldives et les Seychelles, mais aussi l'île Maurice, où la nouvelle fait grincer des dents. À l’image de dirigeants d’autres pays – le Liechtenstein, Guernesey ou les Bermudes –, les autorités mauriciennes digèrent mal le fait de figurer sur cette liste noire des paradis fiscaux. Selon Le Monde, Maurice fait ainsi partie des grands centres financiers offshore qui ont "joint les dirigeants de l’OCDE par téléphone (...) pour exprimer leur courroux".
Du côté de l’île sœur, Global Finance Mauritius (GFM) – qui regroupe les institutions et les compagnies engagées dans les services financiers bancaires et non bancaires – estime en effet que "la liste noi…

Seychelles, A safe Haven For Crooks?

eTN alert of caution on World Travel Awards HALEIWA, HI- After eTurboNews today announced it has canceled its media partnership with the UK-based World Travel Awards with immediate effect, eTN Publisher Juergen Thomas Steinmetz issued the following statement:
"eTurboNews no longer authorizes the use of eTN branding or its logos to be used by World Travel Awards. I think it’s safe to say the award scheme and representation communicated by World Travel Awards is misleading, sometimes untrue, and may be interpreted as plain and simple fraud.”
Unsuspecting tourism boards, hotels, airlines, and attractions may have been victimized by this scheme over many years.

The next award ceremony is scheduled for the Indian Ocean event this weekend at the Kempinski Hotel in the Seychelles. According to the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism no public money was spent.

eTN is urging travel industry stakeholders to be careful before investing money to secure awards…

Human Trafficking, Modern-day Slavery And the Arab Sheikhs!

June 6 2015 at 01:00pm
By Fatima Schroeder
Cape Town - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has appointed a curator to take control of the assets of swimwear model Candice-Jean van der Merwe, including bank accounts which contain portions of a $15 million (about R188 million) gift she claimed to have received from an Arab admirer she met at a Seychelles resort for the uber-wealthy.
As a result of the court’s order, Van der Merwe has to provide an account of her assets to the curator, Cloete Murray of Sechaba Trust Business Rescue and Insolvency Practitioners, and divulge how she acquired them.
Murray is the only person authorised to have any dealings with the assets, the court ruled.
Van der Merwe is the daughter of businessman Gary van der Merwe, who is best known for running the Huey Extreme Club which offered joyrides in a Vietnam-era Bell UH-1 chopper.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars), which targeted …

No foreigners: Seychelles Production Company appeals to government

Since the start of his door-to-door visit of hotels in 2014, Alain St.Ange the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture has put a lot of emphasis on visiting every tourism licensed establishments and this ensuring that every small or large hotel establishments and stand alone restaurants were visited. For the first time last week the Ministry of Tourism and Culture introduced a change of strategy in its door-to-door visits and introduced stops with a cultural element to mark what Minister St.Ange says is the consolidation approach of tourism through the development of culture and the protection of culture through a buoyant tourism industry.
This change of strategy incorporating culture and tourism within the Minister’s door-to-door visits is a well thought mechanism to illustrate that on the ground, mixing culture and tourism is workable.
Visiting small and large tourism establishments on the western side of Mahe, Minister St.Ange, principal secretary for tourism Anne…

600 doctors who got degrees from abroad issued notice

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), which functions as a regulator of the medical profession, is taking a closer look at foreign-trained doctors as well as doctors who pursue post-graduate degrees through distance education. It has sent notices to 600 doctors across Maharashtra who have earned their basic medical degree from universities in Russia, Ukraine, China, etc. This follows complaints about foreign-trained doctors putting up boards stating that they are "MD Physicians" although India recognizes them as "MBBS equivalent" doctors only.

"We consider these misleading boards to be a menace. What if an injured child is rushed to a doctor who claims to be a paediatrician but has only undergone a distance post-graduate degree from Seychelles?" said MMC president Dr Kishor Taori. Regarding foreign-trained doctors, he said they had been asked to return their MMC degrees so that fresh ones could be issued.…