Ever since the Qatari royal family bought Harrods for a reputed £1.5 billion it has been keen to win back the Royal Family’s patronage and restore a once coveted relationship.The iconic Knightsbridge department store, long a symbol of great opulence and extravagance, had enjoyed unrivalled financial success but since 2000 had lacked the one thing to which ambitious retailers aspire: a royal warrant.Until the ugly aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and her lover, Dodi Fayed, Harrods had been the proud holder of continuous royal warrants since 1913.But its new owners were acutely aware that as long as the controversial, three-metre high bronze statue of the pair, entitled Innocent Victims, remained on the lower ground floor, there was little chance of regaining that honour.Now, they have seized the opportunity to remove the shrine and return it to its owner, Dodi’s father Mohammed al Fayed, 88, in the hope that it might one day entice the British monarchy back through its doors.The store said that following the announcement last year that the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had commissioned a new sculpture to commemorate their mother, to be erected at Kensington Palace, the time was right to return the statue to the Egyptian tycoon. Harrods said it would “follow due process” with regards to the logistics of its return.Qatari Holding, the Qatari royal family’s investment company, bought Harrods in May 2010, bringing to an end Mr Fayed’s ownership after a quarter of a century.Sources close to the family confirmed that they hoped the sale could lead to a rapprochement with the British monarchy, who had refused to shop at the store since Mr al Fayed accused the Duke of Edinburgh of ordering the murders of his son and the late Princess by staging the 1997 Paris car crash in which they died. Another memorial unveiled in 1998 and consisting of a series of photographs of Diana and Dodi, a wine glass smudged with Diana’s lipstick from their last dinner together at the Ritz in Paris and an “engagement” ring alleged to have been purchased the day before they died, will also be returned. Having recently commemorated the twentieth anniversary of their deaths, Harrods said it was felt “an appropriate time” to move on.Michael Ward, its managing director, said: “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past twenty years.“With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr Al-Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” But it was also keen to ensure a discreet interval before removing the shrine, which Mr al Fayed had begged the new owners to keep and which had attracted thousands of tourists to pay their respects.The statue unveiled in 2005, which depicts Diana and Dodi dancing together beneath the wings of a seagull, proved particularly controversial, its title consistent with Mr al Fayed’s claims that the Duke of Edinburgh had a hand in the deaths of the Princess and his son. In fury, Mr al Fayed ordered all of the remaining warrants to be removed from the facade of Harrods and burned, allowing the “spiteful” act to be filmed for a documentary. They had been displayed since the late Queen Mother first gave her approval in 1938.In a letter sent to the Sunday Telegraph in 2010, he said: “They were a curse and business tripled following their removal.”It is yet to be seen whether the disappearance of Mr al Fayed’s memorial to his son and the late Princess will have any bearing on the fortunes of the department store.The Al Fayed family said in a statement: “We are grateful to Qatar Holdings for preserving the Dodi and Diana memorial at Harrods until now.“It has enabled millions of people to pay their respects and remember these two remarkable people. It is now time to bring them home.” The then Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother leave Harrods after visiting the Christmas grotto in 1938 The previous year, the Queen had dropped Harrods as the provider of Christmas puddings as gifts for her staff in favour of Tesco. Harrods was awarded its first royal warrant in 1913 from Queen Mary. It was subsequently granted more from the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.But after Mr al Fayed’s outburst, the Duke’s warrant “for gentleman’s outfitting, first granted in 1956, was withdrawn.Buckingham Palace insisted that the decision not to renew the honour in 2000 was taken because of a “significant decline in the trading relationship over several years” with the store.But sources claimed the Palace had lost patience with Mr al Fayed and would not renew any of the royal warrants granted to Harrods as they expired. Workmen carry away the crest representing the Royal Warrant granted by the Prince of Wales in 2000Credit:Matthew Fearn/PA Mr Al Fayed burns the royal warrants he once held on Harrods in a scene from the film Unlawful KillingCredit:Unlawful Killing Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mohamed Al Fayed (left) attends the unveiling of the Innocent Victims statue at Harrods in 2005Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The Duchess of Cornwall walks her dog in rainy ScotlandCredit:ITV The Duchess with Miss Dowling, who fought off a burglarCredit:ITV Prince Charles speaks sweetly about his wife, CamillaCredit:ITV The programme also sees the Duchess describe how she rescued two Jack Russell terriers, Beth and Bluebell, from Battersea Dogs Home, saying the “nice thing” about returning from Royal tours was the warm welcome they gave her.“They’re always pleased to see you and they never answer you back,” she said, adding that one had been found in a “terrible” state, tied up on a motorway to die.“It was the cruelest thing,” she said. “I just can’t believe people do these things.” “Oh quite right!” the Duchess told her warmly. “You gave as good as you got.” Gyles Brandreth, a friend, said: “If you had asked Camilla years ago, whether she would be interested in becoming queen, she’d have laughed at the idea. She would have said, hey, how horrific.” Told the dogs had “gone to the right home now”, she joked: “They’ve fallen on their paws.”In a scene shot at Clarence House, where the Duchess had tea with elderly siblings Alice, Mary and George Dowling, she heard how they had been victims of a violent burglary, with one of the ladies punching an intruder who terrorised her. The Prince and Duchess on tour in ItalyCredit:ITV The programme, The Real Camilla: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, airs Monday at 9pm on ITV. The Duchess speaks to a documentary teamCredit:ITV Beth and Bluebell, the Duchess’ dogsCredit:ITV Joanna Lumley disclosed the Duchess had been “desperately frightened and scared” when she embarked on her public role making speeches, saying: “I’m sure she misses the fact that in the old days, she could do anything she wanted and nobody would have observed her. And now, the eyes are on her forever more.” The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken of the mischievous joy she takes in being a grandmother, admitting it allows her to “spoil them, give them all the things their parents won’t allow them to have and then give them back again.”The Duchess, who gives a unique insight into her family life as part of a television documentary to be aired on Monday, said she would recommend grandparenthood to everybody, admitting it is particularly wonderful because “you haven’t got the full responsibility”.In a programme which follows her through the year of her 70th birthday, the Duchess is seen on overseas tours, welcoming elderly victims of crime into Clarence House, and walking her dogs in a rainy Scotland.Asked whether she enjoyed being a grandmother-of-five, taking on the name of “Gan Gan”, she said: “Wonderful. Yes, I’d recommend it to everybody.“It’s very nice because you haven’t got the full responsibility. You can give them a wonderful time, spoil them, give them all the things their parents won’t allow them to have and then give them back again.” Saying the grandchildren spot her on television occasionally, she added: “They rather tend to wave, I don’t know if they expect me to wave back again.” The ITV programme also features a touching tribute from her husband of 13 years, the Prince of Wales.Speaking of her work as patron of more than 90 organisations, including charities working on domestic violence, old age and children’s literacy, he said: “My darling wife has been absolutely wonderful with all these charities and takes a huge interest, which they were all telling me about what a difference she makes. “I know how, how seriously she takes it all. But she does have a wonderful way with people, you see, that’s the special thing. I mean, she’s remarkable, really.“She is the best listener in the world, you see, so she can get anything out of anybody and find out their life history in a very quick, short time.”The full programme will feature testimony from friends, family and Royal historians, who describe how the Duchess effectively began a new phase of hard work after marrying into the Royal Family at an age when her peers were retiring. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Admitting to serious crimes usually lands lawbreakers straight in prison. But one lucky man has been allowed to spend a week in the sun on holiday before he faces his sentence.A judge in Wales has agreed to delay the sentencing of Colin Watson, 51, by a matter of weeks as he prepares his remarks.Judge Jeremy Jenkins agreed that Mr Watson, from Pontypool, can go on the holiday he booked to the Canary Islands in the meantime, warning him to come back and face prison, as he told him: “Don’t let me down”.But reacting to the “bizarre” turn of justice, campaigners have suggested that it would confuse the process to allow a criminal to go on holiday and that it sends mixed messages to victims of crime.On Monday the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to five offences, including possession of cocaine and a stun gun.Cardiff Crown Court heard how the defendant was caught by police with cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis in Newport Town Centre whilst armed with a stun gun and an extendable baton in October last year.Mr Watson admitted to possession of a prohibited weapon, having an offensive weapon, and possession of cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis on High Street, Newport on a Saturday. “It’s also a bizarre message to send to victims of all crime who are concerned about sentencing in this country.”Judge Jenkins said: “You have pleaded guilty to a number of very serious matters.”I am trusting you. Don’t let me down.”Mr Watson will appear in court on May 31 instead.A spokesman for the judiciary said: “Judges take different factors into account when sentencing or setting a timescale for sentence.” The five counts all carry strict penalties, with possession of Class A drugs, cocaine and ecstasy, each carrying a sentence of up to seven years in prison, or an unlimited fine, or both.Possession of a weapon capable of discharging a noxious thing, or a stun gun, also carries a maximum of 10 years according to the Crown Prosecution Service.But Mr Watson was spared an immediate prison sentence after his defence barrister, Hashim Salmman, asked Judge Jenkins for time to prepare a pre-sentence report, which was turned down by the judge.At the plea hearing, Mr Salmman also asked for permission for his client to travel on his pre-booked summer break to Tenerife before being sentenced.“There are unusual circumstances. He has a background worthy of exploration,” said Mr Salmman.Judge Jenkins responded to the unusual request by setting a new date for the 51-year-old’s sentencing as “an act of mercy”.But the unusual events in this case have been described as “extraordinary” by campaigners who feel it is confusing to allow Mr Watson to travel abroad.Harry Fletcher, the victims’ rights campaigner, said: “It is quite extraordinary and virtually unprecedented in my experience for a judge to adjourn sentencing of a convicted serious offender to allow them to go and enjoy a holiday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“However when they were most recently seen by cattery staff and an experienced independent vet, it was felt they had deteriorated significantly, they were struggling to bear their own weight and hold the weight of their heads up to eat, and sadly they were felt to be suffering.”Any previous veterinary assessment does not reflect the findings at the time this sad decision was made, as a marked deterioration had occurred.””Sadly, in view of the worsening condition in these kittens which resulted in them suffering, the vet who examined them made the difficult decision to put them to sleep.”We would like to thank the foster carer for her dedication and support and are sorry we were unable to get hold of her to explain the vet’s sad decision at the time.”The independent vet who put the kittens down for the RSPCA said in a statement: “When I examined the kittens some were doing well but staff were particularly concerned about two, who were constantly falling over, struggled to get up and appeared to be having difficulty eating.“Sadly they were not coping well. Given they had deteriorated and did not appear to have a good quality of life it was felt the kindest decision was to put them to sleep, with the consent of RSPCA staff. The RSPCA said they were following professional veterinary advice and that the condition had deteriorated to the extent that it was causing suffering to the kittens.An RSPCA spokesman said: “The kittens were assessed by an independent vet who found two had a deteriorating neurological condition which the vet felt was causing them to suffer as they were struggling to stand, hold their heads up and eat.”As animal lovers ourselves, we understand how upsetting this has been for the foster carer however we have to follow the expert advice of qualified veterinary surgeons when it comes to welfare.”Our staff would not go against professional veterinary advice when it comes to an animal’s welfare.”While it was initially suspected that the kittens had cerebellar hypoplasia – a condition which makes them unsteady but usually able to lead happy lives – the deterioration that occurred would not generally be expected with this condition.”When two of the kittens first showed symptoms consistent with cerebellar hypoplasia we wholeheartedly hoped they will be able to rehomed, like we have other cats with this condition. “I have been a vet for many years and decisions such as this are never taken lightly, always with a heavy heart but putting the animal’s welfare first.” Lucy Pauley, a veterinary nurse, with one of her other kittens Alvin and mother cat SophieCredit:Caters News/Caters News “The RSPCA is amazing as whole, one of the best charities in the world in fact, but this particular vet played God with two lives, and it’s not acceptable.”We wouldn’t do it to humans, so why are we doing it to innocent kittens?” The RSPCA has been accused of putting down two kittens without informing the woman who fostered them for a “manageable condition” which can cause a wobbly walk.Lucy Pauley, a veterinary nurse, was heartbroken when the two 12-week-old kittens she had temporarily fostered from the charity were put to sleep, as she claims they could have gone on to enjoy happy lives.They suffered from the neurological disorder cerebellar hypoplasia – also known as “wobbly cat syndrome” – which .Ms Pauley had returned kittens Pumba and Diddy to the RSPCA’s Coventry and District branch on August 8, and they were then due to be re-homed by the charity.But the 24-year-old claims they were put down without her knowledge two days later after they fell down a ramp at the cattery due to their condition.She claims it was a rash decision taken by a locum which went against earlier advice of another vet at the branch.”The result of this miscommunication is that two kittens who I had cared for since their birth had been put down due to a condition the RSPCA themselves had originally said was not life-hindering,” she said.”Unfortunately my kittens are gone but I have to move forward and make sure that awareness is raised about this condition, and how they have handled it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation COI report to be completed this monthMarch 7, 2017In “Local News”Education Ministry moving to streamline private schools’ operationsSeptember 9, 2016In “latest news”Cabinet extends deadline for education COI reportApril 21, 2017In “latest news” The regularisation of all private education institutions will be provided for under the new Education Act. Currently, only 20 per cent are recognised and registered with the Ministry of Education.This is according to the Technical Advisor to the Minster of Education, Vincent Alexander, who said that the Education Act does not have sufficient guidelines regarding private intuitions hence, the revision of the Act will provide for such.Technical Advisor to the Minister of Education, Vincent Alexander“The Education Act as it is does not have sufficient teeth, so to speak, in regards to regulating private schools. It is envisaged that the new Act, will be strengthened in terms of what the ministry can do to regularise private schools,” Alexander explained during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA).Notwithstanding the kind of anticipatory approach, Alexander noted that the ministry has designated an education officer who is responsible for private schools.Even as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) announced that only 57 per cent of the private schools are registered with the entity, the ministry is in the process of trying to get all of the private schools on the register. “… this will only be perfected when we finalise the legislation which will then provide for the ministry to regulate the private schools in a manner which it is not provided for (in the current Education Act),” Alexander added.There is a draft Bill and the intention is that after the Commission of Enquiry (COI) into Guyana’s education system report is completed, the ministry will then be acting on two major documents; the sector’s strategic plan, for which a review will be done, and the finalisation of the draft Education Bill, Alexander stated. After the Bill is reviewed it will be taken to the Attorney General Chambers, then to Parliament for consideration.“It’s a work in progress in terms of upgrading the Education Act. It is far gone, it’s just for us to do a slight adjustment to that Bill in terms of what the COI comes up with,” Alexander said.The 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private tuition has resulted in public outcry from persons including the head of private learning schools.Since it implementation, the Opposition has called on two occasions for the government to reverse the imposition of 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private school fees.The Parliamentary Opposition threw its support behind educators such as Dr Brian O’Toole whose private institution, School of the Nations, has been fervently articulating against the imposition of the 14 percent VAT, while citing the deleterious consequences that would obtain should this imposition stay in effect.During a press conference last week, Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan explained that private schools have not been fulfilling their tax and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) obligations. Ten (10) percent of private schools are registered as Non -Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or Not for Profit while 14 are registered as profit making organisations, however only 57 percent are registered with the GRA.Minister Jordan said that most of the private schools are not compliant and that the call to remove the VAT on tuition fees would result in a loss of around $350 million and could result in an upturn of the Government’s Economic Programme and attendant consequences, or a continuation of adjustments as seen fit to benefit all citizens.In a release today O’Toole in support of a letter penned by the Chairman of the 6th Form Student Council at Nations outlined that ” Ministers have been quoted in the media as saying, that only 8/57 private schools are tax complaint. Many of us fail to understand the relevance of that argument in this emotive debate. Recently, it has been said a number of times that the great majority of private schools are not paying their fair share of tax or have found some form of tax loophole. If this is accurate, where is the justice in this, and why cannot this injustice be easily remedied by the authorities?”“Only a little while ago we were promised “a new beginning” in the country. There are now 1,400 comments on the electronic version of our petition that question whether those promises have been honoured. What should we say to the thousands of persons we have encountered over the past few weeks who are now disillusioned, dispirited and thoroughly discouraged by the apparent insensitivity of ignoring the views of thousands and thousands of persons who are against the 14% VAT on private education?” the Nations head questioned.The first protest was held in front of the GRA buildingMeanwhile, the protest organized by businessman Roshan Khan against the 14 per cent VAT increases is confirmed to continue tomorrow, but this time in front of the Finance Ministry at 12:00hrs.
Police are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on a 21-year-old student resulting in the loss of cash, jewellery and other valuables within the vicinity of Crown and New Garden Street, Georgetown on Tuesday night.The victim has been identified as Dominque Garraway of Kitty, Georgetown.INews understands that the young man and his friends visited Churches Chicken on Camp and Middle Street, Georgetown on the night in question at around 20:00hrs.Reports indicate that the group were there for approximately an hour after which they left walking east along Middle Street, Georgetown.A burgundy Toyota Allion motor car bearing a “Green Ice Taxi” logo was observed parked in front of Churches Chicken with two men sitting inside.It was reported to police that just as the group left the fast food entity on foot and were in the vicinity of Crown Street and New Garden, the said motorcar approached them from a northern direction along New Garden Street and stopped in front of Garraway.The passenger of the vehicle reportedly came walking from the south eastern side of Crown Street, approached the victim and proceeded to rob him of two gold bands valued at $30,000 each, one shades valued at $25,000 and $25,000 in cash.The victim’s friends reportedly ran away.The suspect then hopped into the waiting taxi and fled the scene west of Crown Street, Georgetown.The vehicle’s number plates were not identified. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo attacked, carjacked in separate armed robberiesDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”Prosecution closes case in preliminary trial of taxi driver accused of murdering young teacherOctober 8, 2018In “Court”6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”
Andre RussellJamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell voiced his displeasure with the decision to shift more home games away from Sabina Park, after his side’s first loss of the season to Guyana Amazon Warriors in Florida. The noisy and at times hostile atmosphere of about 4000 fans was overwhelmingly in favour of the visiting Warriors during a 71-run win over the designated home team.“Honestly, I’m very unhappy at the moment,” Russell said after the game. “The guys fought tonight … but based on tonight’s game, it wasn’t like a home game. It didn’t feel that way.“Every boundary, every wicket it was going Guyana’s way. [Shimron] Hetmyer came out, he played some good shots and just the crowd being in his back, it kind of gave him that pump and it shouldn’t be like that. I think we should have that home advantage where a guy hits a boundary, he hears silence. Right? If that’s how home advantage is supposed to be in these conditions, then you have to wonder. You hit a four, you hit a six, you’re not hearing nothing because a Guyana crowd is out here and they want to see Guyana do well.”According to Russell, his fielders were under pressure almost from the start of the match. When Samuel Badree struck with the seventh ball of the night to trap Chadwick Walton lbw, a hush fell over the ground before it became lively once more in the next over as Hetmyer hit his first two boundaries off Imad Wasim on his way to becoming the youngest centurion in CPL history at age 21. The Warriors eventually bested the previous CPL-best total at the venue to make 209 for 7.Imran Tahir“Honestly, these are little things that get me upset from the second over,” Russell said. “Guys saying stuff to you on the boundary. I don’t want to field on the boundary because guys are pressuring you. It shouldn’t be like that. When I go to Guyana, then I expect that.“Guys were upset. I was upset. When I got off the field, I was throwing shoes, everything all around the changing room, things that fans don’t need to see but that’s how upsetting these things can be. You want to know that the crowd is behind you in your home game. So if we go to Barbados and we see a sea of blue, then we expect that. But you’re playing a home game, you want to feel that home advantage. You get a wicket, you hear that loud cheer. It gives the bowler energy even if you’re tired.”Shimron Hetmyer became the youngest player to score a century in the CPL at age 21The Tallawahs have now lost four of five matches in Lauderhill since the CPL’s first matches in Florida in 2016. Russell is expecting the hostile environment his side experienced on Saturday night to be no different on Sunday when the Tallawahs take on Trinbago Knight Riders, considering that TKR has historically had by far the biggest group of travelling supporters attending CPL matches in Florida.He even joked about Tallawahs players trying to pick out their traveling family members in the crowd since they may be the few Tallawahs fans in attendance. But the Tallawahs pulled off a CPL-record chase in the first week of the season at Queen’s Park Oval and Russell is optimistic that they can prevail over TKR again.“We got the two points before and I know that we can get it again here,” Russell said. “I know it’s gonna be loud. It’s gonna be a lot of Trinbago colours tomorrow but I hope that we can see some yellows and we can identify our family and friends and we can actually give them something to cheer for tomorrow.”Even prior to the match against Amazon Warriors, Russell told ESPNcricinfo of his ambivalence towards playing home games away from Sabina Park after the Tallawahs had won their last two matches in front of near capacity weeknight crowds of 15,000. Speaking on the eve of the matches in Florida, the Jamaican allrounder made it clear there was no doubt that if the Tallawahs want to maintain a true home-field advantage then a Jamaican franchise should be playing in Jamaica.“Florida is based on a lot of culture, a lot of different countries and nationalities,” Russell told ESPNcricinfo. “So I hope that we can get the support that we really want. It won’t be like playing in Jamaica where the crowd is behind the Tallawahs and the Tallawahs only. You’re gonna have a lot of people here coming out to support Guyana while some supporting us while some come out just to watch the games. Their heart is not with the Tallawahs.”However, Russell and his Tallawahs team-mates may be stuck playing more matches away from Sabina Park for the foreseeable future due to an agreement struck by their owner with the city of Lauderhill. Kris Persaud, whose Worldwide Sports Management Group took control of the Tallawahs in 2017, has a contract with the Lauderhill venue, guaranteeing at least three international cricket events per year at the stadium. It’s the key reason why this year’s CPL matches at the venue were designated as Tallawahs home games as opposed to neutral site matches shared amongst the six teams. (cricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Russell eager to keep Tallawahs winning momentumAugust 17, 2018In “latest news”Early wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs winning against Guyana Amazon WarriorsJuly 16, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2018: Russell to captain Jamaica Tallawahs, says team very balancedJune 21, 2018In “Sports”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo charges to be instituted against Travis Chase for shooting incident- DPPDecember 19, 2018In “Crime”Journalist shoots labourer who allegedly attacked himDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”Man who allegedly killed suspected bandit charged with murderMay 19, 2015In “Crime” Jimmy RamgobinJimmy Ramgobin, the 28-year-old labourer of Sandy Babb, Kitty Georgetown who was allegedly attacked and later shot by popular Journalist, Travis Chase two weeks ago is crying foul, alleging that the Police are trying to cover up the matter.The victim, met with media operatives on Tuesday and recounted the ordeal revealing that at no time did he attack and use bottles to pelt Chase as the Journalist claimed.According to the man, he went out for a night of drinking with friends and became intoxicated.While enroute to his home at around 01:00h in the morning of the incident, he lost consciousness and fell on the road way, reportedly in front of Chase’s girlfriends’ property which is located on De Abreu Street, kitty Georgetown.However, he was allegedly awakened by repeated kicks to his ribs and in a traumatized state attempted to escape the beating.“Between my sleep I feel somebody kicking me in my ribs when I look up, I see a man with a gun in he hand , I look on the other side, I see a girl standing on the other side , so I get up and I decided to run” Ramgobin related.He further recounted that while attempting to escape, he heard several shots rang out behind him and then felt a burning sensation on his right foot.“I heard about four to five shots behind me, I then stop on Garnett Street corner and then realize that I got shot, when I look back, I didn’t see anybody” the man revealed.Ramgobin said with blood oozing from his leg, he made his way to the Police Station where he reported the matter.Television journalist, Travis ChaseHe related that he was then taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he received treatment and was told by ranks that the matter would be investigated.When questioned, Ramgobin held out that at no time did he make any attempts to attack Chase as was reported to the Police.“There is no way I can attack a person and get shot behind my foot…there is no way I can attack him with a bottle and get shoot behind my foot, if I was attacking him, I was supposed to be shot in front so I did not shy him with no bottle” Ramgobin held out.According to the labourer, the bullet is currently lodged in his leg and could not be removed by doctors which is hindering his work.He says that he will not drop the matter, as he again maintained his innocence.“I can’t do no kind of heavy work right now and this time of the year, I does work hard for my money…this bullet has not been removed, its still in my foot, the doctor tell me that bullet can’t come out because it jamming the nerves and the tissue, until January, then they could see if they could operate to take it out”.When contacted, Chase told this publication that he has no comment noting that the matter is still with the Police.The Police however revealed that the case file into the matter is still with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) awaiting directions.
Fortescue Metals, an Australian mining company with a focus on iron ore, has signed a co-operation agreement with one of China’s leading steel mills, Hunan Valin Iron and Steel Group, to increase iron ore sales to Valin and to research new technologies to process lower grade iron ores. Fortescue and Valin have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop lower grade resources from some of Fortescue’s tenements and to give Valin the option to participate in any additional new projects Fortescue undertakes.“The co-operation agreement creates business opportunities for Valin, supply opportunities for Fortescue and potential product development opportunities for the Pilbara,” Fortescue Metals Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew Forrest said. “The Pilbara is the world’s premiere iron ore address and the increased off take agreements and proposals to study the establishment of a processing facility to further value add various iron ore types including lower-grade deposits, will enable the Pilbara to realise its true potential.“This agreement cements more than just a close relationship between Fortescue and Valin, it illustrates the developing partnership Australia and China now enjoy. It provides Fortescue with a high calibre, cornerstone Chinese partner which will lead to the development of further opportunities for both companies.”Key components of the agreement are:Xiangtan Steel (a subsidiary of Valin) has an existing off take arrangement with Fortescue for up to 1 Mt/y. Under this agreement and subject to expanded production, Fortescue agrees to increase that supply arrangement to up to 4 Mt/y from 2010 onwardsFortescue and Valin will use reasonable endeavours to negotiate a new supply arrangement with the Valin parent entity which will grow from an initial base of up to 1.4 Mt/y to a maximum of up to 6 Mt/y by 2013. This agreement would, again, be dependent on Fortescue expanding current productionThe companies will seek to progress a feasibility study by 30 June 2009, which will investigate the commercial and technical feasibility of further processing iron ore that comes directly from Fortescue’s surface miners onto the run of mine stockpile. The initial studies will look at opportunities in China however if this is considered not feasible, then the study will investigate opportunities within the Pilbara. The study will not commence until global economic conditions improveIf the ultimate outcome of the study supports the feasibility of the project, Valin and Fortescue will advance to the formation of a JV with the objective of constructing a processing facility. It is proposed that this facility would be supplied with iron ore by Fortescue on terms yet to be formally agreedA JV with China Central South University (CSU) to review the feasibility of exploiting lower grade hematite ore with an iron grade Fe content at or around 50% will be established. Fortescue has had a broad relationship with CSU for many years and the JV would formalise this relationship in regards to this specific potential processing venture.
Niger, which became independent from France in 1960 and has a democratic government, is the world’s sixth largest uranium producer. Output in 2008 was 3,032 t, representing 7% of total world uranium production. Areva’s Arlette and Akoula mines, responsible for 100% of Niger’s uranium production, have produced, together, 100,000 t of output in the last 40 years. Uranium mining accounts for 72% of Niger’s exports. Areva’s Imouran project will almost double the country’s uranium output to 5,000 t/y U3O8.All this is included in a special report by Uraniumletter International (http://www.goldletterint.com/). Producing mines and deposits in Niger typically grade from 0.1% to 0.42% U3O8, with the higher grades being mined at greater depths.Niger, which has a well established mining infrastructure, offers a strong government support for expanding mining. In 2006, Niger created a Mining Code to encourage foreign investment. Under the Mining Code 185 exploration licences were granted.Cameco, the world’s largest uranium producer, formed a Strategic Alliance with non-listed GoviEx inAugust 2008, whereby Cameco purchased approximately 11% of GoviEx for $ 28 million. GoviEx’s properties Madaouela and Anou Nelle are located approximately 10 km from Areva’s high-grade Arlette and Akoula mines.Uranium was discovered at Azelik in Niger in 1957 by the French Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Miniers (BRGM), looking for copper. The French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) initiated further studies. Further discoveries in sandstone followed including at Abokurum (1959), Madaouela (1963), Arlette, Ariege, Artois & Tassa/Taza (1965), Imouraren (1966) and Akouta (1967).Other publicly listed uranium exploration companies active in Niger currently include Niger Uranium, NGM Resources, NWT Uranium, North Atlantic Resources and Global Uranium.