Police are investigating a robbery under arms committed on 25-year-old Komattie Kissoon, of Middle Road, La Penitence, which occurred about 02:00hrs this morning.According to a report from the Guyana Police Force, four male bandits carried out the attack, one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly escaped with $4,500 in cash, one cell phone and a handbag containing documents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The police said investigations disclosed that the victim was in the lower flat of the house, resting on a chair, when she was confronted by the men who held her at gunpoint and demanded cash and valuables and she handed over the items aforementioned, after which they fled and she made an alarm. The police, having been notified of the robbery whilst it was being committed responded promptly. On arrival the suspects were seen fleeing the scene. They were persued but managed to jump a northern fence and escaped. The area was searched and the police ranks found a .32 revolver, a black toque and a yellow glove (as seen in photo below).
Copper rich Zambia has called on the world’s resource investment powerhouses to drive an expansion of the country’s mineral riches into a far more diversified mineral extraction and processing sector rather than its historic renown as Africa’s largest red metal producer. In an impassioned speech in Perth on the second day of the 2012 Paydirt Africa Downunder conference, Zambia’s Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister, the Hon Yamfwa Mukanga, said mining remained the country’s number one economic driver, accounting for up to 80% of its foreign exchange earnings, underpinned by substantial copper and cobalt output.”We have 16 producing copper mines, three new ones coming on stream in two years, backed up by existing and new smelting and refinery capacity,” Mr Mukanga said, “and known reserves for at least 50 years of future production.“However, we have reshaped our mining investment strategy as we need to intensify exploration for the development of new mines and mineral based exports to deliver a new level of long term benefits from our resources,” he said.“This more intense focus includes required new investment in our oil and gas potential, boosting manufacturing capacity to process a wider spectrum of minerals, and to parallel that growth with new manufacturing capacity for mining industry consumables.”The Minister said direct foreign investment was one of the best ways to achieve the new strategy objectives. These investment opportunities included:New manufacturing for engineering products for copper, iron, steel and cobalt operationsBeneficiation of phosphates and related fertilisers in a new agrochemical sectorBeneficiation of rock material into cementBiofuels, and thermal power plants.“There is a major gap in Zambia’s economy in downstream processing our gemstones industrial minerals and dimensional stone and there are few if any local manufacturers of mining equipment such as drill rods, bits, jack hammers and piping,” Mukanga said.“On that basis, we need both junior and large mining companies and resources investment houses, to install Zambia on their high priority investment agendas.”He appealed to all would be investors to invest in Zambia as it was a fertile environment for investment, since it was politically stable and a rich untapped mineral resource, with the biggest asset being the people themselves.