After a restful although somewhat rainy bank holiday weekend, there is nothing better than going into a much longed for four-day week as we simultaneously ease into the beginning of a new month.
Despite threatening looking clouds and blasts of icy wind we have finally got to May, with the sun shining late into the evenings, flowers mostly in bloom, and weather warm enough to (very) tentatively leave the overcoat at home, the beginning of May feels like spring is truly here. After some rainy and grey weather recently, we can hope to see another heatwave come our way this weekend as Londoners expect to see highs of above 20 degrees on Sunday. We are promised the perfect weather for sitting out on makeshift terraces (pavements) and enjoying beer gardens without needing blankets for the final week before we no longer need to brave the elements and can enjoy sitting indoors once again. If not in a pub garden, another quintessentially British way to celebrate good weather is by of course visiting your local National Trust property, especially as the organisation recently celebrated 125 years since buying its first historic house. For those looking for inspiration to escape the Big Smoke, Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex was bought for a bargain £10 in 1896. The Trust’s founder Octavia Hill was moved by the 14th century-old house that was near collapse and purchased it to repair and preserve it. Now with over 500 properties for all to enjoy across the country, Hill more than achieved her aim to provide open spaces for an increasingly urbanised world. More than a century later, her legacy lives on of her belief that open, beautiful natural spaces are vital as she maintained that without them: “we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently” – and better things seem sure to come now.
Harvest Minerals Limited (LSE: HMI) announced that its direct application natural remineraliser, KP Fertil, can now be sold in small 25kg bags after receiving approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply. This further expands Harvest’s marketing channels and positions its product as a contender in the higher margin retail and reseller fertiliser market. The sales and marketing team is to launch a marketing campaign to promote its new packaging in the coming weeks as Harvest advances its commercialisation.
Kodal Minerals Plc (AIM: KOD) reports that a committee meeting has been held in Bamako, Mali in order to review the feasibility study and proposed mining development for its Bougouni Lithium Project. Following confirmation that both have been ratified and approved by the DNGM committee, subject to some minor corrections, a formal notification to request payment for the Mining Licence fee is expected to be received soon. Kodal continues to work closely with the DNGM and Mali Government representatives in order to finalise the granting of the Mining Licence as soon as possible, which represents a major milestone for the company.
Tirupati Graphite Plc (AIM: TRG) announced that its Research Centre has developed a ground breaking graphene-aluminium composite, which exhibits significantly higher conductivity and strength properties over aluminium and is comparable to copper. Tirupati is now engaged with potential end users for its potential use in replacing copper in certain systems due to its significant advantage of a reduced weight. Additionally, Executive Chairman and Managing Director Shishir Poddar, Head of Corporate and Business Development Puruvi Poddar, and CFO Kien Huynh will provide a live Investor Presentation through the Investor Meet Company platform on 12th May 2021. Register here.
Jubilee Metals Group Plc (AIM: JLP) has entered into an agreement with Caerus Mineral Resources granting Jubilee a six-month exclusive period in order to assess the prospects of Caerus’ surface-based mining waste and tailings asset in Cyprus. The objective of the agreement is to identify potential projects within the portfolio that can be scaled-up and prioritised into a joint venture arrangement with Jubilee. The agreement offers potential access to copper and gold grades in waste stockpiles and expands Jubilee’s international footprint.
Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) announced that CEO Adam Davidson has purchased 20,294 ordinary shares in the company, bringing his total to 130,000 Ordinary Shares which represents 0.07% of its voting rights.
Cora Gold Limited (AIM: CORA) announced further drill results from its largest ever drilling campaign taking place at its Sanankoro Gold Project, building on the previously received maiden results. New drill results continue to return good grades comprising more shallow oxide intersections, including 24m @ 2.5 g/t from 16m depth. Cora has now completed over 11,000m of the drilling campaign, which intends to reach 35,000m by the end of July 2021.
Vast Resources Plc (AIM: VAST) has appointed Nicolae Turdean as Romanain Country Manager as part of its strategy to execute the upgraded mine plan at Baita Plai and expand operations to its pipeline of development opportunities in Romania. Nicolae brings over 40 years of experience in the Romanian mining industry and his in-depth knowledge of the jurisdiction, geology and regulatory environment will prove highly valuable to Vast. Additionally, Vast announced that the capital reorganisation was duly passed at its General Meeting.
In the news this week…
Find out more about the National Trust’s founder, Octavia Hill.
The (potential) health benefits of sitting outdoors.
Debris from a Chinese rocket that was launched to carry its future space station into orbit is expected to fall back to Earth this weekend.
A Belgian farmer accidentally moved the stone border marker between Belgium and France further into France – slightly enlarging Belgium.
This week Mexico celebrated Cinco de Mayo – read more about the holiday’s history.