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Princess Diana Still Spoken Still Adored

Marilyn Z Tomlins

August 1997 the world media, especially the British nationals, had just one lead story.

 Tabloids like the Daily Mail, Mirror and The People, even broadsheets like The Times, kept calling their correspondents for updates: the editors did not want to miss anything.

The story was: Princess Diana, divorced from Prince Charles heir to the British throne, had a new boyfriend.  No – lover!

His name made hair stand on end.

It was Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed.

 Known, he was, as Dodi.

Dodi was an Arab and thus a Moslem.    He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1955, the son of Mohamed Al-Fayed, one of the United Kingdom’s wealthiest men and of Samira Kashoggi, sister of billionaire arms dealer Adnan Kashoggi.

Di – this was how everyone had called her affectionately and how I will also call her in this piece, doing so without disrespect- had been openly dating since her divorce from Prince  Charles, the heir to the throne in August 1996.  One such man had been a rugby player, another a Pakistani doctor.

Then Dodi had whisked her off her feet.

“He has all the toys,” she had confided in a friend.

All that summer, 21 years ago, her every move was reported in the media.

That July she and her sons – William and Harry – had holidayed with Dodi’s father, his second wife and their children, at the Fayed’s luxurious villa at St.Tropez.

Such a holiday was a little odd seeing that Mohamed Al-Fayed was a hated man: hated, that is, by the British who had even been refusing him citizenship for years.

  William (15) and Harry (13) seemed to enjoy themselves. So did Di.  She was 36 years of age.

Already having met Dodi, Di, on this July stay with the Fayeds, had got to know the young film producer better.  He was engaged to an American model, Kelly Fisher.  She would in the weeks to come phone him from her home in the States, and shout: “Don’t you fuck with me, Dodi! You flew her down to St Tropez and were seeing her all day and fucking me by night!” On that first stay of Diana with the Fayeds, Kelly Fisher was also down in St Tropez but Dodi had kept her out of sight on his yacht the Cujo, while he helped his father entertain Di and her sons, taking them yachting on Al-Fayed’s larger and luxurious yacht, the Jonical.

That August 1997 started and Di was back in London, alone, as her boys were continuing to holiday with the royal family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

On the 7th of that month of August, the London media curious to know what was up with Di and the disliked Al-Fayeds, stationed journalists and photographers outside Dodi’s apartment on London’s Park Lane.  They hit bull’s eye because that evening Di arrived and did not again step from the apartment until 1 a.m.

Later that day, Di flew to Bosnia on her anti-personnel landmine campaign.

On Friday, August 15, back in London, she and a friend flew to Greece for a holiday. The two women flew to Greece in Mohamed Al-Fayed’s Gulfstream IV jet.

Dodi was in the States. The rumour was that he had gone to find a place for him and Di to make their home: they were going to get married.

On Thursday, August 21, again back in London, Di, and Dodi, back from the States, returned to St Tropez: they flew in the Gulfstream from London.

It was then that the editors really went mad for news about the romance. No one doubted that Di and Dodi were having an affair.

The couple cruised the Mediterranean on the Jonikal, only the two of them, and on Saturday, August 30, they flew into Paris, again on the Gulfstream.

They were to spend some days in Paris, in Mohamed Al-Fayed’s luxury hotel, the Paris Ritz.

That night of August 30, just before midnight, the two, back-seat passengers in a Mercedes S 300 of which the owner was a car-hire company which, as would be reported belonged to the Ritz Hotel and had just one client – the hotel, set off from the hotel.

The rest is history.

At 12.30, the Mercedes crashed into a pillar in Paris’s Pont Alma tunnel, the couple on their way to the apartment of Mohamed Al-Fayed on Rue Arsène-Houssaye at the foot of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, to spend the night there.

Dodi was instantly dead, Di was still alive, first medics trying to revive her in the tunnel after her heart had stopped, then doctors doing so at Paris’s PetiéSalpêtrière Hospital.

On Sunday, August 31, at 4 a.m. the hospital issued a statement that Di had died.

Twenty-two  years have passed, but Di is still remembered, still spoken of. Still adored.

Marilyn Z Tomlins is a crime writer based in Paris,France 

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India News Brief

5 July, 2020

Delhi Reported 2,224 New COVID-19 Cases
Tamil Nadu Reported  4,100 New COVID-19 Cases
COVID-19 Cases In the State of Maharashtra Crosses 200,000, 7074 Fresh Cases and 295 Deaths reported in the Last 24 Hours
Single Day Spike in COVID-19 Cases in India:21,771 Cases
India Set to Overtake Russia as 3rd Worst Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic

Total COVID Cases: 673,165 Death Toll: 19,268

India's Most Affected States:

Maharashtra: Total Positive Cases: 192,990 Total Deaths: 8,376

Gujarat: Total Positive Cases: 34,686  Total Deaths: 1,906

Madhya Pradesh: Total  Positive Cases: 14,297 Total Deaths: 593

West Bengal: Total Positive Cases: 20,488 Total Deaths: 717

Delhi: Total Positive Cases: 94,695 Total Deaths: 2,923

Rajasthan: Total Positive Cases: 19,256 Total Deaths: 443

Uttar Pradesh: Total Positive  Cases: 25,797 Total Deaths: 749

Tamil Nadu : Total Positive Cases: 1,02,721 Total Deaths: 1,385

Andhra Pradesh: Total Positive Cases: 16,934 Total Deaths: 206

Telengana: Total Positive Cases:20,762 Total Deaths: 283

Karnataka: Total Positive Cases: 19,710 Total Deaths: 293

Punjab: Total Positive Cases: 5,937 .Total Deaths: 157

Jammu and Kashmir: 8,019 Total Deaths: 119

The West Bengal Government Allows 50 People at Marriage Functions and Funerals during the current phase of COVID-19 Lockdown from 1 July to 31 July.
According to Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, morning walks will be allowed from 5.30 a.m to 8.30 a.m provided social distancing and other norms.
The new guidelines issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 30 June: Schools, colleges, educational institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, and even metro services will continue to remain shut until July 31

India Reports 18,522 New Cases and 418 Deaths in 24 Hours 

COVID-19: Highlights 

Schools May Reopen in August According to Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokriyal.

Religious Places Visit: No Touching of Deity, No no Sparkling of Holy Water No Prasada in Temples Wearing Mask Thermal Screening is a must 

Shopping Malls Visit: Elderly People With 65 Years of Age and Children Below 10 Years Are Advised to Stay at Home.

Restaurant and food courts in malls to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with a mandatory distance of six feet between tables. No common prayer mats, physical offerings like prasad, or sprinkling of holy water, in places of worship. Age and health-based restrictions on stepping out of home. Masks to be mandatory, and the Aarogya Setu app 'recommended' for all.

Use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the guidelines  require people above 65 years of age, specially  people with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home. Masks are mandatory at all times, including inside restaurants

15 Day Amarnath Yarra Starts from 22 July

Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Indian Health Ministry 

Lockdown extends till June 30

  • International air travel, Metro rail services not allowed 

Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations will not allowed..

According to MHA guidelines, in Phase II, schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and Union Territories.

There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movement

But  states have the freedom to decide on public movement.

COVID-19: Delhi Death Toll Rises to 82 in Last 24 Hours

Probable Guidelines for Lockdown 5.0.

More travel routes are likely to open in Lockdown 5.0.

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How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they are developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

For any further information relating to fake news and how-to search authentic informations from the internet write to us info@crimeandmoreworld.com or Whats App:+919073399779

COVID-19 Related Conspiracy Theories:
https://fsi.stanford.edu/news/china-covid19

 

 

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