Sunday, November 30, 2014

Orange Diamonds

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The largest fancy-vivid orange diamond known to exist sold for 32.6 million Swiss francs ($36 million) at Christie’s International in Geneva in late 2013.

The 14.82-carat pear-shaped stone’s price was about $2.4 million per carat, this was a per-carat record for any colored diamond at a public sale. The "Zoe Diamond" recently sold for $ 3.3m per carat. The gem also set a record for an orange diamond of its type.
The majority of diamonds contain some nitrogen. In orange diamonds the nitrogen atoms have grouped themselves in a very specific way. This happens during and right after the diamond is formed. Nitrogen arrangements absorb light in the blue and yellow region of the spectrum producing an orange color. Orange Diamonds may contain a brown, yellow or pinkish modifying color.

The strength of colour is one of the most important factors in determining the value of a natural color diamond. The value increases exponentially with the intensity of the most prominent colour within the diamond.
Orange diamonds are typically found with a hint of other hues such as brown or yellow; diamonds with a pure vivid orange color are extremely rare and valuable.

The Pumpkin Diamond is 5.54 carats and rated as Fancy Vivid Orange by the GIA. Halle Berry wore the ring to the 2002 Oscars where she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball.

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Burnaby mayor slams NEB and Kinder Morgan

Mayor Derek Corrigan said people have lost faith in the NEB’s ability to protect Canadian interests.
His comments come after days of anti-pipeline protests on Burnaby Mountain.

“I think there’s a lot of people who have lost faith in the National Energy Board, in its impartiality, its subjectivity in considering these (pipeline projects),” said Corrigan. “The appointments are made from the oil industry. It appears that their allegiance is to the oil industry.”
Corrigan said the protesters are joining the city in its nearly two-year opposition to the pipeline expansion. He said that after an evaluation of Kinder Morgan’s proposal, the city came to the conclusion that the expansion is not in the best interests of Burnaby. The mayor cited a major spill in 2007 along the current route as one of the city’s reasons for opposing the pipeline. Some 50 homes were damaged and residents were evacuated as a result of the spill. He said Kinder Morgan handled the leak poorly.
The emergency preparedness of Kinder Morgan was far below what we would have expected.
In fact, in that case, they turned off the wrong end of the pipeline, and ended up causing more damage than should have been caused as a result of the what should have been a simple spill."

Corrigan also expressed concern about the proposed increase of storage facilities in a residential area, and docking capacity port in Burrard Inlet, as well as the near tripling of pipeline’s current capacity -- from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.

NEB Chairman and CEO Peter Watson
The NEB hearings for Kinder Morgan’s proposal will begin in July 2015. The board is set to make a decision on the project by October 2015.

In the meantime, the City of Burnaby is fighting a series of legal battles against Kinder Morgan to halt the expansion project. The case has now made its way through the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal.
Kinder Morgan started leaving Burnaby Mountain Saturday, ahead of a Sunday night deadline to wrap up survey work. Trans Mountain spokesperson Lisa Clement said early research shows the mountain appears stable enough to handle the pipeline.
I would bet a body COULD HAVE stuck their finger into Burnaby Mountain and came to the exact same conclusion as this paid corporate chitface ditzbag. Best part is the taxpayer would have saved MAJOR.

Friday, November 28, 2014

How Diamonds became Forever

It was in 1947 when the real-life copywriter Frances Gerety coined the phrase “A Diamond Is Forever.”

As Ms. Gerety recalled in a 1988 interview with a co-worker, Howard Davis, she had just finished a series of ads and was headed to bed when she realized that she had forgotten to create a signature line. Exhausted, she said “Dear God, send me a line,” and scribbled something on a slip of paper. When she woke up and saw what she had written, she thought it was just O.K.
A few hours later, she presented her idea at a meeting. According to her, “Nobody jumped.” It’s hard to imagine a time when diamond engagement rings were not the norm. Last year, Americans spent almost $7 billion on the rings. But in 1938, when a De Beers representative wrote to N. W. Ayer to inquire whether “the use of propaganda in various forms” might boost the sale of diamonds in the United States, their popularity had been on a downward trend, in part because of the Depression.
N.W. Ayer conducted extensive surveys of consumer attitudes and found that most Americans thought diamonds were a luxury for the ultra-wealthy. Women wanted their men to spend money on “a washing machine, or a new car, anything but an engagement ring,” Ms. Gerety said in 1988. “It was considered just absolutely money down the drain.”

Still, the agency set an ambitious goal: “to create a situation where almost every person pledging marriage feels compelled to acquire a diamond engagement ring.”
“Sentiment is essential to your advertising, as it is to your product,” it counseled De Beers in a memo, “for the emotional connotation of the diamond is the one competitive advantage which no other product can claim or dispute.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Gerety was busy making sure average consumers saw diamonds everywhere. Her theory was that “the big ones sell the little ones.”
In the 1950s, N. W. Ayer started lending jewels to socialites and starlets for the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby. The campaign was a success from the start. After just two years, the sale of diamonds in the United States increased by 55 percent. In its 1951 annual report, N. W. Ayer noted that, “for a number of years we have found evidence that the diamond engagement ring tradition is consistently growing stronger. Jewelers now tell us ‘a girl is not engaged unless she has a diamond engagement ring.’ ”

A Diamond Is Forever,” has appeared in every De Beers engagement ad since 1948. In 1999, two weeks before the never married Ms. Gerety died at the age of 83, Advertising Age named it the slogan of the century.

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Contempt charges against anti-Kinder Morgan protesters thrown out

A judge threw out civil contempt charges Thursday against activists who have been arrested while demonstrating against a pipeline project on a mountain near Vancouver.
The ruling came a week after the RCMP began rounding up protesters on Burnaby Mountain, where Kinder Morgan is conducting drilling work related to its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

More than 100 people were arrested, nearly all of whom faced civil contempt proceedings for violating a court injunction ordering them to keep away from two drilling sites. The company admitted it provided incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it sought the court order.
At one location, the co-ordinates were so inaccurate that the actual work site was entirely outside the area covered by the injunction.

An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court. It has been estimated policing costs alone have exceeded $ 150,000 per day.
Not too often this space is reduced to speechlessness but damn.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Comanchero Bikers charged in brutal Perth Beat Down

Two leading members of the Comanchero bike gang are among seven men charged over a brutal bashing at a Muay Thai fight in Perth’s north.

Police will allege a 38-year-old man was confronted by several Comanchero members as he was attempting to leave the venue. He was then punched and kicked until he fell to the ground. Police executed search warrants as far south as Warnbro and as far north as Clarkson, where the seven men were arrested. All seven have been charged with acts or omissions causing bodily harm or danger.
Police say those charged include the Comancheros state commander, the club’s sergeant at arms, patched members and nominees.

Police said in a statement today: “This attack highlights the extreme violence criminal motorcycle gangs such as the Comancheros use to intimidate the community.”