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.

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.”

DeBeers selects Kleven for newest diamond ship

(IDEX Online News) – De Beers has selected Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven to build a tailor-made ship for deep sea mineral exploration off the coast of Namibia.

Kleven said the vessel would be the "first of its kind" and will work on a large area offshore where over three million years the Orange River deposited sediments containing diamonds.
Marin Teknikk says the De Beers vessel will be similar to earlier MT 6022 designs, but the internal arrangement will be different. Below deck and the entire aft deck will be installed with equipment designed for underwater mineral activity. The ship is 113 metres and has a beam of 22 metres. The vessel will be able to operate at depths of up to 150 metres. Up to 80 people can be housed. The ship will be deployed offshore for up to three years at a time, with crew transfers and supplies handled by smaller vessels or helicopters.
The vessel will be built at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and is scheduled to be delivered in June 2016.

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