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Posts made in April, 2015

Press Release: Hennig Tenders Superkolong Kimberley Purple

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Press Release: The Superkolong “Kimberley Purple” diamond recently recovered by Batla Minerals SA from its Superkolong diamond tailings plant, located in Kimberley, South Africa, will be offered for sale by Fusion/Hennig Tenders. This exceptional and rare purple diamond is a 30.80-carat stone, with exquisite gemological characteristics. The diamond has been proudly named the “Kimberley Purple” by Superkolong and will be tendered by Fusion/Hennig Tenders this month. The “Kimberley Purple” will be available for viewing in New York from April 20 to 23 and subsequently in Antwerp from April 27 to 30. For more information and to arrange a viewing, email appts@fusionalternatives.com Batla Minerals’  CEO, Jean Retief, commented, ”Superkolong is a very important project for the Batla group and we are very proud of the progress made over the past two years of ownership, with the discovery of the ‘Kimberley Purple’ being a clear statement of the projects viability and its ability to produce something special.” Rapaport News is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content of any third-party press release. This is not a Rapaport Press Release. It has been provided as additional information for our...

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Press Release: Asscher Affirms Diamond Industry Pride

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Press Release: Edward Asscher, the president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), was an opening session speaker at the Dubai Diamond Conference held on April 21 and 22, 2015 at the Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai. In his speech, Asscher explained the “tri-partite” composition of the Kimberley Process, whose members and observers include the governments and agencies of diamond-producing and trading countries, representatives of NGO’s, collectively known as the civil society coalition, and the WDC, which is representative of all sectors of the diamond industry. He also stated that the industry could be proud that “the largest majority of diamond companies are totally compliant and transparent.” Asscher also spoke of the challenges to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, including the need to focus on a level playing field of rules and procedures in order to avoid diamonds entering the market through the weakest link in the diamond pipeline. The tasks of the Kimberley Process are accomplished through the work of the various committees, including the working group on monitoring, the working group on statistics and the working group of diamond experts. The WDC has representation on all committees of the Kimberley Process. In conclusion,  Asscher said, “The industry is in good shape and we can be proud of it and its participants. There are a few exceptions and as an industry we should purge those who tarnish our image. But those are the exceptions in an otherwise fantastic industry with a brilliant future.” The list of speakers also included the former president of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy, and the Kimberley Process 2015 chair,  Bernardo Campos of Angola, among other illustrious speakers. About the World Diamond CouncilThe primary objective of the WDC is to represent the diamond industry in the development and implementation of the regulatory and voluntary systems to control the trade in diamonds embargoed by the United Nations or covered by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Visit http://www.worlddiamondcouncil.org to learn more. Rapaport News is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content of any third-party press release. This is not a Rapaport Press Release. It has been provided as additional information for our...

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Press Release: World Jewelry Hub Inaugurated in Panama City

By on Apr 29, 2015 in Press Release | 0 comments

Press Release: The World Jewelry Hub (WJH), the first dedicated diamond, colored gemstone and jewelry trading center in Latin America, was officially inaugurated today in the presence of Panama’s head of state, President Juan Carlos Varela, government representatives, industry leaders and more than 350 members of the business from the region and around the world. President Varela was joined at the ceremony by Alvaro Aleman, Minister of the Presidency, Meliton Arrocha, Minister of Commerce, and Néstor González, Vice Minister of Commerce. The ceremony was held in the first phase building of the $200 million WJH complex, which is designed specifically to serve as the primary business center for the trade in Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and the access point to the region for suppliers and buyers around the world. A key element of the WJH Grand Opening is the “Latin American Diamond Jewelry Week,” bringing together buyers from 17 Latin American countries with the members of the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE), among them several of the world’s largest diamond and jewelry companies. The event is without precedent for the region’s jewelry and gemstone industry, with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of diamonds, gems, jewelry and watches available for sale. PDE is the only recognized diamond exchange in all of Latin America. “This represents an important investment in our country,” said President Valera in his address to the gathering, “which will generate thousands of new jobs and will have a significant impact on our economy. We recognize this as government, and we will fully support the project though our Ministry of Commerce and Industry.” “This is a historic milestone for Panama, Latin America and the international gem and jewelry trade,” said Eli Izhakoff, chairman of the World Jewelry Hub. “Today represents the birth of a world-class trading center that will facilitate the growth of the world’s next great market, and a business complex that will serve the trade from around the world. When complete, WJH will change not only the skyline of Panama City, but the entire profile of the international jewelry trade.” Among the industry leaders attending the inauguration of the World Jewelry Hub were Gaetano Cavalieri, president of CIBJO, the World Jewelry Confederation;...

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PRESS RELEASE: Jordan Suspended For The 2015 Season By NFL

By on Apr 29, 2015 in Press Release | 0 comments

NFL SpokespersonDion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been suspended without pay for the 2015 season, effective immediately, for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Team Statement “We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL...

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News release on governor’s ceremonial signing of SB 95

By on Apr 28, 2015 in Press Release | 0 comments

MMEDIATE RELEASEApril 27, 2015 For more information:Eileen Hawley785.368.7138media@ks.govGovernor Sam Brownback to participate inceremonial signing of Senate Bill 95 Who: Governor Sam Brownback, Rep. Steve Brunk, Sen. Garrett Love, members of the Kansas Legislature and representatives of Kansans for Life. What: Ceremonial signing of SB 95 – the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. When/Where: Tuesday, April 28, 20159 a.m., Father Quigly Faith Formation Bldg., second floor, 9201 Summit St., Lenexa11 a.m., St. Mary’s-Colgan High School, 212 E. 9th Street, Pittsburg1:30 p.m., Bishop Carroll High School, 8101 W. Central Ave., Wichita3:30 p.m., Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, 1701 Hall Street, Hays Information: On April 7, 2015 Governor Brownback formally signed SB95, banning all forms of dismemberment abortion. The bill prohibits the performance of or the attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion unless the procedure is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman or a continuation of the pregnancy would cause a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function. A claim or diagnosis the woman would engage in conduct resulting in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function does not allow for a dismemberment abortion under the Act. MEDIA NOTE: The event is open to accredited media. Media credentials are...

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