Tips To Be Followed While Buying Diamonds Online}

Filed Under (Jewelry) by 4Wct7D on 23-09-2016

Submitted by: Roni Davidoff

Buying diamonds online was considered risky some years back. However the situation is changed now as several reliable players entered into this sector and making their presence felt. Even today, buying diamonds online involves some risk. Here are some tips that should be followed, while buying diamonds online.

It is important to know the basics about diamonds before buying them. As buying diamonds involves lot of money even a single wrong step can cost all your savings and you will regret all your life for your foolish decision. Know about Color, Cut, clarity and Carat, which are popular as 4Cs in the diamond industry.

Dont get fooled by fancy advertisements of websites. Before choosing any diamond, make sure that the seller is providing the GIA certificates also. When compared to EGL certified diamonds, GIA certified ones are a bit expensive, but they are 100% worth.

Make sure that the buyer, you opted to have a huge collection of diamonds. If you want to buy colored diamonds, make sure that the website you opted can give you the diamonds as per your specifications.

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Buying diamond alone is not a good idea as you need to approach a designer to make it look really special. Several online stores are now offering diamonds as well as jewelry fitted with diamonds. Be wise and choose as per your preference.

Unlike the regular jewelry stores where you face constant pressure from salesmen, you can have a luxury of time and select the diamonds after thoroughly going through them. One more advantage of online shopping is you can see ten different diamonds from ten different stores at a time.

Most of the websites offering direct buying diamonds online option now a days and offering original high quality photos and with 360 look. So it is easy to find faults (if any) and in the regular stores, diamonds are mounted on diamond rings and the buyer wont have the flexibility to clearly view the diamond.

Make sure that the picture or video displayed on the website is that of original diamonds and it is not altered or photo shopped.

It is always better to buy from highly reputed online sellers. Prefer registered diamond dealers and manufacturers and by choosing this way you are discouraging conflict (blood) diamonds.

Make sure that you are using the HTTPS URL while making the payments. Even some of the highly attractive diamond websites are run by phishing experts. Looking for advanced safety options like VeriSign or Symantec SSL certifications is worth considering.

It is always better to pay with PayPal. PayPal is reliable and it offers the users the flexibility of filing a claim in case of issues like duplicate product and product loss etc. And make sure to pay the whole amount in a single transaction if you are using PayPal.

The user must have some idea about websites return policy and other hidden charges involved. Usually, the final price which includes (certification fee, shipping fee, handling fee, etc.) is always greater than the displayed price.

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Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor convicted in war crimes trial

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 23-09-2016

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Former President of Liberia Charles Taylor was today found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. Taylor was acquitted of actually ordering the offences or being part of a joint enterprise to conduct them.

The eleven-count indictment produced a four-year trial that heard allegations of rape, murder, sexual slavery, cannibalism, arms dealing, “blood” diamond trade, and use of child soldiers. Prosecution witnesses totalled 94 whilst the defence had 21 including the accused. Taylor spent his seven months of evidence claiming he was a peacemaker.

The allegations date to civil war in Sierra Leone, which ran from 1991 to 2002. Taylor, who had been a warlord since the ’80s, backed the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Taylor was elected Liberian president in 1997 after a different civil war concluded.

Six years later he was ousted when an arrest warrant was issued and fled to Nigeria. He was arrested there in 2006 whilst again trying to flee. Taylor, who had been facing a rebellion against him since 1999 in Liberia, had received training from Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Testimony included claims that Taylor-backed fighters adorned roads with human intestines and ate human flesh. One claimed to have seen Taylor himself eat human liver, something Taylor denied. One described asking RUF rebels to sever his only hand in exchange for his young son’s life.

Further allegations said teenage children were involved in the fighting and that Taylor sold illegally mined diamonds to finance arms purchases for the RUF. Western celebrities Naomi Campbell, a model, and Mia Farrow, an actress, described an incident at a charity dinner held by Nelson Mandella, then South Africa’s head, in 1997. Campbell and Farrow said Taylor gifted Campbell a number of diamonds. Taylor is claimed to have ordered seizure of Sierra Leone’s diamond deposits by RUF soldiers.

It was claimed in court that child soldiers were used in conflict, as diamond mine guards, and to carry out amputations. Allegations of forced amputation were made.

The court, which has spent a year considering its verdicts, unanimously found Taylor guilty. It ruled Taylor knew at least from 1997 the full extent of RUF activities in Sierra Leone, and that he helped bankroll activities dealing in blood diamonds. A judge said more than a thousand youngsters had ‘RUF’ carved into their skin to prevent escape. From the moment he receives the full judgement Taylor has two weeks in which to file an appeal.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International welcomed the verdict, which is the first conviction of a head of state before an international court since the Nuremburg trials prosecuted Nazi leaders after World War Two. Karl Dönitz was convicted after he took brief control of Germany in the aftermath of Adolf Hitler’s suicide.

Former President of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic faced trial but died before a judgement was handed down. Laurent Gbagbo, once Presldent of the Ivory Coast, is in custody at The Hague awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court. Taylor joins eight other Special Court convicts, all of whom are from Sierra Leone. He is the first African ruler to appear in The Hague.

The Special Court was formed jointly by Sierra Leone’s present administration and the United Nations.

The Netherlands agreed the process could be held there on the condition Taylor did not serve sentence there if convicted. He is expected to be sent to the UK, where Foreign Office has promised to uphold an agreement to imprison him there made by ex-Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.

1 million people welcome 2007 in Sydney

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 23-09-2016

Monday, January 1, 2007

A crowd of approximately 1 million has welcomed the new year in Sydney overnight. Many of the crowd had camped out since 6 AM AEDT (7PM UTC) to ensure they had the best vantage point for the fireworks displays at 9 PM and 12 AM. Earlier predictions of rain failed to dampen enthusiastic revellers and fortunately did not eventuate.

According to police, vantage points were Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House closed around 7 PM.

This year’s theme was “A diamond night in Emerald City” and celebrated the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s diamond anniversary of 75 years which will fall in March.

As usual, the bridge became the centre piece of Sydney’s celebrations with a question mark turning into a coat hanger during the 9 PM fireworks show before a diamond appeared at 11 PM.

Entertainment was held in the city throughout the day, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Revellers counted down the final seconds of 2006 with numbers on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The festivities are estimated to have cost AUD $4 million and organisers claim their fireworks display is “the largest in the world”. Sydney’s celebrations were broadcast on television live around the world as other countries prepared their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Despite the large crowd, police made only 58 arrests for offences including offensive conduct, stealing, assaulting police, goods in custody, assault, drink driving and affray.

Ambulance officers were called to 1,139 incidents in Sydney with another 900 in country areas.

Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 23-09-2016

Monday, January 15, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that his son Abhishek and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai were engaged last evening at a private ceremony at the Bachchans’ residence in Mumbai.

It is believed that the younger Bachchan proposed to his bride-to-be in New York, soon after the Toronto premiere of his new movie Guru. The media had been following the romance between the two closely for some time past, but this is the first time they have come out in the open about their relationship. Rumours that the couple were planning to spread the know began to spread in November last year, when they visited the Sankat Mochan Temple together, with some even saying that they had already been married even earlier at the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

According to one daily, the wedding will take place either on February 19 or March 7 at the Hyatt Mumbai. “The children have decided. We are very happy and thought we should go ahead with the ‘roka’ ceremony. It was held in the evening.”, Amitabh Bachchan said of the ceremony, which was attended by the family’s close friends, including Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Aishwarya’s parents, and industrialist Anil Ambani and the latter’s wife Tina Ambani. The couple have now flown to Ujjain to take a holy dip in the Ganga.

Kikuyu Wedding Traditions

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 03-01-2016

By Rafi Michael

Weddings are largely a social affair with societal standing and financial status playing a big role in the type of wedding to be held. Wedding photos also play a major role. However, perhaps the most influencing factor that determines a wedding’s components is culture. The Kikuyu culture is a well-known cultural group that is predominantly found in the central highlands of Kenya. Many Kenyan citizens are actually of Kikuyu descent as it is the largest tribe in Kenya. The Kikuyu language is used everywhere by Kikuyu immigrants as far away as Toronto. Despite long-held wedding traditions, modern western influences have slowly begun to be incorporated into Kikuyu weddings an example being wedding photos.

Customarily, marriage proceedings often begin with the man proposing to the woman. Upon her acceptance the man then calls for a meeting with his clan elders who largely consist of extended elderly family members. A delegation carrying small gifts such as wheat and rice is then sent to the woman’s home to meet with her clan elders. Deliberations on bride price actually begin on a later date and these are strictly conducted by the older men only. Traditionally, no wedding photos are taken at this time. Upon completion of these negotiations, a wedding date is set, with the elders having provided an acceptable percentage of the full dowry. The rest of the dowry is expected later. No request is made for it, but the young man is expected to remember to finish his payment and failure to do so spells dishonor for that family.

The actual wedding ceremony often involves the entire community. Women organize food matters while the men organize financial matters. The man is considered responsible for his bride’s dress and the bride is free to choose her bride’s maids. These matters are often deliberated upon in pre-wedding parties. In strictly traditional Kikuyu weddings, there is hardly ever the use of official rings and neither is there an official engagement ceremony as is characteristic of western weddings for instance. in Toronto. Furthermore, wedding photos, which feature largely in these events, were in earlier times not taken.

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On the eve of the wedding, the young man and his relations visit his future in laws. Usually this is done to help with wedding arrangements. However, the convoy is not immediately let into the girls homestead. Rather the bride’s gate is locked and song and dance begins as a cover for negotiations. Various goods may be asked of the groom and he willingly obliges to the demands after which he is let into the compound.

The wedding day begins with a convoy from the grooms family that heads to the girls home to collect her. The singing and dancing can be heard all over the village. Most Kikuyu’s being Christians head to a church for the ceremony and a consequent reception. Kikuyu weddings are characterized by many guests and are rarely a private affair as is often witnessed in Toronto. Wedding photos are taken at this time as food is served and wedding gifts offered. Speeches on how to live as husband and wife are given, then singing, and dancing goes on late into the night. Unlike weddings in Toronto, Kikuyu couples do not go for a honeymoon, but rather just proceed to their new home, marking the start of their new life together.

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South African prosecutors charge ANC leader Jacob Zuma with corruption

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 03-01-2016

Saturday, December 29, 2007 


Corruption-related charges have been brought against Jacob Zuma, the newly-elected leader of the African National Congress (ANC), according to his lawyer. A trial is scheduled to begin on August 14, 2008.

The charges stem from an arms deal with a French company, which is alleged to have involved bribes and fraud. Zuma’s financial adviser at the time, Schabir Shaik, was convicted in 2005 of attempting to solicit a bribe of US$72,500 per year from the arms company on Zuma’s behalf and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Zuma was fired as deputy president in 2005 by South African President Thabo Mbeki due to the scandal.

Two-term ANC leader Mbeki recently lost an ANC leadership contest to Jacob Zuma, who garnered about 60 percent of delegate votes in his win.

Zuma had been charged with corruption in 2005, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds. Michael Hulley, Zuma’s defence lawyer, indicated that they will strongly contest the new charges in court. Hulley also suggested that the South African government’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and its anti-organised crime division known as The Scorpions, have carried out a smear campaign against Zuma.

“These charges will be vigorously defended, in the context of the belief that the Scorpions (NPA) have acted wrongly and with improper motive calculated to discredit Mr. Zuma and ensure that he play no leadership role in the political future of our country,” said Michael Hulley in a statement.

Given that the ANC has been the governing party in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, it is likely that Jacob Zuma could become the next president after general elections in 2009. Zuma has said, however, that he would resign if he was found guilty by the courts.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 03-01-2016

Thursday, July 3, 2014 

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

Famous Cigar Smokers That Were Also Famous Actors

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 16-07-2015

Famous Cigar Smokers That Were Also Famous Actors


George Roy

A new device known as E cigs have just recently been incorporated on the market to offer smokers a less dangerous alternative to smoking and perhaps even help people quit smoking completely. These devices can be referred to as different terms such as; vapor cigarettes and also smokeless cigarettes. Depending on which size e cig you would prefer, you could either pick one of these devices up either in a big size or small.

E cigarettes look a lot like cigarettes and they also have a led light at the top which makes the fake smoke appear a lot more like a real cigarette. One of these smokeless cigarettes is very simple to use and acts pretty much like a typical cigarette without all of the toxins getting into your system. This of course, is fantastic as you will be protecting other people around you and in addition your health.

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These electronic cigarettes actually have a led light at the end which may look similar to a burning cigarette but in fact they are just there for effect. The e cigs also give you a much faster nicotine hit than any patches or nicotine gum, it works by a small battery which activates an atomizer and turn the liquid nicotine into vapor. By using this electronic cigarette you will be able to get the same hit as you would from a regular cigarette without needing to harm your body.

These e cigs are also legal and actually contain zero bad toxins, this is of course beneficial as it enables you to use this inhaling device in pretty much any place you like. The cartridges come in a multitude of flavors and nicotine strengths, the flavors can even include banana, rum, strawberry and many more. The different strengths will also help you give up smoking as you can start on the same amount of nicotine as your usual cigarettes, then drop the nicotine intake as you go along, eventually it will be nil and you will be classed a none smoker! These e cigs also have the exact same sensation as a normal cigarette, this is why they are so sought after by the many smokers out there.

Whether you would like to cut down on the amount you smoke or perhaps just find an alternate way to smoke without harming your health then e cigs could be perfect for you. If you want to make sure you are making the right choice then you need to look online to find out more information. It is far better to do some research before you invest in one of these devices, this is because there is a variety of these products to choose from.

Celebs also use e cigs some of these people include Jimmy White, one of UK\\’s biggest snooker players, he has been seen at matches puffing away at a vapor cigarette, he uses them as smoking is banned in public places within the UK. Alan Tichmarsh used one on his 400th show to celebrate the anniversary he also handed them out to guests for free! Paris Hilton is also an owner of the E cigs and has been papped with one in her hands.

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Tour de France: Alexandre Vinokourov wins stage 15

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 16-07-2015

Monday, July 23, 2007 

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan has won stage 15 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 5h 34′ 28″.

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark kept his overall lead by 2′ 23′ over Alberto Contador of Spain. The two extend their lead on Cadel Evans of Australia by 1′ 37″, and more on the rest of the contenders.

Today’s 196 km stage is one of the major stages of the Tour, with no fewer than five major mountain passes – including the Col de Port, the Col de Portet d’Aspet (5.7 km climb at 6.9%), the Col de Menté (7.0 km climb at 8.1%), the Port de Balès (19.5 km at 6.2%), (the first time this climb has featured in the Tour), and finally the Col de Peyresourde (9.7 km climb at 7.8%) with a downhill finish in Loudenvielle.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Tour.

Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by 4Wct7D on 16-07-2015

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.