2015 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic

June 30, 2015 Posted by admin

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Young patients Trae Wampler, 2, left, and Maddy King, 5, pose with Niswonger Children’s Hospital mascot Scrubs Monday morning at The Virginian.

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The Latest: Greece makes public transport free in Athens

June 29, 2015 Posted by admin

In this photo taken from ERT State Television, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a televised address to the nation from his office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tsipras says the Bank of Greece has recommended that banks remain closed and restrictions be imposed on transactions, after the European Central Bank didn’t increase the amount of emergency liquidity the lenders can access from the central bank. (ERT State TV via AP) TV OUT – NO SALES


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Many transactions of gold jewellery go unbilled

June 28, 2015 Posted by admin

The theft of 5 kg of gold while being transported by bus in Nellore on Thursday throws light on the fact that many jewellers often transport gold with poor security.

While corporate jewellery stores make purchases of gold and gold ornaments through online cash transfers, many smaller players buy unbilled gold with unaccounted money and sell ornaments without bills, according to sources in the trade.

In most such cash transactions, gold is transported by cars, buses and trains, sources said.

Some jewellers even purchase gold ornaments from property offenders at one-third of the market price, melt them and remake ornaments for sale without bills.

”More than 70 per cent of ornament sales take place without bills,” one source said.

Manufacturers from places such as Chennai and Coimbatore visit retail shops in south coastal Andhra Pradesh on a regular basis and supply ornaments for payment of a cash advance and take the remaining payment later with proper bills.

However, in case of an emergency requirement, couriers are used to carry cash by bus or train and return with the specially ordered jewellery for individual customers. ”We take the risk of carrying cash as the process has been going on smoothly for decades,” said Mr Vemuri Satyanarayana of Vemuri Jewellers.

”Gold purchases are made through banks through cash transfers online. We pay VAT to the government on all purchases,” Prakasam District Gold and Silver Merchants Association convenor Tata Prasad told
The Hindu

”Our stocks are replenished by special courier services from the manufacturing unit to corporate showrooms with proper waybills,” said Tata Goldplus Branch Manager Boyapati Naveen Chowdhary.

However, one police officer said, most merchants in the gold and jewellery business throw caution to the wind while importing jewelry.

Evasion of sales taxes and customs duties is normal in the business and most merchants prefer private travel as they are not under the scanner of the police.

“Most of them carry huge stocks without paying bills. It is only when jewellery is stolen that any thought is given to the legalities,’’ he said.

Gold and jewellery is known in business circles as `zero business,’ as most traders evade taxes.

–Additional reporting

by P. Samuel Jonathan

Gold purchases are made through banks through cash transfers online. We pay VAT to the government on all purchases

Tata Prasad

Prakasam District Gold and Silver Merchants Association convenor

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Circling Back to Hoop Earrings

June 27, 2015 Posted by admin

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THE FIRST THING I noticed at Joseph Altuzarra’s resort-season presentation earlier this month was that each look—from a sleek white suit to a bright ikat dress—was accessorized with large, slim hoop earrings.

There’s nothing inherently shocking about this simple classic style, but I was a little startled to see it prominently used in a high-fashion context. In the past few years, jewelry design has tended more toward the unlikely and avant-garde. We’ve seen earrings climb up the lobe and/or wrap around the outside edge of the ear. Dior created a sensation with its “tribale” studs, duos of pearly or bright enameled balls that grip the lobe from both sides. Last fall, the runways of Céline and Louis Vuitton pushed jewelry asymmetry: Models wore a single, dangling eclectic earring.

How could the comparatively straightforward hoop compete?

By playing the long game. And now might be its moment. Even Céline is selling wide, hammered brass versions. “I think hoops are coming back in a big way,” said Laura Freedman, owner of Broken English, a jewelry shop with locations in Los Angeles and New York. Recently at the Couture jewelry show in Las Vegas, Ms. Freedman noticed many jewelers showing 1970s-style pieces, particularly hoops.

Whichever way the trend winds blow, Ms. Freedman is loyal to the style. Her stores offer hoops from Nak Armstrong and Anita Ko, among other designers. “There’s always a place for hoops,” she said.

And there are seemingly always women, like Ms. Freedman, who are devoted to them. Samira Nasr, an editor at Elle magazine, has worn hoops for over 20 years. “I think Sade sealed the deal for me when I was in high school,” said Ms. Nasr, referring to the British-Nigerian singer whose ’80s-era signature was large, gold hoops. Ms. Nasr rotates between three gold pairs, one custom-made by jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher to Ms. Nasr’s size and width specs.

Ms. Nasr’s clothing style is subdued, classic, edging on tomboyish. The swingy earrings add a touch of femininity and lighthearted fun. That’s the thing about hoops: Even if you try to sober them up with work clothes, they’re never entirely serious. Mr. Altuzarra said he styled his resort show with hoops for the “sense of whimsy and play” they brought to the proceedings.

RINGMASTER | Singer Sade, here circa 1980, still inspires hoop-wearers.

That diverting quality can sometimes be an issue. British television host and LDNY Foundation founder June Sarpong, a self-professed hoops addict, pointed out she probably wouldn’t wear hoops to an important business meeting. “They might be distracting,” she said. “I don’t want someone talking about my earrings while I’m trying to sell a show.”

Some hoops are more of a talking point than others, with everyday gold versions by California designer Kendall Conrad at one end of the spectrum and, at the other, a diamond-encrusted merger of a chandelier earring and a hoop by French jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac.

The look can vary greatly even within a single jewelry collection, like that of Paris-based designer Aurélie Bidermann, another trends-be-damned hoop lover who offers around 12 styles at any one time. She sells sweeter, smaller ones like an enameled gold model, alongside the sculptural mirrored pair pictured here, inspired by Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.

A shopper is spoiled for choice. Still, that didn’t stop a few women from emailing fledgling jewelry designer Andrea Lipsky-Karasz last year to find out when she would start making hoops for her label Tilda Biehn. “That doesn’t happen a lot,” she said. Ms. Lipsky-Karasz debuted her modestly sized Comet hoops a few months ago. “I’m thinking about a larger pair,” she added. “But there are a million hoops in the world. I don’t want to just do the same thing.”

Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/circling-back-to-hoop-earrings-1435351313

UPDATED: Police arrest alleged jewel thief

June 26, 2015 Posted by admin

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Did jeweler loot his own store?

June 25, 2015 Posted by admin

Three weeks after he was ordered to turn over the assets of his bankrupt jewelry store, Daniel Rohricht was back in business.

But there was something familiar about his new store in Woodbury. Not only was it in the same location, it had much the same merchandise, according to a court-appointed trustee.

Rohricht’s quick comeback astonished the trustee, who concluded that the small businessman essentially looted his own store to keep jewelry out of the hands of his creditors. An armed guard was even hired to protect the store after Rohricht was spotted hauling mysterious tubs from it.

But like many who have battled the 58-year-old businessman in court, the trustee came up short in the end.

Though a bankruptcy court judge ordered Rohricht to pay $253,000 for his “theft,” the trustee settled the case last month for $17,000 following fruitless attempts to satisfy the judgment. Rohricht originally claimed total business assets of $1.8 million.

Rohricht’s two-year bankruptcy court battle was only the latest chapter in the extraordinary career of a serial litigator who doesn’t back down from a court fight, a law school graduate who was never allowed to practice law.

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Fake gold jewelry scam tricks 5 people in Kitchener

June 24, 2015 Posted by admin


Police are warning the public after five people in Kitchener were fleeced by a pair of suspects who either sold them fake gold or swapped their real gold for costume jewellery.

Waterloo Regional Police are warning the public that not all that glitters is gold after five people bought jewelry that turned out to be worthless. 

Investigators are looking at a total of five recent cases, dating back to February, where people were allegedly ripped off by a man and a woman selling fool’s gold, according to Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel. 

“We want to make the public aware to be careful and, second of all, we want to find out who these people are because, if the information we have so far pans out, there’s likely to be charges involved,” he said.

The suspects used different vehicles at different times, according to police. The list includes a white minivan, a grey or silver four-door car, a black four-door car, and a grey Hyundai SUV.

Where it’s happened

All five cases happened in Kitchener at the following locations and on the following dates: 

  • February 23 at a strip mall at 700 Strasburg Road in the city’s Strasburg and Block Line area.
  • March 11 in the city’s Highland Road East and Stirling Avenue South area.
  • April 9 in the city’s Ottawa Street South and Mill Street area.
  • June 2 on Walton Avenue in Kitchener.
  • June 17 in downtown Kitchener.

How the scam works

Police allege the man and woman operate as a team, using a very convincing sales routine to try to dupe their unwary victims into buying what they claim is real gold at a discount. In fact, the items are worthless and in some cases are costume jewelry.

“This is an old scam,” Heinzel said. “Whether it’s jewelry or somebody selling stereo equipment out the back of a van, it’s the same idea. People sometimes get intrigued by the fact they could be saving some money.” 

In one case, Heinzel said a woman lost $4,000 when the suspects used a technique police call a “distraction theft,” where a real piece of jewelry is deftly swapped for a fake one when the suspects show the victim how it looks around their neck.

Heinzel said the pair also uses a tactic where they offer to sell jewelry to a person in exchange for money that they claim will be used in an emergency. 

“These two people are obviously very convincing in persuading people to purchase something even though they may know the risks that they wouldn’t be taking if they were going to an established business where they would have a warranty or guarantee and ability to return items,” he said.   

What the suspects look like

  • The man is described as having brown skin, possibly being South Asian, being 45-years-old, having short brown or grey hair, sometimes having a moustache or stubble.
  • The woman is described as being either Caucasian or South Asian, being in her 40s, having black hair, often wearing a head scarf and veil. 

Police say both suspects have thick accents. 

Investigators ask that anyone who has information that can assist police in this case to call Waterloo Regional Police at 519-653-7700 Ext # 4499 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/fake-gold-jewelry-scam-tricks-5-people-in-kitchener-1.3124203

Stoneham police arrest suspect for attempted armed robbery

June 23, 2015 Posted by admin

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Big time baubles: Local jewelry designers getting national recognition

June 22, 2015 Posted by admin

Jonesy Wood was thrilled to see her necklace on a celebrity.

An Instagram photo showed Countess Luann de Lesseps, who stars on “The Real Housewives of New York,” talking to actress Helen Mirren while wearing a waist-length leather tassel designed by Wood. Seeing it was “pretty surreal,” Wood says.

“She (de Lesseps) saw an acquaintance of mine wearing one and loved it so she contacted me and I sent her one. Now she just loves my stuff. Reba McEntire purchased a few of my necklaces at a store in Nashville and Kelly Ripa was given one by a friend and apparently wore it on her show.”

When a celebrity is seen wearing your designs, whether it’s jewelry or fashions, it pretty much seals the deal that you’re good at what you do, says Wood, who first showed interest in making jewelry when in junior high school at the now-closed Senter School on Holtzclaw Avenue.

“My science teacher wore this beaded necklace to school and I loved it,” says Wood, 32. “That weekend I went to the mall and bought a bunch of beads and got to work. I made them for my friends, friends of friends and more.”

Wood isn’t the only local jewelry designer getting national attention for her designs. Actress Sara Ellis, who starred on USA Network’s “White Collar” series, wore pieces from Louisa Hurst’s jewelry line, called Louisa Guild Jewelry. Additionally, Hurst’s pieces have been sold on One King’s Lane, a popular flash-sale home decor website.

Where to buy

* Louisa Hurst’s jewelry is available at Sophie’s on the North Shore, Center Med Spa on the Southside and online at www.louisaguild.com.

* Jonesy Wood’s jewelry is sold locally at Frankie Julian’s on Frazier Avenue and at www.jonesywood.com.

Her interest in making jewelry was sparked about 18 years ago, says Hurst, 44, who grew up on Lookout Mountain.

“I have always leaned towards design,” she says. “I designed and made a Christmas stocking when I was in second grade and I think that is when I fell in love with making things. Jewelry came much later. I redesigned my wedding ring 18 years ago so, if I had to pinpoint a time, it started there.”

While celebrities can help expose your talent, marketing it to buyers is a lengthy process, says Wood, who started selling her creations about a decade ago in her now-closed boutique, Jonesy’s Upstairs, in East Brainerd. The next step, she says, was taking her jewelry to the biannual local Boutique Warehouse Sale, which has been held in various locations in Chattanooga, where more than 20 local boutiques bring items to sell at substantial markdowns.

“I sold $1,000 worth of earrings, so I knew I was onto something,” she says.

Hurst took the social media route to expose her jewelry to the public.

“I first started marketing Louisa Guild Jewelry on my Facebook page and then Instagram,” she says. “It’s so amazing to have that platform to get my stuff out there. I can put together something and take a picture and get instant feedback. It’s great.”

While Hurst’s degree in interior design has proven worthwhile when making her jewelry, both designers say they are self-taught.

“(My degree) definitely helps in understanding the basics of good design,” Hurst says. “I have taken jewelry-intensive workshops where I have learned a lot. But, for the most part, I am self- taught.”

“I’m 100 percent self-taught,” Wood admits. “I have watched a few YouTube videos, but I’d rather make stuff, screw up, make it again. Trial and error, learn from my own mistakes.”

Hurst describes her jewelry as mini-sculptures.

“They have a handmade, elegant look that brings a soulful vibe. I like to think of my jewelry as ‘bridge’ jewelry. It bridges a simple inexpensive costume piece with pricey gold jewelry,” she says.

“My ideas mainly come from nature,” Hurst says. “I live on a piece of property and have no neighbors but the frogs, snakes and birds. Nature is an endless source of inspiration.

“Some of my bestselling pieces are my porcupine quill pieces — sounds crazy, I know — and my antler pieces. There are also others that are more classic like the dogwood cross. Recently, one of my bestsellers is the crystal arrowhead necklace. It’s pretty awesome.”

Wood says she gets inspiration through her many travels, “whether it’s seeing something on a girl riding the train, traveling all over the world or being inspired by my three little girls running around in tutus.

“I’m always looking for new art and designs. Even the architecture on a building can make my mind start to spin with ideas,” Wood says. “I live for flea markets and antique shops when overseas and that’s usually the only time I buy stuff to incorporate in my jewelry designs. Now people know and request for me to buy them things and make them ‘one of a kind’ pieces when I return from traveling.”

Contact Karen Nazor Hill at khill@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6396.

Article source: http://timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2015/jun/22/local-jewelry-designers-getting-national-reco/310527/

Millions across India, world take part in Yoga Day exercises

June 21, 2015 Posted by admin

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Millions of yoga enthusiasts are bending their bodies in complex postures across India as they take part in a mass yoga program to mark the first International Yoga Day.(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)


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