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Paul George decides to become free agent

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan He will be one of the headline attractions when the free-agent shopping period officially opens at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, along with LeBron James — assuming that James chooses not to exercise his $35.6 million option for next season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Thunder have long maintained that they want to keep George, whom they acquired a year ago in a trade with the Indiana Pacers.“From the day that he arrived, we really made a specific and intentional effort to build a relationship with Paul and his representation built on three things: collaboration, transparency, and trust,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said after the season. “Those tenets were followed throughout the year and continued to be. I felt strongly about the relationship. I feel great about the communication and the honesty, about the way we started the relationship.”George is a five-time All-Star who just turned 28. For his career between Indiana and Oklahoma City, he’s averaged 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while connecting on 38 percent of his tries from 3-point range.Presti gambled a year ago by trading for George and Carmelo Anthony to join Westbrook in hopes of rejoining the NBA’s elite. It didn’t quite work out — the Thunder lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Anthony has exercised his $28 million option to stay with the Thunder for next season, doing so while insisting that he will not accept a role where he comes off the bench. But George has said he sees potential in Oklahoma City and seemed to enjoy pairing with Westbrook; the Thunder went 40-22 in their final 62 games of the regular season and got the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.“I think we’ve set the bar at what we could be,” George said at the end of the season. “Obviously, it showed at times us just being together with our first year with the lapses and some of the losses that we’ve got this year. But as a whole, I had an amazing year here.”The question now becomes, was it George’s only year there?“They honestly check the boxes where I needed those boxes to be checked from what a player wants and needs out of a front office, out of a medical group, out of teammates, out of a coaching staff,” George said. “I mean, honestly, I can’t say it any more than that. They checked the boxes on what needs to be checked.”The Thunder will soon find out if that’s enough to keep him. 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By not opting in to the final year of his existing deal, George opens up an array of possibilities — such as going elsewhere, possibly the Los Angeles Lakers, or signing a new deal with Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe is also expected to be pursued by the Houston Rockets, who finished this past season with the NBA’s best regular-season record.George may opt to sign a short-term deal, either with the Thunder or someplace else. He could also command as much as $176 million in a five-year deal if he chooses to stay in Oklahoma City and pair up with Russell Westbrook for years to come. 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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones.George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

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New natural gas plants will have to pay carbon tax on all emissions

first_imgThe federal government is increasing the carbon tax on new natural-gas plants to discourage power companies from building them.The change is part of final regulations for the government’s carbon-tax system for big industrial greenhouse-gas emitters, which are being released this week.The system affects businesses that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.- Advertisement -It is designed to limit impacts on competitiveness for major industrial emitters, who will pay the carbon tax on a portion of what they emit rather than on all the fuels that they use.The emission standard set for natural-gas power plants originally meant that new ones would likely never pay any carbon tax, which was a disincentive for power companies to turn to renewable-energy sources instead of gas.The change made this week means new natural-gas plants will have their emissions standard toughened each year after 2021, until in 2030 they will pay the carbon price on every ounce of their emissions.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ten-man Gor held by USM Alger in Confed tie

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Jacques Tuyisenge vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 20`18. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 16- Ten-man Gor Mahia was held to a barren draw by Algerian side USM Alger in a Group D CAF Confederation Cup tie staged at a soggy Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday night.The 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions had to play over 35 minutes of the match with one man less after defender Joash Onyango was sent off for a second yellow card, but they managed to hold their own and even had chances to win the clash. It was the same old story for K’Ogalo as they created many open scoring opportunities but they couldn’t finish any of them, settling for their second consecutive draw in the competition.It wasn’t the best of evenings for both clubs before the tie.Huge traffic along the Thika Super Highway saw the two teams arrive in the stadium late, an hour to kick-off and they had to contend with less than 15 minutes of warm up on the pitch.Officials of both teams had to disembark from their vehicles to open up the congested highway, seeing them arrive in the stadium a few minutes past 6pm.The conditions on the pitch were not helping either. Heavy rains that had hit the city for close to two hours in the evening saw the newly laid ground fail to hold and at times the players had difficulty moving the ball around the pitch.But it was the visitors who had a faster start to the tie.Winger Abderahmane Meziane was a constant threat for the Gor backline with his pace and trickery on the ball and just three minutes in, he had shouts for a penalty assumed by the referee when he went down inside the box from a Joash Onyango challenge.On the other end, Gor had their first effort at goal seven minutes into the game when George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo turned to his favorite right foot from the left side of the pitch but his rising shot was no trouble for USM goalkeeper Mohamed Lamine.In the 14th minute, USM’s Ayub Abdellaoui made a superb tackle at the edge of the box to pluck the ball away from Ephraim Guikan as the Ivorian surged forward on goal from a sleek Odhiambo through pass.The visitors had started with the tempo high but seemed to tire as the game progressed, with Gor picking up the cue and building up the tempo passing the ball around the park well.-Guikan chance-A sweeping team move from Gor in the 22nd minute almost bore fruit for the opener but Guikan’s glancing header was saved by the keeper.The Ivorian adjusted his body well from a tight angle to swing the ball at goal after being picked out with a well weighted cross from Godfrey Walusimbi.On the half hour mark, Gor should have surely been ahead.An interchange of passes on the right wing saw the ball fall on the impressive Francis Kahata and the left footed player took a first time cross into the box with his weaker right, landing on an unmarked Odhiambo.Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHowever, the winger’s header was stopped by a brilliant save from Lamine and the rebound blasted against the upright.On the other end, USM had penalty appeals ignored by the ref again, though this time he seemed to have thought about it with the whistle headed to his mouth after the ball seemed to have knocked Kahata’s arms as he controlled defending a freekick inside the box.A minute to the break, Guikan had another chance when his connection at the near post from a Walusimbi delivery was blocked for a corner.-Second half-Just like they did in the first, the visitors had a better second half start and four minutes in, an unmarked Rafik Bouderbal saw his volley from the right go over.In the eighth minute, Alger had an even closer chance when Faouzi Yaya’s shot after dancing past a forest of legs in the box was blocked and  Mohammed Meftah’s effort from the rebound went inches wide with Boniface Oluoch beaten.Gor’s drive was hugely punctured in the 55th minute when Oluoch was booked for the second time in the game after shoving down Yaya on the right.Kerr’s reaction was to shift Mieno into central defense while Tuyisenge dropped deeper into midfield leaving Guikan as the lone attacker.The visitors responded with an attacking change, Oualid Ardji replacing Bouderbal in attack. They had a few minutes of dominance, but again, it was Gor who pulled up double the effort.They had a brilliant scoring opportunity in the 66th minute which once again went to waste. Tuyisenge’s shot from distance was spilled by the goalkeeper and the Rwandese raced to the rebound but took too many touches on the ball, allowing the defense to race back and clear.Francis Kahata had another effort minutes later with a low shot from the right which was deflected for a corner.On the other end, Mohammed Benyahia almost caught Boniface Oluoch off his line with a shot from distance, but the effort went wide.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img
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Revolutionary Gaeltacht company enjoys successful US trade mission

first_imgDonegal Gaeltacht Company Randox Laboratories successfully made connections to enhance operations at the international business symposium in Philadelphia last week.Údarás na Gaeltachta client company Randox Laboratories from Donegal joined with NUIG and other companies in a trade mission of Gaeltacht firms to Philadelphia for the Irish American Business Chamber and Network (IABCN) Symposium.The invitation by the IABCN to Údarás na Gaeltachta and its client companies provided an opportunity for Gaeltacht companies to establish new contacts in America with the aim of expanding their export markets. It was also an opportunity to promote the Gaeltacht as an excellent location for enterprise and employment opportunities. Representatives of Údarás na Gaeltachta and their Client Companies with the organisers of the Irish American Business Chamber and Network Symposium in PhiladelphiaThe prestigious Pyramid Club of Philadelphia hosted the launch of the event and there were a number of presentations, seminars and networking opportunities at The Union League of Philadelphia throughout the weeklong trade mission.Senior Manager of Randox Laboratories, Mark Campbell, said, ‘this was a very worthwhile trade mission and we are very grateful to Údarás na Gaeltachta for organising the event alongside the Irish American Business Chamber and Network in Philadelphia.“We are in no doubt that the many business and scientific connections made will facilitate greater transatlantic trade and cooperation, and enhance our operations in Dungloe.  Not only do we have key diagnostics capabilities of interest to the US, we also want to let the wider Irish diaspora know that there are world-leading career opportunities on offer in Donegal, including those in the life sciences, engineering and software development industries.“Our revolutionary diagnostics simultaneously allow us to partner with like-minded innovators in markets overseas, and to create further employment at home.” Mark Campell, Senior Manager, Randox Laboratories presenting to the Irish American Business Chamber and Network in Philadelphia.In 2015 Randox Teoranta in Donegal announced an investment of €25 million to extend and develop the R&D and manufacturing facilities of the state-of-the-art biotech facility in An Clochán Liath (Dungloe).  The investment in the site will accelerate the development of new products into a wide range of clinical needs, including various cancers, stroke, heart disease and neurodegenerative disorders.The delegation was headed by Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, Director of Enterprise, Employment and Property, Údarás na Gaeltachta. He said:“Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase all of our Gaeltacht areas at the Irish American Business Chamber and Network Symposium. This trade mission was an opportunity to promote our unique location, and our connectivity with the EU and the UK, as an asset.“The success of the businesses that joined us on this trade mission is evidence of what rural enterprises can achieve with support and in cooperation with Údarás na Gaeltachta.”This was the third visit organised by Údarás na Gaeltachta and the companies participating this year included Randox Teoranta from Donegal; Complete Lab Solutions and Éire Composites Teo from Galway, Westbrite Technology Teo from Mayo, the National University of Ireland Galway and IDA Ireland. Revolutionary Gaeltacht company enjoys successful US trade mission was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessPhiladelphiarandox laboratriesTrade missionudaras na gaeltachalast_img read more

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WHY NOT ‘WALK THE LINE’ WITH BRIAN?

first_imgOn Sunday morning next a walk with a difference will make its way from east to west across Donegal following as near as possible the route of the old L.L.S.R journey from Derry to Burtonport.Brian (right) with his good friend, the late Eamonn Harvey on another fund-raising venture a few years back.The walk is the long-term dream of a Photographic Journalist, Brian McDaid who has life long interest in transport of all kinds.In 2006 Brian used his interest in motoring to raise funds and the profile of the Hospice in Donegal with a trip to Monte Carlo in a Mini Cooper, which was done in memory of his friend and fellow firefighter who passed away in the Hospice in January 2004 Ten years on from the death of Brian’s friend Eamonn Harvey, he wants to remember his late friend’s anniversary with a non money raising event, “Walk the Line” which is borrowed from a Johnny Cash song title and is an a tempt to walk from Derry to Burtonport keeping as near as possible to the old railway track as it makes its way through DonegalThe walk is not an to break a time record (if there ever was one) but it more to highlight awareness for the middle aged (like our Brian) to look after their health, High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Diabetic and your mental state of health all can addressed by walking a little, regularly.Over the duration of the journey it is hoped that needs for regular exercise and regular check ups could help prevent more serious medal problems like heart attacks and strokes in the future.The journey will have breaks between stations along the old railway route starting at the Old Pennyburn Station site in Derry which will be launch by the Mayor of Derry Cllr. Martin Reilly and will make it way to Burnfoot and on to Tooban before heading in the direction of Letterkenny via Newtowncunnigham, Sallybrook , Manorcunnigham and Pluck Stations. The walk will head out of Letterkenny on to old Burtonport Line through Churchill, Kilmacrannan Cresslough, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Crolly Dungloe before arriving at the end of the line.The total distance on the old railway from Derry to Burtonport is 74 miles. If you see Brian and co en-route, give him a beep or a wave in recognition of his great gesture. WHY NOT ‘WALK THE LINE’ WITH BRIAN? was last modified: November 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McDaidburtonportDerrymen’s healthWALKlast_img read more

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ROAD BARRIER PLAN THREATENS FUTURE OF 22 JOBS AT LETTERKENNY STORE

first_imgThe future of one of Donegal’s best known businesses hangs in the balance after a decision by the National Roads Authority to erect a barrier outside the premises.The Mace convenience store and restaurant at Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny, which employs 22 people on a full and part-time basis, is a hugely-popular stopping point for shoppers.But now the NRA told its owners that they are cutting off a filter lane on the main N14 road into the store. The NRA claims the filter lane is a safety hazard and plan to erect barriers to prevent motorists from turn right when coming into Letterkenny from the Derry Road.Management at the store say the move will cut its business by 50% and they will be left with no option but to close its doors.The workforce has already dwindled from 33 down to 22 because of the recession and management say they simply cannot afford any more cuts.A spokesman for the store told Donegaldaily.com that staff have been informed of the situation that they could close. “If this decision goes ahead then we will have no choice but to close the premises.“People will not go all the way into the Pole Star roundabout and then turn back – it doesn’t make sense.“We are talking about losing 50% of our business and I cannot afford to do that in the current climate.“We are barely making ends meet because of the rising cost of electricity and other things.“The staff know about the situation and they know our hands are tied. We are in the hands of the NRA at the moment but it seems the decision has already been made,” he said. The NRA claims the filter lane into the shop is a safety hazard.However the spokesman for Mace at the Dry Arch said safety has never been an issue.“I cannot ever remember a crash from a car crossing from the filter lane into our premises.“There is adequate space and plenty of long breaks in the traffic flow for people to cross. “I just do not accept that as a reason,” he said.Management at the store, who have had two meetings already with the NRA, say work on the barriers could begin later this month or in October.EndROAD BARRIER PLAN THREATENS FUTURE OF 22 JOBS AT LETTERKENNY STORE was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dry Arch ComplexMaceNRAlast_img read more

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INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS DOWN FOR DECISION

first_imgNaomh Muire, Aodh Ruadh, St.Naul’s and Naomh Columba will this weekend battle it out for a coveted place in the All Sports Intermediate Championship Final.  Naomh Muire being the only Division Two side left in the championship are tagged as favourites to go and not only beat Aodh Ruadh in their semi-final but actually win the Championship outright.The men from the Banks last won the championship in 1998 and current manager Danny O’Donnell was a playing member back then, the only surviving member of that 1998 team that is still playing in this years team is Owenie McGarvey. Aodh Ruadh were defeated in last years decider and will be hoping to go one better and with the class and experience of Brian Roper and Niall McCready in your ranks the men from Ballyshannon will fancy their chances. In the other semi-final St.Naul’s who competed in the senior championship last year face Naomh Columba in what should be another intriguing semi-final clash.St.Naul’s will look to former county player Stephen Griffin for inspiration, while the men from Glencolmcille have been dealt a blow with the news that they will be without brothers Declan Maguire (Ankle Injury) and former county player Michael Maguire (Working Abroad) both are important players for Glen and their absence comes as a huge blow to the management and players.  INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS DOWN FOR DECISION was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aodh RuadhGAAIntermediate ChampionshipNAOMH COLUMBANAOMH MUIREnewsSemi-FinalsSportSt.Naulslast_img read more

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Housing market still hot

first_img In Los Angeles County the median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, jumped 21.4 percent to $494,000 and sales increased an annual 4.6 percent to 10,988 transactions, said La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. This analysis includes new and previously owned single-family homes and condominiums. For all six Southern California counties, sales increased an annual 6 percent to 31,740 transactions and the median price rose 16.1 percent to $475,000. Ventura County’s median price increased 11.9 percent to $604,000 and sales increased 11.3 percent to 1,380 transactions. “We expected rates of appreciation to be in the single digits by the end of the year and that’s not going to happen,” said John Karevoll, a DataQuick analyst. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Houses and condominiums remained hot commodities in the San Fernando Valley and all of Southern California during September with prices making big annual gains but remaining just under summer’s record levels in most areas, according to two reports released Monday. Last month the median price of a previously owned home in the San Fernando Valley jumped 20.4 percent, or $100,000, from a year ago to $590,000, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s $10,000 under July’s record $600,000. Sales increased an annual 4.1 percent to 1,182 transactions, the fourth-most for a September. It’s normal for prices to cool as summer gives way to fall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But executives and analysts said most markets in Southern California, including the Valley, have yet to reach their price peaks. But they are closer now than a year ago. “In spite of the rumors or discussions … that the (price) bubble is leaking it does not appear to be,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. Demand remains strong and supplies tight. For example, the number of properties for sale in the Valley sank 14.3 percent from a year ago. Sales of condos increased an annual 2.1 percent to 435 transactions and the median price increased an annual 26.2 percent to $385,000, matching July’s record. The association said that sales would be higher if more properties were on the market. “We would like to see more inventory because this market would be more even keeled,” Link said. last_img read more

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Steve Kerr says he was Trump’s ‘shiny object’ on China-NBA standoff

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr said he was surprised when he learned he was the newest target of President Donald Trump, who criticized his comments on the NBA’s current controversy with the Chinese government.“You stop and you think ‘Well, this is every day,’” the Warriors coach said before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I was just the shiny object, and there’s another one today, and there’ll be another one tomorrow, and the circus will just go on.”On …last_img

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Jewellery to disarm Africa

first_imgMen’s steel encrusted custom rings, designed by Philip Crangi. The purchase of one ring enables the destruction of 75 assault rifles in Africa. (Image: Michael Kraus) The purchase of a set of mechanical cufflinks destroys 100 assault rifles in Africa (Image: Fonderie 47) Fonderie 47 steel fused earrings with 18-Karat yellow gold. The earrings have a polished antique mirror finish. The purchase of one pair removes 70 assault rifles from Africa. (Image: Joanna Kelly) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jen Hirsch   Group SJRRELATED ARTICLES • SA jewellery design students excel • Turning jobless into jewellers • Finding SA’s most beautiful object • Take a diamond tour in Cape Town • Bright future for Rwanda’s women Wilma den HartighAn international project has pledged its support to bring an end to the destruction caused by illegal assault rifles in Africa’s war zones – and they are using jewellery made from AK-47 rifle parts to achieve this.Who would have thought that the parts of AK-47 assault rifles, synonymous with fear and violence, could be transformed into beautiful high-end jewellery?A New York-based jewellery manufacture project is doing just this. Fonderie 47 is removing AK-47s from war-torn countries in Africa and transforming the metal nuts and bolts into individually-designed watches, accessories and earrings.Fonderie 47 is more than just a jewellery manufacturer with a clever idea – its main goal is African disarmament.It was founded in November last year by businessman and philanthropist Peter Thum, as well as entrepreneur, designer and educator John Zapolski, in response to what they saw on their extensive travels throughout Africa.For years, the illegal use of assault rifles has caused devastation in Africa’s war zones and seeing weapons in the hands of children was a great concern for the two entrepreneurs.Throughout the world, the USSR-developed AK and its variants are the most commonly smuggled small arms sold to governments, rebels, criminals and civilians.In Africa, access to rifles is easy and the going rate is low. In countries such as Somalia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Congo and Tanzania, prices for AK-47s range between $30 (R226) and $125 (R943) per rifle. These prices have fallen further in the past few decades because of mass counterfeiting.“A transformation is needed to break the cycle of violence in Africa. To this end, we are turning the power of the AK-47 against itself,” Thum says. “Not only do we destroy these weapons, but we invert what they stand for by remaking them into wearable art.”Thum explains that the AK-47 weapons that are used to produce their jewellery all come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Disarming AfricaThe venture has been very successful – both in removing arms from Africa and making luxury jewellery.In partnership with the Mines Advisory Group, a non profit organisation that works to clear landmines and other remnants of conflict, Fonderie 47 has funded the destruction of over 10 000 assault rifles in the DRC, and they plan to expand the reach of these programs.To date, they have also funded weapon destruction programs in the DRC, even though their materials are not sourced from these programmes. “That material is recycled by the government of the DRC locally,” he says.Fonderie 47’s material comes from weapons that were confiscated from poachers in the Virunga National Forest in the DRC’s North Kivu Province. The forests are part of the Virunga National Park, a world heritage site, which was established as Africa’s first national park in 1925.“We destroy the weapons there locally with the assistance of local craftsmen and then transport the material back to the United States,” says Thum.Jewellery with meaningFonderie 47’s range includes a limited series of men’s cufflinks, custom-made men’s rings, and hand-made earrings for women.The items are sold at private events around the world and the sale of each item, along with donations from individuals and foundations, fund programmes to destroy more assault rifles in Africa.“We have not yet sold any pieces in South Africa, or Africa, but we very much would like to,” he says.The items all have a common theme of bold, angular design. The colours vary from brushed amber and silver to shades of yellow, creamy brown and marbled patterns.Some of the pieces such as the cufflinks look almost mechanical, and you can image its previous function as an important lever or joint in the rifle.Creating jewellery of this nature is a challenge because the material has to undergo many steps of preparation, before it is ready to be used.“In comparison with softer metals such as gold, which we also use, it requires much more planning, experimentation and effort,” Thum says.The founders had to find designers with the skill to work with a difficult medium.They spent months searching for the right designers.“Now we’re working with designers who have a natural affinity for Fonderie 47’s mission, vision, skill in design, craftsmanship, persona, and aesthetics,” he explains.Today, leading international jewellery designers such as New York- based jeweller Philip Crangi and Swiss designer Roland Iten are creating the limited edition pieces.“While we create rare objects, their true value emanates from the principles, purpose, ideas, and skill that go into them,” Thum says. “The pieces are not merely beautiful – they have real impact on the world.”Unexpected responseThum and Zapolski never expected the project to draw so much attention.“The response has been a little overwhelming,” Thum says.Each piece of jewellery that is created and sold is a visible reminder that the removal of weapons in Africa is gaining momentum.last_img read more

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