Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Centrepunch will offer a range of programmes

A majority of organised jewellery traders in India are keen on adopting modern practices in manufacturing as it would bring down the wastage involved during the making process, said an official from the industry.

Industry sources say their margins stand in the range of 2-10 per cent and is directly proportional to in-house modern technology. Modern practices would help in improving both retail sales and margins.

In line with these issues, the city is hosting a three-day business to business Jewellery & Gem Fair (HJF) 2013 from June 7. The event, which is being organised by UBM India, would witness 125 major jewellers from across the country.

Kranti Nagvekar, group director, UBM India, said: “The platform will help both jewellers and traders to know the latest trends in styles, industry practices and exporters demand. The major attraction during the current edition would be light-weight jewellery and we’re expecting big order placements both from local and overseas traders. Customers here in India prefer Jaipur-studded and Hyderabad precious stone jewellery.”

She said the recent fall in gold prices would help exporters improve their revenues and remain competitive in the overseas markets. India exports jewellery to Singapore, West Asia, Istanbul, Russia, Germany, China and Taiwan.

Brooks said of the launch: “We are providing an affordable platform from which young designer-makers can fulfil their aspirations, work on commissions and develop collections without the burden of huge start-up costs. Studio rent and the purchase of equipment can be a real stumbling block to gaining a foothold in the industry, so our facility with its a range of essential equipment offers a solution to these problems faced by graduates and established professionals alike.”

The space will house 20 work benches initially, with plan to add 12 more in the near future.

Centrepunch will offer a range of programmes from entry level through to advanced, as well as drop-in mentoring sessions with well-known jewellers, practitioners and tutors to help assist graduates and new businesses. Advice sessions will also be given on topics such as how to run a successful studio-practice, how to work with clients and marketing strategies.

Brooks says the jewellery hub has already received a volume of enquiries via social media and has so far built a mailing list exceeding 300 names.

Brooks will act as a tutor alongside three other crafts persons: fine jeweller and stone setter Antonion De Geatani, master polisher Stephen Goldsmith and illustrator Mark Lewis.

Tajudeen “Squilla” Durosinimi-Etti, of Cambria Avenue, was accused of burgling a house in Shipwrights Avenue, Chatham, with others on February 1, as well as kidnapping Sandip Madan on the same date.

The 28-year-old was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on August 5, but the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not a realistic likelihood of conviction and offered no evidence to both charges.

Prosecutor Martin Yale told the court the only evidence of identification came from the alleged victim, but he had provided two “very different” statements to police during the course of the investigation.

Mr Yale said he later admitted lying in his first statement because he feared reprisals to both him and his family.

The prosecutor added that accounts given by others also “directly undermine” the most recent statement given by the complainant.

Formal not guilty verdicts were entered by Judge Charles Macdonald QC and Durosinimi-Etti, who has been in custody on remand, was expected to be released from the court cells.

I see the police working hard to mitigate crime

My wish is for the new Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zaid Hamidi to head a Crime Watch Society established by the Government for both urban and rural communities as well as each state to mitigate crime.

Existing crime watch groups can be partners here.

It is time crime gets the highest attention and urgent action.

Policing reduces crime, so does neighbours on guard.

Remember peace and security is the civic duty of all citizens.

The police cannot be at every nook and corner. We must be there to assist them and be their eyes and ears.

So, prevent crime by putting safety first and by making the local police your partners.

You just need to start with simple things like locking up your house before you go to bed. Lack of safety induces criminals to strike.

Reduce the opportunities for criminals to target us.

I feel snatch thieves should just be jailed. Fines will not do anymore.

I see the police working hard to mitigate crime, but we have to help them. Remember a caring community makes the neighbourhood safe. And safety begins with you.

I say, be the mata-mata in your community.

Watch, observe and phone the police if you see anything suspicious. After all, they are on duty 24 hours a day.

We have also started patrolling our neighbourhoods.

Today, I see the public being more aware of the need to take an active role in keeping crime at bay. This is good. And this is how it should be.

While they do that, their efforts must be supplemented and complemented by the police.

Police presence is most assuring in that it keeps crime at bay.

I see the residents association and RT bases not only nurture unity. They also create a better understanding among the community. And neighbours can help prevent crime as they look out for each other.

I say help yourself to mitigate crime.

Stop jaywalking and be alert to your surroundings.

Be careful as criminals can strike anytime. Be alert and act rationally.

Do not be foolhardy as snatch thieves can be dangerous.

I think one should not put up a fight with such thieves.

There have been many lives lost and it isn’t worth fighting with them.

Your life is more important than saving things like your jewellery, documents or money.

Maybe it is time that religious organisations be included in our agenda.

We should also include representatives of non-governmental organisations, bloggers and other stakeholders who have an interest in the matter.

Also as was recently suggested, ex-convicts should be given the opportunity to get involved based on their experiences.

Ex-convicts usually know more about crime.

It’s better to give them an opportunity, compared to those who know nothing about crime.

As they say, it takes a thief to catch a thief!

The crime rate can be dented somewhat, but the fight against crime should continue with greater effort.

In addition to a lack of financial resources, poverty manifests itself in poor parental supervision, lack of educational opportunities, lack of meaningful employment options, poor housing as well as lack of hope and prejudice against persons living in poverty.

We often continue to see the symptoms of crime, whereas we tend to overlook prevention and the root causes.

We should adopt preventive programmes and policies to eradicate crime. Crime prevention is the best strategy to fight crime and what better way than to inculcate safety awareness among school children to better safeguard and prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

And I stress that education must today focus on fighting crime.

They say, “Prevention is better than cure” to reflect the importance of proactively taking steps to keep crime at bay.

Last but not least, always remain vigilant and never take safety for granted.