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  1. Dear Mark
    We have read your article with interest and write to you about us. We hope that the following information is of great interest to you and your department and look forward to receiving your contact.

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.
    The International Diamond Standard idea was founded from a desire to halt the expansion of Blood Diamonds onto the open market and the perception that some security systems could help to strengthen the current KP system and eliminate the current abuse of the international governmental certification process.

    Details of the Kimberley and IDS processes are outlined in this website.
    Aim: to have the IDS process and security systems accepted internationally as an essential addition to the Kimberly Process and save countless lives of those currently dying in war torn countries and in addition to help improve employment in all African signatory countries.
    We aim in the coming future to have eradicated any chance that criminals can benefit from dealing Blood Diamonds and save countless lives.
    Support required – IDS requires the full support of all diamond producing nations and the will of all international governments to make the IDS process work.

    Digital Diamond Authentication and our core objectives will enhance the Kimberley Process making it more secure against corruption and make it almost impossible that criminal activity will benefit anyone especially that which is currently supporting Blood Diamonds.

    Whatever IDS do, security considerations are always paramount. From the cutting edge physical security of our production site, to the mandatory use of encrypted communications in any transfers or storage of sensitive data, to the strictest audit of material suppliers and in-house manufacturing processes, to the advanced security features of the products themselves, to tight security in storage, loading and transit of goods, and finally, strictest confidentiality, we integrate security into every stage of order performance.

    IDS as a company realizes that the value is not merely in a free, fair and secure Diamond Industry. But also lies in the enrichment of lives of those residing in the countries from which these rare and beautiful gems originate. The advantages of a well run central system impervious to corruption and political turmoil would result in increased government earnings. IDS would re-invest a percentage of all earnings into child education, permaculture and literacy programs. We believe that these disadvantaged people should benefit directly from the sale of the diamonds and be granted the tools by which they can better their lives. We understand the need for an awareness campaign and intend approaching public figures who are involved in the various facets of humanitarian work such as outspoken actors and Aid agencies. Through the funds and awards that are generated by the “My Diamond Birth Certificate” we will be able to change the lives of millions of people ensuring a brighter future for those who are disenfranchised.

    We also can do:
    1) Supply state of the art security for the mines, all new types of x-ray equipment, closed circuit TV, security fencing, axcess control, biometric cards etc
    2) Assist with grading, cleaning , and marketing of rough Diamonds.
    3) Arrange for rough diamonds to be polished and graded
    4) Assist with setting up diamond cutting factories and the training of staff, full turnkey operation.

    Contact us at http://www.internationaldiamondstandard.com and register with us.

    Reply by e-mail to: idskpctdr1@me.com

    Thank you
    Directors of IDS

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    Scott Callaghan

    519-245-6423-H

    519-245-0410-W

    KONY 2012 vs. THE LIONS

    Thirty-three minutes…That’s how long it takes me to get to Woodstock, Ontario. Thirty-three minutes–roughly one forty-eighth of one day. In another twenty minutes, I can be in Guelph. I’m not exactly sure where in Guelph the Home Depot is, but I do have a G.P.S. Three days ago, I can’t remember why, I was in Mount Forest where her broken, little body was found. At some point that beautiful, innocent little girl was standing right in front of us. Why didn’t one of us see her in the back seat of that car? I have been in hockey rinks across this country for most of my life. I have been in the rinks where Graham James coached. I have walked by the dressing rooms where he molested young boys. Why didn’t we open the door? In ten minutes, I can be at the doorsteps of no less than a dozen public schools. Very recently, there have been numerous reports of suspicious vehicles and people driving by schools and taking pictures of our kids. It’s probably happening right now in my hometown as I write and you read this. Why aren’t we relentlessly patrolling the schoolyards? It is pointless to go into the lurid details of what happened, or what could happen, in the above examples. Our minds won’t allow us to go there. I get that. I’m a father.

    Here is the point… Tragically, we don’t need to look thousands of miles away and continents far removed to find kids who need our help, people who need our help. My fear is what can happen right under our noses while we are looking away. It is an alarming quirk of human nature to altruistically help the invisible at the expense of the visible. In my opinion, the Kony 2012 campaign is a distraction from the horrific realities that are happening every day in our own backyards. Don’t get me wrong…Kony is a monster of epic proportions, and must be stopped. Sometime in April, there will be an unprecedented world-wide rally to help bring awareness to Kony and to “make him famous”. By all means, we should attend the rally, but on the way to our particular city-center to show our support, if we need to step over a homeless man, or pass by the local battered women’s shelter on the way there, we may want to rethink our priorities. Here’s the deal. We, (we being western society), have an unbelievable capacity for morality and world-wide justice. Here’s the problem. We suck at it. It will be a glorious day when they finally find Kony and convict him of his horrible crimes against children, but then what? Has anybody asked? With what, or whom, will we replace him? The tragic reality may be that we don’t know, or what’s worse, we won’t care. Let’s face it, our very own court system could only manage to give child-rapist (**not “disgraced coach”), Graham James two years! And sadly, the very next day, there will be another viral internet-based appeal to feed our insatiable appetite for self-worth and belonging.

    So, what is the solution? I have no idea… but for what it’s worth, here is mine. Let’s say I have $100 to give to the Kony campaign. I’m going to give $50 to appease my sense of global justice and donate it to help stop this vile, despicable war-criminal. With the remaining $50, I am going to find a local charity or service group worthy of my support. It may be the aforementioned women’s shelter, it may be the Salvation Army, it may be Community Living, it may be the food bank, it may be a church ( although I doubt it because I have no earthly clue what “my church” is ).. it may even be the local Lion’s Club. The Lion’s Club, you ask? They are just a bunch of middle-aged, beer-drinking, opinionated businessmen and over-paid factory workers who just got in a fight with their wives and need an excuse to get out of the house. While most of that is true, they also happen to do unbelievable and largely under-appreciated and unnoticed work within our community. Most service clubs do. After that, I’m going to thank a veteran, talk to a teenager, or better yet, shut-up and listen… preferably before they torch the news-van, as opposed to after. Who knows, I may even volunteer to help coach a kid’s hockey or baseball team. The possibilities are infinite.

    So … for the three of you left who have struggled through this op-ed, you are no doubt rightfully asking yourselves, “who is this self-righteous, frustrated, wannabe journalist writing this article?” Fair enough… “What the heck does he want from us, anyway? We gave to the humane society, we give to Jerry Lewis every Labor Day, we have mortgages, we pay taxes, we bought that apple from that scout outside the beer store that day, and we’ve got our “Kony-Kit”! We’ve done enough…And by the way, is that Kony thing tax-deductible?

    We all must remember that at some point in her tragically short life, Tori Stafford was standing right in front of us. Where were we???

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    Scott Callaghan

    519-245-6423-H

    519-245-0410-W

    KONY 2012 vs. THE LIONS

    Thirty-three minutes…That’s how long it takes me to get to Woodstock, Ontario. Thirty-three minutes–roughly one forty-eighth of one day. In another twenty minutes, I can be in Guelph. I’m not exactly sure where in Guelph the Home Depot is, but I do have a G.P.S. Three days ago, I can’t remember why, I was in Mount Forest where her broken, little body was found. At some point that beautiful, innocent little girl was standing right in front of us. Why didn’t one of us see her in the back seat of that car? I have been in hockey rinks across this country for most of my life. I have been in the rinks where Graham James coached. I have walked by the dressing rooms where he molested young boys. Why didn’t we open the door? In ten minutes, I can be at the doorsteps of no less than a dozen public schools. Very recently, there have been numerous reports of suspicious vehicles and people driving by schools and taking pictures of our kids. It’s probably happening right now in my hometown as I write and you read this. Why aren’t we relentlessly patrolling the schoolyards? It is pointless to go into the lurid details of what happened, or what could happen, in the above examples. Our minds won’t allow us to go there. I get that. I’m a father.

    Here is the point… Tragically, we don’t need to look thousands of miles away and continents far removed to find kids who need our help, people who need our help. My fear is what can happen right under our noses while we are looking away. It is an alarming quirk of human nature to altruistically help the invisible at the expense of the visible. In my opinion, the Kony 2012 campaign is a distraction from the horrific realities that are happening every day in our own backyards. Don’t get me wrong…Kony is a monster of epic proportions, and must be stopped. Sometime in April, there will be an unprecedented world-wide rally to help bring awareness to Kony and to “make him famous”. By all means, we should attend the rally, but on the way to our particular city-center to show our support, if we need to step over a homeless man, or pass by the local battered women’s shelter on the way there, we may want to rethink our priorities. Here’s the deal. We, (we being western society), have an unbelievable capacity for morality and world-wide justice. Here’s the problem. We suck at it. It will be a glorious day when they finally find Kony and convict him of his horrible crimes against children, but then what? Has anybody asked? With what, or whom, will we replace him? The tragic reality may be that we don’t know, or what’s worse, we won’t care. Let’s face it, our very own court system could only manage to give child-rapist (**not “disgraced coach”), Graham James two years! And sadly, the very next day, there will be another viral internet-based appeal to feed our insatiable appetite for self-worth and belonging.

    So, what is the solution? I have no idea… but for what it’s worth, here is mine. Let’s say I have $100 to give to the Kony campaign. I’m going to give $50 to appease my sense of global justice and donate it to help stop this vile, despicable war-criminal. With the remaining $50, I am going to find a local charity or service group worthy of my support. It may be the aforementioned women’s shelter, it may be the Salvation Army, it may be Community Living, it may be the food bank, it may be a church ( although I doubt it because I have no earthly clue what “my church” is ).. it may even be the local Lion’s Club. The Lion’s Club, you ask? They are just a bunch of middle-aged, beer-drinking, opinionated businessmen and over-paid factory workers who just got in a fight with their wives and need an excuse to get out of the house. While most of that is true, they also happen to do unbelievable and largely under-appreciated and unnoticed work within our community. Most service clubs do. After that, I’m going to thank a veteran, talk to a teenager, or better yet, shut-up and listen… preferably before they torch the news-van, as opposed to after. Who knows, I may even volunteer to help coach a kid’s hockey or baseball team. The possibilities are infinite.

    So … for the three of you left who have struggled through this op-ed, you are no doubt rightfully asking yourselves, “who is this self-righteous, frustrated, wannabe journalist writing this article?” Fair enough… “What the heck does he want from us, anyway? We gave to the humane society, we give to Jerry Lewis every Labor Day, we have mortgages, we pay taxes, we bought that apple from that scout outside the beer store that day, and we’ve got our “Kony-Kit”! We’ve done enough…And by the way, is that Kony thing tax-deductible?

    We all must remember that at some point in her tragically short life, Tori Stafford was standing right in front of us. Where were we???

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