From The Guardian:
Discontent simmers over police handling of investigation as Canadian Jasmine Hartin awaits bail hearing
A late-night stroll in the moonlight, then a sudden and fatal gunshot. What exactly happened between the socialite partner of the son of a billionaire Tory donor and a senior police officer in the early hours of last Friday in the resort of Mata Rocks has gripped the small Caribbean nation of Belize and turned into an international drama. It is now a major test for the country’s legal and criminal system.
This week a 32-year-old Canadian woman, Jasmine Hartin, was accused of the negligent manslaughter of a local police superintendent, Henry Jemmott. The case has attracted attention because Hartin is the partner of Andrew Ashcroft, son of Michael Ashcroft, the Conservative party donor and Belize’s most influential resident. Lord Ashcroft is a former Tory party deputy chairman, a one-time member of the House of Lords, and a billionaire.
BY CHRISTOPHER BRITO
Magawa, an African pouched rat, is retiring at the end of June after successfully tracking down dozens of landmines in Cambodia and potentially saving many lives, the organization that trained him announced Friday.
APOPO, which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Removal Product Development in English, is a non-profit based in Tanzania that trained Magawa to find landmines. According to the organization, Magawa found 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance in his five-year career. To date, he helped clear more than 225,000 square meters of land – the size of nearly 32 soccer fields.
From The Washington Post:
A new study finds a large, previously unknown contribution to climate change through human conversion of peatlands for agriculture
Long before the era of fossil fuels, humans may have triggered a massive but mysterious “carbon bomb” lurking beneath the Earth’s surface, a new scientific study suggests. If the finding is correct, it would mean that we have been neglecting a major human contribution to global warmMyaing — one whose legacy continues.
The researchers, from France’s Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences and several other institutions across the globe, suggest that beginning well before the industrial era, the mass conversion of carbon-rich peatlands for agriculture could have added over 250 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of more than seven years of current emissions
from the burning of fossil fuels for energy.
From Yahoo News:
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Villagers in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday discovered a stranded boat carrying 81 Rohingya Muslims, including children, who had left a refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said.
Miftach Cut Adek, the leader of the local tribal fishing community, said 90 people were on board the boat when it left the refugee camp on Feb. 11, but nine died during the trip.
Editor's note: One of the photographs in this story, of a crematorium, could be disturbing to some readers.
When health workers finally arrived last month in the remote village of Namanta, up in the forested foothills of Nepal's Himalayas, residents hid in their homes.
They'd been advised not to welcome strangers, who might spread the coronavirus. But it was already too late. Out of 64 households in the village, 30 of them had someone who was ill.
From Al Jazeera:
Natural gas discoveries are expected to allow Turkey to import cheaper gas and trim its average annual energy bill, which is about $44bn.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the discovery of new natural gas deposits in the Black Sea, where Turkey plans to start production in 2023.
State energy company Tpao found 135 billion cubic meters of gas at the Amasra-1 offshore well, bringing the total amount of deposits discovered over the past year to 540 billion cubic meters, Erdogan said in televised remarks from the Black Sea coastal city of Zonguldak.
From the Washington Post:
ROME — Germany's most prominent Catholic leader, an adviser to Pope Francis, has offered his resignation to the pontiff in a lengthy letter, citing his personal role in the "catastrophe" of sexual abuse.
“I feel that through remaining silent, neglecting to act and over-focusing on the reputation of the Church I have made myself personally guilty and responsible,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx wrote to the pope in a letter published Friday.
BY JAMES CRUMP
A woman who reportedly cut off the penis of her boss at a bar located near Barcelona
will be sent to prison
without bail after the court rejected her version of events, in which she claimed that she attacked her employer after he attempted to sexually assault her.
The woman was arrested on Monday by officers of the Mossos d'Esquadra, the local police department, after she allegedly cut off the man's penis while working a shift in a bar in Sant Andreu de la Barca.
Also from Newsweek:
A45-year-old father on vacation with his family was reported to have drowned while attempting to save his two young daughters on Calada beach, just outside the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
Portugal's Correio da Manhã identified the father as Trevor Pelling, a U.K. national working as a financial consultant in Dubai.
From The Hill:
The Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers are nearing an agreement to push in international tax negotiations for a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing people familiar with the issue.
A rate of at least 15 percent would match a proposal that the Treasury Department pitched last month.
From The Guardian:
Information minister blames use of platform for ‘activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence’
News of the Arts
A Brooklyn artist has filed a lawsuit against the City and NYPD saying their anti-graffiti campaign is endangering hundreds of valuable, recognized, and permitted artworks across NYC.
On April 10, Michael Kaves’ phone started blowing up with texts about one of his artworks.
The Bay Ridge artist known internationally as Kaves was about to discover a mural he got permission to paint 13 years ago had suddenly been erased.
The Centre Pompidou, a world-renowned Parisian art museum and cultural institution, will open a satellite location in Jersey City, officials announced Friday.
The Pompidou x Jersey City is slated to open in 2024 in the Pathside Building, also known as the PSE&G building, in the city’s Journal Square neighborhood. The location, just steps from the Journal Square PATH station, will be 15 minutes away from New York City by PATH train.
From the Reno Gazette Journal:
They both are in the business of big-dollar art. Burning Man does it in the desert, Sotheby's in the finest auction houses in London and New York.
While an unlikely pairing, Burning Man Project and Sotheby’s announced earlier this week that they're partnering for a online auction, public exhibition and event series starting in September. The auction is a fundraiser for Burning Man Project, which canceled this year's in-person event, as well as the in-person event in 2020.
A few decades back, two men stole some Rembrandts and other works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The paintings are estimated to be worth almost half a billion dollars, and they're still missing.
This may have been one of the biggest heists in history, but it certainly isn't alone. Art crime has been the third highest-grossing criminal trade of the past 40 years, and it requires special skills to investigate.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The work of mysterious street artist Banksy will appear in San Francisco in an unauthorized traveling exhibition this fall. But in keeping with the artist’s ethos of mystery and surprise, details about the exhibition’s venue are still being kept under wraps until closer to opening.
What is known, however, is that “The Art of Banksy,” presented by Starvox Exhibits, is scheduled to open Nov. 22 at a to-be-announced venue in the city showcasing at least 80 pieces, founder Corey Ross told The Chronicle in an exclusive interview.
And finally from CNN:
Written by Nina dos Santos, CNN
Contributors Lauren Kent, CNN
It is the biggest legal fight the art world has ever witnessed: a Russian oligarch, who claims he was ripped off buying multi-million-dollar masterpieces, versus a Swiss art dealer who says it was just business.
Now, after six years of lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions, the tables appear to be turning once more in a saga so dramatic it's been given a name worthy of a movie script: "The Bouvier Affair."