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National Gallery of Australia to Receive $1.2 million Refund on ‘Stolen’ Buddha

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Art News, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on National Gallery of Australia to Receive $1.2 million Refund on ‘Stolen’ Buddha

National Gallery of Australia to Receive $1.2 million Refund on 'Stolen' Buddha

The National Gallery of Australia will receive a refund of more than $1.2 million for a 2,000-year-old stone statue of Buddha after it was revealed it may have been stolen.

The Canberra-based gallery, which has been involved in provenance issues before, announced in January it would return the Seated Buddha statue to India. The dealer has now agreed to refund the purchase price :: Read the full article »»»»


Rap-mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Charged with Murder

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art News, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rap-mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Charged with Murder

Rap-mogul Marion Suge Knight Charged with Murder

Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder after prosecutors allege he ran over two men in a southern California parking lot last week, killing one of them.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential hip hop label Death Row Records, was charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, and two counts of felony hit-and-run, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The music executive, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty, was taken into custody on suspicion of murder on Friday after surrendering to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.

He was expected to make an initial court appearance on Tuesday :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Maps Highlights UTA Flight 772 Memorial

Posted: November 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google Maps Highlights UTA Flight 772 Memorial

UTA Flight 772I’d love to say ‘I STUMBLED UPON THIS‘ however, I didn’t. My facebook buddy Ben Frost did, it’s now gone completely viral!

On Tuesday, 19 September 1989 a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft registered N54629/UTA Flight 772 took off from N’Djamena International Airport at 13:13.

46 minutes later, at its cruising altitude of 10,700 metres/35,100 ft, a bomb explosion caused UTA Flight 772 to break up over the Sahara Desert near the towns of Bilma and Ténéré in Niger. All 155 passengers and 15 crew members died.

The victims came from 18 different countries, the majority being French or Congolese nationals: 54 French, 48 nationals of People’s Republic of Congo, 25 Chadians, 9 Italians, 7 Americans, 5 Cameroonians, 4 Britons, 3 nationals of Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 3 Canadians, 2 Central Africans, 2 Malians, 2 Swiss, 1 Algerian, 1 Bolivian, 1 Belgian, 1 Greek, 1 Moroccan and 1 Senegalese.

On the flight deck were Captain Georges Raveneau, as instructor; First Officer Jean-Pierre Hennequin in training; safety pilot Michel Crézé; and Flight Engineer Alain Bricout. In the cabin were Pursers Jean-Pierre Baschung and Michele Vasseur, along with Flight Attendants Alain Blanc, Laurence de Boery-Penon, Martine Brette, Anne Claisse, Nicole Deblicker, Ethery Lenoble, Gael Lugagne, Veronique Marella, Jean-Pierre Mauboussin.

The rest of this story might simply be legend, whatever, it is one of the most touching pictorial stories doing the interweb rounds. Check the gallery, it truly is moving :: Read the full article »»»»