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Newsletter of October 13, 2021

Today's newsletter covers Somalia and Kenya's territorial dispute, a video that may get an influencer expelled from Colombia, and an Aston Martin running on white wine waste.

Kenya refuses ICJ ruling on territorial dispute against Somalia

The International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Somalia about a long dispute with Kenya on their maritime boundaries, at the core of diplomatic tensions between the two neighbors. Kenya rejects the decision.


When a provocative video to get followers may get you expelled from Colombia

A Dutchman who presented himself as an influencer paraded with a woman in her underwear in the streets of Medellín. The mayor asked the immigration office to expel him.


The IMF finally decides to maintain its president

The IMF president was suspected to have pressured her team when she worked at the World Bank so that China would get a favorable ranking in the 2018 Business Report.


Prince Charles's Aston Martin runs with white wine and cheese byproduct

Ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow, Prince Charles gave an interview to the BBC about the environment. He came to be challenged about his own carbon footprint required to heat a palace. Prince Charles answered he tried to install a biomass heating system or solar panels. And he also mentioned his Aston Martin from the 70s runs on "surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process". It is not a joke and it’s not the first time he mentions it.

The Aston Martin was converted to biofuel in 2008 and runs of E85, a fuel made up of 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded petrol. Bioethanol can be produced from sugar of organic waste through fermentation.

In 2018, the United States led the way on the global biofuel production before Brazil, with 38 million metric tons of oil equivalent, mostly from corn.

In 2006, Morrisons supermarket opened the first E85 retail filling pump of the United Kingdom but with moderate success.

In 2007, the German dairy group Theo Muller invested 20 million euros to produce ethanol from whey. Today, one of its companies, the Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf, processes whey derivatives for bioethanol.

Several cheese producers or creameries in Britain or France have been supplying their whey leftovers to power plants, which turn them into electricity.

As for wine, the French oil company Total announced last month it would make a fuel made up of wine production waste available in motor racing competitions in 2022.

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