Every Friday journalists from euronews’ different language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
In Italy, there is jazz for Aquila, the national cheese goes hard core and many find themselves asking “Is the Pope a Catholic?”
L’Aquila to host ‘Woodstock of jazz’ for quake’s reconstruction
(Ansa) – Six hundred musicians, 100 concerts, 20 venues and 12 hours of continuous music will render the Il Jazz Italiano per L’Aquila (Italian Jazz for L’Aquila) musical marathon a veritable “Woodstock of jazz”, Culture Minister Dario Francheschini said Thursday. With Paolo Fresu as artistic director, the event will bring together Italian and international stars, bands, orchestras and emerging artists. They will play for free, for 12 consecutive hours from noon to midnight on September 6th. The event was organized in solidarity with the city of L’Aquila, which is still struggling to recover from the consequences of a devastating earthquake in 2009. While over 97% of the city outskirts have been rebuilt, the historic center is still under reconstruction.
L'Aquila che rinasce. La Woodstock del Jazz italiano si mobilita da
ilmanifesto</a> <a href="http://t.co/syoZKdrQ3b">pic.twitter.com/syoZKdrQ3b</a></p>— Franco Maria Fontana (francofontana43) August 6, 2015
What’s in a name? Italian cheese makers unhappy about porn ad
One of Italy’s top cheese makers is up in arms about website Pornhub’s name checking their product in a video made to relaunch the site as a Premium pay-to-view platform in the USA.
In the video a happy couple is out shopping in a high-end deli and ponder buying aged Parmigiano Reggiano as that must be the “Pornhub Premium of cheeses”. Whether that is a reference to the product’s quality or hardness is not made clear.
What is clear is that Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Consortium considers the name-dropping “vulgar…distasteful, offensive and unacceptable”, and notes the advert-makers did not use the generic term “parmesan”.
Lawyers are now studying whether they have legal grounds to sue, as Parmigiano Reggiano is a protected brand under EU law. They have called for the advert’s immediate withdrawal, and are seeking official Italian and EU support for their protest.
Is the Pope Catholic? Not according to a British newspaper
British newspaper The Times had to make a rather embarrassing admission on its ‘corrections and clarifications’ page after it claimed that Karol Wojtyla was the first non-Catholic pope for 450 years. What they had meant to say was ‘non-Italian’.
Migrants continue to make the news in Germany, along with a treasure trove at the bottom of a lake.
Asylum seeker from Ghana calls her child Angela Merkel
“Merkel is a good woman, i like her”, Ophelya Adé said. At the registry office they looked a bit puzzled, but didn’t have any objections.
Angela Merkel Adé was born on 2. february. She is currently living in a home for refugees in Hannover.
Germany: going for gold by swimming in the lake
A 16-year-old girl has found a gold bar while she was swimming in a Bavarian lake. The youngster from North Rhine Westfalia discovered the gold in Lake Königstein in two metres of water.
The gold bar weighs 500 gr and is worth 16.000 euros.
The lake is below the famous Watzmann mountain in the region of Berchtesgaden.
The young woman handed her find over to the police who sent divers to the lake. Sadly, they have not found any more. Officers are trying to trace where the gold comes from – there was no number on the bar.
Flying high – news from the sky
Uzbekistan airways to weigh passengers
Adding to the joys of air travel, passengers flying with Uzbekistan airways will now be weighed before they board. The company says it is part of its pre-flight procedures “ for determination of the average weight of a passenger with hand baggage.” They guarantee confidentiality, but it may make you think twice before scoffing that overpriced airport muffin.
UAE: longest non-stop passenger flight will link Dubai to Panama City
The first take-off for Emirates Airlines flight will be on 1st February 2016. The trip between the two trading hubs will last 17 hours and 35 minutes and it will be the airline’s first destination in Central America.
Not only passenger, the flight will be able to carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics.
Currently, the longest flights connect Dallas to Sidney (almost 17 hours), Johannesburg to Atlanta (16 hours 40 minutes), and Dubai to Los Angeles (16 hours 35 minutes).
Later this year, Emirates will be adding a further four routes to its global network, including Mashhad in Iran, Orlando in Florida, Bamako in Mali and Bologna, Italy.
UAE Embassy in US (@UAEEmbassyUS) August 14, 2015
Flags and fancies
Vote for your favourite New Zealand flag
New Zealand’s Government has released the “Flag Consideration project” to change the National Flag. You can vote for your favourite on the government website. The final choice will be voted on in a referendum.
The short list has 40 entries
“The current flag was legally adopted in 1902. New Zealanders have talked about changing it several times. Designs have been put forward but there has never been an official public discussion about the future of the flag.
“By law, our flag can be changed by a simple majority of Parliament, however Government has decided that a flag that unites New Zealanders should be selected by all New Zealanders.” the official site reads.
ATTENTION NEW ZEALAND: These are the 40 flags to choose from as chosen by the Flag Consideration Panel pic.twitter.com/h6Ajt2uAem— Kim Baker Wilson (@kimbakerwilson) agosto 10, 2015
US website presents the “Hottest Heads of State” list
The idea is explained on the website:
“For too long, citizens of the world have suffered under the tyranny of unattractive leaders. Some people say that this is just the way things are: unattractive people have a death grip on the levers of power that will never be loosened. We say: Not with that attitude it won’t. By ranking the world’s leaders by looks, we hope to heighten voter awareness of this problem and shame the citizens of countries with unattractive leaders into rising up and staging coups or something.”
Nº1 is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan