Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines
Poland-France: The dancing priest
The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day gathering in Poland may be over – but you won’t forget fancy footsteps like this in a hurry! With spiritual matters top of the agenda, French priest Franck Legros lightened the mood with a groovy dance – and created a social media sensation in the process. The nimble cleric, a former professional dancer, impressed everyone with his sense of rhythm.
Mexican band “Teriso” published the following video on Facebook, which has had more than 1 million views so far.
USA: A grandma takes on Jay Z – for Jesus!
Speaking of bringing God to the younger generation…they don’t come more determined than Sister Bobbie Lively. The 74-year-old from Arkansas breaks into rap when the music starts – sharing her faith with listeners in the funkiest way possible. And, under the name of “Lyrical Lively,” the grandma and Christian minister has produced a bible-themed rap album to spread the word.
Her amazing story began one week ago (27 July) when she gave her album to a man at a petrol station. He was so impressed that he re-tweeted an excerpt of one of her hits and since then, she’s gone viral on social media.
Her album includes titles such as "Stay Behind Me Satan" or "In Jesus Name", the album is now available on iTunes.
She gave me her CD at gas station. She 74 rapping for Jesus. pic.twitter.com/65IpcWS3rw— KEITH. (@Keith_The_God) 27 juillet 2016
Brazil: Chinese team unhappy with Olympic village conditions
The Chinese team have been tweeting about their comfort levels at the Olympic village in Rio – and they’re not impressed!
Disappointed Chinese athletes have encountered a whole host of problems. Photos from the Twitter account @XHSports have shown smashed sinks, unattached bathroom fixtures, holes in ceilings, faulty bath curtains, etc.
Fortunately, the table tennis players have a good sense of humour.
Saudi Arabia: ‘Snow City’ in the frozen wastes of…Riyadh!
For Saudis eager to swap sand for snow, an entertainment venue at a Riyadh shopping mall is just what they need.
‘Snow City’ – some 5,000m² in size is dedicated to winter sports and has earned a reputation as ‘the cool spot to be’ in the Saudi capital, where temperatures regularly reach 45 Celsius at this time of year.
What’s more, in a country where most public spaces are segregated, ‘Snow City’ is a mixed-gender attraction where all Saudis can don colourful snowsuits and enjoy the snowy environment indoors.
Ukraine: A new life for Chernobyl…as a solar farm?
Ukraine wants to rehabilitate Chernobyl. Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, the fields are still extremely radioactive and deserted. The idea is simple: the area (1,000km²) is very sunny and could generate about 1,400 megawatts of power. Moreover, the power grid infrastructure left over from the Chernobyl plant is mostly intact.
If the project becomes reality, it would be the biggest solar farm in the world. To compare, China’s Longyangxia Dam Solar Park covers around 23km² and has a capacity of 850 megawatts.
Kyrgyzstan: Forget the Olympics. Let the World Nomad Games begin!
The 2nd edition of the World Nomad Games will take place on the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake, in Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan between September 3-8. The 6 day competition will host athletes from 40 countries and include 23 kinds of ethno-sports and events. Popular Central Asian sports include horseback archery, falconry and intellectual games such as Mangala or Togyz Kumalak .
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev proposed the first games in 2012 with the aim of preserving and uniting the nomadic cultures and lifestyles of the world. It was also an opportunity to showcase nomadic sports and embrace the historic culture and lifestyle that connects millions of people from the steppes, mountains, deserts and forests of Central Asia.
USA: Cannabis cuisine in California
Californian chef Chris Sayegh, 23, is looking to take his herbal cuisine to a whole new high! As the most populous US state prepares for the possible legalisation of recreational marijuana this November, The Herbal Chef has been showcasing his cannabis-infused menus in Los Angeles for between $20-$500 a head, delighting diners in their own homes or at ‘pop-up’ private banquets and events. The rule is that, for now at least, customers must show their medical marijuana cards for these sure hit meals.
Marijuana has been legally permitted in California for medical purposes since 1996.
The chef explained to Reuters that, “This is a cerebral experience. You’re eating with a different perception with each bite, with each course. You’re literally changing your brain chemistry and you are viewing this food differently than you did five minutes ago, 10 minutes ago.”
China: Elevated buses for all
Transportation revolution anyone? China’s latest technology and transport feat rolled down the streets for the first time this week in Qinhuangdao, in Hebei province, China.
The prototype is 72 feet long and 26 feet wide. Crucially, it is also 16 feet high, creating space for a tunnel below in which cars can pass. Commuters can thereby hover over two lanes of traffic, getting from A to B on rails linking purpose-built elevated stops.
China's straddling bus futuristic concept that moves over cars is already operational in Beijing. Chinese don't joke pic.twitter.com/PdYanxSq1b— Albie M. (@MisterAlbie) 3 août 2016
USA: “Rodneylocks and the three bears!”
The old fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” came to life for one Californian man last Saturday (30 July).
While the three bears still featured in the story, Goldilocks was nowhere to be seen…
Rodney Ginn, resident of Mammoth Lakes, California, came home from work in the evening and found the door to his mountain home open.
As he headed inside, he heard a noise coming from the kitchen and assumed it was his roommate, Matt Baluski, having a late-night snack.
Upon entering the room, he saw three bears (a mother bear and her two cubs) rummaging through the garbage and eating whatever else looked and smelled ‘bear-licious’.
All the while, his roommate was upstairs sound asleep.
When the mother bear growled at the terrified homeowner, he swiftly ran to the top of the stairs to wake up his roommate, but in the midst of the panic he had the forethought to film the following footage (Warning: explicit language!).
Here’s a stabilised look at the bear lunging at Ginn, who closes a door creating a barrier between himself and the animal.
The bears spent another half-hour exploring the house before they left and went on their merry way back into the woods. Luckily for Ginn and Baluski, the interesting evening had a happy ending.