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With one music video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And that’s the problem.
Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off Fjadrárgljúfur to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site, which is featured in the video for I’ll Show You. And these fans are not letting a few fences, signs or park rangers keep them away. #Iceland #Europe #Worldnews #JustinBieber #Music #Culture
When the Luckenwalde coal power plant in east Germany closed down soon after the collapse of communism, the locals were both relieved and concerned. “Finally people could hang out their laundry without it getting covered in soot,” said Bernd Schmidl, one of the plant’s senior employees.
Worries about jobs were soon allayed when the workers were given better-paid employment elsewhere, he said. But fears remained that the listed building, with elements of art deco and art nouveau, would fall into disrepair. “Who was going to find a long-term use for an old building spanning 10,000 metres over four floors?” #Germany #Art #Artanddesign #Culture #Europe #Worldnews
Czech arts minister Antonín Staněk resigns over rising criticism
In his resignation announcement Mr. Staněk said he no longer felt he had the party’s backing in his “fight for justice and the law”, explaining that he was acceding to party boss Jan Hamáček’s wishes that he step down within weeks.“I think it will help. It will calm the situation down. Because of course the pressure was great. I actually thought this is how it would end. It’s clear that Minister Staněk is going because that’s what the Social Democrats want.”
The Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček tweeted on Wednesday that Mr. Staněk’s replacement would need to deliver calm and fresh energy to the ministry. His nominee for that task will be revealed at the end of this month, he said.
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