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This Week in Culture: 4/17 – 4/23

This Week in Culture: 4/17 – 4/23

This Week in Culture: 4/17 – 4/23

From France

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The artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, announced to the press that selfies will not be permitted on the red carpet. Although celebrities won’t face direct consequences for taking selfies, Frémaux stated that they are highly discouraged from doing so in order to save time for the stars to arrive to film screenings.

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From Egypt

It was confirmed that a team of Russian archeologists, who have been working on an expedition in Saqqara for more than ten years, have unearthed what is left of Inbu-Hedj or the Egyptian translation for the “White Walls” surrounding the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. In addition to excavating the 5,200-year-old walls, the scientists have discovered bronze items and stoves.

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From the USA

President Barack Obama visited the Everglades National Park in Florida on Earth Day to address how climate change negatively impacts the U.S. economy. The White House is going to announce several conservation efforts and new financing plans for natural landscapes throughout the remainder of Earth Week to protect these national parks and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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From Denmark

About 247,000 people, including Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her children, gathered at organic farms to celebrate the annual Økodag, (Organic Day). Audiences watched as organic dairy cows were let out of their winter barns for the summer to graze on fresh grass. This event highlights Denmark’s impressive organic industry.

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From Kenya

Kenton Lee created “The Shoe That Grows,” a pair of shoes that can grow up to five sizes and is usable for up to five years or more, while working in Nairobi with HIV/AIDS orphans in 2007. Due to the practicality of the shoes and Lee’s efforts to prevent soil-transmitted diseases from affecting children living in poverty, these innovative shoes have recently sold out. 5,000 more pairs will be back in stock in July.

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From China

Forty-three fossilized dinosaur eggs were found by road workers in Heyuan of Guangdong province. This city is often referred to as the “Hometown of the Dinosaur” since more than 13,000 dinosaur eggs have been discovered in Heyuan in the last twenty years. It even holds a title in the Guinness World Records for having the largest collection of dinosaur eggs.

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From Norway

Five illegal wolf hunters in Norway were sentenced to jail in terms varying between six to twenty months each. This prosecution, which was decided in the southeastern Norwegian town, Elverum, is being considered a historic decision by environmental activists because it will encourage people to live peacefully with nature and allow wolves to wander freely.

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