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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 June 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018 23 GREECE Greek tourism plays to its natural assets Another Greek tourist high season, another award for film director Antonios Theoharis Kioukas, whose 3.38-minute Greece: A 365-day Destination video picked up a new tourism award on Monday. Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura presented the filmmaker with a Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) award for Greece’s promotion abroad following six international distinctions at industry awards over the past 10 months in Croatia, Berlin, Latvia, and the US International Film and Video Festival in California. “GNTO has surpassed itself in recent years and is very successful,” Kountoura said at a press conference. Greek tourism is on a roll as it records the largest rise in overseas visitor numbers for a European destination for the last decade. This year, Greece is expected to see a record 32 million international visitors arrive, up from 30 million last year and a steady surge since the dark days of the GFC of 2008 when only 6.2 million international visitors arrived. While summer is the busiest tourist season, Kioukas’ video strategically extols the joys of all four seasons as it emphasises how Greece’s natural beauty and its wine, food and celebratory approach to life is good for the soul. Gentle music tinkles as spectacular aerial shots swoop over water, mountains and fields while a subdued English voice reminds viewers that Greece is a “revelation lifts you up in peace and joy”. The success of the video – it is also shown on incoming flights to Greece – is in its approach that can be suitably called ‘classical’. There is nothing you haven’t seen before (though the shots of snowcovered villages and mountains are not often featured in tourist brochures), but its warmth and restraint stirs holiday envy. It’s a restraint not often seen in tourism promotions. View the Greek campaign at youtube.com/ watch?v=C1WD79vnUR4 Archaeologists unearth 2,200-year-old coin depicting Greek-born king in Egypt The gold coin features an ancestor of Cleopatra, ancient King Ptolemy III Euergetes A building from the Greco-Roman period at the San El-Hagar site. Archaeologists have unearthed a gold coin in Egypt dating back to the third century BCE that features the face of King Ptolemy III Euergetes. Born on the Greek island of Kos in 284 BCE, he was said to be an ancestor of Cleopatra. The 2,200-year-old coin was found at the San El-Hagar site in northern Egypt during an excavation of a building from the Greco-Roman period. One side features King Ptolemy III Euergetes from the neck up, wearing a crown, and the other has a symbol of The coin discovered by archaeologists during a dig in northern Egypt depicts King Ptolemy III Euergetes. PHOTO: NUMISBIDS prosperity surrounded by the King's name. According to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, it is likely the coin was made between 221 to 205 BCE, during the reign of King Ptolemy IV to honour the memory of his father. As yet, the value of the coin has not been revealed. In addition to the coin, amongst the discoveries made by archaeologists were bronze tools, a stone fragment engraved with hieroglyphs, and pottery. Excavation works at the site are continuing. Texan student wins US$40K at spelling bee using Greek word The 14-year-old won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word koinonia PHOTO: VISIT GREECE Don’t lecture Rome the way we did Athens warns EU chief The president of the European Commission, JeanClaude Juncker, has told EU members to "show respect towards Italy'' as its new government takes power, and not repeat the mistakes the EU made with Greece. Juncker told German media last weekend that the "dignity of the Greek people (was) trodden under foot" by the EU when Alexis Tsipras became the prime minister of Greece in 2015. He warned that the lecturing of Greece by German-speaking countries had been unhelpful, and was to be avoided as the new Italian coalition government headed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte settles into power. “That must not happen again in the present case with Italy,” he said. “I absolutely do not want to get involved in ques- tions of domestic Italian politics.” Conte's government has promised to scrap the austerity measures recommended by the EU, but Juncker said that Italy had to deal with its problems and not seek blame with the EU. He said he was "not at all in favour of giving lessons to Rome" the way the EU had with Athens. Mr Tsipras referred to Italy last week when he was speaking at the 26th General Assembly of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) in Athens. "Europe must understand that insistence on austerity without a horizon of hope erodes the legitimacy of economic goals and leads to division within societies. When democracy fails, it inevitably leads to dangerous albeit justified reactions from the people," Tsipras said. A 14-year-old student from Texas in the US has made headlines with his use of a Greek word to win a national spelling prize. Karthik Nemmani won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word koinonia, a theological term defined as "intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community". An 8th grader at Scoggins Middle School, it was Karthik's first time participating in the national finals. He had to spell two words correctly to seal the title, which he did; beating over 500 fellow contestants to take out the top prize of US$40,000 (AUD$52,550) along with an impressive trophy. Feeling like something of a celebrity, he is also being flown to New York and Los Angeles for television appearances. "Karthik showcased not only broad knowledge of the English language but also incredible poise under pressure," said Adam Symson, president and CEO of the EW Scripps Company. "This is a gruelling competition that takes years of preparation and then chal- he added. The Scripps National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 with the aim to inspire students to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn new concepts, and to develop correct usage of the English language for their future. The competition has since Karthik Nemmani. PHOTO: NBC NEWS lenges the participants all week long. Karthik handled it with grace and maturity," developed into a national treasure with children across the US participating in school, local and regional spelling bees annually, with the best performers travelling to the big event, which this year took place in Maryland. A new museum in the works for Athens to honour Olympic history Lamda Development was given the go ahead by authorities to redevelop the International Broadcasting Centre, introducing a range of facilities to the north of Athens A breath of new life is coming to the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in Maroussi, Athens. Built for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Greece's Ministries of Finance and Environment have approved Lamda Development's in- vestment plan, which will see the entire centre opened up for commercial purposes. Expected to complement the Golden Hall shopping centre, the plans include an exciting new museum dedicated to the Olympic Games. Also on the cards are commercial spaces covering 39,000 square metres, multipurpose entertainment spaces, and a food hall. The top floors will host office spaces, while a significant portion of the ground and first floors will see play areas for children set up, along with well-equipped gym facilities. As part of the development plans, there will be 59,167 square metres in storage facilities located underground, along with 226 car spaces.
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