Australia media slam clip
Reports that Greece’s national tourism agency (GNTO) had used footage of an Australian landmark in its latest official campaign video have prompted a response from the country’s media. “The Greeks consider themselves the founders of democracy and mathematics. Now they’ve taken credit for one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks, the Twelve Apostles,” the Sunday Morning Herald said yesterday. Timelapse footage by Melbourne-based astro-photographer Alex Cherney was used in the “Gods, Myths, Heroes” video without permission. The photographer has claimed that he was compensated by the organization only after the material was used. In a statement, the GNTO has said that the use of the images was justified because the names of the constellations that appear in the footage “originated from Greece.”
A 70-year-old man has been arrested in Athens following allegations he had been collecting the pension of a dead relative for more than a year. The unnamed man, who faces fraud charges, is said to have collected at least 11,450 euros between November 2012 and December 2013 from the dead person’s bank account, of which he was a co-beneficiary, from pension payments that continued to be credited to the deceased woman after he failed to register her death with the authorities.
A 20-year-old girl who had gone missing from her home in Patra, in the Peloponnese, for seven months has been found, according to local reports over the weekend. The parents of the girl, who is an Albanian national, on Saturday notified the authorities that she had returned home, reports said. It was not clear what had caused the girl to disappear.
Yiannis Boutaris, Thessaloniki’s outspoken mayor, has posed half-naked for a photo shoot in the context of an AIDS awareness campaign. The pictures of Boutaris and another 31 public figures were to be published yesterday in Adore magazine, which is published with the city’s Makedonia newspaper. In an interview with the magazine, Boutaris said would like to see more people come to the city for the annual Gay Pride parade. “If we could attract 50,000 gay people to Thessaloniki from all over the Balkans, the Middle East and anywhere else to manifest their cause, that would be great news for the city,” he said, adding that the city’s annual event currently attracts between 2,000and 3,000 visitors.