Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alternate Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras announced the creation of a special advisory committee that is to coordinate a strategic national effort to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles, a longstanding demand of the Greek authorities. Speaking a few weeks after the British Museum denied reports that it was considering returning fragments of sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, Tzavaras said the ministry was bringing together “individuals of influence, knowledge and long experience of efforts to repatriate the Marbles.” The committee includes lawyers, archaeologists and senior government officials. “Greece’s moral right ranks above every objection based on arguments aimed at procrastinating and ignoring the basic principle which applies worldwide and demands that cultural monuments are repatriated,” Tzavaras said. In a related development, a decision by the Central Archaeological Council has given the go-ahead for two movie projects to use the Acropolis and other archaeological landmarks as filming locations. The first film, called Two Faces of January and based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, is to star Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst under the direction of Iranian-British screenwriter Hossein Amini. Scenes are to be filmed on the Acropolis in Athens and at Knossos on Crete though the crew has not been granted permission to film within the columns of the cordoned-off Parthenon. The crew reportedly had asked to film scenes depicting labourers on scaffolding around the Acropolis in the 1960s but were informed that there had been no works under way on the monument at that time and that such scenes would be anachronistic. The second film that has been given a license to film on the Acropolis is an adaptation of The Valley of the Roses – a novel by the Swiss philhellene Paul Amadeus Dienach – to be filmed by Greek director Nikos Panagiotopoulos. In January, Greek authorities said they would reduce filming fees for the use of the country’s archaeological sites in a bid to lure production companies and bring in much-needed revenue. Officials stressed that approved projects would not put any monuments at risk. Source: Kathimerini
Acting Deputy Chief Sean Case speaks during a press conference in Mountain View on March 9, 2017. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Anchorage Police Department announced its new targeted crime plan Thursday. It focuses on getting into the community and developing relationships. APD will expand its foot patrols beyond downtown and into Mountain View, Fairview and Spenard.Acting Deputy Chief Sean Case spoke during a news conference at the Mountain View Community Center.“The goal of the foot patrol is to really put the police department in a position where we’re able to have that open dialog with people who live in these communities,” Case said. “They see things in a different light than we do. In order for us to really address some of the concerns and the problems in these neighborhoods, we have to be more available and accessible to them.”Patrols will expand further as they continue to add more officers, Case said during a follow-up interview.Mountain View resident Tasha Hotch said the changes will create a better environment in her neighborhood.“You know, as I go door to door to invite people to things like our community council meetings or different events in the community, people are scared to answer their doors,” Hotch said. “And I think that having foot patrols and more community policing is going to have a big impact on that, where it will feel more like a community.”The force will also focus more efforts on stopping drug distribution.“What we can see is there is a connection between drugs, burglaries, thefts, vehicle thefts, and violence,” Deputy Chief Case explained.A brief outline of APD’s new initiatives. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)As part of the plan, the Community Area Patrol unit will focus on street-level drug use, and the VICE unit will conduct longer-term investigations. The department will also increase their presence in areas where they receive lots of calls about shots being fired.Administration spokesperson Myer Hutchinson said the force’s new directives are made possible by the growing number of trained officers. APD’s staff has increased by 50 people since July of 2015. The Anchorage Assembly voted to increase APD’s budget for 2016 and 2017, allowing the department to hold more training academies.