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Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.
www.foxnews.com | 11/13/18

Historian Bob Whitaker and Dr. Kate Cook talk about Assassin's Creed Odyssey, the Peloponnesian War, life in Athens and Sparta, women in ancient Greece, and the importance of the arts and artists in Athenian society. ...

www.gamasutra.com | 10/22/18

ATHENS ? A strike by Greek culture ministry workers on Thursday shut the ancient Acropolis, which is the country’s most popular attraction, and left a long line of tourists outside. Workers called...

www.nationnews.com | 10/11/18

Lindsay Lohan will make her return to television, starring in a new docu-series for MTV that will trace the launch of a new beach club in Mykonos.

With a working title of “Lohan Beach Club,” the series began production this week and will follow Lohan as she continues to build her business empire. The Mykonos club, named Lohan Beach House, marks the actress’ third business venture in Greece, preceded by the Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.

“Pack your bags, MTV. We’re going to Mykonos,” Lohan says in the video teaser for the series. The teaser gives viewers a glimpse at luxury beachside amenities and a day and nightclub. The series was previously teased in a New York Times feature about the actress.

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“Lohan Beach Club (WT) offers viewers VIP access to one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, and a behind the scenes look at how a young, successful entrepreneur runs her empire,” said Nina L. Diaz, president of Programming and Development for MTV. “We are thrilled to have such a passionate and creative partner in Lindsay to help explore this intriguing culture, all through the eyes of her brand.”

The series is executive produced by Lohan and Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz for Bunim/Murray Productions. Lily Neumeyer, Jessica Zalkind and Ben Hurvitz executive produce for MTV. Lohan is repped by APA.

Watch above.

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www.thewrap.com | 7/30/18
On Thursday, July 26, many Russians could see the phantom of the good old iron curtain falling between Russia and the West. The news came from the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Irina Tyurina. Last week, United Russia MPs proposed amending the federal law about the procedure to leave and enter the territory of the Russian Federation. In accordance with these amendments, the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs should hold mandatory accreditation of all companies rendering intermediary visa registration services to Russian citizens. In order to obtain accreditation, a visa issuance company is supposed to have representative offices in at least 20 regions of the Russian Federation, whereas the share of foreign participation in the authorized capital of the company should not exceed 20 percent. In addition, applicants should have certified technical means to process confidential information (including biometric personal data). The amendments also require at least three years of experience in collecting and processing documents for obtaining visas on behalf of diplomatic missions and consular missions.According to the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Irina Tyurina, none of  existing operators can meet the criteria proposed in the draft law. For example, it is unclear how they should comply with the requirement of foreign participation. Presently, there are six companies that run visa service centers in Russia: VFS Global, GVCW - Greece, VMS - Italy, BLS - Spain, India, TLS - Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium and Pony Express. The information on each of these companies is available to the public in the state register of legal entities.It is unlikely that these companies can be replaced with Russian ones: even if they meet all other requirements, Russian companies will not have three years of experience in rendering visa services. Needless to say that the adoption of amendments will trigger a mirror response from other countries. In this case, big plans to attract foreign tourists to Russia, especially after the World Cup, may not materialize.To make matters worse, residents of Russians regions will have to come to Moscow to get a visa to a foreign country. They will also have to spend many hours standing in long lines to visa departments of foreign embassies, as it was practiced during the 2000s. In a nutshell, all this is nothing but bad news that, if it becomes real, will complicate the lives of all Russian travelers. The news triggered countless "iron curtain" discussions in social media in Russia. The "iron curtain" has many holes in it as Russia has visa-free regime with many countries. Yet, the curtain would be very strong when it comes to a trip to Europe or to the States. Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Sergei Krivonosov, (United Russia) said that the Russian authorities, on the contrary, seek to minimize visa restrictions."At the initiative of the president, we are currently preparing proposals to simplify visa procedures. There are a number of countries that have already simplified the procedure to issue visas for Russian citizens. I haven't heard of the initiative that you're talking about. The State Duma's Subcommittee on Tourism (Sergei Krivonosov heads it - ed.) works to simplify visa procedures," the MP told Pravda.Ru. "We do want to make the procedure simpler, because we've had problems with bankruptcies of tour operators. We believe that an electronic visa can help. I am sure that there is no iron curtain of any type involved," Sergei Krivonosov added. Oleg ArtyukovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Zachary Quinto continues to follow in Leonard Nimoy‘s footsteps as he takes on hosting duties of the new revival of In Search Of.

The show began as a trio of one-hour documentaries exploring various mysteries and was expanded into a series which ran from 1977 to 1982, hosted by the original Spock, who died in 2015 at age 83. Now, History has revived the series with several modern twists and the Spock of the modern Star Trek film series.

In a wide-ranging chat, Quinto admits to PEOPLE that the connection to Nimoy was part of the allure of taking the gig — although an interest in the subjects and the chance to travel the world certainly didn’t hurt either.

PEOPLE: This is such a different project than we’ve seen you do before. What was the draw?
ZACHARY QUINTO: When I was presented with the opportunity, I thought that there was a lot there, but I wanted to kind of take it in a new direction and expand the idea of the show. Whereas Leonard was in the studio and would welcome the audience and throw it to segments that were already produced, I felt really interested in the notion of traveling and being on the ground and conducting a lot of the interviews and journeys myself. It’s more of a firsthand experience for the audience, which I think is a little bit more dynamic…. Ultimately the format and the nature of the show is, to look at things from more than one angle and to entertain all the possibilities, even the ones that we don’t particularly have all the answers about.

Was part of the attraction to this continuing to remind people of Leonard Nimoy’s legacy and feel connected to him?
We became very close friends, I became really interested in his curiosity and his intellectual drive, even into his later years. I think anything that connects me to him is something that’s interesting to me. I loved him and I miss him, so I think, on some level, that has to play a part of it. But it was also about making it my own. It was also about carrying it in a new direction and putting my own stamp on it.

Was there any particular mystery you were most excited to look into?
The History Channel was really interested in honoring the origins of the show and continuing the legacy of some of the hallmark episodes, like aliens and monsters of the deep. And I was really interested in moving it forward a little bit, exploring the things that didn’t even necessarily exist 40 years ago, like artificial intelligence and mind control and life after death; well, that existed 40 years ago but I don’t think to the degree that we understand it today. So we’ve evolved a lot as a society, as a culture, and technology and science have evolved along with us.

Did you feel any sort of connection at all to the aliens or superhuman episodes?
I felt interested in the people I got to meet during those episodes. The aliens episode was really interesting to me because I went in there pretty skeptical, and while I didn’t come out with any concrete evidence or proof that alien encounters have actually happened to the people that we interviewed, I did feel like their stories were incredibly vivid and clear and that of the three people we interviewed, none of them knew each other or had any kind of connection or familiarity with each others’ stories, and yet, they all had incredible similarities. While it didn’t offer concrete evidence of the stories that they were telling, it certainly put me in the situation where I couldn’t deny that there were these hallmark similarities between them and that was unexpected.

Were there any other moments that really surprised you as you were filming?
I went into the episode we did on sinkholes with a lot of uncertainty as to how that would be interesting or why that would be dynamic, and that was the episode that probably surprised me the most, just in terms of how emotional it was. We encountered people who lost loved ones, who lost homes, and people in an entire neighborhood in Florida that was being compromised by sinkholes. That one, for me, was much more unexpected and moving than I ever thought it would be.

Talk a little about some of the travel involved. You were all over the place for this!
We really were. We were in Australia, we were in the U.K., we were in Italy, Greece, Morocco. It was an amazing experience from a travel standpoint. I was able to build some extra time in some places and see some things that I wouldn’t get to otherwise, so that was really exciting. I had a great time doing that.

What are your tricks for overcoming or avoiding jet lag?
I really try to get on the schedule of wherever I’m going before I get there…. But when you’re traveling this much, it’s just a part of the experience. There’s really no way around it. You just kind of have to embrace it at a certain point. And load up your iPad with whatever you want to watch when you can’t sleep at 3 in the morning.

What are your go-to shows for something like that?
I’ve been watching this design show lately called Grand Design, it’s a British format and it’s all about people who design daring, architectural projects and then execute them and what it is to go through the process of trying to complete them. That’s a good one for late at night.

You have just a few more weeks in Broadway’s Boys in the Band. What are you going to miss most about it when it closes in a few weeks?
I think my friends and the joy of showing up and doing it with them every night. It’s certainly going to be the hardest thing to say goodbye to.

What’s the plan after that ends?
I’m figuring it out right now. There’s a bunch of stuff in the hopper and I’m just kind of figuring out which step to take next and meeting and reading a lot right now.

What kinds of things are you looking for?
I’m kind of ready to be back on TV in a way. I haven’t done a TV show in quite some time, so I’m really opening myself up to the opportunities that are presenting themselves in the TV space.

In Search Of premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET on HISTORY.

people.com | 7/20/18

The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years, beginning in Mycenaean Greece, continuing most notably into Classical Greece, through the influence of the Roman Empire and its Greek Eastern successor the Byzantine Empire. Foreign occupiers such as the Ottoman Empire, medieval Latin kingdoms, the Venetian Republic, Genoese Republic, and British Empire have also left their influence on modern Greek culture, but historians credit the Greek war of independence with revitalising Greece and giving birth to a single entity of its multi-faceted culture.


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