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Sydney Opera House bans selfie sticks

Sydney Opera House was the most instagrammed site in Australia in 2014, Xinhua news agency reported

 

Australia's Sydney Opera House has joined a growing list of cultural institutions worldwide to crack down on the use of the telescopic camera attachment that gives a wider field of view for "selfie"-style photographs, media reported on Monday.
 
Sydney Opera House was the most instagrammed site in Australia in 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
A spokeswoman for Australia's national icon confirmed taking photos during performances is prohibited, however, they do permit visitors to take "selfies" outside the Sydney landmark and within the building's foyer.
 
"In fact, for our summer and Vivid campaigns this year, we produced precinct maps highlighting the Opera House's best selfie spots," she said.
 
Opera Australia -- which uses the Sydney Opera House for it's performances -- encourages selfies during performance intervals, however, only at arms length and not with a selfie stick.
 
"I love that people want to share their opera experience with their friends by taking selfies," Opera Australia Artistic Art Director Lyndon Terracini said. "I'm more than happy for audience members to do that before the opera beings or at interval, but not during the production when it could disturb performers or other patrons."
 
Australia's National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra have all banned the telescopic attachment camera attachment, also known as the "wand of Narcissus." 

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Make quick 'possible' proposals for renegotiation: EU

Schulz said that an immediate renegotiation was necessary and possible but depends on Greek proposals

 

The European Union urged the Greek government to make "meaningful" and "possible" proposals in coming hours for renegotiation, following early results which have shown that Greece overwhelmingly rejected the bloc's bailout offer.
 
"The NO side has won the referendum with notable majority, we have to respect the vote of Greek people," European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement, Xinhua reported.
 
He argued that a "NO" vote would not entail a better deal as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised to his people. "We have difficult situation," he said.
 
"Greek people said NO, but 18 members of euro zone agreed about the proposals," he said. "It is now up to Greek government to make proposals to convince the other 18 member states of euro zone and the institutions in Brussels."
 
Schulz said that an immediate renegotiation was "necessary" and "possible" but depends on Greek proposals.
 
He also said that it seems "very difficult and dangerous" that the Greek banks could reopen on Monday and the money would be available till Tuesday, which was assured by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
 
The Greek people said "no more" to five years of austerity, Varoufaks said in a televised address after his government triumphed.
 
"Greek people handed back their ultimatum... NO means YES to a democratic Europe and the EU's vision for prosperity," the minister said.
 
Greek main opposition conservative New Democracy party leader and former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras resigned after primarily results showed a strong lead of no.
 
According to local media, Greek negotiating team was ready to travel to Brussels and the government assured that dialogue with lenders would resume from Sunday night.
 
Earlier Greek ministers said that the government wanted a debt deal within 48 hours, as the country's banking system was under unprecedented pressure.
 
Since last Monday Greek banks were closed and capital controls have been imposed to avert the sector's collapse after the European emergency liquidity aid to the local banking system was cut off.
 
Greek officials have admitted that ATMS would run out of cash on Monday with no more financial support from creditors.
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were due to meet on Monday in Paris to access the outcome of referendum.
 
To discuss situation on Greece debt talks, leaders of the European Commission, the European Council and Eurogroup have decided to have a conference call on Monday morning and an euro summit will be convened on Tuesday. 

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'NO' leads by 61% in Greek referendum

At least 40% of the electoral body should participate for the referendum to be valid, under the Greek Constitution

 

"NO" led by 61 percent of votes against 39 percent for YES in crucial Greek referendum on the debt deal creditors' have submitted, according to the first official estimate released by the Interior Ministry with about 20 percent of votes counted.
 
Turnout in Sunday's referendum that might decide whether Greece would stave off an imminent disorderly default and a possible exit from the euro zone stood at approximately 57 percent, Xinhua cited the first official estimate.
 
At least 40 percent of the electoral body should participate for the referendum to be valid, under the Greek Constitution.
 
As the final official results were expected on Monday morning, Greek cabinet ministers were expressing the Leftist government's satisfaction over the outcome and willingness to strike a better agreement with lenders immediately.
 
"We must strike a deal within 48 hours," Greek government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis told the national broadcaster ERT highlighting the urgency for a deal, as the local banking system faced the specter of collapse with no foreign aid, banks closed and capital controls introduced since last Monday.
 
The chief of Greece's Banking Association Louka Katseli has said that ATMS are expected to run out of cash on Monday should the emergency liquidity aid to Greek banks will not resume in the next few hours.
 
Voters gave a clear mandate to the Leftist government to seek a "mutually beneficial" solution to the crisis based on its proposals rather than the creditor's offer on harsh terms, Sakellaridis argued, as NO camp proponents were gathering in front of the parliament to celebrate.
 
Sakellaridis and other cabinet ministers speaking in local media assured that dialogue with lenders would resume from Sunday night. According to government sources the Greek negotiating team was ready to travel to Brussels.
 
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who called the referendum a week ago as five month negotiations with lenders had hit an impasse, has assured voters that on July 7 Greece will have a deal at hand on better terms to secure further vital international funding to stay afloat in the euro zone.
 
The government assured that banks which closed after the European Central Bank cut off emergency liquidity aid following his surprise call for the referendum, will reopen on Tuesday. Skepticism was widespread, in particular after remarks made by some ministers on Sunday evening.
 
"In 24 hours we could have an agreement, I said. But our toxic media rushed to report that I predicted an agreement within 24 hours," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis tweeted.
 
Deputy Finance Minister Nadia Valavanis caused an immediate uproar by stating on Alpha television that the government intended to block access to safe deposit boxes in banks vaults to savers to avert further bank run.
 
European officials, main opposition parties in Greece and analysts across the world have warned that the result could be interpreted as a NO to Greece's future membership in the euro zone and lead to more hardship for Greek people.
 
Since July 1 Greece is already in arrears to the International Monetary Fund and without the safety net of the bailout program that kept it afloat over the past five years, is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.
 
Officials and analysts in Greece and abroad warned that banks may not reopen this week and Greek citizens will suffer more pain before any deal is reached.

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