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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
Sad news from Greece - Loukanikos, the valiant dog who faced down Greek riot police during the height of the eurozone crisis, has died. Greek media report that Loukanikos (Greek for sau- sage) passed away peace- fully, having retired from protests in 2012. Loukanikos began hitting the headlines in 2010, when the stray hound began ap- pearing in the front line of anti-austerity protests. According to Avgi jour- nalist Petros Katsakos, the dog's health was adverse- ly affected by tear gas and from being kicked from po- lice, forcing him to ‘retire’ from active protest about two years ago. "He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating," Loukanikos' carer told Avgi. At the height of his fame, Loukanikos even featured in Time Magazine's review of 2011. Loukanikos 'retired' in au- tumn 2012, around the time that the eurozone crisis was easing. He swapped tear gas and riot shields for a gen- tler life with an Athens fam- ily, who offered "all the care, love, food and vaccinations" a dog could need. Source: The Guardian GREEK HEADLINES SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 23 GREECE AVGHI: They (government) assumed the main opposition role. EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: Government in the main opposition's role. ELEFTHEROTYPIA: Austerity until 2019. ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: Up to 50 per cent lower instalment for debts to Tax Bureau and social security funds. ESTIA: We have paid an extremely high price for the early elections. ETHNOS: 6,000 hirings of university degree holders in public sector. IMERISSIA: Debt and divorce from IMF on the table. LOGOS: ‘The mother of all battles’ in parliament. NAFTEMPORIKI: Incentives to banks for haircut to businesses’ debts. TA NEA: Government seeks a way to get rid of the troika. KATHIMERINI: Double front for Turkey. RIZOSPASTIS: Government and SYRIZA set up a fight for disorientation. The second phase of talks be- tween Greece and the troika is likely to be tougher than expected after the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, indicated on Thurs- day that Greece should main- tain a lifeline with the fund, even as Prime Minister An- tonis Samaras claimed the country can cover its financ- ing needs alone. Speaking at an annual fund event in Washington, Lagarde acknowledged the desire of Greek officials for an early exit from its loan program with the European Commission, European Cen- tral Bank and IMF, but said the country would still need help. "In order to deliver a continuous satisfactory out- come, the country would be, in our view, in a better posi- tion if it had precautionary support," she said. "So we are talking about evolution in the relationship. But we believe that the relationship can still be extremely helpful for the country to move on." Her comments came a week after ECB president Mario Draghi said Greece must stay in some form of program if its banks' asset-backed secu- rities are to be eligible for the ECB's ABS program. Lagarde's comments also came as Samaras claimed, in an interview with Bloomb- erg, that Greece can cover its funding needs by tapping bond markets. "We feel fully comfortable," Samaras said when asked if the country could cope alone, adding that halting payouts would not be "a divorce" with creditors. "We want to do it properly," he said, noting that Athens is willing to discuss some form of monitoring. The European arm of Greece's loan program ends in December but the IMF's part is set to continue un- til the spring of 2016, with some 15 billion euros still to be disbursed. Samaras has proposed, however, that the IMF program end early, with Greece forgoing the pend- ing funding and seeking it instead from bond markets. A Greek delegation, com- prising Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis, Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras and Samaras' adviser Stavros Papastavrou, is due to hold talks with La- garde on Sunday in Washing- ton, where the government's plan for exiting the bailout early is expected to be pre- sented. Source: Kathimerini IMF chief says Greece should keep credit line The coalition was expected to comfortably win a con- fidence vote in parliament, set to be held this morning (Australian time), especially after its ranks were boosted on Thursday by the return of independent MP Nikitas Kak- lamanis to New Democracy. Prime Minister Antonis Sa- maras, who missed the first two days of debate as he was out of the country for a Eu- ropean Union leaders' meet- ing, was expected to deliver a closing address in parliament that will focus largely on the government's achievements over the last two years. Samaras was also expected to announce the details of the government's new payment plan for taxpayers and busi- nesses owing money to the state. The government only needs the support of 146 lawmak- ers to win the vote as nine Golden Dawn MPs were barred from taking part be- cause they are in pre-trial custody. The coalition added a 155th deputy to its ranks on Friday after Kaklamanis reached an agreement to re- turn. Kaklamanis was ousted in December after failing to support a property tax bill. He then had a bitter row with New Democracy after deciding to stand against the party's candidate for Athens mayor in the May local elec- tions. The lawmaker's return to New Democracy's parlia- mentary group means Sa- maras' party now has 127 lawmakers. Source: Kathimerini Coalition boosts ranks for vote of confidence ‘The Watchful Cheetah’, an image of a female big cat resting in the grass at the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya, has propelled young Greek shutterbug Leon Petri- nos into the under-10 cate- gory of the prestigious in- ternational competition for best Wildlife Photographer of the Year, presented by London's Natural History Museum and the BBC, and celebrating its 50th anniver- sary this year. Petrino's image of the feline is among 42,000 photographs from 96 countries submitted to the competition. He was eight years old when he cap- tured the shot while on safa- ri in the east African country with his family. "You can tell the animal's feelings from the look in the eye, the way the fur lies and the ears move," Leon says in the note accompanying his entry. He particularly likes portraits, he says, because "the animal's feelings talk to you". Presenter at this year's award ceremony at the Nat- ural History Museum in Lon- don on October 21 is David Attenborough, who will an- nounce the winners selected by a panel of judges, includ- ing American environmen- talist and photographer Jim Brandenburg, Norwegian photographer Pal Hermans- en and South Korean curator Sujong Song. All 100 photographs will be exhibited at the NHM from October 24 to August 30. Source: Kathimerini Safari shot garners Greek boy top award nomination The potentially award-winning photo of Leon. Loukanikos, the legendary Greek riot dog, dies The defiant Loukanikos.
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