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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015 23 GREECE Hundreds of refugees camped out at Victoria Square Hundreds of migrants and refugees are sleeping rough on and around Victoria Square, in downtown Athens. More than 100,000 refugees and migrants entered Greece in August, according to data presented by the country's coast guard. The war in Syria and Europe's refugee crisis will take centre stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, as world leaders work to overcome deep divisions over how to confront the turmoil. Source: Kathimerini Greek animal lover gives up job to found a dog shelter NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Attica in stagnant waters Seventeen years after the deadline expired, authorities are scrambling to find a way to comply with European Union sewage treatment regulations at two municipalities in Attica before hefty fines start kicking in following a final ruling by the European Court of Justice next week. The ministries of Environment and Interior on Thursday held a meeting with regional and local authorities, as well as the head of the Ath- ens Water Supply & Sewage Company (EYDAP), to discuss the issue, which has been held up by rows over who should have the final say on whether Spata-Artemida and Rafina-Pikermi, northeast of Athens, should be connected to the treatment plant on the islet of Psyttaleia or have their own plants. The delay has led to the loss of €250 million in EU structural funds. Source: Kathimerini Theoklitos Proestakis, a dentist from Greece, gave up his career to build a shelter for stray animals in Ierapetra, Crete and has single-handedly saved more than 200 dogs over the last three years. Theoklitos, 44, widely known as Takis, deeply saddened by the cruelty and atrocities against animals in Greece and especially his island, decided to launch Takis shelter and try to save as many strays as he could. Since the crisis began, many Greek families chose to abandon their dogs, after not being able to provide for them. "One day I went to the rubbish dump and I saw so many dogs lying there dead or helpless with broken legs, starving, so skinny and so sick and dying. It horrified me," Takis explains. "I just wanted to help them, so I started looking after them, taking them food and water and I was so happy when I saw they started to get stronger." Authorities scramble to solve sewage delay as fines loom. GREEK HEADLINES AVGHI: VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM PARLIAMENT AND EUROPE DIMOKRATIA: BATTLE WITH CORRUPTION EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: FRANCE’S INTERVENTION ON THE DEBT ISSUE ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: THE GOVERNMENT IMPROVISES, WHILE THE IMF ASKS FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES ESTIA: THE END OF CONSENSUS ETHNOS: THE NEW PROPERTY TAX FOR 2016 IMERISIA: NEW ENFIA (UNIFORM REAL ESTATE TAX) IN 2016 KATHIMERINI: TSIPRAS ALONE IN THE VOTING OF THE MEASURES NAFTEMPORIKI: CHANGES IN TAX PROPERTY RIZOSPASTIS: (COMMUNIST PARTY) KKE CALLS ON PEOPLE TO ORGANISE THEIR BATTLE TA NEA: REVERSAL OF ROLES Due to the lack of a neutering culture in the area, many puppies are being dumped in the wilderness and left to starve, if not killed or abused. Takis’ neighbours, however, started to get really angry with him and even threatened to kill the dogs as they were becoming a "nuisance". He would often find dogs thrown out of cars, tied to fences and poles under extreme weather conditions. With the local authorities either unable or most of the times unwilling to help, Takis moved to the outskirts of the town and built the shelter with his life savings, paying from his own pocket to help neuter strays. "I am absolutely alone here at the shelter; I have no money, I had to sell my car, I had to sell my caravan, I have Takis and his pups. nothing. I had to borrow money. "I was ready to sell it a few months ago, because I couldn't see how I could carry on," he says. It wasn't until Takis came across a dog named Fellnase that a turning point was signalled for Takis and his shelter. The animal had been brutally abused, skinned alive and left to die in the summer heat. "Since I uploaded the photos of the abused dog and the work that I had done to heal her, people all over the world have been offering to help," he tells Neos Kosmos. "All the money comes from donations. Some 98 per cent of the donations come from outside Greece, mostly from Europe and the United States." The dog shelter has expanded to cover an area of 5,200 square-metres and costs nearly €1,300 on a monthly basis just to feed the animals, not to mention an extra €700 for vet bills on top of that. Vets in Greece can't afford to do anything for free, according to Takis, and even though he gets discounted rates it still costs €150 to neuter a female dog. "This is my life. It's difficult With proper medical care and lots of love she started to heal. but I love it," Takis enthuses. "I work so hard here but when I see the dogs happy and enjoying themselves and learning to trust people again then it's all worth it.' A fundraising site has recently been set up to save the shelter, feed and cater for the animals’ veterinary needs as well as pay for airport expenses for the dogs rehomed abroad. "My next move will be to finish the cat shelter I'm building and pay off everyone who has offered me their services in good faith." ND to have a new leader by the end of November New Democracy's leadership contest will be held in two rounds set for November 22 and 29, the party's electoral committee decided on Thursday following a marathon five-hour session. Meanwhile, the campaigns of the candidates - current leader Evangelos Meimarakis, ex-ministers Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Adonis Geor- giadis, and Central Macedonia governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas - are heating up. Mitsotakis launched his campaign tour with a visit to Cyprus, as Tzitzikostas inaugurated his Athens offices on Panepistimiou Avenue. In-party rivalry has not af- fected the conservatives' zerotolerance stance vis-a-vis the leftist-led government, which is drawing fire from all four. Meimarakis on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the wake of an IMF report suggesting Greece may need additional measures worth €1.35 billion to cover its primary deficit. "Don't even think about bringing new measures to parliament," Meimarakis said. Source: Kathimerini Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the most likely candidate to assume leadership, according to the first polls. Some of the dogs at the shelter enjoying a snack. When Takis first found Fellnase, there was little hope she’d survive.
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