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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
GREECE 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 Canine protest hero dies The long-term effects of tear gas and physical violence inflicted by police have seen the death of Greece’s symbol of anti-austerity, Loukanikos. The stray dog received recognition across the globe in 2010 when he was spotted time and time again attending protest rallies in the vicinity of Syntagma Square. Loukanikos, meaning ‘sausage’ in Greek, was the name on locals’ lips when Greek Australian writer and philosopher Mary Zournazi took her first trip to Greece in October 2014. “During the protests, Loukanikos was noticeable for his frontline activism and allegiance to the protestors. There are many photos that capture his commitment and loyalty to the crowd,” Ms Zournazi said on ABC National Radio. “As a stray dog, he also forged a great affinity with people who identified with his homelessness and vulner- ability. His very presence became the symbol of the everyday person fighting for his or her rights.” Loukanikos’ presence gained such recognition that in 2011 he was nominated for Person of the Year in Time Magazine. However, due to his deteriorating health, the dog was forced to ‘retire’ from the movement in 2012, and was taken on by a generous Athenian family who were with him when he passed away earlier this month. “He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating,” the dog’s carer told Greek newspaper, Avgi. Though Loukanikos has passed on, his memory will live on as “a parable of hope: he represents the timeless quest for democracy and the courage and spirit of the people”, said Ms Zournazi. Vale Loukanikos. Source: ABC Greek citadel discovered in Israel An ancient Greek citadel has been uncovered in Jerusalem following excavations under a car park in the city. The Acra is on the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, which were built centuries after Romans devastated the Greek site in AD70. “This sensational discovery allows us, for the first time, to reconstruct the layout of the settlement in the city,” archaeologists said. The exact location of the city was unknown until its discovery. The site dates back to Antiochus IV Epiphanes’ reign in 168BC, serving part of a defence system until it was recaptured by the Jews in 141BC, led by Jewish leader Simon Maccabees. The site of the ancient Greek citadel. PHOTO: EPA/ABIR SULTAN. Loutraki casino shuts down The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) on Thursday issued an order for the temporary closure of Loutraki Casino for not complying with a court decision ordering the casino to immediately pay taxes of €1.8 million due over the last three months. The courts in Corinth have argued that they do not have the authority to rule on the matter, with the casino turning to the administrative appeal court of Tripoli, which will examine the case in a few days. Loutraki Casino had disputed the imposition of the 13 percent Gross Gaming Revenues Tax (GGR Tax), but a court decision in July ruled against it. A spokesperson for the caELA cap lowered The European Central Bank has carried out a reduction of the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) ceiling towards Greek banks. Banks can draw from the domestic central bank €0.9 billion. PHOTO: CASINO LOUTRAKI. sino told the Athens-Macedonia News Agency that it pays a 35 per cent tax, when all other betting and gaming companies pay 32 per cent, with the exception of OPAP which pays a 30 per cent tax. The near €2-million shortfall derives from this taxa- tion difference. The casino acknowledged its debt and promised to settle it by late Thursday. EEEP said it would await confirmation of the payment to allow the casino to reopen. Source: Kathimerini, To Vima The reduction came at the request of the Bank of Greece, due to the liquidity improvement and the stabilisation of deposit flows. The ECB had previously reduced the emergency liquidity assistance available to Greek banks by €1 billion in October, again at the request of the Bank of Greece. Greek banks have relied on the emergency liquidity assistance ( ELA) since February after being cut off from the ECB’s funding window. Source: The Economic Times A portrait of Loukanikos adorning a building in Psirri, Athens. PHOTO: ABC/ DIMITRIS GRAFFIN. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Passing of multi-bill to take Greece a step closer to bailout tranche Greek parliament is due to pass its second multi-bill in recent weeks to move Greece a step closer to receiving its next instalment of bailout funding. The omnibus bill contains a series of measures demanded by Greece’s lenders so they can release the next €2-billion tranche when eurozone finance ministers meet on Monday. The draft legislation which included a contentious measure on taxation for microbreweries was removed, however, the government is expected to settle another four outstanding matters over the next few days to allow the Eurogroup to give the green light for the disbursement. Meanwhile, the amendment submitted on Thursday es- sentially requires local authorities to ignore verdicts to knock down any illegal structures in forest areas, at least for the next few years. Unpaid mortgages and other nonperforming loans will also need to be resolved. European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici indicated that an agreement on bad housing loans, and in what cases primary residences can be repossessed by banks, would have to be agreed with lenders by Monday’s Eurogroup. Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis said he expects the government to come up with a plan for nonperforming business loans by the end of the month. Source: Kathimerini Greek law school wins top spot in world competition UoA’s School of Law students outperform their colleagues from international major universities The Department of International Studies and the team of undergraduate students of the University of Athens’ Law School have won first place in the Global Rounds of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot. It was the third time the Athens School of Law entered the international contest, battling for supremacy against another 82 institutions, supervised by lecturer Anastasios Gourgourinis. The competition, which simulates international investment arbitration, took place in London and lasted from 29 October until 1 November. Each team supports its position in memorial writing and performs an oral presentation before a panel of experts. The team coaches were students Irene Kikarea and Kleoniki-Maria Sergaki, while the competing members were students Despina Arslanidi, Eleftherios Dafermos, Thomas Papadogiannis Varouhakis, Dimitris Stamatis, Nikoletta Chalikopoulou and Maria-Eleni Chrysanthakopoulou. The Greek law students managed to beat their colleagues from Georgetown University, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Buenos Aires, the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, the Lomonosov State University of Moscow and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore). Harvard University, King’s College London, the University of Helsinki and PluriCourts University of Oslo were also among the major institutions taking part in the contest. Source: TVXS University of Athens law students celebrating their victory. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.
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