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Napthine declares pride in Greek community

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first_imgPremier Denis Napthine told Neos Kosmos this week that Victoria’s Greek community were continuing a tradition of nation building, with a new generation adding to the social and economic growth of the state. On walkabout at a wet and blustery Antipodes Festival last Saturday, Dr Napthine spoke for the first time as Premier about his support for multiculturalism. “It’s one of our greatest assets – in terms of our quality of life but also in terms of our businesses. “The multicultural community gives us enormous advantages in doing business not only locally but internationally,” said the Premier. Dr Napthine acknowledged the role Greek immigrants had played following the years of mass migration, describing the Greek community as “one of the major players in the transformation of Victoria into a very modern 21st century society”. “The Greek community have made an enormous contribution to our arts, culture, and our business life.” Asked what his government would be doing to assist Greek Australian pensioners, many of whom voiced concerns last year about concessions not keeping pace with the cost of living and spiralling aged care costs, the Premier said he was “very aware” of the issues facing the community and the importance of providing culturally appropriate services. Reflecting his own personal experience of cultural diversity, Dr Napthine said he was proud of his nieces and nephews who are of Greek and Chinese backgrounds. “My sister married a Greek, and another sister married someone of Chinese Australian background, so my family has a great multicultural history.” Whilst rain and gusting winds kept some away from last weekend’s Glendi, the Premier, along with Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott, spent time sheltering beside the stalls which lined Lonsdale Street, before the festival’s official opening by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “I love the souvlaki and the music,” said the Premier, “but I’m here really to experience the Greek enjoyment of life. “Greeks probably show the way in terms of how they enjoy life and they really do know how to party. Greeks do it ten times better than Australians.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Oct 21 2015

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Walker: I’ll pull reserves tax if AKLNG partners cement withdrawal agreementRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker says he would consider removing a natural gas reserves tax from  this month’s special legislative session agenda — but only if the state’s partners in the Alaska LNG pipeline project can negotiate an acceptable replacement by Friday.Palmer prison hearing outlines ankle-monitoring planEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA state Department of Corrections plan to release non-violent prisoners and put them on electronic monitoring has raised alarm in Palmer.Fear, confusion prompted false confessions, 2 Fairbanks 4 defendants sayDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksTwo of the Fairbanks Four say they lied to police about some of what they did the October 1997 night John Hartman was attacked, but maintain they did so out of fear and confusion, not guilt.NTSB: Unbalanced weight caused 2013 crash that killed 10Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – DillinghamThe National Transportation Safety Board has released the results of an investigation into a 2013 airplane crash in Soldotna that killed 10 people.Women’s legal rights handbook gets update, publishes onlineJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauA little-known handbook for Alaskan women that details victim’s rights and outlines practical ways to get out of abusive situations has been updated and, for the first time, published online.Leaked memo shows Morris misled Juneau, Kenai newspaper readersZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageLast month, a Georgia-based media group with several papers and magazines in Alaska misled readers with a controversial editorial.Survey finds billions of Arctic cod under sea iceMonica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageWhat happens under Arctic sea ice has largely been hidden from the prying eyes of science. But a new under-ice trawl net has changed that. A new study finds a northern cod species lurking there in the billions.Volcano Observatory repairs seismic monitors in Southwest AlaskaJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThis summer, Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists embarked on an ambitious project to repair seismic monitoring equipment at active volcanoes around Southwest Alaska. Now 176 of the Observatory’s 216 seismic stations are in working order.French sailor makes desperate Pacific Ocean leap onto Shell vesselJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaA French sailor dove onto a Shell Oil icebreaker in 20-foot seas Tuesday. He made the desperate jump with his cat about 350 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor in the Pacific Ocean.last_img read more

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