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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 February 2018
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM welcomes new Australians The Calwell representative took part in the Brimbank City Council’s 2018 Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day "What makes a good Australian instead, is someone who wants to raise their family and do the best for their kids." Maria Vamvakinou quotes this statement, made by the federal Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, as a point of reference. Mr Shorten was speaking at Brimbank City Council's 2018 Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day, welcoming "150 allies to make the story of Australia the story of progress and success." Calwell MP Maria Vamvakinou welcomed the sentiment, “It was wonderful to witness so many committed people making a pledge to our modern and multicultural coun- Maria Vamvakinou Paraskevi Michou is the new EC Migration and Home Affairs Director-General A Greek national has been appointed to the top position of the European Commission's (EC) Migration and Home Affairs department. Announced on Wednesday, Paraskevi Michou is the new Director-General of its Migration and Home Affairs department with the appointment taking full effect on 1 March. try." She expressed her gratitude towards Mayor Margaret Giudice and CEO Helen Morrissey and said she was honoured to welcome "150 new citizens to the wider Australian family." Ms Michou, who until now has been Deputy SecretaryGeneral of the EC is the first woman to hold that post. Having joined the European Commission in 1995, she has worked in several Commission departments including as Acting Director-General in its Justice department between October 2014 and October 2015 which led to her current position as Deputy SecretaryGeneral in charge of Institutional and Administrative Policies, Smart Regulation and Work Programme in 2015. Ms Michou has such Enrolments for 2018 will commence from Monday 5th February Οι εγγραφές για το 2018 αρχίζουν από τη Δευτέρα 5 Φεβρουαρίου breadth of experience across the EC's board that she is considered to be one of the Commission's key players in shaping the Commission's overall response to the migration crisis, notably by steering the Commission's crisis management on migration across all services. In her new function as Director-General, she will work directly with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and with Commissioner Julian King, in charge of Security Union, under the authority of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, in charge of Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The outgoing Director-General Matthias Ruete will become Hors-Classe Adviser for strategic matters related to Energy Union, Security Union, Subsidiarity and Pro- Paraskevi Michou portionality in the Secretariat-General on 1 March until the end of this year. "Both appointments will ensure continuity in the leadership and a smooth succession in the crucial area of migration and home affairs," the official European Commission announcement concluded. Mikakos announces new funding to give new parents ongoing support The initiative will connect parents with other parents and services in their community Being a first-time parent isn't easy, particularly without the necessary support. The school offers: Teaching of the Modern Greek Language with contemporary programs authorised by the Education Department of Victoria Qualified, dedicated and caring teachers and assistants with love and respect for your child A Happy and Safe family environment that put us above the rest Low school fees Language, Ethos and Greek Orthodox culture Greek Dancing and Drama classes, songs and many more cultural activities AHEPA GREEK SCHOOL is a not for profit institution run by AHEPA. Our Vision is to provide a holistic children’s Greek teaching program in a positive, safe and civilised family environment complimented by love and care. For further details please contact Mrs Tasia Manos on 9527 9053 – 0425 750 273 Για πληροφορίες παρακαλώ επικοινωνήστε με την κυρία Τασία Μάνος 9527 9053 – 0425 750 273 Website: www.ahepagreekschool.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In recognition of this, Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos announced this week a $200,000 grant for Playgroup Victoria that will aim to build stronger connections between Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurserun first-time parent groups and community playgroups. "We know being a new parent can have its challenges, which is why connecting them to playgroups can be so beneficial," said Ms Mikakos. "This is about providing new parents with social support and ensuring they get the help they need while their children are in those vital early years." Playgroups give children the chance to learn through play, with additional benefits for parents who can spend time with their children while meeting other parents in their community. This gives parents the chance to support one another, and has even been proven to be helpful for mothers dealing with postnatal depression. Through the initiative Playgroup Victoria will work with MCH nurses across Victoria to develop resources that will help connect new parents to local community playgroups, giving them access to ongoing social support and building links within their communities. Mikakos demands full investigation into accidental release of serious criminal Acting Minister for Corrections Jenny Mikakos called for an official inquiry over the circumstances that led to a serious criminal being 'accidentally' released from custody, despite being remanded on armed robbery charges. "I have demanded that Corrections Victoria conduct a full investigation into how this could have occurred and how to prevent this from happening again," she said, deeming the incident as "completely unacceptable". According to a Corrections Victoria spokesperson, the the prisoner had been "incorrectly released from custody" on 23 January, only to return the next morning, after handing himself to the police.
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