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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 Aug 2019
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019 NEWS DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Small business awards showcase multicultural entrepreneurs in Melbourne’s north Nominations are now open for the 2019 Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards. First held in 2016, the awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of business operators from a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker background in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, in the Cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra. The awards are a partnership initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Small Chilli Marketing, City of Yarra and Business Victoria. Rebecca Pinney-Meddings, Stepping Stones to Small Business Program Manager at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and co-founder of the awards says: “Our first two award ceremonies in 2016 and 2017 were so inspiring, and the awards have grown bigger and more exciting each year. The award categories highlight businesses that promote multiculturalism and gender equality.” Stepping Stones to Small Business is a Brotherhood of St Laurence program that aims to educate migrant and refugee women about how to start a small business in Australia. “I was particularly proud to see one of our ‘Stepping Stones’ graduates receive an award in 2017”, says Rebecca. Effie Cinanni, Small Chilli Marketing Director and co-founder of the awards, explains: “The awards seek to promote both economic and community participation of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. We are thrilled that previous award winners such as Motorsport Distributors group have used this success as a platform to help grow their businesses internationally.” Award categories for this year include ‘Most promising new business’, ‘Business Excellence’, ‘Multicultural Impact’, ‘Women’s Small Business Champion’ and ‘Most Promising Stepping Stones Graduate’. Award nominations close on 20 September 2019. The awards ceremony is being hosted by City of Yarra at Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond on Wednesday 30 October 2019. To find out more about the award categories and eligibility criteria visit the website: www.nmsba.com.au Former assistant police commissioner Brett Guerin. PHOTO: ABC Former top cop Brett Guerin says ‘racist’ comments were a way of dealing with workplace stress Former assistant police commissioner Brett Guerin on Thursday told the Supreme Court that racist posts he made under the pseudonym Vernon Demerest was a way of dealing with the stress of his job. In the trial launched by nightclub owner Martha Tsamis, Mr Guerin told a sixmember jury that he had created the persona of a "pretentious bigot" as a way of dealing with the stress he was under in his senior role in the police force. "I was assistant commissioner of Professional Standards having to make very serious decisions about the futures of other police officers often with competing interests. 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By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis English Editor: Mary Sinanidis Journalists: Nelly Skoufatoglou, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Zoe Thomaidou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Contributors: Alexander Billinis, Dean Kalimniou, Alyssa Vasiliki Nikolakopoulos, Dr Stephen Minas, Simon Cropper, Charles Kemp, Daniel Little, Duane W Hamacher, George Stogiannou. Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis, Gregory Sembelides tem to make it less punitive, at the same time I was under pressure from other areas to be more punitive," he said. Repentant, Mr Guerin said his alter-ego was used to channel a character from the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell, a collection of novels about the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. He said that in the last 18 months he had spoken to a psychiatrist over why he created a persona as a vehicle to deal with stress, and said that he did not personally believe in the comments that he made while trolling social media that were made to reflect the attributes of the character he created. In his posts, he described Argentine soccer players as "greasy, diving cheating dagoes". In another post from 2013, Mr Guerin said: "I'm afraid this is what happens when the lash is abolished. The jigaboo runs riot and out of control. The boo needs the lash. The boo wants the lash. Deep deep down, the boo knows the lash provides the governance and stability." Timothy Sowden, Ms Tsamis' barrister, asked the former assistant police chief to explain a post he made, using his alias, where he commented on Australia's national anthem. "The national anthem must never be improvised. It must always be sung by a male. A baritone. And accompanied by a band. No argument. No opinion. Just fact," he posted. Archbishop Makarios addresses anti-abortion rally Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Two rallies took place on Tuesday,one in favour and another against, a proposed bill to decriminalise abortion at Martin Place, Sydney, on Tuesday. Thousands gathered to express their views as the planned law was being discussed in New South Wales Parliament. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios addressed a crowd of thousands at the 'Stand for Life' anti-abortion protest organised by Chris- tian lobby organisations. "I guess we are all united," the Archbishop said to open his address. "No law should take away a child's right to life, let alone take it away in such a barbaric manner. Under the proposed legislation, such violent acts can be committed for any reason, on any baby up to 5-and-a-half months pregnant,' the Archbishop continued, "New South Wales abolished the death penalty for murder in 1955; now, it is being reintroduced." The bill, which passed the NSW Legislative Assembly two weeks ago, states that for terminations up to 22 weeks, and would require consensus from two medical practitioners on the basis that 'in all the circumstances... the termination should be performed' in any emergency to 'save the person's life or save another foetus'. Ms Tsamis started the trial after she said that her reputation was ruined as a result of Mr Guerin's description of the Inflation nightclub on King Street as a "honeypot" for drug dealers in interviews with the Herald Sun and 3AW in 2014. Mr Guerin defended his use of the word "honeypot", stating that it was the subject of a 2014 police application to curtail the nightclub's trading hours, conceding however that most of the 59 incidents in the police brief did not happen inside the venue but in the surrounding district. The trial will resume on Monday, and both Ms Tsamis and Mr Guerin will make their final submissions on Wednesday. Archbishop Makarios compares abortion to the ‘death penalty’.
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