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The Democratic Panel sweeps the Karachi Press Club election | Instant News

The ruling Democratic Panel has wiped out the annual Karachi Press Club (KPC) elections, as no candidate from the rival United Panel has managed to become part of the governing body for the 2021 session.

Of the total 1,495 eligible voters from the KPC, 1,185 participated in the voting. The turnout was huge and it was not expected because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large number of banners have been installed inside and outside press clubs instructing voters to observe all safety precautions designed to deal with the new coronavirus outbreak.

Voting opens at nine in the morning and continues until six in the afternoon. Senior and academic journalist Tauseef Ahmed Khan presides over as chief election commissioner.

Fazil Jamili of the Democratic Panel, a journalist associated with the Jang-Geo Media Group, has been elected president and reporter for Business Recorder Rizwan Bhatti, secretary general of the press club.

According to the results announced by the election committee, Jamili was elected president with 607 votes against United Panel’s Habib Khan Ghori, a veteran journalist with whom Dawn has been involved for decades, by a margin of 47 votes. Bhatti of the Democratic Panel won 844 votes to win the post of secretary general of the KPC, beating out Qasim Khan of the Unity Panel who won 308 votes.

The remaining stewards of the press club who were selected in the poll were Vice President Shazia Hasan of Dawn, Joint Secretary Saqib Sagheer of Jang and Waheed Rajpar of 92 News. All of them are members of the Democratic Panel.

Voters also chose seven members of the KPC governing body: Suleman Saadat from Geo, Muhammad Nabeel from the BBC, Abdul Aziz Sanghur from Abb Takk News, Abdul Rasheed Memon from Kawish, Hamid Ur Rehman from Dunya News, Farooq Sami from ARY News and Abdul Wasi Qureshi from Aghaz.

All the candidates won over their voters through fierce campaigns, visited the offices of media organizations to meet with them and extensively used social media and video messages over the past week, promising to make KPC the ideal institution and solving problems faced by journalists.

After the announcement of the election results, the office bearers congratulated and thanked the voters for their votes and support. For more than a decade, the Democratic Panel has won press club elections, most by an extraordinary margin.


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Covid-19 coronavirus: Premier striking virus warning – Sydney’s Covid cluster is about to grow | Instant News


Premier NSW Gladys Berejiklian has reported 23 new cases of Covid-19 and will impose a lockdown for the North Coast region. Video / Sky News Sydney

Australia is anxiously awaiting the press conference of NSW Premier at 1pm (NZ time), as the northern coast cluster is expected to continue to grow.

“We can expect to see a repeat of those numbers over the next 24 hours,” NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday, as the state reported 23 new cases. The number of cases linked to the northern coast cluster now stands at 38, after 21 new cases were linked to yesterday’s outbreak.

Today the Prime Minister will be joined by Deputy Commissioner of Police for NSW Gary Worboys, who will speak a day after the north coast was isolated in response to the outbreak.

The outbreak raises questions about a proposed trans-Tasman travel bubble.

The New Zealand government has said it is closely monitoring the new Covid-19 cluster in Sydney, but it is too early to say whether it will affect the trans-Tasman bubble.

“As previously stated, the travel bubble will not start until the first quarter of 2021,” a government spokesman said in a statement.

“Commencement does not depend on significant changes in the situation in the two countries.

“The decision whether to continue the travel bubble or not will take place in the new year and we will assess the situation at that time.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, but it is too early to make a decision based on the current community case in New South Wales.”

Sydney’s north coast lockdown comes as Western Australia announced it was restoring its tough border with NSW since midnight yesterday.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said tough borders, meaning all NSW residents need to apply for an exemption from state access, were necessary to keep their country safe.

The decision was taken after an emergency meeting of heads of state health officials.

“This is a reality of life in a world with Covid,” said McGowan.

Staff prepare to test people as they drive through a Covid-19 testing station on a beach in Sydney.  Photo / AP
Staff prepare to test people as they drive through a Covid-19 testing station on a beach in Sydney. Photo / AP

“Given the magnitude of the Sydney outbreak … NSW will be classified as a medium risk country.”

McGowan said it was a “tough decision” to make.

This follows limits imposed by Tasmania, which increase the risk level for travelers from NSW to Tasmania to ‘moderate’, meaning they must be quarantined for 14 days

“It’s a shame, but I don’t apologize,” Prime Minister Peter Gutwein told a news conference.

The northern coast is already declared high risk – and travelers from there are not allowed in unless approved as important travelers, or if they are returning Tasmanians.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a Covid-19 update at RFS Headquarters yesterday in Sydney, Australia.  Photo / Getty
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a Covid-19 update at RFS Headquarters yesterday in Sydney, Australia. Photo / Getty

People can quarantine at home or in government hotel facilities at their own expense.

“As I said, we will act early, we will act quickly,” Gutwein later added in response to the growing NSW cluster.

People from NSW wishing to enter Queensland will need to apply for border clearance online, with those traveling from the north coast needing to apply for exemption.

Meanwhile, a leading epidemiologist said allowing international air crews to carry out a home quarantine was “not worth the risk”.

Professor Michael Toole of the Burnet Institute told the ABC that the risks involved in letting international strains into society were too high.

“In seven states and territories, we have essentially eliminated local transmission of the virus,” said Prof Toole. “So I think every precaution that can be taken to keep it that way and ultimately to eliminate the virus in NSW is correct.

“You know, we – we’ve sacrificed a lot in eight states and territories to get to this place and I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

Surfers ride waves in front of a sign on a beach in Sydney despite the new community of the Covid-19 outbreak.  Photo / AP
Surfers ride waves in front of a sign on a beach in Sydney despite the new community of the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo / AP

“I understand how it’s possible, you know, uncomfortable for the crew, but they also come from countries where the virus levels are high.”

He also said “it is likely a mutant strain will emerge”.

“From a viral point of view, this is not surprising. I mean, it is in the interests of viruses to infect as many people as possible.

“So basically it mutated to allow for that and this has happened before.”

“It’s not in the interest of the virus to cause more severe disease because then people die and … the virus doesn’t get anywhere.”


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San Diego Community News Group | Instant News

In 1971, at one of the monthly lectures held at the children’s counseling clinic where I worked, Dr. Marshall Klaus came to talk about his research on mother-baby bonding. He has been to South America and the United States and is currently studying in Switzerland. As the only bilingual staff member, I became his translator because he didn’t speak French. After his lecture he asked if I would be willing to accompany him as a translator during his trip in Switzerland. At the time, I was working on my Ph.D. thesis on child services in French speaking Switzerland and thought we would share the same interests. I accepted the offer.

During a long car ride we talked about his research; I contributed my ideas which she included in her book, “Mother’s Baby Bond.” The book emphasizes the importance of this initial relationship to a child’s growth and well-being, even into later years.

Returning home, he called to ask if I was interested in meeting an American professor sent from Harvard University to start a satellite business school in Lausanne, as he had done in Calcutta and Amsterdam. She is looking for a social worker to work with her as a consultant at a local hospital. I agree to meet this professor. That night I met Dr. Herman Gadon, and we decided we could work together. This is the start of our consulting partnership.

Herman has many other consulting jobs in both the non-profit and industry fields. In the 1960’s, meeting groups took off in the US and became popular in Europe. Living in Switzerland, I had the opportunity to be trained in group dynamics, particularly the Tavistock Method. So when Herman was approached to lead the week-long meeting group for IBM International executives in Geneva, I joined him in this effort. We are a great team and then lead similar groups in other parts of Switzerland as well as in Paris.

At the end of Herman’s two-year stint at Lausanne, after successfully launching IMEDE, the Harvard Business School Satellite, it was time for him to return to the United States, where he helped start a new business school at the University of New Hampshire. At the prospect of parting, we both admit that we have fallen in love. Herman invited me to join as a lecturer at UNH. Herman thought I would get along when I taught using the casework method while a business faculty member taught the Harvard case method.

Both of my children have graduated high school and are enrolled in an American college. Sam was rarely home, constantly traveling on business, while I worked at the Lausanne School of Social Work and the Children’s Guidance Clinic. After 25 years of marriage, I was faced with the most difficult decisions, both professionally and personally. Given the number of increasing and prolonged separations from Sam, I took the plunge and followed Herman to the United States. I started my new life teaching at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), first as a visiting lecturer, then as an assistant professor, and finally as an associate professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE).

The first year in New Hampshire, we lived like gypsies, staying at the homes of various professors while they were on leave. Traveling isn’t important; we are happy together. Finally we were able to buy our own house. It is a small house with the Oyster River flowing through the backyard. In the summer months, Herman would catch trout in the river. In the winter months, the river freezes over; we cross country ski together. On snowy days the roads weren’t always plowed so we had to ski to our classrooms.

UNH is located in the small town of Durham, in a beautiful rural setting. It’s a close and closed community that makes it difficult for me to integrate. When Herman returned to the United States with a Swiss woman with red hair and a French accent, it didn’t go well in this small community. I was not welcomed at first and excluded from social gatherings; this is a really hard time for me. UNH President Gene Mills and his wife Dottie put their business in including me in their meetings to ensure that I will be seen as part of the legitimate faculty. I am forever grateful to them for helping me get accepted into the university.

Natasha Josefowitz is the author of 21 books. He currently lives at the White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla. Copyright © 2020. Natasha Josefowitz. All rights reserved.


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Kelly Leanne (KLA) Outfit Design 3rd place winner. PHOTOS BY DIANA CAVAGNARO


Fashion Week San Diego hit the runways with the live broadcast of the Runway Show on October 17. This virtual fashion show features nine designers presenting their 10 collections at LUCE Lofts on Kettner Boulevard. FWSD founder Allison Andrews and FWSD director Gwen Bates kicked off the celebrations and kicked off the event.

The host of the evening was meteorologist Jodi Kodesh. Guests can watch the show in the comfort of their home while sipping cocktails while viewing this never-before-seen collection on the runway FWSD2020.

Flagship designer Bea Cruz PH, from the Philippines, was unable to attend this year due to travel restrictions. Much of the clothing is a mixture of pineapple fiber and silk. She got to see the show virtually for her home in the Philippines.

Kelly Leanne Apparel Designs (KLA) specializes in one of a kind upcycled designs. He decided to include a parachute into his collection for a flowing effect on the runway. L Label Loves Emvee Bikini showcases their line of women’s swimwear on stage. They use recycled costume jewelery and trim in their designs, to be an eco-friendly company.

L’Atelier Couture by Olivia Romero offers a range of clothing influenced by her Mexican heritage. Reforming recycled wedding dresses to create waste-free collections.

Scheherazade offers collections influenced by Renaissance art into fashion. VaughnBerry is a designer who is back to showing his resort collection for men.

The WVSH reusable collection creates unique pieces of vintage clothing. They are involved in ending racial injustice and thanks to the FWSD Diversity Fund they are able to showcase this collection. Gloria closed the show with her ongoing collection. This finale offers the perfect design for a tropical vacation.

The award was given and the first was Art & Beauty Behind Fashion. Fashion Week San Diego partners with Art Renewal Center (ARC) and Sotheby’s to host a competition. All designers create clothes inspired by artwork. Winners were announced and the award went to Lisa the Shield Maiden with the winning designer team: Bea Cruz PH, artist: David Bowers, and model: Andrea Revilla.

Additional awards were given to Top Model. The first place award went to Ashley Strickland, second winner Nicole Flanagan and third winner Danielle DiLorenzo.

In closing, the Top Designer award was awarded. The first place award went to Bea Cruz PH, second winner VaughnBerry, and third winner Kelly Leanne Apparel Designs. Additional credit for the show goes to Janette Cruz of Crazy Ruth, Sonia of Upright Citizen, and their talented team for their stunning hair and makeup. If you missed this year’s event, look forward to events later this year at fashionweeksd.com.


Wednesday, November 4 – Denim Night at Blooms and Threads from 6pm, located at 1135 Garnet Ave. Come and create hand-painted buttons by artist Molly Forster. Tickets on bit.ly/2FYabUN.

Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in San Diego. Learn more about our hat designers, teachers and bloggers at DianaCavagnaro.com.


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UNICEF Australia welcomes the commitment of the Australian Government to launch the COVID-19 vaccine to Southeast Asia and the Pacific | Instant News

UNICEF Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of $ 500 million over three years to support the introduction of a vaccine against COVID-19, once a safe and effective vaccine is successful.

The successful introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine is an important step towards ending the acute phase of this global pandemic, which has devastating health, social and economic consequences in countries and communities around the world, including our closest neighbors.

“We know that until the pandemic is over for everyone, it’s not for anyone and support for Southeast Asia and the Pacific to introduce a successful vaccine is a strong contribution to ensuring the health of all Australians and our neighbors, supporting the global recovery from this pandemic, “ said Alice Hall, Covid-19 Vaccine Leader at UNICEF Australia.

Under the COVAX Facility, UNICEF leads vaccine procurement and supply efforts in the world’s largest and fastest growing vaccine procurement and supply, in collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund. In countries in the East Asia Pacific region and around the world, UNICEF is also working with governments, WHO and GAVI to prepare for successful vaccine introduction.

Today’s announcement of additional support from the Australian Government will further enable organizations such as UNICEF to accelerate efforts to prepare for the safe and equitable introduction of successful vaccines and maintain support to partners to ensure effective implementation in the coming years.

“This commitment today provides strong support for our continued efforts to ensure the health and well-being of children, families and communities throughout our region,” said Alice Hall, Covid Vaccine Lead for UNICEF Australia. UNICEF is the world’s largest single purchaser of vaccine, providing more than 2 billion doses of vaccine annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries.


UNICEF works in some of the toughest places in the world, to reach the most disadvantaged children in the world. In 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work with children in Australia, expand

For further information, please contact:
James Nichols, 0435 206 273, [email protected]


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