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World record: New Zealand overtakes the UK title for most gay Parliament | Instant News

New Green Party MP Elizabeth Kerekere campaigns on problems facing the rainbow community. Photo / Provided

New Zealand now holds the title of most gay Parliament in the world.

Preliminary results yesterday showed there could be 12 open lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members out of the 120 members sitting in the next Parliament – increasing the rainbow’s representation from seven years ago after the Labor Party wiped out after yesterday’s election.

The overall representation of the rainbow will be 10 percent – provided the Greens manage to retain the original 11 seats – past Britain which holds the title of the most gay Parliament currently with 7 percent representation.

Grant Robertson enjoys an election night at Labor's HQ in Wellington's Wharewaka.  Photo / Katie Harris
Grant Robertson enjoys an election night at Labor’s HQ in Wellington’s Wharewaka. Photo / Katie Harris

In the UK, there are 45 openly gay members in the 650 members of the House of Commons.

Meanwhile, gay MPs who are open to the New Zealand Parliament who were recently elected include Labor candidates Grant Robertson, Louisa Wall, Meka Whaitiri, Tamati Coffey and Kiri Allan and newcomers Ayesha Verrall, Shanan Halbert and Glen Bennett.

They will be joined by gay Green Party members and Rainbow spokespersons Jan Logie, Chloe Swarbrick, Elizabeth Kerekere and Ricardo Menendez. About 40 percent of the Green Party MPs come from the rainbow community.

Jacinda Ardern and Louisa Wall at Big Gay Out at Point Chevalier in Auckland in February.
Jacinda Ardern and Louisa Wall at Big Gay Out at Point Chevalier in Auckland in February.

However, if the special vote results in the Greens losing seats then Elizabeth Kerekere and Ricardo Menendez who are in 9th and 10th place respectively could lose their seats, thereby reducing LGBT representation to a minimum of nine members.

Neither the Act nor the National Party currently have open gay MPs in their parties.

Inside Out Managing Director Tabby Besley said it was amazing to see New Zealand holding an international title and it was great to have a voice and issue the rainbow community.

considered by people with life experience.

“Having that number in Labor and the Greens is absolutely incredible …”

Kiri Allan won East Coast voters for the Labor Party last night.
Kiri Allan won East Coast voters for the Labor Party last night.

He says not only do they have rainbow members holding very prominent positions at Labor Grant Robertson, but there is also a new addition at Green with Elizabeth Kerekere who has campaigned on rainbow issues.

“I think for our community many of us know he will fly the flag as one of his top priorities whereas I think many MPs may have other portfolios or some people may not want their rainbow identity to be the main thing they talk about because they are just doing their job. Like everyone else At least with her position we know she won’t be shy about bringing up this issue so it’s pretty exciting.

Besley said things had been relatively slow for the rainbow community over the past period and they would like to see policies like the conversion therapy ban acted on quickly.

A shocking result, Chloe Swarbrick beat Auckland Central in last night's poll.  Photo / Dean Purcell
A shocking result, Chloe Swarbrick beat Auckland Central in last night’s poll. Photo / Dean Purcell

University of Waikato senior lecturer in psychology and president of Aotearoa’s Professional Association for Transgender Health Dr Jaimie Veale hopes that greater representation of the rainbow community in Parliament will result in more progress as it is believed to be insufficient over the past two terms.

Veale would also like to see some recognition of rainbow people’s rights such as health equality and making it easier for transgender people to gain legal gender recognition that has stalled under NZ First minister.

“Thinking about transgender – we hope the current composition of Parliament will be more responsive to our current needs.”


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The Karachi striker recorded a narrow win at the Corporate T20 opener | Instant News

KARACHI: Karachi Forward Cricket Club strives to score a one-goal win over C-Square Pythons Cricket Club in the inaugural match of the second T20 Color Kit Cricket Tournament at the Arabian Sea Country Club Ground.

C-Square Pythons hit first and scored 124-7 in 20 overs. M. Osama is top scorer with 38 off 28 with four-fours. Intermediate pioneer Haider Ali grabbed three goals for 27 runs. In response, the Karachi striker hit the target with a goal in hand in 18.5 overs. Left-handed opener Anus Paracha scored the match winning 68 runs.


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Italy conducted a record 103,000 tests in 24 hours | Instant News

Italy has recorded 1,640 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours.

Italy is setting a record 103,696 covid-19 swab tests on Sept. 23, the highest number in one day since the start of the pandemic, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

The daily number of new Covronavirus cases registered on September 23 was 1,640 over the previous 24 hours, up about 250 compared with the previous day, according to data released by the Italian health ministry.

Italy recorded 20 more deaths on September 23, up from 14 days earlier, bringing the country’s official COVID-19 death toll to 35,758.

The record number of tests on September 23 was up 16,000 from the previous day, with health minister Roberto Speranza stating that Italy’s testing capacity was “a strategic issue to deal with over the coming months.”

Unlike other European countries such as France, Spain and the UK, Italy has not experienced a large spike in new confirmed infections in recent weeks, a fact that has been acknowledged in international media in recent days.

Quoting experts, The Financial Times identified three key factors in Italy’s “resilience” to the second wave as: the health system and its government have more time to plan a post-lockdown response and a more gradual lifting of restrictions; high public compliance and stricter enforcement of rules; and effective testing and monitoring.Photo credit: MikeDotta / Shutterstock.com.


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Orders public health extended into Wyoming reports a record daily amount COVID-19 cases | coronavirus | Instant News

Cheyenne Wyoming as reported by its record single day to increase in laboratory-confirmed Wednesday COVID-19 cases, the Governor, mark Gordon announced the current orders of the public health, has been extended until the end of August. 15.

64 new cases were announced on Wednesday – the same day the 26th death state from the virus announced – came about a week after the state announced its previous single-day high of 62 cases, 20 Jul.

Three orders, which were introduced from 15th June after the gradual weakening of the earlier restrictions, to allow for closed meetings for up to 50 people and open meetings of groups up to 250, with some exceptions, is based on faith.

During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Gordon said the state is approaching a critical moment for its economy, noting how COVID-19 failure forced other Republican governors in States like Texas and Arizona to temporarily close the lattice.

“We’re trying to make sure we find that balance that do not fall on people and make sure we are open. But make no mistake: it’s the economy can be closed, if people are careless,” – said Gordon.

Gordon said many of the new cases, the Wyoming came from family and friends “in close proximity”, and as he often, during a pandemic, which claimed the lives of nearly 150,000 Americans, the Governor stressed the importance of social distancing and mask.

“It’s very simple – if you’re determined to murder the economy of Wyoming, don’t wear it,” Gordon said, pointing to a mask draped around his neck.

Advanced orders of health also has a version designed to solve school reopenings, requiring students and teachers to wear a face covering in conditions – both indoors and outdoors, where social distancing could not be saved.

Earlier this week, the Office of the Wyoming Department of internal security and education Wyoming announced a partnership to distribute 500,000 fabric face for school districts across the state. School districts were asked to submit individual plans to the Department of education Wyoming Aug. 3.

“‘One size fits all’ (approach) does not work”, – said Gordon schools opening. “But I hope that every citizen and every Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming every parent and pupil draws attention to the kind of responsible behaviors that we said from the very beginning: make sure you wash your hands, making sure you keep a respectful social distance of 6 to 8 feet and wearing (mask).”

Furthermore, there were some positives in COVID-19 state rooms, which the Governor spoke during the press conference. Positive speed test Wyoming is currently about 3% of all tests, while the national positive rate is around 10%, according to the Centers for control and prevention of diseases. In addition, Alaska is the only state with fewer COVID-19 deaths than Wyoming.

While Gordon supported the next few weeks will be critical for the state, as it revitalizes the economy and schools districts under the state plan for their reopenings.

“Let’s make sure we have a successful fall, because it will be important for us to get out of this economic downturn,” Gordon said.

Tom Coulter is the government reporter for the Wyoming tribune eagle. He can be reached at [email protected] or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter @tomcoulter_.


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The food harvest of the Ozarks sees record food distribution for COVID-19 response | Instant News

Springfield, Mo. (Edited press release) – the harvest Ozarks food 22 million meals from July 2019 to June 2020, this will be another record food distribution of food for children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri.

20% increase in distribution is the largest year on year growth in the food Bank’s 37-year history.

The food Bank contributes to their success in the spread of innovative strategies, which have become necessary in connection with the pandemic COVID19. Harvest Ozarks food products implemented increased supplemental nutrition assistance program (Snap or food stamps) work, cafe food pantries and additional mobile points of a food pantry. Snap outreach has allocated 1.2 million units in a record harvest Ozarks food distribution and helped more than the economic incentives of $5.2 million in southwest Missouri.

Another 1.1 million meals are estimated at $ 1.8 million, distributed in connection with the increased need caused by COVID-19. Were distributed through mobile points of a food pantry to help more than 25 000 furloughed employees and others suffered during a pandemic, more than 425,000 meals.

“COVID-19 inflicted great damage on our community and brought many of our family and friends face-to-face with the harsh reality of food insecurity for the first time,” says Dr. Meera Scarrow, obstetrician-gynecologist at mercy in Springfield and the Ozarks food harvest Board President. “The food Bank will continue to do everything we can to make sure that everyone in the Ozarks can put food on the table.”

Before the food Bank has temporarily suspended its volunteer program COVID-19, more than 3,000 volunteers spent more than 21,600 hours sorting and packing food. Temporary workers and members of the National guard of Missouri has worked for over 14 800 hours during harvest Ozarks food to ensure food distribution continued during a pandemic.

“Pandemic raises many problems, but we quickly found solutions to provide food for people who lost their jobs, parents who need help feeding their children and all who are struggling,” said Bart brown, President/CEO of Ozarks food harvest. “Hundreds of donors have stepped up to help us do this and we are so grateful for their contributions and dedication to our mission.”

Through 270 hunger-relief partners, the food Bank reaches more than 261 000 unduplicated children, families and seniors each year.

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