Quota for women professors announced

first_imgThe University has pledged that a minimum of 30% of professorships and senior positions are to be filled by women by the end of 2020.This is part of the United Nations’ ‘HeforShe’ campaign to increase gender equality. It is one of 10 universities and 20 world institutions to make this new commitment.Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton is quoted on the official HeforShe website as saying, “Addressing gender equality and ensuring that Oxford is a safe and inclusive space for all our students have been among my main priorities. We have already agreed targets for improving the representation of women in academic roles and we will now consider under the HeForShe Campaign how we can achieve greater equality for women across all areas of our work.”When asked why 30% was chosen as the target, rather than a higher proportion, a University spokesperson told Cherwell, “We know that 30% is the threshold at which women achieve meaningful representation and it should be seen as the minimum we are seeking to achieve. Our overall aim is to create a larger pool of academic women who are able to serve in the University’s most senior leadership roles.“The 2020 target is challenging, but realistic. Currently only 26 per cent of academic staff and 21 per cent of professorial staff are female. This is not out of line with many other UK universities and compares favourably with many British and international research-intensive universities. That said, we recognise that we must achieve more.“The challenge over the next five years will be to diversify our leadership without imposing too many administrative roles on the relatively small number of senior women. 30 per cent may sound like a small target, but evidence from the 30 per cent Club, designed to increase the proportion of women on UK company boards, shows that this is the critical mass needed to achieve further positive impacts. So 30 per cent represents an important step.”OUSU Vice-President for Women, Anna Bradshaw commented, “I am pleased to see the University commit to working for gender equality in such a serious way.  I am in particular pleased that OUSU has been able to work closely with the University on these commitments so that a number of the student-facing commitments relate directly to supporting OUSU work.“Having said this, I do believe that there are a number of very serious problems with the HeForShe campaign, and I look forward to the University being able to offer constructive critique to the HeForShe campaign from their new position.”As part of the campaign, the University has also announced an intention to make Undergraduate sexual consent workshops compulsory. They were first introduced in Freshers’ Week 2014 and attendance was encouraged but optional. Cherwell understands they will operate in the same manner this upcoming year, with the addition of ‘Race 101’ workshops, which aim to combat perceived cultural appropriation and racist micro-aggressions in the University.last_img read more

Indiana Unemployment Rises to 3.6 Percent in November

first_imgTwitterFacebook Indiana Unemployment Rises to 3.6 Percent in NovemberDECEMBER 21ST, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAIndiana’s jobless rate ticked up slightly for the month of November.That’s according to new numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The unemployment rate rose to 3.6 percent for November up slightly from 3.5 percent in October.Indiana’s employment rate still remains below the national average which sits at 3.7 percent. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Government response: Department for International Development response to Independent Expert Panel report into UNAIDS

first_imgResponding to the findings of the Independent Expert Panel report into UNAIDS the Department for International Development said:“The Independent Expert Panel into UNAIDS highlights how poorly harassment, including sexual harassment, and bullying have been dealt with at the organisation.“The UK recognises the critical role that UNAIDS as an organisation plays in the global AIDS response. However, it is important that actions urgently needed to address the issues identified within UNAIDS, start immediately. This requires strong leadership that builds trust within the organisation and with UNAIDS’ partners.“For real change to happen new leadership is required. We welcome the decision by the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) to initiate the recruitment process for a new Executive Director immediately. In the UK’s remaining two weeks as Chair of the PCB, the UK will work with UNAIDS Secretariat to initiate this process.“At the same time the UK expects the current Executive Director to step down. This is vital to signal a strong response to this critical issue within and beyond the organisation.“This report comes amid concerns this year over how the wider global aid community has failed in its duty to protect people from sexual harassment, exploitation, bullying and abuse of power. It is now time that people are held to account.“The UK has been a driving force in tackling this issue, galvanising the sector to put in place the vital initiatives needed to finally rid it of those who seek to tarnish its reputation. We have been very clear that we will not tolerate practices which do not reach the highest standards in relation to tackling harassment, including sexual harassment, bulling and abuse of power.”last_img read more

Phish To Offer Health Care Package For 13 Night Baker’s Dozen Run

first_imgPhish and their fans are gearing up for the thirteen-show-run known as the Baker’s Dozen, and everyone involved is wondering: Will anyone be able to make it through this thing in one piece? Sure, plenty of people have purchased thirteen-show packages, but is anyone else nervous that this insanely long residency at Madison Square Garden is going to have adverse effects on the average phan’s health?Apparently, Phish is worried too, and that’s why they’ve partnered up with CID Entertainment and New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital to offer special health care packages for the Baker’s Dozen run. Each package comes with a daily IV drip, B12 shots every Monday and Thursday, discreet on-demand STD and pregnancy tests, unlimited psychiatric evaluations, and one case of Heady Topper, provided by Alchemist Brewing.These health care packages are extremely limited and will run you $1200 to cover you for the entire Baker’s Dozen run. Due to heavy demand, an online lottery is now open at the band’s website and will run until April 20th.last_img read more

Watch Chita Rivera Teach Jimmy Fallon How to Dance Fosse

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Broadway legend Chita Rivera stopped by The Tonight Show on June 4 to talk about starring in the Tony nominated new tuner The Visit. She ended up turning the tables on host Jimmy Fallon by asking him, in all seriousness: “Has anyone ever eaten your face?” The 2015 Tony nominee went on to fangirl over the Walking Dead, before her pièce de résistance: teaching Fallon some Fosse moves. Classic. Check out the videos below and then Rivera performing on the Tony telecast on June 7 and eight shows a week at the Lyceum Theatre. Related Shows View Comments The Visitlast_img

UK forms partnership to hunt for vCJD treatment

first_img MRC news releasehttp://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC002040 About 150 people in the UK have died of vCJD, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. There is no cure for the fatal brain-wasting disease, which people can contract by eating meat products from BSE-infected cattle. BSE spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s, and it is assumed that many Britons were exposed to the disease before rigorous controls were imposed in 1996. The United Kingdom Medical Research Council’s (MRC’s) Prion Unit in London will work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the country’s largest drug manufacturer, the MRC announced in April. The Prion Unit is in the Institute of Neurology at University College London. See also: The incubation period for vCJD lasts a decade or longer, and no one knows how many people in Britain may be silently infected. The MRC said the long latency period offers an opportunity to develop an effective treatment, but because the disease is so rare, normal commercial drug development is unrealistic. Professor John Collinge, director of the Prion Unit, said in the news release, “There is only so far we can take things on our own as academic scientists and, while there is no guarantee of success, now having the enormous resource and expertise of GSK with us is extremely exciting.” The partnership between the Prion Unit, University College London, and GSK “brings together for the first time all the relevant expertise and resources to make such a development feasible and may act as a stimulus to such academic-industry collaborations in other areas of medicine,” the MRC said. May 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Academic researchers will join with a drug manufacturer in the United Kingdom to screen hundreds of thousands of compounds in a hunt for a treatment for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), British officials announced recently. Officials estimate it will take at least 6 years to find a potential treatment and develop it for use in human trials. To find such a drug, researchers will screen hundreds of thousands of potential drug-like molecules from GSK’s collection, which contains more than a million such compounds and is one of the largest collections in the world, the MRC said. “Such libraries form one of the most important commercial assets of any pharmaceutical company and making such a library available to an academic group in this way is unprecedented,” the agency stated. The MRC said the Prion Unit has been working for years to understand the propagation of prions, the misfolded proteins that cause vCJD in humans and BSE and scrapie in animals. The unit “has shown in prion-infected laboratory animals that the disease process in the brain can be halted by targeting this protein, without apparent deleterious effects,” the MRC said. “The aim is now to develop a drug that is capable of readily entering the brain and binding to the normal prion protein” to keep it from misfolding and turning pathogenic.last_img read more

Health minister issues new protocols for public activities

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Health minister issues ‘new normal’ guidelines for workplacesThe health protocols for the areas include the basics, such as wearing face masks, washing hands with soap, physical distancing and maintaining a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.The regulation states that people participating in activities in public places should consider the number of attendees and the presence of people from vulnerable groups, such as toddlers, senior citizens, pregnant women and people with disabilities. Terawan said he wanted people to wash after activities in public, including after picking up trash in public facilities. “Public places have a high potential for the spread of COVID-19 since they are places for large gatherings and have high mobility rates for people,” said the minister.Topics : Health Minister Terawan Agus Purwanto issued a new set of health protocols on Friday governing activities in public places. Health Ministerial Regulation (Permenkes) No. HK.01.07/MENKES/382/2020 on health protocols in public facilities applies to public spaces, including department stores, hotels, airports, food and beverage establishments, place of worship and tourist locations. “The public should adapt to the new habit and lifestyle to maintain a productive life and prevent themselves from contracting COVID-19,” Terawan said on Friday. last_img read more

Kalinago community encouraged to press on

first_imgLocalNews Kalinago community encouraged to press on by: – July 6, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Dominica’s indigenous people have been advised to consolidate the gains made in the Kalinago Territory since attaining ownership of the lands over a century ago.On Wednesday July 4th,, the Kalinago’s Indigenous Nation Developers (K.I.N.D) organized a special torch relay activity in recognition of the one hundred and nine years since the establishment of the Kalinago Territory.Gregory Rabess, Senior Cultural Officer and a native of the Kalinago Territory says the Kalinago people have evolved over the years.Rabess notes that much effort has been made to preserve the Kalinago history through the formation of several cultural groups.“We will remember the work of the Karifuna cultural group, their appearances in DOMFESTA and all over Dominica. This brought about a new sense of respect and pride for the Kalinago people not just in Dominica but across the region.”Rabess says Dominicans now look at the Kalinago people with a new set of eyes.“We use to sort of look down on the Kalinago people. There was the perception that the Kalinago people didn’t have anything important to bring to our civilization that was the thinking, but this is no more.”Rabess is advocating that the Kalinago people look back on their achievements as a native people and strive to excel further.“We have come a long way, we have made some significant gains; we have done many things, and let us not take them for granted. What we need to do now is to take it to the next level, mobilizing young people using the latest communication technologies to assist with the documentation process and to create new Kalinago products.”The Kalinago Barana Aute is one example of the Kalinago products now operating in the Kalinago Territory.The Kalinago Territory is made up of 3700 acres of land with over three thousand native Indians residing there.Government Information Service Tweetcenter_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

WV GIRDS FOR POLIO RETURN: DOH Region 6 to boost routine immunization

first_imgHealth secretary Francisco Duque III remindthe public to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, usetoilets, drink safe water, and cook food thoroughly./PN While polio has no cure, it can be preventedthrough vaccination, stressed Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH Region 6 medical officer. Poliovirus was also detected in water samplesfrom sewage in Manila and waterways in Davao as part of the regularenvironmental surveillance. The first dose is given when the baby is atleast six weeks old; second dose when the baby at least 10 weeks old; and thirddose when the baby at least 14 weeks old. “Ang DOHnagapasalig nga ang ini nga bakuna safekag epektibo,” said Reyes. According to the DOH, one polio case wasconfirmed in a three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur. Aside from the confirmedcase, a suspected case of acute flaccid paralysis is awaiting confirmation. DOH confirmed on Thursday the re-emergence ofpolio in the country, 19 years after the World Health Organization (WHO)declared the Philippines polio-free in 2000. The National Capital Region is one of theidentified regions with a high-risk of re-infection due to a number of factorsincluding low polio vaccination coverage coupled with poor surveillance ofpolio symptoms, ongoing practice of open defecation, and poor sanitarypractices in communities. ILOILO City – Though Western Visayas is notclassified a “high risk” area for the reemergence of the highly infectious viral disease poliomyelitis,the Department of Health (DOH) will be strengthening its routine immunizationprogram in the region. The samples were tested by the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine and verified by the Japan National Institutefor Infectious Diseases and the United States Centers for the Disease Controland Prevention. Polio mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted byperson-to-person spread mainly through the fecal-oral route or, lessfrequently, by a common vehicle (such as contaminated water or food) andmultiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system andcan cause paralysis. Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting,stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. DOH, in close coordination with localgovernment units and concerned national agencies, and with the support of WHO,the United Nations Children’s Fund and other partners, is preparing a rapidresponse to the polio outbreak. “The oral polio vaccine (OPV) is freelyadministered to babies in health centers.Ang ini nga bakuna indi masakit kay ginapatulo lang sa baba sang bata,” saidReyes. According to DOH, a single confirmed poliocase of vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2) or two positiveenvironmental samples that are genetically linked isolated in two differentlocations is already considered an epidemic in a polio-free country. In 2018, DOH identified 12 out of the 17regions in the country as high-risk areas for polio reemergence. This includes a series of synchronized oralpolio vaccinations to protect every child under the age of five years in theareas at risk beginning October 2019. DOH is also working with partners tostrengthen environment and acute flaccid paralysis (the sudden onset of muscleweakness or paralysis of the upper and lower extremities) surveillancethroughout the country to detect polio virus. For the routine immunization, Reyes said,three primary doses of polio vaccine are given to babies. last_img read more

AVB delighted with ‘world class’ Bale

first_img Press Association Bale firstly set up Jan Vertonghen for Spurs’ opener with a lovely lofted pass in the seventh minute, before lashing home his 27th goal of the season for club and country after 21 minutes. Michu pulled one back for Swansea, but Bale’s brilliant block on Nathan Dyer in the final minutes ensured their fightback fell short and Tottenham climbed to third in the Barclays Premier League table. Villas-Boas said: “When there are so many things that go well for the team it is hard to single out individuals but Gareth is a world class player offensively and defensively, as he showed when he made the block at the end to prevent Swansea getting a draw.” He added: “But the whole team deserve credit because coming here after two league defeats and playing the way we did is never easy. “We spoke at half-time about trying to get the third goal to put it beyond doubt but we couldn’t and they did well to come back. “We showed great determination and the winning mentality that surrounds us to come away and hold on for a great win from home and put ourselves back on track.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, one of Europe’s finest midfielders during his own playing career, also praised Bale’s exceptional qualities as the Welsh club suffered a third-straight defeat since reaching the 40-point mark. “They had a very good start but both goals showed a player of Gareth Bale’s quality can make the difference,” he said. “With the first we could have done better even if it was a good pass and finish. But the second goal was just a fantastic finish by a very good player.” He added: “There are different levels of players, even at this level. There are good players, very good players and exceptional players and they are the ones who sometimes out of nothing can make a difference. “If you see his goal today, or his goal against West Ham, it was not even a chance. He is a player who makes the difference and you are lucky if you have that. Not many teams do. If you take Bale out, without him the teams were at the same level.” center_img Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hailed the “world class” performance of Gareth Bale after the Welshman stole the headlines once again in their 2-1 win at Swansea.last_img read more