OUSU VP (Women) position survives referendum threat

first_imgA motion to hold a referendum onwhether the OUSU position of Vice-President (Women) should be kept has beenrejected by members of OUSU council. The referendum would have been held in 6thweek for female members of the University with the question “The positionVice-President (Women) should continue, yes or no?” The motion, which was put forwardby Helen Bagshaw from Balliol and Lorna Stevenson from Hertford was defeated byan overwhelming majority of council. Both declined to comment on the motion toCherwell.James Lamming, Merton JCRPresident, who was present at the meeting said the reasons for putting forwardthe motion appeared to be “to encourage consultation and discussion on whetherthe VP (Women) should still exist, rather than to call for its removal.”OUSU President Emma Norris said, “Themajor issue for rejection seemed to be the lack of consultation with those whomatter such as women’s officers and common rooms.” She said the reasons forcreating the post of VP (Women); “to fight discrimination and make provisionfor women in a male-dominated university” had not yet been dealt with andadded, “A simple yes or no doesn’t address all the responsibilities of the VP(Women) and opportunities for changing the post rather than getting rid of it.”Bex Wilkinson, a former VP(Women) said that she was “very glad that the motion was defeated,” and feltthe issue was raised because “people always want to change things about OUSUand, because OUSU is limited by money, there are always positions that peoplethink can be moved or got rid of.”Lamming said that he supporteddiscussion of OUSU’s various roles but said that “a referendum in the middle ofan election campaign would have simplified and trivialized the issue too much.” He continued, “More generally Isupport the role because a VP (Women) is much better qualified for a variety offemale welfare issues such as pregnancy, which I do not believe a male welfaresab [sabbatical officer] would be as approachable for.” He added that he was “pleasedthe motion did not pass”.Ellie Cumbo, the current VP(Women) believes that the motion was rejected because “there is still a strongrecognition in common rooms that the post is still necessary as long as womenremain in the minority at every level of Oxfordlife.” With regards to Bagshaw and Stevenson, Cumbo said, “I know that theirmotions were pure if a little naïve.” She said that she wants to “show studentshow valuable the position is” and move closer to a time when “the need forsomeone to campaign full-time on these issues will disappear.”ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

Army Expanding UAS Fleet, Speeding Up Delivery

first_imgBy Dialogo January 31, 2011 The Army is speeding up delivery of some of its newer Unmanned Aircraft System assets such as the Gray Eagle and expanding the size and range of its overall fleet to include a Family of Small UAS and a Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing UAS, service officials said. “We’re going to accelerate Gray Eagle yet again. We’re accelerating from two systems per year to three systems per year, which will result in seventeen systems being procured by FY 2014,” said Tim Owings, deputy project manager for Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A Defense Acquisition Board in February of this year is expected to confirm the addition of two more Low Rate Initial Production Gray Eagle systems – each consisting of 12 air vehicles, five ground control stations and five additional attrition vehicles, Owings said. Two Gray Eagles Deployed The Army has already deployed two Gray Eagle “Quick Reaction Capabilities.” One QRC is now flying with Army Soldiers in Iraq and another is with U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Owings said. The 28-foot-long surveillance aircraft has a 56-foot wingspan and is able to beam images from up to 29,000 feet for more than 24 hours at a time. The QRC Gray Eagle aircraft are equipped with a laser designator, Signals Intelligence capability and an Electro-Optical/Infrared camera designed to survey the ground below, track enemy movements and hone in on targets. They are also equipped to carry HELLFIRE missiles, Owings said. “We did just complete the weaponization of QRC 1 in Iraq. We now have flown flights in Iraq with the full weapons suite. They will have to go through a safety certification process on a firing range before they are allowed to go live,” Owings said. The QRC concept is designed to bring needed technologies to the battlefield in advance of a formal program of record in order to sharpen requirements and get desired capability in the hands of Soldiers sooner. The Gray Eagle program will also go through a configuration change which will allow the Army to divide the systems up into three platoon-sized elements, Owings said. This will allow the Army to keep some aircraft back in the United States for training purposes while keeping most of the systems forward-positioned in theater.last_img read more

CMO happy with immunization award

first_imgLocalNews CMO happy with immunization award by: – April 20, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dr. David Johnson (file photo)Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson has disclosed that a regional award for Dominica on the extended program of immunization is an achievement for the health ministry.Dominica captured the 2011 Surveillance Award from the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the Caribbean Sub Region in Recognition of Excellent Report at the 28th Caribbean EPI Mangers’ Meeting held in Barbados in March.Dr. Johnson believes that the efforts of staff of the ministry are one of the main reasons behind the award.“Just recently we got the first place for a program referred to as the expanded program of immunization. Every year different CAREC member countries are awarded and Dominica is one of them. The Ministry of Health has a basic package of immunization for children for vaccine preventable diseases, those vaccines are given free to children,” he said.He said the Ministry of Health has a very high coverage for most of the vaccines that are available.“We monitor the situation very closely. We have coverage’s of above 99%; our nurses are very hard working. We ensure that the kids get their vaccination, we follow them up, we look for adverse vaccine reaction,” he further explained. He said Dominica also has a robust program where its vaccines are concerned.“We manage our patients, follow up with them and do so much more. This is why we have achieved the first place among the other CAREC member islands. We are happy about that”.He said Dominica will continue to enhance its services where vaccination is concerned.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more