Concerns over Teddy Hall welfare changes

first_img“Previously, men’s and women’s officers have served more of a social purpose, which the proposers of the motion felt could be undertaken by the social secretaries instead so as to allow the men’s and women’s officers to focus on the aforementioned events instead of social events.” The new amended motion will be brought back to a JCR meeting on Saturday 9th November. By merging all the funding together, the fund would have to be voted upon in a meeting along with other calls for initiatives. There are concerns that the motion would only raise complications and obstacles for these initiatives that are deemed important by JCR members. They said: “The motion was to hold a referendum for constitutional changes that would serve to provide men and minority gender identity (abbreviated men) and women and minority gender identity (abbreviated women) with representatives who could focus purely on events to raise awareness for such things as testicular cancer and to provide schemes such as funding for mooncups (n.b. sanitary products are pro- vided for free for all JCR members through the welfare fund regard- less).” Other colleges which provide sanitary products for free include St Anne’s, Hertford and Lady Margaret Hall. The source also described that the Executive retracted the motion when the JCR body appeared to move against the motion. When there were calls to vote upon the motion, with the intention to vote it down, they were refused this option. Teddy Hall’s current system allows the college to run certain programs and initiatives from a separate fund overseen by the men’s and women’s officers. Concerns have been raised that a recently proposed motion in St. Edmund Hall could make it more difficult to run initiatives such as subsidising women’s sanitary products and raising awareness towards testicular cancer. A source told Cherwell that the President and Vice President put forward a motion that would mean all spending would have to be justified at a JCR meeting in front of a group of members. Teddy Hall’s JCR President and Vice President told Cherwell that the motion was to “hold a referendum for constitutional changes” which would see a change to the role of the men’s and women’s officers roles. The current women’s officers at Teddy Hall told Cherwell: “The withdrawal of the motion for editing will hopefully address the concerns that were raised when the motion was first brought to the JCR. We therefore support the motion’s content, and will continue to support it once our concerns about women’s funding have been resolved, which is what is continuing to be worked on by ourselves and the JCR exec.” If passed, the motion will result in a referendum to change the roles, which would then come into effect from Trinity 2020 onwards. A second source has corroborated these events and told Cherwell that sanitary products are absent from communal bathrooms such as the toilets in the bar, the library and around the dining hall. It further stated, “Women*’s and Men*’s representatives should have a protected fund in order to ensure the organisation of events relating to important gender-specific issues and adequate supply of necessary provisions (such as sanitary products).” The JCR President and Vice President said: “The motion was withdrawn following concerns being raised which highlighted the problems associated with women’s events having to ask for funding through JCR meetings. The idea behind withdrawing the motion was to allow the concerns raised to be properly considered and met through an amendment of the motion.” The amended motion noted that “There should be one team of officers who are responsible for organising social events in college, and that these officers should be given discretion over the use of the Entz fund.”last_img read more

Press release: Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

first_img To prepare for this challenging winter, we committed to protect as many people as possible from the flu, to keep those at risk safe and reduce the strain on our NHS. I am pleased we are now able to deliver on that commitment with those aged 50 to 64 invited to get their free flu vaccine from the start of December. These vaccinations are already being given to our existing priority groups and that vital work will continue. More vaccine is flowing into GPs and pharmacies throughout the next few months, and I would urge anyone eligible for their flu vaccine to get one, including all health and social care workers. Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said: adults aged 65 or over pregnant women those with certain pre-existing conditions NHS and social care workers all children up to year 7 household contacts of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable adults aged 50 to 64 Adults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme, the government has confirmed.Individuals aged 50 to 64 will be able to get a vaccine from their GP or pharmacy. This significant new group can now be included in the flu programme, with the initial phase of flu vaccinations well under way.Flu vaccine uptake is higher in all vulnerable groups except pregnant women compared with this time last year. Provisional data published by Public Health England on Thursday 20 November suggests 72.9% of those aged 65 and over, 45.0% of 2 year olds and 46.8% of 3 year olds have had their vaccine.GPs, trusts and pharmacists can order additional stock to vaccinate this new group from the centrally secured government supply of over 7 million vaccines.This has been secured amid high global demand for more flu vaccine and now means vaccines can be provided to this group over December and into the New Year. There is enough flu vaccine supply to vaccinate 30 million people throughout this year’s flu season in England.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: The extended offer comes as part of the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history this winter, alongside plans to support the NHS as it continues to respond to coronavirus, and to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care.Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: The roll-out of the flu vaccine to over 50s is separate to any future COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and people will be able to receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in parallel. The NHS is well equipped to administer both.Further details on the COVID-19 vaccination deployment plan will follow.Background informationThe flu vaccine will be offered to 30 million people in England this year, our largest ever flu vaccination programme. The groups now eligible are: Individuals will be able to get free flu jab from their GP or pharmacist Centrally secured supply of vaccines available to GPs and pharmacies for newly eligible group Influenza vaccination is a critical tool this and every winter to prevent severe illnesses and potential hospitalisations for thousands of people. I urge all those who are eligible for the flu vaccine, including the new group of 50 to 64 year olds, to book their appointments as soon as they can. This winter is like no other, and we have to worry about the twin threats of flu and COVID-19. COVID means getting a flu jab is more important than ever this year. So we are delivering the largest ever flu vaccination programme. Free vaccinations for 50 to 64 years olds will now be available from GPs and pharmacies starting from 1 December.last_img read more

U.S. Coal-Generated Electricity Drops to Less Than 30% Market Share in February

first_imgU.S. Coal-Generated Electricity Drops to Less Than 30% Market Share in February FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Jeffrey McDonald at Platts:Coal dropped to 29.6% of US utility-scale power generation in February as natural gas and renewables each captured greater market share, the US Energy Information Administration said Thursday.The agency’s Electric Power Monthly showed that coal generation totaled 92.9 GWh in February, down 18.3% from January and 26.9% from the same month a year ago.Natural gas and renewables comprised 31.3% and 17% of the total energy mix, respectively, up from 31.1% and 14.9% in January. For renewables, it was the highest monthly grab of the energy pie since April 2014. Natural gas has topped coal for seven of the last eight months, including the last six months of 2015, according to EIA data. Prior to 2015, coal was always dominant to natural gas for power generation.A year ago, coal comprised 37.9% of electric power generation while gas made up 27.2% and renewables 14.1%. That share began dropping with coal-fired plant retirements resulting from implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and falling gas prices.Full article: EIA says coal drops to 29.6% of US energy mix on generation declineslast_img read more