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The purpose of this petition is to rally support for Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to run for U.S. Senate.
Sheila Y. Oliver for U.S. Senate 2014.
Administrator, Essex County
N.J. Legislative Apportionment Commission 2010-11; East Orange Board of Education 1994-2000, President 1999-2000, Vice President 1998-99; Essex County Board of Freeholders 1996-99; N.J. Democratic State Committee 1994-96
General Assembly 2004-present, Assembly Speaker 2010-present, Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore 2008-09, Assistant Majority Leader 2006-07.
The Imperial College Management Board has informed us that the activities carried out by the Translation Studies Unit (TSU) are not considered core to the College strategy and that, if possible, the Unit should be transferred to another institution.
If this solution proves not to be feasible, consideration will be given to closing the unit by the end of September 2013.
Dundee City Council proposes to cut £14 million from its 2013/14 budget.
In making these cuts Dundee City Council will: -
• Cut 5% from the budget of organisations that provide vital, essential services in our communities, services such as day care, respite care, housing support, outreach services, advocacy services, leisure centres, libraries and museums.
• Close Marchbanks recycling centre making recycling any thing but garden waste almost impossible for those living in the west of the city without their own transport.
• Increase class sizes in our schools
• Cut by almost 50% the staff mileage allowance for those staff who use their cars as part of their jobs. That’s social workers, building safety engineers, support workers and many other essential workers who use their own cars to deliver essential services on a daily basis.
• Reduce, again, the number of people it employs via another round of voluntary retirement/redundancies, losing many experienced members of staff and leaving staff who remain struggling to maintain the service with increased workloads. The job of those who leave via this scheme are not filled and never will be, these posts are deleted, 100’s of jobs removed from Dundee forever.
• And much, much more.
Cuts to services, job losses, redundancies, increased food prices, extortionate heating costs, rocketing travel costs, cuts in benefits, pay freezes and rocketing rents mean that Dundonians need a well funded public service to assist them and their communities survive the months and years to come.
Defend Dundee Services Campaign believes Dundee’s politician should be protecting it’s services and not cutting them to pay for the mistakes of millionaire bankers and to assist the UK Governments in its ideological assault on our public services and our welfare state.
The most vulnerable in society should not be abandoned by those elected to serve them, Dundee Politicians should be protecting and improving services to the sick, old, disabled and the young, and they should be supporting the ever increasing number of unemployed and those on low pay. They should vote No to cuts in essential services and public spending.
For some it may be a tough decision to make but Defend Dundee Services Campaign believes that Dundee City Council should set “needs budgets” that protects services rather than cut budgets and reduce services.
Support our lobbies of the full council meeting at 5.30pm on 11th February at the City
Chambers, and at the Policy & Resources Committee meeting at the City Chambers, at
12:30pm on Thursday 14th February. Before then, lobby your councillors to oppose the
For more information about Defend Dundee Services Campaign, Google us on
Facebook or write to DDSC, c/o Dundee TUC, 141 Yarrow Terrace, Dundee DD2 4DY
******The Defend Dundee Services Campaign was set up in June 2010 following the election of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition at Westminster. We campaign to oppose cuts in our local jobs and services. The proposed cuts in budgets have arisen as a direct result of paying off the deficit created by bailing out the UK banking sector.
We say enough is enough. The council must agree, at the very least, a needs-based budget that will maintain services and jobs.
The North Kelvin Meadow and Children's Wood are a multi-use wild green space between Maryhill and North Kelvin in Glasgow.
It is bounded by Clouston, Sanda and Kelbourne Streets, and used to be football pitches and tennis courts. For 20 years, since the City Council abandoned the land, local residents have been looking after it.
Around 1000 people per month have been using the land at formal events over the last year, and many more use it informally for their children to play in, for dog-walking, and for environmental issues such as growing food and composting. A planning application has been submitted which will level all but a handful of the 480 trees on the site.
We are past the point at which we are allowed to make formal representation to the Planning Department. But we still need your support - this petition will be used in an appeal to the Scottish Government if the planning application is approved by the City Council.
Please follow the links for much more on this issue of the importance of wild green space that is so important to all of us.
Currently in Georgia, the healthcare system is largely privatised and people must pay for their care either through medical insurance or by out-of-pocket payments.
The insurance companies often do not pay out people's claims so many must personally pay for their treatment. In fact, 73% of total health expenditure is out-of-pocket payments.
The same insurance companies often run the hospitals and clinics with the aim of maximising their profit. This usually entails lowering medical professionals' salaries and increasing treatment costs. This lowers the overall level of care and makes healthcare inaccessible for a great many people.
Access to healthcare should not be determined by the invisible hand of the market. It is unjust that the market determines who lives and who dies.
We want the government to introduce a universal healthcare system which is free at the point of use, financed by general taxation and provided by a public, nonprofit national health service.
This would mean that there would be universal coverage throughout the country, universal access throughout the population and improved levels of patient care. We believe this is the right thing to do for the people of Georgia.
It is also the right thing to do for the country and the economy. A healthy population is a more productive one. A universal healthcare system would lower crime rates and make the country more politically and economically stable.
Georgia can afford to do this. According to our calculations, such a universal healthcare system would cost in the region of 850 million GEL per year. If the government increased healthcare spending to 11% of the budget, it could afford to implement this system.
If we want to live in a modern, civilised country with people who care for and respect each other, we need to adopt this model of healthcare.
It is simply not just or acceptable to leave people suffering and dying for want of money.
დღეს, საქართველოში ჯანდაცვის სისტემა ძირითადად პრივატიზებულია და მით სარგებლობა საკმაოდ ძვირი ჯდება.
მოსახლეობის იმ მცირე ნაწილს, რომელსაც სამედიცინო დაზღვევა გააჩნია, მაინც უწევს მომსახურებისთვის თანხის გადახდა, რადგან სადაზღვევო კომპანიები უარს აცხადებენ ხარჯების სრულიად დაფარვაზე. 2009 წელს ჯანდაცვაზე დახარჯული 1.8 მილიარდი ლარის 73%-ს მოსახლეობის მიერ ჯიბიდან გადახდილი თანხა წარმოადგენდა.
სადაზღვევო კომპანიები, ხშირ შემთხვევაში ასევე არიან კლინიკებისა და საავადმყოფოების მფლობელნი და მათი მთავარი მიზანია მოგების მაქსიმირება, რაც ერთი მხრივ, ექიმთა ანაზღაურების შემცირებით და მეორე მხრივ, მომსახურების ტარიფების გაზრდით ხორციელდება. ეს მიდგომა აუარესებს ჯანდაცვის ხარისხს და მრავალი ჩვენგანისთვის მიუწვდომელს ხდის მას.
ჯანდაცვით სარგებლობა არ უნდა განისაზღვრებოდეს ბაზრის უხილავი ხელით. უსამართლობაა, როდესაც ბაზარი განსაზღვრავს იმას, თუ ვინ იცოცხლებს და ვინ არა.
ჩვენ გვსურს, რომ მთავრობამ შემოიღოს ჯანდაცვის უნივერსალური სისტემა, რომელიც უფასო იქნება გამოყენების დროს, დაფინანსდება საერთო გადასახადებიდან და უზრუნველყოფილი ჯანმრთელობის ეროვნული სამსახურის მიერ (ორგანიზების ამ სქემას ტრადიციულად უნივერსალური ჯანდაცვის ბევერიჯისეულ (ბრიტანულ) მოდელს უწოდებენ).
მთავრობის მიერ შემოთავაზებული ბისმარკისეული (გერმანული) მოდელი (რომელიც გულისხმობს ჯანდაცვის სისტემის სავალდებულო დაზღვევით თანადაფინანსებას) ჩვენთვის მიუღებელია, რადგან:
პირველი, თუ გავითვალისწინებთ ქართულ გამოცდილებას დაზღვეული მომხმარებელი მაინც არაა დაცული ფინანსური რისკისგან;
მეორე, საჭირო იქნებოდა შუა რგოლის არსებობა - არა მომგებიანი სადაზღვევო კომპანიების სახით, რაც გაცილებით მეტი დაგვიჯდებოდა და გაგვირთულებდა ჯანდაცვის სისტემით სარგებლობას;
მესამე, შრომის ღირებულება დაახლოებით 15%-ით მოიმატებდა, რაც უარყოფითად აისახებოდა უმუშევრობის ისედაც მაღალ დონეზე.
Jay Lindsey is an incredible R&B singer/songwriter who's talent is simply pure genius. He has been in pursuit of a record deal for many years, but in the music industry, more often than not, it's not a matter of what you know, but who you know.
Jay Lindsey has been singing since the tender age of 4, starting in the church with his family gospel group, "God's Chosen," lead by his mother, Reverend Sandra David. This amazing artist later ventured to New York City, where he was noticed by rap legend Big Daddy Kane, who took Jay Lindsey under his wing, and put him in the music video for Kane's single, "Hold It Down." He would go on to be noticed by the likes of fellow R&B artist Tyrese, who calls him "The Truth," Dru-Hill member, Jazz, as well as multi-platinum group 112, who took to twitter to label Jay Lindsey as BOLD, AUTHENTIC, CREATIVE, and HEARTFELT, after they heard his song, "Last Words Before Suicide."
In a way, Jay Lindsey is somewhat reminiscent of the late great R&B legend, Donny Hathaway, because of the pain that he intertwines between his lyrics and melodies. Other songs, such as "4 A Long Time," which is the first cover song Jay Lindsey ever did, showcases some of Jay Lindsey's vocal abilities. This extraordinary talented artist has endured homelessness, slept in abandoned buildings, sung on the streets of Hollywood Blvd in the cold and rain on many occasions, and more... all for his dream of being an official professionally signed recording artist. Jay Lindsey may not have a huge fan base at the moment. Due to limited resources, this artist has not been able to make a professional music video, or promote his music like he would like to, but his talent speaks volumes, and quite simply... the kid is good. He knows his music, and deserves a shot. This talent cannot keep going un-noticed, so today we come to you, the people.
We're asking you to stand with us in our fight to help this talented artist dream of finally securing a record deal, a true reality. Please go to You Tube. Once your there, type in "Jay Lindsey Campaign," and listen to that song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_I9ThhOWmc Then type in "Jay Lindsey Last Words Before Suicide," and hear that song as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yOAVYkdD0U
The one thing you'll immediately notice is this artist remarkable talent. You can stand with us today, by signing this petition. It's time for us to love one another. It's time for us to help one another. Let's help Jay Lindsey's dream become a reality. These signatures will be seen by the Interscope Records, and many other "green lighters" in the music industry. We thank you in advance, and may God continue to bless you all.
Baner Tywysogaeth Gwynedd oedd baner y Pedwar Llew yn wreiddiol ond yn dilyn cwymp y Dywysogaeth yn 1283, mabwysiadwyd y faner, yn wreiddiol, gan Owain Llaw Goch ac yna gan Owain Glyndŵr. Roedd y ddau yn ddisgynyddion i dywysogion Gwynedd gyda'r hawl i fabwysiadu'r faner. Newidiwyd y llewod i fod yn rhai 'rampiant' gan Owain Llaw Goch ac yna defnyddiwyd y fersiwn yna o'r faner gan Owain Glyndŵr yn ystod ei Rhyfel fawr Dros Annibyniaeth.
O dan y faner yma bu Cymru'n annibynnol o tua 1403 hyd at tua 1410 a gan mai baner Harri Tudur oedd un y ddraig goch ar gefndir gwyrdd a gwyn, wedi ei hatgyfodi yn 1958, rydym, fel gwladgarwyr, ond yn cydnabod baner y Pedwar Llew Rampiant fel gwir faner genedlaethol Cymru a gan fod cynlluniau ar y gweill gan David Cameron a Llywodraeth Lloegr i osod Jac yr Undeb ar drwyddedau gyrru ym Mhrydain, rydym yn mynnu ein hawliau dinesig i gael Pedwar Llew Rampiant Tywysog Owain Glyndŵr ar drwyddedau gyrru yng Nghymru.
The Four Lions Rampant was, originally, the Four Lions Passive flag of The Royal House of Gwynedd in Snowdonia, North Wales. Following the fall of the Royal House of Gwynedd, it was adoped by the rightful heir, the great warrior Prince, Owain Glyndŵr during his war of Independence 1400 - 1421ish and the 'passive lions' were changed into 'rampant lions' to illustrate that the Cymru (Welsh) were up in arms.
Under this flag, Cymru (Wales) was independent between 1403 - 1410ish and, as the red dragon on a green and white background was the standard of Henry Tudor King of England and was only resurrected in 1958, we as Welsh patriots only recognise the Four Lions Rampant as the true flag of Cymru and as plans are being drawn up by David Cameron to have the Union flag or Crest to appear on "British" driving licences, we demand our civil right to have the Four Lion Rampant flag of the Cymric people's Prince, Prince Owain Glyndŵr on Cymric (Welsh) driving licences.
Justice secretary Ken Clarke should step down from his role. His bizarre ideas and notions are putting our children at risk from sexual predators.
THOUSANDS of child sex beasts will be able to hide their horrific crimes under plans put forward by Ken Clarke.
The soft-touch Justice Secretary wants to change the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to let more serious criminals wipe the slate clean.
Anyone jailed for between 30 months and four years will have their offences struck from their criminal record after seven years.
Those currently jailed for more than 30 months have it on their record until they die. It means they have to alert potential employers when they apply for a job.
Figures seen by The Sun show if Mr Clarke's measures had been in place between 2000 and 2010, 3,794 child sex beasts would have been able to take advantage of it.
It would also have helped 11,684 violent criminals and nearly 1,000 other sex attackers.
Labour, who uncovered the figures, have vowed to fight the controversial change.
Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter said: "It is proportionate that once non-violent offenders have served their time and kept on the straight and narrow for a few years, they should be redeemed in the eyes of the law and society.
"But Ken Clarke has continually shown he has no idea about public safety and how to deal with dangerous offenders."
Campaigners last night voiced their concerns at the reforms.
Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, said: "Everybody has the right to have a fresh start.
"But there comes a time when the public needs protecting, particularly when they have committed these types of offences. It would be wrong for employers not to know about who they are employing, particularly if a job gives access to people's homes."
A Ministry of Justice spokesman insisted public protection was "top priority".
He added: "Anyone applying to work with children and vulnerable people will always have to declare any convictions.
"Anyone who receives more than four years will have to reveal their record to employers.Other offenders will have to declare their record for up to seven years after their sentence ends."
This is wrong we have a right to protect our children and you Mr Clarke are putting them in danger and stopping us from doing our jobs. we are sick of sexual predators having more rights than the victim. NO MORE!
Communities Against Delamere's Destruction (CADD) was formed by local residents following notification of a consultation period received from the Forestry Commission.
The Forestry Commission, in conjunction with Forest Holidays have published draft proposals for a holiday village in the northern part of Delamere forest.
The proposals, should they come to fruition, would result in vehicles accessing this part of the forest for the first time ever and would change the way that people are able to enjoy the woodland forevermore.
The scale of what is proposed and the subsequent devastation of wildlife and landscape has resulted in CADD becoming the hub of the fight against these proposals. Please sign our petition AND write to your councillor and MP. Unless we take a stand and tell them what we think of this plan it will go through!!!You can follow us on Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DefendDelamereForest or on twitter @DefendDelamere
It is time to put an end to political robo calls for Federal and Provincial elections in Canada. What is happening with this latest scandal in our House of Parliament just begins to show the political corruption in this country.
It is very hard to be patriotic and proud to live in a country where our political leaders are pulling stunts like this. I don’t know of a single person that appreciates getting computer generated calls from anyone let alone our politicians.
(Following written by a Deaf person so shows Deaf/BSL word order and style)
Interpreter service. We want to keep BSL interpreter at GDA for things you need like doctors, appointments ok. But we have a problem, we might lose this service at GDA ok, why? Because NHS Gloucestershire want to put it together with other service like French, spanish translation team. That mean hard get good BSL in Gloucester if they have one big office somewhere else like maybe birmingham, anywhere cos cheaper for them save money.
Please sign this petition if you want to keep this BSL service at GDA and you know that good for us here in Gloucestershire.
GDA = Gloucestershire Deaf Association
GB Rhythmic Gymnastics Group are a talented and dedicated group of rhythmic gymnasts who have been training hard full time with NO funding to be able to achieve their dream of competing at London 2012.
Even though there is a host country place available for them at the Games, British Gymnastics are choosing NOT to nominate them for this! At the Olympic Test Event, BG/BOA chose to set a benchmark score they wanted the girls to achieve.
Despite being agonisingly short (.273 points) of this target on qualification day and actually exceeding the score during the finals - BG have refused to give them this golden opportunity they have worked so hard for!
Please sign the petition to help get these girls to the Games and promote the beautiful sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics in the UK!
Mae’r A470 yn ffordd gefnol sy’n rhedeg o Gaerdydd yn De Cymru i Landudno yn y Gogledd. Bu I Lysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr lansio ymgyrch yn y flwyddyn 2000 i enwi’r ffordd yn ‘Brif Ffordd Owain Glyndŵr fel coffâd teilwng i’n harwr cenedlaethol mwyaf ar achlysur 6oomlwyddiant cychwyniad ei Rhyfel Mawr am Annibyniaeth 1400 - 1421. Bu i’r Cynulliad Cymreig anwybyddu’r apêl yn y flwyddyn 2000 ond nawr, gan fod yna alw o gyfeiriad arall i ran o’r ffordd gael ei alw yn “Y Royal Welsh Way” fel cydnabyddiaeth o’r Catrawd Brenhinol sy’n talu llw o deyrngarwch i Frenhiniaeth a Threfn Loegr sy’n parhau i feddiannu Cymru, mae Llysgenhadaeth Glyndŵr wedi penderfynu ail gychwyn yr ymgyrch a lansiwyd gennym yn y flwyddyn 2000.
The A470 is a spine road that runs from Cardiff in South Wales to Llandudno in the North. Embassy Glyndŵr launched a campaign in the year 2000 to name it 'Prif Ffordd Owain Glyndŵr' in memory of the greatest of our national heroes Prince Owain Glyndŵr and his copatriots who fought a great War of Independence from the year 1400 - 1421. The National Assembly of Wales ignored our request then and now, in the light of a campaign being launched to name a part of the road 'The Royal Welsh Way in recognition of the Royal Welsh Regiment who swears allegiance to the English royalty and the English State who still occupies Cymru, Embassy Glyndŵr has decided to re-launch the campaign initiated in the year 2000.
The businesses at the Muirhouse shopping centre are struggling due to the demolition of many homes in the area, and the building of new homes being delayed.
The butcher which has served local people for over thirty years has already closed, and more businesses look set to close as well, unless the Council intervenes to get the rents and business rates for the shops reduced.
We also know that when things get boarded up in this area, they become a target for vandalism and fire-raising, which would be dangerous for the people living above the shops.
Here is a link to the Edinburgh Evening News article on the situation with the Muirhouse shops:
Herman Cain asked for and has been granted Secret Service protection, according to the agency charged with protecting American officials.
“[Homeland Security] Secretary [Janet] Napolitano, at the request of the Cain campaign, consulted with congressional advisory committee which today authorized protection for Cain,” said George Ogilvy, a Secret Service spokesman.
Ogilvy would not discuss nature or duration of protection. It is also not clear if any other candidates have received Secret Service protection. One law enforcement official would not say which other campaigns might be getting security, but did confirm Cain began getting it today.
Cain’s campaign would not discuss the protection.
Ulverston is one of the last market towns in England with a working local economy and an independent character. Now this is under threat from a proposed new superstore.
We want to stop this happening. See www.keepulverstonspecial.co.uk for more about our campaign.
We are declaring a moral separation from the current ruling administration and the policies it is currently enacting which is diminishing our liberties.
Moral Declaration simply means:
- Declaring our willingness and our ability to no longer support the current administrations decisions.
- Asserting our stance under ‘Redress of Grievances’.
- Affirming that in good faith and trust-
- We are done giving them moral support!
• We are presenting the new Moral Declaration of Independence with grievances in accordance with the United States Constitution and current U.S. Code of Law.
• We openly recognize that we have shared the intent and the spirit of the original Declaration of Independence.
• The original document was a declaration of war; however, at this time that is not the direction that America can withstand.
• Its strength and spirit is as viable today as when first written. (We intentionally utilized much of the original writings.)
• This document, as a petition with signatures will be taken to and registered in Washington D.C.
The cornerstone of our constitutional Republic has been the Declaration of Independence. The men who founded this great nation knew that those who rule must be of the character that recognizes that we will all stand before the God of heaven and be held accountable. These founders also knew that the ruling class often forgets this fact. We have been given the right to reset to the original intent of this founding document.
Now is the time… for all patriotic citizens to stand up and be counted.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
Each year the coastguard deals with 200-300 incidents where propellers or rudders of boats become snagged on floating lines and fishing gear.
Many of these incidents are avoidable, which is why MBM has decided to launch a campaign to introduce mandatory rules regarding the visibility of lobster pots and other fishing gear and to put pressure on authorities to come down harder on those that flout the rules.
The public are unhappy with the current voting system and the proposed AV system is too complicated and of little interest to the majority of the public as will be shown by today's low turn out. The public have become disenfranchised with politics and our patriotism has been shaken.
Many other countries with excellent governments and economies use Proportional Representation voting systems such as Party List Voting, e.g. Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. It can be implemented simply with little if no additional costs. Other PR systems are still in use in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany on of the strongest economies in Europe. Voting turn out is getting lower and lower every election, the public are not happy with the current situation and revolts will become more common.
The public need to know and SEE their votes and opinions count, AV is not enough and people think you are not listening to them. They need honest politics where a coalition works together and is honest when they dislike or like the others policies. Please give us a referendum on PR so we can show you how we feel and listen to the results so we know you have our interests at heart.
The AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) launched a new awareness campaign directed and designed by youth. The Cover your C**%K, Protect your P*&%$Y campaign was launched in January 2010. The safer sex campaign contained valuable information surrounding youth and HIV/AIDS.
In November 2010, The Durham District School Board (DDSB) banned any material containing the image of a Cat and Rooster which appeared on the campaign from entering their schools.
This has resulted in Durham Region youth being unable to receive this proven effective safer sex messaging and education on behalf of the ACDR at DDSB locations and events.
In November 2010 I was told on two occasions to remove my Poppy whilst at work as it was not part of my Uniform.
I initially refused and tried to sort the issue within the company but with no response the media were notified and my story hit the National newspapers and was aired on both BBC & ITV and also on radio five live and local stations.
Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive form of childhood Cancer; after domestic accident, it is the second most frequent cause of mortality in children.
It is the single most common type of Cancer in infants and the 4th most common type of Cancer in children. However, few people have heard of it and most do not know the signs and symptoms.
This means that although symptoms may have been present in the child for some time, in over 75% of children the diagnosis is not made until the disease has reached stage 4, the final stage. Prognosis for this group is grim, offering around 5% chance of survival.
In contrast, children diagnosed in the early stages have up to a 95% chance of survival.
Treating a child who has stage 4 Neuroblastoma costs the NHS an average of £600,000 in the first year alone. Around 75 children per year will be diagnosed at stage 4. Several of those families will opt for treatment abroad, meaning an average of £300,000 of UK fundraised money, per child, will go overseas.
Most children will still not survive – largely because their symptoms were diagnosed too late.
Scotts Meadow is located in Torquay on Riviera Way, next to 'The Willows'. Cavanna homes wants to build 230 homes on this meadow, and we are advocating against it. Saving 'Scotts Meadow' is an issue we feel very strongly about. We believe that many people do not know about the many wonderful benefits of keeping Scotts Meadow as it is. We hope that you will come around to our way of thinking and support our advocacy.
We think we should all save Scotts Meadow because:
• It is a good place to spend time with your family, or to walk your dogs.
• If we build houses on Scotts Meadow it will be bad for the environment.
• There is not much green space around 'The Willows', so it is vital that we protect what little there is, such as Scotts Meadow.
• Scotts Meadow has been a part of many people's lives for many years, and so if people have enjoyed it before now, they will enjoy it for years to come.
• We need to protect the meadow to enhance its value as a wildlife site.
Building more homes in the willows will put pressure on local facilities as there is already a lack of community facilities.
We the students of Gray’s School of Art were concerned to hear of proposed staff redundancies at our Art School.
Staff at Grays School of Art were called to a meeting with Prof. John Watson, the Dean of Design & Technology on Wednesday 6 October 2010 and told that the Art School had a budget deficit and needed to make savings of £500,000 and these savings would be met through staff redundancies. They were told they would all receive the option of voluntary redundancy.
We are concerned that other options for saving money and funding the Art School have not been fully explored. Redundancy on such a wide scale will severely damage the quality of teaching that the school has always managed to provide.
For Mental Health Awareness - (www.mentalhealthawareness.co.uk)
I've been researching the training which police staff - from station reception officers, to police community support officers, to police constables – receive in relation to mental health. I have found out that police currently receive very little training in mental health awareness and recognition.
It is inevitable that police staff will come across a person with mental health issues at some point during there career. Unpublished research undertaken within the Metropolitan Police suggested that 15% of incidents they dealt with on a daily basis were mental health related.
There are many scenarios in which the police may come across a person with a mental health issue. One of which is in the administration of justice. Up to 90% of prisoners have some form of mental health problem (Singleton et al. 1998), This shows how probable it is that the police will come across someone with a mental health problem.
Another scenario is in relation to the Mental Health Act; where an individual is suspected of having a mental health problem and is in need of immediate care or control, the police can use Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to take the person from a ‘public place’ to a ‘place of safety’ for up to 72 hours. Where the person is not in a public place, the police may use Section 135 of the Mental Health Act to gain access to a person’s home or property by force following the granting of a court warrant.
The IPCC website states that 'Mental Health is a factor in many of the most serious cases of police misconduct investigated by the IPCC'. This is just further evidence of the necessity for police to be trained in mental health.
As police have been given powers, under the Mental Health Act, to assist people who are in mental distress, and inevitably come into frequent contact with people who have mental health problems, I strongly believe that there should be Government legislation to ensure that police are trained to a sufficient standard in mental health so that they can deal with the situation appropriately and effectively.
Upon researching this issue it seems that the solution to this problem could be if legislation ensures that police receive Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This is well-known and could be a very valuable learning tool for the police. 'The Mental Health First Aid Initiative represents a useful way of delivering training for the Police and allied agencies – police officers, front desk workers, call centre workers, PCSOs and the Crown Prosecution Service – to understand more about mental health issues, to implement procedures and to engage within communities with local agencies more effectively'.
The government stated to people who have a disability that the Disability Living Allowance will be there until you die.
But now they are cutting it down due to the National Debt in the U.K.
Please sign our petition and help us reach our goal of securing a permanent home for Bray Cancer Support Centre.
We urgently need to secure funding for a new home as we are finding it increasingly difficult to cater for the 5,500 people who use our centre on an annual basis.
WHO ARE WE?
The Bray Cancer Support Centre is a registered charity based in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (number 12589). We were the first and are now the largest community based cancer support centre in Ireland.
In 2009, the Centre provided over 13,800 free client support services to people throughout the Bray, Wicklow & South Dublin areas, availing of emotional support, practical help, counselling, complimentary therapies as well as other classes. Bereavement counselling and support groups are also an integrated part of our centres services.
We are to the forefront in providing cancer support services and facilities free of charge to people affected by cancer in the greater Bray, Wicklow, South Dublin and Leinster areas.
29. One Cyprus
Cyprus is a small country and a member of the EU. Two fifths of the island are populated by over 50,000 Turkish troops which is the basis of the division on the Island. Over the last 5 to 10 years all the Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been working hard and unceasingly to show the world they are one people and wish to live together in peace and harmony.
However until a few months ago very little news of this has reached the media in the outside world. Now, in a changing world we see the EU, America and the UN speaking out in favor of Cypriot unification. Ban Ki-moon (Secretary General UN) said; "As I walked down Ledra street people from both communities began chanting- 'Solution NOW Solution NOW!'"
In addition, in the EU Parliament a resolution was passed on the 10th February, calling on Turkey to immediately begin withdrawing her troops from North Cyprus, to give back the closed part of Famagusta to the Republic of Cyprus and to address the issue of over 200,000 settlers form mainland Turkey who have been moved into North Cyprus. We feel that time is running out for a solution and to echo the voices of all the hopeful Cypriots; "The time for a solution is NOW!"
The Norwich to Ninety campaign aims to persuade the Department for Transport to include a range of improvements to the Norwich to London line as part of the new Greater Anglia franchise specification.
Whatever is included in the new franchise will be the service that is delivered for rail passengers on the Great Eastern Main Line for the next decade.
• A ninety-minute journey time between Norwich and London.
• More reliable services, improving upon recent performance.
• New Inter-City style trains including features such as wi-fi.
• More train capacity - but without down-grading the Norwich to London service to commuter-style carriages.
• Station improvements, including better car parking and facilities for waiting passengers.
We will also be campaigning for other improvements including:
• Cleanliness and comfort
• On-board facilities such as wi-fi and catering
• Measures introduced to reduce engineering disruption
• Improvements to rural lines
The Norwich to London line is a crucial economic artery, linking Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to London. Investment is essential to bring it into the 21st century and to allow these counties to remain competitive.
For example the 115 mile journey from London to Norwich takes around 1hr 50mins, yet Birmingham (118 miles) can be reached in only 1hr 23 mins and York (180 miles) in 1 hr 59mins.
A shorter journey time in high quality trains would encourage more people to switch from cars to the railway, reducing road congestion and carbon emissions, as well as improving the economic competitiveness of the city and county.
Please sign the petition and encourage others to do so and ensure the Department for Transport listens to commuters and train users in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and train users in general to ensure the new franchise includes the much needed improvements.
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